University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Wilderness Studies Minor

Andrea Stephens, Director of Undergraduate and Field Education for the Wilderness Institute.

The Wilderness Studies minor is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that combines campus- and field-based experiences.  Students investigate sustainability, wildland conservation, and the human-environment relationship through the lenses of ecology, humanities, arts, and social sciences. Students earn the Wilderness Studies minor by completing the Wilderness and Civilization program, an 18 credit fall semester immersion program.  Wilderness and Civilization is open to all majors.  Students must apply for the program, which is limited to 25 students each year. Applicants must have sophomore standing or higher and a cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0 for all college work.  Applications are due by April 1 and are available online on the Wilderness Institute website.

Minor - Wilderness Studies


Lower-Division Required courses7
Upper-Division Required Courses2
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences9
Total Hours18

Degree Specific Credits: 18

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Lower-Division Required Courses

Note: NRSM 271N is an Honors course.

Complete all of the following courses:
NRSM 271NConservation Ecology3
NRSM 273Wilderness and Civilization Field Studies4
Total Hours7

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Required Courses

NoteNRSM 373 is an Honors course.

Complete the following course:
NRSM 373Wilderness and Civilization2
Total Hours2

Minimum Required Grade: C-


NoteLIT 280L is an Honors course.

Complete three of the following courses:9
Environmental Drawing
Painting II
TEK of Indigenous Peoples
Ecology of Literature
Ecological Perspectives in Native American Traditions
Watershed Dynamics and Management Issues
Wildland Conservation Policy/Governance
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-