INTRODUCTION: It is true that every course is highly important in its field. This is why before proceeding to enumerate the many advantages a course has over another, it is imperative to dig deep into its nitty-gritty. De facto, a course could be seen as advantaged to one person, as against another person’s belief that the course has many disadvantages. This aligns with the truism that one man’s food is another man’s poison. 


However, this piece doesn’t seek to make one course look like a Hero in spite of the other. It only seeks to show you what characteristic edge Computer Engineering as a course possesses, that is deficient in Computer Science.


WHAT COMPUTER SCIENCE ENTAILS: Computer Science is the study of computers and computing concepts. It can also be seen as a branch of science that deals with the theory of computation or the design of computers (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). From the afore-mentioned definition, this field of science deals basically with the software of Computing, as well as networking and the internet itself.


In fact, form a broader view, it is right to say that the capsule of Computer Science envelopes these major areas namely; theory, algorithm, programming languages and architecture.


WHAT COMPUTER ENGINEERING ENTAILS: Without first getting to know what Engineering itself really is about, one might misconstrue Computer Science with Computer Engineering. If you notice, it is palpable that the only difference in the two sets of word is the adjoining suffix. So, what then is Engineering?


Engineering is simply the application of Mathematics and physical sciences to the needs of humanity and development of technology (English Dictionary 3.0). in lay terms, Engineering can be seen as the work of designing and creating (i.e., manufacturing) products or systems, using scientific methods. 


In lieu of the above, Computer Engineering is a branch of Engineering that integrates several fields of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering in order to develop Computer Hardware and Software. This field deals with the design, construction and maintenance of software and hardware components of computer-controlled equipment and even computing systems. 


SIMILARITIES BETWEEN COMPUTER ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE: The major meet-point of both courses is Software Engineering. While Computer Scientists focus of algorithms and theories, Computer Engineers’ focal point is on the hardware implementation. Hence, Software Engineering create the link between the both courses, by applying computer theories to software.


Hence, the similarity between the both courses is the fact that they both provide the architecture for the instructions that the hardware executes.


DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COMPUTER ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE: Now that the entirety of the both courses have been explicitly outlined, what can be the major difference in the two?


Majorly, the difference in the both courses stem from their curriculum. As one chooses to focus basically on science of computation, the other seeks more of design, building and maintenance –thereby building on the knowledge stemmed from the former. As against popular opinion, the major difference isn’t that one deals in software, while the other deals with hardware only. Nay! Still in the same field of Engineering is a branch known as Software Engineering. As well, under Computer Science, hardware is more often than not treated extensively.


Computer Science students are taught how to build computer systems, how to fix issues that arise in the software and how to utilize data storage. The curriculum goes further to cover coding through a selection of computer languages like Python, to Javascript to C++ to HTML. Computer Science curriculum also seeks to cover how to develop and also analyze Algorithms.


On the other hand, Computer Engineering has in its curriculum Robotics and Artificial Intelligence while blending the principles of modern physics and how to design micro-processing software, integrated circuits, etc. basically, Computer Engineering takes a more practical approach in the design, architecture and development of hardware and software.


THE EDGE COMPUTER ENGINEERING HAS OVER COMPUTER SCIENCE: Apart from the fact that I and many other people like me would pick the sound of Computer Engineering over Computer Science, there are deeper reasons to which the Engineering fraction of Computer has always and will always be a pick for many, vis-à-vis the Science fraction. Below are some of the reasons (although not limited to):


1.) Vastness in scope of course: Of course, Computer Engineering would naturally deal with the designs and architecture of Computer Software and Hardware, leading to the possible production of computing systems, and of course maintenance. So, can one imagine that these Engineers are not well-tutored in the scientific theories that’d lead them to a safe landing? God forbid! De facto, the areas of Computer Sciences are well covered in a Computer Engineering course.


2.) Variant Job Opportunities: Just for the fact that Computer Engineering is harmoniously blended with Electrical Engineering, graduates who obtained a degree in the course can go ahead and work in other related filed like Electrical Engineering and even Mechatronics Engineering. 


3.) Hardware-Software Tussle: If it were a physical tug-of-war, you’d see Computer Science crossing the drawn line, being pulled in by Computer Engineering. It is normal for both the Computer Scientist and the Engineer to be strong at High-programming level (Software) meanwhile a Computer Engineer would steal the show at Assembly level because of the practical approach the course routes at Computer Architecture and Organization. Same thing goes with Hardware, as the Computer Scientist would mainly study it theoretically with little or no practical approach.


Conclusion: Having spelt out in Capitals the edge Computer Engineering has over Computer Science, it is important to re-stress that everyone has his/her own areas of interest, so pick your pick. 

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