A man holds a plant by the root ball.

Environmental Sciences

Understand and critically analyze land resource issues for public and private agencies.

Environmental Sciences – B.S. in Environmental Sciences

Students in the Environmental Sciences program at Montana State are exposed to a broader, more general view of the environmental sciences, whether in preparation to transfer into a more specialized major option or simply to get a broader understanding of land and natural resource systems. Students receive training in applied ecology, soil and water science and land resources analysis, as well as experience in developing and implementing effective land management strategies.

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



An illustration of a globe in profile.

Research Across The Globe
Environmental Sciences 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.

An illustration of a geyser mid-eruption.

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

An illustration of a guide post, its signs pointing in different directions.

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 Sciences students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Environmental Consulting
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Policy
  • 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.