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Would a BA in Computer Science be useful?

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#1 whitebread

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 20:51

Wilfrid Laurier University offers both a BA and a BSc in Computer Science. I'm considering taking one of the programs. What I'm wondering is... How useful would a BA in Computer Science be? Wouldn't most employers want a BSc?


#2 threetonesun

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 20:53

Is there a difference in the programs? Most employers will want to know what you have experience with, not what classes you took.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 20:55

Wouldn't a Bachelor of Arts be a bit contradicting Computer Science?

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 20:55

I dont personally get what the difference is apart from it be accredited by a different faculty at the university. :huh:

BA or BSC, its shoulden't matter to an employer, more importantly would be what modules are contained on them and also what grade of degree you pass out with.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 20:55

Is there a difference in the programs? Most employers will want to know what you have experience with, not what classes you took.

The BA program says "This program must be combined with another Honours BA program"... So I take that to mean it is a double major (another BA program), whereas the BSc has a single major.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 20:57

On the above comment, i'd say take the singular BSc if your looking to work in IT as a profession.

Unless you were looking to combine it and work within a specialist area, such as combing with Law, etc.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 20:58

On the above comment, i'd say take the singular BSc if your looking to work in IT as a profession.

I want to do programming as a profession.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 20:58

Then I suppose it depends on the program. My guess is the BA adds to any other BA program. I was an English major who studied programming. It helps with any BA, as we all use computers all the time.

A BSc I would expect to be more math + theory.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 21:00

If you want to do programming get a BS in computer sciences and take a languages track

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 21:01

If you want to do programming get a BS in computer sciences and take a languages track

By languages, you mean programming lanugauges, right? :blush:

#11 threetonesun

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 21:02

I assume he means languages instead of theory. There are some CS programs out there where you can learn math the entire time, not actually build a damn thing and get a degree.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 21:03

I assume he means languages instead of theory. There are some CS programs out there where you can learn math the entire time, not actually build a damn thing and get a degree.

That sounds very boring.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 21:13

That sounds very boring.

It is :).
If you want to make a living as a software developer I'd suggest the BSc, from experience the BA definately is less technical (read also less programming) [That's all based on the assumption that these things work in the US as the do in the EU though...]

EDIT: A BA may be interessting additionally to a BSc, but that depends on the type of BA and on your ideas for a future job...

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 21:26

If I were to do it again, I'd probably just get a BA in music with a minor in CS. It would be fun and you'd get enough out of it to get a job.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 21:32

That sounds very boring.


Yup, and being forced to go through it isn't fun :/ but I suppose in programming you need some working knowledge of core concepts they teach (how to write proofs, proving using induction, automata, algorithms, etc.). Can't picture myself diving my head into computational theory.

Speaking of math, some of those guys take our CS courses as their GPAs are high enough to let them in without being in a CS program. And one of those guys that came in was kinda snarky... *shakes fist* :p

On topic, as previously mentioned focus more on what courses you're taking, than the name of your concentration/specialist/major/etc.



(On a sidenote... why WLU and not UW? :p)