Computer Science

FVCC offers the first two years of a four-year computer science degree to help provide students the foundation needed to get in-demand, high-paying jobs in the Flathead Valley and beyond.Computers and information have a part in almost every facet our community, environment, government, business and personal lives.


Computer technology is in the cars we drive, the appliances we use, the services we utilize and the games we play. Our society depends on smart phones, mobile tablets, laptop computers, desktop computers, gaming systems, appliances, medical devices, aircraft, cars, boats, banking and financial systems, manufacturing systems, public transit and utility systems, security systems, and the list goes on.   All of these require programmers, database administrators, system analysts, web designers, system architects, and computer security experts.


Many people will combine computer science and a field of their interest.  For example, they will combine art and computer science for a career in computer animation; criminal justice and computer science for a career in computer security or forensics; medicine and computer science for a career in medical technology; computer science and engineering for a career in robotics and artificial intelligence; education and computer science for a career in educational technology.


A career in computer science in itself can lead to high paying jobs, or it can be combined with another field to create your ideal career.

Computer Science Salaries

  • Computer and information research scientists are $100,660;
  • Software developers are $90,530;
  • Computer systems analysts are $77,740;
  • Computer programmers are $71,380;
  • Network systems administrators are $69,160;
  • Database administrators are $73,490; and
  • Computer support specialists are $46,260;

Program Requirements

Suggested course of study for a transfer to:
Montana State University – Bozeman

Montana Tech of The University of Montana

The University of Montana – Missoula


Jim Goudy worked both in the academic and industry computing field after earning his master’s degree in computer information systems from Dominican University in River Forest, Ill., and his bachelor’s degree from the The University of Toledo. Jim worked in the academic computing field at Concordia University Chicago and the Helena School District. His computing experience also includes work at the Aeroquip Corporation and Morrison and Maierle Systems Group. Jim enjoys designing database systems, and his teaching experience includes teaching both graduate and undergraduate-level courses at Dominican University. He has also taught at Concordia University Chicago and at Helena College-University of Montana. This fall, Jim will teach Java I, Introduction to Programming and Web Programming.


Jim Goudy
RH 133B
(406) 756-3617

For general information, contact the Admissions Office: (406) 756-3847.


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