Environment and Sustainability Comprehensive Major: Public Land Management Emphasis

Program Requirements 

The Public Lands Management emphasis focuses on the content and skills necessary for understanding and facilitating the integration of land, water, energy, wildlife, and human societies; the integration of public and private land decisions; and the integration of the wildland-urban interface to manage diverse stakeholder values and interests toward sustainable and resilient environmental relationships. This emphasis takes advantage of Gunnison County's public lands; tremendous natural resource wealth and thus, tensions among diverse stakeholders concerning the best use of those resources; and numerous government agencies, environmental nonprofits, extractive industries, recreationists, and ranchers all actively negotiating the values of these lands. 

A minimum of 62 credits is required for the Environment & Sustainability Comprehensive Major: Public Land Management Emphasis. 

Public Land Management Emphasis students must take BIOL 151 in place of BIOL 130 and BIOL 135. Public Land Management Students must select MATH 213 in their menu of math courses. 

ENVS 100Introduction to Environment and Sustainability (GT-SS2)3
ENVS 200Writing the Environment3
ENVS 250Environmental Justice3
ENVS 260Introduction to Public Lands Management4
ENVS 301Science of Sustainability and Resilience3
ENVS 350U.S. and Western Environmental Politics3
ENVS 390Environmental Monitoring4
ENVS 400Applied Sustainability3
ENVS 410Environmental Ethics3
ENVS 435Environmental Grant Writing1
ENVS 499Internship in Environmental Studies3
Select two of the following:6
Cultural Resource Management
Botany (with laboratory)
Spring Fungi Rocky Mountains (with laboratory)
Wildlife Ecology and Management (with laboratory)
Conservation Biology
Biology of Fishes
Fisheries Management (with laboratory)
Aquatic Ecology (with laboratory)
Forest Ecology (with laboratory)
Introduction to Soil Science
History of the National Parks Service
Interpretation of Natural and Cultural History
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Required Supporting Courses
BIOL 151Diversity and Patterns of Life (with laboratory)4
BIOL 301General Ecology3
ECON 215Environmental Economics3
GEOG 340Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
MATH 213Probability and Statistics3
Select one of the following:3-4
Energy and the Environment (GT-SC2)
Physical Geology (GT-SC2)
and Physical Geology Laboratory (GT-SC1)
Select one of the following:1
This Is The Headwaters
Headwaters Conference
Select one of the following:3
Cultural Anthropology (with laboratory)
Cultural Ecology
Borderlands: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
Politics of the Environment
Politics of Social Movements
Human Rights
The Global South
Political Economy
Environmental Psychology
Multicultural Psychology
Social Psychology
Environmental Sociology
Social Problems
Social Movements
Social Inequalities
Total Credits62-63

Capstone Course Requirement

The following course in the Environment and Sustainability Major fulfills the capstone course requirement: ENVS 400 Applied Sustainability.

Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate programs require a minimum of 120 semester credits for graduation.  Of those 120 credits, 40 credits must be in upper-division courses (those marked 300 and above).  Fifteen of these 40 upper-division credits must be earned in courses that are part of the standard or comprehensive major program being pursued. 

Students are expected to review all graduation requirements, which can be found in the Western Undergraduate Catalog: Graduation Requirements

Degree Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
BIOL 151 Diversity and Patterns of Life (with laboratory) 4
ENG 102 Academic Writing (GT-CO1) 3
ENVS 100 Introduction to Environment and Sustainability (GT-SS2) 3
Gen Ed General Education (Area I, II, or III) 3
HWTR 100 First Year Seminar 1
HWTR 398 Headwaters Conference 1
COM 202 Academic Writing and Inquiry (GT-CO2) 3
Elective Elective or minor course 3
Gen Ed General Education (Area I, II, or III) 3
GEOL 101
GEOL 105
Physical Geology (GT-SC2)
or Energy and the Environment (GT-SC2)
MATH 213 Probability and Statistics 3
Year Two
Elective Elective or minor course 2-3
ENVS 200 Writing the Environment 3
ENVS 250 Environmental Justice 3
ENVS 260 Introduction to Public Lands Management 4
Gen Ed General Education (Area II) 3
BIOL 301 General Ecology 3
ECON 215 Environmental Economics 3
Gen Ed General Education (Area I or III) 9
Year Three
Elective Elective or minor course 3
Electivechosen from selection of classes on cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, sex, sexuality, and/or class contexts 3
ENVS 301 Science of Sustainability and Resilience 3
ENVS 325 Introduction to Soil Science 4
ENVS 350 U.S. and Western Environmental Politics 3
Elective Elective or minor course 3
ENVS 370 Water Policy and Politics (Recommended ENVS elective) 3
ENVS 390 Environmental Monitoring 4
ENVS 435 Environmental Grant Writing 1
GEOG 340 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
ENVS 499 Internship in Environmental Studies (Recommended but optional) 3
Year Four
Elective Elective or minor course 12
ENVS 410 Environmental Ethics 3
Elective Elective or minor course 9
ENVS 400 Applied Sustainability 3
ENVS 499 Internship in Environmental Studies (if not taken over summer) 3
 Total Credits123-124