Society in the early 21st century is facing multiple environmental grand challenges.

Achieving food and water security, sustaining biodiversity, creating vibrant urban and rural landscapes, and solving the climate crisis are defining issues of our time. The Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability mentors the leaders of tomorrow who will address these critical challenges.

Be the solution.

Our faculty conduct research on environmental solutions at the forefront of discovery and engage with leaders to put solutions into action. They bring these enriching experiences to students through our Professional Master’s Program in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability as well as Degree Programs in Ecosystem Sustainability and Watershed Science.

I am excited to prepare myself to implement solutions to our environmental challenges.

Our Professional Master’s Program in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability is designed to give you the knowledge, skills, and network to launch your career.

I want to become part of a research team searching for sustainable ecosystem and watershed breakthroughs.

Explore our Degree Programs in Ecosystem Sustainability and Watershed Science if you are driven by discovery and want to pursue a research career.

About the Department

The Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability is one of five academic departments in Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources, the most comprehensive natural resources college in the nation.

The Department brings together top faculty leading global research in ecosystem science and sustainability and watershed science. Students engage in field work, laboratory training, and technical instruction to examine and explore the sustainability of local, regional and global resources.

CSU’s campus is located along the Front Range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, providing students with unique access to a wide variety of ecosystems, such as alpine, subalpine, montane, foothills and shortgrass steppe, that serve as living classrooms for hands-on learning.

Graduates have a strong record of employment and acceptance to leading Ph.D. programs after graduation, with graduates holding positions in federal, state, and local natural resource agencies, consulting firms, nongovernmental organizations, industry, teaching, and research.

Learn in Fort Collins

Fort Collins blends education and industry, hard work and outdoor recreation, tradition and progress. If you’re looking for a college experience with the perfect fusion of culture, opportunity and adventure, Fort Collins is where you’ll find it.

Located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins provides extensive access to hundreds of miles of trails for biking and hiking, world-class fishing and rock climbing, and camping, all in an area with over 300 days of sun per year.