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Mechanical Engineering 1+3 Agreement with MSU Bozeman

The 1+3 Agreement with articulated coursework in Engineering and General Education is designed for students interested in a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Montana State University.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Estimated costs are for the Great Falls College portion of this curriculum. Please contact the partnering school for information on the estimated cost of classes there.

Tuition and Fees $3,190
Application Fee $30
Lab Fees $85
Books/Supplies $618
Total $3,923


Fall 2016 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.

Year 1: Courses taken at GFC MSU

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 schedule.

First Year
WRIT 101 College Writing I *,** 3
M 171 Calculus I *,** 4
CHMY 141 College Chemistry I w/Lab **,+ 4
COMX 111 Intro to Public Speaking *** 3
University Core -- Select one of the following: 3
Art (IA and RA) Options
MUSI 101 Enjoyment of Music 3
MUSI 103 Fundamntls of Musical Creation 3
MUSI 203 American Popular Music 3
MUSI 207 World Music (equiv to 307) 3
PHOT 154 Exploring Digital Photography 4
ARTZ 105 Visual Language-Drawing 3
Humanities (IH and RH) Options
HSTA 101 American History I 3
HSTA 102 American History II 3
LIT 110 Intro to Lit 3
PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHL 110 Introduction to Ethics 3
Social Science (IS and SN) Options
PSCI 210 Intro to American Government 3
PSYX 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Diversity (D) Options
EDU 211 Multicultural Education 3
NASX 232 MT Ind Cltrs/Hstry/Iss (=332) 3
SPNS 102 Elementary Spanish II + 4

First Year
M 172 Calculus II *,** 4
PHSX 220 Physics I w/Lab * 4
University Core not previously taken -- Art (IA and RA), Humanities (IH and RH), Social Science (IS and SN), or Diversity (D) Options listed above 6
Total Credits31


Key courses


Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment


Assumes COMX 111 transfers to MSU Bozeman with a US Core designation


Indicates a course prerequisite

Years 2-4: Outline for Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Degree at Montana State University

The following courses would be taken at MSU in Bozeman after transferring with Year 1 coursework from Great Falls College. These courses are all required for degree completion; the course sequencing indicated below is a general guide on when they can be taken.


Year 2 - Fall Semester
EMEC 100::Introduction to Mechanical Engineering 1
EMEC 103::Engineering Graphics 3
EGEN 201::Engineering Mechanics - Statics 3
M 273Q::Multivariable Calculus 4
PHSX 222::Physics II (w/calculus) 4
University Core (Art, Humanities, Social Science, or Diversity) 3
Subtotal 18

Year 2 - Spring Semester
EGEN 202::Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics 3
EGEN 205::Mechanics of Materials 3
M 274::Intro to Differential Equations 4
EMEC 250::Mechanical Engineering Materials 3
EMAT 252::Materials Lab 1
EMEC 203::Mechanical Engineering Computation 2
Subtotal 16


Year 3 - Fall Semester
ELEC 250::Circuits 4
ETME 215::Manufacturing Process 3
ETME 217::Manufacturing Process Lab 1
EMEC 341::Advanced Mechanics of Materials 3
EGEN 350::Statistics 2
EMEC 320::Thermodynamics I 3
EGEN 335::Fluid Mechanics 3
Subtotal 19

Year 3 - Spring Semester
EMEC 303::Systems Analysis 3
EGEN 310R::Multidisc Engineering Design 3
EMEC 342::Mechanical Component Design 3
EMEC 321::Thermodynamics II 3
EMEC 326::Heat Transfer 3
EMEC 360::Measurement and Instrumentation 3
EMEC 361::Measurement and Instrumentation Lab 1
Subtotal 19


Year 4 - Fall Semester
EMEC 425::Advanced Thermal Systems 3
EMEC 445::Mechanical Vibrations 3
EMEC 489::Capstone I 2
Professional Electives 6
University Core (Art, Humanities, or Diversity) 3
Subtotal 17

Year 4 - Spring Semester
EMEC 499::Capstone II 3
EGEN 488::FE Exam 0
Professional Electives 9
University Core (Art, Humanities, or Diversity) 3
Subtotal 15

Electives must include: 15 credits of approved professional electives at the 300 level or above. The professional elective courses must comply with the Mechanical Engineering Professional Elective Policy. Students must successfully complete all key courses prior to taking any professional electives. A student may petition to include other senior or graduate level courses consistent with the degree program but not listed here (requires Academic Advisor and Department Head approval).

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation; 42 of those credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.