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.

Geosciences Job Outlook

"Employment of geoscientists is projected to grow 14% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The need for energy, environmental protection, and responsible land and resource management is projected to spur demand for geoscientists."

 - Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019)

CMU Geosciences News

Geosciences Program Hosts 2019 GeoDay Hike 

CMU Geosciences Students and Faculty Tour West Elk Mine

AAPG students Josh Schlag, Rachel Wall, Jordan Walker,

and Sherri Buxton with Dr. Fenton and Dr. Jones

May 2019 - Geologist Cody Rapke (CMU alumnus '16) took geosciences students and faculty on a personalized tour of the West Elk Mine near Somerset, Colorado. Jon Hutson, officer in the student geology club (AAPG), organized this end-of-the-year field trip.

Geosciences program receives nearly $600,000 anonymous donation for scholarships and field research

Faculty member builds 3D geology cave

CMU geology and biology instructor Jonathan Cooley designed and constructed the new geology mine tunnel exhibit at the new Eureka! McConnell Science Museum.  

CMU Geosciences Video

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)