Switching from Engineering to Accounting

I am a freshman and this year for engineering has really been hard for my first semester I got a D in physics, a B in college algebra and a F in chemistry. In my second semester, I had to drop my chemistry class to focus more on my pre-calc but I ended up failing that class. I have been going to tutoring every day after class, going to my professor’s office hours about twice a week. I don’t know what else I could do to improve and I thinking if switching my major is the best move. Accounting is the only other thing I wanted to do in School, I’m also open to different majors as well.

Not sure what your question is.

Most freshman engineering majors start with calculus if not higher. If you started with college algebra then that indicates that your math background is lacking. That also probally explains why you struggled with physics. You really can’t get too far in an engineering coursework until you have a solid math background including calculus.

The question is how strong is your interest in engineering? I suspect that it will take at least another four years of school if not longer. The question is are you up for it and can you afford it? This will sound funny but do you think like an engineer? Can you visualize how things work in your mind.

Based on what you wrote, you might want to consider a different field. Take a look at the courses for accounting and figure out if your strengths play into that major. I believe you will also need calculus for that major. I would strongly recommend talking with an academic advisor and ask for guidance.

You need to speak with your academic advisor. Determine if you will be allowed to return to your college, if you will be on academic probation etc. Ask about the possibility of transferring into the business school (if necessary) or changing into an accounting major (if there is no separate b-school) with your existing academic record. B-schools have a separate core curriculum in addition to any core the college has so if you are allowed to change to an accounting major be sure to look at the requirements and see if you can graduate in 4 years.

Also keep in mind that typically accounting majors do need to take a semester of finite math and a semester of business calculus (so you would likely have to get through pre-calc and calc). You need to understand why you have been having such problems with pre-calc and address them – speak to your professor, your tutor etc.

To be good in Engineering, you need to be good in Physics and Math, not so much Chem. If you don’t have solid science background from high school, engineering is too tough for you. I’d suggest switching easy major such as statistics (if you like math) or psychology. If going to tutoring center/office hour won’t help, get private tutor (if you/your family can afford).

@happy1 I have spoken to my advisor and all he told me was to do what I feel comfortable with, Two of my friends are accounting majors and the math class that they are taking is pre-calc but its not as advanced as the one I’m in and I do understand the work that they do, that’s why I was looking into accounting and I am allowed to go back to school since my GPA is a 2.11 I have A’s and B’s in my other class except for my math. I did look into the business school and I would be able to get in since I’ve only taken mostly gen eds I’ll be one semester behind.

I think you should do what makes you happy. You are more likely to be successful at what you like! Good luck!

If you can change majors without needing a higher GPA, then based on what you wrote, I’d have you change to accounting. If you think you can handle that pre-calc class (and it sounds like it does have a different focus, which may suit you better), then go for it. Are you allowed to take the initial accounting classes without being an accounting major, because that’s something you could do to test this - take accounting 1 and see what you think.

Lucky for you accounting is only addition and subtraction, with some division thrown in. I burned my calc. books. :slight_smile:

My brother started as an engineering major. He ended up transferring schools and moving into accounting. He’s now a CPA making very, very good money as a corporate controller.

Engineering has a very high rate of students leaving for other majors.

I agree - take an accounting course and test the waters.

Definitely speak with your adviser, and also check and see if the career services center offers aid in selecting majors.

Your situation sounds similar to mine because I took intermediate algebra twice because I got a D the first time, took college algebra and got a B, and while I was taking college algebra I took trigonometry but withdrawled due to personal issues causing me to get behind (it also assumes college algebra knowledge and should be a prerequisite for trig). I am retaking trig over the summer because I believe that because it is my only course that I can focus on it and because I have college algebra knowledge now that I can atleast pass the course.

I want to do engineering and believe that I can because if I work hard I can understand the material and atleast get a B in my STEM classes. If engineering doesn’t work out then I plan to do a less math intensive STEM major such as Biology, Zoology, environmental science, or geology.

My advice would be to retake Pre-calculus, chemistry, and physics and see how you do. Even if you do accounting, you’ll likely need science courses for that so you likely won’t be wasting time doing that if you atleast pass these courses.

I recall several engineering students transferring to the Business school. The majority of those migrated to accounting. They almost all thrived in the program given the work habits they inherited from working their butts off in a very demanding major. In my experience in the workforce these individuals generally have to work harder in the soft skills required in working at a public accounting firm.