Recreation & Outdoor Education (3+2)

Get Involved

A college education is more than just taking courses. Meet new people, apply your skills and stretch beyond your comfort zone. Make your education an experience.

  • Clubs & Organizations: Join the Organics Guild, Sustainability Coalition or Wildlife Society. 
     
  • Coldharbour Institute: Experiment with sustainable building design, resilient food systems or community organizing in the Gunnison Valley.
     
  • Conferences: Attend the Headwaters Conference, the Colorado Water Workshop and Sage Grouse Spring Symposium.
     
  • Earthship Academy: Learn how to construct a self-sustaining building capable of producing food and saving energy.
     
  • High Country News: Check out the independent news source's new satellite office located in Kelley Hall.
     
  • Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: Find a research assistantship at one of the premier biological research stations in the world. 
     
  • Solar Energy International: Engage in the local, regional or global conversation about the renewable energy era.

Faculty & Staff

The Program

The MEM 3+2 is a professional master’s program that prepares students for careers in building more environmentally and socially sustainable relations with the land. Undergraduates interested in the program can choose to major in Environment & Sustainability, Politics & Government, Biology, Sociology or Recreation & Outdoor Education. Once students reach the graduate portion of the program, they choose a track in Integrative & Public Land Management, Sustainable & Resilient Communities or Global Sustainability.

This is the only program in Colorado where students can earn a bachelor’s degree and MEM in just five years. 

How It Works

MEM 3+2 is an official emphasis within the Environment & Sustainability, Politics & Government, Biology, Sociology and Recreation & Outdoor Education majors. At the end of their sophomore summer, students apply to the Master in Environmental Management (MEM) program. If they meet the requirements, they become “MEM Candidates with Provisional Acceptance” at the end of their junior year. Students spend the summer, fall and spring semesters of their senior year taking the first 23 credits of the MEM program. Those credits also count as their final undergraduate credits, and students earn their B.S. or B.A. upon completion of the courses. Students then enter their fifth year as “MEM Degree Seeking Students.” They complete their MEM that year with a 600-hour master’s project serving an environmental organization. The project can be completed anywhere in the world. 

Tuition & Aid

MEM 3+2 students have access to financial aid for four years, during which they also have access to program-specific aid. For the first three years, students in the program pay undergraduate tuition and are eligible for undergraduate financial aid. The fourth year, students pay full MEM tuition, plus six credits of undergraduate tuition; this qualifies them for better financial aid options. In the final year, students pay graduate tuition. Altogether, this reduces the price of a master’s degree by approximately one year from what a traditional program would cost.

Tuition & Fees Chart

Year 1

Cost Per Credit

Credits

Fees Per Credit

Total Cost (In-State)

Total Cost (Out-of-State)

In-State

$276.00

32

$117.75

$12,600.00

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Out-of-State

$754.00

32

$117.75

---

$27,896.00

Year 2

 

 

 

 

 

In-State

$276.00*

31

$117.75*

$12,206.25*

---

Out-of-State

$754.00*

31

$117.75*

---

$27,024.25*

Year 3

 

 

 

 

 

In-State

$276.00

28

$117.75*

$11,025.00*

---

Out-of-State

$754.00*

28

$117.75*

---

$24,409.00*

Summer

$725.03*

5

$55.40*

$3,902.15* 

$3,902.15*

Year 4

 

 

 

 

 

In-State

$276.00*

6

$117.75*

$2,362.50*

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Out-of-State

$754.00*

6

$117.75*

---

$5,203.50*

Graduate

$725.03*

18

$55.40*

$14,047.74*

$14,047.74*

Summer

$725.03*

5

$55.40*

$3,902.15*

$3,902.15*

Year 5

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate

$725.03*

18

$55.40*

$14,047.74*

$14,047.74*

 

Careers

Students enter the workforce with the skills to succeed in their careers. Our graduates work at:

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Central Colorado Foodshed Alliance
  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust
  • E9 Insight
  • Middle South Platte River Alliance
  • National Park Service
  • National Young Farmers Coalition
  • Natural Capitalism Solutions
  • Statistics Canada
  • Teton Science Schools
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Yosemite Conservancy

Learn More

Reach out to John C. Hausdoerffer, Ph.D. for more information.