Computer science major: Data structure or data processing?

To be sincere, I chose this major because I find myself to be very good at math and I like working with computers (I find it interesting). But I don't know too much about this major, like the specifics, so I want some clarification if you guys can offer it. I have 2 options when it comes to final classes. I guess the specification splits. The two courses are data structures and data processing. Here's the course information: Data structure- Introduction to data structures and algorithms for developing solutions to various computational problems for sorting and searching large collections of data. Topics include container classes, pointers and dynamic arrays, linked lists, stacks, queues, trees. Data processing- Techniques of writing computer programs in Basic Assembly Language, a symbolic language. This includes data representation, operation codes, direct and indirect addressing, development of data files and use of macro instructions. Students are assigned several programs to demonstrate their programming ability . What's the difference? What kind of jobs should I expect with either one? By the way this is for an associates degree. I'm getting my bachelors as soon as I'm done with this degree. Had to do it this way because a couple of years ago I messed up very badly in school but I'm a lot more motivated now and this is my only option! so any suggestions help! thanks!

Asked By: - 2/7/2012
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These are probably both first term/semester 2nd year CS courses, or last term/semester of the first year. You will definitely need the data structure course. It's my opinion you need the other one, as well, because you will be a far better programmer for the experience. (When I taught it, it was called "Computer... More
Answered By: Jonathan - 2/7/2012
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Since you are good at math go for data structure. I am not very sure if programmer needs alot of math, but it would come handy sometimes at some aspect of programming.
Answered By: Harvard Han - 2/7/2012
The Data Processing description sounds like prep for CE -- Computer Engineering which is a 5-year degree. Data processing sounds like programming, or code monkey. We have an overabundance of code monkeys. If I had it all over to do again I would have done database administration with 4 years of business math. However... More
Answered By: deonejuan - 2/7/2012
I'm a professional software developer, and reading the two descriptions "data structure" appears to cover the sort of subjects a developer needs to know while "data processing" makes me question what sort of person actually needs to know that (it looks like an ancient course that needs to be rewritten to being it into... More
Answered By: peteams - 2/7/2012
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