Computer Science is the study of computers and computational systems. Unlike electrical and computer engineers, computer scientists deal mostly with software and software systems; this includes their theory, design, development, and application.
Areas of study within Computer Science include artificial intelligence, computer systems and networks, security, database systems, human computer interaction, vision and graphics, numerical analysis, programming languages, software engineering, bioinformatics and theory of computing.
Although knowing how to program is essential to the study of computer science, it is only one element of the field. Computer scientists design and analyze algorithms to solve programs and study the performance of computer hardware and software. The problems that computer scientists encounter range from the abstract-- determining what problems can be solved with computers and the complexity of the algorithms that solve them – to the tangible – designing applications that perform well on handheld devices, that are easy to use, and that uphold security measures.
Computer Science students at SCC will find themselves working on a variety of design projects (wiring circuits, 3d-printing balloon cars, writing code, optimizing rocket stoves, building truss bridges, etc.). These projects will take knowledge they learned in other fundamental courses and apply it to achieve an efficient solution to a problem. The ECE/CSC Open Lab allows students to work on these projects alongside students from other disciplines, while receiving guidance from professors.
8601 Associate in Science (AS), Computer Science