Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management - BS, Rangeland Management Track
Texas rangeland, woodland, wetland, and aquatic ecosystems provide the citizens of Texas with a multitude of benefits. These benefits include income, water, recreation, wildlife habitat, and scenic beauty. The population of Texas grew over 15% from 2010 to 2020 to approximately 29 million. This population increase has impacted several key regions in the state, e.g., suburban areas and the Hill Country. However, this rapid population growth and environmental change threaten resilience and sustainability of these vital ecosystems. Educating ecosystem managers skilled in making decisions that promote sustainability and resilience is a primary goal of the faculty and staff of the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management (RWFM). The RWFM curriculum provides graduates with the necessary skills and integrates knowledge from several science disciplines. The synergy that arises from the integration of biological, physical, and social sciences in RWFM gives rise to novel real-‐world solutions suitable for uncertainty and unprecedented change. The RWFM curriculum is not entrenched in any one discipline or any single ecosystem. It equips students with the breadth and depth of knowledge that is reflective of the diversity in the ecosystems in which we live and the issues we face.
Rangeland Management Track
The Rangeland Management track combines the disciplines of ecology and range management to enhance the production, conservation, function and stewardship of rangelands. The breadth and diversity of rangelands requires that knowledge and technology be drawn from numerous disciplines in a systems approach; therefore, students majoring in the Rangeland Management track are prepared to integrate knowledge and technology to manage rangelands for sustainable utilization. Emphasis is placed on the effective management for the goods and services provided by these rangeland ecosystems. The enrichment of the undergraduate program develops a student educational experience and provides relevant science and management knowledge combined with experiential learning under real world situations that lead to skills and the fostering of life-long innovation and creativity in the management of rangelands. The Rangeland Management track prepares students for a broad array of employment opportunities upon completion of the program including, but not limited to, land management agencies, non-governmental organizations, environmental and natural resources consulting, industry, and ranch/range management within the private sector.