Chemistry Graduate Information

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Graduate Programs in Chemistry and Applied Chemistry

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Degrees Offered
   Chemistry M.S.
   Applied Chemistry Ph.D.
   Geochemistry M.S.
   Environmental Geochemistry P.M.
Enrollment Details
Participating Staff
   Academic Faculty 16
Admissions Information
   GRE General Test is required
   GRE Subject Test is not required
   TOEFL exam is required (international)
Admissions Statistics
   Average GRE Quantitative  156
   Average GRE Verbal  154
   Average GPA (4.0 scale)  3.40
   Percent applicants accepted  26%

The Department of Chemistry & Geochemistry plays an integral role as a leader in the university's four focus areas: earth, energy, materials and environment. Your passion in these critical areas is an asset to our graduate programs. Together we emphasize interdisciplinary and fundamental approaches to solving real-world problems in areas such as alternative and renewable energy, bio-detection, polymer and nanoscale materials, and water quality — to name a few.

Our world-class faculty are well-funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and other government agencies, as well as by innovative research industries. You will work alongside faculty with other campus departments and with nearby government laboratories, such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

You are encouraged to apply by the deadline to receive thorough consideration for funding.  Funding packages offered to admitted graduate students include tuition, fees, health benefits and competitive stipends.

Degree Programs

  • Master of Science in Chemistry (thesis and non-thesis)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Chemistry
  • Master of Science in Geochemistry (thesis)
  • Professional Masters in Environmental Geochemistry


Focus areas of research include:

  • Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry
  • Energy sciences
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Geochemistry and biogeochemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Nanoscale materials
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical and computational chemistry
  • Polymers

Interdisciplinary Programs

Western Regional Graduate Program

The chemistry programs at Mines participate in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). 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 our chemistry and applied chemistry 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.


Dr. Ryan Richards, Chair, Graduate Affairs Committee
Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-273-3152
FAX: 303-273-3629

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