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Grassland Management Graduate Certificate

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Grasslands - including rangelands, pasturelands and haylands - are the principal land resource type in the Great Plains, comprising more than 50% of the land surface area. Grasslands represent a fundamental resource of the region that determines the environmental and economic future of the Great Plains states. The Grassland Management certificate program exists to help ranchers, consultants, educators and government agencies preserve this regional resource by preventing overgrazing, minimizing undesirable botanical composition shifts, improving grassland health and sustaining long-term productivity.

Whether you want to enhance a major in ecology or agriculture with specialized courses or are a professional looking to advance in your career, the 12-credit Grassland Management certificate promises a foundational understanding of core concepts including: fire ecology, plant identification, forage quality, watershed management and the ecology of invasive species.

This program is offered by SDSU through AG*IDEA, an affiliate of the Great Plains IDEA. AG*IDEA courses are taught by experienced faculty members in agriculture disciplines.

Career Opportunities

  • Rangeland Management Specialist
  • Land Steward
  • Ranch Manager
  • Extension Educator
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Co-op Manager

Providing access to the best opportunities.

GPIDEA Partnership

This program is offered through SDSU's partnership with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA). Collaborative, multi-institutional online programs expand and diversify your educational opportunities. Courses led by instructors from partner universities and interactions with geographically-dispersed students will broaden your perceptions and knowledge. Learn more about GPIDEA

Program Contact

Alexander Smart
Department of Natural Resource Management
Phone: 605-688-5503

SDSU GPIDEA Coordinator

Aimee Maher
Phone: 605-688-4154

SDSU Continuing and Distance Education

Phone: 605-688-4154

SDSU Graduate Admissions

Phone: 605-688-4181