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  1. #1 Computer Science or Computer Engineering? 
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    I like programming, so thats one of the reasons I plan to major in computer science. Also, I like the idea of working with computer graphics and systems for artificial intelligence. But I keep on hearing a lot negative comments about the CS major, here are a few:
    1. People who study CS are computer engineering dropouts who decided to take the easy way out cause they couldn't keep up with the difficulty level of CE.
    2. Most of the students are gaming nerds who have no social life.
    3. Computer Science is a limited major compare to computer engineering.
    I've also heard that an engineer has more job openings and has much more knowledge than a computer scientist, since he/she is capable of working with both software and hardware.


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    Quote Originally Posted by masta
    I like programming, so thats one of the reasons I plan to major in computer science. Also, I like the idea of working with computer graphics and systems for artificial intelligence. But I keep on hearing a lot negative comments about the CS major, here are a few:
    1. People who study CS are computer engineering dropouts who decided to take the easy way out cause they couldn't keep up with the difficulty level of CE.
    2. Most of the students are gaming nerds who have no social life.
    3. Computer Science is a limited major compare to computer engineering.
    I've also heard that an engineer has more job openings and has much more knowledge than a computer scientist, since he/she is capable of working with both software and hardware.
    I will say I enjoy computer engineering, I have a affinity for hardware and electronics in general. it is fun, yes there CE is more comlicated and demands more upkeep then just software for you have to understand the architecture compatibility between both hardware and software, and the knowledge of creating the software for the desired hardware.

    there are more job openings with CE, yet harder to get those jobs for you have to specialize.
    the choice boils down to what you have more of a desire to create... software or hardware.....


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    Let me try and address your concerns one at a time:

    1) I donít know where you get this from, but computer science is as difficult as computer engineering. Both the majors involve taking complex courses and there is nothing to suggest one is harder than the other.
    2) People who think all that CS grads do is play video games have certainly not been in the vicinity of one. A lot of CS grads are extremely social and lead well rounded lives. Ultimately, the kind of life you lead depends on your personality traits and not what you study.
    3) I wouldnít think so. A Computer Science degree opens up a variety of exciting career options like programming, software engineering, database management, etc.

    My advice: Listen to your heart and pursue a major that interests you. A career is generally for a lifetime and you donít want to be stuck doing something you donít enjoy for that long.
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