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Why Study Computer Science? Computing Is a Part Of Everything

Computer Science Department

Computing is Part of Everything we do!

According to the Association of Computer Machinery:
"Computing and computer technology are part of just about everything that touches our lives from the cars we drive, to the movies we watch, to the ways businesses and governments deal with us. Understanding different dimensions of computing is part of the necessary skill set for an educated person in the 21st century. Whether you want to be a scientist, develop the latest killer application, or just know what it really means when someone says 'the computer made a mistake', studying computing will provide you with valuable knowledge."

At DePauw:
After completing foundational coursework, students at DePauw select advanced courses from a variety of areas including data mining, computer graphics, artificial intelligence, human computer interaction, robotics, databases, and web programming & cybersecurity. Because we value the interdisciplinary nature of computer science, our students are also invited to apply one allied course from another department toward their computer science major. Examples of such courses include bioinformatics (biology), electronics (physics), operations research (mathematics), history of science (history), geographic information systems (geosciences), electronic journalism (communication), digital art (art & art history), women & the internet (women's gender & sexuality studies) and logic (philosophy). In addition, each student completes a senior capstone project that can link computer science to another area of interest. These courses and projects help students understand how computer science fits in to a wide range of domains in the world around us.