Associate of Science - General Transfer


The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree is a general transfer degree. Completion of this program indicates the student has completed a course of study equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. The Associate of Science degree does not officially include a major or minor course of study; nevertheless, students do complete a 22-credit program of study option for an A.S. degree. (For specific information on the Associate of Science degree in nursing, please see the Nursing Programs pages.)

Students may also accumulate credits to transfer to another college or university. Completion of the Helena College general education core requirements (31+ credits) satisfies the general core requirements of the Montana University System. All Montana University System institutions will accept the Helena College general education core to satisfy their lower division general education requirements.

Length of Program: 4 Semesters
Type of Program: Associate of Science
Semester of Entry: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Minimum Requirements for A.A. and A.S.

  • Completion of 60 semester credit hours, 15 credits of which are at the 200 level.
  • Completion of 31 Core Course Credits, 4 Degree Specific, 22 Program of Study, 2/3 credits in a Capstone Project where indicated and 1 – 3 open electives.
  • An overall GPA of 2.25 and/or upon completion of the degree.
  • A grade of “C-” or higher in each course in the program of study.

* Indicates second half of science sequence required for A.S. degree (see below under “Additional General Education Requirements for Degree-Seeking Students”). “D” indicates the course meets the core diversity requirement (see requirement “F” below).


The General Education Core of the Helena College University of Montana provides students with the broad foundation of knowledge essential for success at the associate and baccalaureate levels.

All students are prepared for independent, abstract, and critical thinking; responding creatively to problems; applying quantitative and mathematical knowledge; finding information; and communicating both orally and in written forms. This is done to engender life-long learning skills, a foundation of knowledge in a variety of disciplines, and a broadened perspective on our interdependent, changing global community.

A. Natural Science/Mathematics (10+ credits)
Math and Natural Science Outcomes

  • Understand and demonstrate methods used to
  • gather, test, and interpret scientific data
  • Understand basic principles that explain the natural world
  • Solve quantitative problems and interpret solutions
  • Use inductive and deductive scientific reasoning to solve novel problems

To complete the science/math requirement, students must include one natural science with lab and one of these math courses: M115, M121, M151, M171, M172, or STAT216.

Course Number    Course Title Credits   
ASTR110 Introduction to Astronomy 4
BIOB101 Discover Biology 3
BIOB102 Discover Biology Lab 1
BIOB160 Principles of Living Systems w/Lab 4
BIOB170 Principles of Biological Diversity w/Lab 4
BIOB260 Cellular and Molecular Biology w/Lab  4
BIOH104 Basic Human Biology 4
BIOH201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab 4
BIOH211 Human Anatomy &Physiology II w/Lab 4*
BIOM250 Microbiology for Health Sciences 3
BIOM251 Microbiology for Health Sciences Lab 1
CHMY121 Introduction to General Chemistry 3
CHMY122 Introduction to General Chemistry Lab 1
CHMY123 Intro to Organic & Biochemistry 3*
CHMY124 Intro to Organic & Biochemistry Lab 1
CHMY141 College Chemistry I 3
CHMY142 College Chemistry I Lab 1
CHMY143 College Chemistry II 3*
CHMY144 College Chemistry II Lab 1
CHMY221 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHMY222 Organic Chemistry I Lab 2
CHMY223 Organic Chemistry II 3*
CHMY224 Organic Chemistry II Lab 2
ENSC105 Environmental Science 3
ENSC140 Intro to Geographic Info Systems (GIS) 3
ENSC211 Environmental Policy and Laws 3
ENSC220 Surface Water Hydrology 3
ENSC242 Environmental Sampling I 3
ENSC245 Soils 3
ENSC270 Water Quality 3
ENSC272 Water Resources 3
ENST230 Nature and Society 3
EVSC233 Environment and the Economy 3
GEO101 Introduction to Physical Geology 3
GEO102 Introduction to Physical Geology Lab 1
GEO211 Earth History and Evolution 4
GPHY111 Physical Geography with Lab 4
GPHY262 Spacial Sciences Tech and Applications 3
M115 Probability and Linear Mathematics 3
M121 College Algebra  3
M145 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts 3
M151 Pre-Calculus 4
M171 Calculus I 4
M172 Calculus II 4
NUTR221 Basic Human Nutrition 3
PHSX103 Our Physical World 4
PHSX205 College Physics I 3
PHSX206 College Physics I Lab 1
PHSX207 College Physics II 3*
PHSX208 College Physics II Lab 1
STAT216 Introduction to Statistics 3

B: Written Communication (6 credits)
    Written/Oral Communications Outcomes

  • Demonstrate mastery of engaging, clear, and coherent structures for presenting ideas in a variety of expository and argumentative models
  • Develop ideas logically, clearly, convincingly, and ethically
  • Control the effect of voice in achieving specific communication purposes with specific audiences.
  • Control the conventions of language
  • Understand and apply research skills necessary for academic study
  • Employ analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in both writing and reading
  • Exercise proficiency, confidence, and self-reliance in the application of academic activities
Course Number Course Title Credits
WRIT101 College Writing I 3
WRIT201 College Writing II 3

C: Oral Communication (3 credits)

Course Number Course Title Credits
COMX111 Introduction to Public Speaking 3

D: Social and Psychological Sciences (6+ credits)
    Social and Psychological Science Outcomes

  • Have an awareness of major perspectives in social and individual behavior
  • Be able to apply social science theories to multicul- tural perspectives
  • Understand how historical experiences influence current theories
  • Be able to apply critical thinking skills
  • Be able to recognize and practice ethical research techniques

Course Title Credits
ANTY101 Anthropology & the Human Experience 3(D)
ANTY103 Introduction to Latin American Studies 3
ANTY250 Introduction to Archaeology 3
ECNS201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECNS202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECNS203 Principles of Micro and Macro Economics 3
NASX105 Introduction to Native American Studies 3(D)
PSYX100 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYX120 Research Methods I 3
PSYX161 Fund of Organizational Psychology 3
PSYX182 Stress Management 3
PSYX230 Developmental Psychology 3
PSYX240 Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYX250 Fundamentals of Biological Psychology 3
PSYX260 Fundamentals of Social Psychology 3
PSYX270 Fundamentals of Learning 3
SOCI101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOCI201 Social Problems 3
SOCI215 Introduction to Sociology of the Family 3
SOCI235 Aging and Society 3

E: Humanities/Fine Arts (6+ credits)
    Humanities and Fine Arts Outcomes

  • Identify a variety of artistic styles, movements, schools of thought/expression, and cultures
  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate a range of human expressions and values using critical strategies
  • Engage in imaginative expression
  • Appreciate a diversity of world-views or perspectives
Course Number Course Title Credits
ARTH160 Global Visual Culture 3
ARTZ105 Visual Language - Drawing 3
ARTZ106 Visual Language - 2-D Foundations 3
ARTZ221 Painting I 3
COMM132 Interpersonal Communication 1
COMM133 Small Group Communication 1
COMX250 Introduction to Public Relations 3
CRWR212 Introduction to Nonfiction Workshop 3
CRWR240 Introduction to Creative Writing Workshop 3
FRCH101 Elementary French I 4(D)
FRCH102 Elementary French II 4
HSTA101 American History I 3
HSTA102 American History II 3
HSTA160 Introduction to the American West 3
HSTA215 Post-WW II America 3
HSTA255 Montana History 3
IDSN101 Introduction to Interior Design 3
LIT110 Introduction to Literature 3
LIT212 American Literature Survey 3
LIT213 Montana Literature 3
LIT223 British Literature I 3
LIT224 British Literature II 3
LIT227 Introduction to Shakespeare 3
LIT228 Introduction to Irish Literature 3(D)
LIT230 World Literature Survey 3(D)
LIT250 The Novel 3
LIT291 Special Topics Variable 3
LIT291 Special Topics Variable 3
MUSI101 Enjoyment of Music 3
PHL110 Problems of Good and Evil 3
PHL215 Introduction to Consciousness Studies 3
PSCI210 Introduction to American Government 3
SPNS101 Elementary Spanish I 4
SPNS102 Elementary Spanish II 4
THTR101 Introduction to Theater 3
THTR120 Introduction to Acting I 3

F. Diversity Requirement
    Diversity Component Outcomes

  • Students will appreciate diversity across cultures and be able to reflect upon their own cultural values and systems.
  • Students will understand and be able to analyze the complex political, social, and economic relationships within and among cultures.
  • Students will appreciate the creative works, values, and ways of life and/or history of a cultural group outside of their own culture.

Within their core of 31+ credits, students must take at least three credits in courses that explore cultural diversity. Such courses are marked “D.” Courses labeled “D” can be counted twice, once for diversity AND once for the core requirement or program of study.


Students seeking an A.S. degree must complete an additional 4+ credits the natural science area.

Students have the following options for completing the 22-24 credits required for the program of study.

    Option 1:

  • Complete 24 credits in one of the following areas:
  • Natural Science (Math may be combined)

    Option 2:
    Complete a planned course of study and a capstone in the following areas:

  • Accounting Technology, Business Technology, Business Administration, Computer Technology, Environmental Science
  • Students planning to transfer are advised to work closely with the receiving four-year institution to ensure applicability of Helena College courses to their intended program of study.


Computer Technology ~ Students may pursue a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science at Carroll College.

Programming Option - REQUIRED
CSCI100 Introduction to Programming 3
CSCI111 Programming with Java I 4
CSCI121 Programming with Java II 4
CSCI240 Databases and SQL 4
Choose THREE of the following courses:
CSCI206 .NET Applications 3
CSCI221 Systems Analysis and Design 3
CSCI242 Enterprise Applications 4
CT253 Developing Web Applications 3
CT262 Web Databases 4
Webmaster Option - REQUIRED
CSCI100 Introduction to Programming 3
CSCI111 Programming with Java I 4
CSCI240 Databases and SQL 4
MART145 Web Design 3
Choose THREE of the following courses:
CSCI121 Programming with Java II 4
CSCI210 Web Programming 3
CT253 Developing Web Applications 3
CT262 Web Databases 4
Network Administration Option - REQUIRED
CSCI100 Introduction to Programming 3
ITS212  Network Operating System-Server Admin 4
NTS104 CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks 4
ITS224 Introduction to Linux 3
ITS280 Computer Repair and Maintenance 4
Choose TWO of the following courses:
CSCI240 Databases with SQL 4
NTS105 CCNA 2: Routing and Switching Essentials 3
NTS204 CCNA 3: Scaling Networks 3
Environmental Science
ENSC105 Environmental Science 3
ENSC272 Water Resources 3
ENST230 Nature and Society 3
EVSC135 Topographic Maps and Aerial Photo 3
EVSC140 Introto Geographic Information 
Systems (GIS) 3
EVSC240 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
GEO101 Introduction to Physical Geology 3
GEO102 Introduction to Physical Geology Lab 1
Choose ONE of the following courses:
Math - Trigonometry, Statistics, or Linear Math 3

Associate of Science 4-year degree in Business available at Helena College through partnership with Montana Tech. 

Accounting Technology - REQUIRED
ACTG101 Accounting Procedures I 3
ACTG102 Accounting Procedures II 3
ACTG201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ACTG202 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
BGEN105 Introduction to Business 3
Choose TWO of the following courses:
ACTG180 Payroll Accounting 3
ACTG205 Computerized Accounting 3
ACTG211  Income Tax Fundamentals 3
ACTG215  Foundations of Governmental 
and Not for Profit Accounting 3
Business Technology – REQUIRED
ACTG101  Accounting Procedures I 3
ACTG201  Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ACTG202  Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
BGEN105 Introduction to Business 3
BMKT225 Marketing 3
BMGT235 Management 3
Choose ONE of the following courses:
BFIN205 Personal Finance 3
BFIN265 Introduction to Business Finance 3
BGEN201 Foundations of Business Ethics 3
BGEN235 Business Law I 3
BGEN236 Business Law II 3
BMGT210 Small Business Entrepreneurship 3
BMGT215 Human Resource Management 3
BMGT263 Legal Issues in Human Resources 3
PSCI240 Introduction to Public Administration 3

Associate of Science 4-year degree in Business Administration available at Helena College through partnership with UM - Missoula)

Business Administration (UM Transfer Initiative)
Required Core:

Program of Study (24 credits)
ACTG201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ACTG202 Principles of Managerial Accounting  3
BGEN235 Business Law 3
BMIS270 Management Information Systems 
Foundations for Business 3
CSCI172 Introduction to Computer Modeling 3
ECNS201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECNS202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
M115 Probability & Linear Mathematics 3


Capstones for Programs of Study in Accounting Technology, Business Technology, Computer Technology, and Mental Health Direct Care have specific capstone courses: ACTG299, BGEN299, CSCI299, and PSYX298.

Students must officially declare a Program of Study before enrolling in any capstone, and the course must qualify within that Program of Study. Students undertake capstone projects during their sophomore year and are encouraged to do so during their final semester when appropriate. In the case of a dual Program of Study, students should take a capstone from the predominant program.

ACTG299 Capstone: Accounting 3
BGEN299 Capstone: Business 3
CSCI299 Thesis/Capstone 2
PSYX298 Mental Health Direct Care Internship 3


Students have the opportunity for exploration by taking one MUS college level course (100 level) from the list of General Education core classes.