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Does ABET accreditation for CS matters a lot?

linochlinoch Registered User Posts: 397 Member
edited November 2010 in Engineering Majors
I know that UCSD and UCI have really good CS program.... yet they are not accredited by ABET. But schools like LA, Berkeley Davis, Riverside, and SB are ABET accredited. So is it better to go to ABET Accredited schools than UCI and UCSD? Does ABET Accreditation matters a lot for CS if you want to get a job right after college?
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Replies to: Does ABET accreditation for CS matters a lot?

  • linochlinoch Registered User Posts: 397 Member
    if it doesnt matter, why would they even accredit CS for a lot of schools?
  • jdong92jdong92 Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
    Well, I know a person that graduated with a BS degree in Computer Science from a non-ABET college and got a job. It seem that ABET is really important for the other engineering major like Chemical, Mech, EE, Comp E, Civil, ect since you can't take the Fundamental of Engineering exam without graduating from ABET accredited university.
  • rogracerrogracer Registered User Posts: 1,205 Senior Member
    I think it depends on whether the CS degree is offered in the College of Engineering or in the College of Liberal Arts and Science. If it is part of a liberal arts program, then the core curriculum is not likely to be consistent with ABET accreditation. Some schools consider CS more a study in liberal arts and some consider it to be more an engineering discipline. Some large schools actually give you the option.
  • GLOBALTRAVELERGLOBALTRAVELER Registered User Posts: 2,892 Senior Member
    No...not really.
  • susgeeksusgeek Registered User Posts: 1,603 Senior Member
    It only matters in fields that require certification. CS doesn't.
  • linochlinoch Registered User Posts: 397 Member
    Then which CS program would be better? The one in liberal arts and science? Or the one in college of engineering?
    By the way, San Jose state's computer science is in college of liberal arts and science and is still abet accredited...What does that even mean?
  • GLOBALTRAVELERGLOBALTRAVELER Registered User Posts: 2,892 Senior Member
    As long as a Computer Science program contains the following foundation courses:

    - Analysis of Algorithms
    - Data Structures
    - Theory of Programming Languages
    - Theory of Operating Systems

    ...your CS program should be OK since those 4 areas will be:

    1) Required for a B.S. in CS
    2) Required for admission for a M.S. in CS
    3) Required as graduate course versions for an M.S. in CS
    4) Part of the comprehensive exam for a M.S. in CS (if the school requires those exams)

    Employers do NOT care which department offers CS because some schools offer CS in Engineering and some schools offer CS through the Math department.
  • syowaresyoware Registered User Posts: 102 Junior Member
    Ironically those 4 courses are required for my CpE program
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