Credits required
180 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 180 quarter credits are equal to 120 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$346 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
Delivery
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

B.S. in Rangeland Science – Online

If applying as a postbaccalaureate student for winter 2023, the deadline to apply is Nov. 1, and classes start Jan. 9.

Curriculum

Oregon State’s rangeland science curriculum integrates the ecological, socioeconomic and political aspects related to managing rangeland ecosystems. The online coursework 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 coursework 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

A minimum of 180 quarter credits — at least 60 of which must be upper-division credits — are required to graduate with your rangeland science degree, including:

Specialization options

Once you enroll in the rangeland science program, you can select an area of focus from the following options:

  • Habitat management
  • Pastoral systems of the world
  • Sustainable livestock ranching
  • Sustainable rangeland ecosystem stewardship

Learn more about each specialized area of study on our rangeland science options webpage.

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 credits

Some degree requirements may be transferred from other institutions. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 credits in this degree program 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 to OSU for appropriate articulation. Additional information about transferring credits is available through OSU’s Transfer Credit Central.

Add a minor

As an OSU Ecampus student, you can add a minor to your degree program. OSU offers a diverse selection 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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