Javan Finch
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Hi guys!

I'm having trouble deciding whether to pursue a degree in electrical engineering or computer science. I like both of them a lot. I've heard people who take electrical engineering still do quite a bit of programming in their jobs. Is this true? If so, do computer scientists also frequently work with electronics and engineering? Since I like both so much, I'd like to choose the one that has the most of the other one. So if anyone has any experience in one of these fields, please let me know your thoughts and if you also have to do work pertaining to the other field in your job.

Thanks! (my bad if this is the wrong forum to ask on)
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A good place to start is to think about what it is you want to be doing after you graduate. What time of role would you like? Then research those roles and look at profiles on LinkedIn to see what their education background is.

You could do both. You could start with Electrical Engineering and then do a postgrad in Computer Science. Most MSc in CS are open to those from a cognate discipline. Imo, I think it's easier to go from EE to CS than the other way around. With an interest and knowledge in both, you could get into embedded systems. If you enjoy programming at a lower level, then EE will be beneficial. It depends on the type of programming you want to do, but an EE degree can get you there. You don't need a CS degree to be a Software Engineer.
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Hi,
I am graduating this year with BEng in Electronic Engineering. Even though EE and CS may seem similar to you now, they can be very different. My advice would be to think about your future career, what exactly you might want to do and look at universities' modules for these courses. You may have a chance to take CS modules (compulsory or elective) while studying EE and vice-versa. You could combine both degrees by taking different MSc depending on what you want to do. Note that it also depends on a uni and their naming but Electronic Engineering (if offered) should be generally closer to CS than Electrical Engineering. For example, in year 1 Electronic Engineering students at my uni had to take programming (C) and advanced programming (C++), while Electrical Engineering - programming and mechanics. Electrical and Electronic Engineering students had programming and could choose between mechanics and advanced programming. It really depends on your univeristy, courses and modules you take. Some univeristies could just offer Electrical Engineering while others can have Electronic and EEE. Note there are also mechatronics courses/modules. So I guess you should try to specify what you are aiming for.
Have you done any programming like C, C++, Python or Java? Have you worked with Arduino, Raspberry Pi or electronic circuits? What are you looking for during your studies, why does EE/CS appeal to you?
During my course I had exposure to analogue electronic, photonics, solid state devices, communications, control, signal processing, digital electronics, microprocessors, embedded programming... So it can be really broad! You probably do not have enough experience now to know what you want to specialise in. But if you define what you expect from CS/EE course/job, it will be easier to choose.
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(Original post by Javan Finch)
Hi guys!

I'm having trouble deciding whether to pursue a degree in electrical engineering or computer science. I like both of them a lot. I've heard people who take electrical engineering still do quite a bit of programming in their jobs. Is this true? If so, do computer scientists also frequently work with electronics and engineering? Since I like both so much, I'd like to choose the one that has the most of the other one. So if anyone has any experience in one of these fields, please let me know your thoughts and if you also have to do work pertaining to the other field in your job.

Thanks! (my bad if this is the wrong forum to ask on)
Hi, I did computer science at university. Here's a thread I've made in the IT & Technology forum on what I've worked on in my roles for 10 years:

Link: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=7042978

I've copied and pasted the technical stack section below.

Tech stack:

- Backend APIs e.g. PHP, Node etc. and all the popular frameworks
- Familiar with frontend JS frameworks and libraries
- Databases e.g. MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, etc.
- Cloud infrastructure eg. AWS, Azure, Digital Ocean
- Automation e.g. CI/CD (Jenkins, CircleCI etc.), Containerisation (Docker, Kubernetes), Terraform / CloudFormation, Ansible and so on
- Version Control e.g. GitHub, Atlassian products (BitBucket) and SVN
- Server and DB administration
- Microservices, Serverless, VMs
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