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Fish & Wildlife Ecology & Management

Gain an understanding in animal ecology, natural resources and fish and wildlife management in order to work in the public or private sectors through teaching, conservation or research.

Fish & Wildlife Ecology & Management – B.S. in Biological Sciences, Fish & Wildlife Ecology & Management Emphasis

In the Fish & Wildlife Ecology & Management program at Montana State, students are able conduct research on the ecology and management of diverse mammal, bird and fish species in one of the most diverse ecosystems in North America. Both Yellowstone National Park and the Gallatin Valley serve as outdoor laboratories for the program, with opportunities to conduct active professional research with programs such as the National Resources Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University, the Association for Conservation of the Tropics, Cape RADD and more.

The Biological Sciences major offers three additional Options Within the Major: Biology Teaching, Conservation Biology & Ecology and Organismal Biology.






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A Legacy of Excellence
Established in 1936, the Fish and Wildlife Management program at MSU is one of the oldest and most successful natural resource programs in the country.

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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.

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University of the Yellowstone™
Montana State students make Montana, including nearby Yellowstone National Park, their classroom, laboratory and playground.




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.


Fish & Wildlife Ecology & Management students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Conservation
  • Resource Management
  • Forest Service
  • Park Service

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.