Biology - Natural History

Bachelor of Arts - Biology; Natural History Concentration

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 74

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: The natural history concentration is designed for students who seek an interdisciplinary science program. This concentration is not research-oriented, and is not considered a preparatory program for traditional research-based graduate programs. It is, however, designed for students seeking careers in environmental education, science writing or illustration, natural history or wildlife film-making, or natural history centers or museums. There is enough latitude in the requirements to allow for a minor or even a double major in a related field of interest (e.g. journalism, art, media arts, etc.).

General Education Requirements

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


Biology/Microbiology Lower Division Core17
Upper Division Core Courses Required by Natural History Concentration20
Additional Upper Division Major Courses Required for Natural History Concentration4
Required Courses Outside of the Major33
Chemistry and Geology
Cognate Electives
Total Hours74

Biology/Microbiology Lower Division Core

The lower division core should be completed before attempting most upper division major courses. AP Biology credit with a score of 3 may be substituted for either BIOB 160N/BIOB 161N or BIOB 170N/BIOB 171N.

All of the following courses are required
BIOB 160NPrinciples of Living Systems3
BIOB 161NPrncpls of Living Systems Lab1
BIOB 170NPrincpls Biological Diversity3
BIOB 171NPrincpls Biological Dvrsty Lab2
BIOB 260Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BIOB 272Genetics and Evolution4
Total Hours17

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper Division Core Courses Required by Natural History Concentration

Select one of the following ecology courses:5
General Ecology
and Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)
Field Ecology (taken at the Flathead Lake Biological Station)
Total Hours5

Minimum Required Grade: C-

All of the following courses are required
BIOE 406Behavior & Evolution3
BIOO 320General Botany5
BIOO 335Rocky Mountain Flora3
BIOO 462Entomology4
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Additional Upper Division Major Courses Required for Natural History Concentration

Complete one of the following courses4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Required Courses Outside of the Major

Chemistry and Geology

Complete all of the following courses
CHMY 121NIntroduction to General Chemistry3
CHMY 123Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry4
CHMY 124Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab2
GEO 101NIntroduction to Physical Geology3
GEO 102NIntroduction to Physical Geology Lab1
Total Hours13

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Cognate Electives

Rule: Complete 20 credits from the following disciplines (maximum of 10 credits/discipline): ANTY, ASTR, CHMY (excluding CHMY 121N, CHMY 123, CHMY 124), GPHY, GEO (excluding GEO 101N, GEO 102N), FORS/NRSM, M/STAT, PHSX, or WILD

Note: Students should plan on taking M 121 or higher level M course (prerequisite for BIOB 272 and GER math requirement) and STAT 216 (pre- or co-requisite for BIOE 371).

Students interested in combining the Natural History concentration with another subject area may, with the advisor's permission, substitute 20 credits in English - writing, journalism, photography, art, foreign language, business management, or other appropriate field.