Natural & Environmental Sciences Department

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

Available to:

An outstanding undergraduate student who is majoring in Geology.

Provided by:

Paul Rady, Peter Dea & Barrett Resources Corporation.

Amount:

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:

Geology Department Scholarship Committee.

Application:

Contact the Natural & Environmental Sciences Department for application and deadline information. 970.943.2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Dolezal, Gary Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility:

High school seniors to college seniors. Must have been involved in scouting program and attained rank of First Class Scout; must be a graduate of a Western Slope high school. Gunnison High School graduates who meet the criteria will be given first preference.

Provided by:

Family to perpetuate the memory of Gary Dolezal, who was an example of scouting, citizenship and scholarship.

Amount:

Award depends on funds available

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application

Dorgan, William E. Memorial Math Scholarship

Available to:

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

Provided by:

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

Amount:

Award depends on funds available

Selected by:

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

Application:

Contact the Mathematics & Computer Information Science Department for application and deadline information. 970.943.2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Ferchau, Hugo A. Memorial Scholarship

Available to:

A full-time student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher who has 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.

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).

Selected by:

Sciences Scholarship Selection Committee

Application:

Contact the Natural & Environmental Sciences Department for application and deadline information. 970.943.2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Fred J. Menzer 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.

Provided by:

Art H. Menzer

Amount:

$500

Selected by:

Western Colorado University Geology Faculty

Application:

Geology faculty review Geology majors for consideration. Contact the Department of Natural & Environmental Sciences for additional information. 970.943.2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Lawrence, A. W. Memorial Scholarship

Available to:

Students majoring in Biology or Chemistry.

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.

Selected by:

Science Scholarship Selection Committee.

Application:

Contact the Natural & Environmental Sciences Department for application and deadline information. 970.943.2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Light, Dr. Mason and Betty Scholarship

Available to:

Recipient must be a full-time junior or senior with at least a 3.0 GPA; must be engaged in pre-medical studies.

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.

Selected by:

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

Application:

Contact the Natural & Environmental Sciences Department for application and deadline information. 970.943.2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Marquerite Davidson, Geology Scholarship

Available to:

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

Provided by:

Marquerite Davidson

Amount:

Award depends on funds available

Selected By:

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

Mckenny, Casey James Memorial Scholarship

Available to:

Full-time juniors or seniors (qualified juniors shall be given preference over seniors). Must be a declared major in the Natural and Environmental Sciences Department. Must maintain at least a 3.2 GPA. 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.

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.

Selected by:

Natural & Environmental Sciences faculty in consultation with the Dean of Students and Bill and Monica McKenny.

Application:

Contact the Natural & Environmental Sciences Department for application and deadline information. 970.943.2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Mitchell, Valerie Ann Memorial Geology Scholarship

Available to:

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

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)

Selected by:

Western Colorado University Geology Faculty.

Application:

Geology faculty review geology majors for consideration. Contact the Department of Natural & Environmental Sciences for additional information. 970.943.2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Learn more about Western's Geology Program

 

Moyle, Richard W. and Belva R. 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 Colorado University Geology Faculty.

Application:

Contact the Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences for application and deadline information. 970.943.2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Learn more about Western's Geology Program

Nauman, James D. Scholarship

Available to:

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

Provided by:

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

Amount:

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:

Sciences Scholarship Selection Committee.

Application:

Contact the Natural & Environmental Sciences Department  for application and deadline information. 970.943.2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Walker, C. Ralph and Florence Memorial Scholarship

Available to:

Full-time students who have declared a major in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

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 Western 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.

Selected by:

Sciences Scholarship Selection Committee.

Application:

Contact the Natural & Environmental Sciences Department for application and deadline information. 970.943.2015 - Hurst Hall 128

Directory

Faculty

Kevin Alexander, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Biology; Chair, Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Phone: 970.943.3405
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143C
Robin A. Bingham, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Biology
Phone: 970.943.3355
Office Location: Hurst Hall 222
Holly  Brunkal, Ph.D. headshot
Lecturer in Geology
Phone: 970.943.2180
Office Location: Hurst Hall 018
Brad Burton, Ph.D. headshot
Rady Chair in Petroleum Geology
Phone: 970.943.2252
Office Location: Hurst Hall 16A
James Coogan, Ph.D. headshot
Adjunct Professor of Geology
Phone: 970.943.3425
Office Location:
Jonathan Coop, Ph.D. headshot
Associate Professor
Phone: 970.943.2565
Office Location: Kelley Hall 105
Brian Dalton, Ph.D. headshot
Lecturer in Biology
Phone: 970.943.2287
Office Location: Hurst Hall 132
Amy Ellwein headshot
Adjunct Professor in Geology
Phone:
Office Location:
Robert Fillmore headshot
Professor of Geology
Phone: 970.943.2650
Office Location: Hurst Hall 16B
Peter H. Gauss headshot
Professor of Biology
Phone: 970.943.2094
Office Location: Hurst Hall 238B
Steve Griggs headshot
Lecturer in Physics
Phone:
Office Location: Hurst Hall 202
Shan Hays, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Biology
Phone: 970.943.2552
Office Location: Hurst Hall 238C
Amy Honan headshot
Biology Lab Coordinator, Lecturer in Biology, Curator of Fungi
Phone: 970.943.2437
Office Location: Hurst Hall 128A
Derek  D. Houston, Ph.D. headshot
Thornton Chair in Biology
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143B
David M. Hyde, Ph.D. headshot
Lecturer in Anthropology, MGES Instructor
Phone: 970.943.2222
Office Location: Hurst Hall 031A
Chris Lee, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Phone: 970.943.2256
Office Location: Hurst Hall 218
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
Emily McMahill, Pharm.D. headshot
Ferchau Lecturer in Biology
Phone: 970.943.2311
Office Location: Hurst Hall 225
Jason E. Mullins, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Chemistry
Phone: 970.943.3152
Office Location: Hurst Hall 204
Dale L. Orth, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Chemistry, Center for Teaching Excellence Director
Phone: 970.943.3437
Office Location: Hurst Hall 206
Cassandra Osborne, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Biology
Phone: 970.943.3181
Office Location: Hurst Hall 238A
Elizabeth Petrie, Ph.D. headshot
Moncrief Chair in Petroleum Geology
Phone: 970.943.2117
Office Location: Hurst Hall 16D
Anne W. Ryter, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Chemistry
Phone: 970.943.7098
Office Location: Hurst Hall 208
Jarral W. Ryter, M.S. headshot
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry
Phone: 970.943.2875
Office Location: Hurst Hall 217A
Lynn Sikkink, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Anthropology
Phone: 970.943.2062
Office Location: Hurst Hall 31C
Mark Stiger, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Anthropology
Phone: 970.943.2073
Office Location: Hurst Hall 25B
Allen Stork headshot
Professor of Geology
Phone: 970.943.3044
Office Location: Hurst Hall 16C
Suzanne Taylor, Ph.D. headshot
Associate Professor of Physics
Phone: 970.943.2155
Office Location: Hurst Hall 118

Natural & Environmental Sciences encompass a host of disciplines in the life, physical and environmental sciences that seek to understand the natural world. Students conduct original research, explore the vast learning laboratories of the Gunnison Valley and land careers in health care, research, policy, education and more.


Areas of Study Include: 

A student measures bones with a measuring tape

Anthropology

Natural
Major
Minor
ANTH, Anthropology Program, Anthropology Degree, Colorado, B.A. in Anthropology, Anthropology studies, scholarship, anthropology scholarships
A Western student works with scientific instruments in a biochemistry lab

Biochemistry

Natural
Emphasis
Biochemistry, biochem, Western, bachelor of science, colorado, BS in Biochemistry
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Biology

Natural
Major
Minor
Secondary Licensure
BIOL, Biology, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, BA, BS, study biology, zoology, science, pre-med, pre-medicine, environmental biology,
Western Cell & Molecular Biology students experimenting in lab

Cell & Molecular Biology

Natural
Emphasis
Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Pre-medicine, pre-med, study biology, bachelor of science, medical school, colorado pre-med, biologist, wildlife biology
Western Chemistry working with instruments in lab

Chemistry

Natural
Major
Minor
Secondary Licensure
CHEM, Chemistry, Science, Western Chemistry, Chemistry Major, Chem, Chem Major
Western Environmental Biology & Ecology students plant seedlings in an on-campus greenhouse

Environmental Biology & Ecology

Natural
Emphasis
Environmental Biology and Ecology, Western Enironmental Biology, Western Environmental Ecology, biology and ecology, environmental biology degree, environmental
Western Environmental Science student conducts fieldwork in Gunnison River

Environmental Science

Natural
Minor
Environmental Science Minor, Environmental Science, environmental studies, environment, biology, science
Western Geology students make notes in the field

Geology

Natural
Major
Minor
GEOL, Geology, Geoarchaeology, Geology Major, Petrolium Geology, Rocks
Two Western Petroleum Geology Students Inspect Sedimentary Rocks

Petroleum Geology

Natural
Emphasis
Petroleum Geology, Oil, Mocrief, Geoscientists, bachelor of arts, petroleum geology degree, studies
Western Physics class plays with electro magnets

Physics

Natural
Minor
PHYS, Physics, Math Program, Physics Minor
Western Pre-Med Student looks into a microscope during class

Pre-Medicine

Natural
Special Program
Pre-Med Colorado, Pre-Med Western Colorado, Western Colorado University Pre-Med, Pre-Health Western Colorado, schools with pre-med colorado, Bio, Biology
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Pre-Nursing

Natural
Emphasis
Pre-med, pre-allied health, pre-vet, veterinary studies, biology, bachelor of science, colorado science school
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Wildlife & Conservation Biology

Natural
Emphasis
Wildlife Biology, BS in biology, biology degree, wildlife biology studies, biology, colorado, Western, Western Colorado University