Computer science and engineering is a booming industry–in fact, job growth in this field is expected to outpace almost every other in the next decade. This is because the computer engineer’s ability to solve problems with technological solutions is highly valued across a range of disciplines. From improving healthcare delivery systems to simplifying business operations, computer science and engineering provides a way for us to navigate our complex modern world.
Computer software engineers apply principles of computer science to design software, including video games, databases, and operating systems. They are adept in using various programming languages to tailor existing applications to their clients’ specific needs.
Computer programmers, on the other hand, take software that’s already been designed and program it to work with end-users’ computer systems. Other jobs in computer science include computer scientists, who usually work in academic or research settings, computer support specialists, and computer systems analysts.
A degree in Computer Science and Engineering will cover standard information technology and computer science courses, such as operating systems, database concepts, and object-oriented programming, as well as scientific and mathematical concepts.
Computer Science Program Outcomes
At the successful completion of the program, you should be able to:
Demonstrate basic knowledge of strengths and challenges of current Microsoft Office products
Demonstrate critical thinking
Interpret written programs
Create, design, and maintain web pages
Are you interested in computers? Have you always dreamed of creating programs that thousands of people will use? Do you have excellent mathematical skills? Perhaps you should get a degree in computer science. A degree in computer science will lead to many high paying job opportunities that will be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys working with technology. Options include online undergraduate degrees, like associate computer science degrees, and graduate degrees.
Computer science majors learn about computer hardware, software and programming. Students will learn about computer systems and how humans interact with them. The classes are heavy on programming, and students will learn different computer languages, such as Java. The major relies heavily on mathematics. It also requires that students are able to think creatively in order to solve problems, such as debugging a program.
Coursework for an online computer science program can include classes such as data structures and algorithms, introduction to operating systems, database management, and programming in a variety of technical languages. Students often take advanced mathematics courses–number theory, linear algebra, and differential equations–to supplement their technical skills.
A degree in computer science or a certificate from a computer science school will be the key in becoming a competitive candidate for a job. A computer science degree or certificate can usually be gained in a two to four-year program. Courses at a computer science school or in a computer science distance learning program will include database management, computer systems, internet systems and more.
According to the Department of Labor Occupational Handbook 2004-5, employment in the field of computer science is expected to increase much faster than the average as organizations continue to adopt increasingly sophisticated technologies.
Computer scientists work in virtually all types of organizations. They maintain databases, create websites, provide computer support, create networks and work in all areas of computer maintenance. Computer science school programs can be found at most universities and colleges, but there are also computer science distance learning.
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* This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. This persuasive talk shows how essential and easy it is to gain a basic understanding of computer science learning principles. Our world increasingly driven by technology and software, so we all need to know the creative, problem-solving power of computer science. This is especially important to students who will lead the way in our shared future. Learn how you can take the next step at http://code.org .
Hadi Partovi learned computer science so he could have games to play on the computer his father gave him (a Commodore 64) when he was 10 years old in Iran. Since then he has worked as computer programmer and also as an entrepreneur, investor, and as co-founder of Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to growing computer science education in the US and worldwide. Hadi has been Microsoft’s Group Program Manager for Internet Explorer, was General Manager of MSN.com where he helped deliver 30% annual growth and MSN’s only year of profit. He was on the founding teams of Tellme and iLike. As an angel investor and startup advisor, Hadi’s portfolio includes Facebook, Zappos, Dropbox, airbnb, OPOWER, Flixster, Bluekai, TASER, and many others.
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