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Why Choose Engineering?

fluffyo1fluffyo1 Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
edited November 2007 in Engineering Majors
I'm a high school senior and I'm planning to major in engineering next year because math and science are the only two subjects that doesn't make me fall asleep.

Just curious, why did you choose to become an engineer (or at least major in engineering)?
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Replies to: Why Choose Engineering?

  • UriA702UriA702 Registered User Posts: 965 Member
    What discipline of engineering do you plan on going into? There are many different career paths to go with an engineering degree.

    I've always wanted to be in the construction business, which is why I chose Structural Engineering. I'm not sure exactly which path I am going to go down after I graduate, I just enjoy mathematics and Civil Engineering seemed like a way to combine my interest in massive structures and math&physics.

    I plan on going to graduate school either a MS in construction management or an MBA to go into consulting for a civil engineering firm.
  • fluffyo1fluffyo1 Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    Yea, choosing which field is the most difficult part for me because I'm still in high school. I do have an interest in EE and CE which is what I'm applying for next year but I think I'll be still exploring further during my freshman and sophomore year at college.
  • UriA702UriA702 Registered User Posts: 965 Member
    Yea I guess. Be sure to check how flexible your school would be with transferring between engineering majors, if that's the case. I know that some schools are difficult with this. Sakky, who is probably the most knowledgeable contributor to this forum mentioned this in a previous thread.
  • undefinedundefined Registered User Posts: 282 Junior Member
    EE is more tied in with math and science than CE is. Not all the time, but mostly. EEs *use* math more than CEs do (I know this because I'm an EE and I'm taking a few CE courses). The amount of math we do (at least in an undergraduate program) is substantial. Notice I said "use". As a CE, you'll stil have to take math courses like the EEs (maybe not Calc III). But a CE might take a Discrete math course where an EE might not.

    As for science, again with EE. You may think I'm being biased, but I'm not. If you do CE, it's more digital design and computer science. I'm taking a digital systems design course (junior level), in which CEs have to take and NOT EEs (I'm doing it as an elective)... there is no science (chemistry/physics) at all. Whereas I'm taking a course that almost all EEs take (Semiconductor Devices)... craploads of physics in there. Also you'll see a lot of physics in your Electromagnetics courses as an EE (CEs don't have to take it, generally).

    So in short, my confusing posts says a few things:

    * An EE and CE might have to take the same math / science courses as an EE, but the application of those math and science courses will be most evident in an EE program.

    * Both are excellent fields. Do CE if you please, you will still be challenged.

    * Just because you're good at math & science, doesn't mean you'll succeed in EE or CE. At your level, math & science is easy - but when you get to the college level, it's a lot more indepth. The only way to succeed is to form good study habits. When I was in HS, I thought I was good in math and science... ha, guess again. I wasn't bad, but college really opened my eyes as to the amount of work I need to put in to get the same results as I would've in high school.
  • fluffyo1fluffyo1 Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    Actually, math is one of my worser subjects. I mean I do well in all subject areas, especially English and literature but I absolutely hate it. SO much reading and so boring. So, I figured I would like to do something that is more challenging for me. See, I'm taking AP physics right now and I love it. It keeps me on my toes and its a different kind of challenge for me. I like how I can actually apply math to real life situations, which is another reason why I'm considering Engineering.

    Hmm... Maybe I'll consider mechanical engineering instead. o_o
  • undefinedundefined Registered User Posts: 282 Junior Member
    The most math intensive engineering fields is EE, ME, and CE, I would have to say (as far as calculus, DE, etc.).

    For probability/stats, it's a lot more focused in an IE program.
  • chaoseschaoses Registered User Posts: 1,039 Member
    engineers make the most $ right out of college
    College grads see higher starting salaries this year - Jul. 12, 2007

    if you care about money

    also if you feel like creating, designing something that works. There are a lot in engineering to like.
  • JohnWillkinsJohnWillkins Registered User Posts: 108 Junior Member
    I chose to major in Engineering Physics, but here is my take on it: I liked Physics, so I wanted that, but by doing Engineering Physics I am introduced to engineering concepts as well and am given the opportunity (or I guess I am required to) concentrate in an engineering field such as EE, ME, Biomedical engineering, Optics, etc.

    I hear people say they are "bad" at something like math, or english, or any other subject, but I don't understand how really. If you try, I feel like you can do the math, or learn whatever it is that you "aren't good at". What math are you in now? My school starts students off with Calculus and requires up through DE. Nothing presented in either math is overly difficult to understand, but sometimes there is just some trouble in knowing how to apply what you are learning, which just takes practice. As long as you actually make an effort (read the book, do the homework, ask the teacher, ask friends, whatever you need to do to do) you will be able to do the math, don't let that deter you.

    Choose a major based on what you like/what you want to do, not based on what you can do while avoiding things you aren't "good at". I say this because no matter what engineering major, you will be doing math. Hopefully your school will have some flexibility or give you some time to find out which major you would be best suited for.

    If you like Physics because of the challenge then just keep that mindset when you approach engineering, otherwise it won't work.
  • ViviVivi Registered User Posts: 631 Member
    CE here =) The strange thing is that I'm actually not stellar in math. I do better in Physics and CompSci but let's just say I'm one of those people who needs time to think things through slowly.

    I've always loved CE and CS (which is my backup in case I'm not accepted to an Engineering department). Computers have been my friends since a young age (father taught me how to write some simple input/println programs when I was 4 or so). Compsci is my favourite class as well - it's just so amazing to work on programs with everyone else, especially when no one knows individually how to do it, but when we all get together it's a beautiful blend of strengths and weaknesses that get the programs done.

    Plus, all the guys in my class are freaking awesome =D

    On a slightly unrelated note, I'm thinking of minoring in Astrophysics; I find relativity and expansionary theory and all those cosmic theories quite interesting, haha.
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