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I am planning on doing a Computer Science degree when I go to univercity, just wanted to know, from people who are the doing the course or have done it, what is conists of. : )

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Here is a recent thread on the mathematics involved in various CS programs. In major you''ll probably take: AI, networking, graphics, automata theory, language theory, operating systems, architecture, data structure class and that''s pretty much it. I''ve learned one thing from getting a BS in CS, CS is BS.

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In my opinion CS degree is not important if you want to be a good programmer you have to tak a Math degree.





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I would second idinkin in majoring in math instead of CS. If you are at all self motivated in development ( as presumably you are considering the site you''re at ) then you will be bored out of your mind during a CS degree, even at a top university. An applied mathematics degree will also teach you information more relevant to programming than a CS degree will anyhow. Its funny that way.

Worst case: major in mathematics or another interesting field and minor in CS.

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My course is pretty flexible in what areas I study in, it consists of a number of "core" modules which everyone must take as part of the degree which covers areas like operating systems, software development and design and databases. There''s also additional modules which can be taken in topics like games development, AI and graphics.

If you don''t like programming then don''t study computer science - I was amazed at the number of people who couldn''t program "Hello World" to save their life who are studying CS, there are alternatives to CS for the non-programmer - like Computing which basically has exactly same modules but without the programming modules.

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Im studying a computer science degree. so I can show u some things that u will see if u take a CS degree course:

Mathematics 1,2,3
Differential Ecuations
Mathematical Methods
Numeric Calc
Geometry
Physics
Physics Lab
Logic
Algorithm and programming 1
Algorithm and programming 2
Data structures
Advanced programming
Systems 1
Systems 2
Systems 3
Databases 1
Databases 2
Digital Electronic
Data processing 1
Data processing 2
Networks 1
Networks 2
Compilers 1
Compilers 2
Operating Systems
Computer Architecture
Microprocessors
Systems Simulations
Economic Engineering
Cellphone technology
Web Design
Administration and Networks design
Artificial Intelligence
Graphics
Multimedia

These are some of the classes among many others that u can see on a CS degree. I think that U SHOULD take a CS degree course because as u can see there is a lot of math involved. If u take a Math degree u will know a lot of math but what about technology ? microprocessors ? OS ? Low level Programming ? computer architecture ? . Maybe u can take the math course after the cs course. That is just my opinion.

see ya

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A lot of times the math overlaps with the CS to the point that just a few more classes will get you a degree in both.

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What you will get out of a CS degree really depends on where you go. Some places will concentrate on theory more than others.

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no matter what anybody says, it boils down to what you like to do. The idea is that you specialise in a subject.

For example, you say youy planning on doing a CS course. OK, so ask yourself, why do you want to do this particular course.

I do think ( If I''ve read it correctly, if I haven''t I apologise ) that idinkin is talking bollox though. To be a good programmer does not mean having to take mathematics degree. Go with what you enjoy....

My uni degree I had a similar layout to brunogmd...make sure you research what modules and things the particular course offers...I only had the math modules in the first year stuff like discrete mathematics, in my opinion boring, but anyone else might like it...

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SavX didn''t really ask for advice on schooling, he asked what the CS degree consists of... brunogmd gave a good answer.

Just for the record:

AFAIK You don''t need a degree at all to get you started in game development, but of course it will help.

Weigh up the time spent learning vs. time gaining real life experience, at the end of the day a degree or two is not necessarily going to get you into the industry but if you have the right attitude you''ll do just fine with or without one.

If you''re thinking of going to school for game development then explore your options.

There is no one way to ensure you''ll get into the industry but there are multiple ways to give yourself a good chance. Be informed.

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