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.
In July 2021, by the decision of the board of directors and as a result of the repeated restructuring of the university, the institute was renamed again as the Institute of Geology and oil and gas engineering named after K. Turysov with the exclusion of two departments of mining (the departments of Mining and Mine Surveying and Geodesy) and the inclusion of two Departments of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and Chemical Processes and Industrial Ecology.
The Institute prepares specialists at all three levels of education (bachelor's, master's, doctoral studies) in the field of earth science (geologists, geophysicists, oilmen and hydrogeologists) and in the field of chemical engineering, engineering biotechnology, environmental specialists in the field of environmental protection for mining and geological , chemical, petrochemical, biotechnological, energy, mining and metallurgical, oil production and oil refining, oil and gas chemical industries. Graduates become specialists in ore and petroleum geology, geophysics, hydrogeology, drilling, etc.
The Institute consists of 6 graduate departments:
1. Geological survey, prospecting and exploration of mineral deposits.
3. Hydrogeology, engineering and oil and gas geology.
4. Petroleum engineering.
5. Chemical processes and industrial ecology.
6. Chemical and biochemical engineering.
The institute has over 94 teachers. Among them, 18 doctors of sciences, 22 candidates of sciences, 25 doctors of philosophy (PhD) and 28 masters of sciences. 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 Zholtaev G. Zh., Syzdykov A. Kh., Baibatsha A. B., Abetov A. E., 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 and Historical 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. 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.