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CORE 2.0


As a land grant university, MSU-Bozeman is charged, through the Morrill Act of 1862, with providing "liberal and practical the several pursuits and professions of life." In addition, as a member of the Montana University System, MSU is charged with providing programs that "stimulate critical analysis, clear and effective communication, and the creative process." Students should also "broaden their cultural horizons by contact with the creative arts, sciences and the humanities, and achieve an understanding of the political, social, economic and ethical problems of the contemporary world and the relation of their studies to these problems."

To this end, the faculty of MSU have developed a common core curriculum, called CORE 2.0, for all bachelor's degree seeking students in the belief that it will enable students to reach their intellectual potential, to become contributing members of society, and to compete more successfully in our rapidly changing and increasingly complex world.

The purpose of the CORE 2.0 curriculum is to ensure a wide-ranging general education of consistent and high quality to all Montana State University students regardless of their major or area of study. Core courses allow students to reaffirm their common experiences, redefine their common goals, and confront their common problems. Core courses emphasize communication and techniques of creative inquiry in a variety of disciplines.

One of the goals of the Core is to provide students with the opportunity to develop their creative and intellectual potential. Therefore, Core courses will require students to do the following:

  1. Think, speak, and write effectively, and evaluate the oral and written expression of others.

  2. Develop learning objectives and the means to reach them, thus developing lifelong patterns of behavior which increase the potential to adapt to and create change.

  3. Exercise and expand intellectual curiosity.

  4. Think across areas of specialization and integrate ideas from a variety of academic disciplines and applied fields.

  5. Use complex knowledge in making decisions and judgments.

  6. Make discriminating moral and ethical choices with an awareness of the immediate and long-term effects on our world.

  7. Develop a critical appreciation of the ways in which we gain and apply knowledge and understanding of the universe, of society, and of ourselves.

  8. Understand the experimental methods of the sciences as well as the creative approaches of the arts.

  9. Develop an appreciation of other cultures as well as an understanding of global issues.

Credit Policies

  1. University Core requirements cannot be satisfied by the CLEP procedure.

  2. Advanced Placement credits (AP), if equivalent to MSU Core courses, can be used to fulfill Core requirements.

  3. Credit earned in repeatable Core courses may be applied only once to University Core requirements.

  4. Some study abroad programs, upon approval, may satisfy the Diversity requirement.

  5. Students in good standing in the University Honors Program may fulfill part of their University Core curriculum requirements with designated honors courses. Specific information is available in the Honors Program Office, Quad D.

Grading Standards

  1. College-level competence in all areas of the Core curriculum is necessary for adequate performance in the Core and beyond. A grade of C- or better is required in all University core courses.

  2. No University Core course may be taken on a pass/fail basis.


Unusual circumstances that warrant an appeal of the established policies and procedures must be initiated by the student and sent through his/her adviser to the Core Equivalency Review Board via the Registrar's Office.

Accommodation for Students with M Learning Disabilities

Accommodation to the Quantitative Reasoning (Q) Core Curriculum Requirement may be made for students with M learning problems caused by disabilities. Accommodations, when permitted, apply only to the Core Curriculum Requirement; they do not change requirements in majors, minors, or certificates.

MSU recognizes that some students with specific learning disabilities may experience difficulty completing the Core Quantitative Reasoning requirement. Students with learning disabilities who believe that they need an accommodation to meet the Quantitative Reasoning requirement should contact the office of Disabled Student Services (DSS) to begin the process to certify the disability. Learning Disability documentation must meet established MSU requirements as developed by DSS. This documentation is available from:

Disabled Student Service
P.O. Box 173960
Strand Union, Room 155
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3960

Core Courses

CS Core Courses
ANTY 212CS Bones, Apes, and Ancestors ENSC 272CS Water Resources
ARCH 231CS Issues in Sustainability ERTH 102CS Topics in Earth Sciences
BIOB 105CS Introduction to Biotechnology GEO 103CS Intro to Envrmntl Geology
BIOB 110CS Introduction to Plant Biology HONR 494CS Honors Seminar
BIOE 103CS Environmental Sci & Society HSTR 205CS The World Environment
BIOM 107CS Molecules of Life HSTR 282CS Darwinian Revolution
BIOO 162CS Insects and Human Society NUTR 221CS Basic Human Nutrition
CHMY 102CS Applying Chemistry to Society PHL 205CS Other Animals
CS 140CS Spinning Webs PHL 278CS Origins of Life
CSCI 215CS Social & Ethical Issues in CS PSYX 263CS The Psychology of Film
ECHM 205CS Energy and Sustainability TE 250CS Technology and Society
ECIV 220CS Civil En and Const Anc-Modrn UNIV 125CS Microbes in the Environment
EGEN 125CS Tech, Innovation, and Society
D Core Courses      
AMST 101D Intro to American Studies HSTR 160D Modern World History
ANTY 101D Anthro and Human Experience JPNS 102D Elementary Japanese II
ARAB 102D Elementary Modern Arabic II JPNS 150D Japanese Culture & Civ
BGEN 242D Intro to Int'l Business JPNS 201D Intermediate Japanese I
BGEN 245D Cultural Dimen of Internat Bus JPNS 202D Intermediate Japanese II
CHIN 102D Elementary Chinese II LIT 214D Regional Lit
CHIN 201D Intermediate Chinese I LIT 285D Mythologies
CHIN 202D Intermediate Chinese II NASX 105D Intro Native Amer Studies
CHIN 211D Chinese Culture & Civilization NASX 205D Native Americans Contemp Soc
EDU 211D Multicultural Education NASX 232D MT Indian Cult, Hist, Cur Issu
FILM 260D International Film and TV PHL 103D Philosophy and Popular Culture
FRCH 102D Elementary French II PSCI 230D Intro to International Rel
FRCH 201D Intermediate French I PSYX 235D Contemp Issues in Human Sexual
FRCH 220D French Language & Culture RLST 100D Intro to the Study of Religion
FRCH 320D La France Aujourd'hui RLST 110D Religion, Conflict & Politics
GPHY 121D Human Geography RLST 202D Hindu Traditions
GPHY 141D Geography of World Regions RLST 203D Buddhist Traditions
GRMN 102D Elementary German II SOCI 150D Social Difference
GRMN 201D Intermediate German I SOCI 201D Social Problems
GRMN 220D German Language & Culture SPNS 102D Elementary Spanish II
HSTA 160D Introduction to the Am West SPNS 201D Intermediate Spanish I
HSTR 130D Latin American History SPNS 220D Spanish: Language and Culture
HSTR 135D The Modern Middle East UH 204D Great Expeditions
HSTR 140D Modern Asia
IA Core Courses IN Core Courses
ARCH 121IA Introduction to Design ASTR 110IN Intro to Astr: Myst of the Sky
ARCH 322IA World Architecture I BIOB 100IN Organism Function
ARCH 323IA World Architecture II BIOB 170IN Princpls Biological Diversity
ARTH 200IA Art of World Civilization I BIOM 103IN Unseen Universe: Microbes
ARTH 201IA Art of World Civilization II BIOO 262IN Introduction to Entomology
EDU 204IA Arts & Lifelong Learning CHMY 121IN Intro to General Chemistry
FILM 106IA Film in America ENSC 245IN Soils
HONR 494IA Honors Seminar ERTH 101IN Earth System Science
MUSI 101IA Enjoyment of Music ERTH 201IN Honors Earth System Science
MUSI 203IA American Popular Music GEO 111IN Dinosaurs
MUSI 211IA Masterworks in Music GEO 140IN Planetary Geoscience
MUSI 219IA Honors Music & Society GEO 208IN Earth Materials
MUSI 307IA World Music PHSX 103IN The Physics of How Things Work
PHOT 154IA Exploring Digital Photography PHSX 201IN Physics by Inquiry
THTR 122IA Acting for Non-Majors UH 494IN Honors Seminar
IH Core Courses IS Core Courses
CHIN 320IH History of Chinese Cinema AGBE 210IS Economics of Ag Business
FILM 100IH Intro to Film & Photography ANTY 215IS Human Prehistory
FILM 104IH Modes of Screen Drama ANTY 223IS Anth, Pop Cult, Everyday Life
GRMN 270IH Europe-Enlightenment to EU ANTY 225IS Culture, Language, and Society
GRMN 303IH Issues of German Cinema ANTY 252IS Mysteries of the Past
GRMN 360IH German Myths BMGT 240IS Business Research Methods
GRMN 422IH German Text & Cinema ECNS 101IS Economic Way of Thinking
HSTA 101IH American History I ECNS 204IS Microeconomics
HSTA 102IH American History II ECNS 251IS Honors Economics
HSTA 412IH American Thought and Culture EDU 222IS Educ Psych & Child Development
HSTR 101IH Western Civilization I EDU 223IS Educ Psych and Adolescent Dev
HSTR 102IH Western Civilization II FCS 101IS Indiv and Fam Dev: Lifespan
JPNS 325IH Others in Japanese Lit/Culture HONR 494IS Honors Seminar
JPNS 361IH Japanese Text and Cinema PSCI 210IS Intro to American Government
LING 210IH Intro to Language/Linguistics PSCI 214IS Principles of Political Sci
LIT 110IH Intro to Lit PSYX 100IS Intro to Psychology
ML 100IH Intro to World Cultures PSYX 110IS Honors Intro to Psychology
PHL 101IH Intro Phil:Reason and Reality SOCI 101IS Introduction to Sociology
PHL 110IH Intro Ethics:Good and Evil SOCI 110IS Honors Sociological Inquiry
RLST 204IH Intro to the Hebrew Bible SOCI 221IS Criminal Justice System
RLST 205IH Introduction to New Testament
RLST 206IH Origins of God
RLST 207IH Myth and Belief
RLST 223IH Sacrifice, Rite & Ritual
SPNS 335IH Travel in Latin Am Lit & Film
SPNS 352IH US Latino Text and Cinema
SPNS 363IH Spanish Cinema
UH 202IH Texts & Critics:Imagination
UH 494IH Honors Seminar
WGSS 201IH Intro to Feminist Theories
Q Core Courses US Core Courses
M 121Q College Algebra AGED 140US Leadership Dev For Agriculture
M 133Q Geom & Measure K-8 Teachers BGEN 194US Seminar
M 145Q Math for the Liberal Arts CLS 101US Knowledge and Community
M 147Q Language of Mathematics CLS 201US Knowledge and Community
M 149Q Secrets of the Infinite COLS 101US First Year Seminar
M 151Q Precalculus COM 110US Public Communication
M 161Q Survey of Calculus EDU 101US Teaching and Learning
M 165Q Calculus for Technology I HONR 201US Texts and Critics:Knowledge
M 166Q Calculus for Technology II HONR 301US Texts and Critics II
M 171Q Calculus I LS 101US Ways of Knowing
M 172Q Calculus II UH 301US Texts and Critics II
M 181Q Honors Calculus I US 101US First Year Seminar
M 182Q Honors Calculus II US 121US ED, SOC, Issues, Digital Age
M 273Q Multivariable Calculus
M 283Q Honors Multivariable Calculus
PHL 236Q Logic
STAT 201Q Statistics in the World
STAT 216Q Introduction to Statistics W Core Courses
STAT 217Q Interm Statistical Concepts WRIT 101W College Writing I
RA Core Courses RH Core Courses
AMST 202RA The Arts in America HONR 402RH Hon Sem: The Art - Sci of Med
ARCH 151RA Design Fundamentals I LIT 431RH Studies in Major Author/s
ARTZ 105RA Visual Language - Drawing LIT 473RH Studies in Shakespeare
ARTZ 106RA Visual Language - 2-D Fndtns LIT 494RH Seminar: Research Issues
ARTZ 108RA Visual Language - 3-D Fndtns PHL 361RH Hist of Philo:Ancient/Medieval
ARTZ 211RA Drawing I UH 402RH Honors Seminar
ARTZ 231RA Ceramics I UH 494RH Honors Seminar
CS 145RA Web Design WGSS 301RH Int Seminar in Women's Studies
MART 145RA Web Design WRIT 494RH Seminar: Writing Rsch & Publ
MUSI 103RA Fundamentals of Musical Creatn
PHOT 113RA Understanding Photography
RN Core Courses RS Core Courses
BIOE 427RN Research in Freshwater Ecology AGBE 451RS Economics of Ag Policy
ERTH 212RN Yellowstone: Scientific Lab HONR 403RS Hon Sem: The Art - Sci of Med
PHSX 305RN Art & Science of Holography UH 403RS Honors Seminar
WILD 401RN Fish and Wildlife Capstone UH 494RS Honors Seminar
R Core Courses      
ACTG 321R Acct Information Systems I ENSC 290R Undergraduate Research
ACTG 490R Undergraduate Research ENSC 410R Biodiversity Methods
AGBE 290R Undergraduate Research ENSC 490R Undergraduate Research
AGBE 490R Undergraduate Research ENSC 499R LRES Capstone
AGED 312R Communicating Agriculture ERTH 450R Snow Dynamics and Accumulation
AGED 490R Undergraduate Research ERTH 490R Undergraduate Research
AGSC 290R Undergraduate Research ETCC 490R Undergraduate Research
AGSC 465R Health, Agriculture, Poverty ETCC 499R Capstone: Const Engin Tech
AMST 401R Seminar in American Studies ETME 490R Undergraduate Research
ANSC 416R Meat Processing ETME 499R Mech Engin Tech Dsn Capston II
ANSC 432R Sheep Management FCS 455R Program Plan and Admin in FCS
ANSC 434R Beef Cattle Management FCS 465R Family Law & Public Policy
ANSC 490R Undergraduate Research FILM 490R Undergraduate Research
ANTY 425R Social Organization FRCH 490R Undergraduate Research
ANTY 490R Undergrad Rsch/Instruction GEO 290R Undergraduate Research
ARCH 290R Undergraduate Research GEO 429R Field Geology
ARCH 490R Undergraduate Research GEO 490R Undergraduate Research
ARTH 499R Senior Thesis: Art History GPHY 290R Undergraduate Research
ARTZ 490R Undergraduate Research GPHY 429R Applied Remote Sensing
ARTZ 499R Senior Thesis: Studio GPHY 441R Mountain Geography
BCH 444R Biochem & Mlclr Biolgy Mthds GPHY 484R Applied GIS & Spatial Analysis
BCH 490R Undergraduate Research GPHY 490R Undergraduate Research
BFIN 457R Fin Markets and Institutions GRMN 450R Sem:German Lit and Culture
BFIN 490R Undergrad Research GRMN 490R Undergraduate Research
BIOB 140R Honors Molecular Biology HONR 490R Undergrad Rsch/Thesis
BIOB 290R Undergraduate Research HORT 485R Horticulture Capstone I
BIOB 476R Gene Construction HORT 486R Horticulture Capstone II
BIOB 490R Undergraduate Research HORT 490R Undergraduate Research
BIOE 290R Undergraduate Research HSTA 490R Undergraduate Research
BIOE 440R Conservation Biology HSTR 490R Undergraduate Research
BIOE 490R Undergraduate Research HSTR 499R Sen Capstone: Hist Methodology
BIOH 465R Gene Exp: Genes/Proteins/Cells ICS 490R Undergraduate Research
BIOL 490R Undergraduate Research IMID 490R Undergraduate Research
BIOM 290R Undergraduate Research IMID 498R Biotech Internship
BIOM 455R Research Mthds in Microbiology KIN 325R Biomechanics
BIOM 490R Undergraduate Research KIN 440R Sport Psychology
BMGT 475R Management Experience KIN 490R Undergraduate Research
BMGT 490R Undergraduate Research LIT 490R Undergraduate Research
BMKT 342R Marketing Research LSCI 290R Undergraduate Research
BMKT 490R Undergraduate Research LSCI 490R Undergraduate Research
CAA 290R Collaborative Rsch/Creative M 290R Undergraduate Research
CAA 490R Collaborative Rsch/Creative M 386R Software Appl in Mathematics
CHMY 490R Undergraduate Research M 490R Undergraduate Research
CHTH 490R Undergraduate Research MBEH 490R Undergraduate Research
CSCI 482R Int Project Instruction ML 490R Undergraduate Research
CSCI 483R Interdisciplinary Project MSL 490R Undergraduate Research
CSCI 490R Undergraduate Research MUSI 499R Senior Recital/Capstone Pjt
EBIO 290R Undergraduate Research MUST 499R Senior Recital/Capstone Pjt
EBIO 411R Biological Engineer Design I NASX 290R Undergraduate Research
EBIO 412R Biological Engineer Design II NASX 294R Seminar/Workshop
EBIO 490R Undergraduate Research NASX 490R Undergraduate Research
ECHM 290R Undergraduate Research NRSG 387R Research in Health Care
ECHM 411R Chemical Engineering Design I NRSG 490R Undergraduate Research
ECHM 412R Chemical Engineering Design II NRSM 490R Undergrad Research
ECHM 490R Undergraduate Research NUTR 490R Undergraduate Research
ECIV 489R Civil Engineering Design I PHL 490R Undergraduate Research
ECIV 490R Undergraduate Research PHOT 490R Undergrad Research
ECIV 499R Capstone: Civil Eng Design II PHSX 290R Undergraduate Research
ECNS 305R Peer Leadership in Economics PHSX 490R Undergraduate Research
ECNS 403R Intro to Econometrics PHSX 499R Senior Capstone Seminar
ECNS 432R Benefit-Cost Analysis PSCI 490R Undergraduate Research
ECNS 490R Undergraduate Research PSCI 499R Senior Project/Thesis
EDEC 490R Undergraduate Research ECE PSYX 490R Undergraduate Research
EDU 397R Methods:K-8 Social Studies PSYX 499R Senior Thesis/Capstone
EDU 490R Undergraduate Research RLST 490R Undergraduate Research
EDU 497R Methods: 5-8 Mathematics SFBS 445R Culinary Marketing: Farm/Table
EELE 290R Undergraduate Research SFBS 451R Sustainable Food Systems
EELE 488R Electric Engineering Design I SOCI 318R Sociological Research Methods
EELE 489R Electrical Engr Design II SOCI 490R Undergraduate Research
EELE 490R Undergraduate Research SPNS 470R Sem:Modern Hispanic Literature
EENV 490R Undergraduate Research STAT 290R Undergraduate Research
EGEN 310R Multidisc Engineering Design STAT 490R Undergraduate Research
EGEN 490R Undergraduate Research TE 490R Undergraduate Research
EIND 490R Undergrad Research THTR 490R Undergraduate Research
EIND 499R Indust Engin Design Capstone UH 490R Undergrad Rsch/Thesis
EMEC 290R Undergraduate Research USP 290R Undergraduate Scholars Program
EMEC 489R Mech Eng Design Capstone I USP 490R Undergraduate Research
EMEC 490R Undergraduate Research WILD 490R Undergrad Research
EMEC 499R Mech Eng Design Capstone II WRIT 490R Undergraduate Research
ENGL 461R Issues in English Education


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Updated 01/27/2014