Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics

<p>I like what I've read about the Applied Physics program because of the breadth. From what I've read about the Electrical Engineering program, it's more or less focussed on electronics, and there is limited (if any) education about Power Engineering... which I am interested in.</p>

<p>Is a double major doable? You know, without my soul being ravished and crushed?</p>

<p>I'm not an electrical engineer major or physics major but from what I've heard from my friends who are physics majors, it's pretty tough. Being a physics major alone is tough, but then adding engineering sounds brutal. I've heard of people double majoring in electrical engineering and computer engineering (since they are somewhat similar and kind of complements to each other) but haven't heard of anyone majoring in physics and in an engineering discipline. I suppose it's possible but it seems insanely difficult. If I were you, I'd pick the one that I'm most interested in and head that route since both are good majors and very difficult.</p>

<p>I would suppose that there are more immediate job prospects with the engineering degree. </p>

<p>What about a double major in computer and electrical engineering, with a minor in computer science and/or physics?</p>

<p>I'm going to be transferring in through a community college and most of the lower division requirements are pretty much the same. Is there a document that contains all of the upper division classes for the computer and electrical engineering programs and the applied physics program? I've been looking on the UCSC website and I've found what seems like the upper division requirements, but I'm unsure if it contains everything.</p>

<p>I've heard that the engineering department won't allow a CS/CE minor if you're already majoring in another engineering subject. Every requirement for the CS minor is also completed through the CE major. So it's pointless. =/</p>

<p>Doing the double major is possible, but you may have to choose a concentration within CE to take advantage of more overlapping classes.</p>

<p>Here are some curriculum charts for the engineering majors.
Jack</a> Baskin School of Engineering</p>

<p>So it just sort of hit me that the bioengineering industry is going to boom between now and 2018... and UCSC has a biomedical engineering program.</p>

<p>Would a double major in electrical and biomedical (I would go into the bioelectronic concentration, no doubt) kick my ***? (I think I already know the answer, but hey, you never know.)</p>

<p>I haven't exactly looked into bioengineering all that much; not really sure where to begin looking.</p>

<p>I looked through the bioengineering curriculum chart (all of those were really helpful, by the way) and I can see that a double major probably wouldn't end up so well. I suppose majoring in bioengineering with a minor in electrical and/or computer would be more feasible.</p>

<p>The bioengineering industry IS booming if you pay attention to science news. Pretty cool stuff. The bioengineering major on its own kicks people's asses. I wouldn't try double majoring with that. Either of those minors sounds good, though.</p>

<p>Here's an article I came across a while ago about the benefits of programming within biological sciences.
Why</a> biology students should learn how to program : Genetic Future</p>

<p>The idea of the bioengineering major gets more appealing by the minute, but a rumor I've read about how bioengineering majors cannot find work unless they have a graduate degree is drawing me back.</p>

<p>Where can I find statistics for this kind of thing?</p>

<p>As a grad of Baskin, I have always considered us to be less focused on electronics per se(circuits and hardware) and more on semiconductor physics and devices. While this does still mean that power engineering is pushed to the way side in favor of semiconductor topics, the undergraduate research opportunities do allow one to combine this knowledge with a wider variety of physics topics all while working closely alongside applied physicists,chemists, etc. So you can call yourself an ee(with accompanying basic skills), work as an applied physicist and bail on either major in favor of the other before its too late in the case that the research is not your cup of tea during the course of any projects.</p>