Carroll College, Helena Montana

Computer Science

Computer Science

RobotsIf you have checked the news lately, you may know that computers are changing rapidly. At Carroll, we have a school small enough to change rapidly, too. Based on student interest, we have recently offered a class using robots, computer animation with Alice, programming to rework sounds and pictures, Geographic Information Systems (making computer generated maps), entered our first regional computer programming contest, and have a student-lead class “Student Topics  in Computer Science” that takes a peak at the emerging technologies. Plus our students take part in the International Math Modeling Contest (where Carroll has had 3 top finishers in the last several years).

The computer science program is designed to:

  • Provide a challenging and appropriate curriculum that will prepare students for productive careers or further education in graduate school.
  • Provide an atmosphere in which learning can develop into a life long commitment to learning.
  • Teach students to apply their knowledge to solving practical problems by working individually and collaboratively. 
  • Teach students to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

CassieThe Computer Science program provides 3 main tracks to provide a solid foundation for students whose goals span a wide range of disciplines within the rapidly changing field of computer technologies. The basic Computer Science Degree offers opportunities for graduate school at premier institutions or jobs in the field (especially data administration, software development, network administration and security jobs). The Computer Information System Degree (CIS) combines applied Computer Science with Business, offering similar job opportunities to those above and opportunities for a management career and/or MBA degree in the future. Finally the "CS Degree - with an emphasis" is for those wishing to pursue another discipline such as math, science, social sciences or another degree who also want to particularly emphasize analysis and research skills.

Teaching what employers want

Lincoln impersonatorProfessors have worked as professionals and take pride in offering classes incorporating current technologies and issues. Current classroom initiatives include using Java as the primary first year development language, developing a hands on routing switching and network security lab using Cisco, Microsoft and Linux technologies, and implementing industry and open source web and database technologies such as Oracle and MySql products.


While still in school, many Carroll computer science students have the opportunity to work part-time in state government, at local high-tech firms as programmers or as network support specialists. Some students have on-campus technical support jobs, while still others volunteer with non-profit organizations.

There are also frequent summer opportunities in research around the country as well as paid internships in business and government.

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10 reasons

to choose carroll college for computer science

  1. Destroy your opponents in our Sumo-bot tournament!
  2. Name any other major that can live without us.
  3. Be safe and off the streets – and in the computer lab all night with your friends trying to finish your project.
  4. Professor Phil Rose gives you more words per minute at no extra charge.
  5. CS profs meet every week to revise school plans to try to keep up with the exploding future.
  6. 15-25% of the computer work force will RETIRE IN 5 YEARS for many companies. (Wonder if there will be any openings?)
  7. Small class size = personal attention
  8. Our grads are at Microsoft and Hewlett Packard, local small computer business owners and everything in between.
  9. Join the International Math Modeling Contest and be an international winner...we’ve had tthree groups so far and counting.  (Yeah, yeah, against all size colleges around the world. It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, yada yada yada.)
  10. Sit between a football player and a drama major and talk about the weekend show/game.


A degree in Computer Science serves as preparation for some of the fastest growing jobs as defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Computer Systems Software Engineer
  • Computer Applications Software Engineer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Network Systems and Data Communication Analyst