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Departments and Academic Programs

Anthropology (ANTH)

As the only field to address all aspects of the human experience—cultural, biological, historical—anthropology provides a broad vision of what it is to be human as well as creative synergies within the human sciences and humanities. The department has identified four perspectives that address local/global dynamics in ways that cut across subdisciplines: ecology and evolution, power and practice, globalization, and landscape and space.

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC)

The guiding principle of ATOC is to be the focal point for atmospheric and oceanic science education and research training in this geographic region of world-renowned excellence. A major theme is the establishment of a physical basis for understanding, observing, and modeling climate and global change.

Certificate in Oceanography

Interdisciplinary study at the graduate level may involve coursework and formal requirements that exceed those of established degree programs. To recognize this additional work by graduate students, interdisciplinary faculty have established a certificate program within the Graduate School that students can pursue while earning a graduate degree or taking coursework through Continuing Education’s ACCESS Program.

Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering (CEAE)

Degree programs offer careers in the planning, design, construction and management of the built environment, as well as in the interaction between the built environment and the natural environment.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO)

The established disciplinary strengths of the department include behavior, ecology, genetics, morphology, and systematics. Approximately half of the faculty focus on the adaptation and functioning of organisms in the context of environment, while the other half study higher levels of organization, including populations, communities, and ecosystems. Research programs have relevance for global change, conservation biology, and revealing fundamental mechanisms underlying the structural and functional adaptations of organisms.

Environmental Studies (ENVS)

Offering a broad, but rigorous, interdisciplinary education, its degree programs draw on courses and expertise from more than thirty participating departments, centers, and other units on campus, emphasizing the earth and natural sciences as well as the social sciences and humanities.

Geography (GEOG)

Geography brings a holistic perspective to the physical and human processes that shape the world around us, and strives to understand how people interact with, are shaped by, and in turn help shape, our world. Teaching and research span an exceptional array of disciplines and field-oriented, hands-on experience.

Geological Sciences (GEOL)

One of the largest and most successful geological sciences graduate programs in the U.S., this department supports a wide range of interdisciplinary research programs in global climate change, glaciology, geodynamics, geophysics, geochemistry, surficial processes, hydrogeology, biochemistry, Quaternary science, and economic resources.

Hydrologic Sciences

Our academic program focuses on quantitative studies of water in the environment including its role in geologic and biogeochemical processes, ecosystem functions, and global elemental cycling. We offer a Graduate Certificate in Hydrologic Sciences and a PhD degree through Geophysics.

Building Partners

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC)

The guiding principle of ATOC is to be the focal point for atmospheric and oceanic science education and research training in this geographic region of world-renowned excellence. A major theme is the establishment of a physical basis for understanding, observing, and modeling climate and global change.

Center of the American West

Center of the American West (CAW)

The Center of the American West serves as a forum committed to the civil, respectful, and problem-solving exploration of important and often contentious public issues. In an era of political polarization and contention, the Center strives to bring out “the better angels of our nature” by appealing to our common loyalties and hopes as Westerners.

Environmental Studies (ENVS)

Offering a broad, but rigorous, interdisciplinary education, its degree programs draw on courses and expertise from more than thirty participating departments, centers, and other units on campus, emphasizing the earth and natural sciences as well as the social sciences and humanities.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

NREL is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Backed by 35 years of achievement, NREL leads the way in helping meet the growing demand for clean energy.

NOAA Paleoclimatology Program

NOAA Paleoclimatology Program (NOAA)

A branch of NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, the Paleoclimatology Program provides data and information scientists need to understand natural climate variability and future climate change. The Program also operates the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology, which distributes data contributed by scientists around the world.

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI)

A joint institute between CU-Boulder and NREL, RASEI addresses important, complex problems in energy that require a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional approach. Its mission is to expedite solutions that transform energy by advancing renewable energy science, engineering, and analysis through research, education, and industry partnerships.

U.S. Geological Survey

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

The USGS is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.

Outreach Partners
Communication and Social Engagement for Sustainability

Communication and Social Engagement for Sustainability (CASE)

Coordinated by the CU Communication Department, CASE unites communication scholarship and current social and environmental problems, from climate change to diminishing reserves of natural resources, with students serving as the bridge between the two. CASE seeks out and provides funding for interns to assist local partners with sustainability efforts.

Office for University Outreach (CU Outreach)

The OUO facilitates internal and external partnerships and generates communication channels for existing and new outreach endeavors by faculty, staff, and students. The office administers a number of programs, including long-term community partnerships such as the CU in the Community series that brings public programs to rural areas and the LearnMoreAboutClimate web site focused on climate change in Colorado.

Science Discovery

Science Discovery connects K-12 students and teachers to current CU science through unique, hands-on science experiences. All programs are designed to be highly interactive, engaging students in the scientific process while connecting them to the science and technology present in their everyday lives. Science Discovery impacts approximately 30,000 students, teachers and community members throughout Colorado each year.

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History (CU Museum)

This academic unit of the Graduate School has a mission to contribute to knowledge of the natural world and the humanities through research, teaching, and public education. The Museum's collections number more than four million objects in anthropology and archaeology, botany, entomology, paleontology, and zoology and exhibition galleries are open to the public free of charge.