Summer Program - Overview

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Ecology student hiking a ridge in Glacier National Park

2019 FLBS Summer Courses At a Glance:
1, 3, 5 & 6 credit courses
Earn up to 13 credits in 8 weeks & graduate early!
Gain Real Field Experience
Learn Under the Big Sky of Northwest Montana
Many scholarships available!
Small class sizes, dynamic faculty
Credits transferable to most universities
Prices are the same for local, US and international students!
Apply by Jan. 14 for a ($100.00) discount!
$1,990.00 for tuition, housing*, and meals per 2 week course
* Based on double-occupancy cabin. Single occupancy requests contingent on space.
2019 Courses
--6 Week Courses--
Evolution Of Animal Behavior
--4 Week Courses--
Field Ecology
Seminars in Ecology
--2 Week Courses--
Conservation Ecology
Environmental Sensors
Aquatic Microbial Ecology
Landscape Ecology
Alpine Ecology
Stream Ecology
UAV Remote Sensing
Forest-Grassland Ecology
Lake Ecology

Looking for Graduate Student opportunities? Visit our Graduate Opportunities page.

FLBS Summer Program Overview


About Our Program

The summer academic session is a rigorous rewarding field ecology experience. We emphasize experiential learning through direct observation of biota and ecological processes in the field and with hands-on activities in the SensorSpace, MEL, and SERL labs. Courses involve field trips to Flathead Basin sites like Glacier National Park, and most courses include overnight camping. Experience sweeping vistas and traverse spectacular terrain while exploring pristine alpine wilderness, crystal-clear mountain lakes, streams, and rivers- all benefits of an academic adventure and scholarly fun in the "Crown of the Continent" in Northwest Montana.

FLBS immersion-style courses may be taken for undergraduate (300/400 level courses) or graduate (400 level courses) credit basis, and FLBS courses substitute for required or elective courses in many campus degree plans. You may to attend just one 2, 4, or 6-week course or enroll in a combination of courses for up to 8 weeks earning from 3 to 13 credits. We recommend students take a full course load to get the best return on the dollar.

By gaining real field experience in a research and education environment, you will be more competitive for graduate school or your next job. These courses are also great for professionals looking to upgrade their training.

A Legacy of Ecological Education

The first FLBS field course was offered in 1899 (119 years ago!), distinguishing FLBS as one of the oldest biological stations in the United States. Courses and faculty have changed over the years, but our commitment to high-quality education remains consistent with founder Dr. Morton J. Elrod’s vision of sharing knowledge through field experience.

On the Shores of Flathead Lake

The Station is located on the east shore of Flathead Lake, ~85 miles north of Missoula, MT. In this pristine setting, you are one of about 40 students living in cabins and will meet a diverse group of people. FLBS is a year-round facility with research, education and support staff of about 35 people plus postdocs, grads and interns, and a steady flow of visiting investigators from across the U.S. and around the globe.

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