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What does a civil engineer do? Possible minors to go with it?

Question by Ashley: What does a civil engineer do? Possible minors to go with it?
So, I want to be an architect. I’ve decided that it makes more sense for me specifically to get a bachelors degree in some type of engineering and then get a masters in architecture instead of doing the 5 year bachelors of architecture program. My reasoning behind this decision is that 1) I feel like engineering has more job security and it could always be a backup plan if architecture didn’t work out for some reason and 2) I feel like an engineering degree could help me to become a better architect.

I’ve been told that civil engineering would be a great major in my case. What exactly does a civil engineer do? Would it relate to an architecture job in any way?

I also want to minor in either architectural or structural engineering, depending on which college I go to and if it offers it. Do you think this would be necessary or not? I honestly don’t think that it would take any more time because all of the classes towards the minor would count as electives towards the civil engineering major.

Please give me some insight. Thanks in advance!

Best answer:

Answer by Philomel
You are looking at the whole issue sort of catiwampus.
Architectural engineering is an engineering degree (Major).
The Minors to go with that are Physics and Math.
Taking a planned program leading to an Architectural engineering degree simply keeps you from taking extraneous classes along the way which are a waste of time and money, unless you wish to take them. The trimmed path lets you know which classes you will be takng next quarter and the path you will follow to get there. It is the fastest path to graduation.
You can of course make your own path but you may find that a class you took is no longer accepted and you have to redo it.
In a properly laid out path you are guarentee that the classes will be accepted later in that program and school

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