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Ecology & Environmental Science (B.S.) - Rangeland Ecology & Management Specialization

  • Location IconBrookings Main Campus

Be at 'home on the range' with a degree in rangeland ecology and management.

What are rangelands?

  • Native habitats and managed pastures
  • Dominated by grasses and grass-likes (prairies, shrublands, woodlands, deserts, tundra)
  • Usually grazed by domestic livestock and wildlife

Rangeland Ecology and Management specialization at SDSU:

  • Accredited by the Society for Range Management (1 of only 12 accredited programs in the nation).
  • Courses in animal science, botany, ecology, geographic information systems (GIS), natural resource management, plant science, range science, soil science, and wildlife and fisheries.
  • Learn knowledge and skills for managing habitat, ecological systems, grazing by domestic and native ungulates, grassland restoration/reclamation, and watershed.
  • Hands-on training in the field to augment classroom learning.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Interested in protecting native habitat
  • Like working with conservation minded people
  • Enjoy solving interdisciplinary problems
  • Like to be a steward of natural resources

Career Opportunities

  • Rangeland Management Specialist
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Reclamation Specialist
  • Rangeland Ecologist
  • Natural Resource Specialist

Recent Employers

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Pheasants Forever
  • The Nature Conservancy

Internship Opportunities

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Pheasants Forever
  • The Nature Conservancy

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The Exploratory Studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the Exploratory Studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.