cbarker
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Re: Q: Engineering or Math?
Posted:
Nov 14, 1997 2:02 PM


Well, I understand your frustration with the level of math that you know after an undergraduate education in engineering. Undergraduate engineering programs generally give you enough math to apply engineering methods, but not enough to really understand them, or, most importantly, to improve upon them.
I think you would find that a graduate program in engineering (particularly Ph.D. track) would encourage you study a lot more math! The real question is whether you want to primarily be a mathematician or an engineer. A mathematician can apply their skills to engineering problems, and an engineer will use a lot of math, but there is a difference in focus.
In my experience in the graduate program in engineering at UC berkeley, the folks that came in with math degrees needed to learn a lot about how to think about and solve physical problems, and the folks that came in with engineering degrees had to learn a lot more math! I'm not sure either had a clear advantage.
Good luck!

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