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A.S. Natural Resources & Rangeland Management Emphasis

A.S. Natural Resources & Rangeland Management Emphasis

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

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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Required Core - 65 Total Credits

  First Year - Fall Semester     15 Credits Credits
Intro to Ag & Env Resources1
Introduction to Animal Science3
Natural Resource Conservation3
Montana Range Plants1
College Writing I3
Principles of Living Systems3
Principles of Living Systems Lab1
  First Year - Spring Semester     17 Credits Credits
College Algebra4
Introduction to Public Speaking3
Principles of Biological Diversity3
Principles of Biological Diversity Lab1
Intro to Technical Writing3
OR
College Writing II(3)
Introduction to Computers1
Introduction to Computer Applications2
  Second Year - Fall Semester     17 Credits Credits
Intro to General Chemistry3
Intro to General Chemistry Lab1
Range and Pasture Monitoring1
Natural Resource Ecology3
Principles of Microeconomics3
Soils3
Humanities Core Requirement3
  Second Year - Spring Semester     16 Credits Credits
Intro to Organic & Biochemistry3
Intro to Organic & Biochemistry Lab1
Introduction to GIS Science and Cartography3
Introduction to Statistics3
Humanities Core Requirement3
Social Science Core Requirement3

Please refer to the the Current Catalog for specific program details.