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.
A student may earn a second bachelor's degree at Rocky Mountain College by taking a minimum of 150 credits (of which at least 49 must be upper-division) and by completing all requirements for declared majors. 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 graduation application to the Office of Student Records.