The Center for Advanced Undergraduate Studies and Experience (CAUSE) is a unique center that supports the educational mission of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, providing special services, courses, and facilities that are not available at the departmental level. A goal of the center is to promote undergraduate research and study abroad/study away. CAUSE-sponsored courses provide “real world experiences” for students – a chance to leave the classroom behind and spend time tackling a topic of contemporary importance in the field.
CAUSE was created in the early 1990s to promote interdisciplinary, problem-based learning opportunities for undergraduates. The centerpiece of CAUSE is a multi-semester seminar course that allows students to do theme-based research both in the classroom and out in the field. CAUSE courses focus on the political, economic, and physical environment of a selected country or area. The two-semester CAUSE courses, open to rising juniors and seniors in the social sciences, natural sciences and engineering, also include a Maymester or summer travel component.
CAUSE 2022: Applied Sustainability in Colorado (EMSC 470 Sp/Su/Fall 2022) will explore a variety of novel sustainability applications in Colorado. Topics include urban and rural food production, "zero waste" policies, permaculture, solar photovoltaics, micro-hydroelectricity, anaerobic digestion, hospitality, sustainable brewing practices and more!