This Master of Natural Resources Stewardship (MNRS), Plan C, Western Ranch Management and Ecosystem Stewardship Specialization is a coursework-intensive professional master’s degree. It provides students with a broad natural resources education and specialized resource management expertise in ranch management.

Effective Fall 2023

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

Core Requirements:
NR 539Western Ranch Assessment and Planning3
NR 567Analysis of Environmental Impact3
NR 578Ecology of Disturbed Lands3
Select one from the following2-3
Monitoring for Advanced Silviculture
Natural Resource Inventory and Data Analysis
Rangeland Ecosystem Sampling
Select one from the following:1-2
Advanced Silviculture Seminar
Natural Resources Stewardship Seminar
Western Ranch Management and Ecosystem Stewardship Specialization Requirements:
NR 536Ranch Management and Stewardship Field Course4
NR 537Ranch Management and Stewardship Seminar1
NR 538Skills in Ranch Management2
RS 452Rangeland Herbivore Ecology and Management3
In consultation with your advisor, select 6-8 directed elective credits from the following to bring your total credits to 30:6-8
Building the Business
Understanding and Managing Animal Resources
Animal Production Systems
Integrated Forage Management
Understanding Policy and Emerging Issues
Ecosystem Services on Agricultural Lands
Products to Profit
Water Law, Policy, and Institutions
Agricultural Law
Principles of Ecosystem Sustainability
Ecophysiology of Trees
Advanced Forest Ecology
Adaptive Fish and Wildlife Management
Wildlife Habitat Management on Private Land
Sustaining River Ecosystems in Changing World
Concepts in GIS
Natural Resources Policy and Biodiversity
Wetland Ecology and Restoration
Agritourism Enterprise Management
Rangeland Assessment
Advanced Rangeland Management
Ecology of Grasslands and Shrublands
Soil Ecology
Forest and Range Soils
Program Total Credits:30

A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this program.