Montana State University-Northern

2001-2003 Catalog

Table of Contents

 

 


Mission Statement............................................................................................................................................................................... 2

Chancellorís Welcome......................................................................................................................................................................... 3

Calendars............................................................................................................................................................................................. 4

Degrees, Majors, Minors..................................................................................................................................................................... 6

Admission............................................................................................................................................................................................ 7

Fees.................................................................................................................................................................................................... 13

Academic Information....................................................................................................................................................................... 14

Graduation and General Education Requirements............................................................................................................................. 23

Student Handbook

Services for Students................................................................................................................................................................. 30

Services for Veterans................................................................................................................................................................. 34

Residence Life............................................................................................................................................................................ 36

Student Union Building............................................................................................................................................................. 44

Financial Aid.............................................................................................................................................................................. 46

Vande Bogart Library................................................................................................................................................................ 54

Extracurricular Activities........................................................................................................................................................... 55

Campus Policies Reference Guide............................................................................................................................................. 59

College of Arts and Sciences.............................................................................................................................................................. 86

College of Education and Graduate Studies..................................................................................................................................... 101

College of Nursing........................................................................................................................................................................... 134

College of Technical Sciences.......................................................................................................................................................... 140

Special Transfer Program................................................................................................................................................................. 174

Course Descriptions........................................................................................................................................................................ 175

Faculty List..................................................................................................................................................................................... 232

Emeriti Faculty List......................................................................................................................................................................... 235

Montana University System Directory.......................................................................................................................................... 237

Phone Directory.............................................................................................................................................................................. 238

Index................................................................................................................................................................................................ 239



Mission Statement

 


A comprehensive regional university, Montana State University-Northern offers programs of professional preparation emphasizing discipline mastery, critical inquiry, and social responsibility in:

 

         Teacher preparation

         Mechanical and engineering technologies

         Business and computer information systems

         Nursing

         Arts and sciences

 

MSU-Northern applies emerging technologies in degree programs ranging from the associate to masterís level.MSU-Northern prepares well-educated students who are capable of decisive action and application of new ideas.The university is committed to excellence in teaching, service to its region and the State, and applied research and scholarship.

 

MSU-Northern values individualized attention to its students, experientially-based learning, and creating a culturally rich and intellectually stimulating environment.From its North Central Montana High Plains main campus, the University serves as a regional cultural center and maintains strong partnerships with communities, education, business and industry.

 

 


 

Chancellorís Welcome

 

 

 


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Photo, Alex Capdeville
As the Chancellor of MSU-Northern I want to congratulate you on choosing Northern and encourage you in your pursuit of a college education.Northern has a great deal to offer people who want a quality education and want the personal attention that a smaller college can provide.We have adopted the slogan ďAn Education that WorksĒ because we believe we are doing things right and that our students are using their degrees to get rewarding careers.

 

We have been working hard to develop partnerships with major corporations to insure that our degrees meet the ever-changing needs of industry.Part of those partnerships include co-ops and work study programs that place our students in the work environment.This helps our students to understand the relevance of what they are learning in the classroom and it helps them get their foot in the door on a good job once they have completed their degree.

 

We are currently in the process of designing and building a New Residence Hall and Applied Technology Center.These facilities will enhance student life and will make it possible for our students to study on equipment that is similar to those they will encounter in the workplace.

 

Northern has played a vital part in my personal education.I started my college degree at a large institution.I quickly realized that crowded classrooms and being taught by graduate assistants was not what I needed.When I went to Northern I was met by friendly people who understood my educational needs and were committed to helping me succeed.I am confident that we can give you ďAn Education that WorksĒ just like they did for me.

 

The years that you spend at MSU-Northern will prove to be some of the best in your life.I look forward to seeing you on our campus and on behalf of everyone at Northern, please accept our warmest welcome!

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Alex Capdeville

Chancellor

 

 


2001-2002 UNIVERSITY CALENDAR

HAVREand GREAT FALLS CAMPUS

FALL SEMESTER 2001

September 3, Monday-Offices Closed.............................................................................................................. Labor Day

September 3, Monday, 12 noon...................................................................................................... Residence Halls Open

September 4, Tuesday........................................................................................................... Orientation and Registration

September 5, Wednesday, 8:00 a.m....................................................................................................... Instruction Begins

November 12, Monday-No Classes-Offices Closed ................................................................................... Veteran's Day

November 22-23, Thur-Fri-No Classes-Offices Closed. ...................................................... Thanksgiving Day Holidays

November 27, Tuesday .......................................................................... Advance Registration for Spring Semester 2002

December 17-21, Monday-Friday .................................................................................................................. Final Exams

December 21, Friday............................................................................................................................. Fall Semester Ends

December 22, Saturday, 12 noon..................................................................................................... Residence Halls Close

December 24, Monday-Offices Closed ...................................................................................................... Christmas Eve

December 25, Tuesday-Offices Closed...................................................................................................... Christmas Day

December 27, Thursday, 12:00 noon ............................................................................. Grades Due in Registrarís Office

 

 

SPRING SEMESTER 2002

January 1, Tuesday-Offices Closed ......................................................................................................... New Year's Day

January 13, Sunday, 12:00 noon ..................................................................................................... Residence Halls Open

January 14-15, Monday-Tuesday......................................................................................... Orientation and Registration

January 16, Wednesday, 8 a.m. ............................................................................................................ Instruction Begins

January 21, Monday-No Classes-Offices Closed ...................................................................... Martin Luther King Day

February 18, Monday-No Classes-Offices Closed .................................................................................. President's Day

March 11-15, Monday-Friday-No Classes ................................................................................................... Spring Break

March 18, Monday ................................................................................. Advanced Registration for Fall Semesters 2002

April 17, Wednesday-No Classes-Offices Open (Awards Day Excellence Week)................................... University Day

May 6-10, Monday-Friday ............................................................................................................................ Final Exams

May 10, Friday ............................................................................................................................... Spring Semester Ends

May 11, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. .................................................................................................................. Commencement

May 11, Saturday, 12:00 noon. ...................................................................................................... Residence Halls Close

May 14, Tuesday, 12:00 noon ...................................................................................... Grades Due in Registrarís Office

 

SUMMER SEMESTER 2002

PRE-SUMMER SESSION (May 13- June 6)

May 13, Monday ............................................................................................. Registration/Pay Fees/Instruction Begins

May 27, Monday-No Classes-Offices Closed ........................................................................................... Memorial Day

June 6, Thursday ................................................................................................................................... Pre-Summer Ends

 

REGULAR SUMMER SESSION (June 10 - August 8)

June 9, Sunday, 3:00 p.m. ............................................................................................................... Residence Halls Open

June 10, Monday .............................................................................................. Registration/Pay Fees/Instruction Begins

July 4, Thursday-No Classes-Offices Closed ...................................................................................... Independence Day

July 10, Wednesday ............................................................................................................... First Summer Session Ends

July 15, Monday................................................................................................. 2nd Summer Session Instruction Begins

August 8, Thursday ................................................................................................................. 2nd Summer Session Ends

August 10, Saturday, 12:00 noon ................................................................................................... Residence Halls Close

August 12, Monday ....................................................................................................... Grades Due in Registrarís Office

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2002-2003 UNIVERSITY CALENDAR

HAVRE and GREAT FALLS CAMPUS

FALL SEMESTER 2002

September 2, Monday, Offices Closed ............................................................................................................. Labor Day

September 2, Monday, 12:00 noon................................................................................................. Residence Halls Open

September 3, Tuesday.................................................................................................................. Registration/Orientation

September 3, Tuesday............................................................................................ Classes Begin (Evening Classes Only)

November 5, Tuesday, No Classes-Offices Closed....................................................................................... Election Day

November 11, Wednesday, No Classes-Offices Closed .............................................................................. Veteran's Day

November 28-29, Thur-Fri-No Classes-Offices Closed. ............................................................... Thanksgiving Vacation

December 2, Monday............................................................................ Advanced Registration for Spring Semester 2003

December 16-20, Monday-Friday .................................................................................................................. Final Exams

December 20, Friday............................................................................................................................. Fall Semester Ends

December 21, Saturday, 12 noon..................................................................................................... Residence Halls Close

December 24, Tuesday, 12:00 noon .............................................................................. Grades Due in Registrarís Office

December 25, Wednesday-Offices Closed ................................................................................................. Christmas Day

 

SPRING SEMESTER 2003

January 1, Wednesday-Offices Closed .................................................................................................... New Year's Day

January 12, Sunday,12:00 noon .................................................................................................... Residence Halls Open

January 13, Monday.............................................................................................. New Student Orientation/Registration

January 14, Tuesday, 8 a.m. ................................................................................................................. Instruction Begins

January 20, Monday, No Classes-Offices Closed ..................................................................... Martin Luther King Day

February 17, Monday, No Classes-Offices Closed .................................................................................. President's Day

March 17-21, Monday, Friday, No Classes ................................................................................................. Spring Break

March 24, Monday ......................................................................................... Adv. Registration for Fall Semesters 2003

April 18, Friday, No Classes-Offices Open................................................................................................... Good Friday

April 23, Wednesday, No Classes-Offices Open.................................. University Day (Awards Day Excellence Week)

May 5-9, Monday-Friday .............................................................................................................................. Final Exams

May 9, Friday ................................................................................................................................. Spring Semester Ends

May 10, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. .................................................................................................................. Commencement

May 10, Saturday, 12:00 noon. ...................................................................................................... Residence Halls Close

May 13, Tuesday, 12:00 noon ...................................................................................... Grades Due in Registrarís Office

 

SUMMER SEMESTER 2003

PRE-SUMMER SESSION (May 12 - June 5)

May 12, Monday ............................................................................................. Registration/Pay Fees/Instruction Begins

May 26, Monday-No Classes-Offices Closed ........................................................................................... Memorial Day

June 5, Thursday ................................................................................................................................... Pre-Summer Ends

 

REGULAR SUMMER SESSION (June 19 - August 7)

June 9, Monday ................................................................................................ Registration/Pay Fees/Instruction Begins

July 4, Friday-No Classes-Offices Closed ........................................................................................... Independence Day

July 9, Wednesday.................................................................................................................. First Summer Session Ends

July 14, Monday ................................................................................................ 2nd Summer Session Instruction Begins

August 7, Thursday.................................................................................................................. 2nd Summer Session Ends

August 9, Saturday, 12:00 noon ..................................................................................................... Residence Halls Close

August 11, Monday, 12:00 noon ................................................................................... Grades Due in Registrarís Office

 


Degrees, Majors, and Minors


Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)

Agricultural Mechanics Technology

Agricultural Technology

Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology: Automotive Body

Computer Engineering Technology

Computer Information Systems

Design Drafting Technology

Diesel Technology

Engineering Tech: Civil Engineering Technology

Engineering Tech: Electronic Engineering Technology

Graphic Design

Railroad Maintenance and Operations

School Business Administration

Water Quality Technology: Environmental Technology

 

Associate of Arts (AA)

 

Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ASN)

 

Associate of Science Degree (AS)

 

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree†† (BAS)

 

Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA)

Communication

Community Service

Computer Information Systems

Graphic Design

Liberal Studies

 

Bachelor of Science Degree (BS)

Agricultural Operation's Technology

Automotive Technology

Biology

Business Technology

Computer Engineering Technology

Design Drafting Technology

Diesel Technology

Engineering Tech: Civil Engineering Technology

Health Promotion

Industrial Technology: non-teaching

Industrial Technology: teaching option

Nursing

Water Quality Technology: Environmental Health

 

Bachelor of Science in Education Degree (BSEd)

Business (5-12)

Elementary Education (K-8)

English (5-12)

General Science (5-12)

Health and Physical Education (K-12)

Social Science (5-12)

 

Master of Education Degree (MEd)

Counselor Education

Elementary Education

General Science Education

 

Master of Science Degree (MS)

Learning Development

 

Minors (non-teaching)

Accounting

Agricultural Mechanics Technology

Applied Agriculture

Automotive Technology

Automotive Body

Biology

Business Technology

Communication

Community Service

Computer Information Systems

Design Drafting Technology

Diesel Technology

Engineering Tech: Civil Engineering Technology

Health Promotion

Marketing: Technical Sales and Service

Native American Studies

Small Business Management

 

Teaching Minors

Art (K-12)

Business Education (5-12)

Computer Information Systems (5-12)

English (5-12)

Health and Physical Education (K-12)

Reading Specialist (K-12)

Traffic Education (5-12)

 

Graduate Minor

Counselor Education (K-12)

 

Certificates

Automotive Technology

 

Certificates Awarded at the Program Level

Agricultural Mechanics Technology

Automotive Technology: Auto Body

Diesel Technology

Land Survey Technology

Welding Technology

 

 

 



ADMISSION

 


GENERAL INFORMATION

 



ACCESS TO THE UNIVERSITY

Montana State University-Northern is committed to a program of equal opportunity for education, employment, and participation in University activities without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation or preference, creed or political belief, national origin, or because of mental or physical disability, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. This right shall be guaranteed to all students presently enrolled, students applying for admission, employees, and applicants for employment at Montana State University-Northern. Persons with inquiries or complaints regarding discrimination should contact the Employee Relations Specialist, (406) 265-3710, Montana State University-Northern, or Director, Office of Civil Rights, Federal Office Building, 1244 Speer Boulevard, Denver, Colorado 80204.

 

CAMPUS VISITS

The best way to decide if Northern is for you is to come and check it out for yourself. Northern encourages all interested students and their families to come to Havre for a campus visit. Visitors will be treated to a campus tour with a Northern student. They will then meet with faculty from fields that interest them and professionals in the Financial Aid Office. Other visits that may be arranged for interested parties include the campus child care, Student Support Services, an athletics coach or even a classroom observation. Visitors can further get a taste of student life by being guests of the University in residence hall rooms and the campus dining hall when available. At least one week's advance notice is required and reservations or further information are available by calling 1-800-662-6132. At least one week's advance notice is required to ensure the availability of the staff. As guests of Montana State University-Northern, residence hall rooms and meals will be provided (on a space available basis) when visiting the campus.

 

FALSIFICATION OF INFORMATION

Each student is responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations regarding admission procedures. A studentís failure to be informed or to comply will not excuse a student from responsibility or from any penalty or difficulty, which he or she may encounter. The falsification or suppression of any information requested on the application for admission will be grounds for cancellation of registration.

 

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

In order to be in compliance with Montana state law, students born on or after January 1, 1957 who are taking seven or more credits OR are enrolled in a degree programs must either:

A.      Show proof of two vaccinations against measles and one against rubella. Immunizations must have been given after 1967 and after the student's first birthday and must have been administered at least thirty days apart. Current immunizations must have been administered in the form of the MMR vaccine. Immunizations must be documented by a physician, registered nurse or school official.

"OR"

B.       Show documentation of having contracted measles and rubella. Documentation by a physician is required including dates of illness.

"OR"

C.       File a medical or religious exemption.

 

International students have additional immunization requirements. Please refer to the section entitled "INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS" for additional information.

 

RESIDENCY

The Montana University System classifies all applicants for admission and currently enrolled students as either in-state or out-of-state. This classification affects admission decisions and fee determinations. The basic rules for making the classifications are found in Board of Regents' policy. If you have questions regarding your residency status, please contact the Admissions Office. A copy of the "Montana University System Student Guide to Montana's Residency Policy" will be forwarded to you. The Guide contains the policy and a Residency Questionnaire that may be submitted by individuals who believe they are eligible for in-state tuition and fees.

 

WHEN TO APPLY

All applicants should apply for admission as early as possible, but at least one month prior to registration. This will insure proper processing for registration and allow time for an evaluation of credits. Applicants whose files are not complete by the registration date may be required to register late and pay late fees. International students have different processing timelines; please refer to the section entitled "INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS" for additional information.


 


APPLICATION CATEGORIES

 



FRESHMEN ADMISSION

Individuals seeking a Bachelor's degree: Graduates of accredited high schools who graduated less than three years prior to attendance, must meet both the Admission Standards requirements and the Board of Regents college preparatory curriculum to begin as first-time, full-time freshmen.

 

Individuals seeking less than a Bachelor's degree: Graduates of accredited high schools or GED students may begin as first-time, full-time freshmen.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM POLICY

Applicants for Advanced Placement credit should ask the College Entrance Examination Board to submit official examination scores to the Office of Admissions. Grades of 3, 4, or 5 on College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Examinations will result in the granting of credit upon completion of 12 semester credits of coursework at Montana State University-Northern. This credit will be awarded to degree seeking students for corresponding courses at Montana State University-Northern. Grades will not be awarded. A notation of the award will be placed on the student's transcript.

 

AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST/SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST

All first-time entering freshmen applicants who have graduated from high school less than three years prior to the first date of enrollment at Montana State University-Northern are required to take the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) prior to course registration and have the official results sent to Montana State University-Northern. Testing is also available during the orientation program prior to each semester.


 


COLLEGE PREPARATORY AND ADMISSIONS STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

 



COLLEGE PREPARATORY AND ADMISSIONS STANDARDS REQUIREMENTS

The Admission Standards requirements are as follows:

          Enhanced ACT Composite Score of 20 or higher

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          SAT Combined Verbal and Math Standard Score of 930 or higher

††††††††††††††††††††††† OR

          High School Grade Point Average of 2.50 or higher

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          Rank in the upper half of the student's graduating class.

 

An in-state or out-of-state freshman seeking a bachelor's degree must meet one of the above Admissions Standards to be eligible for full-time enrollment.

 

THE REGENTSí COLLEGE PREPARATORY CURRICULUM IS AS FOLLOWS:

1.        Four (4) years of English;

2.        Three (3) years of math including Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II or higher;

3.        Three (3) years of social studies including 1 year of Global Studies, 1 year of United States History, and one other course;

4.        Two (2) years of laboratory science;

5.        Two (2) years chosen from the following:

    foreign language (preferably two years of the same language)

    computer science

    visual and performing arts, or

    vocational education units which meet the Office of Public Instruction guidelines.

 

EXCEPTIONS TO THE COLLEGE PREPARATORY/ADMISSION STANDARDS

REQUIREMENTS:

A.      Non-traditional students (students that have graduated from high school at least three years prior to enrollment),

B.       Summer only students,

C.       Part-time students taking seven or fewer college or university level credits. For the purpose of this section, "university level credits" means those courses that are applicable toward an, associate of applied science, associate of science, bachelor of applied science, or baccalaureate degree at Montana State University-Northern. Such courses shall include neither remedial nor developmental courses.

 

HOW TO APPLY

1.        Submit an application form. Applications may be obtained from Montana high school guidance counselors, or by writing to the Admissions Office, Montana State University-Northern, Havre, MT 59501 or calling toll-free 1-800-662-6132 or (406)265-3704.

2.        A $30 non-refundable application fee (paid by check or money order) and the completed admissions application should be returned to the Admissions Office. The application will not be considered until the $30 fee has been received. If the applicant is admitted but does not register, the $30 application fee is valid for the subsequent twelve months.

3.        A final high school transcript, with a graduation date posted, must be sent to the Admissions Office, Montana State University-Northern, Havre, MT 59501.

4.        All freshmen applicants who have graduated from high school less than three years prior to the first date of enrollment at Montana State University-Northern must submit a score report from the American College Test (ACT) or from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

 

TRANSFER STUDENT ADMISSION

In-state applicants who have earned 12 or more semester credits at another accredited college or university and are in good academic standing with the college or university from which they are transferring are considered transfer students.

 

Out-of-state applicants who have earned 12 or more semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average (based on a 4.00 scale) for all college or university level work are considered transfer students.

All applicants who have earned fewer than 12 post-secondary semester credits must meet freshman student requirements and must have an official copy of their transfer work sent to Montana State University-Northern (see Transfer of Credits).

 

HOW TO APPLY

1.        A $30 non-refundable application fee (paid by check or money order) and the admissions application should be returned to the Admissions Office. The application will not be considered until the $30 fee has been received. If the applicant is admitted but does not register, the $30 application fee is valid for the subsequent twelve months.

2.        The student must insure that a complete and official transcript from each college and/or university or other post-secondary institutions attended is mailed to the Admissions Office. The student must submit official transcripts from ALL institutions attended, whether or not credit was earned. A transcript will be accepted as official only when sent directly from the Registrar of the previous institution(s) attended to the Admissions Office at Montana State University-Northern.

3.        In-state transfer students must be in good academic standing with the college or university from which he/she is transferring. Out-of-state transfer students must have at least a 2.00 ("C") cumulative grade point average for all college and/or university level work (based on a 4.00 scale). All transferable credits from all colleges or universities previously attended will be considered when determining transfer eligibility.

4.        All credit previously earned is transferred when the student transfers to Montana State University-Northern from a college and/or university level institution which is regionally accredited.

5.        In cases where no formal transfer credit agreement exists between Montana State University-Northern and the sending institution, the Registrarís Office at Montana State University-Northern, in conjunction with the appropriate program advisor, will review all eligible course work for transfer credit.

6.        No credit will be granted for remedial coursework or for courses with grades below C.

 

Grade point averages for transfer work are not calculated in the grade point average at Montana State University-Northern. The transcript will list courses and grades from previous institutions attended for which transfer credit has been granted. Only the credits and grade points earned in courses taken at Montana State University-Northern are used in the calculation of the grade point average.

 

FORMER STUDENT REGISTRATION LEAVE OF ABSENCE POLICY

In order to recognize students who find it necessary to discontinue study for a while, but who intend to return, Northern has created a special "leave of absence" status.

Students who voluntarily leave the University will be asked from time-to-time whether they intend to return to resume their studies in the future. If they indicate that they do intend to return, they will receive four special benefits:

1.        They will receive University publications to keep them apprised of campus news.

2.        In the late spring of each year, they will receive a mailing from the Registrar by means of which they can update their future higher education intentions and request registration information for the following academic year.

3.        They will normally be able to re-enter the institution and register for classes without completing any readmission procedures.

4.        Students do not need to request leave of absence status. They will automatically be placed into this status unless they indicate that they never intend to return to the University.

 

A former Northern Montana College/Montana State University-Northern student who did not attend the preceding semester must submit official copies of transcripts from all institutions attended since the last registration at Montana State University-Northern. A transcript will be accepted as official only when sent directly from the Registrar of the institution(s) previously attended to the Admissions Office at Montana State University-Northern.

 

GRADUATE ADMISSION

Students who wish to pursue graduate work at Montana State University-Northern should contact the Graduate Office, Montana State University-Northern, Havre, MT 59501 for application materials. All application materials should be returned to the Graduate Office one month prior to the proposed date of registration to allow adequate time for complete processing.

 

To be considered for admission to graduate study, an applicant must have been granted a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. An undergraduate student who is within 16 credits of completion of the baccalaureate degree, and who has at least a 3.00 grade point average over the last 60 credits, may petition the Dean of the College of Education and Graduate Programs for approval to take up to nine credits of graduate coursework which may apply toward a graduate degree. These credits may not be applied to the student's undergraduate program. Graduate credit earned in this manner will not become a part of the student's permanent record until all requirements for the baccalaureate degree have been met.

Admission to graduate studies does not constitute matriculation for degree candidacy. Students who wish to matriculate for advanced degrees must make proper application for the specific degree sought (see Graduate Studies section under the College of Education and Graduate Studies). Information regarding candidacy is available from the Graduate Studies Office.

 

HOW TO APPLY

1.        Submit the Graduate Application for Admission to the Graduate Office. This form may be obtained from the Admissions Office or the Graduate Studies Office.

2.        A $30 non-refundable application fee, payable to Montana State University-Northern, is required of first-time applicants to Montana State University-Northern. If the applicant is admitted but does not register, the $30 application fee is valid for the subsequent twelve months.

3.        One copy of the applicant's official transcript, showing a baccalaureate (or higher) degree must be sent directly to the Graduate Office by the college or university previously attended, if other than Montana State University-Northern. A transcript will be accepted as official only when sent directly from the Registrar of the institution to the Graduate Office at Montana State University-Northern.


 


SPECIAL ADMISSION PROGRAMS

 



ADULT SPECIAL

An applicant, 21 years of age or over, who is not a high school graduate, may seek admission as an Adult Special student by presenting evidence that he/she is adequately prepared to pursue a selected University program. Upon completing the work of the freshmen and sophomore years with a grade average of "C" or better, an Adult Special student may, upon the recommendation of his/her faculty advisor and major academic College Chair/Dean, be accepted as a regular student and a candidate for a degree on the same basis as students who have been admitted upon graduation from an accredited high school. Adult Special students cannot enter the nursing program. Nursing students must have a minimum of a GED.

 

HOW TO APPLY

1.        Submit an application form. Applications may be obtained by writing to the Admissions Office, Montana State University-Northern, Havre, MT 59501 or calling toll free 1-800-662-6132 or (406) 265-3704.

2.        A $30 non-refundable application fee (paid by check or money order) and the completed admissions application should be returned to the Admissions Office. The application will not be considered until the $30 fee has been received. If the applicant is admitted but does not register, the $30 application fee is valid for the subsequent twelve months.

 

 

EARLY ADMISSION

A high school student may apply for admission to take regular University courses while concurrently enrolled in high school. High school students may be accepted for admission when academic ability and general maturity warrant acceptance. Such admission shall be based on providing educational opportunities not available in the high school setting.

 

ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for early admission, the applicant:

1.        Must have completed their sophomore year in high school.

2.        Must have a minimum grade point average of a 3.00 and/or a 20 ACT composite score or 930 SAT score or higher.

3.        Students attending non-accredited high schools must have taken the ACT and received a 20 composite score or 930 SAT score or higher.

 

HOW TO APPLY

1.        Submit an application form. Applications may be obtained by writing to the Admissions Office, Montana State University-Northern, Havre, MT 59501 or calling toll free 1-800-662-6132 or (406) 265-3704.

2.        A $30 non-refundable fee (paid by check or money order) and the completed admissions application should be returned to the Admissions Office. The application will not be considered until the $30 fee has been received. If the applicant is admitted but does not register, the $30 application fee is valid for the subsequent twelve months.

3.        Request that a current high school transcript be sent to the Admissions Office, Montana State University-Northern, Havre, MT 59501.

4.        A letter of recommendation from the high school principal or guidance counselor must be submitted.

5.        Submit a copy of ACT or SAT scores.

6.        Secure approval from the instructor and College Chair/Dean for each course in which enrollment is planned.

 

Students are limited to six credits per semester under this program.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT (GED)

A person who is 21 years old or older and who is not a graduate of an accredited high school may be admitted by earning satisfactory scores on the General Educational Development Examination. A person under the age of 21 who has earned satisfactory scores on the General Education Development Examination and who is not a graduate of an accredited high school may be admitted as a "Conditional Freshman". Conditional Freshmen must complete a prescribed program of study during the first semester of enrollment. Conditional Freshmen who complete the prescribed courses without being placed on probation are removed from conditional status and will be considered regular students in the subsequent semester.

The GED examination may not be used to satisfy the requirements of high school graduation until after the student's high school class has graduated. Information regarding requirements and test center locations for the GED in Montana may be obtained from the GED Program, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Capitol, Helena, MT 59620.

 

HOW TO APPLY

1.        Submit an application form. Applications may be obtained by writing to the Admissions Office, Montana State University-Northern, Havre, MT 59501 or calling toll-free 1-800-662-6132 or (406) 265-3704.

2.        A $30 non-refundable fee (paid by check or money order) and the completed admissions application should be returned to the Admissions Office. The application will not be considered until the $30 fee has been received. If the applicant is admitted but does not register, the $30 application fee is valid for the subsequent twelve months.

3.        Request a copy of your GED score report to be forwarded to the Admissions Office. Information can be obtained from the GED test site coordinator. Request forms for Montana GED scores are also available through the Admissions Office.

4.        Submit a copy of ACT or SAT scores.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International students must meet the equivalent of out-of-state admission requirements for the appropriate category of freshman student, transfer student, or graduate student. In addition, the international student must meet the following requirements:

 

HOW TO APPLY

1.        Submit an application form. Applications may be obtained by writing to the Admissions Office, Montana State University-Northern, Havre, MT 59501 or calling toll-free 1-800-662-6132 or (406) 265-3704.

2.        U.S. $30 non-refundable fee is required. Checks or money orders must be made payable to Montana State University-Northern. The application will not be considered until the $30 fee has been received. If the applicant is admitted but does not register, the $30 application fee is valid for the subsequent twelve months.

3.        International students who are seeking admission as first time college/university students (freshman admission) must arrange to have official, translated copies of their high school transcripts forwarded to the Admissions Office.

4.        International students who wish to enroll as a transfer student and apply previous coursework to a degree program at Montana State University-Northern must submit their transcripts. Students applying for graduate programs at Montana State University-Northern must submit their baccalaureate (or higher) transcript. Transcripts from each post-secondary institution or college must be sent directly from the institution when possible. All credentials must be in English or must include an English translation and bear the official school seal and signature.

5.        Provide certification from a bank or sponsor that the student will have financial support available at a minimum of $14,500 per year (12 months) in American dollars for each year of attendance at Montana State University-Northern.

6.        Provide proof of English language proficiency by one of the following:

          475 or better TOEFL score for undergraduate and 500 or better TOEFL score for graduate admission

OR

          Successful completion of the Intensive English as a Second Language Program.

For more information contact: ELS Language Centers, 5761 Buckingham Parkway, Culver City, California 90203 USA Telephone: (310) 642-0988 or go to the following web site: http://www.els.com/

Certificates of completion with official grades from other English language programs or institutes may be considered as satisfying the English language requirement.

TOEFL scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Services (ETS) to the Montana State University-Northern Office of Admissions.

7.        All international students entering Montana State University-Northern must show a physician validated immunization record for measles, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, and skin testing for tuberculosis that was completed within one year of the planned attendance date. This evidence must be presented before a student is permitted to register.

 

WHEN TO APPLY

All of the above items must be on file at the Admissions Office by July 1 for Fall Semester, November 1 for Spring Semester, and April 1 for Summer Semester.

 

UNDERGRADUATE NON-DEGREE

The undergraduate non-degree admissions status is designed to meet the needs of students who do not wish to pursue a degree at Montana State University-Northern. Once admitted to non-degree status, the student may retain that status indefinitely. If the student wishes to change to regular status, the steps outlined under "Changing from Non-degree Status" must be followed. A non-degree application form must be completed. ACT/SAT test scores will not be required. Non-degree applicants will not be required to submit transcripts from previous institutions. The applicant must certify that he/she has not been suspended from any post secondary institution within the past twelve months. A non-degree student in good standing (2.00 or higher cumulative GPA) may apply for a change from non-degree to regular status. Requirements for regular admission must be met at that time. Professional Teacher Education, Nursing, and Graduate courses are not available to non-degree students. Non-degree status is not suitable for any person receiving financial aid or veteran's benefits. Non-degree students may not participate in intercollegiate athletics or any other program requiring regular admission status. Non-degree students are subject to the same University regulations as regular students.

 

HOW TO APPLY

1.        Submit the Undergraduate Non-Degree Application Form. Applications may be obtained by writing to the Admissions Office, Montana State University-Northern, Havre, MT 59501 or calling toll free 1-800-662-6132 or (406) 265-3704.

2.        A $30 non-refundable application fee (paid by check or money order) and the completed admissions application should be returned to the Admissions Office. The application will not be considered until the $30 fee has been received. If the applicant is admitted but does not register, the $30 application fee is valid for the subsequent twelve months.

 

CHANGING FROM NON-DEGREE STATUS

To change from non-degree status to regular status, a student must have at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA and do the following:

1.        Complete a regular application for admission.

2.†††† Submit ACT/SAT scores if they would have been required at the time of first admission to Montana State University-Northern.

3.        Submit high school and/or official college, university, or other post secondary transcripts from all other institutions attended. The student must submit transcripts from ALL institutions attended, whether or not credit was earned. A transcript will be accepted as official only when sent directly from the Registrar of the institution to the Admissions Office at Montana State University-Northern.

 

WESTERN UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE (WUE)

Montana State University-Northern participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and other Western states.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program through which students in 14 participating states may enroll in designated two-year and four-year institutions and programs in other participating states at a special, reduced tuition level. The 14 participating states include: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Through WUE, out-of-state students from these selected states may enroll at Montana State University-Northern and pay resident tuition plus approximately fifty percent of that amount. This compares with out-of-state tuition that normally costs over twice as much as resident tuition. Subsequently, the cost to WUE students is substantially less than non-resident tuition. Students need not demonstrate financial need to receive the WUE tuition benefit.

 

Information and a WUE scholarship application for Montana State University-Northern may be obtained from the Admissions Office. Montana residents may obtain information about WUE programs in other states from the Certifying Officer for Montana, WICHE Student Exchange Program, 33 South Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59620-2602, tel. (406) 444-6570; or from: WICHE Student Exchange Program, PO Drawer P, Boulder, CO 80301-9752, telephone (303) 497-0210.

 

HOW TO APPLY

1.        Follow the application instructions for the admissions category desired (e.g., freshman, transfer, etc.).

  1. Submit the WUE scholarship application to the Admissions Office.

 

 


FEES

 



A full listing of current tuition, fees, room and board, and other University-related expenses is available at either the Admissions or Business Office.

 

COURSE FEES

In addition to the usual tuition and fees paid by students, special fees are often attached to specific courses.Those course fees are used to pay for materials that are damaged or consumed by students, particularly during the laboratory portion of the classes.As a consequence, course fees are most often attached to classes in the sciences, the arts, and technical programs.

On the Montana State University-Northern campus, students who take classes in the following degree areas will often have to pay additional fees because of the courses they take: art, automotive, biology, civil engineering technology, chemistry, diesel, design drafting, electronics engineering technology, earth science, health and physical education, metals technology, and nursing.Course fees are also assessed in other program areas, but not as extensively as the previous listing.

To find out if a course fee will be assessed for a particular course, students should refer to the specific course descriptions listed in this catalog.Those course descriptions begin on page 173 of this catalog.

 

FEE REFUNDS

1.        Refunds for withdrawals from school are made by the Business Office only after verification of enrollment status as of the 15th day of classes.

2.        The registration fee is non-refundable. The health insurance fee will be refunded to the end of the 10th day of instruction.

3.        Ninety (90) percent of all remaining fees (tuition, network, computer, equipment, building, gym use, sub use, student activity, athletic, non-resident tuition, non- resident building) will be refunded to the end of the fifth day of instruction.

4.        Seventy-five (75) percent of all remaining fees will be refunded to the end of the tenth day of instruction.

5.        Fifty (50) percent of all remaining fees will be refunded to the end of the fifteenth day of instruction.

6.        No refunds for withdrawals from school are made after the fifteenth day of instruction.

  1. Drop/adds will be computed in accordance with regular institutional fee schedules. There will be no refund for classes dropped after the fifteenth day of instruction.

 

INSTALLMENT PAYMENT PLAN

The following installment payment plan for tuition/fees, room and board is available.

1.        At least ľ of the total amount must be paid when the student enrolls.

2.        One-half of the total due must be paid within 30 days.

3.        Three-fourths of the total due must be paid within 60 days.

4.        The full amount due must be paid within 90 days.

5.        A late fee of $15.00 will be assessed for each payment that is late.

6.        An administrative charge of $30.00 per semester will be levied for use of the plan.

7.        Payments must be made even though the student withdraws from school. Any refund due the student because of withdrawal, either voluntary or involuntary, will be applied toward the satisfaction of the obligation. Should the refund be larger than the amount outstanding, the excess of refund due over balance outstanding will be returned to the student. Any unpaid balance of the obligation must be paid before the student may re-enroll, graduate, obtain a transcript, or transfer to another college and/or university.

 



ACADEMIC INFORMATION

 



GENERAL REQUIREMENTS AND ACADEMIC PROCEDURES

The catalog serves as a guide for students and advisors in planning academic programs and degrees offered at the University. Students are responsible for knowledge of and compliance with procedures and standards, but should seek guidance from their advisors or the Registrar when questions arise. The following procedures and policies have been adopted to help students, faculty, and administrators successfully carry out the academic program of the University. These policies reflect University policy when the catalog was published. Changes enacted after this date will be published by appropriate means. Exceptions and deviations from normal academic policy may be requested through petition procedures available from the Registrarís Office.

 

ACADEMIC ADVISING

Montana State University-Northern is committed to the fundamental principle that the University exists to serve the students. All efforts of the University are aimed toward enabling students to realize their full potential in whatever field of endeavor they attempt. As a result of this commitment, Montana State University-Northern's academic advising process is an integral component of the academic program and is considered to be a faculty responsibility. The academic advising program will enable students to:

 

1.        Better understand the nature and purpose of higher education and its relevance to their future.

2.        Become more sensitive to cultural differences.

3.        Set and obtain individual goals, consistent with each person's interests and abilities.

4.        Better plan appropriate educational programs.

5.        Proceed through individual educational programs in an orderly fashion, with continual monitoring and evaluation.

6.        Become familiar with the many university and community resources available (educational, financial, social, etc.).

7.        Receive accurate information regarding University requirements, options, and procedures.

8.        Make intelligent career choices based upon realistic and accurate information.

 

Students may select or change their major or minor program objectives at any time. Students who have not selected a major at the time of admission will be assigned a faculty advisor by the Registrar.

 

Students who have chosen a major will be advised by a faculty member in their selected field of study. The advisor explains University academic requirements and assists individuals in selecting courses and fulfilling steps that satisfy these requirements. Students with questions about their majors are encouraged to contact their faculty advisor.

 


 

 


The following policy at MSU-Northern is important for students to note::

A faculty advisor signature is required for registration for all students while attending Montana State University-Northern.

Students are, under existing university policy, individually and personally responsible for meeting the graduation requirements of degrees they are seeking.

 


 



ADMISSION TO CLASSES

In order to be enrolled in a class, the student must register for the class by means of the procedures set out for registration. The student's name must appear on the official class roster. Students who fail to register for classes prior to the deadline for doing so will not receive credit for the classes, even if they attend the classes and meet course requirements.

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM POLICY

Applicants for Advanced Placement credit should ask the College Entrance Examination Board to submit official examination scores to the Office of Admissions. Credit will be granted for scores of 3, 4, or 5. This credit will be awarded to degree students for corresponding courses at the University. Grades will not be awarded. A notation of the award will be placed on the student's transcript.

 

AUDITOR

An auditor is a student who wishes to enroll in a course but does not wish to pursue the course for credit. Auditors will not be required to take examinations or meet course requirements. Audited courses are noted on the transcript as such. Enrollment as an auditor requires permission of the instructor after students pursuing course credit have had an opportunity to enroll. Auditors pay the same fees as credit students. Auditors may not change to credit enrollment after the last day to add classes.

 

CANCELLATION FOR FAILURE TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION

A number of students who pre-register for classes do not return for the following term as anticipated. In order to establish orderly administration of the financial affairs of the University and to open the positions of these non-returning students in classes for which they pre-registered, a deadline for making fee arrangements is set for each term and announced by the Business Office. Registrants who do not complete fee arrangements prior to the deadline are unregistered, and their positions in classes are made available to other students. Students whose registrations are canceled but who wish to attend the University for the canceled term must repeat the registration process. In addition, a late registration fee may be charged to offset the additional administrative expense of late registration.

 

CHALLENGE BY EXAMINATION

Montana State University-Northern seeks to serve students who have achieved academic competency through nontraditional forms of study or work experience. The University awards credit based on Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, DANTES transcripts, military training, Trade Competency Examinations, and other faculty approved competency measures. The Registrar maintains a list of courses and the procedures a student must follow in order to be awarded credit.

 

CHANGES IN REGISTRATION

See "Dropping and Adding Classes" later in this section.

 

CHANGE OF GRADE

Grades submitted to the Registrarís Office by faculty members are final and may not be changed except in the case of clerical error, upon successful appeal, or if they were fraudulently obtained. Students who believe an error in grading has occurred should first consult with the instructor. Final grade changes may not be used to extend the time for completion of a course, to allow a student to submit late work, or to retake examinations after the term is completed. A grade change is not meant to substitute for an "Incomplete" when an Incomplete cannot be justified. Grade changes made under this policy must be submitted to the Registrar by faculty by means of forms and procedures available in the Registrarís Office. The College Chair/Dean must approve these forms.

 

CLASS ATTENDANCE

Each student is responsible for attending all classes regularly. Individual professors establish attendance policies for their courses. While a professor may not withdraw a student from a course, excessive absences may result in a grade of "F."


 


CLASSIFICATION OF STUDENTS

Students are classified as follows:

 

By year in school:††††††††††††††

Freshman:

0-30 semester credits earned.May not enroll in an upper division course without the permission of the instructor.

Sophomore:

31-60 semester credits earned.

Junior:

61-90 semester credits earned.

Senior:

91 semester credits and above.

Post-Graduate:

Baccalaureate students earning additional hours of undergraduate or graduate credit, but not following a master's degree program.

Graduate:

Baccalaureate students enrolled in a master's degree program.

 

By credits:

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Full-Time:

Enrolled for 12 or more semester credits.

Half-Time:

Enrolled for six or more semester credits, but fewer than 12.

Part-Time:

Enrolled for fewer than six semester credits.

 

GRADUATE

Full-Time:

Enrolled for 9 or more semester credits.

Half-Time:

Enrolled for more than 5 semester credits, but fewer than 9

Part-Time:

Enrolled for fewer than 5 semester credits.

 

STUDENT STATUS

Degree-Seeking:

A student who plans to pursue a degree at Montana State University-Northern.

Non-Degree-Seeking:

A student who does not plan to pursue a degree at Montana State University-Northern.

Adult Special:

A student, 21 years of age or over, who is not a high school graduate, has not received their GED, and is not a transfer student, but wants to pursue a degree at Montana State University-Northern.

Continuing:

A student who completed the last regular semester at Montana State University-Northern. The spring or summer term is considered the last regular semester for students returning for fall semester.

Former:

A student who has previously attended the Montana State University-Northern but did not complete the last regular semester and who has not enrolled at another institution of higher learning since last attending the University. Former students must file an application for readmission.

Transfer:

Any student who was last registered for 12 or more credits at another institution of higher learning.

 

 

 


CLEP (College Level Examination Program)

The program consists of five general examinations and subject examinations in many different areas. Credit for equivalent Northern courses may be obtained by testing to the percentile levels required by each academic College. Credit earned through CLEP is assigned a grade of "Pass" and does not affect the grade point average. All CLEP credits awarded appear on the transcript and may apply toward graduation. For more information regarding CLEP, please contact the Testing Coordinator, Cowan Hall 213.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES

Continuing education courses may be offered for credit. However, no more than 30 such credits may be applied toward a Bachelor's degree. At the graduate level, no more than 12 credits may be applied toward a Master's degree.

 

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION

Cooperative Education is a program that allows students to earn academic credit and gain on-the-job experience in positions related to their field of study. Most disciplines include cooperative education courses, numbered 279 or 479. Cooperative Education is initiated with learning objectives defined through an agreement between the student, faculty, Cooperative Education Coordinator and the work supervisor. To be eligible for Cooperative Education, students must have completed one semester at the University and maintain a cumulative 2.00 grade point average. Students pursuing an associate degree may apply a total of 12 credits of Cooperative Education toward their degree requirements with the exception of Engineering Technology programs. Students pursuing a bachelor's degree may apply a total of 18 credits of Cooperative Education toward their degree requirements with the exception of Engineering Technology programs.

 

COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM

001-099

Credit earned cannot be used toward completion of degree requirements and are not computed in credits earned or grade point average. These credits may be considered for financial aid and certification purposes.

100-299

Lower division courses.

300-499

Upper division courses.

500-599

Upper division undergraduate courses taken for graduate credit. Additional work is usually required.

600-699

Graduate division courses only.

 

COURSE REPETITION

Students repeating a course will forfeit the original grade and will receive the new grade. Students must file a petition with the Registrarís Office to repeat a course more than once.

 


 

CREDIT LOAD

Students must complete 15 - 16 credits each semester in order to complete a two-year or four-year degree within the minimum time. The following table explains the rules governing maximum credit loads:

 

--If a student's

--then he/she may

--then he/she must

cumulative grade

take the following

have approval to

point average is:

semester credits

carry the following

 

without approval:

semester credits:

3.00 and above

1-22

more than 22

2.50-2.99

1-20

more than 20

2.00-2.49

1-18

more than 18

below 2.00

1-12

more than 12

 

First-time University students may not take more than 18 credits during their first semester.

 

Transfer students:In determining the maximum credit load that a transfer student can carry during his or her first semester at Montana State University-Northern, the University will use the cumulative grade point average earned by that student before he/she came to Northern.Once a student has earned credits at Northern, his/her Northern grade point average will be used to determine credit load.

 

The rules for credit load are different during summer semester, and students should consult the summer semester bulletin for an explanation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CREDIT NOT PERTAINING TO A TRADITIONAL TERM

The posting of credit earned outside of a traditional academic calendar term to Northern transcripts will be governed by the following rule: The credit will be posted to the Northern term during which the official transcript or report of the credit is received. If the official transcript or report is received when no Northern term is in progress, the credit will be posted to the Northern term following the receipt of the official transcript or report. In order to be considered an "official" transcript or report of credit, it must:

 

1.        Be an original document produced by the issuing agency or institution. It must contain sufficient information to be identified as such. Telephone reports are not acceptable. Faxes are not acceptable. Documents transmitted by other electronic means, such as electronic mail, are not currently acceptable.

2.        Be received directly from the issuing agency or institution without passing through the hands of the student.The transcript can pass through the hands of an official agent of the institution, however, like a Chair/Dean or the administrative support personnel of an academic college.

 

DEPARTMENTAL DISTINCTION

Students maintaining a 3.50 GPA and selected by the appropriate faculty may be eligible to graduate with departmental distinction. This distinction will be noted on the commencement program.

 

DISTANCE/EXTENDED LEARNING

Students who are not able to physically attend classes on the Montana State University-Northern campus may still take courses leading to a degree by utilizing Northernís distance learning options. Regional centers in Great Falls and Lewistown provide alternative sites for students to receive administrative and advising assistance, enroll in classes, pay fees, and register for financial aid. Students may also attend classes at these regional centers or at one of more than fifty sites around the state by taking advantage of NorthNet, Northernís two-way interactive television network. For more information about distance learning options please call (406) 265-3730.

 

DOUBLE MAJOR

A student may earn a second major and have it noted on his or her transcript by completing all course work for the second major. Students whose second majors fall within another degree type must follow procedures for a second undergraduate degree. Students should consult the policy on second under-graduate degrees, on page 22 of this catalog, to make sure they understand and satisfy the requirements of that policy if it applies to their additional program of study.Students who are applying for graduation with two majors will not be required to complete additional requirements for a minor required by either program.

 

DROPPING AND ADDING CLASSES

Since Montana State University-Northern delivers coursework in a variety of formats, methods, and time frames, the drop and add deadlines for students are determined by the percentage of instructional time that has passed in each course. The specific deadlines are set out below:

 

1.        Students may add classes if less than 10 percent of the instructional time has passed in the course.

2.        Students may drop classes, and eliminate all notice of those classes from their transcript if less than 20% of the instructional time for the class has elapsed.

3.        Students may drop classes and receive a "W" on their transcript, if less than 60% but more than 20% of the instructional time has passed.

4.        Students may not withdraw from classes if 60% or more of the instructional time for the involved class or classes has passed. The Registrar will determine and publish the drop and add deadlines for each class, using these percentages. Students may add or drop a class until the close of business on the deadline day.

 

FINAL EXAMINATION WEEK POLICY

The last week of each regular semester will be set aside for final examinations. The Registrar will publish an examination schedule every semester. The final examination week is the only time when final exams may be given for full semester classes. The University expects every class to meet at its scheduled time for final exams. There will be no scheduled extra-curricular activities or meetings during finals week. Each scheduled exam period will be two hours.

 

If students are scheduled for more than two (2) final examinations on the same day, they may ask for an adjustment. They should contact the instructors in their classes, and try to arrange alternative test times during the final exam week. If those negotiations are unsuccessful, students should ask their College Chair/Dean to mediate the conflict.

 

FRESH START POLICY

Montana State University-Northern students may eliminate part of their previous coursework at the institution under this "fresh start" option. The policy is subject to several restrictions, and may not be available to all students. Under the policy, students may erase a maximum of two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters of previous Montana State University-Northern coursework. The coursework will remain on the student's academic record, but the credits and the grades will not be carried forward into the student's cumulative GPA. Once a student has elected to exercise the Fresh Start policy, the effects of the policy may not be rescinded.

 

Students must meet the following conditions to apply for the fresh start option:

1.        they must be undergraduates;

2.        they may only exercise the fresh start option once at Montana State University-Northern;

3.        they must not have been enrolled at Montana State University-Northern for at least one calendar year;

4.        they must apply for the fresh start option during the first year of their return to Montana State University-Northern.

 

 

GRADES

The quality of a student's work in each course is represented by a letter grade. No minus or plus grades are used. In computing scholastic averages, each letter grade is assigned a specific number of grade points for each credit.


 

 

Grade Points

 

Evaluation of Work

 

Grades

For Each Credit

Grade Points

A

Excellent

4

B

Above Average

3

C

Average

2

D

Below Average

1

F

Failure

0

P

Pass

0

I

Incomplete

0

Audit

Audit

0

W

Withdrawal

0

X

Continuation

0

NR

Not Reported by Instructor

0

PF

Failure Due to Academic Dishonesty

0

IP

In Progress

0

NP

Not Passing

0

 


EXPLANATION OF GRADES AND NOTATIONS

P††††††††† -†† Indicates that the student registered for the course on a "Pass-Fail" basis and passed the course. The pass grade is not computed in the grade point average; however, failures are computed in the grade point average like any other F.

I†††††††††† -†† Indicates that the work of the course is more than three-fourths complete, not finished, but may be completed. An incomplete is given only to a student who has a proper excuse for not having completed all the requirements of a course. The faculty member and student must arrange to complete the work prior to the ending of the following term. Arrangements must be completed in the next resident semester, or the "I" is changed to an "F." If the student is not in residence, two semesters are given to complete the work, or the incomplete becomes an "F." The final grade for the course will replace the notation of "I"in the semester in which the course was originally registered, and the credit for the course will be counted in that semester. The final grade will affect the grade point average of that semester, just as if the work had originally been completed in that semester.

Audit†† -†† Indicates that the student registered as an auditor for the course. No credit is given.

W††††††† -†† Indicates that the student withdrew from the course or University after 20% of the course had been completed but before 60% of the class time was completed.

X†††††††† -†† Indicates that the final grade for the course will be assigned when the sequence is completed and may extend beyond one semester. Only graduate students receive this notation.

IP††††††† -†† Indicates that the student's work is still in progress.

NP†††††† -†† Indicates that the student was not passing MATH 094 or MATH 095 at the time the grades were turned in.

NR††††† -†† Indicates that the instructor did not report the grade. This is a temporary notation and a grade report will be issued as soon as possible.

PF†††††† -†† Indicates that the student failed due to Academic Dishonesty.

 

GRADE REPORTS

Following each semester a report of grades is provided to students and their advisors. Students performing unsatisfactory work during the-semester may also be notified. Grade point average (GPA) is computed by dividing the cumulative number of grade points by the total number of credits attempted.

 

GRADUATION ACADEMIC LATIN HONORS

Graduation academic Latin honors levels are based on all higher education work completed at the time the program was printed.This does not include work completed at the end of the Spring Semester of commencement.If work completed after the commencement program was printed changed any honors levels, every effort will be made to provide the proper cords, and the new honors levels will be read as the graduates during commencement are introduced.

 

Latin Honors:†††††† Minimum GPA

Cum Laude††††††††††††††††††††† 3.50

Magna Cum Laude††††††††† 3.75

Summa Cum Laude†††††††† 4.00

 

Honor Cords:

Montana State University-Northern recognizes associate and baccalaureate students with excellent grades by awarding traditional Latin academic honors at graduation.Honored graduates wear honors cords and their names are noted in the commencement program.Cord colors are as follows:

 

Cum Laude††††††††††††††††††††† Maroon

Magna Cum Laude††††††††† Silver

Summa Cum Laude†††††††† Gold

 

INCOMPLETES

An incomplete grade must be completed in the next resident semester, or the ďIĒ is changed to an ďFĒ.If the student is not in residence, two semesters are given to complete the work, or the incomplete becomes an ďFĒ.

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Independent study courses are offered at the discretion of individual faculty members and their Chair/Dean.Students who wish to enroll in independent study courses must first discuss the requested coursework with the instructor, then obtain the approval of the instructorís chair/dean.

Such approval is based on a preliminary plan of the intended nature, duration, and scope of the project. The work may be a regular catalog course or a course designed to meet the special needs of an individual student. Independent study courses will be numbered 299, 399, 499, 599, or 699 and will not appear on the regular schedule of classes. Students may not add independent study courses after the deadline for adding full-semester classes. No more than 9 independent study credits may be applied toward a Bachelor's degree and no more than 6 independent study credits may be applied toward an Associate or Associate of Applied Science degree.Independent study forms are available in the Registrarís Office.

 

LEARNING EXPERIENCE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (LEAP)

The Learning Experience Assessment Program is designed to provide opportunities to earn university credit for what has been learned through life and work experiences. Students who wish to pursue this means of earning credit will register for LEAP 289 and complete portfolios demonstrating how their competencies contribute toward degree requirements. Details concerning the LEAP program may be found in the university policy and procedures manual.

 

The only academic program that currently accepts LEAP credits is business.Students may also ask to have LEAP credits evaluated as distribution coursework under the general education program.

 

LISTENER

A listener is a non-matriculated auditor for whom no transcript is kept. Listeners may enroll only for lecture courses. All other rules and regulations for auditing apply. Listeners will be charged a $15.00 per credit fee but no admission or registration fee is required.

 

MAJOR, MINOR OR ADVISOR CHANGES

Degree-seeking students may change their academic majors and minors by following procedures available from the Registrarís Office.

 

Non-degree-seeking students may apply for degree-seeking status at the Office of Admissions.

Degree-seeking students who have not selected majors are assigned a faculty advisor by the Registrar and may request a change of advisor at that office. Those who have selected a major are assigned faculty advisors by the academic College which administers their chosen major and may request a change of advisor from the Chair/Dean of that academic College. Non-degree-seeking students are not assigned faculty advisors, but may seek assistance from the Registrar.

 

PASS-FAIL GRADES

Students may take classes on a pass-fail basis. When considering that option, students should keep the following limitations in mind, however:

 

1.        Courses that satisfy the requirements of a major, a minor, an area of concentration, or the professional education core cannot be taken on a pass-fail basis. Graduate courses cannot be taken on a pass-fail basis.

2.        Students can only use eighteen (18) semester credits of pass-fail work in a Bachelor's degree program; they can only use nine (9) semester credits of pass-fail work in an associate or associate of applied science degree program.

3.        The two previous restrictions do not apply to specific coursework that is only offered on a pass-fail basis. That coursework would include cooperative education classes, student teaching, Advanced Placement, CLEP and challenge exams and trade competency tests.

4.        Some academic Colleges have their own rules governing the use of pass-fail credits, and students should consult their faculty advisors for those limitations.

5.        Students may change from a grade to pass or pass to a grade prior to the close of the "add" period for the class by means of forms and procedures available from the Registrarís Office. Once pass-fail has been elected, the election cannot be reversed.

 

Faculty members are not notified when courses are taken on a pass-fail basis. Letter grades turned in by the instructor are converted to Pass or Fail when the grades are recorded on the student's permanent record. A passing grade is defined as a "D" or better. A failing grade is an "F."

 

Pass grades are not counted in the grade point average but the credit may meet graduation requirements subject to the limitations set out above. Grades of "F" are counted in the grade point average.

 

The University cautions students that some graduate and professional schools and some employers do not recognize non-traditional grades (i.e., those other than A, B, C, D, F) and students who use the pass/fail option may be at a disadvantage in such situations.

 

PETITIONS

Exceptions and deviations from normal academic policy may be requested through petition forms and procedures available from the Registrarís Office. Petitions and requested waivers are reviewed in a timely manner and students are notified of their approval or disapproval.

 

PRIVACY RIGHTS

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the Registrar informs students that the University may disclose information from the education record of a student who is or has been in attendance at Montana State University-Northern. The following information is considered by the University to be public in nature:

 

1.        Name

2.        Address

3.        Telephone number

4.        Year in school

5.        Major

6.        Scholarships awarded

7.        Degrees conferred

8.        Honors granted

9.        Dates of attendance

 

Currently enrolled students have the right to refuse to permit the University to disclose the above information by submitting a "Privacy Rights" form. This form is the means by which the student notifies the Registrar of his/her intentions concerning the above information. The student is herewith notified that:

 

1.        If the student signs the request to have the Registrar keep the above information private, the University will not even acknowledge the fact of the student's enrollment to third parties, except in cases otherwise provided for, such as written requests for transcripts.

2.        Emergency messages will not be taken for or relayed to the student.

3.        The student's name will not appear on any lists released to third parties, including honor rolls and graduation.

4.        This is an "all or nothing" policy. The student may not select certain information or certain circumstances for non-disclosure.

5.        Non-disclosure requests lapse at the end of each academic year. The student must re-elect non-disclosure each academic year.

 

REGISTRATION RESTRICTIONS

A student classified as a freshman may not enroll in an upper division course without the permission of the instructor.

 

SCHOLASTIC HONOR ROLL

In recognition of scholastic achievement, the University publishes at the conclusion of each semester an honor roll of undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.25 in twelve or more credits of work graded on the regular grade scale. Students with a grade of Pass, Incomplete or "F" are not included on the honor roll listing.

 

SCHOLASTIC REVIEW

Students whose semester and/or cumulative grade point average falls below 2.00 will be placed on academic suspension or probation according to the following guidelines. Suspended students may appeal for readmission prior to their elapsed suspension period by means of forms and procedures available from the Registrrarís Office.

 

1.        Scholastic Warning: Applies only to first-time freshmen or new students who have earned less than twelve credits from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. Such students are placed on scholastic warning at the end of their first semester of enrollment if they earn less than a 2.00 cumulative grade point average. A student may be on academic warning a maximum of one semester. Probation or suspension status applies to all subsequent enrollments in which the cumulative grade-point average remains below a 2.00.

2.        Scholastic Probation: Students (other than those described in situation 1 above) are placed on probation at the end of a semester of enrollment when their cumulative grade point average falls below a 2.00. Transfer students (admitted under special conditions) who have earned 12 or more semester credits and whose transcript(s) indicates less than a 2.00 cumulative grade point average are admitted on scholastic probation.

3.        Continued Scholastic Probation: Students may continue to enroll while on probation provided they earn at least a 2.00 semester grade point average, even though their cumulative grade point average remains below a 2.00.

4.        Restrictions in enrollment while on Scholastic Warning or Scholastic Probation status: No student on scholastic warning or probation may enroll for more than 12 credits during the semester without approval of the Admissions and Standards Committee.

5.        Removal of Scholastic Probation: Such academic standing is removed when the cumulative grade point average is raised to a 2.00 or higher.

6.        Scholastic Suspension: Students currently enrolled on scholastic probation or continued on scholastic probation are suspended when both the semester and cumulative grade point average are below 2.00. The first suspension from Montana State University-Northern will be for one semester. The second suspension will be for one calendar year. Students suspended for a third time, or those seeking early re-admission from a first or second suspension, must appeal by petition to the Admissions and Standards Committee. A student re-admitted after a period of suspension will be placed on scholastic probation.

 

Suspended students may attend classes until their appeal is decided.

 

SECOND UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES

To earn an additional degree, students must complete all coursework required in the degree program. A second degree will be awarded only when it differs from the student's first degree.For example, if the second major is a Bachelor of Science degree and the first was a Bachelor of Arts degree, then a second degree would be awarded.

 

A second associate or associate of applied science degree requires a minimum of twelve additional credits; and a second baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of thirty additional credits. Normal residency requirements and all other academic regulations also apply. Students wishing to earn a second associate, associate of applied science, bachelor, or bachelor of applied science degree must complete the regular admission procedures. For double major, i.e., a second major within the same degree type, see the section entitled "Double Major" on page 18.

 

SEMESTERS

Semester: Northern has three semesters in an academic year: Fall, Spring, and Summer. Students normally attend two semesters in an academic year: Fall and Spring. When a policy refers to a number of semesters, or to "regular" semesters, it is referring to the Fall and Spring semesters only, to the exclusion of Summer semester, unless the policy expressly indicates to the contrary.

 

SPECIAL TOPICS

Experimental courses and courses for special topics may be offered from time to time. Such courses are numbered 290, 390, 490, 590, and 690 and will not be offered more than twice, excluding summer sessions or continuing education offerings, which may be offered more often.

 

SUBSTITUTIONS

Course substitutions are exceptions and deviations from normal academic policy and may be requested on forms available from the Registrarís Office. A substitution requires the approval of the student's faculty advisor, the academic College Chair/Dean of the student's major, and the Chair/Dean of the academic College that offers the course.

 

TRADE COMPETENCY TEST

Students who have had five or more years of work experience in an apprenticeable trade or licensed occupation may have their experience evaluated through a written and performance test administered by the National Occupational Competency Test Institute (NOCTI). This testing process, coupled with a committee evaluation of job success, may generate up to 39 credits toward earning a degree. Contact the Registrar or Dean of Education and Graduate Studies for more information.

 

TECH PREP

Some courses at MSU-Northern can be completed by taking an equivalent course in high school.Those courses are marked with the Tech Prep logo; that information begins on page 172 of this catalog. Counselors and instructors at participating high schools have information available for interested students.More information regarding the Tech Prep agreement can be found at http://techprep.msugf.edu.

 

TRANSCRIPT OF ACADEMIC RECORD

A transcript is the complete academic record of a student's work and status. The official transcript bears the signature of the Registrar and the seal of Montana State University-Northern. Other copies are unofficial. The University retains a permanent transcript. Official transcripts are issued only upon the written request of the student. Transcripts will not be released until all University admissions or financial obligations have been met.

 

The education records, as defined by federal right-to-privacy laws, of deceased persons in the custody of Montana State University-Northern will be released only to individuals who document themselves as personal representatives of the deceased's estate or remaining next-of-kin. The death of the alumnus must also be documented.

 

TRANSFER OF CREDITS

Transfer students should read these policies carefully, so they are comfortable with the process of transcript evaluation and understand its steps.

 

a.        The Registrarís Office will begin the evaluation of transfer credits when the transfer student has been admitted to the University as a degree-seeking student.

b.        Transfer students must submit official transcripts from every post-secondary school they have attended before they may be admitted.

 

Acceptability of Credits

 

1)    The University accepts all college and/or university level courses from institutions accredited by regional association of schools and colleges.This does not include remedial or developmental courses.

2)    If an institution was not accredited at the time the transfer student enrolled there, but accreditation has subsequently been granted by a regional association, the student may petition to have the credits accepted.

3)    If the institution was a candidate for accreditation at the time the transfer student took classes, credit will be granted after successful completion of 20 semester credits at Northern.

4)    Credit will be granted for college-level continuing education, correspondence and extension courses successfully completed at regionally accredited institutions.

5)    International coursework must be evaluated by a professional foreign transcript-evaluating agent, designated by the Office of Admissions, or by other means approved by university policy.

6)    Credit may be granted for military service and for completed military service schools based on the recommendations of "A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces." See the Registrar for details.

7)    Credit may be granted for education received from non-collegiate institutions on the basis of recommendations published by the American Council on Education.

c.        The Registrar determines the acceptability of coursework from other post-secondary institutions, using these rules. The Registrar also determines the acceptability of transfer credit to meet general education requirements. Faculty in the respective majors and minors determine whether transfer credit will meet specific program-area degree requirements.

 

Evaluation of Degree Requirements

e.        The Registrar determines the acceptability of transfer credits toward general education requirements at the University. Academic Colleges may also be consulted.

f.         The academic College that awards the student's degree will determine applicability of transfer courses to specific program-area degree requirements.

g.        Secondary education majors may work with two different academic Colleges. The College of Education and Graduate Studies will determine how transfer credits fit into the education core. The major and minor academic Colleges will determine how transfer credits fit into major or minor curricula.

h.        Articulation agreements may have been negotiated between Northern and the transfer student's institution. Those agreements will determine the use of credits in a student's degree program.

i.         Transfer students are encouraged to assist academic College faculty in evaluating previous coursework. Catalog descriptions, course syllabi and classroom work can all be used to document the content and rigor of transfer credits.

 

Transfer Grades

Transfer credit will be given for courses in which satisfactory grades were received. A satisfactory grade for transfer purposes is defined as A, B, C, or S.

 

Transfer Grade-point

h.        The transfer grade point average will be used to determine eligibility for acceptance at Montana State University-Northern. Coursework from all higher education institutions will be used to calculate that grade point average.

i.         The transfer student's transcript may list separate grade point averages for each higher education institution and/or a combined grade point average for all previous institutions attended.

j.         A separate grade point average will be calculated and posted for all coursework completed at Montana State University-Northern.

k.        An overall grade point average for all higher education institutions may be calculated and reported on the transcript. Eligibility for some University honors may be based on the combined grade point average for all higher education work completed.

 

WAIVERS

Course waivers are exceptions and deviations from normal academic policy and may be requested on forms available from the Registrarís Office. A waiver requires the approval of the student's advisor, the academic College Chair/Dean of the student's major, and the Chair/Dean of the academic College, which offers the course. A waiver does not constitute a reduction of required credits. Students who receive a waiver for a course do not receive the credit hours for that course.

 

WITHDRAWALS FROM THE UNIVERSITY

Students may withdraw from the University by completing the procedures and forms available in the Registrarís Office. Course grades will be determined as set out in the Drop and Add Policy.


 

 

 


GRADUATION AND GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

 



Students are responsible for meeting all University graduation requirements and the requirements for their particular academic degree programs. Candidates for graduation may obtain their graduation forms from the Registrarís Office approximately two semesters prior to their graduation date. All graduation applications, with page one and two filled out and completed program sheets attached, are due in the Registrarís Office no earlier than the semester in which they intend to graduate and no later than 60 days prior to the end of the semester in which the student intends to graduate or participate in Commencement. The University Catalog provides the authoritative source of information for program and degree requirements.

 

As part of its on-going efforts to serve students more effectively, the University may require all students who enter and graduate from the institution to participate in a testing program designed to measure the effectiveness of its programs. Students who fail to participate in mandatory testing may be denied certain records until they have complied with testing requirements.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE COURSE PLACEMENT

Comprehensive course placement procedures ensure that students are placed into general education core courses that optimize their probability of completing general education core requirements as quickly as possible. A series of developmental courses that prepare students for higher education level courses is in place for those who will benefit from them. Credit for these courses is not applicable to degree requirements, but, in some cases, is an essential component in the progress toward a degree.

 

There are three means of determining general education core course placement: 1) ACT Mathematics and English sub scores; 2) Evaluation of previous higher education courses completed, and 3) Placement examinations administered by MSU-Northern. The following policies govern the use of these placement procedures:

 

1.        When ACT sub scores less than three years old are available, they will be used to place new-to-college students into the highest course appropriate to their declared major field of study.

2.        Transfer students with mathematics courses to transfer will be placed by the Registrar, based on an evaluation of the transfer courses as pre-requisites.

3.        Any student may elect to take the placement exam and be placed based on it. Students who elect to be placed on the basis of the placement exam waive their right to be placed on the basis of their ACT sub scores or transfer work.

4.        Students who do not meet any of the above criteria prior to registration will be placed in the least difficult general education core course appropriate to their declared major field of study. Students placed by this means may attempt to improve their placement at any time prior to the beginning of classes.

 

Details about placement testing are available from the Student Support Services Office in Room 213, Cowan Hall.

CATALOG OF RECORD

Students may determine their curriculum and credit requirements for graduation by referring to any single catalog that was in effect from their matriculation to their graduation, so long as this period does not exceed seven years.

 

OBSOLETE COURSE CONTENT

Credit earned in courses in which the content is deemed obsolete by the program faculty, which administers a studentís major, may be excluded from meeting that student's graduation requirement.

 

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Several academic Colleges award certification to students who complete specialized approved programs of study. These certifications are not academic degrees. Grades earned in specific courses will be entered on the student's permanent transcript and may be applied toward academic degrees.

 

Students completing certificate programs will receive a Certificate of Completion from the academic College but will not receive a diploma or participate in commencement ceremonies.

 

ASSOCIATE AND ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE PROGRAMS

All associate and associate of applied science degrees require the following, plus course requirements under specific programs:

1.        The General Education requirements must be completed;

2.        At least 15 of the total credits must be taken at Montana State University-Northern for an associate or associate of applied science degree.

3.        Some programs may include additional requirements for graduation.If so, they will be noted in the recommended sequence for any individual programs.

4.        An Associate of Science/Arts degree has a maximum of 60 credits and requires a 2.00 cumulative grade point average minimum.

5.        An Associate of Applied Science degree has a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits and requires a 2.00 cumulative grade point average minimum.

6.        No more than 6 credits total of independent study courses (designated x99) may be applied towards an associate or associate of applied science degree.

 

BACHELOR OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE PROGRAM

The Bachelor of Applied Science program is designed for students who already hold an AAS degree from a regionally accredited institution and would like to use those credits to earn a baccalaureate degree. The program of study at MSU-Northern focuses on general education coursework, upper division (300/400 level) credits, and an area of application to support previous technical credits in the AAS program. MSU-Northern offers the BAS degree with areas of application in business, numerous technology, and some traditional arts and sciences programs. The requirements for a BAS degree include:

1.†††† 60 credits earned in a regionally accredited AAS program (at least 15 credits must be transferable general education credits);

2.†††† 18 additional general education credits in three broad distribution areas. The fourth area should be satisfied by the area of application. At least 9 of these distribution credits must be upper division.;

3.        30 additional upper division credits in the studentís chosen program area as arranged with an advisor;

4.        6 upper division elective credits;

5.        A minimum of 120 total credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.00;

7.        No more than 9 credits total of independent study courses (designated x99);

8.        At least 30 of the total credits must be taken at Montana State University-Northern.

 

PLEASE NOTE:A total of 36 upper division level credits is required for this degree.

 

BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAMS

All bachelor degrees require the following, plus course requirements under specific programs:

1.        The General Education requirements must be completed;

2.        At least 30 of the total credits must be taken at Montana State University-Northern.

3.        Some programs may include additional requirements for graduation. If so, they will be noted in the recommended sequence for any individual program.

4.        A Bachelor of Arts/Science degree has a minimum of 120 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 and a GPA in both the major and the minor of at least 2.25. Some programs may include additional credit requirements.If so they will be noted in the recommended sequences for individual programs, and the total minimum credits required for the degree.Some programs may also have minimum grade requirements for graduation.PLEASE NOTE: Students graduating under the 1997-1999 catalogue and subsequent catalogues need a minimum of 120 credits to earn a bachelor's degree, unless their degree specifies more credits. Students graduating under a catalogue prior to 1997-1999 will need a minimum of 128 credits to earn a bachelor's degree, unless the degree specifies more credits

5.        At least 31% of the total credits required for graduation must be from 300 or 400 level courses;

6.        No more than 9 credits total of independent study courses (x99) may apply toward a bachelor's degree.

 

COMMENCEMENT WITHOUT GRADUATION POLICY

University policy allows students who have 6 or fewer credits remaining toward requirements for graduation at the end of the Spring Semester, or who can demonstrate that they will complete graduation requirement by the end of the Summer semester, to participate in the commencement ceremony provided that they submit graduation clearance papers by the deadline.

 

ARTICULATED COURSEWORK WITH GREAT FALLS COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY

MSU-Northern will accept courses that were articulated from the Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology and treat them as if they had been taken from Montana State University-Northern.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

General education forms a significant part of every degree program. The general education core develops areas of appreciation not necessarily provided for in the specialized areas of the major, and provides a sense of the interrelationship between the various disciplines. Above all, the general education program makes available to students the tools and awareness necessary for lifelong learning and for active, literate participation in today's technological society. The specific course requirements included in the general education program at Montana State University-Northern begin on page 26.Students must meet the program requirements as specified for either a baccalaureate, associate, or associate of applied science degree.

 

<small>Except for those degree programs that still require it, GEN 301 will not be part of the general education program for any student graduating at the end of Fall Semester 1997 or any semester thereafter.</small>

 

<small>General Education Waivers</small>

<small>Only the Admissions and Standards Committee can waive a general education requirement.  Therefore, any request to waive a general education requirement must be submitted on a petition form to the Admissions and Standards Committee for approval or disapproval. The only exceptions to this waiver policy are set out below.</small>

 

The general education core and distribution requirements set out in sections I and II below are waived for students who already have an associate or bachelor's degree from Montana State University-Northern or another institution and they have come to Montana State University-Northern to work on another degree.If a studentís previous degree was earned more than seven (7) years ago, he/she may be required to take additional general education core courses to prepare him/her for the new degree.To qualify for the waiver, students must meet the following conditions:

       Their previous degree must be from an accredited institution.

       Their previous degree must be an associate of art, an associate of science, a bachelor of art, a bachelor of science, or a bachelor of applied science degree.

       Their previous degree was an associate degree, and they are working on another associate degree at Montana State University-Northern; or their previous degree was a bachelor's degree and they are working on another bachelor's degree at Montana State University-Northern.

       Their previous degree was a bachelor's degree and they have come to Montana State University-Northern to work on an associate degree.

 

Students seeking another bachelor's degree at Montana State University-Northern will still be expected to complete the capstone component described in section III.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Students who transfer between units of the Montana University System may be governed by the general education transfer policy adopted by the Montana Board of Regents.That policy is set out on page 28 of this catalog.In reviewing that policy, students should pay particular attention to the IMPORTANT LIMITATION language.That limitation means that, even though a transfer student may already have satisfied the general education requirements for an earlier degree, his/her new program of study may require additional and specialized courses that would ordinarily have served as general education coursework at Montana State University-Northern.To earn the degree, transfer students will have to complete those specialized courses.

 

This waiver does not constitute a waiver of any other graduation requirements.


 


I. GENERAL EDUCATION CORE

Students may meet basic competencies required for graduation by passing approved standard examinations such as Advanced Placement, CLEP, by Montana State University-Northern placement examination, or by completing the following coursework.

 

General Education Core requirements cannot be used to satisfy the Distribution Requirements:

 

BACCALAUREATE DEGREE (15-16 credits)

 

ASSOCIATE DEGREE (12-13 credits)

A. Writing: ENGL 111 and 112

A. Writing: ENGL 111

B. Speech: SPCH 141 or SPCH 142**

B. Speech: SPCH 141 or SPCH 142**

C. Mathematics: MATH 110 or 112* (or 120*** and 121***)

C. Mathematics: MATH 110 or 112 (or 120* and 121*)

D. Computing: CIS 110 <small>or higher level CIS course</small>

D. Computing: CIS 110 <small>or higher level CIS course</small>

 

*or higher level Math course.

 

**Except for those degree programs that specify a particular speech class.

 

***Only Elementary Education majors can use MATH 120 and 121 to satisfy general education core requirements.

 

II. DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS

(May not include courses used to meet General Education Core, listed above)

BACCALAUREATE DEGREE (24 credits)

ASSOCIATE or ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREES (6 credits)

Students in Baccalaureate degree programs must

complete a minimum of 6 credits in each of the four

distribution areas. Courses required in the student's

major and minor programs may also be counted to

meet distribution requirements.

 

Students in Associate or Associate of Applied Science degree programs must complete a minimum of 3 credits in at least two of the four distribution areas for a total of 6 distribution credits. Courses required in the student's major program may also be counted to meet distribution requirements.

Distribution Groups for

Baccalaureate Degree Programs:

Distribution Groups for

Associate Degree Programs:

A. Humanities - 6 credits

A. Humanities - 3 credits

B. Social Sciences - 6 credits

B. Social Sciences - 3 credits

C. Mathematics/Sciences - 6 credits

C. Mathematics/Science - 3 credits

D. Technology/Applied Arts - 6 credits

D. Technology/Applied Arts - 3 credits

 

DISTRIBUTION AREAS:

E.       HUMANITIES - Art (ART), Drama (DRMA), English (ENGL), French (FREN), German (GER), Graphic Design (GDSN), Humanities (HUM), Music (MUS), Native American Studies (NAS), Philosophy (PHIL), Spanish (SPAN), Speech (SPCH)

 

F.       SOCIAL SCIENCES - Community Service (CMSV), Economics (ECON), Geography (GEOG), History (HIST), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC), Sociology (SOC), Social Science (SOSC)

 

G.      MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE - Biology (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), Computer Information Systems (CIS), Earth Science (ESCI), General Science (GSCI), Mathematics (MATH), Natural Science (NSCI), Physical Sciences (PHYS), Technical Science (TSCI)

For bachelor degrees, at least one course offered to fill this group must be a laboratory science.

 

H.      TECHNOLOGY AND APPLIED ARTS - Accounting (ACCT), Agriculture (AG), Agricultural Mechanics (AGMT), Ag Operations Technology (AOT), Automotive (AUTO), Automotive Body (BODY), Automotive/Diesel (ATDI), Business Education (BUED), Business (BUS), Civil Engineering Technology (CET), Computer Engineering Technology (CPET), Diesel (DIES), Drafting (DRFT), Electronics Engineering Technology (EET), Health and Physical Education (HPE), Health and Physical Education Activities (HPEA), Industrial and Engineering Technology (IET), Industrial Technology (IT), Manufacturing Technology (MFGT), Metals Technology (METL), Montana Administration of Schools (MAS), Nursing (NURS), Railroad Maintenance & Operation (RRT), Small Business Management (SBM), Technical Sales and Service (TSS)

 

The following courses may NOT be used to fulfill distribution requirements:

1.        Courses required to fulfill General Education Core requirements;

2.        Cooperative Education courses (courses numbered 279 or 479)

3.†††† Courses with EDUC, EDPY, GUID, or VOED prefixes.

 

The following courses meet the General Education Requirements for Teacher Education.

 



Area A:
<small>ART 100 Introduction to Art </small>
<small>ART 150 Two-Dimensional Design I </small>
<small>ART 361 Art History of Western Civilization I</small>
<small>ART 362 Art History of Western Civilization II</small>
<small>DRMA 109 Drama Participation </small>
<small>DRMA 123 Introduction to Theatre </small>
<small>DRMA 220 Acting </small>
<small>ENGL 114 Introduction to Literature

ENGL 214 Introduction to World Literature*</small>
<small>ENGL 349 Montana Literature </small>
<small>FREN 105 Elementary French </small>
<small>MUS 101 Introduction to Music History </small>
<small>NAS 220 Introduction to Ethnic Indian Studies*</small>
<small>NAS 310 Native Cultures of North America*</small>
<small>PHIL 200 Introduction to Philosophy </small>
<small>PHIL 210 Ethics

</small>

Area B:
ECON 242 Macroeconomic Principles
<small>ECON 346 Business & Economic History of the United States
GEOG 119 World Regional Geography
HIST 131 American History I*
HIST 132 American History II*
HIST 141 History of Civilization I*
HIST 142 History of Civilization II*
HIST 216 Montana History
HIST 354 History of Technology and Transportation
HIST 364 History of American Indians*
POL 344 International Relations*
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 205 Human Growth and Development
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 102 Social Problems

SOC 210 Social Psychology
SOC 255 Sociology of the Family
SOC 315 Race, Gender and Ethnic Relations*

</small>

Area D:
HPE 234 First Aid and CPR
HPE 235 Principles of Health Education & Substance Abuse
HPE 386 Drug and Alcohol Education


 


*PLEASE NOTE:Teacher Education majors must select 3 credits from the list that are highlighted with an asterisk and check with their advisor for specific details.Those courses contain a cultural diversity component.

III. CAPSTONE COMPONENT

BACCALAUREATE DEGREE

ASSOCIATE DEGREE

Advanced Program Project as identified in each program area.

(Capstone component not required)


 

MONTANA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM

General Education Transfer Policy

 

The Montana University System is committed to facilitating the ease of undergraduate student transfer to its campuses. Therefore, all campuses in the Montana University System will recognize the integrity of general education programs offered by units of the Montana University System and the three publicly supported community colleges in Montana.

 

Undergraduate students who have completed an approved general education program of between 30 and 45 lower division credit hours at one of the institutions noted above and who transfer to another of those institutions will be deemed to have met the lower division general education requirements of the campus to which the students have transferred.

 

Students who have not completed such an approved general education program will have their transcript evaluated for transfer purposes using the Statewide Core Curriculum and Community College Transfer Guide.

 

The Montana Transferable Core Curriculum represents an agreement among community, tribal, and publicly funded colleges and universities in the State of Montana.It assures the transfer of up to 30 semester credits for those students enrolled in courses prescribed within each of eight discipline areas at a participating host institution.The eight discipline areas are:

 

††††††††††††††† Natural Sciences (with labs)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 6 semester credits maximum

††††††††††††††† Social Sciences†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 6 semester credits maximum

††††††††††††††† Mathematics††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 semester credits maximum

††††††††††††††† English Composition††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 semester credits maximum

††††††††††††††† Humanities†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 semester credits maximum

††††††††††††††† Fine Arts††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 semester credits maximum

††††††††††††††† History††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 semester credits maximum

††††††††††††††† Cultural Diversity†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 semester credits maximum

††††††††††††††† Total Semester credits maximum†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 30

 

Satisfactory completion of the courses listed in the Transferable Core Curriculum will permit the student to receive credit equivalent to the lower-division degree requirements of the receiving college or university.When transferred as a core of 30 semester credits, nearly half of the receiving institutionís general education core requirements may be satisfied.

 

PLEASE NOTE THIS IMPORTANT LIMITATION:

Depending upon the major program into which the student transfers, additional lower division requirements may still be necessary for the transfer student to complete as part of the published programmatic prerequisites.This limitation means that, even though a transfer student may satisfy the basic requirements of the Montana University System general education transfer policy, his/her specific program of study may require additional and specialized courses in one or some of the eight (8) disciplines listed above.To earn the degree, transfer students will have to complete those specialized courses.

 

The following Montana State University-Northern courses will satisfy the Montana University System Statewide Core Curriculum. Consequently, in selecting general education coursework, a student may wish to use the following guide:




Natural Sciences (maximum of 6 semester credits)
BIOL 140, Cell Biology (4)

BIOL 141, Cell Biology Lab (1)

BIOL 151, Essentials of Biology (4)

BIOL 204, Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology (4)

BIOL 314, General Ecology (4*)

CHEM 111, General Chemistry (3)
CHEM 121, General Inorganic Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 123, General Inorganic Chemistry I Lab (1)
CHEM 122, General Inorganic Chemistry II (3*)

CHEM 124, General Inorganic Chemistry II Lab (1*)
ESCI 115, Foundations of Earth Science (4*)

ESCI 204, Physical Geology (4*)

ESCI 206, Historical Geology (4*)

ESCI 307, Astronomy (4*)

ESCI 310, Introduction to Paleontology (3)

GSCI 412, Environmental Problems (3)

NSCI 110, Survey of Sciences (3)

NSCI 201, Essence of Science (3)

PHYS 114, Foundations of Physical Science (4)
PHYS 231, Fundamentals of Physics I (3)

PHYS 232, Fundamentals of Physics II (3*)

 

Social Sciences (maximum of 6 semester credits)
ECON 241, Microeconomics (3)

ECON 242, Macroeconomics (3*)

ECON 346, Business and Economic History of the United States (3)

POL 134, American Government (3)

POL 235, Political Ideologies (3)

POL 303, American Constitution (3)

PSYC 101, Introduction to Psychology (3)

PSYC 205, Human Growth and Development (3)
SOC 101, Introduction to Sociology (3)

SOC 102, Social Problems (3*)

SOC 240, Social Psychology (3)

SOSC 201, Introduction to the Social Sciences (3)

 

Mathematics (maximum of 3 semester credits)
MATH 110, Mathematics for Liberal Arts (4)

MATH 112, College Algebra (3)
MATH 116, Applied Statistics (3)

MATH 125, Trigonometry (2)
MATH 120, Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I (3)
MATH 121, Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II (3)
MATH 137, Calculus for Technology I (3*)
MATH 220, Calculus and Analytic Geometry (5*)
MATH 221, Calculus and Analytic Geometry (5*)

 

English Composition (maximum of 3 semester credits)
ENGL 111, Written Communication I (3)

ENGL 112, Written Communication II (3)

 

Humanities (maximum of 3 semester credits)
ENGL 114, Introduction to Literature (3)

ENGL 201, American Literature I (3)

ENGL 202, American Literature II (3)
ENGL 214, Introduction to World Literature (3)

ENGL 221, English Literature I (3)

ENGL 222, English Literature II (3)

ENGL 309, Popular Genres (3)

ENGL 310/510, Literature for Children and Adolescents(3)

ENGL 330, Modern Literature (3)

ENGL 331/NAS 331, Literature by and About Native

Americans (3)

ENGL 349/549, Montana Literature (3)

ENGL 360, Survey of Dramatic Literature (3)

ENGL 385, Shakespeare (3)

ENGL 401, Contemporary Literature (3)

ENGL 402, Literary Criticism (3)

ENGL 409, Majors Writers (3)

ENGL 435, Development of the Novel (3)
FREN 105, Elementary French (4)

FREN 205, Intermediate French (4*)

FREN 305, Advanced Composition and Conversation (4*)

GER 105, Elementary German (4)

PHIL 200, Introduction to Philosophy (3)
PHIL 210, Ethics (3)

SPAN 105, Elementary Spanish (4)

 

Fine Arts (maximum of 3 semester credits)
ART 100, Introduction to Art (3)
ART 101, Studio Foundation (3)

ART 115, Ceramics (3)

ART 120, Drawing I (3)
ART 150, Two-Dimensional Design I (3)

ART 151, Two-Dimensional Design II (3)

ART 204, Printmaking (3)

ART 220, Drawing II (3*)

ART 254, Painting I (3*)

ART 256, Watercolor Painting I (3*)

ART/METL 353, Metal Sculpture (3)

ART 361, Art History of Western Civilization I (3)

ART 362, Art History of Western Civilization II (3)
DRMA 123, Introduction to Theater (3)
GDSN 270, Introduction to Photography (3)

MUS 101, Introduction to Music History (3)

MUS 110, Introduction to Music Theory (3)

MUS 210, Voice Ensemble (1*)

MUS 225, Applied Music (1*)

MUS 301, Music of the Twentieth Century (3*)

History (maximum of 3 semester credits)
HIST 131, American History I (3)
HIST 132, American History II (3)
HIST 141, History of Civilization I (3)
HIST 142, History of Civilization II (3)

HIST 216, Montana History (3)

HIST 374, Intellectual History of Western Civilization (3)

 

Cultural Diversity (maximum of 3 semester credits)
NAS 105, Introduction to Native American Language (3)

NAS 220, Introduction to Ethnic Indian Studies (3)

NAS 310, Native Cultures of North America (3)

NAS 330, American Indian Oral Tradition (3)

NAS 331/ENGL 331 Literature By and About Native Americans (3)

NAS 350, Indian Law (3)

NAS 364/HIST 364, History of American Indians (3)

SOC 315, Race, Gender and Ethnic Relations (3)

 

*Course carries a college-level pre-requisite, and/or requires permission of the instructor.



 

TIME-TO-DEGREE ASSURANCE POLICY


The course requirements for each degree program offered by Montana State University-Northern are set out in this catalog in recommended chronological sequence. Students who register for and successfully complete the specified courses as recommended will meet the course requirement for associate or associate of applied science degrees within two years, and baccalaureate degrees within four years.


Both the student and the University must meet certain obligations in order to assure completion of degree programs within the specified time frame. The student must meet the prerequisites for all required courses and register for these courses within the prescribed time frame. If the student is unable to register for a prescribed course within the prescribed time frame due to failure of the University to schedule the course at the specified time, or due to a scheduling conflict between required courses at the specified time, it is the student's responsibility to bring this problem to the attention of the Registrar or Chair/Dean of the academic College which administers the student's major. It is the University's responsibility in these cases to create an accommodation that enables the student to meet the specified requirement at the specified time.


<small>Any deviation of the student from the course requirements or sequences specified for his/her initially declared course of study will nullify the University's responsibility to ensure the student's graduation within the two- or four-year time frame. Failure of the student to notify the University of a course-scheduling problem prior to the beginning of the course deprives the University of the opportunity to accommodate the student, and nullifies the University's responsibility under this assurance.</small>


The University makes reasonable efforts to accommodate the reasonable scheduling needs of its students. However, it is unlikely that the University will be able to schedule classes for the personal convenience of students, and it is under no obligation to do so. Students who wish to graduate within the two- and four-year time frames contemplated by this assurance are expected to make arrangements to take the required classes when scheduled by the University according to this catalog.

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Montana State University-Northern extends this time-to-degree assurance to transfer students within the Montana University System as follows: Students who are admitted to another unit of the system with the ultimate objective of transferring to Montana State University-Northern and receiving a degree from this unit may be jointly admitted to Northern when starting at the other unit. When the jointly admitted student receives an associate degree from the originating unit and transfers into a baccalaureate degree program at Northern, this institution will consider the general education core and distribution area (general education) requirements complete, in view of the associate degree.</small>


In addition, certain two-year associate degree programs within the Montana University System are fully articulated with corresponding four-year baccalaureate degree programs at Northern. Jointly admitted students who are in such programs at two-year degree-granting institutions will receive information and faculty advising from Northern concurrent with their enrollment at the originating institutions. Jointly admitted students who follow the program specified by the articulation agreement for their Northern program will receive a full two years of credit toward their graduation program at Northern. When they begin their study at Northern, they can take advantage of the time-to-degree assurances set out above for students who begin their study at Northern, and they have the same responsibilities. Further information about joint admissions agreements is available from the Office of Admissions.

 

Students who discontinue study for one or more semesters and return to pursue a degree at a later time can re-enter a degree program under the same catalog providing the catalog is seven or less years old; however, the University is under no obligation to offer courses, programs or degrees which have been discontinued while students are absent from the institution. Absence during a summer semester does not constitute discontinuance of study under the terms of this policy.