Earth and Society Programs
Meeting society’s grand challenges and serving as responsible stewards of the planet’s resources
Colorado School of Mines’ programs in Earth and Society prepares students for successful careers in a wide range of fields, from our traditional fortes of resource extraction and the earth sciences to disciplines where science and engineering interact with society. Our groundbreaking education and research are making the world a better and more sustainable place.
Water shortage is a significant problem for communities across the United States year after year, but a new mobile direct potable reuse system developed at Colorado School of Mines could help provide a fast and reliable solution.
From the Dean
If you know anything about Colorado School of Mines, it’s likely our long and storied history in resource extraction and the associated earth sciences. Founded in 1874 with academic departments in drafting, physics, metallurgy, chemistry and mining, the university expanded to include geology, petroleum engineering and geophysics in the 1920s.
We’ve maintained our core strengths over the decades—we’ve been ranked No. 1 for mineral and mining engineering in the QS World University Rankings for several years running and our graduates enjoy excellent outcomes soon after graduation.
But there’s more to Mines than an excellent return on investment—we take our responsibility as stewards of the Earth seriously. We strive to make mining safer and more energy efficient. Our humanitarian science and engineering program prepares students to serve communities around the world. Math and statistics faculty work with colleagues in geology and geophysics to develop methods that lessen the environmental impact of harvesting critical materials. Our unique Underground Construction and Tunneling program is building a better tomorrow.
That’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, and we’re happy to tell you more.
Dr. Terri Hogue
Dean, Earth and Society Programs
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Kamini Singha wins SEG Reginald Fessenden Award
- Mines launches new research center with Peruvian partner university
- Mines researchers aim to bring more science into decision-making through AGU Local Science Partners
- Colorado School of Mines research boosting availability of critical minerals, metals
- Planet-scale MRI: Mines professor uses Frontera supercomputer to help image Earth's interior
- New federal guidance on carbon capture, utilization and storage: “We all need to pull together”
- Barbara A. Filas elected to National Academy of Engineering
The Edgar Experimental Mine serves as an underground laboratory for future engineers, one of the many Mines facilities creating valuable experiences for those training to discover, develop and process the world’s natural resources.
Mines’ graduate program in humanitarian science and engineering integrates cutting-edge social science, engineering and applied science, preparing technical professionals to foster sustainable community development around the world.
Mines By The Numbers
Mineral and Mining Engineering Programs, QS World University Rankings
Petroleum Engineering Graduate Program, U.S. News & World Report
Best U.S. Engineering Colleges, Money Magazine
Best Value Colleges, Payscale
Top Universities Based on Alumni Ratings, Forbes
Best Earth Sciences Graduate Programs, U.S. News & World Report
Best Environmental Engineering Graduate Programs, U.S. News & World Report
Top Public Schools, U.S. News & World Report
Best Civil Engineering Graduate Programs, U.S. News & World Report
Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, U.S. News & World Report
Geophysics Assistant Professor Ebru Bozdag is one of the five principal investigators of a $3.2 million research project over four years that will unite seismic data analysis and modeling with supercomputing power to answer some of the biggest questions about Earth’s seismic activity, interior, and dynamics.