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  1. May 4, 2008 #1
    Hello everyone, I am currently doing a dual major in both EET and CET. The program is a four year accredited program that goes up to calculus II with applications and linear algebra. I have a high GPA and I am taking an 18 credit load per semester, plus addition summer courses. Now, here is the problem, which I am severely depressed over (so please be gentle in your response =/). I keep hearing about how the technology program is different from the BS EE and CE degrees. I have a chance to enroll into another university, but that may mean starting all over, and all the hard work that I put into this school would pretty much be for nothing. So, I need you to answer a few questions, if you may kindly do so...

    1. Do I still have somewhat the same opportunities with this degree, what are the job prospects compared to the other degree.

    2. If I get a good job and build experience would that be more valuable than someone with a more favorable degree (I already know the answer, but I need some further elaboration on this issue).

    3. What would you do in my situation? Every professor I have is extremely nice and supportive, but this may also be the case with the other university.

    I am taking calculus II (the non-application based calculus over the summer and plan to take calculus III). If you can provide any additional advice or guidance I could really use some before making my final decision. Thanks in advance.
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  3. May 4, 2008 #2


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    I can't answer your questions for you because I really don't know that field. But, one thing I'll point out is that even if you do wind up having to start over, all the previous hard work would NOT be for nothing. If you've learned the material well, even if you end up in a more rigorous course if you transfer, that background should make it easier to do your other courses...you can focus on just the harder concepts while everyone else is trying to learn it all...not necessarily a bad place to start out in new classes.
  4. May 4, 2008 #3
    I'll second Moonbear. Any grades that you have worked hard for (whether good or bad) are not 'for nothing.' I wish I could go into detail about the similarities and differeneces between engineering tech degrees and engineering degrees but I cannot. But if I may suggest looking into seeing what credits would transfer if you did transfer you might find that you are not backtracking as far as you might think.

    From what I hear, if you killing these classes in the tech degree, it may be worth your while to look into EE CE degree programs.

    Talk to some engineers. Call around and see what kind of degrees get you what kind of jobs.

    Either way, good luck!
  5. May 4, 2008 #4
    To stay, or not to stay: that is the question:
    Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
    The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
    Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them?

    I actually have a friend who earned an EET degree and she got employed right after graduating. She was doing internships throughout her academic career though. However, I don't think any major 100% guarantees you a job. But employers are usually more concerned about what you can do rather than what title is on your diploma. If you are really concerned about this I highly reccomend that you talk to a trusted professor or your academic advisor. Or, as has been said, talk to some engineers in the field.
  6. May 4, 2008 #5
    I think I will stay. Getting a degree and getting a job are of the utmost importance. My college and my professors will most certainly help me get a job. So, I guess I'll just continue taking extra math courses. I thank you all for the wonderful responses, if anyone else has any other advice please let me know. Thanks again.
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