301.12† Undergraduate Degree Requirements; Associate
Effective September 24, 1999; Issued October 11, 1999
1. †††††††††† Units of the Montana University
System and the publicly -funded community colleges may offer
the Associate of Arts the Associate of Science , and the Associate
of Applied Science s degree s and
certificates of completion
in those academic and occupational areas approved by the Board of Regents.
Requirements for associate
degrees offered by units
1. of the Montana University System
and the community colleges are differentiated by type of degree, as follows:
a.††††† The associate of arts or the associate of
science degree is normally limited to 60
semester credits.†† The program of study
is designed for transfer to a four-year institution and
includes an approved general education core.†
The degree title carries no
designation of field of study except as provided in item 3 below. Similarly, a
program may exceed the 60-semester hour limit as provided in item 3 below.
b.††††† The associate of applied science degree
must comprise a minimum of 60 semester credits and is limited to a maximum of
72 semester credits.† The program of
study is designed to prepare individuals for employment and contains sufficient
general education or related education courses to satisfy regional
accreditation association requirements.†
The degree title always carries a designation of the field of study.
3.†† In rare cases, there may be reason to permit
more that 60 semester credit hours and/or designation of field of study with
the associate of arts or associate of science degree title. The unit
requesting modification of degree
requirements should address its request through
the Deputy Commissioner for Academic and Student Affairs. Upon receipt of such
a request, the Deputy Commissioner shall refer it to the Two-Year Committee for review and may take it to
the Academic and Student Affairs Sub-committee of the
Board of Regents for final disposition.
a.††††† If a unit of the Montana University System
or one of the community colleges can demonstrate that external specialized
accreditation requirements call for more than 60 semester hours of credit for
the associate of arts or science degree, it may request modification of degree
hours as outlined above.
b.††††† If a unit of the Montana University System
or one of the community colleges can demonstrate compelling, externally imposed
requirements for the designation of field of study, it may request modification
of degree title as outlined above.
History: Action of the Board of Regents to adopt Two-Year Committee
recommendations, July 11, 1997; Item 104-105-R0799 amended by action of the
Board of Regents July 8, 1998; policy approved September 24, 1999.