Undergraduate Student Resources
Each department handles advising a bit differently. In FRS we have two academic advisors, Erin Heim and Matt Brincka.
The advisor assignment for majors are as followed:
Forestry - Erin
Rangeland - Matt
Natural Resources Management - Erin and Matt
*During the Summer and Winter breaks all advising is by appointment only
Erin's Office: 121 Forestry Building
Erin's Phone: 970.491.4081
You can schedule an appointment with Matt Brincka by using this link: Not currently available
Matt's walk-in advising hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 1-3 and Tues, Thurs 9-11
*During the Summer and Winter breaks all advising is by appointment only
Matt's Office: 122 Forestry Building
Matt's Phone: 970-491-3751
Semester-by-semester course planning:
There are a variety of resources available to FRS students to help them plan what courses to take in future semesters. Here you will find semester-by-semester course calendars for all majors and a list of classes with days and times offered*
*Please note: Degree requirements do change. Discuss with your advisor requirements needed to complete your degree. These are tentative schedules. Course offerings (times, days, semesters) do change. Ultimately it is your responsibility to ensure your schedule is correct. Not all required classes are shown on these resources. Check footnotes and degree check sheets.
List of Class Times
Forest Fire Science
Rangeland - Restoration Ecology
Rangeland - Conservation & Management
Rangeland - Range & Forest Management
Natural Resources Management (Not currently available)
2. A complete listing of regularly offered courses is available on the Department website.
3. Additional information may be obtained from the professor teaching the course.
4. The CSU General Catalog contains short descriptions of all courses offered by the University (but not all courses are offered every term).
2.At the beginning of the semester you plan to graduate, you must sign your graduation contract. This form will be at the FRS Main Office (123 Forestry). You will know when it is time to pick it up because Erin has sent you an email telling you so.
3.As part of the requirements for graduation in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, every student must fill-out and submit to the FRS Main Office (123 Forestry) the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Exit Survey. The Exit Survey is here:
CASA, the Center for Advising and Student Achievement empowers students to explore and engage in their educational and personal purpose, within an inclusive community that supports learning and graduation. This includes key communities, orientation and transition programs, and undeclared advising. CASA also provides outreach and support programs in the form of information and connections to resources for populations that: • can yield higher retention (e.g. students struggling academically or who are close to graduating but not currently at Colorado State University).• have a specific university‐targeted need (e.g. former foster youth or students struggling academically).• are participating in a scholarship program (e.g. Daniels Fund Scholars, Daniels Opportunity Scholars, First Generation Award, Fostering Success Scholarship, Puksta Scholarship). CASA also hosts programs that support the University Retention Plan, such as: • Taking Stock at mid‐semester using MAP‐Works (Making Achievement Possible), a selfreflection survey and feedback tool followed by a critical conversation between students and Resident Assistants or Mentors. • U‐Turn, a one day resource fair and self‐assessment workshop, especially for students with a 'U' in a select class.
Health Education and Prevention Services, offered through the Colorado State University Health Network supports the health and well‐being of students through the identification of campus health priorities and delivery of relevant programs, services and multidisciplinary initiatives that enable students to accomplish their academic goals and enhance personal development. Using evidence‐based best practices, in collaboration with campus and community constituents, a holistic approach to health education and prevention is used for a diverse campus population. These practices involve opportunities to foster awareness and skills, as well as address the environmental context in which health behavior decisions are made. Focus areas include: • Alcohol and other drug prevention. • Mental health initiatives. • Nutrition and physical activity initiatives. • CREWS peer education. • Sexual health initiatives. • Tobacco cessation.
Adult Learner and Veteran Services is an office and lounge for students who feel they don't fit the typical college student profile. ALVS supports the academic success of adult learners and veterans, from their first semester at Colorado State University to graduation. ALVS strives to support adult learners who transfer to Colorado State University from two and four year schools; who return to finish a degree after being away from school for several years; and, who decide to pursue a degree after serving in the military or working in a professional career. We provide one‐on‐one consultations to get to know you; scholarships, textbook awards, and honor societies for adult learners and veterans; information and referrals about campus resources that offer services and programs that support adult learners and veterans; and, programs that facilitate transition to campus life.
The vision and mission of the University Counseling Center and the Colorado State University Health Network is to lead the university community toward a healthy campus that promotes student success by providing multidisciplinary healthcare to enhance all aspects of student well‐being. Both strive to promote the complete physical and mental health of the University student community by providing quality health care and comprehensive health education and prevention programming. In addition, the Health Network offers educational opportunities and training programs for all levels of health professionals. Through ongoing research, the Health Network evaluates programs and services and assesses student needs to meet our goal of continuous quality improvement.
WCNR Career Services is a satellite office of the CSU Career Center. Our mission is to assist WCNR students and alumni in all aspects of their career development process. One valuable resource which we strongly encourage our forestry students to use is the Career Center. Staffed by an experienced and dedicated Assistant Director and Career Center Liason, the center empowers students to pursue satisfying careers through the development of individualized career plans. Whether a student is just beginning his/her college experience or approaching graduation, the Career Center is available to help students every step of the way. In helping students, the Center works with a vast number of employers to help facilitate relationships that will lead to future employment for students and alumni. The Career Center provides a high level of guest services to all our clients: students, alumni, and employers. The Center offers many services to assist students in achieving career goals including: individual career counseling, career assessments, career and major exploration tools, resume/cover letter/personal statement development, interviewing skills development, mock interviews, job and internship postings, on campus‐interviews, developmental and career‐focused programming, and multiple career fairs each year.
The Transfer Orientation, Next Step, is optional for transfer students. The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship strive to make the transition to CSU a smooth one, with one‐on‐one advising, transfer guides designed for specific community colleges and much more. Colorado State University’s office of Admissions also has a transfer student center dedicated to transfer students.
TILT's Learning Programs are designed to enhance the educational experience of students at Colorado State University by enhancing academic skills, supporting work in courses, providing preparation for life after graduation, and offering enrichments that go beyond the classroom. TILT offers study groups, tutoring, academic skills workshops and much more.
The College offers more than 130 scholarships ranging from $450‐$5,000 specifically to students in Natural Resources; $30,409 in scholarships is available to students in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship specifically. Scholarships are available to entering freshman as well as
sophomore, junior and senior students. Criteria vary from merit to need‐based. Students are required to submit one letter of recommendation from individuals who know the student well and who can recommend the student based on their academic achievement, leadership abilities, activities and personal attributes, and ability to contribute to the Natural Resources industry. Incoming freshmen must provide a high school transcript.
The Live Green Community is an experience‐based learning community sponsored by the Warner College of Natural Resources, the School for Global Environmental Sustainability, and the College of Agricultural Sciences. It represents a core group of students who are interested in learning about sustainability through service experiences, encompassing preserving national parks, the production of organic and traditional foods, buying local foods, and understanding renewable energy and its footprint on natural landscapes. This community emphasizes the complexity of sustainable living through class projects and interactions with communities and professional leaders in sustainability. The community requires student to enroll in GES 101, Foundations of Environmental Sustainability, and one credit of independent study for a sustainability based service project. Two examples of additional events the Live Green Community participates in are: On September 16, 2009, Live Green students attended a University alumni event in Denver for a discussion of the effect of mountain pine beetle (including the pine bark beetle) on Colorado. A panel of specialists answered questions from the audience. On February 28, 2010, Live Green students helped to burn slash piles at the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch with members of the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship and the Colorado State Forest Service.
The Academic Advancement Center (a Student Support Services Program) has served over 6,500 students on the Colorado State University
campus since its arrival on campus in 1978. The Center is funded by a primary grant from the U.S. Department of Education, with additional funds for operations, tutoring, and for direct grants to students from the University. A grant from FirstBank Community Fund of Colorado also allows for
enrichment of programs. As one of the 946 federally‐funded TRIO (through a grant competition, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education) Student Support Services programs in the nation, the Academic Advancement Center’s mission is to help low‐income, first‐generation college students, foster youth, and students with disabilities to stay in college until they earn their baccalaureate degrees.
Resources for Disabled Students (RDS) has helped facilitate the educational pursuits of students who have disabilities by coordinating a variety of services. These services support the unique academic needs of permanently and temporarily disabled students. Asone of the Student Diversity Programs and Services offices on campus, RDS also works to ensure policies, procedures and practices within the university environment do not discriminate against students because they have a disability. RDS has the authority to verify and confirm the eligibility of students with disabilities for the majority of accommodations on campus. While some accommodations may be provided by other departments, a student is not automatically eligible for those accommodations unless his/her disability can be verified and the need for the accommodation confirmed, either through RDS or
through acceptable means defined by the particular department (e.g. Parking Services). Faculty and staff may consult with RDS whenever there is doubt as to the appropriateness of an accommodative request by a student with a disability. The goal of RDS is to normalize disability as part of the culture of diversity on campus. The characteristic of having a disability simply provides the basis of the support that is available to students. The goal is to ensure students with disabilities have the opportunity to be as successful as they have the capability to be.
Independent study is a type of learning that supplements regular, supervised classroom instruction by permitting the student to carry such learning even further, working independently under necessary and sufficient guidance of a supervising instructor. While the details of each independent study project are negotiated by the student and instructor.
All undergraduate students in the Natural Resource Management and Forestry majors are required to complete acceptable professional work experience prior to graduation. This requirement provides students with the opportunity to prepare for beginning work experience, gain exposure to their chosen field, work towards career goals, gain valuable references needed for future employment, and increase their likelihood of employment after graduation. The student's advisor must approve a plan of proposed field experience and approve acceptable completion of the experience. This requirement may be met through summer/seasonal/school semester employment in natural resource management in a variety of ways, including: -paid summer jobs -an approved internship (can receive credit under F 487) -volunteer positions -work study experience (in some cases)
Acceptable work experience includes (but is not limited to) working for federal, state, non-governmental, private, and university organizations that research or manage natural resources, or are responsible for public policy or public relations related to natural resources, etc. (please see your advisor for more information).
Wondering how long it will take you to finish your degree? What if I change my major or add a minor/concentration- will that put me behind? Use this paper in conjunction with the check-sheet for your major and/or minor to plan-out required coursework.
When a class you would like or need to take is full, there are a few things you can do. It can be frustrating, but often students are able to get into the classes they’d like if you are just patient and persistent. The first thing you should do is get yourself on the waitlist. Students may sign up for this when they attempt to register for a section that has reached its capacity. The waitlist feature for classes with multiple components is carried in the component with the smallest capacity (typically this is the lab or recitation section instead of the lecture). The first student on the ARIES Registration Waitlist is notified via email (or via text message IF the student has requested this feature) when a space becomes available. This student then has 24 hours to register for the section. If the student does not register for the section within the 24 hour timeframe, he/she will be dropped from the ARIES Registration Waitlist for that section and the next student on the list will be notified. **You must meet prerequisite requirements to be able to register on the waitlist – you may still need to contact the instructor for a prerequisite override just to be able to get on the waitlist. Learn more from Registration Waitlist FAQ handout.