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The Rangeland Ecology and Management degree focuses on the relationships between plants, soil, water, and the environment. Students will learn about land that is well-suited for livestock or wildlife. These rangelands, grasslands, savannas, scrublands, deserts, alpine or arctic tundra, coastal marshes, and wet meadows cover about half of the earths total land surface. With understanding of these ecosystems, students can diversify their education and optimize their career paths.
Students majoring in Rangeland Ecology and Management are taught to integrate knowledge and technology in a systems approach to manage land for sustainable utilization of natural resources. Emphasis is placed on conservation and maintenance of biological diversity in wet to arid environments.
Ranch Management Option
This degree is designed for students preparing for careers in ranch management and agribusiness. This option emphasizes management and utilization of rangeland for livestock and wildlife production. It provides excellent preparation for students desiring to obtain a Master of Agriculture degree in ranch management. Employment opportunities are available on private ranches, businesses, and industries supporting ranches and with state and federal agencies.
Rangeland Resources Option
This degree is designed for students preparing for careers in the private, state and federal sectors in the area of natural resources conservation and management. It also provides good preparation for graduate study leading to positions in extension, teaching, research and consulting. It allows maximum flexibility to orient a degree program towards specific career interests. Students are encouraged to develop an emphasis area by selecting 24 hours of directed elective courses in related disciplines.