• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

What are rangelands?

  • Native habitats and managed pastures
  • Dominated by grasses and grass-likes (prairies, shrublands, woodlands, deserts, tundra)
  • Usually grazed by domestic livestock and wildlife

The Ecology and Environmental Science - Rangeland Ecology and Management course at South Dakota State University:

  • Courses in animal science, botany, ecology, geographic information systems (GIS), natural resource management, plant science, range science, soil science, and wildlife and fisheries.
  • Learn knowledge and skills for managing habitat, ecological systems, grazing by domestic and native ungulates, grassland restoration/reclamation, and watershed.
  • Hands-on training in the field to augment classroom learning.

Career Opportunities

  • Rangeland Management Specialist
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Reclamation Specialist
  • Rangeland Ecologist
  • Natural Resource Specialist

Accreditation

The Rangeland Ecology and Management program is accredited by the Society for Range Management.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Integrated Natural Resource Management and Lab 
  • Natural Resource Statistics and Lab 
  • Soils and Lab 
  • Introduction to Range Management 
  • Integrated Natural Resource Management and Lab 
  • General Biology 
  • Organic and Biochemistry and Lab

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    61

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    500

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:

    44

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.6

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.6 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Academic Transcripts need to be originals or official certified true copies. If your transcripts are not in English, certified true translations must be attached. All upper secondary school-level work needs to be demonstrated through your transcripts. It is common for applicants to submit transcripts prior to completion, please indicate your expected graduation date.

  • Minimum academic qualifications have been determined for education systems in most countries, yet some programs require higher scores for selective admission. All students should have an educational background in the core curriculum of: science, mathematics, social science/history and English to be considered for admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    372 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 372 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    256 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 256 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Brookings

  • 1085 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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