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Welcome to the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management's Undergraduate Programs! We offer a variety of opportunities for undergraduate students, ranging from multiple majors and minors, to clubs and organizations, field and lab experience and more.
Minors offered in the department give students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the subject. Each minor has students take a core set of courses with the flexibility to select from other courses to round out the minor. The Soil Science minor in combination with the Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management major will qualify you for federal Soil Scientist positions. We encourage students selecting one of the minors to discuss the options with an advisor in that field.
Range Club - Student Chapter of the Society for Range Management. To stimulate interest and activity, to strengthen, improve, and to perpetuate the profession of Range Management. Advisor: Derek Scasta
Reclamation Outreach and Research (ROaR) - Provide a venue for undergraduates and graduate students with an interest in reclamation and restoration of disturbed lands, including those disturbed by mining-related activities, to do service projects, and network to gain skill and experience.
The goal of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management is to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge in several different areas in addition to their specific area of study. These expectations ensure that students may take these learned skills and successfully apply them in their post-graduate endeavors. Assessments in all areas are based on knowledge, skills, and attitude.
Oral communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression and sharing of information, ideas, and feelings in a format including verbal and nonverbal symbols.
Proficiency in written communication will ensure that students will be able to write for different audiences, from expressive writing to technical writing, using a range of sophistication in language.
Professional behavior involves attaining high standards of behavior and appropriate attitudes, not only through acquiring knowledge and experience, but a lifelong commitment to learning and achievement.
Competency in critical thinking and problem solving will enable students to engage in reasonable, reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do.
Computer and information literacy ensures that students will be viewed as trainable and adaptable in a computerized work environment. Proficiency in this area also enables students to effectively access online information, and skillfully make use of it.
The results in these different areas will aid the department in:
Planning instructional strategies to address student strengths and weaknesses;
Evaluating and describing overall student achievement;
Counseling students for academic and career options; and
Evaluating the effectiveness of instructional programs.