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Updated on Friday, June 6

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QUESTION: Is it possible to do a FARM/CS Double Major? That's approximately 47 credits. I transferred from Engineering and already have a bunch of credits from classes like Thermo,Orgo,Chem Eng, etc. Will these count towards the 50 credit maximum and thus hinder my ability to pursue the double major?

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  1. You should speak with an advisor.

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  2. Yes, my friend did that. He's a software engineer now... it pays better. As for the course limit, I ended with 47 courses and 5 WDs... which is over the 50 course limit. It wasn't a big deal because my average was solid and I never failed a course.

    10 courses of yours could probably go towards the 10 non-math electives.

    But honestly, there's like no overlap between CS and FARM. You would be here a very long time. Looking at FARM, there's like 20+ courses you need outside of your CS requirements. Maybe 15+ if you perfectly overlap things. Personally, I think the FARM degree is kind of pointless. All corporations really care about is that you have a quantitative degree and some kind of related experience or education.

    My advice: only do CS or pair a quantitative major with CS and start a professional designation if you want to go into financial services.

    For example, pair computational mathematics or statistics with CS and start the CFA designation. Both these majors don't require a lot of additional courses; comp math will overlap with CS a fair bit and stats only really needs like 7 stats courses beyond your CS requirements. This gives you a computing background, a data analysis background and the start of a professional designation.

    I regret not majoring in CS. But I'm really glad I didn't piddle around in actsci or FARM memorizing a bunch of rules or how to compute integrals.

    but yeah... Talk to your advisor.

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  3. Well, interesting that you ask...I did that exact thing.
    Maybe the rules changed but I was able to skip all the breadth/depth requirements so I ended up taking one extra term with 3 classes and 3 6-class terms.

    However, I do agree that FARM is largely useless. If I got to redo everything I'd start in CS and audit or override into some of the interesting finance-related classes that I don't have pre-reqs for.
    Mind you, then I'd have to do the bullshit breadth/depth...

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