Course Terms & Definitions
Listings in the Course Descriptions section are grouped alphabetically according to academic discipline. Then, under each academic discipline, the courses follow a numerical order. Each listing includes the description of the course content, the course credit, prerequisites (if any), and corequisites (if any). Course offerings are subject to the availability of staff and adequate enrollment. Students should consult the yearly time schedule of classes to determine the courses actually offered each semester.
Some courses carry two rubrics (i.e. A&SC/SOCI 274). This means the same course is offered in the Arts & Sciences listing and in the Sociology listing of courses.
The academic program at Montana State University Billings is organized in lower division, upper division and graduate courses. Lower division courses are numbered 100 to 299; upper division courses carry numbers from 300 to 499; graduate courses have numbers from 500 to 599. Ordinarily, freshmen take courses carrying numbers from 100 to 199; sophomores from 200 to 299; juniors from 300 to 399; and seniors from 400 to 499. However, provided that prerequisites are met, freshmen may take courses carrying numbers from 200 to 299, sophomores from 300 to 399, and juniors from 400 to 499. Courses numbered 500 to 599 are available to senior students who are within one semester of graduation, have a minimum grade point average of 3.00, and have received prior approval from the Director of Graduate Studies. If these conditions have been satisfied, students may enroll for up to eight semester graduate credits.
Courses numbered 600 and above are only available to graduate students.
Teacher Education Program Restricted Courses
Certain upper division courses are restricted to students admitted to the Teacher Education Program at MSU Billings. (See page 275 for a listing of specified courses.) Only those students admitted to the Teacher Education Program may register for these restricted courses.