If you asked ten people, you'd get 10 different answers. It's a pretty meaningless exercise. It DOES partly depend on an individual's aptitude. Arch E is quite challenging if your drawing/architectural design ability is as abysmal as mine is, as I found out the hard way!
I can't say much for civil, but yes, BME is relatively difficult! They use a lot of assembly code and other tools that EEs use, but with a biomedical application. Trust me, I say this as a CHE major (which, I agree, should be near the top).
@tarchas: I am curious how you came up with your ranking? The degree plans for petroleum engineering and geosystems engineering are extremely similar and yet you have one as the most difficult and one as the least difficult?
How did you come to these conclusions? Hearsay in the community? jw
wolfram, I'm surprised you posted this question since you occasionally post on the engineering board, and engineers on that board are CONSTANTLY telling students you can't rank the difficulty of the different engineering disciplines. I guess that's why you posted the question on the UT board rather than the engineering board, come to think of it.
@mainelonghorn: you are right, but how is one supposed to know where there strengths are if they havent been exposed to everything? I would hate to be like, "well computer engineering sounds interesting" and then halfway through my sophomore year I am sitting with a 1.7 and found out that I suck at it. By that point, so much damage will have been done that I would not even be able to transfer out, so i just want to get it right the first time
I see what you mean, wolfram, but I think all the engineering disciplines are pretty challenging. You have to go with what your gut is telling you, then just go for it. I KNEW I didn't like mechanical stuff, so there was no point in majoring in it. I liked the idea of using math and science to design buildings, so that's what I went for. To be honest, I don't know if it was THE best choice for me, because I found out I have a very two-dimensional mind. Visualizing structures in 3D was hard for me. I've managed to train myself to do it, but it sure took some effort.
And don't put too much pressure on yourself. Almost every one of my friends changed majors, usually to very different fields (e.g., engineering to pre-law or engineering to nursing). It's not the end of the world if you have to switch.
We had to take an "Intro to Architectural Engineering" class when I was in school, and my son had to take "Intro to BME." I think the profs do a good job of giving you a feel for what the field is like, so you can bail early if you want.
My response was based all on people who attend UT as I live in Austin.. Its not hearsay >:|.
Have many friends all over in Engineering, and they say that Chemical has probably been the hardest engineering major there.
Another major thats not in the Engineering department, but probably one of the hardest in the college overall , is Computer Science. Probably has the highest dropout rate. The first few classes are weed out classes, and people who don't have a passion for programming should not even consider the major. <------ Just some extra information.
About those intro classes, I feel like they make those way too easy which fools people into thinking they can handle the major. Someone may love the overly simplified intro to computer science class, but that tells nothing about whether he will like the real meat of the degree or if he will be able to handle the workload.
An intro physics/chemistry/etc./ and I assume engineering course actually does not have much in common with the actual substance behind those respective majors. To me it seems that there is no way to know if one will have an affinity/ proficiency for a major until they get into the heart of their studies, not the entertaining bubbly intro fluff
The good thing about my intro class was that we got to hear a lot of interesting speakers who were engineers - we could ask them questions about the field and how they liked it. The class wasn't supposed to be challenging, but just give us an idea of what we were getting into. I found it helpful.