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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 $3,255
Application Fee $30
Lab Fees $85
Books/Supplies $618
Total $4,175


Fall 2017 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 100Introduction to Mechanical Engineering1
EMEC 103Engineering Graphics3
EGEN 201Engineering Mechanics - Statics3
M 273QMultivariable Calculus4
PHSX 222Physics II (w/calculus)4
University Core (Art, Humanities, Social Science, or Diversity)3

Year 2 - Spring Semester
EGEN 202Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics3
EGEN 205Mechanics of Materials3
M 274Intro to Differential Equations4
EMEC 250Mechanical Engineering Materials3
EMAT 252Materials Lab1
EMEC 203Mechanical Engineering Computation2


Year 3 - Fall Semester
ELEC 250Circuits4
ETME 215Manufacturing Process3
ETME 217Manufacturing Process Lab1
EMEC 341Advanced Mechanics of Materials3
EGEN 350Statistics2
EMEC 320Thermodynamics I3
EGEN 335Fluid Mechanics3

Year 3 - Spring Semester
EMEC 303Systems Analysis3
EGEN 310Multidisc Engineering Design3
EMEC 342Mechanical Component Design3
EMEC 321Thermodynamics II3
EMEC 326Heat Transfer3
EMEC 360Measurement and Instrumentation3
EMEC 361Measurement and Instrumentation Lab1


Year 4 - Fall Semester
EMEC 425Advanced Thermal Systems3
EMEC 445Mechanical Vibrations3
EMEC 489Capstone I2
Professional Electives6
University Core (Art, Humanities, or Diversity)3

Year 4 - Spring Semester
EMEC 499Capstone II3
EGEN 488FE Exam0
Professional Electives9
University Core (Art, Humanities, or Diversity)3

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.