Learn how ecosystems work - and how to help when they don't

Are you interested in ecology and how ecosystems work, solving pressing environmental problems, or helping to restore degraded ecosystems? Earn a B.S. or a minor in Ecosystem Sciences & Restoration (ESR) at the University of Montana and gain the foundational knowledge needed to start a successful career in ecology or ecosystem restoration.

Students doing ecosystem science research in Montana. Photo by Ric Hauer.

What you'll do in this science-based undergraduate degree program:

  • Study how organisms and their environment interact across multiple scales of biological organization
  • Gain hands-on real-world experiences
  • Learn concepts and skills that will land you a job
  • Tailor your program to meet your goals and interests
  • Learn from faculty that are among the best in their field

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The University of Montana's student chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration is a great way to connect with fellow ESR students to work on service projects and build your professional network.


Student Jesse Bunker won an award for his undergraduate research project on whitebark pine. Many ESR students do research projects that get funded by outside organizations.

Recent graduate Patrica McIlvenna returned home to Hawaii after receiving her B.S. in Ecological Restoration. She's now a master's candidate at the University of Wyoming and was just elected as the student representative to the international board of the Society for Ecological Restoration.