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Wildlife Biology is the study of wild animals, their habitats, and their conservation. The Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology degree constitutes the preprofessional training for future employment in wildlife biology and management and provides an excellent background in general ecology. The educational requirements for certification by The Wildlife Society can be met within the framework of the undergraduate program. The Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology is one of five undergraduate degrees within the College of Forestry and Conservation.

Wildlife Biology coursework combines the best features of a liberal arts curriculum with scientific preparation in wildlife conservation. Students studying Wildlife Biology in Montana have the distinct advantage of being able to observe wildlife populations in the field, as extensive areas of public lands and other protected habitats allowed the full complement of wildlife communities to persist. Students can study elk, wolves, or bears – and can see them. Wildlife Biology students also have opportunities to participate in ongoing research projects to advance knowledge on the behaviors and habitat conditions affecting the important species of the Rocky Mountains.Amazonian Ecology Field trip

In Montana the laboratory is just outside your window. Classes frequently use nearby field examples so students can observe tools and concepts applied in real-world settings, building confidence and experience that creates a direct employment advantage. The College of Forestry and Conservation owns several remarkable properties in the western part of Montana, including the Lubrecht Experimental Forest on the Blackfoot River, where a special two-week camp provides hands-on experience in field skills and management operations. Wildlife students also work at the long-established UM Biological Station, located in a spectacular setting on the shores of Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the Rockies.

While enrolled in the College of Forestry and Conservation students discover a world of options available to them. With just over 13,000 students The University of Montana comfortably combines the full diversity of a major university with the intimacy and friendliness of a small college. College of Forestry and Conservation students are able to take classes and expand their horizons in top-flight programs across campus in writing, the performing arts, journalism, or a host of other science, arts, business, or humanities departments. The breadth of educational opportunities allows students to develop to their highest potential.