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Computer Science

Computer science is the study of computers and computational systems. Computer science examines how computers work, including software, hardware and algorithms. It is an umbrella term that covers everything from artificial intelligence and data science to robotics, game development, cybersecurity and more. Computer science is at the heart of people's daily lives and the digital economy, and it permeates every industry.

A few of the topics and activities that might be included in a computer science course include:

  • Algorithmic problem-solving
  • Computing and data analysis (managing, processing, visualizing and interpreting data)
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Modeling and simulating real-world problems
  • Creating and manipulating graphics
  • Programming (including game design)
  • Cybersecurity (including cryptography)
  • Web design (illustrating principles of programming, human-computer interaction and abstraction)
  • Robotics (designing and programming)
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Ethical and social issues in computing

Why Computer Science?

Computer science is about logic, problem solving and creativity. Computer science permeates every industry. According to the Colorado Talent Pipeline report and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computing-related occupations continue to be an area of high growth and high wages.

Six different studies show that studying computer science helps students outperform in school and college in multiple ways:

  • Learning computer science may be linked to improved learning in math.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) computer science students receive better AP calculus scores than similarly situated peers.
  • Students who take AP computer science principles are 12% more likely to enroll in college compared to similarly situated peers, and students who take any AP computer science course are 17% more likely to attend college.
  • University students who studied computer science outperformed in problem-solving compared to students who studied other subjects (both STEM and non-STEM).

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Knowledge of computer science is fundamental to students' future careers. By actively engaging in computer science, students show creativity and innovation to tackle the world's challenges and demonstrate skills needed to thrive today and tomorrow.

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Computer Science Department

Phone:  303-982-6292