Table of Contents
Geochemistry .................................................................. 154
Hydrologic Science and Engineering .............................. 157
Colorado School of Mines Bulletin ......................................................... 2
Interdisciplinary ............................................................... 160
Graduate ................................................................................................. 3
Materials Science ........................................................... 163
Academic Calendar .......................................................................... 4
Nuclear Engineering ....................................................... 167
Facilities and Academic Support ...................................................... 5
Underground Construction & Tunneling .......................... 170
General Information ......................................................................... 9
Policies and Procedures .............................................................. 172
The Graduate School ..................................................................... 12
Directory of the School ....................................................................... 179
Admission to the Graduate School ................................................ 13
Board of Trustees ........................................................................ 179
Student Life at CSM ...................................................................... 15
Emeritus Members of BOT .......................................................... 180
Registration and Tuition Classification ........................................... 19
Administration Executive Staff ..................................................... 181
Graduation Requirements ....................................................... 22
Emeriti .......................................................................................... 184
Leave of Absence & Parental Leave ....................................... 23
Professors .................................................................................... 188
In-State Tuition Classification Status ....................................... 25
Associate Professors ................................................................... 191
Academic Regulations ................................................................... 26
Assistant Professors .................................................................... 194
Graduate Grading System ....................................................... 27
Teaching Professors .................................................................... 197
Graduation ............................................................................... 30
Teaching Associate Professor ..................................................... 198
Independent Studies ............................................................... 31
Teaching Assistant Professors ..................................................... 200
Non-Degree Students .............................................................. 32
Library Faculty ............................................................................. 201
Public Access to Graduate Thesis .......................................... 33
Coaches/Athletics Faculty ............................................................ 202
Unsatisfactory Academic Performance .................................... 34
Index ................................................................................................... 203
Tuition, Fees, Financial Assistance ................................................ 36
Graduate Departments and Programs ........................................... 38
College of Engineering & Computational Sciences ................. 46
Applied Mathematics & Statistics ...................................... 46
Civil and Environmental Engineering ................................ 52
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science ..................... 62
Mechanical Engineering ................................................... 74
College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering ............ 82
Economics and Business ................................................. 82
Geology and Geological Engineering ............................... 91
Geophysics ..................................................................... 104
Liberal Arts and International Studies ............................. 112
Mining Engineering ......................................................... 118
Petroleum Engineering ................................................... 125
College of Applied Science and Engineering ........................ 133
Chemical and Biological Engineering ............................. 133
Chemistry ........................................................................ 139
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering ......................... 145
Physics ........................................................................... 150
Interdisciplinary Programs ..................................................... 154

2 Colorado School of Mines Bulletin
Colorado School of
• The Mines student graduates with a strong sense of integrity,
intellectual curiosity, demonstrated ability to get a job done in
Mines Bulletin
collaborative environments, passion to achieve goals, and an
enhanced sense of responsibility to promote positive change in the
world.
2016-2017
• Mines is committed to providing a quality experience for students,
faculty, and staff through student programs, excellence in pedagogy
and research, and an engaged and supportive campus community.
Mission, Vision and Values
• Mines actively promotes ethical and responsible behaviors as a part
Colorado statues define the role of the Colorado School of Mines as:
of all aspects of campus life.
The Colorado School of Mines shall be a specialized baccalaureate
(Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees, 2013)
and graduate research institution with high admission standards. The
Colorado School of Mines shall have a unique mission in energy, mineral,
and materials science and engineering and associated engineering
and science fields. The school shall be the primary institution of higher
education offering energy, mineral and materials science and mineral
engineering degrees at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
(Colorado revised Statutes: Section 23-41-105).
The Board of Trustees of the Colorado School of Mines has elaborated
on this statutory role with the following statement of the School's mission,
vision and values.
Mission
Education and research in engineering and science to solve the
world's challenges related to the earth, energy and the environment
• Colorado School of Mines educates students and creates knowledge
to address the needs and aspirations of the world's growing
population.
• Mines embraces engineering, the sciences, and associated fields
related to the discovery and recovery of the Earth's resources, the
conversion of resources to materials and energy, development of
advanced processes and products, fundamental knowledge and
technologies that support the physical and biological sciences, and
the economic, social and environmental systems necessary for a
sustainable global society.
• Mines empowers, and holds accountable, its faculty, students, and
staff to achieve excellence in its academic programs, its research,
and in its application of knowledge for the development of technology.
Vision
Mines will be the premier institution, based on the impact of its
graduates and research programs, in engineering and science
relating to the earth, energy and the environment
• Colorado School of Mines is a world-renowned institution that
continually enhances its leadership in educational and research
programs that serve constituencies throughout Colorado, the nation,
and the world.
• Mines is widely acclaimed as an educational institution focused on
stewardship of the earth, development of materials, overcoming the
earth's energy challenges, and fostering environmentally sound and
sustainable solutions.
Values
A student-centered institution focused on education that promotes
collaboration, integrity, perseverance, creativity, life-long learning,
and a responsibility for developing a better world

Colorado School of Mines 3
Graduate
2016-2017
To Mines Graduate Students:
This Bulletin is for your use as a source of continuing reference. Please
save it.
Published by:
Colorado School of Mines,
Golden, CO 80401
Address correspondence to:
Office of Graduate Studies
Colorado School of Mines
1500 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401-1887
Main Telephone: 303-273-3247
Toll Free: 800-446-9488
http://gradschool.mines.edu/GS-Graduate-Office-Staff

4 Academic Calendar
Academic Calendar
E-Days
April 13-16
Thursday - Saturday
Last Withdrawal - New
April 28
Friday
Fall Semester 2016
Freshmen & Transfers
Classes End
May 4
Thursday
Description
Date(s)
Day(s) of Week
Dead Week - No Exams
May 1-5
Monday - Friday
Confirmation Deadline
Aug. 19
Friday
Dead Day - No Academic
May 5
Friday
Faculty Conference
Aug. 19
Friday
Activities
Classes Start (1)
Aug. 22
Monday
Final Exams
May 6, 8-11
Saturday, Monday -
Graduate Student
Aug. 26
Friday
Thursday
Registration Deadline - Late
Semester Ends
May 12
Friday
Fee Applied After this Date
Commencement
May 12
Friday
Labor Day - Campus Closed Sep. 5
Monday
Final Grades Due
May 15
Monday
Census Day
Sep. 6
Tuesday
Fall Break (not always
Oct. 17 & 18
Monday & Tuesday
Summer Sessions 2017
Columbus Day)
Description
Date(s)
Day(s) of Week
Midterm Grades Due
Oct. 17
Monday
Summer I Starts (6-week
May 15
Monday
Last Withdrawal - Continuing Nov. 11
Friday
session) (1)
Students (12 wks)
Summer I Census
May 19
Friday
Priority Registration for
Nov. 14-18
Monday - Friday
Spring Term
Memorial Day - No Classes, May 29
Monday
Campus Closed
Non-Class Day prior to
Nov. 23
Wednesday
Thanksgiving Break
Summer I Last Withdrawal - June 9
Friday
All Students
Thanksgiving Break -
Nov. 24-25
Thursday & Friday
Campus Closed
Summer I Ends
June 23
Friday
Last Withdrawal - New
Dec. 2
Friday
Summer I Grades Due
June 26
Monday
Freshmen & Transfers
Summer II Starts (6-week
June 26
Monday
Classes End
Dec. 8
Thursday
session) (1)
Dead Week - no exams
Dec. 5-9
Monday - Friday
Summer II Census
June 30
Friday
Dead Day - no academic
Dec. 9
Friday
Independence Day - No
July 4
Tuesday
activities
Classes, Campus Closed
Final Exams
Dec. 10, 12-15
Saturday, Monday -
Summer II Last Withdrawal - July 21
Friday
Thursday
All Students
Semester Ends
Dec. 16
Friday
Summer II Ends (2)
Aug. 4
Friday
Commencement
Dec. 16
Friday
Summer II Grades Due
Aug. 7
Monday
Final Grades Due
Dec. 19
Monday
Summer Grades Available
Aug. 23
Wednesday
on Transcript
Winter Break
Dec. 19 - Jan 10
1
Petitions for changes in tuition classification due in the Registrar's
Spring Semester 2017
Office for this term.
2
Description
Date(s)
Day(s) of Week
PHGN courses end two weeks later on Thursday, August 17th.
Confirmation Deadline
Jan. 9
Monday
Classes Start (1)
Jan. 10
Tuesday
Graduate Student
Jan. 13
Friday
Registration Deadline - Late
Fee Applied After this Date
Martin Luther King Day -
Jan. 16
Monday
Campus Closed
Census Day
Jan. 25
Wednesday
Non-Class Day - President's Feb. 20-21
Monday-Tuesday
Day (2 days)
Midterm Grades Due
Mar. 6
Monday
Spring Break
Mar. 27-31
Saturday - Sunday
Priority Registration
April 3-7
Monday - Friday
Summer/Fall
Last Withdrawal - Continuing April 12
Wednesday
& Grad (13 weeks)

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Facilities and Academic Support
Green Center banquet furnishings consist of 5-foot round tables with 8
chairs per table.
Arthur Lakes Library
Petroleum Hall seats 122 persons and is not used for academic classes.
Petroleum Hall is home to Special Programs and Continuing Education
Arthur Lakes Library is a regional information center for engineering,
events.
energy, minerals, materials, and associated engineering and science
fields. The Library supports university education and research programs
Metals Hall is our largest lecture hall. Seating is mixed with 45 cushioned
and is committed to meeting the information needs of the Mines
office chairs and 270 fixed folding-tablet armchairs with a total capacity
community and all library users.
of 315. Metals Hall has limited availability for events as it is used for
academic classes.
The Library has over 140,000 visitors a year and is a campus center for
learning, study and research. Facilities include meeting space, a campus
For more information visit www.greencenter.mines.edu.
computer lab, and individual and group study space. We host many
cultural events during the year, including concerts and art shows.
Computing, Communications, &
The librarians provide personalized help and instruction, and assist with
Information Technologies (CCIT)
research. The Library's collections include more than 500,000 books;
Campus Computing, Communications, & Information Technologies
thousands of print and electronic journals; hundreds of databases; one of
(CCIT) provides computing and networking services to meet the
the largest map collections in the West; an archive on Colorado School
instructional, research, administrative, and networking infrastructure
of Mines and western mining history; and several special collections.
needs of the campus. CCIT manages and operates campus networks
The Library is a selective U.S. and Colorado state depository with over
along with central academic and administrative computing systems,
600,000 government publications.
telecommunication systems, a high performance computing cluster
The Library Catalog provides access to Library collections and your user
for the energy sciences (see http://geco.mines.edu), and computer
account. Our databases allow users to find publications for classroom
classrooms and workrooms in several locations on campus. CCIT’s
assignments, research or personal interest. Students and faculty can
customer services and support group also provides direct support for
use most of the Library's electronic databases and publications from any
most electronic classrooms, departmental laboratories and desktops
computer on the campus network, including those in networked Mines
throughout the campus.
residential facilities. Dial-up and Internet access are available out of
Central computing accounts and services are available to registered
network.
students and current faculty and staff members. Information about hours,
Arthur Lakes Library is a member of the Colorado Alliance. Students and
services, and the activation of new accounts is available on the web site
faculty can use their library cards at other Alliance libraries, or can order
at http://ccit.mines.edu/, directly from the Help Desk in the Computer
materials directly using Prospector, our regional catalog. Materials can
Commons (in CTLM 156), or by calling (303) 273-3431.
also be requested from anywhere in the world through interlibrary loan.
Workrooms in several locations on campus contain networked PCs
Cecil H. and Ida Green Graduate and
and workstations. Printers, scanners, digitizers, and other specialized
resources are available for use in some of the locations.
Professional Center
In addition to central server and facilities operations, services supported
Completed in 1971, the Cecil H. and Ida Green Graduate and
for the campus community include email, wired and wireless network
Professional Center is named in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Green, major
operation and support, access to the commodity Internet, Internet 2,
contributors to the funding of the building. Dr. Green was a co-founder
and National Lambda Rail, network security, volume and site licensing
and Vice President for Texas Instruments.
of software, online training modules, videoconferencing, student
registration, billing, and other administrative applications, campus
Bunker Auditorium can accommodate 1,100 patrons in theater style
web sites and central systems administration and support. CCIT also
seats. Minimal stage facilities, an orchestra pit with an orchestra lift,
manages and supports the central learning management system
digital pipe organ and 9' concert grand piano. Bunker Auditorium is home
(Blackboard), printing, short-term equipment loan, and room scheduling
to weekly campus movie nights.
for some general computer teaching classrooms.
Friedhoff Hall 1 seats up to 320 persons for banquets, or can be
All major campus buildings are connected to the computing network
configured for lectures, receptions and dances. Friedhoff 1 has hardwood
operated by CCIT and most areas of the campus are covered by the
floors, a built in stage, grand staircase entrance and 26 foot high ceilings.
wireless network. All residence halls and the Mines Park housing
Friedhoff 1 has three LCD projectors and a concert grade sound system
complex are wired for network access and some fraternity and sorority
making it one of the premier lecture venues on campus. Theatre Style
houses are also directly connected to the network.
seating can be accommodated in Friedhoff Hall 1 up to 400 persons.
All users of Colorado School of Mines computing and networking
Friedhoff Hall 2 seats up to 288 persons for banquets. Friedhoff 2 has
resources are expected to comply with all policies related to the use
carpeted floors, indirect architectural lighting and 12 foot high ceilings.
of these resources. Policies are available via the web pages at http://
Friedhoff Hall 3 accommodates 48 persons. Friedhoff 3 has carpeted
ccit.mines.edu.
flooring and can lighting also with 12 foot high ceiling.

6 Facilities and Academic Support
Copy Center
• “Blaster Pack” – Mines marbles, an “M”-ulator t-shirt, membership
card and more;*
Located on the first floor of Guggenheim Hall, the Copy Center offers
online binding, printed tabs, transparencies and halftones. Printing can
Students can join the CSMAA at the student membership (“M”-
be done on 8 ½"x 11", 11"x14" and 11"x17" paper sizes from odd-sized
ulator) level for exclusive benefits marked with an asterisk. For further
originals. Some of the other services offered are GBC and Velo Binding,
information:
folding, sorting and machine collating, reduction and enlargement, two
call 303-273-3295,
sided copying, and color copying. We have a variety of paper colors,
Fax 303-273-3583,
special resume paper and CSM watermark for thesis copying. These
email csmaa@mines.edu (//csmaa@mines.edu),
services are available to students, faculty, and staff. The Copy Center
or write:
campus extension is 3202.
Mines Alumni Association,
CSM Alumni Association
Coolbaugh House,
P.O. Box 1410,
The Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association (CSMAA), established
Golden, CO 80402-1410.
in 1895, serves the Colorado School of Mines and more than 23,000
proud members of the powerful and successful alumni community. While
Environmental Health and Safety
all alumni are included in the reach of the CSMAA, it is a membership-
The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department is located in
based, independent organization reliant upon membership funds
Chauvenet Hall room 194. The Department provides a variety of services
for much of its budget. Other sources of funding include the School,
to students, staff and faculty members. Functions of the Department
Foundation, merchandise sales and revenue-sharing partnerships. For
include: hazardous waste collection and disposal; chemical procurement
example, CSMAA administers the Colorado School of Mines license plate
and distribution; chemical spill response; assessment of air and water
program for cars registered in Colorado.
quality; fire safety; laboratory safety; industrial hygiene; radiation safety;
General services and programs include:
biosafety; and recycling. Staff is available to consult on issues such as
chemical exposure control, hazard identification, safety systems design,
• Mines magazine, a quarterly publication covering campus and alumni
personal protective equipment, or regulatory compliance. Stop by our
news;
office or call 303 273-3316. The EHS telephone is monitored nights and
• An online directory of all Mines alumni for networking purposes;
weekends to respond to spills and environmental emergencies.
• Online job listings for alumni two years out of school;
LAIS Writing Center
• Access to the alumni network on LinkedIn;*
• Section activities that provide social and networking connections to
Located on the third floor of Stratton Hall (phone: 303-273-3085), the
the campus and Mines alumni around the world;
LAIS Writing Center is a teaching facility providing all CSM students,
• Alumni gatherings (meetings, reunions, golf tournaments, educational
faculty, and staff with an opportunity to enhance their writing abilities. The
programs and other special events) on and off campus;
LAIS Writing Center faculty are experienced technical and professional
writing instructors who are prepared to assist writers with everything
• Alumni recognition awards;
from course assignments to theses and dissertations, to scholarship
• On-campus CSM library privileges for Colorado residents;
and job applications. This service is free to CSM students, faculty, and
Benefits for current Colorado School of Mines students include:
staff and entails one-to-one tutoring and online resources (at http://
www.mines.edu/acade- mic/lais/wc/).
• Legacy Grants for children or grandchildren of alumni when parent or
grandparent has been a consistent member of CSMAA for previous
Off-Campus Study
five years;
A student must enroll in an official CSM course for any period of off-
• The Student Financial Assistance Program;
campus, course-related study, whether U.S. or foreign, including faculty-
• Celebration of Alumni banquet for graduating students;
led short courses, study abroad, or any off-campus trip sponsored by
• The CSMAA Mentorship program, pairing students with alumni for
CSM or led by a CSM faculty member. The registration must occur in
professional development;*
the same term that the off-campus study takes place. In addition, the
• Invitations to social and networking events, i.e. Dinner and Dialogue,
student must complete the necessary release, waiver, and emergency
Leadership Development events, Holiday Party, sporting events
contact forms, transfer credit pre-approvals, and FERPA release, and
provide adequate proof of current health insurance prior to departure. For
• Access to the alumni network on LinkedIn;*
additional information concerning study abroad requirements, contact the
• Access to the CSMAA social networking website,
Office of International Programs at (303) 384-2121; for other information,
www.minesonline.net (http://www.minesonline.net);
contact the Registrar’s Office.
• Early notice, information and reminders about alumni-based
scholarships;
Office of International Programs
• Exclusive opportunities to enter drawings for a CSMAA book
The Office of International Programs (OIP) fosters and facilitates
scholarship;*
international education, research and outreach at CSM. OIP is
• CSM Bookstore discounts (excluding textbooks and Apple products);*
administered by the Office of Academic Affairs.
• Renter’s insurance discount from Liberty Mutual;

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OIP is located in 1706 Illinois Street. For more specific information about
5. Utilize OTT opportunities to advance high-quality faculty and
study abroad and other international programs, contact OIP at 384-2121
students;
or visit the OIP web page (http://OIP.mines.edu).
6. Provide a return on investment on CSM inventions which is used to
expand the school's research and education missions.
The office works with the departments and divisions of the School to:
Public Relations
1. help develop and facilitate study abroad opportunities for CSM
undergraduate and graduate students and serve as an informational
For information about the school's publications guidelines, including the
and advising resource for them;
use of Mines logos, and for media-related requests, contact:
2. assist in attracting new international students to CSM;
Karen Gilbert, Public Relations Director,
3. serve as an information resource for faculty and scholars of the
303-273-3541 or
CSM community, promoting faculty exchanges and the pursuit of
kgilbert@mines.edu (//kgilbert@mines.edu).
collaborative international research activities;
Registrar
4. foster international outreach and technology transfer programs;
5. facilitate arrangements for official international visitors to CSM; and
The Office of the Registrar supports the academic mission of the
6. in general, help promote the internationalization of CSM’s curricular
Colorado School of Mines by providing service to our current and former
programs and activities.
students, faculty, staff, and administration. These services include
maintaining and protecting the integrity and security of the official
Graduate students may apply for participation in dual degree programs
academic record, registration, degree verification, scheduling and
offered by CSM and its partners. Generally these programs require the
reporting. Our office routinely reviews policy, makes recommendations for
preparation and defense of one jointly supervised thesis project and the
change, and coordinates the implementation of approved policy revisions.
completion of degree requirements at each participating university (http:/
OIP.mines.edu/studentabroad/schol.html).
The Office of the Registrar seeks to fulfill this mission through a
commitment to high quality service provided in a professional, efficient
Office of Research
and courteous manner. Our specific services include but are not limited
to:
Mines is a global leader in research and the advancement of technology.
Led by our world-class faculty, the research conducted at Mines
• Enrollment and degree verifications
enhances the educational experience of our graduates. Students have
• Transcripts
the opportunity to actively participate in research at every level of their
• Degree auditing and diplomas (undergraduate)
education.
• Transfer credit entry and verification
Our research spans many highly relevant areas with a specific focus
• Veteran's Administration Certifying Official services
on energy and environmental stewardship. Our first-rate facilities
• Registration setup and execution
and partnerships with industry, national laboratories, other universities,
• Course and room scheduling
funding agencies and international institutions enable us to maintain
• Academic and enrollment reporting
our cutting edge research and have a significant impact on real world
problems. Research is a cooperative effort in the Mines community.
• Residency for current students
• Grade collection, reporting and changes
For more information about the Office of Research please contact: Lisa
Kinzel, Executive Assistant for Research, lkinzel@mines.edu or (303)
Management of the Registrar's Office adheres to the guidelines on
384-2470
professional practices and ethical standards developed by the American
Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).
Office of Technology Transfer
Our office also complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy
Act of 1974 (FERPA), Colorado Department of Higher Education rules
TThe purpose of the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) is to reward
and policies, and the Colorado School of Mines policies on confidentiality
innovation and entrepreneurial activity by students, faculty and staff,
and directory information.
recognize the value, preserve ownership of CSM's intellectual property,
and contribute to local and national the economic growth. OTT reports
The Registrar's Office is located in the Student Center, Room 31.
directly to the Vice President of Research and Technology Transfer and
works closely with the school's offices of Legal Services and Research
Hours of operation are:
Administration to coordinate activities. With support from its external
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday, 9am-5pm;
Advisory Board, OTT strives to:
Wednesday 10am-5pm.
1. Initiate and stimulate entrepreneurship and development of
The office phone number is (303) 273-3200.
mechanisms for effective investment of CSM’s intellectual capital;
The fax number is (303) 384-2253.
2. Secure CSM’s intellectual properties generated by faculty, students,
Lara Medley represents Colorado School of Mines as the Registrar.
and staff;
She is normally available on a walk-in basis (when not in meetings)
3. Contribute to the economic growth of the community, state, and
if a student or other client has an issue that needs special attention.
nation through facilitating technology transfer to the commercial
Appointments are also welcomed.
sector;
4. Retain and motivate faculty by rewarding entrepreneurship;

8 Facilities and Academic Support
Research Administration
Park for $18.50 per month. Students wishing to take advantage of in-
room phones in Mines Park should contact the Telecommunications
The Office of Research Administration (ORA), under the Vice President
Office to arrange for service. Telephone sets are not provided by the
for Finance and Administration, provides administrative support in
Telecommunications Office.
proposal preparation and contract and grant administration, which
includes negotiation, account set-up, and close out of expired
Students may make long distance calls from any CSM provided phone by
agreements. Information on any of these areas of research and specific
using a third party calling card. Access to third party carriers is available
forms can be accessed on our web site at www.is.mines.edu/ora.
through toll-free (800, 888, 877, 866 and 855) numbers provided by the
third party carrier along with the appropriate instructions.
Office of Strategic Enterprises
Women in Science, Engineering and
The mission of the Office of Strategic Enterprises (OSE) is to bring
Mathematics (WISEM) Program
Mines' educational and intellectual resources to the world and enable
professionals, corporate entities, and universities from around the globe
The mission of WISEM is to enhance opportunities for women in science
to interact with Mines. The goal is a distinctive "anywhere, anytime"
and engineering careers, to increase retention of women at CSM, and
approach to learning in a fast-paced, changing world. Initiatives include
to promote equity and diversity in higher education. The office sponsors
executive and corporate training, non-degree courses, and summer
programs and services for the CSM community regarding gender and
intensives. Professionals needing continuing education can find short-
equity issues. For further information, contact:
term and part-time offerings, targeted training, off-campus programs and
Debra K. Lasich, Executive Director, WISEM Program,
certificate courses. OSE also reaches out to prospective universities on
Colorado School of Mines,
different continents to initiate partnerships that could benefit from Mines'
1710 Illinois Street,
academic capabilities in resource or energy development. Advancing
Golden, CO 80401-1869.
Mines' global mission in other countries, OSE increases opportunities for
Phone (303) 273-3097;
international researchers to study at Mines, and for Mines researchers
email dlasich@mines.edu (//dlasich@mines.edu);
to work at international facilities. The Office of Special Programs and
website http://wisem.mines.edu/.
Continuing Education (SPACE) reports to OSE and administers most
of the programmatic offerings. For further information about OSE, visit
Librarian
inside.mines.edu/Educational_Outreach.
Joanne V. Lerud-Heck, Library Director
Special Programs and Continuing
Lisa G. Dunn
Education (SPACE)
Laura A. Guy
The SPACE Office administers short courses, special programs, and
professional outreach programs to practicing engineers and other working
Associate Librarian
professionals. Short courses, offered both on the CSM campus and
Lisa S. Nickum
throughout the US, provide concentrated instruction in specialized areas
and are taught by faculty members, adjuncts, and other experienced
Christopher Thiry
professionals. The Office offers a broad array of programming for K-12
teachers and students through its Teacher Enhancement Program,
Heather L. Whitehead
and the Denver Earth Science Project. The Office also coordinates
educational programs for international corporations and governments
Assistant Librarian
through the International Institute for Professional Advancement and
Patricia E. Andersen
hosts the educational portion of the Mine Safety and Health Training
Program. A separate bulletin lists the educational programs offered by:
Christine Baker
the SPACE Office, CSM,
1600 Jackson Street, Suite 160A
Pamela M. Blome
Golden, CO 80401.
Lia Vella
Phone: 303-279-5563;
FAX 303-277-8683;
Research Librarian
email space@mines.edu (//space@mines.edu);
website www.mines.edu/Educational_Outreach.
Julie Carmen
Telecommunications
CIO
The Telecommunications Office is located in the CTLM building 2nd
Derek Wilson
floor east end room 256 and provides telephone services to the campus.
CISO
The office is open 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday, and
can be reached by calling (303) 273-3355 or via the web at http://
Phil Romig, III, Director, Computing & Networking Infrastructure
inside.mines.edu/Telecommunications.
Director
Courtesy phones are provided on each floor of the traditional residence
halls and Weaver Towers as well as school owned fraternities and
Gina Boice, Customer Services & Support
sororities. In-room phones are available to students living in Mines

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Tim Kaiser, High Performance and Research Computing
2. PhD graduates will be scholars and international leaders who exhibit
the highest standards of integrity.
David Lee, Enterprise Systems
3. PhD graduates will advance in their professions and assume
George Funkey, Policy, Planning, & Integration Services
leadership positions in industry, government and academia.
Registrar
Institutional Student Outcomes:
Lara Medley
1. Demonstration of exemplary disciplinary expertise.
2. Demonstration of a set of skills and attitudes usually associated
Associate Registrar
with our understanding of what it is to be an academic scholar (e.g.,
intellectual curiosity, intellectual integrity, ability to think critically
Dahl Grayckowski, for Systems
and argue persuasively, the exercise of intellectual independence, a
Diana Anglin, for Operations
passion for life-long learning, etc.).
3. Demonstration of a set of professional skills (e.g., oral and written
Assistant Registrar
communication, time-management, project planning, teaching,
Tabatha Grayckowski, for Graduation
teamwork and team leadership, cross-cultural and diversity
awareness, etc.) necessary to succeed in a student's chosen career
Specialist
path.
Margaret Kenney, Reporting
Masters Programs
Nolan Oltjenbruns, Registration
The Colorado School of Mines offers a wide variety of Masters-
level degree programs that include thesis and non-thesis Master of
Judy Westley, Records
Science programs, Master of Engineering programs, Professional
Senior Vice President
Master's programs and a Master of International Political Economy of
Resources. While the objectives and outcomes provided below document
Nigel Middleton
expectations of all Masters-level programs, it is expected that given
the diversity of program types, different programs will emphasize some
General Information
objectives and outcomes more than others.
Institutional Educational Objectives:
2016-2017
1. Masters graduates will contribute to the advancement of their chosen
Institutional Values and Principles
fields through adopting, applying and evaluating state-of-the-art
Graduate Education
practices.
2. Masters graduates will be viewed within their organizations as
The Colorado School of Mines is dedicated to serving the people
technologically advanced and abreast of the latest scholarship.
of Colorado, the nation and the global community by providing high
3. Masters graduates will exhibit the highest standards of integrity in
quality educational and research experiences to students in science,
applying scholarship.
engineering and related areas that support the institutional mission.
4. Masters graduates will advance in their professions.
Recognizing the importance of responsible earth stewardship, Mines
places particular emphasis on those fields related to the discovery,
Institutional Student Outcomes:
production and utilization of resources needed to improve the quality
of life of the world's inhabitants and to sustain the earth system upon
1. Graduates will demonstrate exemplary disciplinary expertise.
which all life and development depend. To this end, Mines is devoted to
2. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to conduct direct research; the
creating a learning community that provides students with perspectives
ability to assimilate and assess scholarship; and the ability to apply
informed by the humanities and social sciences, perspectives that
scholarship in new, creative and productive ways.
also enhance students' understanding of themselves and their role in
3. Graduates will demonstrate professional skills (e.g., oral and written
contemporary society. Mines therefore seeks to instill in all graduate
communication, time-management, project planning, teamwork and
students a broad class of developmental and educational attributes that
team leadership, cross-cultural and diversity awareness, ethics, etc.)
are guided by a set of institutionally vetted educational objectives and
necessary to succeed in a student's chosen career path.
student learning outcomes. For doctoral and masters degree programs,
these are summarized below.
Research
Doctoral Programs
The creation and dissemination of new knowledge are primary
responsibilities of all members of the university community and
Institutional Educational Objectives:
fundamental to the educational and societal missions of the institution.
Public institutions have an additional responsibility to use that knowledge
1. PhD graduates will advance the state of the art of their discipline
to contribute to the economic growth and public welfare of the society
(integrating existing knowledge and creating new knowledge) by
from which they receive their charter and support. As a public institution
conducting independent research that addresses relevant disciplinary
of higher education, a fundamental responsibility of Mines is to provide an
issues and by disseminating their research results to appropriate
environment that enables contribution to the public good by encouraging
target audiences.
creative research and ensuring the free exchange of ideas, information,

10 General Information
and results. To this end, the institution acknowledges the following
Mines long has had an international reputation. Students have come
responsibilities:
from nearly every nation, and alumni can be found in every corner of the
globe.
• To insure that these activities are conducted in an environment of
minimum influence and bias, it is essential that Mines protect the
Location
academic freedom of all members of its community.
Golden, Colorado, has always been the home of Mines. Located
• To provide the mechanisms for creation and dissemination of
in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains 20 minutes west of Denver,
knowledge, the institution recognizes that access to information
this community of 15,000 also serves as home to the Coors Brewing
and information technology (e.g. library, computing and internet
Company, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and a major U.S.
resources) are part of the basic infrastructure support to which every
Geological Survey facility that also contains the National Earthquake
member of the community is entitled.
Center. The seat of government for Jefferson County, Golden once
• To promote the utilization and application of knowledge, it is
served as the territorial capital of Colorado. Skiing is an hour away to the
incumbent upon Mines to define and protect the intellectual-property
west.
rights and responsibilities of faculty members, students, as well as
the institution.
Administration
• To insure integration of research activities into its basic educational
By State statute, the school is managed by a seven-member board
mission, its research policies and practices conform to the state non-
of trustees appointed by the governor, and the student and faculty
competition law requiring all research projects have an educational
bodies elect one nonvoting board member each The school is supported
component through the involvement of students and/or post-doctoral
financially by student tuition and fees and by the State through annual
fellows.
appropriations. These funds are augmented by government and privately
Intellectual Property
sponsored research, and private gift support from alumni, corporations,
foundations and other friends.
The creation and dissemination of knowledge are primary responsibilities
of all members of the university community. As an institution of higher
Colorado School of Mines Non-
education, a fundamental mission of Mines is to provide an environment
Discrimination Statement
that motivates the faculty and promotes the creation, dissemination, and
application of knowledge through the timely and free exchange of ideas,
In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Titles VI and
information, and research results for the public good. To insure that
VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment
these activities are conducted in an environment of minimum influence
of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the
and bias, so as to benefit society and the people of Colorado, it is
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act
essential that Mines protect the academic freedom of all members of its
of 2008, Executive Order 11246, the Uniformed Services Employment
community. It is incumbent upon Mines to help promote the utilization
and Reemployment Rights Act, as amended, the Genetic Information
and application of knowledge by defining and protecting the rights and
Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Board of Trustees Policy 10.6, the
responsibilities of faculty members, students and the institution, with
Colorado School of Mines does not discriminate against individuals
respect to intellectual property which may be created while an individual
on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender
is employed as a faculty member or enrolled as a student.
expression, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, military
service, or genetic information in its administration of educational
History of Colorado School of Mines
policies, programs, or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and
loan programs; athletic or other school-administered programs; or
In 1865, only six years after gold and silver were discovered in the
employment.
Colorado Territory, the fledgling mining industry was in trouble. The
nuggets had been picked out of streams and the rich veins had been
Inquiries, concerns, or complaints should be directed by subject content
worked, and new methods of exploration, mining, and recovery were
as follows:
needed.
The Employment-related EEO and discrimination contact is:
Early pioneers like W.A.H. Loveland, E.L. Berthoud, Arthur Lakes,
Mike Dougherty, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
George West and Episcopal Bishop George M. Randall proposed a
Guggenheim Hall, Room 110
school of mines. In 1874 the Territorial Legislature appropriated $5,000
Golden, Colorado 80401
and commissioned Loveland and a Board of Trustees to found the
(Telephone: 303.273.3250)
Territorial School of Mines in or near Golden. Governor Routt signed the
Bill on February 9, 1874, and when Colorado became a state in 1876,
The ADA Coordinator and the Section 504 Coordinator for employment
the Colorado School of Mines was constitutionally established. The first
is:
diploma was awarded in 1883.
Ann Hix, Benefits Manager, Human Resources
Guggenheim Hall, Room 110
As Mines grew, its mission expanded from the rather narrow initial
Golden, Colorado 80401
focus on nonfuel minerals to programs in petroleum production and
(Telephone: 303.273.3250)
refining as well. Recently it has added programs in materials science
and engineering, energy and environmental engineering, and a broad
The ADA Coordinator and the Section 504 Coordinator for students and
range of other engineering and applied science disciplines. Mines sees
academic educational programs is:
its mission as education and research in engineering and applied science
Kristen Wieger, Coordinator of Student Disability Services
with a special focus on the earth science disciplines in the context of
Student Wellness Center, 1770 Elm Street
responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources.
Golden, Colorado 80401

Colorado School of Mines 11
(Telephone: 303.273.3377)
The Title IX Coordinator is:
Karin Ranta-Curran, Assistant Director of HR for EEO and Equity
Guggenheim Hall, Room 110
Golden, CO 80401
(Telephone: 303.384.2558)
(E-Mail: krcurran@mines.edu)
The ADA Facilities Access Coordinator is:
Gary Bowersock, Director of Facilities Management
1318 Maple Street
Golden, Colorado 80401
(Telephone: 303.273.3330)

12 The Graduate School
The Graduate School
accredits undergraduate degree programs in chemical engineering,
engineering, engineering physics, geological engineering, geophysical
engineering, metallurgical and materials engineering, mining engineering
2016-2017
and petroleum engineering. The American Chemical Society has
http://gradschool.mines.edu
approved the degree program in the Department of Chemistry and
Geochemistry.
Unique Programs
Degree Programs
Prof.
M.S.
M.E.
Ph.D.
Because of its special focus, Colorado School of Mines has unique
Applied Mathematics and Statistics
x
x
programs in many fields. For example, Mines is the only institution in
Applied Physics
x
x
the world that offers doctoral programs in all five of the major earth
Chemical Engineering
x
x
science disciplines: Geology and Geological Engineering, Geophysics,
Geochemistry, Mining Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering. It also
Chemistry
x
has one of the few Metallurgical and Materials Engineering programs in
Applied Chemistry
x
the country that still focuses on the complete materials cycle from mineral
Civil & Environmental Engineering
x
x
processing to finished advanced materials.
Computer Sciences
x
x
In addition to the traditional programs defining the institutional focus,
Electrical Engineering
x
x
Mines is pioneering both undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary
Engineering Systems
x
x
programs. The School understands that solutions to the complex
Engineering & Technology Management
x
problems involving global processes and quality of life issues require
Environmental Geochemistry
x
cooperation among scientists, engineers, economists, and the
Environmental Engineering & Science
x
x
humanities.
Geochemistry
x
x
Mines offers interdisciplinary programs in areas such as materials
Geological Engineering
x
x
x
science, hydrology, nuclear engineering and geochemistry. These
Geology
x
x
programs make interdisciplinary connections between traditional fields of
Geophysical Engineering
x
x
engineering, physical science and social science, emphasizing a broad
exposure to fundamental principles while cross-linking information from
Geophysics
x
x
traditional disciplines to create the insight needed for breakthroughs
Hydrology
x
x
in the solution of modern problems. Additional interdisciplinary degree
International Political Economy &
x*
programs may be created by Mines' faculty as need arises and offered
Resources
with the degree title "Interdisciplinary". Currently, one additional
Materials Science
x
x
interdisciplinary degree is offered through this program. It is a specialty
Mechanical Engineering
x
x
offering in operations research with engineering.
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
x
x
x
Lastly, Mines offers a variety of non-thesis Professional Master's degrees
Mineral & Energy Economics
x
x
to meet the career needs of working professionals in Mines' focus areas.
Mineral Exploration
x
Graduate Degrees Offered
Mining & Earth Systems Engineering
x
x
x
Nuclear Engineering
x
x
x
Mines offers professional master's, master of science (M.S.), master
Operations Research with Engineering**
x
of engineering (M.E.) and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in the
Petroleum Engineering
x
x
x
disciplines listed in the chart at right.
Petroleum Reservoir Systems
x
In addition to masters and Ph.D. degrees, departments and divisions
Underground Construction and Tunneling
x
x
can also offer graduate certificates. Graduate certificates are designed to
have selective focus, short time to completion and consist of course work
*
Master of International Political Economy of Resources
only.
**
Interdisciplinary degree with specialty in Operations Research with
Engineering
Accreditation
Mines is accredited through the doctoral degree by:
the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413
telephone (312) 263-0456
The Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for
Engineering and Technology
111 Market Place, Suite 1050
Baltimore, MD 21202-4012
telephone (410) 347-7700

Colorado School of Mines 13
Admission to the Graduate
Foreign Exchange Students
School
Graduate level students living outside of the U.S. may wish to take
courses at Colorado School of Mines as exchange students. They may
enroll for regular courses as foreign exchange students. Inquiries and
2016-2017
applications should be made to:
Admission Requirements
The Office of International Programs, CSM
The Graduate School of Colorado School of Mines is open to graduates
Golden, CO 80401-0028
from four-year programs at recognized colleges or universities. Admission
Phone: 303-384-2121
to all graduate programs is competitive, based on an evaluation of prior
A person admitted as a foreign exchange student who subsequently
academic performance, test scores and references. The academic
decides to pursue a regular degree program must apply and gain
background of each applicant is evaluated according to the requirements
admission to the Graduate School. All graduate-level credits earned as a
of each department outlined later in this section of the Bulletin.
foreign exchange student and not used toward a bachelor's degree may
To be a candidate for a graduate degree, students must have completed
be transferred into the regular degree program if the student's graduate
an appropriate undergraduate degree program. Colorado School of
committee and department head approve.
Mines undergraduate students in the Combined Degree Program may,
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate
however, work toward completion of graduate degree requirements prior
to completing undergraduate degree requirements. See the Combined
Programs
Undergraduate/Graduate Degree section of the Graduate Bulletin for
Several degree programs offer Mines undergraduate students the
details of this program.
opportunity to begin work on a Graduate Degree while completing
the requirements of their Bachelor Degree. These programs can give
Categories of Admission
students a head start on graduate education. An overview of these
There are four categories of admission to graduate studies at Colorado
combined programs and description of the admission process and
School of Mines: regular, provisional, graduate non-degree, and foreign
requirements are found in the Graduate Degrees and Requirements
exchange.
(http://bulletin.mines.edu/graduate/programs) section of this Bulletin.
Regular Degree Students
Admission into a Combined Undergraduate/Graduate degree program is
available only to current Mines undergraduate students. Mines alumni are
Applicants who meet all the necessary qualifications as determined by
not eligible for Combined degree program enrollment.
the program to which they have applied are admitted as regular graduate
students.
Admission Procedure
Provisional Degree Students
Applying for Admission
Applicants who are not qualified to enter the regular degree program
Both US resident and international students may apply electronically for
directly may be admitted as provisional degree students for a trial period
admission. Our Web address is: http://www.mines.edu/gradschoolapp/
not longer than 12 months. During this period students must demonstrate
onlineapp.html
their ability to work for an advanced degree as specified by the admitting
degree program. After the first semester, the student may request
To apply follow the procedure outlined below.
that the department review his or her progress and make a decision
1. Application: Go to the online application form at http://
concerning full degree status. With department approval, the credits
www.mines.edu/gradschoolapp/onlineapp.html. Students wishing to
earned under the provisional status can be applied towards the advanced
apply for graduate school should submit completed applications by
degree.
the following dates:
Non-degree Students
for Fall admission*
December 15 - Priority consideration for financial support
Practicing professionals may wish to update their professional knowledge
June 1 - International student deadline
or broaden their areas of competence without committing themselves to
July 1 - Domestic student deadline
a degree program. They may enroll for regular courses as non-degree
for Spring Admission*
students. Inquiries and applications should be made to:
September 1
*
Some programs have different application deadlines. Please
The Graduate Office, CSM
refer to http://www.mines.edu/Deadlines_GS for current deadline
Golden, CO 80401-0028
information for specific programs.
Phone: 303-273-3247
Students wishing to submit applications beyond the final deadline
A person admitted as a nondegree student who subsequently decides
should contact the Graduate Office.
to pursue a regular degree program must apply and gain admission
to the Graduate School. All graduate-level credits earned as a non-
2. Transcripts: The Graduate Office recommends uploading
degree student may be transferred into the regular degree program if the
electronic copies of transcripts (in .pdf format) within the online
student's graduate committee and department head approve. Transfer
application system from each school previously attended.
credits must not have been used as credit toward a Bachelor's degree.
Electronic copies of transcripts can also be sent, via email, to
grad.credentials@mines.edu. International students' transcripts

14 Admission to the Graduate School
must be in English or have an official English translation attached.
Questions can be addressed to:
Transcripts are not considered official unless they are sent directly
The Coulter Student Health Center
by the institution attended and are complete, with no courses in
1225 17th Street
progress.
Golden, CO 80401-1869
3. Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters of recommendation are
The Health Center telephone numbers are 303-273-3381 and
required. Individuals who know your personal qualities and scholastic
303-279-3155.
or professional abilities can use the online application system to
submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. Letters can also be
Veterans
mailed directly to the Graduate Office.
4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Most departments require
Colorado School of Mines is approved by the Colorado State Approving
the General test of the Graduate Record Examination for applicants
Agency for Veteran Benefits under chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606,
seeking admission to their programs. Refer to the section Graduate
and 1607. Undergraduate students must register for and maintain 12.0
Degree Programs and Courses by Department or the Graduate
credit hours, and graduate students must register for and maintain 9.0
School application packet to find out if you must take the GRE
credit hours of graduate work in any semester to be certified as a full-time
examination. For information about the test, write to:
student for full-time benefits. Any hours taken under the full-time category
Graduate Record Examinations
will decrease the benefits to 3/4 time, 1/2 time, or tuition payment only.
Educational Testing Service
All changes in hours, program, addresses, marital status, or dependents
PO Box 6000
are to be reported to the Veterans Certifying Officer as soon as possible
Princeton, NJ 08541- 6000
so that overpayment or underpayment may be avoided. Veterans must
(Telephone 609-771-7670)
see the Veteran’s Certifying Officer each semester to be certified for any
or visit online at www.gre.org (http://www.gre.org)
benefits for which they may be eligible. In order for veterans to continue
5. English Language Requirements: Applicants whose native language
to receive benefits, they must make satisfactory progress as defined by
is not English must prove proficiency. Language examination
Colorado School of Mines.
results must be sent to the Graduate School as part of the
admission process. The institution has minimum English proficiency
An honorably or generally discharged military veteran providing a copy of
requirements - learn more at: http://www.mines.edu/Intl_GS.
his/her DD214 is awarded two credit hours to meet the physical education
English proficiency may be proven by achieving one of the following:
undergraduate degree requirement at CSM. Additionally, veterans may
a. A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum
request substitution of a technical elective for the institution's core EPICS
score of 550 on the paper-based test or a score of 79 on the
course requirement in all undergraduate degree programs.
internet Based TOEFL (iBT).
b. At IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Score
For more information, please visit the Veterans Services (http://
of 6.5, with no band below a 6.0.
inside.mines.edu/Veterans-Services) webpage.
c. A PTE A (Pearson test of English) score of 70 or higher.
d. Independent evaluation and approval by the admission-granting
department.
6. Additional instructions for admission to graduate school specific to
individual departments are contained in the application for admission.
Financial Assistance
To apply for Mines financial assistance, check the box in the Financial
Information section of the online graduate application or complete the
Financial Assistance section on the paper application.
Application Review Process
When application materials are received by the Graduate School, they
are processed and sent to the desired degree program for review. The
review is conducted according to the process developed and approved
by the faculty of that degree program. The degree program transmits
its decision to the Dean of the Graduate School, who then notifies the
applicant. The decision of the degree program is final and may not be
appealed.
Health Record and Additional Steps
When students first enroll at Mines, they must complete the student
health record form which is sent to them when they are accepted for
enrollment. Students must submit the student health record, including
health history, medical examination, and record of immunization, in order
to complete registration.

Colorado School of Mines 15
Student Life at CSM
The wellness center is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through
Friday. The Wellness Center follows the delay and closure schedule set
for the campus.
2016-2017
Coulter Student Health Center: Services are provided to all students
Housing (http://studentlife.mines.edu/
who have paid the student health center fee. The Coulter Student Health
Apartments-at-Mines-Park)
Center (303) 273-3381, FAX (303) 273-3623 is located on the first floor
of the W. Lloyd Wright Student Wellness Center at the corner of 18th
Graduate students may choose to reside in campus-owned apartment
and Elm Streets (1770 Elm Street). Nurse practitioners and registered
housing areas on a space-available basis. The Mines Park apartment
nurses provide services Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
complex is located west of the 6th Avenue and 19th Street intersection
and 1:00 pm to 4:45 pm and family medicine physicians provide services
on 55 acres owned by Mines. The complex houses upperclass
by appointment several days a week. After hours students can call New
undergraduate students, graduate students, and families. Residents must
West Physicians at (303) 278-4600 to speak to the physician on call
be full-time students.
(identify yourself as a CSM student). The Health Center offers primary
health and dental care. For X-rays, specialists or hospital care, students
Units are complete with refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, streaming
are referred to appropriate providers in the community. More information
television services, and wired/wireless internet connections. There are
is available at http://healthcenter.mines.edu.
two community centers which contain the laundry facilities, recreational
and study space, and meeting rooms. For more information or to apply
Dental Clinic: The Dental Clinic is located on the second floor of the W.
for apartment housing, go to the Apartment Housing website (http://
Lloyd Wright Wellness Center. Services include cleanings, restoratives,
studentlife.mines.edu/Apartments-at-Mines-Park).
and x-rays. Students who have paid the student health fee are eligible
for this service. The dental clinic is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and
For all Housing & Dining rates, go to Tuition, Fees, Financial
Fridays during the academic year with fewer hours in the summer.
Assistance, Housing (bulletin.mines.edu/undergraduate/
Services are by appointment only and can be made by calling the Dental
tuitionfeesfinancialassistancehousing)
Clinic. Dental care is on a fee-for-service basis. The Dental Clinic takes
Facilities
cash or checks, no credit/debit cards
Student Center
Fees: Students are charged a mandatory Health Services fee each
semester, which allows them access to services at the Health Center.
The Ben H. Parker Student Center contains the offices for the Vice
President of Student Life, Dean of Students, Student Activities and Greek
Immunization Requirement: The State of Colorado requires that
Life, Student Government (USG and GSG), Financial Aid, Bursar and
all students enrolled have proof of two MMR’s (measles, mumps
Cashier, International Office, Career Center, Graduate Studies, Registrar,
and rubella). A blood test showing immunity to all three diseases
Campus Events, and student organizations. The Student Center also
is acceptable. History of disease is not acceptable. Proof of a
contains The Periodic Table food court, bookstore, student lounges,
Meningococcal vaccine given within the past five years is required of all
meeting rooms, and banquet facilities.
students living in campus housing. Exemptions to these requirements
may be honored with proper documentation.
Student Recreation Center
Student Health Benefits Plan: The SHBP office is located on the
Completed in May 2007, the 108,000 square foot Student Recreation
second floor of the W. Lloyd Wright Student Wellness Center.
Center, located at the corner of 16th and Maple Streets in the heart
of campus, provides a wide array of facilities and programs designed
Adequate Health Insurance Requirement: All degree seeking
to meet student's recreational and leisure needs while providing for a
U.S. citizen and permanent resident students, and all international
healthy lifestyle. The Center contains a state-of-the-art climbing wall,
students regardless of degree status, are required to have health
an eight-lane, 25 meter swimming and diving pool, a cardiovascular
insurance. Students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health
and weight room, two multi-purpose rooms designed and equipped
Benefits Plan and may waive coverage if they have coverage under
for aerobics, dance, martial arts programs and other similar activities,
a personal or employer plan that meets minimum requirements.
a competition gymnasium containing three full-size basketball courts
International students must purchase the SHIP, unless they meet specific
as well as seating for 2500 people, a separate recreation gymnasium
requirements. Information about the Mines Student Health Benefits
designed specifically for a wide variety of recreational programs,
Plan, as well as the criteria for waiving, is available online at http://
extensive locker room and shower facilities, and a large lounge intended
studentinsurance.mines.edu or by calling 303.273.3388. Enrollment
for relaxing, playing games or watching television. In addition to
confirmation or waiver of the Mines Student Health Benefits Plan is done
housing the Outdoor Recreation Program as well as the Intramurals
online for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents. International students
and Club Sports Programs, the Center serves as the competition
must compete a paper enrollment/waiver form. The deadline to submit a
venue for the Intercollegiate Men and Women's Basketball Programs,
waiver is Census Day.
the Intercollegiate Volleyball Program and the Men and Women's
Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Program.
Counseling Center: Located on the second floor of the W. Lloyd Wright
Student Wellness Center, phone 303-273-3377. Services are available
W. Lloyd Wright Student Wellness Center
for students who have paid the Student Services fee. Individual personal,
academic, and career counseling is offered on a short-term basis to
The W. Lloyd Wright Student Wellness Center, 1770 Elm Street, houses
all enrolled CSM students. In cases where a student requires longer-
several health and wellness programs for Mines students: the Coulter
term counseling, referrals are made to providers in the local community.
Student Health Center, the Student Health Insurance Coordinator , the
The Counseling Center also provides education and assessment on
Counseling Center, the Dental Clinic and Student Disability Services.

16 Student Life at CSM
alcohol and other drug use. More information is available at http://
Core Supplemental Instruction (CSI): First-Year students are
counseling.mines.edu/.
encouraged to attend our CSI workshops. These workshops run
concurrent to many of the first-year classes (Calc, Chem, Physics, etc.)
Student Disability Services: Located on the second floor of the W.
and reiterate/strengthen material taught in class. They are offered in the
Lloyd Wright Student Wellness Center, phone 303-273-3377. Student
evening and are free to all students.
Disability Services provides students with disabilities an equal opportunity
to access the institution’s courses, programs and activities. Services
Faculty in CASA: Faculty from various departments host their regular
are available to students with a variety of disabilities, including but not
office hours in CASA. Students are encouraged to utilize these
limited to attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, learning disorders,
professors for assistance with material and/or questions on course
psychological disorders, vision impairment, hearing impairment, and
planning.
other disabilities. A student requesting disability accommodations at
the Colorado School of Mines must comply with the Documentation
Website: CASA maintains an extensive website with resources, helpful
Guidelines and submit required documents, along with a completed
tips, and guides. Check out CASA at http://casa.mines.edu.
Request for Reasonable Accommodations form to Student Disability
Motor Vehicles Parking
Services.
All motor vehicles on campus must be registered with the campus
Documentation Guidelines and the Request form are available at http://
Parking Services Division of Facilities Management, 1318 Maple Street,
disabilities.mines.edu/.
and must display a CSM parking permit. Vehicles must be registered at
Services
the beginning of each semester or upon bringing your vehicle on campus,
and updated whenever you change your address.
Academic Advising & Support Services
Public Safety
Center for Academic Services and Advising
The Colorado School of Mines Department of Public Safety is a full
(CASA)
service, community oriented law enforcement agency, providing 24/7
service to the campus. It is the mission of the Colorado School of Mines
Academic Advising: All students entering CSM are assigned an
Police Department to make the Mines campus the safest campus in
Academic Advising Coordinator. This assignment is made by last name.
Colorado.
This Coordinator serves as the student’s academic advisor until they
formally declare their major or intended degree. This declaration occurs in
The department is responsible for providing services such as:
their sophomore year. Incoming students have only noted an interest and
are not declared.
• Proactive patrol of the campus and its facilities
• Investigation and reporting of crimes and incidents
The Coordinators will host individual, walk-in, and group advising
sessions throughout the semester. Every student is required to meet
• Motor vehicle traffic and parking enforcement
with their Coordinator at least once per semester. The Coordinator will
• Crime and security awareness programs
administer a PIN for course registration, each semester. Students unsure
• Alcohol / Drug abuse awareness / education
of their academic path (which major to choose) should work with their
• Self defense classes
Coordinator to explore all different options.
• Consultation with campus departments for safety and security
CASA also hosts Peer 2 Peer advising. Students may walk-in and speak
matters
with a fellow student on various issues pertaining to course, such as
• Additional services to the campus community such as: vehicle
course registration).
unlocks and jumpstarts, community safe walks (escorts), authorized
after-hours building and office access, and assistance in any medical,
CSM101: The First-Year Symposium, , is a required, credit-bearing
fire, or other emergency situation.
class. CSM101 aims to facilitate the transition from high school to college;
create community among peers and upper-class students; assess and
The police officers employed by the Department of Public Safety are fully
monitor academic progress; and provide referrals to appropriate campus
trained police officers in accordance with the Peace Officer Standards
resources. CSM101 is taught by 38 professional staff members (including
and Training (P.O.S.T.) Board and the Colorado Revised Statute.
faculty) and 76 Peer Mentor students.
Career Center
Tutoring Services: CASA offers weekly tutoring services for all core-
The Mines Career Center mission is to assist students in developing,
curriculum courses. Our services run Sunday through Thursday and are
evaluating, and/or implementing career, education, and employment
hosted in CASA, the Student Center, and the Library. Students may also
decisions and plans. Career development is integral to the success
request to meet with a private tutor at a time, location, and date of their
of Mines graduates and to the mission of Mines. All Colorado School
mutual choosing. All tutoring services are free to students.
of Mines graduates will be able to acquire the necessary job search
Academic Support Services: Routinely, CASA offers great support
and professional development skills to enable them to successfully
workshops and events. CASA hosts pre-finals workshops as well as
take personal responsibility for the management of their own careers.
mid-term exam prep session. As well, students can work with our staff
Services are provided to all students and for all recent graduates, up
to develop the skills and technique of studying well in college – such as
to 24 months after graduation. Students must adhere to the ethical and
test-prep and cognitive learning development. CASA hosts late-night
professional business and job searching practices as stated in the Career
programs in the residence halls and Greek houses.
Center Student Policy, which can be found in its entirety on the Student's
Homepage of DiggerNet.

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In order to accomplish our mission, we provide a comprehensive array of
http://inside.mines.edu/POGO-Policies-Governance. We encourage all
career services:
students to review the electronic document and expect that students
know and understand the campus policies, rules and regulations as
Career, Planning, Advice, and Counseling
well as their rights as a student. Questions and comments regarding
the above mentioned policies can be directed to the Associate Dean of
• “The Mines Strategy" a practical, user-friendly career manual with
Students located in the Student Center, Suite 218.
interview strategies, resume and cover letter examples, career
exploration ideas, and job search tips;
Student Publications
• Online resources for exploring careers and employers at http://
careers.mines.edu;
Two student publications are published at CSM by the Associated
Students of CSM. Opportunities abound for students wishing to
• Individual resume and cover letter critiques;
participate on the staffs. A Board of Student Publications acts in an
• Individual job search advice;
advisory capacity to the publications staffs and makes recommendations
• Practice video-taped interviews;
on matters of policy.
• Job Search Workshops - successful company research, interviewing,
resumes, business etiquette, networking skills;
The Oredigger is the student newspaper, published weekly during the
school year. It contains news, features, sports, letters and editorials of
• Salary and overall outcomes data;
interest to students, faculty, and the Golden community.
• Information on applying to grad school;
• Career resource library.
The literary magazine, High Grade, is published each semester.
Contributions of poetry, short stories, drawings, and photographs are
Job Resources and Events
encouraged from students, faculty and staff.
• Career Day (Fall and Spring);
Veterans Services
• Online and in-person job search assistance for internships, CO-OPs,
The Registrar’s Office provides veterans services for students
and full-time entry-level job postings;
attending the School and using educational benefits from the Veterans
• Virtual Career Fairs and special recruiting events;
Administration.
• On-campus interviewing - industry and government representatives
visit the campus to interview students and explain employment
Activities
opportunities;
• General employment board;
Student Activities Office
• Company research resource;
The Office of Student Activities coordinates the various activities and
• Cooperative Education Program - available to students who have
student organizations on the Mines campus. Student government,
completed three semesters at Mines (two for transfer students). It
professional societies, living groups, honor societies, interest groups
is an academic program which offers 3 semester hours of credit in
and special events add a balance to the academic side of the CSM
the major for engineering work experience, awarded on the basis of
community. Participants take part in management training, event
a term paper written following the CO-OP term. The type of credit
planning, and leadership development. To obtain an up-to-date listing of
awarded depends on the decision of the department, but in most
the recognized campus organizations or more information about any of
cases is additive credit. CO-OP terms usually extend from May to
these organizations, contact the Student Activities office.
December, or from January to August, and usually take a student off
campus full time. Students must apply for CO-OP before beginning
Student Government
the job (a no credit, no fee class), and must write learning objectives
Associated Students of CSM (ASCSM) is sanctioned by the Board of
and sign formal contracts with their company's representative to
Trustees of the School. The purpose of ASCSM is, in part, to advance the
ensure the educational component of the work experience.
interest and promote the welfare of CSM and all of the students and to
foster and maintain harmony among those connected with or interested in
Identification Cards (Blaster Card Office)
the School, including students, alumni, faculty, trustees and friends.
All new students must have a Blaster Card made as soon as possible
Through funds collected as student fees, ASCSM strives to ensure
after they enroll. The Blaster Card office also issues RTD College
a full social and academic life for all students with its organizations,
Passes, which allows students to ride RTD buses and light rail free of
publications, and special events. As the representative governing body
charge (or for a reduced fee for airport bus service). Students can replace
of the students ASCSM provides leadership and a strong voice for the
lost, stolen, or damaged Blaster Cards for a small fee.
student body, enforces policies enacted by the student body, works to
The Blaster Card can be used for student meal plans, to check material
integrate the various campus organizations, and promotes the ideals and
out of the CSM Library, to access certain electronic doors, and may be
traditions of the School.
required to attend various CSM campus activities.
The Graduate Student Association was formed in 1991 and
Standards, Codes of Conduct
is recognized by CSM through the student government as the
representative voice of the graduate student body. GSA’s primary goal is
Students can access campus rules and regulations, including the student
to improve the quality of graduate education and offer academic support
code of conduct, student honor code, alcohol policy, sexual misconduct
for graduate students.
policy, the unlawful discrimination policy and complaint procedure,
public safety and parking policies, and the distribution of literature and
The Mines Activity Council (MAC) serves as the campus special
free speech policy, by visiting the Policy and Governance website at
events board. The majority of all-student campus events are planned by

18 Student Life at CSM
MAC. Events planned by MAC include comedy shows to the campus on
• Sigma Kappa
most Fridays throughout the academic year, events such as concerts,
• Sigma Nu
hypnotists, and one time specialty entertainment; discount tickets to
• Sigma Phi Epsilon
local sporting events, theater performances, and concerts, movie nights
bringing blockbuster movies to the Mines campus; and E-Days and
Honor Societies - Honor societies recognize the outstanding
Homecoming.
achievements of their members in the areas of scholarship, leadership,
and service. Each of the CSM honor societies recognizes different
Special Events
achievements in our students.
Engineers' Days festivities are held each spring. The three day affair is
Special Interest Groups - Special interest organizations meet the
organized entirely by students. Contests are held in drilling, hand-spiking,
special and unique needs of the CSM student body by providing co-
mucking, and oil-field olympics to name a few. Additional events include
curricular activities in specific areas.
a huge fireworks display, the Ore-Cart Pull to the Colorado State Capitol,
the awarding of scholarships to outstanding Colorado high school seniors
International Student Organizations - The International Student
and an Engineers' Day concert.
Organizations provide the opportunity to experience a little piece of a
different culture while here at Mines, in addition to assisting the students
Homecoming weekend is one of the high points of the year. Events
from that culture adjust to the Mines campus.
include a football rally and game, campus decorations, election of
Homecoming Queen and Beast, parade, burro race, and other contests.
Professional Societies - Professional Societies are generally student
chapters of the national professional societies. As a student chapter,
International Day is planned and conducted by the International Council.
the professional societies offer a chance for additional professional
It includes exhibits and programs designed to further the cause of
development outside the classroom through guest speakers, trips, and
understanding among the countries of the world. The international dinner
interactive discussions about the current activities in the profession.
and entertainment have come to be one of the campus social events of
Additionally, many of the organizations offer internship, fellowship and
the year.
scholarship opportunities.
Winter Carnival, sponsored by Blue Key, is an all-school ski day held
Recreational Organizations - The recreation organizations provide the
each year at one of the nearby ski areas. In addition to skiing, there are
opportunity for students with similar interests to participate as a group
also fun competitions (snowman contest, sled races, etc.) throughout the
in these recreational activities. Most of the recreational organizations
day.
compete on both the local and regional levels at tournaments throughout
Outdoor Recreation Program
the year.
The Outdoor Recreation Program is housed at the Mines Park
For a complete list of all currently registered student organizations,
Community Center. The Program teaches classes in outdoor
please visit the Student Activities office or website at http://
activities; rents mountain bikes, climbing gear, backpacking and other
studentactivities.mines.edu/.
equipment; and sponsors day and weekend activities such as camping,
snowshoeing, rock climbing, and mountaineering.
Residence Hall Association (RHA)
Residence Hall Association (RHA) is a student-run organization
developed to coordinate and plan activities for students living in the
Residence Halls. Its membership is represented by students from each
hall floor. Officers are elected each fall for that academic year. For more
information, go to RHA (http://inside.mines.edu/RSL-Residence-Hall-
Association).
Student Organizations
Social Fraternities and Sororities - There are seven national fraternities
and three national sororities active on the CSM campus. Fraternities and
Sororities offer the unique opportunity of leadership, service to one’s
community, and fellowship. Greeks are proud of the number of campus
leaders, athletes and scholars that come from their ranks. Colorado
School of Mines chapters are:
• Alpha Phi
• Alpha Tau Omega
• Beta Theta Pi
• Kappa Sigma
• Phi Gamma Delta
• Pi Beta Phi
• Sigma Alpha Epsilon

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Registration and Tuition
the summer semester and working on campus must pay regular tuition
and thesis research fees for summer semester.
Classification
Eligibility for Reduced Registration
2016-2017
Students enrolled in thesis-based degree programs who have completed
General Registration Requirements
a minimum number of course and research credit hours in their degree
programs are eligible to continue to pursue their graduate program as full-
The normal full load for graduate students is 9 credit hours per term.
time students at a reduced registration level. In order to be considered
for this reduced, full-time registration category, students must satisfy the
Full-time graduate students may register for an overload of up to 6 credit
following requirements:
hours (up to 15 credit hours total) per term at no increase in tuition.
Subject to written approval by their advisor and department head or
1. For M.S. students, completion of 36 hours of eligible course, research
division director, students may register for more than 15 credit hours per
and transfer credits combined
term by paying additional tuition at the regular part-time rate for all hours
2. For Ph.D. students, completion of 72 hours of eligible course,
over 15. The maximum number of credits for which a student can register
research, and transfer credits combined
during the summer is 12.
3. For all students, an approved Degree Audit form must be on file in the
Graduate Office the semester prior to one for which you are applying
Except for students meeting any of the following conditions, students may
for reduced registration.
register at less than the required full-time registration.
4. Candidates may not count more than 12 credit hours per semester in
• International students subject to immigration requirements. This
determining eligibility for reduced, full-time registration.
applies to international students holding J-1 and F-1 visas.
Students who are eligible for reduced, full-time registration are
• Students receiving financial assistance in the form of graduate
considered full time if they register for 4 credit hours of research under
teaching assistantships, research assistantships, fellowships or
course number 707.
hourly contracts.
• Students enrolled in academic programs that require full-time
Full-time Status - Required Course Load
registration. Refer to the degree program sections of this bulletin to
see if this applies to a particular program.
To be deemed full-time during the fall and spring semesters, students
must register for at least 9 credit hours. However, international students
Students for whom any one of these conditions apply must register at
need only register for 6 credit hours during their first year, if they
the appropriate full-time credit hour requirement. Special cases to the
are required to take special language instruction or are accepted in
full-time registration requirement for students listed above are under Full
Provisional Status. In the event a thesis-based student has completed
Time Status-Required Course load and include first-year international
his or her required course work and research credits and is eligible for
students who must receive special instruction to improve their language
reduced, full-time registration, the student will be deemed full-time if he or
skills, and students who have completed their credit-hour requirements
she is registered for at least 4 credit hours of research credit.
and are working full time on their thesis.
To be deemed full-time during the summer semester, students must
To remain active in their degree program, students must register
register for a minimum of 3 credit hours.
continuously each fall and spring semester. If not required to register full-
time, part-time students may register for any number of credit hours less
Internships and Academic-Year
than the full-time credit hour load.
Registration Requirements
Summer registration is not required to maintain an active program.
Thesis-based graduate students may participate in corporate-sponsored
Students who continue to work on their degree program and utilize Mines
internship opportunities during the academic year. The intent of graduate
facilities during the summer, however, must register. Students registered
internships is to allow students to continue to advance toward degree
during the summer are assessed regular tuition and fees.
while pursuing research activities off campus, that are of interest to both
the student and a corporate sponsor. To qualify for an internship during
New graduate students entering during the fall semester will be expected
the academic year, the work done while in residency at the corporate
to pay full student fees for any courses taken in the summer sessions
sponsor must be directly related to a student's thesis/dissertation,
prior to the fall term of entry.
the internship shall last for no longer than one regular academic-year
Research Registration
semester, and the scope of the activities completed during the internship
must be agreed upon by the student, the student's advisor and the
In addition to completing prescribed course work and defending a
corporate sponsor prior to the start of the internship. Students not
thesis, students in thesis-based degree programs must complete a
meeting these requirements are not eligible for the internship registration
research experience under the direct supervision of their faculty advisor.
defined below.
Master students must complete a minimum of 6 hours of research
credit, and doctoral students must complete a minimum of 24 hours of
Graduate students completing a one semester of corporate-sponsored
research credit at Mines. While completing this experience, students
internship, either domestic or international, during the academic year
register for research credit under course numbers 707. Faculty assign
should register for zero credit hours of off-campus work experience under
grades indicating satisfactory or unsatisfactory progress based on their
the course number 597. This registration will maintain a student's full-time
evaluation of the student’s work. Students registered for research during
academic standing for the internship semester. Students registered for an
internship experience under course number 597 are not assessed tuition

20 Registration and Tuition Classification
nor regular academic fees and as such do not have access to Mines
A student who is allowed to withdraw from courses under this policy will
facilities, services or staff. The Mines Health Insurance requirement
receive a grade of “W” for each course and will be placed on automatic
applies to all students participating in an academic program (such as,
leave of absence. In order to resume their graduate program, they
but not limited to, undergraduate cooperative education, study abroad,
must submit a written application that includes documentation that the
and graduate internships) regardless of the domestic or international
problems which caused the withdrawal have been corrected. The student
location of the academic program. As such, students enrolled in the
will be reinstated to active status upon approval of their application by
Mines Health Insurance program are charged health insurance fees
their advisor and their department head or division director.
during their internship semester. Students participating in an international
internship are required to complete the Office of International Programs
The financial impact of a withdrawal is covered in the section on
paperwork in fulfillment of security and safety requirements.
“Payments and Refunds.”
Late Registration Fee
Auditing Courses
Students must complete their registration by the date specified in the
As part of the maximum of 15 semester hours of graduate work, students
Academic Calendar. Students who fail to complete their registration
may enroll for no credit (NC) in a course with the permission of the
during this time will be assessed a $100 late registration fee and will not
instructor. Tuition charges are the same for no credit as for credit
receive any tuition fellowships for which they might otherwise be eligible.
enrollment.
Reciprocal Registration
Students must enroll for no credit before census day, the last day of
registration. The form to enroll for a course for no credit is available in
Under the Exchange Agreement Between the State Supported
the Registrar’s Office. NC designation is awarded only if all conditions
Institutions in Northern Colorado, Mines graduate students who are
stipulated by course instructors are met.
paying full-time tuition may take courses at Colorado State University,
Mines requires that all U.S. students who are being supported by the
University of Northern Colorado, and University of Colorado (Boulder,
institution register full time, and federal financial aid regulations prohibit
Denver, Colorado Springs, and the Health Sciences Center) at no charge
us from counting NC registration in determining financial aid eligibility.
by completing the request form and meeting the required conditions on
In addition, the INS requires that international students register full
registration and tuition, course load, and course and space availability.
time, and we are discouraged from counting NC registration toward
Request forms are available from the Registrar’s office.
that requirement. Furthermore, there are no consistent standards for
Courses completed under the reciprocal agreement may be applied to
expectations of students who register for NC in a course. Therefore,
a student's degree program. These are, however, applied as transfer
in order to treat all Mines students consistently, NC registration will
credit into the degree program. In doing so, they are subject to all the
not count toward the minimum number of hours for which students are
limitations, approvals and requirements of any regularly transferred
required to register. This includes the minimum continuous registration
course.
requirement of part-time students and the 9 credit-hour requirement for
students who must register full time.
Dropping and Adding Courses
The reduced registration policy is based on the principle that the
Students may drop or add courses through web registration without
minimum degree requirement (36 or 72 hours) would include only the
paying a fee during the first 11 school days of a regular semester, the first
credits applied toward that degree. Deficiency and extra courses are
four school days of a six-week field course, or the first six school days of
above and beyond that minimum. NC courses fall into the latter category
an eight-week summer term.
and may not be applied toward the degree. Therefore, NC registration will
not count toward the number of hours required to be eligible for reduced
After the 11th day of classes through the 12th week, continuing students
thesis registration.
may drop any course for any reason with a grade of “W”. Graduate
students in their first or second semesters at Mines have through the 14th
NC registration may involve additional effort on the part of faculty to
week of that semester to drop a course. A student must process a drop-
give and/or grade assignments or exams, so it is the institution’s policy
add form and pay a $5.00 fee for any change in class schedule after the
to charge tuition for NC courses. Therefore, NC registration will count
first 11 days of class, except in cases of withdrawal from school. Forms
toward the maximum number of credits for which a graduate student may
are available in the Registrar’s Office.
be allowed to register. This includes a tuition surcharge for credits taken
over 15.
After the 12th (or 14th) week, no drops are permitted except in case of
withdrawal from school or for extenuating circumstances. To request
Off-Campus Study
consideration of extenuating circumstances, a student must submit a
written request to the Graduate Dean, which includes the following:
A student must enroll in an official Mines course for any period of off-
campus, course-related study, whether U.S. or foreign, including faculty-
1. A list of the courses from which they wish to withdraw. This must
led short courses, study abroad, or any off-campus trip sponsored by
include all courses for which they are registered.
Mines or led by a Mines faculty member. The registration must occur in
2. Documentation of the problem which is the basis for the request.
the same term that the off-campus study takes place. In addition, the
3. If the problem involves a medical condition, the documentation must
student must complete the necessary release, waiver, and emergency
be signed by a licensed medical doctor or a representative of the
contact forms, transfer credit pre-approvals, and FERPA release, and
Mines Counseling Office.
provide adequate proof of current health insurance prior to departure. For
additional information concerning study abroad requirements, contact the
4. Signatures indicating approval by the student’s advisor and
department head or division director.

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Office of International Programs at (303) 384-2121; for other information,
contact the Registrar’s Office.
Numbering of Courses
Course numbering is based on the content of material presented in
courses:
Material
Level
Division
100-199
Freshman Level
Lower Division
200-299
Sophomore Level
Lower Division
300-399
Junior Level
Upper Division
400-499
Senior Level
Upper Division
500-599
Master's Level
600-699
Doctoral Level
Over 700
Graduate Research or
Thesis Level

22 Graduation Requirements
Graduation Requirements
Graduation Requirements
To graduate, students must be registered during the term in which they
complete their program. An exception to this registration policy allows
students to complete an early checkout by census day of the graduation
semester. Early checkout is accepted by the Graduate School and allows
students to graduate in a term, without registering;
• checkout by Summer I census to graduate in Fall and avoid summer
& fall registration,
• checkout by Fall census to graduate in Fall and avoid fall registration,
and
• checkout by Spring census to graduate in the Spring and avoid spring
registration.
Students not meeting this checkout deadline are required to register
for an additional semester before the Graduate School will process
their checkout request. For additional information, refer to http://
gradschool.mines.edu/GS-Graduation-Information-and-Deadlines.

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Leave of Absence & Parental
Eligibility
Leave
In order to be eligible for Parental Leave, a graduate student must:
• be the primary child care provider;
Leave of Absence
• have been a full-time graduate student in his/her degree program
Leaves of absence are granted when it is temporarily impossible for
during at least the two (2), prior consecutive semesters;
students to continue to work toward a degree. Leave of absence requests
• be enrolled in a thesis-based degree program (i.e., Doctoral or thesis-
for the current semester must be received by the Dean of Graduate
based Masters);
Studies prior to census. Leave of absence requests for prior semesters
• be in good academic standing as defined in the Unsatisfactory
will not be considered.
Academic Performance section of this Bulletin;
• provide a letter from a physician or other health care professional
Any request for a leave of absence must have the prior approval of the
stating the anticipated due date of the child, or provide appropriate
student’s faculty advisor, the department head or division or program
documentation specifying an expected date of adoption of the child;
director and the Dean of Graduate Studies. The request for a leave of
absence must be in writing and must include:
• notify advisor of intent to apply for Parental Leave at least four (4)
months prior to the anticipated due date or adoption date; and
1. the reasons why the student must interrupt his or her studies and,
• at least two (2) months prior to the expected leave date complete,
2. a plan (including a timeline and deadlines) for resuming and
and have approved, the Request for Parental Leave Form that
completing the work toward the degree in a timely fashion.
includes an academic Program Plan for program continuance.
Students on leave remain in good standing even though they are not
Exceptions and Limitations
registered for any course or research credits. While on leave, however,
This Policy has been explicitly constructed with the following limitations:
students will not have access to Mines resources. This includes, but is
not limited to, office space, computational facilities, library and faculty.
• part-time and non-thesis students are not eligible for Parental Leave.
These students may, however, apply for a Leave of Absence through
Students are limited to two, not necessarily consecutive, regular
the regular procedure defined above;
semesters of leave while in a graduate degree program at Mines.
Beyond these two semesters, students needing to suspend their degree
• if both parents are Mines graduate students who would otherwise
programs further are required to formally withdraw from the degree
qualify for leave under this Policy, each is entitled to a Parental Leave
program. To continue in the degree program at a later date, candidates
period immediately following the birth or adoption of a child during
would need to apply, and be readmitted, into the degree program. As
which he or she is the primary care provider, but the leaves may not
with all degree program applications, applications from candidates
be taken simultaneously; and
returning from a leave are reviewed by the program and considered for
• leaves extending beyond eight (8) weeks are not covered by this
readmission at the sole discretion of the program.
Policy. The regular Leave of Absence policy defined in the Graduate
Bulletin applies to these cases.
Students who fail to register and who are not on approved leaves of
absence have their degree programs terminated. Students who wish to
Benefits
return to graduate school after an unauthorized leave of absence must
Under this Policy students will receive the following benefits and
apply for readmission and pay a $200 readmission fee.
protections:
The financial impact of requesting a leave of absence for the current
• a one-semester extension of all academic requirements (e.g.,
semester is covered in the section on “Payments and Refunds (p. 9)”
qualifying examinations, time to degree limitations, etc.);
Parental Leave
• maintenance of full-time status in degree program while on Parental
Leave;
Graduate students in thesis-based degree programs, who have full-
• documentation of an academic plan that specifies both how a student
time student status, may be eligible to request up to eight (8) weeks of
will continue work toward his or her degree prior to the leave period
parental leave. The Parental Leave Policy is designed to assist students
and how a student will reintegrate into a degree program after
who are primary child-care providers immediately following the birth
returning from leave; and
or adoption of a child. The Policy is designed to make it possible for
• continuance of assistantship support during the semester in which the
students to maintain full-time status in research-based degree programs
leave is taken.
while taking a leave from that program to care for their new child, and
facilitate planning for continuance of their degree program.
Planning and Approval
Nothing in the Parental Leave policy can, or is intended to replace
It is the student's responsibility to initiate discussions with his/her
communication and cooperation between the student and his or her
advisor(s) at least four (4) months prior to the anticipated birth or
advisor, and the good-faith efforts of both to accommodate the birth or
adoption. This notice provides the lead time necessary to rearrange
adoption of a child within the confines and expectations of participating
teaching duties (for those students supported by teaching assistantships),
in a research-active graduate degree program. It is the intent of this
to adjust laboratory and research responsibilities and schedules, to
Policy to reinforce the importance of this cooperation, and to provide a
identify and develop plans for addressing any new health and safety
framework of support and guidance.
issues, and to develop an academic Program Plan that promotes
seamless reintegration back into a degree program.

24 Leave of Absence & Parental Leave
While faculty will make every reasonable effort to meet the needs of
While on Leave, students may elect to continue to work in some modified
students requesting Parental Leave, students must recognize that faculty
capacity and Faculty, Departments and Programs may elect to provide
are ultimately responsible for ensuring the rigor of academic degree
additional stipend support in recognition of these efforts. Students,
programs and may have a direct requirement to meet specific milestones
however, are under no obligation to do so, and if they choose to not work
defined in externally funded research contracts. Within this context,
during their Leave period this will not be held against them when they
faculty may need to reassess and reassign specific work assignments,
return from Leave. Upon return, students on Research Assistantships are
modify laboratory schedules, etc. Without good communication, such
expected to continue their normal research activities as defined in their
efforts may lead to significant misunderstandings between faculty and
Academic Plans. Students on Teaching Assistantships will be directed by
students. As such, there must be good-faith, and open communication
the Department, Division or Program as to specific activities in which they
by each party to meet the needs and expectations of each during this
will engage upon return from Parental Leave.
potentially stressful period.
Registration
The results of these discussions are to be formalized into an academic
Students on Parental Leave should register at the full-time level for
Program Plan that is agreed to by both the student and the advisor(s).
research credit hours under the direction of their Thesis Advisor. The
This Plan, to be accepted, must also receive approval by the appropriate
advisor will evaluate student progress toward degree for the semester in
Department Head, Division or Program Director and the Graduate Dean.
which Parental Leave is taken only on those activities undertaken by the
Approval of the Dean should be sought by submitting to the Office of
student while he or she is not on Leave.
Graduate Studies a formal Parental Leave request, with all necessary
signatures along with the following documentation;
• letter from a physician or other health care professional stating the
anticipated due date of the child or other appropriate documentation
specifying an expected date of adoption of the child; and
• the advisor(s) and Department Head, Division or Program Director
approved academic Program Plan.
These materials should be delivered to the Office of Graduate Studies no
less than two (2) months prior to the anticipated date of leave.
If a student and faculty member cannot reach agreement on a Program
Plan, they should consult with the appropriate Department Head, Division
or Program Director to help mediate and resolve the outstanding issues.
As appropriate, the Department Head, Division or Program Director may
request the Dean of Graduate Studies and the Director of the Women
in Science, Engineering and Mathematics program provide additional
assistance in finalizing the Program Plan.
Graduate Students with Appointments as
Graduate Research and Teaching Assistants
A graduate student who is eligible for Parental Leave and has a
continuing appointment as a research or teaching assistant is eligible for
continued stipend and tuition support during the semester(s) in which the
leave is taken. For consideration of this support, however, the timing of a
leave with continued stipend and tuition support must be consistent with
the academic unit's prior funding commitment to the student. No financial
support will be provided during Leave in a semester in which the student
would have otherwise not been funded.
Tuition and Fee Reimbursement: If the assistantship, either teaching or
research, would have normally paid a student's tuition and mandatory
fees, it will continue to do so for the semester(s) in which the Leave is
taken. Costs for tuition will be shared proportionally between the normal
source of funding for the research or teaching assistantship and the
Office of Graduate Studies.
Stipend Support: Stipends associated with the assistantship will be
provided at their full rate for that portion of the semester(s) during which
the student is not on Parental Leave. No stipend support need be
provided during the time period over which the Parental Leave is taken.
The student may, however, choose to have the stipend he or she would
receive during the semester(s) in which the Leave is taken delivered in
equal increments over the entire semester(s).

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In-State Tuition Classification
so long as such residence is maintained, even though circumstances may
require extended temporary absences from Colorado.
Status
For more information about the requirements for establishing in-state
In-State Tuition Classification Status
residency, please contact the Registrar’s Office.
General Information
Petitioning for In-State Tuition Classification
A continuing, non-resident student who believes that he or she has
The State of Colorado partially subsidizes the cost of tuition for all
become eligible for in-state resident tuition due to events that have
students whose domicile, or permanent legal residence, is in Colorado.
occurred subsequent to his or her initial enrollment may file a Petition for
Each Mines student is classified as either an “in-state resident” or a “non-
In-State Tuition Classification with the Registrar’s Office. This petition is
resident” at the time of matriculation. These classifications, which are
due in the Registrar’s Office no later than the first day of the semester for
governed by Colorado law, are based upon information furnished by each
which the student is requesting in-state resident status. Upon receipt of
student on his or her application for admission to Mines. A student who
the petition, the Registrar will initially decide whether the student should
willfully furnishes incorrect information to Mines to evade payment of non-
be granted in-state residency status. The Registrar’s decision may be
resident tuition shall be subject to serious disciplinary action.
appealed by petition to the Tuition Classification Review Committee. For
It is in the interest of each graduate student who is a U.S. citizen and
more information about this process, please contact the Registrar’s Office
who is supported on an assistantship or fellowship to become a legal
(http://inside.mines.edu/Petitioning-for-In-State-Tuition-Classification).
resident of Colorado at the earliest opportunity. Typically, tuition at the
non-resident rate will be paid by Mines for these students during their first
In-State Tuition Classification for WICHE
year of study only. After the first year of study, these students may be
Program Participants
responsible for paying the difference between resident and non-resident
WICHE, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education,
tuition.
promotes the sharing of higher education resources among the
Requirements for Establishing In-State
participating western states. Under this program, residents of Alaska,
Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North
Residency
Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming who
The specific requirements for establishing residency for tuition
are enrolled in qualifying graduate programs may be eligible for in-state
classification purposes are prescribed by state law (Colorado Revised
tuition classification. Current qualifying programs include:
Statutes, Title 23, Article 7). Because Colorado residency status is
• Applied Chemistry
governed solely by Colorado law, the fact that a student might not qualify
for in-state status in any other state does not guarantee in-state status in
• Environmental Engineering Science
Colorado. The tuition classification statute places the burden of proof on
• Geochemistry
the student to provide clear and convincing evidence of eligibility.
• Geological Engineering
• Hydrology
In-state or resident status generally requires domicile in Colorado for the
year immediately preceding the beginning of the semester in which in-
• Mineral and Energy Economics
state status is sought. “Domicile” is “a person’s true, fixed and permanent
• Mining and Earth Systems Engineering
home and place of habitation.” An unemancipated minor is eligible for in-
• Petroleum Engineering
state status if at least one parent (or his or her court-appointed guardian)
has been domiciled in Colorado for at least one year. If neither of the
Contact the Office of Graduate Studies (http://inside.mines.edu/
student’s parents are domiciliaries of Colorado, the student must be a
Graduate_School) for more information about WICHE.
qualified person to begin the one-year domiciliary period. A “qualified
person” is someone who is at least twenty-two years old, married, or
emancipated. A student may prove emancipation if:
1. The student’s parents have entirely surrendered the right to the
student’s custody and earnings;
2. The student’s parents are no longer under any duty to financially
support the student; and
3. The student’s parents have made no provision for the continuing
support of the student.
To begin the one-year domiciliary period, a qualified person must be
living in Colorado with the present intention to reside permanently in
Colorado. Although none of the following indicia are determinative, voter
registration, driver’s license, vehicle registration, state income tax filings,
real property interests, and permanent employment (or acceptance of
future employment) in Colorado will be considered in determining whether
a student has the requisite intention to permanently reside in Colorado.
Once a student’s legal residence has been permanently established in
Colorado, he or she may continue to be classified as a resident student

26 Academic Regulations
Academic Regulations
Graduate Students in Undergraduate
Courses
2016-2017
Students may apply toward graduate degree requirements a maximum of
Graduate School Bulletin
nine (9.0) semester hours of department-approved 400-level course work
not taken to remove deficiencies and not taken as a degree requirement
It is the responsibility of the graduate student to become informed and
for a bachelor's degree upon the recommendation of the graduate
to observe all regulations and procedures required by the program the
committee and the approval of the Graduate Dean.
student is pursuing. Ignorance of a rule does not constitute a basis for
waiving that rule. The current Graduate Bulletin when a graduate student
Students may apply toward graduate degree requirements 300-level
first enrolls, gives the academic requirements the student must meet
courses only in those programs which have been recommended by the
to graduate. However, with department consent, a student can change
department and have been approved by the Graduate Council before the
to the requirements in a later catalog published while the student is
student enrolls in the course. In that case a maximum of nine (9.0) total
enrolled in the graduate school. Changes to administrative policies and
hours of 300- and 400-level courses will be accepted for graduate credit.
procedures become effective for all students as soon as the campus
community is notified of the changes.
Withdrawing from School
The Graduate Bulletin is available to students in both print and electronic
To officially withdraw from Mines, a graduate student must communicate
forms. Print bulletins are updated annually. Electronic versions of the
directly with the Graduate Dean or process a withdrawal form through
Graduate Bulletin may be updated more frequently to reflect changes
the Graduate Office. When the form is completed, the student will
approved by the campus community. As such, students are encouraged
receive grades of W in courses in progress. If the student does not
to refer to the most recently available electronic version of the Graduate
officially withdraw the course grades are recorded as F’s. Leaving school
Bulletin. This version is available at the CSM website. The electronic
without having paid tuition and fees will result in the encumbrance of the
version of the Graduate Bulletin is considered the official version of this
transcript. Federal aid recipients should check with the financial aid office
document. In case of disagreement between the electronic and print
to determine what impact a withdrawal may have on current or future aid.
versions, the electronic version takes precedence.
Resolution of Conflicting Bulletin
Provisions
If a conflict or inconsistency is found to exist between these policies and
any other provision of the Mines Graduate Bulletin, the provisions of
these policies shall govern the resolution of such conflict or inconsistency.
Curriculum Changes
The Mines Board of Trustees reserves the right to change any course
of study or any part of the curriculum to respond to educational and
scientific developments. No statement in this Bulletin or in the registration
of any student shall be considered as a contract between Colorado
School of Mines and the student.
Making up Undergraduate Deficiencies
If the department or division decides that new students do not have
the necessary background to complete an advanced degree, they will
be required to enroll in courses for which they will receive no credit
toward their graduate degree, or complete supervised readings, or
both. Students are notified of their apparent deficiency areas in their
acceptance letter from the Graduate School or in their first interview with
their department advisor.
Graduate students must attain a B average in deficiency courses,
and any student receiving a grade of D in a deficiency course will be
required to repeat the course. Grades for these deficiency courses
are recorded on the student’s transcript, become part of the student’s
permanent record, and are calculated into the overall GPA. Students
whose undergraduate records are deficient should remove all deficiencies
as soon as possible after they enroll for graduate studies.

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Graduate Grading System
in the fifth week if it has not been updated by the professor by the end of
the fourth week.
Grades
Graduating students must have all incomplete grades changed within 10
business days after graduation.
When a student registers in a graduate (500- and 600-level ) course,
one of the following grades will appear on the academic record. Grades
Satisfactory Progress Grades
are based on the level of performance and represent the extent of the
student's demonstrated mastery of the material listed in the course
A graduate student may receive a grade of Satisfactory Progress, PRG,
outline and achievement of the stated course objectives. These are
in either one of three possible situations:
CSM's grade symbols and their qualitative interpretations:
1. As a passing grade given in a course that is graded pass-fail,
Symbol
Interpretation
2. As a grade for a course extending more than one semester or
A
Acceptable for Graduate Credit
3. As a grade indicating completion of research credit hours.
A-
Acceptable for Graduate Credit
When applied to pass-fail courses, the Satisfactory Progress grade, PRG,
B+
Acceptable for Graduate Credit
indicates successful completion of the requirements of the course. A
B
Acceptable for Graduate Credit
grade of Unsatisfactory Progress, PRU, as applied to pass-fail courses,
B-
May be Acceptable for Graduate Credit
indicates the student failed to meet the requirements for successful
C+
May be Acceptable for Graduate Credit
completion the course. The PRG and PRU grades have no point value
C
May be Acceptable for Graduate Credit
toward a student's GPA. As described in the Unsatisfactory Academic
Performance (p. 13) portion of this Bulletin programs may determine that
C-
May be Acceptable for Graduate Credit
a PRU received in a course indicates unsatisfactory progress toward
D+
Not Acceptable for Graduate Credit
degree completion and trigger academic disciplinary proceedings.
D
Not Acceptable for Graduate Credit
D-
Not Acceptable for Graduate Credit
For students completing independent study or seminar courses extending
over multiple semesters, the progress grade has no point value. In
F
Failed
such cases, the student receives a grade of PRG, which indicates that
S
Satisfactory (C- or better, used as a mid-term
the work is not yet completed. For multi-semester independent study
grade)
courses, upon completion of course requirements, final grades are
U
Unsatisfactory (below C-, used as a mid-term
assigned to all semesters in which the student enrolled in the course,
grade)
replacing previous PRG grades as appropriate. In seminar courses which
INC
Incomplete
may not be repeated for credit, even if continuous enrollment is required
PRG
Satisfactory Progress
by the degree program, the PRG grade remains with a final grade being
PRU
Unsatisfactory Progress
assigned to last semester of attendance only.
For all multi-semester courses, independent study and seminar, students
Graduate students enrolled in undergraduate-level courses (400-level
must register for the same course in each regular (Fall or Spring)
and below) are graded using the undergraduate grading system. See the
semester of attendance until such time as a final grade is assigned.
Mines Undergraduate Bulletin (bulletin.mines.edu/undergraduate) for a
description of this system.
When applied to research credits, the Satisfactory Progress grade,
PRG, also has no point value toward a student's GPA, but indicates
In addition to these performance symbols, the following is a list of
satisfactory progress toward completion of the research component of
additional registration symbols that may appear on a CSM transcript:
a student's thesis-based degree program. In this situation, a grade of
Symbol
Interpretation
PRU, Unsatisfactory Progress, may be given, and if given, indicates
that a student has not made satisfactory progress toward the research
WI
Involuntarily Withdrawn
component of a thesis-based degree program. In this case, receipt
W
Withdrew, No Penalty
of a grade of PRU may trigger academic disciplinary proceedings as
T
Transfer Credit
described in the Unsatisfactory Academic Performance (p. 13) portion of
NC
Not for Credit
this Bulletin.
Z
Grade not yet Submitted
Unless faculty submit change of grade forms to the Registrar, grades of
Incomplete Grade
PRU delivered for unsatisfactory research performance, are not changed
to PRG upon the successful completion of a student's degree program.
If a graduate student fails to complete a course because of illness or
other reasonable excuse, the student receives a grade of Incomplete
NC Grade
(INC), a temporary grade which indicates a deficiency in the quantity of
For special reasons and with the instructor's permission, a student may
work done.
register in a course for no credit (NC). To have the grade NC appear on
A grade of INC must be removed not later than the end of the fourth
the transcript, the student must enroll at registration time as a NC student
week of the first major term of attendance following that in which it was
in the course and comply with all conditions stipulated by the course
received. A grade of INC will be converted to an F grade by the Registrar
instructor. If a student registered as NC fails to satisfy all conditions, no
record of this registration in the course will be made.

28 Graduate Grading System
Quality Hours and Quality Points
was not repeatable for credit, the grade and credit hours earned for the
most recent occurrence of the course will count toward the student's
For graduation a student must successfully complete a certain number
grade-point average and the student's degree requirements. The most
of required semester hours and must maintain grades at a satisfactory
recent course occurrence must be an exact match to the previous course
level. Numerical values assigned to each letter grade are given in the
completed (subject and number). The most recent grade is applied to the
table below:
overall grade-point average even if the previous grade is higher.
Grade
Numerical Value
Courses from other institutions transferred to Colorado School of Mines
A
4.000
are not counted in any grade-point average, and cannot be used under
A-
3.700
this repeat policy. Only courses originally completed and subsequently
repeated at Colorado School of Mines during Fall 2007 through Summer
B+
3.300
2011 with the same subject code and number apply to this repeat policy.
B
3.000
B-
2.700
All occurrences of every course taken at Colorado School of Mines will
C+
2.300
appear on the official transcript along with the associated grade. Courses
from other institutions transferred to Colorado School of Mines are not
C
2.000
counted in any grade-point average.
C-
1.700
D+
1.300
Course and Research Grades
D
1.000
All candidates for graduate degrees must maintain a cumulative grade
D-
0.700
point average of at least 3.0 in all courses taken after acceptance into
F
0.000
a degree program. This includes both graduate and undergraduate
courses. Any grade lower than “C-” is not acceptable for credit toward
The number of quality points earned in any course is the number of
graduate degree requirements or graduate deficiencies.
semester hours assigned to that course multiplied by the numerical
value of the grade received. The quality hours earned are the number
For research credits, students receive either an “In Progress-Satisfactory”
of semester hours in which grades are awarded. To compute a grade-
or an “In Progress-Unsatisfactory” grade based on their faculty advisor’s
point average, the number of cumulative quality hours is divided into the
evaluation of their work. Research grades do not enter into the
cumulative quality points earned. Grades of W, WI, INC, PRG, PRU, or
calculation of the student’s grade point average.
NC are not counted in quality hours.
Students who fail to maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0, or
Semester Hours
who receive an In Progress-Unsatisfactory research grade are placed
on academic probation by the Graduate Dean and may be subject to
The number of times a class meets during a week (for lecture, recitation,
discretionary dismissal as defined by the Unsatisfactory Academic
or laboratory) determines the number of semester hours assigned to that
Performance (p. 13) section of this Bulletin.
course. Class sessions are normally 50 minutes long and represent one
hour of credit for each hour meeting. Two to four hours of laboratory work
Grade Appeal Process
per week are equivalent to 1-semester hour of credit. For the average
student, each hour of lecture and recitation requires at least two hours of
Mines faculty have the responsibility, and sole authority for, assigning
preparation.
grades. As instructors, this responsibility includes clearly stating the
instructional objectives of a course, defining how grades will be assigned
Grade-Point Averages
in a way that is consistent with these objectives, and then assigning
grades. It is the student’s responsibility to understand the grading criteria
Grade-Point Averages shall be specified, recorded, reported, and used to
and then maintain the standards of academic performance established
three figures following the decimal point for any and all purposes to which
for each course in which he or she is enrolled.
said averages may apply.
If a student believes he or she has been unfairly graded, the student may
All graduate degree programs require students have a minimum overall
appeal the grade to the Faculty Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate.
grade point average of 3.000 in order to be eligible to receive the degree.
The Faculty Affairs Committee is the faculty body authorized to review
All courses (including deficiency courses) taken at the Colorado School
and modify course grades, in appropriate circumstances. Any decision
of Mines after first enrolling in a graduate degree program are included
made by the Faculty Affairs Committee is final. In evaluating a grade
in the calculation of the overall grade point average for that program.
appeal, the Faculty Affairs Committee will place the burden of proof on
Grades for courses applied to a degree program as transfer credit are not
the student. For a grade to be revised by the Faculty Affairs Committee,
included in any grade point average calculation. Specifics in calculating
the student must demonstrate that the grading decision was unfair by
the overall, and other grade point averages are defined below.
documenting that one or more of the following conditions applied:
Overall Grade-Point Average
1. The grading decision was based on something other than course
performance; unless the grade was a result of penalty for academic
The overall grade-point average includes all attempts at courses taken at
dishonesty or the grade was WI (withdrawn involuntarily).
Colorado School of Mines with the exception of courses completed when
2. The grading decision was based on standards that were
the repeat policy was in effect: Fall 2007 through Summer 2011.
unreasonably different from those applied to other students in the
If a course completed during the Fall 2007 term through Summer 2011
same section of that course.
was a repeat of a course completed in any previous term and the course

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3. The grading decision was based on standards that differed
decision of the grade appeal. There is no further internal
substantially and unreasonably from those previously articulated by
appeal available to the parties.
the instructor.
The schedule, but not the process, outlined above may be modified upon
To appeal a grade, the student must proceed as follows:
mutual agreement of the student, the instructor, and the Faculty Affairs
Committee.
1. The student must prepare a written appeal of the grade received in
the course. This appeal must clearly define the basis for the appeal
and must present all relevant evidence supporting the student’s case.
2. After preparing the written appeal, the student must deliver this
appeal to the course instructor and attempt to resolve the issue
directly with the instructor. Written grade appeals must be delivered
to the instructor no later than 10 business days after the start of the
regular (fall or spring) semester immediately following the semester
in which the contested grade was received. In the event that the
course instructor is unavailable, the course coordinator (first) or
the Department Head/Division Director (second) will represent the
instructor.
3. If after discussion with the instructor, the student is still dissatisfied,
he or she can proceed with the appeal by submitting three copies of
the written appeal plus three copies of a summary of the instructor/
student meetings held in connection with the previous step to the
President of the Faculty Senate. These must be submitted to the
President of the Faculty Senate no later than 25 business days after
the start of the regular semester immediately following the semester
in which the contested grade was received. The President of the
Faculty Senate will forward the student's appeal and supporting
documents to the Faculty Affairs Committee, the course instructor's
Department Head/Division Director, and the instructor.
4. The Faculty Affairs Committee will request a response to the appeal
from the instructor and begin an investigation of the student's
allegations and basis for appealing the grade. During the course of
performing its investigation, the Committee may:
a. Interview the student, the student's advisor, the course instructor
and other witnesses deemed relevant to the investigation;
b. Review all documentation related to the appeal under
consideration;
c. Secure the assistance of outside expertise, if needed; and
d. Obtain any other information deemed necessary to consider and
resolve the appeal.
Upon request, the Faculty Affairs Committee may share
summaries of testimony and other information examined by
the Committee with both the student and the instructor. Certain
information, however, may be redacted from materials forwarded
to the student and instructor to maintain other students' rights
subject to protection under the Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act (FERPA), or other state and federal law.
Based on its investigation, the Faculty Affairs Committee will
determine whether the grade should be revised. The decision
rendered will be either:
i The original grading decision is upheld, or
ii Sufficient evidence exists to indicate a grade has been
assigned unfairly.
In this latter case, the Faculty Affairs Committee will assign
the student a new grade for the course. The Committee's
written decision and supporting documentation will be
delivered to the President of the Faculty Senate, the office of
the EVPAA, the student, the instructor, and the instructor's
Department Head/Division Director no later than 25 business
days following the Senate's receipt of the grade appeal. The
Faculty Affairs Committee's decision shall constitute the final

30 Graduation
Graduation
All students expecting to graduate must
apply to graduate in Trailhead.
Graduation application deadlines are scheduled well in advance of
the date of Commencement to allow time for ordering diploma covers
and for printing graduation invitations and programs. Students who
submit applications after the stated deadline cannot be guaranteed a
diploma dated for that graduation, and cannot be assured inclusion
in the graduation program or ceremony. Graduation applications are
accepted only for students who have previously submitted to, and had
approved by the Office of Graduate Studies, the appropriate Advisor/
Thesis Committee, Degree Audit form, and Admission to Candidacy form
(PhD candidates only) as applicable to the degree sought.
All graduating students must officially check out of their degree program.
Checkout cards may be obtained from the Graduate Office and must be
completed and returned, along with all other appropriate checkout forms
by the established deadline. Students must register for the graduation
term, unless the checkout process is completed by census day of the
graduation term.
The awarding of a degree is contingent upon the student’s successful
completion of all program requirements with at least a 3.000 GPA before
the date of graduation. Students who fail to graduate at the time originally
anticipated must reapply for the next graduation before the appropriate
deadline date stated in the Graduate Handbook.
Students who have completed all of their degree requirements before
the specific graduation date, but who have not applied for graduation
can, if necessary, request a letter from the Graduate Office certifying
the completion of their programs. The student should apply for the next
graduation, and the diploma will show the date of that graduation.
Graduation exercises are held in December and May. Students eligible
to graduate at these times are expected to attend their respective
graduation exercises. Students in thesis-based degree programs may not
under any circumstances, attend graduation exercises before completing
all degree requirements.
Diplomas, transcripts, and letters of completion will not be released by
the School for any student or graduate who has an unsettled obligation of
any kind to the School.

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Independent Studies
To register for independent study course, a student should get from
the Registrar's Office (http://inside.mines.edu/Independent-Study-
Registration) the form provided for that purpose, have it completed by
the instructor involved and appropriate department/division head, and
return it to the Registrar's Office. The form must be submitted no later
than the Census Day (last day of registration) for the term in which the
independent study is to be completed.
For each semester credit hour awarded for independent study (x99
course), a student is expected to invest approximately 25.0 contact hours
plus 30.0 hours of independent work. Additionally, the faculty certifies
that an appropriate course syllabus has been developed for the course,
reviewed by the Department/Division and the student, and is available
upon request from the department.
Credit Hours
Instructor
Independent
Total Hours
Hours
Contact
Work Hours
Per Week
Hours
1.0
25.0
30.0
55.0
3.7
2.0
50.0
60.0
110.0
7.3
3.0
75.0
90.0
165.0
11.0
4.0
100.0
120.0
220.0
14.7
5.0
125.0
150.0
275.0
18.3
6.0
150.0
180.0
330.0
22.0

32 Non-Degree Students
Non-Degree Students
A non-degree student is one who has not applied to pursue a degree
program at Mines but wishes to take courses regularly offered on
campus. Non-degree students register for courses through the Registrar’s
Office after degree-seeking students have registered. Such students
may take any course for which they have the prerequisites as listed in
the Mines Bulletin or have the permission of the instructor. Transcripts or
evidence of the prerequisites are required. Non-degree students pay all
applicable tuition and student fees.
Courses completed while the student is a non-degree graduate student
count toward the overall graduate-level grade point average on the CSM
transcript.
For more information, please visit the Non-Degree Graduate (http://
www.mines.edu/NonDegree_GS) website.

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Public Access to Graduate Thesis
The award of a thesis-based graduate degree is conditioned on the
student’s deposit of his or her completed thesis in the Mines library to
ensure its availability to the public. Although the student retains the
copyright in the thesis, by depositing the thesis with the library, the
student assigns a perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to Mines
to permit Mines to copy the thesis and allow the public reasonable access
to it.
Under special circumstances, Mines may agree to include proprietary
research in a graduate student’s thesis. The nature and extent of the
proprietary research reported in the thesis must be agreed upon in writing
by the principal investigator, student and Dean of Graduate Studies.
In some cases, the proprietary nature of the underlying research may
require the school to delay public access to the completed thesis for
a limited period of time. In no case will public access to the thesis be
denied for more than 12 months from the date the Statement of Work
Completion form is submitted to the Graduate School.

34 Unsatisfactory Academic Performance
Unsatisfactory Academic
discretionary dismissal and inform the student of his or her right to appeal
the dismissal as outlined below.
Performance
Unsatisfactory Academic Performance
2016/2017
Resulting in Mandatory Dismissal
Unsatisfactory Academic Progress Resulting
Unsatisfactory performance as gauged by any of the following measures
shall result in immediate, mandatory dismissal of a graduate student:
in Probation or Discretionary Dismissal
1. Failure to successfully defend the thesis after two attempts;
A student’s progress toward successful completion of a graduate degree
shall be deemed unsatisfactory if any of the following conditions occur:
2. Failure to be admitted to candidacy; or
3. Failure by a student subject to discretionary dismissal to achieve a
• Failure to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater
performance milestone or meet a deadline contained in his or her
(see Grading System section);
remedial plan.
• Receipt of an “Unsatisfactory Progress” grade for research; or
The Dean of Graduate Studies shall be notified promptly of any situation
• Receipt of an “Unsatisfactory Progress” recommendation from:
that may subject a student to mandatory dismissal. In this event, the
• the head or director of the student’s home department or division,
Dean shall notify the student of his or her dismissal and inform the
• the student’s thesis committee, or
student of his or her right to appeal the dismissal as outlined below.
• a departmental committee charged with the responsibility of
monitoring the student’s progress.
Students who have been notified of mandatory dismissal will be placed in
non-degree status. They may request re-admission to either the same or
Unsatisfactory academic progress on the part of a graduate student
a different degree program by submitting a full application for admission
shall be reported to the Dean of Graduate Studies in a timely manner.
to the Graduate Office. The application will be reviewed through the
Students making unsatisfactory progress by any of the measures listed
normal admission process.
above shall be placed on academic probation upon the first occurrence
of such indication. Upon the second occurrence of an unsatisfactory
If a student who has been reinstated or readmitted to his or her former
progress indication, the Dean shall notify the student that he or she is
degree program and is subsequently found to be making unsatisfactory
subject to discretionary dismissal according to the procedure outlined
progress, the student will immediately be subject to mandatory dismissal.
below.
Appeal Procedures
In addition, students in thesis-based degree programs who are not
Both mandatory and discretionary dismissals may be appealed by a
admitted to candidacy within the time limits specified in this Bulletin may
graduate student pursuant to this procedure. To trigger review hereunder,
be subject to immediate mandatory dismissal according to the procedure
an appeal must:
outlined below. Failure to fulfill this requirement must be reported to the
Dean of Graduate Studies in a timely manner by the department head or
1. Be in writing;
division/program director.
2. Contain a succinct description of the matter being appealed; and
Probation and Discretionary Dismissal
3. Be filed with the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies no later than
10 business days from the date upon which the student received
Procedures
official notification from the Dean regarding his or her dismissal.
If a student is subject to academic probation as a result of an initial
Upon receipt of a timely appeal of a discretionary or mandatory dismissal,
indication of unsatisfactory academic progress, the Dean of Graduate
the Faculty Senate shall appoint a review committee composed of three
Studies shall notify the student of his or her probationary status in a
tenured faculty members who are not members of the student’s home
timely manner.
or minor department or division. The review committee shall review the
If a student is subject to discretionary dismissal by one of the
student’s appeal and issue a written recommendation thereon to the
mechanisms defined above, the Dean shall notify the student and invite
Dean within 10 business days. During the course of performing this
him or her to submit a written remedial plan, including performance
function, the committee may:
milestones and deadlines, to correct the deficiencies that caused or
1. Interview the student, the student’s advisor, and, if appropriate, the
contributed to the student’s unsatisfactory academic progress. The
student’s thesis committee;
remedial plan, which must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor
and the department head, division or program director, shall be submitted
2. Review all documentation related to the appeal under consideration;
to the Dean no later than 10 business days from the date of official
3. Secure the assistance of outside expertise, if needed; and
notification to the student of the potential discretionary dismissal. If the
4. Obtain any other relevant information necessary to properly consider
Dean concludes that the remedial plan is likely to lead to successful
the appeal.
completion of all degree requirements within an acceptable time frame,
the Dean may halt the discretionary dismissal process and allow the
The authority to render a final decision regarding all graduate student
student to continue working toward his or her degree. If the Dean
appeals filed hereunder shall rest with the Dean of Graduate Studies.
concludes that the remedial plan is inadequate, or that it is unlikely
to lead to successful completion of all degree requirements within an
acceptable time frame, the Dean shall notify the student of his or her

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Exceptions and Appeals
Academic Policies and Requirements
Academic policies and requirements are included in the Bulletin on the
authority of the Mines Board of Trustees as delegated to the Faculty
Senate. These include matters such as degree requirements, grading
systems, thesis and dissertation standards, admission standards and
new and modified degree programs, certificates, minors and courses. No
Mines administrator, faculty or staff member may change, waive or grant
exceptions to such academic policies and requirements without approval
of the Graduate Council, the Senate and/or the Board of Trustees as
appropriate.
Administrative Policies and Procedures
Administrative Policies and Procedures are included in this Bulletin on the
authority of the Mines Board of Trustees as delegated to the appropriate
administrative office. These include (but are not limited to) matters such
as student record keeping, thesis and dissertation formats and deadlines,
registration requirements and procedures, assessment of tuition and
fees, and allocation of financial aid. The Dean of Graduate Studies may
waive or grant exceptions to such administrative policies and procedures
as warranted by the circumstances of individual cases.
Any graduate student may request a waiver or exception by the following
process:
1. Contact the Graduate Office to determine whether a standard form
exists. If so, complete the form. If a standard form does not exist,
prepare a memo with a statement of the request and a discussion of
the reasons why a waiver or exception would be justified.
2. Have the memo or the form approved by the student’s advisor and
department head or division director, then submit it to the Dean of
Graduate Studies.
3. If the request involves academic policies or requirements, the Dean
of Graduate Studies will request Graduate Council approval at the
Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting.
4. The Dean of Graduate Studies will notify the student of the decision.
The student may file a written appeal with the Provost within 10
business days of being notified of the decision. The Provost will
investigate as appropriate to the issue under consideration and
render a decision. The decision of the Provost is final.
5. At the next graduate Council meeting, the Dean will notify the
Graduate Council of the request, the decision and the reasons for
the decision. If the Graduate Council endorses the decision, then any
other student in the same situation having the same justification can
expect the same decision.

36 Tuition, Fees, Financial Assistance
Tuition, Fees, Financial
Encumbrances
Assistance
A student will not be permitted to register for future classes, to graduate,
or to get an official transcript of his academic record while indebted in any
way to CSM.
2016-2017
Tuition and fees are established by the Board of Trustees of the Colorado
Refunds
School of Mines following the annual budget process and action by the
Refunds for tuition and fees are made according to the following policy:
Colorado General Assembly and Governor.
The amount of tuition and fee assessment is based primarily on each
Graduate Tuition
student’s enrolled courses. In the event a student withdraws from a
course or courses, assessments will be adjusted as follows:
The official tuition and approved charges for the 2015-2016 academic
year will be available prior to the start of the 2015-2016 academic year
• If the withdrawal is made prior to the end of the add/drop period for
located at: https://inside.mines.edu/UserFiles/File/finance/budget/FY16/
the term of enrollment, as determined by the Registrar, tuition and
FY16%20Tuition%20Schedule.pdf
fees will be adjusted to the new course level without penalty.
• If the withdrawal from a course or courses is made after the add/drop
Fees
period, and the student does not officially withdraw from school, no
The official fees, approved charges, and fee descriptions for the
adjustment in charges will be made.
2014-2015 academic year will be available prior to the start of the
• If the withdrawal from courses is made after the add/drop period, and
2014-2015 academic year and can be found at: https://inside.mines.edu/
the student withdraws from school, tuition and fee assessments will
UserFiles/File/finance/budget/FY16/FY16%20Fees%20and%20Charges-
be reduced according to the following schedule:
FINAL.pdf
• Within the 7 calendar days following the end of the add/drop
period, 60 percent reduction in charges.
Please note that graduate students who register for undergraduate
• Within the next following 7 calendar days, a 40 percent reduction
courses to satisfy deficiencies may be assessed the same fee that an
in charges.
undergraduate student would pay.
• Within the next following 7 calendar days, a 20 percent reduction
Payments and Refunds
in charges.
• After that period, no reduction of charges will be made.
Payment Information
The schedule above applies to the Fall and Spring semesters. The time
A student is expected to complete the registration process, including the
periods for the Summer sessions - Field and Summer - will be adjusted in
payment of tuition and fees, before attending class. Students should mail
proportion to the reduced number of days in these semesters.
their payments to:
Room and board refunds are prorated to the date of checkout from the
Cashier Colorado School of Mines
Residence Hall. Arrangements must be made with the Housing Office.
1500 Illinois St.
Student health insurance charges are not refundable. The insurance
Golden, CO 80401-1869 or
remains in effect for the entire semester.
pay at the Cashier’s Office in The Ben Parker Student Center. Please
PLEASE NOTE: Students receiving federal financial aid under the Title IV
write your student ID on payment.
programs may have a different refund determined as required by federal
Late Payment Penalties
law or regulations.
A penalty will be assessed against a student if payment is not received
Financial Assistance for Graduate Studies
in full by the official day of registration. The penalty is described in the
Graduate study is a considerable investment of time, energy, and
schedule of courses for each semester. If payment is not completed
money by serious students who expect a substantial return not only
by the sixth week of class, the student may be officially withdrawn from
in satisfaction but also in future earnings. Applicants are expected to
classes.
weigh carefully the investment they are willing to make against expected
Financial Responsibility
benefits before applying for admission.
Registration for classes at CSM implies an obligation by the student to
Students are also expected to make full use of any resources available,
meet all related financial responsibilities in a timely manner. Students
including personal and loan funds, to cover expenses, and the School
who do not fulfill their financial obligations according to published
can offer some students financial aid through graduate research
deadlines are subject to the following: late payment penalties accrued
and teaching assistantships and through industry, state, and federal
on any outstanding balance, and the withholding of transcripts. Past due
fellowships.
accounts will be turned over to Colorado Central Collection Services
Purpose of Financial Aid
in accordance with Colorado law. Collection costs will be added to the
student’s account, and delinquencies may be reported to national credit
The Graduate School’s limited financial aid is used
bureaus.
1. To give equal access to graduate study by assisting students with
limited personal resources;

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2. To compensate graduate students who teach and do research;
If this is not done, their eligibility will be terminated until such time as they
3. To give an incentive to exceptional students who can provide
return to satisfactory standing. In addition, if students receive grades
academic leadership for continually improving graduate programs.
of F or INC in all of their courses, their future financial aid eligibility
will be terminated without a warning period. Financial aid eligibility
Employment Restrictions and Agreements
termination may be appealed to the Financial Aid Office on the basis
of extenuating or special circumstances having negatively affected the
Students who are employed full time or who are enrolled part time are not
student's academic performance. If approved, the student will receive a
eligible for financial aid through the Graduate School.
probationary period of one semester to regain satisfactory standing.
Students who are awarded assistant-ships must sign an appointment
Late Fee for Application to Graduate after
agreement, which gives the terms of appointment and specifies the
amount and type of work required. Graduate assistants who hold
Stated Deadlines - $250 Beginning Fall 2014
regular appointments are expected to devote all of their efforts to their
Graduate Students:
educational program and may not be otherwise employed without the
written permission of their supervisor and the Graduate Dean. Students
The deadline to apply to graduate and participate in commencement
with assistant-ships during the academic year must be registered as
is Census Day of the term in which the student intends to graduate/
full time. During the summer session they must be registered for a
participate.
minimum of three credit hours, unless they qualify for the summer
research registration exception. Please see http://www.mines.edu/
Any request to be added to the graduation list and/or commencement
graduate_admissions for details on summer registration exception
ceremony after Census Day (and before Graduation Salute for the
eligibility.
appropriate semester) may be made in writing and will be considered
by the Office of Graduate Studies. If the request is denied, the student
Aid Application Forms
will be required to apply for the next available graduation/ceremony.
If the request is approved and all other conditions are met (i.e. degree
New students interested in applying for financial aid are encouraged
requirements can be met, required forms are turned in, and outstanding
to apply early. Financial aid forms are included in Graduate School
hour limitations are not exceeded), a mandatory $250 fee will be
application packets and may be filled out and returned with the other
applied to the student’s account. This fee cannot be waived and cannot
application papers.
be refunded if the student does not meet the graduation check-out
Graduate Fellowships
deadlines.
The departments and divisions may award fellowships based on the
For late requests that are approved, tickets to the commencement
student’s academic performance.
ceremony for family and friends of the graduate are not guaranteed, as
they may have already been distributed or assigned. Additionally, the
Graduate Student Loans
student’s name may not appear in the commencement program due to
publishing deadlines.
Federal student loans are available for graduate students who need
additional funding beyond their own resources and any assistant-ships or
No graduate student will be added to a graduation or commencement
fellowships they may receive. The Free Application for Federal Student
when the request is made after Graduation Salute.
Aid (FAFSA) must be completed to apply for these loan funds. Students
must be degree seeking, taking courses towards their degree and
attending at least part-time (4.5 hrs) per semester (including summer) to
be eligible. Degree seeking students who are approved for reduced
registration (4 hrs/semester fall and spring and 3 hrs summer) are also
eligible.
Specific information and procedures for filing the FAFSA can be found on
the Financial Aid Office web site at http://finaid.mines.edu. The Financial
Aid Office telephone number is 303-273-3301, and the email address is
finaid@mines.edu.
Satisfactory Academic Progress for Federal
Student Loans and Colorado Grad Grant
Students receiving assistance from federal or Colorado funds must
make satisfactory academic progress toward their degree. Satisfactory
progress is defined by maintaining adequate pace towards graduation
and maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA at all times. Pace is measured
by dividing the overall credit hours attempted by the overall credit hours
completed. Students will be required to maintain a 75% completion rate
at all times. Satisfactory standing is determined after each semester,
including summer. If students are deficient in either the pace or grade
average measure, they will receive a one semester warning period during
which they must return to satisfactory standing.

38 Graduate Departments and Programs
Graduate Departments and
II. Professional Programs
Programs
A. Graduate Certificate Program
Graduate Certificate Programs at CSM are designed to have selective
2016-2017
focus, short time to completion and consist of course work only. For more
information about specific professional programs, please refer to the
Colorado School of Mines offers post-baccalaureate programs leading
“Graduate Degree Programs and Description of Courses” portion of this
to the awarding of Graduate Certificates, Professional Masters degrees,
Bulletin.
thesis and non-thesis Master of Science and Master of Engineering
degrees, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. This section describes these
1. Academic Requirements
degrees and explains the minimum institutional requirements for each.
Students may apply to, and be admitted in, multiple graduate degrees
Each Graduate Certificate requires a minimum of 12 total credit hours.
simultaneously. In this case, a student may use the same graduate
No more than 3 credit hours at the 400 level may be applied toward the
course credits to satisfy the degree requirements for each degree.
minimum credit-hours requirement. All other credits must be at or above
the 500 level. Students may not, on an individual basis, request credit
Students enrolled simultaneously in two Masters degree programs may
hours be transferred from other institutions as part of the Certificate
double count up to half of the course credits required for the Masters
requirements. Some Graduate Certificates, however, may allow the
degree program with the smallest course credit hour requirement toward
application of specific, pre-approved transfer credits, or credits from other
both degree programs. Students simultaneously enrolled in a Masters
institutions with whom CSM has formal agreements for this purpose
degree and Doctoral degree may double count course credits toward
toward fulfilling the requirements of the Certificate. All courses applied to
each degree without limit. Course credits, however, may never be applied
a Graduate Certificate are subject to approval by the program offering the
(i.e., double counted in the case of concurrent degree enrollment or used
certificate.
as transfer credit in the case of sequential degree enrollment) toward
more than two graduate degrees.
If a student has earned a Graduate Certificate and subsequently applies,
and is accepted into a Master's or PhD program at Mines, credits earned
Before the Graduate School will count these credits toward each degree
in the Certificate Program may, with the approval of the advanced degree
requirement, the student must obtain written permission to do so from
program, be applied to the advanced degree subject to all the applicable
each department, division or program granting degree. This permission
restrictions on credit hours that may be applied toward fulfilling the
should be submitted with the student’s Degree Audit form and should
requirements of the advanced degree.
clearly indicate that each degree program is aware that credits are being
counted toward the requirements of multiple degrees. For thesis-based
2. Graduation Requirements
students this permission should be provided by the student’s thesis
committee. For non-thesis and certificate programs, permission should be
Full-time students must complete the following requirement within the first
obtained from program coordinators or department/division chairs.
semester after enrolling into a Graduate Certificate degree program.
I. Responsible Conduct of Research
• complete all prerequisites and core curriculum course requirements
of their program.
Requirement
A list of prerequisites and core curriculum requirements for Graduate
All students supported at any time in their graduate career through the
Certificate degrees is published by each program. When a student is
National Science Foundation (NSF), as research assistants, hourly
admitted with deficiencies, the appropriate department head, division
employees or fellowship awardees, must complete training in the
director or program director will provide the student with a written list of
responsible conduct of research (RCR). This requirement is in addition to
courses required to remove these deficiencies. This list will be given to
all other institutional and program requirements described below and in
the student no later than one week after the start of classes of his/her first
the appropriate program sections of this Bulletin.
semester in order to allow for adding/dropping courses as necessary.
To satisfy the RCR requirement students must complete one of the
Upon completion of the above-defined requirements, a student
following options:
must submit a Degree Audit form and a completed Statement of
Work Completion forms documenting satisfactory completion of the
• LAIS565 - Option available to all students
prerequisites and core curriculum requirements. The form must have the
• SYGN502 - Option available to all students
written approval of the program offering the Graduate Certificate.
• Chemistry Program Option - Option available only to students in the
B. Professional Master’s Program
Chemistry program
• Physics program option: option available only to students with
CSM awards specialized, career-oriented non-thesis Master degrees with
physics faculty advisors or co-advisors
the title of “Professional Master (descriptive title).” These are custom-
designed, interdisciplinary degrees, each with a curriculum meeting the
For additional information on program-specific options, contact the
career advancement needs of a particular group of professionals in a
program.
field that is part of CSM’s role and mission. For more information about
these programs, please refer to the “Graduate Degree Programs and
By whatever means chosen, the NSF-RCR requirement must be
Description of Courses” portion of this Bulletin.
completed prior to a candidate submitting the Degree Audit form.
Students and advisors certify successful completion of the RCR
1. Academic Requirements
requirement on the Degree Audit form.

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Each Professional Master’s degree consists of a minimum of 30 total
must not have been used as credit toward a Bachelor degree. Requests
credit hours. Students must complete at least 21 credit hours at CSM in
for transfer credit must be approved by the faculty according to the
the degree program. The remaining hours may be transferred into the
process defined by a student's home department or division. All credits
program. Requests for transfer credit must be approved by the faculty
applied toward degree, except transfer credits, must be earned on
according to a process defined by the student’s home department or
campus. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0
division. Transfer credits must not have been used as credit toward
or better in Mines course work.
a Bachelor degree. The transfer limit includes CSM distance learning
courses. Up to six credit hours of Special Topic or Independent Study
2. Minor Programs
may be in the form of project credits done on the job as an employee or
Students may choose to have a minor program or programs at the
as a graduate intern. If project credits are to be used, the project proposal
Master’s level. A minor program may not be taken in the student’s major
and final report must be approved by a CSM faculty advisor, although
area of study. A designated minor requires a minimum of 9 semester
direct supervision may be provided by the employer. Students must
hours of course work and must be approved by the student’s advisor,
maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in CSM course
home department head, and a faculty representative of the minor area of
work.
study. Less than half of the credit hours applied toward the minor degree
2. Graduation Requirements
program may be in the form of transfer credit hours. Transfer credit hours
applied toward the minor are included as part of the overall transfer
Full-time students must complete the following requirement within the first
limitation applied to the degree as defined above.
calendar year after enrolling into a Professional Master's degree program.
3. Graduation Requirements
• complete all prerequisite and core curriculum course requirements of
their program.
Full-time students must complete the following requirements within one
calendar year of enrolling into the Master’s degree program.
Each program publishes a list of prerequisites and core curriculum
requirements for Professional Master's degrees. When a student is
• have a thesis committee appointment form on file in the Graduate
admitted with deficiencies, the appropriate department head, division
Office, and
director or program director will provide the student with a written list of
• complete all prerequisite and core curriculum course requirements of
courses required to remove these deficiencies. This list will be given to
their department, division or program.
the student no later than one week after the start of classes of his/her first
semester in order to allow for adding/dropping courses as necessary.
Each degree program publishes a list of prerequisite and core curriculum
requirements for that degree. If students are admitted with deficiencies,
Upon completion of the above-defined requirements, a student must
the appropriate department heads, division directors or program directors
submit a Degree Audit form documenting satisfactory completion of the
will provide the students written lists of courses required to remove the
prerequisites and core curriculum requirements. The form must have the
deficiencies. These lists will be given to the students no later than one
written approval of the program offering the Professional Master's degree.
week after the start of classes of their first semester in order to allow
To graduate, all Professional Master's students must apply to graduate,
them to add/drop courses as necessary.
submit a completed checkout card and a completed Statement of Work
Upon completion of the above defined requirements, students must
Completion from by the posted deadlines.
submit Degree Audit form documenting satisfactory completion of the
III. Master of Science and Engineering
prerequisite and core curriculum requirements and granting permission to
begin Master’s level research. The form must have the written approval of
Programs
all members of the advisor and thesis committee, if appropriate.
A. General Requirements
To graduate, all Master of Science and Engineering students must apply
to graduate, submit a completed checkout card, a Statement of Work
Graduate study at CSM can lead to one of a number of thesis and non-
Completion form, and all thesis-based students must submit a completed
thesis based Master’s degrees, depending on the interests of the student.
Regulated Materials form by the posted deadlines.
All Master’s degree programs share the same academic requirements for
grades, definition of minor programs, and the need to apply for admission
B. Non-thesis Option
to candidacy.
Non-thesis Master’s degrees (both non-thesis Master of Science and
1. Academic Requirements
Master of Engineering) are offered by a number of departments, divisions
and programs. In lieu of preparing a thesis, non-thesis master’s program
A Master’s degree at Mines requires a minimum of 30 total credit hours.
students are required to complete a research or design experience
As part of this 30 hours, departments and divisions are required to
taken as a special problem or as an independent study course. See
include a research or design experience supervised by Mines faculty. For
the department/division section of the “Graduate Degree Programs and
more information about the specific research/design requirements, please
Description of Courses” portion of this Bulletin for more information.
refer to the appropriate department/division section of the “Graduate
Although non-thesis master’s students are not assigned a Thesis
Degree Programs and Description of Courses” portion of this Bulletin.
Committee, students in this program do select a faculty advisor, subject
For non-thesis Master's degrees, students must complete at least 21
to the approval of the student’s home department.
credit hours at Mines in the degree program. All other credits may
be completed as transfer credits into the degree program. For thesis
C. Thesis Option
Master's degrees, no more than 9 credits may transfer. The transfer
Thesis-based Master of Science degrees require completion of a
credit limit includes Mines distance learning courses. Transfer credits
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40 Graduate Departments and Programs
credit toward completion of the thesis must include successful completion
and the student must obtain the Committee approval of the written thesis
of no fewer than 6 credit hours of masters-level research credit. The
proposal at least one semester prior to the thesis defense. The student’s
thesis is expected to report on original research that results in new
faculty advisor assumes the primary responsibility for monitoring the
knowledge and/or techniques or on creative engineering design that
program and directing the thesis work. The award of the thesis-based
applies state-of-the-art knowledge and techniques to solve an important
Master’s degree is contingent upon the student’s researching and
problem. In either case, the thesis should be an exemplary product that
writing a thesis acceptable to the student’s faculty advisor and Thesis
meets the rigorous scholarship standards of the Colorado School of
Committee.
Mines. The student's faculty advisor and the Master's Thesis Committee
must approve the program of study and the topic for the thesis. The
3. Thesis Defense
format of the thesis must comply with the appropriate guidelines
The student submits an initial draft of his or her thesis to the faculty
promulgated by the Graduate School.
advisor, who will work with the student on necessary revisions. Upon
1. Faculty Advisor Appointment
approval of the student’s advisor, the revised thesis is circulated to the
Thesis Committee members at least one week prior to the oral defense
Each thesis-based Master’s student must select a faculty advisor to
of the thesis. The oral defense of the thesis is scheduled during the
provide advice regarding the student’s thesis direction, research and
student’s final semester of study. Students must be registered to defend.
selection of courses. Master's students must select faculty advisors
This defense session, which may include an examination of material
by the end of the second semester at CSM. Advisors must be full-
covered in the student’s course work, will be open to the public.
time permanent members of the CSM faculty. In this context, full-time
permanent members of the CSM faculty are those that hold the rank of
Following the defense, the Thesis Committee will meet privately to vote
professor, associate professor, assistant professor, research professor,
on whether the student has successfully defended the thesis. Three
associate research professor or assistant research professor. Upon
outcomes are possible: the student may pass the oral defense; the
approval by the Graduate Dean, adjunct faculty, teaching faculty, visiting
student may fail the defense; or the Committee may vote to adjourn
professors, emeritus professors and off-campus representatives may be
the defense to allow the student more time to address and remove
designated additional co-advisors.
weaknesses or inadequacies in the thesis or underlying research.
Two negative votes will constitute a failure regardless of the number
The Director of the degree program, often times the head of the student's
of Committee members present at the thesis defense. In the event of
home department or division, and the Graduate Dean must approve all
either failure or adjournment, the Chair of the Thesis Committee will
faculty advisor appointments.
prepare a written statement indicating the reasons for this action and
will distribute copies to the student, the Thesis Committee members, the
2. Thesis Committee
student’s department head and the Graduate Dean. In the case of failure
or adjournment, the student may request a re-examination, which must
The Graduate Dean appoints a Thesis Committee whose members have
be scheduled no less than one week after the original defense. A second
been recommended by the student, the student’s faculty advisor, and the
failure to defend the thesis satisfactorily will result in the termination of the
student’s department head. Students should have a thesis committee
student’s graduate program.
appointed by the end of their second semester. This Committee will have
a minimum of three voting members, including the student’s advisor,
Upon passing the oral defense of thesis or report, the student must make
who are familiar with the student’s area of study. Of these Committee
any corrections in the thesis required by the Thesis Committee. The final,
members, two must be from the home department or, in the case of
corrected copy and an executed signature page indicating approval by
interdisciplinary degree programs, an allied department. Off-campus
the student’s advisor and department head must be submitted to the
members can be assigned to the Committee to serve either with full
Office of Graduate Studies for format approval. (Format instructions are
voting status or in a non-voting capacity. Off-campus members with
available in the Office of Graduate Studies and should be obtained before
voting status assume all of the responsibilities of on-campus Committee
beginning work on the thesis.)
members with respect to attendance of Committee meetings, review of
thesis drafts and participation in oral examinations and thesis defense
4. Time Limitations
sessions. If a thesis co-advisor is assigned, an additional faculty member
from the home or allied department must be added to the committee.
A candidate for a thesis-based Masters degree must complete all
Students who choose to have a minor program at the Master’s level must
requirements for the degree within five years of the date of admission
select a representative from their minor area of study to serve on the
into the degree program. Time spent on approved leaves of absence
Thesis Committee. Minor representatives must be full-time members of
is included in the five-year time limit. Candidates not meeting the time
the CSM faculty.
limitation will be notified and withdrawn from their degree programs.
A Thesis Committee Chairperson is designated by the student at
Candidates may apply for a one-time extension of this time limitation.
the time he/she requests the formation of his/her thesis committee.
This application must be made in writing and approved by the candidate's
The chairperson is responsible for leading all meetings of the thesis
advisor, thesis committee, department and Dean of Graduate Studies.
committee and for directing the student’s thesis defense. In selecting a
The application must include specific timelines and milestones for degree
Thesis Committee chairperson, the following guidelines must be met:
completion. If an extension is approved, failure to meet any timeline or
milestone will trigger immediate withdrawal from the degree program.
1. The chairperson cannot be the student’s advisor or co-advisor and
If the Dean of Graduate Studies denies an extension request, the
2. The chairperson must be a full-time CSM faculty member.
candidate may appeal this decision to the Provost. The appeal must
Shortly after its appointment, the Committee will meet with the student
be made in writing, must specifically state how the candidate believes
to hear a presentation of the proposed course of study and thesis topic.
the request submitted to the Dean met the requirements of the policy,
The Committee and the student must agree on a satisfactory program

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and must be received no later than 10 business days from the date of
thesis advisor and be approved by the student's Department Head/
notification of the Dean's denial of the original request.
Division Director.
If a candidate is withdrawn from a degree program through this process
C. Transfer of Credits
(i.e., either by denial of an extension request or failure to meet a timeline
Up to 24 semester hours of graduate-level course work may be
or milestone) and wishes to reenter the degree program, that candidate
transferred from other institutions toward the PhD degree subject to the
must formally reapply for readmission. The program has full authority
restriction that those courses must not have been used as credit toward
to determine if readmission is to be granted and, if granted to fully re-
a Bachelor degree. Requests for transfer credit must be approved by the
evaluate the Candidate's work to date and determine its applicability to
faculty according to a process defined by the student’s home department
the new degree program.
or division. Transfer credits are not included in calculating the student’s
IV. Doctor of Philosophy
grade point average at CSM.
A. Credits, Hour and Academic Requirements
In lieu of transfer credit for individual courses defined above, students
who enter the PhD program with a thesis-based Master’s degree from
The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires completion of a minimum of 72
another institution may transfer up to 36 semester hours in recognition
semester hours beyond the Bachelor degree. At least 24 semester hours
of the course work and research completed for that degree. The request
must be research credits earned under the supervision of a Mines faculty
must be approved by the faculty according to a process defined by the
advisor and at least 18 credit hours of course work must be applied to the
student’s home department or division.
degree program. Course requirements for each department or division
are contained in the "Graduate Degree Programs and Description of
D. Faculty Advisor Appointments
Courses" section of this Bulletin.
Each doctoral student must select a faculty advisor to advise with respect
The degree also requires completion of a satisfactory doctoral thesis and
to the student’s thesis direction and research and selection of courses.
successful oral defense of this thesis. The Doctoral Thesis is expected
Doctoral students must select faculty advisors by the end of the second
to report on original research that results in a significant contribution of
semester at CSM. Advisors must be full-time permanent members of the
new knowledge and/or techniques. The student’s faculty advisor and the
CSM faculty. In this context, full-time permanent members of the CSM
Doctoral Thesis Committee must approve the program of study and the
faculty are those that hold the rank of professor, associate professor,
topic for the thesis.
assistant professor, research professor, associate research professor
or assistant research professor. Upon approval by the Graduate Dean,
B. Residency Requirements
adjunct faculty, teaching faculty, visiting professors, emeritus professors
and off-campus representatives may be designated additional co-
Doctoral students must complete a residency requirement during the
advisors.
course of their graduate studies. The purpose of this requirement is to:
The Director of the doctoral degree program, often times the head of the
• require students to become engaged in extended and focused
student's home department or division, and the Graduate Dean must
research activities under the direct supervision of Mines faculty;
approve all faculty advisor appointments.
• allow students to become immersed in the culture of an academic
environment;
E. Minor Programs
• allow students to engage in the professional activities associated with
Students may choose a minor program or programs at the PhD level
their research discipline;
consisting of 12 course credits in the minor program. The student's
• ensure students have access to the research tools and expertise
faculty advisor and Doctoral Thesis Committee, including an appropriate
needed for their chosen research activity;
minor committee member as described below, approve the course
• ensure the conduct of cutting-edge research with the expectation that
selection and sequence in the selected minor program. Students may
this research will be completed in a timely fashion so that it is still
choose to complete multiple minor programs. Each program must consist
relevant to the larger research community;
of at least 12 credit hours approved by the faculty advisor and Doctoral
• provide Mines faculty with the ability to directly evaluate the research
Thesis Committee, including the appropriate minor committee members.
and academic credentials of a student and as such protect the
Less than half of the credit hours applied toward the minor degree
integrity of the degree, department and the institution;
program may be in the form of transfer credit hours. Transfer credit
• ensure the research produced by students claiming a Mines degree is
hours applied toward a minor are included as part of the overall transfer
actually the product of Mines' intellectual environment; and
limitation applied to the degree as defined above.
• make it clear that the intellectual property developed while in the
F. Doctoral Thesis Committees
degree program is the property of Mines as defined in the Faculty
Handbook.
The Graduate Dean appoints a Doctoral Thesis Committee whose
members have been recommended by the student’s doctoral degree
The residency requirement may be met by completing two semesters of
program. Students should have a thesis committee appointed by the end
full-time registration at Mines. The semesters need not be consecutive.
of their second semester. This Committee must have a minimum of four
Students may request an exception to the full-time registration
voting members that fulfill the following criteria:
requirement from the Dean of Graduate Studies. Requests for exception
must be in writing, must clearly address how the student's learning
1. The Committee must include an advisor who meets the qualifications
experience has met the goals of the residency requirement, as articulated
defined above. If two advisors are appointed, both shall be voting
above, and must be submitted by both the student and the student's
members of the Committee.

42 Graduate Departments and Programs
2. The Committee must have at least two voting members
granting permission to begin doctoral research. The form must have the
knowledgeable in the technical areas of the thesis in addition to the
written approval of all members of the Ph.D. Committee.
advisor(s) and who are full-time permanent CSM faculty members.
To graduate, all PhD students must apply to graduate, submit a
3. The fourth, required member of the Committee must be a full-
completed checkout card, submit a completed Statement of Work
time permanent CSM faculty member, may not be an advisor, and
Completion form, submit a completed Regulated Materials form and
must be from outside of the student's doctoral degree program,
complete the Survey of Earned Doctorate by the posted deadlines.
home department and minor program area(s) – if appropriate. This
committee member acts as Thesis Committee Chairperson.
H. Thesis Defense
4. If a minor field is designated, an additional committee member must
be included who is an expert in that field. Minor representatives
The doctoral thesis must be based on original research of excellent
must be full-time permanent members of the CSM faculty who are
quality in a suitable technical field, and it must exhibit satisfactory literary
participating members of the minor program area. If multiple minor
merit. In addition, the format of the thesis must comply with guidelines
programs are pursued, each must have a committee representative
promulgated by the Office of Graduate Studies. (Students should obtain
as defined above.
a copy of these guidelines from the Office of Graduate Studies before
beginning work on the thesis.)
5. Off-campus representatives may serve as additional committee
members. If off-campus members are nominated for voting status,
The thesis topic must be submitted in the form of a written proposal to
the committee request form must include a brief resume of their
the student’s faculty advisor and the Committee. The Committee must
education and/or experience that demonstrates their competence to
approve the proposal at least one year before the thesis defense.
judge the quality and validity of the thesis. Such members also must
agree to assume the same responsibilities expected of on-campus
The student’s faculty advisor is responsible for supervising the student’s
shy;Committee members including, but not limited to, attenshy;dance
research work and consulting with other Doctoral Thesis Committee
at Committee meetings, review of thesis proposals and drafts, and
members on the progress of the work. The advisor must consult with
participation in oral examinations and defense.
the Committee on any significant change in the nature of the work. The
student submits an initial draft of his or her thesis to the advisor, who
Shortly after its appointment, the Doctoral Thesis Committee meets with
will work with the student on necessary revisions. Upon approval of the
the student to hear a presentation of the proposed course of study and
student’s advisor, the revised thesis is distributed to the other members of
thesis topic. The Committee and student must agree on a satisfactory
the Committee at least one week prior to the oral defense of the thesis.
program. The student’s faculty advisor then assumes the primary
responsibility for monitoring the program, directing the thesis work,
The student must pass an oral defense of his or her thesis during the final
arranging qualifying examinations, and scheduling the thesis defense.
semester of studies. Students must be registered to defend. This oral
defense may include an examination of material covered in the student’s
G. Admission to Candidacy
course work. The defense will be open to the public.
Full-time students must complete the following requirements within the
Following the defense, the Doctoral Thesis Committee will meet privately
first two calendar years after enrolling into the PhD program.
to vote on whether the student has successfully defended the thesis.
Three outcomes are possible: the student may pass the oral defense;
• have a thesis committee appointment form on file in the Graduate
the student may fail the defense; or the Committee may vote to adjourn
Office;
the defense to allow the student more time to address and remove
• complete all prerequisite and core curriculum course requirements of
weaknesses or inadequacies in the thesis or underlying research. Two
their department, division or program;
negative votes will constitute a failure regardless of the number of
• demonstrate adequate preparation for, and satisfactory ability to
Committee members present at the thesis defense. In the event of either
conduct, doctoral research; and
failure or adjournment, the Chair of the Doctoral Thesis Committee will
• be admitted into full candidacy for the degree.
prepare a written statement indicating the reasons for this action and
will distribute copies to the student, the Thesis Committee members, the
Each degree program publishes a list of prerequisite and core curriculum
student’s department head and the Graduate Dean. In the case of failure,
requirements for that degree. If students are admitted with deficiencies,
the student may request a re-examination, which must be scheduled no
the appropriate department heads, division directors or program directors
less than one week after the original defense. A second failure to defend
will provide the students written lists of courses required to remove the
the thesis satisfactorily will result in the termination of the student’s
deficiencies. These lists will be given to the students no later than one
graduate program.
week after the start of classes of their first semester in order to allow
them to add/drop courses as necessary. Each program also defines
Upon passing the oral defense of thesis, the student must make any
the process for determining whether its students have demonstrated
corrections in the thesis required by the Doctoral Thesis Committee. The
adequate preparation for, and have satisfactory ability to do, high-quality,
final, corrected copy and an executed signature page indicating approval
independent doctoral research in their specialties. These requirements
by the student’s advisor and department head must be submitted to the
and processes are described under the appropriate program headings in
Office of Graduate Studies for format approval.
the section of this Bulletin on Graduate Degree Programs and Description
of Courses.
I. Time Limitations
Upon completion of these requirements, students must submit a Degree
A candidate for a thesis-based Doctoral degree must complete all
Audit form and an Admission to Candidacy form documenting satisfactory
requirements for the degree within nine years of the date of admission
completion of the prerequisite and core curriculum requirements and
into the degree program. Time spent on approved leaves of absence

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is included in the nine-year time limit. Candidates not meeting the time
• be accessible to the student (at a minimum this implies availability
limitation will be notified and withdrawn from their degree programs.
for Committee meetings and availability to participate in a student's
qualifying/comprehensive examinations – as dictated by the practices
Candidates may apply for a one-time extension of this time limitation.
employed by the degree program – and the thesis defense);
This application must be made in writing and approved by the candidate's
• ensure that the student's work conforms to the highest standards
advisor, thesis committee, department and Dean of Graduate Studies.
of scholarly performance within the discipline, within the expertise
The application must include specific timelines and milestones for degree
provided by the Committee member;
completion. If an extension is approved, failure to meet any timeline or
• provide advice to both the student and the student's advisor(s) on the
milestone will trigger immediate withdrawal from the degree program.
quality, suitability and timeliness of the work being undertaken;
If the Dean of Graduate Studies denies an extension request, the
• approve the student's degree plan (e.g., courses of study, compliance
candidate may appeal this decision to the Provost. The appeal must
with program's qualifying process, thesis proposal, etc.), assuring that
be made in writing, must specifically state how the candidate believes
the plan not only meets the intellectual needs of the student, but also
the request submitted to the Dean met the requirements of the policy,
all institutional and program requirements;
and must be received no later than 10 business days from the date of
• review dissertation drafts as provided by the student and the advisor
notification of the Dean's denial of the original request. The Provost's
and provide feedback in a timely fashion; and
decision is final.
• participate in, and independently evaluate student performance in the
If a candidate is withdrawn from a degree program through this process
final thesis defense.
(i.e., either by denial of an extension request or failure to meet a timeline
Minor Field Committee Representative
or milestone) and wishes to reenter the degree program, that candidate
must formally reapply for readmission. The program has full authority
In addition to the responsibilities of a Regular Committee Member,
to determine if readmission is to be granted and, if granted to fully re-
the Minor Field Committee Representative has the following added
evaluate the Candidate's work to date and determine its applicability to
responsibilities:
the new degree program.
• provide advice for, and approval of coursework required as part of a
V. Roles and Responsibilities of
student's minor degree program in a manner that is consistent with
Committee Members and Students
institutional and minor program requirements;
• participate in, as appropriate, the student's qualifying and
Below, are the roles and expectations Mines has of faculty as members
comprehensive examination process to certify completion of minor
of Thesis Committees and of students engaged in research-based
degree requirements; and
degree programs.
• work individually with the student on the thesis aspects for which the
Minor Committee member has expertise.
Thesis Advisor(s)
The Thesis Advisor has the overall responsibility for guiding the student
Thesis Committee Chairperson
through the process of the successful completion of a thesis that fulfills
In addition to the responsibilities of a Regular Committee Member, the
the expectations of scholarly work at the appropriate level as well as
Chairperson of Committee has the following added responsibilities:
meets the requirements of the Department/Division and the School. The
Advisor shall:
• chair all meetings of the Thesis Committee including the thesis
defense;
• be able and willing to assume principal responsibility for advising the
• represent the broad interests of the Institution with respect to high
student;
standards of scholarly performance;
• have adequate time for this work and be accessible to the student;
• represent the Office of Graduate Studies by ensuring that all
• provide adequate and timely feedback to both the student and the
procedures are carried out fairly and in accordance with institutional
Committee regarding student progress toward degree completion;
guidelines and policies; and
• guide and provide continuing feedback on the student's development
• ensure there any potential conflicts of interest between student,
of a research project by providing input on the intellectual
advisor or any other committee member are effectively identified and
appropriateness of the proposed activities, the reasonableness of
managed.
project scope, acquisition of necessary resources and expertise,
necessary laboratory or computer facilities, etc.;
Student Responsibilities
• establish key academic milestones and communicate these to the
While it is expected that students receive guidance and support from
student and appropriately evaluate the student on meeting these
their advisor and all members of the Thesis Committee, the student is
milestones.
responsible for actually defining and carrying out the program approved
Regular Committee Member
by the Thesis Committee and completing the thesis/dissertation. As such,
it is expected that the student assumes a leadership role in defining and
With the exception of the student's advisor, all voting members of the
carrying out all aspects of his/her degree program and thesis/dissertation
Thesis Committee are considered Regular Committee Members. The
project. Within this context, students have the following responsibilities:
Regular Committee Member shall:
• to formally establish a Thesis Advisor and Committee by the end of
• have adequate time to assume the responsibilities associated with
their first year of residence in their degree program;
serving on a student's Thesis Committee;
• to call meetings of the Thesis Committee as needed;

44 Graduate Departments and Programs
• to actively inform and solicit feedback from the student's Advisor and
the graduate GPA. Check the departmental section of the Bulletin to
Committee on progress made toward degree;
determine which programs provide this opportunity.
• to respond to, and act on feedback from the student's Advisor and
Committee in a timely and constructive manner;
B. Admission Process
• to understand and then apply the institutional and programmatic
A student interested in applying into a graduate degree program as a
standards related to the ethical conduct of research in the completion
Combined Degree Program student should first contact the department or
of the student's thesis/dissertation; and
division hosting the graduate degree program into which he/she wishes
• to know, understand and follow deadlines defined by the institution
to apply. Initial inquiries may be made at any time, but initial contacts
and the degree program related to all aspects of the student's degree
made soon after completion of the first semester, Sophomore year are
program.
recommended. Following this initial inquiry, departments/ divisions will
provide initial counseling on degree application procedures, admissions
VI. Combined Undergraduate/Graduate
standards and degree completion requirements.
Degree Programs
Admission into a graduate degree program as a Combined Degree
A. Overview
Program student can occur as early as the first semester, Junior
year, and must be granted no later than the end of registration, last
Many degree programs offer CSM undergraduate students the
semester Senior year. Once admitted into a graduate degree program,
opportunity to begin work on a Graduate Certificate, Professional
students may enroll in 500-level courses and apply these directly to
Master’s Degree, Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree while completing
their graduate degree. To apply, students must submit the standard
the requirements for their Bachelor’s Degree. These combined
graduate application package for the graduate portion of their Combined
Bachelors-Masters/Doctoral programs have been created by Mines
Degree Program. Upon admission into a graduate degree program,
faculty in those situations where they have deemed it academically
students are assigned graduate advisors. Prior to registration for the next
advantageous to treat undergraduate and graduate degree programs as
semester, students and their graduate advisors should meet and plan a
a continuous and integrated process. These are accelerated programs
strategy for completing both the undergraduate and graduate programs
that can be valuable in fields of engineering and applied science where
as efficiently as possible. Until their undergraduate degree requirements
advanced education in technology and/or management provides the
are completed, students continue to have undergraduate advisors in the
opportunity to be on a fast track for advancement to leadership positions.
home department or division of their Bachelor’s Degrees.
These programs also can be valuable for students who want to get a
head start on graduate education.
C. Requirements
Combined Degree Program students are considered undergraduate
The combined programs at Mines offer several advantages to students
students until such time as they complete their undergraduate degree
who choose to enroll in them:
requirements. Combined Degree Program students who are still
1. Students can earn a graduate degree in their undergraduate major or
considered undergraduates by this definition have all of the privileges
in a field that complements their undergraduate major.
and are subject to all expectations of both their undergraduate and
2. Students who plan to go directly into industry leave Mines with
graduate programs. These students may enroll in both undergraduate
additional specialized knowledge and skills which may allow them to
and graduate courses (see section D below), may have access to
enter their career path at a higher level and advance more rapidly.
departmental assistance available through both programs, and may
Alternatively, students planning on attending graduate school can get
be eligible for undergraduate financial aid as determined by the Office
a head start on their graduate education.
of Financial Aid. Upon completion of their undergraduate degree
requirements, a Combined Degree Program student is considered
3. Students can plan their undergraduate electives to satisfy
enrolled full-time in his/her graduate program. Once having done so, the
prerequisites, thus ensuring adequate preparation for their graduate
student is no longer eligible for undergraduate financial aid, but may now
program.
be eligible for graduate financial aid. To complete their graduate degree,
4. Early assignment of graduate advisors permits students to plan
each Combined Degree Program student must register as a graduate
optimum course selection and scheduling in order to complete their
student for at least one semester.
graduate program quickly.
5. Early acceptance into a Combined Degree Program leading to a
Once admitted into a graduate program, undergraduate Combined
Graduate Degree assures students of automatic acceptance into
Program students must maintain good standing in the Combined
full graduate status if they maintain good standing while in early-
Program by maintaining a minimum semester GPA of 3.0 in all courses
acceptance status.
taken. Students not meeting this requirement are deemed to be making
6. In many cases, students will be able to complete both a Bachelor’s
unsatisfactory academic progress in the Combined Degree Program.
and a Master’s Degrees in five years of total enrollment at Mines.
Students for whom this is the case are subject to probation and, if
occurring over two semesters, subject to discretionary dismissal from
Certain graduate programs may allow Combined Degree Program
the graduate portion of their program as defined in the Unsatisfactory
students to fulfill part of the requirements of their graduate degree by
Academic Performance section of this Bulletin.
including up to six hours of specified course credits which also were
used in fulfilling the requirements of their undergraduate degree. These
Upon completion of the undergraduate degree requirements, Combined
courses may only be applied toward fulfilling Doctoral degree or, Master's
Degree Program students are subject to all requirements (e.g., course
degree requirements beyond the institutional minimum Master's degree
requirements, departmental approval of transfer credits, research credits,
requirement of 30 credit hours. Courses must meet all requirements
minimum GPA, etc.) appropriate to the graduate program in which they
for graduate credit, but their grades are not included in calculating
are enrolled.

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D. Enrolling in Graduate Courses as a Senior
in a Combined Program
As described in the Undergraduate Bulletin, seniors may enroll in 500-
level courses. In addition, undergraduate seniors who have been granted
admission through the Combined Degree Program into thesis-based
degree programs (Masters or Doctoral) may, with graduate advisor
approval, register for 700-level research credits appropriate to Masters-
level degree programs. With this single exception, while a Combined
Degree Program student is still completing his/her undergraduate
degree, all of the conditions described in the Undergraduate Bulletin
for undergraduate enrollment in graduate-level courses apply. 700-
level research credits are always applied to a student’s graduate degree
program.
If an undergraduate Combined Degree Program student would like to
enroll in a 500-level course and apply this course directly to his/her
graduate degree, he/she must notify the Registrar of the intent to do so
at the time of enrollment in the course. The Registrar will forward this
information to Financial Aid for appropriate action. Be aware that courses
taken as an undergraduate student but not used toward a bachelor's
degree are not eligible for undergraduate financial aid or the Colorado
Opportunity Fund. If an undergraduate student has not been admitted
into a graduate program, all 500-level graduate courses taken as an
undergraduate Combined Degree Program student will be applied to
the student’s undergraduate degree transcript. If these are not used
toward an undergraduate degree requirement, they may, with program
consent, be applied to a graduate degree program as transfer credit. All
regular regulations and limitations regarding the use of transfer credit to a
graduate degree program apply to these credits.

46 Applied Mathematics & Statistics
Applied Mathematics & Statistics
SYGN502
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH ETHICS *
1.0
MATH589
APPLIED MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS
1.0
2016-2017
TEACHING SEMINAR **
Degrees Offered
plus two courses chosen from the following:
• Master of Science (Applied Mathematics and Statistics)
MATH408
COMPUTATIONAL METHODS FOR
3.0
• Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Mathematics and Statistics)
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
MATH454
COMPLEX ANALYSIS
3.0
Program Description
MATH455
PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
3.0
The Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS) offers
MATH458
ABSTRACT ALGEBRA
3.0
two graduate degrees: A Master of Science in Applied Mathematics
MATH484
MATHEMATICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL
3.0
and Statistics and a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics and
MODELING (CAPSTONE)
Statistics. The master's program is designed to prepare candidates for
MATH502
REAL AND ABSTRACT ANALYSIS
3.0
careers in industry or government or for further study at the PhD level.
MATH503
FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS
3.0
The PhD program is sufficiently flexible to prepare candidates for careers
MATH506
COMPLEX ANALYSIS II
3.0
in industry, government and academia. A course of study leading to the
MATH510
ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS AND
3.0
PhD degree can be designed either for students who have completed
DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS
a Master of Science degree or for students with a Bachelor of Science
degree.
MATH540
PARALLEL SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING
3.0
MATH556
MODELING WITH SYMBOLIC SOFTWARE
3.0
Research within AMS is conducted in the following areas:
MATH557
INTEGRAL EQUATIONS
3.0
Computational and Applied Mathematics
*Required for students receiving federal support.
Study of Wave Phenomena and Inverse Problems
Numerical Methods for PDEs
** Required only for students employed by the department as graduate
Study of Differential and Integral Equations
teaching assistants or student instructor/lecturers.
Computational Radiation Transport
Computational Acoustics and Electromagnetics
Specialty in Statistics
Multi-scale Analysis and Simulation
High Performance Scientific Computing
Required Courses
Dynamical Systems
MATH500
LINEAR VECTOR SPACES
3.0
Mathematical Biology
MATH530
STATISTICAL METHODS I
3.0
Statistics
MATH531
STATISTICAL METHODS II
3.0
Inverse Problems in Statistics
MATH534
MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS I
3.0
Multivariate Statistics
MATH535
MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS II
3.0
Spatial Statistics
SYGN502
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH ETHICS *
1.0
Stochastic Models for Environmental Science
MATH589
APPLIED MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS
1.0
Survival Analysis
TEACHING SEMINAR **
Uncertainty Quantification
plus two courses chosen from the following:
Master of Science Program Requirements
MATH532
SPATIAL STATISTICS
3.0
The Master of Science degree (thesis option) requires 30 credit hours
of acceptable coursework and research, completion of a satisfactory
MATH536
ADVANCED STATISTICAL MODELING
3.0
thesis, and successful oral defense of this thesis. At least six of the 30
MATH537
MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS
3.0
credit hours must be designated for supervised research. The coursework
MATH538
STOCHASTIC MODELS
3.0
includes the following core curriculum.
MATH539
SURVIVAL ANALYSIS
3.0
Specialty in Computational & Applied
MATH582
STATISTICS PRACTICUM
3.0
Mathematics
*Required for students receiving federal support.
Required Courses
** Required only for students employed by the department as graduate
MATH500
LINEAR VECTOR SPACES
3.0
teaching assistants or student instructor/lecturers.
MATH501
APPLIED ANALYSIS
3.0
For both specialties, elective courses may be selected from any other
MATH514
APPLIED MATHEMATICS I
3.0
graduate courses offered by the Department of Applied Mathematics and
MATH515
APPLIED MATHEMATICS II
3.0
Statistics, except for specially designated service courses. In addition,
MATH550
NUMERICAL SOLUTION OF PARTIAL
3.0
up to 6 credits of elective courses may be taken in other departments on
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
campus.
MATH551
COMPUTATIONAL LINEAR ALGEBRA
3.0

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The Master of Science degree (non-thesis option) requires 30 credit
*Required for students receiving federal support.
hours of coursework. The coursework includes the required core
curriculum for the chosen specialty.
** Required only for students employed by the department as graduate
teaching assistants or student instructor/lecturers.
Combined BS/MS Program
Specialty in Statistics
The Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics offers a combined
Bachelor of Science/Master of Science program that enables students to
Required Courses
work on a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in either specialty
MATH500
LINEAR VECTOR SPACES
3.0
simultaneously. Students take 30 credit hours of coursework at the
MATH530
STATISTICAL METHODS I
3.0
graduate level in addition to the undergraduate requirements, and work
MATH531
STATISTICAL METHODS II
3.0
on both degrees at the same time. Students may apply for the program
MATH534
MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS I
3.0
once they have completed five classes with a MATH prefix numbered 225
or higher.
MATH535
MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS II
3.0
SYGN502
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH ETHICS *
1.0
Doctor of Philosophy Program
MATH589
APPLIED MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS
1.0
Requirements:
TEACHING SEMINAR **
The Doctor of Philosophy requires 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s
plus two courses chosen from the following:
degree. At least 24 of these hours must be thesis hours. Doctoral
students must pass the comprehensive examination (a qualifying
MATH532
SPATIAL STATISTICS
3.0
examination and thesis proposal), complete a satisfactory thesis, and
MATH536
ADVANCED STATISTICAL MODELING
3.0
successfully defend their thesis. The coursework includes the following
MATH537
MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS
3.0
core curriculum.
MATH538
STOCHASTIC MODELS
3.0
Specialty in Computational & Applied
MATH539
SURVIVAL ANALYSIS
3.0
Mathematics
MATH582
STATISTICS PRACTICUM
3.0
Required Courses
*Required for students receiving federal support.
MATH500
LINEAR VECTOR SPACES
3.0
** Required only for students employed by the department as graduate
MATH501
APPLIED ANALYSIS
3.0
teaching assistants or student instructor/lecturers.
MATH514
APPLIED MATHEMATICS I
3.0
Further information can be found on the Web at ams.mines.edu.
MATH515
APPLIED MATHEMATICS II
3.0
This website provides an overview of the programs, requirements
MATH550
NUMERICAL SOLUTION OF PARTIAL
3.0
and policies of the department.
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
MATH551
COMPUTATIONAL LINEAR ALGEBRA
3.0
Fields of Research
SYGN502
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH ETHICS *
1.0
Computational and Applied Mathematics:
MATH589
APPLIED MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS
1.0
TEACHING SEMINAR **
Study of Wave Phenomena and Inverse Problems
Numerical Methods for PDEs
plus two courses chosen from the following;
Study of Differential and Integral Equations
MATH408
COMPUTATIONAL METHODS FOR
3.0
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
Computational Radiation Transport
MATH454
COMPLEX ANALYSIS
3.0
Computational Acoustics and Electromagnetics
MATH455
PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
3.0
MATH458
ABSTRACT ALGEBRA
3.0
Multi-scale Analysis and Simulation
MATH484
MATHEMATICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL
3.0
MODELING (CAPSTONE)
High Performance Scientific Computing
MATH502
REAL AND ABSTRACT ANALYSIS
3.0
Dynamical Systems
MATH503
FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS
3.0
Mathematical Biology
MATH506
COMPLEX ANALYSIS II
3.0
MATH510
ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS AND
3.0
Statistics:
DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS
Inverse Problems in Statistics
MATH540
PARALLEL SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING
3.0
MATH556
MODELING WITH SYMBOLIC SOFTWARE
3.0
Multivariate Statistics
MATH557
INTEGRAL EQUATIONS
3.0
Spatial Statistics

48 Applied Mathematics & Statistics
Stochastic Models for Environmental Science
Graeme Fairweather
Survival Analysis
Raymond R. Gutzman
Uncertainty Quantification
Frank G. Hagin
Department Head
Donald C.B. Marsh
Willy Hereman, Professor
Steven Pruess
Professors
Emeriti Associate Professors
Bernard Bialecki
Barbara B. Bath
Mahadevan Ganesh
Ruth Maurer
Paul A. Martin
Robert G. Underwood
Barbara M. Moskal
Courses
William Navidi
MATH500. LINEAR VECTOR SPACES. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(I) Finite dimensional vector spaces and subspaces: dimension, dual
Associate Professor
bases, annihilators. Linear transformations, matrices, projections, change
of basis, similarity. Determinants, eigenvalues, multiplicity. Jordan
Luis Tenorio
form. Inner products and inner product spaces with orthogonality and
Assistant Professors
completeness. Prerequisite: MATH301. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
hours.
Paul Constantine
MATH501. APPLIED ANALYSIS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Cecilia Diniz Behn
(I) Fundamental theory and tools of applied analysis. Students in this
course will be introduced to Banach, Hilbert, and Sobolev spaces;
Amanda Hering
bounded and unbounded operators defined on such infinite dimensional
spaces; and associated properties. These concepts will be applied to
Stephen Pankavich
understand the properties of differential and integral operators occurring
Aaron Porter
in mathematical models that govern various biological, physical and
engineering processes. Prerequisites: MATH301 or equivalent. 3 hours
Teaching Professors
lecture; 3 semester hours.
G. Gustave Greivel
MATH502. REAL AND ABSTRACT ANALYSIS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(I) Normed space R, open and closed sets. Lebesgue measure,
Scott Strong
measurable sets and functions. Lebesgue integral and convergence
theorems. Repeated integration and integration by substitution. Lp
Teaching Associate Professors
spaces, Banach and Hilbert spaces. Weak derivatives and Sobalev
spaces. Weak solutions of two-point boundary value problems.
Terry Bridgman
Prerequisites: MATH301 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Debra Carney
MATH503. FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with MACS503,
Holly Eklund
(II) Properties of metric spaces, normed spaces and Banach spaces,
Mike Mikucki
inner product and Hilbert spaces. Fundamental theorems for normed and
Banach spaces with applications. Orthogonality and orthonormal systems
Mike Nicholas
on Hilbert spaces with applications to approximation theory. Compact,
bounded and unbounded operators. Duality, adjoint, self-adjoint, Hilbert-
Jennifer Strong
adjoint operators. Spectral analysis of linear operators. Applications to
differential and integral equations. Prerequisites: MATH502. 3 hours
Rebecca Swanson
lecture; 3 semester hours.
Emeriti Professors
MATH506. COMPLEX ANALYSIS II. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(II) Analytic functions. Conformal mapping and applications. Analytic
William R. Astle
continuation. Schlicht functions. Approximation theorems in the complex
Norman Bleistein
domain. Prerequisite: MATH454. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Ardel J. Boes
Austin R. Brown
John A. DeSanto

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MATH510. ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS AND
MATH536. ADVANCED STATISTICAL MODELING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(I) Modern extensions of the standard linear model for analyzing data.
Equivalent with MACS510,
Topics include generalized linear models, generalized additive models,
(I) Topics to be covered: basic existence and uniqueness theory, systems
mixed effects models, and resampling methods. Prerequisite: MATH 335
of equations, stability, differential inequalities, Poincare-Bendixon theory,
and MATH 424. 3 hours lecture; 3.0 semester hours.
linearization. Other topics from: Hamiltonian systems, periodic and almost
MATH537. MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
periodic systems, integral manifolds, Lyapunov functions, bifurcations,
(II) Introduction to applied multivariate representations of data for use in
homoclinic points and chaos theory. Prerequisite: MATH225 or MATH235
data analysis. Topics include introduction to multivariate distributions;
and MATH332 or MATH 342 or equivalent courses. 3 hours lecture; 3
methods for data reduction, such as principal components; hierarchical
semester hours.
and model-based clustering methods; factor analysis; canonical
MATH514. APPLIED MATHEMATICS I. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
correlation analysis; multidimensional scaling; and multivariate hypothesis
(I) The major theme in this course is various non-numerical techniques
testing. Prerequisites: MATH 530 and MATH 332 or MATH 500. 3 hours
for dealing with partial differential equations which arise in science and
lecture; 3.0 semester hours.
engineering problems. Topics include transform techniques, Green's
MATH538. STOCHASTIC MODELS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
functions and partial differential equations. Stress is on applications to
(II) An introduction to the mathematical principles of stochastic processes.
boundary value problems and wave theory. Prerequisite: MATH455 or
Discrete- and continuous-time Markov processes, Poisson processes,
equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Brownian motion. Prerequisites: MATH 534. 3 hours lecture and
MATH515. APPLIED MATHEMATICS II. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
discussion; 3 semester hours.
(II) Topics include integral equations, applied complex variables, an
MATH539. SURVIVAL ANALYSIS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
introduction to asymptotics, linear spaces and the calculus of variations.
(I) Basic theory and practice of survival analysis. Topics include survival
Stress is on applications to boundary value problems and wave theory,
and hazard functions, censoring and truncation, parametric and non-
with additional applications to engineering and physical problems.
parametric inference, the proportional hazards model, model diagnostics.
Prerequisite: MATH514. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Prerequisite: MATH335 or MATH535.
MATH530. STATISTICAL METHODS I. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
MATH540. PARALLEL SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(I) Introduction to probability, random variables, and discrete
(I) This course is designed to facilitate students? learning of parallel
and continuous probability models. Elementary simulation. Data
programming techniques to efficiently simulate various complex
summarization and analysis. Confidence intervals and hypothesis testing
processes modeled by mathematical equations using multiple and multi-
for means and variances. Chi square tests. Distribution-free techniques
core processors. Emphasis will be placed on the implementation of
and regression analysis. Prerequisite: MATH213 or equivalent. 3 hours
various scientific computing algorithms in FORTRAN/C/C++ using MPI
lecture; 3 semester hours.
and OpenMP. Prerequisite: MATH407, CSCI407. 3 hours lecture, 3
MATH531. STATISTICAL METHODS II. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
semester hours.
Equivalent with MACS531,
MATH542. SIMULATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(II) Continuation of MATH530. Multiple regression and trend surface
Equivalent with MACS542,
analysis. Analysis of variance. Experimental design (Latin squares,
(I) Advanced study of simulation techniques, random number, and variate
factorial designs, confounding, fractional replication, etc.) Nonparametric
generation. Monte Carlo techniques, simulation languages, simulation
analysis of variance. Topics selected from multivariate analysis,
experimental design, variance reduction, and other methods of increasing
sequential analysis or time series analysis. Prerequisite: MATH201 or
efficiency, practice on actual problems. Prerequisite: CSCI262 (or
MATH530 or MATH535. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
equivalent), MATH323 (or MATH530 or equivalent). 3 hours lecture; 3
MATH532. SPATIAL STATISTICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
semester hours.
(I) Modeling and analysis of data observed on a 2 or 3-dimensional
MATH544. ADVANCED COMPUTER GRAPHICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
surface. Random fields, variograms, covariances, stationarity,
Equivalent with CSCI544,
nonstationarity, kriging, simulation, Bayesian hierarchical models, spatial
This is an advanced computer graphics course in which students will
regression, SAR, CAR, QAR, and MA models, Geary/Moran indices,
learn a variety of mathematical and algorithmic techniques that can
point processes, K-function, complete spatial randomness, homogeneous
be used to solve fundamental problems in computer graphics. Topics
and inhomogeneous processes, marked point processes, spatio-temporal
include global illumination, GPU programming, geometry acquisition
modeling. MATH424 or MATH531.
and processing, point based graphics and non-photorealistic rendering.
MATH534. MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS I. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Students will learn about modern rendering and geometric modeling
(I) The basics of probability, discrete and continuous probability
techniques by reading and discussing research papers and implementing
distributions, sampling distributions, order statistics, convergence in
one or more of the algorithms described in the literature.
probability and in distribution, and basic limit theorems, including the
central limit theorem, are covered. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours.
MATH535. MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS II. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with MACS535,
(II) The basics of hypothesis testing using likelihood ratios, point and
interval estimation, consistency, efficiency, sufficient statistics, and
some nonparametric methods are presented. Prerequisite: MATH534 or
equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

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MATH547. SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
MATH574. THEORY OF CRYPTOGRAPHY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with CSCI547,
Equivalent with CSCI574,
Scientific visualization uses computer graphics to create visual images
Students will draw upon current research results to design, implement
which aid in understanding of complex, often massive numerical
and analyze their own computer security or other related cryptography
representation of scientific concepts or results. The main focus of this
projects. The requisite mathematical background, including relevant
course is on techniques applicable to spatial data such as scalar, vector
aspects of number theory and mathematical statistics, will be covered
and tensor fields. Topics include volume rendering, texture based
in lecture. Students will be expected to review current literature from
methods for vector and tensor field visualization, and scalar and vector
prominent researchers in cryptography and to present their findings
field topology. Students will learn about modern visualization techniques
to the class. Particular focus will be given to the application of various
by reading and discussing research papers and implementing one of the
techniques to real-life situations. The course will also cover the following
algorithms described in the literature.
aspects of cryptography: symmetric and asymmetric encryption,
computational number theory, quantum encryption, RSA and discrete
MATH550. NUMERICAL SOLUTION OF PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL
log systems, SHA, steganography, chaotic and pseudo-random
EQUATIONS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
sequences, message authentication, digital signatures, key distribution
Equivalent with MACS550,
and key management, and block ciphers. Prerequisites: CSCI262 plus
(II) Numerical methods for solving partial differential equations. Explicit
undergraduate-level knowledge of statistics and discrete mathematics. 3
and implicit finite difference methods; stability, convergence, and
hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
consistency. Alternating direction implicit (ADI) methods. Weighted
residual and finite element methods. Prerequisite: MATH225 or
MATH582. STATISTICS PRACTICUM. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
MATH235, and MATH332 or MATH342. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
(II) This is the capstone course in the Statistics Option. The main
hours.
objective is to apply statistical knowledge and skills to a data analysis
problem, which will vary by semester. Students will gain experience in
MATH551. COMPUTATIONAL LINEAR ALGEBRA. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
problem-solving; working in a team; presentation skills (both orally and
Equivalent with MACS551,
written); and thinking independently. Prerequisites: MATH 201 or 530 and
(II) Numerical analysis of algorithms for solving linear systems of
MATH 424 or 531. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
equations, least squares methods, the symmetric eigenproblem,
singular value decomposition, conjugate gradient iteration. Modification
MATH589. APPLIED MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS TEACHING
of algorithms to fit the architecture. Error analysis, existing software
SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
packages. Prerequisites: MATH332, CSCI407/MATH407. 3 hours lecture;
(I) An introduction to teaching issues and techniques within the AMS
3 semester hours.
department. Weekly, discussion-based seminars will cover practical
issues such as lesson planning, grading, and test writing. Issues specific
MATH556. MODELING WITH SYMBOLIC SOFTWARE. 3.0 Semester
to the AMS core courses will be included. 1 hour lecture; 1.0 semester
Hrs.
hour.
(I) Case studies of various models from mathematics, the sciences
and engineering through the use of the symbolic software package
MATH598. SPECIAL TOPICS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
MATHEMATICA. Based on hands-on projects dealing with contemporary
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
topics such as number theory, discrete mathematics, complex analysis,
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
special functions, classical and quantum mechanics, relativity, dynamical
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
systems, chaos and fractals, solitons, wavelets, chemical reactions,
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
population dynamics, pollution models, electrical circuits, signal
different titles.
processing, optimization, control theory, and industrial mathematics. The
MATH599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
course is designed for graduate students and scientists interested in
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
modeling and using symbolic software as a programming language and a
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
research tool. It is taught in a computer laboratory. Prerequisites: none. 3
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
MATH557. INTEGRAL EQUATIONS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
(I) This is an introductory course on the theory and applications of integral
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
equations. Abel, Fredholm and Volterra equations. Fredholm theory:
for credit limits toward the degree.
small kernels, separable kernels, iteration, connections with linear
MATH610. ADVANCED TOPICS IN DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS. 3.0
algebra and Sturm-Liouville problems. Applications to boundary-value
Semester Hrs.
problems for Laplace's equation and other partial differential equations.
(II) Topics from current research in ordinary and/or partial differential
Prerequisite: MATH332 or MATH342, and MATH455.
equations; for example, dynamical systems, advanced asymptotic
analysis, nonlinear wave propagation, solitons. Prerequisite: none. 3
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MATH614. ADVANCED TOPICS IN APPLIED MATHEMATICS. 3.0
Semester Hrs.
(I) Topics from current literature in applied mathematics; for example,
wavelets and their applications, calculus of variations, advanced applied
functional analysis, control theory. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours.

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MATH616. INTRODUCTION TO MULTI-DIMENSIONAL SEISMIC
MATH707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
INVERSION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
CREDIT. 1-15 Semester Hr.
(II) Introduction to high frequency inversion techniques. Emphasis on the
(I, II, S) GRADUATE THESIS/DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT
application of this theory to produce a reflector map of the earth?s interior
Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level thesis
and estimates of changes in earth parameters across those reflectors
or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the direct
from data gathered in response to sources at the surface or in the interior
supervision of the student's faculty advisor. Variable class and semester
of the earth. Extensions to elastic media are discussed, as well. Includes
hours. Repeatable for credit.
high frequency modeling of the propagation of acoustic and elastic
waves. Prerequisites: partial differential equations, wave equation in the
time or frequency domain, complex function theory, contour integration.
Some knowledge of wave propagation: reflection, refraction, diffraction. 3
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MATH650. ADVANCED TOPICS IN NUMERICAL ANALYSIS. 3.0
Semester Hrs.
(II) Topics from the current literature in numerical analysis and/or
computational mathematics; for example, advanced finite element
method, sparse matrix algorithms, applications of approximation
theory, software for initial value ODE?s, numerical methods for integral
equations. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MATH691. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
(I) Presentation of latest research results by guest lecturers, staff, and
advanced students. Prerequisite: none. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 12 hours.
MATH692. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
Equivalent with CSCI692,MACS692,
(II) Presentation of latest research results by guest lecturers, staff, and
advanced students. Prerequisite: none. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 12 hours.
MATH693. WAVE PHENOMENA SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
(I, II) Students will probe a range of current methodologies and issues
in seismic data processing, with emphasis on under lying assumptions,
implications of these assumptions, and implications that would follow from
use of alternative assumptions. Such analysis should provide seed topics
for ongoing and subsequent research. Topic areas include: Statistics
estimation and compensation, deconvolution, multiple suppression,
suppression of other noises, wavelet estimation, imaging and inversion,
extraction of stratigraphic and lithologic information, and correlation of
surface and borehole seismic data with well log data. Prerequisite: none.
1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
MATH698. SPECIAL TOPICS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
different titles.
MATH699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
for credit limits toward the degree.

52 Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental
PhD enrollment is expected and leads to the greatest success, although
part-time enrollment may be allowed under special circumstances.
Engineering
Faculty Expertise and General Emphasis Areas:
Department Website - cee.mines.edu
Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty have expertise in
2016-2017
environmental science and engineering, geotechnical engineering,
hydrology, water-resources engineering, structural engineering, and
Degrees Offered
underground construction and tunneling. These areas also serve as topic
areas for coursework and for M.S. thesis or PhD dissertation research,
• Master of Science (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
and are the basis for degree requirements.
• Doctor of Philosophy (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Environmental Engineering and Science: Is the application of
• Master of Science (Environmental Engineering Science)
environmental processes in natural and engineered systems. CEE
• Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Engineering Science)
faculty have expertise in water resource engineering, biosystems
engineering, environmental chemistry, environmental microbiology,
Program Description
microbial genomics, wastewater treatment, water treatment,
The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department offers two M.S. and
bioremediation, mining treatment processes and systems, remediation
Ph.D. graduate degrees - Civil & Environmental Engineering(CEE) and
processes, biogeochemical reactions in soils, geobiology, membrane
Environmental Engineering Science (EES). The Civil and Environmental
processes, humanitarian engineering, social aspects of engineering, and
Engineering (CEE) degree is designed for students who wish to
energy recovery from fluids.
earn a degree to continue the path towards professional engineering
Geotechnical Engineering: Geotechnical Engineering is concerned
registration. Students entering this degree program should have a
with the engineering properties and behavior of natural and engineered
B.S. degree in engineering, or will generally need to take engineering
geomaterials (soils and rocks), as well as the design and construction
prerequisite courses. Within the CEE degree, students complete
of foundations, earth dams and levees, retaining walls, embankments,
specified requirements in one of three different emphasis areas:
underground structures and tunnels. Almost all constructed projects
Environmental and Water Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering (GT),
require input from geotechnical engineers as most structures are
and Structural Engineering (SE).
built on, in or of geomaterials. Additionally, mitigation of the impact of
The Environmental Engineering Science (EES) degree does not require
natural hazards such as earthquakes and landslides, sustainable use
engineering credentials and has a flexible curriculum that enables
of energy and resources, and reduction of the environmental impacts
students with a baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, math,
of human activities require geotechnical engineers who have in-depth
physics, geology, engineering, and other technical fields, to tailor a
understanding of how geomaterials respond to loads, and environmental
course-work program that best fits their career goals.
changes. Students who pursue this discipline complete the requirements
of the Geotechnical Engineering emphasis area within the Civil &
The specific requirements for the EES & CEE degrees, as well as for the
Environmental Engineering degree program.
four emphasis areas within the CEE degree, are described in detail under
the Major tab.
Structural Engineering: Is a multidisciplinary subject spanning the
disciplines of civil engineering, aerospace engineering, mechanical
The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering Science
engineering, and marine engineering. In all these disciplines, structural
(EES) has been admitted to the Western Regional Graduate Program
engineers use engineered materials and conduct analyses using
(WRGP/WICHE), a recognition that designates this curriculum as unique
general principles of structural mechanics, to design structures for civil
within the Western United States. An important benefit of this designation
systems. Designed systems may include bridges, dams, buildings,
is that students who are residents from Alaska, Arizona, California,
tunnels, sustainable infrastructure, highways, biomechanical apparatus,
Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon,
sustainable civil engineering materials and numerous other structures
South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are given the tuition
and devices. Students who pursue this discipline complete the
status of Colorado residents.
requirements of the Structural Engineering (SE) emphasis area within the
Civil & Environmental Engineering Degree program.
To achieve the Master of Science (M.S.) degree, students may elect
the Non-Thesis option, based exclusively upon coursework and project
Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering: Students interested
activities, or the Thesis option, which requires coursework and rigorous
in this area have two options. Students interested in natural-systems
research conducted under the guidance of a faculty advisor and M.S.
hydrology, ground-water resources, contaminant transport, and
thesis committee, that is described in a final written thesis that is
hydrochemical processes often choose to earn a degree in “Hydrology”
defended in an oral presentation.
in the interdisciplinary Hydrologic Science and Engineering (HSE)
program (see HSE section of this graduate bulletin). Students interested
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree requires students to complete a
in engineered water systems or water-resources engineering, such
combination of coursework and original research, under the guidance of
as water infrastructure, water reclamation and reuse, ground-water
a faculty advisor and doctoral committee, that culminates in a significant
remediation, contaminated water bodies, urban hydrology, water-
scholarly contribution (e.g., in the form of published journal articles) to a
resources management, and fluid mechanics typically choose the
specialized field in Civil and Environmental Engineering or Environmental
CEE degree - Environmental and Water Engineering Emphasis area.
Engineering Science. The written dissertation must be defended in an
Students who are interested in the chemical, biological and fundamental
public oral presentation before the advisor and dissertation committee.
water science that serves as the foundation for hydrology and water
The Ph.D. program may build upon one of the CEE or EES M.S.
resources engineering may also elect the EES degree.
programs or a comparable M.S. program at another university. Full-time

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Underground Construction & Tunneling (UC&T): UC&T involves
The EES curriculum consists of common core and elective courses that
the planning, design, construction and rehabilitation of underground
may be focused toward specialized areas of emphasis. The common core
space (caverns, shafts, tunnels) in soil and rock. The main domains for
includes:
UC&T include civil infrastructure, e.g., water and wastewater conveyance
and storage, construction, transportation, and utilities, as well as
• CEEN550 CEEN550: Principles of Environmental Chemistry
underground facilities for civil, commercial and military use. UC&T is an
• CEEN592: Environmental Law or approved policy / law course
interdisciplinary field involving civil, geological and mining engineering
• CEEN580: Environmental Fate and Transport
programs. Students interested in interdisciplinary studies including
• CEEN560 Molecular Microbial Ecology or CEEN562 Applied
soil & rock mechanics, engineering geology and excavation methods
Geomicrobiology or CEEN566 Microbial Processes, Analysis and
can pursue the M.S. and/or Ph.D. in UC&T (see UC&T section of this
Modeling
graduate bulletin, and the website uct.mines.edu). CEE students may
• 3-credit Independent Study (CEEN599) or a 3 credit hour design
also take elective courses and pursue research in UC&T yet emphasize
course
geotechnical and/or structural engineering within the CEE graduate
degrees.
Students earning an EES degree work with their academic advisor
to establish plans of study that best fit their individual interests and
Combined Degree Program Option
goals. Each student will develop and submit a plan of study during
CSM undergraduate students have the opportunity to begin work on
the first semester of enrollment; this plan must be submitted with the
a M.S. degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering or Environmental
admission to candidacy form. Electives may be chosen freely from
Engineering Science while completing their Bachelor’s degree. The
courses offered at CSM and other local universities. Please visit the CEE
CSM Combined Degree Program provides the vehicle for students
website for a complete outline of curriculum requirements and options
to use undergraduate coursework as part of their Graduate Degree
(www.cee.mines.edu).
curriculum. For more information please contact the CEE Office or
Required Curriculum for Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)
visit cee.mines.edu
Degree:
Program Requirements
The CEE curriculum contains emphasis areas: Environmental and Water
Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, and Structural Engineering. CEE
General Degree Requirements for CEE and EES degrees:
students must complete the requirements for at least one emphasis area.
M.S. Non-Thesis Option: 30 total credit hours, consisting of coursework
Core Courses: Each emphasis area has required core courses that apply
(27 h) and either a three credit hour research based Independent Study
to MS and PhD degrees. These core courses are listed below.
(CEEN599) or a designated design course (3 h) and seminar.
Electives: CEE degree emphasis areas require additional engineering-
M.S. Thesis Option: 30 total credit hours, consisting of coursework (24 h),
course electives: 12 credits for M.S. thesis option, 15 credits for M.S.
seminar, and research (6 h). Students must also write and orally defend a
non-thesis option and 18 credits for Ph.D. A variety of engineering
research thesis.
courses may be taken for electives in the CEE emphasis areas, including
Ph.D.: 72 total credit hours, consisting coursework (at least 24 h),
additional CEEN courses, as well as courses from other departments
seminar, and research (at least 24 h). Students must also successfully
on campus. The student’s advisor and committee must approve elective
complete written and oral qualifying examinations, prepare and present a
courses.
dissertation proposal, and write and defend a doctoral dissertation. Ph.D.
Non thesis students must take take at least 21elective credits within the
students are also expected to submit the dissertation work for publication
CEEN prefix.
in scholarly journals.
Prerequisites for CEE and EES degrees:
CEE Degree Emphasis Areas
GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING
• Baccalaureate degree: required, preferably in a science or
engineering discipline
Additional Prerequisites Courses: soil mechanics, structural theory/
• College calculus I & II: two semesters required
structural analysis
• College physics: one semester required, two semesters highly
Geotechnical Core Courses: Students are required to successfully
recommended
complete four courses (12 credit hours) from the following core course list
• College chemistry I & II: two semesters required
plus CEEN590 Civil Engineering seminar.
• College probability & statistics: one semester required
• All CEE degree emphasis areas require completion of the general
CEEN510
ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS
3.0
science pre-requisites listed above, and also requires statics,
CEEN511
UNSATURATED SOIL MECHANICS
3.0
dynamics, and differential equations. In addition, the CEE degree
CEEN512
SOIL BEHAVIOR
3.0
emphasis areas may require specific additional pre-requisites as
CEEN514
SOIL DYNAMICS
3.0
listed below.
CEEN515
HILLSLOPE HYDROLOGY AND STABILITY
3.0
Required Curriculum for Environmental Engineering Science (EES)
CEEN520
EARTH RETAINING STRUCTURES / SUPPORT
3.0
Degree:
OF EXCAVATIONS (*)

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CEEN523
UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION
3.0
Michael Mooney, Grewcock Distinguished Chair
ENGINEERING IN SOFT GROUND (*)
Robert L. Siegrist, University Emeritus Professor
* Design Course
John R. Spear
ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER ENGINEERING
Timothy Strathmann
Additional Prerequisites Courses: fluid mechanics.
Associate Professors
Environmental & Water Engineering Core Courses: Students are required
Tzahi Y. Cath
to successfully complete one course as specified in each of the following
areas plus CEEN596 Environmental Seminar:
Ronald R.H. Cohen, Emeritus Associate Professor
Chemistry: CEEN550 Principles of Env Chemistry
Linda A. Figueroa
Physical Transport: CEEN580 Env Pollution
Christopher Higgins
Bio Processes: CEEN560 Molecular Microbial Ecology
Panos Kiousis
or CEEN562 Geomicrobial Systems or CEEN566 Microbial Processes,
Analysis and Modeling*
Terri Hogue
Systems Design: CEEN570 Treatment of Waters & Waste *
Junko Munakata Marr
or CEEN471 Water & Wastewater Treatment Systems*
Jonathan O. Sharp
*Design Course
Kamini Singha, (Joint appointment with Geology & Geological
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
Engineering)
Additional Prerequisites Courses: soil mechanics, structural theory /
Assistant Professors
structural analysis.
Christopher Bellona
Structural Engineering Core Courses: Three courses from the following,
Reza Hedayat
9 credits total including at least 3 credits of design course, plus CEEN590
Civil Engineering seminar.
Shiling Pei
CEEN506
FINITE ELEMENT METHODS FOR ENGINEERS 3.0
Kathleen Smits
CEEN530
ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS
3.0
CEEN531
STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS
3.0
Teaching Professors
CEEN540
ADVANCED DESIGN OF STEEL STRUCTURES
3.0
Joseph Crocker
(*)
Candace Sulzbach, Emeritus Teaching Professor
CEEN541
DESIGN OF REINFORCED CONCRETE
3.0
STRUCTURES II (*)
Teaching Associate Professors
CEEN542
TIMBER AND MASONRY DESIGN (*)
3.0
Andres Guerra
CEEN543
CONCRETE BRIDGE DESIGN BASED ON THE
3.0
AASHTO LRFD SPECIFICATIONS (*)
Hongyan Liu
* Design Course
Susan Reynolds
Department Head
Alexandra Wayllace
John E. McCray
Teaching Assistant Professor
Professors
Jeffery Holley
D.V. Griffiths
Adjunct Faculty
Marte Gutierrez, James R. Paden Distinguished Chair
Sidney Innerebner
Terri Hogue
Paul B. Queneau
Tissa Illangasekare, AMAX Distinguished Chair
Tanja Rauch
Ning Lu
Patrick Ryan
John E. McCray

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Research Assistant Professors
CEEN512. SOIL BEHAVIOR. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with EGES534,EGGN534,
Andrea Blaine
(I) The focus of this course is on interrelationships among the
composition, fabric, and geotechnical and hydrologic properties of soils
Mengistu Geza
that consist partly or wholly of clay. The course will be divided into two
Lee Landkamer
parts. The first part provides an introduction to the composition and
fabric of natural soils, their surface and pore-fluid chemistry, and the
Courses
physico-chemical factors that govern soil behavior. The second part
examines what is known about how these fundamental characteristics
CEEN505. NUMERICAL METHODS FOR ENGINEERS. 3.0 Semester
and factors affect geotechnical properties, including the hydrologic
Hrs.
properties that govern the conduction of pore fluid and pore fluid
Equivalent with EGGN560,
constituents, and the geomechanical properties that govern volume
(S) Introduction to the use of numerical methods in the solution of
change, shear deformation, and shear strength. The course is designed
commonly encountered problems of engineering analysis. Structural/solid
for graduate students in various branches of engineering and geology
analysis of elastic materials (linear simultaneous equations); vibrations
that are concerned with the engineering and hydrologic behavior of earth
(roots of nonlinear equations, initial value problems); natural frequency
systems, including geotechnical engineering, geological engineering,
and beam buckling (eigenvalue problems); interpretation of experimental
environmental engineering, mining engineering, and petroleum
data (curve fitting and differentiation); summation of pressure distributions
engineering. When this course is cross-listed and concurrent with
(integration); beam deflections (boundary value problems). All course
CEEN411, students that enroll in CEEN512 will complete additional and/
participants will receive source code of all the numerical methods
or more complex assignments. Prerequisites: CEEN361 Soil Mechanics.
programs published in the course textbook which is coauthored by the
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
instructor. Prerequisite: MATH225. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CEEN513. ADVANCED GEOMATERIAL MECHANICS. 4.0 Semester
CEEN506. FINITE ELEMENT METHODS FOR ENGINEERS. 3.0
Hrs.
Semester Hrs.
(I) This course deals with the classification and engineering behavior
Equivalent with EGGN542,
of soil and rock materials as well as materials used in underground
(II) A course combining finite element theory with practical programming
construction such as structural steel, aggregates, cement, timber,
experience in which the multidisciplinary nature of the finite element
concrete, shotcrete, accelerators and ground conditioning agents. This
method as a numerical technique for solving differential equations is
course presents an advanced treatment of soil and rock mechanics with
emphasized. Topics covered include simple ?structural? elements,
focus on the following topics: Index and classification properties of soils,
beams on elastic foundations, solid elasticity, steady state analysis and
Physical properties and classification of intact rock and rock masses,
transient analysis. Some of the applications will lie in the general area
Fluid flow in soils and rocks, Compressibility of soils and rocks, Failure
of geomechanics, reflecting the research interests of the instructor.
theories and strength testing of soils and rocks, Shear strength of soils
Students get a copy of all the source code published in the course
and rocks, Stresses and deformations around underground openings,
textbook. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Laboratory and field methods for evaluation of soil and rock properties,
CEEN510. ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
and Analytical and empirical approaches for the design and construction
Equivalent with EGGN548,
of structures in soil and rock materials. Prerequisites: Undergraduate
Advanced soil mechanics theories and concepts as applied to analysis
degree in a pertinent discipline of engineering or equivalent and
and design in geotechnical engineering. Topics covered will include
undergraduate level knowledge of material behavior. Co-requisites:
seepage, consolidation, shear strength, failure criteria and constitutive
GEGN561. 4 hours lecture; 4 semester hours.
models for soil. The course will have an emphasis on numerical solution
CEEN514. SOIL DYNAMICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
techniques to geotechnical problems by finite elements and finite
Equivalent with EGGN531,
differences. Prerequisites: A first course in soil mechanics. 3 Lecture
(II) Dynamic phenomena in geotechnical engineering, e.g., earthquakes,
Hours, 3 semester hours. Fall even years.
pile and foundation vibrations, traffic, construction vibrations; behavior
CEEN511. UNSATURATED SOIL MECHANICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
of soils under dynamic loading, e.g., small, medium and large strain
Equivalent with EGES533,EGGN533,
behavior, soil liquefaction; wave propagation through soil and rock;
The focus of this course is on soil mechanics for unsaturated soils. It
laboratory and field techniques to assess dynamic soil properties;
provides an introduction to thermodynamic potentials in partially saturated
analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations subjected to
soils, chemical potentials of adsorbed water in partially saturated soils,
dynamic loading; analysis of construction vibrations. Prerequisites:
phase properties and relations, stress state variables, measurements of
CEEN312, MEGN315, CEEN415. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
soil water suction, unsaturated flow laws, measurement of unsaturated
CEEN515. HILLSLOPE HYDROLOGY AND STABILITY. 3.0 Semester
permeability, volume change theory, effective stress principle, and
Hrs.
measurement of volume changes in partially saturated soils. The course
Equivalent with EGGN536,
is designed for seniors and graduate students in various branches of
(I) Introduction of shallow landslide occurrence and socio-economic
engineering and geology that are concerned with unsaturated soil?s
dynamics. Roles of unsaturated flow and stress in shallow landslides.
hydrologic and mechanics behavior. When this course is cross-listed and
Slope stability analysis based on unsaturated effective stress
concurrent with CEEN412, students that enroll in CEEN511 will complete
conceptualization. Computer modeling of unsaturated flow and stress
additional and/or more complex assignments. Prerequisites: CEEN312. 3
distributions in hillslope. Prediction of precipitation induced shallow
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring even years.
landslides. Prerequisite: CEEN312. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

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CEEN520. EARTH RETAINING STRUCTURES / SUPPORT OF
CEEN540. ADVANCED DESIGN OF STEEL STRUCTURES. 3.0
EXCAVATIONS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Semester Hrs.
(II) Analysis, design, construction and monitoring of earth retaining
Equivalent with EGGN549,
structures and support of excavations used for permanent and temporary
The course extends the coverage of steel design to include the topics:
support of transportation facilities, bridges, underground structures and
slender columns, beam-columns, frame behavior, bracing systems and
tunnels, shafts, waterfront structures, earth slopes and embankments.
connections, stability, moment resisting connections, composite design,
Includes gravity, semi-gravity, cantilevered, anchored, geosynthetic
bolted and welded connections under eccentric loads and tension, and
and ground improvement walls. Addresses fundamental geomechanics
semi-rigid connections. Prerequisite: CEEN443 or equivalent. 3 hours
required for analysis and design, ASD (allowable stress design) and
lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring even years.
LRFD (load resistance factor design) design techniques, and construction
CEEN541. DESIGN OF REINFORCED CONCRETE STRUCTURES II.
techniques. Prerequisites: Undergraduate Introduction to Geotechnical
3.0 Semester Hrs.
Engineering course (i.e., similar to CEEN312). 3 hours lecture and
Equivalent with EGGN556,
discussion; 3 semester hours.
Advanced problems in the analysis and design of concrete structures,
CEEN523. UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING IN
design of slender columns; biaxial bending; two-way slabs; strut and
SOFT GROUND. 4.0 Semester Hrs.
tie models; lateral and vertical load analysis of multistory buildings;
(II) Design and construction of water, wastewater, transportation and
introduction to design for seismic forces; use of structural computer
utility tunnels, underground space and shafts/excavations in soft
programs. Prerequisite: CEEN445. 3 hour lectures, 3 semester hours.
ground conditions (soil and weak rock). Addresses geotechnical site
Delivered in the spring of even numbered years.
characterization, selection of design parameters, stability and deformation
CEEN542. TIMBER AND MASONRY DESIGN. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
analysis of the ground and overlying structures, and construction
Equivalent with EGGN547,
methods. Includes design of temporary and permanent structural
The course develops the theory and design methods required for the
ground support according to ASD (allowable stress design) and LRFD
use of timber and masonry as structural materials. The design of walls,
(load resistance factor design) approaches, and design of ground
beams, columns, beam-columns, shear walls, and structural systems
improvement schemes and instrumentation/monitoring approaches to
are covered for each material. Gravity, wind, snow, and seismic loads
mitigate risk. This course requires post-graduate level knowledge of soil
are calculated and utilized for design. Connection design and advanced
mechanics, fundamental understanding of engineering geology, and
seismic analysis principles are introduced. Prerequisite: CEEN314 or
an undergraduate level knowledge of structural analysis and design.
equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring odd years.
Prerequisites: CEEN513 and GEGN468. Co-requisites: GEGN562. 4
hours lecture; 4 semester hours.
CEEN543. CONCRETE BRIDGE DESIGN BASED ON THE AASHTO
LRFD SPECIFICATIONS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
CEEN530. ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with EGGN558,
Equivalent with EGGN541,
This course presents the fundamentals of concrete bridge analysis and
(I) Introduction to advanced structural analysis concepts. Nonprismatic
design including conceptual design, superstructure analysis, AASHTO-
structures. Arches, Suspension and cable-stayed bridges. Structural
LRFD bridge specifications, flat slab bridge design, and pre-stressed
optimization. Computer Methods. Structures with nonlinear materials.
concrete bridge design. The course is presented through the complete
Internal force redistribution for statically indeterminate structures.
design of the superstructure of an example bridges. At the conclusion
Graduate credit requires additional homework and projects. Prerequisite:
of the course, students will be able to analyze and design simple, but
CEEN314. 3 hour lectures, 3 semester hours.
complete concrete bridge superstructures. Prerequisites: CEEN445,
CEEN531. STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Design of Reinforced Concrete Structure. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
Equivalent with EGGN557,
hours.
An introduction to the dynamics and earthquake engineering of structures
CEEN544. STRUCTURAL PRESERVATION OF EXISTING AND
is provided. Subjects include the analysis of linear and nonlinear single-
HISTORIC BUILDINGS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
degree and multi-degree of freedom structural dynamics. The link
(I, II) A broad discussion of historic structural systems in the United
between structural dynamics and code-based analysis and designs of
States, including stone and brick masonry, terra cotta, timber, cast and
structures under earthquake loads is presented. he focus applicaitons of
wrought iron, early steel, and early concrete. Combines research of
the course include single story and multi-story buildings, and other types
historic manuals with contemporary analysis. Introduces nondestructive
of sructures that under major earthquake may respond in the inelastic
tests for historic structures. Enables prediction of deterioration
range. Prerequisites: CEEN314 Structural Theory. 3 semester hours.
mechanisms and structural deficiencies. Synthesizes structural retrofit
CEEN533. MATRIX STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
solutions with preservation philosophy and current building codes.
(II) Focused study on computer oriented methods for solving determinate
Emphasizes the engineer?s role in stewardship of historic buildings.
and indeterminate structures such as trusses and frames. Classical
Prerequisites: CEEN443 and CEEN445. 3 hours lecture and discussion;
stiffness based analysis method will be introduced with hands-on
3 semester hours.
practice to develop customized matrix analysis program using Matlab.
CEEN550. PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY. 3.0
Commercial structural analysis programs will also be introduced during
Semester Hrs.
the class and practiced through class projects. When this course is cross-
Equivalent with ESGN500,
listed and concurrent with CEEN433, students that enroll in CEEN533
This course provides an introduction to chemical equilibria in natural
will complete additional and/or more complex assignments. Prerequisites:
waters and engineered systems. Topics covered include chemical
CEEN314 Elementary Structural Theory. 3 lecture hours, 3 semester
thermodynamics and kinetics, acid/base chemistry, open and closed
hours.
carbonate systems, precipitation reactions, coordination chemistry,
adsorption and redox reactions. Prerequisites: none. 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours.

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CEEN551. ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. 3.0 Semester
CEEN558. ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP OF NUCLEAR
Hrs.
RESOURCES. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with ESGN555,
Equivalent with ESGN511,
A study of the chemical and physical interactions which determine
The stewardship of nuclear resources spans the entire nuclear fuel
the fate, transport and interactions of organic chemicals in aquatic
cycle, which includes mining and milling through chemical processing on
systems, with emphasis on chemical transformations of anthropogenic
the front end of the materials life cycle. On the back end, stewardship
organic contaminants. Prerequisites: A course in organic chemistry and
continues from materials removal from the power plant during re-
CHGN503, Advanced Physical Chemistry or its equivalent. Offered in
fueling or facility decommissioning, through storage, recycling and
alternate years. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
disposal, as well as the management of activated or contaminated
materials generated during facility decommissioning. Each stage in
CEEN552. CHEMISTRY OF THE SOIL / WATER INTERFACE. 3.0
the fuel cycle has a different risk of public exposure through different
Semester Hrs.
pathways and the presence of different isotopes. These risks are an
Equivalent with ESGN525,
integral part in considering the long-term efficacy of nuclear as an energy
The fate of many elements in the soil/water environment is regulated by
alternative. Furthermore, nuclear energy has long been vilified in public
sorption reactions. The content of this course focuses on the physical
opinion forums via emotional responses. Stewardship extends beyond
chemistry of reactions occurring at the soil-particle/water interface. The
quantification of risks to the incorporation and communication of these
emphasis is on the use of surface complexation models to interpret solute
risks and the associated facts regarding nuclear power to the public
sorption at the particle/water interface. Prerequisites: CEEN550. 3 hours
at large. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
lecture; 3 semester hours.
hours.
CEEN553. ENVIRONMENTAL RADIOCHEMISTRY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
CEEN560. MOLECULAR MICROBIAL ECOLOGY AND THE
Equivalent with ESGN510,
ENVIRONMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
This course covers the phenomena of radioactivity (e.g., modes of
Equivalent with ESGN586,
decay, methods of detection and biological effects) and the use of
This course explores the diversity of microbiota in a few of the countless
naturally occurring and artificial radionuclides as tracers for environmental
environments of our planet. Topics include microbial ecology (from
processes. Discussions of tracer applications will range from oceanic
a molecular perspective), microbial metabolism, pathogens, extreme
trace element scavenging to contaminant transport through groundwater
environments, engineered systems, oxidation / reduction of metals,
aquifers. Prerequisites: CEEN 550. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
bioremediation of both organics and inorganics, microbial diversity,
CEEN555. LIMNOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
phylogenetics, analytical tools and bioinformatics. The course has
Equivalent with ESGN513,
an integrated laboratory component for applied molecular microbial
This course covers the natural chemistry, physics, and biology of lakes
ecology to learn microscopy, DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis,
as well as some basic principles concerning contamination of such water
cloning, sequencing, data analysis and bioinformatic applications.
bodies. Topics include heat budgets, water circulation and dispersal,
Prerequisite: College Biology and/or CHGC562, CHGC563 or equivalent
sedimentation processes, organic compounds and their transformations,
and enrollment in the ESE graduate program. 3 hours lecture, some field
radionuclide limnochronology, redox reactions, metals and other major
trips; 3 semester hours.
ions, the carbon dioxide system, oxygen, nutrients; planktonic, benthic
CEEN562. ENVIRONMENTAL GEOMICROBIOLOGY. 3.0 Semester
and other communities, light in water and lake modeling. Prerequisite:
Hrs.
none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Equivalent with BELS596,ESGN596,
CEEN556. MINING AND THE ENVIRONMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(II) This course explores the functional activities and biological
Equivalent with ESGN556,
significance of microorganisms in geological and engineered systems
The course will cover many of the environmental problems and solutions
with a focus on implications to water resources. Topics include:
associated with each aspect of mining and ore dressing processes.
microorganisms as geochemical agents of change, mechanisms and
Mining is a complicated process that differs according to the type of
thermodynamics of microbial respiration, applications of analytical,
mineral sought. The mining process can be divided into four categories:
material science and molecular biology tools to the field, and the impact
Site Development; Extraction; Processing; Site Closure. Procedures for
of microbes on the fate and transport of problematic water pollutants.
hard rock metals mining; coal mining; underground and surface mining;
Emphasis will be placed on critical analysis and communication of peer-
and in situ mining will be covered in relation to environmental impacts.
reviewed literature on these topics. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3
Beneficiation, or purification of metals will be discussed, with cyanide
semester hours.
and gold topics emphasized. Site closure will be focused on; stabilization
CEEN564. ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
of slopes; process area cleanup; and protection of surface and ground
Equivalent with BELS545,ESGN545,
water. After discussions of the mining and beneficiation processes
This course provides an introduction to general concepts of ecology,
themselves, we will look at conventional and innovative measures to
biochemistry, and toxicology. The introductory material will provide
mitigate or reduce environmental impact.
a foundation for understanding why, and to what extent, a variety of
products and by-products of advanced industrialized societies are toxic.
Classes of substances to be examined include metals, coal, petroleum
products, organic compounds, pesticides, radioactive materials, and
others. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

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CEEN565. AQUATIC TOXICOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
CEEN572. ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING PILOT PLANT
Equivalent with BELS544,ESGN544,
LABORATORY. 4.0 Semester Hrs.
This course provides an introduction to assessment of the effects of
Equivalent with ESGN530,
toxic substances on aquatic organisms, communities, and ecosystems.
This course provides an introduction to bench and pilot-scale
Topics include general toxicological principles, water quality standards,
experimental methods used in environmental engineering. Unit
sediment quality guidelines, quantitative structure-activity relationships,
operations associated with water and wastewater treatment for real-
single species and community-level toxicity measures, regulatory issues,
world treatment problems are emphasized, including multi-media
and career opportunities. The course includes hands-on experience with
filtration, oxidation processes, membrane treatment, and disinfection
toxicity testing and subsequent data reduction. Prerequisite: none. 2.5
processes. Investigations typically include: process assessment, design
hours lecture; 1 hour laboratory; 3 semester hours.
and completion of bench- and pilot-scale experiments, establishment of
analytical methods for process control, data assessment, upscaling and
CEEN566. MICROBIAL PROCESSES, ANALYSIS AND MODELING.
cost estimation, and project report writing. Projects are conducted both at
3.0 Semester Hrs.
CSM and at the City of Golden Water Treatment Pilot Plant Laboratory.
Equivalent with BELS541,ESGN541,
Prerequisites: CEEN550 and CEEN570. 6 hours laboratory; 4 semester
Microorganisms facilitate the transformation of many organic and
hours.
inorganic constituents. Tools for the quantitative analysis of microbial
processes in natural and engineered systems will be presented.
CEEN573. RECLAMATION OF DISTURBED LANDS. 3.0 Semester
Stoichiometries, energetics, mass balances and kinetic descriptions of
Hrs.
relevant microbial processes allow the development of models for specific
Equivalent with ESGN552,
microbial systems. Simple analytical models and complex models that
Basic principles and practices in reclaiming disturbed lands are
require computational solutions will be presented. Systems analyzed
considered in this course, which includes an overview of present legal
include suspended growth and attached growth reactors for municipal
requirements for reclamation and basic elements of the reclamation
and industrial wastewater treatment as well as in-stu bioremediation and
planning process. Reclamation methods, including recontouring, erosion
bioenergy systems. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
control, soil preparation, plant establishment, seed mixtures, nursery
stock, and wildlife habitat rehabilitation, will be examined. Practitioners
CEEN570. WATER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT. 3.0 Semester
in the field will discuss their experiences. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours
Hrs.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
Equivalent with ESGN504,
Unit operations and processes in environmental engineering are
CEEN574. SOLID WASTE MINIMIZATION AND RECYCLING. 3.0
discussed in this course, including physical, chemical, and biological
Semester Hrs.
treatment processes for water and wastewater. Treatment objectives,
Equivalent with ESGN562,
process theory, and practice are considered in detail. Prerequisites:
This course will examine, using case studies, ways in which industry
none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
applies engineering principles to minimize waste formation and to meet
solid waste recycling challenges. Both proven and emerging solutions
CEEN571. ADVANCED WATER TREATMENT ENGINEERING AND
to solid waste environmental problems, especially those associated with
WATER REUSE. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
metals, will be discussed. Prerequisite: CEEN550. 3 hours lecture; 3
Equivalent with ESGN506,
semester hours.
This course presents issues relating to theory, design, and operation
of advanced water and wastewater treatment unit processes and
CEEN575. HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE REMEDIATION. 3.0 Semester
water reuse systems. Topics include granular activated carbon (GAC),
Hrs.
advanced oxidation processes (O3/H2O2), UV disinfection, pressure-
Equivalent with ESGN575,
driven, current-driven, and osmotic-driven membranes (MF, UF, NF,
This course covers remediation technologies for hazardous waste
RO, electrodialysis, and forward osmosis), and natural systems such as
contaminated sites, including site characteristics and conceptual model
riverbank filtration (RBF) and soil-aquifer treatment (SAT). The course
development, remedial action screening processes, and technology
is augmented by CEEN571L offering hands-on experience using bench-
principles and conceptual design. Institutional control, source isolation
and pilot-scale unit operations. Prerequisite: CEEN470 or CEEN471 or
and containment, subsurface manipulation, and in situ and ex situ
CEEN570 or CEEN572. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
treatment processes will be covered, including unit operations, coupled
processes, and complete systems. Case studies will be used and
CEEN571L. ADVANCED WATER TREATMENT ENGINEERING AND
computerized tools for process selection and design will be employed.
WATER REUSE - LABORATORY. 1.0 Semester Hr.
Prerequisite: CEEN550 and CEEN580. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
Equivalent with ESGN506L,
hours.
This course provides hands-on experience using bench- and pilotscale
unit operations and computer exercises using state-ofthe- art software
CEEN575L. HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE REMEDIATION:
packages to design advanced water treatment unit processes.
TREATABILITY TESTING. 1.0 Semester Hr.
Topics include adsorption processes onto powdered and granular
Equivalent with ESGN575L,
activated carbon, low-pressure membrane processes (microfiltration,
This laboratory module is designed to provide hands-on experience with
ultrafiltration), and highpressure and current-driven membrane processes
treatability testing to aid selection and design of remediation technologies
(nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, and electrodialysis). The course is a
for a contaminated site. The course will be comprised of laboratory
highly recommended component of CEEN571 and meets 5 - 6 times
exercises in Coolbaugh Hall and possibly some field site work near CSM.
during the semester to support the work in CEEN571. Co- or Pre-
Pre-requisite: CEEN575. 2 hours laboratory; 1 semester hour.
requisite: CEEN571. 1 semester hour.

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CEEN576. POLLUTION PREVENTION: FUNDAMENTALS AND
CEEN583. SURFACE WATER QUALITY MODELING. 3.0 Semester
PRACTICE. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Hrs.
Equivalent with ESGN563,
Equivalent with ESGN520,
The objective of this course is to introduce the principles of pollution
This course will cover modeling of water flow and quality in rivers, lakes,
prevention, environmentally benign products and processes, and
and reservoirs. Topics will include introduction to common analytical and
manufacturing systems. The course provides a thorough foundation in
numerical methods used in modeling surface water flow, water quality,
pollution prevention concepts and methods. Engineers and scientists are
modeling of kinetics, discharge of waste water into surface systems,
given the tools to incorporate environmental consequences into decision-
sedimentation, growth kinetics, dispersion, and biological changes in
making. Sources of pollution and its consequences are detailed. Focus
lakes and rivers. Prerequisites: CEEN480 or CEEN580 recommended. 3
includes sources and minimization of industrial pollution; methodology for
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
life-cycle assessments and developing successful pollution prevention
CEEN584. SUBSURFACE CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT. 3.0
plans; technological means for minimizing the use of water, energy, and
Semester Hrs.
reagents in manufacturing; and tools for achieving a sustainable society.
Equivalent with ESGN522,
Materials selection, process and product design, and packaging are also
This course will investigate physical, chemical, and biological processes
addressed. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
governing the transport and fate of contaminants in the saturated and
CEEN580. CHEMICAL FATE AND TRANSPORT IN THE
unsaturated zones of the subsurface. Basic concepts in fluid flow,
ENVIRONMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
groundwater hydraulics, and transport will be introduced and studied. The
Equivalent with ESGN503,
theory and development of models to describe these phenomena, based
This course describes the environmental behavior of inorganic and
on analytical and simple numerical methods, will also be discussed.
organic chemicals in multimedia environments, including water, air,
Applications will include prediction of extents of contaminant migration
sediment and biota. Sources and characteristics of contaminants in
and assessment and design of remediation schemes. Prerequisites:
the environment are discussed as broad categories, with some specific
CEEN580. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
examples from various industries. Attention is focused on the persistence,
CEEN590. CIVIL ENGINEERING SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
reactivity, and partitioning behavior of contaminants in environmental
(I) Introduction to contemporary and advanced methods used in
media. Both steady and unsteady state multimedia environmental models
engineering design. Includes, need and problem identification, methods
are developed and applied to contaminated sites. The principles of
to understand the customer, the market and the competition. Techniques
contaminant transport in surface water, groundwater, and air are also
to decompose design problems to identify functions. Ideation methods to
introduced. The course provides students with the conceptual basis and
produce form from function. Design for X topics. Methods for prototyping,
mathematical tools for predicting the behavior of contaminants in the
modeling, testing and evaluation of designs. Embodiment and detailed
environment. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
design processes. Prerequisites: EGGN491 and EGGN492, equivalent
CEEN581. WATERSHED SYSTEMS MODELING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
senior design project experience or industrial design experience,
Equivalent with ESGN527,
graduate standing. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Taught on
Introduction to surface water modeling, including rainfall-runoff analysis,
demand.
input data, uncertainty analysis, lumped and distributed modeling,
CEEN591. ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT. 3.0
parameter estimation and sensitivity analysis. Course is heavy on
Semester Hrs.
application of models across a range of diverse watersheds for
Equivalent with ESGN571,
streamflow and snowmelt predictions. In general, theoretical topics are
This course investigates environmental project management and
covered in the first meeting each week, followed by hands-on application
decision making from government, industry, and contractor perspectives.
of concepts and models in the second meeting. Laptops and student
Emphasis is on (1) economics of project evaluation; (2) cost estimation
Matlab licenses will be required for in-class activities. Prerequisite: none.
methods; (3) project planning and performance monitoring; (4) and
3 hours lecture per week; 3 semester hours.
creation of project teams and organizational/communications structures.
CEEN582. MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF ENVIRONMENTAL
Extensive use of case studies. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3
SYSTEMS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
semester hours.
Equivalent with ESGN528,
CEEN592. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
This is an advanced graduate-level course designed to provide students
Equivalent with ESGN502,PEGN530,
with hands-on experience in developing, implementing, testing, and using
This is a comprehensive introduction to U.S. Environmental Law, Policy,
mathematical models of environmental systems. The course will examine
and Practice, especially designed for the professional engineer, scientist,
why models are needed and how they are developed, tested, and used
planner, manager, consultant, government regulator, and citizen. It will
as decision-making or policy-making tools. Typical problems associated
prepare the student to deal with the complex system of laws, regulations,
with environmental systems, such as spatial and temporal scale effects,
court rulings, policies, and programs governing the environment in the
dimensionality, variability, uncertainty, and data insufficiency, will be
USA. Course coverage includes how our legal system works, sources
addressed. The development and application of mathematical models will
of environmental law, the major USEPA enforcement programs, state/
be illustrated using a theme topic such as Global Climate Change, In Situ
local matching programs, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA),
Bioremediation, or Hydrologic Systems Analysis. Prerequisites: CEEN580
air and water pollution (CAA, CWA), EPA risk assessment training,
and knowledge of basic statistics and computer programming. 3 hours
toxic/hazardous substances laws (RCRA, CERCLA, EPCRA, TSCA,
lecture; 3 semester hours.
LUST, etc.), and a brief introduction to international environmental law.
Prerequisites: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

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CEEN593. ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING AND REGULATORY
CEEN599AA. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
COMPLIANCE. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
CEEN599AB. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
Equivalent with ESGN593,
The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the permit writing
CEEN599AC. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
process, developing information requirements for permit applications,
CEEN599AD. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
working with ambiguous regulations, negotiating with permit writers,
CEEN599AE. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
and dealing with public comment. In addition, students will develop an
understanding of the process of developing an economic and legally
CEEN599AF. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
defensible regulatory compliance program. Prerequisite: CEEN592. 3
CEEN599AG. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CEEN599AH. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
CEEN594. RISK ASSESSMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
CEEN599AI. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
Equivalent with ESGN501,
This course evaluates the basic principles, methods, uses, and limitations
CEEN599AJ. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
of risk assessment in public and private sector decision making.
CEEN599AK. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
Emphasis is on how risk assessments are made and how they are used
CEEN599AL. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
in policy formation, including discussion of how risk assessments can
be objectively and effectively communicated to decision makers and the
CEEN599AM. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
public. Prerequisite: CEEN592 and one semester of statistics. 3 hours
CEEN599AN. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
CEEN599AO. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
CEEN595. ANALYSIS OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. 3.0 Semester
Hrs.
CEEN599AP. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
Equivalent with ESGN591,
CEEN610. INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW. 3.0 Semester
Techniques for assessing the impact of mining and other activities
Hrs.
on various components of the ecosystem. Training in the procedures
Equivalent with ESGN602,
of preparing Environmental Impact Statements. Course will include
The course covers an introductory survey of International Environmental
a review of pertinent laws and acts (i.e. Endangered Species Act,
Law, including multi-nation treaties, regulations, policies, practices, and
Coordination Act, Clean Air Act, etc.) that deal with environmental
politics governing the global environment. It surveys the key issues of
impacts. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture, some field trips; 3 semester
sustainable development, natural resources projects, transboundary
hours.
pollution, international trade, hazardous waste, climate change, and
CEEN596. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
protection of ecosystems, wildlife, and human life. New international
SEMINAR. 0.0 Semester Hrs.
laws are changing the rules for engineers, project managers, scientists,
Equivalent with ESGN590,
teachers, businesspersons, and others both in the US and abroad, and
Research presentations covering current research in a variety of
this course is especially designed to keep professionals fully, globally
environmental topics.
informed and add to their credentials for international work. Prerequisites:
CEEN592. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CEEN597. SPECIAL SUMMER COURSE. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
CEEN611. MULTIPHASE CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT. 3.0 Semester
CEEN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL
Hrs.
ENGINEERING. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with ESGN622,
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
Principles of multiphase and multicomponent flow and transport are
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
applied to contaminant transport in the unsaturated and saturated
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
zones. Focus is on immiscible phase, dissolved phase, and vapor phase
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
transport of low solubility organic contaminants in soils and aquifer
different titles.
materials. Topics discussed include: capillarity, interphase mass transfer,
CEEN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
modeling, and remediation technologies. Prerequisites: CEEN550 or
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
equivalent, CEEN580 or CEEN584 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
semester hours.
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
CEEN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
ENGINEERING. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
for credit limits toward the degree.
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
different titles.

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CEEN699. ADVANCED INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
for credit limits toward the degree.
CEEN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT. 1-15 Semester Hr.
Equivalent with EGGN707C,ESGN707,
(I, II, S) GRADUATE THESIS/DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT
Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level thesis
or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the direct
supervision of the student's faculty advisor. Variable class and semester
hours. Repeatable for credit.

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Electrical Engineering &
manufacturing facilities, regulatory agencies, and consulting engineering
firms.
Computer Science
High Performance Computing research is focused on compiler-based
2016-2017
code and data transformation, memory optimization for both multi-core
and many-core processors, speculative parallelization, approximate
Degrees Offered
computation and GPU-based acceleration of Big Data applications (such
as graph processing and machine learning algorithms).
• Master of Science (Computer Science)
Human-Centered Robotics is an interdisciplinary area that bridges
• Master of Science (Electrical Engineering)
research and application of methodology from robotics, machine vision,
• Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science)
machine learning, human-computer interaction, human factors, and
• Doctor of Philosophy (Electrical Engineering)
cognitive science. Students will learn about fundamental research in
human-centered robotics, as well as develop computational models for
Program Overview
robotic perception, internal representation, robotic learning, human-robot
The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department (EECS)
interaction, and robot cognition for decision making.
offers the degrees Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in
Information and Systems Sciences is an interdisciplinary research
Computer Science and the degrees Master of Science and Doctor of
area that encompasses the fields of control systems, communications,
Philosophy in Electrical Engineering. These degree programs demand
signal and image processing, compressive sensing, robotics, and
academic rigor and depth yet also address real-world problems.
mechatronics. Focus areas include intelligent and learning control
The Department also supports graduate degrees in Mathematical and
systems, fault detection and system identification, computer vision and
Computer Sciences (computer science option) and Engineering (electrical
pattern recognition, sensor development, mobile manipulation and
specialty), but these degrees have been retired. For details on these
autonomous systems. Applications can be found in renewable energy
programs, please see the 2011-2012 CSM Graduate Bulletin. Students
and power systems, materials processing, sensor and control networks,
admitted to the Mathematical and Computer Sciences (computer science
bio-engineering, intelligent structures, and geosystems.
option) or Engineering (electrical specialty) graduate programs for the
Machine Learning includes research in developing mathematical
2012-2013 academic year may opt to change their program of study to
foundations and algorithm design needed for computers to learn. Focus
EE or CS as appropriate with their background and complete the degree
areas include fundamental research in machine learning and numerical
requirements for the selected degree.
methods, as well as developing novel algorithms for bioinformatics, data
The EECS department has nine areas of research activity that stem
mining, computer vision, biomedical image analysis, parallel computing,
from the core fields of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science:
natural language processing, and data privacy.
(1) Antennas and Wireless Communications, (2) Applied Algorithms
Networking research includes mobile networks, sensor networks,
and Data Structures, (3) Education (4) Energy Systems and Power
pervasive computing, and wireless networking. Focus areas include
Electronics, (5) High Performance Computing, (6) Human-Centered
credible network simulation, cyber-physical systems, game theoretic
Robotics, (7) Information and Systems Sciences, (8) Machine Learning,
algorithm design, middleware, and mobile social applications.
and (9) Networking. Additionally, students may study areas such as
Interdisciplinary research also exists, mainly in the use of wireless sensor
Embedded Systems and/or Robotics, which include elements from both
networks for environmental monitoring and development of energy
Computer Science and Electrical Engineering disciplines. In many cases,
efficient buildings.
individual research projects encompass more than one research area.
Program Details
Antennas and Wireless Communications research areas include
electromagnetics, antennas, microwave, and wireless communications.
The EECS Department offers the degrees Master of Science and Doctor
Applications address current academic, industry, and society needs.
of Philosophy in Computer Science and the degrees Master of Science
Examples include the design of antennas, antenna arrays, and
and Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering. The master's program
microwave RF devices for communication and sensing applications.
is designed to prepare candidates for careers in industry or government
or for further study at the Ph.D. level; both thesis and non-thesis options
Applied Algorithms and Data Structures is an interdisciplinary
are available. The Ph.D. degree program is sufficiently flexible to prepare
research area that is applied to areas such as VLSI design automation,
candidates for careers in industry, government, or academia. See the
cheminformatics, computational materials, and cyber-physical systems.
information that follows for full details on these four degrees.
Education research includes areas within STEM education and K-12
Combined Program: The EECS Department also offers combined BS/MS
education.
degree programs. These programs offer an expedited graduate school
Energy Systems and Power Electronics is focused on both
application process and allow students to begin graduate coursework
fundamental and applied research in the interrelated fields of
while still finishing their undergraduate degree requirements. This
conventional electric power systems and electric machinery, renewable
program is described in the undergraduate catalog and is in place for
energy and distributed generation, energy economics and policy
both Computer Science and Electrical Engineering students. The Physics
issues, power quality, power electronics and drives. The overall scope
combined program also offers a track in Electrical Engineering. Details
of research encompasses a broad spectrum of electrical energy
on this program can be found in the CSM Undergraduate Bulletin,
applications including investor-owned utilities, rural electric associations,
and course schedules for this program can be obtained in the Physics
Department.

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Prerequisites
400-level Courses: As stipulated by the CSM Graduate School, students
may apply toward graduate degree requirements a maximum of nine (9.0)
Requirements for Admission to CS: The minimum requirements for
semester hours of department-approved 400-level course work.
admission to the M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science are:
Advisor and Thesis Committee: Students must have an Advisor from the
• Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, from an
EECS faculty to direct and monitor their academic plan, research, and
accredited institution with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a
independent studies. Advisors must be full-time permanent members of
4.0 scale.
the faculty. In this context, full-time permanent members of the faculty
• Students are expected to have completed two semesters of
are those that hold the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant
calculus, along with courses in object-oriented programming and
professor, research professor, associate research professor or assistant
data structures, and upper level courses in at least three of the
research professor. Upon approval by the Graduate Dean, adjunct
following areas: software engineering, numerical analysis, computer
faculty, teaching faculty, visiting professors, emeritus professors and off-
architecture, principles of programming languages, analysis of
campus representatives may be designated additional co-advisors. A list
algorithms, and operating systems.
of EECS faculty by rank is available in the faculty section (p.
) of the
• Graduate Record Examination (Quantitative section) score of 151 or
bulletin.
higher (or 650 on the old scale). Applicants who have graduated with
Master of Science (thesis option) students in both EE and CS must have
an engineering degree from CSM within the past five years are not
at least three members on their Thesis Committee; the Advisor and one
required to submit GRE scores.
other member must be permanent faculty in the EECS Department. Both
• TOEFL score of 79 or higher (or 550 for the paper-based test or 213
EE and CS Ph.D. Thesis Committees must have at least four members;
for the computer-based test) for applicants whose native language
the Advisor/co-advisor and two additional members must be permanent
is not English. In lieu of a TOEFL score, and IELTS score of 6.5 or
faculty in the EECS Department, and one member must be outside the
higher will be accepted.
departmental faculty and serving as chair of the committee. Students who
• For the Ph.D. program, prior research experience is desired but not
choose to have a minor program must select a representative from the
required.
minor area of study to serve on the Thesis Committee.
Requirements for Admission to EE: The minimum requirements for
Degree Audit and Admission to Candidacy: Master students must
admission to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering are:
complete the Degree Audit form (http://gradschool.mines.edu/Degree-
Audit) by the posted deadline. Ph.D. students need to submit the Degree
• A baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer science, a physical
Audit form (http://gradschool.mines.edu/Degree-Audit) by the posted
science, or math with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0
deadline and need to submit the Admission to Candidacy form (https://
scale.
inside.mines.edu/GS-Candidacy-Addendum) two weeks prior to census
• Graduate Record Examination (Quantitative section) score of 151 or
day of the semester in which they want to be considered eligible for
higher (or 650 on the old scale). Applicants who have graduated with
reduced registration.
an engineering degree from CSM within the past five years are not
required to submit GRE scores.
Time Limit: As stipulated by the CSM Graduate School, a candidate for a
• TOEFL score of 79 or higher (or 550 for the paper-based test or 213
Masters degree must complete all requirements for the degree within five
for the computer-based test) for applicants whose native language
years of the date of admission into the degree program. A candidate for a
is not English. In lieu of a TOEFL score, and IELTS score of 6.5 or
doctoral degree must complete all requirements for the degree within nine
higher will be accepted.
years of the date of admission into the degree program.
• For the Ph.D. program, prior research experience is desired but not
Program Requirements
required.
Master of Science - Computer Science
Admitted Students: The EECS Department Graduate Committee may
The M.S. degree in Computer Science (Thesis or Non-Thesis option)
require that an admitted student take undergraduate remedial coursework
requires 36 credit hours. Requirements for the thesis M.S. are 24 hours
to overcome technical deficiencies. The committee will decide whether to
of coursework plus 12 hours of thesis credit leading to an acceptable
recommend regular or provisional admission.
Master's thesis; thesis students are encouraged to find a thesis advisor
Transfer Courses: Graduate level courses taken at other universities
and form a Thesis Committee by the end of the first year. The non-thesis
for which a grade equivalent to a "B" or better was received will be
option consists of two tracks: a Project Track and a Coursework Track.
considered for transfer credit with approval of the Advisor and/or Thesis
Requirements for the Project Track are 30 hours of coursework plus
Committee, and EECS Department Head, as appropriate. Transfer
6 hours of project credit; requirements for the Coursework Track are
credits must not have been used as credit toward a Bachelor degree.
36 hours of coursework. The following four core courses are required
For the M.S. degree, no more than nine credits may transfer. For the
of all students. Students may choose elective courses from any CSCI
Ph.D. degree, up to 24 credit hours may be transferred. In lieu of transfer
graduate course offered by the Department. In addition, up to six credits
credit for individual courses, students who enter the Ph.D. program with
of elective courses may be taken outside of CSCI. Lastly, a maximum
a thesis-based master's degree from another institution may transfer up
of six Independent Study course units can be used to fulfill degree
to 36 hours in recognition of the course work and research completed for
requirements.
that degree.
CSCI406
ALGORITHMS
3.0
CSCI442
OPERATING SYSTEMS
3.0
CSCI561
THEORY OF COMPUTATION
3.0

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CSCI564
ADVANCED COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE
3.0
• complete a hands-on activity (e.g., develop research software) and
write a report;
M.S. Project Track: Students are required to take six credits of CSCI700
• complete a set of take-home problems;
to fulfill the MS project requirement. (It is recommended that the six
• write a literature survey (i.e., track down references, separate
credits consist of two consecutive semesters of three credits each.) At
relevant from irrelevant papers); and
most six credits of CSCI700 will be counted toward the Masters non-
• read a set of papers on research skills (e.g., ethics, reviewing) and
thesis degree. Deliverables include a report and a presentation to a
answer questions.
committee of two CS faculty including the Advisor. Deliverables must be
successfully completed in the last semester in which the student registers
Step 3. The student must complete all deliverables no later than the
for CSCI700. A student must receive two "pass" votes (i.e., a unanimous
Monday of Dead Week.
vote) to satisfy the project option.
Step 4. Each member of the exam committee makes a recommendation
M.S. Thesis Defense: At the conclusion of the M.S. (Thesis Option), the
on the deliverables from the following list: strongly support, support,
student will be required to make a formal presentation and defense of
and do not support.To pass the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam, the student
her/his thesis research. A student must “pass” this defense to earn an
must have at least two "strongly supports" and no more than one "do
M.S. degree
not support". The student is informed of the decision no later than the
Monday after finals week. A student can only fail the exam one time.
Doctor of Philosophy - Computer Science
If a second failure occurs, the student has unsatisfactory academic
The Ph.D. degree in Computer Science requires 72 credit hours of course
performance that results in an immediate, mandatory dismissal of the
work and research credits. Required course work provides a strong
graduate student from the Ph.D. program.
background in computer science. A course of study leading to the Ph.D.
degree can be designed either for the student who has completed the
Ph.D. Thesis Proposal: After passing the Qualifying Examination, the
master's degree or for the student who has completed the bachelor's
Ph.D. student is allowed up to 18 months to prepare a written Thesis
degree. The following five courses are required of all students. Students
Proposal and present it formally to the student’s Thesis Committee and
who have taken equivalent courses at another institution may satisfy
other interested faculty.
these requirements by transfer.
Admission to Candidacy: In addition to the Graduate School
CSCI406
ALGORITHMS
3.0
requirements, full-time Ph.D. students must complete the following
CSCI442
OPERATING SYSTEMS
3.0
requirements within two calendar years of enrolling in the Ph.D. program.
CSCI561
THEORY OF COMPUTATION
3.0
• Have a Thesis Committee appointment form on file in the Graduate
CSCI564
ADVANCED COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE
3.0
Office:
SYGN502
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH ETHICS
1.0
• Have passed the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam demonstrating adequate
preparation for, and satisfactory ability to conduct doctoral research.
Ph.D. Qualifying Examination: Students desiring to take the Ph.D.
Qualifying Exam must have:
Ph.D. Thesis Defense: At the conclusion of the student’s Ph.D. program,
the student will be required to make a formal presentation and defense
• (if required by your advisor) taken SYGN 501 The Art of Science
of her/his thesis research. A student must “pass” this defense to earn a
(previously or concurrently),
Ph.D. degree.
• taken at least four CSCI 500-level courses at CSM (only one
CSCI599 is allowed), and
Master of Science – Electrical Engineering
• maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher in all CSCI 500-level courses
The M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering (Thesis or Non-Thesis Option)
taken.
requires 30 credit hours. Requirements for the thesis M.S. are 24 hours of
coursework and six credit hours of thesis research. The non-thesis option
The Ph.D. Qualifying Exam is offered once a semester. Each Ph.D.
requires 30 credit hours of coursework. A maximum of six credit hours
Qualifying Exam comprises of two research areas, chosen by the student.
of Independent Study can be used to fulfill degree requirements. There
The exam consists of the following steps:
are three tracks in Electrical Engineering: (1) Antennas and Wireless
Communications (AWC), (2) Energy Systems and Power Electronics
Step 1. A student indicates intention to take the CS Ph.D. Qualifying
(EPSE), and (3) Information and Systems Sciences (ISS). Students are
Exam by choosing two research interest areas from the following list:
encouraged to decide between tracks before pursuing an advanced
algorithms, education, high-performance computing, human-centered
degree. Students are also encouraged to speak to their Advisor and/or
robotics, image processing, machine learning, and networks. This
a member of the EE faculty before registering for classes and to select a
list is subject to change, depending on the current faculty research
permanent Advisor as soon as possible. The following set of courses is
profile. Students must inform the EECS Graduate Committee Chair of
required of all students.
their intention to take the exam no later than the first class day of the
semester.
M.S. Thesis - Electrical Engineering
Step 2. The Graduate Committee Chair creates an exam committee of (at
EENG707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION
6.0
least) four appropriate faculty. The exam committee assigns the student
RESEARCH CREDIT
deliverables for both research areas chosen. The deliverables will be
EE CORE: EE Core Courses (AWC track)
12.0
some combination from the following list:
EE CORE: EE Core Courses (ESPE track)
6.0
• read a set of technical papers, make a presentation, and answer
EE CORE: EE Core Courses (ISS track)
12.0
questions;

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TECHNICAL ELECTIVES Technical Electives must be approved by Thesis
• To determine the creative and technical potential of the student to
Committee
solve open-ended and challenging problems.
EE TECH: EE Technical Electives (AWC track)
12.0
• To determine the student's technical communication skills.
EE TECH: EE Technical Electives (ESPE track)
18.0
The Qualifying Examination includes both written and oral sections.
EE TECH: EE Technical Electives (ISS track)
12.0
The written section is based on material from the EECS Department’s
undergraduate Electrical Engineering degree. The oral part of the exam
M.S. Thesis Defense: At the conclusion of the M.S. (Thesis Option), the
covers one or more papers from the literature chosen by the student
student will be required to make a formal presentation and defense of
and the student's Advisor. The student's Advisor and two additional
her/his thesis research.
Electrical Engineering faculty members (typically from the student's
M.S. Non-Thesis - Electrical Engineering
Thesis Committee representing their track) administer the oral exam.
Ph.D. Qualifying exams will be held each spring semester. In the event
EE CORE: EE Core Courses (AWC track)
12.0
of a student failing the Qualifying exam, she/he will be given one further
EE CORE: EE Core Courses (ESPE track)
6.0
opportunity to pass the exam in the following spring semester. If a second
EE CORE: EE Core Courses (ISS track)
12.0
failure occurs, the student has unsatisfactory academic performance that
TECHNICAL ELECTIVES Technical Electives must be approved by Advisor
results in an immediate, mandatory dismissal of the graduate student
EE TECH: EE Technical Electives (AWC track)
12.0
from the Ph.D. program.
EE TECH: EE Technical Electives (ESPE track)
18.0
Ph.D. Thesis Proposal: After passing the Qualifying Examination, the
EE TECH: EE Technical Electives (ISS track)
12.0
Ph.D. student is allowed up to 18 months to prepare a written Thesis
EE Electives (all tracks) Must be taught by an approved faculty member in EE
6.0
Proposal and present it formally to the student’s graduate committee and
other interested faculty.
Doctor of Philosophy – Electrical Engineering
The Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering requires 72 credit hours
Admission to Candidacy: In addition to the Graduate School
of course work and research credits. A minimum of 36 credit hours of
requirements, full-time students must complete the following
course work and a minimum of 24 credit hours of research is required.
requirements within two calendar years of enrolling in the Ph.D. program.
The remaining 12 credit hours required can be earned through research
or coursework and students should consult with their Advisor and/or
• Have a Thesis Committee appointment form on file in the Graduate
Thesis Committee. There are three tracks in Electrical Engineering: (1)
Office:
Antennas and Wireless Communications (AWC), (2) Energy Systems and
• Have passed the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam demonstrating adequate
Power Electronics (ESPE), and (3) Information and Systems Sciences
preparation for, and satisfactory ability to conduct doctoral research.
(ISS). Students are encouraged to decide between tracks before
Ph.D. Thesis Defense: At the conclusion of the student’s Ph.D. program,
pursuing an advanced degree. Students are also encouraged to speak
the student will be required to make a formal presentation and defense of
to their Advisor and/or a member of the EE faculty before registering
her/his thesis research.
for classes and to select a permanent Advisor as soon as possible. The
following set of courses is required of all students.
Electrical Engineering Courses
EENG707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION
24.0
Required Core: Antennas and Wireless Communications Track
RESEARCH CREDIT
EE CORE: EE Core Courses (AWC track)
12.0
All students must take 3 the following courses.
EE CORE: EE Core Courses (ESPE track)
6.0
Advanced Engineering Electromagnetics
EE CORE: EE Core Courses (ISS track)
12.0
Computational Electromagnetics
EE Technical Electives Technical Electives must be approved by Thesis Committee
Antennas
EE TECH: EE Technical Electives (AWC track)
24.0
EE TECH: EE Technical Electives (ESPE track)
30.0
and choose at least one of the following:
EE TECH: EE Technical Electives (ISS track)
24.0
EENG515
MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR SIGNALS AND 3.0
Ph.D. Qualifying Examination: Students wishing to enroll in the Electrical
SYSTEMS
Engineering Ph.D. program will be required to pass a Qualifying Exam.
EENG527
WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS
3.0
Normally, full-time Ph.D. candidates will take the Qualifying Exam in
EENG535
RF AND MICROWAVE ENGINEERING
3.0
their first year, but it must be taken within four semesters of entering
Radar Systems (to be approved for 2015-16 academic year)
the program. Part-time candidates will normally be expected to take
the Qualifying Exam within no more than six semesters of entering the
Required Core: Energy Systems and Power Electronics Track
program.
Choose at least 2 of the following:
The purpose of the Qualifying Exam is to assess some of the attributes
expected of a successful Ph.D. student, including:
EENG570
ADVANCED HIGH POWER ELECTRONICS
3.0
EENG580
POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS
3.0
• To determine the student's ability to review, synthesize and apply
ENGINEERING
fundamental concepts.

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EENG581
POWER SYSTEM OPERATION AND
3.0
Michael Wakin, Ben L. Fryrear
MANAGEMENT
Assistant Professors
Required Core: Information and Systems Sciences Track
Salman Mohagheghi
All students must take:
Payam Nayeri
EENG515
MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR SIGNALS AND 3.0
Gongguo Tang
SYSTEMS
Hua Wang
and choose at least 3 of the following:
Bo Wu
EENG509
SPARSE SIGNAL PROCESSING
3.0
EENG510
IMAGE AND MULTIDIMENSIONAL SIGNAL
3.0
Dejun Yang, Ben L. Fryrear
PROCESSING
Chuan Yue
EENG517
THEORY AND DESIGN OF ADVANCED
3.0
CONTROL SYSTEMS
Hao Zhang
EENG519
ESTIMATION THEORY AND KALMAN
3.0
FILTERING
Teaching Professors
MATH534
MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS I
3.0
Ravel Ammerman
MEGN544
ROBOT MECHANICS: KINEMATICS,
3.0
Vibhuti Dave
DYNAMICS, AND CONTROL
Cyndi Rader
Other EE Courses:
Jeff Schowalter
EENG512
COMPUTER VISION
3.0
EENG535
RF AND MICROWAVE ENGINEERING
3.0
Teaching Associate Professors
MEGN540
MECHATRONICS
3.0
Stephanie Claussen
MEGN545
ADVANCED ROBOT CONTROL
3.0
EGGN589
DESIGN AND CONTROL OF WIND ENERGY
3.0
Keith Hellman
SYSTEMS
Christopher Painter-Wakefield
EENG617
INTELLIGENT CONTROL SYSTEMS
3.0
EENG618
NONLINEAR AND ADAPTIVE CONTROL
3.0
Jeffrey Paone
EENG683
COMPUTER METHODS IN ELECTRIC POWER
3.0
Emeritus Associate Professor
SYSTEMS
Catherine Skokan
Interium Department Head and Professor
Courses
Atef Elsherbeni, Dobelman Chair
CSCI507. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER VISION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Professors
Equivalent with CSCI512,EENG507,EENG512,EGGN512,
(I) Computer vision is the process of using computers to acquire images,
Kevin Moore, College Dean
transform images, and extract symbolic descriptions from images. This
Tracy Camp
course provides an introduction to this field, covering topics in image
formation, feature extraction, location estimation, and object recognition.
Randy Haupt
Design ability and hands-on projects will be emphasized, using popular
software tools. The course will be of interest both to those who want to
Dinesh Mehta
learn more about the subject and to those who just want to use computer
imaging techniques. Prerequisites: Undergraduate level knowledge of
P.K. Sen
linear algebra, statistics, and a programming language. 3 hours lecture; 3
Tyrone Vincent
semester hours.
CSCI508. ADVANCED TOPICS IN PERCEPTION AND COMPUTER
Associate Professors
VISION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Qi Han
Equivalent with EENG508,
(II) This course covers advanced topics in perception and computer
William Hoff
vision, emphasizing research advances in the field. The course focuses
on structure and motion estimation, general object detection and
Kathryn Johnson
recognition, and tracking. Projects will be emphasized, using popular
Marcelo Simoes
software tools. Prerequisites: EENG507 or CSCI507. 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours.

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CSCI512. COURSE DEACTIVATED. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
CSCI546. WEB PROGRAMMING II. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with CSCI507,EENG507,EENG512,EGGN512,
(I) This course covers methods for creating effective and dynamic web
(II) Computer vision is the process of using computers to acquire images,
pages, and using those sites as part of a research agenda related to
transform images, and extract symbolic descriptions from images. This
Humanitarian Engineering. Students will review current literature from the
course concentrates on how to recover the structure and properties of
International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), American
a possibly dynamic three-dimensional world from its two-dimensional
Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and other sources to develop
images. We start with an overview of image formation and low level
a research agenda for the semester. Following a brief survey of web
image processing, including feature extraction techniques. We then go
programming languages, including HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Flash,
into detail on the theory and techniques for estimating shape, location,
students will design and implement a website to meet their research
motion, and recognizing objects. Applications and case studies will
agenda. The final product will be a research paper which documents the
be discussed from scientific image analysis, robotics, machine vision
students' efforts and research results. Prerequisite: CSCI 262. 3 hours
inspection systems, photogrammetry, multimedia, and human interfaces
lecture, 3 semester hours.
(such as face and gesture recognition). Design ability and hands-on
CSCI547. SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
projects will be emphasized, using image processing software and
Equivalent with MATH547,
hardware systems. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level knowledge of linear
Scientific visualization uses computer graphics to create visual images
algebra, probability and statistics, and a programming language. 3 hours
which aid in understanding of complex, often massive numerical
lecture; 3 semester hours.
representation of scientific concepts or results. The main focus of this
CSCI522. INTRODUCTION TO USABILITY RESEARCH. 3.0 Semester
course is on techniques applicable to spatial data such as scalar, vector
Hrs.
and tensor fields. Topics include volume rendering, texture based
(I) An introduction to the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).
methods for vector and tensor field visualization, and scalar and vector
Students will review current literature from prominent researchers in
field topology. Students will learn about modern visualization techniques
HCI and will discuss how the researchers' results may be applied to the
by reading and discussing research papers and implementing one of the
students' own software design efforts. Topics include usability testing,
algorithms described in the literature.
ubiquitous computing user experience design, cognitive walkthrough and
CSCI555. GAME THEORY AND NETWORKS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
talk-aloud testing methodologies. Students will work in small teams to
(II) An introduction to fundamental concepts of game theory with a
develop and evaluate an innovative product or to conduct an extensive
focus on the applications in networks. Game theory is the study that
usability analysis of an existing product. Project results will be reported
analyzes the strategic interactions among autonomous decision-makers.
in a paper formatted for submission to an appropriate conference
Originated from economics. Influenced many areas in Computer Science,
(UbiComp, SIGCSE, CHI, etc.). Prerequisite: CSCI 261 or equivalent. 3
including artificial intelligence, e-commerce, theory, and security and
hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
privacy. Provides tools and knowledge for modeling and analyzing real-
CSCI542. SIMULATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
world problems. Prerequisites: CSCI406 Algorithms. 3 hours lecture; 3
Equivalent with MACS542,
semester hours.
(I) Advanced study of computational and mathematical techniques
CSCI561. THEORY OF COMPUTATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
for modeling, simulating, and analyzing the performance of various
(I) An introduction to abstract models of computation and computability
systems. Simulation permits the evaluation of performance prior to
theory; including finite automata (finite state machines), pushdown
the implementation of a system; it permits the comparison of various
automata, and Turing machines. Language models, including formal
operational alternatives without perturbing the real system. Topics to
languages, regular expressions, and grammars. Decidability and
be covered include simulation techniques, random number generation,
undecidability of computational problems. Prerequisite: CSCI/MATH358.
Monte Carlo simulations, discrete and continuous stochastic models, and
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
point/interval estimation. Offered every other year. Prerequisite: CSCI
262 (or equivalent) and MATH 323 (or MATH 530 or equivalent). 3 hours
CSCI562. APPLIED ALGORITHMS AND DATA STRUCTURES. 3.0
lecture; 3 semester hours.
Semester Hrs.
(II) Industry competitiveness in certain areas is often based on the use
CSCI544. ADVANCED COMPUTER GRAPHICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
of better algorithms and data structures. The objective of this class is
Equivalent with MATH544,
to survey some interesting application areas and to understand the
This is an advanced computer graphics course in which students will
core algorithms and data structures that support these applications.
learn a variety of mathematical and algorithmic techniques that can
Application areas could change with each offering of the class, but would
be used to solve fundamental problems in computer graphics. Topics
include some of the following: VLSI design automation, computational
include global illumination, GPU programming, geometry acquisition
biology, mobile computing, computer security, data compression, web
and processing, point based graphics and non-photorealistic rendering.
search engines, geographical information systems. Prerequisite: MATH/
Students will learn about modern rendering and geometric modeling
CSCI406. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
techniques by reading and discussing research papers and implementing
one or more of the algorithms described in the literature.

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CSCI563. PARALLEL COMPUTING FOR SCIENTISTS AND
CSCI573. HUMAN-CENTERED ROBOTICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
ENGINEERS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with CSCI473,
(I) Students are taught how to use parallel computing to solve complex
(I) Human-centered robotics is an interdisciplinary area that bridges
scientific problems. They learn how to develop parallel programs, how to
research and application of methodology from robotics, machine vision,
analyze their performance, and how to optimize program performance.
machine learning, human-computer interaction, human factors, and
The course covers the classification of parallel computers, shared
cognitive science. Students will learn about fundamental research in
memory versus distributed memory machines, software issues, and
human-centered robotics, as well as develop computational models for
hardware issues in parallel computing. Students write programs for state
robotic perception, internal representation, robotic learning, human-robot
of the art high performance supercomputers, which are accessed over
interaction, and robot cognition for decision making. Students in CSCI
the network. Prerequisite: Programming experience in C. 3 hours lecture;
473 will be able to model and analyze human behaviors geared toward
3 semester hours.
human-robot interaction applications. They will also be able to implement
a working system using algorithms learnt to solve a given problem in
CSCI564. ADVANCED COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE. 3.0 Semester
human-centered robotics application. Students in CSCI 573 will get a
Hrs.
more in-depth study into the theory of the algorithms. They will be able to
The objective of this class is to gain a detailed understanding about the
compare the different algorithms to select the most appropriate one that
options available to a computer architect when designing a computer
can solve a specific problem. Prerequisites: CSCI262 and MATH201. 3
system along with quantitative justifications for the options. All aspects
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
of modern computer architectures including instruction sets, processor
design, memory system design, storage system design, multiprocessors,
CSCI574. THEORY OF CRYPTOGRAPHY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
and software approaches will be discussed. Prerequisite: CSCI341. 3
Equivalent with MATH574,
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Students will draw upon current research results to design, implement
and analyze their own computer security or other related cryptography
CSCI565. DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING SYSTEMS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
projects. The requisite mathematical background, including relevant
(II) This course discusses concepts, techniques, and issues in developing
aspects of number theory and mathematical statistics, will be covered
distributed systems in large scale networked environment. Topics include
in lecture. Students will be expected to review current literature from
theory and systems level issues in the design and implementation of
prominent researchers in cryptography and to present their findings
distributed systems. Prerequisites: CSCI 442 or equivalent. 3 hours of
to the class. Particular focus will be given to the application of various
lecture; 3 semester hours.
techniques to real-life situations. The course will also cover the following
CSCI568. DATA MINING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
aspects of cryptography: symmetric and asymmetric encryption,
Equivalent with MACS568,
computational number theory, quantum encryption, RSA and discrete
(II) This course is an introductory course in data mining. It covers
log systems, SHA, steganography, chaotic and pseudo-random
fundamentals of data mining theories and techniques. We will discuss
sequences, message authentication, digital signatures, key distribution
association rule mining and its applications, overview of classification
and key management, and block ciphers. Prerequisites: CSCI 262 plus
and clustering, data preprocessing, and several applicationspecific data
undergraduate-level knowledge of statistics and discrete mathematics. 3
mining tasks. We will also discuss practical data mining using a data
hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
mining software. Project assignments include implementation of existing
CSCI575. MACHINE LEARNING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
data mining algorithms, data mining with or without data mining software,
Equivalent with MACS575,
and study of data mining related research issues. Prerequisite: CSCI262.
(II) The goal of machine learning research is to build computer systems
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
that learn from experience and that adapt to their environments.
CSCI571. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Machine learning systems do not have to be programmed by humans
(I) Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the subfield of computer science that
to solve a problem; instead, they essentially program themselves
studies how to automate tasks for which people currently exhibit superior
based on examples of how they should behave, or based on trial and
performance over computers. Historically, AI has studied problems such
error experience trying to solve the problem. This course will focus
as machine learning, language understanding, game playing, planning,
on the methods that have proven valuable and successful in practical
robotics, and machine vision. AI techniques include those for uncertainty
applications. The course will also contrast the various methods, with
management, automated theorem proving, heuristic search, neural
the aim of explaining the situations in which each is most appropriate.
networks, and simulation of expert performance in specialized domains
Prerequisites: CSCI262 and MATH201. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
like medical diagnosis. This course provides an overview of the field of
hours.
Artificial Intelligence. Particular attention will be paid to learning the LISP
language for AI programming. Prerequisite: CSCI262. 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours.
CSCI572. COMPUTER NETWORKS II. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with MACS572,
(II) This course covers the network layer, data link layer, and physical
layer of communication protocols in depth. Detailed topics include
routing (unicast, multicast, and broadcast), one hop error detection and
correction, and physical topologies. Other topics include state-of-the-art
communications protocols for emerging networks (e.g., ad hoc networks
and sensor networks). Prerequisite: CSCI 471 or equivalent. 3 hours
lecture; 3 semester hours.

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CSCI576. WIRELESS SENSOR SYSTEMS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
CSCI693. WAVE PHENOMENA SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
With the advances in computational, communication, and sensing
Students will probe a range of current methodologies and issues in
capabilities, large scale sensor-based distributed environments are
seismic data processing, with emphasis on underlying assumptions,
becoming a reality. Sensor enriched communication and information
implications of these assumptions, and implications that would follow from
infrastructures have the potential to revolutionize almost every aspect
use of alternative assumptions. Such analysis should provide seed topics
of human life benefitting application domains such as transportation,
for ongoing and subsequent research. Topic areas include: Statistics
medicine, surveillance, security, defense, science and engineering.
estimation and compensation, deconvolution, multiple suppression,
Such a distributed infrastructure must integrate networking, embedded
suppression of other noises, wavelet estimation, imaging and inversion,
systems, distributed computing and data management technologies to
extraction of stratigraphic and lithologic information, and correlation of
ensure seamless access to data dispersed across a hierarchy of storage,
surface and borehole seismic data with well log data. Prerequisite: none.
communication, and processing units, from sensor devices where data
1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
originates to large databases where the data generated is stored and/or
CSCI698. SPECIAL TOPICS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
analyzed. Prerequisite: CSCI406, CSCI446, CSCI471. 3 hours lecture; 3
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
semester hours.
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
CSCI580. ADVANCED HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING. 3.0
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
Semester Hrs.
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
This course provides students with knowledge of the fundamental
different titles.
concepts of high performance computing as well as hands-on experience
CSCI699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
with the core technology in the field. The objective of this class is
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
to understand how to achieve high performance on a wide range of
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
computational platforms. Topics will include sequential computers
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
including memory hierarchies, shared memory computers and multicore,
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
distributed memory computers, graphical processing units (GPUs), cloud
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
and grid computing, threads, OpenMP, message passing (MPI), CUDA
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
(for GPUs), parallel file systems, and scientific applications. 3 hours
for credit limits toward the degree.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
CSCI700. MASTERS PROJECT CREDITS. 1-6 Semester Hr.
CSCI586. FAULT TOLERANT COMPUTING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(I, II, S) Project credit hours required for completion of the non-thesis
This course provides a comprehensive overview of fault tolerant
Master of Science degree in Computer Science (Project Option). Project
computing including uniprocessor fault tolerance, distributed fault
under the direct supervision of a faculty advisor. Credit is not transferable
tolerance, failure model, fault detection, checkpoint, message log,
to any 400, 500, or 600 level courses. Repeatable for credit.
algorithm-based fault tolerance, error correction codes, and fault
tolerance in large storage systems. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CSCI707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT.
1-15 Semester Hr.
CSCI597. SUMMER PROGRAMS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
(I, II, S) GRADUATE THESIS/DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT
CSCI598. SPECIAL TOPICS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level thesis
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the direct
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
supervision of the student's faculty advisor. Variable class and semester
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
hours. Repeatable for credit.
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
EENG504. ENGINEERING SYSTEMS SEMINAR - ELECTRICAL. 1.0
different titles.
Semester Hr.
CSCI599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
Equivalent with EGGN504E,
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
(I, II) This is a seminar forum for graduate students to present their
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
research projects, critique others? presentations, understand the breadth
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
of engineering projects both within their specialty area and across the
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
Division, hear from leaders of industry about contemporary engineering
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
as well as socio-economical and marketing issues facing today?s
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
competitive global environment. In order to improve communication skills,
for credit limits toward the degree.
each student is required to present a seminar in this course before his/
her graduation from the Engineering graduate program. Prerequisite:
CSCI691. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
Graduate standing. 1 hour seminar, 1 semester hour. Repeatable;
Presentation of latest research results by guest lecturers, staff, and
maximum 1 hour granted toward degree requirements.
advanced students. Prerequisite: none. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 12 hours.
CSCI692. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
Equivalent with MACS692,MATH692,
Presentation of latest research results by guest lecturers, staff, and
advanced students. Prerequisite: none. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 12 hours.

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EENG507. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER VISION. 3.0 Semester
EENG512. COMPUTER VISION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Hrs.
Equivalent with CSCI507,CSCI512,EENG507,EGGN512,
Equivalent with CSCI507,CSCI512,EENG512,EGGN512,
(II) Computer vision is the process of using computers to acquire images,
(I) Computer vision is the process of using computers to acquire images,
transform images, and extract symbolic descriptions from images. This
transform images, and extract symbolic descriptions from images. This
course concentrates on how to recover the structure and properties of
course provides an introduction to this field, covering topics in image
a possibly dynamic three-dimensional world from its two-dimensional
formation, feature extraction, location estimation, and object recognition.
images. We start with an overview of image formation and low level
Design ability and hands-on projects will be emphasized, using popular
image processing, including feature extraction techniques. We then go
software tools. The course will be of interest both to those who want to
into detail on the theory and techniques for estimating shape, location,
learn more about the subject and to those who just want to use computer
motion, and recognizing objects. Applications and case studies will
imaging techniques. Prerequisites: Undergraduate level knowledge of
be discussed from scientific image analysis, robotics, machine vision
linear algebra, statistics, and a programming language. 3 hours lecture; 3
inspection systems, photogrammetry, multimedia, and human interfaces
semester hours.
(such as face and gesture recognition). Design ability and hands-on
projects will be emphasized, using image processing software and
EENG508. ADVANCED TOPICS IN PERCEPTION AND COMPUTER
hardware systems. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level knowledge of linear
VISION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
algebra, probability and statistics, and a programming language. 3 hours
Equivalent with CSCI508,
lecture; 3 semester hours.
(II) This course covers advanced topics in perception and computer
vision, emphasizing research advances in the field. The course focuses
EENG515. MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR SIGNALS AND
on structure and motion estimation, general object detection and
SYSTEMS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
recognition, and tracking. Projects will be emphasized, using popular
Equivalent with EGGN515,
software tools. Prerequisites: EENG507 or CSCI507. 3 hours lecture; 3
(I) An introduction to mathematical methods for modern signal processing
semester hours.
using vector space methods. Topics include signal representation in
Hilbert and Banach spaces; linear operators and the geometry of linear
EENG509. SPARSE SIGNAL PROCESSING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
equations; LU, Cholesky, QR, eigen- and singular value decompositions.
Equivalent with EGGN509,
Applications to signal processing and linear systems are included
(II) This course presents a mathematical tour of sparse signal
throughout, such as Fourier analysis, wavelets, adaptive filtering, signal
representations and their applications in modern signal processing.
detection, and feedback control.
The classical Fourier transform and traditional digital signal processing
techniques are extended to enable various types of computational
EENG517. THEORY AND DESIGN OF ADVANCED CONTROL
harmonic analysis. Topics covered include time-frequency and wavelet
SYSTEMS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
analysis, filter banks, nonlinear approximation of functions, compression,
Equivalent with EGGN517,
signal restoration, and compressive sensing. Prerequisites: EENG411
(II) This course will introduce and study the theory and design of
and EENG515. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
multivariable and nonlinear control systems. Students will learn to design
multivariable controllers that are both optimal and robust, using tools such
EENG510. COURSE DEACTIVATED. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
as state space and transfer matrix models, nonlinear analysis, optimal
Equivalent with CSCI510,EGGN510,
estimator and controller design, and multi-loop controller synthesis
.
Prerequisite: EENG417. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EENG511. CONVEX OPTIMIZATION AND ITS ENGINEERING
EENG519. ESTIMATION THEORY AND KALMAN FILTERING. 3.0
APPLICATIONS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Semester Hrs.
(II) The course focuses on recognizing and solving convex optimization
Equivalent with EGGN519,
problems that arise in applications in various engineering fields. Covered
Estimation theory considers the extraction of useful information from
topics include basic convex analysis, conic programming, duality theory,
raw sensor measurements in the presence of signal uncertainty.
unconstrained optimization, and constrained optimization. The application
Common applications include navigation, localization and mapping, but
part covers problems in signal processing, power and energy, machine
applications can be found in all fields where measurements are used.
learning, control and mechanical engineering, and other fields, with
Mathematic descriptions of random signals and the response of linear
an emphasis on modeling and solving these problems using the CVX
systems are presented. The discrete-time Kalman Filter is introduced,
package. Prerequisites: EENG311 and EENG511. 3 hours lecture; 3
and conditions for optimality are described. Implementation issues,
semester hours.
performance prediction, and filter divergence are discussed. Adaptive
estimation and nonlinear estimation are also covered. Contemporary
applications will be utilized throughout the course. Pre-requisite:
EENG515 and MATH534 or equivalent. Spring semester of odd years. 3
Lecture Hours; 3 Semester Hours.

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EENG525. ANTENNAS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
EENG572. RENEWABLE ENERGY AND DISTRIBUTED
(I, II) This course provides an in depth introduction to the analysis and
GENERATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
synthesis of antennas and antenna arrays. Students are expected to
Equivalent with EGGN582,
use MATLAB to model antennas and their performance. An extensive
A comprehensive electrical engineering approach on the integration
final project that involves experimental or computer demonstrations is
of alternative sources of energy. One of the main objectives of this
required. EENG525 has more depth and required work than EENG425.
course is to focus on the inter-disciplinary aspects of integration of the
EENG525 students will have one additional problem for each homework
alternative sources of energy which will include most common and also
assignment, one additional problem on exam, more difficult paper to
promising types of alternative primary energy: hydropower, wind power,
review and present, and higher expectations on antenna and direction
photovoltaic, fuel cells and energy storage with the integration to the
finding projects. Prerequisites: EGGN386 or GPGN302 or PHGN384. 3
electric grid. Pre-requisite: It is assumed that students will have some
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
basic and broad knowledge of the principles of electrical machines,
thermodynamics, power electronics, direct energy conversion, and
EENG527. WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
fundamentals of electric power systems such as covered in basic
Equivalent with EENG513,EGGN513,
engineering courses plus EENG480 and EENG470. 3 lecture hours; 3
(I, II) This course provides the tools needed to analyze and design a
semester hours. Fall semester of odd years.
wireless system. Topics include link budgets, satellite communications,
cellular communications, handsets, base stations, modulation techniques,
EENG573. ELECTRIC POWER QUALITY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
RF propagation, coding, and diversity. Students are expected to complete
Equivalent with EGGN580,
an extensive final project. EENG527 has more depth and required work
(II) Electric power quality (PQ) deals with problems exhibited by voltage,
than EENG427. EENG527 students will have one additional problem
current and frequency that typically impact end-users (customers) of an
for each homework assignment, one additional problem on exam, more
electric power system. This course is designed to familiarize the concepts
difficult paper to review and present, and higher expectations on final
of voltage sags, harmonics, momentary disruptions, and waveform
project. Prerequisites: EENG386, EENG311, and EENG388. 3 hours
distortions arising from various sources in the system. A theoretical and
lecture, 3 semester hours.
mathematical basis for various indices, standards, models, analyses
techniques, and good design procedures will be presented. Additionally,
EENG535. RF AND MICROWAVE ENGINEERING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
sources of power quality problems and some remedies for improvement
Equivalent with EGGN516,
will be discussed. The course bridges topics between power systems
This course teaches the basics of RF/microwave design including circuit
and power electronics. Prerequisite: EENG480 and EENG470. 3 lecture
concepts, modeling techniques, and test and measurement techniques,
hours; 3 semester hours.
as applied to wireless communication systems. RF/microwave concepts
that will be discussed are: scattering parameters, impedance matching,
EENG580. POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS ENGINEERING. 3.0
microstrip and coplanar transmission lines, power dividers and couplers,
Semester Hrs.
filters, amplifiers, oscillators, and diode mixers and detectors. Students
Equivalent with EGGN584,
will learn how to design and model RF/microwave components such
This course deals with the theory and applications of problems and
as impedance matching networks, amplifiers and oscillators on Ansoft
solutions as related to electric power distribution systems engineering
Designer software, and will build and measure these circuits in the
from both ends: end-users like large industrial plants and electric utility
laboratory. Prerequisites: EENG385, EENG386, EENG413. 3 hours
companies. The primary focus of this course in on the medium voltage
lecture, 3 semester hours. Taught on demand.
(4.16 kV ? 69 kV) power systems. Some references will be made to the
LV power system. The course includes per-unit methods of calculations;
EENG570. ADVANCED HIGH POWER ELECTRONICS. 3.0 Semester
voltage drop and voltage regulation; power factor improvement and shunt
Hrs.
compensation; short circuit calculations; theory and fundamentals of
Equivalent with EGGN585,
symmetrical components; unsymmetrical faults; overhead distribution
(I) Basic principles of analysis and design of circuits utilizing high power
lines and power cables; basics and fundamentals of distribution
electronics. AC/DC, DC/AC, AC/AC, and DC/DC conversion techniques.
protection. Prerequisites: EENG480 or equivalent. 3 lecture hours; 3
Laboratory project comprising simulation and construction of a power
semester hours. Fall semester of odd years.
electronics circuit. Prerequisites: EENG385; EENG389 or equivalent. 3
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Fall semester even years.
EENG581. POWER SYSTEM OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT. 3.0
Semester Hrs.
EENG571. MODERN ADJUSTABLE SPEED ELECTRIC DRIVES. 3.0
Equivalent with EGGN587,
Semester Hrs.
(I) This course presents a comprehensive exposition of the theory,
Equivalent with EGGN581,
methods, and algorithms for Energy Management Systems (EMS)
An introduction to electric drive systems for advanced applications.
in the power grid. It will focus on (1) modeling of power systems and
The course introduces the treatment of vector control of induction and
generation units, (2) methods for dispatching generating resources, (3)
synchronous motor drives using the concepts of general flux orientation
methods for accurately estimating the state of the system, (4) methods
and the feedforward (indirect) and feedback (direct) voltage and current
for assessing the security of the power system, and (5) an overview of the
vector control. AC models in space vector complex algebra are also
market operations in the grid. Prerequisite: EENG480. 3 lecture hours; 3
developed. Other types of drives are also covered, such as reluctance,
semester hours.
stepper-motor and switched-reluctance drives. Digital computer
simulations are used to evaluate such implementations. Pre-requisite:
Familiarity with power electronics and power systems, such as covered
in EENG480 and EENG470. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours. Spring
semester of even years.

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EENG582. HIGH VOLTAGE AC AND DC POWER TRANSMISSION. 3.0
EENG588. ENERGY POLICY, RESTRUCTURING AND
Semester Hrs.
DEREGULATION OF ELECTRICITY MARKET. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with EGGN586,
The big picture of electric power, electricity and energy industry;
This course deals with the theory, modeling and applications of HV and
Restructuring and Deregulation of electricity market; Energy Policy Acts
EHV power transmission systems engineering. The primary focus is on
and its impact on electricity market and pricing; Energy economics and
overhead AC transmission line and voltage ranges between 115 kV ?
pricing strategy; Public policy issues, reliability and security; Regulation.
500 kV. HVDC and underground transmission will also be discussed.
Prerequisites: EENG389. 3 hours of lecture; 3 credit hours. Fall, odd
The details include the calculations of line parameters (RLC); steady-
years.
state performance evaluation (voltage drop and regulation, losses and
EENG597. SUMMER PROGRAMS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
efficiency) of short, medium and long lines; reactive power compensation;
FACTS devices; insulation coordination; corona; insulators; sag-tension
EENG598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING. 6.0
calculations; EMTP, traveling wave and transients; fundamentals of
Semester Hrs.
transmission line design; HV and EHV power cables: solid dielectric, oil-
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
filled and gas-filled; Fundamentals of DC transmission systems including
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
converter and filter. Prerequisites: EENG480 or equivalent. 3 lecture
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
hours; 3 semester hours. Fall semester of even years.
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
different titles.
EENG583. ADVANCED ELECTRICAL MACHINE DYNAMICS. 3.0
Semester Hrs.
EENG599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
Equivalent with EGGN583,
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
This course deals primarily with the two rotating AC machines currently
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
utilized in the electric power industry, namely induction and synchronous
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
machines. The course is divided in two halves: the first half is dedicated
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
to induction and synchronous machines are taught in the second half.
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
The details include the development of the theory of operation, equivalent
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
circuit models for both steady-state and transient operations, all aspects
for credit limits toward the degree.
of performance evaluation, IEEE methods of testing, and guidelines for
EENG617. INTELLIGENT CONTROL SYSTEMS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
industry applications including design and procurement. Prerequisites:
Equivalent with EGGN617,
EENG480 or equivalent. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours. Spring
Fundamental issues related to the design on intelligent control systems
semester of even years.
are described. Neural networks analysis for engi neering systems are
EENG584. POWER SYSTEM RISK MANAGEMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
presented. Neural-based learning, estimation, and identification of
(II) This course presents a comprehensive exposition of the theory,
dynamical systems are described. Qualitative control system analysis
methods, and algorithms for risk management in the power grid. The
using fuzzy logic is presented. Fuzzy mathematics design of rule-based
course will focus on: (1) power system stability analysis (steady state,
control, and integrated human-machine intelligent control systems are
dynamic, and transient), (2) analysis of internal and external threats
covered. Real-life problems from different engineering systems are
to power systems, e.g. component failures, faults, natural hazards,
analyzed. Prerequisite: EENG517. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
cyber intrusions, (3) introduction to power system security assessment,
Taught on demand.
(4) fundamentals of modeling risk, vulnerability assessment and loss
EENG618. NONLINEAR AND ADAPTIVE CONTROL. 3.0 Semester
calculations, (5) mitigating techniques before, during and after the course
Hrs.
of major events and disturbances. Prerequisites: EENG480, EENG481. 3
Equivalent with EGGN618,
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Years to be Offered: Every Other Year.
This course presents a comprehensive exposition of the theory of
EENG586. COMMUNICATION NETWORKS FOR POWER SYSTEMS.
nonlinear dynamical systems and the applications of this theory to
3.0 Semester Hrs.
adaptive control. It will focus on (1) methods of characterizing and
Advanced topics on communication networks for power systems including
understanding the behavior of systems that can be described by
the fundamentals of communication engineering and signal modulation/
nonlinear ordinary differential equations, (2) methods for designing
transfer, physical layer for data transfer (e.g., wireline, wireless, fiber
controllers for such systems, (3) an introduction to the topic of system
optics), different communication topologies for power networks (e.g.,
identification, and (4) study of the primary techniques in adaptive control,
client-server, peer-to-peer), fundamentals of SCADA system, data
including model-reference adaptive control and model predictive control.
modeling and communication services for power system applications,
Prerequisite: EENG517. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring, even
common protocols for utility and substation automation, and cyber-
numbered years.
security in power networks. Prerequisites: EENG480. 3 hours of lecture; 3
credit hours. Fall, odd years.
EENG587. POWER SYSTEMS PROTECTION AND RELAYING. 3.0
Semester Hrs.
Theory and practice of power system protection and relaying; Study
of power system faults and symmetrical components; Fundamental
principles and tools for system modeling and analysis pertaining to
relaying, and industry practices in the protection of lines, transformers,
generators, motors, and industrial power systems; Introduction to
microprocessor based relaying, control, and SCADA. Prerequisites:
EENG389. 3 hours of lecture; 3 credit hours. Spring, odd years.

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EENG683. COMPUTER METHODS IN ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEMS.
3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with EGGN583,
This course deals with the computer methods and numerical solution
techniques applied to large scale power systems. Primary focus includes
load flow, short circuit, voltage stability and transient stability studies
and contingency analysis. The details include the modeling of various
devices like transformer, transmission lines, FACTS devices, and
synchronous machines. Numerical techniques include solving a large
set of linear or non-linear algebraic equations, and solving a large set
of differential equations. A number of simple case studies (as per IEEE
standard models) will be performed. Prerequisites: EENG583, EENG580
and EENG582 or equivalent; a strong knowledge of digital simulation
techniques. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours. Taught on demand.
EENG698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING. 6.0
Semester Hrs.
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
different titles.
EENG699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
for credit limits toward the degree.
EENG707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT. 1-15 Semester Hr.
Equivalent with EGGN707E,
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
direct supervision of the student's faculty advisor. Variable class and
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
SYGN555. SMARTGEO SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
Geosystems are natural or engineered earth structures, e.g. earth dams
or levees, groundwater systems, underground construction sites, and
contaminated aquifers. An intelligent geosystem is one that can sense its
environment, diagnose its condition/state, and provide decision support
to improve the management, operation, or objective of the geosystem.
The goal of this course is to introduce students to topics that are needed
for them to be successful working in a multi-disciplinary field. The course
will include training in leadership, multidisciplinary teams, policy and
ethical issues, and a monthly technical seminar. Prerequisite/Corequisite:
SYGN550. 1 hour lecture; 1 semester hour credit.

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Mechanical Engineering
towards solving problems and making advances through experiments
and computational modeling in the broad areas of energy conversion,
fluid mechanics, and thermal transport. Research projects in this area
2016-2017
specialize in some aspect of mechanical engineering but often have a
Degrees Offered
strong interdisciplinary component in related fields such as Materials
Science and Chemical Engineering.
• Master of Science (Mechanical Engineering)
• Doctor of Philosophy (Mechanical Engineering)
Program Details
The Mechanical Engineering Department offers the degrees Master
Program Overview
of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering. The
The Mechanical Engineering Department offers the Master of Science
master's program is designed to prepare candidates for careers in
and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Mechanical Engineering. The
industry or government or for further study at the Ph.D. level; both
program demands academic rigor and depth yet also addresses real-
thesis and non-thesis options are available. The Ph.D. degree program
world engineering problems. The department has four broad divisions of
is sufficiently flexible to prepare candidates for careers in industry,
research activity that stem from core fields in Mechanical Engineering:
government, or academia. See the information that follows for full details
(1) Biomechanics, (2) Thermal-Fluid Systems, (3) Solid Mechanics and
on these degrees.
Materials, and (4) Robotics, Automation, and Design. In many cases,
Combined Program:
individual research projects encompass more than one research area and
elements from other disciplines.
The ME Department also offers combined BS/MS degree programs.
These programs enable students to begin graduate coursework while
Biomechanics focuses on the application of engineering principles to
still finishing their undergraduate degree requirements. This program
the musculoskeletal system and other connective tissues. Research
is described in the undergraduate catalog. In addition, the combined
activities include experimental, computational, and theoretical
degree program is offered in collaboration with the Physics Department
approaches with applications in the areas of rehabilitation engineering,
and allows students to obtain specific engineering skills that complement
computer-assisted surgery and medical robotics, patient-specific
their physics background. Details on the combined programs can be
biomechanical modeling, intelligent prosthetics and implants, and
found in the CSM Undergraduate Bulletin, and course schedules for the
bioinstrumentation. The Biomechanics group has strong research ties
programs can be obtained in the Mechanical Engineering, and Physics
with other campus departments, the local medical community, and
Departments.
industry partners.
Robotics, Automation, and Design merges research from multiple
Prerequisites
areas of science and engineering. Topics include the design of robotic
Requirements for Admissions: The minimum requirements for admission
and automation system hardware and software, particularly for tasks
into the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering are:
that require some level of autonomy, intelligence, self-prognostics and
decision making. Such capabilities are built upon integrated mechatronic
• a baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer science, a physical
systems that enable pro-active system responses to its environment
science, or mathematics with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0;
and current state. These capabilities are applied in applications such as
• Graduate Record Examination (Quantitative Reasoning) section
advanced robotics and manufacturing systems. Research in this division
score of 160 or higher. Applicants from an engineering program at
explores the science underlying the design process, implementation of
CSM are not required to submit GRE scores;
mechanical and control systems to enable autonomy, and innovative
• TOEFL score of 79 or higher (or 550 paper-based or 213 computer-
computational analysis for automation, intelligence, and systems
based) for applicants whose native language is not English.
optimization.
Program Requirements
Solid Mechanics and Materials develops novel computational and
experimental solutions for problems in the mechanical behavior of
Admitted Students: The Mechanical Engineering graduate admissions
advanced materials. Research in the division spans length scales from
committee may require that an admitted student complete undergraduate
nanometer to kilometer, and includes investigations of microstructural
remedial coursework to overcome technical deficiencies. Such
effects on mechanical behavior, nanomechanics, granular mechanics,
coursework may not count toward the graduate degree. The committee
and continuum mechanics. Material-behavior models span length scales
will decide whether to recommend regular or provisional admission, and
from the nano- and micro-scale, to the meso- and macro-scale. Much of
may ask the applicant to come to campus for an interview.
the research is computational in nature using advanced computational
methods such as molecular dynamics, finite-element, boundary-element
Transfer Courses: Graduate-level courses taken at other universities
and discrete-element methods. Strong ties exist between this group and
for which a grade equivalent to a "B" or better was received will
the campus communities of applied mathematics, chemical engineering,
be considered for transfer credit into the Mechanical Engineering
materials science, metallurgy, and physics.
Department. Approval from the Advisor and/or Thesis Committee and ME
Department Head will be required as appropriate. Transfer credits must
Thermal-Fluid Systems incorporates a wide array of multidisciplinary
not have been used as credit toward a Bachelor degree. For the M.S.
applications such as advanced energy conversion and storage, multi-
degree, no more than nine credits may transfer. For the Ph.D. degree,
phase fluid flows, materials processing, combustion, alternative fuels,
up to 24 credit hours may be transferred. In lieu of transfer credit for
and renewable energy. Research in thermal-fluid systems integrates
individual courses, students who enter the Ph.D. program with a thesis-
the disciplines of thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics,
based master's degree from another institution may transfer up to 36
transport phenomena, chemical engineering, and materials science

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hours in recognition of the course work and research completed for that
Degree Audit and Admission to Candidacy: Master students must
degree.
complete the Degree Audit form (http://gradschool.mines.edu/Degree-
Audit) by the posted deadlines. Ph.D. students must complete the
400-level Courses: As stipulated by the CSM Graduate School, students
Degree Audit form (http://gradschool.mines.edu/Degree-Audit) by
may apply toward graduate degree requirements a maximum of nine (9.0)
the posted deadlines and the Admission to Candidacy form (http://
semester hours of department-approved 400-level course work.
gradschool.mines.edu/Admission-to-Candidacy-form) two weeks prior to
census day of the semester in which they want to be considered eligible
Advisor and Thesis Committee: Students must have an Advisor from
for reduced registration.
the Mechanical Engineering Department Faculty to direct and monitor
their academic plan, research, and independent studies. The M.S.
Additionally, full-time Ph.D. students must complete the following
graduate Thesis Committee must have at least three members, two
requirements within the first two calendar years after enrolling into the
of whom must be permanent faculty in the Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. program:
Department. The Ph.D. graduate Thesis Committee must have at least
four members; at least two members must be permanent faculty in the
• have a Thesis Committee appointment form on file in the Graduate
Mechanical Engineering Department, and at least one member must
Office;
be from outside the department. This outside member must chair the
• complete all prerequisite and core curriculum course requirements;
committee. Students who choose to have a minor program must select
• demonstrate adequate preparation for, and satisfactory ability to
a representative from the minor areas of study to serve on the Thesis
conduct doctoral research; and
Committee.
• be admitted into full candidacy for the degree.
Ph.D. Qualifying Exam:
Time Limit: As stipulated by the CSM Graduate School, a candidate for a
Students enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. program will be
Masters degree must complete all requirements for the degree within five
required to pass a Qualifying Exam. The Ph.D. qualifying exam will be
years of the date of admission into the degree program. A candidate for a
administered at a specific date during every semester by each research
doctoral degree must complete all requirements for the degree within nine
division independently. Each research division will appoint a Qualifying
years of the date of admission into the degree program.
Exam chair, who oversees the process and ensures that the exam is
administered fairly. Students must take the exam by no later than the
Degree Requirements
end of their third semester in the Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. program.
The Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (thesis or non-
If the student fails the exam on their first attempt, they must retake the
thesis option) requires 30 credit hours. Requirements for the M.S. are
exam in the following semester with a maximum of two attempts to pass.
24 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis research. The
One-semester extensions may be granted upon request to students who
M.S. non-thesis option requires 30 credit hours of coursework.
are enrolled as part-time or with non-ME backgrounds.
The Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering degree requires 72 credit hours
The purpose of the Qualifying Exam is to assess some of the attributes
of course work and research credits. A minimum of 36 credit hours of
expected of a successful Ph.D. student, including:
course work and 30 credit hours of research credits must be completed.
A minimum of 12 of the 36 credit hours of required coursework must be
• to determine the student's ability to review, synthesize and apply
taken at Colorado School of Mines.
fundamental concepts;
• to determine the creative and technical potential of the student to
All students must complete nine credit hours of course work within one
solve open-ended and challenging problems;
research area by selecting 3 courses listed under the Research Division
• to determine the student's technical communication skills.
Courses.
A written exam not to exceed 4.5 hours will be administered which will
M.S. Thesis Degree
be divided into no more than five topical areas related to the research
division, with topics announced in advance of the exam. The students will
MEGN502
ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS
3.0
choose three topical areas to answer. Research divisions are encouraged
MEGN503
GRADUATE SEMINAR Enrollment required every fall and
0.0
to choose topical areas that relate to foundational undergraduate material
spring semester
linked to material in the core graduate courses required by that research
RESEARCH
Courses from one Research Division List
9.0
division. Upon completion of the written exam, students will choose one
CORE
paper out of a list of papers established by the research division faculty.
ME TECH
Technical Electives Courses approved by Thesis Committee. 9.0
Students will be given two weeks to write a two-page critical review of the
ME CORE
Courses from ME Course List
3.0
paper which discusses possible extensions of the research.
MEGN707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION
6.0
Students, with a satisfactory performance on the written exam, will
RESEARCH CREDIT
participate in an oral exam not to exceed two hours. The oral exam will be
Total Semester Hrs
30.0
conducted by the qualifying exam committee and the student’s advisor.
The research division will specify the format of the exam in advance of
M.S. Non-Thesis Degree
the exam.
MEGN502
ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS
3.0
Exam results of Pass, Conditional Pass or Fail will be provided to the
RESEARCH
Course from one Research Division List
9.0
student in a timely manner by the exam committee. A Conditional Pass
CORE
will require the student to take a remedial plan.
ME TECH
Technical Electives Courses must be approved by Advisor.
9.0

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ME CORE
Courses from ME Course List
9.0
George R. Brown Distinguished Professor
Total Semester Hrs
30.0
Robert J. Kee
Ph.D. Degree
Professors
MEGN502
ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS
3.0
John R. Berger
MEGN503
GRADUATE SEMINAR Enrollment required every fall and
0.0
spring semester
Cristian V. Ciobanu
RESEARCH
Courses from one Research Division List
9.0
Graham G.W. Mustoe
CORE
Alexandra Newman
ME TECH
Technical Electives Must be approved by the Thesis
24.0
Committee.
Brian Thomas
MEGN707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION
30.0
RESEARCH CREDIT
Associate Professor
RESEARCH DIVISION COURSES
Joel M. Bach
Robert Braun
BIOMECHANIC COURSES
MEGN531
PROSTHETIC AND IMPLANT ENGINEERING
Mark Deinert
MEGN532
EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN BIOMECHANICS
Anthony J. Petrella
MEGN535
MODELING AND SIMULATION OF HUMAN
MOVEMENT
John P.H. Steele
MEGN536
COMPUTATIONAL BIOMECHANICS
Neal Sullivan
ROBOTICS, AUTOMATION AND DESIGN
MEGN540
MECHATRONICS
Ruichong "Ray" Zhang
MEGN544
ROBOT MECHANICS: KINEMATICS,
DYNAMICS, AND CONTROL
Assistant Professor
MEGN545
ADVANCED ROBOT CONTROL
Gregory Bogin
MEGN591
ADVANCED ENGINEERING DESIGN METHODS
Ozkan Celik
MEGN593
ENGINEERING DESIGN OPTIMIZATION
MEGN592
RISK AND RELIABILITY ENGINEERING
Steven DeCaluwe
ANALYSIS AND DESIGN
Jason Porter
SOLID MECHANICS AND MATERIALS
MEGN512
ADVANCED ENGINEERING VIBRATION
Anne Silverman
MEGN514
CONTINUUM MECHANICS
Aaron Stebner
MEGN598
MICROMECHANICS/HOMOGENIZATION
MEGN598
NONLINEAR MECHANICS
Paulo Tabares-Velasco
MEGN598
COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS
Nils Tilton
THERMAL-FLUID SYSTEMS
MEGN501
ADVANCED ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS
Douglas Van Bossuyt
MEGN552
VISCOUS FLOWAND BOUNDARY LAYERS
Xiaoli Zhang
MEGN553
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATIONAL
TECHNIQUES FOR FLUID DYNAMICS AND
Teaching Associate Professors
TRANSPORT PHENOMENA
Robert Amaro
MEGN566
COMBUSTION
MEGN571
ADVANCED HEAT TRANSFER
Jennifer Blacklock
ME COURSE LIST
Jered Dean
Any graduate level course taught by a member of the CSM Mechanical
Engineering faculty is considered a part of the list of acceptable
Ventzi Karaivanov
Mechanical Engineering courses.
Leslie M. Light
Professor and Department Head
Derrick Rodriguez
Gregory S. Jackson
Emeriti Professor
Robert King

Colorado School of Mines 77
Michael B. McGrath
MEGN503. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 0.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with EGGN504M,
Emerita Professor
(I, II) This is a seminar forum for graduate students to present their
research projects, critique others? presentations, understand the breadth
Joan P. Gosink
of engineering projects both within their specialty area and across the
Emeritus Associate Professor
Division, hear from leaders of industry about contemporary engineering
as well as socio-economical and marketing issues facing today?s
Dave Munoz
competitive global environment. In order to improve communication skills,
each student is required to present a seminar in this course before his/
Research Professor
her graduation from the Mechanical Engineering graduate program.
George Gilmer
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 1 hour per week; 0 semester hours.
Course is repeatable, but no coursework credit is awarded.
Research Associate Professor
MEGN510. SOLID MECHANICS OF MATERIALS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Huayang Zhu
Equivalent with EGGN543,
(II) Introduction to the algebra of vectors and tensors; coordinate
Research Assistant Professors
transformations; general theories of stress and strain; principal stresses
and strains; octahedral stresses; Hooke?s Law introduction to the
Christopher B. Dreyer
mathematical theory of elasticity and to energy methods; failure theories
Branden Kappes
for yield and fracture. Prerequisite: CEEN311 or equivalent, MATH225 or
equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Canan Karakaya
MEGN511. FATIGUE AND FRACTURE. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Andrew Osborne
Equivalent with EGGN532,MTGN545,
(I) Basic fracture mechanics as applied to engineering materials, S-N
Sandrine Ricote
curves, the Goodman diagram, stress concentrations, residual stress
effects, effect of material properties on mechanisms of crack propagation.
Affiliate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Fall semesters,
odd numbered years.
Michael Mooney
MEGN512. ADVANCED ENGINEERING VIBRATION. 3.0 Semester
Courses
Hrs.
Equivalent with EGGN546,
MEGN501. ADVANCED ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS. 3.0
Vibration theory as applied to single- and multi-degree-of freedom
Semester Hrs.
systems. Free and forced vibrations to different types of loading-
Equivalent with EGGN501,
harmonic, impulse, periodic and general. Natural frequencies. Role
(I) Introduction to the fundamentals of measurements within the context
of Damping. Importance of resonance. Modal superposition method.
of engineering systems. Topics that are covered include: errors and error
Prerequisite: MEGN315, 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
analysis, modeling of measurement systems, basic electronics, noise and
noise reduction, and data acquisition systems. Prerequisite: EGGN250,
MEGN513. KINETIC PHENOMENA IN MATERIALS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
EENG281 or equivalent, and MATH323 or equivalent; graduate student
Equivalent with EGGN555,MLGN511,
status. 3 hours lecture, 1 hour lab; 3 semester hours.
(I) Linear irreversible thermodynamics, dorce-flux couplings, diffusion,
crystalline materials, amorphous materials, defect kinetics in crystalline
MEGN502. ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
materials, interface kinetics, morphological evolution of interfaces,
Equivalent with EGGN502,
nucleation theory, crystal growth, coarsening phenomena and grain
(I) Introduce advanced mathematical and numerical methods used to
growth, solidification, spinodal decomposition. Prerequisites: MATH225:
solve engineering problems. Analytic methods include series solutions,
Differential equations (or equivalent), MLGN504/MTGN555/CBEN509:
special functions, Sturm-Liouville theory, separation of variables,
Thermodynamics (or its equivalent).
and integral transforms. Numerical methods for initial and boundary
value problems include boundary, domain, and mixed methods, finite
MEGN514. CONTINUUM MECHANICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
difference approaches for elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic equations,
(I) This is a graduate course covering fundamentals of continuum
Crank-Nicolson methods, and strategies for nonlinear problems.
mechanics and constitutive modeling. The goal of the course is to
The approaches are applied to solve typical engineering problems.
provide graduate students interested in fluid and solid mechanics
Prerequisite: This is an introductory graduate class. The student
with the foundation necessary to review and write papers in the field.
must have a solid understanding of linear algebra, calculus, ordinary
Students will also gain experience interpreting, formulating, deriving, and
differential equations, and Fourier theory. 3 hours lecture.
implementing three-dimensional constitutive laws. The course explores
six subjects: 1. Mathematical Preliminaries of Continuum Mechanics
(Vectors, Tensors, Indicial Notation, Tensor Properties and Operations,
Coordinate Transformations) 2. Stress (Traction, Invariants, Principal
Values) 3. Motion and Deformation (Deformation Rates, Geometric
Measures, Strain Tensors, Linearized Displacement Gradients) 4.
Balance Laws (Conservation of Mass, Momentum, Energy) 5. Ideal
Constitutive Relations (Frictionless & Linearly Viscous Fluids, Elasticity)
6. Constitutive Modeling (Formulation, Derivation, Implementation,
Programming). 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.

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MEGN517. INELASTIC CONSTITUTIVE RELATIONS. 3.0 Semester
MEGN531. PROSTHETIC AND IMPLANT ENGINEERING. 3.0
Hrs.
Semester Hrs.
(II) This is a graduate course on inelastic constitutive relations of solid
Equivalent with BELS527,EGGN527,
materials. The goal of the course is to provide students working in solid
Prosthetics and implants for the musculoskeletal and other systems
mechanics and metallurgy with a foundation in theory and models of
of the human body are becoming increasingly sophisticated. From
inelastic material behaviors. The behaviors we cover include plasticity,
simple joint replacements to myoelectric limb replacements and
thermoelasticity, nonlinear elasticity, and phase transformations. We dive
functional electrical stimulation, the engineering opportunities continue
in at several length scales - crystal mechanics and phenomenological
to expand. This course builds on musculoskeletal biomechanics and
thermodynamic internal variable theory. We also discuss ties between
other BELS courses to provide engineering students with an introduction
models and state of the art experimental mechanics, including in-situ
to prosthetics and implants for the musculoskeletal system. At the end
diffraction. We will cover both theory and numerical implementation
of the semester, students should have a working knowledge of the
strategies for the topics. Thus, students will gain experience interpreting,
challenges and special considerations necessary to apply engineering
formulating, deriving, and implementing three-dimensional constitutive
principles to augmentation or replacement in the musculoskeletal system.
laws and crystal mechanics models. We will introduce many topics rather
Prerequisites: Musculoskeletal Biomechanics [MEGN430], 3 hours
than focusing on a few such that students have a foot-in to dive deeper
lecture; 3 semester hours. Fall even years.
on their own, as they will do in the project. Prerequisites: MEGN514. 3
MEGN532. EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN BIOMECHANICS. 3.0
hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
Semester Hrs.
MEGN520. BOUNDARY ELEMENT METHODS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(I) Introduction to experimental methods in biomechanical research.
Equivalent with EGGN545,
Topics include experimental design, hypothesis testing, motion
(II) Development of the fundamental theory of the boundary element
capture, kinematic models, ground reaction force data collection,
method with applications in elasticity, heat transfer, diffusion, and wave
electromyography, inverse dynamics calculations, and applications.
propagation. Derivation of indirect and direct boundary integral equations.
Strong emphasis on hands-on data collection and technical presentation
Introduction to other Green?s function based methods of analysis.
of results. The course will culminate in individual projects combining
Computational experiments in primarily two dimensions. Prerequisite:
multiple experimental measurement techniques. Prerequisite: Graduate
MEGN502. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours Spring Semester, odd
Student Standing. 3 hours lecture; 3.0 semester hours.
numbered years.
MEGN535. MODELING AND SIMULATION OF HUMAN MOVEMENT.
MEGN521. INTRODUCTION TO DISCRETE ELEMENT METHODS
3.0 Semester Hrs.
(DEMS). 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with BELS526,EGGN526,
Equivalent with EGGN535,
(II) Introduction to modeling and simulation in biomechanics. The course
(I) Review of particle/rigid body dynamics, numerical DEM solution of
includes a synthesis of musculoskeletal properties and interactions with
equations of motion for a system of particles/rigid bodies, linear and
the environment to construct detailed computer models and simulations.
nonlinear contact and impact laws dynamics, applications of DEM in
The course will culminate in individual class projects related to each
mechanical engineering, materials processing and geo-mechanics.
student?s individual interests. Prerequisites: MEGN315 and MEGN330. 3
Prerequisites: CEEN311, MEGN315 and some scientific programming
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
experience in C/C++ or Fortran. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours Spring
MEGN536. COMPUTATIONAL BIOMECHANICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
semester of even numbered years.
Equivalent with BELS528,EGGN528,
MEGN530. BIOMEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Computational Biomechanics provides and introduction to the application
Equivalent with BELS530,EGGN530,
of computer simulation to solve some fundamental problems in
The acquisition, processing, and interpretation of biological signals
biomechanics and bioengineering. Musculoskeletal mechanics, medical
presents many unique challenges to the Biomedical Engineer.
image reconstruction, hard and soft tissue modeling, joint mechanics,
This course is intended to provide students with the knowledge to
and inter-subject variability will be considered. An emphasis will be
understand, appreciate, and address these challenges. At the end of
placed on understanding the limitations of the computer model as a
the semester, students should have a working knowledge of the special
predictive tool and the need for rigorous verification and validation of
considerations necessary to gathering and analyzing biological signal
computational techniques. Clinical application of biomechanical modeling
data. Prerequisites: EGGN250 MEL I, EENG281 Introduction to Electrical
tools is highlighted and impact on patient quality of life is demonstrated.
Circuits, Electronics, and Power, MEGN330 Introduction to Biomedical
Prerequisite: MEGN424, MEGN330. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Engineering. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Fall odd years.
Fall odd years.

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MEGN537. PROBABILISTIC BIOMECHANICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
MEGN553. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATIONAL TECHNIQUES
Equivalent with EGGN529,
FOR FLUID DYNAMICS AND TRANSPORT PHENOMENA. 3.0
(II) MEGN537. PROBABILISTIC BIOMECHANICS The course introduces
Semester Hrs.
the application of probabilistic analysis methods in biomechanical
Equivalent with EGGN573,
systems. All real engineering systems, and especially human systems,
(II) Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for graduate
contain inherent uncertainty due to normal variations in dimensional
students with no prior knowledge of this topic. Basic techniques
parameters, material properties, motion profiles, and loading conditions.
for the numerical analysis of fluid flows. Acquisition of hands-on
The purpose of this course is to examine methods for including these
experience in the development of numerical algorithms and codes for the
sources of variation in biomechanical computations. Concepts of basic
numerical modeling and simulation of flows and transport phenomena of
probability will be reviewed and applied in the context of engineering
practical and fundamental interest. Capabilities and limitations of CFD.
reliability analysis. Probabilistic analysis methods will be introduced and
Prerequisite: MEGN451. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
examples specifically pertaining to musculoskeletal biomechanics will be
MEGN560. DESIGN AND SIMULATION OF THERMAL SYSTEMS. 3.0
studied. Prerequisites: MEGN436/BELS428 or MEGN536/BELS528. 3
Semester Hrs.
hours lecture, 3 semester hours. Spring even years.
Equivalent with EGGN570,
MEGN540. MECHATRONICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
In this course the principles of design, modeling, analysis, and
Equivalent with EGGN521,
optimization of processes, devices, and systems are introduced and
(II) A course focusing on implementation aspects of mechatronic and
applied to conventional and advanced energy conversion systems.
control systems. Significant lab component involving embedded C
It is intended to integrate conservation principles of thermodynamics
programming on a mechatronics teaching platform, called a "haptic
(MEGN361) with the mechanism relations of fluid mechanics (MEGN351)
paddle", a single degree-of-freedom force-feedback joystick. Prerequisite:
and heat transfer (MEGN471). The course begins with general system
Graduate standing. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
design approaches and requirements and proceeds with mathematical
modeling, simulation, analysis, and optimization methods. The design
MEGN544. ROBOT MECHANICS: KINEMATICS, DYNAMICS, AND
and simulation of energy systems is inherently computational and
CONTROL. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
involves modeling of thermal equipment, system simulation using
Equivalent with EGGN518,
performance characteristics, thermodynamic properties, mechanistic
(I) Mathematical representation of robot structures. Mechanical analysis
relations, and optimization (typically with economic-based objective
including kinematics, dynamics, and design of robot manipulators.
functions). Fundamental principles for steady-state and dynamic
Representations for trajectories and path planning for robots.
modeling are covered. Methods for system simulation which involves
Fundamentals of robot control including, linear, nonlinear and force
predicting performance with a given design (fixed geometry) are studied.
control methods. Introduction to off-line programming techniques and
Analysis methods that include Pinch Technology, Exergy Analysis, and
simulation. Prerequisite: EENG307 and MEGN441. 3 hours lecture; 3
Thermo-economics are examined and are considered complementary to
semester hours.
achieving optimal designs. Optimization encompasses objective function
MEGN545. ADVANCED ROBOT CONTROL. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
formulation, systems analytical methods, and programming techniques.
Equivalent with EGGN514,
System optimization of the design and operating parameters of a
The focus is on mobile robotic vehicles. Topics covered are: navigation,
configuration using various objective functions are explored through case
mining applications, sensors, including vision, problems of sensing
studies and problem sets. Economics and optimization for analyses and
variations in rock properties, problems of representing human knowledge
design of advanced energy systems, such as Rankine and Brayton cycle
in control systems, machine condition diagnostics, kinematics, and path
power plants, combined heat and power, refrigeration and geothermal
planning real time obstacle avoidance. Prerequisite: EENG307. 3 hours
systems, fuel cells, turbomachinery, and heat transfer equipment are a
lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring semester of odd years.
focus. 3 lecture hours; 3 credit hours.
MEGN552. VISCOUS FLOW AND BOUNDARY LAYERS. 3.0 Semester
MEGN566. COMBUSTION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Hrs.
Equivalent with EGGN566,
Equivalent with EGGN552,
(I) An introduction to combustion. Course subjects include: the
(I) This course establishes the theoretical underpinnings of fluid
development of the Chapman-Jouget solutions for deflagration
mechanics, including fluid kinematics, stress-strain relationships, and
and detonation, a brief review of the fundamentals of kinetics and
derivation of the fluid-mechanical conservation equations. These include
thermochemistry, development of solutions for diffusion flames and
the mass-continuity and Navier-Stokes equations as well as the multi-
premixed flames, discussion of flame structure, pollutant formation, and
component energy and species-conservation equations. Fluid-mechanical
combustion in practical systems. Prerequisite: MEGN451 or CBEN430. 3
boundary-layer theory is developed and applied to situations arising in
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
chemically reacting flow applications including combustion, chemical
MEGN569. FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. 3.0 Semester
processing, and thin-film materials processing. Prerequisite: MEGN451,
Hrs.
or CBEN430. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Equivalent with CBEN569,CHEN569,EGGN569,MLGN569,MTGN569,
(I) Investigate fundamentals of fuel-cell operation and electrochemistry
from a chemical-thermodynamics and materials- science perspective.
Review types of fuel cells, fuel-processing requirements and approaches,
and fuel-cell system integration. Examine current topics in fuel-cell
science and technology. Fabricate and test operational fuel cells in the
Colorado Fuel Cell Center. 3 credit hours.

80 Mechanical Engineering
MEGN571. ADVANCED HEAT TRANSFER. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
MEGN592. RISK AND RELIABILITY ENGINEERING ANALYSIS AND
Equivalent with EGGN571,
DESIGN. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(II) An advanced course in heat transfer that supplements topics
(I) The importance of understanding, assessing, communicating, and
covered in MEGN471. Derivation and solution of governing heat
making decisions based in part upon risk, reliability, robustness, and
transfer equations from conservation laws. Development of analytical
uncertainty is rapidly increasing in a variety of industries (e.g.: petroleum,
and numerical models for conduction, convection, and radiation heat
electric power production, etc.) and has been a focus of some industries
transfer, including transient, multidimensional, and multimode problems.
for many decades (e.g.: nuclear power, aerospace, automotive, etc). This
Introduction to turbulence, boiling and condensation, and radiative
graduate class will provide the student with a technical understanding
transfer in participating media. 3 lecture hours; 3 credit hours.
of and ability to use common risk assessment tools such as Reliability
Block Diagrams (RBD), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), and
MEGN587. NONLINEAR OPTIMIZATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA); and new tools being developed in
(II) We address both unconstrained and constrained nonlinear model
universities including Function Failure Design Methods (FFDM), Function
formulation and corresponding algorithms (e.g., Gradient Search and
Failure Identification and Propagation (FFIP), and Uncoupled Failure
Newton's Method, and Lagrange Multiplier Methods and Reduced
Flow State Reasoning (UFFSR) among others. Students will also be
Gradient Algorithms, respectively). Applications of state-of-the-art
provided with a high-level overview of what risk really means and how to
hardware and software will emphasize solving real-world engineering
contextualize risk information. Methods of communicating and making
problems in areas such as manufacturing, energy, mining, transportation
decisions based in part upon risk information will be discussed. 3 hours
and logistics, and the military. Computer use for modeling (in a language
lecture, 3 semester hours.
such as AMPL) and solving (with an algorithm such as MINOS) these
optimization problems is introduced. Prerequisite: MATH111. 3 hours
MEGN593. ENGINEERING DESIGN OPTIMIZATION. 3.0 Semester
lecture; 3 semester hours.
Hrs.
Equivalent with EGGN593,
MEGN588. INTEGER OPTIMIZATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
The application of gradient, stochastic and heuristic optmization
(I) We address the formulation of integer programming models, the
algorithms to linear and nonlinear optimization problems in constrained
brand-and-bound algorithm, total unimodularity and the ease with
and unconstrained design spaces. Students will consider problems in
which these models are solved, and then suggest methods to increase
constrained and unconstrained design spaces. Students will consider
tractability, including cuts, strong formulations, and decomposition
problems with continuous, integer and mixed-integer variables, problems
techniques, e.g., Lagrangian relaxation, Benders decomposition.
with single or multiple objectives and the task modeling design spaces
Applications include manufacturing, energy, mining, transportation and
and constraints. Design optimization methods are becoming of increasing
logistics, and the military. Computer use for modeling (in a language such
importance in engineering design and offer the potential to reduce design
as AMPL) and solving (with software such as CPLEX) these optimization
cycle times while improving design quality by leveraging simulation
problems is introduced. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
and historical design data. Prerequisites: Experience wiht computer
hours. Years to be Offered: Every Other Year.
programming languages, graduate or senior standing. 3 hours lecture; 3
MEGN591. ADVANCED ENGINEERING DESIGN METHODS. 3.0
semester hours.
Semester Hrs.
MEGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING. 6.0
Equivalent with EGGN503,
Semester Hrs.
(I) Introduction to contemporary and advanced methods used in
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
engineering design. Includes, need and problem identification, methods
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
to understand the customer, the market and the competition. Techniques
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
to decompose design problems to identify functions. Ideation methods to
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
produce form from function. Design for X topics. Methods for prototyping,
different titles.
modeling, testing and evaluation of designs. Embodiment and detailed
design processes. Prerequisites: EGGN491 and EGGN492, equivalent
MEGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
senior design project experience or industrial design experience,
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
graduate standing. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Taught on
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
demand.
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
for credit limits toward the degree.
MEGN688. ADVANCED INTEGER OPTIMIZATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(II) As an advanced course in optimization, we expand upon topics in
integer programming: advanced formulation, strong integer programming
formulations (e.g., symmetry elimination, variable elimination,
persistence), in-depth mixed integer programming cuts, rounding
heuristics, constraint programming, and decompositions. Applications
of state-of-the-art hardware and software emphasize solving real-world
problems in areas such as manufacturing, mining, energy, transportation
and logistics, and the military. Computers are used for model formulation
and solution. Prerequisite: MEGN588. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Years to be Offered: Every Other Year.

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MEGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
different titles.
MEGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
for credit limits toward the degree.
MEGN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT. 1-15 Semester Hr.
Equivalent with EGGN707M,
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
direct supervision of the student's faculty advisor. Variable class and
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.

82 Economics and Business
Economics and Business
Mineral and Energy Economics Program
Description
2016-17
In an increasingly global and technical world, government and industry
Degrees Offered
leaders in the mineral and energy areas require a strong foundation in
economic and business skills. The Division offers such skills in unique
• Master of Science (Mineral and Energy Economics)
programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mineral and Energy
• Doctor of Philosophy (Mineral and Energy Economics)
Economics. Course work and research emphasizes the use of models to
• Master of Science (Engineering and Technology Management)
aid in decision making. Beyond the core courses students in the Mineral
and Energy Economics Program select, in consultation with their advisor,
Mineral and Energy Economics Program
from a set of electives that fit their specialized needs and educational
Description
goals. This may include advanced courses in Applied Economics,
Finance, and Operations Research.
In an increasingly global and technical world, government and industry
leaders in the mineral and energy areas require a strong foundation in
Mineral and Energy Economics Program
economic and business skills. The Division offers such skills in unique
Requirements
programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mineral and Energy
Economics. Course work and research emphasizes the use of models to
M.S. Degree Students choose from either the thesis or non-thesis
aid in decision making. Beyond the core courses students
option in the Master of Science (M.S.) Program and are required to
in the Mineral and Energy Economics Program may select, in
complete a minimum total of 36 credits (a typical course has 3 credits).
consultation with their advisor from a set of electives that fit their
Initial admission is only to the non-thesis program. Admission to the
specialized needs and educational goals. This may include advanced
thesis option requires subsequent application after at least one full-time
courses in Applied Economics, Finance, and Operations Research.
equivalent semester in the program.
Engineering and Technology
Non-thesis option
Management Program Description
Core courses
18.0
Approved electives*
18.0
The Division also offers an M.S. degree in Engineering and Technology
Total Semester Hrs
36.0
Management (ETM). The ETM degree program is designed to integrate
the technical elements of engineering practice with the managerial
Thesis option
perspective of modern engineering and technology management. A
Core courses
18.0
major focus is on the business and management principles related
to this integration. The ETM Program provides the analytical tools
Research credits
12.0
and managerial perspective needed to effectively function in a highly
Approved electives*
6.0
competitive and technologically complex business economy.
Total Semester Hrs
36.0
Students in the ETM Program may select elective courses from two areas
* Non-thesis M.S. students may apply six elective credits toward a nine
of focus: Engineering Management and Optimization or Technology
hour minor in another department. See below for details.
Management and Innovation. The Optimization courses focus on
developing knowledge of advanced operations research, optimization,
Further Degree Requirements
and decision making techniques applicable to a wide array of business
and engineering problems. The Engineering Management courses
All thesis and non-thesis students in the Mineral and Energy Economics
emphasize valuable techniques for managing large engineering
Program are required to attend the Distinguished Lecture Series
and technical projects effectively and efficiently. The Strategy and
sponsored by the Earth Resources Institute and the Division of
Innovation courses teach the correct match between organizational
Economics and Business. This series facilitates active involvement in
strategies and structures to maximize the competitive power of
the Mineral and Energy Economics Program by top researchers and
technology with a particular emphasis on management issues associated
influential leaders in the policy arena. The Program Director will outline
with the modern business enterprise.
attendance requirements at the beginning of each fall semester.
Combined Degree Program Option
Ph.D. Degree Doctoral students develop a customized curriculum to fit
their needs. The degree requires a minimum of 72 graduate credit hours
Mines undergraduate students have the opportunity to begin work on
that includes course work and a thesis.
a M.S. degree in Mineral and Energy Economics or Engineering &
Technology Management while completing their Bachelor’s degree at
Course work (requires advisor and committee approval)
Mines. The Mineral and Energy Economics Combined Degree Program
First year Core courses
18.0
provides the vehicle for students to use undergraduate coursework as
Extended Core plus Research Methods
12.0
part of their Graduate Degree curriculum. For more information please
Approved electives
18.0
contact the EB Office or visit econbus.mines.edu.
Total Semester Hrs
48.0
Research credits

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Research credits
24.0
all graduate transfer courses and the transfer credit must be approved by
the student’s advisor and the Division Director. Students who enter the
The student’s faculty advisor and the doctoral thesis committee must
Ph.D. program may transfer up to 24 hours of graduate-level course work
approve the student’s program of study and the topic for the thesis.
from other institutions toward the Ph.D. degree subject to the restriction
that those courses must not have been used as credit toward a Bachelor
Qualifying Examination Process
degree. The student must have achieved a grade of B or better in all
graduate transfer courses and the transfer must be approved by the
Upon completion of the first-year core course work, Ph.D. students must
student’s Doctoral Thesis Committee and the Division Director.
pass a first set of qualifying written examinations (collectively Qualifier
1). Exams covering the Micro Economics (Micro) and Quantitative
Unsatisfactory Progress
Methods (Quant) portions of the core will be offered between semesters,
during the summer and winter breaks. The Micro examination will
In addition to the institutional guidelines for unsatisfactory progress as
include topics covered in EBGN 511 and EBGN 521, and the Quant
described elsewhere in this bulletin. Unsatisfactory progress will be
examination will include topics covered in EBGN 509 and EBGN 590.
assigned to any full-time student who does not pass the first year core
A student will receive one of four possible grades on the Micro and
courses on time. EBGN509, EBGN510 and EBGN511 in the first fall
Quant examinations: High Pass, Pass, Marginal Fail, or Fail. A student
semester of study; and EBGN 521 and EBGN590 in the first spring
receiving a marginal fail on one, or both of the examinations will have
semester of study. Unsatisfactory progress will also be assigned to
the opportunity to retake the relevant examination(s) within a year of
any students who do not complete requirements as specified in their
the initial attempt. Students receiving a marginal fail should consult
admission letter. Part-time students develop an approved course plan
their adviser as to whether to retake exams during the winter or summer
with their advisor.
breaks. A student receiving a Fail, or consecutive Marginal Fails, will be
dismissed from the program. Consistent with university policy, the faculty
Ph.D. Students are expected to take the first set of qualification
will grade and inform students of qualification examination results within
examinations (Qualifier I) in the first summer following eligibility.
two weeks of the examinations.
Unsatisfactory progress may be assigned to any student who does not
meet this expectation. Consistent with university policy, consideration
Upon completion of the extended core (typically in the second year),
will be given to students who have documented illness or other qualifying
Ph.D. students must pass a second qualifying written examination
personal event that prevents them from taking Qualifier I. A marginal
(Qualifier II). The examination will include topics from EBGN 611,
fail on a qualification examination does not trigger the assignment of
Advanced Microeconomics, and two other 600-level courses, which
unsatisfactory progress. Unsatisfactory progress will, however be
the student chooses as their extended core. A student will receive one
assigned to a student who fails to retake a marginally failed examination
of four possible grades on Qualifier II: High Pass, Pass, Marginal Fail,
in the next available summer offering.
or Fail. A student receiving a Marginal Fail on Qualifier II will have the
opportunity to retake the exam, or relevant portions of the exam as
Combined BS/MS Program
determined by the examination committee, within a year of the initial
Students enrolled in CSM’s Combined Undergraduate/ Graduate
attempt. Students receiving a marginal fail should consult their advisor
Program may double count 6 hours from their undergraduate course-work
as to whether to retake exams during the winter or summer breaks. A
towards the non-thesis graduate program provided the courses satisfy
student receiving a Fail or consecutive Marginal Fails, on Qualifier II will
the M.S. requirements.
be dismissed from the program. Consistent with university policy, the
faculty will grade and inform students of qualification examination results
Dual Degree
within two weeks of the examinations.
The M.S. degree may be combined with a second degree from the
Following a successful thesis-proposal defense and prior to the final
IFP School (Paris, France) in Petroleum Economics and Management
thesis defense, a student is required to present a completed research
(see http://www.ifp.fr). This dual-degree program is geared to meet the
paper (or dissertation chapter) in a research seminar at CSM. The
needs of industry and government. Our unique program trains the next
research presentation must be considered satisfactory by at least three
generation of technical, analytical and managerial professionals vital to
CSM faculty members in attendance.
the future of the petroleum and energy industries
Minor from Another Department
These two world-class institutions offer a rigorous and challenging
program in an international setting. The program gives a small elite group
Non-thesis M.S. students may apply six elective credits towards a nine
of students a solid economics foundation combined with quantitative
hour minor in another department. A minor is ideal for those students
business skills, the historical and institutional background, and the
who want to enhance or gain knowledge in another field while gaining
interpersonal and intercultural abilities to in the fast paced, global world of
the economic and business skills to help them move up the career
oil and gas.
ladder. For example, a petroleum, chemical, or mining engineer might
want to learn more about environmental engineering, a geophysicist or
Degrees: After studying in English for only 16 months (8 months at CSM
geologist might want to learn the latest techniques in their profession,
and 8 months at IFP) the successful student of Petroleum Economics and
or an economic policy analyst might want to learn about political risk.
Management (PEM) receives not 1 but 2 degrees:
Students should check with the minor department for the opportunities
and requirements.
• Masters of Science in Mineral and Energy Economics from CSM and
• Diplôme D'Ingénieur or Mastère Spécialisé from IFP
Transfer Credits
Important: Applications for admission to the joint degree program should
Non-thesis M.S. students may transfer up to 6 credits (9 credits for a
be submitted for consideration by March 1st to begin the program the
thesis M.S.). The student must have achieved a grade of B or better in

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following fall semester in August. A limited number of students are
EBGN690
ECONOMETRICS II * An alternative econometrics elective
3.0
selected for the program each year.
may be substituted for EBGN690 (for example, EBGN694 Time-
series Econometrics)
Prerequisites for the Mineral and Energy
Total Semester Hrs
18.0
Economics Programs
b. Extended Core Courses and Research Methods
Students must have completed the following undergraduate prerequisite
courses prior to beginning the program with a grade of B or better:
EBGN611
ADVANCED MICROECONOMICS
3.0
EBGN600-level course
3.0
1. Principles of Microeconomics;
EBGN600-level course
3.0
2. One semester of college-level Calculus;
EBGN695
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
3.0
3. Probability and Statistics
Total Semester Hrs
12.0
Students will only be allowed to enter in the spring semester if they
have completed all three prerequisites courses previously, as well as
Engineering and Technology
undergraduate courses in mathematical economics and natural resource
Management (ETM) Master of Science
economics.
Program Requirements
Required Course Curriculum in Mineral
Students choose either the thesis or non-thesis option and complete a
and Energy Economics
minimum of 30 credit hours. Initial admission is only to the non-thesis
program. Admission to the thesis option requires subsequent application
All M.S. and Ph.D. students in Mineral and Energy Economics are
after admission to the ETM program.
required to take a set of core courses that provide basic tools for the
more advanced and specialized courses in the program.
Non-thesis option
1. M.S. Curriculum
Core courses
15.0
Elective courses
15.0
a. Core Courses
Total Semester Hrs
30.0
EBGN509
MATHEMATICAL ECONOMICS
3.0
EBGN510
NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS
3.0
Thesis option
EBGN511
MICROECONOMICS
3.0
Core courses
15.0
EBGN521
MICROECONOMICS OF MINERAL AND
3.0
Research credits
6.0
ENERGY MARKETS
Elective courses
9.0
EBGN590
ECONOMETRICS I
3.0
Total Semester Hrs
30.0
EBGN690
ECONOMETRICS II * An alternative econometrics elective
3.0
may be substituted for EBGN690 (for example, EBGN694 Time-
Students must receive approval from their advisor in order to apply
series Econometrics)
non-EB Division courses towards their ETM degree. Thesis students
are required to complete 6 credit hours of thesis credit and complete a
Total Semester Hrs
18.0
Master’s level thesis under the direct supervision of the student’s thesis
b. Approved Electives (18 credits for M.S. non-thesis option or 12
advisor.
credits for M.S. thesis option)
Further Degree Requirements
The student, in consultation with their advisor, will choose six additional
All thesis and non-thesis ETM M.S. students have four additional degree
courses (four for thesis students). A minimum of two courses must be at
requirements:
the 600 level (one course for thesis students). The program of study can
be customized to fit the individual student’s educational goals, but must
1. the “Executive-in-Residence” seminar series;
be approved by their advisor.
2. the ETM Communications Seminar;
2. Ph.D. Curriculum
3. the Leadership and Team Building workshop;
4. Economic Evaluation workshop.
a. Common Core Courses
All students are required to attend the ETM Program “Executive-in-
EBGN509
MATHEMATICAL ECONOMICS
3.0
Residence” seminar series during their first spring semester of study
EBGN510
NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS
3.0
in the ETM Program. The “Executive-in-Residence” series features
EBGN511
MICROECONOMICS
3.0
executives from industry who pass on insight and knowledge to graduate
EBGN521
MICROECONOMICS OF MINERAL AND
3.0
students preparing for positions in industry. This series facilitates
ENERGY MARKETS
active involvement in the ETM program by industry executives through
EBGN590
ECONOMETRICS I
3.0
teaching, student advising activities and more. Every spring semester
the Executive-in-Residence will present 5-7 one hour seminars on a
variety of topics related to leadership and strategy in the engineering and
technology sectors.

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In addition, all students in their first fall semester of study in the ETM
EBGN573
ENTREPRENEURIAL FINANCE
3.0
Program are required to attend a two-day Communications Seminar,
EBGN576
MANAGING AND MARKETING NEW PRODUCT
3.0
a one-day Leadership and Team Building workshop and a one-day
DEVELOPMENTS
Economic Evaluation workshop. The Communications seminar will
EBGN598
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ECONOMICS AND
3.0
provide students with a comprehensive approach to good quality
BUSINESS
communication skills, including presentation proficiency, organizational
skills, professional writing skills, meeting management, as well as other
Professors
professional communication abilities. The Communications Seminar is
designed to better prepare students for the ETM learning experience
John T. Cuddington, Research Professor
and their professional careers. The one-day Leadership and Team
Building workshop consists of non-competitive games, trust exercises
Graham A. Davis, William J. Coulter Professor
and problem solving challenges and will introduce students to one
Roderick G. Eggert, Professor
another and provide opportunities to learn and practice leadership and
team skills. Finally, the one-day Economic Evaluation workshop provides
Michael R. Walls, Division Director and Professor
an overview engineering economics and the criteria used to evaluate
investment decisions in technology-based industries.
Associate Professors
Transfer Credits
Edward J. Balistreri
Students who enter the M.S. in Engineering and Technology
Jared C. Carbone
Management program may transfer up to 6 graduate course credits into
Michael B. Heeley
the degree program. The student must have achieved a grade of B or
better in all graduate transfer courses and the transfer credit must be
Steffen Rebennack
approved by the student’s advisor and the Director of the ETM Program.
Assistant Professors
Required Curriculum M.S. Degree
Engineering and Technology
Ian A. Lange
Management
Peter Maniloff
Thesis and non-thesis students are required to complete the following 15
Teaching Associate Professors
hours of core courses which ideally should be taken at the first available
Scott Houser
opportunity:
Becky Lafrancois
a. Core Courses
Mark Mondry
EBGN525
BUSINESS ANALYTICS
3.0
EBGN540
ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE
3.0
John M. Stermole
EBGN553
PROJECT MANAGEMENT
3.0
Professors Emeriti
EBGN563
MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY
3.0
EBGN585
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
3.0
Carol A. Dahl
MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE (to be taken during
Franklin J. Stermole
the final semester of coursework)
Total Semester Hrs
15.0
John E. Tilton
b. Elective courses (15 credits required for non-thesis option or 9
Courses
credits required for thesis option)
EBGN504. ECONOMIC EVALUATION AND INVESTMENT DECISION
Engineering Management and Analytic Methods
METHODS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Time value of money concepts of present worth, future worth, annual
EBGN526
STOCHASTIC MODELS IN MANAGEMENT
3.0
worth, rate of return and break-even analysis are applied to after-tax
SCIENCE
economic analysis of mineral, petroleum and general investments.
EBGN528
INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS SIMULATION
3.0
Related topics emphasize proper handling of (1) inflation and escalation,
EBGN555
LINEAR PROGRAMMING
3.0
(2) leverage (borrowed money), (3) risk adjustment of analysis using
EBGN559
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
3.0
expected value concepts, and (4) mutually exclusive alternative analysis
EBGN560
DECISION ANALYSIS
3.0
and service producing alternatives. Case study analysis of a mineral
or petroleum investment situation is required. Students may not take
EBGN571
MARKETING ANALYTICS
3.0
EBGN504 for credit if they have completed EBGN321.
Technology Management and Innovation
EBGN515
ECONOMICS AND DECISION MAKING
3.0
EBGN566
TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP
3.0
EBGN567
BUSINESS LAW AND ETHICS
3.0
EBGN572
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS STRATEGY
3.0

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EBGN509. MATHEMATICAL ECONOMICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
EBGN525. BUSINESS ANALYTICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
This course reviews and re-enforces the mathematical and computer
(I) This introductory course provides an analytic approach to problems
tools that are necessary to earn a graduate degree in Mineral Economics.
that arise in business. Evaluating alternative courses of action in today's
It includes topics from differential and integral calculus; probability and
competitive business environment requires the extensive use of data
statistics; algebra and matrix algebra; difference equations; and linear,
based analytic methods. This course covers deterministic optimization
mathematical and dynamic programming. It shows how these tools are
models such as linear programming, non-linear programming,
applied in an economic and business context with applications taken
integer programming, and network modeling and an introduction to
from the mineral and energy industries. It requires both analytical as
probability models and linear regression. Applications of the models
well as computer solutions. At the end of the course you will be able to
are covered using spreadsheets. The intent of the course is to enhance
appreciate and apply mathematics for better personal, economic and
analytic modeling abilities and to develop quantitative managerial
business decision making. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics,
and spreadsheet skills to support and improve decision making. The
and MATH111.
models cover applications in the areas of earth, energy, production,
logistics, work force scheduling, marketing and finance. 3 hours lecture; 3
EBGN510. NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
semester hours.
The threat and theory of resource exhaustion; commodity analysis
and the problem of mineral market instability; cartels and the nature
EBGN526. STOCHASTIC MODELS IN MANAGEMENT SCIENCE. 3.0
of mineral pricing; the environment; government involvement; mineral
Semester Hrs.
policy issues; and international mineral trade. This course is designed
(II) This course introduces the tools of stochastic modeling that are
for entering students in mineral economics. Prerequisite: Principles of
very useful in solving analytical problems in business. We cover
Microeconomics.
methodologies that help to quantify the dynamic relationships of
sequences of random events that evolve over time. Topics include
EBGN511. MICROECONOMICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
static and dynamic Monte-Carlo simulation, discrete and continuous
(I) This is a first-semester graduate courses dealing with applied
time Markov chains, probabilistic dynamic programming, Markov
microeconomic theory. The course concentrates on the behavior of
decision processes, queuing processes and networks, Brownian motion
individual segments of the economy, the theory of consumer behavior
and stochastic control. Applications from a wide range of fields will
and demand, duality, welfare measures, policy instruments, preferences
be introduced including marketing, finance, production, logistics and
over time and states of nature, and the fundamentals of game theory.
distribution, energy and service systems. In addition to an intuitive
Prerequisites: MATH111, EBGN509 (co-requisite). 3 hours lecture and
understanding of analytical techniques to model stochastic processes,
discussion; 3 semester hours.
the course emphasizes how to use related software packages for
EBGN512. MACROECONOMICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
managerial decision-making. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
This course will provide an introduction to contemporary macroeconomic
EBGN528. INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS SIMULATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
concepts and analysis. Macroeconomics is the study of the behavior of
The course focuses on creating computerized models of real or proposed
the economy as an aggregate. Topics include the equilibrium level of
complex systems for performance evaluation. Simulation provides a cost
inflation, interest rates, unemployment and the growth in national income.
effective way of pre-testing proposed systems and answering ?what-if?
The impact of government fiscal and monetary policy on these variables
questions before incurring the expense of actual implementations. The
and the business cycle, with particular attention to the effects on the
course is instructed in the state-of-the-art computer lab (CTLM), where
mineral industry. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics, MATH111.
each student is equipped with a personal computer and interacts with
EBGN515. ECONOMICS AND DECISION MAKING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
the instructor during the lecture. Professional version of a widely used
The application of microeconomic theory to business strategy.
commercial software package, ?Arena?, is used to build models, analyze
Understanding the horizontal, vertical, and product boundaries of
and interpret the results. Other business analysis and productivity
the modern firm. A framework for analyzing the nature and extent of
tools that enhance the analysis capabilities of the simulation software
competition in a firm's dynamic business environment. Developing
are introduced to show how to search for optimal solutions within the
strategies for creating and sustaining competitive advantage.
simulation models. Both discrete-event and continuous simulation models
EBGN521. MICROECONOMICS OF MINERAL AND ENERGY
are covered through extensive use of applications including call centers,
MARKETS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
various manufacturing operations, production/inventory systems, bulk-
(II) The second of two courses dealing with applied microeconomic
material handling and mining, port operations, high-way traffic systems
theory. This part concentrates on the behavior of the minerals and
and computer networks. Prerequisites: MATH111, MATH530.
energy segment of the economy, the theory of production and cost,
EBGN530. ECONOMICS OF INTERNATIONAL ENERGY MARKETS.
derived demand, price and output level determination by firms, and
3.0 Semester Hrs.
the competitive structure of product and input markets. Prerequisites:
Application of models to understand markets for oil, gas, coal, electricity,
Principles of Microeconomics, MATH111, MATH530, EBGN509,
and renewable energy resources. Models, modeling techniques, and
EBGN510; EBGN511.
issues included are supply and demand, market structure, transportation
EBGN523. MINERAL AND ENERGY POLICY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
models, game theory, futures markets, environmental issues, energy
(II) An analysis of current topics in the news in mineral and energy
policy, energy regulation, input/output models, energy conservation, and
issues through the lens of economics. Since many of the topics involve
dynamic optimization. The emphasis in the course is on the development
government policy, the course provides instruction related to the
of appropriate models and their application to current issues in energy
economic foundations of mineral and energy policy analysis. 3 credit
markets. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics, MATH111,
hours.
EBGN509, EBGN510, EBGN511.

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EBGN535. ECONOMICS OF METAL INDUSTRIES AND MARKETS. 3.0
EBGN546. INVESTMENT AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT. 3.0
Semester Hrs.
Semester Hrs.
(I) Metal supply from main product, byproduct, and secondary production.
This course covers institutional information, valuation theory and
Metal demand and intensity of use analysis. Market organization and
empirical analysis of alternative financial investments, including stocks,
price formation. Public policy, comparative advantage, and international
bonds, mutual funds, ETS, and (to a limited extent) derivative securities.
metal trade. Metals and economic development in the developing
Special attention is paid to the role of commodities (esp. metals and
countries and former centrally planned economies. Environmental policy
energy products) as an alternative investment class. After an overview
and mining and mineral processing. Students prepare and present a
of time value of money and arbitrage and their application to the
major research paper. Prerequisites: EBGN201, MATH111, EBGN509,
valuation of stocks and bonds, there is extensive treatment of optimal
EBGN510, EBGN511. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
portfolio selection for risk averse investors, mean-variance efficient
portfolio theory, index models, and equilibrium theories of asset pricing
EBGN536. MINERAL POLICIES AND INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT.
including the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) and arbitrage pricing
3.0 Semester Hrs.
theory (APT). Market efficiency is discussed, as are its implications for
Identification and evaluation of international mineral investment policies
passive and active approaches to investment management. Investment
and company responses using economic, business and legal concepts.
management functions and policies, and portfolio performance evaluation
Assessment of policy issues in light of stakeholder interests and needs.
are also considered. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics,
Theoretical issues are introduced and then applied to case studies,
MATH111, MATH530.
policy drafting, and negotiation exercises to assure both conceptual and
practical understanding of the issues. Special attention is given to the
EBGN547. FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
formation of national policies and corporate decision making concerning
Analysis of the sources, causes and effects of risks associated with
fiscal regimes, project financing, environmental protection, land use and
holding, operating and managing assets by individuals and organizations;
local community concerns and the content of exploration and extraction
evaluation of the need and importance of managing these risks; and
agreements. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics, MATH111,
discussion of the methods employed and the instruments utilized to
EBGN509, EBGN510, EBGN511.
achieve risk shifting objectives. The course concentrates on the use of
derivative assets in the risk management process. These derivatives
EBGN540. ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
include futures, options, swaps, swaptions, caps, collars and floors.
(I) Included are the relevant theories associated with capital budgeting,
Exposure to market and credit risks will be explored and ways of handling
financing decisions, and dividend policy. This course provides an
them will be reviewed and critiqued through analysis of case studies
in-depth study of the theory and practice of corporate accounting
from the mineral and energy industries. Prerequisites: Principles of
and financial management including a study of the firm's objectives,
Microeconomics, MATH111, MATH530, EBGN505; EBGN545 or
investment decisions, long-term financing decisions, and working capital
EBGN546. Recommended: EBGN509, EBGN511.
management. Preparation and interpretation of financial statements
and the use of this financial information in evaluation and control of the
EBGN553. PROJECT MANAGEMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
organization. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
(I, II) Project management has evolved into a business process broadly
used in organizations to accomplish goals and objectives through
EBGN541. INTERNATIONAL TRADE. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
teams. This course covers the essential principles of traditional project
Theories and evidence on international trade and development.
management consistent with professional certification requirements
Determinants of static and dynamic comparative advantage. The
(the Project Management Institute?s PMP? certification) as well as
arguments for and against free trade. Economic development in
an introduction to current agile project management methodologies.
nonindustrialized countries. Sectoral development policies and
The traditional project management phases of project initiation,
industrialization. The special problems and opportunities created by
planning, execution, monitoring and control, and project closure are
extensive mineral resource endowments. The impact of value-added
covered including related scheduling, estimating, risk assessment and
processing and export diversification on development. Prerequisites:
other analytical tools. Students will gain experience using Microsoft
Principles of Microeconomics, MATH111, EBGN509, EBGN511.
Project. Organizational structure and culture issues are analyzed to
EBGN542. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
understand how they can impact project management success, and the
Role of energy and minerals in the development process. Sectoral
concepts of project portfolios and project programs are applied from the
policies and their links with macroeconomic policies. Special
organizational perspective. Agile project management methodologies are
attention to issues of revenue stabilization, resource largesse effects,
introduced, including adaptive and iterative processes, scrum, lean and
downstream processing, and diversification. Prerequisites: Principles of
other agile tools and techniques. By the end of the course, students will
Microeconomics, MATH111, EBGN509, EBGN511, EBGN512.
understand how traditional and agile project. Prerequisites: Enrollment in
the M.S. in Engineering and Technology Management (ETM) Program. 3
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

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EBGN555. LINEAR PROGRAMMING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
EBGN564. MANAGING NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT. 3.0
This course addresses the formulation of linear programming models,
Semester Hrs.
examines linear programs in two dimensions, covers standard form and
Develops interdisciplinary skills required for successful product
other basics essential to understanding the Simplex method, the Simplex
development in today?s competitive marketplace. Small product
method itself, duality theory, complementary slackness conditions,
development teams step through the new product development process
and sensitivity analysis. As time permits, multi-objective programming
in detail, learning about available tools and techniques to execute each
and stochastic programming are introduced. Applications of linear
process step along the way. Each student brings his or her individual
programming models discussed in this course include, but are not limited
disciplinary perspective to the team effort, and must learn to synthesize
to, the areas of manufacturing, finance, energy, mining, transportation
that perspective with those of the other students in the group to develop a
and logistics, and the military. Prerequisite: MATH111; MATH332 or
sound, marketable product. Prerequisite: EBGN563 recommended.
EBGN509. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EBGN565. MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY-BASED COMPANIES.
EBGN559. SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
3.0 Semester Hrs.
The focus of the course is to show how a firm can achieve better ?
This class explores concepts and practices related to marketing in this
supply-demand matching? through the implementation of rigorous
unique, fast-paced environment, including the defining characteristics of
mathematical models and various operational/tactical strategies. We
high-technology industries; different types and patterns of innovations
look at organizations as entities that must match the supply of what they
and their marketing implications; the need for (and difficulties in) adopting
produce with the demand for their products. A considerable portion of the
a customer-orientation; tools used to gather marketing research/
course is devoted to mathematical models that treat uncertainty in the
intelligence in technology-driven industries; use of strategic alliances
supply-chain. Topics include managing economies of scale for functional
and partnerships in marketing technology; adaptations to the ?4 P?
products, managing market-mediation costs for innovative products,
s?; regulatory and ethical considerations in technological arenas.
make-to order versus make-to-stock systems, quick response strategies,
Prerequisite: None.
risk pooling strategies, supply-chain contracts and revenue management.
EBGN566. TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Additional ?special topics? may be introduced, such as reverse logistics
Introduces concepts related to starting and expanding a technological-
issues in the supply-chain or contemporary operational and financial
based corporation. Presents ideas such as developing a business and
hedging strategies, as time permits Prerequisites: MATH111, MATH530.
financing plan, role of intellectual property, and the importance of a good
EBGN560. DECISION ANALYSIS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
R&D program. Prerequisite: None.
Introduction to the science of decision making and risk theory. Application
EBGN567. BUSINESS LAW AND ETHICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
of decision analysis and utility theory to the analysis of strategic decision
(I) This course incorporates a broad range of legal topics and ethical
problems. Focuses on the application of quantitative methods to business
issues relevant to technology-based organizations, from start-ups to
problems characterized by risk and uncertainty. Choice problems such as
mature Fortune 100 international corporations. The topics encompass
decisions concerning major capital investments, corporate acquisitions,
numerous aspects of U.S. business law, including but not limited to: the
new product introductions, and choices among alternative technologies
U.S. court system, contracts, e-commerce, managerial ethics, white collar
are conceptualized and structured using the concepts introduced in this
crimes, early stage business formation, intellectual property, product
course. Prerequisite: EBGN504.
liability, agency law, employment law, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust,
EBGN563. MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
and unfair competition law. The course is discussion based, with some
Case studies and reading assignments explore strategies for profiting
lecture, and is 3 semester credit hours. There are no prerequisites
from technology assets and technological innovation. The roles of
required for this course. A significant portion of class time will be applied
strategy, core competencies, product and process development,
to exploring and discussing assigned topics through relevant abbreviated
manufacturing, R&D, marketing, strategic partnerships, alliances,
court case descriptions, ethics reader assignments and current and
intellectual property, organizational architectures, leadership and politics
recent events in global business. He overall goal of this course is not
are explored in the context of technological innovation. The critical role
to make students legal experts but to make them better managers
of organizational knowledge and learning in a firm?s ability to leverage
and leaders by equipping them with relevant legal. 3 hours lecture; 3
technological innovation to gain competitive advantage is explored.
semester hours.
The relationships between an innovation, the competencies of the
EBGN568. ADVANCED PROJECT ANALYSIS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
innovating firm, the ease of duplication of the innovation by outsiders, the
An advanced course in economic analysis that will look at more
nature of complementary assets needed to successfully commercialize
complex issues associated with valuing investments and projects.
an innovation and the appropriate strategy for commercializing the
Discussion will focus on development and application of concepts in
innovation are developed. Students explore the role of network effects in
after-tax environments and look at other criteria and their impact in the
commercialization strategies, particularly with respect to standards wars
decision-making and valuation process. Applications to engineering and
aimed at establishing new dominant designs. Prerequisite: EBGN5043
technology aspects will be discussed. Effective presentation of results will
recommended.
be an important component of the course. Prerequisite: EBGN504.
EBGN570. ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
The role of markets and other economic considerations in controlling
pollution; the effect of environmental policy on resource allocation
incentives; the use of benefit/cost analysis in environmental policy
decisions and the associated problems with measuring benefits and
costs. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics, MATH111, EBGN509,
EBGN510.

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EBGN571. MARKETING ANALYTICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
EBGN575. ADVANCED MINING AND ENERGY ASSET VALUATION.
(II) The purpose of this course is to gain an understanding of how data
3.0 Semester Hrs.
about customers and markets can be used to support and improve
(I) The use of option pricing techniques in mineral and energy asset
decision making. Using market data to evaluate alternatives and gain
valuation. Mining and energy valuation standards and guidelines.
insight from past performance is the essence of marketing analytics.
Differentiation between static decision making, intertemporal decision
The course is focused on the marketing research decisions facing
making, and dynamic decision making under uncertainty. The comparison
product managers in technology based companies and will appeal to
sales and cost approaches to valuation. Commodity price simulation
students who want to gain a deeper understanding of such topics as the
and price forecasting. Risk-neutral valuation. Prerequisites: EBGN504,
problems of target market selection, new product introductions, pricing,
EBGN509, EBGN510, EBGN511, EBGN521, EBGN590. 3 hours lecture;
and customer retention. While the specifics of market analytics can vary
3 semester hours.
across industries and firms, three main commonalities are: (1) defining
EBGN576. MANAGING AND MARKETING NEW PRODUCT
the decision problem, (2) collection and analysis of high quality market
DEVELOPMENTS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
data, and (3) implementing strategy through marketing mix decisions. In
(II) This course provides a scientific approach to developing and
this course students will develop an understanding of available marketing
marketing new products which are often critical to the success of firms
analytic methods and the ability to use marketing research information to
competing in technology based industries. We will start with an overview
make strategic and tactical decisions. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
of core marketing and then develop prototypes of a new product design.
EBGN572. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS STRATEGY. 3.0 Semester
We will step through the new product development process in detail,
Hrs.
learning about available tools and techniques to execute each process
The purpose of this course is to gain understanding of the complexities
step along the way. New product prototypes will be used to gather data
presented by managing businesses in an international environment.
from prospective target markets and assess the viability of the design in
International business has grown rapidly in recent decades due to
the marketplace. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
technological expansion, liberalization of government policies on trade
EBGN580. EXPLORATION ECONOMICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
and resource movements, development of institutions needed to support
Exploration planning and decision making for oil and gas, and metallic
and facilitate international transactions, and increased global competition.
minerals. Risk analysis. Historical trends in exploration activity and
Due to these factors, foreign countries increasingly are a source of both
productivity. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics, EBGN510.
production and sales for domestic companies. Prerequisite: None.
Offered when student demand is sufficient.
EBGN573. ENTREPRENEURIAL FINANCE. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
EBGN585. ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT
Entrepreneurial activity has been a potent source of innovation and
CAPSTONE. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
job generation in the global economy. In the U.S., the majority of new
This course represents the culmination of the ETM Program. This
jobs are generated by new entrepreneurial firms. The financial issues
course is about the strategic management process ? how strategies
confronting entrepreneurial firms are drastically different from those of
are developed and imple mented in organizations. It examines senior
established companies. The focus in this course will be on analyzing the
management?s role in formulating strategy and the role that all an
unique financial issues which face entrepreneurial firms and to develop
organization?s managers play in implementing a well thought out
a set of skills that has wide applications for such situations. Prerequisite:
strategy. Among the topics discussed in this course are (1) how
EBGN505. Corequisite: EBGN545.
different industry conditions support different types of strategies; (2)
EBGN574. INVENTING, PATENTING, AND LISCENSING. 3.0
how industry conditions change and the implication of those changes
Semester Hrs.
for strategic management; and (3) how organizations develop and
The various forms of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks,
maintain capabilities that lead to sustained competitive advantage.
copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition are discussed; the
This course consists of learning fundamental concepts associated
terminology of inventing, patenting and licensing is reviewed, and an
with strategic management process and competing in a web-based
overview of the complete process is given; the statutes most frequently
strategic management simulation to support the knowledge that you have
encountered in dealing with patents (35 USC ?101, ?102, ?103 and ?
developed. Prerequisites: MATH530, EBGN504.
112) are introduced and explained; the basics of searching the prior
EBGN590. ECONOMETRICS I. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
art are presented; participants 'walk through' case histories illustrating
(II) This course covers the statistical methods used by economists to
inventing, patenting, licensing, as well as patent infringement and
estimate economic relationships and empirically test economic theories.
litigation; the importance of proper documentation at all stages of the
Topics covered include hypothesis testing, ordinary least squares,
process is explained; the "do's" and "don't" of disclosing inventions are
specification error, serial correlations, heteroskedasticity, qualitative
presented; various types of agreements are discussed including license
and limited dependent variables, time series analysis and panel data.
agreements; methods for evaluating the market potential of new products
Prerequisites: MATH111, MATH530, EBGN509. 3 hours lecture and
are presented; the resources available for inventors are reviewed;
discussion; 3 semester hours.
inventing and patenting in the corporate environment are discussed; the
economic impacts of patents are addressed. Prerequisite: None. Offered
EBGN594. TIME-SERIES ECONOMETRICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
in Field session and Summer session only.
(II) This is a course in applied time-series econometrics. It covers
contemporary approaches for interpreting and analyzing time-series
economic data. Hypothesis testing and forecasting both receive attention.
Topics include stochastic difference equations, applied forecasting,
stationary univariate models, models with constant and time-varying
variance, deterministic and stochastic trend models and associated unit
root and structural break tests, as well as single-equation and multiple-
equation time-series models that include error-correction techniques and
cointegration tests. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

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EBGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS. 6.0
EBGN655. ADVANCED LINEAR PROGRAMMING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with EBGN650,
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
As an advanced course in optimization, this course will expand
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
upon topics in linear programming. Specific topics to be covered
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
include advanced formulation, column generation, interior point
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
method, stochastic optimization, and numerical stability in linear
different titles.
programming. Applications of state-of-the-art hardware and software will
emphasize solving real-world problems in areas such as mining, energy,
EBGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
transportation and the military. Prerequisites: EBGN555. 3 hours lecture;
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
3 semester hours.
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
EBGN690. ECONOMETRICS II. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
A second course in econometrics. Compared to EBGN590, this
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
course provides a more theoretical and mathematical understanding
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
of econometrics. Matrix algebra is used and model construction and
for credit limits toward the degree.
hypothesis testing are emphasized rather than forecasting. Prerequisites:
Principles of Microeconomics, MATH111, MATH530, EBGN509,
EBGN610. ADVANCED NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS. 3.0
EBGN590. Recommended: EBGN511.
Semester Hrs.
Optimal resource use in a dynamic context using mathematical
EBGN694. SEE EBGN594. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
programming, optimal control theory and game theory. Constrained
EBGN695. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
optimization techniques are used to evaluate the impact of capital
Lectures provide an overview of methods used in economic research
constraints, exploration activity and environmental regulations.
relating to EPP and QBA/OR dissertations in Mineral Economics and
Offered when student demand is sufficient. Prerequisites: Principles
information on how to carry out research and present research results.
of Microeconomics, MATH111, MATH5301, EBGN509, EBGN510,
Students will be required to write and present a research paper that
EBGN511.
will be submitted for publication. It is expected that this paper will lead
EBGN611. ADVANCED MICROECONOMICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
to a Ph.D. dissertation proposal. It is a good idea for students to start
A second graduate course in microeconomics, emphasizing state-of-
thinking about potential dissertation topic areas as they study for their
the-art theoretical and mathematical developments. Topics include
qualifier. This course is also recommended for students writing Master?
consumer theory, production theory and the use of game theoretic and
s thesis or who want guidance in doing independent research relating
dynamic optimization tools. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics,
to the economics and business aspects of energy, minerals and related
MATH111, MATH5301, EBGN509, EBGN511.
environmental and technological topics. Prerequisites: MATH530,
EBGN509, EBGN510, EBGN511, EBGN590.
EBGN632. PRIMARY FUELS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(II) Application of models to understand markets for oil, gas, coal
EBGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS. 6.0
exploration and extraction. Empirical, theoretical and quantitative
Semester Hrs.
models and modeling techniques are stressed. The issues included are
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
identification of cause and effect, market structure, game theory, futures
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
markets, environmental issues, energy policy, energy regulation. The
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
emphasis in the course is on the development of appropriate models
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
and their application to current issues in primary fuel/upstream markets.
different titles.
Prerequisites: EBGN590. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EBGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
EBGN645. COMPUTATIONAL ECONOMICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
(II) This course is about learning the skills required to construct and
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
manipulate numerical models as an instrument of economic research.
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
In the first part of the course, students will learn about basic classes of
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
optimization problems as ways to operationalize models of equilibrium
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
behavior from economics and how to formulate and solve these problems
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
on the computer. In the second part of the course, students will focus on
for credit limits toward the degree.
the techniques used specifically in computable general equilibrium (CGE)
EBGN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
analysis and developing applications of CGE models to topics in energy,
CREDIT. 1-15 Semester Hr.
environmental and natural resource economics. Prerequisites: MATH111,
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
MATH530, Principles of Microeconomics, EBGN509, EBGN511. 3 hours
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
lecture; 3 semester hours.
direct supervision of the student's faculty advisor. Variable class and
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.

Colorado School of Mines 91
Geology and Geological
Research
24.0
Engineering
Total Semester Hrs
72.0
Students who enter the PhD program with a thesis-based Master’s
Degrees Offered
degree may transfer up to 36 semester hours in recognition of the course
work and research completed for that degree. At the discretion of the
• Professional Master Degree (Petroleum Reservoir Systems) (Non-
student’s Doctoral Thesis Advisory Committee, up to 24 semester hours
Thesis)
of previous graduate-level course work (at CSM or elsewhere) can be
• Professional Master Degree (Mineral Exploration) (Non-Thesis)
applied towards the course requirement of the Doctor of Philosophy
• Master of Engineering (Geological Engineer) (Non-Thesis)
(Geology)."
• Master of Science (Geology)
To ensure breadth of background, the course of study to the degree
• Master of Science (Geological Engineering)
of Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) must include at least one graduate
• Doctor of Philosophy (Geology)
course in each of the fields of stratigraphy/sedimentology, structural
• Doctor of Philosophy (Geological Engineering)
geology/tectonics, and petrology (this breadth requirement may be
satisfied by courses already taken as part of a Master of Science
Program Description
degree). At the discretion of the student's Doctoral Thesis Advisory
Committee, an appropriate course may be substituted for one (and only
The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering offers Master
one) of the fields above. All Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) students
of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Geology; and Master
must pass a qualifying examination and must complete an appropriate
of Engineering, and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
thesis based upon original research they have conducted. A thesis
degrees in Geological Engineering. Professional Master Degrees
proposal and course of study must be approved by the student's Doctoral
are offered in Petroleum Reservoir Systems and Mineral Exploration.
Thesis Advisory Committee before the student begins substantial work on
Geological Engineering degrees require possession or acquisition of an
the thesis research.
undergraduate engineering degree or its equivalent.
Prospective students should submit the results of the Graduate Record
Graduate students desiring to study ground water, engineering geology/
Examination with their application for admission to graduate study. In the
geotechnics, mining engineering geology and some environmental
event that it is not possible, because of geographic and other restrictions,
applications are generally expected to pursue the Geological Engineering
to take the Graduate Record Examination prior to enrolling at Colorado
degree. Students desiring to study petroleum or minerals exploration
School of Mines, enrollment may be granted on a provisional basis
or development sciences, and/or geology generally pursue Geology
subject to satisfactory completion of the examination within the first year
degrees. Students are initially admitted to either geoscience or geological
of residence.
engineering degree programs and must receive approval of the GE
department Graduate Advisory Committee to switch degree category.
Prerequisites
Program Requirements
Geology Program
Geology Degrees
The candidate for the degree of Master of Science (Geology) or Doctor
of Philosophy (Geology) must have completed the following or equivalent
The Master of Science (Geology) program will require 36 semester
subjects, for which credit toward an advanced degree will not be granted.
hours of course and research credit hours (a maximum of 9 credit hours
may be 400-level course work). Twelve of the 36 credit hours must be
• General Geology
research credits. To ensure breadth of background, the course of study
• Structural Geology
for the Master of Science (Geology) degree must include at least one
• Field Geology (6 weeks)
graduate course in each of the fields of stratigraphy/ sedimentology,
structural geology/tectonics, and petrology. At the discretion of the
• Mineralogy
student's Thesis Advisory Committee, an appropriate course may be
• Petrology
substituted for one (and only one) of the fields above. All Master of
• Stratigraphy
Science (Geology) candidates must also complete an appropriate thesis,
• Chemistry (3 semesters, including at least 1 semester of physical or
based upon original research they have conducted. A thesis proposal
organic)
and course of study must be approved by the student's Thesis Advisory
• Mathematics (2 semesters of calculus)
Committee before the candidate begins substantial work on the thesis
research.
• An additional science course (other than geology) or advanced
mathematics
The requirement for Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) program will
• Physics (2 semesters)
be established individually by a student's Doctoral Thesis Advisory
Committee, but must meet the minimum requirements presented below.
Professional Master Degree Programs:
The Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) academic program will require a
Candidates for the Professional Master Degree must possess an
minimum of 72 hours of course and research credit hours (a maximum
appropriate geosciences undergraduate degree or its equivalent.
of 9 credit hours may be 400-level course work). All students must
Prerequisites are the same as those required for the Master of Science
complete:
(Geology) Degree.
Course work
48.0

92 Geology and Geological Engineering
Engineering Programs
Professional Master in Mineral Exploration
The candidate for the degree of Master of Engineering (Geological
This non-thesis, master degree program is designed for working
Engineer), Master of Science (Geological Engineering) or Doctor of
professionals who want to increase their knowledge and skills, while
Philosophy (Geological Engineering) must have completed the following
gaining a thorough up-date of advances across the spectrum of economic
or equivalent subjects. Graduate credit may be granted for courses at or
geology, mineral exploration techniques, and mining geosciences.
above the 400 level, if approved by the student’s advisory committee.
Admission to the program is competitive. Preference will be given
to applicants with a minimum of two years of industrial or equivalent
Mathematics
experience.
Four semesters including: Calculus (2 semesters) and one semester of
The program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. A minimum of 15
any two of: calculus III, differential equations, probability and statistics,
credit hours must be accumulated in five of the following core areas:
numerical analysis, linear algebra, operations research, optimization.
• mineral deposits,
Basic Science
• mineral exploration,
• Chemistry (2 semesters)
• applied geophysics,
• Mineralogy and Petrology
• applied geochemistry,
• Physics (2 semesters)
• applied structural geology,
• Stratigraphy or Sedimentation
• petrology,
• Physical Geology
• field geology, and
• Computer Programming or GIS
• economic evaluation.
Engineering Science
An additional 15 credit hours may be selected from the course offerings
of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering and allied
• Structural Geology and one semester in four of the following subjects:
departments including Mining Engineering, Economics and Business,
• Physical Chemistry or Thermodynamics
Geophysics, Chemistry and Geochemistry, Metallurgy and Materials
• Statics
Science, and Environmental Sciences.
• Mechanics of Materials
Selection of courses will be undertaken in consultation with the academic
• Fluid Mechanics
advisor. Up to 9 credit hours may be at the 400-level. All other credits
• Dynamics
towards the degree must be 500-level or above. A maximum of 9 credit
• Soil Mechanics
hours may be independent study focusing on a topic relevant to the
• Rock Mechanics
mineral exploration and mining industries.
Engineering Design
Prerequisites: Admission to the program is generally restricted to
individuals holding a four-year undergraduate degree in earth sciences.
• Field Geology
Candidates for the degree of Professional Master in Mineral Exploration
As part of the graduate program each student must take one semester in
must have completed the following or equivalent subjects, for which
two of the following subjects if such courses were not taken for a previous
credit toward the advanced degree will not be granted. These are
degree:
general geology, structural geology, field geology, mineralogy, petrology,
chemistry (2 semesters), mathematics (2 semesters of calculus), physics
• Mineral Deposits/Economic Geology
(1 semester), and an additional science course other than geology.
• Hydrogeology
• Engineering Geology
Professional Master in Petroleum Reservoir
Systems
and also as part of the graduate program one semester in three of the
following subjects if such courses were not taken for a previous degree:
This is a non-thesis, interdisciplinary master degree program jointly
administered by the departments of Geology and Geological Engineering,
• Foundation Engineering
Geophysics, and Petroleum Engineering. This program consists only of
• Engineering Hydrology
coursework in petroleum geoscience and engineering. No research is
• Geomorphology
required.
• Airphoto Interpretation, Photogeology, or Remote Sensing
General Administration
• Petroleum Geology
The three participating departments share oversight for this program
• Introduction to Mining
through a committee consisting of one faculty member from each of
• Introductory Geophysics
the three departments. Students gain admission to the program by
• Engineering Geology Design
application to any of the three sponsoring departments. Students are
• Mineral Exploration Design
administered by that department into which they first matriculate.
• Groundwater Engineering Design
• Other engineering design courses as approved by the program
committee

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Requirements
of specialization (engineering geology/geotechnics, ground-water
engineering, and mining geological engineering).
The program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours. Up to 9 credit hours
may be at the 400 level. All other credits toward the degree must be 500
All Master of Engineering (Non-Thesis) program will include the following
level or above.
core requirements:
9 hours must consist of:
GEGN532
GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS
3.0
GEGN599
INDEPENDENT STUDY
6.0
GPGN/
WELL LOG ANALYSIS AND FORMATION
3.0
PEGNnull419
EVALUATION
GEGN599 requires a project and report that demonstrate competence in
or GPGN/
ADVANCED FORMATION EVALUATION
the application of geological engineering principles that merits a grade of
PEGNnull519
B or better. The project topic and content of the report is determined by
Select two of the following:
6.0
the student’s advisor, in consultation with the student, and is approved by
GEGN439
MULTIDISCIPLINARY PETROLEUM DESIGN
the Geological Engineering Graduate Program Committee. The format of
the report will follow the guidelines for a professional journal paper.
or GPGN439
GEOPHYSICS PROJECT DESIGN /
MULTIDISCIPLINARY PETROLEUM DESIGN
The student, in consultation with the advisor, must prepare a formal
or PEGN439
MULTIDISCIPLINARY PETROLEUM DESIGN
program of courses and independent study topic for approval by the
GEGN503
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND
Geological Engineering Graduate Program Committee. The program
DEVELOPMENT
must be submitted to the committee on or before the end of the first week
or GPGN503
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT
of classes of the first semester.
or PEGN503
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT
The most common difficulty in scheduling completion of the degree
GEGN504
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND
involves satisfaction of prerequisites. Common deficiency courses
DEVELOPMENT
are Statics, Mechanics of Materials, and Fluid Mechanics. These are
or GPGN504
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT
essential to the engineering underpinnings of the degree. An intense
or PEGN504
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT
program at CSM involving 18 credit hours each semester including
Statics in the fall and Fluid Mechanics in the spring and 9 credits in the
Total Semester Hrs
9.0
summer including Mechanics of Materials, allows these classes to be
9 additional hours must consist of one course each from the 3
taken along with the standard program. Some students may choose to
participating departments.
take these prerequisites elsewhere before arriving on the CSM campus.
The remaining 18 hours may consist of graduate courses from any of the
Engineering Geology/Geotechnics Specialty
3 participating departments, or other courses approved by the committee.
(Non-Thesis)
Up to 6 hours may consist of independent study, including an industry
Students working towards a Masters of Engineering (non-thesis) with
project.
specialization in Engineering Geology/ Geotechnics must meet the
Geological Engineering Degrees
prerequisite course requirements listed later in this section. Required
courses for the degree are:
The Master of Engineering (Non-Thesis) Program in Geological
Engineering outlined below may be completed by individuals already
GEGN467
GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
4.0
holding undergraduate or advanced degrees or as a combined degree
GEGN468
ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND GEOTECHNICS 4.0
program (see Graduate Degrees and Requirements (p. 12) section
GEGN532
GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS
3.0
of this bulletin) by individuals already matriculated as undergraduate
GEGN570
CASE HISTORIES IN GEOLOGICAL
3.0
students at The Colorado School of Mines. The program is comprised of:
ENGINEERING AND HYDROGEOLOGY
CORE
Course Work
30.0
or GEGN571
ADVANCED ENGINEERING GEOLOGY
GEGN599
INDEPENDENT STUDY
6.0
GEGN573
GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SITE
3.0
INVESTIGATION
Total Semester Hrs
36.0
GEGN599
INDEPENDENT STUDY
6.0
Up to nine credit hours can be at the 400 level and the remainder
GEGN671
LANDSLIDES: INVESTIGATION, ANALYSIS &
3.0
will be 500 or 600 level. For the combined degree program, courses
MITIGATION
recommended as appropriate for double counting may be chosen from:
or GEGN672
ADVANCED GEOTECHNICS
GEGN403
MINERAL EXPLORATION DESIGN
3.0
GE ELECT
Electives *
10.0
GEGN439
MULTIDISCIPLINARY PETROLEUM DESIGN
3.0
Total Semester Hrs
36.0
GEGN469
ENGINEERING GEOLOGY DESIGN
3.0
GEGN470
GROUND-WATER ENGINEERING DESIGN
3.0
The typical program plan includes 15 course credit hours in both the
fall and the spring terms followed by 6 independent study credit hours
during the summer term. The non-thesis degree includes three areas

94 Geology and Geological Engineering
*
Electives and course substitutions are approved by the Geological
MNGN523
SELECTED TOPICS (Underground Mine Design)
Engineering Graduate Program Committee and must be consistent
GE ELECT
Elective *
3.0
with the program specialization. As part of their elective courses,
GEOL505
ADVANCED STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY
3.0
students are required to have an advanced course in both soil and
GEOL520
NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE GEOLOGY AND 3.0
rock engineering. Possibilities for other electives include graduate-
EXPLORATION OF ORE DEPOSITS
level rock mechanics and rock engineering, soil mechanics and
foundations, ground water, site characterization, geographical
GE ELECT
Elective *
6.0
information systems (GIS), project management and geophysics, for
GEGN599
INDEPENDENT STUDY
6.0
example.
Total Semester Hrs
33-35
Ground Water Engineering/Hydrogeology
*
Electives and course substitutions are approved by the Geological
Specialty (Non-Thesis)
Engineering Graduate Program Committee and must be consistent
with the program specialization. Typically, the elective courses are
Students working towards a Masters of Engineering (non-thesis) with
selected from the following topical areas: mineral deposits geology,
specialization in Ground Water Engineering and Hydrogeology must meet
ore microscopy, applied geophysics, applied geochemistry, remote
the prerequisite course requirements listed later in this section. Required
sensing, engineering geology, environmental geology, engineering
courses for the degree (36 hours) are:
economics / management, mineral processing, geostatistics,
geographic information systems, environmental or exploration and
GEGN466
GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
3.0
mining law, and computers sciences.
GEGN532
GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS (Fall)
3.0
GEGN681
VADOSE ZONE HYDROLOGY (Fall )
3.0
The Master of Science Degree Program in Geological Engineering
or GEGN581
ADVANCED GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of course and project/
GEGN509
INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS
3.0
research credit hours (a maximum of 9 credit hours may be 400-
GEOCHEMISTRY (Fall or Spring)
level course work), plus a Graduate Thesis. The degree includes
three areas of specialization (engineering geology/geotechnics,
or CEEN550
PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY
groundwater engineering, and mining geological engineering) with
GEGN583
MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF
3.0
common requirements as follows:
GROUNDWATER SYSTEMS (Spring)
GEGN470
GROUND-WATER ENGINEERING DESIGN
3.0
GEGN532
GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS
3.0
(Spring)
GEGN707
GRADUATE THESIS/DISSERTATION
12.0
or CEEN575
HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE REMEDIATION
RESEARCH CREDIT (minimum)
GEGN575
APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC
3.0
GEGN
Course work, approved by the thesis committee
24.0
INFORMATION SYSTEMS (Fall/Spring)
Total Semester Hrs
39.0
GEGN599
INDEPENDENT STUDY Summer
6.0
GE ELECT
Electives *
9.0
The content of the thesis is to be determined by the student’s advisory
committee in consultation with the student. The Masters thesis must
Total Semester Hrs
36.0
demonstrate creative and comprehensive ability in the development or
application of geological engineering principles. The format of the thesis
*
Electives and course substitutions are approved by the Geological
will follow the guidelines described under the Thesis Writer’s Guide.
Engineering Graduate Program Committee and must be consistent
with the program specialization. As part of their elective courses,
In addition to the common course requirements, the Master of Science
students are required to have at least one additional advanced
degree with specialization in Engineering Geology/Geotechnics
course in hydrogeochemistry. Possibilities for other electives
requires:
include courses in site characterization, environmental science and
engineering, geographical information systems (GIS), geochemistry,
GEGN467
GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
4.0
and geophysics, for example.
GEGN468
ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND GEOTECHNICS 4.0
GEGN570
CASE HISTORIES IN GEOLOGICAL
3.0
Mining Geological Engineering Specialty
ENGINEERING AND HYDROGEOLOGY
(Non-Thesis)
Select at least two of the following:
6.0
Students working towards a Masters of Engineering (non-thesis) with
GEGN571
ADVANCED ENGINEERING GEOLOGY
specialization in Mining Geology must meet the prerequisite course
GEGN573
GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SITE
requirements listed later in this section. Required courses for the degree
INVESTIGATION
are:
GEGN671
LANDSLIDES: INVESTIGATION, ANALYSIS &
MITIGATION
GEGN468
ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND GEOTECHNICS 4.0
GEGN672
ADVANCED GEOTECHNICS
or GEGN467
GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
GEGN532
GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS
3.0
Total Semester Hrs
17.0
GEOL515
ADVANCED MINERAL DEPOSITS
3.0
Typically, the additional courses are selected from the following topical
Selected Topics
2-4
areas: engineering geology, groundwater engineering, groundwater
MNGN523
SELECTED TOPICS (Surface Mine Design OR)
modeling, soil mechanics and foundations, rock mechanics, underground

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construction, seismic hazards, geomorphology, geographic information
groundwater engineering, groundwater modeling, soil mechanics
systems, construction management, finite element modeling, waste
and foundations, rock mechanics, underground construction,
management, environmental engineering, environmental law, engineering
seismic hazards, geomorphology, geographic information systems,
management, and computer programming.
construction management, finite element modeling, waste management,
environmental engineering, environmental law, engineering management,
In addition to the common course requirements, the Master of Science
and computer programming.)
degree with specialization in Ground Water also requires the following
courses:
In addition to the common course requirements listed previously, a PhD
specializing in Ground Water also requires:
GEGN467
GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
4.0
GEGN468
ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND GEOTECHNICS 4.0
GEGN581
ADVANCED GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
3.0
GEGN583
MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF
3.0
GEGN669
ADVANCED TOPICS IN ENGINEERING
1-2
GROUNDWATER SYSTEMS
HYDROGEOLOGY
2 Courses Selected as Follows:
6.0
GEGN681
VADOSE ZONE HYDROLOGY
3.0
CEEN550
PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL
GEGN683
ADVANCED GROUND WATER MODELING
3.0
CHEMISTRY
and additional course work tailored to the student’s specific interests,
CEEN580
ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION: SOURCES,
which are likely to include chemistry, engineering, environmental
CHARACTERISTICS, TRANSPORT AND FATE
science, geophysics, math (particularly Partial Differential Equations),
GEGN509
INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS
microbiology, organic chemistry, contaminant transport, soil physics,
GEOCHEMISTRY
optimization, shallow resistivity or seismic methods. The student’s
GEGN581
ADVANCED GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
advisory committee has the authority to approve elective courses and any
Total Semester Hrs
17.0
substitutions for required courses.
As nearly all ground water software is written in Fortran, if the student
In addition to the common course requirements, a PhD specializing in
does not know Fortran, a Fortran course must be taken before
Mining Geology also requires:
graduation, knowledge of other computer languages is encouraged.
GEGN468
ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND GEOTECHNICS 4.0
In addition to the common course requirements, the Master of Science
or GEGN467
GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
degree with specialization in Mining Geology also requires:
GEOL505
ADVANCED STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY
3.0
GEOL515
ADVANCED MINERAL DEPOSITS
3.0
Specialty Areas (minimum)
17.0
GEOL520
NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE GEOLOGY AND 3.0
Total Semester Hrs
17.0
EXPLORATION OF ORE DEPOSITS
This will include about 5–6 courses (predominantly at 500 and 600
MNGN523
SELECTED TOPICS (Surface Mine Design or
2.0
level) selected by the student in conjunction with the Masters program
Underground Mine Design)
advisory committee. Specialty areas might include: mineral deposits
Total Semester Hrs
15.0
geology, mineral exploration, mining geology, mineral processing, applied
geophysics, applied geochemistry, engineering geology, environmental
Additional course work suited to the student’s specific interests and
geology, geostatistics, geographic information systems, environmental or
approved by the doctoral program committee. (Typically, the additional
exploration and mining law, engineering economics/ management, and
courses are selected from the following topical areas: mineral deposits
computer sciences.
geology, mineral exploration, mining geology, mineral processing, applied
geophysics, applied geochemistry, engineering geology, environmental
The Doctor of Philosophy (Geological Engineering) degree requires a
geology, geostatistics, geographic information systems, environmental
minimum of 72 hours course work and research combined. Requirements
or exploration and mining law, engineering economics/management, and
include the same courses as for the Master of Science (Geological
computer sciences).
Engineering) with the additions noted below. After completing all
coursework and an admission to candidacy application, the Dissertation
Geochemistry
is completed under GEGN707 Graduate Research. The content of the
The Geochemistry Program is an interdisciplinary graduate program
dissertation is to be determined by the student's advisory committee
administered by the departments of Geology and Geological Engineering
in consultation with the student. The dissertation must make a new
and Chemistry and Geochemistry. The geochemistry faculty from each
contribution to the geological engineering profession. The format of the
department are responsible for the operations of the program. Student
dissertation will follow the guidelines described under the Thesis Writer's
reside in either Department. Please see the Geochemistry section of the
Guide. A minimum of 24 research credits must be taken. Up to 24 course
Bulletin for detailed information on this degree program.
credit hours may be awarded by the candidate's Doctoral Thesis Advisory
Committee for completion of a Master of Science degree (at CSM or
Hydrologic Science and Engineering
elsewhere).
The Hydrologic Science and Engineering (HSE) Program is an
In addition to the common course requirements, a PhD specializing
interdisciplinary graduate program comprised of faculty from several
in Engineering Geology/Geotechnics requires additional course
different CSM departments. Please see the Hydrologic Science and
work tailored to the student’s specific interests and approved by
Engineering section of the Bulletin for detailed information on this degree
the doctoral program committee. (Typically, the additional courses
program.
are selected from the following topical areas: engineering geology,

96 Geology and Geological Engineering
Qualifying Examination
Research Associate Professor
Ph.D. students in Geology, Geological Engineering, Geochemistry, and
Nicholas B. Harris
Hydrologic Science and Engineering must pass a qualifying examination
by the end of the second year of their programs. This timing may be
Research Assistant Professors
adjusted for part-time students. This examination will be administered by
Jennifer L. Aschoff
the student's Doctoral committee and will consist of an oral and a written
examination, administered in a format to be determined by the Doctoral
Jeremy Boak
Committee. Two negative votes in the Doctoral Committee constitute
failure of the examination. In case of failure of the qualifying examination,
Maeve Boland
a re-examination may be given upon the recommendation of the Doctoral
Mary Carr
Committee and approval of the Graduate Dean. Only one re-examination
may be given.
Brian Ebel
Professor and Department Head
Karin Hoal
Paul M. Santi
Nigel Kelly
Professors
Katharina Pfaff
Wendy J. Harrison
Professor Emerita
Murray W. Hitzman, Charles F. Fogarty Professor of Economic Geology
Eileen P. Poeter
Reed M. Maxwell
Professors Emeriti
Stephen A. Sonnenberg, Charles Boettcher Distinguished Chair in
John B. Curtis
Petroleum Geology
Thomas L.T. Grose
Richard F. Wendlandt
John D. Haun
Lesli J. Wood, Weimer Distinguished Chair and Professor, Geology
Jerry D. Higgins
Associate Professors
Neil F. Hurley
David A. Benson
Keenan Lee
Thomas Monecke
Samuel B. Romberger
Piret Plink-Bjorklund
A. Keith Turner
Kamini Singha, Joint appointment with Civil and Environmental
Engineering
John E. Warme
Bruce Trudgill
Robert J. Weimer
Wei Zhou
Associate Professors Emeriti
Assistant Professors
L. Graham Closs
Alexander Gysi
Timothy A. Cross
Yvette Kuiper
Gregory S. Holden
Alexis Sitchler
Joint Appointment
Gabriel Walton
Stephen M. Enders
Teaching Associate Professor
John E. McCray
Christian V. Shorey
Research Professors
Dag Nummedal
David Pyles
J. Frederick (Rick) Sarg

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Courses
GEGN530. CLAY CHARACTERIZATION. 2.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with GEOL530,
GEGN503. INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT. 3.0
(I) Clay mineral structure, chemistry and classification, physical properties
Semester Hrs.
(flocculation and swelling, cation exchange capacity, surface area and
(I) Students work alone and in teams to study reservoirs from fluvial-
charge), geological occurrence, controls on their stabilities. Principles of
deltaic and valley fill depositional environments. This is a multidisciplinary
X-ray diffraction, including sample preparation techniques, data collection
course that shows students how to characterize and model subsurface
and interpretation, and clay separation and treatment methods. The
reservoir performance by integrating data, methods and concepts from
use of scanning electron microscopy to investigate clay distribution
geology, geophysics and petroleum engineering. Activities include field
and morphology. Methods of measuring cation exchange capacity and
trips, computer modeling, written exercises and oral team presentations.
surface area. Prerequisites: GEGN206. 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab; 2
Prerequisite: none. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
semester hours.
Offered fall semester, odd years.
GEGN532. GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
GEGN504. INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT. 3.0
(I or II) Techniques and strategy of data analysis in geology and
Semester Hrs.
geological engineering: basic statistics review, analysis of data
(I) Students work in multidisciplinary teams to study practical problems
sequences, mapping, sampling and sample representativity, univariate
and case studies in integrated subsurface exploration and development.
and multivariate statistics, geostatistics, and geographic information
The course addresses emerging technologies and timely topics with
systems (GIS). Practical experience with geological applications via
a general focus on carbonate reservoirs. Activities include field trips,
supplied software and data sets from case histories. Prerequisites:
3D computer modeling, written exercises and oral team presentation.
Introductory statistics course (MATH323 or MATH530 equivalent). 2
Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture and seminar; 3 semester hours.
hours lecture/discussion; 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
Offered fall semester, even years.
GEGN561. UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING
GEGN509. INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS GEOCHEMISTRY. 3.0
LABORATORY 1. 0.5 Semester Hrs.
Semester Hrs.
(I) This course provides students with hands-on experience with tools and
(I) Analytical, graphical and interpretive methods applied to aqueous
skills which are commonly used in the underground construction industry.
systems. Thermodynamic properties of water and aqueous solutions.
Bi-weekly labs integrate with other courses in the field of Underground
Calculations and graphical expression of acid-base, redox and solution-
Construction and Tunnel Engineering. Co-requisites: CEEN513. 1.5
mineral equilibria. Effect of temperature and kinetics on natural aqueous
hours lab; 0.5 semester hours.
systems. Adsorption and ion exchange equilibria between clays and
oxide phases. Behavior of trace elements and complexation in aqueous
GEGN562. UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING
systems. Application of organic geochemistry to natural aqueous
LABORATORY 2. 0.5 Semester Hrs.
systems. Light stable and unstable isotopic studies applied to aqueous
(II) This course provides students with hands-on experience with tools
systems. Prerequisite: DCGN209 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3
and skills which are commonly used in the underground construction
semester hours.
industry. Bi-weekly labs integrate with other courses in the field of
Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering. Co-requisites:
GEGN520. INDUSTRIAL MINERALS AND ROCKS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
MNGN504 or CEEN523. 1.5 hours lab; 0.5 hours.
Introduction to the Industrial Minerals industry via appreciation of geologic
occurrence, physical and chemical material properties, mining and
GEGN563. APPLIED NUMERICAL MODELLING FOR
processing considerations, and marketing of various commodities.
GEOMECHANICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Development of skills in preparation of commodity surveys, reserves and
(I) Course focuses on a comprehensive suite of numerical analysis
resources classifications, and project appraisals. Required field trips to
techniques suited to geotechnical design with a focus on excavations
operational sites and trip reports. Mid-term and final exams. Individual
in rock/soil and landslides. Finite element, finite difference, discrete/
student commodity term project and presentation. Prerequisite: Senior
distinct element and boundary element methods are all discussed with
or graduate status in earth resources field. 3 hours lecture/seminar;
hands-on application workshops using state-of-the-art geomechanics
3 semester hours. Offered alternate years when student demand is
software. Analytical models and pre- and post- processing techniques
sufficient.
suited to typical rock engineering problems are developed through
assignments. Strength criteria and non-linear inelastic constitutive models
GEGN527. ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY OF FOSSIL FUELS AND ORE
for continuum plasticity, brittle fracture and discontinuum deformation are
DEPOSITS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
explored in detail. Projects involving real case histories are undertaken
(II) A study of organic carbonaceous materials in relation to the genesis
to highlight the application of and engineering judgment associated with
and modification of fossil fuel and ore deposits. The biological origin of
numerical analysis for problems involving rockmasses. Prerequisites:
the organic matter will be discussed with emphasis on contributions of
GEGN468, MNGN321 or CEEN312. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
microorganisms to the nature of these deposits. Biochemical and thermal
changes which convert the organic compounds into petroleum, oil shale,
GEGN570. CASE HISTORIES IN GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING AND
tar sand, coal, and other carbonaceous matter will be studied. Principal
HYDROGEOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
analytical techniques used for the characterization of organic matter in
(I) Case histories in geological and geotechnical engineering, ground
the geosphere and for evaluation of oil and gas source potential will be
water, and waste management problems. Students are assigned
discussed. Laboratory exercises will emphasize source rock evaluation,
problems and must recommend solutions and/or prepare defendable
and oil-source rock and oil-oil correlation methods. Prerequisite:
work plans. Discussions center on the role of the geological engineer
CHGN221, GEGN438. 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
in working with government regulators, private-sector clients, other
Offered alternate years.
consultants, and other special interest groups. Prerequisite: GEGN467,
GEGN468, GEGN469, GEGN470. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

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GEGN571. ADVANCED ENGINEERING GEOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
GEGN582. INTEGRATED SURFACE WATER HYDROLOGY. 3.0
(I) Emphasis will be on engineering geology mapping methods,
Semester Hrs.
and geologic hazards assessment applied to site selection and site
Equivalent with ESGN582,
assessment for a variety of human activities. Prerequisite: GEGN468
(I) This course provides a quantitative, integrated view of the hydrologic
or equivalent. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Offered
cycle. The movement and behavior of water in the atmosphere
alternate years.
(including boundary layer dynamics and precipitation mechanisms),
fluxes of water between the atmosphere and land surface (including
GEGN573. GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SITE INVESTIGATION. 3.0
evaporation, transpiration, precipitation, interception and through fall)
Semester Hrs.
and connections between the water and energy balances (including
(II) Methods of field investigation, testing, and monitoring for geotechnical
radiation and temperature) are discussed at a range of spatial and
and hazardous waste sites, including: drilling and sampling methods,
temporal scales. Additionally, movement of water along the land surface
sample logging, field testing methods, instrumentation, trench logging,
(overland flow and snow dynamics) and in the subsurface (saturated
foundation inspection, engineering stratigraphic column and engineering
and unsaturated flow) as well as surface-subsurface exchanges and
soils map construction. Projects will include technical writing for
runoff generation are also covered. Finally, integration and connections
investigations (reports, memos, proposals, workplans). Class will
within the hydrologic cycle and scaling of river systems are discussed.
culminate in practice conducting simulated investigations (using a
Prerequisites: Groundwater Engineering (GEGN466/GEGN467), Fluid
computer simulator). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Mechanics (GEGN351/ EGGN351), math up to differential equations, or
GEGN575. APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
equivalent classes. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
SYSTEMS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
GEGN583. MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF GROUNDWATER
(II) An introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their
SYSTEMS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
applications to all areas of geology and geological engineering. Lecture
(II) Lectures, assigned readings, and direct computer experience
topics include: principles of GIS, data structures, digital elevation models,
concerning the fundamentals and applications of finite-difference and
data input and verification, data analysis and spatial modeling, data
finite-element numerical methods and analytical solutions to ground
quality and error propagation, methods of GIS evaluation and selection.
water flow and mass transport problems. Prerequisite: A knowledge of
Laboratories will use Macintosh and DOS-based personal computer
FORTRAN programming, mathematics through differential and integral
systems for GIS projects, as well as video-presentations. Visits to local
calculus, and GEGN467. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
GIS laboratories, and field studies will be required. 2 hours lecture, 3
hours lab; 3 semester hours.
GEGN584. FIELD METHODS IN HYDROLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(I) Design and implementation of tests that characterize surface and
GEGN578. GIS PROJECT DESIGN. 1-3 Semester Hr.
subsurface hydrologic systems, including data logger programming,
(I, II) Project implementation of GIS analysis. Projects may be undertaken
sensor calibration, pumping tests, slug tests, infiltration tests, stream
by individual students, or small student teams. Documentation of all
gauging and dilution measurements, and geophysical (EM, resistivity,
project design stages, including user needs assessment, implementation
and/or SP) surveys. Prerequisites: Groundwater Engineering (GEGN466/
procedures, hardware and software selection, data sources and
GEGN467, Surface Water Hydrology (ESGN582) or equivalent classes. 2
acquisition, and project success assessment. Various GIS software
hours lecture; 5 hours lab and field exercises one day of the week. Days
may be used; projects may involve 2-dimensional GIS, 3-dimensional
TBD by instructor; 3 semester hours.
subsurface models, or multi-dimensional time-series analysis.
Prerequisite: none. Variable credit, 1-3 semester hours, depending on
GEGN585. FLUID MECHANICS FOR HYDROLOGY. 2.0 Semester Hrs.
project. Offered on demand.
(I) This class focuses on the fundamental concepts of engineering fluid
mechanics as they relate to the study of hydrology. Topics include
GEGN580. APPLIED REMOTE SENSING FOR GEOENGINEERING
fluid statics, dynamics, continuity, energy and momentum, dimensional
AND GEOSCIENCES. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
analysis and open channel flow. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester hours.
(I) This course offers an introduction to remote sensing in general and
radar remote sensing and optical remote sensing in specific as well
GEGN586. NUMERICAL MODELING OF GEOCHEMICAL SYSTEMS.
as their applications to all areas of geoengineering and geosicences.
3.0 Semester Hrs.
Lecture topics include: principles SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar)
(II) This course provides quantitative methods for evaluating the
and InSAR (Interferometry of Synthetic Aperture Radar) and their
geochemical characteristics of geological systems. The course is
applications, as well as basic concepts of optical remote sensing and its
project based with lectures to provide information about the topic and
application in geoengineering and geosciences. Topics include various
use of geochemical modeling software. Student projects consist of
sensors and platforms of SAR data acquisition, SAR data access, SAR
chemical speciation of waters, activity diagrams, reaction progress
data processing, data acquisition and processing of optical remote
models, water-rock interactions, sorption and surface complexation,
sensing images. Prerequisites: Graduate standing. 2 hours lecture, 3
and kinetic mineral reactions. Students complete an individual project
hours lab, 3 semester hours.
on the geochemical system of their choice and present it to the class.
Prerequisite: CEEN550 or CHGC509. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
GEGN581. ANALYTICAL HYDROLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Offered spring semester, odd years.
Equivalent with GEGN481,
(I) Lectures, assigned readings, and discussions concerning the theory,
GEGN598. SEMINAR IN GEOLOGY OR GEOLOGICAL
measurement, and estimation of ground water param eters, fractured-
ENGINEERING. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
rock flow, new or specialized methods of well hydraulics and pump tests,
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
tracer methods. Prerequisite: GEGN467. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
hours.
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
different titles.

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GEGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ENGINEERING GEOLOGY OR
GEGN682. FLOW AND TRANSPORT IN FRACTURED ROCK. 3.0
ENGINEERING HYDROGEOLOGY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
Semester Hrs.
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
(I) Explores the application of hydrologic and engineering principles to
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
flow and transport in fractured rock. Emphasis is on analysis of field
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
data and the differences between flow and transport in porous media
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
and fractured rock. Teams work together throughout the semester
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
to solve problems using field data, collect and analyze field data,
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
and do independent research in flow and transport in fractured rock.
for credit limits toward the degree.
Prerequisites: GEGN581. 3 hours lecture; 3 credit hours. Offered
alternate years.
GEGN669. ADVANCED TOPICS IN ENGINEERING HYDROGEOLOGY.
1-2 Semester Hr.
GEGN683. ADVANCED GROUND WATER MODELING. 3.0 Semester
(I, II) Review of current literature and research regarding selected
Hrs.
topics in hydrogeology. Group discussion and individual participation.
(II) Flow and solute transport modeling including: 1) advanced analytical
Guest speakers and field trips may be incorporated into the course.
modeling methods; 2) finite elements, random-walk, and method of
Prerequisite: none. 1 to 2 semester hours; may be repeated for credit.
characteristics numerical methods; 3) discussion of alternative computer
codes for modeling and presentation of the essential features of a
GEGN670. ADVANCED TOPICS IN GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING. 3.0
number of codes; 4) study of selection of appropriate computer codes
Semester Hrs.
for specific modeling problems; 5) application of models to ground water
(I, II) Review of current literature and research regarding selected topics
problems; and 6) study of completed modeling projects through literature
in engineering geology. Group discussion and individual participation.
review, reading and discussion. Prerequisite: GEGN509/CHGC509 or
Guest speakers and field trips may be incorporated into the course.
GEGN583. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Repeatable for
credit under different topics.
GEGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
GEGN671. LANDSLIDES: INVESTIGATION, ANALYSIS &
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
MITIGATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
(I) Geological investigation, analysis, and design of natural rock
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
and soil slopes and mitigation of unstable slopes. Topics include
different titles.
landslide types and processes, triggering mechanisms, mechanics of
movements, landslide investigation and characterization, monitoring and
GEGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ENGINEERING GEOLOGY OR
instrumentation, soil slope stability analysis, rock slope stability analysis,
ENGINEERING HYDROGEOLOGY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
rock fall analysis, stabilization and risk reduction measures. Prerequisites:
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
GEGN468, EGGN361, MNGN321, (or equivalents). 3 hours lecture; 3
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
semester hours.
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
GEGN672. ADVANCED GEOTECHNICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
Practical analysis and application of techniques in weak rock engineering,
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
ground-water control in construction, fluvial stabilization and control,
for credit limits toward the degree.
earthquake hazard assessment, engineering geology in construction,
engineering geology in dam investigation, and other current topics in
GEGN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
geotechnics practice. Prerequisite: GEGN468, CEEN312, CEEN312L
CREDIT. 1-15 Semester Hr.
and MNGN321. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
years.
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
direct supervision of the student's faculty advisor. Variable class and
GEGN673. ADVANCED GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN. 3.0
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
Semester Hrs.
(II) Application of geological principles and analytical techniques to solve
GEGX571. GEOCHEMICAL EXPLORATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
complex engineering problems related to geology, such as mitigation
(I) Dispersion of trace metals from mineral deposits and their discovery.
of natural hazards, stabilization of earth materials, and optimization of
Laboratory consists of analysis and statistical interpretation of data of
construction options. Design tools to be covered will include problem
soils, stream sediments, vegetation, and rock in connection with field
solving techniques, optimization, reliability, maintainability, and economic
problems. Term report required. Prerequisite: none. 2 hours lecture, 3
analysis. Students will complete independent and group design projects,
hours lab; 3 semester hours.
as well as a case analysis of a design failure. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
GEOL501. APPLIED STRATIGRAPHY. 4.0 Semester Hrs.
hours. Offered alternate years.
(I) Review of basic concepts in siliciclastic and carbonate sedimentology
GEGN681. VADOSE ZONE HYDROLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
and stratigraphy. Introduction to advanced concepts and their application
(II) Study of the physics of unsaturated groundwater flow and
to exploration and development of fossil fuels and stratiform mineral
contaminant transport. Fundamental processes and data collection
deposits. Modern facies models and sequence-stratigraphic concepts
methods will be presented. The emphasis will be on analytic solutions
applied to solving stratigraphic problems in field and subsurface settings.
to the unsaturated flow equations and analysis of field data. Application
Prerequisites: GEOL314 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture, 4 hours lab; 4
to non-miscible fluids, such as gasoline, will be made. The fate of leaks
semester hours.
from underground tanks will be analyzed. Prerequisites: GEGN467
or equivalent; Math through Differential Equations. 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours.

100 Geology and Geological Engineering
GEOL502. STRUCTURAL METHODS FOR SEISMIC
GEOL514. BUSINESS OF ECONOMIC GEOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
INTERPRETATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Examines the business side of mineral exploration including company
(I) A practical course that covers the wide variety of structural methods
structure, fundraising, stock market rules and regulations, and legal
and techniques that are essential to produce a valid and coherent
environment. Reviews the types of minerals exploration companies,
interpretation of 2D and 3D seismic reflection data in structurally complex
differences between mineral sectors, rules and practices of listing a
areas. Topics covered include: Extensional tectonics, fold and thrust
minerals company on a stock exchange, and legal requirements of listing
belts, salt tectonics, inversion tectonics and strike-slip fault systems.
and presenting data to stockholders. The course is centered on lectures
Laboratory exercises are based on seismic datasets from a wide variety
by industry representatives from the Denver area. Includes participation
of structural regimes from across the globe. The course includes a 4 day
in a technical conference in Vancouver or Toronto and meetings with
field trip to SE Utah. Prerequisite: GEOL309 and GEOL314 or GEOL315,
lawyers, stockbrokers, and geoscientists working in the mineral industry.
or equivalents. 3 hours lecture/lab; 3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: GEGN401. 3 hours lecture and seminar; 3 semester hours.
Offered alternate years when student demand is sufficient.
GEOL503. INTEGRATED GEOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION OF 3D
SEISMIC DATA. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
GEOL515. ADVANCED MINERAL DEPOSITS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(II) INTEGRATED GEOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION OF 3D SEISMIC
(I) Geology of mineral systems at a deposit, district, and regional
DATA-A PRACTICAL COURSE IN SEISMIC INTERPRETATION OF
scale formed by magmatic-hydrothermal, sedimentary/basinal, and
GLOBAL DATASETS. A practical course in workstation based, integrated
metamorphic processes. Emphasis will be placed on a systems approach
geological interpretation of 3D seismic reflection data. Course builds
to evaluating metal and sulfur sources, transportation paths, and traps.
directly on the seismic interpretation skills learnt in the prerequisite
Systems examined will vary by year and interest of the class. Involves a
GEOL502 Structural Methods for Seismic Interpretation. Key concepts
team-oriented research project that includes review of current literature
developed in this course are: making internally consistent interpretations
and laboratory research. Prerequisites: GEGN401. 1 hour lecture, 5
of complex 3D datasets and developing integrated geological (structural
hours lab; 3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
and stratigraphic) interpretations of 3D seismic data. Prerequisite:
GEOL517. FIELD METHODS FOR ECONOMIC GEOLOGY. 3.0
GEOL502. 3 hours lecture/lab; 3 semester hours.
Semester Hrs.
GEOL505. ADVANCED STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(II) Methods of field practices related to mineral exploration and mining.
(I) Advanced Structural Geology builds on basic undergraduate Structural
Lithology, structural geology, alteration, and mineralization vein-type
Geology. Structures such as folds, faults, foliations, lineations and
precious metal deposits. Mapping is conducted both underground at
shear zones will be considered in detail. The course focuses on
the Edgar Test Mine and above ground in the Idaho Springs area. Drill
microstructures, complex geometries and multiple generations of
core and rock chips from different deposit types are utilized. Technical
deformation. The laboratory consists of microscopy, in-class problems,
reports are prepared for each of four projects. Class is run on Saturday
and some field-based problems. Prerequisites: GEGN307, GEOL309,
(9 am-4 pm) throughout the semester. Prerequisites: GEGN401. 6 hours
GEGN316, GEOL321, or equivalents. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab, and
lab and seminar; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years when student
field exercise; 3 semester hours.
demand is sufficient.
GEOL507. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
GEOL518. MINERAL EXPLORATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with GEOL607,
(II) Mineral industry overview, deposit economics, target selection,
(II) Recent geologic ideas and literature reviewed. Preparation and oral
deposit modeling, exploration technology, international exploration,
presentation of short papers. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour. Required
environmental issues, program planning, proposal development. Team
of all geology candidates for advanced degrees during their enrollment on
development and presentation of an exploration proposal. Prerequisite:
campus.
GEOL515, GEOL520, or equivalent. 2 hours lecture/seminar, 3 hours lab;
3 semester hours. Offered when student demand is sufficient.
GEOL512. MINERALOGY AND CRYSTAL CHEMISTRY. 3.0 Semester
Hrs.
GEOL519. ABITIBI GEOLOGY AND EXPLORATION FIELD SCHOOL.
(I) Relationships among mineral chemistry, structure, crystallography, and
3.0 Semester Hrs.
physical properties. Systematic treatments of structural representation,
(II, S) Methods of field practices related to mineral exploration and
defects, mineral stability and phase transitions, solid solutions,
mining. Regional and deposit-scale geology of Archean mineral deposits,
substitution mechanisms, and advanced methods of mineral identification
including lode gold deposits and volcanic-hosted massive sulfide
and characterization. Applications of principles using petrological
deposits. Includes mineral prospect evaluation, structural geology,
and environmental examples. Prerequisites: GEOL321, DCGN209 or
physical volcanology, deposit definition, alteration mapping, mining
equivalent. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Offered
methods, ore processing, and metallurgy. Core logging, underground
alternate years.
stope mapping, open pit mapping, lithogeochemical sampling, and field-
analytical techniques. Course involves a seminar in the spring semester
GEOL513. HYDROTHERMAL GEOCHEMISTRY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
that focuses on the geology and deposit types in the area to be visited.
Equivalent with CHGC513,
An intense 14-day field trip is run in the summer semester. Each day
(II) Geochemistry of high-temperature aqueous systems. Examines
includes up to 4 hours of instruction in the field and 4 hours of team-
fundamental phase relationships in model systems at elevated
oriented field exercises. Prerequisites: none. 6 hours lab and seminar; 2
temperatures and pressures. Major and trace element behavior during
semester hours in spring, 1 semester hour in summer. Offered alternate
fluid-rock interaction. Theory and application of stable isotopes as applied
years when student demand is sufficient.
to hydrothermal mineral deposits. Review of the origin of hydrothermal
fluids and mechanisms of transport and deposition of ore minerals.
Includes the study of the geochemistry of magmatic aqueous systems,
geothermal systems, and submarine hydrothermal vents. Prerequisites:
GEGN401. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.

Colorado School of Mines 101
GEOL520. NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE GEOLOGY AND
GEOL525. TECTONOTHERMAL EVOLUTION OF THE CONTINENTS.
EXPLORATION OF ORE DEPOSITS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
3.0 Semester Hrs.
(I, II) Each topic unique and focused on a specific mineral deposit type
(I) Evolution of the continental crust with a specific focus on processes
or timely aspects of economic geology. Review of the geological and
occurring at collisional margins. Emphasis will be on the application of
geographic setting of a specific magmatic, hydrothermal, or sedimentary
metamorphic processes and concepts., including integration of major,
mineral deposit type. Detailed study of the physical and chemical
trace, and isotopic geochemistry of rocks and minerals to interpreting
characteristics of selected deposits and mining districts. Theory and
and understanding the tectonic and thermal evolution of the crust
application of geological field methods and geochemical investigations.
through space and time. Laboratory emphasizes the interpretation
Includes a discussion of genetic models, exploration strategies, and
of metamorphic textures and assemblages within the context of
mining methods. Prerequistes: GEGN401. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester
geochemistry and deformation, and the application of thermodynamic
hours. Repeatable for credit.
principles to the understanding of the thermal history of rocks and
terrains. Prerequiste: Appropriate undergraduate optical mineralogy and
GEOL521. FIELD AND ORE DEPOSIT GEOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
petrology coursework (GEOL321 and GEGN307, or equivalent). 2 hours
(I, S) Field study of major mineral deposit districts inside and outside of
lecture and seminar, 3 hours lab: 3 semester hours. Offered alternate
the USA. Examines regional and deposit-scale geology. Underground
years.
and open pit mine visits and regional traverses. Topics addressed
include deposit definition, structural geology, alteration mapping, mining
GEOL535. LITHO ORE FORMING PROCESSES. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
methods, and ore processing. Course involves a seminar in the spring
(II) Lithogeochemistry is the study of fluid-rock interaction in hydrothermal
semester that focuses on the geology and deposit types in the area to
systems from a mineralogical perspective. Practical course on numerical
be visited. An intense 10-14 day field trip is run in the summer semester.
modeling of fluid-rock interaction combined with observations of mineral
Prerequisites: none. 6 hours lab and seminar; 2 semester hours in
assemblages in rocks and thin sections taking hydrothermal ore deposits
spring, 1 semester hour in summer. Offered alternate years when student
as test examples including pegmatites and veins, greisen alteration,
demand is sufficient. Repeatable for credit.
porphyry systems and REE deposits. Mechanisms of metal complexation,
transport and mineralization processes in hydrothermal fluids are
GEOL522. TECTONICS AND SEDIMENTATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
connected to mineral alteration textures, mineral/rock geochemistry and
(II) Application and integration of advanced sedimentologic and
mineral paragenesis. Includes a mine visit if available. 2 hours lecture; 3
stratigraphic concepts to understand crustal deformation at a wide range
hours lab, 3 semester hours. Prerequisites: GEOL321, GEGN401.
of spatial- and time-scales. Key concepts include: growth-strata analysis,
interpretation of detrital composition (conglomerate unroofing sequences
GEOL540. ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY AND GEOCHRONOLOGY. 3.0
and sandstone provenance trends), paleocurrent deflection and thinning
Semester Hrs.
trends, tectonic control on facies distribution and basic detrital zircon
(II) A study of the principles of geochronology and stable isotope
and fission track analysis. Students will read a wide range of literature
distributions with an emphasis on the application of these principles
to explore the utility and limitation of traditional "tectonic signatures" in
to important case studies in igneous petrology and the formation of
stratigraphy, and will work on outcrop and subsurface datasets to master
ore deposits. U, Th, and Pb isotopes, K-Ar, Rb-Sr, oxygen isotopes,
these concepts. Special attention is paid to fold-thrust belt, extensional
hydrogen isotopes, and carbon isotopes included. Prerequisite: none. 3
and salt-related deformation. The course has important applications in
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
Petroleum Geology, Geologic Hazards, and Hydrogeology. Required:
GEOL550. INTEGRATED BASIN MODELING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
2-3 fieldtrips, class presentations, and a final paper that is written in a
(I) This course introduces students to principal methods in computer-
peer-reviewed journal format. Prerequisites: GEOL314 or equivalent, and
based basin modeling: structural modeling and tectonic restoration;
GEOL309 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture and seminar; 3 semester hours.
thermal modeling and hydrocarbon generation; and stratigraphic
Offered even years.
modeling. Students apply techniques to real data set that includes
GEOL523. REFLECTED LIGHT AND ELECTRON MICROSCOPY. 3.0
seismic and well data and learn to integrate results from multiple
Semester Hrs.
approaches in interpreting a basin's history. The course is primarily a lab
(I) Theoretical and practical aspects of reflected light and electron
course. Prerequisite: none. A course background in structural geology,
microscopy. Emphasis will be placed on applications to ore deposit
sedimentology/stratigraphy or organic geochemistry will be helpful. 1 hour
exploration and research. Lecture and discussion topics will highlight both
lecture, 5 hours labs; 3 semester hours.
standard and new techniques and instrumentation including SEM and
GEOL551. APPLIED PETROLEUM GEOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
QEMSCAN, as well as key questions in mineral deposit genesis which
(II) Subjects to be covered include computer subsurface mapping
can be addressed using reflected light and electron microscopy. Includes
and cross sections, petrophysical analysis of well data, digitizing well
detailed study of a selected suite of samples, with emphasis on mineral
logs, analyzing production decline curves, creating hydrocarbon-
identification, textural relationships, paragenetic sequences, and mineral
porosity-thickness maps, volumetric calculations, seismic structural and
chemistry. Course culminates in a project. Prerequisites: GEGN401. 2
stratigraphic mapping techniques, and basin modeling of hydrocarbon
hours lecture, 2 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
generation. Students are exposed to three software packages used
extensively by the oil and gas industry. Prerequisite: GEGN438 or
GEOL609. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

102 Geology and Geological Engineering
GEOL552. UNCONVENTIONAL PETROLEUM SYSTEMS. 3.0
GEOL598LA. SPECIAL TOPICS LAB. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
Semester Hrs.
GEOL598LB. SPECIAL TOPICS LAB. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
(II) Unconventional petroleum systems have emerged as a critical and
indispensable part of current US production and potential future reserves.
GEOL599. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOLOGY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
Each of the 5 unconventional oil and 4 unconventional gas systems will
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
be discussed: what are they, world wide examples, required technology
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
to evaluate and produce, environmental issues, and production/resource
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
numbers. The oil part of the course will be followed by looking at cores
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
from these systems. The gas part of the course will include a field
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
trip to the Denver, Eagle, and Piceance Basins in Colorado to see
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
outstanding outcrops of actual producing units. Prerequisites: GEGN438
for credit limits toward the degree.
or GEOL609, GEGN527. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered
GEOL601. FIELD STRATIGRAPHY. 1.0 Semester Hr.
alternate years.
(II) Keynote lectures and a seminar series on select topics in stratigraphy,
GEOL553. GEOLOGY AND SEISMIC SIGNATURES OF RESERVOIR
linked to a field trip. Specific topics vary yearly depending on course
SYSTEMS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
participant?s interests. Seminar discussions based on reading journal
(II) This course is a comprehensive look at the depositional models,
papers. Field trip consists of series of projects/exercises focused on
log signatures, characteristics, and seismic signatures for all the main
making field observations and deducing interpretations, based on
reservoirs we explore for and produce from in the subsurface. The first
multiple hypotheses. Field trip includes specific observations and
half is devoted to the clastic reservoirs (12 in all); the second part to
recognition criteria for depositional processes and environments, as
the carbonate reservoirs (7 total). The course will utilize many hands-
well as for regional climatic and tectonic controls. Presentation required.
on exercises using actual seismic lines for the various reservoir types.
Prerequisite: GEOL501. 3-4 seminars, 3 hours each, over the course of
Prerequisites: GEOL501 or GEOL314. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
the semester, and a field trip; 1 semester hour.
Offered alternate years.
GEOL608. HISTORY OF GEOLOGICAL CONCEPTS. 3.0 Semester
GEOL555. STRUCTURAL FIELD RESEARCH. 4.0 Semester Hrs.
Hrs.
(I) This course focuses on geological field work along the Colorado Front
(II) Lectures and seminars concerning the history and philosophy of the
Range through inquiry-based research and hypothesis-testing. The type
science of geology; emphasis on the historical development of basic
of problems students will work on will vary from more applied problems
geologic concepts. 3 hours lecture and seminar; 3 semester hours.
(e.g. centered around the Edgar mine) or more academic/scientific
Required of all doctoral candidates in department. Offered alternate
orientated problems, depending on the student?s interest. The class will
years.
be split up in groups of students with similar interests. In the first part of
GEOL609. ADVANCED PETROLEUM GEOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
the course, we take an introductory two-day field trip, and students will
(II) Subjects to be covered involve consideration of basic chemical,
review existing literature and maps and write a brief research proposal
physical, biological and geological processes and their relation to modern
including hypotheses, tests and a work plan for the remainder of the
concepts of oil/gas generation (including source rock deposition and
course. The second part of the course will focus on field work. During
maturation), and migration/accumulation (including that occurring under
the last part of the course, students prepare a geological map and
hydrodynamic conditions). Concepts will be applied to the historic and
appropriate cross sections, and a report presenting rock descriptions,
predictive occurrence of oil/gas to specific Rocky Mountain areas. In
structural analysis, a geological history, and interpretation of results in
addition to lecture attendance, course work involves review of topical
the context of the hypotheses posed. Prerequisites: (need previous field
papers and solution of typical problems. Prerequisite: GEGN438. 3 hours
experience such as a field course, and a course in structural geology and
lecture; 3 semester hours.
one in earth materials). 2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
GEOL610. ADVANCED SEDIMENTOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
GEOL570. APPLICATIONS OF SATELLITE REMOTE SENSING. 3.0
(I) Keynote lectures, mixed with discussions, in-class exercises,
Semester Hrs.
core and field observations in a seminar series on sedimentology.
(II) An introduction to geoscience applications of satellite remote sensing
Introduction to current hot topics in sedimentology, and discussions
of the Earth and planets. The lectures provide background on satellites,
on fundamental principles. Specific topics vary yearly depending
sensors, methodology, and diverse applications. Topics include visible,
on most recent advancements and course participant?s interests.
near infrared, and thermal infrared passive sensing, active microwave
Quantitative sedimentology. Applications of sedimentology. All seminars
and radio sensing, and geodetic remote sensing. Lectures and labs
are based on reading and discussing journal papers. Field trip to a
involve use of data from a variety of instruments, as several applications
modern environment. Essays and presentations required. Prerequisite:
to problems in the Earth and planetary sciences are presented. Students
GEOL501. Acceptable to take GEOL610 at the same time, as GEOL501.
will complete independent term projects that are presented both
3 hours lecture and seminar; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
written and orally at the end of the term. Prerequisites: PHGN200 and
GEOL611. SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHY IN SEISMIC, WELL LOGS,
MATH225. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
AND OUTCROP. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
GEOL597. SPECIAL SUMMER COURSE. 15.0 Semester Hrs.
(I) Keynote lectures and a seminar series on the sequence stratigraphy
GEOL598. SEMINAR IN GEOLOGY OR GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING.
of depositional systems, including both siliciclastics and carbonates
3.0 Semester Hrs.
and how they behave in changing sea-level, tectonic subsidence,
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
and sediment supply conditions. Application of sequence stratigraphy
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
concepts to reflection seismic, well-log, and outcrop datasets. Field
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
trip and report required. Prerequisite: GEOL501. 3 hours lecture and
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
seminar; 3 semester hours.
different titles.

Colorado School of Mines 103
GEOL613. GEOLOGIC RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION. 3.0
GEOL643. GRADUATE FIELD SEMINARS. 1-3 Semester Hr.
Semester Hrs.
(I, II, S) Special advanced field programs emphasizing detailed study of
(I, II) Principles and practice of characterizing petro leum reservoirs using
some aspects of geology. Normally conducted away from the Golden
geologic and engineering data, including well logs, sample descriptions,
campus. Prerequisite: Restricted to Ph.D. or advanced M.S. candidates.
routine and special core analysis and well tests. Emphasis is placed on
Usually taken after at least one year of graduate residence. Background
practical analysis of such data sets from a variety of clastic petroleum
requirements vary according to nature of field study. Fees are assessed
reservoirs worldwide. These data sets are integrated into detailed
for field and living expenses and transportation. 1 to 3 semester hours;
characterizations, which then are used to solve practical oil and gas field
may be repeated for credit.
problems. Prerequisites: GEGN438, GEOL501, GEOL505 or equivalents.
GEOL645. VOLCANOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
(II) Assigned readings and seminar discussions on volcanic processes
GEOL617. THERMODYNAMICS AND MINERAL PHASE EQUILIBRIA.
and products. Principal topics include pyroclastic rocks, craters and
3.0 Semester Hrs.
calderas, caldron subsidence, diatremes, volcanic domes, origin and
(I) Basic thermodynamics applied to natural geologic systems. Evaluation
evolution of volcanic magmas, and relation of volcanism to alteration
of mineral-vapor mineral solution, mineral-melt, and solid solution
and mineralization. Petrographic study of selected suites of lava and
equilibria with special emphasis on oxide, sulfide, and silicate systems.
pyroclastic rocks in the laboratory. Prerequisite: none. 1 hour seminar, 6
Experimental and theoretical derivation, use, and application of phase
hours lab; 3 semester hours.
diagrams relevant to natural rock systems. An emphasis will be placed
GEOL653. CARBONATE DIAGENESIS AND GEOCHEMISTRY. 3.0
on problem solving rather than basic theory. Prerequisite: DCGN209 or
Semester Hrs.
equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
(II) Petrologic, geochemical, and isotopic approaches to the study of
GEOL621. PETROLOGY OF DETRITAL ROCKS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
diagenetic changes in carbonate sediments and rocks. Topics covered
(II) Compositions and textures of sandstones, siltstones, and mudrocks.
include major near-surface diagenetic environments, subaerial exposure,
Relationship of compositions and textures of provenance, environment of
dolomitization, burial diagenesis, carbonate aqueous equilibria, and
deposition, and burial history. Development of porosity and permeability.
the carbonate geochemistry of trace elements and stable isotopes.
Laboratory exercises emphasize use of petrographic thin sections, x-
Laboratory stresses thin section recognition of diagenetic textures
ray diffraction analysis, and scanning electron microscopy to examine
and fabrics, x-ray diffraction, and geochemical/isotopic approaches to
detrital rocks. A term project is required, involving petrographic analysis
diagenetic problems. Prerequisite: GEOL624 or equivalent. 4 to 6 hours
of samples selected by student. Pre-requisites: GEGN206 , GEOL321 or
lecture/ seminar/lab; 3 semester hours.
equivalent. 2 hours lecture and seminar, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
GEOL660. CARBONATE RESERVOIRS - EXPLORATION TO
Offered on demand.
PRODUCTION ENGINEERING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
GEOL624. CARBONATE SEDIMENTOLOGY AND PETROLOGY. 3.0
Equivalent with PEGN660,
Semester Hrs.
(II) An introduction to the reservoir characterization of carbonate rocks,
(II) Processes involved in the deposition of carbonate sediments
including geologic description, petrophysics, and production engineering.
with an emphasis on Recent environments as analogs for ancient
Develops an understanding of the integration of geology, rock physics,
carbonate sequences. Carbonate facies recognition through bio-
and engineering to improve reservoir performance. Application of
and lithofacies analysis, three-dimensional geometries, sedimentary
reservoir concepts in hands-on exercises that include reflection seismic,
dynamics, sedimentary structures, and facies associations. Laboratory
well-log, and core data. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
stresses identification of Recent carbonate sediments and thin section
GEOL698. SPECIAL TOPICS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
analysis of carbonate classification, textures, non-skeletal and biogenic
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
constituents, diagenesis, and porosity evolution. Prerequisite: GEOL321
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
and GEOL314. 2 hours lecture/seminar, 2 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
GEOL628. ADVANCED IGNEOUS PETROLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
(I) Igneous processes and concepts, emphasizing the genesis, evolution,
different titles.
and emplacement of tectonically and geochemically diverse volcanic
GEOL699. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOLOGY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
and plutonic occurrences. Tectonic controls on igneous activity and
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
petrochemistry. Petrographic study of igneous suites, mineralized and
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
non-mineralized, from diverse tectonic settings. Prerequisites: GEOL321,
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
GEGN206. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Offered
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
alternate years.
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
GEOL642. FIELD GEOLOGY. 1-3 Semester Hr.
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
(S) Field program operated concurrently with GEGN316 field camp to
for credit limits toward the degree.
familiarize the student with basic field technique, geologic principles,
GEOL707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
and regional geology of Rocky Mountains. Prerequisite: Undergraduate
CREDIT. 1-15 Semester Hr.
degree in geology and GEGN316 or equivalent. During summer field
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
session; 1 to 3 semester hours.
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
direct supervision of the student's faculty advisor. Variable class and
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.

104 Geophysics
Geophysics
students to become thoroughly familiar with geological, mathematical,
and physical theory, in addition to exploring the theoretical and practical
aspects of the various geophysical methodologies.
Degrees Offered
• Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
Research Emphasis
• Master of Science (Geophysics)
The Department conducts research in a wide variety of areas that are
• Master of Science (Geophysical Engineering)
mostly related, but not restricted, to applied geophysics. Candidates
• Doctor of Philosophy (Geophysics)
interested in the research activities of a specific faculty member are
encouraged to visit the Department's website and to contact that
• Doctor of Philosophy (Geophysical Engineering)
faculty member directly. To give prospective candidates an idea of
Program Description
the types of research activities available in geophysics at CSM, a list
of the recognized research groups operating within the Department
Founded in 1926, the Department of Geophysics at Colorado School of
of Geophysics, and information about other research strengths in the
Mines is recognized and respected around the world for its programs in
Department, is given below.
applied geophysical research and education.
The Center for Wave Phenomena (CWP) is a research group with four
Geophysics is an interdisciplinary field -- a rich blend of disciplines such
faculty members from the Department of Geophysics. With research
as geology, physics, mathematics, computer science, and electrical
sponsored by approximately 30 companies worldwide in the petroleum
engineering. Professionals working in the field of geophysics come from
exploration industry, plus U.S. government agencies, CWP emphasizes
programs in these allied disciplines, as well as from formal programs in
the development of theoretical and computational methods for imaging
geophysics.
of the Earth’s subsurface, primarily through use of the reflection seismic
method. Researchers have been involved in forward and inverse
Geophysicists study and explore the Earth’s interior through physical
problems of wave propagation as well as data processing for data
measurements collected at the Earth’s surface, in boreholes, from
obtained where the subsurface is complex, specifically where it is both
aircraft, and from satellites. Using a combination of mathematics, physics,
heterogeneous and anisotropic. Further information about CWP can be
geology, chemistry, hydrology, and computer science, a geophysicist
obtained at http://www.cwp.mines.edu.
analyzes these measurements to infer properties and processes within
the Earth’s complex interior. Noninvasive imaging beneath the surface
The Reservoir Characterization Project (RCP) integrates the
of Earth and other planets by geophysicists is analogous to noninvasive
acquisition and interpretation of 3D multicomponent time-lapse seismic
imaging of the interior of the human body by medical specialists.
reflection and downhole data with geology and petroleum engineering
information of existing oil fields to solve complex reservoir challenges
The Earth supplies all materials needed by our society, serves as the
and gain improvements in reservoir performance prediction and
repository of used products, and provides a home to all its inhabitants.
development optimization. RCP's unique research model emphasizes
Therefore, geophysics and geophysical engineering have important roles
a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach for practical research. It
to play in the solution of challenging problems facing the inhabitants of
is an industry-funded research consortium with faculty and graduate-
this planet, such as providing fresh water, food, and energy for Earth’s
level students from Geophysics, Petroleum Engineering, and Geology
growing population, evaluating sites for underground construction and
disciplines. Read more about RCP at http://rcp.mines.edu/.
containment of hazardous waste, monitoring noninvasively the aging
infrastructures (natural gas pipelines, water supplies, telecommunication
The Center for Gravity, Electrical & Magnetic Studies (CGEM) in
conduits, transportation networks) of developed nations, mitigating the
the Department of Geophysics is an academic research center that
threat of geohazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, avalanches)
focuses on the quantitative interpretation of gravity, magnetic, electrical
to populated areas, contributing to homeland security (including detection
and electromagnetic, and surface nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)
and removal of unexploded ordnance and land mines), evaluating
data in applied geophysics. The center brings together the diverse
changes in climate and managing humankind’s response to them, and
expertise of faculty and students in these different geophysical methods
exploring other planets.
and works towards advancing the state of art in geophysical data
interpretation for real-world problems. The emphases of CGEM research
Energy companies and mining firms employ geophysicists to explore for
are processing and inversion of applied geophysical data. The primary
hidden resources around the world. Engineering firms hire geophysical
areas of application include petroleum exploration and production,
engineers to assess the Earth’s near-surface properties when sites
mineral exploration, geothermal, and geotechnical and engineering
are chosen for large construction projects and waste-management
problems. In addition, environmental problems, infrastructure mapping,
operations. Environmental organizations use geophysics to conduct
archaeology, hydrogeophysics, and crustal studies are also research
groundwater surveys and to track the flow of contaminants. On the global
areas within the Center. There are currently five major focus areas of
scale, geophysicists employed by universities and government agencies
research within CGEM: Gravity and Magnetics Research Consortium
(such as the United States Geological Survey, NASA, and the National
(GMRC), mineral exploration, geothermal exploration, surface NMR, and
Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) try to understand such
hydrogeophysics. Research funding is provided by petroleum and mining
Earth processes as heat flow, gravitational, magnetic, electric, thermal,
industries, ERDC, SERDP, and other agencies. More information about
and stress fields within the Earth’s interior. For the past decade, 100%
CGEM is available on the web at: http://geophysics.mines.edu/cgem/.
of CSM’s geophysics graduates have found employment in their chosen
field.
The Earthquake and Active Tectonics Group investigates earthquakes
and active faulting using a combination of remote sensing, field work,
With nearly 20 active faculty members and small class sizes, students
dating techniques, and seismology. More information, including
receive individualized attention in a close-knit environment. Given the
interdisciplinary nature of geophysics, the graduate curriculum requires

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descriptions of recent and ongoing research, is available at http://
The chief objective for students pursuing the MS degree in Geophysics or
inside.mines.edu/~enissen/.
Geophysical Engineering is: Geophysics MS graduates will be regarded
by their employers as effective practitioners addressing earth, energy
The Electromagnetic Resource Exploration Group (EMREX)
and environmental problems with geophysical techniques. In support of
is involved in a wide variety of electromagnetic projects ranging
this objective, the MS programs in the Department of Geophysics aim to
from applied resource exploration to the basic science of induction
achieve these student outcomes:
hazards. Projects include studies of steel borehole casing distortion
of electromagnetic data collected for reservoir characterization,
• Graduates will command superior knowledge of Geophysics and
marine mineral exploration using transient electromagnetic methods,
fundamental related disciplines.
characterization of powerline noise in airborne electromagnetic surveys,
• Graduates will be able to conduct original research that results in new
inductive coupling in conventional induced polarization surveys for
knowledge and Geophysical techniques.
mineral exploration, effects of magnetic storms on power grids via
• Graduates will be able to report their findings orally and in writing.
electromagnetic coupling, and the construction of an autonomous
robot for geophysical data acquisition. Current external collaborators
Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir
and sponsors include Newmont, Shell, the University of Toronto,
Systems
the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Helmholtz-Zentrum für
Ozeanforschung Kiel (Geomar) and the USGS. More information is
This is a multi-disciplinary, non-thesis master’s degree for students
available at http://inside.mines.edu/EMRX-overview.
interested in working as geoscience professionals in the petroleum
industry. The Departments of Geophysics, Petroleum Engineering, and
Hydrogeophysics and porous media research focuses on combining
Geology and Geological Engineering share oversight for the Professional
geoelectrical (DC resistivity, complex conductivity, self-potential, and
Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems program through a committee
EM) and gravity methods with rock physics models at various scales
consisting of one faculty member from each department. Students gain
and for various applications including the study of contaminant plumes,
admission to the program by application to any of the three sponsoring
geothermal systems, leakage in earth dams and embankments, and
departments. Students are administered by that department into which
active volcanoes.
they first matriculate. A minimum of 36 hours of course credit is required
to complete the Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
Another research strength of the Department is the rock-physics
program. Up to 9 credits may be earned in 400-level courses. All other
laboratory, which conducts research in rock and fluid properties for
credits toward the degree must be 500 level or above. At least 9 hours
basic science as well as for exploration and industrial applications. The
must consist of:
primary goal of exploration and production geophysics is to identify fluids,
specifically hydrocarbons, in rocks. These applications are successful
One course selected from the following:
only with a fundamental understanding of the physical phenomena of
GPGN419
WELL LOG ANALYSIS AND FORMATION
3.0
transport and storage properties as well as the interactions between
EVALUATION
fluids and rocks. Rock physics projects center on polar and non-polar
fluid storage, fluid distributions and storage in rocks and how these
or PEGN419
WELL LOG ANALYSIS AND FORMATION
distributions affect characteristics such as wave attenuation, velocity
EVALUATION
dispersion and seismic signatures.
GPGN519
ADVANCED FORMATION EVALUATION
3.0
or PEGN519
ADVANCED FORMATION EVALUATION
Program Requirements
Two courses selected from the following:
GPGN439
GEOPHYSICS PROJECT DESIGN /
3.0
The Department offers both traditional, research-oriented graduate
MULTIDISCIPLINARY PETROLEUM DESIGN
programs and a non-thesis professional education program designed
or GEGN439
MULTIDISCIPLINARY PETROLEUM DESIGN
to meet specific career objectives. The program of study is selected by
the student, in consultation with an advisor, and with thesis committee
or PEGN439
MULTIDISCIPLINARY PETROLEUM DESIGN
approval, according to the student’s career needs and interests. Specific
GPGN503
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND
3.0
degrees have specific requirements as detailed below.
DEVELOPMENT
or GEGN503
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Geophysics and Geophysical Engineering
or PEGN503
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Program Objectives
GPGN504
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND
3.0
The principal objective for students pursuing the PhD degree in
DEVELOPMENT
Geophysics or Geophysical Engineering is: Geophysics PhD graduates
or GEGN504
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT
will be regarded by their employers as effective teachers and/or
or PEGN504
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT
innovative researchers in their early-career peer group. In support of this
objective, the PhD programs in the Department of Geophysics are aimed
Also, 9 additional hours must consist of one course from each of the
at achieving these student outcomes:
3 participating departments. The remaining 18 hours may consist of
graduate courses from any of the 3 participating departments, or other
• Graduates will command superior knowledge of Geophysics and
courses approved by the committee. Up to 6 hours may consist of
fundamental related disciplines.
independent study, including an industry project.
• Graduates will independently be able to conduct research leading to
significant new knowledge and Geophysical techniques.
• Graduates will be able to report their findings orally and in writing.

106 Geophysics
Master of Science Degrees: Geophysics and
Doctor of Philosophy Degrees: Geophysics
Geophysical Engineering
and Geophysical Engineering
Students may obtain a Master of Science (MS) Degree in either
We invite applications to our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program not
Geophysics or Geophysical Engineering, pursuant to the general and
only from those individuals with a background in geophysics, but also
individual program requirements outlined below.
from those whose background is in allied disciplines such as geology,
physics, mathematics, computer science, or electrical engineering.
For either Master of Science degree, the minimum credits required
include:
Students may obtain a PhD Degree in either Geophysics or Geophysical
Engineering, pursuant to the general and individual program
Course credits
26.0
requirements outlined below.
Graduate research
12.0
For either PhD degree, at least 72 credits beyond the Bachelors Degree
Total Semester Hrs
38.0
are required. Of that total, at least 24 research credits are required. At
least 12 course credits must be completed in a minor program of study,
While individual courses constituting the degree are determined by the
approved by the candidate's PhD thesis committee. Up to 36 course
student, and approved by the advisor and thesis committee, courses
credits may be awarded by the candidate's committee for completion of a
applied to all MS degrees must satisfy the following specific criteria:
thesis-based Master's Degree.
• All course, research, transfer, residence, and thesis requirements are
While individual courses constituting the degree are determined by the
as described in Registration and Tuition Classification and Graduate
student and approved by the student's advisor and committee, courses
Degrees and Requirements sections of the Bulletin.
applied to all PhD degrees must satisfy the following criteria:
• Up to 9 credits may be satisfied through 400 (senior) level
coursework. All remaining course credits applied to the degree must
• All course, research, minor degree programs, transfer, residence,
be at the 500 level or above.
and thesis requirements are as described in Registration and Tuition
• Students must include the following courses in their Master degree
Classification and Graduate Degrees and Requirements sections of
program:
the Bulletin.
• Up to 9 credits may be satisfied through 400 (senior) level
LICM501
PROFESSIONAL ORAL COMMUNICATION
1.0
coursework. All remaining course credits applied to the degree must
GPGN581
GRADUATE SEMINAR
1.0
be at the 500 level or above.
GPGN707
GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT (beyond the
12.0
• Students must include the following courses in their PhD program:
required 26.0 course credits)
LICM501
PROFESSIONAL ORAL COMMUNICATION
1.0
• Additional courses may also be required by the student's advisor and
SYGN502
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH ETHICS
1.0
committee to fulfill background requirements as described below.
GPGN681
GRADUATE SEMINAR ? PHD
1.0
Students are admitted into the Master of Science in Geophysics program.
GPGN707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION
24.0
If a student would like to obtain a Master of Science in Geophysical
RESEARCH CREDIT
Engineering, the student must submit a request to the Department
to change to the Master of Science in Geophysical Engineering.
Choose two of the following:
The coursework and thesis topic must meet the following specific
SYGN501
THE ART OF SCIENCE
1.0
requirements. Note that these requirements are in addition to those
SYGN600
COLLEGE TEACHING
2.0
associated with the Master of Science in Geophysics.
LAIS601
ACADEMIC PUBLISHING
2.0
-
• Students must complete, either prior to their arrival at CSM or while
3.0
at CSM, no fewer than 16 credits of engineering coursework. What
constitutes coursework considered as engineering is determined by
• Additional courses may also be required by the student's advisor and
the Geophysics faculty.
committee to fulfill background requirements described below.
• In the opinion of the Geophysics faculty, the student’s dissertation
Students are admitted into the program, PhD in Geophysics. If a student
topic must be appropriate for inclusion as part of an Engineering
would like to obtain a PhD in Geophysical Engineering, the student
degree.
must submit a request to the Department to change to the Doctor of
Philosophy in Geophysical Engineering. The coursework and thesis topic
As described in the Master of Science, Thesis and Thesis Defense
must meet the following additional requirements:
section of this Bulletin, all MS candidates must successfully defend their
MS thesis in an open oral Thesis Defense. The guidelines for the Thesis
• Students must complete, either prior to their arrival at CSM or while
Defense enforced by the Department of Geophysics generally follow
at CSM, no fewer than 16 credits of engineering coursework. What
those outlined in in the Graduate Departments and Programs section
constitutes coursework considered as engineering is determined by
of the Bulletin, with one exception. The Department of Geophysics
the Geophysics faculty.
requires students submit the final draft of their written thesis to their thesis
• In the opinion of the Geophysics faculty, the student’s dissertation
committee no later than three weeks prior to the thesis defense date.
topic must be appropriate for inclusion as part of an Engineering
degree.

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Students in both PhD programs are also required to participate in a
electromagnetics, borehole geophysics, remote sensing, and physics
practical teaching experience. This requirement must be completed for a
of the Earth
single course, within a single semester, and include:
• Field experience in the hands-on application of several geophysical
methods
• Planning and delivery of a minimum of 6 lecture hours, or 4 lecture
• In addition, candidates in the Doctoral program are required to have
hours and 2 labs;
no less than one year of college-level or two years of high-school-
• Creating and evaluating students' homework and laboratory reports, if
level courses in a single foreign language, or be able to demonstrate
appropriate; and
proficiency in at least one language other than English.
• Holding office hours if necessary.
Professors
In both PhD programs, students must demonstrate the potential for
successful completion of independent research and enhance the
Thomas L. Davis
breadth of their expertise by completing a Doctoral Research Qualifying
Roelof K. Snieder, Interim Department Head, Keck Foundation Professor
Examination not later than two years from the date of enrollment in
of Basic Exploration Science
the program. An extension of one additional year may be petitioned
by students through their thesis committees. In the Department of
Ilya D. Tsvankin
Geophysics, the Doctoral Research Qualifying Examination consists of
the preparation, presentation, and defense of one research project and
Terence K. Young
a thesis proposal. The research project and thesis proposal used in this
process must conform to the standards posted on the Department of
Associate Professors
Geophysics website. As described in the Doctor of Philosophy Thesis
Thomas M. Boyd, Interim Provost
Defense section of this bulletin, all PhD candidates must successfully
defend their PhD thesis in an open oral Thesis Defense. The guidelines
Brandon Dugan, Baker Hughes Chair in Petrophysics and Borehole
for the Thesis Defense enforced by the Department of Geophysics follow
Geophysics
those outlined in the Graduate Departments and Programs section
of the Bulletin, with one exception. The Department of Geophysics
Yaoguo Li
requires students submit the final draft of their written thesis to their thesis
Paul C. Sava, C.H. Green Chair of Exploration Geophysics
committee not later than three weeks prior to the thesis defense date.
Acceptable Thesis Formats
Assistant Professors
Edwin Nissen
In addition to traditional dissertations, the Department of Geophysics
also accepts dissertations that are compendia of papers published or
Andrei Swidinsky
submitted to peer-reviewed journals. The following guidelines are applied
by the Department in determining the suitability of a thesis submitted as a
Whitney Trainor-Guitton
series of written papers.
Professors Emeriti
• All papers included in the dissertation must have a common theme,
as approved by a student’s thesis committee.
Frank A. Hadsell
• Papers should be submitted for inclusion in a dissertation in a uniform
Dave Hale
format and typeset.
• In addition to the individual papers, students must prepare abstract,
Alexander A. Kaufman
introduction, discussion, and conclusions sections of the thesis that
Gary R. Olhoeft
tie together the individual papers into a unified dissertation.
• A student’s thesis committee might also require the preparation and
Phillip R. Romig, Jr.
inclusion of various appendices with the dissertation in support of the
papers prepared explicitly for publication.
Research Professors
Graduate Program Background
Norman Bleistein, University Emeritus Professor
Requirements
Kenneth L. Larner, University Emeritus Professor
All graduate programs in Geophysics require that applicants have a
Research Associate Professor
background that includes the equivalent of adequate undergraduate
preparation in the following areas:
Robert D. Benson
• Mathematics – Linear Algebra or Linear Systems, Differential
Research Assistant Professor
Equations, and Computer Programming
Richard Krahenbuhl
• Physics – Classical Physics
• Geology – Structural Geology and Stratigraphy
Adjunct Faculty
• Geophysics – Courses that include theory and application in
Timothy Collett
three of the following areas: gravity/magnetics, seismic, electrical/
Gavin P. Hayes

108 Geophysics
Stephen J. Hill
GPGN511. ADVANCED GRAVITY AND MAGNETIC EXPLORATION.
4.0 Semester Hrs.
Walter S. Lynn
(I) Field or laboratory projects of interest to class members; topics
for lecture and laboratory selected from the following: new methods
Bruce VerWest
for acquiring, processing, and interpreting gravity and magnetic data,
David J. Wald
methods for the solution of two- and three-dimensional potential field
problems, Fourier transforms as applied to gravity and magnetics, the
Distinguished Senior Scientists
geologic implications of filtering gravity and magnetic data, equivalent
distributions, harmonic functions, inversions. Prerequisite: GPGN411. 3
Warren B. Hamilton
hours lecture, 3 hours lab and field; 4 semester hours.
Misac N. Nabighian
GPGN519. ADVANCED FORMATION EVALUATION. 3.0 Semester
Hrs.
Research Associate
(II) A detailed review of well logging and other formation evaluation
John W. Stockwell, Jr.
methods will be presented, with the emphasis on the imaging and
characterization of hydrocarbon reservoirs. Advanced logging tools such
Courses
as array induction, dipole sonic, and imaging tools will be discussed. The
second half of the course will offer in parallel sessions: for geologists
GPGN503. INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT. 3.0
and petroleum engineers on subjects such as pulsed neutron logging,
Semester Hrs.
nuclear magnetic resonance, production logging, and formation testing;
(I) Students work alone and in teams to study reservoirs from fluvial-
for geophysicists on vertical seismic profiling, cross well acoustics and
deltaic and valley fill depositional environments. This is a multidisciplinary
electro-magnetic surveys. Prerequisite: GPGN419/PEGN419. 3 hours
course that shows students how to characterize and model subsurface
lecture; 3 semester hours.
reservoir performance by integrating data, methods and concepts from
geology, geophysics and petroleum engineering. Activities include field
GPGN520. ELECTRICAL AND ELECTROMAGNETIC EXPLORATION.
trips, computer modeling, written exercises and oral team presentations.
4.0 Semester Hrs.
Prerequisite: none. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
(I) Electromagnetic theory. Instrumentation. Survey planning.
Offered fall semester, odd years.
Processing of data. Geologic interpretations. Methods and limitations of
interpretation. Prerequisite: GPGN302 and GPGN303. 3 hours lecture, 3
GPGN504. INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT. 3.0
hours lab; 4 semester hours. Offered fall semester, odd years.
Semester Hrs.
(I) Students work in multidisciplinary teams to study practical problems
GPGN521. ADVANCED ELECTRICAL AND ELECTROMAGNETIC
and case studies in integrated subsurface exploration and development.
EXPLORATION. 4.0 Semester Hrs.
The course addresses emerging technologies and timely topics with
(II) Field or laboratory projects of interest to class members; topics for
a general focus on carbonate reservoirs. Activities include field trips,
lecture and laboratory selected from the following: new methods for
3D computer modeling, written exercises and oral team presentation.
acquiring, processing and interpreting electrical and electromagnetic
Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture and seminar; 3 semester hours.
data, methods for the solution of two- and three-dimensional EM
Offered fall semester, even years.
problems, physical modeling, integrated inversions. Prerequisite:
GPGN420 or GPGN520. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
GPGN507. NEAR-SURFACE FIELD METHODS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Offered spring semester, even years.
(I) Students design and implement data acquisition programs for all
forms of near-surface geophysical surveys. The result of each survey
GPGN530. APPLIED GEOPHYSICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
is then modeled and discussed in the context of field design methods.
(II) Introduction to geophysical techniques used in a variety of industries
Prerequisite: none. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
(mining, petroleum, environmental and engineering) in exploring for new
Offered fall semester, even years.
deposits, site design, etc. The methods studied include gravity, magnetic,
electrical, seismic, radiometric and borehole techniques. Emphasis
GPGN509. PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES AND
on techniques and their applications are tailored to student interests.
PROCESSES IN ROCK, SOILS, AND FLUIDS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
The course, intended for non-geophysics students, will emphasize
(I) Physical and chemical properties and processes that are measurable
the theoretical basis for each technique, the instrumentation used and
with geophysical instruments are studied, including methods of
data collection, processing and interpretation procedures specific to
measurement, interrelationships between properties, coupled processes,
each technique so that non-specialists can more effectively evaluate
and processes which modify properties in pure phase minerals and fluids,
the results of geophysical investigations. Prerequisites: PHGN100,
and in mineral mixtures (rocks and soils). Investigation of implications for
PHGN200, MATH111, GEGN401. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
petroleum development, minerals extraction, groundwater exploration,
and environmental remediation. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture, 3
GPGN535. GEOPHYSICAL COMPUTING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
semester hours.
(I) A survey of computer programming skills most relevant to geophysical
data processing, visualization and analysis. Skills enhanced include
effective use of multiple programming languages, data structures,
multicore systems, and computer memory hierarchies. Problems
addressed include multidimensional geophysical image processing,
geophysical data acquired at scattered locations, finite-difference
approximations to partial differential equations, and other computational
problems encountered in research by students. Prerequisites: Experience
programming in Java, C, C++ or Fortran. 3 hours lecture, 3 credit hours.

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GPGN540. MINING GEOPHYSICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
GPGN558. SEISMIC DATA INTERPRETATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(I) Introduction to gravity, magnetic, electric, radiometric and borehole
(II) Practical interpretation of seismic data used in exploration for hydro
techniques used primarily by the mining industry in exploring for new
carbons. Integration with other sources of geological and geophysical
deposits but also applied extensively to petroleum, environmental and
information. Prerequisite: GPGN461, GEOL501 or equivalent. 2 hours
engineering problems. The course, intended for graduate geophysics
lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
students, will emphasize the theoretical basis for each technique, the
GPGN561. SEISMIC DATA PROCESSING I. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
instrumentation used and data collection, processing and interpretation
(I) Introduction to basic principles underlying the processing of seismic
procedures specific to each technique. Prerequisites: GPGN221,
data for suppression of various types of noise. Includes the rationale
GPGN322, MATH111, MATH112, MATH213. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
for and methods for implementing different forms of gain to data, and
hours.
the use of various forms of stacking for noise suppression, such as
GPGN551. WAVE PHENOMENA SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
diversity stacking of Vibroseis data, normal-moveout correction and
(I, II) Students will probe a range of current methodologies and issues in
common-midpoint stacking, optimum-weight stacking, beam steering
seismic data processing, and discuss their ongoing and planned research
and the stack array. Also discussed are continuous and discrete oneand
projects. Topic areas include: Statics estimation and compensation,
two-dimensional data filtering, including Vibroseis correlation, spectral
deconvolution, multiple suppression, wavelet estimation, imaging
whitening, moveout filtering, data interpolation, slant stacking, and
and inversion, anisotropic velocity and amplitude analysis, seismic
the continuous and discrete Radon transform for enhancing data
interferometry, attenuation and dispersion, extraction of stratigraphic and
resolution and suppression of multiples and other forms of coherent
lithologic information, and correlation of surface and borehole seismic
noise. Prerequisite: GPGN461. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
data with well log data. Every student registers for GPGN551 in only
GPGN562. SEISMIC DATA PROCESSING II. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
the first semester in residence and receives a grade of PRG. The grade
(II) The student will gain understanding of applications of deterministic
is changed to a letter grade after the student's presentation of thesis
and statistical deconvolution for wavelet shaping, wavelet compression,
research. Prerequisite: none. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
and multiple suppression. Both reflection-based and refraction-based
GPGN552. INTRODUCTION TO SEISMOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
statistics estimation and correction for 2-D and 3-D seismic data will be
(I) Introduction to basic principles of elasticity including Hooke?s
covered, with some attention to problems where subsurface structure is
law, equation of motion, representation theorems, and reciprocity.
complex. Also for areas of complex subsurface structure, students will
Representation of seismic sources, seismic moment tensor, radiation
be introduced to analytic and interactive methods of velocity estimation.
from point sources in homogeneous isotropic media. Boundary
Where the near-surface is complex, poststack and prestack imaging
conditions, reflection/transmission coefficients of plane waves, plane-
methods, such as layer replacement are introduced to derive dynamic
wave propagation in stratified media. Basics of wave propagation in
corrections to reflection data. Also discussed are special problems related
attenuative media, brief description of seismic modeling methods.
to the processing of multi-component seismic data for enhancement
Prerequisite: GPGN461. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
of shearwave information, and those related to processing of vertical
seismic profile data for separation of upgoing and downgoing P- and S-
GPGN553. INTRODUCTION TO SEISMOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
wave arrivals. Prerequisite: GPGN461 and GPGN561. 3 hours lecture; 3
(II) This course is focused on the physics of wave phenomena and
semester hours. Offered spring semester, odd years.
the importance of wave-theory results in exploration and earthquake
seismology. Includes reflection and transmission problems for spherical
GPGN570. APPLICATIONS OF SATELLITE REMOTE SENSING. 3.0
waves, methods of steepest descent and stationary phase, point-
Semester Hrs.
source radiation in layered isotropic media, surface and non-geometrical
(II) An introduction to geoscience applications of satellite remote sensing
waves. Discussion of seismic modeling methods, fundamentals of
of the Earth and planets. The lectures provide background on satellites,
wave propagation in anisotropic and attenuative media. Prerequisite:
sensors, methodology, and diverse applications. Topics include visible,
GPGN552. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered spring semester,
near infrared, and thermal infrared passive sensing, active microwave
even years.
and radio sensing, and geodetic remote sensing. Lectures and labs
involve use of data from a variety of instruments, as several applications
GPGN555. INTRODUCTION TO EARTHQUAKE SEISMOLOGY. 3.0
to problems in the Earth and planetary sciences are presented. Students
Semester Hrs.
will complete independent term projects that are presented both
Equivalent with GPGN455,
written and orally at the end of the term. Prerequisites: PHGN200 and
(II) Earthquakes are amongst the most significant natural hazards faced
MATH225. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
by mankind, with millions of fatalities forecast this century. They are also
our most accessible source of information on Earth's structure, rheology
GPGN574. GROUNDWATER GEOPHYSICS. 4.0 Semester Hrs.
and tectonics, which are what ultimately govern the distribution of its
(II) Description of world groundwater aquifers. Effects of water saturation
natural resources. This course provides an overview of how earthquake
on the physical properties of rocks. Use of geophysical methods in
seismology, complemented by geodesy and tectonic geomorphology,
the exploration, development and production of groundwater. Field
can be used to determine Earth structure, earthquake locations, depths
demonstrations of the application of the geophysical methods in the
and mechanisms; understand Earth's tectonics and rheology; establish
solution of some groundwater problems. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours
long-term earthquake histories and forecast future recurrence; and
lecture, 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
mitigate against seismic hazards. GPGN555 differs from GPGN455 in
that the assignments are approximately 20% longer and encompass
more challenging questions. GPGN555 is the appropriate course for
graduate students and for undergraduates who expect to go on to study
earthquake seismology at graduate school. Prerequisites: GPGN320. 3
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

110 Geophysics
GPGN575. PLANETARY GEOPHYSICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
GPGN651. ADVANCED SEISMOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with GPGN475,
(I) In-depth discussion of wave propagation and seismic processing for
(I) Of the solid planets and moons in our Solar System, no two bodies
anisotropic, heterogeneous media. Topics include influence of anisotropy
are exactly alike. This class will provide an overview of the observed
on plane-wave velocities and polarizations, traveltime analysis for
properties of the planets and moons, cover the basic physical processes
transversely isotropic models, anisotropic velocity-analysis and imaging
that govern their evolution, and then investigate how the planets
methods, point-source radiation and Green?s function in anisotropic
differ and why. The overarching goals are to develop a quantitative
media, inversion and processing of multicomponent seismic data,
understanding of the processes that drive the evolution of planetary
shear-wave splitting, and basics of seismic fracture characterization.
surfaces and interiors, and to develop a deeper understanding of
Prerequisites: GPGN552 and GPGN553. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
the Earth by placing it in the broader context of the Solar System.
hours.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
GPGN658. SEISMIC WAVEFIELD IMAGING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
GPGN576. SPECIAL TOPICS IN THE PLANETARY SCIENCES. 1.0
(I) Seismic imaging is the process that converts seismograms, each
Semester Hr.
recorded as a function of time, to an image of the earth's subsurface,
(I, II) Students will read and discuss papers on a particular topic in the
which is a function of depth below the surface. The course emphasizes
planetary sciences. The choice of topic will change each semester. The
imaging applications developed from first principles (elastodynamics
emphasis is on key topics related to the current state and evolution of the
relations) to practical methods applicable to seismic wavefield data.
solid planets and moons in our solar system. Readings will include both
Techniques discussed include reverse-time migration and migration
seminal papers and current research on the topic. Students will take turns
by wavefield extrapolation, angle-domain imaging, migration velocity
presenting summaries of the papers and leading the ensuing discussion.
analysis and analysis of angle-dependent reflectivity. Students do
Prerequisites: Graduate standing, or senior standing. 1 hour lecture; 1
independent term projects presented at the end of the term, under the
semester hour. Repeatable for credit.
supervision of a faculty member or guest lecturer. Prerequisite: none. 3
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
GPGN581. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
(I, II) Presentation describing results of MS thesis research. All students
GPGN660. MATHEMATICS OF SEISMIC IMAGING AND MIGRATION.
must present their research at an approved public venue before the
3.0 Semester Hrs.
degree is granted. Every MS student registers for GPGN581 only in his/
(II) During the past 40 years geophysicists have developed many
her first semester in residence and receives a grade of PRG. Thereafter,
techniques (known collectively as ?migration?) for imaging geologic
students must attend the weekly Heiland Distinguished Lecture every
structures deep within the Earth?s subsurface. Beyond merely
semester in residence. The grade of PRG is changed to a letter grade
imaging strata, migration can provide information about important
after the student?s public research presentation and thesis defense are
physical properties of rocks, necessary for the subsequent drilling and
both complete. 1 hour seminar, 1 semester hour.
development of oil- and gas-bearing formations within the Earth. In
this course the student will be introduced to the mathematical theory
GPGN597. SUMMER PROGRAMS. 12.0 Semester Hrs.
underlying seismic migration, in the context of ?inverse scattering
GPGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOPHYSICS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
imaging theory.? The course is heavily oriented toward problem solving. 3
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered spring semester, odd years.
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
GPGN681. GRADUATE SEMINAR - PHD. 1.0 Semester Hr.
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
(I,II) Presentation describing results of PhD thesis research. All students
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
must present their research at an approved public venue before the
different titles.
degree is granted. Every PhD student registers for GPGN681 only in his/
GPGN599. GEOPHYSICAL INVESTIGATIONS MS. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
her first semester in residence and receives a grade of PRG. Thereafter,
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
students must attend the weekly Heiland Distinguished Lecture every
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
semester in residence. The grade of PRG is changed to a letter grade
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
after the student's public research presentation and thesis defense are
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
both complete. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
GPGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
for credit limits toward the degree.
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
GPGN605. INVERSION THEORY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
(II) Introductory course in inverting geophysical observations for inferring
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
earth structure and processes. Techniques discussed include: Monte-
different titles.
Carlo procedures, Marquardt-Levenburg optimization, and generalized
GPGN699. GEOPHYSICAL INVESTIGATION-PHD. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
linear inversion. In addition, aspects of probability theory, data and model
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
resolution, uniqueness considerations, and the use of a priori constraints
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
are presented. Students are required to apply the inversion methods
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
described to a problem of their choice and present the results as an oral
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
and written report. Prerequisite: MATH225 and knowledge of a scientific
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
programming language. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
for credit limits toward the degree.

Colorado School of Mines 111
GPGN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT. 1-15 Semester Hr.
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
direct supervision of the student's faculty advisor. Variable class and
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
SYGN501. THE ART OF SCIENCE. 1.0 Semester Hr.
This course consists of class sessions and practical exercises. The
content of the course is aimed at helping students acquire the skills
needed for a career in research. The class sessions cover topics such
as the choice of a research topic, making a work plan and executing
that plan effectively, what to do when you are stuck, how to write a
publication and choose a journal for publication, how to write proposals,
the ethics of research, the academic career versus a career in industry,
time-management, and a variety of other topics. The course is open to
students with very different backgrounds; this ensures a rich and diverse
intellectual environment. Prerequisite: none. 1 hour lecture; 1 semester
hour.

112 Liberal Arts and International Studies
Liberal Arts and International
See "Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Programs (http://
bulletin.mines.edu/graduate/programs)" elsewhere in this bulletin for
Studies
further details.
2016-2017
Admission Requirements
The requirements for admission into LAIS Graduate Programs are as
Degree Offered
follows:
• Master of International Political Economy of Resources
1. An undergraduate degree with a cumulative grade point average
Certificates Offered
(GPA) at or above 3.0 (4.0 scale) or be a CSM undergraduate with a
minimum GPA of 3.0 in LAIS course work.
• Graduate Certificate in International Political Economy
2. The GRE is required. Under certain circumstances, the GRE
• Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Policy
requirements can be waived. GMAT scores may be used in lieu of the
GRE.
Minors Offered
3. A TOEFL score of 580 (paper test), 237 (computer test), or 92-93
• International Political Economy of Resources
(Internet test) or higher is required for students who are non-native
• Science, Technology, Engineering, and Policy
English speakers.
Program Description
Degree Offered
• Master of International Political Economy of Resources
As the 21st century unfolds, individuals, communities, and nations face
major challenges in energy, natural resources, and the environment.
Requirements for a Master of International
While these challenges demand practical ingenuity from engineers
Political Economy of Resources (MIPER)
and applied scientists, solutions must also take into account social,
The interdisciplinary Master of International Political Economy of
political, economic, cultural, ethical, and global contexts. CSM students,
Resources (MIPER) aims to train the next generation of social scientists,
as citizens and future professionals, confront a rapidly changing society
physical scientists, and engineers so that they possess the critical skills
that demands core technical skills complemented by flexible intelligence,
to respond to the global challenges of natural resource management
original thought, and cultural sensitivity.
and energy policies in the 21st century. It trains them in quantitative and
Courses in Liberal Arts and International Studies (LAIS) expand
qualitative methodologies as well as enhancing their skills to understand,
students' professional capacities by providing opportunities to explore
analyze, and implement complex solutions in diverse social and political
the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. Our curricula encourage
settings around the world. The program is writing- and research-intensive,
the development of critical thinking skills that will help students make
with a strong focus on verbal and written communication skills in critical
more informed choices as national and world citizens - promoting
issues facing the extractive industries, natural resource management,
more complex understandings of justice, equality, culture, history,
and national and global energy policies in the broader context of politics,
development, and sustainability. Students study ethical reasoning,
economics, culture and religion.
compare and contrast different economies and cultures, and develop
The Master of International Political Economy of Resources (MIPER)
arguments from data and analyze globalization. LAIS courses also foster
provides students with either a thesis-based or non-thesis professional
creativity by offering opportunities for self-discovery. Students conduct
degree that requires 36 semester hours. Students in the MIPER program
literary analyses, improve communication skills, play music, learn media
may choose to earn one or more minors in other departments. Please
theory, and write poetry. These experiences foster intellectual agility,
see the website https://miper.mines.edu/ for more information on specific
personal maturity, and respect for the complexity of our world.
courses associated with the degree.
The Division of Liberal Arts & International Studies offers a graduate
degree, the Master of International Political Economy of Resources
Non-Thesis Option
(MIPER); two graduate certificates in International Political Economy
Core Courses
15.0
(IPE); a graduate certificate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Elective Courses
21.0
Policy (STEP); and a graduate individual minor.
Total Semester Hrs
36.0
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Degree
Thesis Option
Programs
Core Courses
15.0
Some students may earn the master's degree as part of CSM's
Elective Courses
15.0
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate programs. Students participating in
Research
6.0
the combined degree program may double count up to 6 semester hours
Total Semester Hrs
36.0
of 400-level course work from their undergraduate course work.
Please note that CSM students interested in pursuing a Combined
Minors Offered
Undergraduate/Graduate program are encouraged to make an initial
• International Political Economy of Resources
contact with the MIPER Director after completion of the first semester of
• Science, Technology, Engineering and Policy
their sophomore year for counseling on degree application procedures,
admissions standards, and degree completion requirements.

Colorado School of Mines 113
International Political Economy of Resources
Associate Professors
(IPER) Graduate Minor
Hussein A. Amery
The IPER minor requires a minimum of nine (9) semester hours for
Tina L. Gianquitto, Interim Division Director
Master students and twelve (12) semester hour for PhD students.
Students work with a full-time LAIS faculty member to create a minor
Kathleen J. Hancock
that focuses on an area of interest to the student. Courses must be at
the 500- or 600-level and may include independent studies and speacial
John R. Heilbrunn
topics. The minor must be approved by the student's graduate committee
Jon A. Leydens
and by the LAIS Division.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and
James D. Straker
Policy (STEP) Graduate Minor
Assistant Professors
The STEP graduate minor for the MS degree requires a minimum
Sylvia Gaylord
9 semester hours of course work. The STEP graduate minor
for the PhD degree requires a minimum 12 semester hours of
Derrick Hudson, Director MIPER Program
course work. In all cases, the required course work must include
Jessica Smith Rolston
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liberalartsandinternationalstudies/js/fckeditor/editor/fckeditor.html?
Professors Emeriti
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Policy. Other courses may be selected from a list of recommended
W. John Cieslewicz
courses posted and regularly updated on the LAIS Science and
Wilton Eckley
Technology Policy Studies web site, a list which includes some courses
from other academic units. Among non-LAIS courses, the MS minor is
T. Graham Hereford
limited to one such course and the PhD minor and graduate certificate
are limited to two such courses. With the approval of the LAIS STEP
Barbara M. Olds
adviser, it is also possible to utilize a limited number of other courses
from the CSM Bulletin as well as transfer courses from other institutions.
Eul-Soo Pang
For more information. please contact Dr. Jason Delborne.
Anton G. Pegis
Certificates Offered
Thomas Philipose, University Emeritus Professor
• Graduate Certificate in International Political Economy
Arthur B. Sacks
• Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Policy
Joseph D. Sneed
Graduate Certificates
Robert E.D. Woolsey
The IPE Graduate Certificate program is 15 credit hour certificate
and may focus on either IPE theories, methods, and models; or on
Associate Professors Emeriti
specialization, such as regional development (Asia-Pacific, Latin
America, Africa, Russia, Eurasia, and the Middle East), international or
Betty J. Cannon
comparative political economy issues, and specific themes like trade,
Kathleen H. Ochs
finance, the environment, gender and ethnicity. It must be approved by
the MIPER Director.
Laura J. Pang
The STEP graduate certificate requires a minimum 15 semester hours of
Karen B. Wiley
course work and must include LAIS586 Science and Technology Policy.
It must be approved by the STEP advisor.
Teaching Professors
Admissions requirements are the same as for the degree program.
James V. Jesudason
Please see the MIPER Director for more information.
Robert Klimek
Professors
Toni Lefton
Elizabeth Van Wie Davis
Sandy Woodson, Undergraduate Advisor
Juan C Lucena
Teaching Associate Professors
Carl Mitcham
Jonathan H. Cullison
Kenneth Osgood, Director of the McBride Honors Program
Paula A. Farca
Cortney E. Holles

114 Liberal Arts and International Studies
Rose Pass
LAIS531. RELIGION AND SECURITY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
An introduction to the central topics in religion and society. Develops
Teaching Assistant Professors
an analysis of civil society in 21st century contexts and connects this
analysis with leading debates about the relationship of religion and
James Bishop
security. Creates an understanding of diverse religious traditions from the
Olivia Burgess
perspective of how they view security. 3 hours lecture and descission; 3
semester hours.
Sara J. Hitt
LAIS535. LATIN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Joseph Horan
Explores the political economy of current and recent past development
strategies, models, efforts, and issues in Latin America, one of the most
Rachel Osgood
dynamic regions of the world today. Development is understood to be a
nonlinear, complex set of processes involving political, economic, social,
Seth Tucker
cultural, and environmental factors whose ultimate goal is to improve the
Courses
quality of life for individuals. The role of both the state and the market
in development processes will be examined. Topics to be covered will
LAIS521. ENVIRONMENTAL PHILOSOPHY AND POLICY. 3.0
vary as changing realities dictate but will be drawn from such subjects
Semester Hrs.
as inequality of income distribution; the role of education and health
Analyzes environmental ethics and philosophy including the relation
care; region-markets; the impact of globalization; institution-building;
of philosophical perspectives to policy decision making. Critically
corporatecommunity-state interfaces; neoliberalism; privatization;
examines often unstated ethical and/or philosophical assumptions
democracy; and public policy formulation as it relates to development
about the environment and how these may complicate and occasionally
goals. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
undermine productive policies. Policies that may be considered include
LAIS537. ASIAN DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
environmental protection, economic development, and energy production
Explores the historical development of Asia Pacific from agrarian to post-
and use. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
industrial eras; its economic, political, and cultural transformation since
LAIS523. ADVANCED SCIENCE COMMUNICATION. 3.0 Semester
World War II, contemporary security issues that both divide and unite the
Hrs.
region; and globalization processes that encourage Asia Pacific to forge a
This course will examine historical and contemporary case studies in
single trading bloc. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
which science communication (or miscommunication) played key roles in
LAIS539. MIDDLE EAST DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
shaping policy outcomes and/or public perceptions. Examples of cases
Equivalent with LAIS439,
might include the recent controversies over hacked climate science
This course invokes economic, political, social and historical dynamics
emails, nuclear power plant siting controversies, or discussions of
to help understand the development trajectories that the Middle East has
ethics in classic environmental cases, such as the Dioxin pollution case.
been on in recent decades. This research-intensive graduate seminar
Students will study, analyze, and write about science communication and
discusses the development of Middle Eastern societies from their tribal
policy theories related to scientific uncertainty; the role of the scientist
and agrarian roots to post-industrial ones, and reflects on the pursuant
as communicator; and media ethics. Students will also be exposed to
contemporary security issues that both divide and unite the region, and
a number of strategies for managing their encounters with the media,
analyzes the effects of globalization on econo.
as well as tools for assessing their communication responsibilities and
capacities. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
LAIS541. AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Provides a broad overview of the political economy of Africa. Its goal is to
LAIS524. RHETORIC, ENERGY & PUBLIC PLCY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
give students an understanding of the possibilities of African development
An introduction to the ways in which rhetoric shapes public policy debates
and the impediments that currently block its economic growth. Despite
that have broad social impact, particularly debates surrounding resource/
substantial natural resources, mineral reserves, and human capital,
energy issues. Students study and evaluate some classical but mostly
most African countries remain mired in poverty. The struggles that
contemporary rhetorical theories, as well as apply them to resource/
have arisen on the continent have fostered thinking about the curse of
energy-related case studies, such as sources within fossil or renewable
natural resources where countries with oil or diamonds are beset with
energy. Students write a research paper and make a policy-shaping
political instability and warfare. Readings give first an introduction to the
contribution to an ongoing public policy debate in fossil or renewable
continent followed by a focus on the specific issues that confront African
energy.
development today. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
LAIS525. MEDIA AND THE ENVIRONMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
This course explores the ways that messages about the environment
and environmentalism are communicated in the mass media, fine arts,
and popular culture. The course will introduce students to key readings
in communications, media studies, and cultural studies in order to
understand the many ways in which the images, messages, and politics
of ?nature? are constructed. Students will analyze their role as science
or technology communicators and will participate in the creation of
communications projects related to environmental research on campus. 3
hours seminar; 3 semester hours.

Colorado School of Mines 115
LAIS542. NATURAL RESOURCES AND WAR IN AFRICA. 3.0
LAIS551. POL RISK ASSESS RESEARCH SEM. 1.0 Semester Hr.
Semester Hrs.
When offered, this international political economy seminar must be
Examines the relationship between natural resources and wars in Africa.
taken concurrently with LAIS450/LAIS550, Political Risk Assessment. Its
It begins by discussing the complexity of Africa with its several many
purpose is to acquaint the student with empirical research methods and
languages, peoples, and geographic distinctions. Among the most vexing
sources appropriate to conducting a political risk assessment study, and
challenges for Africa is the fact that the continent possesses such wealth
to hone the students analytical abilities. Prerequisite: None. Concurrent
and yet still struggles with endemic warfare, which is hypothetically
enrollment in LAIS450/LAIS550. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
caused by greed and competition over resource rents. Readings are
LAIS552. CORRUPTION AND DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
multidisciplinary and draw from policy studies, economics, and political
Addresses the problem of corruption and its impact on development.
science. Students will acquire an understanding of different theoretical
Readings are multidisciplinary and include policy studies, economics,
approaches from the social sciences to explain the relationship between
and political science. Students will acquire an understanding of what
abundant natural resources and war in Africa. The course helps students
constitutes corruption, how it negatively affects development, and what
apply the different theories to specific cases and productive sectors. 3
they, as engineers in a variety of professional circumstances, might do
hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
in circumstances in which bribe paying or taking might occur. 3 hours
LAIS545. INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
Introduces students to the field of International Political Economy
LAIS553. ETHNIC CONFLICT IN THE GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE. 3.0
(IPE) . IPE scholars examine the intersection between economics and
Semester Hrs.
politics, with a focus on interactions between states, organizations,
Studies core economic, cultural, political, and psychological variables
and individuals around the world. Students will become familiar with
that pertain to ethnic identity and ethnic contention, and analyzes their
the three main schools of thought on IPE: Realism (mercantilism),
operation in a wide spectrum of conflict situations around the globe.
Liberalism, and Historical Structuralism (including Marxism and feminism)
Considers ethnic contention in institutionalized contexts, such as the
and will evaluate substantive issues such as the role of international
politics of affirmative action, as well as in non-institutionalized situations,
organizations (the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, and
such as ethnic riots and genocide. Concludes by asking what can be
the International Monetary Fund), the monetary and trading systems,
done to mitigate ethnic conflict and what might be the future of ethnic
regional development, international development, foreign aid, debt
group identification. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
crises, multinational corporations, and globalization. 3 hours seminar; 3
semester hours.
LAIS555. INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Familiarizes students with the study of international organizations:
LAIS546. GLOBALIZATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
how they are created, how they are organized and what they try to
Assesses the historical development of international political economy
accomplish. By the end of the semester, students will be familiar with
as a discipline. Originally studied as the harbinger of today's political
the role of international organization in the world system as well as the
science, economics, sociology, anthropology, and history, International
analytical tools used to analyze them. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3
Political Economy is the multidisciplinary study of the relationship
semester hours.
between states and markets. A fuller understanding will be achieved
through research and data analysis as well as interpretation of case
LAIS556. POWER AND POLITICS IN EURASIA. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
studies. Prerequisites: LAIS345 and any 400-level IPE course, or two
This seminar covers the major international economic and security
equivalent courses. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
issues affecting the fifteen states that once comprised the Soviet Union.
The class begins with an overview of the Soviet Union and its collapse
LAIS548. GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY. 3.0
in 1991, and then focuses on the major international economic and
Semester Hrs.
security dilemmas facing the former Soviet states and how the US,
Examines the increasing importance of environmental policy and politics
China, European Union and other countries, as well as international
in international political economy and global international relations.
organizations affect politics in the former Soviet states. Special attention
Using historical analysis and interdisciplinary environmental studies
will be paid to oil, natural gas, and other energy sectors in the region. 3
perspectives, this course explores global environmental problems that
hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
have prompted an array of international and global regimes and other
approaches to deal with them. It looks at the impact of environmental
LAIS557. INTRODUCTION TO CONFLICT MANAGEMENT. 3.0
policy and politics on development, and the role that state and nonstate
Semester Hrs.
actors play, especially in North-South relations and in the pursuit of
Introduces graduate students to the issue of international conflict
sustainability. Prerequisites: any two IPE courses at the 300-level; or one
management with an emphasis on conflict in resource abundant
IPE course at the 400 level; or one IPE course at the 300 level and one
countries. Its goal is to develop analytic tools to acquire a systematic
environmental policy/issues course at the 400 level. 3 hours lecture and
means to think about conflict management in the international political
discussion; 3 semester hours.
economy and to assess and react to such events. The course addresses
the causes of contemporary conflicts with an initial focus on weak states,
LAIS550. POLITICAL RISK ASSESSMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
armed insurgencies, and ethnic conflict. It then turns to intra-state war
Uses social science analytical tools and readings as well as indices
as a failure of conflict management before discussing state failure,
prepared by organizations, such as the World Bank and the International
intractable conflicts, and efforts to build peace and reconstruct failed,
Monetary Fund, to create assessments of the political, social, economic,
post-conflict states. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
environmental and security risks that multinational corporations may
face as they expand operations around the world. Students will develop
detailed political risk reports for specific countries that teams collectively
select. Prerequisite: LAIS 545 and IPE Minor. 3 hours seminar; 3
semester hours.

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LAIS558. NATURAL RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT. 3.0
LAIS565. SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY. 3.0 Semester
Semester Hrs.
Hrs.
Examines the relationship between natural resources and development.
Provides an introduction to foundational concepts, themes, and questions
It begins by discussing theories of development and how those theories
developed within the interdisciplinary field of science and technology
account for specific choices among resource abundant countries. From
studies (STS). Readings address anthropological understandings of
the theoretical readings, students examine sector specific topics in
laboratory practice, sociological perspectives on the settling of techno-
particular cases. These subjects include oil and natural gas in African
scientific controversies, historical insights on the development of scientific
and Central Asian countries; hard rock mining in West Africa and East
institutions, philosophical stances on the interactions between technology
Asia; gemstone mining in Southern and West Africa; contracting in the
and humans, and relationships between science and democracy.
extractive industries; and corporate social responsibility. Readings are
Students complete several writing assignments, present material from
multidisciplinary and draw from policy studies, economics, and political
readings and research, and help to facilitate discussion. 3 hours lecture
science to provide students an understanding of different theoretical
and discussion; 3 semester hours.
approaches from the social sciences to explain the relationship between
LAIS570. HISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
abundant natural resources and development. 3 hours lecture and
This course offers a critical examination of the history of scientific
discussion; 3 semester hours.
thought, investigation, discovery, and controversy in a range of historical
LAIS559. INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY. 3.0
contexts. This course, which examines the transition from descriptive
Semester Hrs.
and speculative science to quantitative and predictive science, will help
This course has, as its primary aim, the equipping of a future consultant
students understand the broad context of science, technology, and social
to deal with the cultural, socioeconomic, behavioral, psychological,
relations, a key component of the MEPS program framework. 3 hours
ethical, and political problems in the international workplace. Specific
lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
materials covered are: Early experimentation with small group dynamics
LAIS577. ENGINEERING AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY
relative to economic incentive; Hawthorne experiments; experiments
DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
of Asch on perception, Analysis of case studies of work productivity in
Analyzes the relationship between engineering and sustainable
service and technological industries. Review of work of F.W. Taylor,
community development (SCD) from historical, political, ethical, cultural,
Douglas McGregor, Blake & Mouton, and others in terms of optimum
and practical perspectives. Students will study and analyze different
working conditions relative to wage and fringe benefits. Review ofNiccolo
dimensions of sustainability, development, and "helping", and the role
Machiavelli?s The Prince and the Discourses, and The Art of War by
that engineering might play in each. Will include critical explorations of
Sun Tzu with application to present times and international cultural
strengths and limitations of dominant methods in engineering problem
norms. The intent of this course is to teach the survival, report writing,
solving, design and research for working in SCD. Through case-studies,
and presentation skills, and cultural awareness needed for success
students will analyze and evaluate projects in SCD and develop criteria
in the real international business world. The students are organized
for their evaluation. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
into small groups and do a case each week requiring a presentation
of their case study results, and a written report of the results as well.
LAIS578. ENGINEERING AND SOCIAL JUSTICE. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(Textbooks: Human Side of Enterprise by Douglas McGregor, Principles
(II) Explores the meaning of social justice in different areas of social life
of Scientific Management by F.W. Taylor, The Art of War by Sun Tzu, Up
and the role that engineers and engineering can play in promoting or
The Organization by Robert Townsend, The Prince and the Discourses
defending social justice. Begins with students? exploration of their own
of Niccolo Machiavelli, and The Managerial Grid by Blake & Mouton.) 3
social locations, alliances, and resistances to social justice through critical
hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
engagement of interdisciplinary readings that challenge engineering
mindsets. Offers understandings of why and how engineering has on
LAIS560. GLOBAL GEOPOLITICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
occasion been aligned with or divergent from specific social justice issues
Examines geopolitical theories and how they help us explain and
and causes. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
understand contemporary developments in the world. Empirical evidence
from case studies help students develop a deeper understanding of the
LAIS586. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
interconnections between the political, economic, social, cultural and
Examines current issues relating to science and technology policy in the
geographic dimensions of governmental policies and corporate decisions.
United States and, as appropriate, in other countries. 3 hours lecture and
Prerequisites: any two IPE courses at the 300-level, or one IPE course at
discussion; 3 semester hours.
the 400 level. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
LAIS587. ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY. 3.0 Semester
LAIS564. QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES.
Hrs.
3.0 Semester Hrs.
Explores environmental policies and the political and governmental
Teaches basic methods of quantitative empirical research in the social
processes that produce them. Group discussion and independent
sciences. Places social science in the broader context of scientific inquiry
research on specific environmental issues. Primary but not exclusive
by addressing the role of observation and hypothesis testing in the social
focus on the U.S. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
sciences. The focus is on linear regression and group comparisions, with
LAIS588. WATER POLITICS AND POLICY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
attention to questions of research design, internal validity, and reliability.
Examines water policies and the political and governmental processes
3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
that produce them, as an example of natural resource politics and policy
in general. Group discussion and independent research on specific
politics and policy issues. Primary but not exclusive focus on the U.S. 3
hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.

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LAIS589. NUCLEAR POWER AND PUBLIC POLICY. 3.0 Semester
LAIS707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT.
Hrs.
1-15 Semester Hr.
A general introduction to research and practice concerning policies
(I, II, S) GRADUATE THESIS/DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT
and practices relevant to the development and management of nuclear
Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level thesis
power. Corequisite: PHGN590 Nuclear Reactor Physics. 3 hours lecture
or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the direct
and seminar; 3 semester hours.
supervision of the student's faculty advisor. Variable class and semester
hours. Repeatable for credit.
LAIS590. ENERGY AND SOCIETY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(II) The course begins with a brief introduction to global energy
LICM501. PROFESSIONAL ORAL COMMUNICATION. 1.0 Semester
production and conservation, focusing on particular case studies that
Hr.
highlight the relationship among energy, society, and community in
A five-week course which teaches the fundamentals of effectively
different contexts. The course examines energy successes and failures
preparing and presenting messages. "Hands-on" course emphasizing
wherein communities, governments, and/or energy companies come
short (5- and 10-minute) weekly presentations made in small groups
together to promote socially just and economically viable forms of energy
to simulate professional and corporate communications. Students
production/conservation. The course also explores conflicts driven by
are encouraged to make formal presentations which relate to their
energy development. These case studies are supplemented by the
academic or professional fields. Extensive instruction in the use of
expertise of guest speakers from industry, government, NGOs, and
visuals. Presentations are rehearsed in class two days prior to the formal
elsewhere. Areas of focus include questioning the forward momentum of
presentations, all of which are video-taped and carefully evaluated. 1
energy production, its social and environmental impact, including how it
hour lecture/lab; 1 semester hour.
distributes power, resources and risks across different social groups and
SYGN502. INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH ETHICS. 1.0 Semester Hr.
communities. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
A five-week course that introduces students to the various components
LAIS598. SPECIAL TOPICS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
of responsible and research practices. Topics covered move from issues
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
related to the planning of research through the conducting of research
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
to the dissemination of research results. The course culminates with
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
students writing and defending their ethics statements. 1 hour lecture/lab;
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
1 semester hour.
different titles.
LAIS599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
for credit limits toward the degree.
LAIS601. ACADEMIC PUBLISHING. NaN Semester Hrs.
Students will finish this course with increased knowledge of general and
discipline- specific writing conversations as well as the ability to use that
knowledge in publishing portions of theses or dissertations. Beyond the
research article, students will also have the opportunity to learn more
about genres such as conference abstracts, conference presentations,
literature reviews, and research funding proposals. Prerequisite: Must
have completed one full year (or equivalent) of graduate school course
work. Variable credit: 2 or 3 semester hours.
LAIS698. SPECIAL TOPICS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
different titles.
LAIS699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
for credit limits toward the degree.

118 Mining Engineering
Mining Engineering
The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mining and Earth Systems
Engineering requires a total of 72 credit hours, beyond the bachelor's
degree.
Degrees Offered
Course work (maximum)
48.0
• Master of Engineering (Engineer of Mines)
Research (minimum)
24.0
• Master of Science (Mining and Earth Systems Engineering)
• Doctor of Philosophy (Mining and Earth Systems Engineering)
Total Semester Hrs
72.0
Program Description
Those with an MSc in an appropriate field may transfer a maximum of
30 credit hours of course work towards the 48 credit hour requirement
The program has two distinctive, but inherently interwoven specialties.
upon the approval of the advisor and thesis committee. The thesis must
be successfully defended before a doctoral committee.
The Mining Engineering area or specialty is predominantly for mining
engineers and it is directed towards the traditional mining engineering
Prerequisites
fields. Graduate work is normally centered around subject areas such
as mine planning and development, computer aided mine design,
Students entering a graduate program for the master’s or doctor’s
rock mechanics, operations research applied to the mineral industry,
degree are expected to have had much the same undergraduate training
environment and sustainability considerations, mine mechanization, mine
as that required at Colorado School of Mines in mining, if they are
evaluation, finance and management and similar mining engineering
interested in the traditional mining specialty. Students interested in the
topics.
Earth Systems engineering specialty with different engineering sub-
disciplinary background may also require special mining engineering
The Earth Systems Engineering area or specialty is designed to
subjects depending upon their graduate program. Deficiencies if any, will
be distinctly interdisciplinary by merging the mining engineering
be determined by the Department of Mining Engineering on the basis of
fundamentals with civil, geotechnical, environmental or other engineering
students’ education, experience, and graduate study.
into advanced study tracks in earth systems, rock mechanics and earth
structural systems, underground excavation, and construction systems.
For specific information on prerequisites, students are encouraged to
This specialty is open for engineers with different sub-disciplinary
refer to a copy of the Mining Engineering Department’s Departmental
backgrounds, but interested in working and/or considering performing
Guidelines and Regulations (p. 38) for Graduate Students, available from
research in mining, tunneling, excavation and underground construction
the Mining Engineering Department.
areas.
Required Curriculum
Graduate work is normally centered around subject areas such as site
characterization, environmental aspects, underground construction and
Graduate students, depending upon their specialty and background may
tunneling (including microtunneling), excavation methods and equipment,
be required to complete two of the three core courses listed below during
mechanization of mines and underground construction, environmental
their program of study at CSM. These courses are:
and management aspects, modeling and design in geoengineering.
MNGN508
ADVANCED ROCK MECHANICS
3.0
Program Requirements
MNGN512
SURFACE MINE DESIGN
3.0
MNGN516
UNDERGROUND MINE DESIGN
3.0
The Master of Science degree in Mining and Earth Systems Engineering
has two options available. Master of Science - Thesis and Master of
In addition, all full-time graduate students are required to register for
Science - Non-Thesis.
and attend MNGN625 - Graduate Mining Seminar each semester while
in residence, except in the case of extreme circumstances. For these
Thesis Option
circumstances, consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis
Course work (minimum)
21.0
by the coordinator or the Department Head. It is expected that part
Research, approved by the graduate committee
9.0
time students participate in MNGN625 as determined by the course
Master's Thesis
coordinator or the Department Head. Although it is mandatory to enroll in
MNGN625 each semester, this course will only count as one credit hour
Total Semester Hrs
30.0
for the total program.
Non-Thesis Option
Fields of Research
Course work (minimum) *
30.0
The Mining Engineering Department focuses on the following
*
Six (6) credit hours may be applied towards the analytical report
fundamental areas:
writing, if required.
• Geomechanics, Rock Mechanics and Stability of Underground and
The Master of Engineering degree (Engineer of Mines) in Mining
Surface Excavations
Engineering includes all the requirements for the M.S. degree, with the
• Computerized Mine Design and Related Applications (including
sole exception that an “engineering report” is required rather than a
Geostatistical Modeling)
Master’s Thesis.
• Advanced Integrated Mining Systems Incorporating Mine
Mechanization and Mechanical Mining Systems
• Underground Excavation (Tunneling) and Construction

Colorado School of Mines 119
• Site Characterization and Geotechnical Investigations, Modeling and
Courses
Design in Geoengineering.
GOGN501. SITE INVESTIGATION AND CHARACTERIZATION. 3.0
• Rock Fragmentation
Semester Hrs.
• Mineral Processing, Communition, Separation Technology
An applications oriented course covering: geological data collection,
• Bulk Material Handling
geophysical methods for site investigation; hydrological data collection;
materials properties determination; and various engineering classification

systems. Presentation of data in a format suitable for subsequent
Department Head
engineering design will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Introductory
courses in geology, rock mechanics, and soil mechanics. 3 hours lecture;
Priscilla P. Nelson
3 semester hours.
Professors
GOGN502. SOLID MECHANICS APPLIED TO ROCKS. 3.0 Semester
Hrs.
Kadri Dagdelen
An introduction to the deformation and failure of rocks and rock masses
Priscilla P. Nelson
and to the flow of groundwater. Principles of displacement, strain and
stress, together with the equations of equilibrium are discussed. Elastic
M. Ugur Ozbay
and plastic constitutive laws, with and without time dependence, are
introduced. Concepts of strain hardening and softening are summarized.
Associate Professors
Energy principles, energy changes caused by underground excavations,
Mark Kuchta
stable and unstable equilibria are defined. Failure criteria for intact rock
and rock masses are explained. Principles of numerical techniques are
Hugh B. Miller
discussed and illustrated. Basic laws and modeling of groundwater flows
are introduced. Prerequisite: Introductory Rock Mechanics. 3 hours
Masami Nakagawa
lecture; 3 semester hours.
Jamal Rostami
GOGN503. CHARACTERIZATION AND MODELING LABORATORY.
3.0 Semester Hrs.
Assistant Professors
An applications oriented course covering: Advanced rock testing
procedures; dynamic rock properties determination; on-site
Elizabeth A. Holley
measurements; and various rock mass modeling approaches.
Rennie Kaunda
Presentation of data in a format suitable for subsequent engineering
design will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Introductory courses in geology,
Eunhye Kim
rock mechanics, and soil mechanics. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Research Professors
GOGN504. SURFACE STRUCTURES IN EARTH MATERIALS. 3.0
Semester Hrs.
Jurgen F. Brune
Principles involved in the design and construction of surface structures
involving earth materials. Slopes and cuts. Retaining walls. Tailing dams.
M. Stephen Enders
Leach dumps. Foundations. Piles and piers. Extensive use of case
examples. Prerequisites: GOGN501, GOGN502, GOGN503. 3 hours
Karl Zipf
lecture; 3 semester hours.
Research Associate Professor
GOGN505. UNDERGROUND EXCAVATION IN ROCK. 3.0 Semester
Hrs.
Vilem Petr
Components of stress, stress distributions, underground excavation
Adjunct Faculty
failure mechanisms, optimum orientation and shape of excavations,
excavation stability, excavation support design, ground treatment
John W. Grubb
and rock pre-reinforcement, drill and blast excavations, mechanical
excavation, material haulage, ventilation and power supply, labor
Wm. Mark Hart
requirements and training, scheduling and costing of underground
Raymond Henn
excavations, and case histories. Prerequisites: GOGN501, GOGN502,
GOGN503. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Paul Jones
GOGN625. GEO-ENGINEERING SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
Andy Schissler
Discussions presented by graduate students, staff, and visiting lectures
on research and development topics of general interest. Required of all
D. Erik Spiller
graduate students in Geo-Engineering every semester, during residence.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in Geo-Engineering Program. 1 semester hour
William R. Wilson
upon completion of thesis or residence.

120 Mining Engineering
MNGN501. REGULATORY MINING LAWS AND CONTRACTS. 3.0
MNGN507. ADVANCED DRILLING AND BLASTING. 3.0 Semester
Semester Hrs.
Hrs.
(I) Basic fundamentals of engineering law, regulations of federal and
(I) An advanced study of the theories of rock penetration including
state laws pertaining to the mineral industry and environment control.
percussion, rotary, and rotary percussion drilling. Rock fragmentation
Basic concepts of mining contracts. Offered in even numbered years.
including explosives and the theories of blasting rock. Application of
Prerequisite: Senior or graduate status. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
theory to drilling and blasting practice at mines, pits, and quarries.
hours. Offered in even years.
Prerequisite: MNGN407. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in
odd years.
MNGN503. MINING TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
MNGN508. ADVANCED ROCK MECHANICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(I, II) The primary focus of this course is to provide students an
Analytical and numerical modeling analysis of stresses and
understanding of the fundamental principles of sustainability and how
displacements induced around engineering excavations in rock. Insitu
they influence the technical components of a mine's life cycle, beginning
stress. Rock failure criteria. Complete load deformation behavior of rocks.
during project feasibility and extending through operations to closure
Measurement and monitoring techniques in rock mechanics. Principles
and site reclamation. Course discussions will address a wide range of
of design of excavation in rocks. Analytical, numerical modeling and
traditional engineering topics that have specific relevance and impact to
empirical design methods. Probabilistic and deterministic approaches
local and regional communities, such as mining methods and systems,
to rock engineering designs. Excavation design examples for shafts,
mine plant design and layout, mine operations and supervision, resource
tunnels, large chambers and mine pillars. Seismic loading of structures
utilization and cutoff grades, and labor. The course will emphasize the
in rock. Phenomenon of rock burst and its alleviation. Prerequisite:
importance of integrating social, political, and economic considerations
MNGN321. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
into technical decision-making and problem solving. 3 hours lecture; 3
MNGN509. CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT. 3.0
semester hours.
Semester Hrs.
MNGN504. UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING IN
Equivalent with GOGN506,
HARD ROCK. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(II) The course will provide content, methods and experience in
(II) This course is developed to introduce students to the integrated
construction planning and cost estimating, scheduling and equipment
science, engineering, design and management concepts of engineered
performance, contractual delivery systems and relationships, key contract
underground construction. The course will cover advanced rock
clauses, risk registration and management, and project controls. Special
engineering in application to underground construction, geological
attention will be paid to geotechnical uncertainty and risk, emerging
interpretation and subsurface investigations, equipment options and
technologies and industry trends, and to ethics and sustainability as
system selection for projects with realistic constraints, underground
applied to construction engineering and management practices. Co-
excavation initial support and final shotcrete/lining design, and
requisites: GEGN562. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
approaches to uncertainty evaluation and risk assessment for
MNGN510. FUNDAMENTALS OF MINING AND MINERAL RESOURCE
underground construction projects. Team design projects and
DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
presentations will be required. Prerequisites: CEEN513. Co-requisites:
Specifically designed for non-majors, the primary focus of this course is
GEGN562. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
to provide students with a fundamental understanding of how mineral
MNGN505. ROCK MECHANICS IN MINING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
resources are found, developed, mined, and ultimately reclaimed.
(I) The course deals with the rock mechanics aspect of design of mine
The course will present a wide range of traditional engineering and
layouts developed in both underground and surface. Underground mining
economic topics related to: exploration and resource characterization,
sections include design of coal and hard rock pillars, mine layout design
project feasibility, mining methods and systems, mine plant design
for tabular and massive ore bodies, assessment of caving characteristics
and layout, mine operations and scheduling, labor, and environmental
or ore bodies, performance and application of backfill, and phenomenon
and safety considerations. The course will emphasize the importance
of rock burst and its alleviation. Surface mining portion covers rock mass
of integrating social (human), political, and environmental issues into
characterization, failure modes of slopes excavated in rock masses,
technical decision-making and design. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
probabilistic and deterministic approaches to design of slopes, and
MNGN511. MINING INVESTIGATIONS. 2-4 Semester Hr.
remedial measures for slope stability problems. Prerequisite: MN321 or
(I, II) Investigational problems associated with any important aspect of
equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
mining. Choice of problem is arranged between student and instructor.
MNGN506. DESIGN AND SUPPORT OF UNDERGROUND
Prerequisite: none. Lecture, consultation, lab, and assigned reading; 2 to
EXCAVATIONS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
4 semester hours.
Design of underground excavations and support. Analysis of stress
MNGN512. SURFACE MINE DESIGN. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
and rock mass deformations around excavations using analytical and
Analysis of elements of surface mine operation and design of surface
numerical methods. Collections, preparation, and evaluation of insitu and
mining system components with emphasis on minimization of adverse
laboratory data for excavation design. Use of rock mass rating systems
environmental impact and maximization of efficient use of mineral
for site characterization and excavation design. Study of support types
resources. Ore estimates, unit operations, equipment selection, final
and selection of support for underground excavations. Use of numerical
pit determinations, short- and long-range planning, road layouts, dump
models for design of shafts, tunnels and large chambers. Prerequisite:
planning, and cost estimation. Prerequisite: MNGN210. 3 hours lecture; 3
none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in odd years.
semester hours.

Colorado School of Mines 121
MNGN514. MINING ROBOTICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
MNGN520. ROCK MECHANICS IN UNDERGROUND COAL MINING.
(I) Fundamentals of robotics as applied to the mining industry. The focus
3.0 Semester Hrs.
is on mobile robotic vehicles. Topics covered are mining applications,
(I) Rock mechanics consideration in the design of room-and-pillar,
introduction and history of mobile robotics, sensors, including vision,
longwall, and shortwall coal mining systems. Evaluation of bump and
problems of sensing variations in rock properties, problems of
outburst conditions and remedial measures. Methane drainage systems.
representing human knowledge in control systems, machine condition
Surface subsidence evaluation. Prerequisite: MNGN321. 3 hours lecture;
diagnostics, kinematics, and path finding. Prerequisite: CSCI404. 3 hours
3 semester hours. Offered in odd years.
lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in odd years.
MNGN522. FLOTATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
MNGN515. MINE MECHANIZATION AND AUTOMATION. 3.0
Science and engineering governing the practice of mineral concentration
Semester Hrs.
by flotation. Interfacial phenomena, flotation reagents, mineral-reagent
This course will provide an in-depth study of the current state of the art
interactions, and zeta-potential are covered. Flotation circuit design and
and future trends in mine mechanization and mine automation systems
evaluation as well as tailings handling are also covered. The course also
for both surface and underground mining, review the infrastructure
includes laboratory demonstrations of some fundamental concepts. 3
required to support mine automation, and analyze the potential economic
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
and health and safety benefits. Prerequisite: MNGN312, MNGN314,
MNGN523. SELECTED TOPICS. 2-4 Semester Hr.
MNGN316. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Fall of odd
(I, II) Special topics in mining engineering, incorporating lectures,
years.
laboratory work or independent study, depending on needs. This course
MNGN516. UNDERGROUND MINE DESIGN. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
may be repeated for additional credit only if subject material is different.
Selection, design, and development of most suitable underground
Prerequisite: none. 2 to 4 semester hours. Repeatable for credit under
mining methods based upon the physical and the geological properties
different titles.
of mineral deposits (metallics and nonmetallics), conservation
MNGN524. ADVANCED MINE VENTILATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
considerations, and associated environmental impacts. Reserve
(I) Advanced topics of mine ventilation including specific ventilation
estimates, development and production planning, engineering drawings
designs for various mining methods, ventilation numerical modeling, mine
for development and extraction, underground haulage systems, and
atmosphere management, mine air cooling, prevention and ventilation
cost estimates. Prerequisite: MNGN210. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3
response to mine fires and explosions, mine dust control. Prerequisites:
semester hours.
MNGN424 Mine Ventilation. Lecture and Lab Contact Hours: 3 hours
MNGN517. ADVANCED UNDERGROUND MINING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
lecture; 3 semester credit hours.
(II) Review and evaluation of new developments in advanced
MNGN525. INTRODUCTION TO NUMERICAL TECHNIQUES IN ROCK
underground mining systems to achieve improved productivity and
MECHANICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
reduced costs. The major topics covered include: mechanical excavation
(I) Principles of stress and infinitesimal strain analysis are summarized,
techniques for mine development and production, new haulage and
linear constitutive laws and energy methods are reviewed. Continuous
vertical conveyance systems, advanced ground support and roof
and laminated models of stratified rock masses are introduced.
control methods, mine automation and monitoring, new mining systems
The general concepts of the boundary element and finite element
and future trends in automated, high productivity mining schemes.
methods are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the boundary element
Prerequisite: Underground Mine Design (e.g., MNGN314). 3 hours
approach with displacement discontinui ties, because of its relevance
lecture; 3 semester hours.
to the modeling of the extraction of tabular mineral bodies and to the
MNGN518. ADVANCED BULK UNDERGROUND MINING
mobilization of faults, joints, etc. Several practical problems, selected
TECHNIQUES. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
from rock mechanics and subsidence engineering practices, are treated
This course will provide advanced knowledge and understanding of
to demonstrate applications of the techniques. Prerequi site: MNGN321,
the current state-of-the-art in design, development, and production in
EGGN320, or equivalent courses, MATH455. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
underground hard rock mining using bulk-mining methods. Design and
hours. Offered in even years.
layout of sublevel caving, block caving, open stoping and blasthole
MNGN526. MODELING AND MEASURING IN GEOMECHANICS. 3.0
stoping systems. Equipment selection, production scheduling, ventilation
Semester Hrs.
design, and mining costs. Prerequisites: MNGN314, MNGN516. 2 hours
(II) Introduction to instruments and instrumen tation systems used
lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Spring of odd years.
for making field measurements (stress, convergence, deformation,
MNGN519. ADVANCED SURFACE COAL MINE DESIGN. 3.0
load, etc.) in geomechanics. Techniques for determining rock mass
Semester Hrs.
strength and deformability. Design of field measurement programs.
(II) Review of current manual and computer methods of reserve
Interpretation of field data. Development of predictive models using field
estimation, mine design, equipment selection, and mine planning and
data. Intro duction to various numerical techniques (boundary element,
scheduling. Course includes design of a surface coal mine for a given
finite element, FLAC, etc.) for modeling the behavior of rock structures.
case study and comparison of manual and computer results. Prerequisite:
Demonstration of concepts using various case studies. Prerequisite:
MNGN312, 316, 427. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
Graduate standing. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
Offered in odd years.
Offered in odd years.

122 Mining Engineering
MNGN527. THEORY OF PLATES AND SHELLS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
MNGN540. CLEAN COAL TECHNOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Classical methods for the analysis of stresses in plate type structure
(I, II) Clean Energy - Gasification of Carbonaceous Materials - including
are presented first. The stiffness matrices for plate element will be
coal, oil, gas, plastics, rubber, municipal waste and other substances.
developed and used in the finite element method of analysis. Membrane
This course also covers the process of feedstock preparation,
and bending stresses in shells are derived. Application of the theory to
gasification, cleaning systems, and the output energy blocks along
tunnels, pipes, pressures vessels, and domes, etc., will be included.
with an educational segment on CO products. These output energy
Prerequisites: EGGN320. 3 hours lecture; 3 credit hours.
blocks include feedstock to electrical power, feedstock to petroleum
liquids, feedstock to pipeline quality gas. The course covers co- product
MNGN528. MINING GEOLOGY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
development including urea, fertilizers, CO2 extraction/sequestration and
(I) Role of geology and the geologist in the development and production
chemical manufacturing.
stages of a mining operation. Topics addressed: mining operation
sequence, mine mapping, drilling, sampling, reserve estimation,
MNGN545. ROCK SLOPE ENGINEERING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
economic evaluation, permitting, support functions. Field trips, mine
Introduction to the analysis and design of slopes excavated in rock.
mapping, data evaluation, exercises and term project. Prerequisite:
Rock mass classification and strength determinations, geological
GEGN401 or GEGN405. 2 hours lecture/seminar, 3 hours laboratory: 3
structural parameters, properties of fracture sets, data collection
semester hours. Offered in even years.
techniques, hydrological factors, methods of analysis of slope stability,
wedge intersections, monitoring and maintenance of final pit slopes,
MNGN529. URANIUM MINING. 2.0 Semester Hrs.
classification of slides. Deterministic and probabilistic approaches in
(I) Overview and introduction to the principles of uranium resource
slope design. Remedial measures. Laboratory and field exercise in
extraction and production. All aspects of the uranium fuel cycle are
slope design. Collection of data and specimens in the field for deterring
covered, including the geology of uranium, exploration for uranium
physical properties required for slope design. Application of numerical
deposits, mining, processing, environmental issues, and health and
modeling and analytical techniques to slope stability determinations for
safety aspects. A lesser emphasis will be placed on nuclear fuel
hard rock and soft rock environments. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture.
fabrication, nuclear power and waste disposal.
3 semester hours.
MNGN530. INTRODUCTION TO MICRO COMPUTERS IN MINING. 3.0
MNGN549. MARINE MINING SYSTEMS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Semester Hrs.
(I) Define interdisciplinary marine mining systems and operational
(I) General overview of the use of PC based micro computers and
requirements for the exploration survey, sea floor mining, hoisting, and
software applications in the mining industry. Topics include the use of:
transport. Describe and design components of deep-ocean, manganese-
database, CAD, spreadsheets, computer graphics, data acquisition, and
nodule mining systems and other marine mineral extraction methods.
remote communications as applied in the mining industry. Prerequisite:
Analyze dynamics and remote control of the marine mining systems
Any course in computer programming. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3
interactions and system components. Describe the current state-of-the-
semester hours.
art technology, operational practice, trade-offs of the system design and
MNGN536. OPERATIONS RESEARCH TECHNIQUES IN THE
risk. Prerequisite: EGGN351, EGGN320, GEOC408. 3 hours lecture; 3
MINERAL INDUSTRY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
semester hours. Offered alternate even years.
Analysis of exploration, mining, and metallurgy systems using statistical
MNGN550. NEW TECHNIQUES IN MINING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
analysis. Monte Carlo methods, simulation, linear programming, and
(II) Review of various experimental mining procedures, including a critical
computer methods. Prerequisite: MNGN433. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab;
evaluation of their potential applications. Mining methods covered include
3 semester hours. Offered in even years.
deep sea nodule mining, in situ gassification of coal, in situ retorting of
MNGN538. GEOSTATISTICAL ORE RESERVE ESTIMATION. 3.0
oil shale, solution mining of soluble minerals, in situ leaching of metals,
Semester Hrs.
geothermal power generation, oil mining, nuclear fragmentation, slope
(I) Introduction to the application and theory of geostatistics in the mining
caving, electro-thermal rock penetration and fragmentation. Prerequisite:
industry. Review of elementary statistics and traditional ore reserve
Graduate standing. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in even
calculation techniques. Presentation of fundamental geostatistical
years.
concepts, including: variogram, estimation variance, block variance,
MNGN552. SOLUTION MINING AND PROCESSING OF ORES. 3.0
kriging, geostatistical simulation. Emphasis on the practical aspects of
Semester Hrs.
geostatistical modeling in mining. Prerequisite: MATH323 or equivalent
(II) Theory and application of advanced methods of extracting and
course in statistics; graduate or senior status. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
processing of minerals, underground or in situ, to recover solutions and
hours.
concentrates of value-materials, by minimization of the traditional surface
MNGN539. ADVANCED MINING GEOSTATISTICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
processing and disposal of tailings to minimize environmental impacts.
(II) Advanced study of the theory and application of geostatistics in
Prerequisite: Senior or graduate status. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester
mining engineering. Presentation of state-of-the-art geostatistical
hours. Offered in spring.
concepts, including: robust estimation, nonlinear geostatistics, disjunctive
kriging, geostatistical simulation, computational aspects. This course
includes presentations by many guest lecturers from the mining industry.
Emphasis on the development and application of advanced geostatistical
techniques to difficult problems in the mining industry today. 3 hours
lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in odd years.

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MNGN559. MECHANICS OF PARTICULATE MEDIA. 3.0 Semester
MNGN590. MECHANICAL EXCAVATION IN MINING. 3.0 Semester
Hrs.
Hrs.
(1) This course allows students to establish fundamental knowledge
(II) This course provides a comprehensive review of the existing and
of quasi-static and dynamic particle behavior that is beneficial to
emerging mechanical excavation technologies for mine development and
interdisciplinary material handling processes in the chemical, civil,
production in surface and underground mining. The major topics covered
materials, metallurgy, geophysics, physics, and mining engineering.
in the course include: history and development of mechanical excavators,
Issues of interst are the definition of particl size and size distribution,
theory and principles of mechanical rock fragmentation, design and
particle shape, nature of packing, quasi-static behavior under different
performance of rock cutting tools, design and operational characteristics
external loading, particle collisions, kinetic theoretical modeling of
of mechanical excavators (e.g. continuous miners, roadheaders, tunnel
particulate flows, molecular dynamic simulations, and a brief introduction
boring machines, raise drills, shaft borers, impact miners, slotters),
of solid-fluid two-phase flows. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3
applications to mine development and production, performance prediction
semester hours. Fall semesters, every other year.
and geotechnical investigations, costs versus conventional methods,
new mine designs for applying mechanical excavators, case histories,
MNGN560. INDUSTRIAL MINERALS PRODUCTION. 3.0 Semester
future trends and anticipated developments and novel rock fragmentation
Hrs.
methods including water jets, lasers, microwaves, electron beams,
(II) This course describes the engineering principles and practices
penetrators, electrical discharge and sonic rock breakers. Prerequisite:
associated with quarry mining operations related to the cement and
Senior or graduate status. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in
aggregate industries. The course will cover resource definition, quarry
odd years.
planning and design, extraction, and processing of minerals for cement
and aggregate production. Permitting issues and reclamation, particle
MNGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MINING ENGINEERING. 6.0
sizing and environmental practices, will be studied in depth.
Semester Hrs.
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
MNGN565. MINE RISK MANAGEMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
(II) Fundamentals of identifying, analyzing, assessing and treating risks
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
associated with the feasibility, development and operation of mines.
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
Methodologies for identifying, assessing and treating risks will be
different titles.
presented and practiced in case studies and exercises. Concepts and
principles for analyzing risks will be demonstrated and practiced utilizing
MNGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
deterministic and stochastic models, deductive models, decision trees
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
and other applicable principles. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
MNGN570. SAFETY AND HEALTH MANAGEMENT IN THE MINING
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
INDUSTRY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
(I) Fundamentals of managing occupational safety and health at a
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
mining operation. Includes tracking of accident and injury statistics, risk
for credit limits toward the degree.
management, developing a safety and health management plan, meeting
MSHA regulatory requirements, training, safety audits and accident
MNGN625. GRADUATE MINING SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
investigations. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
(I, II) Discussions presented by graduate students, staff, and visiting
lecturers on research and development topics of general interest.
MNGN575. HEAT MINING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Required of all graduate students in mining engineering every semester
(I) Heat Mining focuses on identifying available sub-surface heat sources.
during residence. 1 semester hour upon completion of thesis or
Heat trapped in crystalline rock deep underground is available by
residence.
engineering an artificial geothermal system. Hot geothermal fluid, heat
generated by underground coal fire and hot water trapped in abandoned
MNGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MINING ENGINEERING. 6.0
underground mine are some of other examples. We will discuss how to
Semester Hrs.
find them, how to estimate them, and how to extract and convert them to
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
a usable energy form. The concept of sustainable resource development
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
will be taught as the foundation of heat mining. Prerequisites: None. 3
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
different titles.
MNGN585. MINING ECONOMICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(I) Advanced study in mine valuation with emphasis on revenue and cost
MNGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
aspects. Topics include price and contract consideration in coal, metal
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
and other commodities; mine capital and operating cost estimation and
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
indexing; and other topics of current interest. Prerequisite: MNGN427 or
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
EBGN504 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
even years.
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
for credit limits toward the degree.

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MNGN700. GRADUATE ENGINEERING REPORTMASTER OF
ENGINEERING. 1-6 Semester Hr.
(I, II) Laboratory, field, and library work for the Master of Engineering
report under supervision of the student?s advisory committee. Required
of candidates for the degree of Master of Engineering. Variable 1 to 6
hours. Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 6 hours.
MNGN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT. 1-15 Semester Hr.
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
direct supervision of the student's faculty advisor. Variable class and
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.

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Petroleum Engineering
possible in their graduate programs. Depending on the applicant’s
undergraduate degree, various basic undergraduate petroleum
engineering and geology courses will be required. These deficiency
2016/2017
courses are not counted towards the graduate degree; nonetheless, the
Degrees Offered
student is expected to pass the required courses and the grades received
in these courses are included in the GPA. Not passing these courses
• Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
can jeopardize the student’s continuance in the graduate program. It is
• Master of Engineering (Petroleum Engineering)
desirable for students with deficiencies to complete the deficiencies or
course work within the first two semesters of arrival to the program or as
• Master of Science (Petroleum Engineering)
soon as possible with the approval of their advisor.
• Doctor of Philosophy (Petroleum Engineering)
All PE graduate students are required to complete 3 credit hours of
Program Description
course work in writing, research, or presentation intensive classes, such
as PEGN681, LICM501, SYGN501, and SYGN600, as agreed to by their
The Petroleum Engineering Department offers students a choice of a
graduate advisor.
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
Fields of Research
the ME degree, no thesis is required, but the course work requirement
is greater than that for the MS degree. The Petroleum Engineering
Current fields of research include:
Department also offers Petroleum Engineering (PE) undergraduate
students the option of a Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program.
• Rock and fluid properties, phase behavior, and rock mechanics
This is an accelerated program that provides the opportunity to PE
• Geomechanics
students to have a head start on their graduate education.
• Formation evaluation, well test analysis, and reservoir
characterization
Applications from students having a MS in Petroleum Engineering, or
in another complimentary discipline, will be considered for admission to
• Oil recovery processes
the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program. To obtain the Ph.D. degree,
• IOR/EOR Methods
a student must demonstrate unusual competence, creativity, and
• Naturally fractured reservoirs
dedication in the degree field. In addition to extensive course work, a
• Analytical and numerical modeling of fluid flow in porous media
dissertation is required for the Ph.D. degree.
• Pore-scale modeling and flow in nanopores
Applying for Admission
• Development of unconventional oil and gas plays
• Geothermal energy
All graduate applicants must have taken core engineering, math and
• Gas Hydrates
science courses before applying to graduate school. For the Colorado
• Completion and stimulation of wells
School of Mines this would be 3 units of Calculus, 2 units of Chemistry
with Quantitative Lab, 2 units of Physics, Differential Equations, Statics,
• Horizontal and multilateral wells
Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Mechanics of Materials. To
• Multi-stage fracturing of horizontal wells
apply for admission, follow the procedure outlined in the general section
• Drilling management and rig automation
of this bulletin. Three letters of recommendation must accompany the
• Fluid flow in wellbores and artificial lift
application. The Petroleum Engineering Department requires the general
• Drilling mechanics, directional drilling,
test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for applicants to all
degree levels.
• Extraterrestrial drilling
• Ice coring and drilling
Applicants for the Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and
• Bit vibration analysis, tubular buckling and stability, wave propagation
Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems programs
in drilling tubulars
should have a minimum score of 155 or better and applicants for the
• Laser technology in penetrating rocks
Ph.D. program are expected to have 159 or better on the quantitative
section of the GRE exam, in addition to acceptable scores in the
• Environment, health, and safety in oil and gas industry
verbal and analytical sections. The GPA of the applicant must be 3.0
Research projects may involve professors and graduate students from
or higher. The graduate application review committee determines
other disciplines. Projects may include off-campus laboratories, institutes,
minimum requirements accordingly, and these requirements may change
and other resources.
depending on the application pool for the particular semester. The
applicants whose native language is not English are also expected to
The Petroleum Engineering Department houses a research institute, two
provide satisfactory scores on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign
research centers, and two consortia.
Language) exam as specified in the general section of this bulletin.
Research Institute
Required Curriculum
• Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Institute (UNGI)
A student in the graduate program selects course work by consultation
Research Centers
with the Faculty Advisor and with the approval of the graduate committee.
Course work is tailored to the needs and interests of the student.
• Marathon Center of Excellence for Reservoir Studies (MCERS)
Students who do not have a BS degree in petroleum engineering must
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• Center for Earth Mechanics, Materials, and Characterization
Master of Science
(CEMMC)
Minimum 36 hours, of which no less than 12 credit hours earned by
Research Consortia
research and 24 credit hours by course work
• Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology (FAST) Consortium.
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program
• Unconventional Reservoir Engineering Project (UREP) Consortium.
The same requirements as Master of Engineering or Master of Science
• Petrophysics of Reservoir Sediments: Organics, Clay, Sand and
after the student is granted full graduate status. Students in the
Shale (OCLASSH) Consortium.
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program may fulfill part of the
requirements of their graduate degree by including up to 6 credit hours of
Special Features
undergraduate course credits upon approval of the department.
In the exchange programs with the Petroleum Engineering Departments
Doctor of Philosophy
of the Mining University of Leoben, Austria, Technical University in Delft,
Holland, and the University of Adelaide, Australia, a student may spend
Minimum 90 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree of which no less
one semester abroad during graduate studies and receive full transfer
than 30 credit hours earned by research, or minimum 54 credit hours
of credit back to CSM with prior approval of the Petroleum Engineering
beyond the Master’s degree of which no less than 30 credit hours earned
Department at CSM.
by research.
In the fall of 2012, the new Petroleum Engineering building, Marquez
The Petroleum Engineering, Geology and Geological Engineering, and
Hall, was opened. The new home for the Petroleum Engineering
the Geophysics Departments share oversight for the Professional
Department is a prominent campus landmark, showcasing Mines’
Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems program through a
longstanding strengths in its core focus areas and our commitment to
committee consisting of one faculty member from each department.
staying at the forefront of innovation. The new building is designed using
Students gain admission to the program by application to any of the three
aggressive energy saving strategies and LEED certified. Marquez Hall is
sponsoring departments. Students are administered by that department
the first building on the Colorado School of Mines Campus that is funded
into which they first matriculate. A minimum of 36 credit hours of course
entirely by donations.
credit is required to complete the Professional Masters in Petroleum
Reservoir Systems program. Up to 9 credits may be earned by 400 level
The Petroleum Engineering Department enjoys strong collaboration with
courses. All other credits toward the degree must be 500 level or above.
the Geology and Geological Engineering Department and Geophysics
At least 9 hours must consist of:
Department at CSM. Courses that integrate the faculty and interests of
the three departments are taught at the undergraduate and graduate
GEGN439
MULTIDISCIPLINARY PETROLEUM DESIGN
3.0
levels.
or GPGN439
GEOPHYSICS PROJECT DESIGN /
MULTIDISCIPLINARY PETROLEUM DESIGN
The department is close to oil and gas field operations, oil companies and
laboratories, and geologic outcrops of producing formations. There are
or PEGN439
MULTIDISCIPLINARY PETROLEUM DESIGN
many opportunities for summer and part-time employment in the oil and
Select one of the following:
3.0
gas industry.
GPGN/
WELL LOG ANALYSIS AND FORMATION
PEGNnull419 EVALUATION
Each summer, several graduate students assist with the field sessions
GPGN/
ADVANCED FORMATION EVALUATION
designed for undergraduate students. The field sessions in the past
PEGNnull519
several years have included visits to oil and gas operations in Alaska,
Canada, Southern California, the Gulf Coast, the Northeast US, the
Select one of the following:
3.0
Rocky Mountain regions, and western Colorado.
GEGN503
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND
DEVELOPMENT
The Petroleum Engineering Department encourages student involvement
or GPGN503
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT
with the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association of
or PEGN503
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Drilling Engineers and the American Rock Mechanics Association. The
department provides some financial support for students attending the
GEGN504
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND
annual technical conferences for these professional societies.
DEVELOPMENT
or GPGN504
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Program Requirements
or PEGN504
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir
Total Semester Hrs
9.0
Systems
Also 9 additional hours must consist of one course each from the 3
Minimum 36 hours of course credit
participating departments. The remaining 18 hours may consist of
graduate courses from any of the 3 participating departments, or other
Master of Engineering
courses approved by the committee. Up to 6 hours may consist of
independent study, including an industry project.
Minimum 36 hours of course credit
Candidates for the non-thesis Master of Engineering degree must
complete a minimum of 36 hours of graduate course credit. At least 18 of
the credit hours must be from the Petroleum Engineering Department. Up
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and up to 9 credit hours of senior-level courses may be applied to the
Graduate School (p. 12) in this bulletin and/or the Department's Graduate
degree. All courses must be approved by the student's advisor and the
Student Handbook.
department head. No graduate committee is required. No more than six
credit hours can be earned through independent study.
Professors
Hazim Abass
Candidates for the Master of Science degree must complete at least
24 graduate credit hours of course work, approved by the candidate’s
Ramona M. Graves, Dean, College of Earth Resource Sciences and
graduate committee, and a minimum of 12 hours of research credit.
Engineering
At least 12 of the course credit hours must be from the Petroleum
Engineering Department. Up to 9 credit hours may be transferred from
Hossein Kazemi, Chesebro' Distinguished Chair
another institution. Up to 9 credit hours of senior-level courses may be
applied to the degree. For the MS degree, the student must demonstrate
Erdal Ozkan, Professor and Department Head, "Mick" Merelli/Cimarex
ability to observe, analyze, and report original scientific research. For
Energy Distinguished Chair
other requirements, refer to the general instructions of the Graduate
Azra N.Tutuncu, Harry D. Campbell Chair
School (p. 12) in this bulletin.
Yu-Shu Wu, CMG Chair
The requirements for the Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program
are defined in the section of this Bulletin titled “Graduate Degrees and
Associate Professors
Requirements—V. Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Programs.” After
the student is granted full graduate status, the requirements are the
Alfred W. Eustes III
same as those for the non-thesis Master of Engineering or thesis-based
Jorge H. B. Sampaio Jr.
Master of Science degree, depending to which program the student
was accepted. The Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program allows
Manika Prasad
students to fulfill part of the requirements of their graduate degree by
including up to 6 credit hours of their undergraduate course credits upon
Xiaolong Yin
approval of the department. The student must apply for the program by
submitting an application through the Graduate School before the first
Assistant Professors
semester of their Senior year. For other requirements, refer to the general
Rosmer Maria Brito
directions of the Graduate School (p. 12) in this bulletin.
Luis Zerpa
A candidate for the Ph.D. must complete at least 60 hours of course
credit and a minimum of 30 credit hours of research beyond the
Teaching Professor
Bachelor’s degree or at least 24 hours of course credit and a minimum
of 30 credit hours of research beyond the Master’s degree. The credit
Linda A. Battalora
hours to be counted toward a Ph.D. are dependent upon approval of the
student’s thesis committee. Students who enter the Ph.D. program with
Teaching Associate Professors
a Bachelor’s degree may transfer up to 33 graduate credit hours from
Mansur Ermila
another institution with the approval of the graduate advisor. Students
who enter the Ph.D. program with a master’s degree may transfer up
Carrie J. McClelland
to 45 credit hours of course and research work from another institution
Mark G. Miller
upon approval by the graduate advisor. Ph.D. students must complete
a minimum of 12 credit hours of their required course credit in a minor
Teaching Assistant Professor
program of study. The student’s faculty advisor, thesis committee, and
the department head must approve the course selection. Full-time
Elio S. Dean
Ph.D. students must satisfy the following requirements for admission
to candidacy within the first two calendar years after enrolling in the
Research Associate Professor
program:
Philip H. Winterfeld
1. have a thesis committee appointment form on file,
Research Assistant Professor
2. complete all prerequisite courses successfully,
Wendy Wempe
3. demonstrate adequate preparation for and satisfactory ability to
conduct doctoral research by successfully completing a series of
Adjunct Professor
written and/or oral examinations and fulfilling the other requirements
of their graduate committees as outlined in the department's graduate
William W. Fleckenstein
handbook.
Professor Emeritus
Failure to fulfill these requirements within the time limits specified
Craig W. Van Kirk
above may result in immediate mandatory dismissal from the Ph.D.
program according to the procedure outlined in the section of this Bulletin
Associate Professor Emeritus
titled “General Regulations—Unsatisfactory Academic Performance—
Unsatisfactory Academic Progress Resulting in Probation or Discretionary
Richard Christiansen
Dismissal.” For other requirements, refer to the general directions of the

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Courses
PEGN508. ADVANCED ROCK PROPERTIES. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Application of rock mechanics and rock properties to reservoir
PEGN501. APPLICATIONS OF NUMERICAL METHODS TO
engineering, well logging, well completion and well stimulation. Topics
PETROLEUM ENGINEERING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
covered include: capillary pressure, relative permeability, velocity
The course will solve problems of interest in Petroleum Engineering
effects on Darcy?s Law, elastic/mechanical rock properties, subsidence,
through the use of spreadsheets on personal computers and structured
reservoir compaction, and sand control. Prerequisites: PEGN423 and
FORTRAN programming on PCs or mainframes. Numerical techniques
PEGN426. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
will include methods for numerical quadrature, differentiation,
interpolation, solution of linear and nonlinear ordinary differential
PEGN511. ADVANCED THERMODYNAMICS AND PETROLEUM
equations, curve fitting and direct or iterative methods for solving
FLUIDS PHASE BEHAVIOR. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
simultaneous equations. Prerequisites: PEGN414 and PEGN424. 3 hours
Essentials of thermodynamics for understanding the phase behavior
lecture; 3 semester hours.
of petroleum fluids such as natural gas and oil. Modeling of phase
behavior of single and multi-component systems with equations of states
PEGN502. ADVANCED DRILLING FLUIDS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
with a brief introduction to PVT laboratory studies, commercial PVT
The physical properties and purpose of drilling fluids are investigated.
software, asphaltenes, gas hydrates, mineral deposition, and statistical
Emphasis is placed on drilling fluid design, clay chemistry, testing, and
thermodynamics. Prerequisites: PEGN310 and PEGN305 or equivalent. 3
solids control. Prerequisite: PEGN311. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
semester hours.
PEGN512. ADVANCED GAS ENGINEERING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
PEGN503. INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT. 3.0
The physical properties and phase behavior of gas and gas condensates
Semester Hrs.
will be discussed. Flow through tubing and pipelines as well as through
(I) Students work alone and in teams to study reservoirs from fluvial-
porous media is covered. Reserve calculations for normally pressured,
deltaic and valley fill depositional environments. This is a multidisciplinary
abnormally pressured and water drive reservoirs are presented. Both
course that shows students how to characterize and model subsurface
stabilized and isochronal deliverability testing of gas wells will be
reservoir performance by integrating data, methods and concepts from
illustrated. Prerequisite: PEGN423. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
geology, geophysics and petroleum engineering. Activities include field
trips, computer modeling, written exercises and oral team presentations.
PEGN513. RESERVOIR SIMULATION I. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Prerequisite: none. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
The course provides the rudiments of reservoir simulation, which include
Offered fall semester, odd years.
flow equations, solution methods, and data requirement. Specifically,
the course covers: equations of conservation of mass, conservation of
PEGN504. INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT. 3.0
momentum, and energy balance; numerical solution of flow in petroleum
Semester Hrs.
reservoirs by finite difference (FD) and control volume FD; permeability
(I) Students work in multidisciplinary teams to study practical problems
tensor and directional permeability; non-Darcy flow; convective flow
and case studies in integrated subsurface exploration and development.
and numerical dispersion; grid orientation problems; introduction to
The course addresses emerging technologies and timely topics with
finite element and mixed finite-element methods; introduction to hybrid
a general focus on carbonate reservoirs. Activities include field trips,
analytical/numerical solutions; introduction to multi-phase flow models;
3D computer modeling, written exercises and oral team presentation.
relative permeability, capillary pressure and wettability issues; linear
Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture and seminar; 3 semester hours.
equation solvers; streamline simulation; and multi-scale simulation
Offered fall semester, even years.
concept. Prerequisite: PEGN424 or equivalent, strong reservoir
PEGN505. HORIZONTAL WELLS: RESERVOIR AND PRODUCTION
engineering background, and basic computer programming knowledge. 3
ASPECTS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
credit hours. 3 hours of lecture per week.
This course covers the fundamental concepts of horizontal well
PEGN514. PETROLEUM TESTING TECHNIQUES. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
reservoir and production engineering with special emphasis on the new
Investigation of basic physical properties of petroleum reservoir rocks and
developments. Each topic covered highlights the concepts that are
fluids. Review of recommended practices for testing drilling fluids and
generic to horizontal wells and draws attention to the pitfalls of applying
oil well cements. Emphasis is placed on the accuracy and calibration of
conventional concepts to horizontal wells without critical evaluation.
test equipment. Quality report writing is stressed. Prerequisite: Graduate
There is no set prerequisite for the course but basic knowledge on
status. 2 hours lecture, 1 hour lab; 3 semester hours. Required for
general reservoir engineering concepts is useful. 3 hours lecture; 3
students who do not have a BS in PE.
semester hours.
PEGN515. RESERVOIR ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES. 3.0 Semester
PEGN506. ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY METHODS. 3.0 Semester
Hrs.
Hrs.
Reservoir Engineering overview. Predicting hydrocarbon in place;
Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods are reviewed from both the
volumetric method, deterministic and probabilistic approaches, material
qualitative and quantitative standpoint. Recovery mechanisms and design
balance, water influx, graphical techniques. Fluid flow in porous media;
procedures for the various EOR processes are discussed. In addition
continuity and diffusivity equations. Well performance; productivity index
to lectures, problems on actual field design procedures will be covered.
for vertical, perforated, fractured, restricted, slanted, and horizontal
Field case histories will be reviewed. Prerequisite: PEGN424. 3 hours
wells, inflow performance relationship under multiphase flow conditions.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
Combining material balance and well performance equations. Future
PEGN507. INTEGRATED FIELD PROCESSING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
reservoir performance prediction; Muskat, Tarner, Carter and Tracy
Integrated design of production facilities covering multistage separation
methods. Fetkovich decline curves. Reservoir simulation; fundamentals
of oil, gas, and water, multiphase flow, oil skimmers, natural gas
and formulation, streamline simulation, integrated reservoir studies. 3
dehydration, compression, crude stabilization, petroleum fluid storage,
hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
and vapor recovery. Prerequisite: PEGN411. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
hours.

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PEGN516. PRODUCTION ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES. 3.0 Semester
PEGN530. ENVIRONMENTAL, ENERGY, AND NATURAL
Hrs.
RESOURCES LAW. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Production Engineering Overview. Course provides a broad introduction
Equivalent with ESGN502,
to the practice of production engineering. Covers petroleum system
(II) Covered topics: a survey of United States (US) environmental law
analysis, well stimulation (fracturing and acidizing), artificial lift (gas lift,
including the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), Resource
sucker rod, ESP, and others), and surface facilities. 3 hours lecture, 3
Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean
semester hours.
Water Act (CWA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Comprehensive
Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA),
PEGN517. DRILLING ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and Oil Pollution Act (OPA); and
Drilling Engineering overview. Subjects to be covered include overall
US law and regulation of public lands, endangered species, timber,
drilling organization, contracting, and reporting; basic drilling engineering
water, minerals, coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear power, hydroelectric power,
principles and equipment; drilling fluids, hydraulics, and cuttings
and alternative energy resources. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
transport; drillstring design; drill bits; drilling optimization; fishing
operations; well control; pore pressure and fracture gradients, casing
PEGN541. APPLIED RESERVOIR SIMULATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
points and design; cementing; directional drilling and horizontal drilling. 3
Concepts of reservoir simulation within the context of reservoir
hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
management will be discussed. Course participants will learn how to use
available flow simulators to achieve reservoir management objectives.
PEGN519. ADVANCED FORMATION EVALUATION. 3.0 Semester
They will apply the concepts to an open-ended engineering design
Hrs.
problem. Prerequisites: PEGN424. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
A detailed review of wireline well logging and evaluation methods
stressing the capability of the measurements to determine normal and
PEGN542. INTEGRATED RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION. 3.0
special reservoir rock parameters related to reservoir and production
Semester Hrs.
problems. Computers for log processing of single and multiple wells.
The course introduces integrated reservoir characterization from a
Utilization of well logs and geology in evaluating well performance before,
petroleum engineering perspective. Reservoir characterization helps
during, and after production of hydrocarbons. The sensitivity of formation
quantify properties that influence flow characteristics. Students will learn
evaluation parameters in the volumetric determination of petroleum in
to assess and integrate data sources into a comprehensive reservoir
reservoirs. Prerequisite: PEGN419. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
model. Prerequisites: PEGN424. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PEGN522. ADVANCED WELL STIMULATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
PEGN550. MODERN RESERVOIR SIMULATORS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Basic applications of rock mechanics to petroleum engineering problems.
Students will learn to run reservoir simulation software using a variety of
Hydraulic fracturing; acid fracturing, fracturing simulators; fracturing
reservoir engineering examples. The course will focus on the capabilities
diagnostics; sandstone acidizing; sand control, and well bore stability.
and operational features of simulators. Students will learn to use pre-
Different theories of formation failure, measurement of mechanical
and post-processors, fluid property analysis software, black oil and gas
properties. Review of recent advances and research areas. Prerequisite:
reservoir models, and compositional models. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
PEGN426. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
hours.
PEGN523. ADVANCED ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF OIL AND GAS
PEGN577. WORKOVER DESIGN AND PRACTICE. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
PROJECTS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Workover Engineering overview. Subjects to be covered include
Determination of present value of oil properties. Determination of
Workover Economics, Completion Types, Workover Design
severance, ad valorem, windfall profit, and federal income taxes.
Considerations, Wellbore Cleanout (Fishing), Workover Well Control,
Analysis of profitability indicators. Application of decision tree theory and
Tubing and Workstring Design, SlicklineOperations, Coiled Tubing
Monte Carlo methods to oil and gas properties. Economic criteria for
Operations, Packer Selection, Remedial Cementing Design and
equipment selection. Prerequisite: PEGN422 or EBGN504 or ChEN504
Execution, Completion Fluids, Gravel Packing, and Acidizing. 3 hours
or MNGN427 or ChEN421. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
lecture, 3 semester hours.
PEGN524. PETROLEUM ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT. 3.0
Semester Hrs.
Business applications in the petroleum industry are the central focus.
Topics covered are: fundamentals of accounting, oil and gas accounting,
strategic planning, oil and gas taxation, oil field deals, negotiations, and
the formation of secondary units. The concepts are covered by forming
companies that prepare proforma financial statements, make deals, drill
for oil and gas, keep accounting records, and negotiate the participation
formula for a secondary unit. Prerequisite: PEGN422. 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours.

130 Petroleum Engineering
PEGN590. RESERVOIR GEOMECHANICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
PEGN593. ADVANCED WELL INTEGRITY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
The course provides an introduction to fundamental rock mechanics
Fundamentals of wellbore stability, sand production, how to keep
concepts and aims to emphasize their role in exploration, drilling,
wellbore intact is covered in this course. The stress alterations in near
completion and production engineering operations. Basic stress and
wellbore region and associated consequences in the form of well
strain concepts, pore pressure, fracture gradient and in situ stress
failures will be covered in detailed theoretically and with examples
magnitude and orientation determination and how these properties are
from deepwater conventional wells and onshore unconventionalwell
obtained from the field measurements, mechanisms of deformation in
operations. Assignments will be given to expose the students to the
rock, integrated wellbore stability analysis, depletion induced compaction
real field data to interpret and evaluate cases to determinepractical
and associated changes in rock properties and formation strength,
solutions to drilling and production related challenges. Fluid pressure
hydraulic fracturing and fracture stability are among the topics to be
and composition sensitivity of various formations will be studied. 3 hours
covered in this rock course. Naturally fractured formation properties
lecture; 3 semester hours.
and how they impact the characteristics measured in the laboratory and
PEGN594. ADVANCED DIRECTIONAL DRILLING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
in field are also included in the curriculum. Several industry speakers
Application of directional control and planning to drilling. Major topics
are invited as part of the lecture series to bring practical aspects of the
covered include: Review of procedures for the drilling of directional wells.
fundamentals of geomechanics covered in the classroom. In addition,
Section and horizontal view preparation. Two and three dimensional
Petrel, FLAC3D and FRACMAN software practices with associated
directional planning. Collision diagrams. Surveying and trajectory
assignments are offered to integrate field data on problems including
calculations. Surface and down hole equipment. Common rig operating
in situ stress magnitude and orientations, pore pressure and fracture
procedures, and horizontal drilling techniques. Prerequisite: PEGN311 or
gradient prediction and rock property determination using laboratory
equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
core measurements, logs, seismic, geological data. Problems are assign
for students to use the field and laboratory data to obtain static and
PEGN595. DRILLING OPERATIONS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
dynamic moduli, rock failure criteria, wellbore stress concentration and
Lectures, seminars, and technical problems with emphasis on well
failure, production induced compaction/subsidence and hydraulic fracture
planning, rotary rig supervision, and field practices for execution of
mechanics.
the plan. This course makes extensive use of the drilling rig simulator.
Prerequisite: PEGN311. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PEGN591. SHALE RESERVOIR ENGINEERING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with PEGN615,
PEGN596. ADVANCED WELL CONTROL. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Fundamentals of shale-reservoir engineering and special topics of
Principles and procedures of pressure control are taught with the aid of a
production from shale reservoirs are covered. The question of what
full-scale drilling simulator. Specifications and design of blowout control
makes shale a producing reservoir is explored. An unconventional
equipment for onshore and offshore drilling operations, gaining control
understanding of shale-reservoir characterization is emphasized and the
of kicks, abnormal pressure detection, well planning for wells containing
pitfalls of conventional measurements and interpretations are discussed.
abnormal pressures, and kick circulation removal methods are taught.
Geological, geomechanical, and engineering aspects of shale reservoirs
Students receive hands-on training with the simulator and its peripheral
are explained. Well completions with emphasis on hydraulic fracturing
equipment. Prerequisite: PEGN311. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
and fractured horizontal wells are discussed from the viewpoint of
PEGN597. TUBULAR DESIGN. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
reservoir engineering. Darcy flow, diffusive flow, and desorption in shale
Fundamentals of tubulars (casing, tubing, and drill pipe) design applied to
matrix are covered. Contributions of hydraulic and natural fractures are
drilling. Major topics covered include: Dogleg running loads. Directional
discussed and the stimulated reservoir volume concept is introduced.
hole considerations. Design criteria development. Effects of formation
Interactions of flow between fractures and matrix are explained within
pressures. Stability loads after cementing. Effects of temperature,
the context of dual-porosity modeling. Applications of pressure-transient,
pressure, mud weights, and cement. Helical bending of tubing. Fishing
rate-transient, decline-curve and transient-productivity analyses are
loads. Micro-annulus problem. Strengths of API tubulars. Abrasive wear
covered. Field examples are studied. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
while rotating drill pipe. How to design for hydrogen sulfide and fatigue
PEGN592. GEOMECHANICS FOR UNCONVENTIONAL RESOURCES.
corrosion. Connection selection. Common rig operating procedures.
3.0 Semester Hrs.
Prerequisites: PEGN311 and PEGN361 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3
A wide spectrum of topics related to the challenges and solutions for the
semester hours.
exploration, drilling, completion, production and hydraulic fracturing of
PEGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN PETROLEUM ENGINEERING. 6.0
unconventional resources including gas and oil shale, heavy oil sand
Semester Hrs.
and carbonate reservoirs, their seal formations is explored. The students
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
acquire skills in integrating and visualizing multidiscipline data in Petrel
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
(a short tutorial is offered) as well as assignments regarding case studies
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
using field and core datasets. The role of integrating geomechanics data
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
in execution of the exploration, drilling, completion, production, hydraulic
different titles.
fracturing and monitoring of pilots as well as commercial applications in
PEGN598LA. SPECIAL TOPICS LAB. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
unlocking the unconventional resources are pointed out using examples.
Prerequisite: PEGN590. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PEGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
for credit limits toward the degree.

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PEGN601. APPLIED MATHEMATICS OF FLUID FLOW IN POROUS
PEGN614. RESERVOIR SIMULATION II. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
MEDIA. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
The course reviews the rudiments of reservoir simulation and flow
This course is intended to expose petroleum-engineering students
equations, solution methods, and data requirement. The course
to the special mathematical techniques used to solve transient flow
emphasizes multi-phase flow and solution techniques; teaches the
problems in porous media. Bessel?s equation and functions, Laplace
difference between conventional reservoir simulation, compositional
and Fourier transformations, the method of sources and sinks, Green?
modeling and multi-porosity modeling; teaches how to construct
s functions, and boundary integral techniques are covered. Numerical
three-phase relative permeability from water-oil and gas-oil relative
evaluation of various reservoir engineering solutions, numerical Laplace
permeability data set; the importance of capillary pressure measurements
transformation and inverse transformation are also discussed. 3 hours
and wetability issues; discusses the significance of gas diffusion
lecture; 3 semester hours.
and interphase mass transfer. Finally, the course develops solution
techniques to include time tested implicit-pressure-explicitsaturation,
PEGN603. DRILLING MODELS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
sequential and fully implicit methods. Prerequisite: PEGN513 or
Analytical models of physical phenomena encountered in drilling. Casing
equivalent, strong reservoir engineering background, and basic computer
and drilling failure from bending, fatigue, doglegs, temperature, stretch;
programming knowledge. 3 credit hours. 3 hours of lecture per week.
mud filtration; corrosion; wellhead loads; and buoyancy of tubular goods.
Bit weight and rotary speed optimization. Prerequisites: PEGN311 and
PEGN619. GEOMECHANICALLY AND PHYSICOCHEMICALLY
PEGN361. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
COUPLED FLUID FLOW IN POROUS MEDIA. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
The role of physic-chemisty and geomechanics on fluid flow in
PEGN604. INTEGRATED FLOW MODELING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
porous media will be included in addition to conventional fluid flow
Students will study the formulation, development and application of a
modeling and measurmeents in porous media. The conventional as
reservoir flow simulator that includes traditional fluid flow equations and a
well as unconventional reservoirs will be studied with the coupling of
petrophysical model. The course will discuss properties of porous media
physicochemical effects and geomechanics stresses. Assignments will
within the context of reservoir modeling, and present the mathematics
be given to expose the students to the real field data in interpretation
needed to understand and apply the simulator. Simulator applications
and evaluation of filed cases to determine practical solutions to drilling
will be interspersed throughout the course. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
and production related modeling challenges. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
hours.
hours.
PEGN605. WELL TESTING AND EVALUATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
PEGN620. NATURALLY FRACTURED RESERVOIRS --
Various well testing procedures and interpretation techniques for
ENGINEERING AND RESERVOIR SIMULATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
individual wells or groups of wells. Application of these techniques to
The course covers reservoir engineering, well testing, and simulation
field development, analysis of well problems, secondary recovery, and
aspects of naturally fractured reservoirs. Specifics include: fracture
reservoir studies. Productivity, gas well testing, pressure buildup and
description, connectivity and network; fracture properties; physical
drawdown, well interference, fractured wells, type curve matching, and
principles underlying reservoir engineering and modeling naturally
shortterm testing. Prerequisite: PEGN426. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
fractured reservoirs; local and global effects of viscous, capillary, gravity
hours.
and molecular diffusion flow; dual-porosity/dual-permeability models;
PEGN606. ADVANCED RESERVOIR ENGINEERING. 3.0 Semester
multi-scale fracture model; dual-mesh model; streamlin model; transient
Hrs.
testing with non-Darcy flow effects; tracer injection and breakthrough
A review of depletion type, gas-cap, and volatile oil reservoirs. Lectures
analysis; geomechanics and fractures; compositional model; coal-bed
and supervised studies on gravity segregation, moving gas-oil front,
gas model; oil and gas from fractured shale; improved and enhanced
individual well performance analysis, history matching, performance
oil recovery in naturally fracture reservoirs. Prerequisite: PEGN513 or
prediction, and development planning. Prerequisite: PEGN423. 3 hours
equivalent, strong reservoir engineering background, and basic computer
lecture; 3 semester hours.
programming knowledge. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PEGN607. PARTIAL WATER DRIVE RESERVOIRS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
PEGN624. COMPOSITIONAL MODELING - APPLICATION TO
The hydrodynamic factors which influence underground water movement,
ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
particularly with respect to petroleum reservoirs. Evaluation of oil and gas
Efficient production of rich and volatile oils as well as enhanced oil
reservoirs in major water containing formations. Prerequisite: PEGN424.
recovery by gas injection (lean and rich natural gas, CO2, N2, air, and
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
steam) is of great interest in the light of greater demand for hydrocarbons
PEGN608. MULTIPHASE FLUID FLOW IN POROUS MEDIA. 3.0
and the need for CO2 sequestration. This course is intended to provide
Semester Hrs.
technical support for engineers dealing with such issues. The course
The factors involved in multiphase fluid flow in porous and fractured
begins with a review of the primary and secondary recovery methods,
media. Physical processes and mathematical models for micro- and
and will analyze the latest worldwide enhanced oil recovery production
macroscopic movement of multiphase fluids in reservoirs. Performance
statistics. This will be followed by presenting a simple and practical
evaluation of various displacement processes in the laboratory as well
solvent flooding model to introduce the student to data preparation and
as in the petroleum field during the secondary and EOR/IOR operations.
code writing. Next, fundamentals of phase behavior, ternary phase
Prerequisite: PEGN 424, 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
diagram, and the Peng-Robinson equation of state will be presented.
Finally, a detailed set of flow and thermodynamic equations for a full-
fledged compositional model, using molar balance, equation of motion
and the afore-mentioned equation of state, will be developed and solution
strategy will be presented. Prerequisite: PEGN513 or equivalent, strong
reservoir engineering background, and basic computer programming
knowledge. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

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PEGN660. CARBONATE RESERVOIRS - EXPLORATION TO
PRODUCTION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with GEOL660,
(II) This course will include keynote lectures and seminars on the
reservoir characterization of carbonate rocks, including geologic
description, petrophysics and production engineering. Course will focus
on the integration of geology, rock physics, and engineering to improve
reservoir performance. Application of reservoir concepts in hands-on
exercises, that include a reflection seismic, well log, and core data. 3
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PEGN681. PETROLEUM ENGINEERING SEMINAR. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Comprehensive reviews of current petroleum engineering literature,
ethics, and selected topics as related to research and professionalism. 3
hours seminar; 3 semester hour.
PEGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN PETROLEUM ENGINEERING. 6.0
Semester Hrs.
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
different titles.
PEGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
for credit limits toward the degree.
PEGN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT. 1-15 Semester Hr.
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
direct supervision of the student's faculty advisor. Variable class and
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.

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Chemical and Biological
ELECT
Approved Coursework Electives
6.0
RESEARCH
Research Credits or Coursework
6.0
Engineering
Total Semester Hrs
30.0
Degrees Offered
Students must take a minimum of 6 research credits, complete, and
defend an acceptable Masters dissertation. Upon approval of the
• Master of Science (Chemical Engineering)
thesis committee, graduate credit may be earned for 400-level courses.
• Doctor of Philosophy (Chemical Engineering)
Between coursework and research credits a student must earn a
Program Description
minimum of 30 total semester hours. Full-time Masters students must
enroll in graduate colloquium (CBEN605) each semester.
The Chemical and Biological Engineering Department of the Colorado
School of Mines is a dynamic, exciting environment for research and
Master of Science (non-thesis)
higher education. Mines provides a rigorous educational experience
Students entering the Master of Science (non-thesis) program with an
where faculty and top-notch students work together on meaningful
acceptable undergraduate degree in chemical engineering are required
research with far-reaching societal applications. Departmental
to take a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework. All students must
research areas include hydrates, renewable energy, soft materials,
complete:
biomedical devices, thin-film materials, simulation and modeling. Visit our
website for additional information about our graduate program. http://
Chemical Engineering core graduate courses
chemeng.mines.edu/
CBEN509
ADVANCED CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
3.0
THERMODYNAMICS
Program Requirements
CBEN516
TRANSPORT PHENOMENA
3.0
See required curriculum below.
CBEN518
REACTION KINETICS AND CATALYSIS
3.0
ELECT
Approved Electives
21.0
Prerequisites
Total Semester Hrs
30.0
The program outlined here assumes that the candidate for an advanced
Students may complete an acceptable engineering report for up to
degree has a background in chemistry, mathematics, and physics
6 hours of academic credit. Upon approval of the thesis committee,
equivalent to that required for the BS degree in Chemical Engineering at
graduate credit may be earned for selected 400-level courses. Full-time
the Colorado School of Mines. Undergraduate course deficiencies must
Masters students must enroll in graduate colloquium (CBEN605) each
be removed prior to enrollment in graduate coursework.
semester.
The essential undergraduate courses include:
CSM undergraduates enrolled in the combined BS/MS degree program
CBEN201
MATERIAL AND ENERGY BALANCES
3.0
must meet the requirements described above for the MS portion of
their degree (both thesis and non-thesis). Students accepted into the
CBEN307
FLUID MECHANICS
3.0
combined program may take graduate coursework and/or research
CBEN308
HEAT TRANSFER
3.0
credits as an undergraduate and have them applied to their MS degree.
CBEN357
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS 3.0
CBEN375
MASS TRANSFER
3.0
Doctor of Philosophy Program
CBEN418
KINETICS AND REACTION ENGINEERING
3.0
The course of study for the PhD degree consists of a minimum of 30
Total Semester Hrs
18.0
semester hours of coursework. All PhD students must complete:
Required Curriculum
Core courses
CBEN509
ADVANCED CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
3.0
Master of Science Program
THERMODYNAMICS
Master of Science (with Thesis)
CBEN516
TRANSPORT PHENOMENA
3.0
CBEN518
REACTION KINETICS AND CATALYSIS
3.0
Students entering the Master of Science (with thesis) program with an
acceptable undergraduate degree in chemical engineering are required
CBEN568
INTRODUCTION TO CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 3.0
to take a minimum of 18 semester hours of coursework. All students must
RESEARCH AND TEACHING
complete:
CBEN6XX
600-Level Coursework Electives
6.0
CBEN707
Graduate Research Credit (up to 12 hours per semester)
42.0
Chemical Engineering core graduate courses
ELECT
Approved Coursework Electives
12.0
CBEN509
ADVANCED CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
3.0
Total Semester Hrs
72.0
THERMODYNAMICS
CBEN516
TRANSPORT PHENOMENA
3.0
In addition, students must complete and defend an acceptable Doctoral
CBEN518
REACTION KINETICS AND CATALYSIS
3.0
dissertation. Upon approval of the thesis committee, graduate credit may
CBEN568
INTRODUCTION TO CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 3.0
be earned for 400-level courses. Full-time PhD students must enroll in
RESEARCH AND TEACHING
graduate colloquium (CBEN605) each semester.
CBEN707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION
6.0
RESEARCH CREDIT

134 Chemical and Biological Engineering
Students in the PhD program are required to pass both a Qualifying
Dean of the College of Applied Sciences and
Exam and the PhD Proposal Defense. After successful completion of
Engineering
30 semester hours of coursework and completion of the PhD proposal
defense, PhD candidates will be awarded a non-thesis Master of Science
Michael J. Kaufman
Degree. The additional requirements for the PhD program are described
below.
Professors
John R. Dorgan
PhD Qualifying Examination
Andrew M. Herring
The PhD qualifying examination will be offered twice each year, at the
start and end of the Spring semester. All students who have entered the
Carolyn A. Koh
PhD program must take the qualifying examination at the first possible
opportunity. However, a student must be in good academic standing
David W.M. Marr, Department Head
(above 3.0 GPA) to take the qualifying exam. A student may retake the
examination once if he/she fails the first time; however, the examination
J. Douglas Way
must be retaken at the next regularly scheduled examination time. Failure
Colin A. Wolden, Weaver Distinguished Professor
of the PhD qualifying examination does not disqualify a student for the
MS degree, although failure may affect the student’s financial aid status.
David T.W. Wu, by courtesy
The qualifying examination will cover the traditional areas of Chemical
Associate Professors
Engineering, and will consist of two parts: GPA from core graduate
classes (CBEN509, CBEN516, CBEN518 and CBEN568) and an oral
Sumit Agarwal
examination. The oral examination will consist of a presentation by
Moises Carreon
the student on a technical paper from chemical engineering literature.
Students will choose a paper from a list determined by the faculty. Papers
Keith B. Neeves
for the oral examination will be distributed well in advance of the oral
portion of the exam so students have sufficient time to prepare their
Amadeu K. Sum
presentations. The student is required to relate the paper to the core
chemical engineering classes and present a research plan, followed by
Assistant Professors
questions from the faculty. A 1-2 page paper on the research plan is due
Nanette Boyle
the Friday prior to the oral examination.
Kevin J. Cash
If a student fails the first attempt at the qualifying exam, his/her grade
from a 600 level Chemical Engineering elective can replace the lowest
Melissa D. Krebs
grade from the core graduate classes for, and only for, the GPA
calculation defined above.
C. Mark Maupin
PhD Proposal Defense
Ning Wu
After passing the Qualifying Exam, all PhD candidates are required
Teaching Associate Professors
to prepare a detailed written proposal on the subject of their PhD
Jason C. Ganley, Assistant Department Head
research topic. An oral examination consisting of a defense of the thesis
proposal must be completed within approximately one year of passing
Tracy Q. Gardner
the Qualifying Examination. Written proposals must be submitted to the
student’s thesis committee no later than one week prior to the scheduled
Rachel M. Morrish
oral examination.
Cynthia L. Norrgran
Two negative votes from the doctoral committee members are required
for failure of the PhD Proposal Defense. In the case of failure, one
Paul D. Ogg
re-examination will be allowed upon petition to the Department
John M. Persichetti
Head. Failure to complete the PhD Proposal Defense within the
allotted time without an approved postponement will result in failure.
Judith N. Schoonmaker
Under extenuating circumstances a student may postpone the exam
with approval of the Graduate Affairs committee, based on the
Charles R. Vestal
recommendation of the student’s thesis committee. In such cases, a
student must submit a written request for postponement that describes
Teaching Assistant Professor
the circumstances and proposes a new date. Requests for postponement
C. Joshua Ramey
must be presented to the thesis committee no later than 2 weeks before
the end of the semester in which the exam would normally have been
Research Associate Professor
taken.
Angel Abbud-Madrid

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Research Assistant Professors
CBEN509. ADVANCED CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
THERMODYNAMICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Bo Ram Lee
Equivalent with CHEN509,
Extension and amplification of under graduate chemical engineering
Stephanie Villano
thermodynamics. Topics will include the laws of thermodynamics,
Adjunct Faculty
thermodynamic properties of pure fluids and fluid mixtures, phase
equilibria, and chemical reaction equilibria. Prerequisite: CBEN357 or
John Jechura
equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Sarah M. Ryan
CBEN511. NEUROSCIENCE, MEMORY, AND LEARNING. 3.0
Semester Hrs.
Professors Emeriti
Equivalent with CBEN411,
(II) This course relates the hard sciences of the brain and neuroscience
Robert M. Baldwin
to memory encoding and current learning theories. Successful students
Annette L. Bunge
in the course should be able to read, understand, and critique current,
scholarly literature on the topic of Neuroscience, Memory, and Learning.
James F. Ely, University Professor Emeritus
When this course is cross-listed and concurrent with CBEN411,
students that enroll in CBEN511 will complete additional and/or more
John O. Golden
complex assignments. Pre-requisites: CBEN110, CBEN120, CHGN221,
CHGN222, PHGN100, and PHGN200. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
J. Thomas McKinnon
CBEN513. SELECTED TOPICS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. 1-3
Ronald L. Miller
Semester Hr.
Equivalent with CHEN513,
E. Dendy Sloan, Jr. , University Professor Emeritus
Selected topics chosen from special interests of instructor and students.
Victor F. Yesavage
Course may be repeated for credit on different topics. Prerequisite: none.
1 to 3 semester hours lecture/discussion; 1 to 3 semester hours.
Courses
CBEN516. TRANSPORT PHENOMENA. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
CBEN504. ADVANCED PROCESS ENGINEERING ECONOMICS. 3.0
Equivalent with CHEN516,
Semester Hrs.
Principles of momentum, heat, and mass transport with applications
Equivalent with CHEN504,
to chemical and biological processes. Analytical methods for solving
Advanced engineering economic principles applied to original and
ordinary and partial differential equations in chemical engineering
alternate investments. Analysis of chemical and petroleum processes
with an emphasis on scaling and approximation techniques including
relative to marketing and return on investments. Prerequisite: none. 3
singular and regular perturbation methods. Convective transport in the
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
context of boundary layer theory and development of heat and mass
transfer coefficients. Introduction to computational methods for solving
CBEN505. NUMERICAL METHODS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. 3.0
coupled transport problems in irregular geometries. 3 hours lecture and
Semester Hrs.
discussion; 3 semester hours.
Equivalent with CHEN505,
Engineering applications of numerical methods. Numerical integration,
CBEN518. REACTION KINETICS AND CATALYSIS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
solution of algebraic equations, matrix 54 Colorado School of Mines
Equivalent with CHEN518,
Graduate Bulletin 2011 2012 algebra, ordinary differential equations,
Homogeneous and heterogeneous rate expressions. Fundamental
and special emphasis on partial differential equations. Emphasis on
theories of reaction rates. Analysis of rate data and complex reaction
application of numerical methods to chemical engineering problems
networks. Properties of solid catalysts. Mass and heat transfer with
which cannot be solved by analytical methods. Prerequisite: none. 3
chemical reaction. Hetero geneous non-catalytic reactions. Prerequisite:
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CBEN418 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CBEN507. APPLIED MATHEMATICS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING.
CBEN524. COMPUTER-AIDED PROCESS SIMULATION. 3.0 Semester
3.0 Semester Hrs.
Hrs.
Equivalent with CHEN507,
Equivalent with CHEN524,
This course stresses the application of mathematics to problems drawn
Advanced concepts in computer-aided process simulation are covered.
from chemical engineering fundamentals such as material and energy
Topics include optimization, heat exchanger networks, data regression
balances, transport phenomena and kinetics. Formulation and solution of
analysis, and separations systems. Use of industry-standard process
ordinary and partial differential equations arising in chemical engineering
simulation software (Aspen Plus) is stressed. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours
or related processes or operations are discussed. Mathematical
lecture; 3 semester hours.
approaches are restricted to analytical solutions or techniques for
producing problems amenable to analytical solutions. Prerequisite:
Undergraduate differential equations course; undergraduate chemical
engineering courses covering reaction kinetics, and heat, mass and
momentum transfer. 3 hours lecture discussion; 3 semester hours.

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CBEN531. IMMUNOLOGY FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS. 3.0
CBEN568. INTRODUCTION TO CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
Semester Hrs.
RESEARCH AND TEACHING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with BELS531,
Equivalent with CHEN568,
(II) This course introduces the basic concepts of immunology and
(I) Students will be expected to apply chemical engineering principles
their applications in engineering and science. We will discuss the
to critically analyze theoretical and experimental research results in the
molecular, biochemical and cellular aspects of the immune system
chemical engineering literature, placing it in the context of the related
including structure and function of the innate and acquired immune
literature, and interact effectively with students in classroom. literature.
systems. Building on this, we will discuss the immune response to
Skills to be developed and discussed include oral presentations, technical
infectious agents and the material science of introduced implants and
writing, critical reviews, ethics, research documentation (the laboratory
materials such as heart valves, artificial joints, organ transplants and
notebook), research funding, types of research, developing research, and
lenses. We will also discuss the role of the immune system in cancer,
problem solving, pedagogical methods, and assessment tool. solving.
allergies, immune deficiencies, vaccination and other applications such
Students will also use state-of the-art tools to explore the literature
as immunoassay and flow cytometry. Prerequisites: Biology BIOL110 or
and develop well-documented research proposals and presentations.
equivalent or graduate standing.
Prerequisites: graduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering in
good standing. 3 semester hours.
CBEN535. INTERDISCIPLINARY MICROELECTRONICS
PROCESSING LABORATORY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
CBEN569. FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. 3.0 Semester
Equivalent with CHEN435,CHEN535,MLGN535,PHGN435,PHGN535,
Hrs.
Application of science and engineering principles to the design,
Equivalent with CHEN569,EGGN569,MEGN569,MLGN569,MTGN569,
fabrication, and testing of microelectronic devices. Emphasis on specific
(I) Investigate fundamentals of fuel-cell operation and electrochemistry
unit operations and the interrelation among processing steps. 1 hour
from a chemical-thermodynamics and materials- science perspective.
lecture, 4 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
Review types of fuel cells, fuel-processing requirements and approaches,
and fuel-cell system integration. Examine current topics in fuel-cell
CBEN550. MEMBRANE SEPARATION TECHNOLOGY. 3.0 Semester
science and technology. Fabricate and test operational fuel cells in the
Hrs.
Colorado Fuel Cell Center. 3 credit hours.
Equivalent with CHEN550,
This course is an introduction to the fabrication, characterization, and
CBEN570. INTRODUCTION TO MICROFLUIDICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
application of synthetic membranes for gas and liquid separations.
Equivalent with CHEN570,
Industrial membrane processes such as reverse osmosis, filtration,
This course introduces the basic principles and applications of
pervaporation, and gas separations will be covered as well as new
microfluidics systems. Concepts related to microscale fluid mechanics,
applications from the research literature. The course will include lecture,
transport, physics, and biology are presented. To gain familiarity with
experimental, and computational (molecular simulation) laboratory
small-scale systems, students are provided with the opportunity to
components. Prerequisites: CBEN375, CBEN430. 3 hours lecture; 3
design, fabricate, and test a simple microfluidic device. Students will
semester hours.
critically analyze the literature in this emerging field. Prerequisites:
CBEN307 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
CBEN554. APPLIED BIOINFORMATICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with BELS554,
CBEN580. NATURAL GAS HYDRATES. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(II) In this course we will discuss the concepts and tools of bioinformatics.
Equivalent with CHEN580,
The molecular biology of genomics and proteomics will be presented
The purpose of this class is to learn about clathrate hydrates, using two
and the techniques for collecting, storing, retrieving and processing
of the instructor's books, (1) Clathrate Hydrates of Natural Gases, Third
such data will be discussed. Topics include analyzing DNA, RNA and
Edition (2008) co authored by C.A.Koh, and (2) Hydrate Engineering,
protein sequences, gene recognition, gene expression, protein structure
(2000). Using a basis of these books, and accompanying programs,
prediction, modeling evolution, utilizing BLAST and other online tools for
we have abundant resources to act as professionals who are always
the exploration of genome, proteome and other available databases. In
learning. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
parallel, there will be an introduction to the PERL programming language.
CBEN584. FUNDAMENTALS OF CATALYSIS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Practical applications to biological research and disease will be presented
Equivalent with CHEN584,
and students given opportunities to use the tools discussed. General
The basic principles involved in the preparation, charac terization, testing
Biology BIOL110 or Graduate standing.
and theory of heterogeneous and homo geneous catalysts are discussed.
CBEN555. POLYMER AND COMPLEX FLUIDS COLLOQUIUM. 1.0
Topics include chemisorption, adsorption isotherms, diffusion, surface
Semester Hr.
kinetics, promoters, poisons, catalyst theory and design, acid base
Equivalent with BELS555,CHEN555,CHGN555,MLGN555,
catalysis and soluble transition metal complexes. Examples of important
The Polymer and Complex Fluids Group at the Colorado School
industrial applications are given. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3
of Mines combines expertise in the areas of flow and field based
semester hours.
transport, intelligent design and synthesis as well as nanomaterials
CBEN598. SPECIAL TOPICS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
and nanotechnology. A wide range of research tools employed by the
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
group includes characterization using rheology, scattering, microscopy,
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
microfluidics and separations, synthesis of novel macromolecules
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
as well as theory and simulation involving molecular dynamics and
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
Monte Carlo approaches. The course will provide a mechanism for
different titles.
collaboration between faculty and students in this research area by
providing presentations on topics including the expertise of the group
and unpublished, ongoing campus research. Prerequisites: none. 1 hour
lecture; 1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 3 hours.

Colorado School of Mines 137
CBEN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
CBEN620. ENGINEERING OF SOFT MATTER. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
(II) Soft matter is a field of inquiry involving physical systems having low
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
moduli and which are structured on length scales ranging from about
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
10 nanometers up to 100 microns. This graduate level class provides
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
a survey of relevant material systems including polymers, colloids,
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
surfactants, liquid crystals, and biological materials. The course emphasis
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
is on the chemical physics of soft materials and therefore requires a high
for credit limits toward the degree.
level of mathematical sophistication; students should have the equivalent
of one semester of graduate level applied mathematics as a prerequisite.
CBEN604. TOPICAL RESEARCH SEMINARS. 1.0 Semester Hr.
A term paper in the form of a short publishable review of a relevant
Equivalent with CHEN604,
topic is a major component of the class. Prerequisites: the equivalent of
Lectures, reports, and discussions on current research in chemical
one semester of graduate level applied mathematics. 3 hours lecture; 3
engineering, usually related to the student?s thesis topic. Sections are
semester hours.
operated independently and are directed toward different research topics.
Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: none. 1 hour lecture-
CBEN624. APPLIED STATISTICAL MECHANICS. 4.0 Semester Hrs.
discussion; 1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 3
(II) This course will introduce the both rigorous and approximate theories
hours.
to estimate the macroscopic thermodynamic properties of systems based
on laws that control the behavior of molecules. Course contents include
CBEN605. COLLOQUIUM. 1.0 Semester Hr.
classical dynamics and phase space, different types of ensembles, ideal
Equivalent with CHEN605,
and interacting gases, modern theory of liquids, ideal solids, as well
Students will attend a series of lectures by speakers from industry,
as molecular simulation techniques. Prerequisite: undergraduate-level
academia, and government. Primary emphasis will be on current
classical thermodynamics. 4 hours lecture; 4 semester hours.
research in chemical engineering and related disciplines, with secondary
emphasis on ethical, philosophical, and career-related issues of
CBEN625. MOLECULAR SIMULATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
importance to the chemical engineering profession. Prerequisite:
Equivalent with CHEN625,
Graduate status. 1 hour lecture; 1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit to
Principles and practice of modern computer simulation techniques
a maximum of 10 hours.
used to understand solids, liquids, and gases. Review of the statistical
foundation of thermodynamics followed by in-depth discussion of Monte
CBEN608. ADVANCED TOPICS IN FLUID MECHANICS. 1-3 Semester
Carlo and Molecular Dynamics techniques. Discussion of intermolecular
Hr.
potentials, extended ensembles, and mathematical algorithms used in
Equivalent with CHEN608,
molecular simulations. Prerequisites: CBEN509 or equivalent, CBEN610
Indepth analysis of selected topics in fluid mechanics with special
or equivalent recommended. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
emphasis on chemical engineering applications. Prerequisite: CBEN508.
1 to 3 hours lecture discussion; 1 to 3 semester hours.
CBEN690. SUPERVISED TEACHING OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING.
2.0 Semester Hrs.
CBEN609. ADVANCED TOPICS IN THERMODYNAMICS. 1-3
Equivalent with CHEN690,
Semester Hr.
Individual participation in teaching activities. Discussion, problem
Equivalent with CHEN609,
review and development, guidance of laboratory experiments, course
Advanced study of thermodynamic theory and application of
development, supervised practice teaching. Course may be repeated
thermodynamic principles. Possible topics include stability, critical
for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, appointment as a graduate
phenomena, chemical thermodynamics, thermodynamics of polymer
student instructor. 6 to 10 hours supervised teaching; 2 semester hours.
solutions and thermodynamics of aqueous and ionic solutions.
Prerequisite: none. 1 to 3 semester hours.
CBEN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. 6.0
Semester Hrs.
CBEN610. APPLIED STATISTICAL THERMODYNAMICS. 3.0
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
Semester Hrs.
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
Equivalent with CHEN610,
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
Principles of relating behavior to microscopic properties. Topics include
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
element of probability, ensemble theory, application to gases and solids,
different titles.
distribution theories of fluids, and transport properties. Prerequisite: none.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CBEN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
CBEN617. GRADUATE TRANSPORT PHENOMENA II. 3.0 Semester
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
Hrs.
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
(II) Analysis of momentum, heat, and mass transfer problems using
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
advanced analytical and numerical methods with an emphasis on
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
coupled transport problems and irregular geometries. Advanced
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
analytical techniques may include regular and singular perturbation
for credit limits toward the degree.
analysis, eigenvalue problems, finite Fourier transforms, and Laplace
transforms. Numerical methods for solving differential equations
include finite differences, finite elements, Monte Carlo methods, and
computational fluid dynamics. Prerequisite: CBEN516. 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours.

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CBEN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT. 1-15 Semester Hr.
Equivalent with CHEN707,
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
direct supervision of the student's faculty advisor. Variable class and
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
SYGN600. COLLEGE TEACHING. 2.0 Semester Hrs.
This course is designed for graduate students planning careers in
academia and focuses on principles of learning and teaching in a college
setting; methods to foster and assess higher order thinking; and effective
design, delivery and assessment of college courses. Prerequisite: None.
2 hours lecture; 2 semester hours.

Colorado School of Mines 139
Chemistry
courses may be transferred from other institutions, provided that those
courses have not been used as credit toward a Bachelor's degree.
2016-2017
Research-Intensive MS Degree: CSM undergraduates who enter the
graduate program through the combined BS/MS program may use this
Degrees Offered
option (thesis-based MS) to acquire a research-intensive MS degree
• Master of Science (Chemistry; thesis and non-thesis options)
by minimizing the time spent on coursework. This option requires a
minimum of 12 hours of coursework up to six hours of which may be
• Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Chemistry)
double counted from the student's undergraduate studies at CSM (see
• Master of Science (Geochemistry; thesis)
below).
• Professional Masters in Environmental Geochemistry (non-thesis)
• Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry)
M.S. Degree (chemistry, non-thesis option): The non-thesis M.S.
degree requires 30 semester hours of course credit:
All graduate degree programs in the Department of Chemistry have been
admitted to the Western Regional Graduate Program (WICHE). This
Course work
24.0
program allows residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho,
Independent study
6.0
Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota,
Total Semester Hrs
30.0
Utah, Washington, and Wyoming to register at Colorado resident tuition
rates.
The program of study includes coursework, independent study on a topic
determined by the student and the student’s faculty advisor, and the
Program Description
preparation of an oral presentation of a report based on the student’s
independent study topic. The required courses are:
The Department of Chemistry offers graduate degrees in chemistry and
in geochemistry. This section of the Bulletin only describes the chemistry
CHGN502
ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
degrees. For geochemistry degrees, please consult the Geochemistry
CHGN503
ADV PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
4.0
section of the bulletin.
CHGN505
ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
Prerequisites
CHGN507
ADVANCED ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
3.0
CHGN560
GRADUATE SEMINAR, M.S. (M.S.-level seminar) 1.0
A candidate for an advanced degree in the chemistry program should
have completed an undergraduate program in chemistry which is
Total Semester Hrs
14.0
essentially equivalent to that offered by the Department of Chemistry
& Geochemistry at the Colorado School of Mines. Undergraduate
Students should enroll in CHGN560 in the first semester of their degree
deficiencies will be determined by faculty in the Department of Chemistry
program. At least 21 of the required 30 semester hours of course work
& Geochemistry through interviews and/or placement examinations at the
must be taken as a registered master’s degree student at CSM. The
beginning of the student's first semester of graduate work.
student’s committee makes decisions on courses to be taken, transfer
credit, and examines the student’s written report. Up to 15 semester
Required Curriculum
hours of graduate courses may be transferred into the degree program,
provided that those courses have not been used as credit toward a
Chemistry
Bachelor's degree.
A student in the chemistry program, in consultation with the advisor and
Ph.D. Degree (Applied Chemistry): The program of study for the Ph.D.
thesis committee, selects the program of study. Initially, before a thesis
degree in Applied Chemistry includes coursework, a comprehensive
advisor and thesis committee have been chosen, the student is advised
examination, a thesis proposal, research, and the preparation and oral
by a temporary advisor and by the Graduate Affairs Committee in the
defense of a Ph.D. thesis based on the student's research.
Department of Chemistry & Geochemistry.
Coursework. The required courses are:
M.S. Degree (chemistry, thesis option): The program of study includes
coursework, research, and the preparation and oral defense of an MS
CHGN502
ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
thesis based on the student’s research. The required courses are:
CHGN503
ADV PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
4.0
CHGN505
ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
CHGN502
ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
CHGN507
ADVANCED ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
3.0
CHGN503
ADV PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
4.0
CHGN560
GRADUATE SEMINAR, M.S. (M.S.-level seminar) 1.0
CHGN505
ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
CHGN660
GRADUATE SEMINAR, Ph.D. (Ph.D.-level
1.0
CHGN507
ADVANCED ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
3.0
seminar)
CHGN560
GRADUATE SEMINAR, M.S. (M.S.-level seminar ) 1.0
Total Semester Hrs
15.0
Students should enroll in CHGN560 in the first semester of their degree
program. A minimum of 36 semester hours, including at least 24
The total hours of course work required for the Ph.D. degree is
semester hours of course work, are required. At least 15 of the required
determined on an individual basis by the student's thesis committee. Up
24 semester hours of course work must be taken in the Department
to 24 semester hours of graduate-level course work may be transferred
of Chemistry & Geochemistry at CSM. The student’s thesis committee
from other institutions toward the Ph.D. degree provided that those
makes decisions on transfer credit. Up to 9 semester hours of graduate
courses have not been used by the student toward a Bachelor's degree.
Up to 36 hours of credit may be transferred if the student has completed

140 Chemistry
a Master's degree. The student's thesis committee may set additional
Organic Chemistry. Polymer design, synthesis and characterization.
course requirements and will make decisions on requests for transfer
Catalysis. Alternative fuels.
credit.
Physical and Computational Chemistry. Computational chemistry for
Seminar requirement. Students should enroll in CHGN560 in the first
polymer design, clathrate hydrates, porous media, molecular simulation,
semester of their degree program. The CHGN560 seminar must be
energy sciences, biophysical chemistry, rational design of molecular
completed no later than the end of the student's second year of graduate
materials, photochemical processes and excited state dynamics, and
studies at CSM. The semester after completion of the CHGN560 seminar,
materials research. Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Laser
students must enroll in CHGN660. The CHGN660 seminar must include
Flash Photolysis.
detailed research findings and interpretation of the student's Ph.D thesis
research and must be presented close to, but before, the student's oral
Polymers. New techniques for controlling polymer architecture and
defense of the thesis.
composition. Theory and simulation. Separation and characterization.
Comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination comprises
Professors
a written literature review of the student's field of research, an oral
Mark E. Eberhart
presentation and defense of the literature review before the student's
thesis committee, and oral answers to questions posed by the thesis
Mark P. Jensen, Grandey University Chair in Nuclear Science &
committee during the defense. The literature review must be completed
Engineering
prior to the end of the student's second year of graduate studies. A
student's thesis committee may, at its discretion, require additional
Daniel M. Knauss
components to the comprehensive examination process.
James F. Ranville
Thesis proposal. The thesis proposal should include a statement of
Ryan M. Richards
the hypotheses, goals and objectives of the proposed research, the
significance and novelty of the research in the context of previously
Bettina M. Voelker
published studies, a description of methodology and results to date,
a timeline with milestones, and a description of how the student has
Kim R. Williams
contributed to the creation or direction of the project. The thesis proposal
must be orally defended before the student's thesis committee prior to
David T. Wu, Department Head
completion of the student's third year of studies.
Associate Professors
Geochemistry
Stephen G. Boyes
Please see the Geochemistry (http://bulletin.mines.edu/graduate/
Matthew C. Posewitz
programs/interdisciplinaryprograms/geochemistry) section of this bulletin
for more information.
Alan S. Sellinger
Fields of Research
Assistant Professors
Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry. Separation and
Jenifer C. Braley
characterization techniques for polymers, biopolymers, nano-particles
Svitlana Pylypenko
and natural colloids. Biodetection of pathogens. Advanced separations
for nuclear fuel cycle. Instrumental analysis.
Brian G. Trewyn
Energy sciences. Alternative fuels. New materials and technologies
Shubham Vyas
for solar energy capture, conversion, and storage. Electrochemistry and
Radiochemistry. Energy materials from chemical wastes.
Yongan Yang
Environmental chemistry. Detection and fate of anthropogenic
Teaching Professors
contaminants in water, soil, and air. Acid mine drainage. Ecotoxicology.
Renee L. Falconer
Environmental photochemistry. Cleaning of industrial pollutants.
Mark R. Seger
Geochemistry and biogeochemistry. Microbial and chemical processes
in global climate change, biomineralization, metal cycling, medical and
Teaching Associate Professor
archeological geochemistry, humic substances.
Angela Sower
Inorganic Chemistry. Synthesis, characterization, and applications of
metal, metal oxide, and semiconductor nanomaterials.
Teaching Assistant Professors
Nanoscale materials. Design, synthesis and characterization of new
Allison G. Caster
materials for catalysis, energy sciences, spectroscopic applications and
Edward A. Dempsey
drug delivery. Environmental fate of nanoparticles.

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Research Professors
CHGC504. METHODS IN GEOCHEMISTRY. 2.0 Semester Hrs.
Sampling of natural earth materials including rocks, soils, sediments, and
Donald L. Macalady
waters. Preparation of naturally heterogeneous materials, digestions,
and partial chemical extractions. Principles of instrumental analysis
Kent J. Voorhees
including atomic spectroscopy, mass separations, and chromatography.
Research Assistant Professors
Quality assurance and quality control. Interpretation and assessment
of geochemical data using statistical methods. Prerequisite: Graduate
Christopher Cox
standing in geochemistry or environmental science and engineering. 2
hours lecture; 2 semester hours.
Fiona Davies
CHGC505. INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY. 3.0
Yuan Yang
Semester Hrs.
Equivalent with CHGN403,
Research Faculty
(II) Processes by which natural and anthropogenic chemicals interact,
Jesse Hensley
react, and are transformed and redistributed in various environmental
compartments. Air, soil, and aqueous (fresh and saline surface and
Bryan Pivovar
groundwaters) environments are covered, along with specialized
environments such as waste treatment facilities and the upper
Robert Rundberg
atmosphere. Meets with CHGN403. CHGN403 and CHGC505 may
Affiliated Faculty
not both be taken for credit. Prerequisites: GEGN101, CHGN122 and
CHGN209 or CBEN210. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Joseph Meyer
CHGC506. WATER ANALYSIS LABORATORY. 2.0 Semester Hrs.
Professor Emeriti
Instrumental analysis of water samples using spectroscopy and
chromatography. Methods for field collection of water samples and
Scott W. Cowley
field measurements. The development of laboratory skills for the use of
ICP-AES, HPLC, ion chromatography, and GC. Laboratory techniques
Stephen R. Daniel
focus on standard methods for the measurement of inorganic and
organic constituents in water samples. Methods of data analysis are also
Dean W. Dickerhoof
presented. Prerequisite: Introductory chemistry, graduate standing. 3
Kenneth W. Edwards
hour laboratory, 1 hour lecture, 2 semester hours.
CHGC509. INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS GEOCHEMISTRY. 3.0
Ronald W. Klusman
Semester Hrs.
Donald Langmuir
Analytical, graphical and interpretive methods applied to aqueous
systems. Thermodynamic properties of water and aqueous solutions.
Patrick MacCarthy
Calculations and graphical expression of acid-base, redox and solution-
mineral equilibria. Effect of temperature and kinetics on natural aqueous
Michael J. Pavelich
systems. Adsorption and ion exchange equilibria between clays and
oxide phases. Behavior of trace elements and complexation in aqueous
E. Craig Simmons
systems. Application of organic geochemistry to natural aqueous
Thomas R. Wildeman
systems. Light stable and unstable isotopic studies applied to aqueous
systems. Prerequisite: DCGN209 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3
John T. Williams
semester hours.
Robert D. Witters
CHGC511. GEOCHEMISTRY OF IGNEOUS ROCKS. 3.0 Semester
Hrs.
Courses
A survey of the geochemical characteristics of the various types of
igneous rock suites. Application of major element, trace element, and
CHGC503. INTRODUCTION TO GEOCHEMISTRY. 4.0 Semester Hrs.
isotope geochemistry to problems of their origin and modification.
A comprehensive introduction to the basic concepts and principles of
Prerequisite: Undergraduate mineralogy and petrology. 3 hours lecture; 3
geochemistry, coupled with a thorough overview of the related principles
semester hours. Offered alternate years.
of thermodynamics. Topics covered include: nucleosynthesis, origin of
earth and solar system, chemical bonding, mineral chemistry, elemental
CHGC514. GEOCHEMISTRY THERMODYNAMICS AND KINETICS. 3.0
distributions and geochemical cycles, chemical equilibrium and kinetics,
Semester Hrs.
isotope systematics, and organic and biogeochemistry. Prerequisite:
(II) Fundamental principles of classical thermodynamics and kinetics
Introductory chemistry, mineralogy and petrology. 4 hours lecture, 4
with specific application to the earth sciences. Volume-temperature ?
semester hours.
pressure relationships for solids, liquids, gases and solutions. Energy
and the First Law, Entropy and the Second and Third Laws. Gibbs Free
Energy, chemical equilibria and the equilibrium constant. Solutions and
activity-composition relationships for solids, fluids and gases. Phase
equilibria and the graphical representation of equilibira. Application of
the fundamentals of kinetics to geochemical examples. Prerequisite:
Introductory chemistry, introductory thermodynamics, mineralogy and
petrology. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours. Offered in alternate years.

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CHGC527. ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY OF FOSSIL FUELS AND ORE
CHGC599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
DEPOSITS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
A study of organic carbonaceous materials in relation to the genesis
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
and modification of fossil fuel and ore deposits. The biological origin of
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
the organic matter will be discussed with emphasis on contributions of
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
microorganisms to the nature of these deposits. Biochemical and thermal
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
changes which convert the organic compounds into petroleum, oil shale,
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
tar sand, coal and other carbonaceous matter will be studied. Principal
for credit limits toward the degree.
analytical techniques used for the characterization of organic matter in
CHGC698. SPECIAL TOPICS. 1-6 Semester Hr.
the geosphere and for evaluation of oil and gas source potential will be
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
discussed. Laboratory exercises will emphasize source rock evaluation,
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
and oil-source rock and oil-oil correlation methods. Prerequisite:
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
CHGN221, GEGN438. 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
Offered alternate years.
different titles.
CHGC555. ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. 3.0 Semester
CHGC699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
Hrs.
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
A study of the chemical and physical interactions which determine
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
the fate, transport and interactions of organic chemicals in aquatic
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
systems, with emphasis on chemical transformations of anthropogenic
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
organic contaminants. Prerequisites: A course in organic chemistry and
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
CHGN503, Advanced Physical Chemistry or its equivalent. Offered in
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
alternate years. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
for credit limits toward the degree.
CHGC562. MICROBIOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT. 3.0 Semester
CHGN502. ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Hrs.
(II) Detailed examination of topics such as ligand field theory, reaction
This course will cover the basic fundamentals of microbiology, such as
mechanisms, chemical bonding, and structure of inorganic compounds.
structure and function of procaryotic versus eucaryotic cells; viruses;
Emphasis is placed on the correlations of the chemical reactions of the
classification of micro-organisms; microbial metabolism, energetics,
elements with periodic trends and reactivities. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours
genetics, growth and diversity; microbial interactions with plants, animals,
lecture; 3 semester hours.
and other microbes. Additional topics covered will include various aspects
of environmental microbiology such as global biogeochemical cycles,
CHGN503. ADV PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I. 4.0 Semester Hrs.
bioleaching, bioremediation, and wastewater treatment. Prerequisite:
(II) Quantum chemistry of classical systems. Principles of chemical
ESGN301. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
thermodynamics. Statistical mechanics with statistical calculation of
thermodynamic properties. Theories of chemical kinetics. Prerequisite:
CHGC563. ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY. 2.0 Semester Hrs.
none. 4 hours lecture; 4 semester hours.
An introduction to the microorganisms of major geochemical importance,
as well as those of primary importance in water pollution and waste
CHGN505. ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
treatment. Microbes and sedimentation, microbial leaching of metals from
Detailed discussion of the more important mechanisms of organic
ores, acid mine water pollution, and the microbial ecology of marine and
reaction. Structural effects and reactivity. The application of reaction
freshwater habitats are covered. Prerequisite: none. 1 hour lecture, 3
mechanisms to synthesis and structure proof. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours
hours lab; 2 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
CHGC564. BIOGEOCHEMISTRY AND GEOMICROBIOLOGY. 3.0
CHGN507. ADVANCED ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Semester Hrs.
(I) Review of fundamentals of analytical chemistry. Literature of
Designed to give the student an understanding of the role of living
analytical chemistry and statistical treatment of data. Manipulation
things, particularly microorganisms, in the shaping of the earth.
of real substances; sampling, storage, decomposition or dissolution,
Among the subjects will be the aspects of living processes, chemical
and analysis. Detailed treatment of chemical equilibrium as related to
composition and characteristics of biological material, origin of life, role
precipitation, acid-base, complexation and redox titrations. Potentiometry
of microorganisms in weathering of rocks and the early diagenesis of
and UV-visible absorption spectrophotometry. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours
sediments, and the origin of petroleum, oil shale, and coal. Prerequisite:
lecture; 3 semester hours.
none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CHGN508. ANALYTICAL SPECTROSCOPY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
CHGC598. SPECIAL TOPICS. 1-6 Semester Hr.
(II) Detailed study of classical and modern spectroscopic methods;
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
emphasis on instrumentation and application to analytical chemistry
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
problems. Topics include: UV-visible spectroscopy, infrared
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
spectroscopy, fluorescence and phosphorescence, Raman spectroscopy,
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
arc and spark emission spectroscopy, flame methods, nephelometry
different titles.
and turbidimetry, reflectance methods, Fourier transform methods in
spectroscopy, photoacoustic spectroscopy, rapid-scanning spectroscopy.
Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate
years.

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CHGN510. CHEMICAL SEPARATIONS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
CHGN580. STRUCTURE OF MATERIALS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(II) Survey of separation methods, thermodynamics of phase
(II) Application of X-ray diffraction techniques for crystal and molecular
equilibria, thermodynamics of liquid-liquid partitioning, various types of
structure determination of minerals, inorganic and organometallic
chromatography, ion exchange, electrophoresis, zone refining, use of
compounds. Topics include the heavy atom method, data collection
inclusion compounds for separation, application of separation technology
by moving film techniques and by diffractometers, Fourier methods,
for determining physical constants, e.g., stability constants of complexes.
interpretation of Patterson maps, refinement methods, direct methods.
Prerequisite: CHGN507. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered
Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate
alternate years.
years.
CHGN511. APPLIED RADIOCHEMISTRY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
CHGN581. ELECTROCHEMISTRY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(II) The Applied Radiochemistry course is designed for those who have
(I) Introduction to theory and practice of electrochemistry. Electrode
a budding interest radiochemistry and its applications. A brief overview
potentials, reversible and irreversible cells, activity concept. Interionic
of radioactivity and general chemistry will be provided in the first three
attraction theory, proton transfer theory of acids and bases, mechanisms
weeks of the course. Follow-on weeks will feature segments focusing
and fates of electrode reactions. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3
on the radiochemistry in the nuclear fuel cycle, radioisotope production,
semester hours. Offered alternate years.
nuclear forensics and the environment. Prerequisites: CHGN121/
CHGN583. PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS OF SURFACE
CHGN122. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
CHGN515. CHEMICAL BONDING IN MATERIALS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(II) Instru mental techniques for the characterization of surfaces of
(I) Introduction to chemical bonding theories and calculations and their
solid materials; Applications of such techniques to polymers, corrosion,
applications to solids of interest to materials science. The relationship
metallurgy, adhesion science, microelectronics. Methods of analysis
between a material?s properties and the bonding of its atoms will be
discussed: x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), auger electron
examined for a variety of materials. Includes an introduction to organic
spectroscopy (AES), ion scattering spectroscopy (ISS), secondary
polymers. Computer programs will be used for calculating bonding
ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), Rutherford backscattering (RBS),
parameters. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM), energy
and wavelength dispersive x-ray analysis; principles of these methods,
CHGN523. SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
quantification, instrumentation, sample preparation. Prerequisite: B.S. in
(I) Dependence of properties of solids on chemical bonding and structure;
Metallurgy, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics. 3 hours lecture; 3
principles of crystal growth, crystal imperfections, reactions and diffusion
semester hours.
in solids, and the theory of conductors and semiconductors. Prerequisite:
none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
CHGN584. FUNDAMENTALS OF CATALYSIS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(II) The basic principles involved in the preparation, characterization,
CHGN536. ADVANCED POLYMER SYNTHESIS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
testing and theory of heterogeneous and homo geneous catalysts are
(II) An advanced course in the synthesis of macromolecules. Various
discussed. Topics include chemisorption, adsorption isotherms, diffusion,
methods of polymerization will be discussed with an emphasis on the
surface kinetics, promoters, poisons, catalyst theory and design, acid
specifics concerning the syntheses of different classes of organic and
base catalysis and soluble transition metal complexes. Examples of
inorganic polymers. Prerequisite: CHGN430, ChEN415, MLGN530. 3
important industrial applications are given. Prerequisite: CHGN222. 3
hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CHGN555. POLYMER AND COMPLEX FLUIDS COLLOQUIUM. 1.0
CHGN585. CHEMICAL KINETICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Semester Hr.
(II) Study of kinetic phenomena in chemical systems. Attention devoted
Equivalent with BELS555,CBEN555,CHEN555,MLGN555,
to various theoretical approaches. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3
The Polymer and Complex Fluids Group at the Colorado School
semester hours. Offered alternate years.
of Mines combines expertise in the areas of flow and field based
transport, intelligent design and synthesis as well as nanomaterials
CHGN597. SPECIAL RESEARCH. 15.0 Semester Hrs.
and nanotechnology. A wide range of research tools employed by the
CHGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
group includes characterization using rheology, scattering, microscopy,
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
microfluidics and separations, synthesis of novel macromolecules
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
as well as theory and simulation involving molecular dynamics and
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
Monte Carlo approaches. The course will provide a mechanism for
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
collaboration between faculty and students in this research area by
different titles.
providing presentations on topics including the expertise of the group
and unpublished, ongoing campus research. Prerequisites: none. 1 hour
CHGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
lecture; 1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 3 hours.
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
CHGN560. GRADUATE SEMINAR, M.S.. 1.0 Semester Hr.
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
(I, II) Required for all candidates for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
chemistry and geochemistry. M.S. students must register for the course
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
during each semester of residency. Ph.D. students must register each
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
semester until a grade is received satisfying the prerequisites for
for credit limits toward the degree.
CHGN660. Presentation of a graded non-thesis seminar and attendance
at all departmental seminars are required. Prerequisite: Graduate student
status. 1 semester hour.

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CHGN625. MOLECULAR SIMULATION. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Principles and practice of modern computer simulation techniques
used to understand solids, liquids, and gases. Review of the statistical
foundation of thermodynamics followed by indepth discussion of Monte
Carlo and Molecular Dynamics techniques. Discussion of intermolecular
potentials, extended ensembles, and mathematical algorithms used in
molecular simulations. Prerequisites: ChEN509 or equivalent, ChEN610
or equivalent recommended. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CHGN660. GRADUATE SEMINAR, Ph.D.. 1.0 Semester Hr.
(I, II) Required of all candidates for the doctoral degree in chemistry or
geochemistry. Students must register for this course each semester
after completing CHGN560. Presentation of a graded nonthesis seminar
and attendance at all department seminars are required. Prerequisite:
CHGN560 or equivalent. 1 semester hour.
CHGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
different titles.
CHGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: ?Independent
Study? form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
credit: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/
experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department
for credit limits toward the degree.
CHGN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT. 1-15 Semester Hr.
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
direct supervision of the student's faculty advisor. Variable class and
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.

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Metallurgical and Materials
2. Approval of all courses by the Engineering-Report Committee and
the Department Head (Engineering-Report Committee consisting of
Engineering
3 or more members, including the advisor and at least 2 additional
members from the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
2016-2017
Department.)
3. Submittal and successful oral defense, before the Engineering-Report
Degrees Offered
Committee, of an Engineering Report, which presents the results of a
case study or an engineering development.
• Master of Engineering (Metallurgical and Materials Engineering)
• Master of Science (Metallurgical and Materials Engineering)
Restrictions:
• Doctor of Philosophy (Metallurgical and Materials Engineering)
1. Only three (3) credit hours of independent course work, e.g.
Program Description
MTGN599, may be applied toward the degree.
2. A maximum of nine (9) credit hours of approved 400-level course
The program of study for the Master or Doctor of Philosophy degrees
work may be applied toward the degree.
in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering is selected by the student in
3. Courses taken to remove deficiencies may not be applied toward the
consultation with her or his advisor, and with the approval of the Thesis
degree.
Committee. The program can be tailored within the framework of the
regulations of the Graduate School to match the student’s interests while
The Master of Engineering Degree can be obtained as part of the
maintaining the main theme of materials engineering and processing.
combined undergraduate/graduate degree program. See "Combined
There are three Areas of Specialization within the Department:
Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Programs" section of the bulletin for
more details.
• Physical and Mechanical Metallurgy;
• Physicochemical Processing of Materials; and,
Master of Science Degree
• Ceramic Engineering.
Requirements: A minimum total of 30.0 credit hours, consisting of:
The Department is home to six research centers:
1. A minimum of 18.0 credit hours of approved course work and a
• Advanced Coatings and Surface Engineering Laboratory (ACSEL);
minimum of 6.0 hours of graduate research-credits listed under
MTGN707.
• Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center
(ASPPRC);
2. Approval of all courses by the Thesis Committee and the Department
Head. (Thesis Committee: consisting of 3 or more members,
• Center for Advanced Non Ferrous Structural Alloys (CANFSA)
including the advisor and at least 1 additional member from the
• Center for Welding Joining, and Coatings Research (CWJCR);
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department.)
• Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics (CCAC); and,
3. Submittal and successful oral defense of a thesis before a Thesis
• Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy (KIEM).
Committee. The thesis must present the results of original scientific
research or development.
The Nuclear Science and Engineering Center (NuSEC) also operates
closely with the Department.
Restrictions:
A Graduate Certificate is offered by each Department Center – the
1. Only three (3) credit hours of independent course work, e.g.
requirements for the Graduate Certificate are:
MTGN599, may be applied toward the degree.
2. A maximum of nine (9) credit hours of approved 400-level course
1. Be admitted to MME Graduate Certificate Program upon the
work may be applied toward the degree.
recommendation of the MME Department.
3. Courses taken to remove deficiencies may not be applied toward the
2. Complete a total of 12 hours of course credits of which only 3 credit
degree.
hours can be at the 400 level.
The specific courses to be taken are determined by the Graduate Advisor
Doctor of Philosophy Degree
in the Department Center selected by the candidate. A cumulative grade
Requirements: A minimum total of 72.0 credit hours consisting of:
point average of B or better must be maintained while completing these
requirements.
1. A minimum of 36.0 credit hours of approved course work and a
minimum of 24.0 hours of research-credits (MTGN707). Credit hours
Degree Program Requirements
previously earned for a Master's degree may be applied, subject
to approval, toward the Doctoral degree provided that the Master's
The program requirements for the three graduate degrees offered by the
degree was in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering or a similar
Department are listed below:
field. At least 21.0 credit hours of approved course work must be
Master of Engineering Degree
taken at the Colorado School of Mines.
2. All courses and any applicable Master's degree credit-hours must be
Requirements: A minimum total of 30.0 credit hours consisting of:
approved by the Thesis Committee and the Department Head (Thesis
Committee consisting of: 5 or more members, including the advisor,
1. A minimum of 24.0 credit hours of approved course work and 6.0
at least 2 additional members from the Metallurgical and Materials
hours of graduate research-credits listed under MTGN700.

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Engineering Department, and at least 1 member from outside the
• Electrometallurgy
Department.)
• Hydrometallurgy
3. Presentation of a Proposal on the Thesis-Research Project to the
• Mineral processing
Thesis Committee.
• Pyrometallurgy
4. Passing grade on the written and oral Qualifying-Process (Q.P.)
• Recycling and recovery of materials
Examinations.
• Thermal plasma processing
5. Presentation of a Progress Report on their Research Project to
the Thesis Committee; this presentation is usually 6 months after
Nonferrous Research
successfully completing the Q.P. Examinations and no fewer than 6
weeks before the Defense of Thesis.
• Aluminum alloys
6. Submittal and successful oral-defense of a thesis before the Thesis
• High entropy alloys
Committee. The thesis must present the results of original scientific
• Magnesium alloys
research or development.
• Nonferrous structural alloys
• Shape memory alloys
Restrictions:
• Superalloys
1. Only six (6) credit hours of independent course work, e.g. MTGN599,
• Titanium alloys
may be applied toward the degree.
2. A maximum of nine (9) credit hours of approved 400-level course
Polymers and Biomaterials Research
work may be applied toward the degree.
• Advanced polymer membranes and thin films
3. Courses taken to remove deficiencies may not be applied toward the
• Biopolymers
degree.
• Bio-mimetic and bio-inspired materials engineering
Prerequisites
• Calcium phosphate based ceramics
• Drug delivery
The entering graduate-student in the Department of Metallurgical
• Failure of medical devices
and Materials Engineering must have completed an undergraduate
program equivalent to that required for the B.S. degree in: Metallurgical
• Interfaces between materials and tissue
and Materials Engineering, Materials Science or a related field. This
• Living/controlled polymerization
undergraduate program should have included a background in science
• Organic-inorganic hybrid materials
fundamentals and engineering principles. A student, who possesses
• Porous structured materials
this background but has not taken specific undergraduate courses in
• Self- and directed-assembly
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, will be allowed to rectify these
• Structural medical alloys
course deficiencies at the beginning of their program of study.
• Tissue as a composite material
Fields of Research
Steel Research
Ceramic Research
• Advanced high strength steels
• Ceramic processing
• Advanced steel coatings
• Ceramic-metal composites
• Carburized steels
• Functional materials
• Deformation behavior of steels
• Ion implantation
• Fatigue behavior of steels
• Modeling of ceramic processing
• Microalloyed steels
• Solid oxide fuel cell materials and membranes
• Nickel-based steels
• Transparent conducting oxides
• Quench and partitioned steels
• Plate steels
Coatings Research
• Sheet steels
• Chemical vapor deposition
• Coating materials, films and applications
Welding and Joining Research
• Epitaxial growth
• Brazing of ultra wide gaps
• Interfacial science
• Explosive processing of materials
• Physical vapor deposition
• Laser welding and processing
• Surface mechanics
• Levitation for kinetics and surface tension evaluation
• Surface physics
• Materials joining processes
• Tribology of thin films and coatings
• Pyrochemical kinetics studies using levitation
• Underwater and under oil welding
Extractive and Mineral Processing Research
• Welding and joining science
• Chemical and physical processing of materials
• Welding rod development

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• Welding stress management
MTGN533
PARTICULATE MATERIAL PROCESSING II -
3.0
• Weld metallurgy
APPLIED SEPARATIONS
• Weld wire development
MTGN534
CASE STUDIES IN PROCESS DEVELOPMENT
3.0
MTGN535
PYROMETALLURGICAL PROCESSES
3.0
Nuclear Materials Research
MTGN536
OPTIMIZATION AND CONTROL OF
3.0
• Nuclear materials characterization
METALLURGICAL SYSTEMS
• Nuclear materials processing
MTGN537
ELECTROMETALLURGY
3.0
• Nuclear materials properties
MTGN538
HYDROMETALLURGY
3.0
MTGN539
PRINCIPLES OF MATERIALS PROCESSING
3.0
Experimental Methods
REACTOR DESIGN
• 3D atom probe tomography
MTGN541
INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS OF METALS
3.0
• Atomic force microscopy
MTGN542
ALLOYING THEORY, STRUCTURE, AND PHASE 3.0
• Computer modeling and simulation
STABILITY
• Electron microscopy
MTGN543
THEORY OF DISLOCATIONS
3.0
• Mathematical modeling of material processes
MTGN544
FORGING AND DEFORMATION MODELING
3.0
• Nanoindentation
MTGN545
FATIGUE AND FRACTURE
3.0
• Non-destructive evaluation
MTGN546
CREEP AND HIGH TEMPERATURE MATERIALS 3.0
• X-ray diffraction
MTGN547
PHASE EQUILIBRIA IN MATERIALS SYSTEMS
3.0
MTGN548
TRANSFORMATIONS IN METALS
3.0
Other Research Areas
MTGN549
CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN FERROUS
3.0
• Combustion synthesis
ALLOYS
• Corrosion science and engineering
MTGN551
ADVANCED CORROSION ENGINEERING
3.0
• Failure analysis
MTGN552
INORGANIC MATRIX COMPOSITES
3.0
• Mechanical metallurgy
MTGN553
STRENGTHENING MECHANISMS
3.0
• Phase transformation and mechanism of microstructural change
MTGN554
OXIDATION OF METALS
3.0
• Physical metallurgy
MTGN555
SOLID STATE THERMODYNAMICS
3.0
• Reactive metals properties
MTGN556
TRANSPORT IN SOLIDS
3.0
• Strengthening mechanisms
MTGN557
SOLIDIFICATION
3.0
• Structure-property relationships
MTGN560
ANALYSIS OF METALLURGICAL FAILURES
3.0
MTGN561
PHYSICAL METALLURGY OF ALLOYS FOR
3.0

AEROSPACE
MTGN505
CRYSTALLOGRAPHY AND DIFFRACTION
3.0
MTGN564
ADVANCED FORGING AND FORMING
3.0
MTGN511
SPECIAL METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS
1-3
MTGN565
MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF CERAMICS
3.0
ENGINEERING PROBLEMS
AND COMPOSITES
MTGN512
SPECIAL METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS
1-3
MTGN569
FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
3.0
ENGINEERING PROBLEMS
MTGN570
BIOCOMPATIBILITY OF MATERIALS
3.0
MTGN514
DEFECT CHEMISTRY AND TRANSPORT
3.0
MTGN571
METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS
1-3
PROCESSES IN CERAMIC SYSTEMS
ENGINEERING LABORATORY
MTGN516
MICROSTRUCTURE OF CERAMIC SYSTEMS
3.0
MTGN572
BIOMATERIALS
3.0
MTGN517
REFRACTORIES
3.0
MTGN580
ADVANCED WELDING METALLURGY
3.0
MTGN518
PHASE EQUILIBRIA IN CERAMIC SYSTEMS
3.0
MTGN581
WELDING HEAT SOURCES AND INTERACTIVE 3.0
MTGN523
APPLIED SURFACE AND SOLUTION
3.0
CONTROLS
CHEMISTRY
MTGN582
MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF WELDED
3.0
MTGN526
GEL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
3.0
JOINTS
MTGN527
SOLID WASTE MINIMIZATION AND RECYCLING 3.0
MTGN583
PRINCIPLES OF NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING 3.0
MTGN528
EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY OF COPPER,
3.0
AND EVALUATION
GOLD AND SILVER
MTGN584
NON-FUSION JOINING PROCESSES
3.0
MTGN529
METALLURGICAL ENVIRONMENT
3.0
MTGN586
DESIGN OF WELDED STRUCTURES AND
3.0
MTGN530
ADVANCED IRON AND STEELMAKING
3.0
ASSEMBLIES
MTGN531
THERMODYNAMICS OF METALLURGICAL AND 3.0
MTGN587
PHYSICAL PHENOMENA OF WELDING AND
3.0
MATERIALS PROCESSING
JOINING PROCESSES
MTGN532
PARTICULATE MATERIAL PROCESSING I -
3.0
MTGN591
PHYSICAL PHENOMENA OF COATING
3.0
COMMINUTION AND PHYSICAL SEPARATIONS
PROCESSES

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MTGN593
NUCLEAR MATERIALS SCIENCE AND
3.0
Vladan Stevanovic
ENGINEERING
Zhenzhen Yu
MTGN598
SPECIAL TOPICS IN METALLURGICAL AND
6.0
MATERIALS ENGINEERING
Teaching Associate Professors
MTGN599
INDEPENDENT STUDY
1-3
Gerald Bourne
MTGN605
ADVANCED TRANSMISSION ELECTRON
2.0
MICROSCOPY
John P. Chandler
MTGN605L
ADVANCED TRANSMISSION ELECTRON
1.0
MICROSCOPY LABORATORY
Research Professors
MTGN631
TRANSPORT PHENOMENA IN
3.0
Richard K. Ahrenkiel
METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS SYSTEMS
MTGN671
ADVANCED MATERIALS LABORATORY
1-3
Ivan Cornejo
MTGN672
ADVANCED MATERIALS LABORATORY
1-3
Hongjun Liang
MTGN696
VAPOR DEPOSITION PROCESSES
3.0
Stephen Midson
MTGN697
MICROSTRUCTURAL EVOLUTION OF
3.0
COATINGS AND THIN FILMS
William Sproul
MTGN698
SPECIAL TOPICS IN METALLURGICAL AND
6.0
MATERIALS ENGINEERING
William (Grover) Coors
MTGN699
INDEPENDENT STUDY
1-3
Robert Field
MTGN700
GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER OF
1-6
ENGINEERING
Terry Lowe
MTGN707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION
1-15
D. (Erik) Spiller
RESEARCH CREDIT
James C. Williams
Professors
Ivar E. Reimanis, Interim Department Head, Herman F. Coors
Research Associate Professors
Distinguished Professor of Ceramics
Robert Cryderman
Corby G. Anderson, Harrison Western Professor
Carole Graas
Michael J. Kaufman, Dean of CASE
Jianhua Tong
Stephen Liu, American Bureau of Shipping Endowed Chair Professor of
Edgar Vidal
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Research Assistant Professors
Ryan O'Hayre
David Diercks
John G. Speer, John Henry Moore Distinguished Professor of
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Judith C. Gomez
Patrick R. Taylor, George S. Ansell Distinguished Professor of Chemical
Jianliang Lin
Metallurgy
Svitlana Pylypenko
Chester J. Van Tyne, Associate Department Head, FIERF Professor
Professors Emeriti
Associate Professors
George S. Ansell, President Emeritus
Kip O. Findley
W. Rex Bull, Professor Emeritus
Brian Gorman
Glen R. Edwards, University Professor Emeritus
Jeffrey C. King
John P. Hager, University Professor Emeritus
Steven W. Thompson
George Krauss, University Professor Emeritus
Assistant Professors
Gerard P. Martins, Professor Emeritus
Geoff L. Brennecka
David K. Matlock, University Professor Emeritus
Emmanuel De Moor
Brajendra Mishra
Corinne E. Packard
John J. Moore, Professor Emeritus

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David L. Olson, University Professor Emeritus
Dennis W. Readey, University Professor Emeritus
Associate Professors Emeriti
Gerald L. DePoorter
Robert H. Frost

150 Physics
Physics
Physics Colloquium
All full-time physics graduate students must attend the Physics
2016 - 2017
Colloquium, which is represented in the curriculum by the Graduate
Seminar courses. Students must take one of these courses every
Degrees Offered
semester that they are enrolled at CSM. Those students who are in
the M.S. Program, sign up for PHGN501 (fall) and PHGN502 (spring).
• Master of Science (Applied Physics)
Students in the Ph.D. program sign up for PHGN601 (fall) and PHGN602
(spring). At the end of each semester students are assigned either a
• Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Physics)
satisfactory or unsatisfactory progress grade, based on attendance,
Program Description
until the final semester of the student's degree program, when a letter
grade is assigned based on all prior semesters' attendance grades. As
The Physics Department at CSM offers a full program of instruction
a result, while these courses are taken each year, only 1 hour total of
and research leading to the M.S. or Ph.D. in Applied Physics and is
course credit is conferred for each of 501, 502, 601, or 602. Students
part of interdisciplinary programs in Materials Science and in Nuclear
who have official part-time status and who have already taken at least
Engineering, through which students can obtain both the M.S. and the
one semester of 501 and 502 for the M.S. degree, or 601 and 602 for the
Ph.D degrees. The research in these graduate programs is supported
Ph.D. degree are not required to sign up for Graduate Seminar during
by external grants and contracts totaling $6.5M/year. Research in the
subsequent semesters.
Department is organized under three primary themes: subatomic physics,
condensed matter physics, and applied optics. With 23 faculty, 83
Prerequisites
graduate students, and 262 undergraduate physics majors, the Physics
The Graduate School of the Colorado School of Mines is open to
Department at CSM is a vibrant intellectual community providing high-
graduates from four-year programs at accredited colleges or universities.
quality education in state-of-the-art facilities.
Admission to the Physics Department M.S. and Ph.D. programs
Graduate students are given a solid background in the fundamentals of
is competitive and is based on an evaluation of undergraduate
classical and modern physics at an advanced level and are encouraged
performance, standardized test scores, and references. The
early in their studies to learn about the research interests of the faculty so
undergraduate course of study of each applicant is evaluated according
that a thesis topic can be identified.
to the requirements of the Physics Department.
Program Requirements
Required Curriculum
Students entering graduate programs in Applied Physics will select an
Master of Science, Applied Physics
initial program in consultation with the departmental graduate student
Core Courses
advising committee until such time as a research field has been chosen
and a thesis committee appointed.
PHGN511
MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS
3.0
PHGN520
QUANTUM MECHANICS I
3.0
Master of Science
Select one of the following:
3.0
Requirements: 20 semester hours of course work in an approved
PHGN505
CLASSICAL MECHANICS I
program, plus 16 semester hours of research credit, with a satisfactory
PHGN507
ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY I
thesis.
PHGN521
QUANTUM MECHANICS II
PHGN530
STATISTICAL MECHANICS
Doctorate of Philosophy
PH ELECT
Electives
9.0
Requirements: 32 semester hours of course work in an approved
PHGN501
GRADUATE SEMINAR
2.0
program, plus 40 semester hours of research credit, with a satisfactory
& PHGN502
and GRADUATE SEMINAR *
thesis. 12 semester hours of course work will be in a specialty topic
PHGN707
Master's Thesis
16.0
area defined in consultation with the thesis advisor. Possible specialty
Total Semester Hrs
36.0
topic areas within the Physics Department exist in Optical Science and
Engineering, Condensed Matter Physics, Theoretical Physics, Renewable
*
Graduate Seminar: Each full-time M.S. graduate student will register
Energy Physics, and Nuclear/Particle Physics and Astrophysics.
for Graduate Seminar each semester for a total of 2 semester hours
To demonstrate adequate preparation for the Ph.D. degree in Applied
of credit cumulative over the degree.
Physics, each student must achieve a grade of 3.0 or better in each core
course. Students not meeting this standard must pass oral examinations
Doctor of Philosophy, Applied Physics
covering the relevant core courses or retake the courses with a grade of
Core Courses
3.0 or better within one year. This process is part of the requirement for
PHGN505
CLASSICAL MECHANICS I
3.0
admission to candidacy, which full time Ph.D. students must complete
within two calendar years of admission, as described in the campus-
PHGN507
ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY I
3.0
wide graduate degree requirements (http://bulletin.mines.edu/graduate/
PHGN511
MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS
3.0
programs) section of this bulletin. Other degree requirements, time limits,
PHGN520
QUANTUM MECHANICS I
3.0
and procedural details can be found in the Physics Department Graduate
PHGN521
QUANTUM MECHANICS II
3.0
Student Advising Brochure.
PHGN530
STATISTICAL MECHANICS
3.0

Colorado School of Mines 151
PHGN601
ADVANCED GRADUATE SEMINAR
2.0
Susanta K. Sarkar
& PHGN602
and ADVANCED GRADUATE SEMINAR *
Eric S. Toberer
PH ELECT
Special topic area electives
12.0
PHGN707
Doctoral Thesis
40.0
Jeramy D. Zimmerman
Total Semester Hrs
72.0
Teaching Professors
*
Graduate Seminar: Each full-time Ph.D. graduate student will register
Alex T. Flournoy
for Graduate Seminar each semester for a total of 2 semester hours
of cumulative credit over the degree.
Patrick B. Kohl
Fields of Research
H. Vincent Kuo
Applied Optics: lasers, ultrafast optics and x-ray generation,
Todd G. Ruskell
spectroscopy, near-field and multiphoton microscopy, non-linear optics,
Charles A. Stone
quasi-optics and millimeter waves.
Matt Young
Ultrasonics: laser ultrasonics, resonant ultrasound spectroscopy, wave
propagation in random media.
Teaching Associate Professor
Subatomic: low energy nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, cosmic
Kristine E. Callan
ray physics, nuclear theory, fusion plasma diagnostics.
Research Professors
Materials Physics: photovoltaics, nanostructures and quantum dots,
thin film semiconductors, transparent conductors, amorphous materials,
Mark W. Coffey
thermoelectric materials, plasmonics, first principles materials theory.
Jonathan L. Mace
Condensed Matter: x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, self
Zeev Shayer
assembled systems, soft condensed matter, condensed matter theory,
quantum chaos, quantum information and quantum many body theory.
Research Associate Professor
Surface and Interfaces: x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Auger
James E. Bernard
spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopies, second harmonic
generation.
Research Assistant Professor
Professors
P. David Flammer
Lincoln D. Carr
Professors Emeriti
Reuben T. Collins
F. Edward Cecil
Charles G. Durfee III
Thomas E. Furtak
Uwe Greife
James A. McNeil
Frank V. Kowalski
Don L. Williamson
Mark T. Lusk
Associate Professors Emeriti
William B. Law
Frederic Sarazin
Arthur Y. Sakakura
John A. Scales
Jeff A. Squier, Department Head
Courses
PHGN501. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
P. Craig Taylor
(I) M.S. students will attend the weekly Physics Colloquium. Students
Associate Professors
will be responsible for presentations during this weekly seminar. See
additional course registration instructions under Program Requirements
Timothy R. Ohno
above. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
Lawrence R. Wiencke
PHGN502. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
(II) M.S. students will attend the weekly Physics Colloquium. Students
David M. Wood
will be responsible for presentations during this weekly seminar. See
additional course registration instructions under Program Requirements
Assistant Professors
above. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
Kyle G. Leach

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PHGN503. RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH. 1.0 Semester
PHGN542. SOLID STATE DEVICES AND PHOTOVOLTAIC
Hr.
APPLICATIONS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(II) This course introduces students to the various components of
(II) An overview of the physical principles involved in the characterization,
responsible research practices. Subjects covered move from issues
and operation of solid state devices. Topics will include: semiconductor
related to professional rights and obligations through those related to
physics, electronic transport, recombination and generation, intrinsic
collaboration, communication and the management of grants, to issues
and extrinsic semiconductors, electrical contacts, p-n junction devices
dealing with intellectual property. The course culminates with students
(e.g., LEDs, solar cells, lasers, particle detectors); other semiconductor
writing an ethics essay based on a series of topics proposed by the
devices (e.g., bipolar junction transistors and field effect transistors and
course instructor. 1 hour lecture; 1 semester hour.
capacitors). There will be emphasis on optical interactions and application
to photovoltaic devices. Prerequisite: PHGN440 or equivalent. 3 hours
PHGN504. RADIATION DETECTION AND MEASUREMENT. 3.0
lecture; 3 semester hours.
Semester Hrs.
Physical principles and methodology of the instrumentation used in the
PHGN550. NANOSCALE PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY. 3.0 Semester
detection and measurement of ionizing radiation. Prerequisite: none. 3
Hrs.
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
An introduction to the basic physics concepts involved in nanoscale
phenomena, processing methods resulting in engineered nanostructures,
PHGN505. CLASSICAL MECHANICS I. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
and the design and operation of novel structures and devices which
(I) Review of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations in the dynamics
take advantage of nanoscale effects. Students will become familiar
of particles and rigid bodies; kinetic theory; coupled oscillations and
with interdisciplinary aspects of nanotechnology, as well as with current
continuum mechanics; fluid mechanics. Prerequisite: PHGN350 or
nanoscience developments described in the literature. Prerequisites:
equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PHGN320, PHGN341, co-requisite: PHGN462. 3 hours lecture; 3
PHGN507. ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY I. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
semester hours.
(II) To provide a strong background in electromagnetic theory.
PHGN566. MODERN OPTICAL ENGINEERING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Electrostatics, magnetostatics, dynamical Maxwell equations, wave
Provides students with a comprehensive working knowledge of optical
phenomena. Prerequisite: PHGN462 or equivalent and PHGN511. 3
system design that is sufficient to address optical problems found in their
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
respective disciplines. Topics include paraxial optics, imaging, aberration
PHGN511. MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
analysis, use of commercial ray tracing and optimazation, diffraction,
(I) Review of complex variable and finite and infinite-dimensional linear
linear systems and optical transfer functions, detectors, and optical
vector spaces. Sturm-Liouville problem, integral equations, computer
system examples. Prerequisite: PHGN462. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
algebra. Prerequisite: PHGN311 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3
hours.
semester hours.
PHGN570. FOURIER AND PHYSICAL OPTICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
PHGN520. QUANTUM MECHANICS I. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
This course addresses the propagation of light through optical systems.
(II) Schroedinger equation, uncertainty, change of representation, one-
Diffraction theory is developed to show how 2D Fourier transforms and
dimensonal problems, axioms for state vectors and operators, matrix
linear systems theory can be applied to imaging systems. Analytic and
mechanics, uncertainty relations, time-independent perturbation theory,
numerical Fourier and microscopes, spectrometers and holographic
time-dependent perturbations, harmonic oscillator, angular momentum;
imaging. They are also applied to temporal propagation in ultrafast optics.
semiclassical methods, variational methods, two-level system, sudden
Prerequisite: PHGN462 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
and adiabatic changes, applications. Prerequisite: PHGN511 and
PHGN585. NONLINEAR OPTICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
PHGN320 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
An exploration of the nonlinear response of a medium (semiclassical
PHGN521. QUANTUM MECHANICS II. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
and quantum descriptions) and nonlinear wave mixing and propagation.
(I) Review of angular momentum, central potentials and applications.
Analytic and numeric techniques to treat nonlinear dynamics are
Spin; rotations in quantum mechanics. Formal scattering theory, Born
developed. Applications to devices and modern research areas are
series, partial wave analysis. Addition of angular momenta, Wigner-
discussed, including harmonic and parametric wave modulation,
Eckart theorem, selection rules, identical particles. Prerequisite:
phase conjugation, electro-optic modulation. Prerequiste: PHGN462 or
PHGN520. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
equivalent, PHGN520. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PHGN530. STATISTICAL MECHANICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
PHGN590. NUCLEAR REACTOR PHYSICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
(I) Review of thermodynamics; equilibrium and stability; statistical
Bridges the gap between courses in fundamental nuclear physics and the
operator and ensemblesl ideal systems; phase transitions; non-
practice of electrical power production using nuclear reactors. Review of
equilibrium systems. Prerequisite: PHGN341 or equivalent and
nuclear constituents, forces, structure, energetics, decay and reactions;
PHGN520. Co-requisite: PHGN521. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
interaction of radiation with matter, detection of radiation; nuclear cross
PHGN535. INTERDISCIPLINARY SILICON PROCESSING
sections, neutron induced reactions including scattering, absorption,
LABORATORY. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
and fission; neutron diffusion, multiplication, criticality; simple reactor
Equivalent with
geometries and compositions; nuclear reactor kinetics and control;
CBEN435,CBEN535,CHEN435,CHEN535,MLGN535,PHGN435,
modeling and simulation of reactors. Prerequisite: PHGN422.
(II) Explores the application of science and engineering principles to
the fabrication and testing of microelectronic devices with emphasis
on specific unit operations and interrelation among processing steps.
Teams work together to fabricate, test, and optimize simple devices.
Prerequisite: none. 1 hour lecture, 4 hours lab; 3 semester hours.

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PHGN597. SUMMER PROGRAMS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
PHGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
PHGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite:
different titles.
none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
different titles.
PHGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
PHGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject
(I, II, S) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: Independent Study form
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit: 0.5
matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: Independent Study form
to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/experience
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit: 0.5
and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department for credit
to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/experience
limits toward the degree.
and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department for credit
limits toward the degree.
PHGN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT. 1-15 Semester Hr.
PHGN601. ADVANCED GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
(I) Ph.D. students will attend the weekly Physics Colloquium. Students
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
will be responsible for presentations during this weekly seminar. See
direct supervision of the student's faculty advisor. Variable class and
additional course registration instructions under Program Requirements
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
above. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
PHGN602. ADVANCED GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Semester Hr.
(II) Ph.D. students will attend the weekly Physics Colloquium. Students
will be responsible for presentations during this weekly seminar. See
additional course registration instructions under Program Requirements
above. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
PHGN608. ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY II. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Spherical, cylindrical, and guided waves; relativistic 4-dimensional
formulation of electromagnetic theory. Prerequisite: PHGN507. 3 hours
lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered on demand.
PHGN612. MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS II. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
Continuation of PHGN511. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours. Offered on demand.
PHGN623. NUCLEAR STRUCTURE AND REACTIONS. 3.0 Semester
Hrs.
The fundamental physics principles and quantum mechanical models
and methods underlying nuclear structure, transitions, and scattering
reactions. Prerequisite: PHGN521. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Offered on demand.
PHGN624. NUCLEAR ASTROPHYSICS. 3.0 Semester Hrs.
The physical principles and research methods used to understand
nucleosynthesis and energy generation in the universe. Prerequisite:
none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered on demand.
PHGN641. ADVANCED CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS. 3.0
Semester Hrs.
Provides working graduate-level knowledge of applications of solid state
physics and important models to crystalline and non-crystalline systems
in two and three dimensions. Review of transport by Bloch electrons;
computation, interpretation of band structures. Interacting electron gas
and overview of density functional theory. Quantum theory of optical
properties of condensed systems; Kramers-Kronig analysis, sum rules,
spectroscopies. Response and correlation functions. Theoretical models
for metal-insulator and localization transitions in 1, 2, 3 dimensions
(e.g., Mott, Hubbard, Anderson, Peierls distortion). Boltzmann equation.
Introduction to magnetism; spin waves. Phenomenology of soft
condensed matter: order parameters, free energies. Conventional
superconductivity. Prerequisites: PHGN440 or equivalent, PHGN520,
PHGN530. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

154 Geochemistry
Geochemistry
GEOL540
ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY AND
GEOCHRONOLOGY
Degrees Offered
In addition, all students must complete a 1-2 hour laboratory course
• Professional Masters in Environmental Geochemistry
selected from several available. Master of Science (Geochemistry degree
track) students must also complete an appropriate thesis, based upon
• Master of Science (Geochemistry)
original research they have conducted. A thesis proposal and course of
• Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry)
study must be approved by the student's thesis committee before the
student begins substantial work on the thesis research.
Program Description
The requirement for the Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry degree
The Graduate Program in Geochemistry is an interdisciplinary program
track) program will be established individually by a student's thesis
with the mission to educate students whose interests lie at the
committee, but must meet the minimum requirements presented below.
intersection of the geological and chemical sciences. The Geochemistry
The Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry degree track) program will
Program consists of two subprograms, administering two M.S. and
require a minimum of 72 credit hours. At least 24 hours must be research
Ph.D. degree tracks and one Professional Master's (non-thesis) degree
credit and at least 18 hours must be course work. Up to 24 hours of
program. The Geochemistry (GC) degree track pertains to the history
course credit may be transferred from previous graduate-level work
and evolution of the Earth and its features, including but not limited
upon approval of the thesis committee. Research credits may not be
to the chemical evolution of the crust and mantle, geochemistry of
transferred. Students who enter the Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry
energy and mineral resources, aqueous geochemistry and fluid-rock/
degree track) program with a thesis-based Master of Science degree
fluid-mineral interactions and chemical mineralogy. The Environmental
from another institution may transfer up to 36 semester hours, upon
Biogeochemistry (EBGC) degree track pertains to the coupled chemical
approval of the thesis committee, in recognition of the course work and
and biological processes of Earth's biosphere, and the changes in these
research completed for that degree.
processes caused by human activities.
Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry degree track) students must take:
Master of Science and Doctor of
Philosophy
CHGC503
INTRODUCTION TO GEOCHEMISTRY
4.0
CHGC504
METHODS IN GEOCHEMISTRY
2.0
1. Geochemistry degree track
CHGC514
GEOCHEMISTRY THERMODYNAMICS AND
3.0
KINETICS
Prerequisites
Laboratory course
1.0
Select two of the following:
3-4
Each entering student will have an entrance interview with members of
the Geochemistry subprogram faculty. Since entering students may not
CHGN503
ADV PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
be proficient in both areas, a placement examination in geology and/or
CHGC509
INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS
chemistry may be required upon the discretion of the interviewing faculty.
GEOCHEMISTRY
If a placement examination is given, the results may be used to establish
GEOL512
MINERALOGY AND CRYSTAL CHEMISTRY
deficiency requirements. Credit toward a graduate degree will not be
GEOL540
ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY AND
granted for courses taken to fulfill deficiencies.
GEOCHRONOLOGY
Requirements
Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry degree track) students must also
The Master of Science (Geochemistry degree track) requires a minimum
complete an appropriate thesis, based upon original research they have
of 36 semester hours including:
conducted. A thesis proposal and course of study must be approved by
the student's thesis committee before the student begins substantial work
Course work
24.0
on the thesis research.
Research credits
12.0
Master of Science (Geochemistry degree track) and Doctor of Philosophy
Total Semester Hrs
36.0
(Geochemistry degree track) students resident in the Department
of Chemistry and Geochemistry or the Department of Geology
To ensure breadth of background, the course of study for the Master of
and Geological Engineering shall adhere to the seminar rules and
Science (Geochemistry degree track) must include:
requirements of the department of residence.
CHGC503
INTRODUCTION TO GEOCHEMISTRY
4.0
2. Environmental Biogeochemistry
CHGC504
METHODS IN GEOCHEMISTRY
2.0
(EBGC) degree track
Master of Science (Geochemistry) students select two of the
3-4
following:
Prerequisites
CHGN503
ADV PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
A candidate for an M.S. or Ph.D. in the EBGC degree track should
CHGC509
INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS
have an undergraduate science or engineering degree with coursework
GEOCHEMISTRY
including multivariable calculus, two semesters each of physics and
GEOL512
MINERALOGY AND CRYSTAL CHEMISTRY
chemistry, and one semester each of biology and earth science.
CHGC514
GEOCHEMISTRY THERMODYNAMICS AND
Applicants who do not fulfill these requirements may still be admitted,
KINETICS
but will need to undergo an entrance interview to establish deficiency

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requirements. Credit toward a graduate degree will not be given for
approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies. Only one re-examination may
undergraduate courses taken to fulfill deficiencies.
be given.
Requirements
Tuition
Required Curriculum: A thesis proposal and thesis are required for all
The Master of Science (Geochemistry) and Doctor of Philosophy
M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the EBGC degree track. M.S. thesis advisors
(Geochemistry) programs have been admitted to the Western Regional
(or at least one co-advisor) must be members of the EBGC subprogram.
Graduate Program. This entity recognizes the Geochemistry Program
Ph.D. thesis committees must have a total of at least four members.
as unique in the region. Designation of the Geochemistry Program by
Ph.D. advisors (or at least one of two co-advisors) and one additional
Western Regional Graduate program allows residents of western states
committee member must be members of the EBGC subprogram. M.S.
to enroll in the program at Colorado resident tuition rates. Eligible states
students will be expected to give one public seminar on their research;
include Alaska, Arizona, California ,Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada,
Ph.D. students are required to give at least one in addition to their thesis
New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and
defense presentation.
Wyoming.
In addition, both M.S. and Ph.D. students in the EBGC degree track must
Professional Masters in
complete the following coursework:
Environmental Geochemistry
1. Two required classes:
CHGC503
INTRODUCTION TO GEOCHEMISTRY
4.0
Introduction
CHGC504
METHODS IN GEOCHEMISTRY
2.0
The Professional Masters in Environmental Geochemistry program is
2. One chemistry-focused class, chosen from the following list:
intended to provide:
CEEN550
PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL
3.0
CHEMISTRY
1. an opportunity for CSM undergraduates to obtain, as part of a fifth
CHGC509
INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS
3.0
year of study, a Master in addition to the Bachelor degree; and
GEOCHEMISTRY
2. additional education for working professionals in the area of
CEEN551
ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
geochemistry as it applies to problems relating to the environment.
3. One biology-focused class chosen from the following list:
This is a non-thesis Master degree program administered by the
CEEN560
MOLECULAR MICROBIAL ECOLOGY AND THE
3.0
Environmental Biogeochemistry subprogram of the Geochemistry
ENVIRONMENT
program, and may be completed as part of a combined degree program
CEEN562
ENVIRONMENTAL GEOMICROBIOLOGY
3.0
by individuals already matriculated as undergraduate students at CSM,
4. One earth science-focused class chosen from the following list
or by individuals already holding undergraduate or advanced degrees
GEGN586
NUMERICAL MODELING OF GEOCHEMICAL
3.0
and who are interested in a graduate program that does not have the
SYSTEMS
traditional research requirement. The program consists primarily of
coursework in geochemistry and allied fields with an emphasis on
(New class) Earth Surface Geochemistry
environmental applications. No research is required though the program
5. One class focusing on analytical methods in environmental/
does allow for independent study, professional development, internship,
biogeochemistry chosen from several available, including:
and cooperative experience.
GEGN530
CLAY CHARACTERIZATION ((New class) Adv
3.0
Geoenvironmental Anal)
Application
(New class) Adv Geoenvironmental Anal
3.0
Undergraduate students at CSM must declare an interest during their
Total credits required for M.S.: 36
third year to allow for planning of coursework that will apply towards
the program. These students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
Total credits required for Ph.D.: 72 (at least 18 of coursework)
Students majoring in other departments besides the Department of
Geology and Geological Engineering and the Department of Chemistry
The student’s thesis committee may specify additional course
and Geochemistry may want to decide on the combined degree program
requirements and makes final decisions regarding transfer credits.
option earlier to be sure prerequisites are satisfied. Applicants other than
Comprehensive Examination
CSM undergraduates who are applying for this non-thesis Master degree
program must follow the same procedures that all prospective graduate
Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry) students in both degree tracks
students follow. However, the requirement of the general GRE may be
must take a comprehensive examination. It is expected that this exam
waived.
will be completed within three years of matriculation or after the bulk of
course work is finished, whichever occurs earlier. This examination will
Prerequisites
be administered by the student's thesis committee and will consist of an
Each entering student will have an entrance interview with members of
oral and a written examination, administered in a format to be determined
the Geochemistry faculty. Each department recognizes that entering
by the thesis committee. Two negative votes in the thesis committee
students may not be proficient in both areas. A placement examination
constitute failure of the examination.
in geology and/or chemistry may be required upon the discretion of the
interviewing faculty. If a placement examination is given, the results may
In case of failure of the comprehensive examination, a re-examination
may be given upon the recommendation of the thesis committee and

156 Geochemistry
be used to establish deficiency requirements. Credit toward a graduate
CHGC506
WATER ANALYSIS LABORATORY
2.0
degree will not be granted for courses taken to fulfill deficiencies.
CHGC509
INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS
3.0
GEOCHEMISTRY
Requirements
CHGC511
GEOCHEMISTRY OF IGNEOUS ROCKS
3.0
A minimum of 30 credit hours are required, with an overall GPA of at least
CHGC527
ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY OF FOSSIL FUELS 3.0
3.0. The overall course requirements will depend on the background of
AND ORE DEPOSITS
the individual, but may be tailored to professional objectives.
GEGN586
NUMERICAL MODELING OF GEOCHEMICAL
3.0
SYSTEMS
A 10 credit-hour core program consists of:
CHGC555
ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
GEGN466
GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING *
3.0
CHGC563
ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY
2.0
CHGC503
INTRODUCTION TO GEOCHEMISTRY
4.0
CHGC564
BIOGEOCHEMISTRY AND GEOMICROBIOLOGY 3.0
CHGC509
INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS
3.0
CHGC598
SPECIAL TOPICS
1-6
GEOCHEMISTRY
CHGC698
SPECIAL TOPICS
1-6
Total Semester Hrs
10.0
Professors
In addition, 14 credit hours must be selected from the list below,
Wendy J. Harrison, Geology and Geological Engineering
representing the following core areas: geochemical methods, geographic
information system, geological data analysis, groundwater engineering
Murray W. Hitzman, Charles F. Fogarty Professor of Economic Geology
or modeling, hydrothermal geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, physical
chemistry, microbiology, mineralogy, organic geochemistry, and
John McCray, Civil and Environmental Engineering
thermodynamics. This selection of courses must include at least one
laboratory course.
James F. Ranville, Chemistry and Geochemistrty
CEEN560
MOLECULAR MICROBIAL ECOLOGY AND THE
3.0
John R. Spear, Civil and Environmental Engineering
ENVIRONMENT
Bettina M. Voelker, Chemistry and Geochemistry
CHGC504
METHODS IN GEOCHEMISTRY
2.0
CHGC555
ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
Richard F. Wendlandt, Geology and Geological Engineering
CHGN503
ADV PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
4.0
Associate Professors
GEGN532
GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS
3.0
Linda A. Figueroa, Civil and Environmental Engineering
GEGN575
APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC
3.0
INFORMATION SYSTEMS
John D. Humphrey , Geology and Geological Engineering
GEGN581
ADVANCED GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
3.0
GEGN583
MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF
3.0
Thomas Monecke, Geology and Geological Engineering
GROUNDWATER SYSTEMS
Jonathan O. Sharp, Civil and Environmental Engineering
GEGN586
NUMERICAL MODELING OF GEOCHEMICAL
3.0
SYSTEMS
Assistant Professors
GEOL530
CLAY CHARACTERIZATION
1.0
Alexander Gysi, Geology and Geological Engineering
GEOL540
ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY AND
3.0
GEOCHRONOLOGY
Christopher P. Higgins, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Laboratory courses:
Alexis Navarre-Sitchler, Geology and Geological Engineering
(New course) Adv Geoenvironmental Anal
3.0
Professors Emeriti
GEOL530
CLAY CHARACTERIZATION
1.0
John B. Curtis, Geology and Geological Engineering
An additional 6 credit-hours of free electives may be selected to complete
Donald L. Macalady , Chemistry and Geochemistry
the 30 credit-hour requirement. Free electives may be selected from
the course offerings of the Department of Geology and Geological
Patrick MacCarthy, Chemistry and Geochemistry
Engineering, the Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry, or
Samuel B. Romberger, Geology and Geological Engineering
the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and may also be
independent study credits taken to fulfill a research cooperative, or other
Thomas R. Wildeman, Chemistry and Geochemistry
professional development experience. A course program will be designed
in advanced through consultation between the student and an advisor
Associate Professors Emeriti
from the Geochemistry Committee of the Whole.
L. Graham Closs, Geology and Geological Engineering
CHGC503
INTRODUCTION TO GEOCHEMISTRY
4.0
E. Craig Simmons, Chemistry and Geochemistry
CHGC504
METHODS IN GEOCHEMISTRY
2.0
CHGC505
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL
3.0
CHEMISTRY

Colorado School of Mines 157
Hydrologic Science and
Graduate Program (WICHE), a recognition that designates these
programs as unique within the Western United States. An important
Engineering
benefit of this designation is that students from several western states
are given the tuition status of Colorado residents. These states include
2016-2017
Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New
Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and
Degrees Offered
Wyoming.
• Master of Science (Hydrology), Thesis option
For more information on HSE curriculum please refer to the HSE website
• Master of Science (Hydrology), Non-thesis option
at hydrology.mines.edu.
• Doctor of Philosophy (Hydrology)
Combined Degree Program Option
Program Description
CSM undergraduate students have the opportunity to begin work on a
The Hydrologic Science and Engineering (HSE) Program is an
M.S. degree in Hydrology while completing their Bachelor’s degree. The
interdisciplinary graduate program comprised of faculty from several
CSM Combined Degree Program provides the vehicle for students to
different CSM departments.
complete graduate coursework while still an undergraduate student. For
more information please contact the HSE program faculty.
The program offers programs of study in fundamental hydrologic science
and applied hydrology with engineering applications. Our program
Program Requirements
encompasses groundwater hydrology, surface-water hydrology, vadose-
MS Thesis: 30 credit hours total, consisting of 24 credit hours of
zone hydrology, watershed hydrology, contaminant transport and fate,
coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis credit. Students must also write
contaminant remediation, hydrogeophysics, and water policy/law.
and orally defend a research thesis.
Students may elect to follow the Science or the Engineering Track.
MS Non-Thesis: 30 credit hours total, consisting of 27 credit hours of
HSE requires a core study of 4 formal graduate courses. Programs of
coursework and 3 credit hours of independent study or completion of an
study are interdisciplinary in nature, and coursework is obtained from
approved 3 credit hour Design Course*.
multiple departments at CSM and is approved for each student by the
student’s advisor and thesis committee.
Ph.D.: 72 total credit hours, consisting of coursework (at least 36 h
post-baccalaureate), and research (at least 24 h). Students must also
To achieve the Master of Science (M.S.) degree, students may elect the
successfully complete qualifying examinations, write and defend a
Non-Thesis option, based exclusively upon coursework and a project
dissertation proposal, write and defend a doctoral dissertation, and are
report, or the Thesis option. The thesis option is comprised of coursework
expected to submit the dissertation work for publication in scholarly
in combination with individual laboratory, modeling and/or field research
journals.
performed under the guidance of a faculty advisor and presented in a
written thesis approved by the student’s committee.
Thesis & Dissertation Committee
HSE also offers a combined baccalaureate/masters degree program
Requirements
in which CSM students obtain an undergraduate degree as well as
Students must meet the general requirements listed in the graduate
a Thesis or Non-thesis M.S. in Hydrology. In the Combined Degree
bulletin section Graduate Degrees and Requirements. In addition, the
Program as many as six credit hours may be counted towards the
student’s advisor or co-advisor must be an HSE faculty member. For M.S.
B.S. and M.S. non-thesis degree requirements. Please see the
thesis students, at least two committee members must be members of
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Programs sections in the Graduate
the HSE faculty. For doctoral students, at least 2 faculty on the committee
(http://bulletin.mines.edu/graduate/programs) and Undergraduate
must be a member of the HSE faculty. For PhD committee the required
(http://bulletin.mines.edu/undergraduate/undergraduateinformation/
at-large member must meet two requirements: (1) be from a CSM
combinedundergraduategraduate) Bulletins for additional information.
department out side the student's home department and (2) not be a
To achieve the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, students are
member of the HSE core faculty.
expected to complete a combination of coursework and novel, original
Prerequisites
research, under the guidance of a faculty advisor and Doctoral
committee, which culminates in a significant scholarly contribution
• baccalaureate degree in a science or engineering discipline
to a specialized field in hydrologic sciences or engineering. Full-time
• college calculus: two semesters required
enrollment is expected and leads to the greatest success, although part-
• differential equations: one semester required
time enrollment may be allowed under special circumstances. All doctoral
• college physics: one semester required
students must complete the full-time, on-campus residency requirements
• college chemistry: two semesters required
(p. 19).
• fluid mechanics, one semester required
Currently, students will apply to the hydrology program through the
• college statistics: one semester required
Graduate School and be assigned to the HSE participating department
or division of the student's HSE advisor. Participating units include:
Note that some prerequisites may be completed in the first few semesters
Chemistry and Geochemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE),
of the graduate program if approved by the HSE Director.
Geology and Geological Engineering (GE), Geophysical Engineering,
Liberal Arts & International Studies, Mining Engineering (ME), and
Petroleum Engineering (PE). HSE is part of the Western Regional

158 Hydrologic Science and Engineering
Required Curriculum
CEEN471
WATER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT
3.0
SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN
Students will work with their academic advisors and graduate thesis
CEEN511
UNSATURATED SOIL MECHANICS
3.0
committees to establish plans of study that best fit their individual
CEEN512
SOIL BEHAVIOR
3.0
interests and goals. Each student will develop and submit a plan of study
to their advisor during the first semester of enrollment. Doctoral students
CEEN515
HILLSLOPE HYDROLOGY AND STABILITY
3.0
may transfer in credits from an earned M.S. graduate program according
CEEN560
MOLECULAR MICROBIAL ECOLOGY AND THE
3.0
to requirements listed in the Graduate Degrees and Requirements (p. 38)
ENVIRONMENT
section of the graduate bulletin, and after approval by the student's thesis
CEEN562
ENVIRONMENTAL GEOMICROBIOLOGY
3.0
committee.
CEEN570
WATER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT
3.0
Core Curriculum
CEEN571
ADVANCED WATER TREATMENT
3.0
ENGINEERING AND WATER REUSE
Curriculum areas of emphasis consist of core courses, and electives.
CEEN575
HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE REMEDIATION
3.0
Core courses include the following:
CEEN581
WATERSHED SYSTEMS MODELING
3.0
GEGN466
GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
3.0
CEEN582
MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF
3.0
GEGN582
INTEGRATED SURFACE WATER HYDROLOGY 3.0
ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS
CEEN550
PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL
3.0
CEEN611
MULTIPHASE CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT
3.0
CHEMISTRY
GEGN470
GROUND-WATER ENGINEERING DESIGN
3.0
CEEN584
SUBSURFACE CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT
3.0
GEGN532
GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS
3.0
or CEEN583
SURFACE WATER QUALITY MODELING
GEGN573
GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SITE
3.0
INVESTIGATION
Total Semester Hrs
12.0
GEGN575
APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC
3.0
Starting Fall 2015 a two credit hour Fluid Mechanics for Hydrology is
INFORMATION SYSTEMS
required for the HSE graduate degrees. If a student has completed a
GEGN581
ANALYTICAL HYDROLOGY
3.0
Fluid Mechanics course this core requirement will be waived once an
GEGN584
FIELD METHODS IN HYDROLOGY
3.0
HSE Waiver Form is approved.
GEGN586
NUMERICAL MODELING OF GEOCHEMICAL
3.0
An HSE seminar is also required and will typically have a 598 course
SYSTEMS
number. These are one-credit reading and discussion seminars. PhD
GEOL540
ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY AND
3.0
students are required to complete at least two during their studies, and
GEOCHRONOLOGY
M.S. students must complete one seminar. The seminar courses are
GPGN470
APPLICATIONS OF SATELLITE REMOTE
3.0
taught nearly every semester, with different topics depending on the
SENSING
instructor.
MATH530
STATISTICAL METHODS I
3.0
Students who plan to incorporate hydrochemistry into their research may
MATH531
STATISTICAL METHODS II
3.0
elect to replace CEEN550 with a two-course combination that includes an
MATH532
SPATIAL STATISTICS
3.0
aqueous inorganic chemistry course (CHGC509) and an environmental
EBGN510
NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS
3.0
organic chemistry course (CEEN511).
LAIS588
WATER POLITICS AND POLICY
3.0
A grade of B- or better is required in all core classes for graduation.
Directors
For Non Thesis MS students, the following is a list of Design Courses*
Terri Hogue, HSE Director, Civil & Environmental Engineering
that may be completed in lieu of an Independent Study:
Kamini Singha, HSE Associate Director, Geology & Geological
CEEN515
HILLSLOPE HYDROLOGY AND STABILITY
3.0
Engineering
CEEN581
WATERSHED SYSTEMS MODELING
3.0
CEEN575
HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE REMEDIATION
3.0
Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry
CEEN584
SUBSURFACE CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT
3.0
James Ranville, Professor
GEGN532
GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS
3.0
Bettina Voelker, Professor
GEGN575
APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC
3.0
INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Department of Civil & Environmental
GEGN583
MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF
3.0
Engineering
GROUNDWATER SYSTEMS
GEGN584
FIELD METHODS IN HYDROLOGY
3.0
Tzahi Y. Cath, Associate Professor
GEGN586
NUMERICAL MODELING OF GEOCHEMICAL
3.0
Linda Figueroa, Associate Professor
SYSTEMS
Marte Gutierrez, Professor & James R. Paden Distinguished Professor
Elective courses may be chosen from the approved list below or as
approved by your advisor or thesis committee.
Christopher Higgins, Associate Professor

Colorado School of Mines 159
Terri Hogue, Professor
Tissa Illangasekare, Professor and AMAX Distinguished Chair
Ning Lu, Professor
Junko Munakata Marr, Associate Professor
John McCray, Professor & Department Head Civil & Environmental
Engineering
Jonathan Sharp, Associate Professor
Kathleen Smits, Assistant Professor
John Spear, Professor
Department of Geology and Geological
Engineering
David Benson, Associate Professor
Reed Maxwell, Professor
Paul Santi, Professor & Department Head Geology & Geological
Engineering
Kamini Singha, Associate Professor
Alexis Sitchler, Assistant Professor
Department of Geophysics
Jeff Andrews-Hannah, Assistant Professor
David Hale, Professor
Yaoguo Li, Associate Professor
Whitney Trainor-Guitton, Assistant Professor
Division of Liberal Arts & International
Studies
Hussein Amery, Professor
Jessica Smith, Assistant Professor
Department of Petroleum Engineering
Yu-Shu Wu, Professor

160 Interdisciplinary
Interdisciplinary
• Specialty area must be, within the context of Mines, interdisciplinary
in nature. That is, expertise that would be reasonably expected to be
required to deliver the specialty must span multiple degree programs
Degrees Offered
at Mines.
• Master of Science (Interdisciplinary)
• Faculty participating in the Specialty must be derived from no fewer
• Doctor of Philosophy (Interdisciplinary)
than two separate home units.
• There must be a minimum of six tenure/tenure-track core faculty
Program Description
participating in the Specialty.
In addition to its traditional degree programs, Mines offers innovative,
The package of materials to be reviewed for Specialty approval must, at a
interdisciplinary, research-based degree programs that fit the institutional
minimum, include the following items:
role and mission, but cannot easily be addressed within a single discipline
or degree program. Specialties offered under this option are provided for
• Descriptive overview of Specialty degree area,
a limited time during which faculty from across campus come together
• List of participating Faculty and the Departments/Divisions in which
to address relevant, timely, interdisciplinary issues. The Interdisciplinary
they are resident,
Graduate Program is intended to:
• Name of Specialty to be included on the transcript,
1. Encourage faculty and students to participate in broadly
• Listing and summary description of all Specialty degree requirements,
interdisciplinary research,
• A description of how program quality is overseen by participating
2. Provide a mechanism by which a rigorous academic degree program
Specialty faculty including the Admission to Candidacy process to be
may be tightly coupled to this interdisciplinary research, and
used within the Specialty,
3. Provide a mechanism for faculty to develop and market test, timely
• A copy of Bylaws (i.e., operating parameters that define how the
and innovative interdisciplinary degree programs in the hope that, if
Specialty is managed, how faculty participate, how admissions is
successful, may become full-fledged, stand-alone degree programs in
handled, etc.) under which the Specialty and its faculty operate,
the future.
• A listing and justification for any additional resources needed to offer
the Specialty, and
Program Requirements
• A draft of the Graduate Bulletin text that will be used to describe the
Specialty in the Interdisciplinary Degree section of Bulletin.
Graduates of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program must meet all
institutional requirements for graduation and the requirements of the
Materials for Specialty approval must be approved by all of the following
Specialty under which they are admitted.
groups. Faculty advancing a Specialty should seek approval from each
group in the order in which they are presented below:
Program Management
• Faculty and Department Heads/Division Directors of each of the
Overall management and oversight of the Interdisciplinary Degree
departments/divisions contributing staffing to the Specialty,
Program is undertaken by a Program Oversight Committee consisting of
• Interdisciplinary Program Oversight Committee,
the:
• Graduate Council,
• Dean of Graduate Studies (Chair and Program Director),
• Faculty Senate, and
• One Representative from the Faculty Senate,
• Provost.
• One Representative from Department Heads/Division Directors, and
Failure to receive approval at any level constitutes an institutional
• One Faculty Representative from each active Specialty Areas.
decision to not offer the Specialty as described.
The role of the Oversight Committee is fourfold:
Full-Fledged Degree Creation and
• Specialty Oversight: includes advising and assisting faculty in the
Specialty Time Limits
creation of new Specialty areas, periodic Specialty review and
termination of Specialties having exceed the allowed time limits,
Documentation related to specific program Specialties, as published
• Specialty Mentoring: includes providing assistance to, and support
in the Graduate Bulletin, includes the inception semester of the
of existing Specialties as they move toward applying for full degree
Specialty. For Specialties garnering significant enrollment and support
status,
by participating academic faculty, the Program Oversight Committee
Program Advocacy: includes promotion of program at the institutional
encourages the participating faculty to seek approval – both on campus,
level, and promotion, development and support of new Specialty
and through the Board of Trustees and DHE – for a stand alone degree
areas with individual groups of faculty, and
program. Upon approval, all students still in the Specialty will be moved to
the full-fledged degree program.
Council Representation: upon the advise of the directors of the
individual Specialties offered, the Oversight Committee appoints an
Admissions to all doctoral-level Specialties will be allowed for a maximum
Interdisciplinary Degree program representative to Graduate Council.
of 7 years after the Specialty inception date. Specialties may apply to the
Oversight Committee for a one-time extension to this time limit that shall
Specialty Requirements and Approval
not exceed 3 additional years. If successful, the Oversight Committee
Processes
shall inform Graduate Council and the Faculty Senate of the extension.
Specialties must meet the following minimum requirements:

Colorado School of Mines 161
Specialties
Unsatisfactory Progress
Operations Research with Engineering (ORwE) (initiated Fall, 2011)
In addition to the institutional guidelines as described elsewhere in
this bulletin, we impose the following criteria regarding unsatisfactory
Degrees Offered
progress: Unsatisfactory progress will be assigned to any full-time student
who does not pass the core courses within the first year and a half of
• Doctor of Philosophy (Interdisciplinary); Specialty (Operations
their study. Unsatisfactory progress
Research with Engineering)
will also be assigned to any student who does not complete requirements
Program Description
as specified in his or her admission letter. Any exceptions to the criteria
regarding unsatisfactory progress must be approved by the ORwE
Operations Research (OR) involves mathematically modeling physical
committee. Part-time students develop an approved course plan with their
systems (both naturally occurring and man-made) with a view to
advisor.
determining a course of action for the system to either improve or
optimize its functionality. Examples of such systems include, but are
Prerequisites
not limited to, manufacturing systems, chemical processes, socio-
economic systems, mechanical systems (e.g., those that produce
Students must have completed the following undergraduate prerequisite
energy), and mining systems. The ORwE PhD Specialty allows students
courses with a grade of B or better:
to complete an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in Operations Research
with Engineering by taking courses and conducting research with the
CSCI261
PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS
3.0
principle involvement and oversight provided by the departments of:
CSCI262
DATA STRUCTURES
3.0
Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS), Economics & Business (EB),
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS), and Mechanical
Students entering in the fall semester must have completed the
Engineering (ME).
Programming (CSCI261) prerequisite or equivalent. Students will only be
allowed to enter in the spring semester if they have developed a course
Specialty Requirements
program such that they are able to take the qualifying exam within 3
semesters.
Doctoral students develop a customized curriculum to fit their needs. The
degree requires a minimum of 72 graduate credit hours that includes
Required Course Curriculum
course work and a thesis. Coursework is valid for ten years towards a
Ph.D. degree; any exceptions must be approved by the Director of the
All Ph.D. students are required to take a set of core courses that provides
ORwE program and student advisor.
basic tools for the more advanced and specialized courses in the
program.
Course Work
Core Courses
Core Courses
24.0
CSCI406
ALGORITHMS (or)
3.0
Area of Specialization Courses
12.0
MATH406
ALGORITHMS
Total Semester Hrs
36.0
EBGN555
LINEAR PROGRAMMING
3.0
MEGN485
MANUFACTURING OPTIMIZATION WITH
3.0
Research Credits
NETWORK MODELS
At least 24.0 research credits. The student's faculty advisor and the
MEGN588
INTEGER OPTIMIZATION
3.0
doctoral thesis committee must approve the student's program of study
EBGN461
STOCHASTIC MODELS IN MANAGEMENT
3.0
and the topic for the thesis.
SCIENCE (or)
MATH538
STOCHASTIC MODELS
Qualifying Examination Process and
MEGN502
ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS
3.0
Thesis Proposal
MEGN593
ENGINEERING DESIGN OPTIMIZATION (or)
3.0
Upon completion of the core course work, students must pass a written
MEGN587
NONLINEAR OPTIMIZATION
qualifying examination and complete a qualifying research project to
MATH530
STATISTICAL METHODS I
3.0
become a candidate for the PhD ORwE degree. The proposal defense
Total Semester Hrs
24.0
should be completed within ten months of passing the qualifying exam.
Area of Specialization Courses
Transfer Credits
Select Four of the Following:
12.0
Students may transfer up to 24.0 hours of graduate-level coursework
CSCI562
APPLIED ALGORITHMS AND DATA
3.0
from other institutions toward the Ph.D. degree subject to the restriction
STRUCTURES
that those courses must not have been used as credit toward a
CSCI555
GAME THEORY AND NETWORKS
3.0
Bachelor's degree. The student must have achieved a grade of B or
EBGN509
MATHEMATICAL ECONOMICS
3.0
better in all graduate transfer courses and the transfer must be approved
EBGN528
INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS SIMULATION ( or)
3.0
by the student's Doctoral Thesis Committee and the Director of the
ORwE program.
or MATH542
SIMULATION
or CSCI542
SIMULATION
EBGN560
DECISION ANALYSIS
3.0

162 Interdisciplinary
EBGN575
ADVANCED MINING AND ENERGY VALUATION 3.0
EBGN655
ADVANCED LINEAR PROGRAMMING
3.0
EENG517
THEORY AND DESIGN OF ADVANCED
3.0
CONTROL SYSTEMS
MATH531
STATISTICAL METHODS II
3.0
MATH532
SPATIAL STATISTICS
3.0
MATH537
MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS
3.0
MATH582
STATISTICS PRACTICUM
3.0
MEGN592
RISK AND RELIABILITY ENGINEERING
3.0
ANALYSIS AND DESIGN
MEGN688
ADVANCED INTEGER OPTIMIZATION
3.0
MNGN536
OPERATIONS RESEARCH TECHNIQUES IN
3.0
THE MINERAL INDUSTRY
MNGN538
GEOSTATISTICAL ORE RESERVE ESTIMATION 3.0
MTGN450
STATISTICAL PROCESS CONTROL AND
3.0
DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS (or)
MLGN550
STATISTICAL PROCESS CONTROL AND
DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS
xxxx598/698
Special Topics (Requires approval of the Advisor
and ORwE program director)

Colorado School of Mines 163
Materials Science
• Experimental condensed-matter physics, thermal and electrical
properties of materials, superconductivity, photovoltaics
Degrees Offered
• Fuel cell materials
• Fullerene synthesis, combustion chemistry
• Master of Science (Materials Science; thesis option or non-thesis
• Heterogeneous catalysis, reformulated and alcohol fuels, surface
option)
analysis, electrophotography
• Doctor of Philosophy (Materials Science)
• High temperature ceramics
Program Description
• Intelligent automated systems, intelligent process control, robotics,
artificial neural systems
The interdisciplinary graduate program in Materials Science exists
• Materials synthesis, interfaces, flocculation, fine particles
to educate students, with at least a Bachelor of Science degree in
• Mathematical modeling of material processes
engineering or science, in the diverse field of Materials Science.
• Mechanical metallurgy, failure analysis, deformation of materials,
This diversity includes the four key foundational aspects of Materials
advanced steel coatings
Science – materials properties including characterization and modeling,
materials structures, materials synthesis and processing and materials
• Mechanical properties of ceramics and ceramic composites
performance – as applied to materials of a variety of types (i.e., metals,
• High entropy alloys
ceramics, polymers, electronic materials and biomaterials). The Materials
• Mössbauer spectroscopy, ion implantation, small-angle X-ray
Science graduate program is responsible for administering MS (thesis
scattering, semiconductor defects
and non-thesis) and PhD Degrees in Materials Science.
• Nano materials
The Departments of Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical
• Non-destructive evaluation
and Materials Engineering, Physics, and Chemical and Biological
• Non-ferrous structural alloys
Engineering jointly administer the interdisciplinary materials science
• Novel separation processes: membranes, catalytic membrane
program. This interdisciplinary degree program coexists along side
reactors, biopolymer adsorbents for heavy metal remediation of
strong disciplinary programs, in Chemistry, Chemical and Biochemical
ground surface water
Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials
• Numerical modeling of particulate media, thermomechanical analysis
Engineering, and Physics. For administrative purposes, the student
• Optical properties of materials and interfaces
will reside in the advisor’s home academic department. The student’s
• Phase transformations and mechanisms of microstructural change
graduate committee will have final approval of the course of study.
• Photovoltaic materials and device processing
Fields of Research
• Physical metallurgy, ferrous and nonferrous alloy systems
• Physical vapor deposition, thin films, coatings
• Advanced polymeric materials
• Power electronics, plasma physics, pulsed power, plasma material
• Alloy theory, concurrent design, theory-assisted materials
processing
engineering, and electronic structure theory
• Processing and characterization of electroceramics (ferro-electrics,
• Applications of artificial intelligence techniques to materials
piezoelectrics, pyroelectrics, and dielectrics)
processing and manufacturing, neural networks for process modeling
and sensor data processing, manufacturing process control
• Semiconductor materials and device processing
• Atomic scale characterization
• Soft materials
• Atom Probe Tomography
• Solidification and near net shape processing
• Biomaterials
• Surface physics, epitaxial growth, interfacial science, adsorption
• Ceramic processing, modeling of ceramic processing
• Transport phenomena and mathematical modeling
• Characterization, thermal stability, and thermal degradation
• Weld metallurgy, materials joining processes
mechanisms of polymers
• Welding and joining science
• Chemical and physical processing of materials, engineered materials,
materials synthesis
Program Requirements
• Chemical vapor deposition
Each of the three degree programs require the successful completion
• Coating materials and applications
of three core courses for a total of 9 credit hours that will be applied to
• Computational condensed-matter physics, semiconductor alloys, first-
the degree program course requirements. Depending upon the individual
principles phonon calculations
student's background, waivers for these courses may be approved by the
program director. In order to gain a truly interdisciplinary understanding
• Computer modeling and simulation
of Materials Science, students in the program are encouraged to select
• Control systems engineering, artificial neural systems for senior data
elective courses from several different departments outside of the
processing, polymer cure monitoring sensors, process monitoring and
Materials Science program. Course selection should be completed in
control for composites manufacturing
consultation with the student's advisor or program director as appropriate.
• Crystal and molecular structure determination by X-ray
crystallography
Listed below are the three required Materials Science core courses:
• Electrodeposition
MLGN591
MATERIALS THERMODYNAMICS
3.0
• Electron and ion microscopy

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MLGN592
ADVANCED MATERIALS KINETICS AND
3.0
the following spring semester. If the result of this examination is a B- or
TRANSPORT
better, the student will be allowed to take the qualifying examination. The
MLGN593
BONDING, STRUCTURE, AND
3.0
grade originally obtained in the course will not be changed as a result.
CRYSTALLOGRAPHY
If not allowed to complete the qualifying examination at the end of the
spring semester, students will be discouraged from the PhD program and
Total Semester Hrs
9.0
encouraged, rather, to finish with a Masters degree
Master of Science (Thesis Option)
Qualifying Examination – A qualifying examination is given annually
The Master of Science degree requires a minimum of 30.0 semester
at the end of the spring semester under the direction of the Materials
hours of acceptable coursework and thesis research credits (see table
Science Graduate Affairs Committee. All first-year Materials Science
below). The student must also submit a thesis and pass the Defense of
students are expected to successfully complete the qualifying
Thesis examination before the Thesis Committee.
examination within three semesters to remain in good standing in the
program. The examination covers material from the core curriculum plus
COURSEWORK Materials Science Courses *
18.0
a standard introductory text on Materials Science, such as "Materials
MLGN707
Thesis Research Credits
12.0
Science and Engineering: An Introduction", by William Callister. If a
student performs below the expectations of the Materials Science faculty
Total Semester Hrs
30.0
on the written exam, they will be asked to complete a follow-up oral
examination in the subsequent fall semester. The oral examination will
*
Must include 9.0 credit hours of core courses.
be based on topics deemed to be deficient in the written examination.
Master of Science (Non-Thesis Option with a
Satisfactorily completing the oral exam will allow the student to proceed
with the PhD program. Students who perform below the expectations
case study)
of the Materials Science faculty on the oral exam will not be allowed to
The Master of Science degree requires a minimum of 30.0 semester
continue with the PhD program.
hours of acceptable course work and case study credit including:
Thesis Proposal – A student’s thesis committee administers a Thesis
Proposal defense. The proposal defense should occur no later than the
COURSEWORK Materials Science Courses *
24.0
student's fourth semester. While the proposal itself should focus on the
MLGN
Case Study
6.0
central topic of a student’s research efforts, during the proposal defense,
Total Semester Hrs
30.0
candidates may expect to receive a wide range of questions from the
Committee. This would include all manner of questions directly related to
*
Must include 9.0 credit hours of core courses.
the proposal. Candidates, however, should also expect questions related
to the major concept areas of Materials Science within the context of a
Doctor of Philosophy
candidate's research focus. The Committee formally reports results of the
The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires a minimum of 72.0 hours of
proposal defense to the Materials Science Program Director using the
course and research credit including:
Committee Reporting form developed by the Office of Graduate Studies.
COURSEWORK Materials Science Courses (minimum) *
24.0
Upon completion of these steps and upon completion of all required
coursework, candidates are admitted to candidacy.
MLGN707
Thesis Research Credits (minimum)
24.0
Following successful completion of coursework and the PhD qualifying
*
Must include 9.0 credit hours of core courses.
process, candidates must also submit a thesis and successfully complete
the Defense of Thesis examination before the Thesis Committee.
Deficiency Courses
All doctoral candidates must complete at least 6 credit hours of
MLGN500
PROCESSING, MICROSTRUCTURE, AND
3.0
background courses. This course requirement is individualized for
PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS
each candidate, depending on previous experience and research
MLGN501
STRUCTURE OF MATERIALS
3.0
activities to be pursued. Competitive candidates may already possess
MLGN502
SOLID STATE PHYSICS
3.0
this background information. In these cases, the candidate’s Thesis
MLGN503
CHEMICAL BONDING IN MATERIALS
3.0
Committee may award credit for previous experience. In cases where
MLGN504
SOLID STATE THERMODYNAMICS
3.0
additional coursework is required as part of a student’s program, these
MLGN505
MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS
3.0
courses are treated as fulfilling a deficiency requirement that is beyond
the total institutional requirement of 72 credit hours.
MLGN506
TRANSPORT IN SOLIDS
3.0
MLGN509
SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY
3.0
PhD Qualifying Process
MLGN510
SURFACE CHEMISTRY
3.0
The following constitutes the qualifying processes by which doctoral
MLGN511
KINETIC CONCERNS IN MATERIALS
3.0
students are admitted to candidacy in the Materials Science program.
PROCESSING I
MLGN512
CERAMIC ENGINEERING
3.0
Core Curriculum – The three required core classes must be completed in
MLGN513
PROBLEM SOLVING IN MATERIALS SCIENCE
3.0
the first Fall semester for all doctoral candidates. Students must obtain
a grade of B- or better in each class to be eligible to take the qualifying
MLGN515
ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES AND
3.0
examination at the end of the succeeding spring semester. If a student
APPLICATIONS OF MATERIALS
receives a grade of less than B- in a class, the student may request
MLGN516
PROPERTIES OF CERAMICS
3.0
an additional final examination be given during the mid-term break of

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MLGN517
SOLID MECHANICS OF MATERIALS
3.0
Thomas E. Furtak, Department of Physics
MLGN518
PHASE EQUILIBRIA IN CERAMICS SYSTEMS
3.0
Michael J. Kaufman, Department of Metallurgical and Materials
MLGN519
NON-CRYSTALLINE MATERIALS
3.0
Engineering, Dean of CASE
MLGN521
KINETIC CONCERNS IN MATERIAL
3.0
PROCESSING II
Daniel M. Knauss, Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry
MLGN523
APPLIED SURFACE AND SOLUTION
3.0
Stephen Liu , Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering,
CHEMISTRY
American Bureau of Shipping Endowed Chair of Metallurgical and
MLGN526
GEL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
3.0
Materials Engineering
MLGN530
INTRODUCTION TO POLYMER SCIENCE
3.0
Ryan P. O'Hayre, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
MLGN531
POLYMER ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
3.0
MLGN535
INTERDISCIPLINARY MICROELECTRONICS
3.0
Ivar E. Reimanis, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering,
PROCESSING LABORATORY
Herman F. Coors Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Engineering
MLGN536
ADVANCED POLYMER SYNTHESIS
3.0
Ryan Richards, Department of Chemistry, Materials Science Program
MLGN544
PROCESSING OF CERAMICS
3.0
Interim Director
MLGN550
STATISTICAL PROCESS CONTROL AND
3.0
DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS
P. Craig Taylor, Department of Physics
MLGN552
INORGANIC MATRIX COMPOSITES
3.0
Chester J. Van Tyne, Department of Metallurgical and Materials
MLGN555
POLYMER AND COMPLEX FLUIDS
1.0
Engineering, FIERF Professor and Associate Department Head
COLLOQUIUM
MLGN561
TRANSPORT PHENOMENA IN MATERIALS
3.0
Colin Wolden , Department of Chemical Engineering, Weaver
PROCESSING
Distinguished Professor
MLGN563
POLYMER ENGINEERING: STRUCTURE,
3.0
Kim Williams, Department of Chemistry
PROPERTIES AND PROCESSING
MLGN565
MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF CERAMICS
3.0
Associate Professors
AND COMPOSITES
Stephen G. Boyes, Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry
MLGN569
FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
3.0
MLGN570
BIOCOMPATIBILITY OF MATERIALS
3.0
Brian P. Gorman, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
MLGN572
BIOMATERIALS
3.0
Timothy R. Ohno, Department of Physics
MLGN583
PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS OF
3.0
SURFACE ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES
Alan Sellinger, Department of Chemistry
MLGN589
MATERIALS THERMODYNAMICS
3.0
Neal Sullivan, Department of Mechanical Engineering
MLGN591
MATERIALS THERMODYNAMICS
3.0
MLGN592
ADVANCED MATERIALS KINETICS AND
3.0
Assistant Professors
TRANSPORT
Geoff L. Brennecka, Department of Metallurgical and Materials
MLGN593
BONDING, STRUCTURE, AND
3.0
Engineering
CRYSTALLOGRAPHY
MLGN607
CONDENSED MATTER
3.0
Corinne E. Packard, Department of Metallurgical and Materials
MLGN625
MOLECULAR SIMULATION METHODS
3.0
Engineering
MLGN634
ADVANCED TOPICS IN THERMODYNAMICS
3.0
Svitlana Pylypenko, Department of Chemistry
MLGN635
POLYMER REACTION ENGINEERING
3.0
MLGN648
CONDENSED MATTER II
3.0
Aaron Stebner, Department of Mechanical Engineering
MLGN673
STRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES OF
3.0
Eric Toberer, Department of Physics
POLYMERS
MLGN696
VAPOR DEPOSITION PROCESSES
3.0
Shubham Vyas, Department of Chemistry
MLGN707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION
1-15
Yongan Yang, Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry
RESEARCH CREDIT
Professors Emeriti
Professors
John Moore, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
John R. Berger, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Denis W. Readey, Department of Metallurgical and Materials
Cristian Ciobanu, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering, University Professor-Emeritus
John R. Dorgan, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Teaching Associate Professor
Mark Eberhart, Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry
Gerald Bourne, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

166 Materials Science
Research Professors
Richard K. Ahrenkiel, Department of Metallurgical and Materials
Engineering
William (Grover) Coors, Department of Metallurgical and Materials
Engineering
Research Associate Professor
James E. Bernard, Department of Physics
Research Assistant Professors
David Diercks, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Jianliang Lin, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Colorado School of Mines 167
Nuclear Engineering
Master of Science (M.S.)
Core courses
13.0
2016-2017
Elective core courses
6.0
Degrees Offered
Nuclear Science and Engineering Seminar
2.0
Graduate research (minimum)
12.0
• Master of Engineering (Nuclear Engineering)
Graduate research or elective courses
3.0
• Master of Science (Nuclear Engineering)
Total Semester Hrs
36.0
• Doctor of Philosophy (Nuclear Engineering)
M.S. students must complete and defend a research thesis in accordance
Program Description
with this Graduate Bulletin and the Nuclear Science and Engineering
The Nuclear Science and Engineering program at the Colorado School
Thesis Procedures (http://nuclear.mines.edu/Student-Information).
of Mines is interdisciplinary in nature and draws contributions from the
The student must complete the preparation and defense of a Thesis
Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry, the Department of Civil
Proposal as described by the Nuclear Science and Engineering Proposal
and Environmental Engineering, the Department of Liberal Arts and
Procedures (http://nuclear.mines.edu/Student-Information) at least one
International Studies, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the
semester before the student defends his or her M.S. thesis.
Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, the Department
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
of Physics, and the Division of Economics and Business. While delivering
a traditional Nuclear Engineering course core, the School of Mines
Core courses
13.0
program in Nuclear Science and Engineering emphasizes the nuclear
Elective core courses
9.0
fuel life cycle. Faculty bring to the program expertise in all aspects of the
Additional elective courses
12.0
nuclear fuel life cycle; fuel exploration and processing, nuclear power
systems production, design and operation, fuel recycling, storage and
Nuclear Science and Engineering Seminar
4.0
waste remediation, radiation detection and radiation damage as well as
Graduate research (minimum)
24.0
the policy issues surrounding each of these activities. Related research is
Graduate research or elective courses
10.0
conducted in CSM's Nuclear Science and Engineering Center.
Total Semester Hrs
72.0
Students in all three Nuclear Engineering degrees are exposed to a
Ph.D. students must successfully complete the program's quality control
broad systems overview of the complete nuclear fuel cycle as well as
process.
having detailed expertise in a particular component of the cycle. Breadth
is assured by requiring all students to complete a rigorous set of core
The Ph.D. quality control process includes the following:
courses. The core consists of a 13 credit-hour course sequence. The
remainder of the course and research work is obtained from the multiple
• Prior to admission to candidacy, the student must complete all seven
participating departments, as approved for each student by the student's
of the Nuclear Engineering required and elective core classes;
advisor and the student's thesis committee (as appropriate).
• Prior to admission to candidacy, the student must pass a qualifying
examination in accordance with the Nuclear Science and Engineering
The Master of Engineering degree is a non-thesis graduate degree
Qualifying Exam Procedures (http://nuclear.mines.edu/Student-
intended to supplement the student's undergraduate degree by providing
Information) for any of his or her seven core classes in which he or
the core knowledge needed to prepare the student to pursue a career in
she did not receive a grade of B or better;
the nuclear energy field. The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
• Prior to admission to candidacy, a Ph.D. thesis proposal must be
degrees are thesis-based degrees that emphasize research.
presented to, and accepted by, the student's thesis committee in
In addition, students majoring in allied fields may complete a minor
accordance with the Nuclear Science and Engineering Proposal
degree through the Nuclear Science and Engineering Program,
Procedures (http://nuclear.mines.edu/Student-Information); and
consisting of 12 credit hours of coursework. The Nuclear Science and
• The student must complete and defend a Ph.D. thesis in accordance
Engineering Minor programs are designed to allow students in allied
with this Graduate Bulletin and the Nuclear Science and Engineering
fields to acquire and then indicate, in a formal way, specialization in a
Thesis Procedures (http://nuclear.mines.edu/Student-Information).
nuclear-related area of expertise.
Students seeking a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering are also generally
Program Requirements
expected to complete a thesis-based Master's degree in Nuclear
Engineering or a related field prior to their admission to Ph.D. candidacy.
The Nuclear Science and Engineering Program offers programs of study
leading to three graduate degrees:
Thesis Committee Requirements
Master of Engineering (M.E.)
The student's thesis committee must meet the general requirements
listed in the Graduate Bulletin section on Graduate Degrees and
Core courses
13.0
Requirements (http://bulletin.mines.edu/graduate/programs). In addition,
Elective core courses
12.0
the student's advisor or co-advisor must be an active faculty member of
Additional elective courses
9.0
CSM's Nuclear Science and Engineering Program. For M.S. students,
at least two, and for Ph.D. students, at least three, committee members
Nuclear Science and Engineering Seminar
2.0
must be faculty members of the Nuclear Science and Engineering
Total Semester Hrs
36.0
Program and must come from at least two different departments. At least

168 Nuclear Engineering
one member of the Ph.D. committee must be a faculty member from
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, and Physics. Through these
outside the Nuclear Science and Engineering Program.
additional courses, students gain breadth and depth in their knowledge
the Nuclear Engineering industry.
Required Curriculum
Students seeking M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are required to complete the
In order to be admitted to the Nuclear Science and Engineering
minimum research credit hour requirements ultimately leading to the
Graduate Degree Program, students must meet the following minimum
completion and defense of a thesis. Research is conducted under the
requirements:
direction of a member of CSM's Nuclear Science and Engineering faculty
and could be tied to a research opportunity provided by industry partners.
• baccalaureate degree in a science or engineering discipline from an
accredited program
Graduate Seminar
• mathematics coursework up to and including differential equations
Full-time graduate students in the Nuclear Science and Engineering
• physics coursework up to and including courses in modern physics
Program are expected to maintain continuous enrollment in Nuclear
and introductory nuclear physics (or equivalent)
Science and Engineering Seminar. Students who are concurrently
• coursework in thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid flow (or
enrolled in a different degree program that also requires seminar
equivalent)
attendance may have this requirement waived at the discretion of the
Program Director.
Students who do not meet these minimum requirements may be admitted
with specified coursework to be completed in the first semesters of the
Nuclear Engineering Combined Degree
graduate program. Entering students without an appropriate nuclear
engineering background will be advised to take introductory nuclear
Program Option
engineering coursework prior to starting the nuclear engineering core
CSM undergraduate students have the opportunity to begin work
course sequence. These introductory courses will be selected in
on a M.E. or M.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering while completing
consultation with the student's graduate advisor.
their Bachelor's degree. The Nuclear Engineering Combined Degree
All degree offerings within the Nuclear Science and Engineering program
Program provides the vehicle for students to use up to 6 credit hours of
are based on a set of required and elective core courses. The required
undergraduate coursework as part of their Nuclear Engineering Graduate
core classes are:
Degree curriculum, as well as the opportunity to take additional graduate
courses while completing their undergraduate degree. Students in the
NUGN510
INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR REACTOR
3.0
Nuclear Engineering Combined Degree Program are expected to apply
PHYSICS
for admission to the graduate program by the beginning of their Senior
NUGN520
INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR REACTOR
3.0
Year. For more information please contact the Nuclear Science and
THERMAL-HYDRAULICS
Engineering Program Director.
NUGN580
NUCLEAR REACTOR LABORATORY (taught in
3.0
Minor Degree Programs
collaboration with the USGS)
NUGN585
NUCLEAR REACTOR DESIGN I
4.0
Students majoring in allied fields may choose to complete minor degree
& NUGN586
and NUCLEAR REACTOR DESIGN II
programs through the Nuclear Science and Engineering Program
indicating specialization in a nuclear-related area of expertise. Minor
Total Semester Hrs
13.0
programs require completion of 12 credit hours of approved coursework.
Additionally, students pursuing a Nuclear Engineering graduate degree
Existing minors and their requirements are as follows:
must take a certain number of courses from the elective core (four for a
Nuclear Engineering
M.E., two for a M.S. and three for a Ph.D.). The core electives consist of
the following:
NUGN510
INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR REACTOR
3.0
PHYSICS
CEEN558
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP OF
3.0
NUGN520
INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR REACTOR
3.0
NUCLEAR RESOURCES
THERMAL-HYDRAULICS
LAIS589
NUCLEAR POWER AND PUBLIC POLICY
3.0
NUGN580
NUCLEAR REACTOR LABORATORY
3.0
MTGN593
NUCLEAR MATERIALS SCIENCE AND
3.0
LAIS589
NUCLEAR POWER AND PUBLIC POLICY
3.0
ENGINEERING
or CEEN558
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP OF NUCLEAR
PHGN504
RADIATION DETECTION AND MEASUREMENT 3.0
RESOURCES
CHGN511
APPLIED RADIOCHEMISTRY
3.0
Total Semester Hrs
12.0
MEGN592
RISK AND RELIABILITY ENGINEERING
3.0
ANALYSIS AND DESIGN
Nuclear Materials Processing
NUGN598
NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE
NUGN510
INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR REACTOR
3.0
Students will select additional coursework in consultation with their
PHYSICS
graduate advisor and their thesis committee (where applicable). This
MTGN593
NUCLEAR MATERIALS SCIENCE AND
3.0
additional coursework may include offerings from all of the academic
ENGINEERING
units participating in the degree program: Applied Math and Statistics,
MTGN591
PHYSICAL PHENOMENA OF COATING
3.0
Chemistry and Geochemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering,
PROCESSES
Liberal Arts and International Studies, Mechanical Engineering,

Colorado School of Mines 169
CEEN558
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP OF
3.0
Andrew Osborne, Research Assistant Professor
NUCLEAR RESOURCES
Department of Metallurgical and Materials
Total Semester Hrs
12.0
Engineering
Nuclear Detection
Kip Findley, Associate Professor
PHGN422
NUCLEAR PHYSICS
3.0
Jeffrey King, Associate Professor
NUGN510
INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR REACTOR
3.0
PHYSICS
Ivar Reimanis, Professor and Herman F. Coors Distinguished Professor
PHGN504
RADIATION DETECTION AND MEASUREMENT 3.0
of Ceramic Engineering
NUGN580
NUCLEAR REACTOR LABORATORY
3.0
Haitao Dong, Radiation Safety Officer
Total Semester Hrs
12.0
Timothy Debey, Research Associate, Geologic Survey TRIGA Reactor
Nuclear Geoscience and Geoengineering
Manager
PHGN422
NUCLEAR PHYSICS
3.0
Department of Physics
Select three of the following:
9.0
Uwe Greife, Professor, Nuclear Science and Engineering Center
Nuclear and Isotope Geochemistry
Management Team Chair
In-situ Mining
Frederic Sarazin, Professor
Uranium Mining
Total Semester Hrs
12.0
Zeev Shayer, Research Professor
NUGN505
NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
1.0
Division of Economics and Business
SEMINAR
Roderick Eggert, Professor
NUGN510
INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR REACTOR
3.0
PHYSICS
NUGN520
INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR REACTOR
3.0
THERMAL-HYDRAULICS
NUGN535
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH PHYSICS
3.0
NUGN580
NUCLEAR REACTOR LABORATORY
3.0
NUGN585
NUCLEAR REACTOR DESIGN I
2.0
NUGN586
NUCLEAR REACTOR DESIGN II
2.0
NUGN598
SPECIAL TOPICS
6.0
NUGN698
SPECIAL TOPICS
6.0
NUGN707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION
1-12
RESEARCH CREDIT
Program Director
Mark Jensen, Jerry and Tina Grandey University Chair in Nuclear
Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Jenifer Braley, Assistant Professor
Mark Jensen, Professor and Jerry and Tina Grandey University Chair in
Nuclear Science and Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering
Linda Figueroa, Associate Professor, Nuclear Science and Engineering
Center Management Team Co-Chair
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mark Deinert, Associate Professor
Douglas Van Bossuyt, Assistant Professor

170 Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering
Underground Construction and
Total Hours - 30.0

Tunnel Engineering
*M.S. non-thesis students are expected to complete an internship of
approximately 3 months in duration (with a design firm, contractor, owner,
2016-2017
equipment manufacturer, etc., and preferably on a UCTE job site). During
the internship, each student completes a project-focused independent
Degrees Offered
study related to an aspect of the internship. This is determined in
consultation with the faculty advisor and internship sponsor. The
• Master of Science (Underground Construction and Tunnel
independent study culminates with a project report and presentation.
Engineering), Thesis
If an internship is not available or if the student has sufficient industry
• Master of Science (Underground Construction and Tunnel
experience (determined by advisor and committee), the student may
Engineering), Non-Thesis
complete an industry-focused research project with a UCTE faculty
• Doctor of Philosophy (Underground Construction and Tunnel
member and industry partner. The research project culminates with a
Engineering)
written report and final presentation.
Program Description
M.S. Thesis Option:

Coursework - 24.0 credit hours

Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering (UCTE) is an
Research (minimum) - 6.0 credit hours

interdisciplinary field primarily involving civil engineering, geological
engineering and mining engineering, and secondarily involving
UCTE Seminar - 0.0 credit hours

mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, geophysics, geology
Total Hours - 30.0

and others. UCTE deals with the design, construction, rehabilitation and
management of underground space including caverns, shafts and tunnels
M.S. Thesis students must write and successfully defend a thesis report
for commercial, transportation, water and wastewater use. UCTE is a
of their research. Ideally, M.S. thesis research should be industry focused
challenging field involving complex soil and rock behavior, groundwater
and should provide value to industry UCTE practice.
conditions, excavation methods, construction materials, structural
Ph.D. Option

design flow, heterogeneity, and very low tolerance for deformation due
to existing infrastructure in urban environments. Students pursuing
Coursework (beyond B.S. degree) - 42.0 credit hours

a graduate degree in UCTE will gain a strong and interdisciplinary
Independent Study* - 3.0 credit hours

foundation in these topics.
Research (minimum) - 24.0 credit hours

UCTE Seminar - 0.0 credit hours

The graduate degree program in UCTE is offered jointly by the
Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE), Geology
Total Hours - 72.0

& Geological Engineering (GEGN), and Mining Engineering (MN).
Students must also successfully complete qualifying examinations, write
UCTE faculty from each department are collectively responsible for the
and defend a dissertation proposal, and write and defend a doctoral
operations of the program. Participating students reside in one of these
dissertation. Ph.D. research is aimed at fundamentally advancing the
departments, typically the home department of their advisor.
state of the art in UCTE. Ph.D. students are expected to submit the
Program coursework is selected from multiple departments at CSM
dissertation work for publication in scholarly journals and disseminate
(primarily CEE, GEGN, MN) and is approved for each student by the
findings throughout industry periodicals.
student’s advisor and graduate committee. To achieve the M.S. degree,
*Ph.D. students are expected to complete an internship of approximately
students may elect the non-thesis option based upon coursework and
3 months in duration (with a design firm, contractor, owner, equipment
an independent study report tied to a required internship. Students
manufacturer, etc., and preferably on a UCTE job site). If an internship
may alternatively select the thesis option comprised of coursework and
is not available or if the student has sufficient industry experience
a research project performed under the guidance of a UCTE faculty
(determined by advisor and committee), the student may complete an
advisor and presented in a written thesis approved by the student’s thesis
industry-focused research project via independent study with a UCTE
committee.
faculty member and industry partner culminating with a written report and
Ph.D. students are expected to complete a combination of coursework
presentation.
and novel, original research under the guidance of a UCTE faculty
Required Coursework
advisor and doctoral committee, which culminates in a significant
scholarly contribution to a specialized field in UCTE. Full-time enrollment
The following 19 credit hours are required for the M.S. (thesis and non-
is encouraged and leads to the greatest success, although part-time
thesis) and Ph.D. degrees.
enrollment is permissible for working professionals. All graduate
students must complete the full-time, on-campus residency requirements
GEGN468
ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND GEOTECHNICS 4.0
described in the general section of the Graduate Bulletin.
GEGN561
UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION
0.5
ENGINEERING LABORATORY 1
Program Requirements
GEGN562
UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION
0.5
M.S. Non-Thesis Option:

ENGINEERING LABORATORY 2
Coursework - 27.0 credit hours

CEEN513
ADVANCED GEOMATERIAL MECHANICS
4.0
Independent Study* - 3.0 credit hours

CEEN523
UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION
4.0
ENGINEERING IN SOFT GROUND
UCTE Seminar - 0.0 credit hours


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MNGN504
UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION
3.0
Prerequisites
ENGINEERING IN HARD ROCK
Students will enter the UCTE programs with a variety of backgrounds.
MNGN509
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING AND
3.0
Because the UCTE degrees are engineering degrees, the required
MANAGEMENT
prerequisite courses for the UCTE programs include basic engineering
coursework, and specifically: (1) Strength of Materials or Mechanics
All M.S. and Ph.D. students are required to attend the UCTE seminar
of Materials, and (2) Fluid Mechanics. These prerequisite courses
series (0 h); no registration is required.
may be completed during the first semester of the graduate program
M.S. non-thesis and Ph.D. students must complete an internship-related
if approved by the UCTE program faculty. The required coursework
project, registering as an independent study in the home department
includes graduate level soil and rock mechanics as well as aspects of
of the faculty advisor (CEEN599, GEGN599, or MNGN599). This
structural analysis and groundwater engineering. It is permissible for
requirement may be waived for students with sufficient UC&T industry
students to take these courses without having completed undergraduate
experience.
courses in soil mechanics, rock mechanics, structural analysis and
groundwater engineering. However, students may choose to complete
Elective Coursework
undergraduate courses in these topics prior to or concurrently during
enrollment in the required graduate program courses. The prerequisite
The following courses may be taken as electives to complete the M.S.
courses do not count towards the requirements of the M.S. or Ph.D.
and Ph.D. course requirements. Students may petition for other courses
degrees. Students should consult with UCTE faculty for guidance in this
not listed below to count towards the elective requirement. In addition,
matter.
M.S. or Ph.D. students may petition one of the following courses to
substitute for a required course if one of the required courses is not
Director
offered during the student’s course of study or if a student has sufficient
background in one of the required course topics. All petitions must be
Michael Mooney, Grewcock Distinguished Chair & Professor
made to the student’s advisor and thesis committee.
Department of Civil & Environmental
CEEN415
FOUNDATION ENGINEERING
3.0
Engineering
CEEN506
FINITE ELEMENT METHODS FOR ENGINEERS 3.0
Marte Gutierrez, J.R. Paden Distinguished Chair & Professor
CEEN510
ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS
3.0
CEEN541
DESIGN OF REINFORCED CONCRETE
3.0
Reza Hedayat, Assistant Professor
STRUCTURES II
Panos Kiousis, Associate Professor
CEEN599
INDEPENDENT STUDY
0.5-6
GEGN466
GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
3.0
Michael Mooney, Grewcock Distinguished Chair & Professor
GEGN563
APPLIED NUMERICAL MODELLING FOR
Shiling Pei, Assistant Professor
GEOMECHANICS
GEGN573
GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SITE
3.0
Department of Geology & Geological
INVESTIGATION
Engineering
GEGN581
ANALYTICAL HYDROLOGY
3.0
Jerry Higgins, Associate Professor
GEGN672
ADVANCED GEOTECHNICS
3.0
GEGN673
ADVANCED GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING
3.0
Paul Santi, Dept Head & Professor
DESIGN
Gabriel Walton, Assistant Professor
GEGN599
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ENGINEERING
0.5-6
GEOLOGY OR ENGINEERING
Wendy Zhou, Associate Professor
HYDROGEOLOGY
MNGN424
MINE VENTILATION
3.0
Department of Mining Engineering
MNGN506
DESIGN AND SUPPORT OF UNDERGROUND
3.0
Ray Henn, Adjunct Professor
EXCAVATIONS
MNGN507
ADVANCED DRILLING AND BLASTING
3.0
Rennie Kaunda, Assistant Professor
MNGN524
ADVANCED MINE VENTILATION
3.0
Eunhye Kim, Assistant Professor
MNGN590
MECHANICAL EXCAVATION IN MINING
3.0
MNGN599
INDEPENDENT STUDY
0.5-6
Hugh Miller, Associate Professor
Thesis Committee Requirements
Priscilla Nelson, Department Head & Professor
Students must meet the general committee requirements listed in the
Ugur Ozbay, Professor
graduate bulletin. In addition, the student’s advisor or co-advisor must
be a UCTE faculty member. For Ph.D. students, at least two committee
members must be members of the UCTE faculty.

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Policies and Procedures
Mines students believe it is our responsibility to promote and maintain
high ethical standards in order to ensure our safety, welfare, and
enjoyment of a successful learning environment. Each of us, under
2016-2017
this Code, shall assume responsibility for our behavior in the area of
Standards, Codes of Conduct
academic integrity. As a Mines student, I am expected to adhere to
the highest standards of academic excellence and personal integrity
Students can access campus rules and regulations, including the student
regarding my schoolwork, exams, academic projects, and research
code of conduct, alcohol policy, public safety and parking policies, the
endeavors. I will act honestly, responsibly, and above all, with honor
distribution of literature and free speech policy, and a variety of others
and integrity in all aspects of my academic endeavors at Mines. I will
by visiting the School's policy website (https://inside.mines.edu/POGO-
not misrepresent the work of others as my own, nor will I give or receive
Policies-Governance). We encourage all students to review the website
unauthorized assistance in the performance of academic coursework.
and expect that students know and understand the campus policies,
I will conduct myself in an ethical manner in my use of the library,
rules and regulations as well as their rights as a student. Questions and
computing center, and all other school facilities and resources. By
comments regarding the above mentioned policies can be directed to the
practicing these principles, I will strive to uphold the principles of integrity
Dean of Students located in the Student Center, Suite 172.
and academic excellence at Mines. I will not participate in or tolerate any
form of discrimination or mistreatment of another individual.
For emphasis, the following policies are included or identified in this
section:
Policy on Academic Integrity/Misconduct
Student Honor Code
1.0 ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
Policy on Academic Integrity/Misconduct
The Colorado School of Mines affirms the principle that all individuals
associated with the Mines academic community have a responsibility
Policy Prohibiting Gender-Based
for establishing, maintaining and fostering an understanding and
Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and
appreciation for academic integrity. In broad terms, this implies protecting
Sexual Violence
the environment of mutual trust within which scholarly exchange occurs,
supporting the ability of the faculty to fairly and effectively evaluate every
Unlawful Discrimination Policy
student’s academic achievements, and giving credence to the university’s
educational mission, its scholarly objectives and the substance of the
Alcohol and Other Drugs Education and
degrees it awards. The protection of academic integrity requires there to
Prevention Policy
be clear and consistent standards, as well as confrontation and sanctions
when individuals violate those standards. The Colorado School of Mines
Electronic Communications (E-mail) Policy
desires an environment free of any and all forms of academic misconduct
Student Complaint Process
and expects students to act with integrity at all times.
Access to Student Records
2.0 POLICY ON ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
Posthumous Degree Awards
Academic misconduct is the intentional act of fraud, in which an
individual seeks to claim credit for the work and efforts of another
Equal Opportunity, Equal Access, and
without authorization, or uses unauthorized materials or fabricated
Affirmative Action
information in any academic exercise. Student Academic Misconduct
arises when a student violates the principle of academic integrity. Such
Title IX @ Mines (http://inside.mines.edu/
behavior erodes mutual trust, distorts the fair evaluation of academic
POGO-Title-IX)
achievements, violates the ethical code of behavior upon which education
SpeakUP@Mines
and scholarship rest, and undermines the credibility of the university.
Because of the serious institutional and individual ramifications, student
misconduct arising from violations of academic integrity is not tolerated
Please note: Any policy or procedure updates during the term will be
at Mines. If a student is found to have engaged in such misconduct
reflected in the Mines Policy Library (http://inside.mines.edu/POGO-
sanctions such as change of a grade, loss of institutional privileges, or
Policies) and those versions shall control.
academic suspension or dismissal may be imposed. As a guide, some
of the more common forms of academic misconduct are noted below.
Student Honor Code
This list is not intended to be all inclusive, but rather to be illustrative of
1.0 PREAMBLE
practices the Mines faculty have deemed inappropriate:
The students of Colorado School of Mines have adopted the following
1. Dishonest Conduct - general conduct unbecoming a scholar.
Student Honor Code in order to establish a high standard of student
Examples include issuing misleading statements; withholding
behavior at Mines. The Code may only be amended through a student
pertinent information; not fulfilling, in a timely fashion, previously
referendum supported by a majority vote of the Mines student body.
agreed to projects or activities; and verifying as true, things that are
Mines students shall be involved in the enforcement of the Code through
known to the student not to be true or verifiable.
their participation in the Student Conduct Appeals Board.
2. Plagiarism - presenting the work of another as one’s own. This
is usually accomplished through the failure to acknowledge
2.0 CODE
the borrowing of ideas, data, or the words of others. Examples
include submitting as one’s own work the work of another

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student, a ghost writer, or a commercial writing service; quoting,
days. This involves verbal communication with the student(s). The
either directly or paraphrased, a source without appropriate
faculty member/thesis committee must have a meeting with the
acknowledgment; and using figures, charts, graphs or facts without
students(s) regarding the incident. This meeting allows the student
appropriate acknowledgment. Inadvertent or unintentional misuse or
the opportunity to give his/her perspective prior to an official decision
appropriation of another’s work is nevertheless plagiarism.
being made. It also allows the faculty member to have a conversation
3. Falsification/Fabrication - inventing or altering information.
with the student(s) to educate him/her on appropriate behavior.
Examples include inventing or manipulating data or research
• The circumstances of the academic misconduct dictate the process to
procedures to report, suggest, or imply that particular results were
be followed:
achieved from procedures when such procedures were not actually
• In the case of an allegation of academic misconduct associated
undertaken or when such results were not actually supported by
with regular coursework, if after talking with the student(s), the
the pertinent data; false citation of source materials; reporting false
faculty member feels the student is responsible for academic
information about practical, laboratory, or clinical experiences;
misconduct the faculty member should:
submitting false excuses for absence, tardiness, or missed deadlines;
• Assign a grade of "F" in the course to the student(s) that
and, altering previously submitted examinations.
committed academic misconduct. A faculty member may
4. Tampering - interfering with, forging, altering or attempting to
impose a lesser penalty if the circumstances warrant,
alter university records, grades, assignments, or other documents
however the typical sanction is a grade of "F".
without authorization. Examples include using a computer or a false-
• Contact the Associate Dean of Students and his/her
written document to change a recorded grade; altering, deleting,
Department Head/Division Director to officially report the
or manufacturing any academic record; and, gaining unauthorized
violation in writing within 5 business days of the charge of
access to a university record by any means.
academic misconduct. The Associate Dean of Students will
5. Cheating - using or attempting to use unauthorized materials
communicate the final resolution in writing to the student,
or aid with the intent of demonstrating academic performance
the faculty member, the Office of Academic Affairs, the
through fraudulent means. Examples include copying from another
Office of Graduate Studies and the student's advisor. The
student’s paper or receiving unauthorized assistance on a homework
Associate Dean of Students will also keep official records on
assignment, quiz, test or examination; using books, notes or other
all students with academic misconduct violations.
devices such as calculators, PDAs and cell phones, unless explicitly
• Prescribed disciplinary action for misconduct associated with
authorized; acquiring without authorization a copy of the examination
regular coursework:
before the scheduled examination; and copying reports, laboratory
• 1st Offense: A grade of "F" in the course.
work or computer files from other students. Authorized materials
• 2nd Offense: A grade of "F" in the course, one-year
are those generally regarded as being appropriate in an academic
academic suspension, and permanent notation of
setting, unless specific exceptions have been articulated by the
Academic Misconduct on the student's transcript.
instructor.
• In the case of an allegation of academic misconduct associated
6. Impeding - negatively impacting the ability of other students to
with activities not a part of regular coursework (e.g, an
successfully complete course or degree requirements. Examples
allegation of cheating on a comprehensive examination), if after
include removing pages from books and removing materials that
talking with the student, faculty member(s) feel the student is
are placed on reserve in the Library for general use; failing to
responsible for misconduct, the faculty should:
provide team members necessary materials or assistance; and,
• Assign an outcome to the activity that constitutes failure.
knowingly disseminating false information about the nature of a test
If appropriate, the student's advisor may also assign a
or examination.
grade of "PRU" (unsatisfactory progress) for research
7. Sharing Work - giving or attempting to give unauthorized materials
credits in which the student is enrolled. Regular institutional
or aid to another student. Examples include allowing another
procedures resulting from either of these outcomes are then
student to copy your work; giving unauthorized assistance on
followed. Faculty members may impose a lesser penalty if
a homework assignment, quiz, test or examination; providing,
the circumstances warrant, however, the typical sanction is
without authorization, copies of examinations before the scheduled
failure.
examination; posting work on a website for others to see; and sharing
• Contact the Associate Dean of Students, Graduate Dean and
reports, laboratory work or computer files with other students.
the student's Department Head/Division Director to officially
3.0 PROCEDURES FOR ADDRESSING ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
report the violation in writing within 5 business days of the
charge of misconduct. The Associate Dean of Students will
Faculty members and thesis committees have discretion to address and
communicate the final resolution in writing to the student,
resolve misconduct matters in a manner that is commensurate with the
the faculty member, the OFfice of Graduate Studies, and
infraction and consistent with the values of the Institution. This includes
the student's advisor. The Associate Dean of Students will
imposition of appropriate academic sanctions for students involved in
also keep official records on all students with academic
academic misconduct. However, there needs to be a certain amount of
misconduct violations.
consistency when handling such issues, so if a member of the Mines
• In the case of an allegation of academic misconduct associated
community has grounds for suspecting that a student or students have
with research activities, investigation and resolution of the
engaged in academic misconduct, they have an obligation to act on
misconduct is governed by the Institution's Research Integrity
this suspicion in an appropriate fashion. The following procedure will be
Policy. The Research Integrity Policy is available as section 10.3
followed:
of the Faculty Handbook. If, after talking with the student, the
• The faculty member or thesis committee informs the student(s) of the
faculty member feels the student is responsible for misconduct
allegations and charge of academic misconduct within 10 business
of this type, the faculty member should proceed as indicated in

174 Policies and Procedures
the Research Integrity Policy. If appropriate, the student's advisor
harassment and sexual violence; (6) take actions to remedy any harm
may also assign a grade of "PRU" for research credits in which
from incidents of gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and
the student is enrolled. Regular institutional procedures resulting
sexual violence; and (7) take actions to prevent the recurrence of gender-
from this grade assignment are then followed.
based discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence.
• Students who suspect other students of academic misconduct
Mines' Unlawful Discrimination policy shall govern all other forms of
should report the matter to the appropriate faculty member, the
harassment or discrimination. No complainant shall be permitted to file
appropriate Department Head/Division/Program Director, the Dean
a complaint under the Policy Prohibiting Gender-Based Discrimination,
of Undergraduate Students, the Dean of Graduate Students, or the
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence and any other Mines' complaint
Associate Dean of Students. The information is then provided to the
or grievance policy or procedure when the complaint or grievance arises
faculty member concerned.
of of an identical sets of facts.
4.0 APPEAL PROCESS FOR STUDENT ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
3.0 DEFINITIONS
For the most up-to-date version of this procedure and appeal request
Gender-based discrimination involves treating a Mines community
forms, please see the student section of the policy website (https://
member unfavorably because of that person's gender, gender identity or
inside.mines.edu/POGO-Policies-Governance).
gender expression. All allegations involving gender-based discrimination
Policy Prohibiting Gender-Based
will be governed by this policy and its implementing procedures.
Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and
Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination. Sexual
Sexual Violence
harassment, without regard to the gender of individuals involved, consists
of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other
1.0 BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: (1) either explicitly
or implicitly, submission to such conduct is made a term or condition of
The Board of Trustees of the Colorado School of Mines ("the School" or
an individual's employment or educational endeavors; (2) submission
"Mines") promulgates this policy pursuant to the authority conferred by
to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment or
§23-41-104(1), C.R.S., Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,
educational decisions; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect
20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq., and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R.
of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic
Part 106; Title IV and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §
performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or
2000c and 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e) and relevant sections of the Violence
educational environment. All allegations involving sexual harassment will
Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (42 U.S.C. § § 14043e et
be governed by this policy and its implementing procedures.
seq.). This policy supersedes the Board of Trustee's Policy Prohibiting
Sexual Harassment and shall govern if any other Mines policy conflicts
Sexual violence includes rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual
with this policy's provisions. This policy does not preclude application
abuse and sexual coercion. In some cases, domestic violence,
or enforcement of other Mines policies. Nothing in this policy shall be
dating violence and stalking may also be forms of sexual violence. All
construed to abridge academic freedom and inquiry, principles of free
allegations involving sexual violence will be governed by this policy and
speech or Mines' educational purpose.
its implementing procedures.
2.0 POLICY
For a more detailed discussion of the terms defined above, please see
the Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence
Mines prohibits gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment or
Complaint, Investigation, Resolution and Adjudication Procedure
any form of sexual violence among the Mines campus community.
for Complaints Involving Student Behavior and the Gender-Based
Mines does not discriminate against any person because of gender,
Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Complaint,
gender identity or gender expression. Mines will not tolerate any form
Investigation, Resolution and Adjudication Procedure for Complaints
of sexual harassment or sexual violence within the Mines campus
Involving Employee or Third-Party Behavior.
community. Mines will not tolerate any form of retaliation against a
community member for reporting complaints, or opposing gender-based
4.0 PROHIBITION AGAINST RETALIATION
discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence. Accordingly,
the Board of Trustees adopts this policy prohibiting gender-based
This policy prohibits retaliation against any individual for raising an
discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence.
allegations of gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual
violence, for cooperating in an investigation or another proceeding related
In order to prevent incidents of gender-based discrimination, sexual
to such allegations, or for opposing gender-based discrimination, sexual
harassment and sexual violence, Mines will: (1) develop, administer,
harassment or sexual violence. Complaints or instances of retaliation
maintain and update procedures to implement and resources to support
shall be addressed as separate potential violations of this policy.
this policy; (2) educate community members regarding policies and
procedures related to prevention, reporting and investigation of gender-
5.0 SANCTIONS FOR VIOLATIONS
based discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence; (3)
A violation of this policy may result in the imposition of sanctions.
encourage community members to report actual and potential incidents of
Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, the following: mandatory
gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence; (4)
attendance at gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and/
take actions to prevent incidents of gender-based discrimination, sexual
or sexual violence awareness and prevention seminars; mandatory
harassment and sexual violence from denying or limiting a community
attendance at other training programs; oral reprimand and warning;
member's ability to participate in or benefit from Mines' educational and
written reprimand and warning; student probation, suspension, or
work programs; (5) make available timely services and resources for
those who have been affected by gender-based discrimination, sexual

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expulsion; educational sanctions; restitution; suspension without pay; or
3.0 PERSONS WHO MAY FILE AN UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION
termination of employment or appointment.
COMPLAINT
6.0 ENCOURAGEMENT OF REPORTING
An unlawful discrimination complaint may be filed by an individual
described in one of the categories below:
Mines considers the health and safety of its community members to be
of paramount importance. Therefore, Mines encourages community
A. Any member of the Mines campus community, including classified
members to report all concerns regarding gender-based discrimination,
staff, exempt employees, and students as well as any applicant for
sexual harassment and/or sexual violence in accordance with this policy
employment or admission, who believes that he or she has been
and its procedures. There may be circumstances where community
discriminated against by Mines, a branch of Mines, or another member of
members are hesitant to report prohibited conduct because they fear it
the Mines community on account of age, race, ethnicity, religion, national
may result in other policy violations being discovered (such as drug use
origin, disability, sexual orientation, or military veteran status;
or underage alcohol consumption). Community members should always
consider the health and safety of themselves and other Mines community
B. Any person who believes that he or she has been threatened with
members to be of primary concern and Mines shall review, if necessary,
or subjected t duress or retaliation by Mines, a branch of Mines, or a
any other policy violations separately from allegations raised under this
member of the Mines community as a result of (1) opposing any unlawful
policy.
discriminatory practice; (2) filing a complaint hereunder; (3) representing
a complainant hereunder; or (4) testifying, assisting, or participating in
Contact for Complaints about Student, Employee, or Third-Party
any manner in an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or lawsuit involving
Behavior,
unlawful discrimination; or
Karin Ranta-Curran (krcurran@mines.edu), Director Title IX & Equity,
C. The Associate Vice President for Human Resources or an attorney
303-273-2558.
from the Office of Legal Services, if any of these individuals deem it to be
Additional contacts listed in the Title IX section below.
in the best interest of Mines to do so.
For a complete policy statement and the most up-to-date procedures,
4.0 CHOICE OF REMEDIES
definitions and resources as well as reporting forms, please refer to the
Policy Library Student policies (https://inside.mines.edu/POGO-Student).
No complainant shall be permitted to file an unlawful discrimination claim
This policy was promulgated by the Colorado School of Mines Board of
under the Mines Unlawful Discrimination Policy any any other complaint
Trustees on March 13, 1992. Amended by the Colorado School of Mines
or grievance policy or procedures when the complaint or grievance arises
Board of Trustees on March 26, 1998. Amended by the Colorado School
out of an identical set of facts. In such a situation, a complainant shall be
of Mines Board of Trustees on June 10, 1999. Amended by the Colorado
entitled to file his or her claim under the policy or procedure of his or her
School of Mines Board of Trustees on June 22, 2000. Amended by the
choice.
Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees on June 7, 2003. Amended
For a complete policy statement and the most up-to-date procedures,
by the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees on December 15,
please see the policy website (https://inside.mines.edu/POGO-Policies-
2011. Amended by the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees
Governance). Promulgated by the Mines Board of Trustees on March
August 29, 2014.
13, 1992. Amended by the Mines Board of Trustees on June 10, 1999;
Unlawful Discrimination Policy and
Amended by the Mines Board of Trustees on June 22, 2000; Amended
by the Mines Board of Trustees, June 7, 2003; Amended by the Mines
Complaint Procedure
Board of Trustees August 14, 2007; Amended by the Mines Board of
1.0. BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
Trustees August 29, 2014.
This policy is promulgated by the Board of Trustees pursuant to the
Alcohol and Other Drugs Education and
authority conferred upon it by §23-41-104(1), C.R.S. (1999) in order
Prevention Policy
to set forth a policy concerning unlawful discrimination at Mines. This
policy shall supersede any previously promulgated Mines policy that is in
In compliance with the federal government's Drug Free Schools
conflict herewith.
& Communities Act, there are community standards and potential
consequences at the Colorado School of Mines pertaining to the illegal
2.0 UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION POLICY
use of alcohol or drugs. The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of
illicit drugs and the unlawful or unauthorized use of alcohol by employees
Attendance and employment at Mines are based solely on merit and
and students at Mines will result in disciplinary action consistent with
fairness. Discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity,
School policies, and local, state, and federal laws.
religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, and military veteran
status is prohibited. No discrimination in admission, application of
While Colorado's Constitution allows for specific legal use, possession,
academic standards, financial aid, scholastic awards, or any terms
and growing of marijuana under certain circumstances, because of Mines'
or conditions of employment shall be permitted. No discrimination in
status as a federal contractor and grant recipient and because marijuana
admission, application of academic standards, financial aid, scholastic
use is still prohibited under federal law, the use, possession, and growing
awards, or any terms or conditions of employment shall be permitted.
of marijuana on campus is prohibited. Student use of alcohol and other
If a complaint of discrimination on the basis of gender arises, it shall be
drugs (including marijuana) that results in an impaired ability to perform
governed under Mines' Policy Prohibiting Gender-Based Discrimination,
academically, or behavior that violates the Code of Conduct constitutes a
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence.
violation of this policy.
For more information, or for further policy details, please see the
Alcohol and Other Drugs Education and Prevention Policy and the

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Colorado Drug Law Summary in the Policy Library, student section
experience at Mines, he or she should contact the Office of the Dean
(http://inside.mines.edu/POGO-Student). Also see the Residence Life
of Students at 303-273-3231. If the issue is related to discrimination,
Policies (http://inside.mines.edu/%5Cresidencelife.mines.edu/RSL-
sexual harassment, or sexual violence, there are specific procedures
Policies) and the Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report (http://
that will be followed (these are noted and linked in this section or contact
publicsafety.mines.edu) for more on programming and requirements.
the Director, Title IX & Equity, 303-273-2558. Additional contacts listed
in the Title IX section below.) For all other concerns, the student should
Electronic Communications (E-mail) Policy
begin with the Dean's Office if interested in making any complaint.
All complaints, as well as the interests of all involved parties, will be
1.0 BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
considered with fairness, impartiality, and promptness while a complaint
Communication to students at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) is
is being researched and/or investigated by the School.
an important element of the official business of the university. It is vital
that Mines have an efficient and workable means of getting important
Access to Student Records
and timely information to students. Examples of communications that
Students at the Colorado School of Mines are protected by the Family
require timely distribution include information from Fiscal Services, the
Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. This Act was
Registrar's Office, or other offices on campus that need to deliver official
designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the
and time-sensitive information to students. (Please note that emergency
right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to
communications may occur in various forms based on the specific
provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data
circumstances).
through informal and formal hearings. Students also have the right to file
Electronic communication through email and Trailhead Portal
complaints with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office
announcements provides a rapid, efficient, and effective form of
(FERPA) concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the
communication. Reliance on electronic communication has become
Act. Copies of local policy can be found in the Registrar’s Office. Contact
the accepted norm within the Mines community. Additionally, utilizing
information for FERPA complaints:
electronic communications is consistent with encouraging a more
Family Policy Compliance Office
environmentally-conscious means of doing business and encouraging
U.S. Department of Education
continued stewardship of scarce resources. Because of the wide-spread
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
use and acceptance of electronic communication, Mines is adopting the
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following policy regarding electronic communications with students.
Directory Information. The School maintains lists of information
2.0 POLICY
which may be considered directory information as defined by the
It is the policy of the Colorado School of Mines that official university-
regulations. This information includes name, current and permanent
related communications with students will be sent via Mines' internal
addresses and phone numbers, date of birth, major field of study, dates
email system or via campus or targeted Trailhead announcements. All
of attendance, part or full-time status, degrees awarded, last school
students will be assigned a Mines email address and are expected to
attended, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, class,
periodically check their Mines assigned email as well as their Trailhead
academic honors, university email address, and photo including student
portal page. It is also expected that email sent to students will be read
ID picture. Students who desire that this information not be printed or
in a timely manner. Communications sent via email to students will be
released must so inform the Registrar before the end of the first two
considered to have been received and read by the intended recipients.
weeks of the fall semester for which the student is registered. Information
will be withheld for the entire academic year unless the student changes
For a complete policy statement and associated procedures please
this request. The student’s signature is required to make any changes for
see the policy website (https://inside.mines.edu/POGO-Policies-
the current academic year. The request must be renewed each fall term
Governance), information technology section. The policy website shall
for the upcoming year. The following student records are maintained by
be considered the official & controlling Mines' policy. Nothing in
Colorado School of Mines at the various offices listed below:
the procedures should be construed as prohibiting university-related
communications being sent via traditional means. Use of paper-based
1. General Records: Registrar and Graduate Dean
communication may be necessary under certain circumstances or
2. Transcript of Grades: Registrar
may be more appropriate to certain circumstances. Examples of such
3. Computer Grade Lists: Registrar
communications could include, but not be limited to disciplinary notices,
4. Encumbrance List: Controller and Registrar
fiscal services communications, graduation information and so forth.
5. Academic Probation/Suspension List: Graduate Dean
Questions about this policy may be directed to either of the following:
6. Advisor File: Academic Advisor
Registrar's Office (http://inside.mines.edu/Registrars_Office) @
7. Option/Advisor/Enrolled/ Minority/Foreign List: Registrar, Dean of
303-273-3200 or registrar@mines.edu; or
Students, and Graduate Dean
8. Externally Generated SAT/GRE Score Lists: Graduate Dean
Computing, Communications & Information Technologies (http://
ccit.mines.edu) (CCIT) @ 303-273-3431 or complete a request form at
9. Financial Aid File: Financial Aid (closed records)
the Mines Help Center (http://helpdesk.mines.edu).
10. Medical History File: School Physician (closed records)
Student Complaint Process
Student Access to Records. The graduate student wishing access to
his or her educational records will make a written request to the Graduate
Students are consumers of services offered as part of their academic
Dean. This request will include the student’s name, date of request and
and co-curricular experience at the Colorado School of Mines. If a
type of record to be reviewed. It will be the responsibility of the Dean to
student needs to make a complaint, specific or general, about their
arrange a mutually satisfactory time for review. This time will be as soon

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as practical but is not to be later than 30 business days from receipt of
See also FERPA (http://inside.mines.edu/FERPA) at Mines in the
the request. The record will be reviewed in the presence of the Dean or
Registrar's pages.
designated representative. If the record involves a list including other
students, steps will be taken to preclude the viewing of the other student
Posthumous Degree Awards
name and information.
The faculty may recognize the accomplishments of students who have
Challenge of the Record. If the student wishes to challenge any part of
died while pursuing their educational goals. If it is reasonable to expect
the record, the Dean will be so notified in writing. The Dean may then
that the student would have completed his or her degree requirements,
the faculty may award a Baccalaureate or Graduate Degree that is in
1. remove and destroy the disputed document, or
all ways identical to the degree the student was pursuing. Alternatively,
2. inform the student that it is his decision that the document represents
the faculty may award a Posthumous BS, MS, or PhD to commemorate
a necessary part of the record; and, if the student wishes to appeal,
students who distinguished themselves while at Mines by bringing honor
3. convene a meeting of the student and the document originator (if
to the School and its traditions.
reasonably available) in the presence of the Executive Vice President
Consideration for either of these degrees begins with a petition to
for Academic Affairs as mediator, whose decision will be final.
the Faculty Senate from an academic department or degree granting
Destruction of Records. Records may be destroyed at any time by
unit. The petition should identify the degree sought. In the event that
the responsible official if not otherwise precluded by law except that no
the degree-granting unit is seeking a conventional degree award, the
record may be destroyed between the dates of access request and the
petition should include evidence of the reasonable expectations that the
viewing of the record. If during the viewing of the record any item is in
student would have completed his or her degree requirements. For a
dispute, it may not be destroyed.
Baccalaureate, such evidence could consist of, but is not limited to:
Access to Records by Other Parties. Colorado School of Mines will not
• The student was a senior in the final semester of coursework,
permit access to student records by persons outside the School except
• The student was enrolled in courses that would have completed the
as follows:
degree requirements at the time of death
• The student would have passed the courses with an acceptable
1. In the case of open record information as specified in the section
grade, and would likely have fulfilled the requirements of the degree.
under Directory Information.
2. To those people specifically designated by the student. Examples
For a Graduate Degree:
would include request for transcript to be sent to graduate school or
• For graduate degrees not requiring a research product, the student
prospective employer.
was enrolled in courses that would have completed the degree
3. Information required by a state or federal agency for the purpose of
requirements at the time of death, would have passed the courses
establishing eligibility for financial aid.
with an acceptable grade, and would likely have fulfilled the
4. Accreditation agencies during their on-campus review.
requirements of the degree.
5. In compliance with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena after
• For graduate degrees requiring a research product, the student had
the student has been notified of the intended compliance.
completed all course and mastery requirements pursuant to the
6. Any institutional information for statistical purposes which is not
degree and was near completion of the dissertation or thesis, and the
identifiable with a particular student.
student’s committee found the work to be substantial and worthy of
7. In compliance with any applicable statue now in effect or later
the degree.
enacted. Each individual record (general, transcript, advisor,
The requirement that there be a reasonable expectation of degree
and medical) will include a log of those persons not employed by
completion should be interpreted liberally and weight should be given
Colorado School of Mines who have requested or obtained access to
to the judgment of the departmental representative(s) supporting the
the student record and the legitimate interest that the person has in
petition.
making the request.
In the event that the degree being sought is a Posthumous BS, MS, or
The School discloses education records without a student's prior written
PhD, the petition should include evidence that the student conducted
consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with
himself or herself in the best tradition of a Mines’ graduate and is
legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed
therefore deserving of that honor.
by the School in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research,
or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and
Equal Opportunity, Equal Access, and
health staff); a person or company with whom the School has contracted
as its agent to provide a service instead of using School employees
Affirmative Action
or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person
The institution’s Statement of Equal Opportunity and Equal Access to
serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official
Educational Programs, and associated staff contacts, can be found in
committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting
the Welcome Section of this Bulletin as well as the on the policy website
another school official in performing his or her tasks.
(https://inside.mines.edu/POGO-Policies-Governance). Colorado School
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs
of Mines has instituted an affirmative action plan, which is available for
to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional
perusal in numerous Mines offices including the Library, the Dean of
responsibilities for the School.
Students’ Office, and the Office of Human Resources.

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Title IX @ Mines
Karin Ranta-Curran, Title IX Coordinator and Director of Equity
Guggenheim Hall, Room 210, 1500 Illinois Street, Golden, CO 80401
303.384.2558 | krcurran@mines.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinators:
Katie Schmalzel, Prevention Programs Manager
Guggenheim Hall, Room 210, Golden, CO 80401
303-384-3260 | kschmalz@mines.edu
Rebecca Flintoft, Assistant Vice President, Student Services &
Administration
Student Center, Suite 218, 1200 6th Street, Golden, CO 80401
303.273.3050
Brent Waller, PhD, Director of Residence Life
Campus Living Office, 1795 Elm St., Golden, CO 80401
303-869-5433 (LIFE)
Jane Rosenthal, Director, Compliance & Policy Office
Guggenheim Hall, Room 211, Golden, CO 80401
303-384-2236 | janerose@mines.edu
Deb Wernli, Employment Manager
Guggenheim Hall, Room 110, Golden, CO 80401
303-273-3494 | dwernli@mines.edu
SpeakUP@Mines
Students and employees have an additional anonymous channel
for reporting concerns through the Whistleblower Policy and the
SpeakUP@Mines (http://speakup.mines.edu) program.
Consumer Information - Your Right to
Know
As a prospective or continuing student at Colorado School of Mines,
you have a right to certain information that the university is required by
law to provide. Much of that information is safety related or financial in
nature, but other broad categories are included such as graduation rates,
athletics, and the various costs associated with attending Mines.
Current federal regulations require that institutions of higher education
disclose such information and make it readily available to current
and prospective students. A new provision in the Higher Education
Amendments of 1998 requires institutions to provide a list of the
information to which students are entitled with instructions on how they
may obtain it. A paper copy of all of the information can be found in the
Compliance and Policy Office in Guggenheim Hall.
More information can be found on the Financial Aid website (http://
inside.mines.edu/UserFiles/File/studentLife/financialAid/Consumer
%20Information.pdf).

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Board of Trustees
2016-2017
STEWART BLISS
PATTY STARZER
TOM JORDEN, Vice Chair
JIM SPAANSTRA, Chair
FRANCES VALLEJO
TIMOTHY J. HADDON
RICHARD TRULY
WENDY HARRISON, Faculty Trustee
TBD, Student Trustee

180 Emeritus Members of BOT
Emeritus Members of BOT
2016-2017
Ms. Sally Vance Allen
Mr. John J. Coors
Mr. Joseph Coors, Jr.
Mr. William K. Coors
Ms. Vicki Cowart
Dr. DeAnn Craig
Mr. Frank DeFilippo
Mr. Frank Erisman
Mr. Hugh W. Evans
Ms. Terry Fox
Mr. Jack Grynberg
Rev. Don K. Henderson
Mr. L. Roger Hutson
Mr. Anthony L. Joseph
Ms. Karen Ostrander Krug
Mr. J. Robert Maytag
Mr. Terence P. McNulty
Mr. Donald E. Miller
Dr. Mohan Misra
Mr. F. Steven Mooney
Mr. Randy L. Parcel
Mr. David D. Powell, Jr.
Mr. John A. Reeves, Sr.
Mr. Fred R. Schwartzberg
Mr. Charles E. Stott, Jr.
Mr. Terrance Tschatschula
Mr. David J. Wagner
Mr. J. N. Warren
Mr. James C. Wilson

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Administration Executive Staff
JEFF DUGGAN, 2007-B.S., M.B.A., Regis University; Sports Information
Director
2016/2017
LOUISA DULEY, 2000-B.A., Western State College; Assistant Director of
Admissions
PAUL C. JOHNSON, 2015- B.S. University of CA- Davis; M.A, PhD
Princeton University; President
RHONDA L. DVORNAK, 1994-B.S., Colorado School of Mines;
Continuing Education Program Coordinator
ANTHONY DEAN, 2000-B.S., Springhill College; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard
University; Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer
JOSEPH O. ELLIS III, 2012-A.S., Santa Fe Community College; System
Administrator-Linux
DAN FOX, 2005-B.S., Montana State University, M.S., Eastern New
Mexico University, Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado; Vice President
KATHLEEN FEIGHNY, 2001-B.A., M.A., University of Oklahoma; M.P.S.,
for Student Life
University of Denver; College Administrator, College of Applied Science
and Engineering
PETER HAN, 1993-A.B., University of Chicago; M.B.A., University of
Colorado; Chief of Staff, Vice President for External Relations
ROBERT FERRITER, 1999-A.S., Pueblo Junior College; B.S., M.S.,
Colorado School of Mines; Director, Mine Safety and Health Program
KIRSTEN VOLPI, 2013-B.S. University of Colorado; Executive Vice
President of Finance and Administration
RICHARD FISCHER, 1999-B.A., St. John’s University; Program
Coordinator, Mine Safety and Health Program
HEATHER A. BOYD, 1990-B.S., Montana State University; M.Ed.,
Colorado State University; Associate Vice President of Enrollment
REBECCA FLINTOFT, 2007-B.A., Kalamazoo College, M.A., Bowling
Management
Green State University; Director of Auxiliary Services
THOMAS M. BOYD, 1993-B.S., M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
MELODY A. FRANCISCO, 1988-89, 1991-B.S., Montana State
State University; Ph.D., Columbia University; Interim Provost; Associate
University; Continuing Education Program Coordinator
Professor of Geophysics
BRUCE GELLER, 2007-B.S., Dickinson College, M.A., State University of
MICHAEL DOUGHERTY, 2003-B.A., Cumberland College: M.B.A.,
New York at Binghamton, A.M., Harvard University, Ph.D., University of
University of Alaska Anchorage; Associate Vice President for Human
Colorado; Director, Geology Museum
Resources
KAREN GILBERT, B.S. University of Wyoming; Director of Public
DEBRA K. LASICH, 1999-B.S., Kearney State College; M.A., University
Relations
of Nebraska; Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
KRISTI GRAHAM GITKIND, 2011-B.A,. University of Colorado at
STEVEN M. ARDERN, 2011-B.S. and M.S., University of Nottingham;
Boulder; M.P.A., University of Colorado at Denver; Special Assistant to
Information Security Engineer, Computing, Communications and
the President
Information Technology
RAMONA M. GRAVES, 1981-B.S., Kearney State College; Ph.D.,
DEBORAH BEHNFIELD, 2007, B.A., Evergreen State College; B.A.
Colorado School of Mines; Professor of Petroleum Engineering and
Metropolitan State College of Denver; Recruitment Coordinator
Dean, College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering
GARY L. BOWERSOCK, JR, 1996-B.S., Colorado Technical University;
LISA GOBERIS, 1998-B.S., University of Northern Colorado; Associate
Director of Facilities Management
Director of Auxiliary Services
BRENDA CHERGO, 2010-B.S., Oklahoma State University; College
KATHLEEN GODEL-GENGENBACH, 1998-B.A., M.A., University of
Administrator, College of Engineering and Computational Sciences
Denver; Ph.D., University of Colorado; Director, Office of International
Programs
DIXIE CIRILLO, 1991-B.S., University of Northern Colorado; Associate
Director of Athletics
BRUCE P. GOETZ, 1980-84, 1987- B.A., Norwich University; M.S.,
M.B.A., Florida Institute of Technology; Director of Admissions
JEAN MANNING CLARK, 2008-B.A., University of Phoenix; M.A.,
University of Phoenix; Director of Career Center and Coordinator of
DAHL GRAYCKOWSKI, 2004-B.S, MPA, DeVry University, Associate
Employer Relations
Registrar
JULIE COAKLEY, 2001-B.S., University of Toledo; M.S., University of
LIA FRANKLIN, 2015 – B.S., M.S. Western Illinois University; Executive
Toledo; Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Strategic
Assistant to the Vice President for Student Life
Enterprises
JENNIFER HANNON, 2008-B.S., University of Kansas; M.S.W., Loyola
ERIC CRONKRIGHT, 2010-B.B.A., Western Michigan University,
University; University Counselor
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
DAVID HANSBURG, 2013-B.A., Amherst College; M.A., Northwestern
STEPHEN DMYTRIW, 1999-B.S., University of Nevada; Program
University; Director of Athletics
Coordinator, Mine Safety and Health Program

182 Administration Executive Staff
CRAIG S. HARMON, 2001-Database Administrator, Computing,
of the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences and Professor
Communications and Information Technology
of Electrical Engineering
PATRICIA HASSEN, 2008-B.A., Lourdes College; College Administrator,
STEPH MORAN, 2013-B.A., Colorado State University; M.B.A., Regis
College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering
Univeristy; Fiscal Officer, College of Engineering and Computational
Sciences
LINN HAVELICK, 1988-B.A., M.S., University of Colorado at Denver;
CIH; Director, Environmental Health & Safety
ANDREA SALAZAR MORGAN, 1999-B.A., Colorado State University;
Director, Multicultural Engineering Program
AMY HENKELMAN, 2011-B.S., University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, M.A., Michigan University, Mount Pleasant; Assistant
DEREK MORGAN, 2003- B.S., University of Evansville; M.S., PhD,
Athletic Director-Recreational Sports
Colorado State University; Associate Dean of Students
BRUCE D. HONEYMAN, B.S., M.S., Ph.D, Stanford University; Emeritus
DAG NUMMEDAL, 2004-B.A., M.A., University of Oslo; Ph.D., University
Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering
of Illinois; Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Research Institute
TIMOTHY H. KAISER, 2008-B.S., University of Missouri Rolla; M.S.
CHARLES O'DELL, 2000- B.A., Metropolitan State College of Denver,
University of California; Ph.D. University of New Mexico; Director of
M.S., Capella University; Assistant Athletic Director
Research and High Performance Computing
TRICIA DOUTHIT PAULSON, 1998-B.S., M.S., Colorado School of
JENNIE J. KENNEY, 2005-Executive Assistant to the Provost and
Mines; Director of Institutional Research
Executive Vice President
ROGER PIERCE, 2000-B.S.,Wisconsin Institute of Technology; Program
LISA KINZEL, 2006-B.A., State University of New York at Geneseo;
Coordinator, Mine Safety and Health Program
Director of Research Development
MICHAEL J. PUSEY, 2004-B.S., Homboldt State University; BI Reporting
MELVIN L. KIRK, 1995-B.S., M.A., University of Northern Colorado;
Administrator
Student Development Center Counselor
JAMES L. PROUD, 1994-B.S., University of Wisconsin, Whitewater;
JOANNE LAMBERT, 2008-B.S., Kent State University; M.A., Colorado
M.A., California State Polytechnic University; Continuing Education
Christian University, Assistant Director of Enrollment Management
Program Coordinator
DAVID M. LEE, 2001-B.S., United States Military Academy, West Point;
ANGIE REYES, 1997-B.A., Chadron State College; Student System
M.S., Florida Institute of Technology; Director of Enterprise Systems
Manager.
VIRGINIA A. LEE, 2006-B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California at
DEBRA S. ROBERGE, R.N., N.P., 2007-B.S., University of New
Irvine; Portal, Identity Management and Help Desk Administrator
Hampshire; M.S., Boston College; Director, Student Health Center
ERIC STAHL, 2014-B.A. University of South Carolina, M.S. Ohio
FRANK L. ROBERTSON, 2003-A.A., Mesa College; B.S., University
University; Associate Director of Athletics
of Phoenix; B.S., University of New Mexico; Manager, Computing,
Communications and Information Technology Customer Service Center
ROBERT MASK, 2007-B.B.A., Sam Houston State University; Director of
Campus I.D. Card Services
JILL ROBERTSON, 2009-B.S., M.Ed, Northern Arizona University;
Director of Financial Aid
JENN MAZZOTA, 2014- B.A. Western State CO University, MEd
Washington State University; Director of Student Activities
PHILLIP ROMIG III, 1999-B.A., Nebraska Wesleyan University; M.S. and
Ph.D., University of Nebraska; Network Engineer and Security Specialist
MICHAEL McGUIRE, 1999-Engineer of Mines, Colorado School of
Mines; Program Coordinator, Mine Safety and Health Program
BRANDON SAMTER, 2008-B.S., Adams State College, Director of
International Student and Scholar Services
MICHAEL McMILLAN, 2010-B.B.A, Belmont College; Green Center
Facilities and Events Manager
ERIC SCARBRO, 1991-B.S., University of South Carolina; M.S.,
Colorado School of Mines; Financial Systems Manager
LARA MEDLEY, 2003-B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder; M.P.A.,
University of Colorado at Denver; Registrar
LORI B. SCHEIDER, 2011-B.A., University of Wyoming, Admissions
Counselor
ALAN MERTENS, 2014-B.A., Colorado State University; Fiscal Officer,
College of Applied Science and Engineering
KAY M. SCHNEIDER, 2011-B.S., M.S., Minnesota State, Moorhead;
Assessment Director
NIGEL T. MIDDLETON, 1990-B.Sc., Ph.D., University of the
Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Professor of Engineering, P.E., S. Africa
SARA E. SCHWARZ, 2006-B.S., Colorado State University; M.S., Denver
Senior Vice-President for Strategic Enterprises
University; Manager, Classroom Technology
KEVIN L. MOORE, 2005-B.S.E.E, Louisiana State University; M.S.E.E.,
LINDA SHERMAN, 2006-B.S., University of Colorado; M.A., University of
University of Southern California; Ph.D.E.E., Texas A&M University; Dean
Phoenix; Assistant Director of the Career Center

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JAHI SIMBAI, 2000-B.S., M.B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder;
Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies
KATIE SIMONS, 2008-B.A., Regis University; Assistant Sports
Information Director
SANDRA SIMS, 2004-B.S., Pennsylvania State University, M.S., Florida
Institute of Technology, PsyD, Florida Institute of Technology; Counselor
TRAVIS A. SMITH, 2009-B.S., University of Miami, M.S., Eastern Illinois
University; Associate Director of Student Activities
JEFFREY E. STORM, Database Administrator
TAMMY STRANGE- 2002, B.S. Metropolitan State University; Executive
Assistant to the President
DIXIE TERMIN, 1979-B.S., Regis University; International Program
Coordinator for Special Programs and Continuing Education
COLIN TERRY, 2010, B.A., Gonzaga University; M.A., New Your
University; Coordinator of Student Academic Services
JACLYNN L. TWEHUES, 2011-B.S., University of Detroit; M.S., Wayne
State University; Business Intelligence Manager
SHAM TZEGAI, 2007-B.A., Metropolitan State College; Assistant Director
of Financial Aid
WILLIAM VAUGHAN, 2008-B.S., Mariette College, M.S., Ohio University,
Ph.D., Ohio State University; Director, Technology Transfer
COREY B. WAHL, 2013-B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder; Associate
Registrar
ANNE STARK WALKER, 1999-B.S., Northwestern University; J.D.,
University of Denver; General Counsel
BRENT WALLER, 2009-B.S., M.B.A., Regis University; Associate
Director of Housing for Residence Life
ED ZUCKER, 2001-B.A., M.S., University of Arizona; Computing Services
Support Manager

184 Emeriti
Emeriti
F. EDWARD CECIL, B.S., University of Maryland; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton
University; University Emeritus Professor of Physics
2016/2017
RICHARD L. CHRISTIANSEN, B.S.Ch.E., University of Utah; Ph.D.Ch.E.,
University of Wisconsin-Madison; Emeritus Associate Professor of
GEORGE S. ANSELL, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic
Petroleum Engineering
Institute; Emeritus President and Professor of Metallurgical Engineering,
P.E.
W. JOHN CIESLEWICZ, B.A., St. Francis College; M.A., M.S., University
of Colorado; Emeritus Professor of Foreign Languages & Mineral
THEODORE A. BICKART, B.E.S., M.S.E., D.Engr., The Johns Hopkins
Economics
University; Emeritus President and Professor of Engineering
L. GRAHAM CLOSS, 1978-A.B., Colgate University; M.S., University
GUY T. McBRIDE, JR. B.S., University of Texas; D.Sc., Massachusetts
of Vermont; Ph.D., Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario; Emeritus
Institute of Technology; Emeritus President, P.E.
Associate Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering, P.E.
JOHN U. TREFNY, B.S., Fordham College; Ph.D., Rutgers University;
JOHN A. CORDES, B.A., J.D., M.A., University of Iowa; Ph.D., Colorado
Emeritus President, Emeritus Professor of Physics
State University; Emeritus Associate Professor of Economics and
Business
JOHN F. ABEL, JR. E.M., M.Sc., E.Sc., Colorado School of Mines;
Emeritus Professor of Mining Engineering
SCOTT W. COWLEY, 1979-B.S., M.S., Utah State University; Ph.D.,
Southern Illinois University; Emeritus Associate Professor of Chemistry
R. BRUCE ALLISON, B.S., State University of New York at Cortland;
and Geochemistry
M.S., State University of New York at Albany; Emeritus Professor of
Physical Education and Athletics
TIMOTHY A. CROSS, B.A., Oberlin College; M.S., University of
Michigan; Ph.D., University of Southern California; Emeritus Associate
WILLIAM R. ASTLE, B.A., State University of New York at New Paltz;
Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering
M.A., Columbia University; M.A., University of Illinois; Emeritus Professor
of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
STEPHEN R. DANIEL, Min. Eng.- Chem., M.S., Ph.D., Colorado School
of Mines; Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry
ROBERT M. BALDWIN, B.S., M.S., Iowa State University; Ph.D.,
Colorado School of Mines; Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering
GERALD L. DEPOORTER, B.S., University of Washington; M.S., Ph.D.,
University of California at Berkeley; Emeritus Associate Professor of
BARBARA B. BATH, B.A., M.A., University of Kansas; Ph.D., American
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
University; Emerita Associate Professor of Mathematical and Computer
Sciences
JOHN A. DeSANTO, B.S., M.A., Villanova University; M.S., Ph.D.,
University of Michigan; Emeritus Professor of Mathematical and
RAMON E. BISQUE, B.S., S