Department of Computer Science

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CS/SE Student Life

In addition to the many student life activities & events the Montana Tech Student Life department offers to all Tech students, computer science & software engineering students enjoy the additional benefits described below.

Student/Faculty Relationships:

We are a small department. Currently our largest first year classes have no more than 35 students. In our laboratories, in addition to the instructor we have a teaching assistant for every 15 students. We are therefore able to provide our students with individual attention from the get-go. As our students progress through our programs classes become smaller & sometimes become individual tutoring sessions. Our faculty offices are all in the Museum building & readily accessible to one of the large computer laboratories found on campus. Our students can get faculty attention on a daily or even hourly basis.

Student/Student Relationships:

Our students tend to congregate at the computers and conference table in the Museum laboratory. There is a tutor station there that is staffed throughout the day by an experienced computer science or software engineering student who assists not only students in the CS department, but any Tech student using the Museum laboratory computers. In addition to the designated student tutors, our more experienced students like to test and review their own growing body of knowledge and skills by helping their fellow students. Most of our laboratory assignments have elements of creativity, so even with some help by fellow students on technical details, each student, or team of students, produces work that is uniquely theirs. On Friday afternoons our students often  congregate around the Museum laboratory tutor station to enjoy an interesting computer game together.

In addition to being able to participate in all campus activities our students periodically host Friday night “LAN Parties” in which they create their own Local Area Network with the computers in the Museum laboratory, or their own personal computers. They then play multi-person computer games far into the night.

Many of our students enjoy preparing for and competing in the International College Programming Contest that is held seven or eight weeks into the fall semester. We typically hold faculty-assisted practice sessions on Saturday afternoon during the first seven or eight weeks of the fall semester & then take our well-prepared teams on a week-end trip to Salt Lake City to compete with teams from the Mexican border to the Canadian tundra. See some of the Home page news articles to find out how well we have done in these competitions.