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    Opinions on Engineering Physics vs. Pure Physics undergrad?

    You should know that with an engineering physics degree (at least the ones in Ontario you mentioned) you CAN become a Professional Engineer in Ontario. With a bachelors in pure physics you pretty much can't (would be very difficult). The engineering in the title will help you find employment...
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    Engineering Is it possible to start engineering firm without engineering degree?

    I believe, in Canada, one needs to be Professional Engineer in order to start an engineering firm. The P.Eng gives the o.k. to society saying they can be responsible for the safety of the public. To become a P.Eng, it is pretty much mandatory to have a degree in engineering, as far as I know.
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    When to get Reference Letters

    I just finished 1st semester of my third year in an engineering program in Ontario, Canada. I have excellent grades and would like some advice regarding reference letters for grad school (probably masters) in engineering. I learned that most application deadlines, for U.S. schools, are in...
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    Underemployed Liberal Arts Grad Thinking About Going Back for Engineering/Math.

    From my experience this is not that accurate, for math at least. Of course some engineering students enjoy math but a good majority don't. They just like the applications that math gives us. As an engineering undergrad non of your math classes will require you to be creative in your solutions...
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    Bachelor of Applied Sciences? Bachelor of Engineering?

    Yeah, they are effectively the same thing. They both will count towards becoming a Professional Engineer equally. I believe Queens also has a faculty of applied sciences, rather than engineering.
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    Engineering Mechanical vs Aerospace engineering

    I've enjoyed my time so far. I can't really compare it to other schools, as I haven't been anywhere else. If you have any specific questions, PM me.
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    Engineering Mechanical vs Aerospace engineering

    If you want to be an aerospace engineer you don't have to go to either the 2 Canadian schools or the states. You can major mechanical engineering, or even electrical engineering for hardware avionics, or software engineering for software avionics. I'm a 3rd year Aerospace student at Carleton and...
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    Engineering Can a Physics major get a job as an engineer?

    It will be much tougher to get a job in engineering with a physics degree than it will be with an engineering degree. Yes it is possible, but why considerably hurt your chances for no reason, if your end goal is to be an engineer. Secondly, many universities do not allow engineering students to...
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    Engineering I was VERY interested in aerospace engineering, but everyone tells me

    Just because you have a degree in aerospace engineering doesn't mean you HAVE to become one. If you're interested in it take it, and try to get a job. If you can't get the job you want you can always work in many other industries, such as mechanical engineering where the undergraduate coursework...
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    Can somebody help me decide which degree will be a better fit for me?

    The difference between the fields you can find through a quick Google search. I would suggest just choosing one of them (assuming that 1st year civil/mech/aero programs are similar, which they will be 99% of the time). One thing that you might want to consider is if your school has one of these...
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    Other Should I Become an Engineer?

    You should first check out if it is possible to double major in engineering and physics in the schools you are interested in. If it is possible you will be likely be an undergrad for at minimum 6 years, and your astronomy courses will probably not help you get a better engineering job. Just...
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    Nuclear engineering, physics, or other. does it matter?

    I'm not an expert but one of my profs got a bachelors in physical chemistry (chemical physics) then got an MS and PhD in nuclear engineering. He spent a good 20 years in industry so this is not just some academic.
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    Engineering Women in Engineering and Computer Science

    Just because your classes are mostly male doesn't mean there is discrimination "going on". From what I've heard it's easier to get into technical programs (undergrad) as a minority, in order to balance out the scales as much as possible. In terms of the work place, I have no idea but I think...
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    Other Should I Become an Engineer?

    My quick, non-expert reply: IQ and ADD won't play a part in your success or failure, in my opinion. If you put in the work you can become an engineer, if you don't, you won't. I'm not sure which grade you're in, but I'd suggest you start studying ASAP so you can build a good foundation for math...
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    Math Doing Good While Doing Math

    I encourage you to study basic economics. For profit businesses raise the standards of living. In my opinion, companies like Intel or IBM have done more for this world as a whole than say, Mother Theresa.
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    Sex discrimination for women in academia

    I believe it would also count as discrimination in Canada, as well. That interview question could have been asked 40 years ago, where such laws did not exist (possibly).
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    Engineering Mathematics with engineering electives

    I would first check with the universities you are considering. Pretty much all courses have prerequisites, so you might not be able to take Heat Transfer without taking 1st year mechanics for example. Secondly, you will be competing against mechanical engineering majors who have taken many...
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    Engineering Pursuing a Career In Engineering

    A couple thoughts to consider. Having good communication and English skills will be very helpful to someone in a technical field. Secondly, just because you love physics doesn't mean you have to major in it. You can study physics as a hobby and find loads of enjoyment out of it, as many people do.
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    Best career to pursue?

    It's really up to you. Do some research on potential majors, for example, electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, physics, math, mechanical engineering and other technical majors. University websites usually have a list of possible careers or career opportunities of...
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    Strongest Undergraduate Programs in Canada?

    I'm pretty sure you need at least a low 90s high-school average to get into eng.sci at UofT. It has a reputation of being one of the most difficult undergrad programs in the country. There are threads on this website specifically about eng.sci at UofT, so I recommend you check those out. I...
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    Strongest Undergraduate Programs in Canada?

    I'd say the best chance you have of going to a top tier US grad school would be to take engineering science. U of T has a very tough engineering science program (lots of info about it on this site). Queens also has some good engineering science majors (eng. physics, eng/math, eng.chem). Both...
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    Programs Possible to Double Major in Aerspace Eng. and Astrophysics?

    You most likely won't be able to unless you want to be an undergrad for 6-7 years. Just because you like two subjects doesn't mean you have to major in both. You could always be an engineering major and study astronomy as a hobby. At my school the two majors share few courses, maybe just 3-4...
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    How can I teach myself math

    Khan Academy and MIT's OCW are great for learning the techniques to solve math problems. However, to actually become good at math, IMO, you need to practise, practise and more practise. The more hours you spend, the better you'll get.
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    At what age can you tell if you're good at math?

    I'm really just throwing this out there but maybe it's because their foundations are so poor that it's very hard to learn the next step without mastering the last. I for one have never found a math course that difficult because I understood the prerequisite course so well that it's just a tiny...
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    Anyone at Waterloo Engineering?

    Unless you want to stay an extra semester or year, no. I go to another accredited engineering program in Ontario (so similar curriculum) and I got to chose my one non-engineering elective out of like 5 courses (business, economics, psych etc..).
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    Programs How are you supposed to know what to major in?

    There is no magical answer. The best you could do (that I can think of) would be to take your intro courses and read up on more advanced topics at the library of the courses you like. For example, find which textbook they use for a 2nd year EE course, if you like intro to EE as a freshman, and...
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    Physics to Engineering

    Yup^. If you want to be an engineer, take engineering. In engineering you will be taking some physics courses. For example last year I took electricity and magnetism, this year I'm taking modern physics (relativity, quantum mechanics, nuclear and atomic physics) which are both taught by the...
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    Schools UWaterloo vs Universities of Ottawa and Carleton

    I agree with MATLABdude. Carleton does have a 6-term co-op option, with the first summer being optional (so most do 5 terms). The engineers I have spoken to in Ottawa say the it will be a bit easier to find a job outside of Ottawa with a b.eng from Waterloo over Carleton (this is also true for...
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    Engineering Environmental Engineering

    These are the courses you would be taking if you come to my university; [Broken]
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    Industry to University

    I'd think engineering departments like the industrial experience. Most of the profs at my university (Ontario) are professional engineers (so they spent a reasonable amount of time in industry). One professor spent almost his entire career in industry then just last year moved into academia and...