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Submission Date Feb. 7, 2017
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Colorado State University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

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3.00 / 3.00 Tonie Miyamoto
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for undergraduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Ecosystem Science and Sustainability; Warner College of Natural Resources

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The Ecosystem Science and Sustainability degree program provides students with the knowledge and ability to integrate the latest science into real-world decision making. Our affiliation with CSU's Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, with a 45-year history of world-class ecosystem research, gives undergraduate students opportunities to gain hands-on research experience while developing solutions to today’s most pressing challenges.

Students in ESS learn about the challenges humans face in sustainably managing ecosystem services, the amazing ways in which organisms interact with their environments to form complex ecosystems, and cutting-edge integrative solutions for sustainability.

Students begin their degree with core courses that build a strong foundation in the physical and natural sciences. Courses in ecosystem science put that core understanding into the context of natural resources, with coursework in the classroom, laboratory, and field.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Fish, Wildlife & Conservation Biology; Warner College of Natural Resources

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):

Wildlife rules in this major with three concentrations; Wildlife Biology, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and Conservation Biology.

We were the first academic program to emphasize the importance of incorporating public input and two-way communication in decision-making for wildlife policy. Our program has an international reputation for developing new quantitative methods in applied ecology and conservation biology. Results of these initiatives have often had important policy implications. Our faculty have worked to re-mediate the toxic effects of mining wastes, pesticides, and other contaminants in aquatic and terrestrial habitats and food webs.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Natural Resources Management; Warner College of Natural Resources

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):

This degree allows students to gain a broad education in the Natural Resources through diverse coursework from all four departments. Students specialize by choosing from one of Warner College of Natural Resources' (WCNR) 7 minors or from the 60+ minors available at CSU.

The goal of the natural resources management major is to provide students with a broad-based understanding of the interconnectedness of social, political, and ecological systems. This knowledge will enable students to design sustainable solutions to address natural resource conservation and management problems. Students will learn about natural resource stewardship in both theory and practice, with an eye toward designing systems that are adaptable and resilient in light of the social and ecological complexity and change that characterize today’s challenges.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program(s):

The School of Global Environmental Sustainably lists 19 undergraduate majors at CSU which are focused on various aspects of sustainability:
http://sustainability.colostate.edu/education/csu-programs-undergraduate-students


Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Interdiciplinary Minor in Organic Agriculture

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:

This program is for agriculture and horticulture students considering a career in organic food production, or for any student concerned about the environmental and sociological impacts of conventional agricultural practices and interested in alternative approaches.

Organic food and fiber production without the use of synthetic pesticides or chemical fertilizers is the fastest-growing sector of the agricultural industry, fueled by consumer demand in both North America and Europe. The Interdisciplinary Studies Program in Organic Agriculture at Colorado State University provides a unique opportunity to study the science of organic production.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Ecological Restoration Minor; Warner College of Natural Resources

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

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.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Minor in Global Environmental Sustainability; School of Global Environmental Sustainability

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

The Global Environmental Sustainability Minor offers students in every department a curriculum that enhances their major with an understanding of the issues of sustainability and provides students with the tools to bring sustainability into their career paths.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused undergraduate minors, concentrations and certificates:

There are at least seven sustainability-focused minors at Colorado State University.:
http://sustainability.colostate.edu/education/csu-programs-undergraduate-students


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