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    Who has completed either BSC Computing or BSC Computer Science and Mathematics, and can advise which is better for a software development career?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nielsmith7 View Post
    Who has completed either BSC Computing or BSC Computer Science and Mathematics, and can advise which is better for a software development career?
    I did BSc Computing. It depends, Computing is a bit of a hybrid, with a spread of computer science and informatics subjects. Personally, I think I would have enjoyed the BSc Computer science / maths degree more.

    Both are good degrees - it depends on what your interests are. If you like maths, choose the maths stream. You still do maths in the computing stream (linear algebra, discrete maths, stats, calculus as an elective) but the maths stream has more maths modules

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    Unless you hate maths, or don't have the ability, do the CS and Maths degree. It opens more doors later on. My experience was that doing a double major was very much like doing two degrees, and personally I got more out of the maths courses than the CS courses (since I had prior experience with CS concepts).

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    Thanks for the advice. What kind of jobs are you guys into now?

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    Most programming tracks today are diverging around Functional Programming which has it's roots solidly in mathematics: specifically calculus, abstract algebra and category theory. So if you can manage it, run the math side, because it's only going to simplify a lot down the line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nielsmith7 View Post
    Thanks for the advice. What kind of jobs are you guys into now?
    Some mix of research scientist, quantitative developer, and quantitative researcher. Perhaps throw some software architect in there too.

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    Developer / Architect - mainly systems integration work

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    Take the mathematics route, unless you are comfortable with doing ad hoc study of mathematics. Currently doing the App. Maths + Statistics stream through UNISA, working as a Data Engineer and on the odd occasion I get to do some Data Science things.
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