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Will I survive?

phoenixfenixphoenixfenix Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
edited February 2005 in Engineering Majors
I've applied for Bio Engineering as my major for all my schools (havent gotten back any letter of rejection or acceptance yet), but I'm curious about a few things.

1. What are the hardest classes in engineering (tackle this any way you wish, there are many interpretations, and i would like to see what people have to say)
2. How hard is it to stay afloat in an engineering class? (or, conversely, how little do you have to work to end up dropping out?)
3. I've taken Calc BC and am currently taking Physics C Mech/EM. Out of curiousity, how much harder do the classes get?
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Replies to: Will I survive?

  • angrodangrod Registered User Posts: 119 Junior Member
    1. By classes I don't know if you mean disciplines or actual classes. By disciplines, the consensus seems to be that EE and chem E are generally the hardest. By actual classes I'm not sure, but I've always heard terrible things about fluids and especially thermodynamics.
    2. I would say that engineering classes require a significant amount of work, but I can't say from first hand experience as classes start today for spring term here.
    3. I would say much harder, but again, I can't say from first hand experience.
  • feifei . Posts: 688 Member
    look there are millions of engineers and there have been million of engineers...actually learning engineering is easier today than the past...with new equipment and technology...if they can do it so can you.
  • im_blueim_blue Registered User Posts: 2,142 Senior Member
    1. The consensus seems to be EE and ChemE, and Civil is the easiest.
    2. Depends on you, but nationally about 1/3 to 1/2 of Engineering freshmen eventually graduate in that major. I would say that if you don't get A's and B's your first year, you're in for an uphill climb.
    3. It gets much harder, but it's good that you are taking Physics C - at least you have an idea of what Engineering will be like.
  • anoviceanovice Registered User Posts: 1,376 Senior Member
    I too am VERY concerned about whether I'm going to make it or not. I always tend to sell myself short when it comes to academics because I'm afraid of failure. I've applied and been accepted into various civil and civil/environmental engineering programs but am really not sure where I want to go. I know I'd like a smaller school(which eliminated 3/4 of my choices) and one which is not totally focused on engineering. I want a broad education and don't really care if my professors are making world changing advancements through their research that I'm kindly paying for with my tuition. I think I have the drive and determination to do engineering but am no so sure that traditional engineering is where I want to be. I may want to go to law school or go for an MBA... after I have a great undergrad under my belt.

    unlike you, I haven't taken Calc BC or Physics C because our school doesn't offer them. I'm planning to take Calc II over the summer at the college I go to but normally their classes are "dumbbed down".

    ...just think, if everyone else can do it why can't you(or me)? I know tons of engineers and I can honestly say that they're not all super smart. Maybe to go to CalTech or MIT you need to have a godly level of intelligence but for an average school... I don't think so.

    Good luck!
  • feifei . Posts: 688 Member
    Also I have heard that getting the degree is hard work...but in work it's not so hard..
  • TommyFebruaryTommyFebruary Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    If you're good enough to get in the school, I think you will survive... but you may have sacrifice most of your time in college studying with no social activities, which frankly I'm not so committed to do...and all those non-super smart people studied their butts off thats how they got through, and I think even the smartest ppl will have it hard in this major.
  • yarrr03yarrr03 Registered User Posts: 134 Junior Member
    I opted out of BC calc to do AB. Will I be penalized next year in a BME program because of this?
  • yarrr03yarrr03 Registered User Posts: 134 Junior Member
  • polter93157polter93157 Registered User Posts: 767 Member
    ask the magic 8 ball

    don't forget to breathe

    good luck
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