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ACT 150 Beginning Yoga (1 credit)
Offered intermittently. Students may include up to but not more than 4 credits earned in Health & Human Performance (HHP) 100-179 activity courses in the total number of credits required for a bachelor's degree at UM. Students graded Credit/No Credit based on participation and a strict attendance policy. A beginning yoga class focusing on postures, breath, and meditation. Classic yoga poses and work with the breath to form the foundation for meditation. Principles of seated meditation are introduced and practiced. Appropriate for all fitness levels.
Equipment Needs: Bring your own mat, loose clothes, bare feet.

AASC 100 Introduction to the University Experience (3 credits)
Offered intermittently. This course is designed to help new students make a successful transition to college and acquire the skills needed to become competent and successful in higher education. Topics include an introduction to campus resources and academic policies; motivation and time management; study skills and learning strategies; critical thinking and problem solving; ethics, diversity and collaboration; information literacy and research. The course culminates with a semester capstone project. Elective credit only. Credit not allowed for both AASC 100 and AASC 101.

AASC 101 Study and Learning Strategies (2 credits)
Offered intermittently. This course facilitates the development of skills needed to become competent and successful in higher education. Topics include management of classroom performance, time, and money; memory, listening and note-taking; reading and test-taking strategies; critical thinking and problem-solving; information literacy and research; ethics and diversity; stress management and healthy choices. Elective credit only. Credit not allowed for both AASC 100 and AASC 101

AHMS 191 Special Topics: Career Essentials - Healthcare (1 credit)
Offered intermittently. Online Course. Course focuses on the foundation knowledge and skills students will need prior to entry into their desired allied health program. It also provides the basics to best understand and work as an employee in healthcare settings. Emphasis is on types of healthcare delivery systems and regulations, communication skills, patient-centered care, teamwork, worker behaviors and attitudes, legal and ethical responsibilities, self-care, and safe quality practice.

AHMS 270E Medical Law and Ethics (3 credits)
Offered spring. Ethical decision-making tools for addressing common ethical issues in the health professions.
Gen Ed Attributes: Ethical & Human Values Course (E)

ANTY 101H Introduction to Anthropology (3 credits)
Offered spring. A survey of anthropology which introduces the fundamental concepts, methods and perspectives of the field. The description and analysis of human culture, its growth and change. The nature and functions of social institutions.
Gen Ed Attributes: Historical & Cultural Studies (H), Cultural Intl Diversity (X)

ANTY 122SY Race and Minorities (3 credits)
PRPOPOSED. Analysis of the development and concept of race as a social category and the processes of cultural change within and between ethnic groups.
Gen Ed Attributes: Social Sciences Course (S), Democracy and Citizenship (Y)

ARTZ 103A Art for Non-Majors (3 credits)
Offered intermittently. This course introduces students to visual art and culture from both contemporary and historical perspectives through lectures, readings, writing, and studio projects. It explores visual literacy including terminology, techniques, aesthetics, studio practice, and cultural context.
Gen Ed Attributes: Expressive Arts Course (A)

ARTZ 105A Visual Language - Drawing (3 credits)
Offered fall. Introduction to basic drawing skills and concept integration. Studio practice with research in historical and contemporary approaches.
Gen Ed Attributes: Expressive Arts Course (A)

ARTZ 106A Visual Language - 2-D Foundations (3 credits)
Offered intermittently. Introduction to the formal elements and principles of design, color theory, and predominant western and non-western historical styles.
Gen Ed Attributes: Expressive Arts Course (A)

ARTZ 108A Visual Language - 3-D Foundations (3 credits)
Offered spring. Introduction to the formal elements and principles of design in 3-D.
Gen Ed Attributes: Expressive Arts Course (A)

BIOB 101N/102N Discover Biology - Lecture and Lab (3 credits)
Offered intermittently. Contemporary exploration of the organization and complexity of living organisms and the systems in which they live. The central question of biology--relationship between form and function, acquisition and use of energy, and continuity between generations will be addressed through lectures and laboratory investigations. Credit not allowed toward a major in biology. Credit not allowed for both BIOB 101 and BIOB 160/161.
Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science Lab Course (N)

BIOB 160N Principles of Living Systems (3 credits)
Offered intermittently. Unifying principles of biological structure-function relationships at different levels of organization and complexity. Consideration of reproduction, genetics, development, evolution, ecosystems, as well as the inter-relationships of the human species to the rest of life. Students requiring a laboratory should also register for BIOB 161. Credit not allowed for both BIOB 101 and BIOB 161.
Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science Course (N)

BIOB 161N - Prncpls of Living Systems Lab. 1 Credit.
Offered intermittently. Prereq., or Coreq., BIOB 160. Lab experiences illustrate biological principles underlying growth, reproduction, development, genetics and physiology, and are designed to give students practice in scientific methods of description, development of hypotheses, and testing. 
Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science Lab Course (N)

BIOH 108 Basic Anatomy (4 credits)
Offered autumn and spring. A one semester course with laboratory focusing on learning the scientific principles of anatomy leading to a general understanding of the functional anatomy of the body's architecture and systems.

BIOH 201N Anatomy & Physiology I Lecture (3 credits)
Offered autumn. Introductory science course or college-prep high school biology course recommended. Comprehensive knowledge of human form and function necessary for students preparing for health-related professions. Emphasis on structure, function and homeostatic regulation of body systems with presentation of basic concepts in chemistry and microbiology as they relate to human anatomy and physiology. Covers tissues through nervous system. Required, integrated laboratory includes some dissection.
Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science Course (N)

BIOH 202N Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1 credits)
Offered autumn. Coreq., BIOH 201N. Basic knowledge necessary for students in health-related programs. Emphasis on normal anatomy and physiology with presentation of basic concepts in chemistry and microbiology as they relate to human anatomy and physiology. Covers tissues through nervous system.
Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science Lab Course (N)

BIOH 211N Anatomy & Physiology II Lecture (3 credits)
Offered spring. Prereq., BIOH 201N/202N. Comprehensive knowledge of human form and function necessary for students in health-related programs. Emphasis on structure function and homeostatic regulation of body systems with presentation of basic concepts in chemistry and microbiology as they relate to human anatomy and phy siology. Covers endocrine through reproductive systems. Required integrated laboratory includes frequent dissection.
Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science Course (N)

BIOH 212N Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1 credits)
Offered spring. Prereq.,  BIOH 201N/202N. Coreq.,  BIOH 211N. Continuation of 201N. Basic knowledge necessary for students in health-related programs. Emphasis on normal anatomy and physiology with presentation of basic concepts in chemistry and microbiology as they relate to human anatomy and physiology. Covers endocrine through reproductive systems.
Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science Lab Course (N)

BIOM 250 Microbiology for Health Sciences - Lecture (3 credits)
Offered spring. Infectious diseases, including concepts of virulence, resistance, prevention and control of microbial diseases in the individual and in the community. If laboratory experience is desired, the student may enroll concurrently in BIOM 251. Credit not allowed toward a major in microbiology.
Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science Course (N)

BIOM 251 Microbiology for Health Sciences - Lab (1 credit)
Offered spring. Prereq. or coreq., BIOM 250N. Observation of live microorganisms, their characteristics and activities. Experience with microbiological techniques. Credit not allowed toward a major in microbiology.

BIOO 101N Survey MT Wldlife & Habitats (3 credits)
Offered intermittently. Prereq., one course in biology. Interpreting biological patterns associated with selected Montana wildlife species, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science Course (N)

BIOO 105N Introduction to Botany (3 credits)
Offered intermittently.  Introduction to the plant kingdom including anatomy, physiology and ecology. 
Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science Course (N)

BGEN 220E Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (3 credits)
Offered autumn. Focuses on moral judgments, responsibilities to society and their impact on decision making, with particular emphasis on business ethics and values. Addresses organizations and their relationship to the external environment, the law, and various stakeholders.
Gen Ed Attributes: Ethical & Human Values Course (E)

CHMY 104 Preparation for Chemistry Lecture & Discussion (4 credits)
Offered intermittently. Prereq. M01-Maplesoft Arithmetic score >= 19, M02-Maplesoft Algebra score >=12 or M 090 Introductory Algebra w/RC+ or better. An introduction to concepts and calculations in chemistry that provides preparation for CHMY 121N or CHMY 141N. Not appropriate toward chemistry requirement in any major.

CHMY 121N Introduction to General Chemistry Lecture & Discussion (3 credits)
Offered autumn and spring. First semester of an introduction to general, inorganic, organic and biological chemistry.
Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science Course (N)

CHMY 122 Introduction to General Chemistry Lab (1 credit)
Offered autumn and spring. Prereq. or coreq., CHMY 121N or equivalent. A laboratory course emphasizing inorganic chemistry, quantitative relations and synthesis of inorganic and organic compounds.

CHMY 123 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (3 credit)
PROPOSED. Prereq., "C-" or equiv. in CHMY 121N or CHMY 141N or consent of instr. Second semester of an introduction to general, inorganic, organic and biological chemistry.

COMX 111A Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credits)
Offered autumn and spring; offered summer intermittently. Preparation, presentation, and criticism of speeches. Emphasis on the development of public speaking techniques through constructive criticism. Credit not allowed for both COMM 111A and COM 160A.
Gen Ed Attributes: Expressive Arts Course (A)

COMX 115S Introduction to Interpersonal Communications (3 credits)
Offered intermittently. An overview of the process of human communication with special emphasis on analyzing communication patterns and improving interpersonal communication skills. Credit not allowed for both COMM 110S and COM 150S.
Gen Ed Attributes: Social Sciences Course (S)

CAPP 120 Introduction to Computers (3 credits)
Offered autumn and spring. Introduction to computer terminology, hardware, and software, including wire/wireless communications and multimedia devices. Students utilize word processing, spread sheet, database, and presentation applications to create projects common to business and industry in a networked computing environment. Internet research, email usage, and keyboarding proficiency are integrated.

ECNS 201N Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
Offered intermittently. The nature of a market economy, economic decisions of the household and firm, competition and monopoly, value and price determination, distribution of income and applied microeconomic topics.
Gen Ed Attributes: Social Sciences Course (S)

GEO 101N Introduction to Physical Geology/Lecture (3 credits)
Offered autumn. General geology including the work of wind, flowing water, glacial ice, gravity, earthquakes, volcanoes and plate tectonics in shaping the earth.
Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science Course (N)

GEO 102N Introduction to Physical Geology/Lab (1 credit)
Offered autumn. Prereq. or coreq., GEO 101N. A series of laboratory and field experiences designed around basic geologic processes and materials. Familiarization with common minerals, rocks, land forms, and structures. Intended to provide laboratory experience primarily with GEO 101N.
Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science Lab Course (N)

GPHY 121S Introduction to Human Geography (3 credits)
Offered intermittently. Introduction to Human Geography focuses upon the linkages between geography and society including analysis of regions, ethnic groups, urban landscapes, migration and population change, geopolitics, economics, and cultural differences.
Gen Ed Attributes: Social Sciences Course (S), Cultural Intl Diversity (X)

HSTA 101H/Y American History I (4 credits)
Offered autumn in odd years. A comprehensive introductory history of Colonial, Revolutionary and 19th century America, to 1877. Lecture-discussion.
Gen Ed Attributes: Historical & Cultural Studies (H), Democracy and Citizenship (Y)

HSTA 102H/Y American History II (4 credits)
Offered spring in even years. A comprehensive introductory history of the U.S. since 1877. Lecture-discussion.
Gen Ed Attributes: Historical & Cultural Studies (H), Democracy and Citizenship (Y)

HSTR 101H/Y Western Civilization I (4 credits)
Offered autumn in even years. A comprehensive, introductory history of western civilization from classical antiquity to 1648. Lecture-discussion.
Gen Ed Attributes: Historical & Cultural Studies (H), Democracy and Citizenship (Y)

HSTR 102H/Y Western Civilization II (4 credits)
Offered spring in odd years. A comprehensive, introductory history of western civilization from 1648 to the present. Lecture-discussion.
Gen Ed Attributes: Historical & Cultural Studies (H), Democracy and Citizenship (Y)

LIT 110L Introduction to Literature (3 credits)
Offered spring. Study of how readers make meaning of texts and how texts influence readers. Emphasis on interpreting literary texts: close reading, critical analysis and effective writing.
Gen Ed Attributes: Lit & Artistic Studies (L), Writing Course-Intermediate

LIT 236L Literary Histories (3 credits)
Offered fall. Prereq., WRIT 101 (or higher) or equivalent. Introduction to the study of literary works in an historical context or a sequence of historical contexts.
Gen Ed Attributes: Lit & Artistic Studies (L), Writing Course-Intermediate

M 65 Prealgebra (3 credits)
Offered intermittently. Prereq., appropriate placement score. Arithmetic and basic algebra skills needed for Introductory Algebra. Topics include integers and rational numbers, decimals and percentages with applications, ratios and proportions with applications, single variable linear equations with applications, introduction to graphing, exponents, factoring, and an introduction to polynomials. Credit does not count toward a certificate or degree. Credit does not count toward Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, or Baccalaureate degrees.

M 90 Introductory Algebra (3 credits)
Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., M 065 or appropriate placement score. Review of arithmetic principles of integers and rational numbers, linear equations in one or two unknowns, and operations with polynomials and rational expressions. Credit does not count toward an Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, or Baccalaureate degree.

M 95 Intermediate Algebra (3 credits)
Offered spring. Prereq., M 090 or appropriate placement score. Topics include linear equations and systems of linear equations, inequalities, applications and graphing; polynomials; rational expressions and equations; radicals, rational exponents and complex numbers; quadratic equations; introduction to exponential and logarithmic functions. Credit does not count toward Associate of Arts or Baccalaureate degrees.

M 105 Contemporary Math (3 credits)
Offered intermittently. Prereq., M 090 (MAT 005) with a grade of B- or better, or M 095, or appropriate placement score. An introduction to mathematical ideas and their impact on society. Intended for students wishing to satisfy the general education mathematics requirement.
Gen Ed Attributes: Math Competency Course

M 111 Technical Mathematics (3 credits)
Offered intermittently. Prereq., ALEKS placement ≥2. Designed to provide the mathematical background necessary for success in the industrial areas. Topics covered include percent, ratio proportion, formula evaluation, basic algebra and geometry concepts, trigonometry, measurement, statistics, and graphing. markdowns, inventory turnover, and other basic formulas. Credit does not count toward Associate of Arts or Baccalaureate degrees.

M 115 Probability and Linear Math (3 credits)
Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., M 090 with a grade of B- or better, M 095, or appropriate placement score. Systems of linear equations and matrix algebra. Introduction to probability with emphasis on models and probabilistic reasoning. Examples of applications of the material in many fields.
Gen Ed Attributes: Math Competency Course

M 121 College Algebra (3 credits)
Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., M 095 or appropriate placement score. Intended to strengthen algebra skills. The study of functions and their inverses: polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
Gen Ed Attributes: Math Competency Course

M 122 College Trigonometry (3 credits)
Offered intermittently. Prereq., M 121 or ALEKS placement >= 4. Preparation for calculus based on college algebra. Review of functions and their inverses. Trigonometric functions and identities, polar coordinates and an optional topic such as complex numbers, vectors or parametric equations. Credit not allowed for both M 122 and M 151.
Gen Ed Attributes: Math Competency Course

M 171 Calculus 1 (4 credits)
Offered intermittently. Prereq., M 171 or 181. Techniques of Integration. Area computations. Improper integrals. Infinite series and various convergence tests. Power series. Taylor's Formula. Polar coordinates. Parametric curves.
Gen Ed Attributes: Math Competency Course

MUSI 207HX World Music (3 credits)
Offered intermittently. Introduction to the diversity of music among the world's peoples. Selected music systems throughout the world examined in their broad cultural contexts: religious, historical, and social. Introduction to ethnomusicology-a combination of musicology, anthropology and other related disciplines.
Gen Ed Attributes: Historical & Cultural Studies (H), Cultural Intl Diversity (X)

NASX 105H/X Intro to Native Amemrican Studies (3 credits)
Offered autumn. Survey course to acquaint the student with Native American Studies by a general overview of Indian history, culture, philosophy, religious beliefs and contemporary issues.
Gen Ed Attributes: Historical & Cultural Studies (H), Cultural Intl Diversity (X)

PHL 101Y - Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)
Offered intermittently. An introduction to philosophy through examination of the thought of selected great philosophers or traditional positions on classical philosophical problems.
Gen Ed Attributes: Lit & Artistic Studies (L), Democracy and Citizenship (Y)

PHL 110E Introduction to Ethics (3 credits)
Offered intermittently. An examination of the Western vision of morality through the careful study of selected writings from Aristotle, Kant and Mill. Additional works in ethics may supplement primary readings.
Gen Ed Attributes: Ethical & Human Values Course (E)

PHL 112E Introduction to Ethics and the Environment (3 credits)
Offered autumn. An introductory-level ethics course with a special interest in the natural environment. The course will (a) introduce students to the three classical traditions in ethics - virtue, Kantianism, and utilitarianism, (b) ground these theories in questions about the moral status of non-humans and our moral duties to non-humans, (c) include an applied section that covers animal welfare, biotechnology, and other current topics.
Gen Ed Attributes: Ethical & Human Values Course (E)

PSCI 151 Intro to Civic Engagement (2 credits)
Offered intermittently. This course is an extensive service learning course that requires students to conduct at least 55 hours of volunteer work. Students participate in community needs analysis, organization analysis, and long term volunteer work.

PSCI 210S/Y Introduction to American Government (3 credits)
Offered spring. Constitutional principles, structures, and the political processes of the national government.
Gen Ed Attributes: Social Sciences Course (S), Democracy and Citizenship (Y)

PSYX 100S Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
Offered autumn. Introduction to the scientific study of behavior in humans and other animals.
Gen Ed Attributes: Social Sciences Course (S)

SOCI 101S Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
Offered spring. Overview of the principles and concepts used in the study of human social interaction, groups, communities and societies.
Gen Ed Attributes: Social Sciences Course (S)

SOCI 211S Introduction to Criminalogy (3 credits)
Offered autumn. A critical examination of crime in society: how crime is defined, the extent and distribution of crime, theoretical explanations of criminal behavior, and crime control efforts.
Gen Ed Attributes: Social Sciences Course (S)

STAT 216 Introduction to Statistics/Lecture and Discussion (4 credits)
Offered spring. Prereq., M 115 or consent of instr. Introduction to major ideas of statistical inference. Emphasis is on statistical reasoning and uses of statistics.
Gen Ed Attributes: Math Competency Course

WRIT 95 Developmental Writing (3 credits)
Offered intermittently. Prereq., placement or referral by WRIT 101 instructor. Designed for students who need instruction and practice integrating critical thinking, reading and writing before entering the required first-year writing course. Emphasis on invention, drafting, and revision. Grading A-F or NC (no credit). Credit does not count toward Associate of Arts or Baccalaureate degrees.

WRIT 101 College Writing (3 credits)
Offered every term. Prereq., WRIT 095 or proof of passing score on writing diagnostic examination or SAT writing score at or above 440 or SAT/ACT essay score at or above 7 or ACT Combined English/Writing score at or above 18. Expository prose and research paper; emphasis on structure, argument, development of ideas, clarity, style, and diction. Students expected to write without major faults in grammar or usage.
Gen Ed Attributes: Writing Course-Introductory

WRIT 121 Technical Writing (3 credits)
Offered intermittently. Prereq., WRIT 095 or proof of passing score on writing diagnostic examination or SAT writing score at or above 440 or SAT/ACT essay score at or above 7 or ACT Combined English/Writing score at or above 18Emphasis is on evidence-based, informative writing that uses design and graphics to visually represent logic and organization. Course focuses on writing as a process and includes student self-assessment. Major assignments include a pure technical document, exploration of credibility, and public science writing. Students are expected to write without major faults in grammar or usage and to have basic computer literacy.
Gen Ed Attributes: Writing Course-Intermediate

WRIT 191 Special Topics: Writing 101 Plus (1 Credit)
Offered autumn and spring. Consent of instructor. Corequisite with WRIT 101. Writing laboratory course to assist with success in WRIT 101. Focus on document organization and structure.

WRIT 191 Special Topics: Writing 101 Sidecar (1 Credit)
PROPOSED. Consent of instructor. Corequisite with WRIT 101. Writing laboratory course to assist with success in WRIT 101. Focus on grammar, usage, and mechanics.

WRIT 201 - College Writing II (3 Credits)
Offered spring. Prereq., placement or C or better in WRIT 101 or SAT/ACT essay at or above 11 or a SAT writing section score at or above 700 or a Combined English/Writing portion of the ACT at or above 32. Designed for first year students with advanced writing ability and students who seek a lower-division writing course. Offers instruction in rhetorical reading and writing, particularly the study and practice of written argumentation in different academic and civic contexts.
Gen Ed Attributes: Writing Course-Intermediate, Writing Course-Introductory