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    lol that's true i guess.

    What I like about Computer Engineering is that it's very similar to Electrical Engineer. So if I ever decide I want to be an Electrical Engineer instead of a Computer Engineer of whatever reason, I won't have to take too many steps back.

    I found designing computer circuits and chips to be challenging from a math perspective.
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    Hey Lil_Aziz1 I was in your spot a few years back(Junior now in college).

    Computer Science is broadest discipline you can take and covers software engineering, computer engineering/hardware engineering(more or less), and the math behind it.

    You learn programming and some software engineering things like source control, UML, etc in your different Algorithms classes. Discrete Math and Theory of Computation cover alot of the math involved(proofs, automata, efficiency etc), and at least at my school we're required to take Micro Computers and some other class which are purely the hardware/EE side of it.

    You could always dual major CS/CE and with most schools it doesn't require too much extra time since a lot of it overlaps. But pretty much from what I've experienced regardless of your declared major you'll end up having to do both software and hardware.

    Pretty much everyone I've come across outside the actual development and IT groups can't distinguish a CS from a CE or a CE from an EE. They see you're good with computers and throw you wherever you're needed.

    Have you thought about concentrations? That could be a deciding factor for you also. I was on the fence between CS and CE but Security wasn't offered with CE(I want to do work with crypto mainly) so I had to go CS, but could have also gone with a Math major.

    I'd talk with the department heads at your school. As you can tell there's multiple fields that intersect which makes it rather hard to give a solid example of what each one deals with explicitly.
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    Ah alright thanks. I don't mind learning about hardware. The more the merrier. Same goes with Discrete Mathematics or concentrations I guess. I go to Freshman Orientation seven days from now. Is there any specific questions that any of you have in mind that could potentially optimize my desires? Thank you!
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    Best bet is talk to the professors. Most of them probably had jobs outside of teaching related to their field. Hear some stories from the code monkies, the mathletes, and the *clever name for hardware guys*, and picture yourself in those jobs. Whichever one stands out the most to you is probably the best bet as far as a concentration goes.

    But who knows, in the end your degree doesn't mean crap if you know the material. I have coworkers that do amazing jobs coding with degrees in Economics and Womens Studies.
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    I probably won't get the chance to talk to them til September ;\ I'll talk to some upperclassmen about Freshman Orientation and ask em if I'll get a chance to talk to professors relative to my major.
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    So I just went to my Freshmen Orientation today. I learned that they have at least three programs related to Computers: Computer Engineering (yes), Computer Science, and Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.

    I was thinking doing Computer Engineering and Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. Here is the course description of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science:
    The College of Letters and Science cooperates with the College of Engineering and Applied Science to offer a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (AMCS). The primary objective of this degree is to educate students who are better able to do problem solving in the technical fields that require skills in both analytical math and computer science. The flexibility built into the AMCS degree allows students to acquire these skills it the context of a program designed around their own interests. The program is administered by an advisory committee composed of faculty members from both the College of Letters and Science and the College of Engineering and Applied Science. For additional information, see the Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Degree Program description in the Inter-School/College Programs section of this catalog.
    I really want to do two majors because, as stated before, I want a sexy ass resume. My classes are still indecisive because my AP Exam Scores haven't been processes and won't be til the 2nd or 3rd week of July. ;\ Also, I have to take the Chemistry Placement Exam on Thursday to see if I'm capable of taking Chemistry 105 instead of Chemistry 101.
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    If you want a good resume, you dont need to really do a double major. You can attempt to go for Student Body President, Join Greek Life ( I was President of my Fraternity, Now Vice President, and Treasurer of Infraternal Council ). ...

    In other words, there will be a million things you can do that can build your resume. Unless you really want that double major.

    But also remember, many companies like to see you didn't spend your college life spending it all on homework. Go out, be social, meet people. College is a great way to network.
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