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Computer Science

What is Computer Science?

Computer science is the study of computers and computational systems. Computer science examines how computers work, including software, hardware and algorithms. It is an umbrella term that covers everything from artificial intelligence and data science to robotics, game development, cybersecurity and more. Computer science is at the heart of our daily lives and our digital economy, permeating every industry.


A few of the topics and activities that might be included in a computer science course include:

  • Algorithmic problem-solving
  • Computing and data analysis (managing, processing, visualizing and interpreting data)
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Modeling and simulating real-world problems
  • Creating and manipulating graphics
  • Programming (including game design)
  • Security (including cryptography)
  • Web design (illustrating principles of programming, human-computer interaction and abstraction)
  • Robotics (designing and programming)
  • Ethical and social issues in computing

Why Computer Science?

Computer science is about logic, problem solving, and creativity. Six different studies show that studying computer science helps students outperform in school and college in multiple ways (adapted from

  • Learning computer science may be linked to improved learning in math
  • AP Computer Science students receive better AP calculus scores than similarly-situation peers.
  • Students who take AP Computer Science Principles are 12% more likely to enroll in college compared to similarly-situated peers, and students who take any AP computer science course are 17% more likely to attend college.
  • University students who studied computer science outperformed in problem solving compared to students who studied other subjects (both STEM and non-STEM).

"Knowledge of computer science (CS) is fundamental to students' future careers. By actively engaging in CS, students show creativity and innovation to tackle the world's challenges and demonstrate skills needed to thrive today and tomorrow." (Adapted from

For more information about how individual schools across Jeffco provide Computer Science opportunities, please visit the Jeffco School Finder.



Marnie Roush
Computer Science Coordinator
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Marna Messer
Director Choice Programming
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Marna Messer 



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