FSU vs UF (Computer Science)

<p>So I have decided that i'm going to major in Computer Science. I'm just wondering which school has the better CS Program? Thanks</p>

<p>Here is one difference: </p>

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<p>I am CS major at FSU. </p>

<p>To be honest, UF has the higher-ranked program, although their USNWR ranking for CS has dropped while FSU has increased recently. Additionally, there was a big brouhaha a few months ago over UF threatening to fold their CISE department. </p>

<p>One thing I like about FSU is that they have a completely independent CS department. This gives them more flexibility. At UF, CS seems to be treated as a subset of engineering (as the recent controversy demonstrates). It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but when I compared the UF and FSU curricula, UF’s CS-related programs struck me as being closer to Electrical Engineering degrees with some CS thrown in. At FSU, CS is CS. And CS != engineering. </p>

<p>It also appears that UFs CSE (their version of CS) degree requires fewer actual CS courses and more non-CS “weed-out” courses.</p>

<p>So it’s not as much CS based and contains more “weed-out” classes? By “weed-out” do you mean extremely difficult classes that are meant to get rid of the ‘weak’?</p>



<p>I’d classify the classes as requiring consistent application of study as opposed to impossible. There are notable weed-outs in several fields - Organic chemistry, Intermediate accounting, Calculus…</p>

<p>Take a look at the CS major requirements for both UF and FSU and see which one appeals to you.</p>

<p>My son is in the CS program at FSU and he loves it. I think one thing you might consider is what area of computer science you want to get into. From what I have learned FSU has some great specialties, if you want to get into cypercrime,networking, systems admin, scientific computing to name a few.My son told me they have a great mobile lab too and that someone he knew had done an internship with google. He also had a lot of internship offers to choose from last summer. I do disagree with the comment about the java and C++ comment, as FSU is a C++ school and my son says it is a lot harder than java and a lot of employers prefer schools that teach C++. We were told in the beginning to stay away from java schools. I don’t know what UF teaches and i am sure they have a great program, but i do know that we looked at the rankings in the beginning and it seemed to me that they had UF under computer engineering and it wasn’t really ranking just computer science so i don’t believe,if i understood it correctly, that it is a good comparison. Also if you are planning on doing the BS degree, it is ABET accredited and some of his best offers he had last summer required that.</p>

<p>I don’t get it but a lot of schools are switching from C/C++ to Java and, for the most part, it doesn’t look good on resumes for embedded systems development. I transferred to FSU for the C++ foundation and I wanted to work in aero/defense with embedded systems. Been working in the field now for 8 years at a few big name employers and I haven’t seen any Java. After interviewing many candidates, C++ as a core college language is like eye candy on a resume. Just say’n.</p>