Colorado School of Mines is a public research university devoted to engineering and applied science, and is known for its specialized and focused mission to enhance understanding of the earth, energy and the environment. Degree programs are offered in science, math, engineering, and humanities. Mines has distinguished itself by developing a curriculum and research program geared towards responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources. In addition to strong education and research programs in traditional fields of science and engineering, Mines is one of a very few institutions in the world having broad expertise in resource exploration, extraction, production and utilization. As such, Mines occupies a unique position among the world’s institutions of higher education.