Spend Summer in Montana

Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS) offers a summer academic program in spectacular northwest Montana where students (undergrads and grads) from universities throughout the U.S. and around the globe attend field-based ecology courses in aquatic and terrestrial realms. Apply now

Students describe their time at FLBS as a transformative experience topped off with a judicious share of scholarly fun and camaraderie. They attribute this to the immersion-learning advantage afforded by a program where students take one course at a time.

Dartmouth graduate student Melissa DeSiervo attended in 2019 and notes, “I truly can’t believe how much I learned in only two weeks, all while having fun and connecting with other scientists!"

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These courses will be of interest to rising sophomores (Field Ecology), upper division students, and early graduate students. At FLBS, students benefit from academics influenced by synergism of multidisciplinary research and education, low student-faculty ratio, great facilities, and a dedicated support staff. See the program brochure. Course syllabi and fliers are also available online.

  • 6/22-7/17     Field Ecology (BIOE342) ¬ Seminars in Ecology & Resource Management (BIOL492)
  • 6/22-7/3       Conservation Ecology (BIOE440) ¬ Sensor Design, Fabrication & Deployment (BIOB491)
  • 7/6-7/31       Field Student in the Evolution of Animal Behavior (BIOB491)
  • 7/6-7/17       Landscape Ecology (BIOE451) ¬ Aquatic Microbial Ecology (BIOE400)
  • 7/20-7/31     Alpine Ecology (BIOE416)  ¬  Stream Ecology (BIOE439)  ¬ Remote Sensing for Freshwater Ecology (GPHY 474)
  • 8/3-8/14       Lake Ecology (BIOE453) ¬ Forest & Fire Ecology (BIOE458)


  • Attend 2, 4, 6, or all 8 weeks
  • Accelerate your course work; earn up to 13 credits in 8 weeks
  • Undergrad 300/400 level courses, graduate credit at 400 level
  • Gain real field experience in field research methods and interact with natural resource professionals
  • Field trips throughout the Flathead watershed including Glacier National Park
  • Credits easily transferable to other colleges and universities
  • Many scholarships awarded
  • $2,130 for tuition, housing, and meals per 2-week course
  • Program open to students from all universities; international students too!
  • Need help with process questions or just want to talk to someone about the program? Send an email to summersession@flbs.umt.edu or call Marie Kohler at 406-872-4515.
February, 2020