The College of
Mines and Earth Sciences
The College of Mines and Earth Sciences offers eighteen accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees in Earth Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, Geology and Geophysics, Geological Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Metallurgical Engineering. These degree programs are inherently interdisciplinary and draw from many fields of science, engineering, and the humanities.
Graduates of the College of Mines and Earth Sciences will emerge as well rounded individuals, able to interpret the complex ways in which our planet was born and continues to evolve in the face of both natural and human-led activities. Many graduates go onto careers within industry, academia, and government, serving as scientists, engineers, and stewards of our planet and our natural resources.
This is our classroom!!!
What We Do
Today we face major global challenges, climate change, natural resource use, environmental degradation and remediation, energy development and sustainability. Earth scientists and engineers are at the forefront of addressing these complex problems as they work to understand the origin, transformation, and responsible use of our own planet, including its geology, atmosphere, and bodies of water—and the relationships between them.
This unique college bridges the interface between the earth sciences and fields of engineering offering a wide variety of exciting research and educational experiences with eighteen accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees in the four departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geology and Geophysics, Mining Engineering, and Metallurgical Engineering.
Climate Change and Snowmelt
In a new study published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, University of Utah professor Paul Brooks and University of Nevada Reno professor Adrian Harpold show that changes in humidity may determine how the contribution of snowpack to streams, lakes and groundwater changes as the climate warms.
LIFE OF INVENTION
In December 2017, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) elected Zhigang Zak Fang as a 2017 fellow. Fang, a professor of metallurgical engineering in the College of Mines and Earth Sciences, was an obvious choice; he has over 50 issued patents, several more pending and multiple new projects in the works. Fang embodies the spirit of NAI, an organization that honors academics who have facilitated exceptional inventions that impact society. He joins 12 other U faculty with NAI fellowships.
A remarkable new fossilized skeleton of a tyrannosaur discovered in the Bureau of Land Management’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) in southern Utah was airlifted by helicopter Sunday, Oct. 15, from a remote field site, and delivered to the Natural History Museum of Utah where it will be uncovered, prepared and studied. The fossil is approximately 76 million years old and is most likely an individual of the species Teratophoneus curriei, one of Utah’s ferocious tyrannosaurs that walked western North America between 66 and 90 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous Period.
Alumni, Emeriti & Friends
Mike Lefler is a Global Product Director for FLSmidth who works with sales, R&D, engineering, and project teams to provide equipment, engineering, and support to gold and silver miners around the world. He believes that with innovative products, great service and constant support customers can maximize their success. Mike has worked for FLSmidth for 7 years in engineering, project management, and product management on dozens of projects around the world. He holds a Metallurgical Engineering degree from the University of Utah and a Masters of Engineering Management degree from Ohio University.
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Support the students of Earth Sciences
We are proud to have some of the most active students on campus. To quench their thirst for adventure, discovery, and knowledge, we provide many opportunities for our students to conduct field research and laboratory experiments, while learning from world-class faculty. These experiences, both in and out of the classroom, help them emerge as leaders in the face of our ever-changing world and prepares them for diverse careers in the earth sciences. Your generous donations enable us to provide our students with field trips, scholarship support, research opportunities and student organizations that facilitate their success. Please help our students follow your path to success and consider making a gift to the College of Mines and Earth Sciences.