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Rangeland Ecology & Management

Explore the interaction of livestock and rangeland habitats on behalf of private and public agencies.

Rangeland Ecology & Management – B.S. in Natural Resources & Rangeland Ecology, Rangeland Ecology & Management Emphasis

In the Rangeland Ecology & Management program at Montana State, students are given a background in ecological principles as preparation for managing rangelands in the western United States. Along with coursework in resource inventory, watersheds, rangeland restoration and vegetation ecology, Rangeland Ecology & Management students are able to select courses which focus on either production agriculture or other natural resource areas.

The Natural Resources & Rangeland Ecology major offers one additional Option Within the Major: Wildlife Habitat Ecology & Management.



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Montana’s Research Leader
Montana State is the largest research enterprise in the state and consistently breaks MSU records for annual research expenditures, reaching $200 million for the first time in 2022.

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World-Class Facilities
The Department of Animal & Range Sciences have 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.


Rangeland Ecology & Management 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.