Quote:> (I know at some level this is all my fault for
> in...y'know...people. But the general consensus of our hometown is
> that our community college is bad in all departments.)
> My goals out of this? I wanted to go into computer programming, but
> I'm getting the sick feeling the Engineering CS is what I want and the
> Math/CS degree is just a fancy piece of paper that will do me no good
> in terms of employment later on..
CS/Math degree will do you just as well as a CS/Engineering degree. And
beware, CS isn't just computer programming so when you get into the
senior-level CS electives, you'll find yourself not learning so much about
programming but more theoretical issues. If you find yourself wanting to
work in a company such as Intel, AMD, Compaq, Sun, etc...a CS/Engineering
degree might be more valuable. However, for the most part, a CS/Math will
be just the same. And realize, about the only thing you'll learn in
undergrad is that you don't know enough. But you learn how to learn
and how to solve problems which is the important issue. Job experience
counts the most so don't get fazed out wondering which degree will offer
the most value. (Now when you start talking about Masters-level degree,
Going back to the posting about the difference between CS/Math and
CS/Engineering. I'm personally from UoI and I was in the CS/Engineering.
The differences are
1) the general-education courses you take. The liberal arts college have
different requirements than the engineering college. Check the schools'
websites and it should list the requirements.
2) the CS electives you take. Most of the electives in the CS/Math
curriculum will be math courses. They're not exactly your typical calc
course so if you've enjoyed calc, well, that's not a clear indication if
you'll enjoy the other courses. CS/math tend to be really theoretical.
For CS/Engineering, you're not bound to those math courses but can take
different CS courses such as computer architecture, hardware, etc. You're
still going to need to take some of those mathematical-based courses such
as Combinatorial Algorithms (which if you don't know what it is and
you're planning on coming to UoI, be scared...be really scared) but you're
given more flexibility. Of course, I know a lot of CS/Math ppl that take
a wide variety of CS courses so I mean, you're not restricted in
CS/Math....pretty much, it's how much time you have and how you want to
tailor your curriculum.