SEMESTER 1: FALL
COURSEWORK ON CAMPUS AT CSU (AUGUST-DECEMBER)
Systems Thinking and Biodiversity, NR 564, 3 credits
Explores a variety of issues related to the conservation of biological diversity and examines the characteristics of social-ecological systems
Conservation Governance, NR 541, 2 credits
Engages interdisciplinary scholarship across the social sciences to critically examine contemporary governance theories and practices relating to natural resource conservation
Ecosystem Services, NR 562, 3 credits
Examines the linked ecological, economic, and institutional challenges towards better characterizing the contribution of ecosystem services to human well-being
Conservation Leadership, NR 549A, 3 credits
Delves into the concepts, needs and challenges of conservation leadership, such as inter-disciplinary understanding, leading groups and facilitating discussions
Spatial Methods, NR 544D, 1 credit
Focuses on open source resources for community interaction, engagement and the creation of a storymap
SEMESTER 2: SPRING
COURSEWORK ON CAMPUS AT CSU (JANUARY-MAY)
Collaborative Conservation, NR 543B, 3 credits
Covers the theoretical and practical aspects of collaborative conservation pulling from the extensive knowledge of the Center for Collaborative Conservation representatives
Multi-level Views of Conservation, NR 545, 3 credits
Examines how factors related to culture, development and institutions influence the shape and fabric of natural resource management and environmental conservation across multiple scales
Conservation Field Methods, NR 544E, 3 credits
Provides an overview of research methods used in the field of conservation and an introduction to a variety of methods that may be useful for capstone projects and future efforts
Conservation Leadership, NR 549B, 3 credits
Explores the business, management, and communication aspects of conservation practice and leadership
Note: Conservation Leadership course syllabi subject to change each year. The provided syllabi are only intended as examples.
SEMESTER 3: SUMMER
ONSITE CAPSTONE PROJECT WORK (JUNE-SEPTEMBER)
NR 568: Conservation Leadership Capstone, 6 credits
SEMESTER 4: FALL
COMPLETE CAPSTONE PROJECT AND GRADUATE (OCTOBER-DECEMBER)
Continuous Registration, CR, 0 credits
If needed, you can enroll for an extra semester to finalize and present your project.
During the two semesters of coursework on campus, students participate in a number of experiential and project-based activities.
In some weeks, students forego regular class sessions and are immersed in a specific conservation issue, looking at the conservation issue from multiple perspectives. Students meet with experts and stakeholders to acquire important skills and view conservation issues from multiple perspectives. Immersion weeks include visits to conservation project sites, talks from conservation practitioners, workshops, group work, and student presentations.
Most Fridays have field activities or workshops to complement the curriculum and provide opportunities to interact with conservation practitioners and develop new skills.