Colorado Mesa University

Programs

74 majors on a state-of-the-art campus.

As a CMU student, you’ll experience rigorous classroom instruction combined with vast opportunities for experiential learning. You’ll engage in lively discussions with other talented students and professors who are passionate educators. You’ll then apply and expand that knowledge by conducting fieldwork, engaging in original research, taking part in internships and/or traveling the globe.

A full range of services will help you achieve your goals, including academic advising, career services, tutoring, special disability services, and the Tomlinson Library.

With programs ranging from certificates to master's degrees, our diverse curriculum allows you to can be whatever you want. Whether you're interested in a well-rounded liberal arts education, the sciences, or professional training, a bright future of unlimited potential awaits.

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Just a few of the reasons we’re one of Colorado’s best universities:

  • a wide range of degrees offered at the undergraduate level and four graduate degrees
  • vast academic, social, cultural, recreational and personal development opportunities
  • cutting-edge technology has been integrated throughout our campus.

Programs Offered

Bachelor of Arts - Theatre – Acting/Directing

Bachelor of Arts - Theatre – Dance

Bachelor of Arts - Theatre – Design/Technology

Bachelor of Arts - Theatre – Music Theatre

Minor - Dance

Minor - Speech

Minor - Theatre

Program Description

The theatre program is constructed to help students meet the rigorous demands of a professional career in theatre or dance and to provide a strong artistic foundation and practical experience. Beginning with the first semester, students enroll in courses taught by academically and professionally experienced faculty.

The Acting/Directing Concentration is designed to give students a depth and breadth of acting skill and beginning directing skill including voice, movement, period styles and Shakespeare. Acting opportunities in all of the department’s productions are open to motivated and talented first-year students. Students are involved in numerous shows and this production work allows for a controlled, supervised experience.

The Music Theatre Concentration represents one of the most unique programs offered in Colorado, stressing strong technical foundations in music, theatre and dance. This approach creates “triple threats” and enhances a young performer’s potential for a career in musical theatre. To complement technique courses, students also participate in a wide variety of performance-related assignments.

The Dance Concentration offers an array of dance styles, performance opportunities and travel. Modern, jazz, ballet and tap are offered from beginning to professional levels. Other courses include composition, improvisation, pedagogy, history, music analysis, healthy dancer and repertory performance

The Design/Technology Theatre Concentration exposes students to multiple areas of the visual and technical aspects of theatre, including costume design, scenography, lighting design and theatre technology. The first year centers on courses that develop aesthetic sensitivity and technical proficiency. Subsequent years are devoted to specialized studio work in the student’s chosen area of concentration. This foundation is supported by a series of skill related courses in drafting, drawing and rendering techniques, model making, projection aesthetics, lighting console operation and related technologies. Costume skills courses include costume construction and fitting, fabric painting and fabric dyeing.

Through the Theatre Minor, students may choose courses from a broad range of theatrical endeavor including: acting, scenery, costumes, theatre history, the teaching of theatre, arts management and dramatic literature. Students will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the creation of two mainstage shows during the CMU theatre season. Training afforded by the study of theatre is also attractive to many other professions, including teaching, human resources and law.

Programs Offered

Technical Certificate - Transportation Services – Automotive Service

Technical Certificate - Transportation Services – Diesel Mechanics

Associate of Applied Science - Transportation Services – Automotive Technology

Associate of Applied Science - Transportation Services – Diesel Technology

Program Description

The transportation services program covers the fundamentals of electronics, starters, ignition and charging systems; air conditioning, cooling and heating systems; safety; technical math; use of technical manuals; basic management skills; written and oral communication skills; and leadership. Advanced coursework includes an in-depth study of internal combustion engine disassembly, repair, reassembly, diagnosis and troubleshooting; suspension systems; and alignment and wheel balance. Students may choose from either an automotive technology emphasis or a diesel technology emphasis. The diesel technology emphasis concentrates on on-road trucks and light duty diesel-powered vehicles.

By successfully completing a technical certificate or an Associate of Applied Science in Transportation Services, students will be prepared for careers as automotive/diesel technicians, parts and service distributors, industrial sales representatives, service managers and business owners in the transportation services industry.

Programs Offered

Associate of Applied Science - Water Quality Management

 

Program Description

The water quality management program prepares students for entry-level employment as technicians in the water processing industry. Water quality technicians work in teams to operate drinking water treatment systems and wastewater treatment systems. The workers plan, test for quality and operate complex equipment to acquire and deliver high quality drinking water or process waste water for return to the environment. This program provides an understanding of the regulatory expectations, the science involved in meeting regulatory expectations, the equipment used to process water and the systems management skills necessary to be a successful employee in the water processing industry. The industries interested in hiring graduates of this program are the public drinking water utilities and the wastewater treatment systems.

Programs Offered

Technical Certificate - Visual Communications -- Animation Technology

Associate of Applied Science - Visual Communications -- Animation Technology Emphasis

Program Description

The animation technology coursework prepares students to work in digital 3-D animation modeling environments. 3D Digital Animation is all about the art of visual storytelling. Animation technology combines traditional artistic skills such as drawing, design and sculpture, with video, lighting and special effects training. This program covers the in-depth fundamentals of classical animation based on the 12 principles of animation, as well as character development and rigging. Students gain experience using industry standard software such as 3DS Max, Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects to produce animations and portfolios. Students will gain expertise in object modeling and computer generated animation techniques to produce complex 3-D animation projects, as well as study life drawing, layout and design, computer illustration, storytelling and storyboarding. Graduates of this program will be prepared for entry-level jobs in the fields of movie animation, gaming animation and animation for commercials and presentations.

Programs Offered

Minor - Watershed Science

Program Description

The watershed science minor is an interdisciplinary program designed to serve the regional need for scientists with a strong background in water-related issues. It is a useful complement to environmental, physical and biological science majors, providing students in these  fields with certification of focused coursework. Combined with the relevant bachelor of science degree, plus additional calculus and physics courses, the minor satisfies the federal government’s requirements for qualification as a hydrologist. The proximity of Colorado Mesa University to the Colorado, Gunnison and Green Rivers, the drainages of the Colorado National Monument and the high arroyos create an ideal location for the study of watershed science.

Programs Offered

Associate of Applied Science - Water Quality Management

Program Description

The water quality management program prepares students for entry-level employment as technicians in the water processing industry. Water quality technicians work in teams to operate drinking water treatment systems and wastewater treatment systems. The workers plan, test for quality and operate complex equipment to acquire and deliver high quality drinking water or process waste water for return to the environment. This program provides an understanding of the regulatory expectations, the science involved in meeting regulatory expectations, the equipment used to process water and the systems management skills necessary to be a successful employee in the water processing industry. The industries interested in hiring graduates of this program are the public drinking water utilities and the wastewater treatment systems.

Programs Offered

Associate of Applied Science - Wildland Fire Management