Hello sg707, and thanks for the response! That is something still in the back of my mind, for example the differences outlined in the course catalogs:
http://tinyurl.com/23yncuo [Computer Science]
http://tinyurl.com/25kovuf [Information Technology]
The IT degree is a 2+2 designed program, which lets someone transfer from community college or another university to USF, while the CS degree is a 4-year program. Another problem is that they aren't apart of the same subdivision of school (Polytechnic vs College of Science and Engineering), and they said:
Please note that Information Technology (IT) courses (e.g., as offered in Lakeland and Sarasota) cannot be counted for credit in any of our three programs (Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Information Systems) @ http://tinyurl.com/6fkk8z9
This is discouraging. This is a big problem, because once IT is started, I can't do CS; and visa-versa.
Maybe time has changed. Back 10 years ago, IT reqs were 70% similar to CS w/o programming courses... Also, many converted from CS -> IT because it was too difficult. I don't remember IT having network courses, so you could be right. Most likely, the program for IT is very much different among Universities.
Oh yes, that is 100% right. IT program serves maybe two networking specific classes, while the CS program has two networking classes also (as electives.)
I'm not sure if this is correct, though, but I'll be sure to ask this tomorrow when I meet with the co-chair.
In the back of my mind, I want to do CS to be marketable (and just might!) but I'd still have to take Calculus I, II, III, Linear Systems, and Engineering Statistics to join the program at all. Currently I'm doing pre-calculus, so that puts me far behind. I'd have to spend 2 years doing the pre-requisite math classes to join the program, while on the other hand pursue a (possibly, so far) a better degree and job opportunities.
T isn't a watered-down version of CS.
IT and CS are different things. There is some overlap, but there are quite a few things in IT that you don't cover in CS.
To kind of simplify the difference between the two, think of them like this:
CS will let you pass an AP Java test with use, but you'd probably fail a Comp TIA+ test.
IT will let you pass a Comp TIA+ test with ease, but you'd probably fail an AP Java test.
Oversimplified, but that's kind of their relation.
You can also think of it like the difference between an electrician and an architect. There is a lot of information that they both have to know to do there job which is overlap, but then they both have their specialties which gives them unique information that the other doesn't know. For example, I know work for a medium-sized company as a Developer. I know how to do a lot of the stuff, and I'm the only one that really knows how to create complex programs and websites. However, I know little about the advanced configuration of networks and severs, but our Network Administrator knows all about it, so the two of us work in close cooperation a lot of times to accomplish our jobs. His education is much closer to what you'd get from an IT degree than you would from a CS degree.
Thanks for the responses Samanie, personal and real-world experiences really put things into perspective. I'm still contemplating on changing to the Computer Science in the back of my mind, and still have some time to decide, and I'm wondering if I can ask you a few questions about the CS degree?
As I noted above to Sg, I'd be spending additional time doing all these Calculus classes. I've been in school about a two years now, one year full time doing "core" classes and half-year doing part-time from being burnt out, and then one semester off to get my life straight (I regret not going full time during the year, but I feel it was necessary to learn about myself and what I want in life.) If I go for CS, I'll have to spend a long time doing Calculus classes just to enter the program (I started college with Elementrary Algebra > Intermediate > College Algebra > [now] Precalculus) and will probably just be working full-time until I do. By time I do finish my CS degree i'll be 24-25 (I'm 20 turning 21), rather than 23 with IT. Do you think it's worth going for CS, even though it will take the extra time, but may/will offer better opportunities than the IT one?
Also, I've heard the CS degree is very rigorous and that many students drop-out and do something like an MIS. I'd hate to spend doing 2 years of math classes just to enter the program, and then drop-out and go back to IT (since IS is being closed down, but that was more business and non-technical orientated anyways.) What are your personal experiences with this?
As a side note for all, here is an excerpt description of the IT program at USF:
[B]Information Technology is designed to bridge the gap between computer science and management information systems, providing students with knowledge of rapidly changing technology. USF Polytechnic's bachelor of science in information technology (BSIT) program emphasizes knowledge-based computer and information technology, traditional computer science concepts, as well as more practical topics including programming, applications, networking, systems administration and the management of a variety of computing environments.
This program features the required core of computing discipline courses necessary to give the future IT professionals a long-term handle on their careers. At the same time, the degree program is unique in its flexibility-because it has to be. IT is an extremely wide-ranging, rapidly evolving field of work, and no "cookie-cutter" degree program will work for such a breadth of career options. Therefore, the BSIT includes five IT-related electives-courses selected by the student as appropriate to the IT specialty or industry sector they wish to enter. These can be courses offered by the department, or even by other departments. A person aiming for an IT career in hospitals, for example, may elect to take some courses in health care or public health. A person who wishes to specialize in security can take several of the information security courses offered by the IT department.[/B] @ http://tinyurl.com/4vdyhhd
The phrase "bridge the gap between computer science and management information systems" really errks me. Makes me wonder "If i'm not developing something, or managing over it, what else do I do?"