What is Computer science degree: Definition and 64 Discussions

The Bachelor of Computer Science or Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (abbreviated BCompSc or BCS or BS CS or B.Sc. CS) is a type of bachelor's degree awarded after collegiate study in computer science. In general, computer science degree programs emphasize the mathematical and theoretical foundations of computing.The same core curriculum may, depending on the school, result in other degrees, including:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Computer Science
Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Computer Science
Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering (B.Tech)
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science
Bachelor of Engineering (BEng or BE) in Computer Science
Bachelor of Computing in Computer Science
Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Computer Science) - BSE (CS)
Bachelor of Computer Security in Computer Science
Bachelor of Science (BSc or BS) in Computer Science (BSc CS or BSCS or BSc (Comp))Some post-secondary institutions also offer an Honors Bachelor of Computer Science.

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  1. tensor0910

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  2. C

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  4. DigitalPanda213

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  5. Firedog89

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  6. AaronK

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  10. S

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  13. R

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  19. anandsingh

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  20. S

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  21. M

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  22. T

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  45. N

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  47. J

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