2021-2022 Humboldt State University Catalog 
    May 21, 2024  
2021-2022 Humboldt State University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Rangeland Resource Science, B.S.

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Learn to manage rangeland ecosystems wisely. Study forage, timber, wildlife, recreation, watersheds, and their interrelationships.

Classroom instruction is enhanced by the university’s plant, soil, and animal science laboratories. Humboldt also has a range herbarium. Nearby privately owned ranches and federal lands offer excellent opportunities for field study.

Potential careers: range conservationist, biological technician, range manager, environmental specialist, agricultural inspector, lands specialist, soil conservationist or soil scientist, range consultant, natural resources specialist, watershed manager, or ecosystem restoration specialist. The Rangeland Resource Science concentration meets the qualifications for “Rangeland Management Specialist” and “Soil Conservationist” classifications for federal employment, and meets the educational requirements to apply to take the California Certified Rangeland Manager examination.

Wildland Soil Science Concentration. Learn to address the unique management requirements and problems of wildland soils. Wildland soils are uncultivated, natural soils supporting herbaceous and woody plant communities supplying timber, wildlife habitat, livestock forage, watershed values, and other ecosystem services.

Courses in this concentration cover the basic physical and biological sciences, introductory and advanced soil science, and soil and natural resource management. Classroom instruction is enhanced by the university’s soil science laboratories and greenhouses. Research and demonstration sites on private and public lands in Northern California enhance field studies.

Potential careers: soil conservationist, soil scientist, soil consultant, environmental specialist, agricultural inspector, lands or natural resources specialist, restoration specialist, or watershed manager. The Wildland Soil Science Concentration meets the qualifications for “Soil Conservationist” and “Soil Scientist” position classifications in federal employment. This concentration also meets the educational requirements to take the Fundamentals of Soil Science Examination.

Preparation: In high school take courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and earth sciences.

A bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 units. For a description of degree requirements to be fulfilled in addition to those listed below for the major, please see “Bachelor’s Degree Requirements ”.

Requirements for the Major (90-96 units)

Complete all courses in the major with a C- or better.

Core Courses (74 Units)


Students can choose to concentrate in wildland soils or complete the major without a concentration . Complete one of the following to fulfill the requirements for the major. 

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