Grassland Ecology and ManagementCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

What you will learn

The Grassland and Ecology and Management major is an integration of disciplines involved in the study, conservation, and utilization of rangelands. Students develop a strong background in plant and physical sciences in preparation for studying the ecology and management of rangelands in upper-level courses. A foundation of the major is multiple applications, emphasizing integrated rangeland 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.

Career Opportunities

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.

The curriculum meets the federal government's requirements for rangeland management specialist positions in such agencies as the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Forest Service.

The breadth of the curriculum prepares students for postgraduate education in most disciplines related to natural resource sciences.

The NEBRASKA difference

This program is internationally recognized by Land Grant College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Our program consists of academic advisement and extracurricular activities that provides for growth and guidance outside the classroom. We have close interaction with personnel in federal land management agencies and private conservation groups and excellent internship possibilities with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, private conservation organizations (e.g., The Natural Conservancy), University cooperative extension, and University and federal research programs.

Internships / Clubs

Nebraska students have access to hundreds of activities and groups related to specific academic, social, cultural, and political interests. Involvement in any of these organizations builds leadership, communication, and organizational skills, and helps you make new friends with similar interests. As a Grassland Ecology & Management major, you may be particularly interested in the Range Management Club, which is a student chapter of the Society for Range Management.

The Range Management Club goals are to foster advancement in the science and art of range ecosystem management, to stimulate discussion and understanding of scientific and practical range and pasture problems, to provide a medium for exchange of ideas and facts among club members and range scientists, to encourage professional improvement of it's members, and to promote interest in the Range Plant Identification Team.

Alumni / Faculty

Faculty in the Grassland Ecology & Management program conduct research and advise students in addition to their teaching responsibilities. To learn more about the program's faculty, please see this link:


The University owns several tracts of rangeland, including the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory (13,000 acres) and the Barta Brothers Ranch (6,000 acres) that are outstanding research and education facilities. We have on-campus courses taught in state-of-the-art teaching labs, computer labs, herbarium, and greenhouses, and a readily accessible agriculture and natural resources library (C.Y. Thompson Library). We also have the Center for Grassland Studies reference center that contains books, reports, periodicals, and videos pertaining to rangeland ecology and management.