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Difference in CS programs

Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:21 PM

I am currently a rising senior and planning on majoring in computer science in college. I have been looking at many out of state colleges such as Auburn, Clemson, and the University of Alabama, but I have also been looking at a smaller, in-state public Liberal Arts school which is not ABET accredited. Although I would be able to afford either option, it would definitely be nicer paying about 1/3 of the cost for in-state. Would the advantages be much greater by choosing one of the larger schools, especially since I'm considering moving to a different area of the country where a school with a bigger name may give me an advantage?

Here is a list of all of the courses that the school offers:
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CSCI 1000. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE AND APPLICATIONS. (2-1-3)
CSCI 1200. CURRENT TOPICS IN COMPUTER AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. (1-0-1)
CSCI 1301. COMPUTER SCIENCE I. (3-0-3)
CSCI 1302. COMPUTER SCIENCE II. (3-0-3)
CSCI 2350. OBJECT ORIENTED PROGRAMMING. (2-1-3)
CSCI 2680. DISCRETE STRUCTURES FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE. (3-0-3)
CSCI 3211. ASSEMBLY LANGUAGE AND DIGITAL LOGIC DESIGN. (2-1-3)
CSCI 3212. COMPUTER ORGANIZATION AND ARCHITECTURE. (2-1-3)
CSCI 3341. OPERATING SYSTEMS. (2-1-3)
CSCI 3342. SYSTEM AND NETWORK PROGRAMMING. (2-1-3)
CSCI 3343. COMPUTER SYSTEM SECURITY. (3-0-3)
CSCI 3410. INTRODUCTION TO DATA STRUCTURES. (3-0-3)
CSCI 3950. SPECIAL TOPICS. (VAR. 1-4)
CSCI 4320. SOFTWARE ENGINEERING. (3-0-3)
CSCI 4330. PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES: DESIGN AND SURVEY. (3-0-3)
CSCI 4520. ANALYSIS OF ALGORITHMS. (3-0-3)
CSCI 4680. HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION. (3-0-3)
CSCI 4710. DATABASES. (3-0-3)
CSCI 4920. SENIOR SEMINAR. (3-0-3)
CSCI 4940. INDEPENDENT STUDY. (VAR. 1-4)
CSCI 4950. SPECIAL TOPICS. (VAR. 1-4)
CSCI 4960. INTERNSHIP AND/OR COOPERATIVE EDUCATION. (VAR. 1-15)
CSCI 4999. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN COMPUTER SCIENCE. (VAR. 1-4)

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Difference in CS programs

Posted 02 August 2012 - 03:10 AM

I've heard that in computer science that ABET isn't an issue, it is more of an engineering accreditation. But when it came time to choose, I selected the ABET school. My advice on picking schools is to do your due diligence. Colleges are typically better in certain areas than others. Don't just look at the course titles, also research the professors. Find ones that specialize in what you are interested in (assuming you know). It is worth it to visit the campus, meet a few professors and check out the syllabus'. This will give you an idea of what to expect. Once you have gathered your research from the school that are a possibility, compare them based on the criteria you want. then you can make the right decision for you.
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Re: Difference in CS programs

Posted 02 August 2012 - 05:11 AM

What I ihave noticed from takign part in large and small colleges is that the large ones typically dont give 2 shits about the students. They are money mills. Example, if they really cared then you wouldnt have classes with over 100 students in each class and only 1 professor. I even had a class of 500+ students and never once had the opportunity to talk to the professor.
Smaller colleges will probably give you more bang for your buck .
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