Mining Engineering

Ranked as the #1 mining school in the world in 2016 and 2017 by the QS Work University Rankings, the Mining Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines has distinguished itself by developing curriculum and research programs geared toward responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources.


Mining Engineering is an exciting field for the sheer number of possibilities it presents.  It ranges on a broad spectrum of engineering skills including mechanical, electrical, geophysical, computer science, and others.  Starting out with high average salaries of $68,000 per year, the Mining Engineer can undertake countless job opportunities including manufacturing, planning, design, management, operations, marketing, and many more.

Put simply, our vision for the Mining Engineering Department is to be internationally recognized as the world’s premiere center for education and applied research in the diverse fields of mining and underground construction and tunneling. This vision spans across numerous interdisciplinary areas of study. Through collaborations with other Mines departments, academic institutions, government agencies, and industry, we are committed to expanding the international reputation of the department for excellence in education, research, industry service, and community outreach.


  • Mines expands partnership with Hexagon Mining
    Colorado School of Mines has renewed and expanded its partnership with Hexagon Mining, which will enhance research collaborations and training opportunities on campus. Mines President Paul Johnson sig …
  • Mines hosts scientists probing future of materials research Representatives of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine came to Colorado School of Mines for two days in July as part …
  • Mines hosts mine ventilation symposium
    Colorado School of Mines hosted the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration’s 16th North American Mine Ventilation Symposium, which provides mine ventilation engineers and technicians with the …
  • Mines students design method for reducing mercury pollution
    A team of Colorado School of Mines students have worked for the past year on a method to reduce the use mercury in small-scale gold mining and the resulting pollution, and recently presented their pro …

CERSE Vision: A world where earth, energy and environment are wisely managed.

CERSE Mission: To improve lives through vibrant and creative science and engineering education, research and global engagement focused on earth’s resources and societal needs