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Question About Majors

jaimeastorga2000jaimeastorga2000 Registered User Posts: 759 Member
edited June 2008 in University of Florida
I'm going to start studying at UF this summer, and I wanted to ask about something. I already decided that I am majoring in mathematics (CLAS degree, I assume); however, I want to get a second degree in an engineering course as well. I was considering something dealing with electrical and computer engineering. Unfortunately, I have become confused as how the various majors of the department of electrical and computer engineering and the department of computer and information science and engineering relate to each other. So far, I've seen the following offered.

Department Of Electrical And Computer Engineering:
Bachelor Of Science In Electrical Engineering
Bachelor Of Science In Computer Engineering (Hardware Emphasis)

Department Of Computer And Information Science And Engineering:
Computer Engineering - Software Emphasis (CEN)
Digital Arts And Sciences (DAS)
Computer Science (CSE)
Computer Science (CSC)
Computer Information Science (CIS)

After reading about the majors, I have so far seen that Digital Arts And Sciences (DAS) is designed to allow a combined study with related arts, and it seems Computer Information Science (CIS) is geared towards people in management positions. Computer Science (CSC) is kind of like Digital Arts And Sciences (DAS) in that it allows people another emphasis but that emphasis is meant to be in the liberal arts and sciences.

However, I am unsure about the rest. I think it says says Compuer Science (CSE) is comparable to Bachelor Of Science In Computer Engineering (Hardware Emphasis) from the Department Of Electrical And Computer Engineering, so what's the difference? And where does that leave Computer Engineering - Software Emphasis (CEN)? And how do both degrees from the Department Of Electrical And Computer Engineering relate to each other? Can someone please explain this better? Thank you!
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Replies to: Question About Majors

  • RChris173RChris173 Registered User Posts: 218 Junior Member
    I'm in the same boat as you...I want to do Computer Science as well but am very confused between the differences of these yet very similar majors...
  • jaimeastorga2000jaimeastorga2000 Registered User Posts: 759 Member
    Have you found/noticed any information that was not included in my post?
  • RChris173RChris173 Registered User Posts: 218 Junior Member
    Not really, I want to major in Computer Science (Engineering) but with software emphasis. I was a bit confused with the different types of categories available as you were too.
  • blandonfrankblandonfrank Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    jaimeastorga2000,

    I'm in the same situation and this is what they told me in the school of engineering.
    According to them they have two programs from computer engineering (Software and Hardware). The one with emphasis on hardware is offered by the school of electrical and computer engineering. However, the software one is offered by the school of science.
    Now, the difference between them is that one deals with cirtuits and boards and the other with basically software.
    As far as the difference between CS and software engineering is not so clear, CS deals more with applied mathematics and algorithms.

    Do your research before making a decision. If you're more of a mathematical person and a lot of theory I would say go with computer science.
    If you're into electronics, circuits, boards, designs.... go with CEN(hardware)
  • RChris173RChris173 Registered User Posts: 218 Junior Member
    I'm more software oriented so basically I need to know what difference between Computer Engineering (Software emphasis) and just Computer Science (College of Engineering) is....
  • blandonfrankblandonfrank Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    RChris173,

    Maybe this article will help you a little:
    Computer Science vs. Computer Engineering

    Good luck :D
  • jaimeastorga2000jaimeastorga2000 Registered User Posts: 759 Member
    Okay, so now that I went to preview, I think I got this down.

    CIS is for management positions. DAS allows people to study related arts in addition to the computer emphasis, and CSC allows people to study liberal arts in addition to the computer emphasis.

    CEN (Software Emphasis) & Computer Engineering (Hardware Emphasis) are basically 2 sides of the same coin which for whatever reason get offered by different colleges. As their names suggest, one is more focuses in software and the other one in hardware.

    Electrical engineering seems to be focused in electrical systems rather than specifically on computers, although some attention is paid to them.

    Finally, computer science seems to be focused almost exclusively on software. Rather than trying to build a functional computer, as computer engineering sets out to do, computer sciences assumes a computer already exists and tries to do the best with it. It seems computer engineering uses some computer science.

    I ended up declaring a computer engineering major with a software emphasis ^.^;
  • RChris173RChris173 Registered User Posts: 218 Junior Member
    heh...I'm doing Computer Science (Engineering) (CSE) but may end up changing my mind to do Computer Engineering Software (CEN) if I feel like it as I take more classes.
  • PinkiePinksterPinkiePinkster Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    hey, good to see you declared an engineering major, and not a math major.

    i just got out of the math program because i probably should have pursued engineering, but didnt really want to put in the time.

    the math major is much more geared toward the theory side of mathematics, not what it seems you are interested in.

    but dont worry, most computer science engineers (whatever kind they are) that i know end up minoring in math because you only have to take like one or two extra classes that arent that difficult. but thats something to think about a little later down the road.

    good luck!! youre gonna have to study hard, those engineering classes are no joke. :)
  • goufgatorsgoufgators Registered User Posts: 625 Member
    Here is my view:

    If you see yourself doing any kind of software programming when you graduate than you need to go into Computer Engineering. Here is why: almost all products today that require something besides mechanical engineering has a software and hardware component to it. Think of the three majors (EE, CEN, and CIS) as a spectrum. On one side you have EE where it's completely hardware design and the other side, CIS, is completely software design, while having CEN in the middle. So basically, CEN gives you the best of both worlds because you understand enough of the computer science theory to be dangerous AND you understand how to get it to work in the hardware. That is a combination many engineering employers look for.

    Here is the bottom line:

    If you see yourself never programming then get the EE degree (even though you're going to be doing some programming in your classes) where programming won't be required by your employer.

    If you see yourself programming then get the CEN degree where I think you'll be more marketable.

    I hope this helps.
  • shinichi1419shinichi1419 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    seriously, i don't know the difference, but i chose to declare CEN Specialization in Software for my major. An Engineer degree is harder to get , so I'm thinking that you are more likely to be employed than a Comp Science person.

    Just my personal opinion.
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