So I have committed to the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor for the school. At first, I wanted to major in Material Science and Engineering because of all the cool different focuses the discipline branches into (polymers, optics, electronics etc). I thought this major would provide me with the basics of knowing Physics and Chem all too well, which would satisfy my love for both. However, despite that, the job market for this field is rather in the works. I strongly believe that materials will revolutionize the future one day (due to many companies needing more efficient and less costly materials for later projects), but it requires more research. A Bachelor’s in MSE will not really suffice, most MSE later obtain their Master’s or PHD. I’m not sure if graduate school is promised for me however considering all the financial hurdles.
As a result, I decided to focus on a degree with EE instead. I have always enjoyed working on small circuit projects and enjoy circuit analysis in high school a lot. I feel this would be enjoyable for me while still gravitating around MSE as a minor that will help further progress my knowledge in electronic materials regarding things like semiconductors and silicon chips. And if I ever have enough funds or scholarship to continue higher education, I’d go to graduate school as a MSE focusing on electronic materials. And if that doesn’t work, look for employment as an EE or programmer with my Bachelor’s
However, I wonder: Is this practical? How will the scheduling and studying hours look? Is it too much of a workload? Should I just stick to a major? I’m in no means looking for high GPAs (That’s pretty much not guaranteed for any engineer), just stability around a 3.0 at least. Give me your thoughts