Overview of Program

Through hands-on course work, experiential learning opportunities and applied learning of rangeland ecology and management, Oregon State University’s B.S. in Rangeland Science degree program will prepare you to pursue high-demand, outdoor career opportunities on both private and public lands in areas such as soil and water conservation, managing for ecosystem goods and services, wildlife habitat management and sustainable land stewardship. The base program is designed to meet required coursework for federal employment as a Rangeland Specialist, and with a few other specific courses graduates may also meet requirements for Soil Conservationists and a few other 400-series federal positions. This program is also offered online through OSU's Ecampus

Scope of Program 

  • Baccalaureate core: 48 credits plus a Writing Intensive Course (WIC) of at least 3 credits
  • Fundamentals of Rangeland Ecology & Management: 13 credits
  • Plants, Soil & Water: 27 credits
  • Animals: 7 credits 
  • Socio-Economic: 6 credits
  • Methods and Management: 16 credits
  • General Math & Science: 21 credits

Starting 18-19 academic year

  • Specialization: 30 credits: (Potential specializations: Wildlife Habitat Management, Disturbance and Restoration Ecology, Water Science & Management, Sustainable Land Stewardship: Maximizing Ecosystem Goods and Services, Pastoral Livestock Systems of the World)
  • Experiential Learning: 4-6 credits
  • Electives: up to 10 credits

Sample Course Topics 

  • Plant Ecology
  • Soil Science
  • Rangeland and Natural Resource Economics
  • Recreation Resource Management
  • Watershed Management & Ecohydrology
  • Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Wildland Plant Identification
  • Shrubland or Grassland Ecology
  • Rangeland Inventory and Analysis
  • Systems Thinking
  • Wildland Restoration
  • Rangeland Management Planning
  • Rangeland Management GIS Applications
  • Technology Innovation 

Career Paths 

  • Rangeland Conservationist
  • Soil & Water Conservationist
  • Ranch Manager or Livestock Producer
  • Wild Horse and Burro Specialist
  • Park Naturalist
  • Wildlife Habitat Specialist
  • Invasive Species Specialist
  • Restoration Consultant
  • Ecological Inventory & Monitoring Consultant
  • Watershed Manager
  • Rangeland Ecologist
  • Wildfire Ecologist
  • Park Naturalist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Ecosystem Scientist
  • Rangeland Economist
  • Extension Agent
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Rangeland GIS Specialist

More information about online Rangeland Science BS program.

Interesting Tidbits

1/5th of the world's plants are under threat... more...

Australian rangelands are home to 1800+ plant species.

Rangelands are the largest terrestrial home on earth... see a map... 

Current & Past Student Profiles

Angela Williams, NRCS Intern 

I have always been intrigued with the NRCS, as it is a non-regulatory Federal agency that provides assistance for voluntary cooperation in environmental enhancement on private lands.  More...

Relevant Student Opportunities

  • Range Club
  • Plant ID Club
  • Society for Range Management
  • Science in the Sagebrush

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