Rangeland Ecology and Management (RLEM)

Students majoring in Rangeland Ecology and Management are taught to integrate knowledge and technology in a systems approach to manage land for sustainable utilization of natural resources. Emphasis is placed on conservation and maintenance of biological diversity in wet to arid environments.

Ranch Management Option
This degree is designed for students preparing for careers in ranch management and agribusiness. This option emphasizes management and utilization of rangeland for livestock and wildlife production. It provides excellent preparation for students desiring to obtain a Master of Agriculture degree in ranch management. Employment opportunities are available on private ranches, businesses, and industries supporting ranches and with state and federal agencies.

Rangeland Resources Option
This degree is designed for students preparing for careers in the private, state and federal sectors in the area of natural resources conservation and management. It also provides good preparation for graduate study leading to positions in extension, teaching, research and consulting. It allows maximum flexibility to orient a degree program towards specific career interests. Students are encouraged to develop an emphasis area by selecting 24 hours of directed elective courses in related disciplines.

Why Us?

The Rangeland Ecology and Management degree focuses on the relationships between plants, soil, water, and the environment. Students will learn about land that is well-suited for livestock or wildlife. These rangelands, grasslands, savannas, scrublands, deserts, alpine or arctic tundra, coastal marshes, and wet meadows cover about half of the earth's total land surface. With understanding of these ecosystems, students can diversify their education and optimize their career paths.

Putting Your Degree to Work

rlem01Graduates choose from a wide range of careers, such as:

  • Environmental management
  • Environmental consulting
  • Law
  • Rangeland management
  • Game warden
  • Wetland management
  • Research scientist
  • Ranch management
  • Environmental planning
  • Soil conservation
  • Watershed management
  • Natural resource management
  • Agribusiness sales

From Those Who Know

rlem02"The coursework and fieldwork provided by the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, along with the forward thinking and dedicated professors, have well prepared me with a base of knowledge and experience suited for a broad variety of ecological careers!" - Loren Naylor, Class of 2001

"The Rangeland Ecology and Management degree has provided me with the coursework, field study and interaction with experienced professionals and faculty to have a successful career. I have been given numerous opportunities, gained extensive knowledge and been given the credentials needed to succeed as a professional. The major has also taught me the importance of being a good steward of the land!" - Aminda Gallardo, Class of 2006


The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management awards scholarships amounting to more than $125,000 each year. In addition, multiple scholarships exist for incoming freshmen and current and transfer students through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


rlem03WE'RE ECO-LOGICAL! because Rangeland Ecology and Management students not only understand the issues facing the planet, they have the skills necessary to take action. The Rangeland Ecology and Management degree in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Texas A&M University is one of the best of its kind nationwide. Our program provides solid coursework and research experience that prepares students for the professional workplace or pursuit of an advanced degree. Our graduates make a difference by improving the natural world and our quality of life.