About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines is: 

To discover and disseminate knowledge for society through compelling research, excellence in teaching and engaging outreach by creating a welcoming and vibrant community that cultivates critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and integrity.

Vision Statement

Our departmental vision is: 

To be a game-changer in discovery, understanding and education in geoscience to intelligently engineer Earth’s resources.


Although our department values are still under discussion and debate by the faculty, we have established the following basic aspirational and demonstrated values:

Experience:  We deliver a unique educational experience in the classroom, laboratory and the field.  

Discovery:  We encourage creativity and celebrate insights in research.   

Excellence:  We expect rigor and diligence in our work, honesty and accountability in our actions, and we embrace professional growth.   

Compassion:  We treat others with respect, seek out diverse thought and support each other’s willingness to take risks. 

Enthusiasm:  We foster a positive friendly atmosphere, and lead with optimism.   

Teamwork:  We work together and collaborate to achieve results that we cannot accomplish individually.

Geology and Geological Engineering 2018 Newsletter

The Department at a Glance

U.S. News & World Report ranking out of 118

Research Faculty members


Annual Research Awards Funding for 2017

Academic and Teaching Faculty

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students

  • Three large research centers
  • Cutting-edge laboratory infrastructure
  • Geological engineering program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • High placement rates in industry, academia and government
  • Loyal and generous alumni and supporters
  • Collaborations with research institutes and universities worldwide
  • Research partnerships with the U.S. Geological Survey and Colorado Geological Survey
  • One of the best geology museums in the country
  • The most comprehensive ore deposits collection in any U.S. educational institution
  • Geology trail on campus (BOB WEIMER TRAIL), including a National Park Service designated fossil area