Undergraduate Minors, Certificates, and Training

Augment your degree program

CSU offers a variety of opportunities to supplement your education and further specialize your skills. As an admitted student to an undergraduate degree program, you have the option to add a degree minor and/or undergraduate certificate to your curriculum. In general, minors require more coursework than certificates, but certificates are more specialized.

Prepare for the next step in your education or career

A number of undergraduate-level courses are also available to help you prepare to apply to graduate school or to take qualifying exams in certain fields. You do not need to be an admitted student to take these types of courses.

Undergraduate Degree Minors

Courses already taken can apply to a minor regardless of when the minor is added to your student record. All minor requirements must be completed prior to graduation. Once you have decided on a degree minor, learn how to add a minor to your transcript.

Agricultural Business

Build knowledge of production management, financial management, marketing management, international development, and trade through an agricultural lens. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select any 15 credits from the following

Anthropology

Get a cross-cultural view of humanity and the broadly conceived dimensions of human behavior. You have the option to focus your anthropology studies on one or more sub-disciplinary divisions, including physical anthropology, archaeology, ethnology, or applied anthropology. To earn the minor, you must complete 22 credits from the following courses:

Business Administration

Learn the fundamentals of business and apply them to any career. Study topics including accounting, finance, marketing and management. To earn this minor, complete 24 credits from the following courses:

Creative Writing

Explore creative writing in one or more of the following genres: poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. In addition to broadening your writing repertoire, gain workshop experience at an advanced level. To earn this minor, you must complete a minimum of 21 credits in courses with E or CO subject codes, with at least 15 upper-division credits.

Required Courses

Select one group from the following

Fiction
Poetry
Nonfiction

Upper-Division Electives

Economics

Gain insight into current socioeconomic problems in the areas of resource allocation, inflation, unemployment, income distribution, environmental degradation, international trade, and monopoly power. This minor prepares you for careers in business management, teaching, government, banking, and public policy. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Gerontology

Prepare for a variety of careers in gerontology and develop an understanding of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of adult development and aging. This interdisciplinary minor prepares you to fill the need for well-trained professionals to support aging adults, and can be paired with any CSU major.

Required Courses

Global and Environmental Sustainability

Prepare to meet today's pressing environmental challenges with this interdisciplinary minor offered by The School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES). Explore innovative research to understand how to solve problems that arise between humans and the environment. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select one course from each group (A-D). At least 3 credits must be upper-division (300-400 level). Courses may not satisfy two groups.

Group A: Society and Social Processes (select one)
Group B: Biological and Physical Processes (select one)
Group C: Economy and Profitability (select one)
Group D: Skills (select one)

Upper-Division Elective – select 3 upper-division credits from categories A-D with a subject code not previously taken (3 cr.)

Interdisciplinary Global Studies

Develop an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures and peoples with courses in international and global history, politics, languages and cultures, economics, and environmental issues. To earn this minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select four courses below

One course from each category, 12 credits total with at least 9 credits in upper-division (300-400) coursework.

History, Politics, and Society
Languages and Cultures
Economy and Environment

Media Studies

Understand the role and influence of mass media in American society and other cultures by studying media and film history, criticism, law, ethics, social effects, cultural consequences, and multicultural and international media issues. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select any 15 credits from the following

Political Science

Gain a foundation in political theory and prepare for careers in law, teaching in the social sciences, journalism, and public service. To earn the minor, you must complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select six credits from the following

Select nine credits of upper division classes from the following

Sociology

Develop technical skills and knowledge to study human societies. To earn this minor, complete 21 credits from the following courses:

Required Courses

Select any 12 credits from the following

How to Add a Minor

You must apply and be admitted to the University for a bachelor's degree program before you can add a minor to your student record. Once you are admitted, one or more minors may be added to your student record.

To add a minor, fill out this form and submit it to your student success coach. Include your name, CSU eID, and the minor or minors you are requesting. Your request must receive approval from the academic department of your degree major, which will be coordinated by CSU Online staff. Upon approval, you will be notified the minor has been added to your student record. If you have any questions, contact the Student Success Team at csu_online_questions@mail.colostate.edu or call (970) 492-4898.

Undergraduate Certificates

Spanish for Animal Health and Care

For students interested in working in animal science, veterinary medicine, or related fields, this certificate program teaches intermediate-level Spanish for use in agricultural and animal care settings. Learn to communicate in Spanish about livestock, equine, and small animal breeds, give directions for animal care and handling, issue instructions for safety and drug administration, and more.

Courses

Training Courses

Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Courses

Take courses to prepare for graduate or professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, public health, and more.

Seed Technology Training

Prepare for qualifying exams required to work as a Registered Seed Technologist or Certified Seed Analyst (CSA). These courses also qualify for the National Seed Science Program Certificate for those who want to work in the seed industry.

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