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.
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

Rangeland specialization options

You can focus your studies as an Oregon State University rangeland science student by selecting one of the online options listed below. These options require you to earn credits in addition to the courses in the rangeland science base program curriculum.

Habitat management (29 credits)

With a focus on land management, this option provides something not offered in a fisheries and wildlife or natural resources degree programs, and that’s the ability to analyze and manage an area’s complex ecology for multi-species habitat in the face of disturbance and multiple uses.

As a graduate of the habitat management option, you may pursue careers with organizations similar to those in the sustainable rangeland ecosystem stewardship option, but this option offers additional expertise in analyzing and managing habitat.

Pastoral systems of the world (27 credits)

The pastoral systems of the world option is focused on international rangelands and draws on the expertise of program faculty. Oregon State’s range faculty have research and management experience in North America, Australia, Asia, North Africa and Central Asia, with strong connections to researchers and on-the-ground managers in Africa and throughout the Middle East.

The coursework in this option will position you to pursue careers with international NGOs, the U.S. Foreign Service, United Nations programs, or bring an international perspective to managing livestock in the U.S.

Sustainable livestock ranching (32 credits)

Become equipped with the knowledge and skills to manage ranching operations that provide ecosystem goods and services and meet ranch enterprise production goals through the sustainable livestock ranching option.

Join the increasing number of ranchers who strive for balancing sustainable land stewardship with livestock production goals and other ranch enterprise operations. Your career paths may also support land conservation NGOs and consultancy firms, which increasingly utilize grazing as a management tool.

Sustainable rangeland ecosystem stewardship (27 credits)

Using coursework from a variety of disciplines to build on knowledge areas of the base program (plants, soil, water, animals), the sustainable rangeland ecosystem stewardship option focuses on building knowledge and skills to mitigate the impacts of human land uses and bolster ecosystem resiliency.

This path will prepare you for a variety of land management career paths with government agencies, NGOs, consulting firms and other private enterprises.


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