Why Study Computer Science?

If you see yourself designing and creating software systems, then computer science might be the right course of study for you. If you are thinking of becoming a manager or administrator to a technical enterprise, a degree in computer science or information and computer sciences could provide you with the background needed to achieve your goals. If you are thinking about becoming a researcher in a technical field, information and computer sciences could provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed.

Computer science is a dynamic and rapidly growing area that has become an integral part of the world that we live in today. Having a degree in this field will provide you with a deep understanding of theories and emerging technologies. This knowledge and experience will allow you to develop cutting-edge solutions that address today’s challenges. When applied in an interdisciplinary fashion, students can also draw on their other areas of interest such as biology, business, cyber security, economics, engineering, information assurance, languages and linguistics, mathematics, physics, public policy, etc., to address a wider range of complex issues.

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), which is the professional organization for computer scientists and information professionals, lists the following 10 reasons to major in computing (read more details):

  • Computing is part of everything we do!
  • Expertise in computing enables you to solve complex, challenging problems.
  • Computing enables you to make a positive difference in the world.
  • Computing offers many types of lucrative careers.
  • Computing jobs are here to stay, regardless of where you are located.
  • Expertise in computing helps you even if your primary career choice is something else.
  • Computing offers great opportunities for true creativity and innovativeness.
  • Computing has space for both collaborative work and individual effort.
  • Computing is an essential part of well-rounded academic preparation.
  • Future opportunities in computing are without boundaries.

The opportunities for computer scientists continue to grow and broaden. The ACM lists the following categories of work that are characteristic of computer scientists (read more details):

  • A computer engineering (CE) specialist will focus on hardware.
  • An information systems (IS) professional will focus on the organization of data and information.
  • A human-computer interaction (HCI) professional will focus on interfaces and the organization of systems to enhance usability.
  • An information technology (IT) specialist will care for an organization’s technology infrastructure.
  • A software engineer (SE) will lead teams through complex software development projects and ensure efficient and reliable systems.
  • A traditional computer scientist (CS) will design and build software, develop effective ways of solving computing problems, and devise better ways of using computers.

The ICS Department at the University of Hawaii will be happy to help you begin your journey in this exciting field.

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