Dates Vary Between January and April, 2020
Golden, Colorado USA

About this course series...

A series of short courses are offered through the department of Geology and Geological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines, which can now be attended through Continuing and Professional Education Services (CPES). These courses cover a broad selection of topics tailored to the needs of working professionals in the minerals industry. The courses take place in 5- to 13-day modules during mostly afternoon and evening classes, with weekends reserved for local excursions and field trips and mornings for independent work on course materials. A list of courses being offered is shown below, and information about each course can be accessed using the links provided. Information about the course instructors is available on the Instructors page.

Colorado School of Mines will award from 2.0 to 6.0 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) to participants for each completed course.

Who should participate in the program?

This course selection is tailored to the needs of working professionals who are interested in broadening their knowledge base in different aspects of mineral exploration and economic geology. As a minimum requirement for course participation we expect attendees to have at least two years of professional experience in the mineral industry and fundamental understanding in the fields of geology, exploration and mining. Courses that are part of this program cannot be counted towards one of our Mines Graduate Degree Programs and are available only to working professionals looking for continued education opportunities in the form of individual courses.

Additional details relating to prerequisite knowledge, course goals, and outcomes are summarized in each course description.

Course offerings

For more information about any of the courses listed below, please click/tap the course title to download a PDF file.

Courses generally run from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM each day with some flexibility for evening hours. More information will be disseminated to course participants at least 1 week in advance of the course start date including information about exact times, room numbers and field trip overviews.

HYDROTHERMAL GEOCHEMISTRY :: The principal aim of the course is to introduce students to the behavior of hydrothermal fluids and the geochemistry of high-temperature aqueous systems through the study of natural systems. [January 27-February 7, 2020]

THE BUSINESS OF ECONOMIC GEOLOGY :: This course is a "seminar style" graduate course designed for students who have an interest but no experience working in the exploration business as well as for students and early career professionals who may have some experience in exploration, mining, or economic geology and want to broaden and deepen their knowledge base about the business of exploration and the economic and financial aspects of the industry. [February 17-21, 2020]

SKARNS AND RELATED DEPOSITS :: This course is specifically tailored to expanding a student's knowledge, field and research skills, and understanding of skarns, skarn deposits, and their transition to and relationship with other types of deposits including porphyry-, epithermal-, carbonate replacement deposits (CRD), IOCG, and Carlin-type or Carlin-like deposits. [March 16-27, 2020]

REFLECTED LIGHT AND ELECTRON MICROSCOPY :: This hands-on course teaches skills necessary for individuals in greenfield/brownfield exploration, mine planning, metallurgy, and environmental science surrounding mining operations and reclamation. Emphasis is placed on reflected light microscopy, and on SEM-based (SE, BSE and CL imaging, semi-quantitative EDS analyses, and automated mineralogy) and XRF-based techniques (handheld XRF) to identify ore and gangue minerals, to quantify their composition and to place their occurrence into a textural context. The student will learn how to approach unknown materials using light and electron microscopy, and XRF techniques and subsequently put their findings into a meaningful report. [January 11-24, 2020]

LITHOGEOCHEMISTRY OF ORE-FORMING PROCESSES :: This course, explores mechanisms of metal complexation, transport and mineralization processes in hydrothermal fluids and how they are connected to mineral alteration textures, mineral/rock geochemistry and mineral paragenesis. [April 6-11, 2020]


All courses will be taught on the campus of Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado USA. Learn more...

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Registration for each course is open now. Enrollment is limited; therefore, applications will be accepted in the order received. Full information about fees, options, and payment methods is available. Learn more...

Travel and accommodations

Registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, transportation, lodging, and meals. Additional information is available through the links below.

Additional technical information

For more information about the program, please contact:

Nicole C Hurtig, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Professional Master Programs
Geology and Geological Engineering
Colorado School of Mines
Phone: 303.273.3930

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