Ecosystem Science and Restoration - Terrestrial

The major in Ecosystem Science and Restoration prepares students to understand how ecosystems work to solve pressing environmental problems or help restore degraded ecosystems. Students can select one of two options:

  • the terrestrial concentration, which focuses on the understanding and repair of terrestrial ecosystems; and
  • the aquatic concentration, which focuses on aquatic ecosystem function and watershed restoration.

Students engage in field-based learning, contribute to cutting-edge restoration or ecosystem science projects, and are challenged to apply ecological theory to research projects and restoration practice. The major requires completion of a nine-credit restoration capstone, during which students gain hands-on real-world experience planning and implementing research or restoration projects in partnership with natural resource management agencies and organizations in western Montana.

A degree in Ecosystem Science and Restoration prepares students for careers as ecologists or restoration practitioners with non-profit, private, or governmental agencies and for graduate school in ecology or natural resource management. Students who graduate with this major may qualify for the following federal civil service jobs:

  • biological technician (Series 0404),
  • ecologist (Series GS-408),
  • forester (Series G-460),
  • hydrologist (Series GS-1315) and
  • soil conservationist (Series GS-457).

More information on federal civil service requirements can be found at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=List-by-Title.

Bachelor of Science - Ecosystem Science & Restoration; Terrestrial Concentration

W.A Franke College of Forestry & Conservation

Degree Specific Credits: 92-94

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 

Summary

Lower-Division Major Required Courses9
Lower-Division Outside Major Required Courses32-33
Upper-Division Major Required Courses21
Upper-Division Outside Major Required Courses9-10
Terrestrial Restoration Electives9
Social Science Elective Courses3
Upper-Division Writing Requirement9
Total Hours92-94

Lower-Division Major Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
NRSM 121SNature of Montana3
or NRSM 170 International Envir. Change
NRSM 210NSoils, Water and Climate3
NRSM 265Elements of Ecological Restoration3
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Lower-Division Outside Major Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
BIOB 160NPrinciples of Living Systems3
BIOB 161NPrncpls of Living Systems Lab1
BIOB 260Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BIOB 272Genetics and Evolution4
BIOO 105NIntroduction to Botany3
CHMY 121NIntroduction to General Chemistry3
CHMY 123Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry4
COMX 111AIntroduction to Public Speaking3
or THTR 120A Introduction to Acting I
M 162Applied Calculus4
Complete one of the following courses:3-4
Introduction to Statistics
Forest Biometrics
Intro to Biostatistics
Total Hours32-33

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper-Division Major Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
NRSM 344Ecosystem Science and Restoration Capstone5
NRSM 385Watershed Hydrology3
NRSM 389EEthics Forestry & Conservation3
or NRSM 349E Climate Change Ethics/Policy
NRSM 422Nat Res Policy/Administration3
NRSM 465Foundations of Restoration Ecology3
or BIOE 447 Ecosystem Ecology
NRSM 494Ecosystem Science and Restoration Seminar1
Complete one of the following courses:3
Ecosystem Science and Restoration Practicum
Internship (ESR Capstone Internship Experience)
Senior Thesis
Total Hours21

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper-Division Outside Major Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
BIOE 370General Ecology3
BIOO 335Rocky Mountain Flora3
Complete one of the following courses:3-4
Terrestrial Plant Ecology
Forest Product Manufacturing
Rangeland Ecology
Total Hours9-10

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Terrestrial Restoration Electives

Note: No Double Dipping with core courses.

Complete 9 credits of the following courses:9
Field Ecology
Alpine Ecology
Ecosystem Ecology
Terrestrial Plant Ecology
Landscape Ecology
Forest and Grassland Ecol
General Botany
Plant Physiology
Forest Mensuration
Intro to GIS for Forest Mgt
Forest Ecology
Wildland Fuel Management
Fire Ecology
Multiple Resource Silviculture
Climate System Dynamics
Rangeland Mgt (equiv 260)
Global Cycles and Climate
Environmental Soil Science
Ecosystem Climatology
Foundations of Restoration Ecology
Rangeland Ecology
Conserv of Wildlife Populatns
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Social Science Elective Courses

Complete one of the following courses:3
Economics of the Environment
Forest Environmental Economics
Collab in Nat Res Decisions
Climate and Society
Advanced Water Policy
Environment & Development
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Complete three of the following courses:9
Freshwater Ecology
Forest Ecology
Ecosystem Science and Restoration Capstone
Collab in Nat Res Decisions
Foundations of Restoration Ecology
Ecosystem Science and Restoration Practicum
Senior Thesis
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-