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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.


CSCI 191 CodeMontana: Intro to CS course

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Nao studentsMontana Tech is partnering with CodeMontana to offer college credits for completing their online curriculum through the CodeHS program. Like other college courses, these credits may transfer to other universities in Montana and in the country, possibly as an entry-level programming course depending on your major. 

Juniors and seniors in high school have the opportunity to apply for the 3-credit course for a tuition fee of $148.74. The course will be offered in the fall and spring semesters at Montana Tech, and is an online course using the CodeMontana curriculum while utilizing a Montana Tech instructor for help and to grade the exercises.  To sign up for the course, register for CodeMontana, then complete the 2014-2015 Jump Start form at and register as an early “college-credit-only” course.  More specific information can be found at that site. A press release about the course is also available.

By completing 100% of the course, students with an ACT Math score of 24 or higher will also qualify for a $4000 CodeMontana Scholarship to study computer science or software engineering at Montana Tech.


Jakon Game Video

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Seniors Jake Jones and Jon Wareham have developed several games as class projects over the last couple of years. Jon put together a short video of them for our new video system displaying faculty and student projects in the Museum Lab.


Dr. Keith Vertanen Receives Distinguished Researcher Award

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Keith award

Dr. Keith Vertanen received Montana Tech's 2014 Distinguished Researcher Award for his outstanding research in the field of human computer interaction (HCI). In the past three years, Dr. Vertanen has published 16 peer-reviewed publications in top computer science venues, submitted as PI seven external grant proposals totaling over $1.4 million, collaborated with top researchers around the world, and provided research opportunities to Montana Tech undergraduates. Keith is a respected expert in the HCI field, currently serves as an associate chair for the MobileHCI Conference, and has served as a technical program committee member, a reviewer, and a workshop organizer.

Dr. Vertanen’s HCI research focuses on enhancing communication capabilities of users with disabilities by improving recognition-based text entry and mobile device interfaces. Keith integrates the computer science disciplines of HCI, natural language processing and machine learning to a variety of accessibility topics like improved text entry systems, eyes-free text entry, eye-typing, speech-only interfaces, and other alternative communication methods. His 16 publications on these topics appear in top international conference proceedings, including the flagship ACM Computer Human Interaction (CHI) Conference on Human Factor in Computing Systems (acceptance rates around 25%) and ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. One paper he coauthored received Honorable Mention for Best Paper at ETRA’12. Overall, Keith has 30 refereed publications and 286 citations.

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