Environmental Science

Get Involved

A college education is more than just taking courses. Meet new people, apply your skills and stretch beyond your comfort zone. Make your education an experience.

  • 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


Kevin Alexander, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Biology; Chair, Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Phone: 970.943.3405
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143C
Robert Fillmore headshot
Professor of Geology
Phone: 970.943.2650
Office Location: Hurst Hall 16B
Patrick Magee, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor of Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Phone: 970.943.7121
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143A
David W. Marchetti, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Geology
Phone: 970.943.2367
Office Location: Hurst Hall 224
John Mason, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Physics
Phone: 970.943.2142
Office Location: Hurst Hall 116
Jason E. Mullins, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Chemistry
Phone: 970.943.3152
Office Location: Hurst Hall 204
Elizabeth Petrie, Ph.D. headshot
Moncrief Chair in Petroleum Geology
Phone: 970.943.2117
Office Location: Hurst Hall 16D
Suzanne Taylor, Ph.D. headshot
Associate Professor of Physics
Phone: 970.943.2155
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.

The Program

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.

Learn More

Reach out to Kevin Alexander, Ph.D. for more information.