Undergraduate Program

Earn your degree in wildlife biology at the University of Montana and join students from around the world who share your passion for nature and conservation. Ranked #1 in North America for the quality and productivity of faculty research, UM is one of the best colleges for wildlife biology in the nation, offering unique opportunities for field-based, hands-on learning in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Wildlife Biology is the study of wild animals, their habitats, and their conservation. Our B.S. in Wildlife Biology degree gives you the pre-professional training you need to work in wildlife biology and management. We also give you an excellent background in general ecology. 

Our undergraduate program is built upon:

  • our faculty’s outstanding teaching, knowledge, and experience in all aspects of Wildlife Biology
  • the enthusiasm, commitment, and diversity of the students drawn to the program
  • unrivaled access to hands-on, outdoor learning opportunities, which play a central role in our curriculum from freshman year until graduation. 

Wildlife Biology Undergraduate Degrees

Students use dried beans to learn about population estimation
Students on field trip to MPG ranch.
Students doing telemetry work on UM campus
Students doing field experiments on Mt. Sentinel

#1 wildlife biology program in North America based on research productivity (Academic Analytics, 2016)


9 countries and 44 states represented by wildlife biology students


2nd oldest wildlife biology program in the country, founded in 1936


450 peer-reviewed scientific publications published by faculty and students in the past three years