I'm not sure if this is entirely the correct stack exchange for my question, but the career stack exchange seemed to have a different focus from what I'm looking for. My question is: Can I work in engineering (Aerospace), specifically in modeling/simulation/analysis, without an engineering degree?
There is a fair bit of background for this question so be warned. I am sophomore Aerospace engineering student currently working through my 4th semester. I'm taking 16 credit hours. My classes are fairly challenging for me, as would be expected, but I can and do get A's in them so far. I work for an Aerospace engineering company for about 30 hours a week with school, I've been with this company for about a month. I've been hired on as year-round intern to do (obviously basic) modeling and data analysis. My problem is that I really like doing the modeling/data analysis, and in school I have a hard time caring about my non-math and non-numerical methods classes. If I switched to a math major, I would have a halved class load, and I would be able to take only courses on modeling and data analysis.
The obvious solution here would be for me to switch to CS, but every time I import 'system' into Python I die a little bit. Its not something I personally enjoy, so I would like to avoid that if possible. Basically, I want to focus on becoming more skilled at what I enjoy doing without doing unnecessary work. But I don't know if I can continue doing what I enjoy in my future career without a degree that says "Engineering" on it. I don't have enough information to make this decision so I'm hoping for advice from those that do. .