bachelor degree requirements

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

To earn a bachelor’s degree from the Univer­sity of Great Falls, a student must:
1. Complete a minimum of 128 credits.
2. Maintain a cumulative University of Great Falls grade point average of 2.00 or higher.
3. Complete the University of Great Falls Core Curriculum.
4. Complete a major. All courses used to complete the requirements of a major, minor, or concentration must have a grade of C or better. Some majors may require completion of a minor or concentration.
5. Complete thirty of the last forty semester hours of coursework at the University of Great Falls. Students enrolled in an approved Service members Opportunity Colleges Army Degree (SO CAD) program may satisfy the academic residency requirements with coursework taken at any time during their enrollment at the University.
6. Complete at least fifteen semester hours at the University of Great Falls in the major,  except for the University Studies major.
7. Complete at least thirty-two credits in upper division coursework (courses numbered 300 or higher), at least sixteen of which must be from the University of Great Falls. (Students should complete at least twelve of these thirty-two credits in coursework outside the student’s major, minor or concentration.)
8. Apply for graduation in accordance with the prescribed deadlines.
9. Comply with all University policies, rules, and regulations.
10. Pay all indebtedness to the University.


Bachelor’s Degree Core Curriculum
The Core Curriculum at the University of Great Falls promotes the High Standards of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. It is designed to as­sist students in exploring the following key concepts:
1. The ability and habit of critical thinking
2. The importance of creative expression
3. The interconnectedness of all knowledge
4. A sense of community and civic responsibility
5. The acquisition of the content and methodology of the major areas of knowledge – the humanities and the fine arts, the natural sciences, mathematics, and the social sciences.
6. The importance of spiritual and ethical values
7. An exploration of key questions central to human growth and development:
                 What Does it Mean to be Human?
                What is Truth?
                What is the Common Good?
Corps of Discovery (2 credits)
A two semester experiential program de­signed to assist students in discovering themselves and the world around them as well as fostering pro­fessional, emotional, spiritual and intellectual growth.
                1 credit
                COD 101 Corps of Discovery
                1 credit
                 COD 102 Corps of Discovery 
Note: Required of all first year, full time, on cam­pus students. Part time students, distance students and students transferring in with 27 or more cred­its are exempt.
Foundation Skills (15 credits)
These courses provide students with mini­mum competencies needed for higher education, expose them to essential subject areas and their methodologies and introduction them to the prac­tice of critical thinking and creative expression.
                3 credits
                ENG 117 Writing Essays
Note:Transfer students with equivalent ENG 117 credit may be encouraged to repeat ENG 117 prior to enrolling in a 300+ level writing course.
                3 credits
                MTH 108 Elementary Statistics or
                MTH 252 Statistical Methods for the Sciences
                3 credits
                COM 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communications
                3 credits
                CPS 110 Conquering the Digital Divide
                3 credits
                TRL 200 Fundamentals of Christian Theology
Great Questions (12 credits)
These courses are specifically designed to illustrate the interconnectedness of knowledge, foster critical think­ing and creative expression, explore ethical issues and aid students in the acquisition of methodology and con­tent knowledge. Taken together the three courses pose answers to the questions “What Does it Mean to be Human? What is Truth? What is the Common Good?”
                4 credits
                ILC 130x What Does it Mean to be Human
Note: This course is waived for students who transfer to UGF with more than 27 earned credits.
                8 credits
                ILC 330x What is Truth
                ILC 350x What is the Common Good
Note: Students who transfer to UGF with 83 or more earned credits are required to complete only ILC 330 OR ILC 350


Upper Division Writing (3 credits)

All students at the University of Great Falls must take an upper division writing class as a require­ment of graduation. Students may choose which course they wish to take to fulfill this requirement unless a par­ticular course is specified by their major.


ENG 300-319 Upper Division Writing

Exploring the Liberal Arts (13 credits) 
Exploration credits provide students with addi­tional opportunities to examine the methods, contents and relevance of the liberal arts through purpose de­signed courses that showcase specific disciplines and demonstrate their connections to daily life. One course must be taken from each of the four categories. Courses in the student’s major fields MAY NOT be counted towards the student’s explo­ration requirement but may be counted towards the major (at the discretion of the Major program) or to­wards completion of general elective credits.

Fine Arts (3 credits) 
Courses in this category both enhance students’ aesthetic appreciation and allow students to explore the creative process as it relates to visual, literary and per­forming arts. Students must complete one of the fol­lowing:
ART 112 Exploring Visual Art
ART 115 Studio Art Experience
DRM 112 American Theater and Media Arts Traditions
DRM 120 Performance-Based Theatrical Expression
ENG 209 Intro to Creative Writing
MUS 110 Appreciation of Music of Western Civilization
MUS 115 Musical Expression through Performance
Humanities (3 credits) 
Courses in this category study the human condi­tion, using methods that are primarily analytic, critical, or speculative. Students must complete one of the fol­lowing:
ENG 215 Intro to Literary Studies
HST 110 Contemporary Issues in History
PHL 110 Intro to Western Philosophy
PHL 210 Thinking Logically

TRL 110 Christianity and World Religions


Social Sciences (3 credits) 
Courses in this category study human society and individual relationships within society as well as provide students with the cognitive and intellectual skills to succeed in the modern world. Students must complete one of the following:

ACC 110 What the Numbers Mean
BUS 110 Financial Health
PLS 110 We,The People: An Intro to Political Science
HPE 110 Wellness Perspectives
PSY 110 Understanding People
SOC 110 The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology
Experimental Science (4 credits)
Courses in this category must include an ex­perience in the laboratory, classroom, or the field that allows students to engage in the scientific process by designing experiments, recording their data, analyz­ing their results, and discussing their findings. Students must complete one of the following:
BIO 110 The Living Environment
BIO 115 Environmental Ecology
CHM 110 Chemistry in Context
GSC 110 Contemporary Physical Sciences
SCS 210 Exploring the Social World

Travel Option 
Exploring the Liberal Arts (ELA) requirements may be met through travel courses. Courses intended for such will be designated TRV 110, A, S, H, or E de­pending upon which area (Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities or Experimental Sciences) they fulfill. De­partment specific travel courses which also satisfy ELA requirements will be noted with a section identifier of “T.” Courses may have a limited number of sessions prior to travel. Travel will normally take place during breaks within and between semesters.




 University of Great Falls | 1301 20th Street South, Great Falls, Montana 59405 | 800-856-9544 | Contact