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2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
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Geology Transfer to The University of Montana - Missoula

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Geology and the geosciences are inherently interdisciplinary fields that draw on the knowledge and techniques of other natural sciences, such as biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics, unified by a common desire to understand the underlying processes that formed and continue to shape the Earth. Questions of how mountains, rivers and oceans formed, where economically valuable materials are concentrated, and why continents drift or earthquakes occur fall within this study. Rocks, minerals and fossils are identified and analyzed in the context of Earth history, and the contributions of water, atmosphere and climate as erosive forces, and volcanism and plate tectonics as constructive forces are also examined. Geologists may specialize in mineral and oil extraction, groundwater resources, geophysics, natural hazards, construction, paleontology and environmental impacts and employ a variety of field, lab and modeling techniques. Students at FVCC can take all of the courses needed for the first two years of a geoscience bachelors degree at The University of Montana - Missoula and Montana State University - Bozeman.

Associate of Science Degree

Suggested course of study for a transfer to The University of Montana - Missoula:

First Year Total: 32

Second Year

Second Year Total: 30

Total Credits: 62**

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

**If course load allows, take PTRM 201  if seeking the Interdisciplinary option

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or the Faculty Advisor. 

Student Support Center Advisor Faculty Advisor                                               
Russ Lamson Anita Ho, Ph.D.
LRC 129 RH 177
(406) 756-3885 (406) 756-3873
rlamson@fvcc.edu aho@fvcc.edu

The Associate of Science (AS) degree requires 60 credits at FVCC, and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at Montana University System (MUS) colleges and universities requires 120 credits. FVCC students can usually earn as many as 75-85 credits in preparation for many transfer majors, thus reducing the number of credits required for the BS degree at MUS schools. Also, by earning the AS degree from FVCC, students will have satisfied the lower division General Education Core (see General Education Requirements  for requirements) for all MUS institutions and will not be required to meet additional lower division general education core requirements upon transfer. The suggested course load in AS programs is rigorous and is recommended for only the most prepared students. A more moderate semester credit load can be achieved by taking general education core courses during summer terms or completing one or two additional semesters at FVCC before transfer.

The information on all transfer programs is subject to change. Students should see their advisor to explore other possibilities not specifically listed in the program.

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