Studying Computer Science in the US

My future career

Most people go through their day by using some form of computer device or another. A computer is a programmable digital electronic device for performing mathematical or logical operations – so this includes your phones, tablets or any other device that qualifies with this definition. The make-up of a computer is simple – it’s hardware and software. Hardware is run by electronic components whilst software is run by special codes called programs.

Computer Science is the study of computers and computational systems. Unlike electrical and computer engineers, computer scientists deal mostly with software and software systems; this includes their theory, design, development, and application. It also concerns the practical techniques of programming computers to solve real and dicult problems, and there are many links to other subjects such as electronics, physics, mathematics, biology, psychology, linguistics, and even sociology

A quick Google search of the phrase “best place to study computer science” would reveal that the top three places are all in the United States. The top three institutions at the time of writing are Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University and Carnegie Mellon University, although the rankings do change over time.

With the recent Covid-19 pandemic that forces the world to transform digitally and thus have higher dependence on computing technologies, Computer Science graduates are in demand more than ever before.

What is a Computer Science degree about?

To put it simply, computer science is the study of how computers work, but it’s not just about computers. You will study how a computer works (hardware) and its programming languages (software).

According to Indeed, the #1 job site in the world, Computer Science “covers all the technology involved with hardware, software, operating systems and networks. It is a vast, continually growing course of study that continues to hold a lot of career potential considering that computer technology affects the daily operations of most modern businesses as well as everyday lives.”1

Overall, a Computer Science degree allows you to understand and innovate with the mathematical concepts used for digital computing and data. You’ll learn to understand algorithms, how programming languages work, data structures, logic concerning computation, advanced mathematics and computer processing theory.1

Why study Computer Science in the US?

As mentioned earlier, not only is the US home to some of the top universities for Computer Science, it is also home to many renowned technology companies in the world.

Silicon Valley, a region in the San Francisco Bay Area, is home to some of the most renowned start-ups and global technology companies including Apple, Facebook and Google. Imagine learning computer science where some of the world’s best are – think about it!

There are plenty of universities where you can study Computer Science that have great academic reputation in the US, among which are:

  • Oregon State University (via INTO)
  • University of Illinois, Chicago (via Shorelight)
  • Arizona State University (via Kaplan)

For more information on how to apply to these US universities or other university options, contact a MABECS Global consultant today  who will provide free guidance about the process.

What are some career options after completing a degree in Computer Science?

  1. Information Technology Consultant
  2. Systems Analyst
  3. Game Developer
  4. Web Developer
  5. Product Manager
  6. Software Engineer
  7. Cyber Security Consultant
  8. Finance Programmer
  9. User Experience (UX)/User Interface (UI) Designer
  10. User Interface Developer …and many more!

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