The Colorado State University (CSU) Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE) is an interdisciplinary program for students with interests in a wide range of ecological subjects.
Students enrolled in GDPE meet degree requirements by taking several core courses in ecology, a variety of other courses, and by completing original research or a major project. Faculty advisors have primary responsibility for overseeing the graduate student’s research program
Students are “dual citizens” where their degree is in their Home Department (Ecology) and their Advising Department is the department where their faculty advisor is located.
New Student Resources
Establish Colorado Residency ASAP
Colorado residents pay significantly lower tuition than non-residents. If a student’s out-of-state tuition is being paid by the Graduate School for their first year at CSU, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain CO residency by the time their second year starts. The GDPE and advising department advisors may not remind the student, and the assistantship will not cover the additional expense of out-of-state tuition during the second year.
Read about Residency Classification in Colorado.
All new students should plan on being present on campus and available to participate in various orientations, trainings, activities, etc. the week prior to the start of class.
First Day of Class for Fall ’21 = Monday, August 23rd
1) New Student Orientation – GDPE
Fall ’21 – Wednesday August 18, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Orientation is a chance for new students and faculty to meet each other, meet GDPE Graduate Student Mentors & staff, learn about the program, and have fun with their new Ecology family!
2) New Student Orientation – Graduate School
Fall ’21 – Thursday, August 19th
Students are encouraged to attend the Graduate School’s campus-wide New Graduate Student Orientation.
3) Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Training – TILT
Fall ’21 – Register by August 1 for hybrid orientation
[Part 1] Asynchronous opens August 2 – August 15 (on-line)
[Part 2] Face-to-Face, Monday, August 16, 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM (Lory Student Center Ballroom)
The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) provides mandatory training for new GTAs. This is a great opportunity to learn from our pedagogy experts about the ins-and-outs of being a TA. Please visit the Fall Training for First-Time GTAs site for more information and to register. Note that there is also a fully on-line option for this training, but we encourage our students to participate in the hybrid option, if you can.
Note that some GTA positions (e.g. LIFE102/103) often hold separate course-specific orientations/trainings. Please coordinate with your specific instructor/lab coordinator for details.
4) Advising Department Orientation and Events
GDPE students are encouraged to participate in orientation and other start-of-the-year events with their advising department (this is your advisor’s department). Please check with your advisor or your advising department’s administration for details on these events.
Get Your CSU eID
Every CSU student and employee must have an eID. Students use eID to to access central services including RAMweb, CSU Google Apps email, college services, and more.
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Register for Classes
RAMweb provides online access to application status, registration, financial information, personal records, jobs, and more for applicants, new, and current students.
What to take your first year:
A good place to start is to review the GDPE Curriculum & Courses page. Download a Supplemental GS6 – Program of Study from this page and use that to guide your thinking about what courses will both fulfill GDPE requirements and also give you the academic background for your subdiscipline. Speak with your advisor. Review the electives for suggestions for ecologically-relevant courses on campus (note this list is not comprehensive and you are welcome to take electives not listed here). Two courses that we recommend students take within their first year are:
- First Fall Semester = ECOL 505 – Foundations in Ecology
- First Spring Semester = ECOL693 – Research Seminars for Professional Communication
If, after speaking with your advisor, you have other questions about your program of study, please contact the GDPE Assistant Director.
Get Your Student ID
Students must be admitted and registered for the current semester to be eligible for a student ID (RamCard). Housing & Dining Services issue RamCards year-round.
Student Health Insurance
Students will be enrolled in the University’s health program, or they may elect coverage under their own insurance or through another employer. The Graduate School has more information about the policy.
Update Contact Information
Update your mailing address, telephone number, and email address associated with your eID at RAMweb. This information is your primary contact information and may be used to contact you about registration, program events, and more.
Campus Computer Access
Contact your advising department’s IT Coordinator to register your computer and gain access to advising department networks, drives, printers, and more.
Graduate students are usually issued keys to their offices, labs, and their corresponding buildings. Ask your advising department Program Coordinator how to request keys.
Graduate student mailboxes are provided by your advising department. Ask your advising department Program Coordinator where the graduate student mailboxes are located.
Mail is distributed and picked up daily. On-campus mail does not require postage and usually takes three days to reach its destination. Off-campus mail requires an account number and Postage Accounting Form. Ask your Lab Coordinator, advising department Advisor, or advising department Program Coordinator for more information about accounting and processing off-campus mail.
Be sure to use your advising department delivery code for your campus address. Using the GDPE campus delivery code will delay your mail.
1) GDPE Program Listserv
GDPE has multiple listservs for academic, program, and job announcements that are sent out in a GDPE Weekly Digest and as seperate emails. Graduate students are added to the GDPE students’ listserv once they are admitted into the program. When a student leaves the program, their email is automatically moved from the student to general announcements listserv.
2) GDPE Social Listserv
For non-program, non-academic, political, housing, and social information, sign up for the GDPE Social Listserv which is managed by GDPE students. After your enrollment has been approved, you do not need permission to send an email, just be respectful of the number of emails people receive when considering if you want to send one.