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Minor/double major for an ME student?

  1. Mar 31, 2010 #1
    I'm entering college next year, and I'm not sure what I should do as I enter Mechanical Engineering. Is there a recommended minor, like Math or perhaps even another engineering field? How about double majoring in ME and another engineering field, like aerospace or electrical? I'm hoping either to strengthen myself in ME by doing Math as a minor/double major or to expand my abilities/options (and thus my future financial situation) by taking another engineering field.

    Some people suggest some sort of business or financial major/minor to go along with an engineering major for the big bucks later on, but I'm not too sure how much I'd enjoy doing such a thing...

    I'm heading to University of Texas Austin, and it'd be great to know how I should best complement my ME major. Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. Mar 31, 2010 #2
    Most people minor in math 'cause at most schools the engineering majors are so loaded with math that it's an extra 2 or 3 courses. The general consensus on this board is that nobody really looks at minors most of the time, so it doesn't really matter what you do.

    So don't do it. Better yet, hold off on the whole minor/double major thing until you've actually started college and taken some ME courses and figured out if that's even the field you really want to be in, if you can handle taking on a heavier course load, and if you want to stick around for the extra time the minor/double major will take.

    If you want to branch out join a school club, like ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) or SAE (society of automotive engineers) or the robotics club, and get involved with their often interdisciplinary projects.
     
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