• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Curriculum for this Human Dimensions of Natural Resources major at Colorado State University trains students in the areas of communication, leadership, systems thinking, collaboration, conflict management, decision-making, social science research in conservation, and conservation planning and management. 

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Comprehend the institutions, policies and actors that influence conservation outcomes and historical perspectives
  • Understand the role of social science in achieving conservation outcomes
  • Recognize and articulate the interdependencies and linkages within social-ecological systems, and how these linkages assist in understanding the drivers, processes and outcomes of environmental issues
  • Gain appreciation for the value and benefit in addressing environmental issues through inclusive processes that invite a diversity of perspectives, world views and ways of knowing
  • Acquire skills to critically analyze social science research, and examine the role between human dimensions research and environmental decision-making
  • Gain skills to effectively engage stakeholders in conservation action, and recognize their personal strengths and limits in influencing others to achieve positive conservation outcomes
  • Acquire skills to effectively plan, design and deliver communication campaigns to achieve environmental outcomes
  • Comprehend and critically analyze the policies, institutions and actors that influence environmental decision-making at different scales
  • Gain the skills to effectively address conservation problems through application of theory, inquiry, planning and related techniques

Potential Occupations

Students are prepared for various positions with local, state and federal land management and natural resource agencies in the United States. Opportunities are also available both domestically and abroad with non-governmental, and nonprofit conservation and development organizations as well as private foundations. 

Examples of the types of positions include conservation planner/administrator, environmental communication specialist, conservation/environmental educator, nature center coordinator, visitor services manager, public outreach coordinator, public information officer, protected area manager, park/wilderness ranger, communication coordinator, policy liaison, environmental analyst and others.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Biological Diversity 
  • Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources 
  • Natural Resources History and Policy 
  • Pre-lnternship 
  • Conservation Leadership 
  • Social Aspects of Natural Resource Management 
  • Principles in Conservation Planning and Mgmt
  • Human Dimensions Research and Analysis

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • All first-year freshman students will submit an application using the Common Application. Your application will be reviewed after we receive all of the required items.
  • $50 application fee
  • Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Recommendation

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  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31712 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31712 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    31712 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31712 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12260 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Fort Collins

  • 1210 - 1800 USD/month
    Living Costs

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