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Biological   Sciences

Virus Hunters with David Quammen

Montana Tech Biology Professors Amy Kuenzi and Rick Douglass were featured on "Virus Hunters with David Quammen" for their groundbreaking research on hantavirus. See the video here.

biology student performs hantavirus research

Biology student Cody Richardson assists with hantavirus studies as part of his undergraduate research. Faculty mentor: Amy Kuenzi.

male and female student perform research in biology lab

Biology students Trace Forkan and Joslyn Riesinger gain valuable hands-on experience in the lab.

biodiversity research station

Biodiversity research station southwest of Montana Tech. Students work on amphibian populations and seasonal changes in biodiversity. Lead Professor: Dr. Stella Capoccia

biology class in Yellowstone National Park

Students learn about ecological interactions with Dr. Rick Douglass in Yellowstone National Park. Enclosures show variation in aspen with regard to elk and bison.

Introduction to Ecology class visits Yellowstone National Park

Field trips are a common component of many of the biology department’s classes. Here, the Introduction to Ecology class visits Yellowstone National Park.

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Biology at Montana Tech

biology students conduct research on bacteriophages

Biology students Shannon Riley and Jessica Young conducting undergraduate research on bacteriophages. Faculty mentor: Marisa Pedulla


Restoration students participating a field trip to study a mining impacted landscape near Butte. Faculty mentor: Robert Pal

Biology at Montana Tech is a gateway to expansive possibilities in medicine, veterinary medicine, ecological restoration, wildlife biology or graduate school.

World-Class Research

Montana Tech biology students are directly involved in research activities through independent projects or by assisting faculty in important research projects. Students learn biological sciences in an environment that encourages close student-faculty interaction and take advantage of research and education opportunities provided by Tech’s location near national parks, wilderness areas, wildlife management areas and world class trout streams.


Montana Tech's Biological Sciences program is recognized and accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS). Students may pursue a B.S. in either Cellular & Molecular Biology or a B.S. in Organismal Biology.

Dedicated Professors

The Biological Sciences faculty are actively involved in a wide range of research projects, providing unique opportunities for undergraduate students to participate by conducting independent investigations or by assisting faculty members. Professor Amy Kuenzi is nationally respected for her research on deer mice ecology and hantavirus transmission, and Dr. Marisa Pedulla is well known for her phagedigging program that involves middle school, high school, and undergraduate students in scientific inquiry regarding bacteriophages. Dr. Robert Pal has international research collaborations in Europe, China, and India on studying biological invasions. Learn more about our world-class faculty.