What is Computer Science?
The german word for computer science „Informatik“ is derived from the word „information“, other sources see it as a portmanteau of „information“ and „mathematics“ or „information“ and „automation“. In the English-speaking area, the term „Computer Science“ has become established. Computer science is the science of systematic processing of information, especially automatic processing with the help of computer systems. Historically, computer science as a science has evolved from mathematics, while the development of the first computing systems had its origins in electrical and communications engineering. Nevertheless, computers are only tools and mediums of computer science to implement the theoretical concepts in practice. Therefore, mathematics (as the basis of theoretical computer science) and electrical and information engineering (as the basis of technical computer science) form major pillars on which computer science builds. It is a scientific discipline with enormous dynamics.
Computer science is everywhere:
It permeates almost all areas of our lives like barely any other science. Even and especially where no one can see it – in smartphones, search engines, navigation, household devices, robot controls, or cars – it steers, regulates, measures, and warns. Information technology is enabling increasingly intelligent products and processes and constantly faster workflows. The IT problems to be solved in this process grow continuously more complex and extensive. To solve them, specialized knowledge that one can only learn in scientifically based studies is necessary. The scientific basis acquired during your studies will enable you to quickly familiarize yourself with new problems and search for advanced solutions in the further stages of your professional life. Because as an area develops in more dynamics, the knowledge foundations become even more important. And we are collectively witnessing the rapid pace at which computer science and information technology are evolving, supporting, and influencing other disciplines.
You've probably asked yourself one of the following questions:
- How are robots programmed?
- How does a smartphone identify our faces?
- How does a computer work?
- What is a quantum computer?
- How are applications for smartphones programmed?
- How does an autopilot work in an airplane?
- How does the worldwide delivery of e-mails work within a few seconds?
- How does a search engine find answers to a query?
- How are enormous databases developed and managed?
- How are bits and bytes technically realized?
- How are autonomous vehicles steered safely without accidents?
There are many other questions that fit into this list. In a computer science degree program, you gain the necessary knowledge to answer such questions. And even more: After graduation, you will be able to work on new technical developments, independently develop new systems and thus shape the future. A course of study will enable you, through the knowledge, to create something new and become an innovator, to take responsibility for future developments, and thus to have a positive influence on society and its future. You will have the best conditions for a fulfilling, dynamic, exciting, and lucrative professional life.