College

SniperGod
SniperGod

What is Veeky Forums majoring in college/university?

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CouchChiller
CouchChiller

Business, Astronomy and Physics

JunkTop
JunkTop

Chemistry, with a Biochemical emphasis

Nude_Bikergirl
Nude_Bikergirl

CompSci, don't bully

happy_sad
happy_sad

psychology how do you guys like your fries?

Illusionz
Illusionz

Actuarial Science, but I feel a small part of me suffering because I didn't pick Anthropology. I like Actuarial science and it will give me lots of money, but still...

Stark_Naked
Stark_Naked

Maths

How do postgrads get financial support for themselves if they don't have time to work part-time?

MPmaster
MPmaster

Chemistry with a physical focus

Flameblow
Flameblow

parents

SniperWish
SniperWish

math and physics

RumChicken
RumChicken

Majored in EE for undergrad, now getting MS Optics (pic related). Should I go all in for a PhD or just get that money with a job?

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AwesomeTucker
AwesomeTucker

I'm working on my math PhD

FastChef
FastChef

get the PhD

lostmypassword
lostmypassword

What's interesting about optics?

ZeroReborn
ZeroReborn

you mean masters or phd? Phd you usually get funding from university or the government (eg: me)

BinaryMan
BinaryMan

that's interesting. what are you currently working on?

FastChef
FastChef

majored in math & comp sci
now a math phd student

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BunnyJinx
BunnyJinx

any phd program worth its salt will actually not allow you to work while pursuing the phd degree
you will be funded, typically as a TA, but potentially as an RA, and any phd program which doesn't offer you full funding should not be under consideration (and should be ridiculed publicly)

master's programs are typically paid for out of pocket; either take out a loan or start calling your parents more often

Garbage Can Lid
Garbage Can Lid

Mathematical Statistics

Spamalot
Spamalot

Too much. I have heard some professor say even just lasers are used in a third of all scientific papers published nowadays. Might be bullshit but there are many different areas of optics so much to do.

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haveahappyday
haveahappyday

In my last semester of CS degree with minor in statistics, was just admitted to my school's Masters program in CS with a graduate assistantship.

If I plan to pursue a Ph. D at any point shortly after my Masters, what could I do to improve my chances of getting into a great program with some sort of funding? Other than the obvious publish during grad school and network appropriately?

Bidwell
Bidwell

What do you study?

idontknow
idontknow

thanks for making me feel horrible guys. Biochem in community college, average grades

Playboyize
Playboyize

currently researching Riemannian manifold optimization and monte-carlo methods for finance
I'm looking at transferring to a better phd program next year though and potentially doing fluid dynamics. not sure yet.

TreeEater
TreeEater

Can one go into optics with a degree in MechE?

TreeEater
TreeEater

statistics :(

was a math+phys major but I had some mental health issues and dropped out. Now Im going back but have to work while in school so I had to pick something less intensive.

What do you mean full funding? Tuition waived?

90% of grad schools in US waive tuition and provide a stipend. But that stipend, 90% of the time, is JUST enough to cover rent + food + books. Only the top grad schools offer more. I know a physics grad who lives out of a van here.

Yeah. Youll have to take the undergrad optics courses your first semester of grad school though.

Get cozy with a prof

FastChef
FastChef

Yeah. Youll have to take the undergrad optics courses your first semester of grad school though.
Cool, my mechE program makes us take an introduction into modern physics so hopefully it can provide a background into it.

BunnyJinx
BunnyJinx

graduate student in biochem, working on kinesin motors, specifically kinesin-2

Illusionz
Illusionz

Astronomy and Physics
not Aerospace Engineering
why?

Bidwell
Bidwell

Chemistry, physics, and math

Skullbone
Skullbone

full funding means tuition + stipend
it should be enough for you to not need to work, but you won't have enough money to spend and live lavishly
your physics friend sounds like a retard who can't handle his finances, or like he accepted a shitty funding offer at a shitty school

then again physics isn't math so i don't know if there are any significant differences that might affect physics people that i'm not aware of
math people all live just fine on our funding

DeathDog
DeathDog

Bsc in biochemistry
Studying for masters in haematology
May specialise further down the path

AwesomeTucker
AwesomeTucker

The fact that this makes you feel horrible instead of motivated is more telling than the fact that youre in cc

Sharpcharm
Sharpcharm

(Im the user from rochester) you really might not even need to take any undergrad courses when you come in. If you get the normal math (diffeq+linear algebra) and physics courses (physics 2 or 3) out of the way some places will be fine without additional optics coursework. Try to get additional electives covering optics, lasers, photonics, etc from EE or physics courses if you can too.

Burnblaze
Burnblaze

Ucsb?

Emberburn
Emberburn

joint major physics/computer science

Nojokur
Nojokur

Mathematical Economics

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takes2long
takes2long

hey that is using "R" notation

Illusionz
Illusionz

cause he's not fucking gay

MPmaster
MPmaster

my nigga

Inmate
Inmate

EE

VisualMaster
VisualMaster

chemistry. Starting a PhD next year focusing on polymer synthesis hopefully

BinaryMan
BinaryMan

business marketing

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PurpleCharger
PurpleCharger

A general Natural Sciences degree with focuses in mathematics, computer science, and biology
I regret my entire life I wish I picked chemistry or geology as a freshman
I hate this shit I should have picked what I was good at instead of what's cool

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GoogleCat
GoogleCat

I want to go back to school for this.

Fuzzy_Logic
Fuzzy_Logic

is that just a jack of all trades degree? Never heard of it before. How do you get any depth into the subjects?

Dreamworx
Dreamworx

By doing a shit ton of work all for a degree that nobody will really respect because people who do nothing and flounder will get that degree and the flip side is me who has or rather, had real interdisciplinary interests

I initially started as CS until I realized I sucked assume at programming and enjoyed math/theoretical CS way more

Then I realized I wanted to look at automata theory applied to biology through a lens of abstract algebra & complexity theory

Then I realized I am complete ass at math too and have wasted years and kind of just want to die.

In highschool I was good at chemistry, history , and writing .

In the summer between highschool and college I guess I forgot all my interests and strengths and for lack of creativity picked CS and that was one of the larger mistakes of my life to be honest

SomethingNew
SomethingNew

Mechanical Electrical engineering, I remember I wasn't sure about this degree before getting in, but I asked in some of these threads for advice, an some user told to go for it, I wish I could thank him, I am loving it so far.

idontknow
idontknow

I am studying physics solely because I heard on a thread on Veeky Forums that physics majors have the highest iqs on average and I want people to think I'm smart

Methshot
Methshot

Bioinformatics. Dream is to analyze stem cell high-throughput data or some shit to figure out how to regenerative medicine.

Evilember
Evilember

If you want people to think you’re smart, then chances are you’re not particularly smart.

Spamalot
Spamalot

If he’s self aware enough to recognize it and humble enough to admit it, odds are he’s not doing so bad

TreeEater
TreeEater

actually buying books
Also, where are you where the stipend is stretched so thin? My school isnt even that good but I get ~$27k/year as RA, about $10k to housing, $4k for food ($75/wk) and $1k for phone plan. About $12k leftover and use about $4k for fun and hobby shit

Burnblaze
Burnblaze

Dual Major in Math/CompSci

CodeBuns
CodeBuns

My majors were:
BS in Biology
MS in Zoology
PhD in Biology

likme
likme

zoology sounds so comfy!

tell me about it

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Poker_Star
Poker_Star

It was alright. I worked in a wildlife lab looking at how small mammals use space, and how that in turn affects their consumption of prey. Most of the other students in the lab dealt with game species, whether avian or mammalian. A few dealt with megafauna like cougars and bears.

Deadlyinx
Deadlyinx

holly shit that sounds nice. Is your ph.d zoology oriented?

Sharpcharm
Sharpcharm

My PhD program was geared more towards quantitative ecology. I focused on plant-insect interactions.

VisualMaster
VisualMaster

I'm not trying to be an asshole or anything, but shouldn't you be on /an/?

GoogleCat
GoogleCat

I'm not trying to be an asshole or anything
That's the usual precursor to "but I'm going to be an asshole anyways". Nice to see you're original. And, yes, I do lurk on /an/.

Now, tell us what you do.

StrangeWizard
StrangeWizard

awesome

yea we have lots of biology anons on /an/. But just like computer science anons, sometimes talking about the discipline you like in a more scientific fashion is nice.

Lunatick
Lunatick

MechE, I wasn't telling you to go away, I was just curious about /an/ and its relationship with Biologist, since I never visit that board, gladly answered my question.

Harmless_Venom
Harmless_Venom

Hmmm...might want to work on your delivery, especially if it starts as it did, if you don't want people to think you are deliberately being a douche. I also think it's amusing that, despite never being on /an/, you ask if I should be on it. Again...delivery is a big part of the entire presentation and package, user. Good luck with your studies.

askme
askme

Thanks, hope you do well too.
And yes, giving it a second reading I realize why you would think I was being an asshole, I just didn't know the correct way of asking it in a nicer way, the only way I've been practicing English for a long time it has been through shitposting in here, so sometimes, when I try to formulate "complex" polite sentences I fear my grammar will be all fucked, so I go for the easy short way, that may sound rude.

Inmate
Inmate

I realized you're not a native English speaker, but you're doing a good job. So no worries, user, we're all good. Some times it's best just to ask blunt and to-the-point questions - there is less room for misinterpretation. And fuck anyone (especially Americans) that mock you for learning/practicing another language.

kizzmybutt
kizzmybutt

ok you guys are cute good job but what about grad school how many hours do you anons spend working?

Deadlyinx
Deadlyinx

Mech Engineering
I don't like it
does it get better?

Sharpcharm
Sharpcharm

I typically worked 50-60 hour weeks as a PhD student. That includes teaching responsibilities and my own research.

Snarelure
Snarelure

depends. what don't you like about it?

Evilember
Evilember

A gop controlled state ofc. UNC. republicans obliterated its funding. and physics dept took a huge hit from it while garbage like business school gets luxuries.
You should buy books. How else are you going to do the hmwk? I guess you could torrent ebooks but those are too hard to navigate

DeathDog
DeathDog

It might just be that the university doesn't match my disposition, it's in the middle of the city and I have very tight hours. I've come to understand that if I commit to this I'll end up with four years of study I may not like, 40k in government debt and the prospect of servile internships and bitch jobs until I reach some unrealised payoff. All of my lecturers are ESL foreigners and so are most of my peers. I feel like I am both fucking myself and being fucked

Spazyfool
Spazyfool

Electrical engineering and Comp Sci

TreeEater
TreeEater

I want to eventually get a theoretical computer science PhD
Should I do a masters first
What classes do I have to make sure I do

StonedTime
StonedTime

Fellow chapel hill bro?

CouchChiller
CouchChiller

dumbass containment and control

iluvmen
iluvmen

First year wfsc and A&M, except my grades were shit in high school so I get to go to blinn.

Evil_kitten
Evil_kitten

B.S. in math(applied) and economics. Economics is really starting to piss me off, but I only have one more course in the major so I'm just gonna finish it. I'll probably try to get a masters in systems engineering.

Sharpcharm
Sharpcharm

it's in the middle of the city and I have very tight hours
yeah, thats a preview of coming attractions of the rat race.

I've come to understand that if I commit to this I'll end up with four years of study I may not like

you should know by now if you like the course content.

40k in government debt
thats pretty good. you'll have that paid off in the first 2 years of working.

servile internships and bitch jobs

nigga, you are gonna be an engineer. even the bitch jobs are comfy and pay good.

All of my lecturers are ESL foreigners and so are most of my peers.

its a global economy. you are going to be talking to dudes from china and -stan countries all the time. get used to it.

I feel like I am both fucking myself and being fucked

you are just whinging. stop whinging.

Burnblaze
Burnblaze

Physics

WebTool
WebTool

I’m doing physics undergrad and want to work with quantum computers. But fuck, these “pedagogical” oriented classes are going to be th end of me.

We sit and do worksheets like in HS and it just irks me.

happy_sad
happy_sad

Bachelors of Engineering (not bachelors of science ) in Chemical Engineering. Currently working as a cad monkey in package engineering for a consumer products firm.

Burnblaze
Burnblaze

EE about to switch over to Applied Math.

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SniperGod
SniperGod

That's what I did. Almost done with Ph.D now.

TurtleCat
TurtleCat

Math and Zoology major

Ignoramus
Ignoramus

Nice. I really want to get my PhD in the future but am not sure how to go about it. I am thinking about just completing my school's combined BS/MS program, working a government job in Operations Research for a few years and then going back to school to get my PhD. I really like the idea of doing research full time as an applied mathematician I'm just not sure how to do it without becoming a professor (even though I would like to work in a University). I'll probably do some more research on the topic later since I know there are options.

Spazyfool
Spazyfool

Im a PhD candidate focusing on inorganic/organometallics. I do some electrochemical engineering work within my project as well.

Stark_Naked
Stark_Naked

Mathematics and Economics

Crazy_Nice
Crazy_Nice

Electrical engineering/computer engineering master race reporting in

Harmless_Venom
Harmless_Venom

Same, I go in biology next year, I want to apply my math to improve the world not to make money.

iluvmen
iluvmen

Materials Engineering with an economics minor

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viagrandad
viagrandad

I am a Junior in EE at the moment, but thinking of switching to Materials Science/Eng. or Optics for grad school, but really split between the two. Which one is better for employment in industry? Also, I will be able to do electives relating to either one my senior year even though my university doesn't have either major.

happy_sad
happy_sad

Forgot pic related

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w8t4u
w8t4u

Quantum Optics and optoelectronics

nothing else

any optical eng. / photonics degrees are just a derivative and shallower versions of this

iluvmen
iluvmen

Electrical Engineering and Comp Sci not sure which one I should have as my primary major (going to uni next year). I dot get to double major until I have 30 credit hours.

Illusionz
Illusionz

Are you interested in copmutation theory or how computers physically operate

Nude_Bikergirl
Nude_Bikergirl

Biology (Cell focus)
Chemistry (Biochem focus)
Minor: Mathematics (applied focus)

About to graduate and go to grad school!

BunnyJinx
BunnyJinx

Because fuck you if you dont have rich parents

Fried_Sushi
Fried_Sushi

Help!
ChemE or ElectE
I have to decide before I transfer. I plan on getting my Masters in pure maths.

Evil_kitten
Evil_kitten

Astrophysics/aerospace engineering PhD

SniperWish
SniperWish

tfw my IQ is too high for university

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Dreamworx
Dreamworx

BCom/BMus
majors in Economics and Composition

eGremlin
eGremlin

Industrial and Systems Engineering here, rate my major

Kind of a big bucket of courses I have to take. Stats, materials science/engineering, statics, solid mechanics, electrical engineering, etc. I'm only a freshman but my schedule is listed below;

Calc II
Computer Based modelling and programming for ISE majors
Freshman mechanical physics
Some shitty general ed course

GoogleCat
GoogleCat

o7 my dude

I'm doing the same, I haven't gotten into the meat of it yet, as I've been getting all the bullshit courses/prerequisites out of the way(last semester of those courses though.) I'm doing probability and economic statistics over the summer, it'll probably be a fuckton of work but summer sucks balls where I'm at anyways.

How far along are you in your degree plan?

Ignoramus
Ignoramus

7/10 should have taken intro physics with calc 1.

Stark_Naked
Stark_Naked

Environmental science + physical geography as a minor

Emberburn
Emberburn

I wanted to but we were forced to take freshman chemistry first semester instead, which is retarded. I go to NC state for reference, but I'm not sure if its a brainlet school or not.

Firespawn
Firespawn

Huh I'm going out to chapel hill for grad school soon. Why Chemistry before Physics, and why separate the two halves of chemistry? Weird.

Crazy_Nice
Crazy_Nice

We have this program which we call FYE or first year engineering which has a specific list of courses all engineering freshmen must take before they actually get to their major. You have to take chem, calc based physics (and their respective labs), calculus I and II, and then a few other meaningless intro courses which serve to waste your time like engineering 101 and english 101. Once you do all these you can change your degree to your actual major and they provide spaces based on difficulty and popularity of your major. ISE is a lucky hit because its the only named department and in the middle of major popularity, making it an excellent "sleeper hit".

You can take courses early as a first year engineer (like I did with industrial engineering) so long as you meet the prerequisites and have the classes you need in your schedule to change your degree on time. Most chemical/nuclear/materials science engineering majors I know are already in organic/inorganic chem so that they can crank it out while they can. Getting rid of a few "weed out" classes in one fell swoop is a good way to relieve the stress later. The intro courses to most majors including my own are notoriously difficult and have an unreasonable amount of work to sort the boys from the men.

The brainlet filter classes are all major specific introductory courses (first of the 100 or 200 levels typically), the physics series, calculus II, organic chemistry/statics, etc.

askme
askme

Psychology major here. You're brave to post this here.

Playboyize
Playboyize

Moot plz

Skullbone
Skullbone

Sounds like a totally a badass program. I'm at UT studying a different field, but I'm an avid hunter and fisherman.

Also what's the deal with the whole Blinn/A&M thing? Is it like a prep school for A&M or something?

eGremlin
eGremlin

Physics + math, minors in cs and chem. And a few extra stats courses but not enough for a minor.

Applying for grad school soon. Advisor wants me to apply for high energy track but Im more interested in nanotech/condensed matter.

Inmate
Inmate

A&M accepts you automatically if you're in the top 10% of your high school class. Out of those guys, there's always a large chunk who drops out when they realize that getting an A in an AP class doesn't directly translate into being an engineer or doctor. So in an effort to keep the class sizes similar, i.e. not a giant drop from freshman year to sophomore year, the administration decided to bring in community college fuckwits like me.

A&M realized that Blinndergarten existed in the diseased tumor that is Bryan, TX. The schools partnered together, and kids who would usually get rejected get into a co-enrollment program. Students can take 5 hours at A&M and 15 at Blinn. You can transfer straight into the university full time after you meet your degree requirements like a normal community college student, my degree only requires credit for the first two introductory biology classes, or you can go through the full two and a half year program.

Going to Blinn might be the most brainlet inducing feel, but all in all I'm glad the program exists because fuck going to Texas State.

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Sharpcharm
Sharpcharm

Astrophysics, minor in Russian language

New_Cliche
New_Cliche

Theoretical Computer Science bachelor's

The only people who have a notion of what my degree entails are pure math majors and everyone else thinks its fake

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Evil_kitten
Evil_kitten

Pharmacology and chemistry

Emberfire
Emberfire

4th year Mech. E and Applied Math double major

Question for all the grad people ITT:
What jobs do you guys expect to get? In high school I was pretty set on doing a phd in applied math but was told it'd be hard to get a job so I decided to do mechanical engineering as well for the job prospects

Evilember
Evilember

Biochemistry. I switched from pre-veterinary and, so, biochemistry as opposed to chemistry was the best pick for transferring credits.

I am severely wishing I was in chemistry at the moment as I am applying to graduate programs and realize that, with my interest in biophysical/ bioinorganic, and biomaterial design, chemistry would be the better sell and have made me more prepared for the physical aspect whereas my undergraduate program is tailored more towards the -bio aspect.

I am still quite happy with my prospects, however.

TurtleCat
TurtleCat

Got my BA in ciminal justice, minor in French. Currently working on a BA of music theory with a minor in musical history. I plan on getting another degree too. Not like I'm going to do anything with them, I just like the subjects.

LuckyDusty
LuckyDusty

Where does the money for your various degress come from? What brings you to Veeky Forums with non-STEM majors?

CouchChiller
CouchChiller

I already defended and have been employed for a while but PhD in polymer and organic chemistry.

eGremlin
eGremlin

I pay out of pocket. After a ~$1500 down payment, monthly payments are only $250. I'm broke as fuck and perpetually live the broke college life, despite being 25 with a BA, but I like learning. Same reason I'm on Veeky Forums. I'm a generally educated person, and this place is great for information, as long as you can wade through the idiots and shit posters. Stem majors never interested me. Math, physics etc. Are cool, but I never wanted to sit down and put the time in to master them, study etc. Subjects like CJ are social sciences. They're not as black and white, and I think that's interesting. It's more of a way to constructively fill my time than anything else.

BinaryMan
BinaryMan

What was your research focused on? Do you miss being in school?

Illusionz
Illusionz

Organic electronics. I did all my own synthesis and electrochemist and device construction.

Industry is okay. You get quite a bit of respect in the company and the benefits are astronomically superior to gradschool but I loved the freedom and exploration my graduate advisor provided. I really do miss that. I miss setting up an experiment or two in the morning and then go off drinking beer for a few hours then returning to work or just showing up whenever and working on my time and my schedule. Miss working late and taking late night walks around the campus waiting for experiments to run their course. That shit was magical.

That said, I do enjoy my job and the technology we're creating is pretty fuggin nice and works well. Pilot plant is built and we're trying to get a factory online so I'm doing some production to help get the line up. I have determined that I hate manufacturing and production and I can't wait to get back to R&D.

Dreamworx
Dreamworx

Computer information technology. I'm focusing on security though.

Sir_Gallonhead
Sir_Gallonhead

CS minor in philosophy

Lunatick
Lunatick

5 year double degree one in computer science engineering, and the other a double science major one in pure mathematics and the other in statistics, I'm in my last year and am wondering if I should do phd next year

I want to do stuff in machine learning perhaps but am not sure if I should do self study on some of the ideas now, the AI course I did during CS was brainlet-tier

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