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I am in a predicament here. I want to go to school to get a bachelors in computer science, but I work on a boat 20 days out of the month and don't have time to go to school. I've decided to research online schooling and I have a couple questions about it. Time or cost is not as issue for me at this point. I'm just looking for something doable because of my work schedule.

 

1) Do I have to take general education courses like biology and history for an online degree is CS?

 

2)Does getting an online degree effect how companies look at your resume compared to an in-school degree?

 

Thanks in advance for any replies. I looked at a couple websites and the only thing that has deterred me so far is taking all the general education classes. I wouldn't mind a few math classes, but I don't want to take anything unnecessary if I don't have to.

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0. I want to go to school to get a bachelors in computer science, but I work on a boat 20 days out of the month and don't have time to go to school.
1) Do I have to take general education courses like biology and history for an online degree is CS?
2)Does getting an online degree effect how companies look at your resume compared to an in-school degree?
3. the only thing that has deterred me so far is taking all the general education classes. I wouldn't mind a few math classes, but I don't want to take anything unnecessary if I don't have to.


0. It's not ideal to get a degree online, but if that's all you can do, then that's all you can do. A man can only do what he can do.
1. That depends on the school and their requirements. If the school says you have to take certain courses to get their degree, then you have to take them.
2. Yes. It absolutely does. Send in a résumé showing that you have no game industry experience and an online degree, and if your cover letter doesn't wow the reader, or if your online portfolio doesn't wow the visitor, then your résumé may go into the cylindrical file.
3. There is no such thing as wasted learning. If the school requires you to take GE classes, then you have to take GE classes. It's NOT a waste of your oh so precious time.

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The only issue that is preventing me from going to an actual school is my job. If it wasn't for that, I'd be there right now. But thank you for the advice! I'll have to look at some more schools and make a few phone calls.

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If you have a different bachelor's degree already, Oregon State has an online post-baccalaureate degree program.

 

http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/online-degrees/undergraduate/computer-science/

 

I'm in that program and it's pretty challenging.  They don't skimp on the workload because its online, and the degree is the same as their in class degree.

 

When I was researching this back in the day, this was the only program I found through a regular state university for online computer science.  There may be more now, though.  I know that a few schools like ASU (Arizona State) are adding engineering programs that are either competely online or mostly online with the exception of lab portions.  More schools may add computer science to that as well.

 

Good luck!

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3. There is no such thing as wasted learning. If the school requires you to take GE classes, then you have to take GE classes. It's NOT a waste of your oh so precious time.


Id have to disagree woth you here. They are a big waste of time and money, especially since the cost keeps on going up. They arent relevant to what im majoring in and more than likely i forget all the material right after the term ends. As an accountjng major, i found art history to be waste of time and money. But unis throw the excuse of being "well rounded" just so they can jack more tuition money from you.

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They arent relevant to what im majoring in and more than likely i forget all the material right after the term ends.

College and university studies are not meant to be job training. They are meant to provide a broad (but shallow) education both on your topic and on more general education. 

 

If you want an education that focuses entirely on your topic, attend a trade school, or go for a specific certification.

 

There are many trade schools that offer trade degrees in "programming" rather than "computer science" which you can complete in a year or less.

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This http://uopeople.edu/ university offers an online CS degree. It is fully accredited and holds great respect among many scholars and professors.

 

Hope that helps you smile.png

Wow thanks, this looks cool.

Bookmarked for later!!! Thanks again!

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Removed edit - it was useless information that was a lie!

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decided that a tech school or trade school is the way for me to go!

 

Then you'll need an extra-strong portfolio and an extra-good cover letter. Good luck!

 

This ^

I'm going to stress the importance of this as I don't have a computer science degree. It's pretty much impossible to get an interview if you do not have this on your resume or 2-4 years of actual work experience in the field.

This is from personal experience, I applied to pretty much everywhere I could that had openings and out of over 100 resumes sent out I received about 6 responses, 4 of those responses telling me I didn't meet the requirements for the job or I didn't have enough experience. I ended up having to get into the industry through QA, after 4 years in QA I am finally programming because I was given the chance at one of the companies I was working QA for.

Essentially I could of skipped 4 years of doing what I didn't want to do by getting a CS degree instead of not going to a proper university, as landing a job requires you to at least get an interview.

 

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I figured that becuase I have a steady and great paying job now, I can take my time to build my portfolio and whatever else I need to. I'm in no rush to get into the industry, but I can't see myself doing what I currently am for the rest of my life.

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" It's pretty much impossible to get an interview if you do not have this on your resume or 2-4 years of actual work experience in the field."

 

That's because it pays a lot of money, it's indoor work, hardly anyone ever gets killed or buried alive while doing it and as a result, everyone is convinced they'd be really, really good at it. And so an easy filter to tell all the people who would definitely be really really good at it from the handful people who might actually be is "did they graduate from somewhere I've at least heard of or have they been doing this for a while now?"

 

And even then easily 9/10 of those people won't actually be any good at it...

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