Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Major

Clean air. Valued foods. Fresh water. Protecting these is the job of the forest and rangeland steward

At a glance

Forest landscapes are always changing – often very slowly as a result of long-term processes, followed by rapid changes as a result of fires or harvesting. Sustaining forests and rangelands in the modern world requires people who understand ecosystem changes and how forests and rangelands connect to global, ecological, and social systems. Colorado’s high-elevation grasslands, forests, and riparian areas provide the perfect backdrop for this area of study, and you’ll get plenty of chances to learn outdoors as you become a steward of the lands. 

Degree typeBachelor of Science
FormatOn campus
Part ofWarner College of Natural Resources
Competitive major?No
Accelerated option?No
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A concentration allows you to specialize in a certain area within your major, offering a depth of information and hands-on experiences that you may not otherwise get. Many students in this major will concentrate in one area to work in a specific field after college, as well as find mentors and internships before they even graduate.

Forest Biology

You will focus on the ecology of forests, the biology and interactions of the elements in forests, as well as economics and policy surrounding forested areas. Courses include physical sciences, rangeland ecogeography, and tree health management, along with writing and communications courses to aid students in the scientific examination and communication of forest biology. 

Forest Fire Science

Explore forest management from a fire-science perspective. You will learn about the balance between fire as a natural ecological process and as a forest management tool with classes that include weather and climate ecology, soil science, tree health and timber harvesting, as well as several writing, policy, and speaking courses. 

Forest Management

You’ll take this concentration if you’re interested in managing forestlands through careers with state and federal land-management agencies, private forestland owners, and conservation organizations. Courses include a mix of forest biology, integrated forest management, and the physical sciences. Students learn about forest productivity, economics, policy, conservation, and the latest in computer-based management tools. 

Rangeland Conservation and Management

This concentration places an emphasis on conservation of large, wide-open spaces. You will learn new conservation techniques to oversee rangelands that have multiple economic and social uses. Courses range from physical sciences to communications to policy to prepare students for the complex jobs in this field. 

Rangeland and Forest Management

You’ll prepare for natural resource management careers in both the public and private sectors with courses in the physical sciences, natural resource ecology and history, as well as writing, communications, and policy courses. 

Some Career Options

Careers in forestry and natural resources are exceptionally varied, challenging, and personally satisfying. You’ll find opportunities in rural and urban settings worldwide. Positions are available in industry, education, consulting, public service, and government agencies. 

Tour and info session options

Tours may be available as part of Admissions tours and info sessions, offered throughout the year.

For additional opportunities, please reach out to:

Carmyn Ginnetti at

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