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Computer Engineering

Gain knowledge of digital hardware and software used to develop innovative devices and products in embedded systems, programmable logic and hardware/software co-design.

Computer Engineering – B.S. in Computer Engineering, Minor

The Computer Engineering program at Montana State is an interdisciplinary major that incorporates substantial coursework from both Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science. Students learn common skills in science, mathematics, electronics and circuits as well as additional computer science and computer architecture courses to round out their understanding of the field. With hands-on experiences in labs across campus and a mandatory capstone project to display their skills in their senior year, Computer Engineering graduates have a great reputation for confidence and effectiveness in engineering design, analysis and troubleshooting.

In addition to the major, Computer Engineering can be taken as a minor.




Students in the Electrical & Computer Engineering department have the opportunity to work on research that travels to the International Space Station, such as the computer housed within the RadSat-U, a satellite designed to perform calculations that test its radiation-resisting capabilities, which is monitored by Montana State’s Space Science & Engineering Laboratory.



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Out of This World Experiences
More than 60 Montana State undergraduates have helped develop the innovative computer technology called RadPC that has been tested multiple times in space, including aboard the International Space Station.

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Fund Your Education 
Approximately 80% of returning Electrical and Computer Engineering students receive merit- or need-based scholarships.

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Secure Your Future
Career placement for Montana State Electrical and Computer Engineering graduates is virtually 100%.




Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Computer Engineering students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Optics
  • Robotics
  • Digital Design
  • Software Engineering
  • Website Development

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.