About the Program

Petro@MINES is a unique opportunity for local high school students to take the Introduction to Petroleum Engineering course on Colorado School of Mines campus. Tuition and Fees will be covered by the department as well as a parking pass for each student.

What is Petroleum Engineering?

More than just oil, petroleum engineering focuses on the safe and environmentally sound exploration, evaluation, development and recovery of oil, gas, geothermal and other fluids in the earth.  Petroleum engineers work on drill rigs, design simulations, work with large data sets, and delve into why and how rocks, gases and fluids react to various stimuli.

Looking For:

High school juniors or seniors who have a strong interest in STEM and are currently enrolled in or have completed at least Pre-Calculus, Chemistry and/or Physics, have a 3.5 unweighted GPA and have attended high school in Colorado since their freshman year. Application deadline for the Fall 2019 course is November 1, 2019.

About the Course


 A survey of the elements comprising the petroleum industry-exploration, development, processing, transportation, distribution, engineering ethics and professionalism.

Information for Parents

Information for Parents

Due to FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974), if your child is admitted to the program, you will not be able to inquire about their status or any information on them as a Colorado School of Mines student.  FERPA protects the privacy of student education records and the law applies to all schools that recieve funds under an applicable program of the US Department of Education.

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Our most recent annual report shows 90% placement and an average salary of $81,291 for our bachelor’s degree.

  • CSM campus, location TBD
  • Tues and Thurs 3:30-4:45 pm
  • Spring semester is January 7 through May 8, 2020

How to apply:

After reviewing the requirements, if you are interested in applying for this unique opportunity, please send your completed application to Terri Snyder at by the November 1, 2019 deadline

Application Requirements:

  • Please fill out the Petroleum Department application
  • Please compose a short write up (200 words or less) of why you are interested in Petroleum Engineering
  • Please send a copy of your official transcripts
  • If accepted, each student will then be asked to fill out additional paperwork with Admissions