Program Overview

This program will not be officially available until the 18-19 academic year.  However, if you are interested please speak to an advisor about how you can start your coursework toward this specialization now.

Ranchers worldwide recognize their role as ecological stewards of the land and their need to balance ranching operations and conservation objectives so to ensure the long term sustainability of ecosystem goods and services delivery and the ranching way of life.   

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
  • Experential 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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