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PostPosted: Mar 19, 2022 13:24    Post subject: Mineralogist curricula  

What courses would you recommend for someone who wishes to be a mineralogist? What universities would be good to attend?
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PostPosted: Mar 19, 2022 13:39    Post subject: Re: Mineralogist curricula  

University of Miami, in Oxford, Ohio.
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PostPosted: Mar 19, 2022 13:45    Post subject: Re: Mineralogist curricula  

I guess mineralogist is not a profession. It is more of a hobby. However, as you know there are many mineral dealers that make a living, but none of them need to have a university degree.
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PostPosted: Mar 19, 2022 13:50    Post subject: Re: Mineralogist curricula  

You have the standard three to choice from. Colorado School of Mines, South Dakota School of Mines, or New Mexico Tech. But the University of Arizona (Tucson) would also be a choice.
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PostPosted: Mar 19, 2022 22:15    Post subject: Re: Mineralogist curricula  

University of Washington. The famous Nick Zentner teaches geology there.
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PostPosted: Mar 20, 2022 05:59    Post subject: Re: Mineralogist curricula  

Tom Mazanec wrote:
What courses would you recommend for someone who wishes to be a mineralogist? What universities would be good to attend?

That question is pretty much ambiguous. What do you mean with the term "mineralogist"?

Of course there are professional mineralogists: scientists who work on mineralogy at different aspects. I could be considered that, as I am a scientist and working on a specific field within mineralogy (i.e. the study of the chemistry, physics, structures and origins of minerals).
To become a scientist working in mineralogy, first you need to be chemist, geologist or mining engineer, for example (I am chemist, and a lot of scientists working on minerals are chemists, not geologists), and engage in research involving minerals. The problem is that scientific mineralogy is not what amateur mineralogists have usually in mind. Is not about beautiful specimens, shows, magazines with mineral p0rn, and so on. Is about long laboratory hours, scientific papers that are not usually interesting for amateur mineralogists, collections of ugly rocks, vials with powders, and polished sections, instead of beautiful sexy crystallized specimens. But there is a lot of intersection, of course.

According to the definition of mineralogy, all those engaged in the study of minerals at any level is a mineralogist. So, a lot of mineral enthusiasts and collectors are actually mineralogists. Anyone that creates knowledge or cultural contents on minerals (as reports of the descriptions of mineral species in a locality or deposit) is a mineralogist. In this sense, to become a mineralogist what you need is to read and study. Learn as much as you can, read the magazines, read books about minerals, attend courses or talks, etc. A lot of universities offer activities in several aspects of mineralogy.

But first, what do you mean with 'to be a mineralogist' and what do you want for you?
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