College degrees ranked by intellectual difficulty
In education, college degrees ranked by intellectual difficulty (DD:#) refers to
In c.1991, Libb Thims, age 19, having never studied before, enrolled in a community college, and began to engage into a "Faustian quest" for understanding, in order to understand the "why" of everything, with focus on the mechanism behind "why" he was studying in the first place, in respect to the bigger picture of universal mechanism. After doing some investigative research, in the library and via personal interview, he was informed that "chemical engineering" was the hardest college degree, and also that was the highest paying college degree in America. Having never taken a chemistry class prior, Thims completed this degree, finishing in the top 8% of his class of 156 students.
In 2002, Thims conducted a study of physical attractiveness (beauty) vs intellectual ability (brains), in efforts to find quantifiable proof behind Beckhap’s law (see: Beckhap’s law proof), in which, in respect to “intellectual difficulty, he had 14 people, mixture of college students and working class people, rank the perceived “intellectual difficulty” of the 101 degrees obtained by female students of the 1969 and 1970 graduating classes of the University of Illinois, Chicago, on a scale of 1 “easiest” to 100 “hardest”, the results of which are shown below:
|2.||Electrical engineering wave propagation and radiation||87.5|
|3.||Science and engineering||85.8|
|8.||Wave propagation and radiation||80|
|12.||Computer science and communication||78.3|
|13.||Engineering: Mechanical analysis||78.3|
|15.||Mechanical analysis and design engineering||77.5|
|17.||Systems analysis engineering||76.7|
|18.||Engineering systems analysis||75.8|
|19.||Engineering structural analysis||75.8|
|20.||Structural design engineering||75.8|
|21.||Applied physics engineering||75|
|23.||Applied mechanics engineering||74.2|
|26.||Computer science and communication engineering||73.3|
|29.||Operations research engineering||72.5|
|32.||Chemistry and geography||71.7|
|36.||Spanish and political science||70.8|
|40.||Mechanical analysis and design||69.2|
|46.||Engineering: Structural mechanics||65|
|50.||Wave radio and property||63.3|
|51.||Architecture and art||62.5|
|53.||Business administration: Accounting||61.7|
|54.||Business administration: Finance||61.7|
|55.||Secondary education: History||61.7|
|59.||Painting graphics art||60|
|63.||English: American literature||58.3|
|69.||Administration of criminal justice||56.7|
|74.||Sociology: Teacher education||55|
|79.||History: Teacher education||50|
|87.||Business administration: marketing||46.7|
|89.||Business administration: operations and systems||45.8|
|98.||Speech (radio and television directing)||34.2|
|99.||Speech and theater||33.3|
|100.||Speech: television and radio||32.5|
Thims, in a separate part of the study, had two people, a married couple in their late 20s, who each scored in the 8.5-9.0 range (on the 10-point hot-or-not.com photo ranking website; when it was active), sort through and rank-by-attractiveness (physical attractiveness), some 2,000+ photos of the UIC graduating classes of 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, and 1980, the male ranking the females, the female ranking the males, without knowing what degree each person obtained. He then graphically plotted the two data sets, therein finding that "physical attractiveness" varies inversely with "mental attractiveness", therein proving Beckhap's law, date which he then correlated to enthalpic (physical heat) and entropy (mental heat) reaction parameters.
The following are related quotes:
- “It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to sell Morton Salt. But being a chemical engineer doesn’t hurt.”
- — Anon (c.1998), “Recruiting advertert” 
- Hardest College Majors – PrepScholar.com.
- (a) Thims, Libb. (2002). “UIC: Attractiveness vs. Intelligence Data: 2,000 graduation photos rated for attractiveness and undergraduate degrees per each photo rated for intellectual difficulty” (Ѻ), IoHT Research Project.
(b) Thims, Libb. (2003). Human Thermodynamics, Volumes 1-3 (Research project #, pg. 221). IoHT Publications.
(c) Thims, Libb. (2007). Human Chemistry (Volume Two) (UIC: Attractiveness vs. Intelligence Study, pgs. 671-72). LuLu.
- Beckhap’s law proof (subdomain) – Hmolpedia 2020.
- Location: clipping in Libb Thims green envelope, in his “Odd Stuff” folder
- College degrees by intellectual difficulty – Hmolpedia 2020.