Once you have fulfil the requirements, you can apply for transfer at the end of year 1/2 and work it out with the academic advisors from the Dean's office (compsci@smu.edu.sg). Any modules/classes that CS and IS students both take? I have mostly stuck in and around SoC and still haven’t visited a lot of places in NUS. Was also an arts student taking HELM :). © Esᴛᴀʙʟɪsʜᴇᴅ MMXVII, Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. If you are looking to find internships in year 1, my advice would be to build relevant technical expertise! Thanks for doing this AMA! We anticipate full service on the site to return on Nov. 24. Also if any business majors see this, I know that SMU is amazing for Business, and that’s my other thought, can y’all answer the questions I listed up there from your majors perspective? A lot of other factors like CCA/other project requirements/life in general that you can never foresee. Dont worry too much about GPA, that is what i hear from most of my seniors. To do a double major, you probably have to do about 5 courses a semester, which I found to be pretty manageable (15hours of in-class seminar a week), Hi thank u for doing this AMA! I’m hopeful. Any response would be appreciated! That being said, I find the math parts at SMU to be sufficiently challenging. Among its faculty, students and staff, the University will cultivate principled thought, develop intellectual skills and promote an environment emphasizing individual dignity and worth. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts I'm a computer science major. That was one of the things I wasn't sure about too when I first joined, seeing that it was the first year they were doing CS at SMU. Also, there are many avenues to seek help at SMU: the teaching assistants and professors are highly receptive to student consultation in my experience. SMU’s degree in CS is awarded as a bachelor’s of science as compared to computing and engineering in NUS and NTU respectively. The people are generally friendly and willing to help each other. I think there are some students who manage 4.0 and above in their first year, but not sure about fourth year. There is no bell curve in CS/IS, so mostly people help each other out and the community is really friendly in SMU CS. There will be many technical presentations in the future in this career and I think having the skills to convey them in a concise and coherent manner is really useful in the long run. IS graduates could do the same, but this will be beyond syllabus and require self-studying. 4.Do you have any info if many people can get into the SMU-CMU fast track programme. Just wanted to ask how do you structure your internships for a biz + cs ddp and whether you balance between biz internships and CS internships or is it preferred to choose one or the other and build towards that degree. The job offer rate and starting salary does seem promising according to the surveys. Southern Methodist University will create, expand and impart knowledge through teaching, research and service, shaping world changers who contribute to their communities and excel in their professions in a global society. An Interplay between Computing Theory and Practice. r/SMU: The subreddit for Southern Methodist University, a private university in Dallas, Texas. For example, there is a general module called big questions on happiness and suffering, there are modules on tech and world change/asian studies/design prototyping. How do you make friends lmao. After a year at SMU CS, I think the curriculum is actually pretty well-structured. Prior to year 1, I did some internships post-NS doing a course coordinator role at a FinTech place and a business development role at an online property portal. EDIT: About the transfer, I did some asking and research and found these. Good luck deciding, hope this was helpful! That means that you will most likely be in close contact with your batch in CS, whereas in IS you have opportunity to meet and work with many different people. There are many opportunities for overlapping courses, but there are some that are specific to CS curriculum. - The seminar style appealed to me, I prefer smaller class sizes and class engagement. The choice largely depends on what you are interested in. One of the best AMAs i've seen since i joined this subreddit. SMU coding bootcamp is an excellent choice for Dallas folks who need a local option, but it’s also an option for distance learners. I’m quite interested to accept but these are my main concerns. The job roles for CS and IS graduates overlap. I'm more interested in coding and I kinda have social anxiety so I'm worried about the business aspect of IS. Or will there be more of learning everything on your own? Since the batch size is pretty small for CS, is it a pretty closely knit community? Not sure of the difference it makes to employers, but I would think that a degree in computer science is ultimately just a signalling tool to employers. Classes and coursework focus on statistics while building and expanding upon computer science and data visualization skills. Hope that helps. SMU is a nationally ranked global research university in the dynamic city of Dallas. Between NTU and SMU, in my opinion I would put SMU above NTU after reading the complaints of NTU cs students and seeing how SMU cs teaches their students. I would recommend going for business-related roles in tech companies if you are looking for something to figure out if you are more suited to business or CS. I was interested in how things work. Dallas Morning News. If you like the coding bits a lot more than you like Math, IS may be the better choice. Since it's an IT course, are they still social? Our curricula teach the latest market skills* in the web development, data science, fintech, and cybersecurity fields. So you are definitely not limited to Texas. Visit the science library The Business school is great if you make good grades and start building the resume early you will have amble opportunities. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Thanks for the comments:) Hope it helps ! For technical roles like application performance tuning(e.g. How social are the people in SIS? In terms of managing a double major, the difference would be the number of modules you need to take in a semester. Cookies help us deliver our Services. - They provided me with a scholarship option ( i hear about 1 in 3 people get, so do give the applications a try if you haven't, it is well worth the attempt!). Hi, i am also gg smu cs this year. But in general, I … Is it similar to primary/secondary’s class system(but like in seminar style) and how much of class participation is required? I highly recommend EdX CS50 intro to computer science, it helped me a lot when I was waiting to start uni. Ive heard EA will hear around Dec 15th, but I don’t know if that means Friday, Dec 13th or Monday the 16th. I am personally interested in the SMU-CMU fast track programme, which is pretty competitive seeing that CMU is one of the best CS schools worldwide. How SMU computer science professors are using their resources to help find a coronavirus vaccine. writing algorithms that run faster with lesser memory requirement) or distributed software architecture and design, this is the job role of CS graduates. I love going to a school where I know a ton of people, but don’t know everyone, yet. Hi! Not only is this an assurance of program quality, but it also allows students to earn the Information Systems Professional (ISP) designation in less time. Previously from JC with no prior experience in coding at all. Does that make a difference? The class participation takes various forms, such as attendance, doing a small mini presentation on a math question or contributing opinions in class (not as heavy a component compared to business/other courses). I am not too sure about the job pool question, let me ask around and get back to you with an answer! New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Wᴇʟᴄᴏᴍᴇ ᴛᴏ ʀ/SGExᴀᴍs – the largest community on reddit discussing Singapore schools and examinations. May I know how is SMU CS like? Also, the smaller teacher-student ratio meant that you can get more help through the professors and teaching assistants if you are lost! I am having the hardest time deciding whether to go to SMU or UTD. There are areas where you are stronger and you can "carry" whereas there are areas you are weaker and get "carried". SMU Degree Number of Course Places; Bachelor of Accountancy: 333: Bachelor of Business Management: 880: Bachelor of Laws: 168: Bachelor of Science (Economics) 263: Bachelor of Science (Information Systems) 447: Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) 105: Bachelor of Science (Computing & Law) 21: Bachelor of Social Science: 232 ... Facebook Twitter Linkedin Reddit Tumblr Google+ Pinterest Vk Email. So, why SMU? If you are interested in a tech internship in year 1, I highly recommend you build the necessary coding expertise that are required by the tech sector. Check out what the internship postings require of you, wish i knew that earlier haha. My GPA is not good, but I’ve taken 12 APs. There are also other avenues like CCA/Orientation (not sure how that will be this year)/networking events. Simultaneously, the demand for conventional computing expertise (computer programming, product development, quality engineering, etc.) How's the process for transferring between courses? The one thing I can say is it can prepare you for industry but you really have to seek it out on your own. Class sizes are generally pretty solid, like 50 max, on rare occasions. are the teachers good? Press J to jump to the feed. SMU students can choose to graduate with a double degree by combining their discipline with either Accountancy, Business Management, Computer Science 1, Economics, Information Systems 1, Law 2 or Social Sciences disciplines. So far there is only 1 overlapping coding course for my first year - which is on database management- but even then it will be with your CS batch. As for why CS, I think it is largely because it is hot sector that provides a wide variety of options to work with : you could do almost anything as long as it is coding related, from game development to software developer to data analyst. I got a place for IS, but considering an appeal to CS. EDIT: there are also other free elective courses that are university core. Navi’s ce shows my HS has a high rate of acceptance to SMU. The graduation employment rate is still really high regardless! Each semester, the focus is about half-half split along Mathematics and Coding related expertise, so you are learning both theory and practical. I think a good role fit would be to look at Project Manager/Owner internships. For the mathematics aspect, I do not really have a benchmark to compare it to, but I heard that NUS and NTU may be more mathematically rigorous if you are very interested in the Math portions! For myself, I was supposed to help out with some freshman camps for year 1 but unfortunately, those were disrupted by COVID-19. To get an overseas exchange would be manageable, but to get your choice school (if it is in hot demand) would probably require selection via interview/gpa, Hi!! This is my list of things I wished I did in NUS or regret not doing. Also what are the overseas exchange programs like and if it’s very competitive to get your choice of exchange school. When you attend SMU bootcamp, you’ll sit for classes on the main SMU campus, which is centrally located and perfect for the majority of Dallasites. Frederick R. Chang is a cyber security professor, chair of the Department of Computer Science at Southern Methodist University and the founding director of the SMU AI Lab. Also, even though CS is in the second year running, SMU has been running IS for about 20 years already, so they do have industry partners and alumni. Would be more than happy to help answer some if they are relating to SMU or Computer Science! There is also a double major option in IT solution development and IT solution management that seems really interesting to me. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. Our particular strengths are in computational and applied mathematics. The rest are similar in structure for C/Java for example, but the IS students would be doing python/etc for their intro to programming course. I have had a good experience so far. Are the students pretty friendly and welcoming? I wouldn't say that it is as tightly-knitted as a JC class setting, but it is close enough for a university setting. It is also located in the cbd, so it is convenient to do a part time internship if you're interning in the area. Cheers to that! I am not too sure about the average GPA nor the employer scene (esp since there are no graduates from CS yet). Hi there, for those applying to university next year after getting their results, do note that RP matters more than the IGP … In general the campus ministries are great, though. So I’m thinking about SMU because I would love to be at a great school near Dallas, with an even better Church out there (Watermark!!!). With a median gross monthly salary of S$5,000, those graduating with a degree in business and computer science continued to earn the most in 2017, followed by computer science graduates with S$3,850, and science (education) graduates with S$3,701. Originally Posted: April 24, 2020. I highly recommend EdX CS50 intro to computer science, it helped me a lot when I was waiting to start uni. Hi there! The class sizes were all really good other than maybe a few intro level classes. The major and honours programs in Computing Science are accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Council of the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS). As a former engineering student (not comp sci) who now works with programmers, SMU comp sci is very middle of the road. 5. / Southern Methodist University. As a year 1 student, I originally made plans to help out with orientation rather than internships, so I would not be advice much on year 1 internships. Less technical roles like the application prototyping and development, this could be fulfilled by the CS and IS graduates. The department offers B.S. CS graduates would have the strengths of writing more efficient code, IS graduates would have the strengths of understanding business stakeholders better. CS graduates are less likely to be interested in this field, and they probably have less Business-IT training. Will let you know if I do get in haha. I am not too sure about that, but I think it is best to drop an email to the appeals office. They also generally do a great job of giving you projects and experiences that look good on a resume. I think SMU students in general are more outgoing/social because of the nature of class part/school, but I think it is a skill that can be developed and the school preps you for that! Hey there! The subreddit for Southern Methodist University, a private university in Dallas, Texas. ; Students build a diverse portfolio of projects in our coding, data, and fintech programs or complete multiple certification training’s in our cybersecurity program demonstrating their knowledge. Graduates from the SMU School of Social Sciences are highly sought after by employers. To switch from IS to the CS programme, you must meet the following requirements: Meet the grade requirement(s) for the named programme courses: c) B in any one of the following courses: Linear Algebra for Computing Applications. DataScience@SMU’s interdisciplinary curriculum draws from SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Lyle School of Engineering and Meadows School of the Arts. Thanks mustangs! But overall, staff is pretty good and you'll survive if you seek out help. Hello I am transfer student who’s been accepted into both SMU and UTD as a Computer Science Major. We go beyond that: our computing science students learn these skills, plus the foundational principles that tie programs and computing systems together. It would be good to try to appeal before you start university, because some of the first year courses in IS may not map well to CS. I think cyber security and AI are both areas that are highly relevant with many areas for application, so thats my reason for leaning towards those two. Dallas Morning News. Are internship opportunities available from year 1 itself for CS students? How are the lessons like for the CS modules. Oh but IS/CS students definitely spend more time on the computer, so if that counts for anything.. SMU seems to be a good environment for building these skills (from the class part and seminar style setting). - The location is pretty good, it is about 20minutes from my home whereas NUS/NTU needed over an hour. One of the modules would be Global Exposure, requiring you to go overseas for experience through Overseas CIP, Study Missions (a shorter-version of exchange during holiday period) and Overseas Study Exchange. IS would have about 300-400 people, while CS has about 50 for my year. What are you planning to specialise in (out of the 3 tracks) and why? Dallas and Houston are huge markets but I have had interviews from firms from San Diego, Chicago, New York, and D.C. Most of mine are like 20. Graduates from the SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business are highly sought after by employers and enjoy attractive and competitive career prospects spanning multiple industries. I would think that what makes a difference to employers would be to build your technical expertise in coding. CS focuses a bit more on the mathematical foundation behind how computer works, which I found to be interesting (thankfully). Also I don't love watermark, but there's definitely a strong student presence there so you'll find a community of other students there, easy. - I think developing some soft skills is especially useful in the computing sector. SMU dedicated the Gerald J. Ford Hall for Research and Innovation on December 4, 2020, a new 50,000-square-foot interdisciplinary research hub that will equip faculty, students and industry partners with tools and resources to collaborate, solve complex problems and power new enterprises in the digital world of today and tomorrow. -Ivy Wah, SMU Business, 2014. Planning to take photos in each faculty of NUS. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. I was wondering how the industry links are, bc smu is a new school. Context: I am a year 1 Computer Science student. Other than that, comp sci is a course that teaches you the theory, and the industry expects you to have the skills right out of the place. on Information Systems in SMU Watch Recorded Webinars for Information Systems from SMU VIRTUAL OPENHOUSE 2020 (SMU VOH2020) If you don't mind both and would be interested in things like coding algorithms and how to optimise your code (say, shave off a second off the run time), then Computer Science may be a good fit. That being said, there is still a learning curve to be expected, so I highly recommend using the time prior to university to expose yourself to some coding/CS material if you want to get a sneak peak on what to expect. Computer Science majors study information and computation as expressed in natural systems including biological processes, economic systems, social networks, and the physical universe, through the development of artificial systems such as digital devices and computer software. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. Jo Guldi is an associate professor of history at SMU, where she teaches text mining and is a founding member of the SMU AI Lab. For business-IT roles like Business Analysts or Project Managers, they are usually taken by IS graduates. Faculty specializations include computer architecture, data mining, knowledge engineering, software engineering, design and analysis of algorithms, parallel processing, database management, very large-scale integration computer-aided design methods, bioinformatics, computer networks, data and network security, mobile computing, theory of computation, and compute… I didn't do any internships and it took a bit longer for me to get up to snuff once I did get into the work force. About the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security Alternatively, you can enroll in IS first. Some are complete jokes and you learn nothing, some are insane and give you super hard projects and may or may not give actual help on them. BSc (Computer Science) equips students with an understanding of the interplay between computing theory and practice and the essential links between them, as well as fundamental business innovation and IT solution development and management skills. I have been offered CS in Smu! For an official transfer (i.e. The Bachelor of Science provides comprehensive training in modern methods of applied and computational mathematics, and reflects contemporary trends by incorporating mathematical modeling as well as computer science and statistics. In SMU, the seminar style means that you have about 40-50 people to a class, making it easier to voice out opinions than in a lecture setting with 100s. I chose those as they were more business-oriented, but had a tech slant to things, so it was a good fit for myself who did not have much tech expertise yet. I just wanted to hear some of the students from the comp sci majors perspective on things like class sizes at SMU, how the profs are, how well the program prepares you for a job (specifically in software engineering), how are the internships, and any advice you can offer me. If I ended up not liking Computer Science, I wanted be able to switch majors easily and SMU definitely offers that flexibility. That's great news. But from what I know, you need to indicate interest by end of year 2, and it can be quite competitive. Professors are hit or miss. Work/visit all the faculties in NUS. If I am not wrong, there should be an applicant self service and the window is open till mid July. Thanks! I was a comp sci major there, I graduated in 2010. The UK outpost of Wired magazine today cited research by SMU computer science professor Tyler Moore, which found that 45 percent of online … I am interested in Cybersecurity (CS), AI (CS) and Digital Business Solutioning(IS) tracks. 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