Alexander (Sandy) Smart, Assistant Department Head and Professor
Department of Natural Resource Management
Animal Science Complex, Room 219
Rangeland Ecology and Management focuses on the scientific study of rangelands, arid regions, grasslands, as well as resource management for maximum benefit and environmental balance. Students from a variety of majors select a minor in Rangeland Ecology and Management to enhance their baccalaureate education and increase their career possibilities.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the minor in Rangeland Ecology and Management, 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; and
- 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 program 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.