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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.


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Geosciences Applauds Generous Geo-Fundraiser

The Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Club is home to outstanding members of our geo-community and promotors of education. Every year the Gem Club hosts events, including the Annual Grand Junction Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show, which draws in people from all over the rock-hound world. The fall 2022 show attracted 1600 attendees. These folks brought their dollars and left with gem and mineral treasures!  
The Gem Club has been raising money for scholarships and awarding them to our CMU Geosciences students since 1980. Between 1980 and 2022, the Club generously awarded $36,000 in scholarships! The record turnout at this year’s Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show contributed to the $5000 the Club will award in 2023 to CMU Geosciences students and $1000 to scholarships for students in the CMU Criminal Justice Program.  
CMU students from the Geosciences Program and the Criminal Justice Program volunteered to work at the fall 2022 show. Geosciences students helped out at the Silent Auction, the Kids’ Corner, and Lee Cassin’s vendor table. Lee, a Gem Club member added her proceeds to the Gem Club scholarship “pot” to fund CMU Geosciences students. CMU Criminal Justice students volunteered as security at the event and did such a great job, the Gem Club initiated a scholarship fund for their educational program, too.  
The Gem Club is an important economic contributor to our local economy. Importantly, from a CMU Geosciences perspective, the club is also a very generous supporter of education of CMU students. All of us at CMU Geosciences thank the Gem Club for their generosity, strong ties to our university, and commitment to education of our Western Slope youth.  

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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)




Fall 2022 Geosciences Newsletter

  M Boraas Faculty Highlight


What Marisa enjoys most about teaching intro-level classes is finding ways to reach non-majors and peak their interests in geosciences and the world around them.

"There isn’t really a typical day in this job which is part of why I enjoy it!"

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.

November CMU Faculty Colloquium