Should i drop this engineering class?

In summary: Instead of worrying about what you should do, you should take some time to figure out what you want to do and then go for it.Anything related to mech/aero eng. true, controls is pretty specific but its MUCH better than nothing, right?i also might apply for mech or aerospace grad schools. won't getting a C REALLY hurt my chances of getting into the top schools?i also might apply for mech or aerospace grad schools. won't getting a C REALLY hurt my chances of getting into the top schools?
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i'm currently a physics and applied math double major, looking at mechanical/aerospace engineering after graduation (i'm in my 4th yr but will stay for 5th)

i'm taking my 1st engineering class ever this semester, which is Feedback and controls since i heard it would be a good class for me to take since it involves engineering and lots of math and theory. unfortunately, the class has been boring and uninteresting to me.

we got our midterm back and i stunk it up... I'm borderline between passing and failing. my homework scores are similar. we still have the final left, worth 55% of the grade and the prof said taht students usually do better on the final than the midterm

my overall gpa is 3.85 and my only reason for keeping the class is because it will make my resume look better as I'm looking for mech/aero internships this summer.

what should i do?
 
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Perhaps you should think a bit about why you think you want to get a degree in mech/aero engineering and why you are looking for internships in those areas for this summer. You might ask yourself why has the class been boring to you. Was it too easy, so much so that you simply put nothing at all into it? Or did the material really just not interest you at all? The answers to those two questions might give you some insight into which way to go with your career as well as what to do right now. I would suggest that you be slow to drop the class, unless you also decide irrevocably to abandon engineering forever.
 
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Dr.D said:
Perhaps you should think a bit about why you think you want to get a degree in mech/aero engineering and why you are looking for internships in those areas for this summer. You might ask yourself why has the class been boring to you. Was it too easy, so much so that you simply put nothing at all into it? Or did the material really just not interest you at all? The answers to those two questions might give you some insight into which way to go with your career as well as what to do right now. I would suggest that you be slow to drop the class, unless you also decide irrevocably to abandon engineering forever.

the class has been boring and uninteresting since we haven't focused on the applications of what we're learning at all. i wish to see how we learn relates to, say, aircraft or missile guidance. or at least some kind of physical meaning of what's going on

i'm currently leaning towards thermal analysis in mechE. i may even consider computational fluid mechanics in applied math for grad school
 
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cypherscouter said:
the class has been boring and uninteresting since we haven't focused on the applications of what we're learning at all. i wish to see how we learn relates to, say, aircraft or missile guidance. or at least some kind of physical meaning of what's going on

i'm currently leaning towards thermal analysis in mechE. i may even consider computational fluid mechanics in applied math for grad school


Unfortunately, that very boring class you're in does have a lot to do with the guidance, or at least the general flight dynamics of missiles and aircraft. I guess the class could be more on the theoretical side but you don't usually see that happening until you take a lab or an applications class.
 
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Drop it man, you don't want to ruin an otherwise pristine GPA for this one course, you can always try it again.
 
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i guess i could drop it. but then i won't have ANY engineering classes i can put on my resume
 
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cypherscouter said:
i guess i could drop it. but then i won't have ANY engineering classes i can put on my resume



Question is, exactly what kind of internships were you looking for in the first place? I mean, Controls is a pretty specific class so it's not like that would limit you that much in terms of finding internships.
 
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aerospaceut10 said:
Question is, exactly what kind of internships were you looking for in the first place? I mean, Controls is a pretty specific class so it's not like that would limit you that much in terms of finding internships.

anything related to mech/aero eng. true, controls is pretty specific but its MUCH better than nothing, right?
 
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i also might apply for mech or aerospace grad schools. won't getting a C REALLY hurt my chances of getting into the top schools?
 
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cypherscouter said:
i also might apply for mech or aerospace grad schools. won't getting a C REALLY hurt my chances of getting into the top schools?

You really seem to have the cart before the horse here. You are worried about getting into a top school for graduate school when you don't even know what it is you want to study. You are so afraid of finishing a course for fear it may mess up your GPA that you are unwilling to try to find out what an engineering curriculum is about.

Maybe you need to go back to square one, forget about graduate school and think about what it is you want to study as an undergraduate. That may very well be all the education you get. Choose carefully. Then go really work at that. If you finish a BS in something, then you can think about changing majors for graduate work, but right now you need to settle on an undergraduate program and commit to it. Planning ahead is great, but not when it makes you unable to commit to your first requirement which is a BS in something.
 
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Dr.D said:
Maybe you need to go back to square one, forget about graduate school and think about what it is you want to study as an undergraduate. That may very well be all the education you get. Choose carefully. Then go really work at that. If you finish a BS in something, then you can think about changing majors for graduate work, but right now you need to settle on an undergraduate program and commit to it. Planning ahead is great, but not when it makes you unable to commit to your first requirement which is a BS in something.

i wish i could just study physics problems in applied math using paper and pencil (solving PDEs, DEs, matrices, etc that arise in physics problems like heat flow, oscillators,etc)

i already am committed to finishing a double major in physics and applied math. i won't be done until winter of next year.

making missiles and weapons has always appealed to me, hence i decided to take this engineering class. but its turned out to be too abstract and doesn't focus on the applications. some of the other more applications based classes, that deal with physics, like heat transfer and fluid mechanics sound more appealing, so i want to take those next quarter
 
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cypherscouter said:
i wish i could just study physics problems in applied math using paper and pencil (solving PDEs, DEs, matrices, etc that arise in physics problems like heat flow, oscillators,etc)

i already am committed to finishing a double major in physics and applied math. i won't be done until winter of next year.

making missiles and weapons has always appealed to me, hence i decided to take this engineering class. but its turned out to be too abstract and doesn't focus on the applications. some of the other more applications based classes, that deal with physics, like heat transfer and fluid mechanics sound more appealing, so i want to take those next quarter



Hah, I see.


Very broad area, though. What exactly about them do you want to do? Materials side? Electronic triggering? Guidance? Structure design? Systems engineering? aerodynamics of missiles? energy based weapons?
 
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cypherscouter said:
i wish i could just study physics problems in applied math using paper and pencil (solving PDEs, DEs, matrices, etc that arise in physics problems like heat flow, oscillators,etc)

i already am committed to finishing a double major in physics and applied math. i won't be done until winter of next year.

making missiles and weapons has always appealed to me, hence i decided to take this engineering class. but its turned out to be too abstract and doesn't focus on the applications. some of the other more applications based classes, that deal with physics, like heat transfer and fluid mechanics sound more appealing, so i want to take those next quarter

It is pretty unlikely that even in engineering graduate school will you find courses labeled missle design or weapons design. Instead, what you will discover is that you are almost certain to have to go back to pick up a certain amount of undergraduate engineering courses in areas like thermo, fluids, perhaps mechanics of materials and vibrations, before you will be prepared to take the graduate level engineering courses in those areas. Your physics and math background will be a great help to you, but I don't think you will find that you are prepared to skip over very many of them, despite having the physics and math.

You complain about the controls course being too abstract, but I should tell you that many of the graduate level engineering courses will be very abstract. You may want to consider going out to work for a while after you get a BS degree to see what the world is really like before you go back to graduate school.
 
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aerospaceut10 said:
Very broad area, though. What exactly about them do you want to do? Materials side? Electronic triggering? Guidance? Structure design? Systems engineering? aerodynamics of missiles? energy based weapons?
i'm interested in structure design, thermal analysis, modeling and simulation. i didnt like aerodynamics in my freshman level physics and AP physics classes.

Dr.D said:
It is pretty unlikely that even in engineering graduate school will you find courses labeled missle design or weapons design. Instead, what you will discover is that you are almost certain to have to go back to pick up a certain amount of undergraduate engineering courses in areas like thermo, fluids, perhaps mechanics of materials and vibrations, before you will be prepared to take the graduate level engineering courses in those areas. Your physics and math background will be a great help to you, but I don't think you will find that you are prepared to skip over very many of them, despite having the physics and math.

You complain about the controls course being too abstract, but I should tell you that many of the graduate level engineering courses will be very abstract. You may want to consider going out to work for a while after you get a BS degree to see what the world is really like before you go back to graduate school.

i'm willing to spend a year or so to pick up the undergrad courses i missed. but then again, it is a hassle, which is why I'm considering just goingto grad school for applied math and specialize in computational fluid mechanics
getting a job with just a BS doesn't sound so appealing, as I've spoken to past alumni from my school who are now engineers, and they say that i need an advanced degree if i want to use as much of the physics and math i learned in school in my job. also, since i want to avoid experimental work they also said to get an advanced degree

thanks for everyones advice. much more helpful than what my advisors said
 

Related to Should i drop this engineering class?

1. Should I drop this engineering class?

The decision to drop an engineering class is ultimately up to you, but there are some important factors to consider before making a decision. It's important to evaluate your current workload, your understanding of the material, and the potential impact on your academic progress. Additionally, you may want to speak with your academic advisor or a professor in the engineering department for their advice.

2. Will dropping this engineering class affect my GPA?

Dropping a class may have an impact on your GPA, depending on the policies of your university. Some schools may allow you to drop a class without it affecting your GPA if you drop within a certain time frame. However, if you drop a class after the designated deadline, it may result in a failing grade which will negatively impact your GPA. It's important to check with your university's policies and speak with your advisor before making a decision.

3. Can I drop this engineering class and take it again in the future?

Yes, you can usually retake a class that you have dropped in the future. However, it's important to check with your university's policies and speak with your advisor to make sure you meet the requirements to retake the class. Keep in mind that retaking a class may also have an impact on your financial aid or graduation timeline.

4. Will dropping this engineering class affect my financial aid?

Dropping a class may affect your financial aid, especially if it results in a decrease in your credit hours. Many financial aid programs require a minimum number of credit hours to be eligible, so dropping a class may make you ineligible for certain aid. Again, it's important to check with your university's policies and speak with your financial aid office for more information.

5. How will dropping this engineering class affect my graduation timeline?

If you drop a required engineering class, it may delay your graduation timeline. However, if the class is not a requirement for your major or you are able to make up the credit hours in a future semester, it may not have a significant impact. It's important to speak with your academic advisor to evaluate the potential impact on your graduation timeline before making a decision.

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