Double Degree - Finance With Math or Computer Science?

Hey WSO,

I know there have been a couple similar threads (The one with the Wharton and some previous Waterloo DD w. S&T threads) but I still want some opinion, etc.

I plan on going to the University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University double degree for either Math/BBA or CompSci/BBA and of course I plan to specialize in finance on the BBA side. I'm interested in S&T but open to all areas of higher Finance (e.g. iBanking, etc.) especially outside of Canada.

I was initially set on Math/BBA but there are a couple things that I have begun considering.

  1. I find Computer Science definitely much more applicable than math - being able to program is obviously application wise much more useful than learning math.
  2. Kind of reiterating but my options for my math specialty are actuarial science, statistics, mathematical finance pretty much (there are a couple others) but they are not too related specifically to any job I'm interested it (Mathematical finance is more for Phd quant stuff)
  3. I've had more exposure to Math but that's just because of how high school is but was only able to take one Comp Sci Class because of my school. I excelled in both subjects but I'm worried I might be behind in Comp sci vs my peers in first year at least - although I don't think this should be too much of a problem.
  4. Waterloo's co-op is one of the best programs in Canada at least if not more and this is mainly due to the amazing comp sci jobs leading the front. This could be a good place to start to break in to finance. However, I wouldn't say Math is too shabby either.
  5. Probably the most important question is what I'm more interested/passionate about and to answer that - I really don't know. I definitely am not too interested in pure math (Never was into math contests and stuff) and I haven't had too much exposure in Comp Sci. I guess I could say I like both because they are both interesting and though provoking. However, I can definitely I'm very interested about finance.
  6. I hear people say math is a better compliment to business but I've also read how computer science could be as well.

There are a couple other things that I might have left out but I guess that's the gist of it. I want to hear your opinion!