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  1. Nov 26, 2008 #1
    Is it bad to take easy courses to raise my GPA? I'm a senior engineering major right now. I have one more spring term left until I graduate. I could also take a winter course, too.

    I have a decent GPA: 3.4/4.0 overall and a 3.85 for my engineering GPA. I have a job offer already for GE's ELDP program. I know that the ELDP program has some connections with the local school for graduate study... it's like I'm almost guaranteed in, but does it look bad (from a graduate school POV) to take courses that are way too easy? Like 4-credit gym classes?
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  3. Nov 26, 2008 #2


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    I think as long as you have the specific prerequisite courses that you need to get into the program you're interested in, you can take whatever you want as electives. But keep in mind that some programs won't factor 'bowling 101' into your average.

    My advice is to take the classes you are most interested in.
  4. Nov 26, 2008 #3
    You'd most likely get more bang for your buck by retaking some of the courses you did poorly in previously, if you can handle it.

    You probably have almost all your general credits already filled, now would be a good time, as the above poster stated, to take some classes you are interested in outside your major, something fun.
  5. Nov 26, 2008 #4
    I think this would be a huge mistake. Part of being a good engineer is having an interest in it. By taking Gym 101 rather than lets say, numerical methods, is going to give the impression that you either only care about your GPA or you went into engineering for reasons other than you like it (money). While GE may not care what you take, future employers may.

    After all, why would you take an easy non-related course when you want to be an engineer anyway? You should be taking graduate level math or engineering courses.
  6. Nov 26, 2008 #5
    If your basically guaranteed a spot in the graduate school you want to go to why are you worried about raising your GPA?

    I doubt the school would look down on the class, but proabably wont factor it into their decision to accept you or not. They usually take your major GPA and then look at your core class scores.
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    bad for what? its good for your gpa, bad for your self respect and intellectual development, but you won't go to hell.
  8. Nov 27, 2008 #7
    I actually decided to take a 300 level management course... I felt that it would look better than a phys ed class :p
  9. Dec 2, 2008 #8
    Do it. It's called "playing the game". At worst you'll look well-rounded, which apparently what employers look for.
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    ? I didn't know there were such things as "gym courses" which count towards your credits requirement. Even more so, I didn't know they would affect your GPA!
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    i used to teach at a school where river rafting was a course.
  12. Dec 2, 2008 #11
    My (large state) school used to offer courses in sports such as tennis, archery, basketball and ultimate. Now they only offer scuba diving courses.
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