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A.S. Natural Resources & Rangeland Management

Rangeland Management

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The program course requirements are presented in sequence. Part-time students and others who cannot follow this sequence should check course descriptions in the catalog to determine prerequisites and should consult their academic advisor regarding the order in which they take classes.

Students should consult the catalog of the institution to which they expect to transfer and should select appropriate courses in consultation with their advisor.

Rangeland Management Class
Associate of Science
Natural Resources &
Rangeland Management

This program utilizes applied plant and animal sciences to manage the northwestern rangelands by balancing competing demands on the environment. Students will consider the soil, plants, and animals as a whole in their resource management plans. They will contemplate domestic grazing, wildlife impact and other land uses within the framework of the total resource management. This degree is meant to transfer to a Bachelor of Science program to prepare students for employment with state and federal land management agencies. Some of these agencies include the USDA, US Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Dept. of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service, state water management agencies, or parks and recreation agencies. Many positions are also available through private sector employment, including mining, oil or forest product companies, consulting firms, water organizations and non-profit conservation and environmental organizations. Livestock producers also choose this field of study to improve the rate of return on their investment.
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Required Core - 66 Total Credits

First Year - Fall Semester     (15) Credits
Intro to Animal Science  (3)
Intro to Ag & Env Resources (1)
Natural Resource Conservation  (3)
Montana Range Plants  (1)
College Writing I  (3)
Principles of Living Systems  (3)
Principles of Living Systems Laboratory  (1)
 
First Year - Spring Semester     (17) Credits
Intro to Public Speaking  (3)
Principles of Biological Diversity  (3)
Principles of Biological Diversity Laboratory  (1)
College Writing II  (3)
or
Intro to Technical Writing (preferred)  (3)
College Algebra  (4)
Intro to Computers  (3)
Second Year - Fall Semester     (17) Credits
Intro to General Chemistry  (3)
Intro to General Chemistry Lab  (1)
Range and Pasture Monitoring  (1)
Natural Resource Ecology  (3)
Principles of Microeconomics  (3)
Soils  (3)
*Humanities Elective  (3)
 
Second Year - Spring Semester     (17) Credits
Intro to Organic & Biochemistry  (3)
Intro to Organic & Biochemistry Laboratory  (1)
Introduction to GIS Science and Cartography  (3)
Intro to Statistics  (4)
*Humanities/Diversity Elective  (3)
*Social Science Elective  (3)
Upon completion of this program
graduates will be able to demonstrate:
  • Transfer as juniors to a Bachelor of Science Program;

  • Obtain a strong science background in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, ecology, and the specifics of animal and soil science;

  • Calculate bioavailability, forage usage, stocking rates, and Animal Unit Equivalent;

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;

  • Master basic computer and introductory GIS skills.

 
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