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1 An Overview of Computer Science and Engineering College of Engineering University of South Florida KJC/RAP001 (04/17/98) PowerPoint overheads for Freshman Experience lecture Rafael Perez Professor Computer Science and Engineering Ken Christensen Assistant Professor Computer Science and Engineering College of Engineering KJC/RAP 006 Three tracks in the undergraduate CSE program • Computer Science – Software oriented • Computer Engineering – Hardware oriented • Information Systems – Systems oriented Hmmmmm…. . Three tracks in the undergraduate CSE program • Key differences – CE has full engineering core – CS and CE have same math and physics – IS has reduced math and physics – IS has no hardware courses – CS and CE are accredited (by CSAB and ABET) – No accreditation standards exist for IS curricula anywhere » Accreditation standards are under work by IEEE and ACM KJC/RAP 007 College of Engineering College of Engineering KJC/RAP 008 Three tracks in the undergraduate CSE program • A graphical view of the differences – More or less hardware – Flexibility of electives IS CS CE No hardware Hardware Electives College of Engineering Which track is right for me? • There really is not that much difference – In the end analysis all are a “computer science” degree • However, a good way to choose is to look at possible career paths Which one for me? College of Engineering KJC/RAP 010 Which track is right for me? • A tree of career paths Hardware Development Software Systems, support CE CS IS CSE curriculum tracks IBM, Intel, etc. Microsoft, Sun, etc. NationsBank, etc.
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2 College of Engineering KJC/RAP 011 Specialist versus generalist • The pyramid of job opportunities and salary Specialist (few jobs, high salary) Generalist (many jobs, lower salary) $ Number of jobs College of Engineering KJC/RAP 012 Specialist versus generalist Specialist jobs typically are… – Very competitive to obtain – Some require a M.S. or Ph.D.
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