Natural & Environmental Sciences Department

Natural & Environmental Sciences help us understand the wonderful logic that is us – and our world. They decode and tell the story of the universe and life itself.

Western's Natural & Environmental Sciences offerings include majors in Anthropology, BiologyCell Biology/Pre-medicineChemistry, Geology and Physics, along with specific areas of study, such as:

Scholarships

PLEASE NOTE: Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page.

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

 Bartleson-Prather Research Scholarship

Bartleson-Prather Geology Research Scholarship is Available to:

Outstanding undergraduate student who is majoring in Geology.

Scholarship Provided by:

Paul Rady, Peter Dea & Barrett Resources Corporation.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Geology Department Scholarship Committee.

Application: Contact the Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Find out more information about Western's Geology Program at www.western.edu/geology

 Dorgan, William E. Memorial Math Scholarship

Dorgan, William E Memorial Math Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time students at Western. Must be a declared major in Mathematics. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater.

Scholarship Provided by:

The estate and family to celebrate the memory of William E. Dorgan.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western Math faculty in consultation with the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid as needed.

Application: Contact the Mathematics and Computer Information Science Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Find out more about Westerns Math Program at www.western.edu/mathematics.

 Ferchau, Hugo A. Memorial Scholarship

Ferchau, Hugo A. Memorial Biology Scholarship is Available to:

A full-time student at Western State Colorado University. Must maintain a cumulative GPA average of 3.0 and have obtained at least sophomore status. Must demonstrate an interest and capability to pursue studies and/or research in the area of botany and native plant research (Biology). Preference will be given to those with financial need.

Scholarship Provided by:

Family and friends to honor Dr. Ferchau for the never-ending assistance he gave to students at Western.

Amount: Award depends on funds available (Anticipated award $2400).

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Sciences Scholarship Selection Committee.

Application: Contact the Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Find out more about Western's Biology Program at www.western.edu/biology

 Lawrence, A. W. Memorial Scholarship

Lawrence, A.W. Biology and Chemistry Scholarship is Available to:

Students majoring in Biology or Chemistry.

Scholarship Provided by:

Family and friends of Aubrey W. Lawrence who served as Professor of Chemistry and Chairman of the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Science Scholarship Selection Committee.

Application: Contact the Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Find out more about Western's Biology Program at www.western.edu/biology

Find out more about Western's Chemistry Program at www.western.edu/chemistry

 Light, Dr. Mason and Betty Scholarship

Light, Dr. Mason and Betty Biology Scholarship Available to:

Recipient must be a junior or senior and a full-time student attending Western State Colorado University for the term following the scholarship award; must have obtained at least a 3.0 GPA; must be engaged in pre-medical studies.

Scholarship Provided by:

Dr. Mason Light, who served the college community for over forty years while he was a practicing physician in Gunnison. He and his wife established this scholarship.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Donor Scholarship Committee (Family of Mason Light) in cooperation with Western State Foundation and the Director of Financial Aid.

Application: Contact the Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Find out more about Western's Biology Program at www.western.edu/biology

 Marquerite Davidson, Geology Scholarship

Marquerite Davidson, Geology Scholarship is Available to:

Students majoring in Geology that show academic promise and have financial need.

Scholarship Provided by:

Marquerite Davidson

Amount: Award depends on funds available

Scholarship Recipient Selected By:

 Western State Colorado University Geology Faculty

Application: Applicants must write a letter stating their interest in Geology and explaining their financial need.  Contact the Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences for additional information.  (970) 943-2015 – Hurst Hall 128

Find out more about Western's Geology Program at www.western.edu/geology

 Mckenny, Casey James Memorial Scholarship

Mckenny, Casey James Memorial, Natural and Environmental Sciences Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time students at Western who are Juniors or Seniors (qualified Juniors shall be given preference over Seniors). Must be a declared major in Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences. Must maintain a GPA of 3.2 or greater. Recipients must follow Casey's example of academic promise, love for the outdoors and service to fellow students demonstrated by volunteering in the community and involvement in campus activities and service.

Scholarship Provided by:

Gifts by Bill and Monica McKenny, Casey's parents, as well as other family members and friends.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western NAES faculty in consultation with the Dean of Students and Bill and Monica McKenny.

Application: Contact the Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2015 - Hurst Hall 128.

Find out more about Western's Physics Program at www.western.edu/physics

Find out more about Western's Biology Program at www.western.edu/biology

Find out more about Western's Chemistry Program at www.western.edu/chemistry

Find out more about Western's Geology Program at www.western.edu/geology

 Menzer, Fred J. Jr. Geology Memorial Scholarship

Menzer, Fred J. Jr. Geology Memorial Scholarship Available to:

Geology majors who are committed to the timely and enthusiastic pursuit of a Geology degree. Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Scholarship Provided by:

Art H. Menzer Amount: $500

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University Geology Faculty

Application: Geology faculty review geology majors for consideration. Contact the Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences for additional information. (970) 943-2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Find out more about Western's Geology Program at www.western.edu/geology

 Mitchell, Valerie Ann Memorial Geology Scholarship

Mitchell, Valerie Ann Memorial Geology Scholarship is Available to:

Students majoring in Geology who have completed their junior year of study at Western State Colorado University. Must be able to demonstrate high GPA and leadership potential within the field of geology.

Scholarship Provided by:

The parents and friends of Valerie Mitchell who died in an accident at the end of her junior year.

Amount: Award depends on funds available. (Anticipated award $200)

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University Geology Faculty.

Application: Geology faculty review geology majors for consideration. Contact the Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences for additional information. (970) 943-2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Find out more about Western's Geology Program at www.western.edu/geology

 

 Moncrief Petroleum Geology Scholarship, Freshman

Moncrief Petroleum Geology Scholarship, Freshman

Scholarship Available to:

Incoming Freshman students with an interest in working in the petroleum industry with a declared major in Geology. Highschool GPA of 3.25 or higher and an ACT composite of 25 or greater. Renewable for up to four years with continuing progress made toward a degree in Comprehensive or Petroleum Geology, full time status and a cumulative 3.0 GPA overall.

Scholarship Recipient Provided by:

W. A. Moncrief, Jr.

Amount: $1,500 a year for up to four years.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University Geology faculty

Application: Geology faculty review geology majors for consideration. Contact the Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences for additional information. (970) 943-2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Find out more about Western's Geology Program at www.western.edu/geology.

 Moncrief Petroleum Geology Scholarship, Transfer Students

Moncrief Petroleum Geology Scholarship for Transfer Students is Available to:

Students transferring to Western State Colorado University, with an interest in working in the petroleum industry with a declared major in Geology. Completion of at least 45 credit hours, GPA of 3.25 or higher and an ACT composite of 25 or greater. Renewable for up to two years with continuing progress made toward a degree in Comprehensive or Petroleum Geology, full time status and a cumulative 3.0 GPA overall.

Scholarship Provided by:

W. A. Moncrief, Jr.

Amount: $1,500 a year for up to two years

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University Geology faculty

Application: Geology faculty review geology majors for consideration. Contact the Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences for additional information. (970) 943-2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Find out more about Western's Geology Program at www.western.edu/geology

 Moyle, Richard W. and Belva R. Geology Scholarship

Moyle, Richard W. and Belva R. Geology Scholarship

Geology Scholarship Available to:

Students majoring in Geology with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Must have academic promise and financial need.

Scholarship Provided by:

Richard W. and Belva Moyle.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University Geology Faculty.

Application: Contact the Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Find out more about Western's Geology Program at www.western.edu/geology.

 Nauman, James D. Scholarship

Nauman, James D. Department of Environmental Sciences Scholarship is Available to:

Full-time, Colorado residents who have a major in a field within the Department of Natural & Environmental Sciences. Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and demonstrated financial need.

Scholarship Provided by:

Dr. James Nauman, who attended Western from 1945-49.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Sciences Scholarship Selection Committee.

Application: Contact the Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Find out more about Western's Physics Program at www.western.edu/physics

Find out more about Western's Biology Program at www.western.edu/biology

Find out more about Western's Chemistry Program at www.western.edu/chemistry

 Walker, C. Ralph and Florence Memorial Scholarship

Walker, C. Ralph and Florence Memorial Scholarship (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) is Available to:

Full-time students at Western State Colorado University; must have declared a major in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Scholarship Provided by:

Gifts from members of the Walker family to perpetuate the memory and to commemorate the service and devotion of C. Ralph and Florence Walker who both served the College and the Gunnison community in an exemplary manner for many years. Professor Walker was Chairman of Western's then Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Selected by:

Sciences Scholarship Selection Committee.

Application: Contact the Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Find out more about Western's Physics Program at www.western.edu/physics.

Find out more about Western's Biology Program at www.western.edu/biology.

Find out more about Western's Chemistry Program at www.western.edu/chemistry.

Directory

Faculty

Professor of Biology
B.A., University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D., University of North Texas
Phone: (970) 943-3405
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143C
Professor of Biology
B.A., University of Vermont; M.A., Ph.D., University of Colorado.
Phone: (970) 943-3355
Office Location: Hurst Hall 222
Lecturer in Geology
B.A., University of California Santa Cruz, M.S., California State University, Ph.D. Candidate Colorado School of Mines
Phone: (970) 943-2180
Office Location: Hurst Hall 016A
Rady Chair of Petroleum Geology
B.S., College of William and Mary, Ph.D., University of Wyoming
Phone:
Office Location:
Assistant Professor in Biology and Environment & Sustainability
B.A., Biology, University of California–Santa Cruz, 1995, Ph.D., Botany, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2005
Phone: (970) 943-2565
Office Location: Kelly Hall 105
Adjunct Professor in Geology
B.S., University of Minnesota; M.S., Ph.D.,University of New Mexico.
Phone:
Office Location:
Professor of Geology
B.A., Western State College of Colorado; M.S. University of Northern Arizona; Ph.D., University of Kansas.
Phone: (970) 943-2650
Office Location: Hurst Hall 16B
Professor of Biology
B.S., St. Joseph’s University; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University.
Phone: (970) 943-2094
Office Location: Hurst Hall 238B
Lecturer in Physics
B.A., Western State College of Colorado; B.S., Fort Hays State University. M.S., Western Governor's University.
Phone: (970) 943-2160
Office Location: Hurst Hall 105
Assistant Professor of Biology
B.A., University of Colorado; B.A., University of Colorado; Ph.D., University of Oregon
Phone: (970) 943-2552
Office Location: Hurst Hall 238C
Biology Laboratory Coordinator
B.A., Western State College of Colorado; M.S., San Francisco State University.
Phone: (970) 943-2437
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143B
Lecturer in Anthropology
B.A., University of Texas at Austin; M.A., Washington State University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.
Phone: (970) 943-2222
Office Location: Hurst Hall 031A
Thornton Chair in Biology
B.S, Colorado State University. M.S., University of Missouri; Ph.D., University of Missouri.
Phone: (970) 943-7121
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143A
Associate Professor of Geology
B.A., State University of New York, College at Geneseo; M.S., Ph.D., University of Utah.
Phone: (970) 943-2367
Office Location: Hurst Hall 224
Assistant Professor of Physics
B.A., Colby College; M.S., Ph.D., University of California - Santa Cruz.
Phone: (970) 943-2142
Office Location: Hurst Hall 116
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Clemson University; Ph.D., University of Montana.
Phone: (970) 943-3152
Office Location: Hurst Hall 204
Chair, Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences; Professor of Chemistry
B. A., Colorado College; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Phone: (970) 943-3437
Office Location: Hurst Hall 128A
Associate Professor of Biology
B.S., Allegheny College; Ph.D., Dartmouth College.
Phone: (970) 943-3181
Office Location: Hurst Hall 238A
Lecturer in Environment & Sustainability, and Biology
B.S., Winona State University, M.S., University of Minnesota Duluth, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Phone: 970.943.2024
Office Location: Kelly Hall 114
Moncrief Chair in Petroleum Geology
Bachelor of Science in Biology and Earth & Planetary Sciences from the University of New Mexico; master of science and doctorate in Geology from Utah State University
Phone: 970.943.2117
Office Location:
Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Beloit College; Ph.D., University of Colorado.
Phone: (970) 943-7098
Office Location: Hurst Hall 208
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry
B. S., Fort Lewis College, M. S. University of Colorado.
Phone: (970) 943-2875
Office Location: Hurst Hall 217A
Lecturer in Biology
B.A., University of Boulder , M.A., University of Denver and Health Sciences, Ph.D., University of Denver and Health Sciences
Phone: (970) 943-2145
Office Location: Hurst Hall 218
Professor of Anthropology
B.A., University of Colorado; , M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota.
Phone: (970) 943-2062
Office Location: Hurst Hall 31C
Emeritus Professor of Biology
B.S., University of California-Davis; Ph.D., University of Idaho.
Phone: 970.943.2063
Office Location:
Professor of Anthropology
B.A., M.A., University of Colorado; Ph.D., University of New Mexico.
Phone: (970) 943-2073
Office Location: Hurst Hall 25B
Professor of Geology
B.A., Pomona College; Ph.D., University of California Santa Cruz.
Phone: (970) 943-3044
Office Location: Hurst Hall 16C
Assistant Professor of Physics
B.S., Linfield College; M.S., University of New Mexico; Ph.D., University of New Mexico.
Phone: (970) 943-2155
Office Location: Hurst Hall 118
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Email:
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Lecturer in Chemistry
B.S., University of New Hampshire, Ph.D., Cornell University
Phone: (970) 943-2479
Office Location: Hurst Hall 206
Adjunct Professor of Geology
Phone:
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