Jan 10-May 04, 2018
Credit: 3 graduate
Instructor(s): Dr. Cliff Montagne, Roland Kroos and Lora Soderquist

Course Description

Please register using CRN 33206
Students will likely be professionals already working in some area of environmental science, management or policy. They will learn how to use Holistic Management as a systems thinking approach to the analysis and solution phases of complex problems involving natural and human resource management . This course goes beyond the undergraduate level by asking students to identify, analyze and report on current literature and real cases where Holistic Management and systems thinking are effective, and by conducting and reporting on independent field observations of natural and human resource management related to systems thinking and Holistic Management.

Meeting Place and Times

Participants log in to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 8 - 10 hours per week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.


Dr. Cliff Montagne, PhD. Professor Emeritus of Soil Science
Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
Montana State University, Bozeman MT
As a Holistic Management Certified Educator, Director of the BioRegions Program, and professor, Dr. Montagne works to actualize the application of systems thinking and holistic management in various settings in North America, Japan, Mongolia, and Russia.

Roland Kroos, PhD.
Roland Kroos is a longtime consultant and Holistic Management Certified Educator with extensive experience in the use of Holistic Management with North American ranchers and government natural resource management agencies.

Lora Soderquist, BS.
Lora Soderquist is a graduate student in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University. She has worked extensively with this course before, has worked with seminomadic herding families in Mongolia and has used goats to improve pasturelands and subdivision plots.


Must have a Bachelors degree

Time Commitment:

8-10 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table below:

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Required Books/Materials

  • Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making
    Author(s): Allan Savory, Jody Butterfield
    Publisher: Island Press; 2nd edition (December 1, 1998)
    ISBN13: 978-1559634885
    ISBN 10: 155963488X
    Price new: $60 (Less expensive used copies and electronic versions should be available online.)
  • Gardeners of Eden
    Author: Dan Dagget
    Publisher: University of Nevada Press; 1 edition (August 4, 2005)
    ISBN13: 978-0966622911
    ISBN 10: 096662291X
    Price new: $55 (Less expensive used copies and electronic versions should be available online.)

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

For More Information

Please email Lisa Brown

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

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