You could just as easily argue that people drop out of real Computer Science to go EE
I went straight through the CSE branch of EE (included CS algorithms, building compilers in ADA, logic programming, circuit analysis in both the time and frequency domains, basic amplifier design, discrete math, calc, linear algebra, signal analysis and digital control of dynamic systems (read: applying laplace transforms in very complex ways)) The people in CS had it much easier than me. I can't really tell if the folks following the purer EE fork had it easier of harder, but while I envy their knowlege of photonics, wave theory, and anaogue information encoding, I don't envy the work they had to put into acquiring it, nor the complexity of their device models and circuit equations.
NOBODY dropped *into* CSE/EE (it was hard enough to get into the engineering school to begin with and CS majors would lose ground every semester on the prereqs.) It was usually the other way around. In fact the way they front-loaded the CS courses so we were roughly apace the CS majors was likely because they expected this to happen.
While theoreticians can be said to possess a certain level of explorative intellegence and a voracious memory not possessed by engineers, engineers possess an intelligence that helps one deal with having neither of the luxuries of glossing over fine details nor a flexible objective.