Program Overview

The Sustainable Livestock Ranching option is focused on equipping students with the knowledge and skills to manage ranching operations that provide ecosystem goods and services as well as meet ranch enterprise production goals. Graduates in this option will join the increasing number of ranchers striving for balancing sustainable land stewardship with livestock production goals and other ranch enterprise operations. Students may also support land conservation NGOs and consultancy firms which increasingly utilize grazing as a management tool.

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: 12 credits
  • Soil: 7 credits
  • Water: 8 credits
  • Animals: 7 credits 
  • Socio-Economic: 6 credits
  • Methods and Management: 16 credits
  • General Science & Math: 21 credits
  • Experiential Learning: 4-6 credits
  • Electives: up to 10 credits


Specialization Courses


  • ANS312/313 Feed Ration/Applied Nutrition (4)
  • ANS316/17 Reproduction (4)
  • ANS378 Animal Genetics (4)
  • ANS446 Grazing Livestock Production (4)


  • CROP440 Weed Management (4) [section focused on rangeland systems]
  • GEOG440 Water Resource Management in the US (3)

Business Management 

  • RNG442 Sustainable Ranching (4)
  • AEC442 Agricultural Business Management (4)

Career Paths

  • Rancher
  • Ranch Manager
  • Agricultural Consultant
  • Rangeland Specialist

Interesting Tidbits

Grazing can be used to achieve land management objectives through targeted grazing... more... 

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