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The micro approach to economics provides a view of the internal workings of an economy in terms of the market structure, pricing and production decisions, resource allocation, and income distribution. This course and ECNS202 may be taken in any order.
This course covers the major legislation affecting the management of people including the topics of discrimination, sexual harassment, employment at will, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The course also covers the topics of hiring and firing employees, discipline, evaluation processes, compensation, and business ethics.
This course examines the legal environment faced by the members of the business community including employers, employees, property owners, retailers, consumers, lenders and borrowers. After developing a basic outline of the legal system, the course focuses on the topics of contract law and commercial transactions.
This course covers the meaning and the purpose of business in our society. The development of business, current trends, and an introduction to the following business areas: forms of business organization, business planning and management, human resource management, marketing, money and finance, and the social responsibilities of business.
This course is an introduction to financial accounting principles and other specific topics such as: the study of a complete accounting cycle for retail and other businesses; assets, liability, and equity accounts; financial statement preparation; corporation, partnership and sole-proprietorship entities; and financial statement analysis.
This basic course covers the purpose and scope of accounting. Students study the difference between assets, liabilities, equity, income, and expenses. Financial statement preparation and analysis is stressed. The emphasis of this course is learning how to make decisions with the information accounting provides.
Topics include the theory of demand, product supply, and performance of the economy as a whole. Various economic policies are considered. Basics of marketing are studied. Marketing strategies and problems associated with agriculture commodities are also studied.
The course deals with utilizing and selecting microcomputer software for the broad field of agriculture. Decision aid software, spreadsheets, database, telecommunication, financial records, GPS, and mapping programs are emphasized. The course also involves computer applications to control, monitor, and calibrate devices.
This course involves gentling and starting a green horse, 2-3 years of age, halter breaking, leading at walk, trotting and backing, handling of feet and legs, feeding, reproduction, and selection practices. Students must have a horse and consent of the instructor.
ARTH101 Foundations of Art F/S 3 Credits Core II Category II This course is designed to provide an introductory overview to the elements and principles of visual arts. Students are presented with a variety of art experiences including various media and production processes, the language of aesthetics, and art criticism. The objective of this course is to give students the opportunity to create art, to view art, to explore aesthetics, and to develop an awareness of the important contribution the visual arts make to our culture and the constructs of our world view. Students interested in an introduction to the basic language of art, education majors, or those seeking an AA degree are encouraged to enroll.
ARTH160 Global Visual Culture F/S alternate years 3 credits Core II Category II or Core VI, This course is designed as an introduction to a broad spectrum of the visual arts of western & non-western cultures from a western art historical perspective with a focus on visual thinking & understanding art through critical analysis of form, content, function, & cultural context. Emphasis is on the visual language employed by artists who practice in a variety of media. The historical & cultural significance of specific works of art is examined, as well as the contributions made by specific artists. Students will be introduced to the critique process, a synthesis of description, analysis, interpretation & evaluation, as a means of honing observational skills & cultivating a greater appreciation of works of art & of the creative process. Fundamental concepts discussed include the themes & purposes of art, the vocabulary of art, the elements of art, & the principles of design. Students are introduced to the following art forms viewing reproductions of art work with discussion of: drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, craft & applied arts, camera arts, communication design & architecture. In addition, art historical issues & topics are discussed.
ARTZ105 Visual Language Drawing and ARTZ212 Drawing Studio, F/S 3 credits Core II Category I, are designed to provide students study and practice in the fundamentals of drawing with an emphasis on drawing from observation. Traditional and contemporary subjects, media, and techniques are used to produce a series of descriptive and expressive drawing exercises and projects. Students explore various concepts of visual organization utilizing the formal elements and the principles of design with the intention of learning to see and interpret volume, spatial and figure-ground relationships with additive and subtractive drawing processes. In addition, students are encouraged to integrate both the analytical and intuitive experience of drawing, to experiment, to cultivate self-discipline and individual style. Students participate in individual and group critiques, as well as, descriptive writing assignments of the process, technique, and meaning of their drawing projects. Students exhibit their artwork. Students develop a basic visual arts vocabulary for making, assessing and viewing drawings & to ultimately create a foundation for expressing individual creativity, vision and style. These traditional skills are a basic foundation for both technical and interpretive drawing, and in general promote critical thinking, communication skills and visual literacy.
ARTZ221 Painting I & ARTZ222 Painting Studio, F/S 3 credits Core II Category I, courses are designed to provide students study and practice in the fundamentals of acrylic and/or oil painting. Traditional, contemporary, experimental, and personal themes, subjects and techniques are used to produce a series of original descriptive and expressive painting exercises and projects. Students explore various elements of composition, color theory and mixing, paint applications, and the use of drawing for transcription to painting. Emphasis is placed on image content and meaning. Students are encouraged to integrate both the analytical and intuitive experience of painting, to experiment, to cultivate self-discipline and individual style. Students participate in individual and group critiques, as well as, descriptive writing assignments of the process, technique, and meaning of their painting projects. Students create a print and digital portfolio and exhibit their paintings. Students develop a basic visual arts vocabulary for making, assessing, and viewing paintings & ultimately create a foundation for expressing individual creativity, vision and style. This painting course promotes technical facility, originality, creativity, visual literacy, critical thinking and communication skills.
Course content includes composing effective communications through letters and memos in a clear, complete, concise manner. Report writing and speaking to groups is also covered. Special emphasis is placed on job hunting and resume writing.
This is a non-transferable, non-core course designed to prepare students for college-level writing courses. This course emphasizes paragraph development and organization, sentence structure, word choice, transitions, punctuation, grammar, word economy, and level of usage. Students scoring 61 or below on the COMPASS Placement Exam or 42 or below on the ASSET Placement Exam are required to take this course as a prerequisite to WRIT101.
This course is a performance course in public speaking. The student will apply the principles of oral public communication in speeches presented to the class.
This course represents the first semester of an objects-first introductory track that covers the fundamental programming concepts in two semesters. The course introduces the fundamental concepts of programming from an object oriented perspective. Topics include simple data types, control structures, inheritance, class hierarchies, polymorphism, and abstract and interface classes as well as debugging techniques and the social implications of computing.
This course provides an overview of the Microsoft Office Suite of applications including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Students will also learn to use the Internet/World Wide Web as a business tool.
This course covers familiarization with the handgun, state laws, and court decisions regarding the use of force and firearms safety. Lab work will consist of practical applications on a firearms range with participation in various firearms qualification courses. Students will use the college’s weapons and ammunition.
This course will address the responsibilities, powers and duties of the uniformed officer. Topics will include patrol procedures, field interrogation, the mechanics of arrest, and patrol as the basic operation of the police function.
Criminal Law is the study of the development of criminal liability. This class covers limitations of liability, the basic requirements of an act and intent, inchoate offenses, crimes against persons, crimes against property, and crimes against public order. Defenses to certain criminal acts will also be covered.
This course provides an overview of the complete criminal justice system, including the establishment of criminal laws, law enforcement, courts, prosecution, defense, corrections, and juvenile justice. Relevant amendments to the U.S. Constitution and court decisions are reviewed, along with landmark cases influencing the criminal justice system.
This course introduces the student to teaching as a profession. It includes the historical, philosophical, social, and psychological foundations of education. Emphasis is placed on the American public school with its breadth of social diversity and technological advancements. Discussion includes the purpose of education, trends and issues in education today and personal attributes required to be a teacher in today’s multicultural and changing world.
This course will explore the relationship between observation and assessment for young children. It will examine the benefits, limitations, and uses of assessment and different assessment instruments, programs, and strategies.
This course is an introductory course to early childhood education and the childcare profession including childcare programs and options. It will focus on personal attributes needed for the childcare provider. It will also take a close look at processes to obtain CDA, associate and bachelor degrees in Early Childhood Education, Montana career path and development, Best Beginnings Program benefits, etc.
This course will explore the benefits, barriers, foundations, and techniques for encouraging parent-teacher partnerships. It will examine family structures and dynamics, cultural values, ethnicity, and community resources.
The student will apply and practice knowledge that was taught in EDEC210, such as how to communicate positively with family and community members. The student will complete 45 hours of supervised lab with a mentor at a licensed/registered childcare facility.
This course focuses on developmentally appropriate practices and its effect on the learner. Emphasis is placed on environmental design, floor plans, lessons plans, scheduling, transitions, bulletin boards, centers, projects, etc.
The student will apply and practice knowledge that was taught in EDEC220, such as establishing developmentally appropriate practices and environment. The student will complete 45 hours of supervised lab with a mentor at a licensed/registered childcare facility.
Students will examine research theories and issues concerning social, emotional, physical, and cognitive child development stages from conception through the early childhood years.
The student will apply and practice knowledge that was taught in EDEC247, such as how to enhance a young child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills and development. The student will complete 45 hours of supervised lab with a mentor at a licensed/registered childcare facility.
This is an introductory survey of the origins and characteristics of “western” cultures and societies, meaning those from the Mediterranean and spreading up to the Baltic Sea, to 1648. After a short introduction to the bronze and early iron ages, the course emphasizes the classical era when Greek and Roman cultures fanned out through the regions, through the Middle Ages, and finishes with the Early Modern period when new states, new religious sects, and developments in technology, learning, and trade transformed the medieval world.
This course treats developments in American history from the earliest colonial beginnings through the period of Reconstruction. It follows the processes of colonial settlement, the growth of self-government in the English colonies, the which beset the British empire during the years 1763-1775, the American Revolution, the creation of a new government under a federal constitution, the growth of political parties, Westward expansion, hardened definitions of nationalism presented by the breakdown of the democratic process, and the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Politics affect all of our lives on a daily basis. Concepts such as “government,” “politics,” “power,” and “democracy” may seem familiar to us but are in fact very complex and multifaceted subjects. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an overview of the American government at the national level. Topics such as the structure of government and the U.S. Constitution, civil liberties and civil rights, political parties and voting behavior, public opinion and interest groups will be examined and explored in this course.
This is the first semester of a two-semester sequence. The course will cover functions, limits and properties of limits, derivatives and applications of derivatives, and an introduction to integration.
This course is an applied mathematics course for Business students. Topics covered include payroll, mathematics of buying and selling, simple and compound interest calculations, annuities, business and consumer loan calculations, and other problems common in business. A special emphasis is placed on time value of money concepts.
This course applies mathematics to a variety of disciplines. It is designed for non-math/science majors. It includes matrices and applications to systems of linear equations; applications to the natural sciences, social sciences, and games. There is an introduction to financial mathematics, sets, counting theorems, elementary probability, and statistics.
This is a continuation of the material presented in Intermediate Algebra. The material will also include conics, functions, logarithms, complex numbers, inverse functions, exponents, induction, sequences and series.
This course is a continuation of the material covered in Introductory Algebra (M90). Topics to be covered include graphing and the Cartesian Coordinate system, rational expressions, radicals and rational exponents, quadratic equations, quadratic inequalities, functions, and exponential/logarithmic equations and functions.
This course is designed for those students needing preparation for Intermediate Algebra or Math for Liberal Arts. The material to be presented includes a review of arithmetic, the real number system, algebraic expressions and equations, problem solving, graphing, exponents, and polynomials, factoring, rational expressions and equations, and radical expressions and equations.
This course is designed for those students who need to improve their basic math skills in order to succeed in beginning algebra. The material in this course will cover whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percent’s, ratios/proportions, an introduction to measurements, and signed numbers.
This course is an introduction to music production, including hands-on studio recording and live performances, editing, and notation.
This course involves study in ear training and sight singing to develop aural perception of tonal and temporal relationships.
This course involves study of harmony in common practice, musical notation and interaction of the elements of music in harmony and counterpoint, musical analysis, and composition, including, but not limited to, Western culture. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in using Finale and digital recording equipment in the arrangement and composition processes.
This course is designed for students interested in the development of ear training skills. The student will gain a good understanding of the basic practices of sight-reading and melodic and harmonic dictation. The student will gain the confidence needed to mentally hear the music previously unknown to him or her. These skills will improve their performance skills, both instrumentally and vocally. This class is required of music majors and minors, and may be required of students in a music option. Students should check the catalog of their transferring institution.
This course involves study of harmony in common practice, musical notation and interaction of the elements of music in harmony and counterpoint including, but not limited to, that of Western culture. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in using Finale and digital recording equipment in the arrangement and composition processes.
This course examines computer notation software, sound boards, microphone, cables, speakers, and the understanding of how sound is produced. This class will include lecture and hands-on skill development using sound hardware, recording, editing, and notation software.
Performance training in vocal literature. Vocal ensembles of various genres with performance at community and college events. May be repeated.
Instrumental ensembles of various genres with performance at community, sporting and college events. May be repeated.
Basic instruction in techniques of chord and music reading, classical guitar, tablature, and solo and ensemble performance. May be repeated.
Individualized lessons.
This course provides an introductory examination of popular music’s roots, history, and its social and political relationships. The context of the class will increase the awareness of the heritage of pop music and appreciation of its diversity, and develop a perception of the underlying kinship of its many styles. Students should check the catalog for transferability at their transferring institution.
This course examines human life, experience, and thought in order to discover and develop the principles and values for pursuing a more fulfilled existence. Theories designed to justify ethical judgments are applied to a selection of contemporary personal and social issues.
This course is an introduction to the methods of study in psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience, including an overview of physiological aspects of behavior, sensation, perception, research methodology, statistics, learning principles, motivation, intelligence, cognition, abnormal behavior, personality, therapy, and social psychology.

Complete Introduction to Psychology instructed by Professor Bruno

Sociology is the study of individuals and society and their impact upon each other. This course will provide an overview of the principles, concepts, and methods of sociology. Focuses will include socialization, social groups, stratification, social institutions, society and culture. A global perspective is included in conjunction with examining U.S. society, and current events will be incorporated into the course to allow students the ability to understand social phenomena as it applies to the real world.
Criminology may be defined as the study of crime, its causes, and its controls. In addition to examining the various causes of crime, this course will overview various categories of crimes, criminals, and controls that have been established in an attempt to provide the student with an understanding of the impact, causes, and prevention of crime in our society.
The laboratory exercises are designed to relate to the concepts from NRSM101 to rangeland management. Rangeland inventory and classification methods will be reviewed. Sixty common native and introduced plants will be identified in the field and in the classroom. 
This course is an overview of soils, water, rangelands and wildlife conservation from the global to the local level. Impacts of human population growth, economics, ethics and agriculture on the sustainability of natural resources will be examined using basic principles of ecology. The application of ecological principles to agriculture and rangeland management will be included. 
A more mathematically intensive approach to the topics of general chemistry, intended for science-oriented majors. Topics covered include matter and measurement, atomic theory, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, aqueous reactions, solution stoichiometry, thermochemistry, electronic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, and gases.
The basic principles of modern chemistry, including measurement, atomic theory and structure, the periodic table, covalent and ionic bonding, nomenclature, stoichiometry, the gas laws, solutions, acids and bases, chemical equilibrium, and nuclear chemistry.
This class will be a study of human physiology and anatomy that is particularly suitable for nurses, physical education majors, biology majors, and the allied health professions. This semester will include cellular biology, the skeletal system, the integumentary system, muscular system, and the nervous system.
This course is an introduction to the structure, function, and reproduction at the cellular level of organization. This will include the study of both plant and animal cells. This course is designed to be an introductory course for other biology courses.
This is a general survey course providing an overview of biology. The course includes an introduction to cells (both plant and animal), the relationship between cells and energy (cellular respiration and photosynthesis) and the cell cycle (mitosis). Inheritance and the role of genetics in today’s world is also presented. The relationship between plants, animals and their environment is also explored.
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) is the most common welding process used for pipe welding and outdoor fabrications. Students will gain an understanding of electrode selection, machine set-up and amperage selection. Flat, vertical, and overhead positions will be practices. Student welds will be subjected to bend testing and familiarization.
Students will study the basic skills needed to fabricate various projects. Focus of this course is how to ensure plumb, level, and square are achieved as well as prevention practices for metal warp and part movement during welding. Multiple cutting, grinding, drilling, and welding processes will be practiced.
Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) is a wire-feed welding process that does not require a shielding gas. It has fabrication and repair applications for outdoor uses when SMAW is not practical. Students will become familiar with machine set-up procedures, process applications, and dual-shield techniques. Flat, vertical, and overhead positions will be taught and practiced. Completed welds will be bend-tested for familiarization purposes.
Provides layout and fitting skills applicable to an industrial welding and fabrication shop. Tasks include reading prints, estimating, and ordering materials. Employs simple layout, parallel line development, radial line development, triangulation for pattern development and applied math concepts.
All fabrication begins with raw materials, which are shaped and fitted using a variety of cutting processes. This course is designed to demonstrate and familiarize the student with multiple torch cutting equipment and form an understanding of how to use each in a way to minimize waste and clean-up time.
This course is intended to teach the theory that accompanies the practical application of welding. Students will gain an understanding of the “why” that will impact their ability of the “how”. All welding and cutting processes are explained through lecture and instructor led demonstrations.
Students will be introduced to a basic understanding of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and inspection of automated shop equipment. This course is designed to teach students safe shop practices prior to using any tooling in the welding lab. Successful completion of this course is a required prerequisite for all offered welding courses that are lab based.
Further expansion of the skills learned in WLDG241 including structural and vehicle fabrication will be taught. In-depth projects will include the ability to accurately use flame and plasma torches, making assembly jigs, and fabrication of moving parts.
This course provides the student with a thorough technical understanding of preparation and fit-up for welding pipe. Students acquire the necessary skills to perform satisfactory welds on different materials of pipe, in all positions and situations, using SMAW welding process. The student develops the skills necessary to produce quality pipe fitting and welds needed in today’s workforce.
This course examines the theories and empirical evidence behind the accepted theories of chemical addiction and dependence. The disease model will be studied to identify its strengths and weaknesses. Alternative perspectives will be covered in order to glean their strengths and weaknesses. Students will debate the pros and cons of all perspectives and will summarize their personal positions re: dependence and addiction theories in a major paper. The impact of these causative beliefs in directing diagnosis and treatment will be raised. Forty-five contact hours are devoted to this exploration.
A major objective of this course is the development of an understanding of the production and management techniques necessary for the successful operation of the horse enterprise. Management practices concerned with feeding, breeding, and health programs receive considerable attention. Age determination, breeding, health care, unsoundness, way of going, nutrient needs, parasite control, buildings, and equipment are among the many specific areas covered. Students will cover material related to preventative equine medicine and methods associate with such care.