University of Colorado

The University of Colorado (CU) is a public research university with multiple campuses serving Colorado, the United States, and the world through leadership in high-quality education and professional training, public service, advancing research and knowledge, and state-of-the-art health care. Each of the fours campuses has a distinct role and mission as provided by Colorado law.

The mission of CU is to be a premier, accessible and transformative public university that provides a quality and affordable education with outstanding teaching, learning, research, service, and health care. Through collaboration, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship, CU will expand student success, diversity and the economic foundation of the State of Colorado.

The University of Colorado Boulder has many researchers focused on the Arctic regions.  In addition, the Department of Geography offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate Certificate in Arctic Studies, in collaboration with the Program in Nordic Studies (SCAN), the Program in Russian Studies (RUSS), the International Affairs Program (IAFS), the Department of Environmental Studies (ENVS), the Department of Anthropology (ANTH), the Department of Ethnic Studies (ETHN) and the research entities of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR).


Dr. Mark Serreze, CU Distinguished Professor of Geography and Director of NSIDC, has created a 3-course specialization in Coursera titled Arctic Climate, Environment, and the Geographies of the Changing North.  


Facts and figures

Year Established 1876
Total Number of Staff 35000
Number of Academic Staff 7224
Number of Students 64922
Focus Areas

Arctic Climate

Arctic Geography

Arctic Environment

Environmental Science and Policy

Climate Justice

Climate Change communication

Fields of Study Offered Basic/broad, general programmes
Education science
Teacher training and education science (others)
Foreign languages
Social and behavioural science (broad programmes)
Environmental science
Life science (broad programmes)
Earth science
Environmental protection (broad programmes)

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