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Wildlife Habitat Ecology & Management

Explore the interaction of livestock and wildlife habitats on behalf of private and public agencies.

Wildlife Habitat Ecology & Management – B.S. in Natural Resources & Rangeland Ecology, Wildlife Habitat Ecology & Management Emphasis

In the Wildlife Habitat Ecology & Management program at Montana State, students are given a background in wildlife habitat, rangeland ecology and wildlife-livestock interactions as preparation for managing the relationship between livestock and the wildlife which share habitat within the western United States. Along with coursework on wildlife habitat, major vegetation types, rangeland livestock production, soil science and hydrology, Wildlife Habitat Ecology & Management students are also able to select coursework in wildlife habitat ecology, habitat restoration, wildlife-livestock habitat issues and wildlife-livestock nutrition.

The Natural Resources & Rangeland Ecology major offers one additional Option Within the Major: Rangeland Ecology & Management.



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Montana’s Research Leader
Montana State leverages more than $120 million annually to support pioneering research across our departments, institutes and centers.

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World-Class Facilities
The Department of Animal & Range Sciences have a variety of experimental ranch facilities, including the Red Bluff Ranch in Madison County and the Bandy Experimental Ranch near Missoula.

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Top Public University in Montana
According to the Forbes list of America's Top Colleges, Montana State is the No. 1 Public University in the state based on value, post-graduation salary and student experience.



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.


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

  • Federal Land Management
  • Wildlife Management
  • Natural Resource Conservation
  • Natural Resource Restoration

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.