The Department of Earth Sciences was formed in 1995. Establishment of The Department of Earth Sciences is logical and related to the specific character of the region, where a considerable part of minerals of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and, thereafter, the largest mining and processing enterprises of mining and metallurgical complex concentrate. Successful performance of these enterprises in some extent depends on qualified engineering staff, whose education and training are carried out in this department.
The department gives an opportunity to get the specialties, which are essential in the region, where mining and metallurgical enterprises play basic role.
Currently, there are more than 1300 students at the department who are trained in eight bachelor's specialties, eight specialties of master's degree and two specialties of doctor's degree.