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math & physics are harder than biology or language, therefore engineering is harder
Foreign languages don't change and they don't get more complicated. Even if they do, it happens over such a long period of time that it's not noticeable.
Engineering is harder because you have to take more courses than other majors, and I don't see the courseload become lighter any time soon. The more advances industry makes, the more you'll have to learn in school.
As an engineer you are expected to have a working set of skills by the end of your education. And you are expected to PERFORM. You are expected to be able to survive the real world. You are expected to be able to solve a given problem in your field. You are expected to make your company money, and provide consumers with a working product.
The real world is what makes engineering hard. Other majors are not designed to prepare you for all of the above. They are primarily designed to provide intellectual stimulation.
But that has also begged the question of me that why don't those other programs simply have higher expectations? Why don't they just assign more work, and then flunk those students who don't do the work? Why not? After all, I thought that colleges were supposed to be teaching its students how to work hard. The engineering programs certainly do that. But shouldn't every student benefit from learning how to work hard? So why only the engineers?
I prefer it this way. Engineering has applicability outside my field simply because it is an IQ sort. Other majors do not
Basically, just look at where engineering was 20 years ago, and look at where it is now. Definitely a lot of advances. However, between then and now, it still only takes 4 years to get an engineering degree. Imagine what things are going to be like in another 20 years!