Created: Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:17:00 MST
Updated: Tue, 08 Jul 2014 05:23:44 MST
FRUITA, Colo. - The Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita is partnering with Colorado Mesa University to provide new curriculum for students next year. This is the first time the college is offering courses by a paleontologist.
Next year, the college will offer introduction classes in geology and paleontology. Officials say this will be an advantage for both the museum and CMU.
“Paleontology is a core part of earth and environmental sciences. That's if you [students] go on to graduate school, [this course will] be required of them in other fields,” said Dinosaur Journey Museum paleontologist Julia McHugh.
"It's so natural to take this museum and wonderful fossils and outcrops here and [have] a trained paleontologist to the faculty, and now you got a program,” said Houston Museum of Natural Science paleontologist Dr. Robert Bakker.
Officials are also working on providing a hands-on internship program for these students.
Paleontologists say there’s an increase of students entering into paleontology graduate programs across the nation.