Montana State University

Department of Ecology

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173460
Bozeman, MT 59717-3460

Tel: (406) 994-4548
Fax: (406) 994-3190
Location: 310 Lewis Hall

Department Chair

Dr. David Roberts

M.S. in Biological Sciences

student on river

The M.S. in Biological Sciences covers a broad array of ecological topics and serves the needs of students whose thesis research addresses basic, fundamental ecological principles or of those conducting applied research not involving fish or wildlife management. It may be a terminal degree leading to professional employment as an ecologist, but may also lead to a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or other discipline. Coursework associated with this degree tends to emphasize fundamental principles of ecology. The M.S in Biological Sciences currently makes up about 20% of our graduate students with 6  M.S. degrees granted in the last three years.

The student's graduate committee will work with the student following a required oral qualifying exam during the second semester in attendance to finalize the following required plan of study.  The committee may require additional electives for completing a master's degree in the Department of Ecology. 

M.S. in Biological Sciences Program

Foundations of Ecology & Mgmt
Communication in Ecol Sciences
Choose one
Conservation Biology
Conservation Genetics
Physiological Plant Ecol
Appl Population Ecology
Choose one
Community Ecology
Landscape Ecol & Mgmt
Ecosystem Biogeochem
Electives (minimum)