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Which classes should I take?

  1. Jul 21, 2014 #1
    So I am going into my third year at a college. I am a double major math and mechanical engineering. And I'm trying to decide which schedule I should take. The main difference between them is one option takes only two semesters while the other takes 3 semesters. I do not want to over do myself and mess my gpa up. (3.96 currently) So bio about me is I work about 20-25 hours a week which will increase to right under or around 30 at November and December. School is my life.

    Option 1 (2 semesters)
    Fall
    - Cal 3
    - Phys 1
    - Mathematical proofs
    - Differential Equations
    14 hours

    Spring
    - Phys 2
    - Statics
    - Mechanics
    - Abstract Algebra
    - Real analysis
    (16 hours)

    Summer
    - Senior math project
    - Linear Algebra
    - Probability
    (7 hours)

    Option 2 (3 semesters)
    Fall
    - Cal 3
    - Phys 1
    - Mathematical proofs
    - Random class
    (12 hours)

    I thought about putting differential equations here instead of the random class. For 13 hours

    Spring
    - Phys 2
    - Statics
    - Abstract Algebra
    - Differential equations
    (13 hours)

    Summer
    - Senior math project
    - internship

    Spring
    - Real analysis
    - Linear Algebra
    - Probability
    - Mechanics
    (12 hours)

    I know it is long. But thank you. Look forward to your input.
     
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  3. Jul 21, 2014 #2

    psparky

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    Do whatever you like.

    No one knows your life or schedule more than you do!

    What would you do and why?
     
  4. Jul 21, 2014 #3
    Good point. Option 1 makes me nervous because of that 16 hours during the spring semester. But doing it in 3 semesters maybe is not as bad as it seems. Do you guys think that is a good double major?
     
  5. Jul 21, 2014 #4

    462chevelle

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    I don't know how you feel about spring semesters. but I hate them. so I stay 12-13 hours for spring
     
  6. Jul 21, 2014 #5

    psparky

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    Of course it's a good double major. It would be even better if it were ELECTRICAL engineering.

    But nobody is perfect.

    Again....coming from a sparky....

    In reality, it looks like you have things set up quite well. Nice job so far.
     
  7. Jul 21, 2014 #6
    Thats a good combination also. i debated about electrical for awhile actually. There could still be time for change. Thank you. I was just double checking hah. I had talked to an advisor at school one time who said it was a waste to take the extra time to double major. But I always thought the combination was good. Thank you. I think either option works good. I just need to be comfortable with my choice. As of now it is looking like it may take me to 5 to 5 and a half years to get both of them but I think in the long run it will be worth it.
     
  8. Jul 21, 2014 #7

    psparky

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    It probably is a little over the top, but can you really be too smart?

    And you obviously enjoy it with your insanely high GPA.

    GPA's are great and all, but once you land a job they don't mean much.

    Don't forget to develop your social skills a bit as well. Working with other people is typically a huge part of any job.

    I wish there was a double major that contained electrical and mechanical engineers. You'll notice the top, top guys in industry know the electrical and mechanical backwards and forwards. As a firm owner, these will be the most desirable guys to develop your business.
     
  9. Jul 21, 2014 #8
    Haha that's a good point. It cannot hurt you. Oh I do I really have enjoyed my classes. It's interesting information. I am proud of my GPA i have worked very hard for it. That's correct that's what I always hear. Your school/GPA helps you get your first job and then after that it's about how good you did at your first. That's very true too. I do try to do some social events. Alot of engineering do work in groups. That's a very good point. I will remember that. I could see how that would be the top employees.
     
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