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Which Engineering degree is the hardest?

QuaestioQuaestio Posts: 28Registered User New Member
edited January 2013 in Engineering Majors
Okay, so the reason I ask this question is because it comes up a lot when talking to different engineering majors at my school. The common consensus is that the hardest engineering degrees are mechanical and aerospace with chemical, electrical, and computer engineering in second, and civil and environmental in last (my school doesn't offer industrial or any of the other ones). The thing is while I'm majoring in electrical engineering which a lot of people say is harder than civil, part of the reason for my not doing civil is that I found a lot of their classes really hard. On the other hand I was drawn more to electrical and found the classes their easier (I have a thing for electricity I guess). So anyway, I just want to know, what do the folks of college confidential think?
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Replies to: Which Engineering degree is the hardest?

  • skbryanskbryan Posts: 251Registered User Junior Member
    haha asking this question leaves the whole forum in an uproar. Past topics of this led to numerous silly arguments with people defending their major as the hardest and dissing other people's major.

    Anyway, if you're looking at workload and breadth, then Chemical Engineering is the hardest.
  • Burgsoccer09Burgsoccer09 Posts: 324Registered User Member
    ^^ Wrong. Electrical is hardest
  • aegrisomniaaegrisomnia Posts: 1,026Registered User Senior Member
    Nope. Materials science and engineering is the hardest.
  • CaptainRetardCaptainRetard Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    How many people get to take difficult classes in a engineering major other than theirs? The engineering classes outside Chemical Engineering that I was allowed to take were easy enough that I didn't have to show up to class to get an A. I took Engineering Mechanics, Statics, and Strength of Materials offered by my Civil department and that were all orders of magnitude easier than Fluid Flow or Chemical Thermodynamics; but since I wasn't allowed to take upper level civil courses, I get say really come to the conclusion that Chemical is harder than Civil.
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Posts: 5,528Registered User Senior Member
    Really the only true answer is any flavor with my wife's homemade hot fudge on it. Lately I have been rather partial to happy tracks with hot fudge. There will always be a soft spot in my heart for snickerdoodle ice cream with Reese's and hot fudge though. Really, you can't go wrong with anything from Amy's.
  • CivilEngrCivilEngr Posts: 141Registered User Junior Member
    How many times are we gong to get this stupid question?

    A Civil engineering B.S. is the most advanced degree you could ever possibly obtain. Things like mechanical, chemical, and especially electrical are so easy I would not even call them an engineering degree.
  • CaptainRetardCaptainRetard Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    ^^ ha ha ha. good one.
  • cosmicfishcosmicfish Posts: 3,572Registered User Senior Member
    The thing is while I'm majoring in electrical engineering which a lot of people say is harder than civil, part of the reason for my not doing civil is that I found a lot of their classes really hard.
    And this is why this is a meaningless question - "hard" is an individual perception, not a qualitative judgement, and different levels of talent and interest will grossly skew the answer depending on who you are talking to even if you ignore pride!
  • Burgsoccer09Burgsoccer09 Posts: 324Registered User Member
    CivilEngr you crack me up! hahahaha
  • BanjoHitterBanjoHitter Posts: 1,497Registered User Senior Member
    And this is why this is a meaningless question - "hard" is an individual perception, not a qualitative judgement, and different levels of talent and interest will grossly skew the answer depending on who you are talking to even if you ignore pride!

    Not only that, but one professor with very low grades in a mandatory class will skew opinion heavily.

    Let's say I go to a school, select a major at random, and add 1 mandatory class with a professor that as a 40% D/F rate. Within 3 years, that major would be recognized as the most difficult on campus, regardless of how difficult it was perceived at the start.
  • testanalysttestanalyst Posts: 143Registered User Junior Member
    electrical, not even close
  • GLOBALTRAVELERGLOBALTRAVELER Posts: 2,856Registered User Senior Member
    I also like Cookies & Cream....with the crushed pieces of Oreo cookies.
  • chaoswithinthedchaoswithinthed Posts: 347Registered User Member
    My roomate is electrical and he does absolutely no work. He's the laziest person I've met, but he's brilliant. He's current making a 5,000 signing bonus with 25 bucks an hour at a Co-Op. I'm civil and work way more then he does. It comes down to the person. If you're dumb like me, you'll be working harder.
  • ContractKillerContractKiller Posts: 87Registered User Junior Member
    Aerospace Engineering is the hardest.
  • rheidzanrheidzan Posts: 400Registered User Member
    The easiest would be bull s**t engineering and the hardest would be mochilato (mochi-gelato) engineering.
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