I got the idea from my friend, Wes, and decided to play around with it myself. I wrote a small Java program that queried the CAPE database by major. I then parsed the HTML pages I retrieved and averaged the number of hours spent studying/working by adding up all the hours and dividing it by the number of rows on the page. I sorted the majors by “hours spent studying”, from highest to lowest. I also added in a few arbitrary restrictions for several cases did not result in enough data. For example, I excluded results that contained less than 20 questionaire returned. I also excluded majors that had less than 10 CAPE evaluations (some majors didn’t have any at all). I know this is definitely not completely representative of “the hardest major.” They’re just some interesting stats. Anyways, here are the results! Hope you found them interesting like I did!

Major Hours Studied per Week
Chemical Engineering : 8.172040816326529
Electrical & Computer Engineering : 7.974568527918782
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering : 7.912618384401109
Structural Engineering : 7.782485875706211
Computer Science & Engineering : 7.5879729729729695
Chemistry : 7.184901960784308
Bioengineering : 6.5636942675159204
NanoEngineering : 6.124444444444445
Humanities : 6.093731343283583
Physics : 6.022707692307693
Contemporary Issues : N/A
Biology : 5.884326424870467
Mathematics : 5.83238341968912
Making of the Modern World : 5.720915032679739
Dimensions of Culture : 5.280217391304348
Education Studies : 5.247454545454547
Thurgood Marshall College : 4.944000000000001
International Studies : 4.932631578947368
Cognitive Science : 4.919226190476191
English as a Second Language : N/A
Law & Society : 4.883333333333333
Literature : 4.803268608414245
Culture, Art, Technology : 4.786162790697674
German Studies : N/A
Anthropology : 4.784846153846153
Chinese Studies : 4.745271317829457
Philosophy : 4.744918918918917
Ethnic Studies : 4.7118978102189795
International Relations and Pacific Studies : N/A
Political Science : 4.662821782178217
Economics : 4.592650231124802
Urban Studies & Planning : 4.571085271317831
Communication : 4.557137681159421
Rady School of Management : 4.555939849624059
History : 4.539741602067183
Critical Gender Studies : 4.4980769230769235
Sociology : 4.42496323529412
Muir College Writing Program : N/A
Visual Arts : 4.320420168067227
Muir College : N/A
Psychology : 4.19964735516373
Religious Studies : 4.179444444444445
Human Development Program : 4.117966101694916
Environmental Sciences : 4.071578947368422
Linguistics : 4.018823529411764
Japanese Studies : 3.9308411214953267
Latin American Studies : 3.818
Revelle College : N/A
Environmental Systems : 3.8058974358974362
San Diego Community College : N/A
Third World Studies : 3.7576923076923077
School of Engineering : 3.6333333333333333
Scripps Institute of Oceanography : 3.3437837837837847
Eleanor Roosevelt College : 3.3249999999999997
Science Technology & Public Affairs : N/A
Sixth College : N/A
Teacher Education Program : N/A
Earth Sciences : 3.101666666666667
Judaic Studies : 2.823333333333333
Music : 2.7260317460317474
Theater & Dance : 2.7113661202185804
Film Studies : 0.82
Warren College : N/A
Warren College Writing Program : NaN
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