The in-class component is a three-day session that takes place every summer on the campus of Colorado School of Mines (CMS) in Golden, Colo. Registration for this component is open only to those who have successfully completed the online component.
The first two days are a combination of classroom work and short field trips to places in close proximity to the CSM campus. On the third day, participants take field trips to Red Rocks Park and Dinosaur Park just southwest of Golden in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and to the Edgar Experimental Mine near Idaho Springs, 20 miles west of Golden.
Following is a sample of the daily schedule for the in-class component:
- General review of geology – how minerals are formed in the earth
- General overview of exploration – how mineral deposits are located
- Geology of our Dynamic Planet - with rock & mineral examples
- Short field trips to CSM Geology Museum and U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Center
- Overview of surface and underground mining methods – how minerals are recovered from the earth
- General overview of metallurgy, metals processing and renewable energy – how metals are recovered from the rock
- Environmental protection and the business of mining
- Short field trips to CSM’s Earth Mechanics Lab and to Hazen Research, Inc.
- Geology field trip to Red Rocks Park and Dinosaur Ridge
- Field trip to Edgar Mine in Idaho Springs
- Briefing on upcoming five-day field trip component
- Hospitality mixer in evening
The In-Class and Field Trip portions of the course are scheduled to begin Thursday, June 15, 2017. The In-Class session will occur from June 15th through June 17th on the Colorado School of Mines campus in Golden, Colorado. The Field Trip session will occur from Monday, June 19th through Friday, June 23rd.