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

ecology@montana.edu

Careers

or What will I do after graduation?


 

There are many career options after graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences.

With Conservation Biology and Ecology, Fish and Wildlife Management and Ecology, and Organismal Biology Options

A variety of positions are available in the federal Departments of Interior or Agriculture with a major in these options.  These agencies include the Forest Service, Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, or US Fish and Wildlife Service. 

  • With these majors you could enter positions at the GS-5 level and then be eligible for a GS-7 position with experience, probably after one year in the position.  At present, this job market is fairly competitive, so candidates with a Master's Degree may be given preference. 
  • These majors would make you eligible for federal positions in the GS-400 series: Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Series, including GS-486 Wildlife Biology, GS-408 Ecology, or GS-482 Fish Biology.  Specific qualification standards, including course work, and the positions available can be found on the web at the following URL: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.   Additional graduate work or equivalent experience is required for federal Research Positions in this series.

 

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks requires a Master's degree for most career positions though you would qualify for some technical or support positions. 

A Biological Sciences major will find opportunities in Non-Government Organizations such as the Wilderness Society or Nature Conservancy. 

You may also apply for a position in any number local, regional, and national offices for non-profit or for-profit groups that offer employment in a more specific area of interest, such as raptors or wetlands. 

In addition, the strength of the Biological Sciences degree in these options will provide the background for entry into graduate programs for professional positions.

 

With the Biology Teaching Option

The Biology Teaching option certifies graduates to be qualified to teach secondary education biology.

 

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Updated September 12, 2014