Undergraduate Program

Wildlife Biology is the study of wild animals, their habitats, and their conservation. The B.S. 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 W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation.

Our undergraduate program is built upon (1) our faculty’s outstanding teaching, knowledge, and experience in all aspects of Wildlife Biology, (2) the enthusiasm, commitment, and diversity of the students drawn to the program, and (3) unrivaled access to hands-on, outdoor learning opportunities, which play a central role in our curriculum from freshman year until graduation. Our goal is to exceed even the highest expectations that come with our place as the wildlife biology program at the University of Montana.


Choose aquatic or terrestrial option

Join one of our wildlife-focused student clubs!

Contact advisor Lisa Mills for registration & advising:

Students use dried beans to learn about population estimation

Students learn how to estimate wildlife populations by using mark-recapture techniques with dried beans in class.

Students on field trip to MPG ranch

Students view wildlife during a class field trip to a local private conservation ranch

Students doing telemetry work on UM campus

Students practice radio telemetry on the UM campus

Students doing field experiments on Mt. Sentinel

Students measure how much grass seed rodents eat during a lab exercise on Mt. Sentinel