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Coordinated by the Colorado 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.

CSU 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 background in water resources to prepare for employment or graduate-level work.

Effective Spring 2021

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 Courses (9 credits)
AREC 240/ECON 240Issues in Environmental Economics (GT-SS1)3
AREC 342Water Law, Policy, and Institutions3
GES 120Water Sustainability in the Western US3
Foundations of Water (3 credits)
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the following Foundation course groups:3
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 (GT-SC1)
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)
Ecology
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)
Contexts of Water (9 credits)
Select a minimum of 9 credits from the following courses. At least 3 credits must be taken in each Context category.9
Sociological-Economic Context
World Interdependence-Population and Food (GT-SS3)
Environmental Economics
Sustainable Practice-Design and Construction 1
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
Biological and Physical Context
Science of Global Climate Change
Marine Biology
Stream Biology and Ecology
Limnology
Basic Hydrology
Ecological Engineering
Environmental River Mechanics
Groundwater Engineering
Nonpoint Source Pollution
Environmental Health--Water Quality
Biology and Diversity of Fishes
Conservation of Fish in Aquatic Ecosystems
Hydrogeology
Landscape Irrigation and Water Conservation
Irrigation Principles
Irrigation of Field Crops
Sustainable Watersheds (GT-SC2)
Seasonal Snow Environments
Land Use Hydrology
Land Use and Water Quality
Snow Hydrology
Program Total Credits:21