Summer - Courses

Courses at FLBS

 


Wait list courses: Alpine Ecology

FLBS summer courses are offered to qualified applicants on a first to apply basis. Applying as early as possible will assist you in securing your first-choice courses and will assist FLBS in planning summer session. Note that underenrolled courses may be cancelled based on enrollment numbers as of the enrollment review date.

Each course runs all day each scheduled day of its timeframe, including holidays, unless otherwise noted. You may select 1 or up to 5 classes for the summer. Taking a full load over the 8-week session is an efficient way to complete advanced courses during one summer!

Admission and Credit Info

  • Undergraduate (300/400 level) or Graduate (400 level) credit
  • Credits transferrable to UM and most colleges/universities
  • Formal admission to UM not required
  • Credits may be transferred with a single completed transcript request form
  • Applying for FLBS courses requires: application; $50.00 non-refundable application fee; and transcripts (official or unofficial)

About FLBS Course Prerequisites

FLBS summer courses are designed to be affordable and flexible for all students and working professionals, whether in state or out of state, for undergraduate, graduate, or continuing education credit. Contact us with any questions or concerns, or contact the course instructor directly using the contact info in each course description.

FLBS Course Notices

Some FLBS courses require you be in good physical condition and complete extended all-day hikes at altitude in uneven terrain in strenuous conditions. Check each course syllabus for specific requirements.
International students: a strong grasp of English (listening, speaking, reading and writing) is essential for success in FLBS coursework and collaboration with fellow students.

FLBS Courses

This course is full but is accepting wait-list applicants
Alpine Ecology
July 18-July 29, 2022
BIOE 416/01
3 credits
Alpine Ecology students observe high mountain processes
Prereqs: One semester of a college-level biology and an ecology course such as BIOE342 Field Ecology at FLBS or other equivalents; or consent of instructor
This course requires you to complete extended all-day hikes at altitude in uneven terrain in strenuous conditions. If you have concerns about this requirement, contact the course instructor.
Exploration of the distribution, abundance and biotic interactions of plants and animals and their unique ecophysiological adaptations to life in the rigorous environments of high mountains above the timberline, with emphasis on the Crown of the Continent area. Students learn about the distribution of plants and animals and study the processes and interactions that are the foundation to ecology in alpine environments. Emphasis is placed on the processes that organize communities including drivers of global climate, and the complex interrelationships of biotic and abiotic interactions, including natural and human components as modifiers of system dynamics, and how those processes affect alpine systems. The class is organized around field trips and data intensive class projects that underscore major concepts and allow training in data collection, analysis, writing a scientific paper, presentation and interpretation by students.
Aquatic Microbial Ecology
June 20-July 1, 2022
BIOE 400/01
3 credits
AME aboard the Jessie B
Prereqs: One year of college-level biology, chemistry, and mathematics, or equivalents; or consent of instructor
This intensive field course is available to upper-level under-graduate students with interests in environmental microbiology and aquatic ecology and provides a conceptual foundation and experiential field and laboratory training in modern methods in aquatic microbial ecology. Students will explore topics such as physiology and metabolism of aquatic microbes; methods and tools for assessing microbial diversity, biomass, and growth; and the role of microbes in bioelemental cycles. Students will gain hands-on experience with both cultivation-based approaches and cultivation-independent methods for studying environmental microorganisms.
Conservation Ecology
June 20-July 1, 2022
BIOE 440/01
3 credits
Student inspects a field sample
Prereqs: One semester of college-level biology and an ecology course (BIOE342 Field Ecology at FLBS) or equivalents; or consent of instructor
Principles and methods of conservation ecology applied to aquatic and terrestrial species and ecosystems with emphasis on evolution, population genetics and behavioral ecology as key attributes to be considered in the design and implementation of conservation. This course emphasizes the application of basic biological research to problems in conservation and management with an eye toward the interface between science and policy. Five primary course themes are: defining population units of conservation; the effects of introduced species (including invasive species, hybridization, and infectious disease); habitat modification and climate change; population viability and monitoring; and policy and politics. These themes are applied to a diversity of case studies that have been chosen to illustrate general issues in conservation. A special aspect of the course is spending most of our time in the field with practicing, expert conservation biologists who work for state and federal government agencies or nongovernmental organizations.
Field Ecology
June 20-July 15, 2022
BIOE 342/01
5 credits
Ecology in Glacier Park
Prereqs: One semester of college-level biology, chemistry and mathematics (or equivalents); or consent of instructor
This course requires you to complete extended all-day hikes at altitude in uneven terrain in strenuous conditions. If you have concerns about this requirement, contact the course instructor.
The course engages major concepts and approaches in modern ecology via immersive field experiences, hands-on sampling, and project-based learning in both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Topics range from physiological and behavioral ecology to population and community ecology to ecosystem ecology. The course will build students' natural history knowledge of the biota of the Rocky Mountain region while directly engaging them in active research projects of FLBS / UM faculty. This course is conducted largely outdoors regardless of weather so that ecological phenomena can be examined in real time and real life. All-day and overnight trips will be conducted throughout the course, taking students into a range of aquatic and terrestrial environments near the Bio Station and the adjacent mountain areas including Glacier National Park. Students should be physically fit and able to hike 10 miles per day. Students will conduct directed measurements connected to ongoing research projects of the faculty, developing technical skills as well as skills in analysis and interpretation in written and oral form. Meets UM writing requirement.
Forest and Fire Ecology
August 1-August 12, 2022
BIOE 458/01
3 credits
Instructor/s:
Dr. Andrew Larson, UM
Students observe patterns in forest development
Prereqs: Two completed semesters of college-level coursework (sophomore standing); or consent of instructor
This course requires you to complete extended all-day hikes at altitude in uneven terrain in strenuous conditions. If you have concerns about this requirement, contact the course instructor.
Patterns and processes of forests and grasslands of the northern Rocky Mountains in the context of principles of population, community and ecosystem ecology. This course emphasizes the interactive biophysical attributes and processes of the forests and intermountain grasslands. Students observe and learn about plant and animal distributions, plant community structure and behavior including principles of plant ecology, ecophysiology and plant and animal interactions in these environments. Energy and materials transfer and feedbacks within food webs are used to describe complex interrelationships driving the dynamics of these systems, including both natural and human components as modifiers of systems dynamics. Field trips underscore concepts and allow data gathering and interpretation by students.
Lake Ecology
August 1-August 12, 2022
BIOE 453/01
3 credits
Students collect water samples on Flathead Lake
Prereqs: One year (or equivalents) of college-level biology, chemistry, and mathematics courses, and an ecology course (such as BIOE342 Field Ecology at FLBS or other equivalent); or consent of instructor
Physical, chemical and biological characteristics of lake ecosystems with an emphasis on how physical processes of lake circulation and stratification, nutrient loading and cycling, primary and secondary production and food web interactions, and atmospheric and land/watershed use affects water quality. This course focuses on functional relationships and productivity of plant and animal assemblages in lakes as regulated by physical, chemical and biotic processes. Fundamental concepts of ecology as they relate to the aquatic environment are emphasized. Limnological principles are presented within the context of regional and landscape spatial scales. Students will learn basic and contemporary methods of study in field settings including Flathead Lake, glacial lakes of Glacier National Park, inter-montane prairie kettle lakes and nutrient rich lakes with emphasis toward experiential learning and obtaining hands-on examination and characterization of lakes. Written and oral reports of independent studies as directed by the professor are required.
Landscape Ecology
July 4-July 15, 2022
BIOE 451/01
3 credits
Ecology on Pitamakin Pass
Prereqs: One year of college-level biology, chemistry, and mathematics, and an ecology course (BIOE342 Field Ecology at FLBS) or equivalents; or consent of instructor
This course requires you to complete extended all-day hikes at altitude in uneven terrain in strenuous conditions. If you have concerns about this requirement, contact the course instructor.
The objective of this course is to understand the physical and ecological processes that shape landscapes, how these biological and physical processes interact, and how they are responding to global change. We will examine how plants and animals are distributed across landscapes, how the physical template of the environment shapes species distributions and how biotic feedbacks can influence the physical environment. We will examine processes of pattern formation in the environment such as disturbance from fire and how landscape pattern can affect both physical and biological processes. Field trips will underscore concepts and allow data gathering and interpretation by students. Students are introduced to both satellite and airborne remote-sensing tools used in a GIS environment. Students will analyze and interpret spatially explicit data through analyses and oral presentations.
Seminars in Ecology & Resource Management
June 20-July 15, 2022
BIOB 494/01
1 credits
Instructor/s:
TBA
Osprey Research
This seminar involves presentation and discussion of local environmental issues and problems, and is available to any students enrolled for the first four weeks of summer session in any combination of courses.
Stream Ecology
July 18-July 29, 2022
BIOE 439/01
3 credits
Sampling Middle Fork of the Flathead River
Prereqs: One year of college-level biology, chemistry, and mathematics, and an ecology course (BIOE342 Field Ecology at FLBS) or equivalents; or consent of instructor
The biota and ecological processes of running waters with unifying principles and contemporary research approaches. This course focuses on the fundamental concepts of stream/river ecology and the physical, chemical and biological processes that characterize running water ecosystems. Students learn principles, concepts and methods of study in a field setting, and obtain hands-on experience in the examination and characterization of stream systems. Written and oral reports of independent or group studies as directed by the professor are required.
This course requires enrollment approval
Advanced Undergraduate Research
June 20-August 12, 2022
BIOE 490/00
1-10 credits
Instructor/s:
TBA
Independent research experience in an FLBS research project. Projects are mentored by permanent and visiting FLBS faculty. Student must contact FLBS faculty to determine course availability and provide a short outline of proposed research work.
This course requires enrollment approval
Independent Study
June 20-August 12, 2022
BIOB 596/00
1-8 credits
Instructor/s:
TBA
Open only to non-UM graduate students. Independent research is intended to solve a specific ecological problem as identified and examined by the student under mentorship of a Bio Station professor. Independent research includes design, analysis and reporting of ecological data. Student must contact FLBS faculty to determine course availability and provide a short outline of proposed research work.
This course requires enrollment approval
Undergraduate Thesis
June 20-August 12, 2022
BIOB 499/00
3-6 credits
Instructor/s:
TBA
The objective of this course is to prepare a thesis/manuscript based on undergrad research in field ecology for presentation and/or publication. An oral presentation of the finished work must be given at the Bio Station. Student must contact FLBS faculty to determine course availability and provide a short outline of proposed research work.
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