Field Courses & Programs of Study

Students can choose to participate in a wide variety of field-based courses and field study programs. Some field courses are offered by UM professors and others are offered by University partners who specialize in transformative, field-based experiences. Each of these experiences provide students with first-hand experience in applied conservation while earning academic credit. Any of the following courses or programs can be used to fulfill the 3-credit Experiential Learning requirement.

Field Courses & Programs of Study

The following CFC courses offer field immersion which can be used toward fulfilling the 3-credit Experiential Learning requirement

  • NRSM 215 – Field studies in conservation (1 credit)
  • PTRM 150 – Current issues in Parks Tourism and Recreation Management (1 credit)
  • PTRM 484 – Field measurement techniques (3 credits)
  • PTRM 418 – Winter field skills (3 credits)
  • FORS 130 – Forestry field skills (2 credits)
  • WBIO 374 – Hunter check stations (1 credit)

The following courses are summer courses that offer significant field immersion at the Flathead Biological Station and fulfill the 3-credit Experiential Learning Requirement

  • BIOE 342 – Field ecology (5 credits, summer only)
  • BIOE 451 – Landscape ecology (3 credits, summer only)
  • BIOE 439 – Stream ecology (3 credits, summer only)
  • BIOE 453 – Lake ecology (3 credits, summer only)
  • BIOE 458 – Ecology of forests and grasslands (3 credits, summer only)
  • BIOE 416 – Alpine ecology (3 credits, summer only)
  • BIOE 440 – Conservation ecology (3 credits, summer only)

Students may petition other field courses to meet the 3-credit Experiential Learning requirement; we commend students get courses pre-approved by the Resource Conservation program director

The following field study programs offer extensive time in the field; each can be used toward the 3-credit Experiential Learning requirement

College of Forestry and Conservation Study Abroad Programs

Indian Himalaya

  • NRSM 352 – Himalayan Environment and Development (3 credits)
  • PTRM 353 – Tourism, Livelihoods, and Sustainability in the Himalaya (3 credits)

Zambia, Africa

  • PTRM 345X – Sustaining Human Society & Natural Environment (6 credits)

High Sierra of Peru

  • PTRM 291 – Peru Mountaineering and Leadership (2 credits)

Mekong Delta, Vietnam

  • ENST 427 – Social Issues: Mekong Delta (3 credits)
  • ENST 437 – Climate Change: Mekong Delta (3 credits)

Chilean Patagonia

  • PTRM 291 – Conservation Development and Local Livelihoods in Patagonia (3 credits)

New Zealand & Australia

  • NRSM 345X – Sustainability: Humans, Business, and the Environment (6 credits)

Wilderness and Civilization Program – Interdisciplinary wilderness studies program with campus and field components

Swan Valley Connections (formerly Northwest Connections) - Fall and summer field courses taught in the Swan Valley, Western Montana (students get UM credit); any student successfully completing a Swan Valley Connections course will simultaneously fulfill the 3-credit Experiential Learning requirement for Resource Conservation.

Wildlife in the WestMay 20 through June 29

  • ENST 391 – Field Ecology of Threatened and Endangered Species (3 credits)
  • ENST 391 – Wildlife Policy and Rural Communities (3 credits)
  • NRSM 391 – Community-based Approaches to Wildlife Conservation (3 credits)

 Landscape and LivelihoodAugust 29 through November 1

  • GPHY 395 – Biogeography of Northwestern Montana (4 credits)
  • NRSM 346 – Forests and Communities (3 credits)
  • NRSM 345 – Watershed Dynamics and Management (3 credits)
  • ENST 395 – Conservation and Community Research Project (3 credits)
  • GPHY 395 – Sustainability and Agriculture (3 credits)

Wild Rockies Field Institute - Field courses throughout North America (students get UM credit)

Haida Gwaii semester - Semester-long program focused on resource management and first nations in British Columbia (credits can be transferred to UM)

Round River Conservation Studies - Wildlife conservation study abroad programs in Africa, South America, and North America (credits can be transferred to UM)

The following minors have field-based components which simultaneously fulfill the 3-credit Experiential Learning requirement for the Resource Conservation Degree.

Climate Change Minor – Any student successfully completing the Climate Change Studies minor will simultaneously fulfill the 3-credit Experiential Learning requirement for Resource Conservation

Fire Sciences and Management Minor – Any student successfully completing the Fire Sciences and Management minor will simultaneously fulfill the 3-credit Experiential Learning requirement for Resource Conservation

Wilderness Studies Minor – Any student successfully completing the Wilderness and Civilization minor will simultaneously fulfill the 3-credit Experiential Learning requirement for Resource Conservation