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    Default Looks like WGU is finally rolling out their Comp Sci degree starting in June

    No real details beyond the date (June 1st) as of yet. Just confirmation on twitter etc.

    Anxious to see what it entails
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    Can you link their twitter confirmation I don't see it?
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    Oops, sorry.


    I got my streams crossed. The only twitter part were the original ones from last year stating the program was coming.

    The confirmation is secondhand via mentors emailing students.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/WGU/comment...nce_announced/
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    Excellent! Been looking to get a degree in Computer Science looks like this might be the route for me!
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    Excellent! Been looking to get a degree in Computer Science looks like this might be the route for me!
    Same. I want to see the curriculum before I consider it.
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    Agreed! I need to focus on exploitation so might need to go the DSU route, but definitely interested to see what they come up with.

    They are going to be ABET accredited though per their Twitter feed.
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    I was hoping they would ditch Java and do C++, but since they already had so much java in the other problem I guess it was going to stay. I'm also glad to see they put an emphasis on math in the program. Glad you have to take Calc 1 and some discreet math classes.
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    You take C++ and Java according to the link I posted:

    Scripting and Programming - Applications
    Scripting and Programming - Applications for undergraduates explores the various aspects of the C++ programming
    language by examining its syntax, the development environment, and tools and techniques to solve some real-world
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    I agree about the math! Hoping someone with experience in their math courses might chime in with the difficulty of those courses.
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    Looks like they took down the curriculum. Can you post a different link?
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    I see it covers a traditional undergraduate computer science curriculum. Surprised to see no Python or anything else besides Java. (Hello Go?)

    Should be a good basis for getting a master's in computer science in the future. (Hello GATech $7K MSCS?)

    I believe they plan to be ABET accredited as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdancer View Post
    I see it covers a traditional undergraduate computer science curriculum. Surprised to see no Python or anything else besides Java. (Hello Go?)

    Should be a good basis for getting a master's in computer science in the future. (Hello GATech $7K MSCS?)

    I believe they plan to be ABET accredited as well.
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    I prefer Java over C++, but that's just me.
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    Java and C++ are both gross. I would hate to be a Java dev for a living. I wish they would just do C++ and Python for the entire curriculum. Use C++ to teach the fundamentals of computer science, programming, and OOP. Then the rest of the work in a much easier language like python. You can use python to teach the web development, data science, AI and machine learning. No other language offers that type of flexibility. (I'm a javascript/nodeguy by the way), but I do recognize the flexibility in using python as a teaching/learning tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdancer View Post
    Should be a good basis for getting a master's in computer science in the future. (Hello GATech $7K MSCS?)
    Exactly what I had in mind...
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    I think ultimately Computer Science is meant to teach you Computer Science concepts so that you can pick up any language. I see too often people who decry their Computer Science education because they can't program in X, Y, or Z language. As an example, when I was working at Drexel a friend posted an article from a UPenn Computer Science student who complained they taught him a dead language and he was unable to get a job (PHP). If that is what he made of his education he wasted his time getting a degree because teaching you a language is not the focus of Computer Science.

    I'll agree Python is definitely a great language and for learning Computer Science it's a great. But at the same time, once you pick up the basics you should be able to learn any language to get the job done. I see lots of job postings for Java and C# in my area though I don't know of any schools using C#. I've found I can pick up just about any language now that I devoted time to one language.
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    Hey guys, have a question- Is it possible to simply take some of the courses in the cs program and after apply to the omcs program at georgia tech? I already have a bachelor's and would like to just take some prereq courses to get accepted at georgia tech. Would my mentor force me to take courses in a specific order or can I actually choose what to take?
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    Quote Originally Posted by denis92 View Post
    Hey guys, have a question- Is it possible to simply take some of the courses in the cs program and after apply to the omcs program at georgia tech? I already have a bachelor's and would like to just take some prereq courses to get accepted at georgia tech. Would my mentor force me to take courses in a specific order or can I actually choose what to take?
    May want to ask your question in https://www.reddit.com/r/OMSCS/

    I would think GA Tech is looking at minimum traditional undergrad CS courses from applicants.

    In other news, it looks like GA Tech may be rolling out a MSCS in Cybersecurity. Cool beans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by denis92 View Post
    Hey guys, have a question- Is it possible to simply take some of the courses in the cs program and after apply to the omcs program at georgia tech? I already have a bachelor's and would like to just take some prereq courses to get accepted at georgia tech. Would my mentor force me to take courses in a specific order or can I actually choose what to take?
    The answer is Yes*. I've seen plenty of people on the OMSCS reddit that have taken individual CS and math courses to get in, although it still depends on your overall application profile.

    *In the individual classes you take, you have to show GATech admissions that you excelled in them. Since WGU only shows pass/fail and not individual grades, how will you show the GATech admissions team how you did in the classes?
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    I'd be interested to see how many classes those with an bachelor's in IT would need to complete to earn their CS degree. I had it begged at about 20 courses, which I think would be doable in one year. As I was doing the math often certificates in CS or even taking the four to six courses that would be required equals to about $8000 dollars which is what you would pay for a bachelors at WGU (if you could do it in a year).
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    Honestly the best offering they have had thus far. A true STEM degree, which companies are requiring more and more......

    I wish I would of made the right decision to begin with and just got the dang CS bachelors out of the way. You literally don't need another degree after that...... Still the case to this day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DatabaseHead View Post
    Honestly the best offering they have had thus far. A true STEM degree, which companies are requiring more and more......

    I wish I would of made the right decision to begin with and just got the dang CS bachelors out of the way. You literally don't need another degree after that...... Still the case to this day.
    Agree 100%! Biggest mistake in my career was not getting a CS degree and I'm reminded of that on a daily basis haha
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    Honestly the best offering they have had thus far. A true STEM degree, which companies are requiring more and more......

    I wish I would of made the right decision to begin with and just got the dang CS bachelors out of the way. You literally don't need another degree after that...... Still the case to this day.
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    Agree 100%! Biggest mistake in my career was not getting a CS degree and I'm reminded of that on a daily basis haha
    Same lol. I want the GATech OMSCS. One degree to rule them all. I'm looking at moving more towards dev/appsec/pentesting for my career, but wouldn't mind a full dev job.

    I looked at UF's online BSCS but I am loathe to take 3 calc classes and 2 physics classes when I can teach myself everything in them and more, for free, and in far less time. Most other brick and mortar schools require the same too. So I'm going to submit my transcripts to WGU and see if I can get all the gen ed stuff transferred in and just do the bachelors level CS stuff.
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    Is the computing systems specialization meant to be like a general specialization? I would like to get a general degree since I am young and don't know what ill end up doing in the far future. I don't want to pigeon hole myself with something like cybersecurity.
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