Jan 20-Apr 24, 2015
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $915.50 NSTA members receive a discount.
Instructor(s): David Walters

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Course Description

This course begins with establishing the necessary background for understanding snow and avalanches. The course then progresses into methods for solving problems related to snow and avalanche mitigation including topics from route selection to explosives placement. This course is designed to educate the teachers in the basics of snow and avalanche physics such that they may apply what they learn in their own classrooms to excite their students about science and physics. The course requires comfort with simple mathematical calculations, independent research, and communication with your peers and instructor via the on-line interface.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers log into the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 9 - 12 hours each week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.


David Walters. PhD candidate in the College of Engineering


  • Bachelors degree;
  • must have at least one year teaching experience or instructor approval is required;
  • is required to have completed at least one teaching mathematics course, have taught math or physics for two years, or have undergraduate math coursework equivalent to the level of college algebra

Target Audience

The course is designed to serve teachers seeking a Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) degree at Montana State University. However, the course will be open to any interested teacher meeting the course prerequisites defined above.

Time Commitment:

9-12 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $105.50
 Computer Fee$10.50
 Distributed Learning Fee$0.00

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

NSTA Members are eligible to receive a 10% discount on tuition. Enter your NSTA Membership Number when you are asked for it on the registration form.

Required Books/Materials

  • The Avalanche Handbook by P. A. Schaerer
    ISBN: 978-0898868098
  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain by B. Tremper
    ISBN: 978-1594850844

Textbooks are available from Montana State University Bookstore at 1-888-247-2546. Ask to speak with the Textbook Department. It will expedite your order if you tell the sales representative:

  • the course number (ECIV 591-01)
  • the title of the texts
  • that the course is offered through Extended University.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

contact Diana Paterson at or 406-994-5679.

How to Register

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