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Create challenging and cutting edge computing career possibilities by earning a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or Software Engineering.

Montana Tech professors are experienced in the industry and have broad academic interests. Low student-faculty ratio allows close interaction with these professors on real-world projects. Enjoy easy access to lab computers and state of the art equipment and development platforms (Sun Fire Server, NAO H25 humanoid robot programming, Android app development, iPad app development, and much more).

Students graduate with practical experience designing, building, testing and maintaining software systems. Graduates are in high demand. The department has maintained 100% placement in well paying positions for over 10 years. Check out the rest of our website to learn more about these ABET accredited programs.


Montana Tech CodeMontana Scholarships

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Montana Tech and CodeMontana are teaming up to offer $160,000 in scholarships over the next three years to students interested in enrolling in the Computer Science and/or Software Engineering degree programs at Montana Tech. Twenty $4000 scholarships will be available for freshmen enrolling in Fall 2014. Apply Here.

At the Montana Economic Development Summit held on the Montana Tech campus in September, RightNow Technologies founder Greg Gianforte announced CodeMontana, an initiative to teach Montana high school students computer programming through an online software development curriculum. The program is designed to expose high school students to computer science in an engaging way. The goal is to prepare Montana students for technology careers here in Montana and to introduce 1,000 math and science savvy Montana students to computer science in its first year.


REAL Scholars Earn Additional Scholarship Funds by Coding

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KennySchmitSTrevorBrooksSThe CS Department wants to acknowledge the accomplishments of future Montana Tech students Kendall Schmit (left) and Trevor Brooks (right) for recently completing the first REAL Scholarship programming challange - the Odd Sum Problem.  We hope this encourages all REAL scholars to complete at least the first program in Module 5 (to view without creating an account, enter student and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). If you can get a working program for this problem, Prof. Ackerman ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) will help you get it accepted by the online UVa judge.

Very few high schools currently teach the basics of programming, so most REAL scholars do not even attempt the first program in Module 5. In general, those that succeed have been teaching themselves some programming. While it's helpful to have friends or family members that can help you get started programming, there is a lot of really good tutorial material on the web (,, and our CSCI 135 Online course) that will help give you the skills to complete the first two programs in Module 5.


Hour of Code at Butte High School

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bhs1Seniors Matt Morris and PJ Neary, along with Professor Celia Schahczenski, visited four Butte High Pre-Calculus classes during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9 - 15) to tell them about the many job opportunities in computer science. Matt and PJ shared their internship experience with the students, mentioning that both were lucky enough to have internships all three summers while at Tech. Matt boasted that, last summer, as an intern at Microsoft he got to attend a private concert - Microsoft interns only - of Macklemore & Deadmau5. PJ countered that interning at EchoStar in Denver he got to climb Mount Elbert (14,331') and that EchoStar purchased each climber a $300 backpack to make the trip possible. Both Matt and PJ are lined up to work for these companies once they graduate in May.

Butte High students also did CodeMontana exercises, some winning prizes for completing the job with the fewest lines of code. One winner did a high-five and exclaimed "I had no idea I'd be so good at this!"

Special thanks to Butte High math teacher Julie Johns for making the arrangements and being an excellent host. Also thanks to Butte High Principal John Metz.

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