College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Biological and Physical Sciences


The biology curriculum is designed to provide biology students with the opportunity for the best possible undergraduate education in science. In addition to the transmission of factual information, the biology curriculum places emphasis on the development of critical thinking skills. This is accomplished through a combination of lecturing, experimental laboratory exercises, independent learning by data analysis, research and field projects, seminars, incorporation of extensive writing, library research and use of computers in data analysis.


Environmental Sciences

The Associate of Science degree program of study in Environmental Science is designed for those students who desire to obtain a strong disciplinary background in the sciences while also developing an understanding of environmental perspectives and issues. The graduate of this program is prepared for entry-level positions in the industry. If a student decides to continue beyond the Associate of Science degree program, all biology and chemistry courses may be applied toward the Bachelor of Science major in Biology or in Chemistry.



Physics is the study of matter, energy, and their interactions; this includes all physical structures and phenomena. Experiments and observations in physics have shown that the operation of the universe at all levels is based on a few fundamental laws. The study of physics is the study of these laws and their applications.


It is recommended that chemistry teaching majors complete their teaching minors in physics, since many high schools require the teaching of physics and chemistry by the same individual. Chemistry and applied mathematics majors also should consider a minor in physics.



The chemistry program is designed to be flexible enough to meet individual interests of students and comprehensive enough to be competitive nationally. A chemistry major can expect to find employment in private, state, or federal laboratories ranging from research and development to quality control. Course selection and/or selection of a minor can open additional choices in other fields such as biology, geology, business, or health sciences. Graduate education is encouraged as an avenue to expand career opportunities.



Students seeking an Engineering or Engineering Technology degree can pursue a basic program of study for one or two years at Montana State University Billings. Upon completion of this basic program, students may transfer to the engineering college of their choice to complete the requirements for a Bachelor's degree.


Earth Science

Earth Science programs available at MSU Billings includes (1) the earth science minor with an emphasis in Geology and (2) the earth science teaching minor covering a broader field of the earth sciences. Students completing minors in these areas may find employment in the geological area and in teaching of earth science.