Dean: Darryl Butt | (801) 581-8767 |
Development Director: TJ McMullin | (801) 581-4414 |

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 18 accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees in the four departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geology and Geophysics, Mining Engineering, and Metallurgical Engineering.


The College of Mines and Earth Sciences has identified the following funding priorities for the Imagine New Heights campaign:

  • College of Mines and Earth Sciences Building: The college is working to secure funding for a new building to house the mining engineering, metallurgical engineering, and geological engineering programs. This new space will include classrooms, labs, an auditorium, a student advising center, and possibly a daycare.
  • Scholarships: The college’s goal is to double undergraduate enrollment. With increased enrollment comes the need for increased annual and endowed scholarship funds. The atmospheric sciences and metallurgical engineering programs are especially in need of these funds.
  • Graduate Fellowships: The college is also seeking funds for additional graduate student fellowships.
  • William Browning Building Renovation: The Browning Building needs major updates for safety, functionality, and aesthetics. An updated facility will help recruit and retain top students and will greatly improve the student experience in the lab and classroom.
  • Atmospheric Sciences Endowed Chair: Faculty support for recruiting and retaining exceptional faculty. One area of focus for a potential chair is in mountain meteorology.
  • Metallurgical Engineering Endowed Chair: Support for faculty recruitment and retention.
  • Mining Engineering Program Support: The college is working to secure funds to attract uniquely qualified professors, researchers, and visiting industry executives to design and lead training across disciplines.
  • Center for Mine Safety and Health Excellence: A physical home is needed for the Center for Mine Safety and Health Excellence, potentially on the 5th floor of the William Browning Building.
  • Solutions for Society—Solving Local Air Quality Issues: The Department of Atmospheric Sciences would like to create a program for student and faculty researchers to work on local air quality research.
  • Endowed Field Work Fund: It is important for the college to ensure the long-term viability of student and faculty field research through an endowment funding these trips.