The Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences provides students with instruction and expertise in a diverse array of ecological and biophysical sciences. The faculty in this newly formed department directly participate in the Wildlife Biology, Natural Resource Conservation, and Forest Management curricula and are currently spearheading the development of a Restoration Ecology curriculum. The Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences draws from its strength as a multidisciplinary department to pursue and disseminate knowledge in an array of biophysical and ecological sciences. The department strives to create a rigorous, stimulating, and inspirational environment for undergraduate through doctoral students facilitating knowledge of ecosystem processes and ecological function in a biologically diverse and scenic setting. The department is committed to nurturing and developing the creative potential within all students and strives to provide students with an ideal environment to develop an ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and learn passionately. Outstanding faculty-student interaction and innovative laboratory and field courses provide exceptional opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to obtain the knowledge and skills essential to excel in an increasingly complex, competitive, and sophisticated society.
The Department of Forest Management strives to provide the foundations and tools necessary for developing sustainable land management. While our home is in the diverse ecosystems of western Montana, our activities are global. We foster an atmosphere conducive to interdisciplinary teaching, research, and service. Our educational program produces graduates with the knowledge essential for guiding conservation, management, and restoration activities that are consistent with social, economic, and biological realities. Our research and service programs strive to produce new approaches needed for managing forest and grassland ecosystems in an ever-changing world. Research is integrated with the graduate and undergraduate curricula, and our graduate students are prepared to assume leadership positions in management and research organizations.
The Department of Society and Conservation provides social science expertise to the College of Forestry and Conservation. The faculty members are trained in Recreation and Tourism management, Environmental Policy and Environmental sociology. Our degree programs include B.S. and M.S. degrees in Recreation management and Resource Conservation and a Ph.D. in Forestry. Our research interests range form local to international aspects of protected area management with a focus on the human relationships to natural areas.
Resource Conservation is an undergraduate major that integrates social and natural sciences to address real world environmental problems. Faculty from all three departments in the College of Forestry and Conservation serve on the Resource Conservation faculty. The Resource Conservation degree prepares students for the diverse opportunities that now exist in environmental conservation, natural resource management, and efforts to build sustainable livelihoods and communities. Resource Conservation students are able to specialize in a specific area of interest while also gaining the knowledge necessary to integrate and communicate across disciplines. Students can emphasize ecology, international conservation, range management and grassland ecology, sustainable livelihoods and community conservation, watershed hydrology, environmental policy and resources planning, soil science, natural resource economics, wilderness, or they can work with a faculty advisor to design their own program of study.
The Wildlife Biology Program is a joint program with The College of Forestry and Conservation, Division of Biological Sciences, and the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit that combines the best features of a liberal arts curriculum with scientific preparation in wildlife conservation.