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At Colorado State, there are two primary methods to explore your passions: majors and concentrations. A major is the degree you will earn at graduation, while a concentration focuses on a specific field of study related to a major. Not every major has a concentration. You also can broaden your studies by adding a minor.

Students also can enter CSU as an Undeclared-Exploring student, meaning you’ll be able to explore your interests without declaring a major.

Academic interest areas
Arts, Humanities and Design
Environmental and Natural Resources
Global and Social Sciences
Health, Life and Food Sciences
Land, Plant and Animal Sciences
Organization, Management and Enterprise
Physical Sciences and Engineering

Agricultural Business  Land, Plant and Animal Sciences   

You might be interested in the “boots on the ground” side of agriculture, but you also might be interested in policies that affect it. Maybe you want to work in the government to help support the businesses that grow/develop food. Maybe you’re adept at numbers and economics, ready to help ranchers and farmers stay on top of their operations. Whatever your passion, this major offers a wide variety of career paths along with the hands-on experiences you need to discover and achieve your dreams. This major is also available online for transfer students.

Agricultural Economics Concentration

The Agricultural Economics concentration focuses on the theoretical and analytic tools of applied economics.

Farm and Ranch Management Concentration

The Farm and Ranch Management concentration builds skills in applied decision making that is required in production agriculture.

Agricultural Education     

The Agricultural Education major is designed for students who want to learn and teach the science, business, and technology of agriculture, food, and environmental/natural resource systems. Students will develop and refine their communication skills, along with other attributes necessary to serve as educational leaders and managers. Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices within the field.

Teacher Development Concentration

Teacher development in school-based agricultural education is delivered in a three-part model: classroom, experiential learning, and leadership development.

Agricultural Literacy Concentration

Agricultural literacy is the synthesis, instruction, and communication of basic information about agriculture to the public.

Animal Science    

You love knowing where your food comes from. You like to understand the science and business behind raising animals. This major focuses on the study of food-producing animals with foundation courses in the sciences. You’ll choose from specialized courses to enhance your technical, practical, and business skills, and have opportunities to participate in hands-on research and experience in the field with industry professionals and animals.

Anthropology Global & Social Sciences  

Anthropology students learn to describe, analyze, and interpret the human condition. The program is integrative, drawing from geography, biology, the humanities, and other social and natural sciences. Geography figures prominently in our program and provides an important lens through which human groups are examined over time. Students can engage in four programmatic areas defined by faculty research: humans and the environment, international development and globalization, health and well-being, and professional methods and techniques. The department values and promotes experiential training, primary research, and public engagement and education. This program is available online for transfer students.

Archaeology Concentration

The Archaeology concentration at CSU focuses on the Americas and includes prehistoric and historic archaeology.

Biological Anthropology

Biological anthropologists interact with both the physical and natural sciences, including biology, anatomy, genetics, chemistry, biometry, or endocrinology as well as the social sciences.

Cultural Anthropology Concentration

The Cultural Anthropology concentration focuses on contemporary experiences of culturally distinct communities encountering a rapidly globalizing political economy.

Apparel & Merchandising   

Throughout your studies in apparel and merchandising, you’ll gain a broad historical and cultural foundation in the fashion industry, along with opportunities to design and create, analyze consumer behavior, and discover how everything from textile design to product development to brand marketing can help shape cultural understanding and awareness. You’ll begin with hands-on learning, internships, and a student-run shows; you’ll end with a degree that can take you almost anywhere.

Apparel Design & Production Concentration

The Apparel Design and Production concentration focuses on the development of knowledge and skills necessary to engage in the design of textile and apparel goods. Students will complete coursework in aesthetics and design, illustration, pattern development, apparel construction techniques, and computer-aided design.

Merchandising Concentration

The Merchandising concentration prepares students for the assortment, planning, and sale of textile and apparel goods. Students will complete coursework in consumer behavior, merchandising processes, management, merchandise buying, retail store design, and the global industry.

Product Development Concentration

The Product Development concentration focuses on developing and innovating consumer products. Students will learn skills for product development, sourcing, market potential analysis, trend forecasting, line development, product line management, quality assurance, and supply chain management.

Applied Computing Technology    

The world of technology is evolving — and so are its applications. In this major, you’ll gain a deep understanding of computer programming and information technology. The major is incredibly flexible, prepping you for a career in everything from education to professional IT work, as well as graduate school in areas such as law, medicine, accounting, or computer science.

Computing Education Concentration

This teacher education (K-12) concentration provides state licensure in instructional technology (computers) and provides students with a background in education, computer programming, and computer systems enabling graduates to teach computing principles and serve as computing technology experts in public schools.

Computing Technology Concentration

This concentration emphasizes the use of programming skills and computer applications and technology (e.g., web development, computer and network system administration) in a variety of computer application areas used in business and other organizations.

Art (B.A.)  

Visual arts express human experience through an ever-widening range of media and materials including oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, clay, plaster, steel, bronze, wood, copper, litho stones, and computers. The B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) degree in art history or integrated visual studies are all professional degrees, leading to related art careers.

Art History Concentration

Art History provides a basic preparation in art history for graduate studies; careers in research and teaching at the college level; for positions in museums, libraries, or private collections; or for writing and criticism in the arts.

Integrated Visual Studies

Integrated Visual Studies provides an opportunity for students to integrate their knowledge from previous visual arts coursework, their study in another discipline, reflect on their experiences, and integrate their learning through an inter- or transdisciplinary lens. By participating across disciplines and thus identifying their roles in the larger professional and scholastic communities, students completing this B.A. concentration will be better prepared for their transition into careers or further study.

Art (B.F.A.)  

Visual arts express human experience through an ever-widening range of media and materials including oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, clay, plaster, steel, bronze, wood, copper, litho stones, and computers. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree is considered the professional degree for the studio artist. Students can complete a B.F.A in any of ten different concentrations. Students are admitted into the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program in preparation for the required sophomore portfolio review that takes place upon successful completion of foundations coursework.

Art Education Concentration

The Art Education concentration embraces the artist-teacher concept, which allows students to develop a studio concentration while preparing to teach art at the K-12 level.

Drawing Concentration

The program builds on a foundation of basic skills toward advanced drawing as high art form. Students refine their abilities while exploring personal expression and ideas.

Electronic Art Concentration

Electronic Art uses digital mediums to create art. CSU’s program focuses on experimental video and animation techniques, net art, and using software as a medium for creative output.

Fibers Concentration

Our students become adept at creating and transforming fabrics and fiber structures. Coursework provides a foundation in weaving, surface design, and related textile techniques.

Graphic Design Concentration

Students learn through graphic design theory, history and professional practices to create artistic expressions in print and digital media, experimenting with treatments of typography and illustration.

Metalsmithing Concentration

Students explore traditional metalsmithing techniques, while developing their own artistic practice. Projects introduce and strengthen technical skills and explore historical and contemporary practice within the field.

Painting Concentration

Students gain an understanding of the visual language and technical aspects of painting. As proficiency in oils advances, they work with alternative tools, methods and surfaces.

Photo Image Making Concentration

Students learn the fundamentals of photographic practice, gain an understanding of its connections to the contemporary art world, and explore personal applications of the medium.

Pottery Concentration

The comprehensive curriculum exposes students to the range of contemporary ceramic art processes and concepts. Students develop critical, technical, and manual skills.

Printmaking Concentration

Students develop a technical background in a variety of media needed to cultivate a studio practice. Courses are taught workshop-style allowing artists to share diverse creative inquiry.

Sculpture Concentration

Students are encouraged to experiment and innovate while exploring content in the areas of object-making, installation, site-based work, performance, time-based art, and digital processes.


Biochemistry links the fields of biology and chemistry, diving into how life functions at its most basic levels. Biochemistry is the science that seeks to understand how molecules work together to in living organisms. Using chemistry and molecular biology, you will study complex molecules found in biological materials and the ways these molecules interact to form cells, tissues, and whole organisms. Biochemistry provides the basis for advances in human and veterinary medicine, agriculture, and biotechnology. This rigorous major, with plenty of hands-on lab experience, is excellent preparation for entering these industries or graduate school.

ASBMB Biochemistry Concentration

This concentration is designed to provide a broad education in biochemistry and can be tailored to meet the individual needs of specific students. The ASBMB concentration is recommended for students considering teaching and/or research as a career. Students who graduate from this program can state on their resume that they graduated from an “ASBMB program.”

Health & Medical Sciences Concentration

This concentration augments the major with additional coursework in anatomy and physiology, the biochemistry of disease, and a medical internship.

Pre-Pharmacy Concentration

This concentration adds to the major with additional study in physiology, microbiology, immunology, and public speaking.

Biology (Biological Science)    

Biology is the study of all living things — from bacteria to plants to animals — and their relationship to their environments. Biology majors study the structure and function of cells, organ systems, and tissues in animals and plants, as well as ecology and evolution. They learn about physiology, behavior, genetics and heredity, toxicology, and laboratory techniques for everything from field research to biotechnology. Underpinning all of this work is a rigorous core of physical science and mathematics courses. This major provides a solid foundation of understanding in the basic biological sciences.

Biological Science Concentration

The curriculum for a Biological Science Concentration includes a two-semester introductory biology sequence, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, and genetics.

Botany Concentration

The Botany concentration focuses on plants and plant-like organisms from microscopic algae to giant redwoods, and from fungi to flowers.

The study of life

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Biomedical Engineering   

Biomedical engineering lies at the interface of engineering, biology, and medicine. CSU is positioned to offer unique bioengineering degree programs due to our faculty expertise and the highly-ranked College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, providing a rich environment for interdisciplinary research and day-to-day collaborations. Our biomedical engineering dual degree programs integrate biological, chemical, physical, and mathematical sciences with engineering principles and clinical studies and our graduates are well prepared for careers in research, education, veterinary or human medicine, and industry.

Biomedical Sciences   

The basis of the Biomedical Sciences degree is in cellular and molecular biology, human/animal anatomy, and physiology. Students are able to select elective courses and laboratory research in specialty areas of endocrinology, pharmacology, neurophysiology, reproductive physiology, and cardiopulmonary physiology in order to tailor their educational experiences to specific career objectives. Graduates pursue further studies in professional schools for medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and optometry; programs such as physician assistant and physical therapy; graduate studies in the biomedical sciences; and employment in a variety of innovative and developing fields in biotechnology. The following concentrations will be available within this major beginning Fall 2020:

Anatomy and Physiology Concentration

Students will be prepared for a wide variety of careers that have a basis in cellular and molecular biology and human/animal anatomy and physiology. In addition to enrolling in required courses, students will have opportunities to engage in elective courses and laboratory research in specialty areas of endocrinology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, neurophysiology, reproductive physiology, and cardiopulmonary physiology.

Environmental Public Health Concentration

Students will be prepared for employment by public-sector environmental agencies, private industry, and academic institutions, as well as graduate study in medicine, veterinary medicine, and related biomedical and health fields.

Microbiology and Infectious Disease Concentration

Students will experience wide variety of opportunities that have a basis in cellular/molecular biology and infectious disease. Students will have opportunities to engage in elective courses and laboratory research in specialty areas of bacteriology, immunology, mycobacterial diseases, prion biology, vector borne infectious disease, and virology

Business Administration   

The College of Business prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to become effective leaders and decision makers in today’s dynamic business environment. The four-year curriculum leads to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Business Administration. The program focuses on global orientation, technology, ethics, business processes, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility.

Accounting Concentration

Students gain an understanding of the theory and practice of financial accounting and reporting, managerial accounting, taxation, accounting information systems, and auditing. This program also is available in a hybrid format (courses taken both online and on campus in Castle Rock, Colorado) for transfer students only; special requirements apply.

Finance Concentration

Finance students study asset valuation, investments, and global finance, and select from three options for more in-depth study: corporate finance, investment analysis, or real estate finance.

Financial Planning Concentration

Students study retirement planning, employee benefits, income tax, estate planning, and risk management and are eligible to sit for the CFP® Exam upon graduation.

Human Resource Management Concentration

Students gain a comprehensive knowledge of human resource management including critical thinking, confidentiality, change management, communication, negotiation and conflict management, business acumen, interpersonal and organizational skills.

Information Systems

Students learn computer fundamentals and programming, systems analysis and design, networking, database design and implementation, project management, Web applications, and systems integration to solve business problems.

International Business Concentration

International Business is offered only as a second concentration – in addition to your primary Business Administration concentration – and will prepare you for a meaningful career with organizations that operate beyond national borders.

Marketing Concentration

Students gain a comprehensive knowledge of marketing activities such as conducting market research, developing new products, establishing pricing approaches, designing communications, and building customer relationships.

Organization and Innovation Management Concentration

This program prepares students to be effective managers of projects, budgets, teams, and processes in diverse, global, and highly competitive business environments.

Real Estate Concentration

Real estate professionals help find, provide, and manage physical spaces and coordinate across industries including architecture, construction, law, finance, marketing, property management, and urban development.

Supply Chain Management Concentration

Students learn practices such as product development, forecasting demand, managing production and operations, purchasing materials, order fulfillment, distribution, returns management, trade compliance, and customer service.

Chemical & Biological Engineering  

Chemical and biological engineering is a powerful blend of basic sciences and the skills to quantitatively describe, predict, and control all changes of matter. This provides the foundation to create cutting-edge materials and products, to design new devices to improve health or the environment, and to design processes for the safe production of chemicals and biochemicals, the production of alternative energy sources, and prevention of hazardous waste.


Chemists help to solve major challenges, from improving clean energy technology to discovering new materials to . To do this, they study the atomic and molecular structure of physical matter and analyze how it changes. They also develop new methods of measurement, enabling insight into a range of processes – from mining to food safety. Chemistry majors develop a solid foundation in general chemistry and mathematics followed by course work in specialties, as well as opportunities for hands-on research in labs with state-of-the-art instruments.

American Chemical Society (ACS) Certified Concentration

Students in this concentration will earn a B.S. that is certified by the American Chemical Society, which ensures a rigorous, broad study for students interested in a career in the sciences.

Non-ACS Certified Concentration

The Non-ACS Certified Concentration allows students to gain a strong foundation in chemistry while being able to focus upper-level courses in a particular area of interest.

Civil Engineering   

The undergraduate Civil Engineering program provides a solid base in the physical sciences, mathematics, engineering fundamentals, and design and management concepts. In addition to courses in all subdisciplines of Civil Engineering, students will learn design practices, information technology, technical communications, project management, and engineering ethics. The program culminates in a year-long senior capstone design experience. Graduates from this major consistently have a passing rate significantly above the national average on the Fundamentals of Engineering professional exam.

Communication Studies    

A degree in Communication Studies is fiercely relevant. You will learn how to effectively communicate across vast personal and professional settings. You will learn from award-winning faculty who inspire students to discover their voices and expand their horizons while bringing passion for scholarship mixed with fun to the classroom. Your coursework encompasses the study of oral, written, nonverbal, visual, electronic and computer-mediated communication whether through film, television, popular culture, relating, organizing, public communication or citizenship. With your B.A. in Communication Studies, you’ll know how to work in teams, make decisions, solve problems, analyze data, persuade others, and verbally communicate ideas — skills that set you above your peers, reward you financially, and serve you for life.

Speech Teacher Licensure Concentration

Students interested in pursuing a teaching license through CSU may refer to the Center for Educator Preparation (CEP) and the College of Health and Human Sciences for general information.

Computer Engineering  

A discipline that combines several fields of electrical engineering and computer science, computer engineers continually push the capability and applicability of computers in every industry and every facet of modern life. Computer engineering not only focuses on how computer systems themselves work, but also how they integrate into society.

Computer Science  

With Computer Science, you’ll do more than program. You’ll learn about the algorithms, logic, and math that are behind software systems and then build your own. You’ll join a collaborative community of passionate and talented problem solvers. You can take what you learn in class and develop software solutions for real-world problems using the latest techniques. Those skills are important no matter what you plan to do with your Computer Science degree. If you’re interested in pushing yourself academically and creatively to solve complex problems, Computer Science might be right for you.

Computer Science FAQs

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Computer Science Concentration

The Computer Science Concentration is geared toward students who want a deep and foundational education in the field. Work dives into upper-level mathematics and sophisticated programming, preparing students for the many jobs in the industry or continued study in graduate school. This program is also available online for transfer students.

Human-Centered Computing Concentration

Human-Centered Computing Concentration is an interdisciplinary program in the department, which melds cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence, applying them to human-computer interaction, including interface design.

Construction Management   

Construction management is about organization, leadership, and people skills. Students are interested in engineering, business, and management, and through the program they become experts at the planning, coordination, and control of a construction project from inception to completion. The major addresses the management of multiple project sites and the applications of resource management, schedule control, cost control, and design. The CM program is one of the top-ranked programs in the nation. Since its inception in 1946, more than 5,000 students have graduated, many of them going on to become leaders in their field.


CSU offers a rigorous program in classical and contemporary dance education culminating in a B.A. in Dance. The curriculum focuses on technical training and foundations, performance, composition, pedagogy, professional preparation, theatrical production and design, and academics. Students explore the many possibilities for movement expression in a challenging and supportive environment. Auditions for prospective students (high school seniors or transfers) are held during Fall and Spring Visit Days. The audition assesses training background, technical level, and the potential to successfully complete the degree program at an advanced and/or pre professional level.

Data Science    

In today’s world, data determines everything from social media feeds to governmental policy. The world of “big data” is a fast-growing field that requires a specialized set of skills rarely found in one place. Passionate problem solvers, innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs will find a home in CSU’s Data Science major, an interdisciplinary degree with foundations in computer science, statistics, communications and mathematics. You’ll learn how to decipher and repurpose huge sets of data to solve real-world problems and, ultimately, reshape the way we interpret information and use it to influence choices made in virtually every industry. Data scientists are in high demand today, and as the only Data Science program in the region, CSU’s Data Science major can take you into almost any field you’re interested in. If boundless opportunity and effecting change feels up your alley, Data Science might be for you. Currently, the Data Science major is available to incoming freshmen only.

Computer Science Concentration

The computer science concentration in the data science major allows students to dive more deeply into the programming behind big data work.

Economics Concentration

The economics concentration in the data science major provides students with the technical and theoretical foundations in data science while also allowing for a focus on economics.

Mathematics Concentration

Data science runs on math. The mathematics concentration in the data science major offers additional upper-level coursework to give students deeper insights into the dynamic world of big data.

Statistics Concentration

The statistics concentration in the data science major provides a strong foundation of applied and theoretical statistical knowledge to empower successful data wranglers.

Early Childhood Education  

Early Childhood Education is a competitive-entry major focusing on the development of children from infancy through age 8 with early childhood education licensure and director qualifications. In the state of Colorado, Early Childhood teacher licensure qualifies graduates for a number of professions: teaching grades P-3 in public or private schools, teaching in Head Start or other preschool or childcare programs, establishing a business as a child care provider, or serving as director of a childcare center. CSU students interested in majoring in Early Childhood Education apply for the program in their sophomore year for possible admission in their junior year. Many students major in Human Development and Family Studies while completing prerequisites for the Early Childhood Education major.


Economics is the study of how people and societies use scarce resources to produce the things they want. Economic theory provides a framework for understanding economic issues, analyzing and predicting the likely effects of economic behavior and government policies, and formulating efficient and equitable solutions to pressing economic problems. This program is also available online for transfer students.

Ecosystem Science & Sustainability   

The major in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability provides a strong scientific foundation in ecology integrated with cultural, social, economic, and political issues that are shaping the issue of sustainability. Students learn to integrate science into real-world decision making, with the goal of developing sustainable strategies to maintain ecosystem services around the globe. We provide students with a broad base of experiential and collaborative learning opportunities, opportunities for research through our affiliation with the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, and the latest scientific knowledge about how organisms interact with their environments to form complex ecosystems.

Electrical Engineering  

From Global Positioning Systems to electric power generation, for more than a century electrical engineers have contributed to the development of a wide array of new technologies. Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the deployment of electrical systems and electronic devices for a range of industries.

Electrical Engineering Concentration

The Electrical Engineering concentration covers a broad range of electrical engineering subdisciplines and allows a student to focus on their particular area of interest using technical electives.

Lasers & Optical Engineering Concentration

Lasers and Optical Engineering focuses on optics and waves, optical electronics, optical information processing, and communications.

Engineering Science  

Students are not currently being accepted into this program. Please contact the department for more information.
Engineering Science is an interdisciplinary major that allows students to acquire a strong base in mathematics, the physical sciences, and engineering fundamentals while pursuing a broad background in the liberal arts or other areas of interest in preparation for specialized careers or graduate studies. The major provides comprehensive undergraduate engineering education in selected fields which are not served by traditional engineering programs available at CSU. Three concentrations are available—Engineering Physics, Space Engineering, Teacher Education, and the dual-degree programs in Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts. Regardless of the concentration, graduates are well prepared for a professional career.

Engineering Physics Concentration

Engineering Physics prepares students to work in high technology areas in which solid engineering training, combined with a broader background in physics is valuable. Students are not currently being accepted into this program. Please contact the department for more information.

Space Engineering Concentration

The Space Engineering concentration provides students with a broad background in aerospace and space engineering. Students are not currently being accepted into this program. Please contact the department for more information.

Teacher Education Concentration

The Engineering Science Teacher Education concentration prepares students to teach engineering design principles and concepts in junior and senior high school classrooms and laboratories. Students are not currently being accepted into this program. Please contact the department for more information.

Engineering Science & International Studies    

Students are not currently being accepted into this program. Please contact the department for more information.
Students gain a strong foundation in mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering fundamentals, learn a second language, and study abroad while earning degrees in both Engineering Science (B.S.) and International Studies (B.A.) This is a five-year interdisciplinary program.


English majors develop an understanding of diverse cultures, literary traditions, and great works of English, American, and world literature. Students expand their ability to analyze a variety of texts and view them through the lenses of diverse critical perspectives.

Creative Writing Concentration

The Creative Writing concentration gives students the opportunity to strengthen their creative writing and reading skills and their imaginations.

English Education Concentration

The English Education concentration provides students with preparation for teaching in secondary schools.

Language Concentration

The Language concentration focuses on linguistics and TESL/TEFL.

Literature Concentration

The English Department offers a curriculum featuring critical study of literature, ancient through contemporary, in poetry, prose, and drama.

Rhetoric & Literacy Concentration

The Writing, Rhetoric and Literacy Concentration builds on departmental strengths in composition and nonfiction writing, as well as in technology-based writing and writing instruction.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics    

The Environmental and Natural Resource Economics major prepares students to apply economic tools to evaluate the allocation and utilization of natural resources and the management of the natural environment. Economic analysis provides a strong basis to guide societal choices that directly and indirectly affect our environment. Economic theory provides a framework for understanding both environmental and natural resource issues, predicting the likely effects of government policies and regulations, and devising solutions to pressing economic and environmental problems.

Environmental Engineering   

Environmental engineers design solutions that prevent future pollution as well as correct existing pollution problems. The undergraduate curriculum in Environmental Engineering is based on a strong foundation in physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering fundamentals. The All-University Core Curriculum provides a broad background in communication, liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences. Upper-division courses address engineering applications for prevention and control of air, water, and land pollution. Required courses that are specific to the Environmental Engineering major come from several engineering and science disciplines, including organic and environmental chemistry, microbiology, hydrology, statistics, environmental toxicology, and water treatment.

Environmental Health    

An Environmental Health degree prepares students for the branch of public health that studies how biological, chemical, and physical factors in natural and built environments impact human health and disease. Students will learn how to help prevent injuries and disease by managing environmental hazards and promoting healthier air, water, soil, homes, workplaces, and communities. The degree program is one of only 31 programs nationwide to be fully accredited by the standards of the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council, and the only such program in Colorado. This major will be available as a concentration under the Biomedical Sciences major starting in fall 2020.


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Environmental Horticulture     

Environmental horticulturists provide solutions necessary to achieve aesthetically pleasing, functional, and environmentally sound outdoor spaces. They also design and manage private and public landscapes, such as golf courses, botanical gardens, and parks. In addition, they may develop the entrepreneurial skills necessary to successfully operate a nursery, garden center, tree care, landscape design, and build or landscape management firm. Four concentrations are offered in the Environmental Horticulture major—Landscape Business, Landscape Design and Contracting, Nursery and Landscape Management, and Turf Management.

Landscape Business Concentration

Students develop skills in estimating project costs, plant selection and care, and business management techniques. Completing this concentration also earns a minor in Business Administration.

Landscape Design & Contracting Concentration

The Landscape Design and Contracting concentration prepares students for careers in the design-build profession for residential, commercial, and public properties.

Nursery & Landscape Management Concentration

Students gain training in landscape plant culture and use plus skills needed to start and manage a nursery, garden center, arboriculture, or landscape management firm.

Turf Management Concentration

Turf Management trains students for management opportunities ranging from sod production to the establishment and maintenance of private and public grounds.

Equine Science    

The Equine Science major prepares students to serve the many needs of a growing industry and focuses on providing students with an in-depth scientific knowledge of the varied functions of the horse and how to relate those scientific principles to the industry. Equine Science majors have the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the horse as it relates to business, recreational, and production aspects of the industry. Currently, CSU has the most comprehensive equine program in the United States with major efforts in research, teaching, and public service.

Ethnic Studies  

Ethnic Studies critically examines the interlocking forces of race, gender, class, sexuality, and other forms of social differentiation that shape the histories and experiences of racially marginalized groups. We are committed to nurturing civic-minded and culturally informed students who strive to strengthen the communities in which they reside. In support of the land-grant mission of CSU, Ethnic Studies engages with communities on and off campus in order to effect meaningful change in public policy and social life.

Social Studies Teacher Licensure Concentration

The Social Studies Teacher Licensure concentration trains students to teach social studies at middle-school and high-school levels. Students in this program will have an added focus on understanding the histories and experiences of historically marginalized populations. The inclusion of ethnic studies and gender/sexuality studies courses significantly broadens the knowledge base of future social studies teachers.

Family & Consumer Sciences  

Family and Consumer Sciences prepares professionals to enhance the well-being of individuals and families and the communities in which they live. Because the program is interdepartmental and interdisciplinary, FCS students take a broad range of courses which provide them with the breadth of content they will utilize in their future careers. Our students are qualified to take on any FCS position with a base of knowledge in multiple content areas.

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The Family and Consumer Sciences major opens a world of educational and career possibilities.

Family & Consumer Sciences Concentration

The Family and Consumer Sciences concentration provides students with a focus on consumer and family well-being, growth and development of family members, and the relationship of households to their environment. Students pursue careers in consumer program development, cooperative extension, product design, consumer information, entrepreneurship, government, community, and non-profit work, among others.

Family & Consumer Sciences Education Concentration

This certification program is for students who plan to teach Family and Consumer Sciences at the middle school, junior high, high school, or postsecondary levels. Students in this concentration will have a desire to teach and help people, the ability to communicate effectively, an understanding of the emotional and educational needs of students, and will enjoy being a role model.

Fermentation Science & Technology  

The Fermentation Science and Technology major blends a strong interdisciplinary science background with courses focused on the safety, culinary, and nutritional attributes of fermented foods and beverages. Students have the opportunity to participate in industry activities to increase their practical understanding of fermented food and beverage production methods, preparing them for employment in product development, processing, quality assurance and control, sensory evaluation, packaging, distribution, and plant management.

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Fish, Wildlife & Conservation Biology   

Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology is intended for students interested in understanding wildlife and the habitats in which they live. The curriculum has a strong foundation in the biological, physical, and social sciences with the focus on solving current and future issues related to conservation and sustainability of wild animals and their habitats. The faculty offers a wide range of expertise with a keen interest in innovative teaching and research methods. Our program prepares students for professional careers in federal and state agencies, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, academic institutions, and graduate school.

Conservation Biology Concentration

The Conservation Biology concentration focuses on understanding the ecological processes necessary to conserve biological diversity with an emphasis on fish and wildlife species and their habitats.

Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences Concentration

Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences allow students to focus on a strong background in basic fishery ecology, management, and conservation, which includes an understanding of the linkages between land and water.

Wildlife Biology Concentration

Wildlife Biology focuses primarily on terrestrial vertebrates and their habitats, and builds a strong foundation in basic wildlife ecology, management, and conservation.

Forest and Rangeland Stewardship    

Forest landscapes are always changing, sometimes very slowly as a result of long-term processes, followed by rapid changes as a result of fires or harvesting. Sustaining forests in the modern world requires managers who understand these changes, and how forests connect to global, ecological, and social systems. The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship provides forestry education that spans the entire range of experiences necessary to understand and manage forests. Curricula include a background in the biological, physical, social, and management sciences, followed by professional forestry courses.

Forest Biology Concentration

Students who concentrate in Forest Biology will focus on the ecology of forests, the biology and interactions of the elements in forests, as well as economics and policy surrounding forested areas. Courses include physical sciences, rangeland ecogeography, and tree health management, along with writing and communications courses to aid students in the scientific examination and communication of forest biology. This concentration includes hands-on field courses in the summer at the CSU Mountain Campus.

Forest Fire Science Concentration

This concentration focuses on forest management from a fire-science perspective. Students will learn about the balance between fire as a natural ecological process and as a forest management tool. Courses include weather and climate ecology, soil science, tree health and timber harvesting, as well as several writing, policy, and speaking courses. This concentration includes hands-on field courses in the summer at the CSU Mountain Campus.

Forest Management Concentration

This concentration is for students interested in managing forestlands through careers with state and federal land-management agencies, private forestland owners, and conservation organizations. Courses include a mix of forest biology, integrated forest management, and the physical sciences. Students learn about forest productivity, economics, policy, conservation, and the latest in computer-based management tools. This concentration includes hands-on field courses in the summer at the CSU Mountain Campus.

Rangeland Conservation and Management Concentration

Rangeland Conservation and Management is similar to Rangeland and Forest Management, but with an emphasis on conservation of large, wide-open spaces–the world’s largest land-cover type. Students in this concentration will learn new conservation techniques to oversee rangelands that have multiple economic and social uses. Courses range from physical sciences to communications to policy to prepare students for the complex jobs in this field. This concentration includes hands-on field courses in the summer at the CSU Mountain Campus.

Rangeland and Forest Management Concentration

In Rangeland and Forest Management, students prepare for natural resource management careers in both the public and private sectors. With courses in the physical sciences, natural resource ecology and history, as well as writing, communications and policy courses, students will gain the versatility to work in land management and beyond. This concentration includes hands-on field courses in the summer at the CSU Mountain Campus.


Whether you can pinpoint the capital of Tajikistan on a map, or you’re fascinated by how societies are shaped by location, the Geography major might be for you. You’ll answer big questions about everything from climate change to the geography of commodities. You’ll learn to “think like a geographer,” researching people and the land they live on. You’ll get an overview of land change globally and within mountain systems. Employment of geographers is steadily increasing and listed among the top ten Best Science Jobs today. Geography jobs range from GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to urban planning to science writing. Want to travel the world to understand cultures within environments? Improve land use and transportation? Geography provides the wide range of knowledge and skills to get you there.


The Geology major constitutes a broad curriculum that allows students to obtain a sound academic and practical basis for professional geosciences careers. Common careers include private and public sector water, energy, mineral and other natural resources, geological hazards, regulatory management, and education. The major also provides a solid background for subsequent graduate training in specialized fields that include economic geology, hydrology, geophysics, environmental geology, resources management, public policy, and many other areas.

Environmental Geology Concentration

Students develop expertise in surface and shallow-subsurface processes that shape the Earth and provide important soil and water resources for human and natural use.

Geology Concentration

A practical and field-oriented approach prepares students for employment opportunities as geologists in the energy and mining industries, government agencies, and consulting firms.

Geophysics Concentration

The Geophysics concentration combines a strong foundation in geology with additional depth in geophysics, physics, and mathematics, and in associated quantitative and computer skills.

Hydrogeology Concentration

The Hydrogeology concentration provides training in water resources and allied disciplines, while ensuring that students are well prepared for a variety of geological fields.

Health & Exercise Science  

Health and Exercise Science majors are passionate about the human body, and they’re eager to understand the science behind how it works. Students study ways to impact physical activity, wellness, and disease prevention. Understanding the role of physical activity in preventing and treating disease and maintaining optimal health at any age is critical, and graduates with these skill sets are in high demand.

Health Promotion Concentration

Health promotion is the science and art of helping people evaluate their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health. The Health Promotion concentration prepares students for numerous careers in corporate wellness, health clubs, and hospital, university, military, and insurance health promotion settings.

Sports Medicine Concentration

The Sports Medicine concentration is a pre-professional program focusing on human movement in study of health and exercise science. The concentration is for students interested in careers in physical therapy, medical professions, or planning on graduate study in exercise physiology.

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The Department of History at CSU develops thinkers, researchers, and writers. Our students take courses that bring history to life in unique and engaging ways and become the thought leaders of tomorrow. We offer a variety of classes, including Digital History, World Environmental History, and the History of America’s National Parks. Recent graduates have gone on to careers with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the National Forest Service, and Department of Defense.

General History Concentration

The General History concentration is an excellent choice for students planning careers in history, government service, and other professional occupations requiring broad intellectual and practical skills.

Language Concentration

The Language concentration is an appropriate choice for students who plan to pursue graduate study or work in national security, diplomacy, or international business.

Social & Behavioral Sciences Concentration

The Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration is intended to facilitate the timely graduation of History majors who decide to transition from the Social Studies Teaching concentration to another concentration in their third or fourth year of study at CSU.

Social Studies Teaching Concentration

The Social Studies Teaching concentration is for students who plan to teach in middle school, junior high, or high school.


Horticulture is the application of scientific principles in the growing, marketing, processing, and utilizing of fruits, vegetables, flower and foliage plants, trees, shrubs, and turf grasses. The major requires a strong grounding in botany, chemistry, and horticulture.

Floriculture Concentration

Floriculture emphasizes greenhouse-grown flower crops. Students study propagation, production, utilization, and improvement of plants, and are prepared to grow quality greenhouse products.

Horticultural Business Management Concentration

The curriculum consists of a core of business, computer, and economics courses. In horticulture, students choose a special emphasis, or take an array of courses that may lead to greater job opportunities.

Horticultural Food Crops Concentration

Specific courses include fruit and vegetable production, irrigation practices, soil fertility, propagation, breeding, and related plant pest management courses. Students must choose either the Production or Seed Science option.

Horticultural Science Concentration

Horticultural Science graduates conduct research to discover new information about plant growth, development, and environmental response.

Horticultural Therapy Concentration

The Horticultural Therapy concentration combines horticulture courses with the study of therapy/human sciences, leading to careers in health care and human services.

Hospitality Management   

Hospitality Management provides students with broad, business-focused knowledge and skills which transfer across all segments of the hospitality industry. The major combines courses in food service, lodging, event planning, nutrition, and business. Elective credits allow students to take courses in areas of interest to enhance their education. The curriculum has a strong emphasis on management skills required for success in the hospitality industry.

Human Development & Family Studies   

Human Development and Family Studies majors are interested in what makes people tick. Students learn to identify factors that influence cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development through infancy, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle and later adulthood, and aging in the contexts of culture and family. Coursework and an internship prepares students to work in a variety of settings including youth services, education programs, health care, juvenile and adult corrections, family and community services, and long-term care facilities. Many graduates also pursue advanced degrees in behavioral and social sciences or other professional programs. This program is also available online.

Early Childhood Professions Concentration

This concentration prepares students for careers in early childhood education as well as professional work with children in a variety of settings. It is an ideal choice for HDFS majors who plan to apply to the competitive Early Childhood Education Major during their sophomore year.

Human Development and Family Studies Concentration

This concentration is for students interested in the lifespan or more general focus in HDFS and are not seeking the specialized training offered in other concentrations. Students take courses in HDFS, psychology, and social work as well as selected courses from other disciplines for a well-rounded and robust education in human development and family studies.

Leadership and Entrepreneurial Professions Concentration

This concentration guides students preparing for leadership positions in organizations that promote the optimal development of individuals and families. This concentration includes coursework in finance, management, marketing, public policy, professional communication, and leadership.

Pre-Health Professions Concentration

The Pre-Health Professions Concentration prepares students for careers in healthcare and to obtain graduate training. Career opportunities include allied health practitioner, anesthesiologist assistant, child life specialist, chiropractor, doctor, music therapist, nurse, occupational therapist, optometrist, pharmacist, physical therapist, physician’s assistant, podiatrist, and speech and language pathologist.

Prevention and Intervention Sciences Concentration

This concentration is for students planning careers in the helping and human services professions such as counselors, educators, and social service providers. Students in this concentration will learn how to design and implement community-based prevention and intervention programs for youth, adults, and families.

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources    

The source of many challenges in natural resources involves human behavior, and solutions to those challenges requires innovative problem-solving, deep understanding of complex issues, and collective action. This major is focused on understanding the social aspect of natural resources, and developing the skills to assess, plan and implement strategies that lead to successful conservation. Curriculum for this major trains students in the areas of communication, leadership, collaboration, conflict management, decision-making, planning, and protected area and land management practices.

Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts     

The Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts major is a degree program combining the humanities, the arts, languages and literature, and social sciences so as to foster interdisciplinary knowledge, core career competencies, personal development, professional excellence, interpersonal confidence and expertise, and a deeper understanding of the complex world in which we live. This program is also available online for transfer students.

Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts & Engineering Science      

Students are not currently being accepted into this program. Please contact the department for more information.
Students explore a broad liberal arts curriculum in social sciences or arts and humanities and gain a strong foundation in mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering fundamentals while earning degrees in both Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts (B.A.) and Engineering Science (B.S.). This is a five-year interdisciplinary program.

Interior Architecture and Design  

The Interior Architecture and Design program provides students with broad exposure to aspects of interior design and prepares them to enhance function and quality of life, increase productivity, and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public through design. The program is grounded in research-based problem solving in addition to a variety of cultural, environmental, and historical perspectives. The program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

International Studies    

The International Studies major is an interdisciplinary program designed to help students understand the nature of diverse cultures and peoples. There are four concentrations: Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, and Middle East and North African Studies. Courses are required in foreign language, geography, political science, economics, history, and international studies, with other elective courses chosen from these and many more disciplines across the college and university.

Asian Studies Concentration

Students focus on Asian cultures and societies through a combination of history, religions, philosophy, literature, art, and political science, along with three years of language (Chinese, Japanese, or substitution with advisor approval) to help them interpret Asia’s present and past. Geographical study areas include China, Korea, Japan, the Indian Subcontinent, the Pacific Islands, and more.

European Studies Concentration

This interdisciplinary concentration combines European history, religion, philosophy, literature, art, and political science, along with three years of language (French, German, Russian, Spanish, or substitution with advisor approval) to give you the tools to understand and interpret the continent’s rich-and-intriguing past and present.

Latin American Studies Concentration

This concentration aims to trace the similarities and differences among the Latin American countries, recognizing the historical origins of current conditions. Courses in history, economics, literature, sociology, political science, anthropology, art, and three years of Spanish give students a powerful tool for understanding and interpreting Latin America’s past and present.

Middle East and North African Studies Concentration

This concentration emphasizes the interdisciplinary study of Middle East and North Africa cultures and societies. Courses include history, religion/philosophy, literature, art, and three years of Arabic language to give you the tools to understand and interpret this area’s past and present.

Journalism & Media Communication    

The study of journalism, mass communication, and specialized media combines high-level professional training with a broad foundation in the liberal arts. All students complete writing, multimedia, and conceptual courses, a capstone course, and an internship as well as additional courses in an area matched their career interests. Practical experience is available on campus through the Rocky Mountain Collegian, the award-winning campus television station CTV, College Avenue magazine, and KCSU-FM Radio. Graduating seniors present professional portfolios for assessment by panels of faculty and communication experts from the region. This program is also available online for transfer students.

Landscape Architecture    

Studying Landscape Architecture at CSU is an adventure. Taking part in a challenging course of study, students prepare themselves for careers in a field whose enormous potential has only begun to be recognized. Landscape Architecture students study design as accomplished landscape architects see it: shaping spaces as well as planning and preserving them.

Language, Literatures & Cultures   

Languages, Literatures and Cultures at CSU combines the study of language with the understanding of culture to prepare our students to thrive in an increasingly diverse and globalized world. We help our students find their careers and their passions and educate future leaders, teachers, entrepreneurs, communicators, artists, and internationally-minded professionals. The department strongly encourages Education Abroad and has exchange agreements in place with universities in several countries.

French Concentration

CSU French courses include language, linguistics, translation, and French and Francophone literatures and cultures. Opportunities to practice the language include French Club meetings and study abroad.

German Concentration

Students take courses in language, literature, linguistics, culture, and practical applications such as Business German or translation and host cultural events through the German Club.

Spanish Concentration

Courses include language, linguistics, translation, Latin American literatures and cultures, Peninsular literatures and cultures and Transatlantic studies. Students join the Spanish Club, El Centro, and study abroad.

Teaching Endorsement

Students in French, German or Spanish can obtain a teacher license through the School of Education in order to teach their language in Colorado public schools.


Mathematics is the universal language of science and information. Majoring in mathematics allows you to explore numbers, shapes, probabilities, and ideas. Mathematics is valued for its precision and elegance and is also an essential source for scientific endeavors. At CSU, the math department is committed to helping students succeed.

Actuarial Science Concentration

The Actuarial Science Concentration trains students to use mathematics, statistics, and economics to analyze and plan for uncertainties and risks. It qualifies students to take the first two credentialing actuarial examinations.

Applied Mathematics Concentration

The Applied Mathematics Concentration focuses on the application of mathematics in other disciplines. In particular, students receive training in numerical analysis, mathematical modeling, statistics, and computing.

General Mathematics Concentration

This concentration is appropriate for students who want to combine mathematics with other academic areas, such as business, law, computer science, or statistics.

Mathematics Education Concentration

The Mathematics Education Concentration is designed to prepare students to teach mathematics through the high school level, including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses.

Mechanical Engineering  

Mechanical engineers are creative problem solvers who design, develop, and manufacture the machines and instrumentation that run energy, building, environmental, and transportation systems. Students take basic science and mathematics courses while beginning their engineering studies in design and computing. The senior year focuses on a year-long design course to help students transition from college to an engineering career. Participation in labs further develops design, modeling, and analysis skills. Mechanical Engineering at CSU is dedicated to graduating ethical mechanical engineers who make an impact on society’s global engineering challenges.


Microbiology is the study of organisms – many of which are too small to be seen with the naked eye – that are essential in the ecosystem and in industrial processes. Much work in this field is directed toward the cure, control, or eradication of disease in humans and animals. CSU offers the only bachelor’s degree program in microbiology in the state of Colorado and the department operates a number of multi-million dollar research programs. Students participate in undergraduate research, working in the labs alongside world-renowned researchers.This major will be available as a concentration under the Biomedical Sciences major starting in fall 2020.

Music (B.A.)  

This major allows students to study music within a larger context of a liberal arts education. In comparison to majors leading to the bachelor of music (B.M.), less emphasis is placed on studies specific to music. In lieu of fewer credits in music, the student completes a 21-credit option in an area outside of music. In addition, completion of a major paper, lecture/recital, or full recital is required during the senior year.

Music (B.M.)  

The primary goal of the bachelor of music (B.M.) is to prepare students to become highly skilled music educators, music therapists, performers, composers, and conductors. Program goals encourage and develop high standards of teaching, scholarship, performance, and research in music. We are pleased to offer small academic classes, applied study with highly qualified faculty, and careful attention to advising. Courses in music appreciation, music theory fundamentals, and ensembles are open to all students regardless of major.

Composition Concentration

The Composition concentration is designed to prepare the student to compose original music for a wide variety of venues including live concerts, music to accompany film, video, dance, and theatre.

Music Education Concentration

Music Education majors pursue an accredited curriculum that develops musical knowledge and skills, and prepares students to become accomplished music educators.

Music Therapy Concentration

The Music Therapy concentration is designed to prepare the student to work in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living centers, and in special education settings.

Performance Concentration

The Bachelor of Music in Performance degree program features seven distinct options: jazz studies, orchestral instrument, organ, piano, piano pedagogy, string pedagogy, and voice.

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Natural Resource Tourism   

Graduates possess technical skills in problem solving, systems planning, integrative team decision making, quantitative analysis, oral and verbal communications, and computer operations. Graduates are familiar with skills useful in a business setting and the historic evolution of environmental conservation. Additionally, graduates develop an appreciation for how their discipline contributes to environmental stewardship and sustainability. This program is also available online for transfer students.

Global Tourism Concentration

Course work focuses on business and tourism topics providing students with planning, management, marketing, financial, and entrepreneurship skills essential in the tourism industry.

Natural Resource Tourism Concentration

Through courses in tourism management, marketing and planning, natural resources, business, entrepreneurship, and social science, students develop skills for work in recreation and tourism enterprises.

Natural Resources Management   

Natural Resources Management students graduate with an understanding of the interconnectedness of social, political, and ecological systems. Courses focus on environmental issues such as land-use change and planning, conservation biology, energy use, climate change, renewable resource management, and citizen engagement. This knowledge will enable students to design sustainable solutions to address natural resource conservation and management problems. Field measurements and field skills are important components of this major, and students attend a 4-week summer field course in ecological investigations and resource management to apply their knowledge and skills.

Natural Sciences  

The Natural Sciences major is geared to students who want to become high school or junior high and middle school science teachers as well as to students who want a broad exposure to mathematics and the physical sciences. Internships and volunteer activities provide practical training and experience. This major allows students to meet the requirements for Colorado teacher licensure upon graduation – including a semester of teaching – which prepares students to meet the demand for secondary science educators in Colorado and across the country.

Biology Education Concentration

Students complete science courses focused on biology, take professional classes in the School of Education, visit classrooms, and complete a semester of student teaching.

Chemistry Education Concentration

Students complete science courses focused on chemistry, take professional classes in the School of Education, visit classrooms, and complete a semester of student teaching.

Geology Education Concentration

Students complete science courses focused on geology, take professional classes in the School of Education, visit classrooms, and complete a semester of student teaching.

Physical Science Concentration

Students complete courses in calculus, chemistry, physics, and biological science and earn two minors selected from Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Statistics, or Physics.

Physics Education Concentration

Students complete science courses focused on physics, take professional classes in the School of Education, visit classrooms, and complete a semester of student teaching.


The Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neuroscience Special Academic Unit offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program with faculty in five different colleges and ten departments. Two different concentrations are offered as programs of study: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience and Cell and Molecular Neuroscience. Both concentrations have a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biological sciences that utilize a common core for the first two years, differing in only a single course for each concentration, thus making it easy to switch between concentrations if a student’s interest changes during the first two years.

Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration

The Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience concentration integrates an understanding of neuroanatomy with the mechanisms of sensation/perception and learning/memory, generally applied to human behavior.

Cell & Molecular Neuroscience Concentration

The Cell and Molecular Neuroscience Concentration integrates neuroanatomy with the cellular and molecular basis of nervous system function.

Nutrition & Food Science Health, Life & Food Sciences 

Students are interested in improving quality of life through nutrition and food science. This major taps into public interest of nutrition to health and fitness, and prepares students for a variety of careers in the field. The Nutrition and Food Science major includes core science-based courses and theoretical and practical training in specific skill areas such as nutrition counseling techniques, food safety, integrative nutrition and metabolism, and nutrition and the life cycle.

Dietetics & Nutrition Management Concentration

This concentration provides students with a broad background in clinical nutrition, health promotion, and food service management. The concentration is for students who would like to become practicing nutritionists or dietitians, and offers three options: dietetics, gerontology nutrition, and childhood nutrition.

Food Safety & Nutrition Concentration

This concentration blends a strong science base with courses in food science, food safety, food microbiology, and nutrition. The curriculum prepares students for the food industry or in government, such as quality assurance, product development, research, food inspection, food plant management, and consumer education.

Nutrition & Fitness Concentration

This concentration taps into the increasing interest of the public in nutrition, fitness, and wellness. Coursework provides a strong foundation in nutritional sciences and a broad array of exercise science and physical activity courses. The concentration prepares students for employment as nutrition and fitness counselors and personal lifestyle coaches.

Nutritional Sciences Concentration

Students gain a strong background in natural and biomedical sciences and nutrition, preparing them for graduate study, medical school, or a career in nutritional research. Supporting courses emphasize the physical and biological sciences and include the social sciences and humanities as well.


Philosophy is the oldest form of systematic, scholarly inquiry. The study of philosophy enhances interpretive abilities in many fields. The curriculum encourages a broad liberal arts background, including courses in second languages. It is not unusual for philosophy majors to also major in other disciplines. The department aims to prepare students for a wide variety of professional goals, including graduate school in philosophy, as well as a variety of other fields such as law, social work, health-care, theology, or business.

General Philosophy Concentration

Students take courses in ethics, logic, ancient Greek philosophy, world philosophies, metaphysics, Islam, feminist philosophies, Asian philosophy, philosophy of language and philosophy of mind.

Global Philosophies & Religions Concentration

Course work in this concentration includes ancient Greek philosophy, contemporary western and eastern religious thought, Islam, philosophies of East Asia, mysticism, and meaning and truth in religion.

Philosophy, Science & Technology Concentration

Course work specific to this concentration includes scientific thought, behavioral science philosophy, environmental ethics, and philosophical issues in professions such as business, engineering, animal science, and health care.


Physics is the study of motion, matter, and energy. It is the most fundamental of the sciences, and it provides the essential underpinnings for chemistry, biology, astronomy, and geology. Physicists probe the structure of atomic nuclei, use lasers to study antimatter at ultra-low temperatures, and develop theories that predict the origin and destiny of the universe. Physics also has applications to a wide variety of tasks, such as creating large-scale circuits, producing high efficiency solar cells, and developing nanomachines. Physics at CSU is a close-knit community in which you will get to work alongside your fellow students and professors.

Applied Physics Concentration

The Applied Physics Concentration combines fundamental course work in physics with a selection of courses in a related discipline, such as optics, computers, chemistry, or medical physics.

Physics Concentration

The Physics Concentration provides a broad background in physics that serves as a base for later specialization, either in graduate school or on the job.

Political Science    

Political science is the study of politics and political action in society. It encompasses international agreements and organizations as well as the patterns of political action which both create and shape them. It encompasses citizen action and the institutions which produce public policy at the local, state, and national levels within the United States. It encompasses systems of voting, political parties, and courts, compared across national political systems. The presence of politics is felt in all areas and sectors of society at all times.


Psychology is the study of human behavior and is one of the most popular and versatile majors at CSU. The major emphasizes a strong background in the sciences (including mathematics, chemistry, biology, statistics, and human physiology) along with writing and laboratory research. This program is also available online for transfer students.

Addictions Counseling Concentration

The Addictions Counseling Concentration provides students with an undergraduate degree in psychology, while completing the required courses for becoming a certified addictions counselor (Level 1) in the state of Colorado.

Clinical/Counseling Psychology Concentration

The Clinical/Counseling Psychology Concentration prepares students to pursue graduate education and careers in clinical and counseling psychology.

General Psychology Concentration

Students who prefer a broad view of the field often choose the General Psychology Concentration.

Industrial/Organizational Concentration

The Industrial/Organizational Concentration prepares students to move into the workforce with a bachelor’s degree or to pursue graduate education in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Mind, Brain & Behavior Concentration

The Mind, Brain, and Behavior Concentration prepares students to be more competitive candidates for graduate programs in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, and sensation and perception.

Restoration Ecology   

Restore. Rehabilitate. Renew. In the Restoration Ecology major, you’ll learn to use active intervention methods and practice repairing and reviving natural areas while examining the science behind biological areas and ecosystems. While the coursework includes everything from the fundamentals of ecology to global cultural awareness to a wide variety of natural resource classes, you’ll also spend a considerable amount of time in the field. The stunning rangelands, forests, and mountains surrounding campus are perfect places to learn, do research and explore, and the CSU Restoration Ecology program is one of the few stand-alone majors of its kind in the nation. In addition to your fieldwork and lab time, you’ll have opportunities to join like-minded students in student restoration groups, where you’ll gain valuable experience, network for future careers, and get paired with a mentor — all while doing meaningful, productive restoration work. Restoration Ecology is the perfect way to transform your passion for protecting our diminishing wildlands into a career.

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Social Work Global & Social Sciences  

The Social Work program provides a strong foundation and prepares students with the knowledge and skills to enter social work practice as a professional. Social work professionals are community problem solvers who intervene in organizational settings, communities, social service agencies, groups, individuals, and families to enhance well-being and promote social and economic justice. Most social workers are employed in fields such as child welfare and family services, mental health, medical social work, school social work, corrections, community organization, or advocacy.

Addictions Counseling Concentration

This concentration provides social work majors the course requirements for becoming a certified addictions counselor (CAC Level 1) in the state of Colorado. Students will be placed in an addictions treatment setting for the required field placement in social work.

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Sociology is the study of social life, focusing on the mutual interaction between human groups and institutions. Human beings, through patterned social interactions, construct and reconstruct the social webs within which they live. The nature and type of social relationships are central to their lives. Sociologists study relationships within family units from the most primitive cultures to interactions of large, bureaucratic institutions in major industrialized nations. Social issues are studied in a variety of ways: direct observation of groups; surveying or interviewing individuals; analyzing historical research; and a variety of other methods.

Criminology & Criminal Justice

The Criminology and Criminal Justice concentration supplements general sociological training with course work focused on the social aspects of crime and criminal justice.

Environmental Sociology Concentration

The Environmental Sociology concentration takes sociology’s long established disciplinary orientation to the world and applies it to the study of nature-society relations.

General Sociology Concentration

The General Sociology concentration is designed to provide students with a broad liberal arts education and a greater understanding and insight into the social systems and processes that bear upon everyday lives.

Soil & Crop Sciences    

Soil and Crop Sciences, the studies of field crops and soils, are the foundation sciences underlying the production and management of food, feed, fiber, and energy crops to meet human needs and to protect the environment. Students are taught the importance of learning soil and crop science principles in alleviating concerns of rapidly increasing world populations, the demand on land for food supplies, and the demand for environmental quality to enhance human comfort and wellbeing.

Agronomic Production Management Concentration

Agronomic Production Management focuses on methods to improve the nutritional value of crops and the quality of seed, as well as increase productivity.

Applied Information Technology Concentration

Students learn to make better decisions in crop, soil, and environmental management systems using technology.  Courses include computer science, data management, and business.

International Soil & Crop Sciences Concentration

Students interested in developing nations learn technical soil and crop science skills and knowledge about the political, social, and cultural aspects of those countries.

Plant Biotechnology, Genetics & Breeding Concentration

The Plant Biotechnology, Genetics, and Breeding concentration provides expertise in the fundamentals of plant molecular biology and their application to crop improvement.

Soil Ecology Concentration

This concentration emphasizes the study of soil organisms and their interactions with each other as well as the physical and chemical environment of soil.

Soil Restoration & Conservation Concentration

Soil Restoration and Conservation graduates provide technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, governments, and others concerned with the conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources.


Statistics is the science of finding meaning in data. Statisticians work with people from a variety of fields to solve problems with analysis – and to present the findings well. Statistics allows you to work in many different areas of science, medicine, business, and other industries. Students who excel in the field of statistics typically have strong quantitative skills, analytical minds, and like to help people solve problems. CSU offers a small department with ample opportunities for internships. With the growing prevalence of big data and the focus on quantitative analysis, there is a high demand for graduates with a statistics major or minor.


The Theatre Major at CSU emphasizes both practice and scholarly study, combining practical training with theory and history, while stressing creative critical thinking. Students are encouraged to engage intellectual and physical approaches to explore diverse cultural forms, historical traditions, and contemporary theatre practice. They will apply foundational knowledge history, philosophy, anthropology, political science, film, art, music, and literature through the lens of serious and disciplined study of acting, theatre design and production, dramaturgy, dramatic criticism, storytelling, and playwriting in theory and practice.

Design & Technology Concentration

Students explore scenic design and stage management in class and work as technicians and assistants in live productions, advancing to leadership roles as designers or stage managers.

General Theatre Concentration

Through courses from each concentration and production experiences, students learn to think on their feet, adapting to a rapid-paced, high-energy career in the performing arts.

Performance Concentration

Student actors gain core physical and vocal training and a variety of approaches to the acting process in a program that values ensemble and collaboration.

Watershed Science   

Watershed Science is the interdisciplinary study of the natural processes and human activities that affect freshwater resources. Water is a critical component of Earth’s ecosystems and is used for human consumption, agriculture, energy production, transportation, and recreation. Sustainable management of freshwater resources is an increasingly important and complex challenge in Colorado and worldwide. The major in Watershed Science focuses on the physical, chemical, social, and biological factors that affect the quantity, quality, and flux of water through engagement in the field, laboratory, and classroom.

Women’s and Gender Studies 

The world is complex, interconnected, and interdependent, which complicates how we understand and relate to one another. A Women’s and Gender Studies degree is not only relevant to navigating today’s world, it also provides a framework for students to apply to their academic, professional, and personal lives. Looking at the world through a Women’s and Gender Studies lens allows us to more directly and effectively address issues of social justice and social change as it pertains to gender relations in the contemporary world. By studying gender relations, students learn skills that work toward dismantling gender-based inequality and promote gender equity in various arenas of social life.

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Zoologists focus on the behavior, health, and life processes of animals. Some study live animals in controlled or natural surroundings, while others study the structure and function of animal cells, tissues, and organ systems. Zoological research applies to farming, medicine, pharmacology, wildlife conservation, pest control, and much more. At CSU, students pursue a foundation in biology, chemistry, and mathematics and then can immerse themselves in specialized areas, including animal behavior, aquatic biology, ecology, genetics and evolution, and cellular/molecular biology and physiology. Students planning to attend veterinary school often major in zoology.