2023 MSSE Summer Bulletin
This Summer 2023 Bulletin includes:
For assistance with summer campus course registration please contact Holly Thompson, MSSE Academic Advisor, at [email protected] or (406) 994-7485.
All students coming to campus need to clear the immunization requirements through the Student Health Department before they are eligible to register for a summer campus course.
MSSE has reserved a block of rooms sufficient to accommodate all students taking campus-based courses. The MSSE dorms for Summer 2023 are located in Hapner Hall with single and double occupancy rooms available at $50 per night. All rooms are subject to a 7% per night occupancy tax. Pets are not allowed in any campus housing. For housing registration see below.
Summer housing reservations are now available for Summer 2023. The code for MSSE students is MSSE23. Please refer to these instructions on how to register in the portal.
For on-campus extended stay options you may contact University Student Housing at [email protected] or call (406) 994-2261 for more details. Space is very limited. Students will need to contact the University Student Housing department directly for more information on housing options.
Other off-campus summer housing options (vacation rentals, hostel, and camping):
Bozeman's Treasure State Hostel
Bozeman Hot Springs Campground
Summer parking passes are required to have a vehicle on campus and are available to purchase online at a rate of $8 per day Monday-Friday (weekends are free). Visitor parking passes are good for the Bison and Bobcat parking areas. Here is a link to the MSU Visitor Parking website for more information.
When you arrive on campus, you can pick-up your “CAT Card” (student ID) in the Hedges Complex room 31, below Miller Dining Hall. You are not required to get a CAT Card, as this is optional. The CAT Card can be used to access the library and printing services.
Questions regarding federal financial aid eligibility and completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be directed to the MSU Office of Financial Services at [email protected] or 406-994-2845.
MSU does not have an airport shuttle service. Uber and Lyft serves the Bozeman area and might be a better alternative to a cab depending on current rates. All Valley Cab company can be reached at (406) 388-9999.
Streamline is a free bus serving the city of Bozeman, with several bus stops on the MSU campus. Note that Streamline does not service Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.
Everyone is invited to attend the 25th Annual Summer Symposium in Science Education, July 5 - July 8, 2023 in Jake Jabs Hall. The symposium is open to the public and includes Capstone Project Presentations by the 2023 MSSE degree candidates. Capstone orientation for graduate candidates will be held July 5th, 8:00 to 8:45 am in the Jake Jabs Hall 311. Note that all capstone students are expected to be present for the full symposium and attend a minimum of four presentations per day.
The 2023 Graduation Reception is scheduled for Friday, July 7th from 4 pm to 6 pm in the Procrastinator Theater. This celebration is a social for all MSSE students, alumni, family, friends and faculty to honor graduates. A RSVP request from graduates will be sent out late spring.
We will also be hosting a special celebration for MSSE's 25th Anniversary. The event will be held on Saturday, July 8th in SUB Ballroom A from 5:00 - 8:00pm. We will be featuring a Keynote Presentation by Paul Andersen, creator of Bozeman Science, as well as live music and plenty of treats for you and friends and family. Please fill out this RSVP Form if you are interested in attending.
Capstone Week Social Schedule
Monday, June 26
Monday, July 3
7:30 am - 9:30 am
7:30 am - 9:30 am
451 Reid Hall
451 Reid Hall
Q & A Sessions: Come meet with the MSSE staff and get your questions answered
Wednesday, July 5
Wednesday, July 5
Friday, July 7
8:00 am - 8:45 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Jake Jabs Lobby
SUB Rec Center
MSSE Social Event
Saturday, July 8
5:00 pm - 8:00pm
SUB Ballroom A
|25th Anniversary Celebration|
Monday, July 10
Monday, July 17
7:30 am - 9:30 am
7:30 am - 9:30 am
451 Reid Hall
451 Reid Hall
|Q & A Sessions: Come meet with the MSSE staff and get your questions answered|
Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you this summer when you arrive on campus. Be sure to stop by Reid Hall Room 451 to visit and meet MSSEY, the office axolotl!
Dr. John Graves
Dr. Jessi Anderson
MSSE Lead Faculty
Holly Thompson Reed
MSSE Academic Advisor
MSSE Program Coordinator
MSSE Business Operations Manager
Summer 2023 Campus Course List
BIOE 520 Animal Biodiversity in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
BIOE 522 Birds of Prey of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
BIOE 523 Wildlife Ecology of the Northern Rocky Mountains
BIOE 596 Land Use Issues in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
CHMY 594 Science Lab Safety and Risk Management
EELE 508 Solar Cell Basics for Science Teachers
ERTH 516 Northern Rocky Mountain Geology
ERTH 594 Geology Seminar: Geology of Earthquakes
ERTH 596 Geology of Glacier National Park
GEO 521 Dinosaur Paleontology I
GEO 585 Mineralogy for Teachers
LRES 557 Thermal Biology in Yellowstone National Park
LRES 569 Ecology of Invasive Plants
MSSE 575 Professional Capstone Symposium
PHSX 585 Physics by Inquiry: Electric Circuits
PHSX 586 Physics by Inquiry: Heat and Temperature
PSPP 548 Flowering Plants of the Northern Rocky Mtns
Summer 2023 Campus Course Information
*Course meeting times and locations subject to change.
June 12-16, 2023
BIOE 520 Animal Biodiversity in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (2 cr)
June 19-23, 2023
LRES 569 Ecology of Invasive Plants (2 cr)
PHSX 585 Physics by Inquiry: Electric Circuits (3 cr) (1st wk of 2 wks)
June 19-24, 2023
GEO 521 Dinosaur Paleontology I (2 cr)
June 26 - June 30, 2023
BIOE 523 Wildlife Ecology of the Northern Rocky Mountains (2 cr)
Facilities: Tent camping (tents and sleeping pads available upon request - see below)
Students are expected to provide the following minimum equipment for their camping needs:
- One- or two-person, light-weight, non-bulky tent (no big, heavy “family” tents – we won’t have room for these); team up with another student to share a two-person tent if possible. MSSE can provide a limited number of tents on a first come first serve basis. If you'd like to borrow a tent, please contact Holly at [email protected]
- Sleeping bag and pad (no bulky air mattresses). MSSE can provide a limited number of sleeping pads, please inquire asap.
- Basic cooking equipment + utensils (team-up with another student) – no big Coleman stoves or lanterns (bring small, lightweight, back-packing equipment)
- Minimal clothing for one week (layers for hot and cold weather)
- Bear spray (MSSE will provide)
- Personal toiletries, sunglasses, hat, daypack, water bottle, sunscreen, camera, field notebook and pen, etc.
- Food for 1 day (we will restock food supplies on a daily basis, or as needed)
- Large coolers will be provided for perishable food.
EELE 508 Solar Cell Basics for Science Teachers (2 cr)
LRES 557 Thermal Biology in Yellowstone National Park (2 cr)
Students are responsible for purchasing their own snacks/breakfasts/lunches. Coolers will be available for use to store everything in. Jugs of water will be provided for filling water bottles and have coffee/tea available in the morning. Students can heat water on a stove provided for oatmeal, etc. and there will be disposable utensils and plates/bowls available for use.
For dinner on Monday and Tuesday, please plan to have funds for purchasing own meal at appropriate grocery or restaurant stops.
PHSX 585 Physics by Inquiry: Electric Circuits (3 cr) (2nd wk of 2 wks)
PSPP 548 Flowering Plants of the Northern Rocky Mtns (2 cr)
July 1, 2023
CHMY 594 Science Lab Safety and Risk Management (1 cr)
July 3-7, 2023
No class on July 4th
BIOE 596 Land Use Issues in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (2 cr)
Capstone Symposium participants are not able to take this course.
July 5-7, 2023
MSSE 575 Professional Capstone Symposium (1 cr)
SUMMER 2023 GRADUATE CANDIDATES ONLY
July 8, 2023
ERTH 594 Geology Seminar: Geology of Earthquakes (1 cr)
July 9, 2023
GEO 585 Mineralogy for Teachers(1 cr)
July 10-14, 2023
BIOE 522 Birds of Prey of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (2 cr)
ERTH 516 Northern Rocky Mountain Geology (2 cr)
PHSX 586 Physics by Inquiry: Heat and Temperature (2 cr)
Textbook: Materials provided by Instructor
July 16-21, 2023
ERTH 596 Geology of Glacier National Park (2 cr)
July 17-21, 2023
BIOE 593: Alpine Ecology (2 cr)
Welcome to Bozeman!
Home of Montana State University, Bozeman is located in the heart of the scenic Gallatin Valley and is renowned for its summer activities. Surrounded by four mountain ranges, thousands of acres of national forest, and hundreds of miles of blue ribbon trout streams, the area offers endless summer recreation opportunities such as:
- Hiking & backpacking
- Rock climbing
- Mountain biking
- Fly fishing
- River rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding
- Wildlife viewing
- Yellowstone National Park
Bozeman’s climate reflects its mountain valley location. Summers are pleasant with warm days, cool nights, and an abundance of sunshine. City attractions include quaint shopping experiences, restaurants and coffeehouses, and museums. Multiple city parks with picnic and playground areas, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, skateboard facilities and BMX bike park, several golf courses in the city and surrounding areas. Check out the City of Bozeman webpage for more details.
A parking permit is required to park on campus Monday through Friday, 6 am to 6 pm in surface lots and 6 am to 8 pm in the parking garage. Visitor parking is located on the first floor and part of the second floor in the parking garage for up to $12 per day. Other visitor parking options are available for up to $8 a day on Harrison Street and the Stadium lots by using the Passport parking app or visiting Parking Services at the corner of S 7th Avenue and Kagy Blvd. Visit the Parking Services webpage for more information.
Dinning on Campus
Come enjoy a meal at one of the MSU Residence Dining facilities or retail operations. All of the operations feature their own unique atmosphere and different daily menus. Summer hours may vary. Come enjoy a meal at one of our Residence Dining facilities or retail operations. All of our operations feature their own unique atmosphere and different daily menus.
MSU Recreation Center
A social gathering place, bowling, billiards, foosball, videos, tournaments, and classes. Located in the Strand Union Building (SUB).
ASMSU’s Outdoor Recreation Program offers equipment rentals, coordinated group outings, an outdoor resource center. Students and their families are eligible to rent equipment. Rafts, canoes, paddleboards, tents, bicycles and other outdoor gear are available. Rates are based on half-day, daily, or weekends. Maps, magazines, trail guides, and informational materials are available. This is a great option for equipment rentals for your summer field courses.
Community Services and Activities
You can also rent gear and camping vehicles if you want to plan a trip. They are located near the airport and specialize in any item you might need for your Montana stay. They even rent bear spray!
Bozeman City Bus Service
Streamline Bus Company moves people around Bozeman or the Gallatin valley quickly and conveniently and best of all, riding on Streamline is free. Routes stretch from the MSU campus to downtown and surrounding communities. Brochures are available at the “ASK US” Information Center in the MSU Strand Union Building.
Museum of the Rockies
The world-renowned Museum of Rockies features one of the finest paleontology collections in North America. The museum offers 4 -day and week-long summer camps for children, grades 1st through 8th. The museum also has a discovery center for younger children ranging in age from infant to 6 years.
Montana Science Center
A great place for little ones to play and learn. The museum is open: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat | 9am-12pm and 2pm-6pm. Reservations required.
Bozeman Recreation Department
This Bozeman Recreation Department offers a variety of programs, special events and recreation classes such as soccer, cooking, Castles & Knights, basketball, canoeing and Kayaking, Nature Discovery, Outdoor Adventure Skills and more. You can also find information on The Bozeman Swim Center and Bogert Pool.
Gallatin Valley YMCA
Much more than just a gym, the Gallatin Valley YMCA offers a wide array of programs enabling people of all ages to connect, learn, live healthily and have fun. From youth sports to yoga, pre-school classes to parent's night out, FREE family events to fun after-school programs, the Y offers something for everyone.
Bozeman Public Parks
The city is loaded with wonderful public parks.
Shakespeare in the Parks
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is a theatrical group presenting live, professional theatre productions in the MSU Park.
Downtown Art Walk
The second Friday of the month from June through August from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, stroll downtown while the art galleries and shops stay open late to showcase featured artists.
Open every day from 9:00 am until late. Located at 414 E Babcock Street.
Gallatin County Fair Grounds
The Big Sky Country Fair, formally Gallatin County Fair, runs July 15th - 19th. The 5 day event includes: The Bozeman Roundup Ranch Rodeo, Dog Dock Diving, Pig Wrestling, Mutton Bustin, Arts & Crafts Shows, Livestock Shows, and classic fair cuisine.
Spire Climbing Center
An 18,000+ square foot state of the art roped climbing center for youths and adults.
Websites for Outdoor Activities
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Bozeman Chamber of Commerce
Information on the Bozeman area activities including backpacking, horseback riding, fly fishing, golfing, shopping, hiking, biking, and Yellowstone National Park information.
Bozeman Area July 4th Events
Watch the fireworks at the Bozeman Fairgrounds. Starting at 9:00 pm, head to the fairgrounds for food and music, and then watch one of the largest firework displays in Montana at dusk. Another favorite spot to watch the fireworks is on top of Peet’s Hill/Burke Park.
The Livingston Roundup Rodeo begins on July 2nd and runs through the 4th. This 3 day festival kicks off with a parade down Main Street. Professionals and amateurs from around the country gather for the rodeo and compete. For rodeo ticket information, visit:
Big Sky's Music in the Mountains: Free July 4th events (music, vendors, and fireworks) at Center Stage at Town Center Park in Big Sky. Event begins at 6pm at the Center state at Town Center Park.
Montana Grizzly Encounter
Grizzly Bear Rescue & Education Sanctuary in Bozeman, Montana. Founded in 2004, MGE provides a spacious and natural home for rescued grizzlies. At the same time it offers the public a place to come and learn about grizzly bears as they watch the majestic animals “up close” in a beautiful mountain setting.
Area Hot Springs
Yellowstone National Park
Only a 1.5 hour drive from Bozeman, a day trip to Yellowstone is an unforgettable activity when visiting the area.
Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
A wildlife park and educational facility located in West Yellowstone. The center allows you to observe Grizzlies playing in a waterfall, fishing in their ponds, and see the social structure of two wolf packs.
Local Hiking Trails
Find information about beautiful day hikes and other local recreation through the Outside Bozeman website.
Missouri Headwaters State Park
Visit the confluence of the Jefferson, Gallatin, and Madison Rivers that come together to start the great Missouri River. Find information on Lewis & Clark Caverns, Buffalo Jump State Park and much more.
Where to eat while in Bozeman….
Dinning Halls on MSU Campus
Come enjoy a meal at either of the all-you-care-to-eat award winning facilities. Both Miller Dining Commons and Rendezvous Dining Pavilion feature their own unique atmosphere and different daily menus. View more information and menus on the MSU Dining Hall webpage.
Restaurants within Walking Distance of Campus
|Bridger Brewing Company - 1609 S. 11th Ave.||South 9th Bistro – 721 S. 9th|
|Columbo’s Pizza and Pasta – 1003 W. College St.||Storm Castle Café - 5 Tai Ln.|
|Jimmy John’s - 1216 W. Lincoln Street||Taco Montes – 815 W. College St.|
|Pickle Barrel - 809 W. College St.||University Burger - 815 W College St.|
|Spectator’s Bar and Grill - 19 Tai Ln.||Granny’s - 3 Tai Ln.|
|Bunkhouse Brewery - 1216 W. Lincoln St.||The Hummingbird's Kitchen - 1506 W. Lincoln St.|
Restaurants in the Historic Downtown and Surrounding Area
Grocery Stores near MSU Campus
|Community Food Co-Op – 908 W. Main St.||Rosauers – W. Main St. across from Gallatin Mall|
|Joe’s Parkway Market – 903 W. College St.||Safeway - 901 W. Main St.|
|Maven's Market - 720 W. Main St.||Town & Country Foods – 1611 S. 11th|
|Whole Foods - 2905 W. Main St.|