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Help me exalted ones

  1. May 18, 2006 #1
    Help me exalted ones....

    I am a poor lost soul who lies. I have told various people within the past 6 months that I plan on majoring in math, computer science and electrical/computer engineering. I change my major every three weeks, usually rotating between CS and ECE. I honestly am fretting about too much too soon; I take my first two calculus classes this summer.

    I haven't ruled out majoring in math...it is just that I do not want to work for a financial company, or make financial adjustments, or do any financial math...my neighbor across the street was a math grad and that is what he does for a living, and I have a distinct feeling that a majority of young math graduates work in this field.

    I'd like to go into computer science, but I am not too certain the job market contains anything of interest, and this is why: I keep getting the feeling that computer science is just programming and business software engineering.:yuck:

    ECE, now this seems fun, I do not know why, but the classes appeal to me (much physics and math) and the job market looks like it offers some exciting (non-government) work.

    I have time the next two semesters (fall and spring) to decide on where I should start, because all three majors require generic courses to be satisfy (cal I-III, Univ phys, etc.

    Is anyone willing to dispell my myths? - The truth is out there
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  3. May 18, 2006 #2
    I share your questions plastic photons. I pretty much have the same problem as you, I'm undicided between math, physics or CS, so I've chosen ECE. Ive been reading A LOT about what an computer hardware engeneer does but I still feel there is a lot of missing information. I"m now reading http://www.eng.auburn.edu/ece/CCCE/CCCE-FinalReport-2004Dec12.pdf" [Broken] to try to find more answers. Maybe I'm asking the wrong questions?

    Plastic would you like to know what a computer engeneer does on a daily basis? Maybe how hard do Computer engineers have to study to become the best of their field of interest? These are certainly questions that I would love answered.
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  4. May 18, 2006 #3
    Even though CS is not all programming, that's the preception that most employers take.

    A friend of mine who is now into upper middle management at one of the big 3 US auto makers has told me several times that they will usually pick any engineering degree over a CS degree when it comes to entry level programming positions. This goes for contract and direct hire.
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