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Land Rehabilitation

Restore impacted and polluted land through improving land and water quality, re-introducing native plant species to the habitat, restoring river habitats and assessing impacted land needs.

Land Rehabilitation – B.S. in Environmental Sciences, Land Rehabilitation Emphasis

Students in the Land Rehabilitation program at Montana State gain the critical knowledge and skills needed to analyze and manage lands requiring rehabilitation, which includes soil remediation, re-vegetation, inspecting impacted geologic resources, managing invasive species and more. Students focus on a foundation of chemical, biological and environmental science coursework before studying soil, water and plant science courses that range from molecular to landscape in scale.

The Environmental Sciences major at Montana State offers four additional options within the major: Environmental Sciences, Environmental Biology, Geospatial & Environmental Analysis and Soil & Water Science.



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Research Across The Globe
Land Rehabilitation 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.


Land Rehabilitation students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Land Rehabilitation & Remediation
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Invasive Species Management
  • Land Resources Management
  • Land Reclamation Management

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.