Bachelor of Science - Rangeland Ecology & Management
The Rangeland Ecology & Management major is offered through the Departments
of Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES) and Agriculture, Nutrition
& Veterinary Science (ANVS). The curriculum provides a solid, interdisciplinary
foundation for science-based decision making in natural resource management. Students
will acquire a strong background in basic sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, and
mathematics) and in courses addressing critical issues in vegetation ecology and
management, sustainability and restoration of rangeland resources, watershed integrity,
wildlife habitat, forage use, , and conservation of natural ecosystems. This major
is designed for those students interested in pursuing skills and careers focused
on the ecology, use, restoration, and management of rangeland ecosystems and natural
On rangeland the vegetation is predominantly grasses, grass-like plants, forbs (wildflowers),
or shrubs. It includes lands revegetated naturally or artificially that are managed
like native vegetation. Rangelands include grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, savannahs,
tundra, most deserts, and riparian and wetland plant communities including marshes
and wet meadows. The curriculum provides a solid, interdisciplinary foundation for
science-based decision making in rangeland management along with an appreciation
for the diverse cultural setting for management decisions.
Graduating seniors are prepared for graduate study or may enter employment with
state and federal agencies, private landowners or other firms, and non-profit organizations
that own, study, restore, use and manage rangelands. Students should qualify under
the federal US Office of Personnel Management and should consult the website at
The ecological assessment, restoration, conservation and sustainable management
of rangeland resources are growing areas of state, regional, national, and international
priority. Hence, the employment outlook is extremely promising for students interested
in working for state and federal agencies, private or consulting firms and non-profit
organizations that address these issues or own and manage rangelands.
What kind of salary do rangeland ecology and management grads earn?
In 2010, the median annual income nationwide for
was $59,310 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
What kind of classes should I be taking in high school?
High School students interested in the ecology and
management of rangeland resources should take at least one year each of biology
and chemistry, and mathematics through second year algebra and trigonometry. English
courses that emphasize writing skills are strongly recommended. Any deficiencies
in preparatory classes must be remedied during the first year at University of Nevada,
Who do I contact for more information about Rangeland Ecology and Management?
Dr. Barry Perryman, Associate Professor, Faculty Advisor
Phone: (775) 784-1265
Office: 232a Max Fleischmann Agriculture Building, UNR Main Campus
Dr. Sherman Swanson, Associate Professor, Faculty Advisor
Phone: (775) 784-4057
Office: 241 Max Fleischmann Ag Bldg, UNR Campus
Page last updated: 3/5/2012