Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Grassland Ecology & Management
|College:||Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources|
|Degree Offered:||Bachelor of Science in Grassland Ecology & Management|
|Minimum Cumulative GPA:||2.0 for graduation|
Grassland Ecology & Management
COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
MAJOR: Grassland Ecology & Management
DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Grassland Ecology & Management
HOURS REQUIRED: 120
MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation
MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes
ADVISOR: Walter Schacht
Coordinator: Walter H. Schacht, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, 312 Keim Hall
Curriculum Committee: Guretzky, Twidwell, Wedin
Grassland Ecology and Management
- An integration of disciplines involved in the study, conservation, and utilization of grasslands.
- Provides a strong background in the plant and physical sciences in preparation for studying the ecology and management of grasslands in upper level course work.
- Foundation of the degree program is multiple use, emphasizing integrated grassland management for water, wildlife, forage, recreation, and aesthetics.
- Students learn through course work, seminars, capstone experiences, and optional internships with state and federal agencies, research organizations, and private industry.
- Careers include managers of grassland resources on private and public lands with specialization in habitat management, grassland restoration/monitoring, or grassland management, positions with environmental consulting firms, natural resources districts, public land management agencies, land use planning agencies, and federal and state wildlife divisions.
- Curriculum meets the civil service requirements of the federal government for rangeland management specialist positions in such agencies as the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Forest Service.
- Breadth of the curriculum prepares students for postgraduate education in most disciplines related to natural resource sciences.
College Integrative Courses6
SCIL 101 Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3
NRES 438 Grassland Conservation: Planning & Management (Capstone ACE 10)3
Mathematics and Statistics5-8
STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (ACE 3)3
Select one course beyond college algebra2-5
MATH 102 Trigonometry (2 cr)
MATH 104 Applied Calculus (ACE 3) (3 cr)
MATH 106 Calculus I (ACE 3) (5 cr)
Written Communication (ACE 1)3
Oral Communication (ACE 2)3
Communication and Interpersonal Skills Electives3
Natural and Physical Sciences20
CASNR Approved Life Sciences8
MSYM 109 Physical Principles in Agriculture & Life Sciences (ACE 4)4
Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences15
Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 912
Specific Major Requirements
Natural Resources and Sciences18
AGRO 315 Genetics4
AGRO 325 Introductory Plant Physiology4
Inventory and Policy9
Total Credit Hours for Graduation120
REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT
Grassland Ecology & Management Minor18
Select two of the following: (5 cr minimum)5
NRES 438 Grassland Conservation: Planning & Management (3 cr)
NRES 496 Independent Study (1-6 cr)
Scholarships and Financial Aid
In addition to other scholarships a student might receive, the grassland ecology and management program awards scholarships annually to qualifying new and current GECM students, based primarily on academic performance. For more information on these scholarships, contact Dr. Walter Schacht, 402-472-0205, email@example.com.
Students are assigned a faculty advisor after admission into their program. The advisor serves as a resource regarding the degree, academic plans and progress, and career options. Students are encouraged to regularly consult with their advisor, especially before registering for classes.