Associate of Science Degree

Students may earn the A.S. degree as preparation to transfer to a Bachelor degree program at Montana State University or another university. The degree is suited for students who wish to pursue studies or a career in the sciences, mathematics, medical, or technology fields. Each student will follow a specific curriculum based on the student’s personal, long term, and educational goals, as well as entering skills in math and writing.

To receive the A.S. degree students must complete at least 60 credits including the following requirements:

  • General Education Core requirements (30 credit hours) *
    • University Seminar (US)
    • Writing (W)
    • Cultural Diversity (D)
    • Quantitative Reasoning (Q)
    • Contemporary Issues in Science (CS)
    • Natural Science (IN or RN)
    • Arts (IA or RA)
    • Humanities (IH or RH)
    • Social Science (IS or RS)
    • Research or Creative Experience
  • Directed elective coursework in Mathematics and Natural Sciences beyond the Core (9 credit hours) *
  • General Education Electives (21 credit hours)

Graduates with an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree are prepared to:

  • Demonstrate the Montana State University Core outcomes of communication, thinking and problem solving, and local and global citizenship.
  • Think critically in evaluating information, solving problems, and making decisions.
  • Transfer and apply knowledge and skills learned into a Bachelor degree program.

* A grade of C- or better is required for all Core and Directed elective courses counted toward the degree. 

Pre-Healthcare Option

This option within the Associate of Science degree is designed for students completing Core and pre-requisite courses for transfer into either a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree program in the health sciences. The courses required for this degree include the MSU Core/general education requirements and pre-requisite science courses. Students who do not go on to complete a Bachelor’s degree will be qualified for entry-level positions in the biological or health sciences.

To receive the Associate of Science Pre-Healthcare Option, the following requirements must be completed for a minimum total of 60 credits. 

General Education Core requirements (30 credits)

WRIT 101WCollege Writing I3
COMX 111USIntroduction to Public Speaking3
PSYX 100ISIntro to Psychology4
or SOCI 101IS Introduction to Sociology
or HDFS 101IS Indiv and Fam Dev: Lifespan
Quantitative (Q)3-5
Diversity (D)3-4
Inquiry to Arts (IA)3-4
Inquiry to Humanities (IH)3-4
Research (R)3-4
Contemporary Issues in Science and Inquiry Natural Science (choose two)6-8
Microbiology for Health Sciences: Infectious Diseases
Introduction to General Chemistry
Human Anatomy and Physiology I pre-requisite: CHMY 121IN
Basic Human Biology w/lab

Pre-Healthcare Concentration coursework in Mathematics and Natural Sciences beyond the Core 

Choose at least 3 of the following courses
AHMS 144Medical Terminology3
HTH 140Pharmacology for Health Care Providers3
PHSX 103INThe Physics of How Things Work3
NUTR 221CSBasic Human Nutrition3
BIOH 211Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIOM 251Microbiology for Health Sciences Lab1

Suggested General Education Electives to fulfill the 60-credit degree requirement 

CAPP 120Introduction to Computers3
WRIT 104Workplace Communications2
WRIT 221Intermediate Tech Writing3
COMX 106Communicating in a Dynamic Workplace3
COMX 115Introduction to Interpersonal Communication3
Additional Elective Courses7