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College spotlight: Colorado School of Mines, Golden

College spotlight: Colorado School of Mines, Golden

This profile is part of BraveTracks’ series on Colorado colleges and universities soon-to-be high school graduates might want to check out.

Name: Colorado School of Mines, Golden

Tuition: As of 2012-2013, in-state, full-time students should expect to pay $15,654 for the academic year.

Housing: ”As a new First Year Student, you are required to live in the Residence Halls. You get to be part of a community that supports your academic goals and creates lasting friendships. Living in the Residence Halls allows you to participate in many events—bowling night, community service, IM Sports, trips to professional sporting events in Denver, dinner together in the Slate Cafe on campus or at Woody’s Pizza in Golden. In addition, Residence Life offers you leadership opportunities. You can apply to be a Resident Assistant (RA), work at the front desk, or be elected as your floor representative to the Residence Hall Association.” — Mines website. Click here for more information on housing.

Campus highlights: ”Golden is 13 miles from the state capital of Denver, and lies in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where students can bike, hike, and climb. The campus also has a fake rock wall for students to test their skills before attempting the Rockies. Cold-weather sports fans can partake in the annual Winter Carnival, a student-run affair packed with skiing and snowboarding at a local resort. The Mines sports teams, known as the Orediggers, compete in the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, which is mostly comprised of other teams from Colorado. The school mascot is Blaster the burro, and a giant ‘M’ emblazoned onto nearby Mount Zion signifies the school spirit. There are more than 140 student clubs and organizations, including seven fraternities and three sororities. First-year students do not have to live on campus, though about 90 percent opt to do so. Even the student newspaper, The Oredigger, is decidedly science based; sections include weekly roundups of new discoveries and a Geek of the Week feature.” –U.S. World News and Report College Rankings website

Popular degrees, undergraduate:

Mines is a predominantly science and engineering school with the most students taking some form of engineering.

Chemical and Biological Engineering:  The Mines website states: “The Chemical and Biological Engineering Department offers two different degrees: Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. A student seeking the latter degree graduate as fully qualified Chemical Engineers but have additional training in bioprocessing technologies that are interest in renewable energy. Generally, the fields of chemical and biochemical engineering are extremely broad, and encompass all technologies and industries where chemical processing is utilized in any form. Students with baccalaureate (B.S.) chemical engineering or chemical and biochemical engineering degrees from CSM can find employment in many and diverse fields, including: advanced materials synthesis and processing, product and process research and development, food and pharmaceutical processing and synthesis, biochemical and biomedical materials and products, microelectronics manufacture, petroleum and petrochemical processing, and process and product design.”

Mechanical Engineering: The Mines website states: “Our undergraduate program supports a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree and an ABET acredited degree, the Bachelor of Science in Engineering – Mechanical Specialty. Through either of these programs our undergraduate students are instilled with the technical tools, ethical foundation, vision and sense of inquiry that will allow them to be team players in the formulation and realization of society’s most significant interdisciplinary advances. Graduates of the mechanical option have a wide range of opportunities, ranging from working on rocket fuel propulsion systems to design of advanced medical instrumentation devices.”

Popular degrees, graduate:

Environmental Engineering Science: The Mines website states: “The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) offers graduate programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The programs of study are interdisciplinary in scope and designed to prepare you to investigate and analyze environmental systems, as well as evaluate and design natural and engineered solutions to protect, preserve and benefit from the earth’s resources. CEE prides itself in the diversity of faculty, staff and students within the program and the strong interaction that occurs, encompassing both intellectual and social aspects of the university educational experience.”

Geophysics and Geophysical Engineering:  The Mines website states: “The Department of Geophysics’ welcomes graduate students and faculty from throughout the United States and around the world. Together we are all creating a fertile global climate for stimulating cultural interaction. Most graduate students in the Department of Geophysics receive financial aid from teaching assistantships, fellowship support from philanthropic gifts, government or private grants, and funded research projects. Financial aid is offered only to full-time students in a degree program. International students must demonstrate financial support for their first year. Support may be available through funded research projects for outstanding international candidates. ”

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