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Degree Programs in Geology and Geological Engineering

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Degrees Offered
    Petroleum Reservoir
    Mineral Exploration P.M.
    Geochemistry P.M., M.S.,
    Geology M.S., Ph.D.
    Geological Engineering M.S., Ph.D.
    Hydrology M.S., Ph.D.
Enrollment Details
Participating Staff
   Academic Faculty  21
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  156
   Average GPA (4.0 scale)  3.55
   Percent applicants accepted  52%

In the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, you develop a curriculum that suits your educational objectives. The four most popular areas are petroleum geology, mineral deposits/economic geology, geotechnical engineering and hydrogeology/ waste management. You also may pursue a basic geoscience sub-discipline such as petrology, geochemistry or structural geology.

With few exceptions, the department provides support for all qualified applicants in the form of research assistantships (RAs), fellowships or teaching assistantships. RAs are offered on a calendar-year basis by individual faculty members. Fellowships, awarded on the basis of scholarship, are also granted on a calendar-year basis. Applicants seeking financial support should indicate such in the "assistantship" section of the admissions application. Complete applications should be submitted by the deadline to insure priority consideration for fall semester financial support.

Degree Programs

  • Professional Master in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
  • Professional Master in Mineral Exploration
  • Professional Master in Geochemistry
  • Master of Engineering in Geological Engineering
  • Master of Science in Geology
  • Master of Science in Geological Engineering
  • Master of Science in Geochemistry
  • Master of Science in Hydrology (thesis and non-thesis)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Geology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Geochemistry
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Hydrology


Our faculty supports both traditional and modern research fields such as predictive sediment modeling, paleohydrology, petrophysics, aquifer-contaminant flow modeling, waste management and water-rock interactions. The educational experience is enhanced through departmental research centers including the Lewis Shale Project, the International Ground Water Modeling Center, the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council: Rocky Mountain Region, Potential Gas Agency/Institute for Energy Resource Studies, Petroleum Exploration and Production Center, the Slope and Basin Consortium and the ChevronTexaco Center of Research Excellence. In addition, personnel and resources of the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver are readily available, and cooperative research programs are common.

Current research areas of the department include:

  • Petroleum Geology
  • Economic Geology
  • Geohydrology
  • Engineering Geology
  • Structural Geology
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Remote Sensing and Computing


Dr. Christian Shorey
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-273-3800
FAX: 303-273-3859 

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