This particular question will hopefully address two of the major "roadblocks" in my path towards distance education. The title of the post makes reference to something that has been bothering me for quite a while. Unlike what you may be thinking, I'm not talking about number of degrees, but rather, number of classes. But first, a little history. I'm looking for a mathematical career. While not my favorite of subjects (that would be geography), it is indeed, my goal. Why? I got my reasons. Nothing weird or mysterious, just something I want to do. The thing is, pure mathematics, while a worthy endeavor, is not something I particularly enjoy. Or rather, it's not something I find value in. Which leaves Computer Science. "The application of mathematics to the art of computing", as a professor once told me. Now that's a something I can get behind. But here lies the problem. As someone with a multitude of interests, who also likes to keep things simple, the university that would benefit me the most in terms of cost, location, and access to resources and information, also features one very interesting situation. A strong curriculum. Perhaps, too strong. With nearly 25 classes in Computer Science alone (which would mean taking about 3 classes per semester), plus 5 to 8 more in Science requirements, along with Electives and General Studies, I wonder if this isn't overkill. I mean, sure, I want to learn. Just not sure if this much. Can someone with a bit of experience in Computer Science and distance learning tell me their opinion about this scenario? I know it's a long read, but any help would be appreciated. Thanks.