computer science


Definition of computer science

: a branch of science that deals with the theory of computation or the design of computers

Examples of computer science in a Sentence

She has a degree in computer science.
Recent Examples on the Web During the pandemic, McWane Science Center has been pointing families to online learning experiences such as Crash Course, a YouTube channel with educational videos on astronomy, history, chemistry, computer science, ecology and more. Mary Colurso |, al, "McWane Science Center to reopen with new guidelines for coronavirus prevention," 7 July 2020 In the mid-20th century, World War II and the space race ignited the fields of computer science and communications. Jane Metcalfe, Wired, "Covid-19 Is Accelerating Human Transformation—Let’s Not Waste It," 5 July 2020 Mark Drobnak, who is in the Rochester Institute of Technology’s computer science program, made the institution’s Dean’s List for the spring semester. cleveland, "Vendors offer recycled goods and fresh produce in an outdoor setting: Olmsted Dates and Data," 29 June 2020 Still in England, Ms. Shahzad, who is double majoring in politics and computer science, completed her freshman year from afar after the university transitioned online. The Christian Science Monitor, "International students weigh risks: coronavirus or deportation," 10 July 2020 In the 2018, more than half the students in US graduate computer science programs were foreign, according to the most recent data from the National Science Foundation. Karen Ho, Quartz, "ICE’s ruling is a staggering blow to the US’s computer science departments," 9 July 2020 His work covers topics such as philosophy, art, design, and computer science. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Benjamin Bratton says we stay hyperaware of contagion post-Covid," 30 June 2020 Richard Corsi, dean of engineering and computer science at Portland State University, has calculated how much virus would remain in an elevator if an infected person rode 10 floors, coughing once and talking on a smartphone. Matt Richtel,, "Going up? Not so fast: Strict new rules to govern elevator culture," 27 June 2020 The native of China’s southern Guangdong province studied computer science at Shenzhen University and was a software developer at a supplier of telecom services and products before co-founding Tencent with four others in the late 1990s. Fortune, "Jack Ma is no longer the richest man in China," 24 June 2020

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First Known Use of computer science

1961, in the meaning defined above

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4 Aug 2020

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“Computer science.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of computer science

: the study of computers and their uses

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