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Engineering or Accounting

PrecisionPrecision Posts: 36Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2009 in Engineering Majors
Hi,

I am currently thinking of going with accounting when I go to college. Wich is soon, however I have one year before I choose major. I know engineering is alot about math and I'm really a burrito at math..

I'm into the awesomeness of weapons(MechE), aero and something else.

But since I suck at math I would need some guidance from some zen-masters here at CC.

So zen-masters, could you tell me wich Engineering major has the least complicated math? Is MechE and AeroE alot of extremely difficult math (I am probably a Level 2 out of 5 in math.)

Thank you,
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  • AuburnMathTutorAuburnMathTutor Posts: 1,770Registered User Senior Member
    Both Aero and Mech will have pretty serious math, at least from what I've seen. Lots of differential equations and Cal-III stuff for the Aero's, anyway.

    If you play your cards right in Computer engineering, Software engineering, or perhaps Civil, Biomedical, Bio, or Industrial (although these to a much lesser extent), you could probably pull it off.

    I don't think ChemE or ElecE are great picks if you don't want math, and I don't think MechE and AeroE are either... but perhaps not as bad as the first two.

    If you're not good at math, and presumably don't like it, why major in engineering at all? I'd go with business or, perhaps even better, just blow people's minds and go for liberal arts. People do it all the time, it's ok, and in some sense, the liberal arts people are the ones actually going to college (rather than the engineers and business majors). Pure science is another option, but that's bad on math too.

    Perhaps the craziest idea... why not major in math? If it's a weakness, perhaps you can turn it around. College is about making yourself better, not avoiding areas you can improve in. BTW, don't take this advice (well, I might, but I'm a masochist).
  • PrecisionPrecision Posts: 36Registered User Junior Member
    Well, I understand you when you say why go for engineering at all if I suck at math. But, I really like it, and a few people in my family is really successful at it, and I want to follow.

    And the reason why I really want to make sure I pick the right major is that I can't afford a singel screw up during my studies, if I do, I will get shipped back home in a banana boat.

    ElecE is alot of math for obvious reasons, it was my major in high school and I pretty much failed it so hard that everyone could feel the wrath of F's comeing their way. I don't like computers because I think they are stupid, so CE is out of the question.

    What is the difference between biomedical and bio?

    I really appriciate that you took your time to answer my questions.

    Thank you,
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Posts: 5,469Registered User Senior Member
    If you don't like computers, you won't succeed at ANY engineering. The engineering world in modern time revolves around computers. If math is not your thing and computers are not your thing, you would have a hard time in any engineering. Sorry to burst your bubble there.

    Unfortunately, accounting is a fairly math heavy major as well. You will either have to work your butt off to get better at math or you will have to choose a different major.
  • yg7s7yg7s7 Posts: 876Registered User Member
    ^by liking computers do you mean being proficient at programming like Java?
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Posts: 5,469Registered User Senior Member
    You ought to be able to do basic programming, but you don't have to be some programming whiz kid.
  • colorado_momcolorado_mom Posts: 6,388Registered User Senior Member
    All engineering majors require you to be good math, including high level math. If you don't like math, you won't like engineering.
  • LaceroLacero Posts: 189Registered User Junior Member
    ElecE is alot of math for obvious reasons, it was my major in high school and I pretty much failed it so hard that everyone could feel the wrath of F's comeing their way. I don't like computers because I think they are stupid, so CE is out of the question.

    Good choice on eliminating CE because if you didn't, according to IEEE/ACM**, you would not escape a lot* of math.
    Details of the Body of Knowledge
    *CE-ALG Algorithms
    CE-CAO Computer Architecture and Organization
    CE-CSE Computer Systems Engineering
    *CE-CSG Circuits and Signals
    CE-DBS Database Systems
    CE-DIG Digital Logic
    *CE-DSC Discrete Structures
    *CE-DSP Digital Signal Processing
    *CE-ELE Electronics
    CE-ESY Embedded Systems
    CE-HCI Human-Computer Interaction
    *CE-NWK Computer Networks
    CE-OPS Operating Systems
    *CE-PRF Programming Fundamentals
    *CE-PRS Probability and Statistics
    CE-SPR Social and Professional Issues
    CE-SWE Software Engineering
    CE-VLS VLSI Design and Fabrication

    **http://www.computer.org/portal/cms_docs_ieeecs/ieeecs/education/cc2001/CCCE-FinalReport-2004Dec12-Final.pdf
  • BCEagle91BCEagle91 Posts: 22,762Registered User Senior Member
    Accounting requires at most, algebra 2.
  • AuburnMathTutorAuburnMathTutor Posts: 1,770Registered User Senior Member
    ^ Really? They make the accounting majors here take Calculus I and II, as well as a course or three in statistics and probability.
  • PrecisionPrecision Posts: 36Registered User Junior Member
    Ok, so to sum up what y'all have been writing it is a no-no if I dont like math.. Makes me sad-sad..

    Yes, accounting is not a lot of math.
  • notre dame ALnotre dame AL Posts: 1,674Registered User Senior Member
    I would not discount either major--if you are not as strong in math as you think you need to be, as a previous poster mentioned, you might be able to turn it around in college. You may have to study longer than a lot of math whizzes that may be in your classes, but it will definately pose a challenge for you, if you are up to it! Our own student, while indeed very proficient in math and a Sr engineering student has survived with a lot of hard work. Writing is truly very easy and we have often thought that a liberal arts degree would have been a better match; however, the challenge of learning something new has proven to be much more interesting according to our student. Yes, computers and programming do play a part in engineering and fortunately our student was very proficient in that as well. You can always switch majors as many people do that start out in engineering. I guess the real question is are you up for a challenge?
  • PrecisionPrecision Posts: 36Registered User Junior Member
    I read all your text and it was interesting, but this is no option to "try and switch". If I do so I will get sent home.
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Posts: 5,469Registered User Senior Member
    Why on earth would you get sent home if you switch majors?
  • cyclone10cyclone10 Posts: 400Registered User Member
    if you not strong in math, study hard and you will be
  • PrecisionPrecision Posts: 36Registered User Junior Member
    If I switch major it means that I switch classes, wich means I have to pay more money. Money that I am not incharge of and I can't change major neither can I drop school and pick it up later. I get financial aid.

    Cyclone10: I guess that is true.
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