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 Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate Jacob Rahimi, a junior computer science major at the University of Texas at San Antonio, is sitting at a lab table trying to hack into an Amazon Fire Stick. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Sep. 2022 By reconfiguring and scaling all the schools, the hope is that more access will be available to music, art, physical education and computer science classes throughout the district. Caroline Beck, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Sep. 2022 The program, called Brave Behind Bars, brought computer science education to the facility — adding to the suite of educational services that experts hope will better prepare detainees for reentry. Emily Davies, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2022 Carnegie Mellon University topped the list for best computer science program nationally, and came in at No. 5 (tied with New York University) for best business program. The Enquirer, 12 Sep. 2022 Inspired by his father, who is an orthopedic surgeon, Smith said he’s leaning toward exploring the computer science side of the medical field. Matt Le Cren, Chicago Tribune, 12 Sep. 2022 This used to be an especially big problem in UCSD’s computer science building. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 2022 In partnership with Codio, a company that develop computer science curricula, Goldman Sachs will connect student with industry professionals and mentors such as industry professionals, educators, and recruiters. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 1 Sep. 2022 Other countries including Canada and Switzerland have explored broad online voting but have either halted or curtailed it over security concerns, said Dan Wallach, a computer science professor at Rice University who has researched the issue. Dustin Volz, WSJ, 20 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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computer science

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22 Sep 2022

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“Computer science.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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