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Environmental Biology

Understand the relationships of various organisms in natural environments and how those organisms are able to clean up environments that have been disturbed by human activities.

Environmental Biology – B.S. in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Biology Emphasis

In the Environmental Biology program at Montana State, students learn more about the diversity of organisms – from microorganisms to large mammals – and their interconnected relationships in various complex environments. Environmental Biology students engage in cross-training on various subjects in biology and microbiology in order to gain a better understanding of those interrelated relationships on both a physical and chemical level in the environment.

The Environmental Sciences major at Montana State offers four additional Options Within the Major: Environmental Sciences, Geospatial & Environmental Analysis, Land Rehabilitation and Soil & Water Science.



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Research Across The Globe
Environmental Biology students have the opportunity for advanced study and research projects about managed and natural ecosystems that span from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Montana’s Golden Triangle to Mongolia and Antarctica.

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University of the Yellowstone™
Montana State students make the surrounding Yellowstone ecosystem their classroom, laboratory and playground.

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Adventure Awaits
Montana State is the No. 1 college in the U.S. for outdoor sports and recreation, with world-class skiing, hiking, biking, fly fishing and close proximity to Yellowstone National Park.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Environmental Biology students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Environmental Consulting
  • Biotechnology
  • Policy Making
  • Laboratory Research

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.