The Math Behind Engineering

<p>Let's say I wanted to do the math of EE rather than the actual technical work (I pick EE because I've been told it's the most mathematical of the Engineering branches, but any branch, whether it'd be Industrial, Chemical or even Mechanical works). Would it be better to pick up a BS in (Applied) Math, or just get a degree in EE?</p>

<p>Being an engineer, you almost get enough credits to get at least a minor in math anyways. Im an electrical engineering and if I had time to fit in only two additional math classes beyond what is required for my degree, then I would have a minor in math. The problem with being an engineer just for the math is that you dont get a lot of electives as an engineer. If you came in with AP or IB credits and didn't have to take your general education courses, you could probably pick up enough math to double major. Just some thoughts.</p>

<p>What appeals more to you math in its traditions sense or engineering? Do you like circuit design and analysis? </p>

<p>You can double major in Math+EE, its not too complicated, but if hate circuits, or cant stand doing any of the technical work, then yes, a Applied Math/Math degree with a couple of EE classes should do the trick. </p>

<p>Keep in mind in this economy, a full degree in EE, might be better if you want to be more attractive to an employer!</p>

<p>I like math in the tradition sense, I guess? I mentioned EE because it was said to be most mathematically-heavy so I thought it would be better for this question, however I ask with reference to any Engineering, I just figured EE or ChemE would be the least technically-intensive and thus easier for this type of question.</p>

<p>Thanks for the comments though. I'm thinking of doing the latter, just want some more opinions.</p>

<p>If you are really interested in math, study math! If you are really worried about job prospects, it may be smart to study EE (signal processing/communications/control require probably the most mathematics out of any engineering concentration), but that may not be necessary. I really doubt that math majors have trouble finding jobs.</p>