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Must I study math to do computer science?

By Vision Reporter

Added 17th February 2009 03:00 AM

I am a Senior Five student doing mathematics, economics, geography and art. I would like to change my combination to history, economics, geography/art. My family and friends are telling me I will not be able to do my desired course of computer science at

I am a Senior Five student doing mathematics, economics, geography and art. I would like to change my combination to history, economics, geography/art. My family and friends are telling me I will not be able to do my desired course of computer science at

CAREER GUIDANCE

I am a Senior Five student doing mathematics, economics, geography and art. I would like to change my combination to history, economics, geography/art. My family and friends are telling me I will not be able to do my desired course of computer science at university if I drop math. Is it true?

Please advise me, I am really confused.

Khaukha

KHAUKHA, while mathematics is thought to be crucial to the study of computer science and sometimes even encouraged, it is not always a requisite for consideration to a degree in computer science. At Makerere University, for example, you need not have studied mathematics at A’Level for you to be admitted to do computer science.

APTECH, another world-renown computer school, located on Entebbe Road could admit you for a Bachelor of Information Technology course without considering mathematics. You need to visit the individual universities and other institutions to find out about their admission requirements. Computer science is offered at a number of institutions including Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Kyambogo University and in the many private universities that are coming up.

Dr. Jude Lubega, a lecturer at Makerere University’s faculty of computing and information technology advises you not to take chances. He says you should consider taking a related certificate course before you apply for admission. This will give you a competitive edge over other candidates.

Computer science is one of the most sought-after courses at university today. While you do not say why you want to change your subject combination, it appears you are under pressure from friends and family to pursue subjects that may not be of interest to you.

This is not right. Think about yourself; think about your future and what you want for it. Go ahead with subjects that suit your abilities and future career ambitions.

It is you and not your family who knows best what you want and can do. Find a way of politely letting them know that your destiny is in your hands. Thank them for their advice, but do not blindly follow it.

Compiled by
Stephen Ssenkaaba
ssenkaaba@newvision.co.ug

Must I study math to do computer science?

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