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Rangeland Ecology & Management (B.S.)

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 major 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 inter-disciplinary 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

Suggested Minors

  • Botany
  • Animal Science
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Leadership & Management of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Journalism

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. 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.