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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.


CMU Geosciences News


Spring 2024 CMU Geosciences Program Newsletter

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Some Geosciences students' feedback: “The Sunday Mine trip was a great opportunity to see how geology is used in the workforce, and why it is so useful in so many industries.

Overall, I thought that the Sunday Mine trip was a really cool and unique experience. It showed me a potential field I could work in the future. It also showed unique geology that can’t always be seen above ground, and the general process that is used to extract valuable and profitable uranium ore found in this particular area.”

Magnetometer, what now? Geophysics in the Field

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Geophysics students gathering data with the Geosciences Program's magnetometer. This instrument was used to investigate the presence of magnetic sources, such as large igneous rock bodies (plutons), below the surface between Uncompahgre Plateau and the Paradox Basin in the Gateway, CO area. 

Women on a river trip

Adventures in Geoscience is a teaching expeditionwhere ten women students from across the CMU campus will participate in a 5-day river expedition down a river in the Colorado River Basin. The trip will take place during the summer of 2024 with zero cost to the student and all gear provided. This opportunity provides CMU women the opportunity to build connections with other women on campus, learn about topics in geoscience, and gain confidence in outdoor, scientific, and recreational pursuits. Rivers are a valuable resource that have power to make lasting impacts on CMU women students. Participants will share their experience with peers, community members, scientists, and professionals at a public event scheduled for the beginning of Fall-2024 semester. All donors will be notified of the location and timing of student presentations and the public event via email. 


The World Around Us

 DrFentonCheck out this CMUnow podcast featuring CMU Assistant Professor of Geology Cassandra Fenton, PhD. Dr. Fenton explains why geosciences is so much more than just rocks and why the Grand Valley is like Disneyland for geologists.

 Check out some of our #cmugeosciences Instagram posts!

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Interested in taking a Geosciences course for Essential Learning? We offer several courses, like:

  • Geology of Colorado (GEOL 105)
  • Introduction to Physical Geology (GEOL 111/111L and GEOL 113/113L)
  • Oceanography (GEOL 104)
  • Weather and Climate (GEOL 103)