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I'm a grad of NC State. There, Computer Science is currently in the Engineering department, and we have the same Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, etc, requirements as the electrical engineers and materials science folks and nuclear engineers.
Like heck I'm an engineer -- because I've been through the same boot camp.
But my work is seriously screwed up, I can scarely call what I do there engineering. I despise the "Software Engineer" title, since assembling prebuilt components and reading lame RFQ's is not high quality design. Some places, I'm sure it's engineering, but most places it's peacemeal. Good programming (and software development) to me, is a mixture of art, strong strategic planning (and problem solving), and mathematics.
I call my self a Software Developer, though I really want to claim I'm a "Computer Scientist" my job still sucks too much and I don't get to play in the theoretical areas that I love. Maybe someday.
Actually, I think I want to be a moose photographer. Seriously.