Carroll College, Helena Montana
ES 101: Exploring White Earth Fossil Beds
ES 320: Preparing to Core Lake Sediments
BI 311: Stream Sampling for Macroinvertebrates
ES 320: Testing Well Samples
ES 121: Measuring Stream Characteristics

Environmental Programs

What to Expect

Located in the Rocky Mountains halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Park, Carroll’s environmental program will fully engage you in opportunities to explore, to learn, and to make a difference. We will prepare you to respond to our world as it is today and to make it a better place for the generations that follow. We offer degrees in environmental science and environmental policy and project management, and related courses in environmental interpretation and outreach. Our curriculum is field-based and interdisciplinary, which means you will do most of your learning in the exceptional natural classroom that is Montana.


Dr. Patricia Heiser, Director of Carroll’s Environmental Program, is an earth scientist with a Ph.D. from University of Alaska and 20 years of experience in the field. She is passionate about engaging her students with the natural environment and feels the best place to be is anywhere outdoors. She would love to talk to you about your educational goals and career aspirations, and can be reached at 406.447.4341 or

Life After Graduation

Graduates of Carroll’s Environmental Program follow many different professional paths. Some end up employed permanently at the agencies or organizations where they had internships, others continue on to graduate school. A few choose the Peace Corps, and some have even embarked upon their own entrepreneurial journeys. Our alumni success stories are as individual as the students who come through our program


To prepare leaders with an enlightened understanding of our biosphere, with an appreciation for the relationship between humans and the environment, and with the skills needed for vocational opportunities in the fields of environmental policy and science.


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Environmental careers are on the rise and involve many employment sectors. Helena is an ideal place for state and federal internships, which will prepare you well for graduate school or immediate employment in your chosen field, be it right here in Montana, elsewhere in the United States or around the world.


Senior Kathleen Schut presents fire history research at national geography meeting in Chicago.

Students Chase Bell and Annie McLaughlin create non-profit organization Clear Water to promote stream research, restoration, and education within Montana’s fly fishing industry.

Environmental Field Methods class partners with MT-DEQ to conduct groundwater study near Helena.

Students help Professor Patricia Heiser retrieve sediment cores from lake to study climate change.