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Dual degree in CS and EE?

  1. Jan 30, 2014 #1
    I desire both these skill sets, but I was wondering if computer engineering would be more appropriate, as I am under the impression that it is a mix of both CS and EE, but with a focus on computer hardware. If someone could enlighten me to the main differences between these two paths that would be amazing.

    To reiterate: CS+EE vs. Computer engineering.

    Thank you.
     
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  3. Jan 30, 2014 #2

    Integral

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    A computer scientist with hardware skills??? Does not compute.
     
  4. Jan 30, 2014 #3

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    A CS+EE degree would be a great combination for embedded programming. For instance, an airplane has a computer program that gets inputs from pilot controls, accelerometers, and air data sensors and controls surface actuators to fly the airplane. There is a lot of CS and a lot of electronics that is not specific to computers. The computer engineering would concentrate on the computer circuit electronics. Both are exciting fields and can offer a long career. Which to pick depends on your interests. And don't assume that you need to stay in a career that exactly matches your degree. Most people move around a lot.
     
  5. Jan 30, 2014 #4

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    It depends on the college. In a lot of colleges "Computer Engineering" is kind of a mix of EE and CS. Typically there is a lot of room to specialize in the major. At my college, if you majored in Computer Engineer you could emphasize software or hardware in your electives, or do a balance.

    The problem with a CS+EE double major is that they don't overlap all that much and they are both very challenging. It will take you at least 5 years (maybe more) to pull it off. In my opinion you would do better to spend that time getting a master's in EE, CS, or Computer Engineering.
     
  6. Jan 30, 2014 #5
    Life transforming advice Analogdesign!

    That sounds perfectly right in my gut.

    Thanks again.
     
  7. Jan 30, 2014 #6

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    No problem! I went through all the same excitement and confusion when I was younger and I was lucky to have some wise mentors advise me. I'm happy to pay that forward.

    Regards.
     
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