Course Credits

RMBL is a private, independent field station, unaffiliated with any university


Course credits issued by RMBL are sometimes accepted at colleges and universities in the US, but students should check with their school before arriving to be sure that this is true. We suggest you get a signed statement from your registrar’s office documenting that your university will in fact accept RMBL’s credits.

If you encounter any reluctance to accept RMBL credit, you have the option of receiving credit from Western Colorado University (WCU) in Gunnison. WCU is accredited and your Registrar can confirm that they accept the credits. You may need to provide the Western course numbers, credits, and course syllabi.

To receive credits from Western Colorado University here is an additional fee ($180/credit), and you must register before the session begins. You will not be able to apply for WCU credit after the summer session begins or at the end of the summer.

RMBL Courses as listed on the Western Registration form are as follows:

BIOL 397     Independent Research I (3 credits)

BIOL 397     Independent Research I (5 credits)

BIOL 397     Independent Research II (5 credits)

Syllabus 2024 RMBL Independent Research

BIOL 397     Rocky Mountain Ecosystems (2 credits)

BIOL 397     Rocky Mountain Wildlife (2 credits)

RMBL students can register with Western for 2 to 10 credits for the summer, using a combination of the above courses. If taking either the Ecosystems or Wildlife course, students may enroll in the 3-credit Independent Research I.  If not taking a short course, students should sign up for Independent Research I for 5 credits. Independent Research II is available for all students, and does not require Independent Research I.  WCU students will need to register for their classes through extended education and pay the WCU fee.

Instructions and the link to apply for credit through Western Colorado University found here 2024 RMBL Undergraduate Western Credit Registration and Waiver You must apply to the WCU Extended Studies office and pay the associated fee before the summer session begins (June 9th, 2024). Late forms are NOT accepted.