Our Classroom

"Going to the woods is going home." - John Muir

At Rocky Mountain College you will not get bored sitting in a classroom. In your first year, you enroll in courses that take you outside, where you learn environmental sampling techniques and observation skills that last a lifetime. In fact, the level of hands-on experience at RMC is what students often list as the most important element that kept them motivated in their career track.

Rocky Mountain College is ideally situated for this type of program, and our classrooms include the famous Beartooth Mountains, full of thousands of lakes and the highest peak in Montana; the rugged Pryor Mountains, with bighorn sheep and wild horses; the vast Crow and Cheyenne Indian Reservations; and of course, Yellowstone National Park, one of the first parks in the world.

We have also developed working partnerships with non-profit organizations, such as the Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society that lets us use their facilities for research and classes.

International Trips

Our faculty have worked and conducted research in many other countries. From South America to Asia and Africa, faculty introduce environmental issues that are related to global perspectives, which is critical for the development of a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of the planet and the role we play as the largest consumers of resources.

Every year, students have the opportunity to take part in short study abroad academic trips during school breaks or summers to explore environmental issues in other countries and continents. Visit photos.rocky.edu to see  pictures from past trips, including Peru, South Africa, Costa Rica, and the Galapagos Islands. Longer semester abroad options also exist through the study abroad office.