Is Studying Computer Science Hard?

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Explore some of your options for studying computer science. This article provides information on typical courses found in continuing education and credit-granting programs to give you some idea as to the difficulty of studying this subject.

Options for Studying Computer Science

The difficulty level of computer science courses will vary, depending on how you're planning to go about studying this subject. Taking a few classes to learn about computing basics or a programming language is very different than completing an undergraduate degree program in computer science. Take a look at the course types below to compare possible topics of study.

Introductory or Continuing Education Courses

You can take continuing education computer science courses to learn more about computer hardware and software as well as get a basic idea of how computer programming works. Similar topics are covered in introductory credit-granting courses that allow to students to fulfill general education requirements for their degree programs.

Both course types are set up to be accessible even to students with no background in computer science and focus on ensuring you have a firm foundation in this subject. Good study habits should see you through these courses without too much difficulty. This Introduction to Computing course provides an example of the information you might find in these beginner courses.

Courses for a Computer Science Degree

If you decide you want to pursue a degree in computer science, the level of difficulty found in these courses will increase. These programs typically require you to complete several courses that focus on computer systems architecture and computational theory. You'll also need to take advanced elective courses to more thoroughly study the area of computer science that interests you.

Completing a degree in computer science should be challenging, as should earning any degree. You'll need to be able to grasp computing processes, understand programming languages and work with a wide variety of programs. However, you won't be thrown directly into the deep end of the pool. Entry-level computer science courses are included among the prerequisites for advanced coursework and can give you a chance to see whether you want to continue studying this subject or not.

You can check out the Computer Science Guide to learn more about what's involved in a computer science degree, explore schools and get a better idea of what career paths are open to students who complete one of these programs.

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