Advising Highlights from the UM Catalog

Below is a small selection of particularly important rules from the UM Catalog, with links to the relevant Catalog sections.

Students typically use the catalog under which they first enrolled at UM. But students may graduate fulfilling requirements in any University of Montana-Missoula catalog under which they have been enrolled during the six years prior to graduation. Precise details about this, including special rules for transfer students, can be found in the current UM Catalog.

To change your catalog (say to a newer catalog so that you can use Degree Works), please go to the Registrar's Office, or send an email (from your official UM student email account) to kyle.brester@mso.umt.edu or paulette.nooney@umontana.edu  (please include your student id number).

Credit Load

The maximum credit load is 21 credits per semester; the minimum full-time load for undergraduate students is 12 credits per semester.  To earn 120 credits in 4 years, students should take about 15-16 credits each semester.

Requirements for a First Bachelor Degree

  • 120 credits total are required for most B.A. degrees.
    • Upper-Division Requirement: A minimum of 39 credits in upper-division courses is required (courses numbered 300 or above).
    • Credit Limitations in a Major (a section of Academic Policies and Procedures): A maximum of 60 credits in the major can be counted toward most degrees. (Students in the combined Math/CS major can count 75 credits.)
  • Grade Requirement (a section of Academic Policies and Procedures):
    • Courses taken to satisfy the requirements of the major must be completed with a traditional letter grade of C- or better.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.00 in all work attempted in the major at the University of Montana-Missoula is required for graduation.
  • Grade Average Requirement: A minimum grade average of 2.00 in all work attempted at the University of Montana-Missoula is required for graduation.
  • Credit/No Credit Grading (CR/NCR) (in the section "Grading System" of Academic Policies and Procedures):
    • A maximum of 18 "credit/no credit" credits are allowed.
    • Courses taken to satisfy General Education Requirements must be taken for traditional letter grade.
    • Courses required for the student's major or minor must be taken for traditional letter grade. For math majors, there is only one exception: M 300, the Undergraduate Math Seminar, provided it was taken before Fall 2017.
  • Residency Requirements Of the last 45 credits required for the degree, at least 30 must be earned from UM-Missoula.
  • Undergraduates in Graduate Courses: only post-baccalaureates and seniors having a GPA of 3.0 or greater may, with consent of instructor, enroll in 500-level courses (for undergraduate credit). (Source: Section "Course Numbering System" of Academic Policies and Procedures)

Graduation:

Credit Load

The maximum credit load is 21 credits per semester; the minimum full-time load for undergraduate students is 12 credits per semester.  To earn 120 credits in 4 years, students should take about 15-16 credits each semester.

Requirements for a First Bachelor Degree

  • 120 credits total are required for most B.A. degrees.
    • Upper-Division Requirement: A minimum of 39 credits in upper-division courses is required (courses numbered 300 or above).
    • Credit Limitations in a Major (a section of Academic Policies and Procedures): A maximum of 60 credits in the major can be counted toward most degrees. (Students in the combined Math/CS major can count 75 credits.)
  • Grade Requirement (a section of Academic Policies and Procedures):
    • Courses taken to satisfy the requirements of the major must be completed with a traditional letter grade of C- or better.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.00 in all work attempted in the major at the University of Montana-Missoula is required for graduation.
  • Grade Average Requirement: A minimum grade average of 2.00 in all work attempted at the University of Montana-Missoula is required for graduation.
  • Credit/No Credit Grading (CR/NCR) (in the section "Grading System" of Academic Policies and Procedures):
    • A maximum of 18 "credit/no credit" credits are allowed.
    • Courses taken to satisfy General Education Requirements must be taken for traditional letter grade.
    • Courses required for the student's major or minor must be taken for traditional letter grade. For math majors, there is only one exception: M 300, the Undergraduate Math Seminar, provided it was taken before Fall 2017.
  • Transfer Students: If you transfer more than 27 semester credits at the time of your initial registration at the University you are exempt from the requirement to take an Intermediate College Writing Course (see the section "Group I: Writing" of General Education Requirements).
  • Residency Requirements Of the last 45 credits required for the degree, at least 30 must be earned from UM-Missoula.
  • Undergraduates in Graduate Courses: only post-baccalaureates and seniors having a GPA of 3.0 or greater may, with consent of instructor, enroll in 500-level courses (for undergraduate credit). (Source: Section "Course Numbering System" of Academic Policies and Procedures)

Graduation:

Credit Load

The maximum credit load is 21 credits per semester; the minimum full-time load for undergraduate students is 12 credits per semester.  (To earn 120 credits in 4 years, students should take about 15 credits each semester.)  (Source: Sections "Maximum Credit Load" and "Full-Time Student Defined" in Academic Policies and Procedures)

Requirements for a First Bachelor Degree

  • 120 credits total are required for most B.A. degrees.
    • Upper-Division Requirement: A minimum of 39 credits in upper-division courses is required (courses numbered 300 or above).
    • Credit Limitations in a Major (a section of Academic Policies and Procedures): A maximum of 60 credits in the major can be counted toward most degrees. (Students in the combined Math/CS major can count 75 credits.)
  • Grade Requirement (a section of Academic Policies and Procedures):
    • Courses taken to satisfy the requirements of the major must be completed with a traditional letter grade of C- or better.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.00 in all work attempted in the major at the University of Montana-Missoula is required for graduation.
  • Grade Average Requirement: A minimum grade average of 2.00 in all work attempted at the University of Montana-Missoula is required for graduation.
  • Credit/No Credit Grading (CR/NCR) (in the section "Grading System" of Academic Policies and Procedures):
    • A maximum of 18 "credit/no credit" credits are allowed.
    • Courses taken to satisfy General Education Requirements must be taken for traditional letter grade.
    • Courses required for the student's major or minor must be taken for traditional letter grade. For math majors, the only exception is M 300, the Undergraduate Math Seminar.
  • Transfer Students: If you transfer more than 27 semester credits at the time of your initial registration at the University you are exempt from the requirement to take an Intermediate College Writing Course (see the section "Group I: Writing" of General Education Requirements).
  • Residency Requirements Of the last 45 credits required for the degree, at least 30 must be earned from UM-Missoula.
  • Undergraduates in Graduate Courses: only post-baccalaureates and seniors having a GPA of 3.0 or greater may, with consent of instructor, enroll in 500-level courses (for undergraduate credit). (Source: Section "Course Numbering System" of Academic Policies and Procedures)

Graduation:

Credit Load

The maximum credit load is 21 credits per semester; the minimum full-time load for undergraduate students is 12 credits per semester.  (To earn 120 credits in 4 years, students should take about 15 credits each semester.)  (Source: Sections "Maximum Credit Load" and "Full-Time Student Defined" in Academic Policies and Procedures)

Requirements for a First Bachelor Degree

  • 120 credits total are required for most B.A. degrees.
    • Upper-Division Requirement: A minimum of 39 credits in upper-division courses is required (courses numbered 300 or above).
    • Credit Limitations in a Major (a section of Academic Policies and Procedures): A maximum of 60 credits in the major can be counted toward most degrees. (Students in the combined Math/CS major can count 75 credits.)
  • Grade Requirement (a section of Academic Policies and Procedures):
    • Courses taken to satisfy the requirements of the major must be completed with a traditional letter grade of C- or better.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.00 in all work attempted in the major at the University of Montana-Missoula is required for graduation.
  • Grade Average Requirement: A minimum grade average of 2.00 in all work attempted at the University of Montana-Missoula is required for graduation.
  • Credit/No Credit Grading (CR/NCR) (in the section "Grading System" of Academic Policies and Procedures):
    • A maximum of 18 "credit/no credit" credits are allowed.
    • Courses taken to satisfy General Education Requirements must be taken for traditional letter grade.
    • Courses required for the student's major or minor must be taken for traditional letter grade. For math majors, the only exception is M 300, the Undergraduate Math Seminar.
  • Transfer Students: If you transfer more than 27 semester credits at the time of your initial registration at the University you are exempt from the requirement to take an Intermediate College Writing Course (see the section "Group I: Writing" of General Education Requirements).
  • Residency Requirements Of the last 45 credits required for the degree, at least 30 must be earned from UM-Missoula.
  • Undergraduates in Graduate Courses: only post-baccalaureates and seniors having a GPA of 3.0 or greater may, with consent of instructor, enroll in 500-level courses (for undergraduate credit). (Source: Section "Course Numbering System" of Academic Policies and Procedures)

Graduation:

Credit Load

The maximum credit load is 21 credits per semester; the minimum full-time load for undergraduate students is 12 credits per semester.  (To earn 120 credits in 4 years, students should take about 15 credits each semester.)

Requirements for a First Bachelor Degree

  • 120 credits total are required for most B.A. degrees.
    • Upper-Division Requirement: A minimum of 39 credits in upper-division courses is required (courses numbered 300 or above).
    • Credit Limitations in a Major (search for "Credit Limitations"): A maximum of 60 credits in the major can be counted toward most degrees. (Students in the combined Math/CS major can count 75 credits.)
  • Grade Requirement (search for "Grade Requirement"):
    • Courses taken to satisfy the requirements of the major must be completed with a traditional letter grade of C- or better.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.00 in all work attempted in the major at the University of Montana-Missoula is required for graduation.
  • Credit/No Credit Grading (CR/NCR) (search for "Credit/No Credit Grading"):
    • A maximum of 18 "credit/no credit" credits are allowed.
    • Courses taken to satisfy General Education Requirements must be taken for traditional letter grade.
    • Courses required for the student's major or minor must be taken for traditional letter grade. For math majors, the only exception is M 300, the Undergraduate Math Seminar.
  • Transfer Students: If you transfer more than 27 semester credits at the time of your initial registration at the University you are exempt from the "One Approved Writing Course" requirement (search for "One Approved Writing Course").
  • Residency requirements:  Of the last 45 credits required for the degree, at least 30 must be earned from UM-Missoula.
  • Undergraduates in Graduate Courses (search for "Undergraduates in Graduate Courses"): only post-baccalaureates and seniors having a GPA of 3.0 or greater may, with consent of instructor, enroll in 500-level courses (for undergraduate credit).

Graduation: