by
Emilie Rusch

Keep climbing this summer: Register now for Summer I and II courses

Mines is offering nearly 90 courses this summer — many of which fulfill core course and major requirements
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Pink planets, yellow moons, orange stars and green nebulas — learn about the “Lucky Charms of the Galaxy” and more this summer by registering now for Summer I and Summer II courses.

Colorado School of Mines is offering nearly 90 courses over the Summer I and Summer II terms, many of which fulfill core course and major requirements. Some of our most popular courses and professors, as well as those best suited to online delivery, are being offered to Mines students.

Summer I runs from May 11 through June 19. Summer II begins June 22 and ends July 31.

Enrollment for the Summer I term is already up over last year. “I’m not surprised,” said Paul Myskiw, Mines’ registrar. “We’re hearing that students are intent on using this time to stay on track and even get ahead as we head into the new academic year.”

Some of the courses available this summer include:

Planetary Geology (GEOL410) with Lesli Wood (Summer I): This completely online course is an introduction to the geology of planets, moons, and other bodies within and beyond our solar system. The course will feature Zoom discussion sessions, guest lecturers in space resources and cool projects—perfect for anyone interested in space resources or planetary research, or in search of a cool elective.

Introduction to Science Communication (HASS323) with Cortney Holles (Summer I): Have you ever struggled to communicate your work or your passions to friends and family? Do you get frustrated with arguments about science issues? This HASS 300-level elective course introduces key issues in science communication studies including historical and contemporary debates and current research that shapes our understanding of how people engage with science. The class allows you to practice translating technical information for the public audience, engaging in debates about controversial science issues and analyzing your audience to craft your message.

Programming Concepts (CSCI261) with Jeffrey Paone (Summer I): This CS course is a prerequisite for many courses on campus and introduces fundamental computer programming concepts using a high-level language and a modern development environment. Programming skills include sequential, selection, and repetition control structures, functions, input and output, primitive data types, basic data structures including arrays and pointers, objects, and classes. Software engineering skills include problem solving, program design, and debugging practices.

Introduction to Petroleum Industry (PEGN102) with Linda Battalora (Summer II): Did you know that mechanical engineers, chemical engineers, physicists, mathematicians, metallurgical engineers, environmental engineers, bioscientists and many other engineering and science disciplines are employed by the oil and gas industry? Have you ever wondered how oil and natural gas fit in the energy mix? This summer you can learn online about the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry—no prerequisites.

Introduction to Neuroscience (CBEN311) with Cynthia Norrgran (Summer II): This course, which fulfills requirements for biomedical engineering and biology minors, explores the world of the brain, its function and how scientists study it. How does the brain send signals? How do the senses work? How can we move muscles, think, learn, and make decisions? Learn all that and more in the online hybrid course.

For the most complete, up-to-date list of summer courses, log into Trailhead and view the Dynamic Schedule for Summer 2020 or use the GEODE Schedule Planner.

Emilie Rusch

Emilie Rusch

News Director
303-273-3361
About Mines
Colorado School of Mines is a public research university focused on science and engineering, where students and faculty together address the great challenges society faces today - particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment.