I'm going on information about twenty years old. I was looking to become a programmer way back before there were women on the internet. When asking around trying to focus on what I should take in school I was always told they prefer math degrees over programming degrees. Any truth to that?
And become an Engineer and you can do almost anything you want except heart surgery.
They must have meant some kind of programming certification. Before the early 90s I don't know of anywhere that offered a programming degree. My first year college I was in the college of engineering and after they created the college of information technology.
I never learned 'programming' though. The intro courses taught you some c++ but you were basically expected to pick up whatever language you wanted to learn on your own. Nothing I learned directly applies to what I do now but it was definitely worth it to learn those core concepts.