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The 3 Hardest Engineering Majors

Published by on Dec 29, 2020, 11:16 am

We all know engineering is no easy field but there are certain branches of engineering that are a tad bit more challenging than the rest.

Here's the top 3 hardest engineering majors even for the smartest kid out there!

Electrical Engineering

One of the toughest branches in engineering, electrical engineering focuses on the physics and mathematics of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. Sounds scary, right?

The electrical engineer is in charge of working and improving every set of electrical equipment out there. It sounds a lot easier than it actually is, but the truth is, this subset of engineering requires a combination of abstract thinking, creative thinking, and theoretical application.

Beyond mastering theory and fundamentals, electrical engineering requires students to troubleshoot and analyze in real time which means understanding theory does not always equate to its successful application in the lab.

Electrical engineering is also known for being heavy in trigonometry, calculus, and math that becomes progressively more nonlinear as students complete the major.

So if you are the kind of person who enjoys discrete mathematics, electrical engineering concepts may prove challenging for you.

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Chemical Engineering

A combination of complex engineering fundamentals and chemistry concepts, chemical engineering is a league of its own. Only the bravest would pursue this multidisciplinary major.

Chemical engineering is a broad subset of engineering that involves the design, production, use, and transportation of chemicals - it also entails the operation of chemical plants. As the link between manufacturing and science, chemical engineers are the experts of transforming raw materials into the goods that we use in our daily lives.

As a student majoring in chemical engineering, you will take an intimidating list of courses that includes calculus, chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, materials science, kinetics, and transport processes.

Are you up for the challenge? If so, then good luck on your chemical engineering adventure!

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Aerospace Engineering

Concerned with the development of aircraft and spacecraft, it’s basically the airborne version of Mechanical Engineering. This subset of engineering relies heavily on mathematics, with several complex concepts that you will have to call upon quickly and often.  

This branch of engineering basically consists of two core fields: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering. The aeronautical engineering field concentrates on machines that fly within Earth’s atmosphere such as airplanes, helicopters, and jets. Meanwhile, astronautical engineering focuses on those that exit Earth’s atmosphere like rockets and spacecrafts.

Which is why an aerospace engineer needs an exceptional understanding of several branches of the sciences—engineering, technology, and physics. If you possess an intellectual curiosity for math and science, aerospace engineering is a great field that will utilize all of your academic strengths and give you a chance to apply them to a vital industry.

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