Undergraduate Range and Ranch Management Courses

RNRM 2301. Introduction to Range Science. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction to the principles and practices for managing native grazing lands and the scientific principles for conservation of range resources. Prerequisite: AGRI 1419 or AGRI 1319 or ANSC 1319/1119; and AGRI 1307/1107.

RNRM 3300. Rangeland and Forest Plants. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Comprehensive study of native and naturalized North American plants used for range, habitat, and wood products. Major domesticated pasture plants. Detailed treatment of systematics, nomenclature, morphological features, and ecology with emphasis on economically important range, lumber-pulp, and watershed species. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406. Lab fee $2.

RNRM 3301. Principles of Range Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Principles and practices for managing native grazing lands. Use of the Cardinal Principles for conservation of range resources. Sustained forage, animal, water, etc., production and ranching profitability. Application of ecology and plant physiology to grazing management. Land-vegetation manipulations to restore deteriorated ranges and watersheds. Prerequisites: WSES 1305 or AGRI 1307, and either BIOL 1406 or BIOL 1407. Lab fee: $2.

RNRM 3315. Range Ecology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Introduction of the physical and biological components of rangeland ecosystems and their influence on plant and animal growth. Field study of range ecosystems in the Cross Timbers area with emphasis on dynamics, interactions, and manipulation. Prerequisites: WSES 1305 or AGRI 1307; AGRI 1419 or ANSC 1319 and ANSC 1119; RNRM 3300. Lab fee: $2.

RNRM 4086. Problems in Range Management. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

Individualized or small group studies of current topics applicable to the management of rangeland with emphasis on the student's specific major and interests. Prerequisites: Senior classification and advance approval by instructor of record.

RNRM 4088. Undergraduate Research. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

Fundamental research methods will be addressed through a faculty-directed project. Participation in an abbreviated lecture series may be required. Project components may include a literature review, data collection and analysis, testing, planning, project design, and/or computer modeling. The student is required to prepare a final report and produce a presentation. No credit is awarded until the the report and presentation are submitted. Only one undergraduate research experience will be counted toward degree requirements. Prerequisites: Junior Standing, completion of 12 hours in AGRN and/or RNRM, and approval of department head.

RNRM 4090. Special Topics. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Special Topics. (Credit-variable) Deals with selected topics in agriculture or range management. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, with a maximum of six hours counting towards the degree. Prerequisite Course(s): Approval of department head.

RNRM 4301. Perspectives and Practices in Grazing Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Concepts of management related to grazing livestock on improved pasture and rangeland. Grazing effects on the environmental system, manipulation of grazing selectivity and distribution, an overview of herbivore nutritive, grazing behavior and intake measures, and systems to manage for intensity or extensiveness of grazing. Credit given only for RNRM 4301 or RNRM 5301. Prerequisites: RNRM 3301, and either WSES 1305 or AGRI 1307.

RNRM 4312. Range Improvement and Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Principles and practices associated with the development of rangelands for livestock and wildlife production. Study of grazing systems, facilities development, brush control, reseeding, fertilization, and burning to improve rangeland productivity. Prerequisite: RNRM 3301 or consent of instructor. Lab fee $2.

RNRM 4384. Internship. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

An approved, supervised, comprehensive work experience consisting of a minimum of 240 hours (6 weeks) for career preparation in a public, commercial, or private range-related enterprise or ranching operation. Prerequisites: Senior or junior classification and approval of academic advisor and department head.