May 28, 2018  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog Archived Catalog

Computer Science Transfer

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Computer Science

Computer Science is the theoretical investigations and practical applications of computer technology, programming, and applications. Computer Science graduates generally find employment in the high tech or scientific areas. Listed below is the suggested course of study for students transferring to a four-year institution. Students should check with their advisor for a specific plan for transfer to Montana State University-Bozeman, Montana Tech of The University of Montana, The University of Montana-Missoula or another institution.

Those students who do not meet the prerequisites for the computer science or the math courses in the course of study listed below should meet with an advisor to discuss their options.


Students starting in fall of 2017 will take CSCI 132 , Basic Datastructures and Algorithms, in the fall of 2018 and the new CSCI 232 , Data Structures and Algorithms, in spring of 2019.  Java II will be removed from the sequence.

Associate of Science Degree

Suggested course of study for transfer to most Computer Science programs in Montana:

First Year

Fall Semester

First Semester Total: 15

Spring Semester

Second Semester Total: 21

Second Year

Fall Semester

First Semester Total: 15

Spring Semester

Second Semester Total: 16

Total Credits: 67

1 Students should check with their advisor for the specific math requirements which may include Calculus I, Calculus II, Linear Math and Discrete Math.

2 Students should check with their advisor for specific science requirements which may include Physics I and Physics II.

* Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or the Faculty Advisor. 

Student Support Center Advisor Faculty Advisor                                    
Russ Lamson Jim Goudy, M.S.
LRC 129 BSS 129
(406) 756-3885 (406) 756-3617

The Associate of Science (AS) degree requires 60 credits at FVCC, and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at Montana University System (MUS) colleges and universities requires 120 credits. FVCC students may earn as many as 75-85 credits in preparation for some transfer majors, thus reducing the number of credits required for the BS degree at MUS schools. Also, by earning the AS degree from FVCC, students will have satisfied the lower division General Education Core (see General Education Requirements for requirements) for all MUS institutions and will not be required to meet additional lower division general education core requirements upon transfer. The suggested course load in AS programs is rigorous and is recommended for only the most prepared students. A more moderate semester credit load can be achieved by taking general education core courses during summer terms or completing one or two additional semesters at FVCC before transfer.

The information on all transfer programs is subject to change. Students should see their advisor to explore other possibilities not specifically listed in the program.

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