Frequently Asked Questions From Prospective Students

What is Computer Science?

Computer Science has many aspects, but in essence it studies what problems can be solved by a computer, and how to solve them. To do this, we design algorithms (step-by-step procedures) and write programs using languages that can be understood by a computer. The ability to communicate effectively with a computer allows us to perform many different tasks, which are only limited by the imagination of computer scientists.

What is Software Engineering?

Software engineering is the application of a systematic, disciplined approach to the design, development, operation and maintenance of software. It is the study and practice of how to effectively design software and solutions that solve a practical problem. Software Engineers do not simply write programs, they build software.

How is Computer Science different from Software Engineering?

Although they sound very similar, there are a few distinct differences between Computer Science and Software Engineering. Computer Scientists deal with more theoretical problems, such as optimizing a mathematical procedure or developing a better search function, whereas Software Engineers deal with more practical problems, like developing applications that large corporations will use to manage their business. In essence, Computer Scientists design the algorithms and procedures, and Software Engineers use that technology to build software that real people will use.

Why should I choose Florida Tech for my education in the computer sciences?

What are the career opportunities in the computer sciences?

What computing facilities does the school have?

Do I need to have my own computer?

We do not require students to have their own computers, but we strongly recommend that they do have one. A recommended configuration can be found at the IT website for recommended computer specs.

Where can I learn more about the Department of Computer Sciences and Cybersecurity and Florida Tech?

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