Degree Programs in Geochemistry

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Degrees Offered
    Geochemistry M.S., Ph.D.
Enrollment Details
Participating Staff
   Academic Faculty  17
Admissions Information
   GRE General Test is required
   GRE Subject Test is not required
   TOEFL exam is required (international)
Admissions Statistics
   Average GRE Quantitative  158
   Average GRE Verbal  157
   Average GPA (4.0 scale)  3.85
   Percent applicants accepted  12%

The Geochemistry program at Mines is jointly offered by two academic departments: Geology & Geological Engineering and Chemistry & Geochemistry. This unique combination of academic disciplines accommodates a large variety of research interests and provides you with an unusually broad pool of faculty experience and expertise.


Financial aid for graduate studies is available through teaching assistantships (TA), research assistantships (RA), and scholarship and grant programs. All of these forms of financial aid are highly competitive. You are encouraged to apply by the deadline to receive thorough consideration for funding. Students in the (non-thesis) Professional Master's in Environmental Geochemistry program generally are not offered financial aid, although a TA may, in rare cases, be available to continuing students in this program.

TAs are offered through the home department into which the student has been accepted, typically by the end of March for the next academic year.

Individual faculty members offer RAs to students whom they expect will contribute quickly to a particular funded research project. Applicants interested in RAs should contact the faculty members whose research interests most closely parallel their own. 

Degree Programs

  • Professional Master's in Environmental Geochemistry
  • Master of Science in Geochemistry
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Geochemistry


  • Biogeochemical Cycling
  • Geochemical Hydrology
  • Geochemistry of the Crust and Mantle
  • Medical Mineralogy and Geochemistry
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Fluid-rock / Fluid-mineral Interaction
  • Geochemistry of Economic Minerals
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Geochemistry of Archaeomaterials
  • Light Stable Isotope Research

Western Regional Graduate Program

The M.S. and Ph.D. Geochemistry degrees at Mines participate in the Western Regional Graduate Program. The program offers students access to many high-quality graduate programs at reduced costs. Residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming are eligible to enroll in the Mines geochemistry graduate programs at resident tuition rates. Students do not have to meet specific financial criteria, but they must meet all admissions requirements and deadlines set by the institution. All students who indicate residency of one of these states on the admission application will automatically be included in this program.


Jim Ranville, Program Chair
Geochemistry Program
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-273-3152


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