MSU Billings Catalog

Academic Support

MSU Billings provides a number of support facilities and services on campus to help you succeed in your academic efforts.  Facilities include such obvious ones as the library, computers, and presentation halls for art, drama, and music.  They also include less obvious areas such as language and scientific laboratories, greenhouses, and centers for reading and the measurement of human performance.


(406) 657-1662 Library Ask Here Desk
On the Web:

Darlene Hert, Director

The Montana State University Billings Library, located in the heart of campus, supports the University’s programs of instruction, research, and service by providing library resources in print and digitally.

The Library is designed to help students with their information needs.  Friendly and helpful staff at the Ask Here Desk assist students in finding books, journal articles, websites, and other resources they need for classes.  The MSU Libraries share an online catalog, which provides quick and easy access to materials in twenty-four academic and tribal libraries in the State of Montana, including all the MSU Libraries located in Billings, Bozeman, Havre, and Great Falls.  Other databases link the Library's collections to libraries around the world.  Electronic library resources are available 24/7/365 both on- and off-campus.

Books, journals, documents, and other information in the MSU Billings Library are supplemented by a wide variety of digital resources, such as electronic journals, ebooks, databases, online indexes, streaming video and internet resources.  Interlibrary loan and document delivery services are available to provide materials from other libraries for students and faculty.

The Information Commons is located on the first floor of the Library, offering PCs for student use.  The Information Commons is available at all times the Library is open and has a variety of software applications available for student assignments, internet access, as well as access to research databases.  Copiers, printers, scanners, and microfilm readers are available for student use.  Students may use U-card money for copies and printing in the Library.  There are comfortable furnishings and group study areas on all floors of the Library.

The Library building proides excellent access for people with disabilities.  Students who need assistive technology are encouraged to use the computers with adaptive software and other equipment on computers on the Library’s 2nd floor.

Regular Library Hours

(Fall and Spring Semesters)

Day Hours
Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Summer Hours

Day Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Closed

For specific holiday hours or changes in hours, check the MSU Billings Library website at, or call (406) 657-1662.

City College Library

Technology Building, Room A021
(406) 247-3025

Library Hours

Day Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
Saturday & Sunday Closed

The City College Library is a branch of the MSU Billings Library, and is located in the Technology Building of City College.  The collection supports the wide variety of programs at City College with books, magazines, multimedia, digital resources, and an array of electronic library research databases.

Materials in the City College Library are included in the shared online catalog, accessible in the Library and through the MSU Billings Library web site at  This leads to many other digital resources and useful web sites, as well as to the shared catalog system.

Study areas and computers are available for student use in the Library.  Library staff can assist students and faculty in obtaining materials from the University campus Library or from other libraries on request.

In Fall 2010, the MSUB Library and the Billings Public Library opened the Community Library, an area in the City College Learning Commons space where public library materials may be checked out and returned.  Library users are able to place holds on public library materials and pick them up at the Community Library.  Public library materials may be returned to the book drop conveniently located in the parking lot in front of the Technology Building.  Computers are also available for public use.

Copyright Warning

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.  Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction.  One of these conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.”  If a user exceeds “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Software licensing agreements are very specific, and may prohibit making copies for use by those who have not purchased the software.

Montana State University Billings reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying request, if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request would involve violation of copyright law, licensing agreements or fair use.

Office of Information Technology

COE 401, (406) 247-5755

The Office of Information Technology provides computing and multi-media technology services to students, faculty, and staff.  The office supports over 800 student computers across 2 campuses.  Students may go to College of Education 401 to receive assistance with using computing applications, questions accessing their student login accounts and developing special multi-media technology projects.  Assistance is also available by calling (406) 247-5755.

Student Computing Resources

Information Commons

Library, (406) 247-5755

The Information Commons, an open access computer lab for MSU Billings student use, is located on the first floor of the MSU Billings Library and is available during regular Library hours.  The Information Commons is operated by the Information Technology (IT) department, and has computers, scanners, and laser printers.  A wide variety of software is available for student use, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, Macromedia Studio, ArcGIS, Mathematica, Matlab, Minitab, SPSS, iLife, Oracle, web publishing software, and specific software for various courses and programs.

Students will need money in their U-card accounts to pay for color printing and other services.  People who are not current students, faculty, or staff of MSU Billings will be asked to use the open access computers located in other areas of the Library.

Access is available to the internet, email, and the Library’s online catalog as well as other web-based Library resources.  Each MSU Billings student has space to store his or her course related documents.  Disability accommodation resources are available and students using the Assistive Technology Lab on the first floor of the Library have easy access to the lab and support staff.

City College Information Commons

CC Commons and Health Sciences Building

Computer access is available with standard campus software, the internet, email, and the Library’s online catalog as well as other web-based Library resources to all current MSU Billings students during City College campus hours.

College of Education 401 Academic and Administrative Computing Support

COE 401, (406) 247-5755

COE 401, a computer lab for the design, development, and production of academic multi-media projects, is located on the fourth floor of the College of Education in room 401 and is available 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  COE 401 is operated by the Information Technology (IT) department, and has PCs, iMacs, scanners, cameras, laser printers, and access to color printing.  A wide variety of software is available for student use, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, Macromedia Studio, ArcGIS, Mathematica, Minitab, SPSS, iLife, Oracle, web publishing software, and specific software for various courses.

The lab is open to all current MSU Billings students; Information Technology staff are available to support students in the use of hardware and standard software and to direct them to additional help resources if needed.

Students will need money in their U-card accounts to pay for color printing and other services and preference is given to academic work.

eLearning and Media Services Support

COE 328, (406) 657-2192

A new eLearning and Media Services lab is located in the College of Education room 328.  Media Services provides support for media equipment and audio and video production.  Other services include media transfer, video creation, live video feeds, and technical support for Desire to Learn (D2L), the online course platform.  The office is available for support from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  They can also be contacted by emailing

Wireless Internet Access

The campus has wireless access available to students in common study areas, academic buildings, residence halls, and dining facilities.  This access is available in the Student Union, Library, Liberal Arts, College of Education, City College, Academic Support Center, and McDonald Hall.  Students may bring their computers to the Information Technology Office in College of Education room 401 or to the Information Technology staff at City College for assistance with connecting to the MSUB wireless network.  This provides a secure connection to the student campus resources.

College of Allied Health Professions

Physical Education Building

Faculty, staff, and students can draw on the facilities of the Physical Education Building.  The building includes a 3,300-seat gymnasium with a varsity basketball court, a volleyball court, and a badminton court; a 25-yard swimming pool; a spectator gallery; dressing rooms for men and women with disabilities and an elevator with direct access to the swimming pool; men’s and women’s locker rooms equipped with saunas; and a fitness center with free weights, exercise machines, and selectorized machines.

The facility also includes an annex which has a large gymnasium divisible by curtains into two sections, each with a high school-sized basketball court, two tennis courts, three volleyball courts, six badminton courts, four racquetball courts with glass backwalls and an instructor’s gallery, and a suspended running track with 14 laps to the mile.

In 2004, a new athletic training room and a new human performance lab were added to the physical education building.  The athletic training room includes a wet area complete with whirlpools and ice machines, treatment tables, and a physician exam room.  The athletic training room serves Division II student athletes at Montana State University Billings as well as provides an instructional setting for students in the athletic training program.  The human performance lab is complete with biomechanic, biofeedback, and exercise physiology equipment including a new pulmonary exercise system for monitoring metabolic processes.

College of Arts and Sciences

Northcutt Steele Gallery

The recently remodeled Northcutt-Steele Gallery, the new student gallery, and the Outer Gallery are located on the first floor of the Liberal Arts Building.  The Department of Art sponsors solo and group exhibitions featuring international, national and regional artists.  In addition, student art is exhibited throughout the year in graduating senior exhibitions, end-of-semester shows, and ad hoc shows organized by various student groups.

Presenting both established and emerging artists in a mix of traditional and experimental form, media and subject matter, these exhibits are offered for the benefit of both on and off-campus audiences.  In effect, the exhibits provide everyday access to art—a bridge linking students, the community, and the professional art world.

Exhibits are often accompanied by related events including gallery talks, slide lectures, workshops and receptions.  All the exhibits and the majority of related events are free and open to the public.

Surrounding this exhibition complex are the main Art Department offices, the Visual Resource Center, and the studios for drawing, painting, design, printmaking, new media and photography.  The Art Annex houses the ceramic and sculpture studio including foundry, welding area, and wood shop.  Art history classes meet in various locations.  Art education classes meet in the College of Education building.


Students perform in choirs, bands and other musical ensembles each term.  Performances usually are given in Cisel Recital Hall, a 219-seat recital hall with excellent acoustics and the technology to enable recordings to be made of performances.  It is also used for student recitals.


MSU Billings’ Department of Biological and Physical Sciences maintains a greenhouse on campus to grow a variety of plants year-round, even in the deepest of Montana winters.  The greenhouse enables both students and faculty to work on plant projects no matter the season.


MSU Billings’ Department of Biological and Physical Sciences maintains a herbarium on campus that is registered in Index Herbariorum (a Global Directory of Public Herbaria of the world) and is part of a multi-herbarium web-accessible database of the vascular plants from the Missouri Plateau, U.S.A.  The University Herbarium is a collection of preserved plant specimens (some of which date back to early 1900’s) that serve as a tool for basic research in plant systematics, ecology, phytogeography, and evolution.  They are actively used in teaching and research as a resource to provide population localities for studies of a diverse nature, ranging from biological control to rare plants.  The University Herbarium was originally established in 1976 when the collections from the herbaria of Eastern Montana Normal School, Eastern Montana College, Rocky Mountain College, and USDA Forest Service were consolidated.  It has grown steadily to about 16,000 specimens.  The collections include plants of Montana, (emphasis on eastern Montana and Beartooth Plateau), Plants of India, Venezuela, Roberson County, Texas, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Herbarium, W.K. Kellogg Biological Field Station and vascular plants of Wisconsin, Ohio Utah, and many other places.

Research Projects

Montana State University Billings has been approved by the National Science Foundation as an undergraduate research site, in part because of the extent to which undergraduates have been involved in faculty research in the past.  Colleges which involve undergraduates in research efforts seem to have the highest success rates for training future scientists.  At MSU Billings students have presented research papers at various scientific conferences, such as the Montana Academy of Sciences and others out of state, and have had papers published in professional scientific journals.  Recent grants have made such studies possible for even more students.

National Institutes of Health Program in Biomedical Research Excellence (NIH-INBRE)

MSU Billings administers a 1.8 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health program in Biomedical Research Excellence (NIH-INBRE).  The NIH-INBRE grant supports faculty research in the molecular biology of infectious disease, student research opportunities in the biomedical sciences and the construction of new biomedical research laboratories.  The NIH-INBRE grant also involves close collaborations between faculty at MSU Billings and scientists at other universities in Montana.

College of Business

Small Business Institute

The Small Business Institute (SBI) provides consulting services for small businesses in the Billings Montana area.  Upper division business students, working under the supervision of a faculty member, gain practical experience while using their business training to solve “real world” problems.  SBI cases provide assistance to clients in areas such as finance, marketing, human resource management, business operations and strategic planning.  The program’s value lies not only in the student’s hands-on experience of assisting business people identifying and solving actual business problems, but also in the experience of working with other team members in accomplishing these objectives.  Facing challenges provided in SBI casework provides insights into how businesses operate, opportunities to exercise skills learned in other parts of the program, and experience in developing creative solutions to new business problems.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free tax return assistance to individuals who cannot afford professional tax help.  The program allows students who have taken the income tax course to get firsthand experience preparing income tax returns for low-income, elderly, and handicapped taxpayers.  The VITA program has assisted over 1200 taxpayers each year for the last twelve years.

College of Education

Montana Center for Inclusive Education

The vision of the Montana Center for Inclusive Education is creation of a fully inclusive society that values diversity.  To meet this vision, the Montana Center serves the diverse population of Montana and provides continuing professional development opportunities for educators and service providers.

The activities of the Center are funded by a variety of state and federal resources.  The focus of these grants and contracts is to provide services both directly and through professional development.

The staff of the Montana Center has professional skills related to disability in the areas of employment, work incentives, rehabilitation counseling, transition, hearing conservation, community integration, and collaboration.  The Center also maintains a wealth of research resources on their web page:

Native American Achievement Center

2630 Normal Avenue
(406) 657-2144, (406) 657-2182

The Native American Achievement Center assists American Indian students in making academic, cultural, and social adjustments to Montana State University Billings.  Services include individualized assistance with relocation to Billings, advocacy and referral with campus-based services and off campus services, study skills coaching, and scholarship applications.  The staff help students create internships that are relevant to the American Indian community.  The Native American Achievement Center has a small classroom for some of the Native American Studies classes, or meetings.

The center hosts the annual American Indian Heritage Day, Veterans Medicine Wheel, and the MSUB Powwow.  The Director serves as a liaison with tribal educational representatives and other community organizations.  These relationships foster collaboration with the surrounding communities to host events such as the Montana Indian Athletes Hall of Fame, Riverstone Health’s spring Pink Bingo, and many other social gatherings that help our students feel connected to their culture and other Native people in the Billings region.  The Native American Achievement Center is a home away from home for Native students.

The establishment of the Native American Achievement Center demonstrates that MSUB recognizes and commits to cultural diversity.  The center provides students a familiar setting in an effort to ensure continuing collegiate success.

Intertribal Indian Club

Intertribal Indian Club is open to all interested students.  The Intertribal Indian Club is a student organization, established to assist Native American students in their adjustment to university life, to promote scholastic ability, and to foster pride in the cultural heritage of the Native American.  The club is involved with the planning and sponsorship of an annual Pow Wow, the largest student-sponsored campus event.  Other activities include social events that are culturally appropriate to share in a campus environment such as dances, Native games, documentary films, and Native cuisine.

Yellowstone Public Radio


406 Marbara, (406) 657-2941

From studios on the campus of Montana State University Billings, Yellowstone Public Radio provides a general adult audience with in-depth news, public affairs, and cultural programming, including classical music, jazz and blues, spoken arts and humanities programs.  This station is affiliated with National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International (PRI), the WFMT Fine Arts Network, and American Public Media, along with other program producers and suppliers.  The more than 47,000 listeners reside in Montana and northern Wyoming.

Yellowstone Public Radio consists of ten stations licensed to MSU Billings:  KEMC-FM (Billings), KBMC-FM (Bozeman), KPRQ-FM (Sheridan, WY), KYPR-FM (Miles City), KYPW-FM (Wolf Point), KYPC (Colstrip), KYPB-FM (Big Timber), KYPM-FM (Livingston), KYPH-FM (Helena), and KYPF-FM (Stanford/Lewistown).  YPR also operates 26 translators throughout Montana and northern Wyoming.

Yellowstone Public Radio can be heard on the web at, and on the FM dial at these frequencies:

In Montana:  Billings 91.7, Ashland 89.1, Big Sky 95.9, Big Timber 89.3/90.5, Bozeman 102.1/95.9, Broadus 91.9, Chester and the Sweetgrass Hills area 100.1, Colstrip 88.5/89.9, Columbus 88.5, Conrad 91.3, Cut Bank 88.9, Emigrant & Paradise Valley 91.1, Forsyth 91.1, Gardiner & Yellowstone Park 103.9, Glasgow 91.9, Glendive 88.5, Havre 91.7, Helena 89.1, Lewistown/Stanford 89.5, Livingston 90.1/88.5, Miles City 90.7, Red Lodge 89.1, Shelby 90.3, Terry 91.9, and Wolf Point at 88.3.

In Wyoming:  Buffalo 91.9, Cody 88.5, Greybull & the Big Horn Basin 91.5, Lovell 91.5, Powell 91.5/88.5, Sheridan 88.1,Worland 88.5, and in Yellowstone Park at 104.9/103.9.

International Studies

McD 150 (406) 657-1705

Who am I?  What is my place in this world?  The International Studies Program seeks to engage students in a process of awakening.  Through various study abroad programs and the International Studies Minor, students begin to experience the complexity of cultures and the richness of diversity.  The end result produces students who are involved, lifelong learners, with a concern for the world in which we live, and an ability to become leaders who think of future generations.

More prosaically, the Office of International Studies (OIS), McDonald Hall 150, provides support services for current and prospective international students, the International Studies Club, and facilitates study abroad applications, as well as the Be a Foreign Friend (BFF) program.

Drop by the OIS today to see how your educational experiences and your career opportunities can be enriched.  Learn to be a citizen of the world!

The Minor in International Studies is through the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Physical Education Building, (406) 657-2369

Athletics is an integral part of the college life at MSU Billings for both men and women.  All teams are members of NCAA Division II and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.  Men’s and women’s teams compete on a varsity level in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field; additionally, women compete in volleyball and softball, and men compete in baseball.  MSU Billings Athletics also sponsors a coed varsity cheer team.  All MSU Billings students are admitted free to Yellowjacket Athletics events with a valid student ID.  Schedules, news, and stats are available on the Yellowjacket Athletics website at  Follow MSUB Sports on Facebook and Twitter.

MSU Billings Booster Clubs

PE Building, (406) 657-2369

The Yellowjacket Booster Clubs, one for each sport, are made up of alumni and friends of the University who support the educational and athletic goals of MSU Billings and its student athletes.  Booster Club members provide financial assistance to the University’s athletic programs, encourage community support for academic and athletic programs, and create a solid bond between MSU Billings and its many friends nationwide.  The ultimate goal of the Yellowjacket Booster Clubs is to enrich MSU Billings’ Athletic Program.

Physical Education Building

The Physical Education Building at MSU Billings includes two gymnasiums, a fitness center, a swimming pool, a racquetball court, a running track and other recreational and health facilities.  During set hours each semester the facilities may be used by students and their families for swimming, workouts, etc.  Use is free to students while family members pay a nominal charge.

Recreational Activities

PE 016, (406) 657-2881

The Recreational Activities Program offers a wide range of activities.  It provides all students, faculty and staff with recreational opportunities in competitive and noncompetitive events as well as organized and informal activities as regularly as their time and interest permit.

Intramural Sports  Competition is scheduled for individual, dual and team sports.  Participation is generally arranged in men’s, women’s and coeducational divisions for each activity.  These range from the traditional team sports of flag football, volleyball, basketball and softball, to the popular individual and dual sports such as racquetball, tennis and golf.  Everyone is encouraged to participate regardless of experience or skill.

Leisure Recreation  This informal activity allows those not wishing to be a part of a structured program to make use of the fine recreational facilities.  The Physical Education Building includes two gymnasiums, a swimming pool, six racquetball/handball courts, a weight/exercise room, an indoor jogging track, and locker rooms.

Military and Veterans Success Center 

COE 106 (406)657-2968
Dawn Githens, Director

The Veteran Success Center on the University campus is on the first floor of the College of Education in room 106.  It is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for military affiliated students to use to relax, watch TV, play x-box, eat, meet, study, etc.

There is also a Veteran Lounge on the City College campus on the 1st floor of the Tech Building.

Montana State University Billings Foundation

2615 Virginia Lane, (406) 657-2244

The purpose of Montana State University Billings Foundation is to help the University achieve excellence through the solicitation, investment, and stewardship of financial support.  The Foundation promotes philanthropy, campus and community partnerships, and educational opportunities.

Established in 1968, the MSU Billings Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization under Internal Revenue Service code 501(c)(3).  A governing board of trustees composed of civic, business, and industry leaders guides the Foundation in achieving its mission.  The Foundation staff is dedicated to helping Montana State University Billings and to serving donors, supporters, students, and faculty of MSU Billings with integrity, perseverance, stewardship, and excellence.

MSU Billings Alumni Association

Alumni House (2712 Normal Avenue)
(406) 247-5781 or (406) 657-2244

The Office of Alumni Relations connects the Alumni Association, University, and community.  Graduates of MSU Billings automatically become members of the Alumni Association.  The MSU Billings Alumni Association offers many engagement opportunities to our graduates both near and far.  At MSUB Alumni Association, our mission is to connect and engage with alumni.


Parking Garage, (406) 657-1704
Office hours:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., M-F, except holidays.

MSU Billings parking regulations are a necessary component in providing convenient and safe parking, in addition to efficient and effective traffic control, for all students, faculty, staff and visitors to the university campuses.  They are part of the terms and conditions pertaining to students who are enrolled at MSU Billings, to faculty and staff who are employed by the University, and are applicable to all vehicle owners/drivers on campus, including guests and visitors.  Parking on MSUB campuses is a privilege, not a right.

All vehicles parked on University property must display a current MSUB parking permit.  Parking permits may be purchased online at and also at the University Police & Parking Services office, in the southwest corner of the parking garage on Poly Drive.  Parking regulations/maps are also posted online.