2017-2018 General Catalog 
    Mar 25, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Mines & Earth Sciences

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Member, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Curricula in geological, metallurgical, and mining engineering accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Office, 205 Frederick A. Sutton Bldg.
Mailing Address: 115 S. 1460 E. Rm 205, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0102
Phone: 801-581-8767
Fax: 801-581-5560
Website: www.mines.utah.edu

Dean: Francis H. Brown, Ph.D.

The College of Mines and Earth Sciences provides programs for students who have interest in subjects concerned with the Earth and with earth resources. We welcome students who intend to follow professions in the earth sciences, geological engineering, metallurgical engineering, mining engineering and atmospheric sciences. Our degree programs in earth sciences and atmospheric sciences are also suitable for students who plan any career that requires a science background. In addition, general instruction in science is provided to students who desire to gain a broad knowledge of the atmosphere, of geological processes, and/or of ancient life on earth.


Atmospheric Sciences 
Geology and Geophysics 
Metallurgical Engineering 
Mining Engineering  

Centers & Institutes

Global Change and Sustainability Center
Weather Center


Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Master of Science (M.S.)
Master of Engineering (M.E.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

Undergraduate Program


Admission requirements for the college are the same as those for the University. Transfer students from other institutions are accepted with advanced standing after evaluation and approval of credits. Students who intend to major in a department within this college will benefit from meeting with a departmental advisor as early in their program of study as possible. Students must complete all University and departmental requirements for graduations.


First-year curricula are similar for all departments in the College, so that students may change their major at the sophomore year with little increase in the time required to earn a degree.


The dean’s office awards >40 scholarships annually to deserving students with majors in the College of Mines and Earth Sciences. Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering and Geology and Geophysics each receive two graduate fellowships annually through the dean’s office. Other scholarships and fellowships are awarded by the departments and by the University. Details may be obtained from the dean’s office or from individual departments.

Student Loan Funds

Student loan funds, administered by the college, are available for students enrolled in departments in the College of Mines and Earth Sciences. Loans are based on need and scholastic standing. Students seeking loans from these funds must obtain the recommendation/approval of the department chairs.

Bachelor’s Degrees

A minimum of 122 credit hours of work, approved by the department chair, is necessary for the bachelor degree in all departments (except in the Mining Engineering and in Geological Engineering which require a total of 132 and 135 to 137 credit hours respectively).

The B.S. degree is granted to all students completing a prescribed engineering curriculum in geological, metallurgical, or mining engineering, and for completion of a prescribed curriculum in environmental earth science, geology, geophysics, or atmospheric sciences.

Graduate Program

Degrees for advanced work in the departments of the College of Mines and Earth Sciences are granted by The Graduate School of the University. M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs are offered by all departments of the college. 

Environmental Engineering Program

Please see the Environmental Engineering M.E., M.S. and Ph.D. listed in the Program Offerings section.

The Environmental Engineering Graduate Program (EEGP) enables students to obtain interdisciplinary M.E., M.S., or Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering. The program is housed in the College of Engineering and run by the combined efforts of faculty members from departments in the College of Engineering (e.g., Chemical & Fuels Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering) and in the College of Mines and Earth Sciences (e.g., Geology & Geophysics, Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering). Final acceptance to the program is approved by the EEGP Executive Committee. Candidates will be notified by letter from the admissions office. After one semester, students arrange to do thesis work with a faculty member and graduate with an Environmental Engineering degree.

Contact: 801-581-6931

Website: www.eegp.utah.edu

Professional Degrees

A professional degree may be conferred upon individuals who are alumni of the College of Mines and Earth Sciences or of its predecessors, the State College of Mines and Mineral Industries, and the School of Mines and Engineering of the University of Utah, with a B.S. or an advanced degree in engineering. They must have engaged professionally in the field in which they obtained their degree or in an allied field, for a period of not less than five years after graduation; and they must have distinguished themselves by outstanding professional accomplishments or service in the fields in which they obtained their degree or in an allied field.

Research Agencies

One research agency reports to the College of Mines and Earth Sciences and support its academic programs. The University of Utah Seismograph Stations (Geology and Geophysics). 

Program Offerings


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