Division of Business and Technology, Equine Studies, and Health and Human Performance

Welcome to Montana Western and the Division of Business & Technology, Health & Human Performance, and Equine Studies!  Our division offers Bachelor of Science degrees in the following areas: Business Administration, Kinesiology, Health & Physical Education K-12, and Natural Horsemanship.  In addition to bachelor’s degrees, you can earn minors such as teaching, farm & ranch management, coaching, and psychology. To see all minors available in our division, please refer to each of our department’s webpages.  

Completing a degree in the Business & Technology, Health & Human Performance, and Equine Studies Division will give you the confidence and skills you need to be prepared for an exciting career in industry or furthering your education in graduate school. The Experience One model features experiential learning, exposing students to the most relevant content and techniques in their industry while being supported by faculty with real-world, professional experience. You will engage in work projects in your field of study, internships, and undergraduate research while being supported by faculty who have professional experience in their disciplines. Block scheduling or focusing on one class at a time allows faculty to utilize field trips, travel to conferences for student presentations, and guest speakers or clinicians to support your learning. Equine students work with their horses on a daily basis! It is our mission to prepare students by providing exemplary hands-on experience.

Please contact any faculty member in the Division of Business & Technology, Health & Human Performance, and Equine Studies if you have questions about our degree programs.  We look forward to guiding you through your college experience while you achieve important life goals!     

Division Chair: Denise Holland, Ed.D

Division Chair: Denise Holland, Ed.D



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Business & Technology Building 212

Denise Holland, Ed.D, has taught at Montana Western since 2001. Before joining the UMW faculty, Denise taught public high school courses in business and marketing in Idaho and Montana and assisted elementary teachers in creating technology projects.

Her primary teaching interests include business education, technology integration, computer applications and business communications. In her classes, students are working on practical skills needed for today’s workforce such as hard skills (computer skills) and soft skills (communications and team-building).

Her research interests include business education, technology integration and computer skills. She is co-developer of the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK ) Technology Integration Education (TIE) Model for understanding preservice teachers’ classroom performance. Denise also co-developed the Microsoft Office Self-Efficacy Scale.

She has published in leading educational journals such as Journal of Educational Computing Research (2014, 2016), ISTE’s Journal of Research on Technology in Education (2016), Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice (2016), Journal of Leadership Education (2016), and Business Teachers Education Journal (2017). Denise is a member of the National Business Education Association (NBEA).

Division of Education

The Division of Education houses a wide variety of Education programs, including Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, K-12, and Special Education programs.  Additionally, we support a number of distance partnerships with tribal colleges in the state.  Graduates from Education programs at Montana Western go on to have fulfilling careers making a difference in children’s lives all over the state and across the nation.  Recent state and national accreditation means Montana Western’s teachers are prepared with the skills necessary to teach today’s students.

Division Chair: Estee Aiken, Ed.D

Division Chair: Estee Aiken, Ed.D



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Estee served as an elementary classroom teacher and differentiation coach for more than a decade before transitioning to higher education.  Since 2011, she has been focused on educating pre-service teachers and consulting about gifted education and differentiation.  Her areas of research and publication focus on gifted education, early childhood, and very young children with special needs.

Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

Division Chair: Ashley Carlson, Ph.D.

Division Chair: Ashley Carlson, Ph.D.



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Main Hall 311C

Ashley Lynn Carlson earned her B.A. in English and French from Chapman University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from the University of New Mexico, where her research focused on nineteenth-century literature. Her research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century women’s literature, science and literature, cultural studies, television, and popular culture.

Carlson has published essays on nineteenth-century authors Mary Shelley and Sarah Stickney Ellis, as well as multiple works on contemporary television. In 2015 she published an edited collection, Genius on Television: Small Screen Depictions of Small Minds, and she is currently working on two more edited collections, one on women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) on television, and the other on The CW network. She is also continuing her work on nineteenth-century didactic fiction and Sarah Stickney Ellis.

At Montana Western, Ashley Carlson teaches courses in British literature, cultural studies, and composition.

Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Welcome to the Division of Mathematics and Sciences at the University of Montana Western!  Our Division offers undergraduate students many degree options and focus areas to provide the tools and experience for careers and graduate programs in a diverse set of fields.  Our Division includes the departments of Mathematics, Environmental Science and Biology and we offer Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics, Environmental Science, Environmental Sustainability, Biology and Ecology in addition to secondary education in all three fields.

The exceptional faculty in our Division use their professional expertise to create unique educational experiences for our students by capitalizing on Experience One and the block schedule.  We prepare our students for careers and post-graduate study by effectively utilizing hands on learning and teaching our courses in ways to expose students to authentic field and laboratory research methods to gather and analyze data to address real world problems.  Our faculty also maintain active undergraduate research programs to provide students with advanced opportunities to explore diverse research questions.  These projects not only give students applied experience with research techniques, but also provide the opportunity to practice math and science communication skills when the research is presented in various written and oral settings.  

Our Division is excited to help guide you through your educational experiences with the hope of nurturing life-long learning and a strong understanding of the natural world.  We will provide you with the tools and experiences to excel in your post-graduate careers and we take extreme pride in helping our students be successful!  Please explore the information provided in our departmental websites and feel free to reach out to any of the professors within our Division to answer any specific questions that you may have.  We look forward to exploring our world together with you!

Divison Chair: Michael Morrow, Ph.D.

Divison Chair: Michael Morrow, Ph.D.



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Block Hall 320

Dr. Michael Morrow obtained his Ph.D. in Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology from the University of Pittsburgh (2001) where he studied protein secretion in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. At Montana Western, Dr. Morrow and his undergraduate student researchers are studying some of the proteins that play roles in the early secretory pathway of the pathogenic yeast Candida albicans. Since protein secretion is important for this organism to cause infection, a better understanding of the machinery involved in protein secretion could lead to the identification of future drug targets to prevent and treat Candida infections. In addition to this research focus, Dr. Morrow is also interested in applied microbiology projects including a new project that is investigating the prevalence of antibiotic resistance genes in E. coli strains isolated from local streams and rivers in an effort to determine if wild E. coli populations could act as a reservoir for antibiotic resistance in bacterial populations. Dr. Morrow regularly teaches Discover Biology (BIOB101), Principles of Living Systems (BIOB160), Cellular and Molecular Biology (BIOB260), General Microbiology (BIOM260) and Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology (BIOB425). Using Montana Western’s unique block scheduling allows Dr. Morrow to utilize many block-long research projects in his classes to provide students with hands on practical experience with many modern cell/molecular and microbiological techniques. Outside of school, Dr. Morrow enjoys backpacking, hiking, hunting and ice hockey (Let’s Go Pens!).