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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, though not every major has a concentration. You also can broaden your studies by adding a minor. With more than 300 academic paths to choose from at CSU, you can explore the majors and concentrations in more detail by reading the descriptions below.

Students also can enter CSU in Exploratory Studies, allowing you to explore your interests without declaring a major right away.

Major tracks

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 Biology  Land, Plant and Animal Sciences Environmental and Natural Resources

Agricultural Biology can help you solve some of the most-critical problems in food and ecosystem sustainability facing the world today. You’ll gain hands-on experience in the lab and the field with plants, microbes, and insects that affect ecosystem health. You’ll learn how to put your love of science into action and will share this experience with a cohort of students who will become your teammates in strengthening the ecosystems that we all depend on for food, fiber, and ecosystem services.

Entomology Concentration

Learn in greater detail how insects affect and can be used to measure ecosystem health. Learn how to manage insects in the environment and about insect biotechnology.

Plant Pathology Concentration

Learn how microbes affect plant and ecosystem health, how they spread through the environment, and how to manage microbes on plants and in the soil with traditional methods and with biotechnology.

Weed Science Concentration

Learn how  weeds spread and are managed to help reduce losses, reduce fire danger in rangelands, and to conserve water resources. Learn how biotechnological discoveries are now used to manage weeds.

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.

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.

Food Systems Concentration

Explore food systems ranging from small-scale localized markets to traditional, commodity-based products to highly specialized, vertically coordinated supply chains. In this programs you’ll be prepared to contribute meaningfully to improving the value provided by our food systems.

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 major is also available online.

Archaeology Concentration

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

Biological Anthropology Concentration

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 and 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 and Production Concentration

Focuses on the development of knowledge and skills necessary to engage in the design of textile and apparel goods. In the program, you 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.

Art (B.A.)  

When you major in Art (B.A.), you’ll take your passions to new levels of creativity and expression. You’ll start with a foundational year, where you’ll get exposure to every medium from drawing to metalsmithing to ceramics to digital art. In the B.A. program, you’ll become adept at studio arts, and can focus on history or integrated visual studies, which combines art coursework with coursework from another discipline.

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 interdisciplinary 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.)  

The B.F.A. in Art is considered the professional degree for studio art and art education majors, allowing you to explore various mediums and gain a foundational knowledge base in art history. You’ll get opportunities to learn from masters of their crafts as well as look back upon art throughout the ages, different forms of expression, and their impact on society. Students are admitted into the 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 is the science that explains how “lifeless” molecules work together to make “living” organisms. The methods of chemistry and molecular biology are used to study complex molecules found in biological materials and the ways these molecules interact to form cells, tissues, and whole organisms. The major provides a strong background in the biological, physical, and mathematical sciences while offering deep, hands-on learning through high-powered research and highly personalized training.

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.”

Data Science Concentration

This concentration is designed to provide a solid background in biochemistry, molecular genetics and cell biology, augmented with computer science, mathematics and statistics. The data science concentration is recommended for students interested in a career in life science data analysis. Students who graduate with this concentration obtain the skills necessary for organizing, analyzing and communicating the meaning of massive data sets.

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 majors study the structure and function of cells, organ systems, and ecology and evolution. In the Bio major, you’ll learn about physiology, behavior, genetics and heredity, toxicology, and laboratory techniques. Underpinning all of this work is a rigorous core of physical science and mathematics courses. You’ll get a solid foundation of understanding in the basic biological sciences, and opportunities to work closely with faculty on research.

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 is a five-year dual-degree program combining engineering, biology, and medicine. In the first two years, you’ll take introductory biomedical engineering courses, as well as foundational math and science courses. The third and fourth years solidify expertise in traditional engineering while building strength in biomedical engineering and physical sciences courses. Your fifth year culminates in a hands-on project with an interdisciplinary team of peers, and you’ll leave the program with two engineering degrees.

Biomedical Sciences   

Whether you dream of being a doctor or developing technological advancements for the medical field, you’ll find your path here. The Biomedical Sciences major centers around how core biological systems apply to human and animal health and disease at the molecular, cellular, and systemic levels. Throughout your studies, you’ll be encouraged to select elective courses and laboratory research in specialty areas to tailor your educational experiences to achieve your career dreams.


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 Business major encourages critical thinking while exploring modern management theories, relevant business practices, and current industry trends. You’ll discover your interests along the way and begin to focus your studies based on your interests and talents. Then you can choose from 10 concentrations to merge your academic focus with your career goals.

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 includes an accelerated option for students to graduate on a faster schedule. 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. This is also offered as an accelerated program.

Computer 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. This program includes an accelerated option for students to graduate on a faster schedule.

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. This program includes an accelerated option for students to graduate on a faster schedule..

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. This program includes an accelerated option for students to graduate on a faster schedule.

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.

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. This program includes an accelerated option for students to graduate on a faster schedule.

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. This program includes an accelerated option for students to graduate on a faster schedule.

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. This program includes an accelerated option for students to graduate on a faster schedule.

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 blend of basic sciences and the skills to describe, predict, and control all changes of matter. You’ll gain 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 production of alternative energy sources and waste prevention. The major offers a curriculum based in math, science, and engineering to provide a well-rounded education for the many different engineering opportunities available upon graduation.


In the Chemistry major, you’ll study the atomic and molecular structure of physical matter and analyze how it changes. You’ll develop a foundation in chemistry and mathematics, followed by specialty courses, as well as hands-on research in labs with state-of-the-art instruments. You’ll be encouraged to participate in ground-breaking research with faculty, and have access to state-of-the-art equipment, including fluorescence, mass spectrometers, vacuum lines, x-ray diffractometers and much more.

Environmental Chemistry

This concentration focuses on teaching the interconnected chemical processes — both naturally occurring and human caused —that shape the environment. You’ll develop and apply analytical skills to measure environmental chemical species and quantify their role in environmental chemistry and learn to communicate the results in policy decisions for questions involving the air, food, soil, and water.

Forensic Chemistry

This concentration focuses on the design of chemical experiments to comprehensively investigate forensic samples.

Health Sciences

This concentration will teach you how to identify the anatomical features of humans or domestic animals and define their physiological roles, along with articulating the role chemistry plays in disease and its treatment.

Sustainable Chemistry

In sustainable chemistry, you’ll explore the unintended consequences associated with the synthesis of compounds ranging from life-enhancing medicines to the materials of modern society. You’ll learn to articulate the thought process used to develop safer, more energy- and material-efficient processes, including the recovery and conversion of waste to raw material.

Civil Engineering   

The Civil Engineering major 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 yearlong senior capstone design experience, along with opportunities for internships and hands-on work.

Communication Studies    

A degree in Communication Studies is fiercely relevant. Comm Studies encompasses the study of oral, written, nonverbal, visual, electronic and computer-mediated communication through film, television, popular culture, relating, organizing, public communication, or citizenship. You’ll hone skills in teamwork, problem solving, persuasion, and interpersonal and intercultural communication that reward you financially and serve you for life. This major includes an accelerated option for students to graduate on a faster schedule. This major is also available online.

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  

Computer engineering blends computer science and electrical engineering to further advancements in digital technology, computer networking, and computer systems. In this major, you’ll focus on how computer systems work and how they integrate into society. You’ll experience the benefits of a smaller department with top-tier faculty, while enjoying the perks of a large university. Research areas span a range of disciplines that include biomedical engineering, communications and signal processing, controls and robotics, electric power and energy systems, electromagnetics and remote sensing, and lasers, optics, and applications.

Aerospace Systems Concentration

In aerospace, you’ll focus on key computer engineering principles in the areas of computer systems, programming, deep-space communications, robotics, flight avionics, and more, enabling you to solve complex engineering problems, such as improved safety-critical hardware design, real-time software programming, satellite communications, and remote sensing methods. Computer engineering students concentrating in aerospace will experience, first hand, the necessity of their major in supporting humanity’s ascent to the stars.

Embedded and IoT Systems

This concentration takes a bird’s-eye view of computer engineering to help students understand how electronic devices, software, and networks function together to enable end-to-end solutions. Coursework focuses on applications of key computer engineering principles in the areas of computer architecture, embedded systems, internet-of-things (IoT), machine learning, computer security, software algorithms, and more.

Networks and Data Concentration

Combining topics from electrical engineering, computer science, and mathematics, this concentration will teach you how to optimize and bolster network systems that process the ever-growing volume of data we produce through our high-tech gadgets and applications. You will work on complex engineering problems, such as emerging 5G/6G networks, deep-space communication, Internet of Things, and social networks.

VLSI and Integrated Circuits Concentration

Very large-scale integration, or VLSI, is the process used to design and create computer chips that enable everything from smart watches to virtual reality applications. This concentration offers students a foundation in computer engineering with specialized training in the VLSI and microelectronics disciplines. VLSI focuses on developing advanced electronic circuits and systems to compute massive amounts of data and turn it into meaningful information.

Computer Science  

In this major, you’ll do more than program. You’ll learn about the algorithms, logic, and math behind software systems and then build your own. You’ll learn to develop software solutions for real-world problems using the latest techniques. Then you’ll learn how to enable software and computers to learn and adapt on their own. You’ll leave with a well-rounded tech background that can take you into almost any field. This major is also available online.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Concentration

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are about creating intelligent systems – systems that perceive and respond to the world around them. AI and ML systems are everywhere, in our cars and smartphones, and businesses of all sizes are investing in these areas. This concentration combines a rigorous computer science degree with coursework in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data.

General Computer Science Concentration

This is a broad computer science program that prepares students for any position in the field. It is the most flexible of the concentrations, allowing you to take with a minor of your choice and/or choose a research area to focus on that topic in your upper-level classes.

Computer Science Education

This concentration will allow you to gain proficiency in software design and development, computing systems, and algorithmic analysis. You’ll work effectively in groups to develop computational solutions to complex problems, and learn to communicate ideas effectively, both generally and specifically, with regard to technology and computing. You’ll learn strong pedagogical practices related to education and computational thinking, and develop lesson plans related to computer science with artifact generation and statistical analysis of artifacts and student performance.

Software Engineering Concentration

Software engineering involves designing, implementing, and maintaining computer programs. Developing modern software systems requires more than programming skills and core computer science concepts. It requires software engineering skills, which are in high demand. The Software Engineering concentration focuses on the concepts, techniques, and tools necessary for software analysis, design, testing, maintenance, and teamwork.

Computing Systems Concentration

Computing systems are integrated devices that input, output, process, and store data and information. They can range from simple sensors and hardware components to phones, laptops, desktops, and entire data centers. Students in this concentration will learn how to design and assess computer systems from a holistic perspective that encompasses big data, algorithms, networking, design, and artificial intelligence/machine learning.

Networks and Security Concentration

Networks connect computers and other devices so they can share information. The Networks and Security concentration involves designing, building, and maintaining networks and protecting them from cyber attacks. This concentration teaches computer networking, systems security (including the latest trends and technologies in cyber-security), ethical hacking, operating systems, databases, and software. Students will also have coursework in networking, systems security (including the latest in cyber security), ethical hacking, operating systems, databases, and software engineering.

Human-Centered Computing Concentration

Human-centered computing focuses on developing tools that improve the relationship between people and technology so people can concentrate on the problem rather than the technology. This concentration will teach you techniques for human-computer interaction using gestures, mobile devices, large surfaces, and virtual environments. Classes span multiple disciplines, including computer vision, machine learning, design, and psychology.

Construction Management   

Construction management is about organization, leadership, and people skills. Through this program, you’ll become an expert 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. You’ll leave the major with a widely applicable degree, on-site experience, and ready to be a top earner.

Dance, B.A.  

The B.A. in Dance offers training in dance technique and performance, choreography, and pedagogy, all designed so you can tailor your education and prepare for a variety of dance-related careers after college. Technique classes in classical and contemporary forms are aimed at achieving a high level of performance and artistry. You’ll have multiple opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge in tangible ways, such as performance of repertoire, supervised teaching, supervised concert direction, and choreography for concerts. A successful audition is required prior to entrance into this major.

Dance, B.F.A.  

The Dance B.F.A. is designed to prepare you for a professional career in dance. In the program, you’ll explore movement expression in a challenging, supportive environment. Curriculum is focused on classical and contemporary dance performance, choreography, and pedagogy. Technique classes in classical and contemporary forms are aimed at achieving an advanced level of performance and artistry. You’ll have multiple opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge in tangible ways, such as performance of repertoire, supervised teaching, supervised concert direction, and choreography for concerts. A successful audition is required prior to entrance into this major.

Dance Education Concentration

The concentration prepares you to teach in elementary and secondary schools, dance studios, and the community at large, with field experience in all three areas. Each of the classes in dance education involves supervised teaching and field experience, giving extensive professional experience while in the program.

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.

Computer Science Concentration

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

Economics Concentration

The economics concentration 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 offers additional upper-level coursework to give students deeper insights into the dynamic world of big data.

Neuroscience Concentration

The neuroscience concentration provides students with the ability to synthesize anatomical, biochemical, physiological, and psychological information that is contained within large data sets to develop hypotheses of nervous system development, structure, function, and regulation.

Statistics Concentration

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

Early Childhood Education  

This major focuses on teaching child development from infancy through age 8, along with early childhood education licensure and director qualifications. It’s unique in that students start out in another major their freshman and sophomore years, complete some prerequisites and then apply for a spot in this major for their junior and senior years. Many enter the program from the Human Development and Family Studies major, and can expect a cohort-like setting of 25-30 students, offering ample face time with faculty and hands-on experience in the field.


Economics provides a rigorous analysis of a range of real-world problems, such as poverty, inflation, unemployment, pollution, crime, taxes, finance, inequality, economic growth and more. You’ll get an education in economic theory and practical application, as well as a strong liberal arts curriculum that includes arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, advanced composition, and statistics. This well-rounded degree provides the skills needed to analyze problems, generate and test ideas, and develop effective communication and quantitative skills. This program includes an accelerated option for students to graduate on a faster schedule. This major is also available online.

Ecosystem Science & Sustainability   

Maybe you’ve always known you wanted to have a career that made an impact. Maybe you’re just now discovering that you can get paid to be a part of the solution to environmental stability. Either way, this major is designed to teach you about the challenges humans face in sustainably managing ecosystem services, as well as the amazing ways in which organisms interact with their environments to form complex ecosystems and cutting-edge solutions for sustainability.

Electrical Engineering  

From GPS to electric power, electrical engineers have developed of a wide array of new technologies. They design, test, and supervise the electrical systems and devices for a range of industries. This major allows you to choose between two concentrations: One covers a broad range of electrical engineering subdisciplines and allows you to focus on an interest with electives. The other focuses on optics and waves, electronics, information processing, and communications.

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.

Aerospace Concentration

This concentration offers specialized training in the aerospace discipline, focusing on applications of key electrical engineering principles in the areas of deep-space communications, robotics, embedded systems, flight avionics, and more. These courses will enable and encourage students to solve complex engineering problems in aerospace such as improved satellite communications, electric propulsion technologies, and remote-sensing methods.


There’s a reason why the English degree is so diverse and applicable. English majors at CSU share a passion for exploring the multiple-and-dynamic ways that the English language is used to meet the demands of life in the 21st century. They develop an understanding of cultures, literary traditions, and they learn how to write for diverse audiences. There’s a world of options open to them in almost any field.

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.

Linguistics Concentration

The Linguistics 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 and Natural Resource Economics    

This major prepares you to apply economic tools to evaluate natural resources and the management of our environment. By studying economic theory, you’ll gain an understanding of environmental issues and learn how to predict effects of government policies. You’ll work to explore solutions to pressing economic and environmental problems. In contrast to other natural resource courses, this major focuses on weighing the private and public implications of choices that we make on local and global scales. This major is also available online.

Environmental Engineering   

Environmental engineers design solutions that prevent future pollution as well as correct existing pollution problems. In the major, you’ll gain a foundation in natural sciences, mathematics, biological sciences, and engineering fundamentals, and progress to engineering applications in air, water, land pollution, and environmental toxicology. Opportunities to focus in areas such as agricultural and environmental measurements, rate-controlled separations, basic hydrology, environmental law, and environmental ethics mean you’ll be even more prepared to enter the workforce after graduation.

Environmental Horticulture     

When you major in Environmental Horticulture, you’ll be moved by the earth’s rhythms and seasons much more than the 9-5. Environmental horticulturists create aesthetically pleasing, functional, and environmentally sound outdoor spaces. They design landscapes like golf courses, botanical gardens, and parks, and manage landscape design firms. In this major, you’ll round out your passion for plants with science- and business-based courses, and choose a concentration to focus on.

Landscape Design and Contracting Concentration

This concentration prepares students for careers in the design-build profession for residential, commercial, and public properties.

Nursery and 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    

Equine Science majors have the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of horses in the business, recreational, and production aspects of the horse industry. Currently, CSU has the most-comprehensive equine program in the United States with major efforts in research, teaching, and public service. In the major, you’ll take foundation courses in the areas of equine reproduction, genetics, and nutrition and disease management, as well as over 20 hands-on courses that cover all aspects of the industry.

Ethnic Studies  

Ethnic Studies majors examine the roles of gender, class, sexuality, and other social differentiations within society. You’ll learn to identify and understand oppression to gain a deeper and more-complex comprehension of the world we live in. You’ll be empowered to realize your own ability to act upon the world. The major aims to nurture civic-minded and culturally informed students who strive to engage with and strengthen their communities.

Community Organizing and Institutional Change

In this program, you’ll learn the history and methods diverse communities have used to seek civil rights. With a focus on recognizing, listening, respectfully engaging, and effectively organizing community efforts to create a more-equitable society, students will be able to help guide organizations and institutions. Through courses focused on policy, organizing, and institutional change, students will recognize and respond to contemporary issues.

Global Race, Power, and Resistance

This program focuses on transnationalism, diaspora, and migration processes highlighting the impacts of colonialism, racial and ethnic ideologies, and imperialism on a global scale. You’ll be prepared for positions in federal, state, and local government, working in public policy, NGOs (Non-Government Organizations) and international organizations like the United Nations, immigration reform and policy.

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 and Consumer Sciences  

This major prepares professionals to enhance the well-being of people and the communities they live in. Because the program is interdepartmental and interdisciplinary, you’ll take a broad range of courses to provide you with the breadth of content you’ll use in your future career. Through coursework and field experience, you’ll gain skills in observation, needs assessment, program development and implementation, and social policy information as these relate to diverse populations.

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Family and Consumer Sciences Interdisciplinary Concentration

This 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 nonprofit work, among others.

Family and 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 and Technology  

This 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, and Conservation Biology   

Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology focuses on teaching students how to be good stewards of our natural resources and how to solve complex environmental problems. You’ll gain a strong foundation in the biological, physical, and social sciences with an emphasis on conservation and sustainability of wild animals and their habitats. A summer field course at CSU’s mountain campus provides students with hands-on learning about natural resource ecology and measurements.

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 people who understand these changes and how forests connect to global, ecological, and social systems. Colorado’s high-elevation grasslands, forests, and riparian areas provide the perfect backdrop for this area of study, and you’ll get plenty of chances to learn outdoors as you become a steward of the lands.

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. 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.


Geology offers both a specialized focus and a broad background in science, allowing for a wide range of career options at completion. Regardless of your concentration area, you’ll participate in labs and classes that largely take place out in the world, giving you hands-on experience that can be directly applied to careers and internships later on. Common careers include water, energy, and mineral jobs, geological hazards management, regulatory management, and education.

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 and 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 History major is designed for students to expand their knowledge about the past, improve their ability to think logically and critically, and sharpen their powers of written and oral expression. History provides a rich background for learning abroad, studying languages, government, law, medicine, and beyond, and History majors at CSU come out with a well-rounded education that opens doors in almost any career field. This program includes an accelerated option for students to graduate on a faster schedule.

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.

Digital and Public History Concentration

Discover and use emerging digital research tools and learn how historians inform and engage the public in museums, documentaries, podcasts, and more. This concentration requires an internship.

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.


You know there’s something miraculous about plants, growing, and being a part of it all. The Horticulture major nourishes that insight, and helps you transform your passion into a thriving career. You’ll use scientific principles in the growing, marketing and utilizing of fruits, vegetables, flowers, trees, and grasses. You’ll gain a strong grounding in botany and chemistry, and come out with skills to surround your life with all things green. This major is also available online.

Controlled-Environment Horticulture Concentration

Controlled-environment agriculture is a technology-based approach to crop production that focuses on optimizing an environment within a protected structure to facilitate desired plant growth and development. In this concentration, you will gain hands-on experience with the management of controlled-environment systems for the production and improvement of both floriculture and food crops.

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.

Hospitality and Event Management   

Hospitality and Event Management provides students with broad, business-focused knowledge and skills that 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 and Family Studies   

In this major, you’ll learn to identify factors that influence cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development through infancy, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, later adulthood and aging. Coursework and an internship prepare you to work in a variety of settings including youth services, education programs, healthcare, juvenile and adult corrections, family and community services, and long-term care facilities.  This major includes an accelerated option for students to graduate on a faster schedule. This major 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 Advocacy Concentration

Students in this concentration are prepared to work with diverse populations across a spectrum of human services positions in healthcare, education, mental health, government, business; as well as for a career pathway as directors, managers, or owners within these fields. This concentration includes coursework in advocacy and social justice as well as opportunities to study finance, management, marketing, public policy, professional communication, and leadership.

Pre-Health Professions Concentration

This concentration prepares students for careers in healthcare and to obtain graduate training. Career opportunities include 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    

This major focuses on the understanding the social aspect of natural resources, as well as developing the skills to assess, plan and, implement strategies that lead to successful conservation. As an HDNR major, you’ll take science courses and do field work, but you’ll also become trained in thoughtful and professional communication, public speaking, and writing. You’ll come out with career opportunities that stretch from conservation to government policy, exploration to education, and beyond.

Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts     

In ILA, you can design your education around the humanities, arts, languages, literature, and social sciences to suit your personal interests. The broad knowledge you gain will foster skills you’ll need for success: core competencies, personal development, professional excellence, interpersonal confidence and expertise, and a deeper understanding of the complex world in which we live. You’ll graduate with strong skills in communication, writing, problem solving, and creative thinking, along with a wide range of career paths open to you. This major includes an accelerated option for students to graduate on a faster schedule. This major is also available online.

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. This major is also accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

International Studies    

The International Studies major is an interdisciplinary program designed to help you explore and understand the nature of diverse cultures and peoples. You’ll learn a broad range of subjects, all of which contribute to a wide range of job prospects from government, academics, law and foreign service to communications, media, journalism, and beyond. Within the major, you’ll have multiple opportunities to travel, learn languages, and explore cultures around the world. This major includes an accelerated option for students to graduate on a faster schedule.

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.

Global Studies Concentration

This concentration familiarizes students with diverse cultures and peoples and with a broad, connective approach to contemporary global issues. It includes a choice of courses across a wide range of disciplines, emphasizing international and global history, politics, language and cultures, economics, and environmental studies.

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 and Media Communication    

Perhaps one of the best well-rounded educational backgrounds, Journalism and Media Communication touches on skills that are needed not only for career success but for success in life. The degree features a powerful multimedia curriculum that invites creativity. Courses help students build their communication expertise, critical thinking skills, and conceptual understanding. Advanced courses provide specialized media training including a real-world internship or practicum. The result is unlimited potential, as demonstrated by our graduates. This major includes an accelerated option for students to graduate on a faster schedule. This major is also available online.

Landscape Architecture    

Studying Landscape Architecture is an adventure. Taking part in a challenging course of study, you’ll prepare 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. Throughout the program you’ll explore the relationship between design, nature, and society, as well as the impact of humans on the environment, and come out ready for a career with an office under the open skies.

Language, Literatures, and Cultures   

It’s no secret that knowing other languages opens doors to a world of opportunities. This major offers undergraduate instruction in 10 languages, concentrations in French, German and Spanish, and opportunities for education abroad. You’ll gain the ability to communicate in another tongue, but also to analyze literary texts and films, to understand the workings of language, to appreciate diversity and to interact successfully across cultures.

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.

Spanish for the Professions

This concentration provides students with a foundation in Spanish for professional contexts, such as animal care, business, health care, and translation and interpreting. This concentration includes an accelerated option for students to graduate on a faster schedule.

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.


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. In this major, you’ll take core courses like calculus, matrices and linear equations, advanced calculus, abstract algebra, linear algebra, computer programming, and statistics, and you’ll be able to choose from six concentrations to focus your studies further. At CSU, the math department is committed to helping students succeed. This major includes an accelerated option for students to graduate on a faster schedule.

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.

Computational Mathematics Concentration

The Computational Mathematics Concentration is a new concentration under the Mathematics major. Please refer to the department for more information.

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.

Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing explores manufacturing techniques, automation, simulation, and processing of materials.

Aerospace Engineering Concentration

Study the design, manufacturing, and operating techniques of machines capable of air flight. Our government research laboratory and faculty experienced the aerospace industry guide students through the subjects of fluid mechanics, chemical propulsion, stability and control, and structures for aircraft and rockets that fly within and above Earth’s atmosphere.

Music (B.A.)  

This major allows students to study music within a larger context of a liberal arts education. In lieu of a larger number of music credits, you’ll complete credits in an area outside of music, such as business, history, languages, or any other area offered by the University. You’ll come out with a musical discipline and a broad background to prepare you for almost any career path. An audition is required prior to entrance into the B.A. in Music.

Music (B.M.)  

The bachelor of music (B.M.) prepares you to become a highly skilled music educator, music therapist, performer, composer, and/or conductor. In addition to in-depth work with your instrument of choice, you’ll choose from a variety of concentrations and options help you focus your studies and gain valuable career exposure. Throughout your coursework, you’ll develop high standards of teaching, scholarship, performance, and research in music, and enjoy small class sizes, personalized instruction, and a friendly community. A successful audition is required prior to entrance into any B.M. program.

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   

Travel lovers know the value in experiencing the world, and the Natural Resources Tourism major is designed for those who want to pursue this as a career. Two concentrations within the major help you design your dream job, offering courses in tourism management, marketing and planning, natural resources, studies abroad, and social science that will give you the skills for managing recreation and tourism enterprises. This major includes an accelerated option for students to graduate on a faster schedule. This major is also available online.

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 resource managers work in conservation in national parks, help shape public environmental policy, and far beyond. An interdisciplinary approach in this major means you’ll get a science-based foundation along with an understanding of the interconnectedness of social, political, and ecological systems. You’ll discuss issues from individual citizen engagement in conservation all the way up to global climate change. Field experience is key, and you’ll unlock this door with ecological investigation and resource management skills gained at CSU’s Mountain Campus and through internships, study abroad, and more.

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 Neuroscience major is an interdisciplinary degree with faculty in 10 departments across campus and strong foundations in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biological sciences. Both concentrations require completion of an undergraduate thesis, providing opportunities for experiential learning in research laboratories, where you’ll work closely with faculty and can author original publications. Neuroscience majors have wide career options after graduation, complete with preparation for grad school, if desired.

Behavioral and 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 and Molecular Neuroscience Concentration

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

Nutrition and Food Science Health, Life & Food Sciences 

If you are interested in improving quality of life through nutrition, this major might be for you. 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 and 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 Science Concentration

This concentration blends a strong science base with courses in food chemistry, food safety, food microbiology and nutrition.

Food Systems Concentration

This concentration provides students with the background necessary for understanding the complex challenges associated with global food systems and the broad range of impacts on public health and the environment.

Pre-Health Nutrition Concentration

This is a great concentration if you are interested in graduate, medical, dental, or other professional degree programs.

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.


Studying philosophy develops critical-thinking skills and cross-cultural understanding to be a more-informed and engaged citizen. Philosophers think about the big questions: Do we have free will? What can we know? How should I live my life? Philosophy allows you to enter into conversations that feature great thinkers and important ideas. Philosophy pairs easily with other majors to give you a broad, highly applicable education.

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 and Religions Concentration

Coursework 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, and Technology Concentration

Coursework 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.

General Physics Concentration

This 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    

The transformative effects of political action are seen virtually everywhere, which is why this major includes coursework in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and public policy and administration. During your time in the major, you’ll be strongly encouraged to complete internships and to study abroad, and required to add a second major or minor in another field to complement their political science training with additional skills and knowledge. This major includes an accelerated option for students to graduate on a faster schedule.

Environmental Politics and Policy

This concentration is designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills to analyze the connections between politics and the natural world, and pursue careers in environmental politics and policy making. Students will learn about how political forces contribute to environmental degradation, the process for developing environmental policies, strategies to assess the strengths and weaknesses of different policy approaches, and how political forces can be harnessed to develop effective responses to problems such as climate change, water and air pollution, food security, and energy provision.

Global Politics and Policy

Students will develop the knowledge and skills to analyze political relationships between and within countries and to pursue careers in international affairs. They’ll learn about different systems of government, state-and-society relations in various parts of the world, the ways that public and private actors interact, as well as the causes of and responses to domestic and international conflict.

U.S. Government, Law, and Policy

This concentration is designed to prepare students to become future leaders in the public sector. Coursework will educate students about the political processes and the legal environment of all levels of American government, as well as the processes of policy making and the administrative apparatus used to implement public policy.


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. Within the major, you can choose between five specialized concentrations to gain even more educational depth in your career path of choice. This major includes an accelerated option for students to graduate on a faster schedule. This major is also available online.

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 and Behavior Concentration

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

Restoration Ecology   

Restoration Ecology is a great way to transform your passion for protecting our diminishing wildlands into a career. In this 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. The classes include everything from the fundamentals of ecology to global cultural awareness to a wide variety of natural resource classes, and 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. You’ll also have opportunities to join like-minded students in student restoration groups.

Social Work Global & Social Sciences  

Join one of the most high-impact learning environments and discover how your passion and skills can align for a future making positive change. This major focuses on social justice, equality, anti-oppression, and enhancing human health and well-being. You will prepare for a variety of work in fields such as child welfare, mental health, school social work, corrections, or advocacy. Then you’ll be placed in a social work agency or program in a community setting for hands-on learning experiences.

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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The challenges facing our world today are increasingly global. Sociology offers the critical analytical, research, and communication skills sought by employers looking for people who can successfully navigate complex situations, work in teams, and make solid professional contributions to effective solutions. Sociology offers students virtually unlimited opportunities to make a positive difference in a wide range of career fields.

Criminology and 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 and Crop Sciences    

In this major, you’ll focus on field crops and soils, learning the foundation sciences underlying the production and management of food, feed, and energy crops to meet human needs and protect the environment. Special emphasis is placed on production efficiency and the conservation of soil, energy, plants, and water. You’ll get broad-based coverage of natural and social sciences, communication skills, and opportunities to explore interests and leadership potential.

Plant Biotechnology

Crop improvement, whether through breeding or genetic engineering, is one of the most-important drivers of agricultural innovation. Students in this concentration gain a firm foundation in fundamental principles of genetics and crop breeding and explore new, rapidly evolving technologies that enable us to develop crop varieties that are more-nutritious, resilient to climate change, and disease resistant.

Soil Science and Environmental Solutions

This concentration applies fundamental principles and techniques in soil science to solving complex, real-world environmental sustainability challenges. Students learn how the interactions of plants, the microbiome, and the soil food web with the soil’s physical and chemical environment support life on earth, improve water quality, and impact our climate.

Sustainable Agricultural Management

Students gain a solid foundation of agronomic principles and practices to achieve economic and environmental sustainability while helping design and development the agroecosystems of tomorrow. Students build practical knowledge of farming systems and utilize advanced technologies to drive decision making in cropping system management, while maintaining or improving soil health.


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 are job opportunities for statisticians in virtually every field from science to medicine to entertainment to politics and beyond.


Passion. Innovation. Creative expression. When you major in Theatre at CSU, these words are much more than aspirations; you’ll live in them every single day. Right from the start, you’ll get to specialize in your interest area and get deep experience to prepare you for your career. A successful audition or portfolio review is required prior to entrance into any of the B.A. in Theatre concentrations.

Costume Design and Technology Concentration

This concentration helps student develop their unique artistic visions as costume, makeup, and hair designers and technicians. It offers students practice in the research, technical, and conceptual skills necessary to design and build costumes for the stage, dance, or film, including vocabulary and best practices, the universal language of clothes, primary research, and diverse aesthetic styles to build characters.

Lighting Design and Technology Concentration

Students take Drawing for Theatre, Computer-Assisted Drafting for Theatre, two levels of lighting design courses, Projection Design, Design Portfolio and Professional Prep, and are required to explore other fields of design (such as projection design, sound design, costume design, or set design) to better understand the collaborative effort of creating a world onstage.

Musical Theatre Concentration

Students practice singing, dancing, and acting, along with learning musical-theatre history, theory, and repertoire. Students train to analyze and perform contemporary and classical scripts as actors, to effectively deliver highly physical staging or dance, and to practice healthy habits that support a lifetime of vocal production for the stage, screen, and/or recording. A successful audition is required prior to entrance into this concentration.

Performance Concentration

This concentration offers extensive opportunity in both the study and practice of theatrical performance. The concentration features foundational to advanced courses in multiple acting styles, approaches to acting, and entry points for the experience and vocabulary of performance.

Projection Design and Technology Concentration

Students take Drawing for Theatre, Computer Assisted Drafting for Theatre, two levels of projection design courses, Projection Design, Design Portfolio and Professional Prep, and are required to explore other fields of design (such as sound design, lighting design, costume design, or set design) to better understand the collaborative effort of creating a world onstage.

Set Design Concentration

Students explore creative concepts of set design for theatre, musicals, opera, dance, and industry, as well as production design and art direction for film and television while reinforcing their training through practical application in main-stage productions of music, theatre, and dance.

Sound Design and Technology Concentration

Students take Drawing for Theatre, Computer-Assisted Drafting for Theatre, two levels of Sound Design courses, Projection Design, Design Portfolio & Professional Prep, and are required to explore other fields of design (such as Projection Design, Lighting Design, Costume Design or Set Design) to better understand the collaborative effort of creating a world onstage.

Watershed Science and Sustainability   

Water impacts every aspect of life from environmental stability to global political issues. The Watershed Science and Sustainability major is designed to give you a broad, scientific foundation in the study of water, how it moves across the land, and how different human activities affect water. You’ll come out with an array of job possibilities in the public and private sector, as well as skills to help preserve and protect earth’s most-important resource. The program capitalizes on its proximity to the Rocky Mountains, High Plains, and basins of Colorado to give students unique educational opportunities in outdoor laboratories.

Watershed Data Concentration

This concentration focuses on fusing data science skills and techniques with deep knowledge of the physical, chemical, social, and biological factors that affect the quantity and quality of water as it moves through ecosystems. Students will engage in field, laboratory, and classroom research in both watershed and data science courses, and graduate with a Minor in Applied Data Science in addition to their major.

Watershed Science Concentration

This concentration 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. Students begin their program with core courses that build a strong foundation in the physical and natural sciences in preparation for upper-division coursework in land use and snow hydrology, land use and water quality, and watershed problem analysis.

Watershed Sustainability Concentration

Students will focus on how human systems interact with the physical, chemical, and biological processes in watersheds. They will combine foundational science courses with background in sociology and economics, in preparation for upper division courses on water resources, water economics, and sustainability.

Women’s and Gender Studies 

This interdisciplinary program examines the cultural and social construction of gender, explores the history, experiences, and contributions of women to society, and studies the influences of gender on the lives of women and men. Looking at the world through this lens allows us to more directly and effectively address issues of social justice and social change. 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. In the Zoology major, you’ll study biology, chemistry, and mathematics, and then immerse yourself 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.