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Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts degree is offered both online and on campus.

The Associate of Arts (AA) includes education across academic disciplines. Focusing on integration of information while increasing a student’s employ-ability, the AA is designed for transfer-ability to a baccalaureate program.

Upon completion of the 31 credits required in the core, students are eligible to receive a Certificate in General Studies from Great Falls College MSU. The Certificate recognizes the completion of the core and is approved by the Montana University System Board of Regents. Students may use the Certificate to demonstrate completion of the core when transferring within the MUS or as a milestone to earning an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree at Great Falls College MSU.

To receive the AA degree, the following requirements must be completed:

Montana University System Core Requirements31
Computer Skills/Usage requirement3
Coursework in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences9
Final cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0
Total Credits60

Courses taken to fulfill one specific requirement, including courses in the Elective block, may not be used to fulfill another specific requirement; thus, a course taken to fulfill the Natural Science requirement in the Montana University System Core may not be used as an Elective.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Demonstrate the outcomes achievable by completing the Montana University System Core.

  • Select and use the appropriate technologies for personal, academic, or career tasks.

  • Think critically in evaluating information, solving problems, and decision-making.

  • Consider the application of the natural and physical sciences and mathematics in the context of today’s world.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Tuition and Fees $6,835
Application Fee $30
Lab Fees $105
Books/Supplies $2,046
Total $9,017


Fall 2019 MUS Student Health Insurance Premiums will be changing. Please check the Health Insurance website and/or Student Central for confirmed premium rates. Students will be charged an additional fee of $21 per credit for online/hybrid courses.

Many Students need preliminary math, science, and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

Students who plan to transfer should consult with the intended receiving institution to determine whether or not additional core courses may be required to satisfy the institution's General Education Core.

Offered Online and On Campus

II. Montana University System Core Courses - 31 semester hours

Communication - 6 Credits (3 credits written, 3 credits verbal)


WRIT 101College Writing I **,+3

COMX 111Intro to Public Speaking +3
COMX 115Intro to Interpersonal Communc +3

Mathematics - 3 Credits

M 105Contemporary Mathematics **,+3
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics **,+4

Humanities/Fine Arts - 6 Credits


BGEN 220Business Ethics and Social Responsibility +3
CRWR 240Intro Creative Writing Wrkshp +3
LIT 110Intro to Lit +3
LIT 270Film and Literature **,+3
LIT 291Special Topics-Literature +3
LSH 201Introduction to the Humanities +3
PHL 101Introduction to Philosophy +3
PHL 110Introduction to Ethics +3
WGSS 242Gender and Equality +3

Fine Arts
ARTH 160Global Visual Culture +3
ARTZ 101Art Fundamentals +3
ARTZ 105Visual Language-Drawing +3
MUSI 101Enjoyment of Music +3
MUSI 103Fundamntls of Musical Creation +3
MUSI 203American Popular Music +3
MUSI 207World Music (equiv to 307) +3
PHOT 154Exploring Digital Photography +3

Natural Science - 7 Credits (Must include 1 lab course)

BIOB 101Discover Biology/Lab **,+4
BIOB 160Princpls of Living Systems/Lab **,+4
BIOB 170Prin Biological Diversity/Lab *,+4
BIOH 104Basic Human Biology & Lab **,+4
BIOH 108Basic Anatomy **,+4
CHMY 101Discover Chemistry **,+3
CHMY 121Intro to General Chem w/Lab **,+4
CHMY 141College Chemistry I w/Lab **,+4
CHMY 143College Chemistry II w/Lab *,+4
GEO 101Intro to Physical Geologyw/Lab +4
NUTR 221Basic Human Nutrition +3
PHSX 105Fund of Physical Science w/Lab +4
PHSX 205College Physics I w/Lab **,+4
PHSX 220Physics I w/Lab **,+4

Social Sciences/History - 6 Credits


Social Sciences
BGEN 105Introduction to Business +3
CJUS 121Intro to Criminal Justice +3
ECNS 201Principles of Microeconomics +3
ECNS 202Principles of Macroeconomics +3
PSCI 210Intro to American Government +3
PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology +3
PSYX 230Developmental Psychology +3
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology +3

HSTA 101American History I (N) +3
HSTA 102American History II (N) +3
HSTA 255Montana History (N) +3
HSTR 101Western Civilization I +3
HSTR 102Western Civilization II +3
Can only be counted for History OR Cultural Diversity:
NASX 105Introduction to Native American Studies (N) +3

Cultural Diversity - 3 Credits


  • Can only be counted for History OR Cultural Diversity:

Cultural Heritage of American Indians - 3 Credits

Courses with an “N” behind the course title will fulfill the Cultural Heritage of American Indians requirement as well as a designated core area requirement. +

III. Computer Skills/Usage - 3 credits

Code Title Credits

CAPP 131Basic MS Office +3

OR a satisfactory Computer Skills test score.

IV. Concentration in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences - 9 credits

Students may choose coursework numbered 100 or above from any of the following discipline areas to complete the required 9 credits of coursework in arts, humanities, and social sciences. +
(ACTG) Accounting
(ANTY) Anthropology
(BGEN) Business General
(BMGT) Business Management
(BMKT) Business Marketing
(COMX) Communications
(ECNS) Economics
(CJUS) Criminal Justice
(CRWR) Creative Writing
(EDU 221 only) Educational Psychology
(HSTA) (HSTR) History
(LSH) (WGSS) Humanities
(LIT) Literature
(MUSI) Music
(NASX) Native American Studies
(PHL) Philosophy
(PSCI) Political Science
(PSYX) Psychology
(SIGN) American Sign Languages
(SOCI) Sociology
(SPNS) Spanish
(WRIT) Writing
Courses numbered 194 will not be applied to the concentration area.

V. Electives - 17 credits

Students may choose coursework numbered 100 or above from any discipline area to complete the required 17 credits of electives. ***
No more than 5 credits of courses numbered 194 may be applied toward the Degree.

Total Program Credits - 60


A grade of C- or above is required for graduation.


Indicates prerequisites needed.


Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment.


Students may not choose or may not count the following courses: COMX 102, WRIT 104, MATH 100, MATH 101, MATH 103, MATH 104, MATH 108, M 108, M 111, M 191A, M 191B, ENGL 118, ENGL 119, ENGL 120