• Support PF! Buy your school textbooks, materials and every day products Here!

Engineering Major looking for a minor

  • Programs
  • Thread starter physstudent1
  • Start date
270
1

Main Question or Discussion Point

I'm a chemical engineering major in my freshman year, doing well in my classes. My schedule works out so that basically if I use all my electives towards either math or a humanities I only need 1 more class for a minor, I'm wondering what would be more beneficial to being an engineer a minor in math or psychology. I know that engineers are very dependent on math but it seems like psychology would make me more rounded. I have liked the two psychology classes I have taken so far. What do you guys think what would be more appealing to an employer?
 

Answers and Replies

43
0
to be honest, no
 
865
0
I'm a chemical engineering major in my freshman year, doing well in my classes. My schedule works out so that basically if I use all my electives towards either math or a humanities I only need 1 more class for a minor, I'm wondering what would be more beneficial to being an engineer a minor in math or psychology. I know that engineers are very dependent on math but it seems like psychology would make me more rounded. I have liked the two psychology classes I have taken so far. What do you guys think what would be more appealing to an employer?
If you are interested in grad school, do math. An employer will be more impressed by something in the humanities that will set you apart. Having said that, I'm not sure where psychology fits in. It's different, but it's not directly applicable to engineering, and it doesn't focus on writing or literature like English or philosophy do, for example.

Employers do absolutely love seeing well rounded engineers. All engineers have at least an ABET specified level of math and technical expertise, but few have leadership or writing/communication experience. A minor, or especially a double major, can go a long way in demonstrating that necessary business and social sense that ABET certification doesn't require. Leadership roles in clubs or involvement in sports help for similar reasons.
 

Related Threads for: Engineering Major looking for a minor

Replies
3
Views
2K
Replies
9
Views
5K
Replies
1
Views
3K
Replies
1
Views
3K
Replies
12
Views
5K
Replies
1
Views
2K
Top