Changing Majors

<p>I applied as a Computer Science and Engineering major, but I’m thinking about changing it to Managerial Economics. Does anyone know if this major is impacted or hard to get into? And also, how well does majoring in Managerial Economics do for you at an MBA school? I’ve heard that business grad schools prefer engineering majors so I’m still unsure on whether I should switch. Thanks =)</p>

<p>Business Schools take everyone regardless of major (academic performance and experience is a big factor though). It's just that nonbusiness majors usually do not go and try to get MBAs until later on (very late 20's and up) because they go to work. A bachelors business degree can help you can the mba faster since you already have the experience. </p>

<p>As for switching majors:</p>

<p>Degree</a> Requirements | Agricultural & Resource Economics at UC Davis</p>

<p>* All Freshmen requesting Managerial Economics will be admitted to a Pre-Major. This Pre-Major is taken as an indication of interest in the ME major but in no way does it guarantee entrance into the major. The main purpose of the Pre-Major is to provide advising services and guidance to potential students. Pre-Majors are expected to begin taking the prerequisites for the ME major (see attached List of Pre-Major requirements).</p>

<pre><code> The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics will be responsible for housing and advising the pre-majors. The Master Adviser will also serve as the Pre-Major Adviser. There will be a midway checkpoint for all students, if they have not already been admitted into the major, once the pre-major reaches 90 units. For those students who do not meet the required grade-point average (GPA) of 2.8 in the pre-major courses, the student will be advised to seriously consider selecting another major. A student will be admitted into the Major once he or she has successfully completed all the prerequisites for the ME, with a GPA minimum. The student must complete a Change of Major petition and fill out a Proposed Study Plan. Admission into the ME Major does not depend upon the total number of units completed.*

<p>Thanks for the information, do you know if it's particularly hard to get into this major though? Since I've heard that for some majors, since there are so many students applying for it that it makes it almost impossible to switch.</p>

<p>No you should have no problem switching into the pre-major. Many people declare the pre-major but then never meet the prerequisite GPA and end up in another major. It is really important to get involved with one or more internships as a man econ major.</p>

<p>oo okay, thank you =)</p>

<p>Does anyone know how competitive/challenging Managerial Economics is? Like compared to an engineering major. And would be easy to switch back to Computer Science/Engineering if I feel that Managerial Economics isn't for me?</p>

<p>Managerial Economics and ComSci Engineering are so different that it depends on what you're better at.</p>

<p>But generally, any engineering major would probably be harder than any other kinds of majors in UC Davis and will consume a lot of time. </p>

<p>If you're still unsure of your plans, I'd recommend not switching your major just yet. Take the economics prerequisites as social science GEs, the math 21 series as well as programming classes for the engineering major and see what interests you.</p>

<p>NICE! Even told me which classes I should take, thanks verve. =D</p>

<p>But would it be easy to switch back to engineering if I were to feel that I made a mistake after the first change in major? Always best to be safe you know?</p>

<p>You'll get plenty of chances in the first two years to explore your options and can change anytime then. As long as you finish all of the engineering prerequisites, you can always change back or vice-versa depending on if you if you dislike programming or business.</p>

<p>Is doing a double major is both Managerial Economics and Computer Science/Engineering practical? Or just plain suicide and should not be attempted? Maybe minor if possible and not useless towards helping me get in graduate school. Does a minor even do anything for me?</p>

<p>That set of majors would be quite demanding. I think a major/minor is a better idea. Do you have some AP credits or community college courses to free up room in your schedule?</p>

<p>It will be very difficult to double major ANYTHING with any engineering major. Engineering majors tend to have a 180 unit requirement, which is the same requirement to graduate. You can do it but you will not graduate in 4 years.</p>

<p>yeah i took ap european history 3, ap us history 4, ap calc ab 4, ap computer science a 4, ap biology 4.. going to take ap language and ap calc bc at the end of senior year. can you tell me the benefits of having a minor?</p>

<p>You have further education in another area which you can include on your resume. Here is the minor requirements page. With your AP credits you will have some extra room in your schedule. :)</p>

<p>Degree</a> Requirements | Agricultural & Resource Economics at UC Davis</p>

<p>Sorry, I should have been more specific. I am most likely going to attend an MBA school right after undergraduate so I think I have to major in Managerial Economics and minor in Computer Science/Engineering (if that's possible). Can I do that or is there any other alternative? Thanks a bunch collegemom16 =)</p>

<p>complete list of minors</p>

<p>UC</a> Davis General Catalog | UC Davis Minor Programs</p>

<p>Hmm k, I guess I will probably do Computational Applied Science or Computer Science. Thanks</p>

<p>Anyone know if I can switch Animal Bio for Animal Science before the start of the fall quarter?</p>

<p>blueyoshi, sorry to burst your bubble but without significant work experience (3-5 yrs) it's going to be very hard to get into an MBA program that is worthwhile (e.g. UC Davis & above) that will also give you substantial increase in salary. You can also look at Masters in Financial Engineering, or a Masters in Management Computer Science. I really doubt that MBA programs will take off any points for being a Managerial Economics major, as it is more Economics (and a lot of agriculture) whereas in MBA classes you will learn a lot about finance and specific subjects.</p>

<p>Last reason why I think you should do the engineering major -it's harder. If you can get a 3.5+ in that, and then do something finance related (supposing that you do not do an MBA, or work for IT) then you'll be making a lot more than a comparable 3.5+ managerial econ major. Financial firms (investment banks, hedge funds, etc) need smart engineers who can use computers to data mine, automate trading activities, do financial modeling, and much more. If you work were able to get a good job at medium/large financial firm, you'll see at least 70K first year (not including a bonus that could be 100% of your salary). Even if you DON'T work after you graduate, and you do your MBA (regardless of 0-3 years), and assuming you go to a relatively good MBA school (at least top 30), you can see 100K. </p>

<p>Good luck</p>

<p>This program may be of interest to you:
BS/MS</a> Integrated Degree Program(IDP)</p>