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 Post subject: Majoring in Computer Science, which minor...?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:31 am 
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I was considering Math or Electrical Engineering, what are the pros and cons of each? Also, any other suggestions of what to minor in?


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 Post subject: Re: Majoring in Computer Science, which minor...?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:48 pm 
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Probably math, because it's more applicable to computer science.


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 Post subject: Re: Majoring in Computer Science, which minor...?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:23 am 
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Maths certainly.

1. It will open a wide horizon of options for you.
2. Computer professionals should be good in maths. It helps in coding and programming
3. It helps in competitive exams as well
4. You can do electric engineering diploma course later also in life but pursuing Maths again in future would be difficult.


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 Post subject: Re: Majoring in Computer Science, which minor...?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:46 pm 
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I would say it depends on where your interests lie. If you're interested in the hardware side of computers (circuits, analog/digital, etc.), then choose electrical engineering, or computer engineering (bridges the gap between computer science and electrical engineering). However, if you're primarily interested in the software side of computers, then choose mathematics.

Bottom line, minoring in electrical engineering will make you more of a generalist, while majoring in mathematics will make you more of a specialist (relative to each other). Neither path is bad, and both types of people are needed, it mainly depends on what you're interested in.


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 Post subject: Re: Majoring in Computer Science, which minor...?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:15 am 
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I would recommend philosophy.

Philosophical thinking and communicating is very different than engineering thinking and communicating. Being proficient at both will help you a lot in the long run.

Philosophy minors often times include a logic and reasoning course. As a programmer you can never be too logical.

The subject material for the more general philosophy courses is pretty interesting too.


That being said, between Math and EE I think it's just a toss-up. Take one advanced course from each subject and go from there.

Also: if your university has a Computer Engineering program that might be worth looking into (these usually combine CS and EE courses, some universities allow you to focus more on hardware or software if you want).


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