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NATURAL RESOURCES AND RANGELAND ECOLOGY

Note: MSU's programs in the biological sciences are distributed across multiple departments.  MSU does not have a single Department of Biology.  For additional options see   Biological Sciences at MSU.

Department of Animal and Range Sciences

http://animalrange.montana.edu/

Students who complete the requirements for a B.S. degree in Natural Resources and Rangeland Ecology in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences will be eligible for a variety of natural resource jobs with state and federal agencies or private industries, or pursue a Master of Science degree. The two options available within this degree offer students an opportunity to study the interaction of livestock and wildlife and their rangeland habitats. Emphasis is placed on soil, water and vegetation attributes which influence habitat ecology and management for livestock and wildlife. The curriculum in both these options has been designed to allow students to score at the highest level for employment with federal agencies.

Rangeland Ecology and Management Option

This option is designed to emphasize management of rangeland environments. Courses in resource inventory, watershed, rangeland restoration and vegetation ecology are required to give the student a background in ecological principles used to manage rangelands in the western United States. Students in this option can select courses which focus on production agriculture or other natural resource areas. This option is designed to train students for employment with state or federal land management agencies, as well as private industry or graduate school.

Wildlife Habitat Ecology and Management Option

This option provides students with a broad based background in wildlife habitat, rangeland ecology, and wildlife-livestock interactions common in the western United States. The focus will be on wildlife habitat, major vegetation types, rangeland livestock production, soils, and water within the framework of total resource management. Habitat management under a variety of uses and goals will be discussed. Courses specifically designed for this option include classes in wildlife habitat ecology, habitat restoration, wildlife-livestock habitat issues and wildlife-livestock nutrition. Students who graduate with a degree in this option will be eligible for employment in private industry, state and federal land agencies, or pursue a Master of Science degree.


Curricula in Natural Resources and Rangeland Ecology

Rangeland Ecology and Management Option

Freshman Year F S
ANSC 100--Intro to Animal Science 3
NRSM 101--Natural Resource Conservation 3
NRSM 102--Montana Range Plants Lab 1
BIOB 170IN--Princ Biological Diversity 4
BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems 4
CHMY 121IN--Intro to General Chemistry 4
ECNS 101IS--Economic Way of Thinking 3
University Core 6
15 13
Sophomore Year F S
ANSC 222--Livestock in Sustainable Systems   3
NRSM 235--Range and Pasture Monitoring 1
NRSM 240--Natural Resource Ecology 3
AGSC 342--Forages 3
CHMY 123--Intro to Organic & Biochem 4
BIOO 230--Identification of Seed Plants 4
ENSC 245IN--Soils 3
Take one of the following:
     BMGT 205--Professional Communication Fundamentals 3
     WRIT 201--College Writing II 3
     WRIT 221--Intermediate Tech Writing 3
Take one of the following:
     BIOB 318--Biometry 3
     STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics 3
13-16 14
Junior Year F S
WILD 325--Wildlife Livestock Range Nutrition 3
NRSM 350--Vegetation of Western Wildlands 3
NRSM 351--Biomes of West Wildlands 2
NRSM 353--Grazing Ecology & Mgmt 3
NRSM 330--Fire Ecology & Mgmt 3
WILD 301--Principles of F&WL Mgmt 3
GPHY 284--Intro to GIS Science 3
ENSC 461--Restoration Ecology 3
Take one of the following:
     AGSC 454--Agrostology 3
     BIOO 435--Plant Systematics 3
University Core and Electives 6 3
18 17
Senior Year F S
NRSM 455--Riparian Ecology & Management 3
WILD 438--Wildlife Habitat Ecology 3
NRSM 453--Habitat Inventory & Analysis 3
BIOE 370--General Ecology
3
BIOO 433--Plant Physiology 3
ENSC 454--Landscape Pedology 3
University Core and Electives 9
15 12


Restricted Electives
(Select 6 Credits)
AGBE 210IS--Economics of Ag Business 3
ANSC 232--Livestock Mgmt-Sheep (or) 1
ANSC 234--Livestock Mgmt-Beef 1
ANSC 320--Animal Nutrition 4
ANSC 337--Diseases of Domestic Livestock 3
ANSC 410--Veterinary Entomology 2
ANSC 432--Sheep Management (or) 3
ANSC 434R--Beef Cattle Management 4
BIOE 439--Stream Ecology 3
GEO 101IN--Intro to Physical Geology 4
NRSM 421--Holistic Thought & Mgmt 4
ENSC 443--Weed Ecology & Mgmt 4
ENSC 444--Watershed Hydrology 4

Wildlife Habitat Ecology and Management Option

Freshman Year F S
ANSC 100--Intro to Animal Science 3
NRSM 101--Natural Resource Conservation 3
NRSM 102--Montana Range Plants Lab 1
BIOB 170IN--Princ Biological Diversity 4
BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems 4
CHMY 121IN--Intro to General Chemistry 4
ECNS 101IS--Economic Way of Thinking 3
University Core 6
15 13
Sophomore Year F S
ANSC 222--Livestock in Sustainable Systems   3
NRSM 235--Range and Pasture Monitoring 1
NRSM 240--Natural Resource Ecology 3
CHMY 123--Intro to Organic & Biochemistry 4
BIOO 230--Ident of Seed Plants 4
ENSC 245IN--Soils 3
Take one of the following:
     BMGT 205--Professional Communication Fundamentals 3
     WRIT 201--College Writing II 3
     WRIT 221--Intermediate Tech Writing 3
Take one of the following:
     BIOB 318--Biometry 3
     STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics 3
University Core and Electives 3
13 14
Junior Year F S
WILD 325--Wildlife Livestock Range Nutrition 3
NRSM 455--Riparian Ecology & Management 3
NRSM 350--Vegetation of Western Wildlands 3
NRSM 351--Biomes of West Wildlands 2
NRSM 353--Grazing Ecology & Mgmt 3
NRSM 330--Fire Ecology & Mgmt 3
WILD 355--Wildlife Livestock Habitat Restoration 3
WILD 301--Principles of F&WL Mgmt 3
GPHY 284--Intro to GIS Science 3
Take one of the following:
     AGSC 454--Agrostology 3
     BIOO 435--Plant Systematics 3
University Core and Electives 6
18 17
Senior Year F S
WILD 426--Wildlife Habitat Mgmt 3
WILD 438--Wildlife Habitat Ecology 3
NRSM 453--Habitat Inventory & Analysis 3
BIOE 370--Principles of Ecology 3
ENSC 454--Pedology 3
BIOE 433--Plant Physiology 3
University Core and Electives 6
12 12


Restricted Electives
(Select 6 Credits)
WILD 429--Yellowstone Wildlife Habitat Ecology 2
BIOE 405--Behavioral & Evol Ecol 3
BIOO 475--Mammalogy 3
BIOO 470--Ornithology 3
BIOE 439--Stream Ecology 3
GPHY 411--Biogeography 3
ENSC 444--Watershed Hydrology 4
BMGT 473--Modern Mgmt of Western Res 3
ANSC 265--Functional Anatomy of Domestic Animals 3
ANSC 266--Functional Anatomy of Domestic Animals Lab (or) 1
BIOO 310--Comparative Vert Anatomy 4

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. University core requirements must be completed.


Natural Resources and Rangeland Ecology Minor (Non-Teaching)

Credits
NRSM 101--Natural Resource Conservation 3
NRSM 102--Natural Resource Conservation Lab 1
BIOO 230--Seed Plant ID 4
NRSM 350--Veg of Western Wildlands 3
NRSM 351--Biomes of West Wildlands 2
AGSC 454--Agrostology 3
NRSM 240--Natural Resource Ecology 3
NRSM 353--Grazing Ecology 3
NRSM 453--Habitat Inventory & Analysis 3
Take two from the following:
     WILD 325--Wildlife Lvstk Range Nutrition 3
     NRSM 455--Riparian Ecology & Mgmt 3
     NRSM 330--Fire Ecology & Mgmt 3
     WILD 438--Wildlife Habitat Ecology 3
     WILD 355--Wildlife-Lvstk Habitat Restoration 3
     WILD 426--Wildlife Habitat Management 3
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A Natural Resources and Rangeland Ecology Minor does not meet qualifications for professional employment with federal agencies. All students are responsible for meeting prerequisites for upper division courses.


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