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Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172560
Bozeman, MT 59717-2560

Tel: (406) 994-4371
Fax: (406) 994-7989
Location: 212 Montana Hall

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Martha A. Potvin

Information for Continuing Students

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MSU is introducing a new core curriculum called Core 2.0.

Should I convert to CORE 2.0?

If you entered MSU before Fall 2004 you will be able to graduate with the original core, or you may convert to Core 2.0. However, it may be in your best interest to graduate with CORE 2.0. Please use the core checklist and the conversion website to help you decide.

Can I convert to CORE 2.0 and still graduate by satisfying requirements for my major with an earlier catalog?

Whichever core curriculum you opt for, you do not need to switch catalogs to satisfy departmental or major requirements.

How do I convert to CORE 2.0?

Inform your advisor of your intent to switch and be sure to satisfy all Core 2.0 requirements. You will indicate the core you have completed on your application for graduation. Only original core courses taken before Fall 2004 may be converted to CORE 2.0, as follows:

Original core coursesCore 2.0 Equivalent
Verbal (V)Seminar (US)
Mathematics (M)Quantitative Reasoning (Q)
Writing (W)Writing (W)
Fine Arts (F)Inquiry-Arts (IA)
Humanities (H)Inquiry-Humanities (IH)
Social Sciences (S)Inquiry-Social Sciences (IS)
Natural Science (N)Inquiry-Natural Science (IN)
Multicultural/Global (G)Diversity (D)
2nd Humanities (H) or 2nd Social Science (S) or a total of 3 credits of 289, 290, 489 or 490Research and Creative Experience (R)
2nd Natural Science (N)Contemporary Issues in Science (CS)

Notes:

  • Double counting will not be permitted in the conversion to Core 2.0 (e.g. HG must be IH or D)
  • There is no lab requirement in CORE 2.0.

How will the core courses I already took convert to CORE 2.0?

Please Note: The conversion program only applies to original core courses that were taken prior to Fall 2004. All courses taken since Fall 2004 count only under the CORE 2.0 designation listed for that course.

How to Use the Conversion Tables (table above): Select the courses you passed prior to Fall 04, in the categories listed, and then click the bottom Summary box. This will display a chart showing how your courses converted to CORE 2.0. If you are unsure of specific category requirements, click the Info box for that category.

Remember:

  • To count as a core course, a course has to have been designated core when you took it.
  • Only courses with grades of C- or better in foundation courses (W, V, M), and D or better in other core courses, can be converted to CORE 2.0.
  • Double counting is not permitted in the conversion to CORE 2.0 (e.g., an HG course can count either as IH or D, but not as both).
Continuing students (those entering MSU prior to Fall 2004): If you decide it is not in your best interest to switch to CORE 2.0, refer to the 2002-04 catalog or http://www.montana.edu/wwwcat/requirements/reqs4.html to identify original core courses. Only courses still offered with the same number, regardless of core designation, count the same way they did in the prior catalog.

What do I do if I choose to stay in the original core?

Refer to the 2002-04 catalog to identify original core courses. Only courses still offered with the same number, regardless of core designation, count the same way they did in the prior catalog.



Questions? E-mail core@montana.edu.