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Re: (OT) Should math (or adv. math) be required in CIS degrees?by december (Pilgrim)
|on Jul 26, 2002 at 04:11 UTC||Need Help??|
Well. You asked for it.
I studied CS at the university of Brussels (Belgium). The first 2 years consist mainly of maths (as you listed): algrebra, trig, discrete, calculus, ... In fact, until a couple of years ago, math students and cs students had the same classes those first 2 years.
And I think it sucks. We had way too much math and other bullshit, while nobody ever tolds us how to program in a secure way, admin servers, basic hardware knowledge, or make comprehensible interfaces, etc; if I would have studied only the things I was supposed to know (for my classes), I wouldn't know much at all about the things I actually need to know. And the math, well, I forgot almost all about it. It's not like I will ever need it in anything I do (thank god, I hate it). I agree there are certain fields that require some mathematical knowledge, like encryption or performance analysis, but I had the feeling I was drowning in it, it put me off and made my life hell. Almost. :)
I didn't enjoy to study CS at all, although I'd been programming computers by myself at a young age. It even had that much effect on me, that I still (only 1 year ago though) refuse to do any kind of programming work (C, Lisp, ... as opposed to 'scripting' in bash or perl) and only occupy myself with system administration and security.
I think that especially in this country, the studies are _way_ behind the requirements of the market in fields evolving as fast as the computer hard/software industry. It's sad I never seem to have learned anything _in class_ of the things I wanted to know.
Oh well... Win some, loose some. I have fun now as admin, in all peace and quiet, at a slow pace. I'll get over it. :)