Rangeland Conservation (B.S.Rangeland.Consv.)

This major prepares students to conserve, restore, and manage the vast landscapes known as rangelands. These ecosystems include deserts, prairies, shrublands, and woodlands. The degree program focuses on the scientific study of rangelands and introduces principles for managing and restoring rangelands for maximum benefit and ecosystem sustainability.

Required course work includes the university requirements (see regulation J-3) and:

First and Second Years
AVS 109The Science of Animals that Serve Humanity3-4
or AVS 110 Science of Animal Husbandry
BIOL 114Organisms and Environments4
BIOL 213Principles of Biological Structure and Function4
or PLSC 205 General Botany
COMM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking2
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics3
FOR 221Principles of Ecology3
or NR 321 Ecology
FOR 235Society and Natural Resources3
MATH 143Pre-calculus Algebra and Analytic Geometry3-4
or MATH 160 Survey of Calculus
NR 101Exploring Natural Resources2
REM 151Rangeland Principles3
SOIL 205The Soil Ecosystem3
SOIL 206The Soil Ecosystem Lab1
STAT 251Statistical Methods3
REM 252Wildland Plant Identification2
REM 253Wildland Plant Identification Field Studies1
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Chemistry
and Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
Third and Fourth Years
ENGL 313Business Writing3
or ENGL 317 Technical Writing
FISH 430Riparian Ecology and Management3
or FOR 462 Watershed Science and Management
FOR 375Introduction to Spatial Analysis for Natural Resource Management3
NRS 383Natural Resource and Ecosystem Service Economics3
REM 341Systematic Botany3
REM 410Principles of Vegetation Measurement and Assessment2
REM 411Ecological Monitoring and Analysis2
REM 456Integrated Rangeland Management3
REM 459Rangeland Ecology2
REM 460Integrating GIS and Field Studies in Rangelands2
SOIL 454Pedology3
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Wildland Restoration
and Plant Community Restoration Methods
Wildland Restoration Ecology
Career Tracks with Advisor Input and Approval15
Total Hours91-94

Students must also complete 15 credits of advisors approved electives contributing to a specific career track that may include:

RESTORATION ECOLOGY - Millions of acres of rangeland and forests have been disturbed by fire, invasive plants, and overgrazing. Academic advisors in rangeland conservation have developed a set of electives for students interested in a career in wildland restoration. Completing these career track electives will fulfill requirements for the Restoration Ecology Undergraduate Academic Certificate. Careful selection of courses can also highlight expertise in botany and plant materials to qualify for professions as a botanist.

WILDLIFE HABITAT - Many species of wildlife live on rangelands and the management of wildlife habitat is an important and sought after skill. With help from their Academic Advisor, rangeland students can complete a career track that will show expertise in wildlife habitat management and fulfill the requirements for a Minor in Wildlife Resources.

LAND AND LIVESTOCK - This career track is for students interested in “hands-on” management of rangelands. Academic Advisors work with students to select courses that provide the knowledge and skills needed to manage rangelands with grazing and fire to enhance livestock production while sustaining communities of native plants and animals. Completion of these courses can also satisfy the requirements for a Minor in Animal Science or Soil Science.

WILDLAND FIRE - Wildfire is one of the major forces causing change on rangeland ecosystems. Completing a specific set of advisor approved electives, will enable students to show knowledge of land management related to wildland fire and fulfill the requirements for a Minor in Fire Ecology and Management.

INDIVIDUAL INTEREST – Students can work with their advisor to select specific courses to show expertise in a career track of specific interest that may include Watershed or Riparian Ecologist, Natural Resource GIS Specialist, Environmental Consultant, Tribal Land Manager, Resource Economist, or many other interests related to rangelands.

Courses to total 122 credits for this degree