Rangeland Sciences

Undergraduate Program Fact Sheet
Rangeland Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Rangeland Sciences

Rangeland sciences is the study and sustainable management of rangelands across a variety of biomes, from arid deserts, to mesic grasslands, to tropical savannahs. The program takes an interdisciplinary approach to provide advanced scientific knowledge regarding multiple ecological processes and social drivers influencing rangeland ecosystems around the globe.

Faces of AgSci

"For the past few years I have worked as the Sage-grous Coordinator in Baker County where I partnered with landowners and agencies to implement conservation work in the area." - Dallas Hall Defrees, Alumni, Regenerative Ranching Program

College of Agricultural Sciences

  2,618 |  
Total number of AgSci
undergraduate students
  45 |  
Number of undergraduate
students in this major
  $500K |  
In scholarships for
AgSci students
  $100M |  
In funding for AgSci
research each year

Degrees that Pay. Careers that Matter.

Job opportunities are abundant for graduates with expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or ecological sustainability. This expertise helps solve the world’s most pressing issues in the arenas of world hunger, human health, and environmental conservation. Discover how you can build a meaningful career that helps make tomorrow better.

Examples of career paths with a degree in Rangeland Sciences include:

  • Rancher or Farm Manager
  • Rangeland Conservationist (Completion of the Rangeland Sciences minor alone does not qualify students for rangeland conservationist positions with the U.S. Office of Personnel Managemen)
  • Range Economist
  • Game Enforcement
  • Soil and Water Conservationist
  • Land Use Planner

Individualized Advising

Advisors help students develop their course of study. They are the students’ link to scholarships and campus resources, advise on matters of professional development, and point students toward experiential learning and leadership opportunities that will help them be successful in their agricultural or business careers after graduation. For Rangeland Sciences advising, contact Matthew Hovland

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B.S. in Rangeland Sciences | 2022-2023

This is a sample schedule intended for informational purposes only. Students should consult with their OSU academic advisor to create a personalized degree plan

WR 121 Eng Comp 3 COMM 111 Public Speaking or COMM 114 Argument and Crit Disc or COMM 218 Interp Comm 3 BACCORE* 3
  CH 121 Gen Chem 5 CH 122 Gen Chem 5 AEC 250 Intro to Envir Econ & Policy 3
  HHS 231 Lifetime Fitness or HHS 241 2 MTH 111 College Algebra 4 CH 123 Gen Chem 5
  RNG 121 Intro Wildland Ecology 4 BACCORE* 3 SOIL 205 Soil Sci & SOIL 206 Lab for 205 4
  Total Credits 14 Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15
Second Year BI 221 Prins of Bio 4 BI 222 Prins of Bio 4 BI 223 Prins of Bio 4
  BACCORE* 3 WR 327 Tech WR bacc Core 3 BACCORE* 3
  MTH 241 Calc for Mngmt and Social Sci 4 BOT 331 Plant Physio 4 BOT 341 Plant Ecology 4
  RNG 341 Rangeland Ecology 3 ST 201 Prins of STATS or ST 351 Intro to Stats Methods 4 RNG 353 Wildland Plant Ident 4
  Elective/Option/Minor 2        
  Total Credits 16 Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15
Third Year ANS 445 Beef Pro Systems 4 ANTH 466 Rural Anthro 4 ANS 313 Applied Animal Nutr 4
  AEC 351 Nat Resource Econ & Policy (Meets CGI Baccore) 3 RNG 352 Range Ecology II 3 BACCORE* 3
  FW 251 Prins Fish & Wildlife 3 RNG 442 Rangeland Animal Relations 4 RNG 351 Range Ecology I 3
  RNG 441 Rangeland Analysis 4 SOIL 366 Ecosystems of Wildland Soils 3 RNG 355 Desert Watershed Mngmt 4
      Elective/Option/Minor 2    
  Total Credits 14 Total Credits 16 Total Credits 14
Fourth Year RNG 421 Wildland Restor 4 AG 421 WR in Agri or ANS 420 Ethical Issues or FW 435 Wildlife in Agri 3 RNG 490 Rangeland Mngmt Planning 4
  RNG 455 Riparian Ecohydrol & Mngmt 4 Elective/Option/Minor 12 Elective/Option/Minor 11
  RNG 457 Habitat Analysis I 3        
  Elective/Option/Minor 4        
  Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15
NOTES         Total Credits 180*

*BACCORE = HHS 231 + Physical Activity Course, Perspective Courses – Choose a course from each category: Western Culture, Cultural diversity, Literature & Arts, Social Processes, Difference , Power, & Discrimination (met with FW Human Dimension Course). Synthesis Courses – Choose a course from each category: Science Tech & Society & Contemporary Global Issues.

**OPTION COURSE= Course taken depends on option student selects – see the full list of requirements and options at catalog.oregonstate.edu