Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Minors

The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship offers five minors that students can take. Students who are in the department and students who are not may add these minors to complement and balance their major.


The minor in forestry provides students with the opportunity to obtain exposure to forest sciences. It provides insight into the management of forested lands and is particularly appropriate for students majoring in other natural resource disciplines or natural sciences.

Other departments at Colorado State offer over 50 additional minors in topics ranging from anthropology to zoology. Students pursuing an undergraduate degree in the Forestry Major have the option of selecting any of these minors. However, students majoring in Forestry cannot also minor in Forestry.

Ecological Restoration

The Ecological Restoration Minor allows students in related majors to gain knowledge of the science and art of restoring ecosystems. This background is especially valuable to students who will be working in the various natural resource management fields. Since the prevalence of damaged, degraded or destroyed ecosystems is likely to increase in the future, restoration will be imperative for transforming these lands to once again provide ecosystem services.

Students in the Restoration Ecology Major cannot add this minor to their program of study.

Range Ecology

The Rangeland Ecology minor allows students in related majors to develop expertise in rangeland science. This background is especially valuable to students who will be managing rangelands from the viewpoint of wildlife, recreation, watershed, the livestock industry, or other user perspectives.

Students in the Rangeland Ecology Major cannot add this minor to their program of study.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Conservation Biology

Conservation Biology is a scientific discipline and management context that deals with the diversity of life in ecosystems. Humans have tremendous effects on other species and ecosystems on Earth, and Conservation Biology considers these effects, and how our impacts can be altered to sustain diverse and healthy ecosystems.

Conservation Biology encompasses a wide range of biological sciences such as genetics, evolution, and physiology, as well as a wide range of ecological sciences such as biodiversity, competition, predator/prey relations, and long-term dynamics.

This university-wide undergraduate minor addresses contemporary environmental issues that deal with biological diversity and prepares students to play an active role in the maintenance of biological diversity

The Interdisciplinary minor in Conservation Biology in the College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University is a minor that can be included with a wide range of majors to form a strong Bachelor’s Degree program.