Computer Science Or Information Technology Degree?

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Hi, Applevis!
Have any of you gotten degrees in Information Technology or computer science? I'm trying to decide whether to take the plunge and go for CS, or just get a degree in Information Technology. :) If so, what were your experiences? Did you use JAWS/VoiceOver? What are/were the pros and cons?
Just so you all know, I am totally blind. :)
Thanks in advance! <3



Submitted by Mike on Thursday, December 18, 2014

Great to see more blind people considering Computer Science! I have a CS degree and work as a software engineer for a large tech company. I'd say it depends what you want to do, if you want to program/design software, I'd recommend CS. However there are a lot of math and more theoretical CS courses that you'll need to take. I'm sure you can be very successful in Information Technology as well, but if you want to be a software developer companies will usually want a CS or at least information systems degree. Like I said, depends what you want to do. Feel free to tweet me @forzanom or message me on here, would be happy to answer any questions.

Submitted by Jalys Ortiz on Thursday, December 18, 2014

I really appreciate your comment, Mike!
I'm honestly not very sure what I want to do yet. I mean, I love tech, and I think an ideal career for me would be to be able to work on it. I've always wanted to, say, be one of the people that helps work on VoiceOver and things like that.

Submitted by splyt on Thursday, December 18, 2014


Wanting to work on the assistive tech arena is great. If you wanna be a dev be prepared to study a lot about the underlying operating systems implementations and to learn some non tech aspects such as the way people aquire information and such.

I suggest you try to learn programming at least in some simple programming language to get a simple idea about hiow it works. Windows and Mac OS would be required cinse you probably will need to learn how to develop software for both platforms.

Submitted by Usman on Thursday, December 18, 2014

I'm in my senior
year of my computer science degree with a minor in physics. From my experiences, if you want more hands on,n kind of learning, IT would be best. CS especially in the first 2 or 3 years is very theory and math intensive. At my institution, the underlying
fundamentals of the OS and Machine architecture is very important. If that sounds like something you'd be into, then go for it.