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Computer Science in most schools is mainly mathematics and a couple of programming courses thrown in. To become a working programmer however is a craft that you learn and become better at through experience. The education that you get from Computer Science is similar to that you get from say political science. From political science you usually go to law school to learn something more concrete. Computer Science doesn't have a law school equivalent where you go to learn software development, usually you have to learn on your own. Depending on the type of software development work you do, you can find your Computer Science education quite useful. Basically any math heavy subject is a fine prerequisite education for software development craftsmanship.



That's not specific to Computer Science.

My Mechanical Engineering degree spit me out with just enough knowledge that I could go learn how to be a Mechanical Engineer. None of the things I did on a daily basis over the next year were things I learned in school, but I was able to figure them out because of the things I learned.

That's the unspoken purpose of school (at least in the Engineering areas). Your degree doesn't teach you to do any specific job. It's a 4-5 year conditioning course for your brain. It weeds out people who won't be successful in a certain area, and rewires everybody else so that they can "think like and Engineer".

So if you're complaining that School didn't teach you to write CRUD apps in Java, you're complaining about the wrong thing.


That wasn't true in my school. While there were lots of math classes to take, there were far more computer science classes required for a BS in CS and more electrical engineering and physics classes required for a BSe in Computer Engineering. Six or 7 math classes total, vs 12-15 computer classes




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