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Water Studies Academic Programs

The OWOW Center offers three academic programs: Water Studies Minor, Water Studies Certificate, and a Water Studies Online Certificate. Here is a quick guide to the differences between the three programs. Please visit their individual pages found in the left side menu for more information. 

  Minor Certificate Online Certificate
Credits 18 15 Not for academic credit
Internship and/or Capstone Project Yes No Yes
Must be Degree Seeking Student Yes No No
Available to Post-bac Student No No Yes
Interdisciplinary Yes Yes Yes
Contact Tom Cech Nona Shipman Innovative & Lifelong Learning


Available Water Studies Core Courses, Fall 2020


GEG 1910 Global Water Concerns
MW, 12:30-1:45 pm
Instructor: TBD
CRN 54199

W, 5:30-8:00 pm
Instructor: Miller-Robbie
CRN 54225

TR 2:00-3:15 pm
Instructor: TBD
CRN 55792

MW 8:00-9:15 am
Instructor: White
CRN 55791

Instructor: Katz
CRN 55361


ENV 3400: Water Resources
MW 11:00-12:15 pm
Instructor: Bellinger
CRN 51260

Examples of Approved Electives
*This is just a small list of examples. Approved electives include but are not limited to this list.


BIO 1000 Human Biology for Non-Majors
BIO 1030 General Biology for Non-Majors
BIO 1080 General Biology I
BIO 1081 General Biology II
CAS 1710 Interpersonal Communication
CAS 2730 Communication and Conflict
CHE 1010 Chemistry and Society
CHE 1100 Principles of Chemistry
CHE 1800 General Chemistry
CHS 490C Acequias: Water, Land, and Community
CET 3320 Environmental Impact Statements
CET 3330 Environmental Technology Process
COM 3670 Writing for Environmental Industry
ENV 1200 Intro to Environmental Science
ENV 2100 Basic Water Sampling/Analysis
ENV 1540 Geological/Environmental Hazards: Denver & Vicinity
ENV 4000 Environmental Geology
ENV 4200 Environmental Policy & Planning
ENV 4430 Habitat Planning
ENV 4450 Stream Ecology
ENV 492A Topics in ENV: Snow Hydrology
ENV 4960 Global Environmental Challenge
GIS 2250 Intro to Geographic Information Systems
GEG 2020 Geography of Colorado
GEG 3300 Land Use, Culture, and Conflict
GEG 3610 Principle of Land Use Planning
GEL 1020 Geology of Colorado
GEL 1150 Physical Oceanography
GEL 3420 Soil Resources
HIS 3426 Colorado Water & the American West
HTE 3030 Sustainable Tourism
JRN 3570 Covering the Environment
JRN 4890 Social Documentary
MET 1000 Intro to Mechanical Engineering Technology
MTR 1300 Colorado Weather Extremes
MTR 1400 Weather and Climate
MTR 1600 Global Climate Change
MTR 2020 Weather and Climate Lab
NAS 1000 Intro to Native American Studies
NAS 3200 Native American Politics
PSC 3230 Environmental Politics
PSY 1001 Introductory Psychology
RECR 1870 Intro to Recreation & Park Services
SOC 1010 Intro to Sociology

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