Online Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees at Missoula College

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The online Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees at UM are designed to be general education transfer degrees. Considered to be the equivalent of the first two years of a baccalaureate degree, the A.A. (or A.S.) is ideal for new students interested in a fully online kick-start to pursue academics and future careers. Most Montana University System (MUS) institutions recognize A.A. and A.S. degrees as completion of lower-division general education requirements.

Overview

In addition to functioning as a transfer degree, other advantages of pursuing an A.A. or an A.S. degree at Missoula College include: 

  • An affordable education solution, and competitive advantage in the job market.
  • Demonstrating skills in reading, writing, math and critical thinking skills to potential employers upon completion.
  • Opportunity to take up to six credits on the Mountain Campus each semester.
  • This degree can be coupled with credits that provide a jump start to a particular major area of study within a B.A. or B.S. degree.
  • Missoula College offers a variety of professional certificates that could be pursued alongside this two-year degree.

Admissions

Missoula College has a rolling admission policy. This means staff continuously evaluates applications on a space-available basis until the term begins. Although applying early is strongly recommended, we understand choosing a college is an important decision to be made.

Please visit Missoula Colleges' campus, sit in on an information technology class, or spend time in the recreation center. We're confident that a visit will make your decision a little easier and your fear of commitment will vanish.

Missoula College has established priority deadlines to provide students with a timeline that will allow for a successful transition and access to academic programs. 

Fall 2021 Application Date Pending

Placement tests in writing and/or math are required if the following criteria are not met: 

MATH:

  • A score of 22 on the ACT math section or a score of 27.5 on the SAT math section (520 for tests taken prior to March 2016).
  • or transferring acceptable math college credit.

WRITING:

  • A score of 19 on the new ACT writing test subscore (score of 7 on old scale of 2-12).
  • or a score of 25 on the SAT writing section.
  • or a score of 18 on the act combined English/Writing section.
  • or MUSWA 3.5 or above.
  • or COMPAS E-write 7 or above.
  • or tranferring acceptable English College credit.

An Associate of Arts (AA) degree requires the following:

  • A total of 60 earned credits, at least 30 of which must be taken at the University of Montana (allowed 6 credits per semester at UM).
  • Successful completion of all lower-division general education requirements
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA 

In order to reach 60 earned credits, students are encouraged to take electives in areas of interest or different subject areas that help enhance skills necessary to be competitive in their chosen career field. Students interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree are encouraged to review  Baccalaureate Tracks to see if their intended degree offers a pre-made course plan. Careful planning with their advisor is encouraged so students may get the most out of mountain campus opportunities.

Students may count up to 15 technical credits towards the 60 credits required for the AA degree. If a student has previously earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, s/he may count up to 20 technical credits towards the 60 total. 

Students will work with their advisor to determine which of the two general education cores (UM General Education Requirements or MUS Transfer Core) is most appropriate for them. Please refer to the General Education section for more information on both cores.

An Associate of Science (AS) degree requires the following:

  • A total of 60 earned credits, at least 30 of which must be taken at the University of Montana (allowed 6 credits per semester at UM).
  • Successful completion of all lower-division general education requirements
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA 
  • Complete 9 credits of transferable coursework in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) beyond those taken as general education requirements.

In order to reach 60 earned credits, students are encouraged to take electives in areas of interest or different subject areas that help enhance skills necessary to be competitive in their chosen career field. Students interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree are encouraged to review the Baccalaureate Tracks to see if their intended degree offers a pre-made course plan. Careful planning with their advisor is encouraged so students may get the most out of mountain campus opportunities.

Students may count up to 15 technical credits towards the 60 credits required for the AA degree. If a student has previously earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, s/he may count up to 20 technical credits towards the 60 total. 

Students will work with their advisor to determine which of the two general education cores (UM General Education Requirements or MUS Transfer Core) is most appropriate for them. Please refer to the General Education section for more information on both cores.

Tuition

Overview

In-State Tuition: $110/Credit Hour (60 Credits = $6,600)

Non-Resident Tuition: $326/Credit Hour (60 Credits = $19,560)

Review the Fall/Spring 2019/2020 Tuition and Mandatory Fees, for details and additional fees.

Active Military and Veterans

Please visit the VETS Office page, for more information on how Missoula College assists Veterans and their family members with using their VA Education Benefits.

The Department of Defense (DoD) has directed a uniform 'per semester' hour cap of $250 for tuition assistance (TA) and an annual ceiling of $4,500. The Services are authorized to establish Service-specific eligibility criteria to manage TA funds. different branches of service have additional offerings. 

Please contact your branch of service’s Education Office or Tuition Assistance web portal for more information on how to get started using Tuition Assistance.

PLEASE NOTE:  The University of Montana accepts American Council on Education (ACE) credits from the Joint Service Transcript (JST). The evaluation differs for each student based on the student Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) and branch of service. Most credits from the JST will transfer as General Elective credits, which are based on the amount of credits a student has available versus the amount that can be applied to a degree.

The other type of credit is a substitution or equivalency, which will be on a course by course basis. For Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard a student needs to submit an official military transcript through Joint Services Transcripts to the University of Montana. Air Force should submit transcripts through the Community College of the Air Force. Once transcripts are received, the Admissions office will reach out with instructions for next steps.

Financial Aid and Tuition Reimbursement

The University of Montana understands the importance of obtaining funding for education. To be considered for the maximum amount of aid, please submit all application materials and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline of November 15.

To learn more about the financial aid process at UM visit Financial Aid.

Where to Start the Financial Aid Process: 

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid annually beginning October 1.
  • Be admitted to Missoula College.
  • Be aware that the number of hours you transfer in could impact your maximum hour limit for Satisfactory Academic Progress (include a link to policy).
  • Cancel all pending financial aid offers/awards at your other school(s).
  • Apply for scholarships (include a link to scholarships).

Students

Student Experience

Students pursuing an A.A. or A.S. degree work closely with advisors in the Academic Advising Center to design a curriculum tailored to specific academic and professional goals.

(Thank you to the wonderful students of KPCN: The Peer Connection Network for collaborating with the AAC to create the video above.)

Freshman

You are considered a freshman if you are a first-time college student currently enrolled in high school, or concurrently enrolled in high school and a college (Running Start or Dual Enrollment program), or have graduated from high school but have not attempted 12 or more college-level credits.

Visit the Freshman Students site, for more information. 

Visit the Home School Students site, for information if currently or previously home-schooled.

Transfer Students

A transfer student is a student who has completed 12 or more GPA or passes credits in college-level courses at another college or university, who is entering Missoula College for the first time, and whose credits at previous institutions have been accepted by Missoula College. 

Visit the Missoula College Transfer Admission Information site for instructions.

Active Military

Defense Critical Language and Culture Program (DCLCP) Students (Active Military)

We understand US Military individuals often face obstacles pursuing their education due to frequent deployments and changes in location stability. Missoula College offers a general degree that compliments current course work to further excel in education and strategies for academic success. 

For more information on participating in the A.A. or A.S. programs alongside DCLCP, please contact Brandie Terpe, Academic Advisor at (406) 243-7925 for more information.

Online General Education Course Offerings

Missoula College students can take the following online courses to meet general education requirements, which make up approximately half the requirements for the A.A. or A.S. degrees. Missoula College offers a number of additional online elective courses students can take to round out degree requirements.

MATH 115, Probability and Linear Mathematics

3 Credits. Systems of linear equations and matrix algebra. Introduction to probability with an emphasis on models and probabilistic reasoning. Examples of applications of the material in many fields.

MATH 121, College Algebra

3 Credits. Intended to strengthen algebra skills. The study of functions and their inverses; polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

NOTE: Developmental Math is currently Not Offered Online.

WRIT 101, College Writing

3 Credits. Expository prose and research paper; emphasis on structure, argument, development of ideas, clarity, style, and diction. Students expected to write without major faults in grammar or usage.

NOTE: Developmental Writing is currently Not Offered Online

Intermediate Writing: 

BIOB 210N, Communicating Biology

3 Credits.  An examination of modern methods for sharing the scientific discovery with an emphasis on biological issues related to the human experience.

CSCI 215E, Social and Ethical Issues in Computer Science

3 Credits. Exploration of ethical issues in the field of computing. Skills needed to identify and analyze various ethical concerns. Standard ethical concepts and theories, methods of ethical analysis. Strong emphasis on the practical application of the ethical process.

LIT 110L, Introduction to Literature

3 Credits. Study of how readers make meaning of texts and how texts influence readers. Emphasis on interpreting literary texts: close reading, critical analysis and effective writing.

WRIT 121, Introduction to Technical Writing

3 Credits. Introduction to technical writing situations that integrate text, design, and graphics. Emphasis is on evidence-based, informative writing that uses design and graphics to visually represent logic and organization. Focus on writing as a process and includes student self-assessment. Major assignments include a pure technical document, exploration of credibility, and public science writing.

With Lab

BIOB 101N, Discover Biology

3 Credits. Contemporary exploration of the organization and complexity of living organisms and the systems in which they live. The central question of biology--relationship between form and function, acquisition and use of energy, and continuity between generations will be addressed through lectures and laboratory investigations.

GEO 101N, Introduction to Physical Geology*

3 Credits. General geology including the work of wind, flowing water, glacial ice, gravity, earthquakes, volcanoes and plate tectonics in shaping the earth.

GEO 102N, Introduction to Physical Geology Lab*

1 Credit. A series of laboratory and field experiences designed around basic geologic processes and materials. Familiarization with common minerals, rocks, landforms, and structures.

Without Lab

BIOB 210N, Communicating Biology

3 Credits.  An examination of modern methods for sharing scientific discovery with an emphasis on biological issues related to the human experience.

CAS 231N, Pharmacology and Addiction

The opioid crisis has deep roots; in this course, students will be able to describe how and why addiction occurs, starting with opiates. Students will develop basic understandings of how to read and digest research papers, as well as the general scientific principles discussed in the required reading.

NUTR 221N, Basic Human Nutrition

3 Credits. The principles of science as applied to current concepts and controversies in the field of human nutrition.

PHSX 105N, Fundamentals of Physical Science (Previously SCN 175)

3 Credits. An introduction to the basic principles of physics, chemistry, and nuclear reactions with emphasis on the scientific method and process. Knowledge of basic algebraic functions, decimals, and scientific notation is recommended. Suitable for students with little science background.

 

BFIN 205 S, Personal Finance

3 Credits. Intermittently on Mountain Campus. Concepts, strategies and techniques in analyzing financial situations and investment opportunities from the individual's perspective.

BGEN 105 S, Introduction to Business

3 Credits. Nature of business enterprise; role of business in society; problems confronting business management; career opportunities in business. Open to non-business majors and business majors of freshman or sophomore standing only. Business majors are advised to register for the course their freshman year.

BGEN 160 S, Issues in Sustainability

3 Credits. This literature-intensive course is intended to expose the student to a variety of essays addressing the balance of economic development with the principles of sustainability and social equity. The student is offered an introduction to sustainability concepts, natural systems/cycles and environmental economics. Natural capitalism and triple bottom line maximization are explored, along with the role of corporations and small businesses in sustainable development. A survey of issues surrounding corporate social responsibility and sustainability-driven innovation will be conducted.

COMX 115 S, Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

3 Credits. Preparation, presentation, and criticism of speeches. Emphasis on the development of public speaking techniques through constructive criticism. 

PSYX 100 S, Introduction to Psychology

3 Credits.  Introduction to the scientific study of behavior in humans and other animals.

ANTY 101H, Anthropology and the Human Experience

3 Credits. A survey of anthropology which introduces the fundamental concepts, methods and perspectives of the field. The description and analysis of human culture, its growth and change. The nature and functions of social institutions.

HSTA 150H, The Veteran's Experience

3 Credits. Interdisciplinary, historical perspective of the veteran's experience in American history, since antiquity. and in American society today. Examines the nature of military service, experiences of war, and consequences of service and war on veterans and their families through the study of sources from history, classical literature, literature, philosophy, and ethics.

COMX 140L - Introduction to Visual Rhetoric

3 Credits. Offered during the Fall. Offered at Missoula College. An introduction to the persuasive nature of visual symbols as texts. Readings will include historical to contemporary rhetorical criticisms on advertising, billboards, bodies, cartoons, memorials and photography. 

HSTA 150H, The Veteran's Experience 

3 Credits. Interdisciplinary, historical perspective of the veteran's experience in American history, since antiquity. and in American society today. Examines the nature of military service, experiences of war, and consequences of service and war on veterans and their families through the study of sources from history, classical literature, literature, philosophy, and ethics.

COMX 140L - Introduction to Visual Rhetoric

3 Credits. Offered during the Fall. Offered at Missoula College. An introduction to the persuasive nature of visual symbols as texts. Readings will include historical to contemporary rhetorical criticisms on advertising, billboards, bodies, cartoons, memorials and photography. 

LIT 110L, Introduction to Literature

3 Credits. Study of how readers make meaning of texts and how texts influence readers. Emphasis on interpreting literary texts: close reading, critical analysis and effective writing.

COMX 111A - Introduction to Public Speaking. 

3 Credits. Offered in Fall. Offered on Mountain Campus and at Missoula College. Preparation, presentation and criticism of speeches. Emphasis on the development of public speaking techniques through constructive criticism. Credit not allowed for both COMM 111A and COM 160A. 

CRWR 211A, Introduction to Poetry Workshop

3 Credits. This beginning writing workshop focuses on the reading, discussion, and revision of students' poems. Students will study and use models of poetic techniques.

AHMS 270E, Medical Ethics

3 Credits. Ethical decision-making tools for addressing common ethical issues in the health professions.

CSCI 215E, Social and Ethical Issues in Computer Science

3 Credits. Exploration of ethical issues in the field of computing. Skills needed to identify and analyze various ethical concerns. Standard ethical concepts and theories, methods of ethical analysis. Strong emphasis on practical application of the ethical process.

ANTY 101H, Anthropology and the Human Experience

3 Credits. A survey of anthropology which introduces the fundamental concepts, methods and perspectives of the field. The description and analysis of human culture, its growth and change. The nature and functions of social institutions.

CAS 140X, Diversity and Addictions

3 Credits. This course required for students seeking to obtain their AA degree in Chemical and Addiction Studies and who wish to become Licensed Addiction Counselors in the State of Montana. Introduction to multicultural competencies where students will be exposed to the fundamentals of working with substance abusing and dependent individuals from the cultural impact of race, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, and socio-economic status on the development and progression of alcohol/drug problems. Appropriate for students of Social Work, Psychology, community health, Business and Counseling students, Education, and those with an interest in diversity and addictions.

COMX 212X, Introduction to Intercultural Communication

3 Credits.  This course provides students with an introduction to communicating across cultures. Local and global case studies and theories will be explored. Students will explore the influence of immediate communication and social media on large scale social issues.

About Missoula College

Missoula College, the two-year unit of the University of Montana, provides outstanding transfer, occupational and technical education covering 40 programs. Areas of study include business and health care professions, applied computing and electronics, and energy and industrial technologies. Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees are also available to students desiring a transfer degree for a baccalaureate degree program.

Students completing two and three-semester programs in the career and technical programs earn a Certificate of Applied Science degree, while students completing four-semester programs earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. Students in the Registered Nursing program earn an Associate of Science degree; General Studies students earn an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree. Workforce development programs are also offered through the College’s Outreach Department.

Founded (1956): Missoula College entered the University of Montana in 1994.

Accreditation: University of Montana is fully accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Programs, Certificates and Degrees: 40 Programs | Certificate of Applied Science | Associate of Arts and Associate of Science (transfer degrees) | Associate of Applied Science | Associate of Science for Registered Nursing | First Two Years of Bachelor of Applied Science

Academic Departments: Department of Applied Arts and Sciences | Department of Applied Computing and Engineering Technology | Department of Business Technology | Department of Health Professions | Department Industrial Technology

For more information about the University, please visit the About Missoula College Page.