Undergraduate Program Curriculum and Course Offerings

CSU Mountain Campus

Curriculum Highlights
Two exemplary field experiences that are included in our curriculum are:

A summer program at CSU's Mountain Campus, our majestic retreat and outdoor laboratory located in the spectacular mountains west of Fort Collins.

A one-week field practicum prior to the Fall semester exploring Colorado's ecosystems and visiting the state's numerous management projects and natural areas

Curriculum Checklists
The Department offers two undergraduate degree programs and a minor program of study.
CSU Mountain Campus Summer Program (NR 220)

All Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and Watershed Science majors in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability (ESS) take a four week summer field course at CSU's Mountain Campus. Students enroll in NR 220 Natural Resource Ecology and Measurements. Optionally, students participating in specialized research programs, certain study abroad programs, or other eligible experiential learning placements may submit a request for substitution for NR 220 to pursue other research or professional development opportunities away from the CSU Mountain Campus.

ESS Internships and Independent Study

Although not required for degree completion, some students in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and Watershed Science may wish to participate in an internship or take part in independent study with a faculty member. Academic credit may be available for such placements, and students should consult their Academic Success Coordinators to learn more and receive assistance.

Course Equivalency Credit and Challenge Exams
Students may earn credit for general introductory coursework through equivalency tests or challenge exams. These assessment options allow qualifying students to meet requirements for courses typically related to All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC). Although equivalency tests and challenge exams have costs and fees associated with them, student who earn credit through such tests or exams will typically have significant cost savings related to their undergraduate tuition. They may also accelerate their program of study to graduate early.

Colorado State University provides equivalency tests through the College-Level Examinations Program (CLEP), which offers general examinations in more than 30 areas of study. When a CLEP Exam is not offered for a particular course, a challenge exam can be requested from the CSU Academic Department or College offering the course.

Some CSU Academic Department and Colleges provide standardized options for challenge exams including the CSU English Department and College of Business for the following exams:

Please visit the University Testing Center for the complete set of policies and procedures on CLEP and Challenge Exams.

ESS Course Offerings
The following courses are taught by Ecosystem Science and Sustainability faculty. Refer to the CSU Catalog for additional information and course descriptions.
Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Courses
Course Title Instructor Syllabus
ESS130 Systems Theory and Information Management
Dr. Steven Fassnacht
Dr. John Moore
ESS/GR210 Physical Geography Dr. Michael Lefsky  
ESS211 Foundations in Ecosystem Science
Dr. Randall Boone
Dr. Dennis Ojima
ESS311 Ecosystem Ecology Dr. Julia Klein  
ESS330 Quantitative Reasoning for Ecosystem Science
Dr. Cameron Aldridge
Dr. Michael Lefsky
ESS400 Sustainability and Ecosystem Science Dr. Gillian Bowser  
ESS411 Earth Systems Ecology Instructor Varies  
ESS440 Practicing Sustainability Dr. Robin Reid
Dr. Julia Klein
ESS486 Ecosystem Practicum Instructor Varies  


Watershed Science Courses
Course Title Instructor Syllabus
WR/GR304 Sustainable Watersheds Instructor Varies  
WR406 Seasonal Snow Environments Dr. Steven Fassnacht  
WR416 Land Use Hydrology Dr. Stephanie Kampf  
WR417 Watershed Measurements Dr. Tim Covino  
WR418 Land Use and Water Quality    
WR419 Water Quality for Wildland Managers Laboratory    
WR440 Watershed Problem Analysis Instructor Varies  
WR474 Snow Hydrology Dr. Steven Fassnacht  
WR486 Watershed Practicum Instructor Varies  
WR575 Snow Hydrology Field Methods Dr. Steven Fassnacht  

Warner College of Natural Resources Courses
Course Title Instructor Syllabus
F311 Forest Ecology Dr. Monique Rocca  
NR322 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Dr. Randall Boone  
NR/GR 323 Remote Sensing Dr. Michael Falkowski
Dr. Michael Lefsky
NR353 Global Change Ecology, Impacts, and Mitigation Dr. Julia Klein  

Additional Courses
Course Title Instructor Syllabus
LIFE320 Ecology Instructor Varies