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[–] cynoclast 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Computer Science is problem solving using computers. Computer Engineering is building computers.

I wouldn't ditch the scholarship, because free money, but the job market for computer scientists is larger than that for computer engineers. Note I didn't say more lucrative, just larger.

"Why on Earth did this guy go CS+EE instead of just CE?"

I don't think anyone interested in hiring a CS or EE is going to ask that. If you're really ok with double majoring, I would do that.

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[–] dregan 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I have a CSE degree and, in my 15 year career, I have never once built a computer for work. That is not what CSE majors do, the degree is very versatile. It is a combination of electrical engineering curriculum and computer science, leaning more towards EE with a focus on the integration of the two fields.

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[–] nathanta [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This is exactly the sort of advice I was hoping to hear. I just hesitate because I hear so many people (including two profs) say "Well if you're interested in both EE and CS, just study CE." They don't understand that my situation is unique, though, and like you said, free money is good. Thanks for your help!

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[–] nathanta [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thank you!! Very good advice!! To update everyone, I did sit down with my academic advisor today and discuss some options. Like I've said, I don't want to lose the scholarship but I love CS. So, I might double in 5 years. Or, I might really cram my J-Term and summer terms full and squeeze it into 4. I don't care if I'm in school for an extra year. We discussed the possibility of minoring in CS, which is certainly an option. So, we're going to try to get me some more degree specific courses next semester while keeping it open as much as possible before I have to really make a final decision. I will either major in EE and minor in CS, or double major in 5 years. We'll see what happens. I'm fine with the 5 year idea, but my advisor didn't seem all that enamored by it.. Anyway. I've got quite a few months yet before I have to really evaluate and make a final decision on this.

I really appreciate that you mentioned EE majors leading development teams. I recall that the companies do see the overlap of these fields, so if you need to know something, you can learn it, and in some cases they will even teach you. These are the things that I'm passionate about. I hope that I will end up doing what I love, and I think that any combination of these two degrees would get me there. Thanks.

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[–] dregan 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Would potential employers look at my resume and think "Why on Earth did this guy go CS+EE instead of just CE?"

No, most engineering employers see a double CS/EE major as a huge asset and generally see it as more valuable than a CSE degree. The combination is quite common and some schools even have an accelerated program designed to get both degrees in 4 years. Even so, people in the workforce with a combined expertise in both electrical engineering and computer science are rare and sought after. Especially if you choose a relevant concentration for your EE degree like robotics or control systems. With both degrees you will be able to work in many different industries and it will be much easier to switch industries if you desire. The need for custom software tools in engineering is universal and many groups are looking for people who can write/support their own and have engineering knowledge at the same time to better understand business needs and can do engineering work as well.

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[–] nathanta [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Thank you, u/dregan and everyone. You all offered some good points, and this is exactly the encouragement that I needed! I am really passionate about robotics actually, I was a captain of my high school team for a couple years, too. I really need to hone in on exactly what major suits my interests, and this has definitely been helpful!

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[–] aileron_ron 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Comp Sci + Elec. Eng Degrees = more money.