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Ok so I have been talking to a few people about what I want to do about a BS. I have changed jobs and asked a different set of people than the people I asked before*. I was very shocked to find that all but one said I should do a BSCS over a BSIT.
I started to think why, what makes them think this. As I questioned them further, they seemed to believe that a BSCS is "higher" than a BSIT. I started thinking about what might give them that impression and I came up with is the sheer amount of schools you can get a BSIT from vs a BSCS. I first thought it could be the math involved, but for a lot of schools that offer both degree programs, the actual math involved is the same. Of course the gen eds are the same as well. To me, it seems that there are a lot more options (at least in my area) for IT rather than CS. Why do you think that is? Is there just not that much a need for CS majors? I read somewhere that India produces more Engineers/CS students in 1 year than the entire workforce in the USA. Does a CS degree not mean as much as it use to because of that? Is it the subject matter itself? Is the stigma of Software Development jobs going overseas starting to wear on the educational market and thus people want to do IT degrees vs CS degrees. Could it be that math? TBH I am ready to be challenged by the Calc but I can understand anyone who wants to stay away from it. In fact I wasn't sure if I wanted to do it until just recently. Could it be a mixture of those reasons? I wonder if it is simply that a CS degree doesn't give a good enough ROI vs an IT degree. That would depend of course on how you measure ROI....
The person who told me to do an IT degree said you don't learn enough of the business of IT by doing a CS degree. He also said CS degrees are less well rounded. I am not sure if that is true or not. All in all I still want to do it, because if I am going to secure a box, I should really know how they work, what they do, etc. What do the TE folk think?
BTW I am not saying if you do a certain degree you are smart or if you don't you are stupid. There are brilliant HS students and dumb ass doctors. To each his/her own. I can only speak for knwminus and the opinions expressed in this post are my own.