4 Year Plans
Ecosystem Science & Restoration
To earn a degree in Ecosystem Science & Restoration (ESR) at the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, students must: 1) complete UM's general degree requirements and 2) choose one of two degree options, aquatic or terrestrial, and complete required courses in that option.
The University of Montana requires a total of 120 credits to earn a degree. 39 credits must be upper-division (300-level or higher). In addition, the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation requires that students in their majors, including ESR majors, complete 36 traditional letter-graded semester credits, of which a minimum of 20 credits must be taken in an approved major within the college. The college also requires that students complete at least 400 hours of approved work experience prior to graduating.
Students who earn a degree in ESR have all the pre-requisites needed for attending graduate school in the ecological sciences and may qualify for the following federal civil service jobs: biological science technician (Series 0404), botanist (Series GS-0430), ecologist (Series GS-408), forester (Series G-460), hydrologist (Series GS-1315), range technician (GS-0455) and soil conservationist (Series GS-457). View more information on civil service requirements.
Want to work in aquatic systems? Student graduating under the aquatic option will be qualified to work in a number of fields in riverine, riparian and wetlands ecology and restoration. The strong emphasis on physical and biological sciences in this option will provide a student with the background required to work in jobs as hydrologists (if physics is taken), general biological scientists, or ecologists, and to attend graduate school in the biological sciences.
Want to study terrestrial ecosystem science and contribute to the restoration of forests and grasslands? The strong emphasis on ecology and other biological sciences in this option will provide a student with the background required to work as general biological scientists, ecologists, foresters, range technicians, and ecologists. With careful selection of courses, a student can also meet requirements for jobs as botanist (with selection of appropriate electives), ecologist, forester, hydrologist (if physics is taken), range technician, and soil conservationist. The program also prepares students for graduate school in the biological sciences.
The Forestry curriculum is organized as a core set of courses that includes foundational math and science courses (biology, chemistry, trigonometry, public speaking, economics), foundational natural resource courses (field skills, biometrics, mensuration, dendrology, soils, and geographic information systems), forestry knowledge areas core to the practice of forest land management (forest economics, forest ecology, silviculture, forest products manufacturing, harvesting and roads, watershed hydrology, natural resource policy), and a capstone experience that pulls together all of these topic areas into a single planning exercise within a service learning project.
In addition to the core Forestry courses, all Forestry students are required to from a suite of professional electives. These are detailed in the 4-year plan and allow you to customize your degree based on your intended career path and interests.
The four-year plan document describes all core requirements on the first page. The second page lists the professional electives and UM general education requirements. It is this advising sheet (commonly referred to as the “green sheet”) that you will use when you meet with a Forestry advisor and when scheduling courses to ensure you remain on track to earn your degree.
Parks, Tourism, & Recreation Management
A total of 120 credits are required to graduate from the University of Montana. 39 credits must be upper-division (300-level or higher). A total of 36 traditional letter-graded semester credits are required in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, of which a minimum of 20 credits must be taken in an approved major within the college.
PTRM majors are required to fulfill 400 hours of approved work experience and fulfill an internship learning requirement (PTRM 498 — view internship guidelines)