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Geosciences Program

Colorado Mesa University is situated in a geological paradise straddling the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado Plateau. Our program is very field oriented and includes field trips to places such as the rugged, glacially sculpted San Juan Mountains, the Colorado River, the world renowned Book Cliffs, Arches and Canyonlands, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and the breathtaking formations of Colorado National Monument. Our location also provides Colorado Mesa students with some of the best recreational opportunities in the nation.

Fall 2015 - Geosciences Program Newsletter

Spring 2015 - Geosciences Program Newsletter

Upcoming Events:

Natural Resources of the West: Energy Seminar Series - Fall 2015

Mondays at 4pm, Wubben-Science Room 141

Free and open to the public.

Live streamed at:

Recent Activities:

Wednesday April 15 - Ocean Acidification and Coral Reefs -Geological Perspectives From a Coral Reef Ecologist

Dr. Joanie Kleypas, Scientist III, Climate & Global Dynamics, National Center for Atmosphere Research

Grand Junction Geological Society, 7:30pm Saccomanno Lecture Hall, WS 141

Monday April 20 - Geology Student Senior Day

Students present ongoing student research, 3pm, WS154

Sunday April 26 - Spring Geology Field Trip

to the Book Cliffs, 8am-5pm, Lunch Provided

Open to CMU geology students and alumni

Wednesday April 29 - Geology Student Presentations for

Grand Junction Geological Society, 6:30pm, Saccomanno Lecture Hall, WS 141

Grand Junction Geological Society

May 2014 - West Salt Creek Landslide

2014 Western Slope Field Conference - Hosted by CMU Geosciences Program

Natural Resources of the West Seminar Series - Fall 2014

Student Learning Objectives

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking, communication fluency, quantitative fluency, and specialized knowledge/applied learning. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Articulate the fundamental knowledge base and ideas of the major fields of geoscience (specialized skills in geoscience)
  2. Collect and interpret geoscience field data (problem solving skills)
  3. Collect and interpret geoscience laboratory data (problem solving skills)
  4. Use technology (e.g. computer software) for evaluating quantitative geoscience data (technology skills)
  5. Write an effective report on a geoscience study (communication skills)
  6. Give an effective oral presentation on a geoscience study (communication skills)