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

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Geography provides a broad perspective on the Earth and its land, water, air and biological systems as it is inhabited and transformed by humans. The interconnectedness and interactions of the physical environment and human systems create a diversity of regions and places. Geographers broadly study the physical Earth as well as the relationships between humans and their environment through the various historical, cultural, social, economic and political structures of populations. Beyond human or cultural geography and physical geography are many areas of specialty within the field, including climatology, geomorphology, GIS and remote sensing, land-use planning and management, community development and demography. Students at FVCC can take the majority of the courses needed for the first two years of a geography bachelors degree at The University of Montana - Missoula and Montana State University - Bozeman. Students at FVCC are encouraged to consult the particular requirements of the transfer school in order to prepare most efficiently for a bachelor’s degree in geography.

Associate of Science Degree

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

First Year

First Year Total: 29-30

Second Year

  • Credit(s): 3
  • Elective Credit(s): 15
  • Humanities (H) OR Fine Arts (F) Requirement Credit(s): 3
  • Natural Science (NL) Requirement Credit(s): 3-52
  • Natural Science (NL or N) Requirement Credit(s): 3-52
  • Social Sciences (B) Requirement Credit(s): 34
Second Year Total: 30-34

Total Credits: 60-64

The Univeristy of Montana options are Physical Geography, Cartography and GIS, Community and Environmental Planning, and General Geography without option.

1M 162  is required for the Physical Geography option as well as a sequential pair of science classes as noted next.

2Physical Geography majors have a choice of CHMY 121  and CHMY 123  OR BIOO 220  , BIOE 172  and BIOE 173  OR PHSX 205  and PHSX 207 .

3Cartography and GIS students should take CSCI 111 .

4Community and Environmental option should take PSCI 250  as a Humanities requirement or as an elective.

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

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

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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