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Computer Science/Business Administration Major?

HandlebarsHandlebars Registered User Posts: 380 Member
Just wondering, who else is doing this major? and, do a lot of people choose it? I kind of just picked it because it seemed cool in the USC booklet, a "special" dual degree program, advertised with the other "special programs" like business + international relations or business + east asian studies

And, why is it considered part of the Viterbi engineering school, and not Marshall? I'd rather be part of Marshall if i had to choose one... but, i didn't really know when i applied haha
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Replies to: Computer Science/Business Administration Major?

  • HandlebarsHandlebars Registered User Posts: 380 Member
  • Neon GreenNeon Green Registered User Posts: 229 Junior Member
  • LightjaLightja Registered User Posts: 197 Junior Member
    not sure why it's listed under Marshall there, but it is most definitely given by Viterbi.

    Department Of Computer Science - USC

    That says that you must meet requirements in both Viterbi and Marshall, but it is awarded by the department of computer science (which is part of Viterbi)

    So in essence, you'll be going to both schools.

    Engineering students often look at business and vice versa. I.E. my choice atm is Computer Engineering and Computer Science, but I have looked into that major and might choose to switch it by the time I start. I think the major will be about as popular, if not more popular than most of the specific majors within Viterbi, but since Marshall has fewer majors, I think it might be less common amongst Marshall students.
  • Neon GreenNeon Green Registered User Posts: 229 Junior Member
    thanks for the clear up. so if i'm in marshall right now, i'd have to transfer to viterbi to major in CSBA?
  • HandlebarsHandlebars Registered User Posts: 380 Member
    thanks for the responses guys!!
    yeah, in my acceptance letter it said that i'm in the Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering.

    so is it harder to get a big scholarship if i'm in Viterbi instead of Marshall? since each school awards only certain amount of scholarships, i heard...
  • HandlebarsHandlebars Registered User Posts: 380 Member
    Neon Green, i read that the comp sci/business program is only available to entering freshmen, so i'm not sure if you can transfer. to me, it implies that you would have to be accepted to the program when you apply as a high school senior. but i have no idea, not sure haha
    program that allows students to complete both the Business
    Administration and Computer Science majors in four years.
    Besides the traditional business courses, you will take classes
    from the Viterbi School of Engineering, such as Software
    Engineering, Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Introduction
    to Artifi cial Intelligence, Programming and Multimedia on
    the World Wide Web. For more information or to apply,
    contact the Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate
    Admissions Offi ce via e-mail at viterbi.admission@usc.edu or
    by telephone at 800-526-3347.
    • Available to entering Freshmen only
  • Neon GreenNeon Green Registered User Posts: 229 Junior Member
    i'm an entering freshman, but was accepted to marshall with the business administration major. i guess that makes me considered as a transfer haha.. what a bummer. comp sci/biz admin seemed like a really quality and appealing major. you should definitely look into it!
  • nberg5nberg5 Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    I'm a freshman in CSBA.

    It's primarily in Viterbi, but you can still participate in all of the Marshall programs and everything. (I'm going on a LINC [Learning About International Commerce] trip over Spring Break, for example.)

    One of my friends applied for Marshall initially and managed to transfer into CSBA without much trouble. He got to stay in GLP (Global Leaders Program), too, which I wasn't eligible for because I hadn't initially applied for Marshall.

    In any case, CSBA is a really cool program. Definitely look into it or ask me if you have any questions.
  • HandlebarsHandlebars Registered User Posts: 380 Member
    Thanks for the info nberg5! it's nice to hear from someone who's actually in the program.

    I do have a few questions though. First, how hard is CSBA? at least, compared to other majors. i'd think it might be tough balancing both engineering and business classes, but that's does make me want to try it. would i be able to survive if i did thematic options as well?

    Also, is there no way i can participate in the global leaders program? it sounds pretty interesting to me. and technically, i met admission requirements for both Viterbi and Marshall according to the USC website, so it would only be fair if i could participate in all programs within both schools.

    I'm still undecided about going to USC; waiting on my other admission results and i'll need substantial financial aid to attend. but, the computer science/business program and thematic options would really pull me toward USC
  • funnypunjabifunnypunjabi Registered User Posts: 3,708 Senior Member
    @neon, you already got accepted to marshall?
  • Neon GreenNeon Green Registered User Posts: 229 Junior Member
    yep, business administration major
    edit: this is really weird right now. anyway, i'm happy with the school, (marshall) but not ecstatic about my major, so i'm shopping for another subject to double major in. i'm leaning toward economics. if i can somehow get csba though, i'd be perfect.
    good luck!
  • funnypunjabifunnypunjabi Registered User Posts: 3,708 Senior Member
    thats awesome! cool, i applied as a business major too.
  • nberg5nberg5 Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member

    CSBA may look daunting on paper, but, once you're actually in the program, it's not that difficult. I'm also in TO, which is a really, really great program. CSBA is somewhat unique because it removes several requirements from both the computer science and business majors that comprise it. On the computer science side, there is less math involved (no calc 3) and one or two fewer upper-division electives. For business, you don't complete a concentration. (That's according to the schedule, at least—I'll probably take some classes over the summer at some point so that I will be able to.)

    As far as balancing everything.... I really haven't had that much trouble. I've always been able to keep up on my work, though, and I had a pretty firm background in computer science from high school that eased my transition quite a bit. (On that matter, skip CSCI 101 if you took AP CS in high school; it's a complete waste of time.)

    TO takes a lot of time. I had two TO classes my first semester, with one business class and one computer science class. If you like reading, you'll probably enjoy TO; if you don't, do yourself a favor and skip it. TO is extremely rewarding for me, though, and I'm willing to put in the extra time for it.

    I don't think that it's possible to be in GLP if you didn't apply to Marshall initially. Instead of GLP, though, I was accepted into the engineering honors colloquium, which lasts four semesters (that you select) instead of two (both in freshman year) for GLP. I was in the colloquium last semester, and it was really cool. I didn't hear about getting accepted into that until later, but I think that a lot of the scholarship kids are in it. This semester, I'm in LINC, which is part of Marshall, and has trips to different countries over Spring Break and in May that are very similar to the ones that GLP goes on. So it all worked out for me. If you want to try to get into GLP, though, you can try calling Dean Ellis's office to see if they can help you.

    Anyway, I hope that clarifies some stuff for you. Let me know if you have any other questions.
  • Fucla9Fucla9 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I'm currently a Viterbi student, and I emailed the Viterbi advisors on transferring to this major, and I got a reply saying that all you would have to do is complete a change of major form to get into the major if you're already a Viterbi students, so THIS MAJOR IS NOT LIMITED TO INCOMING FRESHMEN.

    My question though is for nberg5, since i'm still a little iffy on transferring to this major. I'm looking for something with a little bit more business-y element to it, as opposed to drowning in a plethora of CS courses. I mean, you say it's a good balance between CS and business (since it's about 40 units from both marshall and viterbi), but lets say I wanted to go into business in a tech related field after i graduate. Would the 40 units of CS be useful? Or would I be better off applying to marshall and doing some sort of minor from Viterbi instead? I'm seriously looking at this major instead of just jumping into marshall head on because, although I want to do something business, I don't want to end up like every other business major oblivious to anything science-y or technical. Though, I don't want to end up getting killed by CS courses like i was with CHE courses... getting my gist?

    Haha, sorry for a complicated description of my scenario, thanks for the help.
  • HappyBuddhaHappyBuddha Registered User Posts: 660 Member
    I got into marshall, when is a goood time to apply?
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