Schedule of Courses

General Information

Montana Hall at Montana State University

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Course Offering Contingencies

Montana State University strives to offer all courses listed in the class schedule.

The schedule will contain a few new courses offered on a trial basis.  A notation stating a minimum enrollment number will be included with each; if this number is not reached, the course may be cancelled.  Also, in the rare case when an instructor is not available due to a last minute emergency, courses may be cancelled.

Some courses are offered on a to-be-arranged basis, in which case class times, days, location, and instructor will not appear in the course schedule.  Check with the offering department for details.

Numbering System

  • 001-099—Courses below college level; no college credit given
  • 100-199—Freshman—Lower Division
  • 200-299—Sophomore—Lower Division
  • 300-399—Junior—Upper Division
  • 400-499—Senior—Upper Division
  • 500-599—Graduate Courses
  • 600-699—Graduate Courses

Core Courses

Core courses are designated by a letter following the course number (e.g., WRIT 101W). The following letters are used to specify the core groups:

  • US-University Seminar
  • W-College Writing
  • Q-Quantitative Reasoning
  • D-Diversity
  • CS-Contemporary Issues in Science
  • IA-Arts Inquiry or RA—Arts Research
  • IH-Humanities Inquiry or RH—Humanities Research
  • IN-Natural Science Inquiry or RN—Natural Science Research
  • IS-Social Science Inquiry or RS—Social Science Research
  • R-Additional Research and Creative Experience Courses

Classification of Courses in the Course Bulletin

In the second line of each course description in the MSU Course Bulletin, following the number of credits for the course, there appears a course classification designation which indicates the mode of instruction for that course.  In some cases two classifications are listed along with the number of credits in each.  Following is an explanation of course classifications.

  • LEC—Lecture: Presentation of course material by the instructor, utilizing the lecture method.
  • LAB—Laboratory: Instructing and supervising students in laboratory investigations.
  • STU—Studio: Instructing and supervising students in studio investigations.
  • RCT/DIS—Recitation-Discussion: Presentation of course materials designed to involve students in recitation and/or discussion.
  • SEM—Seminar: Students share, with the instructor, responsibility for preparation and presentation of course material.
  • IND—Independent Study: Directed study and/or research on an individual basis, under supervision of instructor.

Graduate Credit

Courses which may be taken for graduate credit are designated by a 500 or 600 number.

Uniform Course Numbers

Uniform numbers are used in all departments.

  • 294, 394, 494, 500, and 594—Seminar
  • 292, 492, 570, and 592—Individual Problems (individual projects)
  • 291, 491, 580, and 591—Special Topics (group or class project)
  • 290R—Undergraduate Research
  • 475—Undergraduate Projects
  • 490R—Undergraduate Scholars Program
  • 298, 498, 576, and 598—Internship
  • 575—Graduate Research Paper (professional paper/project)
  • 588—Professional Development
  • 589—Graduate Consultation
  • 590—Master's Thesis
  • 689—Reading and Research
  • 690—Doctoral Thesis

These courses may be repeated for credit.  Specific titles of Special Topics courses are listed in the Schedule of Classes, on the Class Rolls and on the student's permanent record.

Some courses such as Special Topics, Individual Problems and Internship are offered for varying amounts of credit, e.g., 1-5. A maximum number of credits is also imposed, e.g., Maximum 6 cr. A student may repeat such courses to earn the maximum number of credits by registering for two or more projects with credits for each project totaling the maximum allowed. Credits earned beyond the maximum cannot be applied toward graduation.

Special Topics & Individual Problems Courses

The maximum number of credits allowed toward graduation of 291 and 491 courses in each rubric is 12, and the maximum number of 492 credits in each rubric is six.  Some departments have established lower limits than these, and the student is responsible for checking the specific course listings to see that he or she does not exceed the allowable number of credits.  The maximum number of 570 credits applicable to a graduate degree depends upon the degree.  No 492 credits are applicable to a graduate degree.

Undergraduate Course Prerequisites

Courses beyond the freshman year usually have "prerequisites."  This means that certain lower-level courses must be taken before the student may register for the advanced course.  The prerequisite for undergraduate courses may be "consent of instructor."  The student must secure the permission of the instructor of the course before registering for it.  "Consent of instructor" is usually required for courses in which there is limited laboratory space and/or equipment or in which specific skills are required.

Graduate Course Prerequisites

Courses at the 500 and 600 levels may be taken only by qualified students.  Unless otherwise stated under course prerequisites, graduate level courses are open only to:

  • Students with graduate standing (post-baccalaureate students admitted to the Graduate School, enrolled in non-degree status or second bachelor's degree candidates)
  • Seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher
  • Other seniors who have a petition approved by the head of the department offering the course, the head of the student's major department, and the Dean of Graduate Education

Some courses are limited to students with graduate standing or certain levels of graduate standing. These specific conditions are indicated within the course prerequisite or description statements. Students below senior standing are not eligible to take graduate-level courses.

Building Abbreviations

Building Abbreviations
ABB Animal BioScience Building
AJM Arthur J.M. Johnson Hall
BFH Breeden Fieldhouse
BOZ Bozeman (Nursing, Deaconess Hospital)
BOZC Bozeman Convalescent Center
CHBCH Chemistry/Biochemistry Building
CHMN Chemistry Modular North
CHMS Chemistry Modular South
CHVR Cheever Hall
COBH Cobleigh Hall
EPS Engineering Physical Science
FCMO Faculty Court Modular
GH Gaines Hall
HAM Hamilton Hall
HANH Hannon Hall
HAYH Haynes Hall
HELN Helena
HH Herrick Hall
HOWH Howard Hall
JONH Leon H. Johnson Hall
LEWH Lewis Hall
LINH Linfield Hall
MARL Marsh Research Laboratory
MCH McCall Hall
MH Montana Hall
MSP Miller Stock Pavilion
NS Nursery School
PBS Plant Bioscience Building
PEC Physical Education Complex
PLGR Plant Growth Center
REID Reid Hall
RLIB Renne Library
ROBH Roberts Hall
ROM Romney Gymnasium
SHC Student Health Center
SHER Sherrick Hall
SUB Strand Union Building
TAYH Taylor Hall
TCE Temporary Classroom East
TCW Temporary Classroom West
THTR Theater, Strand Union
TRAP Traphagen Hall
VCB Visual Communications
WIL Wilson Hall
WL Wool Laboratory

 

Days of the Week Abbreviations

The following abbreviations are used in the Schedule of Courses:

  • M—Monday
  • T—Tuesday
  • W—Wednesday
  • R—Thursday
  • F—Friday
  • S—Saturday
  • U—Sunday