Do they consider difficulty of your major ?

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thsmthcrmnl
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Re: Do they consider difficulty of your major ?

Postby thsmthcrmnl » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:42 am

In the spirit of USNWR, I'm going to propose some tiers:

Math
Physics
Comp Sci
Chemistry
Electrical E
Chem E

Aero E
Bio E
Mech E
Biology

Civil E
Environmental E
Geology

Econ (varies)
Philosophy (varies)

Government
Business
English
Psych

Sociology
Communications
Criminal Justice

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Re: Do they consider difficulty of your major ?

Postby rinkrat19 » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:42 am

thsmthcrmnl wrote:In the spirit of USNWR, I'm going to propose some tiers:

Math
Physics
Comp Sci
Chemistry
Electrical E
Chem E

Aero E
Bio E
Mech E
Biology

Civil E
Environmental E
Geology

Econ (varies)
Philosophy (varies)

Government
Business
English
Psych

Sociology
Communications
Criminal Justice

You've got bio way too high.

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Re: Do they consider difficulty of your major ?

Postby dr123 » Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:19 pm

There is no way in fuck bio is more difficult than any type of engineering major

Eta I'd say the rigorous majors are math, Chem, engineering, comp sci, and physics. The rest are all pretty easy.

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Re: Do they consider difficulty of your major ?

Postby Opie » Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:28 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
Opie wrote:I have to say for the record that I found accounting classes moderately difficult. I'm a business major, which I don't think is considered overly difficult and don't expect any brownie points for, but I think will help me out some day in the future because my interests are in employment/labor.

I've heard that some schools like majors that have an emphasis on research and writing like law does. For this reason they may favor Journalism, Philosophy, and Literature... Majors everyone else on the planet finds mostly ridiculous.
My roommate was a business major of some kind and we used to laugh at the pathetic math assignments she brought home. "OMG, rinkrat, today we learned about the X and Y axes!" We both got through AP calc in high school, so her business college math was what we'd been doing in 8th grade.


Yeah, the math is not hard at all. It's one of the reasons I'm a business major: I'm terrible at math. Two algebra classes, two stats classes, that's it. There are lots of classes that have math components to them though and some of those are moderately challenging. Two accounting classes, two finance classes, two econ classes, etc..

To tell you the truth, the hardest classes are the finance classes and this one management class that was hell. I thought it would be cake, but it so wasn't. Overall, the business major is pretty middle of the road.

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Re: Do they consider difficulty of your major ?

Postby Opie » Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:32 pm

dr123 wrote:There is no way in fuck bio is more difficult than any type of engineering major

Eta I'd say the rigorous majors are math, Chem, engineering, comp sci, and physics. The rest are all pretty easy.


Agreed. Though, I would put Comp Sci under the Engineering stuff too. I think that varies by school, but I know a lot of slacker guys that barely go to class and carry at least a 3.0 in Comp Sci. You can't do that in say Physics.

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Re: Do they consider difficulty of your major ?

Postby ResolutePear » Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:32 pm

Opie wrote:
dr123 wrote:There is no way in fuck bio is more difficult than any type of engineering major

Eta I'd say the rigorous majors are math, Chem, engineering, comp sci, and physics. The rest are all pretty easy.


Agreed. Though, I would put Comp Sci under the Engineering stuff too. I think that varies by school, but I know a lot of slacker guys that barely go to class and carry at least a 3.0 in Comp Sci. You can't do that in say Physics.


Good computer science programs are ABET accredited. You study pretty much the same basic stuff, while a lot of the material later on is just specialization into what you want to know. It's all about application of concepts.

IIRC, Physics is a liberal arts degree. Lots of theory, not much application at the undergrad level.

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Re: Do they consider difficulty of your major ?

Postby vanwinkle » Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:23 pm

thsmthcrmnl wrote:In the spirit of USNWR, I'm going to propose some tiers:

Math
Physics
Comp Sci
Chemistry
Electrical E
Chem E

Aero E
Bio E
Mech E
Biology

Civil E
Environmental E
Geology

Econ (varies)
Philosophy (varies)

Government
Business
English
Psych

Sociology
Communications
Criminal Justice

:evil:

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Re: Do they consider difficulty of your major ?

Postby dr123 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:28 pm

All in all who gives a fuck about the difficulty of majors. I was a liberal arts major, spent most of my undergrad drinking and bullshitting, still got stellar grades and a job when I graduated. So lol at all of the engineering majors and shit who actually had to work hard in college.

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Re: Do they consider difficulty of your major ?

Postby Bildungsroman » Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:36 pm

vanwinkle wrote:
thsmthcrmnl wrote:In the spirit of USNWR, I'm going to propose some tiers:

Math
Physics
Comp Sci
Chemistry
Electrical E
Chem E

Aero E
Bio E
Mech E
Biology

Civil E
Environmental E
Geology

Econ (varies)
Philosophy (varies)

Government
Business
English
Psych

Sociology
Communications
Criminal Justice

:evil:

I agree, communications and sociology should switch on this list. Communications majors are way more tolerable to be around than sociology majors.

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Re: Do they consider difficulty of your major ?

Postby FantasticMrFox » Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:38 pm

...geology? :|

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Re: Do they consider difficulty of your major ?

Postby freestallion » Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:43 pm

thsmthcrmnl wrote:In the spirit of USNWR, I'm going to propose some tiers:

Math
Physics
Comp Sci
Chemistry
Electrical E
Chem E

Aero E
Bio E
Mech E
Biology

Civil E
Environmental E
Geology

Econ (varies)
Philosophy (varies)

Government
Business
English
Psych

Political Science (pretty damn easy)
Sociology
Communications
Criminal Justice


Political Science is easy too... and then we have things like

Journalism
Art History
Anthropology
Music? <--- this is actually really hard at my UG since people practice for 5 hours a day
Theatre <-- also a lot of work in my UG, and the theatre program is very well regarded.
Dance
Languages?
Gender Studies
Geography
International Studies
History
Radio/Television/Film
Religion
Teaching/Education
Social Policy

Ok.. I could keep going on but that's enough :|

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Re: Do they consider difficulty of your major ?

Postby ResolutePear » Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:33 pm

dr123 wrote:All in all who gives a fuck about the difficulty of majors. I was a liberal arts major, spent most of my undergrad drinking and bullshitting, still got stellar grades and a job when I graduated. So lol at all of the engineering majors and shit who actually had to work hard in college.


I just don't agree with that.

The people who enjoy engineering, CS, IT, etc. will find their work fun and interesting.

I enjoy my coursework for CS/IT more than my coursework intro Poli. Sci. - though I find that applying statistical methods to data and coming up with models is far more interesting than CS/IT work. Breadth vs. Depth?

I think CS/IT is harder if you're a virgin at it. From what I've seen.. next to none are. People develop an interest in these majors somewhere throughout Middle/Highschool.




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