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Department of Applied Arts and Sciences

Cathy Corr, Chair

The Department of Applied Arts and Sciences (AASC) is the center of academic excellence for Missoula College students seeking academic, professional, or technical careers.  AASC offers courses in communication studies, mathematics, behavioral science and psychology, science, and writing studies and provides foundational courses in mathematics and writing. Most courses from these disciplines meet the general education requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree (AA) and Associate of Applied Science Degrees (AAS). Courses that fulfill general education requirements also satisfy the MUS and UM general education requirements in their perspectives.

Associate of Arts-A.A. Degree

The Department of Applied Arts and Sciences offer the Associate of Arts Degree. The Associate of Arts Degree is a general education transfer degree and does not include a major or minor course of study. To receive an Associate of Arts degree all students must successfully complete the general education requirements as described by Montana Board of Regents policy 301.10, Appendix 1. Students preparing for a specific baccalaureate degree may decide to choose specific general education courses that meet the requirements for a major. Students seeking the AA are not required to sit for the upper-division writing proficiency assessment (WPA). The minimum grade average for the 60 credits required for graduation is 2.00 and applies to courses taken for a traditional letter grade (A-F) basis. Students must receive a C- or better for all general education courses.

Students may begin coursework in the autumn or spring semester. Following is a suggested first year course of study. Courses numbered below 100 and courses with a "T" suffix on the course number do not count toward the 60 credit requirement or general education course requirements, but do meet financial aid requirements.

Course Choices:

First Semester

Writing course determined by writing placement score (3 cr)

Mathematics course determined by mathematics placement score (3 cr)

General education electives  (9 cr)

Second Semester

Second writing course requirement (3 cr)

Second mathematics course requirement (3 cr)

General education groups (9 cr)

Areas of Emphasis within an Associate of Arts Degree

Although the AA does not include a major or minor course of study, students may elect to choose classes in a specific area of interest. Students should work with their academic advisors when selecting their courses. New areas of emphasis within the Associate of Arts Degree include Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Addiction Studies; Communication Studies with an emphasis in Professional Communication; and an emphasis in Law Enforcement Personnel, which is a collaborative effort offered by Missoula College, UM baccalaureate program, and the Montana Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) in Helena. 

Behavior Science emphasis areas in (a) Chemical Addiction Studies (b) Prevention studies (c) pre-Social Work, (Contact Linda Eagleheart at, or Alison Pepper at for advising; or (d) pre-psychology contact for advising.

Communication emphasis areas in Communication Studies and professional Communication (Contact Kimberly Reiser at for advising)

Law Enforcement emphasis areas in law enforcement (Contact Cathy Corr at  for advising.)


R- before the course description indicates the course may be repeated for credit to the maximum indicated after the R. Credits beyond this maximum do not count toward a degree.

Anthropology (ANTY) - Course Descriptions


Applied Arts and Sciences (AASC) - Course Descriptions

100, 195T, 196T, 295T

Biology - General (BIOB) - Course Descriptions


Biology - Human (BIOH) - Course Descriptions

108, 201N, 211N, 212N, 220

Chemical Addiction Studies (AASC) - Course Descriptions

140, 185, 191, 195, 210, 225, 231, 242, 243, 248, 250, 260, 291, 295, 433

Communications (COMX) - Course Descriptions

102, 111A, 115S, 140L, 191, 192, 201, 212, 217A, 242, 260S, 291, 296T

Creative Writing (CRWR) - Course Descriptions

210A, 211A, 240A

Environmental Studies (ENST) - Course Descriptions


Literature (LIT) - Course Descriptions

110L, 120L

Mathematics (M) - Course Descriptions

065, 090, 095, 105, 111, 115, 121, 122, 151, 162, 191, 192

Nutrition (NUTR) - Course Descriptions


Psychology (PSYX) - Course Descriptions

100S, 161S, 191, 192, 230S, 238, 240, 290, 291, 292, 294, 298

Science (SCN) - Course Descriptions

095T, 100N, 105N, 120T, 121T , 175N, 176, 195T, 196T, 260N, 295T

Writing Studies (WRIT) - Course Descriptions

095, 101, 121, 191T, 192T, 221, 240E, 291T, 292T

Registrar's Office

Lommasson Center 201

Phone: (406) 243-2995

Fax: (406) 243-4807