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Grit-Eating Shin
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But the thermo ones tended to just drop out of ME and go to civil or industrial
Well, you have to take thermo as part of civil, too. However, it's an easier thermo. Same with dynamics.

I made it all the way to instrumentation & heat transfer before I switched to civil. I was doing fine in ME; I just had a change of heart. I know that I could be making more money in ME, but I don't think I'd be happy. I love what I do everyday. I also work with MEs a lot, and have a very good idea of what they do. Just don't think I'd want to do it everyday. I enjoy the large scale of my projects.






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Grit-Eating Shin
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We took statics in our second semester
Don't know where you went to school, but the semester really isn't pre-determined at LSU. You just had to get through phys 2101 & calc 1550 with a C or better before you could take it. You still get some attrition after those classes, but most of the weed-outs will be gone by then. Again, "most", not "all".






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KG6
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How hard is it, really? For instance, med school and dental school are "hard" by most people"s standards


I would say Med School/ Dental School is a lot more reading and retaining large amounts of information. Engineering is understanding some difficult concepts and how to apply them to different situations. Each is difficult in their own way.

I feel that pre-med students would be in for a hell of a ride through engineering. I helped a few pre-med friends with physics homework. They had no idea what they were doing except how to solve homework problems. That will get you through physics class but not through engineering. You have to KNOW the material. On the other hand, I probably never could have made it into medical school (I thought about trying), because I just can't read that much and pay attention to all the small details. I could probably get B's in most pre-med classes, but I would have a hard time studying long enough to get the A's you need to get into a good school.






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DirtyMikeandtheBoys
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fat kid couldn't hack it in engineering but went into construction management and makes just as much as most PE's that don't own their own firm


Your degree will not make you rich. Your drive/desire will.

I know plenty of engineers/doctors/lawyers who will never be "successful" because they have no drive to be better than everyone else. Their degree helps them be lazy employees and still make a good living. On the other hand I know CM guys, general studies people, etc. who are continually becoming wealthier and moving up in life because of their drive.






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Med School/ Dental School is a lot more reading and retaining large amounts of information
which is why so many jobs that are not surgeries will be replaced by automation in the upcoming decades

diagnosis is a decision tree at its core






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Clames
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Depends (classic engineering answer). Med school is basically memorization. Vast amount of info but not much in terms of actual critical thinking until you get into clinicals. My gf is in a combination DMD/Ph.D. program and the DMD stuff is formulaic more than problem solving. So if you are good problem solver and you can use math more like a tool box instead of just plugging in numbers and getting a result you might find engineering easier. If you can memorize and regurgitate a vast volume of facts then medical school might be easier.





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Clames
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Can't fix cavities with a CNC robot alone. That part is as much art as it is science.





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bak8367
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Sitting in a engr class now.. 400 level, I graduate in May. When I spoke to my doctor about school, he actually said he went the engineering route at first but switched over to pre-med. He said he just didn't really grasp the concepts of engineering and didn't learn the way engineers learn. It's a different type of classes and a different type of learning.. Hard to compare, or explain.





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hondurantiger
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I was one of the foreigners.






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Grit-Eating Shin
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Exactly. Engineering is impossible for people that don't have critical thinking or analytical skills. If you aren't pre-disposed to loving math and science, you'd never, ever make it.

Similarly, there are certain skill sets that are more conduvice to med school, law school, creative writing, etc. Put an engineer in any of those, and they'd most likely fail. You have to play to your strengths.






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TRUERockyTop
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I'm about to finish up with the army in a few months and then enroll next fall for environmental engineering. Anybody been there done that?





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lsu777
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Most premed I know could never make it in engineering.

Also at smaller schools like mcneese, civils take the same thermo, dynamics, fluids, strength of materials as me and cheme and everyone takes the same circuits. Not enough people to do different classes. Sucks but Atleast its small classes






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bak8367
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Highly considering my luck in law school once I graduate, though.. Hopefully I can grasp those concepts as well as engineering. Ha!





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bak8367
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At UL Lafayette, ME and Civil take the same Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Thermodynamics, & Circuits. All other disciplines take a combined Statics/Dynamics course which I hear is easier.





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lsu777
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Yea that's how it is here. Also civils must take pipeline because its one of only two electives offered. Most me take it also. Its also a grad level class so half the class are grad students so everything is hard as shite.

I have been at Lsu and mcneese and both have good points and shitty points but overall they are about the same difficulty, just in different ways.






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bak8367
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Yeah I agree. Took Mechanics over the summer at LSU, it was a breeze.. Even made a 100 on a test lol.





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Neako27blitzz
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Well, you have to take thermo as part of civil, too. However, it's an easier thermo. Same with dynamics.


Precisely



Also, according to my ex she said CEs had a choice between taking either thermo/dynamics or circuits. I can't remember which one they had the option of taking but I think it was thermo.






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Neako27blitzz
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environmental engineering


Since the EPA is all over everybody's arse these days that should be a pretty good field to go into.






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lsu777
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Only at Lsu. But thermo is going away for civils at most schools because its getting takien off the fe and pe





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Grit-Eating Shin
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To be honest, after having been through the ME versions of thermo and dynamics, there really isn't a reason that CEs should have to know that information on that level. I've been practicing CE for 9 years, and there's absolutely no way that it would be applicable to have that degree of familiarity with it.





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