Why Rangeland Resource Science?

Rangeland Resources isn’t a discipline you learn by simply reading a textbook. You learn through practical experience–a given at Humboldt State.

Field Intensive

You can’t dig and describe a soil profile or quantify vegetation communities while sitting in a classroom. The RRS program arguably spends more time afield than any other major on campus. Additionally, our students travel to participate in contests and workshops in plant identification and collegiate soil judging.

Small and Unique Program

Our program typically has about 50 students learning and discovering together, alongside other natural resources and sciences majors. HSU’s RRS major is the only program in California that regularly offers courses to qualify for the federal job series 0454 “Rangeland Management Specialist.” Our RRS curriculum also fulfills educational requirements to become a California Certified Rangeland Management Specialist.

Seriously Creative Conservation

For 50 years employers have sought out the quality and specialized skill sets they know HSU Range and Soils students and alumni have. We teach and learn about applied terrestrial ecology; developing expertise in soils, plants, animals, and related human interactions.


Academics & Options

In Rangeland Resource Science you can choose between two options. You will take a set of core range classes and then a set of courses specific to your option. Learn more about Rangeland careers at rangelandwest.org.

Range & Soils Concentrations

Rangeland Resources

This option is usually favored by those looking for a career in rangeland resource management for wildlife and fisheries habitats, recreation, watershed values, open space, and biofuels, in addition to traditional uses such as livestock grazing, and food and fiber production.

Contact Susan Marshall if you have questions or would like more information about this option.

Wildland Soils

This option is usually favored by those looking for a career as wildland soils managers working to prevent erosion, keep our surface waters clean, and help determine appropriate land uses based on soil resources.

Contact Susan Marshall if you have questions or would like more information about this option.