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Old 01-20-2012, 10:10 AM
 
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I have a 3.3 GPA doing my general ed at a community college, 1st year, undeclared major


I don't have many EC's and my GPA from what I know isn't likely to get me into any good school...

So I'm thinking my best bet is engineering, its pretty interesting to me and I really believe even if I don't end up being an engineer It will benefit me!
I wanted to do Computer Science (way of the future) but I hear a lot of bad things about that major.


TLDR is an Engineering degree from a low tier (Cal Poly Pomona maybe, more likely CSU fulerton) a path to a good paying job and job security???

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Old 01-20-2012, 10:15 AM
 
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Because if its not useful I'm just going to Major in business.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
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Don't major in business, it is a useless degree.

Yes, plenty of people get engineering jobs for a 2nd and 3rd tier engineering school.

Make sure you do some research as soon as possible (not just fetching coffee type "research).

You can, and probably should, do a masters degree afterwards somewhere else.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:57 PM
 
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For undergraduate enginering programs, the single most important thing to look for is whether the school and program are ABET accredited. ABET is a consortium of engineering employers and academic institutions that determine what coursework is most important in actual practice.

ABET -

It appears both of the institutions you mentioned have certain ABET accredited programs. ABET accreditation is important becasue you may want to later sit for an examination to earn a profesional engineering license or further your education at a graduate school. Having a Bachelors Degree form an ABET aacredited institution makes both these things exponetially easier for you.

There are plenty of good engineering schools out there that do not require you to have an amazing GPA. Many engineering programs will admit most students as 'pre-engineering' students. Those pre-engineering students that complete their core coursework with a certain minimum GPA are allowed to continue on to the full-fledged engineering program and complete their degree.
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:36 PM
 
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forget a masters degree. it will take to long, if the engineering degree is useless on its own id rather go for a bussiness degree

in 8 years the world will be an extremely different place.
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
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Too long? Most schools have a BS/MS option that you can complete in 4 or 5 years.

I guess you've got it figured out then.

For others, I'd highly advise not studying business (at the BA level). MBA is different (so long as the MBA is from a top 10 school).
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:51 PM
 
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Well I'm no matter what starting my own business in some way or another, should I still not study business?
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Old 01-20-2012, 05:16 PM
 
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Well I'm no matter what starting my own business in some way or another, should I still not study business?
No if you're an engineer, you can partner with others who can help you monetize your project later on. The key thing with any tech entrepreneur is to keep your start-up lean & mean and do nearly all the technical back-end work yourself.
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Old 01-21-2012, 12:01 AM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Wow where to begin ...

First off, yes, getting a degree from a mid-tier college in engineering can still be very very useful. Plenty of engineers I know at Boeing went to Purdue, Iowa, Iowa State, Montana, etc. Plenty also came from colleges "lower" in the rankings. The best thing you can do is study hard, get good grades, and GET EXPERIENCE IN INTERNSHIPS. Most employers don't give a sh*t where you went in engineering if you don't have any practical experience like research work, internships in industry,etc.

Don't fret, just work hard and enjoy

So ... with that covered ...

If you're going to start your own business, have you determined what business that is yet? Is it technical where an engineering degree would help? Or is it a fruit stand type of small business where pretty much you don't even need a college degree to found? Is it highly technical or not? If not, then I would question whether you need to go into engineering and spend tens of thousands of dollars on it.
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Keep in mind, if you're considering Engineering vs. Business ... you should really think about what you want. Engineering is a HUGE commitment and it's something you should really love if you want to go in to it. If you don't have at least some sort of passion towards what you're doing with Engineering, I might suggest going a different route.

Do what really interests you, not what you think will be a "stable job". **Within reason**
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