2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

The College of Arts and Sciences, cont'd

Requirements for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degree are subject to all of the general academic regulations set forth in this General Bulletin.  The following is a summary of degree requirements:

I.  General Education – 31 credits

A complete listing of General Education requirements is included in the Academic Affairs section (see page 73).  Note:  Students seeking a Bachelor’s degree at Montana State University Billings must take WRIT 101 and an advanced writing class.  Advanced writing classes for the College of Arts and Sciences vary.  Students should consult with their advisors.

II.  Degree Requirements in Language

Definition of “Language”
Any spoken or written language (excluding sign and computer languages) for which a measuring instrument is available or for which a valid measuring technique can be devised may be used to meet the proficiency requirement.  Proficiency, advanced placement, and equivalency credit are determined by the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages.  (In the case of American Indian Languages, the evaluation is done in conjunction with the appropriate faculty in the Department of Sociology, Political Science, Native American Studies and Environmental Studies.)  Language credits used for fulfillment of the degree requirement may also apply toward an appropriate language major or minor offered by the University.

Language requirements are different for different degrees and are described in the section with the degree.

A.  B.A.  Degree Language Requirement
In Bachelor of Arts degrees requiring foreign language, the language requirement is satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in a language other than English equivalent to satisfactory completion of second-year college-level work in that language or languages courses number 101-102 and 201-202 in the same language (maximum of 14 credits).  Language requirements may be different for some B.A. degrees and are described in the section with the degree.

B.  B.S.  Degree Language Requirement
The language requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree is satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in a language other than English equivalent to satisfactory completion of first-year college-level work in that language or language courses numbered 101-102 in the same language (maximum of 8 credits).

III.  Degree Requirements in Mathematics

The mathematics requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree is satisfied in one of two ways:

A.  Taking two (2) approved mathematical sciences courses (Mathematics, Statistics, or Computer Science) in addition to the course taken to satisfy the General Education requirement in Mathematics.

B.  Taking *M 171 Calculus I to satisfy the General Education requirement in Mathematics, and completing one (1) additional approved mathematical sciences course (M 172 Calculus II is recommended).

Students should consult their major department to determine the mathematical sciences courses recommended for their major.

*May satisfy General Education requirements.

IV.  Majors and Minors

A.  An academic major is required for graduation.  Majors as listed in the disciplines consist of 30 or more credits.

B.  An academic minor is required in many departments.  Minors as listed in the disciplines consist of 20 or more credits.

C.  In lieu of the major-minor combination, some disciplines offer extended majors.  Extended majors consist of 40 or more credits, and with this type of major a minor is not required.

V.  Electives

In addition to the above requirements, elective courses are necessary to make a total minimum of 120 semester credits for the degree or, in the case of the major with a teaching licensure option 128 credits.  At least 36 semester credits must be in upper division courses (numbered 300 or above), and at least 12 semester credits of these upper division credits must be in the subject major program.

Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies

Requirements for the BSLS are listed in the Interdisciplinary Degree section (see page 86).  This program is also offered in an online format.

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

Requirements for the BAS Degree are listed in the Interdisciplinary Degree section (see page 86).  This program is also offered in an online format.

Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degree Programs

Requirements for the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees are listed in the Associate of Arts & Associate of Science Degrees section (see page 82), as well as within each department.

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