Computer Science is one of the more popular intended majors of incoming first-year college students. But the number who enter college intended towards the Computer Science majors at most colleges is far smaller than the number who declare the major in the sophomore year. The expectations of the freshman were not close to the reality they saw in their classes. To be fair, this is also true of many first-year college students who began their college education interested in the sciences or engineering.
Computer Science is one of the more difficult majors in college because the required courses in the major go in sequence—the knowledge gained in each class builds up from the prerequisite taken before—and because the required courses outside the major in areas such as Calculus or Physics do, too. It’s very easy for a prospective Computer Science major to become discouraged if s/he had far less enthusiasm for these subjects in high school.
The answers to these five questions below may help the prospective Computer Science major who is still in high school to consider whether it is the right major to pursue in college.
If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” but the student has a passion for computing, it would be a good idea for the student and their parents to seek tutoring or consider a Computer Science program that offers a more direct path than a traditional college degree, or consider a school where s/he can minor in Computer Science and choose courses that are complementary to other academic interests.
If the answer to all of these questions is “no,” then consider another major.
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