View Full Version : Should I drop out this specific college?

07-05-2003, 06:16 PM
Ok, basically this is the only college in which an engineering course does not include physics, I am sort of worried about that. When it comes to technology and what my career is they have great stuff, great classes, good equipment you name it, but no physics classes in their legend. The tittle is something about Systems Engineering (roughly translated).

I don't know if I should switch to IT, or do them both. Might do IT in the states though.

07-05-2003, 06:24 PM
Blah, just give me your opinion, please.

Zach L.
07-05-2003, 08:46 PM
Seems to me that physics is essential to almost any branch of engineering.

07-05-2003, 09:52 PM
I would agree, but maybe not. What field are you wanting to go into? And can't you just take a physics class sort of like an elective?

07-06-2003, 07:55 AM
Programming stuff, maybe some networking stuff, I dunno. I am on my second semester.

07-06-2003, 10:10 PM
What is Systems Engineering? should this particular Systems Engineering course have anything to do with physics?

07-07-2003, 02:55 AM
Is it Accredited? About Physics I dunno, I have to take physics 1 and 2 myself. Whether we need them or not I can't say but I've heard people say it's really important.

07-07-2003, 03:13 AM
It could just be that the physical aspects are covered in the other lectures and it was not thought necessary to have a seperately identified lecture series.

If it bothers you that much, why not simply ask them? That does several things, it will get your worries answered, (one way or another), it shows the college that you are thinking, (a good thing), and it tells the college prospectus marketting division that they maybe have a problem.

07-07-2003, 07:34 AM
Well, they do teach their stuff pretty good. Got one of the best labs in the country if not the best. (This country being DR). They have two careers which they are going to be merging into one anytime soon, which is one of them being more networking specific and the other being more programming specific. The legend is pretty good though, just don't have anything directly involving science, no biology, no chemistry, no physics.

07-07-2003, 07:41 AM
oh about that Systems Engeneering question, I dunno how to translate it, it's about what happens internally in the computer, more low level stuff, like OS designing, C, assembly, designing of file systems, database, some networking and stuff like that. Data structure, Mainframen stuff, some AI (not a lot), and stuff like that.

07-07-2003, 07:53 AM
>>This country being DR
Dominican Republic? Democratic Republic of the Congo? Something else?

Is your course low-level enough that you'd design hardware, or is it strictly the software aspect?

07-07-2003, 07:55 AM
Software, and yes it's Dominican Republic. But the one I am in right now, which I might change is oriented to Administering networks and stuff. Hooking up networks and stuff. the two careers only differ after about the 4th semester so I still got change to think about it.

07-08-2003, 10:48 PM
elchulo, I wouldn't encourage you to drop out of a college just because it doesn't have any physics courses. You can always take courses at a local community college if you want- during the summer, after you graduate, etc.

Anyways, if they don't have physics courses, then the people who designed the curriculum probably don't see a need for it in your specific area of engineering. It's in your best interest to ask some of the heads of the engineering department if you'll need physics for jobs related to your major.

If you're working with only software, you probably won't need physics. Most colleges give computer science students a lot of math courses (to cover math requirements) and physics to cover science requirements. But I'm not really familiar with systems engineering, so I can't answer your exact question.