Skip to content

Main Navigation

Mission and values of the college of mines and earth sciences


Mission statement

To educate and prepare professional earth scientists, geological engineers and earth science educators, meteorologists, and atmospheric scientists, physical and extractive metallurgists, mineral separation experts, and mining engineers. To engage in scholarly research activities in geology, geophysics, geological engineering, meteorology, physical and extractive metallurgy, mineral separation, and mining engineering. To disseminate newly acquired knowledge through timely publication of original research by faculty and students in all of the above fields. To educate the University community and the public about the composition and structure of Earth, processes that shape it, and its history and future. To provide professional service by providing knowledge about natural resources, methods of natural resource extraction, safety in industrial activities, metals extraction and modification, geologic hazards, the environment, and a sustainable Earth.

Value Statement 

We value:

  • excellence in teaching, student engagement and citizenship, and

  • impactful scholarly research that informs policy and advances our understanding of the earth and its resources in order to improve our environmental and economic security.

The College strives to be a campus leader in safety, continuous assessment, diversity and inclusivity, collaboration and collegiality. 

Stakeholder's Commitment

  • The College educates and prepares professional earth scientists, atmospheric scientists, geologists, geological engineers, mining engineers, metallurgical engineers, mineral separation experts, physical and extractive metallurgists, and earth science educators. We engage in scholarly research activities in geology, geophysics, geological engineering, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, oceanic processes, physical and extractive metallurgy, mineral separation, mining engineering, geo-resource management and safety.

  • We disseminate newly acquired knowledge through timely publication of original research by faculty and students in all of the above fields. We seek to educate the University community and the public about the composition and structure of Earth, processes that shape it, and its history and future.
  • We deliver professional service by providing knowledge about natural resources, methods of natural resource extraction, safety in industrial activities, metals extraction and modification, geologic hazards, and the environment processes.
Last Updated: 10/22/19