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Broaden your scientific horizons with unique classes

Collegian | Lucy Morantz
Colorado State University alumnus Dr. A. Alonso Aguirre is the new dean of the Warner College of Natural Resources.

Colorado State University is a land-grant research institution, and with that comes a plethora of scientific colleges and programs for students to explore. Six of CSU’s eight colleges are scientifically focused: Agricultural Sciences, Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, Warner College of Natural Resources, Natural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Each of those colleges come with several unique majors and minors available for any student to pursue.


Landscape architecture 

Part of the College of Agricultural Sciences, the major in landscape architecture is different from a major in horticulture. Landscape architecture focuses on shaping and preserving spaces.

“Landscape architects lead the stewardship, planning and design of built and natural environments,” according to the major’s website. “Throughout the program, emphasis is on the relationship between design, nature and society: the impact of environments on the individual as well as the impact of users on the environment.”

Potential outcomes include jobs in construction, design, preservation, golf course management and architecture, resort planning and private business.

Classes include standard STEM classes such as Principles of Plant Biology and Horticultural Science and progress to include classes such as Comprehensive Landscape Design, Landscape Irrigation and Water Conservation and a study abroad trip in Europe.

While landscape architecture is a major from Agricultural Sciences, students take an interdisciplinary approach with classes from the Warner College of Natural Resources as well.

Fermentation science and technology

Fermentation science and technology students not only participate in classes, but they also brew craft beers for the Ramskeller Pub & Grub in the Lory Student Center.

Part of the College of Health and Human Sciences, fermentation science and technology focuses on mass commercial production of fermentation and microorganisms.

“This major prepares students for employment in the fermented food and beverage industries in such roles as product development, processing, quality assurance and control, sensory evaluation, packaging, distribution and plant management,” according to the major’s website.

General courses include chemistry, biology, nutrition and physics, before progressing to Food Chemistry, Brewing Science and Alcohol Beverage Control and Management.


Specific electives include classes such as Food — From Farm to Table, Packaging Technology and Sensory Evaluation of Fermented Products.

Potential occupations for graduates include food technicians, fermentation scientists, careers in food safety and inspection and brewers.

Natural resource tourism 

Part of Warner College of Natural Resources, natural resource tourism comes with two concentrations students can choose from: global tourism or natural resource tourism.

CSU is ranked No. 1 in the country for programs in natural resource tourism on “Graduates are familiar with skills useful in a business setting and the historic evolution of environmental conservation,” according to the major’s website. “Additionally, graduates develop an appreciation for how their discipline contributes to environmental stewardship and sustainability.”

Regardless of the concentration, students graduate prepared for careers in natural resource marketing, retail, travel coordination, concessions, conference and event planning, resort or camp management and sustainable energy.

Students in the global tourism concentration have to study a second language as part of the major while also taking fundamental classes from the College of Business and the hospitality field. Specialized classes include Starting and Managing Tourism Enterprise and International Issues —Recreation and Tourism.

Students in the natural resource tourism concentration work closely with several resource-based Colorado resorts and other private tourism enterprises to gain experience.

Gerontology interdisciplinary minor

Gerontology, the study of aging, is offered as an interdisciplinary minor through the department of human development and family studies. A standard 21-credit minor program, gerentology classes include Nutrition and Aging; Death, Dying and Grief; Disability across the Lifespan and Culture; and Population Health and Disease Prevention.

Students take courses from departments including psychology, health and exercise science, human development and family studies and biomedical sciences and is an ideal companion to majors like social work, psychology and human development and family studies.

Reach Allie Seibel at or on Twitter @csucollegian.

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Allie Seibel, Editor in Chief
Allie Seibel is the editor in chief of The Rocky Mountain Collegian, a role she loves more and more with each day. Previously the news editor and news director of The Collegian, Seibel has a background in news, but she’s excited to branch out and experience every facet of content this and following years. Seibel is a sophomore journalism and media communications major minoring in business administration and legal studies. She is a student in the Honors Program and is also an honors ambassador and honors peer mentor. She also is a satellite imagery writer for the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University. Seibel is from Colorado Springs, Colorado, and loves how The Collegian has gotten her acquainted with Fort Collins and CSU. When she’s not writing, reporting or in class, you can always find her with a book, cross-stitching, planning where to travel to next, trying out a new recipe or listening to Taylor Swift. Seibel is incredibly proud of The Collegian’s past and understands the task of safeguarding its future. She’s committed to The Collegian’s brand as an alt-weekly newspaper and will continue to advance its status as a strong online publication while preserving the integrity and tradition of the print paper. Seibel is excited to begin a multi-year relationship with readers at the helm of the paper and cannot wait to see how the paper continues to grow. Through initiatives like the new science desk and letting each individual desk shine, Seibel is committed to furthering The Collegian and Rocky Mountain Student Media over the next few years.
Lucy Morantz, Co-Photo Director
Lucy Morantz is a fourth-year journalism and political science student minoring in legal studies. She is one of the two photo directors for the fall 2022 semester. Growing up with parents who met working as journalists, media has been an ever-present component of Morantz’s life, and this is ultimately what inspired her to pursue a degree and career in journalism. She had always been pulled toward career paths that provided a creative outlet; photojournalism and The Collegian have allowed her to do precisely that while simultaneously fostering her passions and gaining meaningful career experience.  Throughout her college years, Morantz has worked with The Collegian every year. Growing up with the publication this way has given her a unique perspective on all the ways student media has helped students achieve their post-graduation goals, making her excited to see what her own career path with lead to. Additionally, the opportunity to collaborate with so many other student journalists to create a final product will be her most valued takeaway from her time at Colorado State University. Beyond her role at The Collegian, Morantz is also a College of Liberal Arts student ambassador and has interned with various political organizations. Outside the newsroom and classroom, Morantz can most likely be found paddle boarding at Horsetooth Reservoir, strolling through Old Town with friends or curating a new hyper-specific playlist to match her many moods.

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