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Analytical Geochemisty
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

Analytical Geochemistry
Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Mines’ Analytical Geochemistry Graduate Program is designed for both full-time students and working professionals wishing to increase their knowledge in this ever-expanding field. Students will receive instruction in the fundamentals of geochemical analysis as well as the mechanics of common techniques in data collection and interpretation, giving them the flexibility to respond to the changing opportunities in earth and environmental science.

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#10 top-earning
STEM grads,
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$92,040 median salary
for geoscientists
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#8 Best Value
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(#1 in Colorado)

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Requirements and Costs

Master’s Non-Thesis

  • Bachelor’s degree with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement explaining interest in pursuing a degree in advanced energy systems and career goals related to energy
  • Resume/CV
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY requirement tab 

Graduate Certificate

  • Personal statement explaining interest in pursuing a degree in advanced energy systems and career goals related to energy
  • Resume/CV

*Due to Covid-19, students applying for master’s non-thesis and certificate programs for spring 2021 and fall 2021 are not required to submit GRE scores.

MASTER’s Non-Thesis

30 credit hours with an overall GPA of at least 3.0. This includes a minimum of 9.0 Analytical Geochemistry Core Courses credits (below) and a minimum of 3.0 Analytical Geochemistry elective credits (below). Up to 12.0 credit hours can be selected from this list.  

  • CEEN560 MOLECULAR MICROBIAL ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT 3.0
  • CHGC555 ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 3.0
  • CHGN503 ADV PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I 3.0
  • CHGN 507 ADV ANALYTICAL CHEM 3.0
  • GEGN575 APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS 3.0
  • GEGN581 ANALYTICAL HYDROLOGY 3.0
  • GEGN583 MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF GROUNDWATER SYSTEMS 3.0

Graduate Certificate

12 credit hours of coursework. 6.0 credit hours of core courses, 6.0 hours of electives. Up to 3.0 credit hours can be at the 400-level and the remainder will be 500- or 600-level (as listed below)

CORE COURSES

  • CHGC 504 METHODS IN GEOCHEMISTRY 3.0
  • CHGC 508 ANALYTICAL GEOCHEMISTRY (New course) 3.0
  • GEGN 532 GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS 3.0
  • GEOL 523 REFLECTED LIGHT AND ELECTRON MICROSCOPY 2.0
  • GEOL 540 ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY AND GEOCHRONOLOGY 3.0

ELECTIVES

  • CHGC 503 INTRODUCTION TO GEOCHEMISTRY 3.0
  • GEGN 587 HYRDOGEOCHEMICAL PROCESSES 3.0
  • GEGN 530 CLAY CHARACTERIZATION 2.0
  • GEGN 586 NUMERICAL MODELING OF GEOCHEMICAL SYSTEMS 3.0
  • GEGX 571 GEOCHEMICAL EXPLORATION 3.0
  • CHGN 507 ADV ANALYTICAL CHEM 3.0
  • CHGN 583 PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS OF SURFACE ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES 3.0
  • GEOL 513 HYDROTHERMAL GEOCHEMISTRY 3.0
  • PHGN 504 RADIATION DECTION/MEASUREMENT 3.0
  • GEOL 628 ADVANCED IGNEOUS PETROLOGY 3.0
  • MNGN 556 MINE WATER AND ENVIRONMENT 3.0
  • CEEN 560 MOLECULAR ECOLOGY 3.0

 Colorado ResidentOut-of-State Student
Tuition**$16,650$37,350
Fees*$2,412$2,412
Room & Board$16,700$16,700
Books & Supplies$1,500$1,500
Misc. Expenses$1,800$1,800
Transportation$1,300$1,300
Total$40,362$61,062
**Cost per credit hour$925$2,075
*Allowance for fees based on mandatory fees charged to all students. Does not include fees for orientation, library, yearbook, refrigerator rental, voice messaging, etc.

At less than 4.5 credit hours, you may be ineligible for financial aid.

Career Outcomes

  • Oil and gas companies
  • Consultancies
  • Mining and quarrying companies
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Universities and research institutes
  • Plan scientific studies, visit field locations and collect samples
  • Analyze samples, either in the field or in the laboratory
  • Contribute to natural resource use and environmental management policies
  • Guide oil and gas exploration using aerial photographs and geological data
  • Help predict the occurrence of earthquakes
  • Develop remediation plans to clean up toxic waste sites

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MASTERS NON-THESIS

  • Analytical Geochemistry

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

  • Analytical Geochemistry

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