The Bachelor of Science in Rangeland Ecology and Management at the University of Idaho prepares you to restore and conserve natural Western landscapes, including grasslands, woodlands, shrublands and deserts. With a degree from one of the first universities in the world to offer a bachelor’s degree focusing on rangeland management, and one of only nine universities accredited by the International Society for Range Management, your skills and expertise will be highly sought by land management agencies and organizations.
As a student in the rangeland ecology and management program, you will engage in a wide variety of classes and field experiences to learn how to manage the dynamic natural ecosystems of rangelands. You will study topics such as biology, ecology, riparian areas, soils, restoration, botany and land management. You will also learn field technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS) and habitat assessment. Graduates are specially trained with the expertise and tools to address the following questions:
- How does grazing or fire affect plant communities?
- What environmental factors affect sustainability of rangeland ecosystems?
- How do soil characteristics affect plant growth?
- What management approaches keep rangelands healthy and productive?
In addition, the range program provides ample opportunity to broaden your knowledge and skills in other areas of natural resource management, such as:
- Wildlife management
- Watershed management
- Agricultural economics
- Animal science
You will have many opportunities for hands-on learning and undergraduate research, including field trips, lab activities and summer internships. The program also facilitates travel to professional meetings and workshops that address topics of rangeland management, arid land ecology and ecological restoration.