What do computer scientists do? Computer scientists deal with the theory, design, development, and application of software and software systems. Computer scientists can work with 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. Just like other fields of engineering, computer scientists solve problems. These problems can range from the abstract – determining what problems can be solved with computers and the complexity of the ways to solve them – to the tangible – designing applications that perform well on handheld devices, that are easy to use, and that uphold security measures. The University of Maryland School of Engineering

What does a computer scientist study? Computer science majors can take general courses such as computer organization and systems, principles of computer systems, mathematical foundations of computing, and data structures and algorithms. As they reach their later years in college computer science students will take courses more specialized to their goal upon graduation. They will take math and science courses including calculus, statistics, linear algebra, and physics. Many degree programs make it possible for students to combine their computer science degrees with other disciplines such as architecture, electrical engineering, or even sciences like molecular biology. There are often research opportunities where students can gain real world research experience while working with a professor at their college or university. US News

What type of job can a computer scientist have? Jobs which a computer science major can pursue include software developer, database administrator, computer hardware engineer, computer systems analyst, web developer, computer network architect, information security analyst, IT project manager, and computer and information research scientists. These jobs can be found in both private companies and government agencies. US News

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