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Computer Science vs Software Engineering

SimonCrisSimonCris Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
edited November 2009 in Science Majors
What is the difference between Computer Science and Software Engineering? Is it possible to take both of these as majors?
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  • AuburnMathTutorAuburnMathTutor Registered User Posts: 1,770 Senior Member
    "What is the difference between Computer Science and Software Engineering?"

    There are several useful ways to think about this. One way is to think of it like: Physics:Mechanical/Electrical/etc. engineering :: Computer Science:Software Engineering

    Another useful way to think about it is to look at a collection of classes that both majors would consider core classes, and then see what the differences would be. For instance...

    CS:
    Algorithms
    Formal languages
    Theoretical CS
    Complexity
    Programming languages
    etc.

    SE:
    Software modeling
    Software process
    Software quality assurance
    Real-time and embedded systems
    Computer architecture
    etc.


    "Is it possible to take both of these as majors? "

    What do you mean? If you're talking about a double- or dual-major, probably not... too similar, most places probably won't allow it. The best you could hope for is to major in one and take electives in the other.

    If you're talking about majors in each, then there are definitely places that have both, and they'll usually have computer engineering (CompE) as well. The ACM and ABET have interesting things to say about curriculum differences. You can also look at programs at colleges you're looking at; for instance, you can take a look at the programs at my institution, Auburn. They offer CS, SE, CompE, as well as Wireless SE and Wireless CompE (and EE). If you're interested in other specific places, or have a list of places, the best way to know is to check their offerings.

    You can also list some places, and I;ll check them out and offer my opinion.
  • SimonCrisSimonCris Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Thanx for the reply. i Got it
  • USCitizenUSCitizen Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Don't major in anything computer related unless you have a double major.
    Check out your local Department of Labor and goverment legislation.
    Check out Dice.com. You will never get a job.
  • AuburnMathTutorAuburnMathTutor Registered User Posts: 1,770 Senior Member
    Check out the BLS OOH. You stand a better chance of getting a job in computers than most things. It's one of the highest starting salaried degrees. Enrollment is low, demand is high.

    Don't listen to a word USCitizen says. Double majoring can be beneficial and fun, but it is strictly optional. Don't listen to a single idiot at Dice.com.
  • cconroycconroy Registered User Posts: 51 Junior Member
    I dare you to go to monster.com and type in software or web developer and see how many thousands of jobs pop up....you'll be more then fine with a degree in CS
  • BusyMeiBusyMei Registered User Posts: 687 Member
    Both H and I work in the computer software business for many years. In our experience, jobs are not hard to get and pay is very good.

    Depending on the school, I seen computer science, computer engineering, software engineering majors. Some are more software oriented, some are more hardware oriented, some are more theory based. Check out the school catalog/classes to figure out what interest you more.
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