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Southwestern Montana provides a remarkably ideal location to study environmental sciences and to learn how to communicate this knowledge to the public through environmental interpretation. Universities from all over the world set up field camps here to study the area’s unique geology and hydrology. As a UMW student, this amazing area will be your home, classroom and lab.
Environmental sciences majors are informed, critical thinkers capable of scientifically evaluating complex environmental issues. Our courses of study emphasize interdisciplinary, field-based research projects crucial to understanding our world
Here are just two great example of environmental sciences courses at Montana Western. For a full course selection, please see the course catalog.
This degree will prepare the graduate to work in settings where they will help public audiences forge emotional and intellectual connections to environmental resources. Many graduates of this degree go on to careers as park rangers, frontline interpreters, environmental educators, and environmental interpretive planners. Majors include:
This degree provides broad-based training across all sciences as well as practical training in map-reading and GPS technology. With this degree, the graduate will be ready for a graduate program or a career in environmental science. Majors include:
This degree prepares and licenses the graduate to teach science in junior high or high schools.Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Secondary Education, General Science Broadfield.
This degree prepares and licenses the graduate to teach science in junior high or high schools.
Richard Clark founded Montana Western’s unique degree in environmental interpretation. He is a botanist who trains students to translate science to the lay public. He loves the outdoors and teaches wildlands skills courses in addition to other biology classes. Clark also fostered a collaboration with the Professional Guide Institute, which allows Montana Western students to get credits toward certification as a guide.
Linda Lyon is an ethnobotanist and certified environmental interpreter trainer. Lyon worked for many years in Madagascar with local communities to understand traditional land-use systems and encourage the conservation of medicinal plant knowledge. Currently, Lyon is spearheading the UMW community and campus garden that supports the university’s sustainability mission by growing organic heirloom vegetables for the cafeteria. In addition to her campus garden and teaching responsibilities, Lyon is the faculty adviser for the campus environmental sciences club, Terra Verde, which sponsors annual Earth Day and Earth Hour events for the campus and local community.
In 2009, Thomas was named the Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges U.S. Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. In 2010 he was named the Montana Regents Professor.