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Picking classes for first semester of Computer Science (have AA)

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I was originally planning on registering for the following classes:

 

COP 3502C - Computer Science I

Computer arithmetic, Instruction Set Architecture, performance, data path, control unit, memory hierarchy, I/O interface.

 

COT 3100C - Introduction to Discrete Structures

Logic, sets, functions, relations, combinatorics, graphics, Boolean algebras, finite-state machines, Turing machines, unsolvability, computational complexity

 

EEL 3801 - Computer Organization

Computer arithmetic, Instruction Set Architecture, performance, data path, control unit, memory hierarchy, I/O interface.

 

And another class.

 

I was chatting with my friend who is going to University of Florida, who is also a CS major. He was telling me that these classes are pretty hard at his college and recommended I cut back to a lighter course load. I'm going to University of Central Florida.

 

I think I'm going to cut my course load down to just two classes for my first semester at UCF. Since my GPA from Valencia Community College doesn't transfer to UCF. I have no buffer for GPA if things go south.

 

Which two classes do you think I should take? ( Computer Science I, Introduction to Discrete Structures, and Computer Organization )

 

 

EDIT: I think I'm going to just take Computer Science I and Intro to Discrete Structures for Spring 2010. Those are the two classes I need to take to register for the Foundation Exam that will unlock all my upper division courses. Since I did all my pre-reqs at VCC, I only have 5-6 classes currently open to me. Getting the Foundation Exam out of the way opens up a lot more variety of classes.

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CS1 and Discrete Structures.

 

If your Comp Org is anything like my Comp Org it is a lot of Assembly, and can take longer to pick up. Granted I'm in Computer Engineering so it may be different.

 

CS1 is likely an introductory course and Discrete Structures seems to be a very basic course as well.

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Although I have no way to compare computer science courses to ones that I've taken, three courses - no matter the difficulty - is possible if you put your mind to it. I pulled some nightmare schedules in a couple of my undergrad semesters. One semester I hit 20 credit hours (7 classes), while working 20 hours a week. Granted, I'm partially insane, but...it can be done :lol:

 

Once you start getting used to the classes, you can start upping the workload a lot. It just depends on how comfortable you are with it.

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Thank you both for the insight.

 

One semester I hit 20 credit hours (7 classes), while working 20 hours a week. Granted, I'm partially insane, but...it can be done :lol:

 

That's pretty insane, I'm not that kind of busy bee. Don't think I would be able to handle that work load (Maybe the general education requirements, but not degree stuff). The most credits I've taken was 14-15, but it was general education requirement classes.

 

I'm a procrastinator by nature. Something I will work on getting rid of now that I'm starting on a clean slate at another college.

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Although I have no way to compare computer science courses to ones that I've taken, three courses - no matter the difficulty - is possible if you put your mind to it. I pulled some nightmare schedules in a couple of my undergrad semesters. One semester I hit 20 credit hours (7 classes), while working 20 hours a week. Granted, I'm partially insane, but...it can be done :lol:

 

Once you start getting used to the classes, you can start upping the workload a lot. It just depends on how comfortable you are with it.

what about systems analysis..??

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what about systems analysis..??

 

Hey CJ...

 

Yeah, I fully expect the work-load to be very similar to my engineering classes, but the closest I've gotten to a computer science class is a silly little 1-credit "introduction to C programming" course. Hehe :thumbs-up:

 

 

Yeah, that was a pretty narly semester. There were lots of lab courses, so, my schedule was PACKED. I kinda figured out time management and procrastination prevention in high school (where I was able to take some college courses), which made the transition to college pretty easy. Probably after the first two semesters of RPI, I realized that the harder classes don't really appear until later junior year on, so, I decided to get everything else out of the way.

 

The way RPI's tuition works is that you get charged the same amount if you take 12 credits (minimum for full time), or 21 (maximum for full time). State schools usually do it per credit hour, so, it doesn't really make any sense to burn yourself out. :)

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What was your 2 year degree in? Mine is Network Specialist, and I am going into a Information Technology BS degree and going to get a minor in Computer Sciences. Computer Sciences has alot more to do with programing which is not what I want. I want something that will help me nab a career and not look shiny on a resume.

 

I picked a small private University here in Wisconsin, the tuition is expensive ($30k a year), but my credits directly transfered and they offered a degree more in line with what I am looking for.

 

My First semester of classes, I don't know what your interests are in (Programing, Networking, etc) but you might want to see if the school offers some courses close to these.

 

Database, Web Creation and Networks, Business Continuity Planning, Principles of Business, Writing Seminar (o.O)

 

Second Semester

 

Introduction to Java, Advanced Programming with C# (ya think it would be C++ right o.O), Network Communication Analysis, Introduction to Statistics, Understanding the Scientific Way of Knowing (that is a bad butt name for a course imo :P)

 

IT Internship Summer

 

Third Semester (year 2)

 

Database Design, Principles of Management, Understanding the Natural World, Encountering the Cultures of the World

 

Fourth Semester

 

Info Tech Mgt in an E-Commerce World, Understanding the Aesthetic Mode of Knowing, Critical Encounters w/ Great Ideas of W. Culture.

 

Summer Projects for IT Majors.

 

 

Jezz now that I look at it, alot of those classes are gunna suck I bet! ulgh...

 

 

oh btw I took 22 credits this semester o.o (yeah Im nuts...)

 

 

I should be studying for my ISD (Information System Design) Exam, but damn that course is dry. I have no clue how I am going to pass this course :-\

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I got my AA in Computer Science, but its just really a General Education with C programming tacked on. Valencia changed their policy this year, so that all graduating AA students will have their degree stating General Education to accurately represent what courses that were taken.

 

At UCF their IT and CS majors foundation class almost overlap. So, if I decide that I want to go IT instead of CS I can choose to without worrying too much of extra classes to take.

 

I'm probably more of an IT person, but I don't have the patience to help people solve their computer problems. I enjoy programming. It's challenging and fun, but frustrating when you get stuck. UCF has a really good Programming Team. They have placed top 3 in regionals (5 States in the Southeast) for 25 years. They won regionals this year and are going to the World Championship Tournament. The team has a nice donor who has been giving each team member (15 total) $12,000 for free for the past few years.

 

My programming skills aren't anywhere near refined as anyone of the Programming Team, but it's a goal I'm shooting for. Seriously $12,000 per team member :D. Drools.

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Hey CJ...

 

Yeah, I fully expect the work-load to be very similar to my engineering classes, but the closest I've gotten to a computer science class is a silly little 1-credit "introduction to C programming" course. Hehe :thumbs-up:

 

 

Yeah, that was a pretty narly semester. There were lots of lab courses, so, my schedule was PACKED. I kinda figured out time management and procrastination prevention in high school (where I was able to take some college courses), which made the transition to college pretty easy. Probably after the first two semesters of RPI, I realized that the harder classes don't really appear until later junior year on, so, I decided to get everything else out of the way.

 

The way RPI's tuition works is that you get charged the same amount if you take 12 credits (minimum for full time), or 21 (maximum for full time). State schools usually do it per credit hour, so, it doesn't really make any sense to burn yourself out. :)

 

Same at RIT. I've been taking 16 credits (4 classes) every quarter I've been in school. We're also on the quarter system so they only last 10 weeks. Luckily next quarter I'll only need to take 3 classes and then I'm done!. :D

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Yeah free school money is nice. I scored a $7500 scholarship from the school I will be going to next fall. I am hoping that with grants and stuff I can get down to $10k a year which is so much better than $30k. $20k is nothing for 2 years of school!

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Here we say University is either the four worst years of your life, or the six most awesome. I began by taking only four courses instead of five at the first session. :)

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Im just happy the community college i could afford was easier tha what im hearing :] it landed me a job, but the most awkwards backwards risky way it could have happened.

 

Wondering now if i have sacrificed a good education to be able to afford it wihout federal assistance :\

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