Rangeland Ecology & Management

The Bachelor of Science in Rangeland Ecology & Management degree in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources prepares students for science-based management of the multiple uses of rangeland resources.

The major provides students with the knowledge and skills needed in plant communities, soils, wildlife species, livestock use, watershed functions, geographical information systems and land use policy to effectively manage, conserve and restore rangeland ecosystems. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and learning-by-doing. All classes include both classroom knowledge and field experience to provide students with a solid educational foundation.

The bachelor’s program is accredited by the Society for Range Management, and University of Nevada, Reno is a Society for Range Management accredited university. In addition, the curriculum meets U.S. Civil Service requirements for range conservationist and soil conservationist. It is possible, with a few additional courses, to meet U.S. Civil Service requirements for soil scientist and ecologist. Students with such training are generally employed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service, U.S. Forest Service or private companies involved in reclamation, monitoring or management of rangelands.


Some things our students are doing with their bachelor's degree:

  • Rangeland restoration/rehabilitation
  • Fuels and wildfire management
  • Wildlife habitat management
  • Ranch management
  • Conservation planning
  • Native plant research
  • Riparian and wetland ecology and management
  • Rangeland livestock production and management
  • International rangeland management
  • Rangeland economics and policy
  • Working landscapes and collaboration programs
  • Soil conservationist/scientist
courses in the field

Students graduating from the program work for:

rangeland research by students
  • Public lands agencies
  • Federal agencies such as:
    • Agricultural Research Service
    • Bureau of Land Management
    • Department of Defense
    • Natural Resources Conservation Service
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • University of Nevada, Reno Extension
  • Conservation organizations such as The Nature Conservancy
  • Local and regional parks
  • International development programs
  • Environmental consulting firms

For more information about the program, contact:

CABNR Student Center
Office: Max Fleischmann Agriculture Building Room 236
student_center@cabnr.unr.edu or 775-784-1634

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