COSA Conservation & Tourism Graduate Programs | Colorado State University

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EMPOWER people to Explore and SUSTAIN the world

The graduate programs in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University exist to meet the complex challenges of natural resource management with a growing global population. We do this through understanding and attending to the needs and values of humans, human society, and culture as they relate to the conservation and enjoyment of the natural environment.

At our core, HDNR is centered around interdisciplinary learning and discovery in conservation and tourism to benefit people and the natural world. If you are looking to make an impact on the lives and ecosystems of the planet, then HDNR might be for you!

Register for Informational Webinar | Feb. 6th

HDNR Graduate Programs Informational Webinar

On Tuesday, February 6th, from 5:30-6:30pmMT our graduate program coordinators will be hosting an informational webinar via Zoom.

The informational webinar will consist of:

  • An overview of the HDNR Department
  • Information on the kathryn.metzger with any questions. In the meantime, please find more information on our website.

Graduate Programs in
Human Dimensions of Natural Resources:

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Group of diverse conservationists in rainforest with phrase "Master of Conservation Leadership."
Mountain lake background with group of women in foreground with phrase "Master of Tourism Management."
Women taking photo of a monkey with phrase "Graduate Certificate in Communication for Conservation."
CSU logo with title of academic department - Human Dimensions of Natural Resources.

Our Focus:

Stewardship of the Environment
The department is dedicated to the education and involvement of diverse publics in natural resource decisions. HDNR has more than 90 years of collaborative research in parks and protected areas and contributes to informed decision making while conveying a broad based understanding of the ways humans value, use and depend on the natural environment.

Social Aspects of Ecosystems, Livelihoods, and Tourism
Global natural resource management and recreation involves integrated approaches that connect physical and biological sciences through social science frameworks. Natural resource issues are complex and require an understanding of human-natural system interaction to reach effective solutions that sustain livelihoods, nature-based tourism, and the environment.

Cutting-Edge Education
With a cutting-edge approach to natural resource conservation and tourism, our award winning programs equip students with dynamic coursework, experiential learning opportunities, and real world experiences that make a decisive impact on their future.

Our Values

  • Integrity | choose what’s right, not what’s easy
  • Impact | make a difference
  • Diversity | respect and connect communities
  • Innovation | take risks, be creative, transform
  • Sustainability | act responsibly for people and the planet
  • Well-being | cultivate wellness and balance in life
Register for Informational Webinar | Feb. 6th
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Interested in visiting the CSU campus in Fort Collins? Let us know by emailing the HDNR Graduate Programs Coordinator at kathryn.metzger, and we can schedule a prospective student visit. The day typically includes meeting with the academic coordinator and a faculty member, sitting in on a class, and having lunch with current students.
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