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Range Science


Range Science, a program in the School of Natural Resources Sciences,  offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Science, Masters of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. 

Our program deals with the interrelationships among plants, livestock, wildlife, and human disturbance with soils, climate and other factors and the use of range management principles on rangeland ecosystems.  Range Science at NDSU is a discipline that focuses on the scientific study of rangelands, grasslands, prairies, wetlands and grazed forests of semi-arid  regions in order to manage the natural renewable resources for optimum benefit and environmental balance.

Range science provides students with the knowledge and experience to manage rangeland resources for the highest continuing yield of products consistent with the conservation of the natural renewable resources. Students are introduced to a broad array of plant, soil and animal sciences. The undergraduate program is designed to provide adequate training in range plants and ecology, range improvement and management, rangeland monitoring techniques and watershed management. Basic knowledge of other sciences such as biology, botany, chemistry, mathematics and zoology is required. Courses in related fields of animal science, entomology, forestry, geology, GIS, natural resource management, soils and wildlife management are included. 

High School Preparation

High school preparation should include course work in biology, chemistry, math and English.

Career Opportunities

Range science graduates find rewarding, lifelong careers with federal, state and provincial government agencies; private industry and consulting firms; college and university research, teaching and extension positions; and non-profit conservation organizations. The increasing need for research in natural resource sciences has lead many graduates to seek further education in graduate programs. Specifically, graduates of our program find jobs as ranch managers, rangeland livestock managers, restoration ecologists, invasive plant specialists, mined-land reclamation specialists, wildlife habitat managers, watershed managers, wetland management specialists and many more in various agencies and private firms. 

Range science graduates are in high demand and qualify for a wide variety of careers in conservation and natural resources management. Examples of employment opportunities include:

Federal Agencies 

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service 
  • U.S. Forest Service 
  • Bureau of Land Management 
  • Agricultural Research Service 
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
  • National Park Service 
  • U.S. Geological Survey 
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

State Agencies: 

  • Natural resource departments 
  • Game and fish departments 
  • State land departments 
  • Experiment stations 
  • Extension Service 

Private Industry: 

  • Ranch management 
  • Environmental consulting 
  • Agricultural sales and service 
  • Agricultural advisors 
  • Mined-land reclamation specialists 

Foreign Assignments: 

  • Peace Corps 
  • U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization 
  • U.S. Agency for International Development 


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Range Science Program
School of Natural Resources Science
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7582 - Fax: (701) 231-8557
Campus address: Hultz Hall 202
Mailing address: Dept 7650 PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Diane Pennington

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