Western features a full liberal arts curriculum including one of only 10 undergraduate Petroleum Geology programs in the U.S., one of eight Professional Land & Resource Management programs and a new Master in Environmental Management. Classes average just 17 students in more than 50 graduate and undergraduate areas of study. And instead of teaching assistants, students learn from full-time faculty members the majority of whom hold the highest degrees in their disciplines. Popular majors at Western include Business Administration, Exercise & Sport Science, Recreation & Outdoor Education, Art, Education, Environment & Sustainability and Biology. Because the university perches at 7,700 feet above sea level, surrounded by millions of wilderness acres, students can learn in and from a spectacular mountain laboratory. The areas diverse ecosystems and geologic formations provide natural research facilities for a host of scientific studies. Western even owns a key geologic formation, Tenderfoot Mountain. At this world-renowned archaeological site, students and professional researchers learn about the Americas earliest human inhabitants. Exercise & Sport Science students conduct original research on athletic performance in the Westerns state-of-the-art High Altitude Performance Laboratory, now in the universitys new, 119,000-square-foot Mountaineer Field House complex. The university offers students a full spectrum of extracurricular activities, club sports and NCAA athletics. Students in Westerns Mountain Sports program compete and document performances in skiing, mountain biking, trail running and more. Students can rent skis, kayaks, camping gear and other outdoor equipment through and experience adventures led by Westerns Wilderness Pursuits office. Other opportunities include theater, band and choral groups; performance poetry, student literary and arts publications; a student newspaper, video production studio and radio station KWSB; academic and professional societies; and a long list of intramural sports. Western also supports the Americas only certified collegiate mountain rescue team, which partners with law enforcement to save lives in the backcountry. Western also focuses on improving environmental awareness and resource efficiency through its campus climate commitment, green building and renovation practices, and a student-initiated sustainability grant program, paired with service-learning projects.Experience Learning, Elevated at Western.