A specialization within Forestry in Wild Life Management was created at UM in 1936; a somewhat similar specialization within what is now the College of Arts and Sciences in Wild Life Technology was created in 1937.
In 1965, for the first time, a B.S. was offered in Wildlife Biology with three options (Terrestrial, Aquatic, or Wildlife Sciences). During that same year, one could earn a B.S. in Forestry with a “wildlife option.” There was also a Forestry master’s degree offered in Wildlife Management. In 1969, the “wildlife option” under Forestry was removed. The wildlife graduate degree in Forestry was renamed Wildlife Biology. However, the Wildlife Biology Bachelor's Degree was still separate from Forestry at that time.
Finally, in 1970, Wildlife Biology became a cooperative program between Forestry, Botany, Zoology, and the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit. The “Wildlife Sciences” option was renamed the “Honors Option.” This cooperative structure, now between the College of Forestry, Division of Biological Sciences, and Montana Cooperative Research Unit, still stands today.
This video outlines the Program history and includes audio recordings of Dick Taber, John Craighead, Les Pengelly, Phil Wright, and Bart O'Gara.