- Chemistry Club: Members share their love of chemistry with the community in an annual demonstration that draws hundreds.
- Geology Club: The Geology Club is active in fundraising for student experiences, including field trips and attending professional conferences.
- Gunnison Valley Observatory: Faculty and students use this sophisticated facility for research and teaching.
- Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: Western biologists and students collaborate with the world-renowned research station seven miles north of Crested Butte.
- Thornton Biology Research Program: Students collaborate with faculty (and can receive funding) on original research.
- Tri Beta and the Wildlife Society: Student-run clubs that provide professional development, training, networking, internships and field experiences.
Faculty & Staff
Professor of Biology; Chair, Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143C
Professor of Geology
Office Location: Hurst Hall 16B
Assistant Professor of Wildlife & Conservation Biology
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143A
Professor of Geology
Office Location: Hurst Hall 224
Professor of Physics
Office Location: Hurst Hall 116
Professor of Chemistry
Office Location: Hurst Hall 204
Moncrief Chair in Petroleum Geology
Office Location: Hurst Hall 16D
Associate Professor of Physics
Office Location: Hurst Hall 118
The Environmental Science minor is a great way for students to round-out their degree with a stronger, more diverse scientific emphasis in biology, chemistry, geology, physics, math and environmental management. Graduates enter their careers or graduate school with technical research skills and an enhanced understanding of environmental issues.
Students in the Environmental Science minor work with faculty to design a program of study that complements their major. Many courses offer research opportunities and students often present their research at conferences or in public forums.
With Western’s connections to natural resource agencies, professionals frequently interact with students during classes, on field trips and in internships and paid, local jobs.
Careers & Opportunities
Our graduates are often hired at local, state and national agencies, including:
- Bureau of Land Management
- Colorado Parks and Wildlife
- National Park Service
- Natural Resources Conservation Service
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- U.S. Forest Service
Graduates also work with nongovernmental organizations, such as nonprofit environmental groups, Native American tribes, ecological consulting companies and for-profit consulting companies.
Reach out to Kevin Alexander, Ph.D. for more information.