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Wildlife Biology

The University of Montana's Wildlife Biology Program provides students with an extensive knowledge in ecology, population biology, wildlife biology, and critical thinking and quantitative skills so students become leaders in bringing science to the dynamic management of wildlife and fish populations and their habitat, communities, and ecosystems.



Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.–Aldo Leopold



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. Our students get a strong academic and scientific background, but we also emphasize experiential learning and hands-on experience. Our academic programs and geographic location provide excellent opportunities for wildlife study. Students use the resources of Yellowstone and Glacier national parks and several national forests and federal wildlife refuges. The National Bison Range, less than an hour from Missoula, serves as a teaching laboratory and research facility. The College of Forestry and Conservation operates the Lubrecht Experimental Forest and the Bandy Ranch near Missoula. The University’s Biological Station, eighty miles north on Flathead Lake, offers biology courses during the summer and is available for scientific research.