About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of the department is to:

  • integrate basic and applied research in educating undergraduate and graduate students with the knowledge and skills needed for leadership across disciplines in a professional career in the earth sciences and geological engineering;
  • deliver degrees in geological engineering (undergraduate and graduate) and theĀ earth sciences (graduate);
  • conduct world-class research in the earth sciences and geological engineering, with a focus on applied problems; and
  • provide service and leadership toward local, regional, and global stewardship of the Earth.

The Department at a Glance

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  • 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 contry
  • 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