SKC ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS

Salish Kootenai College offers course programs from Workforce Certificates to Bachelor Degrees in 24 academic departments. From Liberal Arts and Tribal Governance to Engineering and Life Sciences. So, there is a course of study for nearly every interest.

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BUSINESS DEPARTMENT

The SKC Business Department offers an AA in Business Management and a BA in Business Administration providing students with the essential business skills and knowledge necessary to enter the professional workplace. Specific emphasis is placed on reservation based enterprises and organizations. The curriculum includes instruction in the areas of management, leadership, business law, finance, and critical thinking for business solutions.

The Division of Education is one of the largest academic departments at Salish Kootenai College, currently with about 200 students in five distinct degree program tracks. Students can pursue Associates and Bachelors degrees in Early Childhood Education (birth to age 8), Early Childhood Education-P3 (preschool through Grade 3), Elementary Education (K-8), Secondary Science Education (grades 5-12), and Secondary Mathematics Education (grades 5-12). The last four of these five tracks lead to state licensure upon graduation. The Division of Education is based in the Evelyn Stevenson Building.

ENGINEERING

Students can begin their engineering education at SKC while benefiting from small class sizes and complete the last two years of the bachelor’s degree at another college or university such as at Montana State University or Montana Tech.

FORESTRY

The Forestry curriculum provides the opportunity to study forest management, forest measurement technology, wildfire management and related ecological studies. In this program, students may choose one of two options: Forest Management or Wildland Fire Science. The degrees are similar but contain important differences.

HYDROLOGY

The hydrology program provides the opportunity for interdisciplinary study of physical, chemical, and biological water resources and their management. ­Students will gain theoretical, conceptual, computational, and practical knowledge/experiences in qualifying, monitoring, quantifying, and managing today’s water resource challenges with particular emphasis on facing Tribal lands.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT)

Information Technology (IT) provide students with broad and versatile skills to solve a wide range of problems in the field. The core of the curriculum introduces students to the fundamentals of IT with a focus on computer hardware, operating systems, system administration, networking, and information security.

LIFE SCIENCES

The Life Sciences Department offers 3 courses of study; a Health Science Studies Certificate of Completion, a General Science Associate Degree, and a Life Sciences Bachelor of Science Degree.

MATHEMATICS

The goal of the Associate of Science in Mathematical Sciences (ASMS) degree is to prepare students interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related fields. Upon completion of the ASMS students will have completed the general (CORE) requirements set forth by the Montana University System (MUS) as well as the mathematics requirements found in the first two years of the STEM-related degrees offered by MUS institutions.

WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES

The Wildlife and Fisheries curriculum provides the opportunity to study the biology, ecology, management, and conservation of wildlife, fish and their habitats. In this program, students may choose to emphasize in wildlife or fisheries based on electives.

Native American Studies

TRIBAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION

The Tribal Historic Preservation major is committed to training resourceful, skilled, multi-disciplinary preservationists and promoting the involvement of tribal people and governments in cultural resource management that respects and values indigenous ways of knowing, oral tradition and Native ideologies.

TRIBAL GOVERNANCE & ADMINISTRATION

The Tribal Governance and Administration program focuses on structures, processes and issues specific to Tribal Governments and Tribal Operations. Coursework provides the knowledge and skills needed to work successfully within Tribal organizations, governments and schools as well as to navigate state, federal and other non-Tribal organizations. The program is also appropriate for those working with governmental or other organizations in a liaison role with Tribal Governments and programs.

ALLIED HEALTH

The Allied Health Department offers an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting as well as an Emergency Services Certificate of Completion. The Medical Assisting program prepares students for working in both the front office and clinical settings of clinics, hospitals, tribal health and more. The Emergency Services Degree provides fundamental knowledge and skills in medical, firefighting, and emergency management.

COMMUNITY HEALTH & DEVELOPMENT

The Community Health & Development program prepares successful students to use theory and evidence-based practices to coach and assist clients with chronic disease management, health promotion, chronic disease prevention, stress management, and motivation to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

DENTAL ASSISTING TECHNOLOGY

The Dental Assisting Technology program at SKC is flexibly designed to meet the needs of individual students. With a Certificate of Completion and an Endorsement, the DAT program prepares the successful student for two different entries into the healthcare workforce.

NURSING

The SKC Nursing Department offers 3 courses of study; a Health Science Studies Certificate of Completion, a Nursing A.S.N. Associate Degree, and a Nursing B.S.N. Bachelor of Science Degree.

LIBERAL ARTS

The Liberal Arts Department offers an enriching two-year program consisting of studies in a variety of academic fields including Social Science, Humanities, Communications, Native American Studies, and Fine Arts.

FINE ARTS

The SKC Art Department, embedded in an ­indigenous worldview, provides a solid foundation for students desiring to pursue a career in Fine Arts. The diversity of this unique program, with its rich cultural foundation and nationally and internationally recognized faculty, provides one of the most dynamic Native American and Studio Arts facilities in Montana.

Digital Design Technology

Upon completion of the Associate of Arts degree in Digital Design Technology, students will have knowledge and technical skills in graphic design, web design, and multimedia fields.

HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION TRAINING

The Highway Construction Training Program (HCT) provides students with the necessary technical skills, knowledge, and credentials to obtain employment as entry-level heavy equipment operators and truck drivers. The curriculum is arranged for qualified students to meet the needs of employers in the highway construction industry, general road construction, and mining and related industries; and in tribal, city, county, state, and federal government road maintenance jobs.

CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELING

The two-year Chemical Dependency Counseling Program is designed to prepare students for employment as chemical dependency counselors both on and off the Flathead Indian Reservation.

PSYCHOLOGY

The SKC Psychology department offers two degrees, the Associate of Arts degree and the Bachelor of Arts degree. These programs are offered in a 2 + 2 format, which means that students complete the two-year Associate of Arts degree before entering the Bachelor of Arts program for two more years.

The SKC Psychology Department in detail

SOCIAL WORK

The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work Program is to prepare students for generalist social work practice with diverse populations and to cultivate community leaders who will implement humane social policies, services, and programs that restore social and economic justice for at-risk children and their families. The cornerstone of the program is a commitment to personal and community well-being and the cultural integrity of Native American communities.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Salish Kootenai College offers community and workforce development programs that are designed to meet the training needs of employers and individuals. Courses and programs also offer opportunities to expand workforce skills of current SKC students.