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Difference Between Computer Science & Computer Engineering

Did you ever think Computer Engineering was the same as Computer Science? 

Both degrees and jobs in computing are becoming increasingly specialized. For this reason, it is more important than ever to fully research a computing degree program so that you can be certain that the program will provide you with the knowledge and experience that you need for your career. However, it is not always easy to pick the right program just from the name of the program or the department. Although naming is becoming more standardized, there is still some variance from school to school and program to program. Knowing exactly what kind of computing you want to do for your career and finding the right program can be helpful in securing your dream job after graduation.

“Computer Science” is an umbrella term which encompasses four major areas of computing: theory, algorithms, programming languages, and architecture. At the undergraduate level, programs usually cover a broad range of computing topics and allow students to engage in projects across multiple areas. For graduate studies in computer science, it is typical to focus on one area. Therefore, it is important to research the graduate program to make sure that the school has the faculty and resources that you need to complete your master’s or doctoral project.

“Computer Engineering” typically focuses specifically on computer hardware and software. It is an integration of computer science and electrical engineering. For this reason, many people who want to become computer engineers earn an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering (often with a minor or double major in computer science), and then earn a graduate degree in computer engineering.

From theory to application, there is a specialty for every person with a passion for computing. During your undergraduate program, you may want to include some Electrical Engineering classes even if your program does not specifically require them for graduation. At the graduate level, there are far more great programs available than you might think. Instead of going for the biggest brand names, find the program that is right for you and your goals within the field.