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Dual majoring in Math +Computer Science

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  1. RakeItIn

    RakeItIn Regular Member

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    I honestly think school is pointless for what I plan on doing in life (Independent App + Web development + IM) but I think I could get something out of a Math and Computer Science degree. Anyone have any experience with the degrees? I already know a few programming languages so I don't know if Computer Science will be useful.
     
  2. lord1027

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    School teaches you more than you realize. I am also studying computer science, not a great help in my IM journeys, but it did teach me a lot of useful things and I'm also capable of studying better and faster now.
     
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  3. BlackxHat

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    what languages do u know?
     
  4. PandaDomo

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    I suppose if it depends if you have any intrinsic losses from spending time/money on your degree.
     
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    Worked with 2 PhDs in math and one worked for NASA for a time. They worked on our forex algorithms. Math majors can make good money in the dev world. Worked with 2 Physics PhDs too.
     
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    And for anyone who says college doesn't matter, this is your future http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/black-hat-seo/720395-i-have-failed-totally-utterly-im-what-jobs-can-i-get-least-soul-destroying.html
     
  7. magichats

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    I studied CS in school a couple of years ago. Best decision I ever made. Learned a ton and software engineering a lucrative career path. Plus knowing the stuff makes building side projects a breeze.

    Can't comment too much on math.
     
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    Of course. The morons who talk about college being worthless are broke and clueless. Or, they are single moms with something to prove to the world.
     
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    Computer Science is always bankable. Math less so, but at least it's interesting. I spent a lot of time at college taking advanced maths not because I needed them for a specific degree but merely because I liked the topic.
     
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    I can't say that this was my experience. Quite the opposite in fact, I was more capable on my own but I got lost somewhere down the path. This was mainly due to the inevitably boring education system that follows a certain way of thinking that doesn't quite fit everyone.
     
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    Math gives you more career pathways/opportunities. It doesn't limit your future options like computer science does.
     
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    Math will open doors in CS jobs more than CS. You can work on algorithms and advanced, complex areas of CS that the average CS undergrad schmoe won't understand. Like I said, I worked with PhDs in math and they did all our forex algorithms. They made excellent money.
     
  13. Heraclitus

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    I am currently in my first year of CS and it's pretty good I have to say. I' basically learning html/css/javascript/java/mysql/x3d(xml) altogether. It helps you realize that anything can be solved, and also how to search for the solution of stuffs. Some courses are a pain in the arse but I have to admit, I kind of enjoy java and web development modules. You should definitely get a degree on something. IF anything happens, you always have that degree to prove you are better than other job candidates. In my opinion, going for a computer science degree and then doing a masters to specialize in something is the best course of action.

    Hope what I wrote above makes sense and is helpful :)
     
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    If you're not learning C, then your CS program is probably equivalent to getting a degree at University of Phoenix.
     
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    I'll be learning C next year. This is the first semester.
     
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    That's a pretty bold statement with nothing to back it up.
     
  17. Heraclitus

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    Looks like what mate?
     
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    I majored in CS. It's helpful and gives you a really strong basis for everything computer and tech related. It gives a different POV than most people on things.