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
The Department offers two undergraduate degree programs and a minor program of study. Learn more about these programs on our Undergraduate Degree Tracks page. Below you will find our curriculum checklists and supporting documents with degree elective options.
Honors Scholars Checklists
Honors Scholars (Track 1 or Track 2) have modified requirements in our degree programs and follow separate checklists. (Please visit the CSU University Honors Program for information on how to apply to be an Honors Scholar.)
CSU Mountain Campus Summer Field Course (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:
- Composition Placement Challenge and Re-evaluation Essay – related to CO 130 and CO 150 Requirements
- BUS 150 Challenge Exam – for BUS 150 Business Computing Concepts and Applications
ESS Course Offerings
The following courses are taught by Ecosystem Science and Sustainability faculty. Refer to the CSU General Catalog for additional information and course descriptions.
|ESS 130||System Theory and Information Management||John Moore|
|ESS/GR 210||Physical Geography||Michael Lefsky|
|ESS 211||Foundations of Ecosystem Science||Randall Boone, Dennis Ojima||Syllabus|
|ESS 220||Skills for Ecological Research I||Stacy Lynn|
|ESS 221||Skills for Ecological Research II||Stacy Lynn|
|ESS 311||Ecosystem Ecology||Julia Klein, Matt Wallenstein||Syllabus|
|ESS 330||Quantitative Reasoning for Ecosystem Science||Cameron Aldridge, Michael Lefsky||Syllabus|
|ESS 400||Sustainability and Ecosystem Science||Gillian Bowser||Syllabus|
|ESS 411||Earth Systems Ecology||John Moore, Dennis Ojima||Syllabus|
|ESS 440||Practicing Sustainability||Julia Klein, Robin Reid|
|ESS 486||Ecosystem Practicum||Various|
|NR 322||Introduction to GIS||Randall Boone||Syllabus|
|NR/GR 323||Remote Sensing of Natural Resources||Michael Falkowski, Michael Lefsky|
|WR/GR 304||Sustainable Watersheds||Various||Syllabus|
|WR 406||Seasonal Snow Environments||Steven Fassnacht|
|WR 416||Land Use Hydrology||Stephanie Kampf||Syllabus|
|WR 417||Watershed Measurements||Tim Covino|
|WR 418||Land Use and Water Quality||TBD|
|WR 419||Water Quality Lab||TBD|
|WR 440||Watershed Problem Analysis||Various||Syllabus|
|WR 474||Snow Hydrology||Steven Fassnacht|
|WR 486||Watershed Practicum||Various||Syllabus|
|WR 492||Seminar: Issues in Hydrology||Steven Fassnacht||Syllabus|