Special Requirements

Grade Point Requirement

Students must earn at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in all courses taken at the University of Montana to graduate with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology.

Experiential Learning Requirement

At least two (2) credits of hands-on experience are required for all Wildlife Biology students. 

What will count:

NOTE: ALL EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING CLASSES MUST FIRST BE PRE-APPROVED BY YOUR FACULTY MENTOR IN ORDER TO FULFILL THE REQUIREMENT.

  1. WILD 374, Hunter Check Station (1 credit maximum, no matter how many times students participate).
  2. Flathead Lake Biological Station courses that are substantially field-related and that are not substituting for requiring courses.  Current field-related courses include: Field Ecology (BIOL 342), Conservation Ecology (BIOL 452), Stream Ecology (BIOL 454), Lake Ecology (BIOL 453), Ecology of Forests and Grasslands (BIOL 458), and Alpine Ecology (BIOL 459).
  3. WILD 398 or 498 (Internship which can include volunteer opportunities, research experience, or an appropriate job), See specific guidelines.
  4. Other internships on campus either in the GLI program or Climate Change minor that have been pre-approved by your Wildlife Biology faculty mentor.
  5. WILD 499 Senior Thesis, See specific guidelines.

Senior Thesis

A student enrolled for Senior Thesis (WILD 499) credit conducts independent study with the approval of a faculty advisor and committee.  Specific requirements exist for Senior Theses.