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  • Computer Science

    1 25.00%
  • Software Design and Development

    3 75.00%
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Thread: help with major

  1. #1 help with major 
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    Hi everybody,

    i'm studying computer science in the university, i'm i saw they have 2 different tracks inside the computer science major:

    computer science
    software design and development

    I was wondering if anyone can help me by telling more or less the difference between the two, because the school web site description is vague.

    I would like to know which one has more demand and better salaries, but also what is the main kind of work you should do in both.

    I'm sorry if i'm asking too much.

    Thanks in advance.

    tocopan


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    nobody has an opinion here?


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    I can't see why it should be two subjects? there's only one tiny little circuit that makes up all computers (the NOR gate) and software is a few flow charts.
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    As I understand and have already experienced, the two tracks reflect two different mindsets within CS.

    Computational science emphasizes the mathematical side of CS. Dealing with abstract data structures, sorting, logic, artificial intellegence, etc.

    Software engineering (or software design and development) emphasizes the application of CS. Dealing with large projects, application to business, etc.

    Both paths basically deal with most subjects mentioned, but the emphasis is what's different. A vulgar summary would be that computational science is CS with a mathematical emphasis, and software engineering is CS with an emphasis on application.

    In my opinion, both are needed for true understanding of the craft, and should not be separated into separate tracks. I'm glad that they are not separate at my university.

    Just my take on it, though...
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    oh, and I forgot to mention...

    I have no idea who gets paid more, but I would suspect that the software engineering track would open more oppertunities with businesses, creating the oppertunity for higher salaries. There's places in the world for both, however. My suggestion is to do what you love, not what's most profitable (although, money does make some people happy...)
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    Software Engineering at my school is the exact same program as Computer Science. The difference is actually 1 class. As computer science students take a class on Network Security, Software Engineering just takes an additional programming language (a dumb class in my opinion).

    The two are so alike that this question is almost impossible to answer. If a company was looking for a Computer Science BA/BS, and a Software Engineer came to their hands, they wouldn't turn them down. Same vise-versa.

    Hope this helps.
    If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.

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    You need to ask an academic advisor in the appropriate department at your school, they'll know much better than anyone here what the differences are.
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  9. #8  
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    Please try to explain me the diff between Computer Science and Software Design and Development so that, i can vote it correctly..

    Thanks...
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