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Yes, and no. I think that calculus and linear algebra should definitely be required for a CS degress (er, CIS? Is that the same thing?). This was the case where I studied (NYU) and I think it makes a lot of sense. How will you read Knuth without it? And how can you call yourself a CS grad without being able to read the defining texts of the field?

NYU also required Numerical Computing if you wanted to graduate with honors. I skipped this class realizing that I was unlikely to be doing number crunching anytime soon. Since I already have the math background I figured it wouldn't be hard to pick up later if I needed it. I have yet to prove this assumption...

So, will you use calculus in your job? Probably not. But a university degree in CS is only partially about job training. The other half is about engaging with an academic tradition which is, for better or worse, highly mathematical.


In reply to Re: (OT) Should math (or adv. math) be required in CIS degrees? by samtregar
in thread (OT) Should math (or adv. math) be required in CIS degrees? by japhif

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