Blended:  Online / 1 wk in field
June 13 - August 5, 2022;  July 18-22 in field
Credit: 3 graduate 
Instructor(s): Sam Carlson

Course Description

This class combines readings, field measurements and site visits to examine scientific, legal and management components that define the practice of restoration. Fundamentals are based on foundational science and practical elements that affect the implementation of restoration projects.

Meeting Place and Times

Participants login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend at least 8 - 10 hours per week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.


General biology, general ecology


Sam Carlson studies interactions among the geomorphic, chemical, and biological characteristics of stream networks, floodplains, and riparian areas, and has a Ph.D in Ecology and Environmental Science from Montana State University.  His previous work includes an investigation into the consequences of forest management practices on channel morphology and stream nutrient dynamics, and a quantitative examination of the thermal influence of lakes on streams.  

Target Audience

Working professionals who want to increase their knowledge in the topic. Students in the MS in Land Resources Environmental Sciences - online degree program.

Time Commitment:

8-12 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

See the Online Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid page.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Required Books/Materials


Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

 This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

For course information: Please contact Marni Rolston at

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

Learn how to apply.

After your application has been accepted, you will register via MSU's online registration system, MyInfo.

Registration requires a PIN number. Learn how to find your PIN.

Once you have your PIN, learn how to register through MyInfo.