Undergraduate Program

Welcome to the Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana!

Wildlife Biology is the study of wild animals, their habitats, and their conservation. Our B.S. in Wildlife Biology degree gives you the pre-professional training you need to work in wildlife biology and management. We also give you an excellent background in general ecology. 

Our undergraduate program is built upon:

  • our faculty’s outstanding teaching, knowledge, and experience in all aspects of Wildlife Biology
  • the enthusiasm, commitment, and diversity of the students drawn to the program
  • unrivaled access to hands-on, outdoor learning opportunities, which play a central role in our curriculum from freshman year until graduation.

Our program is ranked #1 in N. America among research universities for our faculty research productivity. Wildlife Biology is also a Program of National Distinction at the University of Montana. You'll join more than 360 undergraduate students in our program - about 10% of the UM student body.

Our degree is certified by The Wildlife Society. The B.S. in Wildlife Biology is one of five undergraduate degrees within the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation. We offer scholarships to all students, including new, incoming. You can choose our honors option.

Interested? Contact us to learn more or apply now to the University of Montana and begin your jouney with us.


Choose aquatic or terrestrial option

Join one of our wildlife-focused student clubs

Apply now to UM

Apply now for scholarships - open to all students, including new incoming

Contact Wildlife Biology Advisor Chenoa Harrington for registration and advising 406-243-5272; Forestry Bldg. Rm. 204

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