The Range Science program is a combination of science and management to sustain and enhance rangelands. Rangelands are important for the diverse array of products and services they provide to ranching, wildlife, and water, as well as for recreational purposes. Over 40% of the earth is considered rangelands, which consist of grasslands, prairies, savannahs, shrublands, deserts, meadows, marshes, wetlands, alpine, arctic and some forests. Most often rangelands consist of grasses, forbs and shrubs which are very productive and rich in biodiversity.
A minor in Range Science will enhance any number of Majors. One example is Natural Resources Management. The Range and NRM are very complementary to each other and students can build successful careers in many fields, such as public land management, wildlife and fisheries, ranching, hydrology, and economics. Students can find employment with state and federal agencies, the USDA, Forest Service, National Resources Conservation Service, Bureau of Land Management, just to name a few. Other careers in agribusiness and non-profit organizations are also possible.
Students in the Range Minor will study Range Plants, Range Management, Geographical Information Systems in Range Survey, Rangeland Resources and Watershed Management, Plant Ecology, Range Habitat Management, Grazing Ecology, and Natural Resources & Agroecosystems.