2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 26, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Rangeland Ecology and Management (B.S.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact
Alexander (Sandy) Smart, Professor
Department of Natural Resource Management
Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Laboratory, Room 138
E-mail: terri.symens@sdstate.edu
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Program Information
Rangeland Ecology and Management focuses on the scientific study of rangelands, arid regions and grasslands to achieve resource management for maximum benefit and environmental balance. Graduates are well prepared for careers in a variety of land management fields, as well as agency and private sector positions.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Rangeland Ecology and Management major, students will:

  • demonstrate understanding of ecological and environmental principles required for management of natural resources for multiple-uses, including (but not limited to) wildlife habitat, water management, ecosystem services, recreation and livestock production;
  • describe how natural resource management fits into the context of society and how societal factors (e.g., economics, policy, laws, regulations, attitude, behaviors, norms) influence natural resource management;
  • demonstrate the ability to lead and work with others as appropriate to successfully manage natural resources;
  • demonstrate appropriate use of natural resource field and lab techniques as well as contemporary technologies;
  • demonstrate the ability to appropriately analyze and critically evaluate data and other information;
  • demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate (both written and orally) with both scientific and non-scientific audiences;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the professional and ethical responsibility that is imperative of a natural resource manager.

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure
The Rangeland Ecology and Management major is accredited by the Society for Range Management.

Course Delivery Format
The Rangeland Ecology and Management program is on campus and engages students in experiential learning in lecture, laboratory, and field based settings.

Requirements for Rangeland Ecology and Management Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

System General Education Requirements

Institutional Graduation Requirements

College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Requirements: 11

Students who wish to complete a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture must complete a minimum of 11 credits from the approved list of Group 1 courses in Agriculture .  Some departments require specific courses from the list, whereas others leave the selection entirely to the student and the advisor.

SGRs, IGRs, and/or Major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements.  Please review major requirements and the Group 1 list to determine if additional courses are required.


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

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