Students observe a frogEnvironmental Science

The Environmental Science Program 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.

Why RMC for Environmental Science?

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