Curriculum and Research Highlights


Energy                                                                                    Program Description    Course List
Humanitarian Engineering                                                       Program Description    Course List
Guy T. McBride, Jr. Honors Program in Public Affairs               Program Description    Course List



ENGY 320 Renewable Energy
ENGY 350 Introduction to Geothermal Energy
ENGY 490 Energy and Society

Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical): 

EGGN 469/569 Fuel Cell Science and Technology 
EGGN 486 Practical Design of Renewable Energy Systems
EGGN 490 Sustainable Engineering Design
EGGN 498XA Engineered Systems for Sustainable Community Development
EGGN 579 Advances in Renewable Energy Integration Techniques
EGGN 582 Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation
EGGN 598 Design and Control of Wind Energy Systems
Environmental Engineering:

ESGN 203 Natural and Engineered Environmental Systems
ESGN 353 Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Engineering 1
ESGN 354 Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Engineering 2
ESGN 401 Fundamentals of Ecology
ESGN 403 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
ESGN 440/503 Environmental Pollution: Sources, Characteristics, Transport, and Fate
ESGN 453 Wastewater Engineering
ESGN 454 Water Supply Engineering
ESGN 455 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
ESGN 460 On-site Water Reclamation and Reuse
ESGN 462/562 Solid Waste Minimization and Recycling
ESGN 463/563 Pollution Prevention: Fundamentals and Practice
ESGN 490/502 Environmental Law

ESGN 500 Environmental Water Chemistry
ESGN 504 Water and Wastewater Treatment
ESGN 506 Advanced Water Treatment Engineering and Water Reuse
ESGN 513 Limnology
ESGN 522 Subsurface Contaminant Transport
ESGN 527 Watershed Systems Analysis
ESGN 528 Mathematical Modeling of Environmental Systems
ESGN 544 Aquatic Toxicology
ESGN 545 Environmental Toxicology
ESGN 556 Mining and the Environment
ESGN 575 Hazardous Waste Site Remediation
ESGN 591 Analysis of Environmental Impact

Liberal Arts and International Studies:

LAIS 100 Nature and Human Values
LAIS 323 Introduction to Science Communication
LAIS 325 Cultural Anthropology
LAIS 344 International Relations
LAIS 375 Engineering Cultures
LAIS 412 Literature and the Environment 
LAIS 415 Mass Media Studies
LAIS 419/525 Media and the Environment
LAIS 421/521 Environmental Philosophy and Policy
LAIS 424 Rhetoric, Energy and Public Policy
LAIS 430 Corporate Social Responsibility
LAIS 446/546 Globalization
LAIS 448 Global Environmental Issues
LAIS 453/553 Ethnic Conflict in Global Perspective 
LAIS 475 Engineering Cultures in the Developing World
LAIS 477/577 Engineering and Sustainable Community Development
LAIS 478/578 Engineering and Social Justice
LAIS 486/586 Science and Technology Policy
LAIS 487/587 Environmental Politics and Policy
LAIS  488/588 Water Politics and Policy
LAIS 490/590 Energy and Society

LAIS 523 Advanced Science Communication
LAIS 548 Global Environmental Politics and Policy
LAIS 558 Natural Resources and Development
LAIS 559 International Industrial Psychology
LAIS 560 Global Geopolitics
LAIS 565 Science, Technology, and Society


HNRS 200 Public Affairs: Global Responsibility and Sustainability 
HNRS 201 Cultural Anthropology: A Study of Diverse Cultures
HNRS 202 Comparative Political and Economic Systems
HNRS 210 Comparative Ethics and Politics
HNRS 300 US Public Policy Analysis
HNRS 302 Technology and Socio-Economic Change
HNRS 310 International Science and Technology Policy 
HNRS 311 US Public Policy: Domestic and Foreign
HNRS 420 Science, Technology, and Ethics


Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center Director – Craig Taylor, Co-Director: Reuben Collins

REMRSEC focuses on transformative materials innovation and educational directions that will significantly impact the emerging renewable energy technologies. The center is organized around two interdisciplinary research groups. The first will concentrate on harnessing unique properties of nanostructured materials to significantly enhance the performance of photovoltaic devices. The second Interdisciplinary research group will explore advanced composite membranes for renewable energy applications. The project involves the evaluation of clathrate structures as potential materials for hydrogen storage. A strategic partnership with scientists and engineers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will allow sharing of students, research associates, equipment and facilities between the two organizations. In addition, more than a dozen companies actively involved in alternative energy will partner with the center. The center will also collaborate with two internationally known academic partners: University of New South Wales and Imperial College, University of London.

RENUWIT: The Urban Water Center 

Colorado Fuel Cell Center Director – Neal Sullivan

CFCC seeks to advance fuel-cell research, development, and commercialization and to promote business opportunities in Colorado. The day-to-day activities of the center are handled by a director. All contracting and business activities are conducted through Colorado School of Mines.

Golden Energy Computing Organization Director– Mark Lusk

GECO is a computational hub for finding new ways to meet the energy needs of our society.It is also the recognized energy node in a developing high performance computing infrastructure for the Front Range.GECO promotes education in energy science and high performance computing and plays an important role in coordinating large-scale, multi-group collaborations.The GECO collaboratory comprises three Colorado-based institutions which each bring a unique set of research expertise to the table: the Colorado School of Mines (Mines); the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

Colorado Renewable Energy Research Collaboratory 

The Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory is a research partnership among the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Colorado's premier research universities — Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Advanced Control of Energy and Power Systems Director – Marcelo Simoes

ACEPS focuses on intelligent control systems; real-time monitoring and advanced diagnostic systems; artificial intelligence; advanced acoustic, optical and electromechanical sensors; pollution reduction; transformers and breakers monitoring; smart substations; power quality; nondestructive evaluation; advanced power electronics; remote sensing, security, and control. 

Advanced Water Technology Center Director – Jorg Drewes; Associate Director –Tzahi Cath

The mission of AQWATEC is to develop novel water treatment processes enabling sustainable and energy efficient utilization of impaired water sourcesfor potable and non-potable water supplies

Center for Environmental Risk Assessment  Director – James Ranville

CERA promotes and enhances environmental risk assessment research and educational activities at Mines. By bringing diverse interdisciplinary expertise to bear on problems in environmental risk assessment, the center facilitates the development of significantly improved, scientifically-based approaches for estimating human and ecological risks for using the results of such assessments. 

Center for Solar and Electronic Materials Director – Reuben Collins

CSEM explores research and education in solar and electronic materials and technology. The center facilitates interdisciplinary collaborations across the Mines campus and fosters interactions with national laboratories, industries, public utilities, and other universities. It also serves to guide and strengthen the electronic materials curriculum. 

Integrated Groundwater Modeling Center Director – Reed Maxwell

IGWMC is an internationally oriented information, education and research center for ground-water modeling. IGWMC advises on ground-water modeling problems, distributes ground-water modeling software, organizes short courses and workshops, conducts research in practical, applied areas of ground-water hydrology and modeling, and provides technical assistance on problems related to ground-water modeling. As a focal point for ground-water professionals, the center supports and advances the appropriate use of quality-assured models in ground-water resources protection and management.

 Power Systems Engineering Research Center Director P.K. Sen

The "Energy Systems and Power Electronics" group at Colorado School of Mines  pursues both fundamental and applied research in the interrelated fields of conventional electric power/energy systems and machinery, renewable energy resources, distributed power generation, energy economics and policy, power electronics and power quality.


"Energy & the Earth: Colorado School of Mines Research," publication link here