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Environmental Studies Program
Jeannette Rankin Hall 106A
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812-4320
Tel: (406) 243-6273
Fax: (406) 243-6090

Environmental Studies Field Courses

Field Courses Offered by Our Affiliates:

A variety of field courses can be taken for academic credit at The University of Montana. These outdoor classes are offered throughout the year in Montana and beyond. For information on course offerings, registration procedures and costs, please visit the websites listed below and contact the organization directly.

Northwest Connections

Landscape and Livelihood Field Semester: Northwest Connections' Field Semester immerses a small community of learners in an intensive two-month program focusing on ecology and community-based conservation. Students learn experientially as they study the landscape of the Swan Valley and the human community it supports. NwC's instructional philosophy emphasizes participation in conservation projects as a means of developing field skills. Students also work closely with local citizens and land managers in order to understand the relationship of environmental issues to rural communities. Landscape and Livelihood's residential program operates seven days per week, creating time for classroom lecture, field work, reading, reflective writing, independent study and involvement in community activities. Fifteen semester credits are earned in Forestry and Conservation, Environmental Studies, Recreation Management and General Science through a cooperative agreement with the University of Montana. Base camp for the semester is a historic homestead on the Swan River. For more information visit:

Wild Rockies Field Institute

Field courses with the Wild Rockies Field Institute are a truly wild experience- academically and personally! Courses take place in the stunning backcountry of North America where students camp, backpack, kayak and/or canoe while studying the ecology, cultural history and land use policy of the landscape around them. Students also investigate our personal roles in, and relationships with, human and ecological communities. Visits to the frontcountry allow for meetings with a wide variety of locals to learn directly from the people who live in the area and to complete this experiential learning opportunity. Course areas include Montana, Utah, the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, Alaska, Canada and Mexico. Courses are 1-9 weeks in length and are offered during each semester, summer, winter break and spring break. These field courses offer 300-level credit in Environmental Studies, as well as Forestry, Anthropology, Geography, Native American Studies and Science. To register for these courses and for more information, visit the Wild Rockies Field Institute's web page at

Field Course Offered at UM:

The Wilderness and Civilization Program

The Wilderness and Civilization Program offers students a Wilderness Studies Minor through two semesters of interdisciplinary coursework. The program is offered by the UM College of Forestry and Conservation in cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences. The Wilderness and Civilization program combines classroom and field learning, small class size, and internship experience for an in-depth exploration of wildland issues. Integrated with the curriculum are a series of long and short field experiences. Two, 10-day wilderness trips provide a unique opportunity for field-based experiential learning. Shorter field trips compliment classroom teaching by exploring local ecology and a variety of local environmental and land management issues. The program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors of any major.

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