Degrees, Minors and Certificates

Colorado School of Mines is a research university long known for its excellent academic programs in engineering and applied science, and its specialized and focused mission to enhance understanding of the earth, energy and the environment — Mines is helping find answers to some of the major problems of our time.

Mines offers nearly 70 options – plus minors – in a full range of science, engineering and related disciplines.

Undergraduate Programs

Mines’ accredited undergraduate programs are highly selective, and our renowned faculty create a challenging and supportive learning environment for our students. As an undergraduate at the Colorado School of Mines, you are an integral part of a world-class institution.

Ranked among the nation’s “top 100 values” as selected by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Mines offers all the advantages of a research institution with a size that allows personal attention. With a student/faculty ratio of 17:1 and an average undergraduate class size of 34, Mines offers you the personal attention you need to succeed.

With a wide range of degree programs,  your achievements are limited only by what you bring. Wherever your interests lie, take some time to explore all the opportunities that Mines has to offer.

Our graduates are in great demand by companies and government agencies around the world. Mines’ rigorous degree programs provide a technical education and students receive exposure and training in areas such as communication, leadership, teamwork and ethics. Additionally, our extensive laboratory infrastructure ensures students have plenty of hands-on training in their coursework.

Graduate Study

Graduate students join a community of scholars who are global leaders in their fields. Research funding from government agencies and private corporations supports cutting-edge work in alternative and traditional energy resources, mineral economics, earth sciences, materials, and environmental science and engineering. Strong partnerships with local government laboratories, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Bureau of Reclamation and the United States Geological Survey, provide rich opportunities for students to become involved in world-class research.

Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Programs

Many degree programs offer Mines’ undergraduate students the opportunity to begin work on a graduate certificate, professional master’s degree, master’s degree or doctoral degree while completing the requirements for their bachelor’s degree. These combined bachelor’s-master’s/doctoral programs have been created by Mines faculty in those situations where they have deemed it academically advantageous to treat undergraduate and graduate degree programs as a continuous and integrated process. These are accelerated programs that can be valuable in fields of engineering and applied science where advanced education in technology and/or management provides the opportunity to be on a fast track for professional advancement. These programs also can be valuable for students who want to get a head start on graduate education. Learn More

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Undergraduate Degree Programs

MajorDegreeProgram DescriptionMinor?Department
Applied Mathematics & StatisticsB.S.Program DescriptionMinorApplied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS)
Applied Mathematics & Statistics
– Computational & Applied Mathematics Emphasis
B.S.Program DescriptionMinorApplied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS)
Applied Mathematics & Statistics
– Statistics Emphasis
B.S.Program DescriptionMinorApplied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS)
Chemical and Biological EngineeringB.S.Program DescriptionChemical and Biological Engineering
Chemical and Biological Engineering
– Biological Engineering Track
B.S.Program DescriptionMinorChemical and Biological Engineering
Chemical and Biological Engineering
– Process Engineering Track
B.S.Program DescriptionChemical and Biological Engineering
ChemistryB.S.Program DescriptionMinorChemistry
Chemistry
– Biochemistry Track
B.S.Program DescriptionChemistry
Chemistry
– Environmental Track
B.S.Program DescriptionChemistry
Civil EngineeringB.S.Program DescriptionCivil and Environmental Engineering
Computer ScienceB.S.Program DescriptionsMinorComputer Science
Computer Science
– Robotics and Intelligent Systems
B.S.Program DescriptionMinorComputer Science
Computer Science
–Data Science
B.S.Program DescriptionMinorComputer Science
Economics and BusinessB.S.Program DescriptionMinorEconomics and Business
Electrical EngineeringB.S.Program DescriptionMinorElectrical Engineering
Engineering PhysicsB.S.Program DescriptionMinorPhysics
Environmental EngineeringB.S.Program DescriptionCivil & Environmental Engineering
Geological EngineeringB.S.Program DescriptionMinorGeology & Geological Engineering
Geological Engineering
– Environmental, Engineering Geology and Geotechnics and Groundwater Engineering Concentration
B.S.Program DescriptionGeology & Geological Engineering
Geological Engineering
– Minerals and Petroleum Exploration Engineering Concentration
B.S.Program DescriptionGeology & Geological Engineering
Geophysical EngineeringB.S.Program DescriptionMinorGeophysics
Mechanical EngineeringB.S.Program DescriptionMinorMechanical Engineering
Metallurgical & Materials EngineeringB.S.Program DescriptionMinorMetallurgical and Materials Engineering
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
– Biomaterials Track
B.S.Program DescriptionMetallurgical and Materials Engineering
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
– Ceramic and Electronic Materials Track
B.S.Program DescriptionMetallurgical and Materials Engineering
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
– Physical & Manufacturing Metallurgy Track
B.S.Program DescriptionMetallurgical and Materials Engineering
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
– Physicochemical Processing of Materials Track
B.S.Program DescriptionMetallurgical and Materials Engineering
Mining EngineeringB.S.Program DescriptionMinorMining Engineering
Petroleum EngineeringB.S.Program DescriptionMinorPetroleum Engineering

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The combined bachelor of science/master of science program enables students to work on both degrees simultaneously.

Some graduate programs participate in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WICHE). This program allows residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming to register at Colorado resident tuition rates.

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Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs

MajorDegreeRequired CoursesCombined Program?Department
Applied Chemistry
(WICHE program)
Ph.D.CoursesChemistry
Applied Mathematics & StatisticsM.S.(thesis and non-thesis options), Ph.D.CoursesYesApplied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS)
Applied PhysicsPh.D.CoursesPhysics
Chemical EngineeringM.S.(thesis and non-thesis options), Ph.D.CoursesYesChemical and Biological Engineering
Chemistry
(WICHE program)
M.S. (thesis and non-thesis options)CoursesChemistry
Civil and Environmental EngineeringM.S.(thesis and non-thesis options), Ph.D.CoursesYesCivil and Environmental Engineering
Computer ScienceM.S.(thesis and non-thesis options), Ph.D.CoursesYesComputer Science
Electrical EngineeringM.S.(thesis and non-thesis options), Ph.D.CoursesYesElectrical Engineering
Engineering and Technology ManagementM.S.(thesis and non-thesis options)CoursesYesEconomics and Business
Environmental Engineering ScienceM.S.(thesis and non-thesis options), Ph.D.CoursesYes
Environmental Geochemistry
(WICHE program)
Professional Masters (non-thesis)CoursesChemistry
Geochemistry
(WICHE program)
M.S., Ph.D.CoursesChemistry
Geological EngineerMaster of Engineering (non-thesis)CoursesGeology & Geological Engineering
Geological Engineering
(WICHE program)
M.S., Ph.D.CoursesGeology & Geological Engineering
GeologyM.S., Ph.D.CoursesGeology & Geological Engineering
Geophysical EngineeringM.S., Ph.D.CoursesGeophysics
GeophysicsM.S., Ph.D.CoursesGeophysics
Hydrology
(WICHE program)
M.S.(thesis and non-thesis options), Ph.D.CoursesYesHydrologic Science and Engineering (HSE) Program
InterdisciplinaryM.S., Ph.D.Courses
International Political EconomyGraduate CertificateCourses
International Political Economy of ResourcesM.A. (thesis and non-thesis options)CoursesYesMaster of International Political Economy of Resources (MIPER)
Materials ScienceM.S. (thesis and non-thesis options), Ph.D.CoursesMaterials Science Program
Mechanical EngineeringM.S.(thesis and non-thesis options), Ph.D.CoursesYesMechanical Engineering
Metallurgical & Materials EngineeringM.Eng., M.S., Ph.D.CoursesYes, B.S.+Master of EngineeringMetallurgical and Materials Engineering
Mineral and Energy Economics
(WICHE program)
M.S.(thesis and non-thesis options), Ph.D.CoursesYesEconomics and Business
Mineral ExplorationProfessional Master's (non-thesis)CoursesGeology & Geological Engineering
Mining and Earth Systems Engineering
(WICHE program)
M.S. (thesis and non-thesis options), Ph.D.CoursesMining Engineering
Nuclear EngineeringMaster of Engineering (non-thesis), M.S., Ph.D.CoursesYesNuclear Science and Engineering Program
Petroleum Engineering
(WICHE program)
Master of Engineering (non-thesis), M.S., Ph.D.CoursesYesPetroleum Engineering
Petroleum Reservoir SystemsProfessional Master's (non-thesis only)CoursesPetroleum Engineering
PhysicsM.S.CoursesPhysics
Science, Technology, Engineering and PolicyGraduate CertificateCourses
Underground Construction and Tunneling
(WICHE program)
M.S. (thesis and non-thesis options), Ph.D.CoursesUnderground Construction and Tunneling

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