Languages and Books

Hans Fugal hans at
Sat Jul 23 08:55:08 MDT 2005

I know I'm late chiming in here, but here goes. You've heard enough
about how GE is good for you so I won't belabor the point. You indicated
that you had all or most of an associates in CS - you've already done
the "hard" part! (in relation to GE) Now go do the fun stuff.

Yes, you'll have more GE to fulfill, but the general pattern is more GE
at the beginning, more CS at the end. Even in CS, the general theory
and so forth is front loaded, and many find this less fun. In fact it is
this which makes a university education so much more important. For
example, unless you're Levi, when else are you going to learn a
lisp-like language? (Actually Levi has been through part of the
university experience and even he would probably not be into Lisp if he

The further along you get, the more time you spend in CS (unless you're
unwise and put off all your GEs), and the more interesting those CS
classes get (although that AI class may be less important overall than
that software design class you took as a sophomore)

On Fri, 22 Jul 2005 at 15:39 -0600, Eric Jensen wrote:
> Josh Coates wrote:
> >i mean, go read like 10, from different parts of the country.  you'll see
> >the trend.
> >
> >but the short answer is, your course load will be very, very cs heavy once
> >you get into the major - but if you are just starting out as freshman, your
> >first year may have a bunch of non-cs courses. 
> >
> That's the info I was looking for.  I have looked at around 5 or 6 CS
> programs and the ones I looked at just showed an overview or list of all
> the classes you would need to take.  Sorry if I came off as lazy with my
> research, I just don't understand the academic process very well and it
> is very hard to gauge how and when those classes would play out.  So,
> knowing that the first 2 or 3 semesters will be heavy into general
> education and then you will move into more and more major specific
> courses is great information.  I can easily suffer through a few
> semesters of generals, but my fear was that the entire experience would
> be saturated with them.  Making it difficult to not only enjoy it, but
> to really absorb and focus on my major.  If by the end it is looking
> more like 2/3 CS, that sounds like fun.
> Thanks again everyone, this has been a very informative thread.
> Eric
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