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    Comp sci vs software eng

    Hi! I know this is a bit late but could someone explain what the advantage of B software engineering is over B computer science? From what I have learnt, computer science is better because you have greater subject flexibility, it's a year shorter, less rigorous maths while job prospects are similar. I'm enrolled in B software engineering at the moment but I'm thinking of transferring to advanced computer science for these reasons.

    The uni I am going is USyd btw. And yes square, I know UNSW is better but I'm 5 atar points too dumb to get in.

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    Re: Comp sci vs software eng

    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingKanga View Post
    Hi! I know this is a bit late but could someone explain what the advantage of B software engineering is over B computer science? From what I have learnt, computer science is better because you have greater subject flexibility, it's a year shorter, less rigorous maths while job prospects are similar. I'm enrolled in B software engineering at the moment but I'm thinking of transferring to advanced computer science for these reasons.

    The uni I am going is USyd btw. And yes square, I know UNSW is better but I'm 5 atar points too dumb to get in.
    If your atar is 86 you could still apply. 99% unsw would have accepted you. (The cut off is not true 91)

    Anyways. In terms of comp sci vs software engo . both are regarded to be equal in the industry.

    I would go with comp sci as its much more flexible and is 1 year shorter. (Unless you want to be accredited as an "engineer" I don't see a reason to do SE personally)
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    Re: Comp sci vs software eng

    I'm not too familiar with this but I as far as I know.

    CS involves alot of theory which can applied to a wide variety of situations.

    Software engineering is mainly about developing, optimization of software packages as well as some management.

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    Re: Comp sci vs software eng

    They are equal at UNSW. In fact they even go to say all their 4 computing degrees are equal (but I kind of disagree).

    Employees also see them as equal.

    At other unis, it may be that software engineering is more practical, while computer science goes deeper into theory. But I have no idea how it is at USYD.

    A lot of people at UNSW transfer into comp sci from the other 3 degrees, as comp sci is very flexible (with many free electives).
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    Re: Comp sci vs software eng

    I'd go for CS since it's one year less so you'll be out in the workforce earning $$$ quicker.
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    Re: Comp sci vs software eng

    Computer Science has greater flexibility in subject choice. Also, it opens you up to jobs in data analytics, business analytics, data science, UX/UI design, as well as software engineering. SEng is more rigid in its job opportunities, which is good if you are set on being an expert software engineer only.
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    Re: Comp sci vs software eng

    Go for CS. Anyone can SE.
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