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Double Majoring?

GrandpaChewieGrandpaChewie Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
Would taking up a double major of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering be too much to handle at Cornell? I'm interested in becoming an Electrical Engineer, but the job prospect of Computer Scientists is so much greater, which is why I'm considering studying both--something that I'm interested in (engineering) and another subject that will get me the most money (computer science).

Replies to: Double Majoring?

  • Ranza123Ranza123 Registered User Posts: 1,345 Senior Member
    “Some students find that they have a deep interest in two fields to the point that they decide to major in both fields. If the fields are closely related, like CS and ECE for example, a better option might be to major in one field and concentrate heavily in the second. This affords many students the ability to take more advanced courses in both fields and possibly to move on to early entry into a masters program.” https://www.cs.cornell.edu/undergrad/csmajor/cswithothermajorsareas

    You don’t need to declare your major within engineering until your sophomore year, so you have time to explore options and talk with your advisor about whether double majoring or concentrating is a better option.
  • cd2015cd2015 Registered User Posts: 260 Junior Member
    Both are hard majors - by all accounts - so keep that in mind. Remember, Cornell is full of talented students - so take some classes and then decide.
  • DaedricSaiyanDaedricSaiyan Registered User Posts: 419 Member
    CS and EE double majors are very rare here, and I know many bright people who've coded since they were 12 that struggle in doing this. Most people opt for a CS major EE minor or vice versa; doing both majors concurrently is probably one of the harder pairs of majors you can do, and you really only need to minor in 1 and major in the other to reap the benefits.
  • TspiceTspice Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    Hope that double major doesn't lead to low GPA considering how overly rigorous and heavy course workload is at Cornell. You can say cut-throat
  • monydadmonydad Registered User Posts: 7,765 Senior Member
    edited May 2018
    This will work itself out. You can take intro courses in both areas sophomore year.
    You will probably find that you are better at, and/or more interested in, one area vs. the other.
    By the time you have to choose a major you will know what to do.
    For that matter you may find yourself drawn to an area you haven't even thought about now.

    re #4, @tspice, have you attended Cornell and also a comparable school, in the areas being discussed? Just wondering..
  • TspiceTspice Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    edited May 2018
    No, please disregard it.
    I was sleepy when I wrote it @monydad
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