Degree Tracks

Transfer Students
Please visit the CSU Registrar's website or FRS Advising.
Are you a student at Front Range Community College, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Mountain College or Red Rocks Community College?  Please review our transfer guides.

The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship offers 4 undergratuate majors:

7 Areas of Concentration
  • Conservation and Management
  • Forest Biology
  • Forest Management
  • Forest Fire Science
  • Forestry Business
  • Range and Forest Management
  • Restoration Ecology
5 Minors
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Forestry
  • Interdisciplinary Minor in Conservation Biology
  • Range Ecology
  • Spatial Information Management
     
Forestry Major

The forestry program provides high quality education in forestry and related disciplines; develops knowledge through scholarly endeavors; and disseminates information to the profession, the public, and the community through service and outreach. This focus on forestry extends into the broader arena of natural resources and environmental sciences through collaboration across the college and university.

Of this curriculum, only Forest Biology, Forestry Management and Forest Fire Science are accredited by the Society of American Foresters. Forestry Business is not certified by SAF.

The concentration in forest fire science is certified by the Association for Fire Ecology's Wildland Fire Academic Program Certification

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Natural Resources Management Major

The goal of the natural resources management major is to provide students with a broad-based understanding of the interconnectedness of social, political, and ecological systems. This knowledge will enable students to design sustainable solutions to address natural resource conservation and management problems. Students will learn about natural resource stewardship in both theory and practice, with an eye toward designing systems that are adaptable and resilient in light of the social and ecological complexity and change that characterize today’s challenges. 

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Rangeland Ecology Major

The Rangeland Ecology undergraduate program emphasizes interdisciplinary study of, and research on, the world's rangelands. These rangelands occupy nearly 50 percent of the earth's land surface and consist of natural grasslands, savannas, shrublands, riparian areas, deserts, tundra, alpine communities, and coastal marshes.

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Minors
Ecological Restoration Minor
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The Ecological Restoration Minor allows students in related majors to gain knowledge of the science and art of restoring ecosystems. This background is especially valuable to students who will be working in the various natural resource management fields. Since the prevalence of damaged, degraded or destroyed ecosystems is likely to increase in the future, restoration will be imperative for transforming these lands to once again provide ecosystem services.

Forestry Minor
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The minor in forestry provides students with the opportunity to obtain exposure to forest sciences. It provides insight into the management of forested lands and is particularly appropriate for students majoring in other natural resource disciplines or natural sciences.

Other departments at Colorado State offer over 50 additional minors in topics ranging from anthropology to zoology. Students pursuing an undergraduate degree in the Forestry Major have the option of selecting any of these minors. However, students majoring in Forestry cannot also minor in Forestry.

Interdisciplinary Studies Program in Conservation Biology
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Conservation Biology is a scientific discipline and management context that deals with the diversity of life in ecosystems. Humans have tremendous effects on other species and ecosystems on Earth, and Conservation Biology considers these effects, and how our impacts can be altered to sustain diverse and healthy ecosystems.

Conservation Biology encompasses a wide range of biological sciences such as genetics, evolution, and physiology, as well as a wide range of ecological sciences such as biodiversity, competition, predator/prey relations, and long-term dynamics.

This university-wide undergraduate minor addresses contemporary environmental issues that deal with biological diversity and prepares students to play an active role in the maintenance of biological diversity

The Interdisciplinary minor in Conservation Biology in the College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University is a minor that can be included with a wide range of majors to form a strong Bachelor's Degree program.

Interested in which courses count towards a major and a minor (double-count) in NRM, Forestry or Rangeland Ecology? See this handy guide.

To declare the Interdisciplinary Studies Program in Conservation Biology, visit the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship office in room 123 of the Forestry building to pick up the form.

Range Ecology
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The Rangeland Ecology minor allows students in related majors to develop expertise in rangeland science. This background is especially valuable to students who will be managing rangelands from the viewpoint of wildlife, recreation, watershed, the livestock industry, or other user perspectives. 
 
Spatial Information Management Minor
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The minor in Spatial Information Management provides students with fundamental geospatial skills in natural resource management. Geographic information systems, global positioning systems, and remote sensing are key tools for the workforce of the 21st Century.

This minor is designed for students desiring to gain technical skills and to increase their employment potential in an applied area. The SIMs minor has a broad interdisciplinary appeal due to the ability to adapt and use these technologies in many disciplines.

For Undergraduate Advising -OR- to Add/Change to a Major/Minor in FRS

The FRS Undergraduate Program Coordinator serves all students assisting them with university processes and paperwork and handling general advising questions as well as providing class selection assistance, career planning advice and related academic functions. Each student is also assigned to faculty mentor to guide them in areas of professional development and career exploration.

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