All provisions within this catalog are subject to change without notice. If you have questions or comments, please contact

Associate of Arts Transfer in Music

Associate of Arts Degree with Music Transfer to MSU & UM

This Associate of Arts with coursework in Music is designed for students interested in a baccalaureate degree in Music.

The Associate of Arts (AA) includes education across academic disciplines. Focusing on integration of information while increasing a student’s employ-ability, the AA is designed for transfer-ability to a baccalaureate program.

Upon completion of the 31 credits required in the core, students are eligible to receive a Certificate in General Studies from Great Falls College MSU. The Certificate recognizes the completion of the core and is approved by the Montana University System Board of Regents. Students may use the Certificate to demonstrate completion of the core when transferring within the MUS or as a milestone to earning an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree at Great Falls College MSU.

To receive the AA degree, the following requirements must be completed:

Montana University System Core Requirements31
Computer Skills/Usage requirement3
Coursework in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences9
Final cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0

Courses taken to fulfill one specific requirement, including courses in the Elective block, may not be used to fulfill another specific requirement; thus, a course taken to fulfill the Natural Science requirement in the Montana University System Core may not be used as an Elective.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Demonstrate the outcomes achievable by completing the Montana University System Core.

  • Select and use the appropriate technologies for personal, academic, or career tasks.

  • Think critically in evaluating information, solving problems, and decision-making.

  • Consider the application of the natural and physical sciences and mathematics in the context of today’s world.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Tuition and Fees $6,835
Application Fee $30
Lab Fees $105
Books/Supplies $2,048
Total $9,018

Many Students need preliminary math, science, and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

Students who plan to transfer should consult with the intended receiving institution to determine whether or not additional core courses may be required to satisfy the institution's General Education Core.

Offered Online and On Campus

I. GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement

II. Montana University System Core Courses - 31 semester hours

Communication - 6 Credits (3 credits written, 3 credits verbal)

WRIT 101College Writing I **,+3
COMX 111Intro to Public Speaking +3
COMX 115Intro to Interpersonal Communc +3

Mathematics - 3 Credits

M 105Contemporary Mathematics **,+3
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics **,+4

Humanities/Fine Arts - 6 Credits

CRWR 240Intro Creative Writing Wrkshp +3
LIT 110Intro to Lit +3
LIT 270Film and Literature *,+3
LIT 291Special Topics-Literature +3
LSH 201Introduction to the Humanities +3
PHL 101Introduction to Philosophy +3
PHL 110Introduction to Ethics +3
WGSS 242Gender and Equality +3
Fine Arts
ARTH 160Global Visual Culture +3
ARTZ 101Art Fundamentals +3
ARTZ 105Visual Language-Drawing +3
MUSI 101Enjoyment of Music +3
MUSI 103Fundamntls of Musical Creation +3
MUSI 203American Popular Music +3
MUSI 207World Music (equiv to 307) +3

Natural Science - 7 Credits (Must include 1 lab course)

BIOB 101Discover Biology/Lab **,+4
BIOB 160Princpls of Living Systems/Lab **,+4
BIOB 170Prin Biological Diversity/Lab **,+4
BIOH 104Basic Human Biology & Lab **,+4
BIOH 108Basic Anatomy **,+4
CHMY 101Discover Chemistry +3
CHMY 121Intro to General Chem w/Lab **,+4
CHMY 141College Chemistry I w/Lab **,+4
CHMY 143College Chemistry II w/Lab *,+4
GEO 101Intro to Physical Geologyw/Lab +4
NUTR 221Basic Human Nutrition +3
PHSX 105Fund of Physical Science w/Lab +4
PHSX 205College Physics I w/Lab **,+4
PHSX 220Physics I w/Lab **,+4

Social Sciences/History - 6 Credits

Social Sciences
BGEN 105Introduction to Business +3
CJUS 121Intro to Criminal Justice +3
ECNS 201Principles of Microeconomics +3
ECNS 202Principles of Macroeconomics +3
PSCI 210Intro to American Government +3
PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology +3
PSYX 230Developmental Psychology +3
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology +3
HSTA 101American History I (N) +3
HSTA 102American History II (N) +3
HSTA 255Montana History (N) +3
HSTR 101Western Civilization I +3
HSTR 102Western Civilization II +3

Cultural Diversity - 3 Credits

ANTY 101Anthro & the Human Experience +3
LSH 244American Cultural Values +3
NASX 204Intro to NA Beliefs & Philsphy (N) +3
NASX 232MT Ind Cltrs/Hstry/Iss (=332) (N) +3
NASX 240Native American Lit (=to 340) (N) +3
SIGN 101Intro to American Sign Lang +3
SPNS 101Elementary Spanish I +4
SPNS 102Elementary Spanish II *.+4

Cultural Heritage of American Indians - 3 Credits

Courses with an “N” behind the course title will fulfill the Cultural Heritage of American Indians requirement as well as a designated core area requirement. +

III. Computer Skills/Usage - 3 credits

CAPP 131Basic MS Office +3
OR a satisfactory Computer Skills test score. Students, who demonstrate compentency through the exam, will need to take 3 additional elective credits to complete the Associate of Arts.

IV. Concentration in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences - 9 credits

To be completed from list of Required electives below: +

V. Required Electives - 17 credits

Students are required to complete all of the electives listed below.
Nine credits from the list below will be used to fulfill the Concentration in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences listed in Section IV.
An additional 2 credits or applied lesson or ensemble are the recommended electives to complete the required elective requirements.
MUSI 105Music Theory I *3
MUSI 106Music Theory II *3
MUSI 112College Choir1
MUSI 135Keyboard Skills I1
MUSI 136Keyboard Skills II *1
MUSI 140Aural Perception I *2
MUSI 141Aural Perception II *2
MUSI 195Applied Music I *1
MUSI 205Music Theory III *3
MUSI 206Music Theory IV *3
MUSI 240Aural Perception III *2
MUSI 241Aural Perception IV *2
Students are encouraged to see their advisor in regard to elective and concentration credits that will transfer to the applicable major and/or minor at the 4 year institution. Students may be required to audition at the 4 year insitution.

Total Program Credits - 60