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Environment and Natural Resources

Sample Classes You Might Take:

  • Plants and Society
  • Arctic and Alpine Ecology
  • Ecological Perspectives on Global Change
  • Race, Class, and Pollution Politics
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Snow Hydrology
  • Geology of Colorado
  • Water Chemistry
  • Introduction to Applied Ecology

"My favorite classes have been Air Pollution Control and Environmental Sampling. Air Pollution Control was a class where I felt like I was practicing what Air Pollution/Air Quality Engineers actually do. We had a semester-long project in which we had to implement various air quality control devices to a power plant and do all the necessary calculations and designs. Environmental Sampling actually got me certified to access any level of hazardous waste site in the nation. The class taught me sampling techniques that are used in the field that would be applicable to my Environmental Remediation emphasis."

- Liz McNichols, Environmental Engineering

Do you want to help preserve the world’s beauty and ecological health? Want to learn how to use natural resources in the most efficient and green manner? As we surpass the seven billion population mark, we have to focus on environmental sustainability. Those who want to do so can prepare for a career in wildlife biology, environmental law, natural resource policy, or environmental conservation.

At CU-Boulder...

  • Degrees in the environmental studies program draw on courses and expertise from more than 30 participating departments, centers, and other units on campus, emphasizing the earth and natural sciences, as well as the social sciences and humanities. Students can also take advantage of many opportunities for "real-world" learning, including internships for class credit.

  • The Baker Residential Academic Program and Sustainable By Design are two of the Residential Academic Programs (RAPs) at CU-Boulder that provide students with a shared learning and living experience in a community setting. Baker offers lectures, field trips and research opportunities for freshmen and sophomores interested in the natural or environmental sciences. The Sustainable by Design Residential Academic Program provides students the opportunity to live in a creative, sustainable living environment while earning academic credit for their degree.

  • Located at 9,500 feet in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the Mountain Research Station (MRS) is an interdisciplinary facility of the Institute of Artic and Alpine Research providing research and educational opportunities. MRS field courses provide students a hands-on field research experience.

Programs and Majors

Program in Environmental Design

Architecture Studies
Design Studies
Landscape Studies
Planning Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Environmental Studies (Environmental Science or Society & Policy tracks) 
Geography (optional areas of concentration: physical geography, human geography, environment-society relations, geographic information science; certificate in hydrology)
Geology (optional areas of concentration: environmental geoscience, geophysics)

Minor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences , Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, or Geography

Certificate in Energy Studies or Hydrology

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Civil Engineering, concentrations in:

  • Construction engineering and management
  • Environmental engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Water resource engineering

Environmental Engineering, concentrations in:

  • Water resources management and treatment
  • Air quality
  • Ecology
  • Remediation
  • Chemical processing
  • Energy