Should I try for a computer science degree?
July 26, 2008 10:53 AM Subscribe
What natural proficiencies would I need / want to have in order to get a degree in computer science? I have some issues with math, and am not sure whether that's a dealbreaker.
posted by FortyT-wo to Education (32 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm contemplating going to night school to get a degree in comp sci, but I'm very worried I'll get into it and find I'm not cut out for it... I'm your average geeky girl, have always liked computers, etc., though I've never been educated in any programming languages. I have no college degree and think I would enjoy a career a comp sci degree might make available for me.
My big worry is that there are some areas of mathematics that I'm weak in, and have been all my life. Basically I grasp math concepts easily, and do well in the more advanced math classes, but relative to my abilities in that area, I'm not very good at math mechanics, if that makes sense. When I was testing for math placement in college a few years back, I got higher scores in algebra than in remedial math... I got an A in physics in high school but really struggled through junior high math classes.
Basically the fewer actual numbers involved, the better I am at solving a problem. This is due to my tendency to transpose numbers, and I'm not great at doing addition and multiplication (forget division) in my head. I even screw up while adding single digit numbers in my head on a not infrequent basis. I was never, at any point able to complete the 60-times-tables-in-60-second thing all my other classmates were able to do.
I'm a smart girl, I'm a huge fan of physics, I did awesome in calculus, but for whatever reason, I may add 9 and 5 and come up with 13... If I'm asked what 7 times 7 is, it'll take me a bit to come up with a result, and it may not be correct.
Does this rule me out for this degree? I don't want to start trying for it and fail... if the math involved is more conceptual, or, say, the type you can use a calculator for, I could do well at that. But I do get the impression it's a math-heavy area of study, and don't want to flunk out.