The Minneapolis Community and Technical College Campus will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 for Labor Day.

Educational Programs

Computer Science

Program description

MCTC's Computer Science Program offers you a solid foundation of courses if you are intending to transfer in Computer Science, Mathematics or Engineering to any four-year university. The program also offers courses in webpage design and computer applications for pursuing general education in computer and business fields.

Program start and location

CSCI 1700, 1733 and 2011 are typically offered fall semester; CSCI 1730 and 1933 are typically offered spring semester. CSCI 1100, 1200 and 1500 are typically offered both fall and spring semesters.

Degree options and requirements

Transfer courses—28 credits

Click here for program and course information.

What you will learn

  • In introductory courses, you will gain an understanding of computer concepts and applications as well as web design basics needed for other college courses or personal and professional use.  
  • Logic and Reasoning techniques, as well as an emphasis on problem solving skills, allow you to thoroughly understand the material.  
  • MCTC's Computer Programming courses offer a sequence of classes beginning with an introduction to basic programming languages such as C++ or Java through more advanced courses that cover data abstraction through classes, introduction to data structures, stacks, queues, linked lists, sorting and searching.

Points of pride

  • MCTC offers several first- and second-year courses that transfer to the University of Minnesota for students planning to major in Computer Science.   
  • MCTC's Computer Science Program offers small class sizes and knowledgeable instructors so you will get plenty of one-on-one attention and hands-on learning experiences. 
  • You will have access to state-of-the-art computers and facilities.

Where you could work

  • This transfer program prepares you for a potential four-year-degree in computer science, engineering, natural sciences or social sciences.
  • A four-year-degree qualifies you as an entry-level programmer or network administrator. 

Potential job titles

  • Software Engineer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Security Specialist
Click here to
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Mathematician
  • Technical Writer
Click here to minimize...


Occupational outlook

Expanding internet technologies and a growing complexity of electronic data-processing systems in business, telecommunications, healthcare, government and other settings have created a demand for software engineers, and Computer Network, Systems and Database Administrators. According to the Department of Labor Statistics, employment for careers in these areas is expected to grow faster than the average of most jobs.

Beyond-the-classroom opportunities

Some students choose to join MCTC’s Science Club, in addition to being a part of informal study groups.


This program is part of the Academy of Media and Technology. Click here for more information.

Articulation Agreements and Common Course Outlines

Please contact the program dean for information about articulation agreements.

Click here for Common Course Outline information.

Media Arts

MCTC's Media Arts programs provide hands-on training from experienced instructors giving you the skills you need to achieve success in these fields.

Watch Video


Find out why nearly 14,000 students choose Minneapolis Community and Technical College each year!

Watch Video

Media Arts

Media Arts

View images from MCTC's Media Arts programs.

View Image Gallery