Poll: Your College Major
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Arts + Humanities
49 28%
Business
24 13%
Health + Medicine
21 12%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies
7 4%
Public + Social Services
7 4%
Science, Math + Technology
84 47%
Social Sciences
25 14%
Trades and Personal Services
6 3%
Other
19 11%
Pre-Professional
5 3%
Voters: 178.
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#1
*list source: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/majors-careers


Hello,

What's the most common major for UG'ers? How did you pick it?

Here's my story (I'm Chemistry):

I started college under pre-med, and figured Chemistry would dovetail nicely (it did). I also thought that, should I not get into med school, I'd be a forensic scientist. As college went on, I realized forensic science wasn't for me, but I still enjoyed certain aspects of Chemistry. When I took Organic, I discovered I was really good at it and enrolled in the advanced course a year later.


Pros + Learned skills: conceptual & creative problem solving, independent research (with stipends, posters and presentations!), hard work = job well done, discipline, attention to detail, cleanliness (seriously, you spend more time cleaning than doing the experiment).

Cons: anal retention (especially in Analytical Chemistry. squeaky's not clean enough.), endless lab reports...that's all I can think of right now.


*ask me any Chem questions you like.

*responding to previous poll feedback, I've updated my list with "other" and "pre-professional".

*Double and Triple majors go under "other". If you have (a) minor(s), please post.
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#4
Quote by RPGoof
Computer Science seeing as it was the only major I was interested in. I'm getting a concentration in Computer and Network Security


Computer and Network Security?! They teach that now?!
#6
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*ask me any Chem questions you like.

What is the reaction mechanism for the reduction of a nitro group with sodium borohydride?
#8
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Computer and Network Security?! They teach that now?!

IF I take the 4 security courses, yeah I get that added on my degree. Classes on Crytopraphy, Computer/Network security, forensics, and software security.
#9
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Computer Science seeing as it was the only major I was interested in. I'm getting a concentration in Computer and Network Security
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#10
Wow angusfan, you're so diverse.

I study material engineering.

Since you offered, I have a chem question for you, ts.
Order the following equation:
C2952H4664N812O832S8Fe4 + Na2C4H3O4SAu + Fe(SCN)2 + Fe(NH4)2(SO4)2·6H2O + C4H8Cl2S + C8H12MgN2O8 → C55H72MgN4 + Na3.99Fe(CN)6 + Au0.987SC6H11O5 + HClO4 + H2S

edit: I found this equation here and I also want to know why there were fractions in the number of atoms in some molecules.
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#11
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science/Computer Engineering depending on where I end up transferring
#13
I graduated in Philosophy, but I was a Biology major for the first 2 years and have an overloaded minor. The Philosophy department here is small enough that you have to take on a second discipline to graduate.
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#15
I studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering. It was a last minute decision based on the process of elimination.

At my university (and I'm pretty sure the same applies for most universities in the UK), you choose a course when you apply and that's all you do for 4 years. There are no majors, minors or general studies.
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Wow angusfan, you're so diverse.



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#17
Shit, I didn't see the categories. Should have picked Social Sciences.

I majored in Communications.
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#19
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Positive, cuz now we have robots who do our jobs for us and women can spend more time in the kitchen and men in front of TV's, just like how God intended it to be.
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#21
Chemical Engineering


it's a toughie


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#24
I never really got how that university minor/major thing works in America.

EDIT: v See, that thing about them being two completely different subjects confuses me a bit.
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#25
I'm getting a degree in English with a music minor.

^Major is your major subject. When I say I have a degree in English, that was my major. The majority of my courses were in English after the general education courses. I have a music minor so I will need a small amount of classes to complete it. Minors are usually used to specialize in areas. Like English Education degrees are essentially an English major with an education minor. Most biology majors with an organismic focus will minor in chemistry. My minor was mostly for fun because I didn't know anything else I'd like to minor in.


Here you can get something called a General Studies degree where you have three minors and no majors. I don't know the benefits of doing that though.

Minors are selected entirely independently from the major. Most people pick related fields for obvious reasons. Other people will minor in unrelated to get a more rounded education or to become educated on something they're interested in but won't be in their field.
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#27
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I'm getting a degree in English with a music minor.

^Major is your major subject. When I say I have a degree in English, that was my major. The majority of my courses were in English after the general education courses. I have a music minor so I will need a small amount of classes to complete it. Minors are usually used to specialize in areas. Like English Education degrees are essentially an English major with an education minor. Most biology majors with an organismic focus will minor in chemistry. My minor was mostly for fun because I didn't know anything else I'd like to minor in.


Here you can get something called a General Studies degree where you have three minors and no majors. I don't know the benefits of doing that though.

Minors are selected entirely independently from the major. Most people pick related fields for obvious reasons. Other people will minor in unrelated to get a more rounded education or to become educated on something they're interested in but won't be in their field.

Thanks. Do you do them at the same time/in the same uni?
#28
started with psychology with a goal in mind to be a drug counselor for addicts and all that

now im thinking about finishing this year (2nd year) and then stopping school and going into an apprenticeship for meat cutting. they make 10.88$/hr starting off and once you finish the apprenticeship its 17.70$/hr. im more motivated to live on my own/be independent than schooling.

i do plan on going back eventually so having 2 years done will be nice.
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#29
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Thanks. Do you do them at the same time/in the same uni?

Yea. A lot of people do their basic classes first. That's basically a year or so of basic classes for a rounded education. Math, science, composition, speech, etc. Then they go into their major and do nothing but that and some minor classes thrown in. Other people will spread out the basic classes since they're usually easier.


You can do all of it at the same school but some people transfer if the degree is more specialized. I'm doing my undergraduate degree and my master's at the same school since they have good programs at both levels. My girlfriend will probably transfer to another university during her undergrad. She's doing organismic biology and wants to eventually do marine biology. This school mostly has good programs for stuff like education and music so she can get the lower level science stuff done here then find a school that offers better science courses and go there until she's done.

Same with my friend who's probably doing botany. He can get standard science courses here then find a school with better science programs. Most people would find a school with the program they want and go there from the start but a lot of stuff changes over the years and educational goals can change.
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#30
As a biologist I must say, go science!
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#31
I was originally an architecture major, then i became a physics major to go into medicine, but now im a physics major going into the chair force
#32
audio production.

was originally going to a tech school for SCADA (electrical engineering/programming geared for industrial applications). decided to chase pipe dreams instead; better than painting the rest of my life in grey monochrome and feeling miserable about it. i could've made a metric assload of money, but fuck all.
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#33
Accounting.
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#34
Computer science, and I plan to pursue an additional degree in meteorology after I earn my current degree.
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#35
I'm studying Music, Jazz Guitar specifically, but it's really just a means for me to get into composition. It's pretty tiring and there's a lot of stuff to do, but it'll be worth it when I'm living in a cardboard box with only an acoustic guitar to my name .
#36
Civil engineering and will probably focus my studies in water rather than the usual structural/geotech stuff. cause in the end, ill end up there whether i study in it or not, but wastewater management jobs want some specifics once in a while. Waste water management = pretty interesting indeed. Anyways, love it!
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#37
Well, seeing as I go to Berklee, it's automatically music.
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#40
I did Electrical Engineering with a Physics minor for undergrad, and I'm in my second semester of graduate school for Electrical Engineering.

And to think, in high school I wanted to be a journalist.
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