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Which has a better AE program SDSU or UCSD.

  1. Sep 9, 2007 #1
    I'm currently going to a community college in Moorpark, CA, and I plan on transfering to either SDSU or UCSD. I'm an average student with a 3.0 gpa. Also the cost of tuition is a major factor and any school that would take me with my gpa. Another factor is that I want to study abroad in germany because I'm a german minor, so I have to take that into account. But does anybody have an idea of which school has a better aerospace engineering program; San Diego State or UC San Diego? Are there any other schools in california that might meet my criteria that I should consider? Much thanks in advance
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  3. Sep 9, 2007 #2


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    The 'best' program may depend on one's interest and which program can best support one's goals and interests.

    Perhaps one should compare curricula:

    SDSU - http://coursecat.sdsu.edu/catalog/A%20E.pdf [Broken]
    http://coursecat.sdsu.edu/catalog/ACCTG%20201%20to%20ANTH%20560.pdf [Broken] - AE starts page 278 or 2of10 in pdf

    UCSD - http://maeweb.ucsd.edu/undergrad/advising/degree_chk.php [Broken]

    Also look at supporting courses in Materials Science and Engineering and Numerical Analysis.
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  4. Sep 9, 2007 #3
    UCSD probably does. I heard that UCSD has a very good engineering program. In general, UC's have more reputation than 'state' schools, such as SDSU
  5. Sep 9, 2007 #4
    The UCSD looks good but isn't it a little more expansive than a state school? Also, aren't the class sizes usually smaller for state schools. That is what I'm use to since I'll be coming from a JC.
  6. Sep 9, 2007 #5
    UCSD has a much better reputation if that's what you mean. Have you heard of the University of California system? If not, look it up. UCSD's faculty quality is top and I would say that the school's science and engineering rep is second to Berkeley's.
  7. Sep 9, 2007 #6
    yeah its probably more expensive. The class sizes are smaller for the lower-div classes. For upper-div engineering, the class size gets smaller. However, class size is not nearly as importnat as the reputation of the school's academics and faculty
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