Overview of Petroleum Engineering at Colorado School of Mines
Colorado School of Mines
Petroleum Engineering Department Name
Colorado School of Mines Petroleum Engineering Department
Colorado School of Mines was founded in 1874 and has a focus on raw material resources that include exploration, removal, processing and consumption of these materials. Thus the university has developed its degree programs in the fields of science and engineering with the goal of efficient management of energy resources along with the environment.
There is significant research funding provided for work in alternative energy & earth sciences, environmental engineering and mineral economics. Partnerships include the U.S. Geological Survey as well as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. This has resulted in the university ensuring a placement rate of nearly 90% for both its undergraduate and graduate programs.
In 2016 it ranked very high on the Forbes list of Best Value Colleges, coming in at #45.
The Department of Petroleum Engineering offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees with opportunities to study abroad for a semester in Austria, Holland, Australia as well as the United Arab Emirates. Students that receive Bachelor of Science degrees may proceed to obtain either a Master of Science or Master of Engineering degree based on their choice of whether to pursue a thesis, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
Additionally, the department offers students a number of different laboratories in which to gain experience. This includes Drilling Simulation, Reservoir & Fluids Characterization, as well as Drilling & Design Fluids. Undergraduate students also have the opportunity to participate in two summer sessions that include petroleum industry career familiarization, and onsite visits to petroleum processing sites throughout the United States.
There is also a unique Super School offering through which the university offers engineers, geologists and other operational personnel without specific qualification in petroleum engineering, specialized classes in the fundamentals of the field. This is mostly focused on working engineers who need both an understanding and practical application of this field in their own operational responsibilities.
- Student population: 6,054
- Student/faculty ratio: 16 to 1
- Retention rate: 94%
- Graduation rate: 77%
Petroleum Engineering Degrees Awarded
Estimated Tuition Costs and Living Expenses
Colorado School of Mines is a mid-priced college, and costs rose only slightly faster than inflation from 2015 to 2016.
|Books and Supplies||$1,500||$1,500||$1,500||$1,500||$1,500|
|- Room and Board||$9,922||$10,103||$10,484||$11,008||$11,477|
|- Room and Board||$8,901||$8,982||$9,072||$9,072||$9,072|
|Off Campus With Family|
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University Location1500 Illinois Street, Golden, Colorado 80401
Source: Institute of Education Sciences (IES)