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Required Courses 
Course CodeCourse Name Credits Prerequisites
AREC/ECON 240Issues in Environmental Economics3
AREC 342Water Law, Policy, and Institutions3
GR/WR 304 Sustainable Watersheds3Completion of the AUCC 1B Mathmatics requirement
Foundations of Water

Select a minimum of 6 credits from the following course groups with no more than one course per group

 Course CodeCourse NameCreditsPrerequisites
BiologyBZ 104Basic Concepts of Plant Life3
BZ 110Principles of Animal Biology3
BZ 120Principles of Plant Biology 4
FW 204Introduction to Fishery Biology 3
LIFE 103Biology of Organisms - Animals and Plants 4LIFE 102
ChemistryCHEM 103Chemistry in Context3
CHEM 107Fundamentals of Chemistry4MATH 117 or placement out of MATH 117 or MATH 141
or MATH 155 or MATH 160 or MATH 161 or MATH 229
or MATH 261 or concurrent registration in any of the above
CHEM 113General Chemistry II3CHEM 107 or CHEM 111 or CHEM 117; MATH 124
or placement out of MATH 124 or MATH 141 or MATH 155
or MATH 160 or MATH 161 or MATH 229 or MATH 261 or concurrent registration in any of the above
GeographyGR 100Introduction to Geography3
GR/ESS 210Physical Geography3
EcologyESS 211Foundations in Ecosystem Science3GR/ESS 210
ESS 311Ecosystem Ecology3ESS 211
LAND/LIFE 220Fundamentals of Ecology3Three credits of 100-level biology or HORT 100;
Three credits of 100-level mathematics
LIFE 320Ecology3BZ 101 or BZ 104 or BZ 110 or BZ 120 or LIFE 102;
MATH 141 or MATH 155 or MATH 160
GeologyGEOL 120 Exploring Earth: Physical Geology 3
GEOL 122The Blue Planet: Geology of our Environment3
GEOL 124Geology of Natural Resources3
GEOL 150Physical Geology for Scientists and Engineers4
PhysicsPH 110Descriptive Physics3
PH 121General Physics5MATH 125 or concurrent registration or MATH 155 or
concurrent registration or MATH 157 or concurrent registration
or MATH 160 or concurrent registration
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers 5MATH 126 or concurrent registration; MATH 155 or concurrent
registration or MATH 159 or concurrent registration or MATH
160 or concurrent registration
Context of Water

Select a minimum of 6 credits from the following courses with no more than four credits per subject code

 Course Code Course NameCredits Prerequisites
Sociological/
Economic
GES 101Foundations of Environmental Sustainability3
AGRI/IE 270World Interdependence - Population and Food3
AREC 341Environmental Economics3AREC 202 or ECON 202; AREC 240 or ECON 240
CON 476Sustainable Practices - Design and Construction 3
E 339Literature of the Earth3CO 150
JTC 461Writing about Science, Health, and Environment3JTC 210 or JTC 300 or LB 300
NR 320Natural Resource History and Policy 3
PHIL 320Ethics of Sustainability3
PHIL 345Environmental Ethics3
POLS 361U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy 3POLS 101
SOC 323Sociology of Environmental Governance3SOC 100 or SOC 105; minimum of 30 credits
SOC 461Water, Society, and Environment3SOC 100 or SOC 105
BZ 415Marine Biology4BC 351 or BC 401; BZ 214
BZ 471Stream Biology and Ecology3LAND 220/LIFE 220 or LIFE 320
BZ 474Limnology3LAND 220/LIFE 220 or LAND 320
ERHS 320Environmental Health - Water and Food Safety3MIP 300 or concurrent registration
FW 300Biology and Diversity of Fishes2BZ 111 or LIFE 103
FW 400Conservation of Fish in Aquatic Ecosystems3FW 300; LIFE 320
LAND/HORT 368Landscape Irrigation and Water Conservation3HORT 100 or LAND 110
Physical ATS 150Science of Global Climate Change3
CIVE 322Basic Hydrology3CBE 331 or CIVE 300 or WR 416;
CIVE 202 or STAT 301 or STAT 315
CIVE 330Ecological Engineering3BZ 110; BZ 111 or BZ 120 or LIFE 102 or
SOCR 240; CHEM 113; CIVE 300 or LIFE 320
CIVE 413Environmental River Mechanics3CIVE 300 or WR 416
CIVE 423Groundwater Engineering3CBE 331 or CIVE 300 or WR 416
CIVE 440Nonpoint Source Pollution3CIVE 300 or CIVE 322 or SOCR 240 or WR 416
GEOL 452Hydrogeology 4GEOL 120 or GEOL 122 or GEOL 124 or
GEOL 150 or GR 210; MATH 161 or MATH 255; PH 141
SOCR 370Irrigation Principles2HORT 100 or SOCR 100; BZ 120 or SOCR 240
SOCR 371Irrigation of Field Crops1SOCR 370
WR 406Seasonal Snow Environments3Junior or senior standing
WR 416Land Use Hydrology3GEOL 120 or GEOL 122 or GEOL 124 or
GEOL 150 or SOCR 240; CIVE 202 or STAT 201 or
STAT 301 or STAT 307 or STAT 315; PH 110 or
PH 121 or PH 141
WR 418Land Use and Water Quality3CHEM 103; CHEM 104 or CHEM 107;
CHEM 108 or CHEM 111; CHEM 112
WR 474Snow Hydrology3

Additional Requirements 

  • Note courses with prerequisites. Check the Courses section of the CSU Catalog at to verify course prerequisites
  • No more than 4 credits per subject code may be counted toward the Context of Water requirement
  • A minimum of 12 upper-division (300-400 level) courses are required to complete the SWIM
  • Enrollment in CON 476 is limited to Construction Management majors only

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