To major in Computer Science or Finance +Math?

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I am a undergraduate student at ANU(Australian National University).
If I want to get a great work at Wall Street,should I major in Finace with a double major of Math? CS is also an option for me,and is it a better choice than F+M?
I have great interest in math while it is ok for me to pick CS as a major.
in fact there is also a third option :major in Finace only and if i am competitive enough I can change it to Actuarial Studies ,which at present I consider as the most lucrative one.

I have to say that I am interested in ALL of them...

So ,which one do you think is the best?i want to hear your opinions .

All your answers will be of great help.thanks:)

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Comments (4)

Oct 22, 2013

What about CS + Finance? I think your best bet is X + Finance whether it be math or CS, actuarial studies is not really going to give you a leg up either way. Both math and CS are looked at pretty highly, math being 'harder' but not as practical and CS being a bit more manageable but 100x more practical. You want to have that finance background so you could still do traditional IB (if you choose to) and not be pegged as a quant/trader necessarily.

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Oct 22, 2013

+Which of the three options is considered the most competitive?

Oct 22, 2013

I'm not sure what you mean as far as competitive? Competitive to get a job? It depends on the job. If it is a quant role you want CS, trader role you could get away with either, IB role you just need finance and anything else is gravy, consulting role I'm not familiar. Competitive as far as difficult major? Math is generally looked at as one of the most difficult majors possible (with physics and the other hard sciences). You can't really go wrong with Math or CS + Finance.

What I would do is look at the degree requirements for math and CS. I'm guessing that the early part of CS requires a lot of math anyways (usually calc 1,2,3 and diff eqs, which are all in the math curriculum anyways), so I would probably start down the CS path as it is probably a lot easier to go CS -> math than it is math -> CS, because you will have missed the prerequisite CS 101 classes and so forth.

Oct 22, 2013