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I am very much interested in the technology field, and would like to major in Computer Engineering. However, I am asked "Why not Computer science?" So what is the difference between them both?

My name Is Lesly, I became interested in Computer engineering through the class of Tech Girls, and I have accomplished many successful things through it. I broke the record of disassembling and reassembling a computer tower in 6 minutes, I was previewed on channel 4,5,8 and 33. I interned with NEC corporation of america my Junior year and now I am on the path on becoming a Computer engineer. #computer-science #computer-software #engineering #information-technology #college-majors #computer-programming #hardware #hardware-engineer

Thank you comment icon When it comes to the question of what you would like to do a career, it's important to think about the fact you'll be dedicating your life to the role. You don't want to force yourself into "computers" because you think it might be prosperous going forward. Sure, computers aren't going anywhere but if you are not passionate about technology, it might not be for you. I went into the engineering side because I didn't enjoy the programing aspect as much - I did it as a hobby but didn't want to be a programmer by trade. Cody Dean

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pranab’s Answer

Computer science includes computer engineering ,theory, algorithms, programming languages, and architecture.and much more as rightly shared above,

Computer engineering involves mainly software engineering which involves mainly coding (It or software engineering )and assembly and disassembly of parts(Hardware engineering.

Its bit like mother and baby relationship , you can say computer engineering is part of computer science
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Abhishek’s Answer

There are many shorter term educational opportunities you can pursue to see what you are looking for. ITT tech style institutions offer a good starting point for entry level to help you begin working in the general field and if you don't have the finances for a regular college available to you. After that you may want to consider looking into specific certifications you are exposed to when you begin working and even if engineering education is a good avenue (most employers have financial assistance for education in any related fields to your job) as it can help you advance in your career a bit further if, say, you are interested in being a leader in your field, although of course there are those who worked there way reasonably up without an engineering degree, eventually and under the right circumstances/in the right environment


I work in healthcare and cannot begin to tell you the technology resources we employ. From repairing all our computer equipment (like mentioned in above tech based responses) to supporting our many software programs (which are usually each a specialty on their own) to supporting our medical equipment (biomedical engineering) or networks


A good starting point is to take a general electronics course alongside a computer course and then decide which path you like best

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Ernie’s Answer

Hello Lesly,
Computer Science is an umbrella term which encompasses four major areas of computing: theory, algorithms, programming languages, and architecture. Computer Engineering typically focuses specifically on computer hardware and software. It is an integration of computer science and electrical engineering. Many who want to become a computer engineers earn an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering with a minor in computer science. When looking for colleges it is important to look for schools that are strong in both fields. It sounds as if you are probably interested in the Computer Engineering more. I would suggest that you try some electrical engineering courses to make sure you understand what you are getting into. Pursuing the Computer Engineering field will require expertise in Calculus, Physics and Computer Science (theory of computation, design and computational systems). If Computer Engineering field sounds too hard and your interests are more in the field of Computer Technician (someone who repairs and maintains computers and servers). These responsibilities extend into building or configuring hardware, installing and updating software packages, creating and maintaining computer networks. These options require different levels of education. Whatever path you choose it will be right for you. Set your focus wide, there are many paths to just the right career for you. Tomorrows future will be had by those who know computing. Be part of that future and you will never regret it.
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Pavol’s Answer

Hello Lesly! Both Computer Engineering and Computer Science cover a wide area of knowledge. I graduated Computer Engineering in 2007 in Slovakia. As mentioned previously, it is a good idea to take part in various courses and certifications to shape your career path. For me, the Computer Engineering was focused more on the hardware part of computers, with insight into other areas as management, statistics and software programming. The major subjects were electronics, microcomputers and measurements. I think it is a good choice in your case, because it seems that you are interested in the hardware. Computer Science is very similar, but with more focus on the software, programming, databases, statistics and management. Hopefully this will help to answer your question. Good luck with your studies!

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