Welcome Animal and Range Sciences
The Department of Animal and Range Sciences is part of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Our main facilities are located in Knox Hall on the NMSU campus in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Our on-campus animal facilities house beef cattle, horses, swine, goats, and sheep.
To provide premier programs to those we serve by focusing on education, research, and outreach.
Undergraduate Degree Programs
Students can major in Animal Science or Rangeland Resources and are provided with the very best of "hands-on" academic instruction by our faculty.
Fully equipped labs allow students access to cutting-edge research in: livestock nutrition, genetics, physiology, endocrinology, meat science, wool, toxicology, watershed and rangeland ecology, weed and brush control, plant systematics, grazing management.
If you are interested in a career working with animals, then a degree in Animal Science is undoubtedly for you. Undergraduate programs in the Department of Animal & Range Sciences are designed to offer a wide array of courses aimed at providing experience, both technical and practical, in the many facets of animal production, management and marketing. The curriculum is career-oriented and seeks to train individuals for meaningful employment in the animal agriculture industry.
The animal science faculty are highly trained and specialize in many varied aspects of the animal science industry. The faculty are dedicated to high-quality instruction and scientific endeavors that provide real-world solutions for the industry. Students benefit from the extensive scientific and practical experience of the diverse faculty.
Faculty recognize the importance of total student immersion into their chosen field of study. In order to have the complete college experience while networking important relationships for their future career, students should become involved in extracurricular activities that excite them. Tour the Animal Science Facilities.
Animal Science Options
The industry option includes coursework that prepares you for work in many facets of the livestock industry, such as livestock production on farms and ranches, the meat industry, the feed industry, livestock breed associations, and livestock publications.
The science option provides you with a strong background in technical science and prepares you for advanced studies. The curriculum will qualify you to apply to professional schools such as graduate school or veterinary school.
Are you interested in working in wide-open spaces in the West, managing natural landscapes, including grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, and deserts? Then you should consider Range Resources as a major. Rangeland ecosystems include diverse landscapes that account for nearly 50% of the earth's landmass. These ecologically and economically important lands provide grazing lands for livestock, diverse habitats for wildlife, and open space. Sustainable rangeland management is centered on wise stewardship and conservation of soil, water, plant and animal resources of these diverse lands. Rangelands are an important natural heritage, and a wide range of rewarding careers are available to today's rangeland professionals.
Coursework requirements for the major in Rangeland Resources encompass a broad spectrum of courses including natural sciences, soil and plant sciences, animal science and livestock management, natural resource management including forestry, watershed and wildlife management, and of course a solid foundation in the ecology and management of rangeland resources. Our curriculum provides hands-on learning experiences in classroom, field, and laboratory settings targeted to ensuring that our graduates have the knowledge and skills to succeed in their careers as rangeland professionals. In addition, many of our students participate in cooperative summer work experiences with land management agencies that provide valuable experience in natural resource management. The Range Science program at NMSU is accredited by the Society for Range Management, an international professional society whose mission is the promotion of wise stewardship and sustainable management of global rangelands. The Range Science program is directed toward broadening a students' experience at NMSU while offering the opportunity to increase their knowledge, and enhance the critical skills necessary for living in today's society.
NMSU Range Club
At NMSU, we have a very active Range Club, in which student members engage in a variety of activities to enhance their understanding of contemporary issues in the area of rangeland science and management. The Range Club is a student chapter of the Society for Range Management (SRM), and every year a number of Range Club members attend the annual SRM meetings where they participate in competitions such as the Plant Identification Contest, Rangeland Cup Competition, Undergraduate Range Management Exam, as well as attend symposia and technical sessions to learn about the latest research and innovations in range science and management.
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