Study Botany, Zoology, and Ecology.
Focus on Cellular and Molecular Biology.
Options in Ecological Restoration available.


The Department of Biological Sciences at Montana Tech offers three undergraduate degrees, as well as a certificate in Ecological Restoration for both undergraduates and graduate students and a master's degree in Ecological Restoration. 

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.

Classes are also taught in well-equipped molecular biology labs. In 2023, Montana Tech will receive a brand new multifunctional transmission electron microscope, which was purchased with grant funding from the National Science Foundation, and will greatly expand research opportunities on campus. 

Award Winning Faculty

Be mentored by award winning biological sciences 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. 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.

Strong Career Outcomes

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14:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
Outdoor Labs in National Parks
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Biological Sciences, B.S.

Options in Organismal and Ecological Studies and Cellular/Molecular Biology.

Exercise and Health Science, B.S.

Focus on the body, how it moves, and how to stay healthy.

Biology, B.A.S.

The Biology - B.A.S. Degree is primarily designed for students who have earned an Associate of Applied Science degree at a two-year institution.

Secondary Education Certificate

Earn your B.S. in Biology and complete the University of Montana Western's Secondary Education Certificate Program.

Ecological Restoration Certificate

This certification program is 15-17 credits and available to undergraduate and graduate students.

Ecological Restoration, M.S.

This 30-credit hour graduate program enables students to customize their studies to fit their career goals and objectives.

Learn More About Biological Sciences

Meet the faculty that guides our department, and explore their areas of expertise and research.

Native Plant Program

Learn more about this $1 million restoration program.

Tracks and options

Explore all of the majors and minors available in Biological Sciences at Montana Tech.

Advisory Board

Doctors, professors, biologists and dentists guide our program.

Program objectives

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Dr. Amy Kuenzi
Professor, Department Head