I'm going into engineering

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    I'm going into engineering

    I'm going to be going into the "General Engineering" department at the University of Maine, Orono for a semester next year, then going into either Computer or Electrical Engineering (I am probably going to decide on EE, but with a ton of computer science electives). I'm excited, I've heard Orono has one of the tougher engineering colleges, especially for just being a state university.

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    Good luck man thats awsome!

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    what exactly is "general engineering"... my school doesn't offer anything like that. Is it something that you take general engineering courzes for the first couple years and then pick a direction?

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    I took it to mean like a general programming theory type deal.

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    They want you to take that for a semester, then they put you directly into the program of your choice the next semester. The other schools I've seen don't do a 'general engineering' thing, but they dont' have specialized courses until the second semester is done. In short, it's just a fluff thing. I just hope we do lots of complicated math and that all of the professors know a lot more than I do.

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    Whatever happened to you majoring in math (I may have just made that up but I think I remember you saying you were going to)?
    Give me a bad reputation!!!

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    A lot of colleges are like that. You take general engineering, and then you choose what type of engineering you take after that.

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    Originally posted by bludstayne
    A lot of colleges are like that. You take general engineering, and then you choose what type of engineering you take after that.
    Yeah, here at Drexel, a big engineering school, engineers all take tDEC (the Drexel Engineering Curriculum). After they've survived tDEC, then they take some courses specific to their area of engineering.

    Factoid: 1% of all engineers graduating in this nation graduating this year will come from Drexel.
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    I want to attend at drexel, i didnt make the grades.

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    Originally posted by RoD
    I want to attend at drexel, i didnt make the grades.
    I'm very sorry to hear that. Maybe after a term or two elsewhere you could transfer in.
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    Heres hoping, i was a huge slackoff until my senior year in highschool. Unless you count up too fifth grade in grade school, i was straight A's then.

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    Whatever happened to you majoring in math (I may have just made that up but I think I remember you saying you were going to)?
    Well, the way I see it, I still am. We still get to do all of that sexy calculus and physics, which I'm looking forward to. Besides, most 'math' majors are just the mathematics courses you'd have to normally take in computer science or engineering, and then you take a whole bunch of electives in some other field to make up the difference.
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    Good for you! I'm sure you know your math skills have to be on point - anyway, for me it was not the calculus that I had a problem with but Fourier, Laplace and Z transform. The key word here is "form", meaning where accustomed to

    4x + 11 = 5
    x = (5 - 11)/4

    but with the aforementioned transforms you configure your expressions into a already standard form, such as

    10 volts = 10/s (laplace transform) and apply to basic theories, voltage, current divider and the like.

    You'll see what I mean.

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    I've heard Orono has one of the tougher engineering colleges, especially for just being a state university.
    "just a state university" doesnt really apply to certain state's systems. for example, UC Berkeley, just a "state university" is rated in the top 25 of CS schools in the US, University of Texas at Austin #7, so it all depends on what state.

    Anyway, good luck, hope you enjoy it alot. Do you by any chance have the average Standardized test scores(ACT,SAT I & II,etc.) for Orono undergrads?

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    True, state schools in MI have both U of M and MSU, which have excellent engineering programs.

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