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What is the hardest majors?

Z e r o XZ e r o X Posts: 195Registered User Junior Member
edited March 2010 in Engineering Majors
Is engineering harder than science majors like physics or chemistry? harder than pure mathematics?

What is the top 5 hardest majors in college?

Also among engineering majors, which ones ranks top 5 in difficulty?
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Replies to: What is the hardest majors?

  • Lbtg47Lbtg47 Posts: 411Registered User Member
    im only in highscool but from what ive heard id have to say chemical engineering is hardest.
  • Z e r o XZ e r o X Posts: 195Registered User Junior Member
    Is the the hardest major in college? My physics teacher said Physics majors is the hardest though...
  • Dave_BerryDave_Berry Posts: 33,345CC Admissions Expert Senior Member
    Top 5 majors most difficult to obtain a good gpa(i assume this is what u mean) in my opinion:

    1. Electrical/Computer Engineering
    2. Architecture
    3. Chemical Engineering
    4. Biomedical Engineering
    5. Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering
  • bjwbellbjwbell Posts: 176Registered User Junior Member
    Physics is tough ****, basically for physics you have to know all the math the math majors know and ontop of that you have to learn the phyics. The lower division physics is pretty straightforward but when you get to the math for classically mechanics and E&M the math is really hard you start getting into tensors and variationally caculus which is not easy to understand.
  • Z e r o XZ e r o X Posts: 195Registered User Junior Member
    Wait, if physics majors know as much math as math majors do, then shouldn't the college give them both a degree in physics and a degree in math?

    And is a major in engineering really harder than physics?
  • im_blueim_blue Posts: 2,142Registered User Senior Member
    Physics majors have to know about as much applied math (computational) as math majors do, but math majors also take theoretical classes like real analysis, complex analysis, abstract algebra, topology, etc. Because of this, many people do double major in math and physics. Also, I would say that physics and Engineering are about the same in difficulty, but Engineering is much more time-consuming. Physics classes rarely go beyond weekly homework and occasional lab reports, while you'll have to do huge design projects in Engineering that will take you day and night to do, especially toward the end of every semester.
  • Z e r o XZ e r o X Posts: 195Registered User Junior Member
    I see.... Those huge design projects... will they possibly earn you lots of money if they're really good, like if you design a new quantum computer or nanotechnology?

    And are engineering majors on average smarter than math/physics majors? (don't know why anybody would major in math/physics...)
  • im_blueim_blue Posts: 2,142Registered User Senior Member
    Those design projects are critical for finding jobs. When I was interviewing, that's all they ever wanted to talk about, not my grades (which they can already see on my transcript anyway). You won't be working on anything groundbreaking in undergrad, but the experience is usually relevant to industry. I double majored in CompE and Math, and I wouldn't say engineering and math/physics majors have any discernible difference in ability.
  • IlliniJBravoEchoIlliniJBravoEcho Posts: 1,110Registered User Member
    Difficulty of a major doesn't just come from difficulty of mastery of a subject. That is a big part of it but also the time devoted to it can be tough as well. I am taking 14 hours worth of math and science and it is eating up about 20-something hours a week (29.5 hours when I had my Gen Ed Intro to Film class in there before I dropped it) so I think the hardest major is my own but it can vary from school to school. (At U of I the hardest are ChemE and EE/CompE [at the top for different reasons])

    Chem E is hard. Anybody that thinks they can spend 4 hours in a lab to only have their final results detroyed by accident and have to do it again only so they can have the correct results on a 20-30 page lab report better friggin love chemistry b/c that's only way that major is being completed. I think ChemE and EE/CompE are the hardest b/c EE has the whole circuits terrifyingness. And architecture has all those long hours outside of class. Aerospace and Mechnical have all the hours to complete as a requirement for their major in class. I would agree with jeffl mostly on that one.

    Math and Physics aren't far behind these top ones tho but in no way are they the hardest because they mainly involve one discipline whereas the others listed above involve many different kinds of math, physics and other sciences.
  • Z e r o XZ e r o X Posts: 195Registered User Junior Member
    I'm going into EE or CE. I know almost nothing about circuits (aside from modding my PS2) but why do everybody say they're so hard? They seem pretty easy and interesting...

    Also I don't think architecture is harder than physics.. Isn't it just art school dropouts? And it don't seem to have as much math.

    1. Electrical/Computer Engineering
    2. Physics
    3. Chemical Engineering
    4. Pure Math
    5. Pre-med
    6. Mech Eng.
    7. Chemistry
    8. Statistic
    9. Computer science
    10. Economics

    Is this close?
  • im_blueim_blue Posts: 2,142Registered User Senior Member
    1. Electrical/Computer Engineering
    2. Chemical Engineering
    3. Mechanical Engineering
    4. Pure Math
    5. Physics
    6. Computer Science
    7. Pre-med / Chemistry
    9. Statistics
    10. Economics
  • VashTheStampedeVashTheStampede Posts: 86Registered User Junior Member
    I don't understand how you can say architecture is art student drop-outs. Where do you get these judgments, because they are off the wall.
  • Dave_BerryDave_Berry Posts: 33,345CC Admissions Expert Senior Member
    don't mind them, a lot of kids here don't know much about college.
  • Z e r o XZ e r o X Posts: 195Registered User Junior Member
    Well my friend said that architecture don't require much math. And he said that architects make around 30k a year after graduation.
  • shizzshizz Posts: 723Registered User Member
    stop listening to your friends and do some actual research. it's not that hard and it's a waste of our time if you come here and spew forth a bunch of hearsay from uninformed sources.
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