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.
Ecosystem Science and Sustainability – Bachelor of Science (Effective Spring 2021)
Ecosystem Science and Sustainability – Bachelor of Science (Prior to Spring 2021)
Ecosystem Science and Sustainability – Major Elective List (Effective Spring 2021)
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.)
Ecosystem Science and Sustainability – Honors Track 1 (Prior to Fall 2018)
Ecosystem Science and Sustainability – Honors Track 1 (NEW and Effective Fall 2018)
Ecosystem Science and Sustainability – Honors Track 2 (Prior to Fall 2018)
Ecosystem Science and Sustainability – Honors Track 2 (NEW and Effective Fall 2018)
Watershed Science – Honors Track 1 (Prior to Fall 2018)
Watershed Science – Honors Track 1 (NEW and Effective Fall 2018)
Watershed Science – Honors Track 2 (Prior to Fall 2018)
Watershed Science – Honors Track 2 (NEW and Effective Fall 2018)
Departmental Professional Development and Engagement
All Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and Watershed Science majors in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability (ESS) are required to complete a Professional Development and Engagement requirement in their degree program.
Watershed Science students must enroll in NR 220* Natural Resource Ecology and Measurements. Optionally, those Watershed Science 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.
Ecosystem Science and Sustainability students must complete one of the four options below, and as outlined in the ESS curriculum:
NR 220* Natural Resource Ecology & Measurements (5 credits)
ESS 487** Internship (5 credits)
ESS SUPER Program (ESS 220/ESS 221/ESS298, 5 credits total)
Department-Approved Study Abroad Program
*For those planning to complete NR 220, please visit the CSU Mountain Campus website for up-to-date information on summer course offerings.
**Students who wish to participate in an internship should make an appointment with Kaye Holman to learn more
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 120||Introduction to Ecosystem and Watershed Sciences||Steven Fassnacht, Monique Rocca||Syllabus|
|ESS 129||Information Management for Sustainability||Steven Fassnacht||Syllabus|
|ESS 130||Introduction to Systems Theory for Sustainability||John Moore||Syllabus|
|ESS/ANTH 150||Imagining Sustainability||David Bunn||Syllabus|
|ESS/GR 210||Physical Geography||Wei Gao||Syllabus|
|ESS 220||Skills for Ecological Research I||Stacy Lynn||Syllabus|
|ESS 221||Skills for Ecological Research II||Stacy Lynn|
|ESS 311||Ecosystem Ecology||Ed Hall||Syllabus|
|ESS 312||Sustainability Science||Melissa McHale||Syllabus|
|ESS 320||Internship and Career Preparation||Kaye Holman||Syllabus|
|ESS 330||Quantitative Reasoning for Ecosystem Science||Various||Syllabus|
|ESS 365||Global Climate Justice||Gillian Bowser||Syllabus|
|ESS 400||Global Perspectives on Sustainability||Gillian Bowser||Syllabus|
|ESS 401||Sustainability of Park and Protected Places||Gillian Bowser||Syllabus|
|ESS 411||Earth Systems Ecology||Daniela Cusack||Syllabus|
|ESS 412||Sustainable Cities||Melissa McHale||Syllabus|
|ESS 430A||Communities and Conservation in South Africa||David Bunn, Melissa McHale|
|ESS/MIP 432||Microbial Ecology||Ed Hall||Syllabus|
|ESS 440||Practicing Sustainability||Julia Klein, Robin Reid|
|ESS/BZ 474||Limnology||Ed Hall||Syllabus|
|ESS 486||Ecosystem Practicum||Various||Syllabus|
|ESS 487||Internship||Kaye Holman||Syllabus|
|NR 322||Introduction to GIS||Elizabeth Tulanowski||Syllabus|
|NR/GR 323||Remote Sensing of Natural Resources||Michael Lefsky|
|NR 426||Programming for GIS I||Elizabeth Tulanowski||Syllabus|
|NR 427||Programming for GIS II||Elizabeth Tulanowski||Syllabus|
|NR 493||Seminar on GIS and Remote Sensing Applications||Elizabeth Tulanowski||Syllabus|
|WR/GR 204 (formerly WR/GR 304)||Sustainable Watersheds||Various||Syllabus|
|WR 406||Seasonal Snow Environments||Steven Fassnacht||Syllabus|
|WR 416||Land Use Hydrology||Stephanie Kampf||Syllabus|
|WR 417||Watershed Measurements||Tim Covino||Syllabus|
|WR 418||Land Use and Water Quality||Matt Ross||Syllabus|
|WR 419||Water Quality Lab||Matt Ross|
|WR 440||Watershed Problem Analysis||Tim Covino, Stephanie Kampf||Syllabus|
|WR 474||Snow Hydrology||Steven Fassnacht||Syllabus|
|WR 486||Watershed Practicum||Various||Syllabus|