Schedule of Courses
Following is the Summer Session 2017 preliminary course listing as of January 2017.
Please refer to the Summer Session class schedule online for the most current information. The schedule will be mostly complete by February 28, 2017. The schedule will include detailed course information regarding sessions of offerings, meeting days, times and locations, instructors, mode of instruction (on-campus or online), special fees, and class enrollment numbers.
The 2016 Summer Session Schedule of Classes may be accessed online as follows:
- Go to Web site: www.montana.edu (MSU home page)
- Click on: MyInfo (bottom left-hand corner of page), Schedule of Classes
- Select term: 2017 Summer Session
- Select subject: Highlight one or more consecutive subject areas, or click and drag to highlight all subject areas
- Click on: Search Class (bottom left-hand corner of page)
Course Offering Contingencies
Montana State University strives to offer all courses listed in the online 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.
For course descriptions, please consult the MSU Course Bulletin or visit the Web site at www.montana.edu/wwwcat/courses/courses2.html.
|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|
Core courses are designated by a letter following the course number (e.g., WRIT 101W). The following letters are used to specify the core groups:
|CS||Contemporary Issues in Science|
|IA||Arts Inquiry or|
|IH||Humanities Inquiry or|
|IN||Natural Science Inquiry or|
|RN||Natural Science Research|
|IS||Social Science Inquiry or|
|RS||Social Science Research|
|R||Additional Research and Creativer Experience Courses|
Classification of Courses in the Course Bulletin
In the second line of each course description in the MSU Course Bulletin, following the number of credits for the course, there appears a course classification designation which indicates the mode of instruction for that course. In some cases two classifications are listed along with the number of credits in each.
Following is an explanation of course classifications.
LEC—Lecture: Presentation of course material by the instructor, utilizing the lecture method.
LAB—Laboratory: Instructing and supervising students in laboratory investigations.
STU—Studio: Instructing and supervising students in studio investigations.
RCT/DIS—Recitation-Discussion: Presentation of course materials designed to involve students in recitation and/or discussion.
SEM—Seminar: Students share, with the instructor, responsibility for preparation and presentation of course material.
IND—Independent Study: Directed study and/or research on an individual basis, under supervision of instructor.
Courses which may be taken for graduate credit are designated by a 500 or 600 number.
Uniform Course Numbers
Uniform numbers are used in all departments.
|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)|
|490R||Undergraduate Scholars Program|
|298, 498, 576 and 598||Internship|
|575||Graduate Research Paper (profesional paper/project)|
|689||Reading and Research|
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.
Special Topics & Individual Problems Courses
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.
Undergraduate Course Prerequisites
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.
Graduate Course Prerequisites
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 the Graduate School.
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.
|First 6-week session||May 15 - June 23|
|Second 6-week session||June 26 - August 4|
|12-week session||May 15 - August 4|
|Intersession||June 12 - August 4*|
|Education Intersession||June 12 - July 21|
Intersession is designed for courses of varying length
The following abbreviations are used in the Schedule of Courses:
|ABB||Animal BioScience Bldg.|
|AJM||Arthur J. M. Johnson Hall|
|BOZ||Bozeman (Nursing, Deaconess Hospital)|
|BOZC||Bozeman Convalescent Center|
|CHMN||Chemistry Modular North|
|CHMS||Chemistry Modular South|
|EPS||Engineering Physical Science|
|FCMO||Faculty Court Modular|
|JABS||Jake Jabs Hall|
|JONH||Leon H. Johnson Hall|
|MARL||Marsh Research Laboratory|
|MSP||Miller Stock Pavilion|
|PBS||Plant BioScience Bldg.|
|PEC||Physical Education Complex|
|PLGR||Plant Growth Center|
|SHC||Student Health Center|
|SUB||Strand Union Bldg.|
|TCE||Temporary Classroom East|
|TCW||Temporary Classroom West|
|THTR||Theater, Strand Union|