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Computer Science vs Computer Engineering major 

As academic counselors we are often asked about the difference between studying Computer Science and Computer Engineering major at the university. While there is some overlap between the two, the specific focus of these disciplines can vary between universities and institutions. However, in recent years we have observed Computer Science majors to be more competitive from a college admissions perspective. Both Computer science and Computer Engineering offer excellent job prospects and numerous opportunities in the technology industry. Skill sets for the two disciplines- ​

Computer scientists typically focus on programming languages, software development methodologies, algorithms, data structures, and problem-solving skills. They have expertise in software design, development, analysis, and optimization. They may also have knowledge of areas like machine learning, artificial intelligence, and computational theory.  

Computer engineers possess a combination of skills from electrical engineering and computer science. They have knowledge of computer hardware design, digital systems, electronics, computer architecture, and computer networks. They also have programming skills but often with a greater emphasis on low-level programming and hardware-software interaction.

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Written by Priya Babel & Mika Parekh
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