The Major in Restoration Ecology emphasizes interdisciplinary study, research, and restoration of damaged, degraded or destroyed rangelands and forested ecosystems of the world. More specifically, this major focuses on the restoration of rangelands and forests for multiple uses. These uses include both consumptive and non-consumptive activities such as recreation, preservation of wildlife habitat, providing for aesthetic beauty, livestock grazing, and timber production. Forests and rangelands occupy the vast majority of the earth’s land surface and Colorado is an ideal setting for the study of restoration ecology with many different types of rangeland and forest ecosystems in close proximity.

Students in this program will gain the important knowledge and skills necessary to restore damaged ecosystems. They will learn how to manipulate soil, water, vegetation and animal resources in order to implement successful restoration for local, state and federal land management agencies as well as for a variety of private entities, landowners and non-governmental agencies. Students develop an in-depth understanding of basic plant and animal biology; a basic understanding of the physical sciences as they relate to restoration ecology; knowledge of important concepts of ecology and natural resources management; an understanding of economics related to evaluating alternatives; and analytical and decision-making skills. Students also develop communication, political and interpersonal skills to make their education effective. Examples of career opportunities include, but are not limited to restoration ecologist, soil conservationist, plant ecologist, riparian ecologist, researcher, commercial sales and service representative, consultants, and mine reclamation specialist.

Effective Spring 2021

Freshman
AUCCCredits
BZ 120Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)3A4
CHEM 107Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 108Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
F 101Intro to Forest and Rangeland Stewardship 1
NR 193FRS First Semester Seminar 1
Select 3 credits from the following: 3
College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)1B 
College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)1B 
Numerical Trigonometry (GT-MA1)1B 
Calculus in Management Sciences (GT-MA1)1B 
Arts and Humanities3B6
Diversity and Global Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 29
Sophomore
 
BZ 223Plant Identification 3
F 209Introduction to Forest and Rangeland Ecology 3
RS 300Rangeland Conservation and Stewardship 3
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science 4
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (GT-SC2)3A 
Biological Diversity  
Select one course from the following: 3
Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods  
Introduction to Biostatistics  
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
Electives 4
 Total Credits 29
Summer 
NR 220Natural Resource Ecology and Measurements 5
 Total Credits 5
Junior
 
BSPM 308Ecology and Management of Weeds 3
F 310/RS 310Forest and Rangeland Ecogeography 3
F 311Forest Ecology 3
GR 204/WR 204Sustainable Watersheds (GT-SC2)3A3
NR 320Natural Resources History and Policy 3
RS 312Rangeland Plant Identification Lab 1
RS 378Disturbance Ecology 2
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Plant Physiology  
Plant Propagation  
Nursery Production and Management  
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)2 
Select one course from the following: 4
Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources  
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  
 Total Credits 28-29
Senior
 
NR 477Restoration Case Studies Field Tour4C1
NR 479Restoration Case Studies4C2
RS 432Rangeland Measurements and Monitoring 2
RS 478Ecological Restoration4A,4B3
Select one course from the following: 1-4
Microbiology for Sustainable Agriculture  
Soil Fertility Management  
Pedology  
Forest and Range Soils  
Soil Microbiology  
Soil Microbiology Laboratory  
Soil and Environmental Chemistry  
Soil Physics  
Soil Physics Laboratory  
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Plant Ecology  
Stream Biology and Ecology  
Select one course from the following: 3
Fire Effects and Adaptations  
Silviculture  
Wildland Fire Behavior and Management  
Advanced Wildland Fire Behavior and Management  
Forest Vegetation Management  
Electives1 10-14
 Total Credits 25-33
 Program Total Credits: 120
Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BZ 120Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)  3A4
F 101Intro to Forest and Rangeland Stewardship   1
NR 193FRS First Semester Seminar   1
Select 3 credits from the following:X  3
College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)  1B 
College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)  1B 
Numerical Trigonometry (GT-MA1)  1B 
Calculus in Management Sciences (GT-MA1)  1B 
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 107Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 108Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)X 3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)X 1A3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Diversity and Global Awareness  3E3
AUCC 1B (Quantitative Reasoning) must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   14
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BZ 223Plant Identification   3
F 209Introduction to Forest and Rangeland EcologyX  3
RS 300Rangeland Conservation and StewardshipX  3
Electives   4
 Total Credits   13
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science   4
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
Select one course from the following:   3
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (GT-SC2)  3A 
Biological Diversity    
Select one course from the following:X  3
Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods    
Introduction to Biostatistics    
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
NR 220Natural Resource Ecology and MeasurementsX  5
 Total Credits   5
Junior
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BSPM 308Ecology and Management of Weeds   3
F 310/RS 310Forest and Rangeland EcogeographyX  3
F 311Forest Ecology   3
RS 312Rangeland Plant Identification LabX  1
Select one course from the following:   4
Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources    
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems    
 Total Credits   14
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GR 204/WR 204Sustainable Watersheds (GT-SC2)  3A3
NR 320Natural Resources History and PolicyX  3
RS 378Disturbance Ecology   2
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Plant Physiology    
Plant Propagation    
Nursery Production and Management    
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)  2 
 Total Credits   14-15
Senior
Semester 9CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
NR 477Restoration Case Studies Field TourX 4C1
NR 479Restoration Case StudiesX 4C2
RS 432Rangeland Measurements and MonitoringX  2
Select one course from the following:   1-4
Microbiology for Sustainable Agriculture    
Soil Fertility Management    
Pedology    
Forest and Range Soils    
Soil Microbiology    
Soil Microbiology Laboratory    
Soil and Environmental Chemistry    
Soil Physics    
Soil Physics Laboratory    
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Plant Ecology    
Stream Biology and Ecology    
Electives   3-5
 Total Credits   12-18
Semester 10CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
RS 478Ecological RestorationX 4A,4B3
Select one course from the following:X  3
Fire Effects and Adaptations    
Silviculture    
Wildland Fire Behavior and Management    
Advanced Wildland Fire Behavior and Management    
Forest Vegetation Management    
ElectivesX  7-9
The benchmark courses for the 10th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   13-15
 Program Total Credits:   120