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 Gosar plans to to study computer science at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana., 7 July 2021 Steven plans to study computer science at Maryland and was awarded a National Merit University of Maryland scholarship, which will provide an annual award for up to four years of undergraduate study. Melissa Whatley,, 7 July 2021 Growing up, Stephany Solano studied computer science and enjoyed walking in her neighborhood park in Guatemala City and swimming with friends in a nearby lake. New York Times, 28 June 2021 Whitt is now working for Roberts and planning to attend Santa Monica College this fall to study computer science, while also trying to expand the popularity of digital currencies. David Ingram, NBC News, 25 June 2021 Nicco Martin, a freshman studying computer science, learned to appreciate math thanks to Bernards’ style of teaching trigonometry this spring. oregonlive, 18 June 2021 Hampton, who previously worked at a national law firm, studied computer science in college. Nick Williams, Star Tribune, 16 May 2021 Before his death, Lewis was pursuing a double major in computer science and economics. Harriet Sokmensuer,, 6 July 2021 The influencers represent the full array of engineering sub-disciplines, including computer science, mechanical engineering, materials science, electrical engineering, chemical engineering and biomedical specialties. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 3 July 2021

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First Known Use of computer science

1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of computer science was in 1961

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24 Jul 2021

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“Computer science.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of computer science

: the study of computers and their uses


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