University of Colorado - Boulder

College of Arts and Sciences

Geological Sciences


ECOT 311, 530 UCB

University of Colorado, 478UCB

Boulder, CO 80309

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S., Ph.D.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

With one of the most successful graduate programs in the nation, the Department of Geological Sciences has enjoyed a reputation of excellence for more than 100 years. The doctoral program is ranked among the top 10 percent of U.S. geology programs by the National Research Council and is ranked ninth by U.S. News and World Report.

The graduate degrees offered include Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Graduate students have the opportunity to work with approximately 30 tenure and tenure­track faculty who support a wide range of interdisciplinary research programs in biochemistry, economic resources, geodynamics, geophysics, glaciology, global climate change, hydrogeology, paleontology and surficial processes. The department’s research areas are categorized into four broad research interest groups, including economic resources, geodynamics, global change and hydrogeosciences.
Research Opportunities

The department considers the diverse opportunities for field studies in the high plains and central Rocky Mountains of Colorado a particular strength of its programs. In addition, the department has research laboratories for studying rock and mineral deformation, soils, sedimentation, petrology and mineralogy, paleomagnetism, paleobiology, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology, hydrology and isotope geochemistry. Research is facilitated by in­house minicomputers and links with the university’s main computing center.

Additional research opportunities are provided through connections with the University of Colorado Museum, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), all of which have their own research facilities. These groups are involved in interdisciplinary research relevant to the region, global change issues, earthquakes, remote sensing, hydrology, planetary geology and other geological and geophysical topics throughout the world.

The Department of Geological Sciences sponsors an undergraduate mentoring program that engages geology majors in the excitement of scientific discovery. In exchange for research assistance, each mentor assumes a one­on­one mentoring responsibility for their undergraduate major, providing advice on professional development, graduate school or employment opportunities. Department grants are used to support the research activities of each faculty­student pair.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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