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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 YearFS
ARNR 100--Intro Animal Science3
ARNR 101--Natural Resource Cons 3
ARNR 102--Montana Range Plants Lab1
BIOL 101IN--Organismal Biology 4
BIOL 102--Molecular/Cellular Biol4
CHMY 121IN--Intro to General Chemistry 4
ECNS 101IS--Economic Way of Thinking 3
University Core 6
1513
Sophomore YearFS
ARNR 230--Range Livestock Production3
ARNR 235--Range and Pasture Monitoring 1
ARNR 240--Natural Resource Ecology 3
ARNR 342--Forages 3
CHMY 123--Intro to Organic & Biochem 4
BIOL 230--Ident of Seed Plants4
LRES 201IN--Soil Resource 3
Take one of the following:
     BUS 201--Managerial Communication3
     WRIT 201--College Writing II3
     WRIT 221--Intermediate Tech Writing3
Take one of the following:
     PSPP 318--Biometry3
     STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics 3
13-1614
Junior YearFS
ARNR 325--Wildlife Lvstk Range Nutr 3
ARNR 350--Veg of Western Wildlands 3
ARNR 351--Biomes of West Wildlands 2
ARNR 353--Grazing Ecology & Mgmt 3
ARNR 354--Fire Ecology & Mgmt3
F&WL 301--Principles of F&WL Mgmt3
GPHY 284--Intro to GIS Science3
LRES 461--Restoration Ecology 3
Take one of the following:
     PSPP 454--Agrostology 3
     PSPP 456--Plant Systematics 3
University Core and Electives 63
1817
Senior YearFS
ARNR 345--Riparian Ecology & Mgmt3
ARNR 438--Wildlife Habitat Ecology 3
ARNR 453--Habitat Inventory & Analysis 3
BIOL 303--Principles of Ecology3
PSPP 450--Plant Physiology3
LRES 454--Pedology3
University Core and Electives 9
1512


Restricted Electives
(Select 6 Credits)
AGEC 210IS--Economics of Ag Business 3
ARNR 232--Appl Tech Lvstk Mgmt-Sheep (or) 1
ARNR 234--Appl Tech Lvstck Mgmt-Beef 1
ARNR 320--Animal Nutrition 4
ARNR 337--Diseases Domestic Lvstk 3
ARNR 410--Veterinary Entomology 2
ARNR 432--Sheep Management (or) 3
ARNR 434--Beef Cattle Management 4
BIOL 439--Stream Ecology 3
GEO 101IN--Intro to Physical Geology 4
LRES 421--Holistic Thought & Mgmt 4
LRES 443--Weed Ecology & Mgmt 4
LRES 444--Watershed Hydrology 4

Wildlife Habitat Ecology and Management Option

Freshman YearFS
ARNR 100--Intro Animal Science3
ARNR 101--Natural Resource Cons 3
ARNR 102--Montana Range Plants Lab1
BIOL 101IN--Organismal Biology 4
BIOL 102--Molecular/Cellular Biol4
CHMY 121IN--Intro to General Chemistry 4
ECNS 101IS--Economic Way of Thinking 3
University Core 6
1513
Sophomore YearFS
ARNR 230--Range Livestock Production3
ARNR 235--Range and Pasture Monitoring 1
ARNR 240--Natural Resource Ecology 3
CHMY 123--Intro to Organic & Biochemistry 4
BIOL 230--Ident of Seed Plants4
LRES 201IN--Soil Resource 3
Take one of the following:
     BUS 201--Managerial Communication3
     WRIT 201--College Writing II3
     WRIT 221--Intermediate Tech Writing3
Take one of the following:
     PSPP 318--Biometry3
     STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics 3
University Core and Electives 3
1314
Junior YearFS
ARNR 325--Wildlife Lvstk Range Nutr 3
ARNR 345--Riparian Ecology & Mgmt 3
ARNR 350--Veg of Western Wildlands 3
ARNR 351--Biomes of West Wildlands 2
ARNR 353--Grazing Ecology & Mgmt 3
ARNR 354--Fire Ecology & Mgmt3
ARNR 355--Wildlife Lvstk Habitat Restor3
F&WL 301--Principles of F&WL Mgmt3
GPHY 284--Intro to GIS Science3
Take one of the following:
     PSPP 454--Agrostology 3
     PSPP 456--Plant Systematics 3
University Core and Electives 6
1817
Senior YearFS
ARNR 426--Topics in Wldlf-Lvstk Habitat3
ARNR 438--Wildlife Habitat Ecology 3
ARNR 453--Habitat Inventory & Analysis 3
BIOL 303--Principles of Ecology3
LRES 454--Pedology3
PSPP 450--Plant Physiology3
University Core and Electives 6
1212


Restricted Electives
(Select 6 Credits)
ARNR 480--Yellowstone Range Ecology (Con't Ed) 2
BIOL 405--Behavioral & Evol Ecol 3
BIOL 418--Mammalogy 3
BIOL 419--Ornithology 3
BIOL 439--Stream Ecology 3
GPHY 411--Biogeography 3
LRES 444--Watershed Hydrology 4
MGMT 473--Modern Mgmt of Western Res 3
VTMB 271--Functional Anat Dom Animals (or) 4
BIOL 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
ARNR 240--Natural Resource Ecology3
ARNR 353--Grazing Ecology & Mgmt3
ARNR 453--Habitat Inventory & Analysis3
Take a minimum of 12 credits from:
     ARNR 230--Range Livestock Production3
     ARNR 325--Wildlife Lvstk Range Nutrition 3
     ARNR 345--Riparian Ecology & Mgmt 3
     ARNR 350--Veg of Western Wildlands3
     ARNR 351--Biomes of West Wildlands2
     ARNR 354--Fire Ecology & Mgmt3
     ARNR 438--Wildlife Habitat Ecology3
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A Range Science Minor does not meet qualifications for professional employment with federal agencies. All students are responsible for meeting prerequisites for upper division ARNR courses.


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