Curriculum: B.S. in Rangeland Science – Online

Oregon State’s rangeland science curriculum integrates the ecological, socioeconomic and political aspects related to managing rangeland ecosystems. The online course work will introduce you to a variety of management tools and methods and how to apply them in order to address real-life wildland situations.

The course work focuses on many of the major issues facing the environment, including invasive species, habitat fragmentation, desertification, water availability, climate change, mineral extraction, over-grazing and urbanization. As an Oregon State rangeland science student, you and your nationwide community of classmates will take part in field-based, applied courses and laboratories.

Degree requirements

To earn your degree you must complete 180 credit hours, including at least 60 upper-division credits, in these areas:

  • Baccalaureate core: 48 credits plus a Writing Intensive Course (WIC) of at least 3 credits
  • Rangeland science: 32 credits
  • Plants, soil and animals: 30 credits
  • Economics and natural resource management: 10 credits
  • General science, math & statistics: 45 credits
  • Electives: 12 credits

To view the rangeland science major requirements, please visit Oregon State’s official General Catalog. For additional information about the baccalaureate core, please visit our baccalaureate core details page.

Sample course topics

  • Plant ecology
  • Soil science
  • Rangeland and natural resource economics
  • Recreation resource management
  • Ecohydrology
  • Fish and wildlife conservation
  • Wildland plant identification
  • Shrubland or grassland ecology
  • Rangeland inventory and analysis
  • Systems thinking
  • Wildland restoration
  • Rangeland management planning
  • Rangeland management GIS applications
  • Technology innovation

Transfer credit

Some of the degree requirements can be transferred from other colleges and universities. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement. Previously earned credits will need to be reviewed upon admittance into OSU for appropriate articulation. Additional information about transferring credits is available through the Single Course Search tool provided by OSU's Office of Admissions.

Add a minor

Oregon State Ecampus students have the ability to add a minor to their degree program. OSU offers a diverse offering of minors online. Combine rangeland science and a GIS minor or rangeland science plus an economics minor to create an even more powerful resume fit for today's job market. 

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