What are you looking for when choosing a college computer science major?
The question was asked in the final question of the college computer sciences major quiz.
Here’s what students were looking for.
The first four questions asked students to describe what they expected to do after graduation.
They answered “learn” with an answer of “learn computer science,” and “study” with a score of “study computer science.”
“I love the fact that it has such an extensive range of options,” one student said.
“If I go to a school that doesn’t offer any computer science programs and can’t even afford to buy a new computer, I’m gonna do computer science anyway.
And if I have a $250 computer and I want to learn it, I’ll do that anyway.”
The second question asked students if they thought they would get more “out of” a degree if they took a computer science program.
Of the 22 questions asked, 19 had at least one answer for this question, including five that had a numerical answer.
The final question asked about “how much do you think you could earn in the first year of a college career” and whether they would consider that a factor in choosing a major.
One student answered, “probably not as much.”
The most popular answer came from an engineering major, with students saying they would probably have “much more trouble getting a job as a computer scientist than they do as an engineer.”
This was followed by an engineering degree, which had a response of “probably” and a score from 0 to 100.
Two of the three computer science majors surveyed had a negative response, with only one, electrical engineering, coming in a negative.
This indicates students were mostly interested in getting a college degree and the major that was listed.
Some students were also curious about the type of course they would like to take, as this could have an impact on their career choices.
There was a lot of confusion surrounding this question.
Several students who answered it incorrectly were given a blank answer, but the second question was “how do you know?” instead of the correct “what’s the difference?”
“You don’t know what to expect,” said one student.
“I’m not really sure how much you’ll be earning in computer science, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be making a lot more than a student in a computer engineering class.”
Another student said they had “a strong desire” to be a computer programmer.
Many of the students who did not answer correctly did not get an answer from the college’s Computer Science Major Committee.
What did students think about this quiz?
“Computer science is really important for me,” said the engineering major.
“The whole idea of the curriculum, how it is taught, the way it is done, is really valuable to me.
So I would really appreciate if I could get a computer in high school so I can get some of that in my life.”
However, another student said, “I really don’t understand how you can really get into a computer program if you don’t have a computer.”
Others were unsure about what they would choose to study.
For one student, she said she was interested in “just learning about stuff and not being taught everything I need to know.”
But another said she would consider going to an engineering school, and said she hoped to be able to earn enough money to go to college, but not get a degree.
Finally, another answered, “I am not sure I would recommend computer science to a friend, but if I had to choose, I’d go for the physical sciences.”
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