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2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

General Course Information

All resident courses offered at Montana Tech at the date of catalog publication are listed in this section. Credits for each course are given in semester-hours.

Please note: The college reserves the right to cancel any scheduled course at any time through the first meeting of the class. All published class schedules are tentative and are not contractual in nature. The college reserves the right to cancel or discontinue any course because of small enrollment or for other reasons. In order to assure quality education, the college reserves the right to limit further registrations when the maximum number set by the department has been reached. The college reserves the right to make changes in schedules and/or faculty when necessary.


(R) - Certain activity courses designated with a (R), including band, chorus and intercollegiate athletics, may be repeated for credit and grade. (See additional restrictions regarding HPER classes under “Academic Regulations and Requirements ” in this catalog). However, these courses may not count toward graduation in certain degree programs. Students should consult with their advisor and/or department head for applicability of these courses toward their degree. A maximum of 10 credits of HPER classes can be counted in a student’s grade point average.

(W) - Courses with a “W” following the course number meet upper division writing requirements.

(Hc) - Honors Component. This course has an optional Honors component that is open to all students meeting the prerequisites established by the instructor and students in the Honors Program. The Honors component is meant to enhance the breadth and depth of the normal course material.

Credit - Contact Hour Distribution

The total credits and weekly contact hours are shown for each course of instruction. To illustrate, a course of instruction shown as: 4 Cr.. (Hrs.:.: 3 Lec. 3 Lab) is a 4 semester-credit course which requires 3 weekly contact hours of lecture and 3 weekly contact hours of laboratory.

Prerequisites & Corequisites

Before enrolling in a course, all specified prerequisites must be completed with passing grades. Corequisites, if not completed prior to registration in the course, must be taken and successfully carried at the same time. Each instructor has the authority to enforce the printed prerequisites listed for his or her courses. This must be done within the first ten days of classes of the semester.

Withdrawal from the corequisites necessitates withdrawal from the course for which it is required. Students who fail a course that is a prerequisite for a course in which they are currently registered must drop the second course and not register for that course until the prerequisite is completed.

General Education Requirements

Courses meeting the communications, humanities or social sciences General Education Core Requirements are listed in the General Education Requirements   section, and are also denoted at the end of the individual course descriptions on the following pages.

Common Course Numbering for University of Montana Campuses

In 1999, the four units comprising the University of Montana began discussions regarding the implementation of a common course numbering system for the University. These changes provide for the designation of courses that are common between campuses or unique to a campus, as well as assuring that certain types of courses are numbered in a common fashion across all UM campuses.

Most courses numbered below 100 are not applicable toward Baccalaureate degrees. (Note: see department head) Undergraduates can enroll in 500-level courses to complete a B. S. Degree with their advisor’s approval. Also, 400-level courses may be taken for graduate credit with the approval of the student’s advisor and the director of the graduate school. Following the course description, the semester(s) in which the course is normally offered is indicated:

University of Montana Common Course Numbering Conventions:

Course Numbering:

001-099 Remedial course work
100-299 Undergraduate Lower Division (1st & 2nd year) course work
300-499 Undergraduate Upper Division (3rd & 4th year) course work
500-699 Graduate course work

Second and Third Digit Designation:
X90 Undergraduate Research
X91 Special Topics
X92 Independent Study
X93 Study Abroad
X94 Seminar/Workshop
X95 Field Work/Clinical/Practicum
X96 Service Learning
X97 Education Methods
X98 Co-op Education/Internship
X99 Senior Thesis/Capstone

MUS Transfer Initiative

The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE) has been working with the campuses of the Montana University System to develop a set of Common Course Numbers (CCN) to be used universally across the campuses to make it easier to transfer between campuses.

The disciplines that have been converted are:

  • Accounting (ACTG)
  • Radiology (AHXR)
  • Anthropology (ANTY)
  • Art (ARTZ)
  • Biology (BIOB, BIOM, BIOO, BIOH)
  • Business Finance (BFIN)
  • Chemistry, Bio-Chemistry (CHMY) (BCH)
  • Computer Applications (CAPP)
  • Computer Science (CSCI)
  • Construction Tradies (CSTN)
  • Drafting Technology (DDSN)
  • Economics (ECNS)
  • Civil Engineering (ECIV)
  • Electrical Engineering (EELE)
  • Environmental Engineering (EENV)
  • General Engineering (EGEN)
  • Materials Engineering (EMAT)
  • Mechancial Engineering (EMEC)
  • Metallurgical Engineering (EMET)
  • Civil Engineering Technology (ETCC)
  • Welding Engineering (EWLD)
  • Geology (GEO)
  • Geological Engineering (GEOE)
  • Geophysics (GEOP)
  • Geography (GPHY)
  • History (HSTA and HSTR)
  • Information Technology Systems (ITS)
  • Languages (FRCH, ARAB, GRMN, SPNS)
  • Literature (LIT)
  • Mathematics (M)
  • Medical Assisting (AHMA), (AHMS)
  • Music (MUSI)
  • Nursing (NRSG)
  • Philosophy (PHL)
  • Physics (PHSX)
  • Political Science (PSCI)
  • Psychology (PSYX)
  • Sociology (SOCI)
  • Software Engineering (ESOF)
  • Statistics (STAT)
  • Technical Administrative Skills (TASK)
  • Writing (WRIT)
  • Welding Technology (WLDG)