2008-09
Offi ce of Graduate Studies
Colorado School of Mines
1500 Illinois Street
Golden, Colorado 80401




Colorado School of Mines



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Colorado
School of Mines
2008–2009
Graduate Bulletin

To Mines Graduate Students:
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Colorado School of Mines
Graduate Bulletin
2008–2009

Table of Contents
Academic Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Auditing Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
University Administration / Useful Contacts . . 5
Off Campus Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Office of Graduate Studies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
General Regulations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Student Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Graduate School Bulletin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Financial Aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Curriculum Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
International Student Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
General Policies of Student Conduct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Registrar’s Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Student Honor Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Graduate Student Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Academic Integrity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Academic Departments & Divisions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Resolution of Conflicting Bulletin Provisions . . . . . . . . 28
General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Unsatisfactory Academic Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Mission and Goals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Exceptions and Appeals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Institutional Values and Principles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Public Access to the Graduate Thesis . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
History of CSM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Making up Undergraduate Deficiencies. . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Graduate Students in Undergraduate Courses . . . . . . 30
Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Independent Study. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
The Graduate School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Course and Research Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Unique Programs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Grade Appeal Process. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Graduate Degrees Offered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Graduation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Accreditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Withdrawing from School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Admission to the Graduate School . . . . . . . . 11
Nondegree Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Admission Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Veterans’ Benefits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Categories of Admission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Grading System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Admission Procedure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Electronic Communications (Email) Policy . . . . . . . . . 33
Financial Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Access to Student Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Application Review Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Tuition, Fees, Financial Assistance. . . . . . . . 36
Health Record and Additional Steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
International Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Fees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Student Life at CSM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Payments and Refunds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Graduate Degrees and Requirements. . . . . . 38
Student Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
I. Professional Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Military Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
II. Master of Science and Engineering Programs . . . . 39
Student Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
III. Doctor of Philosophy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Facilities and Academic Support. . . . . . . . . . 18
IV. Individualized, Interdisciplinary Graduate
Academic Computing and Networking . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Degrees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Arthur Lakes Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
V. Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Programs . . . . 44
Copy Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Graduate Degree Programs and Description
CSM Alumni Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
of Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Environmental Health and Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Chemical Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Green Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Chemistry and Geochemistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
INTERLINK Language Center (ESL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Economics and Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
LAIS Writing Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Off Campus Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Environmental Science and Engineering. . . . . . . . . . . 85
Office of International Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Geochemistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Office of Technology Transfer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Geology and Geological Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Public Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Geophysics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Registrar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
Research Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Liberal Arts and International Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Special Programs and Continuing Education
Materials Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
(SPACE). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Mathematical and Computer Sciences . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Telecommunications Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering . . . . . . . . . . 147
Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Mining Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
(WISEM) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Nuclear Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Registration and Tuition Classification . . . . . 22
Petroleum Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
General Registration Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Physics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Research Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Eligibility for Thesis Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Research Centers and Institutes . . . . . . . . . 181
Graduation Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Directory of the School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Full-time Status - Required Course Load . . . . . . . . . . 22
Policies and Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
Late Registration Fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Affirmative Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
Leave of Absence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Unlawful Discrimination Policy & Complaint Procedure . 205
Reciprocal Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Sexual Harassment Policy & Complaint Procedure . . . . 208
In-State Tuition Classification Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Personal Relationships Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
Dropping and Adding Courses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .212
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2008–2009
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Academic Calendar
Fall Semester 2008
Confirmation deadline. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 18, Monday
Faculty Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 18, Monday
Classes start (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 19, Tuesday
Graduate Students—last day to register without late fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 22, Friday
Labor Day (Classes held) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sept. 1, Monday
Last day to register, add or drop courses without a “W” (Census Day). . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sept. 3, Wednesday
Fall Break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 13 & 14, Monday & Tuesday
Midterm grades due . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 13, Monday
Last day to withdraw from a course—Continuing students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 28, Tuesday
Priority Registration Spring Semester . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov. 10-14, Monday–Friday
Non-class day pior to Thanksgiving Break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov. 26, Wednesday
Thanksgiving Break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov. 27 –Nov. 28, Thursday–Friday
Last day to withdraw from a course—New students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 1, Friday
Last day to completely withdraw from CSM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 4, Thursday
Classes end . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 4, Thursday
Dead Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 1-Dec. 5, Monday-Friday
Dead Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 5, Friday
Final exams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 6, 8-11 , Saturday, Monday–Thursday
Semester ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 12, Friday
Midyear Degree Convocation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 12, Friday
Final grades due . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 15, Monday
Winter Recess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 13 –Jan. 6, Saturday–Tuesday
Spring Semester 2009
Confirmation deadline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan. 6, Tuesday
Classes start (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan. 7, Wednesday
Grad Students—last day to register without late fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan. 9, Friday
Last day to register, add or drop courses without a “W” (Census Day) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan. 22, Thursday
Non-class day - Presidents’ Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feb. 16, Monday
Midterms grades due. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 2, Monday
Spring Break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 9-13, Monday-Friday
Last day to withdraw from a course—Continuing students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 24, Tuesday
E-Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 2-4, Thursday–Saturday
Priority Registration, Field, Summer and Fall Term. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 6-10, Monday–Friday
Last day to withdraw from a course—New students. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 24, Friday
Last day to completely withdraw from CSM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 30, Thursday
Classes End . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 30, Thursday
Dead Week. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 27-May 1, Monday-Friday
Dead Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 1. Friday
Final exams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 2, May 4-7 Saturday, Monday–Thursday
Semester ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 8, Friday
Commencement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 8, Friday
Final grades due . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 11, Monday
Field/Summer Sessions 2009
First Field Term First Day of Class and Summer Research, Registration (1) . . . . . . . . . . . May 11, Monday
Last day to register, add or drop courses without a “W”—Field Term and Summer Research (Census Day) . . May 15, Friday
Memorial Day (Holiday—No classes held). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 25, Monday
Last day to withdraw from First Field Term . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 5, Friday
First Field Term ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 19, Friday
Field Term grades due . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 22, Monday
Summer School First Day of Class, Registration (1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 15, Monday
Last day to register, add or drop courses without a “W”—Summer School . . . . . . . . . . . . June 23, Tuesday
Independence Day (Holiday—No classes held) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 3, Friday
Second Field Term begins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 6, Monday
Last day to register, add or drop courses without a “W”—Second Field Term . . . . . . . . . . . July 10, Friday
Last day to withdraw from Summer School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 10, Friday
Last day to withdraw from Second Field Term . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 31, Friday
Summer School ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 7, Friday
Summer School grades due . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 10, Monday
Second Field Term ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 14, Friday
Second Field Term grades due . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 17, Monday
(1) Petition for changes in tuition classification due in the Registrar’s office for this term.
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2008–2009

University Administration / Useful Contacts
Office of Graduate Studies
Graduate Student Association
Mailing address
Daniel Baker
303 273-2101
President
1500 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401-1887
Academic Departments & Divisions
Telephone
FAX
The address for all CSM academic departments
303 273-3247
303 273-3244
and divisions is
John M. Poate
303-384-2375
1500 Illinois Street
Vice President for Research
Golden, Colorado 80401-1887
and Technology Transfer
World Wide Web address: http://www.mines.edu/
Lisa Kinzel
303-384-2470
Academic department and division telephone numbers are
Executive Assistant to the Vice
Chemical Engineering
President for Research and
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3720
Technology Transfer
Thomas M. Boyd
303-273-3522
Chemistry and Geochemistry
Dean of Graduate Studies
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3610
Jahi Simbai
303-384-2221
Economics and Business
Director of Graduate Recruiting
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3482
and Admissions
Engineering
jsimbai@mines.edu
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3650
Linda L. Powell
303-273-3348
Environmental Science and Engineering
Graduate Admissions Officer
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3427
lpowell@mines.edu
Geology and Geological Engineering
Brenda Neely
303-273-3412
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3800
Student Services
bneely@mines.edu
Geophysics
Kay Leaman
303-273-3249
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3450
Admissions Coordinator
Liberal Arts and International Studies
grad-app@mines.edu
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3750
Diane Mee
303-273-3627
Materials Science
Reception and Student Services
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3660
dmee@mines.edu
Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Student Housing
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3860
Kathy Rice
303-273-3351
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Apartment Housing Coordinator
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3770
Financial Aid
Mining Engineering
Roger Koester
303-273-3207
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3701
Director of Financial Aid
Nuclear Engineering
Christina Jensen
303-273-3229
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-273-3618
Graduate Student Financial Aid Advisor
Petroleum Engineering
International Student Services
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3740
Leslie Olsen
303-273-3210
International Student Advisor
Physics
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3830
Registrar’s Office
Registrar
303-273-3200
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General Information
Mission and Goals
The Colorado School of Mines is consequently committed
Colorado School of Mines is a public research university
to serving the people of Colorado, the nation, and the global
devoted to engineering and applied science related to re-
community by promoting stewardship of the Earth upon
sources. It is one of the leading institutions in the nation and
which all life and development depend. (Colorado School of
the world in these areas. It has the highest admission stan-
Mines Board of Trustees, 2000)
dards of any university in Colorado and among the highest of
Institutional Values and Principles
any public university in the U.S. CSM has dedicated itself to
Graduate Education
responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources. It is
The Colorado School of Mines is dedicated to serving the
one of a very few institutions in the world having broad ex-
people of Colorado, the nation and the global community by
pertise in resource exploration, extraction, production and
providing high quality educational and research experiences
utilization which can be brought to bear on the world's press-
to students in science, engineering and related areas that sup-
ing resource-related environmental problems. As such, it oc-
port the institutional mission. Recognizing the importance of
cupies a unique position among the world's institutions of
responsible earth stewardship, CSM places particular empha-
higher education.
sis on those fields related to the discovery, production and
The school's role and mission has remained constant and is
utilization of resources needed to improve the quality of life
written in the Colorado statutes as: The Colorado School of
of the world's inhabitants and to sustain the earth system
Mines shall be a specialized baccalaureate and graduate re-
upon which all life and development depend. To this end,
search institution with high admission standards. The Col-
CSM is devoted to creating a learning community which pro-
orado School of Mines shall have a unique mission in energy,
vides students with perspectives informed by the humanities
mineral, and materials science and engineering and associ-
and social sciences, perspectives which also enhance stu-
ated engineering and science fields. The school shall be the
dents' understanding of themselves and their role in contem-
primary institution of higher education offering energy, min-
porary society. CSM therefore seeks to instill in all graduate
eral and materials science and mineral engineering degrees
students a broad class of developmental and educational at-
at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. (Colorado re-
tributes:
vised Statutes, Section 23-41-105)
An in-depth knowledge in an area of specialization, en-
Throughout the school's 127 year history, the translation of
hanced by hands-on experiential learning, and breadth in
its mission into educational programs has been influenced by
allied fields, including:
the needs of society. Those needs are now focused more
1. the background and skills to be able to recognize, define
clearly than ever before. We believe that the world faces a
and solve problems by applying sound scientific and en-
crisis in balancing resource availability with environmental
gineering principles, and
protection and that CSM and its programs are central to the
2. for thesis-based students, experience in conducting orig-
solution to that crisis. Therefore the school's mission is elab-
inal scientific research and engineering design at the
orated upon as follows:
forefront of their particular area of specialization.
Colorado School of Mines is dedicated to educating stu-
The ability to function effectively in an information-based
dents and professionals in the applied sciences, engineering,
economy and society, including:
and associated fields related to
1. written, oral and graphical communications skills that
the discovery and recovery of the Earth's resources,
enable effective transmission of concepts and ideas as
their conversion to materials and energy,
well as technical information, and
their utilization in advanced processes and products,
2. expertise in finding, retrieving, evaluating, storing and
and
disseminating information in ways that enhance their
the economic and social systems necessary to ensure
leadership role in society and their profession.
their prudent and provident use in a sustainable global
Preparation for leadership in a team-based milieu, includ-
society.
ing:
This mission will be achieved by the creation, integration,
1. the flexibility to adjust to an ever-changing professional
and exchange of knowledge in engineering, the natural sci-
environment and to appreciate diverse approaches to un-
ences, the social sciences, the humanities, business and their
derstanding and solving professional and societal prob-
union to create processes and products to enhance the qual-
lems,
ity of life of the world's inhabitants.
2. the creativity, resourcefulness, receptivity and breadth
of interests to think critically about a wide range of
cross-disciplinary issues,
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3. a strong work ethic that inspires commitment and loy-
The State requires all public colleges and universities in
alty on the part of colleagues,
Colorado, in concert, to provide appropriate educational
4. interpersonal skills and attitudes which promote cooper-
opportunities in rural areas which are under-served by
ation and enable leadership, and
traditional residential institutions.
5. acceptance of responsibility for their own growth
In addition to these philosophical goals, Professional Out-
through life-long learning.
reach can make an important pragmatic contribution to the
university by:
The capability of adapting to, appreciating and working ef-
fectively in an international environment, including:
Developing and sustaining programs which address the
lifelong education needs of individuals in professions
1. being able to succeed in an increasingly interdependent
associated with science, mathematics, engineering, and
world where borders between cultures and economies
technology.
are becoming less distinct, and
Recruiting high-quality students for the traditional resi-
2. appreciating the traditions and languages of other cul-
dential programs
tures, as well as valuing and supporting diversity in their
own society.
Spreading and enhancing the reputation of Mines
throughout the world
High standards of integrity expressed through ethical be-
havior and acceptance of the obligation to enhance their
Generating revenues that help support the residential
profession and society through service and leadership.
and research missions of the university
Professional Education
Research
A central purpose of a university is the widespread and
The creation and dissemination of new knowledge are pri-
open distribution of the special knowledge created by, and
mary responsibilities of all members of the university com-
reposing in, the expertise of the faculty. At CSM, that special
munity. Public institutions have an additional responsibility
knowledge falls into several broad categories:
to use that knowledge to contribute to the economic growth
and public welfare of the society from which they receive
A mature body of knowledge, in areas of historic leader-
their charter and support. As a public institution of higher ed-
ship, which is of great value to professionals in those
ucation, a fundamental responsibility of CSM is to provide
fields throughout the world.
an environment which enables contribution to the public
Creative advances in emerging fields of science and en-
good by encouraging creative research and ensuring the free
gineering, developed in Mines' leading-edge research
exchange of ideas, information, and results. To that end, the
laboratories, which can contribute to the economic and
institution acknowledges the following responsibilities:
physical well-being of people in Colorado and the na-
To insure that these activities are conducted in an envi-
tion.
ronment of minimum influence and bias, it is essential
Expertise in problem-solving methodologies, including
that CSM protect the academic freedom of all members
engineering design and structured decision-making,
of its community.
which is of growing importance in all technical-social-
To provide the mechanisms for creation and dissemina-
political realms as our global society becomes increas-
tion of knowledge, the institution recognizes that access
ingly complex and interdependent.
to information and information technology (e.g. library,
Leadership in the development of innovative educa-
computing and internet resources) are part of the basic
tional tools and techniques which can help people-
infrastructure support to which every member of the
young and old-to be better prepared to succeed in
community is entitled.
advanced education, productive careers, and satisfying
To promote the utilization and application of knowl-
personal lives.
edge, it is incumbent upon CSM to define and protect
Additional outreach responsibilities are imposed by the
the intellectual-property rights and responsibilities of
special role and nature of Mines:
faculty members, students, as well as the institution.
CSM is committed to inculcating in its traditional resi-
The following principles derive from these values and re-
dential undergraduate and graduate students an appreci-
sponsibilities:
ation for and commitment to life-long learning and
The institution exists to bring faculty and students to-
inquiry. This imposes on Mines a responsibility to create
gether to form a community of scholars.
and support Professional Outreach programs that will
expose students to self-directed learning experiences
Faculty members have unique relationship with the in-
while still in residence, and provide opportunities for
stitution because of their special responsibility to create
continued intellectual growth after they graduate.
and disseminate knowledge independent of oversight or
direction from the institution.
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Students have a dual role as creators and recipients of
The institution exists to bring faculty and students to-
knowledge.
gether to form a community of scholars.
The institution and the faculty share responsibility for
Faculty members have a unique relationship with the in-
facilitating the advancement of students in their chosen
stitution because faculty create and disseminate knowl-
discipline.
edge independent of oversight or direction from the
The institution and the faculty are mutually dependent
institution.
upon each other, and share the responsibility for the rep-
Faculty activities must be driven by academic needs re-
utation of both the university and the individual.
lating to the creation and dissemination of knowledge
Although research objectives should be informed by the
rather than commercial opportunities.
institution's responsibility (as a public institution) to
The institution and the faculty share responsibility for
contribute to economic growth and societal well-being,
facilitating the advancement of students in their chosen
research priorities must be driven by academic needs re-
discipline. Students are the independent creators of the
lating to the creation, development and dissemination of
expression of ideas in their theses, but may have a dual
knowledge.
role as both an independent creator of an expression of
Research policies and practices must conform to the
ideas and as directed employees.
state non-competition law which requires that all re-
The institution and the faculty are mutually dependent
search projects have an educational component through
upon each other, and share the responsibility for the rep-
the involvement of students and/or post-doctoral fel-
utation of both the university and the individual.
lows.
Both the creator and the institution have an interest in,
Both the creator and the institution have interest in, and
and a responsibility to promote, the dissemination and
a responsibility to promote, the dissemination and uti-
utilization of knowledge for the public good.
lization of new knowledge for public good through pub-
Although commercialization is not a primary responsi-
lication and commercialization.
bility of the university community, it is sometimes the
Although commercialization is not a primary responsi-
result of technology transfer.
bility of the university community, it is a common result
The creator and the institution should share in the poten-
of technology transfer. The creator and the institution
tial benefits and risks in proportion to their contributions
may each have an interest in the commercialization of
and/or agreed assumption of benefits and risks.
intellectual property and should share in the potential
benefits and risks based on their contributions.
All members of the CSM community will demonstrate
the highest level of integrity in their activities associated
Intellectual Property
with intellectual property.
The creation and dissemination of knowledge are primary
responsibilities of all members of the university community.
As an institution of higher education, a fundamental mission
of CSM is to provide an environment that motivates the fac-
ulty and promotes the creation, dissemination, and applica-
tion of knowledge through the timely and free exchange of
ideas, information, and research results for the public good.
To insure that these activities are conducted in an environ-
ment of minimum influence and bias, so as to benefit society
and the people of Colorado, it is essential that CSM protect
the academic freedom of all members of its community. It is
incumbent upon CSM to help promote the utilization and ap-
plication of knowledge by defining and protecting the rights
and responsibilities of faculty members, students and the in-
stitution, with respect to intellectual property which may be
created while an individual is employed as a faculty member
or enrolled as a student. The following principles, derived
from these responsibilities and values, govern the develop-
ment and implementation of CSM's Intellectual Property
Policies.
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History of CSM
Location
In 1865, only six years after gold and silver were discov-
Golden, Colorado, has always been the home of CSM. Lo-
ered in the Colorado Territory, the fledgling mining industry
cated in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains 20 minutes
was in trouble. The nuggets had been picked out of streams
west of Denver, this community of 15,000 also serves as
and the rich veins had been worked, and new methods of ex-
home to the Coors Brewing Company, the National Renew-
ploration, mining, and recovery were needed.
able Energy Laboratory, and a major U.S. Geological Survey
Early pioneers like W.A.H. Loveland, E.L. Berthoud,
facility that also contains the National Earthquake Center.
Arthur Lakes, George West and Episcopal Bishop George M.
The seat of government for Jefferson County, Golden once
Randall proposed a school of mines. In 1874 the Territorial
served as the territorial capital of Colorado. Skiing is an hour
Legislature appropriated $5,000 and commissioned Loveland
away to the west.
and a Board of Trustees to found the Territorial School of
Administration
Mines in or near Golden. Governor Routt signed the Bill on
By State statute, the school is managed by a seven-mem-
February 9, 1874, and when Colorado became a state in
ber board of trustees appointed by the governor, and the stu-
1876, the Colorado School of Mines was constitutionally es-
dent and faculty bodies elect one nonvoting board member
tablished. The first diploma was awarded in 1883.
each The school is supported financially by student tuition
As CSM grew, its mission expanded from the rather nar-
and fees and by the State through annual appropriations.
row initial focus on nonfuel minerals to programs in petro-
These funds are augmented by government and privately
leum production and refining as well. Recently it has added
sponsored research, and private gift support from alumni,
programs in materials science and engineering, energy and
corporations, foundations and other friends.
environmental engineering, and a broad range of other engi-
neering and applied science disciplines. CSM sees its mis-
sion as education and research in engineering and applied
science with a special focus on the earth science disciplines
in the context of responsible stewardship of the earth and its
resources.
CSM long has had an international reputation. Students
have come from nearly every nation, and alumni can be
found in every corner of the globe.
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The Graduate School
Unique Programs
Accreditation
Because of its special focus, Colorado School of Mines
Colorado School of Mines is accredited through the level of
has unique programs in many fields. For example, CSM is
the doctoral degree by the Higher Learning Commission of the
the only institution in the world that offers doctoral programs
North Central Association, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400,
in all five of the major earth science disciplines: Geology and
Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504 - telephone (312) 263-0456.
Geological Engineering, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Mining
The Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accredita-
Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering. It also has one of
tion Board for Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place,
the few Metallurgical and Materials Engineering programs in
Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone (410) 347-
the country that still focuses on the complete materials cycle
7700, accredits undergraduate degree programs in chemical en-
from mineral processing to finished advanced materials.
gineering, engineering, engineering physics, geological
In addition to the traditional programs defining the institu-
engineering, geophysical engineering, metallurgical and materi-
tional focus, CSM is pioneering both undergraduate and
als engineering, mining engineering and petroleum engineering.
graduate interdisciplinary programs. The School understands
The American Chemical Society has approved the degree pro-
that solutions to the complex problems involving global
gram in the Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry.
processes and quality of life issues require cooperation
among scientists, engineers, economists, and the humanities.
Degree Programs
Prof. M.S. M.E. Ph.D.
CSM offers interdisciplinary programs in areas such as
Applied Physics
materials science, environmental science and engineering,
Chemical Engineering
management and public policy, hydrology, and geochemistry.
Chemistry
These programs make interdisciplinary connections between
traditional fields of engineering, physical science and social
Applied Chemistry
science, emphasizing a broad exposure to fundamental prin-
Engineering
ciples while cross-linking information from traditional disci-
Engineering & Technology
plines to create the insight needed for breakthroughs in the
Management
solution of modern problems.
Environmental Geochemistry
When the need arises, CSM also offers interdisciplinary,
Environmental Science &
non-thesis Professional Master degrees to meet the career
Engineering
needs of working professionals in CSM's focus areas.
Geochemistry
Coordinated by the several departments involved, these in-
Geological Engineering
terdisciplinary programs contribute to CSM's leadership role
in addressing the problems and developing solutions that will
Geology
enhance the quality of life for all of earth's inhabitants in the
Geophysical Engineering
next century.
Geophysics
Graduate Degrees Offered
Hydrology
CSM offers professional masters, master of science
International Political Economy
(M.S.), master of engineering (M.E.) and doctor of philoso-
& Resources
phy (Ph.D.) degrees in the disciplines listed in the chart at
Materials Science
right.
Mathematical & Computer
In addition to masters and Ph.D. degrees, departments and
Science
divisions can also offer graduate certificates. Graduate cer-
Metallurgical & Materials
tificates are designed to have selective focus, short time to
Engineering
completion and consist of course work only.
Mineral Economics
Mineral Exploration & Mining
Geosciences
Mining & Earth Systems
Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Petroleum Reservoir Systems
Master of International Political Economy of Resources
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Admission to the Graduate School
Admission Requirements
who subsequently decides to pursue a regular degree pro-
The Graduate School of Colorado School of Mines is open
gram must apply and gain admission to the Graduate School.
to graduates from four-year programs at recognized colleges
All credits earned as a nondegree student may be transferred
or universities. Admission to all graduate programs is com-
into the regular degree program if the student's graduate
petitive, based on an evaluation of prior academic perform-
committee and department head approve.
ance, test scores and references. The academic background of
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Programs
each applicant is evaluated according to the requirements of
Several degree programs offer CSM undergraduate stu-
each department outlined later in this section of the Bulletin.
dents the opportunity to begin work on a Graduate Certifi-
To be a candidate for a graduate degree, students must
cate, Professional Degree, or Master Degree while
have completed an appropriate undergraduate degree pro-
completing the requirements for their Bachelor Degree.
gram. Undergraduate students in the Combined Degree Pro-
These programs can give students a head start on graduate
gram may, however, work toward completion of graduate
education. An overview of these combined programs and de-
degree requirements prior to completing undergraduate de-
scription of the admission process and requirements are
gree requirements. See the Combined Undergraduate/Gradu-
found in the Graduate Degrees and Requirements section of
ate Degree section of the Graduate Bulletin for details of this
this Bulletin.
program.
Admission Procedure
Categories of Admission
Applying for Admission
There are three categories of admission to graduate studies
Apply electronically for admission on the World Wide
at Colorado School of Mines: regular, provisional, and spe-
Web. Our Web address is
cial graduate nondegree.
http://www.mines.edu/Admiss/grad
Regular Degree Students
Follow the procedure outlined below.
Applicants who meet all the necessary qualifications as de-
1. Application: Go to the online application form at
termined by the program to which they have applied are ad-
www.mines.edu/Admiss/grad/graduate_admissions.html. You
mitted as regular graduate students.
may download a paper copy of the application from our web-
Provisional Degree Students
site or contact 303-273-3247 or grad-school@Mines.edu to
Applicants who are not qualified to enter the regular de-
have one sent my mail. Students wishing to apply for gradu-
gree program directly may be admitted as provisional degree
ate school should submit completed applications by the fol-
students for a trial period not longer than 12 months. During
lowing dates:
this period students must demonstrate their ability to work
for Fall admission
for an advanced degree as specified by the admitting degree
program. After the first semester, the student may request
January 15 - Priority consideration for financial support*
that the department review his or her progress and make a
April 1 - International student deadline
decision concerning full degree status. With department ap-
July 1 - Domestic student deadline**
proval, the credits earned under the provisional status can be
applied towards the advanced degree.
for Spring Admission
International Special Graduate Students
September 1 - International student deadline
Applicants who wish to study as non-degree students for
November 1 - Domestic student deadline
one or two semesters may apply for Special Graduate status.
*March 1 for Chemistry and Applied Chemistry applicants
Special Graduate student status is available to a limited num-
ber of applicants from abroad. All such students who attend
**March 15 for Geology and Geological Engineering ap-
class or audit courses at Colorado School of Mines must reg-
plicants
ister and pay the appropriate nonresident tuition and fees for
Students wishing to submit applications beyond the final
the credits taken.
deadline should make a request to the individual academic
Nondegree Students
department.
Practicing professionals may wish to update their profes-
2. Transcripts: Send to the Graduate School two official
sional knowledge or broaden their areas of competence with-
transcripts from each school previously attended. The tran-
out committing themselves to a degree program. They may
scripts may accompany the application or may be sent di-
enroll for regular courses as nondegree students. Inquiries
rectly by the institution attended. International students'
and applications should be made to the Registrar's Office,
transcripts must be in English or have an official English
CSM, Golden, CO 80401-0028. Phone: 303-273-3200; FAX
translation attached.
303-384-2253. A person admitted as a nondegree student
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3. Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters of recom-
Financial Assistance
mendation are required. Individuals who know your personal
To apply for CSM financial assistance, check the box in
qualities and scholastic or professional abilities can use the
the Financial Information section of the online graduate ap-
online application system to submit letters of recommenda-
plication or complete the Financial Assistance section on the
tion on your behalf. Letters can also be mailed directly to the
paper application.
Graduate School. At least two letters should be from individ-
Application Review Process
uals acquainted with your scholastic abilities.
When application materials are received by the Graduate
4. Graduate Record Examination: Most departments re-
School, they are processed and sent to the desired degree
quire the General test of the Graduate Record Examination
program for review. The review is conducted according to
for applicants seeking admission to their programs. Refer to
the process developed and approved by the faculty of that de-
the section Graduate Degree Programs and Courses by De-
gree program. The degree program transmits its decision to
partment or the Graduate School application packet to find
the Dean of the Graduate School, who then notifies the appli-
out if you must take the GRE examination. For information
cant. The decision of the degree program is final and may not
about the test, write to Graduate Record Examinations, Edu-
be appealed.
cational Testing Service, PO Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-
Health Record and Additional Steps
6000 (Telephone 609-771-7670), or visit online at
When students first enroll at CSM, they must complete the
www.gre.org.
student health record form which is sent to them when they
5. English Language Requirement: Applicants whose na-
are accepted for enrollment. Students must submit the stu-
tive language is not English must complete the TOEFL ex-
dent health record, including health history, medical exami-
amination (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and have
nation, and record of immunization, in order to complete
the results sent to the Graduate School as part of the admis-
registration.
sion process. The institution has minimum TOEFL examina-
Questions can be addressed to the Coulter Student Health
tion requirements. These may be found at
Center, 1225 17th Street, Golden, CO 80401-1869. The
http://www.mines.edu/admiss/grad/intl_stu_admission_app.html.
Health Center telephone numbers are 303-273-3381 and 303-
Contact local American embassies or write to TOEFL Ser-
279-3155.
vices, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton,
NJ 08541-6151, USA, (Telephone 609-771-7100) for infor-
International Students
mation about the TOEFL examination. You may also visit
Qualifying international students (see Admission Require-
online at www.toefl.org. If a TOEFL exam score indicates
ments above) apply for graduate study by following steps
that the applicant will be handicapped academically, as a
one through six listed in this section.
condition for admission the applicant may be required to en-
roll in the INTERLINK Language program at CSM until the
required proficiency is achieved.
The INTERLINK Language program offers intensive Eng-
lish language instruction and skills development for aca-
demic success. See the detailed description of INTERLINK
on page 15 of this catalog.
6. Additional instructions for admission to graduate school
specific to individual departments are contained in the appli-
cation for admission.
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Student Life at CSM
Housing
Student Recreation Center
Mines Park
Completed in May, 2007, the 108,000 square foot Student
The Mines Park apartment complex is located west of the
Recreation Center, located at the corner of 16th and Maple
6th Avenue and 19th Street intersection on 55 acres owned
Streets in the heart of campus, provides a wide array of facilities
by CSM. The complex houses some freshmen, upper class
and programs designed to meet students’ recreational and leisure
students, graduate students, and families. Residents must be
needs while providing for a healthy lifestyle. The Center con-
full-time students.
tains a state-of-the-art climbing wall, an eight-lane, 25 meter
swimming and diving pool, a cardiovascular and weight room,
Units are complete with refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers,
two multi-purpose rooms designed and equipped for aerobics,
cable television, an optional campus phone line is available
dance, martial arts programs and other similar activities, a com-
through Campus Telecommunications, and T-1 connections
petition gymnasium containing three full-size basketball courts
to the campus network system and wireless connectivity.
as well as seating for 2500 people, a separate recreation gymna-
There are two community centers which contain the laundry
sium designed specifically for a wide variety of recreational pro-
facilities, recreational/study space, and a convenience store.
grams, extensive locker room and shower facilities, and a large
2008-09 Rates are as follows:
lounge and juice bar facility intended for relaxing, playing
Family Housing
games or watching television. In addition to housing the Out-
1 bedroom
$663/mo
door Recreation Program as well as the Intramurals and Club
2 bedroom
$766/mo
Sports Programs, the Center serves as the competition venue for
the Intercollegiate Men and Women's Basketball Programs, the
Apartment Housing
Intercollegiate Volleyball Program and the Men and Women's In-
1 bedroom
$663/mo
tercollegiate Swimming and Diving Program.
2 bedroom
$896/mo
Office for Student Development and Academic
3 bedroom
$1,194/mo
Services
For an application to any of the campus housing options,
The Student Development and Academic Services Office
please contact the housing office at (303) 273-3350 or visit
(SDAS), located in the Student Center, serves as the per-
the Student Life office in the Ben Parker Student Center,
sonal, academic and career counseling center. Through its
Room 218.
various services, the center acts as a comprehensive resource
Campus Residence Halls
for the personal growth and life skills development of our
students. SDAS houses a library of over 300 books and other
Four of the residence halls located on campus have the tra-
materials for checkout, and is home to CSM's Engineers
ditional double rooms and common bathrooms, and our fifth
Choosing Health Options (ECHO) program, promoting wise
Residence Hall, Weaver Towers, has suites for seven to eight
and healthy decision making regarding students' use of alco-
people with two private bathrooms and a common living
hol and other drugs.
room.
Counseling: Experienced, professional counselors offer
Residence hall rooms are contracted for the entire aca-
assistance in a variety of areas. Personal counseling for stress
demic year; costs range from $3,996 for a traditional double
management, relationship issues, wellness education and/or
room to $4,953 for a single in Weaver Towers. All students in
improved self image are a few of the areas often requested.
residence halls must also choose a dining hall meal plan.
Assertiveness, stress management, time management, gender
Meal plans are $3,630 per year, and students can choose
issues, personal security, and compatibility with roommates
from options available for residence hall students.
are also popular interactive presentations. SDAS works
Student Services
closely with other student life departments to address other
Ben H. Parker Student Center
issues.
The Ben H. Parker Student Center has recently undergone a
Academic Services: The staff often conducts workshops
four million dollar renovation and addition. The building con-
in areas of interest to college students, such as time manage-
tains the offices for the Vice President of Student Life and Dean
ment, learning skills, test taking, preparing for finals and col-
of Students, the Director of Student Life, Housing, Conference
lege adjustment. Advising on individual learning skills is also
Services Office, Student Activities and Greek Advisor, ASCSM
available. Additional learning resources are provided on the
Offices, and Student Groups. The Student Center also contains
department website.
the student dining hall, the I-Club, a food court, bookstore, and
Tutoring and Academic Excellence Workshops: Gradu-
student lounges and TV room. There are also a number of meet-
ate students are welcome to avail themselves of free walk-in
ing rooms and banquet facilities in the Student Center. Another
tutoring and/or weekly workshops in introductory calculus,
addition was completed during the summer of 2001 which con-
chemistry, and physics.
tains meeting rooms and banquet facilities as well as the offices
of Admissions/Financial Aid, Cashier, Student Development and
Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
Academic Services/Services for Students with Disabilities, Inter-
(OSSD): This office serves students with documented dis-
national Student Services, Career Services and Registrar.
abilities who are seeking academic accommodations or ad-
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justments. OSSD coordinates CSM's efforts to comply with
surance coverage, the School offers an insurance plan. Addi-
the broad mandates of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
tional coverage for spouses and children is also available.
of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
All international students are, however, required to enroll
International Student Services
in the CSM Plan, regardless of the existence of their own
The International Student Office advises international stu-
personal health coverage. There are two exceptions to this re-
dents, coordinates the Host Family Program, and holds orien-
quirement: (1) the international student has an insurance pol-
tation programs for new foreign students at the beginning of
icy approved by the CSM International Student Office; or (2)
each semester. The international student advisor processes
the international student is receiving benefits for a health in-
student visas and work permits.
surance claim that would otherwise be pre-existing under the
CSM Plan. Additional coverage for spouses and children is
For more information, call the International Student Ser-
also available.
vices office at 303-273-3210 or FAX 303-273-3099.
NOTE: The Coulter Student Health Center fee and re-
Identification Cards (BLASTER CARD)
quired health insurance are two separate programs.
Blaster cards are made in the Student Life Office in the
Parker Student Center, and all new students must have a card
Motor Vehicles, Parking
made as soon as possible after they enroll. Students can re-
All motor vehicles on campus must be registered with the
place lost, stolen, or damaged Blaster Cards for a small fee.
campus Department of Public Safety, 1812 Illinois Street,
and must display the CSM permit. Vehicles must be regis-
The Blaster Card can be used as a debit card to make pur-
tered at the beginning of each semester or within 10 days of
chases from all campus vending machines, at all campus
bringing the vehicle onto campus, and updated whenever you
food service facilities, at the campus bookstore, to use any
change your address.
campus laundry facility as well as any campus copying ma-
chine, to check material out of the CSM Library and to make
Career Center
purchases at participating golden area businesses. It will also
The CSM Career Center mission is to assist students in de-
serve as an access card to the campus residence halls and
veloping, evaluating, and/or implementing career, education,
may be required to attend various CSM campus activities.
and employment decisions and plans. Career development is
Please visit the website at http://www.is.mines.edu/
integral to the success of CSM graduates and to the mission
BlasterCard for more information.
of CSM. All Colorado School of Mines graduates will be
able to acquire the necessary skills to enable them to success-
Student Health Center
fully take personal responsibility for the management of their
The Student Health Center, located at 17th and Elm, pro-
own careers.
vides primary health care to CSM students and their spouses.
In order to accomplish our mission, we provide a compre-
Students pay a $46.50 fee each semester which entitles them
hensive array of career services:
to unlimited visits with a physician or nurse as well as lim-
ited prescription and over-the-counter medications. Spouses
Career Advice and Counseling
of enrolled students may also pay the fee and receive the
Resources to help choose a major
same services. The health center also provides dental serv-
Individual resume and cover letter critiques
ices, wellness education, immunizations, allergy shots, flu
shots, nutrition counseling and information regarding a wide
Individual job search advice
range of health concerns. Staff members are also available to
Practice video-taped interviews
provide health-promotion events for students groups and res-
Career Planning Services
idence hall program.
Online resources for exploring careers and employers
The Student Health Center is open Monday through Friday
8-12 and 1-4:45 P.M. It is staffed by RN's throughout the day.
"Career Digger" online - short bios describe what recent
Physician's coverage is provided by family practice physi-
grads are doing on their jobs
cians who are on site for two hours daily and on-call at all
"Career Manual" online - resume writing, resume and
times. Dental services are also provided on a scheduled basis.
cover letter examples, and job search tips
To be eligible for care, students must be enrolled currently;
Job Search Workshops - successful company research,
have paid the Health Center fee if they are part time and have
interviewing, networking skills
a completed Health History Form on file at the Health Cen-
ter.
Salary and "placement" information
Supervised by Vice President and Dean of Student Life.
Company contact information
Phone: (303) 273-3381; FAX: (303) 279-3155.
Grad school information
Mandatory Health Insurance
Career resource library
Colorado School of Mines requires health insurance as a
condition of enrollment for all CSM students, regardless of
full-time or part-time status. For students without health in-
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Job Resources
Student Activities
Career Day (Fall and Spring)
Student government committees, professional societies,
living group organizations, special events, honor societies,
Online summer, part-time, and full-time entry-level
and interest group organizations add a balance to the CSM
job postings at www.diggernet.net
community and offer participants the chance to develop lead-
On-campus interviewing - industry and government rep-
ership and management skills. The Student Activities office
resentatives visit the campus to interview students and
can give you an up-to-date list of recognized campus organi-
explain employment opportunities
zations and more information about them.
Resume referrals
Student Government
Employer searching resource
The Graduate Student Association was formed in 1991 and
Continued services up to 18 months after graduation
is recognized by CSM and the National Association of Grad-
uate-Professional Students (NSGPS). GSA's primary goal is
Oredigger Student Newspaper
to improve the quality of a graduate education, offer aca-
The Oredigger student newspaper, published on a regular
demic support for graduate students, and provide social inter-
basis during the school year, contains news, features, sports,
action.
letters, and editorials of interest to students, faculty, and the
GSA takes an active role in university affairs and promotes
Golden community.
the rights and responsibilities of graduate students. GSA also
Veterans' Benefits
serves to develop university responsibility to non-academic
The Registrar's Office offers veterans counseling services
concerns of graduate students. GSA is funded through and
for students attending the School and using educational bene-
works with Associated Students of the Colorado School of
fits from the Veterans Administration.
Mines and is presently represented on the Faculty Senate
Military Science Army ROTC (AROTC)
Graduate Council and Associated Students of CSM. Phone:
303-273-3094.
The Military Science Program at the Colorado School of
Mines (CSM) is offered in conjunction with the University of
The Associated Students of the Colorado School of Mines
Colorado at Boulder (CU-B). The Department of Military
works to advance the interest and promote the welfare of
Science offers programs leading to an officer's commission
CSM and of all students, and to foster and maintain harmony
in the active Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard in con-
among those connected with or interested in the school, in-
junction with an undergraduate or graduate degree. Military
cluding students, alumni, faculty, trustees, and friends.
science courses are designed to supplement a regular degree
Through funds collected as student fees, ASCSM strives to
program by offering practical leadership and management
ensure a full social and academic life for all students with its
experience. Students attend classes at the Colorado School of
organizations, publications, and social events.
Mines in Golden.
The Mines Activity Council (MAC) serves the ASCSM as
Two-Year Program
the campus special events board. Most student events on
The two-year program consists of the advanced course,
campus are planned by the MAC committees. Committees
preceded by attending the Leaders Training course (a four-
are the Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) committee, which
week summer ROTC basic course at Ft. Knox, Kentucky).
brings comedians and other performers to campus on most
Veterans or Active Army Reserve/Army National Guard Sol-
Fridays in the academic year; the Special Events committee,
diers, are eligible to enroll in the advanced course without at-
which coordinates events like the annual Back-to-School
tending the Leaders Training Course. Inquiries on advanced
Bash, Discount Sport Nights at professional sporting events,
placement should be directed to the Department of Military
and one-time specialty entertainment; the E-Days committee;
Science. Advanced course students must obtain permission
and the Homecoming committee.
from the Professor of Military Science (PMS) at 303-492-
The Mines Activity Council (MAC) serves the ASCSM as
6495.
the campus special events board. Most student events on
Registration and AROTC Course Credit
campus are planned by the MAC committees. Committees
Army ROTC serves as elective credit in most departments.
are the Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) committee, which
Elective course credit toward your degree for AROTC
brings comedians and other performers to campus on most
classes will be determined by your individual academic advi-
Fridays in the academic year; the Special Events committee,
sor. AROTC classes begin with the MSGN prefix.
which coordinates events like the annual Back-to-School
Bash, Discount Sport Nights at professional sporting events,
For more information, contact the CU-Boulder Army
and one-time specialty entertainment; the E-Days committee;
ROTC Enrollment and Scholarship Officer at 303-492-3549
and the Homecoming committee.
or 303-492-6495. You can also go to
http://www.colorado.edu/AROTC. For information about
CSM, call 303-273-3398 or 303-273-3380.
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Special Events
Interest Organizations
Research Fair: GSA presently sponsors a graduate re-
Interest organizations meet the special and unique needs of
search fair each Spring semester. The fair is designed to give
the CSM student body by providing specific co-curricular ac-
graduate students the opportunity to make formal research
tivities. These organizations are:
presentations in a professional conference setting. At the con-
Association of Geoscience Students (AGS)
clusion of the event, cash prizes are awarded to graduate stu-
Band
dents whose presentations exhibit outstanding contributions
to their areas of study.
Bioengineering Club
Campus Crusade for Christ
International Day is planned and conducted by the Inter-
national Student Organization. It includes exhibits and pro-
College Republicans
grams designed to further the cause of understanding among
Chorus
the countries of the world. The international dinner, including
CSM Ambassadors
entertainment and samples of foods from countries all over
Earthworks
the world, is one of the top campus social events of the year.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Winter Carnival, sponsored by Blue Key, is an all-school
Hawaii Club
ski day held each year at one of the nearby ski slopes.
Math Club
Homecoming weekend is one of the high points of the en-
Mines Little Theatre
tire year's activities. Events include a football rally and game,
Non-Traditional Students
campus decorations, election of Homecoming queen and
Students for Creative Anachronism
beast, parade, burro race, and other contests.
Young Democrats
Engineer Days are held each spring. The three-day affair
is organized entirely by students. Contests are held in
International & Minority Organizations
drilling, hand-spiking, mucking, oil-field olympics, and soft-
International and minority organizations provide the op-
ball, to name a few. Additional events include a fireworks
portunity to experience different cultures while at Mines and
display, an E-Day concert, and the traditional orecart push.
help the students from those cultures adjust to Mines campus
life. These organizations include
GSA Fall and Spring Blowout: GSA sponsors parties
twice a year for graduate students. Held in the late spring and
Afro-Caribbean Students Union
early fall at local parks, they let graduate students take a
Chinese Student Association
break from studying.
International Student Organization (ISO)
Honor Societies
Japanese Student Association (JSA)
Honor societies recognize the outstanding achievements of
Muslim Student Association (MSA)
their members in scholarship, leadership, and service. Each
Taiwanese Student Association
of the CSM honor societies recognizes different achieve-
American Indians in Science & Engineering (AISES)
ments by our students. The Colorado School of Mines honor
Asian Student Association (ASA)
societies, and their representative areas, are as follows:
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Alpha Phi Omega
Service
Hispanic Professional Engineers & Scientists (SHPES)
Alpha Sigma Mu
Metals
Professional Societies
Blue Key
Service, Scholarship, Activities
Professional societies are generally student chapters of the
Kappa Kappa Psi
Band
national professional societies. As student chapters, the pro-
Kappa Mu Epsilon
Mathematics
fessional societies offer a chance for additional professional
National Society of Pershing Rifles
Military Science
development outside the classroom through guest speakers,
Order of Omega
Greek Scholarship
trips, and interactive discussions about the current activities
Pi Epsilon Tau
Petroleum Engineering
in the profession. Many of the organizations also offer intern-
Sigma Pi Sigma
Physics
ships, fellowships, and scholarships. The Colorado School of
Mines chapters are as follows:
Tau Beta Pi
Engineering
American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE)
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
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American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical & Petroleum
Recreational Organizations
Engineers (AIME)
Recreational organizations give students with similar
American Ceramic Society (Am. Cer. Soc.)
recreational interests the chance to participate as a group in
the activities. Most of the recreational organizations compete
American Chemical Society (ACS)
on both the local and regional levels at tournaments during
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
the school year. These clubs are:
American Society of Metals (ASM International)
Billiards Club
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Caving Club
American Welding Society
Cheerleading
Association of Engineering & Environmental
Kayak Club
Geologists(AEG)
Racquetball Club
Association of General Contractors (AGC)
Rugby Club
Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Shooting Club
International Society for Measurement and Control (ISA)
Ski Club/Team
Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
Men's Volleyball
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Women's Soccer
Society of Economic Geologists (SEG)
BMOC (Big Men on Campus)
Society of Mining Engineers (SME)
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
Society of Physics Students (SPS)
Society of Graduate Geophysics Students (SGGS)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society of AIME
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2008–2009
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Facilities and Academic Support
Academic Computing and Networking
Arthur Lakes Library
DEREK WILSON, Director & CIO
JOANNE V. LERUD-HECK, Librarian and Library Director
PHIL ROMIG, III, Associate Director
LISA G. DUNN, Librarian
Academic Computing and Networking (AC&N) provides
LAURA A. GUY, Librarian
computing and networking services to meet the instructional,
LISA S. NICKUM, Associate Librarian
research, and networking infrastructure needs of the campus.
CHRISTOPHER THIRY, Associate Librarian
AC&N manages and operates the campus network along
PATRICIA E. ANDERSEN, Assistant Librarian
with central academic computing systems and laboratories
CHRISTINE BAKER, Assistant Librarian
PAMELA M. BLOME, Assistant Librarian
located in the Computer Commons, CTLM, Writing Center,
MEGAN TOMEO, Assistant Librarian
and Library. In addition, AC&N's academic department sup-
HEATHER L. WHITEHEAD, Assistant Librarian
port services group provides support services for many de-
partmental servers, laboratories, and desktops.
Arthur Lakes Library is a regional information center for
engineering, energy, minerals, materials, and associated engi-
Central computing accounts and services are available to
neering and science fields. The Library supports education
registered students and current faculty and staff members. In-
and research programs at CSM and is committed to meeting
formation about hours, services, and the activation of new
the information needs of the CSM community and all library
accounts is available on the web site at
users.
http://www.mines.edu/academic/computer/, directly from the
Help Desk in the Computer Commons or by calling (303)
The Library has over 140,000 visitors a year and is a cam-
273-3431.
pus center for learning, study and research. Facilities include
meeting space, a campus computer lab, and individual and
Workrooms in several locations on campus contain net-
group study space. We host many cultural events during the
worked PCs and workstations. Printers, scanners, digitizers,
year, including concerts and art shows.
and other specialized resources are available for use in some
of the locations.
The librarians provide personalized help and instruction,
and assist with research. The Library's collections include
In addition to central server and facilities operations, serv-
more than 500,000 books; thousands of print and electronic
ices provided to the campus community include e-mail,
journals; hundreds of databases; one of the largest map col-
wired and wireless network operation and support, modem
lections in the West; an archive on CSM and western mining
pools, access to the commodity Internet, Internet 2, and Na-
history; and several special collections. The Library is a se-
tional Lambda Rail, network security, volume and site licens-
lective U.S. and Colorado state depository with over 600,000
ing of software, on-line training modules, videoconferencing,
government publications.
and campus web site and central systems administration and
support. In addition, support and administration is provided
Catalyst, the Library's Web catalog, provides access to Li-
for some academic department servers, laboratories, and
brary collections and your user account. Our databases allow
desktops. AC&N manages and supports the central course
users to find publications for classroom assignments, re-
management system (Blackboard), calendaring services,
search or personal interest. Students and faculty can use most
printing, short-term equipment loan, and room scheduling for
of the Library's electronic databases and publications from
some general computer teaching classrooms.
any computer on the campus network, including those in net-
worked CSM residential facilities. Dial-up and Internet ac-
All major campus buildings are connected to the comput-
cess are available out of network.
ing network operated by AC&N and most areas of the cam-
pus are covered by the wireless network. All residence halls
Arthur Lakes Library is a member of the Colorado Al-
and the Mines Park housing complex are wired for network
liance. Students and faculty can use their library cards at
access and some fraternity and sorority houses are also di-
other Alliance libraries, or can order materials directly using
rectly connected to the network.
Prospector, our regional Web catalog. Materials can also be
requested from anywhere in the world through interlibrary
All users of Colorado School of Mines computing and net-
loan.
working resources are expected to comply with all policies
related to the use of these resources. Policies are posted at
Copy Center
http://www.mines.edu/academic/computer/policies/.
Located on the first floor of Guggenheim Hall, the Copy
For more information about AC&N, see the web pages at
Center offers on-line binding, printed tabs, and halftones.
http://www.mines.edu/academic/computer/
Printing can be done on all paper sizes from odd-sized origi-
nals. Some of the other services offered are GBC and Velo
Binding, folding, sorting and collating, reduction and en-
largement, two sided copying, and color copying. We have
a variety of paper colors, special resume paper and CSM
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watermark for thesis copying. These services are available to
Bunker Memorial Auditorium, which seats 1,386, has a large
students, faculty, and staff. The Copy Center campus exten-
stage that may be used for lectures, concerts, drama productions,
sion is 3202.
or for any occasion when a large attendance is expected.
CSM Alumni Association
Friedhoff Hall contains a dance floor and an informal
(CSMAA) The Colorado School of Mines Alumni Associ-
stage. Approximately 600 persons can be accommodated at
ation, established in 1895, serves the Colorado School of
tables for banquets or dinners. Auditorium seating can be
Mines and its alumni. Services and benefits of membership
arranged for up to 450 people.
include:
Petroleum Hall and Metals Hall are lecture rooms seating
Mines, a quarterly publication covering campus and
123 and 310, respectively. Each room has audio visual equip-
alumni news; an online directory of all Mines alumni for net-
ment. In addition, the Green Center houses the Department
working purposes; on-line job listings; section activities that
of Geophysics.
provide social and networking connections to the campus and
INTERLINK Language Center (ESL)
other Mines alumni around the world; invitations to local and
The INTERLINK Language program combines intensive
annual alumni meetings, reunions, golf tournaments and
English language instruction (ESL) with academic training
other special events on and off campus; awards, including the
and cultural orientation to prepare students for their studies at
opportunity to nominate outstanding fellow alumni and be
CSM. Designed for international students in engineering and
nominated yourself; CSM library privileges for Colorado res-
the sciences, the program prepares students for a successful
idents; access to career service aids, including High Impact
transition to their new academic and cultural environment.
Job Search; and discounts with partner vendors.
The curriculum focuses on individual student needs, utilizing
Benefits for current Colorado School of Mines students are
experiential learning projects, media technology (video, film,
legacy grants for children or grandchildren of alumni; the
computers, TV, radio, the Internet) and various sources and
Student Financial Assistance Program; recognition banquets
resources in the surrounding community. Successful comple-
for graduating seniors/graduate students; the CSMAA Men-
tion of the program may in most cases entitle academically
torship program, pairing students with alumni for profes-
qualified students to begin their academic studies without a
sional development; assistance and support of School events
TOEFL score.
such as Homecoming; alumni volunteer assistance in student
The program is open to adults who have completed sec-
recruiting; Order of the Engineer ceremonies; and various
ondary school in good standing (grade point average of C+
other programs that enrich students' lives via alumni involve-
or above) and are able to meet their educational and living
ment.
expenses. For further information contact INTERLINK Lan-
For further information, call 303-273-3295, FAX 303-273-
guage Center at:
3583, e-mail csmaa@mines.edu, or write Mines Alumni As-
INTERLINK Language Center
sociation, 1600 Arapahoe Street, P.O. Box 1410, Golden, CO
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401
80402-1410.
http://www.eslus.com
Environmental Health and Safety
http://www.mines.edu/Outreach/interlink
The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department
Email: interlinkcsm@mines.edu
is located in Chauvenet Hall room 194. The Department pro-
Tele: 303-279-9389
vides a variety of services to students, staff and faculty mem-
Fax: 303-278-4055
bers. Functions of the Department include: hazardous waste
LAIS Writing Center
collection and disposal; chemical procurement and distribu-
Located in room 311 Stratton Hall (phone: 303-273-3085),
tion; chemical spill response; assessment of air and water
the LAIS Writing Center is a teaching facility providing all
quality; fire safety; laboratory safety; industrial hygiene; ra-
CSM students, faculty, and staff with an opportunity to en-
diation safety; biosafety; and recycling. Staff is available to
hance their writing abilities. The LAIS Writing Center fac-
consult on issues such as chemical exposure control, hazard
ulty are experienced technical and professional writing
identification, safety systems design, personal protective
instructors who are prepared to assist writers with everything
equipment, or regulatory compliance. Stop by our office or
from course assignments to scholarship and job applications.
call 303 273-3316. The EHS telephone is monitored nights
This service is free to CSM students, faculty, and staff and
and weekends to respond to spills and environmental emer-
entails one-to-one tutoring and online resources (at
gencies.
http://www.mines.edu/academic/lais/wc/).
Green Center
Off-Campus Study
Completed in 1971, the Cecil H. and Ida Green Graduate
A student must enroll in an official CSM course for any
and Professional Center is named in honor of Dr. and Mrs.
period of off-campus, course-related study, whether U.S. or
Green, major contributors to the funding of the building.
foreign, including faculty-led short courses, study abroad, or
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any off-campus trip sponsored by CSM or led by a CSM fac-
(3) Contribute to the economic growth of the communi-
ulty member. The registration must occur in the same term
ty, state, and nation through facilitating technology
that the off-campus study takes place. In addition, the stu-
transfer to the commercial sector;
dent must complete the necessary release, waiver, and emer-
(4) Retain and motivate faculty by rewarding entrepre-
gency contact forms, transfer credit pre-approvals, and
neurship;
FERPA release, and provide adequate proof of current health
insurance prior to departure. For additional information con-
(5) Utilize OTT opportunities to advance high-quality
cerning study abroad requirements, contact the Office of In-
faculty and students;
ternational Programs at (303) 384-2121; for other
(6) Generate a new source of revenue for CSM to
information, contact the Registrar’s Office.
expand the school’s research and education.
Office of International Programs
Public Relations
The Office of International Programs (OIP) fosters and
The communications staff in the President's Office is re-
facilitates international education, research and outreach at
sponsible for public relations and marketing initiatives at
CSM. OIP is administered by the Office of Academic Affairs.
Mines. For information about the School's publications
OIP is located in 109 Stratton Hall. For more specific
guidelines, including the use of Mines logos and for media-
information about study abroad and other international
related requests, contact Marsha Williams, Director of Inte-
programs, contact OIP at 384-2121 or visit the OIP web page
grated Marketing Communications, at 303-273-3326 or
(http://www.mines.edu/Academic/lais/OIP/).
marswill@mines.edu; or Karen Gilbert, Public Relations
Specialist, at 303-273-3541 or Karen.Gilbert@is.mines.edu.
The office works with the departments and divisions of the
School to: (1) help develop and facilitate study abroad oppor-
Registrar
tunities for CSM undergraduate and graduate students and
LARA MEDLEY, Registrar
serve as an informational and advising resource for them;
CHRISTINA MURRAY, Associate Registrar
(2) assist in attracting new international students to CSM;
DAHL GRAYCKOWSKI, Assistant Registrar
(3) serve as an information resource for faculty and scholars
JUDY WESTLEY, Records Specialist
of the CSM community, promoting faculty exchanges and
ADRIENNE BRITO, Registration Specialist
DIANA ANGLIN, Reporting Specialist
the pursuit of collaborative international research activities;
(4) foster international outreach and technology transfer pro-
The Office of the Registrar supports the academic mission
grams; (5) facilitate arrangements for official international
of the Colorado School of Mines by providing service to our
visitors to CSM; and (6) in general, help promote the interna-
current and former students, faculty, staff, and administra-
tionalization of CSM’s curricular programs and activities.
tion. These services include maintaining and protecting the
integrity and security of the official academic record, regis-
Graduate students may apply for participation in dual de-
tration, degree verification, scheduling and reporting. Our
gree programs offered by CSM and its partners. Generally
office routinely reviews policy, makes recommendations for
these programs require the preparation and defense of one
change, and coordinates the implementation of approved pol-
jointly supervised thesis project and the completion of degree
icy revisions.
requirements at each participating university.
The Office of the Registrar seeks to fulfill this mission
Office of Technology Transfer
through a commitment to high quality service provided in a
The purpose of the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)
professional, efficient and courteous manner. Our specific
is to reward innovation and entrepreneurial activity by stu-
services include but are not limited to:
dents, faculty and staff, recognize the value and preserve
Enrollment and degree verifications
ownership of CSM's intellectual property, and contribute to
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local and national the economic growth. OTT reports directly
Degree auditing and diplomas (undergraduate)
to the Vice President of Research and Technology Transfer
Transfer credit entry and verification
and works closely with the school's office of Legal Services
Veteran's Administration Certifying Official services
to coordinate activities. Through its internal technical review
Registration setup and execution
team and external Advisory Board, OTT strives to:
Course and room scheduling
(1) Initiate and stimulate entrepreneurship and develop-
Academic and enrollment reporting
ment of mechanisms for effective investment of
Residency for current students
CSM’s intellectual capital;
Grade collection, reporting and changes
(2) Secure CSM’s intellectual properties generated by
faculty, students, and staff;
Management of the Registrar's Office adheres to the guide-
lines on professional practices and ethical standards devel-
oped by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars
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and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). Our office also com-
Telecommunications
plies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of
The Telecommunications Office is located in the CTLM
1974 (FERPA), Colorado Department of Higher Education
building 2nd floor east end room 256 and provides telephone
rules and policies, and the Colorado School of Mines policies
services to the campus. The Office is open 8:00am to
on confidentiality and directory information.
4:00pm Monday through Friday, and can be reached by call-
The Registrar's Office is located in the Student Center,
ing (303) 273-3122 or via the web at
Room 31. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday,
http://www.mines.edu/academic/computer/telecom/.
8am - 5pm. The office phone number is (303) 273-3200.
Courtesy phones are provided on each floor of the tradi-
The fax number is (303) 384-2253. Lara Medley represents
tional residence halls and Weaver Towers as well as School
Colorado School of Mines as the Registrar. She is normally
owned fraternities and sororities. In-room phones are avail-
available on a walk-in basis (when not in meetings) if a stu-
able to students living in Mines Park for $18.50 per month.
dent or other client has an issue that needs special attention.
Students wishing to take advantage of in-room phones in
Appointments are also welcomed.
Mines Park should contact the Telecommunications office to
Research Administration
arrange for service. Telephone sets are not provided by the
The Office of Research Administration (ORA), under the
Telecommunications office.
Vice President for Finance and Administration, provides ad-
Students wishing to make long distance calls from any
ministrative support in proposal preparation and contract and
CSM provided phone need to obtain a long distance account
grant administration, which includes negotiation, account set-
code from the Telecommunications office or use a third party
up, and close out of expired agreements. Information on any
"calling card". Rates on the school's long distance accounts
of these areas of research and specific forms can be accessed
are currently 0.05 cents per minute, 24 hours a day, seven
on our web site at www.is.mines.edu/ora.
days a week. International rates are available at the Telecom-
Special Programs and Continuing
munications Office or through the web. Monthly and/or long
distance charges are assessed to the student accounts by the
Education (SPACE)
5th of each month for calls made the prior month, and in-
The SPACE Office offers short courses, special programs,
voices are mailed directly to students at their campus ad-
and professional outreach programs to practicing engineers
dress.
and other working professionals. Short courses, offered both
on the CSM campus and throughout the US, provide con-
Women in Science, Engineering and
centrated instruction in specialized areas and are taught by
Mathematics (WISEM) Program
faculty members, adjuncts, and other experienced profes-
The mission of WISEM is to enhance opportunities for
sionals. The Office offers a broad array of programming for
women in science and engineering careers, to increase reten-
K-12 teachers and students through its Teacher Enhancement
tion of women at CSM, and to promote equity and diversity
Program, and the Denver Earth Science Project. The Office
in higher education. The office sponsors programs and serv-
also coordinates educational programs for international cor-
ices for the CSM community regarding gender and equity is-
porations and governments through the International Insti-
sues. For further information, contact: Debra K. Lasich,
tute for Professional Advancement and hosts the Mine Safety
Executive Director of Women in Science, Engineering and
and Health Training Program. A separate bulletin lists the ed-
Mathematics, Colorado School of Mines, 1133 17th Street,
ucational programs offered by the SPACE Office, CSM,
Golden, CO 80401-1869. Phone (303) 273-3097; email dla-
1600 Arapahoe St., Golden, CO 80401. Phone: 303 273-
sich@mines.edu; website
3321; FAX 303 273-3314; email space@mines.edu; website
http://www.mines.edu/Academic/affairs/wisem/.
www.mines.edu/Outreach/Cont_Ed.
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Registration and Tuition Classification
General Registration Requirements
summer semester and working on campus must pay thesis re-
The normal full load for graduate students is 9 credit hours
search fees for summer semester.
per term. Special cases outlined below include first-year in-
Eligibility for Reduced Registration
ternational students who must receive special instruction to
Students enrolled in thesis-based degree programs who
improve their language skills, and students who have com-
have completed the minimum course and research require-
pleted of their credit-hour requirements and are working full
ments for their degree are eligible to pursue their graduate
time on their thesis.
program full time at a reduced registration level. In order to
Full-time graduate students may register for an overload of
be considered for this reduced, full-time registration cate-
up to 6 credit hours (up to 15 credit hours total) per term at
gory, students must satisfy the following requirements:
no increase in tuition. Subject to written approval by their
1. For M.S./M.E. students, completion of 36 hours of
advisor and department head or division director, students
course and research credits combined
may register for more than 15 credit hours per term by pay-
ing additional tuition at the regular part-time rate for all
2. For Ph.D. students, completion of 72 hours of course
hours over 15. The maximum number of credits for which a
and research credits combined
student can register during the summer is 12.
3. For all students, an approved Admission to Candidacy
Students may register at less than the required full-time
form must be on file in the Graduate Office within the first
registration, except for students meeting any of the following
week of the semester you are applying for reduced thesis
conditions.
registration.
International students subject to immigration require-
4. Candidates for thesis-based degrees may not use more
ments. This applies to international students holding
than 12 credit hours per semester in determining eligibility
J-1 and F-1 visas.
for reduced, full-time registration.
Students receiving financial assistance in the form of
Transfer credits that have been accepted toward the degree
graduate teaching assistantships, research assistant-
count toward the 36 or 72 hour requirement. Students who
ships, fellowships or hourly contracts.
are eligible for reduced, full-time registration will be consid-
ered full time if they are registered for 4 credit hours of re-
Students enrolled in academic programs that require
search under course numbers 704 (M.E.), 705 (M.S.) or 706
full-time registration. Refer to the degree program sec-
(Ph.D.) as appropriate. Faculty will assign research grades
tions of this bulletin to see if this applies to a particular
indicating satisfactory or unsatisfactory progress based on
program.
their evaluation of the student’s work.
Students for whom any one of these conditions apply must
Graduation Requirements
register at the appropriate full-time credit hour requirement.
To graduate, students must be registered during the term in
If not required to register full-time, to remain in good
which they complete their program. In enforcing this regis-
standing, students must register continuously each fall and
tration requirement, the Graduate School allows students to
spring semester. Summer registration is not required for stu-
complete their checkout requirements past the end of the
dents to remain in good standing.
semester. Late checkout is accepted by the Graduate School
Students who continue to work on degree programs and
through the last day of registration in the semester immedi-
utilize CSM facilities during the summer, however, must
ately following the semester in which a student has com-
register. Students registered during the summer pay full
pleted his or her academic degree requirements; the Spring
summer fees.
for Fall completion, the Summer for Spring completion, and
Research Registration
Fall for Summer completion. Students not meeting this check-
out deadline are required to register for an additional semes-
In addition to completing prescribed course work and
ter before the Graduate School will process their checkout
defending a thesis, students in thesis-based degree programs
request. Refer to page 32 for additional information or
must complete a research or engineering design experience
www.mines.edu/admiss/grad/graduation_rqmts.html.
under the direct supervision of their faculty advisor. Master
students must complete a minimum of 6 hours of research
Full-time Status - Required
credit, and doctoral students must complete a minimum of 24
Course Load
hours of research credit at CSM. While completing this
To be deemed full-time during the fall and spring semesters,
experience, students will register for research credit under
students must register for at least 9 credit hours. However,
course numbers 704 (M.E.), 705 (M.S.) or 706 (Ph.D.) as
international students need only register for 6 credit hours
appropriate. Faculty will assign grades indicating satisfactory
per semester during their first year, if they are required to
or unsatisfactory progress based on their evaluation of the
take special language instruction or are accepted in Provi-
student’s work. Students registered for research during the
sional Status. In the event a thesis-based student has com-
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pleted his or her required course work and research credits
and space availability. Request forms are available from the
and is eligible for reduced, full-time registration, the student
Registrar’s office.
will be deemed full-time if he or she is registered for at least
In-State Tuition Classification Status
4 credit hours of research credit.
General Information
To be deemed full-time during the summer semester, stu-
The State of Colorado partially subsidizes the cost of tui-
dents must register for a minimum of 3 credit hours.
tion for all students whose domicile, or permanent legal resi-
Late Registration Fee
dence, is in Colorado. Each CSM student is classified as
Students must complete their registration by the date
either an “in-state resident” or a “non-resident” at the time
specified in the Academic Calendar. Students who fail to
of matriculation. These classifications, which are governed
complete their registration during this time will be assessed
by Colorado law, are based upon information furnished by
a $100 late registration fee and will not receive any tuition
each student on his or her application for admission to CSM.
fellowships for which they might otherwise be eligible.
A student who willfully furnishes incorrect information to
CSM to evade payment of non-resident tuition shall be sub-
Leave of Absence
ject to serious disciplinary action.
Leaves of absence will be granted only when unanticipated
It is in the interest of each graduate student who is a U.S.
circumstances make it temporarily impossible for students to
citizen and who is supported on an assistantship or fellow-
continue to work toward a degree. Leave of absence requests
ship to become a legal resident of Colorado at the earliest
for the current semester must be received by the Dean of
opportunity. Typically, tuition at the non-resident rate will
Graduate Studies prior to the last day of classes. Leave of
be paid by CSM for these students during their first year of
absence requests for prior semesters will not be considered.
study only. After the first year of study, these students may
Any request for a leave of absence must have the prior
be responsible for paying the difference between resident and
approval of the student’s faculty advisor, the department
non-resident tuition.
head or division or program director and the Dean of Gradu-
ate Studies. The request for a leave of absence must be in
Requirements for Establishing In-State Residency
writing and must include (1) the reasons why the student
The specific requirements for establishing residency for
must interrupt his or her studies and (2) a plan (including a
tuition classification purposes are prescribed by state law
timeline and deadlines) for resuming and completing the
(Colorado Revised Statutes, Title 23, Article 7). Because
work toward the degree in a timely fashion.
Colorado residency status is governed solely by Colorado
law, the fact that a student might not qualify for in-state
Students on leaves of absence will remain in good stand-
status in any other state does not guarantee in-state status in
ing even though they are not registered for any course or re-
Colorado. The tuition classification statute places the burden
search credits.
of proof on the student to provide clear and convincing evi-
Thesis-based students will not have access to CSM resources
dence of eligibility.
while on a leave of absence. This includes, but is not limited
In-state or resident status generally requires domicile in
to, office space, computational facilities, library and faculty.
Colorado for the year immediately preceding the beginning
Students who fail to register and who are not on approved
of the semester in which in-state status is sought. “Domicile”
leaves of absence have their degree programs terminated.
is “a person’s true, fixed and permanent home and place of
Students who wish to return to graduate school after an
habitation.” An unemancipated minor is eligible for in-state
unauthorized leave of absence must apply for readmission
status if at least one parent (or his or her court-appointed
and pay a $200 readmission fee.
guardian) has been domiciled in Colorado for at least one
The financial impact of requesting a leave of absence for
year. If neither of the student’s parents are domiciliaries of
the current semester is covered in the section on “Payments
Colorado, the student must be a qualified person to begin the
and Refunds” on page 35.
one-year domiciliary period. A “qualified person” is someone
who is at least twenty-two years old, married, or emanci-
Reciprocal Registration
pated. A student may prove emancipation if: (1) the student’s
Under the Exchange Agreement Between the State Sup-
parents have entirely surrendered the right to the student’s
ported Institutions in Northern Colorado, CSM graduate
custody and earnings; (2) the student’s parents are no longer
students who are paying full-time tuition may take courses at
under any duty to financially support the student; and (3) the
Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado,
student’s parents have made no provision for the continuing
and University of Colorado (Boulder, Denver, Colorado
support of the student.
Springs, and the Health Sciences Center) at no charge by
To begin the one-year domiciliary period, a qualified per-
completing the request form and meeting the required con-
son must be living in Colorado with the present intention to
ditions on registration and tuition, course load, and course
reside permanently in Colorado. Although none of the follow-
ing indicia are determinative, voter registration, driver’s
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license, vehicle registration, state income tax filings, real
field course, or the first six school days of an eight-week
property interests, and permanent employment (or acceptance
summer term.
of future employment) in Colorado will be considered in de-
After the 11th day of classes through the 10th week, con-
termining whether a student has the requisite intention to per-
tinuing students may drop any course for any reason with a
manently reside in Colorado. Once a student’s legal residence
grade of “W”. Graduate students in their first semester at
has been permanently established in Colorado, he or she may
CSM have through the 14th week of that semester to drop a
continue to be classified as a resident student so long as such
course. A student must process a form and pay a $4.00 fee for
residence is maintained, even though circumstances may re-
any change in class schedule after the first 11 days of class,
quire extended temporary absences from Colorado.
except in cases beyond the student’s control or withdrawal
For more information about the requirements for establish-
from school. Forms are available in the Registrar’s Office.
ing in-state residency, please contact the Registrar’s Office.
After the 10th (or 14th) week, no drops are permitted
Petitioning for In-State Tuition Classification
except in case of withdrawal from school or for extenuating
A continuing, non-resident student who believes that he
circumstances. To request consideration of extenuating cir-
or she has become eligible for in-state resident tuition due to
cumstances, a student must submit a written request to the
events that have occurred subsequent to his or her initial en-
Graduate Dean, which includes the following:
rollment may file a Petition for In-State Tuition Classifica-
1. A list of the courses from which they wish to with-
tion with the Registrar’s Office. This petition is due in the
draw. This must include all courses for which they are
Registrar’s Office no later than the first day of the semester for
registered.
which the student is requesting in-state resident status. Upon
2. Documentation of the problem which is the basis for
receipt of the petition, the Registrar will initially decide
the request.
whether the student should be granted in-state residency sta-
tus. The Registrar’s decision may be appealed by petition to
3. If the problem involves a medical condition, the docu-
the Tuition Classification Review Committee. For more in-
mentation must be signed by a licensed medical doctor
formation about this process, please contact the Registrar’s
or a representative of the CSM Counseling Office.
Office.
4. Signatures indicating approval by the student’s advisor
In-State Tuition Classification for WICHE Program
and department head or division director.
Participants
A student who is allowed to withdraw from courses under
WICHE, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher
this policy will receive a grade of “W” for each course and
Education, promotes the sharing of higher education re-
will be placed on automatic leave of absence. In order to
sources among the participating western states. Under this
resume their graduate program, they must submit a written
program, residents of Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Mon-
application that includes documentation that the problems
tana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South
which caused the withdrawal have been corrected. The stu-
Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming who are enrolled
dent will be reinstated to active status upon approval of their
in qualifying graduate programs may be eligible for in-state
application by their advisor and their department head or di-
tuition classification. Current qualifying programs include:
vision director.
Applied Chemistry (Ph.D.)
The financial impact of a withdrawal is covered in the sec-
Chemistry (M.S.)
tion on “Payments and Refunds.”
Engineering Systems (M.S. and Ph.D.)
Auditing Courses
Environmental Science & Engineering (M.S. and Ph.D.)
Geochemistry (M.S. and Ph.D.)
As part of the maximum of 15 semester hours of graduate
Geological Engineering (M.S., M.E., and Ph.D.)
work, students may enroll for no credit (NC) in a course with
Hydrology (M.S. and Ph.D.)
the permission of the instructor. Tuition charges are the same
Mineral Economics (M.S. and Ph.D.)
for no credit as for credit enrollment.
Mining and Earth Systems Engineering (M.S. and Ph.D.)
Students must enroll for no credit before the last day of
Petroleum Engineering (M.S. and Ph.D.)
registration. The form to enroll for a course for no credit is
Contact the Office of Graduate Studies for more informa-
available in the Registrar’s Office. NC designation is awarded
tion about WICHE.
only if all conditions stipulated by course instructors are met.
Dropping and Adding Courses
Mines requires that all U.S. students who are being sup-
ported by the institution register full time, and federal finan-
Students may drop or add courses through web registra-
cial aid regulations prohibit us from counting NC registration
tion without paying a fee during the first 11 school days of a
in determining financial aid eligibility. In addition, the INS
regular semester, the first four school days of a six-week
requires that international students register full time, and re-
cent anti-terrorism proposals discourage us from counting
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NC registration toward that requirement. Furthermore, there
Off-Campus Study
are no consistent standards for expectations of students who
A student must enroll in an official CSM course for any
register for NC in a course. Therefore, in order to treat all
period of off-campus, course-related study, whether U.S. or
CSM students consistently, NC registration will not count
foreign, including faculty-led short courses, study abroad, or
toward the minimum number of hours for which students are
any off-campus trip sponsored by CSM or led by a CSM fac-
required to register. This includes the minimum continuous
ulty member. The registration must occur in the same term
registration requirement of part-time students and the 3-, or
that the off-campus study takes place. In addition, the stu-
9-hour requirement for students who must register full time.
dent must complete the necessary release, waiver, and emer-
The reduced registration policy is based on the principle
gency contact forms, transfer credit pre-approvals, and
that the minimum degree requirement (36 or 72 hours) would
FERPA release, and provide adequate proof of current health
include only the credits applied toward that degree. Defi-
insurance prior to departure. For additional information con-
ciency and extra courses are above and beyond that mini-
cerning study abroad requirements, contact the Office of In-
mum. NC courses fall into the latter category and may not be
ternational Programs at (303) 384-2121; for other
applied toward the degree. Therefore, NC registration will
information, contact the Registrar’s Office.
not count toward the number of hours required to be eligible
for reduced thesis registration.
NC registration may involve additional effort on the part
of faculty to give and/or grade assignments or exams, so it is
the institution’s policy to charge tuition for NC courses.
Therefore, NC registration will count toward the maximum
number of credits for which a graduate student may be al-
lowed to register. This includes a tuition surcharge for credits
taken over 15.
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General Regulations
Graduate School Bulletin
Drug Use
It is the responsibility of the graduate student to become
Recognizing the threat to health and welfare from the use
informed and to observe all regulations and procedures
of illegal drugs. this policy requires CSM students to obey all
required by the program the student is pursuing. Ignorance
Colorado and Federal laws concerning the manufacture, pos-
of a rule does not constitute a basis for waiving that rule.
session, sale, and use of drugs.
The Graduate Bulletin current when a graduate student first
Drug Free Schools & Communities Act
enrolls gives the academic requirements the student must
This policy informs CSM students of community stan-
meet to graduate. However, with department consent, a stu-
dards and potential consequences (the legal sanctions) for
dent can change to the requirements in a later catalog pub-
using alcohol or drugs illegally.
lished while the student
is enrolled in the graduate school. Changes to administrative
Firearms, Explosives, and Other Weapons
policies and procedures become effective for all students as
Covered in this policy are the general ban on campus of
soon as the campus community is notified of the changes.
firearms, explosives, and other weapons, exceptions to the
ban, and the firearm storage procedures.
The Graduate Bulletin is available to students in both print
and electronic forms. Print bulletins are updated annually.
Distribution of Literature
Electronic versions of the Graduate Bulletin may be updated
Given in this policy are the restrictions on distributing
more frequently to reflect changes approved by the campus
(including the selling of) literature, newspapers, and maga-
community. As such, students are encouraged to refer to the
zines on school property; the limit on distributing advertising
most recently available electronic version of the Graduate
or commercial material (for example, handbills); the require-
Bulletin. This version is available at the CSM website. The
ments for soliciting and vending on school property; and the
electronic version of the Graduate Bulletin is considered the
right to picket or demonstrate on campus.
official version of this document. In case of disagreement be-
Student Honor Code
tween the electronic and print versions, the electronic version
The Associated Students of the Colorado School of Mines
takes precedence.
(ASCSM) passed the new CSM Student Honor Code in a
Curriculum Changes
vote held in March 2003.
The CSM Board of Trustees reserves the right to change
Preamble
any course of study or any part of the curriculum to respond
The students of Colorado School of Mines have adopted
to educational and scientific developments. No statement in
the following Student Honor Code in order to establish a
this Bulletin or in the registration of any student shall be con-
high standard of student behavior at CSM. The Honor Code
sidered as a contract between Colorado School of Mines and
may only be amended through a student referendum sup-
the student.
ported by a majority vote of the Mines student body.
General Policies of Student Conduct
Code
In addition to the student conduct policies described in
Mines students believe it is our responsibility to promote
detail in this section of the Graduate Bulletin, the Colorado
and maintain high ethical standards in order to ensure our
School of Mines has a number of policies which govern stu-
safety, welfare, and enjoyment of a successful learning envi-
dent behavior on campus. Following is a list of those impor-
ronment. Each of us, under this Code, shall assume responsi-
tant policies with a brief definition or description of each.
bility for our behavior in the area of academic integrity. As a
Copies of the complete text describing each policy are avail-
Mines student, I am expected to adhere to the highest stan-
able from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
dards of academic excellence and personal integrity regard-
Campus Security
ing my schoolwork, exams, academic projects, and research
This policy is intended to improve security and reduce
endeavors. I will act honestly, responsibly, and above all,
crime on campus. It includes the publishing of campus crime
with honor and integrity in all aspects of my academic en-
statistics and procedures for reporting crimes.
deavors at Mines. I will not misrepresent the work of others
as my own, nor will I give or receive unauthorized assistance
Alcohol Use
in the performance of academic coursework. I will conduct
This policy conforms to state and local laws on alcohol
myself in an ethical manner in my use of the library, comput-
use, distribution, and consumption. The text restates the legal
ing center, and all other school facilities and resources. By
drinking age, designates campus locations for consuming
practicing these principles, I will strive to uphold the princi-
alcoholic beverages, explains procedures for planning stu-
ples of integrity and academic excellence at Mines. I will not
dent events at which alcohol is served, and gives the penal-
participate in or tolerate any form of discrimination or mis-
ties for violating the policy.
treatment of another individual.
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Academic Integrity
5. Cheating – giving, using, or attempting to give or use,
Policy on Violation of Academic Integrity
unauthorized materials or aid with the intent of demon-
In an academic setting, student misconduct is broadly
strating academic performance through fraudulent means.
defined as behavior that erodes the basis of mutual trust on
Examples include copying from another student’s paper
which scholarly exchanges rest, undermines the Institution’s
or receiving unauthorized assistance on a quiz, test or
ability to fairly and effectively evaluate a student’s academic
examination; using books, notes or other devices such as
achievements, and restricts the Institution’s ability to accom-
calculators, unless explicitly authorized; acquiring with-
plish its scholarly objectives and educational mission. Because
out authorization copies of examinations before the
of the serious institutional ramifications, student misconduct
scheduled examination; and copying reports, laboratory
of the type and nature described below is not tolerated at
work or computer files from other students. Authorized
CSM. If a student is found to have engaged in these activities
materials are those generally regarded as being appropri-
sanctions ranging from a disciplinary change of grade, to loss
ate in an academic setting, unless specific exceptions
of institutional privileges or, in extreme cases, to academic
have been articulated by the instructor.
suspension or dismissal may be imposed by the Institution.
6. Impeding – negatively impacting the ability of other stu-
Some of the more common forms of misconduct are listed
dents to successfully complete course or degree require-
below as a guide. This list is not intended to be exhaustive,
ments. Examples include removing materials from the
but rather illustrative of the practices the CSM community
library that are placed on reserve for general use; failing
has deemed inappropriate.
to provide team members necessary materials or assis-
tance; and knowingly disseminating false information
1. Dishonest Conduct – general conduct unbecoming of a
about the nature of a test or examination.
scholar. Examples include issuing misleading statements;
withholding pertinent information; not fulfilling, in a
Procedures for Addressing Academic Misconduct
timely fashion, previously agreed to projects or activities;
If a member of the CSM community has reasonable
and verifying as true things that are known to the student
grounds for suspecting that a student or students have en-
not to be true or verifiable.
gaged in academically dishonest conduct, they have an obli-
gation to act on this suspicion in an appropriate fashion.
2. Plagiarism – presenting the work of another as one’s
Faculty who suspect student(s) should inform the student(s)
own. This is usually accomplished through omission of
of the allegations, and attempt to resolve the issue directly.
acknowledgment. Examples include submitting as one’s
Students who suspect other students of academically dishon-
own work the work of another student, a ghost writer, or
est conduct should inform the course instructor, research ad-
a commercial writing service; quoting, either directly or
visor or division/department head, whichever is most
paraphrased, a source without appropriate acknowledg-
appropriate for the particular case and let them followup on
ment; and using figures, charts, graphs or facts without
the allegation. In cases where allegations are associated with
appropriate acknowledgment. Inadvertent or unintentional
the research activities vital to a student's thesis or disserta-
misuse or appropriation of another’s work is still consid-
tion, the student's thesis committee must be made aware of
ered plagiarism.
the allegations, and the thesis committee is charged with at-
3. Falsification/Fabrication – inventing or altering informa-
tempting to resolve the issue.
tion. Examples include inventing or manipulating data or
Faculty members and thesis committees have the responsi-
research procedures to report, suggest, or imply that par-
bility to address and resolve misconduct matters in a manner
ticular results were achieved from procedures when such
that is commensurate with the infraction and consistent with
procedures were not actually undertaken or when such re-
the values of the Institution, and have the responsibility to
sults were not actually supported by the pertinent data;
follow due process in cases where students appeal an accusa-
false citation of source materials; reporting false informa-
tion of misconduct. This includes imposition of appropriate
tion about practical, laboratory, or clinical experiences;
academic sanctions for students involved in academically
submitting false excuses for absence, tardiness, or missed
dishonest behavior. While faculty members will make rea-
deadlines; and altering previously submitted examinations.
sonable efforts to maintain the confidentiality of the parties
4. Tampering – interfering with, altering or attempting to
involved, if academic sanctions are to be imposed a written
alter university records, grades, assignments, or other
summary of the suspected infraction and the sanction to be
documents without authorization. Examples include using
imposed must be provided the accused student, the student's
a computer or a false-written document to change a
Department Head/Division Director and the Graduate Dean
recorded grade; altering, deleting, or manufacturing any
within 10 business days of disclosure of the accusation.
academic record; gaining unauthorized access to a univer-
Students who disagree with the accusation or penalty im-
sity record by any means.
posed may, or in case where faculty believe that a non-aca-
demic response (e.g., suspension, dismissal, or revocation of
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specific campus privileges) is appropriate must appeal to the
uate Studies in a timely manner by the department head or
Graduate Dean. Appeals to the Graduate Dean must be in
division/program director.
writing and must be delivered within 20 business days of the
Probation and Discretionary Dismissal
initial disclosure of the accusation.
Procedures
The Graduate Dean will review the accusation and deter-
If a student is subject to academic probation as a result of
mine the appropriate appeal process. In most instances, ap-
an initial indication of unsatisfactory academic progress, the
peals of accusations that are related to research misconduct
Dean of Graduate Studies shall notify the student of his or
associated with a student's thesis or dissertation will be
her probationary status in a timely manner.
processed according to the Institution's Research Integrity
If a student is subject to discretionary dismissal by one of
Policy. The Research Integrity Policy is availability as sec-
the mechanisms defined above, the Dean shall notify the
tion 10.11 of the Faculty Handbook. Appeals of accusations
student and invite him or her to submit a written remedial
related to misconduct in most other areas of a student's aca-
plan, including performance milestones and deadlines, to
demic program will be processed through the Student Judi-
correct the deficiencies that caused or contributed to the stu-
cial Panel. A description of this process is available in the
dent’s unsatisfactory academic progress. The remedial plan,
Colorado School of Mines Student Handbook.
which must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor and
(http://www.mines.edu/stu)life/activities/rules.shtml)
the department head, division or program director, shall be
Resolution of Conflicting Bulletin
submitted to the Dean no later than 15 business days from
Provisions
the date of official notification. If the Dean concludes that the
If a conflict or inconsistency is found to exist between
remedial plan is likely to lead to successful completion of all
these policies and any other provision of the CSM Graduate
degree requirements within an acceptable time frame, the
Bulletin, the provisions of these policies shall govern the
Dean may halt the discretionary dismissal process and allow
resolution of such conflict or inconsistency.
the student to continue working toward his or her degree.
If the Dean concludes that the remedial plan is inadequate,
Unsatisfactory Academic Performance
or that it is unlikely to lead to successful completion of all
Unsatisfactory Academic Progress Resulting in
degree requirements within an acceptable time frame, the
Probation or Discretionary Dismissal
Dean shall notify the student of his or her discretionary dis-
A student’s progress toward successful completion of a
missal and inform the student of his or her right to appeal the
graduate degree shall be deemed unsatisfactory if any of the
dismissal as outlined below.
following conditions occur:
Unsatisfactory Academic Performance Resulting
Failure to maintain a cumulative grade point average of
in Mandatory Dismissal
3.0 or greater (see Grading System section);
Unsatisfactory performance as gauged by any of the
Receipt of an “In-Progress-Unsatisfactory” grade for
following measures shall result in immediate, mandatory
research; or
dismissal of a graduate student: (1) failure to successfully
defend the thesis after two attempts; (2) failure to be admit-
Receipt of an “Unsatisfactory Progress” recommenda-
ted to candidacy; or (3) failure by a student subject to discre-
tion from: (1) the head or director of the student’s home
tionary dismissal to achieve a performance milestone or meet
department or division, (2) the student’s thesis commit-
a deadline contained in his or her remedial plan. The Dean of
tee, or (3) a departmental committee charged with the
Graduate Studies shall be notified promptly of any situation
responsibility of monitoring the student’s progress.
that may subject a student to mandatory dismissal. In this
Unsatisfactory academic progress on the part of a graduate
event, the Dean shall notify the student of his or her dis-
student shall be reported to the Dean of Graduate Studies in a
missal and inform the student of his or her right to appeal
timely manner. Students making unsatisfactory progress by
the dismissal as outlined below.
any of the measures listed above shall be placed on academic
Students who have been notified of mandatory dismissal
probation upon the first occurrence of such indication. Upon
will be placed in non-degree status. They may request re-
the second occurrence of an unsatisfactory progress indica-
admission to either the same or a different degree program
tion, the Dean shall notify the student that he or she is subject
by submitting a full application for admission to the Gradu-
to discretionary dismissal according to the procedure out-
ate Office. The application will be reviewed through the nor-
lined below.
mal admission process.
In addition, students in thesis-based degree programs who
If a student who has been reinstated or readmitted to their
are not admitted to candidacy within the time limits specified
former degree program subsequently is found to be making
in this Bulletin may be subject to immediate mandatory dis-
unsatisfactory progress, they immediately will be subject to
missal according to the procedure outlined below. Failure to
mandatory dismissal.
fulfill this requirement must be reported to the Dean of Grad-
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Appeal Procedures
1. Contact the Graduate Office to determine whether a stan-
Both mandatory and discretionary dismissals may be ap-
dard form exists. If so, complete the form. If a standard
pealed by a graduate student pursuant to this procedure. To
form does not exist, prepare a memo with a statement of
trigger review hereunder, an appeal must: (1) be in writing;
the request and a discussion of the reasons why a waiver
(2) contain a succinct description of the matter being appealed;
or exception would be justified.
and (3) be filed with the Office of the Dean of Graduate
2. Have the memo or the form approved by the student’s
Studies no later than 20 business days from the date upon
advisor and department head or division director, then
which the student received official notification from the
submit it to the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Dean regarding his or her dismissal.
3. If the request involves academic policies or requirements,
Upon receipt of a timely appeal of a discretionary or
the Dean of Graduate Studies will request Graduate Coun-
mandatory dismissal, the Dean shall appoint a review com-
cil approval at their next regularly scheduled meeting.
mittee composed of three tenured faculty members who are
4. The Dean of Graduate Studies will notify the student of
not members of the student’s home or minor department or
the decision. The student may file a written appeal with
division. The review committee shall review the student’s
the Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs within
appeal and issue a written recommendation thereon to the
10 business days of being notified of the decision. The
Dean within 20 business days. During the course of perform-
EVPAA will investigate as appropriate to the issue under
ing this function, the committee may: (1) interview the stu-
consideration and render a decision. The decision of the
dent, the student’s advisor, and, if appropriate, the student’s
EVPAA is final.
thesis committee; (2) review all documentation related to the
appeal under consideration; (3) secure the assistance of out-
5. At the next graduate Council meeting, the Dean will
side expertise, if needed; and (4) obtain any other informa-
notify the Graduate Council of the request, the decision
tion necessary to properly consider the appeal.
and the reasons for the decision. If the Graduate Council
endorses the decision, then any other student in the same
The authority to render a final decision regarding all grad-
situation having the same justification can expect the
uate student appeals filed hereunder shall rest with the Dean
same decision.
of Graduate Studies.
Exceptions and Appeals
Public Access to the Graduate Thesis
The award of a thesis-based graduate degree is conditioned
Academic Policies and Requirements
on the student’s deposit of his or her completed thesis in the
Academic policies and requirements are included in the
CSM library to ensure its availability to the public. Although
Bulletin on the authority of the CSM Board of Trustees as
the student retains the copyright in the thesis, by depositing
delegated to the Faculty Senate. These include matters such
the thesis with the library, the student assigns a perpetual,
as degree requirements, grading systems, thesis and disserta-
non-exclusive, royalty-free license to CSM to permit CSM to
tion standards, admission standards and new and modified
copy the thesis and allow the public reasonable access to it.
degree programs, certificates, minors and courses. No CSM
administrator, faculty or staff member may change, waive or
Under special circumstances, CSM may agree to include
grant exceptions to such academic policies and requirements
proprietary research in a graduate student’s thesis. The nature
without approval of the Graduate Council, the Senate and/or
and extent of the proprietary research reported in the thesis
the Board of Trustees as appropriate.
must be agreed upon in writing by the principal investigator,
student and Dean of Graduate Studies. In some cases, the
Administrative Policies and Procedures
proprietary nature of the underlying research may require
Administrative Policies and Procedures are included in
the school to delay public access to the completed thesis for
this Bulletin on the authority of the CSM Board of Trustees
a limited period of time. In no case will public access to the
as delegated to the appropriate administrative office. These
thesis be denied for more than12 months from the date the
include (but are not limited to) matters such as student record
Statement of Work Completion form is submitted to the
keeping, thesis and dissertation formats and deadlines, regis-
Graduate School.
tration requirements and procedures, assessment of tuition
and fees, and allocation of financial aid. The Dean of Gradu-
Making up Undergraduate Deficiencies
ate Studies may waive or grant exceptions to such adminis-
If the department or division decides that new students do
trative policies and procedures as warranted by the
not have the necessary background to complete an advanced
circumstances of individual cases.
degree, they will be required to enroll in courses for which
Any graduate student may request a waiver or exception
they will receive no credit toward their graduate degree, or
by the following process:
complete supervised readings, or both. Students are notified
of their apparent deficiency areas in their acceptance letter
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from the Graduate School or in their first interview with their
Grade Appeal Process
department advisor.
CSM faculty have the responsibility, and sole authority
Graduate students must attain a B average in deficiency
for, assigning grades. As instructors, this responsibility in-
courses, and any student receiving a grade of D in a defi-
cludes clearly stating the instructional objectives of a course,
ciency course will be required to repeat the course. Grades
defining how grades will be assigned in a way that is con-
for these deficiency courses are recorded on the student’s
sistent with these objectives, and then assigning grades. It is
transcript, become part of the student’s permanent record,
the student’s responsibility to understand the grading criteria
and are calculated into the overall GPA. Students whose under-
and then maintain the standards of academic performance
graduate records are deficient should remove all deficiencies
established for each course in which he or she is enrolled.
as soon as possible after they enroll for graduate studies.
If a student believes he or she has been unfairly graded,
Graduate Students in Undergraduate
the student may appeal the grade to the Faculty Affairs Com-
Courses
mittee of the Faculty Senate. The Faculty Affairs Committee
is the faculty body authorized to review and modify course
Students may apply toward graduate degree requirements
grades, in appropriate circumstances. Any decision made by
a maximum of nine semester hours of department-approved
the Faculty Affairs Committee is final. In evaluating a grade
400-level course work not taken to remove deficiencies upon
appeal, the Faculty Affairs Committee will place the burden
the recommendation of the graduate committee and the ap-
of proof on the student. For a grade to be revised by the Fac-
proval of the Graduate Dean.
ulty Affairs Committee, the student must demonstrate that
Students may apply toward graduate degree requirements
the grading decision was unfair by documenting that one or
300-level courses only in those programs which have been
more of the following conditions applied:
recommended by the department and have been approved by
1. The grading decision was based on something other than
the Graduate Council before the student enrolls in the course.
course performance; unless the grade was a result of
In that case a maximum of nine total hours of 300- and 400-
penalty for academic dishonesty or the grade was WI
level courses will be accepted for graduate credit.
(withdrawn involuntarily).
Independent Study (X99)
2. The grading decision was based on standards that were
For each semester credit hour awarded for independent
unreasonably different from those applied to other stu-
study a student is expected to invest approximately the same
dents in the same section of that course.
effort that would be required for an equivalently credited tra-
3. The grading decision was based on standards that differed
ditional course. To register for independent study or for a
substantially and unreasonably from those previously ar-
"special topics" course, a student should get from the Regis-
ticulated by the instructor.
trar's Office the form provided for that purpose, have it com-
pleted by the instructor involved and appropriate
To appeal a grade, the student must proceed as follows:
department/division head, and return it to the Registrar's Of-
1. The student must prepare a written appeal of the grade re-
fice.
ceived in the course. This appeal must clearly define the
Course and Research Grades
basis for the appeal and must present all relevant evidence
supporting the student’s case.
All candidates for graduate degrees must maintain a cumu-
lative grade point average of at least 3.0 in all courses taken
2. After preparing the written appeal, the student must de-
after acceptance into a degree program. This includes both
liver this appeal to the course instructor and attempt to re-
graduate and undergraduate courses. Any grade lower than
solve the issue directly with the instructor. Written grade
“C-” is unsatisfactory and is not acceptable for credit toward
appeals must be delivered to the instructor no later than
graduate degree requirements or graduate deficiencies.
10 business days after the start of the regular (fall or
spring) semester immediately following the semester in
For research credits, students receive either an “In
which the contested grade was received. In the event that
Progress-Satisfactory” or an “In Progress-Unsatisfactory”
the course instructor is unavailable, the course coordina-
grade based on their faculty advisor’s evaluation of their
tor (first) or the Department Head/Division Director (sec-
work. Research grades do not enter into the calculation of the
ond) will represent the instructor.
student’s grade point average.
3. If after discussion with the instructor, the student is still
Students who fail to maintain a grade point average of at
dissatisfied, he or she can proceed with the appeal by sub-
least 3.0, or who receive an In Progress-Unsatisfactory re-
mitting three copies of the written appeal plus three
search grade are placed on academic probation by the Gradu-
copies of a summary of the instructor/student meetings
ate Dean and may be subject to discretionary dismissal as
held in connection with the previous step to the President
defined by the Unsatisfactory Academic Performance section
of the Faculty Senate. These must be submitted to the
of this Bulletin (see page 28).
President of the Faculty Senate no later than 25 business
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days after the start of the regular semester immediately
Graduation
following the semester in which the contested grade was
All students expecting to graduate must submit a
received. The President of the Faculty Senate will for-
graduation application to the Office of Graduate
ward the student's appeal and supporting documents to
Studies.
the Faculty Affairs Committee, the course instructor's De-
Graduation application deadlines are scheduled well in
partment Head/Division Director, and the instructor.
advance of the date of Commencement to allow time for
4. The Faculty Affairs Committee will request a response to
engraving diplomas and for printing graduation invitations
the appeal from the instructor and begin an investigation
and programs. Students who submit applications after the
of the student's allegations and basis for appealing the
stated deadline cannot be guaranteed a diploma dated for that
grade. During the course of performing its investigation,
graduation, and cannot be assured inclusion in the graduation
the Committee may: 1) interview the student, the student's
program or ceremony.
advisor, the course instructor and other witnesses deemed
All graduating students must officially check out of their
relevant to the investigation; 2) review all documentation
degree program, including paying the mandatory graduation
related to the appeal under consideration; 3) secure the as-
fee. Checkout cards may be obtained from the Graduate
sistance of outside expertise, if needed; and 4) obtain any
Office and must be completed and returned by the estab-
other information deemed necessary to consider and re-
lished deadline. Students must register for the next term
solve the appeal.
unless the graduation checkout process is completed by the
Upon request, the Faculty Affairs Committee may share
last day of registration for the following semester.
summaries of testimony and other information examined
The awarding of a degree is contingent upon the student’s
by the Committee with both the student and the instructor.
successful completion of all program requirements with at
Certain information, however, may be redacted from ma-
least a 3.000 GPA before the date of graduation. Students
terials forwarded to the student and instructor to maintain
who fail to graduate at the time originally anticipated must
other students' rights subject to protection under the Fam-
reapply for the next graduation before the appropriate dead-
ily Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), or other
line date stated in the Graduate Handbook.
state and federal law.
Students who have completed all of their degree require-
Based on its investigation, the Faculty Affairs Committee
ments before the specific graduation date, but who have not
will determine whether the grade should be revised. The
applied for graduation can, if necessary, request a letter from
decision rendered will be either: 1) the original grading
the Graduate Office certifying the completion of their pro-
decision is upheld, or 2) sufficient evidence exists to indi-
grams. The student should apply for the next graduation, and
cate a grade has been assigned unfairly. In this latter case,
the diploma will show the date of that graduation.
the Faculty Affairs Committee will assign the student a
new grade for the course. The Committee's written deci-
Graduation exercises are held in December and May.
sion and supporting documentation will be delivered to
Students eligible to graduate at these times are expected to
the President of the Faculty Senate, the office of the
attend their respective graduation exercises. Students in
EVPAA, the student, the instructor, and the instructor's
thesis-based degree programs may not, under any circum-
Department Head/Division Director no later than 25 busi-
stances, attend graduation exercises before completing all
ness days following the Senate's receipt of the grade ap-
degree requirements.
peal. The Faculty Affairs Committee's decision shall
Diplomas, transcripts, and letters of completion will not
constitute the final decision of the grade appeal. There is
be released by the School for any student or graduate who
no further internal appeal available to the parties.
has an unsettled obligation of any kind to the School.
The schedule, but not the process, outlined above may be
Withdrawing from School
modified upon mutual agreement of the student, the instruc-
To officially withdraw from CSM, a graduate student
tor, and the Faculty Affairs Committee
must process a withdrawal form through the Graduate Office.
When the form is completed, the student will receive grades
of W in courses in progress. If the student does not officially
withdraw the course grades are recorded as F’s. Leaving
school without having paid tuition and fees will result in the
encumbrance of the transcript.
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Nondegree Students
Graduate students enrolled in undergraduate-level courses
A nondegree student is one who has not applied to pursue a
(400-level and below) are graded using the undergraduate
degree program at CSM but wishes to take courses regularly
grading system. See the CSM Undergraduate Bulletin for a
offered on campus. Nondegree students register for courses
description of this system.
through the Registrar’s office after degree students have reg-
In addition to these performance symbols, the following is
istered. Such students may take any course for which they
a list of additional registration symbols that may appear on a
have the prerequisites as listed in the CSM Bulletin or have
CSM transcript.
the permission of the instructor. Transcripts or evidence of
WI:
Involuntarily Withdrawn
the prerequisites are required. Nondegree students pay all
W:
Withdrew, No Penalty
applicable tuition, but do not pay student fees except for the
T:
Transfer Credit
technology fee.
NC:
Not for Credit
Veterans’ Benefits
Z:
Grade not yet Submitted
Colorado School of Mines is approved by the Colorado
Incomplete Grade
State Approving Agency for Veteran Benefits under chapters
If a graduate student fails to complete a course because of
30, 31, 32, 35, and 1606. Graduate students must register for
illness or other reasonable excuse, the student receives a
and maintain nine hours of graduate work in any semester to
grade of Incomplete, a temporary grade which indicates a de-
be certified as a full-time student for full-time benefits. Any
ficiency in the quantity of work done. A graduate student
hours taken under the full-time category will decrease the
must remove all Incomplete grades within the first four
benefits to 3/4 time, 1/2 time, or tuition payment only.
weeks of the first semester of attendance following that in
Students receiving benefits must report all changes in
which the grade was received. If not removed within the four
hours, addresses, marital status, or dependents to the Veter-
weeks, the Incomplete will become an F.
ans’ Counseling Office located in the Registrar’s Office as
Satisfactory Progress Grades
soon as possible to avoid overpayment or underpayment.
A graduate student may receive a grade of Satisfactory
Veterans must see the Veterans’ Counselor each semester to
Progress, PRG, in either one of two possible situations: 1) as
be certified for any benefits for which they may be eligible.
a grade for a course extending more than one semester and 2)
In order for veterans to continue to receive benefits, they
as a grade indicating completion of research credit hours.
must make satisfactory progress as defined by CSM.
For students completing independent study, or seminar
Graduate Grading System
courses that extend for more than one semester, the progress
Grades
grade has no point value and is used only for multi-semester
When a student registers in a graduate (500 and 600 level )
courses, or for special sections of one-semester courses that
course, one of the following grades will appear on the aca-
are spread over two terms. In such cases, the student receives
demic record. Grades are based on the level of performance
a grade of PRG, which indicates that the work is not com-
and represent the extent of the student's demonstrated mas-
pleted. This grade is replaced by a letter grade when the
tery of the material listed in the course outline and achieve-
course work is completed.
ment of the stated course objectives. These are CSM's grade
The student must register again in the same course in the
symbols and their qualitative interpretations:
next semester of attendance. If a progress grade is received
A and A-:
Excellent
for a course taken in the second semester of the school year,
B+, B and B-:
Good
the student may, with the permission of the department head,
C +, C and C-:
Satisfactory
re-register in that course in the summer session, in which
D+, D and D-:
Unsatisfactory (not acceptable
case the letter grade must be given at the end of the summer
for graduate credit)
session.
F:
Failed
When applied to research credits, the Satisfactory Progress
S Satisfactory:
C- or better, used only as a
grade, PRG, also has no point value toward a student's GPA,
mid-term grade
but indicates satisfactory progress toward completion of the
U Unsatisfactory:
below C-, used only as a mid-
research component of a student's thesis-based degree pro-
term grade
gram. In this situation, a grade of PRU, Unsatisfactory
INC:
Incomplete
Progress, may be given, and if given, indicates that a student
PRG:
Satisfactory Progress
has not made satisfactory progress toward the research com-
PRU:
Unsatisfactory Progress
ponent of a thesis-based degree program. In this case, receipt
of a grade of PRU may trigger academic disciplinary pro-
ceedings as described in the Unsatisfactory Academic Perfor-
mance portion of this Bulletin (see page 28).
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Unless faculty submit change of grade forms to the Regis-
Grade-Point Averages
trar, grades of PRU delivered for unsatisfactory research per-
Grade-Point Averages shall be specified, recorded, re-
formance, are not changed to PRG upon the successful
ported, and used to three figures following the decimal point
completion of a student's degree program.
for any and all purposes to which said averages may apply.
NC Grade
All graduate degree programs require students have a min-
For special reasons and with the instructor's permission, a
imum overall grade point average of 3.000 in order to be eli-
student may register in a course for no credit (NC). To have
gible to receive the degree. All courses (including deficiency
the grade NC appear on the transcript, the student must enroll
courses) taken after first enrolling in a graduate degree pro-
at registration time as a NC student in the course and comply
gram are included in the calculation of the overall grade
with all conditions stipulated by the course instructor. If a
point average for that program. Specifics in calculating the
student registered as NC fails to satisfy all conditions, no
overall, and other grade point averages are defined below.
record of this registration in the course will be made.
Overall Grade-Point Average
Quality Hours and Quality Points
The overall grade-point average includes all attempts at
For graduation a student must successfully complete a cer-
courses taken at Colorado School of Mines with the excep-
tain number of required semester hours and must maintain
tion of courses which fall under the repeat policy imple-
grades at a satisfactory level. Numerical values assigned to
mented during the 2007-2008 academic year.
each letter grade are given in the table below.
If a course completed during the Fall 2007 term or after is
a repeat of a course completed in any previous term and the
course is not repeatable for credit, the grade and credit hours
Numerical
earned for the most recent occurrence of the course will
Grade
Value
count toward the student's grade-point average and the stu-
A
4.000
dent's degree requirements. The most recent course occur-
A-
3.700
rence must be an exact match to the previous course
B+
3.300
completed (subject and number). The most recent grade will
be applied to the overall grade-point average even if the pre-
B
3.000
vious grade is higher.
B-
2.700
Courses from other institutions transferred to Colorado
C+
2.300
School of Mines are not counted in any grade-point average,
C
2.000
and cannot be used under this repeat policy. Only courses
C-
1.700
originally completed and subsequently repeated at Colorado
D+
1.300
School of Mines during Fall 2007 or after with the same sub-
ject code and number apply to this repeat policy.
D
1.000
For courses that may be repeated for credit such as special
D-
0.700
topics courses, credit is awarded and grades are counted in
F
0.000
the grade-point average up to the maximum hours allowed
for the course.
The number of quality points earned in any course is the
All occurrences of every course taken at Colorado School
number of semester hours assigned to that course multiplied
of Mines will appear on the official transcript along with the
by the numerical value of the grade received. The quality
associated grade.
hours earned are the number of semester hours in which
grades are awarded. To compute a grade-point average, the
Electronic Communications (Email) Policy
number of cumulative quality hours is divided into the cumu-
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
lative quality points earned. Grades of W, WI, INC, PRG,
Communication to students at the Colorado School of
PRU, or NC are not counted in quality hours.
Mines (Mines) is an important element of the official busi-
Semester Hours
ness of the university. It is vital that Mines have an efficient
and workable means of getting important and timely infor-
The number of times a class meets during a week (for
mation to students. Examples of communications that re-
lecture, recitation, or laboratory) determines the number of
quire timely distribution include information from Fiscal
semester hours assigned to that course. Class sessions are
Services, the Registrar's Office, or other offices on campus
normally 50 minutes long and represent one hour of credit
that need to deliver official and time-sensitive information to
for each hour meeting. Two to four hours of laboratory work
students. (Please note that emergency communications may
per week are equivalent to 1-semester hour of credit. For the
occur in various forms based on the specific circumstances).
average student, each hour of lecture and recitation requires
at least two hours of preparation.
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2008–2009
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Electronic communication through e-mail and Trailhead
ities associated with communication sent to his or her official
Portal announcements provides a rapid, efficient, and effec-
Mines e-mail address. Please note: If a student changes his
tive form of communication. Reliance on electronic commu-
or her official Mines e-mail address to a personal address, it
nication has become the accepted norm within the Mines
will be changed back to the Mines assigned e-mail address.
community. Additionally, utilizing electronic communica-
Students have the option to forward their Mines e-mail to a
tions is consistent with encouraging a more environmentally-
personal address to avoid this problem. Should a student
conscious means of doing business and encouraging
choose the forwarding option, he or she must ensure that
continued stewardship of scarce resources. Because of the
SPAM filters will not block e-mail coming from the
wide-spread use and acceptance of electronic communica-
mines.edu address.
tion, Mines is adopting the following policy regarding elec-
4.
Nothing in these procedures should be construed as
tronic communications with students.
prohibiting university -related communications being sent via
POLICY
traditional means. Use of paper-based communication may
It is the policy of the Colorado School of Mines that offi-
be necessary under certain circumstances or may be more ap-
cial university-related communications with students will be
propriate to certain circumstances. Examples of such com-
sent via Mines' internal e-mail system or via campus or tar-
munications could include, but not be limited to disciplinary
geted Trailhead announcements. All students will be as-
notices, fiscal services communications, graduation informa-
signed a Mines e-mail address and are expected to
tion and so forth.
periodically check their Mines assigned e-mail as well as
RESPONSIBLE PARTIES
their Trailhead portal page. It is also expected that e-mail
Questions about this policy may be directed as follows:
sent to students will be read in a timely manner. Communi-
cations sent via e-mail to students will be considered to have
Registrar's Office
been received and read by the intended recipients.
Phone: 303-273-3200 or
E-mail: registrar@mines.edu
PROCEDURES
Academic Computing and Networking
1.
All students will be given an EKey, which is an ac-
Phone: 303-273-3431 or
tivation code that offers access to electronic resources at
Complete a request form at the
Mines. With their EKey, students must activate their as-
Mines Help Center (http://helpdesk.mines.edu/)
signed Mines e-mail address.
2.
Once their e-mail address is activated, students are
Access to Student Records
expected to check their Mines e-mail inbox on a frequent and
Students at the Colorado School of Mines are protected by
consistent basis and have the responsibility to recognize that
the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as
certain communications from the university may be time-
amended. This Act was designed to protect the privacy of
critical. As such, students also are responsible for respond-
education records, to establish the right of students to inspect
ing in a timely manner to official communications from the
and review their education records, and to provide guidelines
university when a response is requested.
for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through
informal and formal hearings. Students also have the right to
3.
The policy does not prevent students from using a
file complaints with The Family Educational Rights and Pri-
personal e-mail address for university-related communica-
vacy Act Office (FERPA) concerning alleged failures by the
tions and purposes. If a student chooses to use a personal e-
institution to comply with the Act. Copies of local policy can
mail address as his or her address of choice for receiving
be found in the Registrar’s Office. Contact information for
university-related communications, he or she must forward e-
FERPA complaints is
mail from the Mines assigned e-mail address to the personal
e-mail address. However, if a student chooses to forward
Family Policy Compliance Office
communications to a personal e-mail address, she or he must
U.S. Department of Education
be aware that Mines personnel may not be able to assist in re-
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
solving technical difficulties with personal e-mail accounts.
Washington, D. C. 20202-4605
Furthermore, forwarding communications to a personal e-
mail address does not absolve a student from the responsibil-
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2008-2009

Directory Information. The School maintains lists of in-
Destruction of Records. Records may be destroyed at any
formation which may be considered directory information as
time by the responsible official if not otherwise precluded by
defined by the regulations. This information includes name,
law except that no record may be destroyed between the
current and permanent addresses and phone numbers, date of
dates of access request and the viewing of the record. If dur-
birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, part or full-
ing the viewing of the record any item is in dispute, it may
time status, degrees awarded, last school attended, participa-
not be destroyed.
tion in officially recognized activities and sports, class, and
Access to Records by Other Parties. Colorado School of
academic honors. Students who desire that this information
Mines will not permit access to student records by persons
not be printed or released must so inform the Registrar before
outside the School except as follows:
the end of the first two weeks of the fall semester for which
the student is registered. Information will be withheld for the
1. In the case of open record information as specified in
entire academic year unless the student changes this request.
the section under Directory Information.
The student’s signature is required to make any changes for
2. To those people specifically designated by the student.
the current academic year. The request must be renewed each
Examples would include request for transcript to be
fall term for the upcoming year. The following student
sent to graduate school or prospective employer.
records are maintained by Colorado School of Mines at the
3. Information required by a state or federal agency for
various offices listed below:
the purpose of establishing eligibility for financial aid.
4. Accreditation agencies during their on-campus review.
1. General Records: Registrar and Graduate Dean
5. In compliance with a judicial order or lawfully issued
2. Transcript of Grades: Registrar
subpoena after the student has been notified of the in-
3. Computer Grade Lists: Registrar
tended compliance.
6. Any institutional information for statistical purposes
4. Encumbrance List: Controller and Registrar
which is not identifiable with a particular student.
5. Academic Probation/Suspension List: Graduate Dean
7. In compliance with any applicable statue now in effect
6. Advisor File: Academic Advisor
or later enacted. Each individual record (general, tran-
script, advisor, and medical) will include a log of those
7. Option/Advisor/Enrolled/ Minority/Foreign List:
persons not employed by Colorado School of Mines
Registrar, Dean of Students, and Graduate Dean
who have requested or obtained access to the student
8. Externally Generated SAT/GRE Score Lists:
record and the legitimate interest that the person has in
Graduate Dean
making the request.
9. Financial Aid File: Financial Aid (closed records)
The School discloses education records without a student's
10. Medical History File: School Physician (closed records)
prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclo-
Student Access to Records. The graduate student wishing
sure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.
access to his or her educational records will make a written
A school official is a person employed by the School in an
request to the Graduate Dean. This request will include the
administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support
student’s name, date of request and type of record to be re-
staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and
viewed. It will be the responsibility of the Dean to arrange a
health staff); a person or company with whom the School has
mutually satisfactory time for review. This time will be as
contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using
soon as practical but is not to be later than 30 business days
School employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor,
from receipt of the request. The record will be reviewed in
or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of
the presence of the Dean or designated representative. If the
Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such
record involves a list including other students, steps will be
as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another
taken to preclude the viewing of the other student name and
school official in performing his or her tasks.
information.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the
Challenge of the Record. If the student wishes to chal-
official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill
lenge any part of the record, the Dean will be so notified in
his or her professional responsibilities for the School.
writing. The Dean may then (l) remove and destroy the dis-
puted document, or (2) inform the student that it is his deci-
sion that the document represents a necessary part of the
record; and, if the student wishes to appeal, (3) convene a
meeting of the student and the document originator (if rea-
sonably available) in the presence of the Executive Vice
President for Academic Affairs as mediator, whose decision
will be final.
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Graduate Bulletin
2008–2009
35

Tuition, Fees, Financial Assistance
Tuition and fees are established by the Board of Trustees
The amount of tuition and fee assessment is based pri-
of the Colorado School of Mines following the annual budget
marily on each student’s enrolled courses. In the event a
process and action by the Colorado General Assembly and
student withdraws from a course or courses, assessments
Governor.
will be adjusted as follows:
Graduate Tuition
If the withdrawal is made prior to the end of the
The official tuition and approved charges for the 2008-
add/drop period for the term of enrollment, as deter-
2009 academic year will be available prior to the start of the
mined by the Registrar, tuition and fees will be ad-
2008-2009 academic year located at
justed to the new course level without penalty.
http://www.is.mines.edu/budget/budget_current/tuition_rates.pdf
If the withdrawal from a course or courses is made
Fees
after the add/drop period, and the student does not of-
ficially withdraw from school, no adjustment in
The official fees, approved charges, and fee descriptions
charges will be made.
for the 2008-2009 academic year will be available prior to
the start of the 2008-2009 academic year and can be found
If the withdrawal from courses is made after the
at: http://www.is.mines.edu/budget/budget_current/fees.pdf
add/drop period, and the student withdraws from
school, tuition and fee assessments will be reduced ac-
Please note that graduate students who register for under-
cording to the following schedule:
graduate courses to satisfy deficiencies may be assessed the
same fee that an undergraduate student would pay.
Within the 7 calendar days following the end of
the add/drop period, 60 percent reduction in
Payments and Refunds
charges.
Payment Information
Within the next following 7 calendar days, a 40
A student is expected to complete the registration process,
percent reduction in charges.
including the payment of tuition and fees, before attending
class. Students should mail their payments to: Cashier
Within the next following 7 calendar days, a 20
Colorado School of Mines 1500 Illinois St. Golden, CO
percent reduction in charges.
80401-1869 or pay at the Cashier’s Office in The Ben Parker
After that period, no reduction of charges will be
Student Center. Please write your student ID on payment.
made.
Late Payment Penalties
The schedule above applies to the Fall and Spring semes-
A penalty will be assessed against a student if payment is
ters. The time periods for the Summer sessions - Field and
not received in full by the official day of registration. The
Summer - will be adjusted in proportion to the reduced num-
penalty is described in the schedule of courses for each
ber of days in these semesters.
semester. If payment is not completed by the sixth week of
Room and board refunds are pro-rated to the date of
class, the student may be officially withdrawn from classes.
checkout from the Residence Hall. Arrangements must be
Financial Responsibility
made with the Housing Office. Student health insurance
Registration for classes at CSM implies an obligation by
charges are not refundable. The insurance remains in effect
the student to meet all related financial responsibilities in a
for the entire semester.
timely manner. Students who do not fulfill their financial
PLEASE NOTE: Students receiving federal financial aid
obligations according to published deadlines are subject to
under the Title IV programs may have a different refund de-
the following: late payment penalties accrued on any out-
termined as required by federal law or regulations.
standing balance, and the withholding of transcripts. Past due
accounts will be turned over to Colorado Central Collection
Financial Assistance for Graduate Studies
Services in accordance with Colorado law. Collection costs
Graduate study is a considerable investment of time,
will be added to the student’s account, and delinquencies
energy, and money by serious students who expect a substan-
may be reported to national credit bureaus.
tial return not only in satisfaction but also in future earnings.
Applicants are expected to weigh carefully the investment
Encumbrances
they are willing to make against expected benefits before
A student will not be permitted to register for future
applying for admission.
classes, to graduate, or to get an official transcript of his
Students are also expected to make full use of any resources
academic record while indebted in any way to CSM.
available, including personal and loan funds, to cover expenses,
Refunds
and the School can offer some students financial aid through
Refunds for tuition and fees are made according to the
graduate research and teaching assistantships and through
following policy:
industry, state, and federal fellowships.
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Purpose of Financial Aid
Aid Application Forms
The Graduate School’s limited financial aid is used
New students interested in applying for financial aid are
1. To give equal access to graduate study by assisting stu-
encouraged to apply early. Financial aid forms are included
dents with limited personal resources;
in Graduate School application packets and may be filled out
and returned with the other application papers.
2. To compensate graduate students who teach and do re-
search;
Graduate Fellowships
The departments and divisions award Colorado Fellow-
3. To give an incentive to exceptional students who can
ships based on the student’s academic performance.
provide academic leadership for continually improving grad-
uate programs.
Graduate Student Loans
Employment Restrictions and Agreements
Need-based federal student loans are available for gradu-
ate students who need additional funding beyond their own
Students who are employed full time or who are enrolled
resources and any assistantships or fellowships they may re-
part time are not eligible for financial aid through the Gradu-
ceive. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid
ate School.
(FAFSA) must be completed to apply for these loan funds.
Students who are awarded assistantships must sign an
Specific information and procedures for filing the FAFSA
appointment agreement, which gives the terms of appoint-
can be found on the Financial Aid Office web site at www.fi-
ment and specifies the amount and type of work required.
naid.mines.edu. The Financial Aid Office telephone number
Graduate assistants who hold regular appointments are ex-
is 303-273-3220, and the e-mail address is
pected to devote all of their efforts to their educational pro-
finaid@mines.edu.
gram and may not be otherwise employed without the written
permission of their supervisor and the Graduate Dean. Stu-
Satisfactory Academic Progress for Federal
dents with assistantships during the academic year must be
Student Loans
registered as full time. During the summer session they must
To maintain eligibility for federal student loans, students
be registered for a minimum of three credit hours, unless
are expected to achieve a minimum 3.000 cumulative grade
they qualify for the summer research registration exception.
average at the end of each semester. In addition, if students
Please see http://www.mines.edu/admiss/grad/grad_con-
enroll full time (9 credits or more) they must pass at least 9
tracts.html for details on summer registration exception eligi-
credits. If enrolled for fewer than 9 credits, students must
bility.
pass all of the credits for which they are registered. If this is
not done, the student will be given a financial aid probation-
ary semester, after which the student must return to satisfac-
tory academic standing to maintain eligibility.
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Graduate Bulletin
2008–2009
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Graduate Degrees and Requirements
Colorado School of Mines offers post-baccalaureate pro-
2. Admission to Candidacy
grams leading to the awarding of Graduate Certificates, Pro-
Full-time students must complete the following require-
fessional Masters degrees, thesis and non-thesis Master of
ments within the first semester after enrolling into a Graduate
Science and Master of Engineering degrees, and Doctor of
Certificate degree program.
Philosophy degrees. This section describes these degrees and
complete all prerequisites and core curriculum course
explains the minimum institutional requirements for each.
requirements of their program, and
Students may apply to, and be admitted in, multiple grad-
be admitted into full candidacy for the certificate.
uate degrees simultaneously. In this case, a student may
use the same graduate course credits to satisfy the degree
A list of prerequisites and core curriculum requirements
requirements for each degree. Before the Graduate School
for Graduate Certificate degrees is published by each pro-
will count these credits toward each degree requirement,
gram. When a student is admitted with deficiencies, the
however, the student must obtain written permission to do so
appropriate department head, division director or program
from each department, division or program granting degree.
director will provide the student with a written list of courses
This permission should be submitted with the student’s Ad-
required to remove these deficiencies. This list will be given
mission to Candidacy forms and should clearly indicate that
to the student no later than one week after the start of classes
each degree program is aware that credits are being counted
of his/her first semester in order to allow for adding/dropping
toward the requirements of multiple degrees. For thesis-based
courses as necessary.
students this permission should be provided by the student’s
Upon completion of the above-defined requirements, a
thesis committee. For non-thesis and certificate programs,
student must submit an Admission to Candidacy and a State-
permission should be obtained from program coordinators or
ment of Work Completion forms documenting satisfactory
department/division chairs.
completion of the prerequisites and core curriculum require-
I. Professional Programs
ments. The form must have the written approval of the pro-
gram offering the Graduate Certificate.
A. Graduate Certificate Program
Graduate Certificate Programs at CSM are designed to
B. Professional Master’s Program
have selective focus, short time to completion and consist
CSM awards specialized, career-oriented non-thesis Master
of course work only. For more information about specific
degrees with the title of “Professional Master (descriptive
professional programs, please refer to the “Graduate Degree
title).” These are custom-designed, interdisciplinary degrees,
Programs and Description of Courses” portion of this Bul-
each with a curriculum meeting the career advancement needs
letin.
of a particular group of professionals in a field that is part of
CSM’s role and mission. For more information about these
1. Academic Requirements
programs, please refer to the “Graduate Degree Programs and
Each Graduate Certificate requires a minimum of 12 total
Description of Courses” portion of this Bulletin.
credit hours. No more than 3 credit hours at the 400 level
may be applied toward the minimum credit-hours require-
1. Academic Requirements
ment. All other credits must be at or above the 500 level.
Each Professional Master’s degree consists of a minimum
Students may not, on an individual basis, request credit hours
of 30 total credit hours. Students must complete at least 21
be transferred from other institutions as part of the Certificate
credit hours at CSM in the degree program. The remaining
requirements. Some Graduate Certificates, however, may
hours may be transfered into the program. Requests for
allow the application of specific, pre-approved transfer
transfer credit must be approved by the faculty according to a
credits, or credits from other institutions with whom CSM
process defined by the student’s home department or divi-
has formal agreements for this purpose toward fulfilling the
sion. Transfer credits must not have been used as credit to-
requirements of the Certificate. All courses applied to a
ward a Bachelor degree. The transfer limit includes CSM
Graduate Certificate are subject to approval by the program
distance learning courses. Up to six credit hours of Special
offering the certificate.
Topic or Independent Study may be in the form of project
credits done on the job as an employee or as a graduate in-
If a student has earned a Graduate Certificate and subse-
tern. If project credits are to be used, the project proposal and
quently applies, and is accepted into a Master's or PhD pro-
final report must be approved by a CSM faculty advisor, al-
gram at CSM, credits earned in the Certificate Program may,
though direct supervision may be provided by the employer.
with the approval of the advanced degree program, be ap-
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of
plied to the advanced degree subject to all the applicable re-
3.0 or better in CSM course work.
strictions on credit hours that may be applied toward
fulfilling the requirements of the advanced degree.
2. Admission to Candidacy
Full-time students must complete the following require-
ments within the first calendar year after enrolling into a
Professional Master's degree program.
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complete all prerequisite and core curriculum course
addition to the requirements described above, either have
requirements of their program, and
a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, or complete no fewer
be admitted into full candidacy for the degree.
than 16 credit hours of engineering courses as part of their
Master’s program. Courses satisfying the engineering course
Each program publishes a list of prerequisites and core
requirement are determined by the department/division host-
curriculum requirements for Professional Master's degrees.
ing the degree.
When a student is admitted with deficiencies, the appropriate
department head, division director or program director will
2. Minor Programs
provide the student with a written list of courses required
Students may choose to have a minor program or pro-
to remove these deficiencies. This list will be given to the
grams at the Master’s level. A minor program may not be
student no later than one week after the start of classes of
taken in the student’s major area of study. A designated
his/her first semester in order to allow for adding/dropping
minor requires a minimum of 9 semester hours of course
courses as necessary.
work and must be approved by the student’s advisor, home
department head, and a faculty representative of the minor
Upon completion of the above-defined requirements, a
area of study.
student must submit an Admission to Candidacy form docu-
menting satisfactory completion of the prerequisites and
3. Admission to Candidacy
core curriculum requirements. The form must have the writ-
Full-time students must complete the following require-
ten approval of the program offering the Professional Mas-
ments within the first calendar year after enrolling into the
ters degree.
Master’s degree program.
II. Master of Science and Engineering
have a thesis committee appointment form on file in
the Graduate Office;
Programs
complete all prerequisite and core curriculum course
A. General Requirements
requirements of their department, division or program;
Graduate study at CSM can lead to one of a number of the-
and
sis and non-thesis based Master’s degrees, depending on the
interests of the student. All Master’s degree programs share
be admitted into full candidacy for the degree.
the same academic requirements for grades, definition of
Each degree program publishes a list of prerequisite and
minor programs, and the need to apply for admission to can-
core curriculum requirements for that degree. If students are
didacy.
admitted with deficiencies, the appropriate department heads,
1. Academic Requirements
division directors or program directors will provide the stu-
A Master’s degree at CSM requires a minimum of 30 total
dents written lists of courses required to remove the deficien-
credit hours. As part of this 30 hours, departments and divi-
cies. These lists will be given to the students no later than
sions are required to include a research or design experience
one week after the start of classes of their first semester in
supervised by CSM faculty. For more information about the
order to allow them to add/drop courses as necessary.
specific research/design requirements, please refer to the ap-
Upon completion of the above defined requirements, stu-
propriate department/division section of the “Graduate
dents must submit an Admission to Candidacy form docu-
Degree Programs and Description of Courses” portion of this
menting satisfactory completion of the prerequisite and core
Bulletin.
curriculum requirements and granting permission to begin
For non-thesis Master's degrees, students must complete at
Master’s level research. The form must have the written ap-
least 21 credit hours at CSM in the degree program. All other
proval of all members of the advisor and thesis committee, if
credits may be completed as transfer credits into the degree
appropriate.
program. For thesis Master's degrees, no more than 9 credits
B. Non-thesis Option
may transfer. The transfer credit limit includes CSM distance
Non-thesis Master’s degrees are offered by a number of
learning courses. Transfer credits must not have been used as
departments, divisions and programs. In lieu of preparing a
credit toward a Bachelor degree. Requests for transfer credit
thesis, non-thesis master’s program students are required to
must be approved by the faculty according to the process de-
complete a research or design experience taken as a special
fined by a student's home department or division. All credits
problem or as an independent study course. See the depart-
applied toward degree, except transfer credits, must be
ment/division section of the “Graduate Degree Programs and
earned on campus. Students must maintain a cumulative
Description of Courses” portion of this Bulletin for more
grade point average of 3.0 or better in CSM course work.
information. Although non-thesis master’s students are not
Students are normally admitted into the Master of Science
assigned a Thesis Committee, students in this program do
degree program in the department/division to which they
select a faculty advisor, subject to the approval of the stu-
have applied. If, however, a candidate would like to obtain
dent’s home department.
the Master of Engineering degree, the candidate must, in
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C. Thesis Option
ment must be added to the committee. Students who choose
Thesis-based Master of Science and Master of Engineering
to have a minor program at the Master’s level must select a
degrees require completion of a satisfactory thesis and suc-
representative from their minor area of study to serve on the
cessful oral defense of this thesis. Academic credit toward
Thesis Committee. Minor representatives must be full-time
completion of the thesis must include successful completion
members of the CSM faculty.
of no fewer than 6 credit hours of masters-level research
A Thesis Committee Chairperson is designated by the
credit. The Master of Science thesis is expected to report on
student at the time he/she requests the formation of his/her
original research that results in new knowledge and/or tech-
thesis committee. The chairperson is responsible for leading
niques. The Master of Engineering thesis is expected to re-
all meetings of the thesis committee and for directing the
port on creative engineering design that applies
student’s thesis defense. In selecting a Thesis Committee
state-of-the-art knowledge and techniques to solve an impor-
chairperson, the following guidelines must be met: 1) the
tant problem. In both cases, the thesis should be an exem-
chairperson cannot be the student’s advisor or co-advisor and
plary product that meets the rigorous scholarship standards of
2) the chairperson must be a full-time CSM faculty member.
the Colorado School of Mines. The student's faculty advisor
Shortly after its appointment, the Committee will meet
and the Master's Thesis Committee must approve the pro-
with the student to hear a presentation of the proposed course
gram of study and the topic for the thesis. The format of the
of study and thesis topic. The Committee and the student
thesis must comply with the appropriate guidelines promul-
must agree on a satisfactory program and the student must
gated by the Graduate School.
obtain the Committee approval of the written thesis proposal
1. Faculty Advisor Appointment
at least one semester prior to the thesis defense. The student’s
Each thesis-based Master’s student must select a faculty
faculty advisor assumes the primary responsibility for moni-
advisor to provide advice regarding the student’s thesis direc-
toring the program and directing the thesis work. The award
tion, research and selection of courses by the middle of their
of the thesis-based Master’s degree is contingent upon the
second semester at CSM. The faculty advisor will serve as a
student’s researching and writing a thesis acceptable to the
voting member of the student’s Thesis Committee. The stu-
student’s faculty advisor and Thesis Committee.
dent’s department head or division director and the Graduate
3. Thesis Defense
Dean must approve all faculty advisor appointments.
The student submits an initial draft of his or her thesis to
Advisors must be full-time members of the CSM faculty
the faculty advisor, who will work with the student on neces-
and must hold the rank of professor, associate professor, as-
sary revisions. Upon approval of the student’s advisor, the
sistant professor, research professor, associate research pro-
revised thesis is circulated to the Thesis Committee members
fessor or assistant research professor. Upon approval by the
at least one week prior to the oral defense of the thesis. The
Graduate Dean, adjunct professors and off-campus represen-
oral defense of the thesis is scheduled during the student’s
tatives may be designated co-advisors. When appropriate and
final semester of study. Students must be registered to de-
upon approval by the Graduate Dean, faculty members out-
fend. This defense session, which may include an examina-
side the student’s home department may serve as the student’s
tion of material covered in the student’s course work, will be
faculty co-advisor. In either of these cases, a co-advisor must
open to the public.
be selected from the student’s home department.
Following the defense, the Thesis Committee will meet
2. Thesis Committee
privately to vote on whether the student has successfully de-
The Graduate Dean appoints a Thesis Committee whose
fended the thesis. Three outcomes are possible: the student
members have been recommended by the student, the stu-
may pass the oral defense; the student may fail the defense;
dent’s faculty advisor, and the student’s department head.
or the Committee may vote to adjourn the defense to allow
Students should have a thesis committee appointed by the
the student more time to address and remove weaknesses or
end of their second semester. This Committee will have a
inadequacies in the thesis or underlying research. Two nega-
minimum of three voting members, including the student’s
tive votes will constitute a failure regardless of the number
advisor, who are familiar with the student’s area of study. Of
of Committee members present at the thesis defense. In the
these Committee members, two must be from the home de-
event of either failure or adjournment, the Chair of the Thesis
partment or, in the case of interdisciplinary degree programs,
Committee will prepare a written statement indicating the
an allied department. Off-campus members can be assigned
reasons for this action and will distribute copies to the stu-
to the Committee to serve either with full voting status or in a
dent, the Thesis Committee members, the student’s depart-
non-voting capacity. Off-campus members with voting status
ment head and the Graduate Dean. In the case of failure or
assume all of the responsibilities of on-campus Committee
adjournment, the student may request a re-examination,
members with respect to attendance of Committee meetings,
which must be scheduled no less than one week after the
review of thesis drafts and participation in oral examinations
original defense. A second failure to defend the thesis satis-
and thesis defense sessions. If a thesis co-advisor is assigned,
factorily will result in the termination of the student’s gradu-
an additional faculty member from the home or allied depart-
ate program.
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Upon passing the oral defense of thesis or report, the stu-
department head and the Graduate Dean must approve all
dent must make any corrections in the thesis required by the
faculty advisor appointments.
Thesis Committee. The final, corrected copy and an executed
Advisors must be full-time members of the CSM faculty
signature page indicating approval by the student’s advisor
and must hold the rank of professor, associate professor, as-
and department head must be submitted to the Office of
sistant professor, research professor, associate research pro-
Graduate Studies for format approval. (Format instructions
fessor or assistant research professor. Upon approval by the
are available in the Office of Graduate Studies and should be
Graduate Dean, adjunct professors and off-campus represen-
obtained before beginning work on the thesis.)
tatives may be designated co-advisors. When appropriate and
III. Doctor of Philosophy
upon approval by the Graduate Dean, faculty members out-
A. Credits, Academic and Campus Residence
side the student’s home department may serve as the student’s
Requirements
faculty co-advisor. In either of these cases, a co-advisor must
be selected from the student’s home department.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires completion of a
minimum of 72 semester hours beyond the Bachelor degree.
D. Minor Programs
At least 24 semester hours must be research credits earned
Students may choose a minor program or programs at the
under the supervision of a CSM faculty advisor and at least
PhD level consisting of 12 course credits in the minor pro-
18 credit hours of course work must be applied to the degree
gram. The student's faculty advisor and Doctoral Thesis
program. Course requirements for each department or divi-
Committee, including an appropriate minor committee mem-
sion are contained in the "Graduate Degree Programs and
ber as described below, approve the course selection and se-
Description of Courses" section of this Bulletin.
quence in the selected minor program. Students may choose
The degree also requires completion of a satisfactory doc-
to complete multiple minor programs. Each program must
toral thesis and successful oral defense of this thesis. The
consist of at least 12 credit hours approved by the faculty ad-
Doctoral Thesis is expected to report on original research
visor and Doctoral Thesis Committee, including the appro-
that results in a significant contribution of new knowledge
priate minor committee members.
and/or techniques. The student’s faculty advisor and the Doc-
E. Doctoral Thesis Committees
toral Thesis Committee must approve the program of study
The Graduate Dean appoints a Doctoral Thesis Committee
and the topic for the thesis.
whose members have been recommended by the student’s
Doctoral students must complete at least two semesters of
home department or division. Students should have a thesis
full-time residence at CSM (as defined in the Registration
committee appointed by the end of their second semester.
and Residency section above) during the course of their grad-
This Committee must have a minimum of five voting mem-
uate studies.
bers that fulfill the following criteria:
B. Transfer of Credits
1. The Committee must include an advisor who is assigned
Up to 24 semester hours of graduate-level course work
responsibility for directing the research. If two advisors
may be transferred from other institutions toward the PhD
are appointed, they both shall be considered co-advisors
degree subject to the restriction that those courses must not
and shall be voting members of the Committee.
have been used as credit toward a Bachelor degree. Requests
2. Either the advisor or at least one co-advisor must be a
for transfer credit must be approved by the faculty according
full-time permanent faculty member in the home de-
to a process defined by the student’s home department or di-
partment, division or program in order to ensure com-
vision. Transfer credits are not included in calculating the
pliance with degree requirements.
student’s grade point average at CSM.
3. The Committee must have at least four other voting
In lieu of transfer credit for individual courses, students
members in addition to the advisor and co-advisors,
who enter the PhD program with a thesis-based master de-
and a majority of the voting members (including the
gree from another institution may transfer up to 36 semester
advisor or co-advisors) must be full-time permanent
hours in recognition of the course work and research com-
CSM faculty members.
pleted for that degree. The request must be approved by the
4. At least two of the “additional” committee members
faculty according to a process defined by the student’s home
must be knowledgeable in the technical areas of the
department or division.
thesis, and at least one of them must be a member of
C. Faculty Advisor Appointments
the student’s home or allied department, division or
Each doctoral student must select a faculty advisor to ad-
program.
vise with respect to the student’s thesis direction and research
5. If a minor field is designated, the third "additional"
and selection of courses by the middle of their second semes-
committee member must be an expert in that field. In
ter at CSM. The faculty advisor will serve as a voting mem-
the case of an interdisciplinary degree, the third com-
ber of the student’s Doctoral Thesis Committee. The student’s
mittee member must be an expert in one of the fields
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represented in the research. Minor representatives
one week after the start of classes of their first semester in
must be full-time members of the CSM faculty. If mul-
order to allow them to add/drop courses as necessary. Each
tiple minor programs are bing pursued, each must have
program also defines the process for determining whether its
a committee representative as defined above.
students have demonstrated adequate preparation for, and
6. The fourth “additional” committee member must be
have satisfactory ability to do, high-quality, independent doc-
from outside the home and allied departments or divi-
toral research in their specialties. These requirements and
sions and the minor field if applicable.
processes are described under the appropriate program head-
ings in the section of this Bulletin on Graduate Degree Pro-
7. If off-campus members are nominated for voting status,
grams and Description of Courses.
the committee request form must include a brief resume
of their education and/or experience that demonstrates
Upon completion of these requirements, students must
their competence to judge the quality and validity of
submit an Admission to Candidacy form documenting satis-
the thesis. Such members also must agree to assume
factory completion of the prerequisite and core curriculum
the same responsibilities expected of on-campus
requirements and granting permission to begin doctoral re-
Committee members including, but not limited to,
search. The form must have the written approval of all mem-
attendance at Committee meetings, review of thesis
bers of the Ph.D. Committee.
proposals and drafts, and participation in oral exami-
G. Thesis Defense
nations and defenses.
The doctoral thesis must be based on original research
A Thesis Committee Chairperson is designated by the stu-
of excellent quality in a suitable technical field, and it must
dent at the time he/she requests the formation of his/her the-
exhibit satisfactory literary merit. In addition, the format of
sis committee. The chairperson is responsible for leading all
the thesis must comply with guidelines promulgated by the
meetings of the thesis committee and for directing the stu-
Office of Graduate Studies. (Students should obtain a copy
dent's thesis defense. In selecting a Thesis Committee chair-
of these guidelines from the Office of Graduate Studies be-
person, the following guidelines must be met: 1) the
fore beginning work on the thesis.)
chairperson cannot be the student's advisor or co-advisor, 2)
The thesis topic must be submitted in the form of a written
the chairperson must be a full-time CSM faculty member,
proposal to the student’s faculty advisor and the Committee.
and 3) the chairperson must be from outside the student's
The Committee must approve the proposal at least one year
home department, division or program and, if possible,
before the thesis defense.
should not be a representative of a minor program of study.
The student’s faculty advisor is responsible for supervising
Shortly after its appointment, the Doctoral Thesis Commit-
the student’s research work and consulting with other Doc-
tee meets with the student to hear a presentation of the pro-
toral Thesis Committee members on the progress of the
posed course of study and thesis topic. The Committee and
work. The advisor must consult with the Committee on any
student must agree on a satisfactory program. The student’s
significant change in the nature of the work. The student sub-
faculty advisor then assumes the primary responsibility for
mits an initial draft of his or her thesis to the advisor, who
monitoring the program, directing the thesis work, arranging
will work with the student on necessary revisions. Upon ap-
qualifying examinations, and scheduling the thesis defense.
proval of the student’s advisor, the revised thesis is distrib-
F. Admission to Candidacy
uted to the other members of the Committee at least one
Full-time students must complete the following require-
week prior to the oral defense of the thesis.
ments within the first two calendar years after enrolling into
The student must pass an oral defense of his or her thesis
the PhD program.
during the final semester of studies. Students must be regis-
have a thesis committee appointment form on file in
tered to defend. This oral defense may include an examina-
the Graduate Office;
tion of material covered in the student’s course work. The
defense will be open to the public.
complete all prerequisite and core curriculum course
requirements of their department, division or program;
Following the defense, the Doctoral Thesis Committee
will meet privately to vote on whether the student has suc-
demonstrate adequate preparation for, and satisfactory
cessfully defended the thesis. Three outcomes are possible:
ability to conduct, doctoral research; and
the student may pass the oral defense; the student may fail
be admitted into full candidacy for the degree.
the defense; or the Committee may vote to adjourn the de-
Each degree program publishes a list of prerequisite and
fense to allow the student more time to address and remove
core curriculum requirements for that degree. If students are
weaknesses or inadequacies in the thesis or underlying re-
admitted with deficiencies, the appropriate department heads,
search. Two negative votes will constitute a failure regardless
division directors or program directors will provide the stu-
of the number of Committee members present at the thesis
dents written lists of courses required to remove the deficien-
defense. In the event of either failure or adjournment, the
cies. These lists will be given to the students no later than
Chair of the Doctoral Thesis Committee will prepare a writ-
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ten statement indicating the reasons for this action and will
Once an application package has been completed and sub-
distribute copies to the student, the Thesis Committee mem-
mitted to the IIG Coordinator, it will be circulated for com-
bers, the student’s department head and the Graduate Dean.
mentary to the student’s existing home department or
In the case of failure, the student may request a re-examina-
division (if the student is already enrolled in a CSM graduate
tion, which must be scheduled no less than one week after
program) and to the departments or divisions of the potential
the original defense. A second failure to defend the thesis sat-
co-advisors. For currently enrolled students, advisors and
isfactorily will result in the termination of the student’s grad-
home department heads or division directors may veto an IIG
uate program.
application.
Upon passing the oral defense of thesis, the student must
The application package together with commentary from
make any corrections in the thesis required by the Doctoral
the relevant departments or divisions is then forwarded to the
Thesis Committee. The final, corrected copy and an executed
IIG Studies Committee, which is chaired by the IIG Coordi-
signature page indicating approval by the student’s advisor
nator. Admissions decisions made by the IIG Studies Com-
and department head must be submitted to the Office of
mittee take into account the following considerations:
Graduate Studies for format approval.
1. the interdisciplinary scope of the proposal,
IV. Individualized, Interdisciplinary
2. the relation of the program to the Mines mission,
Graduate Degrees1
3. educational and research resources at Mines,
A. General
4. the quality of the proposed course of study and re-
In addition to its traditional graduate degree programs,
search,
CSM offers students the opportunity to earn research degrees
by solving problems that fit Mines’ institutional role and mis-
5. the qualifications of the student, and
sion but would not easily be addressed solely within a single
6. the recommendations of the department heads or divi-
discipline or existing degree program. Each student in the
sion directors.
Individualized, Interdisciplinary Graduate (IIG) Program
C. Graduation Requirements
will work with faculty advisors from two departments or
Candidates for IIG degrees must meet all graduation re-
divisions at Mines, and the composition of the thesis com-
quirements in the general section of the CSM Graduate Bul-
mittee will reflect the fields involved in the research. Upon
letin. During their course of study they must also participate
satisfactory completion of the program, they will be awarded
in a required interdisciplinary seminar. In addition, as a con-
the appropriate degree (MS, ME, or PhD) bearing the name
dition of their endorsement of admission to the IIG program,
Interdisciplinary.
the heads or directors of both departments or divisions may
B. Admission Process
recommend that the candidates be required to meet some or
Before applying, prospective candidates for IIG degrees
all of their department or division requirements. The IIG
should meet with the IIG Program Coordinator to explore the
Thesis Committee will nevertheless make the final decision
match between their interdisciplinary interests and existing
on the course of study for each student, taking into consider-
programs available on campus. The IIG Coordinator will
ation the department or division recommendations and the
provide feedback with recommendations about the applica-
technical content of the proposed research program.
tion. However, it is the responsibility of the student to seek
D. Transfer Credits
out faculty members willing to serve as co-advisors and other
Transfer of credits from other institutions will be allowed
members of a potential thesis committee.
as indicated in the section of this Bulletin for the equivalent
An application package will include a cover page listing
disciplinary degree (MS, ME or PhD), except that approval
the potential thesis committee, a summary of the proposed
authority shall rest with the IIG Thesis Committee.
research and course of study, along with a justification for
E. Minor Programs
how this research and course of study fits with the Mines
A minor program is not required for an IIG degree.
scope, mission, and resources (Further specifications are
available from the IIG Coordinator). If the student is not al-
F. Thesis Advisors
ready enrolled in a graduate program at CSM, the application
Each IIG program student must have two co-advisors. At
package must also include the standard application for ad-
least one co-advisor must be a full-time member of the CSM
mission to the Graduate School. It is also customary to have
faculty holding the rank of professor, associate professor, as-
a provisional meeting of the thesis committee as part of the
sistant professor, research professor, associate research pro-
application development process.
fessor, or assistant research professor. With the approval of
the Dean of Graduate Studies, the other co-advisor may be
from outside CSM.
1No new admissions are being accepted at this time.
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G. Thesis Committees
4. Early assignment of graduate advisors permits students
The Dean of Graduate Studies will appoint a Thesis Com-
to plan optimum course selection and scheduling in
mittee based on recommendations from the student and the
order to complete their graduate program quickly.
director of the IIG program. The composition, authority and
5. Early acceptance into a Combined Degree Program
operation of the Committee will be as indicated in the Board-
leading to a Graduate Certificate, Professional Mas-
approved policy available from the Graduate Office.
ter’s Degree, or Non-Thesis Master’s Degree assures
H. Admission to Candidacy
students of automatic acceptance into full graduate
Requirements and procedures for admission to candidacy
status if they maintain good standing while in early-
will be as indicated in the section of this Bulletin for the
acceptance status.
equivalent disciplinary degree.
6. In many cases, students will be able to complete both
I. Thesis Defense
Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in five years of total
Requirements and procedures for defense of thesis will be
enrollment at CSM.
as indicated in the section of this Bulletin for the equivalent
Certain graduate programs may allow Combined Degree
disciplinary degree.
Program students to fulfill part of the requirements of their
J. For More Information
graduate degree by including up to six hours of specified
For more information about admission or requirements, or
course credits which also were used in fulfilling the require-
for the name of the IIG Coordinator, contact the Graduate
ments of their undergraduate degree. These courses may only
Office at grad-school@mines.edu or 303-273-3248.
be applied toward fulfilling Master's degree requirements be-
yond the institutional minimum Master's degree requirement
V. Combined Undergraduate/Graduate
of 30 credit hours. Courses must meet all requirements for
Degree Programs
graduate credit, but their grades are not included in calculat-
A. Overview
ing the graduate GPA. Check the departmental section of the
Many degree programs offer CSM undergraduate students
Bulletin to determine which programs provide this opportu-
the opportunity to begin work on a Graduate Certificate,
nity.
Professional Master’s Degree, or Master’s Degree while
B. Admission Process
completing the requirements for their Bachelor’s Degree.
A student interested in applying into a graduate degree
These combined Bachelors-Masters programs have been
program as a Combined Degree Program student should first
created by CSM faculty in those situations where they have
contact the department or division hosting the graduate de-
deemed it academically advantageous to treat BS and MS
gree program into which he/she wishes to apply. Initial in-
degree programs as a continuous and integrated process.
quiries may be made at any time, but initial contacts made
These are accelerated programs that can be valuable in fields
soon after completion of the first semester, Sophomore year
of engineering and applied science where advanced educa-
are recommended. Following this initial inquiry, departments/
tion in technology and/or management provides the opportu-
divisions will provide initial counseling on degree applica-
nity to be on a fast track for advancement to leadership
tion procedures, admissions standards and degree completion
positions. These programs also can be valuable for students
requirements.
who want to get a head start on graduate education.
Admission into a graduate degree program as a Combined
The combined programs at CSM offer several advantages
Degree Program student can occur as early as the first semes-
to students who choose to enroll in them:
ter, Junior year, and must be granted no later than the end of
1. Students can earn a graduate degree in their undergrad-
registration, last semester Senior year. Once admitted into a
uate major or in a field that complements their under-
graduate degree program, students may enroll in 500-level
graduate major.
courses and apply these directly to their graduate degree. To
apply, students must submit the standard graduate application
2. Students who plan to go directly into industry leave
package for the graduate portion of their Combined Degree
CSM with additional specialized knowledge and skills
Program. Upon admission into a graduate degree program,
which may allow them to enter their career path at a
students are assigned graduate advisors. Prior to registration
higher level and advance more rapidly. Alternatively,
for the next semester, students and their graduate advisors
students planning on attending graduate school can get
should meet and plan a strategy for completing both the
a head start on their graduate education.
undergraduate and graduate programs as efficiently as pos-
3. Students can plan their undergraduate electives to sat-
sible. Until their undergraduate degree requirements are com-
isfy prerequisites, thus ensuring adequate preparation
pleted, students continue to have undergraduate advisors in
for their graduate program.
the home department or division of their Bachelor’s Degrees.
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C. Requirements
D. Enrolling in Graduate Courses as a Senior in a
Combined Degree Program students are considered under-
Combined Program
graduate students until such time as they complete their
As described in the Undergraduate Bulletin, seniors may
undergraduate degree requirements. Combined Degree Pro-
enroll in 500-level courses. In addition, undergraduate sen-
gram students who are still considered undergraduates by this
iors who have been granted admission through the Combined
definition have all of the privileges and are subject to all ex-
Degree Program into thesis-based MS degree programs may,
pectations of both their undergraduate and graduate programs.
with graduate advisor approval, register for 700-level research
These students may enroll in both undergraduate and gradu-
credits appropriate to Masters-level degree programs. With
ate courses (see section D below), may have access to depart-
this single exception, while a Combined Degree Program
mental assistance available through both programs, and may
student is still completing his/her undergraduate degree, all
be eligible for undergraduate financial aid as determined by
of the conditions described in the Undergraduate Bulletin for
the Office of Financial Aid. Upon completion of their under-
undergraduate enrollment in graduate-level courses apply.
graduate degree requirements, a Combined Degree Program
700-level research credits are always applied to a student’s
student is considered enrolled full-time in his/her graduate
graduate degree program. If an undergraduate Combined
program. Once having done so, the student is no longer eligi-
Degree Program student would like to enroll in a 500-level
ble for undergraduate financial aid, but may now be eligible
course and apply this course to his/her graduate degree,
for graduate financial aid. To complete their graduate degree,
he/she must notify the Registrar of the intent to do so at the
each Combined Degree Program student must register as a
time of enrollment in the course. The Registrar will forward
graduate student for at least one semester.
this information to Financial Aid for appropriate action. If
Once fully admitted into a graduate program, under-
prior consent is not received, all 500-level graduate courses
graduate Combined Program students must maintain good
taken as an undergraduate Combined Degree Program stu-
standing in the Combined Program by maintaining a mini-
dent will be applied to the student’s undergraduate degree
mum semester GPA of 3.0 in all courses taken. Students not
transcript.
meeting this requirement are deemed to be making unsatis-
factory academic progress in the Combined Degree Program.
Students for whom this is the case are subject to probation
and, if occurring over two semesters, subject to discretionary
dismissal from the graduate portion of their program as de-
fined in the Unsatisfactory Academic Performance section of
this Bulletin.
Upon completion of the undergraduate degree requirements,
Combined Degree Program students are subject to all require-
ments (e.g., course requirements, departmental approval of
transfer credits, research credits, minimum GPA, etc.) appro-
priate to the graduate program in which they are enrolled.
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Graduate Degree Programs and
Description of Courses
In addition to the general degree requirements described in
Prerequisites:
the previous pages, the following specific department, divi-
The program outlined here assumes that the candidate for
sion, or program requirements must also be met:
an advanced degree has a background in chemistry, mathe-
Chemical Engineering
matics, and physics equivalent to that required for the B.S.
degree in Chemical Engineering at the Colorado School of
JAMES F. ELY, Professor and Head of Department
ANTHONY M. DEAN, W. K. Coors Distinguished Professor
Mines. Undergraduate course deficiencies must be removed
JOHN R. DORGAN, Professor
prior to enrollment in graduate coursework.
DAVID W. M. MARR, Professor
The essential undergraduate courses include ChEN201,
J. THOMAS MCKINNON, Professor
ChEN307, ChEN308, ChEN357, ChEN375, and ChEN418.
RONALD L. MILLER, Professor
E. DENDY SLOAN, Jr., Weaver Distinguished Professor
Required Curriculum:
J. DOUGLAS WAY, Professor
Master of Science Program:
COLIN A. WOLDEN, Professor
Students entering the Master of Science (with thesis) pro-
ANDREW M. HERRING, Associate Professor
gram with an acceptable undergraduate degree in chemical
CAROLYN A. KOH, Associate Professor
engineering are required to take a minimum of 18 semester
DAVID T. WU, Associate Professor (also Chemistry)
hours of coursework. All students must complete the four
SUMIT AGARWAL, Assistant Professor
chemical engineering core graduate courses (ChEN507,
MATTHEW W. LIBERATORE, Assistant Professor
ChEN509, ChEN516, and ChEN518) and an additional six
KEITH B. NEEVES, Assistant Professor
AMADEAU K. SUM, Assistant Professor
hours of approved electives. Student must take a minimum of
HUGH KING, Senior Lecturer
6 research credits. In addition, students must take a mini-
TRACY Q. GARDNER, Lecturer
mum of 6 research credits, complete, and defend an accept-
CYNTHIA NORRGRAN, Lecurer
able Masters dissertation. Between coursework and research
PAUL D. OGG, Lecturer
credits a student must earn a minimum of 30 total semester
JOHN M. PERSICHETTI, Lecturer
hours. Full-time Masters students must enroll in graduate
ROBERT J. EVANS, Research Professor
colloquium (ChEN605) each semester that they are in resi-
MICHAEL FRENKEL, Research Professor
dence.
ROBERT D. KNECHT, Research Professor, Director of EPICS
ANGEL ABBUD-MADRID, Research Associate Professor
Students entering the Master of Science (non-thesis) pro-
HANS HEINRICH-CARSTENSEN, Research Associate Professor
gram with an acceptable undergraduate degree in chemical
SERGEI KISELEV, Research Associate Professor
engineering are required to take a minimum of 30 semester
GLENN MURRAY, Research Assistant Professor
hours of coursework. All students must complete the four
JOHN OAKEY, Research Assistant Professor
chemical engineering core graduate courses (ChEN507,
WAYNE ROMONCHUK, Research Assistant Professor
ChEN509, ChEN516, and ChEN518) and at least an addi-
EUN-JAE SHIN, Research Assistant Professor
tional 18 hours of approved electives. Students may complete
ROBERT M. BALDWIN, Professor Emeritus
an acceptable engineering report for up to six hours of aca-
ANNETTE L. BUNGE, Professor Emeritus
JAMES H. GARY, Professor Emeritus
demic credit. Full-time Masters students must enroll in grad-
JOHN O. GOLDEN, Professor Emeritus
uate colloquium (ChEN605) each semester they are in
ARTHUR J. KIDNAY, Professor Emeritus
residence.
VICTOR F. YESAVAGE, Professor Emeritus
CSM undergraduates enrolled in the combined BS/MS de-
gree program must meet the requirements described above
Degrees Offered:
for the MS portion of their degree (both thesis and non-the-
Master of Science (Chemical Engineering)
sis). Students accepted into the combined program may take
Doctor of Philosophy (Chemical Engineering)
graduate coursework and/or research credits as an undergrad-
Program Description:
uate and have them applied to their MS degree.
The program of study for an advanced degree in chemical
Doctor of Philosophy Program:
engineering is selected by the student in consultation with
The course of study for the Ph.D. degree consists of a min-
his/her advisor and with the approval of the thesis committee.
imum of 30 semester hours of coursework. All Ph.D. students
Upon approval of the thesis committee, graduate credit may
must complete the four core courses (ChEN507, ChEN509,
be earned for selected 400-level courses. All full-time gradu-
ChEN518, and ChEN516) and an additional 18 hours of ap-
ate students are required to enroll for colloquium (ChEN605)
proved electives. Students are required to complete a minor
for each semester that they are in residence at CSM.
in a discipline outside of the department (minimum of 12 se-
Program Requirements:
mester hours of graduate coursework). In addition, students
See Required Curriculum below.
must complete and defend an acceptable Doctoral disserta-
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tion. Full-time Ph.D. students must enroll in graduate collo-
student must submit a written request for postponement that
quium (ChEN605) each semester they are in residence.
describes the circumstances and proposes a new date. Requests
Students in the Ph.D. program are required to pass both a
for postponement must be presented to the thesis committee
Qualifying Exam and the Ph.D. Proposal Defense. These re-
no later than two weeks before the end of the semester in
quirements are described below:
which the exam would normally have been taken.
Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
Description of Courses
The Ph.D. qualifying examination will be offered twice
ChEN402. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN Process
each year, at the start and end of the Spring semester. All
simulation and process optimization. Prerequisite: ChEN201,
students who have entered the Ph.D. program must take the
ChEN307, ChEN308, ChEN357, ChEN375, ChEN418, or con-
qualifying examination at the first possible opportunity. A
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
student may retake the examination once if he/she fails the
ChEN403. PROCESS DYNAMICS AND CONTROL Mathe-
first time; however, the examination must be retaken at the
matical modeling and analysis of transient systems. Applications
next regularly scheduled examination time. Failure of the
of control theory to response of dynamic chemical engineering
Ph.D. qualifying examination does not disqualify a student
systems and processes. Prerequisite: ChEN307, ChEN308,
for the M.S. degree, although failure may affect the student’s
ChEN375, MATH225, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
financial aid status.
semester hours.
The qualifying examination will cover the traditional areas
ChEN408. NATURAL GAS PROCESSING Application of
of Chemical Engineering, and will consist of two sections: a
chemical engineering principles to the processing of natural gas.
written section and an oral section. The written section will
Emphasis on using thermodynamics and mass transfer opera-
contain six questions, three at the undergraduate level (cover-
tions to analyze existing plants. Relevant aspects of computer-
ing fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and mass transfer/material
aided process simulation. Prerequisites: ChEN201, ChEN307,
and energy balances) and three at the graduate level (cover-
ChEN308, ChEN357, ChEN375, or consent of instructor. 3
ing applied engineering mathematics, reaction kinetics, and
hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
thermodynamics). The qualifying examination is open-book
ChEN409. PETROLEUM PROCESSES Application of chemi-
and students are free to use any reference books or course
cal engineering principles to petroleum refining. Thermodynam-
notes during the written examination. The oral examination
ics and reaction engineering of complex hydrocarbon systems.
will consist of a presentation by the student on a technical
Relevant aspects of computer-aided process simulation for com-
paper from the chemical engineering literature. Students will
plex mixtures. Prerequisite: CHGN221, CHGN351 and 353,
choose a paper in one of four areas (thermodynamics, kinetics,
ChEN201, ChEN357, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
transport, and materials) from a list determined by the faculty.
semester hours.
The student is required to present an oral critique of the
paper of approximately 20 minutes followed by questions
ChEN415. POLYMER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
from the faculty. Papers for the oral examination will be dis-
Chemistry and thermodynamics of polymers and polymer solu-
tributed well in advance of the oral portion of the exam so
tions. Reaction engineering of polymerization. Characterization
students have sufficient time to prepare their presentations.
techniques based on solution properties. Materials science of
polymers in varying physical states. Processing operations for
Ph.D. Proposal Defense
polymeric materials and use in separations. Prerequisite:
After passing the Qualifying Exam, all Ph.D. candidates
CHGN221, MATH225, ChEN357, or consent of instructor. 3
are required to prepare a detailed written proposal on the sub-
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ject of their Ph.D. research topic. An oral examination con-
sisting of a defense of the thesis proposal must be completed
ChEN416. POLYMER ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
within approximately one year of passing the Qualifying
Polymer fluid mechanics, polymer rheological response, and
Examination. Written proposals must be submitted to the
polymer shape forming. Definition and measurement of material
student’s thesis committee no later than one week prior to
properties. Interrelationships between response functions and
the scheduled oral examination.
correlation of data and material response. Theoretical approaches
for prediction of polymer properties. Processing operations for
Two negative votes from the doctoral committee members
polymeric materials; melt and flow instabilities. Prerequisite:
are required for failure of the Ph.D. Proposal Defense. In the
ChEN307, MATH225, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
case of failure, one re-examination will be allowed upon peti-
semester hours.
tion to the Department Head. Failure to complete the Ph.D.
Proposal Defense within the allotted time without an approved
ChEN418. REACTION ENGINEERING Applications of the
postponement will result in failure. Under extenuating cir-
fundamentals of thermodynamics, physical chemistry, and or-
cumstances a student may postpone the exam with approval
ganic chemistry to the engineering of reactive processes. Reactor
of the Graduate Affairs committee, based on the recommen-
design; acquisition and analysis of rate data; heterogeneous
dation of the student’s thesis committee. In such cases, a
catalysis. Relevant aspects of computer-aided process simula-
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tion. Prerequisite: ChEN307, ChEN308, ChEN357, MATH225,
algebra, ordinary differential equations, and special emphasis on
CHGN221, CHGN353, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture;
partial differential equations. Emphasis on application of numer-
3 semester hours.
ical methods to chemical engineering problems which cannot be
ChEN420. MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN CHEMICAL EN-
solved by analytical methods. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
GINEERING Formulation and solution of chemical engineering
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
problems using exact analytical solution methods. Set-up and so-
ChEN507. APPLIED MATHEMATICS IN CHEMICAL ENGI-
lution of ordinary and partial differential equations for typical
NEERING This course stresses the application of mathematics
chemical engineering systems and transport processes. Prerequi-
to problems drawn from chemical engineering fundamentals
site: MATH225, ChEN307, ChEN308, ChEN375, or consent of
such as material and energy balances, transport phenomena and
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
kinetics. Formulation and solution of ordinary and partial differ-
ChEN421. ENGINEERING ECONOMICS Economic analysis
ential equations arising in chemical engineering or related
of engineering processes and systems. Interest, annuity, present
processes or operations are discussed. Mathematical approaches
value, depreciation, cost accounting, investment accounting and
are restricted to analytical solutions or techniques for producing
financing of engineering enterprises along with taxation, market
problems amenable to analytical solutions. Prerequisite: Under-
evaluation and break-even analysis. Prerequisite: consent of in-
graduate differential equations course; undergraduate chemical
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
engineering courses covering reaction kinetics, and heat, mass
and momentum transfer. 3 hours lecture-discussion; 3 semester
ChEN430. TRANSPORT PHENOMENA Theory and chemical
hours.
engineering applications of momentum, heat, and mass transport.
Set up and solution of problems involving equations of motion
ChEN508. ADVANCED FLUID MECHANICS Development
and energy. Prerequisite: ChEN307, ChEN308, ChEN357,
of basic conservation equations for momentum transfer. Consti-
ChEN375, MATH225, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
tutive equations for Newtonian and elementary non-Newtonian
semester hours.
fluids. Exact solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations. Ordering
and approximations. Applications to low and high Reynolds
ChEN440. MOLECULAR PERSPECTIVES IN CHEMICAL
number flows. Prerequisite: ChEN516 or consent of instructor. 3
ENGINEERING Applications of statistical and quantum me-
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
chanics to understanding and prediction of equilibrium and
transport properties and processes. Relations between micro-
ChEN509. ADVANCED CHEMICAL ENGINEERING THER-
scopic properties of materials and systems to macroscopic be-
MODYNAMICS Extension and amplification of undergraduate
havior. Prerequisite: ChEN307, ChEN308, ChEN357, ChEN375,
chemical engineering thermodynamics. Topics will include the
CHGN351 and 353, CHGN221 and 222, MATH225, or consent
laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic properties of pure flu-
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ids and fluid mixtures, phase equilibria, and chemical reaction
equilibria. Prerequisite: ChEN357 or equivalent or consent of in-
Graduate Courses
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
500-level courses are open to qualified seniors with permis-
sion of the department and the Dean of the Graduate School.
ChEN510. CHEMICAL REACTOR ANALYSIS AND DESIGN
Non-ideal flow effects on reactor design. Stability of stirred tank
The 600-level courses are open only to students enrolled in
and tubular flow reactors. Mass and heat transfer effects. Model-
the Graduate School.
ing of heterogeneous chemical reactors. Fluidized bed reactors.
ChEN501. ADVANCED HEAT TRANSFER Formulation of
Prerequisite: ChEN418 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
the laws governing the transport of energy. Transient and steady-
hours.
state analysis for heat conduction. The transport of thermal en-
ChEN511. INDIVIDUAL STUDIES Individual theoretical or
ergy in fluids in motion; free and forced convection in laminar
experimental studies under the direction of a department faculty
and turbulent flow over surfaces and within conduits. Prerequi-
member, but not leading to a thesis. Course may be repeated for
site: ChEN516 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture-discus-
credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 to 3 semester hours;
sion; 3 semester hours.
6 semester hours maximum credit. Repeatable for credit to a
ChEN504. ADVANCED PROCESS ENGINEERING ECO-
maximum of 6 hours.
NOMICS Advanced engineering economic principles applied to
ChEN513. SELECTED TOPICS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEER-
original and alternate investments. Analysis of chemical and pe-
ING Selected topics chosen from special interests of instructor
troleum processes relative to marketing and return on invest-
and students. Course may be repeated for credit on different top-
ments. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
ics. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 to 3 semester hours lec-
semester hours.
ture/discussion; 1 to 3 semester hours.
ChEN505. NUMERICAL METHODS IN CHEMICAL ENGI-
ChEN514. ADVANCED STAGED SEPARATIONS Principles
NEERING Engineering applications of numerical methods. Nu-
of stagewise separations with major emphasis on multicompo-
merical integration, solution of algebraic equations, matrix
nent processes for distillation, absorption, and extraction. Topics
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include brief review of ideal phase separations, classical stage-
ChEN521. CRYOGENIC ENGINEERING Thermodynamic
by-stage multicomponent methods, modern successive approxi-
analysis of cryogenic systems. Survey of the properties of cryo-
mation methods for multicomponents, general short-cut
genic fluids. Analysis of heat transfer, fluid flow, and separation
methods, tray hydraulics and efficiency. Prerequisite: ChEN375
processes at low temperatures. Introduction to superconductivity
or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
and superfluidity. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours
ChEN515. ADVANCED MASS TRANSFER Fundamental
lecture; 3 semester hours.
principles of mass transfer with application to design of mass
ChEN523. ENGINEERING AND THE ENVIRONMENT Dis-
transfer processes. Theory of diffusion in gases and liquids for
cussion of the many engineering problems that arise when man
single and multicomponent species. Mass transfer in laminar and
interacts with his environment. Comprehensive treatment of top-
turbulent flows. Transport analogies, simultaneous heat and mass
ics such as pollution, thermal pollution, treatment of industrial
transfer, with examples of drying and humidification processes.
and municipal wastes, solid waste treatment, and the disposal of
Mass transfer with chemical reaction; examples of slow, inter-
radioactive wastes. Economic and legislative aspects of these
mediate, and fast reactions with application to design of mass
problems will also be considered. Prerequisite: Consent of in-
contractors. Interfacial mass transfer and mass transfer in two-
structor. 3 semester hours.
phase flows. Design of packed beds and columns, gas-sparged
ChEN524. COMPUTER-AIDED PROCESS SIMULATION
reactors. Prerequisite: Graduate course in transport phenomena
Advanced concepts in computer-aided process simulation are
(ChEN516). 3 hours lecture-discussion; 3 semester hours.
covered. Topics include optimization, heat exchanger networks,
ChEN516. TRANSPORT PHENOMENA Principles of momen-
data regression analysis, and separations systems. Use of indus-
tum, heat, and mass transfer with application to chemical
try-standard process simulation software (Aspen Plus) is
processes. Flow in ducts and around submerged objects. Heat
stressed. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
conduction and molecular diffusion. Convective heat and mass
semester hours.
transfer. Heat- and mass-transfer coefficients. Transport analo-
ChEN525. SELECTED TOPICS IN EMERGING CHEMICAL
gies and correlations. Prerequisite: ChEN507. 3 hours lecture-
ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY An introduction to new
discussion; 3 semester hours.
chemical engineering technologies. Current examples include
ChEN517. PETROLEUM REFINERY PROCESSING Composi-
biotechnology, supercritical fluid extraction and biomedical en-
tion and evaluation of petroleum crude oils and other hydro-
gineering. Emphasis is on providing students with appropriate
carbons. Basic refinery processes, including operating
terminologies, identifying new applications of chemical engi-
conditions, chemical reactions, catalysts, economics, and pollu-
neering principles and potential areas of research. Prerequisite:
tion control. Emphasis on needs for refinery processes, such as:
Consent of instructor. Lecture and/or laboratory; 1 to 3 semester
distillation, desulfurization, coking, solvent extraction, hydrofin-
hours.
ing, hydrocracking, catalytic cracking, reforming, isomerization,
ChEN527. ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY This course pro-
polymerization. New process requirements for meeting fuel
vides students the opportunity to explore technical aspects of
specifications. Prerequisite: ChEN409 or consent of instructor. 3
many important recent topics in air pollution. The course in-
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
cludes the chemistry, monitoring, health and environmental ef-
ChEN518. REACTION KINETICS AND CATALYSIS Homo-
fects of air pollution including ozone layer depletion, acid rain,
geneous and heterogeneous rate expressions. Fundamental theo-
and global climate change. Technical aspects of environmental
ries of reaction rates. Analysis of rate data and complex reaction
regulations and policy are included along with interpretation of
networks. Properties of solid catalysts. Mass and heat transfer
laboratory experiments, field measurements, and computer mod-
with chemical reaction. Heterogeneous non-catalytic reactions.
eling. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
Prerequisite: ChEN418 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
mester hours.
hours.
ChEN535/PHGN535/MLGN535. INTERDISCIPLINARY MI-
ChEN519. SYNTHETIC FUEL PROCESSES Processes that
CROELECTRONICS PROCESSING LABORATORY (II) Ap-
generate hydrocarbons from coal, tar sands, and oil shale. Other
plication of science and engineering principles to the design,
energy sources as well as direct conversion processes will also
fabrication, and testing of microelectronic devices. Emphasis on
be considered in view of supply and economics. Prerequisite:
specific unit operations and the interrelation among processing
Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
steps. Consent of instructor 1 hour lecture, 4 hours lab; 3 semes-
ChEN520. THERMODYNAMICS OF PHASE EQUILIBRIA
ter hours.
Application of current theories in multicomponent phase equilib-
ChEN545. SIMULATION AND MODELING IN CHEMICAL
ria to the solution of engineering problems. Topics include: in-
PROCESS INDUSTRIES Application of basic principles of
troduction to the theory of intermolecular forces, theory of
physics, chemistry, transport phenomena and reaction kinetics to
corresponding states, fugacities in gas and liquid mixtures, intro-
real systems. The philosophy of process modeling at different
duction to the theory of liquids. Prerequisite: ChEN509 or con-
levels of complexity is developed and numerous examples based
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
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on the chemical process industry and naturally occurring
ChEN604. TOPICAL RESEARCH SEMINARS Lectures, re-
processes are used. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours
ports, and discussions on current research in chemical engineer-
lecture; 3 semester hours.
ing, usually related to the student’s thesis topic. Sections are
ChEN550. MEMBRANE SEPARATION TECHNOLOGY This
operated independently and are directed toward different re-
course is an introduction to the fabrication, characterization, and
search topics. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite:
application of synthetic membranes for gas and liquid separa-
Consent of instructor. 1 hour lecture-discussion; 1 semester hour.
tions. Industrial membrane processes such as reverse osmosis,
Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 3 hours.
filtration, pervaporation, and gas separations will be covered as
ChEN605. COLLOQUIUM Students will attend a series of lec-
well as new applications from the research literature. The course
tures by speakers from industry, academia, and government. Pri-
will include lecture, experimental, and computational (molecular
mary emphasis will be on current research in chemical
simulation) laboratory components. Prerequisites: ChEN375,
engineering and related disciplines, with secondary emphasis on
ChEN430 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
ethical, philosophical, and career-related issues of importance to
hours.
the chemical engineering profession. Prerequisite: Graduate sta-
ChEN568. INTRODUCTION TO CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
tus. 1 hour lecture; 1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit to a
RESEARCH Students will be expected to apply chemical engi-
maximum of 10 hours.
neering principles to critically analyze theoretical and experi-
ChEN607. ADVANCED TOPICS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEER-
mental research results in the chemical engineering literature,
ING MATHEMATICS In-depth analysis of selected topics in
placing it in the context of the related literature. Skills to be de-
applied mathematics with special emphasis on chemical engi-
veloped and discussed include oral presentations, technical writ-
neering applications. Prerequisite: ChEN507 or consent of in-
ing, critical reviews, ethics, research documentation (the
structor. 1 to 3 hours lecture-discussion; 1 to 3 semester hours.
laboratory notebook), research funding, types of research, devel-
ChEN608. ADVANCED TOPICS IN FLUID MECHANICS In-
oping research, and problem solving. Students will use state-of-
depth analysis of selected topics in fluid mechanics with special
the-art tools to explore the literature and develop
emphasis on chemical engineering applications. Prerequisite:
well-documented research proposals and presentations. Prerequi-
ChEN508 or consent of instructor. 1 to 3 hours lecture-
site: Graduate student in Chemical Engineering in good standing
discussion; 1 to 3 semester hours.
or consent of instructor. 3 semester hours.
ChEN609. ADVANCED TOPICS IN THERMODYNAMICS
ChEN584. (CHGN584). FUNDAMENTALS OF CATALYSIS
Advanced study of thermodynamic theory and application of
The basic principles involved in the preparation, charac-
thermodynamic principles. Possible topics include stability, criti-
terization, testing and theory of heterogeneous and homogeneous
cal phenomena, chemical thermodynamics, thermodynamics of
catalysts are discussed. Topics include chemisorption, adsorption
polymer solutions and thermodynamics of aqueous and ionic so-
isotherms, diffusion, surface kinetics, promoters, poisons, cata-
lutions. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 to 3 semester
lyst theory and design, acid base catalysis and soluble transition
hours.
metal complexes. Examples of important industrial applications
are given. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
ChEN610. APPLIED STATISTICAL THERMODYNAMICS
semester hours.
Principles of relating behavior to microscopic properties. Topics
include element of probability, ensemble theory, application to
ChEN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
gases and solids, distribution theories of fluids, and transport
Pilot course of special topics course. Topics chosen from special
properties. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is of-
semester hours.
fered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit;
1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
ChEN611. APPLIED STATISTICAL MECHANICS Con-
tinuation of ChEN610. Advanced applications of statistical ther-
ChEN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual research or
modynamics and statistical mechanics including perturbation
special problem projects supervised by a faculty member, also,
and integral equation theory, computer simulation and theory of
when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter, content,
electrolytes. Introduction to theory of nonequilibrium systems
and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form must
including Chapman-Enskog, Brownian motion and time correla-
be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to
tion functions. Prerequisite: ChEN610 or equivalent; ChEN507
6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
or equivalent; ChEN509. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ChEN601. ADVANCED TOPICS IN HEAT TRANSFER In-
ChEN612. ADVANCED INDIVIDUAL STUDIES Advanced
depth analysis of selected topics in heat transfer with special em-
theoretical or experimental studies on chemical engineering sub-
phasis on chemical engineering applications. Prerequisite:
jects not currently covered in other department courses. Course
ChEN501 or consent of instructor. 1 to 3 hours lecture-
may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1
discussion; 1 to 3 semester hours.
to 3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 6
hours.
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ChEN615. ADVANCED TOPICS IN MASS TRANSFER In-
ChEN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
depth analysis of selected topics in mass transfer with special
Pilot course of special topics course. Topics chosen from special
emphasis on chemical engineering applications. Possible topics
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Prerequisite: Instructor
include ion-exchange or adsorption chromatography, theories of
consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
interfacial mass transfer, mass transfer with reaction, and simul-
credit under different titles.
taneous heat and mass transfer. Prerequisite: Graduate mass
ChEN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual research or
transfer course (ChEN515). 1 to 3 hours lecture-discussion; 1 to
special problem projects supervised by a faculty member, also,
3 semester hours.
when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter, content,
ChEN618. ADVANCED TOPICS IN REACTION KINETICS
and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form must
Fundamental theories of reaction rates. Basic principles of chem-
be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to
ical kinetics in homogeneous and heterogeneous systems. Reac-
6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
tions in solution, reactions on surfaces, and composite reactions.
ChEN705. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER OF
Homogeneous catalysis, and isotope effects in reaction dynam-
SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion of the
ics. Photochemical reactions. Prerequisite: Graduate reaction en-
degree Master of Science - thesis. Research must be carried out
gineering course (ChEN518). 1 to 3 hours lecture-discussion; 1
under the direct supervision of the graduate student’s faculty ad-
to 3 semester hours.
visor. Repeatable for credit.
ChEN625/CHGN625/MLGN625. MOLECULAR SIMULA-
ChEN706. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: DOCTOR OF
TION Principles and practice of modern computer simulation
PHILOSOPHY Research credit hours required for completion
techniques used to understand solids, liquids, and gases. Review
of the degree Doctor of Philosophy. Research must be carried
of the statistical foundation of thermodynamics followed by in-
out under direct supervision of the graduate student’s faculty ad-
depth discussion of Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics tech-
visor. Repeatable for credit.
niques. Discussion of intermolecular potentials, extended
ensembles, and mathematical algorithms used in molecular sim-
SYGN600. FUNDAMENTALS OF COLLEGE TEACHING
ulations. ChEN509 or equivalent; ChEN610 or equivalent rec-
Principles of learning and teaching in a college setting. Methods
ommended. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
to foster and assess higher order thinking. Effective design, de-
livery, and assessment of college courses or presentations. Pre-
ChEN690. SUPERVISED TEACHING OF CHEMICAL ENGI-
requisite: Graduate standing, or consent of instructor. 2 semester
NEERING Individual participation in teaching activities. Dis-
hours.
cussion, problem review and development, guidance of
laboratory experiments, course development, supervised practice
teaching. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Gradu-
ate standing, appointment as a graduate student instructor, or
consent of instructor. 6 to 10 hours supervised teaching; 2 se-
mester hours.
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Chemistry and Geochemistry
Prerequisites:
DANIEL M. KNAUSS, Professor and Department Head
A candidate for an advanced degree in the chemistry pro-
MARK E. EBERHART, Professor
gram should have completed an undergraduate program in
PAUL W. JAGODZINSKI, Professor
chemistry which is essentially equivalent to that offered by
PATRICK MACCARTHY, Professor
the Department of Chemistry & Geochemistry at the Col-
KENT J. VOORHEES, Professor
orado School of Mines. Undergraduate deficiencies will be
SCOTT W. COWLEY, Associate Professor
determined by faculty in the Department of Chemistry &
KEVIN W. MANDERNACK, Associate Professor
Geochemistry through interviews and/or placement examina-
JAMES F. RANVILLE, Associate Professor
RYAN RICHARDS, Associate Professor
tions at the beginning of the student's first semester of gradu-
E. CRAIG SIMMONS, Associate Professor
ate work.
BETTINA M. VOELKER, Associate Professor
Required Curriculum:
KIM R. WILLIAMS, Associate Professor
Chemistry:
DAVID T. WU, Associate Professor
A student in the chemistry program, in consultation with
STEPHEN G. BOYES, Assistant Professor
MATTHEW C. POSEWITZ, Assistant Professor
the advisor and thesis committee, selects the program of
STEVEN F. DEC, Lecturer
study. Initially, before a thesis advisor and thesis committee
EDWARD A. DEMPSEY, Instructor
have been chosen, the student is advised by a temporary ad-
RAMON E. BISQUE, Professor Emeritus
visor and by the Graduate Affairs Committee in the Depart-
STEPHEN R. DANIEL, Professor Emeritus
ment of Chemistry & Geochemistry. The following four
DEAN W. DICKERHOOF, Professor Emeritus
graduate courses are designated as core courses in the De-
KENNETH W. EDWARDS, Professor Emeritus
partment of Chemistry and Geochemistry: CHGN502 (inor-
GEORGE H. KENNEDY, Professor Emeritus
ganic), CHGN503 (physical), CHGN505 (organic), and
RONALD W. KLUSMAN, Professor Emeritus
CHGN507 (analytical).
DONALD LANGMUIR, Professor Emeritus
GEORGE B. LUCAS, Professor Emeritus
M.S. Degree (chemistry, thesis option): The program of
DONALD L. MACALADY, Professor Emeritus
study includes the four core courses: (CHGN502, CHGN503,
MICHAEL J. PAVELICH, Professor Emeritus
CHGN505, and CHGN507), the M.S.-level seminar
MAYNARD SLAUGHTER, Professor Emeritus
(CHGN560), research, and the preparation and oral defense
THOMAS R. WILDEMAN, Professor Emeritus
of an MS thesis based on the student’s research. Students
JOHN T. WILLIAMS, Professor Emeritus
must be enrolled in CHGN560 for each Fall and Spring
ROBERT D. WITTERS, Professor Emeritus
semester that they are in residence at CSM. A minimum of
CHARLES W. STARKS, Associate Professor Emeritus
36 semester hours, including at least 24 semester hours of
Degrees Offered:
course work, are required. At least 15 of the required 24 se-
Master of Science (Chemistry; thesis and non-thesis option)
mester hours of course work must be taken in the Department
Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Chemistry)
of Chemistry & Geochemistry at CSM. The student’s thesis
committee makes decisions on transfer credit. Up to 9 semes-
Master of Science (Geochemistry; thesis)
ter hours of graduate courses may be transferred from other
Professional Masters in Environmental Geochemistry
institutions, provided that those courses have not been used
(non-thesis)
as credit toward a Bachelor degree.
Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry)
Research-Intensive MS Degree: CSM undergraduates who
All graduate degree programs in the Department of Chem-
enter the graduate program through the combined BS/MS
istry & Geochemistry have been admitted to the Western
program may use this option (thesis-based MS) to acquire a
Regional Graduate Program (WICHE). This program allows
research-intensive MS degree by minimizing the time spent
residents of Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada,
on coursework. This option requires a minimum of 12 hours
New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah,
of coursework up to six hours of which may be double
Washington, and Wyoming to register at Colorado resident
counted from the student's undergraduate studies at CSM
tuition rates.
(see below).
Program Description:
M.S. Degree (chemistry, non-thesis option): The non-
The Department of Chemistry & Geochemistry offers grad-
thesis M.S. degree requires 36 semester hours of course
uate degrees in chemistry and in geochemistry. This section of
credit, composed of 30 semester hours of course work and
the Bulletin only describes the chemistry degrees. For geo-
6 hours of independent study. The program of study includes
chemistry degrees, please consult the Geochemistry section of
the four core courses: (CHGN502, CHGN503, CHGN505,
the bulletin.
and CHGN507), the M.S.-level seminar (CHGN560), inde-
pendent study on a topic determined by the student and the
student’s faculty advisor, and the preparation of a report
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based on the student’s study topic. Students must be enrolled
outside of the Department of Chemistry & Geochemistry, or
in CHGN560 for each Fall and Spring semester that they are
(iii) from a combination of departments/divisions, including
in residence at CSM. At least 21 of the required 36 semester
transfer credit from another institution. In all cases the minor
hours of course work must be taken as a registered master’s
must constitute a coherent set of courses that supports, and
degree student at CSM. The student’s committee makes deci-
adds breadth to, the student's principal research interests. Up
sions on courses to be taken, transfer credit, and examines
to two, but no more than two, of the core courses may, with
the student’s written report. Up to 15 semester hours of grad-
thesis committee approval, be used to fulfill the minor re-
uate courses may be transferred from other institutions, pro-
quirement. The student's thesis committee must approve the
vided that those courses have not been used as credit toward
combination of courses that constitutes the minor. The com-
a Bachelor degree.
prehensive examination comprises a written non-thesis pro-
CSM undergraduates entering a combined B.S./M.S. pro-
posal wherein the student prepares an original proposal on a
gram in chemistry may double-count six hours from their un-
chemistry topic distinctly different from the student's princi-
dergraduate studies toward the M.S. degree. The
pal area of research. The student must orally defend the non-
undergraduate courses that are eligible for dual counting to-
thesis proposal before the thesis committee. The non-thesis
ward the M.S. degree are: CHGN401, CHGN410,
proposal requirement must be completed prior to the end of
CHGN403, CHGN422, CHGN428, CHGN430, CHGN475,
the student's second year of graduate studies. A student's the-
and CHGN498 (with approval of faculty advisor and com-
sis committee may, at its discretion, require additional com-
mittee). Any 500 level lecture course taken as an undergradu-
ponents to the comprehensive examination process such as
ate may also be counted as part of the six hours from the
inclusion of cumulative examinations, or other examinations.
undergraduate program (with approval of faculty advisor and
Geochemistry:
committee).
Please see the Geochemistry section of the bulletin for in-
Ph.D. Degree (Applied Chemistry): The program of study
formation on Geochemistry degree programs.
for the Ph.D. degree in Applied Chemistry includes the de-
Fields of Research:
partmental core courses (CHGN502, CHGN503, CHGN505,
Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry. Separation and char-
and CHGN507), the M.S.-level seminar (CHGN560), the
acterization techniques for polymers, biopolymers, nano-
Ph.D.-level seminar (CHGN660), a minor, a comprehensive
particles and natural colloids. Biodetection of pathogens.
examination, research, and the preparation and oral defense
Energy sciences. Alternative fuels. New materials for solar
of a Ph.D. thesis based on the student's research. The total
energy conversion.
hours of course work required for the Ph.D. degree is deter-
mined on an individual basis by the student's thesis commit-
Environmental chemistry. Detection and fate of anthro-
tee. Up to 24 semester hours of graduate-level course work
pogenic contaminants in water, soil, and air. Acid mine
may be transferred from other institutions toward the Ph.D.
drainage. Ecotoxicology. Environmental photochemistry.
degree provided that those courses have not been used by the
Geochemistry and biogeochemistry. Microbial and chemical
student toward a Bachelor's degree. The student's thesis com-
processes in global climate change, biomineralization,
mittee may set additional course requirements and will make
metal cycling, medical and archeological geochemistry,
decisions on requests for transfer credit. Ph.D. students may
humic substances.
base their M.S.-level seminar on any chemistry-related topic
Inorganic Chemistry. Synthesis, characterization, and appli-
including the proposed thesis research. The M.S.-level semi-
cations of metal and metal oxide nanoparticles.
nar requirement must be completed no later than the end of
the student's second year of graduate studies at CSM. After
Nanoscale materials. Design, synthesis and characterization
completion of the CHGN560 seminar, students must enroll in
of new materials for catalysis, energy sciences, spectro-
CHGN660. Students must be enrolled in either CHGN560 or
scopic applications and drug delivery. Environmental fate
CHGN660 for each Fall and Spring semester that they are in
of nanoparticles.
residence at CSM. The Ph.D.-level seminar must be based on
Organic Chemistry. Polymer design, synthesis and character-
the student's Ph.D. research and must include detailed re-
ization. Catalysis. Alternative fuels.
search findings and interpretation thereof. This CHGN 660
Physical and Computational Chemistry. Computational
seminar must be presented close to, but before, the student's
chemistry for polymer design, energy sciences, and mate-
oral defense of the thesis. The minor requirement consists of
rials research. Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.
a minimum of 12 hours of graduate courses intended to pro-
Eberhart, Jagodzinski, Wu
vide a breadth of knowledge in support of the student's prin-
cipal research interests. The minor may comprise courses
Polymers. New techniques for controlling polymer architec-
taken: (i) solely within the Department of Chemistry & Geo-
ture and composition. Theory and simulation. Separation
chemistry, (ii) solely within another department or division
and characterization.
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Description of Courses
curriculum through the junior year or permission of the depart-
CHGN401. THEORETICAL INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (II)
ment head. 1-6 credit hours.
Periodic properties of the elements. Bonding in ionic
CHGN497. INTERNSHIP (I, II, S) Individual internship experi-
and metallic crystals. Acid-base theories. Inorganic stereochem-
ence with an industrial, academic, or governmental host super-
istry. Nonaqueous solvents. Coordination chemistry and ligand
vised by a Departmental faculty member. Prerequisites:
field theory. Prerequisite: CHGN341 or consent of instructor. 3
Completion of chemistry curriculum through the junior year or
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
permission of the department head. 1-6 credit hours.
CHGN402. BONDING THEORY AND SYMMETRY (II) In-
CHGN498. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY (I, II) Topics
troduction to valence bond and molecular orbital theories, sym-
chosen from special interests of instructor and students. Prerequi-
metry; introduction to group theory; applications of group theory
site: Consent of head of department. 1 to 3 semester hours. Repeat-
and symmetry concepts to molecular orbital
able for credit under different titles.
and ligand field theories. Prerequisite: CHGN401 or consent of
CHGN499. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (I, II) Individ-
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ual investigational problems under the direction of members of
CHGN410/MLGN510. SURFACE CHEMISTRY (II) Introduc-
the chemistry staff. Written report on research required for
tion to colloid systems, capillarity, surface tension and contact
credit. Prerequisite: Consent of head of department. 1 to 3 se-
angle, adsorption from solution, micelles and microemulsions,
mester hours. Repeatable for credit.
the solid/gas interface, surface analytical techniques, van der
Graduate Courses
Waal forces, electrical properties and colloid stability, some spe-
The following courses are offered at the graduate level. They
cific colloid systems (clays, foams and emulsions). Students en-
will be given if sufficient qualified students register. Some 500-
rolled for graduate credit in MLGN510 must complete a special
level courses are open to qualified seniors with the permission of
project. Prerequisite: DCGN209 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
the department and Dean of the Graduate School. 600-level
lecture; 3 semester hours.
courses are open only to students enrolled in the Graduate
CHGN422. POLYMER CHEMISTRY LABORATORY (I) Pre-
School. Geochemistry courses are listed after Chemistry courses.
requisites: CHGN221. 3 hours lab; 1 hour credit.
Chemistry Courses
CHGN428. INTRODUCTORY BIOCHEMISTRY (I) Introduc-
CHGN502. ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (II) De-
tory study of the major molecules of biochemistry, including
tailed examination of topics such as ligand field theory, reaction
amino acids, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids, lipids, and sac-
mechanisms, chemical bonding, and structure of inorganic com-
charides- their structure, chemistry, biological function, and
pounds. Emphasis is placed on the correlations of the chemical
biosynthesis. Stresses bioenergetics and the cell as a biological
reactions of the elements with periodic trends and reactivities.
unit of organization. Discussion of classical genetics, molecular
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
genetics, and protein synthesis. Prerequisite: CHGN221 or per-
hours.
mission of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CHGN503. ADVANCED PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I (I)
CHGN430/MLGN530. INTRODUCTION TO POLYMER SCI-
Quantum chemistry of classical systems. Principles of chemical
ENCE (I) An introduction to the chemistry and physics of macro-
thermodynamics. Statistical mechanics with statistical calcula-
molecules. Topics include the properties and statistics of polymer
tion of thermodynamic properties. Theories of chemical kinetics.
solutions, measurements of molecular weights, molecular weight
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 4 hours lecture; 4 semester
distributions, properties of bulk polymers, mechanisms of polymer
hours.
formation, and properties of thermosets and thermoplasts includ-
ing elastomers. Prerequisite: CHGN221 or permission of instruc-
CHGN505. ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY (I)
tor. 3 hour lecture, 3 semester hours.
Detailed discussion of the more important mechanisms of
organic reaction. Structural effects and reactivity. The applica-
CHGN475. COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY (II) Pre-
tion of reaction mechanisms to synthesis and structure proof.
requisites: CHGN351, CHGN402. 3 hours lecture; 3 credit
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
hours.
hours.
CHGN490. SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION (S)
CHGN507. ADVANCED ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY (I) Re-
Advanced methods of organic and inorganic synthesis; high-tem-
view of fundamentals of analytical chemistry. Literature of ana-
perature, high-pressure, inert-atmosphere, vacuum-line, and elec-
lytical chemistry and statistical treatment of data. Manipulation
trolytic methods. Prerequisites: CHGN323, CHGN341. 6-week
of real substances; sampling, storage, decomposition or dissolu-
summer field session; 6 credit hours.
tion, and analysis. Detailed treatment of chemical equilibrium as
CHGN495. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (I, II, S) Indi-
related to precipitation, acid-base, complexation and redox titra-
vidual research project under direction of a member of the De-
tions. Potentiometry and UV-visible absorption spectrophotome-
partmental faculty. Prerequisites: Completion of chemistry
try. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours.
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CHGN508. ANALYTICAL SPECTROSCOPY (II) Detailed
organometallic compounds. Topics include the heavy atom
study of classical and modern spectroscopic methods; emphasis
method, data collection by moving film techniques and by dif-
on instrumentation and application to analytical chemistry prob-
fractometers, Fourier methods, interpretation of Patterson maps,
lems. Topics include: UV-visible spectroscopy, infrared spec-
refinement methods, direct methods. Prerequisite: Consent of in-
troscopy, fluorescence and phosphorescence, Raman
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate
spectroscopy, arc and spark emission spectroscopy, flame meth-
years.
ods, nephelometry and turbidimetry, reflectance methods,
CHGN581. ELECTROCHEMISTRY (I) Introduction to theory
Fourier transform methods in spectroscopy, photoacoustic spec-
and practice of electrochemistry. Electrode potentials, reversible
troscopy, rapid-scanning spectroscopy. Prerequisite: Consent of
and irreversible cells, activity concept. Interionic attraction the-
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate
ory, proton transfer theory of acids and bases, mechanisms and
years.
fates of electrode reactions. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3
CHGN510. CHEMICAL SEPARATIONS (II) Survey of separa-
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
tion methods, thermodynamics of phase equilibria, thermody-
CHGN583/MLGN583. PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS
namics of liquid-liquid partitioning, various types of
OF SURFACE ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES (II) Instrumental
chromatography, ion exchange, electrophoresis, zone refining,
techniques for the characterization of surfaces of solid materials;
use of inclusion compounds for separation, application of sepa-
Applications of such techniques to polymers, corrosion, metal-
ration technology for determining physical constants, e.g., stabil-
lurgy, adhesion science, microelectronics. Methods of analysis
ity constants of complexes. Prerequisite: CHGN507 or consent of
discussed: x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), auger elec-
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate
tron spectroscopy (AES), ion scattering spectroscopy (ISS), sec-
years.
ondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), Rutherford
CHGN515/MLGN503. CHEMICAL BONDING IN MATERI-
backscattering (RBS), scanning and transmission electron mi-
ALS (I) Introduction to chemical bonding theories and calcula-
croscopy (SEM, TEM), energy and wavelength dispersive x-ray
tions and their applications to solids of interest to materials
analysis; principles of these methods, quantification, instrumen-
science. The relationship between a material’s properties and the
tation, sample preparation. Prerequisite: B.S. in Metallurgy,
bonding of its atoms will be examined for a variety of materials.
Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, or consent of in-
Includes an introduction to organic polymers. Computer pro-
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
grams will be used for calculating bonding parameters. Prerequi-
CHGN584/ChEN584. FUNDAMENTALS OF CATALYSIS (II)
site: Consent of department. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
The basic principles involved in the preparation, characteriza-
CHGN523/MLGN509. SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY (I) De-
tion, testing and theory of heterogeneous and homogeneous cata-
pendence of properties of solids on chemical bonding and struc-
lysts are discussed. Topics include chemisorption, adsorption
ture; principles of crystal growth, crystal imperfections,
isotherms, diffusion, surface kinetics, promoters, poisons, cata-
reactions and diffusion in solids, and the theory of conductors
lyst theory and design, acid base catalysis and soluble transition
and semiconductors. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours
metal complexes. Examples of important industrial applications
lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
are given. Prerequisite: CHGN222 or consent of instructor. 3
CHGN536/MLGN536. ADVANCED POLYMER SYNTHESIS
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
(II) An advanced course in the synthesis of macromolecules.
CHGN585. CHEMICAL KINETICS (II) Study of kinetic phe-
Various methods of polymerization will be discussed with an
nomena in chemical systems. Attention devoted to various theo-
emphasis on the specifics concerning the syntheses of different
retical approaches. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours
classes of organic and inorganic polymers. Prerequisite:
lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
CHGN430, ChEN415, MLGN530 or consent of instructor. 3
CHGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY (I, II) Pilot
hours lecture, 3 semester hours
course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special inter-
CHGN560. GRADUATE SEMINAR, M.S. (I, II) Required for
ests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered
all candidates for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry and
only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6
geochemistry. M.S. students must register for the course during
credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
each semester of residency. Ph.D. students must register each se-
CHGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual research
mester until a grade is received satisfying the prerequisites for
or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member,
CHGN660. Presentation of a graded non-thesis seminar and at-
also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter,
tendance at all departmental seminars are required. Prerequisite:
content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study”
Graduate student status. 1 semester hour.
form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
CHGN580/MLGN501. STRUCTURE OF MATERIALS (II)
credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
Application of X-ray diffraction techniques for crystal and mo-
lecular structure determination of minerals, inorganic and
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CHGN660. GRADUATE SEMINAR, Ph.D. (I, II) Required of
aqueous (fresh and saline surface and groundwaters) environ-
all candidates for the doctoral degree in chemistry or geochem-
ments are covered, along with specialized environments such as
istry. Students must register for this course each semester after
waste treatment facilities and the upper atmosphere. Meets with
completing CHGN560. Presentation of a graded nonthesis semi-
CHGN403. CHGN403 and CHGC505 may not both be taken for
nar and attendance at all department seminars are required. Pre-
credit. Prerequisites: SYGN101, CHGN 124 and DCGN209 or
requisite: CHGN560 or equivalent. 1 semester hour.
permission of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CHGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY (I, II) Pilot
CHGC506. WATER ANALYSIS LABORATORY (I) Instrumen-
course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special inter-
tal analysis of water samples using spectroscopy and chromatog-
ests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered
raphy. Methods for field collection of water samples and field
only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6
measurements. The development of laboratory skills for the use
credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
of ICP-AES, HPLC, ion chromatography, and GC. Laboratory
CHGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual research
techniques focus on standard methods for the measurement of
or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member,
inorganic and organic constituents in water samples. Methods of
also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter,
data analysis are also presented. Prerequisite: Introductory chem-
content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study”
istry, graduate standing or consent of instructor. 3 hour labora-
form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
tory, 1 hour lecture, 2 semester hours.
credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
CHGC509/GEGN509. INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS GEO-
CHGN705. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER OF
CHEMISTRY (I) Analytical, graphical and interpretive methods
SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion of the
applied to aqueous systems. Thermodynamic properties of water
degree Master of Science - thesis. Research must be carried out
and aqueous solutions. Calculations and graphical expression of
under the direct supervision of the graduate student’s faculty ad-
acid-base, redox and solution-mineral equilibria. Effect of tem-
visor. Repeatable for credit.
perature and kinetics on natural aqueous systems. Adsorption
and ion exchange equilibria between clays and oxide phases. Be-
CHGN706. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: DOCTOR OF
havior of trace elements and complexation in aqueous systems.
PHILOSOPHY Research credit hours required for completion
Application of organic geochemistry to natural aqueous systems.
of the degree Doctor of Philosophy. Research must be carried
Light stable and unstable isotopic studies applied to aqueous sys-
out under direct supervision of the graduate student’s faculty ad-
tems. Prerequisite: DCGN209 or equivalent, or consent of
visor. Repeatable for credit.
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Geochemistry Courses
CHGC511. GEOCHEMISTRY OF IGNEOUS ROCKS (II) A
CHGC503. INTRODUCTION TO GEOCHEMISTRY (I)
survey of the geochemical characteristics of the various types of
A comprehensive introduction to the basic concepts and princi-
igneous rock suites. Application of major element, trace element,
ples of geochemistry, coupled with a thorough overview of the
and isotope geochemistry to problems of their origin and modifi-
related principles of thermodynamics. Topics covered include:
cation. Prerequisite: Undergraduate mineralogy and petrology or
nucleosynthesis, origin of earth and solar system, chemical
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered
bonding, mineral chemistry, elemental distributions and geo-
alternate years.
chemical cycles, chemical equilibrium and kinetics, isotope sys-
tematics, and organic and biogeochemistry. Prerequisite:
CHGC527/GEGN527. ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY OF FOS-
Introductory chemistry, mineralogy and petrology, or consent of
SIL FUELS AND ORE DEPOSITS (II) A study of organic car-
instructor. 4 hours lecture, 4 semester hours.
bonaceous materials in relation to the genesis and modification
of fossil fuel and ore deposits. The biological origin of the or-
CHGC504. METHODS IN GEOCHEMISTRY (II) Sampling of
ganic matter will be discussed with emphasis on contributions of
natural earth materials including rocks, soils, sediments, and wa-
microorganisms to the nature of these deposits. Biochemical and
ters. Preparation of naturally heterogeneous materials, diges-
thermal changes which convert the organic compounds into pe-
tions, and partial chemical extractions. Principles of instrumental
troleum, oil shale, tar sand, coal and other carbonaceous matter
analysis including atomic spectroscopy, mass separations, and
will be studied. Principal analytical techniques used for the char-
chromatography. Quality assurance and quality control. Interpre-
acterization of organic matter in the geosphere and for evaluation
tation and assessment of geochemical data using statistical meth-
of oil and gas source potential will be discussed. Laboratory ex-
ods. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geochemistry or
ercises will emphasize source rock evaluation, and oil-source
environmental science and engineering. 2 hours lecture; 2 se-
rock and oil-oil correlation methods. Prerequisite: CHGN221,
mester hours.
GEGN438, or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab;
CHGC505. INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL
3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
CHEMISTRY (II) Processes by which natural and anthro-
pogenic chemicals interact, react, and are transformed and redis-
tributed in various environmental compartments. Air, soil, and
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CHGC555. ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY (II)
CHGC610. NUCLEAR AND ISOTOPIC GEOCHEMISTRY
A study of the chemical and physical interactions which deter-
(II) A study of the principles of geochronology and stable iso-
mine the fate, transport and interactions of organic chemicals in
tope distributions with an emphasis on the application of these
aquatic systems, with emphasis on chemical transformations of
principles to important case studies in igneous petrology and the
anthropogenic organic contaminants. Prerequisites: A course in
formation of ore deposits. U, Th, and Pb isotopes, K-Ar, Rb-Sr,
organic chemistry and CHGN503, Advanced Physical Chemistry
oxygen isotopes, sulfur isotopes, and carbon isotopes included.
or its equivalent, or consent
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
of instructor. Offered in alternate years. 3 hours lecture;
hours Offered alternate years.
3 semester hours.
CHGC699A. SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOCHEMISTRY (I, II)
CHGC562/CHGN462. MICROBIOLOGY AND THE ENVI-
Detailed study of a geochemical topic under direction of a mem-
RONMENT This course will cover the basic fundamentals of
ber of the staff. Work on the same or a different topic may be
microbiology, such as structure and function of procaryotic ver-
continued through later semesters and additional credits earned.
sus eucaryotic cells; viruses; classification of micro-organisms;
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 to 3 semester hours.
microbial metabolism, energetics, genetics, growth and diversity;
CHGC699B. SPECIAL TOPICS IN AQUEOUS AND SEDI-
microbial interactions with plants, animals, and other microbes.
MENTARY GEOCHEMISTRY (I, II) Detailed study of a spe-
Additional topics covered will include various aspects of envi-
cific topic in the area of aqueous or sedimentary geochemistry
ronmental microbiology such as global biogeochemical cycles,
under the direction of a member of the staff. Work on the same
bioleaching, bioremediation, and wastewater treatment. Prereq-
or a different topic may be continued through later semesters and
uisite: ESGN301 or consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 se-
additional credits earned. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 to
mester hours. Offered alternate years.
3 semester hours.
CHGC563. ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY (I)
CHGC699C. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ORGANIC AND BIOGEO-
An introduction to the microorganisms of major geochemical
CHEMISTRY (I, II) Detailed study of a specific topic in the
importance, as well as those of primary importance in water pol-
areas of organic geochemistry or biogeochemistry under the di-
lution and waste treatment. Microbes and sedimentation, micro-
rection of a member of the staff. Work on the same or a different
bial leaching of metals from ores, acid mine water pollution, and
topic may be continued through later semesters and additional
the microbial ecology of marine and freshwater habitats are cov-
credits earned. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 to 3 semes-
ered. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 hour lecture, 3 hours
ter hours.
lab; 2 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
CHGC699D. SPECIAL TOPICS IN PETROLOGIC GEO-
CHGC564. BIOGEOCHEMISTRY AND GEOMICRO-
CHEMISTRY (I, II) Detailed study of a specific topic in the
BIOLOGY (I) Designed to give the student an understanding of
area of petrologic geochemistry under the direction of a member
the role of living things, particularly microorganisms,
of the staff. Work on the same or a different topic may be contin-
in the shaping of the earth. Among the subjects will be the as-
ued through later semesters and additional credits earned. Pre-
pects of living processes, chemical composition and characteris-
requisite: Consent of instructor. 1 to 3 semester hours.
tics of biological material, origin of life, role of microorganisms
in weathering of rocks and the early diagenesis of sediments, and
the origin of petroleum, oil shale, and coal. Prerequisite: Consent
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
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Economics and Business
investment analysis, exploration economics, decision analy-
RODERICK G. EGGERT, Professor and Division Director
sis, utility theory, and corporate risk policy.
JOHN T. CUDDINGTON, William J. Coulter Professor
Mineral Economics Program Requirements:
CAROL A. DAHL, Professor
M.S. Degree Students choose from either the thesis or
GRAHAM A. DAVIS, Professor
MICHAEL R. WALLS, Professor
non-thesis option in the Master of Science (M.S.) Program
ALEXANDRA M. NEWMAN, Associate Professor
and are required to complete a minimum total of 36 credits
EDWARD J. BALISTRERI, Assistant Professor
(a typical course has 3 credits). Coursework is valid for
JOY M. GODESIABOIS, Assistant Professor
seven years towards the M.S. degree; any exceptions must be
CIGDEM Z. GURGUR, Assistant Professor
approved by the division director and student advisor.
MICHAEL B. HEELEY, Assistant Professor
Non-thesis option
DANIEL KAFFINE, Assistant Professor
18 credits of core courses
SCOTT HOUSER, Lecturer
JOHN M. STERMOLE, Lecturer
12 credits from one or both specializations
ANN DOZORETZ, Instructor
6 credits of approved electives or a minor from another
FRANKLIN J. STERMOLE, Professor Emeritus
department
JOHN E. TILTON, University Emeritus Professor
Thesis option
ROBERT E. D. WOOLSEY, Professor Emeritus
18 credits of core courses
Degrees Offered:
12 research credits
Master of Science (Mineral Economics)
6 credits from one or both specializations
Doctor of Philosophy (Mineral Economics)
Ph.D. Degree Doctoral students develop a customized
Master of Science (Engineering and Technology
curriculum to fit their needs. The degree requires a minimum
Management)
of 72 graduate credit hours that includes course work and a
thesis. Coursework is valid for ten years towards a Ph.D. de-
Mineral Economics Program Description:
gree; any exceptions must be approved by the division direc-
In an increasingly global and technical world, government
tor and student advisor.
and industry leaders in the mineral and energy areas require a
Course work
strong foundation in economic and business skills. The Divi-
24 credits of core courses
sion of Economics and Business offers such skills in unique
12 credits from one or both specializations
programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mineral Eco-
12 credits in a minor
nomics. Course work and research in Mineral Economics
emphasize the application of economic principles and busi-
Research credits
ness methods to mineral, energy, and related environmental
24 research credits. The student’s faculty advisor and the
and technological issues.
doctoral thesis committee must approve the student’s pro-
gram of study and the topic for the thesis.
Students in the Mineral Economics Program select from
one of two areas of specialization: Economics and Public
Qualifying Examination Process
Policy (E&PP) or Quantitative Business Methods/Operations
Upon completion of the core course work, students must
Research (QBM/OR). The E&PP specialization focuses on
pass qualifying written examinations to become a candidate
the optimal use of scarce energy and mineral resources with a
for the Ph.D. degree. The qualifying exam is given in two
global perspective. It provides institutional knowledge coupled
parts in August. Once qualified, the Ph.D. student is then re-
with economics, mathematical and statistical tools to analyze
quired to complete an additional written and oral examina-
and understand how the world of energy and minerals works
tion. This exam is prepared and administered by the student’s
to guide and shape industry change. The QBM/OR special-
thesis committee and is generally related to the student’s the-
ization emphasizes the application of quantitative business
sis topic and the student’s minor field.
methods such as optimization, simulation, decision analysis,
Minor from Another Department
and project management to minerals and energy related
Non-thesis M.S. students may apply six elective credits
manufacturing, exploration, resource allocation, and other
towards a nine hour minor in another department. A minor is
decision-making processes.
ideal for those students who want to enhance or gain knowl-
Fields of Research
edge in another field while gaining the economic and busi-
Faculty members carry out applied research in a variety of
ness skills to help them move up the career ladder. For
areas including international trade, resource economics, envi-
example, a petroleum, chemical, or mining engineer might
ronmental economics, industrial organization, metal market
want to learn more about environmental engineering, a geo-
analysis, energy economics, applied microeconomics, applied
physicist or geologist might want to learn the latest tech-
econometrics, management theory and practice, finance and
niques in their profession, or an economic policy analyst
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might want to learn about political risk. Students should
Important: Applications for admission to the joint degree
check with the minor department for the opportunities and
program should be submitted for consideration by March 1st
requirements for a minor.
to begin the program the following fall semester in August. A
Transfer Credits
limited number of students are selected for the program each
Non-thesis M.S. students may transfer up to 6 credits
year.
(9 credits for a thesis M.S.) . The student must have achieved
Prerequisites for the Mineral Economics
a grade of B or better in all graduate transfer courses and the
Programs:
transfer credit must be approved by the student’s advisor and
Students must have completed the following undergradu-
the Division Director. Students who enter the Ph.D. program
ate prerequisite courses with a grade of B or better:
may transfer up to 24 hours of graduate-level course work
1. Principles of Microeconomics (EBGN311);
from other institutions toward the Ph.D. degree subject to the
restriction that those courses must not have been used as
2. One semester of college-level Calculus (MATH111);
credit toward a Bachelor degree. The student must have
3. Probability and Statistics (MATH323 or MATH530)
achieved a grade of B or better in all graduate transfer
Students entering in the fall semester must have completed
courses and the transfer must be approved by the student’s
the microeconomics and calculus prerequisites prior to start-
Doctoral Thesis Committee and the Division Director.
ing the program; probability and statistics must be completed
Combined BS/MS Program
no later than the first semester of the graduate program. Stu-
Students enrolled in CSM’s Combined Undergraduate/
dents will only be allowed to enter in the spring semester if
Graduate Program may double count 6 hours from their
they have completed all three prerequisites courses previously,
undergraduate course-work towards the non-thesis graduate
as well as an undergraduate course in mathematical economics.
program provided the courses satisfy the M.S. requirements.
Required Course Curriculum in Mineral
Joint Degrees
Economics:
The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees may be combined with a joint
All M.S. and Ph.D. students in Mineral Economics are
degree program with the Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP) in
required to take a set of core courses that provide basic tools
Petroleum Economics and Management (see
for the more advanced and specialized courses in the program.
http://www.ifp.fr)
1. M.S. Curriculum
The Division of Economic and Business (EB) at the Col-
orado School of Mines (CSM) and the IFP School at the In-
a. Core Courses (18 credits)
stitut Français du Petrole (IFP), in Paris France, together
EBGN509 Mathematical Economics
offer an advanced collaborative international graduate degree
EBGN510 Natural Resource Economics
program geared to meet the needs of industry and govern-
EBGN511 Microeconomics
ment. Our unique program trains the next generation of tech-
EBGN512 Macroeconomics
nical, analytical and managerial professionals vital to the
EBGN525 Operations Research Methods
future of the petroleum and energy industries.
EBGN590 Econometrics and Forecasting
These two world-class institutions offer a rigorous and
b. Area of Specialization Courses (12 credits for M.S.
challenging program in an international setting. The program
non-thesis option or 6 credits for M.S. thesis option)
gives a small elite group of students a solid economics foun-
Economics & Public Policy
dation combined with quantitative business skills, the histori-
cal and institutional background, and the interpersonal and
EBGN495 Economic Forecasting
intercultural abilities to in the fast paced, global world of oil
EBGN530 Economics of International Energy Markets
and gas.
EBGN535 Economics of Metal Industries and Markets
EBGN536 Mineral Policies and International Investment
Degrees: After studying in English for only 16 months (8
EBGN541 International Trade
months at CSM and 8 months at IFP) the successful student
EBGN542 Economic Development
of Petroleum Economics and Management (PEM) receives
EBGN570 Environmental Economics
not 1 but 2 degrees:
EBGN610 Advanced Natural Resources
Masters of Science in Mineral Economics from
EBGN611 Advanced Microeconomics
CSM and
EBGN690 Advanced Econometrics
Diplôme D'Ingénieur or Mastère Spécialisé from
Quantitative Business Methods/Operations Research
IFP
EBGN504 Economic Evaluation and Investment Decision
Methods
EBGN505 Industrial Accounting
EBGN528 Industrial Systems Simulation
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EBGN545 Corporate Finance
EBGN555 Linear Programming
EBGN546 Investments and Portfolio Management
EBGN556 Network Models
EBGN547 Financial Risk Management
EBGN557 Integer Programming
EBGN552 Nonlinear Programming
EBGN559 Supply Chain Management
EBGN555 Linear Programming
EBGN560 Decision Analysis
EBGN556 Network Models
EBGN561 Stochastic Models in Management Science
EBGN557 Integer Programming
EBGN575 Advanced Mining and Energy Valuation
EBGN559 Supply Chain Management
EBGN580 Exploration Economics
EBGN560 Decision Analysis
Engineering and Technology Management
EBGN561 Stochastic Models in Management Science
Program Description:
EBGN575 Advanced Mining and Energy Valuation
The Division also offers an M.S. degree in Engineering and
EBGN580 Exploration Economics
Technology Management (ETM). The ETM degree program
EBGN690 Advanced Econometrics
is designed to integrate the technical elements of engineering
2. Ph.D. Curriculum.
practice with the managerial perspective of modern engineer-
a. Common Core Courses (15 credits)
ing and technology management. A major focus is on the busi-
ness and management principles related to this integration.
EBGN509 Mathematical Economics
The ETM Program provides the analytical tools and manage-
EBGN510 Natural Resource Economics
rial perspective needed to effectively function in a highly com-
EBGN511 Microeconomics
petitive and technologically complex business economy.
EBGN590 Econometrics and Forecasting
EBGN695 Research Methodology
Students in the ETM Program may select from one of two
areas of degree specialization: Operations/Engineering
b. Extended Core Courses - Economics (9 credits)
Management or Leadership and Strategy. The Operations/
EBGN512 Macroeconomics
Engineering Management specialization emphasizes valuable
EBGN611 Advanced Microeconomics
techniques for managing large engineering and technical
EBGN690 Advanced Econometrics
projects effectively and efficiently. In addition, special em-
phasis is given to advanced operations research, optimiza-
c. Extended Core Courses - Operations Research
tion, and decision making techniques applicable to a wide
(9 credits)
array of business and engineering problems. The Leadership
EBGN555 Linear Programming
and Strategy specialization teaches the correct match be-
EBGN560 Decision Analysis
tween organizational strategies and structures to maximize
EBGN561 Stochastic Models in Management Science
the competitive power of technology. This specialization has
a particular emphasis on leadership and management issues
d. Area of Specialization Courses (12 credits)
associated with the modern business enterprise.
Economics & Public Policy
Engineering and Technology Management
EBGN495 Economic Forecasting
Program Requirements:
EBGN530 Economics of International Energy Markets
Students choose either the thesis or non-thesis option and
EBGN535 Economics of Metal Industries and Markets
complete a minimum of 30 credit hours. Coursework is valid
EBGN536 Mineral Policies and International Investment
for seven years towards the M.S. degree in ETM; any excep-
EBGN541 International Trade
tions must be approved by the division director and student
EBGN542 Economic Development
advisor.
EBGN570 Environmental Economics
Non-thesis option
EBGN610 Advanced Natural Resources
18 credits of core courses
Quantitative Business Methods/Operations Research
12 credits from one or both specializations
Thesis option
EBGN504 Economic Evaluation and Investment Decision
18 credits of core courses
Methods
6 research credits
EBGN505 Industrial Accounting
6 credits from one or both specializations
EBGN525 Operations Research Methods
EBGN528 Industrial Systems Simulation
Students must receive approval from their advisor in order
EBGN545 Corporate Finance
to apply non-EB Division courses towards their ETM degree.
EBGN546 Investments and Portfolio Management
Thesis students are required to complete 6 credit hours of
EBGN547 Financial Risk Management
thesis credit and complete a Master’s level thesis under the
EBGN552 Nonlinear Programming
direct supervision of the student’s faculty advisor.
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Further Degree Requirements
b. Areas of Specialization (12 credits required for non-
All thesis and non-thesis ETM Program students have two
thesis option or 6 credits required for thesis option)
additional degree requirements: (1) the “Executive-in-
Operations/Engineering Management:
Residence” seminar series; and (2) the ETM Communica-
tions Seminar. All students are required to attend the ETM
EBGN528 Industrial Systems Simulation
Program “Executive-in-Residence” seminar series during at
EBGN552 Nonlinear Programming
least one semester of their attendance at CSM. The “Execu-
EBGN553 Project Management
tive-in-Residence” series features executives from industry
EBGN555 Linear Programming
who pass on insight and knowledge to graduate students
EBGN556 Network Models
preparing for positions in industry. This series facilitates ac-
EBGN557 Integer Programming
tive involvement in the ETM program by industry executives
EBGN559 Supply Chain Management
through teaching, student advising activities and more. Every
EBGN560 Decision Analysis
fall semester the “Executive-in-Residence will present 5-7
EBGN561 Stochastic Models in Management Science
one hour seminars on a variety of topics related to leadership
EBGN568 Advanced Project Analysis
and strategy in the engineering and technology sectors. In ad-
dition, all students are required to attend a two-day Commu-
Leadership and Strategy:
nications Seminar in their first fall semester of study in the
EBGN564 Managing New Product Development
ETM Program. The seminar will provide students a compre-
EBGN565 Marketing for Technology-Based Companies
hensive approach to good quality communication skills, in-
EBGN566 Technology Entrepreneurship
cluding presentation proficiency, organizational skills,
EBGN567 Business Law and Technology
professional writing skills, meeting management, as well as
EBGN571 Marketing Research
other professional communication abilities. The Communica-
EBGN572 International Business Strategy
tions Seminar is designed to better prepare students for the
EBGN574 Inventing, Patenting, and Licensing
ETM learning experience, as well as their careers in industry
Course Descriptions in the Mineral Economics
Transfer Credits
Program and the Engineering and Technology
Students who enter the M.S. in Engineering and Technol-
Management Program
ogy Management program may transfer up to 6 graduate
EBGN504 ECONOMIC EVALUATION AND INVEST-
course credits from other educational institutions. The stu-
MENT DECISION METHODS Time value of money con-
dent must have achieved a grade of B or better in all graduate
cepts of present worth, future worth, annual worth, rate of
transfer courses and the transfer credit must be approved by
return and break-even analysis are applied to after-tax eco-
the student’s advisor and the Chair of the ETM Program.
nomic analysis of mineral, petroleum and general investments.
Prerequisites for ETM Program:
Related topics emphasize proper handling of (1) inflation and
1. Probability and Statistics (MATH323 or MATH530), and
escalation, (2) leverage (borrowed money), (3) risk adjust-
ment of analysis using expected value concepts, and (4) mu-
2. Engineering Economics (EBGN321 or EBGN504).
tually exclusive alternative analysis and service producing
Students not demonstrating satisfactory standing in these
alternatives. Case study analysis of a mineral or petroleum
areas may be accepted; however, they will need to complete
investment situation is required. Students may not take
the deficiency prior to enrolling in courses that require these
EBGN504 for credit if they have completed EBGN321.
subjects as prerequisites. It is strongly suggested that students
EBGN505 INDUSTRIAL ACCOUNTING Concepts from
complete any deficiencies prior to enrolling in graduate
both financial and managerial accounting. Preparation and
degree course work.
interpretation of financial statements and the use of this finan-
Required Curriculum M.S. Degree Engineering
cial information in evaluation and control of the organization.
and Technology Management
Managerial concepts include the use of accounting informa-
Thesis and non-thesis students are required to complete the
tion in the development and implementation of a successful
following 18 hours of core courses:
global corporate strategy, and how control systems enhance
a. Core Courses (18 credits)
the planning process.
EBGN505 Industrial Accounting
EBGN509 MATHEMATICAL ECONOMICS This course
EBGN515 Economics and Decision Making
reviews and re-enforces the mathematical and computer tools
EBGN525 Operations Research Methods
that are necessary to earn a graduate degree in Mineral Eco-
EBGN545 Corporate Finance
nomics. It includes topics from differential and integral cal-
EBGN563 Management of Technology
culus; probability and statistics; algebra and matrix algebra;
EBGN585 Engineering and Technology Management Cap-
difference equations; and linear, mathematical and dynamic
stone (to be taken during the final semester of coursework)
programming. It shows how these tools are applied in an eco-
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nomic and business context with applications taken from the
tions in the areas of energy and mining, marketing, finance,
mineral and energy industries. It requires both analytical as
production, transportation, logistics and work-force scheduling.
well as computer solutions. At the end of the course you will
Prerequisite: MATH111 or permission of instructor.
be able to appreciate and apply mathematics for better per-
EBGN528 INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS SIMULATION The
sonal, economic and business decision making. Prerequisites:
course focuses on creating computerized models of real or
MATH111, EBGN311; or permission of instructor.
proposed complex systems for performance evaluation. Sim-
EBGN510 NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS The
ulation provides a cost effective way of pre-testing proposed
threat and theory of resource exhaustion; commodity analysis
systems and answering “what-if” questions before incurring
and the problem of mineral market instability; cartels and the
the expense of actual implementations. The course is in-
nature of mineral pricing; the environment; government in-
structed in the state-of-the-art computer lab (CTLM), where
volvement; mineral policy issues; and international mineral
each student is equipped with a personal computer and inter-
trade. This course is designed for entering students in mineral
acts with the instructor during the lecture. Professional version
economics. Prerequisites: EBGN311 or permission of in-
of a widely used commercial software package, “Arena”, is
structor.
used to build models, analyze and interpret the results. Other
EBGN511 MICROECONOMICS The first of two courses
business analysis and productivity tools that enhance the
dealing with applied economic theory. This part concentrates
analysis capabilities of the simulation software are intro-
on the behavior of individual segments of the economy, the
duced to show how to search for optimal solutions within the
theory of consumer behavior and demand, the theory of pro-
simulation models. Both discrete-event and continuous simu-
duction and costs, duality, welfare measures, price and out-
lation models are covered through extensive use of appli-
put level determination by business firms, and the structure
cations including call centers, various manufacturing
of product and input markets. Prerequisites: MATH111,
operations, production/inventory systems, bulk-material han-
EBGN311, EBGN509; or permission of instructor.
dling and mining, port operations, high-way traffic systems
and computer networks. Prerequisites: MATH111,
EBGN512 MACROECONOMICS This course will provide
MATH5301; or permission of instructor.
an introduction to contemporary macroeconomic concepts
and analysis. Macroeconomics is the study of the behavior of
EBGN530 ECONOMICS OF INTERNATIONAL ENERGY
the economy as an aggregate. Topics include the equilibrium
MARKETS Application of models to understand markets
level of inflation, interest rates, unemployment and the
for oil, gas, coal, electricity, and renewable energy resources.
growth in national income. The impact of government fiscal
Models, modeling techniques, and issues included are supply
and monetary policy on these variables and the business
and demand, market structure, transportation models, game
cycle, with particular attention to the effects on the mineral
theory, futures markets, environmental issues, energy policy,
industry. Prerequisites: MATH111, EBGN311; or permission
energy regulation, input/output models, energy conservation,
of instructor.
and dynamic optimization. The emphasis in the course is on
the development of appropriate models and their application
EBGN515 ECONOMICS AND DECISION MAKING The
to current issues in energy markets. Prerequisites: MATH111,
application of microeconomic theory to business strategy.
EBGN311, EBGN509, EBGN510, EBGN511 or permission
Understanding the horizontal, vertical, and product bound-
of instructor.
aries of the modern firm. A framework for analyzing the na-
ture and extent of competition in a firm's dynamic business
EBGN535 ECONOMICS OF METAL INDUSTRIES AND
environment. Developing strategies for creating and sustain-
MARKETS Metal supply from main product, byproduct,
ing competitive advantage. Mineral Economics students will
and secondary production. Metal demand and intensity of use
not receive degree credits for this course (except joint degree
analysis. Market organization and price formation. Public
IFP students, see Division Director).
policy, comparative advantage, and international metal trade.
Metals and economic development in the developing coun-
EBGN525 OPERATIONS RESEARCH METHODS The
tries and former centrally planned economies. Environmental
core of this course is a scientific approach to planning and
policy and mining and mineral processing. Students prepare
decision-making problems that arise in business. The course
and present a major research paper. Prerequisites: MATH111,
covers deterministic optimization models (linear program-
EBGN311, EBGN509, EBGN510, EBGN511; or permission
ming, integer programming and network modeling) and a
of instructor.
brief introduction to stochastic (probabilistic) models with
Monte-Carlo simulation. Applications of the models are
EBGN536 MINERAL POLICIES & INTERNATIONAL
covered using spreadsheets. The intent of the course is to
INVESTMENT Identification and evaluation of inter-
enhance logical modeling ability and to develop quantitative
national mineral investment policies and company responses
managerial and spreadsheet skills. The models cover applica-
using economic, business and legal concepts. Assessment of
policy issues in light of stakeholder interests and needs.
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Theoretical issues are introduced and then applied to case
tives. The course concentrates on the use of derivative assets
studies, policy drafting, and negotiation exercises to assure
in the risk management process. These derivatives include
both conceptual and practical understanding of the issues.
futures, options, swaps, swaptions, caps, collars and floors.
Special attention is given to the formation of national policies
Exposure to market and credit risks will be explored and
and corporate decision making concerning fiscal regimes,
ways of handling them will be reviewed and critiqued
project financing, environmental protection, land use and
through analysis of case studies from the mineral and energy
local community concerns and the content of exploration and
industries. Prerequisites: MATH111, MATH5301, EBGN311,
extraction agreements. Prerequisites: MATH111, EBGN311,
EBGN5052; EBGN545 or EBGN546; or permission of in-
EBGN509, EBGN510, EBGN511; permission of instructor.
structor. Recommended: EBGN509, EBGN511.
EBGN541 INTERNATIONAL TRADE Theories and evi-
EBGN552 NONLINEAR PROGRAMMING As an ad-
dence on international trade and development. Determinants
vanced course in optimization, this course will address both
of static and dynamic comparative advantage. The arguments
unconstrained and constrained nonlinear model formulation
for and against free trade. Economic development in non-
and corresponding algorithms (e.g., Gradient Search and
industrialized countries. Sectoral development policies and
Newton’s Method, and Lagrange Multiplier Methods and Re-
industrialization. The special problems and opportunities
duced Gradient Algorithms, respectively). Applications of
created by extensive mineral resource endowments. The
state-of-the-art hardware and software will emphasize solv-
impact of value-added processing and export diversification
ing real-world problems in areas such as mining, energy,
on development. Prerequisites: MATH111, EBGN311,
transportation, and the military. Prerequisite: MATH111;
EBGN509, EBGN511; or permission of instructor.
EBGN525 or EBGN555; or permission of instructor.
EBGN542 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Role of energy
EBGN553 PROJECT MANAGEMENT An introductory
and minerals in the development process. Sectoral policies
course focusing on analytical techniques for managing projects
and their links with macroeconomic policies. Special atten-
and on developing skills for effective project leadership and
tion to issues of revenue stabilization, resource largesse
management through analysis of case studies. Topics include
effects, downstream processing, and diversification. Pre-
project portfolio management, decomposition of project
requisites: MATH111, EBGN311, EBGN509, EBGN511,
work, estimating resource requirements, planning and budget-
EBGN512; or permission of instructor.
ing, scheduling, analysis of uncertainty, resource loading and
EBGN545 CORPORATE FINANCE The fundamentals of
leveling, project monitoring and control, earned value analy-
corporate finance as they pertain to the valuation of invest-
sis and strategic project leadership. Guest speakers from in-
ments, firms, and the securities they issue. Included are the
dustry discuss and amplify the relevance of course topics to
relevant theories associated with capital budgeting, financing
their specific areas of application (construction, product de-
decisions, and dividend policy. This course provides an
velopment, engineering design, R&D, process development,
in-depth study of the theory and practice of corporate finan-
etc.). Students learn Microsoft Project and complete a course
cial management including a study of the firm’s objectives,
project using this software, demonstrating proficiency ana-
investment decisions, long-term financing decisions, and
lyzing project progress and communicating project informa-
working capital management. Prerequisite: EBGN5052 or
tion to stakeholders. Prerequisite: EBGN5043 or permission
permission of instructor.
of instructor.
EBGN546 INVESTMENT AND PORTFOLIO MANAGE-
EBGN555 LINEAR PROGRAMMING This course ad-
MENT The theory and practice of investment, providing a
dresses the formulation of linear programming models, ex-
comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of securities
amines linear programs in two dimensions, covers standard
markets, valuation techniques and trading strategies for
form and other basics essential to understanding the Simplex
stocks, bonds, and derivative securities. It includes the mean-
method, the Simplex method itself, duality theory, comple-
variance efficient portfolio theory, the arbitrage pricing
mentary slackness conditions, and sensitivity analysis. As
theory, bond portfolio management, investment management
time permits, multi-objective programming and stochastic
functions and policies, and portfolio performance evaluation.
programming are introduced. Applications of linear program-
Prerequisites: MATH111, MATH5301; EBGN311 or
ming models discussed in this course include, but are not
EBGN5043; or permission of instructor.
limited to, the areas of manufacturing, finance, energy, min-
ing, transportation and logistics, and the military. Prerequi-
EBGN547 FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT Analysis
site: MATH111; MATH332 or EBGN509; or permission of
of the sources, causes and effects of risks associated with
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
holding, operating and managing assets by individuals and
organizations; evaluation of the need and importance of man-
EBGN556 NETWORK MODELS Network models are lin-
aging these risks; and discussion of the methods employed
ear programming problems that possess special mathematical
and the instruments utilized to achieve risk shifting objec-
structures. This course examines a variety of network mod-
els, specifically, spanning tree problems, shortest path prob-
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lems, maximum flow problems, minimum cost flow prob-
EBGN561 STOCHASTIC MODELS IN MANAGEMENT
lems, and transportation and assignment problems. For each
SCIENCE The course introduces tools of “probabilistic
class of problem, we present applications in areas such as
analysis” that are frequently used in the formal studies of
manufacturing, finance, energy, mining, transportation and
management. We see methodologies that help to quantify the
logistics, and the military. We also discuss an algorithm or
dynamic relationships of sequences of “random” events that
two applicable to each problem class. As time permits, we
evolve over time. Topics include static and dynamic Monte-
explore combinatorial problems that can be depicted on
Carlo simulation, discrete and continuous time Markov
graphs, e.g., the traveling salesman problem and the Chinese
Chains, probabilistic dynamic programming, Markov deci-
postman problem, and discuss the tractability issues associ-
sion processes, queuing processes and networks, Brownian
ated with these problems in contrast to “pure” network mod-
motion and stochastic control. Applications from a wide
els. Prerequisites: MATH111; EBGN525 or EBGN555; or
range of fields will be introduced including marketing, fi-
permission of the instructor.
nance, production, logistics and distribution, energy and
EBGN557 INTEGER PROGRAMMING This course ad-
service systems. In addition to an intuitive understanding
dresses the formulation of linear integer programming mod-
of analytical techniques to model stochastic processes, the
els, examines the standard brand-and-bound algorithm for
course emphasizes how to use related software packages for
solving such models, and covers advanced topics related to
managerial decision-making. Prerequisites: MATH111,
increasing the tractability of such models. These advanced
MATH5301; or permission of instructor.
topics include the application of cutting planes and strong
EBGN563 MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY Case
formulations, as well as decomposition and reformulation
studies and reading assignments explore strategies for profit-
techniques, e.g., Lagrangian relaxation, Benders decomposi-
ing from technology assets and technological innovation. The
tion, column generation. Prerequisites: MATH111;
roles of strategy, core competencies, product and process
EBGN525 or EBGN555; or permission of instructor.
development, manufacturing, R&D, marketing, strategic
EBGN559 SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT The focus of
partnerships, alliances, intellectual property, organizational
the course is to show how a firm can achieve better “supply-
architectures, leadership and politics are explored in the
demand matching” through the implementation of rigorous
context of technological innovation. The critical role of orga-
mathematical models and various operational/tactical strate-
nizational knowledge and learning in a firm’s ability to lever-
gies. We look at organizations as entities that must match the
age technological innovation to gain competitive advantage
supply of what they produce with the demand for their prod-
is explored. The relationships between an innovation, the
ucts. A considerable portion of the course is devoted to math-
competencies of the innovating firm, the ease of duplication
ematical models that treat uncertainty in the supply-chain.
of the innovation by outsiders, the nature of complementary
Topics include managing economies of scale for functional
assets needed to successfully commercialize an innovation
products, managing market-mediation costs for innovative
and the appropriate strategy for commercializing the inno-
products, make-to order versus make-to-stock systems, quick
vation are developed. Students explore the role of network
response strategies, risk pooling strategies, supply-chain con-
effects in commercialization strategies, particularly with re-
tracts and revenue management. Additional “special topics”
spect to standards wars aimed at establishing new dominant
may be introduced, such as reverse logistics issues in the
designs. Prerequisite: EBGN5043 recommended.
supply-chain or contemporary operational and financial hedg-
EBGN564 MANAGING NEW PRODUCT DEVELOP-
ing strategies, as time permits. Prerequisites: MATH111,
MENT Develops interdisciplinary skills required for suc-
MATH5301; or permission of instructor.
cessful product development in today’s competitive
EBGN560 DECISION ANALYSIS Introduction to the sci-
marketplace. Small product development teams step through
ence of decision making and risk theory. Application of deci-
the new product development process in detail, learning
sion analysis and utility theory to the analysis of strategic
about available tools and techniques to execute each process
decision problems. Focuses on the application of quantitative
step along the way. Each student brings his or her individual
methods to business problems characterized by risk and un-
disciplinary perspective to the team effort, and must learn to
certainty. Choice problems such as decisions concerning
synthesize that perspective with those of the other students in
major capital investments, corporate acquisitions, new prod-
the group to develop a sound, marketable product. Prerequi-
uct introductions, and choices among alternative technolo-
site: EBGN563 recommended.
gies are conceptualized and structured using the concepts
EBGN565 MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY-BASED
introduced in this course. Prerequisite: EBGN5043; or per-
COMPANIES This class explores concepts and practices
mission of instructor.
related to marketing in this unique, fast-paced environment,
including the defining characteristics of high-technology in-
dustries; different types and patterns of innovations and their
marketing implications; the need for (and difficulties in)
adopting a customer-orientation; tools used to gather market-
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ing research/intelligence in technology-driven industries; use
information to make strategic and tactical decisions. Prerequi-
of strategic alliances and partnerships in marketing technol-
site: MATH5301.
ogy; adaptations to the “4 P’s”; regulatory and ethical consid-
EBGN572 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS STRATEGY
erations in technological arenas. Prerequisite: Permission of
The purpose of this course is to gain understanding of the
instructor.
complexities presented by managing businesses in an inter-
EBGN566 TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP Intro-
national environment. International business has grown
duces concepts related to starting and expanding a techno-
rapidly in recent decades due to technological expansion,
logical-based corporation. Presents ideas such as developing
liberalization of government policies on trade and resource
a business and financing plan, role of intellectual property,
movements, development of institutions needed to support
and the importance of a good R&D program. Prerequisite:
and facilitate international transactions, and increased global
Permission of instructor.
competition. Due to these factors, foreign countries increas-
EBGN567 BUSINESS LAW AND TECHNOLOGY Com-
ingly are a source of both production and sales for domestic
puter software and hardware are the most complex and
companies. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
rapidly developing intellectual creations of modern man.
EBGN574 INVENTING, PATENTING, AND LISCENSING
Computers provide unprecedented power in accessing and
The various forms of intellectual property, including patents,
manipulating data. Computers work in complex systems that
trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition
require standardization and compatibility to function. Each of
are discussed; the terminology of inventing, patenting and li-
these special features has engendered one or more bodies of
censing is reviewed, and an overview of the complete
law. Complex intellectual creation demands comprehensive
process is given; the statutes most frequently encountered in
intellectually property protection. Computer technology,
dealing with patents (35 USC §101, §102, §103 and §112)
however, differs fundamentally from previous objects of
are introduced and explained; the basics of searching the
intellectual property protection, and thus does not fit easily
prior art are presented; participants 'walk through' case histo-
into traditional copyright and patent law. This course covers
ries illustrating inventing, patenting, licensing, as well as
topics that relate to these complex special features of com-
patent infringement and litigation; the importance of proper
puter and technology. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
documentation at all stages of the process is explained; the
EBGN568 ADVANCED PROJECT ANALYSIS An ad-
"do's" and "don't" of disclosing inventions are presented; var-
vanced course in economic analysis that will look at more
ious types of agreements are discussed including license
complex issues associated with valuing investments and
agreements; methods for evaluating the market potential of
projects. Discussion will focus on development and applica-
new products are presented; the resources available for in-
tion of concepts in after-tax environments and look at other
ventors are reviewed; inventing and patenting in the corpo-
criteria and their impact in the decision-making and valuation
rate environment are discussed; the economic impacts of
process. Applications to engineering and technology aspects
patents are addressed. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
will be discussed. Effective presentation of results will be an
Offered in Field session and Summer session only.
important component of the course. Prerequisite: EBGN5043;
EBGN575 ADVANCED MINING AND ENERGY VALUA-
or permission of instructor.
TION The use of stochastic and option pricing techniques in
EBGN570 ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS The role of
mineral and energy asset valuation. The Hotelling Valuation
markets and other economic considerations in controlling
Principle. The measurement of political risk and its impact
pollution; the effect of environmental policy on resource
on project value. Extensive use of real cases. Prerequisites:
allocation incentives; the use of benefit/cost analysis in envi-
MATH111, EBGN311, EBGN5043, EBGN5052, EBGN509,
ronmental policy decisions and the associated problems with
EBGN510, EBGN511; or permission of instructor.
measuring benefits and costs. Prerequisites: MATH111,
EBGN580 EXPLORATION ECONOMICS Exploration
EBGN311, EBGN509, EBGN510; or permission of instruc-
planning and decision making for oil and gas, and metallic
tor.
minerals. Risk analysis. Historical trends in exploration ac-
EBGN571 MARKETING RESEARCH The purpose of this
tivity and productivity. Prerequisites: EBGN311, EBGN510;
course is to gain a deep understanding of the marketing re-
or permission of instructor. Offered when student demand is
search decisions facing product managers in technology based
sufficient. Prerequisites: MATH111, EBGN311, EBGN509,
companies. While the specific responsibilities of a product
EBGN510, EBGN511; or permission of instructor. Offered
manager vary across industries and firms, three main activities
when student demand is sufficient.
common to the position are: (1) analysis of market informa-
EBGN585 ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY MAN-
tion, (2) marketing strategy development, and (3) implement-
AGEMENT CAPSTONE This course represents the culmina-
ing strategy through marketing mix decisions. In this course
tion of the ETM Program. This course is about the strategic
students will develop an understanding of available market-
management process – how strategies are developed and
ing research methods and the ability to use marketing research
implemented in organizations. It examines senior manage-
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ment’s role in formulating strategy and the role that all an
tion and hypothesis testing are emphasized rather than fore-
organization’s managers play in implementing a well thought
casting. Prerequisites: MATH111, MATH5301, EBGN311,
out strategy. Among the topics discussed in this course are
EBGN509, EBGN590; or permission of instructor. Recom-
(1) how different industry conditions support different types
mended: EBGN511.
of strategies; (2) how industry conditions change and the
EBGN695 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY Lectures
implication of those changes for strategic management; and
provide an overview of methods used in economic research
(3) how organizations develop and maintain capabilities that
relating to EPP and QBA/OR dissertations in Mineral Eco-
lead to sustained competitive advantage. This course consists
nomics and information on how to carry out research and
of learning fundamental concepts associated with strategic
present research results. Students will be required to write
management process and competing in a web-based strategic
and present a research paper that will be submitted for pub-
management simulation to support the knowledge that you
lication. It is expected that this paper will lead to a Ph.D.
have developed. Prerequisites: MATH5301, EBGN5043; or
dissertation proposal. It is a good idea for students to start
permission of instructor.
thinking about potential dissertation topic areas as they study
EBGN590 ECONOMETRICS AND FORECASTING
for their qualifier. This course is also recommended for stu-
Using statistical techniques to fit economic models to data.
dents writing Master’s thesis or who want guidance in doing
Topics include ordinary least squares and single equation
independent research relating to the economics and business
regression models; two stage least squares and multiple equa-
aspects of energy, minerals and related environmental and
tion econometric models; specification error, serial correla-
technological topics. Prerequisites: MATH5301, EBGN509,
tion, heteroskedasticity; distributive lag; applications to
EBGN510, EBGN511, EBGN590, or permission of instruc-
mineral commodity markets; hypothesis testing; forecasting
tor.
with econometric models, time series analysis, and simula-
EBGN698 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ECONOMICS AND
tion. Prerequisites: MATH111, MATH5301, EBGN509; or
BUSINESS Pilot course or special topics course. Topics
permission of instructor.
chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s).
EBGN598 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ECONOMICS AND
Usually the course is offered only once. Repeatable for
BUSINESS Pilot course or special topics course. Topics
credit under different titles.
chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s).
EBGN699 INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual research
Usually the course is offered only once. Repeatable for
or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member
credit under different titles.
when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter, con-
EBGN599 INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual research or
tent, and credit hours. Contact the Economics and Business
special problem projects supervised by a faculty member
Division office for credit limits toward the degree.
when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter, con-
EBGN705. GRADUATE RESEARCH: MASTER OF
tent, and credit hours. Contact the Economics and Business
SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion of
Division office for credit limits toward the degree.
the Master of Science with Thesis degree. Research must be
EBGN610 ADVANCED NATURAL RESOURCE ECO-
carried out under the direct supervision of the student’s fac-
NOMICS Optimal resource use in a dynamic context using
ulty advisor. Variable class and semester hours. Repeatable
mathematical programming, optimal control theory and game
for credit.
theory. Constrained optimization techniques are used to eval-
EBGN706. GRADUATE RESEARCH: DOCTOR OF PHI-
uate the impact of capital constraints, exploration activity
LOSOPHY Research credit hours required for completion of
and environmental regulations. Offered when student de-
the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Research must be carried
mand is sufficient. Prerequisites: MATH111, MATH5301,
out under the direct supervision of the student’s faculty advi-
EBGN311, EBGN509, EBGN510, EBGN511; or permission
sor. Variable class and semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
of instructor.
EBGN611 ADVANCED MICROECONOMICS A second
graduate course in microeconomics, emphasizing state-of-
Notes
the-art theoretical and mathematical developments. Topics
1MATH323 may be substituted for MATH530.
include consumer theory, production theory and the use of
2EBGN305 and EBGN306 together may be substituted for
game theoretic and dynamic optimization tools. Prerequi-
EBGN505 with permission.
sites: MATH111, MATH5301, EBGN311, EBGN509,
3EBGN321 may be substituted for EBGN504.
EBGN511; or permission of instructor.
EBGN690 ADVANCED ECONOMETRICS A second
course in econometrics. Compared to EBGN590, this course
provides a more theoretical and mathematical understanding
of econometrics. Matrix algebra is used and model construc-
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Engineering
three disciplines—Civil, Electrical or Mechanical Engi-
TERENCE E. PARKER, Professor and Division Director
neering. Students may also choose a more interdisciplinary
WILLIAM A. HOFF, Associate Professor and Assistant Division
degree with a specialty title “Engineering Systems”. The
Director
program demands academic rigor and depth yet also ad-
D. VAUGHAN GRIFFITHS, Professor
dresses the real-world problems in advanced engineering and
MARTE S. GUTIERREZ, Paden Chair and Professor
technology. The Division of Engineering has seven areas of
ROBERT J. KEE, George R. Brown Distinguished Professor
research activities: (1) Sensing, Communications and Con-
ROBERT H. KING, Professor
trol, (2) Energy Systems and Power Electronics, (3) Geotech-
KEVIN MOORE, Gerard August Dobelman Chair and Professor
nical Engineering, (4) Structural Engineering, (5) Material
NING LU, Professor
MARK T. LUSK, Professor (and Professor of Physics)
Mechanics, (6) Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences and
NIGEL T. MIDDLETON, Provost, Senior Vice President for Strate-
(7) Bioengineering. Note that in many cases, individual re-
gic Enterprises, Professor
search projects encompass more than one research area.
GRAHAM G. W. MUSTOE, Professor
Sensing, Communications and Control is an interdiscipli-
PANKAJ K. (PK) SEN, Professor
nary research area that encompasses the fields of control sys-
JOEL M. BACH, Associate Professor
tems, wireless communications, signal and image processing,
JOHN R. BERGER, Associate Professor
PANOS D. KIOUSIS, Associate Professor
robotics, and mechatronics. Focus areas include adaptive and
MICHAEL MOONEY, Associate Professor
nonlinear control, intelligent and learning control systems,
DAVID MUNOZ, Associate Professor
fault detection and system identification, wireless communi-
PAUL PAPAS, Associate Professor
cation circuits, computer vision and pattern recognition, sen-
MARCELO GODOY SIMOES, Associate Professor
sor development, mobile manipulation and autonomous
JOHN P. H. STEELE, Associate Professor
systems. Applications can be found in renewable energy and
CATHERINE K. SKOKAN, Associate Professor
power systems, materials processing, sensor and control net-
TYRONE VINCENT, Associate Professor
works, bio-engineering, intelligent structures, and geosys-
RAY RUICHONG ZHANG, Associate Professor
tems. Participating graduate students come from a variety of
CRISTIAN V. CIOBANU, Assistant Professor
backgrounds, and may specialize in civil, mechanical or elec-
KATHRYN JOHNSON, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor
ANTHONY J. PETRELLA, Assistant Professor
trical engineering, or engineering systems.
SIDDHARTH SURYANARAYANAN, Assistant Professor
Energy Systems and Power Electronics is focused on both
NEAL SULLIVAN, Assistant Professor
fundamental and applied research in the interrelated fields of
CAMERON TURNER, Assistant Professor
conventional electric power systems and electric machinery,
MONEESH UPMANYU, Assistant Professor
renewable energy and distributed generation, energy eco-
MICHAEL WAKIN, Assistant Professor
nomics and policy issues, power quality, power electronics
JUDITH WANG, Assistant Professor
and drives. The overall scope of research encompasses a
MANOJA WEISS, Assistant Professor
RICHARD PASSAMANECK, Senior Lecturer
broad spectrum of electrical energy applications including in-
SANAA ABDEL-AZIM, Lecturer
vestor-owned utilities, rural electric associations, manufac-
RAVEL F. AMMERMAN, Lecturer
turing facilities, regulatory agencies, and consulting
CARA COAD, Lecturer
engineering firms.
JOSEPH P. CROCKER, Lecturer
Geotechnical Engineering has current activity in compu-
TOM GROVER, Lecturer
tational and analytical geomechanics, probabilistic geotech-
CANDACE S. SULZBACH, Lecturer
ROBERT D. SUTTON, Lecturer
nics, experimental and theoretical investigations into coupled
HAROLD W. OLSEN, Research Professor
flows and unsaturated soil behavior, and intelligent geo-sys-
CHRISTOPHER B. DRYER, Assistant Research Assistant Professor
tems including geo-construction sensing and automation. The
JOAN P. GOSINK, Emerita Professor
geotechnical faculty and students work primarily within the
MICHAEL B. McGRATH, Emeritus Professor
Civil Specialty of the Engineering graduate programs, how-
KARL R. NELSON, Emeritus Associate Professor
ever strong interdisciplinary ties are maintained with other
GABRIEL M. NEUNZERT, Emeritus Associate Professor
groups in Engineering and with other Departments at CSM.
Note: Faculty for the environmental engineering specialty are listed in
Structural Engineering focuses on frontier, multidiscipli-
the Environmental Science and Engineering section of this Bulletin.
nary research in the following areas: high strength and self
Degrees Offered:
consolidating concrete, experimental and computational struc-
Master of Science (Engineering)
tural dynamics, vibration control, damage diagnosis, and
Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering)
advanced data processing and analysis for sensory systems,
disaster assessment and mitigation, and structural non-
Program Overview:
destructive evaluation.
The Engineering program offers a multidisciplinary gradu-
ate education with an option to specialize in one of the
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Material Mechanics investigations consider solid-state
The Ph.D. Engineering degree requires 72 credit hours of
material behavior as it relates to microstructural evolution
course work and research credits. Graduate level courses
and control, nano-mechanics, functionally graded materials,
taken at other universities for which a grade equivalent to a
biomaterial analysis and characterization, artificial bio-
"B" or better was received will be considered for transfer
material design, and fracture mechanics. Research in this
credit via a petition to the Division Director (note that these
area tends to have a strong computational physics component
courses must not have been used to satisfy the requirements
covering a broad range of length and time scales that embrace
for an undergraduate degree).
ab initio calculations, molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo and
Students must have an advisor from the Engineering Divi-
continuum modeling. These tools are used to study metallic
sion Graduate Faculty to direct and monitor their academic
and ceramic systems as well as natural biomaterials. Strong
plan, research and independent studies. Master of Science
ties exist between this group and activities within the campus
(thesis option) students must have at least three members on
communities of physics, materials science, mathematics and
their graduate committee, two of whom must be permanent
chemical engineering.
faculty in the Engineering Division. Ph.D. graduate commit-
Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences is a research area
tees must have at least five members; at least three members
with a wide array of multidisciplinary applications including
must be permanent faculty in the Engineering Division, and
clean energy systems, materials processing, combustion, and
at least one member must be from the department in which
bioengineering. Graduate students in this area typically spe-
the student is pursuing a minor program. The minor program
cialize in Mechanical Engineering but also have the oppor-
of study provides breadth in the degree through formal
tunity to specialize in interdisciplinary programs such as
coursework.
Materials Science.
Doctoral students must pass a Qualifying Examination,
BioEngineering focuses on the application of engineering
which is intended to gauge the student's capability to pursue
principles to the musculoskeletal system and other connec-
research in Engineering. Normally, Ph.D. students will take
tive tissues. Research activities include experimental, com-
the Qualifying Examination in their first year, but it must be
putational, and theoretical approaches with applications in
taken within three semesters of entering the program. After
the areas of computer assisted surgery and medical robotics,
passing the Qualifying Examination, the Ph.D. student is al-
medical imaging, patient specific biomechanical modeling,
lowed up to 18 months to prepare a written Thesis Proposal
intelligent prosthetics and implants, bioinstrumentation, and
and present it formally to the graduate committee and other
supermolecular biomaterials. The Bioengineering group has
interested faculty. Approval of the Thesis Proposal by the
strong research ties with other campus departments, the local
graduate thesis committee constitutes admission to candidacy
medical community, and industry partners.
for the Ph.D. Students should endeavor to achieve this mile-
Program Details
stone within twelve months of passing the Qualifying Exami-
The M.S. Engineering degree (Thesis or Non-Thesis Op-
nation.
tion) requires 30 credit hours. Requirements for the thesis
At the conclusion of the M.S. (Thesis Option) and Ph.D.
M.S. are 24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis re-
programs, the student will be required to make a formal pres-
search. The non-thesis option requires 30 hours of course-
entation and defense of her/his thesis research.
work. For the M.S. degree, a maximum of 9 credits can be
Prerequisites
transferred in from another institution (note that these
The requirements for admission for the M.S., and Ph.D.
courses must not have been used to satisfy the requirements
degrees in Engineering are a baccalaureate degree in engi-
for an undergraduate degree). Graduate level courses taken at
neering, computer science, a physical science, or math with a
other universities for which a grade equivalent to a "B" or
grade-point average over 3.0/4.0; Graduate Record Examina-
better was received will be considered for transfer credit via
tion score of 650 (math) and a TOEFL score of 550 or higher
a petition to the Division Director.
(paper based), 213 (computer based) for applicants whose
In addition, the Division of Engineering in collaboration
native language is not English. Applicants from an engi-
with the Departments of Physics and Chemistry offers five-
neering program at CSM are not required to submit
year programs in which students have the opportunity to ob-
GRE scores.
tain specific engineering skills to complement their physics
The Engineering Graduate committee evaluating an appli-
or chemistry background. The Physics five-year program of-
cant may require that the student take undergraduate reme-
fers tracks in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engi-
dial coursework to overcome technical deficiencies, which
neering. Details on these five-year programs can be found in
does not count toward the graduate program. The committee
the CSM Undergraduate Bulletin. Course schedules for these
will decide whether to recommend to the Dean of Graduate
five-year programs can be obtained in the Engineering,
Studies and Research regular or provisional admission, and
Physics and Chemistry Departmental Offices.
may ask the applicant to come for an interview.
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As stipulated by the CSM Graduate School, no more than 9
neering and Mining, as well as Electrical and Mechanical
400-level credits of course work may be counted towards any
courses from within the Engineering Division.
graduate degree. In general, the student cannot use 400 level
M.S. Degree (EGGN-CE)
course credits that have been previously used to obtain the
Bachelor of Science degree. This requirement must be taken
Must take at least three courses from the list of
into account as students choose courses for each degree pro-
Engineering (Civil Speciality) Courses.
9 cr
gram detailed below. For all of the Engineering Degrees, a
EGGN504 Engineering (Civil) Seminar
1 cr
maximum of 6 Independent Study course units, as appropri-
Technical Electives
ate to the degree structure, can be used to fulfill degree re-
(Thesis option: Courses must be approved by the
quirements.
Thesis Committee)
14 cr
Engineering Systems Specialty (EGGN)
(Non-Thesis option: Courses must be approved by
Graduate students who choose an interdisciplinary educa-
the Faculty Advisor)
20 cr
tion in Engineering Systems may do so using the curriculum
Non-thesis students may include up to 6 cr hours of
below.
Independent Study (EGGN 599)
M.S. Degree (EGGN)
Thesis Research (Thesis Option)
6 cr
Required Core:
Total
30 cr
EGGN501 Advanced Engineering Measurements
4 cr
Ph.D. Degree (EGGN-CE)
EGGN502 Interdisciplinary Modeling and Simulation
4 cr
Must take at least three courses from the list of
EGGN504 Engineering Systems (Any Specialty)
Civil Engineering Courses
9 cr
Seminar
1 cr
EGGN504 Engineering Systems (Civil) Seminar
1 cr
Technical Electives
(Thesis Option: Courses must be
Minor Program of Study
12 cr
approved by the graduate thesis committee)
15 cr
Technical Electives
(Non-Thesis Option: Courses must be
Approved by the graduate committee
26 cr
approved by the faculty advisor)
21 cr
Thesis Research
24 cr
Thesis Research (Thesis Option)
6 cr
Total
72 cr
Total
30 cr
Ph.D. Qualifying Exam (Civil Specialty)
Ph.D. Degree (EGGN)
Engineering (Civil Specialty) students wishing
Required Core:
to enroll in the PhD program will be required to pass a
EGGN501 Advanced Engineering Measurements
4 cr
Qualifying Exam. Normally, PhD. students will take the
EGGN502 Interdisciplinary Modeling and Simulation
4 cr
Qualifying Exam in their first year, but it must be taken
EGGN504 Engineering Systems (Any Specialty)
within three semesters of entering the program.
Seminar
1 cr
The exam will have two parts:
Minor Program of Study
12 cr
1. The Advisor will coordinate with the Civil faculty to
Technical Electives
generate a written take-home exam based on materials
(must be approved by the graduate thesis committee) 27 cr
covered in the students area of interest. This will typically
involve two questions, and may cover material from the
Thesis Research
24 cr
Engineering (Civil Specialty) core courses.
Total
72 cr
2. A written report (approx 10 pages) and oral presentation
Civil Engineering Specialty (EGGN-CE)
based on a topic that will be chosen by the graduate student’s
There are two main emphasis areas within the Civil Engi-
committee. The report will typically be a review paper on a re-
neering specialty in: (1) Geotechnical engineering, and (2)
search theme that will be related to the student’s area of inter-
Structural engineering. However thesis research activities
est and likely thesis topic. The purpose of this requirement, is
will regularly overlap with the other emphasis areas within
to examine some of the attributes expected of a successful
the Division as listed in the Program Description above. The
PhD candidate. These include, but are not restricted to:
intent is to offer a highly flexible curriculum that will be at-
The ability to perform a literature review through
tractive to candidates seeking Civil Engineering careers in ei-
libraries and internet sites;
ther industry or academe. In addition to the Civil Engineering
courses offered within the Engineering Division, technical
The ability to distill information into a written report;
electives will be available from other CSM departments such
The ability to produce a high quality written and oral
as Environmental Science and Engineering, Geological Engi-
presentation.
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The research theme for the written report will be provided
dent's advisor. The student's advisor and two additional Elec-
at the same time as the questions in part one above. All
trical Specialty faculty members (typically from the student's
written material will be due one week later. As early as pos-
thesis committee representing their track) administer the oral
sible after that time, a one hour meeting will be scheduled
exam.
for the student to make his/her oral presentation. After the
Normally, Ph.D. students will take both parts of the Qualify-
oral presentation, the student will be questioned on the pres-
ing Examination in their first year, but they must both be taken
entation and on any other issues relating to the written report
within three semesters of entering the graduate program.
and take home examination.
Mechanical Engineering Specialty (EGGN-ME)
Electrical Engineering Specialty (EGGN-EE)
Within the Mechanical Engineering specialty, there are two
Within the Electrical Engineering specialty, there are two
emphasis areas: (1) Material Mechanics, and (2) Thermal
emphasis areas: (1) Sensing, Communications and Control,
Sciences. Within the material mechanics emphasis area, materi-
and (2) Energy Systems and Power Electronics. Students are
als processing, materials simulation and process control are in-
encouraged to decide between emphasis areas before pursu-
vestigated from perspectives ranging from fundamental physical
ing an advanced degree. Students are also encouraged to
underpinnings to industrial application. Within the thermal sci-
speak to members of the EE graduate faculty before register-
ences emphasis area, the focus is upon energy conversion de-
ing for classes and to select an academic advisor as soon as
vices as framed by traditional subjects such as fluid mechanics,
possible.
heat transfer, and combustion. Students are required to com-
M.S. Degree (EGGN-EE)
plete a set of core classes intended to prepare them for both the-
Select from the list of core Electrical Engineering
oretical and experimental aspects of research in mechanical
Courses within one track
12 cr
engineering. The program has strong ties to the chemical engi-
EGGN504 Engineering (Electrical) Seminar
1 cr
neering, materials science and physics communities, and stu-
dents will typically take courses in one or more of these areas
Technical Electives (approved by thesis committee
after completing the core class requirements.
or advisor for non-thesis option)
11 cr
M.S. Degree (EGGN-ME)
EGGN705 Graduate Research Credit: Master
Required Core:
of Science (thesis students)
EGGN501 Advanced Engineering Measurements
4 cr
Or
EGGN502 Interdisciplinary Modeling and Simulation
4 cr
Electrical Engineering Electives (taught by an approved
EGGN504 Engineering Systems (Mechanical) Seminar 1 cr
professor in one of the EE specialty tracks)
6 cr
From the list of Mechanical Engineering Courses
Total
30 cr
(Thesis Option: Courses must be approved by
the thesis committee)
9 cr
Ph.D. Degree (EGGN-EE)
or
Select from the list of core Electrical Engineering
(Non-Thesis Option: Courses must be approved
Courses within one track
12 cr
by the faculty advisor)
15 cr
EGGN504 Engineering (Electrical) Seminar
1 cr
Thesis Research (Thesis option)
6 cr
Technical Electives (approved by thesis committee)
23 cr
Technical Electives (thesis option: approved by
Minor Program (approved by thesis committee)
12 cr
thesis committee; non-thesis option: approved
EGGN706 Graduate Research Credit: Doctor of
by faculty advisor)
6 cr
Philosophy
24 cr
Total
30 cr
Total
72 cr
Ph.D. Degree (EGGN-ME)
Ph.D. Qualifying Exam (Electrical Specialty)
Required Core:
Doctoral students must pass a Qualifying Examination,
EGGN501 Advanced Engineering Measurements
4 cr
which is intended to gauge the student's capability to pursue
EGGN502 Interdisciplinary Modeling and Simulation
4 cr
research in the Electrical Engineering specialty. The Qualify-
EGGN504 Engineering (Mechanical) Seminar
1 cr
ing Examination includes both written and oral sections. The
Minor Program of Study
12 cr
written section is based on material from the Division's under-
From the list of Mechanical Engineering Courses
18 cr
graduate Engineering degree with Electrical Specialty and is
given once per year at the beginning of the Spring semester.
Thesis Research
24 cr
The oral part of the exam covers either two of the track
Technical Electives (must be approved by the thesis
courses (of the student's choice) in the Electrical Specialty, or a
committee)
9 cr
paper from the literature chosen by the student and the stu-
Total
72 cr
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Ph.D. Qualifying Exam (Mechanical Specialty)
EGGN515 Mathematical Methods for Signals
Doctoral students must pass a Qualifying Examination,
and Systems
3 cr
which is intended to gauge the academic qualifications of the
EGGN517 Theory and Design of Advanced Control
candidate for conducting dissertation research in Mechanical
Systems
3 cr
Engineering. The Qualifying Examination tests the student
EGGN518 Robot Mechanics: Kinematics, Dynamics
on instrumentation and measurement theory as well as inter-
and Control
3 cr
disciplinary simulation and modeling. Students are required
EGGN520 Introduction To Biomedical Engineering
3 cr
to take EGGN501 and EGGN502 prior to taking this exam.
EGGN521 Mechatronics
3 cr
The exam is typically offered in May each year. Normally,
EGGN525 Muscoloskeletal Biomechanics
3 cr
Ph.D. students will take the Qualifying Examination at the
EGGN527 Prosthetic And Implant Engineering
3 cr
end of their first year, but they must take the exam within
EGGN528 Computational Biomechanics
3 cr
three semesters of entering the graduate program.
EGGN530 Biomedical Instrumentation
3 cr
Courses Offered Under Each Of The Engineering
EGGN532 Fatigue and Fracture
3 cr
Specialties:
EGGN535 Introduction to Discrete Element Methods 3 cr
EGGN540 Continuum Mechanics
3 cr
Engineering (Civil Specialty)
EGGN542 Finite Element Methods for Engineers
3 cr
EGGN501 Advanced Engineering Measurements
4 cr
EGGN544 Solid Mechanics of Nonlinear Materials
3 cr
EGGN502 Interdisciplinary Modeling and Simulation
4 cr
EGGN545 Boundary Element Analysis
3 cr
EGGN531 Soil Dynamics
3 cr
EGGN546 Advanced Engineering Dynamics
3 cr
EGGN533 Unsaturated Soil Mechanics
3 cr
EGGN551 Mechanics of Incompressible Fluids
3 cr
EGGN534 Soil Behavior
3 cr
EGGN552 Viscous Flow and Boundary Layers
3 cr
EGGN541 Advanced Structural Theory
3 cr
EGGN555 Kinetic Phenomena In Materials
3 cr
EGGN542 Finite Element Methods for Engineers
3 cr
EGGN559 Mechanics of Particulate Media
3 cr
EGGN547 Timber and Masonry Design
3 cr
EGGN560 Numerical Methods for Engineers
3 cr
EGGN548 Advanced Soil Mechanics
3 cr
EGGN564 Physical Gas Dynamics
3 cr
EGGN549 Advanced Design of Steel Structures
3 cr
EGGN566 Combustion
3 cr
EGGN550 Design of Reinf. Concrete Structures II
3 cr
EGGN567 Radiation Heat Transfer
3 cr
EGGN560 Numerical Methods for Engineers
3 cr
EGGN569 Fuel Cell Science And Technology
3 cr
EGGN572 Multiple Phase Flows and Transport
Engineering (Electrical Specialty)
Phenomena with Droplets and Particles
3 cr
Energy Systems and Power Electronics Track
EGGN573 Introduction to Computational Techniques
EGGN580 Power Quality
3 cr
for Fluid Dynamics and Transport
EGGN582 Renewable Energy and Distributed
Phenomena
3 cr
Generation
3 cr
EGGN617 Intelligent Control
3 cr
EGGN583 Advanced Electrical Machine Dynamics
3 cr
EGGN619 Intelligent Structures
3 cr
EGGN584 Power Distribution Systems Engineering
3 cr
EGGN642 Advanced Finite Element Analysis for
EGGN545 Advanced High Power Electronics
3 cr
Engineers
3 cr
EGGN586 High Voltage AC and DC Transmission
3 cr
EGGN659 Optical Measurements in Reacting and
EGGN587 Intro to Power Systems Market Operations 3 cr
Nonreacting Flow Systems
4 cr
Sensing, Communications and Control Track
Any graduate level course taught by a member of the CSM
EGGN510 Image and Multidimensional Signal
Mechanical Engineering faculty is also a member of the list
Processing
3 cr
of acceptable Mechanical Engineering Courses.
EGGN513 Wireless Systems Design
3 cr
EGGN515 Mathematical Methods for Signals
and Systems
3 cr
EGGN517 Advanced Control Theory and Design
3 cr
EGGN518 Robot Mechanics and Control
3 cr
Engineering (Mechanical Specialty)
EGGN503 Modern Engineering Design and Project
Management
3 cr
EGGN514 Advanced Robot Control
4 cr
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Description of Courses
from initial open-loop experiments to final implementation.
EGGN400/MNGN400. INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS
The course begins with an overview of feedback control de-
(I, II) Overview and introduction to the science and engi-
sign technique from the frequency domain perspective, in-
neering of intelligent mobile robotics and robotic manipula-
cluding sensitivity and fundamental limitations. State space
tors. Covers guidance and force sensing, perception of the
realization theory is introduced, and system identification
environment around a mobile vehicle, reasoning about the
methods for parameter estimation are introduced. Computer-
environment to identify obstacles and guidance path features
based methods for control system design are presented. Pre-
and adaptively controlling and monitoring the vehicle health.
requisites: EGGN307. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
A lesser emphasis is placed on robot manipulator kinematics,
EGGN422. ADVANCED MECHANICS OF MATERIALS
dynamics, and force and tactile sensing. Surveys manipulator
(II) General theories of stress and strain; stress and strain
and intelligent mobile robotics research and development. In-
transformations, principal stresses and strains, octahedral
troduces principles and concepts of guidance, position, and
shear stresses, Hooke’s law for isotropic material, and failure
force sensing; vision data processing; basic path and trajec-
criteria. Introduction to elasticity and energy methods. Tor-
tory planning algorithms; and force and position control. Pre-
sion of noncircular and thin-walled members. Unsymmetrical
requisite: CSCI261, EGGN381. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
bending and shear-center, curved beams, and beams on elastic
hours.
foundations. Introduction to plate theory. Thick-walled cylin-
EGGN403. THERMODYNAMICS II (I, II) Thermodynamic
ders and contact stresses. Prerequisite: EGGN320,
relations, Maxwell’s Relations, Clapeyron equation, fugacity,
EGGN413. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
mixtures and solutions, thermodynamics of mixing, Gibbs
EGGN 425. MUSCULOSKELETAL BIOMECHANICS (II)
function, activity coefficient, combustion processes, first and
This course is intended to provide engineering students with
second law applied to reacting systems, third law of thermo-
an introduction to musculoskeletal biomechanics. At the end
dynamics, real combustion processes, phase and chemical
of the semester, students should have a working knowledge
equilibrium, Gibbs rule, equilibrium of multi-component
of the special considerations necessary to apply engineering
systems, simultaneous chemical reaction of real combustion
principles to the human body. The course will focus on the
processes, ionization, application to real industrial problems.
biomechanics of injury since understanding injury will re-
Prerequisite: EGGN351, EGGN371. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
quire developing an understanding of normal biomechanics.
mester hours.
Prerequisite: DCGN421, EGGN320, EGGN420/BELS420,
EGGN411. MACHINE DESIGN (I, II) Introduction to the
(or instructor permission). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
principles of mechanical design. Consideration of the behavior
EGGN 430. BIOMEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION The ac-
of materials under static and cyclic loading; failure consider-
quisition, processing, and interpretation of biological signals
ations. Application of the basic theories of mechanics, kine-
present many unique challenges to the Biomedical Engineer.
matics, and mechanics of materials to the design of basic
This course is intended to provide students with an introduc-
machine elements, such as shafts, keys, and coupling; journal
tion to, and appreciation for, many of these challenges. At the
bearings, antifriction bearings, wire rope, gearing; brakes and
end of the semester, students should have a working knowl-
clutches, welded connections and other fastenings. Prerequi-
edge of the special considerations necessary to gathering and
site: EPIC251, EGGN315, and EGGN320. 3 hours lecture;
analyzing biological signal data. Prerequisite: EGGN250,
3 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
DCGN381, EGGN420/BELS420, (or permission of instruc-
EGGN413. COMPUTER AIDED ENGINEERING (I, II)
tor). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
This course introduces the student to the concept of com-
EGGN441. ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS (II)
puter-aided engineering. The major objective is to provide
Introduction to advanced structural analysis concepts. Non-
the student with the necessary background to use the com-
prismatic structures. Arches, Suspension and cable-stayed
puter as a tool for engineering analysis and design. The Fi-
bridges. Structural optimization. Computer Methods. Struc-
nite Element Analysis (FEA) method and associated
tures with nonlinear materials. Internal force redistribution
computational engineering software have become significant
for statically indeterminate structures. Graduate credit
tools in engineering analysis and design. This course is di-
requires additional homework and projects. Prerequisite:
rected to learning the concepts of FEA and its application to
EGGN342. 3 hour lectures, 3 semester hours.
civil and mechanical engineering analysis and design. Note
EGGN442. FINITE ELEMENT METHODS FOR ENGI-
that critical evaluation of the results of a FEA using classical
NEERS (II) A course combining finite element theory
methods (from statics and mechanics of materials) and engi-
with practical programming experience in which the multi-
neering judgment is employed throughout the course. Prereq-
disciplinary nature of the finite element method as a numerical
uisite: EGGN320. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
technique for solving differential equations is emphasized.
EGGN 417. MODERN CONTROL DESIGN (I) Control
Topics covered include simple “structural” element, solid
system design with an emphasis on observer-based methods,
elasticity, steady state analysis, transient analysis. Students get
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a copy of all the source code published in the course textbook.
include seepage, consolidation, shear strength and probabilis-
Prerequisite: EGGN320. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
tic methods. The course will have an emphasis on numerical
EGGN444. DESIGN OF STEEL STRUCTURES (I) To
solution techniques to geotechnical problems by finite ele-
learn application and use the American Institute of Steel
ments and finite differences. Prerequisite: EGGN361. 3 hour
Construction (AISC) Steel Construction Manual. Course de-
lectures, 3 semester hours.
velops an understanding of the underlying theory for the de-
EGGN450. MULTIDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING LAB-
sign specifications. Students learn basic steel structural
ORATORY III (I, II) Laboratory experiments integrating
member design principles to select the shape and size of a
electrical circuits, fluid mechanics, stress analysis, and other
structural member. The design and analysis of tension mem-
engineering fundamentals using computer data acquisition
bers, compression members, flexural members, and members
and transducers. Students will design experiments to gather
under combined loading is included, in addition to basic
data for solving engineering problems. Examples are recom-
bolted and welded connection design. Prerequisite:
mending design improvements to a refrigerator, diagnosing
EGGN342. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
and predicting failures in refrigerators, computer control of a
EGGN445. DESIGN OF REINFORCED CONCRETE
hydraulic fluid power circuit in a fatigue test, analysis of
STRUCTURES (II) This course provides an introduction to
structural failures in an off-road vehicle and redesign, diag-
the materials and principles involved in the design of rein-
nosis and prediction of failures in a motor/generator system.
forced concrete. It will allow students to develop an under-
Prerequisites: DCGN381, EGGN250, EGGN352, EGGN350,
standing of the fundamental behavior of reinforced concrete
EGGN351, EGGN320; concurrent enrollment in EGGN407.
under compressive, tensile, bending, and shear loadings, and
3 hours lab; 1 semester hour.
gain a working knowledge of strength design theory and its
EGGN451. HYDRAULIC PROBLEMS (I) Review of fun-
application to the design of reinforced concrete beams,
damentals, forces on submerged surfaces, buoyancy and
columns, slabs, footings, retaining walls, and foundations.
flotation, gravity dams, weirs, steady flow in open channels,
Prerequisite: EGGN342. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
backwater curves, hydraulic machinery, elementary hydro-
EGGN 447. TIMBER AND MASONRY DESIGN (II) The
dynamics, hydraulic structures. Prerequisite: EGGN351.
course develops the theory and design methods required for
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
the use of timber and masonry as structural materials. The
EGGN460. NUMERICAL METHODS FOR ENGINEERS(S)
design of walls, beams, columns, beam-columns, shear walls,
Introduction to the use of numerical methods in the solution
and structural systems are covered for each material. Grav-
of problems encountered in engineering analysis and design,
ity, wind, snow, and seismic loads are calculated and utilized
e.g. linear simultaneous equations (e.g. analysis of elastic
for design. Prerequisite: EGGN320 or equivalent. 3 hours
materials, steady heat flow); roots of nonlinear equations
lecture: 3 semester hours.
(e.g. vibration problems, open channel flow); eigenvalue
EGGN448. ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS (I) Advanced
problems (e.g. natural frequencies, buckling and elastic sta-
soil mechanics theories and concepts as applied to analysis
bility); curve fitting and differentiation (e.g. interpretation of
and design in geotechnical engineering. Topics covered will
experimental data, estimation of gradients); integration (e.g.
Table 1. Summary of courses required for the Master of Science Degree In Engineering Systems
Master of Science, Engineering
Engineering Systems
Civil
Electrical
Mechanical
EGES 504 and
EGES 504 and 4
EGES 501, 502, 504
EGES 501, 502, 504
Core
choose from list
courses from one of
9 cr
9 cr
10 cr
two track areas. 13 cr
Choose 11cr technical
Technical Electives
Choose 14 cr (thesis),
Choose 9 cr (thesis),
electives (thesis)
and Other Courses
Choose 15 cr (thesis),
20 cr (non-thesis)
15 cr (non-thesis) from
additional 6 credits EE
with Advisor
21 cr (non-thesis)
from list and/or other
list plus 6 cr of other
electives for non-thesis
Approval
technical courses
technical courses
Thesis Research
6 cr
6 cr
6 cr
6 cr
(thesis only)
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Doctor of Philosophy, Engineering
Engineering Systems
Civil
Electrical
Mechanical
EGES 504 and
EGES 504 and 4
EGES 501, 502, 504
EGES 501, 502, 504
Core
choose from list
courses from one of
9 cr
9 cr
10 cr
two track areas. 13 cr
Minor
12 cr
12 cr
12 cr
12 cr
Technical Electives
Choose 23 cr
26 cr from list
Choose 18 cr from
and Other Courses
technical
27 cr (non-thesis)
and/or other
list plus 9 cr of other
with Advisor
electivies
technical courses
technical courses
Approval
Thesis Research
24 cr
24 cr
24 cr
24 cr
(thesis only)
summation of pressure distributions, finite element proper-
EGGN482. MICROCOMPUTER ARCHITECTURE AND
ties, local averaging ); ordinary differential equations (e.g.
INTERFACING (II) Microprocessor and microcontroller
forced vibrations, beam bending) All course participants will
architecture focusing on hardware structures and elementary
receive source code consisting of a suite of numerical meth-
machine and assembly language programming skills essential
ods programs. Prerequisite: CSCI260 or 261, MATH225,
for use of microprocessors in data acquisition, control and
EGGN320. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
instrumentation systems. Analog and digital signal condition-
EGGN464. FOUNDATIONS (I, II) Techniques of subsoil
ing, communication, and processing. A/D and D/A converters
investigation, types of foundations and foundation problems,
for microprocessors. RS232 and other communication stan-
selection of and basis for design of foundation types. Pre-
dards. Laboratory study and evaluation of microcomputer
requisite: EGGN461. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
system; design and implementation of interfacing projects.
Prerequisite: EGGN384 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
EGGN471. HEAT TRANSFER (I, II) Engineering approach
ture; 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
to conduction, convection, and radiation, including steady-
state conduction, nonsteady-state conduction, internal heat
EGGN483. ANALOG AND DIGITAL COMMUNICATION
generation conduction in one, two, and three dimensions, and
SYSTEMS (II) Signal classification; Fourier transform;
combined conduction and convection. Free and forced con-
filtering; sampling; signal representation; modulation;
vection including laminar and turbulent flow, internal and
demodulation; applications to broadcast, data transmission,
external flow. Radiation of black and grey surfaces, shape
and instrumentation. Prerequisite: EGGN388 or consent of
factors and electrical equivalence. Prerequisite: MATH225,
department. 3 hours lecture; 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
EGGN351, EGGN371. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EGGN484. POWER SYSTEMS ANALYSIS (I) 3-phase
EGGN473. FLUID MECHANICS II (I) Review of elemen-
power systems, per-unit calculations, modeling and equiva-
tary fluid mechanics and engineering. Two-dimensional in-
lent circuits of major components, voltage drop, fault calcu-
ternal and external flows. Steady and unsteady flows. Fluid
lations, symmetrical components and unsymmetrical faults,
engineering problems. Compressible flow. Computer solu-
system grounding, power-flow, selection of major equipment,
tions of various practical problems for mechanical and re-
design of electric power distribution systems. Prerequisite:
lated engineering disciplines. Prerequisite: EGGN351 or
EGGN389. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EGGN485. INTRODUCTION TO HIGH POWER ELEC-
EGGN478. ENGINEERING DYNAMICS (I) Applications
TRONICS (II) Power electronics are used in a broad range
of dynamics to design, mechanisms and machine elements.
of applications from control of power flow on major trans-
Kinematics and kinetics of planar linkages. Analytical and
mission lines to control of motor speeds in industrial facili-
graphical methods. Four-bar linkage, slider-crank, quick-
ties and electric vehicles, to computer power supplies. This
return mechanisms, cams, and gears. Analysis of nonplanar
course introduces the basic principles of analysis and design
mechanisms. Static and dynamic balancing of rotating
of circuits utilizing power electronics, including AC/DC,
machinery. Free and forced vibrations and vibration isola-
AC/AC, DC/DC, and DC/AC conversions in their many con-
tion. Prerequisite: EGGN315; concurrent enrollment in
figurations. Prerequisite: EGGN385 and EGGN389. 3 hours
MATH225. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
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EGGN486. PRACTICAL DESIGN OF SMALL RENEW-
creativity, use of design methodology and application of prior
ABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS This course provides the fun-
course work paralleled by individual study and research. Pre-
damentals to understand and analyze renewable energy
requisites: permission of the Capstone Design Course Com-
powered electric circuits. It covers practical topics related to
mittee. 1 hour lecture; 6 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
the design of alternative energy based systems. It is assumed
EGGN492. SENIOR DESIGN II (I, II) This is the second of
the students will have some basic and broad knowledge of
a two-semester course sequence to give the student experi-
the principles of electrical machines, thermodynamics, elec-
ence in the engineering design process. This course will con-
tronics, and fundamentals of electric power systems. One of
sist of a single comprehensive design project covering the
the main objectives of the course is to focus on the interdisci-
entire semester. Design integrity and performance are to be
plinary aspects of integration of the alternative sources of en-
demonstrated by building a prototype or model and perform-
ergy, including hydropower, wind power, photovoltaic, and
ing pre-planned experimental tests, wherever feasible. Pre-
energy storage for those systems. Power electronic systems
requisite: EGGN491. 1 hour lecture; 6 hours lab; 3 semester
will be discussed and how those electronic systems can be
hours.
used for stand-alone and grid-connected electrical energy ap-
plications. Prerequisite: EGGN382 or consent of instructor. 3
EGGN498. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGINEERING (I, II)
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Taught on demand.
Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from
special interest of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the
EGGN487. ADVANCED ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEMS
course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent.
LABORATORY (II) Electric power grid or the intercon-
Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit
nected power network is one of the most complex systems.
under different titles.
Evaluating the system operation and planning for future ex-
pansion, reliability and security analysis has become increas-
EGGN499. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual
ingly more complex. The common techniques utilized in the
research or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
design include commercially available software. The Power-
member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a sub-
World Simulator in one of the most commonly used such
ject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Indepen-
software and will be featured in this class. Emphasis will be
dent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the
focused on determining how the power flow within a large
Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
system is controlled and understanding the factors that influ-
credit under different topics/experiences.
ence voltage regulation and reactive power control. Contin-
Graduate Courses
gency analysis, evaluating system improvements, and
500-level courses are open to qualified seniors with the per-
planning for future expansion will also be featured. Short cir-
mission of the department and Dean of the Graduate School.
cuit currents resulting from symmetrical and unsymmetrical
EGGN501. ADVANCED ENGINEERING MEASURE-
faults will also be calculated. Prerequisites: EGGN484 and/or
MENTS (I) Introduction to the fundamentals of measure-
consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory;
ments within the context of engineering systems. Topics
3 semester hours.
that are covered include: errors and error analysis, modeling
EGGN488. RELIABILITY OF ENGINEERING SYSTEMS
of measurement systems, basic electronics, noise and noise
(I) This course addresses uncertainty modeling, reliability
reduction, and data acquisition systems. Prerequisite:
analysis, risk assessment, reliability-based design, predictive
EGGN250, DCGN381 or equivalent, and MATH323
maintenance, optimization, and cost-effective retrofit of engi-
or equivalent; graduate student status or consent of the in-
neering systems such as structural, sensory, electric, pipe-
structor. 3 hours lecture, 1 hour lab; 4 semester hours.
line, hydraulic, lifeline and environmental facilities. Topics
EGGN502. INTERDISCIPLINARY MODELING AND
include introduction of reliability of engineering systems,
SIMULATION (I) Introduce modern simulation and model-
stochastic engineering system simulation, frequency analysis
ing techniques, as used to solve traditional and multidiscipli-
of extreme events, reliability and risk evaluation of engineer-
nary engineering problems. Static and dynamic phenomena
ing systems, and optimization of engineering systems. Pre-
are described in space and space-time domains as well as in
requisite: MATH323. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
transform space. Analytical as well as computational solution
EGGN491. SENIOR DESIGN I (I, II) The first of a two-
methods are developed and applied for linear and nonlinear
semester course sequence giving the student experience in
systems. Simulation and modeling approaches are applied to
the engineering design process. Realistic, open-ended design
solve multidisciplinary engineering problems. Prerequisite:
problems are addressed at the conceptual, engineering analy-
This is an introductory graduate class. The student must have
sis, and the synthesis stages, and include economic and
a solid understanding of linear algebra, calculus, ordinary
ethical considerations necessary to arrive at a final design.
differential equations, and Fourier theory. 3 hours lecture;
Several design projects are completed during the two-semester
1 hour lab; 4 semester hours.
sequence. The design projects are chosen to develop student
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EGGN512. COMPUTER VISION (II) Computer vision is
PROJECT MANAGEMENT (II) Contemporary technical
the process of using computers to acquire images, transform
and behavioral issues in engineering design and project man-
images, and extract symbolic descriptions from images. This
agement. Implementation of project organization techniques
course concentrates on how to recover the structure and
to plan thesis research projects or projects selected at the
properties of a possibly dynamic three-dimensional world
beginning of the semester. Elements of quality control in
from its two-dimensional images. We start with an overview
manufacturing and numerous marketing tools. Prerequisite:
of image formation and low level image processing, includ-
EGGN491 and EGGN492, or equivalent senior design project
ing feature extraction techniques. We then go into detail on
experience, or equivalent industrial design experience, or
the theory and techniques for estimating shape, location, mo-
consent of the Engineering Division. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
tion, and recognizing objects. Applications and case studies
mester hours.
will be discussed from areas such as scientific image analy-
EGGN504. ENGINEERING SYSTEMS SEMINAR (I, II)
sis, robotics, machine vision inspection systems, photogram-
This is a seminar forum for graduate students to present their
metry, multimedia, and human interfaces (such as face and
research projects, critique others’ presentations, understand
gesture recognition). Design ability and hands-on projects
the breadth of engineering projects both within their specialty
will be emphasized, using image processing software and
area and across the Division, hear from leaders of industry
hardware systems. Prerequisite: Linear algebra, Fourier
about contemporary engineering as well as socio-economical
transforms, knowledge of C programming language. 3 hours
and marketing issues facing today’s competitive global envi-
lecture; 3 semester hours.
ronment. In order to improve communication skills, each stu-
EGGN513. WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
dent is required to present a seminar in this course before
(II) This course explores aspects of electromagnetics, sto-
his/her graduation from the Engineering graduate program.
chastic modeling, signal processing, and RF/microwave com-
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 1 hour seminar, 1 semester
ponents as applied to the design of wireless systems. In
hour. Repeatable; maximum 1 hour granted toward degree
particular, topics on (a) physical and statistical models to rep-
requirements.
resent the wireless channel, (b) advanced digital modulation
EGGN510. IMAGE AND MULTIDIMENSIONAL SIGNAL
techniques, (c) temporal, spectral, code-division and spatial
PROCESSING (I) This course provides the student with the
multiple access techniques, (d) space diversity techniques
theoretical background to allow them to apply state of the art
and (d) the effects of RF/microwave components on wireless
image and multi-dimensional signal processing techniques. The
systems will be discussed. Pre-requisite: EGGN 386, EGGN
course teaches students to solve practical problems involving
483, and consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
the processing of multidimensional data such as imagery, video
hours.
sequences, and volumetric data. The types of problems students
EGGN514/MNGN. ADVANCED ROBOT CONTROL (II)
are expected to solve are automated mensuration from multi-
The focus is on mobile robotic vehicles. Topics covered are:
dimensional data, and the restoration, reconstruction, or com-
navigation, mining applications, sensors, including vision,
pression of multidimensional data. The tools used in solving
problems of sensing variations in rock properties, problems
these problems include a variety of feature extraction methods,
of representing human knowledge in control systems, ma-
filtering techniques, segmentation techniques, and transform
chine condition diagnostics, kinematics, and path planning
methods. Students will use the techniques covered in this
real time obstacle avoidance. Prerequisite: EGGN407 or con-
course to solve practical problems in projects. Prerequisite:
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 hours lab; 4 semester
EGGN388 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
hours.
EGGN511. DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING This course
EGGN515. MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR SIGNALS
introduces the engineering aspects of digital signal process-
AND SYSTEMS (I) An introduction to mathematical meth-
ing (DSP). It deals with the theoretical foundations of DSP
ods for modern signal processing using vector space meth-
combined with applications and implementation technologies.
ods. Topics include signal representation in Hilbert and
While the bulk of the course addresses one-dimensional sig-
Banach spaces; linear operators and the geometry of linear
nals and emphasizes digital filters, there are extensions to
equations; LU, Cholesky, QR, eigen- and singular value de-
specialized and contemporary topics such as sigma-delta
compositions. Applications to signal processing and linear
conversion techniques. The course will be useful to all stu-
systems are included throughout, such as Fourier analysis,
dents who are concerned with information bearing signals
wavelets, adaptive filtering, signal detection, and feedback
and signal-processing in a wide variety of applications set-
control.
tings, including sensing, instrumentation, control, communi-
EGGN516. RF AND MICROWAVE ENGINEERING (I)
cations, signal interpretation and diagnostics, and imaging.
This course teaches the basics of RF/microwave design in-
Prerequisite: EGGN483 and EGGN407 or consent of instruc-
cluding circuit concepts, modeling techniques, and test and
tor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Taught on Demand.
measurement techniques, as applied to wireless communica-
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tion systems. RF/microwave concepts that will be discussed
knowledge of the special considerations necessary to apply
are: scattering parameters, impedance matching, microstrip
various engineering principles to the human body. Prerequi-
and coplanar transmission lines, power dividers and couplers,
sites: DCGN 421 Statics, DCGN381 Circuits, EGGN 320
filters, amplifiers, oscillators, and diode mixers and detec-
Mechanics of Materials, EGGN 351 Fluids I (or instructor
tors. Students will learn how to design and model RF/mi-
permission). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
crowave components such as impedance matching networks,
EGGN521. MECHATRONICS (II) Fundamental design of
amplifiers and oscillators on Ansoft Designer software, and
electromechanical systems with embedded microcomputers
will build and measure these circuits in the laboratory. Pre-
and intelligence. Design of microprocessor based systems
requisites: EGGN385, EGGN386, EGGN483, and consent of
and their interfaces. Fundamental design of machines with
instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
active sensing and adaptive response. Microcontrollers and
EGGN517. THEORY AND DESIGN OF ADVANCED
integration of micro-sensors and micro-actuators in the de-
CONTROL SYSTEMS (II) This course will introduce and
sign of electromechanical systems. Introduction to algo-
study the theory and design of multivariable and nonlinear
rithms for information processing appropriate for embedded
control systems. Students will learn to design multivariable
systems. Smart materials and their use as actuators. Students
controllers that are both optimal and robust, using tools such
will do projects involving the design and implementation of
as state space and transfer matrix models, nonlinear analysis,
smart-systems. Prerequisite: DCGN 381 and EGGN482 rec-
optimal estimator and controller design, and multi-loop con-
ommended. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
troller synthesis Prerequisite: EGGN417 or consent of in-
EGGN525. MUSCOLOSKELETAL BIOMECHANICS (I)
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring semester.
This course is intended to provide graduate engineering stu-
EGGN518. ROBOT MECHANICS: KINEMATICS, DY-
dents with an introduction to musculoskeletal biomechanics.
NAMICS, AND CONTROL (I) Mathematical representation
At the end of the semester, students should have a working
of robot structures. Mechanical analysis including kinematics,
knowledge of the special considerations necessary to apply
dynamics, and design of robot manipulators. Representations
engineering principles to the human body. The course will
for trajectories and path planning for robots. Fundamentals of
focus on the biomechanics of injury since understanding in-
robot control including, linear, nonlinear and force control
jury will require developing an understanding of normal bio-
methods. Introduction to off-line programming techniques
mechanics. Prerequisites: DCGN421 Statics, EGGN320
and simulation. Prerequisite: EGGN407, EGGN400 or con-
Mechanics of Materials, EGGN420/BELS420 Introduction to
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Biomedical Engineering (or instructor permission). 3 hours
EGGN519. ESTIMATION THEORY AND KALMAN FIL-
lecture; 3 semester hours.
TERING (II) Estimation theory considers the extraction of
EGGN527. PROSTHETIC AND IMPLANT ENGINEER-
useful information from raw sensor measurements in the
ING (I) Prosthetics and implants for the musculoskeletal and
presence of signal uncertainty. Common applications include
other systems of the human body are becoming increasingly
navigation, localization and mapping, but applications can be
sophisticated. From simple joint replacements to myoelectric
found in all fields where measurements are used. Mathematic
limb replacements and functional electrical stimulation, the
descriptions of random signals and the response of linear
engineering opportunities continue to expand. This course
systems are presented. The discrete-time Kalman Filter is
builds on musculoskeletal biomechanics and other BELS
introduced, and conditions for optimality are described.
courses to provide engineering students with an introduction
Implementation issues, performance prediction, and filter
to prosthetics and implants for the musculoskeletal system.
divergence are discussed. Adaptive estimation and nonlinear
At the end of the semester, students should have a working
estimation are also covered. Contemporary applications will
knowledge of the challenges and special considerations nec-
be utilized throughout the course. Pre-requisite: EGGN407
essary to apply engineering principles to augmentation or re-
and MATH323 or equivalent. Spring semester of odd years.
placement in the musculoskeletal system. Prerequisites:
EGGN520. INTRODUCTION TO BIOMEDICAL ENGI-
Musculoskeletal Biomechanics (EGGN/BELS425 or
NEERING (II) The application of engineering principles and
EGGN/BELS525), 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
techniques to the human body presents many unique chal-
EGGN528. COMPUTATIONAL BIOMECHANICS Compu-
lenges. The discipline of Biomedical Engineering has
tational Biomechanics provides and introduction to the appli-
evolved over the past 50 years to address these challenges.
cation of computer simulation to solve some fundamental
Biomedical Engineering is a diverse, seemingly all-encom-
problems in biomechanics and bioengineering. Muscu-
passing field that includes such areas as biomechanics, bio-
loskeletal mechanics, medical image reconstruction, hard and
materials, bioinstrumentation, medical imaging,
soft tissue modeling, joint mechanics, and inter-subject vari-
rehabilitation. This course is intended to provide an intro-
ability will be considered. An emphasis will be placed on un-
duction to, and overview of, Biomedical Engineering. At the
derstanding the limitations of the computer model as a
end of the semester, graduate students should have a working
predictive tool and the need for rigorous verification and val-
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idation of computational techniques. Clinical application of
parts. The first part provides an introduction to the composi-
biomechanical modeling tools is highlighted and impact on
tion and fabric of natural soils, their surface and pore-fluid
patient quality of life is demonstrated. Prerequisite:
chemistry, and the physico-chemical factors that govern soil
EGGN413, EGGN420 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
behavior. The second part examines what is known about
ture; 3 semester hours.
how these fundamental characteristics and factors affect ge-
EGGN530. BIOMEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION (I) The
otechnical properties, including the hydrologic properties
acquisition, processing, and interpretation of biological sig-
that govern the conduction of pore fluid and pore fluid con-
nals presents many unique challenges to the Biomedical En-
stituents, and the geomechanical properties that govern vol-
gineer. This course is intended to provide students with the
ume change, shear deformation, and shear strength. The
knowledge to understand, appreciate, and address these chal-
course is designed for graduate students in various branches
lenges. At the end of the semester, students should have a
of engineering and geology that are concerned with the engi-
working knowledge of the special considerations necessary
neering and hydrologic behavior of earth systems, including
to gathering and analyzing biological signal data. Prerequi-
geotechnical engineering, geological engineering, environ-
sites: EGGN250 MEL I, DCGN381 Introduction to Electrical
mental engineering, mining engineering, and petroleum engi-
Circuits, Electronics, and Power, EGGN420/BELS420 Intro-
neering. Prerequisites: EGGN461 Soil Mechanics or consent
duction to Biomedical Engineering (or permission of instruc-
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
tor). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EGGN535. INTRODUCTION TO DISCRETE ELEMENT
EGGN531. SOIL DYNAMICS Dynamic phenomena in ge-
METHODS (DEMS) (II) Review of particle/rigid body
otechnical engineering, e.g., earthquakes, pile and foundation
dynamics, numerical DEM solution of equations of motion
vibrations, traffic, construction vibrations; behavior of soils
for a system of particles/rigid bodies, linear and nonlinear
under dynamic loading, e.g., small, medium and large strain
contact and impact laws dynamics, applications of DEM in
behavior, soil liquefaction; wave propagation through soil
mechanical engineering, materials processing and geo-
and rock; laboratory and field techniques to assess dynamic
mechanics. Prerequisites: EGGN320, EGGN315 and some
soil properties; analysis and design of shallow and deep
scientific programming experience in C/C++ or Fortran or
foundations subjected to dynamic loading; analysis of con-
the consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
struction vibrations. Prerequisites: EGGN361, EGGN315,
hours Spring semester of even numbered years.
EGGN464 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
EGGN536. HILLSLOPE HYDROLOGY AND STABILITY
ter hours.
(I) Introduction of shallow landslide occurrence and socio-
EGGN532/MTGN545. FATIGUE AND FRACTURE (I)
economic dynamics. Roles of unsaturated flow and stress in
Basic fracture mechanics as applied to engineering materials,
shallow landslides. Slope stability analysis based on unsatu-
S-N curves, the Goodman diagram, stress concentrations,
rated effective stress conceptualization. Computer modeling
residual stress effects, effect of material properties on mecha-
of unsaturated flow and stress distributions in hillslope. Pre-
nisms of crack propagation. Prerequisite: Consent of depart-
diction of precipitation induced shallow landslides. Prerequi-
ment. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Fall semesters, odd
site: EGGN461. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
numbered years.
EGGN540. CONTINUUM MECHANICS (I) Introduction
EGGN533. UNSATURATED SOIL MECHANICS (I) The
to Cartesian tensor analysis; consideration of stress, strain,
focus of this course is on soil mechanics for unsaturated
and strain rates as tensor quantities including their transfor-
soils. It provides an introduction to thermodynamic potentials
mation laws; decomposition theorems for stress and strain;
in partially saturated soils, chemical potentials of adsorbed
constitutive theory of materials; use of conservation princi-
water in partially saturated soils, phase properties and rela-
ples in continuum mechanics. Prerequisite: EGGN322 and
tions, stress state variables, measurements of soil water
MATH225 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
suction, unsaturated flow laws, measurement of unsaturated
ter hours. Fall semesters, odd numbered years.
permeability, volume change theory, effective stress principle,
EGGN541. ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS (I)
and measurement of volume changes in partially saturated
Introduction to advanced structural analysis concepts. Non-
soils. The course is designed for seniors and graduate stu-
prismatic structures. Arches, Suspension and cable-stayed
dents in various branches of engineering and geology that are
bridges. Structural optimization. Computer Methods. Struc-
concerned with unsaturated soil’s hydrologic and mechanics
tures with nonlinear materials. Internal force redistribution
behavior. Prerequisites: EGGN461 or consent of instructor.
for statically indeterminate structures. Graduate credit re-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
quires additional homework and projects. Prerequisite:
EGGN534. SOIL BEHAVIOR (II) The focus of this course
EGGN342. 3 hour lectures, 3 semester hours.
is on interrelationships among the composition, fabric, and
EGGN542. FINITE ELEMENT METHODS FOR ENGI-
geotechnical and hydrologic properties of soils that consist
NEERS (II) A course combining finite element theory
partly or wholly of clay. The course will be divided into two
with practical programming experience in which the multi-
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disciplinary nature of the finite element method as a numerical
for design. Connection design and advanced seismic analysis
technique for solving differential equations is emphasized.
principles are introduced. Prerequisite: EGGN342 or equiva-
Topics covered include simple “structural” elements, beams
lent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
on elastic foundations, solid elasticity, steady state analysis
EGGN548. ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS (I) Advanced
and transient analysis. Some of the applications will lie in the
soil mechanics theories and concepts as applied to analysis
general area of geomechanics, reflecting the research inter-
and design in geotechnical engineering. Topics covered will
ests of the instructor. Students get a copy of all the source
include seepage, consolidation, shear strength, failure criteria
code published in the course textbook. Prerequisite: Consent
and constitutive models for soil. The course will have an
of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
emphasis on numerical solution techniques to geotechnical
EGGN543. SOLID MECHANICS OF MATERIALS (II)
problems by finite elements and finite differences. Prerequi-
Introduction to the algebra of vectors and tensors; coordinate
sites: A first course in soil mechanics or consent of instructor.
transformations; general theories of stress and strain; princi-
3 Lecture Hours, 3 semester hours.
pal stresses and strains; octahedral stresses; Hooke’s Law
EGGN549. ADVANCED DESIGN OF STEEL STRUC-
introduction to the mathematical theory of elasticity and to
TURES (II) The course extends the coverage of steel design
energy methods; failure theories for yield and fracture. Pre-
to include the topics: slender columns, beam-columns, frame
requisite: EGGN320 or equivalent, MATH225 or equivalent.
behavior, bracing systems and connections, stability, moment
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
resisting connections, composite design, bolted and welded
EGGN544. SOLID MECHANICS OF NONLINEAR MA-
connections under eccentric loads and tension, and semi-rigid
TERIALS (II) Introduction to the internal state variable
connections. Prerequisite: EGGN444 or equivalent. 3 hours
modeling of inelastic deformation. Topics covered include:
lecture; 3 semester hours.
review of continuum thermomechanics; physics of plastic de-
EGGN 550. DESIGN OF REINFORCED CONCRETE
formation in crystalline solids and in geo-materials; vis-
STRUCTURES II (I) Advanced problems in the analysis
coplasticity; rate-independent plasticity; yield criteria;
and design of concrete structures, design of slender columns;
isotropic and kinematic hardening rules; numerical solution
biaxial bending; two-way slabs; strut and tie models; lateral
of sets of internal state variable equations; numerical cou-
and vertical load analysis of multistory buildings; introduc-
pling of internal state variable equations with finite element
tion to design for seismic forces; use of structural computer
models of elastic deformation. Prerequisite EGGN320 and
programs. Prerequisite: EGGN445. 3 hour lectures; 3 semes-
EGGN543 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
ter hours.
ter hours. Spring semester, even numbered years.
EGGN551. MECHANICS OF INCOMPRESSIBLE FLU-
EGGN545. BOUNDARY ELEMENT METHODS (II)
IDS (I) Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids. Mechanics of
Development of the fundamental theory of the boundary ele-
two- and three-dimensional viscous incompressible flows,
ment method with applications in elasticity, heat transfer, dif-
flows of homogeneous and nonhomogeneous fluids, and en-
fusion, and wave propagation. Derivation of indirect and
gineering applications. Multi-phase flows. Steady and un-
direct boundary integral equations. Introduction to other
steady Bernoulli equation. Similarity of flows. Potential
Green’s function based methods of analysis. Computational
flows and basic source-sink flows inside and around body.
experiments in primarily two dimensions. Prerequisite:
Random ocean waves. Inertia and damping forces on sub-
EGGN502, EGGN540 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
merged bodies. Vortex shedding. Engineering applications
ture; 3 semester hours Spring Semester, odd numbered years.
and computer simulations. Prerequisites; EGGN351 and
EGGN546. ADVANCED ENGINEERING VIBRATION (I)
MATH225 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
Vibration theory as applied to single- and multi-degree-of-
ter hours.
freedom systems. Free and forced vibrations to different
EGGN552. VISCOUS FLOW AND BOUNDARY LAYERS
types of loading-harmonic, impulse, periodic and general.
(I) This course establishes the theoretical underpinnings of
Natural frequencies. Role of Damping. Importance of reso-
fluid mechanics, including fluid kinematics, stress-strain
nance. Modal superposition method. Prerequisite:
relationships, and derivation of the fluid-mechanical conser-
EGGN315, 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
vation equations. These include the mass-continuity and
EGGN547. TIMBER AND MASONRY DESIGN (II) The
Navier-Stokes equations as well as the multi-component
course develops the theory and design methods required for
energy and species-conservation equations. Fluid-mechanical
the use of timber and masonry as structural materials. The
boundary-layer theory is developed and applied to situations
design of walls, beams, columns, beam-columns, shear walls,
arising in chemically reacting flow applications including
and structural systems are covered for each material. Grav-
combustion, chemical processing, and thin-film materials
ity, wind, snow, and seismic loads are calculated and utilized
processing. Prerequisite: EGGN473, or CHEN430 or consent
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
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EGGN553. ENGINEERING HYDROLOGY (I) The hydro-
EGGN564. PHYSICAL GASDYNAMICS (I) Selected
logic cycle, precipitation and runoff relationships, and the
topics in gas-phase thermodynamics for high speed and/or
Rational Method. Hydrograph analysis and synthesis and the
reacting flows: kinetic theory; transport properties; chemical
unit hydrograph. Basin analysis, flood routing, urban hydrol-
equilibrium; vibrational, rotational and chemical rate processes;
ogy and design. Prerequisite: EGGN351 or consent of in-
statistical mechanics; and the equations of radiative transfer
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Fall semesters,
from a microscopic viewpoint. Prerequisite: EGGN351,
even years.
EGGN371 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
EGGN554. OPEN CHANNEL FLOW (II) Fluid mechanics
ter hours.
applied to flow in natural and manmade channels. The princi-
EGGN566. COMBUSTION (II) An introduction to combus-
ples of momentum and energy, flow resistance in uniform
tion. Course subjects include: the development of the Chap-
and non-uniform channels. Backwater and drawdown curves,
man-Jouget solutions for deflagration and detonation, a brief
channel controls and transitions. Gradually, rapidly and spa-
review of the fundamentals of kinetics and thermochemistry,
tially varied flow regimes. Unsteady flow and flood routing
development of solutions for diffusion flames and premixed
methods. Prerequisite: EGGN351 or consent of instructor.
flames, discussion of flame structure, pollutant formation, and
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring semesters, odd years.
combustion in practical systems. Prerequisite: EGGN473, or
EGGN555. KINETIC PHENOMENA IN MATERIALS (I)
ChEN430 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
Linear irreversible thermodynamics, dorce-flux couplings,
ter hours.
diffusion, crystalline materials, amorphous materials, defect
EGGN567. RADIATION HEAT TRANSFER (I) Review of
kinetics in crystalline materials, interface kinetics, morpho-
radiative properties, blackbody radiation, Planck’s distribu-
logical evolution of interfaces, nucleation theory, crystal
tion, Wien’s Displacement Law, Kirchhoff’s Law, view fac-
growth, coarsening phenomena and grain growth, solidifica-
tors. Radiation exchange within enclosures with black and
tion, spinodal decomposition. Prerequisites: MATH225: Dif-
diffuse-gray surfaces. Radiation in absorbing, emitting and
ferential equations (or equivalent), MLGN504/MTGN555/
scattering (semi-transparent, participating) media. An engi-
CHEN509: Thermodynamics (or its equivalent)
neering treatment of gas radiation in enclosures. Prerequisite:
EGGN559. MECHANICS OF PARTICULATE MEDIA (I)
EGGN471, or equivalent or consent of instructor. 3 hours
This course allows students to establish fundamental knowl-
lecture; 3 semester hours.
edge of quasi-static and dynamic particle behavior that is
EGGN569. FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
beneficial to interdisciplinary material handling processes in
Investigate fundamentals of fuel-cell operation and electro-
the chemical, civil, materials, metallurgy, geophysics, physics,
chemistry from a chemical-thermodynamics and materials-
and mining engineering. Issues of interest are the definition
science perspective. Review types of fuel cells,
of particle size and size distribution, particle shape, nature of
fuel-processing requirements and approaches, and fuel-cell
packing, quasi-static behavior under different external load-
system integration. Examine current topics in fuel-cell sci-
ing, particle collisions, kinetic theoretical modeling of par-
ence and technology. Fabricate and test operational fuel cells
ticulate flows, molecular dynamic simulations, and a brief
in the Colorado Fuel Cell Center. 3 credit hours.
introduction of solid-fluid two-phase flows. Prerequisite:
EGGN572. MULTIPHASE FLOWS AND TRANSPORT
Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Fall
PHENOMENA WITH DROPLETS AND PARTICLES (II)
semesters, every other year.
Derivation of the basic heat, mass, and momentum transfer
EGGN560. NUMERICAL METHODS FOR ENGINEERS
equations for the analysis of multiphase flows with droplets
(S) Introduction to the use of numerical methods in the solu-
and particles. Flow patterns in two-phase pipe flows. Analy-
tion of commonly encountered problems of engineering
sis of spray and particulate systems. Formation and breakup
analysis. Structural/solid analysis of elastic materials (linear
of droplets. Particle/fluid, particle/wall, particle/particle in-
simultaneous equations); vibrations (roots of nonlinear equa-
teractions. Prerequisite: EGGN552 or consent of instructor.
tions, initial value problems); natural frequency and beam
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring semesters, every
buckling (eigenvalue problems); interpretation of experimen-
other year.
tal data (curve fitting and differentiation); summation of
EGGN573. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATIONAL
pressure distributions (integration); beam deflections (bound-
TECHNIQUES FOR FLUID DYNAMICS AND TRANS-
ary value problems). All course participants will receive
PORT PHENOMENA (II) Introduction to Computational
source code of all the numerical methods programs published
Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for graduate students with no prior
in the course textbook which is coauthored by the instructor.
knowledge of this topic. Basic techniques for the numerical
Prerequisite: MATH225 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
analysis of fluid flows. Acquisition of hands-on experience in
ture; 3 semester hours.
the development of numerical algorithms and codes for the
numerical modeling and simulation of flows and transport
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phenomena of practical and fundamental interest. Capabili-
transient operations, all aspects of performance evaluation,
ties and limitations of CFD. Prerequisite: EGGN473 or con-
IEEE methods of testing, and guidelines for industry applica-
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
tions including design and procurement. Prerequisites:
EGGN580. ELECTRIC POWER QUALITY (II) Electric
EGGN484 or equivalent, and/or consent of instructor.
power quality (PQ) deals with problems exhibited by volt-
3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours. Spring semester of even
age, current and frequency that typically impact end-users
years.
(customers) of an electric power system. This course is de-
EGGN584. POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS ENGI-
signed to familiarize the concepts of voltage sags, harmonics,
NEERING (I) This course deals with the theory and applica-
momentary disruptions, and waveform distortions arising
tions of problems and solutions as related to electric power
from various sources in the system. A theoretical and mathe-
distribution systems engineering from both ends: end-users
matical basis for various indices, standards, models, analyses
like large industrial plants and electric utility companies. The
techniques, and good design procedures will be presented.
primary focus of this course in on the medium voltage (4.16
Additionally, sources of power quality problems and some
kV – 69 kV) power systems. Some references will be made
remedies for improvement will be discussed. The course
to the LV power system. The course includes: per-unit meth-
bridges topics between power systems and power electronics.
ods of calculations; voltage drop and voltage regulation;
Prerequisite: EGGN484 and EGGN485 or instructor ap-
power factor improvement and shunt compensation; short-
proval. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours.
circuit calculations; theory and fundamentals of symmetrical
EGGN581. MODERN ADJUSTABLE SPEED ELECTRIC
components; unsymmetrical faults; overhead distribution
DRIVES (II) An introduction to electric drive systems for
lines and power cables; basics and fundamentals of distribu-
advanced applications. The course introduces the treatment
tion protection. Prerequisites: EGGN484 or equivalent, and/or
of vector control of induction and synchronous motor drives
consent of instructor. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours. Fall
using the concepts of general flux orientation and the feed-
semester of odd years.
forward (indirect) and feedback (direct) voltage and current
EGGN585. ADVANCED HIGH POWER ELECTRONICS
vector control. AC models in space vector complex algebra
(II) Basic principles of analysis and design of circuits utiliz-
are also developed. Other types of drives are also covered,
ing high power electronics. AC/DC, DC/AC, AC/AC, and
such as reluctance, stepper-motor and switched-reluctance
DC/DC conversion techniques. Laboratory project compris-
drives. Digital computer simulations are used to evaluate
ing simulation and construction of a power electronics
such implementations. Pre-requisite: Familiarity with power
circuit. Prerequisites: EGGN385; EGGN389 or equivalent.
electronics and power systems, such as covered in EGGN484
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring semester of even
and EGGN485. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours. Spring se-
years.
mester of even years.
EGGN586. HIGH VOLTAGE AC AND DC POWER
EGGN582. RENEWABLE ENERGY AND DISTRIBUTED
TRANSMISSION (I) This course deals with the theory,
GENERATION (I) A comprehensive electrical engineering
modeling and applications of HV and EHV power transmis-
approach on the integration of alternative sources of energy.
sion systems engineering. The primary focus is on overhead
One of the main objectives of this course is to focus on the
AC transmission line and voltage ranges between 115 kV –
inter-disciplinary aspects of integration of the alternative
500 kV. HVDC and underground transmission will also be
sources of energy which will include most common and also
discussed. The details include the calculations of line param-
promising types of alternative primary energy: hydropower,
eters (RLC); steady-state performance evaluation (voltage
wind power, photovoltaic, fuel cells and energy storage with
drop and regulation, losses and efficiency) of short, medium
the integration to the electric grid. Pre-requisite: It is assumed
and long lines; reactive power compensation; FACTS de-
that students will have some basic and broad knowledge of
vices; insulation coordination; corona; insulators; sag-tension
the principles of electrical machines, thermodynamics, power
calculations; EMTP, traveling wave and transients; funda-
electronics, direct energy conversion, and fundamentals of
mentals of transmission line design; HV and EHV power ca-
electric power systems such as covered in basic engineering
bles: solid dielectric, oil-filled and gas-filled; Fundamentals
courses plus EGGN484 and EGGN485. 3 lecture hours; 3 se-
of DC transmission systems including converter and filter.
mester hours. Fall semester of odd years.
Prerequisites: EGGN484 or equivalent, and/or consent of in-
EGGN583. ADVANCED ELECTRICAL MACHINE DY-
structor. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours. Fall semester of
NAMICS (II) This course deals primarily with the two rotat-
even years.
ing AC machines currently utilized in the electric power
EGGN587. INTRODUCTION TO POWER SYSTEMS
industry, namely induction and synchronous machines. The
MARKET OPERATIONS (I) This course is designed to pro-
course is divided in two halves: the first half is dedicated to
vide an introduction to the structure and techniques (tools) of
induction and synchronous machines are taught in the second
market operation in deregulated electric power industry. The
half. The details include the development of the theory of
course will cover topics related to the history of deregulation
operation, equivalent circuit models for both steady-state and
of electric power industry in the US, participants and struc-
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ture of electric power markets, economic dispatch, unit com-
ered. Real-life problems from different engineering systems
mitment, system security, automatic generation control, auc-
are analyzed. Prerequisite: EGGN517 or consent of instruc-
tions, ancillary services, and congestion management in
tor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Taught on demand.
transmission systems. Prerequisite: EGGN484 or instructor
EGGN618. SYSTEM IDENTIFICATION AND ADAPTIVE
approval. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours.
CONTROL Modeling is the first step in control design, and
EGGN588. ADVANCED RELIABILITY OF ENGINEER-
for many processes a physical model is not appropriate for
ING SYSTEMS (I) This course addresses uncertainty model-
control design, either because it is too complex, or because of
ing, reliability analysis, risk assessment, reliability-based
unknown parameters. System identification is an important
design, predictive maintenance, optimization, and cost-effective
tool, which with proper use can help a control designer de-
retrofit of engineering systems such as structural, sensory,
velop empirical models from experimental input/output data.
electric, pipeline, hydraulic, lifeline and environmental facili-
These models are suitable for control system design. Adap-
ties. Topics include Introduction of Reliability of Engineer-
tive control systems can make use of on-line system identifi-
ing Systems, Network Modeling and Evaluation of Complex
cation to continually update the process model and/or control
Engineering Systems, Stochastic Engineering System Simu-
parameters. The course will begin with coverage of uncon-
lation, Frequency Analysis of Extreme Events, Reliability
strained optimization and maximum likelihood (ML) estima-
and Risk Evaluation of Engineering Systems, and Optimiza-
tion. Discrete time dynamic system models are introduced,
tion of Engineering Systems. Prerequisite: MATH324. 3
including transfer function and state space models, random se-
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
quences, and ARMAX and Box-Jenkins model structures.
EGGN589. DESIGN AND CONTROL OF WIND ENERGY
State estimation and Kalman filtering is developed. System
SYSTEMS (II) Wind energy provides a clean, renewable
identification is then an application of ML estimation to vari-
source for electricity generation. Wind turbines provide elec-
ous model structures. The final portion of the course covers
tricity at or near the cost of traditional fossil-fuel fired power
adaptive control as an application of on-line system identifi-
plants at suitable locations, and the wind industry is growing
cation. Prerequisite: EGGN517 or EGGN523 or consent of
rapidly as a result. Engineering R&D can still help to reduce
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Taught on de-
the cost of energy from wind, improve the reliability of wind
mand.
turbines and wind farms, and help to improve acceptance of
EGGN619. APPLIED INTELLIGENT CONTROL AND
wind energy in the public and political arenas. This course
FAILURE DIAGNOSTICS Application of intelligent con-
provides an overview of the design and control of wind en-
trol to system diagnostics and failure prediction. Fundamen-
ergy systems. Prerequisite: EGGN307. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
tals of machinery condition monitoring and health
mester hours.
assessment. Survey of techniques used for signal analysis
EGGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGINEERING (I, II)
and interpretation of machine condition. Experiments involv-
Pilot course of special topics course. Topics chosen from
ing servo hydraulic, electromechanical drives, refrigeration,
special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually
and power electronics, and the detection of faults in these
course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Consent of the
systems. Presentation of current techniques for pattern recog-
instructor. Variable credit; 1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit
nition, signature analysis, sensor fusion, and intelligent con-
under different titles.
trol, including FFT, wavelets, and time-frequency analysis.
Failure modes, effects and criticality analysis. Case studies
EGGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
and review of active research in failure prevention and pre-
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
dictive maintenance. Use of expert systems, fuzzy logic, and
member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a sub-
neural networks for intelligent machine decision making. Pre-
ject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Indepen-
requisite: EGGN411, EGGN478 or consent of instructor.
dent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the
EGGN617 recommended. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit
Spring semesters, every other year. Taught on demand.
to a maximum of 6 hours.
EGGN642. ADVANCED FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS
EGGN617. INTELLIGENT CONTROL SYSTEMS Funda-
FOR ENGINEERS (I) Solution of nonlinear equations, Tran-
mental issues related to the design on intelligent control sys-
sient finite element analysis, Finite elements for nonlinear
tems are described. Neural networks analysis for engineering
material behavior, Finite elements for large deformations and
systems are presented. Neural-based learning, estimation,
contact problems Applications of finite elements in mechanical
and identification of dynamical systems are described. Quali-
engineering, materials processing and geomechanics. Pre-
tative control system analysis using fuzzy logic is presented.
requisites: EGGN320, EGGN315, EGGN542 and some sci-
Fuzzy mathematics design of rule-based control, and inte-
entific programming experience in C/C++ or Fortran, or the
grated human-machine intelligent control systems are cov-
consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Fall Semester of even numbered years.
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EGGN649. HYDRODYNAMICS (II) Basic principles of
EGGN683. COMPUTER METHODS IN ELECTRIC
hydrodynamics treat fundamentals, basic equations, and gen-
POWER SYSTEMS This course deals with the computer
eral theorems. Potential solutions include hydrodynamic sin-
methods and numerical solution techniques applied to large
gularities (sources, sinks, etc) and nonhomogeneous fluids
scale power systems. Primary focus includes load flow, short
flows. Nonhomogeneous fluids flows related to the resources
circuit, voltage stability and transient stability studies and
recovery technologies. Waves of finite amplitude in stratified
contingency analysis. The details include the modeling of
fluid. Surface waves and random waves. Motion by capilarity.
various devices like transformer, transmission lines, FACTS
Solution methods and engineering applications with computer-
devices, and synchronous machines. Numerical techniques in-
aided solutions. Prerequisites : EGGN551, MATH514 or
clude solving a large set of linear or non-linear algebraic
consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours
equations, and solving a large set of differential equations. A
Spring semester, every third year.
number of simple case studies (as per IEEE standard models)
EGGN657/CHEN657. RADIATION HEAT TRANSFER (I)
will be performed. Prerequisites: EGGN583, 584 and 586 or
Review of radiative properties, blackbody radiation, Planck’s
equivalent, and/or consent of instructor; a strong knowledge
distribution, Wien’s Displacement Law, Kirchhoff’s Law,
of digital simulation techniques. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester
view factors. Radiation exchange within enclosures and
hours. Taught on demand.
black and diffuse-gray surfaces. Radiation in absorbing,
EGGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGINEERING (I, II)
emitting and scattering (semi-transparent, participating)
Pilot course of special topics course. Topics chosen from
media. An engineering treatment of gas radiation in enclo-
special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually
sures. Prerequisite: EGGN471, or equivalent or consent of
course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Consent of the
instructor. 3 lecture hours, 3 semester hours.
Instructor. Variable credit; 1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit
EGGN658. MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY FOR THE
under different titles.
THERMOSCIENCES (II) A detailed review of spectroscopy
EGES699. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
for engineers who use it diagnostics for flowfield research.
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
Introduction to quantum mechanics including the one-electron
member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a sub-
atom problem, Zeeman effect and electron spin. Spectroscopy
ject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Indepen-
of multi-electron atoms, with a discussion of perturbation
dent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the
solutions to the Schrödinger equation. Development of a
Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit
transition moment, and its relation to the Einstein A coeffi-
under different topics/experience.
cient. Molecular spectroscopy is introduced via the harmonic
EGGN705. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER
oscillator and rigid rotator problems. Simple infrared spec-
OF SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion
troscopy, with the anharmonic oscillators and non-rigid rota-
of the degree Master of Science - thesis. Research must be
tors. Electronic transitions & the full diatomic molecular
carried out under the direct supervision of the graduate stu-
description. Topics such as the rate equations, the density
dent’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
matrix equations, or the spectroscopy of polyatomic species.
Prerequisite: EGGN564, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
EGGN706. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: DOCTOR
ture; 3 semester hours. Spring semesters, every other year
OF PHILOSOPHY Research credit hours required for com-
(opposite EGGN659 Optical Measurements in Reacting and
pletion of the degree Doctor of Philosophy. Research must be
Nonreacting Flow Systems).
carried out under direct supervision of the graduate student’s
faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
EGGN659. OPTICAL MEASUREMENTS IN REACTING
AND NONREACTING FLOW SYSTEMS (II) An intro-
duction to passive and active optical diagnostic techniques
for species concentrations, gas temperature and flowfield
velocity. Radiation methods for particulate and molecular
species. Particulate methods for velocity (e.g. Particle Image
Velocimetry). Line-of-sight measurements for both particulate
and molecules (e.g. Rayleigh and Mie scattering, absorption).
Spatially resolved measurements including nonresonant scat-
tering (e.g. Raman), linear resonant methods (Laser Induced
Fluorescence) and nonlinear methods (e.g. Degenerate Four-
Wave Mixing). Prerequisite: EGGN501, EGGN564, PH op-
tics course (no number at present), or consent of instructor. 3
hours lecture; 1hour lab; 4 semester hours. Spring semesters,
every other year (opposite Molecular Spectroscopy).
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Environmental Science and
Undergraduate/Graduate Programs sections in the Graduate
Engineering
and Undergraduate Bulletins for additional information. The
availability of daytime, evening, and summer courses allows
ROBERT L. SIEGRIST, Professor and Division Director
TISSA ILLANGASEKARE, Professor and AMAX Distinguished
all students a high degree of flexibility in planning their
Chair
coursework to achieve their degrees in a timely fashion.
JOHN E. McCRAY, Professor
To achieve the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, stu-
RONALD R.H. COHEN, Associate Professor
dents are expected to complete a combination of coursework
JÖRG DREWES, Associate Professor
and original research, under the guidance of a faculty advisor
LINDA A. FIGUEROA, Associate Professor
and Doctoral committee, that culminates in a significant
JUNKO MUNAKATA MARR, Associate Professor
TZAHI Y. CATH, Assistant Professor
scholarly contribution to a specialized field in environmental
CHRISTOPHER P. HIGGINS, Assistant Professor
science or engineering. The Ph.D. Program may build upon
JONATHAN O. SHARP, Assistant Professor
one of the ESE M.S. Programs or a comparable M.S. Pro-
JOHN R. SPEAR. Assistant Professor
gram at another university. Full-time enrollment is expected
MICHAEL SEIBERT, Research Professor
and leads to the greatest success, although part-time enroll-
MARIA L. GHIRARDI, Research Associate Professor
ment may be allowed under special circumstances.
MICHELLE L CRIMI, Research Assistant Professor
The ESE Division offers areas of emphasis for study such
PEI XU, Research Assistant Professor
KATHRYN LOWE, Senior Research Associate
as: Water Treatment, Reclamation & Reuse, Contaminant
PAUL B. QUENEAU, Adjunct Professor
Hydrology & Water Resources, Applied Environmental
DANIEL T. TEITELBAUM, Adjunct Professor
Microbiology & Biotechnology, Characterization & Risk
BRUCE D. HONEYMAN, Emeritus Professor
Analysis, and Environmental Remediation, that correspond
PHILIPPE ROSS, Emeritus Professor
to areas of significant career opportunities for graduates as
well as expertise and active research by members of the ESE
Degrees Offered:
faculty. Each area of emphasis is designed to give students a
Master of Science (Environmental Science and
rigorous, in-depth background in the subject matter relevant
Engineering)
to the area while allowing opportunity, through electives, for
Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Science and
breadth and exploration of related areas. For more informa-
Engineering)
tion on ESE curriculum please refer to the Division Website
at http://www.mines.edu/academic/envsci/.
Program Description:
The Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) Divi-
The ESE M.S. and Ph.D. Programs have been admitted to
sion offers programs of study in environmental science and
the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP/WICHE), a
engineering within the context of risk-based decision-making,
recognition that designates this curriculum as unique within
environmental law and policy leading to M.S. and Ph.D.
the Western United States. An important benefit of this desig-
graduate degrees as well as supporting several undergraduate
nation is that students from Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho,
degrees. Programs are designed to prepare students to inves-
Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon,
tigate and analyze environmental systems and assess risks to
South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are given
public health and ecosystems as well as evaluate and design
the tuition status of Colorado residents.
natural and engineered solutions to mitigate risks and enable
Combined Degree Program Option
beneficial outcomes. Programs of study are interdisciplinary
CSM undergraduate students have the opportunity to begin
in scope, and consequently the appropriate coursework may
work on a M.S. degree in Environmental Science and Engi-
be obtained from multiple departments at CSM as well as
neering while completing their Bachelor’s degree. The CSM
other local universities.
Combined Degree Program provides the vehicle for students
To achieve the Master of Science (M.S.) degree, full-time
to use undergraduate coursework as part of their Graduate
students may elect the Non-Thesis option, based exclusively
Degree curriculum. For more information please contact the
upon coursework and project activities, or the Thesis option,
ESE Office or visit http://www.mines.edu/academic/envsci/
in which laboratory and/or field research is incorporated into
ucombine.html.
the curriculum under the guidance of a faculty advisor. For
Program Requirements:
working professional or part time M.S. students the ESE
M.S. Non-Thesis Option: 30 total credit hours, consisting
Executive Program is offered, consisting of an evening
of coursework (27 h), Independent Study (ESGN599A) (3 h),
curriculum leading to a Non-Thesis M.S. degree. ESE also
and seminar .
offers a combined baccalaureate/masters degree program in
M.S. Thesis Option: 30 total credit hours, consisting of
which CSM students obtain an undergraduate degree as well
coursework (24 h), seminar, and research (6h). Students must
as a Thesis or Non-Thesis M.S. in Environmental Science
also write and orally defend a research thesis.
and Engineering. Please see the Combined
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Students in the ESE M.S. degree program who are not reg-
environmental goals; 4) geological, hydrological, and bio-
istered full time must be enrolled in the part time ESE Exec-
logical characterization of pristine and anthropogenically
utive Program.
disturbed natural systems, both for elucidating natural system
M.S. Students entering the ESE Program in prior CSM
function and for informing remediation and restoration efforts;
Bulletins may not elect to change to the 2007-2008 CSM
and 5) mathematical representation and modeling of hydro-
Bulletin requirements.
logical and hydrogeological phenomena in soil and water
systems. Within these areas, established research programs
Ph.D.: 72 total credit hours, consisting of area of emphasis
have developed investigating the treatment of emerging
coursework (at least 18 h), seminar, and research (at least 24
organic chemicals in water and wastewater, membrane tech-
h). Students must also successfully complete written and oral
nologies for water treatment, onsite and decentralized waste-
Qualifying examinations, prepare and present a dissertation
water systems, beneficial reuse of produced water, transport/
proposal, and write and defend a doctoral dissertation. PhD
fate and treatment of pathogens in water and wastewater,
students are also expected to submit the dissertation work for
transport/fate and treatment of non-aqueous phase liquids
publication in scholarly journals.
(NAPLs), environmental adsorption chemistry, bioavailabil-
Prerequisites:
ity and toxicity of metals in the environment, biotreatment of
baccalaureate degree: required, preferably in a science
metal- and radionuclide-containing wastes, molecular analy-
or engineering discipline
sis of microbial communities, in situ remediation of soil and
college calculus: two semesters required
groundwater systems, and evaluation of the roles of riparian
zones and wetlands in regulating water quality. In support of
college physics: one semester required, one year highly
these research activities, ESE has modern facilities, including
recommended
state-of-the-art laboratories for water/waste treatment, envi-
college chemistry: one year required
ronmental radiochemistry, biotechnology, and toxicology.
college statistics: one semester required
Specialized facilities include the Integrated Environmental
Teaching Lab complex, Center for Experimental Study of
area of emphasis “recommended & required back-
Subsurface Environmental Processes, CSM/City of Golden
ground” courses
Water Treatment Pilot Plant, and the Mines Park Test Site.
Required Curriculum:
Description of Courses
Curriculum areas of emphasis consist of recommended
ESGN401. FUNDAMENTALS OF ECOLOGY Biological
background courses, core courses, and electives. Students
and ecological principles are discussed and industrial exam-
will work with their academic advisors and area coordinators
ples of their use are given. Analysis of ecosystem processes,
to establish plans of study that best fit their individual inter-
such as erosion, succession, and how these processes relate
ests and goals. Each student will develop and submit, a plan
to engineering activities, including engineering design and
of study during the first semester of enrollment. Recom-
plant operation, are investigated. Criteria and performance
mended background courses may be taken for credit while a
standards are analyzed for facility siting, pollution control,
student is enrolled in one of the ESE programs, with the limi-
and mitigation of impacts. North American ecosystems are
tation that only 9 credits from undergraduate-level courses
analyzed. Concepts of forestry, range, and wildlife manage-
may be applied toward graduate credit requirements. Area of
ment are integrated as they apply to all the above. Three to
emphasis core courses are prescribed, and some elective
four weekend field trips will be arranged during the semester.
courses are recommended as highly suitable for particular
Prerequisite: ESGN301 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours
areas. Other electives may be chosen freely from courses
lecture; 3 semester hours.
offered at CSM and other local universities. Please visit the
ESE website for a complete outline of curriculum tracks and
ESGN440. ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION: SOURCES,
examples of elective courses offered by the Division and at
CHARACTERISTICS, TRANSPORT AND FATE This
CSM (http://www.mines.edu/Academic/envsci/).
course describes the environmental behavior of inorganic
and organic chemicals in multimedia environments, includ-
Fields of Research:
ing water, air, sediment, and biota. Sources and characteris-
Consistent with the Division’s areas of emphasis, research
tics of contaminants in the environment are discussed as
is focused in five main areas: 1) development of innovative
broad categories, with some specific examples from various
processes for water and wastewater treatment, reclamation
industries. Attention is focused on the persistence, reactivity,
and reuse; 2) applications of biological processes in environ-
and partitioning behavior of contaminants in environmental
mental remediation, water treatment, and renewable energy
media. Both steady and unsteady state multimedia environ-
generation; 3) understanding fundamental chemical and ra-
mental models are developed and applied to contaminated
diochemical processes governing the fate and transport of
sites. The principles of contaminant transport in surface
contaminants, and engineering these processes to achieve
water, groundwater and air are also introduced. The course
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ESGN460. ONSITE WATER RECLAMATION AND
tools for predicting the behavior of contaminants in the envi-
REUSE. Appropriate solutions to water and sanitation in the
ronment. Prerequisite: ESGN353 or consent of the instructor.
U.S. and globally need to be effective in protecting public
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
health and preserving water quality while also being accept-
ESGN/EGGN453. WASTEWATER ENGINEERING The
able, affordable and sustainable. Onsite and decentralized
goal of this course is to familiarize students with the fun-
systems have the potential to achieve these goals in rural
damental phenomena involved in wastewater treatment
areas, peri-urban developments, and urban centers in small
processes (theory) and the engineering approaches used in
and large cities. Moreover they can improve water use effi-
designing such processes (design). This course will focus on
ciency, conserve energy and enable distributed energy gener-
the physical, chemical and biological processes applied to
ation, promote green spaces, restore surface waters and
liquid wastes of municipal origin. Treatment objectives will
aquifers, and stimulate new green companies and jobs. A
be discussed as the driving force for wastewater treatment.
growing array of approaches, devices and technologies have
Prerequisite: ESGN353 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours
evolved that include point-of-use water purification, waste
lecture; 3 semester hours.
source separation, conventional and advanced treatment
units, localized natural treatment systems, and varied re-
ESGN/EGGN454. WATER SUPPLY ENGINEERING This
source recovery and recycling options. This course will
course presents contemporary issues relating to the supply of
focus on the engineering selection, design, and implementa-
safe drinking water to the public. The theory and design of
tion of onsite and decentralized systems for water reclama-
conventional potable water treatment unit processes and op-
tion and reuse. Topics to be covered include process analysis
erations as well as water distribution systems will be
and system planning, water and waste stream attributes,
covered. Prerequisite: ESGN353 or consent of the instructor.
water and resource conservation, confined unit and natural
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
system treatment technologies, effluent collection and clus-
ESGN455. SOLID AND HAZARDOUS WASTE ENGI-
tering, recycling and reuse options, and system management.
NEERING This course provides an introduction and
Prerequisite: ESGN/EGGN353 or consent of instructor. 3
overview of the engineering aspects of solid and hazardous
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
waste management. The focus is on control technologies for
ESGN462/MTGN527. SOLID WASTE MINIMIZATION
solid wastes from common municipal and industrial sources
AND RECYCLING The objective of this course is to place
and the end-of-pipe waste streams and process residuals that
the student into the role of a plant manager with process re-
are generated in some key industries. Prerequisite:
sponsibility for waste minimization, focusing on recycling.
ESGN/EGGN353 and ESGN/EGGN354. 3 hours lecture;
Emphasis is on proven and emerging solutions, especially
3 semester hours.
those associated with heavy metals, as well as understanding
ESGN/EGGN456. SCIENTIFIC BASIS OF ENVIRON-
of alternative raw materials and process technologies in com-
MENTAL REGULATIONS This course offers a critical ex-
bination with creativity and sensitivity to economic realities.
amination of the experiments, calculations, and assumptions
Prerequisites: ESGN500 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours
underpinning numerical and narrative standards contained in
lecture; 3 semester hours.
federal and state environmental regulations. Top-down inves-
ESGN463 POLLUTION PREVENTION: FUNDAMEN-
tigations of the historical development of selected regulatory
TALS AND PRACTICE The objective of this course is to in-
guidelines and permitting procedures will be discussed, and
troduce the principles of pollution prevention,
students will design improved regulations. Prerequisite:
environmentally benign products and processes, and manu-
ESGN353 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
facturing systems. The course provides a thorough founda-
mester hours.
tion in pollution prevention concepts and methods.
ESGN/EGGN457. SITE REMEDIATION ENGINEERING
Engineers and scientists are given the tools to incorporate en-
This course describes the engineering principles and prac-
vironmental consequences into decision-making. Sources of
tices associated with the characterization and remediation of
pollution and its consequences are detailed. Focus includes
contaminated sites. Methods for site characterization and risk
sources and minimization of industrial pollution; methodol-
assessment will be highlighted with emphasis on remedial
ogy for life-cycle assessments and developing successful pol-
action screening processes, technology principles, and con-
lution prevention plans; technological means for minimizing
ceptual design. Common isolation and containment and in
the use of water, energy, and reagents in manufacturing; and
situ and ex situ treatment technology will be covered. Com-
tools for achieving a sustainable society. Materials selection,
puterized decision-support tools will be used and case studies
process and product design, and packaging are also ad-
will be presented. Prerequisites: ESGN354 or consent of the
dressed. Prerequisite: EGGN/ESGN353 or
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EGGN/ESGN354 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours.
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Graduate Courses
water, and air are also introduced. The course provides stu-
ESGN500. ENVIRONMENTAL WATER CHEMISTRY
dents with the conceptual basis and mathematical tools for
This course provides an introduction to chemical equilibria
predicting the behavior of contaminants in the environment.
in natural waters and engineered systems. Topics covered
Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
include chemical thermodynamics and kinetics, acid/base
ESGN504. WATER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT
chemistry, open and closed carbonate systems, precipitation
Unit operations and processes in environmental engineering
reactions, coordination chemistry, adsorption and redox reac-
are discussed in this course, including physical, chemical,
tions. Prerequisites: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
and biological treatment processes for water and wastewater.
ESGN500L. ENVIRONMENTAL WATER CHEMISTRY
Treatment objectives, process theory, and practice are con-
LABORATORY This course provides students with labora-
sidered in detail. Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor.
tory exercises that complement lectures given in ESGN500.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Topics covered include thermodynamics, weak acids and
ESGN505. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND ENVIRON-
bases, buffers, metal-ion complexation and oxidation/reduc-
MENTAL DATA ANALYSIS This course covers experimen-
tion reactions. This course must be taken concurrently with
tal design and analysis for studies of environmental media,
ESGN500. Prerequisite: co-enrollment in ESGN500. 3 hours
including those involving characterization and assessment,
laboratory; 1 semester hour.
treatment, and remediation technologies, and compliance
ESGN501. RISK ASSESSMENT This course evaluates
monitoring. Principal media covered are water and waste-
the basic principles, methods, uses, and limitations of risk
waters, soil and sediments, and surface and ground waters.
assessment in public and private sector decision making.
Topics covered include properties of environmental datasets,
Emphasis is on how risk assessments are made and how they
data quality objectives, statistical designs for data collection,
are used in policy formation, including discussion of how
methods of sample collection and analysis, data analysis and
risk assessments can be objectively and effectively com-
visualization, inference making. Issues of data worth and suf-
municated to decision makers and the public. Prerequisite:
ficiency for decision making will also be addressed. Labora-
ESGN502 and one semester of statistics or consent of the
tory includes gravimetric, electrometric, spectrophotometric,
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
chromatographic, and microbiological analyses. Prerequisite:
ESGN502. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW This is a compre-
Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture and laboratory; 3 se-
hensive introduction to U.S. Environmental Law, Policy, and
mester hours.
Practice, especially designed for the professional engineer,
ESGN510. ENVIRONMENTAL RADIOCHEMISTRY This
scientist, planner, manager, consultant, government regulator,
course covers the phenomena of radioactivity (e.g., modes of
and citizen. It will prepare the student to deal with the com-
decay, methods of detection and biological effects) and the
plex system of laws, regulations, court rulings, policies, and
use of naturally-occurring and artificial radionuclides as
programs governing the environment in the USA. Course
tracers for environmental processes. Discussions of tracer
coverage includes how our legal system works, sources of
applications will range from oceanic trace element scaveng-
environmental law, the major USEPA enforcement programs,
ing to contaminant transport through groundwater aquifers.
state/local matching programs, the National Environmental
Prerequisites: ESGN500 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours
Policy Act (NEPA), air and water pollution (CAA, CWA),
lecture; 3 semester hours.
EPA risk assessment training, toxic/hazardous substances
ESGN513. LIMNOLOGY This course covers the natural
laws (RCRA, CERCLA, EPCRA, TSCA, LUST, etc.), and
chemistry, physics, and biology of lakes as well as some basic
a brief introduction to international environmental law. Pre-
principles concerning contamination of such water bodies.
requisites: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Topics include heat budgets, water circulation and dispersal,
ESGN503. ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION: SOURCES,
sedimentation processes, organic compounds and their trans-
CHARACTERISTICS, TRANSPORT AND FATE This
formations, radionuclide limnochronology, redox reactions,
course describes the environmental behavior of inorganic and
metals and other major ions, the carbon dioxide system, oxy-
organic chemicals in multimedia environments, including
gen, nutrients; planktonic, benthic and other communities,
water, air, sediment and biota. Sources and characteristics of
light in water and lake modeling. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours
contaminants in the environment are discussed as broad cate-
lecture; 3 semester hours.
gories, with some specific examples from various industries.
ESGN520. SURFACE WATER QUALITY MODELING
Attention is focused on the persistence, reactivity, and parti-
This course will cover modeling of water flow and quality in
tioning behavior of contaminants in environmental media.
rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. Topics will include introduction
Both steady and unsteady state multimedia environmental
to common analytical and numerical methods used in model-
models are developed and applied to contaminated sites. The
ing surface water flow, water quality, modeling of kinetics,
principles of contaminant transport in surface water, ground-
discharge of waste water into surface systems, sedimentation,
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growth kinetics, dispersion, and biological changes in lakes
ESGN530. ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING PILOT
and rivers. Prerequisites: ESGN440 or ESGN503 recom-
PLANT LABORATORY This course provides an introduc-
mended, or consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
tion to bench and pilot-scale experimental methods used in
mester hours.
environmental engineering. Unit operations associated with
ESGN522. SUBSURFACE CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT
water and wastewater treatment for real-world treatment
This course will investigate physical, chemical, and biological
problems are emphasized, including multi-media filtration,
processes governing the transport and fate of contaminants in
oxidation processes, membrane treatment, and disinfection
the saturated and unsaturated zones of the subsurface. Basic
processes. Investigations typically include: process assess-
concepts in fluid flow, groundwater hydraulics, and transport
ment, design and completion of bench- and pilot-scale ex-
will be introduced and studied. The theory and development
periments, establishment of analytical methods for process
of models to describe these phenomena, based on analytical
control, data assessment, up-scaling and cost estimation, and
and simple numerical methods, will also be discussed. Appli-
project report writing. Projects are conducted both at CSM
cations will include prediction of extents of contaminant mi-
and at the City of Golden Water Treatment Pilot Plant
gration and assessment and design of remediation schemes.
Laboratory. Prerequisites: ESGN500 and ESGN504 or con-
Prerequisites: ESGN503 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours
sent of the instructor. 6 hours laboratory; 4 semester hours.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
ESGN541. MICROBIAL PROCESSES,ANALYSIS AND
ESGN525. CHEMISTRY OF THE SOIL/WATER INTER-
MODELING Microorganisms facilitate the transformation
FACE The fate of many elements in the soil/water environ-
of many organic and inorganic constituents. Tools for the
ment is regulated by sorption reactions. The content of this
quantitative analysis of microbial processes in natural and
course focuses on the physical chemistry of reactions occur-
engineered systems are presented. Stoichiometries, energet-
ring at the soil-particle/water interface. The emphasis is on the
ics, mass balances and kinetic descriptions of relevant
use of surface complexation models to interpret solute sorption
microbial processes allow the development of models for
at the particle/water interface. Prerequisites: ESGN500 or
specific microbial systems. Simple analytical models and
consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
complex models that require computational solutions will be
presented. Systems analyzed include suspended growth and
ESGN527. WATERSHED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS Basic
attached growth reactors for municipal and industrial waste-
principles of watershed systems analysis required for water
water treatment as well as in-situ bioremediation systems.
resources evaluation, watershed-scale water quality issues,
Prerequisites: ESGN500, ESGN504 or consent of the instruc-
and watershed-scale pollutant transport problems. The dy-
tor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
namics of watershed-scale processes and the human impact
on natural systems, and for developing remediation strategies
ESGN544. AQUATIC TOXICOLOGY This course provides
are studied, including terrain analysis and surface and sub-
an introduction to assessment of the effects of toxic sub-
surface characterization procedures and analysis. Prerequi-
stances on aquatic organisms, communities, and ecosystems.
site: none. 3 hours lecture per week; 3 semester hours.
Topics include general toxicological principles, water quality
standards, sediment quality guidelines, quantitative structure-
ESGN528. MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF ENVIRON-
activity relationships, single species and community-level
MENTAL SYSTEMS This is an advanced graduate-level
toxicity measures, regulatory issues, and career opportuni-
course designed to provide students with hands-on experi-
ties. The course includes hands-on experience with toxicity
ence in developing, implementing, testing, and using mathe-
testing and subsequent data reduction. Prerequisite: none. 2.5
matical models of environmental systems. The course will
hours lecture; 1 hour laboratory; 3 semester hours.
examine why models are needed and how they are devel-
oped, tested, and used as decision-making or policy-making
ESGN545. ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY This
tools. Typical problems associated with environmental sys-
course provides an introduction to general concepts of ecol-
tems, such as spatial and temporal scale effects, dimensional-
ogy, biochemistry, and toxicology. The introductory material
ity, variability, uncertainty, and data insufficiency, will be
will provide a foundation for understanding why, and to what
addressed. The development and application of mathematical
extent, a variety of products and by-products of advanced in-
models will be illustrated using a theme topic such as Global
dustrialized societies are toxic. Classes of substances to be ex-
Climate Change, In Situ Bioremediation, or Hydrologic Sys-
amined include metals, coal, petroleum products, organic
tems Analysis. Prerequisites: ESGN503 and knowledge of
compounds, pesticides, radioactive materials, and others. Pre-
basic statistics and computer programming. 3 hours lecture; 3
requisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
semester hours.
ESGN552. RECLAMATION OF DISTURBED LANDS
Basic principles and practices in reclaiming disturbed lands
are considered in this course, which includes an overview of
present legal requirements for reclamation and basic elements
of the reclamation planning process. Reclamation methods,
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including recontouring, erosion control, soil preparation, plant
ESGN575. HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE REMEDIATION
establishment, seed mixtures, nursery stock, and wildlife
This course covers remediation technologies for hazardous
habitat rehabilitation, will be examined. Practitioners in the
waste contaminated sites, including site characteristics and
field will discuss their experiences. Prerequisite: consent of
conceptual model development, remedial action screening
the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
processes, and technology principles and conceptual design.
ESGN556. MINING AND THE ENVIRONMENT The
Institutional control, source isolation and containment, sub-
course will cover many of the environmental problems and
surface manipulation, and in situ and ex situ treatment
solutions associated with each aspect of mining and ore
processes will be covered, including unit operations, coupled
dressing processes. Mining is a complicated process that dif-
processes, and complete systems. Case studies will be used
fers according to the type of mineral sought. The mining
and computerized tools for process selection and design will
process can be divided into four categories: Site Develop-
be employed. Prerequisite: ESGN500 and ESGN503, or con-
ment; Extraction; Processing; Site Closure. Procedures for
sent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
hard rock metals mining; coal mining; underground and sur-
ESGN575L. HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE REMEDIATION:
face mining; and in situ mining will be covered in relation to
TREATABILITY TESTING This laboratory module is de-
environmental impacts. Beneficiation, or purification of met-
signed to provide hands-on experience with treatability test-
als will be discussed, with cyanide and gold topics empha-
ing to aid selection and design of remediation technologies
sized. Site closure will be focused on; stabilization of slopes;
for a contaminated site. The course will be comprised of lab-
process area cleanup; and protection of surface and ground
oratory exercises in Coolbaugh Hall and possibly some field
water. After discussions of the mining and beneficiation
site work near CSM. Pre-requisite: ESGN575 or consent of
processes themselves, we will look at conventional and inno-
instructor. 2 hours laboratory; 1 semester hour.
vative measures to mitigate or reduce environmental impact.
ESGN586. MICROBIOLOGY OF ENGINEERED ENVI-
ESGN562/MTGN527. SOLID WASTE MINIMIZATION
RONMENTAL SYSTEMS This course explores applica-
AND RECYCLING This course will examine, using case
tions of microbial physiological processes in wastewater
studies, ways in which industry applies engineering principles
treatment and bioremediation. Topics include biofilm forma-
to minimize waste formation and to meet solid waste recycling
tion in engineered systems, fermentation and respiration,
challenges. Both proven and emerging solutions to solid waste
environmental induction of microbial activities, biological
environmental problems, especially those associated with
denitrification, enhanced biological phosphorus removal,
metals, will be discussed. Prerequisite: ESGN 500. 3 hours
activated sludge microbiology, biodegradation of organic
lecture; 3 semester hours.
contaminants, sulfate reduction in remediation of acid mine
ESGN563 POLLUTION PREVENTION: FUNDAMENTALS
drainage, and redox biotransformations of metallic contami-
AND PRACTICE The objective of this course is to introduce
nants. Prerequisite: CHGC562 or equivalent or enrollment in
the principles of pollution prevention, environmentally benign
an ESE program. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
products and processes, and manufacturing systems. The
ESGN591. ANALYSIS OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
course provides a thorough foundation in pollution prevention
Techniques for assessing the impact of mining and other
concepts and methods. Engineers and scientists are given the
activities on various components of the ecosystem. Training
tools to incorporate environmental consequences into decision-
in the procedures of preparing Environmental Impact State-
making. Sources of pollution and its consequences are de-
ments. Course will include a review of pertinent laws and
tailed. Focus includes sources and minimization of industrial
acts (i.e. Endangered Species Act, Coordination Act, Clean
pollution; methodology for life-cycle assessments and develop-
Air Act, etc.) that deal with environmental impacts. Prerequi-
ing successful pollution prevention plans; technological means
site: consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture, some field
for minimizing the use of water, energy, and reagents in manu-
trips; 3 semester hours.
facturing; and tools for achieving a sustainable society. Materi-
ESGN593. ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING AND REG-
als selection, process and product design, and packaging are
ULATORY COMPLIANCE The purpose of this course is to
also addressed. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
acquaint students with the permit writing process, developing
ESGN571. ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT MANAGE-
information requirements for permit applications, working
MENT This course investigates environmental project man-
with ambiguous regulations, negotiating with permit writers,
agement and decision making from government, industry,
and dealing with public comment. In addition, students will
and contractor perspectives. Emphasis is on (1) economics of
develop an understanding of the process of developing an
project evaluation; (2) cost estimation methods; (3) project
economic and legally defensible regulatory compliance pro-
planning and performance monitoring; (4) and creation of
gram. Prerequisite: ESGN502 or consent of the instructor.
project teams and organizational/communications structures.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Extensive use of case studies. Prerequisite: consent of the in-
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
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ESGN 603L. ADVANCED WATER TREATMENT ENGI-
NOLOGY This course investigates applications of recombi-
NEERING AND WATER REUSE -- LABORATORY This
nant DNA technology to the development of enzymes and
course provides hands-on experience using bench- and pilot-
organisms used for environmentally friendly industrial pur-
scale unit operations and computer exercises using state-of-
poses. Topics include genetic engineering technology, bio-
the-art software packages to design advanced water treatment
catalysis of industrial processes by extremozymes, dye
unit processes. Topics include adsorption processes onto
synthesis, biodegradation of aromatic compounds and chlori-
powdered and granular activated carbon, advanced disinfec-
nated solvents, biosynthesis of polymers and sustainable
tion and oxidation processes (low- and medium pressure UV
fuels, and agricultural biotechnology. Prerequisite: introduc-
radiation; O3/H2O2), low-pressure membrane processes (mi-
tory microbiology or consent of the instructor. 3 hours lec-
crofiltration, ultrafiltration), and high-pressure and current-
ture; 3 semester hours.
driven membrane processes (nanofiltration, reverse osmosis,
ESGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL
and electrodialysis). Co- or Pre-requisite: ESGN 603 or con-
SCIENCE Topics are chosen from special interests of
sent of instructor. 1 semester hour.
instructor and students; see website for current offerings.
ESGN622. MULTIPHASE CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT
Each topic is usually offered only once. Prerequisite: consent
Principles of multiphase and multicomponent flow and trans-
of the instructor. Variable class and semester hours. Repeat-
port are applied to contaminant transport in the unsaturated
able for credit under different titles.
and saturated zones. Focus is on immiscible phase, dissolved
ESGN598S. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND ENGI-
phase, and vapor phase transport of low solubility organic
NEERING SEMINAR Research presentations covering
contaminants in soils and aquifer materials. Topics discussed
current research in a variety of environmental topics. 1.5
include: capillarity, interphase mass transfer, modeling, and
hours seminar. Repeatable for credit.
remediation technologies. Prerequisites: ESGN500 or equiv-
alent, ESGN503 or ESGN522 or equivalent, or consent of
ESGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual master’s level
the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
research or special project supervised by a faculty member. Pre-
requisite: Independent Study form must be completed and sub-
ESGN698. ADVANCED SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENVIRON-
mitted to the Registrar. Variable class and semester hours.
MENTAL SCIENCE Topics chosen from special interests of
Repeatable for credit under different titles for up to 6 credit
instructor(s) and students; see website for current offerings.
hours total.
Each topic is usually offered only once. Prerequisite: consent
of the instructor. Variable class and semester hours. Repeat-
ESGN602. INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
able for credit under different titles.
The course covers an introductory survey of International En-
vironmental Law, including multi-nation treaties, regulations,
ESGN699. ADVANCED INDEPENDENT STUDY Indi-
policies, practices, and politics governing the global environ-
vidual doctoral level research or special project supervised
ment. It surveys the key issues of sustainable development,
by a faculty member. Prerequisite: Independent Study form
natural resources projects, transboundary pollution, interna-
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
tional trade, hazardous waste, climate change, and protection
class and semester hours. Repeatable for credit under differ-
of ecosystems, wildlife, and human life. New international
ent titles.
laws are changing the rules for engineers, project managers,
ESGN705. GRADUATE RESEARCH: MASTER OF
scientists, teachers, businesspersons, and others both in the
SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion of
US and abroad, and this course is especially designed to keep
the Master of Science with Thesis degree. Research must be
professionals fully, globally informed and add to their creden-
carried out under the direct supervision of the student’s fac-
tials for international work. Prerequisites: ESGN502 or con-
ulty advisor. Variable class and semester hours. Repeatable
sent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
for credit.
ESGN603. ADVANCED WATER TREATMENT ENGI-
ESGN706. GRADUATE RESEARCH: DOCTOR OF PHI-
NEERING AND WATER REUSE This course presents
LOSOPHY Research credit hours required for completion of
issues relating to theory, design, and operation of advanced
the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Research must be carried
water and wastewater treatment unit processes and water
out under the direct supervision of the student’s faculty advi-
reuse systems. Topics include granular activated carbon
sor. Variable class and semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
(GAC), advanced oxidation processes (O /H O ), UV disin-
3
2 2
fection, pressure-driven and current-driven membranes (MF,
UF, NF, RO, and electrodialysis), and natural systems such as
riverbank filtration (RBF) and soil-aquifer treatment (SAT).
The course includes hands-on experience using bench- and
pilot-scale unit operations. Prerequisite: ESGN504 or con-
sent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
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Geochemistry
Qualifying Examination for Ph.D. Degree
JOHN D. HUMPHREY, Associate Professor Geology and
A qualifying examination must be taken. It is expected that
Geological Engineering and Department Head
this exam will be completed within three years of matricula-
JOHN B. CURTIS, Professor Geology and Geological Engineering
tion or after the bulk of course work is finished, whichever
WENDY J. HARRISON, Professor Geology and Geological
occurs later. This examination will be administered by the
Engineering
student’s Doctoral committee and will consist of an oral and
MURRAY W. HITZMAN, Professor, Charles F. Fogarty Professor of
a written examination, administered in a format to be deter-
Economic Geology
mined by the Doctoral Committee. Two negative votes in the
PATRICK MACCARTHY, Professor Chemistry and Geochemistry
Doctoral Committee constitute failure of the examination.
RICHARD F. WENDLANDT, Professor Geology and Geological
Engineering
In case of failure of the qualifying examination, a re-
L.GRAHAM CLOSS, Associate Professor of Geology and
examination may be given upon the recommendation of the
Geological Engineering
Doctoral Committee and approval of the Graduate Dean.
KEVIN W. MANDERNACK, Associate Professor Chemistry and
Only one re-examination may be given.
Geochemistry
JAMES F. RANVILLE, Associate Professor Chemistry and
Prerequisites:
Geochemistry
Each entering student will have an entrance interview
E. CRAIG SIMMONS, Associate Professor Chemistry and
with members of the Geochemistry faculty. Each department
Geochemistry
recognizes that entering students may not be proficient in
BETTINA M. VOELKER, Associate Professor Chemistry and
both areas. A placement examination in geology and/or
Geochemistry
chemistry may be required upon the discretion of the inter-
NIGEL M. KELLY, Assistant Professor Geology and Geological
viewing faculty. If a placement examination is given, the re-
Engineering
sults may be used to establish deficiency requirements.
NICHOLAS B. HARRIS, Research Associate Professor Geology
and Geological Engineering
Credit toward a graduate degree will not be granted for
RONALD W. KLUSMAN, Professor Emeritus Chemistry and
courses taken to fulfill deficiencies.
Geochemistry
Thesis Degrees (M.S. & Ph.D.) Required
DONALD L. MACALADY, Professor Emeritus Chemistry and
Curriculum:
Geochemistry
SAMUEL B. ROMBERGER, Professor Emeritus Geology and
A thesis proposal and a thesis are required for both the
Geological Engineering
M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees The Geochemistry program
THOMAS R. WILDEMAN, Professor Emeritus Chemistry and
comprises a core group of courses, required of all students
Geochemistry
unless individually exempted by the "Committee of the
Degrees Offered:
Whole" based on previous background. Descriptions for in-
dividual classes may found in the sections of the Graduate
Professional Masters in Environmental Geochemistry
Bulletin for each of the participating departments. For
Master of Science (Geochemistry)
classes with "CHGC" and "CHGN" prefixes see the section
Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry)
for Chemistry and Geochemistry; for classes with "GEGN",
"GEOL" and "GXGN" see the section for Geology and Geo-
Program Description:
logical Engineering. The core courses for M.S. students are:
The Geochemistry Program is an interdisciplinary gradu-
ate program administered by the departments of Geology and
CHGC503 - Introduction to Geochemistry,
Geological Engineering and Chemistry and Geochemistry.
CHGC504 - Methods in Geochemistry, and a one hour
The geochemistry faculty from each department are responsi-
laboratory course selected from several available.
ble for the operations of the program. Students reside in ei-
In addition, MS degree students must take two courses
ther the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering,
selected from the following list
or the Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry.
CHGC509/GEGN509 - Introduction to Aqueous Geo-
Program Requirements:
chemistry,
The program of study is selected by the student in consul-
CHGC610 - Nuclear and Isotopic Geochemistry,
tation with his or her advisor and thesis committee. Students
CHGN503 - Advanced Physical Chemistry,
entering with backgrounds in chemistry will take more course-
GEOL512 - Mineralogy and Crystal Chemistry.
work in geology to strengthen their backgrounds in this disci-
Ph.D. degree students must take four core courses
pline; the converse is true for students with a background in
CHGC503, CHGC504, CHGN503, and a one hour laboratory
geology. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the Geochem-
course, plus two additional courses selected from the list in
istry Program, students are not required to take a minor.
the previous sentence.
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The doctoral student’s dissertation committee approves the
bined degree program option earlier to be sure prerequisites
number of course and research credits required for graduation,
are satisfied. Applicants other than CSM undergraduates who
as well as the specific courses beyond the above requirements.
are applying for the Environmental Geochemistry program
The Ph.D. in Geochemistry requires a minimum of 72 credit
must follow the same procedures that all prospective gradu-
hours, of which at least 24 hours must be research credit. Up
ate students follow; however, the requirement of the general
to 24 hours of course credits may be transferred from previ-
GRE may be waived.
ous graduate-level work upon approval of the dissertation
Requirements
committee. Research credits may not be transferred. Stu-
A minimum of 36 credit hours are required, with an over-
dents who enter the Ph.D. program with a thesis-based mas-
all GPA of at least 3.0. The overall course requirements will
ter degree from another institution may transfer up to 36
depend on the background of the individual, but may be tai-
semester hours, upon approval of the dissertation committee,
lored to professional objectives.
in recognition of the course work and research completed for
that degree.
CSM students that intend to follow the combined degree
program format may double count into the program 6 credits
Graduate students resident in the Department of Chemistry
of 400-level or above courses taken as part of their undergrad-
and Geochemistry or the Department of Geology and Geo-
uate curriculum, provided those courses fit into the overall
logical Engineering shall adhere to the seminar rules and re-
professional objectives of the individual, and compliment the
quirements of the department of residence.
course program below. Approval of those courses will be
The Geochemistry Program at CSM has been admitted to
given by the Geochemistry Committee of the Whole. No
the Western Regional Graduate Program. This entity recog-
more than 9 credits of 400-level courses may constitute the 36
nizes the CSM Geochemistry Program as unique in the re-
minimum credit requirement.
gion. Designation of the Geochemistry Program by WRGP
A 16 credit-hour core program consists of:
allows residents of western states (excluding California) to
CHGC505: Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
enroll in the program at Colorado resident tuition rates. Eligi-
(3 hrs, Spring)
ble states include Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana,
GEGN466*: Groundwater Engineering (3 hrs, Fall)
Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota,
CHGC503: Introduction to Geochemistry (4 hrs, Fall)
Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
GEGN509: Aqueous Geochemistry (3 hrs, Spring)
Professional Masters
GEOL530: Clay Characterization (1 hr)
Introduction
CHGC504: Methods in Geochemistry (2 hrs, Spring)
The Professional Masters in Environmental Geochemistry
*If this course is transferred from the undergraduate pro-
program is intended to provide: [1] an opportunity for CSM
gram, an advanced hydrogeology course may be substituted
undergraduates to obtain, as part of a fifth year of study, a
from the list below)
Masters in addition to the Bachelors degree; and [2] addi-
An additional 12 credit-hours must be selected from the
tional education for working professionals in the area of geo-
following list.
chemistry as it applies to problems relating to the
CHGC555: Environmental Organic Chemistry
environment. This is a non-thesis masters degree program
(3 hrs, Spring, alternate years)
administered by the Geochemistry Program, and may be
CHGC562: Microbiology and the Environment
completed as part of a combined degree program by individ-
(3 hrs, Spring)
uals already matriculated as undergraduate students at The
CHGC563: Environmental Microbiology Laboratory
Colorado School of Mines, or by individuals already holding
(2 hrs, Fall)
undergraduate or advanced degrees and are interested in a
CHGC564: Biogeochemistry and Geomicrobiology
graduate program that does not have the traditional research
(3 hrs, Fall)
requirement. The program consists primarily of coursework
CHGC610: Nuclear and Isotopic Geochemistry
in Geochemistry and allied fields, with an emphasis on envi-
(3 hrs, Spring, alternate years)
ronmental applications. No research is required though the
CHGN503: Advanced Physical Chemistry (3 hrs, Fall)
program does allow for independent study, professional
GEGN527: Organic Geochemistry of fossil fuels & ore de-
development, internship and coop experience.
posits (3hrs, Spring)
Application
GEGN532: Geological Data Analysis (3 hrs, Fall)
Undergraduate students at CSM must declare an interest
GEGN575: Applications of Geographic Information Sys-
during their 3rd year to allow for planning of coursework that
tems (3 hrs, Spring)
will apply towards the program; these students must have an
GEGN581: Advanced Ground- Water Engineering
overall GPA of at least 3.0. Students majoring in other de-
(3 hrs, Fall)
partments besides Chemistry & Geochemistry and Geology
GEGN582: Contaminant Hydrogeology
& Geological Engineering may want to decide on the com-
(3 hrs, Spring) - proposed
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GEGN583: Mathematical Modeling of Ground-Water Sys-
Geology and Geological Engineering
tems (3 hrs, Spring)
JOHN D. HUMPHREY, Associate Professor and Department Head
GEGN681: Vadose Zone Hydrology (3 hrs, Spring)
JOHN B. CURTIS, Professor
GEGN683: Advanced Ground- Water Modeling
WENDY J. HARRISON, Professor
(3 hrs, Spring)
MURRAY W. HITZMAN, Professor, Charles F. Fogarty Professor of
GEOL512: Mineralogy and Crystal Chemistry (3 hrs, al-
Economic Geology
ternate years)
EILEEN POETER, Professor
GEOL550: Integrated Basin Modelling (3 hrs, Fall)
SAMUEL B. ROMBERGER, Professor
PAUL SANTI, Professor
GEOL684: Chemical Modeling of Aqueous Systems
STEPHEN A. SONNENBERG, Professor, Charles Boettcher
(3 hrs, Spring)
Distinguished Chair in Petroleum Geology
GXGN571: Geochemical Exploration (3 hrs, Fall and
RICHARD F. WENDLANDT, Professor
Spring)
DAVID A. BENSON, Associate Professor
L. GRAHAM CLOSS, Associate Professor
An additional 7 credit-hours of free electives may be
JERRY D. HIGGINS, Associate Professor
selected to complete the 36 credit-hour requirement. Free
JOHN E. McCRAY, Associate Professor
electives may be selected from the list above, and may also
KEVIN W. MANDERNACK, Associate Professor
be independent study credits (CHGN599, GEGN599 or
ERIC P. NELSON, Associate Professor
GEOL599) taken to fulfill a research, cooperative, or other
PIRET PLINK-BJORKLUND, Associate Professor
BRUCE TRUDGILL, Associate Professor
professional development experience. A course program will
WEI ZHOU, Associate Professor
be designed in advanced through consultation between the
NIGEL M. KELLY, Assistant Professor
student and an advisor from the Geochemistry Committee of
CHRISTIAN V. SHOREY, Instructor
the Whole.
CHARLES F. KLUTH, Distinguished Scientist
DAVID PYLES, Research Professor
DONNA S. ANDERSON, Research Associate Professor
MASON DYKSTRA, Research Associate Professor
NICHOLAS B. HARRIS, Research Associate Professor
KARIN HOAL, Research Associate Professor
MAEVE BOLAND, Research Assistant Professor
RENAUD BOUROULLEC, Research Assistant Professor
MARY CARR, Research Assistant Professor
THOMAS L.T. GROSE, Professor Emeritus
JOHN D. HAUN, Professor Emeritus
NEIL F. HURLEY, Professor Emeritus
RICHARD W. HUTCHINSON, Professor Emeritus
KEENAN LEE, Professor Emeritus
A. KEITH TURNER, Professor Emeritus
JOHN E. WARME, Professor Emeritus
ROBERT J. WEIMER, Professor Emeritus
TIMOTHY A. CROSS, Associate Professor Emeritus
GREGORY S. HOLDEN, Associate Professor Emeritus
Degrees Offered:
Professional Master’s Degree
(Petroleum Reservoir Systems) (Non-Thesis)
Professional Master’s Degree (Mineral Exploration
and Mining Geosciences) (Non-Thesis)
Professional Master’s Degree (Geochemistry) (Non-Thesis)
Master of Engineering (Geological Engineer) (Non-Thesis)
Master of Science (Geology)
Master of Science (Geological Engineering)
Master of Science (Geochemistry)
Doctor of Philosophy (Geology)
Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry)
Doctor of Philosophy (Geological Engineering)
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Program Description:
the breadth requirements required of Master of Science
The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
(Geology) candidates (including GEOL607) and must also
offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees
include GEOL511 (History of Geological Concepts).
in Geology and Geochemistry; and Master of Engineering,
Prospective students should submit the results of the Grad-
Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Geo-
uate Record Examination with their application for admission
logical Engineering. Geological Engineering degrees require
to graduate study. In the event that it is not possible, because
possession or acquisition of an undergraduate engineering
of geographic and other restrictions, to take the Graduate
degree or its equivalent.
Record Examination prior to enrolling at Colorado School
Graduate students desiring to study ground water, engi-
of Mines, enrollment may be granted on a provisional basis
neering geology/geotechnics, mining engineering geology
subject to satisfactory completion of the examination within
and some environmental applications are generally expected
the first year of residence.
to pursue the Geological Engineering degree. Students desir-
Geochemistry
ing to study petroleum or minerals exploration or develop-
Please see the Geochemistry section of the Bulletin for in-
ment sciences, geochemistry and/or geology generally pursue
formation on Geochemistry degree programs.
Geology or Geochemistry degrees. Students are initially ad-
Professional Masters in Mineral Exploration and Mining
mitted to either geoscience or geological engineering degree
Geosciences
programs and must receive approval of the GE department
This is a non-thesis, masters degree program jointly ad-
Graduate Advisory Committee to switch degree categories.
ministered by Geology and Geological Engineering, Geo-
Program Requirements:
chemistry, and Geophysics. Students gain admission to the
Geology Degrees:
program by application to any of the sponsoring departments
The Master of Science (Geology) academic program will
and acceptance through the normal procedures of that depart-
require 36 semester hours of course and research credit hours
ment. This appendix lists course requirements and options.
(a maximum of 9 credit hours may be 400-level course work),
Requirements
plus a thesis. Twelve of the 36 credit hours must be research
A minimum of 36 credit hours. Up to 9 credit hours may
credits. To ensure breadth of background, the course of study
be at the 400-level. All other credits toward the degree must
for the Master of Science (Geology) degree must include at
be 500-level or above.
least one graduate course in each of the fields of stratigraphy/
sedimentology, structural geology/tectonics, and petrology.
A 15 credit hour core program from the relevant depart-
At the discretion of the student’s thesis advisory committee,
ments and consists of:
an appropriate course taken from a degree program other
GEGN403: Mineral Exploration Design (3 hrs., Spring)
than Geology may be substituted for one (and only one) of
GEOL515: Advanced Mineral Deposits-Magmatic &
the fields above. Candidates must also complete GEOL607,
Syngenetic Ores (3 hrs., Fall) or
Graduate Seminar, as part of their course programs. All
GEOL516: Advanced Mineral Deposits-Epithermal
Master of Science (Geology) candidates must also complete
Hydrothermal Systems (3 hrs., Spring) or
an appropriate thesis, based upon original research they have
GEGN528 Mining Geology (3 hrs., Spring, even years)
completed. A thesis proposal and course of study must be ap-
GEGX571: Geochemical Exploration (3 hrs., Fall)
proved by a candidate’s thesis committee before the candi-
GPGN530: Applied Geophysics (3 hrs., Spring)
date begins substantial work on the thesis research.
EBGN504 Economic Evaluation and Investment Decision
The requirement for Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) aca-
Methods (3 hrs., Spring) or
demic programs will be established individually by a candi-
EBGN510 Natural Resource Economics (3 hrs., Fall) or
date’s Doctoral Thesis Advisory Committee, but must meet
EBGN512 Macroeconomics (3 hours, Spring) or
the minimum requirements presented below. The Doctor of
MNGN585 Mining Economics (3 hrs., Spring, even years)
Philosophy (Geology) academic program will require a mini-
15 additional credit hours must be selected from the fol-
mum of 72 hours of course and research credit hours (a max-
lowing list. Selection of courses will be undertaken by the
imum of 9 credit hours may be 400-level course work), plus
student in consultation with their degree committee con-
a qualifying examination and a thesis. All candidates must
sisting of three faculty from the respective programs that
complete a minimum of 24 research credit hours and must
have admitted the student (GC, GE, GP, MN):
complete a minimum of 48 course credit hours, including 12
Geochemistry:
hours in a minor field. Up to 24 course credit hours (includ-
GEGX633: Lithgeochemical Mineral Exploration
ing those for the minor field) may be awarded by the candi-
(3 hrs. Spring)
date’s Doctoral Thesis Advisory Committee for completion
GEGX635: Surficial Exploration Geochemistry
of a Master of Science degree (at CSM or elsewhere). The
(3 hrs Spring)
Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) course program must satisfy
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Geology and Geological Engineering:
Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems:
GEOL404: Ore Microscopy (3 hrs., Spring)
This is a non-thesis, interdisciplinary masters degree pro-
GEGN517: Field Methods in Economic Geology
gram jointly administered by the departments of Geology and
(3 hrs., Spring and Fall)
Geological Engineering, Geophysics, and Petroleum Engi-
GEOL505: Applied Structural Geology (3 hrs., Spring)
neering. This program consists only of coursework in petro-
GEOL509: Introduction to Aqueous Geochemistry
leum geoscience and engineering. No research is required.
(3 hrs., Fall)
General Administration:
GEGN518: Mineral Exploration (3 hrs., Spring)
The three participating departments share oversight for
GEGN528: Mining Geology (3 hrs., Spring)
this program through a committee consisting of one faculty
GEGN532: Geological Data Analysis (3 hrs., Fall)
member from each of the three departments. Students gain
GEOL545: Introduction to Remote Sensing (3 hrs., Spring)
admission to the program by application to any of the three
GEOL575: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
sponsoring departments. Students are administered by that
(3 hrs., Fall)
department into which they first matriculate.
Geophysics:
Requirements:
GPGN507 Near-Surface Field Methods (3 hrs., Fall)
A minimum of 36 credit hours. Up to 9 credit hours may
GPGN509 Physical and Chemical Properties and
be at the 400 level. All other credits toward the degree must
Processes in Rock, Soil, and Fluids (3 hrs., Fall)
be 500 level or above.
GPGN510 Gravity and Magnetic Exploration
(3 hrs., Spring)
9 hours must consist of:
GPGN511 Advanced Gravity and Magnetic Exploration
1 course selected from the following:
(4 hrs., Spring, even years)
GPGN419/PEGN 419 Well Log Analysis and Formation
GPGN520 Electrical and Electromagnetic Exploration
Evaluation
(4 hrs., Fall, odd years)
GPGN519/PEGN519 Advanced Formation Evaluation
GPGN521 Advanced Electrical and Electromagnetic
2 courses selected from the following:
Exploration (4 hrs., Spring, even years)
GEGN439/GPGN439/PEGN439 Multi-Disciplinary Petro-
GPGN540 Mining Geophysics (3 hrs., Fall)
leum Design
GEGN503/GPGN503/PEGN503 Integrated Exploration
Other:
and Development I
Economics and Business:
GEGN504/GPGN504/PEGN504 Integrated Exploration
EBGN535 Economics of Metal Industries and Markets
and Development II
(3 hrs., Spring)
9 additional hours must consist of one course each from
EBGN536 Mineral Policies and International Investment
the 3 participating departments.
(3 hrs., Spring)
EBGN541 International Trade (3 hrs., Spring)
The remaining 18 hours may consist of graduate courses
EBGN575 Advanced Mining and Energy Valuation
from any of the 3 participating departments, or other courses
(3 hrs., Fall)
approved by the committee. Up to 6 hours may consist of in-
EBGN580 Exploration Economics (3 hrs., Fall)
dependent study, including an industry project.
Environmental Science and Engineering:
Geological Engineering Degrees:
ESGN456 Scientific Basis of Environmental Regulations
The Masters of Engineering (Non-Thesis) Program in
(3 hrs., Fall)
Geological Engineering outlined below may be completed
ESGN500 Environmental Water Chemistry (4 hrs., Fall)
by individuals already holding undergraduate or advanced
ESGN502 Environmental Law (3 hrs., Fall)
degrees or as a combined degree program by individuals al-
ready matriculated as undergraduate students at The Col-
Metallurgy and Materials Engineering:
orado School of Mines. The program is comprised of 36
MTGN429 Metallurgical Environment (3 hrs., Spring)
credit hours with 30 course credit hours and 6 credit hours of
MTGN431 Hydro- and Electrometallurgy (2 hrs., Spring)
independent study (GEGN 599). Up to nine credit hours can
MTGN432 Pyrometallurgy (3 hrs., Spring)
be at the 400 level and the remainder will be 500 or 600
Other courses may be selected from the CSM offerings with
level. For the combined degree program, courses recom-
the approval of representatives from the administering depart-
mended as appropriate for double counting may be chosen
ments or program.
from GEGN 403, 439, 469, and 470. The typical program
6 credit hours may be independent study in the student’s home
plan includes 15 course credit hours in both the fall and the
department or additional course work from the list above.
spring terms followed by 6 independent study credit hours
during the summer term. The non-thesis degree includes
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three areas of specialization (engineering geology/geotech-
Summer (6 hours)
nics, ground-water engineering, and mining geological engi-
GEGN599 Independent Study in Geological
neering).
Engineering (6)
All Masters of Engineering (Non-Thesis) program will in-
*Electives and course substitutions are approved by the
clude the following core requirements:
Geological Engineering Graduate Program Committee and
GEGN532 Geological Data Analysis (3)
must be consistent with the program specialization. As part
GEGN599 Independent Study in Geological
of their elective courses, students are required to have an ad-
Engineering (6)
vanced course in both soil and rock engineering. Possibilities
for other electives include graduate-level rock mechanics and
GEGN599 requires a project and report that demonstrate
rock engineering, soil mechanics and foundations, ground
competence in the application of geological engineering prin-
water, site characterization, geographical information systems
ciples that merits a grade of B or better. The project topic and
(GIS), project management and geophysics, for example.
content of the report is determined by the student’s advisor,
in consultation with the student, and is approved by the Geo-
Ground Water Engineering/Hydrogeology Specialty
logical Engineering Graduate Program Committee. The for-
(Non-Thesis)
mat of the report will follow the guidelines for a professional
Students working towards a Masters of Engineering (non-
journal paper.
thesis) with specialization in Ground Water Engineering and
Hydrogeology must meet the prerequisite course requirements
The student, in consultation with the advisor, must prepare
listed later in this section. Required courses for the degree
a formal program of courses and independent study topic for
(36 hours) are:
approval by the Geological Engineering Graduate Program
Committee. The program must be submitted to the commit-
GEGN467 Ground Water Engineering (3) Fall
tee on or before the end of the first week of classes of the
GEGN532 Geological Data Analysis (3) Fall
first semester.
GEGN681 Vadose Zone Hydrology (3) Fall, or
The most common difficulty in scheduling completion of
GEGN581 Advanced Hydrogeology (3) Fall
the degree involves satisfaction of prerequisites. Common
GEGN509 Aqueous Geochemistry (3) Fall, or
deficiency courses are Statics, Mechanics of Materials, and
ESGN500 Environmental Water Chemistry (3)
Fluid Mechanics. These are essential to the engineering
Fall or Spring
underpinnings of the degree. An intense program at CSM
GEGN583 Mathematical Modeling of Ground Water Sys-
involving 18 credit hours each semester including Statics in
tems (3) Spring
the fall and Fluid Mechanics in the spring and 9 credits in the
summer including Mechanics of Materials, allows these
GEGN470 Ground Water Engineering Design (3)
classes to be taken along with the standard program. Some
Spring, or
students may choose to take these prerequisites elsewhere
ESGN575 Hazardous Waste Site Remediation (3) Spring
before arriving on the CSM campus.
GEGN575 Applications of Geographic Information
Engineering Geology/Geotechnics Specialty (Non-Thesis)
Systems (3) Fall or Spring
Students working towards a Masters of Engineering
GEGN599 Independent Study in Geological
(non-thesis) with specialization in Engineering Geology/
Engineering (6) Summer
Geotechnics must meet the prerequisite course requirements
Electives* (9)
listed later in this section. Required courses for the degree are:
*Electives and course substitutions are approved by the
Fall Semester (15 hours)
Geological Engineering Graduate Program Committee and
GEGN468 Engineering Geology & Geotechnics (4)
must be consistent with the program specialization. As part
GEGN467 Groundwater Engineering (4)
of their elective courses, students are required to have at least
GEGN532 Geological Data Analysis (3)
one additional advanced course in hydrogeochemistry. Possi-
GEGN570 Case Histories in Engineering Geology (3), or
bilities for other electives include courses in site characteri-
GEGN571 Advanced Engineering Geology (3)
zation, environmental science and engineering, geographical
information systems (GIS), geochemistry, and geophysics,
Electives* (1)
for example.
Spring Semester (15 hours)
Mining Geological Engineering Specialty (Non-Thesis)
GEGN573 Geological Engineering Site Investigation (3)
Students working towards a Masters of Engineering (non-
GEGN671 Landslides: Investigation, Analysis &
thesis) with specialization in Mining Geology must meet the
Mitigation (3), or
prerequisite course requirements listed later in this section.
GEGN672 Advanced Geotechnics (3)
Required courses for the degree are:
Electives* (9)
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Fall Semester (15 hours)
In addition to the common course requirements, the
GEGN468 Engineering Geology & Geotechnics (4), or
Master of Science degree with specialization in Engineer-
GEGN467. Groundwater Engineering (4)
ing Geology/Geotechnics requires:
GEGN532 Geological Data Analysis (3)
GEGN467 Groundwater Engineering (4)
GEOL515 Advanced Mineral Deposits-Magmatic &
GEGN468 Engineering Geology & Geotechnics (4)
Sygenetics Ores (3)
GEGN570 Case Histories in Engineering Geology (3)
MNGN523. Special Topics-Surface Mine Design (2), or
And at least two of the following courses:
MNGN523 Special Topics-Underground Mine Design (2)
GEGN571 Advanced Engineering Geology (3)
Electives* (3)
GEGN573 Geological Engineering Site Investigation (3)
Spring Semester (15 hours)
GEGN671 Landslides: Investigation, Analysis &
GEOL516 Advanced Mineral Deposits-Epigenetic
Mitigation
Hydrothermal Systems (3)
GEGN672 Advanced Geotechnics (3)
GEGN518 Mineral Exploration (3) or Mining Geology (3)
Typically, the additional courses are selected from the
GEGN505. Applied Structural Geology (3)
following topical areas: engineering geology, groundwater
Electives* (6)
engineering, groundwater modeling, soil mechanics and
foundations, rock mechanics, underground construction, seis-
Summer (6 hours)
mic hazards, geomorphology, geographic information systems,
GEGN599 Independent Study in Geological
construction management, finite element modeling, waste
Engineering (6)
management, environmental engineering, environmental law,
*Electives and course substitutions are approved by the
engineering management, and computer programming.
Geological Engineering Graduate Program Committee and
In addition to the common course requirements, the Master
must be consistent with the program specialization. Typi-
of Science degree with specialization in Ground Water also
cally, the elective courses are selected from the following
requires the following courses:
topical areas: mineral deposits geology, ore microscopy, ap-
plied geophysics, applied geochemistry, remote sensing, en-
GEGN467 Groundwater Engineering (4)
gineering geology, environmental geology, engineering
GEGN468 Engineering Geology & Geotechnics (4)
economics / management, mineral processing, geostatistics,
GEGN572 Ground-Water Engineering (3)
geographic information systems, environmental or explo-
GEGN583 Mathematical Modeling Of Groundwater (3)
ration and mining law, and computers sciences.
2 courses selected as follows:
The Master of Science Degree Program in Geological
ESGN500 Environmental Water Chemistry (3) or
Engineering requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of
GEGN509/CHGC509 (3) Introduction To Aqueous
course and project/research credit hours (a maximum of 9
Geochemistry
credit hours may be 400-level course work), plus a Graduate
ESGN503 Environmental Pollution (3) or
Thesis. The degree includes three areas of specialization
GEGN581 (3) Advanced Groundwater
(engineering geology/geotechnics, groundwater engineering,
and mining geological engineering) with common require-
As nearly all ground water software is written in Fortran,
ments as follows:
if the student does not know Fortran, a Fortran course must
be taken before graduation, knowledge of other computer
1. GEGN532 Geological Data Analysis (3)
languages is encouraged
2. GEOL607 Graduate Geology Seminar (1)
In addition to the common course requirements, the Master
3. At least twelve hours of research credits are required:
of Science degree with specialization in Mining Geology
Master of Science Research (GEGN705).
also requires:
4. At least 24 course credit hours are required, and must be
1. GEGN528 Mining Geology (3) or GEGN518 Mineral Ex-
approved by the student’s thesis committee.
ploration (3)
The content of the thesis is to be determined by the student’s
2. Specialty Areas (17 credits minimum.)
advisory committee in consultation with the student. The
This will include about 5–6 courses (predominantly at 500
Masters thesis must demonstrate creative and comprehensive
and 600 level) selected by the student in conjunction with the
ability in the development or application of geological engi-
Masters program advisory committee. Specialty areas might
neering principles. The format of the thesis will follow the
include: mineral deposits geology, mineral exploration, min-
guidelines described under the Thesis Writer’s Guide.
ing geology, mineral processing, applied geophysics, applied
geochemistry, engineering geology, environmental geology,
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geostatistics, geographic information systems, environmental
If a student selects the ESGN elective courses from the
or exploration and mining law, engineering economics/
Masters courses, then ESGN is their likely minor.
management, and computer sciences.
In addition to the common course requirements, a PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy (Geological Engineering)
specializing in Mining Geology also requires:
degree requires a minimum of 72 hours course work and re-
GEGN468. Engineering Geology & Geotechnics (4) or
search combined. Requirements include the same courses as
GEGN467. Groundwater Engineering (4)
for the Master of Science (Geological Engineering) with the
additions noted below and the exception that a PhD Disser-
GEGN518. Mineral Exploration (3) or
tation must be executed under GEGN/GEOL706 Graduate
GEGN528. Mining Geology (3)
Research Credit: Doctor Of Philosophy. After completing all
GEGN505. Applied Structural Geology (3)
coursework and an admission to candidacy application, the
GEOL515. Advanced Mineral Deposits-Magmatic &
Dissertation is completed under GEGN/GEOL706 Graduate
Syngenetic Ores (3)
Research Doctor Of Philosophy. The content of the disserta-
GEOL516 Advanced Mineral Deposits-Epigenetic
tion is to be determined by the student’s advisory committee
Hydrothermal Systems (3)
in consultation with the student. The dissertation must make
MNGN523. Special Topics-Surface Mine Design (2) or
a new contribution to the geological engineering profession.
MNGN523. Special Topics- Underground Mine Design (2)
The format of the dissertation will follow the guidelines de-
scribed under the Thesis Writer’s Guide. A minimum of 24
Additional course work suited to the student’s specific
research credits must be taken. A minor area of study, in-
interests and approved by the doctoral program committee.
cluding 12 credit hours of course work, must be included in
(Typically, the additional courses are selected from the fol-
the program.
lowing topical areas: mineral deposits geology, mineral
exploration, mining geology, mineral processing, applied
In addition to the common course requirements, a PhD
geophysics, applied geochemistry, engineering geology, envi-
specializing in Engineering Geology/Geotechnics requires
ronmental geology, geostatistics, geographic information
additional course work tailored to the student’s specific inter-
systems, environmental or exploration and mining law, engi-
ests and approved by the doctoral program committee. (Typi-
neering economics/management, and computer sciences). The
cally, the additional courses are selected from the following
minor area of study may be in geotechnical engineering, rock
topical areas: engineering geology, groundwater engineering,
mechanics/earth systems engineering, environmental engi-
groundwater modeling, soil mechanics and foundations, rock
neering, groundwater engineering, mining engineering, min-
mechanics, underground construction, seismic hazards, geo-
eral economics/engineering economics or geology.
morphology, geographic information systems, construction
management, finite element modeling, waste management,
Geochemistry Program Requirements:
environmental engineering, environmental law, engineering
The geochemistry program comprises a core group of
management, and computer programming.) The minor area
courses and four optional tracks: Mineralogy-Petrology,
of study typically is in geotechnical engineering, rock
Aqueous-Environmental, Ore Deposits-Exploration, and
mechanics/earth systems engineering, environmental engi-
Organic-Petroleum. Satisfactory performance in all core
neering, groundwater engineering or geology.
courses is required of all geochemistry students. Required
core courses are:
In addition to the common course requirements listed pre-
viously, a PhD specializing in Ground Water also requires:
CHGC503 Introduction to Geochemistry,
CHGC504 Methods in Geochemistry and
GEGN581 (3) Advanced Groundwater Engineering
CHGN503 Advanced Physical Chemistry
GEGN669 (3) Advanced Topics In Engineering
Hydrogeology
See the Geochemistry program section in this bulletin for
GEGN681 (3) Vadose Zone Hydrology
further details.
GEGN683 (3) Advanced Ground Water Modeling
Qualifying Examination
and additional course work tailored to the student’s specific
Ph.D. students must pass a qualifying examination by the
interests, which are likely to include chemistry, engineering,
end of the second year of their programs. This timing may be
environmental science, geophysics, math (particularly Partial
adjusted for part-time students. This examination will be ad-
Differential Equations), microbiology, organic chemistry,
ministered by the student’s Doctoral committee and will con-
contaminant transport, soil physics, optimization, shallow re-
sist of an oral and a written examination, administered in a
sistivity or seismic methods. The student’s advisory commit-
format to be determined by the Doctoral Committee. Two
tee has the authority to approve elective courses and any
negative votes in the Doctoral Committee constitute failure
substitutions for required courses.
of the examination.
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In case of failure of the qualifying examination, a re-
Mechanics of Materials
examination may be given upon the recommendation of the
Fluid Mechanics
Doctoral Committee and approval of the Graduate Dean.
Dynamics
Only one re-examination may be given.
Soil Mechanics
Prerequisites:
Rock Mechanics
Geology Programs:
Engineering Design:
The candidate for the degree of Master of Science
Field Geology
(Geology) or Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) must have
As part of the graduate program each student must take
completed the following or equivalent subjects, for which
one semester in two of the following subjects if such courses
credit toward an advanced degree will not be granted.
were not taken for a previous degree:
General Geology
Mineral Deposits/Economic Geology
Structural Geology
Hydrogeology
Field Geology (6 weeks)
Engineering Geology
Mineralogy
and also as part of the graduate program one semester in
Petrology
three of the following subjects if such courses were not taken
Historical Geology
for a previous degree:
Stratigraphy
Chemistry (3 semesters, including at least 1 semester of
Foundation Engineering
physical or organic)
Engineering Hydrology
Mathematics (2 semesters of calculus)
Geomorphology
An additional science course (other than geology) or
Airphoto Interpretation, Photogeology, or Remote Sensing
advanced mathematics
Petroleum Geology
Physics (2 semesters)
Introduction to Mining
Introductory Geophysics
Professional Masters Degree Programs:
Engineering Geology Design
Candidates for the Professional Masters Degree must
Mineral Exploration Design
possess an appropriate geosciences undergraduate degree or
Groundwater Engineering Design
its equivalent. Prerequisites are the same as those required
Other engineering design courses as approved by the
for the Master of Science (Geology) Degree.
program committee
Engineering Programs:
The candidate for the degree of Master of Engineering
Description of Courses
(Geological Engineer), Master of Science (Geological Engi-
GEGN401. MINERAL DEPOSITS (I) Introductory presen-
neering) or Doctor of Philosophy (Geological Engineering)
tation of magmatic, hydrothermal, and sedimentary metallic
must have completed the following or equivalent subjects.
ore deposits. Chemical, petrologic, structural, and sedimento-
Graduate credit may be granted for courses at or above the
logical processes that contribute to ore formation. Description
400 level, if approved by the student’s advisory committee.
of classic deposits representing individual deposit types. Re-
view of exploration sequences. Laboratory consists of hand
Mathematics:
specimen study of host rock-ore mineral suites and mineral
Four semesters including: Calculus (2 semesters) and one
deposit evaluation problems. Prerequisite: GEGN316 and
semester of any two of: calculus III, differential equations,
DCGN209. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
probability and statistics, numerical analysis, linear algebra,
operations research, optimization
GEGN403. MINERAL EXPLORATION DESIGN (II) (WI)
Exploration project design: commodity selection, target se-
Basic Science:
lection, genetic models, alternative exploration approaches
Chemistry (2 semesters)
and associated costs, exploration models, property acquisi-
Mineralogy and Petrology
tion, and preliminary economic evaluation. Lectures and lab-
Physics (2 semesters)
oratory exercises to simulate the entire exploration sequence
Stratigraphy or Sedimentation
from inception and planning through implementation to dis-
Physical Geology
covery, with initial ore reserve calculations and preliminary
Computer Programming or GIS
economic evaluation. Prerequisite: GEGN401 and EPIC251.
Engineering Science:
2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
Structural Geology and one semester in four of the follow-
GEGN404. ORE MICROSCOPY/ FLUID INCLUSIONS
ing subjects:
(II) Identification of ore minerals using reflected light
Physical Chemistry or Thermodynamics
microscopy, micro-hardness, and reflectivity techniques.
Statics
Petrographic analysis of ore textures and their significance.
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Guided research on the ore mineralogy and ore textures of
hydrodynamics and exploration exercises. Prerequisite:
classic ore deposits. Prerequisites: GEOL321, GEGN401, or
GEOL309 and GEOL314; GEGN316 or GPGN486 or
consent of instructor. 6 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
PEGN316. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
GEGN405. MINERAL DEPOSITS (I) Physical and chemi-
GEGN439/GPGN439/PEGN439. MULTI-DISCIPLINARY
cal characteristics and geologic and geographic setting of
PETROLEUM DESIGN (II) (WI) This is a multidisciplinary
magmatic, hydrothermal, and sedimentary metallic mineral
design course that integrates fundamentals and design con-
deposits from the aspects of genesis, exploration, and min-
cepts in geological, geophysical, and petroleum engineering.
ing. For non-majors. Prerequisite: GEOL308, DCGN209 or
Students work in integrated teams consisting of students
concurrent enrollment. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester hours.
from each of the disciplines. Multiple open-end design prob-
GEOC407. ATMOSPHERE, WEATHER AND CLIMATE
lems in oil and gas exploration and field development, in-
(II) An introduction to the Earth’s atmosphere and its role in
cluding the development of a prospect in an exploration play
weather patterns and long term climate. Provides basic
and a detailed engineering field study, are assigned. Several
understanding of origin and evolution of the atmosphere,
detailed written and oral presentations are made throughout
Earth’s heat budget, global atmospheric circulation and mod-
the semester. Project economics including risk analysis are
ern climatic zones. Long- and short-term climate change in-
an integral part of the course. Prerequisites: GP majors:
cluding paleoclimatology, the causes of glacial periods and
GPGN302 ,303 and EPIC251. PE majors: PEGN316,
global warming, and the depletion of the ozone layer. Causes
PEGN414, PEGN422, PEGN423, PEGN424 (or concurrent)
and effects of volcanic eruptions on climate, El Nino, acid
GEOL308 and EPIC251; GE Majors: GEOL308 or
rain, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and ava-
GEOL309, GEGN438, GEGN316, and EPIC251. 2 hours
lanches are also discussed. Microclimates and weather pat-
lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
terns common in Colorado. Prerequisite: Completion of CSM
GEGN442. ADVANCED ENGINEERING GEOMOR-
freshman technical core, or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
PHOLOGY (II) Application of quantitative geomorphic
mester hours. Offered alternate years; Spring 2003.
techniques to engineering problems. Map interpretation,
GEOC408. INTRODUCTION TO OCEANOGRAPHY (II)
photointerpretation, field observations, computer modeling,
An introduction to the scientific study of the oceans, includ-
and GIS analysis methods. Topics include: coastal engineer-
ing chemistry, physics, geology, biology, geophysics, and
ing, fluvial processes, river engineering, controlling water
mineral resources of the marine environment. Lectures from
and wind erosion, permafrost engineering. Multi-week de-
pertinent disciplines are included. Recommended background:
sign projects and case studies. Prerequisite: GEGN342 and
basic college courses in chemistry, geology, mathematics,
GEGN468, or graduate standing; GEGN475/575 recom-
and physics. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alter-
mended. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
nate years; Spring 2002.
GEGN466. GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING (I) Theory
GEGN 432. GEOLOGICAL DATA MANAGEMENT (I)
of groundwater occurrence and flow. Relation of ground-
Techniques for managing and analyzing geological data,
water to surface water; potential distribution and flow; theory
including statistical analysis procedures and computer pro-
of aquifer tests; water chemistry, water quality, and contami-
gramming. Topics addressed include elementary probability,
nant transport. Laboratory sessions on water budgets, water
populations and distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing,
chemistry, properties of porous media, solutions to hydraulic
analysis of data sequences, mapping, sampling and sample
flow problems, ananlytical and digital models, and hydrogeo-
representativity, linear regression, and overview of univariate
logic interpretation. Prerequisite: mathematics through calcu-
and multivariate statistical methods. Practical experience with
lus and MATH225, GEOL309, GEOL315, and EGGN351, or
principles of software programming and statistical analysis
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
for geological applications via suppled software and data sets
GEGN467. GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING (I) Theory
from geological case histories. Prerequistes: Senior standing
of groundwater occurrence and flow. Relation of ground-
in Geological Engineering or permission of instructor. 1 hour
water to surface water; potential distribution and flow; theory
lecture, 6 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
of aquifer tests; water chemistry, water quality, and contami-
GEGN438. PETROLEUM GEOLOGY (I) Source rocks,
nant transport. Laboratory sessions on water budgets, water
reservoir rocks, types of traps, temperature and pressure
chemistry, properties of porous media, solutions to hydraulic
conditions of the reservoir, theories of origin and accumula-
flow problems, analytical and digital models, and hydrogeo-
tion of petroleum, geology of major petroleum fields and
logic interpretation. Prerequisite: mathematics through calcu-
provinces of the world, and methods of exploration of petro-
lus and MATH225, GEOL309, GEOL314 or GEOL315, and
leum. Term report required. Laboratory consists of well log
EGGN351, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours
analysis, stratigraphic correlation, production mapping,
lab; 4 semester hours.
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GEGN468. ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND GEOTECH-
mapping functions; familiarity with the software compo-
NICS (I) Application of geology to evaluation of construction,
nents, including graphical user interface (GUI); methods for
mining, and environmental projects such as dams, water-
handling different kinds of information; organization and
ways, tunnels, highways, bridges, buildings, mine design,
storage of project documents. Use of raster and vector data
and land-based waste disposal facilities. Design projects in-
in an integrated environment; basic raster concepts; introduc-
cluding field, laboratory, and computer analysis are an im-
tion to GIS models, such as hill shading and cost/distance
portant part of the course. Prerequisite: MNGN321 and
analysis. Prerequisite: No previous knowledge of desktop
concurrent enrollment in EGGN361/EGGN363 or consent of
mapping or GIS technology assumed. Some computer expe-
instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 4 semester hours.
rience in operating within a Windows environment recom-
GEGN469. ENGINEERING GEOLOGY DESIGN (II) (WI)
mended. 1 hour lecture; 1 semester hour.
This is a capstone design course that emphasizes realistic
GEGN481. ADVANCED HYDROGEOLOGY (I) Lectures,
engineering geologic/geotechnics projects. Lecture time is
assigned readings, and discussions concerning the theory,
used to introduce projects and discussions of methods and
measurement, and estimation of ground water parameters,
procedures for project work. Several major projects will be
fractured-rock flow, new or specialized methods of well
assigned and one to two field trips will be required. Students
hydraulics and pump tests, tracer methods, and well con-
work as individual investigators and in teams. Final written
struction design. Design of well tests in variety of settings.
design reports and oral presentations are required. Prerequi-
Prerequisites: GEGN467 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
site: GEGN468 or equivalent and EPIC251. 2 hours lecture,
lecture; 3 semester hours.
3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
GEGN483. MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF GROUND-
GEGN470. GROUND-WATER ENGINEERING DESIGN
WATER SYSTEMS (II) Lectures, assigned readings, and
(II) (WI) Application of the principles of hydrogeology and
direct computer experience concerning the fundamentals and
ground-water engineering to water supply, geotechnical, or
applications of analytical and finite-difference solutions to
water quality problems involving the design of well fields,
ground water flow problems as well as an introduction to in-
drilling programs, and/or pump tests. Engineering reports,
verse modeling. Design of computer models to solve ground
complete with specifications, analysis, and results, will be re-
water problems. Prerequisites: Familiarity with computers,
quired. Prerequisite: GEGN467 or equivalent or consent of
mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and
instructor and EPIC251. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 se-
GEGN467. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
mester hours.
GEGN/GEOL498. SEMINAR IN GEOLOGY OR GEO-
GEGN473. GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SITE INVES-
LOGICAL ENGINEERING (I, II) Special topics classes,
TIGATION (II) (WI) Methods of field investigation, testing,
taught on a one-time basis. May include lecture, laboratory
and monitoring for geotechnical and hazardous waste sites,
and field trip activities. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor
including: drilling and sampling methods, sample logging,
and department head. Variable credit; 1 to 3 semester hours.
field testing methods, instrumentations, trench logging,
Repeatable for credit under different topics.
foundation inspection, engineering stratigraphic column and
GEGN499. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ENGINEERING
engineering soils map construction. Projects will include
GEOLOGY OR ENGINEERING HYDROGEOLOGY (I, II)
technical writing for investigations (reports, memos, pro-
Individual special studies, laboratory and/or field problems in
posals, workplans). Class will culminate in practice conduct-
geological engineering or engineering hydrogeology. Pre-
ing simulated investigations (using a computer simulator).
requisite: Approval of instructor and department head. Vari-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
able credit; 1 to 3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
GEGN475. APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC INFOR-
GEOL499. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOLOGY (I, II)
MATION SYSTEMS (II) An introduction to Geographic
Individual special studies, laboratory and/or field problems in
Information Systems (GIS) and their applications to all areas
geology. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor and department.
of geology and geological engineering. Lecture topics include:
Variable credit; 1 to 3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
principles of GIS, data structures, digital elevation models,
data input and verification, data analysis and spatial modeling,
Courses
data quality and error propagation, methods of GIS evaluation
The following courses are not all offered each academic
and selection. Laboratories will use personal computer systems
year. Any of those offered for which fewer than five students
for GIS projects, as well as video presentations. Prerequisite:
have registered may be omitted in any semester. All 500-
SYGN101. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
level courses are open to qualified seniors with permission of
the department and Dean of Graduate School. The 600-level
GEGN476. DESKTOP MAPPING APPLICATIONS FOR
courses are open only to students enrolled in the Graduate
PROJECT DATA MANAGEMENT (I, II) Conceptual
School.
overview and hands-on experience with a commercial desk-
top mapping system. Display, analysis, and presentation
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GEOL501. APPLIED STRATIGRAPHY (I) Review of basic
GEOL506. PHYSICS OF ROCK DEFORMATION (II)
concepts in siliciclastic and carbonate sedimentology and
A material-oriented, mechanistic approach to understanding
stratigraphy. Introduction to advanced concepts and their
brittle and ductile rock deformation. Starts with fundamental
application to exploration and development of fossil fuels
understanding of stress and strain. Physical processes of rock
and stratiform mineral deposits. Modern facies models and
fracture, friction, and flow will be studied as they relate to
sequence-stratigraphic concepts applied to solving strati-
earthquakes, crustal fluid movement, creep, and folding. Em-
graphic problems in field and subsurface settings. Prerequi-
phasis on relating initial and derived microstructure, such as
sites: GEOL314 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
grain size, micro-cracks, and intracrystalline dislocation, to
3 hours lecture, 4 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
stresses, temperatures, and fluids in the Earth. Rock anisotropy,
GEOL502. STRUCTURAL METHODS FOR SEISMIC IN-
heterogeneity, and scale effects discussed. Prerequisite:
TERPRETATION (I) A practical course that covers the wide
GEGN309 or equivalent.3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours
variety of structural methods and techniques that are essential
Offered alternate years, Spring 2002.
to produce a valid and coherent interpretation of 2D and 3D
GEGN509/CHGC509. INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS
seismic reflection data in structurally complex areas. Topics
GEOCHEMISTRY (II) Analytical, graphical and interpre-
covered include: Extensional tectonics, fold and thrust belts,
tive methods applied to aqueous systems. Thermodynamic
salt tectonics, inversion tectonics and strike-slip fault sys-
properties of water and aqueous solutions. Calculation and
tems. Laboratory exercises are based on seismic datasets
graphical expression of acid-base, redox and solution-min-
from a wide variety of structural regimes from across the
eral equilibria. Effect of temperature and kinetics on natural
globe. The course includes a 4 day field trip to SE Utah. Pre-
aqueous systems. Adsorption and ion exchange equilibria be-
requisite: GEOL309 and GEOL 314 or GEOL 315, or equiv-
tween clays and oxide phases. Behavior of trace elements
alents, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture/lab; 3
and complexation in aqueous systems. Application of organic
semester hours.
geochemistry to natural aqueous systems. Light stable and un-
GEGN503/GPGN503/PEGN503. INTEGRATED EXPLO-
stable isotopic studies applied to aqueous systems. Prerequi-
RATION AND DEVELOPMENT (I) Students work alone
site: DCGN209 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. 3
and in teams to study reservoirs from fluvial-deltaic and val-
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ley fill depositional environments. This is a multidisciplinary
GEOL510. IMPACT GEOLOGY (II) A seminar-based
course that shows students how to characterize and model
course of inquiry into the nature, process, and geological
subsurface reservoir performance by integrating data, meth-
significance of extra-terrestrial impacts on the Earth. Course
ods and concepts from geology, geophysics and petroleum
topics include the nature of impactors, impact processes,
engineering. Activities and topics include field trips to sur-
morphology of impact structures, shock metamorphism, case
face outcrops, well logs, borehole cores, seismograms, reser-
studies of impacts, and the role of impacts in Earth evolution,
voir modeling of field performance, written exercises and
biologic extinctions, and economic deposits. Optional field
oral team presentations. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
trips to Meteor Crater and other impact sites over Spring
2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Offered fall
Break. 2 hours seminar, 3 hours lab, 3 credit hours.
semester, odd years.
GEOL511. HISTORY OF GEOLOGIC CONCEPTS (II)
GEGN504/GPGN504/PEGN504. INTEGRATED EXPLO-
Lectures and seminars concerning the history and philosophy
RATION AND DEVELOPMENT (I) Students work in multi-
of the science of geology; emphasis on the historical devel-
disciplinary teams to study practical problems and case
opment of basic geologic concepts. 3 hours lecture and semi-
studies in integrated subsurface exploration and develop-
nar; 3 semester hours. Required of all doctoral candidates in
ment. The course addresses emerging technologies and
department. Offered alternate years. Spring 2001.
timely topics with a general focus on carbonate reservoirs.
GEOL512. MINERALOGY AND CRYSTAL CHEMISTRY
Activities include field trips, 3D computer modeling, written
(I) Relationships among mineral chemistry, structure, crys-
exercises and oral team presentation. Prerequisite: Consent
tallography, and physical properties. Systematic treatments of
of instructor. 3 hours lecture and seminar; 3 semester hours.
structural representation, defects, mineral stability and phase
Offered fall semester, even years.
transitions, solid solutions, substitution mechanisms, and
GEOL505. APPLIED STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY (II)
advanced methods of mineral identification and characteriza-
Structural geology with emphasis on solving problems in
tion. Applications of principles using petrological and envi-
field and lab exercises using systematic analysis by geometric
ronmental examples. Prerequisites: GEOL321, DCGN 209 or
and mapping techniques. Interpretation of the structural as-
equivalent or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours
pects of ore control, fossil fuels, and environmental geology.
lab; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years. Fall 2001.
Relationships between mechanical properties and structural
behavior of geological materials. Prerequisite: GEGN316 or
equivalent. 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
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GEOL515. ADVANCED MINERAL DEPOSITS - MAG-
stone-hosted, volcanic-hydrothermal, breccia-hosted, peg-
MATIC AND SYNGENETIC ORES (I) Time-space aspects
matite, and shale and phosphorite-hosted deposits. Source of
of metallogenesis in relation to regional and local geological
metals, mechanisms of transport and deposition will be con-
evolution of the earth. Processes leading to the formation of
sidered. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture;
ore magmas and fluids within tectonic and stratigraphic frame-
3 semester hours.
works, and to the development of favorable ore-forming
GEGN527/CHGC527. ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY OF
environments. Emphasis will be placed on processes respon-
FOSSIL FUELS AND ORE DEPOSITS (II) A study of
sible for ore genesis in magmatic systems, such as layered
organic carbonaceous materials in relation to the genesis and
complexes, carbonatites and pegmatites, and on the subma-
modification of fossil fuel and ore deposits. The biological
rine hydrothermal processes responsible for syndepositional
origin of the organic matter will be discussed with emphasis
deposits in volcanic and sedimentary terrains, including mas-
on contributions of microorganisms to the nature of these
sive base and precious metal sulfide ores. Ore deposits in
deposits. Biochemical and thermal changes which convert
certain sedimentary rocks, including copper, paleoplacer
the organic compounds into petroleum, oil shale, tar sand,
gold-uranium, marine evaporite, barite, and phosphate ores
coal, and other carbonaceous matter will be studied. Principal
are considered in context of their generative environments and
analytical techniques used for the characterization of organic
processes. Prerequisite: GEGN401 or equivalent, or consent
matter in the geosphere and for evaluation of oil and gas
of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
source potential will be discussed. Laboratory exercises
GEOL516. ADVANCED MINERAL DEPOSITS - EPIGE-
will emphasize source rock evaluation, and oil-source rock
NETIC HYDROTHERMAL SYSTEMS (II) Time-space
and oil-oil correlation methods. Prerequisite: CHGN221,
aspects of metallogenesis in relation to regional and local geo-
GEGN438, or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture; 3 hours
logical evolution of the earth. Processes leading to the gener-
lab; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years, Spring 2003.
ation of metalliferous hydrothermal mineralizing solutions
GEGN528/MNGN528. MINING GEOLOGY (II) Role of
within tectonic and lithologic frameworks, and to the devel-
geology and the geologist in the development and production
opment of favorable ore-forming environments. Emphasis
stages of a mining operation. Topics addressed: mining oper-
will be placed on processes responsible for ore genesis in mag-
ation sequence, mine mapping, drilling, sampling, reserve es-
matic-hydrothermal systems such as porphyry copper-molyb-
timation, economic evaluation, permitting, support functions.
denum-gold deposits, epithermal precious metal deposits,
Field trips, mine mapping, data evaluation exercises, and
metamorphogenetic gold deposits, volcanic and sedimentary
term project. Prerequisite: GEGN401 or GEGN405 or
rock-hosted epigenetic base metal ores and epigenetic sedi-
permission of instructors. 2 hours lecture/seminar, 3 hours
mentary-rock hosted and unconformity-related uranium de-
lab; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years when student
posits. Prerequisite: GEGN401 or equivalent, or consent of
demand is sufficient.
instructor. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
GEGN530. CLAY CHARACTERIZATION (I) Clay mineral
GEGN517. FIELD METHODS FOR ECONOMIC GEOL-
structure, chemistry and classification, physical properties
OGY (II) Methods of field investigation for economic geol-
(flocculation and swelling, cation exchange capacity, surface
ogy including underground mapping at the CSM test mine in
area and charge), geological occurrence, controls on their sta-
Idaho Springs, logging of drill core, logging of drill chips,
bilities. Principles of X-ray diffraction, including sample
and surface mapping. Technical reports will be written for
preparation techniques, data collection and interpretation,
each of the projects. 9 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
and clay separation and treatment methods. The use of scan-
GEGN518. MINERAL EXPLORATION (II) Mineral indus-
ning electron microscopy to investigate clay distribution and
try overview, deposit economics, target selection, deposit
morphology. Methods of measuring cation exchange capacity
modeling, exploration technology, international exploration,
and surface area. Prerequisite: GEGN206 or equivalent, or
environmental issues, program planning, proposal develop-
consent of instructor. 1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab; 1 semester
ment. Team development and presentation of an exploration
hour.
proposal. Prerequisite: GEOL515, GEOL516, or equivalent.
GEGN532. GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS (I or II)
2 hours lecture/seminar, 2 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
Techniques and strategy of data analysis in geology and geo-
Offered when student demand is sufficient.
logical engineering: basic statistics review, analysis of data
GEGN 520. URANIUM GEOCHEMISTRY AND GEOL-
sequences, mapping, sampling and sample representativity,
OGY (I) In-depth study of the geochemical and geological
univariate and multivariate statistics, geostatistics, and geo-
controls on the distribution of uranium and associated ele-
graphic information systems (GIS). Practical experience with
ments in the crust of the earth. Emphasis will be placed on
geological applications via supplied software and data sets
geochemical and geological models for the formation of eco-
from case histories. Prerequisites: Introductory statistics course
nomically recoverable concentrations of uranium, including,
(MATH323 or MATH530 equivalent) or permission of instruc-
but not limited to paleoplacer, unconformity-related, sand-
tor. 2 hours lecture/discussion; 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
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GEGN542. ADVANCED ENGINEERING GEOMOR-
able work plans. Discussions center on the role of the geo-
PHOLOGY (II) Application of quantitative geomorphic tech-
logical engineer in working with government regulators, pri-
niques to engineering problems. Map interpretation,
vate-sector clients, other consultants, and other special
photointerpretation, field observations, computer modeling,
interest groups. Prerequisite: GEGN442, GEGN467,
and GIS analysis methods. Topics include: coastal engineer-
GEGN468, GEGN469, GEGN470 or consent of instructor. 3
ing, fluvial processes, river engineering, controlling water
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
and wind erosion, permafrost engineering. Multi-week de-
GEOL570/GPGN570. APPLICATIONS OF SATELLITE
sign projects and case studies. Prerequisite: GEGN342 and
REMOTE SENSING (II) Students are introduced to geo-
GEGN468, or graduate standing; GEGN475 or GEGN575
science applications of satellite remote sensing. Introductory
recommended. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
lectures provide background on satellites, sensors, methodol-
GEOL543. MODERN SEDIMENTS FIELD PROGRAM (S)
ogy, and diverse applications. One or more areas of applica-
Detailed field study of modern transitional and shallow ma-
tions are presented from a systems perspective. Guest
rine environments of sedimentary deposition. Both detrital
lecturers from academia, industry, and government agencies
and carbonate environments are included. Emphasis on en-
present case studies focusing on applications, which vary
ergy and mineral resources. Conducted at field locations such
from semester to semester. Students do independent term
as southeastern United States and the Bahamas. Fees are as-
projects, under the supervision of a faculty member or guest
sessed for field and living expenses and transportation. Pre-
lecturer, that are presented both written and orally at the end
requisite: Background in sedimentary geology and consent of
of the term. Prerequisite: PHGN200, MATH225, GEOL309
instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
GEOL545. INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING (I)
GEGN571. ADVANCED ENGINEERING GEOLOGY (I)
Theory and application of remote sensing techniques using
Emphasis will be on engineering geology mapping methods,
visible, infrared, and microwave electromagnetic energy.
and geologic hazards assessment applied to site selection and
Spectral information from cameras and scanning instruments,
site assessment for a variety of human activities. Prerequi-
including infrared photography, radar imagery, Landsat im-
site: GEGN468 or equivalent. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3
agery, and imaging spectroscopy. Survey of applications to
semester hours. Offered alternate years, Fall 2004.
geology and global change. Lab interpretation of remote
GEGN573. GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SITE INVES-
sensing imagery and introduction to digital image processing.
TIGATION (II) Methods of field investigation, testing, and
2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
monitoring for geotechnical and hazardous waste sites,
GEOL546. GEOLOGIC APPLICATIONS OF REMOTE
including: drilling and sampling methods, sample logging,
SENSING (II) Application of remote sensing to regional geo-
field testing methods, instrumentation, trench logging,
logic studies and to mineral and energy resource assessments.
foundation inspection, engineering stratigraphic column and
Study of remote sensing techniques, including spectral analy-
engineering soils map construction. Projects will include
sis, lineament analysis, and digital image processing. Reviews
technical writing for investigations (reports, memos, pro-
of case studies and current literature. Student participation in
posals, workplans). Class will culminate in practice conduct-
discussion required. Prerequisite: GEOL545 or consent of in-
ing simulated investigations (using a computer simulator).
structor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
GEOL550. INTEGRATED BASIN MODELING (I) This
GEGN574. GEOTECHNICAL ASPECTS OF WASTE DIS-
course introduces students to principal methods in computer-
POSAL (II) Analysis and review of the legal and technical
based basin modeling: structural modeling and tectonic
problems surrounding the shallow land burial of waste
restoration; thermal modeling and hydrocarbon generation;
materials, with special emphasis on hazardous solid waste.
and stratigraphic modeling. Students apply techniques to
Methods of investigation of new and abandoned or inactive
real data set that includes seismic and well data and learn to
waste sites. Measurement of contaminant movement in the
integrate results from multiple approaches in interpreting a
ground, design of contaminant and monitoring systems, case
basin's history. The course is primarily a lab course. Prereq-
histories of field performance, and current research findings.
uisite: Consent of instructor. A course background in struc-
Prerequisite: GEGN468 and EGGN361/EGGN363. 3 hours
tural geology, sedimentology/stratigraphy or organic
lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years, Spring 2004.
geochemistry will be helpful. 1 hour lecture, 5 hours labs;
GEGN575. APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC INFOR-
3 semester hours.
MATION SYSTEMS (II) An introduction to Geographic
GEGN570. CASE HISTORIES IN GEOLOGICAL ENGI-
Information Systems (GIS) and their applications to all areas
NEERING AND HYDROGEOLOGY (I) Case histories in
of geology and geological engineering. Lecture topics in-
geological and geotechnical engineering, ground water, and
clude: principles of GIS, data structures, digital elevation
waste management problems. Students are assigned prob-
models, data input and verification, data analysis and spatial
lems and must recommend solutions and/or prepare defend-
modeling, data quality and error propagation, methods of
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GIS evaluation and selection. Laboratories will use Macin-
GEGN583. MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF GROUND-
tosh and DOS-based personal computer systems for GIS
WATER SYSTEMS (II) Lectures, assigned readings, and
projects, as well as video-presentations. Visits to local GIS
direct computer experience concerning the fundamentals and
laboratories, and field studies will be required. 2 hours lec-
applications of finite-difference and finite-element numerical
ture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
methods and analytical solutions to ground water flow and
GEGN576. FUNDAMENTALS OF VECTOR GEOGRAPHIC
mass transport problems. Prerequisite: A knowledge of
INFORMATION SYSTEMS (I, II) Fundamentals of rela-
FORTRAN programming, mathematics through differential
tional vector GIS; topological relationships; spatial coordi-
and integral calculus, and GEGN467 or consent of instructor.
nate systems; data capture and conversion; displaying and
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
correcting errors; mapping precision; spatial data attribute
GEGN585. HYDROCHEMICAL EVOLUTION AND
accuracy; and database models. Case studies. Prerequisite:
MODELING OF GROUND-WATER SYSTEMS (I) Appli-
GEGN475 or GEGN575. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester hours.
cation of hydrologic, geochemical, and isotopic concepts to
Offered on demand.
the natural evolution of groundwater systems. Principles of
GEGN577. VECTOR GIS ANALYSIS FUNCTIONS (I, II)
groundwater evolution in the vadose zone, in evaporative
Classification of relational vector GIS analysis functions;
environments, wetlands, unconfined and confined ground-
topological relationships; constructing a database; associat-
water systems, and areas of interaquifer mixing. Introduction
ing attributes with spatial data; relating and joining attribute
of use of geochemical modeling techniques to constrain prob-
tables; selecting and manipulating data records; edgematching
lems of mass transfer and mass balance in groundwater sys-
and merging maps; displaying data; query and analysis func-
tems. Course is designed to provide students with overview
tions; topological overlay operations; distance functions. Case
of hydrochemistry prior to taking advanced numerical mod-
studies of spatial analysis projects. Prerequisite: GEGN475
eling courses in hydrology and geochemistry. Prerequisites:
or GEGN575, and GEGN576. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester
DCGN209 and GEGN467 or equivalent or consent of in-
hours. Offered on demand.
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
GEGN578. GIS PROJECT DESIGN (I, II) Project imple-
GEGN/GEOL598. SEMINAR IN GEOLOGY OR GEO-
mentation of GIS analysis. Projects may be undertaken by in-
LOGICAL ENGINEERING (I, II) Special topics classes,
dividual students, or small student teams. Documentation of
taught on a one-time basis. May include lecture, laboratory
all project design stages, including user needs assessment,
and field trip activities. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor
implementation procedures, hardware and software selection,
and department head. Variable credit; 1 to 3 semester hours.
data sources and acquisition, and project success assessment.
Repeatable for credit under different topics.
Various GIS software may be used; projects may involve
GEGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ENGINEERING
2-dimensional GIS, 3-dimensional subsurface models, or
GEOLOGY OR ENGINEERING HYDROGEOLOGY(I, II)
multi-dimensional time-series analysis. Prerequisite: Consent
Individual special studies, laboratory and/or field problems in
of instructor. Variable credit, 1-3 semester hours, depending
geological engineering or engineering hydrogeology. Pre-
on project. Offered on demand.
requisite: Approval of instructor and department head. Vari-
GEOL580/GPGN580/MNGN580. INDUCED SEISMICITY
able credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
(II) Earthquakes are sometimes caused by the activities of
GEOL599. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOLOGY (I, II).
man. These activities include mining and quarrying, petroleum
Individual special studies, laboratory and/or field problems in
and geothermal energy production, building water reservoirs
geology. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor and department.
and dams, and underground nuclear testing. This course will
Variable credit; 1 to 3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
help students understand the characteristics and physical
GEOL605. ADVANCED STRUCTURAL AND TECTONIC
causes of man-made earthquakes and seismicity induced in
PRINCIPLES (I) Seminar discussions on geotectonic prin-
various situations. Students will read published reports and ob-
ciples, mountain patterns and cycles, type regional and areal
jectively analyze the seismological and ancillary data therein
studies in tectonic style. Comparative tectonics. Includes
to decide if the causative agent was man or natural processes.
field work in nearby areas on specific tectonic problems, re-
Prerequisites: Undergraduate geology and physics. 3 hours lec-
view of recent literature, and tectonic analysis in mineral and
ture; 3 semester hours. Offered spring semester, odd years.
fuel exploration. Prerequisite: GEOL309. 2 hours lecture and
GEGN581. ADVANCED GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
seminar, 3 hours field; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate
(I) Lectures, assigned readings, and discussions concerning
years, Fall 2005.
the theory, measurement, and estimation of ground water
GEOL606. ADVANCED STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY (RE-
parameters, fractured-rock flow, new or specialized methods
GIONAL) (II) Seminar discussion of the world’s main tec-
of well hydraulics and pump tests, tracer methods. Prerequi-
tonic provinces using modern methods of tectonic analysis;
site: GEGN467 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
includes discussion of typical structures for each province
mester hours.
and thorough review of recent literature. Assigned reports on
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analysis of regional structural patterns and their possible re-
stratigraphy, reservoir geology, interpretation of outcrops,
production experimentally. Prerequisite: GEOL605. 3 hours
reflection seismic records, cores and well logs. Focus is on
lecture and seminar; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate
depositional processes, facies and their interpretation within
years, Spring 2004.
deep-water depositional systems, turbidite models and their
GEOL607. GRADUATE SEMINAR (I, II) Recent geologic
evolution, control of reservoir characteristics and perform-
ideas and literature reviewed. Preparation and oral presenta-
ance, turbidites within a sequence stratigraphic framework,
tion of short papers. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour. Re-
and the global occurrence of turbidite reservoirs. Laboratory
quired of all geology candidates for advanced degrees during
exercises on seismic, well log, and core interpretation. Seven
their enrollment on campus.
day field trip to study classic turbidites in Arkansas and to
develop individual field mapping and interpretation projects.
GEOL609. ADVANCED PETROLEUM GEOLOGY (II)
Prerequisites: GEGN438, GEOL501 or equivalents. 3 hours
Subjects to be covered involve consideration of basic chemi-
lecture, 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours. Offered alternate
cal, physical, biological and geological processes and their
years. Fall 2003.
relation to modern concepts of oil/gas generation (including
source rock deposition and maturation), and migration/
GEOL615. GEOCHEMISTRY OF HYDROTHERMAL
accumulation (including that occurring under hydrodynamic
MINERAL DEPOSITS (I) Detailed study of the geochem-
conditions). Concepts will be applied to the historic and pre-
istry of selected hydrothermal mineral deposits. Theory and
dictive occurrence of oil/gas to specific Rocky Mountain
application of stable isotopes as applied to mineral deposits.
areas. In addition to lecture attendance, course work involves
Origin and nature of hydrothermal fluids and the mechanisms
review of topical papers and solution of typical problems.
of transport and deposition of ore minerals. Review of wall-
Prerequisite: GEGN438 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
rock alteration processes. Fundamental solution chemistry
ture; 3 semester hours.
and the physical chemistry of hydrothermal fluids. Prerequi-
site: GEGN401 or equivalent or consent of instructor. 3 hours
GEOL610. ADVANCED SEDIMENTOLOGY (II) Keynote
lecture; 3 semester hours.
lectures and a seminar series on the physical depositional
processes, as the basic processes and key restrictions for
GEOL616. ADVANCED MINERAL DEPOSITS (II) Re-
building stratigraphy. Linkage of physical processes with de-
views of current literature and research regarding selected
positional environments and stratigraphy. Learning the key
topics in mineral deposits. Group discussion and individual
observations for recognizing depositional environments in
participation expected. May be repeated for credit if different
outcrops and cores. Linkage to well logs. Seminars, field
topics are involved. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
trips, field labs and report required. Prerequisite: GEOL 501
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
or equivalent. 3 hours lecture and seminar; 3 semester hours.
GEOL617. THERMODYNAMICS AND MINERAL
GEOL611. DYNAMIC STRATIGRAPHY (II) Keynote lec-
PHASE EQUILIBRIA (I) Basic thermodynamics applied to
tures and a seminar series on the dynamics of depositional
natural geologic systems. Evaluation of mineral-vapor min-
systems; understanding the dynamics of the depositional
eral solution, mineral-melt, and solid solution equilibria with
processes, depositional environments and how they behave in
special emphasis on oxide, sulfide, and silicate systems. Ex-
changing sea-level and sediment supply conditions; from
perimental and theoretical derivation, use, and application of
basic processes to sequence stratigraphy of the siliciclasti
phase diagrams relevant to natural rock systems. An emphasis
systems. Field trips and report required. Prerequisite:
will be placed on problem solving rather than basic theory.
GEOL501 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture and seminar; 3 se-
Prerequisite: DCGN209 or equivalent or consent of instruc-
mester hours.
tor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate
years; Fall 2003.
GEOL613. GEOLOGIC RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZA-
TION (I or II) Principles and practice of characterizing
GEOL618. EVOLUTION OF ORE DEPOSITS (II) The
petroleum reservoirs using geologic and engineering data,
evolutionary changes in major types of ore deposits through
including well logs, sample descriptions, routine and special
time are described, and the causative changes in their geo-
core analysis and well tests. Emphasis is placed on practical
logical environments and genetic processes are considered.
analysis of such data sets from a variety of clastic petroleum
The possible significance of these changes to tectonic
reservoirs worldwide. These data sets are integrated into de-
processes, and to crustal evolution of the earth are evaluated.
tailed characterizations, which then are used to solve practi-
In this context ore deposits are of interest not only for their
cal oil and gas field problems. Prerequisites: GEGN438,
commercial value, but scientifically, as additional guides
GEOL501, GEOL505/605 or equivalents. 3 hours lecture;
to the earth’s evolutionary development through 4 billion
3 semester hours.
years of earth history. Prerequisite: GEGN401, GEOL515,
GEOL516 or equivalents or consent of instructor. 3 hours
GEOL614. PETROLEUM GEOLOGY OF DEEP-WATER
lectures and/or seminar/lab; 3 semester hours.
CLASTIC DEPOSITIONAL SYSTEMS (I) Course com-
bines local and regional deep-water sedimentology, sequence
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GEOL621. PETROLOGY OF DETRITAL ROCKS (II)
M.S. candidates. Usually taken after at least one year of
Compositions and textures of sandstones, siltstones, and
graduate residence. Background requirements vary accord-
mudrocks. Relationship of compositions and textures of
ing to nature of field study. Consent of instructor and depart-
provenance, environment of deposition, and burial history.
ment head is required. Fees are assessed for field and living
Development of porosity and permeability. Laboratory exer-
expenses and transportation. 1 to 3 semester hours; may be
cises emphasize use of petrographic thin sections, x-ray
repeated for credit with consent of instructor.
diffraction analysis, and scanning electron microscopy to
GEOL645. VOLCANOLOGY (II) Assigned readings and
examine detrital rocks. A term project is required, involving
seminar discussions on volcanic processes and products.
petrographic analysis of samples selected by student. Pre-
Principal topics include pyroclastic rocks, craters and
requisites: GEGN206 , GEOL321 or equivalent or consent of
calderas, caldron subsidence, diatremes, volcanic domes,
instructor. 2 hours lecture and seminar, 3 hours lab; 3 semes-
origin and evolution of volcanic magmas, and relation of
ter hours. Offered on demand.
volcanism to alteration and mineralization. Petrographic
GEOL624. CARBONATE SEDIMENTOLOGY AND
study of selected suites of lava and pyroclastic rocks in the
PETROLOGY (II) Processes involved in the deposition of
laboratory. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 hour semi-
carbonate sediments with an emphasis on Recent environ-
nar, 6 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
ments as analogs for ancient carbonate sequences. Carbonate
GEOL653. CARBONATE DIAGENESIS AND GEOCHEM-
facies recognition through bio- and lithofacies analysis, three-
ISTRY(II) Petrologic, geochemical, and isotopic approaches
dimensional geometries, sedimentary dynamics, sedimentary
to the study of diagenetic changes in carbonate sediments
structures, and facies associations. Laboratory stresses iden-
and rocks. Topics covered include major near-surface diage-
tification of Recent carbonate sediments and thin section
netic environments, subaerial exposure, dolomitization, burial
analysis of carbonate classification, textures, non-skeletal
diagenesis, carbonate aqueous equilibria, and the carbonate
and biogenic constituents, diagenesis, and porosity evolution.
geochemistry of trace elements and stable isotopes. Labora-
Prerequisite: GEGN321 and GEGN206 or consent of instruc-
tory stresses thin section recognition of diagenetic textures
tor. 2 hours lecture/seminar, 2 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
and fabrics, x-ray diffraction, and geochemical/isotopic
GEOL625. ADVANCED METAMORPHIC PETROLOGY
approaches to diagenetic problems. Prerequisite: GEOL624
(I) Metamorphic processes and concepts, emphasizing
or equivalent or consent of instructor. 4 to 6 hours lecture/
physical and chemical controls in the development of mineral
seminar/lab; 3 semester hours.
assemblages. Petrographic examination of rock suites from
GEGN669. ADVANCED TOPICS IN ENGINEERING
representative metamorphic zones and facies. Emphasis
HYDROGEOLOGY Review of current literature and re-
on the interrelationships of crystallization and deformation
search regarding selected topics in hydrogeology. Group dis-
and an interpretation of metamorphic history. Prerequisite:
cussion and individual participation. Guest speakers and field
GEGN 307 or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture and
trips may be incorporated into the course. Prerequisite: Con-
seminar, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate
sent of instructor. 1 to 2 semester hours; may be repeated for
years; Fall 2002.
credit with consent of instructor.
GEOL628. ADVANCED IGNEOUS PETROLOGY (I)
GEGN670. ADVANCED TOPICS IN GEOLOGICAL ENGI-
Igneous processes and concepts, emphasizing the genesis,
NEERING Review of current literature and research regard-
evolution, and emplacement of tectonically and geochemi-
ing selected topics in engineering geology. Group discussion
cally diverse volcanic and plutonic occurrences. Tectonic
and individual participation. Guest speakers and field trips
controls on igneous activity and petrochemistry. Petrographic
may be incorporated into the course. Prerequisite: Consent of
study of igneous suites, mineralized and non-mineralized,
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Repeatable for
from diverse tectonic settings. Prerequisites: GEOL321,
credit under different topics.
GEGN206. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
Offered alternate years; Fall 2003.
GEGN671. LANDSLIDES: INVESTIGATION, ANALYSIS
& MITIGATION Geological investigation, analysis, and de-
GEOL642. FIELD GEOLOGY (S) Field program operated
sign of natural rock and soil slopes and mitigation of unstable
concurrently with GEGN316 field camp to familiarize the
slopes. Topics include landslide types and processes, trigger-
student with basic field technique, geologic principles, and
ing mechanisms, mechanics of movements, landslide investi-
regional geology of Rocky Mountains. Prerequisite: Under-
gation and characterization, monitoring and instrumentation,
graduate degree in geology and GEGN316 or equivalent.
soil slope stability analysis, rock slope stability analysis, rock
During summer field session; 1 to 3 semester hours.
fall analysis, stabilization and risk reduction measures. Pre-
GEOL643. GRADUATE FIELD SEMINARS (I, II, S) Spe-
requisites: GEGN468, EGGN 361, MNGN321, (or equiva-
cial advanced field programs emphasizing detailed study of
lents) or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
some aspects of geology. Normally conducted away from the
hours.
Golden campus. Prerequisite: Restricted to Ph.D. or advanced
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GEGN672. ADVANCED GEOTECHNICS (II) Geological
ods; 3) discussion of alternative computer codes for model-
analysis, design, and stabilization of natural soil and rock
ing and presentation of the essential features of a number of
slopes and rock foundations; computer modeling of slopes;
codes; 4) study of selection of appropriate computer codes
use of specialized methods in earth construction. Prerequi-
for specific modeling problems; 5) application of models to
site: GEGN468, EGGN361/EGGN363 and MNGN321.
ground water problems; and 6) study of completed modeling
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
projects through literature review, reading and discussion.
GEGN 673. ADVANCED GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING
Prerequisite: GEOL/CHGC509 or GEGN583, and GEGN585
DESIGN (II) Application of geological principles and ana-
or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 se-
lytical techniques to solve complex engineering problems re-
mester hours.
lated to geology, such as mitigation of natural hazards,
GEGN684. CHEMICAL MODELING OF AQUEOUS SYS-
stabilization of earth materials, and optimization of construc-
TEMS (II) Provides theoretical background and practical
tion options. Design tools to be covered will include prob-
experience in the application of chemical equilibrium and re-
lem solving techniques, optimization, reliability,
action path models to problems in diverse fields of theoreti-
maintainability, and economic analysis. Students will com-
cal and applied aqueous geochemistry. Advanced topics in
plete independent and group design projects, as well as a
aqueous geochemistry are presented and subsequently inves-
case analysis of a design failure. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
tigated using computer simulation approaches. Includes
hours. Offered alternate years, Spring 2007.
hands-on experience with the software EQ3/6. Instruction is
GEGN675. ADVANCED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHIC IN-
provided in the use of basic UNIX commands. The course
FORMATION SYSTEMS (I, II) Review of current develop-
progressively builds user ability through a wide variety of
ments and research in specific advanced topics concerning
applications including problems in thermodynamic data
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and their
quality evaluation, ore deposition, sediment diagenesis,
applications to all areas of geology and geological engineer-
groundwater evolution, contaminant geochemistry, leachate
ing. Topics will include 3-dimensional data systems, the
generation, and enhanced oil recovery treatments. Course
problems of 3-dimensional data structures, visualization and
ends with student presentations of a chemical modeling
rendering of complex geological objects, interactions with
study applied to a problem of their choosing. Prerequisite:
analytical models, and the capabilities of new software and
GEGN585 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture/computer
hardware. Prerequisites: GEGN575 and consent of instructor.
lab; 3 semester hours.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit
GEGN685. APPLIED GROUND-WATER MODELING
under different topics.
PROBLEM SOLVING (I, II) Approach to and resolution of
GEGN681. VADOSE ZONE HYDROLOGY (II) Study of
technical ground-water modeling problems from industrial
the physics of unsaturated groundwater flow and contami-
applications. Conceptual analysis taught via Socratic Dialectic.
nant transport. Fundamental processes and data collection
Students reproduce, analyze, and resolve each problem. Each
methods will be presented. The emphasis will be on analytic
class offers new problems and learning experiences, thus the
solutions to the unsaturated flow equations and analysis of
course can be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.
field data. Application to non-miscible fluids, such as gaso-
By successful completion of this course, students earn certifi-
line, will be made. The fate of leaks from underground tanks
cation to advise on the International Ground Water Modeling
will be analyzed. Prerequisites: GEGN467 or equivalent;
Center technical support line in a part-time employment mode.
Math through Differential Equations; or consent of instructor.
Prerequisite: GEGN583 or consent of instructor. 2 hours
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
recitation alternate weeks; 3 hours lab every week; 2 semes-
ter hours.
GEGN682. FLOW AND TRANSPORT IN FRACTURED
ROCK (I) Explores the application of hydrologic and engi-
GEGN/GEOL698. SEMINAR IN GEOLOGY OR GEO-
neering principles to flow and transport in fractured rock.
LOGICAL ENGINEERING (I, II) Special topics classes,
Emphasis is on analysis of field data and the differences be-
taught on a one-time basis. May include lecture, laboratory
tween flow and transport in porous media and fractured rock.
and field trip activities. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor
Teams work together throughout the semester to solve prob-
and department head. Variable credit; 1 to 3 semester hours.
lems using field data, collect and analyze field data, and do
Repeatable for credit under different titles.
independent research in flow and transport in fractured rock.
GEGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ENGINEERING
Prerequisites: GEGN581 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
GEOLOGY OR ENGINEERING HYDROGEOLOGY(I, II)
lecture; 3 credit hours. Offered alternate years; Fall 2001.
Individual special studies, laboratory and/or field problems in
GEGN683. ADVANCED GROUND WATER MODELING
geological engineering or engineering hydrogeology. Pre-
(II) Flow and solute transport modeling including: 1) ad-
requisite: Approval of instructor and department head. Varia-
vanced analytical modeling methods; 2) finite elements,
ble credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
random-walk, and method of characteristics numerical meth-
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GEOL699. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOLOGY (I, II).
GEGX633. LITHOGEOCHEMICAL MINERAL EXPLO-
Individual special studies, laboratory and/or field problems in
RATION (II) Principles and application of primary disper-
geology. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor and department.
sion to the search for metallic mineral deposits. Evaluation
Variable credit; 1 to 3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
of the design, sampling, analytical, and interpretational tech-
GEGN700. GRADUATE ENGINEERING REPORT -
niques used in lithogeochemical exploration. Practical labora-
MASTER OF ENGINEERING (I, II, S) Laboratory, field
tory exercises. Term projects required. Prerequisite: GXGN571,
and library work for the Master of Engineering report under
GEGN401 or equivalent or consent of instructor. 3 hours
supervision of the student’s advisory committee.
lecture/seminar/lab; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate
years, on demand.
GEGN704 GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER
OF ENGINEERING Engineering design credit hours re-
GEGX635. SURFICIAL EXPLORATION GEOCHEM-
quired for completion of the degree Master of Engineering -
ISTRY (II) Secondary dispersion processes (mechanical and
thesis. Engineering design must be carried out under the di-
chemical) applied to the search for metalliferous mineral
rect supervision of the graduate student’s faculty advisor.
deposits. A variety of sampling media, analytical procedures,
Repeatable for credit.
and interpretive techniques are evaluated. Landscape geo-
chemistry framework for exploration program design. Pre-
GEGN/GEOL705 GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT:
requisite: GEGX571 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
MASTER OF SCIENCE Research credit hours required
A course in geomorphology recommended. 3 hours
for completion of the degree Master of Science - thesis. Re-
lecture/seminar/lab; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate
search must be carried out under the direct supervision of the
years, on demand.
graduate student’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
GEGX637. ADVANCED STUDIES IN EXPLORATION
GEGN/GEOL706 GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT:
GEOCHEMISTRY (I, II) Individual special investigations
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY Research credit hours re-
of a laboratory or field problem in exploration geochemistry
quired for completion of the degree Doctor of Philosophy.
under the direction of a member of staff. Work on the same
Research must be carried out under direct supervision of the
or a different topic may be continued through later semesters
graduate student’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
and additional credits earned. Prerequisite: GEGX571 and
Geochemcial Exploration
consent of instructor. 1 to 3 semester hours. Repeatable for
GEGX571. GEOCHEMICAL EXPLORATION (I)
credit.
Dispersion of trace metals from mineral deposits and their
discovery. Laboratory consists of analysis and statistical in-
terpretation of data of soils, stream sediments, vegetation,
and rock in connection with field problems. Term report re-
quired. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture,
3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
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Geophysics
Geophysics is an interdisciplinary field - a rich blend of
TERENCE K. YOUNG, Professor and Department Head
disciplines such as geology, physics, mathematics, computer
MICHAEL L. BATZLE, Baker Hughes Professor of Petrophysics
science, and electrical engineering. Professionals working in
and Borehole Geophysics
the field of geophysics come from programs in these allied
THOMAS L. DAVIS, Professor
disciplines as well as from formal programs in geophysics.
DAVE HALE, Charles Henry Green Professor of Exploration
Geophysics
The Earth supplies all materials needed by our society,
GARY R. OLHOEFT, Professor
serves as the repository of used products, and provides a
ROEL K. SNIEDER, Keck Foundation Professor of Basic
home to all its inhabitants. Therefore, geophysics and geo-
Exploration Science
physical engineering have important roles to play in the solu-
ILYA D. TSVANKIN, Professor
tion of challenging problems facing the inhabitants of this
THOMAS M. BOYD, Associate Professor and Dean of Graduate
planet, such as providing fresh water, food, and energy for
Studies
Earth’s growing population, evaluating sites for underground
YAOGUO LI, Associate Professor
construction and containment of hazardous waste, monitor-
ANDRÉ REVIL, Associate Professor
ing non-invasively the aging infrastructures (natural gas
JEFFREY ANDREWS-HANNA, Assistant Professor
pipelines, water supplies, telecommunication conduits, trans-
PAUL SAVA, Assistant Professor
NORMAN BLEISTEIN, Research Professor and University
portation networks) of developed nations, mitigating the
Emeritus Professor
threat of geohazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides,
KENNETH L. LARNER, Research Professor and University
avalanches) to populated areas, contributing to homeland
Emeritus Professor
security (including detection and removal of unexploded
ROBERT D. BENSON, Research Associate Professor
ordnance and land mines), evaluating changes in climate and
RICHARD KRAHENBUHL, Research Assistant Professor
managing humankind’s response to them, and exploring
STEPHEN J. HILL, Adjunct Associate Professor
other planets.
DAVID J. WALD, Adjunct Associate Professor
CHARLES P. ODEN, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Energy companies and mining firms employ geophysicists
WARREN B. HAMILTON, Distinguished Senior Scientist
to explore for hidden resources around the world. Engineer-
THOMAS R. LAFEHR, Distinguished Senior Scientist
ing firms hire geophysical engineers to assess the Earth’s
MISAC N. NABIGHIAN, Distinguished Senior Scientist
near-surface properties when sites are chosen for large
ADEL ZOHDY, Distinguished Senior Scientist
construction projects and waste-management operations.
FRANK A. HADSELL, Emeritus Professor
Environmental organizations use geophysics to conduct
ALEXANDER A. KAUFMAN, Emeritus Professor
groundwater surveys and to track the flow of contaminants.
GEORGE V. KELLER, Emeritus Professor
On the global scale, geophysicists employed by universities
PHILLIP R. ROMIG, JR., Emeritus Professor
and government agencies (such as the United States Geo-
Degrees Offered
logical Survey, NASA, and the National Oceanographic and
Professional Masters in Mineral Exploration and Mining
Atmospheric Administration) try to understand such Earth
Geosciences
processes as heat flow, gravitational, magnetic, electric, ther-
Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
mal, and stress fields within the Earth’s interior. For the past
decade, 100% of CSM’s geophysics graduates have found
Master of Science (Geophysics)
employment in their chosen field, with about 20% choosing
Master of Science (Geophysical Engineering)
to pursue graduate studies.
Doctor of Philosophy (Geophysics)
Founded in 1926, the Department of Geophysics at the
Doctor of Philosophy (Geophysical Engineering)
Colorado School of Mines is recognized and respected around
the world for its programs in applied geophysical research and
Program Description
education. With 20 active faculty members and small class
Geophysicists study and explore the Earth’s interior
sizes, students receive individualized attention in a close-knit
through physical measurements collected at the earth’s sur-
environment. Given the interdisciplinary nature of geophysics,
face, in boreholes, from aircraft, and from satellites. Using a
the graduate curriculum requires students to become thoroughly
combination of mathematics, physics, geology, chemistry,
familiar with geological, mathematical, and physical theory,
hydrology, and computer science, a geophysicist analyzes
in addition to exploring the theoretical and practical aspects of
these measurements to infer properties and processes within
the various geophysical methodologies.
the Earth’s complex interior. Non-invasive imaging beneath
the surface of Earth and other planets by geophysicists is
Research Emphasis
analogous to non-invasive imaging of the interior of the
The Department conducts research in a wide variety
human body by medical specialists.
of areas mostly related, but not restricted, to applied geo-
physics. Candidates interested in the research activities of a
specific faculty member are encouraged to obtain a copy of
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the Department’s view book and to contact that faculty mem-
and other agencies. More information about CGEM is
ber directly. To give prospective candidates an idea of the
available on the web at:
types of research activities available in geophysics at CSM,
http://www.geophysics.mines.edu/cgem/.
a list of the recognized research groups operating within the
The Center for Rock Abuse is a rock-physics laboratory focus-
Department of Geophysics is given below.
ing on research in rock and fluid properties for exploration
The Center for Wave Phenomena (CWP) is a research group
and reservoir monitoring. The primary goal of exploration
with a total of four faculty members from the Department
and production geophysics is to identify fluids, specifically
of Geophysics. With research sponsored by some 30 com-
hydrocarbons, in rocks. Current projects center on fluid dis-
panies worldwide in the petroleum-exploration industry,
tributions in rocks and how these distributions affect char-
plus U.S. government agencies, CWP emphasizes the de-
acteristics such as wave attenuation, velocity dispersion
velopment of theoretical and computational methods for
and seismic signature. http://crusher.mines.edu
imaging of the Earth’s subsurface, primarily through use
Program Requirements
of the reflection seismic method. Researchers have been
The Department offers both traditional, research-oriented
involved in forward and inverse problems of wave propa-
graduate programs and a non-thesis professional education
gation as well as data processing for data obtained where
program designed to meet specific career objectives. The
the subsurface is complex, specifically where it is both
program of study is selected by the student, in consultation
heterogeneous and anisotropic. Further information about
with an advisor, and with thesis committee approval, accord-
CWP can be obtained at http://www.cwp.mines.edu.
ing to the student’s career needs and interests. Specific de-
The Reservoir Characterization Project (RCP) integrates the
grees, have specific requirements as detailed below.
acquisition and interpretation of multicomponent, three-
Geophysical Engineering Program Objectives
dimensional seismic reflection and downhole data, with
Geophysical engineers and geophysicists must apply
the geology and petroleum engineering of existing oil
quantitative techniques to analyze an entity as complex as the
fields, in an attempt to understand the complex properties
Earth. Geophysical graduates, therefore, require a special com-
of petroleum reservoirs. RCP is a multidisciplinary group
bination of traits and abilities to thrive in this discipline. The
with faculty members from Geophysics, Petroleum Engi-
Department of Geophysics strives to graduate students who:
neering, and Geology. More information about RCP can be
obtained at http://www.mines.edu/academic/
1. Think for themselves and demonstrate the willingness
geophysics/rcp.
to question conventional formulations of problems, and
are capable of solving these problems independently.
The Environmental Geophysics Group investigates the uses
of complex resistivity and ground-penetrating radar for the
2. Are creative and demonstrate the ability to conceive
characterization of contaminated soils.
and validate new hypotheses, new problem descrip-
http://mines.edu/~golhoeft/
tions, and new methods for analyzing data.
The Center for Gravity, Electrical & Magnetic Studies
3. Are good experimentalists and have demonstrated the
(CGEM) in the Department of Geophysics at the Colorado
ability to design and carry out a geophysical field sur-
School of Mines is an academic research center that fo-
vey or laboratory experiment and ensure that the
cuses on the quantitative interpretation of gravity, mag-
recorded data are of the highest-possible quality.
netic, electrical and electromagnetic data in applied
4. Can program a computer in a high-level language to
geophysics. The center brings together the diverse expert-
acquire, process, model and display scientific data.
ise of faculty and students in these different geophysical
5. Can deal rationally with uncertainty and have demon-
methods and works towards advancing the state of art in
strated that they understand that geophysical data are
geophysical data interpretation for real-world problems.
always incomplete and uncertain; can quantify the un-
The emphases of CGEM research are processing and in-
certainty and recognize when it is not acceptable to
version of applied geophysical data. The primary areas of
make decisions based on these data.
application include petroleum exploration, mineral explo-
ration, and unexploded ordnance (UXO) detection and dis-
6. Have demonstrated qualities that are the foundation of
crimination. In addition, environmental problems, natural
leadership; know the importance of taking risks, and
hazard monitoring, archaeological mapping, hydro-geo-
are able to make good judgments about the level of risk
physics and crustal study are also within the scope of the
that is commensurate with their knowledge, experience,
center. There are currently four major research groups
and chance of failure; realize that failure is unavoidable
within the center: Gravity and Magnetics Research Con-
if you want to learn and grow.
sortium (GMRC), Unexploded Ordnance Research Group
7. Have demonstrated they are capable of completing the
(UXO), Hydro-Geophysics Research Group (HGR), and
scientific and engineering problem-solving process
Marine CSEM Consortium (CSEM). Research fundings
from beginning to end.
are provided by petroleum companies, SERDP, ERDC,
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8. Can communicate scientific concepts, problems and so-
sisting of three faculty from the respective programs that
lutions effectively in oral and written English.
have admitted the student (GC, GE, GP, MN):
9. Can present and defend their ideas effectively in public
Geochemistry:
forums and debate.
GEGX633 Lithgeochemical Mineral Exploration
In addition to the above, at the Doctor of Philosophy
(3 hrs. Spring)
(Ph.D.) level, the Department of Geophysics strives to gradu-
GEGX635 Surficial Exploration Geochemistry (3 hrs Spring)
ate students who:
Geology and Geological Engineering:
10. Can teach college-level scientific and engineering
GEOL404 Ore Microscopy (3 hrs.)
concepts.
GEOL498 Field Methods in Economic Geology (3 hrs)
GEOL505 Applied Structural Geology (3 hrs. Spring)
11. Can conceive, plan and write proposals to fund research.
GEOL509 Introduction to Aqueous Geochemistry (3 hrs. Fall)
12. Can publish in the peer-reviewed scientific and engi-
GEGN518 Mineral Exploration (3 hrs. Fall)
neering literature.
GEGN528 Mining Geology (3 hrs. Fall)
13. Can communicate scientific concepts in a discipline
GEGN532 Geological Data Analysis (3 hrs. Fall)
outside geophysics.
GEOL545 Introduction to Remote Sensing (3 hrs. Spring)
GEOL575 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3 hrs. Fall)
14. Can communicate scientific concepts in a language
other than English.
Geophysics:
GPGN507 Near-Surface Field Methods (3 hrs. Fall, even
15. Have a broad background in the fundamentals of sci-
years)
ence and engineering in the earth sciences.
GPGN509 Physical and Chemical Properties and Processes
Professional Masters in Mineral Exploration and Mining
in Rock, Soil, and Fluids (3 hrs. Fall)
Geosciences
GPGN511 Advanced Gravity and Magnetic Exploration
This is a non-thesis, masters degree program jointly ad-
(4 hrs. Spring, even years)
ministered by Geology and Geological Engineering, Geo-
GPGN520 Electrical and Electromagnetic Exploration
chemistry, and Geophysics. Students gain admission to the
(4 hrs. Fall, odd years)
program by application to any of the sponsoring departments
GPGN521 Advanced Electrical and Electromagnetic
and acceptance through the normal procedures of that depart-
Exploration (4 hrs. Spring, even years)
ment. This appendix lists course requirements and options.
GPGN540 Mining Geophysics (3 hrs. Fall)
Requirements
Economics and Business:
A minimum of 36 credit hours. Up to 9 credit hours may
EBGN535 Economics of Metal Industries and Markets
be at the 400-level. All other credits toward the degree must
(3 hrs. Spring)
be 500-level or above.
EBGN536 Mineral Policies and International Investment
A 15 credit hour core program from the relevant depart-
(3 hrs. Spring)
ments consisting of:
EBGN541 International Trade (3 hrs. Spring)
EBGN575 Advanced Mineral Asset Valuation (3 hrs. Fall)
GEGN403 Mineral Exploration Design (3 hrs. Spring)
EBGN580 Exploration Economics (3 hrs. Fall)
GEOL515 Advanced Mineral Deposits-Magmatic &
Environmental Science and Engineering:
Syngenetic Ores (3 hrs. Fall) or
ESGN 456 Scientific Basis of Environmental Regulations
GEOL516 Advanced Mineral Deposits-Epithermal
(3 hrs. Fall)
Hydrothermal Systems (3 hrs. Spring) or
ESGN 500 Principles of Environmental Chemistry
GEGN528 Mining Geology (3 hrs. Spring even years)
(4 hrs. Fall)
GEGX571 Geochemical Exploration (3 hrs. Fall)
ESGN 502 Environmental Law (3 hrs. Fall)
GPGN530 Applied Geophysics (3 hrs. Spring)
Metallurgy and Materials Engineering:
EBGN504 Economic Evaluation and Investment
MTGN429 Metallurgical Environment (3 hrs. Spring)
Decision Methods (3 hrs. Spring) or
MTGN431 Hydro- and Electrometallurgy (2 hrs. Spring)
EBGN510 Natural Resource Economics (3 hrs. Fall) or
MTGN432 Pyrometallurgy (3 hrs. Spring)
EBGN512 Macroeconomics (3 hrs. Spring) or
Other courses may be selected from the CSM offerings
MNGN585 Mining Economics (3 hrs. Spring even years)
with the approval of representatives from the administering
15 additional credit hours must be selected from the fol-
departments or program. 6 credit hours may be independent
lowing list. Selection of courses will be undertaken by the
study in the student’s home department or additional course
student in consultation with their degree committee con-
work from the list above.
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Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
For either Master of Science degree, a minimum of 26
This is a multi-disciplinary, non-thesis master’s degree for
course credits is required accompanied by a minimum of 12
students interested in working as geoscience professionals in
credits of graduate research. While individual courses consti-
the petroleum industry. The Departments of Geophysics,
tuting the degree are determined by the student, and approved
Petroleum Engineering, and Geology and Geological Engi-
by their advisor and thesis committee, courses applied to all
neering share oversight for the Professional Masters in Petro-
M.S. degrees must satisfy the following criteria:
leum Reservoir Systems program through a committee
All course, research, transfer, residence, and thesis re-
consisting of one faculty member from each department.
quirements are as described in Registration and Tuition
Students gain admission to the program by application to any
Classification and Graduate Degrees and Requirements
of the three sponsoring departments. Students are adminis-
sections of this document.
tered by that department into which they first matriculate. A
minimum of 36 hours of course credit is required to complete
All credits applied to the degree must be at the 400
the Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
(senior) level or above.
program. Up to 9 credits may be earned by 400 level courses.
Students must include the following courses in their
All other credits toward the degree must be 500 level or
Master degree program
above. At least 9 hours must consist of:
LICM515 – Professional Oral Communication
(1) 1 course selected from the following:
(1 credit)
GPGN419/PEGN419 Well Log Analysis and Formation
GPGN581 – Graduate Seminar (1 credit)
Evaluation
GPGN705 – Graduate Research – Master of Science
GPGN519/PEGN519 Advanced Formation Evaluation
(12 credits in addition to the required 26 course
credits).
(2) 2 courses selected from the following:
Additional courses may also be required by the stu-
GEGN439/GPGN439/PEGN439 Multi-Disciplinary Pe-
dent's advisor and committee to fulfill background re-
troleum Design
quirements as described below.
GEGN503/GPGN503/PEGN503 Integrated Exploration
and Development
As described in the Master of Science, Thesis and Thesis
GEGN504/GPGN504/PEGN504 Integrated Exploration
Defense section of this bulletin, all M.S. candidates must
and Development
successfully defend their M.S. thesis in an open oral Thesis
Defense. The guidelines of the Thesis Defense enforced by
Also 9 additional hours must consist of one course each
the Department of Geophysics follow those outlined in the
from the 3 participating departments. The remaining 18
Graduate Bulletin, with one exception. The Department of
hours may consist of graduate courses from any of the 3
Geophysics requires students submit the final draft of their
participating departments, or other courses approved by the
written thesis to their Thesis Committee no less than two
committee. Up to 6 hours may consist of independent study,
weeks prior to the thesis defense date. However, three weeks
including an industry project.
is preferred as discussed in the FAQ Section of the Depart-
Master of Science Degrees: Geophysics and Geophysical
ment of Geophysics website.
Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy Degrees:
Students may obtain a Master of Science Degree in either
Geophysics or Geophysical Engineering. Both degrees have
Geophysics and Geophysical Engineering
the same coursework and thesis requirements, as described
We invite applications to our PhD program not only from
below. Students are normally admitted into the Master of Sci-
those individuals with a background in geophysics, but also
ence in Geophysics program. If, however, a student would
from those whose background is in allied disciplines such as
like to obtain the Master of Science in Geophysical Engineer-
geology, physics, mathematics, computer science, and elec-
ing, the course work and thesis topic must meet the following
trical engineering.
requirements. Note that these requirements are in addition to
Students may obtain a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in
those associated with the Master of Science in Geophysics.
either Geophysics or Geophysical Engineering. Both degrees
Students must complete, either prior to their arrival at
have the same coursework and thesis requirements, as de-
CSM or while at CSM, no fewer than 16 credits of
scribed below. Students are normally admitted into the Ph.D.
engineering coursework. What constitutes coursework
in Geophysics program. If, however, a student would like to
considered as engineering is determined by the Geo-
obtain the Ph.D. in Geophysical Engineering, the course
physics faculty.
work and thesis topic must meet the following requirements.
Note that these requirements are in addition to those associ-
In the opinion of the Geophysics faculty, the student’s
ated with the Ph.D. in Geophysics.
dissertation topic must be appropriate for inclusion as
part of an Engineering degree.
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Students must complete, either prior to their arrival at
posal. The research project and thesis proposal used in this
CSM or while at CSM, no fewer than 16 credits of
process must conform to the standards posted on the Depart-
engineering coursework. What constitutes coursework
ment of Geophysics web site.
considered as engineering is determined by the Geo-
As described in the Doctor of Philosophy, Thesis Defense
physics faculty.
section of this bulletin, all Ph.D. candidates must successfully
In the opinion of the Geophysics faculty, the student’s
defend their Ph.D. thesis in an open oral Thesis Defense. The
dissertation topic must be appropriate for inclusion as
guidelines of the Thesis Defense enforced by the Department
part of an Engineering degree.
of Geophysics follow those outlined in the Graduate Bulletin,
For the Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.), at least 72
with one exception. The Department of Geophysics requires
credits beyond the Bachelors degree are required. No fewer
students submit the final draft of their written thesis to their
than 24 research credits are required. At least 12 credit
Thesis Committee no less than two weeks prior to the thesis
hours must be completed in a minor program approved by
defense date. However, three weeks is preferred as discussed
the candidate's PhD Thesis Committee. Up to 36 course
in the FAQ section of the Department of Geophysics website
credits can be awarded by the candidate's committee for
(Graduate Curriculum).
completion of a thesis-based Master's Degree at another in-
Acceptable Thesis Formats
stitution. While individual courses constituting the degree are
In addition to traditional dissertations, the Department of
determined by the student, and approved by the student's ad-
Geophysics also accepts dissertations that are compendia of
visor and committee, courses applied to all Ph.D. degrees
papers published or submitted to peer-reviewed journals. The
must satisfy the following criteria:
following guidelines are applied by the Department in deter-
All course, research, minor degree programs, transfer,
mining the suitability of a thesis submitted as a series of writ-
residence, and thesis requirements are as described in
ten papers.
Registration and Tuition Classification and Graduate
All papers included in the dissertation must have a
Degrees and Requirements sections of this document.
common theme, as approved by a student’s thesis
All credits applied to the degree must be at the 400
committee.
(senior) level or above.
Papers should be submitted for inclusion in a disserta-
Students must include the following courses in their
tion in a common format and typeset.
Ph.D. program
In addition to the individual papers, students must pre-
LICM515 – Professional Oral Communication (1 credit)
pare abstract, introduction, discussion, and conclusions
GPGN681 – Graduate Seminar (1 credit)
sections of the thesis that tie together the individual
GPGN706 – Graduate Research – Doctor of Philosophy
papers into a unified dissertation.
(minimum 24 credits)
A student’s thesis committee might also require the
Choose two of the following:
preparation and inclusion of various appendices with
SYGN501 – The Art of Science (1 credit)
the dissertation in support of the papers prepared ex-
SYGN600 – Fundamentals of College Teaching
plicitly for publication.
(2 credits)
Graduate Program Background Requirements
LAIS601 – Academic Publishing (2 or 3 credits)
All graduate programs in Geophysics require that appli-
cants have a background that includes the equivalent of ade-
Students are also required to participate in a practical
quate undergraduate preparation in the following areas:
teaching experience.
Mathematics – Linear Algebra or Linear Systems, Dif-
Additional courses may also be required by the stu-
ferential Equations, Computer Programming
dent's advisor and committee to fulfill background re-
quirements described below.
Physics – Classical Physics
In the Doctoral program, students must demonstrate the
Geology – Structural Geology and Stratigraphy
potential for successful completion of independent research
Geophysics – Geophysical Field Methods and courses
and enhance the breadth of their expertise by completing a
that include theory and application in three of the
Doctoral Research Qualifying Examination no later than two
following areas: gravity/magnetics, seismic, electrical/
years from the date of enrollment in the program. An exten-
electromagnetics, borehole geophysics, and physics of
sion of one additional year may be petitioned by students
the earth
through their Thesis Committees.
In addition, candidates in the Doctoral program are
In the Department of Geophysics, the Doctoral Research
expected to have no less than one year of college level
Qualifying Examination consists of the preparation, presen-
or two years of high school courses in a single foreign
tation, and defense of one research project and a thesis pro-
language.
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Description of Courses
hole logging are covered in GPGN419/PEGN419 presented
GPGN404. DIGITAL ANALYSIS (I) The fundamentals of
in the fall. The laboratory provides on-line course material
one-dimensional digital signal processing as applied to geo-
and hands-on computer log evaluation exercises. Prerequisites:
physical investigations are studied. Students explore the
MATH225, GPGN302, GPGN303, and GPGN308. 3 hours
mathematical background and practical consequences of the
lecture, 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours. Only one of the two
sampling theorem, convolution, deconvolution, the Z and
courses GPGN432 and GPGN419/PEGN419 can be taken
Fourier transforms, windows, and filters. Emphasis is placed
for credit.
on applying the knowledge gained in lecture to exploring
GPGN438. GEOPHYSICS PROJECT DESIGN (I, II)
practical signal processing issues. This is done through
Complementary design course for geophysics restricted elec-
homework and in-class practicum assignments requiring the
tive course(s). Application of engineering design principles
programming and testing of algorithms discussed in lecture.
to geophysics through advanced work, individual in charac-
Prerequisites: MATH213, MATH225, and MATH348 or
ter, leading to an engineering report or senior thesis and oral
PHGN311, or consent of instructor. Knowledge of a com-
presentation thereof. Choice of design project is to be arranged
puter programming language is assumed. 2 hours lecture,
between student and individual faculty member who will
2 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
serve as an advisor, subject to department head approval.
GPGN414. GRAVITY AND MAGNETIC EXPLORATION
Prerequisites: GPGN302, GPGN303, GPGN308, and com-
(I) Instrumentation for land surface, borehole, sea floor, sea
pletion of or concurrent enrollment in geophysics method
surface, and airborne operations. Reduction of observed
courses in the general topic area of the project design. Credit
gravity and magnetic values. Theory of potential field effects
variable, 1 to 3 hours. Course can be retaken once.
of geologic distributions. Methods and limitations of inter-
GPGN439. GEOPHYSICS PROJECT DESIGN (II)
pretation. Prerequisite: GPGN303. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours
GEGN439/PEGN439. MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PETRO-
lab; 4 semester hours.
LEUM DESIGN (II). This is a multidisciplinary design
GPGN419/PEGN419.WELL LOG ANALYSIS AND FORMA-
course that integrates fundamentals and design concepts in
TION EVALUATION (I) The basics of core analysis and the
geological, geophysical, and petroleum engineering. Students
principles of all common borehole instruments are reviewed.
work in integrated teams consisting of students from each of
The course shows (computer) interpretation methods that
the disciplines. Multiple open-end design problems in oil and
combine the measurements of various borehole instruments
gas exploration and field development, including the devel-
to determine rock properties such as porosity, permeability,
opment of a prospect in an exploration play a detailed engi-
hydrocarbon saturation, water salinity, ore grade, ash-con-
neering field study, are assigned. Several detailed written and
tent, mechanical strength, and acoustic velocity. The impact
oral presentations are made throughout the semester. Project
of these parameters on reserves estimates of hydrocarbon
economics, including risk analysis, are an integral part of the
reservoirs and mineral accumulations is demonstrated. Pre-
course. Prerequisites: GP majors: GPGN302 and GPGN303;
requisite: MATH225, MATH348 or PHGN311, GPGN302,
GE majors: GEOL308 or GEOL309, GEGN316, GEGN438;
GPGN303, and GPGN308. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab; 3 se-
PE majors: PEGN316, PEGN414, PEGN422, PEGN423,
mester hours.
PEGN424 (or concurrent). 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab;
GPGN422. METHODS OF ELECTRICAL PROSPECTING
3 semester hours.
(I) In-depth study of the application of electrical and electro-
GPGN452. ADVANCED SEISMIC METHODS (I) Histori-
magnetic methods to crustal studies, minerals exploration, oil
cal survey. Propagation of body and surface waves in elastic
and gas exploration, and groundwater. Laboratory work with
media; transmission and reflection at single and multiple inter-
scale and mathematical models coupled with field work over
faces; energy relationships; attenuation factors, data process-
areas of known geology. Prerequisite: GPGN308 or consent
ing (including velocity interpretation, stacking, and migration)
of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
interpretation techniques including curved ray methods.
GPGN432. FORMATION EVALUATION (II) The basics of
Acquisition, processing, and interpretation of laboratory
core analysis and the principles of all common borehole in-
model data; seismic processing using an interactive work-
struments are reviewed. The course teaches interpretation
station. Prerequisite: GPGN302 and concurrent enrollment in
methods that combine the measurements of various borehole
GPGN404, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours
instruments to determine rock properties such as porosity,
lab; 4 semester hours.
permeability, hydrocarbon saturation, water salinity, ore
GPGN470/GEOL 470. APPLICATIONS OF SATELLITE
grade and ash content. The impact of these parameters on
REMOTE SENSING (II) Students are introduced to geo-
reserve estimates of hydrocarbon reservoirs and mineral ac-
science applications of satellite remote sensing. Introductory
cumulations is demonstrated. Geophysical topics such as ver-
lectures provide background on satellites, sensors, methodol-
tical seismic profiling, single well and cross-well seismic are
ogy, and diverse applications. One or more areas of appli-
emphasized in this course, while formation testing, and cased
cation are presented from a systems perspective. Guest
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lecturers from academia, industry, and government agencies
Graduate Courses
present case studies focusing on applications, which vary
500-level courses are open to qualified seniors with the
from semester to semester. Students do independent term
permission of the department and Dean of the Graduate
projects, under the supervision of a faculty member or guest
School. 600-level courses are open only to students enrolled
lecturer, that are presented both written and orally at the end
in the Graduate School.
of the term. Prerequisites: PHGN200, MATH225, GEOL308
GPGN503/GEGN503/PEGN503. INTEGRATED EXPLO-
or GEOL 309, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
RATION AND DEVELOPMENT (I) Students work alone
mester hours.
and in teams to study reservoirs from fluvial-deltaic and val-
GPGN486. GEOPHYSICS FIELD CAMP (S) Introduction
ley fill depositional environments. This is a multidisciplinary
to geological and geophysical field methods. The program
course that shows students how to characterize and model
includes exercises in geological surveying, stratigraphic sec-
subsurface reservoir performance by integrating data, meth-
tion measurements, geological mapping, and interpretation of
ods and concepts from geology, geophysics and petroleum
geological observations. Students conduct geophysical surveys
engineering. Activities include field trips, computer model-
related to the acquisition of seismic, gravity, magnetic, and
ing, written exercises and oral team presentations. Prerequi-
electrical observations. Students participate in designing the
site: GEOL501 or consent of instructors. 2 hours lecture,
appropriate geophysical surveys, acquiring the observations,
3 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Offered fall semester, odd years.
reducing the observations, and interpreting these observa-
GPGN504/GEGN504/PEGN504. INTEGRATED EXPLO-
tions in the context of the geological model defined from the
RATION AND DEVELOPMENT (I) Students work in multi-
geological surveys. Prerequisites: GEOL308 or GEOL309,
disciplinary teams to study practical problems and case studies
GEOL314, GPGN302, GPGN303, GPGN308, GPGN315 or
in integrated subsurface exploration and development. Stu-
consent of instructor. Up to 6 weeks field; up to 6 semester
dents will learn and apply methods and concepts from geol-
hours, minimum 4 hours.
ogy, geophysics and petroleum engineering to timely design
GPGN494. PHYSICS OF THE EARTH (II) Students will
problems in oil and gas exploration and field development.
explore the fundamental observations from which physical
Activities include field trips, computer modeling, written
and mathematical inferences can be made regarding the
exercises and oral team presentations. Prerequisite: GPGN/
Earth’s origin, structure, and evolution. These observations
GEGN/PEGN503 or consent of instructors. 3 hours lecture
include traditional geophysical observations (e.g., seismic,
and seminar; 3 semester hours. Offered fall semester, even
gravity, magnetic, and radioactive) in addition to geochemi-
years.
cal, nucleonic, and extraterrestrial observations. Emphasis is
GPGN507. NEAR-SURFACE FIELD METHODS (I)
placed on not only cataloging the available data sets, but also
Students design and implement data acquisition programs
on developing and testing quantitative models to describe
for all forms of near-surface geophysical surveys. The result
these disparate data sets. Prerequisites: GEOL201, GPGN302,
of each survey is then modeled and discussed in the context
GPGN303, GPGN308, MATH348 or PHGN311, and
of field design methods. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
MATH225, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Offered fall
ter hours.
semester, even years.
GPGN498. SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOPHYSICS (I, II)
GPGN509. PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES
New topics in geophysics. Each member of the academic
AND PROCESSES IN ROCK, SOILS, AND FLUIDS (I)
faculty is invited to submit a prospectus of the course to the
Physical and chemical properties and processes that are
department head for evaluation as a special topics course. If
measurable with geophysical instruments are studied, includ-
selected, the course can be taught only once under the 498
ing methods of measurement, interrelationships between
title before becoming a part of the regular curriculum under a
properties, coupled processes, and processes which modify
new course number and title. Prerequisite: Consent of depart-
properties in pure phase minerals and fluids, and in mineral
ment. Credit – variable, 1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit
mixtures (rocks and soils). Investigation of implications for
under different titles.
petroleum development, minerals extraction, groundwater
GPGN499. GEOPHYSICAL INVESTIGATION (I, II)
exploration, and environmental remediation. Prerequisite:
Individual project; instrument design, data interpretation,
Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
problem analysis, or field survey. Prerequisite: Consent of
GPGN511. ADVANCED GRAVITY AND MAGNETIC
department. “Independent Study” form must be completed
EXPLORATION (II) Field or laboratory projects of interest
and submitted to the Registrar. Credit dependent upon nature
to class members; topics for lecture and laboratory selected
and extent of project. Variable 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeat-
from the following: new methods for acquiring, processing,
able for credit.
and interpreting gravity and magnetic data, methods for the
solution of two- and three-dimensional potential field prob-
lems, Fourier transforms as applied to gravity and magnetics,
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the geologic implications of filtering gravity and magnetic
instrumentation used and data collection, processing and
data, equivalent distributions, harmonic functions, inver-
interpretation procedures specific to each technique. Pre-
sions. Prerequisite: GPGN414 or consent of instructor.
requisites: GPGN321, GPGN322, MATH111,MATH112,
3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab and field; 4 semester hours.
MATH213. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Offered spring semester, even years.
GPGN551/MATH693. WAVE PHENOMENA SEMINAR
GPGN519/PEGN 519. ADVANCED FORMATION EVAL-
(I, II) Students will probe a range of current methodologies
UATION (II) A detailed review of well logging and other
and issues in seismic data processing, with emphasis on
formation evaluation methods will be presented, with the
underlying assumptions, implications of these assumptions,
emphasis on the imaging and characterization of hydrocarbon
and implications that would follow from use of alternative
reservoirs. Advanced logging tools such as array induction,
assumptions. Such analysis should provide seed topics for
dipole sonic, and imaging tools will be discussed. The second
ongoing and subsequent research. Topic areas include: Statics
half of the course will offer in parallel sessions: for geologists
estimation and compensation, deconvolution, multiple sup-
and petroleum engineers on subjects such as pulsed neutron
pression, suppression of other noises, wavelet estimation,
logging, nuclear magnetic resonance, production logging,
imaging and inversion, extraction of stratigraphic and litho-
and formation testing; for geophysicists on vertical seismic
logic information, and correlation of surface and borehole
profiling, cross well acoustics and electro-magnetic surveys.
seismic data with well log data. Every student registers for
Prerequisite: GPGN419/PEGN419 or consent of instructor.
GPGN551 in the first semester in residence and receives a
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
grade of PRG. The grade is changed to a letter grade after
GPGN520. ELECTRICAL AND ELECTROMAGNETIC
the student’s presentation of thesis research. Prerequisite:
EXPLORATION (I) Electromagnetic theory. Instrumenta-
Consent of department. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
tion. Survey planning. Processing of data. Geologic interpre-
GPGN552. INTRODUCTION TO SEISMOLOGY (I) Intro-
tations. Methods and limitations of interpretation. Prerequisite:
duction to basic principles of elasticity including Hooke’s law,
GPGN308 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours
equation of motion, representation theorems, and reciprocity.
lab; 4 semester hours. Offered fall semester, odd years.
Representation of seismic sources, seismic moment tensor,
GPGN521. ADVANCED ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRO-
radiation from point sources in homogeneous isotropic
MAGNETIC EXPLORATION (II) Field or laboratory
media. Boundary conditions, reflection/transmission coeffi-
projects of interest to class members; topics for lecture and
cients of plane waves, plane-wave propagation in stratified
laboratory selected from the following: new methods for ac-
media. Basics of wave propagation in attenuative media,
quiring, processing and interpreting electrical and electro-
brief description of seismic modeling methods. Prerequisite:
magnetic data, methods for the solution of two- and
GPGN452 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
three-dimensional EM problems, physical modeling, inte-
ter hours.
grated inversions. Prerequisite: GPGN422 or GPGN520, or
GPGN553. INTRODUCTION TO SEISMOLOGY (II) This
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 4 semester
course is focused on the physics of wave phenomena and the
hours. Offered spring semester, even years.
importance of wave-theory results in exploration and earth-
GPGN530. APPLIED GEOPHYSICS (II) Introduction to
quake seismology. Includes reflection and transmission prob-
geophysical techniques used in a variety of industries (min-
lems for spherical waves, methods of steepest descent and
ing, petroleum, environmental and engineering) in exploring
stationary phase, point-source radiation in layered isotropic
for new deposits, site design, etc. The methods studied in-
media, surface and non-geometrical waves. Discussion of
clude gravity, magnetic, electrical, seismic, radiometric and
seismic modeling methods, fundamentals of wave propagation
borehole techniques. Emphasis on techniques and their appli-
in anisotropic and attenuative media. Prerequisite: GPGN552
cations are tailored to student interests. The course, intended
or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
for non-geophysics students, will emphasize the theoretical
Offered spring semester, even years.
basis for each technique, the instrumentation used and data
GPGN555. INTRODUCTION TO EARTHQUAKE SEIS-
collection, processing and interpretation procedures specific
MOLOGY (II) Introductory course in observational, engi-
to each technique so that non-specialists can more effectively
neering, and theoretical earthquake seismology. Topics
evaluate the results of geophysical investigations. Prerequi-
include: seismogram interpretation, elastic plane waves and
sites: PHGN100, PHGN200, MATH111. GEGN401 or con-
surface waves, source kinematics and constraints from seis-
sent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
mograms, seismicity and earthquake location, magnitude and
GPGN540. MINING GEOPHYSICS (I) Introduction to
intensity estimates, seismic hazard analysis, and earthquake
gravity, magnetic, electric, radiometric and borehole tech-
induced ground motions. Students interpret digital data from
niques used by the mining industry in exploring for new de-
globally distributed seismic stations. Prerequisite: GPGN452.
posits. The course, intended for graduate geophysics students,
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered spring semester,
will emphasize the theoretical basis for each technique, the
odd years.
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GPGN558. SEISMIC DATA INTERPRETATION (II) Prac-
GPGN574. GROUNDWATER GEOPHYSICS (II) Descrip-
tical interpretation of seismic data used in exploration for
tion of world groundwater aquifers. Effects of water satura-
hydrocarbons. Integration with other sources of geological
tion on the physical properties of rocks. Use of geophysical
and geophysical information. Prerequisite: GPGN452,
methods in the exploration, development and production of
GEOL501 or equivalent or consent of instructor. 2 hours
groundwater. Field demonstrations of the application of the
lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
geophysical methods in the solution of some groundwater
GPGN561. SEISMIC DATA PROCESSING I (I) Introduc-
problems. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture,
tion to basic principles underlying the processing of seismic
3 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
data for suppression of various types of noise. Includes the
GPGN580/GEOL580/MNGN580. INDUCED SEISMICITY
rationale for and methods for implementing different forms
(II) Earthquakes are sometimes caused by the activities of
of gain to data, and the use of various forms of stacking for
man. These activities include mining and quarrying, petro-
noise suppression, such as diversity stacking of Vibroseis
leum and geothermal energy production, building water
data, normal-moveout correction and common-midpoint
reservoirs and dams, and underground nuclear testing. This
stacking, optimum-weight stacking, beam steering and the
course will help students understand the characteristics and
stack array. Also discussed are continuous and discrete one-
physical causes of man-made earthquakes and seismicity
and two-dimensional data filtering, including Vibroseis cor-
induced in various situations. Students will read published
relation, spectral whitening, moveout filtering, data interpo-
reports and objectively analyze the seismological and ancil-
lation, slant stacking, and the continuous and discrete Radon
lary data therein to decide if the causative agent was man or
transform for enhancing data resolution and suppression of
natural processes. Prerequisite: basic undergraduate geology
multiples and other forms of coherent noise. Prerequisite:
and physics. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
GPGN452 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
GPGN581. GRADUATE SEMINAR – MS (I, II) Presenta-
ter hours. Offered fall semester, even years.
tion describing results of MS thesis research. All theses must
GPGN562. SEISMIC DATA PROCESSING II (II) The stu-
be presented in seminar before corresponding degree is
dent will gain understanding of applications of deterministic
granted. Every MS student registers for GPGN581 only in
and statistical deconvolution for wavelet shaping, wavelet
his/her first semester in residence and receives a grade of
compression, and multiple suppression. Both reflection-based
PRG. Thereafter, students must attend the weekly Heiland
and refraction-based statistics estimation and correction for
Distinguished Lecture every semester in residence. The grade
2-D and 3-D seismic data will be covered, with some atten-
of PRG is changed to a letter grade after the student’s presen-
tion to problems where subsurface structure is complex. Also
tation of MS thesis research. 1 hour seminar, 1 semester hour.
for areas of complex subsurface structure, students will be
GPGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOPHYSICS (I, II)
introduced to analytic and interactive methods of velocity
New topics in geophysics. Each member of the academic
estimation. Where the near-surface is complex, poststack and
faculty is invited to submit a prospectus of the course to the
prestack imaging methods, such as layer replacement are
department head for evaluation as a special topics course. If
introduced to derive dynamic corrections to reflection data.
selected, the course can be taught only once under the 598
Also discussed are special problems related to the processing
title before becoming a part of the regular curriculum under a
of multi-component seismic data for enhancement of shear-
new course number and title. Prerequisite: Consent of depart-
wave information, and those related to processing of vertical
ment. Credit-variable, 1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit
seismic profile data for separation of upgoing and down-
under different titles.
going P- and S- wave arrivals. Prerequisite: GPGN452 and
GPGN561 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
GPGN599. GEOPHYSICAL INVESTIGATIONS MS (I, II)
ter hours. Offered spring semester, odd years.
Individual project; instrument design, data interpretation,
problem analysis, or field survey. Prerequisite: Consent of
GPGN570/GEOL570. APPLICATIONS OF SATELLITE
department and “Independent Study” form must be com-
REMOTE SENSING (II) Students are introduced to geo-
pleted and submitted to the Registrar. Credit dependent upon
science applications of satellite remote sensing. Introductory
nature and extent of project. Variable 1 to 6 hours. Repeat-
lectures provide background on satellites, sensors, methodol-
able for credit.
ogy, and diverse applications. One or more areas of appli-
cation are presented from a systems perspective. Guest
GPGN605. INVERSION THEORY (II) Introductory course
lecturers from academia, industry, and government agencies
in inverting geophysical observations for inferring earth
present case studies focusing on applications, which vary
structure and processes. Techniques discussed include:
from semester to semester. Students do independent term
Monte-Carlo procedures, Marquardt-Levenburg optimiza-
projects, under the supervision of a faculty member or guest
tion, and generalized linear inversion. In addition, aspects of
lecturer, that are presented both written and orally at the end
probability theory, data and model resolution, uniqueness
of the term. Prerequisites: PHGN200, MATH225, GEOL308
considerations, and the use of a priori constraints are pre-
or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
sented. Students are required to apply the inversion methods
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described to a problem of their choice and present the results
GPGN681. GRADUATE SEMINAR – PHD (I, II) Presenta-
as an oral and written report. Prerequisite: MATH225 and
tion describing results of Ph.D. thesis research. All theses
knowledge of a scientific programming language. 3 hours
must be presented in seminar before corresponding degree is
lecture; 3 semester hours.
granted. Every PhD student registers for GPGN681 only in
GPGN606. SIMULATION OF GEOPHYSICAL DATA (II)
his/her first semester in residence and receives a grade of
Efficiency of writing and running computer programs. Re-
PRG. Thereafter, students must attend the weekly Heiland
view of basic matrix manipulation. Utilization of existing
Distinguished Lecture every semester in residence. The grade
CSM and department computer program libraries. Some
of PRG is changed to a letter grade after the student’s presen-
basic and specialized numerical integration techniques used
tation of PhD thesis research. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester
in geophysics. Geophysical applications of finite elements,
hour.
finite differences, integral equation modeling, and summary
GPGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOPHYSICS (I, II)
representation. Project resulting in a term paper on the use of
New topics in geophysics. Each member of the academic
numerical methods in geophysical interpretation. Prerequi-
faculty is invited to submit a prospectus of the course to the
site: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
department head for evaluation as a special topics course. If
Offered spring semester, odd years.
selected, the course can be taught only once under the 698
GPGN651. ADVANCED SEISMOLOGY (I) In-depth
title before becoming a part of the regular curriculum under
discussion of wave propagation and seismic processing for
a new course number and title. Prerequisite: Consent of in-
anisotropic, heterogeneous media. Topics include influence
structor. Credit – variable, 1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit
of anisotropy on plane-wave velocities and polarizations,
under different topics.
traveltime analysis for transversely isotropic models, aniso-
GPGN699. GEOPHYSICAL INVESTIGATION-PHD (I, II)
tropic velocity-analysis and imaging methods, point-source
Individual project; instrument design, data interpretation,
radiation and Green’s function in anisotropic media, inversion
problem analysis, or field survey. Prerequisite: Consent of
and processing of multicomponent seismic data, shear-wave
department and “Independent Study” form must be com-
splitting, and basics of seismic fracture characterization. Pre-
pleted and submitted to the Registrar. Credit dependent upon
requisites: GPGN552 and GPGN553 or consent of instructor.
nature and extent of project, not to exceed 6 semester hours.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Repeatable for credit.
GPGN658. SEISMIC MIGRATION (I) Seismic migration is
GPGN705. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER
the process that converts seismograms, each recorded as a
OF SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion
function of time, to an image of the earth’s subsurface, which
of the degree Master of Science - thesis. Research must be
is a function of depth below the surface. The theoretical and
carried out under the direct supervision of the graduate stu-
practical aspects of finite-difference, Kirchhoff, Fourier
dent’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
transform, and other methods for migration are emphasized
GPGN706. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: DOCTOR
with numerous computer programs and exercises. Prerequi-
OF PHILOSOPHY Research credit hours required for com-
site: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
pletion of the degree Doctor of Philosophy-thesis. Research
GPGN660. MATHEMATICS OF SEISMIC IMAGING AND
must be carried out under direct supervision of the graduate
MIGRATION (II) During the past 40 years geophysicists
student’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
have developed many techniques (known collectively as
“migration”) for imaging geologic structures deep within the
Earth’s subsurface. Beyond merely imaging strata, migration
can provide information about important physical properties
of rocks, necessary for the subsequent drilling and develop-
ment of oil- and gas-bearing formations within the Earth. In
this course the student will be introduced to the mathematical
theory underlying seismic migration, in the context of “inverse
scattering imaging theory.” The course is heavily oriented
toward problem solving. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Offered spring semester, odd years.
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Hydrologic Science and Engineering
geology, surface-water hydrology, vadose-zone hydrology,
JOHN MCCRAY, Professor and Director, Environmental Science &
watershed hydrology, contaminant transport and fate, con-
Engineering
taminant remediation, hydrogeophysics, and water policy/law.
DAVID BENSON, Associate Professor and Associate Director ,
Students may elect to follow the Science or the Engineering
Geology & Geological Engineering,
Track.
HUSSEIAN AMERY, Associate Professor Liberal Arts &
International Studies
HSE requires a core study of 4 formal graduate courses and
TZAHI CATH, Assistant Professor Environmental Science &
a field session. However, programs of study are interdiscipli-
Engineering
nary in nature, and the remainder of the coursework is obtained
RONALD R.H. COHEN, Associate Professor Environmental
from multiple departments at CSM and is approved for each
Science & Engineering
student by the student’s advisor and thesis Committee.
JÖRG DREWES, Associate Professor Environmental Science &
To achieve the Master of Science (M.S.) degree, students
Engineering
may elect the Non-Thesis option, based exclusively upon
LINDA FIGUEROA, Associate Professor Environmental Science &
Engineering
coursework and a project report, or the Thesis option. The
VAUGHN GRIFFITHS, Professor Civil Engineering
thesis option is comprised of coursework in combination
DAVID HALE, Professor Geophysics
with individual laboratory, modeling and/or field research
CHRISTOPHER HIGGINS, Assistant Professor, Environmental
performed under the guidance of a faculty advisor and pre-
Science & Engineering
sented in a written thesis approved by the student’s committee.
JOHN HUMPHREY, Associate Professor Geology & Geological
HSE also offers a combined baccalaureate/masters degree
Engineering
TISSA ILLANGASEKARE, Professor and AMAX Chair ,
program in which CSM students obtain an undergraduate
Environmental Science & Engineering
degree as well as a Thesis or Non- thesis M.S. in Hydrology.
YAOGUO LI, Associate Professor Geophysics
As many as six credit hours may be counted toward the
NING LU, Professor Civil Engineering
requirements of both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. Please see
DONALD MACALADY, Professor Chemistry & Geochemistry
the Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Programs sections in
JUNKO MUNAKATA MARR, Associate Professor Environmental
the Graduate and Undergraduate Bulletins for additional
Science & Engineering
information.
GARY OLHOEFT, Professor Geophysics
EILEEN POETER, Professor Geology & Geological Engineering
To achieve the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree,
JAMES RANVILLE, Assistant Professor Chemistry &
students are expected to complete a combination of course-
Geochemistry
work and original research, under the guidance of a faculty
ANDRE REVIL, Associate Professor Geophysics
advisor and Doctoral committee, which culminates in a sig-
SAMUEL ROMBERGER, Professor, Geology & Geological
nificant scholarly contribution to a specialized field in hydro-
Engineering
logic sciences or engineering. Full-time enrollment is expected
JONATHAN SHARP, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science &
and leads to the greatest success, although part-time enroll-
Engineering
ment may be allowed under special circumstances. All
GEORGE SHERK, Research Associate Professor Liberal Arts &
doctoral students must complete the full-time, on-campus
International Studies
residency requirements described in the general section of
ROBERT L. SIEGRIST, Professor Environmental Science &
Engineering
the Graduate Bulletin.
JOHN SPEAR, Assistant Professor Environmental Science &
Currently, students will apply to the hydrology program
Engineering
through the Graduate School and be assigned to the HSE par-
BETTINA VOELKER, Associate Professor Chemistry &
ticipating department of the student’s HSE advisor. Partici-
Geochemistry
pating departments include: Chemistry and Geochemistry,
Degrees Offered:
Engineering, Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE),
Master of Science (Hydrology), Thesis option
Geology and Geological Engineering (GGE), Geophysical
Master of Science (Hydrology), Non-thesis option
Engineering, Mining Engineering (ME), and Petroleum Engi-
neering (PE). HSE is part of the Western Regional Graduate
Doctor of Philosophy (Hydrology)
Program, a recognition that designates these programs as
Program Description:
unique within the Western United States. An important bene-
The Hydrologic Science and Engineering (HSE) Program
fit of this designation is that students from several western
is an interdisciplinary graduate program comprised of faculty
states are given the tuition status of Colorado residents.
from several different CSM departments.
These states include Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Mon-
tana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South
The program offers programs of study in fundamental
Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
hydrologic science and applied hydrology with engineering
applications. Our program encompasses ground-water hydro-
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For more information on HSE curriculum please refer to
college statistics: one semester required
the HSE website at http://www.mines.edu/academic/hydro/.
statics, one semester required
Combined Degree Program Option
mechanics of materials, one semeser required
CSM undergraduate students have the opportunity to begin
work on a M.S. degree in Hydrology while completing their
dynamics, one semester required
Bachelor’s degree. The CSM Combined Degree Program
thermodynamics, one semester required
provides the vehicle for students to use undergraduate course-
fluid mechanics: one semester required
work as part of their Graduate Degree curriculum. For more
information please contact the HSE program faculty.
engineering design (equivalent of a 400-level capstone
design course or ESGN 451 - Hydraulic Problems)
Program Requirements:
Note that some pre-requisites may be completed in the
M.S. Non-Thesis Option: 36 total credit hours, consisting
first few semesters of the graduate program if approved by
of coursework (30 h), and Independent Study (6 h) working
the hydrology program faculty. Graduate courses may be
on a research project with HSE faculty, including a written
used to fulfill one or more of these requirements after ap-
report.
proval by the HSE Graduate Admissions Committee and the
M.S. Thesis Option: 30 total credit hours, consisting of
student’s Thesis Committee.
coursework (24 h), and research (6 h). Students must also
Required Curriculum:
write and orally defend a research thesis.
Students will work with their academic advisors and grad-
Ph.D.: 72 total credit hours, consisting of coursework
uate thesis committees to establish plans of study that best fit
(at least 15 h), and research (at least 24 h). Students must
their individual interests and goals. Each student will develop
also successfully complete qualifying examinations, write
and submit a plan of study to their advisor during the first se-
and defend a dissertation proposal, write and defend a doc-
mester of enrollment. Doctoral students may transfer in cred-
toral dissertation, and are expected to submit the dissertation
its from an earned M.S. graduate program according to
work for publication in scholarly journals.
requirements listed in the Graduate Degrees and Require-
Thesis Committee Requirements
ments section of the graduate bulletin, and after approval by
Students must meet the general requirements listed in
the student's thesis committee. Recommended pre-requisite
the graduate bulletin section Graduate Degrees and Require-
courses may be taken for credit during the first year a student
ments. In addition, the student’s advisor or co-advisor must
is enrolled in HSE. In some cases, graduate courses may sat-
be an HSE faculty member. For M.S. thesis students, at least
isfy one or more pre-requisites if approved by the hydrology
two committee members must be members of the HSE faculty.
program faculty.
For doctoral students, at least 3 members must be a member
SCIENCE TRACK:
of the HSE faculty.
Curriculum areas of emphasis consist of core courses, and
Prerequisites Science Track:
electives. Core courses include the following:
baccalaureate degree in a science or engineering
Ground Water Engineering (GEGN466)
discipline
Surface-Water Hydrology (ESGN527)
college calculus: two semesters required
Environmental Chemistry (CHGC505)
differential equations: one semester required
Subsurface Contaminant Fate and Transport (ESGN522)
Or
college physics: one semester required
Surface Water Quality Modeling (ESGN520)
college chemistry: one year required
Field Hydrology as described in the following paragraph
college statistics: one semester required
Students are also required to complete a hydrology field
fluid mechanics: one semester required
session that will be offered through existing courses taught by
Environmental Science and Engineering, Geology and Geo-
Prerequisites Engineering Track:
logical Engineering, or Geophysical Engineering. HSE semi-
baccalaureate degree in a science or engineering
nar is also required and will typically have a 598 course
discipline
number. These are one-credit reading and discussion semi-
college calculus: two semesters required
nars. PhD students are required to complete at least twodur-
differential equations: one semester required
ing their studies, and M.S. students must complete one
seminar. The seminar courses are taught nearly every semes-
college physics: two semester required
ter, with different topics depending on the instructor. Students
college chemistry: two years required
who plan to incorporate hydrochemistry into their research
may elect to replace CHGC 505 with a two-course combina-
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tion that includes an aqueous inorganic chemistry course (e.g.,
Liberal Arts and International Studies
GEGN 509 or ESGN 500) and an environmental organic
CARL MITCHAM, Professor
chemistry course (e.g., CHGC/ESGN 555).
BARBARA M. OLDS, Professor and Associate Vice President for
Elective courses may be chosen from a list approved by
Educational Innovation
the HSE program faculty with one free elective that may be
EUL-SOO PANG, Professor
ARTHUR B. SACKS, Professor
chosen from any of the graduate courses offered at CSM and
HUSSEIN A. AMERY, Associate Professor
other local universities. A list of these courses can be found
TINA L. GIANQUITTO, Associate Professor
on the HSE website.
JOHN R. HEILBRUNN, Associate Professor
ENGINEERING TRACK
JAMES V. JESUDASON, Associate Professor
Curriculum areas of emphasis consist of core courses, and
JON LEYDENS, Associate Professor and Writing Program
Administrator
electives. Core courses include all core courses in the Sci-
JUAN C. LUCENA, Associate Professor
ence Track and a relevant Capstone Design Course (e.g.
LAURA J. PANG, Associate Professor
Ground Water Engineering GEGN 470)
JASON DELBORNE, Assistant Professor
Elective courses may be chosen from a list approved by
SYLVIA GAYLORD, Assistant Professor
the HSE program faculty with one free elective that may be
JENNIFER SCHNEIDER, Assistant Professor
chosen from any of the graduate courses offered at CSM and
JAMES D. STRAKER, Assistant Professor
other local universities. At least half of the elective credits
TONI LEFTON, Senior Lecturer
SANDY WOODSON, Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor
must come from the following list:
ROBERT KLIMEK, Lecturer
GEGN 581
Analytical Hydrology
DAVID J. MESKILL, Lecturer
GEGN 683
Advanced Groundwater Modeling
ROSE PASS, Lecturer
ESGN 622
Multiphase Fluids Transport
SUSAN J. TYBURSKI, Lecturer
GEGN 681
Vadose-Zone Hydrology
BETTY J. CANNON, Emeritus Associate Professor
GEGN 581
Advanced Hydrogeology
W. JOHN CIESLEWICZ, Emeritus Professor
DONALD I. DICKINSON, Emeritus Professor
GEGN 682
Flow And Transport In Fractured Rock
WILTON ECKLEY, Emeritus Professor
ESGN 575
Hazardous Waste Site Remediation
PETER HARTLEY, Emeritus Associate Professor
GEGN 585
Hydrochemical Modeling
T. GRAHAM HEREFORD, Emeritus Professor
GEGN 684
Chemical Modeling of Aqueous Systems
JOHN A. HOGAN, Emeritus Professor
EGGN 454
Water Supply Engineering
KATHLEEN H. OCHS, Emeritus Associate Professor
ESGN 603
Water Reuse and Treatment
ANTON G. PEGIS, Emeritus Professor
EGES 533
Unsaturated Soil Mechanics
THOMAS PHILIPOSE, University Emeritus Professor
EGES 534
Soil Behavior
JOSEPH D. SNEED, Emeritus Professor
EGES 553
Engineering Hydrology
RONALD V. WIEDENHOEFT, Emeritus Professor
EGES 554
Open Channel Flow
KAREN B. WILEY, Emeritus Associate Professor
GEGN 532
Geological Data Analysis
GEGN 575
Applications of GIS
Degrees Offered:
GEGN 542
Advanced Engineering Geomorphology
Master of International Political Economy of Resources
GEGN 573
Site Investigation
(Non-Thesis)
ESGN 601
Risk Assessment
Non-Degree Certificates Offered:
ESGN 598
Numerical Methods for Modeling of
International Political Economy Graduate Certificate 1
Water and Environmental Systems
International Political Economy Graduate Certificate 2
Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Policy
Description of Courses
Non-Degree Minor Offered:
The hydrology program courses are taken from existing
courses at CSM. In addition to the core courses listed above,
Graduate Individual Minor
the elective courses currently approved by HSE faculty can
Program Description:
be viewed at http://www.mines.edu/Academic/hydro/.
The Division of Liberal Arts & International Studies offers
one non-thesis professional graduate degree, the Master of
International Political Economy of Resources (MIPER); two
graduate certificates in International Political Economy
(IPE); a graduate certificate in Science and Technology Pol-
icy; and a graduate individual minor.
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Master of International Political Economy of
admission into the Master of International Political Economy
Resources (MIPER).
of Resources degree program, which requires the completion
The Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies of-
of an additional 6 credit-hours.
fers a 36 semester-hour non-thesis Master of International
Science and Technology Graduate Certificate
Political Economy of Resources (MIPER) degree. The mas-
(STP)
ter's degree program is part of CSM's Combined Undergrad-
The Science and Technology Policy (STP) graduate certifi-
uate/Graduate programs. Students participating in the
cate is offered by the Division of Liberal Arts & International
combined degree program may double count up to 6 semes-
Studies in collaboration with the Center for Science and
ter hours of 400-level course work from their undergraduate
Technology Policy, Cooperative Institute for Research in En-
IPE minor or undergraduate course work (excluding foreign
vironmental Science (CIRES), at the University of Colorado
languages) to the MIPER. An additional 3 credit-hours may
at Boulder. The aim is to provide a broad, practical under-
be transferred upon the recommendation of the IPE Program
standing of science-society relations that will benefit practic-
Director and the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
ing scientists and engineers, especially in the fields of
The MIPER program is ideal for global resources industry
science and engineering that are the traditional mission of the
leaders and public sector policy markers dealing with devel-
Colorado School of Mines.
oping non-renewable resources on a global scale. The pro-
Graduate Individual Minor
gram's philosophical foundations are built on the twin pillars
Graduate students in departments and divisions other than
of applying key methods and theories of international politi-
LAIS may earn a minor in the Division if they complete 12
cal economy (IPE) and comparative political economy (CPE)
hours of course work from the LAIS course offerings, includ-
to understanding the role of the world's resources in the con-
ing Special Topics (LAIS 498 or 598 courses) or Independent
text of human and natural environment. The concept of "re-
Study (LAIS 499 or 599) chosen in consultation with an
sources" is understood in the context of the environment in
LAIS advisor. Note: The Graduate Individual Minor must be
which resources are found and developed, as well as both
approved by the student's graduate committee and by the
state and non-state actors who play a role in developing, mar-
LAIS Division.
keting, and consuming them on a global scale.
Program Requirements:
The objective of the MIPER program is to develop profes-
Master of International Political Economy of
sional analytical skills in (1) resources development and
Resources (MIPER)
management strategies embedded in the inter-state and supra-
The Master of International Political Economy of Re-
national relationships between the state and the market; (2)
sources non-thesis professional degree requires 36 semester
analysis of regional and global security and risk issues affect-
hours of course work. It may be completed as part of a Com-
ing resources industry; and (3) transnational trade and invest-
bined Undergraduate/Graduate program by students already
ment flows as well as resources production and consumption.
matriculated as undergraduate students at Colorado School of
IPE Graduate Certificates
Mines, or by individuals already holding undergraduate or
The IPE Graduate Certificate program is divided into two
advanced degrees who are interested in a non-thesis graduate
parts: (1) the first 15-credit hour certificate focuses on the
program of study. CSM students interested in pursuing the
IPE theories, methods, and models; and (2) the second 15-
MIPER as part of a Combined Undergraduate/Graduate pro-
credit hour certificate focuses on specialization, such as re-
gram are encouraged to make an initial contact with the di-
gional development (Asia-Pacific, Latin America/the
rector of the MIPER program after completion of the first
Americas, Africa, and the Middle East), international or com-
semester of their Sophomore year for counseling on degree
parative political economy issues, and project-specific
application procedures, admissions standards, and degree
themes like trade, finance, the environment, gender, ethnicity,
completion requirements. See "Combined
and so forth.
Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Programs" elsewhere in this
Upon completion of 15 credit hours (or 5 courses), the stu-
bulletin for further details.
dent will be issued a certificate. The program is designed in
The MIPER program has two parts: (1) 18 credit-hours
a flexible format so that the student can take time to com-
(six core courses) drawn from six core thematic areas and (2)
plete the course requirements. The graduate certificate pro-
18 credit-hours (six courses) of electives. See Program Di-
gram is part of CSM’s combined undergraduate/graduate
rector for specific courses associated with each of these two
degree program. As such, students participating in the com-
areas.
bined degree program may double count up to 6 credit hours
MIPER-related courses are designated in the Description
of 400 level course work toward each certificate. If the stu-
of Courses below by the code [IPE].
dent completes all 30 credit hours, he/she may petition for
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Core Thematic Areas
2. The GRE is required. Under certain circumstances, the
1. International Political Economy: Theories and Methods
GRE requirements can be waived by the permission of
2. International Political Economy of Regions (Latin
the Program Director. Contact the MIPER Program Di-
America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan
rector for details.
Africa)
3. A TOEFL score of 580 (paper test), 237 (computer
3. Global Resources Security
test), or 92-93 (Internet test) or higher is required for
students who are non-native English speakers.
4. Global Resources Development
4. A two-page essay is required and must discuss why the
5. International Political Risk Assessment and Mitigation
candidate is interested in pursuing the MIPER and how
6. Quantitative Methods for IPE
he/she intends to utilize IPE knowledge and skills.
Elective Courses
5. No foreign language is required at the time of admis-
The student must choose two of the following three areas:
sion. However, those intending to spend an optional
1. Area Studies and Comparative Political Economy
overseas semester must have appropriate language
(CPE) Themes: Development, institutions, regimes,
skills.
state-building vs. nation-building, social stratification,
Transfer Credit
ethnicity, gender, religion, and culture provide fertile
Up to 15 semester hours of a MIPER degree may be trans-
fields of CPE investigations in such regions of interest
fer credit from another university. Requests for transfer
to the MIPER program as Asia Pacific, Latin
credit must be approved by the Director of the MIPER Pro-
America/the Americas, the Middle East and the Islamic
gram who will review course syllabi and evidence of work
World, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the European Union
completion as provided by the student. Transfer credits must
and FSU states.
not have been used as credit toward a Bachelor's degree. The
2. IPE Themes: IPE themes include trade, finance, re-
transfer limit includes CSM distance learning courses.
gionalism, cross-regionalism, globalization, interna-
Overseas Semester
tional organizations, inter-state relations, security,
In exceptional cases, the student will be encouraged to
non-traditional security, country political risk assess-
spend one semester at an overseas institution in East Asia ,
ment and mitigation, corruption and development, eth-
Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Australa-
nic conflicts, cultural clashes, environmental politics
sia. The MIPER Program Director and the student's adviser
and policies, technology and social transformation, and
will assist in finding an appropriate university overseas.
the like.
International Political Economy Graduate
3. IPE Theories and Methods: Study based in theories,
Certificates
methods, and models associated with the disciplines of
The IPE Graduate Certificates require 15 credit-hours
International Political Economy, Comparative Political
each. Either one or both of the certificates may be completed
Economy, and/or International Relations.
as part of a Combined Undergraduate/Graduate program by
Outside Field
students already matriculated as undergraduate students at
In some cases, the student will be encouraged to take
Colorado School of Mines, or by individuals already holding
courses outside LAIS as a minor. Courses in engineering, sci-
undergraduate or advanced degrees who are interested in a
ence, economics, business, and law can be highly useful to
briefer amount of study in International Political Economy at
developing additional IPE skills in resources industry and
the graduate level. CSM students interested in pursuing the
policy making arena. The student must receive permission
MIPER as part of a Combined Undergraduate/Graduate pro-
from the Program Director and his/her adviser before under-
gram are encouraged to make an initial contact with the di-
taking non-LAIS course work.
rector of the MIPER program after completion of the first
semester of their Sophomore year for counseling on applica-
Admission Requirements
tion procedures, admissions standards, and completion re-
The requirements for admission into the MIPER Program
quirements. See “Combined Undergraduate/Graduate
are as follows:
Degree Programs" elsewhere in this bulletin for further de-
1. BS or BA with a cumulative grade point average (GPA)
tails.
at or above 3.0 (4.0 scale). CSM undergraduates who
IPE Graduate Certificate-related courses are designated in
do not meet the overall GPA of 3.0 but who are pursuing
the Description of Courses below by the code [IPE].
the undergraduate IPE Minor or who have taken three or
more IPE courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in IPE
Certificate I (15 credit-hours). For the first graduate cer-
course work will also be considered for admission.
tificate, students must take courses from five of the six core
thematic areas associated with the MIPER.
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Certificate II (15 credit-hours). For the second graduate
at student discretion and with adviser approval, from among
certificate, students must choose an area of specialization in
the suite of courses offered at CSM and CU-Boulder. Exist-
consultation with the Program Director. Nine of the 15
ing LAIS courses included in this suite are:
credit-hours (three courses) in the second certificate must
LAIS 447/547 Global Corporations
come from Region studies, or IPE- or CPE-driven thematic
courses. Six credit hours can be minor courses taken outside
LAIS 448
Global Environmental Issues
of LAIS but relevant to the core content and approaches of
LAIS 450/550 Political Risk Assessment
IPE and CPE. The student must consult the Program Director
LAIS 487/587 Environmental Politics and Policy
before embarking on the non-LAIS minor program of study.
LAIS 488/588 Water Politics and Policy
Admission Requirements
The requirements for admission into the IPE Graduate
LAIS 545
International Political Economy
Certificates Program are as follows:
LAIS 548
Global Environmental Politics and Policy
1. BS or BA with a cumulative grade point average (GPA)
LAIS 586
Science and Technology Policy
at or above 3.0 (4.0 scale). CSM undergraduates who
Students may also incorporate courses from the Econom-
do not meet the overall GPA of 3.0 but who are pursuing
ics and Business core M.S. curriculum in Mineral Economics
the undergraduate IPE Minor or who have taken three or
in the Economics and Public Policy area of specialization.
more IPE courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in IPE
Finally, it is recommend that STP certificate students
course work will also be considered for admission.
do either a focused study of science and technology policy
2. The GRE is not required.
in the United States or some other country, including the
3. A TOEFL score of 580 (paper test), 237 (computer
possibility of taking one IPE regional studies course in
test), or 92-93 (Internet test) or higher is required for
which student research will be allowed to focus on science
students who are non-native English speakers.
and technology policy issues related to that region.
4. A two-page essay is required and must discuss why the
Description of Courses:
candidate is interested in pursuing one or both IPE
Note: Many but not all LAIS graduate courses are listed
Graduate Certificates and how he/she intends to utilize
below as 400/500 combinations.
IPE acquired knowledge and skills.
Humanities and Social Sciences (LAIS)
5. No foreign language is required at the time of admis-
LAIS401. CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY II This course is
sion. However, demonstrated commitment to learning a
a continuation of LAIS301 for those interested in developing
second and/or third language during residency in the
their poetry writing further. It focuses on reading and writing
program is strongly encouraged.
poetry. Students will learn many different poetic forms to
Transfer Credits
compliment prosody, craft, and technique. Aesthetic prefer-
Students may not, on an individual basis, request that
ences will be developed as the class reads, discusses, and
transfer credits from other institutions be applied to an IPE
models some of the great American poets. Weekly exercises
Graduate Certificate. The transfer limit includes CSM dis-
reflect specific poetic tools, encourage the writing of literary
tance learning courses.
poetry, and simulate the development of the student's craft.
The purpose of the course is to experience the literature and
Double-Counting CSM Undergraduate Course Work
its place in a multicultural society, while students "try on"
for MIPER or IPE Graduate Certificates
various styles and contexts in order to develop their own
As noted above, students coming from within CSM can
voice. The course enrollment is split between the 300 and
transfer up to 6 credit-hours of 400-level course work auto-
400 levels to allow returning students the opportunity for
matically from their undergraduate IPE minor or undergradu-
continued development. An additional book review and pres-
ate International Studies Cluster (excluding foreign
entation, as well as leading the small groups will be expected
languages). An additional 3 credit-hours may be transferred
of returning students. Prerequisite: LAIS301. Prerequisite or
upon the recommendation of the IPE Program Director and
corequisite: SYGN200. 3 hours seminar. 3 semester hours.
the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School.
Science and Technology Policy Graduate
LAIS402. WRITING PROPOSALS FOR A BETTER
Certificate
WORLD This course develops the student's writing and
The STP certificate requires a total of 15 semester hours
higher-order thinking skills and helps meet the needs of un-
of graduate-level courses. Two of these courses should be
derserved populations, particularly via funding proposals
science and technology policy courses that emphasize, in one
written for nonprofit organizations. Prerequisite: LAIS100.
instance, humanities perspectives, and in another, social sci-
Prerequisite or corequisite: SYGN200. 3 hours seminar;
ence perspectives. The other three courses may be selected,
3 semester hours.
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LAIS407 SCIENCE IN LITERATURE Science fiction often
(Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), in the military
serves as a cautionary tale that deals with the darker side of
(Heller’s Catch-22), on the river (Twain’s The Adventures of
humanity's desires in order to find a better understanding of
Huckleberry Finn or in a “bachelor pad” (Simon’s Last of the
who we are and what we hope to become. This class exam-
Red Hot Lovers). Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or
ines scientific and social progress as it is imagined by some
corequisite: SYGN200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
of the greatest authors of the genre. We will examine the cur-
LAIS415. MASS MEDIA STUDIES This introduction to
rent events that may have influenced the writing and position
mass media studies is designed to help students become more
our lens to the scientific and technological breakthroughs, as
active interpreters of mass media messages, primarily those
well as the social, cultural, and political state of the world at
that emanate from television, radio, the Internet, sound record-
the time of our readings. This course focuses on classic sci-
ings (music), and motions pictures (film, documentary, etc.).
ence fiction from the late 1800's to the present which may in-
Taking a broad rhetorical and sociological perspective, the
clude: Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack
course examines a range of mass media topics and issues. Stu-
Williamson, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Alfred Bester,
dents should complete this course with enhanced rhetorical
Philip Jose Farmer, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Ray Bradbury,
and sociological understandings of how media shapes individ-
Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, Arthur C. Clarke, Ursula K.
uals, societies, and cultures as well as how those groups shape
LeGuin and Mary Doria Russell, among others. Prerequisite:
the media. Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or co-requisite:
LAIS100, Co-requisite: SYGN200. 3 hours seminar.
SYGN200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
3 semester hours.
LAIS418. NARRATING THE NATION The novel, national-
LAIS408. LIFE STORIES Using texts by published authors
ism, and the modern nation-state share the same eighteenth-
and members of the class, we will explore the pleasures and
and nineteenth-century roots. Relationships between the works
challenges of creating and interpreting narratives based on
of novelists, local nationalisms, and state politics have how-
"real life." The class will consider critical theories about the
ever always been volatile. These tensions have assumed partic-
relationship between the self and the stories we tell. Prerequi-
ularly dramatic expressive and political forms in Latin
site: LAIS100. Pre-requisite or co-requisite: SYGN200.
America and postcolonial South Asia and Africa. This course
3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
examines the inspirations, stakes, and ramifications of cele-
LAIS409. SHAKESPEAREAN DRAMA Shakespeare, the
brated novelists' explorations of the conflicted and fragmen-
most well known writer in English and perhaps the world,
tary character their own and/or neighboring nation-states.
deals with universal themes and the ultimate nature of what it
Beyond their intrinsic literary values, these texts illuminate
is to be a human being. His plays are staged, filmed, and read
distinctive religious, ritual, and popular cultural practices that
around the globe, even after 400 years. This seminar will ex-
have shaped collective imaginings of the nation, as well as os-
plore why Shakespeare's plays and characters have such last-
cillations in nationalist sentiment across specific regions and
ing power and meaning to humanity. The seminar will
historical junctures. Studies in relevant visual media -films,
combine class discussion, lecture, and video. Grades will be
paintings, and telenovelas - will further our comparative in-
based on participation, response essays, and a final essay.
quiry into the relationships between artistic narrative and criti-
Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or corequisite:
cal perspectives on "the nation." Alongside the focal literary
SYGN200. 3 hours seminar. 3 semester hours.
and visual texts, the course will address major historians' and
social theorists' accounts of the origins, spread, and varied ca-
LAIS413. LITERATURE OF THE AMERICAN WEST This
reers of nationalist thought and practice across our modern
course explores classic myths, stories and narratives in West-
world. Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or corequisite:
ern American literature and film, and how the values re-
SYGN200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
flected in these myths, stories and narratives shape our
national character. Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or co-
LAIS430. CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Busi-
requisite: SYGN200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
nesses are largely responsible for creating the wealth upon
which the well-being of society depends. As they create that
LAIS414. HEROES AND ANTIHEROES: A TRAGIC
wealth, their actions impact society, which is composed of a
VIEW This course features heroes and antiheroes (average
wide variety of stakeholders. In turn, society shapes the rules
folks, like most of us), but because it is difficult to be heroic
and expectations by which businesses must navigate their in-
unless there are one or more villains lurking in the shadows,
ternal and external environments. This interaction between
there will have to be an Iago or Caesar or a politician or a
corporations and society (in its broadest sense) is the concern
member of the bureaucracy to overcome. Webster’s defines
of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). This course ex-
heroic as “exhibiting or marked by courage and daring.”
plores the dimensions of that interaction from a multi-stake-
Courage and daring are not confined to the battlefield, of
holder perspective using case studies, guest speakers and field
course. One can find them in surprising places in the commu-
work. Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or co-requisite:
nity (Ibsen’s Enemy of the People), in the psychiatric ward
SYGN200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
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LAIS435/535. LATIN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT [IPE]
natural resources, mineral reserves, and human capital, most
A senior seminar designed to explore the political economy
African countries remain mired in poverty. The struggles that
of current and recent past development strategies, models, ef-
have arisen on the continent have fostered thinking about the
forts, and issues in Latin America, one of the most dynamic
curse of natural resources where countries with oil or dia-
regions of the world today. Development is understood to be
monds are beset with political instability and warfare. Read-
a nonlinear, complex set of processes involving political,
ings give first an introduction to the continent followed by a
economic, social, cultural, and environmental factors whose
focus on the specific issues that confront African develop-
ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals.
ment today. Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or co-requi-
The role of both the state and the market in development
site: SYGN200. 3 hours seminar. 3 semester hours. See list
processes will be examined. Topics to be covered will vary as
below for LAIS541 course description.
changing realities dictate but will be drawn from such sub-
LAIS442. NATURAL RESOURCES AND WAR IN
jects as inequality of income distribution; the role of educa-
AFRICA [IPE] Africa possesses abundant natural resources
tion and health care; region-markets; the impact of
yet suffers civil wars and international-conflicts based on ac-
globalization; institution-building; corporate-community-
cess to resource revenues. The course examines the distinc-
state interfaces; neoliberalism; privatization; democracy; and
tive history of Africa, the impact of the resource curse,
public policy formulation as it relates to development goals.
mismanagement of government and corruption, and specific
Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or corequisite:
cases of unrest and war in Africa. Prerequisite: LAIS100.
SYGN200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
Prerequisite or corequisite: SYGN200. 3 hours seminar. 3 se-
LAIS436/536. HEMISPHERIC INTEGRATION IN THE
mester hours. See list below for LAIS542 course descrip-
AMERICAS [IPE] This international political economy
tion.
seminar is designed to accompany the endeavor now under
LAIS443. THE EUROPEAN UNION [IPE]This course in-
way in the Americas to create a free trade area for the entire
vestigates the history, evolution and current condition of the
Western Hemisphere. Integrating this hemisphere, however,
European Union. The creation of the EU overcame centuries
is not just restricted to the mechanics of facilitating trade but
of European warfare and helped to establish an abiding
also engages a host of other economic, political, social, cul-
peace, making it one of history's great success stories. Yet
tural, and environmental issues, which will also be treated in
questions and conflicts have troubled the EU since its incep-
this course. Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or corequi-
tion: was the Union to be a common economic market or a
site: SYGN200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
super-state? Which countries rightfully belonged to Europe?
LAIS437/537. ASIAN DEVELOPMENT [IPE] This inter-
How would the EU relate to the outside world, above all the
national political economy seminar deals with the historical
United States? Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or co-req-
development of Asia Pacific from agrarian to post-industrial
uisite: SYGN200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
eras; its economic, political, and cultural transformation
LAIS444. THE SOCIAL QUESTION IN EUROPE [IPE]
since World War II, contemporary security issues that both
Between 1850 and 1960 the "proletariat" - the industrial
divide and unite the region; and globalization processes that
working class - threatened the stability of bourgeois Europe.
encourage Asia Pacific to forge a single trading bloc. Prereq-
What were their grievances, and how were they resolved?
uisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or corequisite: SYGN200. 3
Similarly, today large, unassimilated immigrant populations
hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
pose growing challenges to European societies. What are the
LAIS439. MIDDLE EAST DEVELOPMENT [IPE] This in-
main tensions, and how might they be addressed? Prerequi-
ternational political economy seminar analyzes economic,
site: LAIS100. Prerequisite or corequisite: SYTN200.
political and social dynamics that affect the progress and di-
3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
rection of states, markets, and peoples of the region. It exam-
LAIS446/546. GLOBALIZATION [IPE] This international
ines the development of the Middle East from agrarian to
political economy seminar is an historical and contemporary
post-industrial societies; economic, political and cultural
analysis of globalization processes examined through se-
transformations since World War II; contemporary security
lected issues of world affairs of political, economic, military,
issues that both divide and unite the region; and the effects of
and diplomatic significance. Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prereq-
globalization processes on economies and societies in the
uisite or corequisite: SYGN200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester
Middle East. Prerequisite: LAIS 100. Prerequisite or co-req-
hours.
uisite: SYGN 200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
LAIS447/547. GLOBAL CORPORATIONS [IPE] This in-
LAIS441. AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT (IPE) This course
ternational political economy seminar seeks to (1) understand
provides a broad overview of the political economy of
the history of the making of global corporations and their re-
Africa. Its goal is to give students an understanding of the
lationship to the state, region-markets, and region-states; and
possibilities of African development and the impediments
(2) analyze the on-going changes in global, regional, and na-
that currently block its economic growth. Despite substantial
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tional political economies due to the presence of global cor-
LAIS453. ETHNIC CONFLICT IN GLOBAL PERSPEC-
porations. Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or corequisite:
TIVE [IPE] Many scholars used to believe that with mod-
SYGN 200. 3 hours seminar. 3 semester hours.
ernization, racial, religious, and cultural antagonisms would
LAIS448. GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES [IPE]
weaken as individuals developed more rational outlooks and
Critical examination of interactions between development
gave primacy to their economic concerns. Yet, with the wan-
and the environment and the human dimensions of global
ing of global ideological conflict of the left-right nature, con-
change; social, political, economic, and cultural responses to
flict based on cultural and "civilizational" differences have
the management and preservation of natural resources and
come to the fore in both developing and developed countries.
ecosystems on a global scale. Exploration of the meaning and
This course will examine ethnic conflict, broadly conceived,
implications of “stewardship of the Earth” and “sustainable
in a variety of contexts. Case studies will include the civil
development.” Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or coreq-
war in Yugoslavia, the LA riots, the antagonism between the
uisite: SYGN200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
Chinese and "indigenous' groups in Southeast, the so-called
war between the West and Islam, and ethnic relations in the
LAIS449. CULTURAL DYNAMICS OF GLOBAL DEVEL-
U.S. We will consider ethnic contention in both institutional-
OPMENT [IPE] Role of cultures and nuances in world de-
ized, political processes, such as the politics of affirmative
velopment; cultural relationship between the developed
action, as well as in non-institutionalized, extra-legal set-
North and the developing South, specifically between the
tings, such as ethnic riots, pogroms, and genocide. We will
U.S. and the Third World. Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequi-
end by asking what can be done to mitigate ethnic conflict
site or corequisite: SYGN200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester
and what might be the future of ethnic group identification.
hours.
Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or co-requisite:
LAIS450/550. POLITICAL RISK ASSESSMENT [IPE]
SYGN200. 3 hours seminar. 3 semester hours.
This course will review the existing methodologies and tech-
LAIS455 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS The pur-
niques of risk assessment in both country-specific and global
pose of this course is to familiarize you with the study of in-
environments. It will also seek to design better ways of as-
ternational organizations - we will examine why they are
sessing and evaluating risk factors for business and public
created, how they are organized and what they try to accom-
diplomacy in the increasingly globalized context of economy
plish. By the end of the semester, students will be familiar
and politics wherein the role of the state is being challenged
with the role of international organization in the world sys-
and redefined. Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or corequi-
tem as well as the analytical tools used to analyze them. Pre-
site: SYGN200. Prerequisite: At least one IPE 300- or 400-
requisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or co-requisite: SYGN200.
level course and permission of instructor. 3 hours seminar;
3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
3 semester hours.
LAIS459. INTERNATIONAL FIELD PRACTICUM [IPE]
LAIS451/551. POLITICAL RISK ASSESSMENT RE-
For students who go abroad for an on-site practicum involv-
SEARCH SEMINAR [IPE] When offered, this international
ing their technical field as practiced in another country and
political economy seminar must be taken concurrently with
culture; required course for students pursuing a certificate in
LAIS 450/550, Political Risk Assessment. Its purpose is to
International Political Economy; all arrangements for this
acquaint the student with empirical research methods and
course are to be supervised and approved by the advisor of
sources appropriate to conducting a political risk assessment
the International Political Economy minor program. Prereq-
study, and to hone the students analytical abilities. Prerequi-
uisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or corequisite: SYGN200. 3
site: LAIS100. Prerequisite or corequisite: SYGN200. Con-
hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
current enrollment in LAIS 450/550. 1 hour seminar; 1
semester hour.
LAIS465. THE AMERICAN MILITARY EXPERIENCE A
survey of military history, with primary focus on the Ameri-
LAIS452/552. CORRUPTION AND DEVELOPMENT
can military experience from 1775 to present. Emphasis is
[IPE] This course addresses the problem of corruption and
placed not only on military strategy and technology, but also
its impact on development. Readings are multidisciplinary
on relevant political, social, and economic questions. Prereq-
and include policy studies, economics, and political science.
uisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or corequisite: SYGN200. 3
Students will acquire an understanding of what constitutes
hours seminar; 3 semester hours. Open to ROTC students or
corruption, how it negatively affects development, and what
by permission of the LAIS Division.
they, as engineers in a variety of professional circumstances,
might do in circumstances in which bribe paying or taking
LAIS466. WAR IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE War in Global
might occur. Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or corequi-
Perspective examines selected military conflicts from the
site: SYGN200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
Greeks and the Romans to recent wars in Kosovo,
Afghanistan, and Iraq, with considerable attention given to
the two world wars. The course is not battles-oriented; rather,
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using an historical lens, it focuses on the causes that lie be-
ment of nuclear power. Prerequisite: LAIS 100. Prerequisite
hind the battles themselves. Prerequisite: LAIS 100. Prereq-
or co-requisite: SYGN 200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester
uisite or co-requisite: SYGN 200. 3 hours seminar; 3
hours.
semester hours.
LAIS498. SPECIAL TOPICS Pilot course or special topics
LAIS470. TECHNOLOGY AND GENDER: ISSUES This
course. Topics chosen from special interests of instructor(s)
course focuses on how women and men relate to technology.
and student(s). Usually the course is offered only once. Pre-
Several traditional disciplines will be used: philosophy, his-
requisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or corequisite: SYGN200.
tory, sociology, literature, and a brief look at theory. The class
Variable credit: 1 to 6 semester hours. Repeatable for credit
will begin discussing some basic concepts such as gender and
under different topics.
sex and the essential and/or social construction of gender, for
LAIS499. INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual research or
example. We will then focus on topical and historical issues.
special problem projects supervised by a faculty member. Pri-
We will look at modern engineering using sociological studies
marily for students who have completed their Humanities and
that focus on women in engineering. We will look at some
Social Science requirements. Instructor consent required. Pre-
specific topics including military technologies, ecology, and
requisite: “Independent Study” form must be completed and
reproductive technologies. Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequi-
submitted to the Registrar. Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite
site or corequisite: SYGN200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester
or corequisite: SYGN200. Variable credit: 1 to 6 semester
hours.
hours. Repeatable for credit.
LAIS475. ENGINEERING CULTURES IN THE DEVEL-
LAIS520. BUSINESS, ENGINEERING AND LEADERSHIP
OPING WORLD An investigation and assessment of engi-
ETHICS A critical exploration of business, management, engi-
neering problem solving in the developing world using
neering, and leadership ethics, with an emphasis on relations
historical and cultural cases. Countries to be included range
among these fields of practice. Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prereq-
across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Prerequisite:
uisite or corequisite: SYGN200. 3 hours seminar/discussion; 3
LAIS100. Prerequisite or corequisite: SYGN200. 3 hours
semester hours.
seminar; 3 semester hours.
LAIS541. AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT [IPE] Africa pos-
LAIS476. TECHNOLOGY AND INTERNATIONAL DE-
sesses abundant natural resources yet suffers low levels of eco-
VELOPMENT [IPE] An historical examination of the role of
nomic growth. This IPE course examines the distinctive
technology in humanitarian and social improvement projects.
history of Africa, the impact of the putative resource curse, en-
Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or corequisite:
demic unrest and civil war, mismanagement of government,
SYGN200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
and corruption, among other topics. Readings are multidisci-
LAIS486/586. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY
plinary and draw from policy studies, economics, and political
An examination of current issues relating to science and
science. Students will acquire an understanding of different
technology policy in the United States and, as appropriate, in
theoretical approaches from the social sciences to explain how
other countries. Prerequisite: LAIS100. Prerequisite or coreq-
natural resources affect development in Africa. The course
uisite: SYGN200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
helps students learn to apply different theories to specific cases
LAIS487/587. ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POL-
and productive sectors. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
ICY Seminar on environmental policies and the political and
LAIS542. NATURAL RESOURCES AND WAR IN AFRICA
governmental processes that produce them. Group discussion
[IPE] This course examines the relationship between natural
and independent research on specific environmental issues.
resources and wars in Africa. It begins by discussing the com-
Primary but not exclusive focus on the U.S. Prerequisite:
plexity of Africa with its several many languages, peoples, and
LAIS100. Prerequisite or corequisite: SYGN200. 3 hours
geographic distinctions. Among the most vexing challenges
seminar; 3 semester hours.
for Africa is the fact that the continent possesses such wealth
LAIS488/588. WATER POLITICS AND POLICY Seminar
and yet still struggles with endemic warfare, which is hypo-
on water policies and the political and governmental
thetically caused by greed and competition over resource rents.
processes that produce them, as an example of natural re-
Readings are multidisciplinary and draw from policy studies,
source politics and policy in general. Group discussion and
economics, and political science. Students will acquire an un-
independent research on specific politics and policy issues.
derstanding of different theoretical approaches from the social
Primary but not exclusive focus on the U.S. Prerequisite:
sciences to explain the relationship between abundant natural
LAIS100. Prerequisite or corequisite: SYGN200. 3 hours
resources and war in Africa. The course helps students apply
seminar; 3 semester hours.
the different theories to specific cases and productive sectors. 3
hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
LAIS489. NUCLEAR POWER AND PUBLIC POLICY A
general introduction to research and practice concerning poli-
cies and practices relevant to the development and manage-
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LAIS545. INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
dustries. Review of work of F.W. Taylor, Douglas McGregor,
[IPE] This course will combine the historical and theoretical
Blake & Mouton, and others in terms of optimum working
foundations of international political economy and empirical
conditions relative to wage and fringe benefits. Review of
case studies of the world’s various regions. The student will
Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince and the Discourses, and
be required to be familiar with key IPE schools of thought,
The Art of War by Sun Tzu with application to present times
history of development and underdevelopment of key re-
and international cultural norms. The intent of this course is
gions, and a series of contemporary issues and themes that
to teach the survival, report writing, and presentation skills,
drives globalization. Prerequisites: any two IPE courses at
and cultural awareness needed for success in the real inter-
the 300-level, or one IPE course at the 400 level. 3 hours
national business world. The students are organized into
seminar; 3 semester hours.
small groups and do a case each week requiring a presenta-
LAIS546. GLOBALIZATION [IPE] This seminar deals with
tion of their case study results, and a written report of the
the historical development of international political economy
results as well. (Textbooks: Human Side of Enterprise by
as a discipline. (Originally studied as the harbinger of today's
Douglas McGregor, Principles of Scientific Management by
political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, and
F.W. Taylor, The Art of War by Sun Tzu, Up The Organiza-
history, International Political Economy is the multidiscipli-
tion by Robert Townsend, The Prince and the Discourses of
nary study of the relationship between the states and the mar-
Niccolò Machiavelli, and The Managerial Grid by Blake &
kets.) A fuller understanding will be achieved through
Mouton.) 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
research and data analysis as well as interpretation of case
LAIS560. GLOBAL GEOPOLITICS [IPE] This seminar
studies. Prerequisites: LAIS345 and any 400-level IPE
deals with geopolitical theories and how they help us explain
course, or two equivalent courses. 3 hours seminar; 3 semes-
and understand contemporary developments in the world.
ter hours.
Empirical evidence from case studies help students develop a
LAIS548. GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND
deeper understanding of the interconnections between the po-
POLICY [IPE] This seminar examines the increasing impor-
litical, economic, social, cultural and geographic dimensions
tance of environmental policy and politics in international
of governmental policies and corporate decisions. Prerequi-
political economy and global international relations. Using
sites: any two IPE courses at the 300-level, or one IPE course
both historical analysis and interdisciplinary environmental
at the 400 level. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
studies perspectives, this course explores global environmen-
LAIS561. URBANIZATION AND DEVELOPMENT [IPE]
tal problems that have prompted an array of international and
This seminar course discusses the effects of colonization, un-
global regimes and other approaches to deal with them. It
even regional development, industrialization and globaliza-
looks at the impact of environmental policy and politics on
tion on urban systems. The urban models that will be studied
development, and the role that state and non-state actors play,
include the pre-industrial, colonial, global, Latin American
especially in North-South relations and in the pursuit of sus-
and Islamic cities. Approaches to urban development and
tainability. Prerequisites: any two IPE courses at the 300-
how they affect settlement planning, as well as urban-rural
level; or one IPE course at the 400 level; or one IPE course at
interface, urban labor markets, housing and shelter, migration
the 300 level and one environmental policy/issues course at
will be considered. Sustainable cities and world cities will be
the 400 level. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
discussed. Prerequisites: any two IPE courses at the 300-
LAIS554. REGION-MARKETS AND REGION-STATES
level, or one IPE course at the 400 level. 3 hours seminar; 3
[IPE] This research seminar will deal with the international
semester hours.
political economy dimensions of the origin, the structure,
LAIS586. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY An
and the function of the world’s major region-markets and re-
examination of current issues relating to science and technol-
gion states. Special emphasis will be given to the changing
ogy policy in the United States and, as appropriate, in other
roles of nation-states, globalization of trade and finance, and
countries. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
the future world polity. Prerequisites: any two IPE courses at
LAIS598. SPECIAL TOPICS Pilot course or special topics
the 300-level, or one IPE course at the 400 level. 3 hours
course. Topics chosen from special interests of instructor(s)
seminar; 3 semester hours.
and student(s). Usually the course is offered only once. Vari-
LAIS559. INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOL-
able credit: 1 to 6 semester hours. Repeatable for credit
OGY [IPE] This course has, as its primary aim, the equip-
under different titles.
ping of a future consultant to deal with the cultural,
LAIS599. INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual research or
socioeconomic, behavioral, psychological, ethical, and politi-
special problem projects supervised by a faculty member.
cal problems in the international workplace. Specific materi-
Variable credit: 1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit.
als covered are: Early experimentation with small group
dynamics relative to economic incentive; Hawthorne experi-
LAIS601. ACADEMIC PUBLISHING Students will finish
ments; experiments of Asch on perception, Analysis of case
this course with increased knowledge of general and disci-
studies of work productivity in service and technological in-
pline-specific writing conversations as well as the ability to
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use that knowledge in publishing portions of theses or disser-
Foreign Language Policy
tations. Beyond the research article, students will also have
Students will not receive credit for taking a foreign
the opportunity to learn more about genres such as confer-
language in which they have had previous courses as per the
ence abstracts, conference presentations, literature reviews,
following formula: 1 year high school = 1 semester college.
and research funding proposals. Prerequisite: Must have
Therefore, if a student has taken one year in high school or
completed one full year (or equivalent) of graduate school
one semester in college, he/she will not receive graduation
course work. 3 hours seminar. Variable credit: 2 or 3 semes-
credit for the first semester in a SCM foreign language course.
ter hours.
Like wise, if a student has taken two years in high school or
Communication (LICM)
two semesters in college, he/she will not receive graduation
LICM501. PROFESSIONAL ORAL COMMUNICATION A
credit for the second semester, and if a student has taken three
five-week course which teaches the fundamentals of effec-
years in high school or three semesters in college, he/she will
tively preparing and presenting messages. "Hands-on" course
not receive graduation credit for the third semester.
emphasizing short (5- and 10-minute) weekly presentations
LIFL498. SPECIAL TOPICS IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
made in small groups to simulate professional and corporate
Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from spe-
communications. Students are encouraged to make formal
cial interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the
presentations which relate to their academic or professional
course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent.
fields. Extensive instruction in the use of visuals. Presenta-
Variable credit: 1 to 6 semester hours. Repeatable for credit
tions are rehearsed in class two days prior to the formal pre-
under different titles.
sentations, all of which are video-taped and carefully
LIFL499. INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual research or
evaluated. 1 hour lecture/lab; 1 semester hour.
special problem projects supervised by a faculty member. In-
Foreign Languages (LIFL)
structor consent required. Prerequisite: “Independent Study”
A variety of foreign languages is available through the
form must be completed and submitted to the registrar. Vari-
LAIS Division. Students interested in a particular language
able credit: 1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit.
should check with the LAIS Division Office to determine
when these languages might be scheduled. In order to gain
basic proficiency from their foreign language study, students
are encouraged to enroll for at least two semesters in what-
ever language(s) they elect to take. If there is sufficient
demand, the Division can provide third- and fourth-semester
courses in a given foreign language. No student is permitted
to take a foreign language that is either his/her native language
or second language. Proficiency tests may be used to deter-
mine at what level a student should be enrolled, but a student
cannot receive course credit by taking these tests.
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Materials Science
Department of Environmental Science & Engineering
JOHN J. MOORE, Trustees Professor, Director, and Department
RONALD R. COHAN, Professor
Head of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
JOHN R. SPEAR, Assistant Professor
DAVID L. OLSON, Lead Scientist, John Henry Moore
Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Distinguished Professor of Physical Metallurgy
JOHN J. MOORE, Trustees Professor and Department Head
Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry
MICHAEL J. KAUFMAN, Professor
STEPHEN LIU, Professor
DANIEL M. KNAUSS, Professor and Interim Head of Department
GERARD P. MARTINS, Professor
PAUL JAGODZINSKI, Professor
DAVID K. MATLOCK, Charles S. Fogarty Professor
KENT J. VOORHEES, Professor
BRAJENDRA MISHRA, Professor
SCOTT W. COWLEY, Associate Professor
DAVID L. OLSON, John H. Moore Distinguished Professor
MARK EBERHART, Associate Professor
IVAR E. REIMANIS, Professor
KIM R. WILLIAMS, Associate Professor
NIGEL SAMMES, Herman. F. Coors Distinguished Professor
RYAN RICHARDS, Associate Professor
JOHN G. SPEER, Professor
STEPHEN G. BOYES, Assistant Professor
PATRICK R. TAYLOR, George S. Ansell Distinguished Professor of
STEVEN R. DEC, Lecturer
Chemical Metallurgy
Department of Chemical Engineering
CHESTER J. VANTYNE, FIERF Professor
JAMES ELY, Professor and Head of Department
STEVEN W. THOMPSON, Associate Professor
JOHN R. DORGAN, Professor
REED AYERS, Assistant Professor
DAVID W.M. MARR, Professor
KIP O. FINDLEY, Assistant Professor
COLIN WOLDEN, Associate Professor
PATRICIO MENDEZ, Assistant Professor
DAVID T. WU, Associate Professor
RYAN O'HAYRE, Assistant Professor
SUMIT AGARWAL, Assistant Professor
JOHN CHANDLER, Lecturer
MATTHEW LIBERATORE, Assistant Professor
MARTIN MATAYA, Lecturer
RICHARD K.AHRENKIEL Research Professor
Division of Engineering
WILLIAM (GROVER) COORS, Research Professor
TERENCE E. PARKER, Professor and Division Director
ZEEV SHAYER, Research Professor
WILLIAM A. HOFF, Associate Professor and Assistant Division
D. (ERIK) SPILLER, Research Professor
Director
FRANK E. GIBBS, Research Associate-Professor
D. VAUGHAN GRIFFITHS, Professor
GEORGE S. ANSELL, President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus
MARTE S. GUTIERREZ, Paden Chair and Professor
GLEN R. EDWARDS, University Professor-Emeritus
ROBERT J. KEE, George R. Brown Distinguished Professor
JOHN P. HAGER, University Professor-Emeritus
ROBERT H. KING, Professor
GEORGE KRAUSS, University Professor-Emeritus
KEVIN MOORE, Gerard August Dobelman Chair and Professor
W. REX BULL, Professor Emeritus
NING LU, Professor
DENNIS W. READEY, University Professor-Emeritus
MARK T. LUSK, Professor (and Professor of Physics)
W. REX BULL, Professor Emeritus
NIGEL T. MIDDLETON, Professor, Provost (Acting)
GERALD L. DePOORTER, Associate-Professor Emeritus
GRAHAM G. W. MUSTOE, Professor
ROBERT H. FROST, Associate Professor Emeritus
PANKAJ K. (PK) SEN, Professor
Department of Physics
JOEL M. BACH, Associate Professor
THOMAS E. FURTAK, Professor and Department Head
JOHN R. BERGER, Associate Professor
REUBEN T. COLLINS, Professor and Director, Center of Solar and
PANOS D. KIOUSIS, Associate Professor
Electronic Materials
MICHAEL MOONEY, Associate Professor
JAMES A. MCNEIL, Professor
DAVID MUNOZ, Associate Professor
FRANK KOWALSKI, Professor
PAUL PAPAS, Associate Professor
JOHN SCALES, Professor
MARCELO GODOY SIMOES, Associate Professor
JEFF SQUIER, Professor
JOHN P. H. STEELE, Associate Professor
P. CRAIG TAYLOR, Professor and Associate Director of Colorado
CATHERINE K. SKOKAN, Associate Professor
Energy Research Institute
TYRONE VINCENT, Associate Professor
CHARLES DURFEE III, Associate Professor
RAY RUICHONG ZHANG, Associate Professor
UWE BREIFE, Associate Professor
CRISTIAN V. CIOBANU, Assistant Professor
TIMOTHY R. OHNO, Associate Professor
KATHRYN JOHNSON, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor
FREDERIC SARAZIN, Associate Professor
ANTHONY J. PETRELLA, Assistant Professor
KAWRENCE WIENCKE, Associate Professor
SIDDHARTH SURYANARAYANAN, Assistant Professor
DAVID M. WOOD, Associate Professor
NEAL SULLIVAN, Assistant Professor
LINCOLN CARR, Assistant Professor
Cameron Turner, Assistant Professor
JAMES E. BERNARD, Research Associate Professor
MONEESH UPMANYU, Assistant Professor
DON L. WILLIAMSON, Emeritus Professor
Michael WAKIN, Assistant Professor
Department of Mining Engineering
JUDITH WANG, Assistant Professor
HUGH MILLER, Associate Professor
MANOJA WEISS, Assistant Professor
VILEM PETR, Research Associate Professor
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Degrees Offered:
Required Curriculum:
Master of Science (Materials Science; thesis option or
Listed below are the required six Materials Science core
non-thesis option)
courses:
Doctor of Philosophy (Materials Science)
MLGN500 Processing, Microstructure, and Properties of
Program Description:
Materials
The interdisciplinary materials science program is admin-
MLGN512/MTGN412 Ceramic Engineering
istered jointly by the Departments of Chemical Engineering,
MLGN531/CHGN416 Introduction to Polymer Engineering
Chemistry and Geochemistry, Metallurgical and Materials
and Technology
Engineering, Physics and the Division of Engineering. Each
MLGN501/CHGN580 Structure of Materials
department is represented on both the Governing Board and
the Graduate Affairs Committee, which are responsible for
MLGN504/MTGN555 Solid State Thermodynamics or
the operation of the program. The variety of disciplines pro-
CHEN509 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
vides for programs of study ranging from the traditional ma-
MLGN511 Kinetic Concerns in Materials Processing
terials science program to a custom-designed program.
Students who have taken the equivalent of any of the core
Program Requirements:
courses listed above, and have not used the courses to fulfill
Master of Science (thesis option):
requirements towards their B.S. degree, may petition the Ma-
The Master of Science degree requires a minimum of 36
terials Science Graduate Committee for transfer credit.
semester hours of acceptable course work and case study
MLGN531/CHGN430, Introduction to Polymer Science, also
credit including:
meets the requirements.
Minimum of 18 hours of Materials Science courses
Doctor of Philosophy:
(must have completed the core courses).
The prerequisite for acceptance into the Materials Science
6 to 18 hours of thesis research credits depending upon
PhD Program is completion of a science or engineering Mas-
focus area requirements.
ter degree (with or without thesis) and completion of the
Materials Science Core courses with a grade of B or better
Submit a thesis and pass the Defense of Thesis exami-
(or evidence that the course content of these courses had
nation before the Thesis Committee.
been taken in previous courses).
Master of Science (non-thesis option with a case study):
The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires a minimum of
The Master of Science degree requires a minimum of 36
72 hours of course and research credit including:
semester hours of acceptable course work and research credit
including:
The fulfillment of the Materials Science core course
requirements plus additional courses as required by the
18 hours of Materials Sciences courses from a list of
focus area and a minimum of 30 hours of research credit.
required courses and 12 hours of other materials-
related courses selected by the student with guidance
A written and/or oral qualifying examination in the spe-
from the student’s advisor and the mentor of the spe-
cialty area (depending upon focus area requirements). See
cialty area group that the student has selected. The
the Material Science Program Guidelines for Graduate
specialty materials-related courses can be courses that
Students at http://www.mines.edu/academic/matsci/.
are taken in preparation for the student’s PhD qualifying
Prepare and submit a thesis and pass a Defense of
process examination, usually taken in the second year of
Thesis examination before the Thesis Committee.
graduate school. Total of at least 30 credit hours.
Prerequisites:
6 hours of case study credits. (Sign up for MLGN599,
The primary admission requirement for this interdiscipli-
Case Study Materials Science, using a paper form at
nary program is a Bachelor of Science or Master of Engi-
the Registrar's Office.) The student must successfully
neering degree in biological sciences, physical science, or
prepare and defend a case study report on a topic that is
engineering. Courses must be equivalent to the degree pro-
most likely supporting materials for the student’s PhD
grams offered at CSM in the following departments: Chem-
thesis.
istry and Geochemistry, Engineering (mechanical, electrical,
The decision of which type of Master degree you should
or civil), Chemical Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials
pursue needs to be decided with council of your advisor. The
Engineering, or Physics.
decision will affect the number of course hours required for
Deficiency Courses:
the Master degree and whether a thesis or a case study report
A student admitted to this graduate program who has not
is to be written and defended.
taken one or all of the following courses (or equivalent) will
be required (depending on their focus area) to satisfy any
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such deficiency early in their program of study: Mechanics,
Extractive and process metallurgy, electrochemical corrosion,
Differential Equations, Modern Physics, and Physical Chem-
synthesis of ceramic precursor powders and metal powders
istry/Chemical Thermodynamics.
Forging, deformation modeling, high-temperature material
Focus Areas:
behavior
Advanced Polymeric Materials; Ceramics; Composites;
Fuel cell materials
Electronic Materials; Joining Science; Mechanics of Materi-
Fullerene synthesis, combustion chemistry
als; Computational Materials Science; Surfaces & Inter-
Heat and mass transfer, materials processing
faces/Films & Coatings: Biomaterials; Nuclear Materials,
Heterogeneous catalysis, reformulated and alcohol fuels, sur-
Enviro-Material Science, and Mining-Materials Science.
face analysis, electrophotography
Intelligent automated systems, intelligent process control, ro-
Thesis Committee Structure:
botics, artificial neural systems
The M.S. student will invite at least 3 members (one of
Materials synthesis, interfaces, flocculation, fine particles
whom is the advisor) to serve on a graduate committee. At
Mathematical modeling of material processes
least one of these members must be from a department other
Mechanical metallurgy, failure analysis, deformation of ma-
than that of the advisor.
terials, advanced steel coatings
The Ph.D. student will invite 5 members (one of whom is
Molten salt processing
the advisor) to serve on a graduate committee. At least one of
Mössbauer spectroscopy, ion implantation, small-angle X-ray
these members must be in a department other than that of the
scattering, semiconductor defects
advisor. External members may be invited to participate.
Nano materials
For administrative purposes, the student will be resident in
Non destructive evaluation
the advisor’s department.
Novel separation processes: membranes, catalytical mem-
brane reactors, biopolymer adsorbents for heavy metal
The student’s graduate committee will have final approval
remediation of ground surface water
of the course of study.
Numerical modeling of particulate media, thermomechanical
Fields of Research:
analysis
Advanced polymeric materials
Optical properties of materials and interfaces
Alloy theory, concurrent design, theory-assisted materials en-
Phase transformations and mechanisms of microstructural
gineering, electronic structure theory
change, electron microscopy, structure-property relation-
Applications of artificial intelligence techniques to materials
ships
processing and manufacturing, neural networks for process
Physical metallurgy, ferrous and nonferrous alloy systems
modeling and sensor data processing, manufacturing
Physical vapor deposition, thin films, coatings
process control
Power electronics, plasma physics, pulsed power, plasma
Archaeometallurgy, industry and university partnerships
material processing
Bio materials
Processing and characterization of electroceramics (ferro-
Ceramic processing, modeling of ceramic processing
electrics, piezoelectrics, pyroelectrics, and dielectrics), glass-
Characterization, thermal stability, and thermal degradation
ceramics for electronic and structural applications,
mechanisms of polymers
thermodynamic modeling of ferroelectrics
Chemical and physical processing of materials, engineered
Pyrometallurgy, corrosion, materials synthesis, coatings
materials, materials synthesis
Reactive metals properties and processing of ceramics and ce-
Chemical processing of materials
ramic-metal composites, dielectrics and ferrimagnetics
Chemical vapor deposition
Solidification and near net shape processing
Coating materials and applications
Surface physics, epitaxial growth, interfacial science, adsorp-
Computational condensed-matter physics, semiconductor al-
tion
loys, first-principles phonon calculations
Transformations, microstructure, deformation, fracture
Computer modeling and simulation
Transport phenomena, mathematical modeling, kinetic proper-
Control systems engineering, artificial neural systems for
ties of colloidal suspensions, diffusion with chemical reac-
senior data processing, polymer cure monitoring sensors,
tion
process monitoring and control for composites manufac-
Weld metallurgy, materials joining processes
turing
Welding and joining science
Crystal and molecular structure determination by X-ray crys-
tallography
Description of Courses (Interdisciplinary Program)
Electro deposition
The following courses are considered to be part of the
Experimental condensed-matter physics, thermal and electri-
Materials Science Program. Some have been cross-listed
cal properties of materials, superconductivity, photo-
between Materials Science and the participating departments/
voltaics
division. Other courses not included may be suitable for
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inclusion in a graduate program. See the participating depart-
mentals presented in the lectures. Prerequisite: MTGN348. 3
ment listings. It should be noted that the course requirement
hours lecture; 3 hours lab; 3*/4 semester hours. * This is a 3
for graduate-level registration for a MLGN 500-level course
credit-hour graduate-course in the Materials Science Program
which is cross-listed with a 400-level course-number will
and a 4 credit-hour undergraduate-course in the MTGN pro-
include an additional course-component above that required
gram.
for 400-level credit.
MLGN506/MTGN556. TRANSPORT IN SOLIDS (II)
MLGN500. PROCESSING, MICROSTRUCTURE, AND
Thermal and electrical conductivity. Solid state diffusion in
PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS (I) A summary of the im-
metals and metal systems. Kinetics of metallurgical reactions
portant relationships between the processing, microstructure,
in the solid state. Prerequisite: Consent of department. 3 hours
and properties of materials. Topics include electronic struc-
lecture; 3 semester hours. (Spring of even years only.)
ture and bonding, crystal structures, lattice defects and mass
MLGN509/CHGN523. SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY (I)
transport, glasses, phase transformation, important materials
Dependence on properties of solids on chemical bonding and
processes, and properties including: mechanical and rheo-
structure; principles of crystal growth, crystal imperfections,
logical, electrical conductivity, magnetic, dielectric, optical,
reactions and diffusion in solids, and the theory of conduc-
thermal, and chemical. In a given year, one of these topics
tors and semiconductors. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
will be given special emphasis. Another area of emphasis is
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
phase equilibria. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours
lecture; 3 semester hours.
MLGN510/CHGN410 SURFACE CHEMISTRY (I) Intro-
duction to colloid systems, capillarity, surface tension and
MLGN501/CHGN580. STRUCTURE OF MATERIALS (II)
contact angle, adsorption from solution, micelles and micro-
Application of X-ray diffraction techniques for crystal and
emulsions, the solid/gas interface, surface analytical tech-
molecular structure determination of minerals, inorganic and
niques, Van Der Waal forces, electrical properties and colloid
organometallic compounds. Topics include the heavy atom
stability, some specific colloid systems (clays, foams and
method, data collection by moving film techniques and by
emulsions). Students enrolled for graduate credit in MLGN510
diffractometers, Fourier methods, interpretation of Patterson
must complete a special project. Prerequisite: DCGN209 or
maps, refinement methods, direct methods. Prerequisite:
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Of-
fered alternate years.
MLGN511. KINETIC CONCERNS IN MATERIALS
PROCESSING I (I) Introduction to the kinetics of materials
MLGN502/PHGN440/. SOLID STATE PHYSICS An ele-
processing, with emphasis on the momentum, heat and mass
mentary study of the properties of solids including crystalline
transport. Discussion of the basic mechanism of transport in
structure and its determination, lattice vibrations, electrons in
gases, liquids and solids. Prerequisite: MTGN352, MTGN361,
metals, and semiconductors. (Graduate students in physics
MATH225 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
may register only for PHGN440.) Prerequisite: PHGN320.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MLGN512/MTGN412. CERAMIC ENGINEERING (II)
Application of engineering principles to nonmetallic and
MLGN503/CHGN515. CHEMICAL BONDING IN MATE-
ceramic materials. Processing of raw materials and produc-
RIALS (I) Introduction to chemical bonding theories and
tion of ceramic bodies, glazes, glasses, enamels, and cements.
calculations and their applications to solids of interest to
Firing processes and reactions in glass bonded as well as me-
materials science. The relationship between a material’s
chanically bonded systems. Prerequisite: MTGN348. 3 hours
properties and the bonding of its atoms will be examined for
lecture; 3 semester hours.
a variety of materials. Includes an introduction to organic
polymers. Computer programs will be used for calculating
MLGN513. PROBLEM SOLVING IN MATERIALS SCI-
bonding parameters. Prerequisite: Consent of department.
ENCE (I) Review the theoretical aspects of various physical
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
phenomena of major importance to materials scientists. De-
velop mathematical models from these theories, and con-
MLGN504/MTGN555. SOLID STATE THERMODYNAM-
struct quantitative solution procedures based on analytical
ICS (I) Thermodynamics applied to solid state reactions, bi-
and numerical techniques. Prerequisite: MATH225. 3 hours
nary and ternary phase diagrams, point, line and planar
lecture; 3 semester hours.
defects, interfaces, and electrochemical concepts. Prerequi-
sites: consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MLGN514. EXPERIMENTAL METHODS AND INSTRU-
MENTATION (S) This course consists of two parts, (i) a
MLGN505/MTGN445. MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF
series of classes that describe theory of measurements and
MATERIALS (I) Mechanical properties and relationships.
experimental principles and (ii) a series of laboratory visits to
Plastic deformation of crystalline materials. Relationships of
either perform experimental measurements or to see actual
microstructures to mechanical strength. Fracture, creep, and
procedures demonstrated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
fatigue. Laboratory sessions devoted to advanced mechnical
1 hour lecture; 2 hours lab; 2 semester hours.
testing techniques to illustrate the application of the funda-
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MLGN515/MTGN415. ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES AND
of solid state physics to practical properties of materials includ-
APPLICATIONS OF MATERIALS (II) Survey of the elec-
ing: optical properties, superconductivity, dielectric properties,
trical properties of materials, and the applications of materi-
magnetism, noncrystalline structure, and interfaces. Graduate
als as electrical circuit components. The effects of chemistry,
students in physics cannot receive credit for MLGN522, only
processing, and microstructure on the electrical properties
PHGN441. Prerequisite: MLGN502/PHGN440. 3 hours lec-
will be discussed, along with functions, performance require-
ture, 3 semester hours. *Those receiving graduate credit will
ments, and testing methods of materials for each type of cir-
be required to submit a term paper, in addition to satisfying
cuit component. The general topics covered are conductors,
all of the other requirements of the course.
resistors, insulators, capacitors, energy convertors, magnetic
MLGN523/MTGN523. APPLIED SURFACE AND SOLU-
materials, and integrated circuits. Prerequisites: PHGN200;
TION CHEMISTRY (II) Solution and surface chemistry of
MTGN311 or MLGN501 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
importance in mineral and metallurgical operations. Prerequi-
lecture; 3 semester hours.
site: Consent of department. 3 semester hours. (Spring of odd
MLGN516/MTGN416. PROPERTIES OF CERAMICS (II)
years only.)
A survey of the properties of ceramic materials and how
MLGN525/PHGN525. SURFACE PHYSICS Solid state
these properties are determined by the chemical structure
physics focusing on the structural and electronic nature of the
(composition), crystal structure, and the microstructure of
outer few atomic layers and the gas-surface interactions. De-
crystalline ceramics and glasses. Thermal, optical, and me-
tailed explanations of many surface analysis techniques are
chanical properties of single-phase and multi-phase ceramics,
provided, highlighting the application of these techniques to
including composites, are covered. Prerequisites: PHGN200,
current problems, particularly electronic materials. Prerequi-
MTGN311 or MLGN501 or consent of instructor. 3 semester
site: MLGN502 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
hours: 3 hours lecture
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MLGN517/EGGN422. SOLID MECHANICS OF MATERI-
MLGN526/MTGN526. GEL SCIENCE AND TECHNOL-
ALS (I) Review mechanics of materials. Introduction to
OGY An introduction to the science and technology of par-
elastic and non-linear continua. Cartesian tensors and stresses
ticulate and polymeric gels, emphasizing inorganic systems.
and strains. Analytical solution of elasticity problems. Develop
Interparticle forces. Aggregation, network formation, perco-
basic concepts of fracture mechanics. Prerequisite: EGGN320
lation, and the gel transition. Gel structure, rheology, and
or equivalent, MATH225 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
mechanical properties. Application to solid-liquid separation
mester hours.
operations (filtration, centrifugation, sedimentation) and to
MLGN518/MTGN518. PHASE EQUILIBRIA IN CERAM-
ceramics processing. Prerequisite: Graduate level status or
ICS SYSTEMS (II) Application of one of four component
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
oxide diagrams to ceramic engineering problems. Emphasis
Spring of odd years only.
on refractories and glasses and their interaction with metallic
MLGN530/CHEN415. POLYMER SCIENCE AND TECH-
systems. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture;
NOLOGY Chemistry and thermodynamics of polymers and
3 semester hours. (Spring of odd years only.)
polymer solutions. Reaction engineering of polymerization.
MLGN519/MTGN419. NON-CRYSTALLINE MATERIALS
Characterization techniques based on solution properties.
(I) An introduction to the principles of glass science and en-
Materials science of polymers in varying physical states.
gineering and non-crystalline materials in general. Glass for-
Processing operations for polymeric materials and use in sep-
mation, structure, crystallization and properties will be
arations. Prerequisite: CHGN221, MATH225, CHEN357 or
covered, along with a survey of commercial glass composi-
consent of instructor. 3 hour lecture, 3 semester hours.
tions, manufacturing processes and applications. Prerequi-
MLGN531/CHEN416 POLYMER ENGINEERING AND
sites: MTGN311 or MLGN501; MLGN512/MTGN412, or
TECHNOLOGY (II) Polymer fluid mechanics, polymer rhe-
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ological response, and polymer shape forming. Definition
MLGN521. KINETIC CONCERNS IN MATERIAL PRO-
and measurement of material properties. Interrelationships
CESSING II (I, II) Advanced course to address the kinetics
between response functions and correlation of data and mate-
of materials processing, with emphasis in those processes
rial response. Theoretical approaches for prediction of poly-
that promote phase and structural transformations. Processes
mer properties. Processing operations for polymeric
that involve precipitation, sintering, oxidation, sol-gel, coat-
materials; melt and flow instabilities. Prerequisite: ChEN307,
ing, etc., will be discussed in detail. Prerequisite: MLGN511.
MATH225, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ter hours.
MLGN522/PHGN441. SOLID STATE PHYSICS APPLICA-
MLGN535, PHGN535, and CHEN535. INTERDISCIPLI-
TIONS AND PHENOMENA Continuation of MLGN502/
NARY MICROELECTRONICS PROCESSING LABORA-
PHGN440 with an emphasis on applications of the principles
TORY (II) Application of science and engineering principles
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to the design, fabrication, and testing of microelectronic de-
metal/particles slurries, and particulate solids. Transient flow
vices. Emphasis on specific unit operations and the interrela-
behavior of these materials in various geometries, including
tion among processing steps. Prerequisite: Consent of
infiltration of liquids in porous media. Mixing and blending.
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Flow behavior of jets, drainage of films and particle fluidiza-
MLGN536/CHGN536. ADVANCED POLYMER SYNTHE-
tion. Surface-tension-, electromagnetic-, and bubble-driven
SIS (II) An advanced course in the synthesis of macromole-
flows. Heat -transfer behavior in porous bodies applied to
cules. Various methods of polymerization will be discussed
sintering and solidification of composites. Simultaneous
with an emphasis on the specifics concerning the syntheses
heat-and-mass-transfer applied to spray drying and drying
of different classes of organic and inorganic polymers. Pre-
porous bodies. Prerequisites: ChEN307 or ChEN308 or
requisite: CHGN430, ChEN415, MLGN530 or consent of
MTGN461 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
ter hours
MLGN544/MTGN444. PROCESSING OF CERAMICS (II)
MLGN563/MTGN463. POLYMER ENGINEERING:
A description of the principles of ceramic processing and the
STRUCTURE, PROPERTIES AND PROCESSING An in-
relationship between processing and microstructure. Raw
troduction to the structure and properties of polymeric mate-
materials and raw material preparation, forming and fabrica-
rials, their deformation and failure mechanisms, and the
tion, thermal processing, and finishing of ceramic materials
design and fabrication of polymeric end items. The molecu-
will be covered. Principles will be illustrated by case studies
lar and crystallographic structures of polymers will be devel-
on specific ceramic materials. A project to design a ceramic
oped and related to the elastic, viscoelastic, yield and fracture
fabrication process is required. Field trips to local ceramic
properties of polymeric solids and reinforced polymer compos-
manufacturing operations are included. Prerequisites:
ites. Emphasis will be placed on forming techniques for end
MTGN272, MTGN311 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
item fabrication including: extrusion, injection molding, re-
ture; 3 semester hours.
action injection molding, thermoforming, and blow molding.
The design of end items will be considered in relation to: ma-
MLGN550/MTGN450. STATISTICAL PROCESS CON-
terials selection, manufacturing engineering, properties, and
TROL AND DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS (I) An introduc-
applications. Prerequisite: MTGN311 or equivalent or con-
tion to statistical process control, process capability analysis
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
and experimental design techniques. Statistical process con-
trol theory and techniques will be developed and applied to
MLGN565/MTGN565 MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF
control charts for variables and attributes involved in process
CERAMICS AND COMPOSITES (I) Mechanical properties
control and evaluation. Process capability concepts will be
of ceramics and ceramic-based composites; brittle fracture of
developed and applied for the evaluation of manufacturing
solids; toughening mechanisms in composites; fatigue, high
processes. The theory and application of designed experiments
temperature mechanical behavior, including fracture, creep
will be developed and applied for full factorial experiments,
deformation. Prerequisites: MTGN445 or MLGN505, or con-
fractional factorial experiments, screening experiments,
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of
multilevel experiments and mixture experiments. Analysis of
even years only.)
designed experiments will be carried out by graphical and
MLGN569/MTGN569/EGGN569/ChEN569 FUEL CELL
statistical techniques. Computer software will be utilized for
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (II) Investigate fundamen-
statistical process control and for the design and analysis of
tals of fuel-cell operation and electrochemistry from a chemi-
experiments. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lec-
cal thermodynamics and materials-science perspective.
ture, 3 semester hours.
Review types of fuel cells, fuel-processing requirements and
MLGN552/MTGN552. INORGANIC MATRIX COMPOS-
approaches, and fuel-cell system integration. Examine cur-
ITES (I) An introduction to the processing, structure, prop-
rent topics in fuel-cell science and technology. Fabricate and
erties and applications of metal matrix and ceramic matrix
test operational fuel cells in the Colorado Fuel Cell Center. 3
composites. Importance of structure and properties of both
credit hours. Prerequisites: EGGN371 or ChEN357 or
the matrix and the reinforcement and the types of reinforce-
MTGN351; and Math225 or consent of instructor.
ment utilized, e.g., particulate, short fiber, continuous fiber,
MLGN570/MTGN570 BIOCOMPATIBILITY OF MATERI-
and laminates. Special emphasis will be placed on the devel-
ALS Introduction to the diversity of biomaterials and appli-
opment of properties such as electrical and thermal will also
cations through examination of the physiologic environment
be examined. Prerequisite/Corequisite: MTGN311, MTGN352,
in conjunction with compositional and structural require-
MTGN445/MLGN505 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture;
ments of tissues and organs. Appropriate domains and appli-
3 semester hours (Summer of even years only.)
cations of metals, ceramics and polymers, including
MLGN561 TRANSPORT PHENOMENA IN MATERIALS
implants, sensors, drug delivery, laboratory automation, and
PROCESSING (II) Fluid flow, heat and mass transfer applied
tissue engineering are presented. Prerequisites: ESGN 301 or
to processing of materials. Rheology of polymers, liquid
equivalent, or instructor consent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
hours.
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MLGN583/CHGN583. PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS
formance are discussed. Thermal effects are then introduced
OF SURFACE ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES (II) Instrumental
and the subjects of thermal runaway, thermal instabilities,
techniques for the characterization of surfaces of solid mate-
and multiple steady states are included. Reactive processing,
rials. Applications of such techniques to polymers, corrosion,
change in viscosity with the extent of reaction and continu-
metallurgy, adhesion science, micro-electronics. Methods of
ous drag flow reactors are described. Polymer de-volatiliza-
analysis discussed: X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS),
tion constitutes the final subject of the class. Prerequisites:
auger electron spectroscopy (AES), ion scattering spectroscopy
CRGN518 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
(ISS), secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS), Rutherford
MLGN673. STRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES OF POLY-
backscattering (RBS), scanning and transmission electron
MERS This course will provide an understanding of struc-
microscopy (SEM, TEM), energy and wavelength dispersive
ture - properties relations in polymeric materials. The topics
X-ray analysis; principles of these methods, quantification,
include: phase separation, amorphous structures, crystalline
instrumentation, sample preparation. Prerequisite: B.S. in
structures, liquid crystals, glass-rubber transition behavior,
metallurgy, chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, or
rubber elasticity, viscoelasticity, mechanical properties of
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
polymers, polymer forming processes, and electrical proper-
MLGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS (I, II) Special topic course on
ties of polymers. Prerequisite: MLGN563 or consent of in-
a specific subject defined by instructor. Prerequisite: consent
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours
of instructor 1 to 3 hours.
MLGN696/MTGN696. VAPOR DEPOSITION PROCESSES
MLGN599. CASE STUDY MATERIALS SCIENCE (I, II)
(II) Introduction to the fundamental physics and chemistry
An independent study of a selected materials processing or
underlying the control of vapor deposition processes for the
material characterization problem involving a thorough
deposition of thin films for a variety of applications, e.g.,
analysis of the various solutions reported in the technical lit-
corrosion/oxidation resistance, decorative coatings, elec-
erature and/or a thorough industrial survey. The case study
tronic and magnetic thin films. Emphasis on the vapor depo-
will prepare a case study report of technical merit. Prerequi-
sition processes and the control of process variables rather
site/co-requisite: MLGN501, MLGN502, MLGN503,
than the structure and properties of the thin films. Prerequi-
MLGN504, and MLGN511, and MLGN517 or consent of
sites: MTGN351, MTGN461, or equivalent courses, or con-
advisor. 3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MLGN625/CHEN625/CHGN625 MOLECULAR SIMULA-
MLGN698. ADVANCED TOPICS Advanced study of mate-
TION METHODS (I Even Years), Principles and practice of
rials science theory and application of materials science prin-
modern computer simulation techniques used to understand
ciples in a specialty area of the instructor’s choosing. Not
solids, liquids, and gases. Review of the statistical foundation
part of thesis. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 to 3 se-
of thermodynamics followed by in-depth discussion of
mester hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics techniques. Discus-
MLGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY Independent study of
sion of intermolecular potentials, extended ensembles, and
a materials science topic with guidance of an instructor. Not
mathematical algorithms used in molecular simulations. Pre-
part of thesis. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 1 to 3 hours.
requisites: graduate level thermodynamics (required), statisti-
Repeatable for credit.
cal mechanics (recommended). 3 semester hours.
MLGN705. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER
MLGN634/ChEN609. ADVANCED TOPICS IN THERMO-
OF SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion
DYNAMICS Advanced study of thermodynamic theory and
of the degree Master of Science - thesis. Research must be
application of thermodynamic principles. Possible topics in-
carried out under the direct supervision of the graduate stu-
clude stability, critical phenomena, chemical thermodynam-
dent’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
ics, thermodynamics of polymer solutions and
thermodynamics of aqueous and ionic solutions. Prerequisite:
MLGN706. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: DOCTOR
Consent of instructor. 1 to 3 semester hours.
OF PHILOSOPHY Research credit hours required for com-
pletion of the degree Doctor of Philosophy. Research must be
MLGN635. POLYMER REACTION ENGINEERING/
carried out under direct supervision of the graduate student’s
CRGN618. ADVANCED TOPICS IN REACTION KINETICS
faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
This class is aimed at engineers with a firm technical back-
ground who wish to apply that background to polymerization
production techniques. The class begins with a review of the
fundamental concepts of reaction engineering, introduces the
needed terminology and describes different reactor types.
The applied kinetic models relevant to polymerization reac-
tion engineering are then developed. Next, mixing effects are
introduced; goodness of mixing and effects on reactor per-
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Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Program Requirements:
DINESH MEHTA, Professor and Interim Department Head
The Master of Science degree (thesis option) requires 36
BERNARD BIALECKI, Professor
credit hours of acceptable course work and research, comple-
TRACY CAMP, Professor
tion of a satisfactory thesis, and successful oral defense of
GRAEME FAIRWEATHER, Professor
this thesis. The course work includes the required core
MAHADEVAN GANESH, Professor
curriculum. 12 of the 36 credit hours must be designated for
WILLY HEREMAN, Professor
supervised research.
PAUL A. MARTIN, Professor
BARBARA M. MOSKAL, Professor
The Master of Science degree (non-thesis option) requires
WILLIAM NAVIDI, Professor
36 credit hours of course work. The course work includes the
LUIS TENORIO, Associate Professor
required core curriculum.
MICHAEL COLAGROSSO, Associate Professor
The Doctor of Philosophy requires 72 credit hours beyond
ZIZHONG (JEFFREY) CHEN, Assistant Professor
JON M. COLLIS, Assistant Professor
the bachelor’s degree. At least 24 of these hours are thesis
REINHARD FURRER, Assistant Professor
hours. Doctoral students must pass the comprehensive exami-
QI HAN, Assistant Professor
nation (a qualifying examination and thesis proposal), com-
IRENE POLYCARPOU, Assistant Professor
plete a satisfactory thesis, and successfully defend their thesis.
JING-MEI QIU, Assistant Professor
The specific core curriculum requirements can be found
ANDRZEJ SZYMCZAK, Assistant Professor
in the Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department
CYNDI RADER, Senior Lecturer
TERRY BRIDGMAN, Lecturer
Graduate Handbook: Call 303 273-3860; FAX 303 273-3875,
G. GUSTAVE GREIVEL, Lecturer
or look on the Web at http://www.mines.edu/
ROMAN TANKELEVICH, Lecturer
Academic/macs/Academic_Programs/grad.htm. This hand-
SCOTT STRONG, Instructor
book also provides an overview of the programs, require-
WILLIAM R. ASTLE, Professor Emeritus
ments and policies of the department.
NORMAN BLEISTEIN, Professor Emeritus
Combined BS/MS Program
ARDEL J. BOES, Professor Emeritus
AUSTIN R. BROWN, Professor Emeritus
CSM undergraduates may apply to the Combined BS/MS
JOHN DeSANTO, Professor Emeritus
Program. Students enrolled in this program may double-
RAYMOND R. GUTZMAN, Professor Emeritus
count 6 hours of undergraduate coursework toward their MS
FRANK G. HAGIN, Professor Emeritus
degree, so that the MS degree can be earned with only 30
DONALD C.B. MARSH, Professor Emeritus
hours of additional coursework.
STEVEN PRUESS, Professor Emeritus
Prerequisites:
ROBERT E. D. WOOLSEY, Professor Emeritus
BARBARA B. BATH, Associate Professor Emerita
Applied Mathematics:
RUTH MAURER, Associate Professor Emerita
Linear algebra
ROBERT G. UNDERWOOD, Associate Professor Emeritus
Vector calculus
Degrees Offered:
Ordinary differential equations
Master of Science (Mathematical and Computer Sciences)
Advanced calculus (Introduction to real analysis)
Doctor of Philosophy (Mathematical and Computer
Statistics:
Sciences)
Linear algebra
Program Description:
Introduction to probability & statistics
There are three areas of concentration within the depart-
ment: applied mathematics, statistics, and computer science.
Advanced calculus (Introduction to real analysis)
Since the requirements for these areas vary somewhat, they
Computer Science:
are often considered separately in this catalog. However, la-
Science - two semesters
beling these as distinct areas is not meant to discourage any
Mathematics - two semesters of calculus, at least two
student from pursuing research involving more than one.
courses from ordinary differential equations, linear algebra,
Work in any of these areas can lead to the degree of Master
statistics, discrete mathematics
of Science or Doctor of Philosophy. Applicants to the gradu-
ate program need these four items: 1. A statement of purpose
Data structures
(short essay) from the applicant briefly describing back-
A programming language
ground, interests, goals at CSM, career intentions, etc. 2. The
Upper level courses in at least three of software engineer-
general Graduate Record Examination. 3. B or better average
ing, numerical analysis, machine architecture/assembly lan-
in courses in the major field. 4. B or better overall undergrad-
guage, comparative languages, analysis of algorithms,
uate grade point average.
operating systems
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Fields of Research:
power series to those less predictable series. The course is
Applied Mathematics:
taught from a historical perspective. It covers an introduction
Computational Methods and Analysis for Wave Phenomena
to the real numbers, sequences and series and their conver-
Classical Scattering Theory
gence, real-valued functions and their continuity and differ-
Classical Wave Propagation
entiability, sequences of functions and their pointwise and
Mathematical Methods for Wave Phenomena
uniform convergence, and Riemann-Stieltjes integration the-
Micro-local Analysis
ory. Prerequisite: MATH213, MATH223 or MATH224, and
Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations
MATH332. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Numerical Analysis
CSCI403. DATA BASE MANAGEMENT (I) Design and
Optimal Control
evaluation of information storage and retrieval systems, in-
Optimization Software
cluding defining and building a data base and producing the
Seismic Inverse Methods
necessary queries for access to the stored information. Gen-
Symbolic Computing
eralized data base management systems, query languages,
Statistics:
and data storage facilities. General organization of files in-
Inverse Problems in Statistics
cluding lists, inverted lists and trees. System security and
Multivariate Statistics
system recovery, and system definition. Interfacing host lan-
Spatial Statistics
guage to data base systems. Prerequisite: CSCI262. 3 hours
Stochastic Modeling
lecture; 3 semester hours.
Survival Analysis
CSCI404. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (I) General inves-
Computer Science:
tigation of the Artificial Intelligence field. During the first
Applied Algorithms and Data Structures
part of the course a working knowledge of the LISP pro-
Cognitive Modeling
gramming language is developed. Several methods used in
Computer Aided Geometric Design
artificial intelligence such as search strategies, knowledge
Computer Graphics
representation, logic and probabilistic reasoning are devel-
Computer Networks
oped and applied to problems. Learning is discussed and se-
Computer Vision
lected applications presented. Prerequisite: CSCI262,
Data Mining
MATH/CSCI358. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Image Processing
MATH/CSCI406.ALGORITHMS (I, II) Divide-and-conquer:
Machine Learning
splitting problems into subproblems of a finite number.
Mathematical Software
Greedy: considering each problem piece one at a time for op-
Mobile Computing and Networking
timality. Dynamic programming: considering a sequence of
Parallel Computing
decisions in problem solution. Searches and traversals: deter-
Scientific Visualization
mination of the vertex in the given data set that satisfies a
Sensor Networks
given property. Techniques of backtracking, branch-and-
Simulation
bound techniques, techniques in lower bound theory. Prereq-
VLSI Design Automation
uisite: CSCI262, MATH213, MATH223 or MATH224,
Description of Courses
MATH/CSCI358. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Senior Year
MATH/CSCI407. INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTIFIC
CSCI400. PRINCIPLES OF PROGRAMMING LAN-
COMPUTING (I, II) Round-off error in floating point arith-
GUAGES (I, II) Study of the principles relating to design,
metic, conditioning and stability, solution techniques (Gauss-
evaluation and implementation of programming languages of
ian elimination, LU factorization, iterative methods) of linear
historical and technical interest, considered as individual en-
algebraic systems, curve and surface fitting by the method of
tities and with respect to their relationships to other lan-
least-squares, zeros of nonlinear equations and systems by it-
guages. Topics discussed for each language include: history,
erative methods, polynomial interpolation and cubic splines,
design, structural organization, data structures, name struc-
numerical integration by adaptive quadrature and multivari-
tures, control structures, syntactic structures, and implemen-
ate quadrature, numerical methods for initial value problems
tation of issues. The primary languages discussed are
in ordinary differential equations. Emphasis is on problem
FORTRAN, PASCAL, LISP, ADA, C/C++, JAVA, PROLOG,
solving using efficient numerical methods in scientific com-
PERL.Prerequisite: CSCI262 and CSCI306 or knowledge of
puting. Prerequisite: MATH315 or MATH325 and knowl-
JAVA. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
edge of computer programming. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
MATH401 INTRODUCTION TO ANALYSIS (I) This
hours.
course is a first course in real analysis that lays out the con-
text and motivation of analysis in terms of the transition from
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CSCI411. INTRODUCTION TO EXPERT SYSTEMS (II)
processes, and topics in queuing, reliability, and renewal the-
General investigation of the field of expert systems. The first
ory. Prerequisite: MATH334. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester
part of the course is devoted to designing expert systems.
hours.
The last half of the course is implementation of the design
CSCI440. PARALLEL COMPUTING FOR SCIENTISTS
and construction of demonstration prototypes of expert sys-
AND ENGINEERS (I) This course is designed to introduce
tems. Prerequisite: CSCI262, MATH/CSCI358. 3 hours lec-
the field of parallel computing to all scientists and engineers.
ture; 3 semester hours.
The students will be taught how to solve scientific problems.
CSCI422. USER INTERFACES (I) User Interface Design is
They will be introduced to various software and hardware is-
a course for programmers who want to learn how to create
sues related to high performance computing. Prerequisite:
more effective software. This objective will be achieved by
Programming experience in C++, consent of instructor.
studying principles and patterns of interaction design, cri-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
tiquing existing software using criteria presented in the text-
MATH440. PARALLEL SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING (I).
book, and researching and analyzing the capabilities of
This course is designed to facilitate students' learning of par-
various software development tools. Students will also learn
allel programming techniques to efficiently simulate various
a variety of techniques to guide the software design process,
complex processes modeled by mathematical equations using
including Goal-Directed Design, Cognitive Walkthrough,
multiple and multi-core processors. Emphasis will be placed
Talk-aloud and others. Prerequisite: CSCI262. 3 hours lec-
on implementation of various scientific computing algo-
ture; 3 semester hours.
rithms in FORTRAN 90 and its variants using MPI and
MATH424. INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED STATISTICS
OpenMP. Prerequisite: CSCI/MATH 407. 3 hours lecture;
(I) Linear regression, analysis of variance, and design of ex-
3 semester hours.
periments, focusing on the construction of models and evalu-
MATH/CSCI441. COMPUTER GRAPHICS (I) Data struc-
ation of their fit. Techniques covered will include stepwise
tures suitable for the representation of structures, maps,
and best subsets regression, variable transformations, and
three-dimensional plots. Algorithms required for windowing,
residual analysis. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of
color plots, hidden surface and line, perspective drawings.
data with statistical software. Prerequisites: MATH323 or
Survey of graphics software and hardware systems. Prerequi-
MATH335. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
site: CSCI262. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
MATH433/BELS433 MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY (I) This
CSCI442. OPERATING SYSTEMS (I, II) Covers the basic
course will discuss methods for building and solving both
concepts and functionality of batch, timesharing and single-
continuous and discrete mathematical models. These meth-
user operating system components, file systems, processes,
ods will be applied to population dynamics, epidemic spread,
protection and scheduling. Representative operating systems
pharmcokinetics and modeling of physiologic systems. Mod-
are studied in detail. Actual operating system components are
ern Control Theory will be introduced and used to model liv-
programmed on a representative processor. This course pro-
ing systems. Some concepts related to self-organizing
vides insight into the internal structure of operating systems;
systems will be introduced. Prerequisite: MATH315 or
emphasis is on concepts and techniques which are valid for
MATH325. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
all computers. Prerequisite: CSCI262, CSCI. 3 hours lecture;
MATH436. ADVANCED STATISTICAL MODELING (II)
3 semester hours.
Modern methods for constructing and evaluating statistical
CSCI443. ADVANCED PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS
models. Topics include generalized linear models, general-
USING JAVA. (I, II) This course will quickly review pro-
ized additive models, hierarchical Bayes methods, and re-
gramming constructs using the syntax and semantics of the
sampling methods. Prerequisites: MATH335 and MATH424.
Java programming language. It will compare the constructs
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
of Java with other languages and discuss program design and
MATH437. MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS (II) Introduction
implementation. Object oriented programming concepts will
to applied multivariate techniques for data analysis. Topics
be reviewed and applications, applets, servlets, graphical user
include principal components, cluster analysis, MANOVA
interfaces, threading, exception handling, JDBC, and net-
and other methods based on the multivariate Gaussian distri-
working as implemented in Java will be discussed. The ba-
bution, discriminant analysis, classification with nearest
sics of the Java Virtual Machine will be presented.
neighbors.Prerequisites: MATH335 or MATH323. 3 hours
Prerequisites: CSCI261, CSCI262. 3 hours lecture, 3 semes-
lecture; 3 semester hours.
ter hours
MATH438. STOCHASTIC MODELS (II) An introduction to
CSCI445. WEB PROGRAMMING (II) Web Programming is
stochastic models applicable to problems in engineering,
a course for programmers who want to develop Web-based
physical science, economics, and operations research.
applications. It covers basic web site design extended by
Markov chains in discrete and continuous time, Poisson
client-side and server-side programming. Students should
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know the elements of HTML and Web architecture and be
ods and algorithms will be studied within both theoretical
able to program in a high level language such as C++ or
and computational contexts. The emphasis is on how to for-
Java. The course builds on this knowledge by presenting top-
mulate, analyze and use nonlinear modeling to solve typical
ics such as Cascading Style Sheets, JavaScript, PERL and
modern problems. Prerequisites: MACS407, MACS433 and
database connectivity that will allow the students to develop
MACS455. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
dynamic Web applications. Prerequisites: Fluency in a high
MATH/CSCI491. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (I)
level computer language/consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
(WI) Individual investigation under the direction of a depart-
ture, 3 semester hours.
ment faculty member. Written report required for credit. Pre-
MATH454. COMPLEX ANALYSIS (II) The complex plane.
requisite: Consent of Department Head. 1 to 3 semester
Analytic functions, harmonic functions. Mapping by elemen-
hours, no more than 6 in a degree program.
tary functions. Complex integration, power series, calculus of
MATH/CSCI492. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (II)
residues. Conformal mapping. Prerequisite: MATH315 or
(WI) Individual investigation under the direction of a depart-
MATH325. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
ment faculty member. Written report required for credit. Pre-
MATH455. PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS (I)
requisite: Consent of Department Head. 1 to 3 semester
Linear partial differential equations, with emphasis on the
hours, no more than 6 in a degree program.
classical second-order equations: wave equation, heat equa-
MATH/CSCI498. SPECIAL TOPICS (I, II, S) Selected top-
tion, Laplace's equation. Separation of variables, Fourier
ics chosen from special interests of instructor and students.
methods, Sturm-Liouville problems. Prerequisite: MATH315
Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head. Variable: 1 to 3
or MATH325. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
semester hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
MATH458. ABSTRACT ALGEBRA (II) This course is an
MATH/CSCI499. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II, S) Indi-
introduction to the concepts of contemporary abstract algebra
vidual research or special problem projects supervised by a
and applications of those concepts in areas such as physics
faculty member; also, given agreement on a subject matter,
and chemistry. Topics include groups, subgroups, isomor-
content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: Independent Study
phisms and homomorphisms, rings integral domains and
form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Vari-
fields. Prerequisites: MATH213 and MATH223 or
able Credit: 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
MATH224, and MATH300 or consent of the instructor. 3
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Graduate Courses
500-level and 700-level courses are open to qualified
CSCI471. COMPUTER NETWORKS I (I) This introduction
seniors with the permission of the department and Dean of
to computer networks covers the fundamentals of computer
Graduate School.
communications, using TCP/IP standardized protocols as the
main case study. The application layer and transport layer of
MATH500. LINEAR VECTOR SPACES (I) Finite dimen-
communication protocols will be covered in depth. Detailed
sional vector spaces and subspaces: dimension, dual bases,
topics include application layer protocols (HTTP, FTP,
annihilators. Linear transformations, matrices, projections,
SMTP, and DNS), reliable data transfer, connection manage-
change of basis, similarity. Determinants, eigenvalues, multi-
ment, and congestion control. In addition, students will build
plicity. Jordan form. Inner products and inner product spaces
a computer network from scratch and program client/server
with orthogonality and completeness. Prerequisite: MATH401.
network applications. Prerequisite: CSCI442 or consent of
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
MATH502. REAL AND ABSTRACT ANALYSIS (I) Intro-
MATH 482 STATISTICS PRACTICUM (II) This is the cap-
duction to metric and topological spaces. Lebesgue measure
stone course in the Statistics Option. Students will apply sta-
and measurable functions and sets. Types of convergence,
tistical principles to data analysis through advanced work,
Lebesgue integration and its relation to other integrals. Inte-
leading to a written report and an oral presentation. Choice
gral convergence theorems. Absolute continuity and related
of project is arranged between the student and the individual
concepts. Prerequisite: MATH401. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
faculty member who will serve as advisor. Prerequisites:
ter hours.
MATH335 and MATH424. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
MATH503. FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS (I) Normed linear
hours.
spaces, linear operators on normed linear spaces, Banach
MATH484. MATHEMATICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL
spaces, inner product and Hilbert spaces, orthonormal bases,
MODELING (CAPSTONE) (II) This is the capstone course
duality, orthogonality, adjoint of a linear operator, spectral
in the Computational and Applied Mathematics option. Stu-
analysis of linear operators. Prerequisite: MATH502. 3 hours
dents will apply computational and applied mathematics
lecture; 3 semester hours.
modeling techniques to solve complex problems in biologi-
cal, engineering and physical systems. Mathematical meth-
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MATH506. COMPLEX ANALYSIS II (II) Analytic func-
Nonparametric analysis of variance. Topics selected from
tions. Conformal mapping and applications. Analytic contin-
multivariate analysis, sequential analysis or time series analy-
uation. Schlicht functions. Approximation theorems in the
sis. Prerequisite: MATH323 or MATH530 or MATH535.
complex domain. Prerequisite: MATH454. 3 hours lecture;
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
3 semester hours.
MATH534. MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS I (I) The
MATH510. ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
basics of probability, discrete and continuous probability dis-
AND DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS (I) Topics to be covered:
tributions, sampling distributions, order statistics, conver-
basic existence and uniqueness theory, systems of equations,
gence in probability and in distribution, and basic limit
stability, differential inequalities, Poincare-Bendixon theory,
theorems, including the central limit theorem, are covered.
linearization. Other topics from: Hamiltonian systems,
Prerequisite: Consent of department. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
periodic and almost periodic systems, integral manifolds,
mester hours.
Lyapunov functions, bifurcations, homoclinic points and
MATH535. MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS II (II) The
chaos theory. Prerequisite: MATH315 and MATH332 or
basics of hypothesis testing using likelihood ratios, point and
equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
interval estimation, consistency, efficiency, sufficient statis-
MATH514. APPLIED MATHEMATICS I (I) The major
tics, and some nonparametric methods are presented. Prereq-
theme in this course is various non-numerical techniques for
uisite: MATH534 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
dealing with partial differential equations which arise in
hours.
science and engineering problems. Topics include transform
MATH/CSCI542. SIMULATION (I) Advanced study of
techniques, Green’s functions and partial differential equa-
simulation techniques, random number, and variate genera-
tions. Stress is on applications to boundary value problems
tion. Monte Carlo techniques, simulation languages, simula-
and wave theory. Prerequisite: MATH455 or equivalent.
tion experimental design, variance reduction, and other
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
methods of increasing efficiency, practice on actual prob-
MATH515. APPLIED MATHEMATICS II (II) Topics in-
lems. Offered every other year. Prerequisite: CSCI262 (or
clude integral equations, applied complex variables, an intro-
equivalent), CSCI323 (or CSCI530 or equivalent), or permis-
duction to asymptotics, linear spaces and the calculus of
sion of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
variations. Stress is on applications to boundary value prob-
MATH550. NUMERICAL SOLUTION OF PARTIAL DIF-
lems and wave theory, with additional applications to engi-
FERENTIAL EQUATIONS (II) Numerical methods for
neering and physical problems. Prerequisite: MATH514.
solving partial differential equations. Explicit and implicit
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
finite difference methods; stability, convergence, and con-
CSCI522. USER INTERFACE DESIGN (I) An introduction
sistency. Alternating direction implicit (ADI) methods.
to the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Students
Weighted residual and finite element methods. Prerequisite:
will review current literature from prominent researchers in
MATH315, MATH332, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
HCI and will discuss how the researchers' results may be ap-
ture; 3 semester hours.
plied to the students' own software design efforts. The
MATH551. COMPUTATIONAL LINEAR ALGEBRA (II)
course textbook and supplementary materials will provide a
Numerical analysis of algorithms for solving linear systems
number of practical techniques and guidelines for develop-
of equations, least squares methods, the symmetric eigen-
ing software to better meet users' needs, such as Goal-Di-
problem, singular value decomposition, conjugate gradient
rected Design, Cognitive Walk Through and Talk-aloud
iteration. Modification of algorithms to fit the architecture.
testing methodologies, and interaction design patterns. Pre-
Error analysis, existing software packages. Prerequisites:
requisite: CSCI261 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester
MATH332, MATH/CSCI407, or consent of instructor. 3
hours.
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MATH530. STATISTICAL METHODS I (I) Introduction to
MATH556. MODELING WITH SYMBOLIC SOFTWARE
probability, random variables, and discrete and continuous
(I) Case studies of various models from mathematics, the
probability models. Elementary simulation. Data summariza-
sciences and engineering through the use of the symbolic soft-
tion and analysis. Confidence intervals and hypothesis testing
ware package MATHEMATICA. Based on hands-on projects
for means and variances. Chi square tests. Distribution-free
dealing with contemporary topics such as number theory, dis-
techniques and regression analysis. Prerequisite: MATH213
crete mathematics, complex analysis, special functions, classi-
or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
cal and quantum mechanics, relativity, dynamical systems,
MATH531. STATISTICAL METHODS II (II) Continuation
chaos and fractals, solitons, wavelets, chemical reactions, pop-
of MATH530. Multiple regression and trend surface analysis.
ulation dynamics, pollution models, electrical circuits, signal
Analysis of variance. Experimental design (Latin squares,
processing, optimization, control theory, and industrial mathe-
factorial designs, confounding, fractional replication, etc.)
matics. The course is designed for graduate students and scien-
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tists interested in modeling and using symbolic software as a
CSCI566. ADVANCED DATABASE MANAGEMENT (II)
programming language and a research tool. It is taught in a
Advanced issues in database management, with emphasis on
computer laboratory. Prerequisites: Senior undergraduates
their application to scientific data. Topics to be covered in-
need consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
clude: object-oriented database management, database rules,
CSCI561. THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF COM-
distributed databases, database design, transaction manage-
PUTER SCIENCE (I) Mathematical foundations of com-
ment, query optimization, concurrency control, and manage-
puter science. Models of computation, including automata,
ment of scientific data. Each student develops a course
pushdown automata and Turing machines. Language models,
project, as a vehicle for exploring and applying a database re-
including alphabets, strings, regular expressions, grammars,
search issue. Prerequisite: CSCI403 or equivalent. 3 hours
and formal languages. Predicate logic. Complexity analysis.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
Prerequisite: CSCI262, MATH/CSCI358. 3 hours lecture; 3
CSCI567. ADVANCED OBJECT ORIENTED SOFTWARE
semester hours.
ENGINEERING (II) Advanced software engineering con-
CSCI562 APPLIED ALGORITHMS AND DATA STRUC-
cepts, with emphasis on how to develop object-oriented ap-
TURES (II) Industry competitiveness in certain areas is
plication programs. The entire software lifecycle is
often based on the use of better algorithms and data struc-
discussed: requirements analysis, program design, implemen-
tures. The objective of this class is to survey some interesting
tation, debugging and testing. Seamless program develop-
application areas and to understand the core algorithms and
ment is emphasized, in which the development process is an
data structures that support these applications. Application
incremental refinement of a computer model of real-world
areas could change with each offering of the class, but would
objects. Examples in the course are from scientific applica-
include some of the following: VLSI design automation,
tion programs. The object-oriented use of the C++ language
computational biology, mobile computing, computer security,
is taught and used in assignments. Prerequisite: Knowledge
data compression, web search engines, geographical informa-
of C or C++. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
tion systems. Prerequisite: MATH/CSCI406, or consent of
CSCI568. DATA MINING (II) This course is an introduc-
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
tory course in data mining. It covers fundamentals of data
CSCI563. PARALLEL COMPUTING FOR SCIENTISTS
mining theories and techniques. We will discuss association
AND ENGINEERS (I) Students are taught how to use paral-
rule mining and its applications, overview of classification
lel computing to solve complex scientific problems. They
and clustering, data preprocessing, and several application-
learn how to develop parallel programs, how to analyze their
specific data mining tasks. We will also discuss practical data
performance, and how to optimize program performance.
mining using a data mining software. Project assignments in-
The course covers the classification of parallel computers,
clude implementation of existing data mining algorithms,
shared memory versus distributed memory machines, soft-
data mining with or without data mining software, and study
ware issues, and hardware issues in parallel computing. Stu-
of data mining-related research issues. Prerequisite: CSCI262
dents write programs for state of the art high performance
or permission of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
supercomputers, which are accessed over the network. Pre-
CSCI570. NEURAL NETWORKS (I) This course explores
requisite: Programming experience in C, consent of instruc-
the theory behind neural networks, and focuses on the appli-
tor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours
cation of this technology to real problems in areas as diverse
CSCI564 ADVANCED COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE (I)
as DNA pattern recognition, robot control, hazardous waste
The objective of this class is to gain a detailed understanding
remediation, and forensics. For the prepared student, this
about the options available to a computer architect when de-
course also facilitates a transition from doing coursework to
signing a computer system along with quantitative justifica-
producing publishable research. Skills required to understand,
tions for the options. All aspects of modern computer
critique, and extend existing research are emphasized. An
architectures including instruction sets, processor design,
introductory series of lectures is followed by more in-depth
memory system design, storage system design, multiproces-
study of current research topics. Depending on a student’s
sors, and software approaches will be discussed. Prerequisite:
background, the course project is either a literature survey or
CSCI341, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
application or exploration of a neural network method of the
ter hours.
student’s choice. Prerequisite: CSCI404. 3 hours lecture;
3 semester hours.
CSCI565. DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING SYSTEMS (II)
Introduction to the design and use of distributed computer
CSCI571. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (I) Artificial
systems based on networks of workstations and server com-
Intelligence (AI) is the subfield of computer science that
puters. Topics include theory, applications, systems and case
studies how to automate tasks for which people currently
studies describing current approaches. Prerequisites: Under-
exhibit superior performance over computers. Historically,
graduate machine architecture or consent of instructor.
AI has studied problems such as machine learning, language
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
understanding, game playing, planning, robotics, and machine
vision. AI techniques include those for uncertainty manage-
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ment, automated theorem proving, heuristic search, neural
MATH614. ADVANCED TOPICS IN APPLIED MATHE-
networks, and simulation of expert performance in special-
MATICS (I) Topics from current literature in applied mathe-
ized domains like medical diagnosis. This course provides
matics; for example, wavelets and their applications, calculus
an overview of the field of Artificial Intelligence. Particular
of variations, advanced applied functional analysis, control
attention will be paid to learning the LISP language for AI
theory. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture;
programming. Prerequisite: CSCI262. 3 hours lecture;
3 semester hours.
3 semester hours.
MATH616. INTRODUCTION TO MULTI-DIMENSIONAL
CSCI572. COMPUTER NETWORKS II (II) This introduc-
SEISMIC INVERSION (II) Introduction to high frequency
tion to computer networks covers the fundamentals of com-
inversion techniques. Emphasis on the application of this
puter communications, using TCP/IP standardized protocols
theory to produce a reflector map of the earth’s interior and
as the main case study. This second course on computer net-
estimates of changes in earth parameters across those reflec-
works covers the network layer, data link layer, and physical
tors from data gathered in response to sources at the surface
layer of communication protocols in depth. Detailed topics
or in the interior of the earth. Extensions to elastic media are
include routing (unicast, multicast, and broadcast), one hop
discussed, as well. Includes high frequency modeling of the
error detection and correction, and physical topologies. Other
propagation of acoustic and elastic waves. Prerequisites:
topics include the history of computer communications and
partial differential equations, wave equation in the time or
protocols for emerging networks (e.g., ad hoc networks and
frequency domain, complex function theory, contour integra-
sensor networks). In addition, students will program
tion. Some knowledge of wave propagation: reflection, re-
client/server network applications and simulate a network
fraction, diffraction. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
protocol in a network simulator. Prerequisite: CSCK471.
MATH650. ADVANCED TOPICS IN NUMERICAL
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ANALYSIS (II) Topics from the current literature in numeri-
CSCI575. MACHINE LEARNING (II) The goal of machine
cal analysis and/or computational mathematics; for example,
learning research is to build computer systems that learn
advanced finite element method, sparse matrix algorithms,
from experience and that adapt to their environments. Ma-
applications of approximation theory, software for initial value
chine learning systems do not have to be programmed by hu-
ODE’s, numerical methods for integral equations. Prerequi-
mans to solve a problem; instead, they essentially program
site: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
themselves based on examples of how they should behave, or
CSCI660. ADVANCED TOPICS IN COMPUTER SYS-
based on trial and error experience trying to solve the prob-
TEMS (II) Topics from the current literature in hardware
lem. This course will focus on the methods that have proven
and software computer systems; for example, user interfaces,
valuable and successful in practical applications. The course
object oriented software engineering, database management,
will also contrast the various methods, with the aim of ex-
computer architectures, supercomputing, parallel processing,
plaining the situations in which each is most appropriate.
distributed processing, and algorithms. Prerequisite: Consent
Prerequisites: CSCI262 and MATH323, or consent of in-
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MATH/CSCI691. GRADUATE SEMINAR (I) Presentation
MATH/CSCI598. SPECIAL TOPICS (I, II, S) Pilot course
of latest research results by guest lecturers, staff, and ad-
or special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests
vanced students. Prerequisite: Consent of department. 1 hour
of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered
seminar; 1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit to a maxi-
only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1
mum of 12 hours.
to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
MATH/CSCI692. GRADUATE SEMINAR (II) Presentation
MATH/CSCI599. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II, S) Indi-
of latest research results by guest lecturers, staff, and ad-
vidual research or special problem projects supervised by a
vanced students. Prerequisite: Consent of department. 1 hour
faculty member, when a student and instructor agree on a
seminar; 1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit to a maxi-
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: Inde-
mum of 12 hours.
pendent Study form must be completed and submitted to the
Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
MATH693/GPGN551. WAVE PHENOMENA SEMINAR
credit.
(I, II) Students will probe a range of current methodologies
and issues in seismic data processing, with emphasis on
MATH610. ADVANCED TOPICS IN DIFFERENTIAL
underlying assumptions, implications of these assumptions,
EQUATIONS (II) Topics from current research in ordinary
and implications that would follow from use of alternative
and/or partial differential equations; for example, dynamical
assumptions. Such analysis should provide seed topics for
systems, advanced asymptotic analysis, nonlinear wave prop-
ongoing and subsequent research. Topic areas include: Sta-
agation, solitons. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours
tistics estimation and compensation, deconvolution, multiple
lecture; 3 semester hours.
suppression, suppression of other noises, wavelet estimation,
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imaging and inversion, extraction of stratigraphic and litho-
Metallurgical and Materials
logic information, and correlation of surface and borehole
Engineering
seismic data with well log data. Prerequisite: Consent of de-
JOHN J. MOORE, Trustees Professor and Department Head
partment. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
MICHAEL J. KAUFMAN, Professor
MATH/CSCI698. SPECIAL TOPICS (I, II, S) Pilot course
STEPHEN LIU, Professor
or special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests
GERARD P. MARTINS, Professor
of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered
DAVID K. MATLOCK, Charles S. Fogarty Professor
only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1
BRAJENDRA MISHRA, Professor
to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
DAVID L. OLSON, John H. Moore Distinguished Professor
IVAR E. REIMANIS, Professor
MATH/CSCI699. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II, S) Indi-
NIGEL SAMMES, Herman. F. Coors Distinguished Professor
vidual research or special problem projects supervised by a
JOHN G. SPEER, Professor
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on
PATRICK R. TAYLOR, George S. Ansell Distinguished Professor of
a subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “In-
Chemical Metallurgy
dependent Study” form must be completed and submitted to
CHESTER J. VANTYNE, FIERF Professor
the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable
STEVEN W. THOMPSON, Associate Professor
REED AYERS, Assistant Professor
for credit.
KIP O. FINDLEY, Assistant Professor
MATH/CSCI705. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT:
PATRICIO MENDEZ, Assistant Professor
MASTER OF SCIENCE (I, II, S) Research credit hours re-
RYAN O'HAYRE, Assistant Professor
quired for completion of the degree Master of Science - the-
JOHN P.CHANDLER, Lecturer
sis. Research must be carried out under the direct supervision
MARTIN C. MATAYA, Lecturer
of the graduate student’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for
GEORGE S. ANSELL, President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus
credit.
GLEN R. EDWARDS, University Professor-Emeritus
JOHN P. HAGER, University Professor-Emeritus
MATH/CSCI706. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT:
GEORGE KRAUSS, University Professor-Emeritus
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (I, II, S) Research credit
DENNIS W. READEY, University Professor-Emeritus
hours required for completion of the degree Doctor of Philos-
W. REX BULL, Professor Emeritus
ophy. Research must be carried out under direct supervision
GERALD L. DePOORTER, Associate-Professor Emeritus
of the graduate student’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for
ROBERT H. FROST, Associate Professor Emeritus
credit.
RICHARD K.AHRENKIEL Research Professor
WILLIAM (GROVER) COORS, Research Professor
ZEEV SHAYER, Research Professor
D. (ERIK) SPILLER, Research Professor
FRANK E. GIBBS, Research Associate-Professor
Degrees Offered:
Master of Engineering (Metallurgical and Materials
Engineering)
Master of Science (Metallurgical and Materials
Engineering)
Doctor of Philosophy (Metallurgical and Materials
Engineering)
Program Description:
The program of study for the Master or Doctor of Philoso-
phy degrees in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering is
selected by the student in consultation with her or his advi-
sor, and with the approval of the Thesis Committee. The pro-
gram can be tailored within the framework of the regulations
of the Graduate School to match the student’s interests while
maintaining the main theme of materials engineering and
processing. There are three Areas of Specialization within the
Department: Physical and Mechanical Metallurgy; Physico-
chemical Processing of Materials; and, Ceramic Engineering.
The Department is home to five research centers: the Ad-
vanced Coatings and Surface Engineering Laboratory, the
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Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center;
vi) presentation (usually 6 months after successfully com-
the Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics; the Center for
pleting their Q.P. Examinations) of a Progress Report on their
Welding and Joining Research; and, the Kroll Institute for
Research Project to their Thesis Committee and, vii) submit-
Extractive Metallurgy. A Graduate Certificate is offered by
tal and successful defense of a thesis, which presents the re-
each Department Center – the program requirements are: 1)
sults of original scientific research or development, before
Be admitted to MME Graduate Certificate Program upon the
their Thesis Committee.
recommendation of the MME Department. 2) A total of 12
Notes: The examinations under v) are specific to the stu-
hours of course credits of which only 3 credit hours can be at
dent's declared Area of Specialization (currently a total of
the 400 level. The specific courses to be taken are deter-
three), and consist of a written and oral component. The writ-
mined by the Graduate Advisor in the Department Center se-
ten examinations consist of a general topics examination and
lected by the candidate. A cumulative grade point average of
an area-or-specialization examination. The oral examination
B or better must be maintained while completing these re-
consists of responses by the student to questions on the fun-
quirements.
damentals related to the student's proposed research. A Q.P.
Degree Program Requirements:
Oral-Examination Document consisting of: a) an Extended
The program requirements for the three graduate degrees
Abstract of the student's Thesis-Research Proposal, and b)
offered by the Department are listed below:
associated Fundamental Topics on which the student expects
Master of Engineering degree: Two tracks are available
to be examined, is presented to the Examining Committee
as follows:
(different from the Thesis Committee) prior to this event. The
student delivers a 10 minutes oral-presentation, reviewing the
II. Undergraduate/graduate program*: i) a minimum of 30
document at the start of the (oral) examination. There is a
total semester hours of acceptable course work; ii) case
standing schedule to offer the examinations during the last
independent study course work component cannot exceed
four to five weeks of the Spring and Fall semesters. How-
6 semester hours; and iii) submittal and presentation, and
ever, intent to take the examinations must be declared within
subsequent acceptance by the Graduate Advisor, of a re-
the first month of the intended semester.
port which presents the results of a case study or an engi-
neering development. (*See pp. xx-xx, Combined
Although there is no formal seminar-course requirement,
Undergraduate/Graduate Programs.)
graduate students, both Master and Doctoral candidates, as
part of their professional development, are required to attend
II. Graduate Program: i) a minimum of 30 total semester
the Department seminars scheduled on Thursdays during the.
hours of acceptable course work; ii) case-/indepen-
Fall and Spring semesters.
dentstudy course-work cannot exceed 6 semester hours;
and iii) submittal and presentation, and subsequent ac-
Prerequisites:
ceptance by the Graduate Advisor, of a report which pres-
The entering graduate-student in the Department of Metal-
ents the results of a case study or an engineering
lurgical and Materials Engineering must have completed an
development.
undergraduate program equivalent to that required for the
B.S. degree in: Metallurgical and Materials Engineering,
Master of Science degree: i) a minimum of 24 semester
Materials Science or a related field. This should have included
hours of acceptable course work and 6 semester hours of re-
a background in science fundamentals and engineering prin-
search credit; and, ii) submittal and successful oral-defense
ciples. A student, who possesses this background but has not
of a thesis, before their Thesis Committee, which presents
taken specific undergraduate-courses in Metallurgical and
the results of original scientific research or development.
Materials Engineering, will be allowed to rectify these course
Doctor of Philosophy degree: i) a minimum of 42 semes-
deficiencies at the beginning of their program of study.
ter hours of acceptable course work, which may include
Fields of Research:
course credits (to be approved by the Thesis Committee) pre-
Synthesis, processing, and characterization of photovoltaic
sented for the Master's degree, provided that the degree was
materials
in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering or a similar field.
Optical phenomena of interfaces and composites
However, at least 21 hours of acceptable course work must
High-Tc superconductors
be taken at the Colorado School of Mines; ii) 30 semester
Dielectrics and piezoelectrics
hours of research credit; iii) 9 to12 semester hours of course
Glasses and crystallizable glasses for electronics
work to compliment the research program of the student as
Ferroelectrics and ferroelectric thin films
determined by the Advisor/Thesis-Committee; iv) presenta-
Porous ceramics and ceramic fibers
tion of a Proposal on their Thesis-Research Project to their
Combustion synthesis of advanced materials
Thesis Committee; v) a passing grade on written and oral
Nuclear Engineering
Qualifying-Process (Q.P.) Examinations, for the purpose of
Welding and joining of metals and dissimilar materials
determining that adequate preparation and the ability to con-
including ceramics and composites
duct high-quality, independent research have been achieved;
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Laser Processing of Materials
quirements, and testing methods of materials for each type of
Physical metallurgy
circuit component. The general topics covered are conduc-
Mechanical metallurgy
tors, resistors, insulators, capacitors, energy convertors, mag-
Processing microstructure, and properties of advanced steels
netic materials, and integrated circuits. Prerequisite: PHGN200,
Oxidation and corrosion of metals and ceramics
MTGN311 or MLGN501 or consent of Instructor. 3 hours
Interfacial phenomena
lecture; 3 semester hours.
Surface characterization of materials
MTGN416/MLGN516. PROPERTIES OF CERAMICS (II)
Biomaterials
Survey of the properties of ceramic materials and how these
Composite materials
properties are determined by the chemical structure (compo-
Preparation of ceramic powders
sition), crystal structure, and the microstructure of crystalline
Pyro-, hydro-, and electro-metallurgy
ceramics and glasses. Thermal, optical, and mechanical prop-
Processing of industrial wastes
erties of single-phase and multiphase ceramics, including
Plasma synthesis and processing
composites, are covered. Prerequisites: PHGN200, MTGN311
Computer simulation techniques for design of new high
or MLGN501 or consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 se-
performance materials
mester hours.
Thin film/coating, processing, and characterization
Environmentally benign materials processes
MTGN417. REFRACTORY MATERIALS (I) Refractory
Semiconductor materials
materials in metallurgical construction. Oxide phase dia-
Powder metallurgy
grams for analyzing the behavior of metallurgical slags in
Aerospace structural materials
contact with materials of construction. Prerequisite: consent
Failure analysis and fracture mechanics of materials
of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Forming of metals and other materials
MTGN419/MLGN519. NON-CRYSTALLINE MATERIALS
Fatigue of materials
(I) An introduction to the principles of glass science-and-
Description of Courses
engineering and non-crystalline materials in general. Glass
formation, structure, crystallization, and properties will be
Undergraduate Courses
covered, along with a survey of commercial glass composi-
A maximum of nine hours of 400-level credits, with the
tions, manufacturing processes, and applications. Prerequi-
approval of the Thesis Committee, may be applied towards
sites: MTGN311 or MLGN501, MTGN412/MLGN512, or
the course-work requirement for a Master’s degree.
consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MTGN412/MLGN512.CERAMIC ENGINEERING (II)
MTGN422. PROCESS ANALYSIS AND DEVELOPMENT
Application of engineering principles to nonmetallic and
(II) Aspects of process development, plant design, and man-
ceramic materials. Processing of raw materials and produc-
agement. Prerequisite: MTGN334. Co-requisite: MTGN424
tion of ceramic bodies, glazes, glasses, enamels, and cermets.
or consent of Instructor. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester hours.
Firing processes and reactions in glass bonded as well as me-
MTGN424. PROCESS ANALYSIS AND DEVELOPMENT
chanically bonded systems. Prerequisite: MTGN348. 3 hours
LABORATORY (II) Projects designed to supplement the
lecture; 3 semester hours.
lectures in MTGN422. Prerequisite: MTGN422 or consent of
MTGN414/MLGN544. PROCESSING OF CERAMICS (II)
Instructor. 3 hours lab; 1 semester hour.
Principles of ceramic processing and the relationship between
MTGN429. METALLURGICAL ENVIRONMENT (I)
processing and microstructure. Raw materials and raw mate-
Examination of the interface between metallurgical process
rials preparation, forming and fabrication, thermal process-
engineering and environmental engineering. Wastes, efflu-
ing, and finishing of ceramic materials will be covered.
ents and their point sources in metallurgical processes such
Principles will be illustrated by case studies on specific
as mineral concentration, value extraction and process metal-
ceramic materials. A project to design a ceramic fabrication
lurgy are studied in context. Fundamentals of metallurgical
process is required. Field trips to local ceramic manufac-
unit operations and unit processes with those applicable to
turing operations are included. Prerequisites: MTGN272,
waste and effluent control, disposal and materials recycling
MTGN311 or consent of the Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
are covered. Engineering design and engineering cost com-
mester hours.
ponents are also included for selected examples. Fundamen-
MTGN415/MLGN515. ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES AND
tals and applications receive equal coverage. Prerequisites:
APPLICATIONS OF MATERIALS (II) Survey of the elec-
MTGN334 or consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture;
trical properties of materials, and the applications of materials
3 semester hours.
as electrical circuit components. The effects of chemistry,
MTGN430. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY OF IRON AND
processing, and microstructure on the electrical properties
STEELMAKING (I) Physical chemistry principles of blast
will be discussed, along with the functions, performance re-
furnace and direct reduction production of iron and refining
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of iron to steel. Discussion of raw materials, productivity,
MTGN445/MLGN505*. MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF
impurity removal, deoxidation, alloy additions, and ladle
MATERIALS (I) Mechanical properties and relationships.
metallurgy. Prerequisite: MTGN334. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
Plastic deformation of crystalline materials. Relationships of
mester hours.
microstructures to mechanical strength. Fracture, creep, and
MTGN431. HYDRO- AND ELECTROMETALLURGY (I)
fatigue. Laboratory sessions devoted to advanced mechanical
Physical and chemical principles involved in the extraction
testing techniques to illustrate the application of the funda-
and refining of metals by hydro- and electrometallurgical
mentals presented in the lectures. Prerequisite: MTGN348.
techniques. Discussion of unit processes in hyrdometallurgy,
3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 4/3* semester hours. *A 3
electrowinning, and electrorefining. Analysis of integrated
semester-hour graduate-course in the Materials Science
flowsheets for the recovery of nonferrous metals. Prerequisite:
Program (ML) and a 4 semester-hour undergraduate-course
MTGN334, MTGN351, MTGN461. Co-requisite: MTGN433
in the MTGN program.
or consent of Instructor. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester hours.
MTGN450/MLGN550. STATISTICAL PROCESS CON-
MTGN432. PYROMETALLURGY (II) Extraction and re-
TROL AND DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS (I) Introduction
fining of metals including emergent practices. Modifications
to statistical process control, process capability analysis and
driven by environmental regulations and by energy minimi-
experimental design techniques. Statistical process control
zation. Analysis and design of processes and the impact of
theory and techniques developed and applied to control
economic considerations. Prerequisite: MTGN334. 3 hours
charts for variables and attributes involved in process control
lecture; 3 semester hours.
and evaluation. Process capability concepts developed and
applied to the evaluation of manufacturing processes. Theory
MTGN433. HYDRO- AND ELECTROMETALLURGY
of designed experiments developed and applied to full fac-
LABORATORY (I) Experiments designed to supplement the
torial experiments, fractional factorial experiments, screening
lectures in MTGN431. Co-requisite: MTGN431 or consent
experiments, multilevel experiments and mixture experiments.
of Instructor.
Analysis of designed experiments by graphical and statistical
MTGN434. DESIGN AND ECONOMICS OF METALLUR-
techniques. Introduction to computer software for statistical
GICAL PLANTS (II) Design of metallurgical processing
process control and for the design and analysis of experiments.
systems. Methods for estimating process costs and profitabil-
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semes-
ity. Performance, selection, and design of process equipment.
ter hours
Integration of process units into a working plant and its eco-
MTGN451. CORROSION ENGINEERING (II) Principles
nomics, construction, and operation. Market research and
of electrochemistry. Corrosion mechanisms. Methods of cor-
surveys. Prerequisite: MTGN351 or consent of Instructor.
rosion protection including cathodic and anodic protection
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
and coatings. Examples, from various industries, of corrosion
MTGN436. CONTROL AND INSTRUMENTATION OF
problems and solutions. Prerequisite: MTGN351. 3 hours
METALLURGICAL PROCESSES (II) Analysis of
lecture; 3 semester hours
processes for metal extraction and refining using classical
MTGN452. CERAMIC AND METAL MATRIX COMPOS-
and direct-search optimization methods and classical process
ITES Introduction to the synthesis, processing, structure,
control with the aid of chemical functions and thermody-
properties and performance of ceramic and metal matrix
namic transfer operations. Examples from physicochemical
composites. Survey of various types of composites, and cor-
and physical metallurgy processes. Co-erequisite: MTGN438
relation between processing, structural architecture and prop-
or consent of Instructor. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester hours.
erties. Prerequisites: MTGN272, MTGN311, MTGN348,
MTGN438. CONTROL AND INSTRUMENTATION OF
MTGN351. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours
METALLURGICAL PROCESSES LABORATORY (II)
MTGN453. PRINCIPLES OF INTEGRATED CIRCUIT
Experiments designed to supplement the lectures in
PROCESSING (I) Introduction to the electrical conductivity
MTGN436. Co-requisite: MTGN436 or consent of Instructor.
of semiconductor materials; qualitative discussion of active
3 hours lab; 1 semester hour.
semiconductor devices; discussion of the steps in integrated
MTGN442. ALLOY AND PHASE STABILITY (II) Phase
circuit fabrication; detailed investigation of the materials sci-
equilibrium of solid solutions, primary and intermediate
ence and engineering principles involved in the various steps
phases, binary and ternary phase equilibrium diagrams,
of VLSI device fabrication; a presentation of device packaging
multicomponent systems. Phase transformations in ferrous
techniques and the processes and principles involved. Prereq-
alloys, hardenability, heat treatment, surface modification,
uisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
alloying of steel, precipitation alloys and alloy design for cast
MTGN456. ELECTRON MICROSCOPY (II) Introduction
irons, stainless steels, and tool steels. Prerequisite: MTGN348
to electron optics and the design and application of transmis-
or consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
sion and scanning electron microscopes. Interpretation of
images produced by various contrast mechanisms. Electron
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diffraction analysis and the indexing of electron diffraction
Metallurgical structure evolution during working. Prerequi-
patterns. Prerequisite: MTGN311 or consent of instructor.
sites: EGGN320 and MTGN348 or EGGN390. 2 hours lec-
Co-requisite: MTGN458. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester hours.
ture; 3 hours lab, 3 semester hours.
MTGN458. ELECTRON MICROSCOPY LABORATORY
MTGN466. DESIGN: SELECTION AND USE OF MATE-
(II) Laboratory exercises to illustrate specimen preparation
RIALS (II) Selection of alloys for specific applications, de-
techniques, microscope operation, and the interpretation of
signing for corrosion resistant service, concept of passivity,
images produced from a variety of specimens, and to supple-
designing for wear resistant service, designing for high tem-
ment the lectures in MTGN456. Co-requisite: MTGN456.
perature service and designing for high strength/weight appli-
3 hours lab; 1 semester hour.
cations. Introduction to the aluminum, copper, nickel, cobalt,
MTGN461.TRANSPORT PHENOMENA AND REACTOR
stainless steel, cast irons, titanium and refractory metal alloy-
DESIGN FOR METALLURGICAL-AND-MATERIALS
systems. Coating science and selection. Prerequisite:
ENGINEERS (I) Introduction to the conserved-quantities:
MTGN348. 1 hour lecture, 6 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
momentum, heat, and mass transfer, and application of chem-
MTGN475. METALLURGY OF WELDING (I) Introduc-
ical kinetics to elementary reactor-design. Examples from
tion to welding processes thermal aspects; metallurgical
materials processing and process metallurgy. Molecular
evaluation of resulting microstructures; attendant phase
transport properties: viscosity, thermal conductivity, and
transformations; selection of filler metals; stresses; stress
mass diffusivity of materials encountered during processing
relief and annealing; preheating and post heating; distortion
operations. Uni-directional transport: problem formulation
and defects; welding ferrous and nonferrous alloys; and,
based on the required balance of the conserved-quantity ap-
welding tests. Prerequisite: MTGN348. Co-requisite:
plied to a control-volume. Prediction of velocity, temperature
MTGN477. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester hours.
and concentration profiles. Equations of change: continuity,
MTGN477. METALLURGY OF WELDING LABORATORY
motion, and energy. Transport with two independent variables
(I) Experiments designed to supplement the lectures in
(unsteady-state behavior). Interphase transport: dimension-
MTGN475. Co-requisite: MTGN475. 3 hours lab; 1 semester
less correlations - friction factor, heat, and mass transfer coeffi-
hour.
cients. Elementary concepts of radiation heat-transfer. Flow
behavior in packed beds. Design equations for: Continuous-
MTGN498. SPECIAL TOPICS IN METALLURGICAL
Flow/Batch Reactors with Uniform Dispersion and Plug
AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING (I, II) Pilot course or
Flow Reactors. Digital computer methods for the design of
special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests of
metallurgical systems. Laboratory sessions devoted to:
instructor(s) and student(s). The course topic is generally
Tutorials/Demonstrations to facilitate the understanding of
offered only once. . Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 1 to
concepts related to selected topics; and, Projects with the
3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
primary focus on the operating principles and use of modern
MTGN499. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Independent
electronic instrumentation for measurements on lab-scale
advanced-work leading to a comprehensive report. This work
systems in conjunction with correlation and prediction
may take the form of conferences, library, and laboratory
strategies for analysis of results. Prerequisites: MATH225,
work. Choice of problem is arranged between student and a
MTGN351 and MTGN352. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab;
specific Department faculty-member. Prerequisite: Selection
3 semester hours.
of topic with consent of faculty supervisor; “Independent
MTGN463. POLYMER ENGINEERING (I) Introduction to
Study Form” must be completed and submitted to Registrar.
the structure and properties of polymeric materials, their
1 to 3 semester hours for each of two semesters. Repeatable
deformation and failure mechanisms, and the design and
for credit.
fabrication of polymeric end items. Molecular and crystallo-
Graduate Courses
graphic structures of polymers will be developed and related
Most courses are offered once every two years. However,
to the elastic, viscoelastic, yield and fracture properties of
those courses offered for which fewer than five students have
polymeric solids and reinforced polymer composites.
registered may be cancelled that semester. Courses at the
Emphasis on forming and joining techniques for end item
500-level are open to qualified seniors with approval of the
fabrication including: extrusion, injection molding, reaction
Department and the Dean of the Graduate School. Courses at
injection molding, thermoforming, and blow molding. The
the 600-level are open only to graduate students in good
design of end items will be considered in relation to: materi-
standing. A two-year course-schedule is available in the De-
als selection, manufacturing engineering, properties, and
partment office.
applications. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours
MTGN511. SPECIAL METALLURGICAL AND MATERI-
lecture; 3 semester hours.
ALS ENGINEERING PROBLEMS (I) Independent ad-
MTGN464. FORGING AND FORMING (II) Introduction to
vanced work, not leading to a thesis. This may take the form
plasticity. Survey and analysis of working operations of forg-
of conferences, library, and laboratory work. Selection of as-
ing, extrusion, rolling, wire drawing and sheet metal forming.
signment is arranged between student and a specific Depart-
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ment faculty-member. Prerequisite: Selection of topic with
processing. Prerequisite: Graduate Status or Consent of
consent of faculty supervisor. 1 to 3 semester hours. Repeat-
Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Spring of odd
able for credit under different titles.
years only.)
MTGN512. SPECIAL METALLURGICAL AND MATERI-
MTGN527/ESGN562. SOLID WASTE MINIMIZATION
ALS ENGINEERING PROBLEMS (II) Continuation of
AND RECYCLING (II) Industrial case-studies, on the ap-
MTGN511. Prerequisite: Selection of topic with consent of
plication of engineering principles to minimize waste forma-
faculty supervisor. 1 to 3 semester hours. Repeatable for
tion and to meet solid waste recycling challenges. Proven and
credit under different titles.
emerging solutions to solid waste environmental problems, es-
MTGN514. DEFECT CHEMISTRY AND TRANSPORT
pecially those associated with metals. Prerequisites: ESGN500
PROCESSES IN CERAMIC SYSTEMS (I) Ceramic materi-
and ESGN504 or Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
als science in the area of structural imperfections, their chem-
mester hours.
istry, and their relation to mass and charge transport; defects
MTGN528. EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY OF COPPER,
and diffusion, sintering, and grain growth with particular em-
GOLD AND SILVER. Practical applications of fundamentals
phasis on the relation of fundamental transport phenomena to
of chemical-processing-of-materials to the extraction of gold,
sintering and microstructure development and control. Pre-
silver and copper. Topics covered include: History; Ore de-
requisites: DCGN209 or MTGN351; MT311 or Consent of
posits and mineralogy; Process Selection; Hydrometallurgy
Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of odd
and leaching; Oxidation pretreatment; Purification and recov-
years only.)
ery; Refinement; Waste treatment; and Industrial examples.
MTGN516. MICROSTRUCTURE OF CERAMIC SYS-
Prerequisites: Graduate or Senior in good-standing or con-
TEMS (II) Analysis of the chemical and physical processes
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
controlling microstructure development in ceramic systems.
MTGN529. METALLURGICAL ENVIRONMENT (I)
Development of the glassy phase in ceramic systems and the
Effluents, wastes, and their point sources associated with
resulting properties. Relationship of microstructure to chem-
metallurgical processes, such as mineral concentration and
ical, electrical, and mechanical properties of ceramics.
values extraction—providing for an interface between metal-
Application to strengthening and toughening in ceramic
lurgical process engineering and the environmental engineer-
composite system. Prerequisite: Graduate status or Consent
ing areas. Fundamentals of metallurgical unit operations and
of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Spring of
unit processes, applied to waste and effluents control, re-
even years only.)
cycling, and waste disposal. Examples which incorporate
MTGN517. REFRACTORIES (I) The manufacture, testing,
engineering design and cost components are included. Pre-
and use of basic, neutral, acid, and specialty refractories are
requisites: MTGN334 or Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lec-
presented. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship be-
ture; 3 semester hours.
tween physical properties of the various refractories and their
MTGN530. ADVANCED IRON AND STEELMAKING (I)
uses in the metallurgical industry. Prerequisite: Consent of
Physicochemical principles of gas-slag-metal reactions
Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
applied to the reduction of iron ore concentrates and to the
MTGN518/MLGN518. PHASE EQUILIBRIA IN CERAMIC
refining of liquid iron to steel. The role of these reactions in
SYSTEMS (II) Application of one to four component oxide
reactor design—blast furnace and direct iron smelting fur-
diagrams to ceramic engineering problems. Emphasis on
nace, pneumatic steelmaking furnace, refining slags, deoxi-
refractories and glasses and their interaction with metallic
dation and degassing, ladle metallurgy, alloying, and
systems. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture;
continuous casting of steel. Prerequisite: DCGN209 or
3 semester hours. (Spring of odd years only.)
MTGN351 or Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
mester hours. (Fall of even years only.)
MTGN523/MLGN523. APPLIED SURFACE AND SOLU-
TION CHEMISTRY (II) Solution and surface chemistry of
MTGN531. THERMODYNAMICS OF METALLURGI-
importance in mineral and metallurgical operations. Pre-
CAL AND MATERIALS PROCESSING (I) Application of
requisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
thermodynamics to the processing of metals and materials,
hours. (Spring of odd years only.)
with emphasis on the use of thermodynamics in the develop-
ment and optimization of processing systems. Focus areas
MTGN526/MLGN526. GEL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
will include entropy and enthalpy, reaction equilibrium, solu-
An introduction to the science and technology of particulate
tion thermodynamics, methods for analysis and correlation of
and polymeric gels, emphasizing inorganic systems. Inter-
thermodynamics data, thermodynamic analysis of phase dia-
particle forces. Aggregation, network formation, percolation,
grams, thermodynamics of surfaces, thermodynamics of de-
and the gel transition. Gel structure, rheology, and mechanical
fect structures, and irreversible thermodynamics. Attention
properties. Application to solid-liquid separation operations
will be given to experimental methods for the measurement
(filtration, centrifugation, sedimentation) and to ceramics
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of thermodynamic quantities. Prerequisite: MTGN351 or
optimization of electrometallurgical processes. Batteries and
Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
fuel cells. Some aspects of corrosion. Prerequisite: Consent
MTGN 532 PARTICULATE MATERIAL PROCESSING I -
of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Spring of
COMMINUTION AND PHYSICAL SEPARATIONS. An in-
even years only.)
troduction to the fundamental principles and design criteria
MTGN538. HYDROMETALLURGY (II) Kinetics of liq-
for the selection and use of standard mineral processing unit
uid-solid reactions. Theory of uniformly accessible surfaces.
operations in comminution and physical separation. Topics
Hydrometallurgy of sulfide and oxides. Cementation and
covered include: crushing (jaw, cone, gyratory), grinding
hydrogen reduction. Ion exchange and solvent extraction.
(ball, pebble, rod, SAG, HPGR), screening, thickening, sedi-
Physicochemical phenomena at high pressures. Microbiolog-
mentation, filtration and hydrocyclones. Two standard min-
ical metallurgy. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours
eral processing plant-design simulation software (MinOCad
lecture; 3 semester hours. (Spring of odd years only.)
and JK SimMet) are used in the course. Prerequisites: Gradu-
MTGN539. PRINCIPLES OF MATERIALS PROCESSING
ate or Senior in good- standing or consent of instructor.3
REACTOR DESIGN (II) Review of reactor types and ideal-
hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
ized design equations for isothermal conditions. Residence
MTGN 533 PARTICULATE MATERIAL PROCESSING II
time functions for nonreacting and reacting species and its
- APPLIED SEPARATIONS. An introduction to the funda-
relevance to process control. Selection of reactor type for a
mental principles and design criteria for the selection and use
given application. Reversible and irreversible reactions in
of standard mineral processing unit operations in applied sep-
CSTR’s under nonisothermal conditions. Heat and mass
arations. Topics covered include: photometric ore sorting,
transfer considerations and kinetics of gas-solid reactions
magnetic separation, dense media separation, gravity separa-
applied to fluo-solids type reactors. Reactions in packed
tion, electrostatic separation and flotation (surface chemistry,
beds. Scale up and design of experiments. Brief introduction
reagents selection, laboratory testing procedures, design and
into drying, crystallization, and bacterial processes. Exam-
simulation). Two standard mineral processing plant-design
ples will be taken from current metallurgical practice. Pre-
simulation software (MinOCad and JK SimMet) are used in
requisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
the course. Graduate or Senior in good- standing or consent
hours. (Spring of odd years only.)
of instructor.3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
MTGN541. INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS OF METALS (I)
MTGN534. CASE STUDIES IN PROCESS DEVELOP-
Electron theory of metals. Classical and quantum-mechanical
MENT A study of the steps required for development of a
free electron theory. Electrical and thermal conductivity,
mineral recovery process. Technical, economic, and human
thermoelectric effects, theory of magnetism, specific heat,
factors involved in bringing a process concept into commer-
diffusion, and reaction rates. Prerequisite: MTGN445.
cial production. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
MTGN542. ALLOYING THEORY, STRUCTURE, AND
MTGN535. PYROMETALLURGICAL PROCESSES (II)
PHASE STABILITY (II) Empirical rules and theories relat-
Detailed study of a selected few processes, illustrating the
ing to alloy formation. Various alloy phases and constituents
application of the principles of physical chemistry (both
which result when metals are alloyed and examined in detail.
thermodynamics and kinetics) and chemical engineering
Current information on solid solutions, intermetallic com-
(heat and mass transfer, fluid flow, plant design, fuel technol-
pounds, eutectics, liquid immiscibility. Prerequisite: MTGN445
ogy, etc.) to process development. Prerequisite: Consent of
or Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MTGN543. THEORY OF DISLOCATIONS (I) Stress field
MTGN536. OPTIMIZATION AND CONTROL OF METAL-
around dislocation, forces on dislocations, dislocation reac-
LURGICAL SYSTEMS Application of modern optimiza-
tions, dislocation multiplication, image forces, interaction with
tion and control theory to the analysis of specific systems in
point defects, interpretation of macroscopic behavior in light
extractive metallurgy and mineral processing. Mathematical
of dislocation mechanisms. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.
modeling, linear control analysis, dynamic response, and
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of odd years only.)
indirect optimum seeking techniques applied to the process
MTGN544. FORGING AND DEFORMATION MODEL-
analysis of grinding, screening, filtration, leaching, precipita-
ING (I) Examination of the forging process for the fabri-
tion of metals from solution, and blast furnace reduction of
cation of metal components. Techniques used to model
metals. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture;
deformation processes including slab equilibrium, slip line,
3 semester hours.
upper bound and finite element methods. Application of
MTGN537. ELECTROMETALLURGY (II) Electrochemi-
these techniques to specific aspects of forging and metal
cal nature of metallurgical processes. Kinetics of electrode
forming processes. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.
reactions. Electrochemical oxidation and reduction. Complex
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of odd years only.)
electrode reactions. Mixed potential systems. Cell design and
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MTGN545. FATIGUE AND FRACTURE (I) Basic fracture
MLGN505*; or, Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
mechanics as applied to engineering materials, S-N curves,
mester hours. (Summer of even years only.)
the Goodman diagram, stress concentrations, residual stress
MTGN553. STRENGTHENING MECHANISMS (II)
effects, effect of material properties on mechanisms of crack
Strain hardening in polycrystalline materials, dislocation
propagation. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lec-
interactions, effect of grain boundaries on strength, solid
ture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of odd years only.)
solution hardening, martensitic transformations, precipitation
MTGN546. CREEP AND HIGH TEMPERATURE MATE-
hardening, point defects. Prerequisite: MTGN543 or concur-
RIALS (II) Mathematical description of creep process.
rent enrollment. 3 hours lecture;3 semester hours. (Spring of
Mathematical methods of extrapolation of creep data. Micro-
even years only.)
mechanisms of creep deformation, including dislocation
MTGN554. OXIDATION OF METALS (II) Kinetics of oxi-
glide and grain boundary sliding. Study of various high tem-
dation. The nature of the oxide film. Transport in oxides.
perature materials, including iron, nickel, and cobalt base
Mechanisms of oxidation. The Oxidation protection of high-
alloys and refractory metals, and ceramics. Emphasis on
temperature metal systems. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.
phase transformations and microstructure-property relation-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Spring of even years
ships. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture;
only.)
3 semester hours. (Spring of odd years only.)
MTGN555/MLGN504. SOLID STATE THERMODYNAM-
MTGN547. PHASE EQUILIBRIA IN MATERIALS SYS-
ICS (I) Thermodynamics applied to solid state reactions,
TEMS (I) Phase equilibria of uniary, binary, ternary, and
binary and ternary phase diagrams, point, line and planar de-
multicomponent systems, microstructure interpretation, pres-
fects, interfaces, and electrochemical concepts. Prerequisite:
sure-temperature diagrams, determination of phase diagrams.
Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
ter hours.
MTGN556/MLGN506. TRANSPORT IN SOLIDS (I)
Thermal and electrical conductivity. Solid state diffusion in
MTGN548. TRANSFORMATIONS IN METALS (I) Sur-
metals and metal systems. Kinetics of metallurgical reactions
face and interfacial phenomena, order of transformation,
in the solid state. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours
grain growth, recovery, recrystallization, solidification, phase
lecture; 3 semester hours. (Spring of even years only.)
transformation in solids, precipitation hardening, spinoidal
decomposition, martensitic transformation, gas metal reac-
MTGN557. SOLIDIFICATION (I) Heat flow and fluid flow
tions. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture;
in solidification, thermodynamics of solidification, nuclea-
3 semester hours. (Fall of odd years only.)
tion and interface kinetics, grain refining, crystal and grain
growth, constitutional supercooling, eutectic growth, solidifi-
MTGN549. CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN FERROUS
cation of castings and ingots, segregation, and porosity. Pre-
ALLOYS (I) Development and review of solid state trans-
requisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
formations and strengthening mechanisms in ferrous alloys.
hours. (Fall of odd years only.)
Application of these principles to the development of new
alloys and processes such as high strength low alloy steels,
MTGN560. ANALYSIS OF METALLURGICAL FAILURES
high temperature alloys, maraging steels, and case hardening
(II) Applications of the principles of physical and mechani-
processes. Prerequisite: MTGN348. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
cal metallurgy to the analysis of metallurgical failures.
ter hours.
Nondestructive testing. Fractography. Case study analysis.
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
MTGN551. ADVANCED CORROSION ENGINEERING
ter hours. (Spring of odd years only.)
(I) Advanced topics in corrosion engineering. Case studies
and industrial application. Special forms of corrosion. Ad-
MTGN561. PHYSICAL METALLURGY OF ALLOYS
vanced measurement techniques. Prerequisite: MTGN451.
FOR AEROSPACE (I) Review of current developments in
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of even years only.)
aerospace materials with particular attention paid to titanium
alloys, aluminum alloys, and metal-matrix composites. Em-
MTGN552/MLGN552. INORGANIC MATRIX COMPOS-
phasis is on phase equilibria, phase transformations, and
ITES Introduction to the processing, structure, properties
microstructure-property relationships. Concepts of innova-
and applications of metal matrix and ceramic matrix compos-
tive processing and microstructural alloy design are included
ites. Importance of structure and properties of both the matrix
where appropriate. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3
and the reinforcement and the types of reinforcement utilized—
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of even years only.)
particulate, short fiber, continuous fiber, and laminates. Em-
phasis on the development of mechanical properties through
MTGN564 CONSTITUTIVE MODELING OF MATERIAL
control of synthesis and processing parameters. Other physi-
BEHAVIOR (I) Examination of various constitutive models
cal properties such as electrical and thermal will also be ex-
which are used to characterize material behavior. Models for
amined. Prerequisite/Co-requisite*: MTGN352, MTGN445/
elastic behavior, strain hardening, strain-rate hardening,
creep, viscoplastic, cyclical hardening and nonisothermal
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MTGN582. MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF WELDED
analysis to determine various constitutive parameters will be
JOINTS (II) Mechanical metallurgy of heterogeneous sys-
described. Incorporation of these models in computer codes,
tems, shrinkage, distortion, cracking, residual stresses, me-
especially finite element analysis. . Prerequisite: Consent of
chanical testing of joints, size effects, joint design, transition
Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of even
temperature, fracture. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3
years only.)
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Spring of odd years only.)
MTGN565 MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF CERAMICS
MTGN583. PRINCIPLES OF NON-DESTRUCTIVE TEST-
AND COMPOSITES (I) Mechanical properties of ceramics
ING AND EVALUATION (I) Introduction to testing meth-
and ceramic-based composites; brittle fracture of solids;
ods; basic physical principles of acoustics, radiography, and
toughening mechanisms in composites; fatigue, high temper-
electromagnetism; statistical and risk analysis; fracture me-
ature mechanical behavior, including fracture, creep deforma-
chanics concepts; design decision making, limitations and
tion. Prerequisites: MTGN445 or MLGN505, or Consent of
applications of processes; fitness-for- service evaluations.
Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of even
Prerequisite: Graduate Status or Consent of Instructor. 3
years only.)
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of odd years only.)
MTGN569/MLGN569/EGGN569/ChEN569 FUEL CELL
MTGN584. NON-FUSION JOINING PROCESSES (II)
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (II) Fundamentals of fuel-
Joining processes for which the base materials are not
cell operation and electrochemistry from a chemical thermo-
melted. Brazing, soldering, diffusion bonding, explosive
dynamics and materials-science perspective. Review of types
bonding, and adhesive bonding processes. Theoretical as-
of fuel cells, fuel-processing requirements and approaches,
pects of these processes, as well as the influence of process
and fuel-cell system integration. Current topics in fuel-cell
parameters. Special emphasis to the joining of dissimilar ma-
science and technology. Fabrication and testing of opera-
terials using these processes. Prerequisite: Consent of In-
tional fuel cells in the Colorado Fuel Cell Center. 3 credit
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Spring of odd
hours. Prerequisites: EGGN371 or ChEN357 or MTGN351;
years only.)
and MATH225 or consent of instructor.
MTGN586. DESIGN OF WELDED STRUCTURES AND
MTGN/MLGN 570 BIOCOMPATIBILITY OF MATERIALS
ASSEMBLIES Introduction to the concepts and analytical
Introduction to the diversity of biomaterials and applications
practice of designing weldments. Designing for impact,
through examination of the physiologic environment in con-
fatigue, and torsional loading. Designing of weldments using
junction with compositional and structural requirements of
overmatching and undermatching criteria. Analysis of com-
tissues and organs. Appropriate domains and applications of
bined stresses. Designing of compression members, column
metals, ceramics and polymers, including implants, sensors,
bases and splices. Designing of built-up columns, welded
drug delivery, laboratory automation, and tissue engineering
plate cylinders, beam-to-column connections, and trusses.
are presented. Prerequisites: ESGN 301 or equivalent, or
Designing for tubular construction. Weld distortion and
Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours
residual stresses. Joint design. Process consideration in weld
MTGN571. METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS ENGI-
design. Welding codes and specifications. Estimation of
NEERING LABORATORY Basic instruction in advanced
welding costs. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: MATH225 or
equipment and techniques in the field of extraction, mechani-
equivalent, EGGN320 or equivalent, MTGN475 or Consent
cal or physical metallurgy. Prerequisite: Selection and Con-
of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Summer of
sent of Instructor. 3 to 9 hours lab ; 1 to 3 semester hours.
odd years only.)
MTGN580. ADVANCED WELDING METALLURGY (II)
MTGN587. PHYSICAL PHENOMENA OF WELDING
Weldability, defects, phase transformations, heat flow, pre-
AND JOINING PROCESSES (I) Introduction to arc
heat treatment, post-heat treatment, heat affected zone,
physics, fluid flow in the plasma, behavior of high pressure
microstructure, and properties. Prerequisite: Consent of
plasma, cathodic and anodic phenomena, energy generation
Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Spring of even
and temperature distribution in the plasma, arc stability, metal
years only.)
transfer across arc, electron beam welding processes, keyhole
phenomena. Ohmic welding processes, high frequency weld-
MTGN581. WELDING HEAT SOURCES AND INTERAC-
ing, weld pool phenomena. Development of relationships be-
TIVE CONTROLS (I) The science of welding heat sources
tween physics concepts and the behavior of specific welding
including gas tungsten arc, gas metal arc, electron beam and
and joining processes. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: PHGN300,
laser. The interaction of the heat source with the workpiece
MATH225, MTGN475, or Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lec-
will be explored and special emphasis will be given to using
ture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of even years only.)
this knowledge for automatic control of the welding process.
Prerequisite: Graduate Status or Consent of Instructor. 3
MTGN591. PHYSICAL PHENOMENA OF COATING
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of odd years only.)
PROCESSES (I) Introduction to plasma physics, behavior of
low pressure plasma, cathodic and anodic phenomena, glow
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discharge phenomena, glow discharge sputtering, magnetron
MTGN696/MLGN696. VAPOR DEPOSITION PROCESSES
plasma deposition, ion beam deposition, cathodic arc evapora-
(II) Introduction to the fundamental physics and chemistry
tion, electron beam and laser coating processes. Development
underlying the control of deposition processes for thin films
of relationships between physics concepts and the behavior
for a variety of applications—wear resistance, corrosion/
of specific coating processes. Prerequisite/Co-requisite:
oxidation resistance, decorative coatings, electronic and
PHGN300, MATH225, or Consent of Instructor. 3 hours
magnetic. Emphasis on the vapor deposition process varia-
lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of odd years only.)
bles rather than the structure and properties of the deposited
MTGN593. NUCLEAR MATERIALS SCIENCE AND EN-
film. Prerequisites: MTGN351, MTGN461, or equivalent
GINEERING (I) Introduction to the physical metallurgy of
courses or Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
nuclear materials, including the nuclear, physical, thermal,
hours. (Summer of odd years only.)
and mechanical properties for nuclear materials, the physical
MTGN697. MICROSTRUCTURAL EVOLUTION OF
and mechanical processing of nuclear alloys, the effect of nu-
COATINGS AND THIN FILMS (I) Introduction to aqueous
clear and thermal environments on structural reactor materi-
and non-aqueous chemistry for the preparation of an effec-
als and the selection of nuclear and reactor structural
tive electrolyte; for interpretation of electrochemical princi-
materials are described. Selected topics include ceramic sci-
ples associated with electrodeposition; surface science to
ence of ceramic nuclear material, ceramic processing of ce-
describe surface structure and transport; interphasial structure
ramic fuel, nuclear reaction with structural materials,
including space charge and double layer concepts; nucleation
radiation interactions with materials, the aging of nuclear
concepts applied to electrodeposition; electrocrystallization
materials, cladding, corrosion and the manufacturing of fuels
including growth concepts; factors affecting morphology and
elements. Relevant issues in the modern fuel cycle will also
kinetics; co-deposition of non-Brownian particles; pulse
be introduced including nuclear safety, reactor decommis-
electrodeposition; electrodeposition parameters and control;
sioning, and environmental impacts. Prerequisites: Graduate
physical metallurgy of electrodeposits; and, principles asso-
or Senior in good-standing or consent of instructor. 3 hours
ciated with vacuum evaporation and sputter deposition.
lecture, 3 semester hours. (Fall of even years only.)
Factors affecting microstructural evolution of vacuum and
MTGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN METALLURGICAL
sputtered deposits; nucleation of vapor and sputtered deposits;
AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING (I, II) Pilot course or
modeling of matter-energy interactions during co-deposition;
special topics course. Topics chosen according to special
and, Thornton’s model for coating growth. Prerequisite/
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). The course topic is
co-requisite: MATH225, MTGN351, MTGN352, or Consent
generally offered only once.. Prerequisite: Consent of In-
of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Summer of
structor. Variable hours lecture/lab; 1 to 6 semester hours.
even years only.)
Repeatable for credit under different titles.
MTGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN METALLURGICAL
MTGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING (I, II) Pilot course or
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests of
member. Student and instructor to agree on subject matter,
instructor(s) and student(s). The course topic is generally
content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study”
offered only once. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 to 3
Form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. 1 to
semester hours per semester. Repeatable for credit under dif-
3 semester hours for each of two semesters. Repeatable for
ferent titles.
credit.
MTGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
MTGN631. TRANSPORT PHENOMENA IN METALLUR-
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
GICAL AND MATERIALS SYSTEMS Physical principles
member. Student and instructor to agree on subject matter,
of mass, momentum, and energy transport. Application to the
content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study”
analysis of extraction metallurgy and other physicochemical
Form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. 1 to
processes. Prerequisite: MATH225 and MTGN461or equiv-
3 semester hours for each of two semesters. Repeatable for
alent, or Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
credit.
hours.
MTGN705. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER
MTGN671 ADVANCED MATERIALS LABORATORY (I)
OF SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion
Experimental and analytical research in the fields of produc-
of the degree Master of Science. Research under the direct
tion, mechanical, chemical, and/or physical metallurgy.
supervision of the faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 1 to 3 semester hours;
MTGN706. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: DOCTOR
3 semester hours.
OF PHILOSOPHY Research credit hours required for com-
MTGN672. ADVANCED MATERIALS LABORATORY
pletion of the degree Doctor of Philosophy. Research under
(II) Continuation of MTGN671. 1 to 3 semester hours.
the direct supervision of the faculty advisor. Repeatable for
credit.
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Mining Engineering
ence - Non-Thesis option must complete a minimum of 30
TIBOR G. ROZGONYI, Professor and Department Head
credit hours of course work of which 6 credit hours may be
KADRI DAGDELEN, Professor
applied towards the analytical report writing, if required.
UGUR OZBAY, Professor
The Master of Engineering degree (Engineer of Mines)
LEVENT OZDEMIR, Professor and Director of Earth Mechanics
in Mining Engineering includes all the requirements for the
Institute
MARK KUCHTA, Associate Professor
M.S. degree, with the sole exception that an “engineering
HUGH B. MILLER, Associate Professor
report” is required rather than a Master’s Thesis.
MASAMI NAKAGAWA, Associate Professor
The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mining and Earth
MANOHAR ARORA, Senior Lecturer
Systems Engineering requires a total of 72 credit hours, be-
VILEM PETR, Research Associate Professor
yond the bachelor's degree. A maximum of 48 credit hours of
Degrees Offered:
course work, and a minimum of 24 hours of research credit is
Master of Engineering (Engineer of Mines)
required. Those with an MSc in an appropriate field may
Master of Science (Mining and Earth Systems Engineering)
transfer a maximum of 30 credit hours of course work to-
wards the 48 credit hour requirement upon the approval of
Doctor of Philosophy (Mining and Earth Systems
the advisor and thesis committee. The thesis must be suc-
Engineering)
cessfully defended before a doctoral committee.
Program Description:
Prerequisites:
The program has two distinctive, but inherently inter-
Students entering a graduate program for the master’s or
woven specialties.
doctor’s degree are expected to have had much the same
The Mining Engineering area or specialty is predomi-
undergraduate training as that required at Colorado School of
nantly for mining engineers and it is directed towards the
Mines in mining, if they are interested in the traditional mining
traditional mining engineering fields. Graduate work is nor-
specialty. Students interested in the Earth Systems engineering
mally centered around subject areas such as mine planning
specialty with different engineering sub-disciplinary background
and development, computer aided mine design, rock mechan-
may also require special mining engineering subjects depend-
ics, operations research applied to the mineral industry, envi-
ing upon their graduate program. Deficiencies if any, will be
ronment and sustainability considerations, mine
determined by the Department of Mining Engineering on the
mechanization, mine evaluation, finance and management
basis of students’ education, experience, and graduate study.
and similar mining engineering topics.
For specific information on prerequisites, students are
The Earth Systems Engineering area or specialty is
encouraged to refer to a copy of the Mining Engineering
designed to be distinctly interdisciplinary by merging the
Department’s Departmental Guidelines and Regulations for
mining engineering fundamentals with civil, geotechnical,
Graduate Students, available from the Mining Engineering
environmental or other engineering into advanced study tracks
Department.
in earth systems, rock mechanics and earth structural systems,
Required Curriculum:
underground excavation, and construction systems. This
Graduate students, depending upon their specialty and
specialty is open for engineers with different sub-disciplinary
background may be required to complete two of the three core
backgrounds, but interested in working and/or considering
courses listed below during their program of study at CSM.
performing research in mining, tunneling, excavation and
underground construction areas.
These courses are:
Graduate work is normally centered around subject areas
MNGN508. Advanced Rock Mechanics
such as site characterization, environmental aspects, under-
MNGN512 - Surface Mine Design
ground construction and tunneling (including microtunneling),
MNGN516 - Underground Mine Design
excavation methods and equipment, mechanization of mines
In addition, all full-time graduate students are required to
and underground construction, environmental and manage-
register for and attend MNGN625 - Graduate Mining Semi-
ment aspects, modeling and design in geoengineering.
nar each semester while in residence, except in the case of
Program Requirements:
extreme circumstances. For these circumstances, considera-
The Master of Science degree in Mining and Earth Systems
tion will be given on a case-by-case basis by the coordinator
Engineering has two options available. Master of Science -
or the Department Head. It is expected that part time stu-
Thesis and Master of Science - Non-Thesis. Thesis Option re-
dents participate in MNGN625 as determined by the course
quires a minimum of 21 semester credit hours of course work
coordinator or the Department Head. Although it is manda-
and 9 semester credits of research, approved by student’s
tory to enroll in MNGN625 each semester, this course will
graduate committee, plus a master’s thesis. The Master of Sci-
only count as one credit hour for the total program.
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Fields of Research:
MNGN408. UNDERGROUND DESIGN AND CONSTRUC-
The Mining Engineering Department focuses on the fol-
TION Soil and rock engineering applied to underground
lowing fundamental areas:
civil works. Tunneling and the construction of underground
Geomechanics, Rock Mechanics and Stability of Under-
openings for power facilities, water conveyance, transporta-
ground and Surface Excavations
tion, and waste disposal; design, excavation and support of
Computerized Mine Design and Related Applications (in-
underground openings. Emphasis on consulting practice, case
cluding Geostatistical Modeling)
studies, geotechnical design, and construction methods. Pre-
Advanced Integrated Mining Systems Incorporating Mine
requisite: EGGN361 OR MNGN321, or Instructor’s consent.
Mechanization and Mechanical Mining Systems
2 hours of lecture; 2 semester hours.
Underground Excavation (Tunneling) and Construction
MNGN410. EXCAVATION PROJECT MANAGEMENT.
Site Characterization and Geotechnical Investigations,
Successful implementation and management of surface and
Modeling and Design in Geoengineering.
underground construction projects, preparation of contract
Rock Fragmentation
documents, project bidding and estimating, contract awarding
Mineral Processing, Communition, Separation Technology
and notice to proceed, value engineering, risk management,
Bulk Material Handling
construction management and dispute resolution, evaluation
Description of Courses
of differing site conditions claims. Prerequisite: MNGN 210
or Instructor’s consent, 2-hour lecture, 2 semester hours.
MNGN404. TUNNELING (I) Modern tunneling techniques.
Emphasis on evaluation of ground conditions, estimation of
MNGN414. MINE PLANT DESIGN Analysis of mine plant
support requirements, methods of tunnel driving and boring,
elements with emphasis on design. Materials handling, de-
design systems and equipment, and safety. Prerequisite:
watering, hoisting, belt conveyor and other material handling
none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
systems for underground mines. Prerequisite: MNGN312,
MNGN314 or Instructor's consent. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours
MNGN405. ROCK MECHANICS IN MINING (I) The
lab; 3 semester hours.
course deals with the rock mechanics aspect of design of
mine layouts developed in both underground and surface.
MNGN418. ADVANCED ROCK MECHANICS Analytical
Underground mining sections include design of coal and hard
and numerical modeling analysis of stresses and displace-
rock pillars, mine layout design for tabular and massive ore
ments induced around engineering excavations in rock. In-
bodies, assessment of caving characteristics or ore bodies,
situ stress. Rock failure criteria. Complete load deformation
performance and application of backfill, and phenomenon of
behavior of rocks. Measurement and monitoring techniques
rock burst and its alleviation. Surface mining portion covers
in rock mechanics. Principles of design of excavation in
rock mass characterization, failure modes of slopes exca-
rocks. Analytical, numerical modeling and empirical design
vated in rock masses, probabilistic and deterministic ap-
methods. Probabilistic and deterministic approaches to rock
proaches to design of slopes, and remedial measures for
engineering designs. Excavation design examples for shafts,
slope stability problems. Prerequisite: MN321 or equivalent.
tunnels, large chambers and mine pillars. Seismic loading of
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours
structures in rock. Phenomenon of rock burst and its allevia-
tion. Prerequisite: MNGN321 or Instructor's consent. 3 hours
MNGN406. DESIGN AND SUPPORT OF UNDERGROUND
lecture; 3 semester hours.
EXCAVATIONS Design of underground excavations and
support. Analysis of stress and rock mass deformations
MNGN421. DESIGN OF UNDERGROUND EXCAVATIONS
around excavations using analytical and numerical methods.
(II) Design of underground openings in competent and broken
Collections, preparation, and evaluation of in situ and labora-
ground using rock mechanics principles. Rock bolting design
tory data for excavation design. Use of rock mass rating sys-
and other ground support methods. Coal, evaporite, metallic
tems for site characterization and excavation design. Study of
and nonmetallic deposits included. Prerequisite: MNGN321,
support types and selection of support for underground exca-
concurrent enrollment or Instructor’s consent. 3 hours lecture;
vations. Use of numerical models for design of shafts, tun-
3 semester hours.
nels and large chambers. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent.
MNGN422/522. FLOTATION Science and engineering
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in odd years.
governing the practice of mineral concentration by flotation.
MNGN407. ROCK FRAGMENTATION (II) Theory and
Interfacial phenomena, flotation reagents, mineral-reagent
application of rock drilling, rock boring, explosives, blasting,
interactions, and zeta-potential are covered. Flotation circuit
and mechanical rock breakage. Design of blasting rounds,
design and evaluation as well as tailings handling are also cov-
applications to surface and underground excavation. Prerequi-
ered. The course also includes laboratory demonstrations of
site: DCGN241, concurrent enrollment or Instructor’s con-
some fundamental concepts. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
sent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MNGN423. FLOTATION LABORATORY (I) Experiments to
accompany the lectures in MNGN422. Corequisite: MNGN421
or Instructor's consent. 3 hours lab; 1 semester hour
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MNGN424. MINE VENTILATION (II) Fundamentals of
correlations and geostatistics with emphasis on applications
mine ventilation, including control of gas, dust, temperature,
in earth sciences and engineering. Prerequisites: MATH112.
and humidity; ventilation network analysis and design of sys-
2 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab. 3 semester hours.
tems. Prerequisite: EGGN351, 371 and MNGN314 or Instruc-
MNGN440. EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT ANALYSIS (I)
tor’s consent. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
Introduction to the fundamentals of classical equipment re-
MNGN427. MINE VALUATION (II) Course emphasis is on
placement theory. Emphasis on new, practical approaches to
the business aspects of mining. Topics include time valuation
equipment replacement decision making. Topics include:
of money and interest formulas, cash flow, investment crite-
operating and maintenance costs, obsolescence factors, tech-
ria, tax considerations, risk and sensitivity analysis, escala-
nological changes, salvage, capital investments, minimal
tion and inflation and cost of capital. Calculation procedures
average annual costs, optimum economic life, infinite and
are illustrated by case studies. Computer programs are used.
finite planning horizons, replacement cycles, replacement vs.
Prerequisite: Senior in Mining, graduate status or Instructor's
expansion, maximization of returns from equipment replace-
consent. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester hours.
ment expenditures. Prerequisite: MNGN427, senior or gradu-
MNGN431. MINING AND METALLURGICAL ENVI-
ate status. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester hours.
RONMENT This course covers studies of the interface
MNGN444. EXPLOSIVES ENGINEERING II This course
between mining and metallurgical process engineering and
gives students in engineering and applied sciences the oppor-
environmental engineering areas. Wastes, effluents and their
tunity to acquire the fundamental concepts of explosives
point sources in mining and metallurgical processes such as
engineering and science applications as they apply to indus-
mineral concentration, value extraction and process metal-
try and real life examples. Students will expand upon their
lurgy are studied in context. Fundamentals of unit operations
MNGN 333 knowledge and develop a more advanced knowl-
and unit processes with those applicable to waste and efflu-
edge base including an understanding of the subject as it ap-
ent control, disposal and materials recycling are covered.
plies to their specific project interests. Assignments, quizzes,
Engineering design and engineering cost components are
concept modeling and their project development and presen-
also included for some examples chosen. The ratio of funda-
tation will demonstrate student’s progress. Prerequisite:
mentals to applications coverage is about 1:1. Prerequisite:
none. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
Instructor's consent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MNGN445/545. ROCK SLOPE ENGINEERING Introduc-
MNGN433. MINE SYSTEMS ANALYSIS I (II) Applica-
tion to the analysis and design of slopes excavated in rock.
tion of statistics, systems analysis, and operations research
Rock mass classification and strength determinatiosn, geo-
techniques to mineral industry problems. Laboratory work
logical structural parameters, properties of fracture sets, data
using computer techniques to improve efficiency of mining
collection techniques, hydrological factors, methods of
operations. Prerequisite: senior or graduate status. 2 hours
analysis of slope stability, wedge intersections, monitoring
lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
and maintenance of final pit slopes, classification of slides.
MNGN434. PROCESS ANALYSIS Projects to accompany
Deterministic and probabilistic approaches in slope design.
the lectures in MNGN422. Prerequisite: MNGN422 or In-
Remedial measures. Laboratory and field exercise in slope
structor's consent. 3 hours lab; 1 semester hour.
design. Collection of data and specimens in the field for de-
terming physical properties required for slope design. Appli-
MNGN436. UNDERGROUND COAL MINE DESIGN (II)
cation of numerical modeling and analytical techniques to
Design of an underground coal mine based on an actual coal
slope stability determinations for hard rock and soft rock
reserve. This course shall utilize all previous course material
environments. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. 3 hours
in the actual design of an underground coal mine. Ventilation,
lecture. 3 hours semester hours.
materials handling, electrical transmission and distribution,
fluid mechanics, equipment selection and application, mine
MNGN460 INDUSTRIAL MINERALS PRODUCTION (II)
plant design. Information from all basic mining survey
This course describes the engineering principles and practices
courses will be used. Prerequisite: MNGN316, 321, 414,
associated with quarry mining operations related to the cement
EGGN329 and DCGN381 or EGGN384. Concurrent enroll-
and aggregate industries. The course will cover resource defi-
ment with the Instructor's consent permitted. 3 hours lecture,
nition, quarry planning and design, extraction, and processing
3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
of minerals for cement and aggregate production. Permitting
issues and reclamation, particle sizing and environmental
MNGN438. GEOSTATISTICS (I) Introduction to elementary
practices, will be studied in depth. Prerequisite: MNGN312,
probability theory and its applications in engineering and sci-
MNGN318, MNGN322, MNGN323, or Instructor's consent.
ences; discrete and continuous probability distributions; param-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
eter estimation; hypothesis testing; linear regression; spatial
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MNGN482. MINE MANAGEMENT (II) Basic principles
rock burst and its alleviation. Surface mining portion covers
of successful mine management, supervision, administrative
rock mass characterization, failure modes of slopes excavated
policies, industrial and human engineering. Prerequisite:
in rock masses, probabilistic and deterministic approaches to
Senior or graduate status or Instructor's consent. 2 hours
design of slopes, and remedial measures for slope stability
lecture; 2 semester hours. Offered in odd years.
problems. Prerequisite: MN321 or equivalent. 3 hours lec-
MNGN498. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MINING ENGINEERING
ture; 3 semester hours
(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen
MNGN506. DESIGN AND SUPPORT OF UNDER-
from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually
GROUND EXCAVATIONS Design of underground exca-
the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor con-
vations and support. Analysis of stress and rock mass
sent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
deformations around excavations using analytical and
credit under different titles.
numerical methods. Collections, preparation, and evaluation
MNGN499. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) (WI) Indi-
of in situ and laboratory data for excavation design. Use of
vidual research or special problem projects supervised by
rock mass rating systems for site characterization and exca-
a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree
vation design. Study of support types and selection of sup-
on a subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite:
port for underground excavations. Use of numerical models
“Independent Study” form must be completed and submitted
for design of shafts, tunnels and large chambers. Prerequisite:
to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeat-
Instructor’s consent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
able for credit.
Offered in odd years.
Graduate Courses
MNGN507. ADVANCED DRILLING AND BLASTING (I)
500-level courses are open to qualified seniors with per-
An advanced study of the theories of rock penetration includ-
mission of the department and Dean of the Graduate School.
ing percussion, rotary, and rotary percussion drilling. Rock
600-level courses are open only to students enrolled in the
fragmentation including explosives and the theories of blast-
Graduate School.
ing rock. Application of theory to drilling and blasting prac-
tice at mines, pits, and quarries. Prerequisite: MNGN407.
MNGN501. REGULATORY MINING LAWS AND CON-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in odd years.
TRACTS (I) Basic fundamentals of engineering law, regula-
tions of federal and state laws pertaining to the mineral
MNGN508. ADVANCED ROCK MECHANICS Analytical
industry and environment control. Basic concepts of mining
and numerical modeling analysis of stresses and displace-
contracts. Offered in even numbered years. Prerequisite:
ments induced around engineering excavations in rock. In-
Senior or graduate status. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
situ stress. Rock failure criteria. Complete load deformation
Offered in even years.
behavior of rocks. Measurement and monitoring techniques
in rock mechanics. Principles of design of excavation in
MNGN503. MINING TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAIN-
rocks. Analytical, numerical modeling and empirical design
ABLE DEVELOPMENT (I, II) The primary focus of this
methods. Probabilistic and deterministic approaches to rock
course is to provide students an understanding of the funda-
engineering designs. Excavation design examples for shafts,
mental principles of sustainability and how they influence the
tunnels, large chambers and mine pillars. Seismic loading of
technical components of a mine's life cycle, beginning during
structures in rock. Phenomenon of rock burst and its allevia-
project feasibility and extending through operations to clo-
tion. Prerequisite: MNGN321 or professor’s consent. 3 hours
sure and site reclamation. Course discussions will address a
lecture; 3 semester hours.
wide range of traditional engineering topics that have spe-
cific relevance and impact to local and regional communities,
MNGN511. MINING INVESTIGATIONS (I, II) Investi-
such as mining methods and systems, mine plant design and
gational problems associated with any important aspect of
layout, mine operations and supervision, resource utilization
mining. Choice of problem is arranged between student and
and cutoff grades, and labor. The course will emphasize the
instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Lecture, con-
importance of integrating social, political, and economic con-
sultation, lab, and assigned reading; 2 to 4 semester hours.
siderations into technical decision-making and problem solv-
MNGN512. SURFACE MINE DESIGN Analysis of ele-
ing. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours
ments of surface mine operation and design of surface min-
MNGN505. ROCK MECHANICS IN MINING (I) The
ing system components with emphasis on minimization of
course deals with the rock mechanics aspect of design of
adverse environmental impact and maximization of efficient
mine layouts developed in both underground and surface.
use of mineral resources. Ore estimates, unit operations,
Underground mining sections include design of coal and hard
equipment selection, final pit determinations, short- and
rock pillars, mine layout design for tabular and massive ore
long-range planning, road layouts, dump planning, and cost
bodies, assessment of caving characteristics or ore bodies,
estimation. Prerequisite: MNGN210. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
performance and application of backfill, and phenomenon of
mester hours.
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MNGN518. ADVANCED BULK UNDERGROUND MIN-
This course introduces students to alternative open pit plan-
ING TECHNIQUES This course will provide advanced
ning and design concepts. Course emphasis is on optimiza-
knowledge and understanding of the current state-of-the-art
tion aspects of open pit mine design. Topics include 3-D
in design, development, and production in underground hard
ultimate pit limit algorithms and their applications; computer
rock mining using bulk-mining methods. Design and layout
aided haul road and dump designs; heuristic long- and short-
of sublevel caving, block caving, open stoping and blasthole
term pit scheduling techniques; parametrization concepts;
stoping systems. Equipment selection, production scheduling,
mathematical optimization for sequencing and scheduling;
ventilation design, and mining costs. Prerequisites: MNGN314,
ore control and truck dispatching. Design procedures are il-
MNGN516, or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours
lustrated by case studies using various computer programs.
lab; 3 semester hours. Spring of odd years.
Prerequisite: MNGN308, MNGN312, or consent of instruc-
MNGN519. ADVANCED SURFACE COAL MINE DESIGN
tor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
(II) Review of current manual and computer methods of re-
MNGN514. MINING ROBOTICS (I) Fundamentals of
serve estimation, mine design, equipment selection, and mine
robotics as applied to the mining industry. The focus is on
planning and scheduling. Course includes design of a surface
mobile robotic vehicles. Topics covered are mining applica-
coal mine for a given case study and comparison of manual and
tions, introduction and history of mobile robotics, sensors,
computer results. Prerequisite: MNGN312, 316, 427. 2 hours
including vision, problems of sensing variations in rock
lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Offered in odd years.
properties, problems of representing human knowledge in
MNGN520. ROCK MECHANICS IN UNDERGROUND
control systems, machine condition diagnostics, kinematics,
COAL MINING (I) Rock mechanics consideration in the de-
and path finding. Prerequisite: CSCI404 or consent of in-
sign of room-and-pillar, longwall, and shortwall coal mining
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in odd
systems. Evaluation of bump and outburst conditions and re-
years.
medial measures. Methane drainage systems. Surface subsi-
MNGN515. MINE MECHANIZATION AND AUTOMATION
dence evaluation. Prerequisite: MNGN321. 3 hours lecture;
This course will provide an in-depth study of the current state
3 semester hours. Offered in odd years.
of the art and future trends in mine mechanization and mine
MNGN422/522. FLOTATION Science and engineering gov-
automation systems for both surface and underground min-
erning the practice of mineral concentration by flotation.
ing, review the infrastructure required to support mine auto-
Interfacial phenomena, flotation reagents, mineral-reagent
mation, and analyze the potential economic and health and
interactions, and zeta-potential are covered. Flotation circuit
safety benefits. Prerequisite: MNGN312, MNGN314,
design and evaluation as well as tailings handling are also cov-
MNGN316, or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours
ered. The course also includes laboratory demonstrations of
lab; 3 semester hours. Fall of odd years.
some fundamental concepts. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MNGN516. UNDERGROUND MINE DESIGN Selection,
MNGN523. SELECTED TOPICS (I, II) Special topics in
design, and development of most suitable underground
mining engineering, incorporating lectures, laboratory work or
mining methods based upon the physical and the geological
independent study, depending on needs. This course may be
properties of mineral deposits (metallics and nonmetallics),
repeated for additional credit only if subject material is differ-
conservation considerations, and associated environmental
ent. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 2 to 4 semester hours.
impacts. Reserve estimates, development and production
Repeatable for credit under different titles.
planning, engineering drawings for development and extrac-
tion, underground haulage systems, and cost estimates. Pre-
MNGN525. INTRODUCTION TO NUMERICAL TECH-
requisite: MNGN210. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3
NIQUES IN ROCK MECHANICS (I) Principles of stress
semester hours.
and infinitesimal strain analysis are summarized, linear con-
stitutive laws and energy methods are reviewed. Continuous
MNGN517. ADVANCED UNDERGROUND MINING (II)
and laminated models of stratified rock masses are introduced.
Review and evaluation of new developments in advanced
The general concepts of the boundary element and finite
underground mining systems to achieve improved productiv-
element methods are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the
ity and reduced costs. The major topics covered include:
boundary element approach with displacement discontinui-
mechanical excavation techniques for mine development and
ties, because of its relevance to the modeling of the extrac-
production, new haulage and vertical conveyance systems,
tion of tabular mineral bodies and to the mobilization of
advanced ground support and roof control methods, mine
faults, joints, etc. Several practical problems, selected from
automation and monitoring, new mining systems and future
rock mechanics and subsidence engineering practices, are
trends in automated, high productivity mining schemes. Pre-
treated to demonstrate applications of the techniques. Prerequi-
requisite: Underground Mine Design (e.g., MNGN314).
site: MNGN321, EGGN320, or equivalent courses, MATH455
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Offered in even years.
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MNGN526. MODELING AND MEASURING IN GEOME-
or equivalent course in statistics; graduate or senior status.
CHANICS (II) Introduction to instruments and instrumen-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
tation systems used for making field measurements (stress,
MNGN539. ADVANCED MINING GEOSTATISTICS (II)
convergence, deformation, load, etc.) in geomechanics. Tech-
Advanced study of the theory and application of geostatistics
niques for determining rock mass strength and deformability.
in mining engineering. Presentation of state-of-the-art geo-
Design of field measurement programs. Interpretation of field
statistical concepts, including: robust estimation, nonlinear
data. Development of predictive models using field data.
geostatistics, disjunctive kriging, geostatistical simulation,
Introduction to various numerical techniques (boundary ele-
computational aspects. This course includes presentations by
ment, finite element, FLAC, etc.) for modeling the behavior
many guest lecturers from the mining industry. Emphasis on
of rock structures. Demonstration of concepts using various
the development and application of advanced geostatistical
case studies. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of
techniques to difficult problems in the mining industry today.
instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in odd years.
Offered in odd years.
MNGN545/445 ROCK SLOPE ENGINEERING Introduc-
MNGN527. THEORY OF PLATES AND SHELLS Classical
tion to the analysis and design of slopes excavated in rock.
methods for the analysis of stresses in plate type structure are
Rock mass classification and strength determinations, geo-
presented first. The stiffness matrices for plate element will be
logical structural parameters, properties of fracture sets, data
developed and used in the finite element method of analysis.
collection techniques, hydrological factors, methods of
Membrane and bending stresses in shells are derived. Appli-
analysis of slope stability, wedge intersections, monitoring
cation of the theory to tunnels, pipes, pressures vessels, and
and maintenance of final pit slopes, classification of slides.
domes, etc., will be included. Prerequisites: EGGN320 or in-
Deterministic and probabilistic approaches in slope design.
structor’s consent. 3 hours lecture; 3 credit hours.
Remedial measures. Laboratory and field exercise in slope
MNGN528. MINING GEOLOGY (I) Role of geology and
design. Collection of data and specimens in the field for
the geologist in the development and production stages of
determining physical properties required for slope design.
a mining operation. Topics addressed: mining operation
Application of numerical modeling and analytical techniques
sequence, mine mapping, drilling, sampling, reserve est-
to slope stability determinations for hard rock and soft rock
imation, economic evaluation, permitting, support functions.
environments. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. 3 hours lec-
Field trips, mine mapping, data evaluation, exercises and
ture. 3 hours semester hours.
term project. Prerequisite: GEGN401 or GEGN405 or per-
MNGN549/EGES549. MARINE MINING SYSTEMS (I)
mission of instructors. 2 hours lecture/seminar, 3 hours
Define interdisciplinary marine mining systems and opera-
laboratory: 3 semester hours. Offered in even years.
tional requirements for the exploration survey, sea floor min-
MNGN530. INTRODUCTION TO MICRO COMPUTERS
ing, hoisting, and transport. Describe and design components
IN MINING (I) General overview of the use of PC based
of deep-ocean, manganese-nodule mining systems and other
micro computers and software applications in the mining
marine mineral extraction methods. Analyze dynamics and
industry. Topics include the use of: database, CAD, spread-
remote control of the marine mining systems interactions and
sheets, computer graphics, data acquisition, and remote com-
system components. Describe the current state-of-the-art tech-
munications as applied in the mining industry. Prerequisite:
nology, operational practice, trade-offs of the system design
Any course in computer programming. 2 hours lecture,
and risk. Prerequisite: EGGN351, EGGN320, GEOC408 or
3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MNGN536. OPERATIONS RESEARCH TECHNIQUES IN
Offered alternate even years.
THE MINERAL INDUSTRY Analysis of exploration, min-
MNGN559/EGES559. MECHANICS OF PARTICULATE
ing, and metallurgy systems using statistical analysis. Monte
MEDIA (1) This course allows students to establish funda-
Carlo methods, simulation, linear programming, and computer
mental knowledge of quasi-static and dynamic particle be-
methods. Prerequisite: MNGN433 or consent of instructor.
havior that is beneficial to interdisciplinary material handling
2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Offered in
processes in the chemical, civil, materials, metallurgy, geo-
even years.
physics, physics, and mining engineering. Issues of interst
MNGN538. GEOSTATISTICAL ORE RESERVE ESTIMA-
are the definition of particl size and size distribution, particle
TION (I) Introduction to the application and theory of geo-
shape, nature of packing, quasi-static behavior under differ-
statistics in the mining industry. Review of elementary
ent external loading, particle collisions, kinetic theoretical
statistics and traditional ore reserve calculation techniques.
modeling of particulate flows, molecular dynamic simula-
Presentation of fundamental geostatistical concepts, includ-
tions, and a brief introduction of solid-fluid two-phase flows.
ing: variogram, estimation variance, block variance, kriging,
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
geostatistical simulation. Emphasis on the practical aspects
ter hours. Fall semesters, every other year.
of geostatistical modeling in mining. Prerequisite: MATH323
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MNGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
of various experimental mining procedures, including a criti-
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
cal evaluation of their potential applications. Mining methods
member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a sub-
covered include deep sea nodule mining, in situ gassification
ject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Indepen-
of coal, in situ retorting of oil shale, solution mining of solu-
dent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the
ble minerals, in situ leaching of metals, geothermal power
Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
generation, oil mining, nuclear fragmentation, slope caving,
credit.
electro-thermal rock penetration and fragmentation. Prerequi-
MNGN625. GRADUATE MINING SEMINAR (I, II) Dis-
site: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
cussions presented by graduate students, staff, and visiting
ture; 3 semester hours. Offered in even years.
lecturers on research and development topics of general in-
MNGN452/MNGN552. SOLUTION MINING AND PRO-
terest. Required of all graduate students in mining engineer-
CESSING OF ORES Theory and application of advanced
ing every semester during residence. 1 semester hour upon
methods of extracting and processing of minerals, under-
completion of thesis or residence.
ground or in situ, to recover solutions and concentrates of
MNGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MINING ENGINEERING
value-materials, by minimization of the traditional surface
(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen
processing and disposal of tailings to minimize environmental
from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually
impacts. Prerequisites: Senior or graduate status; instructor’s
the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor con-
consent 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in spring.
sent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
MNGN585. MINING ECONOMICS (I) Advanced study in
credit under different titles.
mine valuation with emphasis on revenue and cost aspects.
MNGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
Topics include price and contract consideration in coal, metal
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
and other commodities; mine capital and operating cost esti-
member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a sub-
mation and indexing; and other topics of current interest. Pre-
ject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Indepen-
requisite: MNGN427 or EBGN504 or equivalent. 3 hours
dent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the
lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in even years.
Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
MNGN590. MECHANICAL EXCAVATION IN MINING
credit.
(II) This course provides a comprehensive review of the
MNGN700. GRADUATE ENGINEERING REPORT-
existing and emerging mechanical excavation technologies
MASTER OF ENGINEERING (I, II) Laboratory, field, and
for mine development and production in surface and under-
library work for the Master of Engineering report under
ground mining. The major topics covered in the course in-
supervision of the student’s advisory committee. Required of
clude: history and development of mechanical excavators,
candidates for the degree of Master of Engineering. Variable
theory and principles of mechanical rock fragmentation,
1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 6 hours.
design and performance of rock cutting tools, design and
operational characteristics of mechanical excavators (e.g.
MNGN705 GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER
continuous miners, roadheaders, tunnel boring machines,
OF SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion
raise drills, shaft borers, impact miners, slotters), applications
of the degree Master of Science - thesis. Research must be
to mine development and production, performance prediction
carried out under the direct supervision of the graduate stu-
and geotechnical investigations, costs versus conventional
dent’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
methods, new mine designs for applying mechanical exca-
MNGN706 GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: DOCTOR
vators, case histories, future trends and anticipated develop-
OF PHILOSOPHY Research credit hours required for com-
ments and novel rock fragmentation methods including water
pletion of the degree Doctor of Philosophy. Research must be
jets, lasers, microwaves, electron beams, penetrators, electri-
carried out under direct supervision of the graduate student’s
cal discharge and sonic rock breakers. Prerequisite: Senior or
faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
graduate status. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in
GOGN501. SITE INVESTIGATION AND CHARACTERI-
odd years.
ZATION An applications oriented course covering: geological
MNGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MINING ENGINEERING
data collection, geophysical methods for site investigation;
(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen
hydrological data collection; materials properties determina-
from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually
tion; and various engineering classification systems. Presen-
the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor con-
tation of data in a format suitable for subsequent engineering
sent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
design will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Introductory courses
credit under different titles.
in geology, rock mechanics, and soil mechanics. 3 hours lec-
ture; 3 semester hours.
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GOGN502. SOLID MECHANICS APPLIED TO ROCKS
GOGN506. EXCAVATION PROJECT MANAGEMENT
An introduction to the deformation and failure of rocks and
Normal project initiation, design procedures, project financ-
rock masses and to the flow of groundwater. Principles of
ing, permitting and environmental impacts, preparation of
displacement, strain and stress, together with the equations
plans and specifications, contract award, notice to proceed
of equilibrium are discussed. Elastic and plastic constitutive
and legal requirements. Construction alternatives, contract
laws, with and without time dependence, are introduced.
types, standard contract language, bidding and estimating
Concepts of strain hardening and softening are summarized.
and contract awarding procedures. Construction inspection
Energy principles, energy changes caused by underground
and control methods and completion procedures. Conflict
excavations, stable and unstable equilibria are defined. Fail-
resolution, administrative redress, arbitration and litigation.
ure criteria for intact rock and rock masses are explained.
Time and tonnage based incentive programs. The role of
Principles of numerical techniques are discussed and illus-
experts. Prerequisite: College-level in Microeconomics or
trated. Basic laws and modeling of groundwater flows are
Engineering Economy. Degree in Engineering. 2 hours lec-
introduced. Prerequisite: Introductory Rock Mechanics. 3
ture; 2 semester hours.
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
GOGN625. GEO-ENGINEERING SEMINAR Discussions
GOGN503. CHARACTERIZATION AND MODELING
presented by graduate students, staff, and visiting lectures
LABORATORY An applications oriented course covering:
on research and development topics of general interest. Re-
Advanced rock testing procedures; dynamic rock properties
quired of all graduate students in Geo-Engineering every
determination; on-site measurements; and various rock mass
semester, during residence. Prerequisite: Enrollment in Geo-
modeling approaches. Presentation of data in a format suit-
Engineering Program. 1 semester hour upon completion of
able for subsequent engineering design will be emphasized.
thesis or residence.
Prerequisite: Introductory courses in geology, rock mechan-
ics, and soil mechanics. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
GOGN504. SURFACE STRUCTURES IN EARTH MATE-
RIALS Principles involved in the design and construction of
surface structures involving earth materials. Slopes and cuts.
Retaining walls. Tailing dams. Leach dumps. Foundations.
Piles and piers. Extensive use of case examples. Prerequi-
sites: GOGN501, GOGN502, GOGN503. 3 hours lecture;
3 semester hours.
GOGN505. UNDERGROUND EXCAVATION IN ROCK
Components of stress, stress distributions, underground
excavation failure mechanisms, optimum orientation and
shape of excavations, excavation stability, excavation support
design, ground treatment and rock pre-reinforcement, drill
and blast excavations, mechanical excavation, material
haulage, ventilation and power supply, labor requirements
and training, scheduling and costing of underground exca-
vations, and case histories. Prerequisites: GOGN501,
GOGN502, GOGN503. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
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Nuclear Engineering
Program Description:
UWE GREIFE, Interim Academic Program Chair, Associate
The Nuclear Science and Engineering program at the Col-
Professor Physics
orado School of Mines is interdisciplinary in nature and
FRANK E. GIBBS, Director Nuclear Science and Engineering
drawing substantial contributions from the Department of
Center, Research Associate Professor
Chemistry, Division of Engineering, the Division of Environ-
mental Science and Engineering, the Department of Geology
Department of Chemistry
and Geological Engineering, the Division of Liberal Arts and
JAMES F. RANVILLE, Associate Professor
International Studies, the Department of Metallurgical and
Department of Engineering
Materials Engineering, the Department of Mining Engineer-
TERRY PARKER, Professor and Division Director
ing, and the Department of Physics. While delivering a tradi-
MARK LUSK, Professor
tional Nuclear Engineering course core, the School of Mines
KEVIN MOORE, Gerard August Dobelman Chair and Professor
program in Nuclear Science and Engineering emphasizes the
RAY ZHANG, Associate Professor
nuclear fuel life cycle. Faculty bring to the program expertise
in all aspects of the nuclear fuel life cycle; fuel exploration
Department of Environmental Science and Engineering
and processing, nuclear power systems production, design
LINDA A. FIGUEROA, Associate Professor
and operation, fuel recycling, storage and waste remediation,
JOHN R. SPEAR, Assistant Professor
radiation detection and radiation damage as well as the pol-
icy issues surrounding each of these activities. Related re-
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
JOHN D. HUMPHREY, Associate Professor and Interim Department
search is conducted in CSM's Nuclear Science and
Head
Engineering Center.
SAMUEL B. ROMBERGER, Professor
Nuclear Engineering Degree Options and
Requirements:
Department of Liberal Arts and International Studies
CARL MITCHAM, Professor
For both the MS and PhD degrees, graduates in Nuclear
Engineering are exposed to a broad systems overview of the
Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
complete nuclear fuel cycle as well as having detailed expert-
JOHN J. MOORE, Trustees Professor and Department Head
ise in a particular component of the cycle. Breadth is assured
STEPHEN LIU, Professor
by requiring all students to complete a rigorous set of core
DAVID K. MATLOCK, Charles S. Fogarty Professor
courses. The core consists of a 21 credit-hour course se-
BRAJENDRA MISHRA, Professor
quence. The remainder of the course and research work is ob-
DAVID L. OLSON, John H. Moore Distinguished Professor
tained from the multiple participating departments, as
IVAR E. REIMANIS, Professor
approved for each student by the student's advisor and thesis
JOHN G. SPEER, Professor
committee.
Department of Mining Engineering
Combined Degree Program Option:
TIBOR G. ROZGONYI, Professor and Department Head
CSM undergraduate students have the opportunity to begin
LEVENT OZDEMIR, Professor and Director of Earth Mechanics
work on a M.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering while com-
Institute
pleting their Bachelor's degree. The CSM Combined Degree
MARK KUCHTA, Associate Professor
Program provides the vehicle for students to use up to 6
credit hours of undergraduate coursework as part of their
Department of Physics
JAMES A. McNEIL, Professor and Department Head
Graduate Degree curriculum. For more information please
F. EDWARD CECIL, Professor Emeritus
contact the Nuclear Engineering program director.
FREDERIC SARAZIN, Assistant Professor
Program Requirements:
Degrees Offered:
M.S. Non-Thesis Option: 36 total credit hours, consisting
of core coursework (21 h), seminar in a participating depart-
Master of Science (Nuclear Engineering), Thesis option
ment (2h), additional elective courses (9 h) and Independent
Master of Science (Nuclear Engineering), Non-thesis option
Study (4 h) working on a research project with a faculty
member working in nuclear science and engineering.
Doctor of Philosophy (Nuclear Engineering)
M.S. Thesis Option: 36 total credit hours, consisting of
In addition, students majoring in allied fields may com-
core coursework (21 h), seminar in a participating depart-
plete a minor degree program, consisting of 12 credit hours
ment (2h) and research (13 h). Students must write and orally
of coursework, through the Nuclear Science and Engineering
defend a research thesis.
Program. Minor programs are designed to allow students in
allied fields to acquire and then indicate, in a formal way,
Ph.D.: 72 total credit hours, consisting of coursework (21
specialization in a nuclear-related area of expertise.
h of core and at least 12 h electives), seminar in a participat-
ing department (4h) and research (at least 24 h).
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Ph.D. students must also successfully complete the pro-
work beyond the required core. This additional coursework
gram's quality control process (which includes a dissertation
may include offerings from all of the academic units partici-
proposal and defense) as well as write and defend a doctoral
pating in the degree program: Engineering, Environmental
dissertation. The quality of the research is expected to rise to
Sciences and Engineering, Geology and Geological Engi-
the level where it can be submitted for publication in schol-
neering, Liberal Arts and International Studies, Metallurgical
arly journals.
and Materials Engineering, Mining Engineering and Physics.
Thesis Committee Requirements
Through these additional courses, students gain in-depth
Students must meet the general requirements listed in the
knowledge of one particular facet of the Nuclear Engineering
Graduate Bulletin section Graduate Degrees and Require-
industry.
ments. In addition, the student's advisor or co-advisor must
Students in research-based degree programs, thesis-based
be an active faculty member of CSM's Nuclear Science and
MS and PhD degrees, are required to complete the minimum
Engineering program. For M.S. thesis students, at least two,
research credit hour requirements leading to dissertation and
for doctoral students, at least three committee members must
defense. Research is conducted under the direction of a mem-
be faculty members of the Nuclear Science and Engineering
ber of CSM's Nuclear Science and Engineering program and
program.
could be tied to a research opportunity provided by industry
Prerequisites:
partners.
-baccalaureate degree in a science or engineering disci-
Minor Degree Programs
pline
Students majoring in allied fields may choose to complete
-mathematics coursework up to and including differential
minor degree programs through the Nuclear Science and En-
equations
gineering Program indicating specialization in a nuclear-re-
lated area of expertise. Minor programs require completion
-physics coursework up to and including courses in mod-
of 12 credit hours of approved coursework. Existing minors
ern physics and introductory nuclear physics
and their requirements are as follows;
-engineering thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid flow
or equivalent
Nuclear Engineering
Note that some pre-requisites may be completed in the
"Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Physics (PHGN590)
first semesters of the graduate program after consultation
"Nuclear Reactor Laboratory (EGES590 - taught in collab-
with the student's advisor.
oration with the USGS)
Required Curriculum:
"Reactor Design
All degree offerings within the Nuclear Engineering pro-
gram are based on a set of required core courses. These in-
"Either Public Policy and Licensing (LAIS590) or Ra-
clude the following:
dioactive Materials Management (ESEG590)
Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Physics (PHGN590)
Nuclear Materials Processing
Radiation Detection and Measurement (PHGN504 )
"Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Physics (PHGN590)
Nuclear Reactor Laboratory (EGES590 - taught in collab-
"Materials Science and Engineering of Nuclear Materials
oration with the USGS)
(MTGN590)
Materials Science and Engineering of Nuclear Materials
"Chemical Processing of Nuclear Materials (MTGN591 )
(MTGN590)
"Radioactive Materials Management (ESEG590 )
Radioactive Materials Management (ESEG590 )
Reactor Design
Nuclear Detection
Public Policy and Licensing (LAIS590)
"Nuclear Physics (PHGN422)
As part of the Program's quality control process, PhD stu-
"Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Physics (PHGN590)
dents need to achieve a 3.0 grade point average in the seven
core courses or pass oral examinations in areas of weakness
"Radiation Detection and Measurement (PHGN504)
identified by the student's Thesis Committee.
"Nuclear Reactor Laboratory (EGES590 - taught in collab-
PhD and non-thesis MS students will specialize in a partic-
oration with the USGS)
ular aspect of Nuclear Engineering under the guidance of a
student advisory committee by selecting additional course-
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Nuclear Geoscience and Geoengineering
Petroleum Engineering
"Nuclear Physics (PHGN422), plus three of the following
RAMONA M. GRAVES, Professor and Interim Department Head
five courses
HOSSEIN KAZEMI, Chesebro Distinguished Professor
"Nuclear and Isotope Geochemistry
ERDAL OZKAN, Professor
CRAIG W. VAN KIRK, Professor
"In-situ Mining
YU-SHU WU, Professor
"Uranium Mining
ALFRED W. EUSTES III, Associate Professor
JENNIFER L. MISKIMINS, Associate Professor
"Uranium Geology and Geochemistry (GEGN520)
MANIKA PRASAD, Associate Professor
"Design of Geologic Radioactive Waste Repositories
TURHAN YILDIZ, Associate Professor
(MNGN543)
DWAYNE A. BOURGOYNE, Assistant Professor
LINDA BATTALORA, Lecturer
Description of Courses
MARK G. MILLER, Lecturer
Nuclear Science and Engineering courses are taken from
BILLY J. MITCHELL, Professor Emeritus
existing courses at CSM. In addition to the core courses
RICHARD CHRISTIANSEN, Associate Professor Emeritus
listed above, the elective courses approved by the Nuclear
Degrees Offered:
Science and Engineering faculty can be viewed at
http://www.mines.edu/Academic/nuclear.
Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
Master of Engineering (Petroleum Engineering)
Master of Science (Petroleum Engineering)
Doctor of Philosophy (Petroleum Engineering)
Program Description:
The Petroleum Engineering Department offers students a
choice of a Master of Science (MS) degree or a Master of
Engineering (ME) degree. For the MS degree, a thesis is
required in addition to course work. For the ME degree, no
thesis is required, but the course work requirement is greater
than that for the MS degree. The Petroleum Engineering De-
partment also offers CSM undergraduate students the option
of a Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program. This is an
accelerated program that provides the opportunity to the
CSM students to have a head start on graduate education.
Applications from students having an ME or MS in Petro-
leum Engineering, or in another discipline, will be considered
for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program.
To obtain the Ph.D. degree, a student must demonstrate un-
usual competence, creativity, and dedication in the degree
field. In addition to extensive course work, a dissertation is
required for the Ph.D. degree.
Program Requirements:
Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
Minimum 36 hours of course credit
Master of Engineering
Minimum 36 hours of course credit
Master of Science
Minimum 36 hours, of which no less than 12 credit hours
earned by research and 24 credit hours by course work
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program
The same requirements as Master of Engineering after the
student is granted full graduate status. Students in the Com-
bined Undergraduate/Graduate Program may fulfill part of
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the requirements of their graduate degree by including up to
must be from the Petroleum Engineering Department. Up to
6 credit hours of undergraduate course credits upon approval
9 credit hours may be transferred from another institution.
of the department.
Up to 9 credit hours of senior-level courses may be applied
Doctor of Philosophy
to the degree. For the MS degree, the student must demon-
Minimum 90 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree
strate ability to observe, analyze, and report original scien-
of which no less than 30 credit hours earned by research, or
tific research. For other requirements, refer to the general
minimum 54 credit hours beyond the Master’s degree of
instructions of the Graduate School in this bulletin.
which no less than 30 credit hours earned by research.
The requirements for the Combined Undergraduate/
Petroleum Engineering, Geology and Geological Engi-
Graduate Program are defined in the section of this Bul-
neering, and the Geophysics Departments share oversight for
letin titled “Graduate Degrees and Requirements—V. Com-
the Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
bined Undergraduate/Graduate Programs.” After the student
program through a committee consisting of one faculty mem-
is granted full graduate status, the requirements are the same
ber from each department. Students gain admission to the
as those for the non-thesis Master of Engineering degree. The
program by application to any of the three sponsoring depart-
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program allows students
ments. Students are administered by that department into
to fulfill part of the requirements of their graduate degree by
which they first matriculate. A minimum of 36 credit hours
including up to 6 credit hours of their undergraduate course
of course credit is required to complete the Professional
credits upon approval of the department. For other require-
Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems program. Up to 9
ments, refer to the general directions of the Graduate School
credits may be earned by 400 level courses. All other credits
in this bulletin.
toward the degree must be 500 level or above. At least 9
A candidate for the Ph.D. must complete at least 60 hours
hours must consist of:
of course credit and a minimum of 30 credit hours of re-
1 course selected from the following:
search beyond the Bachelor’s degree or at least 24 hours of
GEGN439/GPGN439/PEGN439 Multidisciplinary
course credit and a minimum of 30 credit hours of research
Petroleum Design
beyond the Master’s degree. The credit hours to be counted
toward a Ph.D. are dependent upon approval of the student’s
1 course selected from the following:
thesis committee. Students who enter the Ph.D. program
GPGN419/ PEGN419 Well Log Analysis and Formation
with a Bachelor’s degree may transfer up to 33 graduate
Evaluation or
credit hours from another institution with the approval of the
GPGN519/PEGN519 Advanced Formation Evaluation
graduate advisor. Students who enter the Ph.D. program with
1 courses selected from the following:
a master’s degree may transfer up to 45 credit hours of
GEGN503/GPGN503/PEGN503 Integrated Exploration
course and research work from another institution upon ap-
and Development or
proval by the graduate advisor. Ph.D. students must complete
GEGN504/GPGN504/PEGN504 Integrated Exploration
a minimum of 12 credit hours of their required course credit
and Development
in a minor program of study. The student’s faculty advisor,
Also 9 additional hours must consist of one course each
thesis committee, and the department head must approve the
from the 3 participating departments. The remaining 18
course selection. The Ph.D. students are also required to
hours may consist of graduate courses from any of the 3
demonstrate proficiency in a second language other than
participating departments, or other courses approved by the
English. Full-time Ph.D. students must satisfy the following
committee. Up to 6 hours may consist of independent study,
requirements for admission to candidacy within the first two
including an industry project.
calendar years after enrolling in the program:
Candidates for the non-thesis Master of Engineering
iii) have a thesis committee appointment form on file,
degree must complete a minimum of 36 hours of graduate
iii) complete all prerequisite and core courses success-
course credit. At least 18 of the credit hours must be from the
fully,
Petroleum Engineering Department. Up to 12 graduate credit
iii) demonstrate adequate preparation for and satisfactory
hours can be transferred from another institution, and up to 9
ability to conduct doctoral research by successfully
credit hours of senior-level courses may be applied to the de-
completing a series of written and/or oral examina-
gree. All courses must be approved by the student’s advisor.
tions and fulfilling the other requirements of their
No graduate committee is required. No more than six credit
graduate committees.
hours can be earned through independent study.
Failure to fulfill these requirements within the time limits
Candidates for the Master of Science degree must complete
specified above may result in immediate mandatory dis-
at least 24 graduate credit hours of course work, approved by
missal from the Ph.D. program according to the procedure
the candidate’s graduate committee, and a minimum of 12
outlined in the section of this Bulletin titled “General Regula-
hours of research credit. At least 12 of the course credit hours
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tions—Unsatisfactory Academic Performance—Unsatisfactory
Oil recovery processes
Academic Progress Resulting in Probation or Discretionary
Natural gas engineering, coalbed methane, and
Dismissal.” For other requirements, refer to the general di-
geothermal energy
rections of the Graduate School in this bulletin.
Completion and stimulation of wells
Applying for Admission:
Horizontal and multilateral wells
All graduate applicants must have taken core engineering,
Fluid flow in wellbores, and artificial lift
math and science courses before applying to graduate school.
Drilling mechanics, directional drilling, extraterrestrial
For the Colorado School of Mines this would be 3 units of
drilling, ice coring and drilling
Calculus, 2 units of Chemistry with Quantitative Lab, 2 units
Bit vibration analysis, tubular buckling and stability,
of Physics, Differential Equations, Statics, Fluid Mechanics,
wave propagation in drilling tubulars
Thermodynamics and Mechanics of Materials. To apply for
Laser technology in penetrating rocks
admission, follow the procedure outlined in the general sec-
Remediation of contaminated soils and aquifers
tion of this bulletin. Three letters of recommendation must
Economics and management
accompany the application. The Petroleum Engineering De-
Research projects may involve professors and graduate
partment requires the General test of the Graduate Record
students from other disciplines. Projects often include off-
Examination (GRE). To be eligible for review the applicants
campus laboratories, institutes, and other resources.
for the Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and Pro-
The Petroleum Engineering Department houses two re-
fessional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems programs
search centers and two consortia.
should have a minimum score of 700 or better and applicants
Research Centers
for the Ph.D. program are expected to have 750 or better on
the quantitative section of the GRE exam, in addition to ac-
Marathon Center of Excellence for Reservoir Studies
ceptable scores in the verbal and analytical sections. The
(MCERS)
GPA of the applicant must be 3.0 or higher. The graduate ap-
Center for Earth Mechanics, Materials, and
plication review committee determines minimum require-
Characterization (EM2C).
ments accordingly, and these requirements may change
Research Consortia
depending on the application pool for the particular semester.
Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology (FAST)
The applicants whose native language is not English are also
Consortium.
expected to provide satisfactory scores on the TOEFL (Test
Marathon Center of Excellence for Reservoir Studies,
of English as a Foreign Language) exam as specified in the
Multi-Scale Simulation Consortium
general section of this bulletin.
Required Curriculum:
Special Features:
A student in the graduate program selects course work by
In the exchange programs with the Petroleum Engineering
consultation with the Faculty Advisor and with the approval
Departments of the Mining University of Leoben, Austria,
of the graduate committee. Course work is tailored to the
Technical University in Delft, Holland, and the University of
needs and interests of the student. It is desirable for students
Adelaide, Australia, a student may spend one semester abroad
with deficiencies to complete the deficiencies or course work
during graduate studies and receive full transfer of credit
within the first two semesters of arrival to the program or as
back to CSM with prior approval of the Petroleum Engi-
soon as possible with the approval of their advisor.
neering Department at CSM.
All PE graduate students are required to complete 3 credit
The Petroleum Engineering Department is located in the
hours of course work in writing, research, or presentation
foothills west of Denver. The laboratory wing has 20,000
intensive classes, such as LICM501, LICM598, SYGN501,
square feet of space, with about $2 million of equipment ac-
and SYGN600, as agreed by their graduate advisor. Also,
quired in recent years.
students who do not have a BS degree in PE must take the
The Petroleum Engineering Department enjoys strong
deficiency courses as required by the department as soon as
association with the Geology and Geophysics Departments at
possible in their graduate programs.
CSM. Courses that integrate the faculty and interests of the
Fields of Research:
three departments are taught at the undergraduate and gradu-
Current research topics include
ate levels.
Rock and fluid properties, phase behavior, and rock
The department is close to oil and gas field operations, oil
mechanics
companies and laboratories, and geologic outcrops of pro-
Analytical and numerical modeling of fluid flow in
ducing formations. There are many opportunities for summer
porous media
and part-time employment in the oil and gas industry in the
Formation evaluation, well test analysis, and reservoir
Denver metropolitan region.
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Each summer, some graduate students assist with the field
rolled in Graduate School. Certain courses may vary from
sessions for undergraduate students. In the past, the field ses-
year to year, depending upon the number of students and
sion students have visited oil and gas operations in Europe,
their particular needs.
Alaska, Canada, Southern California, the Gulf Coast, and
PEGN501. APPLICATIONS OF NUMERICAL METHODS
western Colorado.
TO PETROLEUM ENGINEERING The course will solve
The Petroleum Engineering Department encourages student
problems of interest in Petroleum Engineering through the
involvement with the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the
use of spreadsheets on personal computers and structured
American Association of Drilling Engineers. The department
FORTRAN programming on PCs or mainframes. Numerical
provides financial support for students attending the SPE
techniques will include methods for numerical quadrature,
Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.
differentiation, interpolation, solution of linear and non-
Description of Courses
linear ordinary differential equations, curve fitting and direct
Undergraduate Courses
or iterative methods for solving simultaneous equations. Pre-
Students in Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir
requisites: PEGN414 and PEGN424 or consent of instructor.
Systems, Master of Engineering, Master of Science, and
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Degree programs may
PEGN502. ADVANCED DRILLING FLUIDS The physical
take up to 9 credit hours of 400-level courses provided that
properties and purpose of drilling fluids are investigated.
these courses are not required for the BS PE program at
Emphasis is placed on drilling fluid design, clay chemistry,
CSM. The department should approve all such courses. The
design, and testing; and solids control. Prerequisite: PEGN311
following 400-level courses in the Petroleum Engineering
or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 se-
Department are not required for BS PE degree and may be
mester hours.
considered for graduate degree credit. Other 400-level
PEGN503/GEGN503/GPGN503. INTEGRATED EXPLO-
courses may be available in the other departments.
RATION AND DEVELOPMENT Students work alone and
PEGN428. ADVANCED DRILLING ENGINEERING (II)
in teams to study reservoirs from fluvial-deltaic and valley
Rotary drilling systems with emphasis on design of drilling
fill depositional environments. This is a multidisciplinary
programs, directional and horizontal well planning, bit selec-
course that shows students how to characterize and model
tion, bottom hole assembly and drillstring design. This elec-
subsurface reservoir performance by integrating data, meth-
tive course is recommended for petroleum engineering
ods and concepts from geology, geophysics and petroleum
majors interested in drilling. Prerequisite: PEGN311,
engineering. Activities and topics include field trips to sur-
PEGN361. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
face outcrops, well logs, borehole cores, seismograms, reser-
PEGN450. ENERGY ENGINEERING (I or II) Energy
voir modeling of field performance, written exercises and
Engineering is an overview of energy sources that will be
oral team presentations. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
available for use in the 21st century. After discussing the
2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
history of energy and its contribution to society, we survey
PEGN504/GEGN504/GPGN504. INTEGRATED EXPLORA-
the science and technology of energy, including geothermal
TION AND DEVELOPMENT Students work in multidisci-
energy, fossil energy, solar energy, nuclear energy, wind
plinary teams to study practical problems and case studies in
energy, hydro energy, bio energy, energy and the environ-
integrated subsurface exploration and development. The
ment, energy and economics, the hydrogen economy, and
course addresses emerging technologies and timely topics.
energy forecasts. This broad background will give you addi-
Activities include field trips, 3D computer modeling, written
tional flexibility during your career and help you thrive in an
exercises and oral team presentations. Prerequisite: Consent
energy industry that is evolving from an industry dominated
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
by fossil fuels to an industry working with many energy
PEGN505. HORIZONTAL WELLS: RESERVOIR AND
sources. Prerequisite: MATH213, PHGN200. 3 hours lec-
PRODUCTION ASPECTS This course covers the funda-
ture; 3 semester hours.
mental concepts of horizontal well reservoir and production
PEGN498. SPECIAL TOPICS (I, II) Group or individual
engineering with special emphasis on the new developments.
study of any topic in the field of, or closely related to petro-
Each topic covered highlights the concepts that are generic to
leum engineering. By consent of instructor. Hours per week
horizontal wells and draws attention to the pitfalls of apply-
and credit to be determined at time of registration.
ing conventional concepts to horizontal wells without critical
Graduate Courses
evaluation. There is no set prerequisite for the course but
The 500-level courses are open to qualified seniors with
basic knowledge on general reservoir engineering concepts is
permission of the department and the Dean of the Graduate
useful. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
School. The 600-level courses are open only to students en-
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PEGN506. ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY METHODS
capillary pressure and wettability issues; linear equation
Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods are reviewed from
solvers; streamline simulation; and multi-scale simulation
both the qualitative and quantitative standpoint. Recovery
concept. Prerequisite: PEGN424 or equivalent, strong reser-
mechanisms and design procedures for the various EOR
voir engineering background, and basic computer program-
processes are discussed. In addition to lectures, problems on
ming knowledge. 3 credit hours. 3 hours of lecture per week.
actual field design procedures will be covered. Field case his-
PEGN514. PETROLEUM TESTING TECHNIQUES Inves-
tories will be reviewed. Prerequisite: PEGN424 or consent of
tigation of basic physical properties of petroleum reservoir
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
rocks and fluids. Review of recommended practices for test-
PEGN507. INTEGRATED FIELD PROCESSING Inte-
ing drilling fluids and oil well cements. Emphasis is placed
grated design of production facilities covering multistage sep-
on the accuracy and calibration of test equipment. Quality re-
aration of oil, gas, and water, multiphase flow, oil skimmers,
port writing is stressed. Prerequisite: Graduate status. 2 hours
natural gas dehydration, compression, crude stabilization,
lecture, 1 hour lab; 3 semester hours. Required for students
petroleum fluid storage, and vapor recovery. Prerequisite:
who do not have a BS in PE.
PEGN411 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
PEGN515. RESERVOIR ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES
ter hours.
Reservoir Engineering overview. Predicting hydrocarbon in
PEGN508. ADVANCED ROCK PROPERTIES Application
place; volumetric method, deterministic and probabilistic
of rock mechanics and rock properties to reservoir engineer-
approaches, material balance, water influx, graphical tech-
ing, well logging, well completion and well stimulation.
niques. Fluid flow in porous media; continuity and diffusivity
Topics covered include: capillary pressure, relative perme-
equations. Well performance; productivity index for vertical,
ability, velocity effects on Darcy’s Law, elastic/mechanical
perforated, fractured, restricted, slanted, and horizontal wells,
rock properties, subsidence, reservoir compaction, and sand
inflow performance relationship under multiphase flow con-
control. Prerequisite: PEGN423 and PEGN426 or consent of
ditions. Combining material balance and well performance
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
equations. Future reservoir performance prediction; Muskat,
PEGN511. PHASE BEHAVIOR IN THE OIL AND GAS
Tarner, Carter and Tracy methods. Fetkovich decline curves.
INDUSTRY Essentials of thermodynamics for understand-
Reservoir simulation; fundamentals and formulation, stream-
ing phase behavior. Modeling of phase behavior of single and
line simulation, integrated reservoir studies. 3 hours lecture,
multi-component systems with equations of state and other
3 semester hours.
appropriate solution models in spreadsheets and commercial
PEGN516. PRODUCTION ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES
PVT software. Special focus on paraffins, asphaltenes, natural
Production Engineering Overview. Course provides a broad
gas hydrates, and mineral deposition. Prerequisite: ChEN357
introduction to the practice of production engineering. Covers
or equivalent, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
petroleum system analysis, well stimulation (fracturing and
mester hours.
acidizing), artificial lift (gas lift, sucker rod, ESP, and others),
PEGN512. ADVANCED GAS ENGINEERING The physi-
and surface facilities. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
cal properties and phase behavior of gas and gas condensates
PEGN 517. DRILLING ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES
will be discussed. Flow through tubing and pipelines as well
Drilling Engineering overview. Subjects to be covered in-
as through porous media is covered. Reserve calculations for
clude overall drilling organization, contracting, and report-
normally pressured, abnormally pressured and water drive
ing; basic drilling engineering principles and equipment;
reservoirs are presented. Both stabilized and isochronal
drilling fluids, hydraulics, and cuttings transport; drillstring
deliverability testing of gas wells will be illustrated. Pre-
design; drill bits; drilling optimization; fishing operations;
requisite: PEGN423 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture;
well control; pore pressure and fracture gradients, casing
3 semester hours.
points and design; cementing; directional drilling and hori-
PEGN513 - RESERVOIR SIMULATION I The course pro-
zontal drilling. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
vides the rudiments of reservoir simulation, which include
PEGN519. ADVANCED FORMATION EVALUATION
flow equations, solution methods, and data requirement.
A detailed review of wireline well logging and evaluation
Specifically, the course covers: equations of conservation of
methods stressing the capability of the measurements to de-
mass, conservation of momentum, and energy balance; nu-
termine normal and special reservoir rock parameters related
merical solution of flow in petroleum reservoirs by finite dif-
to reservoir and production problems. Computers for log
ference (FD) and control volume FD; permeability tensor and
processing of single and multiple wells. Utilization of well
directional permeability; non-Darcy flow; convective flow
logs and geology in evaluating well performance before, dur-
and numerical dispersion; grid orientation problems; intro-
ing, and after production of hydrocarbons. The sensitivity of
duction to finite element and mixed finite-element methods;
formation evaluation parameters in the volumetric determina-
introduction to hybrid analytical/numerical solutions; intro-
tion of petroleum in reservoirs. Prerequisite: PEGN419 or
duction to multi-phase flow models; relative permeability,
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
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PEGN522. ADVANCED WELL STIMULATION Basic
PEGN577. WORKOVER DESIGN AND PRACTICE
applications of rock mechanics to petroleum engineering
Workover Engineering overview. Subjects to be covered
problems. Hydraulic fracturing; acid fracturing, fracturing
include Workover Economics, Completion Types, Workover
simulators; fracturing diagnostics; sandstone acidizing; sand
Design Considerations, Wellbore Cleanout (Fishing), Work-
control, and well bore stability. Different theories of forma-
over Well Control, Tubing and Workstring Design, Slickline
tion failure, measurement of mechanical properties. Review
Operations, Coiled Tubing Operations, Packer Selection,
of recent advances and research areas. Prerequisite: PEGN426
Remedial Cementing Design and Execution, Completion
or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Fluids, Gravel Packing, and Acidizing. 3 hours lecture,
PEGN523. ADVANCED ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF OIL
3 semester hours.
AND GAS PROJECTS Determination of present value of
PEGN594. DIRECTIONAL AND HORIZONTAL DRILLING
oil properties. Determination of severance, ad valorem,
Application of directional control and planning to drilling.
windfall profit, and federal income taxes. Analysis of prof-
Major topics covered include: Review of procedures for the
itability indicators. Application of decision tree theory and
drilling of directional wells. Section and horizontal view
Monte Carlo methods to oil and gas properties. Economic
preparation. Two and three dimensional directional planning.
criteria for equipment selection. Prerequisite: PEGN422 or
Collision diagrams. Surveying and trajectory calculations.
EBGN504 or ChEN504 or MNGN427 or ChEN421 or con-
Surface and down hole equipment. Common rig operating
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
procedures, and horizontal drilling techniques. Prerequisites:
PEGN524. PETROLEUM ECONOMICS AND MANAGE-
PEGN311 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. 3 hours
MENT Business applications in the petroleum industry are
lecture; 3 semester hours.
the central focus. Topics covered are: fundamentals of ac-
PEGN595. DRILLING OPERATIONS Lectures, seminars,
counting, oil and gas accounting, strategic planning, oil and
and technical problems with emphasis on well planning,
gas taxation, oil field deals, negotiations, and the formation
rotary rig supervision, and field practices for execution of
of secondary units. The concepts are covered by forming
the plan. This course makes extensive use of the drilling rig
companies that prepare proforma financial statements, make
simulator. Prerequisite: PEGN311, or consent of instructor.
deals, drill for oil and gas, keep accounting records, and ne-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
gotiate the participation formula for a secondary unit. Pre-
PEGN596. ADVANCED WELL CONTROL Principles and
requisite: PEGN422 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture;
procedures of pressure control are taught with the aid of a
3 semester hours.
full-scale drilling simulator. Specifications and design of
PEGN541. APPLIED RESERVOIR SIMULATION Con-
blowout control equipment for onshore and offshore drilling
cepts of reservoir simulation within the context of reservoir
operations, gaining control of kicks, abnormal pressure detec-
management will be discussed. Course participants will learn
tion, well planning for wells containing abnormal pressures,
how to use available flow simulators to achieve reservoir
and kick circulation removal methods are taught. Students
management objectives. They will apply the concepts to
receive hands-on training with the simulator and its peripheral
an open-ended engineering design problem. Prerequisites:
equipment. Prerequisite: PEGN311 or consent of instructor.
PEGN424 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ter hours.
PEGN597. TUBULAR DESIGN Fundamentals of tubulars
PEGN542. INTEGRATED RESERVOIR CHARACTERI-
(casing, tubing, and drill pipe) design applied to drilling.
ZATION The course introduces integrated reservoir char-
Major topics covered include: Dogleg running loads. Direc-
acterization from a petroleum engineering perspective.
tional hole considerations. Design criteria development. Ef-
Reservoir characterization helps quantify properties that
fects of formation pressures. Stability loads after cementing.
influence flow characteristics. Students will learn to assess
Effects of temperature, pressure, mud weights, and cement.
and integrate data sources into a comprehensive reservoir
Helical bending of tubing. Fishing loads. Micro-annulus
model. Prerequisites: PEGN424 or consent of instructor.
problem. Strengths of API tubulars. Abrasive wear while
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
rotating drill pipe. How to design for hydrogen sulfide and
PEGN550. MODERN RESERVOIR SIMULATORS Stu-
fatigue corrosion. Connection selection. Common rig operat-
dents will learn to run reservoir simulation software using a
ing procedures. Prerequisite: PEGN311, PEGN361 or equiva-
variety of reservoir engineering examples. The course will
lent, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
focus on the capabilities and operational features of simulators.
PEGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN PETROLEUM ENGI-
Students will learn to use pre- and post-processors, fluid prop-
NEERING Pilot course or special topics course. Topics
erty analysis software, black oil and gas reservoir models,
chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s).
and compositional models. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Usually the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instruc-
tor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable
for credit under different titles.
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PEGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual research or
Evaluation of oil and gas reservoirs in major water contain-
special problem projects supervised by a faculty member,
ing formations. Prerequisite: PEGN424 or consent of instruc-
also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter,
tor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study”
PEGN608. FLUID DISPLACEMENT IN POROUS MEDIA
form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Vari-
The factors involved in multiphase fluid flow in porous
able credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
media. The micro- and macroscopic movement of various
different titles.
fluid combinations. Performance of various displacement
PEGN601. APPLIED MATHEMATICS OF FLUID FLOW
tests on cores in the laboratory. Prerequisite: PEGN423 or
IN POROUS MEDIA This course is intended to expose
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
petroleum-engineering students to the special mathematical
PEGN614. RESERVOIR SIMULATION II: The course re-
techniques used to solve transient flow problems in porous
views the rudiments of reservoir simulation and flow equa-
media. Bessel’s equation and functions, Laplace and Fourier
tions, solution methods, and data requirement. The course
transformations, the method of sources and sinks, Green’s
emphasizes multi-phase flow and solution techniques;
functions, and boundary integral techniques are covered.
teaches the difference between conventional reservoir simu-
Numerical evaluation of various reservoir engineering solu-
lation, compositional modeling and multi-porosity modeling;
tions, numerical Laplace transformation and inverse transfor-
teaches how to construct three-phase relative permeability
mation are also discussed. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
from water-oil and gas-oil relative permeability data set; the
PEGN603. DRILLING MODELS Analytical models of
importance of capillary pressure measurements and wetabil-
physical phenomena encountered in drilling. Casing and
ity issues; discusses the significance of gas diffusion and in-
drilling failure from bending, fatigue, doglegs, temperature,
terphase mass transfer. Finally, the course develops solution
stretch; mud filtration; corrosion; wellhead loads; and buoy-
techniques to include time tested implicit-pressure-explicit-
ancy of tubular goods. Bit weight and rotary speed optimiza-
saturation, sequential and fully implicit methods. Prerequi-
tion. Prerequisite: PEGN311, PEGN361, or consent of
site: PEGN513 or equivalent, strong reservoir engineering
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
background, and basic computer programming knowledge.
PEGN604. INTEGRATED FLOW MODELING Students
3 credit hours. 3 hours of lecture per week.
will study the formulation, development and application of a
PEGN620. NATURALLY FRACTURED RESERVOIRS--
reservoir flow simulator that includes traditional fluid flow
ENGINEERING AND RESERVOIR SIMULATION The
equations and a petrophysical model. The course will discuss
course covers reservoir engineering, well testing, and simula-
properties of porous media within the context of reservoir
tion aspects of naturally fractured reservoirs. Specifics in-
modeling, and present the mathematics needed to understand
clude: fracture description, connectivity and network;
and apply the simulator. Simulator applications will be inter-
fracture properties; physical principles underlying reservoir
spersed throughout the course. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
engineering and modeling naturally fractured reservoirs;
hours.
local and global effects of viscous, capillary, gravity and mo-
PEGN605. WELL TESTING AND EVALUATION Various
lecular diffusion flow; dual-porosity/dual-permeability mod-
well testing procedures and interpretation techniques for
els; multi-scale fracture model; dual-mesh model; streamline
individual wells or groups of wells. Application of these
model; transient testing with non-Darcy flow effects; tracer
techniques to field development, analysis of well problems,
injection and breakthrough analysis; geomechanics and frac-
secondary recovery, and reservoir studies. Productivity, gas
tures; compositional model; coal-bed gas model; oil and gas
well testing, pressure buildup and drawdown, well inter-
from fractured shale; improved and enhanced oil recovery in
ference, fractured wells, type curve matching, and short-
naturally fracture reservoirs. Prerequisite: PEGN513 or
term testing. Prerequisite: PEGN426 or consent of instructor.
equivalent, strong reservoir engineering background, and
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
basic computer programming knowledge. 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours.
PEGN606. ADVANCED RESERVOIR ENGINEERING
A review of depletion type, gas-cap, and volatile oil reservoirs.
PEGN 624. COMPOSITIONAL MODELING - APPLICA-
Lectures and supervised studies on gravity segregation,
TION TO ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY Efficient produc-
moving gas-oil front, individual well performance analysis,
tion of rich and volatile oils as well as enhanced oil recovery
history matching, performance prediction, and development
by gas injection (lean and rich natural gas, CO2, N2, air, and
planning. Prerequisite: PEGN423 or consent of instructor.
steam) is of great interest in the light of greater demand for
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
hydrocarbons and the need for CO2 sequestration. This
course is intended to provide technical support for engineers
PEGN607. PARTIAL WATER DRIVE RESERVOIRS The
dealing with such issues. The course begins with a review of
hydrodynamic factors which influence underground water
the primary and secondary recovery methods, and will ana-
movement, particularly with respect to petroleum reservoirs.
lyze the latest worldwide enhanced oil recovery production
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statistics. This will be followed by presenting a simple and
Physics
practical solvent flooding model to introduce the student to
THOMAS E. FURTAK, Professor and Department Head
data preparation and code writing. Next, fundamentals of
REUBEN T. COLLINS, Professor
phase behavior, ternary phase diagram, and the Peng-Robin-
UWE GREIFE, Professor
son equation of state will be presented. Finally, a detailed set
FRANK V. KOWALSKI, Professor
of flow and thermodynamic equations for a full-fledged com-
MARK T. LUSK, Professor (and Engineering)
positional model, using molar balance, equation of motion
JAMES A. McNEIL, Professor
and the afore-mentioned equation of state, will be developed
JOHN A. SCALES, Professor
JEFF A. SQUIER, Professor
and solution strategy will be presented. Prerequisite:
P. CRAIG TAYLOR, Professor
PEGN513 or equivalent, strong reservoir engineering back-
CHARLES G. DURFEE III, Associate Professor
ground, and basic computer programming knowledge. 3
TIMOTHY R. OHNO, Associate Professor
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
FREDERIC SARAZIN, Associate Professor
PEGN681. PETROLEUM ENGINEERING SEMINAR
LAWRENCE R. WIENCKE, Associate Professor
Comprehensive reviews of current petroleum engineering
DAVID M. WOOD, Associate Professor
literature, ethics, and selected topics as related to research.
LINCOLN D. CARR, Assistant Professor
TODD G. RUSKELL, Senior Lecturer
2 hours seminar; 1 semester hour.
CHARLES A. STONE, IV, Senior Lecturer
PEGN682. PETROLEUM ENGINEERING SEMINAR
MATTHEW M. YOUNG, Senior Lecturer
Comprehensive reviews of current petroleum engineering
ALEX T. FLOURNOY, Lecturer
literature, ethics, and selected topics as related to profession-
PATRICK B. KOHL, Lecturer
alism. 2 hours seminar; 1 semester hour.
H. VINCENT KUO, Lecturer
SUE ANNE BERGER, Instructor
PEGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN PETROLEUM ENGI-
JOHN U. TREFNY, Professor Emeritus and President Emeritus
NEERING Pilot course or special topics course. Topics
JAMES T. BROWN, Professor Emeritus
chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s).
F. EDWARD CECIL, Professor Emeritus
Usually the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instruc-
JOHN A. DESANTO, Professor Emeritus
tor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable
FRANKLIN D. SCHOWENGERDT, Professor Emeritus
for credit under different titles.
DON L. WILLIAMSON, Professor Emeritus
F. RICHARD YEATTS, Professor Emeritus
PEGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual research
WILLIAM B. LAW, Associate Professor Emeritus
or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member,
ARTHUR Y. SAKAKURA, Associate Professor Emeritus
also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter,
MARK W. COFFEY, Research Professor
content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study”
VICTOR KAYDANOV, Research Professor
form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Vari-
JOSEPH D. BEACH, Research Associate Professor
able credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
JAMES E. BERNARD, Research Associate Professor
different titles.
Degrees Offered:
PEGN705. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER
Master of Science (Applied Physics)
OF SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion
Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Physics)
of the degree Master of Science - thesis. Research must be
carried out under the direct supervision of the graduate stu-
Program Description:
dent’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
The Physics Department at CSM offers a full program of
instruction and research leading to the M.S. or Ph.D. in ap-
PEGN706. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: DOCTOR
plied physics.
OF PHILOSOPHY Research credit hours required for com-
pletion of the degree Doctor of Philosophy. Research must be
Graduate students are given a solid background in the fun-
carried out under direct supervision of the graduate student’s
damentals of classical and modern physics at an advanced
faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
level and are encouraged early in their studies to learn about
the research interests of the faculty so that a thesis topic can
be identified.
Program Requirements:
Students entering graduate programs in Applied Physics
will select an initial program in consultation with the depart-
mental graduate student advising committee until such time
as a research field has been chosen and a thesis committee
appointed. The following are requirements for the M.S. and
Ph.D. degrees:
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Master's: 20 semester hours of course work in an approved
PHGN521 Quantum Mechanics II
program plus 16 semester hours of research credit, with a sat-
PHGN530 Statistical Mechanics
isfactory thesis. Doctorate: 34 semester hours of course work
Graduate Seminar* - 4 hours.
in an approved program plus 38 semester hours of research
credit, with a satisfactory thesis. 12 semester hours of course
12 hours special topic area electives.
work will be in a specialty topic area defined in consultation
Doctoral Thesis.
with the thesis advisor. Possible specialty topic areas within
*Graduate Seminar: Each full-time graduate student
the physics department exist in Optical Science and Engi-
(M.S. and Ph.D.) will register for Graduate Seminar each
neering, Condensed Matter Physics, and Nuclear Physics and
semester for a total of 2 semester hours credit for the M.S.
Astrophysics
and 4 semester hours credit for the Ph.D.
To demonstrate adequate preparation for the Ph.D. degree
Fields of Research:
in Applied Physics, each student must pass the physics grad-
Applied Optics: lasers, ultrafast optics and x-ray generation,
uate core courses with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
spectroscopy, near-field and multi-photon microscopy,
Students not achieving this standard must pass oral examina-
non-linear optics, quasi-optics and millimeter waves.
tions covering the areas of weakness identified in the core
courses or retake the respective course with a grade of 3.0 or
Ultrasonics: laser ultrasonics, resonant ultrasound spec-
better within one year. This process is part of the requirement
troscopy, wave propagation in random media.
for admission to candidacy, which full time Ph.D. students
Subatomic: low energy nuclear physics, nuclear astro-
must complete within two calendar years of admission, as de-
physics, cosmic ray physics, nuclear theory, fusion
scribed in the campus-wide graduate degree requirements
plasma diagnostics.
section of this bulletin. Other degree requirements, time lim-
Electronic Materials: photovoltaics, nanostructures and
its, and procedural details can be found in the Physics De-
quantum dots, thin film semiconductors, transparent con-
partment Graduate Student Advising Brochure.
ductors, amorphous materials, plasmonics.
Prerequisites:
Solid State: x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, self as-
The Graduate School of the Colorado School of Mines is
sembled systems, soft condensed matter, condensed mat-
open to graduates from four-year programs at accredited col-
ter theory, quantum chaos, quantum information and
leges or universities. Admission to the Physics Department
quantum many body theory.
M.S. and Ph.D. programs is competitive and is based on an
Surface and Interfaces: x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy,
evaluation of undergraduate performance, standardized test
Auger spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopies, sec-
scores, and references. The undergraduate course of study of
ond harmonic generation.
each applicant is evaluated according to the requirements of
the Physics Department.
Description of Courses
Required Curriculum:
Senior Level
PHGN404. PHYSICS OF THE ENVIRONMENT An exami-
Master of Science, Applied Physics
nation of several environmental issues in terms of the funda-
Core Courses
mental underlying principles of physics including energy
PHGN511 Mathematical Physics I
conservation, conversion and generation; solar energy; nu-
PHGN520 Quantum Mechanics I
clear power and weapons, radioactivity and radiation effects;
One additional course selected from:
aspects of air, noise, and thermal pollution. Prerequisite:
PHGN505 Classical Mechanics I
PHGN200/210 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture;
PHGN507 Electromagnetic Theory I
3 semester hours.
PHGN521 Quantum Mechanics II
PHGN412. MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS Mathematical
PHGN530 Statistical Mechanics
techniques applied to the equations of physics; complex vari-
Electives - 9 hours.
ables, partial differential equations, special functions, finite
Graduate Seminar* - 2 hours.
and infinite-dimensional vector spaces. Green's functions.
Master’s Thesis
Transforms; computer algebra. Prerequisite: PHGN311.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Doctor of Philosophy, Applied Physics
Core Courses
PHGN419. PRINCIPLES OF SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS
PHGN505 Classical Mechanics I
Theory and techniques of insolation measurement. Absorp-
PHGN507 Electromagnetic Theory I
tive and radiative properties of surfaces. Optical properties of
PHGN511 Mathematical Physics I
materials and surfaces. Principles of photovoltaic devices.
PHGN520 Quantum Mechanics I
Optics of collector systems. Solar energy conversion tech-
niques: heating and cooling of buildings, solar thermal
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(power and process heat), wind energy, ocean thermal, and
faces. (Graduate students in physics may register only for
photovoltaic. Prerequisite: PHGN300/310 3 hours lecture;
PHGN441.) Prerequisite: PHGN440/MLGN501 or equiva-
3 semester hours
lent by instructor's permission. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
PHGN420. QUANTUM MECHANICS Schroedinger equa-
hours.
tion, uncertainty, change of representation, one-dimensional
PHGN450. COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS Introduction to
problems, axioms for state vectors and operators, matrix me-
numerical methods for analyzing advanced physics prob-
chanics, uncertainty relations, time-independent perturbation
lems. Topics covered include finite element methods, analy-
theory, time-dependent perturbations, harmonic oscillator,
sis of scaling, efficiency, errors, and stability, as well as a
angular momentum. Prerequisite: PHGN320, PHGN350,
survey of numerical algorithms and packages for analyzing
PHGN361. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
algebraic, differential, and matrix systems. The numerical
PHGN422. NUCLEAR PHYSICS Introduction to subatomic
methods are introduced and developed in the analysis of ad-
(particle and nuclear) phenomena. Characterization and sys-
vanced physics problems taken from classical physics, astro-
tematics of particle and nuclear states; symmetries; introduc-
physics, electromagnetism, solid state, and nuclear physics.
tion and systematics of the electromagnetic, weak, and strong
Prerequisites: Introductory-level knowledge of C, Fortran or
interactions; systematics of radioactivity; liquid drop and
Basic; PHGN311. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
shell models; nuclear technology. Prerequisite: PHGN320.
PHGN462. ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES AND OPTI-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CAL PHYSICS (I) Solutions to the electromagnetic wave
PHGN423. DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION Review of
equation and polarization; applications in optics: imaging,
basic physical principles; types of power generation treated
lasers, resonators and wavelengths. Prerequisite: PHGN361.
include fission, fusion, magnetohydrodynamic, thermoelec-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
tric, thermionic, fuel cells, photovoltaic, electrohydrody-
PHGN466 MODERN OPTICAL ENGINEERING Provides
namic, piezoelectrics. Prerequisite: PHGN300/310. 3 hours
students with a comprehensive working knowledge of optical
lecture; 3 semester hours.
system design that is sufficient to address optical problems
PHGN424. ASTROPHYSICS A survey of fundamental as-
found in their respective disciplines. Topics include paraxial
pects of astrophysical phenomena, concentrating on measure-
optics, imaging, aberration analysis, use of commercial ray-
ments of basic stellar properties such as distance, luminosity,
tracing and optimization, diffraction, linear systems and opti-
spectral classification, mass, and radii. Simple models of
cal transfer functions, detectors and optical systems
stellar structure evolution and the associated nuclear
examples. Prerequisite: PHGN462 or consent of the instruc-
processes as sources of energy and nucleosynthesis. Intro-
tor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
duction to cosmology and physics of standard big-bang mod-
PHGN471. SENIOR DESIGN PRINCIPLES (I) (WI) The
els. Prerequisite: PHGN320. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
first of a two semester sequence covering the principles of
hours.
project design. Class sessions cover effective team organiza-
PHGN435/ChEN435. INTERDISCIPLINARY MICRO-
tion, project planning, time management, literature research
ELECTRONICS PROCESSING LABORATORY Applica-
methods, record keeping, fundamentals of technical writing,
tion of science and engineering principles to the design,
professional ethics, project funding and intellectual property.
fabrication, and testing of microelectronic devices. Emphasis
Prerequisite: PHGN384 and PHGN326. Corequisite:
on specific unit operations and the interrelation among pro-
PHGN481. 1 hour lecture in 7 class sessions; 0.5 semester
cessing steps. Prerequisites: Senior standing in PHGN,
hours.
ChEN, MTGN, or EGGN; consent of instructor. 1.5 hours
PHGN472. SENIOR DESIGN PRINCIPLES (II) (WI) Con-
lecture, 4 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
tinuation of PHGN471. Prerequisite