A minimum of 120 credits is required to graduate, 42 must be 300 level or above.

Admission required at the Junior level. Transfer students must pursue Sophomore level courses at MSU.

CR = course credits, YR = year (FR = freshman, SO = sophomore, JR = junior, SR = senior).

2021-2022 Catalog


Ranching Systems Degree

Dept/Course# Course Title CR YR Semester
Leadership Dev for Ag & Ind Employee 3 FR FS (F)
Public Communication FS(F)
BIOB 170 Principles of Biological Diversity 4 FR FS(F)

CHMY 121IN &


Intro General Chemistry

Intro General Chemistry Lab



NRSM 101 Natural Resource Conservation 3 FR F
NRSM 102 Montana Range Plants Lab 1 FR F
ANSC 100 Intro Animal Science 3 FR FS(S)
BIOB 160 Principles of Living Systems 4 FR FS(S)
ECNS 101IS Economic Way of Thinking 3 FR FS(S)
WRIT 101W College Writing I 3 FR FSSu(F)

Transfer students must pursue Sophomore level courses at MSU

Dept/Course# Course Title CR YR Semester
ACTG 201 Principles of Financ Acct 3 SO FSSu(F)
ANSC 202 Livestock Feeding 3 SO F
NRSM 240 Natural Resource Ecology 3 SO F

CHMY 123 &

CHMY 124

Intro to Organic Chemistry and Biochem

Intro to Organic Chem/Biochem Lab



STAT 216Q Intro to Statistics 3 SO FSSu(S)
ACTG 202 Principles of Managerial Acct 3 SO FSSu(S)
ANSC 234 Livestock Mgmt Beef 1 1 SO S
ANSC 265 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals 3 SO S
ANSC 266 Anatomy & Physiology of Dom Animals Laboratory 1 SO S
BGEN 242D Intro to International Business 3 SO FS(S)
BMIS 211 Speadsheet and Database Skills 3 SO FSSu(S)

Admissions required to Upper Level Program

Dept/Course# Course Title CR YR Semester
RS 398 Junior Internship 1 JR Su
ENSC 245IN Soils 3 SO F
ANSC 320 Animal Nutrition 3 JR F
ANSC 321 Physiology of Reproduction 4 JR F
RS 306 Livestock Mgmt in RS 1 JR F
IA or IH core University required core course 3 JR FSSu(F)
ANSC 322 Princ Animal Breeding & Genetics 3 JR S
ANSC 337 Disease of Domestic Lvstk 3 JR S
AGBE 210 Economics of Ag Business 3 SO FS(S)
BIOO 230 Identification of Seed Plants 4 SO S
BMGT 335 Management & Organization 3 JR S
RS 316 Forage Mgmt in RS 1 JR S


Dept/Course# Course Title CR YR Semester
RSP 498 Senior Internship 1 SR Su
IA or IH core University Required Core Course 3 SR FSSu (F)
ANSC 434R Beef Cattle Management 4 SR F
AGSC 342 Forages 3 JR F
RS 406 Finances & Decision Making in RS 1 SR F
BMGT 406 Negotiation/Dispute Resolution 3 SR FS(F)
NRSM 353 Grazing Ecology and Mgmt 3 SR S

WILD 420


NRSM 430

Range & Wildlife Policy and Planning  or

NRSM 430 Natural Resource Law
3 JR S
WILD 426 Wildlife Habitat Management 3 SR S

NRSM 455



Riparian Ecology & Mgmt


ENSC 272 CS Water Resources
3 SR S
RS 416 Systems Thinking for Ranch Managers 2 SR S