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FSU vs. UF for Computer Science

tdmmmdtdmmmd Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
I'm a high school senior from Florida with the interest to go into computer programming and major in computer science. I have done a little research on both programs, but would like opinions from students and graduates about the programs and which one would offer the most benefit and translate into post-college jobs. Also, any tips about going into this major I would greatly appreciate.

Points of concern
1. ABET accreditation. I believe FSU's program has this, but UF's doesn't. Does this matter much for getting jobs or affect how good the program is?
2. Credits necessary to major- I heard UF requires some courses for this major that FSU doesn't that are basically a waste of time/weed out classes.
3. Funding at UF. I've heard that UF was thinking about making cuts to the CS program, not sure what has happened. Also, I've heard UF's CS programs operates under the engineering program while FSU's is it's own entity. Does this make a big difference.
4. Jobs. Which college would better prepare me for a job and would look better on a resume after college and during college for internships

Concerns about major
1. I'm tech savvy, but I don't know how to program at all. My friend told me about AP Computer Science, but I'm not in it and it's my senior year. I might possibly be able to get into it online at FLVS, but I'd have to drop a one semester AP Comp. Gov. class that is the 2nd semester. Is this AP CS class worth taking online at FLVS? Or should i try learning some stuff on my own. What language should i start with and how should I start learning?

Thank you for reading this, looking forward to some clarity.

Replies to: FSU vs. UF for Computer Science

  • CollegeInformedCollegeInformed Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    FSU's CS program is part of the College of Arts and Science.

    http://www.cs.fsu.edu/current/undergrad/flowchart.pdf

    FSU is one of 38 universities in the country and the only university in the state of Florida that has both CAE/IAE & CAE/R designations by the NSA:

    CAE/IAE- National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education
    CAE/R - National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research

    https://www.nsa.gov/ia/academic_outreach/nat_cae/institutions.shtml

    FSU CS progam is accredited by ABET:

    "The Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET has accredited the Computer Science department's Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree program. ABET is the recognized accrediting body of college and university programs in engineering, computing, technology and applied science."

    http://www.cs.fsu.edu/current/undergrad/bscs_abet.php

    UF offers two tracks for CS:

    1) CSC - BS in College of Liberal Arts (Not ABET certified)
    2) CSE - BS in College of Engineering (ABET certified)

    UF does not have either CAE/IAE or CAE/R NSA designations.

    I do not know about the current situation with UF funding for their CS departments. Two years ago there was discussion about UF dismantling the CS departments but do to faculty and student protest the CS programs have survived.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2012/04/22/university-of-florida-eliminates-computer-science-department-increases-athletic-budgets-hmm/



  • Gator88NEGator88NE Registered User Posts: 5,417 Senior Member
    2) CSE - BS in College of Engineering (ABET certified)

    You would think it is, but out of the 12 ABET certified programs at UF, CSE is not one of them.

    To say that Forbes posting was misleading would be an understatement. UF had planned to eliminate the College of Liberal Arts(CLAS) program, and move the faculty and students over to the COE program (CSE). What caused the uproar, was the fact that the move would eliminate all funding for teaching assistants in CLAS and cut any graduate/research programs in CLAS. You would still have these programs in COE, but after the move, you would have fewer TA's, and administrative folks (hence the cost savings). Clearly the CLAS folks where not happy about the propose change.

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