Graduate Courses

NOTE: Courses from the former CARRS Department, labeled as ACR courses, are now listed as CSUS courses. Some titles have changed slightly to reflect the new department name and focus, but the courses are essentially the same as previously. 

If you have specific ACR courses on your program, simply enroll for the same course number, but with the CSUS alpha code. Instructions and forms for officially changing degree Program Plans are now available in the Graduate Handbook and in the “Forms” section of the CSUS Graduate website (Change in Program Plan).

If you are graduating in any semester from Fall 2014 forward and would like to change your degree title to “Community Sustainability” or “Sustainable Tourism and Protected Areas Management,” you may now do so. The same form used for changing courses or committee members (Change in Program Plan) can be used to change the title of your degree program. (Note that you must meet the requirements of the new degree program, and submit a new degree Program Form (MS degrees) or Program Planning Form plus Grad Plan (PhD) with the Change in Program form.) Please contact the Graduate Secretary for details (




CSUS 800 Foundations of Community Sustainability Syllabus
CSUS 802 Survey of Research Methods Syllabus
CSUS 811 Community, Food and Agriculture: A Survey Syllabus
CSUS 814 Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management: Theories and Applications Syllabus
CSUS 816 Environmental Design Theory  
CSUS 823 Contemporary Issues in Animal-Human Relationships Syllabus
CSUS 824 Sustainable Development: Measuring Socioeconomic Well-Being Syllabus
CSUS 826 International Development Theory and Practice Syllabus
CSUS 831 Foundations of Qualitative Research Syllabus
CSUS 833 Program Evaluation in Agriculture and Natural Resources Syllabus
CSUS 834 Survey Research and Design Syllabus
CSUS 836 Modeling Natural Resource Systems Syllabus
CSUS 838 Participatory Modes of Inquiry Syllabus
CSUS 841 Building and Implementing Watershed Management Plans Syllabus
CSUS 848 Community Based Natural Resource Management in International Development Syllabus
CSUS 836 Modeling Natural Resource Systems Syllabus
CSUS 855 The Polical Ecology of Food Syllabus
CSUS 858 Gender and Environment Syllabus
CSUS 865 Facilitative Leadership Syllabus
CSUS 873 Culture, Communities and Tourism Syllabus
CSUS 890 Independent Study in Community Sustainability Not available
CSUS 891 Selected Topics in Community Sustainability Syllabus
CSUS 891B Advanced Topics in Community, Food and Agriculture Not available
CSUS 894 Field Practicum in Community Sustainability Not available
CSUS 895 Case Studies in Community Sustainability Not available
CSUS 898 Master's Professional Project Not available
CSUS 899 Master's Thesis Research Not available
CSUS 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research Not available
CSUS 836 Environmental Resources Not available
CSUS 886 Fundamentals of Museum Studies Not available
400-level Courses: By MSU policy, more than half of the credits of the total required for a master’s degree must be taken at the 800 and 900 levels, except as specifically exempted by the dean of CANR. Courses at the 400 level may be applied to the master’s degree program; however, when both a 400- and 800-level course are available and cover the same content, the 800-level course should be selected if at all possible, and if the student has the content background for the 800-level course.

Doctoral students are expected to select 800- and 900-level courses, but may take 400-level courses when no comparable courses exist at the 800 or 900 levels. However, it is suggested that no more than nine (9) credits of 400-level courses be taken as part of the curriculum requirements of the PhD program; 300-level courses are not allowed in a PhD program.

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