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  1. Oct 19, 2016 #1
    Hey guys I am a senior headed to university
    I considering studying STEM. I am not sure what is the difference between applied mathematics, engineering physics and engineering. Within engineering what is the difference between electrical, mechanical and chemical? Which one is suitable for those interested in math and science? I was also thinking about computer science. Please share your thoughts. Any background information will be very useful as well.
    Thank you
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  3. Oct 19, 2016 #2
    If you really struggle to chose study physics or maths. Most universities have a really broad maths and physics syllabus which will allow you to go into specific areas in STEM later! That's what I'm doing.

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  4. Oct 19, 2016 #3


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    First two years of any of those degrees are basically the same, you should have time to pick a major after you've taken a few courses of each. Engineering physics degrees have a bit of a variance between schools, and whether they're accredited engineering degrees or not. If not, they're generally more like a physics degree, with some engineering courses mixed in. If they're accredited, they're generally like a engineering degree with some additional physics electives thrown in.

    All are suitable to people who like math and science. The differences between engineering degrees primary deals with what systems you'll be working with. Mechanical engineering is more interested in materials science and mechanics, electrical is more interested in electromagnetism and circuit design, chemical, I have no real idea beyond my limited experience dealing with them in areas of materials science.
  5. Oct 20, 2016 #4
    Electrical engineering is about applying electricity to do things and that can range from really high power applications such as power transmission to really low power things like electronics. Mechanical engineering is about mechanical devices. Chemistry is about studying how chemicals work, but don't forget about chemical engineering which I would imagine is developing practical chemical products. Whichever one is most suitable depends on which one of these applications you like the most.
  6. Oct 20, 2016 #5


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    Make an initial choice that will expose you to all of them: Engineering. This major field will require you study certain courses in Mathematics (through at least first three semesters of Caclulus + Analytic Geometry), Physics (fundamental three courses on Mechanics, Electricity & Magnetism, "Modern Physics"), and at least one introductory computer programming course, which likely is not really enough.
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