Published: Oct. 20, 2020

CU Boulder is ranked No. 2 in the world for geosciences, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Global Universities standings. The university has placed first or second in geosciences in U.S. News & World Report's rankings over the past several years.

Among the world's top 1,250 universities, CU Boulder placed No. 59 overall.

Geosciences is considered the study of Earth, from its structure to the history of its formation. Studies in the field of geosciences include geology, geography, geophysics, geochemistry, climatology, oceanography and petroleum geology.

In the top 60 or better globally, CU Boulder ranks No. 16 for environment/ecology, No. 38 in physics and No. 54 in space science.

In the top 100 or better globally, CU Boulder ranks No. 80 in psychiatry/psychology and No. 99 in materials science.

These subject-specific rankings—which are not of academic majors, departments or specific schools at universities—are based on academic research performance in those subjects, according to the publication.

Read about how U.S. News calculated the global universities subject rankings.