Our students apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and in a variety of field experiences unmatched by any program in the country. Among the courses offered are:
- Courses taught by HDNR Faculty
- Partners With Professionals Internship Program
- Study Abroad
- CSU Mountain Campus
- CSU Wildlands Course / Manejo de Areas Protegidas
NR 120 Environmental Conservation
NR 220 Natural Resource Ecology and Measurements
Course Description: Ecology of Rocky Mountains ecosystems. Basic measurements and integrated management of natural resources.
NR 310 Ecosystem Services and Human Well-Being
Course Description: Life-supporting and life-fulfilling benefits that nature provides to humans; theory, case studies, and policy.
NR 375 Environment and Natural Resources Leadership
Course Description: Environment and natural resources leadership history, skills, and styles. Creation of leadership path and organization prescriptions.
NR 382B Travel Abroad: Social-Ecological Field Methods in Belize
Course Description: Social and ecological field methods commonly used in natural resource management.
NR 387 Internship I
Course Description: Preparation for field experience in natural resources management.
NR 440 Applications in Conservation Planning
Course Description: Conservation planning method applications that integrate natural resources by conservation organizations and government agencies.
NR 510 Ecosystem Services: Theory and Practice
Course Description: Theory and application of ecosystem services drawing upon ecological, economic, and institutional analysis.
NR 541 Conservation Policy, Finance, and Governance
Course Description: Overview of conservation policy, finance and governance issues at the local, national, and international levels.
NR 543B Catalyzing Change: Collaborative Conservation
Course Description: Collaborative communication theories, methods and tools to effectively create change in the field of conservation.
NR 544D Conservation Methods: Spatial Information
NR 544E Conservation Methods: Integrative Field Work
NR 545B Multilevel Views: Society and Conservation- Global
Course Description: Myriad and often opposing views of societal and environmental problems across cultures and across scales.
NR 549A Conservation and Systems Leadership
Course Description: Conservation leadership development by exposure to leadership models, theories, case studies, assessments and trainings.
NR 549B Conservation and Systems Leadership: Field
Course Description: Effective environmental leadership across cultures through exposure to leadership models, theories, case studies, assessments and trainings.
NR 562 Ecosystem Services in a Changing World
Course Description: Understanding of ecosystem services and global change.
NR 564 Systems Thinking and Biodiversity
Course Description: Social-ecological systems and the implication of social-ecological systems thinking for biological diversity conservation efforts.
Course Description: Tools and strategies used by managers in parks and protected areas.
NRRT 262 Principles of Environmental Communication
Course Description: Principles of environmental communication, education, and interpretation for managing natural and cultural resources.
NRRT 270 Principles of Natural Resource Tourism
Course Description: Tourism and private commercial outdoor recreation industry in America.
NRRT 301 Conservation Leadership
Course Description: Approaches to conservation leadership.
NRRT 320 International Issues-Recreation and Tourism
Course Description: History, development, and preservation of international parks, preserves, tourist and historical sites.
NRRT 321 Travel Abroad-Marine Ecotourism-Bahamas
Course Description: Environmental and socio-cultural aspects of marine ecotourism in the Bahamas.
NRRT 330 Social Aspects of Natural Resource Management
Course Description: Conceptual frameworks of human dimension research and its application to resource management decisions.
NRRT 340 Principles in Conservation Planning and Mgmt
Course Description: Social, economic, legal, and ecological concepts that shape planning and management frameworks within conservation.
NRRT 350 Wilderness Leadership
Course Description: Practical and philosophical aspects of wilderness usage including safety, group dynamics, and backcountry skills.
NRRT 351 Wilderness Instructors
Course Description: Preparation to safely lead and instruct groups in outdoor wilderness programs; further refine skills including judgement and leadership.
NRRT 362 Environmental Conflict Management
Course Description: Theoretical, critical and practical approaches to negotiation, mediation and conflict management strategies related to natural resources.
NRRT 372 Tourism Promotion
Course Description: Planning, development, and implementation of marketing programs specifically applied to the recreation, travel, and tourism industries.
NRRT 376 Human Dimensions Research and Analysis
Course Description: Application of human dimensions (recreation) research and analysis techniques to natural resource issues.
NRRT 384 Supervised College Teaching
NRRT 400 Environmental Governance
Course Description: Theory and practice of prevalent environmental governance approaches in diverse social and environmental contexts.
NRRT 401 Collaborative Conservation
Course Description: Guiding principles and practices for effectively engaging stakeholders in conservation issues and management.
NRRT 431 Protected Areas, Working Lands, Livelihoods
Course Description: Management practices of protected areas and working lands that work at the interface of ecological, human, and economic dimensions.
NRRT 440 Applications in Environmental Communication
Course Description: Application of tools and techniques for communicating to audiences about issues related to conservation, environment and sustainability.
NRRT 442 Tourism Planning
Course Description: Planning for regional tourism resources and programs.
NRRT 460 Event and Conference Planning
Course Description: Foundation in planning, organizing, and producing special events and conferences. Functions and strategies necessary for effective event management.
NRRT 463 Non-Profit Administration in Conservation
Course Description: Role of NGOs in protected-area management and conservation education; models for development, including grant writing, in conservation.
NRRT 470 Tourism Impacts
Course Description: Social, cultural, physical, and economic impacts of tourism; techniques for assessing impacts.
NRRT 471 Starting and Managing Tourism Enterprise
Course Description: Aspects of starting and managing a tourism enterprise.
NRRT 473 Ski Area Management
Course Description: Ski area management; history and trends, ski area operations, human resource management, environmental issues, liability, resort planning and design.
NRRT 487 Internship
NRRT 495A Independent Study: Administration
NRRT 495B Independent Study:Management
NRRT 495C Independent Study:Interpretation
NRRT 505 Environmental Education History and Theory
Course Description: History and theories, planning and instruction; outcomes, historical events; ecological literacy; experiential learning models.
NRRT 506 Methods in Environmental Education Research
Course Description: Research methods and designs; literature reviews, needs assessments and program evaluation of environmental education in informal settings.
NRRT 507 Environmental Education Planning
Course Description: Informal learning theory; evaluation models focused on education in informal settings such as nature centers, zoos, etc.
NRRT 508 Current Issues in Environmental Education
Course Description: Impact of current events, legislation, demographic changes, and other events on informal environmental education.
NRRT 509 Science Education in Informal Settings
Course Description: Theory, application of teaching environmental science in informal settings--nature centers, zoos, etc. Inquiry, safety, group management, experience.
NRRT 520 Perspectives on Ski Area Management
Course Description: Introduction to the history of skiing, the ski industry, and ski area management around the world.
NRRT 521 Sustainable Ski Area Management
Course Description: Examines sustainability issues that relate specifically to ski resort development and management.
NRRT 522 Ski Area Operations and Human Resources
Course Description: Examines ski area operations and services.
NRRT 523 Strategic Ski Area Marketing and Management
Course Description: Examines strategic management and marketing concepts within a ski area context.
NRRT 524 Ski Area Finance and Investment
Course Description: Examines finance and investment considerations relevant to ski area operations and management.
NRRT 525 Ski Area Planning and Development
Course Description: Examines the various planning and design considerations for ski area development and expansion.
NRRT 550 Ecotourism
Course Description: Concept of ecotourism, impacts associated with ecotourism, and role of education/interpretation in mitigating these impacts.
NRRT 565 Research-Human Dimensions Natural Resources
Course Description: Theory, research, literature review, hypothesis development, scientific writing, proposal development.
NRRT 600 Tourism Industry Concepts and Practices
Course Description: Primary conceptual issues on contemporary tourism important to comprehend the practice of tourism.
NRRT 601 Tourism Quantitative Analysis I
Course Description: Statistical techniques used by researchers to inform and support tourism decision-making.
NRRT 602 Tourism Quantitative Analysis II
Course Description: Explores the domestic and international sources of data and their applications for decision-making in tourism.
NRRT 605 Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Theory
Course Description: Application of theories and conceptual approaches from social sciences to study of recreation behavior and natural resource issues.
NRRT 610 Natural Resource Management and Tourism
Course Description: Connection between the management of tourism resources and the changing conditions of the natural world.
NRRT 615 Sustainable Tourism Development Foundation
Course Description: Theory, practice, history, terminology, and issues surrounding sustainable tourism development.
NRRT 620 Organizational Management in Tourism
Course Description: Concepts of organizational management in the context of tourism.
NRRT 625 Communication/Conflict Management in Tourism
Course Description: Negotiation tools for effective organizational communication/conflict management in tourism.
NRRT 650 Financial Management in Tourism
Course Description: Concepts in financial management applied to travel and tourism organizations.
NRRT 655 Tourism Marketing Concepts and Applications
Course Description: Marketing processes as they apply to travel and tourism.
NRRT 660 Law and Legal Liability in Tourism
Course Description: Concepts in legal liability and business law in the context of travel and tourism.
NRRT 662 Global Tourism Policy
Course Description: Major global policies, trends, and challenges facing the travel and tourism industry.
NRRT 665 Survey Research and Analysis
Course Description: Survey research, design, and analysis in human dimensions of natural resources.
NRRT 666 Qualitative Research
Course Description: Qualitative approaches to tourism research and techniques from a range of disciplinary backgrounds; methodological aspects.
NRRT 671 Strategic Management for Travel and Tourism
Course Description: Factors, tools, and techniques for strategic management of a travel and tourism business or organization.
NRRT 679A Current Topics in Nature Based Tourism
Course Description: Current topics in nature-based travel and tourism.
NRRT 679B Current Topics in Nature Based Tourism
Course Description: Current topics in nature-based travel and tourism.
NRRT 695A Independent Study: Administration
NRRT 695B Independent Study: Management
NRRT 695C Independent Study: Interpretation
NRRT 698 Research
NRRT 699 Thesis
NRRT 765 Applied Multivariate Analysis
Course Description: Application and interpretation of multivariate statistics to human dimensions in natural resources, recreation, and tourism.
NRRT 784 Supervised College Teaching
NRRT 798 Research
NRRT 799 Dissertation
Organizations such as the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, non-profit organizations, resorts, and local outfitters participate in the program. They give students the opportunity to work alongside experienced professionals who agree to help them understand the various aspects of agency operations.
This highly respected program helps to foster a mutually beneficial relationship between the university and host organizations. Students are provided with a means for integrating classroom theory with practical field applications. Students are required to complete the 1 credit NR 387 Internship Preparation course before doing their internship and enrolling in NRRT 487 Internship.
- NRRT 487 Internship Guide ( revised Spring 2017, 35 pages, formatted for 8.5" X 11", paginated for double-sided printing)
- Instructions for Writing Goal Statement
- Internship Approval & Justification Form
- NR 387 Internship Preparation
- NRRT 487 Orientation Report fillable form
or (970) 491-7393.
If you are a student and would like to schedule an appointment with Paul to discuss the internship requirement or to do some strategizing to find an internship, please go to http://paullayden.acuityscheduling.com .
The HDNR Department at CSU was the first to develop a study abroad program, and has sent over 1,200 of its students to study abroad over the past 35 years. There are a wide range of study abroad programs that are suited for HDNR majors throughout the world.
The Office of International Programs at Colorado State University offers many affordable exchange and study abroad programs specifically designed to address the interests of CSU students. In addition, there are many other study abroad programs, offered by study abroad organizations or other universities, in which CSU students can participate.
Study abroad advisers in the Office of International Programs can assist with finding study abroad programs that offer HDNR courses or field study.
To obtain more specific information on the various CSU programs and general steps to the process, go to http://www.studyabroad.colostate.edu.