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Natural Resources & Rangeland Ecology

In addition to a major of your choice, investigate the impact of livestock on natural resources and rangeland ecological systems on behalf of private and public agencies.

Natural Resources & Rangeland Ecology – Minor

Students in the Natural Resources & Rangeland Ecology program at Montana State are able to supplement their core major with a study of the watersheds, rangelands and other natural resources that comprise ranching, wildlife and livestock habitats in the Mountain West. Emphasis is placed on soil, water and vegetation attributes which influence habitat ecology and management of livestock and wildlife.



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Montana's Research Leader
Montana State leverages more than $120 million annually to support pioneering research across our departments, institutes and centers.

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World-Class Facilities
The Department of Animal & Range Sciences has a variety of experimental ranch facilities, including the Red Bluff Ranch in Madison County and the Bandy Experimental Ranch near Missoula.

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Top Public University in Montana
According to the Forbes list of America's Top Colleges, Montana State is the No. 1 Public University in the state based on value, post-graduation salary and student experience.




Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Natural Resources & Rangeland Ecology students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Federal Land Management
  • Consulting
  • Rangeland Management
  • Natural Resource Conservation
  • Land-Use Planning

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.