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
$309 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Delivery
100% online You can complete all courses 100% online. Some courses may require proctored exams in your local area.
Start terms
4 per year

B.S. in Rangeland Science – Online

Curriculum

Watch this video sponsored by the Range Science Education Council to see what you’ll study. While our program will get you into the field for hands-on lab work, you will not be going on group outings as shown here.

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

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 academic 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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