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Originally Posted by lordikon;13591914 
Trigonometry was probably the easiest math class I'd taken since pre-algebra freshmen year of high school

I completely agree with you. Right up until the whole identities part. I can easily memorize all of the simpler identities. I have no idea how you are supposed to memorize all of the bigger identities.
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80% failure rate?

By the last few weeks of class only about 35% of the class remained. I was one of those 35% that failed the final. I'm sure I wasn't alone in that 35% either.
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A good teacher will get their attention and keep them interested and understanding the material.

Sadly this hasn't been the case for Trig. I had an awesome college algebra teacher who was tough as nails on the tests but taught with a passion. He even came in sick once just to make sure we were taught. I would do anything to have him teach Trig.

Honestly I wish I could just take all of the Computer Science courses and be done with it. Those are by far the easiest and most interesting courses on my schedule.
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Originally Posted by jackeyjoe;13591977 
Engineering student here, first year and I want to switch to something else. Psychology seems fitting....

I'll see if I can survive to the end of this year though smile.gif

I'd suggest you really think about it deeply first. Look up average salaries for your area for both fields. Psychology is not a very rewarding path unless you go all the way for a Doctorate.
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Well, those are way harder than freaking English, Art, and Music.

This.
If anyone has ever attended any respectable institute that has a worthy program for Engineering or Math majors, then they would quickly realize it takes requires a lot more (time, intellect, etc) to complete than... English.
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Originally Posted by Zinxe;13592002 
This.
If anyone has ever attended any respectable institute that has a worthy program for Engineering or Math majors, then they would quickly realize it takes requires a lot more (time, intellect, etc) to complete than... English.

That's understandable,but why the dropouts? i mean, yes i takes more effort and time,but the mayority of students should finish their career.

My 2 cents though.
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First day of engineering classes....

"Look to the left, Look to the right, one of you will not be graduating."

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Originally Posted by Eduardv;13592023 
That's understandable,but why the dropouts? i mean, yes i takes more effort and time,but the mayority of students should finish their career.
Cause it's really really hard. If you don't get it, you're in trouble. Engineering course load is usually maxed out on credits and if you fail a requirement class... you are held back for a year since there is only one offering a year. However, this class is required before you can move on.

I double majored in Computer Engineer and Economics. Economics is a relatively hard major.... it was nothing compared to CE.
Edited by DuckieHo - 5/21/11 at 11:16pm
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Well, those are way harder than freaking English, Art, and Music.

You really have no idea... Music isn't just for college wannabe guitar players.
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Let me quote a part of the article that might be of interest
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Sylvia Hurtado, director of the Higher Education Research Institute and one of the UCLA study's authors, said high school seniors are interested in pursuing science, math and engineering degrees more than ever. But research shows that most don't make it to the finish line.
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You really have no idea... Music isn't just for college wannabe guitar players.
Yeah, but does music require maxed out course load just to graduate?

5-6 courses plus 1-2 labs a semester.

Most people get music. Most people do not just get quantum physics or circuit design.
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Yeah, but does music require maxed out course load just to graduate?

5-6 courses plus 1-2 labs a semester.

At a real University it does. Replace lab with practicing. Music actually has an 8 extra unit requirement at my school. On that most classes only count for 1 or 2 units.
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Originally Posted by Eduardv;13592023 
That's understandable,but why the dropouts? i mean, yes i takes more effort and time,but the mayority of students should finish their career.

My 2 cents though.

I'd say because of high school preparation.
The school I go to is a technological university, it is known for its engineering. I originally came in looking at a degree in mechanical engineering, but decided to switch to computer science. The curriculum for mechanical engineering had an average of about 17 credit hours per semester, the average load for a student is 15. It required all the advanced math, up through calculus 3 and differential equations. In high school, our math was ridiculously easy, even the AP courses. We were taught to utilize the calculator to its maximum capabilities. When I entered the math courses here, it was devastating. You are expected to do trig integration, Reiman sum, linear approximations, etc all without calculators. Calculators aren't allowed at all. Also, you are required to master two semesters of advanced physics and advanced chemistry.
So basically, the drop outs would be because they aren't prepared. Most people think college is suppose to be one big party because of stories, tv, movies, etc. If you really want a degree in something that advanced, you have to be ready and expect to make it first priority. I've noticed most people aren't willing to do that.
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