Mountain Studies Minor

Mountain Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study focusing on the physical and human dimensions of mountain environments. Coursework in the minor emphasizes physical geography and mountain-society interactions, including a critical analysis of the processes of change and influence shaping local and regional mountain environments today. The minor in Mountain Studies takes advantage of existing faculty expertise and an array of courses to provide students with a science-based curriculum and global perspective. Students pursuing the minor in mountain studies will develop knowledge and skills appropriate for graduate study and for working with government and non-government agencies and groups.

Minor - Mountain Studies 

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 18

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: In addition to completing the requirements for a major in any discipline, students electing the minor in Mountain Studies must have a GPA of 3.0 in the major and complete a minimum of 18 additional credits in this minor.


Upper-Division Core6
Region-Specific Mountain Studies6
General Mountain Studies6
Total Hours18

Upper-Division Core

Complete all of the following courses:
GPHY 314Global Mountain Environments3
GPHY 338Mountains and Society3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Region-Specific Mountain Studies

Note: Two sections of NRSM 391 may be taken to fulfill this requirements, each for 3 credits:

  1. Community and Conservation in the Northern Rockies
  2. Ecological Restoration in Greater Yellowstone
Complete 6 credits of the following courses:6
Field Ecology
Alpine Ecology
Survey MT Wildlife & Habitats
Rocky Mountain Flora
Glacier National Park in Winter
Crown of the Continent
Special Topics
Mountain Field Study
High Asia
Mountain Environment and Development
Special Topics (may take two sections for 6 credits)
Tourism, Livelihoods and Sustainability in Mountains
Winter Wilderness Field Studies
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

General Mountain Studies

Note: One section of NRSM 311 fulfills this requirement: Conservation Biology in the Northern Rockies

Complete 6 credits of the following courses:6
Landscape Ecology
Weather and Climate
Forest Ecology
Special Topics
Global Tectonics
Snow, Ice and Climate
Traditional Eco Knowledge
Field Stds ecol/Human Commun
Watershed Hydrology
Wilderness & Protected Area Management
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-