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
$318 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
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

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.

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.

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 rangeland science degree, you must complete a minimum of 180 quarter credits, including at least 60 upper-division credits. You can find major requirements and curriculum details on Oregon State’s official academic catalog.

For additional information about the baccalaureate core, please visit our baccalaureate core details page.

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 must be reviewed upon admittance to OSU for appropriate articulation. Find more information about transferring credits using the Office of Admissions’ single-course search tool.

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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