Bozeman, MT/Yellowstone National Park
Jun 08-Jun 13, 2015
Credit: 2 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $540.00
Instructor(s): Carl Wambolt

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Course Description

This is a co-conveing course. Undergraduates may enroll in WILD 429 801.

This course will describe the native communities of the internationally prominent Northern Yellowstone Winter Range for wild ungulates. The ecology of many organisms, both plant and animal, will be studied. Plant identification skills will be incorporated with an emphasis on the recognition of the northern range's flora and its importance as wildlife habitat. Ecosystem interrelationships will form the basis for understanding the ecology of the range and interpreting the consequences of management alternatives.

The course will include the following components of the Northern Yellowstone Winter Range and surrounding region:

  • plant geography
  • taxonomic principles and identification of important plants
  • ecology of plants and wildlife
  • ungulate ecology as influenced by Yellowstone National Park
  • diets, foraging habits and nutrition of wild ungulates
  • habitat types and their interaction with wildlife
  • fire ecology
  • community successional trends
  • herbivory
  • evolution of policy regarding the region.

Two one-day field trips to Yellowstone National Park will enhance the learning opportunity (students will return to Bozeman each evening): field observations will be made on all the above topics.

Meeting Place and Times

Classroom lecture: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Animal Bioscience Building Room 138; Field Trips: Friday & Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; (Transportation to Park is provided)


Carl Wambolt.


Graduate level standing; field trips require walking up to two miles on moderate slopes.

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $0.00
 Computer Fee$7.00
 Distributed Learning Fee$0.00

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

For More Information

For Course Information: Please contact instructor, Carl Wambolt, at

For registration questions: Please contact Extended University at 994-6683, toll free at 1-866-540-5660 or

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