Environmental Science students
Environmental Science
Cameron Sapp
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When Cameron Sapp cradled an osprey in his arms so that a blood sample could be drawn to test for mercury, he remembered how he grew up not really liking birds, but “I’ve never been one to like anything until I experience it on my own.”

The day he held the osprey he realized not only did he now like birds, but this was the highlight of his college year, “possibly of my college experience.” Read more...

Environmental 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 lab with a broad range of hands-on experiences. Our program includes numerous 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