Wildlife Biology - Terrestrial

This is an archived copy of the 2018-2019 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit http://catalog.umt.edu/.

Chad Bishop, Wildlife Biology, 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.

High School Preparation: In addition to general University admission requirements, the student should elect four years of mathematics and three years of science, including biology, chemistry and physics.

Wildlife Biology Honors - Track

The honors curriculum is designed particularly for students with strong academic records who intend to do graduate work. Entrance into this emphasis is open only to students who, at the beginning of the junior year of the wildlife biology program, have a grade-point average of 3.5 or above and who petition the faculty for entrance.

Honors students must complete either WILD 370, WILD 470 and WILD 494 (terrestrial option) or BIOO 340, BIOE 428 and WILD 494 (aquatic option). Honors students are encouraged to enroll also in WILD 499. The balance of the coursework for the junior and senior years will be developed in consultation with the honors student's faculty.

All students in the honors emphasis are required to meet with their faculty advisor prior to autumn semester registration of their junior and senior years to work out their course schedules.

Bachelor of Science - Wildlife Biology; Terrestrial Concentration

W.A Franke College of Forestry & Conservation

Degree Specific Credits: 76-83

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: Experiential Learning is required - Students have several options to fulfill this requirement - list is available from the Wildlife Advisor in Forestry 103C.

General Education Requirements

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


Major Required Courses29
Major Required Courses - Terrestrial Concentration22
Outside Major Required Courses19-20
Upper-Division Writing Requirement6-12
Total Hours76-83

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
BIOE 370General Ecology3
BIOE 371Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)2
WILD 180Careers in Wildlife Biology2
WILD 346Wildlife Physiological Ecology3
WILD 410Wildlife Policy & Biopolitics3
or NRSM 422 Nat Res Policy/Administration
WILD 480The Upshot--Appld Wildlife Mgt3
WILD 494Senior Wildlife Seminar1
Total Hours29
Minimum Required Grade: C-

Major Required Courses - Terrestrial Concentration

Complete all of the following courses:
BIOO 335Rocky Mountain Flora3
NRSM 360Rangeland Mgt (equiv 260)3
or FORS 347 Multiple Resource Silviculture
WILD 370Wildlife Habitat Cons & Mgmt4
WILD 470Conserv of Wildlife Populatns4
Complete two of the following courses:8
Biology and Mgmnt of Fishes
Total Hours22

Minimum Required Grade: C- 


Outside Major Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
CHMY 121NIntroduction to General Chemistry3
CHMY 123Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry4
CHMY 124Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab2
COMX 111AIntroduction to Public Speaking3
M 162Applied Calculus4
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics3-4
or WILD 240 Intro to Biostatistics
Total Hours19-20

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Complete the following course:2
Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)
Complete two of the following courses:4-10
Freshwater Ecology
General Botany
Advanced Fisheries
Conserv of Wildlife Populatns
Total Hours6-12

Minimum Required Grade: C-