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Range Science

Range science is the study and management of ecosystems dominated by natural vegetation consisting of grasses, forbs and shrubs. These often vast landscapes are rangelands and cover 40 percent of the land mass of the planet. Rangelands include grasslands, prairies, savannahs, steppes, shrublands, tundra, alpine meadows, wetlands, deserts and some forested lands.

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The Program

Range science is a major offered as a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in the School of Natural Resource Sciences. Range science deals with the interrelationships among biotic (plants, animals, etc.) and abiotic (soils, climate, etc.) factors and the use of these factors in management of rangeland ecosystems.

The Curriculum

Range science provides students with the knowledge and experience to manage rangeland resources for the highest continuing yield of products consistent with the conservation of the natural renewable resources. Students are introduced to a broad array of plant, soil and animal sciences. The undergraduate program is designed to provide adequate training in range plants and ecology, range improvement and management, rangeland monitoring techniques and watershed management. Basic knowledge of other sciences such as biology, botany, chemistry, mathematics and zoology is required. Courses in related fields of animal science, entomology, forestry, geology, goegraphic information systems, natural resource management, soils and wildlife management are included.

High School Preparation

High school preparation should include course work in biology, chemistry, math and English.

Career Opportunities

Range science graduates find rewarding, lifelong careers with federal, state and provincial government agencies; private industry and consulting firms; college and university research, teaching and extension positions; and non-profit conservation organizations. The increasing need for research in natural resource sciences has led many graduates to seek further education in graduate programs. Specifically, graduates of our program find jobs as ranch managers, rangeland livestock managers, restoration ecologists, invasive plant specialists, mined-land reclamation specialists, wildlife habitat managers, watershed managers, wetland management specialists and many more in various agencies and private firms.

Range science graduates are in high demand and qualify for a wide variety of careers in conservation and natural resources management. Examples of employment opportunities include:

Federal Agencies

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Agricultural Research Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

State Agencies

  • Natural resource departments
  • Game and fish departments
  • State land departments
  • Experiment stations
  • Extension Service

Private Industry

  • Ranch management
  • Environmental consulting
  • Agricultural sales and service
  • Agricultural advisors
  • Mined-land reclamation specialists

Foreign Assignments

  • Peace Corps
  • U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization
  • U.S. Agency for International Development

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Range science majors are eligible to apply for many program scholarships as well as College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources scholarships each year. Scholarships are announced in spring semester and awarded fall semester. In addition, part-time work and work-study are available through the program and the School of Natural Resource Sciences.

Sample Curriculum

General Education Requirements



First Year Experience

  Agri. 189 - Skills for Academic Success



  Comm. 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking


  Engl. 110, 120 - College Composition I, II

3, 3

  English Upper Level Writing Course


Quantitative Reasoning

  Stat. 330 - Introductory Statistics


Science & Technology

  Chem. 121, 121L - General Chemistry I and Lab

3, 1

  PlSc. 110 - World Food Crops


  PlSc. 315 - Genetics


Humanities & Fine Arts


Social & Behavioral Sciences

  Econ. 201 - Principles of Microeconomics


  Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective




Cultural Diversity


Global Perspective

  Econ. 201 - Principles of Microeconomics




Major Requirements



Agri. 150 - Agriculture Orientation


ANSC 114 - Introduction to Animal Sciences


ANSC 220 - Livestock Production or
  ANSC 123 - Feeds and Feeding

3 or 2

Biol. 151, 151L - General Biology II and Lab

3, 1

Bot. 380 - Plant Physiology


Chem. 260 - Elements of Biochemistry


Math. 103 - College Algebra


PlSc. 219 - Introductory Prairie and Community Forestry or
  PlSc. 320 - Principles of Forage Production or
   PlSc. 323 - Principles of Weed Science

2 or 3

Rng. 225 - Natural Resource and Agro-Ecosystems


Rng. 336 - Introduction to Range Science


Rng. 450 - Range Plants


Rng. 452 - Geographic Information Systems in Range Survey


Rng. 453 - Rangeland Resources and Watershed Management or
  Rng. 454 - Wetland Resource Management


Rng. 456 - Range Habitat Management or
  Rng. 458 - Grazing Ecology


Rng. 460 - Plant Ecology


Rng. 462 - Rangeland Planning and Analysis


Rng. 491 - Seminar


Soil. 210 - Introduction to Soil Science


Soil. 217 - Introduction to Meteorology and Climatology or
  Soil. 351 - Soil Ecology or
   Soil. 410 - Soils and Land Use


Soil. 444 - Soil Genesis and Survey


Zoo. 475 - Conservation Biology or
  Zoo. 476 - Wildlife Ecology and Management


Free Electives






This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

Walster Hall
Room 106

Walster Hall is located on the north end of campus on Albrecht Boulevard, just south of the high rises(Campus Map)

Contact Information

Department of Range Sciences
School of Natural Resource Sciences
North Dakota State University
Walster Hall 106
Dept. 7650, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58105-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8901 / Fax: (701) 231-7861

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept 5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802

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