Geosciences Program

Thinking about becoming a geoscientist

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 Video

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

Geosciences Job Outlook

"Employment of geoscientists is projected to grow 6% from 2018 to 2028, as fast as the average for all occupations. The need for energy, environmental protection, and responsible land and resource management is projected to spur demand for geoscientists."

"While growth rates for individual geoscience occupations range between 2.4% and 9.2% for all but geoscience engineering managers (-0.6%), those occupations projected to gain the greatest number of jobs are environmental scientists (7,000 jobs), environmental science technicians (3,200 jobs), and environmental engineers (2,900 jobs)."

 

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

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)