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Next year I'm going to be attending Waterloo for electrical engineering, but I've recently had some doubts about this program. I have a new-found passion for computers and have been thinking quite a bit lately about the possibility of taking computer sciences. I was just wondering, if I do decide I want to switch programs, if it is even a possibility? I'm very unsure as it is so late to be switching.
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@jsim93 wrote
Next year I'm going to be attending Waterloo for electrical engineering, but I've recently had some doubts about this program. I have a new-found passion for computers and have been thinking quite a bit lately about the possibility of taking computer sciences. I was just wondering, if I do decide I want to switch programs, if it is even a possibility? I'm very unsure as it is so late to be switching.



Did you apply for Computer Science? If you got into that program as well, you may have the option to. Otherwise, call the Admissions Office and see what they're willing to do.

A fellow SAer, "immaculatedx", was admitted into the Math/CA program and wanted to transfer into the Math/Business double degree program. He was able to, but probably partially due to him also being admitted into Math/Business.
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I didn't apply for computer science, but I suppose I should give calling the Admissions Office a try. I really hope I have the option to switch because the more I research the computer science program, the more I feel the urge to switch.
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It's always possible to switch programs, but you will need a very good first year GPA and will probably have to accept that many of your courses won't transfer to your new degree
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If its any help, I switched from Electrical Engineering to Chemical Engineering in June. I e-mailed the engineering admissions people (after being instructed to do so by the admissions office) regarding the desired switch and in a couple of weeks of being on a waitlist they gave me the offer for Chemical Engineering. I put Chemical Engineering as an alternative on my AIF, if that makes a difference. So maybe you still have a chance to switch... good luck!
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@ktel wrote
It's always possible to switch programs, but you will need a very good first year GPA and will probably have to accept that many of your courses won't transfer to your new degree



What ktel said. It is possible to do it, but plan beforehand. Ask what courses you'll need to take for CS and try to knock some of them off while you're in EE. In this way, you won't be too far behind when you finally do transfer eventually. If that doesn't work out, you always have the option of minoring in CS while in EE. However, this may involve a lot of extra work on your time and will definitely require you to commit wholeheartedly.
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It's very possible, I know a guy who did that actually, and hes graduating with CS degree this year. Originally he was doing CompEng degree @ Waterloo.
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^ I would imagine the switch from Computer Engineering to Computer Science would be very easy, given their similarities
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The only way to find out if you can switch is to contact the university and ask. If you can't switch now, try to take as many of the courses that would be required of the new program in your first year, and try to get a GPA that is as high as possible. That will make switching after first year easier.

It is certainly possible to switch, even if it isn't easy. I personally know people who:

- switched from aerospace engineering at Carleton to biological engineering at Guelph
- switched from applied human nutrition at Guelph to biomedical engineering at Guelph
- switched from biological engineering at Guelph to nutrition and dietetics at U of Alberta

(yes, I have very indecisive friends, but that's okay - lots of people don't know what they want when they finish high school)
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