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4/1/04 1:58 PM
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Alright, I'm at the point in my academic career (sophomore) where I can either go Computer Science or Computer Engineering. Both fields intrigue me. Which has the better future as far as job outlook? I'm worried about the outsourcing issue and I fear that just a straight CS doesn't cut the mustard anymore. Any opinions?
4/1/04 2:19 PM
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1) Straight CS will cut the mustard. 2) Go for computer engineering it's better. I'm currently taking an honours comp sci. Ask if you have any questions. Your hardcore into computers right? You like doing stupid things with them that other people don't understand? Otherwise, pick a different major right now.
4/1/04 2:19 PM
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based on my experience with friends, CE has more hours of class/homework plus there are labs. in terms of diffculty they are about the same. however, that depends on the courses that you have to take, which depend on the school. my advice is to read about every course you have to take for each field. as far as job prospects, they are both in the same industry. if you look at job postings you may see "degree requirement: computer science or computer engineering". the job market is saturated in terms of programming.
4/1/04 2:25 PM
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"Your hardcore into computers right?" You should see my study. It looks like a geek explosion happened in there.
4/1/04 2:38 PM
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If you are just interested in job prospects, I would go CE. You can treat the CE like a CS, but not really the other way around. However, if there is a large amount of coursework difference, like there is here, I would choose the one you are more interested in. (computer science major - umich 2004)
4/1/04 2:41 PM
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if you hate to program, go CE. if you love programming, go CS. being just about to graduate with my CE degree I'm glad I didn't go CS. You get way more into electronics and circuits with CE.
4/1/04 3:03 PM
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I don't hate to program. I actually like it, but i also love messing around with electronics. Hacking and modding my X-Box was a blast for me.
4/1/04 4:09 PM
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~You should see my study. It looks like a geek explosion happened in there. That's what I want to hear. Those are the types of people who succeed in computer programs. You gotta love programming though, otherwise it's hard to study enough. There are lots of distraction in university.
4/1/04 4:10 PM
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Go CE though, more job options.
4/1/04 5:29 PM
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CS has more discrete math than CE. In the end I think they're equally good so choose based on what you enjoy. I loved CS and honestly, it's more about algorithms than it is about programming, well it should be. Programming you learn in your first year, but after that, it's assumed you know how to code (unless you specialise in software engineering). Data structures, algorithms and complexity form a large part of a cs program, and then you can choose courses on the side like networking, graphics, ai etc.
4/2/04 6:55 PM
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If you like electronics as well, i definitely recommend CE. You will learn a fair amount of both programing and electronics. Not 100% sure, but i suspect it has better employment opportunity as well. I like to program and electronics and I am currently doing an EE degree. Fuckload of work, but it's pretty cool... plus, I'm starting to get some choice in my classes so I am doing some programming related ones...
4/3/04 4:32 PM
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CS is all software, CE is half software, half hardware. I started out in CE, but switched to CS when I couldn't handle all the circuit stuff. I think CE is generally more marketable and will get more money.
4/3/04 7:31 PM
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Thanks for the replies. I'll think I'll give a circuits class a try and see how I like it. Then I'll go from there.
4/6/04 12:38 PM
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Look at salary ranges for CS/CE too. It's a huge factor.
4/7/04 10:14 AM
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It depends upon your interests. CE (at least where I went to school) is focused in hardware and is almost identical to an Electrical Engineering Degree. CS is a software design/development focus. Decide which you prefer and go with it. Good luck, both are far from easy.
4/7/04 10:52 PM
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grimdog is correct. at my school CE is almost identical to EE. they do a couple more programming courses and less nitty gritty electrical stuff (quantum physics, electromagnetic fields).
4/8/04 1:39 AM
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CE's generally have more options... there are plenty of CE's doing programming work, while there are damn few CS majors doing EE/CE style stuff. go CE and then spend some time programming on the side to build up your skills.
4/8/04 12:57 PM
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Rob is wise. I'm in EE trying to get as much programming in as possible...
4/8/04 4:00 PM
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Rob is correct. I was just driving the point home without telling you why, my mistake. He's right on the money w/ the advice.
4/9/04 2:00 AM
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One more class and I'll basically have a CS minor, but that EE stuff looks like fun.

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