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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 as global climate change and oceanography and others even study planetary geology to understand planets like Mars


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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.

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." 

CMU Geosciences News

Spring 2020 - Geosciences Program Newsletter

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Fall 2021: Geosciences Program Welcomes New Geology Professor

 Dr. Javier Tellez

Javier Tellez is a Colombian geologist with a Ph.D. and M.S. in Geology from the University of Oklahoma. He worked for Occidental Oil and Gas for seven years after completing his B.S. in Geology at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Javier joins us this fall and will be teaching Historical Geology, Geology of Colorado, and Principles of Physical Geology Lab. He will be co-teaching Depositional Systems with Dr. Andres Aslan. Welcome to the GeoTeam, Dr. Tellez!

Dr. Tellez's research primarily focuses on using new technologies applied in geosciences, particularly in sedimentology, stratigraphy, and depositional systems analysis for energy resources. He works with students to integrate multiple data types (e.g., outcrop, seismic, UAV-based models, subsurface) and analyze them using a range of tools (e.g., machine learning, 3D modeling) to evaluate the sedimentologic characterization, stratigraphic architecture, and variability of reservoir rocks. Dr. Tellez is an active member of the SEPM, AAPG, and SEG.

Grand Junction Geological Society: Monthly Speaker Information

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