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As a student in OSU's Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management, your options are almost as diverse as the resources you'll be trained to manage! Rangeland Ecology and Management is important to the social, economic, and political development of Oregon, the Nation, and the world. As a student you will have numerous opportunities to apply your classroom knowledge to field experiences so you will be prepared to enter the professional arena. We are proud to be able to offer students the benefit of many strong partnerships we have forged through the years with State and Federal land use agencies, private industries, non-profit organizations, as well as a generous welcome and cooperation from numerous private land owners. As a professional, you will be concerned with the restoration, improvement, conservation, ecology, and use of rangelands.
The Rangeland Ecology and Management Department is comprised of 13 faculty, of which 4 are located on the main OSU campus, 1 is teaching distance classes through E-Campus, 2 at Eastern Oregon University, and 6 are housed in various County Extension Offices and Experiment Stations throughout Oregon. Under the guidance of the range faculty, graduate students study range ecology, physiology of range plants, range nutrition, range improvements, watershed management, restoration ecology, agroforestry, and riparian ecology and management.
Located within the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management offers both undergraduate and graduate courses of study. Degrees offered include Bachelor of Science, Master of Agriculture, Master of Science, and PhD degrees. The College of Agricultural Sciences performs four vital services: instruction, research, extension, and international agriculture. The College of Agricultural Sciences is Oregon's principal source of knowledge relating to agricultural and food systems and a major source of knowledge regarding environmental quality, natural resources, life sciences, rural economies and communities world wide. It is a source of information and expertise in integrating and applying knowledge with benefits that are felt in domestic and international settings.
Oregon State University annually enrolls approximately 19,000 students, 3,000 of them graduate students. Expansive lawns, abundant trees, spring blossoms and diverse architectural styled buildings make up Oregon State University's beautiful campus. OSU is a Land, Sea, and Sun Grant institution, which supports a wealth of research facilities throughout the state and the Northwest, including agricultural, forestry, marine, and scientific stations.
The attractive city of Corvallis, population 50,000, is located in the mid-Willamette Valley. An hour to the east is the majestic Cascade Mountains; to the north is metropolitan Portland; to the south lays Eugene; to the west is the vast Pacific Ocean. The area surrounding Corvallis includes rivers, mountains, national forests, farmland, and incredible possibilities for any sport activity. The entire valley enjoys and flourishes in a mild, temperate climate.
The Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management is accredited by the Society for Range Management and is recognized throughout the country as one of the leading institutions of rangeland management education.