Top 10 Easiest and Hardest College Degree Majors

The Hardest

  1. Engineering:

    From chemical engineering to electrical to mechanical engineering, the courses one takes in chemistry, physics, calculus, statistics, biology, and other general education programs give you the lowest rates of As and the highest rate of Cs for any major. Engineering programs have a notoriously high dropout rate as high as 60 percent a year! 

  2. Life sciences

    : The life sciences include biology, genetics, zoology, anatomy, and biochemistry among others. Life sciences courses follow engineering courses in lowes average GPA line-up.

  3. Business & management:

    Below half of business and management students are able to pull off a 3.5 or better, and they average the second longest amount of time in which students complete their degrees. So, you think your MBA-degree holder boss is stupid? Hmm, think again, he/she went through the eye of the needle!

  4. Physical sciences:

    The physical sciences include physics, chemistry, and geology. Majors of physical sciences record the lowest percentage of students able to work full-time (more than 30 hours a week) and the fourth-lowest rate of students with average GPAs over 3.5. Indeed, majoring in these fields proves to be a challenging undertaking.

  5. Social/behavioral sciences:

    The social sciences is a popular choice for students seeking an easy A. Many think that the social sciences are easy programs, only to realise later that it is also a tough undertaking to major in this field. The social and behavioral sciences encapsulate what are sometimes known as “soft sciences”: political science, psychology, economics, sociology, and anthropology. The social and behavioral sciences house the fourth-lowest number of fulltime workers and are tied for shortest median degree completion time (meaning, only a few students successfully complete their degree on time).


While we have listed the easiest and most difficult college degree majors in general, remember that these ranking is based on quantitative factors like (1) average GPA within the majors, (2) amount of time to complete their degree, and (3) amount of time majors spend on activities outside school; all under the assumption that the more difficult the majors are, the lower their average GPAs will be, the longer completion times, and lesser time for outside activities.
Ultimately, what is difficult for one individual might not be the case for another. After all, we are born or/and trained with varying skill sets and natural inclinations.


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