Questions from Students Like You

Is Computer Science all about Programming and Coding?

Programming is one tool not the entire toolbox.

  • Computer science covers hardware, software, computational thinking (problem solving) and more
  • Computer science includes creativity, problem solving, understanding the Internet, and programming.

I Don’t Think I want to Work in Computer Science, So Why Take This Course?

Computer science jobs are growing faster than most other occupations; but computer science is not going to be required for every job in the future.

  • An increasing number of jobs — interior design, building theme park rides, medicine and detecting cancer, fashion design and more — are incorporating the principles of computer science, making it useful to have a basic knowledge of the subject.

What if I’m Not Great at Math, Can I Still Take This Course?

Computer science does require some math, but you don’t have to be a math whiz to be successful.

  • The math you learn in a computer science program has a specific purpose.
  • Studying computer science teaches you how to solve problems.

If I Work in Computer Science, Does that Mean I’ll be Sitting in a Cubicle and Coding all Day?

Not at all. Careers come in all shapes and sizes—and only a few of them require sitting at a desk and coding all day.

Most careers of the future (even in Humanities and Arts) will require at least deep understanding of computer science.

Any computer science role is likely to involve the following:

  • Analyzing problems to develop efficient solutions involving computer hardware and software
  • Assigning tasks to meet work priorities and goals
  • Consulting and collaborating with others

What Will I learn in This Course?

Computer science (CS) includes the study of computers, hardware and software designs, applications, and problem solving. The course may include things like:

  • Robotics – like how to program tasks by robots
  • Data security – like how to prevent people from stealing your passcodes and personal info.
  • Coding – like how to create codes that games and apps use

What is an Algorithm?

An algorithm is a set of rules to be followed in problem-solving, especially by a computer.

  • An algorithm is a lot like a recipe and tells your computer precisely what steps to take to solve a problem or reach a goal.

  • The ingredients are called inputs, while the results are called the outputs.

  • For example, even your morning routine could be considered an algorithm:

Aren't Most CS Jobs Being Outsourced to Other Countries Around the World?

Simply put - no way.

  • The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that by 2020 there will be more than 1.4 million computing-related job OPENINGS.
  • We are only on track to fill about 30% of these jobs with U.S. computing bachelor's grads.

Does this Course Fulfill Any of My Required Courses?

Yes, the Computer Science Course, beginning Fall 2019 fulfills the Career Prep Requirement for students.

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