You love the natural world. You find inspiration or maybe a sense of belonging surrounded by plants, animals, rocks, and rivers. Feeling the soil beneath your feet, seeing the sky stretch overhead, you know you’re at home. Perhaps this inspires your curiosity in ecology and the science of our natural world. Perhaps this inspires you to seek a career in sustainability, conservation, or environmental management. Maybe you see yourself connecting future generations with life-changing experiences in the outdoors.
In addition to coursework in environmental studies and sciences, you'll find a variety of student clubs, campus initiatives, and community organizations to supplement your academics. You will also have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on your own original research, and gain valuable experience in presenting your findings. Best of all, your school is in the prime location to explore the canyons, mountains, and rivers of the Colorado Plateau.
As an Adventure Education major, you’ll not only develop your wilderness skills, such as rock climbing, kayaking, mountaineering, and canyoneering, but you’ll learn how to teach others these skills. What’s more, you’ll learn about managing group dynamics, leadership, risk management, and more.
Somewhere between biology and chemistry lies Biochemistry. In pursuing this major, you’ll dive right into the building blocks of life to learn about the interconnectedness of life at the tiniest level.
Pursue your love of biochemistry while also earning the credentials to gain your high school teaching license. This major combines your love of biochemistry with your love of teaching to prepare you to inspire the next generation of scientists.
As a Biology major at FLC, you’ll have the opportunity to explore two different tracks for additional specialization. With a concentration in Environmental & Organismal Biology, you’ll look at whole organisms and their place in the world. With a Cellular & Molecular concentration, you'll investigate questions related to disease and genetics.
Pursue your love of biology while also earning the credentials to gain your high school teaching license. This major combines your love of biochemistry with your love of teaching to prepare you to inspire the next generation of scientists.
All matter on Earth is made up of chemicals. As a Chemistry major, you’ll study the relationships between molecules that give our world (and other worlds) substance. From human health to climate and the environment, you can make a significant contribution to our world through chemistry.
Pursue your love of chemistry while also earning the credentials to gain your high school teaching license. This major combines your love of biochemistry with your love of teaching to prepare you to inspire the next generation of scientists.
Learn about climate change, food systems, traditional ecological knowledge, natural resource management, environmental justice, water conservation, public policy, and more. You'll develop a practical array of skills while combining the social, political, scientific, cultural, and personal study of our environment.
As an Environmental Science major, you’ll study the ecological systems of our planet through a blend of geology, biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics coursework. You’ll study the ways that human actions and natural processes impact the planet and our well-being.
Learn about Earth’s subterranean processes and how they bear the materials we use to build our lives. You’ll explore the ways we impact our planet when we tap these resources, as well as the ways that Earth’s processes impact political, social, and economic decisions.
Many students complement their major with a minor or certificate that adds depth or specificity to their primary academic focus. Most majors are also offered as minors, but additionally, the following stand-alone minors and certificates may support your studies in storytelling.
Don’t just learn about our environment. Be in it. At FLC you’ll have opportunities to work in the field protecting our planet before you even graduate.
FLC’s Old Fort Farm in Hesperus, Colorado provides opportunities for you to learn regenerative agricultural practices while contributing to a healthy and sustainable local food system. The Old Fort even offers incubator programs to help new farmers get started in building their dreams.
At FLC, you’ll have the chance to work directly with faculty on your own original research. Small class sizes and an emphasis on teaching you experientially mean you’ll get graduate level research experience before you even go to grad school. At large universities, undergrads often learn from grad student TAs. At FLC, you learn from our faculty.
Share your love of the outdoors with others and inculcate them with a desire to live sustainably. You’ve had life-changing experiences in nature, and you know others do, too. Join your peers on Outdoor Pursuits wilderness adventure trips, and try your hand at leading those trips, too.
Maybe protecting our planet is close, but not quite right for you. Check out these other directions you can go.
Science, math, & engineering for change
Individuals & communities
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