Bozeman, MT
Jul 14-Jul 18, 2014
Credit: 2 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $777.00
Instructor(s): Billie Kerans and Thomas McMahon

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Course Description

Montana is home to world-renowned trout streams, and this course is designed to delve into how trout and trout streams function and some of the current issues surrounding their management. The course content will include principles and techniques for studying trout and trout streams in the laboratory and the field. The course will have the following components:
  • Identification of the main types of trout and stream insects found in Montana streams and their life history, habitat use, adaptations for living in fast water.
  • Examine key environmental components of a trout stream (e.g., water temperature, physical habitat features) and how these factors affect population dynamics of both trout and their main insect prey.
  • Explore contemporary issues of trout stream management within the Northern Rockies (e.g., whirling disease, habitat restoration).
This course will combine laboratory lectures and exercises with day-long field visits to area streams to collect aquatic insects, conduct habitat analyses, and view various types of stream management practices. On one field trip, students will don wet suits and directly observe trout behavior. Final Projects will emphasize applications to K-12 science classrooms.

Physical Fitness Requirement: Field trips require walking up to 1 mile on uneven rocky streams and slippery streambeds.

Meeting Place and Times

Class: M 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Lewis Hall 304
Field Trips: TWRF - depart Tuesday AM and return Friday evening


Billie Kerans, PhD.

Thomas McMahon, PhD.


Graduate standing.

Target Audience

Teachers in Montana State University's Master of Science in Science Education program; teachers desiring graduate credit in biology for professional development.

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $237.00
 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.

Required Books/Materials

  • Course materials will be provided by the instructors.

For More Information

contact Diana Paterson at or 406-994-5679.

How to Register

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