MUS Core

Students who have earned 20 or more credits equivalent to the approved Montana University System Transfer Core (see  MUS Transfer core website ) as a degree-seeking student at another institution prior to their initial registration at UM may choose to complete the MUS Transferable General Education Curriculum to satisfy all UM lower division general gducation requirements.

The MUS Core is comprised of the six categories listed below. A letter grade of C- or better required for all courses. (Grades of CR cannot be used to fulfill MUS Core.) Double-dipper courses (i.e. courses counting toward multiple categories) are not permitted among the six main MUS Core categories.

  • Natural Science, 6 credits: At least one course taken must have a laboratory experience.
  • Social Sciences/History, 6 credits
  • Mathematics, 3 credits: If taken at UM, the course must be at level 104 or higher.
  • Communication, 6 credits: One course taken must satisfy a written communication emphasis (WRIT 101, 121, or 201 at UM) and the other course must have an oral communication emphasis.
  • Humanities/Fine Arts, 6 credits
  • Cultural Diversity, 3 credits

In addition to the categories above, students must ensure that at least one course they take during their college career has "significant content related to the cultural heritage of Native Americans." Students may count a course from the six categories above towards this category, as long as it's one that also satisfies this requirement.

Note that transfer students seeking a baccalaureate degree may still need to complete any campus-specific upper-division general education requirements. 

A list of courses that count towards each MUS Core category (and at which institution(s) each is offered) is available on the CCN Course Guide webpage. Visit with your UM advisor for more information.