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Dual Honours CS/Maths vs Engineering

  1. Feb 10, 2012 #1
    Hey everyone,

    I am based in the UK and am deliberating whether I should go for a dual honours CS/Maths degree or jump for an Engineering one. I'm aware that in a dual honours while you do more than half of each degree, at the later stages some of the modules are picked so that they go together very well, but some stuff is discarded, like half of the 3rd year Maths and CS modules, and the same in 4th year. I'm just wondering if that is a bad thing or not. I do like both subjects, which is why I choose it as a double in the first place. I just had at first assumed it was like the US system. Double major = double degree (I would have preferred this), and I figured I wouldn't be 'missing out' some important stuff from both sides. However, is a joint degree worthwhile or will it just mean that I won't be able to call myself an expert in either field? Is a dual honours less or more respected than a single honours?

    Finally, my other choice was engineering, but alas, I am not too sure on that subject either. I think I'd find it less interesting that pure maths and computers, mainly because so far I've always found physics related maths kind of boring. I'm sure that opinion will probably change in Uni though. It's just that I'm thinking of the future and what would be best. My hope is to eventually move to Canada, and I'm not sure how the job market is there for engineers. I know where I am based right now (Scotland) I'd probably end up working in the oil industry. I'm not too sure if I'd be happy with that or not.

    Any advice/experience would be most welcome, and if there's anything I didn't elaborate enough on, please mention so. I kind of wrote this in a hurry.

  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 10, 2012 #2
    First of all, doing 4 years of math won't make you an expert in the field. At all.

    I feel that an undergraduate degree in math serves two purposes:
    1) Learning how to do proofs and how to think abstractly.
    2) Getting acquainted with a variety of different mathematics.

    I think that your program will serve that purpose well.

    On the other hand, if your goal is to do a PhD in mathematics, then the more math you know the better.
  4. Feb 10, 2012 #3
  5. Feb 10, 2012 #4
    Hmm, if you do dual CS+math, then you will be missing galois theory, topology and measure theory. These are quite fundamental courses, so you will have to self-study them as you need them (which shouldn't be a problem if you completed the major).
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