Office in Johnson Hall, Room 119

Coordinated by the CSU Water Center in partnership with the School of Global Environmental Sustainability.

Water is a complex, interdisciplinary topic that is critical to our economic, societal, and environmental well-being. Issues surrounding water supply, water quality, and ecological relationships have become increasingly important in Colorado, the American West, and internationally as water demands increase. The complexity of these issues and competition among various water users demands that students interested in pursuing careers in water gain a broad introduction to the issues while specializing in a particular discipline.

Colorado State University has developed considerable water resources expertise in many academic fields over the past century. The Sustainable Water Interdisciplinary Minor (SWIM) requires 21 credits and a minimum of 12 upper-division (300- 400-level) courses which allow undergraduates to take advantage of this expertise and broaden their backgrounds regarding water resources in order to prepare for employment or graduate-level work.

Effective Fall 2016

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

Core Courses9
Issues in Environmental Economics (GT-SS1)
Water Law, Policy, and Institutions
Sustainable Watersheds
Select a minimum of 6 credits from the following Foundation course groups:
Select no more than one course from the following:
Basic Concepts of Plant Life (GT-SC2)
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)
Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)
Introduction to Fishery Biology
Biology of Organisms-Animals and Plants
Select no more than one course from the following:
Chemistry in Context (GT-SC2)
Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)
General Chemistry II
Select no more than one course from the following:
Physical Geography
Introduction to Geography (GT-SS2)
Select no more than one course from the following:
Foundations in Ecosystem Science
Ecosystem Ecology
Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)
Select no more than one course from the following:
Exploring Earth - Physical Geology (GT-SC2)
The Blue Planet - Geology of Our Environment (GT-SC2)
Geology of Natural Resources (GT-SC2)
Physical Geology for Scientists and Engineers
Select no more than one course from the following:
Physics of Everyday Phenomena (GT-SC2)
General Physics I (GT-SC1)
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)
Select a minimum of 6 credits from the following Context courses:
Sociological-Economic Context
World Interdependence-Population and Food (GT-SS3)
Environmental Economics
Sustainable Practice-Design and Construction 2
Literature of the Earth
Foundations of Environmental Sustainability
Writing About Science, Health, and Environment
Natural Resources History and Policy
Ethics of Sustainability
Environmental Ethics
U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy
Soc. of Environmental Cooperation & Conflict
Water, Society, and Environment
Ecological-Biological Context
Aquatic Vascular Plants
Marine Biology
Stream Biology and Ecology
Environmental Health - Water and Food Safety
Biology and Diversity of Fishes
Conservation of Fish in Aquatic Ecosystems
Landscape Irrigation and Water Conservation
Physical Context
Science of Global Climate Change
Basic Hydrology
Ecological Engineering
Environmental River Mechanics
Groundwater Engineering
Nonpoint Source Pollution
Irrigation Principles
Irrigation of Field Crops
Seasonal Snow Environments
Land Use Hydrology
Land Use and Water Quality
Snow Hydrology
Program Total Credits:21