Biological Sciences, B.S.
Graduates will have a general working knowledge in biology including evolution, ecology, genetics, and cellular and molecular biology from both coursework and internships.
Why Study Biological Sciences at Montana Tech?
The Department of Biological Sciences at Montana Tech provides hands-on research, small classes, one-on-one interactions with faculty, support for independent student research and internships, counseling on professional development, and access to professional networking all while earning your bachelor’s degree in biology. Other program advantages include small classes, a senior thesis requirement, outstanding modern laboratory facilities, and our location near game management, wilderness areas, and national parks that act as outdoor laboratories for classes and research. This combination provides a unique setting for students to not only learn biology, but to engage in the field and do actual science.
The department’s hands-on approach to education is what makes Montana Tech unique and why, for over a decade, our biology alumni continue to enjoy over 90 percent placement into master’s programs, medical schools, dental schools and veterinary medicine programs.
Biology at Montana Tech is a gateway to expansive possibilities in medicine, veterinary medicine, ecological restoration, wildlife biology or graduate school.
World-Class Research Opportunities
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 Montana Tech’s location near three national parks, wilderness areas, wildlife management areas, and world class trout streams.
Award Winning Faculty
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. Be mentored by award winning biological sciences faculty.
Montana Tech’s location in Butte offers you numerous recreational opportunities, such as hiking and fishing. Butte is centrally located in Montana, giving you access to internships in Bozeman, Helena, and Missoula.
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.
Study Biological Sciences and Have Fun Too
Get involved in various clubs and organizations on campus. Ski at nearby resorts or in the backcountry. Enjoy southwest Montana’s hot springs. Hike the Great Divide and other trails. Fish in pristine mountain streams.
Earn a Restoration Certificate
At Montana Tech, our biology program offers the opportunity for a restoration certification. This certification program is a 15-17 credit undergraduate program providing the professional knowledge and practical expertise needed to reestablish native ecosystems on damaged landscapes. Biology students learn how to plan industrial activities to avoid long-term ecosystem damage. They engage in restoring damaged landscapes, and learn about permitting, site engineering, and how to reestablish, monitor, and maintain native vegetation.
What is Biological Sciences?
Biological sciences is an expansive degree field encompassing the study of living organisms. Biologists study the chemical and physical principles of all living things, and the field of biology focuses on topics such as cellular processes, immunology, genetics, physiology, biodiversity, zoology, botany, microbiology, wildlife, evolution, and ecology. At Montana Tech, you can choose between two educational tracks: Organismal and Ecological Studies and Cellular/Molecular Biology.
The Department of Biological Sciences at Montana Tech provides hands-on research, small classes, one-on-one interactions with faculty, support for independent student research and internships, counseling on professional development, and access to professional networking: tools that give our students a competitive edge. Other program advantages include small classes, a senior thesis requirement, outstanding modern laboratory facilities, and our location near game management, wilderness areas, and national parks that act as outdoor laboratories for classes and research. This combination provides a unique setting for students to not only learn biology, but to engage in the field and do actual science.
What Kind of Jobs do Biological Sciences Majors Get?
Begin your career in the diverse biological fields at Montana Tech. Biological sciences graduates follow a variety of career paths, and a degree from Montana Tech provides you with the foundation you need for a career or extended professional study in a variety of fields including teaching, biotechnology, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary sciences, botany, horticulture, ecology, wildlife biology, restoration, or evolutionary biology.
In Health Care Careers
The Cellular and Molecular track in the Biological Sciences department was truly an ideal course of study for me. Through this program, I gained the skills and knowledge to succeed both in the classroom and in the research lab. The faculty was always extremely helpful and love getting to know their students; I routinely keep in contact with many of my professors! As I am now applying for competitive MD/PhD programs, while at MIT researching how cancer becomes resistant to therapy, I have never regretted my choice of attending a small school where I could get to know the professors on a personal level. Being able to take on my own novel research projects that will have a significant impact is something that most undergraduates don't get at larger universities. I strongly believe that I would not be where I am today without my Montana Tech education.
Riley Hellinger BS in Biology, Cellular and Molecular Track 2019 Laboratory Technician Koch Institute at MIT
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