The Institute has a rich history, Dating back to the period of formation of higher technical education in the country. The first set of students was organized in 1932 as part Of the Kazakh geological exploration Institute in Semipalatinsk for the specialty "Hydrogeology". 1934 – the Kazakh mining and metallurgical Institute was organized, which included the geological exploration faculty.
In 2000, the Institute of Geology and oil and gas business was established on the basis of two existing faculties – geological exploration and petroleum. In 2006, the Institute was named after a prominent public figure, geologist Karatai Turysov.
In 2011, as a result of the University's restructuring, the two institutes were again merged into one with the name of the scientist preserved and the Institute of Geology and oil and gas named after K. Turysov was created.
In June 2019, as a result of optimization of the University, the Institute was renamed the Institute of Geology, oil and mining named after K. Turysov with the inclusion of the departments "Mining" and "Surveying and geodesy" in the Institute.
The Institute trains geologists, oil workers, miners, surveyors, surveyors with knowledge of modern methods and techniques in the field of search and exploration of all types of minerals, in the field of mining engineering and surveying, as well as modern programs for processing and interpreting geophysical data. Graduates become specialists in ore and oil Geology, Geophysics, hydrogeology, drilling, mining engineering and surveying.
The Institute consists of 6 graduate departments:
- Geological survey, prospecting and exploration of mineral deposits.
- Geology of oil and gas.
- Petroleum engineering.
- Mine surveying and geodesy.
The Institute has more than 120 teachers.
Among them are 11 doctors of science, 24 candidates of science, 20 doctors of philosophy (PhD) and 34 masters. In addition, young highly qualified specialists who have graduated from leading foreign universities are hired every year. At our Institute, lectures are given by famous scientists with many years of experience in production and science – academicians, corresponding members, doctors of technical and geological and mineralogical Sciences Rakishev B. R., Zholtaev G. Zh., Syzdykov A. Kh., Begalinov A. B., Baibatsha A. B., Abetov A. E., Yusupov Kh. a., Zavaley V. A., Zhunusov A. A., Kasenov A. K. and others.
For high-quality training of personnel, the Institute has a powerful material and technical, scientific, educational and laboratory base, equipped with modern innovative infrastructures and all the necessary innovative technologies for use in the educational process. There is a unique mineralogical center for the study of material composition at the micro level and a rich mineralogical Museum.
The Institute has a Karatau Training ground for students of geologists, where field training geological practice is conducted to strengthen students ' theoretical knowledge in the disciplines of "General Geology" and "Structural Geology", as well as the acquisition of skills in drawing up geological maps.
Students get access to modern programs that are used in production when processing and interpreting data, namely: the program of structural block modeling and reserves calculation Studio RM, the program of gravity and geomagnetic field modeling Oasic Montaj, programs for processing and interpreting seismic data and logging Echos and Geolog Focus, programs Surpac, Micromine, Arcgis, Mapinfo, Datamine, Leapfrog Geo.
The educational process at the Institute is combined with research work, where students have the opportunity to participate in funded research projects. On the basis of the Institute, 33 research projects are carried out for a total of 886,700,977 million tenge. Students, undergraduates, and doctoral students participate in the Institute's funded research projects.
The Institute has a Council of young scientists. The Council of young scientists promotes continuous professional growth of young scientists, improvement of their professional level, their active participation in research and innovative developments of the University in the profile of the Institute.
Students, undergraduates and doctoral students actively participate in research projects, as well as in various conferences and forums of regional and international significance, Olympiads, competitions, and debate tournaments.
Every year, the Institute is responsible for holding the annual international conference "Satbayev readings", dedicated to the birthday of the great son of the Kazakh people, geologist and scientist K. I. Satbayev. At this annual conference, students, undergraduates, doctoral students and young scientists make scientific presentations.
The Institute has active student departments "Society of petroleum engineers" (SPE), "United society of Geologists" (USG) and "Society Of Geophysicists researchers" (SEG). Members of the SPE, USG and SEG organize and conduct forums at the international level, where experts from leading oil and geological exploration and mining companies of regional and international level are invited, scientific and practical conferences, intellectual games, and professional trainings.
The Institute actively conducts international activities and maintains close ties with institutions in the USA, Europe, Russia, etc. So, students have the opportunity to practice at the training ground of the Colorado school of Mines (Denver, USA), to study in the system of double-degree education at the University of Lorraine (Nancy, France). Students complete research internships at Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland), University of Warsaw (Poland), Tomsk Polytechnic University (Russia), Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany), Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium), Natural History Museum (London, UK), University of St Andrews (St Andrews, UK).
Practice is held in geological and oil and mining companies with which it has a cooperation Treaty: national company "Kazgeology" Corporation "KAZAKHMYS", "KAZ Minerals", LLP "KAZAKHMYS BARLAU", NAC "Kazatomprom", LLP "Tengizchevroil", "Schlumberger", NCOC, KPO, JSC "Volkovgeology" JSC "Ansagan petroleum", Institute of geological Sciences named after K. I. Satpayev; LLP "Teriskey", South Kazakhstan region, Suzak distr., S. Tau; LLP "GRK "Belogorsky mining", EKR, Ust-Kamenogorsk LLP "GSP Pursuit", Almaty, JSC "AK Altynalmas", Almaty; KMS "Kazakhstan Mineral company" Almaty; don GOK – branch of JSC TNK "Kazchrom" Aktobe; MTD "Zapkaznedra" Aktobe; LLP "Buzachi Neft" Aktau; GUMD "Sevkaznedra", Kokshetau; LLP "RU-6", KZO, Shieli village; JSC "SNPS-Aktobemunaygas", Aktobe; LLP "Stepnoye-RU", South Kazakhstan region, Suzak district, POS. Kazemshek; Karazhanbasmunai JSC, Aktau; Kaznipimunaygas JSC, Aktau; PetroKazakhstan Kumkol resources JSC, Kyzylorda; Embamunaygas, Atyrau region, Kulsary; Buzachi Neft LLP, Aktau; Laton-geoservice LLP, Almaty; Kyzylkum LLP, KZO, Kyzylorda; TDO "Kapchagai GPE" Almaty; "Joint venture" Khorasan-U" LLP, Kyzylorda, "bayken U" LLP, KZO, Zhanakorgan district, Baykenzhe village; "RIO TINTO Exploration Kazakhstan" LLP, Almaty and others.