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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

To learn more specific details about program requirements, view this program in the course catalog.

View the recommended academic plan.

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.