Baccalaureate Degree Programs
Students may earn a bachelor's degree in the following programs. Some majors have several concentrations; see the department description for details.
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts
Minors are offered in all of the major programs listed above. In addition, minors are also offered in the following programs:
- Organizational Leadership
- Master's of Accountancy (M.Acc.)
- Master's of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)
- Master's of Educational Leadership (M.Ed.)
Individualized Program of Study (IPS)
An individualized program of study allows students to design a program that is not regularly offered by Rocky Mountain College. A student determines, with the help of faculty advisors, a program of study tailored to meet individual needs and interests. An IPS can be developed for either a major or minor. All other graduation requirements must be completed, including all core curriculum requirements.
An IPS must be a pre-planned program of study; therefore, IPS proposals should be submitted to the Curriculum Committee by the end of the sophomore year.
Proposals offered after the sophomore year require approval of submission to the committee by the academic vice president.
IPS proposals are reviewed by the Curriculum Committee for approval. Applications should include the educational rationale behind the program along with a list of all courses to be applied toward the program. The application should also include requirements of similar programs from at least two other accredited institutions. All IPS majors and minors must meet the minimum criteria listed in the requirements for a baccalaureate degree. Proposals are evaluated on the basis on whether or not an IPS provides a coherent program of study, whether the proposed program is similar in breadth and depth to programs at other institutions, whether such a program can better meet the needs of the student, and whether or not the student can offer evidence of the ability to plan and carry out such an individualized program. To be eligible for consideration, the student must be available for regular on-campus contact with the major advisor. Please contact the Office of Student Records at 406.657.1030 for further guidance on the preparation of an IPS proposal.
For information about licensure, see "education" in the "academic programs" section of the catalog.
Associate's of Arts Degree Requirements
A minimum of 62 semester hours is required, of which at least the last 31 have been taken at Rocky Mountain College; the core curriculum requirements listed below must be met. A candidate must have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 ("C") for all courses applying to the degree.
Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
A minimum of 124 semester hours (certain programs may require more) is required. No more than 64 semester hours (96 quarter hours) are acceptable in transfer from a two-year college. Unless being counted toward a major, a maximum of eight credits in applied music, eight credits in ensemble, eight credits in theatre production, or eight credits in physical education activity courses (only two courses in the same physical education activity) may be counted toward graduation.
Unless being counted toward the major, no more than a total of 12 of these activity credits can count toward the total credit requirement.
The core curriculum requirements listed below must be met:
- A candidate must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00 for all courses applying to the degree and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 in all courses taken at Rocky Mountain College.
- Students must complete a major with a GPA of at least 2.25 in courses in the major. The specific requirements for a particular major are listed in the catalog under the program concerned. The student must complete at least three courses in their major field at Rocky Mountain College.
Forty semester hours must be earned in upper-division courses, including at least 12 in the major field. If a minor is chosen, it must include a minimum of six upper-division semester hours.
A candidate for a baccalaureate degree must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours at Rocky Mountain College, including at least 20 upper-division semester hours (toward the required 40 semester hours of upper-division credits).
Twenty-four of the last 30 semester hours required for graduation must be earned in residence. This requirement may be waived in exceptional cases upon approval of the academic vice president.
Master's of Accountancy Degree Requirements
The accountancy program at Rocky Mountain College is designed to prepare students for careers in public, governmental, not-for-profit, or industrial accounting. The program is designed to allow students to build on skills and knowledge developed through undergraduate coursework to become skilled, entry-level professional accountants upon graduation. The curriculum is based on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) core competencies and prepares students to sit of the certified public accountant exam. In its entirety, the program is comprised on both undergraduate and graduate study, which ultimately leads to the master's of accountancy degree.
Students who begin the accountancy program as undergraduates will graduate, upon completion of all requirements, with both a bachelor's of science in business management and a master's of accountancy. The entire curriculum consists of 150 semester hours for both the bachelor's of science and the master's of accountancy.
Students who enter the accountancy program as baccalaureate degree holders from an institution other than Rocky Mountain College must meet only the master's of accountancy requirements and will graduate with only the master's of accountancy. These students should consult with their academic advisor to ensure that, in total, their academic preparation makes them eligible for the CPA exam.
Depending upon the student's academic background, additional courses may be necessary to become eligible for the CPA exam.
Master's of Physician Assistant Studies Degree Requirements
A minimum of 63 sequential semester hours in the didactic phase, followed by 42 semester hours in the clinical instruction phase is required. Students must satisfactorily complete all courses in the professional program with a GPA of at least 3.00.
Master of Educational Leadership Degree Requirements
The master of educational leadership program at Rocky Mountain College is designed to prepare educational leaders for a career as a principle or superintendent. This cohort-based program begins in the early fall and completes in late spring over a course of eleven months. The program follows the state and national standards for educational leadership and is rooted in Effective School Research. Blending theory and practice through coursework and an intensive internship, candidates will be prepared to be instructional leaders at the K-12 level. The program is 34 credits in length depending on previous coursework. This program has a minimal residency requirement.
Core Curriculum Requirements
Students must complete the following core curriculum requirements to earn a baccalaureate degree at Rocky Mountain College. Methods of completing each requirement are explained below. From time to time, special topics courses may be offered that can satisfy a particular requirement. Contact the Office of Student Records to confirm if a given special topics course is appropriate as a core curriculum requirement.
Students who complete the core curriculum at Rocky Mountain College will be able to:
- Compose essays that demonstrate critical thinking, command of standard grammar, and logical organization;
- Demonstrate critical, analytical, and creative problem solving skills;
- Analyze texts and other materials critically and creatively;
- Construct and analyze models using approximation or statistical techniques;
- Construct and deliver clear, well-organized oral presentations;
- Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and methods of the natural sciences;
- Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and methods of the social sciences;
- Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and methods of the fine arts; and
- Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and methods of the humanities.
After completing the core curriculum requirement in mathematics, students will be able to:
- Solve algebraic equations and manipulate algebraic expressions;
- Create graphs and tables of mathematical objects and identify properties of the graphs and tables;
- Construct mathematical models of real-world situations using approximation or statistical techniques;
- Make decisions based on mathematical analysis of real-world situations; and
- Apply abstract mathematical methods independent of a discipline-specific application.
The core curriculum requirement in mathematics is fulfilled by both of the following:
- MAT 100: College Algebra or a placement exam score necessary to test out of College Algebra (see the following chart).
- One of the following courses:
- MAT 152: To Infinity and Beyond
- MAT 175: Calculus I
- MAT 176: Calculus II
- MAT 210: Probability and Statistics
Advanced placement credit in math may not be used to satisfy this requirement, but may be applied to overall elective credit.
ACT score less than 19
SAT score less than 450
COMPASS score Pre-Algebra 25-100 or Algebra 0-24
|MAT 090: Elementary Algebra|
ACT score 19-22
SAT score 450-549
COMPASS score Algebra 25-100 or College Algebra 0-24
|MAT 100: College Algebra|
ACT score 23-25
SAT score 550-609
COMPASS score College Algebra 25-100 or Trigonometry 0-40
Student tests out of the MAT 100 requirement.
MAT 103: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I
MAT 110: Precalculus
MAT 152: To Infinity and Beyond
MAT 210: Probability and Statistics
ACT score 26 or higher
SAT 610 or higher
COMPASS score Trigonometry 41-100 or higher
Student tests out of the MAT 100 requirement.
MAT 175: Calculus I
Students without ACT or SAT scores must take the COMPASS exam to determine placement. If a student wishes to take a course at a higher level than where he or she places, the student must take the COMPASS exam to challenge that placement.
After completing the core curriculum requirement in writing, students will be able to:
- Support a thesis using credible, appropriate, accurate, and sufficient source material;
- Read texts from a variety of genres and cultural perspectives;
- Demonstrate a command of standard written English and academic writing standards;
- Employ multiple analytical and rhetorical methods of writing;
- Incorporate research and cite sources correctly; and
- Demonstrate competence of the close reading of texts.
Requirement (6 semester hours)
Students must successfully complete both of the following:
- ENG 119: First-Year Writing
- ENG 120: Critical Reading and Evaluative Writing
Advanced placement courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement, but may be applied to overall elective credit.
Cut-off scores for entering freshman and COMPASS challenge scores for placement at a higher level:
Entering students who have not completed an equivalent first-year writing course (ENG 119 at RMC) at the college-level must complete ENG 119 and ENG 120 as part of the core curriculum. To determine whether a student is prepared to succeed in ENG 119, the English faculty have established the following as cut-off scores on the ACT and SAT tests:
- ACT English 18 and greater: ENG 119
- SAT Reading and Writing 450 and greater: ENG 119
Students scoring under 18 on the ACT or under 450 on the SAT should be enrolled in ENG 118: Basic Composition. Students who believe their skills in reading and writing would enable them to perform well in ENG 119, despite ACT or SAT scores that recommend ENG 118, may challenge placement by taking the COMPASS exam. Students who wish to challenge placement must take the COMPASS Writing Skills and Reading Skills test.
Cut-off scores for admission to ENG 119 on these two COMPASS tests are:
- Writing – 29 and greater
- Reading – 55 and greater
After completing the core curriculum requirement in communication studies, students will be able to:
- Develop an organized, cogent speech;
- Develop a persuasive speech that ethically utilizes evidence and persuasive appeals;
- Effectively deliver speeches; and
- Use critical-listening skills to evaluate the evidence and arguments of others.
Requirement: Public Speaking (3 semester hours)
Fulfilled by successfully completing the following:
- COM 102: Public Speaking
Upon completion of Requirement 1 in the fine arts, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts and methods of a fine art; and
- Describe the interrelationships between a fine art, history, and culture.
Requirement 1: (3 semester hours)
Students must successfully complete a course from the following:
- Art : ART 215/315, ART 220, ART 221, ART 222, ART 321, ART 322, ART 323
- Music: MUS 101, 140, MUS 204/304, MUS 205/305
- Theatre: THR 101, THR 131, THR 433, THR 434
Upon completion of Requirement 2 in the fine arts, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate the capacity to evaluate works of a fine art based on disciplinary criteria; and
- Demonstrate competence in applying fundamental concepts, methods, skills, and techniques to a specific fine art.
Requirement 2: (3 semester hours)
Students must successfully complete a course from the following:
- Art: ART 101, ART 121, ART 243, ART 244, ART 251, ART 252
- Music: MUS 215/315
Three semesters in concert band (MUS 283/383), concert choir (MUS 271/371), or jazz ensemble (MUS 286/386) can fulfill this requirement. The three credits must be taken in the same ensemble.
- Theatre: THR 132, THR 135, THR 203, THR 230, THR 235, THR 240, THR 245, THR 310, THR 315, THR 320, THR 336, THR 347, THR 391
The fine arts core curriculum requirement is fulfilled by successfully completing one course of at least three semester hours from each requirement. The two courses must be from different disciplines.
After completing the core curriculum requirements in the humanities, students will be able to:
- Critically analyze source material and compose clearly reasoned and supported written arguments;
- Demonstrate knowledge of key terms, methods, and figures of literature, philosophy and religious thought, and history, as per course discipline; and
- Demonstrate knowledge of how cultures express and negotiate complex social and ethical concerns and conflict.
Requirement 1: History (3 semester hours)
Students must successfully complete a course in history from the following:
- History: HST 103, HST 104, HST 211, HST 212, HST 232, HST 260, HST 303, HST 304, HST 311, HST 313, HST 324, HST 325, HST 356, HST 358, HST 363, HST 365, HST 370
Requirement 2: Literature (3 semester hours)
Students must successfully complete a course in literature from the following:
- English: ENG 223, ENG 224, ENG 242, ENG 244, ENG 245, ENG 247, ENG 252, ENG 253, ENG 270, ENG 272, ENG 273, ENG 282, ENG 283, ENG 291
Requirement 3: Philosophy and Religious Thought (3 semester hours)
Students must successfully complete a course in philosophy and religious thought from the following:
- Philosophy and Religious Thought: PHR 100, PHR 120, PHR 205, PHR 210, PHR 211, PHR 212, PHR 218, PHR 220, PHR 236, PHR 303, PHR 304, PHR 310, PHR 312, PHR 317, PHR 320, PHR 321, PHR 330, PHR 340, PHR 362, PHR 370, PHR 375, PHR 378, PHR 421, PHR 450, PHR 460, PHR 483, PHR 490, PHR 499
Upon successfully completing the core curriculum requirement in the social sciences, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate critical thinking about major ideas in the field through writing;
- Use the appropriate disciplinary approach to study human behavior; and
- Identify ethical issues relevant to the human condition.
Requirement: (6 semester hours)
Students must complete two courses of at least three semester hours each in psychology, sociology, economics, or political science. These two courses must be in different disciplines. Courses satisfying this core curriculum requirement include:
- Psychology: PSY 101, PSY 205, or PSY 206
- Sociology: SOC 101 or SOC 102
- Political Science: POL 101, POL 225, or POL 313
- Economics: ECO 205
After successfully completing the core curriculum requirement in the natural sciences, students will be able to:
- Characterize and describe the importance of the scientific method in one of the following fields: biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, or physics;
- Identify, locate, interpret, and evaluate scientific information from various sources; and
- Conduct basic experiments that investigate scientific questions using appropriate equipment and methods. This objective is satisfied only when the class has a laboratory component.
Requirement: (7 semester hours)
Fulfilled by successfully completing two courses in biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, or physics. At least one of the courses must have a laboratory component. Both courses cannot be in the same discipline. Courses that satisfy this core curriculum requirement include:
- Biology: BIO 102*, BIO 105, BIO 120*, BIO 252
- Chemistry: CHM 100*, CHM 101*, CHM 260
- Environmental Science: ESC 105*, ESC 215, ESC 243*, ESC 244*
- Geology: GEO 101/104*, GEO 218
- Physics: PHS 101*, PHS 105*, PHS 201*
Courses marked with a * have a laboratory component.
Transfer Credits for Core Curriculum Requirements
Although the College reserves the right to refuse incoming transfer credits, credits from accredited colleges normally will be accepted subject to these conditions:
- No more than 94 semester hours or 135 quarter-hours of credit are acceptable from four-year colleges.
- No more than 64 semester hours or 96 quarter-hours are acceptable from two-year colleges.
- No junior- or senior-level credit will be allowed for courses from two-year colleges.
- No "F" grades will be accepted.
- No preparatory/developmental classes below 100-level will be accepted.
A student may earn a second bachelor's degree at Rocky Mountain College by taking a minimum of 30 additional credits in residence beyond the credits earned for the first bachelor's degree and by completing all requirements for a second major. Nine of the minimum additional credits for the second degree must be at the upper-division level. Students at the College may concurrently earn both bachelor's of science and bachelor's of arts degrees if they have a minimum of 150 credits and have fulfilled all requirements for both degrees. Students may also transfer to Rocky Mountain College to attain a second degree. These students must meet all degree requirements outlined for transfer students to Rocky Mountain College. Students wanting to obtain a second degree must file a written application to the Office of Student Records.
Students are expected to register on the days specified in the academic calendar. Registration is not complete until financial arrangements are made with the business office. After one week of classes, permission from the instructor must be obtained before entering a course. After two weeks of classes, no student will be allowed to register in regular classes.
Classification of Students
Students are classified at the beginning of each semester in each academic year according to the following definitions of class standing:
- Freshman: A student who has earned fewer than 27 semester hours.
- Sophomore: A student who has earned 27 to 59 semester hours.
- Junior: A student who has earned from 60 to 89 semester hours.
- Senior: A student who has earned 90 or more semester hours.
- Regular: Admission requirements fulfilled and systematically pursuing a definite course of study toward a degree.
- Conditional: Does not meet requirements for regular admission. Must establish regular (non-probationary) standing by the end of the first semester in residence.
- Special: A student who is not a candidate for a degree at Rocky Mountain College.
- Auditor: A student who attends class regularly, but does not receive credit or grade. A regular student may audit a course without charge, providing his or her course load remains within the 12- to 19-credit range.
Academic advisors are assigned to students based on their area of major interest upon entrance to Rocky Mountain College. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors frequently to review graduation requirements, plan class schedules, and talk about their futures. Students may change academic advisors at any time during the year by filing a request for change of academic advisor in the Office of Student Records. For more information about academic advising, contact the director of academic advising at firstname.lastname@example.org.