Department of Geology and Geological Engineering

The Colorado School of Mines Department of Geology and Geological Engineering is one of the premier applied geoscience programs in the world.


Dr. Wendy Bohrson

Cutting-Edge Research

Our faculty, staff and students work in a number of fundamental and applied areas important to earth, energy and environment that include mineral and energy resources, underground construction and tunneling, geological hazards, and geochemistry, as well as surface and ground water resources.

An Outstanding Education

We take education seriously, and have excellent teaching facilities, world class laboratory facilities, and access to some of the best field sites in the world.

Serving Society

Geology is important to many areas important to humanity, from hazards to water resources to changing climate. We are training outstanding students to be stewards of our earth’s natural resources.


  • 2019 PGC report: US natural gas resources at record high
    U.S. natural gas resources are at an all-time high, according to the latest biennial assessment from the Potential Gas Committee (PGC). The U.S. possessed a total technically recoverable resource base …
  • Maxwell named 2020 Darcy Lecturer by NGWA
    The National Ground Water Association’s Groundwater Foundation has named Reed Maxwell, Professor of Hydrology at Colorado School of Mines, its 2020 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer in Groundwater Sc …
  • Wendy Bohrson joins Mines as Geology Department head
    Wendy Bohrson has been named the head of the Geology and Geological Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines. She joins Mines from Central Washington University, where she spent the past 20 …
  • Gysi wins NSF CAREER Award for rare earth elements work
    Alexander Gysi, assistant professor of lithogeochemistry in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines, was recently awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER …