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College, Computers & Engineering (?)

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by PhoenixCadet, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. Oct 2, 2008 at 4:10 PM
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    So, I'm browsing the website for one of the colleges I'm interested in - and noticed that they have Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degrees. Setting the obvious aside (they have to do with engineering of some sort, and math) - what's the difference with a B.E. than a B.S. and B.A.?

    An example of this would be my dad. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. This college I'm looking at offers Electrical Engineering as a B.S. and a B.E. What would differ between the two? Are they different concentrations?

    I'm also curious about their computer programs. Can anyone familiar with the subject explain to me the difference between Computer Science, Computational Science, and Computer Engineering (B.S.'s and a B.E. respectively).

    Please help this lost mind. :)

    Alex
     
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    I've never heard of a BE, on a BS. I'm guessing that a BE has you do more engineering courses vs a BS has you do a bit of non-engineering based courses.

    For example, I'm currently at Penn State going after a BS in MechE. Of the 132 credits I have to take, probably at least 30 of them are not only engineering specific, i.e. my math classes have math majors, science majors, and enginnering majors. I'm guessing that in a program that offers a BE, the majority of your courses are going to be engineering-specific.
     
  3. Oct 2, 2008 at 4:22 PM
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    That's what I was inclined towards thinking; makes sense to me. Thanks!
     
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    I understood the basics on that - but what confused me specifically are the majors in which can be any of them (or some). (e.g. some majors can be earned as a B.A. or B.S. and some as a B.S. or B.E.)
     
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    i dunno about engineering but i have a BS in psychology. the only difference if i wanted to get a BA would have been more literature classes and some spanish. the BS meant more math and science core courses. so.... it really doesn't mean anything for me, but i dont know about a BE
     
  8. Oct 3, 2008 at 11:03 AM
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    ...I had a hard enough time understanding the system here in Canada, not sure how they break apart engineering and such in the states.

    I have a B.A.Sc. in Geology (engineering...or applied science), our science degree's are B.Sc. and are more theory based. Engineering is more geared towards the application of theory while science is developing the theory. That at least is a very simple break down...not always very clear cut.
     
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