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A Brief Guide to Engineering MajorsWhile you can earn a college degree in General Engineering, the vast majority (about 98%) of all engineeringbachelors degrees are awarded in a specific field (discipline) of engineering. Thus, it is important to have aspecific engineering discipline(s) in mind when evaluating schools (and many schools will ask (or require) thatyou specify a particular discipline when you apply for admissions, although there is usually some flexibilitygranted students to transfer from one discipline to another, typically after the first (freshman) year of studies).Based on the number of bachelors degrees awarded annually, the engineering majors offered at U.S. colleges anduniversities can be roughly divided into one of four size-based categories: The Big Four Disciplines: Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, which togethercollectively account for approximately two-thirds (67%) of all engineering bachelors degrees awardedannually. The Medium Four Disciplines: Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, and Industrial/ManufacturingEngineering, which collectively account for approximately 20% of all engineering bachelors degreesawarded annually. The Smaller Ten Disciplines: Agricultural, Architectural, Engineering Management, EngineeringPhysics/Engineering Science, Environmental, General Engineering Studies, Materials, Mining, Nuclear,and Petroleum Engineering, which collectively account for l

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