Featured courses are a selection of innovative and interdisciplinary courses, minor or certificate programs, and announcements of fun summer electives. Many courses are new, new to summer, or are returning to summer after a gap. Others focus on current global issues and cultural trends.

Many of these courses will be offered again online and remotely in summer session 2021 with registration through RAMweb. For a complete interactive view of summer courses, please visit Courses at a Glance.

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New, new-to-summer, and courses for minors and certificate programs

Explore courses fitting your interests and curiosities with these summer course flyers department. Additional information about many of these courses is available below in the listings by term within summer session.

All Featured Courses beginning June 15 and beyond (pdf)

Third 4-Week Session: July 13 – August 9, 2020

Courses in this session may be added through Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

Landscape by Monet

ART 281A1: Art for Non-Majors–Landscape Drawing

Description: Open to non-art majors of all levels of drawing skill and experience, this is an observational landscape drawing course, taught remotely through digital media. Acquiring skills of observation and visualization informed by historical readings, and exploring connections between their inner world and nature. Develop a visual language to express a personal vision of the landscape.

Note: This course is delivered in an online format. It is very time-flexible to accommodate students’ needs and schedules. There may be some assignments that involve a particular time of day, such as dusk, in order to study a kind of light but students will have several days to accomplish this. Lectures and demonstrations are recorded.

Image: Landscape Drawing by Claude Monet

Prerequisite: None.
Instructor: Haley Hasler

NR 400: Public Communication in Natural Resources

Credits:  3 (with recitation)

Description: Examine how public communication shapes opinion and understanding of natural resource issues. Combines study of key communication concepts with experiential projects, including critique of a public hearing and creation of media products. Through readings, case studies, and assignments, analyze approaches for effective public communication. Design brochures, websites, videos, etc., eventually collaborating in teams with real-life ‘clients’.

Prerequisite: CO 300 or CO 301B or CO 301C or JTC 300 or LB 300.

Instructor: Megan Jones

Additional-Length Terms

IDEA 310N: Design Thinking Toolbox: Post-Digital Imaging/Printmaking 

When: 7/27/2020 – 8/09/2020; with Lab

Last day to add: Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Credits: 1

Description: Employing design thinking theories and methods to projects using post-digital imaging that promotes “iterative tinkering” through the exploration of various design processes related to screen-printing and other forms of post-digital imaging.

Prerequisite: IDEA 210 or concurrent registration.

Instructor: Johnny Plastini

First 4-Week Session: May 18 – June 14, 2020

The Add/Drop period is over for these courses. Look for them again in summer 2021!

Winged insect, BZ100 Principles of Animal Biology

BZ 110: Principles of Animal Biology

Credits: 3

May 18 – June 11, 2020

An introductory and broad survey of animal biology at different levels of organization, starting from genes and cells all the way up to populations and communities. Taking an evolutionary perspective, the course will take you on a tour of animal diversity, focusing on their structure and function and the fundamental biological mechanisms that explain these processes. The objective of this course is to learn both the basic set of terminology and concepts that you need to take upper level biology classes and to develop your critical thinking ability which is critical to the scientific process.

Prerequisites: None

Instructor:  Dhruba Naug

Bee and cosmos flower-Life 103 Organismal Biology

LIFE 103: Organismal Biology

May 18 – June 11, 2020 (First 4-week session)

Credits: 4 credits with lab; may not enroll if have completed BZ 101 or BZ 104.

Organismal Biology provides an overview of trends in the evolution of life on earth, the evolutionary relationships among major groups of organisms, and the amazing physiological and structural adaptations of these organisms in response to the challenges of living on this planet. The exploration of diversity, trends, and physiology in Organismal Biology prepares students for advanced coursework in genetics, evolution, physiology, zoology, and other disciplines.

Contact: Dr. Tanya Dewey

Linking to PHIL 345: Environmental Ethics webpage

PHIL 345: Environmental Ethics

May 18 – June 13, 2020 (First 4-week session)

Credits: 3

Scientific, philosophical, and religious concepts of nature as they bear on human conduct; an ecological perspective.

  • No prerequisites.
  • Sophomore standing or higher.
  • See the syllabus for additional course information and requirements.
  • Please contact Professor Ken Shockley for an override for registering, additional course information, and questions.

First 8-Week Session: May 18 – July 12, 2020

The Add/Drop period is over for these courses. Look for them again in summer 2021!

Baboon portrait, BZ100 Humans and Other Animals

BZ 101: Humans and Other Animals

May 18 – July 12, 2020 (First 8-week session)

Credits: 3

Description: This biology course is intended for non-science majors.  The DNA molecule is the blueprint of life and it is with this premise that BZ 101 will explore: common life processes, form and function of the human body, evolution and biodiversity. Many current and controversial socio-scientific issues, related to course content, will also be addressed.

Photo: Humans share about 94% of their DNA with baboons. Their genetic and physiologic similarities with humans makes baboons excellent research models for the study of numerous human diseases including heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Karen Raines, karen.raines@colostate.edu

Copy Editing

JTC 310, Section 401 (3 credits)

Description: Theory of copy preparation and editing; publication layout.

Prerequisite: JTC 210 (Newswriting).

Registration: Sophomore standing. Must also register for lab.

Instructor: Clarissa Crozier

Publicity and Media Relations

JTC 351, Section 001 (3 Credits)

Description: Public relations techniques to gain exposure in news and entertainment media.

Prerequisites: JTC 210 (Newswriting) and JTC 211 (Visual Communication).

Registration: Must also register for lab.


Information Graphics

JTC 417, Section 401 (3 credits)

Description: Static and interactive data visualization and information design using charts, graphs, maps and other visual elements.

Prerequisite: JTC 211.

Registration: Must also register for recitation.

Instructor: Daniela Castillo

Second 4-Week Session: June 15 – July 12, 2020

Courses in this session may be added through Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

Communication in Rome Reimagined

These two courses will provide students with a vivid intercultural experience, focusing on Italian history, art, architecture, cinema, popular music, gender roles, and cultural values and mores.

Both classes feature regular and meaningful interactions with the professors and classmates. Students may take either class, or take both classes simultaneously because they will complement each other extensively.

SPCM 381A3: Virtual Bridging of Cultures: Italy/USA

Credits: 3

Description: This course will familiarize you with theory, concepts, principles, research methods, and practical skills in the areas of intercultural and cross-cultural communication, construction and negotiation of Italian identity (italianità), and strategies of an effective dialogue with a global mindset. The aim of the course is to transform its participants into culturally aware and skilled critical citizens with a profound understanding of the phenomenon of Italian national identity and rigorous experience of cultural bridging.

Photos used with permission of Carl Burgchardt.

Prerequisite: SPCM 100 to 499 – at least 3 credits

Instructor:  Julia Khrebtan-Hoerhager

SPCM 481A3: A Cinematic Voyage to Rome, Italy

Credits: 3

Description: During our virtual voyage, students will analyze critically acclaimed films that are set in Rome, Italy, with special emphasis on cinematic representations of famous Roman monuments, buildings, fountains, and streetscapes. In addition, we will consider cinema as an expression of national or international culture, aesthetics, values, and politics, and explain the worldwide significance of the Italian film industry. This class counts toward the minor in Film Studies.

Photos used with permission of Carl Burgchardt.

Prerequisite: Prerequisite: SPCM 100 to 499 – at least 3 credits.

Instructor: Carl Burgchardt

JTC 320H: Special Topics Reporting: The Coronivirus Pandemic: People and Places

The Coronavirus Pandemic: People and Politics

JTC 320H: Reporting: Special Topics

Credits: 3, with Lab

Description: Students will report on local implications of the coronavirus pandemic; examine local, national, and global political actions; investigate varied impacts on diverse communities and multicultural populations; employ best practices for online learning, interviews, and information gathering; utilize computer-assisted data reporting to produce locally-relevant, publication-quality content related to virus frequency, local employment, and economic concerns; review relevant legal and ethical concerns; and consider impacts that the virus may have on the 2020 elections.

Note: Theory, methods, and practices for gathering information and reporting news. Students may take JTC 320 only once for credit.

Prerequisite: JTC 210.
Theory, methods, and practices for gathering information and reporting news.

Instructor: Jake Sherlock

AM 342: Computer-Aided Textile Design

Credits: 3

Description: Ethnic textile design traditions and current approaches to textile production in industry and in individual design studios; computer-aided technology and multicultural research used to create repeat, knit, and woven textile designs.

Prerequisite: AM 110.

Registration Information: Must also register for lab.

Diane Sparks

AM 430: International Retailing

Credits: 3

Description: Application of retail principles to analyze the internationalization process of retailing.

Prerequisites: AM 330 and DM 360 or MKT 360.

Instructor: Karen Hyllegard

AM 466: Retail Environment Design and Planning

Credits: 3

Description: Application of design/merchandising principles to retail selling environments, including traditional store design/layout, direct mail, and websites.

Prerequisites: AM 130; AM 270.

Registration: Must also register for lab.

Instructor: Maria Delgado

IDEA 210: Introduction to Design Thinking (GT-AH1)

Credits: 3

Description: Design thinking is a creative, flexible process that fosters innovation. Content and projects promote building creative competence and an appreciation for thinking across disciplines to develop a new mindset and skillset that guides innovation. Learning tools to develop compelling ideas for meaningful societal and marketplace impact will be explored. Credit not allowed for both IDEA 210 and IDEA 280A1.

Prerequisite: None.

Registration: Must also register for lab.

Instructor: Maria Delgado

Second 8-Week Session: June 15 – August 9, 2020

Courses in this session may be added through Monday, June 22, 2020.

Students outdoors in CSU Community Sustainability Workshop

Community Sustainability Workshop

June 15 – August 7, 2020 (Second 8-week session)

Two courses:

  • CO150 College Composition (3 credits), and
  • GES135 Applied Community Sustainability (3 credits).

Description: Are you eager to make a difference in the world, while also getting college credit? Join this innovative two-course, six-credit workshop now in its fourth year. Our approach is to work with communities to address issues that they identify as of concern to them and to use projects for them as the means of learning about applied sustainability and communication. CO150 is asynchronous, so log on when it’s convenient for you. GES135 will meet online all together for some time each week and will also have smaller team meetings online.  See us at: https://vimeo.com/290580557/9dadfd701f

CO150 meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirement for Intermediate Writing (Category 1A) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Intermediate Writing (GT-CO2).

Contacts for overrides and additonal requirements: Kristie Yelinek, Kristina.Yelinek@colostate.edu (CO 150) and Paul Hellmund (GT-135), Hellmund@colostate.edu, 970-231-8970.

Narratives of Globalization, course INST-380A1

INST 380A1: Narratives of Globalization

June 15 – August 7, 2020

Credits: 3

Description: Narratives, or stories, not only inform the way we understand the world, but can shape the world itself. This new course offers an interdisciplinary study of globalization through narrative, including stories, rhetoric, discourse, ideas, literature, and language about globalization. We’ll dive into relevant methods in international and global studies, and literary studies, which will deepen our knowledge of globalization and the world while promoting diversity and cultural awareness.

Prerequisite: CO 150

Instructor: Dr. Foster,  Ci.Foster@colostate.edu

mountain lupines, LIFE 102

LIFE 102: Attributes of Living Systems

June 15 – August 9, 2020 (First 8-week session)

Credits: 4 credits with lab; may not enroll if have completed BZ 101 or BZ 104.

Description: LIFE 102 is an introductory biology course intended to provide a basis for more-advanced courses in life sciences. The objective of this course is to give an overview of the many features that are common to living organisms, with special focus on the topics of chemistry, cell biology, genetics, and evolution. Must register for lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisite: None. Strongly recommend high school chemistry or equivalent.

Photo: This natural population of lupines, Lupinus, exhibits considerable variation in
flower color. Individual differences are inherited and passed on to offspring.

Instructor: Ashley Larson

FTEC 360: Brewing Processes

Credits: 4

Description: Influence of raw material selection, malting, mashing, boiling, and fermentation on quality of beverages.

Registration Information: Junior standing.
Must also register for recitation.

Prerequisites: CHEM 245; FTEC 210 or concurrent registration

InstructorsJeffrey Callaway (Primary),  Charlie Hoxmeier

INTD 496B: Group Study: Design Application Interior Design

Credits: 1-3 Credits

Instructional Method: Independent/Directed Study

Note: Hours Arranged; May not earn more than 10 credits in this course.

Instructor: Conrad Rathmann

JTC 374: Social Media Management

Credits: 3

Description: Organizational uses of interactive media to build relationships and manage online communities.

Prerequisite: JTC 211 (Visual Communication).

Instructor: Stephen McConnell

JTC 415: Communications Law

Credits: 3

Description: Constitutional, statutory law of political speech, obscenity, advertising, libel, privacy, copyright, information ownership and access.

No prerequisites; must be junior or senior standing.

Instructor: David Wolfgang

NR 573: Conservation Crisis Communications

Credits: 2

Note: Humans Dimensions of Natural Resources and Natural Resources and Natural Resource Tourism Majors Only

Description: Examining and developing appropriate conservation communication strategies for conservation/environmental crisis response and recovery. Media, personal and other communications during near- and long-term planning scenarios are examined. Conservation management organizations’ and practitioners’ use of different messages and media platforms are also analyzed.

Prerequisite: None.

Instructor: Sam Martin