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MSU's Core Curriculum

The mission of CORE 2.0 is to enhance students' use of multiple perspectives in making informed critical and ethical judgments in their personal, public, and professional lives through inquiry and research experiences.

  • CORE 2.0 is MSU's new core curriculum focused on inquiry-based learning. Beginning Fall 2004, all new students are required to complete the CORE 2.0.
  • CORE 2.0 continuing students will have the option to complete the original core curriculum or convert to CORE 2.0.
  • CORE 2.0 is built on five Foundation courses, and on Inquiry and Research & Creative Experience courses in the Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.

CORE 2.0 Foundation Courses

  • University Seminar (US)
  • College Writing (W)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (Q)
  • Diversity (D)
  • Contemporary Issues in Science (CS)

CORE 2.0 Inquiry Courses

All students must also take at least one (1) approved Research & Creative Experience course. Students may take an approved Research & Creative Experience course in of the four areas listed below, or they may take a separate Research & Creative Experience course in any discipline, including the Undergraduate Scholars Program (USP 489/490). All students must also take at least one core course in each of the following areas:

  • Arts (IA or RA)
  • Humanities (IH or RH)
  • Natural Sciences (IN or RN)
  • Social Sciences (IS or RS)

Additional Information

  • Total number of courses: 9, if the Research and Creative Experience requirement is completed as part of the requirements in Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences or Social Sciences; otherwise 10.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in all Core courses.
  • Completion of at least two approved natural science courses with a grade of C- or better satisfies both the Contemporary Issues in Science and the Natural Science Inquiry requirements. Individual substitutions for one requirement or the other are not permissible.
  • Completion of UH 202 with a grade of C- or better satisfies the Humanities Inquiry requirement.

For further information email: or check out the CORE 2.0 web site at http://www.montana/edu/core2/.