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Old 01-28-2017, 12:48 PM   #1
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I've just started university and I'm taking a BA instead of a BSc in information technology - the only difference literally is the absence of any mathematics requirement or course as I was never strong in that field. I am independently studying math so that by the time I am ready to move to graduate school I can take such math-intensive courses that computer science generally needs.

I've asked several people all of whom have had strong math degrees (Engineering, physics, computer science and chemistry) and all have told me that going for a BA instead of a BSc is the worst possible decision. I specifically chose a degree that will provide me with a well-rounded education in IT rather than specifically programming because that's not my career goal.
My question is if anyone can answer with as little bias as possible: will going without math education in a programming-heavy field impact me negatively? Yes I recognise that I won't be able to become an Intel chip engineer or anything fancy, but I truly don't see where I will need to utilise such strong mathematics skills.
There surely must be jobs or languages that are not so math intensive. As mentioned, I will certainly pick up the math later on, but even looking into Applied Computing there doesn't seem to be a great deal of mathematics required.

If it helps: 10 year career plan is that of someone who works with the physical side of IT - a datacentre for example - or that of a consultancy role (for example risk management). I already hold a certificate for C# development and A+ as well as Linux + and figured this should be enough to make up for the lack of math.
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When you get a chance, and there's room in your schedule, take a math course as an elective. Although not essential, many Matthmeticians became programmers.
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When you get a chance, and there's room in your schedule, take a math course as an elective. Although not essential, many Matthmeticians became programmers.
I think I'll try that in my last two semesters when I'm dealing with my minor, less stress that way. Still, it's challenging for me too truly see the value of mathematics in this field.
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