Why Choose RMC’s Environmental Program?

The Environmental Program at RMC offers majors in Environmental Science (ESC), Environmental Management and Policy (EMP), and Environmental Studies (EST). Our courses emphasize interdisciplinary studies in the field and laboratory with a broad range of hands-on experiences. Many of our programs include field trips to Yellowstone National Park and the Bighorn and Beartooth Mountain Ranges. Students and faculty also conduct ongoing research projects at sites on the Yellowstone River, which is the longest free-flowing river in the U.S. The proximity of the largest city in Montana (Billings) and abundant natural resources and open land make for an ideal outdoor laboratory to study human interactions and impacts on the environment. In addition, our average class size is about 14 students, with some even smaller. This enables plenty of one-on-one time with faculty and greatly enhances learning opportunities, such as field trips and the option of overnight camping at research sites.

"The truth is that we have never conquered the world, never understood it; we only think we have control. We do not even know why we respond in a certain way to other organisms and need them in diverse ways so deeply." - Edward O. Wilson


emp Environmental Program students conduct a macroinvertebrate survey during a four-day float trip on the Missouri River as part of the Montana Rivers course.


EMP3Environmental Program students visit a waste water management site for hydraulic fracturing operations near Gillette, WY as part of the Energy and Society course.   


EST Environmental Program students summit a peak  during a multi-day backpacking trip in the nearby Beartooth Mountains as part of the introductory Environmental Studies class.   

The Environmental Science Program (ESC) at Rocky Mountain College provides an education  of multiple dimensions uniquely characterized in two general ways: through specialty and interdisciplinary courses in the environment ranging from the natural and social sciences to the humanities and arts; and through an intensive hands-on approach to our great outdoor classroom - Yellowstone County.

The Environmental Management and Policy Program (EMP) provides students with rigorous, problem-oriented training in the theories and practical skills they will need to contribute meaningfully to on-going efforts to craft a sustainable, just world.  EMP students learn to think, speak, and write critically and pragmatically about the links between environmental science, human development, and  decision-making.

 The Environmental Studies (EST) major provides students with an interdisciplinary opportunity to investigate the relationship between humans and their environment. Distinct from environmental science, the curriculum in environmental studies is based in the humanities, arts, and the social sciences.

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