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Thinking about becoming a geoscientist

Many geoscientists are involved in the search for mineral and energy resources, as well as the economic and environmental impacts of resource extraction and use. Other geoscientists study natural hazards and environmental geoscience, and are involved in projects to understand watershed science, to maintain clean water sources, and to clean up and reclaim land. Some geoscientists specialize in a particular aspect of the Earth, such global climate change and oceanography and others even study planetary geology to understand planets like Mars. The solar system is our oyster!


CMU Geosciences Video

Thinking about becoming a geology major? Check out our video!

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 5% from 2019 to 2029, 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."

"As of December 2020, 91% of geoscience graduates who earned their degree between 2014-2018 were employed, while 75% of graduates from 2019 and 80% of graduates from 2020 reported the same. For geoscience graduates who earned their degree in 2020, 31% of bachelor's, 50% of master's, and 91% of doctorates had secured employment by December 2020." 


Geosciences Students Present Their Research at 2019 National GSA Conference


Geosciences students on GSA red carpet

Geosciences students from left to right: Alejandro Jaquez-Caro ('19), Nicole Mejia-Mendoza, and Josh Schlag

Grand Junction Geological Society: Monthly Speaker Information

All geosciences students are welcome and encouraged to attend the monthly GJGS events.