Saturday, January 28, 2012

Is computer science a science or engineering?

I remember years ago a heated discussion in a conference whether computer science is a science or engineering, my daughter had a "science day" in the high school that she'll attend next year, and while they teach computer science they don't view it as a science, for them science consists of biology, chemistry, physics and some of their derivatives.   

Recently I came across an  article in "Scientific American",   about U.S. science degrees.   In this article, as you can see in the picture below,  computer science is neither classified as science nor as engineering,  it is actually classified as technology.   Interesting -- I think that computer science is not monolithic, and various sub-disciplines may be classified differently.

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