2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 26, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

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Ecology and Environmental Science (B.S.) - Rangeland Ecology and Management Specialization

Program Coordinator/Contact

Alexander (Sandy) Smart, Assistant Department Head and Professor
Department of Natural Resource Management
Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Laboratory, Room 139C

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 specialization, students will:

  • Understand ecological and environmental principles required for management of natural resources for multiple-uses, including (but not limited to) wildlife habitat, water management, ecosystems 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, attitudes, behaviors, norms) influence natural resource management.
  • Lead and work with others as appropriate to successfully manage natural resources.
  • Apply natural resource field and lab techniques and contemporary technologies to management of natural resources.
  • Analyze and critically evaluate data and other information.
  • Analyze and critically evaluate data and other information.
  • Communicate (both written and orally) with both scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Display professional and ethical behavior consistent with that expected in a natural resource management field.

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.

Requirements for Ecology and Environmental Science Major - Rangeland Ecology and Management Specialization: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Science Requirements: 11

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

System General Education Requirements 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.

Major Requirements


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

Summary of Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science

System General Education Requirements 32 Credit Hours
College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Requirements* 11 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 60-62 Credit Hours
Supporting Coursework 19 Credit Hours
Electives** 7-9 Credit Hour

*System General Education Requirements, Major Requirements, and Supporting Coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements.  
**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.