Concordia University Texas offers both a Bachelor of Science (BS) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) in computer science.
While either degree will provide you with great education and training, there are important differences to know.
What are the similarities in a BA and a BS?
First, let’s look at what’s similar about the different bachelor degrees. Both degrees are modeled after the Association for Computing Machinery recommendations.
You will complete 42-44 credit hours of Concordia Common Experience/general education courses through either degree. The Concordia Common Experience curriculum refers to the courses required of every student pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Concordia, ranging from religion and leadership courses to liberal arts and communication courses.
what is the difference between a BA and a BS?
The BA and BS in computer science are different in the specific coursework you take. The BA requires more coursework in the humanities (English, history, art, etc.), while the BS has a heavier emphasis on math and science coursework.
The BS in computer science requires you to take four additional CSC 3000 or 4000 level courses, which is two more than required by the BA. While the BS focuses on developing skills almost solely related to computer science, the BA exposes you to a wider variety of subjects.
Which degree is better for job prospects?
There is a belief that employers prefer to hire computer science majors with a BS because of the logical thinking processes you develop in the math and science courses.
While this may be true for some employers, the typical consensus is that the type of degree isn’t a make-or-break issue. The important thing to consider is how to gain experience while pursuing your computer science degree.
Austin is home to an overabundance of technology companies in all sorts of industries, offering you many opportunities to gain real-world experience through internships. Not only will you obtain valuable experience that you can put on your resume, you will also get insight into the size and type of company for which you want to work.
BA or BS: Which One Should I Choose?
Choosing a BA or BS in computer science is a personal choice based on your interests and goals for the future. Now that you know the main differences between the two degree paths, you will be able to make a better-informed decision.
Talk with those who know you best — your family, friends and mentors and, most importantly, God. Proverbs 3:6 says, In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Regardless of the route you take, a computer science degree from Concordia will equip you with a strong foundation of knowledge and experience to prepare you for your career.
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