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CSU course, hosted by CSU Global

This CSU Fort Collins course is open to students, working professionals, and anyone interested in learning about this pivotal resource that has defined this region's past and is poised to determine and impact its future. No prerequisites needed.

8-week course, 100% online

This fully online asynchronous course can be completed on your schedule. We offer 24-hour faculty response time; flexible, weekly, stay-focused deadlines; and live tutoring, library, and technical support.

Affordable $375/credit (3 credits)

Enroll in under 10 minutes. There’s no need to send transcripts, no GPA requirements, no additional fees, and no lengthy admission process. All credits are transferable from Colorado State University Global and a Colorado Department of Education GTPathways course that fulfills GT-SC2 statewide as a science class requirement for general education fulfillment.

Enroll now for July 17 start date

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Navigating Water Sustainability in the West

Colorado State University Rams Head LogoDive into the depths of water sustainability with a unique educational offering that blends CSU Global's excellence in online learning with the pioneering research and expertise from CSU Fort Collins faculty and CSU Water Center leadership. This collaboration presents an opportunity to explore water issues through a lens of innovation and expertise. Whether you're a student, professional, or simply passionate about environmental sustainability, GES120 offers valuable insights into managing and having an influence on one of our most critical resources.

Get a Comprehensive Look at the West’s Water Challenges

This course provides a multi-disciplinary overview of the issues surrounding the most significant challenges to the sustainability of life in the West. Topics include: 


  • Water's Role in Life: Examine water's essential support for human populations, agriculture, and wildlife.
  • Historical Perspectives: Trace the development of water infrastructure and policies in the West.
  • Water Allocation Processes: Understand the governance behind water distribution and usage.
  • Infrastructure Insights: Learn how water is transported and utilized across different sectors.
  • Sustainability Challenges: Address the major threats to water resources, including climate change and population growth.
  • Quality and Impact: Assess the effects of various factors on water quality and availability.

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is designed for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of environmental sustainability, including students, professionals, and those with an interest in the stewardship of our planet's water resources.

By the end of this course, you'll understand sustainable water systems, how the West's climate and landscape affect water availability, and the role of governance in water management. You'll also learn about changing public attitudes towards water and equity in water policy development, giving you a well-rounded perspective on water sustainability in the West.

For students, this course is a CSU Global general education course and a Colorado Department of Education GTPathways course that fulfills GT-SC2 statewide as a science class requirement for general education fulfillment.

Yes, this course currently transfers to Colorado-based universities and beyond; however, please talk to your Student Success Counselor regarding how the course is applied to your degree plan. As one example, at University of Northern Colorado, the fulfills 3 credits Social & Behavioral Sciences and can be applied as an elective credit toward the sustainability minor. Outside of the CSU System, students should always verify transferability with the specific school to which they wish to transfer credits.

This course is offered every eight weeks.

If you are an enrolled CSU Global degree-seeking student who is taking this course to earn general education or elective credit requirements, you can use financial aid funds to cover the cost of the course, so long as you meet enrollment eligibility requirements.

Given the Department of Education and grant requirements, you must be an enrolled degree-seeking CSU Global student to apply for and receive financial aid and/or scholarships.