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What kind of program to enter into?

  1. Feb 22, 2007 #1
    edit again: My question basically boils down to this, I graduate from highschool in june. If I get into a physics program with and make sure I get calc I and calc II, I should be able to transfer to an engineering program my 2nd year right? I phoned my school counsellor about this and they didn't know.. lol
     
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    I would think that generally switching into an engineering program your second year from a physics program wouldn't be that difficult; assuming that the gen. physics class doesn't have a particular registration set up for just engineering students (my school has this, they call it physics 221-223, physics for science and engineering majors, but it is actually the same class as the general physics with calculus course (it is actually at the same time by the same teacher in the same room), however, it is for 1 less credit and as such students from that registration are not expected to stay the whole time, but are allowed if they wish).

    The best thing to do is to look up the engineering school's requirements and make sure you are fitting all of them in your physics program. But I would generally, forsee little issue with switching the programs. At least that early on.
     
  4. Feb 22, 2007 #3
    I think you are right. Supposedly the physics program offers "Calculus for scientists and engineers" and "Linear algebra for scientists and engineers". Which are part of the first year engineering program, so I think that the physics program will work nicely if I don't directly get into the faculty of eng. Thanks!
     
  5. Feb 22, 2007 #4

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    Why are you trying to get into physics first, and then switch to engineering? Generally, at most schools, engineering is a larger department and is easier to get into than physics.

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  6. Feb 22, 2007 #5
    I ended up choosing the first year engineering program as my first option and physics as my second option if I am denied for the engineering faculty.

    The admissions averages for frosh admission to engineering are a bit higher than physics, but we'll see what happens. :) I am not 100% sure as to the number of seats in the faculty of science for physics students but there are only 600 for first year engineering. (Although I suppose that is quite a few).

    At any rate, my marks should guarantee me admission into physics according to admissions averages alone. I just want to guarantee that if I do end up in the physics program that it won't be too hard to get out of it the next year and into engineering.
     
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  7. Feb 23, 2007 #6

    jtbell

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    The answer surely depends on which university you're thinking about.
     
  8. Feb 23, 2007 #7

    chroot

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    Best of luck to you, dontdisturbmycircles. :biggrin:

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  9. Feb 23, 2007 #8
    Thankyou Chroot, I phoned the faculty of engineering today and I guess it doesn't really matter what faculty you come from, as long as you present a good GPA and have the relevant high school subjects under your belt. They just want to know that you are willing to work hard. Hopefully I just get straight into engineering, that would be nice :cool:
     
  10. Mar 21, 2007 #9
    I applied to the faculty of engineering and was accepted. I am surprised, thank you Chroot! :)
     
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  11. Mar 21, 2007 #10

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    Good example of taking direct action and directly contacting the people that really matter. Well done!
     
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