For more information, contact the undergraduate student advisor:
Dodi Reesman, or by calling (541) 737-4761.
As a student in OSU's Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, your options are almost as diverse as the resources you'll be trained to manage! Animal and Rangeland Sciences are important to the social, economic, and political development of Oregon, the Nation, and the world. As a student you will have numerous opportunities to apply your classroom knowledge to field experiences so you will be prepared to enter the professional arena. We are proud to be able to offer students the benefit of many strong partnerships we have forged through the years with state and federal land use agencies, private industries, non-profit organizations, as well as a generous welcome and cooperation from numerous private businesses.
Animal scientists discover, share, and apply scientific knowledge concerning the responsible use of animals to enhance human life and well-being. They study biological processes to improve the production of animals used for meat, milk, eggs, and fiber around the world. They provide the basis of humane care and management of animals. They also conduct research into the genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of farm animals, companion animals, and exotic animals.
A significant percentage of graduates are employed in the food and fiber production or processing segments of the livestock industry. In addition, many graduates are involved in agri-business enterprises including: farm and ranch mangers, animal breeders, extension specialists, financiers, food processors, food inspectors, marketing specialists, sales representatives, teachers, technicians, scientists, and veterinarians.
Rangeland management is a unique discipline that blends science and management for the purpose of sustaining valuable rangelands. The primary goal of rangeland management is to protect and enhance a sustainable ecosystem that provides forage for wildlife and livestock, clean water and recreation on public and private land. In order to achieve these results, professionals may use a variety of techniques such as controlled burning and grazing regimes. Balancing soil productivity, plant physiology, and climate conditions are primary functions in the planning, monitoring and assessment activities involved with rangeland management. In addition to the maintenance of healthy ecosystems, rangeland professionals assess and implement rehabilitation and land reclamation techniques following drastic disturbances such as wildfires, droughts, floods, and extractions of minerals, oil, and gas.
This is an exciting time to earn a degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management! The OSU College of Agricultural Sciences believes there are about three jobs for every one of our graduates. So, who hires our graduates? Some of the people and agencies hiring our graduates include:
- Federal Agencies - U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bureau of Land Management, Agricultural Research Service, National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Defense, Agriculture Canada and COTECOCA (Mexico).
- State and Provincial Governments - State land agencies, fish and wildlife departments, natural resource departments, state cooperative extension, county planning and park departments.
- Private Industry - Ranch managers, commercial consulting firms, other commercial companies including mining, agricultural, real estate, land management and land trust organizations.
- Colleges and Universities - Teaching, research, and extension.
- Non-Profit Conservation Organization - The Nature Conservancy, land trusts, parks and international development agencies.
More job information can be found on the Career Services website for Oregon State University.
What kinds of undergraduate degrees are available in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences?
Students in Animal Sciences receive a Bachelor of Science degree and can select one of three options: either a Pre-Vet Med option, an Animal Management option, or an Animal Sciences degree with no option. Students can also complement a degree from another discipline at OSU and earn a minor in Animal Sciences by taking extra Animal Sciences coursework.
Students in Rangeland Sciences receive a Bachelor of Science degree and can select from a general degree, a Rangeland Sciences option, a Range/Forestry/Fire Management option, a Range/Soils option, a Range Management option, a Range/Wildlife option, or a Wildland Ecology option. Students can also complement a degree from another discipline at OSU and earn a minor in Rangeland Sciences by taking extra coursework (note that this minor alone does not qualify students for Rangeland Conservationist positions with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
Oregon State University is an excellent educational choice if you are interested in a career in Animal and Rangeland Sciences. Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state's Land Grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. Oregon State is also the only university in Oregon to have earned the Carnegie Foundation's top designation, awarded to institutions with 'very high research activity.' OSU is located in Corvallis, a vibrant college town of 53,000 in the heart of western Oregon's Willamette Valley. Corvallis consistently ranks among the best and safest cities to live in the U.S., as well as among the most environmentally responsible.
What do I need to do in order to start my undergraduate degree in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences?
High school students should, during their last two years, emphasize courses in science and communications. Math, chemistry, physics, and biology are especially helpful. Community college students planning to transfer to OSU should contact the university early to help ensure that the maximum number of credits will be transferred. All students not currently enrolled at OSU must apply through the Office of Admissions.