5 facts about doubling major in math and CS

if you are interested to major in math and computer science this post is for you.

in this post, we will discover if it is good to double major in math and computer science. Also, give you 5 golden tips that you should follow to

prevent making some bad decisions.

Is Math and Computer Science A Good Double Major?

Doubling in math and computer science will not add Special value, especially when you work you would be focusing on one major.  So the best thing is to focus on one major and give all of your energy to succeed in this major then take the specialty you want to do master’s or comptuer science specialty in math depending on your choice.

But if you are convinced to do both Majors in computer science and math it won’t hurt.  You could do that and get jobs in both positions, especially in computer science. But the recommendable strategy that we’re going advise is this below.

first choice:

Major or take your bachelor’s in math by studying the most advanced difficult math subjects then minor to CSS major by taking a master’s or even a Ph.D. if you are patient.  and here is why.

If you study the most advanced mathematics Topics, automatically you will be the best programmer in the market.  Because you would know and master how to create a program from scratch, that’s being said you would be designing the background Foundation of mathematics functions that computer science graduates could not understand.

 it is right that in computer science students study math but this will not be like a pure mathematics major.  for this reason, the most and the majority of mathematicians today work With programming companies with higher salaries.

In addition, getting a bachelor’s in mathematics program would be very easy for you to learn. otherwise, your mathematics knowledge will allow you to develop the most high-quality software Solutions that any computer science graduate can provide.

Especially if you are interested to work in complex and challenging computer science occupations like cryptography or data science,  math would be so useful in this case.

Second choice

But if you’re looking into web development or game, art development. As a result, mathematics isn’t going to be useful in this case. So it would be better to major in computer science without diving into complex mathematics subjects that won’t add a lot of valuable knowledge you will be using in the market.

In this case, you don’t have even to take a master’s or Ph.D. having a bachelor’s would be enough to find or integrate into the workforce with very encouraging salary positions.

In some cases, you could even find a software engineering job by only joining boot camps or being a self-taught programmer. But Studying computer science at University will give you good mathematics skills so it’s better to take a computer science Bachelor’s if you could afford that.

But if you are still convinced to major in both math and computer science you have to read these 5 tips that we’re going to list below

5 tips for double major students in math and computer science

1 – math and CS are not complementary as you might things

If you study Pure Maths, you would end up going into very deep abstract ideas that are pretty far away from CS. That being said math will not be helpful for you in computer science applications. you will be going in other directions.

If you think majoring in math and computer science at once is for preparing for computers since you are wrong. You will be staying in middle between computer science and mathematics. You will not be focusing 100% in computer science.

2 – take credit colleges

The second and most useful step to make is to take some college credit in high school before going to college like:

  • AP exams
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program
  • High School/College Dual Enrollment
  • Summer College

in this way, you will save a lot of time and give more space to more interesting subjects like math and programming. If you want more details about this subject you could visit this subject.

the spacial courses that will recommend in this case are:

  • math 150
  • math 151
  • foreign languages like Spanish

you will be saving a lot of time in this case.

3 – look and verify the program of your school

before taking a double major in math and computer since you have to look at the prerequisite of the university you want to enroll in. For instance look at the AP exam grade, they require to give you credit if you don’t want to fall into the trap.

In addition, you might not end up taking some subjects that are out of your majors like philosophy or religious subjects. As a result, will not be appeasing for you, so for this reason, you have to verify twice the university curriculum before making your decision.

4 – this is an example of a math and CS double major

Math and CS major are not taking both subjects condensed and studying at one time. you will study a specific program that mix between these two subjects, that it. This means 4 years of education like any normal major.

To keep you close to perspective this is an example of a math and CS major curriculum you could watch this video below.

5 you can do it is not too hard

is not too hard according to what we’ve seen in the curriculum but you have to work harder and consistently to get your bachelor’s in 4 years. For this reason, is good to take advantage of some electives to help you raise your GPA.

you could read this related article: Stem degree with a high GPA( 3 inspiring stories)

lin addition it will be good and insightful to let people help, especially college advisors to prevent you from falling into some major mistake.


Yassin ajanif is a physics graduate and electromechanical engineer width more than 5 years in the field. My goal and my team are to share our experience to help you succeed in your career as a stem major. we talk about all tips, problems, and struggle STEM students face in their career and how to overcome them.