Our RAPcourses and activities focus on the Environment and Natural Sciences. This program is ideal for students who see the importance of scientific awareness in their daily lives and career paths. Our RAP inspires students to connect with nature and see the intrinsic value of the natural world. It challenges students to understand the complex biotic and physical interactions in the environment and to become mindful of the impact of humans on the future of life on earth. Intellectual development in environmental issues, health sciences, wildlife biology, sustainability and stewardship are emphasized. Students in diverse majors including all of CU's Biology departments, Environmental Studies, Geology, Chemistry, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Environmental Design, History, and Philosophy bring different perspectives to the RAP classroom.
Extracurricular activities, run by staff and faculty associated with the program, include a variety of outdoor experiences, such as rock climbing, mountain climbing, snowshoeing, and backpacking Additionally, field trips to a working gold mine, the Denver zoo and aquarium, and geological/paleontological sites are also offered. We are initiating a new marine science program that will offer classes in both Tropical Marine Ecology and Oceanography. These activities are designed to foster an appreciation of natural phenomena, to help students to understand the complex biotic and physical interactions in the natural environment and to gain an appreciation for their place in the natural world and the impact of humans on the future of life on earth.
The Environment and Natural Sciences RAP offers a living-learning environment in which students both live and take classes in the same building. This arrangement fosters a sense of community within an academic context, helps students identify with an academic and residence “family”, and eases the transition to university life. The Environment and Natural Sciences RAP offers challenging and engaging freshman and sophomore courses, averaging 20 students in size, that are taught by dedicated faculty who love teaching. RAP classes differ from those taught in the ‘major’ departments in that they are very small, they offer direct experiential activities, and they are much more interactive than large lectures. Our students feel that faculty know them and care for them. Explore our website and contact us if you have any questions (303-492-3188).