Montana State University

Biological Sciences at MSU


Animal Science - Animal and Range Sciences Department; College of Agriculture
     Equine Science: emphasizes science and technology combined with practical aspects of management, horsemanship and training.
     Livestock Management and Industry: stresses the application of science to livestock production, incorporating courses in agriculture economics and business. This program focuses on sustainable livestock systems, business, and management skills as they relate to livestock enterprises and production service industries.
     Science Option: emphasizes greater depth in the basic sciences and is designed for highly motivated students who have a strong interest in graduate training or professional school.

Biological Sciences - Ecology Department; College of Letters and Science
     Conservation Biology and Ecology: gives students a clear understanding of the ways that natural and human-related processes affect species, communities and ecosystems, and relate this knowledge to its broad societal context.
     Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management: provides a professional degree program for those students who have an interest in employment in these fields. Study leading toward a bachelor's degree emphasizes basic principles of animal ecology, with considerable work in related fields.
     Organismal Biology: provides a rigorous program of study in plant or animal biology at the whole-organism, species, population, and community levels, while allowing students flexibility in selecting those biology courses that best meet their interests and objectives.
     Biology Teaching: certifies graduates to be qualified to teach secondary school biology and provides a solid education in biology and basic sciences with professional preparation courses required for state teacher certification.

Biotechnology - Veterinary Molecular Biology Dept; Microbiology Dept; Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology Department
     Modern research in cellular and molecular biology and its resultant technology offers unparalleled opportunities to provide solutions to our society's most urgent problems in human and animal health, agriculture, and environmental quality.
     Animal Systems
     Plant Systems
     Microbial System

Cell Biology and Neuroscience - Cell Biology and Neuroscience Department; College of Letters and Science
     Biomedical Sciences: The biomedical science options curriculum provides a strong background for students who are (1) interested in biomedical sciences career in research or teaching, or (2) plan on a career in medicine or other health professions.
     Cell Biology and Neuroscience: The curriculum in the cell biology and neuroscience option provides a strong background for students who are interested in a career in research or teaching in cell biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, or neuroscience.

Chemistry; Biochemistry option - Chemistry and Biochemistry Department; College of Letters and Science.
     This course of study includes a core of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and biology courses for the student interested in the molecular nature of biological materials and life processes.


Environmental Horticulture - Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology Department; College of Agriculture
     Environmental Horticulture Science: the science and art of growing and maintaining plants for food and the enjoyment and improvement of the human environment. Its application through research has led to improved varieties of plants to benefit our daily lives.
     Landscape design: prepares students to solve aesthetic and functional landscape problems.

Environmental Sciences - Land Resources and Environmental Sciences Department: College of Agriculture
     Environmental Biology: intended to train students who are interested in understanding the ecology of organisms in natural environments, and/or in understanding how organisms may be used to clean up environments that have been disturbed by human activities.
     Soil and Water Sciences : provides students with fundamental training in biological, chemical, and physical sciences and advanced training in soil and water sciences.

Land Rehabilitation - Land Resources and Environmental Sciences Department; College of Agriculture
     This course of study provides training in site re-vegetation, soil remediation, riparian zone restoration, stream channel restoration, investigation of impacted geologic resources, restoration ecology, and remediation of sites contaminated by industrial activities.

Geospatial and Environmental Analysis - Land Resources and Environmental Sciences; College of Agriculture
     This program is for students interested in land resources and their management at landscape scales.

Microbiology - Microbiology Department; College of Letters and Science
     Environmental Health: provides a program for attaining a broad understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological factors in our environment, and their interactions that relate to health.
     Medical Laboratory Science: designed to prepare students for careers in Clinical Laboratory Science.
     Microbiology: In this option, students obtain a thorough education in the fields of medical, ecological, physiological and environmental microbiology, immunology, virology, and molecular biology.

Natural Resources and Rangeland Ecology - Animal and Range Sciences Department; College of Agriculture
     Rangeland Ecology and Management: provides training in soils, vegetation, water, riparian areas, and livestock production on rangelands.
     Wildlife Habitat Ecology and Management: the science and art of managing wildland habitats for wildlife.

Plant Sciences - Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology Department; College of Agriculture
     Crop Science: The challenge for crop scientists is to implement crop and soil management schemes that maintain and/or increase production, but at the same time conserve our soil and water resources and preserve the delicate balance in the agroecosystem.
     Plant Biology: Plant biology provides a broad education in the plant sciences.


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