Wildlife Biology Minor

Chad Bishop, Director

The Wildlife Biology Program combines the best features of a liberal arts curriculum with scientific preparation in wildlife conservation. The Program provides students with an extensive knowledge in ecology, population biology, conservation biology, and critical thinking and quantitative skills. Our students receive a strong academic and scientific background with an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning. The educational requirements for certification by The Wildlife Society can be met within the framework of the undergraduate program.

While some employment opportunities exist in wildlife conservation for students with the baccalaureate degree, we encourage students to continue their education through the master's degree to qualify for most state, federal, and private positions.

Two concentrations are offered in the Wildlife Biology Program: terrestrial and aquatic. They both follow the same schedule of courses for the freshman and most of the sophomore year and then pursue different curricula for the last two years. Each leads to a B.S. in Wildlife Biology. The University is well-suited for instruction in wildlife biology because of the excellent opportunities for field instruction and research at Lubrecht Experimental Forest, Flathead Lake Biological Station, and the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial and Bandy ranches. The Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station, the Division of Biological Sciences, and the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit facilitate research.

Minor - Wildlife Biology

W.A Franke College of Forestry & Conservation

Degree Specific Credits: 21

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018


Required Courses15
Required Courses6
Total Hours21

Required Courses

Rule: must take the following courses

BIOB 170NPrincpls Biological Diversity3
BIOB 171NPrincpls Biological Dvrsty Lab2
BIOO 101NSurvey MT Wldlife & Habitats3
WILD 105NWildlife & People3
WILD 180Careers in Wildlife Biology2
WILD 275Wildlife Conservation2
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Required Courses

Rule: must take the following courses

BIOO 335Rocky Mountain Flora3
FORS 330Forest Ecology3
or NRSM 360 Rangeland Mgt (equiv 260)
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-