Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Bachelor of Science
Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
Do you have a desire to manage and protect the world's natural resources? Are you interested in sustainability as it relates to science, policy, and social contexts? Are you excited about dabbling in a wide variety of science courses? If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider a major in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability.

The Ecosystem Science and Sustainability program provides students with the skills needed to understand and sustainably manage the natural resources that society is increasingly dependent upon. The curriculum provides students with a strong scientific foundation in ecosystem ecology integrated with a broad knowledge of the cultural, social, economic and political issues that are shaping the issue of sustainability. Students learn to integrate the latest science into real-world decision-making and public policy, with the goal of managing natural resources responsibly.

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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Strong interest in natural resources and sustainability issues
* Aptitude for natural sciences
* Interest in the physical and biological sciences
* Desire to understand sustainability practices
* Strong analytical ability
* Organizational and decision-making skills
* Adaptable to changing conditions and environments
* Able to work in a team or independently
* Able to write and speak accurately and clearly
* Interest in data and policy analysis
* Interest in policy formation and implementation
* Prefers hands-on work

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
Graduates of this program have a strong knowledge of ecosystem science combined with a global perspective on sustainability, making them highly desirable to employers and well-qualified for a variety of careers listed below. Employment opportunities for graduates are found in consulting firms, government agencies, international development and resource management agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry. Participation in internships, volunteer activates, or cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance your practical training and development. Career occupations include but are not limited to:
* Sustainability Manager
* Ecosystems Researcher
* Environmental Analyst
* Natural Resource Science Specialist
* Agricultural Sustainability Advisor
* Corporate Environmental Consultant
* Ecosystem Sustainability Educator
* Biological Science Technician
* Climate Change Scientist
* Conservation Associate
* Invasive Species Specialist

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* Ecosystem Science & Sustainability (ESS) Club
* Watershed Club

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MORE INFORMATION
Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
Natural and Environmental Sciences Building
1231 East Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1476
970-491-5589
http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/ess-home

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