Colorado School of Mines
Department of Geology & Geological Engineering
Dept of Geology & Geological Engineering
1500 Illinois Street
Golden, Colorado 80401 USA
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The Colorado School of Mines (CSM) Department of Geology and Geological Engineering offers innovative applied research programs in hydrogeology, engineering and environmental geology, and mineral and energy resource exploration and production.|
The Department offers the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in geology, geological engineering and geochemistry, the Master of Engineering (ME) in geological engineering and the Professional Master's in petroleum reservoir systems, environmental geochemistry, and mineral exploration and mining geosciences. To study hydrogeology, geotechnical engineering and some environmental applications, graduate students generally follow the geological engineering degree program. Students who wish to study petroleum or mineral exploration or development sciences, geochemistry and/or geology generally pursue a science degree.
The Department also participates in a new interdisciplinary program in Hydrology. Students can pursue the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Hydrology.
The academic program for an MS in geology or geological engineering requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of coursework and research and submission of a thesis. Seventy-two semester hours of coursework and research beyond the bachelor's degree are required for the PhD in geology or geological engineering. For breadth of background, students pursuing degrees in geology must include at least one graduate course in each of the three core areas of stratigraphy/sedimentology, structural geology/tectonics and petrology (one of these courses may be replaced with an appropriate course in a related discipline). It is expected that the course of study in geological engineering will strongly emphasize applied geology and engineering. Students pursuing these degrees must have an undergraduate engineering degree or the equivalent.
The ME (a non-thesis degree) program in geological engineering requires 30 semester hours of coursework, 6 semester hours of independent study, as well as submission of a graduate engineering report.
The geochemistry program offers both an MS and PhD degree. Master's students take 36 hours of coursework and research, including a core group of courses. PhD students must complete a minimum of 72 credit hours, of which at least 24 hours must be research credit. Normally, at least 48 hours of course credits are required, of which 24 hours of course credit may be transferred from a previous graduate degree upon approval of the dissertation committee.
The Professional Master's programs are non-thesis, one-year interdisciplinary degree programs consisting of a minimum of 36 credit hours of coursework. Up to 6 of these credit hours may be in the form of project credits done on the job as an employee or as a graduate intern.
Admission to CSM is open to graduates of four-year programs at recognized colleges and universities, including international students. Admission is competitive and based on an evaluation of undergraduate academic performance, test scores and references.|
Applications for admission must include two official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended, three letters of recommendation, GRE scores, a statement of goals and the application fee. Those applicants whose native language is not English must also submit a TOEFL score of 550 pbt or 213 cbt.
assistantship, co-op/work internship, full- and part-time|
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|Student Profile - Doctorate|
|Admissions at a Glance|
Jan 15 fall - financial consideration; Mar 15 fall - final; Nov 1 spring - final
International Student Application Deadlines:
Jan 15 fall - financial consideration; Mar 15 fall - final; Sept 1 spring - final
Minimum English Requirements:
TOEFL 550 (pbt), 213 (cbt), 79 (ibt)
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|Expenses and Financial Support|
Graduate Fellowships are awarded by merit to assist students with tuition, research and living expenses. Research assistantships allow students an opportunity to do research supported by funds from sponsored projects. Teaching assistantships are normally reserved for full-time degree students who demonstrate academic excellence.|
Awarding of financial support is done during the admissions review process. Since competition for these funds is high, students are encouraged to apply early.
|Buildings and Facilities|
The Geology Department is involved in various research centers and groups across campus. The Department is home to the Chevron Texaco Center of Research Excellence in Subsurface Geology, providing numerous research opportunities for graduate students.|
The International Groundwater Modeling Center, which offers seminars and short courses on groundwater modeling to the technical community. The Petroleum Exploration and Production Center (PEPC) is an interdisciplinary educational and research organization specializing in applied studies of petroleum reservoirs. The Center was established to formally bring together the geological, petroleum engineering, and geophysical skills and insight of Mines faculty and graduate students. The Rocky Mountain Region of the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC) is a national not-for-profit organization focused on meeting the technology needs of the US oil and natural gas exploration and production industry. There is also a Geology Museum at CSM.
The International Student Office (ISO) provides guidance and advice to international students, as well as services including a graduate student orientation, an international friendship program, English classes for students' spouses and a speakers' bureau. The ISO also processes required Immigration and Naturalization Service documentation for new students.|
An Interlink Language Center is available on the CSM campus for those students needing training in the English language.
• Aqueous geochemistry|
• Aquifer heterogeneities
• Basin analysis
• Borehole-imaging logs
• Carbonate diagenesis
• Computer applications
• Continental rifting
• Digital image processing
• Environmental site planning
• Evaluation of energy resources
• Evolution of magmatic arcs
• Expert systems
• Formation evaluation
• Geochemistry (isotope, trace element)
• Geographic information systems
• Geological (data analysis, engineering)
• Geology (economic, engineering, regional, petroleum, structural)
• Geomechanics problems
• Geophysics applied to groundwater problems
• Geosciences & public policy
• Geotechnical engineering/geotechnics
• Groundwater (chemistry, flow, transport)
• Imaging spectroscopy
• Innovative subsurface remediation
• Integrated (exploration, methods)
• Interpretation of depositional environments
• Lineament analysis
• Mass transfer in clastic diagenesis
• Mineral & ore deposits
• Modeling (aquifer-contaminant flow, predictive sediment)
• Organic/inorganic reactions in diagnetic conditions (watershed to late diagenesis)
• Petrology (metamorphic & igneous)
• Remote sensing applications to geology
• Reservoirs (characterization, fractured, integrated studies, quality)
• Spectral properties of minerals
• Waste management
• Water-rock interactions