Post # 1
Asking on behalf of Fiance who’s halfway through college and still unsure what to major in. At his school he can either get a bachelor of science in computer science or get a information systems (bachelor’s) degree through the business school. The school said that the career opportunities for both are the same and he didn’t really feel their responses were very helpful.
Do any bee’s have any advice in support of one degree or the other?
Post # 3
@CrazyCatLady13: At my university, CS and IS were both divisions of the math and computer science department. CS was geared more towards the sciences and required a much more thorough math component while IS was geared towards business applications and didn’t have nearly as much math. It was basically the same degree except CS had a math minor and IS had a business minor. I was CS, but IS was always my backup plan if I couldn’t do the math. That was just my school. His could be different, especially considering that the two degrees are taught in seperate colleges.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Do either cover network administration or project management specialties? Choose those if you want a better chance of doing upper level corporate IT work.
Post # 5
I have a CIS degree and Darling Husband has a CS degree. We both have very successful careers that hit the ground running even bofore we graduated desipte graduating during the severe recession in 2009. With that said, I highly recommend either of these careers, it really depends what your SO is looking for. Darling Husband and I have very different jobs.
Darling Husband (computer science degree): He is a computer engineer/programmer and he is a consultant. consultant means big bucks but no benefits (or if you have a consulting company you work for they offer benefits but they are expensive and not very good). His job is more slow paced and analytical. He sits in front of a PC all day and programs. but he had deadlines. He gets hired for one specific job for that company that needs to be done by date *** and thats his goal. This job has a high chance of working from home since there isnt a lot of team interaction or need of being in an office. Darling Husband doesnt currently WFH but makes his own hours (goes in and leaves whenever)
Me (Computer Information Systems): I work on Electronic Medical Health sysytems in an IT department of a childrens hospital. My job requires a lot of interaction with teams in and outside of the IT department. I work a lot with other IT analysts in my department and also with clinical leadership. My job is more 8-5 type job and requires significant interaction and socializing.
Our jobs work great for us. Darling Husband brings home a big paycheck and I carry all the benefits (retirement for both of us, health, dental, pension, etc). but that is something you two need to think about. These days, programmers are brought in to do specific jobs (consultants) not hired as full time employess usually. Both of our jobs are in VERY high demand right now.
CS: very specific job field (programmer). Requires constant learning to keep up on the latests and greatest code and technologies. For Darling Husband, this ongoing learning happens on HIS time not while at work…cause he simply doesnt have the time while “on the clock”
CIS: more broad. You could work in hardware or desktop support to analytical IT jobs (what I do). Most people dont like desktop type work but some people do (there isnt a ton of money it). but there is a lot of money in analytical IT jobs and also security IT jobs are another option.
let me know if you have any more quesitons 😀
Post # 6
@CrazyCatLady13: I am saying CIS, whic is the same as IS. Its more of a management degree with an emphasis in IT. And CS is a strict Computer Science egree which envolves a lot of math and very involved analytical and algorithms and programmings.
Post # 7
Thanks for all of the responses, he actually decided to go with CIS and the biggest reason was that the CIS department through the business school was much more friendly, had better advisors, and its own internship office whereas he felt that CS wasn’t the most inviting of places and didn’t feel like he would fit in there. Also I really think he is looking for something stable and full time so IS does sound like the right fit.