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All courses are scheduled, generally, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The following abbreviations are used in the Schedule of Classes:




  • 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

Uniform numbers are used in all departments. 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.

  • 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

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.

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.

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.

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.