Colorado
School of Mines
2011–2012
Graduate Bul etin

To Mines Graduate Students:
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Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401
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Colorado School of Mines
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Golden, CO 80401-1887
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Colorado School of Mines   Graduate Bul etin   2011–2012

Table of Contents
Academic Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Off Campus Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
University Administration / Useful Contacts . . 5
General Regulations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Office of Graduate Studies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Graduate School Bul etin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Student Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Curriculum Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Financial Aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
General Policies of Student Conduct. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
International Student Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Academic Integrity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Registrar’s Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Student Honor Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Graduate Student Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Policy on Violation of Student Academic Misconduct . 29
Academic Departments & Divisions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Procedure for Addressing Academic Misconduct . . . . 30
General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Appeal Process for Student Academic Misconduct . . . 30
Mission and Goals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Resolution of Conflicting Bul etin Provisions . . . . . . . . 31
Institutional Values and Principles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Unsatisfactory Academic Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
History of CSM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Exceptions and Appeals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Public Access to the Graduate Thesis . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Making up Undergraduate Deficiencies. . . . . . . . . . . . 33
The Graduate School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Graduate Students in Undergraduate Courses . . . . . . 33
Unique Programs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Independent Study. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Graduate Degrees Offered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Course and Research Grades. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Accreditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Grade Appeal Process. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Admission to the Graduate School . . . . . . . . 11
Graduation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Admission Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Withdrawing from School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Categories of Admission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Nondegree Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Admission Procedure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Veterans’ Benefits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Financial Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Graduate Grading System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Application Review Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Electronic Communications (Email) Policy . . . . . . . . . 37
Health Record and Additional Steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Access to Student Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
International Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Posthumous Degree Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Summer Courses for New Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Tuition, Fees, Financial Assistance. . . . . . . . 40
Student Life at CSM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Graduate Tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Fees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Student Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Payments and Refunds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Military Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Graduate Degrees and Requirements. . . . . . 42
Student Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
I. Responsible Conduct of Research Requirement . . 42
Facilities and Academic Support. . . . . . . . . . 18
II. Professional Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Arthur Lakes Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
III. Master of Science and Engineering Programs . . . . 43
Computing, Communications & Information
IV. Doctor of Philosophy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Technologies (CCIT) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
V. Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Programs . . . . 48
Copy Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Graduate Degree Programs and Description
CSM Alumni Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
of Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Environmental Health and Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Chemical and Biological Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Green Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Chemistry and Geochemistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
LAIS Writing Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Economics and Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Off Campus Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Office of International Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Environmental Science and Engineering. . . . . . . . . . . 89
Office of Technology Transfer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Geochemistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Public Relations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Geology and Geological Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Registrar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Geophysics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Research Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering. . . . . . . . . . . . 124
Office of Strategic Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Liberal Arts and International Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Special Programs and Continuing Education (SPACE) 21
Materials Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Telecommunications Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Mathematical and Computer Sciences . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Metal urgical and Materials Engineering . . . . . . . . . . 151
(WISEM) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Mining Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
Registration and Tuition Classification. . . . . 22
Nuclear Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
General Registration Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Petroleum Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Research Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Physics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Eligibility for Reduced Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Systems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Graduation Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Research Centers and Institutes . . . . . . . . . 187
Ful -time Status - Required Course Load . . . . . . . . . . 22
Directory of the School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Late Registration Fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Policies and Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
Leave of Absence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Affirmative Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
Parental Leave. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Unlawful Discrimination Policy & Complaint Procedure . 213
Reciprocal Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Sexual Harassment Policy & Complaint Procedure . . . . 213
In-State Tuition Classification Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Personal Relationships Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
Dropping and Adding Courses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .215
Auditing Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
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Academic Calendar
Fall Semester 2011
Confirmation deadline. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 22, Monday
Faculty Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 22, Monday
Classes start (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 23, Tuesday
Graduate Students—last day to register without late fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 26, Friday
Labor Day (Classes held) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sept. 5, Monday
Last day to register, add or drop courses without a “W” (Census Day). . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sept. 7, Wednesday
Fall Break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 17 & 18, Monday & Tuesday
Midterm grades due . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 17, Monday
Last day to withdraw from a course—Continuing students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov. 15, Tuesday
Priority Registration Spring Semester . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov. 14-18, Monday–Friday
Non-class day prior to Thanksgiving Break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov. 23, Wednesday
Thanksgiving Break. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov. 24 –Nov. 25, Thursday–Friday
Last day to withdraw from a course—New students in 1st or 2nd semester at CSM . . . . . . . Dec. 2, Friday
Last day to completely withdraw from CSM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 8, Thursday
Classes end. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 8, Thursday
Dead Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 5-Dec. 9, Monday-Friday
Dead Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 9, Friday
Final exams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 10, 12-15 , Saturday, Monday–Thursday
Semester ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 16, Friday
Midyear Degree Convocation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 16, Friday
Final grades due . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 19, Monday
Winter Recess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 19 –Jan. 10, Saturday–Tuesday
Spring Semester 2012
Confirmation deadline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan. 10, Tuesday
Classes start (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan. 11, Wednesday
Grad Students—last day to register without late fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan. 13, Friday
Last day to register, add or drop courses without a “W” (Census Day) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan. 26, Thursday
Non-class day - Presidents’ Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feb. 20, Monday
Midterms grades due. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 5, Monday
Spring Break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 12-16, Monday-Friday
Last day to withdraw from a course—Continuing students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 10, Tuesday
E-Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 29 - March 31, Thursday–Saturday
Priority Registration, Summer and Fall Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 9-13, Monday–Friday
Last day to withdraw from a course—New students in 1st or 2nd semester at CSM . . . . . . April 27, Friday
Last day to completely withdraw from CSM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 3, Thursday
Classes end . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 3, Thursday
Dead Week. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 30-May 4, Monday-Friday
Dead Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 4, Friday
Final exams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 5, 7-10 Saturday, Monday–Thursday
Semester ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 11, Friday
Commencement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 11, Friday
Final grades due . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 14, Monday
Summer Sessions 2012
Summer I - First Day of Class (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 14, Monday
Summer I (Census Day). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 18, Friday
Memorial Day (Holiday—No classes held). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 28, Monday
Last day to withdraw from Summer I Term (all students) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 8, Friday
Summer I ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 22, Friday
Summer I grades due . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 25, Monday
Summer II First Day of Class (1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 25, Monday
Independence Day (Holiday—No classes held) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 4, Wednesday
Summer II Census Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 29, Friday
Last day to withdraw from Summer II Term (all students) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 20, Friday
Summer II ends (2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 3, Friday
Summer II grades due . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 6, Monday
(1) Petition for changes in tuition classification due in the Registrar’s office for this term.
(2) PHGN courses end two weeks later on Friday, August 17th.
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University Administration / Useful Contacts
Office of Graduate Studies
Registrar’s Office
Mailing address
Registrar
303-273-3200
1500 Illinois Street
Graduate Student Association
Golden, CO 80401-1887
Daniel Baker
303 273-2101
Telephone
FAX
President
303 273-3247
303 273-3244
Academic Departments & Divisions
Thomas M. Boyd
303-273-3020
The address for all CSM academic departments
Dean of Graduate Studies
and divisions is
Jahi Simbai
303-384-2221
1500 Illinois Street
Director of Graduate Recruiting
Golden, Colorado 80401-1887
and Admissions
World Wide Web address: http://www.mines.edu/
jsimbai@mines.edu
Academic department and division telephone numbers are
Linda L. Powell
303-273-3348
Graduate Admissions Officer
Chemical and Biological Engineering
lpowell@mines.edu
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3720
Brenda Neely
303-273-3412
Chemistry and Geochemistry
Student Services
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3610
bneely@mines.edu
Economics and Business
Kay Leaman
303-273-3249
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3482
Admissions Coordinator
grad-app@mines.edu
Engineering
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3650
Diane Mee
303-273-3627
Student Services
Environmental Science and Engineering
dmee@mines.edu
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3427
Office of Vice President for Research
Geology and Geological Engineering
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3800
and Technology Transfer
John Poate
303-384-2375
Geophysics
Vice President for Research and
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3450
Technology Transfer
Liberal Arts and International Studies
John G. Speer
303-273-3897
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3750
Associate Vice President for
Materials Science
Research and Technology Transfer
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3660
William Vaughan
303-384-2555
Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Director of Technology Transfer
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3860
Lisa Kinzel
303-384-2470
Executive Assistant to the Vice
Metal urgical and Materials Engineering
President for Research and
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3770
Technology Transfer
Mining Engineering
Student Housing
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3701
Kathy Rice
303-273-3351
Nuclear Engineering
Apartment Housing Coordinator
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-273-3618
Financial Aid
Petroleum Engineering
Christina Jensen
303-273-3229
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3740
Graduate Student Financial Aid Advisor
Physics
International Student Services
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 273-3830
Brandon Samter
303-273-3589
International Student Advisor
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General Information
Mission and Goals
Institutional Values and Principles
Colorado School of Mines is a public research university
Graduate Education
devoted to engineering and applied science related to re-
The Colorado School of Mines is dedicated to serving the
sources. It is one of the leading institutions in the world in
people of Colorado, the nation and the global community by
these areas. It has the highest admission standards of any uni-
providing high quality educational and research experiences
versity in Colorado and among the highest of any public uni-
to students in science, engineering and related areas that sup-
versity in the U.S. Mines has dedicated itself to responsible
port the institutional mission. Recognizing the importance of
stewardship of the earth and its resources. It is one of a very
responsible earth stewardship, Mines places particular em-
few institutions in the world having broad expertise in re-
phasis on those fields related to the discovery, production and
source exploration, extraction, production and utilization that
utilization of resources needed to improve the quality of life
can be brought to bear on the world's pressing resource-re-
of the world's inhabitants and to sustain the earth system
lated environmental problems. As such, it occupies a unique
upon which all life and development depend. To this end,
position among the world's institutions of higher education.
Mines is devoted to creating a learning community that pro-
The school's role and mission has remained constant and is
vides students with perspectives informed by the humanities
written in the Colorado statutes as: The Colorado School of
and social sciences, perspectives that also enhance students'
Mines shall be a specialized baccalaureate and graduate re-
understanding of themselves and their role in contemporary
search institution with high admission standards. The Col-
society. Mines therefore seeks to instill in all graduate stu-
orado School of Mines shall have a unique mission in energy,
dents a broad class of developmental and educational attrib-
mineral, and materials science and engineering and associ-
utes:
ated engineering and science fields. The school shall be the
uAn in-depth knowledge in an area of specialization, en-
primary institution of higher education offering energy, min-
hanced by hands-on experiential learning, and breadth in
eral and materials science and mineral engineering degrees
allied fields, including:
at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. (Colorado re-
1. the background and skills to be able to recognize, define
vised Statutes, Section 23-41-105)
and solve problems by applying sound scientific and en-
Throughout the school's history, the translation of its mis-
gineering principles, and
sion into educational programs has been influenced by the
2. for thesis-based students, experience in conducting orig-
needs of society. Those needs are now focused more clearly
inal scientific research and engineering design at the
than ever before. We believe that the world faces a crisis in
forefront of their particular area of specialization.
balancing resource availability with environmental protection
and that Mines and its programs are central to the solution to
uThe ability to function effectively in an information-based
that crisis. Therefore the school's mission is elaborated upon
economy and society, including:
as follows:
1. written, oral and graphical communications skills that
Colorado School of Mines is dedicated to educating stu-
enable effective transmission of concepts and ideas as
dents and professionals in the applied sciences, engineering,
well as technical information, and
and associated fields related to
2. expertise in finding, retrieving, evaluating, storing and
uthe discovery and recovery of the Earth's resources,
disseminating information in ways that enhance their
leadership role in society and their profession.
u their conversion to materials and energy,
uPreparation for leadership in a team-based milieu, includ-
utheir utilization in advanced processes and products,
ing:
and
1. the flexibility to adjust to an ever-changing professional
uthe economic and social systems necessary to ensure
environment and to appreciate diverse approaches to un-
their prudent and provident use in a sustainable global
derstanding and solving professional and societal prob-
society.
lems,
This mission will be achieved by the creation, integration,
2. the creativity, resourcefulness, receptivity and breadth
and exchange of knowledge in engineering, the natural sci-
of interests to think critically about a wide range of
ences, the social sciences, the humanities, business and their
cross-disciplinary issues,
union to create processes and products to enhance the qual-
ity of life of the world's inhabitants.
3. a strong work ethic that inspires commitment and loy-
alty on the part of colleagues,
The Colorado School of Mines is consequently committed
to serving the people of Colorado, the nation, and the global
4. interpersonal skills and attitudes which promote cooper-
community by promoting stewardship of the Earth upon
ation and enable leadership, and
which all life and development depend. (Colorado School of
5. acceptance of responsibility for their own growth
Mines Board of Trustees, 2000)
through life-long learning.
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uThe capability of adapting to, appreciating and working ef-
uDeveloping and sustaining programs which address the
fectively in an international environment, including:
lifelong education needs of individuals in professions
1. being able to succeed in an increasingly interdependent
associated with science, mathematics, engineering, and
world where borders between cultures and economies
technology.
are becoming less distinct, and
uRecruiting high-quality students for the traditional resi-
2. appreciating the traditions and languages of other cul-
dential programs
tures, as well as valuing and supporting diversity in their
uSpreading and enhancing the reputation of Mines
own society.
throughout the world
uHigh standards of integrity expressed through ethical be-
uGenerating revenues that help support the residential
havior and acceptance of the obligation to enhance their
and research missions of the university
profession and society through service and leadership.
Research
Professional Education
The creation and dissemination of new knowledge are pri-
A central purpose of a university is the widespread and
mary responsibilities of all members of the university com-
open distribution of the special knowledge created by, and
munity. Public institutions have an additional responsibility
reposing in, the expertise of the faculty. At Mines, that spe-
to use that knowledge to contribute to the economic growth
cial knowledge falls into several broad categories:
and public welfare of the society from which they receive
uA mature body of knowledge, in areas of historic leader-
their charter and support. As a public institution of higher ed-
ship, which is of great value to professionals in those
ucation, a fundamental responsibility of Mines is to provide
fields throughout the world.
an environment that enables contribution to the public good
by encouraging creative research and ensuring the free ex-
uCreative advances in emerging fields of science and en-
change of ideas, information, and results. To this end, the in-
gineering, developed in Mines' leading-edge research
stitution acknowledges the following responsibilities:
laboratories, which can contribute to the economic and
physical well-being of people in Colorado and the na-
uTo insure that these activities are conducted in an envi-
tion.
ronment of minimum influence and bias, it is essential
that Mines protect the academic freedom of all members
uExpertise in problem-solving methodologies, including
of its community.
engineering design and structured decision-making,
which is of growing importance in all technical-social-
uTo provide the mechanisms for creation and dissemina-
political realms as our global society becomes increas-
tion of knowledge, the institution recognizes that access
ingly complex and interdependent.
to information and information technology (e.g. library,
computing and internet resources) are part of the basic
uLeadership in the development of innovative educa-
infrastructure support to which every member of the
tional tools and techniques which can help people-
community is entitled.
young and old-to be better prepared to succeed in
advanced education, productive careers, and satisfying
uTo promote the utilization and application of knowl-
personal lives.
edge, it is incumbent upon Mines to define and protect
the intellectual-property rights and responsibilities of
Additional outreach responsibilities are imposed by the
faculty members, students, as well as the institution.
special role and nature of Mines:
The following principles derive from these values and re-
uMines is committed to inculcating in its traditional resi-
sponsibilities:
dential undergraduate and graduate students an appreci-
ation for and commitment to life-long learning and
uThe institution exists to bring faculty and students to-
inquiry. This imposes on Mines a responsibility to create
gether to form a community of scholars.
and support Professional Outreach programs that will
uFaculty members have unique relationship with the in-
expose students to self-directed learning experiences
stitution because of their special responsibility to create
while still in residence, and provide opportunities for
and disseminate knowledge independent of oversight or
continued intellectual growth after they graduate.
direction from the institution.
uThe State requires all public colleges and universities in
uStudents have a dual role as creators and recipients of
Colorado, in concert, to provide appropriate educational
knowledge.
opportunities in rural areas which are under-served by
uThe institution and the faculty share responsibility for
traditional residential institutions.
facilitating the advancement of students in their chosen
In addition to these philosophical goals, Professional Out-
discipline.
reach can make an important pragmatic contribution to the
university by:
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uThe institution and the faculty are mutually dependent
uThe institution exists to bring faculty and students to-
upon each other, and share the responsibility for the rep-
gether to form a community of scholars.
utation of both the university and the individual.
uFaculty members have a unique relationship with the in-
uAlthough research objectives should be informed by the
stitution because faculty create and disseminate knowl-
institution's responsibility (as a public institution) to
edge independent of oversight or direction from the
contribute to economic growth and societal well-being,
institution.
research priorities must be driven by academic needs re-
uFaculty activities must be driven by academic needs re-
lating to the creation, development and dissemination of
lating to the creation and dissemination of knowledge
knowledge.
rather than commercial opportunities.
uResearch policies and practices must conform to the
uThe institution and the faculty share responsibility for
state non-competition law which requires that all re-
facilitating the advancement of students in their chosen
search projects have an educational component through
discipline. Students are the independent creators of the
the involvement of students and/or post-doctoral fel-
expression of ideas in their theses, but may have a dual
lows.
role as both an independent creator of an expression of
uBoth the creator and the institution have interest in, and
ideas and as directed employees.
a responsibility to promote, the dissemination and uti-
uThe institution and the faculty are mutually dependent
lization of new knowledge for public good through pub-
upon each other, and share the responsibility for the rep-
lication and commercialization.
utation of both the university and the individual.
uAlthough commercialization is not a primary responsi-
uBoth the creator and the institution have an interest in,
bility of the university community, it is a common result
and a responsibility to promote, the dissemination and
of technology transfer. The creator and the institution
utilization of knowledge for the public good.
may each have an interest in the commercialization of
intellectual property and should share in the potential
uAlthough commercialization is not a primary responsi-
benefits and risks based on their contributions.
bility of the university community, it is sometimes the
result of technology transfer.
Intel ectual Property
The creation and dissemination of knowledge are primary
uThe creator and the institution should share in the poten-
responsibilities of all members of the university community.
tial benefits and risks in proportion to their contributions
As an institution of higher education, a fundamental mission
and/or agreed assumption of benefits and risks.
of Mines is to provide an environment that motivates the fac-
uAll members of the Mines community will demonstrate
ulty and promotes the creation, dissemination, and applica-
the highest level of integrity in their activities associated
tion of knowledge through the timely and free exchange of
with intellectual property.
ideas, information, and research results for the public good.
To insure that these activities are conducted in an environ-
ment of minimum influence and bias, so as to benefit society
and the people of Colorado, it is essential that Mines protect
the academic freedom of all members of its community. It is
incumbent upon Mines to help promote the utilization and
application of knowledge by defining and protecting the
rights and responsibilities of faculty members, students and
the institution, with respect to intellectual property which
may be created while an individual is employed as a faculty
member or enrolled as a student. The following principles,
derived from these responsibilities and values, govern the de-
velopment and implementation of Mines' Intellectual Prop-
erty Policies.
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History of Colorado School of Mines
Colorado School of Mines Non-
In 1865, only six years after gold and silver were discov-
Discrimination Statement
ered in the Colorado Territory, the fledgling mining industry
In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of
was in trouble. The nuggets had been picked out of streams
Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of
and the rich veins had been worked, and new methods of ex-
the Education Amendment of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of
ploration, mining, and recovery were needed.
the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabili-
Early pioneers like W.A.H. Loveland, E.L. Berthoud,
ties Act (ADA) of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008,
Arthur Lakes, George West and Episcopal Bishop George M.
Executive Order 11246, the Uniformed Services Employ-
Randall proposed a school of mines. In 1874 the Territorial
ment and Reemployment Rights Act, as amended, the Ge-
Legislature appropriated $5,000 and commissioned Loveland
netic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Board
and a Board of Trustees to found the Territorial School of
of Trustees Policy 10.6, the Colorado School of Mines does
Mines in or near Golden. Governor Routt signed the Bill on
not discriminate against individuals on the basis of age, sex,
February 9, 1874, and when Colorado became a state in
sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race,
1876, the Colorado School of Mines was constitutionally es-
religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, military service,
tablished. The first diploma was awarded in 1883.
or genetic information in its administration of educational
As Mines grew, its mission expanded from the rather nar-
policies, programs, or activities; admissions policies; scholar-
row initial focus on nonfuel minerals to programs in petro-
ship and loan programs; athletic or other school-administered
leum production and refining as well. Recently it has added
programs; or employment.
programs in materials science and engineering, energy and
Inquiries, concerns, or complaints should be directed by
environmental engineering, and a broad range of other engi-
subject content as follows:
neering and applied science disciplines. Mines sees its mis-
The Employment-related EEO and discrimination contact
sion as education and research in engineering and applied
is Mike Dougherty, Associate Vice President for Human Re-
science with a special focus on the earth science disciplines
sources, Guggenheim Hall, Room 110, Golden, Colorado
in the context of responsible stewardship of the earth and its
80401 (Telephone: 303.273.3250). The ADA Coordinator
resources.
and the Section 504 Coordinator for employment is Ann Hix,
Mines long has had an international reputation. Students
Benefits Manager, Human Resources, Guggenheim Hall,
have come from nearly every nation, and alumni can be
Room 110, Golden, Colorado 80401 (Telephone:
found in every corner of the globe.
303.273.3250). The ADA Coordinator and the Section 504
Location
Coordinator for students and academic educational programs
Golden, Colorado, has always been the home of Mines.
is Ron Brummett, Director of Career Planning & Placement /
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains 20 minutes
Student Development Services, 1600 Maple Street, Suite 8,
west of Denver, this community of 15,000 also serves as
Golden, Colorado 80401 (Telephone: 303.273.3297). The
home to the Coors Brewing Company, the National Renew-
Title IX Coordinator is Maureen Durkin, Director of Policy
able Energy Laboratory, and a major U.S. Geological Survey
and Planning, Guggenheim Hall, Room 212A, Golden, Col-
facility that also contains the National Earthquake Center.
orado 80401 (Telephone: 303.384.2236). The ADA Facilities
The seat of government for Jefferson County, Golden once
Access Coordinator is Gary Bowersock, Director of Facilities
served as the territorial capital of Colorado. Skiing is an hour
Management, 1318 Maple Street, Golden, Colorado 80401
away to the west.
(Telephone: 303.273.3330).
Administration
By State statute, the school is managed by a seven-mem-
ber board of trustees appointed by the governor, and the stu-
dent and faculty bodies elect one nonvoting board member
each The school is supported financially by student tuition
and fees and by the State through annual appropriations.
These funds are augmented by government and privately
sponsored research, and private gift support from alumni,
corporations, foundations and other friends.
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The Graduate School
Unique Programs
engineering, geophysical engineering, metallurgical and materi-
Because of its special focus, Colorado School of Mines
als engineering, mining engineering and petroleum engineering.
has unique programs in many fields. For example, Mines is
The American Chemical Society has approved the degree pro-
the only institution in the world that offers doctoral programs
gram in the Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry.
in all five of the major earth science disciplines: Geology and
Geological Engineering, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Mining
Degree Programs
Prof. M.S. M.E. Ph.D.
Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering. It also has one of
the few Metallurgical and Materials Engineering programs in
Applied Physics
n
n
the country that still focuses on the complete materials cycle
Chemical Engineering
n
n
from mineral processing to finished advanced materials.
In addition to the traditional programs defining the institu-
Chemistry
n
tional focus, Mines is pioneering both undergraduate and
Applied Chemistry
n
graduate interdisciplinary programs. The School understands
that solutions to the complex problems involving global
Engineering
n
n
processes and quality of life issues require cooperation
among scientists, engineers, economists, and the humanities.
Engineering & Technology
n
Management
Mines offers interdisciplinary programs in areas such as
materials science, environmental science and engineering,
Environmental Geochemistry
n
management and public policy, hydrology, and geochemistry.
Environmental Science &
n
n
These programs make interdisciplinary connections between
Engineering
traditional fields of engineering, physical science and social
Geochemistry
science, emphasizing a broad exposure to fundamental prin-
n
n
ciples while cross-linking information from traditional disci-
Geological Engineering
n
n
n
plines to create the insight needed for breakthroughs in the
solution of modern problems.
Geology
n
n
When the need arises, Mines also offers interdisciplinary,
Geophysical Engineering
n
n
non-thesis Professional Master degrees to meet the career
needs of working professionals in Mines' focus areas.
Geophysics
n
n
Coordinated by the several departments involved, these in-
Hydrology
n
n
terdisciplinary programs contribute to Mines' leadership role
in addressing the problems and developing solutions that will
International Political Economy
o
enhance the quality of life for all of earth's inhabitants in the
& Resources
next century.
Materials Science
n
n
Graduate Degrees Offered
Mathematical & Computer
n
n
Mines offers professional masters, master of science
Science
(M.S.), master of engineering (M.E.) and doctor of philoso-
Metallurgical & Materials
phy (Ph.D.) degrees in the disciplines listed in the chart at
n
n
n
Engineering
right.
In addition to masters and Ph.D. degrees, departments and
Mineral & Energy Economics
n
n
divisions can also offer graduate certificates. Graduate cer-
Mineral Exploration & Mining
n
tificates are designed to have selective focus, short time to
Geosciences
completion and consist of course work only.
Accreditation
Mining & Earth Systems
n
n
n
Engineering
Mines is accredited through the doctoral degree by the
Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central
Nuclear Engineering
n
n
Association, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago,
Operations Research with
n
Illinois 60604-1413 – telephone (312) 263-0456.
Engineering
The Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accredita-
Petroleum Engineering
n
n
n
tion Board for Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place,
Petroleum Reservoir Systems
Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone (410) 347-
n
7700, accredits undergraduate degree programs in chemical en-
gineering, engineering, engineering physics, geological
o Master of International Political Economy of Resources
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Admission to the Graduate School
Admission Requirements
eign exchange students. Inquiries and applications should be
The Graduate School of Colorado School of Mines is open
made to the Office of International Programs, CSM, Golden,
to graduates from four-year programs at recognized colleges
CO 80401-0028. Phone: 303-384-2121. A person admitted as
or universities. Admission to all graduate programs is com-
a foreign exchange student who subsequently decides to pur-
petitive, based on an evaluation of prior academic perform-
sue a regular degree program must apply and gain admission
ance, test scores and references. The academic background of
to the Graduate School. All credits earned as a foreign ex-
each applicant is evaluated according to the requirements of
change student may be transferred into the regular degree
each department outlined later in this section of the Bulletin.
program if the student's graduate committee and department
head approve.
To be a candidate for a graduate degree, students must
have completed an appropriate undergraduate degree pro-
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Programs
gram. Colorado School of Mines undergraduate students in
Several degree programs offer Mines undergraduate stu-
the Combined Degree Program may, however, work toward
dents the opportunity to begin work on a Graduate Degree
completion of graduate degree requirements prior to com-
while completing the requirements of their Bachelor Degree.
pleting undergraduate degree requirements. See the Com-
These programs can give students a head start on graduate
bined Undergraduate/Graduate Degree section of the
education. An overview of these combined programs and de-
Graduate Bulletin for details of this program.
scription of the admission process and requirements are
Categories of Admission
found in the Graduate Degrees and Requirements section of
this Bulletin.
There are four categories of admission to graduate studies
at Colorado School of Mines: regular, provisional, graduate
Admission Procedure
nondegree and foreign exchange.
Applying for Admission
Regular Degree Students
Apply electronically for admission on the World Wide
Web. Our Web address is
Applicants who meet all the necessary qualifications as de-
termined by the program to which they have applied are ad-
http://www.mines.edu/graduate_admissions
mitted as regular graduate students.
Follow the procedure outlined below.
Provisional Degree Students
1. Application: Go to the online application form at
Applicants who are not qualified to enter the regular de-
http://www.mines.edu/gradschoolapp/onlineapp.html. You
gree program directly may be admitted as provisional degree
may download a paper copy of the application from our web-
students for a trial period not longer than 12 months. During
site or contact 303-273-3247 or grad-school@Mines.edu to
this period students must demonstrate their ability to work
have one sent my mail. Students wishing to apply for gradu-
for an advanced degree as specified by the admitting degree
ate school should submit completed applications by the fol-
program. After the first semester, the student may request
lowing dates:
that the department review his or her progress and make a
for Fall admission*
decision concerning full degree status. With department ap-
proval, the credits earned under the provisional status can be
January 15 - Priority consideration for financial support
applied towards the advanced degree.
May 1 - International student deadline
Nondegree Students
July 1 - Domestic student deadline
Practicing professionals may wish to update their profes-
for Spring Admission*
sional knowledge or broaden their areas of competence with-
out committing themselves to a degree program. They may
October 1
enroll for regular courses as nondegree students. Inquiries
*Some programs have different application deadlines.
and applications should be made to the Graduate Office,
Please refer to http://www.mines.edu/Deadlines_GS for cur-
CSM, Golden, CO 80401-0028. Phone: 303-273-3247; FAX
rent deadline information for specific programs.
303-273-3244. A person admitted as a nondegree student
Students wishing to submit applications beyond the final
who subsequently decides to pursue a regular degree pro-
deadline should make a request to the individual academic
gram must apply and gain admission to the Graduate School.
department.
All credits earned as a nondegree student may be transferred
into the regular degree program if the student's graduate
2. Transcripts: Send to the Graduate School one official
committee and department head approve.
transcript from each school previously attended. The tran-
scripts should be sent directly by the institution attended. In-
Foreign Exchange Students
ternational students' transcripts must be in English or have an
Graduate level students living outside of the U.S. may
official English translation attached.
wish to take courses at Colorado School of Mines as ex-
change students. They may enroll for regular courses as for-
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3. Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters of recom-
Financial Assistance
mendation are required. Individuals who know your personal
To apply for Mines financial assistance, check the box in
qualities and scholastic or professional abilities can use the
the Financial Information section of the online graduate ap-
online application system to submit letters of recommenda-
plication or complete the Financial Assistance section on the
tion on your behalf. Letters can also be mailed directly to the
paper application.
Graduate Office.
Application Review Process
4. Graduate Record Examination: Most departments re-
When application materials are received by the Graduate
quire the General test of the Graduate Record Examination
School, they are processed and sent to the desired degree
for applicants seeking admission to their programs. Refer to
program for review. The review is conducted according to
the section Graduate Degree Programs and Courses by De-
the process developed and approved by the faculty of that de-
partment or the Graduate School application packet to find
gree program. The degree program transmits its decision to
out if you must take the GRE examination. For information
the Dean of the Graduate School, who then notifies the appli-
about the test, write to Graduate Record Examinations, Edu-
cant. The decision of the degree program is final and may not
cational Testing Service, PO Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-
be appealed.
6000 (Telephone 609-771-7670), or visit online at
Health Record and Additional Steps
www.gre.org.
When students first enroll at Mines, they must complete
5. English Language Requirements: Applicants whose na-
the student health record form which is sent to them when
tive language is not English must prove proficiency. Lan-
they are accepted for enrollment. Students must submit the
guage examination results must be sent to the Graduate
student health record, including health history, medical ex-
School as part of the admission process. The institution has
amination, and record of immunization, in order to complete
minimum English proficiency requirements - learn more at:
registration.
http://www.mines.edu/Intl_GS.
Questions can be addressed to the Coulter Student Health
English proficiency may be proven by achieving one of
Center, 1225 17th Street, Golden, CO 80401-1869. The
the following:
Health Center telephone numbers are 303-273-3381 and 303-
a) A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) min-
279-3155.
imum score of 550 on the paper-based test, or a computer-
International Students
based score of 213, or a score of 79 on the internet Based
Qualifying international students (see Admission Require-
TOEFL (iBT).
ments above) apply for graduate study by following steps
b) At IELTS (International English Language Testing Sys-
one through six listed above.
tem) Score of 6.5, with no band below a 6.0.
Summer Courses For New Students
c) A PTE A (Pearson test of English) score of 70 or
New graduate students entering during the fall semester
higher.
will be expected to pay full student fees for any courses
d) Independent evaluation and approval by the admission-
taken in the summer sessions prior to the fall term of entry.
granting department.
6. Additional instructions for admission to graduate school
specific to individual departments are contained in the appli-
cation for admission.
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Student Life at CSM
Housing
sion. In addition to housing the Outdoor Recreation Program as
Mines Park
well as the Intramurals and Club Sports Programs, the Center
The Mines Park apartment complex is located west of the
serves as the competition venue for the Intercollegiate Men and
6th Avenue and 19th Street intersection on 55 acres owned
Women's Basketball Programs, the Intercollegiate Volleyball
by CSM. The complex houses upper class students, graduate
Program and the Men and Women's Intercollegiate Swimming
students, families, and some freshmen. Residents must be
and Diving Program.
full-time students.
Office for Student Development and Academic
Units are complete with refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers,
Services
cable television wired and wireless internet connections, and
The Student Development and Academic Services Office
an optional campus phone line for an additional fee. There
(SDAS), located in the Student Center, serves as the per-
are two community centers which contain the laundry facili-
sonal, academic and career counseling center for all students
ties, recreational/study space, and a convenience store.
enrolled in four credit hours or more or any student that has
2011-2012 rates are as follows:
paid the Student Services Fee. Through its various services,
the center acts as a comprehensive resource for the personal
Family Housing
growth and life skills development of our students. SDAS
1 bedroom
$750/mo
houses a library of over 200 books and other materials for
2 bedroom
$866/mo
checkout, and is home to Mine's Engineers Choosing Health
Options (ECHO) program, promoting wise and healthy deci-
Apartment Housing
sion making regarding students' use of alcohol and other
1 bedroom
$750/mo
drugs. Please visit http://counseling.mines.edu for more in-
2 bedroom
$1,016/mo
formation.
3 bedroom
$1,359/mo
Counseling: Experienced, professional counselors offer
Tenant pays gas and electric utilities. A Mines Park park-
assistance in a variety of areas. Personal counseling for stress
ing pass is included.
management, relationship issues, wellness education and/or
For a Mines Park application, please contact the housing
improved self image are a few of the areas often requested.
office at (303) 273-3350 or visit the Student Life office in the
Assertiveness, stress management, time management, gender
Ben Parker Student Center, Room 218.
issues, the MBTI, and career assessments are also popular in-
teractive presentations. SDAS works closely with other stu-
Student Services
dent life departments to address other issues.
Ben H. Parker Student Center
Academic Services: The staff conducts workshops in
The Ben H. Parker Student Center contains the offices for the
areas of interest to college students, such as time manage-
Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students, Associate
ment, learning skills, test taking, preparing for finals and col-
Dean of Students, Housing, Student Activities and Greek Life,
lege adjustment One-on-one academic counseling with
Student Government (ASCSM), Admissions and Financial Aid,
assessment of individual learning skills is also available. Ad-
Cashier, Student Development and Academic Services, Services
ditional learning resources are provided on the department
for Students with Disabilities, International Student Services,
website. Please visit http://academicservices.mines.edu for
Career Services, Registrar, Blaster Card, Conferences Services,
more information about tutoring programs, and academic
and student organizations. The Student Center also contains the
counseling.
student dining hall (known as the Slate Café), food court, book-
store, student lounges, meeting rooms, and banquet facilities.
Tutoring and Academic Excellence Workshops: Gradu-
ate students are welcome to avail themselves of free walk-in
Student Recreation Center
tutoring and/or weekly workshops in introductory calculus,
Completed in May 2007, the 108,000 square foot Student
chemistry, and physics.
Recreation Center, located at the corner of 16th and Maple
Streets in the heart of campus, provides a wide array of facilities
Disability Services: This office serves students with doc-
and programs designed to meet students’ recreational and leisure
umented disabilities who are seeking academic accommoda-
needs while providing for a healthy lifestyle. The Center con-
tions or adjustments. Disability Services coordinates CSM's
tains a state-of-the-art climbing wall, an eight-lane, 25 meter
efforts to comply with the broad mandates of Section 504 of
swimming and diving pool, a cardiovascular and weight room,
the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Dis-
two multi-purpose rooms designed and equipped for aerobics,
abilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). . Further
dance, martial arts programs and other similar activities, a com-
information, application and documentation guidelines can
petition gymnasium containing three full-size basketball courts
be found on the Disability Services website http://disabili-
as well as seating for 2500 people, a separate recreation gymna-
ties.mines.edu.
sium designed specifically for a wide variety of recreational pro-
grams, extensive locker room and shower facilities, and a large
lounge intended for relaxing, playing games or watching televi-
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International Student Services
To be eligible for care at the Health Center, students must
International student advising and international student
be enrolled in four or more credit-hours and have paid the
services are the responsibility of International Student and
Health Services fee. Supervised by the Director of Student
Scholar Services, located in the Student Center. The Interna-
Services. Phone: (303) 273-3381; FAX: (303) 279-3155.
tional Student and Scholar Services Office coordinates the
Mandatory Health Insurance
Friendship Family Program. Orientation programs for new
Mines requires that all degree-seeking students who are
international students are held at the beginning of each se-
U. S. Citizens or permanent residents, and all international
mester. Visas and work permits are processed through the In-
students regardless of degree-seeking status have health in-
ternational Student Advisor at the International Student and
surance that meets or exceeds Mines coverage requirements.
Scholar Services Office.
Please see http://healthcenter.mines.edu/Insurance-Informa-
For more information, call the International Student and
tion for current information. Enrollment in the Student
Scholar Services office at 303-273-3210 or FAX 303-273-
Health Benefit Plan is automatic, and each student’s account
3099.
will be charged the Student Health Benefit Plan premium un-
Identification Cards (BLASTER CARD)
less a waiver is completed. Domestic students must complete
Blaster Cards are made in the Student Activities Office in
an online enrollment/waiver prior to Census Date. Interna-
the Parker Student Center, and all new students must have a
tional students must complete a paper waiver and submit it to
card made as soon as possible after they enroll. Each semes-
the International Student and Scholar Services Office prior to
ter the Student Activities Office issues RTD Bus Pass stickers
Census Date each academic year.
for student ID's. Students can replace lost, stolen, or damaged
Immunizations
Blaster Cards for a small fee.
Documentation confirming proof of immunity to measles,
The Blaster Card can be used as a debit card to make pur-
mumps, rubella (MMR's) is required of all students enrolled
chases at all campus food service facilities, to check material
in four credit hours or more or any student that has paid the
out of the CSM Library, to make purchases at the campus
Student Health Services fee. A health history form will be
residence halls, and may be required to attend various CSM
sent to students after they are accepted for admission and
campus activities.
have stated their intent to enroll. It must be returned to the
Student Health Center prior to arriving on campus
Please visit the website at http://www.is.mines.edu/
BlasterCard for more information.
Proof of immunity consists of an official Certificate of
Immunization signed by a physician, nurse, or public health
Student Health Center
official which documents two doses of each (measles,
The Student Health Center, located at 17th and Elm, pro-
mumps, and rubella). The Certificate must specify the type
vides primary health care to CSM students and their spouses.
of vaccine and the dates (month, day, and year) of adminis-
Students pay a Student Health Services fee each semester
tration or written evidence of laboratory tests showing immu-
which entitles them to unlimited visits with a healthcare
nity to measles, mumps, and rubella. Failure to meet the
provider as well as certain prescriptions and over-the-counter
immunization requirement will result in a hold on students'
medications. Spouses of enrolled students may also pay the
registration until this information is received by the Student
fee and receive services except for dental services. The
Health Center.
health center provides wellness education, immunizations, al-
lergy shots, flu shots, nutrition counseling and information
The completed health history form is confidential and will
regarding a wide range of health concerns. Staff members are
be a student's medical record while at Mines. This record
available to provide health-promotion events for students
will be kept in the Student Health Center. The record will
groups and residence hall programming.
not be released unless the student signs a written release.
The Student Health Center is open Monday through Friday
Motor Vehicle Parking
8 A.M.-12 P.M. and 1-4:45 P.M. It is staffed by Nurse Practi-
All motor vehicles on campus must be registered with the
tioners and RN's throughout the day. A physician is on cam-
campus Facilities Management Division of Parking Services,
pus several days per week from 3-4:45 pm during the
1318 Maple Street, and must display a CSM parking permit.
academic year, and is on call when the Health Center is
Vehicles must be registered at the beginning of each semes-
closed.
ter or upon bringing your vehicle on campus, and updated
Dental services are provided to students at the Student
whenever you change your address.
Health Center. Services are provided by a dentist, dental hy-
gienist, and dental assistant, and are available by appoint-
ment 3 days per week during the academic year and with
limited hours during the summer. Services include x-rays,
cleanings, fillings, and simple extractions. Referrals to local
specialists are made if necessary.
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Public Safety
t "Career Manual" online - resume writing, resume and
The Colorado School of Mines Department of Public
cover letter examples, and job search tips;
Safety is a full service, community oriented law enforcement
t Job Search Workshops - successful company research,
agency, providing 24/7 service to the campus. It is the mis-
interviewing, business etiquette, networking skills;
sion of the Colorado School of Mines Police Department to
t Salary and overall outcomes information;
make the Mines campus the safest campus in Colorado.
t Company contact information;
The department is responsible for providing services such
as:
t Grad school information; and
uProactive patrol of the campus and its facilities;
t Career resource library.
uInvestigation and reporting of crimes and incidents;
Job Resources
uMotor vehicle traffic and parking enforcement;
t Career Day (Fall and Spring);
uCrime and security awareness programs;
t Online summer, part-time, and full-time entry-level
uAlcohol / Drug abuse awareness / education;
job postings at http://diggernet.net;
uSelf defense classes;
uConsultation with campus departments for safety and
t Virtual Career Fairs and special recruiting events;
security matters;
t On-campus interviewing - industry and government rep-
uAdditional services to the campus community such as:
resentatives visit the campus to interview students and
vehicle unlocks and jumpstarts, community safe walks
explain employment opportunities;
(escorts), authorized after-hours building and office ac-
t General employment board;
cess, and assistance in any medical, fire, or other emer-
t Resume referrals;
gency situation.
The police officers employed by the Department of Public
t Employer searching resource; and
Safety are fully trained police officers in accordance with
t Continued services up to 24 months after graduation.
the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Board
Oredigger Student Newspaper
and the Colorado Revised Statute.
The Oredigger student newspaper, published on a regular
Career Center
basis during the school year, contains news, features, sports,
The CSM Career Center mission is to assist students in de-
letters, and editorials of interest to students, faculty, and the
veloping, evaluating, and/or implementing career, education,
Golden community.
and employment decisions and plans. Career development is
Veterans' Benefits
integral to the success of CSM graduates and to the mission
The Registrar's Office offers veterans counseling services
of CSM. All Colorado School of Mines graduates will be
for students attending the School and using educational bene-
able to acquire the necessary job search and professional de-
fits from the Veterans Administration.
velopment skills to enable them to successfully take personal
responsibility for the management of their own careers. Serv-
Military Science Army ROTC (AROTC)
ices are provided to all students and for all recent graduates,
The Military Science Program at the Colorado School of
up to 24 months after graduation. Students must adhere to the
Mines (CSM) is offered in conjunction with the University of
ethical and professional business and job searching practices
Colorado at Boulder (CU-B). The Department of Military
as stated in the Career Center Student Policy, which can be
Science offers programs leading to an officer's commission
found in its entirety on the Student's Homepage of Digger-
in the active Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard in con-
Net.
junction with an undergraduate or graduate degree. Military
In order to accomplish our mission, we provide a compre-
Science courses are designed to supplement a regular degree
hensive array of career services:
program by offering practical leadership and management
experience. Students attend classes at the Colorado School of
Career Advice and Counseling
Mines in Golden.
t Resources to help choose a major;
Two-Year Program
t Individual resume and cover letter critiques;
The two-year program consists of the advanced course,
t Individual job search advice; and
preceded by attending the Leaders Training Course (a four-
week summer ROTC basic course at Fort Knox, Kentucky).
t Practice video-taped interviews.
Veterans or Active Army Reserve/Army National Guard Sol-
Career Planning Services
diers, are eligible to enroll in the advanced course without at-
t Online resources for exploring careers and employers at
tending the Leaders Training Course. Inquiries on advanced
http://careers.mines.edu;
placement should be directed to the Department of Military
Science. Advanced course students must obtain permission to
t "Career Digger" online - short bios describe what recent
enroll from the Professor of Military Science (PMS) at 303-
grads are doing on their jobs;
492-6495.
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Registration and AROTC Course Credit
Special Events
Army ROTC serves as elective credit in most departments.
Research Fair: GSA presently sponsors a graduate re-
Elective course credit toward your degree for AROTC
search fair each Spring semester. The fair is designed to give
classes will be determined by your individual academic advi-
graduate students the opportunity to make formal research
sor. AROTC classes begin with the MSGN prefix.
presentations in a professional conference setting. At the con-
For more information about the Army ROTC program and
clusion of the event, cash prizes are awarded to graduate stu-
scholarships, contact the CU-Boulder Army ROTC Enroll-
dents whose presentations exhibit outstanding contributions
ment and Scholarship Officer at 303-492-3549 or 303-492-
to their areas of study.
6495. You can also go to http://www.colorado.edu/AROTC.
International Day is planned and conducted by the Inter-
For information specifically about Army ROTC at CSM, call
national Student Organization. It includes exhibits and pro-
303-273-3398 or 303-273-3380.
grams designed to further the cause of understanding among
Student Activities
the countries of the world. The international dinner, including
Student government committees, professional societies,
entertainment and samples of foods from countries all over
living group organizations, special events, honor societies,
the world, is one of the top campus social events of the year.
and interest group organizations add a balance to the CSM
Winter Carnival, sponsored by Blue Key, is an all-school
community and offer participants the chance to develop lead-
ski day held each year at one of the nearby ski slopes.
ership and management skills. The Student Activities office
can give you an up-to-date list of recognized campus organi-
Homecoming weekend is one of the high points of the en-
zations and more information about them.
tire year's activities. Events include a football rally and game,
campus decorations, election of Homecoming queen and
Student Government
beast, parade, burro race, and other contests.
The Associated Students of the Colorado School of Mines
(ASCSM) works to advance the interest and promote the
Engineer Days are held each spring. The three-day affair
welfare of CSM and of all students, and to foster and main-
is organized entirely by students. Contests are held in
tain harmony among those connected with or interested in
drilling, hand-spiking, mucking, oil-field olympics, and soft-
the school, including students, alumni, faculty, trustees, and
ball, to name a few. Additional events include a fireworks
friends.
display, an E-Day concert, and the traditional orecart pull.
Through funds collected as student fees, ASCSM strives to
GSA Fall and Spring Blowout: GSA sponsors parties
ensure a full social and academic life for all students with its
twice a year for graduate students. Held in the late spring and
organization, publications, and social events.
early fall at local parks, they let graduate students take a
The Graduate Student Association was formed in 1991 and
break from studying.
is recognized by CSM and the National Association of Grad-
Honor Societies
uate-Professional Students (NSGPS). GSA's primary goal is
Honor societies recognize the outstanding achievements of
to improve the quality of a graduate education, offer aca-
their members in scholarship, leadership, and service. Each
demic support for graduate students, and provide social inter-
of the CSM honor societies recognizes different achieve-
action.
ments by our students.
GSA takes an active role in university affairs and promotes
Interest Organizations
the rights and responsibilities of graduate students. GSA also
Interest organizations meet the special and unique needs of
serves to develop university responsibility to non-academic
concerns of graduate students. GSA is funded through and
the CSM student body by providing specific co-curricular ac-
works with Associated Students of the Colorado School of
tivities.
Mines and is presently represented on the Faculty Senate
International & Minority Organizations
Graduate Council and Associated Students of CSM. Phone:
International and minority organizations provide the op-
303-273-3094.
portunity to experience different cultures while at Mines and
The Mines Activity Council (MAC) serves the ASCSM as
help the students from those cultures adjust to Mines campus
the campus special events board. Most student events on
life.
campus are planned by the MAC committees. Committees
Professional Societies
are the Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) committee, which
Professional societies are generally student chapters of the
brings comedians and other performers to campus on most
national professional societies. As student chapters, the pro-
Fridays in the academic year; the Special Events committee,
fessional societies offer a chance for additional professional
which coordinates events like Discount Sport Nights at pro-
development outside the classroom through guest speakers,
fessional sporting events and one-time specialty entertain-
trips, and interactive discussions about the current activities
ment; Movies Committee; the E-Days committee; and the
in the profession. Many of the organizations also offer intern-
Homecoming committee.
ships, fellowships, and scholarships.
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Recreational Organizations
Recreational organizations give students with similar
recreational interests the chance to participate as a group in
the activities. Most of the recreational organizations compete
on both the local and regional levels at tournaments during
the school year.
Please visit the Student Activities Office or http://studen-
tactivities.mines.edu/ for a complete list of currently active
student organizations.
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Facilities and Academic Support
Arthur Lakes Library
Campus Computing, Communications, & Information
JOANNE V. LERUD-HECK, Librarian and Library Director
Technologies (CCIT) provides computing and networking
LISA G. DUNN, Librarian
services to meet the instructional, research, administrative,
LAURA A. GUY, Librarian
and networking infrastructure needs of the campus. CCIT
LISA S. NICKUM, Associate Librarian
manages and operates campus networks along with central
CHRISTOPHER THIRY, Associate Librarian
academic and administrative computing systems, telecommu-
HEATHER L. WHITEHEAD, Associate Librarian
nication systems, a high performance computing cluster for
PATRICIA E. ANDERSEN, Assistant Librarian
the energy sciences (see http://geco.mines.edu), and com-
CHRISTINE BAKER, Assistant Librarian
puter classrooms and workrooms in several locations on
PAMELA M. BLOME, Assistant Librarian
LIA VELLA, Assistant Librarian
campus. CCIT’s customer services and support group also
JULIE CARMEN, Research Librarian
provides direct support for most electronic classrooms, de-
Arthur Lakes Library is a regional information center for
partmental laboratories and desktops throughout the campus.
engineering, energy, minerals, materials, and associated engi-
Central computing accounts and services are available to
neering and science fields. The Library supports university
registered students and current faculty and staff members. In-
education and research programs and is committed to meet-
formation about hours, services, and the activation of new
ing the information needs of the Mines community and all li-
accounts is available on the web site at http://ccit.mines.edu/,
brary users.
directly from the Help Desk in the Computer Commons (in
The Library has over 140,000 visitors a year and is a cam-
CTLM 156), or by calling (303) 273-3431.
pus center for learning, study and research. Facilities include
Workrooms in several locations on campus contain net-
meeting space, a campus computer lab, and individual and
worked PCs and workstations. Printers, scanners, digitizers,
group study space. We host many cultural events during the
and other specialized resources are available for use in some
year, including concerts and art shows.
of the locations.
The librarians provide personalized help and instruction,
In addition to central server and facilities operations, serv-
and assist with research. The Library's collections include
ices supported for the campus community include e-mail,
more than 500,000 books; thousands of print and electronic
wired and wireless network operation and support, access to
journals; hundreds of databases; one of the largest map col-
the commodity Internet, Internet 2, and National Lambda
lections in the West; an archive on Colorado School of Mines
Rail, network security, volume and site licensing of software,
and western mining history; and several special collections.
on-line training modules, videoconferencing, student regis-
The Library is a selective U.S. and Colorado state depository
tration, billing, and other administrative applications, campus
with over 600,000 government publications.
web sites and central systems administration and support.
The Library Catalog provides access to Library collections
CCIT also manages and supports the central learning man-
and your user account. Our databases allow users to find
agement system (Blackboard), printing, short-term equip-
publications for classroom assignments, research or personal
ment loan, and room scheduling for some general computer
interest. Students and faculty can use most of the Library's
teaching classrooms.
electronic databases and publications from any computer on
All major campus buildings are connected to the comput-
the campus network, including those in networked Mines
ing network operated by CCIT and most areas of the campus
residential facilities. Dial-up and Internet access are available
are covered by the wireless network. All residence halls and
out of network.
the Mines Park housing complex are wired for network ac-
Arthur Lakes Library is a member of the Colorado Al-
cess and some fraternity and sorority houses are also directly
liance. Students and faculty can use their library cards at
connected to the network.
other Alliance libraries, or can order materials directly using
All users of Colorado School of Mines computing and net-
Prospector, our regional catalog. Materials can also be re-
working resources are expected to comply with all policies
quested from anywhere in the world through interlibrary
related to the use of these resources. Policies are available
loan.
via the web pages at http://ccit.mines.edu.
Computing, Communications, &
Copy Center
Information Technologies (CCIT)
Located on the first floor of Guggenheim Hall, the Copy
DEREK WILSON, CIO
Center offers on-line binding, printed tabs, transparencies
PHIL ROMIG, III, CISO & Director, Computing & Networking
and halftones. Printing can be done on 8 ½"x 11", 11"x14"
Infrastructure
and 11"x17" paper sizes from odd-sized originals. Some of
GINA BOICE, Director, Customer Services & Support
the other services offered are GBC and Velo Binding, fold-
TIM KAISER, Director, High Performance and Research Computing
ing, sorting and machine collating, reduction and enlarge-
DAVID LEE, Director, Enterprise Systems
ment, two sided copying, and color copying. We have a
GEORGE FUNKEY, Director, Policy, Planning, & Integration Services
variety of paper colors, special resume paper and CSM wa-
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termark for thesis copying. These services are available to
“Blaster Pack” – Mines marbles, an “M”-ulator t-shirt,
students, faculty, and staff. The Copy Center campus exten-
membership card and more;*
sion is 3202.
Students can join the CSMAA at the student membership
CSM Alumni Association
(“M”-ulator) level for exclusive benefits marked with an as-
terisk. For further information, call 303-273-3295, Fax 303-
The Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association
273-3583, e-mail csmaa@mines.edu, or write Mines Alumni
(CSMAA), established in 1895, serves the Colorado School
Association, Coolbaugh House, P.O. Box 1410, Golden, CO
of Mines and more than 23,000 proud members of the pow-
80402-1410.
erful and successful alumni community. While all alumni are
included in the reach of the CSMAA, it is a membership-
Environmental Health and Safety
based, independent organization reliant upon membership
The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department
funds for much of its budget. Other sources of funding in-
is located in Chauvenet Hall room 194. The Department pro-
clude the School, Foundation, merchandise sales and rev-
vides a variety of services to students, staff and faculty mem-
enue-sharing partnerships. For example, CSMAA
bers. Functions of the Department include: hazardous waste
administers the Colorado School of Mines license plate pro-
collection and disposal; chemical procurement and distribu-
gram for cars registered in Colorado.
tion; chemical spill response; assessment of air and water
General services and programs include:
quality; fire safety; laboratory safety; industrial hygiene; ra-
diation safety; biosafety; and recycling. Staff is available to
Mines magazine, a quarterly publication covering
consult on issues such as chemical exposure control, hazard
campus and alumni news;
identification, safety systems design, personal protective
An online directory of all Mines alumni for networking
equipment, or regulatory compliance. Stop by our office or
purposes;
call 303 273-3316. The EHS telephone is monitored nights
Online job listings for alumni two years out of school;
and weekends to respond to spills and environmental emer-
Access to the alumni network on LinkedIn;*
gencies.
Section activities that provide social and networking
connections to the campus and Mines alumni around the
Green Center
world;
Completed in 1971, the Cecil H. and Ida Green Graduate
Alumni gatherings (meetings, reunions, golf tourna-
and Professional Center is named in honor of Dr. and Mrs.
ments, educational programs and other special events)
Green, major contributors to the funding of the building.
on and off campus;
Bunker Memorial Auditorium, which seats 1,386, has a large
Alumni recognition awards;
stage that may be used for lectures, concerts, drama productions,
On-campus CSM library privileges for Colorado resi-
or for any occasion when a large attendance is expected.
dents;
Benefits for current Colorado School of Mines students
Friedhoff Hall contains a dance floor and an informal
include:
stage. Approximately 600 persons can be accommodated at
Legacy Grants for children or grandchildren of alumni
tables for banquets or dinners. Auditorium seating can be
when parent or grandparent has been a consistent mem-
arranged for up to 450 people.
ber of CSMAA for previous five years;
Petroleum Hall and Metals Hall are lecture rooms seating
The Student Financial Assistance Program;
123 and 310, respectively. Each room has audio visual equip-
Celebration of Alumni banquet for graduating students;
ment. In addition, the Green Center houses the Department
The CSMAA Mentorship program, pairing students with
of Geophysics.
alumni for professional development;*
For more information visit www.greencenter.mines.edu.
Invitations to social and networking events, i.e. Dinner
and Dialogue, Leadership Development events, Holiday
LAIS Writing Center
Party, sporting events
Located on the third floor of Stratton Hall (phone: 303-
Access to the alumni network on LinkedIn;*
273-3085), the LAIS Writing Center is a teaching facility
Access to the CSMAA social networking website,
providing all CSM students, faculty, and staff with an oppor-
www.minesonline.net;
tunity to enhance their writing abilities. The LAIS Writing
Early notice, information and reminders about alumni-
Center faculty are experienced technical and professional
based scholarships;
writing instructors who are prepared to assist writers with
Exclusive opportunities to enter drawings for a CSMAA
everything from course assignments to theses and disserta-
book scholarship;*
tions, to scholarship and job applications. This service is free
CSM Bookstore discounts (excluding textbooks and
to CSM students, faculty, and staff and entails one-to-one tu-
Apple products);*
toring and online resources (at http://www.mines.edu/acade-
Renter’s insurance discount from Liberty Mutual;
mic/lais/wc/).
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Off-Campus Study
(1) Initiate and stimulate entrepreneurship and develop-
A student must enroll in an official CSM course for any
ment of mechanisms for effective investment of
period of off-campus, course-related study, whether U.S. or
CSM’s intellectual capital;
foreign, including faculty-led short courses, study abroad, or
(2) Secure CSM’s intellectual properties generated by
any off-campus trip sponsored by CSM or led by a CSM fac-
faculty, students, and staff;
ulty member. The registration must occur in the same term
(3) Contribute to the economic growth of the communi-
that the off-campus study takes place. In addition, the stu-
ty, state, and nation through facilitating technology
dent must complete the necessary release, waiver, and emer-
transfer to the commercial sector;
gency contact forms, transfer credit pre-approvals, and
FERPA release, and provide adequate proof of current health
(4) Retain and motivate faculty by rewarding entrepre-
insurance prior to departure. For additional information con-
neurship;
cerning study abroad requirements, contact the Office of In-
(5) Utilize OTT opportunities to advance high-quality
ternational Programs at (303) 384-2121; for other
faculty and students;
information, contact the Registrar’s Office.
(6) Provide a return on investment on CSM inventions
Office of International Programs
which is used to expand the school's research and
The Office of International Programs (OIP) fosters and
education missions.
facili tates international education, research and outreach at
Public Relations
CSM. OIP is administered by the Office of Academic Affairs.
For information about the school's publications guidelines,
OIP is located in 1706 Illinois Street. For more specific
including the use of Mines logos, and for media-related re-
infor mation about study abroad and other international
quests, contact Karen Gilbert, Public Relations Director, at
programs, contact OIP at 384-2121 or visit the OIP web page
303-273-3541 or kgilbert@mines.edu.
(http://OIP.mines.edu).
Registrar
The office works with the departments and divisions of the
LARA MEDLEY, Registrar
School to: (1) help develop and facilitate study abroad oppor-
DAHL GRAYCKOWSKI, Associate Registrar for Systems
tunities for CSM undergraduate and graduate students and
DIANA ANGLIN, Associate Registrar for Operations
serve as an informational and advising resource for them;
TABATHA GRAYCKOWSKI, Assistant Registrar for Graduation
(2) assist in attracting new international students to CSM;
MARGARET KENNEY, Reporting Specialist
(3) serve as an information resource for faculty and scholars
NOLAN OLTJENBRUNS, Registration Specialist
of the CSM community, promoting faculty exchanges and
JUDY WESTLEY, Records Specialist
the pursuit of collaborative international research activities;
The Office of the Registrar supports the academic mission
(4) foster international outreach and technology transfer pro-
of the Colorado School of Mines by providing service to our
grams; (5) facilitate arrangements for official international
current and former students, faculty, staff, and administra-
visitors to CSM; and (6) in general, help promote the interna-
tion. These services include maintaining and protecting the
tionalization of CSM’s curricular programs and activities.
integrity and security of the official academic record, regis-
Graduate students may apply for participation in dual de-
tration, degree verification, scheduling and reporting. Our
gree programs offered by CSM and its partners. Generally
office routinely reviews policy, makes recommendations for
these programs require the preparation and defense of one
change, and coordinates the implementation of approved pol-
jointly supervised thesis project and the completion of degree
icy revisions.
requirements at each participating university
The Office of the Registrar seeks to fulfill this mission
(http:/OIP.mines.edu/studentabroad/schol.html).
through a commitment to high quality service provided in a
Office of Technology Transfer
professional, efficient and courteous manner. Our specific
services include but are not limited to:
TThe purpose of the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)
is to reward innovation and entrepreneurial activity by stu-
l Enrollment and degree verifications
dents, faculty and staff, recognize the value, preserve owner-
l Transcripts
ship of CSM's intellectual property, and contribute to local
l Degree auditing and diplomas (undergraduate)
and national the economic growth. OTT reports directly to
l Transfer credit entry and verification
the Vice President of Research and Technology Transfer and
l Veteran's Administration Certifying Official services
works closely with the school's offices of Legal Services and
l Registration setup and execution
Research Administration to coordinate activities. With sup-
l Course and room scheduling
port from its external Advisory Board, OTT strives to:
l Academic and enrollment reporting
l Residency for current students
l Grade collection, reporting and changes
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Management of the Registrar's Office adheres to the guide-
Special Programs and Continuing
lines on professional practices and ethical standards devel-
Education (SPACE)
oped by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars
The SPACE Office administers short courses, special
and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). Our office also com-
programs, and professional outreach programs to practicing
plies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of
engineers and other working professionals. Short courses,
1974 (FERPA), Colorado Department of Higher Education
offered both on the CSM campus and throughout the US,
rules and policies, and the Colorado School of Mines policies
provide con centrated instruction in specialized areas and are
on confidentiality and directory information.
taught by faculty members, adjuncts, and other experienced
The Registrar's Office is located in the Student Center,
profes sionals. The Office offers a broad array of program-
Room 31. Hours of operation are Monday/Tuesday/Thurs-
ming for K-12 teachers and students through its Teacher
day/Friday, 9am-5pm; Wednesday 10am-5pm. The office
Enhancement Program, and the Denver Earth Science
phone number is (303) 273-3200. The fax number is (303)
Project. The Office also coordinates educational programs
384-2253. Lara Medley represents Colorado School of
for international corporations and governments through the
Mines as the Registrar. She is normally available on a walk-
International Institute for Professional Advancement and
in basis (when not in meetings) if a student or other client has
hosts the educational portion of the Mine Safety and Health
Training Program. A separate bulletin lists the educational
an issue that needs special attention. Appointments are also
programs offered by the SPACE Office, CSM, 1600 Jackson
welcomed.
Street, Suite 160A Golden, CO 80401. Phone: 303 279-
Research Administration
5563; FAX 303 277-8683; email space@mines.edu; website
The Office of Research Administration (ORA), under the
www.mines.edu/Educational_Outreach.
Vice President for Finance and Administration, provides ad-
Telecommunications
ministrative support in proposal preparation and contract and
The Telecommunications Office is located in the CTLM
grant administration, which includes negotiation, account set-
building 2nd floor east end room 256 and provides telephone
up, and close out of expired agreements. Information on any
services to the campus. The office is open 8:00am to
of these areas of research and specific forms can be accessed
4:00pm Monday through Friday, and can be reached by call-
on our web site at www.is.mines.edu/ora.
ing (303) 273-3355 or via the web at
Office of Strategic Enterprises
http://inside.mines.edu/Telecommunications.
NIGEL MIDDLETON, Senior Vice President
Courtesy phones are provided on each floor of the tradi-
The mission of the Office of Strategic Enterprises (OSE) is
tional residence halls and Weaver Towers as well as school
to bring Mines' educational and intellectual resources to the
owned fraternities and sororities. In-room phones are avail-
world and enable professionals, corporate entities, and uni-
able to students living in Mines Park for $18.50 per month.
versities from around the globe to interact with Mines. The
Students wishing to take advantage of in-room phones in
goal is a distinctive "anywhere, anytime" approach to learn-
Mines Park should contact the Telecommunications Office to
ing in a fast-paced, changing world. Initiatives include exec-
arrange for service. Telephone sets are not provided by the
utive and corporate training, non-degree courses, and
summer intensives. Professionals needing continuing educa-
Telecommunications Office.
tion can find short-term and part-time offerings, targeted
Students may make long distance calls from any CSM pro-
training, off-campus programs and certificate courses. OSE
vided phone by using a third party calling card. Access to
also reaches out to prospective universities on different conti-
third party carriers is available through toll-free (800, 888,
nents to initiate partnerships that could benefit from Mines'
877, 866 and 855) numbers provided by the third party car-
academic capabilities in resource or energy development.
rier along with the appropriate instructions.
Advancing Mines' global mission in other countries, OSE in-
creases opportunities for international researchers to study at
Women in Science, Engineering and
Mines, and for Mines researchers to work at international fa-
Mathematics (WISEM) Program
cilities. The Office of Special Programs and Continuing Ed-
ucation (SPACE) reports to OSE and administers most of the
The mission of WISEM is to enhance opportunities for
programmatic offerings. For further information about OSE,
women in science and engineering careers, to increase reten-
visit inside.mines.edu/Educational_Outreach.
tion of women at CSM, and to promote equity and diversity
in higher education. The office sponsors programs and serv-
ices for the CSM community regarding gender and equity is-
sues. For further information, contact: Debra K. Lasich,
Executive Director of Women in Science, Engineering and
Mathematics, Colorado School of Mines, 1710 Illinois Street,
Golden, CO 80401-1869. Phone (303) 273-3097; email dla-
sich@mines.edu; website http://wisem.mines.edu/.
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Registration and Tuition Classification
General Registration Requirements
register for research credit under course numbers 705 (M.S.)
The normal full load for graduate students is 9 credit hours
or 706 (Ph.D.) as appro priate. Faculty assign grades indicat-
per term. Special cases outlined below include first-year in-
ing satisfactory or unsatisfactory progress based on their
ternational students who must receive special instruction to
evaluation of the student’s work. Students registered for re-
improve their language skills, and students who have com-
search during the summer semester and working on campus
pleted their credit-hour requirements and are working full
must pay regular tuition and thesis research fees for summer
time on their thesis.
semester.
Full-time graduate students may register for an overload of
Eligibility for Reduced Registration
up to 6 credit hours (up to 15 credit hours total) per term at
Students enrolled in thesis-based degree programs who
no increase in tuition. Subject to written approval by their
have completed a minimum number of course and research
advisor and department head or division director, students
credit hours in their degree programs are eligible to continue
may register for more than 15 credit hours per term by pay-
to pursue their graduate program as full-time students at a re-
ing additional tuition at the regular part-time rate for all
duced registration level. In order to be considered for this re-
hours over 15. The maximum number of credits for which a
duced, full-time registration category, students must satisfy
student can register during the summer is 12.
the following requirements:
Except for students meeting any of the following condi-
1. For M.S. students, completion of 36 hours of eligible
tions, students may register at less than the required full-time
course, research and transfer credits combined
registration.
2. For Ph.D. students, completion of 72 hours of eligible
u International students subject to immigration require-
course, research, and transfer credits combined
ments. This applies to international students holding
3. For all students, an approved Admission to Candidacy
J-1 and F-1 visas.
form must be on file in the Graduate Office within the first
u Students receiving financial assistance in the form of
week of the semester you are applying for reduced thesis
graduate teaching assistantships, research assistant-
registration.
ships, fellowships or hourly contracts.
4. Candidates may not count more than 12 credit hours per
u Students enrolled in academic programs that require
semester in determining eligibility for reduced, full-time reg-
full-time registration. Refer to the degree program sec-
istration.
tions of this bulletin to see if this applies to a particular
Students who are eligible for reduced, full-time registra-
program.
tion are considered full time if they register for 4 credit hours
Students for whom any one of these conditions apply must
of research under course numbers 705 (M.S.) or 706 (Ph.D.)
register at the appropriate full-time credit hour requirement.
as appropriate.
To remain active in their degree program, students must
Graduation Requirements
register continuously each fall and spring semester. If not re-
To graduate, students must be registered during the term in
quired to register full-time, part-time students may register
which they complete their program. In enforcing this regis-
for any number of credit hours less than the full-time credit
tration requirement, the Graduate School allows students to
hour load.
complete their checkout requirements past the end of the
Summer registration is not required to maintain an active
semester. Late checkout is accepted by the Graduate School
program. Students who continue to work on their degree
through the last day of registration in the term immediately
program and utilize Mines facilities during the summer, how-
following the semester in which a student has completed his
ever, must register. Students registered during the summer
or her academic degree requirements; the Spring for Fall
are assessed regular tuition and fees.
completion, the Summer I for Spring completion, and Fall for
New graduate students entering during the fall semester
Summer II completion. Students not meeting this checkout
will be expected to pay full student fees for any courses
deadline are required to register for an additional semester
taken in the summer sessions prior to the fall term of entry.
before the Graduate School will process their checkout re-
quest. For additional information, refer to
Research Registration
http://inside.mines.edu/admiss/grad/graduation_rqmts.htm.
In addition to completing prescribed course work and de-
fending a thesis, students in thesis-based degree programs
Full-time Status - Required
must complete a research experience under the direct super-
Course Load
vision of their faculty advisor. Master students must com-
To be deemed full-time during the fall and spring semesters,
plete a minimum of 6 hours of research credit, and doctoral
students must register for at least 9 credit hours. However,
students must complete a minimum of 24 hours of research
international students need only register for 6 credit hours
credit at Mines. While completing this experience, students
during their first year, if they are required to take special lan-
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guage instruction or are accepted in Provisional Status. In the
to maintain full-time status in research-based degree pro-
event a thesis-based student has completed his or her re-
grams while taking a leave from that program to care for
quired course work and research credits and is eligible for re-
their new child, and facilitate planning for continuance of
duced, full-time registration, the student will be deemed
their degree program.
full-time if he or she is registered for at least 4 credit hours of
Nothing in the Parental Leave policy can, or is intended to
research credit.
replace communication and cooperation between the student
To be deemed full-time during the summer semester, stu-
and his or her advisor, and the good-faith efforts of both to
dents must register for a minimum of 3 credit hours.
accommodate the birth or adoption of a child within the con-
Late Registration Fee
fines and expectations of participating in a research-active
graduate degree program. It is the intent of this Policy to re-
Students must complete their registration by the date
inforce the importance of this cooperation, and to provide a
speci fied in the Academic Calendar. Students who fail to
framework of support and guidance.
complete their registration during this time will be assessed
a $100 late registration fee and will not receive any tuition
Eligibility
fellow ships for which they might otherwise be eligible.
In order to be eligible for Parental Leave, a graduate stu-
dent must:
Leave of Absence
u be the primary child care provider;
Leaves of absence are granted only when unanticipated
circumstances make it temporarily impossible for students to
u have been a full-time graduate student in his/her degree
continue to work toward a degree. Leave of absence requests
program during at least the two (2), prior consecutive
for the current semester must be received by the Dean of
semesters;
Graduate Studies prior to the last day of classes. Leave of
u be enrolled in a thesis-based degree program (i.e., Doc-
absence requests for prior semesters will not be considered.
toral or thesis-based Masters);
Any request for a leave of absence must have the prior
u be in good academic standing as defined in the Unsatis-
approval of the student’s faculty advisor, the department
factory Academic Performance section of this Bulletin;
head or division or program director and the Dean of Gradu-
u provide a letter from a physician or other health care
ate Studies. The request for a leave of absence must be in
professional stating the anticipated due date of the
writing and must include (1) the reasons why the student
child, or provide appropriate documentation specifying
must interrupt his or her studies and (2) a plan (including a
an expected date of adoption of the child;
timeline and deadlines) for resuming and completing the
work toward the degree in a timely fashion.
u notify advisor of intent to apply for Parental Leave at
least four (4) months prior to the anticipated due date
Students on leaves of absence remain in good standing
or adoption date; and
even though they are not registered for any course or re-
search credits.
u at least two (2) months prior to the expected leave date
complete, and have approved, the Request for Parental
Thesis-based students will not have access to Mines re-
Leave Form that includes an academic Program Plan
sources while on a leave of absence. This includes, but is not
for program continuance.
limited to, office space, computational facilities, library and
faculty.
Exceptions and Limitations
Students who fail to register and who are not on approved
This Policy has been explicitly constructed with the fol-
leaves of absence have their degree programs terminated.
lowing limitations:
Students who wish to return to graduate school after an
u part-time and non-thesis students are not eligible for
unauthorized leave of absence must apply for readmission
Parental Leave. These students may, however, apply for
and pay a $200 readmission fee.
a Leave of Absence through the regular procedure de-
The financial impact of requesting a leave of absence for
fined above;
the current semester is covered in the section on “Payments
u if both parents are Mines graduate students who would
and Refunds” on page 37.
otherwise qualify for leave under this Policy, each is
Parental Leave
entitled to a Parental Leave period immediately follow-
ing the birth or adoption of a child during which he or
Graduate students in thesis-based degree programs, who
she is the primary care provider, but the leaves may not
have full-time student status, may be eligible to request up to
be taken simultaneously; and
eight (8) weeks of parental leave. The Parental Leave Policy
is designed to assist students who are primary child-care
u leaves extending beyond eight (8) weeks are not cov-
providers immediately following the birth or adoption of a
ered by this Policy. The regular Leave of Absence pol-
child. The Policy is designed to make it possible for students
icy defined in the Graduate Bulletin applies to these
cases.
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Benefits
u the advisor(s) and Department Head, Division or Pro-
Under this Policy students will receive the following bene-
gram Director approved academic Program Plan.
fits and protections:
These materials should be delivered to the Office of Grad-
u a one-semester extension of all academic requirements
uate Studies no less than two (2) months prior to the antici-
(e.g., qualifying examinations, time to degree limita-
pated date of leave.
tions, etc.);
If a student and faculty member can not reach agreement
u maintenance of full-time status in degree program
on a Program Plan, they should consult with the appropriate
while on Parental Leave;
Department Head, Division or Program Director to help me-
u documentation of an academic plan that specifies both
diate and resolve the outstanding issues. As appropriate, the
how a student will continue work toward his or her de-
Department Head, Division or Program Director may request
gree prior to the leave period and how a student will
the Dean of Graduate Studies and the Director of the Women
reintegrate into a degree program after returning from
in Science, Engineering and Mathematics program provide
leave; and
additional assistance in finalizing the Program Plan.
u continuance of assistantship support during the semes-
Graduate Students with Appointments as
ter in which the leave is taken.
Graduate Research and Teaching Assistants
A graduate student who is eligible for Parental Leave and
Planning and Approval
has a continuing appointment as a research or teaching assis-
It is the student's responsibility to initiate discussions with
tant is eligible for continued stipend and tuition support dur-
his/her advisor(s) at least four (4) months prior to the antici-
ing the semester(s) in which the leave is taken. For
pated birth or adoption. This notice provides the lead time
consideration of this support, however, the timing of a leave
necessary to rearrange teaching duties (for those students
with continued stipend and tuition support must be consistent
supported by teaching assistantships), to adjust laboratory
with the academic unit's prior funding commitment to the
and research responsibilities and schedules, to identify and
student. No financial support will be provided during Leave
develop plans for addressing any new health and safety is-
in a semester in which the student would have otherwise not
sues, and to develop an academic Program Plan that pro-
been funded.
motes seamless reintegration back into a degree program.
Tuition and Fee Reimbursement: If the assistantship, either
While faculty will make every reasonable effort to meet
teaching or research, would have normally paid a student's
the needs of students requesting Parental Leave, students
tuition and mandatory fees, it will continue to do so for the
must recognize that faculty are ultimately responsible for en-
semester(s) in which the Leave is taken. Costs for tuition will
suring the rigor of academic degree programs and may have
be shared proportionally between the normal source of fund-
a direct requirement to meet specific milestones defined in
ing for the research or teaching assistantship and the Office
externally funded research contracts. Within this context, fac-
of Graduate Studies.
ulty may need to reassess and reassign specific work assign-
ments, modify laboratory schedules, etc. Without good
Stipend Support: Stipends associated with the assistantship
communication, such efforts may lead to significant misun-
will be provided at their full rate for that portion of the se-
derstandings between faculty and students. As such, there
mester(s) during which the student is not on Parental Leave.
must be good-faith, and open communication by each party
No stipend support need be provided during the time period
to meet the needs and expectations of each during this poten-
over which the Parental Leave is taken. The student may,
tially stressful period.
however, choose to have the stipend he or she would receive
during the semester(s) in which the Leave is taken delivered
The results of these discussions are to be formalized into
in equal increments over the entire semester(s).
an academic Program Plan that is agreed to by both the stu-
dent and the advisor(s). This Plan, to be accepted, must also
While on Leave, students may elect to continue to work in
receive approval by the appropriate Department Head, Divi-
some modified capacity and Faculty, Departments and Pro-
sion or Program Director and the Graduate Dean. Approval
grams may elect to provide additional stipend support in
of the Dean should be sought by submitting to the Office of
recognition of these efforts. Students, however, are under no
Graduate Studies a formal Parental Leave request, with all
obligation to do so, and if they choose to not work during
necessary signatures along with the following documenta-
their Leave period this will not be held against them when
tion;
they return from Leave. Upon return, students on Research
Assistantships are expected to continue their normal research
u letter from a physician or other health care professional
activities as defined in their Academic Plans. Students on
stating the anticipated due date of the child or other ap-
Teaching Assistantships will be directed by the Department,
propriate documentation specifying an expected date of
Division or Program as to specific activities in which they
adoption of the child; and
will engage upon return from Parental Leave.
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Registration
In-state or resident status generally requires domicile in
Students on Parental Leave should register at the full-time
Colorado for the year immediately preceding the beginning
level for research credit hours under the direction of their
of the semester in which in-state status is sought. “Domicile”
Thesis Advisor. The advisor will evaluate student progress
is “a person’s true, fixed and permanent home and place of
toward degree for the semester in which Parental Leave is
habitation.” An unemancipated minor is eligible for in-state
taken only on those activities undertaken by the student
status if at least one parent (or his or her court-appointed
while he or she is not on Leave.
guardian) has been domiciled in Colorado for at least one
Reciprocal Registration
year. If neither of the student’s parents are domiciliaries of
Colorado, the student must be a qualified person to begin the
Under the Exchange Agreement Between the State Sup-
one-year domiciliary period. A “qualified person” is someone
ported Institutions in Northern Colorado, Mines graduate
who is at least twenty-two years old, married, or emanci-
students who are paying full-time tuition may take courses at
pated. A student may prove emancipation if: (1) the student’s
Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado,
parents have entirely surrendered the right to the student’s
and University of Colorado (Boulder, Denver, Colorado
custody and earnings; (2) the student’s parents are no longer
Springs, and the Health Sciences Center) at no charge by
under any duty to financially support the student; and (3) the
completing the request form and meeting the required con -
student’s parents have made no provision for the continuing
ditions on registration and tuition, course load, and course
support of the student.
and space availability. Request forms are available from the
Registrar’s office.
To begin the one-year domiciliary period, a qualified per-
son must be living in Colorado with the present intention to
Courses completed under the reciprocal agreement may be
reside permanently in Colorado. Although none of the follow -
applied to a student's degree program. These are, however,
ing indicia are determinative, voter registration, driver’s
applied as transfer credit into the degree program. In doing
license, vehicle registration, state income tax filings, real
so, they are subject to all the limitations, approvals and re-
property interests, and permanent employment (or acceptance
quirements of any regularly transferred course.
of future employment) in Colorado will be considered in de-
In-State Tuition Classification Status
termining whether a student has the requisite intention to per-
General Information
manently reside in Colorado. Once a student’s legal residence
The State of Colorado partially subsidizes the cost of tui -
has been permanently established in Colorado, he or she may
tion for all students whose domicile, or permanent legal resi-
continue to be classified as a resident student so long as such
dence, is in Colorado. Each Mines student is classified as
residence is maintained, even though circumstances may re-
either an “in-state resident” or a “non-resident” at the time
quire extended temporary absences from Colorado.
of matriculation. These classifications, which are governed
For more information about the requirements for establish-
by Colorado law, are based upon information furnished by
ing in-state residency, please contact the Registrar’s Office.
each student on his or her application for admission to
Petitioning for In-State Tuition Classification
Mines. A student who willfully furnishes incorrect informa-
A continuing, non-resident student who believes that he
tion to Mines to evade payment of non-resident tuition shall
or she has become eligible for in-state resident tuition due to
be subject to serious disciplinary action.
events that have occurred subsequent to his or her initial en-
It is in the interest of each graduate student who is a U.S.
rollment may file a Petition for In-State Tuition Classifica-
citizen and who is supported on an assistantship or fellow-
tion with the Registrar’s Office. This petition is due in the
ship to become a legal resident of Colorado at the earliest
Registrar’s Office no later than the first day of the semester for
oppor tunity. Typically, tuition at the non-resident rate will
which the student is requesting in-state resident status. Upon
be paid by Mines for these students during their first year of
receipt of the petition, the Registrar will initially decide
study only. After the first year of study, these students may
whether the student should be granted in-state residency sta-
be responsible for paying the difference between resident and
tus. The Registrar’s decision may be appealed by petition to
non-resident tuition.
the Tuition Classification Review Committee. For more in-
Requirements for Establishing In-State Residency
formation about this process, please contact the Registrar’s
The specific requirements for establishing residency for
Office.
tuition classification purposes are prescribed by state law
(Colorado Revised Statutes, Title 23, Article 7). Because
Colorado residency status is 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
Colorado. The tuition classification statute places the burden
of proof on the student to provide clear and convincing evi-
dence of eligibility.
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In-State Tuition Classification for WICHE Program
A student who is allowed to withdraw from courses under
Participants
this policy will receive a grade of “W” for each course and
WICHE, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher
will be placed on automatic leave of absence. In order to
Education, promotes the sharing of higher education re-
resume their graduate program, they must submit a written
sources among the participating western states. Under this
application that includes documentation that the problems
program, residents of Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Mon-
which caused the withdrawal have been corrected. The stu-
tana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South
dent will be reinstated to active status upon approval of their
Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming who are enrolled
application by their advisor and their department head or di-
in qualifying graduate programs may be eligible for in-state
vision director.
tuition classification. Current qualifying programs include:
The financial impact of a withdrawal is covered in the sec-
Applied Chemistry (Ph.D.)
tion on “Payments and Refunds.”
Chemistry (M.S.)
Auditing Courses
Engineering Systems (M.S. and Ph.D.)
As part of the maximum of 15 semester hours of graduate
Environmental Science & Engineering (M.S. and Ph.D.)
work, students may enroll for no credit (NC) in a course with
Geochemistry (M.S. and Ph.D.)
the permission of the instructor. Tuition charges are the same
Geological Engineering (M.S., M.E., and Ph.D.)
for no credit as for credit enrollment.
Hydrology (M.S. and Ph.D.)
Mineral Economics (M.S. and Ph.D.)
Students must enroll for no credit before cencus day, the
Mining and Earth Systems Engineering (M.S. and Ph.D.)
last day of registration. The form to enroll for a course for no
Petroleum Engineering (M.S. and Ph.D.)
credit is available in the Registrar’s Office. NC designation is
awarded only if all conditions stipulated by course instructors
Contact the Office of Graduate Studies for more informa-
are met.
tion about WICHE.
Mines requires that all U.S. students who are being sup-
Dropping and Adding Courses
ported by the institution register full time, and federal finan-
Students may drop or add courses through web registra-
cial aid regulations prohibit us from counting NC registration
tion without paying a fee during the first 11 school days of a
in determining financial aid eligibility. In addition, the INS
regular semester, the first four school days of a six-week
requires that international students register full time, and re-
field course, or the first six school days of an eight-week
cent anti-terrorism proposals discourage us from counting
summer term.
NC registration toward that requirement. Furthermore, there
After the 11th day of classes through the 12th week, con-
are no consistent standards for expectations of students who
tinuing students may drop any course for any reason with a
register for NC in a course. Therefore, in order to treat all
grade of “W”. Graduate students in their first or second se-
Mines students consistently, NC registration will not count
mesters at Mines have through the 14th week of that semes-
toward the minimum number of hours for which students are
ter to drop a course. A student must process a drop-add form
required to register. This includes the minimum continuous
and pay a $5.00 fee for any change in class schedule after the
registration requirement of part-time students and the 3-, or
first 11 days of class, except in cases of withdrawal from
9-hour requirement for students who must register full time.
school. Forms are available in the Registrar’s Office.
The reduced registration policy is based on the principle
After the 12th (or 14th) week, no drops are permitted
that the minimum degree requirement (36 or 72 hours) would
except in case of withdrawal from school or for extenuating
include only the credits applied toward that degree. Defi-
circum stances. To request consideration of extenuating cir-
ciency and extra courses are above and beyond that mini-
cumstances, a student must submit a written request to the
mum. NC courses fall into the latter category and may not be
Graduate Dean, which includes the following:
applied toward the degree. Therefore, NC registration will
not count toward the number of hours required to be eligible
1. A list of the courses from which they wish to with-
for reduced thesis registration.
draw. This must include all courses for which they are
registered.
NC registration may involve additional effort on the part
of faculty to give and/or grade assignments or exams, so it is
2. Documentation of the problem which is the basis for
the institution’s policy to charge tuition for NC courses.
the request.
Therefore, NC registration will count toward the maximum
3. If the problem involves a medical condition, the docu-
number of credits for which a graduate student may be al-
mentation must be signed by a licensed medical doctor
lowed to register. This includes a tuition surcharge for credits
or a representative of the Mines Counseling Office.
taken over 15.
4. Signatures indicating approval by the student’s advisor
and department head or division director.
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Off-Campus Study
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-led short courses, study abroad, or
any off-campus trip sponsored by Mines or led by a Mines
faculty member. The registration must occur in the same
term that the off-campus study takes place. In addition, the
student must complete the necessary release, waiver, and
emergency contact forms, transfer credit pre-approvals, and
FERPA release, and provide adequate proof of current health
insurance prior to departure. For additional information con-
cerning study abroad requirements, contact the Office of In-
ternational Programs at (303) 384-2121; for other
information, contact the Registrar’s Office.
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General Regulations
Graduate School Bulletin
Drug Use
It is the responsibility of the graduate student to become
Recognizing the threat to health and welfare from the use
informed and to observe all regulations and procedures
of illegal drugs. this policy requires Mines students to obey
required by the program the student is pursuing. Ignorance
all Colorado and Federal laws concerning the manufacture,
of a rule does not constitute a basis for waiving that rule.
possession, sale, and use of drugs.
The current Graduate Bulletin when a graduate student first
Drug Free Schools & Communities Act
enrolls, gives the academic requirements the student must
This policy informs Mines students of community stan-
meet to graduate. However, with department consent, a stu-
dards and potential consequences (the legal sanctions) for
dent can change to the require ments in a later catalog pub-
using alcohol or drugs illegally.
lished while the student is enrolled in the graduate school.
Changes to administrative policies and procedures become
Firearms, Explosives, and Other Weapons
effective for all students as soon as the campus community is
Covered in this policy are the general ban on campus of
notified of the changes.
firearms, explosives, and other weapons, exceptions to the
ban, and the firearm storage procedures.
The Graduate Bulletin is available to students in both print
and electronic forms. Print bulletins are updated annually.
Distribution of Literature
Electronic versions of the Graduate Bulletin may be updated
Given in this policy are the restrictions on distributing
more frequently to reflect changes approved by the campus
(includ ing the selling of) literature, newspapers, and maga-
community. As such, students are encouraged to refer to the
zines on school property; the limit on distributing advertising
most recently available electronic version of the Graduate
or commercial material (for example, handbills); the require-
Bulletin. This version is available at the CSM website. The
ments for soliciting and vending on school property; and the
electronic version of the Graduate Bulletin is considered the
right to picket or demonstrate on campus.
official version of this document. In case of disagreement be-
Academic Integrity
tween the electronic and print versions, the electronic version
The Colorado School of Mines affirms the principle that
takes precedence.
all individuals associated with the Mines academic commu-
Curriculum Changes
nity have a responsibility for establishing, maintaining and
The Mines Board of Trustees reserves the right to change
fostering an understanding and appreciation for academic in-
any course of study or any part of the curriculum to respond
tegrity. In broad terms, this implies protecting the environ-
to educational and scientific developments. No statement in
ment of mutual trust within which scholarly exchange
this Bulletin or in the registration of any student shall be con-
occurs, supporting the ability of the faculty to fairly and ef-
sidered as a contract between Colorado School of Mines and
fectively evaluate every student's academic achievements,
the student.
and giving credence to the university's educational mission,
its scholarly objectives and the substance of the degrees it
General Policies of Student Conduct
awards. The protection of academic integrity requires there to
In addition to the student conduct policies described in
be clear and consistent standards, as well as confrontation
detail in this section of the Graduate Bulletin, the Colorado
and sanctions when individuals violate those standards. The
School of Mines has a number of policies which govern stu-
Colorado School of Mines desires an environment free of
dent behavior on campus. Following is a list of those impor-
any and all forms of academic misconduct and expects stu-
tant policies with a brief definition or description of each.
dents to act with integrity at all times.
Copies of the complete text describing each policy are avail-
able at the following website: http://inside.mines.edu/stu-
Student Honor Code
dent_policies.
The Colorado School of Mines students also feel strongly
about academic integrity. The students independently wrote
Campus Security
and approved an Honor Code promoting high academic stan-
This policy is intended to improve security and reduce
dards and zero tolerance of academic misconduct.
crime on campus. It includes the publishing of campus crime
statistics and procedures for reporting crimes.
Preamble: The students of Colorado School of Mines
(Mines) have adopted the following Student Honor Code
Alcohol Use
(Code) in order to establish a high standard of student behav-
This policy conforms to state and local laws on alcohol
ior at Mines. The Code may only be amended through a stu-
use, distribution, and consumption. The text restates the legal
dent referendum supported by a majority vote of the Mines
drinking age, designates campus locations for consuming
student body. Mines students shall be involved in the en-
alco holic beverages, explains procedures for planning stu-
forcement of the Code through their participation in the Stu-
dent events at which alcohol is served, and gives the penal-
dent Judicial Panel.
ties for violating the policy.
Code: Mines students believe it is our responsibility to
promote and maintain high ethical standards in order to en-
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sure our safety, welfare, and enjoyment of a successful learn-
facts without appropriate acknowledgment. Inadvertent
ing environment. Each of us, under this Code, shall assume
or unintentional misuse or appropriation of another's
responsibility for our behavior in the area of academic in-
work is nevertheless plagiarism.
tegrity. As a Mines student, I am expected to adhere to the
3. Falsification/Fabrication – inventing or altering infor-
highest standards of academic excellence and personal in-
mation. Examples include inventing or manipulating
tegrity regarding my schoolwork, exams, academic projects,
data or research procedures to report, suggest, or imply
and research endeavors. I will act honestly, responsibly, and
that particular results were achieved from procedures
above all, with honor and integrity in all aspects of my aca-
when such procedures were not actually undertaken or
demic endeavors at Mines. I will not misrepresent the work
when such results were not actually supported by the
of others as my own, nor will I give or receive unauthorized
pertinent data; false citation of source materials; report-
assistance in the performance of academic coursework. I will
ing false information about practical, laboratory, or
conduct myself in an ethical manner in my use of the library,
clinical experiences; submitting false excuses for ab-
computing center, and all other school facilities and re-
sence, tardiness, or missed deadlines; and, altering pre-
sources. By practicing these principles, I will strive to uphold
viously submitted examinations.
the principles of integrity and academic excellence at Mines.
I will not participate in or tolerate any form of discrimination
4. Tampering - interfering with, forging, altering or at-
or mistreatment of another individual.
tempting to alter university records, grades, assign-
ments, or other documents without authorization.
Policy on Violation of Student
Examples include using a computer or a false-written
Academic Misconduct
document to change a recorded grade; altering, delet-
Academic misconduct is the intentional act of fraud, in
ing, or manufacturing any academic record; and, gain-
which an individual seeks to claim credit for the work and ef-
ing unauthorized access to a university record by any
forts of another without authorization, or uses unauthorized
means.
materials or fabricated information in any academic exercise.
5. Cheating – using or attempting to use unauthorized ma-
Student Academic Misconduct arises when a student violates
terials or aid with the intent of demonstrating academic
the principle of academic integrity. Such behavior erodes
performance through fraudulent means. Examples in-
mutual trust, distorts the fair evaluation of academic achieve-
clude copying from another student's paper or receiving
ments, violates the ethical code of behavior upon which edu-
unauthorized assistance on a homework assignment,
cation and scholarship rest, and undermines the credibility of
quiz, test or examination; using books, notes or other
the university. Because of the serious institutional and indi-
devices such as calculators, PDAs and cell phones, un-
vidual ramifications, student misconduct arising from viola-
less explicitly authorized; acquiring without authoriza-
tions of academic integrity is not tolerated at Mines. If a
tion a copy of the examination before the scheduled
student is found to have engaged in such misconduct, sanc-
examination; and copying reports, laboratory work or
tions such as change of a grade, loss of institutional privi-
computer files from other students. Authorized materi-
leges, or academic suspension or dismissal may be imposed.
als are those generally regarded as being appropriate in
As a guide, some of the more common forms of academic
an academic setting, unless specific exceptions have
misconduct are noted below as a. This list is not intended to
been articulated by the instructor.
be all inclusive, but rather to be illustrative of practices the
6. Impeding - negatively impacting the ability of other
Mines faculty have deemed inappropriate:
students to successfully complete course or degree re-
1. Dishonest Conduct - general conduct unbecoming a
quirements. Examples include removing pages from
scholar. Examples include issuing misleading state-
books and removing materials that are placed on re-
ments; withholding pertinent information; not fulfill-
serve in the Library for general use; failing to provide
ing, in a timely fashion, previously agreed to projects
team members necessary materials or assistance; and,
or activities; and verifying as true, things that are
knowingly disseminating false information about the
known to the student not to be true or verifiable.
nature of a test or examination.
2. Plagiarism - presenting the work of another as one's
7. Sharing work – giving or attempting to give unautho-
own. This is usually accomplished through the failure
rized materials or aid to another student. Examples in-
to acknowledge the borrowing of ideas, data, or the
clude allowing another student to copy your work;
words of others. Examples include submitting as one's
giving unauthorized assistance on a homework assign-
own work the work of another student, a ghost writer,
ment, quiz, test or examination; providing, without au-
or a commercial writing service; quoting, either di-
thorization, copies of examinations before the
rectly or paraphrased, a source without appropriate ac-
scheduled examination; posting work on a website for
knowledgment; and using figures, charts, graphs or
others to see; and sharing reports, laboratory work or
computer files with other students.
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Procedures for Addressing Student
lowed. Faculty members may impose a lesser penalty if
Academic Misconduct
the circumstances warrant, however, the typical sanc-
tion is failure.
Faculty members and thesis committees have discretion to
address and resolve misconduct matters in a manner that is
b. Contact the Associate Dean of Students, Graduate
commensurate with the infraction and consistent with the
Dean and the student’s Department Head/Division Di-
values of the Institution. This includes imposition of appro-
rector to officially report the violation in writing within
priate academic sanctions for students involved in academic
5 business days of the charge of misconduct. The Asso-
misconduct. However, there needs to be a certain amount of
ciate Dean of Students will communicate the final reso-
consistency when handling such issues, so if a member of the
lution in writing to the student, the faculty member, the
Mines community has grounds for suspecting that a student
Office of Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor.
or students have engaged in academic misconduct, they have
The Associate Dean of Students will also keep official
an obligation to act on this suspicion in an appropriate fash-
records on all students with academic misconduct vio-
ion. The following procedure will be followed:
lations.
1. The faculty member or thesis committee informs the
4. In the case of an allegation of academic misconduct as-
student(s) of the allegations and charge of academic
sociated with research activities, investigation and res-
misconduct within 10 business days. This involves both
olution of the misconduct is governed by the
verbal and written communication to the student(s). A
Institution’s Research Integrity Policy. The Research
conversation regarding the incident should take place
Integrity Policy is available as section 10.11 of the Fac-
between the faculty member/thesis committee and stu-
ulty Handbook. If, after talking with the student, the
dent. This conversation allows faculty members to get
faculty member feels the student is responsible for mis-
the student’s perspective prior to making an official de-
conduct of this type, the faculty member should pro-
cision. It also allows faculty members to educate the
ceed as indicted in the Research Integrity Policy. If
student on inappropriate behavior.
appropriate, the student’s advisor may also assign a
grade of “PRU” for research credits in which the stu-
2. In the case of an allegation of academic misconduct as-
dent is enrolled. Regular institutional procedures result-
sociated with regular coursework, if after talking with
ing from this grade assignment are then followed.
the student, the faculty member feels the student is re-
sponsible for misconduct the faculty member should:
Prescribed Disciplinary Action for misconduct
a. Assign a grade of “F” in the course to the student(s)
associated with regular coursework:
that committed academic misconduct. A faculty mem-
1st Offense: - A grade of “F” in the course
ber may impose a lesser penalty if the circumstances
2nd Offense: - A grade of “F” in the course
warrant, however, the typical sanction is a grade of
- One-year academic suspension
“F”.
- Permanent notation of Academic
b. Contact the Associate Dean of Students and his/her
Misconduct on the student's transcript
Department Head/Division Director to officially report
the violation in writing within 5 business days of the
Students who suspect other students of academic miscon-
charge of academic misconduct. The Associate Dean
duct should report the matter to the appropriate faculty mem-
of Students will communicate the final resolution in
ber, the appropriate Department Head/Division/Program
writing to the student, the faculty member, the Office
Director, the Dean of Graduate Studies, and the Vice Presi-
of Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor. The As-
dent for Student Life or the Associate Dean of Students. The
sociate Dean of Students will also keep official records
information is then provided to the faculty member con-
on all students with academic misconduct violations.
cerned.
3. In the case of an allegation of academic misconduct as-
Appeal Process for Student Academic
sociated with activities not a part of regular coursework
Misconduct
(e.g., an allegation of cheating on a comprehensive ex-
Students charged with academic misconduct must be af-
amination), if after talking with the student, faculty
forded a fair opportunity for an appeal. For those alleged to
member(s) feel the student is responsible for miscon-
have engaged in research misconduct, the appeal procedure
duct the faculty should:
is defined in the Faculty Handbook section 10.11. For all
a. Assign an outcome to the activity that constitutes
other allegations of academic misconduct, upon notification
failure. If appropriate, the student’s advisor may also
of a finding of academic misconduct and the associated
assign a grade of “PRU” for research credits in which
penalties, the student may appeal the decision of the faculty
the student is enrolled. Regular institutional procedures
member for one of the following grounds for appeal only:
resulting from either of these outcomes are then fol-
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u The student believes his/her due process rights were vi-
b. Affirm the decision of the faculty member and uphold
olated as the student was not allowed to present rele-
the sanction(s).
vant information
c. Forward the case to the Office of Academic Affairs for
u The student can provide evidence that academic mis-
further consideration: the Student Appeals Committee
conduct did not occur and the faculty member abused
believes that additional considerations should be made
his/her authority and/or made an arbitrary decision
which could include increasing or decreasing the sanc-
without fully considering the information presented.
tions imposed or addressing additional issues that arose
u There is new information to consider that, if true,
through the appeal process. Recommendations for ap-
would be sufficient to alter the faculty member’s deci-
propriate sanctions should be made by the Student Ap-
sion. Such information must not have been known by
peals Committee to the Office of Academic Affairs.
the student appealing at the time of the original meet-
The additional consideration will be conducted by the
ing with the faculty member.
Dean of Undergraduate Studies or Dean of Graduate
Studies, depending on the academic standing of the stu-
To appeal the decision, the student must submit a written
dent requesting the appeal. The Office of Academic Af-
request in the form of a letter to the Vice President for Stu-
fairs staff member will make a final decision that will
dent Life. The letter of appeal should provide a thorough ex-
be communicated to the student within 10 business
planation of the following:
days.
1. Under what grounds (see list above) is the appeal being
The decision issued by the Student Appeals Committee or
requested?
the Office of Academic Affairs (in matters that are forwarded
2. How does the appeal request fit the selected grounds
for further consideration) is final and shall be considered
for appeal?
binding upon all involved, from which no additional appeals
3. What specific aspect of the decision is being appealed?
are permitted.
The letter of appeal must be received by the Vice President
Resolution of Conflicting Bulletin
for Student Life within 7 business days of the date of the
Provisions
written notice of a violation from the Associate Dean of Stu-
If a conflict or inconsistency is found to exist between
dents. Once an appeal request is received, the Vice President
these policies and any other provision of the Mines Graduate
for Student Life will forward it on to one of the Appeal Re-
Bulletin, the provisions of these policies shall govern the
view Administrators. The Appeal Review Administrator will
reso lu tion of such conflict or inconsistency.
review the written request to determine if the acceptable
grounds for an appeal are met and if the appeal is timely
Unsatisfactory Academic Performance
filed. After review of the request, the Appeal Review Admin-
Unsatisfactory Academic Progress Resulting in
istrator will take one of the following actions:
Probation or Discretionary Dismissal
a. Deny the appeal. If the appeal is denied, the decision is
A student’s progress toward successful completion of a
final and considered binding upon all involved, from
graduate degree shall be deemed unsatisfactory if any of the
which no additional appeals are permitted.
following conditions occur:
b. Proceed with the appeal by notifying the student and
u Failure to maintain a cumulative grade point average of
submitting all the details and the evidence to the Stu-
3.0 or greater (see Grading System section);
dent Appeals Committee for resolution.
u Receipt of an “In-Progress-Unsatisfactory” grade for
If the appeal request is granted, the Student Appeals Com-
research; or
mittee will review the case within 15 days. Please see the
u Receipt of an “Unsatisfactory Progress” recommenda-
Student Handbook for more information on the Student Ap-
tion from: (1) the head or director of the student’s home
peals Committee. The Student Appeals Committee may do
department or division, (2) the student’s thesis commit-
any or all of the following during the review: interview with
tee, or (3) a departmental committee charged with the
the faculty member; interview with the student(s); interview
responsibility of monitoring the student’s progress.
any appropriate witnesses; and/or review the student file in-
Unsatisfactory academic progress on the part of a graduate
cluding any homework, tests, quizzes or other assignments
student shall be reported to the Dean of Graduate Studies in a
that were involved in the alleged misconduct. At the conclu-
timely manner. Students making unsatisfactory progress by
sion of the review, the Student Appeals Committee will make
any of the measures listed above shall be placed on academic
one of the following decisions:
probation upon the first occurrence of such indication. Upon
a. Reverse the decision of the faculty member and with-
the second occurrence of an unsatisfactory progress indica-
draw the charge from the student’s record.
tion, the Dean shall notify the student that he or she is subject
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to discretionary dismissal according to the procedure out-
submitting a full application for admission to the Graduate
lined below.
Office. The application will be reviewed through the normal
In addition, students in thesis-based degree programs who
admission process.
are not admitted to candidacy within the time limits specified
If a student who has been reinstated or readmitted to his or
in this Bulletin may be subject to immediate mandatory dis-
her former degree program and is subsequently found to be
missal according to the procedure outlined below. Failure to
making unsatisfactory progress, the student will immediately
fulfill this requirement must be reported to the Dean of Grad-
be subject to mandatory dismissal.
uate Studies in a timely manner by the department head or
Appeal Procedures
division/program director.
Both mandatory and discretionary dismissals may be ap-
Probation and Discretionary Dismissal
pealed by a graduate student pursuant to this procedure. To
Procedures
trigger review hereunder, an appeal must: (1) be in writing;
If a student is subject to academic probation as a result of
(2) contain a succinct description of the matter being appealed;
an initial indication of unsatisfactory academic progress, the
and (3) be filed with the Office of the Dean of Graduate
Dean of Graduate Studies shall notify the student of his or
Studies no later than 20 business days from the date upon
her probationary status in a timely manner.
which the student received official notification from the
If a student is subject to discretionary dismissal by one of
Dean regarding his or her dismissal.
the mechanisms defined above, the Dean shall notify the
Upon receipt of a timely appeal of a discretionary or
student and invite him or her to submit a written remedial
mandatory dismissal, the Dean shall appoint a review com-
plan, including performance milestones and deadlines, to
mittee composed of three tenured faculty members who are
correct the deficiencies that caused or contributed to the stu-
not members of the student’s home or minor department or
dent’s unsatisfactory academic progress. The remedial plan,
division. The review committee shall review the student’s
which must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor and
appeal and issue a written recommendation thereon to the
the department head, division or program director, shall be
Dean within 20 business days. During the course of perform-
submitted to the Dean no later than 15 business days from
ing this function, the committee may: (1) interview the stu-
the date of official notification to the student of the potential
dent, the student’s advisor, and, if appropriate, the student’s
discretionary dismissal. If the Dean concludes that the reme-
thesis committee; (2) review all documentation related to the
dial plan is likely to lead to successful completion of all de-
appeal under consideration; (3) secure the assistance of out-
gree requirements within an acceptable time frame, the Dean
side expertise, if needed; and (4) obtain any other relevant in-
may halt the discretionary dismissal process and allow the
formation necessary to properly consider the appeal.
student to continue working toward his or her degree. If the
The authority to render a final decision regarding all grad-
Dean concludes that the remedial plan is inadequate, or that
uate student appeals filed hereunder shall rest with the Dean
it is unlikely to lead to successful completion of all degree
of Graduate Studies.
requirements within an acceptable time frame, the Dean shall
notify the student of his or her discretionary dismissal and in-
Exceptions and Appeals
form the student of his or her right to appeal the dismissal as
Academic Policies and Requirements
outlined below.
Academic policies and requirements are included in the
Unsatisfactory Academic Performance Resulting
Bulletin on the authority of the Mines Board of Trustees as
delegated to the Faculty Senate. These include matters such
in Mandatory Dismissal
as degree requirements, grading systems, thesis and disserta-
Unsatisfactory performance as gauged by any of the
tion standards, admission standards and new and modified
follow ing measures shall result in immediate, mandatory
degree programs, certificates, minors and courses. No Mines
dismissal of a graduate student: (1) failure to successfully
administrator, faculty or staff member may change, waive or
defend the thesis after two attempts; (2) failure to be admit-
grant exceptions to such academic policies and requirements
ted to candidacy; or (3) failure by a student subject to discre-
without approval of the Graduate Council, the Senate and/or
tionary dismissal to achieve a performance milestone or meet
the Board of Trustees as appropriate.
a deadline contained in his or her remedial plan. The Dean of
Graduate Studies shall be notified promptly of any situation
Administrative Policies and Procedures
that may subject a student to mandatory dismissal. In this
Administrative Policies and Procedures are included in
event, the Dean shall notify the student of his or her dis-
this Bulletin on the authority of the Mines Board of Trustees
missal and inform the student of his or her right to appeal the
as delegated to the appropriate administrative office. These
dismissal as outlined below.
include (but are not limited to) matters such as student record
keeping, thesis and dissertation formats and deadlines, regis-
Students who have been notified of mandatory dismissal
tration requirements and procedures, assessment of tuition
will be placed in non-degree status. They may request re -
and fees, and allocation of financial aid. The Dean of Gradu-
admission to either the same or a different degree program by
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ate Studies may waive or grant exceptions to such adminis-
Making up Undergraduate Deficiencies
trative policies and procedures as warranted by the circum-
If the department or division decides that new students do
stances of individual cases.
not have the necessary background to complete an advanced
Any graduate student may request a waiver or exception
degree, they will be required to enroll in courses for which
by the following process:
they will receive no credit toward their graduate degree, or
1. Contact the Graduate Office to determine whether a stan-
complete supervised readings, or both. Students are notified
dard form exists. If so, complete the form. If a standard
of their apparent deficiency areas in their acceptance letter
form does not exist, prepare a memo with a statement of
from the Graduate School or in their first interview with their
the request and a discussion of the reasons why a waiver
department advisor.
or exception would be justified.
Graduate students must attain a B average in deficiency
2. Have the memo or the form approved by the student’s
courses, and any student receiving a grade of D in a defi-
advisor and department head or division director, then
ciency course will be required to repeat the course. Grades
submit it to the Dean of Graduate Studies.
for these deficiency courses are recorded on the student’s
transcript, become part of the student’s permanent record,
3. If the request involves academic policies or requirements,
and are calculated into the overall GPA. Students whose under -
the Dean of Graduate Studies will request Graduate Coun-
graduate records are deficient should remove all deficiencies
cil approval at the Council’s next regularly scheduled
as soon as possible after they enroll for graduate studies.
meeting.
Graduate Students in Undergraduate
4. The Dean of Graduate Studies will notify the student of
the decision. The student may file a written appeal with
Courses
the Provost within 10 business days of being notified of
Students may apply toward graduate degree requirements
the decision. The Provost will investigate as appropriate
a maximum of nine (9) semester hours of department-ap-
to the issue under consideration and render a decision.
proved 400-level course work not taken to remove deficien-
The decision of the Provost is final.
cies upon the recommendation of the graduate committee and
the approval of the Graduate Dean.
5. At the next graduate Council meeting, the Dean will
notify the Graduate Council of the request, the decision
Students may apply toward graduate degree requirements
and the reasons for the decision. If the Graduate Council
300-level courses only in those programs which have been
endorses the decision, then any other student in the same
recommended by the department and have been approved by
situation having the same justification can expect the
the Graduate Council before the student enrolls in the course.
same decision.
In that case a maximum of nine (9) total hours of 300- and
400-level courses will be accepted for graduate credit.
Public Access to the Graduate Thesis
The award of a thesis-based graduate degree is conditioned
Independent Study (X99)
on the student’s deposit of his or her completed thesis in the
For each semester credit hour awarded for independent
Mines library to ensure its availability to the public. Al-
study a student is expected to invest approximately the same
though the student retains the copyright in the thesis, by de-
effort that would be required for an equivalently credited tra-
positing the thesis with the library, the student assigns a
ditional course. To register for independent study course, a
perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to Mines to
student should get from the Registrar's Office the form pro-
permit Mines to copy the thesis and allow the public reason-
vided for that purpose, have it completed by the instructor in-
able access to it.
volved and appropriate department/division head, and return
it to the Registrar's Office.
Under special circumstances, Mines may agree to include
proprietary research in a graduate student’s thesis. The nature
Course and Research Grades
and extent of the proprietary research reported in the thesis
All candidates for graduate degrees must maintain a cumu-
must be agreed upon in writing by the principal investigator,
lative grade point average of at least 3.0 in all courses taken
student and Dean of Graduate Studies. In some cases, the
after acceptance into a degree program. This includes both
proprietary nature of the underlying research may require
graduate and undergraduate courses. Any grade lower than
the school to delay public access to the completed thesis for
“C-” is not acceptable for credit toward graduate degree re-
a limited period of time. In no case will public access to the
quirements or graduate deficiencies.
thesis be denied for more than12 months from the date the
For research credits, students receive either an “In
Statement of Work Completion form is submitted to the
Progress-Satisfactory” or an “In Progress-Unsatisfactory”
Graduate School.
grade based on their faculty advisor’s evaluation of their
work. Research grades do not enter into the calculation of the
student’s grade point average.
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Students who fail to maintain a grade point average of at
3. If after discussion with the instructor, the student is still
least 3.0, or who receive an In Progress-Unsatisfactory re-
dissatisfied, he or she can proceed with the appeal by sub-
search grade are placed on academic probation by the Gradu-
mitting three copies of the written appeal plus three
ate Dean and may be subject to discretionary dismissal as
copies of a summary of the instructor/student meetings
defined by the Unsatisfactory Academic Performance section
held in connection with the previous step to the President
of this Bulletin (see page 28).
of the Faculty Senate. These must be submitted to the
Grade Appeal Process
President of the Faculty Senate no later than 25 business
days after the start of the regular semester immediately
Mines faculty have the responsibility, and sole authority
following the semester in which the contested grade was
for, assigning grades. As instructors, this responsibility in-
received. The President of the Faculty Senate will for-
cludes clearly stating the instructional objectives of a course,
ward the student's appeal and supporting documents to
defining how grades will be assigned in a way that is con -
the Faculty Affairs Committee, the course instructor's De-
sistent with these objectives, and then assigning grades. It is
partment Head/Division Director, and the instructor.
the student’s responsibility to understand the grading criteria
and then maintain the standards of academic performance
4. The Faculty Affairs Committee will request a response to
estab lished for each course in which he or she is enrolled.
the appeal from the instructor and begin an investigation
of the student's allegations and basis for appealing the
If a student believes he or she has been unfairly graded,
grade. During the course of performing its investigation,
the student may appeal the grade to the Faculty Affairs Com-
the Committee may: 1) interview the student, the student's
mittee of the Faculty Senate. The Faculty Affairs Committee
advisor, the course instructor and other witnesses deemed
is the faculty body authorized to review and modify course
relevant to the investigation; 2) review all documentation
grades, in appropriate circumstances. Any decision made by
related to the appeal under consideration; 3) secure the as-
the Faculty Affairs Committee is final. In evaluating a grade
sistance of outside expertise, if needed; and 4) obtain any
appeal, the Faculty Affairs Committee will place the burden
other information deemed necessary to consider and re-
of proof on the student. For a grade to be revised by the Fac-
solve the appeal.
ulty Affairs Committee, the student must demonstrate that
the grading decision was unfair by documenting that one or
Upon request, the Faculty Affairs Committee may share
more of the following conditions applied:
summaries of testimony and other information examined
by the Committee with both the student and the instructor.
1. The grading decision was based on something other than
Certain information, however, may be redacted from ma-
course performance; unless the grade was a result of
terials forwarded to the student and instructor to maintain
penalty for academic dishonesty or the grade was WI
other students' rights subject to protection under the Fam-
(withdrawn involuntarily).
ily Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), or other
2. The grading decision was based on standards that were
state and federal law.
unreasonably different from those applied to other stu-
Based on its investigation, the Faculty Affairs Committee
dents in the same section of that course.
will determine whether the grade should be revised. The
3. The grading decision was based on standards that differed
decision rendered will be either: 1) the original grading
substantially and unreasonably from those previously ar-
decision is upheld, or 2) sufficient evidence exists to indi-
ticulated by the instructor.
cate a grade has been assigned unfairly. In this latter case,
To appeal a grade, the student must proceed as follows:
the Faculty Affairs Committee will assign the student a
new grade for the course. The Committee's written deci-
1. The student must prepare a written appeal of the grade re-
sion and supporting documentation will be delivered to
ceived in the course. This appeal must clearly define the
the President of the Faculty Senate, the office of the
basis for the appeal and must present all relevant evidence
EVPAA, the student, the instructor, and the instructor's
supporting the student’s case.
Department Head/Division Director no later than 25 busi-
2. After preparing the written appeal, the student must de-
ness days following the Senate's receipt of the grade ap-
liver this appeal to the course instructor and attempt to re-
peal. The Faculty Affairs Committee's decision shall
solve the issue directly with the instructor. Written grade
constitute the final decision of the grade appeal. There is
appeals must be delivered to the instructor no later than
no further internal appeal available to the parties.
10 business days after the start of the regular (fall or
The schedule, but not the process, outlined above may be
spring) semester immediately following the semester in
modified upon mutual agreement of the student, the instruc-
which the contested grade was received. In the event that
tor, and the Faculty Affairs Committee
the course instructor is unavailable, the course coordina-
tor (first) or the Department Head/Division Director (sec-
ond) will represent the instructor.
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Graduation
check with the financial aid office to determine what impact
Al students expecting to graduate must submit a
a withdrawal may have on current or future aid.
graduation application to the Office of Graduate
Nondegree Students
Studies.
A nondegree student is one who has not applied to pursue a
Graduation application deadlines are scheduled well in
degree program at Mines but wishes to take courses regularly
advance of the date of Commencement to allow time for or-
offered on campus. Nondegree students register for courses
dering diploma covers and for printing graduation invitations
through the Registrar’s office after degree students have reg-
and programs. Students who submit applications after the
istered. Such students may take any course for which they
stated deadline cannot be guaranteed a diploma dated for that
have the prerequisites as listed in the Mines Bulletin or have
graduation, and cannot be assured inclusion in the graduation
the permission of the instructor. Transcripts or evidence of
program or ceremony. Graduation applications are accepted
the prerequisites are required. Nondegree students pay all
only for students who have previously submitted to, and had
applicable tuition, but do not pay student fees except for the
approved by the Office of Graduate Studies, the appropriate
technology fee.
Advisor/Thesis Committee and Admission to Candidacy
forms as applicable to the degree sought.
Veterans’ Benefits
Colorado School of Mines is approved by the Colorado
All graduating students must officially check out of their
State Approving Agency for Veteran Benefits under chapters
degree program, including paying the mandatory graduation
30, 31, 32, 35, and 1606. Graduate students must register for
fee. Checkout cards may be obtained from the Graduate
and maintain nine hours of graduate work in any semester to
Office and must be completed and returned by the estab-
be certified as a full-time student for full-time benefits. Any
lished deadline. Students must register for the next term
hours taken under the full-time category will decrease the
unless the graduation checkout process is completed by the
benefits to 3/4 time, 1/2 time, or tuition payment only.
last day of registration for the following semester.
Students receiving benefits must report all changes in
The awarding of a degree is contingent upon the student’s
hours, addresses, marital status, or dependents to the Veter-
successful completion of all program requirements with at
ans’ Counseling Office located in the Registrar’s Office as
least a 3.000 GPA before the date of graduation. Students
soon as possible to avoid overpayment or underpayment.
who fail to graduate at the time originally anticipated must
Veterans must see the Veterans’ Counselor each semester to
re apply for the next graduation before the appropriate dead-
be certified for any benefits for which they may be eligible.
line date stated in the Graduate Handbook.
In order for veterans to continue to receive benefits, they
Students who have completed all of their degree require-
must make satisfactory progress as defined by CSM.
ments before the specific graduation date, but who have not
Graduate Grading System
applied for graduation can, if necessary, request a letter from
the Graduate Office certifying the completion of their pro-
Grades
grams. The student should apply for the next graduation, and
When a student registers in a graduate (500 and 600 level )
the diploma will show the date of that graduation.
course, one of the following grades will appear on the aca-
demic record. Grades are based on the level of performance
Graduation exercises are held in December and May.
and represent the extent of the student's demonstrated mas-
Students eligible to graduate at these times are expected to
tery of the material listed in the course outline and achieve-
attend their respective graduation exercises. Students in
ment of the stated course objectives. These are CSM's grade
thesis-based degree programs may not, under any circum-
symbols and their qualitative interpretations:
stances, attend graduation exercises before completing all
degree requirements.
A
Excellent
A-
Diplomas, transcripts, and letters of completion will not
B+
be released by the School for any student or graduate who
B
Acceptable for Graduate credit
has an unsettled obligation of any kind to the School.
B-
Withdrawing from School
C+
To officially withdraw from Mines, a graduate student
C
May be acceptable for Graduate
must communicate directly with the Graduate Dean or
credit
process a withdrawal form through the Graduate Office.
C-
When the form is completed, the student will receive grades
D+
of W in courses in progress. If the student does not officially
D
Not acceptable for graduate
withdraw the course grades are recorded as F’s. Leaving
credit
school without having paid tuition and fees will result in the
D-
encumbrance of the transcript. Federal aid recipients should
F
Failed
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S Satisfactory
C- or better, used only as a
Progress, may be given, and if given, indicates that a student
mid-term grade
has not made satisfactory progress toward the research com-
U
Unsatisfactory below C-,
ponent of a thesis-based degree program. In this case, receipt
used only as a mid-term grade
of a grade of PRU may trigger academic disciplinary pro-
INC
Incomplete
ceedings as described in the Unsatisfactory Academic Per-
PRG
Satisfactory Progress
formance portion of this Bulletin (see page 28).
PRU
Unsatisfactory Progress
Unless faculty submit change of grade forms to the Regis-
trar, grades of PRU delivered for unsatisfactory research per-
Graduate students enrolled in undergraduate-level courses
formance, are not changed to PRG upon the successful
(400-level and below) are graded using the undergraduate
completion of a student's degree program.
grading system. See the Mines Undergraduate Bulletin for a
description of this system.
NC Grade
In addition to these performance symbols, the following is
For special reasons and with the instructor's permission, a
a list of additional registration symbols that may appear on a
student may register in a course for no credit (NC). To have
CSM transcript.
the grade NC appear on the transcript, the student must enroll
at registration time as a NC student in the course and comply
WI
Involuntarily Withdrawn
with all conditions stipulated by the course instructor. If a
W
Withdrew, No Penalty
student registered as NC fails to satisfy all conditions, no
T
Transfer Credit
record of this registration in the course will be made.
NC
Not for Credit
Z
Grade not yet Submitted
Quality Hours and Quality Points
For graduation a student must successfully complete a cer-
Incomplete Grade
tain number of required semester hours and must maintain
If a graduate student fails to complete a course because of
grades at a satisfactory level. Numerical values assigned to
illness or other reasonable excuse, the student receives a
each letter grade are given in the table below.
grade of Incomplete, a temporary grade which indicates a de-
ficiency in the quantity of work done. A graduate student
Numerical
must remove all Incomplete grades within the first four
Grade
Value
weeks of the first semester of attendance following that in
which the grade was received. If not removed within the four
A
4.000
weeks, the Incomplete will become an F.
A-
3.700
Satisfactory Progress Grades
B+
3.300
A graduate student may receive a grade of Satisfactory
B
3.000
Progress, PRG, in either one of two possible situations: 1) as
B-
2.700
a grade for a course extending more than one semester and 2)
C+
2.300
as a grade indicating completion of research credit hours.
C
2.000
For students completing independent study or seminar
C-
1.700
courses extending over multiple semesters, the progress
grade has no point value. In such cases, the student receives a
D+
1.300
grade of PRG, which indicates that the work is not yet com-
D
1.000
pleted. For multi-semester independent study courses, upon
D-
0.700
completion of course requirements, final grades are assigned
to all semesters in which the student enrolled in the course,
F
0.000
replacing previous PRG grades as appropriate. In seminar
The number of quality points earned in any course is the
courses which may not be repeated for credit, even if contin-
number of semester hours assigned to that course multiplied
uous enrollment is required by the degree program, the PRG
by the numerical value of the grade received. The quality
grade remains with a final grade being assigned to last se-
hours earned are the number of semester hours in which
mester of attendance only.
grades are awarded. To compute a grade-point average, the
For all multi-semester courses, independent study and
number of cumulative quality hours is divided into the cumu-
seminar, students must register for the same course in each
lative quality points earned. Grades of W, WI, INC, PRG,
regular (Fall or Spring) semester of attendance until such
PRU, or NC are not counted in quality hours.
time as a final grade is assigned."
When applied to research credits, the Satisfactory Progress
grade, PRG, also has no point value toward a student's GPA,
but indicates satisfactory progress toward completion of the
research component of a student's thesis-based degree pro-
gram. In this situation, a grade of PRU, Unsatisfactory
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Semester Hours
Courses from other institutions transferred to Colorado
The number of times a class meets during a week (for
School of Mines are not counted in any grade-point average.
lecture, recitation, or laboratory) determines the number of
Electronic Communications (Email) Policy
semester hours assigned to that course. Class sessions are
normally 50 minutes long and represent one hour of credit
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
for each hour meeting. Two to four hours of laboratory work
Communication to students at the Colorado School of
per week are equivalent to 1-semester hour of credit. For the
Mines (Mines) is an important element of the official busi-
average student, each hour of lecture and recitation requires
ness of the university. It is vital that Mines have an efficient
at least two hours of preparation.
and workable means of getting important and timely infor-
mation to students. Examples of communications that re-
Grade-Point Averages
quire timely distribution include information from Fiscal
Grade-Point Averages shall be specified, recorded, re-
Services, the Registrar's Office, or other offices on campus
ported, and used to three figures following the decimal point
that need to deliver official and time-sensitive information to
for any and all purposes to which said averages may apply.
students. (Please note that emergency communications may
All graduate degree programs require students have a min-
occur in various forms based on the specific circumstances).
imum overall grade point average of 3.000 in order to be eli-
Electronic communication through e-mail and Trailhead
gible to receive the degree. All courses (including deficiency
Portal announcements provides a rapid, efficient, and effec-
courses) taken at the Colorado School of Mines after first en-
tive form of communication. Reliance on electronic commu-
rolling in a graduate degree program are included in the cal-
nication has become the accepted norm within the Mines
culation of the overall grade point average for that program.
community. Additionally, utilizing electronic communica-
Grades for courses applied to a degree program as transfer
tions is consistent with encouraging a more environmentally-
credit are not included in any grade point average calcula-
conscious means of doing business and encouraging
tion. Specifics in calculating the overall, and other grade
continued stewardship of scarce resources. Because of the
point averages are defined below.
wide-spread use and acceptance of electronic communica-
Overal Grade-Point Average
tion, Mines is adopting the following policy regarding elec-
Beginning Fall 2011, all attempts at every CSM course
tronic communications with students.
will count in the overall grade point average. No repeat ex-
POLICY
clusions apply.
It is the policy of the Colorado School of Mines that offi-
The overall grade-point average includes all attempts at
cial university-related communications with students will be
courses taken at Colorado School of Mines with the excep-
sent via Mines' internal e-mail system or via campus or tar-
tion of courses which fall under the repeat policy in effect
geted Trailhead announcements. All students will be as-
from Fall 2007 through Summer 2010.
signed a Mines e-mail address and are expected to
periodically check their Mines assigned e-mail as well as
If a course completed during the Fall 2007 term through
their Trailhead portal page. It is also expected that e-mail
Summer 2010 was a repeat of a course completed in any pre-
sent to students will be read in a timely manner. Communi-
vious term and the course was not repeatable for credit, the
cations sent via e-mail to students will be considered to have
grade and credit hours earned for the most recent occurrence
been received and read by the intended recipients.
of the course will count toward the student's grade-point av-
erage and the student's degree requirements. The most recent
PROCEDURES
course occurrence must be an exact match to the previous
1.
All students will be given an EKey, which is an ac-
course completed (subject and number). The most recent
tivation code that offers access to electronic resources at
grade is applied to the overall grade-point average even if the
Mines. With their EKey, students must activate their as-
previous grade is higher.
signed Mines e-mail address.
Courses from other institutions transferred to Colorado
2.
Once their e-mail address is activated, students are
School of Mines are not counted in any grade-point average,
expected to check their Mines e-mail inbox on a frequent and
and cannot be used under this repeat policy. Only courses
consistent basis and have the responsibility to recognize that
originally completed and subsequently repeated at Colorado
certain communications from the university may be time-
School of Mines during Fall 2007 through Summer 2010
critical. As such, students also are responsible for respond-
with the same subject code and number apply to this repeat
ing in a timely manner to official communications from the
policy.
university when a response is requested.
All occurrences of every course taken at Colorado School
3.
The policy does not prevent students from using a
of Mines will appear on the official transcript along with the
personal e-mail address for university-related communica-
associated grade.
tions and purposes. If a student chooses to use a personal e-
mail address as his or her address of choice for receiving
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university-related communications, he or she must forward e-
Directory Information. The School maintains lists of in-
mail from the Mines assigned e-mail address to the personal
formation which may be considered directory information as
e-mail address. However, if a student chooses to forward
defined by the regulations. This information includes name,
communications to a personal e-mail address, she or he must
current and permanent addresses and phone numbers, date of
be aware that Mines personnel may not be able to assist in re-
birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, part or full-
solving technical difficulties with personal e-mail accounts.
time status, degrees awarded, last school attended, participa-
Furthermore, forwarding communications to a personal e-
tion in officially recognized activities and sports, class, and
mail address does not absolve a student from the responsibil-
academic honors. Students who desire that this information
ities associated with communication sent to his or her official
not be printed or released must so inform the Registrar before
Mines e-mail address. Please note: If a student changes his
the end of the first two weeks of the fall semester for which
or her official Mines e-mail address to a personal address, it
the student is registered. Information will be withheld for the
will be changed back to the Mines assigned e-mail address.
entire academic year unless the student changes this request.
Students have the option to forward their Mines e-mail to a
The student’s signature is required to make any changes for
personal address to avoid this problem. Should a student
the current academic year. The request must be renewed each
choose the forwarding option, he or she must ensure that
fall term for the upcoming year. The following student
SPAM filters will not block e-mail coming from the
records are maintained by Colorado School of Mines at the
mines.edu address.
various offices listed below:
4.
Nothing in these procedures should be construed as
1. General Records: Registrar and Graduate Dean
prohibiting university -related communications being sent via
2. Transcript of Grades: Registrar
traditional means. Use of paper-based communication may
be necessary under certain circumstances or may be more ap-
3. Computer Grade Lists: Registrar
propriate to certain circumstances. Examples of such com-
4. Encumbrance List: Controller and Registrar
munications could include, but not be limited to disciplinary
5. Academic Probation/Suspension List: Graduate Dean
notices, fiscal services communications, graduation informa-
tion and so forth.
6. Advisor File: Academic Advisor
7. Option/Advisor/Enrolled/ Minority/Foreign List:
RESPONSIBLE PARTIES
Registrar, Dean of Students, and Graduate Dean
Questions about this policy may be directed as follows:
8. Externally Generated SAT/GRE Score Lists:
Registrar's Office
Graduate Dean
Phone: 303-273-3200 or
E-mail: registrar@mines.edu
9. Financial Aid File: Financial Aid (closed records)
Academic Computing and Networking
10. Medical History File: School Physician (closed records)
Phone: 303-273-3431 or
Student Access to Records. The graduate student wishing
Complete a request form at the
access to his or her educational records will make a written
Mines Help Center (http://helpdesk.mines.edu/)
request to the Graduate Dean. This request will include the
Access to Student Records
student’s name, date of request and type of record to be re-
viewed. It will be the responsibility of the Dean to arrange a
Students at the Colorado School of Mines are protected by
mutually satisfactory time for review. This time will be as
the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as
soon as practical but is not to be later than 30 business days
amended. This Act was designed to protect the privacy of
from receipt of the request. The record will be reviewed in
edu cation records, to establish the right of students to inspect
the presence of the Dean or designated representative. If the
and review their education records, and to provide guidelines
record involves a list including other students, steps will be
for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through
taken to preclude the viewing of the other student name and
informal and formal hearings. Students also have the right to
information.
file complaints with The Family Educational Rights and Pri-
vacy Act Office (FERPA) concerning alleged failures by the
Challenge of the Record. If the student wishes to chal-
institution to comply with the Act. Copies of local policy can
lenge any part of the record, the Dean will be so notified in
be found in the Registrar’s Office. Contact information for
writing. The Dean may then (l) remove and destroy the dis-
FERPA complaints is
puted document, or (2) inform the student that it is his deci-
sion that the document represents a necessary part of the
Family Policy Compliance Office
record; and, if the student wishes to appeal, (3) convene a
U.S. Department of Education
meeting of the student and the document originator (if rea-
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
sonably available) in the presence of the Executive Vice
Washington, D. C. 20202-4605
President for Academic Affairs as mediator, whose decision
will be final.
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Destruction of Records. Records may be destroyed at any
Posthumous Degree Awards
time by the responsible official if not otherwise precluded by
The faculty may recognize the accomplishments of stu-
law except that no record may be destroyed between the
dents who have died while pursuing their educational goals.
dates of access request and the viewing of the record. If dur-
If it is reasonable to expect that the student would have com-
ing the viewing of the record any item is in dispute, it may
pleted his or her degree requirements, the faculty may award
not be destroyed.
a Baccalaureate or Graduate Degree that is in all ways identi-
Access to Records by Other Parties. Colorado School of
cal to the degree the student was pursuing. Alternatively, the
Mines will not permit access to student records by persons
faculty may award a Posthumous BS, MS, or Ph.D. to com-
outside the School except as follows:
memorate students who distinguished themselves while at
1. In the case of open record information as specified in
Mines by bringing honor to the School and its traditions.
the section under Directory Information.
Consideration for either of these degrees begins with a pe-
2. To those people specifically designated by the student.
tition to the Faculty Senate from an academic department or
Examples would include request for transcript to be
degree granting unit. The petition should identify the degree
sent to graduate school or prospective employer.
sought. In the event that the degree-granting unit is seeking a
3. Information required by a state or federal agency for
conventional degree award, the petition should include evi-
the purpose of establishing eligibility for financial aid.
dence of the reasonable expectations that the student would
4. Accreditation agencies during their on-campus review.
have completed his or her degree requirements. For a Bac-
5. In compliance with a judicial order or lawfully issued
calaureate, such evidence could consist of, but is not limited
subpoena after the student has been notified of the in-
to:
tended compliance.
• The student was a senior in the final semester of course-
6. Any institutional information for statistical purposes
work,
which is not identifiable with a particular student.
• The student was enrolled in courses that would have
7. In compliance with any applicable statue now in effect
completed the degree requirements at the time of death
or later enacted. Each individual record (general, tran-
script, advisor, and medical) will include a log of those
• The student would have passed the courses with an ac-
persons not employed by Colorado School of Mines
ceptable grade, and would likely have fulfilled the re-
who have requested or obtained access to the student
quirements of the degree.
record and the legitimate interest that the person has in
For a Graduate Degree:
making the request.
• For graduate degrees not requiring a research product,
the student was enrolled in courses that would have
The School discloses education records without a student's
completed the degree requirements at the time of death,
prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclo-
would have passed the courses with an acceptable
sure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.
grade, and would likely have fulfilled the requirements
A school official is a person employed by the School in an
of the degree.
administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support
staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and
• For graduate degrees requiring a research product, the
health staff); a person or company with whom the School has
student had completed all course and mastery require-
contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using
ments pursuant to the degree and was near completion
School employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor,
of the dissertation or thesis, and the student’s committee
or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of
found the work to be substantial and worthy of the de-
Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such
gree.
as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another
The requirement that there be a reasonable expectation of
school official in performing his or her tasks.
degree completion should be interpreted liberally and weight
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the
should be given to the judgment of the departmental repre-
official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill
sentative(s) supporting the petition.
his or her professional responsibilities for the School.
In the event that the degree being sought is a Posthumous
BS, MS, or Ph.D., the petition should include evidence that
the student conducted himself or herself in the best tradition
of a Mines’ graduate and is therefore deserving of that honor.
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Tuition, Fees, Financial Assistance
Tuition and fees are established by the Board of Trustees
The amount of tuition and fee assessment is based pri -
of the Colorado School of Mines following the annual budget
marily on each student’s enrolled courses. In the event a
process and action by the Colorado General Assembly and
student withdraws from a course or courses, assessments
Governor.
will be adjusted as follows:
Graduate Tuition
P If the withdrawal is made prior to the end of the
The official tuition and approved charges for the 2010-
add/drop period for the term of enrollment, as deter-
2011 academic year will be available prior to the start of the
mined by the Registrar, tuition and fees will be ad-
2010-2011 academic year located at
justed to the new course level without penalty.
http://www.is.mines.edu/budget/budget_current/tuition_rates.pdf
P If the withdrawal from a course or courses is made
Fees
after the add/drop period, and the student does not of-
ficially withdraw from school, no adjustment in
The official fees, approved charges, and fee descriptions
charges will be made.
for the 2009-2010 academic year will be available prior to
the start of the 2009-2010 academic year and can be found
P If the withdrawal from courses is made after the
at: http://www.is.mines.edu/budget/budget_current/fees.pdf
add/drop period, and the student withdraws from
school, tuition and fee assessments will be reduced ac-
Please note that graduate students who register for under-
cording to the following schedule:
graduate courses to satisfy deficiencies may be assessed the
same fee that an undergraduate student would pay.
P Within the 7 calendar days following the end of
the add/drop period, 60 percent reduction in
Payments and Refunds
charges.
Payment Information
P Within the next following 7 calendar days, a 40
A student is expected to complete the registration process,
percent reduction in charges.
including the payment of tuition and fees, before attending
class. Students should mail their payments to: Cashier
P Within the next following 7 calendar days, a 20
Colorado School of Mines 1500 Illinois St. Golden, CO
percent reduction in charges.
80401-1869 or pay at the Cashier’s Office in The Ben Parker
P After that period, no reduction of charges will be
Student Center. Please write your student ID on payment.
made.
Late Payment Penalties
The schedule above applies to the Fall and Spring semes-
A penalty will be assessed against a student if payment is
ters. The time periods for the Summer sessions - Field and
not received in full by the official day of registration. The
Summer - will be adjusted in proportion to the reduced num-
penalty is described in the schedule of courses for each
ber of days in these semesters.
semester. If payment is not completed by the sixth week of
Room and board refunds are pro-rated to the date of
class, the student may be officially withdrawn from classes.
checkout from the Residence Hall. Arrangements must be
Financial Responsibility
made with the Housing Office. Student health insurance
Registration for classes at CSM implies an obligation by
charges are not refundable. The insurance remains in effect
the student to meet all related financial responsibilities in a
for the entire semester.
timely manner. Students who do not fulfill their financial
PLEASE NOTE: Students receiving federal financial aid
obli gations according to published deadlines are subject to
under the Title IV programs may have a different refund de-
the following: late payment penalties accrued on any out-
termined as required by federal law or regulations.
standing balance, and the withholding of transcripts. Past due
accounts will be turned over to Colorado Central Collection
Financial Assistance for Graduate Studies
Services in accordance with Colorado law. Collection costs
Graduate study is a considerable investment of time,
will be added to the student’s account, and delinquencies
energy, and money by serious students who expect a substan-
may be reported to national credit bureaus.
tial return not only in satisfaction but also in future earnings.
Applicants are expected to weigh carefully the investment
Encumbrances
they are willing to make against expected benefits before
A student will not be permitted to register for future
apply ing for admission.
classes, to graduate, or to get an official transcript of his
Students are also expected to make full use of any resources
academic record while indebted in any way to CSM.
available, including personal and loan funds, to cover expenses,
Refunds
and the School can offer some students financial aid through
Refunds for tuition and fees are made according to the
graduate research and teaching assistantships and through
follow ing policy:
industry, state, and federal fellowships.
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Purpose of Financial Aid
Graduate Fel owships
The Graduate School’s limited financial aid is used
The departments and divisions award Colorado Fellow-
1. To give equal access to graduate study by assisting stu-
ships based on the student’s academic performance.
dents with limited personal resources;
Graduate Student Loans
2. To compensate graduate students who teach and do re-
Need-based federal student loans are available for gradu-
search;
ate students who need additional funding beyond their own
resources and any assistantships or fellowships they may re-
3. To give an incentive to exceptional students who can
ceive. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid
provide academic leadership for continually improving grad-
(FAFSA) must be completed to apply for these loan funds.
uate programs.
Students must be degree seeking and attending at least part-
Employment Restrictions and Agreements
time (4.5 hrs) per semester to be eligible. Degree seeking
Students who are employed full time or who are enrolled
students who are approved for reduced registration (4 hrs/se-
part time are not eligible for financial aid through the Gradu-
mester) are also eligible.
ate School.
Specific information and procedures for filing the FAFSA
Students who are awarded assistantships must sign an
can be found on the Financial Aid Office web site at http://fi-
appoint ment agreement, which gives the terms of appoint-
naid.mines.edu/Grad_TOC.html. The Financial Aid Office
ment and specifies the amount and type of work required.
telephone number is 303-273-3220, and the e-mail address is
Graduate assistants who hold regular appointments are ex-
finaid@mines.edu.
pected to devote all of their efforts to their educational pro-
Satisfactory Academic Progress for Federal
gram and may not be otherwise employed without the written
Student Loans and Colorado Grad Grant
permission of their supervisor and the Graduate Dean. Stu-
To maintain eligibility for federal student loans, students
dents with assistant ships during the academic year must be
are expected to achieve a minimum 3.000 cumulative grade
registered as full time. During the summer session they must
average at the end of each semester. In addition, if students
be registered for a minimum of three credit hours, unless
enroll full time (9 credits or more) they must pass at least 9
they qualify for the summer research registration exception.
credits. If enrolled for fewer than 9 credits, students must
Please see http://www.mines.edu/graduate_admissions for
pass all of the credits for which they are registered. If this is
details on summer registration exception eligibility.
not done, the student will be given a financial aid warning
Aid Application Forms
semester, after which the student must return to satisfactory
New students interested in applying for financial aid are
academic standing to maintain eligibility. Satisfactory aca-
encouraged to apply early. Financial aid forms are included
demic progress is determined after each semester, including
in Graduate School application packets and may be filled out
summer.
and returned with the other application papers.
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Graduate Degrees and Requirements
Colorado School of Mines offers post-baccalaureate pro-
Students and advisors are required to certify successful
grams leading to the awarding of Graduate Certificates, Pro-
completion of the NSF-RCR requirement as part of the Ad-
fessional Masters degrees, thesis and non-thesis Master of
mission to Candidacy process described in the sections
Science and Master of Engineering degrees, and Doctor of
below.
Philosophy degrees. This section describes these degrees and
II. Professional Programs
explains the minimum institutional requirements for each.
A. Graduate Certificate Program
Students may apply to, and be admitted in, multiple gradu-
Graduate Certificate Programs at CSM are designed to
ate degrees simultaneously. In this case, a student may use
have selective focus, short time to completion and consist
the same graduate course credits to satisfy the degree re-
of course work only. For more information about specific
quirements for each degree. Students enrolled simultaneously
professional programs, please refer to the “Graduate Degree
in two Masters degree programs may double count up to half
Programs and Description of Courses” portion of this Bul-
of the course credits required for the Masters degree program
letin.
with the smallest course credit hour requirement toward both
degree programs. Students simultaneously enrolled in a Mas-
1. Academic Requirements
ters degree and Doctoral degree may double count course
Each Graduate Certificate requires a minimum of 12 total
credits toward each degree without limit. Course credits,
credit hours. No more than 3 credit hours at the 400 level
however, may never be applied (i.e., double counted in the
may be applied toward the minimum credit-hours require-
case of concurrent degree enrollment or used as transfer
ment. All other credits must be at or above the 500 level.
credit in the case of sequential degree enrollment) toward
Students may not, on an individual basis, request credit hours
more than two graduate degrees.
be transferred from other institutions as part of the Certificate
requirements. Some Graduate Certificates, however, may
Before the Graduate School will count these credits toward
allow the application of specific, pre-approved transfer
each degree requirement, the student must obtain written per-
credits, or credits from other institutions with whom CSM
mission to do so from each department, division or program
has formal agreements for this purpose toward fulfilling the
granting degree. This permission should be submitted with
requirements of the Certificate. All courses applied to a
the student’s Admission to Candidacy forms and should
Graduate Certificate are subject to approval by the program
clearly indicate that each degree program is aware that cred-
offering the certificate.
its are being counted toward the requirements of multiple de-
grees. For thesis-based students this permission should be
If a student has earned a Graduate Certificate and subse-
provided by the student’s thesis committee. For non-thesis
quently applies, and is accepted into a Master's or PhD pro-
and certificate programs, permission should be obtained from
gram at Mines, credits earned in the Certificate Program
program coordinators or department/division chairs.
may, with the approval of the advanced degree program, be
applied to the advanced degree subject to all the applicable
I. Responsible Conduct of Research
restrictions on credit hours that may be applied toward ful-
Requirement
filling the requirements of the advanced degree.
All students supported at any time in their graduate career
2. Admission to Candidacy
through the National Science Foundation (NSF), as research
Full-time students must complete the following require-
assistants, hourly employees or fellowship awardees, must
ments within the first semester after enrolling into a Graduate
complete training in the responsible conduct of research
Certificate degree program.
(RCR). This requirement is in addition to all other institu-
u complete all prerequisites and core curriculum course
tional and program requirements described below and in the
requirements of their program, and
appropriate program sections of this Bulletin.
u be admitted into full candidacy for the certificate.
To satisfy the RCR requirement students must as a mini-
mum complete the one credit hour course; SYGN502, or an
A list of prerequisites and core curriculum requirements
equivalent. This may be done at any time prior a student's
for Graduate Certificate degrees is published by each pro-
formal Admission to Candidacy. Equivalent programs may
gram. When a student is admitted with deficiencies, the
include alternative RCR training options offered by individ-
appro priate department head, division director or program
ual degree programs. To apply toward meeting this require-
director will provide the student with a written list of courses
ment, these must have been formally approved by the Ethics
required to remove these deficiencies. This list will be given
Across the Curriculum Committee. Refer to the individual
to the student no later than one week after the start of classes
program sections of this Bulletin for a description of equiva-
of his/her first semester in order to allow for adding/dropping
lent means of satisfying the RCR requirement that may exist
courses as necessary.
within individual degree programs.
Upon completion of the above-defined requirements, a
student must submit an Admission to Candidacy and a State-
ment of Work Completion forms documenting satisfactory
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completion of the prerequisites and core curriculum require-
III. Master of Science and Engineering
ments. The form must have the written approval of the pro-
Programs
gram offering the Graduate Certificate.
A. General Requirements
B. Professional Master’s Program
Graduate study at CSM can lead to one of a number of the-
CSM awards specialized, career-oriented non-thesis Master
sis and non-thesis based Master’s degrees, depending on the
degrees with the title of “Professional Master (descriptive
interests of the student. All Master’s degree programs share
title).” These are custom-designed, interdisciplinary degrees,
the same academic requirements for grades, definition of
each with a curriculum meeting the career advancement needs
minor programs, and the need to apply for admission to can-
of a particular group of professionals in a field that is part of
didacy.
CSM’s role and mission. For more information about these
1. Academic Requirements
programs, please refer to the “Graduate Degree Programs and
A Master’s degree at Mines requires a minimum of 30
Description of Courses” portion of this Bulletin.
total credit hours. As part of this 30 hours, departments and
1. Academic Requirements
divisions are required to include a research or design experi-
Each Professional Master’s degree consists of a minimum
ence supervised by Mines faculty. For more information
of 30 total credit hours. Students must complete at least 21
about the specific research/design requirements, please refer
credit hours at CSM in the degree program. The remaining
to the appropriate department/division section of the “Gradu-
hours may be transferred into the program. Requests for
ate Degree Programs and Description of Courses” portion of
transfer credit must be approved by the faculty according to a
this Bulletin.
process defined by the student’s home department or divi-
For non-thesis Master's degrees, students must complete at
sion. Transfer credits must not have been used as credit to-
least 21 credit hours at Mines in the degree program. All
ward a Bachelor degree. The transfer limit includes CSM
other credits may be completed as transfer credits into the de-
distance learning courses. Up to six credit hours of Special
gree program. For thesis Master's degrees, no more than 9
Topic or Independent Study may be in the form of project
credits may transfer. The transfer credit limit includes Mines
credits done on the job as an employee or as a graduate in-
distance learning courses. Transfer credits must not have
tern. If project credits are to be used, the project proposal and
been used as credit toward a Bachelor degree. Requests for
final report must be approved by a CSM faculty advisor, al-
transfer credit must be approved by the faculty according to
though direct supervision may be provided by the employer.
the process defined by a student's home department or divi-
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of
sion. All credits applied toward degree, except transfer cred-
3.0 or better in CSM course work.
its, must be earned on campus. Students must maintain a
2. Admission to Candidacy
cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in Mines
Full-time students must complete the following require-
course work.
ments within the first calendar year after enrolling into a
2. Minor Programs
Profes sional Master's degree program.
Students may choose to have a minor program or pro-
u complete all prerequisite and core curriculum course
grams at the Master’s level. A minor program may not be
requirements of their program, and
taken in the student’s major area of study. A designated
u be admitted into full candidacy for the degree.
minor requires a minimum of 9 semester hours of course
work and must be approved by the student’s advisor, home
Each program publishes a list of prerequisites and core
department head, and a faculty representative of the minor
curriculum requirements for Professional Master's degrees.
area of study.
When a student is admitted with deficiencies, the appropriate
department head, division director or program director will
3. Admission to Candidacy
provide the student with a written list of courses required
Full-time students must complete the following require-
to remove these deficiencies. This list will be given to the
ments within one calendar year of enrolling into the Master’s
student no later than one week after the start of classes of
degree program.
his/her first semester in order to allow for adding/dropping
u have a thesis committee appointment form on file in
courses as necessary.
the Graduate Office;
Upon completion of the above-defined requirements, a
u complete all prerequisite and core curriculum course
student must submit an Admission to Candidacy form docu-
requirements of their department, division or program;
menting satisfactory completion of the prerequisites and
and
core curriculum requirements. The form must have the writ-
u be admitted into full candidacy for the degree.
ten approval of the program offering the Professional Mas-
ters degree.
Each degree program publishes a list of prerequisite and
core curriculum requirements for that degree. If students are
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admitted with deficiencies, the appropriate department heads,
sistant professor, research professor, associate research pro-
division directors or program directors will provide the stu-
fessor or assistant research professor. Upon approval by the
dents written lists of courses required to remove the deficien-
Graduate Dean, adjunct professors and off-campus represen-
cies. These lists will be given to the students no later than
tatives may be designated co-advisors. When appropriate and
one week after the start of classes of their first semester in
upon approval by the Graduate Dean, faculty members out-
order to allow them to add/drop courses as necessary.
side the student’s home department may serve as the student’s
Upon completion of the above defined requirements, stu-
faculty co-advisor. In either of these cases, a co-advisor must
dents must submit an Admission to Candidacy form docu-
be selected from the student’s home department.
menting satisfactory completion of the prerequisite and core
2. Thesis Committee
curriculum requirements and granting permission to begin
The Graduate Dean appoints a Thesis Committee whose
Master’s level research. The form must have the written ap-
members have been recommended by the student, the stu-
proval of all members of the advisor and thesis committee, if
dent’s faculty advisor, and the student’s department head.
appropriate.
Students should have a thesis committee appointed by the
B. Non-thesis Option
end of their second semester. This Committee will have a
Non-thesis Master’s degrees (both non-thesis Master of
minimum of three voting members, including the student’s
Science and Master of Engineering) are offered by a number
advisor, who are familiar with the student’s area of study. Of
of departments, divisions and programs. In lieu of preparing
these Committee members, two must be from the home de-
a thesis, non-thesis master’s program students are required to
partment or, in the case of interdisciplinary degree programs,
complete a research or design experience taken as a special
an allied department. Off-campus members can be assigned
problem or as an independent study course. See the depart-
to the Committee to serve either with full voting status or in a
ment/division section of the “Graduate Degree Programs and
non-voting capacity. Off-campus members with voting status
Description of Courses” portion of this Bulletin for more
assume all of the responsibilities of on-campus Committee
infor mation. Although non-thesis master’s students are not
members with respect to attendance of Committee meetings,
assigned a Thesis Committee, students in this program do
review of thesis drafts and participation in oral examinations
select a faculty advisor, subject to the approval of the stu-
and thesis defense sessions. If a thesis co-advisor is assigned,
dent’s home department.
an additional faculty member from the home or allied depart-
ment must be added to the committee. Students who choose
C. Thesis Option
to have a minor program at the Master’s level must select a
Thesis-based Master of Science degrees require comple-
representative from their minor area of study to serve on the
tion of a satisfactory thesis and successful oral defense of this
Thesis Committee. Minor representatives must be full-time
thesis. Academic credit toward completion of the thesis must
members of the CSM faculty.
include successful completion of no fewer than 6 credit hours
A Thesis Committee Chairperson is designated by the
of masters-level research credit. The thesis is expected to re-
student at the time he/she requests the formation of his/her
port on original research that results in new knowledge
thesis committee. The chairperson is responsible for leading
and/or techniques or on creative engineering design that ap-
all meetings of the thesis committee and for directing the
plies state-of-the-art knowledge and techniques to solve an
student’s thesis defense. In selecting a Thesis Committee
important problem. In either case, the thesis should be an ex-
chairperson, the following guidelines must be met: 1) the
emplary product that meets the rigorous scholarship stan-
chairperson cannot be the student’s advisor or co-advisor and
dards of the Colorado School of Mines. The student's faculty
2) the chairperson must be a full-time CSM faculty member.
advisor and the Master's Thesis Committee must approve the
program of study and the topic for the thesis. The format of
Shortly after its appointment, the Committee will meet
the thesis must comply with the appropriate guidelines prom-
with the student to hear a presentation of the proposed course
ulgated by the Graduate School.
of study and thesis topic. The Committee and the student
must agree on a satisfactory program and the student must
1. Faculty Advisor Appointment
obtain the Committee approval of the written thesis proposal
Each thesis-based Master’s student must select a faculty
at least one semester prior to the thesis defense. The student’s
advisor to provide advice regarding the student’s thesis direc-
faculty advisor assumes the primary responsibility for moni-
tion, research and selection of courses by the middle of their
toring the program and directing the thesis work. The award
second semester at CSM. The faculty advisor will serve as a
of the thesis-based Master’s degree is contingent upon the
voting member of the student’s Thesis Committee. The stu-
student’s researching and writing a thesis acceptable to the
dent’s department head or division director and the Graduate
student’s faculty advisor and Thesis Committee.
Dean must approve all faculty advisor appointments.
3. Thesis Defense
Advisors must be full-time members of the CSM faculty
The student submits an initial draft of his or her thesis to
and must hold the rank of professor, associate professor, as-
the faculty advisor, who will work with the student on neces-
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sary revisions. Upon approval of the student’s advisor, the
later than 10 business days from the date of notification of
revised thesis is circulated to the Thesis Committee members
the Dean's denial of the original request.
at least one week prior to the oral defense of the thesis. The
If a candidate is withdrawn from a degree program
oral defense of the thesis is scheduled during the student’s
through this process (i.e., either by denial of an extension re-
final semester of study. Students must be registered to de-
quest or failure to meet a timeline or milestone) and wishes
fend. This defense session, which may include an examina-
to reenter the degree program, that candidate must formally
tion of material covered in the student’s course work, will be
reapply for readmission. The program has full authority to
open to the public.
determine if readmission is to be granted and, if granted to
Following the defense, the Thesis Committee will meet
fully re-evaluate the Candidate's work to date and determine
privately to vote on whether the student has successfully de-
its applicability to the new degree program.
fended the thesis. Three outcomes are possible: the student
IV. Doctor of Philosophy
may pass the oral defense; the student may fail the defense;
or the Committee may vote to adjourn the defense to allow
A. Credits, Hour and Academic Requirements
the student more time to address and remove weaknesses or
The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires completion of a
inadequacies in the thesis or underlying research. Two nega-
minimum of 72 semester hours beyond the Bachelor degree.
tive votes will constitute a failure regardless of the number
At least 24 semester hours must be research credits earned
of Committee members present at the thesis defense. In the
under the supervision of a Mines faculty advisor and at least
event of either failure or adjournment, the Chair of the Thesis
18 credit hours of course work must be applied to the degree
Committee will prepare a written statement indicating the
program. Course requirements for each department or divi-
reasons for this action and will distribute copies to the stu-
sion are contained in the "Graduate Degree Programs and
dent, the Thesis Committee members, the student’s depart-
Description of Courses" section of this Bulletin.
ment head and the Graduate Dean. In the case of failure or
The degree also requires completion of a satisfactory doc-
adjournment, the student may request a re-examination,
toral thesis and successful oral defense of this thesis. The
which must be scheduled no less than one week after the
Doctoral Thesis is expected to report on original research
original defense. A second failure to defend the thesis satis-
that results in a significant contribution of new knowledge
factorily will result in the termination of the student’s gradu-
and/or techniques. The student’s faculty advisor and the Doc-
ate program.
toral Thesis Committee must approve the program of study
Upon passing the oral defense of thesis or report, the stu-
and the topic for the thesis.
dent must make any corrections in the thesis required by the
B. Residency Requirements
Thesis Committee. The final, corrected copy and an executed
Doctoral students must complete a residency requirement
signature page indicating approval by the student’s advisor
during the course of their graduate studies. The purpose of
and department head must be submitted to the Office of
this requirement is to:
Graduate Studies for format approval. (Format instructions
u require students to become engaged in extended and fo-
are available in the Office of Graduate Studies and should be
cused research activities under the direct supervision of
obtained before beginning work on the thesis.)
Mines faculty;
4. Time Limitations
u allow students to become immersed in the culture of an
A candidate for a thesis-based Masters degree must com-
academic environment;
plete all requirements for the degree within five years of the
date of admission into the degree program. Time spent on ap-
u allow students to engage in the professional activities
proved leaves of absence is included in the five-year time
associated with their research discipline;
limit. Candidates not meeting the time limitation will be noti-
u ensure students have access to the research tools and
fied and withdrawn from their degree programs.
expertise needed for their chosen research activity;
Candidates may apply for a one-time extension of this
u ensure the conduct of cutting-edge research with the
time limitation. This application must be made in writing and
expectation that this research will be completed in a
approved by the candidate's advisor, thesis committee, de-
timely fashion so that it is still relevant to the larger re-
partment and Dean of Graduate Studies. The application
search community;
must include specific timelines and milestones for degree
u provide Mines faculty with the ability to directly evalu-
completion. If an extension is approved, failure to meet any
ate the research and academic credentials of a student
timeline or milestone will trigger immediate withdrawal from
and as such protect the integrity of the degree, depart-
the degree program.
ment and the institution;
If the Dean of Graduate Studies denies an extension re-
u ensure the research produced by students claiming a
quest, the candidate may appeal this decision to the Provost.
Mines degree is actually the product of Mines' intellec-
The appeal must be made in writing, must specifically state
tual environment; and
how the candidate believes the request submitted to the Dean
met the requirements of the policy, and must be received no
u make it clear that the intellectual property developed
while in the degree program is the property of Mines as
defined in the Faculty Handbook.
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The residency requirement may be met by completing two
consist of at least 12 credit hours approved by the faculty ad-
semesters of full-time registration at Mines. The semesters
visor and Doctoral Thesis Committee, including the appro-
need not be consecutive. Students may request an exception
priate minor committee members.
to the full-time registration requirement from the Dean of
F. Doctoral Thesis Committees
Graduate Studies. Requests for exception must be in writing,
The Graduate Dean appoints a Doctoral Thesis Committee
must clearly address how the student's learning experience
whose members have been recommended by the student’s
has met the goals of the residency requirement, as articulated
home department or division. Students should have a thesis
above, and must be submitted by both the student and the
committee appointed by the end of their second semester.
student's thesis advisor and be approved by the student's De-
This Committee must have a minimum of five voting mem-
partment Head/Division Director.
bers that fulfill the following criteria:
C. Transfer of Credits
1. The Committee must include an advisor who is assigned
Up to 24 semester hours of graduate-level course work
responsibility for directing the research. If two advisors
may be transferred from other institutions toward the PhD
are appointed, they both shall be considered co-advisors
degree subject to the restriction that those courses must not
and shall be voting members of the Committee.
have been used as credit toward a Bachelor degree. Requests
for transfer credit must be approved by the faculty according
2. Either the advisor or at least one co-advisor must be a
to a process defined by the student’s home department or di-
full-time permanent faculty member, as defined above,
vision. Transfer credits are not included in calculating the
in the home department, division or program in order to
student’s grade point average at CSM.
ensure compliance with degree requirements.
In lieu of transfer credit for individual courses defined
3. The Committee must have at least four other voting
above, students who enter the PhD program with a thesis-
members in addition to the advisor and co-advisors,
based Master’s degree from another institution may transfer
and a majority of the voting members (including the
up to 36 semester hours in recognition of the course work
advisor or co-advisors) must be full-time permanent
and research completed for that degree. The request must be
CSM faculty members.
approved by the faculty according to a process defined by the
4. At least two of the “additional” committee members
student’s home department or division.
must be knowledgeable in the technical areas of the
D. Faculty Advisor Appointments
thesis, and at least one of them must be a member of
the student’s home or allied department, division or
Each doctoral student must select a faculty advisor to ad-
program.
vise with respect to the student’s thesis direction and research
and selection of courses by the middle of their second semes-
5. If a minor field is designated, the third "additional"
ter at CSM. The faculty advisor will serve as a voting mem-
committee member must be an expert in that field. In
ber of the student’s Doctoral Thesis Committee. The student’s
the case of an interdisciplinary degree, the third com-
department head and the Graduate Dean must approve all
mittee member must be an expert in one of the fields
faculty advisor appointments.
represented in the research. Minor representatives
must be full-time members of the CSM faculty. If mul-
Advisors must be full-time members of the CSM faculty
tiple minor programs are being pursued, each must
and must hold the rank of professor, associate professor, as-
have a committee representative as defined above.
sistant professor, research professor, associate research pro-
fessor or assistant research professor. Upon approval by the
6. The fourth “additional” committee member must be
Graduate Dean, adjunct professors and off-campus represen-
from outside the home and allied departments or divi-
tatives may be designated co-advisors. When appropriate and
sions and the minor field if applicable.
upon approval by the Graduate Dean, faculty members out-
7. If off-campus members are nominated for voting status,
side the student’s home department may serve as the student’s
the committee request form must include a brief resume
faculty co-advisor. In either of these cases, a co-advisor must
of their education and/or experience that demonstrates
be selected from the student’s home department.
their competence to judge the quality and validity of
E. Minor Programs
the thesis. Such members also must agree to assume
Students may choose a minor program or programs at the
the same responsibilities expected of on-campus
PhD level consisting of 12 course credits in the minor pro-
Committee members including, but not limited to,
gram. The student's faculty advisor and Doctoral Thesis
atten dance at Committee meetings, review of thesis
Committee, including an appropriate minor committee mem-
proposals and drafts, and participation in oral exami-
ber as described below, approve the course selection and se-
nations and defenses.
quence in the selected minor program. Students may choose
A Thesis Committee Chairperson is designated by the stu-
to complete multiple minor programs. Each program must
dent at the time he/she requests the formation of his/her the-
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sis committee. The chairperson is responsible for leading all
the thesis must comply with guidelines promulgated by the
meetings of the thesis committee and for directing the stu-
Office of Graduate Studies. (Students should obtain a copy
dent's thesis defense. In selecting a Thesis Committee chair-
of these guidelines from the Office of Graduate Studies be-
person, the following guidelines must be met: 1) the
fore beginning work on the thesis.)
chairperson cannot be the student's advisor or co-advisor, 2)
The thesis topic must be submitted in the form of a written
the chairperson must be a full-time Mines faculty member,
proposal to the student’s faculty advisor and the Committee.
and 3) the chairperson must be from outside the student's
The Committee must approve the proposal at least one year
home department, division or program and, if possible,
before the thesis defense.
should not be a representative of a minor program of study.
The student’s faculty advisor is responsible for supervising
Shortly after its appointment, the Doctoral Thesis Commit-
the student’s research work and consulting with other Doc-
tee meets with the student to hear a presentation of the pro-
toral Thesis Committee members on the progress of the
posed course of study and thesis topic. The Committee and
work. The advisor must consult with the Committee on any
student must agree on a satisfactory program. The student’s
significant change in the nature of the work. The student sub-
faculty advisor then assumes the primary responsibility for
mits an initial draft of his or her thesis to the advisor, who
monitoring the program, directing the thesis work, arranging
will work with the student on necessary revisions. Upon ap-
qualifying examinations, and scheduling the thesis defense.
proval of the student’s advisor, the revised thesis is distrib-
G. Admission to Candidacy
uted to the other members of the Committee at least one
Full-time students must complete the following require-
week prior to the oral defense of the thesis.
ments within the first two calendar years after enrolling into
The student must pass an oral defense of his or her thesis
the PhD program.
during the final semester of studies. Students must be regis-
u have a thesis committee appointment form on file in
tered to defend. This oral defense may include an examina-
the Graduate Office;
tion of material covered in the student’s course work. The
u complete all prerequisite and core curriculum course
defense will be open to the public.
requirements of their department, division or program;
Following the defense, the Doctoral Thesis Committee
u demonstrate adequate preparation for, and satisfactory
will meet privately to vote on whether the student has suc-
ability to conduct, doctoral research; and
cessfully defended the thesis. Three outcomes are possible:
the student may pass the oral defense; the student may fail
u be admitted into full candidacy for the degree.
the defense; or the Committee may vote to adjourn the de-
Each degree program publishes a list of prerequisite and
fense to allow the student more time to address and remove
core curriculum requirements for that degree. If students are
weaknesses or inadequacies in the thesis or underlying re-
admitted with deficiencies, the appropriate department heads,
search. Two negative votes will constitute a failure regardless
division directors or program directors will provide the stu-
of the number of Committee members present at the thesis
dents written lists of courses required to remove the deficien-
defense. In the event of either failure or adjournment, the
cies. These lists will be given to the students no later than
Chair of the Doctoral Thesis Committee will prepare a writ-
one week after the start of classes of their first semester in
ten statement indicating the reasons for this action and will
order to allow them to add/drop courses as necessary. Each
distribute copies to the student, the Thesis Committee mem-
program also defines the process for determining whether its
bers, the student’s department head and the Graduate Dean.
students have demonstrated adequate preparation for, and
In the case of failure, the student may request a re-examina-
have satisfactory ability to do, high-quality, independent doc-
tion, which must be scheduled no less than one week after
toral research in their specialties. These requirements and
the original defense. A second failure to defend the thesis sat-
processes are described under the appropriate program head-
isfactorily will result in the termination of the student’s grad-
ings in the section of this Bulletin on Graduate Degree Pro-
uate program.
grams and Description of Courses.
Upon passing the oral defense of thesis, the student must
Upon completion of these requirements, students must
make any corrections in the thesis required by the Doctoral
submit an Admission to Candidacy form documenting satis-
Thesis Committee. The final, corrected copy and an executed
factory completion of the prerequisite and core curriculum
signature page indicating approval by the student’s advisor
requirements and granting permission to begin doctoral re-
and department head must be submitted to the Office of
search. The form must have the written approval of all mem-
Graduate Studies for format approval.
bers of the Ph.D. Committee.
I. Time Limitations
H. Thesis Defense
A candidate for a thesis-based Doctoral degree must com-
The doctoral thesis must be based on original research
plete all requirements for the degree within nine years of the
of excellent quality in a suitable technical field, and it must
date of admission into the degree program. Time spent on ap-
exhibit satisfactory literary merit. In addition, the format of
proved leaves of absence is included in the nine-year time
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limit. Candidates not meeting the time limitation will be noti-
3. Students can plan their undergraduate electives to sat-
fied and withdrawn from their degree programs.
isfy prerequisites, thus ensuring adequate preparation
Candidates may apply for a one-time extension of this
for their graduate program.
time limitation. This application must be made in writing and
4. Early assignment of graduate advisors permits students
approved by the candidate's advisor, thesis committee, de-
to plan optimum course selection and scheduling in
partment and Dean of Graduate Studies. The application
order to complete their graduate program quickly.
must include specific timelines and milestones for degree
5. Early acceptance into a Combined Degree Program
completion. If an extension is approved, failure to meet any
leading to a Graduate Degree assures students of auto-
timeline or milestone will trigger immediate withdrawal from
matic acceptance into full graduate status if they main-
the degree program.
tain good standing while in early-acceptance status.
If the Dean of Graduate Studies denies an extension re-
6. In many cases, students will be able to complete both a
quest, the candidate may appeal this decision to the Provost.
Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degrees in five years of total
The appeal must be made in writing, must specifically state
enrollment at Mines.
how the candidate believes the request submitted to the Dean
met the requirements of the policy, and must be received no
Certain graduate programs may allow Combined Degree
later than 10 business days from the date of notification of
Program students to fulfill part of the requirements of their
the Dean's denial of the original request. The Provost's deci-
graduate degree by including up to six hours of specified
sion is final.
course credits which also were used in fulfilling the require-
ments of their undergraduate degree. These courses may only
If a candidate is withdrawn from a degree program
be applied toward fulfilling Doctoral degree or, Master's de-
through this process (i.e., either by denial of an extension re-
gree requirements beyond the institutional minimum Master's
quest or failure to meet a timeline or milestone) and wishes
degree requirement of 30 credit hours. Courses must meet all
to reenter the degree program, that candidate must formally
requirements for graduate credit, but their grades are not in-
reapply for readmission. The program has full authority to
cluded in calculating the graduate GPA. Check the depart-
determine if readmission is to be granted and, if granted to
mental section of the Bulletin to determine which programs
fully re-evaluate the Candidate's work to date and determine
provide this opportunity.
its applicability to the new degree program.
B. Admission Process
V. Combined Undergraduate/Graduate
A student interested in applying into a graduate degree
Degree Programs
program as a Combined Degree Program student should first
A. Overview
contact the department or division hosting the graduate de-
Many degree programs offer CSM undergraduate students
gree program into which he/she wishes to apply. Initial in-
the opportunity to begin work on a Graduate Certificate,
quiries may be made at any time, but initial contacts made
Profes sional Master’s Degree, Master’s Degree or Doctoral
soon after completion of the first semester, Sophomore year
Degree while completing the requirements for their Bache-
are recommended. Following this initial inquiry, departments/
lor’s Degree. These combined Bachelors-Masters/Doctoral
divisions will provide initial counseling on degree applica-
programs have been created by Mines faculty in those situa-
tion procedures, admissions standards and degree completion
tions where they have deemed it academically advantageous
requirements.
to treat undergraduate and graduate degree programs as a
Admission into a graduate degree program as a Combined
continuous and integrated process. These are accelerated pro-
Degree Program student can occur as early as the first semes-
grams that can be valuable in fields of engineering and ap-
ter, Junior year, and must be granted no later than the end of
plied science where advanced education in technology and/or
registration, last semester Senior year. Once admitted into a
management provides the opportunity to be on a fast track
graduate degree program, students may enroll in 500-level
for advancement to leadership positions. These programs
courses and apply these directly to their graduate degree. To
also can be valuable for students who want to get a head start
apply, students must submit the standard graduate application
on graduate education.
package for the graduate portion of their Combined Degree
The combined programs at Mines offer several advantages
Program. Upon admission into a graduate degree program,
to students who choose to enroll in them:
students are assigned graduate advisors. Prior to registration
for the next semester, students and their graduate advisors
1. Students can earn a graduate degree in their undergrad-
should meet and plan a strategy for completing both the
uate major or in a field that complements their under-
under graduate and graduate programs as efficiently as pos -
graduate major.
sible. Until their undergraduate degree requirements are com-
2. Students who plan to go directly into industry leave
pleted, students continue to have undergraduate advisors in
Mines with additional specialized knowledge and skills
the home department or division of their Bachelor’s Degrees.
which may allow them to enter their career path at a
C. Requirements
higher level and advance more rapidly. Alternatively,
Combined Degree Program students are considered under-
students planning on attending graduate school can get
graduate students until such time as they complete their
a head start on their graduate education.
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under graduate degree requirements. Combined Degree Pro-
D. Enrol ing in Graduate Courses as a Senior in a
gram students who are still considered undergraduates by this
Combined Program
definition have all of the privileges and are subject to all ex-
As described in the Undergraduate Bulletin, seniors may
pectations of both their undergraduate and graduate programs.
enroll in 500-level courses. In addition, undergraduate sen-
These students may enroll in both undergraduate and gradu-
iors who have been granted admission through the Combined
ate courses (see section D below), may have access to depart-
Degree Program into thesis-based degree programs (Masters
mental assistance available through both programs, and may
or Doctoral) may, with graduate advisor approval, register for
be eligible for undergraduate financial aid as determined by
700-level research credits appropriate to Masters-level degree
the Office of Financial Aid. Upon completion of their under-
programs. With this single exception, while a Combined De-
graduate degree requirements, a Combined Degree Program
gree Program student is still completing his/her undergradu-
student is considered enrolled full-time in his/her graduate
ate degree, all of the conditions described in the
program. Once having done so, the student is no longer eligi-
Undergraduate Bulletin for undergraduate enrollment in grad-
ble for undergraduate financial aid, but may now be eligible
uate-level courses apply. 700-level research credits are always
for graduate financial aid. To complete their graduate degree,
applied to a student’s graduate degree program.
each Combined Degree Program student must register as a
If an undergraduate Combined Degree Program student
graduate student for at least one semester.
would like to enroll in a 500-level course and apply this
Once admitted into a graduate program, under graduate
course directly to his/her graduate degree, he/she must notify
Combined Program students must maintain good standing in
the Registrar of the intent to do so at the time of enrollment
the Combined Program by maintaining a minimum semester
in the course. The Registrar will forward this information to
GPA of 3.0 in all courses taken. Students not meeting this re-
Finan cial Aid for appropriate action. Be aware that courses
quirement are deemed to be making unsatisfactory academic
taken as an undergraduate student but applied directly toward
progress in the Combined Degree Program. Students for
a graduate degree are not eligible for undergraduate financial
whom this is the case are subject to probation and, if occur-
aid or the Colorado Opportunity Fund. If prior consent is not
ring over two semesters, subject to discretionary dismissal
received, all 500-level graduate courses taken as an under-
from the graduate portion of their program as defined in the
graduate Combined Degree Program student will be applied
Unsatisfactory Academic Performance section of this Bul-
to the student’s undergraduate degree transcript. If these are
letin.
not used toward an undergraduate degree requirement, they
Upon completion of the undergraduate degree requirements,
may, with program consent, be applied to a graduate degree
Combined Degree Program students are subject to all require -
program as transfer credit. All regular regulations and limita-
ments (e.g., course requirements, departmental approval of
tions regarding the use of transfer credit to a graduate degree
transfer credits, research credits, minimum GPA, etc.) appro-
program apply to these credits.
priate to the graduate program in which they are enrolled.
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Graduate Degree Programs and
Description of Courses
In addition to the general degree requirements described in
Prerequisites:
the previous pages, the following specific department, divi-
The program outlined here assumes that the candidate for
sion, or program requirements must also be met:
an advanced degree has a background in chemistry, mathe-
Chemical and Biological Engineering
matics, and physics equivalent to that required for the BS de-
gree in Chemical Engineering at the Colorado School of
DAVID W. M. MARR, Professor and Department Head
TRACY Q. GARDNER, Teaching Associate Professor and Assistant
Mines. Undergraduate course deficiencies must be removed
Department Head
prior to enrollment in graduate coursework.
ANTHONY M. DEAN, W. K. Coors Distinguished Professor
The essential undergraduate courses include ChEN201,
JOHN R. DORGAN, Professor
ChEN307, ChEN308, ChEN357, ChEN375, and ChEN418.
RONALD L. MILLER, Professor
J. DOUGLAS WAY, Professor
Required Curriculum:
COLIN A. WOLDEN, Weaver Distinguished Professor
Master of Science Program:
DAVID T. WU, Professor (also Chemistry)
Students entering the Master of Science (with thesis) pro-
SUMIT AGARWAL, Associate Professor
gram with an acceptable undergraduate degree in chemical
ANDREW M. HERRING, Associate Professor
engineering are required to take a minimum of 18 semester
CAROLYN A. KOH, Associate Professor
hours of coursework. All students must complete the 4 chem-
MATTHEW W. LIBERATORE, Associate Professor
ical engineering core graduate courses (ChEN509, ChEN516,
C. MARK MAUPIN, Assistant Professor
ChEN518, and ChEN568) and an additional 6 hours of ap-
KEITH B. NEEVES, Assistant Professor
AMADEAU K. SUM, Assistant Professor
proved electives. In addition, students must take a minimum
NING WU, Assistant Professor
of 6 research credits, complete, and defend an acceptable
HUGH KING, Teaching Professor
Masters dissertation. Between coursework and research cred-
RACHEL MORRISH, Teaching Associate Professor
its a student must earn a minimum of 30 total semester hours.
CYNTHIA NORRGRAN, Teaching Associate Professor
Full-time Masters students must enroll in graduate collo-
PAUL D. OGG, Teaching Associate Professor
quium (ChEN605) each semester that they are in residence.
JOHN M. PERSICHETTI, Teaching Associate Professor
JUDITH N. SCHOONMAKER, Teaching Associate Professor
Students entering the Master of Science (non-thesis) pro-
ANGEL ABBUD-MADRID, Research Associate Professor
gram with an acceptable undergraduate degree in chemical
HANS HEINRICH-CARSTENSEN, Research Associate Professor
engineering are required to take a minimum of 30 semester
ROBERT M. BALDWIN, Professor Emeritus
hours of coursework. All students must complete 3 chemical
ANNETTE L. BUNGE, Professor Emerita
engineering core graduate courses (ChEN509, ChEN516, and
JAMES F. ELY, University Professor Emeritus
ChEN518) and at least an additional 15 hours of approved
JAMES H. GARY, Professor Emeritus
electives. Students may complete an acceptable engineering
JOHN O. GOLDEN, Professor Emeritus
report for up to 6 hours of academic credit. Full-time Masters
ARTHUR J. KIDNAY, Professor Emeritus
students must enroll in graduate colloquium (ChEN605) each
J. THOMAS MCKINNON, Professor Emeritus
semester they are in residence.
E. DENDY SLOAN, Jr., University Professor Emeritus
VICTOR F. YESAVAGE, Professor Emeritus
CSM undergraduates enrolled in the combined BS/MS de-
Degrees Offered:
gree program must meet the requirements described above
Master of Science (Chemical Engineering)
for the MS portion of their degree (both thesis and non-the-
Doctor of Philosophy (Chemical Engineering)
sis). Students accepted into the combined program may take
graduate coursework and/or research credits as an undergrad-
Program Description:
uate and have them applied to their MS degree.
The program of study for an advanced degree in chemical
Doctor of Philosophy Program:
engineering is selected by the student in consultation with
The course of study for the PhD degree consists of a mini-
his/her advisor and with the approval of the thesis committee.
mum of 30 semester hours of coursework. All PhD students
Upon approval of the thesis committee, graduate credit may
must complete the 4 core courses (ChEN509, ChEN516,
be earned for selected 400-level courses. All full-time gradu-
ChEN518, and ChEN568) and an additional 18 hours of ap-
ate students are required to enroll for colloquium (ChEN605)
proved electives of which at least 6 credit hours are for
for each semester that they are in residence at CSM.
ChEN 600-level courses. In addition, students must complete
Program Requirements:
and defend an acceptable Doctoral dissertation. Full-time
See Required Curriculum below.
PhD students must enroll in graduate colloquium (ChEN605)
each semester they are in residence.
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Students in the PhD program are required to pass both a
of the Graduate Affairs committee, based on the recommen-
Qualifying Exam and the PhD Proposal Defense. After suc-
dation of the student’s thesis committee. In such cases, a
cessful completion of 30 semester hours of coursework and
student must submit a written request for postponement that
completion of the PhD proposal defense, PhD candidates will
describes the circumstances and proposes a new date. Requests
be awarded a non-thesis Master of Science Degree. The ad-
for postponement must be presented to the thesis committee
ditional requirements for the PhD program are described
no later than 2 weeks before the end of the semester in which
below.
the exam would normally have been taken.
PhD Qualifying Examination
Description of Courses
The PhD qualifying examination will be offered twice
Senior Year
each year, at the start and end of the Spring semester. All stu-
ChEN402. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN (II) (WI)
dents who have entered the PhD program must take the qual-
Advanced computer-aided process simulation and process opti-
ifying examination at the first possible opportunity. A student
mization. Prerequisites: ChEN201,ChEN307, ChEN308,
may retake the examination once if he/she fails the first time;
ChEN357, and ChEN375. Corequisites: ChEN418 and
however, the examination must be retaken at the next regu-
ChEN421. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
larly scheduled examination time. Failure of the PhD qualify-
ChEN403. PROCESS DYNAMICS AND CONTROL (II)
ing examination does not disqualify a student for the MS
Mathematical modeling and analysis of transient systems. Appli-
degree, although failure may affect the student’s financial aid
cations of control theory to response of dynamic chemical engi-
status.
neering systems and processes. Prerequisites: ChEN201,
The qualifying examination will cover the traditional areas
ChEN307, ChEN308, and ChEN375. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
of Chemical Engineering, and will consist of two sections: a
hours.
written section and an oral section. The written section will
ChEN408. NATURAL GAS PROCESSING (II) Application of
contain 6 questions, 3 at the undergraduate level (covering
chemical engineering principles to the processing of natural gas.
fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and mass transfer/material and
Emphasis on using thermodynamics and mass transfer opera-
energy balances) and 3 at the graduate level (covering ap-
tions to analyze existing plants. Relevant aspects of computer-
plied transport, reaction kinetics, and thermodynamics). The
aided process simulation. Prerequisites: CHGN221, ChEN201,
qualifying examination is open-book and students are free to
ChEN307, ChEN308, ChEN375, or consent of instructor. 3
use any reference books or course notes during the written
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
examination. The oral examination will consist of a presenta-
ChEN409. PETROLEUM PROCESSES (I) Application of
tion by the student on a technical paper from the chemical
chemical engineering principles to petroleum refining. Thermo -
engineering literature. Students will choose a paper in one of
dynamics and reaction engineering of complex hydro carbon sys-
4 areas (thermodynamics, kinetics, transport, and materials)
tems. Relevant aspects of computer-aided process simulation for
from a list determined by the faculty. The student is required
complex mixtures. Prerequisites: CHGN221, ChEN201,
to present an oral critique of the paper of approximately 15-
ChEN357, and ChEN375, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
20 minutes followed by questions from the faculty. Papers
ture; 3 semester hours.
for the oral examination will be distributed well in advance
ChEN415/CHGN430/MLGN530. POLYMER SCIENCE AND
of the oral portion of the exam so students have sufficient
TECHNOLOGY Chemistry and thermodynamics of polymers
time to prepare their presentations.
and polymer solutions. Reaction engineering of polymerization.
Characterization techniques based on solution properties. Mate-
PhD Proposal Defense
rials science of polymers in varying physical states. Processing
After passing the Qualifying Exam, all PhD candidates are
operations for polymeric materials and use in separations. Pre-
required to prepare a detailed written proposal on the subject
requisites: CHGN221, MATH225, ChEN 201, ChEN357, or
of their PhD research topic. An oral examination consisting
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
of a defense of the thesis proposal must be completed within
ChEN416. POLYMER ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
approximately one year of passing the Qualifying Exami -
Polymer fluid mechanics, polymer rheological response, and
nation. Written proposals must be submitted to the student’s
polymer shape forming. Definition and measure ment of material
thesis committee no later than one week prior to the sched-
properties. Interrelationships between response functions and
uled oral examination.
correlation of data and material response. Theoretical approaches
Two negative votes from the doctoral committee members
for prediction of polymer properties. Processing operations for
are required for failure of the PhD Proposal Defense. In the
polymeric materials; melt and flow instabilities. Prerequisites:
case of failure, one re-examination will be allowed upon peti-
ChEN201, ChEN307, and MATH225, or consent of instructor. 3
tion to the Department Head. Failure to complete the PhD
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Proposal Defense within the allotted time without an approved
ChEN418. REACTION ENGINEERING (I) (WI) Applications
postponement will result in failure. Under extenuating cir-
of the fundamentals of thermodynamics, physical chemistry, and
cumstances a student may postpone the exam with approval
organic chemistry to the engineering of reactive processes. Reac-
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tor design; acquisition and analysis of rate data; heterogeneous
trial enzyme technologies are developed and explored. A strong
catalysis. Relevant aspects of computer-aided process simula-
focus is on the basic processes for producing bioethanol and
tion. Prerequisites: ChEN201, ChEN307, ChEN308, ChEN357,
biodiesel. Biochemical systems for organic oxidation and fer-
MATH225, CHGN221 and CHGN351. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
mentation and inorganic oxidation and reduction will be pre-
ter hours.
sented. Prerequisites: ChEN201, ChEN357, ChEN375,
ChEN420. MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN CHEMICAL EN-
CHGN428, and CHGN462. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
GINEERING Formulation and solution of chemical engineering
ChEN461. BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING LABORATORY
problems using numerical solution methods within the Excel and
(I) The measurement, calculation and analysis of processes in-
MathCAD environments. Setup and numerical solution of ordi-
cluding separations and reaction equilibria and their application
nary and partial differential equations for typical chemical engi-
to biochemical engineering. Relevant aspects of computer-aided
neering systems and transport processes. Prerequisites:
process simulation. Prerequisites: ChEN201, ChEN357,
MATH225, DCGN210 (or equivalent), ChEN201, ChEN307,
ChEN375, CHGN428 and CHGN462. Corequisite: ChEN460. 1
and ChEN357, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
credit hour; 3 hours laboratory.
ter hours.
ChEN470/BELS470. INTRODUCTION TO MICROFLUIDICS
ChEN421/EBGN321. ENGINEERING ECONOMICS Eco-
(I) This course introduces the basic principles and applications of
nomic analysis of engineering processes and systems. Interest,
microfluidic systems. Concepts related to microscale fluid me-
annuity, present value, depreciation, cost accounting, investment
chanics, transport, physics, and biology are presented. To gain
accounting and financing of engineering enterprises along with
familiarity with small-scale systems, students are provided with
taxation, market evaluation and break-even analysis. Prerequi-
the opportunity to design, fabricate, and test a simple microflu-
site: consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
idic device. Prerequisites: ChEN 201, ChEN307 and DCGN210
ChEN430. TRANSPORT PHENOMENA (I) Theory and chemi-
(or equivalent) or permission of instructor. 3 semester hours.
cal engineering applications of momentum, heat, and mass trans-
ChEN480. NATURAL GAS HYDRATES The purpose of this
fer. Set up and solution of problems involving equations of
class is to learn about clathrate hydrates, using two of E.D.
motion and energy. Prerequisites: ChEN201, ChEN307,
Sloan’s books, (1) Clathrate Hydrates of Natural Gases, Third
ChEN308 ChEN357, ChEN375 and MATH225. 3 hours lecture;
Edition (2008) co-authored by C.A.Koh, and (2) Hydrate Engi-
3 semester hours.
neering, (2000). Using a basis of these books, and accompany-
ChEN435/PHGN435. INTERDISCIPLINARY MICROELEC-
ing programs, we have abundant resources to act as professionals
TRONICS PROCESSING LABORATORY (II)  Application of
who are always learning. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
science and engineering principles to the design, fabrication, and
ChEN497. SUMMER PROGRAMS
testing of microelectronic devices. Emphasis on specific unit op-
ChEN498. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
erations and the interrelation among processing steps. Prerequi-
Topical courses in chemical engineering of special interest. Pre-
sites: Senior standing in PHGN, ChEN, MTGN, or EGGN, and
requisite: consent of instructor; 1 to 6 semester hours. Repeat-
consent of instructor. Due to lab space the enrollment is limited
able for credit under different titles.
to 20 students. 1.5 hours lecture, 4 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
ChEN499. INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual research or
ChEN440. MOLECULAR PERSPECTIVES IN CHEMICAL
special problem projects. Topics, content, and credit hours to be
ENGINEERING Applications of statistical and quantum me-
agreed upon by student and supervising faculty member. Prereq-
chanics to understanding and prediction of equilib rium and
uisite: consent of instructor and department head, submission of
transport properties and processes. Relations between micro-
“Independent Study” form to CSM Registrar. 1 to 6 semester
scopic properties of materials and systems to macroscopic be-
hours. Repeatable for credit.
havior. Prerequisites: ChEN 201, ChEN307, ChEN308,
Graduate Courses
ChEN357, ChEN375, CHGN351 and 353, CHGN221 and 222,
The 500-level courses are open to qualified seniors with per-
and MATH225, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
mission of the department and the Dean of the Graduate School.
mester hours.
The 600-level courses are open only to students enrolled in
ChEN450. HONORS UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
the Graduate School.
Scholarly research of an independent nature. Prerequisites: sen-
ior standing, consent of instructor and department head. 1 to 3
ChEN504. ADVANCED PROCESS ENGINEERING ECO-
semester hours.
NOMICS Advanced engineering economic principles applied to
ChEN451. HONORS UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
original and alternate investments. Analysis of chemical and pe-
Scholarly research of an independent nature. Prerequisites: sen-
troleum processes relative to marketing and return on invest-
ior standing, consent of instructor and department head. 1 to 3
ments. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours.
semester hours.
ChEN460. BIOPROCESS ENGINEERING (I) The analysis and
ChEN505. NUMERICAL METHODS IN CHEMICAL ENGI -
design of biochemical unit operations and processes used in con-
NEERING Engineering applications of numerical methods. Nu-
junction with bioreactors are investigated in this course. Indus-
merical integration, solution of algebraic equations, matrix
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algebra, ordinary differential equations, and special emphasis on
stressed. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
partial differential equations. Emphasis on application of numer-
mester hours.
ical methods to chemical engineering problems which cannot be
ChEN535/PHGN535/MLGN535. INTERDISCIPLINARY MI-
solved by analytical methods. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
CROELECTRONICS PROCESSING LABORATORY (II) Ap-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
plication of science and engineering principles to the design,
ChEN507. APPLIED MATHEMATICS IN CHEMICAL ENGI -
fabrication, and testing of microelectronic devices. Emphasis on
NEERING This course stresses the application of mathematics
specific unit operations and the interrelation among processing
to problems drawn from chemical engineering fundamentals
steps. Consent of instructor 1 hour lecture, 4 hours lab; 3 semes-
such as material and energy balances, transport phenomena and
ter hours.
kinetics. Formulation and solution of ordinary and partial differ-
ChEN550. MEMBRANE SEPARATION TECHNOLOGY This
ential equations arising in chemical engi neering or related
course is an introduction to the fabrication, characteri zation, and
processes or operations are discussed. Mathematical approaches
application of synthetic membranes for gas and liquid separa-
are restricted to analytical solutions or techniques for producing
tions. Industrial membrane processes such as reverse osmosis,
problems amenable to analytical solutions. Prerequisite: Under-
filtration, pervaporation, and gas separations will be covered as
graduate differential equations course; undergraduate chemical
well as new applications from the research literature. The course
engineering courses covering reaction kinetics, and heat, mass
will include lecture, experimental, and computational (molecular
and momentum transfer. 3 hours lecture-discussion; 3 semester
simulation) laboratory components. Prerequisites: ChEN375,
hours.
ChEN430 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
ChEN509. ADVANCED CHEMICAL ENGINEERING THER-
hours.
MODYNAMICS Extension and amplification of under graduate
ChEN555/CHGN555/MLGN555/BELS555. POLYMER AND
chemical engineering thermodynamics. Topics will include the
COMPLEX FLUIDS COLLOQUIUM The Polymer and Com-
laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic properties of pure flu-
plex Fluids Group at the Colorado School of Mines combines
ids and fluid mixtures, phase equilibria, and chemical reaction
expertise in the areas of flow and field based transport, intelli-
equilibria. Prerequisite: ChEN357 or equivalent or consent of in-
gent design and synthesis as well as nanomaterials and nanotech-
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
nology. A wide range of research tools employed by the group
ChEN513. SELECTED TOPICS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEER-
includes characterization using rheology, scattering, microscopy,
ING Selected topics chosen from special interests of instructor
microfluidics and separations, synthesis of novel macromole-
and students. Course may be repeated for credit on different top-
cules as well as theory and simulation involving molecular dy-
ics. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 to 3 semester hours lec-
namics and Monte Carlo approaches. The course will provide a
ture/discussion; 1 to 3 semester hours.
mechanism for collaboration between faculty and students in this
ChEN516. TRANSPORT PHENOMENA Principles of momen-
research area by providing presentations on topics including the
tum, heat, and mass transport with applications to chemical and
expertise of the group and unpublished, ongoing campus re-
biological processes. Analytical methods for solving ordinary
search. Prerequisites: consent of instructor. 1 hour lecture;
and partial differential equations in chemical engineering with an
1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 3 hours.
emphasis on scaling and approximation techniques including
ChEN568. INTRODUCTION TO CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
singular and regular perturbation methods. Convective transport
RESEARCH Students will be expected to apply chemical engi-
in the context of boundary layer theory and development of heat
neering principles to critically analyze theoretical and experi-
and mass transfer coefficients. Introduction to computational
mental research results in the chemical engineering literature,
methods for solving coupled transport problems in irregular
placing it in the context of the related literature. Skills to be de-
geometries. Prerequisites: ChEN307 (or equivalent) or consent
veloped and discussed include oral presentations, technical writ-
of instructor. 3 hours lecture-discussion; 3 semester hours.
ing, critical reviews, ethics, research documentation (the
ChEN518. REACTION KINETICS AND CATALYSIS Homo -
laboratory notebook), research funding, types of research, devel-
geneous and heterogeneous rate expressions. Fundamental theo-
oping research, and problem solving. Students will use state-of-
ries of reaction rates. Analysis of rate data and complex reaction
the-art tools to explore the literature and develop
networks. Properties of solid catalysts. Mass and heat transfer
well-documented research proposals and presentations. Prerequi-
with chemical reaction. Hetero geneous non-catalytic reactions.
sites: graduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering
Prerequisite: ChEN418 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
in good standing or consent of instructor. 3 semester hours.
hours.
ChEN570 INTRODUCTION TO MICROFLUIDICS This
ChEN524. COMPUTER-AIDED PROCESS SIMULATION
course introduces the basic principles and applications of mi-
Advanced concepts in computer-aided process simulation are
crofluidic systems. Concepts related to microscale fluid mechan-
covered. Topics include optimization, heat exchanger networks,
ics, transport, physics, and biology are presented. To gain
data regression analysis, and separations systems. Use of indus-
familiarity with small-scale systems, students are provided with
try-standard process simulation software (Aspen Plus) is
the opportunity to design, fabricate, and test a simple microflu-
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idic device. Students will critically analyze the literature in this
ChEN609/MLGN634. ADVANCED TOPICS IN THERMODY -
emerging field. Prerequisites: ChEN307 or equivalent or con-
NAMICS Advanced study of thermodynamic theory and appli -
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
cation of thermodynamic principles. Possible topics include
ChEN580 NATURAL GAS HYDRATES The purpose of this
stability, critical phenomena, chemical thermodynamics, thermo -
class is to learn about clathrate hydrates, using two of the in-
dynamics of polymer solutions and thermodynamics of aqueous
structor's books, (1) Clathrate Hydrates of Natural Gases, Third
and ionic solutions. Prerequisite: consent of in structor. 1 to 3 se-
Edition (2008) co-authored by C.A.Koh, and (2) Hydrate Engi-
mester hours.
neering, (2000). Using a basis of these books, and accompany-
ChEN610. APPLIED STATISTICAL THERMODYNAMICS
ing programs, we have abundant resources to act as professionals
Principles of relating behavior to microscopic properties. Topics
who are always learning. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
include element of probability, ensemble theory, appli cation to
ChEN584/CHGN584. FUNDAMENTALS OF CATALYSIS The
gases and solids, distribution theories of fluids, and transport
basic principles involved in the preparation, charac terization,
properties. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
testing and theory of heterogeneous and homo geneous catalysts
semester hours.
are discussed. Topics include chemisorption, adsorption
ChEN625/CHGN625/MLGN625. MOLECULAR SIMULA-
isotherms, diffusion, surface kinetics, promoters, poisons, cata-
TION Principles and practice of modern computer simulation
lyst theory and design, acid base catalysis and soluble transition
techniques used to understand solids, liquids, and gases. Review
metal complexes. Examples of important industrial applications
of the statistical foundation of thermodynamics followed by in-
are given. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
depth discussion of Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics tech-
semester hours.
niques. Discussion of intermolecular potentials, extended
ChEN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
ensembles, and mathematical algorithms used in molecular sim-
Pilot course of special topics course. Topics chosen from special
ulations. Prerequisites: ChEN509 or equivalent, ChEN610 or
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is of-
equivalent recommended. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
fered only once. Prerequisite: instructor consent. Variable credit;
ChEN690. SUPERVISED TEACHING OF CHEMICAL ENGI-
1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
NEERING Individual participation in teaching activities. Dis-
ChEN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual research or
cussion, problem review and development, guidance of
special problem projects supervised by a faculty member, also,
laboratory experiments, course development, supervised practice
when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter, content,
teaching. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Gradu-
and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form must
ate standing, appointment as a graduate student instructor, or
be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to
consent of instructor. 6 to 10 hours supervised teaching; 2 se-
6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
mester hours.
ChEN604. TOPICAL RESEARCH SEMINARS Lectures, re-
ChEN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
ports, and discussions on current research in chemical engineer -
Pilot course of special topics course. Topics chosen from special
ing, usually related to the student’s thesis topic. Sections are
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Prerequisite: consent of
operated independently and are directed toward different re-
instructor. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
search topics. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite:
credit under different titles.
Consent of instructor. 1 hour lecture-discussion; 1 semester hour.
ChEN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual research or
Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 3 hours.
special problem projects supervised by a faculty member, also,
ChEN605. COLLOQUIUM Students will attend a series of lec-
when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter, content,
tures by speakers from industry, academia, and government. Pri-
and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form must
mary emphasis will be on current research in chemical
be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to
engi neering and related disciplines, with secondary emphasis on
6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
ethical, philosophical, and career-related issues of importance to
ChEN705. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER OF
the chemical engineering profession. Prerequisite: Graduate sta-
SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion of the
tus. 1 hour lecture; 1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit to a
degree Master of Science - thesis. Research must be carried out
maximum of 10 hours.
under the direct supervision of the graduate student’s faculty ad-
ChEN608. ADVANCED TOPICS IN FLUID MECHANICS In-
visor. Repeatable for credit.
depth analysis of selected topics in fluid mechanics with special
ChEN706. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: DOCTOR OF
emphasis on chemical engineering applications. Prerequisite:
PHILOSOPHY Research credit hours required for completion
ChEN508 or consent of instructor. 1 to 3 hours lecture-
of the degree Doctor of Philosophy. Research must be carried
discussion; 1 to 3 semester hours.
out under direct supervision of the graduate student’s faculty ad-
visor. Repeatable for credit.
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Chemistry and Geochemistry
Prerequisites:
DANIEL M. KNAUSS, Professor and Department Head
A candidate for an advanced degree in the chemistry pro-
MARK E. EBERHART, Professor
gram should have completed an undergraduate program in
KENT J. VOORHEES, Professor
chemistry which is essentially equivalent to that offered by
DAVID T. WU, Professor
the Department of Chemistry & Geochemistry at the Col-
STEPHEN G. BOYES, Associate Professor
orado School of Mines. Undergraduate deficiencies will be
SCOTT W. COWLEY, Associate Professor
determined by faculty in the Department of Chemistry &
JAMES F. RANVILLE, Associate Professor
Geochemistry through interviews and/or placement examina-
RYAN RICHARDS, Associate Professor
E. CRAIG SIMMONS, Associate Professor
tions at the beginning of the student's first semester of gradu-
BETTINA M. VOELKER, Associate Professor
ate work.
KIM R. WILLIAMS, Associate Professor
Required Curriculum:
MATTHEW C. POSEWITZ, Assistant Professor
Chemistry:
YONGAN YANG, Assistant Professor
A student in the chemistry program, in consultation with
MARK SEGER, Teaching Associate Professor
ROBERT RACICOT, Teaching Associate Professor
the advisor and thesis committee, selects the program of
EDWARD A. DEMPSEY, Teaching Assistant Professor
study. Initially, before a thesis advisor and thesis committee
YUAN YANG, Research Assistant Professor
have been chosen, the student is advised by a temporary ad-
RAMON E. BISQUE, Professor Emeritus
visor and by the Graduate Affairs Committee in the Depart-
STEPHEN R. DANIEL, Professor Emeritus
ment of Chemistry & Geochemistry. The following four
DEAN W. DICKERHOOF, Professor Emeritus
graduate courses are designated as core courses in the De-
KENNETH W. EDWARDS, Professor Emeritus
partment of Chemistry and Geochemistry: CHGN502 (inor-
GEORGE H. KENNEDY, Professor Emeritus
ganic), CHGN503 (physical), CHGN505 (organic), and
RONALD W. KLUSMAN, Professor Emeritus
CHGN507 (analytical).
DONALD LANGMUIR, Professor Emeritus
GEORGE B. LUCAS, Professor Emeritus
M.S. Degree (chemistry, thesis option): The program of
DONALD L. MACALADY, Professor Emeritus
study includes the four core courses: (CHGN502, CHGN503,
PATRICK MACCARTHY, Emeritus Professor
CHGN505, and CHGN507), the M.S.-level seminar
MICHAEL J. PAVELICH, Professor Emeritus
(CHGN560), research, and the preparation and oral defense
THOMAS R. WILDEMAN, Professor Emeritus
of an MS thesis based on the student’s research. Students
JOHN T. WILLIAMS, Professor Emeritus
must be enrolled in CHGN560 for each Fall and Spring
ROBERT D. WITTERS, Professor Emeritus
semester that they are in residence at CSM. A minimum of
Degrees Offered:
36 semester hours, including at least 24 semester hours of
Master of Science (Chemistry; thesis and non-thesis option)
course work, are required. At least 15 of the required 24 se-
Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Chemistry)
mester hours of course work must be taken in the Department
Master of Science (Geochemistry; thesis)
of Chemistry & Geochemistry at CSM. The student’s thesis
committee makes decisions on transfer credit. Up to 9 semes-
Professional Masters in Environmental Geochemistry
ter hours of graduate courses may be transferred from other
(non-thesis)
institutions, provided that those courses have not been used
Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry)
as credit toward a Bachelor degree.
All graduate degree programs in the Department of Chem-
Research-Intensive MS Degree: CSM undergraduates who
istry & Geochemistry have been admitted to the Western
enter the graduate program through the combined BS/MS
Regional Graduate Program (WICHE). This program allows
program may use this option (thesis-based MS) to acquire a
residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Mon-
research-intensive MS degree by minimizing the time spent
tana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South
on coursework. This option requires a minimum of 12 hours
Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming to register at
of coursework up to six hours of which may be double
Colorado resident tuition rates.
counted from the student's undergraduate studies at CSM
Program Description:
(see below).
The Department of Chemistry & Geochemistry offers grad-
M.S. Degree (chemistry, non-thesis option): The non-the-
uate degrees in chemistry and in geochemistry. This section of
sis M.S. degree requires 36 semester hours of course credit,
the Bulletin only describes the chemistry degrees. For geo-
composed of 30 semester hours of course work and 6 hours
chemistry degrees, please consult the Geochemistry section of
of independent study. The program of study includes the four
the bulletin.
core courses: (CHGN502, CHGN503, CHGN505, and
CHGN507), the M.S.-level seminar (CHGN560), independ-
ent study on a topic determined by the student and the stu-
dent’s faculty advisor, and the preparation of a report based
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on the student’s study topic. Students must be enrolled in
graduate studies. A student's thesis committee may, at its dis-
CHGN560 for each Fall and Spring semester that they are in
cretion, require additional components to the comprehensive
residence at CSM. At least 21 of the required 36 semester
examination process such as inclusion of cumulative or other
hours of course work must be taken as a registered master’s
examinations.
degree student at CSM. The student’s committee makes deci-
Geochemistry:
sions on courses to be taken, transfer credit, and examines
Please see the Geochemistry section of the bulletin for in-
the student’s written report. Up to 15 semester hours of grad-
formation on Geochemistry degree programs.
uate courses may be transferred into the degree program, pro-
vided that those courses have not been used as credit toward
Fields of Research:
a Bachelor degree.
Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry. Separation and char-
acterization techniques for polymers, biopolymers, nano-
CSM undergraduates entering a combined B.S./M.S. pro-
particles and natural colloids. Biodetection of pathogens.
gram in chemistry may double-count six hours from their un-
dergraduate studies toward the M.S. degree. The
Energy sciences. Alternative fuels. New materials for solar
undergraduate courses that are eligible for dual counting to-
energy conversion.
ward the M.S. degree are: CHGN401, CHGN410,
Environmental chemistry. Detection and fate of anthro-
CHGN403, CHGN422, CHGN428, CHGN430, CHGN475,
pogenic contaminants in water, soil, and air. Acid mine
and CHGN498 (with approval of faculty advisor and com-
drainage. Ecotoxicology. Environmental photochemistry.
mittee). Any 500 level lecture course taken as an undergradu-
Geochemistry and biogeochemistry. Microbial and chemical
ate may also be counted as part of the six hours from the
processes in global climate change, biomineralization,
undergraduate program (with approval of faculty advisor and
metal cycling, medical and archeological geochemistry,
committee).
humic substances.
Ph.D. Degree (Applied Chemistry): The program of study
Inorganic Chemistry. Synthesis, characterization, and appli-
for the Ph.D. degree in Applied Chemistry includes the de-
cations of metal and metal oxide nanoparticles.
partmental core courses (CHGN502, CHGN503, CHGN505,
and CHGN507), the M.S.-level seminar (CHGN560), the
Nanoscale materials. Design, synthesis and characterization
Ph.D.-level seminar (CHGN660), a comprehensive examina-
of new materials for catalysis, energy sciences, spectro-
tion, research, and the preparation and oral defense of a
scopic applications and drug delivery. Environmental fate
Ph.D. thesis based on the student's research. The total hours
of nanoparticles.
of course work required for the Ph.D. degree is determined
Organic Chemistry. Polymer design, synthesis and character-
on an individual basis by the student's thesis committee. Up
ization. Catalysis. Alternative fuels.
to 24 semester hours of graduate-level course work may be
Physical and Computational Chemistry. Computational
transferred from other institutions toward the Ph.D. degree
chemistry for polymer design, energy sciences, and mate-
provided that those courses have not been used by the student
rials research. Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.
toward a Bachelor's degree. The student's thesis committee
Eberhart, Wu
may set additional course requirements and will make deci-
sions on requests for transfer credit. Ph.D. students may base
Polymers. New techniques for controlling polymer architec-
their CHGN560 seminar on any chemistry-related topic in-
ture and composition. Theory and simulation. Separation
cluding the proposed thesis research. The CHGN560 seminar
and characterization.
requirement must be completed no later than the end of the
Description of Courses
student's second year of graduate studies at CSM. After com-
CHGN401. THEORETICAL INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (II)
pletion of the CHGN560 seminar, students must enroll in
Periodic properties of the elements. Bonding in ionic
CHGN660. Students must be enrolled in either CHGN560 or
and metallic crystals. Acid-base theories. Inorganic stereochem-
CHGN660 for each Fall and Spring semester that they are in
istry. Nonaqueous solvents. Coordination chemistry and ligand
residence at CSM. The CHGN660 seminar must be based on
field theory. Prerequisite: CHGN341 or consent of instructor. 3
the student's Ph.D. research and must include detailed re-
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
search findings and interpretation thereof. This CHGN 660
CHGN402. BONDING THEORY AND SYMMETRY (II) In-
seminar must be presented close to, but before, the student's
troduction to valence bond and molecular orbital theories, sym-
oral defense of the thesis. The comprehensive examination
metry; introduction to group theory; applications of group theory
comprises a written non-thesis proposal wherein the student
and symmetry concepts to molecular orbital and ligand field the-
prepares an original proposal on a chemistry topic distinctly
ories. Prerequisite: CHGN401 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
different from the student's principal area of research. The
lecture; 3 semester hours.
student must orally defend the non-thesis proposal before the
thesis committee. The non-thesis proposal requirement must
CHGN410/MLGN510. SURFACE CHEMISTRY (II) Introduc-
be completed prior to the end of the student's second year of
tion to colloid systems, capillarity, surface tension and contact
angle, adsorption from solution, micelles and micro emulsions,
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the solid/gas interface, surface analytical techniques, van der
Graduate Courses
Waal forces, electrical properties and colloid stability, some spe-
The following courses are offered at the graduate level. They
cific colloid systems (clays, foams and emulsions). Students en-
will be given if sufficient qualified students register. Some 500-
rolled for graduate credit in MLGN510 must complete a special
level courses are open to qualified seniors with the permission of
project. Prerequisite: DCGN209 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
the department and Dean of the Graduate School. 600-level
lecture; 3 semester hours.
courses are open only to students enrolled in the Graduate
CHGN422. POLYMER CHEMISTRY LABORATORY (I) Pre-
School. Geochemistry courses are listed after Chemistry courses.
requisites: CHGN221. 3 hours lab; 1 hour credit.
Chemistry Courses
CHGN428. INTRODUCTORY BIOCHEMISTRY (II) Introduc-
CHGN502. ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (II) De-
tory study of the major molecules of biochemistry, including
tailed examination of topics such as ligand field theory, reaction
amino acids, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids, lipids, and sac-
mechanisms, chemical bonding, and structure of inorganic com-
charides- their structure, chemistry, biological function, and
pounds. Emphasis is placed on the correlations of the chemical
biosynthesis. Stresses bioenergetics and the cell as a biological
reactions of the elements with periodic trends and reactivities.
unit of organization. Discussion of classical genetics, molecular
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
genetics, and protein synthesis. Prerequisite: CHGN221 or per-
hours.
mission of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CHGN503. ADVANCED PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I (II)
CHGN430/MLGN530. INTRODUCTION TO POLYMER
Quantum chemistry of classical systems. Principles of chemical
SCIENCE (I) An introduction to the chemistry and physics of
thermodynamics. Statistical mechanics with statistical calcula-
macromolecules. Topics include the properties and statistics of
tion of thermodynamic properties. Theories of chemical kinetics.
polymer solutions, measurements of molecular weights, molecular
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 4 hours lecture; 4 semester
weight distributions, properties of bulk polymers, mechanisms of
hours.
polymer formation, and properties of thermosets and thermoplas-
CHGN505. ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY (I)
tics including elastomers. Prerequisite: CHGN221 or permission
Detailed discussion of the more important mechanisms of
of instructor. 3 hour lecture, 3 semester hours.
organic reaction. Structural effects and reactivity. The applica-
CHGN475. COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY (II) Pre -
tion of reaction mechanisms to synthesis and structure proof.
requisites: CHGN351, CHGN402. 3 hours lecture; 3 credit
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
hours.
hours.
CHGN490. SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION (S)
CHGN507. ADVANCED ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY (I) Re-
Advanced methods of organic and inorganic synthesis; high-tem-
view of fundamentals of analytical chemistry. Literature of ana-
perature, high-pressure, inert-atmosphere, vacuum-line, and elec-
lytical chemistry and statistical treatment of data. Manipulation
trolytic methods. Prerequisites: CHGN323, CHGN341. 6-week
of real substances; sampling, storage, decomposition or dissolu-
summer field session; 6 credit hours.
tion, and analysis. Detailed treatment of chemical equilibrium as
related to precipitation, acid-base, complexation and redox titra-
CHGN495. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (I, II, S) Indi -
tions. Potentiometry and UV-visible absorption spectrophotome-
vidual research project under direction of a member of the De-
try. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
partmental faculty. Prerequisites: Completion of chemistry
semester hours.
curriculum through the junior year or permission of the depart-
ment head. 1-6 credit hours.
CHGN508. ANALYTICAL SPECTROSCOPY (II) Detailed
study of classical and modern spectroscopic methods; emphasis
CHGN497. INTERNSHIP (I, II, S) Individual internship experi-
on instrumentation and application to analytical chemistry prob-
ence with an industrial, academic, or governmental host super-
lems. Topics include: UV-visible spectroscopy, infrared spec-
vised by a Departmental faculty member. Prerequisites:
troscopy, fluorescence and phosphorescence, Raman
Completion of chemistry curriculum through the junior year or
spectroscopy, arc and spark emission spectroscopy, flame meth-
permission of the department head. 1-6 credit hours.
ods, nephelometry and turbidimetry, reflectance methods,
CHGN498. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY (I, II)  Topics
Fourier transform methods in spectroscopy, photoacoustic spec-
chosen from special interests of instructor and students. Prerequi-
troscopy, rapid-scanning spectroscopy. Prerequisite: Consent of
site: Consent of head of department. 1 to 3 semester hours. Repeat-
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate
able for credit under different titles.
years.
CHGN499. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (I, II) Individ-
CHGN510. CHEMICAL SEPARATIONS (II) Survey of separa-
ual investigational problems under the direction of members of
tion methods, thermodynamics of phase equilibria, thermody-
the chemistry staff. Written report on research required for
namics of liquid-liquid partitioning, various types of
credit. Prerequisite: Consent of head of department. 1 to 3 se-
chromatography, ion exchange, electrophoresis, zone refining,
mester hours. Repeatable for credit.
use of inclusion compounds for separation, application of sepa-
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ration technology for determining physical constants, e.g., stabil-
refinement methods, direct methods. Prerequisite: Consent of in-
ity constants of complexes. Prerequisite: CHGN507 or consent of
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate
years.
years.
CHGN581. ELECTROCHEMISTRY (I) Introduction to theory
CHGC514. GEOCHEMICAL THERMODYNAMICS AND KI-
and practice of electrochemistry. Electrode potentials, reversible
NETICS (II) Fundamental principles of classical thermodynam-
and irreversible cells, activity concept. Interionic attraction the-
ics and kinetics with specific application to the earth sciences.
ory, proton transfer theory of acids and bases, mechanisms and
Volume-temperature –pressure relationships for solids, liquids,
fates of electrode reactions. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3
gases and solutions. Energy and the First Law, Entropy and the
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
Second and Third Laws. Gibbs Free Energy, chemical equilibria
CHGN583/MLGN583. PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS
and the equilibrium constant. Solutions and activity-composi-
OF SURFACE ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES (II) Instru mental
tion relationships for solids, fluids and gases. Phase equilibria
techniques for the characterization of surfaces of solid materials;
and the graphical representation of equilibira. Application of the
Applications of such techniques to polymers, corrosion, metal-
fundamentals of kinetics to geochemical examples. Prerequisite:
lurgy, adhesion science, microelectronics. Methods of analysis
Introductory chemistry, introductory thermodynamics, mineral-
discussed: x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), auger elec-
ogy and petrology, or consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture,
tron spectroscopy (AES), ion scatter ing spectroscopy (ISS), sec-
3 semester hours. Offered in alternate years.
ondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), Rutherford
CHGN515/MLGN503. CHEMICAL BONDING IN
backscattering (RBS), scanning and transmission electron mi-
MATERIALS (I) Introduction to chemical bonding theories and
croscopy (SEM, TEM), energy and wavelength dispersive x-ray
calculations and their applications to solids of interest to
analysis; principles of these methods, quantification, instrumen-
materials science. The relationship between a material’s proper-
tation, sample preparation. Prerequisite: B.S. in Metallurgy,
ties and the bonding of its atoms will be examined for a variety
Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, or consent of in-
of materials. Includes an introduction to organic polymers. Com-
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
puter programs will be used for calculating bonding parameters.
CHGN584/ChEN584. FUNDAMENTALS OF CATALYSIS (II)
Prerequisite: Consent of department. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
The basic principles involved in the preparation, characteriza-
hours.
tion, testing and theory of heterogeneous and homo geneous cata-
CHGN523/MLGN509. SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY (I) De-
lysts are discussed. Topics include chemisorption, adsorption
pendence of properties of solids on chemical bonding and struc-
isotherms, diffusion, surface kinetics, promoters, poisons, cata-
ture; principles of crystal growth, crystal imperfections,
lyst theory and design, acid base catalysis and soluble transition
reactions and diffusion in solids, and the theory of conductors
metal complexes. Examples of important industrial applications
and semiconductors. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours
are given. Prerequisite: CHGN222 or consent of instructor. 3
lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CHGN536/MLGN536. ADVANCED POLYMER SYNTHESIS
CHGN585. CHEMICAL KINETICS (II) Study of kinetic phe-
(II) An advanced course in the synthesis of macromolecules.
nomena in chemical systems. Attention devoted to various theo-
Various methods of polymerization will be discussed with an
retical approaches. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours
emphasis on the specifics concerning the syntheses of different
lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
classes of organic and inorganic polymers. Prerequisite:
CHGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY (I, II) Pilot
CHGN430, ChEN415, MLGN530 or consent of instructor. 3
course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special inter-
hours lecture, 3 semester hours
ests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered
CHGN560. GRADUATE SEMINAR, M.S. (I, II) Required for
only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6
all candidates for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry and
credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
geochemistry. M.S. students must register for the course during
CHGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual research
each semester of residency. Ph.D. students must register each se-
or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member,
mester until a grade is received satisfying the prerequisites for
also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter,
CHGN660. Presentation of a graded non-thesis seminar and at-
content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study”
tendance at all departmental seminars are required. Prerequisite:
form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
Graduate student status. 1 semester hour.
credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
CHGN580/MLGN501. STRUCTURE OF MATERIALS (II)
CHGN660. GRADUATE SEMINAR, Ph.D. (I, II) Required of
Application of X-ray diffraction techniques for crystal and mo-
all candidates for the doctoral degree in chemistry or geochem-
lecular structure determination of minerals, inorganic and
istry. Students must register for this course each semester after
organometallic compounds. Topics include the heavy atom
completing CHGN560. Presentation of a graded nonthesis semi-
method, data collection by moving film techniques and by dif-
nar and attendance at all department seminars are required. Pre-
fractometers, Fourier methods, interpretation of Patterson maps,
requisite: CHGN560 or equivalent. 1 semester hour.
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CHGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY (I, II) Pilot
CHGC506. WATER ANALYSIS LABORATORY (I) Instrumen-
course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special inter-
tal analysis of water samples using spectroscopy and chromatog-
ests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered
raphy. Methods for field collection of water samples and field
only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6
measurements. The development of laboratory skills for the use
credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
of ICP-AES, HPLC, ion chromatography, and GC. Laboratory
CHGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual research
techniques focus on standard methods for the measurement of
or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member,
inorganic and organic constituents in water samples. Methods of
also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter,
data analysis are also presented. Prerequisite: Introductory chem-
content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study”
istry, graduate standing or consent of instructor. 3 hour labora-
form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
tory, 1 hour lecture, 2 semester hours.
credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
CHGC509/GEGN509. INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS
CHGN705. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER OF
GEOCHEMISTRY (I) Analytical, graphical and interpretive
SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion of the
methods applied to aqueous systems. Thermodynamic properties
degree Master of Science - thesis. Research must be carried out
of water and aqueous solutions. Calculations and graphical ex-
under the direct supervision of the graduate student’s faculty ad-
pression of acid-base, redox and solution-mineral equilibria. Ef-
visor. Repeatable for credit.
fect of temperature and kinetics on natural aqueous systems.
Adsorption and ion exchange equilibria between clays and oxide
CHGN706. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: DOCTOR OF
phases. Behavior of trace elements and complexation in aqueous
PHILOSOPHY Research credit hours required for completion
systems. Application of organic geochemistry to natural aqueous
of the degree Doctor of Philosophy. Research must be carried
systems. Light stable and unstable isotopic studies applied to
out under direct supervision of the graduate student’s faculty ad-
aqueous systems. Prerequisite: DCGN209 or equivalent, or con-
visor. Repeatable for credit.
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Geochemistry Courses
CHGC511. GEOCHEMISTRY OF IGNEOUS ROCKS (II) A
CHGC503. INTRODUCTION TO GEOCHEMISTRY (I) 
survey of the geochemical characteristics of the various types of
A comprehensive introduction to the basic concepts and princi-
igneous rock suites. Application of major element, trace element,
ples of geochemistry, coupled with a thorough overview of the
and isotope geochemistry to problems of their origin and modifi-
related principles of thermodynamics. Topics covered include:
cation. Prerequisite: Undergraduate mineralogy and petrology or
nucleosynthesis, origin of earth and solar system, chemical
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered
bonding, mineral chemistry, elemental distributions and geo-
alternate years.
chemical cycles, chemical equilibrium and kinetics, isotope sys-
tematics, and organic and biogeochemistry. Prerequisite:
CHGC527/GEGN527. ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY OF FOS-
Introductory chemistry, mineralogy and petrology, or consent of
SIL FUELS AND ORE DEPOSITS (II) A study of organic car-
instructor. 4 hours lecture, 4 semester hours.
bonaceous materials in relation to the genesis and modification
of fossil fuel and ore deposits. The biological origin of the or-
CHGC504. METHODS IN GEOCHEMISTRY (II) Sampling of
ganic matter will be discussed with emphasis on contributions of
natural earth materials including rocks, soils, sediments, and wa-
microorganisms to the nature of these deposits. Biochemical and
ters. Preparation of naturally heterogeneous materials, diges-
thermal changes which convert the organic compounds into pe-
tions, and partial chemical extractions. Principles of instru mental
troleum, oil shale, tar sand, coal and other carbonaceous matter
analysis including atomic spectroscopy, mass separations, and
will be studied. Principal analytical techniques used for the char-
chromatography. Quality assurance and quality control. Interpre-
acterization of organic matter in the geosphere and for evaluation
tation and assessment of geochemical data using statistical meth-
of oil and gas source potential will be discussed. Laboratory ex-
ods. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in geochemistry or
ercises will emphasize source rock evaluation, and oil-source
environmental science and engineering. 2 hours lecture; 2 se-
rock and oil-oil correlation methods. Prerequisite: CHGN221,
mester hours.
GEGN438, or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab;
CHGC505. INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL
3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
CHEMISTRY (II) Processes by which natural and anthro-
CHGC555. ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY (II)
pogenic chemicals interact, react, and are transformed and redis -
A study of the chemical and physical interactions which deter-
tributed in various environmental compartments. Air, soil, and
mine the fate, transport and interactions of organic chemicals in
aqueous (fresh and saline surface and groundwaters) environ-
aquatic systems, with emphasis on chemical transformations of
ments are covered, along with specialized environments such as
anthropogenic organic contaminants. Prerequisites: A course in
waste treatment facilities and the upper atmosphere. Meets with
organic chemistry and CHGN503, Advanced Physical Chemistry
CHGN403. CHGN403 and CHGC505 may not both be taken for
or its equivalent, or consent of instructor. Offered in alternate
credit. Prerequisites: SYGN101, CHGN 124 and DCGN209 or
years. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
permission of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
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CHGC562/CHGN462. MICROBIOLOGY AND THE
CHGC699A. SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOCHEMISTRY (I, II)
ENVIRONMENT (II) This course will cover the basic funda-
Detailed study of a geochemical topic under direction of a mem-
mentals of microbiology, such as structure and function of pro-
ber of the staff. Work on the same or a different topic may be
caryotic versus eucaryotic cells; viruses; classification of
continued through later semesters and additional credits earned.
micro-organisms; microbial metabolism, energetics, genetics,
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 to 3 semester hours.
growth and diversity; microbial interactions with plants, animals,
CHGC699B. SPECIAL TOPICS IN AQUEOUS AND
and other microbes. Additional topics covered will include vari-
SEDIMENTARY GEOCHEMISTRY (I, II) Detailed study of a
ous aspects of environmental microbiology such as global bio-
specific topic in the area of aqueous or sedimentary geochem-
geochemical cycles, bioleaching, bioremediation, and
istry under the direction of a member of the staff. Work on the
wastewater treatment. Prerequisite: ESGN301 or consent of In-
same or a different topic may be continued through later semes-
structor.
ters and additional credits earned. Prerequisite: Consent of in-
3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
structor. 1 to 3 semester hours.
CHGC563. ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY (I) 
CHGC699C. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ORGANIC AND
An introduction to the microorganisms of major geochemical
BIOGEOCHEMISTRY (I, II) Detailed study of a specific topic
importance, as well as those of primary importance in water pol-
in the areas of organic geochemistry or biogeochemistry under
lution and waste treatment. Microbes and sedimentation, micro-
the direction of a member of the staff. Work on the same or a dif-
bial leaching of metals from ores, acid mine water pollution, and
ferent topic may be continued through later semesters and addi-
the microbial ecology of marine and freshwater habitats are cov-
tional credits earned. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 to 3
ered. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 hour lecture, 3 hours
semester hours.
lab; 2 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
CHGC699D. SPECIAL TOPICS IN PETROLOGIC
CHGC564. BIOGEOCHEMISTRY AND GEOMICRO -
GEOCHEMISTRY (I, II) Detailed study of a specific topic in
BIOLOGY (I) Designed to give the student an understanding of
the area of petrologic geochemistry under the direction of a
the role of living things, particularly microorganisms,
member of the staff. Work on the same or a different topic may
in the shaping of the earth. Among the subjects will be the as-
be continued through later semesters and additional credits
pects of living processes, chemical composition and characteris-
earned. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 to 3 semester hours.
tics of biological material, origin of life, role of micro organisms
in weathering of rocks and the early diagenesis of sediments, and
the origin of petroleum, oil shale, and coal. Prerequisite: Consent
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CHGC610. NUCLEAR AND ISOTOPIC GEOCHEMISTRY
(II) A study of the principles of geochronology and stable iso-
tope distributions with an emphasis on the application of these
principles to important case studies in igneous petrology and the
formation of ore deposits. U, Th, and Pb isotopes, K-Ar, Rb-Sr,
oxygen isotopes, sulfur isotopes, and carbon isotopes included.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
hours Offered alternate years.
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Economics and Business
investment analysis, exploration economics, decision analy-
RODERICK G. EGGERT, Professor and Division Director
sis, utility theory, and corporate risk policy.
JOHN T. CUDDINGTON, William J. Coulter Professor
Mineral and Energy Economics Program
CAROL A. DAHL, Professor
Requirements:
GRAHAM A. DAVIS, Professor
MICHAEL R. WALLS, Professor
M.S. Degree Students choose from either the thesis or
EDWARD J. BALISTRERI, Associate Professor
non-thesis option in the Master of Science (M.S.) Program
MICHAEL B. HEELEY, Associate Professor
and are required to complete a minimum total of 36 credits
ALEXANDRA M. NEWMAN, Associate Professor
(a typical course has 3 credits). Initial admission is only to
DANIEL KAFFINE, Assistant Professor
the non-thesis program. Admission to the thesis option re-
STEFFEN REBENNACK, Assistant Professor
quires subsequent application after at least one full-time
JOY M. GODESIABOIS, Teaching Associate Professor
equivalent semester in the program. Coursework is valid for
SCOTT HOUSER, Teaching Associate Professor
seven years towards the M.S. degree; any exceptions must be
JOHN M. STERMOLE, Teaching Associate Professor
approved by the division director and student advisor.
ANN DOZORETZ, Teaching Assistant Professor
FRANKLIN J. STERMOLE, Professor Emeritus
Non-thesis option
JOHN E. TILTON, University Emeritus Professor
18 credits of core courses
ROBERT E. D. WOOLSEY, Professor Emeritus
12 credits from one or both specializations
Degrees Offered:
6 credits of approved electives or a minor from another
Master of Science (Mineral and Energy Economics)
department
Doctor of Philosophy (Mineral and Energy Economics)
Thesis option
18 credits of core courses
Master of Science (Engineering and Technology
12 research credits
Management)
6 credits from one or both specializations
Mineral and Energy Economics Program
Ph.D. Degree Doctoral students develop a customized
Description:
curriculum to fit their needs. The degree requires a minimum
In an increasingly global and technical world, government
of 72 graduate credit hours that includes course work and a
and industry leaders in the mineral and energy areas require a
thesis. Coursework is valid for ten years towards a Ph.D. de-
strong foundation in economic and business skills. The Divi-
gree; any exceptions must be approved by the division direc-
sion of Economics and Business offers such skills in unique
tor and student advisor.
programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mineral and
Course work
Energy Economics. Course work and research in Mineral and
24 credits of core courses
Energy Economics emphasize the application of economic
12 credits from one or both specializations
principles and business methods to mineral, energy, and re-
12 credits in a minor or elective credits
lated environmental and technological issues.
require advisor and committee approval
Students in the Mineral and Energy Economics Program
select from one of two areas of specialization: Economics
Research credits
and Public Policy (E&PP) or Quantitative Business Meth-
24 research credits. The student’s faculty advisor and the
ods/Operations Research (QBM/OR). The E&PP specializa-
doctoral thesis committee must approve the student’s pro-
tion focuses on the optimal use of scarce energy and mineral
gram of study and the topic for the thesis.
resources with a global perspective. It provides institutional
Qualifying Examination Process
knowledge coupled with economics, mathematical and statis-
Upon completion of the core course work, students must
tical tools to analyze and understand how the world of energy
pass qualifying written examinations to become a candidate
and minerals works to guide and shape industry change. The
for the Ph.D. degree. The qualifying exam is given in two
QBM/OR specialization emphasizes the application of quan-
parts in summers of the first and second years. In addition,
titative business methods such as optimization, simulation,
at the discretion of a student's doctoral committee, a student
decision analysis, and project management to minerals and
may be required to complete assignments or examinations
energy related manufacturing, exploration, resource alloca-
(or both) that are more directly related to the thesis topic.
tion, and other decision-making processes.
Following a successful thesis-proposal defense and prior
Fields of Research
to the final thesis defense, a student is required to present a
Faculty members carry out applied research in a variety of
completed research paper (or dissertation chapter) in a re-
areas including international trade, resource economics, envi-
search seminar at CSM. The research presentation must be
ronmental economics, industrial organization, metal market
considered satisfactory by at least three CSM faculty mem-
analysis, energy economics, applied microeconomics, applied
bers in attendance.
econometrics, management theory and practice, finance and
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Minor from Another Department
cal and institutional background, and the interpersonal and
Non-thesis M.S. students may apply six elective credits
intercultural abilities to in the fast paced, global world of oil
towards a nine hour minor in another department. A minor is
and gas.
ideal for those students who want to enhance or gain knowl-
Degrees: After studying in English for only 16 months (8
edge in another field while gaining the economic and busi-
months at CSM and 8 months at IFP) the successful student
ness skills to help them move up the career ladder. For
of Petroleum Economics and Management (PEM) receives
example, a petroleum, chemical, or mining engineer might
not 1 but 2 degrees:
want to learn more about environmental engineering, a geo-
physicist or geologist might want to learn the latest tech-
t
Masters of Science in Mineral and Energy
niques in their profession, or an economic policy analyst
Economics from CSM and
might want to learn about political risk. Students should
t
Diplôme D'Ingénieur or Mastère Spécialisé from
check with the minor department for the opportunities and
IFP
requirements for a minor.
Important: Applications for admission to the joint degree
Transfer Credits
program should be submitted for consideration by March 1st
Non-thesis M.S. students may transfer up to 6 credits
to begin the program the following fall semester in August. A
(9 credits for a thesis M.S.). The student must have achieved
limited number of students are selected for the program each
a grade of B or better in all graduate transfer courses and the
year.
transfer credit must be approved by the student’s advisor and
Prerequisites for the Mineral and Energy
the Division Director. Students who enter the Ph.D. program
Economics Programs:
may transfer up to 24 hours of graduate-level course work
Students must have completed the following undergradu-
from other institutions toward the Ph.D. degree subject to the
ate prerequisite courses with a grade of B or better:
restriction that those courses must not have been used as
credit toward a Bachelor degree. The student must have
1. Principles of Microeconomics;
achieved a grade of B or better in all graduate transfer
2. One semester of college-level Calculus;
courses and the transfer must be approved by the student’s
3. Probability and Statistics
Doctoral Thesis Committee and the Division Director.
Students will only be allowed to enter in the spring semes-
Unsatisfactory Progress
ter if they have completed all three prerequisites courses pre-
In addition to the institutional guidelines for unsatisfactory
viously, as well as undergraduate courses in mathematical
progress as described elsewhere in this bulletin: Unsatisfac-
economics and natural resource economics.
tory progress will be assigned to any full-time student who
does not pass the core courses EBGN509 and EBGN510 in
Required Course Curriculum in Mineral and
first fall semester of study and EBGN511 and EBGN590 in
Energy Economics:
the first spring semester of study. Unsatisfactory progress
All M.S. and Ph.D. students in Mineral and Energy Eco-
will also be assigned to any students who do not complete re-
nomics are required to take a set of core courses that provide
quirements as specified in their admission letter. Part-time
basic tools for the more advanced and specialized courses in
students develop an approved course plan with their advisor.
the program.
Combined BS/MS Program
1. M.S. Curriculum
Students enrolled in CSM’s Combined Undergraduate/
a. Core Courses (18 credits)
Graduate Program may double count 6 hours from their
EBGN509 Mathematical Economics
under graduate course-work towards the non-thesis graduate
EBGN510 Natural Resource Economics
program provided the courses satisfy the M.S. requirements.
EBGN511 Microeconomics
Dual Degree
EBGN512 Macroeconomics
The M.S. degree may be combined with a second degree
EBGN525 Operations Research Methods
from the IFP School (Paris, France) in Petroleum Economics
EBGN590 Econometrics and Forecasting
and Management (see http://www.ifp.fr). This dual-degree
b. Area of Specialization Courses (12 credits for M.S.
program is geared to meet the needs of industry and govern-
non-thesis option or 6 credits for M.S. thesis option)
ment. Our unique program trains the next generation of tech-
nical, analytical and managerial professionals vital to the
Economics & Public Policy
future of the petroleum and energy industries
EBGN495 Economic Forecasting
These two world-class institutions offer a rigorous and
EBGN530 Economics of International Energy Markets
challenging program in an international setting. The program
EBGN535 Economics of Metal Industries and Markets
gives a small elite group of students a solid economics foun-
EBGN536 Mineral Policies and International Investment
dation combined with quantitative business skills, the histori-
EBGN541 International Trade
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EBGN542 Economic Development
EBGN570 Environmental Economics
EBGN570 Environmental Economics
EBGN610 Advanced Natural Resources
EBGN610 Advanced Natural Resources
Quantitative Business Methods/Operations Research
EBGN611 Advanced Microeconomics
EBGN690 Advanced Econometrics
EBGN504 Economic Evaluation and Investment Decision
Methods
Quantitative Business Methods/Operations Research
EBGN505 Industrial Accounting
EBGN504 Economic Evaluation and Investment Decision
EBGN525 Operations Research Methods
Methods
EBGN528 Industrial Systems Simulation
EBGN505 Industrial Accounting
EBGN545 Corporate Finance
EBGN528 Industrial Systems Simulation
EBGN546 Investments and Portfolio Management
EBGN545 Corporate Finance
EBGN547 Financial Risk Management
EBGN546 Investments and Portfolio Management
EBGN552 Nonlinear Programming
EBGN547 Financial Risk Management
EBGN555 Linear Programming
EBGN552 Nonlinear Programming
EBGN556 Network Models
EBGN555 Linear Programming
EBGN557 Integer Programming
EBGN556 Network Models
EBGN559 Supply Chain Management
EBGN557 Integer Programming
EBGN560 Decision Analysis
EBGN559 Supply Chain Management
EBGN561 Stochastic Models in Management Science
EBGN560 Decision Analysis
EBGN575 Advanced Mining and Energy Valuation
EBGN561 Stochastic Models in Management Science
EBGN580 Exploration Economics
EBGN575 Advanced Mining and Energy Valuation
EBGN655 Advanced Linear Programming
EBGN580 Exploration Economics
EBGN657 Advanced Integer Programming
EBGN655 Advanced Linear Programming
Engineering and Technology Management
EBGN657 Advanced Integer Programming
Program Description:
EBGN690 Advanced Econometrics
The Division also offers an M.S. degree in Engineering and
2. Ph.D. Curriculum
Technology Management (ETM). The ETM degree program
a. Common Core Courses (15 credits)
is designed to integrate the technical elements of engineering
practice with the managerial perspective of modern engineer-
EBGN509 Mathematical Economics
ing and technology management. A major focus is on the busi-
EBGN510 Natural Resource Economics
ness and management principles related to this integration.
EBGN511 Microeconomics
The ETM Program provides the analytical tools and manage-
EBGN590 Econometrics and Forecasting
rial perspective needed to effectively function in a highly com-
EBGN695 Research Methodology
petitive and technologically complex business economy.
b. Extended Core Courses - Economics (9 credits)
Students in the ETM Program may select from one of two
EBGN611 Advanced Microeconomics
areas of degree specialization: Operations/Engineering Man-
EBGN600-level course*
agement or Strategy and Innovation. The Operations/Engi-
EBGN600-level course*
neering Management specialization emphasizes valuable
techniques for managing large engineering and technical
*EBGN695 not eligible
projects effectively and efficiently. In addition, special em-
phasis is given to advanced operations research, optimiza-
Students who have not taken and passed a course in macro-
tion, and decision making techniques applicable to a wide
economics at any level are also required to take EBGN512
array of business and engineering problems. The Strategy
Macroeconomics or equivalent.
and Innovation specialization teaches the correct match be-
d. Area of Specialization Courses (12 credits)
tween organizational strategies and structures to maximize
the competitive power of technology. This specialization has
Economics & Public Policy
a particular emphasis on management issues associated with
EBGN495 Economic Forecasting
the modern business enterprise.
EBGN530 Economics of International Energy Markets
Engineering and Technology Management
EBGN535 Economics of Metal Industries and Markets
EBGN536 Mineral Policies and International Investment
Program Requirements:
EBGN541 International Trade
Students choose either the thesis or non-thesis option and
EBGN542 Economic Development
complete a minimum of 30 credit hours. Initial admission is
only to the non-thesis program. Admission to the thesis op-
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tion requires subsequent application after at least one full-
Students not demonstrating satisfactory standing in these
time equivalent semester in the program. Coursework is valid
areas may be accepted; however, they will need to complete
for seven years towards the M.S. degree in ETM; any excep-
the deficiency prior to enrolling in courses that require these
tions must be approved by the division director and student
subjects as prerequisites. It is strongly suggested that students
advisor.
complete any deficiencies prior to enrolling in graduate
Non-thesis option
degree course work.
18 credits of core courses
Required Curriculum M.S. Degree Engineering
12 credits from one or both specializations
and Technology Management
Thesis option
Thesis and non-thesis students are required to complete the
18 credits of core courses
following 18 hours of core courses:
6 research credits
a. Core Courses (18 credits)
6 credits from one or both specializations
EBGN505 Industrial Accounting
Students must receive approval from their advisor in order
EBGN515 Economics and Decision Making
to apply non-EB Division courses towards their ETM degree.
EBGN525 Operations Research Methods
Thesis students are required to complete 6 credit hours of
EBGN545 Corporate Finance
thesis credit and complete a Master’s level thesis under the
EBGN563 Management of Technology
direct supervision of the student’s faculty advisor.
EBGN585 Engineering and Technology Management Cap-
Further Degree Requirements
stone (to be taken during the final semester of coursework)
All thesis and non-thesis ETM Program students have two
b. Areas of Specialization (12 credits required for non-
additional degree requirements: (1) the “Executive-in-
thesis option or 6 credits required for thesis option)
Residence” seminar series; and (2) the ETM Communica-
tions Seminar. All students are required to attend the ETM
Operations/Engineering Management:
Program “Executive-in-Residence” seminar series during at
EBGN528 Industrial Systems Simulation
least one semester of their attendance at CSM. The “Execu-
EBGN552 Nonlinear Programming
tive-in-Residence” series features executives from industry
EBGN553 Project Management
who pass on insight and knowledge to graduate students
EBGN555 Linear Programming
preparing for positions in industry. This series facilitates ac-
EBGN556 Network Models
tive involvement in the ETM program by industry executives
EBGN557 Integer Programming
through teaching, student advising activities and more. Every
EBGN559 Supply Chain Management
fall semester the “Executive-in-Residence will present 5-7
EBGN560 Decision Analysis
one hour seminars on a variety of topics related to leadership
EBGN561 Stochastic Models in Management Science
and strategy in the engineering and technology sectors. In ad-
EBGN568 Advanced Project Analysis
dition, all students are required to attend a two-day Commu-
EBGN655 Advanced Linear Programming
nications Seminar in their first fall semester of study in the
EBGN657 Advanced Integer Programming
ETM Program. The seminar will provide students a compre-
Strategy and Innovation:
hensive approach to good quality communication skills, in-
EBGN564 Managing New Product Development
cluding presentation proficiency, organizational skills,
EBGN565 Marketing for Technology-Based Companies
professional writing skills, meeting management, as well as
EBGN566 Technology Entrepreneurship
other professional communication abilities. The Communica-
EBGN567 Business Law and Technology
tions Seminar is designed to better prepare students for the
EBGN569 Business and Leadership Ethics
ETM learning experience, as well as their careers in industry
EBGN571 Marketing Research
EBGN572 International Business Strategy
Transfer Credits
EBGN573 Entrepreneurial Finance
Students who enter the M.S. in Engineering and Technol-
EBGN574 Inventing, Patenting, and Licensing
ogy Management program may transfer up to 6 graduate
course credits into the degree program. The student must
Course Descriptions in the Mineral and Energy
have achieved a grade of B or better in all graduate transfer
Economics Program and the Engineering and
courses and the transfer credit must be approved by the stu-
Technology Management Program
dent’s advisor and the Chair of the ETM Program.
EBGN504 ECONOMIC EVALUATION AND
Prerequisites for ETM Program:
INVESTMENT DECISION METHODS Time value of
1. Probability and Statistics (MATH323 or MATH530), and
money concepts of present worth, future worth, annual
worth, rate of return and break-even analysis are applied to
2. Engineering Economics (EBGN321 or EBGN504).
after-tax economic analysis of mineral, petroleum and general
investments. Related topics emphasize proper handling of (1)
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inflation and escalation, (2) leverage (borrowed money), (3)
industry. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics,
risk adjustment of analysis using expected value concepts,
MATH111; or permission of instructor.
and (4) mutually exclusive alternative analysis and service
EBGN515 ECONOMICS AND DECISION MAKING The
producing alternatives. Case study analysis of a mineral or
application of microeconomic theory to business strategy.
petroleum investment situation is required. Students may not
Understanding the horizontal, vertical, and product bound-
take EBGN504 for credit if they have completed EBGN321.
aries of the modern firm. A framework for analyzing the na-
EBGN505 INDUSTRIAL ACCOUNTING Concepts from
ture and extent of competition in a firm's dynamic business
both financial and managerial accounting. Preparation and
environment. Developing strategies for creating and sustain-
interpretation of financial statements and the use of this finan -
ing competitive advantage.
cial information in evaluation and control of the organization.
EBGN525 OPERATIONS RESEARCH METHODS The
Managerial concepts include the use of accounting informa-
core of this course is a scientific approach to planning and
tion in the development and implementation of a successful
decision-making problems that arise in business. The course
global corporate strategy, and how control systems enhance
covers deterministic optimization models (linear program-
the planning process.
ming, integer programming and network modeling) and a
EBGN509 MATHEMATICAL ECONOMICS This course
brief introduction to stochastic (probabilistic) models with
reviews and re-enforces the mathematical and computer tools
Monte-Carlo simulation. Applications of the models are
that are necessary to earn a graduate degree in Mineral Eco-
covered using spreadsheets. The intent of the course is to
nomics. It includes topics from differential and integral cal-
enhance logical modeling ability and to develop quantitative
culus; probability and statistics; algebra and matrix algebra;
managerial and spreadsheet skills. The models cover applica-
difference equations; and linear, mathematical and dynamic
tions in the areas of energy and mining, marketing, finance,
programming. It shows how these tools are applied in an eco-
production, transportation, logistics and work-force scheduling.
nomic and business context with applications taken from the
Prerequisite: MATH111 or permission of instructor.
mineral and energy industries. It requires both analytical as
EBGN528 INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS SIMULATION The
well as computer solutions. At the end of the course you will
course focuses on creating computerized models of real or
be able to appreciate and apply mathematics for better per-
proposed complex systems for performance evaluation. Sim-
sonal, economic and business decision making. Prerequisites:
ulation provides a cost effective way of pre-testing proposed
Principles of Microeconomics, MATH111; or permission of
systems and answering “what-if” questions before incurring
instructor.
the expense of actual implementations. The course is in-
EBGN510 NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS The
structed in the state-of-the-art computer lab (CTLM), where
threat and theory of resource exhaustion; commodity analysis
each student is equipped with a personal computer and inter-
and the problem of mineral market instability; cartels and the
acts with the instructor during the lecture. Professional version
nature of mineral pricing; the environment; government in-
of a widely used commercial software package, “Arena”, is
volvement; mineral policy issues; and international mineral
used to build models, analyze and interpret the results. Other
trade. This course is designed for entering students in mineral
business analysis and productivity tools that enhance the
economics. Prerequisite: Principles of Microeconomics or
analysis capabilities of the simulation software are intro-
permission of instructor.
duced to show how to search for optimal solutions within the
EBGN511 MICROECONOMICS The first of two courses
simulation models. Both discrete-event and continuous simu-
dealing with applied economic theory. This part concentrates
lation models are covered through extensive use of appli -
on the behavior of individual segments of the economy, the
cations including call centers, various manufacturing
theory of consumer behavior and demand, the theory of pro-
operations, production/inventory systems, bulk-material han-
duction and costs, duality, welfare measures, price and out-
dling and mining, port operations, high-way traffic systems
put level determination by business firms, and the structure
and computer networks. Prerequisites: MATH111,
of product and input markets. Prerequisites: Principles of Mi-
MATH5301; or permission of instructor.
croeconomics, MATH111, EBGN509, EBGN510; or permis-
EBGN530 ECONOMICS OF INTERNATIONAL ENERGY
sion of instructor.
MARKETS Application of models to understand markets
EBGN512 MACROECONOMICS This course will provide
for oil, gas, coal, electricity, and renewable energy resources.
an introduction to contemporary macroeconomic concepts
Models, modeling techniques, and issues included are supply
and analysis. Macroeconomics is the study of the behavior of
and demand, market structure, transportation models, game
the economy as an aggregate. Topics include the equilibrium
theory, futures markets, environmental issues, energy policy,
level of inflation, interest rates, unemployment and the
energy regulation, input/output models, energy conservation,
growth in national income. The impact of government fiscal
and dynamic optimization. The emphasis in the course is on
and monetary policy on these variables and the business
the development of appropriate models and their application
cycle, with particular attention to the effects on the mineral
to current issues in energy markets. Prerequisites: Principles
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of Microeconomics, MATH111, EBGN509, EBGN510,
in-depth study of the theory and practice of corporate finan-
EBGN511; or permission of instructor.
cial management including a study of the firm’s objectives,
EBGN535 ECONOMICS OF METAL INDUSTRIES AND
investment decisions, long-term financing decisions, and
MARKETS Metal supply from main product, byproduct,
working capital management. Prerequisite: EBGN5052 or
and secondary production. Metal demand and intensity of use
permission of instructor.
analysis. Market organization and price formation. Public
EBGN546 INVESTMENT AND PORTFOLIO MANAGE-
policy, comparative advantage, and international metal trade.
MENT This course covers institutional information, valua-
Metals and economic development in the developing coun-
tion theory and empirical analysis of alternative financial
tries and former centrally planned economies. Environmental
investments, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETS, and
policy and mining and mineral processing. Students prepare
(to a limited extent) derivative securities. Special attention is
and present a major research paper. Prerequisites: Principles
paid to the role of commodities (esp. metals and energy prod-
of Microeconomics, MATH111, EBGN509, EBGN510,
ucts) as an alternative investment class. After an overview of
EBGN511; or permission of instructor.
time value of money and arbitrage and their application to
EBGN536 MINERAL POLICIES & INTERNATIONAL
the valuation of stocks and bonds, there is extensive treat-
INVEST MENT Identification and evaluation of inter -
ment of optimal portfolio selection for risk averse investors,
national mineral investment policies and company responses
mean-variance efficient portfolio theory, index models, and
using economic, business and legal concepts. Assessment of
equilibrium theories of asset pricing including the capital
policy issues in light of stakeholder interests and needs.
asset pricing model (CAPM) and arbitrage pricing theory
Theoretical issues are introduced and then applied to case
(APT). Market efficiency is discussed, as are its implications
studies, policy drafting, and negotiation exercises to assure
for passive and active approaches to investment manage-
both conceptual and practical understanding of the issues.
ment. Investment management functions and policies, and
Special attention is given to the formation of national policies
portfolio performance evaluation are also considered. Pre-
and corporate decision making concerning fiscal regimes,
requisites: Principles of Microeconomics, MATH111,
project financing, environmental protection, land use and
MATH5301; or permission of instructor.
local community concerns and the content of exploration and
EBGN547 FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT Analysis
extraction agreements. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeco-
of the sources, causes and effects of risks associated with
nomics, MATH111, EBGN509, EBGN510, EBGN511; per-
holding, operating and managing assets by individuals and
mission of instructor.
organizations; evaluation of the need and importance of man-
EBGN541 INTERNATIONAL TRADE Theories and evi-
aging these risks; and discussion of the methods employed
dence on international trade and development. Determinants
and the instruments utilized to achieve risk shifting objec-
of static and dynamic comparative advantage. The arguments
tives. The course concentrates on the use of derivative assets
for and against free trade. Economic development in non-
in the risk management process. These derivatives include
industrialized countries. Sectoral development policies and
futures, options, swaps, swaptions, caps, collars and floors.
industrialization. The special problems and opportunities
Exposure to market and credit risks will be explored and
created by extensive mineral resource endowments. The
ways of handling them will be reviewed and critiqued
impact of value-added processing and export diversification
through analysis of case studies from the mineral and energy
on development. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconom-
industries. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics,
ics, MATH111, EBGN509, EBGN511; or permission of in-
MATH111, MATH5301, EBGN5052; EBGN545 or
structor.
EBGN546; or permission of instructor. Recommended:
EBGN509, EBGN511.
EBGN542 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Role of energy
and minerals in the development process. Sectoral policies
EBGN552 NONLINEAR PROGRAMMING As an ad-
and their links with macroeconomic policies. Special atten-
vanced course in optimization, this course will address both
tion to issues of revenue stabilization, resource largesse
unconstrained and constrained nonlinear model formulation
effects, downstream processing, and diversification.
and corresponding algorithms (e.g., Gradi ent Search and
Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics, MATH111,
Newton’s Method, and Lagrange Multiplier Methods and Re-
EBGN509, EBGN511, EBGN512; or permission of
duced Gradient Algorithms, respectively). Applications of
instructor.
state-of-the-art hardware and software will emphasize solv-
ing real-world problems in areas such as mining, energy,
EBGN545 CORPORATE FINANCE The fundamentals of
transportation, and the military. Prerequisite: MATH111;
corporate finance as they pertain to the valuation of invest-
EBGN525 or EBGN555; or permission of instructor.
ments, firms, and the securities they issue. Included are the
relevant theories associated with capital budgeting, financing
EBGN553 PROJECT MANAGEMENT An introductory
decisions, and dividend policy. This course provides an
course focusing on analytical techniques for managing projects
and on developing skills for effective project leadership and
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management through analysis of case studies. Topics include
EBGN559 SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT The focus of
project portfolio management, decomposition of project
the course is to show how a firm can achieve better “supply-
work, estimating resource requirements, planning and budget -
demand matching” through the implementation of rigorous
ing, scheduling, analysis of uncertainty, resource loading and
mathematical models and various operational/tactical strate-
leveling, project monitoring and control, earned value analy-
gies. We look at organizations as entities that must match the
sis and strategic project leadership. Guest speakers from in-
supply of what they produce with the demand for their prod-
dustry discuss and amplify the relevance of course topics to
ucts. A considerable portion of the course is devoted to math-
their specific areas of application (construction, product de-
ematical models that treat uncertainty in the supply-chain.
velopment, engineering design, R&D, process development,
Topics include managing economies of scale for functional
etc.). Students learn Microsoft Project and complete a course
products, managing market-mediation costs for innovative
project using this software, demonstrating proficiency ana-
products, make-to order versus make-to-stock systems, quick
lyzing project progress and communicating project informa-
response strategies, risk pooling strategies, supply-chain con-
tion to stakeholders. Prerequisite: EBGN5043 or permission
tracts and revenue management. Additional “special topics”
of instructor.
may be introduced, such as reverse logistics issues in the
EBGN555 LINEAR PROGRAMMING This course ad-
supply-chain or contemporary operational and financial hedg-
dresses the formulation of linear programming models, ex-
ing strategies, as time permits. Prerequisites: MATH111,
amines linear programs in two dimensions, covers standard
MATH5301; or permission of instructor.
form and other basics essential to understanding the Simplex
EBGN560 DECISION ANALYSIS Introduction to the sci-
method, the Simplex method itself, duality theory, comple-
ence of decision making and risk theory. Application of deci-
mentary slackness conditions, and sensitivity analysis. As
sion analysis and utility theory to the analysis of strategic
time permits, multi-objective programming and stochastic
decision problems. Focuses on the application of quantitative
programming are introduced. Applications of linear program-
methods to business problems characterized by risk and un-
ming models discussed in this course include, but are not
certainty. Choice problems such as decisions concerning
limited to, the areas of manufacturing, finance, energy, min-
major capital investments, corporate acquisitions, new prod-
ing, transportation and logistics, and the military. Prerequi-
uct introductions, and choices among alternative technolo-
site: MATH111; MATH332 or EBGN509; or permission of
gies are conceptualized and structured using the concepts
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
introduced in this course. Prerequisite: EBGN5043 or permis-
EBGN556 NETWORK MODELS Network models are lin-
sion of instructor.
ear programming problems that possess special mathematical
EBGN561 STOCHASTIC MODELS IN MANAGEMENT
structures. This course examines a variety of network mod-
SCIENCE The course introduces tools of “probabilistic
els, specifically, spanning tree problems, shortest path prob-
analysis” that are frequently used in the formal studies of
lems, maximum flow problems, minimum cost flow
management. We see methodologies that help to quantify the
problems, and transportation and assignment problems. For
dynamic relationships of sequences of “random” events that
each class of problem, we present applications in areas such
evolve over time. Topics include static and dynamic Monte-
as manufacturing, finance, energy, mining, transportation and
Carlo simulation, discrete and continuous time Markov
logistics, and the military. We also discuss an algorithm or
Chains, probabilistic dynamic programming, Markov deci-
two applicable to each problem class. As time permits, we
sion processes, queuing processes and networks, Brownian
explore combinatorial problems that can be depicted on
motion and stochastic control. Applications from a wide
graphs, e.g., the traveling salesman problem and the Chinese
range of fields will be introduced including marketing, fi-
postman problem, and discuss the tractability issues associ-
nance, production, logistics and distribution, energy and
ated with these problems in contrast to “pure” network mod-
service systems. In addition to an intuitive understanding
els. Prerequisites: MATH111; EBGN525 or EBGN555; or
of analytical techniques to model stochastic processes, the
permission of the instructor.
course emphasizes how to use related software packages for
EBGN557 INTEGER PROGRAMMING This course ad-
managerial decision-making. Prerequisites: MATH111,
dresses the formulation of linear integer programming mod-
MATH5301; or permission of instructor.
els, examines the standard brand-and-bound algorithm for
EBGN563 MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY Case
solving such models, and covers advanced topics related to
studies and reading assignments explore strategies for profit-
increasing the tractability of such models. These advanced
ing from technology assets and technological innovation. The
topics include the application of cutting planes and strong
roles of strategy, core competencies, product and process
formulations, as well as decomposition and reformulation
devel opment, manufacturing, R&D, marketing, strategic
techniques, e.g., Lagrangian relaxation, Benders decomposi-
partnerships, alliances, intellectual property, organizational
tion, column generation. Prerequisites: MATH111;
architectures, leadership and politics are explored in the
EBGN525 or EBGN555; or permission of instructor.
context of technological innovation. The critical role of orga-
nizational knowledge and learning in a firm’s ability to lever-
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age technological innovation to gain competitive advantage
EBGN568 ADVANCED PROJECT ANALYSIS An ad-
is explored. The relationships between an innovation, the
vanced course in economic analysis that will look at more
competencies of the innovating firm, the ease of duplication
complex issues associated with valuing investments and
of the innovation by outsiders, the nature of complementary
projects. Discussion will focus on development and applica-
assets needed to successfully commercialize an innovation
tion of concepts in after-tax environments and look at other
and the appropriate strategy for commercializing the inno -
criteria and their impact in the decision-making and valuation
vation are developed. Students explore the role of network
process. Applications to engineering and technology aspects
effects in commercialization strategies, particularly with re-
will be discussed. Effective presentation of results will be an
spect to standards wars aimed at establishing new dominant
important component of the course. Prerequisite: EBGN5043
designs. Prerequisite: EBGN5043 recommended.
or permission of instructor.
EBGN564 MANAGING NEW PRODUCT DEVELOP-
EBGN569 BUSINESS ETHICS This business and leadership
MENT Develops interdisciplinary skills required for suc-
ethics course is designed to immerse you in organizational
cessful product development in today’s competitive
ethical decision-making processes, issues, organizational
marketplace. Small product development teams step through
control mechanisms, and benefits of developing comprehen-
the new product development process in detail, learning
sive and due diligence ethics programs. As a business practi-
about available tools and techniques to execute each process
tioner, most activities both inside and outside the
step along the way. Each student brings his or her individual
organization have ethical dimensions. Particularly, many
disciplinary perspective to the team effort, and must learn to
business functions represent boundary spanning roles be-
synthesize that perspective with those of the other students in
tween the organization and outside constituents and as such
the group to develop a sound, marketable product. Prerequi-
present challenges in the areas of: honesty and fairness, de-
site: EBGN563 recommended.
ceptive advertising, price fixing and anti-trust, product mis-
EBGN565 MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY-BASED
representation and liability, billing issues. This course
COMPANIES This class explores concepts and practices
explores organizational successes and failures to better un-
related to marketing in this unique, fast-paced environment,
derstand how to manage this area. Prerequisite: Permission
including the defining characteristics of high-technology in-
of instructor.
dustries; different types and patterns of innovations and their
EBGN570 ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS The role of
marketing implications; the need for (and difficulties in)
markets and other economic considerations in controlling
adopting a customer-orientation; tools used to gather market-
pollution; the effect of environmental policy on resource
ing research/intelligence in technology-driven industries; use
allo ca tion incentives; the use of benefit/cost analysis in envi-
of strategic alliances and partnerships in marketing technol-
ronmental policy decisions and the associated problems with
ogy; adaptations to the “4 P’s”; regulatory and ethical consid-
measuring benefits and costs. Prerequisites: Principles of
erations in technological arenas. Prerequisite: Permission of
Microeconomics, MATH111, EBGN509, EBGN510; or per-
instructor.
mission of instructor.
EBGN566 TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP Intro-
EBGN571 MARKETING RESEARCH The purpose of this
duces concepts related to starting and expanding a techno -
course is to gain a deep understanding of the marketing re-
logical-based corporation. Presents ideas such as developing
search decisions facing product managers in technology based
a business and financing plan, role of intellectual property,
companies. While the specific responsibilities of a product
and the importance of a good R&D program. Prerequisite:
manager vary across industries and firms, three main activities
Permission of instructor.
common to the position are: (1) analysis of market informa-
EBGN567 BUSINESS LAW AND TECHNOLOGY Com-
tion, (2) marketing strategy development, and (3) implement-
puter software and hardware are the most complex and
ing strategy through marketing mix decisions. In this course
rapidly developing intellectual creations of modern man.
students will develop an understanding of available market-
Computers provide unprecedented power in accessing and
ing research methods and the ability to use marketing research
manipulating data. Computers work in complex systems that
information to make strategic and tactical decisions. Prerequi-
require standardization and compatibility to function. Each of
site: MATH5301.
these special features has engendered one or more bodies of
EBGN572 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS STRATEGY
law. Complex intellectual creation demands comprehensive
The purpose of this course is to gain understanding of the
intellectually property protection. Computer technology,
complexities presented by managing businesses in an inter-
however, differs fundamentally from previous objects of
national environment. International business has grown
intel lectual property protection, and thus does not fit easily
rapidly in recent decades due to technological expansion,
into traditional copyright and patent law. This course covers
liber alization of government policies on trade and resource
topics that relate to these complex special features of com-
movements, development of institutions needed to support
puter and technology. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
and facilitate international transactions, and increased global
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competition. Due to these factors, foreign countries increas-
agement’s role in formulating strategy and the role that all an
ingly are a source of both production and sales for domestic
organi zation’s managers play in implementing a well thought
companies. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
out strategy. Among the topics discussed in this course are
EBGN573 ENTREPRENEURIAL FINANCE Entrepreneur-
(1) how different industry conditions support different types
ial activity has been a potent source of innovation and job
of strategies; (2) how industry conditions change and the
generation in the global economy. In the U.S., the majority
impli cation of those changes for strategic management; and
of new jobs are generated by new entrepreneurial firms.
(3) how organizations develop and maintain capabilities that
The financial issues confronting entrepreneurial firms are
lead to sustained competitive advantage. This course consists
drastically different from those of established companies.
of learning fundamental concepts associated with strategic
The focus in this course will be on analyzing the unique fi-
management process and competing in a web-based strategic
nancial issues which face entrepreneurial firms and to de-
management simulation to support the knowledge that you
velop a set of skills that has wide applications for such
have developed. Prerequisites: MATH5301, EBGN5043; or
situations. Prerequisite: EBGN505 or permission of instruc-
permission of instructor.
tor. Corequisite: EBGN545 or permission of instructor.
EBGN590 ECONOMETRICS AND FORECASTING
EBGN574 INVENTING, PATENTING, AND LISCENSING
Using statistical techniques to fit economic models to data.
The various forms of intellectual property, including patents,
Topics include ordinary least squares and single equation
trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition
regres sion models; two stage least squares and multiple equa-
are discussed; the terminology of inventing, patenting and li-
tion econometric models; specification error, serial correla-
censing is reviewed, and an overview of the complete
tion, hetero skedasticity; distributive lag; applications to
process is given; the statutes most frequently encountered in
mineral commodity markets; hypothesis testing; forecasting
dealing with patents (35 USC §101, §102, §103 and §112)
with econometric models, time series analysis, and simula-
are introduced and explained; the basics of searching the
tion. Prerequisites: MATH111, MATH5301, EBGN509; or
prior art are presented; participants 'walk through' case histo-
permission of instructor.
ries illustrating inventing, patenting, licensing, as well as
EBGN598 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ECONOMICS AND
patent infringement and litigation; the importance of proper
BUSINESS Pilot course or special topics course. Topics
documentation at all stages of the process is explained; the
chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s).
"do's" and "don't" of disclosing inventions are presented; var-
Usually the course is offered only once. Repeatable for
ious types of agreements are discussed including license
credit under different titles.
agreements; methods for evaluating the market potential of
EBGN599 INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual research or
new products are presented; the resources available for in-
special problem projects supervised by a faculty member
ventors are reviewed; inventing and patenting in the corpo-
when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter, con-
rate environment are discussed; the economic impacts of
tent, and credit hours. Contact the Economics and Business
patents are addressed. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Division office for credit limits toward the degree.
Offered in Field session and Summer session only.
EBGN610 ADVANCED NATURAL RESOURCE ECO-
EBGN575 ADVANCED MINING AND ENERGY VALUA-
NOMICS Optimal resource use in a dynamic context using
TION The use of stochastic and option pricing techniques in
mathematical programming, optimal control theory and game
mineral and energy asset valuation. The Hotelling Valuation
theory. Constrained optimization techniques are used to eval-
Principle. The measurement of political risk and its impact
uate the impact of capital constraints, exploration activity
on project value. Extensive use of real cases. Prerequisites:
and environmental regulations. Offered when student de-
Principles of Microeconomics, MATH111, EBGN5043,
mand is sufficient. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconom-
EBGN5052, EBGN509, EBGN510, EBGN511; or permis-
ics, MATH111, MATH5301, EBGN509, EBGN510,
sion of instructor.
EBGN511; or permission of instructor.
EBGN580 EXPLORATION ECONOMICS Exploration
EBGN611 ADVANCED MICROECONOMICS A second
planning and decision making for oil and gas, and metallic
graduate course in microeconomics, emphasizing state-of-
minerals. Risk analysis. Historical trends in exploration ac-
the-art theoretical and mathematical developments. Topics
tivity and productivity. Prerequisites: Principles of Micro-
include consumer theory, production theory and the use of
economics, EBGN510; or permission of instructor. Offered
game theoretic and dynamic optimization tools. Prerequi-
when student demand is sufficient.
sites: Principles of Microeconomics, MATH111, MATH5301,
EBGN585 ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
EBGN509, EBGN511; or permission of instructor.
MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE This course represents the
EBGN655 ADVANCED LINEAR PROGRAMMING As an
culmination of the ETM Program. This course is about the
advanced course in optimization, this course will expand
strategic management process – how strategies are developed
upon topics in linear programming. Specific topics to be
and imple mented in organizations. It examines senior man-
covered include advanced formulation, column generation,
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interior point method, stochastic optimization, and numerical
EBGN698 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ECONOMICS AND
stability in linear programming. Applications of state-of-the-
BUSINESS Pilot course or special topics course. Topics
art hardware and software will emphasize solving real-world
chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s).
problems in areas such as mining, energy, transportation and
Usually the course is offered only once. Repeatable for
the military. Prerequisites: EBGN555 or permission of in-
credit under different titles.
structor.
EBGN699 INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual research
EBGN657 ADVANCED INTEGER PROGRAMMING As
or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member
an advanced course in optimization, this course will expand
when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter, con-
upon topics in integer programming. Specific topics to be
tent, and credit hours. Contact the Economics and Business
covered include advanced formulations, Benders Decomposi-
Division office for credit limits toward the degree.
tion, mixed integer programming cuts, constraint program-
EBGN705. GRADUATE RESEARCH: MASTER OF
ming, rounding heuristics, and persistence. Applications of
SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion of
state-of-the-art hardware and software will emphasize solv-
the Master of Science with Thesis degree. Research must be
ing real-world problems in areas such as mining, energy,
carried out under the direct supervision of the student’s fac-
transportation and the military. Prerequisites: EBGN557 or
ulty advisor. Variable class and semester hours. Repeatable
permission of instructor.
for credit.
EBGN690 ADVANCED ECONOMETRICS A second
EBGN706. GRADUATE RESEARCH: DOCTOR OF PHI-
course in econometrics. Compared to EBGN590, this course
LOSOPHY Research credit hours required for completion of
provides a more theoretical and mathematical understanding
the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Research must be carried
of econometrics. Matrix algebra is used and model construc-
out under the direct supervision of the student’s faculty advi-
tion and hypothesis testing are emphasized rather than fore-
sor. Variable class and semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
casting. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics,
MATH111, MATH5301, EBGN509, EBGN590; or permis-
sion of instructor. Recommended: EBGN511.
Notes
EBGN695 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY Lectures
1 MATH323 may be substituted for MATH530.
provide an overview of methods used in economic research
2 EBGN305 and EBGN306 together may be substituted for
relating to EPP and QBA/OR dissertations in Mineral Eco-
EBGN505 with permission.
nomics and information on how to carry out research and
3 EBGN321 may be substituted for EBGN504.
present research results. Students will be required to write
and present a research paper that will be submitted for pub -
lication. It is expected that this paper will lead to a Ph.D.
disser tation proposal. It is a good idea for students to start
thinking about potential dissertation topic areas as they study
for their qualifier. This course is also recommended for stu-
dents writing Master’s thesis or who want guidance in doing
independent research relating to the economics and business
aspects of energy, minerals and related environmental and
technological topics. Prerequisites: MATH5301, EBGN509,
EBGN510, EBGN511, EBGN590 or permission of instruc-
tor.
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Engineering
Program Overview:
KEVIN L. MOORE, Gerard August Dobelman Distinguished
The Engineering Division offers engineering graduate de-
Professor and Interim Division Director
grees with an option to specialize in one of the three disci-
MARTE S. GUTIERREZ, James R. Paden Chair Distinguished
plines-Civil, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering. Students
Professor
may also choose a more interdisciplinary degree with a spe-
ROBERT J. KEE, George R. Brown Distinguished Professor
cialty title "Engineering Systems." The program demands ac-
D. VAUGHAN GRIFFITHS, Professor
ademic rigor and depth yet also addresses real-world
ROBERT H. KING, Professor
engineering problems. The Division of Engineering has eight
NING LU, Professor
NIGEL T. MIDDLETON, Senior Vice President for Strategic
areas of research activity that stem from the core fields of
Enterprises, Professor
Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering; these areas
MICHAEL MOONEY, Professor
are: (1) Geotechnical Engineering and (2) Structural Engi-
GRAHAM G. W. MUSTOE, Professor
neering, which are strongly aligned with the Civil Engineer-
PANKAJ K. (PK) SEN, Professor
ing Specialty. (3) Energy Systems and Power Electronics,
JOEL M. BACH, Associate Professor
and (4) Information and Systems Sciences, which are
JOHN R. BERGER, Associate Professor
strongly aligned with the Electrical Engineering Discipline.
CRISTIAN V. CIOBANU, Associate Professor
(5) Bioengineering, (6) Energy Conversion Systems and
WILLIAM A. HOFF, Associate Professor
Thermal Sciences, and (7) Material Mechanics, which are
PANOS D. KIOUSIS, Associate Professor
aligned with the Mechanical Engineering specialty. Finally,
MARCELO GODOY SIMOES, Associate Professor
JOHN P. H. STEELE, Associate Professor
(8) Robotics includes elements from both the Electrical and
NEAL SULLIVAN, Associate Professor
Mechanical disciplines. Note that in many cases, individual
TYRONE VINCENT, Associate Professor
research projects encompass more than one research area.
RAY RUICHONG ZHANG, Associate Professor
Geotechnical Engineering has current activity in compu-
GREGORY BOGIN, Assistant Professor
tational and analytical geomechanics, probabilistic geotech-
ROBERT J. BRAUN, Assistant Professor
nics, experimental and theoretical investigations into coupled
KATHRYN JOHNSON, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor
SALMAN MOHAGHEGHI, Assistant Professor
flows and unsaturated soil behavior, and intelligent geo-sys-
ANTHONY J. PETRELLA, Assistant Professor
tems including geo-construction sensing and automation. The
JASON PORTER, Assistant Professor
geotechnical faculty and students work primarily within the
ANNE SILVERMAN, Assistant Professor
Civil Specialty of the Engineering graduate programs, how-
CAMERON TURNER, Assistant Professor
ever strong interdisciplinary ties are maintained with other
MICHAEL WAKIN, Assistant Professor
groups in Engineering and with other Departments at CSM.
JUDITH WANG, Assistant Professor
Structural Engineering focuses on frontier, multidiscipli-
RAVEL F. AMMERMAN, Teaching Professor
JOSEPH P. CROCKER, Teaching Professor
nary research in the following areas: high strength and self-
RICHARD PASSAMANECK, Teaching Professor
consolidating concrete, experimental and computational
VIBHUTI DAVE, Teaching Associate Professor
structural dynamics, vibration control, damage diagnosis, and
EDWARD RIEDEL, Teaching Associate Professor
advanced data processing and analysis for sensory systems,
JEFFREY SCHOWALTER, Teaching Associate Professor
disaster assessment and mitigation, and structural nonde-
CANDACE S. SULZBACH, Teaching Associate Professor
structive evaluation.
ALEXANDRA WAYLLACE, Teaching Associate Professor
JINSONG HUANG, Research Associate Professor
Energy Systems and Power Electronics is focused on both
HUAYANG ZHU, Research Associate Professor
fundamental and applied research in the interrelated fields of
CHRISTOPHER B. DRYER, Research Assistant Professor
conventional electric power systems and electric machinery,
JOAN P. GOSINK, Emerita Professor
renewable energy and distributed generation, energy eco-
MICHAEL B. McGRATH, Emeritus Professor
nomics and policy issues, power quality, power electronics
DAVID MUNOZ, Emeritus Associate Professor
and drives. The overall scope of research encompasses a
KARL R. NELSON, Emeritus Associate Professor
broad spectrum of electrical energy applications including in-
GABRIEL M. NEUNZERT, Emeritus Associate Professor
vestor-owned utilities, rural electric associations, manufac-
CATHERINE K. SKOKAN, Emerita Associate Professor
turing facilities, regulatory agencies, and consulting
Note: Faculty for the environmental engineering specialty are listed in
engineering firms.
the Environmental Science and Engineering section of this Bulletin.
Information and Systems Sciences Group is an interdisci-
Degrees Offered:
plinary research area that encompasses the fields of control
Master of Science (Engineering)
systems, communications, signal and image processing, com-
Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering)
pressive sensing, robotics, and mechatronics. Focus areas in-
clude intelligent and learning control systems, fault detection
and system identification, computer vision and pattern recog-
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nition, sensor development, mobile manipulation and au-
The Division of Engineering also offers five year com-
tonomous systems. Applications can be found in renewable
bined BS/MS degree programs These programs offer an ex-
energy and power systems, materials processing, sensor and
pedited graduate school application process and allow
control networks, bio-engineering, intelligent structures, and
students to begin graduate coursework while still finishing
geosystems.
their undergraduate degree requirements. This program is
BioEngineering focuses on the application of engineering
described in the undergraduate catalog and is in place for En-
principles to the musculoskeletal system and other connec-
gineering students. In addition, the five year program is of-
tive tissues. Research activities include experimental, com-
fered in collaboration with the Departments of Physics and
putational, and theoretical approaches with applications in
Chemistry and allows students to obtain specific engineering
the areas of computer assisted surgery and medical robotics,
skills that complement their physics or chemistry back-
medical imaging, patient specific biomechanical modeling,
ground. The Physics five-year program offers tracks in Elec-
intelligent prosthetics and implants, bioinstrumentation, and
trical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Details on
supermolecular biomaterials. The Bioengineering group has
these five-year programs can be found in the CSM Under-
strong research ties with other campus departments, the local
graduate Bulletin. Course schedules for these five-year pro-
medical community, and industry partners.
grams can be obtained in the Engineering, Physics and
Chemistry Departmental Offices.
Energy Conversion Systems and Thermal Sciences is a
research area with a wide array of multidisciplinary applica-
The Ph.D. Engineering degree requires 72 credit hours of
tions including clean energy systems, materials processing,
course work and research credits. Graduate level courses
combustion, and biofuels and renewable energy. Graduate
taken at other universities for which a grade equivalent to a
students in this area typically specialize in Mechanical Engi-
"B" or better was received will be considered for transfer
neering but also have the opportunity to specialize in inter-
credit via a petition to the Division Director (note that these
disciplinary programs such as Materials Science.
courses must not have been used to satisfy the requirements
for an undergraduate degree).
Material Mechanics investigations consider solid-state
material behavior as it relates to microstructural evolution
Students must have an advisor from the Engineering Divi-
and control, nano-mechanics, functionally graded materials,
sion Graduate Faculty to direct and monitor their academic
biomaterial analysis and characterization, artificial bio -
plan, research and independent studies. Master of Science
material design, and fracture mechanics. Research in this
(thesis option) students must have at least three members on
area tends to have a strong computational physics component
their graduate committee, two of whom must be permanent
covering a broad range of length and time scales that embrace
faculty in the Engineering Division. Ph.D. graduate commit-
ab initio calculations, molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo and
tees must have at least five members; at least three members
continuum modeling. These tools are used to study metallic
must be permanent faculty in the Engineering Division, and
and ceramic systems as well as natural biomaterials. Strong
at least one member must be from the department in which
ties exist between this group and activities within the campus
the student is pursuing a minor program, if applicable.
communities of physics, materials science, mathematics and
Ph.D. Qualifying Exam. Students wishing to enroll in the
chemical engineering.
Engineering PhD program will be required to pass a Qualify-
Robotics is an emerging area at CSM that merges research
ing Exam. Normally, full-time PhD candidates will take the
in mechanical design, control systems, sensing, and mecha-
Qualifying Exam in their first year, but it must be taken
tronics to develop automated and autonomous systems that
within three semesters of entering the program. Part-time
can be used to carry out tasks that are dirty, dangerous, dull,
candidates will normally be expected to take the Qualifying
or difficult.
Exam within no more than six semesters of entering the pro-
gram.
Program Details
The purpose of the Qualifying Exam is to assess some of
The M.S. Engineering degree (Thesis or Non-Thesis Op-
the attributes expected of a successful PhD student. Each
tion) requires 30 credit hours. Requirements for the thesis
specialty area (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Engineering
M.S. are 24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis re-
Systems) will administer their own PhD Qualifying Exams;
search. The non-thesis option requires 30 hours of course-
however, the agreed objectives are to assess the students in
work. For the M.S. degree, a maximum of 9 credits can be
the following three categories.
transferred in from another institution (note that these
l
To determine the student's ability to review, synthe-
courses must not have been used to satisfy the requirements
size and apply fundamental concepts.
for an undergraduate degree). Graduate level courses taken at
l
To determine the creative and technical potential of
other universities for which a grade equivalent to a "B" or
the student to solve open-ended and challenging problems.
better was received will be considered for transfer credit via
a petition to the Division Director.
l
To determine the student's technical communica-
tion skills.
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Ph.D. Qualifying exams will typically be held in each reg-
ate to the degree structure, can be used to fulfill degree re-
ular semester to accommodate graduate students admitted in
quirements.
either the Fall or Spring. In the event of a student failing the
Civil Engineering Specialty (EGGN-CE)
Qualifying exam, she/he will be given one further opportu-
There are two main emphasis areas within the Civil Engi-
nity to pass the exam in the following semester. A second
neering specialty in: (1) Geotechnical engineering, and (2)
failure of the Qualifying Exam in a given specialty would
Structural engineering. However thesis research activities
lead to removal of the student from the Ph.D. program.
will regularly overlap with the other emphasis areas within
After passing the Qualifying Examination, the Ph.D. stu-
the Division as listed in the Program Description above. The
dent is allowed up to 18 months to prepare a written Thesis
intent is to offer a highly flexible curriculum that will be at-
Proposal and present it formally to the graduate committee
tractive to candidates seeking Civil Engineering careers in ei-
and other interested faculty.
ther industry or academe. In addition to the Civil Engineering
Admission to Candidacy. Full-time students must com-
courses offered within the Engineering Division, technical
plete the following requirements within two calendar years of
electives will be available from other CSM departments such
enrolling in the Ph.D. program.
as Environmental Science and Engineering, Geological Engi-
neering and Mining, as well as Electrical and Mechanical
l
Have a Thesis Committee appointment form on file
courses from within the Engineering Division.
in the Graduate Office:
M.S. Degree (EGGN-CE)
l
Have passed the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam demon-
strating adequate preparation for, and satisfactory ability to
Must take at least three courses from the list of
conduct doctoral research.
Engineering (Civil Speciality) Courses.
9 cr
Upon completion of these requirements, students must
EGGN504 Engineering (Civil) Seminar
1 cr
complete an Admission to Candidacy form. This form must
Technical Electives
be signed by the Thesis Committee and the Division Director
(Thesis option: Courses must be approved by the
and filed with the Graduate Office.
Thesis Committee)
14 cr
At the conclusion of the M.S. (Thesis Option) and Ph.D.
(Non-Thesis option: Courses must be approved by
programs, the student will be required to make a formal pres-
the Faculty Advisor)
20 cr
entation and defense of her/his thesis research.
Non-thesis students may include up to 6 cr hours of
Prerequisites
Independent Study (EGGN 599)
The minimum requirements for admission for the M.S.,
Thesis Research (Thesis Option)
6 cr
and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering are a baccalaureate degree
Total
30 cr
in engineering, computer science, a physical science, or math
Ph.D. Degree (EGGN-CE)
with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale;
Must take at least three courses from the list of
Graduate Record Examination score of 650 (math) and a
Civil Engineering Courses
9 cr
TOEFL score of 550 or higher (paper based), 213 (computer
based), or 79 (internet based) for applicants whose native
EGGN504 Engineering Systems (Civil) Seminar
1 cr
language is not English. Applicants from an engineering pro-
Technical Electives
gram at CSM are not required to submit GRE scores.
Approved by the graduate committee
38 cr
The Engineering Graduate committee evaluating an appli-
Thesis Research
24 cr
cant may require that the student take undergraduate reme-
Total
72 cr
dial coursework to overcome technical deficiencies, which
does not count toward the graduate program. The committee
Ph.D. Qualifying Exam (Civil Specialty)
will decide whether to recommend to the Dean of Graduate
Engineering (Civil Specialty) students wishing
Studies and Research regular or provisional admission, and
to enroll in the PhD program will be required to pass a
may ask the applicant to come for an interview.
Qualify ing Exam. Normally, full time PhD. students will take
the Qualifying Exam in their first year, but it must be taken
As stipulated by the CSM Graduate School, no more than 9
within three semesters of entering the program.
400-level credits of course work may be counted towards any
graduate degree. In general, the student cannot use 400 level
The exam will have two parts:
course credits that have been previously used to obtain the
1. The Advisor will coordinate with the Civil faculty to
Bachelor of Science degree. This requirement must be taken
generate a written take-home exam based on materials
into account as students choose courses for each degree pro-
covered in the student’s area of interest. This will typically
gram detailed below. For all of the Engineering Degrees, a
involve two questions, and may cover material from the
maximum of 6 Independent Study course units, as appropri-
Engi neering (Civil Specialty) core courses.
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2. A written report (approx 10 pages) and oral presentation
Ph.D. Qualifying Exam (Electrical Specialty)
based on a topic that will be chosen by the graduate student’s
Doctoral students must pass a Qualifying Examination,
committee. The report will typically be a review paper on a re-
which is intended to gauge the student's capability to pursue
search theme that will be related to the student’s area of inter -
research in the Electrical Engineering specialty. The Qualify-
est and likely thesis topic. The purpose of this requirement, is
ing Examination includes both written and oral sections. The
to examine some of the attributes expected of a successful
written section is based on material from the Division's under-
PhD candidate. These include, but are not restricted to:
graduate Engineering degree with Electrical Specialty. The
u The ability to perform a literature review through
oral part of the exam covers either two of the track courses (of
libraries and internet sites;
the student's choice) in the Electrical Specialty, or a paper from
the literature chosen by the student and the student's advisor.
u The ability to distill information into a written report;
The student's advisor and two additional Electrical Specialty
u The ability to produce a high quality written and oral
faculty members (typically from the student's thesis committee
presentation.
representing their track) administer the oral exam.
The research theme for the written report will be provided
Normally, full time Ph.D. students will take both parts of the
at the same time as the questions in part one above. All
Qualifying Examination in their first year, but they must both
written material will be due one week later. As early as pos -
be taken within three semesters of entering the graduate pro-
sible after that time, a one hour meeting will be scheduled
gram.
for the student to make his/her oral presentation. After the
Mechanical Engineering Specialty (EGGN-ME)
oral presentation, the student will be questioned on the pres-
Within the Mechanical Engineering specialty, there are three
entation and on any other issues relating to the written report
emphasis areas: (1) Material Mechanics, (2) Energy Conversion
and take home examination.
Systems and Thermal Sciences, and (3) Bioengineering. Within
Electrical Engineering Specialty (EGGN-EE)
the material mechanics emphasis area, materials processing, ma-
Within the Electrical Engineering specialty, there are two
terials simulation and process control are investigated from per-
emphasis areas: (1) Information and Systems Sciences, and
spectives ranging from fundamental physical underpinnings to
(2) Energy Systems and Power Electronics. Students are en-
industrial application. Within the thermal sciences emphasis
couraged to decide between emphasis areas before pursuing
area, the focus is upon energy conversion devices as framed by
an advanced degree. Students are also encouraged to speak to
traditional subjects such as fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and
members of the EE graduate faculty before registering for
combustion. Within the Bioengineering emphasis area, course-
classes and to select an academic advisor as soon as possible.
work and research projects focus on the musculoskeletal system
M.S. Degree (EGGN-EE)
and other corrective tissues. Students within all emphasis areas
Select from the list of core Electrical Engineering
are required to complete a set of core classes intended to prepare
Courses within one track
12 cr
them for both theoretical and experimental aspects of research in
mechanical engineering. The program has strong ties to the
EGGN504 Engineering (Electrical) Seminar
1 cr
chemical engineering, materials science and physics communi-
Technical Electives (approved by thesis committee
ties, and students will typically take courses in one or more of
or advisor for non-thesis option)
11 cr
these areas after completing the core class requirements.
EGGN705 Graduate Research Credit: Master
M.S. Degree (EGGN-ME)
of Science (thesis students)
Required Core:
Or
EGGN501 Advanced Engineering Measurements
4 cr
EGGN502 Advanced Engineering Analysis
4 cr
Electrical Engineering Electives (taught by an approved
EGGN504 Engineering Systems (Mechanical) Seminar 1 cr
professor in one of the EE specialty tracks)
6 cr
From the list of Mechanical Engineering Courses
Total
30 cr
(Thesis Option: Courses must be approved by
Ph.D. Degree (EGGN-EE)
the thesis committee)
9 cr
Select from the list of core Electrical Engineering
or
Courses within one track
12 cr
(Non-Thesis Option: Courses must be approved
EGGN504 Engineering (Electrical) Seminar
1 cr
by the faculty advisor)
15 cr
Technical Electives (approved by thesis committee)
35 cr
Thesis Research (Thesis option)
6 cr
EGGN706 Graduate Research Credit: Doctor of
Technical Electives (thesis option: approved by
Philosophy
24 cr
thesis committee; non-thesis option: approved
by faculty advisor)
6 cr
Total
72 cr
Total
30 cr
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Ph.D. Degree (EGGN-ME)
Courses Offered Under Each Of The Engineering
Required Core:
Specialties:
EGGN501 Advanced Engineering Measurements
4 cr
Engineering (Civil Specialty)
EGGN502 Advanced Engineering Analysis
4 cr
EGGN501 Advanced Engineering Measurements
4 cr
EGGN504 Engineering (Mechanical) Seminar
1 cr
EGGN502 Advanced Engineering Analysis
4 cr
From the list of Mechanical Engineering Courses
18 cr
EGGN531 Soil Dynamics
3 cr
Thesis Research
24 cr
EGGN533 Unsaturated Soil Mechanics
3 cr
EGGN534 Soil Behavior
3 cr
Technical Electives (must be approved by the thesis
EGGN541 Advanced Structural Theory
3 cr
committee)
21 cr
EGGN542 Finite Element Methods for Engineers
3 cr
Total
72 cr
EGGN546 Advanced Engineering Vibration
3 cr
Ph.D. Qualifying Exam (Mechanical Specialty)
EGGN547 Timber and Masonry Design
3 cr
Doctoral students must pass a Qualifying Examination,
EGGN548 Advanced Soil Mechanics
3 cr
which is intended to gauge the academic qualifications of the
EGGN549 Advanced Design of Steel Structures
3 cr
candidate for conducting dissertation research in Mechanical
EGGN556 Design of Reinf. Concrete Structures II
3 cr
Engineering. The qualifying examination is based on one of
EGGN557 Structural Dynamics
3 cr
three concentration areas (thermo-fluids, mechanics of mate-
EGGN560 Numerical Methods for Engineers
3 cr
rials, and biomechanics) and includes both a written and oral
Engineering (Electrical Specialty)
examination. This examination is comprehensive in nature
Required Core: Energy Systems and Power Electronics
and is designed to address material from both the student's
Track
undergraduate and initial graduate course work. The student
EGGN580 Power Quality
3 cr
is expected to demonstrate adequate breadth and depth of
EGGN582 Renewable Energy and Distributed
knowledge as well as an ability to analyze and address new
Generation
3 cr
problems related to the concentration area.
EGGN583 Advanced Electrical Machine Dynamics
3 cr
Engineering Systems Specialty (EGGN)
EGGN584 Power Distribution Systems Engineering
3 cr
Graduate students who choose an interdisciplinary educa-
EGGN545 Advanced High Power Electronics
3 cr
tion in Engineering Systems may do so using the curriculum
EGGN586 High Voltage AC and DC Transmission
3 cr
below.
EGGN587 Power System Operations and Management 3 cr
M.S. Degree (EGGN)
Required Core: Information and Systems Sciences
Required Core:
EGGN510 Image and Multidimensional Signal
EGGN501 Advanced Engineering Measurements
4 cr
Processing
3 cr
EGGN502 Advanced Engineering Analysis
4 cr
EGGN511 Sparse Signal Processing
3 cr
EGGN504 Engineering Systems (Any Specialty)
EGGN515 Mathematical Methods for Signals
Seminar
1 cr
and Systems
3 cr
Technical Electives
EGGN517 Advanced Control Theory and Design
3 cr
(Thesis Option: Courses must be
EGGN518 Robot Mechanics and Control
3 cr
approved by the graduate thesis committee)
15 cr
Other EE Courses:
(Non-Thesis Option: Courses must be
EGGN512 Computer Vision
3 cr
approved by the faculty advisor)
21 cr
EGGN513 Wireless Systems Design
3 cr
Thesis Research (Thesis Option)
6 cr
EGGN514 Advanced Robot Control
3 cr
Total
30 cr
EGGN516 RF and Microwave Engineering
3 cr
EGGN519 Estimation Theory and Kalman Filtering
3 cr
Ph.D. Degree (EGGN)
EGGN521 Mechatronics
3 cr
Required Core:
EGGN581 Modern Adjustable Speed Electric Drives
3 cr
EGGN501 Advanced Engineering Measurements
4 cr
EGGN589 Design and Control of Wind Energy
EGGN502 Advanced Engineering Analysis
4 cr
Systems
3 cr
EGGN504 Engineering Systems (Any Specialty)
EGGN617 Intelligent Control Systems
3 cr
Seminar
1 cr
EGGN618 Nonlinear Adaptive Control
3 cr
Technical Electives (must be approved by the
EGGN683 Computer Methods in Electric Power
graduate thesis committee)
39 cr
Systems
3 cr
Thesis Research
24 cr
Total
72 cr
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Engineering (Mechanical Specialty)
EGGN542 Finite Element Methods for Engineers
3 cr
EGGN503 Modern Engineering Design and Project
EGGN545 Boundary Element Analysis
3 cr
Management
3 cr
EGGN546 Advanced Engineering Vibration
3 cr
EGGN514 Advanced Robot Control
4 cr
EGGN552 Viscous Flow and Boundary Layers
3 cr
EGGN515 Mathematical Methods for Signals
EGGN560 Numerical Methods for Engineers
3 cr
and Systems
3 cr
EGGN566 Combustion
3 cr
EGGN517 Theory and Design of Advanced Control
EGGN569 Fuel Cell Science And Technology
3 cr
Systems
3 cr
EGGN573 Introduction to Computational Techniques
EGGN518 Robot Mechanics: Kinematics, Dynamics
for Fluid Dynamics and Transport
and Control
3 cr
Phenomena
3 cr
EGGN521 Mechatronics
3 cr
EGGN593 Engineering Design Optimization
3 cr
EGGN525 Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
3 cr
EGGN617 Intelligent Control
3 cr
EGGN527 Prosthetic and Implant Engineering
3 cr
EGGN619 Intelligent Structures
3 cr
EGGN528 Computational Biomechanics
3 cr
Any graduate level course taught by a member of the CSM
EGGN530 Biomedical Instrumentation
3 cr
Mechanical Engineering faculty is also a member of the list
EGGN532 Fatigue and Fracture
3 cr
of acceptable Mechanical Engineering Courses.
EGGN535 Introduction to Discrete Element Methods 3 cr
Table 1. Summary of courses required for the Master of Science Degree In Engineering Systems
Master of Science, Engineering
Engineering Systems
Civil
Electrical
Mechanical
Core
EGGN 501, 502, 504
EGGN 504 and choose
EGGN 504 and 4 courses EGGN 501, 502, 504
9 cr
from list 10 cr
from one of two track
9 cr
areas. 13 cr
Technical Electives
Choose 15 cr (thesis),
Choose 14 cr (thesis),
Choose 11 cr technical
Choose 9 cr (thesis) or
and Other Courses
21 cr (non-thesis)
20 cr (non-thesis)
electives (thesis)
15 cr (non-thesis) from list
with Advisor Approval
from list and/or other
additional 6 credits EE
plus 6 cr of other technical
technical courses
electives for non-thesis
courses
Thesis Research
6 cr
6 cr
6 cr
6 cr
(thesis only)
Table 2. Summary of courses required for the Ph.D. Degree In Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy, Engineering
Engineering Systems
Civil
Electrical
Mechanical
Core
EGGN 501, 502, 504
EGGN 504 and choose
EGGN 504 and 4 courses EGGN 501, 502, 504
9 cr
from list 10 cr
from one of two track
9 cr
areas. 13 cr
Minor
12 cr
12 cr
12 cr
12 cr
Technical Electives
27 cr
26 cr from list and/or
Choose 23 cr
Choose 18 cr from list plus
and Other Courses
other technical courses
technical electives
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Description of Courses
Mechanical drawings have become sophisticated communi-
EGGN400/MNGN400. INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS
cation tools that are used throughout the processes of design,
(I, II) Overview and introduction to the science and engi-
manufacturing, and inspection. Mechanical drawings are in-
neering of intelligent mobile robotics and robotic manipula-
terpreted either by the ANSI or ISO standard which includes
tors. Covers guidance and force sensing, perception of the
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T). In this
environment around a mobile vehicle, reasoning about the
course the student will learn to create mechanical drawings
environment to identify obstacles and guidance path features
that communicate all of the necessary information to manu-
and adaptively controlling and monitoring the vehicle health.
facture the part, inspect the part, and allow the parts to be as-
A lesser emphasis is placed on robot manipulator kinematics,
sembled successfully. Prerequisite: EGGN235. 3 hours
dynamics, and force and tactile sensing. Surveys manipulator
lecture, 3 semester hours.
and intelligent mobile robotics research and development. In-
EGGN411. MACHINE DESIGN (I, II) Introduction to the
troduces principles and concepts of guidance, position, and
principles of mechanical design. Consideration of the behavior
force sensing; vision data processing; basic path and trajec-
of materials under static and cyclic loading; failure consider-
tory planning algorithms; and force and position control. Pre-
ations. Application of the basic theories of mechanics, kine-
requisite: CSCI261, EGGN381. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
matics, and mechanics of materials to the design of basic
hours.
machine elements, such as shafts, keys, and coupling; journal
EGGN403. THERMODYNAMICS II (I) Thermodynamic
bearings, antifriction bearings, wire rope, gearing; brakes and
relations, Maxwell’s Relations, Clapeyron equation, fugacity,
clutches, welded connections and other fastenings. Prerequi-
mixtures and solutions, thermodynamics of mixing, Gibbs
site: EPIC251, EGGN315 or PHGN350, and EGGN320.
function, activity coefficient, combustion processes, first and
3 hours lecture; 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
second law applied to reacting systems, third law of thermo-
EGGN413. COMPUTER AIDED ENGINEERING (I, II)
dynamics, real combustion processes, phase and chemical
This course introduces the student to the concept of com-
equilibrium, Gibbs rule, equilibrium of multi-component
puter-aided engineering. The major objective is to provide
systems, simultaneous chemical reaction of real combustion
the student with the necessary background to use the com-
processes, ionization, application to real industrial problems.
puter as a tool for engineering analysis and design. The Fi-
Prerequisite: EGGN351, EGGN371. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
nite Element Analysis (FEA) method and associated
mester hours.
computational engineering software have become significant
EGGN408. INTRODUCTION TO SPACE EXPLORATION
tools in engineering analysis and design. This course is di-
(I) Overview of extraterrestrial applications of science and
rected to learning the concepts of FEA and its application to
engineering by covering all facets of human and robotic
civil and mechanical engineering analysis and design. Note
space exploration, including its history, current status, and
that critical evaluation of the results of a FEA using classical
future opportunities in the aerospace and planetary science
methods (from statics and mechanics of materials) and engi-
fields. Subtopics include: the space environment, space trans-
neering judgment is employed throughout the course. Prereq-
portation systems, destinations (Low-Earth orbit, Moon,
uisite: EGGN320. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Mars, asteroids, other planets), current research, missions,
EGGN417. MODERN CONTROL DESIGN (I) Control sys-
and projects, the international and commercial perspectives,
tem design with an emphasis on observer-based methods,
and discussion of potential career opportunities. This semi-
from initial open-loop experiments to final implementation.
narstyle class is taught by CSM faculty, engineers and scien-
The course begins with an overview of feedback control de-
tists from space agencies and research organizations,
sign technique from the frequency domain perspective, in-
aerospace industry experts, and visionaries and entrepreneurs
cluding sensitivity and fundamental limitations. State space
ofthe private space commerce sector. Prerequisites: None;
realization theory is introduced, and system identification
1 hour lecture; 1 semester hour.
methods for parameter estimation are introduced. Computer-
EGGN410. MECHANICAL DESIGN USING GD&T (II)
based methods for control system design are presented. Pre-
The mechanical design process can be broadly grouped into
requisites: EGGN307. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
three phases: requirements and concept, design and analysis,
EGGN422. ADVANCED MECHANICS OF MATERIALS
details and drawing package. In this class students will learn
(I, II) General theories of stress and strain; stress and strain
concepts and techniques for the details and drawing package
transformations, principal stresses and strains, octahedral
phase of the design process. The details of a design are criti-
shear stresses, Hooke’s law for isotropic material, and failure
cal to the success of a design project. The details include se-
criteria. Introduction to elasticity and energy methods. Tor-
lection and implementation of a variety of mechanical
sion of noncircular and thin-walled members. Unsymmetrical
components such as fasteners (threaded, keys, retaining
bending and shear-center, curved beams, and beams on elastic
rings), bearing and bushings. Fits and tolerances will also be
foundations. Introduction to plate theory. Thick-walled cylin-
covered. Statistical tolerance analysis will be used to verify
ders and contact stresses. Prerequisite: EGGN320. 3 hours
that an assembly will fit together and to optimize the design.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
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EGGN425/BELS425. MUSCULOSKELETAL BIOME-
EGGN431. SOIL DYNAMICS (II) Soil Dynamics combines
CHANICS (II) This course is intended to provide engineer-
engineering vibrations with soil mechanics, analysis, and de-
ing students with an intro duction to musculoskeletal
sign. Students will learn to apply basic principles of dynam-
biomechanics. At the end of the semester, students should
ics towards the analysis and design of civil infrastructure
have a working knowledge of the special considerations nec-
systems when specific issues as raised by the inclusion of
essary to apply engineering principles to the human body.
soil materials must be considered. Prerequisites: EGGN320,
The course will focus on the biomechanics of injury since
EGGN361, and MATH225. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
understanding injury will require developing an understand-
hours.
ing of normal biomechanics. Prerequisite: DCGN421,
EGGN433. SURVEYING II (I) Engineering projects with
EGGN320, EGGN325/BELS325, (or instructor permission).
local control using levels, theodolites and total stations, in-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
cluding surveying applications of civil engineering work in
EGGN427/BELS427 PROSTHETIC AND IMPLANT EN-
the "field". Also includes engineering astronomy and com-
GINEERING Prosthetics and implants for the musculoskele-
puter generated designs; basic road design including center-
tal and other systems of the human body are becoming
line staking, horizontal and vertical curves, slope staking and
increasingly sophisticated. From simple joint replacements
earthwork volume calculations. Use of commercial software
to myoelectric limb replacements and functional electrical
for final plan/profile and earthwork involved for the road
stimulation, the engineering opportunities continue to ex-
project data collected in the field. Conceptual and mathemat-
pand. This course builds on musculoskeletal biomechanics
ical knowledge of applying GPS data to engineering projects.
and other BELS courses to provide engineering students with
Some discussion of the principles and equations of projec-
an introduction to prosthetics and implants for the muscu-
tions (Mercator, Lambert, UTM, State Plane, etc.) and their
loskeletal system. At the end of the semester, students
relationship to the databases of coordinates based on (North
should have a working knowledge of the challenges and spe-
American Datum) NAD '27, NAD '83 and (High Accuracy
cial considerations necessary to apply engineering principles
Reference Network) HARN. Prerequisite: EGGN234.
to augmentation or replacement in the musculoskeletal sys-
2 hours lecture; 8-9 field work days; 3 semester hours.
tem. Prerequisites: Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
EGGN435. HIGHWAY AND TRAFFIC ENGINEERING
(EGGN/BELS425 or EGGN/BELS525) 3 hours lecture;
The emphasis of this class is on the multi-disciplinary nature
3 semester hours. Fall Semester even years.
of highway and traffic engineering and its application to the
EGGN428/BELS428 COMPUTATIONAL BIOMECHAN-
planning and design of transportation facilities. In the course
ICS Computational Biomechanics provides and introduction
of the class the students will examine design problems that
to the application of computer simulation to solve some fun-
will involve: geometric design, surveying, traffic operations,
damental problems in biomechanics and bioengineering.
hydrology, hydraulics, elements of bridge design, statistics,
Musculoskeletal mechanics, medical image reconstruction,
highway safety, transportation planning, engineering ethics,
hard and soft tissue modeling, joint mechanics, and inter-sub-
soil mechanics, pavement design, economics, environmental
ject variability will be considered. An emphasis will be
science. 3 credit hours. Taught on demand.
placed on understanding the limitations of the computer
EGGN441. ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS
model as a predictive tool and the need for rigorous verifica-
Introduction to advanced structural analysis concepts. Non-
tion and validation of computational techniques. Clinical ap-
prismatic structures. Arches, Suspension and cable-stayed
plication of biomechanical modeling tools is highlighted and
bridges. Structural optimization. Computer Methods. Struc-
impact on patient quality of life is demonstrated. Prerequi-
tures with nonlinear materials. Internal force redistribution
sites: EGGN413 Computer Aided Engineering,
for statically indeterminate structures. Graduate credit
EGGN325/BELS325 Introduction to Biomedical Engineer-
requires additional homework and projects. Prerequisite:
ing. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Fall Semester odd
EGGN342. 3 hour lectures, 3 semester hours. Taught on De-
years.
mand.
EGGN430/BELS430. BIOMEDICAL INSTRUMENTA-
EGGN442. FINITE ELEMENT METHODS FOR
TION The acquisition, processing, and interpretation of bio-
ENGINEERS (II) A course combining finite element theory
logical signals present many unique challenges to the
with practical programming experience in which the multi-
Biomedical Engineer. This course is intended to provide stu-
disciplinary nature of the finite element method as a numerical
dents with an introduction to, and appreciation for, many of
technique for solving differential equations is emphasized.
these challenges. At the end of the semester, students should
Topics covered include simple “structural” element, solid
have a working knowledge of the special considerations nec-
elasticity, steady state analysis, transient analysis. Students get
essary to gathering and analyzing biological signal data. Pre-
a copy of all the source code published in the course textbook.
requisite: EGGN250, DCGN381, EGGN325/BELS325, (or
Prerequisite: EGGN320. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
permission of instructor). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Fall Semester odd years.
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EGGN444. DESIGN OF STEEL STRUCTURES (I, II) To
EGGN460. NUMERICAL METHODS FOR ENGINEERS(S)
learn application and use the American Institute of Steel
Introduction to the use of numerical methods in the solution
Construction (AISC) Steel Construction Manual. Course de-
of problems encountered in engineering analysis and design,
velops an understanding of the underlying theory for the de-
e.g. linear simultaneous equations (e.g. analysis of elastic
sign specifications. Students learn basic steel structural
materials, steady heat flow); roots of nonlinear equations
member design principles to select the shape and size of a
(e.g. vibration problems, open channel flow); eigenvalue
structural member. The design and analysis of tension mem-
problems (e.g. natural frequencies, buckling and elastic sta-
bers, compression members, flexural members, and members
bility); curve fitting and differentiation (e.g. interpretation of
under combined loading is included, in addition to basic
experimental data, estimation of gradients); integration (e.g.
bolted and welded connection design. Prerequisite:
summation of pressure distributions, finite element proper-
EGGN342. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ties, local averaging ); ordinary differential equations (e.g.
EGGN445. DESIGN OF REINFORCED CONCRETE
forced vibrations, beam bending) All course participants will
STRUCTURES (I, II) This course provides an introduction
receive source code consisting of a suite of numerical meth-
to the materials and principles involved in the design of rein-
ods programs. Prerequisite: CSCI260 or 261, MATH225,
forced concrete. It will allow students to develop an under-
EGGN320. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
standing of the fundamental behavior of reinforced concrete
EGGN464. FOUNDATIONS (I, II) Techniques of subsoil
under compressive, tensile, bending, and shear loadings, and
investigation, types of foundations and foundation problems,
gain a working knowledge of strength design theory and its
selection of and basis for design of foundation types. Pre -
application to the design of reinforced concrete beams,
requisite: EGGN461. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
columns, slabs, and footings,. Prerequisite: EGGN342.
EGGN465. UNSATURATED SOIL MECHANICS  The
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
focus of this course is on soil mechanics for unsaturated
EGGN447. TIMBER AND MASONRY DESIGN The
soils. It provides an introduction to thermodynamic potentials
course develops the theory and design methods required for
in partially saturated soils, chemical potentials of adsorbed
the use of timber and masonry as structural materials. The
water in partially saturated soils, phase properties and rela-
design of walls, beams, columns, beam-columns, shear walls,
tions, stress state variables, measurements of soil water suc-
and structural systems are covered for each material. Grav-
tion, unsaturated flow laws, measurement of unsaturated
ity, wind, snow, and seismic loads are calculated and utilized
permeability, volume change theory, effective stress princi-
for design. Prerequisite: EGGN320 or equivalent. 3 hours
ple, and measurement of volume changes in partially satu-
lecture: 3 semester hours. Spring odd years.
rated soils. The course is designed for seniors and graduate
EGGN448. ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS Advanced
students in various branches of engineering and geology
soil mechanics theories and concepts as applied to analysis
that are concerned with unsaturated soil’s hydrologic and
and design in geotechnical engineering. Topics covered will
mechanics behavior. Prerequisites: EGGN461 or consent of
include seepage, consolidation, shear strength and proba bilis -
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Taught on de-
tic methods. The course will have an emphasis on numerical
mand.
solution techniques to geotechnical problems by finite ele-
EGGN469. FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
ments and finite differences. Prerequisite: EGGN361. 3 hour
(I) Investigate fundamentals of fuel-cell operation and elec-
lectures, 3 semester hours. Fall even years.
trochemistry from a chemical-thermodynamics and materi-
EGGN450. MULTIDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING
als-science perspective. Review types of fuel cells,
LABORATORY III (I, II) Laboratory experiments integrat-
fuel-processing requirements and approaches, and fuel-cell
ing electrical circuits, fluid mechanics, stress analysis, and
system integration. Examine current topics in fuel-cell sci-
other engineering fundamentals using computer data acquisi-
ence and technology. Fabricate and test operational fuel cells
tion and transducers. Students will design experiments to
in the Colorado Fuel Cell Center. Prerequisites: EGGN371 or
gather data for solving engineering problems. Examples are
ChEN357 or MTGN351, or consent of instructor. 3 hours
recommending design improvements to a refrigerator, diag-
lecture; 3 semester hours.
nosing and predicting failures in refrigerators, computer con-
EGGN471. HEAT TRANSFER (I, II) Engineering approach
trol of a hydraulic fluid power circuit in a fatigue test,
to conduction, convection, and radiation, including steady-
analysis of structural failures in an off-road vehicle and re-
state conduction, nonsteady-state conduction, internal heat
design, diagnosis and prediction of failures in a motor/gener-
generation conduction in one, two, and three dimensions, and
ator system. Prerequisites: DCGN381, EGGN250,
combined conduction and convection. Free and forced con-
EGGN352, EGGN350, EGGN351, EGGN320; concurrent
vection including laminar and turbulent flow, internal and
enrollment in EGGN407. 3 hours lab; 1 semester hour.
external flow. Radiation of black and grey surfaces, shape
factors and electrical equivalence. Prerequisite: MATH225,
EGGN351, EGGN371 or PHGN 341. 3 hours lecture;
3 semester hours.
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EGGN473. FLUID MECHANICS II (II) Review of elemen-
EGGN484. POWER SYSTEMS ANALYSIS (I) 3-phase
tary fluid mechanics and engineering, two-dimensional exter-
power systems, per-unit calculations, modeling and equiva-
nal flows, boundary layers, flow separation; Compressible
lent circuits of major components, voltage drop, fault calcu-
flow, isentropic flow, normal and oblique shocks, Prandtl-
lations, symmetrical components and unsymmetrical faults,
Meyer expansion fans, Fanno and Rayleigh flow; Introduc-
system grounding, power-flow, selection of major equipment,
tion to flow instabilities (e.g., Kelvin-Helmholtz instability,
design of electric power distribution systems. Prerequisite:
Raleigh Benard convection). Prerequisite: EGGN351 or con-
EGGN389. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EGGN485. INTRODUCTION TO HIGH POWER
EGGN478. ENGINEERING VIBRATIONS (I) Applications
ELECTRONICS (II) Power electronics are used in a broad
of dynamics to design, mechanisms and machine elements.
range of applications from control of power flow on major
Kinematics and kinetics of planar linkages. Analytical and
transmission lines to control of motor speeds in industrial fa-
graphical methods. Four-bar linkage, slider-crank, quick-
cilities and electric vehicles, to computer power supplies.
return mechanisms, cams, and gears. Analysis of nonplanar
This course introduces the basic principles of analysis and
mechanisms. Static and dynamic balancing of rotating
design of circuits utilizing power electronics, including
machin ery. Free and forced vibrations and vibration isola-
AC/DC, AC/AC, DC/DC, and DC/AC conversions in their
tion. Prerequisite: EGGN315; concurrent enrollment in
many configurations. Prerequisite: EGGN385 and
MATH225. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EGGN389. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EGGN 481. DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING. (I) This
EGGN486. PRACTICAL DESIGN OF SMALL RENEW-
course introduces the mathematical and engineering aspects
ABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS This course provides the fun-
of digital signal processing (DSP). An emphasis is placed on
damentals to understand and analyze renewable energy
the various possible representations for discrete-time signals
powered electric circuits. It covers practical topics related to
and systems (in the time, z-, and frequency domains) and
the design of alternative energy based systems. It is assumed
how those representations can facilitate the identification of
the students will have some basic and broad knowledge of
signal properties, the design of digital filters, and the sam-
the principles of electrical machines, thermodynamics, elec-
pling of continuous-time signals. Advanced topics include
tronics, and fundamentals of electric power systems. One of
sigma-delta conversion techniques, multi-rate signal process-
the main objectives of the course is to focus on the interdisci-
ing, and spectral analysis. The course will be useful to all
plinary aspects of integration of the alternative sources of en-
students who are concerned with information bearing signals
ergy, including hydropower, wind power, photovoltaic, and
and signal processing in a wide variety of application set-
energy storage for those systems. Power electronic systems
tings, including sensing, instrumentation, control, communi-
will be discussed and how those electronic systems can be
cations, signal interpretation and diagnostics, and imaging.
used for stand-alone and grid-connected electrical energy ap-
Prerequisite: EGGN388 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
plications. Prerequisite: EGGN382 or consent of instructor. 3
ture; 3 semester hours.
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Taught on demand.
EGGN482. MICROCOMPUTER ARCHITECTURE AND
EGGN487. ANALYSIS AND DESIGN OF ADVANCED
INTERFACING (I) Microprocessor and microcontroller
ENERGY SYSTEMS (II) Electric power grid or the inter-
archi tecture focusing on hardware structures and elementary
connected power network is one of the most complex sys-
machine and assembly language programming skills essential
tems. Evaluating the system operation and planning for
for use of microprocessors in data acquisition, control and
future expansion, reliability and security analysis has become
instru mentation systems. Analog and digital signal condition-
increasingly more complex. The common techniques utilized
ing, communication, and processing. A/D and D/A converters
in the design include commercially available software. The
for microprocessors. RS232 and other communication stan-
PowerWorld Simulator in one of the most commonly used
dards. Laboratory study and evaluation of microcomputer
such software and will be featured in this class. Emphasis
system; design and implementation of interfacing projects.
will be focused on determining how the power flow within a
Prerequisite: EGGN384 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
large system is controlled and understanding the factors that
ture; 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
influence voltage regulation and reactive power control. Con-
EGGN483. ANALOG & DIGITAL COMMUNICATION
tingency analysis, evaluating system improvements, and
SYSTEMS (II) Signal classification; Fourier transform;
planning for future expansion will also be featured. Short cir-
filter ing; sampling; signal representation; modulation;
cuit currents resulting from symmetrical and unsymmetrical
demodula tion; applications to broadcast, data transmission,
faults will also be calculated. Prerequisites: EGGN484 and/or
and instrumentation. Prerequisite: EGGN388 or consent of
consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory;
department. 3 hours lecture; 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
3 semester hours.
EGGN490 SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING DESIGN (I)
This course is a comprehensive introduction into concept of
sustainability and sustainable development from an engineer-
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ing point of view. It involves the integration of engineering
EGGN497. SUMMER PROGRAMS
and statistical analysis thrugh a Life Cycle Assessment tool,
EGGN498. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGINEERING (I, II)
allowing a quantitative, broad-based consideration any
Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from
process or product design and their respective impacts on en-
special interest of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the
vironment, human health and the resource base. The require-
course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent.
ments for considering social implications are also discussed.
Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: Senior or graduate standing, or consent of in-
under different titles.
structor.; 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
EGGN499. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual
EGGN491. SENIOR DESIGN I (I, II) (WI) This course is
research or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
the first of a two-semester capstone course sequence giving
member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a sub-
the student experience in the engineering design process.
ject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Indepen-
Realistic open-ended design problems are addressed for real
dent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the
world clients at the conceptual, engineering analysis, and the
Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
synthesis stages and include economic and ethical considera-
credit under different topics/experiences.
tions necessary to arrive at a final design. Students are as-
signed to interdisciplinary teams and exposed to processes in
Graduate Courses
the areas of design methodology, project management, com-
500-level courses are open to qualified seniors with the per-
munications, and work place issues. Strong emphasis is
mission of the department and Dean of the Graduate School.
placed on this being a process course versus a project course.
EGGN501. ADVANCED ENGINEERING
This is a writing-across-the-curriculum course where stu-
MEASUREMENTS (I) Introduction to the fundamentals of
dents' written and oral communication skills are strength-
measurements within the context of engineering systems.
ened. The design projects are chosen to develop student
Topics that are covered include: errors and error analysis,
creativity, use of design methodology and application of
model ing of measurement systems, basic electronics, noise
prior course work paralleled by individual study and re-
and noise reduction, and data acquisition systems. Prerequi-
search. Prerequisite: Field session appropriate to the stu-
site: EGGN250, DCGN381 or equivalent, and MATH323
dent's specialty and EPIC251. For Mechanical Specialty
or equivalent; graduate student status or consent of the in-
students, concurrent enrollment or completion of EGGN 411.
structor. 3 hours lecture, 1 hour lab; 4 semester hours.
For Civil Specialty students, concurrent enrollment or com-
EGGN502. ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS (I)
pletion of any one of EGGN444, EGGN445, EGGN447, or
Introduce advanced mathematical and numerical methods
EGGN464. 1-2 hour lecture; 6 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
used to solve engineering problems. Analytic methods in-
EGGN492. SENIOR DESIGN II (I, II) This is the second of
clude series solutions, special functions, Sturm-Liouville the-
a two-semester course sequence to give the student experi-
ory, separation of variables, and integral transforms.
ence in the engineering design process. This course will con-
Numerical methods for initial and boundary value problems
sist of a single comprehensive design project covering the
include boundary, domain, and mixed methods, finite differ-
entire semester. Design integrity and performance are to be
ence approaches for elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic equa-
demonstrated by building a prototype or model and perform-
tions, Crank-Nicolson methods, and strategies for nonlinear
ing pre-planned experimental tests, wherever feasible. Pre-
problems. The approaches are applied to solve typical engi-
requisite: EGGN491. 1 hour lecture; 6 hours lab; 3 semester
neering problems. Prerequisite: This is an introductory grad-
hours.
uate class. The student must have a solid understanding of
EGGN493. ENGINEERING DESIGN OPTIMIZATION
linear algebra, calculus, ordinary differential equations, and
The application of gradient, stochastic and heuristic opti-
Fourier theory. 3 hours lecture; 1 hour lab.
mization algorithms to linear and nonlinear optimization
EGGN503. ADVANCED ENGINEERING DESIGN METH-
problems in constrained and unconstrained design spaces.
ODS (I) Introduction to contemporary and advanced methods
Students will consider problems with continuous, integer and
used in engineering design. Includes, need and problem iden-
mixed-integer variables, problems with single or multiple ob-
tification, methods to understand the customer, the market
jectives and the task modeling design spaces and constraints.
and the competition. Techniques to decompose design prob-
Design optimization methods are becoming of increasing im-
lems to identify functions. Ideation methods to produce form
portance in engineering design and offer the potential to re-
from function. Design for X topics. Methods for prototyping,
duce design cycle times while improving design quality by
modeling, testing and evaluation of designs. Embodiment
leveraging simulation and historical design data. Prerequi-
and detailed design processes. Prerequisites: EGGN491 and
sites: MATH213 and MATH225 (Required), CSCI260 or
EGGN492, equivalent senior design project experience or in-
CSCI261 or other experience with computer programming
dustrial design experience, graduate standing or consent of
languages (Suggested). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
the Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Taught on
Spring even years.
demand.
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EGGN504. ENGINEERING SYSTEMS SEMINAR (I, II)
hardware systems. Prerequisite: Linear algebra, Fourier
This is a seminar forum for graduate students to present their
transforms, knowledge of C programming language. 3 hours
research projects, critique others’ presentations, understand
lecture; 3 semester hours.
the breadth of engineering projects both within their specialty
EGGN513. WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
area and across the Division, hear from leaders of industry
This course explores aspects of electromagnetics, stochastic
about contemporary engineering as well as socio-economical
modeling, signal processing, and RF/microwave components
and marketing issues facing today’s competitive global envi -
as applied to the design of wireless systems. In particular,
ronment. In order to improve communication skills, each stu-
topics on (a) physical and statistical models to represent the
dent is required to present a seminar in this course before
wireless channel, (b) advanced digital modulation tech-
his/her graduation from the Engineering graduate program.
niques, (c) temporal, spectral, code-division and spatial mul-
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 1 hour seminar, 1 semester
tiple access techniques, (d) space diversity techniques and (d)
hour. Repeatable; maximum 1 hour granted toward degree
the effects of RF/microwave components on wireless sys-
requirements.
tems will be discussed. Pre-requisite: EGGN 386, EGGN
EGGN510. IMAGE AND MULTIDIMENSIONAL SIGNAL
483, and consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
PROCESSING (I) This course provides the student with the
hours. Taught on demand.
theoretical background to allow them to apply state of the art
EGGN514/MNGN514. ADVANCED ROBOT CONTROL
image and multi-dimensional signal processing techniques. The
The focus is on mobile robotic vehicles. Topics covered are:
course teaches students to solve practical problems involv ing
navigation, mining applications, sensors, including vision,
the processing of multidimensional data such as imagery, video
problems of sensing variations in rock properties, problems
sequences, and volumetric data. The types of problems students
of representing human knowledge in control systems, ma-
are expected to solve are automated mensuration from multi -
chine condition diagnostics, kinematics, and path planning
dimensional data, and the restoration, reconstruction, or com-
real time obstacle avoidance. Prerequisite: EGGN307 or con-
pression of multidimensional data. The tools used in solving
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 hours lab; 4 semester
these problems include a variety of feature extraction methods,
hours. Spring semester of odd years.
filtering techniques, segmentation techniques, and transform
methods. Students will use the techniques covered in this
EGGN515. MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR SIGNALS
course to solve practical problems in projects. Prerequisite:
AND SYSTEMS (I) An introduction to mathematical meth-
EGGN388 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ods for modern signal processing using vector space meth-
ods. Topics include signal representation in Hilbert and
EGGN511. SPARSE SIGNAL PROCESSING (II)  This
Banach spaces; linear operators and the geometry of linear
course presents a mathematical tour of sparse signal repre-
equations; LU, Cholesky, QR, eigen- and singular value de-
sentations and their applications in modern signal processing.
compositions. Applications to signal processing and linear
The classical Fourier transform and traditional digital signal
systems are included throughout, such as Fourier analysis,
processing techniques are extended to enable various types of
wavelets, adaptive filtering, signal detection, and feedback
computational harmonic analysis. Topics covered include
control.
time-frequency and wavelet analysis, filter banks, nonlinear
approximation of functions, compression, signal restoration,
EGGN516. RF AND MICROWAVE ENGINEERING This
and compressive sensing. Prerequisites: EGGN481 and
course teaches the basics of RF/microwave design including
EGGN515, or consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture;
circuit concepts, modeling techniques, and test and measure-
3 semester hours.
ment techniques, as applied to wireless communication sys-
tems. RF/microwave concepts that will be discussed are:
EGGN512. COMPUTER VISION (II) Computer vision is
scattering parameters, impedance matching, microstrip and
the process of using computers to acquire images, transform
coplanar transmission lines, power dividers and couplers, fil-
images, and extract symbolic descriptions from images. This
ters, amplifiers, oscillators, and diode mixers and detectors.
course concentrates on how to recover the structure and
Students will learn how to design and model RF/microwave
properties of a possibly dynamic three-dimensional world
components such as impedance matching networks, ampli-
from its two-dimensional images. We start with an overview
fiers and oscillators on Ansoft Designer software, and will
of image formation and low level image processing, includ-
build and measure these circuits in the laboratory. Prerequi-
ing feature extraction techniques. We then go into detail on
sites: EGGN385, EGGN386, EGGN483, and consent of in-
the theory and techniques for estimating shape, location, mo-
structor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours. Taught on
tion, and recognizing objects. Applications and case studies
demand.
will be discussed from areas such as scientific image analy-
sis, robotics, machine vision inspection systems, photogram-
EGGN517. THEORY AND DESIGN OF ADVANCED
metry, multimedia, and human interfaces (such as face and
CONTROL SYSTEMS (II) This course will introduce and
gesture recognition). Design ability and hands-on projects
study the theory and design of multivariable and nonlinear
will be emphasized, using image processing software and
control systems. Students will learn to design multivariable
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controllers that are both optimal and robust, using tools such
Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (or instructor per-
as state space and transfer matrix models, nonlinear analysis,
mission). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
optimal estimator and controller design, and multi-loop con-
EGGN527/BELS527. PROSTHETIC AND IMPLANT EN-
troller synthesis Prerequisite: EGGN417 or consent of in-
GINEERING Prosthetics and implants for the musculoskele-
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring semester.
tal and other systems of the human body are becoming
EGGN518. ROBOT MECHANICS: KINEMATICS,
increasingly sophisticated. From simple joint replacements
DYNAMICS, AND CONTROL (I) Mathematical represen-
to myoelectric limb replacements and functional electrical
tation of robot structures. Mechanical analysis including kine-
stimulation, the engineering opportunities continue to ex-
matics, dynamics, and design of robot manipulators.
pand. This course builds on musculoskeletal biomechanics
Representations for trajectories and path planning for robots.
and other BELS courses to provide engineering students with
Fundamentals of robot control including, linear, nonlinear
an introduction to prosthetics and implants for the muscu-
and force control methods. Introduction to off-line program-
loskeletal system. At the end of the semester, students
ming techniques and simulation. Prerequisite: EGGN307,
should have a working knowledge of the challenges and spe-
EGGN400 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
cial considerations necessary to apply engineering principles
ter hours.
to augmentation or replacement in the musculoskeletal sys-
EGGN519. ESTIMATION THEORY AND KALMAN FIL-
tem. Prerequisites: Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
TERING Estimation theory considers the extraction of use-
(EGGN/BELS425 or EGGN/BELS525), 3 hours lecture; 3
ful information from raw sensor measurements in the
semester hours. Fall even years.
presence of signal uncertainty. Common applications include
EGGN528/BELS528. COMPUTATIONAL BIOMECHAN-
navigation, localization and mapping, but applications can be
ICS Computational Biomechanics provides and introduction
found in all fields where measurements are used. Mathematic
to the application of computer simulation to solve some fun-
descriptions of random signals and the response of linear
damental problems in biomechanics and bioengineering.
systems are presented. The discrete-time Kalman Filter is
Musculoskeletal mechanics, medical image reconstruction,
intro duced, and conditions for optimality are described.
hard and soft tissue modeling, joint mechanics, and inter-sub-
Imple men ta tion issues, performance prediction, and filter
ject variability will be considered. An emphasis will be
divergence are discussed. Adaptive estimation and nonlinear
placed on understanding the limitations of the computer
estimation are also covered. Contemporary applications will
model as a predictive tool and the need for rigorous verifica-
be utilized throughout the course. Pre-requisite: EGGN 515
tion and validation of computational techniques. Clinical ap-
and MATH 534 or equivalent. Spring semester of odd years.
plication of biomechanical modeling tools is highlighted and
EGGN521. MECHATRONICS Fundamental design of
impact on patient quality of life is demonstrated. Prerequi-
electromechanical systems with embedded microcomputers
site: EGGN413, EGGN325 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
and intelligence. Design of microprocessor based systems
lecture; 3 semester hours. Fall odd years.
and their interfaces. Fundamental design of machines with
EGGN530/BELS530. BIOMEDICAL INSTRUMENTA-
active sensing and adaptive response. Microcontrollers and
TION The acquisition, processing, and interpretation of bio-
integration of micro-sensors and micro-actuators in the de-
logical signals presents many unique challenges to the
sign of electromechanical systems. Introduction to algo-
Biomedical Engineer. This course is intended to provide stu-
rithms for information processing appropriate for embedded
dents with the knowledge to understand, appreciate, and ad-
systems. Smart materials and their use as actuators. Students
dress these challenges. At the end of the semester, students
will do projects involving the design and implementation of
should have a working knowledge of the special considera-
smart-systems. Prerequisite: DCGN 381 and EGGN482 rec-
tions necessary to gathering and analyzing biological signal
ommended. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring semes-
data. Prerequisites: EGGN250 MEL I, DCGN381 Introduc-
ter of even years.
tion to Electrical Circuits, Electronics, and Power,
EGGN525/BELS525. MUSCULOSKELETAL BIOME-
EGGN325/BELS325 Introduction to Biomedical Engineer-
CHANICS (II) This course is intended to provide graduate
ing (or permission of instructor). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
engineering students with an introduction to musculoskeletal
hours. Fall odd years.
biomechanics. At the end of the semester, students should
EGGN531. SOIL DYNAMICS (II) Dynamic phenomena in
have a working knowledge of the special considerations nec-
geotechnical engineering, e.g., earthquakes, pile and founda-
essary to apply engineering principles to the human body.
tion vibrations, traffic, construction vibrations; behavior of
The course will focus on the biomechanics of injury since
soils under dynamic loading, e.g., small, medium and large
understanding injury will require developing an understand-
strain behavior, soil liquefaction; wave propagation through
ing of normal biomechanics. Prerequisites: DCGN421 Stat-
soil and rock; laboratory and field techniques to assess dy-
ics, EGGN320 Mechanics of Materials, EGGN325/BELS325
namic soil properties; analysis and design of shallow and
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deep foundations subjected to dynamic loading; analysis of
the consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
construction vibrations. Prerequisites: EGGN361,
hours Spring semester of even numbered years.
EGGN315, EGGN464 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
EGGN536. HILLSLOPE HYDROLOGY AND STABILITY
ture; 3 semester hours.
(I) Introduction of shallow landslide occurrence and socio-
EGGN532/MTGN545. FATIGUE AND FRACTURE (I)
economic dynamics. Roles of unsaturated flow and stress in
Basic fracture mechanics as applied to engineering materials,
shallow landslides. Slope stability analysis based on unsatu-
S-N curves, the Goodman diagram, stress concentrations,
rated effective stress conceptualization. Computer modeling
residual stress effects, effect of material properties on mecha-
of unsaturated flow and stress distributions in hillslope. Pre-
nisms of crack propagation. Prerequisite: Consent of depart-
diction of precipitation induced shallow landslides. Prerequi-
ment. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Fall semesters, odd
site: EGGN461. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
numbered years.
EGGN541. ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS (I)
EGGN533. UNSATURATED SOIL MECHANICS The
Introduction to advanced structural analysis concepts. Non-
focus of this course is on soil mechanics for unsaturated
prismatic structures. Arches, Suspension and cable-stayed
soils. It provides an introduction to thermodynamic potentials
bridges. Structural optimization. Computer Methods. Struc-
in partially saturated soils, chemical potentials of adsorbed
tures with nonlinear materials. Internal force redistribution
water in partially saturated soils, phase properties and rela-
for statically indeterminate structures. Graduate credit re-
tions, stress state variables, measurements of soil water
quires additional homework and projects. Prerequisite:
suction, unsaturated flow laws, measurement of unsaturated
EGGN342. 3 hour lectures, 3 semester hours.
permeability, volume change theory, effective stress principle,
EGGN542. FINITE ELEMENT METHODS FOR
and measurement of volume changes in partially saturated
ENGINEERS (II) A course combining finite element theory
soils. The course is designed for seniors and graduate stu-
with practical programming experience in which the multi-
dents in various branches of engineering and geology that are
disciplinary nature of the finite element method as a numerical
concerned with unsaturated soil’s hydrologic and mechanics
technique for solving differential equations is emphasized.
behavior. Prerequisites: EGGN461 or consent of instructor.
Topics covered include simple “structural” elements, beams
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring even years.
on elastic foundations, solid elasticity, steady state analysis
EGGN534. SOIL BEHAVIOR (I) The focus of this course is
and transient analysis. Some of the applications will lie in the
on interrelationships among the composition, fabric, and geo -
general area of geomechanics, reflecting the research inter-
technical and hydrologic properties of soils that consist partly
ests of the instructor. Students get a copy of all the source
or wholly of clay. The course will be divided into two parts.
code published in the course textbook. Prerequisite: Consent
The first part provides an introduction to the composition and
of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
fabric of natural soils, their surface and pore-fluid chemistry,
EGGN545. BOUNDARY ELEMENT METHODS (II)
and the physico-chemical factors that govern soil behavior.
Devel op ment of the fundamental theory of the boundary ele-
The second part examines what is known about how these
ment method with applications in elasticity, heat transfer, dif-
fundamental characteristics and factors affect geotechnical
fusion, and wave propagation. Derivation of indirect and
properties, including the hydrologic properties that govern
direct boundary integral equations. Introduction to other
the conduction of pore fluid and pore fluid constituents, and
Green’s function based methods of analysis. Computational
the geomechanical properties that govern volume change,
experiments in primarily two dimensions. Prerequisite:
shear deformation, and shear strength. The course is designed
EGGN502, EGGN540 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
for graduate students in various branches of engineering and
ture; 3 semester hours Spring Semester, odd numbered years.
geology that are concerned with the engineering and hydro-
logic behavior of earth systems, including geotechnical engi-
EGGN546. ADVANCED ENGINEERING VIBRATION (II)
neering, geological engineering, environmental engineering,
Vibration theory as applied to single- and multi-degree-of-
mining engineering, and petroleum engineering. Prerequi-
freedom systems. Free and forced vibrations to different
sites: EGGN461 Soil Mechanics or consent of instructor.
types of loading-harmonic, impulse, periodic and general.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Natural frequencies. Role of Damping. Importance of reso-
nance. Modal superposition method. Prerequisite:
EGGN535. INTRODUCTION TO DISCRETE ELEMENT
EGGN315, 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
METHODS (DEMS) (I) Review of particle/rigid body
dynamics, numerical DEM solution of equations of motion
EGGN547. TIMBER AND MASONRY DESIGN The
for a system of particles/rigid bodies, linear and nonlinear
course develops the theory and design methods required for
contact and impact laws dynamics, applications of DEM in
the use of timber and masonry as structural materials. The
mechanical engineering, materials processing and geo -
design of walls, beams, columns, beam-columns, shear walls,
mechanics. Prerequisites: EGGN320, EGGN315 and some
and structural systems are covered for each material. Grav-
scientific programming experience in C/C++ or Fortran or
ity, wind, snow, and seismic loads are calculated and utilized
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for design. Connection design and advanced seismic analysis
EGGN560. NUMERICAL METHODS FOR ENGINEERS
principles are introduced. Prerequisite: EGGN342 or equiva-
(S) Introduction to the use of numerical methods in the solu-
lent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring odd years.
tion of commonly encountered problems of engineering
EGGN548. ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS Advanced
analysis. Structural/solid analysis of elastic materials (linear
soil mechanics theories and concepts as applied to analysis
simultaneous equations); vibrations (roots of nonlinear equa-
and design in geotechnical engineering. Topics covered will
tions, initial value problems); natural frequency and beam
include seepage, consolidation, shear strength, failure criteria
buckling (eigenvalue problems); interpretation of experimen-
and constitutive models for soil. The course will have an
tal data (curve fitting and differentiation); summation of
empha sis on numerical solution techniques to geotechnical
pressure distributions (integration); beam deflections (bound-
problems by finite elements and finite differences. Prerequi-
ary value problems). All course participants will receive
sites: A first course in soil mechanics or consent of instructor.
source code of all the numerical methods programs published
3 Lecture Hours, 3 semester hours. Fall even years.
in the course textbook which is coauthored by the instructor.
Prerequisite: MATH225 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
EGGN549. ADVANCED DESIGN OF STEEL STRUC-
ture; 3 semester hours.
TURES The course extends the coverage of steel design to
include the topics: slender columns, beam-columns, frame
EGGN566. COMBUSTION (I) An introduction to combus-
behavior, bracing systems and connections, stability, moment
tion. Course subjects include: the development of the Chap-
resisting connections, composite design, bolted and welded
man-Jouget solutions for deflagration and detonation, a brief
connections under eccentric loads and tension, and semi-rigid
review of the fundamentals of kinetics and thermochemistry,
connections. Prerequisite: EGGN444 or equivalent. 3 hours
development of solutions for diffusion flames and premixed
lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring even years.
flames, discussion of flame structure, pollutant formation, and
combustion in practical systems. Prerequisite: EGGN473, or
EGGN552. VISCOUS FLOW AND BOUNDARY LAYERS
ChEN430 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
(I) This course establishes the theoretical underpinnings of
ter hours.
fluid mechanics, including fluid kinematics, stress-strain
rela tionships, and derivation of the fluid-mechanical conser-
EGGN569/MLGN569/CHEN569/MTGN569/EGGN/469/
vation equations. These include the mass-continuity and
CHEN469. FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Navier-Stokes equations as well as the multi-component
(I) Investigate fundamentals of fuel-cell operation and elec-
energy and species-conservation equations. Fluid-mechanical
trochemistry from a chemical-thermodynamics and materi-
boundary-layer theory is developed and applied to situations
als-science perspective. Review types of fuel cells,
arising in chemically reacting flow applications including
fuel-processing requirements and approaches, and fuel-cell
combustion, chemical processing, and thin-film materials
system integration. Examine current topics in fuel-cell sci-
processing. Prerequisite: EGGN473, or CHEN430 or consent
ence and technology. Fabricate and test operational fuel cells
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
in the Colorado Fuel Cell Center. 3 credit hours.
EGGN556. Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures II. Ad-
EGGN573. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATIONAL
vanced problems in the analysis and design of concrete struc-
TECHNIQUES FOR FLUID DYNAMICS AND
tures, design of slender columns; biaxial bending; two-way
TRANSPORT PHENOMENA (II) Introduction to Computa-
slabs; strut and tie models; lateral and vertical load analysis
tional Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for graduate students with no
of multistory buildings; introduction to design for seismic
prior knowledge of this topic. Basic techniques for the nu-
forces; use of structural computer programs. Prerequisite:
merical analysis of fluid flows. Acquisition of hands-on ex-
EGGN445. 3 hour lectures, 3 semester hours. Delivered in
perience in the development of numerical algorithms and
the spring of even numbered years.
codes for the numerical modeling and simulation of flows
and transport phenomena of practical and fundamental inter-
EGGN557. STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS. An introduction
est. Capabilities and limitations of CFD. Prerequisite:
to the dynamics and earthquake engineering of structures is
EGGN473 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
provided. Subjects include the analysis of linear and nonlin-
ter hours.
ear single-degree and multi-degree of freedom structural dy-
namics. The link between structural dynamics and
EGGN580. ELECTRIC POWER QUALITY (II) Electric
code-based analysis and designs of structures under earth-
power quality (PQ) deals with problems exhibited by volt-
quake loads is presented. The focus applications of the
age, current and frequency that typically impact end-users
course include single story and multi-story buildings, and
(customers) of an electric power system. This course is de-
other types of structures that under major earthquake may re-
signed to familiarize the concepts of voltage sags, harmonics,
spond in the inelastic range. Prerequisites: EGGN342 Struc-
momentary disruptions, and waveform distortions arising
tural Theory or consent of the instructor. Once every three
from various sources in the system. A theoretical and mathe-
semesters starting Fall of 2011. 3 semester hours.
matical basis for various indices, standards, models, analyses
techniques, and good design procedures will be presented.
Additionally, sources of power quality problems and some
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remedies for improvement will be discussed. The course
to the LV power system. The course includes: per-unit meth-
bridges topics between power systems and power electronics.
ods of calculations; voltage drop and voltage regulation;
Prerequisite: EGGN484 and EGGN485 or instructor ap-
power factor improvement and shunt compensation; short-
proval. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours.
circuit calculations; theory and fundamentals of symmetrical
EGGN581. MODERN ADJUSTABLE SPEED ELECTRIC
components; unsymmetrical faults; overhead distribution
DRIVES An introduction to electric drive systems for ad-
lines and power cables; basics and fundamentals of distribu-
vanced applications. The course introduces the treatment of
tion protection. Prerequisites: EGGN484 or equivalent, and/or
vector control of induction and synchronous motor drives
consent of instructor. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours. Fall
using the concepts of general flux orientation and the feed-
semester of odd years.
forward (indirect) and feedback (direct) voltage and current
EGGN585. ADVANCED HIGH POWER ELECTRONICS
vector control. AC models in space vector complex algebra
Basic principles of analysis and design of circuits utilizing
are also developed. Other types of drives are also covered,
high power electronics. AC/DC, DC/AC, AC/AC, and
such as reluctance, stepper-motor and switched-reluctance
DC/DC conversion techniques. Laboratory project compris-
drives. Digital computer simulations are used to evaluate
ing simulation and construction of a power electronics
such implementations. Pre-requisite: Familiarity with power
circuit. Prerequisites: EGGN385; EGGN389 or equivalent.
electronics and power systems, such as covered in EGGN484
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Fall semester even years.
and EGGN485. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours. Spring se-
EGGN586. HIGH VOLTAGE AC AND DC POWER
mester of even years.
TRANSMISSION This course deals with the theory, model-
EGGN582. RENEWABLE ENERGY AND DISTRIBUTED
ing and applications of HV and EHV power transmission
GENERATION A comprehensive electrical engineering ap-
systems engineering. The primary focus is on overhead AC
proach on the integration of alternative sources of energy.
transmission line and voltage ranges between 115 kV – 500
One of the main objectives of this course is to focus on the
kV. HVDC and underground transmission will also be dis-
inter-disciplinary aspects of integration of the alternative
cussed. The details include the calculations of line parame-
sources of energy which will include most common and also
ters (RLC); steady-state performance evaluation (voltage
promising types of alternative primary energy: hydropower,
drop and regulation, losses and efficiency) of short, medium
wind power, photovoltaic, fuel cells and energy storage with
and long lines; reactive power compensation; FACTS de-
the integration to the electric grid. Pre-requisite: It is assumed
vices; insulation coordination; corona; insulators; sag-tension
that students will have some basic and broad knowledge of
calculations; EMTP, traveling wave and transients; funda-
the principles of electrical machines, thermodynamics, power
mentals of transmission line design; HV and EHV power ca-
electronics, direct energy conversion, and fundamentals of
bles: solid dielectric, oil-filled and gas-filled; Fundamentals
electric power systems such as covered in basic engineering
of DC transmission systems including converter and filter.
courses plus EGGN484 and EGGN485. 3 lecture hours; 3 se-
Prerequisites: EGGN484 or equivalent, and/or consent of in-
mester hours. Fall semester of odd years.
structor. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours. Fall semester of
EGGN583. ADVANCED ELECTRICAL MACHINE DY-
even years.
NAMICS This course deals primarily with the two rotating
EGGN587. POWER SYSTEM OPERATION AND MAN-
AC machines currently utilized in the electric power indus-
AGEMENT (I) This course presents a comprehensive expo-
try, namely induction and synchronous machines. The course
sition of the theory, methods, and algorithms for Energy
is divided in two halves: the first half is dedicated to induc-
Management Systems (EMS) in the power grid. It will focus
tion and synchronous machines are taught in the second half.
on (1) modeling of power systems and generation units, (2)
The details include the development of the theory of opera -
methods for dispatching generating resources, (3) methods
tion, equivalent circuit models for both steady-state and tran-
for accurately estimating the state of the system, (4) methods
sient operations, all aspects of performance evaluation, IEEE
for assessing the security of the power system, and (5) an
methods of testing, and guidelines for industry applications
overview of the market operations in the grid. Prerequisite:
including design and procurement. Prerequisites: EGGN484
EGGN484. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours.
or equivalent, and/or consent of instructor. 3 lecture hours;
EGGN589. DESIGN AND CONTROL OF WIND ENERGY
3 semester hours. Spring semester of even years.
SYSTEMS (II) Wind energy provides a clean, renewable
EGGN584. POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS ENGI-
source for electricity generation. Wind turbines provide elec-
NEERING This course deals with the theory and applica-
tricity at or near the cost of traditional fossil-fuel fired power
tions of problems and solutions as related to electric power
plants at suitable locations, and the wind industry is growing
distribution systems engineering from both ends: end-users
rapidly as a result. Engineering R&D can still help to reduce
like large industrial plants and electric utility companies. The
the cost of energy from wind, improve the reliability of wind
primary focus of this course in on the medium voltage (4.16
turbines and wind farms, and help to improve acceptance of
kV – 69 kV) power systems. Some references will be made
wind energy in the public and political arenas. This course
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provides an overview of the design and control of wind en-
(3) an introduction to the topic of system identification, and
ergy systems. Prerequisite: EGGN307. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
(4) study of the primary techniques in adaptive control, in-
mester hours.
cluding model-reference adaptive control and model predic-
EGGN593. ENGINEERING DESIGN OPTIMIZATION
tive control. Prerequisite: EGGN517 or consent of instructor.
The application of gradient, stochastic and heuristic opti-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Taught on demand.
mization algorithms to linear and nonlinear optimization
EGGN683. COMPUTER METHODS IN ELECTRIC
problems in constrained and unconstrained design spaces.
POWER SYSTEMS This course deals with the computer
Students will consider problems with continuous, integer and
methods and numerical solution techniques applied to large
mixed-integer variables, problems with single or multiple ob-
scale power systems. Primary focus includes load flow, short
jectives and the task modeling design spaces and constraints.
circuit, voltage stability and transient stability studies and
Design optimization methods are becoming of increasing im-
contingency analysis. The details include the modeling of
portance in engineering design and offer the potential to re-
various devices like transformer, transmission lines, FACTS
duce design cycle times while improving design quality by
devices, and synchronous machines. Numerical techniques in-
leveraging simulation and historical design data. Prerequi-
clude solving a large set of linear or non-linear algebraic
sites: Experience with computer programming languages,
equations, and solving a large set of differential equations. A
Graduate or Senior Standing or consent of the instructor.
number of simple case studies (as per IEEE standard models)
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring, even numbered
will be performed. Prerequisites: EGGN583, 584 and 586 or
years.
equivalent, and/or consent of instructor; a strong knowledge
EGGN597. SUMMER PROGRAMS
of digital simulation techniques. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester
hours. Taught on demand.
EGGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGINEERING (I, II)
Pilot course of special topics course. Topics chosen from
EGGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGINEERING (I, II)
special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually
Pilot course of special topics course. Topics chosen from
course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Consent of the
special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually
instructor. Variable credit; 1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit
course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Consent of the
under different titles.
Instructor. Variable credit; 1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit
under different titles.
EGGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
EGES699. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a sub-
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
ject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Indepen-
member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a sub-
dent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the
ject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Indepen-
Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit
dent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the
to a maximum of 6 hours.
Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit
under different topics/experience.
EGGN617. INTELLIGENT CONTROL SYSTEMS Funda -
mental issues related to the design on intelligent control sys-
EGGN705. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER
tems are described. Neural networks analysis for engi neering
OF SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion
systems are presented. Neural-based learning, estimation,
of the degree Master of Science - thesis. Research must be
and identification of dynamical systems are described. Quali-
carried out under the direct supervision of the graduate stu-
tative control system analysis using fuzzy logic is presented.
dent’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
Fuzzy mathematics design of rule-based control, and inte-
EGGN706. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: DOCTOR
grated human-machine intelligent control systems are cov-
OF PHILOSOPHY Research credit hours required for com-
ered. Real-life problems from different engineering systems
pletion of the degree Doctor of Philosophy. Research must be
are analyzed. Prerequisite: EGGN517 or consent of instruc-
carried out under direct supervision of the graduate student’s
tor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Taught on demand.
faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
EGGN618. NONLINEAR AND ADAPTIVE CONTROL
This course presents a comprehensive exposition of the the-
ory of nonlinear dynamical systems and the applications of
this theory to adaptive control. It will focus on (1) methods
of characterizing and understanding the behavior of systems
that can be described by nonlinear ordinary differential equa-
tions, (2) methods for designing controllers for such systems,
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Environmental Science and
availability of daytime, evening, and summer courses allows
Engineering
all students a high degree of flexi bility in planning their
coursework to achieve their degrees in a timely fashion.
JOHN E. McCRAY, Professor and Division Director
JÖRG DREWES, Professor
To achieve the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, stu-
TISSA ILLANGASEKARE, Professor and AMAX Distinguished
dents are expected to complete a combination of coursework
Chair
and original research, under the guidance of a faculty advisor
ROBERT L. SIEGRIST, Professor
and Doctoral committee, that culminates in a significant
RONALD R.H. COHEN, Associate Professor
scholarly contribution to a specialized field in environmental
LINDA A. FIGUEROA, Associate Professor
science or engineering. The Ph.D. Program may build upon
JUNKO MUNAKATA MARR, Associate Professor
JOHN R. SPEAR. Associate Professor
one of the ESE M.S. Programs or a comparable M.S. Pro-
TZAHI Y. CATH, Assistant Professor
gram at another university. Full-time enrollment is expected
CHRISTOPHER P. HIGGINS, Assistant Professor
and leads to the greatest success, although part-time enroll-
JONATHAN O. SHARP, Assistant Professor
ment may be allowed under special circumstances.
PEI XU, Research Associate Professor
The ESE Division offers areas of emphasis for study such
TOSHIHIRO SAKAKI, Research Assistant Professor
as: Water Treatment, Reclamation & Reuse, Contaminant
KATHRYN LOWE, Senior Research Associate
Hydrology & Water Resources, Applied Environmental
PAUL B. QUENEAU, Adjunct Professor
PATRICK RYAN, Adjunct Professor
Micro biology & Biotechnology, and Environmental Remedi-
DANIEL T. TEITELBAUM, Adjunct Professor
ation, that correspond to areas of significant career opportu-
BRUCE D. HONEYMAN, Emeritus Professor
nities for graduates as well as expertise and active research
Degrees Offered:
by members of the ESE faculty. Each area of emphasis is de-
signed to give students a rigorous, in-depth background in
Master of Science (Environmental Science and
the subject matter relevant to the area while allowing oppor-
Engineering)
tunity, through electives, for breadth and exploration of re-
Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Science and
lated areas. For more information on ESE curriculum please
Engineering)
refer to the Division Website at http://www.mines.edu/acade-
Program Description:
mic/envsci/.
The Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) Divi-
The ESE M.S. and Ph.D. Programs have been admitted to
sion offers programs of study in environmental science and
the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP/WICHE), a
engineering within the context of risk-based decision-making,
recognition that designates this curriculum as unique within
environmental law and policy leading to M.S. and Ph.D.
the Western United States. An important benefit of this desig-
graduate degrees as well as supporting several undergraduate
nation is that students from Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho,
degrees. Programs are designed to prepare students to inves-
Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon,
tigate and analyze environmental systems and assess risks to
South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are given
public health and ecosystems as well as evaluate and design
the tuition status of Colorado residents.
natural and engineered solutions to mitigate risks and enable
Combined Degree Program Option
beneficial outcomes. Programs of study are interdisciplinary
CSM undergraduate students have the opportunity to begin
in scope, and consequently the appropriate coursework may
work on a M.S. degree in Environmental Science and Engi-
be obtained from multiple departments at CSM as well as
neering while completing their Bachelor’s degree. The CSM
other local universities.
Combined Degree Program provides the vehicle for students
To achieve the Master of Science (M.S.) degree, full-time
to use undergraduate coursework as part of their Graduate
students may elect the Non-Thesis option, based exclusively
Degree curriculum. For more information please contact the
upon coursework and project activities, or the Thesis option,
ESE Office or visit http://ese.mines.edu/.
in which laboratory and/or field research is incorporated into
Program Requirements:
the curriculum under the guidance of a faculty advisor. For
M.S. Non-Thesis Option: 30 total credit hours, consisting
working professional or part time M.S. students the ESE
of coursework (27 h), Independent Study (ESGN599A)
Execu tive Program is offered, consisting of an evening
(3-6 h), and seminar.
curricu lum leading to a Non-Thesis M.S. degree. ESE also
offers a combined baccalaureate/masters degree program in
M.S. Thesis Option: 30 total credit hours, consisting of
which CSM students obtain an undergraduate degree as well
coursework (24 h), seminar, and research (6h). Students must
as a Thesis or Non-Thesis M.S. in Environmental Science
also write and orally defend a research thesis.
and Engineering. Please see the Combined
Students in the ESE M.S. degree program who are not reg-
Undergraduate/Graduate Programs sections in the Graduate
istered full time must be enrolled in the part time ESE Exec-
and Undergraduate Bulletins for addi tional information. The
utive Program.
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Ph.D.: 72 total credit hours, consisting of area of emphasis
Description of Courses
coursework (at least 18 h), seminar, and research (at least 24
ESGN401. FUNDAMENTALS OF ECOLOGY Biological
h). Students must also successfully complete written and oral
and ecological principles are discussed and industrial exam-
qualifying examinations, prepare and present a dissertation
ples of their use are given. Analysis of ecosystem processes,
proposal, and write and defend a doctoral dissertation. PhD
such as erosion, succession, and how these processes relate
students are also expected to submit the dissertation work for
to engineering activities, including engineering design and
publication in scholarly journals.
plant operation, are investigated. Criteria and performance
Prerequisites:
standards are analyzed for facility siting, pollution control,
u baccalaureate degree: required, preferably in a science
and mitigation of impacts. North American ecosystems are
or engineering discipline
analyzed. Concepts of forestry, range, and wildlife manage-
ment are integrated as they apply to all the above. Three to
u college calculus I & II: two semesters required
four weekend field trips will be arranged during the semester.
u college physics: one semester required, one year highly
Prerequisite: ESGN301 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours
recommended
lecture; 3 semester hours.
u college chemistry I & II: two semesters required
ESGN440. ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION: SOURCES,
u college statistics: one semester required
CHARACTERISTICS, TRANSPORT AND FATE This
course describes the environmental behavior of inorganic
Required Curriculum:
and organic chemicals in multimedia environments, includ-
The curriculum consists of common core and elective
ing water, air, sediment, and biota. Sources and characteris-
courses that may be focused toward specialized areas of em-
tics of contaminants in the environment are discussed as
phasis. Students will work with their academic advisors to
broad categories, with some specific examples from various
establish plans of study that best fit their individual interests
industries. Attention is focused on the persistence, reactivity,
and goals. Each student will develop and submit a plan of
and partitioning behavior of contaminants in environmental
study during the first semester of enrollment; this plan must
media. Both steady and unsteady state multimedia environ-
be submitted with the admission to candidacy form. Electives
mental models are developed and applied to contaminated
may be chosen freely from courses offered at CSM and other
sites. The principles of contaminant transport in surface
local universities. Please visit the ESE website for a complete
water, groundwater and air are also introduced. The course
outline of curriculum requirements and options.
provides students with the conceptual basis and mathematical
(http://ese.mines.edu).
tools for predicting the behavior of contaminants in the envi-
Fields of Research:
ronment. Prerequisite: ESGN353 or consent of the instructor.
Research encompasses areas including 1) development of
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
innovative processes for water and wastewater treatment,
ESGN453/EGGN453. WASTEWATER ENGINEERING
reclamation and reuse; 2) applications of biological processes
The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the fun -
in environmental remediation, water treatment, and renew-
damental phenomena involved in wastewater treatment
able energy generation; 3) understanding fundamental chemi-
processes (theory) and the engineering approaches used in
cal and radiochemical processes governing the fate and
designing such processes (design). This course will focus on
transport of contaminants, and engineering these processes to
the physical, chemical and biological processes applied to
achieve environmental goals; 4) geological, hydrological,
liquid wastes of municipal origin. Treatment objectives will
and biological characterization of pristine and anthropogeni-
be discussed as the driving force for wastewater treatment.
cally disturbed natural systems, both for elucidating natural
Prerequisite: ESGN353 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours
system function and for informing remediation and restora-
lecture; 3 semester hours.
tion efforts; and 5) mathematical representation and model-
ing of hydrological and hydrogeological phenomena in soil
ESGN454/EGGN454. WATER SUPPLY ENGINEERING
and water systems. In support of these research activities,
This course presents contemporary issues relating to the sup-
ESE has modern facilities, including state-of-the-art labora-
ply of safe drinking water to the public. The theory and de-
tories for water/waste treatment, environmental radiochem-
sign of conventional potable water treatment unit processes
istry, and biotechnology. Specialized facilities include the
and operations as well as water distribution systems will be
Integrated Environmental Teaching Lab (IETL) complex,
covered. Prerequisite: ESGN353 or consent of the instructor.
Advanced Water Technology Center (AQWATEC), Center
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
for Experimental Study of Subsurface Environmental
ESGN455. SOLID AND HAZARDOUS WASTE ENGI-
Processes (CESEP), CSM/City of Golden Water Treatment
NEERING This course provides an introduction and
Pilot Plant, and the Mines Park Test Sites.
overview of the engineering aspects of solid and hazardous
waste management. The focus is on control technologies for
solid wastes from common municipal and industrial sources
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and the end-of-pipe waste streams and process residuals that
ESGN462/MTGN527/MTGN462. SOLID WASTE
are generated in some key industries. Prerequisite:
MINIMIZATION AND RECYCLING The objective of this
ESGN/EGGN353 and ESGN/EGGN354. 3 hours lecture;
course is to place the student into the role of a plant manager
3 semester hours.
with process responsibility for waste minimization, focusing
ESGN456/EGGN456. SCIENTIFIC BASIS OF
on recycling. Emphasis is on proven and emerging solutions,
ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS This course offers a
especially those associated with heavy metals, as well as un-
critical examination of the experiments, calculations, and as-
derstanding of alternative raw materials and process tech-
sumptions underpinning numerical and narrative standards
nologies in combination with creativity and sensitivity to
contained in federal and state environmental regulations.
economic realities. Prerequisites: ESGN500 or consent of the
Top-down investigations of the historical development of
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
selected regulatory guidelines and permitting procedures will
ESGN463 POLLUTION PREVENTION: FUNDAMEN-
be discussed, and students will design improved regulations.
TALS AND PRACTICE The objective of this course is to in-
Prerequisite: ESGN353 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours
troduce the principles of pollution prevention,
lecture; 3 semester hours.
environmentally benign products and processes, and manu-
ESGN457/EGGN457. SITE REMEDIATION ENGINEER-
facturing systems. The course provides a thorough founda-
ING This course describes the engineering principles and
tion in pollution prevention concepts and methods. Engineers
practices associated with the characterization and remedia-
and scientists are given the tools to incorporate environmen-
tion of contaminated sites. Methods for site characterization
tal consequences into decision-making. Sources of pollution
and risk assessment will be highlighted with emphasis on re-
and its consequences are detailed. Focus includes sources
medial action screening processes, technology principles, and
and minimization of industrial pollution; methodology for
conceptual design. Common isolation and containment and
life-cycle assessments and developing successful pollution
in situ and ex situ treatment technology will be covered.
prevention plans; technological means for minimizing the
Computerized decision-support tools will be used and case
use of water, energy, and reagents in manufacturing; and
studies will be presented. Prerequisites: ESGN354 or consent
tools for achieving a sustainable society. Materials selection,
of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
process and product design, and packaging are also ad-
dressed. Prerequisite: EGGN/ESGN353 or EGGN/ESGN354
ESGN460. ONSITE WATER RECLAMATION AND
or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
REUSE Appropriate solutions to water and sanitation in the
U.S. and globally need to be effective in protecting public
ESGN490. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (I) Specially designed
health and preserving water quality while also being accept-
for the needs of the environmental quality engineer, scientist,
able, affordable and sustainable. Onsite and decentralized
planner, manager, government regulator, consultant, or advo-
systems have the potential to achieve these goals in rural
cate. Highlights include how our legal system works, envi-
areas, peri-urban developments, and urban centers in small
ronmental law fundamentals, all major US EPA/state
and large cities. Moreover they can improve water use effi-
enforcement programs, the National Environmental Policy
ciency, conserve energy and enable distributed energy gener-
Act, air and water pollutant laws, risk assessment and man-
ation, promote green spaces, restore surface waters and
agement, and toxic and hazardous substance laws (RCRA,
aquifers, and stimulate new green companies and jobs. A
CERCLA, TSCA, LUST, etc). Prerequisites: ESGN353 or
growing array of approaches, devices and technologies have
ESGN354, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
evolved that include point-of-use water purification, waste
ter hours.
source separation, conventional and advanced treatment
Graduate Courses
units, localized natural treatment systems, and varied re-
ESGN500. ENVIRONMENTAL WATER CHEMISTRY
source recovery and recycling options. This course focuses
This course provides an introduction to chemical equilibria
on the engineering selection, design, and implementation of
in natural waters and engineered systems. Topics covered
onsite and decentralized systems for water reclamation and
include chemical thermodynamics and kinetics, acid/base
reuse. Topics covered include process analysis and system
chemistry, open and closed carbonate systems, precipitation
planning, water and waste stream attributes, water and re-
reactions, coordination chemistry, adsorption and redox reac-
source conservation, confined unit and natural system treat-
tions. Prerequisites: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ment technologies, effluent collection and clustering,
ESGN500L. ENVIRONMENTAL WATER CHEMISTRY
recycling and reuse options, and system management. Pre-
LABORATORY This course provides students with labora-
requisite: ESGN/EGGN353 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
tory exercises that complement lectures given in ESGN500.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
Topics covered include thermodynamics, weak acids and
bases, buffers, metal-ion complexation and oxidation/reduc-
tion reactions. This course must be taken concurrently with
ESGN500. Prerequisite: co-enrollment in ESGN500. 3 hours
laboratory; 1 semester hour.
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ESGN501. RISK ASSESSMENT This course evaluates
waters, soil and sediments, and surface and ground waters.
the basic principles, methods, uses, and limitations of risk
Topics covered include properties of environmental datasets,
assess ment in public and private sector decision making.
data quality objectives, statistical designs for data collection,
Emphasis is on how risk assessments are made and how they
methods of sample collection and analysis, data analysis and
are used in policy formation, including discussion of how
visualization, inference making. Issues of data worth and suf-
risk assessments can be objectively and effectively com -
ficiency for decision making will also be addressed. Labora-
municated to decision makers and the public. Prerequisite:
tory includes gravimetric, electrometric, spectrophotometric,
ESGN502 and one semester of statistics or consent of the
chromatographic, and microbiological analyses. Prerequisite:
instruc tor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture and laboratory; 3 se-
ESGN502. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW This is a compre -
mester hours.
hensive introduction to U.S. Environmental Law, Policy, and
ESGN506. ADVANCED WATER TREATMENT ENGI-
Practice, especially designed for the professional engineer,
NEERING AND WATER REUSE This course presents is-
scientist, planner, manager, consultant, government regulator,
sues relating to theory, design, and operation of advanced
and citizen. It will prepare the student to deal with the com-
water and wastewater treatment unit processes and water
plex system of laws, regulations, court rulings, policies, and
reuse systems. Topics include granular activated carbon
programs governing the environment in the USA. Course
(GAC), advanced oxidation processes (O3/H2O2), UV disin-
coverage includes how our legal system works, sources of
fection, pressure-driven, current-driven, and osmotic-driven
environmental law, the major USEPA enforcement programs,
membranes (MF, UF, NF, RO, electrodialysis, and forward
state/local matching programs, the National Environmental
osmosis), and natural systems such as riverbank filtration
Policy Act (NEPA), air and water pollution (CAA, CWA),
(RBF) and soil-aquifer treatment (SAT). The course is aug-
EPA risk assessment training, toxic/hazardous substances
mented by ESGN506L offering hands-on experience using
laws (RCRA, CERCLA, EPCRA, TSCA, LUST, etc.), and
bench- and pilot-scale unit operations. Prerequisite: ESGN
a brief introduction to international environmental law. Pre-
453/454/504/530 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
requisites: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
semester hours.
ESGN503. ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION: SOURCES,
ESGN506L. ADVANCED WATER TREATMENT ENGI-
CHARACTERISTICS, TRANSPORT AND FATE This
NEERING AND WATER REUSE - LABORATORY. This
course describes the environmental behavior of inorganic and
course provides hands-on experience using bench- and pilot-
organic chemicals in multimedia environments, including
scale unit operations and computer exercises using state-of-
water, air, sediment and biota. Sources and characteristics of
the-art software packages to design advanced water treatment
contaminants in the environment are discussed as broad cate-
unit processes. Topics include adsorption processes onto
gories, with some specific examples from various industries.
powdered and granular activated carbon, low-pressure mem-
Attention is focused on the persistence, reactivity, and parti-
brane processes (microfiltration, ultrafiltration), and high-
tioning behavior of contaminants in environmental media.
pressure and current-driven membrane processes
Both steady and unsteady state multimedia environmental
(nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, and electrodialysis). The
models are developed and applied to contaminated sites. The
course is a highly recommended component of ESGN506A
principles of contaminant transport in surface water, ground-
and meets 5 - 6 times during the semester to support the work
water, and air are also introduced. The course provides stu-
in 506A. Co- or Pre-requisite: ESGN506 or consent of in-
dents with the conceptual basis and mathematical tools for
structor. 1 semester hour.
predicting the behavior of contaminants in the environment.
ESGN510. ENVIRONMENTAL RADIOCHEMISTRY This
Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
course covers the phenomena of radioactivity (e.g., modes of
ESGN504. WATER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT
decay, methods of detection and biological effects) and the
Unit operations and processes in environmental engineering
use of naturally occurring and artificial radionuclides as
are discussed in this course, including physical, chemical,
tracers for environmental processes. Discussions of tracer
and biological treatment processes for water and wastewater.
appli cations will range from oceanic trace element scaveng-
Treatment objectives, process theory, and practice are con -
ing to contaminant transport through groundwater aquifers.
sidered in detail. Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor.
Prerequisites: ESGN500 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
ESGN505. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND ENVIRON-
ESGN511. ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP OF NU-
MENTAL DATA ANALYSIS This course covers experimen-
CLEAR RESOURCES The stewardship of nuclear resources
tal design and analysis for studies of environmental media,
spans the entire nuclear fuel cycle, which includes mining
including those involving characterization and assessment,
and milling through chemical processing on the front end of
treatment, and remediation technologies, and compliance
the materials life cycle. On the back end, stewardship contin-
monitoring. Principal media covered are water and waste-
ues from materials removal from the power plant during re-
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fueling or facility decommissioning, through storage, recy-
at the particle/water interface. Prerequisites: ESGN500 or
cling and disposal, as well as the management of activated or
consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
contaminated materials generated during facility decommis-
ESGN527. WATERSHED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS Basic
sioning. Each stage in the fuel cycle has a different risk of
principles of watershed systems analysis required for water
public exposure through different pathways and the presence
resources evaluation, watershed-scale water quality issues,
of different isotopes. These risks are an integral part in con-
and watershed-scale pollutant transport problems. The dy-
sidering the long-term efficacy of nuclear as an energy alter-
namics of watershed-scale processes and the human impact
native. Furthermore, nuclear energy has long been vilified in
on natural systems, and for developing remediation strategies
public opinion forums via emotional responses. Stewardship
are studied, including terrain analysis and surface and sub-
extends beyond quantification of risks to the incorporation
surface characterization procedures and analysis. Prerequi-
and communication of these risks and the associated facts re-
site: none. 3 hours lecture per week; 3 semester hours.
garding nuclear power to the public at large. Prerequisite:
Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
ESGN528. MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS This is an advanced gradu-
ate-level course designed to provide students with hands-on
ESGN513. LIMNOLOGY This course covers the natural
experience in developing, implementing, testing, and using
chemistry, physics, and biology of lakes as well as some basic
mathematical models of environmental systems. The course
principles concerning contamination of such water bodies.
will examine why models are needed and how they are de-
Topics include heat budgets, water circulation and dispersal,
veloped, tested, and used as decision-making or policy-mak-
sedimentation processes, organic compounds and their trans-
ing tools. Typical problems associated with environmental
formations, radionuclide limnochronology, redox reactions,
systems, such as spatial and temporal scale effects, dimen-
metals and other major ions, the carbon dioxide system, oxy-
sionality, variability, uncertainty, and data insufficiency, will
gen, nutrients; planktonic, benthic and other communities,
be addressed. The development and application of mathemat-
light in water and lake modeling. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours
ical models will be illustrated using a theme topic such as
lecture; 3 semester hours.
Global Climate Change, In Situ Bioremediation, or Hydro-
ESGN520. SURFACE WATER QUALITY MODELING
logic Systems Analysis. Prerequisites: ESGN503 and knowl-
This course will cover modeling of water flow and quality in
edge of basic statistics and computer programming. 3 hours
rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. Topics will include introduction
lecture; 3 semester hours.
to common analytical and numerical methods used in model-
ESGN530. ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING PILOT
ing surface water flow, water quality, modeling of kinetics,
PLANT LABORATORY This course provides an introduc-
discharge of waste water into surface systems, sedimentation,
tion to bench and pilot-scale experimental methods used in
growth kinetics, dispersion, and biological changes in lakes
environmental engineering. Unit operations associated with
and rivers. Prerequisites: ESGN440 or ESGN503 recom-
water and wastewater treatment for real-world treatment
mended, or consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
problems are emphasized, including multi-media filtration,
mester hours.
oxidation processes, membrane treatment, and disinfection
ESGN522. SUBSURFACE CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT
processes. Investigations typically include: process assess-
This course will investigate physical, chemical, and biological
ment, design and completion of bench- and pilot-scale ex -
processes governing the transport and fate of contaminants in
periments, establishment of analytical methods for process
the saturated and unsaturated zones of the subsurface. Basic
control, data assessment, up-scaling and cost estimation, and
concepts in fluid flow, groundwater hydraulics, and transport
project report writing. Projects are conducted both at CSM
will be introduced and studied. The theory and development
and at the City of Golden Water Treatment Pilot Plant
of models to describe these phenomena, based on analytical
Labora tory. Prerequisites: ESGN500 and ESGN504 or con-
and simple numerical methods, will also be discussed. Appli-
sent of the instructor. 6 hours laboratory; 4 semester hours.
cations will include prediction of extents of contaminant mi-
ESGN541/BELS541. MICROBIAL
gration and assessment and design of remediation schemes.
PROCESSES,ANALYSIS AND MODELING Microorgan-
Prerequisites: ESGN503 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours
isms facilitate the transformation of many organic and inor-
lecture; 3 semester hours.
ganic constituents. Tools for the quantitative analysis of
ESGN525. CHEMISTRY OF THE SOIL/WATER INTER-
microbial processes in natural and engineered systems are
FACE The fate of many elements in the soil/water environ-
presented. Stoichiometries, energetics, mass balances and ki-
ment is regulated by sorption reactions. The content of this
netic descriptions of relevant microbial processes allow the
course focuses on the physical chemistry of reactions occur-
development of models for specific microbial systems. Sim-
ring at the soil-particle/water interface. The emphasis is on the
ple analytical models and complex models that require com-
use of surface complexation models to interpret solute sorption
putational solutions will be presented. Systems analyzed
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include suspended growth and attached growth reactors for
face mining; and in situ mining will be covered in relation to
municipal and industrial wastewater treatment as well as in-
environmental impacts. Beneficiation, or purification of met-
situ bioremediation systems. Prerequisites: ESGN500,
als will be discussed, with cyanide and gold topics empha-
ESGN504 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
sized. Site closure will be focused on; stabilization of slopes;
mester hours.
process area cleanup; and protection of surface and ground
ESGN544/BELS544. AQUATIC TOXICOLOGY This
water. After discussions of the mining and beneficiation
course provides an introduction to assessment of the effects
processes themselves, we will look at conventional and inno-
of toxic substances on aquatic organisms, communities, and
vative measures to mitigate or reduce environmental impact.
ecosystems. Topics include general toxicological principles,
ESGN562/MTGN527. SOLID WASTE MINIMIZATION
water quality standards, sediment quality guidelines, quanti-
AND RECYCLING This course will examine, using case
tative structure-activity relationships, single species and
studies, ways in which industry applies engineering principles
community-level toxicity measures, regulatory issues, and
to minimize waste formation and to meet solid waste recycling
career opportunities. The course includes hands-on experi-
challenges. Both proven and emerging solutions to solid waste
ence with toxicity testing and subsequent data reduction.
environmental problems, especially those associated with
Prerequisite: none. 2.5 hours lecture; 1 hour laboratory; 3 se-
metals, will be discussed. Prerequisite: ESGN 500. 3 hours
mester hours.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
ESGN545/BELS545. ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY
ESGN563 POLLUTION PREVENTION: FUNDAMENTALS
This course provides an introduction to general concepts of
AND PRACTICE The objective of this course is to introduce
ecology, biochemistry, and toxicology. The introductory
the principles of pollution prevention, environmentally benign
material will provide a foundation for understanding why, and
products and processes, and manufacturing systems. The course
to what extent, a variety of products and by-products of ad-
provides a thorough foundation in pollution prevention con-
vanced industrialized societies are toxic. Classes of substances
cepts and methods. Engineers and scientists are given the tools
to be examined include metals, coal, petroleum products, or-
to incorporate environmental consequences into decision-mak-
ganic compounds, pesticides, radioactive materials, and others.
ing. Sources of pollution and its consequences are detailed.
Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Focus includes sources and minimization of industrial pollu-
ESGN552. RECLAMATION OF DISTURBED LANDS
tion; methodology for life-cycle assessments and developing
Basic principles and practices in reclaiming disturbed lands
successful pollution prevention plans; technological means for
are considered in this course, which includes an overview of
minimizing the use of water, energy, and reagents in manufac-
present legal requirements for reclamation and basic elements
turing; and tools for achieving a sustainable society. Materials
of the reclamation planning process. Reclamation methods,
selection, process and product design, and packaging are also
including recontouring, erosion control, soil preparation, plant
addressed. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
establishment, seed mixtures, nursery stock, and wildlife
ESGN571. ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT MANAGE-
habitat rehabilitation, will be examined. Practitioners in the
MENT This course investigates environmental project man-
field will discuss their experiences. Prerequisite: consent of
agement and decision making from government, industry,
the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
and contractor perspectives. Emphasis is on (1) economics of
ESGN555. ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
project evaluation; (2) cost estimation methods; (3) project
A study of the chemical and physical interactions which de-
planning and performance monitoring; (4) and creation of
termine the fate, transport and interactions of organic chemi-
project teams and organizational/communications structures.
cals in aquatic systems, with emphasis on chemical
Extensive use of case studies. Prerequisite: consent of the in-
transformations of anthropogenic organic contaminants. Pre-
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
requisites: A course in organic chemistry and CHGN503, Ad-
ESGN575. HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE REMEDIATION
vanced Physical Chemistry or its equivalent, or consent of
This course covers remediation technologies for hazardous
instructor. Offered in alternate years. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
waste contaminated sites, including site characteristics and
mester hours.
conceptual model development, remedial action screening
ESGN556. MINING AND THE ENVIRONMENT The
processes, and technology principles and conceptual design.
course will cover many of the environmental problems and
Institutional control, source isolation and containment, sub-
solutions associated with each aspect of mining and ore
surface manipulation, and in situ and ex situ treatment
dressing processes. Mining is a complicated process that dif-
processes will be covered, including unit operations, coupled
fers according to the type of mineral sought. The mining
processes, and complete systems. Case studies will be used
process can be divided into four categories: Site Develop-
and computerized tools for process selection and design will
ment; Extraction; Processing; Site Closure. Procedures for
be employed. Prerequisite: ESGN500 and ESGN503, or con-
hard rock metals mining; coal mining; underground and sur-
sent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
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ESGN575L. HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE REMEDIATION:
water pollutants. Emphasis will be placed on critical analysis
TREATABILITY TESTING This laboratory module is de-
and communication of peer-reviewed literature on these top-
signed to provide hands-on experience with treatability test-
ics. Prerequisites: ESGN 500 and ESGN 586 or consent of
ing to aid selection and design of remediation technologies
the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
for a contaminated site. The course will be comprised of lab-
ESGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL
oratory exercises in Coolbaugh Hall and possibly some field
SCIENCE Topics are chosen from special interests of
site work near CSM. Pre-requisite: ESGN575 or consent of
instructor and students; see website for current offerings.
instructor. 2 hours laboratory; 1 semester hour.
Each topic is usually offered only once. Prerequisite: consent
ESGN586. MOLECULAR MICROBIAL ECOLOGY AND
of the instructor. Variable class and semester hours. Repeat-
THE ENVIRONMENT This course explores the diversity of
able for credit under different titles.
microbiota in a few of the countless environments of our
ESGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual master’s level
planet. Topics include microbial ecology (from a molecular
research or special project supervised by a faculty member. Pre-
perspective), microbial metabolism, pathogens, extreme envi-
requisite: Independent Study form must be completed and sub-
ronments, engineered systems, oxidation / reduction of met-
mitted to the Registrar. Variable class and semester hours.
als, bioremediation of both organics and inorganics, microbial
Repeatable for credit under different titles for up to 6 credit
diversity, phylogenetics, analytical tools and bioinformatics.
hours total.
The course has an integrated laboratory component for ap-
plied molecular microbial ecology to learn microscopy, DNA
ESGN602. INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, cloning, sequencing,
The course covers an introductory survey of International En-
data analysis and bioinformatic applications. Prerequisite:
vironmental Law, including multi-nation treaties, regulations,
College Biology and/or CHGC 562, CHGC 563 or equivalent
policies, practices, and politics governing the global environ-
and enrollment in the ESE graduate program. 3 hours lecture,
ment. It surveys the key issues of sustainable development,
some field trips; 3 semester hours..
natural resources projects, transboundary pollution, interna-
tional trade, hazardous waste, climate change, and protection
ESGN590. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND
of ecosystems, wildlife, and human life. New international
ENGINEERING SEMINAR Research presentations cover-
laws are changing the rules for engineers, project managers,
ing current research in a variety of environmental topics.
scientists, teachers, businesspersons, and others both in the
ESGN591. ANALYSIS OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
US and abroad, and this course is especially designed to keep
Techniques for assessing the impact of mining and other
professionals fully, globally informed and add to their creden-
activ ities on various components of the ecosystem. Training
tials for international work. Prerequisites: ESGN502 or con-
in the procedures of preparing Environmental Impact State-
sent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ments. Course will include a review of pertinent laws and
ESGN622. MULTIPHASE CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT
acts (i.e. Endangered Species Act, Coordination Act, Clean
Principles of multiphase and multicomponent flow and trans-
Air Act, etc.) that deal with environmental impacts. Prerequi-
port are applied to contaminant transport in the unsaturated
site: consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture, some field
and saturated zones. Focus is on immiscible phase, dissolved
trips; 3 semester hours.
phase, and vapor phase transport of low solubility organic
ESGN593. ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING AND
contaminants in soils and aquifer materials. Topics discussed
REGULATORY COMPLIANCE The purpose of this course
include: capillarity, interphase mass transfer, modeling, and
is to acquaint students with the permit writing process, devel-
remediation technologies. Prerequisites: ESGN500 or equiv-
oping information requirements for permit applications,
alent, ESGN503 or ESGN522 or equivalent, or consent of
working with ambiguous regulations, negotiating with permit
the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
writers, and dealing with public comment. In addition, stu-
ESGN698. ADVANCED SPECIAL TOPICS IN
dents will develop an understanding of the process of devel-
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Topics chosen from special
oping an economic and legally defensible regulatory
interests of instructor(s) and students; see website for current
compliance program. Prerequisite: ESGN502 or consent of
offerings. Each topic is usually offered only once. Prerequi-
the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
site: consent of the instructor. Variable class and semester
ESGN596. GEOMICROBIAL SYSTEMS This course ex-
hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
plores the functional activities and biological significance of
ESGN699. ADVANCED INDEPENDENT STUDY Indi -
microorganisms in geological and engineered systems. Top-
vidual doctoral level research or special project supervised
ics will include microorganisms as geochemical agents of
by a faculty member. Prerequisite: Independent Study form
change, mechanisms and thermodynamics of microbial respi-
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable
ration, applications of analytical and molecular tools, and the
class and semester hours. Repeatable for credit under differ-
impact of microbes on the fate and transport of problematic
ent titles.
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ESGN705. GRADUATE RESEARCH: MASTER OF
Geochemistry
SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion of
JOHN D. HUMPHREY, Associate Professor Geology and
the Master of Science with Thesis degree. Research must be
Geological Engineering and Department Head
carried out under the direct supervision of the student’s fac-
JOHN B. CURTIS, Professor Geology and Geological Engineering
ulty advisor. Variable class and semester hours. Repeatable
WENDY J. HARRISON, Professor Geology and Geological
for credit.
Engineering and Associate Provost
MURRAY W. HITZMAN, Professor, Charles F. Fogarty Professor of
ESGN706. GRADUATE RESEARCH: DOCTOR OF PHI-
Economic Geology
LOSOPHY Research credit hours required for completion of
PATRICK MACCARTHY, Professor Chemistry and Geochemistry
the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Research must be carried
RICHARD F. WENDLANDT, Professor Geology and Geological
out under the direct supervision of the student’s faculty advi-
Engineering
sor. Variable class and semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
JAMES F. RANVILLE, Associate Professor Chemistry and
Geochemistry
E. CRAIG SIMMONS, Associate Professor Chemistry and
Geochemistry
JOHN R. SPEAR, Associate Professor Environmental Science and
Engineering
BETTINA M. VOELKER, Associate Professor Chemistry and
Geochemistry
NIGEL M. KELLY, Assistant Professor Geology and Geological
Engineering
THOMAS MONECKE, Assistant Professor Geology and Geological
Engineering
JONATHAN O. SHARP, Assistant Professor Environmental Science
and Engineering
DONALD L. MACALADY, Professor Emeritus Chemistry and
Geochemistry
SAMUEL B. ROMBERGER, Professor Emeritus Geology and
Geological Engineering
THOMAS R. WILDEMAN, Professor Emeritus Chemistry and
Geochemistry
L.GRAHAM CLOSS, Associate Professor Emeritus of Geology and
Geological Engineering
Degrees Offered:
Professional Masters in Environmental Geochemistry
Master of Science (Geochemistry)
Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry)
Program Description:
The Geochemistry Program is an interdisciplinary gradu-
ate program administered by the Department of Geology and
Geological Engineering and the Department of Chemistry
and Geochemistry. The geochemistry faculty from each de-
partment are responsible for the operations of the program.
Students reside in either the Department of Geology and Ge-
ological Engineering or the Department of Chemistry and
Geochemistry.
The program comprises a core group of courses, required
of all students unless individually exempted by the Geo-
chemistry Committee of the Whole based on previous back-
ground. Descriptions for individual classes may be found in
the sections of the Graduate Bulletin for each of the partici-
pating departments. For classes with "CHGC" and "CHGN"
prefixes see the section for Chemistry and Geochemistry; for
classes with "GEGN" and "GEOL" prefixes see the section
for Geology and Geological Engineering.
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Students determine their program of study in consultation
Requirements
with the advisor or thesis committee. Students entering with
A minimum of 30 credit hours are required, with an over-
background in chemistry will take more coursework in geol-
all GPA of at least 3.0. The overall course requirements will
ogy to strengthen their backgrounds in this discipline; the
depend on the background of the individual, but may be tai-
converse is true for students with a background in geology.
lored to professional objectives.
Professional Masters in Environmental
A 10 credit-hour program consists of:
Geochemistry
GEGN466*: Groundwater Engineering,
Introduction
CHGC503: Introduction to Geochemistry,
The Professional Masters in Environmental Geochemistry
program is intended to provide: (1) an opportunity for CSM
CHGC509; Aqueous Geochemistry.
undergraduates to obtain, as part of a fifth year of study, a
*If this course is transferred from the undergraduate pro-
Master in addition to the Bachelor degree; and (2) additional
gram, another course out of the core areas listed below must
education for working professionals in the area of geochem-
be substituted.
istry as it applies to problems relating to the environment.
In addition, 14 credit hours must be selected from the fol-
This is a non-thesis Master degree program administered by
lowing core areas: geochemical methods, geographic infor-
the Geochemistry program, and may be completed as part of
mation system, geological data analysis, groundwater
a combined degree program by individuals already matricu-
engineering or modeling, hydrothermal geochemistry, iso-
lated as undergraduate students at CSM, or by individuals al-
tope geochemistry, physical chemistry, microbiology, miner-
ready holding undergraduate or advanced degrees and who
alogy, organic geochemistry, and thermodynamics. This
are interested in a graduate program that does not have the
selection of courses must include at least one laboratory
traditional research requirement. The program consists pri-
course.
marily of coursework in geochemistry and allied fields with
an emphasis on environmental applications. No research is
CHGN503: Advanced Physical Chemistry,
required though the program does allow for independent
CHGC504: Methods in Geochemistry,
study, professional development, internship, and cooperative
CHGC506: Water Analysis Laboratory,
experience.
GEOL512: Mineralogy and Crystal Chemistry,
Application
Undergraduate students at CSM must declare an interest
CHGC527: Organic Geochemistry of Fossil Fuels and
during their third year to allow for planning of coursework
Ore Deposits,
that will apply towards the program. These students must
GEOL530: Clay Characterization,
have an overall GPA of at least 3.0. Students majoring in
GEGN532: Geological Data Analysis,
other departments besides the Department of Geology and
Geological Engineering and the Department of Chemistry
GEOL550: Integrated Basin Modeling,
and Geochemistry may want to decide on the combined de-
CHGC555: Environmental Organic Chemistry,
gree program option earlier to be sure prerequisites are satis-
CHGC562: Microbiology and the Environment,
fied. Applicants other than CSM undergraduates who are
CHGC563: Environmental Microbiology Laboratory,
applying for this non-thesis Master degree program must fol-
low the same procedures that all prospective graduate stu-
CHGC564: Biogeochemistry and Geomicrobiology,
dents follow. However, the requirement of the general GRE
GEGN575: Applications of Geographic Information
may be waived.
Systems,
Prerequisites
GEGN581: Advanced Groundwater Engineering
Each entering student will have an entrance interview with
GEGN583: Mathematical Modeling of Groundwater
members of the geochemistry faculty. Each department rec-
Systems,
ognizes that entering students may not be proficient in both
areas. A placement examination in geology and/or chemistry
ESGN586: Molecular Microbial Ecology and the
may be required upon the discretion of the interviewing fac-
Environment,
ulty. If a placement examination is given, the results may be
CHGC610: Nuclear and Isotopic Geochemistry,
used to establish deficiency requirements. Credit toward a
GEGN683: Advanced Groundwater Modeling.
graduate degree will not be granted for courses taken to ful-
fill deficiencies.
The selection of courses mentioned in the previous para-
graph must include at least one laboratory course (CHGC506
or GEOL530).
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An additional 6 credit-hours of free electives may be se-
program will require a minimum of 72 credit hours. At least
lected to complete the 30 credit-hour requirement. Free elec-
24 hours must be research credit and at least 18 hours must
tives may be selected from the course offerings of the
be course work. Up to 24 hours of course credit may be
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, the De-
transferred from previous graduate-level work upon approval
partment of Chemistry and Geochemistry, or the Environ-
of the thesis committee. Research credits may not be trans-
mental Science and Engineering Division, and may also be
ferred. Students who enter the Doctor of Philosophy (Geo-
independent study credits taken to fulfill a research coopera-
chemistry) program with a thesis-based Master of Science
tive, or other professional development experience. A course
degree from another institution may transfer up to 36 semes-
program will be designed in advanced through consultation
ter hours, upon approval of the thesis committee, in recogni-
between the student and an advisor from the Geochemistry
tion of the course work and research completed for that
Committee of the Whole.
degree.
Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry) students must take:
Prerequisites
CHGC503: Introduction to Geochemistry,
Each entering student will have an entrance interview with
CHGC504: Methods in Geochemistry,
members of the Geochemistry faculty. Each department rec-
ognizes that entering students may not be proficient in both
CHGC514: Geochemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics.
areas. A placement examination in geology and/or chemistry
In addition, all students must take a one hour laboratory
may be required upon the discretion of the interviewing fac-
course, plus two additional courses selected from the follow-
ulty. If a placement examination is given, the results may be
ing list:
used to establish deficiency requirements. Credit toward a
CHGN503: Advanced Physical Chemistry,
graduate degree will not be granted for courses taken to ful-
fill deficiencies.
CHGC509: Introduction to Aqueous Geochemistry,
Requirements
GEOL512: Mineralogy and Crystal Chemistry,
The Master of Science (Geochemistry) degree requires a
CHGC513: Hydrothermal Geochemistry,
minimum of 36 semester hours including at least 24 semester
CHGC610: Nuclear and Isotopic Geochemistry
hours of course work and 12 hours of research credits. To
ensure breadth of background, the course of study for the
Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry) students must also
Master of Science (Geochemistry) degree must include:
complete an appropriate thesis, based upon original research
they have conducted. A thesis proposal and course of study
CHGC503: Introduction to Geochemistry,
must be approved by the student's thesis committee before
CHGC504: Methods in Geochemistry.
the student begins substantial work on the thesis research.
Master of Science (Geochemistry) students must take two
Master of Science (Geochemistry) and Doctor of Philoso-
courses selected from the following list:
phy (Geochemistry) students resident in the Department of
CHGN503: Advanced Physical Chemistry,
Chemistry and Geochemistry or the Department of Geology
and Geological Engineering shall adhere to the seminar rules
CHGC509: Introduction to Aqueous Geochemistry,
and requirements of the department of residence.
GEOL512: Mineralogy and Crystal Chemistry,
Qualifying Examination
CHGC513: Hydrothermal Geochemistry,
Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry) students must take a
CHGC514: Geochemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics,
qualifying examination. It is expected that this exam will be
completed within three years of matriculation or after the
CHGC610: Nuclear and Isotopic Geochemistry.
bulk of course work is finished, whichever occurs earlier.
In addition, all students must complete a one hour labora-
This examination will be administered by the student's thesis
tory course selected from several available. Master of Sci-
committee and will consist of an oral and a written examina-
ence (Geochemistry) students must also complete an
tion, administered in a format to be determined by the thesis
appropriate thesis, based upon original research they have
committee. Two negative votes in the thesis committee con-
conducted. A thesis proposal and course of study must be ap-
stitute failure of the examination.
proved by the student's thesis committee before the student
In case of failure of the qualifying examination, a re-exam-
begins substantial work on the thesis research.
ination may be given upon the recommendation of the thesis
The requirement for the Doctor of Philosophy (Geochem-
committee and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
istry) program will be established individually by a student's
Only one re-examination may be given.
thesis committee, but must meet the minimum requirements
presented below. The Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry)
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Tuition
Geology and Geological Engineering
The Master of Science (Geochemistry) and Doctor of Phi-
JOHN D. HUMPHREY, Associate Professor and Department Head
losophy (Geochemistry) programs have been admitted to the
JOHN B. CURTIS, Professor
Western Regional Graduate Program. This entity recognizes
WENDY J. HARRISON, Professor and Associate Provost
the Geochemistry Program as unique in the region. Designa-
MURRAY W. HITZMAN, Professor, Charles F. Fogarty Professor of
tion of the Geochemistry Program by Western Regional
Economic Geology
Graduate program allows residents of western states to enroll
JOHN E. McCRAY, Professor and Division Director, Environmental
Science and Engineering
in the program at Colorado resident tuition rates. Eligible
PAUL SANTI, Professor
states include Alaska, Arizona, California ,Hawaii, Idaho,
STEPHEN A. SONNENBERG, Professor, Charles Boettcher
Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South
Distinguished Chair in Petroleum Geology
Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
RICHARD F. WENDLANDT, Professor
DAVID A. BENSON, Associate Professor
JERRY D. HIGGINS, Associate Professor
REED M. MAXWELL, Associate Professor
PIRET PLINK-BJORKLUND, Associate Professor
BRUCE TRUDGILL, Associate Professor
WEI ZHOU, Associate Professor
JENNIFER L. ASCHOFF, Assistant Professor
NIGEL M. KELLY, Assistant Professor
YVETTE KUIPER, Assistant Professor
THOMAS MONECKE, Assistant Professor
CHRISTIAN V. SHOREY, Teaching Associate Professor
CHARLES F. KLUTH, Distinguished Scientist
DAVID PYLES, Research Professor
DONNA S. ANDERSON, Research Associate Professor
MASON DYKSTRA, Research Associate Professor
NICHOLAS B. HARRIS, Research Associate Professor
KARIN HOAL, Research Associate Professor
MAEVE BOLAND, Research Assistant Professor
MARY CARR, Research Assistant Professor
THOMAS L.T. GROSE, Professor Emeritus
JOHN D. HAUN, Professor Emeritus
NEIL F. HURLEY, Professor Emeritus
RICHARD W. HUTCHINSON, Professor Emeritus
KEENAN LEE, Professor Emeritus
EILEEN POETER, Professor Emerita
SAMUEL B. ROMBERGER, Professor Emeritus
A. KEITH TURNER, Professor Emeritus
JOHN E. WARME, Professor Emeritus
ROBERT J. WEIMER, Professor Emeritus
L. GRAHAM CLOSS, Associate Professor Emeritus
TIMOTHY A. CROSS, Associate Professor Emeritus
GREGORY S. HOLDEN, Associate Professor Emeritus
ERIC P. NELSON, Associate Professor Emeritus
Degrees Offered:
Professional Master Degree
(Petroleum Reservoir Systems) (Non-Thesis)
Professional Master Degree (Mineral Exploration)
(Non-Thesis)
Professional Master Degree (Geochemistry) (Non-Thesis)
Master of Engineering (Geological Engineer) (Non-Thesis)
Master of Science (Geology)
Master of Science (Geological Engineering)
Master of Science (Geochemistry)
Master of Science (Hydrology), Thesis option
Master of Science (Hydrology), Non-thesis option
Doctor of Philosophy (Geology)
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Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry)
of a Master of Science degree (at CSM or elsewhere). To en-
Doctor of Philosophy (Geological Engineering)
sure breadth of background, the course of study to the degree
Doctor of Philosophy (Hydrology)
of Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) must include at least one
Program Description:
graduate course in each of the fields of stratigraphy/sedimen-
The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
tology, structural geology/tectonics, and petrology (this
offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees
breadth requirement may be satisfied by courses already
in Geology and Geochemistry; and Master of Engineering,
taken as part of a Master of Science degree). At the discre-
Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Geo-
tion of the student's Doctoral Thesis Advisory Committee, an
logical Engineering. Professional Master Degrees are offered
appropriate course may be substituted for one (and only one)
in Petroleum Reservoir Systems, Mineral Exploration, and
of the fields above. In addition, students must complete
Geochemistry. Geological Engineering degrees require pos-
GEOL 608 (History of Geological Concepts) or an appropri-
session or acquisition of an undergraduate engineering de-
ate equivalent approved by the Doctoral Thesis Advisory
gree or its equivalent.
Committee. All Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) students
must pass a qualifying examination and must complete an
Graduate students desiring to study ground water, engi-
appropriate thesis based upon original research they have
neering geology/geotechnics, mining engineering geology
conducted. A thesis proposal and course of study must be ap-
and some environmental applications are generally expected
proved by the student's Doctoral Thesis Advisory Committee
to pursue the Geological Engineering degree. Students desir-
before the student begins substantial work on the thesis re-
ing to study petroleum or minerals exploration or develop-
search.
ment sciences, geochemistry and/or geology generally pursue
Geology or Geochemistry degrees. Students are initially ad-
Prospective students should submit the results of the Grad-
mitted to either geoscience or geological engineering degree
uate Record Examination with their application for admission
programs and must receive approval of the GE department
to graduate study. In the event that it is not possible, because
Graduate Advisory Committee to switch degree category.
of geographic and other restrictions, to take the Graduate
Record Examination prior to enrolling at Colorado School
Program Requirements:
of Mines, enrollment may be granted on a provisional basis
Geology Degrees:
subject to satisfactory completion of the examination within
The Master of Science (Geology) program will require 36
the first year of residence.
semester hours of course and research credit hours (a maxi-
mum of 9 credit hours may be 400-level course work).
Prerequisites:
Twelve of the 36 credit hours must be research credits. To en-
Geology Program:
sure breadth of background, the course of study for the Mas-
The candidate for the degree of Master of Science
ter of Science (Geology) degree must include at least one
(Geology) or Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) must have
graduate course in each of the fields of stratigraphy/ sedi-
completed the following or equivalent subjects, for which
mentology, structural geology/tectonics, and petrology. At
credit toward an advanced degree will not be granted.
the discretion of the student's Thesis Advisory Committee, an
General Geology
appropriate course may be substituted for one (and only one)
Structural Geology
of the fields above. Students must also complete GEOL507
Field Geology (6 weeks)
(Graduate Seminar), as part of their course programs. All
Mineralogy
Master of Science (Geology) candidates must also complete
Petrology
an appropriate thesis, based upon original research they have
Stratigraphy
conducted. A thesis proposal and course of study must be ap-
Chemistry (3 semesters, including at least 1 semester of
proved by the student's Thesis Advisory Committee before
physical or organic)
the candidate begins substantial work on the thesis research.
Mathematics (2 semesters of calculus)
The requirement for Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) pro-
An additional science course (other than geology) or
gram will be established individually by a student's Doctoral
advanced mathematics
Thesis Advisory Committee, but must meet the minimum re-
Physics (2 semesters)
quirements presented below. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ge-
Professional Master Degree Programs:
ology) academic program will require a minimum of 72
Candidates for the Professional Master Degree must pos-
hours of course and research credit hours (a maximum of 9
sess an appropriate geosciences undergraduate degree or its
credit hours may be 400-level course work). All students
equivalent. Prerequisites are the same as those required for
must complete a minimum of 24 research credit hours and
the Master of Science (Geology) Degree.
must complete a minimum of 48 course credit hours. Up to
Engineering Programs:
24 relevant course credit hours may be awarded by the stu-
The candidate for the degree of Master of Engineering
dent's Doctoral Thesis Advisory Committee for completion
(Geological Engineer), Master of Science (Geological Engi-
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neering) or Doctor of Philosophy (Geological Engineering)
and skills, while gaining a thorough up-date of advances
must have completed the following or equivalent subjects.
across the spectrum of economic geology, mineral explo-
Graduate credit may be granted for courses at or above the
ration techniques, and mining geosciences. Admission to the
400 level, if approved by the student’s advisory committee.
program is competitive. Preference will be given to appli-
Mathematics:
cants with a minimum of two years of industrial or equiva-
Four semesters including: Calculus (2 semesters) and one
lent experience.
semester of any two of: calculus III, differential equations,
The program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. A
probability and statistics, numerical analysis, linear algebra,
minimum of 15 credit hours must be accumulated in five of
operations research, optimization.
the following core areas: mineral deposits, mineral explo-
Basic Science:
ration, applied geophysics, applied geochemistry, applied
Chemistry (2 semesters)
structural geology, field geology, and economic evaluation.
Mineralogy and Petrology
An additional 15 credit hours may be selected from the
Physics (2 semesters)
course offerings of the Department of Geology and Geologi-
Stratigraphy or Sedimentation
cal Engineering and allied departments including Mining En-
Physical Geology
gineering, Economics and Business, Geophysics, Chemistry
Computer Programming or GIS
and Geochemistry, Metallurgy and Materials Science, and
Environmental Sciences.
Engineering Science:
Structural Geology and one semester in four of the follow-
Selection of courses will be undertaken in consultation
ing subjects:
with the academic advisor. Up to 9 credit hours may be at
Physical Chemistry or Thermodynamics
the 400-level. All other credits towards the degree must be
Statics
500-level or above. A maximum of 9 credit hours may be in-
Mechanics of Materials
dependent study focusing on a topic relevant to the mineral
Fluid Mechanics
exploration and mining industries.
Dynamics
Prerequisites: Admission to the program is generally re-
Soil Mechanics
stricted to individuals holding a four-year undergraduate de-
Rock Mechanics
gree in earth sciences. Candidates for the degree of
Engineering Design:
Professional Master in Mineral Exploration must have com-
Field Geology
pleted the following or equivalent subjects, for which credit
toward the advanced degree will not be granted. These are
As part of the graduate program each student must take
general geology, structural geology, field geology, mineral-
one semester in two of the following subjects if such courses
ogy, petrology, chemistry (2 semesters), mathematics (2 se-
were not taken for a previous degree:
mesters of calculus), physics (1 semester), and an additional
Mineral Deposits/Economic Geology
science course other than geology.
Hydrogeology
Professional Master in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
Engineering Geology
This is a non-thesis, interdisciplinary master degree pro-
and also as part of the graduate program one semester in
gram jointly administered by the departments of Geology and
three of the following subjects if such courses were not taken
Geological Engineering, Geophysics, and Petroleum Engi-
for a previous degree:
neering. This program consists only of coursework in petro-
Foundation Engineering
leum geoscience and engineering. No research is required.
Engineering Hydrology
General Administration:
Geomorphology
The three participating departments share oversight for
Airphoto Interpretation, Photogeology, or Remote Sensing
this program through a committee consisting of one faculty
Petroleum Geology
member from each of the three departments. Students gain
Introduction to Mining
admission to the program by application to any of the three
Introductory Geophysics
sponsoring departments. Students are administered by that
Engineering Geology Design
department into which they first matriculate.
Mineral Exploration Design
Requirements:
Groundwater Engineering Design
The program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours. Up to
Other engineering design courses as approved by the
9 credit hours may be at the 400 level. All other credits to-
program committee
ward the degree must be 500 level or above.
Professional Master in Mineral Exploration
9 hours must consist of:
This non-thesis, master degree program is designed for
1 course selected from the following:
working professionals who want to increase their knowledge
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GPGN419/PEGN 419 Well Log Analysis and Formation
Committee. The program must be submitted to the commit-
Evaluation
tee on or before the end of the first week of classes of the
GPGN519/PEGN519 Advanced Formation Evaluation
first semester.
2 courses selected from the following:
The most common difficulty in scheduling completion of
GEGN439/GPGN439/PEGN439 Multi-Disciplinary Petro-
the degree involves satisfaction of prerequisites. Common
leum Design
deficiency courses are Statics, Mechanics of Materials, and
GEGN503/GPGN503/PEGN503 Integrated Exploration
Fluid Mechanics. These are essential to the engineering
and Development I
under pinnings of the degree. An intense program at CSM
GEGN504/GPGN504/PEGN504 Integrated Exploration
involv ing 18 credit hours each semester including Statics in
and Development II
the fall and Fluid Mechanics in the spring and 9 credits in the
9 additional hours must consist of one course each from
summer including Mechanics of Materials, allows these
the 3 participating departments.
classes to be taken along with the standard program. Some
The remaining 18 hours may consist of graduate courses
students may choose to take these prerequisites elsewhere
from any of the 3 participating departments, or other courses
before arriving on the CSM campus.
approved by the committee. Up to 6 hours may consist of in-
Engineering Geology/Geotechnics Specialty (Non-Thesis)
dependent study, including an industry project.
Students working towards a Masters of Engineering
Geological Engineering Degrees:
(non-thesis) with specialization in Engineering Geology/
The Master of Engineering (Non-Thesis) Program in
Geotechnics must meet the prerequisite course requirements
Geological Engineering outlined below may be completed
listed later in this section. Required courses for the degree are:
by individuals already holding undergraduate or advanced
GEGN468 Engineering Geology & Geotechnics (4)
degrees or as a combined degree program (see Graduate
GEGN467 Groundwater Engineering (4)
Degrees and Requirements section of this bulletin) by indi-
GEGN532 Geological Data Analysis (3)
viduals already matriculated as undergraduate students at The
GEGN570 Case Histories in Engineering Geology (3), or
Colorado School of Mines. The program is comprised of 36
GEGN571 Advanced Engineering Geology (3)
credit hours with 30 course credit hours and 6 credit hours of
GEGN573 Geological Engineering Site Investigation (3)
independent study (GEGN 599). Up to nine credit hours can
GEGN599 Independent Study in Geological
be at the 400 level and the remainder will be 500 or 600
Engineering (6)
level. For the combined degree program, courses recom-
GEGN671 Landslides: Investigation, Analysis &
mended as appropriate for double counting may be chosen
Mitigation (3), or
from GEGN 403, 439, 469, and 470. The typical program
GEGN672 Advanced Geotechnics (3)
plan includes 15 course credit hours in both the fall and the
Electives* (10)
spring terms followed by 6 independent study credit hours
during the summer term. The non-thesis degree includes
*Electives and course substitutions are approved by the
three areas of specialization (engineering geology/geotech-
Geo logical Engineering Graduate Program Committee and
nics, ground-water engineering, and mining geological engi-
must be consistent with the program specialization. As part
neering).
of their elective courses, students are required to have an ad-
vanced course in both soil and rock engineering. Possibilities
All Master of Engineering (Non-Thesis) program will in-
for other electives include graduate-level rock mechanics and
clude the following core requirements:
rock engineering, soil mechanics and foundations, ground
GEGN532 Geological Data Analysis (3)
water, site characterization, geographical information systems
GEGN599 Independent Study in Geological
(GIS), project management and geophysics, for example.
Engineering (6)
Ground Water Engineering/Hydrogeology Specialty
GEGN599 requires a project and report that demonstrate
(Non-Thesis)
competence in the application of geological engineering prin-
Students working towards a Masters of Engineering (non-
ciples that merits a grade of B or better. The project topic and
thesis) with specialization in Ground Water Engineering and
content of the report is determined by the student’s advisor,
Hydrogeology must meet the prerequisite course requirements
in consultation with the student, and is approved by the Geo-
listed later in this section. Required courses for the degree
logical Engineering Graduate Program Committee. The for-
(36 hours) are:
mat of the report will follow the guidelines for a professional
GEGN467 Ground Water Engineering (3) Fall
journal paper.
GEGN532 Geological Data Analysis (3) Fall
The student, in consultation with the advisor, must prepare
GEGN681 Vadose Zone Hydrology (3) Fall, or
a formal program of courses and independent study topic for
GEGN581 Advanced Hydrogeology (3) Fall
approval by the Geological Engineering Graduate Program
GEGN509 Aqueous Geochemistry (3) Fall, or
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ESGN500 Environmental Water Chemistry (3)
The Master of Science Degree Program in Geological
Fall or Spring
Engineering requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of
GEGN583 Mathematical Modeling of Ground Water Sys-
course and project/research credit hours (a maximum of 9
tems (3) Spring
credit hours may be 400-level course work), plus a Graduate
Thesis. The degree includes three areas of specialization
GEGN470 Ground Water Engineering Design (3)
(engi neering geology/geotechnics, groundwater engineering,
Spring, or
and mining geological engineering) with common require-
ESGN575 Hazardous Waste Site Remediation (3) Spring
ments as follows:
GEGN575 Applications of Geographic Information
1. GEGN532 Geological Data Analysis (3)
Systems (3) Fall or Spring
GEGN599 Independent Study in Geological
2. At least twelve hours of research credits are required:
Engineering (6) Summer
Master of Science Research (GEGN705).
Electives* (9)
3. At least 24 course credit hours are required, and must be
approved by the student’s thesis committee.
*Electives and course substitutions are approved by the
Geological Engineering Graduate Program Committee and
The content of the thesis is to be determined by the student’s
must be consistent with the program specialization. As part
advisory committee in consultation with the student. The
of their elective courses, students are required to have at least
Masters thesis must demonstrate creative and comprehensive
one additional advanced course in hydrogeochemistry. Possi-
ability in the development or application of geological engi-
bilities for other electives include courses in site characteri-
neering principles. The format of the thesis will follow the
zation, environmental science and engineering, geographical
guidelines described under the Thesis Writer’s Guide.
information systems (GIS), geochemistry, and geophysics,
In addition to the common course requirements, the
for example.
Master of Science degree with specialization in Engineer-
Mining Geological Engineering Specialty (Non-Thesis)
ing Geology/Geotechnics requires:
Students working towards a Masters of Engineering (non-
GEGN467 Groundwater Engineering (4)
thesis) with specialization in Mining Geology must meet the
GEGN468 Engineering Geology & Geotechnics (4)
prerequisite course requirements listed later in this section.
GEGN570 Case Histories in Engineering Geology (3)
Required courses for the degree are:
And at least two of the following courses:
GEGN468 Engineering Geology & Geotechnics (4), or
GEGN571 Advanced Engineering Geology (3)
GEGN467 Groundwater Engineering (4)
GEGN573 Geological Engineering Site Investigation (3)
GEGN532 Geological Data Analysis (3)
GEGN671 Landslides: Investigation, Analysis &
GEOL515 Advanced Mineral Deposits(3)
Mitigation
MNGN523. Special Topics-Surface Mine Design (2), or
GEGN672 Advanced Geotechnics (3)
MNGN523 Special Topics-Underground Mine Design (2)
Typically, the additional courses are selected from the
Electives* (3)
follow ing topical areas: engineering geology, groundwater
GEGN518 Mineral Exploration (3) or GEGN/MNGN528
engineering, groundwater modeling, soil mechanics and
Mining Geology (3)
foundations, rock mechanics, underground construction, seis-
GEOL505. Applied Structural Geology (3)
mic hazards, geomorphology, geographic information systems,
GEOL520 New Developments in the Geology and Explo-
construction management, finite element modeling, waste
ration of Ore Deposits (2)
management, environmental engineering, environmental law,
Electives* (6)
engineering management, and computer programming.
GEGN599 Independent Study in Geological
In addition to the common course requirements, the Master
Engineering (6)
of Science degree with specialization in Ground Water also
requires the following courses:
*Electives and course substitutions are approved by the
Geological Engineering Graduate Program Committee and
GEGN467 Groundwater Engineering (4)
must be consistent with the program specialization. Typi-
GEGN468 Engineering Geology & Geotechnics (4)
cally, the elective courses are selected from the following
GEGN572 Ground-Water Engineering (3)
topical areas: mineral deposits geology, ore microscopy, ap-
GEGN583 Mathematical Modeling Of Groundwater (3)
plied geophysics, applied geochemistry, remote sensing, en-
2 courses selected as follows:
gineering geology, environmental geology, engineering
ESGN500 Environmental Water Chemistry (3) or
economics / management, mineral processing, geostatistics,
GEGN509/CHGC509 (3) Introduction To Aqueous
geographic information systems, environmental or explo-
Geochemistry
ration and mining law, and computers sciences.
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ESGN503 Environmental Pollution (3) or
GEGN581 (3) Advanced Groundwater Engineering
GEGN581 (3) Advanced Groundwater
GEGN669 (3) Advanced Topics In Engineering
As nearly all ground water software is written in Fortran,
Hydrogeology
if the student does not know Fortran, a Fortran course must
GEGN681 (3) Vadose Zone Hydrology
be taken before graduation, knowledge of other computer
GEGN683 (3) Advanced Ground Water Modeling
languages is encouraged
and additional course work tailored to the student’s specific
In addition to the common course requirements, the Master
interests, which are likely to include chemistry, engineering,
of Science degree with specialization in Mining Geology
environmental science, geophysics, math (particularly Partial
also requires:
Differential Equations), microbiology, organic chemistry,
contaminant transport, soil physics, optimization, shallow re-
1. GEGN528 Mining Geology (3) or GEGN518 Mineral Ex-
sistivity or seismic methods. The student’s advisory commit-
ploration (3)
tee has the authority to approve elective courses and any
2. Specialty Areas (17 credits minimum.)
substitutions for required courses.
This will include about 5–6 courses (predominantly at 500
In addition to the common course requirements, a PhD
and 600 level) selected by the student in conjunction with the
specializing in Mining Geology also requires:
Masters program advisory committee. Specialty areas might
GEGN468. Engineering Geology & Geotechnics (4) or
include: mineral deposits geology, mineral exploration, min-
GEGN467. Groundwater Engineering (4)
ing geology, mineral processing, applied geophysics, applied
geochemistry, engineering geology, environmental geology,
GEGN518. Mineral Exploration (3) or
geostatistics, geographic information systems, environmental
GEGN528. Mining Geology (3)
or exploration and mining law, engineering economics/
GEOL505. Applied Structural Geology (3)
management, and computer sciences.
GEOL515. Advanced Mineral Deposits (3)
The Doctor of Philosophy (Geological Engineering)
GEOL520 New Developments in the Geology and Explo-
degree requires a minimum of 72 hours course work and re-
ration of Ore Deposits (2)
search combined. Requirements include the same courses as
MNGN523. Special Topics-Surface Mine Design (2) or
for the Master of Science (Geological Engineering) with the
MNGN523. Special Topics- Underground Mine Design (2)
additions noted below. After completing all coursework and
Additional course work suited to the student’s specific
an admission to candidacy application, the Dissertation is
interests and approved by the doctoral program committee.
completed under GEGN706 Graduate Research Doctor Of
(Typically, the additional courses are selected from the fol-
Philosophy. The content of the dissertation is to be deter-
lowing topical areas: mineral deposits geology, mineral
mined by the student's advisory committee in consultation
explora tion, mining geology, mineral processing, applied
with the student. The dissertation must make a new contri-
geophysics, applied geochemistry, engineering geology, envi-
bution to the geological engineering profession. The format
ronmental geology, geostatistics, geographic information
of the dissertation will follow the guidelines described under
systems, environmental or exploration and mining law, engi-
the Thesis Writer's Guide. A minimum of 24 research credits
neering economics/management, and computer sciences).
must be taken. Up to 24 course credit hours may be awarded
by the candidate's Doctoral Thesis Advisory Committee for
Geochemistry
completion of a Master of Science degree (at CSM or else-
The Geochemistry Program is an interdisciplinary gradu-
where).
ate program administered by the departments of Geology and
Geological Engineering and Chemistry and Geochemistry.
In addition to the common course requirements, a PhD
The geochemistry faculty from each department are responsi-
specializing in Engineering Geology/Geotechnics requires
ble for the operations of the program. Student reside in ei-
additional course work tailored to the student’s specific inter-
ther Department. Please see the Geochemistry section of the
ests and approved by the doctoral program committee. (Typi-
Bulletin for detailed information on this degree program.
cally, the additional courses are selected from the following
topical areas: engineering geology, groundwater engineering,
Hydrologic Science and Engineering
groundwater modeling, soil mechanics and foundations, rock
The Hydrologic Science and Engineering (HSE) Program
mechanics, underground construction, seismic hazards, geo-
is an interdisciplinary graduate program comprised of faculty
morphology, geographic information systems, construction
from several different CSM departments. Please see the Hy-
management, finite element modeling, waste management,
drologic Science and Engineering section of the Bulletin for
environmental engineering, environmental law, engineering
detailed information on this degree program.
management, and computer programming.)
Qualifying Examination
In addition to the common course requirements listed pre-
Ph.D. students in Geology, Geological Engineering, Geo-
viously, a PhD specializing in Ground Water also requires:
chemistry, and Hydrologic Science and Engineering must
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pass a qualifying examination by the end of the second year
freshman technical core, or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
of their programs. This timing may be adjusted for part-time
mester hours. Offered alternate years.
students. This examination will be administered by the stu-
GEOC408. INTRODUCTION TO OCEANOGRAPHY (II)
dent's Doctoral committee and will consist of an oral and a
An introduction to the scientific study of the oceans, includ-
written examination, administered in a format to be deter-
ing chemistry, physics, geology, biology, geophysics, and
mined by the Doctoral Committee. Two negative votes in the
mineral resources of the marine environment. Lectures from
Doctoral Committee constitute failure of the examination.
pertinent disciplines are included. Recommended background:
In case of failure of the qualifying examination, a re-
basic college courses in chemistry, geology, mathematics,
examination may be given upon the recommendation of the
and physics. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alter-
Doctoral Committee and approval of the Graduate Dean.
nate years.
Only one re-examination may be given.
GEOL410. PLANETARY GEOLOGY (II) Geology of the
Description of Courses
terrestrial planets and moons, specifically the Moon and
GEGN401. MINERAL DEPOSITS (I) Introductory presen-
Mars. Emphasis will be placed on the geomorphology, plane-
tation of magmatic, hydrothermal, and sedimentary metallic
tary materials, geologic structure, geologic history, and natu-
ore deposits. Chemical, petrologic, structural, and sedimento-
ral resource potential of terrestrial planetary bodies. Lectures
logical processes that contribute to ore formation. Description
present the knowledge of materials, geomorphic processes,
of classic deposits representing individual deposit types. Re-
and geologic history. Prerequisite: SYGN101. 2 hours lec-
view of exploration sequences. Laboratory consists of hand
ture: 2 semester hours.
specimen study of host rock-ore mineral suites and mineral
GEGN432. GEOLOGICAL DATA MANAGEMENT (I)
deposit evaluation problems. Prerequisite: DCGN209,
Techniques for managing and analyzing geological data,
GEGN307, GEGN316, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
includ ing statistical analysis procedures and computer pro-
ture, 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
gramming. Topics addressed include elementary probability,
GEGN403. MINERAL EXPLORATION DESIGN (II) (WI)
populations and distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing,
Exploration project design: commodity selection, target se-
analysis of data sequences, mapping, sampling and sample
lection, genetic models, alternative exploration approaches
representativity, linear regression, and overview of univariate
and associated costs, exploration models, property acquisi-
and multivariate statistical methods. Practical experience with
tion, and preliminary economic evaluation. Lectures and lab-
principles of software programming and statistical analysis
oratory exercises to simulate the entire exploration sequence
for geological applications via supplied software and data
from inception and planning through implementation to dis-
sets from geological case histories. Prerequistes: Senior
covery, with initial ore reserve calculations and preliminary
standing in Geological Engineering or permission of instruc-
economic evaluation. Prerequisite: GEGN401 and EPIC264.
tor. 1 hour lecture, 6 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
GEGN438. PETROLEUM GEOLOGY (I) Source rocks,
GEGN404. ORE MICROSCOPY (II) Identification of ore
reservoir rocks, types of traps, temperature and pressure
minerals using reflected light microscopy, micro-hardness,
condi tions of the reservoir, theories of origin and accumula-
and reflectivity techniques. Interpretation of common ore
tion of petroleum, geology of major petroleum fields and
mineral textures, including those produced by magmatic seg-
provinces of the world, and methods of exploration of petro-
regation, open space filling, replacement, exsolution, and re-
leum. Term report required. Laboratory consists of well log
crystallization. Guided research on the ore mineralogy and
analysis, stratigraphic correlation, production mapping,
ore textures of classical ore deposits. Prerequisite:
hydro dynamics and exploration exercises. Prerequisites:
GEOL321, GEGN401, or consent of instructor. 6 hours lab;
GEOL308 or GEOL309; GEOL314 or GEOL315; GEGN316
3 semester hours.
or GPGN486 or PEGN316. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab;
GEOC407. ATMOSPHERE, WEATHER AND CLIMATE
4 semester hours.
(II) An introduction to the Earth’s atmosphere and its role in
GEGN439/GPGN439/PEGN439. MULTI-DISCIPLINARY
weather patterns and long term climate. Provides basic
PETROLEUM DESIGN (II) (WI) This is a multidisciplinary
under standing of origin and evolution of the atmosphere,
design course that integrates fundamentals and design con-
Earth’s heat budget, global atmospheric circulation and mod-
cepts in geological, geophysical, and petroleum engineering.
ern climatic zones. Long- and short-term climate change in-
Students work in integrated teams consisting of students
cluding paleoclimatology, the causes of glacial periods and
from each of the disciplines. Multiple open-end design prob-
global warming, and the depletion of the ozone layer. Causes
lems in oil and gas exploration and field development, in-
and effects of volcanic eruptions on climate, El Nino, acid
cluding the development of a prospect in an exploration play
rain, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and ava-
and a detailed engineering field study, are assigned. Several
lanches are also discussed. Microclimates and weather pat-
detailed written and oral presentations are made throughout
terns common in Colorado. Prerequisite: Completion of CSM
the semester. Project economics including risk analysis are
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an integral part of the course. Prerequisites: GP majors:
design reports and oral presentations are required. Prerequi-
GPGN302, 303 and EPIC268. PE majors: PEGN316,
site: GEGN468 or equivalent and EPIC264. 2 hours lecture,
PEGN414, PEGN422, PEGN423, PEGN424 (or concurrent)
3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
GEOL308 and EPIC251; GE Majors: GEOL308 or
GEGN470. GROUND-WATER ENGINEERING DESIGN
GEOL309, GEGN438, GEGN316, and EPIC264. 2 hours
(II) (WI) Application of the principles of hydrogeology and
lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ground-water engineering to water supply, geotechnical, or
GEOL443. UNDERGRADUATE FIELD SEMINAR (I, II,
water quality problems involving the design of well fields,
SUM 1, SUM 2) Special advanced classroom and field pro-
drilling programs, and/or pump tests. Engineering reports,
grams emphasizing detailed study of some aspects of the ge-
complete with specifications, analysis, and results, will be re-
ology of an area or region. Field studies normally conducted
quired. Prerequisite: GEGN467 or equivalent or consent of
away from the Golden campus. Classroom course content
instructor and EPIC264. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 se-
dependent on area of study. Consent of instructor and/or De-
mester hours.
partment Head required. Fees assessed for field and living
GEOL470/GPGN470. APPLICATIONS OF SATELLITE
expenses and transportation. 1 to 3 semester hours; may be
REMOTE SENSING (II) An introduction to geoscience ap-
repeated for credit with consent of instructor.
plications of satellite remote sensing of the Earth and planets.
GEGN466. GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING (I) Theory
The lectures provide background on satellites, sensors,
of groundwater occurrence and flow. Relation of ground -
methodology, and diverse applications. Topics include visi-
water to surface water; potential distribution and flow; theory
ble, near infrared, and thermal infrared passive sensing, ac-
of aquifer tests; water chemistry, water quality, and contami-
tive microwave and radio sensing, and geodetic remote
nant transport. Laboratory sessions on water budgets, water
sensing. Lectures and labs involve use of data from a variety
chemistry, properties of porous media, solutions to hydraulic
of instruments, as several applications to problems in the
flow problems, ananlytical and digital models, and hydrogeo-
Earth and planetary sciences are presented. Students will
logic interpretation. Prerequisite: mathematics through calcu-
complete independent term projects that are presented both
lus and MATH225, GEOL309, GEOL315, and GEGN351, or
written and orally at the end of the term. Prerequisites:
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
PHGN200 and MATH225 or consent of instructor. 2 hours
GEGN467. GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING (I) Theory
lecture, 2 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
of groundwater occurrence and flow. Relation of ground -
GEGN473. GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SITE
water to surface water; potential distribution and flow; theory
INVESTIGATION (II) (WI) Methods of field investigation,
of aquifer tests; water chemistry, water quality, and contami-
testing, and monitoring for geotechnical and hazardous waste
nant transport. Laboratory sessions on water budgets, water
sites, including: drilling and sampling methods, sample log-
chemistry, properties of porous media, solutions to hydraulic
ging, field testing methods, instrumentations, trench logging,
flow problems, analytical and digital models, and hydrogeo-
founda tion inspection, engineering stratigraphic column and
logic interpretation. Prerequisite: mathematics through calcu-
engineering soils map construction. Projects will include
lus and MATH225, GEOL309, GEOL314 or GEOL315, and
technical writing for investigations (reports, memos, pro -
GEGN351, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours
posals, workplans). Class will culminate in practice conduct-
lab; 4 semester hours.
ing simulated investigations (using a computer simulator).
GEGN468. ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
GEOTECHNICS (I) Application of geology to evaluation of
GEGN475. APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC
construction, mining, and environmental projects such as
INFORMATION SYSTEMS (II) An introduction to Geo-
dams, waterways, tunnels, highways, bridges, buildings,
graphic Infor mation Systems (GIS) and their applications to
mine design, and land-based waste disposal facilities. Design
all areas of geology and geological engineering. Lecture topics
projects including field, laboratory, and computer analysis
include: principles of GIS, data structures, digital elevation
are an important part of the course. Prerequisite: MNGN321
models, data input and verification, data analysis and spatial
and concurrent enrollment in EGGN361/EGGN363 or con-
modeling, data quality and error propagation, methods of GIS
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 4 semester
evaluation and selection. Laboratories will use personal com-
hours.
puter systems for GIS projects, as well as video presentations.
GEGN469. ENGINEERING GEOLOGY DESIGN (II) (WI)
Prerequisite: SYGN101. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 se-
This is a capstone design course that emphasizes realistic
mester hours.
engi neering geologic/geotechnics projects. Lecture time is
GEGN481. ADVANCED HYDROGEOLOGY (I) Lectures,
used to introduce projects and discussions of methods and
assigned readings, and discussions concerning the theory,
procedures for project work. Several major projects will be
measurement, and estimation of ground water parameters,
assigned and one to two field trips will be required. Students
fractured-rock flow, new or specialized methods of well
work as individual investigators and in teams. Final written
hydraulics and pump tests, tracer methods, and well con-
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struction design. Design of well tests in variety of settings.
belts, salt tectonics, inversion tectonics and strike-slip fault
Prerequisites: GEGN467 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
systems. Laboratory exercises are based on seismic datasets
lecture; 3 semester hours.
from a wide variety of structural regimes from across the
GEGN483. MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF
globe. The course includes a 4 day field trip to SE Utah. Pre-
GROUNDWATER SYSTEMS (II) Lectures, assigned read-
requisite: GEOL309 and GEOL 314 or GEOL 315, or equiv-
ings, and direct computer experience concerning the funda-
alents, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture/lab; 3
mentals and applications of analytical and finite-difference
semester hours.
solutions to ground water flow problems as well as an intro-
GEGN503/GPGN503/PEGN503. INTEGRATED
duction to inverse modeling. Design of computer models to
EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT (I) Students work
solve ground water problems. Prerequisites: Familiarity with
alone and in teams to study reservoirs from fluvial-deltaic
computers, mathematics through differential and integral cal-
and valley fill depositional environments. This is a multidis-
culus, and GEGN467. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ciplinary course that shows students how to characterize and
GEGN/GEOL497. SPECIAL SUMMER PROGRAMS (S)
model subsurface reservoir performance by integrating data,
methods and concepts from geology, geophysics and petro-
GEGN/GEOL498. SEMINAR IN GEOLOGY OR
leum engineering. Activities and topics include field trips to
GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (I, II) Special topics
surface outcrops, well logs, borehole cores, seismograms,
classes, taught on a one-time basis. May include lecture, lab-
reservoir modeling of field performance, written exercises
oratory and field trip activities. Prerequisite: Approval of in-
and oral team presentations. Prerequisite: Consent of instruc-
structor and department head. Variable credit; 1 to 3 semester
tor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Offered
hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics.
fall semester, odd years.
GEGN499. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ENGINEERING
GEGN504/GPGN504/PEGN504. INTEGRATED
GEOLOGY OR ENGINEERING HYDROGEOLOGY (I, II)
EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT (I) Students work
Individual special studies, laboratory and/or field problems in
in multidisciplinary teams to study practical problems and
geological engineering or engineering hydrogeology. Pre -
case studies in integrated subsurface exploration and devel-
requisite: Approval of instructor and department head. Vari-
opment. The course addresses emerging technologies and
able credit; 1 to 3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
timely topics with a general focus on carbonate reservoirs.
GEOL499. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOLOGY (I, II)
Activities include field trips, 3D computer modeling, written
Individual special studies, laboratory and/or field problems in
exercises and oral team presentation. Prerequisite: Consent
geology. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor and department.
of instructor. 3 hours lecture and seminar; 3 semester hours.
Variable credit; 1 to 3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
Offered fall semester, even years.
Courses
GEOL505. APPLIED STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY (II)
The following courses are not all offered each academic
Structural geology with emphasis on solving problems in
year. Any of those offered for which fewer than five students
field and lab exercises using systematic analysis by geometric
have registered may be omitted in any semester. All 500-
and mapping techniques. Interpretation of the structural as-
level courses are open to qualified seniors with permission of
pects of ore control, fossil fuels, and environmental geology.
the department and Dean of Graduate School. The 600-level
Relationships between mechanical properties and structural
courses are open only to students enrolled in the Graduate
behavior of geological materials. Prerequisite: GEGN316 or
School.
equivalent. 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
GEOL501. APPLIED STRATIGRAPHY (I) Review of basic
GEOL507. GRADUATE SEMINAR (II) Recent geologic
concepts in siliciclastic and carbonate sedimentology and
ideas and literature reviewed. Preparation and oral presenta-
stratigraphy. Introduction to advanced concepts and their
tion of short papers. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour. Re-
appli ca tion to exploration and development of fossil fuels
quired of all geology candidates for advanced degrees during
and stratiform mineral deposits. Modern facies models and
their enrollment on campus.
sequence-stratigraphic concepts applied to solving strati-
GEGN509/CHGC509. INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS
graphic problems in field and subsurface settings. Prerequi-
GEOCHEMISTRY (II) Analytical, graphical and interpre-
sites: GEOL314 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
tive methods applied to aqueous systems. Thermodynamic
3 hours lecture, 4 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
properties of water and aqueous solutions. Calculation and
GEOL502. STRUCTURAL METHODS FOR SEISMIC
graphical expression of acid-base, redox and solution-min-
INTERPRETATION (I) A practical course that covers the
eral equilibria. Effect of temperature and kinetics on natural
wide variety of structural methods and techniques that are es-
aqueous systems. Adsorption and ion exchange equilibria be-
sential to produce a valid and coherent interpretation of 2D
tween clays and oxide phases. Behavior of trace elements
and 3D seismic reflection data in structurally complex areas.
and complexation in aqueous systems. Application of organic
Topics covered include: Extensional tectonics, fold and thrust
geochemistry to natural aqueous systems. Light stable and un-
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stable isotopic studies applied to aqueous systems. Prerequi-
GEOL516. ADVANCED MINERAL DEPOSITS - IG-
site: DCGN209 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. 3
NEOUS AND HYDROTHERMAL SYSTESM (II) Geology
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
of mineral systems at a deposit, district, and regional scale
GEOL512. MINERALOGY AND CRYSTAL CHEMISTRY
related to igneous processes. Emphasis will be placed on a
(I) Relationships among mineral chemistry, structure, crys-
systems approach to evaluating metal and sulfur sources,
tallography, and physical properties. Systematic treatments of
transportation paths, and traps. Systems examined will vary
structural representation, defects, mineral stability and phase
by year and interest of the class. Involves a team-oriented re-
transitions, solid solutions, substitution mechanisms, and
search project that includes review of current literature and
advanced methods of mineral identification and characteriza-
laboratory research. Prerequisites: GEGN401 or consent of
tion. Applications of principles using petrological and envi-
instructor. 1 hour lecture, 5 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Of-
ronmental examples. Prerequisites: GEOL321, DCGN209 or
fered alternate years.
equivalent or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours
GEGN517. FIELD METHODS FOR ECONOMIC GEOL-
lab; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
OGY (II) Methods of field practices related to mineral explo-
GEOL513/CHGC513. HYDROTHERMAL GEOCHEM-
ration and mining. Lithology, structural geology,alteration,
ISTRY (II) Geochemistry of high-temperature aqueous sys-
and mineralization vein-type precious metal deposits. Map-
tems. Examines fundamental phase relationships in model
ping is conducted both underground at the Edgar Test Mine
systems at elevated temperatures and pressures. Major and
and above ground in the Idaho Springs area. Drill core and
trace element behavior during fluid-rock interaction. Theory
rock chips from different deposit types are utilized. Techni-
and application of stable isotopes as applied to hydrothermal
cal reports are prepared for each of four projects. Class is
mineral deposits. Review of the origin of hydrothermal flu-
run on Saturday (9 am-4 pm) throughout the semester. Pre-
ids and mechanisms of transport and deposition of ore miner-
requisites: GEGN401 or consent of instructor. 6 hours lab
als. Includes the study of the geochemistry of magmatic
and seminar; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years when
aqueous systems, geothermal systems, and submarine hy-
student demand is sufficient.
drothermal vents. Prerequisites: GEGN401 or consent of in-
GEGN518. MINERAL EXPLORATION (II) Mineral indus-
structor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
try overview, deposit economics, target selection, deposit
GEOL514. BUSINESS OF ECONOMIC GEOLOGY (II)
modeling, exploration technology, international exploration,
Examines the business side of mineral exploration including
environmental issues, program planning, proposal develop-
company structure, fundraising, stock market rules and regu-
ment. Team development and presentation of an exploration
lations, and legal environment. Reviews the types of miner-
proposal. Prerequisite: GEOL515, GEOL520, or equivalent.
als exploration companies, differences between mineral
2 hours lecture/seminar, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
sectors, rules and practices of listing a minerals company on
Offered when student demand is sufficient.
a stock exchange, and legal requirements of listing and pre-
GEOL519. ABITIBI GEOLOGY AND EXPLORATION
senting data to stockholders. The course is centered on lec-
FIELD SCHOOL (II, S) Methods of field practices related to
tures by industry representatives from the Denver area.
mineral exploration and mining. Regional and deposit-scale
Includes participation in a technical conference in Vancouver
geology of Archean mineral deposits, including lode gold de-
or Toronto and meetings with lawyers, stockbrokers, and
posits and volcanic-hosted massive sulfide deposits. In-
geoscientists working in the mineral industry. Prerequisites:
cludes mineral prospect evaluation, structural geology,
GEGN401 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture and semi-
physical volcanology, deposit definition, alteration mapping,
nar; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years when student
mining methods, ore processing, and metallurgy. Core log-
demand is sufficient.
ging, underground stope mapping, open pit mapping, litho-
GEOL515. ADVANCED MINERAL DEPOSITS (I) Geol-
geochemical sampling, and field-analytical techniques.
ogy of mineral systems at a deposit, district, and regional
Course involves a seminar in the spring semester that focuses
scale formed by magmatic-hydrothermal, sedimentary/basi-
on the geology and deposit types in the area to be visited. An
nal, and metamorphic processes. Emphasis will be placed on
intense 14-day field trip is run in the summer semester. Each
a systems approach to evaluating metal and sulfur sources,
day includes up to 4 hours of instruction in the field and 4
transportation paths, and traps. Systems examined will vary
hours of team-oriented field exercises. Prerequisites: Con-
by year and interest of the class. Involves a team-oriented re-
sent of instructor. 6 hours lab and seminar; 2 semester hours
search project that includes review of current literature and
in spring, 1 semester hour in summer. Offered alternate
laboratory research. Prerequisites: GEGN401 or consent of
years when student demand is sufficient.
instructor. 1 hour lecture, 5 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
GEOL520. NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE GEOLOGY
Repeatable for credit.
AND EXPLORATION OF ORE DEPOSITS (I, II) Each
topic unique and focused on a specific mineral deposit type
or timely aspects of economic geology. Review of the geo-
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logical and geographic setting of a specific magmatic, hy-
rains. Prerequiste: Appropriate undergraduate optical miner-
drothermal, or sedimentary mineral deposit type. Detailed
alogy and petrology coursework (GEOL321 and GEOL307,
study of the physical and chemical characteristics of selected
or equivalent) or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture and
deposits and mining districts. Theory and application of geo-
seminar, 3 hours lab: 3 semester hours. Offered alternate
logical field methods and geochemical investigations. In-
years.
cludes a discussion of genetic models, exploration strategies,
GEGN527/CHGC527. ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY OF
and mining methods. Prerequistes: GEGN401 or consent of
FOSSIL FUELS AND ORE DEPOSITS (II) A study of
instructor. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester hours. Repeatable for
organic carbonaceous materials in relation to the genesis and
credit.
modification of fossil fuel and ore deposits. The biological
GEOL521. FIELD AND ORE DEPOSIT GEOLOGY (I, S)
origin of the organic matter will be discussed with emphasis
Field study of major mineral deposit districts inside and out-
on contributions of microorganisms to the nature of these
side of the USA. Examines regional and deposit-scale geol-
deposits. Biochemical and thermal changes which convert
ogy. Underground and open pit mine visits and regional
the organic compounds into petroleum, oil shale, tar sand,
traverses. Topics addressed include deposit definition, struc-
coal, and other carbonaceous matter will be studied. Principal
tural geology, alteration mapping, mining methods, and ore
analytical techniques used for the characterization of organic
processing. Course involves a seminar in the spring semester
matter in the geosphere and for evaluation of oil and gas
that focuses on the geology and deposit types in the area to
source potential will be discussed. Laboratory exercises
be visited. An intense 10-14 day field trip is run in the sum-
will emphasize source rock evaluation, and oil-source rock
mer semester. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. 6 hours
and oil-oil correlation methods. Prerequisite: CHGN221,
lab and seminar; 2 semester hours in spring, 1 semester hour
GEGN438, or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture; 3 hours
in summer. Offered alternate years when student demand is
lab; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
sufficient. Repeatable for credit.
GEGN528/MNGN528. MINING GEOLOGY (II) Role of
GEOL522. TECTONICS AND SEDIMENTATION (II) Ap-
geol ogy and the geologist in the development and production
plication and integration of advanced sedimentologic and
stages of a mining operation. Topics addressed: mining oper-
stratigraphic concepts to understand crustal deformation at a
ation sequence, mine mapping, drilling, sampling, reserve es-
wide range of spatial- and time-scales. Key concepts in-
timation, economic evaluation, permitting, support functions.
clude: growth-strata analysis, interpretation of detrital com-
Field trips, mine mapping, data evaluation exercises, and
position (conglomerate unroofing sequences and sandstone
term project. Prerequisite: GEGN401 or permis sion of in-
provenance trends), paleocurrent deflection and thinning
structors. 2 hours lecture/seminar, 3 hours lab; 3 semester
trends, tectonic control on facies distribution and basic detri-
hours. Offered alternate years when student demand is suffi-
tal zircon and fission track analysis. Students will read a
cient.
wide range of literature to explore the utility and limitation of
GEGN530. CLAY CHARACTERIZATION (I) Clay mineral
traditional "tectonic signatures" in stratigraphy, and will
structure, chemistry and classification, physical properties
work on outcrop and subsurface datasets to master these con-
(flocculation and swelling, cation exchange capacity, surface
cepts. Special attention is paid to fold-thrust belt, exten-
area and charge), geological occurrence, controls on their sta-
sional and salt-related deformation. The course has
bilities. Principles of X-ray diffraction, including sample
important applications in Petroleum Geology, Geologic Haz-
preparation techniques, data collection and interpretation,
ards, and Hydrogeology. Required: 2-3 fieldtrips, class pre-
and clay separation and treatment methods. The use of scan-
sentations, and a final paper that is written in a peer-reviewed
ning electron microscopy to investigate clay distribution and
journal format. Prerequisites: GEOL314 or equivalent, and
morphology. Methods of measuring cation exchange capacity
GEOL309 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture and seminar; 3 se-
and surface area. Prerequisite: GEGN206 or equivalent, or
mester hours. Offered even years.
consent of instructor. 1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab; 1 semester
GEOL525. TECTONOTHERMAL EVOLUTION OF THE
hour.
CONTINENTS (I) Evolution of the continental crust with a
GEGN532. GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS (I or II)
specific focus on processes occurring at collisional margins.
Techniques and strategy of data analysis in geology and geo-
Emphasis will be on the application of metamorphic
logical engineering: basic statistics review, analysis of data
processes and concepts., including integration of major,
sequences, mapping, sampling and sample representa tivity,
trace, and isotopic geochemistry of rocks and minerals to in-
univariate and multivariate statistics, geostatistics, and geo-
terpreting and understanding the tectonic and thermal evolu-
graphic information systems (GIS). Practical experience with
tion of the crust through space and time. Laboratory
geological applications via supplied software and data sets
emphasizes the interpretation of metamorphic textures and
from case histories. Prerequisites: Introductory statistics course
assemblages within the context of geochemistry and defor-
(MATH323 or MATH530 equivalent) or permission of instruc-
mation, and the application of thermodynamic principles to
tor. 2 hours lecture/discussion; 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
the understanding of the thermal history of rocks and ter-
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GEOL545. INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING (I)
GEOL553. GEOLOGY AND SEISMIC SIGNATURES OF
Theory and application of remote sensing techniques using
RESERVOIR SYSTEMS (II) This course is a comprehensive
visible, infrared, and microwave electromagnetic energy.
look at the depositional models, log signatures, characteris-
Spectral information from cameras and scanning instruments,
tics, and seismic signatures for all the main reservoirs we ex-
including infrared photography, radar imagery, Landsat im-
plore for and produce from in the subsurface. The first half
agery, and imaging spectroscopy. Survey of applications to
is devoted to the clastic reservoirs (12 in all); the second part
geology and global change. Lab interpretation of remote
to the carbonate reservoirs (7 total). The course will utilize
sensing imagery and introduction to digital image processing.
many hands-on exercises using actual seismic lines for the
2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
various reservoir types. Prerequisites: GEOL501 or
GEOL546. GEOLOGIC APPLICATIONS OF REMOTE
GEOL314. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alter-
SENSING (II) Application of remote sensing to regional geo-
nate years.
logic studies and to mineral and energy resource assess-
GEGN570. CASE HISTORIES IN GEOLOGICAL ENGI-
ments. Study of remote sensing techniques, including
NEERING AND HYDROGEOLOGY (I) Case histories in
spectral analysis, lineament analysis, and digital image pro-
geological and geotechnical engineering, ground water, and
cessing. Reviews of case studies and current literature. Stu-
waste management problems. Students are assigned prob-
dent participation in discussion required. Prerequisite:
lems and must recommend solutions and/or prepare defend-
GEOL545 or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours
able work plans. Discussions center on the role of the
lab; 3 semester hours.
geological engineer in working with government regulators,
GEOL550. INTEGRATED BASIN MODELING (I) This
private-sector clients, other consultants, and other special in-
course introduces students to principal methods in computer-
terest groups. Prerequisite: GEGN467, GEGN468,
based basin modeling: structural modeling and tectonic
GEGN469, GEGN470 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
restoration; thermal modeling and hydrocarbon generation;
ture; 3 semester hours.
and stratigraphic modeling. Students apply techniques to
GEOL570/GPGN570. APPLICATIONS OF SATELLITE
real data set that includes seismic and well data and learn to
REMOTE SENSING (II) An introduction to geoscience ap-
integrate results from multiple approaches in interpreting a
plications of satellite remote sensing of the Earth and planets.
basin's history. The course is primarily a lab course. Prereq-
The lectures provide background on satellites, sensors,
uisite: Consent of instructor. A course background in struc-
methodology, and diverse applications. Topics include visi-
tural geology, sedimentology/stratigraphy or organic
ble, near infrared, and thermal infrared passive sensing, ac-
geochemistry will be helpful. 1 hour lecture, 5 hours labs;
tive microwave and radio sensing, and geodetic remote
3 semester hours.
sensing. Lectures and labs involve use of data from a variety
GEOL551. APPLIED PETROLEUM GEOLOGY (II) Sub-
of instruments, as several applications to problems in the
jects to be covered include computer subsurface mapping and
Earth and planetary sciences are presented. Students will
cross sections, petrophysical analysis of well data, digitizing
complete independent term projects that are presented both
well logs, analyzing production decline curves, creating hy-
written and orally at the end of the term. Prerequisites:
drocarbon-porosity-thickness maps, volumetric calculations,
PHGN200 and MATH225 or consent of instructor. 2 hours
seismic structural and stratigraphic mapping techniques, and
lecture, 2 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
basin modeling of hydrocarbon generation. Students are ex-
GEGN571. ADVANCED ENGINEERING GEOLOGY (I)
posed to three software packages used extensively by the oil
Emphasis will be on engineering geology mapping methods,
and gas industry. Prerequisite: GEGN438 or GEOL609 or
and geologic hazards assessment applied to site selection and
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
site assessment for a variety of human activities. Prerequi-
GEOL552. UNCONVENTIONAL PETROLEUM SYS-
site: GEGN468 or equivalent. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3
TEMS (II) Unconventional petroleum systems have emerged
semester hours. Offered alternate years.
as a critical and indispensable part of current US production
GEGN573. GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SITE INVES-
and potential future reserves. Each of the 5 unconventional
TIGATION (II) Methods of field investigation, testing, and
oil and 4 unconventional gas systems will be discussed: what
monitoring for geotechnical and hazardous waste sites,
are they, world wide examples, required technology to evalu-
includ ing: drilling and sampling methods, sample logging,
ate and produce, environmental issues, and production/re-
field testing methods, instrumentation, trench logging,
source numbers. The oil part of the course will be followed
founda tion inspection, engineering stratigraphic column and
by looking at cores from these systems. The gas part of the
engineering soils map construction. Projects will include
course will include a field trip to the Denver, Eagle, and
technical writing for investigations (reports, memos, pro -
Piceance Basins in Colorado to see outstanding outcrops of
posals, workplans). Class will culminate in practice conduct-
actual producing units. Prerequisites: GEGN438 or
ing simulated investigations (using a computer simulator).
GEOL609, GEGN527 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
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GEGN575. APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC
and snow dynamics) and in the subsurface (saturated and un-
INFORMATION SYSTEMS (II) An introduction to Geo-
saturated flow) as well as surface-subsurface exchanges and
graphic Infor mation Systems (GIS) and their applications to
runoff generation are also covered. Finally, integration and
all areas of geology and geological engineering. Lecture top-
connections within the hydrologic cycle and scaling of river
ics include: principles of GIS, data structures, digital eleva-
systems are discussed. Prerequisites: Groundwater Engineer-
tion models, data input and verification, data analysis and
ing (GEGN466/467), Fluid Mechanics (GEGN351/
spatial modeling, data quality and error propagation, methods
EGGN351), math up to differential equations, or equivalent
of GIS evaluation and selection. Laboratories will use Mac-
classes as determined by the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
intosh and DOS-based personal computer systems for GIS
mester hours.
projects, as well as video-presentations. Visits to local GIS
GEGN583. MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF
laboratories, and field studies will be required. 2 hours lec-
GROUNDWATER SYSTEMS (II) Lectures, assigned read-
ture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
ings, and direct computer experience concerning the funda-
GEGN578. GIS PROJECT DESIGN (I, II) Project imple-
mentals and applications of finite-difference and
mentation of GIS analysis. Projects may be undertaken by in-
finite-element numerical methods and analytical solutions to
dividual students, or small student teams. Documentation of
ground water flow and mass transport problems. Prerequisite:
all project design stages, including user needs assessment,
A knowledge of FORTRAN programming, mathematics
implementation procedures, hardware and software selection,
through differential and integral calculus, and GEGN467 or
data sources and acquisition, and project success assessment.
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Various GIS software may be used; projects may involve
GEGN584. FIELD METHODS IN HYDROLOGY (I) De-
2-dimensional GIS, 3-dimensional subsurface models, or
sign and implementation of tests that characterize surface and
multi-dimensional time-series analysis. Prerequisite: Consent
subsurface hydrologic systems, including data logger pro-
of instructor. Variable credit, 1-3 semester hours, depending
gramming, sensor calibration, pumping tests, slug tests, infil-
on project. Offered on demand.
tration tests, stream gauging and dilution measurements, and
GEOL580/GPGN580/MNGN580. INDUCED SEISMICITY
geophysical (EM, resistivity, and/or SP) surveys. Prerequi-
(II) Earthquakes are sometimes caused by the activities of
sites: Groundwater Engineering (GEGN466/467, Surface
man. These activities include mining and quarrying, petroleum
Water Hydrology (ESGN582) or equivalent classes as deter-
and geothermal energy production, building water reservoirs
mined by the instructor. 2 hours lecture; 5 hours lab and
and dams, and underground nuclear testing. This course will
field exercises one day of the week. Days TBD by instruc-
help students understand the characteristics and physical
tor; 3 semester hours.
causes of man-made earthquakes and seismicity induced in
GEGN/GEOL597. SPECIAL SUMMER PROGRAMS (S)
various situations. Students will read published reports and ob-
jectively analyze the seismological and ancillary data therein
GEGN/GEOL598. SEMINAR IN GEOLOGY OR
to decide if the causative agent was man or natural processes.
GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (I, II) Special topics
Prerequisites: Undergraduate geology and physics. 3 hours lec-
classes, taught on a one-time basis. May include lecture, lab-
ture; 3 semester hours. Offered spring semester, odd years.
oratory and field trip activities. Prerequisite: Approval of in-
structor and department head. Variable credit; 1 to 3 semester
GEGN581. ADVANCED GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics.
(I) Lectures, assigned readings, and discussions concerning
the theory, measurement, and estimation of ground water
GEGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ENGINEERING
param eters, fractured-rock flow, new or specialized methods
GEOLOGY OR ENGINEERING HYDROGEOLOGY(I, II)
of well hydraulics and pump tests, tracer methods. Prerequi-
Individual special studies, laboratory and/or field problems in
site: GEGN467 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
geological engineering or engineering hydrogeology. Pre -
mester hours.
requisite: Approval of instructor and department head. Vari-
able credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
GEGN/ESGN582. INTEGRATED SURFACE WATER HY-
DROLOGY (I) This course provides a quantitative, inte-
GEOL599. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOLOGY (I, II).
grated view of the hydrologic cycle. The movement and
Individual special studies, laboratory and/or field problems in
behavior of water in the atmosphere (including boundary
geology. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor and department.
layer dynamics and precipitation mechanisms), fluxes of
Variable credit; 1 to 3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
water between the atmosphere and land surface (including
GEOL608. HISTORY OF GEOLOGICAL CONCEPTS (II)
evaporation, transpiration, precipitation, interception and
Lectures and seminars concerning the history and philosophy
through fall) and connections between the water and energy
of the science of geology; emphasis on the historical devel-
balances (including radiation and temperature) are discussed
opment of basic geologic concepts. 3 hours lecture and semi-
at a range of spatial and temporal scales. Additionally,
nar; 3 semester hours. Required of all doctoral candidates in
movement of water along the land surface (overland flow
department. Offered alternate years.
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GEOL609. ADVANCED PETROLEUM GEOLOGY (II)
day field trip to study classic turbidites in Arkansas and to
Subjects to be covered involve consideration of basic chemi-
develop individual field mapping and interpretation projects.
cal, physical, biological and geological processes and their
Prerequisites: GEGN438, GEOL501 or equivalents. 3 hours
relation to modern concepts of oil/gas generation (including
lecture, 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours. Offered alternate
source rock deposition and maturation), and migration/
years.
accumulation (including that occurring under hydrodynamic
GEOL617. THERMODYNAMICS AND MINERAL
conditions). Concepts will be applied to the historic and pre-
PHASE EQUILIBRIA (I) Basic thermodynamics applied to
dictive occurrence of oil/gas to specific Rocky Mountain
natural geologic systems. Evaluation of mineral-vapor min-
areas. In addition to lecture attendance, course work involves
eral solution, mineral-melt, and solid solution equilibria with
review of topical papers and solution of typical problems.
special emphasis on oxide, sulfide, and silicate systems. Ex-
Prerequisite: GEGN438 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
perimental and theoretical derivation, use, and application of
ture; 3 semester hours.
phase diagrams relevant to natural rock systems. An emphasis
GEOL610. ADVANCED SEDIMENTOLOGY (II) Keynote
will be placed on problem solving rather than basic theory.
lectures and a seminar series on the physical depositional
Prerequisite: DCGN209 or equivalent or consent of instruc-
processes, as the basic processes and key restrictions for
tor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
building stratigraphy. Linkage of physical processes with de-
GEOL621. PETROLOGY OF DETRITAL ROCKS (II)
positional environments and stratigraphy. Learning the key
Compositions and textures of sandstones, siltstones, and
observations for recognizing depositional environments in
mudrocks. Relationship of compositions and textures of
outcrops and cores. Linkage to well logs. Seminars, field
provenance, environment of deposition, and burial history.
trips, field labs and report required. Prerequisite: GEOL 501
Development of porosity and permeability. Laboratory exer-
or equivalent. 3 hours lecture and seminar; 3 semester hours.
cises emphasize use of petrographic thin sections, x-ray
Offered alternate years.
diffrac tion analysis, and scanning electron microscopy to
GEOL611. DYNAMIC STRATIGRAPHY (II) Keynote lec-
exam ine detrital rocks. A term project is required, involving
tures and a seminar series on the dynamics of depositional
petrographic analysis of samples selected by student. Pre -
systems; understanding the dynamics of the depositional
requisites: GEGN206 , GEOL321 or equivalent or consent of
processes, depositional environments and how they behave in
instructor. 2 hours lecture and seminar, 3 hours lab; 3 semes-
changing sea-level and sediment supply conditions; from
ter hours. Offered on demand.
basic processes to sequence stratigraphy of the siliciclasti
GEOL624. CARBONATE SEDIMENTOLOGY AND
systems. Field trips and report required. Prerequisite:
PETROLOGY (II) Processes involved in the deposition of
GEOL501 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture and seminar; 3 se-
carbonate sediments with an emphasis on Recent environ-
mester hours. Offered alternate years.
ments as analogs for ancient carbonate sequences. Carbonate
GEOL613. GEOLOGIC RESERVOIR
facies recognition through bio- and lithofacies analysis, three-
CHARACTERIZATION (I or II) Principles and practice of
dimensional geometries, sedimentary dynamics, sedimentary
characterizing petro leum reservoirs using geologic and engi-
structures, and facies associations. Laboratory stresses iden -
neering data, includ ing well logs, sample descriptions, rou-
tification of Recent carbonate sediments and thin section
tine and special core analysis and well tests. Emphasis is
analysis of carbonate classification, textures, non-skeletal
placed on practical analysis of such data sets from a variety
and biogenic constituents, diagenesis, and porosity evolution.
of clastic petroleum reservoirs worldwide. These data sets
Prerequisite: GEGN321 and GEOL 314 or consent of in-
are integrated into detailed characterizations, which then are
structor. 2 hours lecture/seminar, 2 hours lab; 3 semester
used to solve practical oil and gas field problems. Prerequi-
hours.
sites: GEGN438, GEOL501, GEOL505/605 or equivalents. 3
GEOL628. ADVANCED IGNEOUS PETROLOGY (I)
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Igneous processes and concepts, emphasizing the genesis,
GEOL614. PETROLEUM GEOLOGY OF DEEP-WATER
evolution, and emplacement of tectonically and geochemi-
CLASTIC DEPOSITIONAL SYSTEMS (I) Course com-
cally diverse volcanic and plutonic occurrences. Tectonic
bines local and regional deep-water sedimentology, sequence
controls on igneous activity and petrochemistry. Petrographic
stratigraphy, reservoir geology, interpretation of outcrops,
study of igneous suites, mineralized and non-mineralized,
reflec tion seismic records, cores and well logs. Focus is on
from diverse tectonic settings. Prerequisites: GEOL321,
depositional processes, facies and their interpretation within
GEGN206. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
deep-water depositional systems, turbidite models and their
Offered alternate years.
evolution, control of reservoir characteristics and perform-
GEOL642. FIELD GEOLOGY (S) Field program operated
ance, turbidites within a sequence stratigraphic framework,
concurrently with GEGN316 field camp to familiarize the
and the global occurrence of turbidite reservoirs. Laboratory
student with basic field technique, geologic principles, and
exercises on seismic, well log, and core interpretation. Seven
regional geology of Rocky Mountains. Prerequisite: Under-
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graduate degree in geology and GEGN316 or equivalent.
investigation and characterization, monitoring and instru-
During summer field session; 1 to 3 semester hours.
mentation, soil slope stability analysis, rock slope stability
GEOL643. GRADUATE FIELD SEMINARS (I, II, S) Spe-
analysis, rock fall analysis, stabilization and risk reduction
cial advanced field programs emphasizing detailed study of
measures. Prerequisites: GEGN468, EGGN 361, MNGN321,
some aspects of geology. Normally conducted away from the
(or equivalents) or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
Golden campus. Prerequisite: Restricted to Ph.D. or advanced
semester hours.
M.S. candidates. Usually taken after at least one year of
GEGN672. ADVANCED GEOTECHNICS (II) Geological
graduate residence. Background requirements vary accord-
analysis, design, and stabilization of natural soil and rock
ing to nature of field study. Consent of instructor and depart-
slopes and rock foundations; computer modeling of slopes;
ment head is required. Fees are assessed for field and living
use of specialized methods in earth construction. Prerequi-
expenses and transportation. 1 to 3 semester hours; may be
site: GEGN468, EGGN361/EGGN363 and MNGN321.
repeated for credit with consent of instructor.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
GEOL645. VOLCANOLOGY (II) Assigned readings and
GEGN673. ADVANCED GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING
seminar discussions on volcanic processes and products.
DESIGN (II) Application of geological principles and ana-
Principal topics include pyroclastic rocks, craters and
lytical techniques to solve complex engineering problems re-
calderas, caldron subsidence, diatremes, volcanic domes,
lated to geology, such as mitigation of natural hazards,
origin and evolution of volcanic magmas, and relation of
stabilization of earth materials, and optimization of construc-
volcanism to alteration and mineralization. Petrographic
tion options. Design tools to be covered will include prob-
study of selected suites of lava and pyroclastic rocks in the
lem solving techniques, optimization, reliability,
laboratory. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 hour semi-
maintainability, and economic analysis. Students will com-
nar, 6 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
plete independent and group design projects, as well as a
GEOL653. CARBONATE DIAGENESIS AND
case analysis of a design failure. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
GEOCHEMISTRY(II) Petrologic, geochemical, and isotopic
hours. Offered alternate years.
approaches to the study of diagenetic changes in carbonate
GEGN681. VADOSE ZONE HYDROLOGY (II) Study of
sediments and rocks. Topics covered include major near-sur-
the physics of unsaturated groundwater flow and contami-
face diagenetic environments, subaerial exposure, dolomitiza-
nant transport. Fundamental processes and data collection
tion, burial diagenesis, carbonate aqueous equilibria, and the
methods will be presented. The emphasis will be on analytic
carbonate geochemistry of trace elements and stable isotopes.
solutions to the unsaturated flow equations and analysis of
Laboratory stresses thin section recognition of diagenetic
field data. Application to non-miscible fluids, such as gaso-
textures and fabrics, x-ray diffraction, and geochemical/iso-
line, will be made. The fate of leaks from underground tanks
topic approaches to diagenetic problems. Prerequisite:
will be analyzed. Prerequisites: GEGN467 or equivalent;
GEOL624 or equivalent or consent of instructor. 4 to 6 hours
Math through Differential Equations; or consent of instructor.
lecture/ seminar/lab; 3 semester hours.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
GEGN669. ADVANCED TOPICS IN ENGINEERING
GEGN682. FLOW AND TRANSPORT IN FRACTURED
HYDRO GEOLOGY (I, II) Review of current literature and
ROCK (I) Explores the application of hydrologic and engi-
research regarding selected topics in hydrogeology. Group
neering principles to flow and transport in fractured rock.
discussion and individual participation. Guest speakers and
Emphasis is on analysis of field data and the differences be-
field trips may be incorporated into the course. Prerequisite:
tween flow and transport in porous media and fractured rock.
Consent of instructor. 1 to 2 semester hours; may be repeated
Teams work together throughout the semester to solve prob-
for credit with consent of instructor.
lems using field data, collect and analyze field data, and do
GEGN670. ADVANCED TOPICS IN GEOLOGICAL ENGI -
independent research in flow and transport in fractured rock.
NEERING (I, II) Review of current literature and research
Prerequisites: GEGN581 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
regarding selected topics in engineering geology. Group dis-
lecture; 3 credit hours. Offered alternate years.
cussion and individual participation. Guest speakers and field
GEGN683. ADVANCED GROUND WATER MODELING
trips may be incorporated into the course. Prerequisite: Con-
(II) Flow and solute transport modeling including: 1) ad-
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Repeat-
vanced analytical modeling methods; 2) finite elements,
able for credit under different topics.
random-walk, and method of characteristics numerical meth-
GEGN671. LANDSLIDES: INVESTIGATION, ANALYSIS
ods; 3) discussion of alternative computer codes for model-
& MITIGATION (I) Geological investigation, analysis, and
ing and presentation of the essential features of a number of
design of natural rock and soil slopes and mitigation of un-
codes; 4) study of selection of appropriate computer codes
stable slopes. Topics include landslide types and processes,
for specific modeling problems; 5) application of models to
triggering mechanisms, mechanics of movements, landslide
ground water problems; and 6) study of completed modeling
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projects through literature review, reading and discussion.
Geophysics
Prerequisite: GEOL/CHGC509 or GEGN583, and GEGN585
TERENCE K. YOUNG, Professor and Department Head
or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 se-
MICHAEL L. BATZLE, Baker Hughes Professor of Petrophysics
mester hours.
and Borehole Geophysics
GEGN/GEOL698. SEMINAR IN GEOLOGY OR
THOMAS L. DAVIS, Professor
DAVE HALE, Charles Henry Green Professor of Exploration
GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (I, II) Special topics
Geophysics
classes, taught on a one-time basis. May include lecture, lab-
GARY R. OLHOEFT, Professor
oratory and field trip activities. Prerequisite: Approval of in-
ROEL K. SNIEDER, Keck Foundation Professor of Basic
structor and department head. Variable credit; 1 to 3 semester
Exploration Science
hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
ILYA D. TSVANKIN, Professor
GEGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ENGINEERING
THOMAS M. BOYD, Associate Professor and Dean of Graduate
Studies
GEOLOGY OR ENGINEERING HYDROGEOLOGY(I, II)
YAOGUO LI, Associate Professor
Individual special studies, laboratory and/or field problems in
ANDRÉ REVIL, Associate Professor
geological engineering or engineering hydrogeology. Pre -
PAUL SAVA, Associate Professor
requisite: Approval of instructor and department head. Varia -
JEFFREY ANDREWS-HANNA, Assistant Professor
ble credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
NORMAN BLEISTEIN, Research Professor and University
GEOL699. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOLOGY (I, II).
Emeritus Professor
Individual special studies, laboratory and/or field problems in
KENNETH L. LARNER, Research Professor and University
Emeritus Professor
geology. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor and department.
ROBERT D. BENSON, Research Associate Professor
Variable credit; 1 to 3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
RICHARD KRAHENBUHL, Research Assistant Professor
GEGN/GEOL705 GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT:
STEPHEN J. HILL, Adjunct Associate Professor
MASTER OF SCIENCE Research credit hours required
DAVID J. WALD, Adjunct Associate Professor
for completion of the degree Master of Science - thesis. Re-
GAVIN P. HAYES, Adjunct Assistant Professor
search must be carried out under the direct supervision of the
CHARLES P. ODEN, Adjunct Assistant Professor
WARREN B. HAMILTON, Distinguished Senior Scientist
graduate student’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
MISAC N. NABIGHIAN, Distinguished Senior Scientist
GEGN/GEOL706 GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT:
FRANK A. HADSELL, Emeritus Professor
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY Research credit hours re-
ALEXANDER A. KAUFMAN, Emeritus Professor
quired for completion of the degree Doctor of Philosophy.
GEORGE V. KELLER, Emeritus Professor
Research must be carried out under direct supervision of the
PHILLIP R. ROMIG, JR., Emeritus Professor
graduate student’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
Degrees Offered
Geochemcial Exploration
Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
GEGX571. GEOCHEMICAL EXPLORATION (I)
Master of Science (Geophysics)
Dispersion of trace metals from mineral deposits and their
Master of Science (Geophysical Engineering)
discovery. Laboratory consists of analysis and statistical in-
terpretation of data of soils, stream sediments, vegetation,
Doctor of Philosophy (Geophysics)
and rock in connection with field problems. Term report re-
Doctor of Philosophy (Geophysical Engineering)
quired. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture,
Program Description
3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
Geophysicists study and explore the Earth’s interior
through physical measurements collected at the earth’s sur-
face, in boreholes, from aircraft, and from satellites. Using a
combination of mathematics, physics, geology, chemistry,
hydrology, and computer science, a geophysicist analyzes
these measurements to infer properties and processes within
the Earth’s complex interior. Non-invasive imaging beneath
the surface of Earth and other planets by geophysicists is
analogous to non-invasive imaging of the interior of the
human body by medical specialists.
Geophysics is an interdisciplinary field - a rich blend of
disciplines such as geology, physics, mathematics, computer
science, and electrical engineering. Professionals working in
the field of geophysics come from programs in these allied
disciplines as well as from formal programs in geophysics.
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The Earth supplies all materials needed by our society,
The Center for Wave Phenomena (CWP) is a research group
serves as the repository of used products, and provides a
with a total of four faculty members from the Department
home to all its inhabitants. Therefore, geophysics and geo-
of Geophysics. With research sponsored by some 29 com-
physical engineering have important roles to play in the solu-
panies worldwide in the petroleum-exploration industry,
tion of challenging problems facing the inhabitants of this
plus U.S. government agencies, CWP emphasizes the de-
planet, such as providing fresh water, food, and energy for
velopment of theoretical and computational methods for
Earth’s growing population, evaluating sites for underground
imaging of the Earth’s subsurface, primarily through use
construction and containment of hazardous waste, monitor-
of the reflection seismic method. Researchers have been
ing non-invasively the aging infrastructures (natural gas
involved in forward and inverse problems of wave propa-
pipelines, water supplies, telecommunication conduits, trans-
gation as well as data processing for data obtained where
portation networks) of developed nations, mitigating the
the subsurface is complex, specifically where it is both
threat of geohazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides,
heterogeneous and anisotropic. Further information about
ava lanches) to populated areas, contributing to homeland
CWP can be obtained at http://www.cwp.mines.edu.
security (including detection and removal of unexploded
The Reservoir Characterization Project (RCP) integrates the
ordnance and land mines), evaluating changes in climate and
acquisition and interpretation of multicomponent, three-
managing humankind’s response to them, and exploring
dimensional seismic reflection and downhole data, with
other planets.
the geology and petroleum engineering of existing oil
Energy companies and mining firms employ geophysicists
fields, in an attempt to understand the complex properties
to explore for hidden resources around the world. Engineer-
of petroleum reservoirs. RCP is a multidisciplinary group
ing firms hire geophysical engineers to assess the Earth’s
with faculty members from Geophysics, Petroleum Engi-
near-surface properties when sites are chosen for large
neering, and Geology. More information about RCP can be
construc tion projects and waste-management operations.
obtained at http:// www.mines.edu/ academic/
Envi ronmental organizations use geophysics to conduct
geophysics/rcp.
groundwater surveys and to track the flow of contaminants.
The Center for Gravity, Electrical & Magnetic Studies
On the global scale, geophysicists employed by universities
(CGEM) in the Department of Geophysics is an academic
and government agencies (such as the United States Geo -
research center that focuses heavily on the quantitative in-
logical Survey, NASA, and the National Oceanographic and
terpretation of gravity, magnetic, electrical and electro-
Atmospheric Administration) try to understand such Earth
magnetic, and surface nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)
processes as heat flow, gravitational, magnetic, electric, ther-
data in applied geophysics. The center brings together the
mal, and stress fields within the Earth’s interior. For the past
diverse expertise of faculty and students in these different
decade, 100% of CSM’s geophysics graduates have found
geophysical methods and works towards advancing the
employment in their chosen field, with about 20% choosing
state of art in geophysical data interpretation for real-world
to pursue further graduate studies.
problems. The emphases of CGEM research are process-
Founded in 1926, the Department of Geophysics at the
ing and inversion of applied geophysical data. The primary
Colo rado School of Mines is recognized and respected around
areas of application include petroleum exploration, min-
the world for its programs in applied geophysical research and
eral exploration, unexploded ordnance (UXO) detection
education. With 20 active faculty members and small class
and discrimination. In addition, environmental problems,
sizes, students receive individualized attention in a close-knit
infrastructure mapping, agriculture geophysics, archaeol-
environment. Given the interdisciplinary nature of geophysics,
ogy, geothermal exploration, hydro-geophysics, natural
the graduate curriculum requires students to become thoroughly
hazard monitoring, and crustal studies are also major re-
familiar with geological, mathematical, and physical theory,
search areas within the Center. There are currently five
in addition to exploring the theoretical and practical aspects of
major research groups within CGEM: Gravity and Mag-
the various geophysical methodologies.
netics Research Consortium (GMRC); Unexploded Ord-
Research Emphasis
nance (UXO) research group; Hydro-Geophysics research
The Department conducts research in a wide variety
group; the Geothermal Exploration group; and the NMR
of areas mostly related, but not restricted, to applied geo-
group. Research fundings are provided by petroleum and
physics. Candidates interested in the research activities of a
mining companies, SERDP, ERDC, and other agencies.
specific faculty member are encouraged to obtain a copy of
More information about CGEM is available on the web at:
the Department’s view book and to contact that faculty mem-
http://geophysics.mines.edu/cgem/.
ber directly. To give prospective candidates an idea of the
The Center for Rock Abuse is a rock-physics laboratory focus-
types of research activities available in geophysics at CSM,
ing on research in rock and fluid properties for exploration
a list of the recognized research groups operating within the
and reservoir monitoring. The primary goal of exploration
Department of Geophysics is given below.
and production geophysics is to identify fluids, specifically
hydrocarbons, in rocks. Current projects center on fluid dis-
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tributions in rocks and how these distributions affect char-
u Graduates will be able to report their findings orally and
acteristics such as wave attenuation, velocity dispersion
in writing.
and seismic signature. http://crusher.mines.edu
Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
The Group for Hydrogeophysics and Porous Media focuses
This is a multi-disciplinary, non-thesis master’s degree for
on combining geoelectrical methods (DC resistivity, com-
students interested in working as geoscience professionals in
plex conductivity, self-potential, gravity and EM) with rock
the petroleum industry. The Departments of Geophysics,
physics models at various scales and for various applica-
Petro leum Engineering, and Geology and Geological Engi-
tions including the study of contaminant plumes, geother-
neering share oversight for the Professional Masters in Petro-
mal systems, leakage in earth dams and embankments, and
leum Reservoir Systems program through a committee
active volcanoes. Website: http://www.andre-revil.com/re-
consisting of one faculty member from each department.
search.html
Students gain admission to the program by application to any
The Planetary Geophysics Group investigates the geophysical
of the three sponsoring departments. Students are adminis-
evolution of the terrestrial planets and moons of our solar
tered by that department into which they first matriculate. A
system using a combination of numerical modeling and
minimum of 36 hours of course credit is required to complete
geophysical data analysis. Research areas include plane-
the Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
tary geodynamics, tectonics, and hydrology. More infor-
program. Up to 9 credits may be earned by 400 level courses.
mation is available at http://inside.mines.edu/~jcahanna/.
All other credits toward the degree must be 500 level or
above. At least 9 hours must consist of:
Program Requirements
The Department offers both traditional, research-oriented
(1) 1 course selected from the following:
graduate programs and a non-thesis professional education
GPGN419/PEGN419 Well Log Analysis and Formation
program designed to meet specific career objectives. The
Evaluation
program of study is selected by the student, in consultation
GPGN519/PEGN519 Advanced Formation Evaluation
with an advisor, and with thesis committee approval, accord-
(2) 2 courses selected from the following:
ing to the student’s career needs and interests. Specific de-
grees have specific requirements as detailed below.
GEGN439/GPGN439/PEGN439 Multi-Disciplinary Pe-
troleum Design
Geophysical Engineering Program Objectives
GEGN503/GPGN503/PEGN503 Integrated Exploration
The principal objective for students pursuing the PhD in
and Development
Geophysics or the PhD in Geophysical Engineering is: Geo-
GEGN504/GPGN504/PEGN504 Integrated Exploration
physics PhD graduates will be regarded by their employers
and Development
as effective teachers and/or innovative researchers in their
early-career peer group. In support of this objective, the PhD
Also 9 additional hours must consist of one course each
programs in the Department of Geophysics are aimed at
from the 3 participating departments. The remaining 18
achieving these student outcomes:
hours may consist of graduate courses from any of the 3
partici pating departments, or other courses approved by the
u Graduates will command superior knowledge of Geo-
committee. Up to 6 hours may consist of independent study,
physics and fundamental related disciplines.
including an industry project.
u Graduates will independently be able to conduct research
Master of Science Degrees: Geophysics and Geophysical
leading to significant new knowledge and Geophysical
Engineering
techniques.
Students may obtain a Master of Science Degree in either
u Graduates will be able to report their findings orally and
Geophysics or Geophysical Engineering. Both degrees have
in writing.
the same coursework and thesis requirements, as described
The chief objective for students pursuing the M.S. degree
below. Students are normally admitted into the Master of Sci-
in Geophysics or Geophysical Engineering is: Geophysics
ence in Geophysics program. If, however, a student would
M.S. graduates will be regarded by their employers as effec-
like to obtain the Master of Science in Geophysical Engineer-
tive practitioners addressing earth, energy and environmental
ing, the course work and thesis topic must meet the following
problems with geophysical techniques. In support of this
requirements. Note that these requirements are in addition to
objective, the M.S. programs in the Department of Geo-
those associated with the Master of Science in Geophysics.
physics aim to achieve these student outcomes:
u Students must complete, either prior to their arrival at
u Graduates will command superior knowledge of Geo-
CSM or while at CSM, no fewer than 16 credits of
physics and fundamental related disciplines.
engi neering coursework. What constitutes coursework
considered as engineering is determined by the Geo-
u Graduates will be able to conduct original research that
physics faculty.
results in new knowledge and Geophysical techniques.
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u In the opinion of the Geophysics faculty, the student’s
u Students must complete, either prior to their arrival at
dissertation topic must be appropriate for inclusion as
CSM or while at CSM, no fewer than 16 credits of
part of an Engineering degree.
engi neering coursework. What constitutes coursework
For either Master of Science degree, a minimum of 26
considered as engineering is determined by the Geo-
course credits is required accompanied by a minimum of 12
physics faculty.
credits of graduate research. While individual courses consti-
u In the opinion of the Geophysics faculty, the student’s
tuting the degree are determined by the student, and approved
dissertation topic must be appropriate for inclusion as
by their advisor and thesis committee, courses applied to all
part of an Engineering degree.
M.S. degrees must satisfy the following criteria:
For the Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.), at least 72
u All course, research, transfer, residence, and thesis re-
credits beyond the Bachelors degree are required. No fewer
quirements are as described in Registration and Tuition
than 24 research credits are required. At least 12 credit
Classification and Graduate Degrees and Requirements
hours must be completed in a minor program approved by
sections of this document.
the candidate's PhD Thesis Committee. Up to 36 course
u All credits applied to the degree must be at the 400 (se-
credits can be awarded by the candidate's committee for
nior) level or above.
completion of a thesis-based Master's Degree at another in-
stitution. While individual courses constituting the degree are
u Students must include the following courses in their
determined by the student, and approved by the student's ad-
Master degree program
visor and committee, courses applied to all Ph.D. degrees
LICM501 – Professional Oral Communication
must satisfy the following criteria:
(1 credit)
u All course, research, minor degree programs, transfer,
GPGN581 – Graduate Seminar (1 credit)
residence, and thesis requirements are as described in
GPGN705 – Graduate Research – Master of Science
Registration and Tuition Classification and Graduate
(12 credits in addition to the required 26 course
Degrees and Requirements sections of this document.
credits).
u All credits applied to the degree must be at the 400
u Additional courses may also be required by the stu-
(senior) level or above.
dent's advisor and committee to fulfill background re-
quirements as described below.
u Students must include the following courses in their
Ph.D. program
As described in the Master of Science, Thesis and Thesis
Defense section of this bulletin, all M.S. candidates must
LICM501 – Professional Oral Communication (1 credit)
successfully defend their M.S. thesis in an open oral Thesis
GPGN681 – Graduate Seminar (1 credit)
Defense. The guidelines of the Thesis Defense enforced by
GPGN706 – Graduate Research – Doctor of Philosophy
the Department of Geophysics follow those outlined in the
(minimum 24 credits)
Graduate Bulletin, with one exception. The Department of
Choose two of the following:
Geophysics requires students submit the final draft of their
SYGN501 – The Art of Science (1 credit)
written thesis to their Thesis Committee no less than three
SYGN600 – College Teaching (2 credits)
weeks prior to the thesis defense date.
LAIS601 – Academic Publishing (2 or 3 credits)
Doctor of Philosophy Degrees:
u Additional courses may also be required by the stu-
Geophysics and Geophysical Engineering
dent's advisor and committee to fulfill background re-
We invite applications to our PhD program not only from
quirements described below.
those individuals with a background in geophysics, but also
Students in the Doctoral program are also required to par-
from those whose background is in allied disciplines such as
ticipate in a practical teaching experience. This must be the
geology, physics, mathematics, computer science, and elec-
equivalent of a minimum two-week experience within a sin-
trical engineering.
gle semester and include:
Students may obtain a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in
u Developing and presenting instructional materials of
either Geophysics or Geophysical Engineering. Both degrees
lectures;
have the same coursework and thesis requirements, as de-
u Developing and teaching the laboratory exercises if the
scribed below. Students are normally admitted into the Ph.D.
course has a lab component;
in Geophysics program. If, however, a student would like to
obtain the Ph.D. in Geophysical Engineering, the course
u Evaluating students' homework and laboratory reports,
work and thesis topic must meet the following requirements.
if appropriate; and
Note that these requirements are in addition to those associ-
u Holding office hours if necessary.
ated with the Ph.D. in Geophysics.
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In the Doctoral program, students must demonstrate the
u Geophysics – Geophysical Field Methods and courses
potential for successful completion of independent research
that include theory and application in three of the
and enhance the breadth of their expertise by completing a
follow ing areas: gravity/magnetics, seismic, electrical/
Doctoral Research Qualifying Examination no later than two
electromagnetics, borehole geophysics, and physics of
years from the date of enrollment in the program. An exten-
the earth
sion of one additional year may be petitioned by students
u In addition, candidates in the Doctoral program are re-
through their Thesis Committees.
quired to have no less than one year of college level or
In the Department of Geophysics, the Doctoral Research
two years of high school courses in a single foreign
Qualifying Examination consists of the preparation, presen -
language.
tation, and defense of one research project and a thesis pro-
Description of Courses
posal. The research project and thesis proposal used in this
GPGN404. DIGITAL ANALYSIS (I) The fundamentals of
process must conform to the standards posted on the Depart-
one-dimensional digital signal processing as applied to geo-
ment of Geophysics web site.
physical investigations are studied. Students explore the
As described in the Doctor of Philosophy, Thesis Defense
mathematical background and practical consequences of the
section of this bulletin, all Ph.D. candidates must success-
sampling theorem, convolution, deconvolution, the Z and
fully defend their Ph.D. thesis in an open oral Thesis De-
Fourier transforms, windows, and filters. Emphasis is placed
fense. The guidelines of the Thesis Defense enforced by the
on applying the knowledge gained in lecture to exploring
Department of Geophysics follow those outlined in the Grad-
practical signal processing issues. This is done through
uate Bulletin, with one exception. The Department of Geo-
homework and in-class practicum assignments requiring the
physics requires students submit the final draft of their
programming and testing of algorithms discussed in lecture.
written thesis to their Thesis Committee no less than three
Prerequisites: MATH213, MATH225, and MATH348 or
weeks prior to the thesis defense date.
PHGN311, or consent of instructor. Knowledge of a com-
Acceptable Thesis Formats
puter programming language is assumed. 2 hours lecture,
In addition to traditional dissertations, the Department of
2 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
Geophysics also accepts dissertations that are compendia of
GPGN409. INVERSION (II) The fundamentals of inverse
papers published or submitted to peer-reviewed journals. The
problem theory as applied to geophysical investigation are
following guidelines are applied by the Department in deter-
studied. Students explore the fundamental concepts of inver-
mining the suitability of a thesis submitted as a series of writ-
sion in a Bayesian framework as well as practical methods
ten papers.
for solving discrete inverse problems. Topics studied include
u All papers included in the dissertation must have a
Monte Carlo methods, optimization criteria, convex opti-
common theme, as approved by a student’s thesis
mization methods, and error and resolution analysis. Weekly
committee.
homework assignments addressing either theoretical or nu-
merical problems through programming assignments illus-
u Papers should be submitted for inclusion in a disserta-
trate the concepts discussed in class. Prerequisites:
tion in a common format and typeset.
MATH213, MATH225, GPGN404 and MATH348 or
u In addition to the individual papers, students must pre-
PHGN311, or consent of instructor. Knowledge of a pro-
pare abstract, introduction, discussion, and conclusions
gramming language is assumed. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester
sections of the thesis that tie together the individual
hours.
papers into a unified dissertation.
GPGN411. ADVANCED GRAVITY AND MAGNETIC
u A student’s thesis committee might also require the
METHODS (I) Instrumentation for land surface, borehole,
preparation and inclusion of various appendices with
sea floor, sea surface, and airborne operations. Reduction of
the dissertation in support of the papers prepared ex-
observed gravity and magnetic values. Theory of potential
plicitly for publication.
field effects of geologic distributions. Methods and limita-
Graduate Program Background Requirements
tions of interpretation. Prerequisite: GPGN303. 3 hours lec-
All graduate programs in Geophysics require that appli-
ture, 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
cants have a background that includes the equivalent of ade-
GPGN419/PEGN419. WELL LOG ANALYSIS AND
quate undergraduate preparation in the following areas:
FORMA TION EVALUATION (I) The basics of core analy-
u Mathematics – Linear Algebra or Linear Systems, Dif-
sis and the principles of all common borehole instruments are
ferential Equations, Computer Programming
reviewed. The course shows (computer) interpretation meth-
u Physics – Classical Physics
ods that combine the measurements of various borehole in-
struments to determine rock properties such as porosity,
u Geology – Structural Geology and Stratigraphy
permeability, hydrocarbon saturation, water salinity, ore
grade, ash-content, mechanical strength, and acoustic veloc-
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ity. The impact of these parameters on reserves estimates of
mester. Project economics, including risk analysis, are an in-
hydrocarbon reservoirs and mineral accumulations is demon-
tegral part of the course. Prerequisites: GP majors: GPGN302
strated. Prerequisite: MATH225, MATH348 or PHGN311,
and GPGN303; GE majors: GEOL308 or GEOL309,
GPGN302 and GPGN303. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab;
GEGN316, GEGN438; PE majors: PEGN316, PEGN414,
3 semester hours.
PEGN422, PEGN423, PEGN424 (or concurrent). 2 hours
GPGN420. ADVANCED ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRO-
lecture, 3 hours lab;
MAGNETIC METHODS (I) In-depth study of the applica-
3 semester hours.
tion of electrical and electromagnetic methods to crustal
GPGN461. ADVANCED SEISMIC METHODS (I) Histori-
studies, minerals exploration, oil and gas exploration, and
cal survey. Propagation of body and surface waves in elastic
groundwater. Laboratory work with scale and mathematical
media; transmission and reflection at single and multiple inter -
models coupled with field work over areas of known geol-
faces; energy relationships; attenuation factors, data process-
ogy. Prerequisite: GPGN302 and GPGN303, or consent of
ing (including velocity interpretation, stacking, and migration)
instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
interpretation techniques including curved ray methods.
GPGN432. FORMATION EVALUATION (II) The basics of
Acqui sition, processing, and interpretation of laboratory
core analysis and the principles of all common borehole in-
model data; seismic processing using an interactive work -
struments are reviewed. The course teaches interpretation
station. Prerequisite: GPGN302 and concurrent enrollment in
methods that combine the measurements of various borehole
GPGN404, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours
instruments to determine rock properties such as porosity,
lab; 4 semester hours.
permeability, hydrocarbon saturation, water salinity, ore
GPGN470/GEOL470. APPLICATIONS OF SATELLITE
grade and ash content. The impact of these parameters on
REMOTE SENSING (II) An introduction to geoscience ap-
reserve estimates of hydrocarbon reservoirs and mineral ac-
plications of satellite remote sensing of the Earth and planets.
cumulations is demonstrated. Geophysical topics such as ver-
The lectures provide background on satellites, sensors,
tical seismic profiling, single well and cross-well seismic are
methodology, and diverse applications. Topics include visi-
emphasized in this course, while formation testing, and cased
ble, near infrared, and thermal infrared passive sensing, ac-
hole logging are covered in GPGN419/PEGN419 presented
tive microwave and radio sensing, and geodetic remote
in the fall. The laboratory provides on-line course material
sensing. Lectures and labs involve use of data from a variety
and hands-on computer log evaluation exercises. Prerequisites:
of instruments, as several applications to problems in the
MATH225, GPGN302 and GPGN303. 3 hours lecture,
Earth and planetary sciences are presented. Students will
3 hours lab; 4 semester hours. Only one of the two courses
complete independent term projects that are presented both
GPGN432 and GPGN419/PEGN419 can be taken for credit.
written and orally at the end of the term. Prerequisites:
GPGN438. GEOPHYSICS PROJECT DESIGN (I, II)
PHGN200 and MATH225 or consent of instructor. 2 hours
Comple mentary design course for geophysics restricted elec-
lecture, 2 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
tive course(s). Application of engineering design principles
GPGN475. PLANETARY GEOPHYSICS (I) Of the solid
to geophysics through advanced work, individual in charac-
planets and moons in our Solar System, no two bodies are
ter, leading to an engineering report or senior thesis and oral
exactly alike. This class will provide an overview of the ob-
presentation thereof. Choice of design project is to be arranged
served properties of the planets and moons, cover the basic
between student and individual faculty member who will
physical processes that govern their evolution, and then in-
serve as an advisor, subject to department head approval.
vestigate how the planets differ and why. The overarching
Prerequisites: GPGN302 and GPGN303 and completion of
goals are to develop a quantitative understanding of the
or concurrent enrollment in geophysics method courses in the
processes that drive the evolution of planetary surfaces and
general topic area of the project design. Credit variable, 1 to
interiors, and to develop a deeper understanding of the Earth
3 hours. Repeatable for credit up to a maximum of 3 hours.
by placing it in the broader context of the Solar System. Pre-
GPGN439. GEOPHYSICS PROJECT DESIGN (II)
requisites: PHGN100, MATH225, and GEGN205 or
GEGN439/PEGN439. MULTI-DISCIPLINARY
GEOL410. Senior or graduate standing recommended.
PETROLEUM DESIGN (II). This is a multidisciplinary de-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
sign course that integrates fundamentals and design concepts
GPGN486. GEOPHYSICS FIELD CAMP (S) Introduction
in geological, geophysical, and petroleum engineering. Stu-
to geological and geophysical field methods. The program
dents work in integrated teams consisting of students from
includes exercises in geological surveying, stratigraphic sec-
each of the disciplines. Multiple open-end design problems
tion measurements, geological mapping, and interpretation of
in oil and gas exploration and field development, including
geological observations. Students conduct geophysical surveys
the development of a prospect in an exploration play a de-
related to the acquisition of seismic, gravity, magnetic, and
tailed engineering field study, are assigned. Several detailed
electrical observations. Students participate in designing the
written and oral presentations are made throughout the se-
appropriate geophysical surveys, acquiring the observations,
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reducing the observations, and interpreting these observa-
of each survey is then modeled and discussed in the context
tions in the context of the geological model defined from the
of field design methods. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
geological surveys. Prerequisites: GEOL308 or GEOL309,
2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Offered fall
GPGN302, GPGN303, and GPGN315 or consent of instruc-
semester, even years.
tor. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 hours.
GPGN509. PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES
GPGN498. SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOPHYSICS (I, II)
AND PROCESSES IN ROCK, SOILS, AND FLUIDS (I)
New topics in geophysics. Each member of the academic
Physical and chemical properties and processes that are
faculty is invited to submit a prospectus of the course to the
measurable with geophysical instruments are studied, includ-
department head for evaluation as a special topics course. If
ing methods of measurement, interrelationships between
selected, the course can be taught only once under the 498
properties, coupled processes, and processes which modify
title before becoming a part of the regular curriculum under a
properties in pure phase minerals and fluids, and in mineral
new course number and title. Prerequisite: Consent of depart-
mixtures (rocks and soils). Investigation of implications for
ment. Credit – variable, 1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit
petroleum development, minerals extraction, groundwater
under different titles.
exploration, and environmental remediation. Prerequisite:
GPGN499. GEOPHYSICAL INVESTIGATION (I, II)
Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
Individ ual project; instrument design, data interpretation,
GPGN511. ADVANCED GRAVITY AND MAGNETIC
problem analysis, or field survey. Prerequisite: Consent of
EXPLORA TION (II) Field or laboratory projects of interest
department. “Independent Study” form must be completed
to class members; topics for lecture and laboratory selected
and submitted to the Registrar. Credit dependent upon nature
from the following: new methods for acquiring, processing,
and extent of project. Variable 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeat-
and interpreting gravity and magnetic data, methods for the
able for credit.
solution of two- and three-dimensional potential field prob-
Graduate Courses
lems, Fourier transforms as applied to gravity and magnetics,
500-level courses are open to qualified seniors with the
the geologic implications of filtering gravity and magnetic
permission of the department and Dean of the Graduate
data, equivalent distributions, harmonic functions, inver-
School. 600-level courses are open only to students enrolled
sions. Prerequisite: GPGN411 or consent of instructor.
in the Graduate School.
3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab and field; 4 semester hours.
Offered fall semester, even years.
GPGN503/GEGN503/PEGN503. INTEGRATED
EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT (I) Students work
GPGN519/PEGN519. ADVANCED FORMATION
alone and in teams to study reservoirs from fluvial-deltaic
EVALUATION (II) A detailed review of well logging and
and valley fill depositional environments. This is a multidis-
other formation evaluation methods will be presented, with
ciplinary course that shows students how to characterize and
the empha sis on the imaging and characterization of hydro-
model subsurface reservoir performance by integrating data,
carbon reservoirs. Advanced logging tools such as array in-
methods and concepts from geology, geophysics and petro-
duction, dipole sonic, and imaging tools will be discussed.
leum engineering. Activities include field trips, computer
The second half of the course will offer in parallel sessions:
modeling, written exercises and oral team presentations. Pre-
for geologists and petroleum engineers on subjects such as
requisite: GEOL501 or consent of instructors. 2 hours lec-
pulsed neutron logging, nuclear magnetic resonance, produc-
ture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Offered fall semester, odd
tion logging, and formation testing; for geophysicists on ver-
years.
tical seismic profiling, cross well acoustics and
electro-magnetic surveys. Prerequisite: GPGN419/PEGN419
GPGN504/GEGN504/PEGN504. INTEGRATED
or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT (I) Students work
in multi disciplinary teams to study practical problems and case
GPGN520. ELECTRICAL AND ELECTROMAGNETIC
studies in integrated subsurface exploration and development.
EXPLORATION (I) Electromagnetic theory. Instrumenta-
Students will learn and apply methods and concepts from ge-
tion. Survey planning. Processing of data. Geologic interpre-
ology, geophysics and petroleum engineering to timely de-
tations. Methods and limitations of interpretation. Prerequisite:
sign problems in oil and gas exploration and field
GPGN302 and GPGN303, or consent of instructor. 3 hours
development. Activities include field trips, computer model-
lecture, 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours. Offered fall semester,
ing, written exerc ises and oral team presentations. Prerequi-
odd years.
site: GPGN/ GEGN/ PEGN503 or consent of instructors. 3
GPGN521. ADVANCED ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRO-
hours lecture and seminar; 3 semester hours. Offered fall se-
MAGNETIC EXPLORATION (II) Field or laboratory
mester, even years.
projects of interest to class members; topics for lecture and
GPGN507. NEAR-SURFACE FIELD METHODS (I)
laboratory selected from the following: new methods for ac-
Students design and implement data acquisition programs
quiring, processing and interpreting electrical and electro-
for all forms of near-surface geophysical surveys. The result
magnetic data, methods for the solution of two- and
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three-dimensional EM problems, physical modeling, inte-
GPGN461 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
grated inversions. Prerequisite: GPGN422 or GPGN520, or
ter hours.
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 4 semester
GPGN553. INTRODUCTION TO SEISMOLOGY (II) This
hours. Offered spring semester, even years.
course is focused on the physics of wave phenomena and the
GPGN530. APPLIED GEOPHYSICS (II) Introduction to
importance of wave-theory results in exploration and earth-
geophysical techniques used in a variety of industries (min-
quake seismology. Includes reflection and transmission prob-
ing, petroleum, environmental and engineering) in exploring
lems for spherical waves, methods of steepest descent and
for new deposits, site design, etc. The methods studied in-
stationary phase, point-source radiation in layered isotropic
clude gravity, magnetic, electrical, seismic, radiometric and
media, surface and non-geometrical waves. Discussion of
borehole techniques. Emphasis on techniques and their appli-
seismic modeling methods, fundamentals of wave propagation
cations are tailored to student interests. The course, intended
in anisotropic and attenuative media. Prerequisite: GPGN552
for non-geophysics students, will emphasize the theoretical
or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
basis for each technique, the instrumentation used and data
Offered spring semester, even years.
collection, processing and interpretation procedures specific
GPGN555. INTRODUCTION TO EARTHQUAKE
to each technique so that non-specialists can more effectively
SEISMOLOGY (II) Introductory course in observational,
evaluate the results of geophysical investigations. Prerequi-
engineering, and theoretical earthquake seismology. Topics
sites: PHGN100, PHGN200, MATH111, GEGN401 or con-
include: seismogram interpretation, elastic plane waves and
sent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
surface waves, source kinematics and constraints from seis-
GPGN540. MINING GEOPHYSICS (I) Introduction to
mograms, seismicity and earthquake location, magnitude and
gravity, magnetic, electric, radiometric and borehole tech-
intensity estimates, seismic hazard analysis, and earthquake
niques used primarily by the mining industry in exploring for
induced ground motions. Students interpret digital data from
new deposits but also applied extensively to petroleum, envi-
globally distributed seismic stations. Prerequisite: GPGN461.
ronmental and engineering problems. The course, intended
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered spring semester,
for graduate geophysics students, will emphasize the theoret-
odd years.
ical basis for each technique, the instrumentation used and
GPGN558. SEISMIC DATA INTERPRETATION (II) Prac-
data collection, processing and interpretation procedures spe-
tical interpretation of seismic data used in exploration for
cific to each technique. Prerequisites: GPGN321, GPGN322,
hydro carbons. Integration with other sources of geological
MATH111, MATH112, MATH213. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
and geophysical information. Prerequisite: GPGN461,
ter hours.
GEOL501 or equivalent or consent of instructor. 2 hours
GPGN551/MATH693. WAVE PHENOMENA SEMINAR
lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
(I, II) Students will probe a range of current methodologies
GPGN561. SEISMIC DATA PROCESSING I (I) Introduc-
and issues in seismic data processing, and discuss their ongo-
tion to basic principles underlying the processing of seismic
ing and planned research projects. Topic areas include: Stat-
data for suppression of various types of noise. Includes the
ics estimation and compensation, deconvolution, multiple
rationale for and methods for implementing different forms
suppression, wavelet estimation, imaging and inversion,
of gain to data, and the use of various forms of stacking for
anisotropic velocity and amplitude analysis, seismic interfer-
noise suppression, such as diversity stacking of Vibroseis
ometry, attenuation and dispersion, extraction of stratigraphic
data, normal-moveout correction and common-midpoint
and lithologic information, and correlation of surface and
stacking, optimum-weight stacking, beam steering and the
borehole seismic data with well log data. Every student regis-
stack array. Also discussed are continuous and discrete one-
ters for GPGN551 in the first semester in residence and re-
and two-dimensional data filtering, including Vibroseis cor-
ceives a grade of PRG. The grade is changed to a letter grade
relation, spectral whitening, moveout filtering, data interpo-
after the student's presentation of thesis research. Prerequi-
lation, slant stacking, and the continuous and discrete Radon
site: Consent of department. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
transform for enhancing data resolution and suppression of
GPGN552. INTRODUCTION TO SEISMOLOGY (I) Intro-
multiples and other forms of coherent noise. Prerequisite:
duction to basic principles of elasticity including Hooke’s law,
GPGN461 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
equation of motion, representation theorems, and reciprocity.
ter hours. Offered fall semester, even years.
Representation of seismic sources, seismic moment tensor,
GPGN562. SEISMIC DATA PROCESSING II (II) The stu-
radiation from point sources in homogeneous isotropic
dent will gain understanding of applications of deterministic
media. Boundary conditions, reflection/transmission coeffi-
and statistical deconvolution for wavelet shaping, wavelet
cients of plane waves, plane-wave propagation in stratified
compression, and multiple suppression. Both reflection-based
media. Basics of wave propagation in attenuative media,
and refraction-based statistics estimation and correction for
brief description of seismic modeling methods. Prerequisite:
2-D and 3-D seismic data will be covered, with some atten-
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tion to problems where subsurface structure is complex. Also
nal papers and current research on the topic. Students will
for areas of complex subsurface structure, students will be
take turns presenting summaries of the papers and leading
intro duced to analytic and interactive methods of velocity
the ensuing discussion. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, or
esti mation. Where the near-surface is complex, poststack and
senior standing and permission of the instructor. 1 hour lec-
prestack imaging methods, such as layer replacement are
ture;1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit.
intro duced to derive dynamic corrections to reflection data.
GPGN580/GEOL580/MNGN580. INDUCED SEISMICITY
Also discussed are special problems related to the processing
(II) Earthquakes are sometimes caused by the activities of
of multi-component seismic data for enhancement of shear-
man. These activities include mining and quarrying, petro-
wave information, and those related to processing of vertical
leum and geothermal energy production, building water
seismic profile data for separation of upgoing and down -
reservoirs and dams, and underground nuclear testing. This
going P- and S- wave arrivals. Prerequisite: GPGN461 and
course will help students understand the characteristics and
GPGN561 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
physical causes of man-made earthquakes and seismicity
ter hours. Offered spring semester, odd years.
induced in various situations. Students will read published
GPGN570/GEOL570. APPLICATIONS OF SATELLITE
reports and objectively analyze the seismological and ancil-
REMOTE SENSING (II) An introduction to geoscience ap-
lary data therein to decide if the causative agent was man or
plications of satellite remote sensing of the Earth and planets.
natural processes. Prerequisite: basic undergraduate geology
The lectures provide background on satellites, sensors,
and physics. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
methodology, and diverse applications. Topics include visi-
GPGN581. GRADUATE SEMINAR – MS (I, II) Presenta-
ble, near infrared, and thermal infrared passive sensing, ac-
tion describing results of MS thesis research. All theses must
tive microwave and radio sensing, and geodetic remote
be presented in seminar before corresponding degree is
sensing. Lectures and labs involve use of data from a variety
granted. Every MS student registers for GPGN581 only in
of instruments, as several applications to problems in the
his/her first semester in residence and receives a grade of
Earth and planetary sciences are presented. Students will
PRG. Thereafter, students must attend the weekly Heiland
complete independent term projects that are presented both
Distinguished Lecture every semester in residence. The grade
written and orally at the end of the term. Prerequisites:
of PRG is changed to a letter grade after the student’s presen-
PHGN200 and MATH225 or consent of instructor. 2 hours
tation of MS thesis research. 1 hour seminar, 1 semester hour.
lecture, 2 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
GPGN597. SUMMER PROGRAMS
GPGN574. GROUNDWATER GEOPHYSICS (II) Descrip-
tion of world groundwater aquifers. Effects of water satura-
GPGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOPHYSICS (I, II)
tion on the physical properties of rocks. Use of geophysical
New topics in geophysics. Each member of the academic
methods in the exploration, development and production of
faculty is invited to submit a prospectus of the course to the
groundwater. Field demonstrations of the application of the
department head for evaluation as a special topics course. If
geophysical methods in the solution of some groundwater
selected, the course can be taught only once under the 598
problems. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture,
title before becoming a part of the regular curriculum under a
3 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
new course number and title. Prerequisite: Consent of depart-
ment. Credit-variable, 1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit
GPGN575 PLANETARY GEOPHYSICS Of the solid plan-
under different titles.
ets and moons in our Solar System, no two bodies are exactly
alike. This class will provide an overview of the observed
GPGN599. GEOPHYSICAL INVESTIGATIONS MS (I, II)
properties of the planets and moons, cover the basic physical
Individual project; instrument design, data interpretation,
processes that govern their evolution, and then investigate
problem analysis, or field survey. Prerequisite: Consent of
how the planets differ and why. The overarching goals are to
department and “Independent Study” form must be com-
develop a quantitative understanding of the processes that
pleted and submitted to the Registrar. Credit dependent upon
drive the evolution of planetary surfaces and interiors, and to
nature and extent of project. Variable 1 to 6 hours. Repeat-
develop a deeper understanding of the Earth by placing it in
able for credit.
the broader context of the Solar System. Prerequisites: Grad-
GPGN605. INVERSION THEORY (II) Introductory course
uate standing. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
in inverting geophysical observations for inferring earth
GPGN576 SPECIAL TOPICES IN THE PLANETARY SCI-
structure and processes. Techniques discussed include:
ENCES Students will read and discuss papers on a particular
Monte-Carlo procedures, Marquardt-Levenburg optimiza-
topic in the planetary sciences. The choice of topic will
tion, and generalized linear inversion. In addition, aspects of
change each semester. The emphasis is on key topics related
probability theory, data and model resolution, uniqueness
to the current state and evolution of the solid planets and
considerations, and the use of a priori constraints are pre-
moons in our solar system. Readings will include both semi-
sented. Students are required to apply the inversion methods
described to a problem of their choice and present the results
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as an oral and written report. Prerequisite: MATH225 and
GPGN681. GRADUATE SEMINAR – PHD (I, II) Presenta-
knowledge of a scientific programming language. 3 hours
tion describing results of Ph.D. thesis research. All theses
lecture; 3 semester hours.
must be presented in seminar before corresponding degree is
GPGN606. SIMULATION OF GEOPHYSICAL DATA (II)
granted. Every PhD student registers for GPGN681 only in
Efficiency of writing and running computer programs. Re-
his/her first semester in residence and receives a grade of
view of basic matrix manipulation. Utilization of existing
PRG. Thereafter, students must attend the weekly Heiland
CSM and department computer program libraries. Some
Distinguished Lecture every semester in residence. The grade
basic and specialized numerical integration techniques used
of PRG is changed to a letter grade after the student’s presen-
in geophysics. Geophysical applications of finite elements,
tation of PhD thesis research. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester
finite differences, integral equation modeling, and summary
hour.
representation. Project resulting in a term paper on the use of
GPGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOPHYSICS (I, II)
numerical methods in geophysical interpretation. Prerequi-
New topics in geophysics. Each member of the academic
site: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
faculty is invited to submit a prospectus of the course to the
Offered spring semester, odd years.
department head for evaluation as a special topics course. If
GPGN651. ADVANCED SEISMOLOGY (I) In-depth
selected, the course can be taught only once under the 698
discus sion of wave propagation and seismic processing for
title before becoming a part of the regular curriculum under
anisotropic, heterogeneous media. Topics include influence
a new course number and title. Prerequisite: Consent of in-
of anisotropy on plane-wave velocities and polarizations,
structor. Credit – variable, 1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit
traveltime analysis for transversely isotropic models, aniso -
under different topics.
tropic velocity-analysis and imaging methods, point-source
GPGN699. GEOPHYSICAL INVESTIGATION-PHD (I, II)
radiation and Green’s function in anisotropic media, inversion
Individual project; instrument design, data interpretation,
and processing of multicomponent seismic data, shear-wave
problem analysis, or field survey. Prerequisite: Consent of
splitting, and basics of seismic fracture characterization. Pre-
department and “Independent Study” form must be com-
requisites: GPGN552 and GPGN553 or consent of instructor.
pleted and submitted to the Registrar. Credit dependent upon
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
nature and extent of project, not to exceed 6 semester hours.
GPGN658. SEISMIC WAVEFIELD IMAGING (I) Seismic
Repeatable for credit.
imaging is the process that converts seismograms, each
GPGN705. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER
recorded as a function of time, to an image of the earth's sub-
OF SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion
surface, which is a function of depth below the surface. The
of the degree Master of Science - thesis. Research must be
course emphasizes imaging applications developed from first
carried out under the direct supervision of the graduate stu-
principles (elastodynamics relations) to practical methods ap-
dent’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
plicable to seismic wavefield data. Techniques discussed in-
GPGN706. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: DOCTOR
clude reverse-time migration and migration by wavefield
OF PHILOSOPHY Research credit hours required for com-
extrapolation, angle-domain imaging, migration velocity
pletion of the degree Doctor of Philosophy-thesis. Research
analysis and analysis of angle-dependent reflectivity. Stu-
must be carried out under direct supervision of the graduate
dents do independent term projects presented at the end of
student’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
the term, under the supervision of a faculty member or guest
lecturer. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours.
GPGN660. MATHEMATICS OF SEISMIC IMAGING AND
MIGRATION (II) During the past 40 years geophysicists
have developed many techniques (known collectively as
“migra tion”) for imaging geologic structures deep within the
Earth’s subsurface. Beyond merely imaging strata, migration
can provide information about important physical properties
of rocks, necessary for the subsequent drilling and develop-
ment of oil- and gas-bearing formations within the Earth. In
this course the student will be introduced to the mathematical
theory underlying seismic migration, in the context of “inverse
scattering imaging theory.” The course is heavily oriented
toward problem solving. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Offered spring semester, odd years.
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Hydrologic Science and Engineering
proved for each student by the student’s advisor and thesis
DAVID BENSON, Associate Professor and HSE Director, Geology
Committee.
& Geological Engineering
To achieve the Master of Science (M.S.) degree, students
RONALD R.H. COHEN, Associate Professor and HSE Associate
may elect the Non-Thesis option, based exclusively upon
Director, Environmental Science & Engineering
coursework and a project report, or the Thesis option. The
Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry
thesis option is comprised of coursework in combination
JAMES RANVILLE, Associate Professor
with individual laboratory, modeling and/or field research
BETTINA VOELKER, Associate Professor
performed under the guidance of a faculty advisor and pre-
Division of Environmental Science and Engineering
sented in a written thesis approved by the student’s committee.
JOHN MCCRAY, Professor & Director, Environmental Science &
Engineering
HSE also offers a combined baccalaureate/masters degree
ROBERT L. SIEGRIST, University Emeritus Professor
program in which CSM students obtain an undergraduate de-
TISSA ILLANGASEKARE, Professor and AMAX Chair
gree as well as a Thesis or Non- thesis M.S. in Hydrology. In
JÖRG DREWES, Professor
the Combined Degree Program as many as six credit hours
LINDA FIGUEROA, Associate Professor
may be counted towards the B.S. and M.S. degree require-
JUNKO MUNAKATA MARR, Associate Professor
ments. Please see the Combined Undergraduate/Graduate
JOHN SPEAR, Associate Professor
Programs sections in the Graduate and Undergraduate Bul-
TZAHI CATH, Assistant Professor
letins for additional information.
CHRISTOPHER HIGGINS, Assistant Professor
JONATHAN SHARP, Assistant Professor
To achieve the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree,
students are expected to complete a combination of course-
Division of Engineering
MARTE GUTIERREZ, Professor
work and novel, original research, under the guidance of a
NING LU, Professor
faculty advisor and Doctoral committee, which culminates in
a significant scholarly contribution to a specialized field in
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
JOHN HUMPHREY, Associate Professor and Director
hydrologic sciences or engineering. Full-time enrollment is ex-
EILEEN POETER, Emerita Professor
pected and leads to the greatest success, although part-time
REED MAXWELL, Associate Professor
enrollment may be allowed under special circumstances. All
doctoral students must complete the full-time, on-campus
Department of Geophysics
DAVID HALE, Professor
residency requirements described in the general section of
GARY OLHOEFT, Professor
the Graduate Bulletin.
YAOGUO LI, Associate Professor
Currently, students will apply to the hydrology program
ANDRE REVIL, Associate Professor
through the Graduate School and be assigned to the HSE par-
JEFF ANDREWS-HANNAH, Assistant Professor
ticipating department or division of the student's HSE advi-
Division of Liberal Arts & International Studies
sor. Participating units include: Chemistry and
HUSSEIN AMERY, Professor
Geochemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science and En-
Degrees Offered:
gineering (ESE), Geology and Geological Engineering (GE),
Master of Science (Hydrology), Thesis option
Geophysical Engineering, Mining Engineering (ME), and Pe-
Master of Science (Hydrology), Non-thesis option
troleum Engineering (PE). HSE is part of the Western Re-
Doctor of Philosophy (Hydrology)
gional Graduate Program, a recognition that designates these
programs as unique within the Western United States. An im-
Program Description:
portant benefit of this designation is that students from sev-
The Hydrologic Science and Engineering (HSE) Program
eral western states are given the tuition status of Colorado
is an interdisciplinary graduate program comprised of faculty
residents. These states include Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii,
from several different CSM departments.
Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ore-
The program offers programs of study in fundamental
gon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
hydro logic science and applied hydrology with engineering
For more information on HSE curriculum please refer to
applications. Our program encompasses ground-water hydro -
the HSE website at hydrology.mines.edu.
geology, surface-water hydrology, vadose-zone hydrology,
watershed hydrology, contaminant transport and fate, con-
Combined Degree Program Option:
taminant remediation, hydrogeophysics, and water policy/law.
CSM undergraduate students have the opportunity to begin
Students may elect to follow the Science or the Engineering
work on a M.S. degree in Hydrology while completing their
Track.
Bachelor’s degree. The CSM Combined Degree Program
provides the vehicle for students to complete graduate course-
HSE requires a core study of 4 formal graduate courses.
work while still an undergraduate student. For more informa-
Programs of study are interdisciplinary in nature, and course-
tion please contact the HSE program faculty.
work is obtained from multiple departments at CSM and is ap-
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Program Requirements:
Note that some pre-requisites may be completed in the
M.S. Non-Thesis Option: 36 total credit hours, consisting
first few semesters of the graduate program if approved by
of coursework (30 h), and Independent Study (6 h) working
the hydrology program faculty. Graduate courses may be
on a research project with HSE faculty, including a written
used to fulfill one or more of these requirements after ap-
report.
proval by the HSE Graduate Admissions Committee and the
M.S. Thesis Option: 30 total credit hours, consisting of
student’s Thesis Committee.
coursework (24 h), and research (6 h). Students must also
Required Curriculum:
write and orally defend a research thesis.
Students will work with their academic advisors and grad-
Ph.D.: 72 total credit hours, consisting of coursework
uate thesis committees to establish plans of study that best fit
(at least 15 h), and research (at least 24 h). Students must
their individual interests and goals. Each student will develop
also successfully complete qualifying examinations, write
and submit a plan of study to their advisor during the first se-
and defend a dissertation proposal, write and defend a doc-
mester of enrollment. Doctoral students may transfer in cred-
toral dissertation, and are expected to submit the dissertation
its from an earned M.S. graduate program according to
work for publication in scholarly journals.
requirements listed in the Graduate Degrees and Require-
ments section of the graduate bulletin, and after approval by
Thesis Committee Requirements
the student's thesis committee. Recommended pre-requisite
Students must meet the general requirements listed in
courses may be taken for credit during the first year a student
the graduate bulletin section Graduate Degrees and Require-
is enrolled in HSE. In some cases, graduate courses may sat-
ments. In addition, the student’s advisor or co-advisor must
isfy one or more pre-requisites if approved by the hydrology
be an HSE faculty member. For M.S. thesis students, at least
program faculty.
two committee members must be members of the HSE faculty.
For doctoral students, at least 3 members must be a member
SCIENCE TRACK:
of the HSE faculty.
Curriculum areas of emphasis consist of core courses, and
electives. Core courses include the following:
Prerequisites Science Track:
u baccalaureate degree in a science or engineering
Ground Water Engineering (GEGN466)
discipline
Surface-Water Hydrology (GEGN582)
Environmental Water Chemistry (ESGN500)
u college calculus: two semesters required
Subsurface Contaminant Fate and Transport (ESGN522)
u differential equations: one semester required
Or
u college physics: one semester required
Surface Water Quality Modeling (ESGN520)
u college chemistry: one year required
HSE seminar is also required and will typically have a 598
course number. These are one-credit reading and discussion
u fluid mechanics, one semester required
seminars. PhD students are required to complete at least two
u college statistics: one semester required
during their studies, and M.S. students must complete one
Prerequisites Engineering Track:
seminar. The seminar courses are taught nearly every semes-
u baccalaureate degree in a science or engineering
ter, with different topics depending on the instructor. Students
discipline
who plan to incorporate hydrochemistry into their research
may elect to replace ESGN 500 with a two-course combina-
u college calculus: two semesters required
tion that includes an aqueous inorganic chemistry course
u differential equations: one semester required
(CHGC 509) and an environmental organic chemistry course
u college physics: two semesters required
(ESGN 555).
u college chemistry: two years required
A grade of B- or better is required in all core classes for
graduation.
u college statistics: one semester required
Elective courses may be chosen from a list approved by
u statics, one semester required
the HSE program faculty with one free elective that may be
u mechanics of materials, one semester required
chosen from any of the graduate courses offered at CSM and
u dynamics, one semester required
other local universities. A list of these courses can be found
on the HSE website.
u thermodynamics, one semester required
ENGINEERING TRACK:
u fluid mechanics: one semester required
Curriculum areas of emphasis consist of core courses, and
u engineering design (equivalent of a 400-level capstone
electives. Core courses include all core courses in the Sci-
design course or ESGN 451 - Hydraulic Problems)
ence Track and a relevant Capstone Design Course (e.g.
Ground Water Engineering GEGN 470)
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Elective courses may be chosen from a list approved by
Interdisciplinary
the HSE program faculty with one free elective that may be
Degrees Offered:
chosen from any of the graduate courses offered at CSM and
Master of Science (Interdisciplinary)
other local universities. At least half of the elective credits
Doctor of Philosophy (Interdisciplinary)
must come from the following list:
Program Description:
GEGN 581
Analytical Hydrology
In addition to its traditional degree programs, Mines offers
GEGN 683
Advanced Groundwater Modeling
innovative, interdisciplinary, research-based degree programs
ESGN 622
Multiphase Fluids Transport
that fit the institutional role and mission, but cannot easily be
GEGN 681
Vadose-Zone Hydrology
addressed within a single discipline or degree program. Spe-
GEGN 584
Advanced Hydrogeology
cialities offered under this option are provided for a limited
GEGN 682
Flow And Transport In Fractured Rock
time during which faculty from across campus come together
ESGN 575
Hazardous Waste Site Remediation
to address relevant, timely, interdisciplinary issues. The In-
GEGN 585
Hydrochemical Modeling
terdisciplinary Graduate Program is intended to 1) encourage
GEGN 684
Chemical Modeling of Aqueous Systems
faculty and students to participate in broadly interdisciplinary
EGGN 454
Water Supply Engineering
research, 2) provide a mechanism by which a rigorous aca-
ESGN 603
Water Reuse and Treatment
demic degree program may be tightly coupled to this inter-
EGES 533
Unsaturated Soil Mechanics
disciplinary research, and 3) provide a mechanism for faculty
EGES 534
Soil Behavior
to develop and market test, timely and innovative interdisci-
EGES 553
Engineering Hydrology
plinary degree programs in the hope that, if successful, may
EGES 554
Open Channel Flow
become full-fledged, stand-alone degree programs in the fu-
GEGN 532
Geological Data Analysis
ture.
GEGN 575
Applications of GIS
GEGN 542
Advanced Engineering Geomorphology
Program Requirements:
GEGN 573
Site Investigation
Graduates of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program must
ESGN 601
Risk Assessment
meet all institutional requirements for graduation and the re-
ESGN 598
Numerical Methods for Modeling of
quirements of the Speciality under which they are admitted.
Water and Environmental Systems
Program Management:
Overall management and oversight of the Interdisciplinary
Degree Program is undertaken by a Program Oversight Com-
mittee consisting of the
u Dean of Graduate Studies (Chair and Program Direc-
tor),
u One Representative from the Faculty Senate,
u One Representative from Department Heads/Division
Directors, and
u One Faculty Representative from each active Speciality
Areas.
The role of the Oversight Committee is fourfold.
u Speciality Oversight: includes advising and assisting fac-
ulty in the creation of new Speciality areas, periodic Spe-
ciality review and termination of Specialities having
exceed the allowed time limits,
u Speciality Mentoring: includes providing assistance to,
and support of existing Specialities as they move toward
applying for full degree status,
u Program Advocacy: includes promotion of program at
the institutional level, and promotion, development and
support of new Speciality areas with individual groups of
faculty, and
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u Council Representation: upon the advise of the directors
Ful -Fledged Degree Creation and Speciality Time
of the individual Specialities offered, the Oversight Com-
Limits:
mittee appoints an Interdisciplinary Degree program rep-
Documentation related to specific program Specialities, as
resentative to Graduate Council.
published in the Graduate Bulletin, includes the inception se-
Speciality Requirements and Approval Processes
mester of the Speciality. For Specialities garnering signifi-
Specialities must meet the following minimum require-
cant enrollment and support by participating academic
ments.
faculty, the Program Oversight Committee encourages the
participating faculty to seek approval – both on campus, and
u Speciality area must be, within the context of Mines, in-
through the Board of Trustees and DHE – for a stand alone
terdisciplinary in nature. That is, expertise that would be
degree program. Upon approval, all students still in the Spe-
reasonably expected to be required to deliver the special-
ciality will be moved to the full-fledged degree program.
ity must span multiple degree programs at Mines.
Admissions to all doctoral-level Specialities will be al-
u Faculty participating in the Speciality must be derived
lowed for a maximum of 7 years after the Speciality incep-
from no fewer than two separate home units.
tion date. Specialities may apply to the Oversight Committee
u There must be a minimum of six tenure/tenure-track core
for a one-time extension to this time limit that shall not ex-
faculty participating in the Speciality.
ceed 3 additional years. If successful, the Oversight Commit-
The package of materials to be reviewed for Speciality ap-
tee shall inform Graduate Council and the Faculty Senate of
proval must, at a minimum, include the following items:
the extension.
u descriptive overview of Speciality degree area,
Specialities:
u list of participating Faculty and the Departments/Divi-
Operations Research with Engineering (initiated
sions in which they are resident,
Fal , 2011)
KADRI DAGDELEN, Professor, (MN)
u name of Speciality to be included on the transcript,
DINESH MEHTA, Professor, (CS)
u listing and summary description of all Speciality degree
MICHAEL WALLS, Professor, (EB)
requirements,
CRISTIAN CIOBANU, Associate Professor, (EG)
MARK KUCHTA, Associate Professor, (MN)
u a description of how program quality is overseen by par-
ALEXANDRA NEWMAN, Associate Professor, (EB)
ticipating Speciality faculty including the Admission to
LUIS TENORIO, Associate Professor, (MA)
Candidacy process to be used within the Speciality,
TYRONE VINCENT, Associate Professor, (EG)
u a copy of Bylaws (i.e., operating parameters that define
ANDRZEJ SZYMCZAK, Assistant Professor, (MA)
how the Speciality is managed, how faculty participate,
AMANDA HERING, Assistant Professor, (MA)
how admissions is handled, etc.) under which the Spe-
STEFFEN REBENNACK, Assistant Professor, (EB)
ciality and its faculty operate,
CAMERON TURNER, Assistant Professor, (EG)
JUAN CARLOS MADENI, Research Faculty & Teaching Associate
u a listing and justification for any additional resources
Professor, (MT)
needed to offer the Speciality, and
Degrees Offered:
u a draft of the Graduate Bulletin text that will be used to
Doctor of Philosophy (Interdisciplinary); Speciality (Oper-
describe the Speciality in the Interdisciplinary Degree
ations Research with Engineering)
section of Bulletin.
Program Description:
Materials for Speciality approval must be approved by all
Operations Research (OR) involves mathematically mod-
of the following groups. Faculty advancing a Speciality
eling physical systems (both naturally occurring and man-
should seek approval from each group in the order in which
made) with a view to determining a course of action for the
they are presented below.
system to either improve or optimize its functionality. Exam-
u Faculty and Department Heads/Division Directors of
ples of such systems include, but are not limited to, manufac-
each of the departments/divisions contributing staffing to
turing systems, chemical processes, socio-economic systems,
the Speciality,
mechanical systems (e.g., those that produce energy), and
u Interdisciplinary Program Oversight Committee,
mining systems. The ORE PhD Program will allow students
to complete an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in Opera-
u Graduate Council,
tions Research with Engineering by taking courses and con-
u Faculty Senate, and
ducting research in five departments/divisions: Mathematical
u Provost.
& Computer Sciences, Engineering, Economics & Business,
Mining, and Metallurgical & Materials Engineering.
Failure to receive approval at any level constitutes an insti-
tutional decision to not offer the Speciality as described.
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Speciality Requirements:
Students entering in the fall semester must have completed
Doctoral students develop a customized curriculum to fit
the Programming (CSCI 261) prerequisite or equivalent. Stu-
their needs. The degree requires a minimum of 72 graduate
dents will only be allowed to enter in the spring semester if
credit hours that includes course work and a thesis. Course-
they have developed a course program such that they are able
work is valid for ten years towards a Ph.D. degree; any ex-
to take the qualifying exam within 3 semesters.
ceptions must be approved by the Director of the ORE
Required Course Curriculum
program and student advisor.
All Ph.D. students are required to take a set of core
Course Work
courses that provides basic tools for the more advanced and
24 credits of core courses
specialized courses in the program.
12 credits from electives
Core Courses (24 credits)
Research Credits
•CSCI/MATH406 Algorithms
At least 24 research credits. The student’s faculty advisor
•EGGN593/ EBGN552 Engineering Design Optimiza-
and the doctoral thesis committee must approve the student’s
tion/Nonlinear Programming
program of study and the topic for the thesis.
•MATH530 Statistical Methods I
•EBGN555 Linear Programming
Qualifying Examination Process and Thesis
•EBGN557 Integer programming
Proposal
•EBGN556 Network Models
Upon completion of the core course work, students must
•EGGN502 Interdisciplinary Modeling and Simulation
pass qualifying written examinations to become a candidate
•EBGN561 or MATH438 Stochastic processes
for the Ph.D. ORE degree. The proposal defense should be
Area of Specialization Courses (12 credits)
done within ten months of passing the qualifying exam.
•EBGN528 or MATH/CSCI 542 Simulation
Transfer Credits
•MTGN450/MLGN550 Statistical Process Control/Design
Students may transfer up to 24 hours of graduate-level
of Experiments
course work from other institutions toward the Ph.D. degree
•EBGN560 Decision Analysis
subject to the restriction that those courses must not have
•EBGN598 Advanced Decision Analysis
been used as credit toward a Bachelor degree. The student
•EGGN517 Theory and Design of Advanced Control
must have achieved a grade of B or better in all graduate
Systems
transfer courses and the transfer must be approved by the stu-
•EBGN655 Advanced Linear Programming
dent’s Doctoral Thesis Committee and the Director of the
•EBGN657 Advanced Integer Programming
ORE program.
•CSCI562 Applied Algorithms and Data Structures
Unsatisfactory Progress
•MNGN536 OR in Mining
In addition to the institutional guidelines for unsatisfactory
•MNGN538 Geostatistics
progress as described elsewhere in this bulletin: Unsatisfac-
•EBGN509 Mathematical Economics
tory progress will be assigned to any full-time student who
•EBGN575 Real Options and Pricing
does not pass the prerequisite and core courses CSCI262,
•MATH531 Statistical Methods II
EBGN555, MTGN450/ MLGN550, and MATH530 in first
•XXXX598 Special Topics (Requires Approval of the
fall semester of study and either EGGN593 or EBGN552,
Advisor and ORE Program Director)
and CSCI 406 in the first spring semester of study. Unsatis-
factory progress will also be assigned to any students who do
not complete requirements as specified in their admission let-
ter. Any exceptions to the stipulations for unsatisfactory
progress must be approved by the ORE committee. Part-time
students develop an approved course plan with their advisor.
Prerequisites
Students must have completed the following undergradu-
ate prerequisite courses with a grade of B or better:
u Programming (CSCI 261)
u Data Structures (CSCI 262)
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Liberal Arts and International Studies
Program Description:
ELIZABETH VAN WIE DAVIS, Professor and Division Director
As the 21st century unfolds, individuals, communities, and
CARL MITCHAM, Professor
nations face major challenges in energy, natural resources,
HUSSEIN A. AMERY, Associate Professor
and the environment. While these challenges demand practi-
TINA L. GIANQUITTO, Associate Professor
cal ingenuity from engineers and applied scientists, solutions
KATHLEEN J. HANCOCK, Associate Professor and Director,
must also take into account social, political, economic, cul-
MIPER Graduate Program
tural, ethical, and global contexts. CSM students, as citizens
JOHN R. HEILBRUNN, Associate Professor
and future professionals, confront a rapidly changing society
JON LEYDENS, Associate Professor
JUAN C. LUCENA, Associate Professor
that demands core technical skills complemented by flexible
KENNETH OSGOOD, Associate Professor and Director, McBride
intelligence, original thought, and cultural sensitivity.
Honors Program
Courses in Liberal Arts and International Studies (LAIS)
JAMES D. STRAKER, Associate Professor
expand students' professional capacities by providing oppor-
JASON DELBORNE, Assistant Professor
tunities to explore the humanities, social sciences, and fine
SYLVIA GAYLORD, Assistant Professor
arts. Our curricula encourage the development of critical
DERRICK HUDSON, Assistant Professor
JENNIFER SCHNEIDER, Assistant Professor
thinking skills that will help students make more informed
JAMES V. JESUDASON, Teaching Professor
choices as national and world citizens - promoting more
ROBERT KLIMEK, Teaching Professor
complex understandings of justice, equality, culture, history,
TONI LEFTON, Teaching Professor
development, and sustainability. Students study ethical rea-
SANDY WOODSON, Teaching Professor and Undergraduate
soning, compare and contrast different economies and cul-
Advisor
tures, and develop arguments from data and analyze
DAN MILLER, Teaching Associate Professor and Assistant Division
globalization. LAIS courses also foster creativity by offering
Director
opportunities for self-discovery. Students conduct literary
ROSE PASS, Teaching Associate Professor
analyses, improve communication skills, play music, learn
JONATHAN H. CULLISON, Teaching Assistant Professor
media theory, and write poetry. These experiences foster in-
PAULA A. FARCA, Teaching Assistant Professor
CORTNEY E. HOLLES, Teaching Assistant Professor
tellectual agility, personal maturity, and respect for the com-
SHIRA RICHMAN, Teaching Assistant Professor
plexity of our world.
BETTY J. CANNON, Emerita Associate Professor
The Division of Liberal Arts & International Studies offers
W. JOHN CIESLEWICZ, Emeritus Professor
a graduate degree, the Master of International Political Econ-
DONALD I. DICKINSON, Emeritus Professor
omy of Resources (MIPER); two graduate certificates in In-
WILTON ECKLEY, Emeritus Professor
ternational Political Economy (IPE); a graduate certificate in
T. GRAHAM HEREFORD, Emeritus Professor
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Policy (STEP); and a
JOHN A. HOGAN, Emeritus Professor
BARBARA M. OLDS, Emerita Professor
graduate individual minor.
KATHLEEN H. OCHS, Emerita Associate Professor
Requirements for a Master of International
EUL-SOO PANG, Emeritus Professor
Political Economy of Resources (MIPER)
LAURA J. PANG, Emerita Associate Professor
The objective of the MIPER program is to develop profes-
ANTON G. PEGIS, Emeritus Professor
sional analytical skills in resources development and man-
THOMAS PHILIPOSE, University Emeritus Professor
agement; issues of regional and global security and risk
ARTHUR B. SACKS, Emeritus Professor
JOSEPH D. SNEED, Emeritus Professor
issues affecting resources industry; and broader concerns of
KAREN B. WILEY, Emerita Associate Professor
culture, religion and politics. MIPER is designed to give en-
ROBERT E.D. WOOLSEY, Emeritus Professor
gineers and applied scientists detailed knowledge of the
global political economy, with the goal of preparing them for
Degrees Offered:
jobs in multinational corporations in resources sectors—such
Master of International Political Economy of Resources
as petroleum, mining, and hydrology-related industries—as
Non-Degree Certificates Offered:
well as governmental and nongovernmental jobs. Through
International Political Economy Graduate Certificates
seminars and lectures; analyzing papers and books on the re-
Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, Engineering,
sources industries, on countries and cultures around the
and Policy
world, and on international political economy theories; and
researching, writing and presenting analytical papers, gradu-
Non-Degree Minor Offered:
ates will become better leaders and decision-makers in their
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Policy
respective fields. The MIPER program has expanded to in-
Graduate Individual Minor
clude students with social science backgrounds interested in
resource issues, mid-level career engineers looking to deepen
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their understanding of the global economy, international stu-
gional development (Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa,
dents working in their home states’ resource industries, and
Russia, Eurasia, and the Middle East), international or com-
military officers seeking higher education.
parative political economy issues, and specific themes like
The Master of International Political Economy of Re-
trade, finance, the environment, gender and ethnicity. Admis-
sources (MIPER) provides students with either a thesis-based
sions requirements are the same as for the degree program.
or non-thesis professional degree that requires 36 semester
Please see the MIPER Director for more information.
hours. Please see the website https: miper.mines.edu/ for
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Policy
more information on specific courses associated with the de-
Graduate Minor and Certificate (STEP)
gree.
Non-thesis option
The STEP graduate minor for the MS degree requires a
15 credits of core courses
minimum 9 semester hours of course work. The STEP grad-
21 credits of elective courses
uate minor for the PhD degree requires a minimum 12 se-
mester hours of course work. The STEP graduate certificate
Thesis option
requires a minimum 15 semester hours of course work.
15 credits of core courses
In all cases, the required course work must include LAIS
15 credits of elective courses
586 Science and Technology Policy. Other courses may be
6 credits of research hours
selected from a list of recommended courses posted and reg-
ularly updated on the LAIS Science and Technology Policy
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Degree
Studies web site, a list which includes some courses from
Programs
other academic units. Among non-LAIS courses, the MS
Some students may earn the master's degree as part of
minor is limited to one such course and the PhD minor and
CSM's Combined Undergraduate/Graduate programs. Stu-
graduate certificate are limited to two such courses. With the
dents participating in the combined degree program may
approval of the LAIS STEP adviser, it is also possible to uti-
double count up to 6 semester hours of 400-level course
lize a limited number of other courses from the CSM Bulletin
work from their undergraduate course work.
as well as transfer courses from other institutions.
Please note that CSM students interested in pursuing a
Graduate Individual Minor
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate program are encouraged
Graduate students in departments and divisions other than
to make an initial contact with the MIPER Director after
LAIS may earn a minor in the Division if they complete 12
completion of the first semester of their sophomore year for
hours of course work from the LAIS course offerings, includ-
counseling on degree application procedures, admissions
ing Special Topics (LAIS 598 courses) or Independent Study
standards, and degree completion requirements.
(LAIS 599) chosen in consultation with an LAIS advisor.
See "Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Pro-
Note: The Graduate Individual Minor must be approved by
grams" elsewhere in this bulletin for further details.
the student's graduate committee and by the LAIS Division.
Admission Requirements
Description of Courses:
Humanities and Social Sciences (LAIS)
The requirements for admission into LAIS Graduate Pro-
LAIS521. ENVIRONMENTAL PHILOSOPHY AND POL-
grams are as follows:
ICY Analyzes environmental ethics and philosophy including
1. An undergraduate degree with a cumulative grade
the relation of philosophical perspectives to policy decision
point average (GPA) at or above 3.0 (4.0 scale) or be a
making. Critically examines often unstated ethical and/or
CSM undergraduate with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in
philosophical assumptions about the environment and how
LAIS course work.
these may complicate and occasionally undermine productive
2. The GRE is required. Under certain circumstances,
policies. Policies that may be considered include environ-
the GRE requirements can be waived.
mental protection, economic development, and energy pro-
3. A TOEFL score of 580 (paper test), 237 (computer
duction and use. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
test), or 92-93 (Internet test) or higher is required for
LAIS523. ADVANCED SCIENCE COMMUNICATION Ex-
students who are non-native English speakers.
amines historical and contemporary case studies where sci-
IPE Graduate Certificates
ence communication (or mis-communication) played key
The IPE Graduate Certificate program is divided into two
roles in shaping policy outcomes and/or public perceptions.
parts: (1) the first 15 credit hour certificate focuses on the
Examples will include historical as well as recent controver-
IPE theories, methods, and models; and (2) the second 15
sies. Students will study, analyze, and write about science
credit hour certificate focuses on specialization, such as re-
communication and policy theories related to scientific un-
certainty; the role of the scientist as communicator; and
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media ethics. Students will also be exposed to a number of
ones, and reflects on the pursuant contemporary security is-
strategies for managing encounters with the media as well as
sues that both divide and unite the region, as well as analyz-
tools for assessing their communication responsibilities and
ing the effects of globalization on economies and
capacities. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
socio-political trends. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
LAIS525. MEDIA AND THE ENVIRONMENT Considers
LAIS541. AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT Provides a broad
how messages about the environment and environmentalism
overview of the political economy of Africa. Its goal is to
are communicated in the mass media, fine arts, and popular
give students an understanding of the possibilities of African
culture. Introduces students to key readings in communica-
development and the impediments that currently block its
tions, media studies, and cultural studies in order to under-
economic growth. Despite substantial natural resources, min-
stand the many ways in which the images, messages, and
eral reserves, and human capital, most African countries re-
politics of “nature” are constructed. Students will analyze
main mired in poverty. The struggles that have arisen on the
their role as science or technology communicators and will
continent have fostered thinking about the curse of natural
participate in the creation of communications projects related
resources where countries with oil or diamonds are beset
to environmental research on campus. 3 hours seminar; 3 se-
with political instability and warfare. Readings give first an
mester hours.
introduction to the continent followed by a focus on the spe-
cific issues that confront African development today. 3 hours
LAIS531 RELIGION AND SECURITY Scrutinizes the cen-
lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
tral topics in religion and society. Develops an analysis of
civil society in 21st century contexts and connects this analy-
LAIS542. NATURAL RESOURCES AND WAR IN AFRICA
sis with leading debates about the relationship of religion and
Examines the relationship between natural resources and wars
security. Creates an understanding of diverse religious tradi-
in Africa. It begins by discussing the complexity of Africa with
tions from the perspective of how they view security. 3 hours
its several many languages, peoples, and geographic distinc-
lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
tions. Among the most vexing challenges for Africa is the fact
that the continent possesses such wealth and yet still struggles
LAIS535. LATIN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT Explores
with endemic warfare, which is hypothetically caused by greed
the political economy of current and recent past development
and competition over resource rents. Readings are multidisci-
strategies, models, efforts, and issues in Latin America, one
plinary and draw from policy studies, economics, and political
of the most dynamic regions of the world today. Development
science. Students will acquire an understanding of different the-
is understood to be a nonlinear, complex set of processes in-
oretical approaches from the social sciences to explain the rela-
volving political, economic, social, cultural, and environmen-
tionship between abundant natural resources and war in Africa.
tal factors whose ultimate goal is to improve the quality of
The course helps students apply the different theories to spe-
life for individuals. The role of both the state and the market
cific cases and productive sectors. 3 hours lecture and discus-
in development processes will be examined. Topics to be
sion; 3 semester hours.
covered will vary as changing realities dictate but will be
LAIS545. INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY In-
drawn from such subjects as inequality of income distribu-
troduces students to the field of International Political Economy
tion; the role of education and health care; region-markets;
(IPE) . IPE scholars examine the intersection between econom-
the impact of globalization; institution-building; corporate-
ics and politics, with a focus on interactions between states, or-
community-state interfaces; neoliberalism; privatization;
ganizations, and individuals around the world. Students will
democracy; and public policy formulation as it relates to
become familiar with the three main schools of thought on IPE:
devel opment goals. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semes-
Realism (mercantilism), Liberalism, and Historical Structural-
ter hours.
ism (including Marxism and feminism) and will evaluate sub-
LAIS537. ASIAN DEVELOPMENT Explores the historical
stantive issues such as the role of international organizations
development of Asia Pacific from agrarian to post-industrial
(the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, and the Inter-
eras; its economic, political, and cultural transformation
national Monetary Fund), the monetary and trading systems, re-
since World War II, contemporary security issues that both
gional development, international development, foreign aid,
divide and unite the region; and globalization processes that
debt crises, multinational corporations, and globalization.
encourage Asia Pacific to forge a single trading bloc. 3 hours
3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
LAIS546. GLOBALIZATION Assesses the historical develop-
LAIS539. MIDDLE EAST DEVELOPMENT Uses eco-
ment of international political economy as a discipline. Origi-
nomic, political, social and historical dynamics to help un-
nally studied as the harbinger of today's political science,
derstand the development trajectories in the Middle East
economics, sociology, anthropology, and history, International
during recent decades. This research-intensive graduate
Political Economy is the multidisciplinary study of the relation-
seminar discusses the development of Middle Eastern soci-
ship between states and markets. A fuller understanding will be
eties from their tribal and agrarian roots to post-industrial
achieved through research and data analysis as well as interpre-
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tation of case studies. Prerequisites: LAIS345 and any 400-
be familiar with the role of international organization in the
level IPE course, or two equivalent courses. 3 hours lecture
world system as well as the analytical tools used to analyze
and discussion; 3 semester hours.
them. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
LAIS548. GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND
LAIS556. POWER & POLITICS IN EURASIA Covers the
POLICY - Examines the increasing importance of environmen-
major international and domestic issues affecting the coun-
tal policy and politics in international political economy and
tries that once comprised the Soviet Union. Collectively
global international relations. Using historical analysis and in-
called Eurasia because it bridges Europe and Asia, the region
terdisciplinary environmental studies perspectives, this course
includes Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine,
explores global environmental problems that have prompted an
and ten other countries. Begins with an overview of the So-
array of international and global regimes and other approaches
viet Union and its collapse in 1991, and then focuses on the
to deal with them. It looks at the impact of environmental pol-
major political, economic and security dilemmas facing the
icy and politics on development, and the role that state and non-
Eurasian states. Examines how the US, China, European
state actors play, especially in North-South relations and in the
Union and other countries, as well as international organiza-
pursuit of sustainability. Prerequisites: any two IPE courses at
tions such as the World Bank, affect policies in the region.
the 300-level; or one IPE course at the 400 level; or one IPE
Special attention will be paid to oil, natural gas, and other en-
course at the 300 level and one environmental policy/issues
ergy sectors. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester
course at the 400 level. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 se-
hours.
mester hours.
LAIS557 INTRODUCTION TO CONFLICT MANAGE-
LAIS550. POLITICAL RISK ASSESSMENT Uses social
MENT Introduces graduate students to the issue of interna-
science analytical tools and readings as well as indices pre-
tional conflict management with an emphasis on conflict in
pared by organizations, such as the World Bank and the In-
resource abundant countries. Its goal is to develop analytic
ternational Monetary Fund, to create assessments of the
tools to acquire a systematic means to think about conflict
political, social, economic, environmental and security risks
management in the international political economy and to as-
that multinational corporations may face as they expand
sess and react to such events. The course addresses the
operations around the world. Students will develop detailed
causes of contemporary conflicts with an initial focus on
political risk reports for specific countries that teams collec-
weak states, armed insurgencies, and ethnic conflict. It then
tively select. Prerequisite: LAIS 545, IPE Minor, or instruc-
turns to intra-state war as a failure of conflict management
tor’s permission. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
before discussing state failure, intractable conflicts, and ef-
LAIS552. CORRUPTION AND DEVELOPMENT Ad-
forts to build peace and reconstruct failed, post-conflict
dresses the problem of corruption and its impact on develop-
states. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
ment. Readings are multidisciplinary and include policy
LAIS558. NATURAL RESOURCES AND DEVELOP-
studies, economics, and political science. Students will ac-
MENT Examines the relationship between natural resources
quire an understanding of what constitutes corruption, how it
and development. It begins by discussing theories of devel-
negatively affects development, and what they, as engineers
opment and how those theories account for specific choices
in a variety of professional circumstances, might do in cir-
among resource abundant countries. From the theoretical
cumstances in which bribe paying or taking might occur. 3
readings, students examine sector specific topics in particular
hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
cases. These subjects include oil and natural gas in African
LAIS553. ETHNIC CONFLICT IN THE GLOBAL PER-
and Central Asian countries; hard rock mining in West Africa
SPECTIVE Studies core economic, cultural, political, and
and East Asia; gemstone mining in Southern and West
psychological variables that pertain to ethnic identity and
Africa; contracting in the extractive industries; and corporate
ethnic contention, and analyzes their operation in a wide
social responsibility. Readings are multidisciplinary and
spectrum of conflict situations around the globe. Considers
draw from policy studies, economics, and political science to
ethnic contention in institutionalized contexts, such as the
provide students an understanding of different theoretical ap-
politics of affirmative action, as well as in non-institutional-
proaches from the social sciences to explain the relationship
ized situations, such as ethnic riots and genocide. Concludes
between abundant natural resources and development. 3
by asking what can be done to mitigate ethnic conflict and
hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
what might be the future of ethnic group identification.
LAIS560. GLOBAL GEOPOLITICS Examines geopolitical
3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
theories and how they help us explain and understand con-
LAIS555. INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS Famil-
temporary developments in the world. Empirical evidence
iarizes students with the study of international organizations:
from case studies help students develop a deeper understand-
how they are created, how they are organized and what they
ing of the interconnections between the political, economic,
try to accomplish. By the end of the semester, students will
social, cultural and geographic dimensions of governmental
policies and corporate decisions. Prerequisites: any two IPE
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courses at the 300-level, or one IPE course at the 400 level.
ing has on occasion been aligned with or divergent from
3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
specific social justice issues and causes. 3 hours seminar;
LAIS 564 QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR THE SO-
3 semester hours.
CIAL SCIENCES Teaches basic methods of quantitative em-
LAIS586. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY Exam-
pirical research in the social sciences. Places social science in
ines current issues relating to science and technology policy
the broader context of scientific inquiry by addressing the
in the United States and, as appropriate, in other countries.
role of observation and hypothesis testing in the social sci-
3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
ences. The focus is on linear regression and group compari-
LAIS587. ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY
sions, with attention to questions of research design, internal
Explores environmental policies and the political and gov-
validity, and reliability. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 se-
ernmental processes that produce them. Group discussion
mester hours.
and independent research on specific environmental issues.
LAIS565 SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY Pro-
Primary but not exclusive focus on the U.S. 3 hours lecture
vides an introduction to foundational concepts, themes, and
and discussion; 3 semester hours.
questions developed within the interdisciplinary field of sci-
LAIS588. WATER POLITICS AND POLICY Examines
ence and technology studies (STS). Readings address anthro-
water policies and the political and governmental processes
pological understandings of laboratory practice, sociological
that produce them, as an example of natural resource politics
perspectives on the settling of techno-scientific controver-
and policy in general. Group discussion and independent re-
sies, historical insights on the development of scientific insti-
search on specific politics and policy issues. Primary but not
tutions, philosophical stances on the interactions between
exclusive focus on the U.S. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3
technology and humans, and relationships between science
semester hours.
and democracy. Students complete several writing assign-
ments, present material from readings and research, and help
LAIS589. NUCLEAR POWER AND PUBLIC POLICY A
to facilitate discussion. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 se-
general introduction to research and practice concerning poli-
mester hours.
cies and practices relevant to the development and manage-
ment of nuclear power. Corequisite: PHGN590 Nuclear
LAIS570. HISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT Offers a
Reactor Physics or instructor consent. 3 hours lecture and
critical examination of the history of scientific thought, in-
seminar; 3 semester hours.
vestigation, discovery, and controversy in a range of histori-
cal contexts. Examines the transition from descriptive and
LAIS590 ENERGY AND SOCIETY Begins with a brief in-
speculative science to quantitative and predictive science, to
troduction to global energy production and conservation, fo-
help students appreciate the broad context of science, tech-
cusing on particular case studies that highlight relationships
nology, and social relations. 3 hours lecture and discussion;
among energy, society, and community in different contexts.
3 semester hours.
Critically examines conflicts driven by energy development
as well as energy successes and failures where communities,
LAIS577 ENGINEERING AND SUSTAINABLE COMMU-
governments, and/or energy companies come together to pro-
NITY DEVELOPMENT Analyzes the relationship between
mote socially just and economically viable forms of energy
engineering and sustainable community development (SCD)
production/conservation. Case studies are supplemented by
from historical, political, ethical, cultural, and practical per-
the expertise of guest speakers from industry, government,
spectives. Students will study and analyze different dimen-
NGOs, and elsewhere. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
sions of sustainability, development, and "helping", and the
role that engineering might play in each. Will include critical
LAIS597. SUMMER PROGRAMS
explorations of strengths and limitations of dominant meth-
LAIS598. SPECIAL TOPICS Pilot course or special topics
ods in engineering problem solving, design and research for
course. Topics chosen from special interests of instructor(s)
working in SCD. Through case-studies, students will ana-
and student(s). Usually the course is offered only once. Vari-
lyze and evaluate projects in SCD and develop criteria for
able credit: 1 to 6 semester hours. Repeatable for credit
their evaluation. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester
under different titles.
hours.
LAIS599. INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual research or
LAIS578. ENGINEERING AND SOCIAL JUSTICE Ex-
special problem projects supervised by a faculty member.
plores the meaning of social justice in different areas of so-
Variable credit: 1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit.
cial life and the role that engineers and engineering can play
LAIS601. ACADEMIC PUBLISHING Students will finish
in promoting or defending social justice. Begins with stu-
this course with increased knowledge of general and disci-
dents’ exploration of their own social locations, alliances,
pline-specific writing conversations as well as the ability to
and resistances to social justice through critical engagement
use that knowledge in publishing portions of theses or disser-
of interdisciplinary readings that challenge engineering
tations. Beyond the research article, students will also have
mindsets. Offers understandings of why and how engineer-
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the opportunity to learn more about genres such as confer-
Materials Science
ence abstracts, conference presentations, literature reviews,
DAVID L. OLSON, Lead Scientist, John Henry Moore
and research funding proposals. Prerequisite: Must have
Distinguished Professor of Physical Metallurgy
completed one full year (or equivalent) of graduate school
Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry
course work. Variable credit: 2 or 3 semester hours.
DANIEL M. KNAUSS, Professor and Department Head
LAIS705. GRADUATE RESEARCH: MASTERS Research
MARK EBERHART, Professor
Credit hours required for completion of the MIPER with the-
KENT J. VOORHEES, Professor
sis degree. Research must be carried out under the direct su-
STEPHEN G. BOYES, Associate Professor
SCOTT W. COWLEY, Associate Professor
pervision of the student’s faculty advisor. Variable class and
RYAN RICHARDS, Associate Professor
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
KIM R. WILLIAMS, Associate Professor
Communication (LICM)
YONGAN YANG, Assistant Professor
LICM501. PROFESSIONAL ORAL COMMUNICATION A
Department of Chemical Engineering
five-week course which teaches the fundamentals of effec-
DAVID W.M. MARR, Professor and Department Head
tively preparing and presenting messages. "Hands-on" course
JOHN R. DORGAN, Professor
emphasizing short (5- and 10-minute) weekly presentations
COLIN WOLDEN, Professor and Weaver Distinguished Professor
made in small groups to simulate professional and corporate
DAVID T. WU, Associate Professor
communications. Students are encouraged to make formal
SUMIT AGARWAL, Assistant Professor
presentations which relate to their academic or professional
Division of Engineering
fields. Extensive instruction in the use of visuals. Presenta-
KEVIN MOORE, Gerard August Dobelman Distinguished
tions are rehearsed in class two days prior to the formal pre-
Professor, and Interim Division Director
sentations, all of which are video-taped and carefully
WILLIAM A. HOFF, Associate Professor and Assistant Division
evaluated. 1 hour lecture/lab; 1 semester hour.
Director
D. VAUGHAN GRIFFITHS, Professor
MARTE S. GUTIERREZ, James R. Paden Chair Distinguished
Professor
ROBERT J. KEE, George R. Brown Distinguished Professor
ROBERT H. KING, Professor
NING LU, Professor
NIGEL T. MIDDLETON, Senior Vice President for Strategic
Enterprises, Professor
GRAHAM G. W. MUSTOE, Professor
PANKAJ K. (PK) SEN, Professor
JOEL M. BACH, Associate Professor
JOHN R. BERGER, Associate Professor
CRISTIAN V. CIOBANU, Associate Professor
PANOS D. KIOUSIS, Associate Professor
MICHAEL MOONEY, Associate Professor
MARCELO GODOY SIMOES, Associate Professor
JOHN P. H. STEELE, Associate Professor
NEAL SULLIVAN, Associate Professor
TYRONE VINCENT, Associate Professor
RAY RUICHONG ZHANG, Associate Professor
ROBERT J. BRAUN, Assistant Professor
KATHRYN JOHNSON, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor
ANTHONY J. PETRELLA, Assistant Professor
JASON PORTER, Assistant Professor
CAMERON TURNER, Assistant Professor
MICHAEL WAKIN, Assistant Professor
JUDITH WANG, Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Science & Engineering
RONALD R.H. COHEN, Associate Professor
LINDA FIGUEROA, Associate Professor
JOHN R. SPEAR, Associate Professor
Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
MICHAEL J. KAUFMAN, Professor and Department Head
CORBY G. ANDERSON, Professor
STEPHEN LIU, Professor
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GERARD P. MARTINS, Professor
Department of Mining Engineering
DAVID K. MATLOCK, Charles S. Fogarty Professor
HUGH MILLER, Associate Professor
BRAJENDRA MISHRA, Professor
Degrees Offered:
DAVID L. OLSON, John H. Moore Distinguished Professor
IVAR E. REIMANIS, Professor
Master of Science (Materials Science; thesis option or
JOHN G. SPEER, Professor, V.P. of Research and Development
non-thesis option)
PATRICK R. TAYLOR, George S. Ansell Distinguished Professor of
Doctor of Philosophy (Materials Science)
Chemical Metallurgy
Program Description:
CHESTER J. VANTYNE, FIERF Professor and Associate
The interdisciplinary materials science program is admin-
Department Head
RYAN P. O'HAYRE, Associate Professor
istered jointly by the Departments of Chemical Engineering,
STEVEN W. THOMPSON, Associate Professor
Chemistry and Geochemistry, Metallurgical and Materials
REED AYERS, Assistant Professor
Engineering, Physics and the Division of Engineering. Each
KIP O. FINDLEY, Assistant Professor
department is represented on both the Governing Board, the
BRIAN GORMAN, Assistant Professor
Graduate Affairs Committee and the Faculty Opportunities
JEFFREY C. KING, Assistant Professor
Committee which are responsible for the operation of the
HONGJUN LIANG, Assistant Professor
program. The variety of disciplines provides for programs of
CORINNE E. PACKARD, Assistant Professor
study ranging from the traditional materials science program
GERALD BOURNE, Teaching Associate Professor
to a custom-designed program.
JOHN CHANDLER, Teaching Associate Professor
RICHARD K.AHRENKIEL Research Professor
Program Requirements:
WILLIAM (GROVER) COORS, Research Professor
Master of Science (thesis option):
ZEEV SHAYER, Research Professor
The Master of Science degree requires a minimum of 30
D. (ERIK) SPILLER, Research Professor
semester hours of acceptable course work and thesis research
JAMES C. WILLIAMS, Research Professor
credit including:
CAROLE GRAAS, Research Associate Professor
JIANHUA TONG, Research Associate Professor
u Minimum of 18 hours of Materials Science courses
EDGAR VIDAL, Research Associate Professor
(must have completed the core courses).
EMMANUEL De MOOR, Research Assistant Professor
u 6 to 18 hours of thesis research credits depending upon
DAVID DIERCKS, Research Assistant Professor
focus area requirements.
JUDITH C. GOMEZ, Research Assistant Professor
JIANLIANG LIN, Research Assistant Professor
u Submit a thesis and pass the Defense of Thesis exami-
GEORGE S. ANSELL, President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus
nation before the Thesis Committee.
GLEN R. EDWARDS, University Professor-Emeritus
Master of Science (non-thesis option with a case study):
JOHN P. HAGER, University Professor-Emeritus
GEORGE KRAUSS, University Professor-Emeritus
The Master of Science degree requires a minimum of 30
DENNIS W. READEY, University Professor Emeritus
semester hours of acceptable course work and case study
W. REX BULL, Professor Emeritus
credit including:
JOHN MOORE, Professor Emeritus
u 18 hours of Materials Sciences courses from a list of
GERALD L. DePOORTER, Associate Professor Emeritus
required courses and 6 hours of other materials-related
ROBERT H. FROST, Associate Professor Emeritus
courses selected by the student with guidance from the
Department of Physics
student’s advisor and the mentor of the specialty area
THOMAS E. FURTAK, Professor and Department Head
group that the student has selected and 6 hours of case
REUBEN T. COLLINS, Professor and Director, Center of Solar and
Electronic Materials
study. The specialty materials-related courses can be
FRANK KOWALSKI, Professor
courses that are taken in preparation for the student’s
JOHN SCALES, Professor
PhD qualifying process examination, usually taken in
JEFF SQUIER, Professor
the second year of graduate school. Total of at least 30
P. CRAIG TAYLOR, Professor and Associate Director of Colorado
credit hours.
Energy Research Institute
u 6 hours of case study credits. (Sign up for MLGN599,
CHARLES DURFEE III, Associate Professor
UWE GREIFE, Associate Professor
Case Study Materials Science, using a paper form at
TIMOTHY R. OHNO, Associate Professor
the Registrar's Office.) The student must successfully
FREDERIC SARAZIN, Associate Professor
prepare and defend a case study report on a topic that is
LAWRENCE WIENCKE, Associate Professor
most likely supporting materials for the student’s PhD
DAVID M. WOOD, Associate Professor
thesis.
LINCOLN CARR, Assistant Professor
JAMES E. BERNARD, Research Associate Professor
DON L. WILLIAMSON, Emeritus Professor
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The decision of which type of Master degree you should
and your thesis committee must recommend that you are
pursue needs to be decided with council of your advisor. The
qualified to continue to the PhD program based on the qual-
decision will affect the number of course hours required for
ity of your research and defense. Again, your advisor or
the Master degree and whether a thesis or a case study report
Committee Chair needs to send an email to the Lead Scientist
is to be written and defended.
and to the Graduate Education Specialist stating that the stu-
Required Curriculum:
dent has completed all the requirements of the Master of Sci-
Listed below are the required six Materials Science core
ence or Master of Science Non-thesis degree (including
courses:
checkout) and is considered qualified to enter the PhD pro-
gram. Once the Graduate School has process this memo, you
MLGN500 Processing, Microstructure, and Properties of
will be listed solely as a PhD Materials Science student.
Materials
Doctor of Philosophy:
MLGN512/MTGN412 Ceramic Engineering
The prerequisite for acceptance into the Materials Science
MLGN530/CR415/CH430 Intro to Polymer Science
PhD Program is completion of a science or engineering Mas-
MLGN501/CHGN580 Structure of Materials
ter degree (with or without thesis) and completion of the
Materials Science Core courses with a grade of B or better
MLGN504/MTGN555 Solid State Thermodynamics or
(or evidence that the course content of these courses had
CHEN509 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermody-
been taken in previous courses).
namics
The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires a minimum of
MLGN511 Kinetic Concerns in Materials Processing or
72 hours of course and research credit including:
MTGN548 Transformations in Metals or
MTGN/MLGN506 Transport in Solids
u The fulfillment of the Materials Science core course
requirements plus additional courses as required by the
Students who have taken the equivalent of any of the core
focus area and a minimum of 30 hours of research credit.
courses listed above, may petition the Materials Science
Graduate Committee for transfer credit.
u An oral qualifying examination in the specialty area (de-
MLGN531/CHGN430, Introduction to Polymer Science, also
pending upon focus area requirements). See the Material
meets the requirements.
Science Program Guidelines for Graduate Students at
http://www.mines.edu/academic/matsci/.
Conversion of Master Program to Doctor of Philosophy
Degree Program
u Prepare and submit a thesis and pass a Defense of
An M.S. or M.S. Non-thesis student who wishes to con-
Thesis examination before the Thesis Committee.
tinue to the PhD program must first defend his/her thesis or
Prerequisites:
present his/her engineering case study report. The quality of
The primary admission requirement for this interdiscipli-
the defense and research will be considered when the advisor
nary program is a Bachelor of Science or Master of Engi-
and committee discusses the student's qualifications to enter
neering degree in biological sciences, physical science, or
the PhD program. The advisor or Committee Chair must sub-
engineering. Courses must be equivalent to the degree pro-
mit a "Promotion to the PhD Program" form to the Materials
grams offered at CSM in the following departments: Chem-
Science program office. The form should clearly state that
istry and Geochemistry, Engineering (mechanical, electrical,
the student has met all the requirements of the Master of Sci-
or civil), Chemical Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials
ence or Master of Science Non-thesis degree program (in-
Engineering, or Physics.
cluding checkout) and is qualified to be promoted to the PhD
Deficiency Courses:
Program. This document will be forwarded to the Graduate
A student admitted to this graduate program who has not
School with a copy to the Graduate Education Specialist.
taken one or all of the following courses (or equivalent) will
Once the Graduate School grants PhD status the student is
be required (depending on their focus area) to satisfy any
expected to complete all the requirements expected of any
such deficiency early in their program of study: Mechanics,
PhD candidate. If a student continues on to a PhD Program,
Differential Equations, Modern Physics, and Physical Chem-
an application must be completed on the Graduate School
istry/Chemical Thermodynamics.
website. A student with a scientific or engineering Master of
Science degree from another program can proceed directly to
Focus Areas:
the PhD Materials Science program on his/her admission.
Advanced Polymeric Materials; Ceramics; Composites;
Electronic Materials; Joining Science; Mechanics of Materi-
If it is your intention to get a PhD when you first apply, it
als; Computational Materials Science; Surfaces & Inter-
is possible to be dual listed as a MS/PhD graduate student.
faces/Films & Coatings: Biomaterials; Nuclear Materials,
Until you complete your M.S. or M.S. Non Thesis, you are
Enviro-Material Science, Mining-Materials Science, Nonde-
officially a Master degree student. Once you complete all the
structive Material Assess, and Materials Chemical Process-
requirements for the M.S. (including checkout), the advisor
ing.
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Thesis Committee Structure:
Intelligent automated systems, intelligent process control, ro-
The M.S. student will invite at least 3 members (one of
botics, artificial neural systems
whom is the advisor) to serve on a graduate committee. At
Materials synthesis, interfaces, flocculation, fine particles
least one of these members must be from a department other
Mathematical modeling of material processes
than that of the advisor.
Mechanical metallurgy, failure analysis, deformation of ma-
The Ph.D. student will invite 5 members (one of whom is
terials, advanced steel coatings
the advisor) to serve on a graduate committee. At least one of
Molten salt processing
these members must be in a department other than that of the
Mössbauer spectroscopy, ion implantation, small-angle X-ray
advisor. External members may be invited to participate.
scattering, semiconductor defects
Nano materials
For administrative purposes, the student will be resident in
Non destructive evaluation
the advisor’s department.
Novel separation processes: membranes, catalytical mem-
The student’s graduate committee will have final approval
brane reactors, biopolymer adsorbents for heavy metal
of the course of study.
remedia tion of ground surface water
Fields of Research:
Numerical modeling of particulate media, thermomechanical
Advanced polymeric materials
analysis
Alloy theory, concurrent design, theory-assisted materials en-
Optical properties of materials and interfaces
gineering, and electronic structure theory
Phase transformations and mechanisms of microstructural
Applications of artificial intelligence techniques to materials
change, electron microscopy, structure-property relation-
processing and manufacturing, neural networks for process
ships
modeling and sensor data processing, manufacturing
Physical metallurgy, ferrous and nonferrous alloy systems
process control
Physical vapor deposition, thin films, coatings
Archaeometallurgy, industry and university partnerships
Power electronics, plasma physics, pulsed power, plasma
Bio materials
material processing
Ceramic processing, modeling of ceramic processing
Processing and characterization of electroceramics (ferro-
Characterization, thermal stability, and thermal degradation
electrics, piezoelectrics, pyroelectrics, and dielectrics), glass-
mechanisms of polymers
ceramics for electronic and structural applications,
Chemical and physical processing of materials, engineered
thermodynamic modeling of ferroelectrics
materials, materials synthesis
Pyrometallurgy, corrosion, materials synthesis, coatings
Chemical processing of materials
Reactive metals properties and processing of ceramics and ce-
Chemical vapor deposition
ramic-metal composites, dielectrics and ferrimagnetics
Coating materials and applications
Soft materials
Computational condensed-matter physics, semiconductor al-
Solidification and near net shape processing
loys, first-principles phonon calculations
Surface physics, epitaxial growth, interfacial science, adsorp-
Computer modeling and simulation
tion
Control systems engineering, artificial neural systems for
Transformations, microstructure, deformation, fracture
senior data processing, polymer cure monitoring sensors,
Transport phenomena, mathematical modeling, kinetic proper-
process monitoring and control for composites manufac-
ties of colloidal suspensions, and diffusion with chemical re-
turing
action
Crystal and molecular structure determination by X-ray crys-
Weld metallurgy, materials joining processes
tallography
Welding and joining science
Electro deposition
Experimental condensed-matter physics, thermal and electri-
Description of Courses (Interdisciplinary Program)
cal properties of materials, superconductivity, photo-
The following courses are considered to be part of the
voltaics
Materials Science Program. Some have been cross-listed
Extractive and process metallurgy, electrochemical corrosion,
between Materials Science and the participating departments/
synthesis of ceramic precursor powders and metal powders
division. Other courses not included may be suitable for
Forging, deformation modeling, high-temperature material
inclu sion in a graduate program. See the participating depart-
behavior
ment listings. It should be noted that the course requirement
Fuel cell materials
for graduate-level registration for a MLGN 500-level course
Fullerene synthesis, combustion chemistry
which is cross-listed with a 400-level course-number will
Heat and mass transfer, materials processing
include an additional course-component above that required
Heterogeneous catalysis, reformulated and alcohol fuels, sur-
for 400-level credit.
face analysis, electrophotography
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MLGN500. PROCESSING, MICROSTRUCTURE, AND
MLGN506/MTGN556. TRANSPORT IN SOLIDS (II)
PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS (II) A summary of the im-
Thermal and electrical conductivity. Solid state diffusion in
portant relationships between the processing, microstructure,
metals and metal systems. Kinetics of metallurgical reactions
and properties of materials. Topics include electronic struc-
in the solid state. Prerequisite: Consent of department. 3 hours
ture and bonding, crystal structures, lattice defects and mass
lecture; 3 semester hours. (Spring of even years only.)
transport, glasses, phase transformation, important materials
MLGN509/CHGN523. SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY (I)
processes, and properties including: mechanical and rheo -
Dependence on properties of solids on chemical bonding and
logical, electrical conductivity, magnetic, dielectric, optical,
structure; principles of crystal growth, crystal imperfections,
thermal, and chemical. In a given year, one of these topics
reactions and diffusion in solids, and the theory of conduc-
will be given special emphasis. Another area of emphasis is
tors and semiconductors. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
phase equilibria. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
MLGN510/CHGN410 SURFACE CHEMISTRY (II) Intro-
MLGN501/CHGN580. STRUCTURE OF MATERIALS (I)
duction to colloid systems, capillarity, surface tension and
Application of X-ray diffraction techniques for crystal and
contact angle, adsorption from solution, micelles and mi-
molecular structure determination of minerals, inorganic and
croemulsions, the solid/gas interface, surface analytical tech-
organometallic compounds. Topics include the heavy atom
niques, Van Der Waal forces, electrical properties and colloid
method, data collection by moving film techniques and by
stability, some specific colloid systems (clays, foams and
diffractometers, Fourier methods, interpretation of Patterson
emulsions). Students enrolled for graduate credit in
maps, refinement methods, and direct methods. Prerequisite:
MLGN510 must complete a special project. Prerequisite:
Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Of-
DCGN209 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
fered alternate years.
ter hours.
MLGN502/PHGN440. SOLID STATE PHYSICS (I) An ele-
MLGN511. KINETIC CONCERNS IN MATERIALS
mentary study of the properties of solids including crystalline
PROCESSING I (I) Introduction to the kinetics of materials
structure and its determination, lattice vibrations, electrons in
processing, with emphasis on the momentum, heat and mass
metals, and semiconductors. (Graduate students in physics
transport. Discussion of the basic mechanism of transport in
may register only for PHGN440.) Prerequisite: PHGN320.
gases, liquids and solids. Prerequisite: MTGN352, MTGN361,
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MATH225 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MLGN503/CHGN515. CHEMICAL BONDING IN
MLGN512/MTGN412. CERAMIC ENGINEERING (I) Ap-
MATERIALS (I) Introduction to chemical bonding theories
plication of engineering principles to nonmetallic and
and calculations and their applications to solids of interest to
ceramic materials. Processing of raw materials and produc-
materials science. The relationship between a material’s
tion of ceramic bodies, glazes, glasses, enamels, and cements.
prop erties and the bonding of its atoms will be examined for
Firing processes and reactions in glass bonded as well as me-
a variety of materials. Includes an introduction to organic
chanically bonded systems. Prerequisite: MTGN348. 3 hours
polymers. Computer programs will be used for calculating
lecture; 3 semester hours.
bonding parameters. Prerequisite: Consent of department.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MLGN513. PROBLEM SOLVING IN MATERIALS
SCIENCE (I) Review the theoretical aspects of various
MLGN504/MTGN555. SOLID STATE
physical phenomena of major importance to materials scien-
THERMODYNAMICS (I) Thermodynamics applied to
tists. Develop mathematical models from these theories, and
solid state reactions, binary and ternary phase diagrams,
construct quantitative solution procedures based on analytical
point, line and planar defects, interfaces, and electrochemical
and numerical techniques. Prerequisite: MATH225. 3 hours
concepts. Prerequisites: consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture;
lecture; 3 semester hours.
3 semester hours.
MLGN515/MTGN415. ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES AND
MLGN505/MTGN445. MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF
APPLICATIONS OF MATERIALS (II) Survey of the elec-
MATERIALS (I) Mechanical properties and relationships.
trical properties of materials, and the applications of materi-
Plastic deformation of crystalline materials. Relationships of
als as electrical circuit components. The effects of chemistry,
microstructures to mechanical strength. Fracture, creep, and
processing, and microstructure on the electrical properties
fatigue. Laboratory sessions devoted to advanced mechanical
will be discussed, along with functions, performance require-
testing techniques to illustrate the application of the funda-
ments, and testing methods of materials for each type of cir-
mentals presented in the lectures. Prerequisite: MTGN348. 3
cuit component. The general topics covered are conductors,
hours lecture; 3 hours lab; 3*/4 semester hours. * This is a 3
resistors, insulators, capacitors, energy convertors, magnetic
credit-hour graduate-course in the Materials Science Program
materials, and integrated circuits. Prerequisites: PHGN200;
and a 4 credit-hour undergraduate-course in the MTGN pro-
MTGN311 or MLGN501 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
gram.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
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MLGN516/MTGN416. PROPERTIES OF CERAMICS (II)
MLGN530/CHGN430. INTRODUCTION TO POLYMER
A survey of the properties of ceramic materials and how
SCIENCE (I) An introduction to the chemistry and physics
these properties are determined by the chemical structure
of macromolecules. Topics include the properties and statis-
(composition), crystal structure, and the microstructure of
tics of polymer solutions, measurements of molecular
crystalline ceramics and glasses. Thermal, optical, and me-
weights, molecular weight distributions, properties of bulk
chanical properties of single-phase and multi-phase ceramics,
polymers, mechanisms of polymer formation, and properties
including composites, are covered. Prerequisites: PHGN200,
of thermosets and thermoplasts including elastomers. Prereq-
MTGN311 or MLGN501 or consent of instructor. 3 semester
uisite: CHGN221 or permission of instructor. 3 hour lecture,
hours: 3 hours lecture.
3 semester hours.
MLGN517/EGGN422. SOLID MECHANICS OF
MLGN531/CHEN416 POLYMER ENGINEERING AND
MATERIALS (I, II) Review mechanics of materials. Intro-
TECHNOLOGY (II) Polymer fluid mechanics, polymer rhe-
duction to elastic and non-linear continua. Cartesian tensors
ological response, and polymer shape forming. Definition
and stresses and strains. Analytical solution of elasticity prob-
and measurement of material properties. Interrelationships
lems. Develop basic concepts of fracture mechanics. Prerequi-
between response functions and correlation of data and mate-
site: EGGN320 or equivalent, MATH225 or equivalent. 3
rial response. Theoretical approaches for prediction of poly-
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Taught every semester.
mer properties. Processing operations for polymeric
MLGN518/MTGN518. PHASE EQUILIBRIA IN
materials; melt and flow instabilities. Prerequisite: ChEN307,
CERAMICS SYSTEMS (II) Application of one of four
MATH225, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
component oxide diagrams to ceramic engineering problems.
ter hours.
Emphasis on refractories and glasses and their interaction
MLGN535/PHGN535/CHEN535/PHGN435/GHEN435. IN-
with metallic systems. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3
TERDISCIPLINARY MICROELECTRONICS PROCESS-
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Spring of odd years only.)
ING LABORATORY (II) Application of science and
MLGN519/MTGN419. NON-CRYSTALLINE MATERIALS
engineering principles to the design, fabrication, and testing
(I) An introduction to the principles of glass science and en-
of microelectronic devices. Emphasis on specific unit opera-
gineering and non-crystalline materials in general. Glass for-
tions and the interrelation among processing steps. Prerequi-
mation, structure, crystallization and properties will be
site: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
covered, along with a survey of commercial glass composi-
MLGN536/CHGN536. ADVANCED POLYMER
tions, manufacturing processes and applications. Prerequi-
SYNTHESIS (II) An advanced course in the synthesis of
sites: MTGN311 or MLGN501; MLGN512/MTGN412, or
macromolecules. Various methods of polymerization will be
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
discussed with an emphasis on the specifics concerning the
MLGN521. KINETIC CONCERNS IN MATERIAL
syntheses of different classes of organic and inorganic poly-
PROCESSING II (I, II) Advanced course to address the ki-
mers. Prerequisite: CHGN430, ChEN415, MLGN530 or con-
netics of materials processing, with emphasis in those
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
processes that promote phase and structural transformations.
MLGN544/MTGN414. PROCESSING OF CERAMICS (II)
Processes that involve precipitation, sintering, oxidation, sol-
A description of the principles of ceramic processing and the
gel, coating, etc., will be discussed in detail. Prerequisite:
relationship between processing and microstructure. Raw
MLGN511. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
materials and raw material preparation, forming and fabrica-
MLGN523/MTGN523. APPLIED SURFACE AND
tion, thermal processing, and finishing of ceramic materials
SOLUTION CHEMISTRY (II) Solution and surface chem-
will be covered. Principles will be illustrated by case studies
istry of importance in mineral and metallurgical operations.
on specific ceramic materials. A project to design a ceramic
Pre requi site: Consent of department. 3 semester hours.
fabrication process is required. Field trips to local ceramic
(Spring of odd years only.)
manufacturing operations are included. Prerequisites:
MTGN272, MTGN311 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
MLGN526/MTGN526. GEL SCIENCE AND TECHNOL-
ture; 3 semester hours.
OGY An introduction to the science and technology of par-
ticulate and polymeric gels, emphasizing inorganic systems.
MLGN545/EGGN532 FATIQUE AND FRACTURE (I)
Interparticle forces. Aggregation, network formation, perco-
Basic fracture mechanics as applied to engineering materials,
lation, and the gel transition. Gel structure, rheology, and
S-N curves, the Goodman diagram, stress concentrations,
mechanical properties. Application to solid-liquid separation
residual stress effects, and effect of material properties on
operations (filtration, centrifugation, sedimentation) and to
mechanisms of crack propagation. Prerequisite: Consent of
ceramics processing. Prerequisite: Graduate level status or
department. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Fall semesters,
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
odd numbered years.
Spring of odd years only.
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MLGN550/MTGN450. STATISTICAL PROCESS CON-
als selection, manufacturing engineering, properties, and ap-
TROL AND DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS (I) An introduc-
plications. Prerequisite: MTGN311 or equivalent or consent
tion to statistical process control, process capability analysis
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
and experimental design techniques. Statistical process con-
MLGN565/MTGN565. MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF
trol theory and techniques will be developed and applied to
CERAMICS AND COMPOSITES (II) Mechanical proper-
control charts for variables and attributes involved in process
ties of ceramics and ceramic-based composites; brittle frac-
control and evaluation. Process capability concepts will be
ture of solids; toughening mechanisms in composites;
developed and applied for the evaluation of manufacturing
fatigue, high temperature mechanical behavior, including
processes. The theory and application of designed experiments
fracture, creep deformation. Prerequisites: MTGN445 or
will be developed and applied for full factorial experiments,
MLGN505, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
fractional factorial experiments, screening experiments,
mester hours. (Fall of even years only.)
multi level experiments and mixture experiments. Analysis of
designed experiments will be carried out by graphical and
MLGN569/MTGN569/EGGN569/ChEN569/MTGN469/EG
statistical techniques. Computer software will be utilized for
GN469/CHEN469. FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECH-
statistical process control and for the design and analysis of
NOLOGY (II) Investigate fundamentals of fuel-cell opera-
experiments. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lec-
tion and electrochemistry from a chemical thermodynamics
ture, 3 semester hours.
and materials-science perspective. Review types of fuel cells,
fuel-processing requirements and approaches, and fuel-cell
MLGN552/MTGN552. INORGANIC MATRIX
system integration. Examine current topics in fuel-cell sci-
COMPOSITES (I) An introduction to the processing, struc-
ence and technology. Fabricate and test operational fuel cells
ture, properties and applications of metal matrix and ceramic
in the Colorado Fuel Cell Center. 3 credit hours. Prerequi-
matrix composites. Importance of structure and properties of
sites: EGGN371 or ChEN357 or MTGN351; and Math225 or
both the matrix and the reinforcement and the types of rein-
consent of instructor.
forcement utilized, e.g., particulate, short fiber, continuous
fiber, and laminates. Special emphasis will be placed on the
MLGN570/MTGN570. BIOCOMPATIBILITY OF
development of properties such as electrical and thermal will
MATERIALS (II) Introduction to the diversity of biomateri-
also be examined. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: MTGN311,
als and applications through examination of the physiologic
MTGN352, MTGN445/MLGN505 or consent of instructor. 3
environment in conjunction with compositional and struc-
hours lecture; 3 semester hours (Summer of even years only.)
tural requirements of tissues and organs. Appropriate do-
mains and applications of metals, ceramics and polymers,
MLGN561 TRANSPORT PHENOMENA IN MATERIALS
including implants, sensors, drug delivery, laboratory au-
PROCESSING (II) Fluid flow, heat and mass transfer applied
tomation, and tissue engineering are presented. Prerequisites:
to processing of materials. Rheology of polymers, liquid
ESGN 301 or equivalent, or instructor consent. 3 hours lec-
metal/particles slurries, and particulate solids. Transient flow
ture; 3 semester hours.
behavior of these materials in various geometries, including
infiltration of liquids in porous media. Mixing and blending.
MLGN583/CHGN583. PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS
Flow behavior of jets, drainage of films and particle fluidiza-
OF SURFACE ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES (II) Instrumental
tion. Surface-tension-, electromagnetic-, and bubble-driven
techniques for the characterization of surfaces of solid mate-
flows. Heat -transfer behavior in porous bodies applied to
rials. Applications of such techniques to polymers, corrosion,
sintering and solidification of composites. Simultaneous
metallurgy, adhesion science, micro-electronics. Methods of
heat-and-mass-transfer applied to spray drying and drying
analysis discussed: X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS),
porous bodies. Prerequisites: ChEN307 or ChEN308 or
auger electron spectroscopy (AES), ion scattering spectroscopy
MTGN461 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
(ISS), secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS), Rutherford
ter hours
backscattering (RBS), scanning and transmission electron
microscopy (SEM, TEM), energy and wavelength dispersive
MLGN563/MTGN463. POLYMER ENGINEERING:
X-ray analysis; principles of these methods, quantification,
STRUCTURE, PROPERTIES AND PROCESSING (II) An
instrumentation, sample preparation. Prerequisite: B.S. in
introduction to the structure and properties of polymeric ma-
metallurgy, chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, or
terials, their deformation and failure mechanisms, and the de-
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. This
sign and fabrication of polymeric end items. The molecular
course taught in alternate even numbered years.
and crystallographic structures of polymers will be developed
and related to the elastic, viscoelastic, yield and fracture prop-
MLGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS (I, II) Special topic course on
erties of polymeric solids and reinforced polymer composites.
a specific subject defined by instructor. Prerequisite: consent
Emphasis will be placed on forming techniques for end item
of instructor 1 to 3 hours.
fabrication including: extrusion, injection molding, reaction
MLGN599. CASE STUDY MATERIALS SCIENCE (I, II)
injection molding, thermoforming, and blow molding. The
An independent study of a selected materials processing or
design of end items will be considered in relation to: materi-
material characterization problem involving a thorough
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analysis of the various solutions reported in the technical lit-
MLGN648/PHGN641 CONDENSED MATTER II (II) Prin-
erature and/or a thorough industrial survey. The case study
ciples and applications of the quantum theory of electronic
will prepare a case study report of technical merit. Prerequi-
and phonons in solids; phonon states in solids; transport
site/co-requisite: MLGN501, MLGN502, MLGN503,
properties; electron states and excitation in semiconductors
MLGN504, and MLGN511, and MLGN517 or consent of
and insulators; magnetism; superconductivity. Prerequisite:
advisor. 3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
PHGN640/MLGN607 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
MLGN 607/PHGN640. CONDENSED MATTER I (I) Prin-
ture; 3 semester hours.
ciples and applications of the quantum theory of electronic in
MLGN673. STRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES OF POLY-
solids: structure and symmetry, electron states and excita-
MERS This course will provide an understanding of struc-
tions in metals; transport properties. Prerequisite: PHGN520
ture - properties relations in polymeric materials. The topics
and PHGN440/MLGN502 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
include: phase separation, amorphous structures, crystalline
lecture; 3 semester hours.
structures, liquid crystals, glass-rubber transition behavior,
MLGN625/CHEN625/CHGN625. MOLECULAR SIMU-
rubber elasticity, viscoelasticity, mechanical properties of
LATION METHODS (I Even Years), Principles and practice
polymers, polymer forming processes, and electrical proper-
of modern computer simulation techniques used to under-
ties of polymers. Prerequisite: MLGN563 or consent of in-
stand solids, liquids, and gases. Review of the statistical
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours
foundation of thermodynamics followed by in-depth discus-
MLGN696/MTGN696. VAPOR DEPOSITION PROCESSES
sion of Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics techniques.
(II) Introduction to the fundamental physics and chemistry
Discussion of intermolecular potentials, extended ensembles,
underlying the control of vapor deposition processes for the
and mathematical algorithms used in molecular simulations.
deposition of thin films for a variety of applications, e.g.,
Prerequisites: graduate level thermodynamics (required), sta-
corrosion/oxidation resistance, decorative coatings, elec-
tistical mechanics (recommended). 3 semester hours.
tronic and magnetic thin films. Emphasis on the vapor depo-
MLGN634/ChEN609. ADVANCED TOPICS IN THERMO-
sition processes and the control of process variables rather
DYNAMICS Advanced study of thermodynamic theory and
than the structure and properties of the thin films. Prerequi-
application of thermodynamic principles. Possible topics in-
sites: MTGN351, MTGN461, or equivalent courses, or con-
clude stability, critical phenomena, chemical thermodynam-
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ics, thermodynamics of polymer solutions and
MLGN698. ADVANCED TOPICS Advanced study of mate-
thermodynamics of aqueous and ionic solutions. Prerequisite:
rials science theory and application of materials science prin-
Consent of instructor. 1 to 3 semester hours.
ciples in a specialty area of the instructor’s choosing. Not
MLGN635. POLYMER REACTION ENGINEERING/
part of thesis. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 to 3 se-
CRGN618. ADVANCED TOPICS IN REACTION KINETICS
mester hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
This class is aimed at engineers with a firm technical back-
MLGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY Independent study of
ground who wish to apply that background to polymerization
a materials science topic with guidance of an instructor. Not
production techniques. The class begins with a review of the
part of thesis. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 1 to 3 hours.
fundamental concepts of reaction engineering, introduces the
Repeatable for credit.
needed terminology and describes different reactor types.
MLGN705. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER
The applied kinetic models relevant to polymerization reac-
OF SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion
tion engineering are then developed. Next, mixing effects are
of the degree Master of Science - thesis. Research must be
introduced; goodness of mixing and effects on reactor per-
carried out under the direct supervision of the graduate stu-
formance are discussed. Thermal effects are then introduced
dent’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
and the subjects of thermal runaway, thermal instabilities,
and multiple steady states are included. Reactive processing,
MLGN706. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: DOCTOR
change in viscosity with the extent of reaction and continu-
OF PHILOSOPHY Research credit hours required for com-
ous drag flow reactors are described. Polymer de-volatiliza-
pletion of the degree Doctor of Philosophy. Research must be
tion constitutes the final subject of the class. Prerequisites:
carried out under direct supervision of the graduate student’s
CRGN518 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
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Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Graduate Record Examination. 3. B or better average in
TRACY CAMP, Professor and Interim Department Head
courses in the major field. 4. B or better overall undergradu-
BERNARD BIALECKI, Professor
ate grade point average.
MAHADEVAN GANESH, Professor
Program Requirements:
WILLY HEREMAN, Professor
PAUL A. MARTIN, Professor
The Master of Science degree (thesis option) requires 36
DINESH MEHTA, Professor
credit hours of acceptable course work and research, comple-
BARBARA M. MOSKAL, Professor
tion of a satisfactory thesis, and successful oral defense of
WILLIAM NAVIDI, Professor
this thesis. The course work includes the required core
QI HAN, Associate Professor
curricu lum. 12 of the 36 credit hours must be designated for
LUIS TENORIO, Associate Professor
supervised research.
CORY AHRENS, Assistant Professor
The Master of Science degree (non-thesis option) requires
ZIZHONG (JEFFREY) CHEN, Assistant Professor
JON M. COLLIS, Assistant Professor
36 credit hours of course work. The course work includes the
QI HAN, Associate Professor
required core curriculum.
AMANDA HERING, Assistant Professor
The Doctor of Philosophy requires 72 credit hours beyond
IRENE POLYCARPOU, Assistant Professor
the bachelor’s degree. At least 24 of these hours are thesis
ANDRZEJ SZYMCZAK, Assistant Professor
hours. Doctoral students must pass the comprehensive exami-
G. GUSTAVE GREIVEL, Teaching Professor
nation (a qualifying examination and thesis proposal), com-
CYNDI RADER, Teaching Professor
TERRY BRIDGMAN, Teaching Associate Professor
plete a satisfactory thesis, and successfully defend their thesis.
HOLLY EKLUND,Teaching Associate Professor
The specific core curriculum requirements can be found
KEITH HELLMAN. Teaching Associate Professor
in the Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department
JENNIFER STRONG, Teaching Associate Professor
Graduate Handbook: Call 303 273-3860; FAX 303 273-3875,
SCOTT STRONG, Teaching Associate Professor
or look on the Web at mcs.mines.edu. This handbook also
ROMAN TANKELEVICH, Teaching Associate Professor
provides an overview of the programs, requirements and
WILLIAM R. ASTLE, Professor Emeritus
policies of the department.
NORMAN BLEISTEIN, Professor Emeritus
ARDEL J. BOES, Professor Emeritus
Combined BS/MS Program
AUSTIN R. BROWN, Professor Emeritus
CSM undergraduates may apply to the Combined BS/MS
JOHN DeSANTO, Professor Emeritus
Program. Students enrolled in this program may double-
RAYMOND R. GUTZMAN, Professor Emeritus
count 6 hours of undergraduate coursework toward their MS
FRANK G. HAGIN, Professor Emeritus
degree, so that the MS degree can be earned with only 30
DONALD C.B. MARSH, Professor Emeritus
STEVEN PRUESS, Professor Emeritus
hours of additional coursework.
ROBERT E. D. WOOLSEY, Professor Emeritus
Prerequisites:
BARBARA B. BATH, Associate Professor Emerita
Applied Mathematics:
RUTH MAURER, Associate Professor Emerita
Linear algebra
ROBERT G. UNDERWOOD, Associate Professor Emeritus
Vector calculus
Degrees Offered:
Master of Science (Mathematical and Computer Sciences)
Ordinary differential equations
Doctor of Philosophy (Mathematical and Computer
Advanced calculus (Introduction to real analysis)
Sciences)
Statistics:
Program Description:
Linear algebra
There are three areas of concentration within the depart-
Introduction to probability & statistics
ment: applied mathematics, statistics, and computer science.
Advanced calculus (Introduction to real analysis)
Since the requirements for these areas vary somewhat, they
Computer Science:
are often considered separately in this catalog. However, la-
Science - two semesters
beling these as distinct areas is not meant to discourage any
student from pursuing research involving more than one.
Mathematics - two semesters of calculus, at least two
Work in any of these areas can lead to the degree of Master
courses from ordinary differential equations, linear algebra,
of Science or Doctor of Philosophy. Applicants to the gradu-
statistics, discrete mathematics
ate program need four items: 1. A statement of purpose (short
Data structures
essay) from the applicant briefly describing background, in-
A programming language
terests, goals at CSM, career intentions, etc. 2. The general
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Upper level courses in at least three of software engineer-
gence, real-valued functions and their continuity and differ-
ing, numerical analysis, machine architecture/assembly lan-
entiability, sequences of functions and their pointwise and
guage, comparative languages, analysis of algorithms,
uniform convergence, and Riemann-Stieltjes integration the-
operating systems
ory. Prerequisite: MATH213, MATH223 or MATH224, and
Fields of Research:
MATH332. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Applied Mathematics:
CSCI403. DATA BASE MANAGEMENT (I) Design and
Computational Methods and Analysis for Wave Phenomena
evaluation of information storage and retrieval systems, in-
Classical Scattering Theory
cluding defining and building a data base and producing the
Classical Wave Propagation
necessary queries for access to the stored information. Gen-
Mathematical Methods for Wave Phenomena
eralized data base management systems, query languages,
Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations
and data storage facilities. General organization of files in-
Numerical Analysis
cluding lists, inverted lists and trees. System security and
Optimization Software
system recovery, and system definition. Interfacing host lan-
Symbolic Computing
guage to data base systems. Prerequisite: CSCI262. 3 hours
Wavelets
lecture; 3 semester hours.
Statistics:
CSCI404. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (I) General inves-
Inverse Problems in Statistics
tigation of the Artificial Intelligence field. During the first
Multivariate Statistics
part of the course a working knowledge of the LISP pro-
Spatial Statistics
gramming language is developed. Several methods used in
Stochastic Models for Environmental Science
artificial intelligence such as search strategies, knowledge
Survival Analysis
representation, logic and probabilistic reasoning are devel-
Computer Science:
oped and applied to problems. Learning is discussed and se-
Applied Algorithms and Data Structures
lected applications presented. Prerequisite: CSCI262,
Computer Aided Geometric Design
MATH/CSCI358. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Computer Graphics
MATH/CSCI406.ALGORITHMS (I, II) Divide-and-conquer:
Computer Networks
splitting problems into subproblems of a finite number.
High Performance Computing
Greedy: considering each problem piece one at a time for op-
Image Processing
timality. Dynamic programming: considering a sequence of
Mobile Computing and Networking
decisions in problem solution. Searches and traversals: deter-
Parallel Computing
mination of the vertex in the given data set that satisfies a
Scientific Visualization
given property. Techniques of backtracking, branch-and-
Sensor Networks
bound techniques, techniques in lower bound theory. Prereq-
VLSI Design Automation
uisite: CSCI262, MATH213, MATH223 or MATH224,
Description of Courses
MATH/CSCI358. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Senior Year
MATH/CSCI407. INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTIFIC
CSCI400. PRINCIPLES OF PROGRAMMING LAN-
COMPUTING (I, II) Round-off error in floating point arith-
GUAGES (I, II) Study of the principles relating to design,
metic, conditioning and stability, solution techniques (Gauss-
evaluation and implementation of programming languages of
ian elimination, LU factorization, iterative methods) of linear
historical and technical interest, considered as individual en-
algebraic systems, curve and surface fitting by the method of
tities and with respect to their relationships to other lan-
least-squares, zeros of nonlinear equations and systems by it-
guages. Topics discussed for each language include: history,
erative methods, polynomial interpolation and cubic splines,
design, structural organization, data structures, name struc-
numerical integration by adaptive quadrature and multivari-
tures, control structures, syntactic structures, and implemen-
ate quadrature, numerical methods for initial value problems
tation of issues. The primary languages discussed are
in ordinary differential equations. Emphasis is on problem
FORTRAN, PASCAL, LISP, ADA, C/C++, JAVA, PROLOG,
solving using efficient numerical methods in scientific com-
PERL.Prerequisite: CSCI262 and CSCI306 or knowledge of
puting. Prerequisite: MATH315 or MATH325 and knowl-
JAVA. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
edge of computer programming. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
hours.
MATH401 INTRODUCTION TO ANALYSIS (I) This
course is a first course in real analysis that lays out the con-
CSCI410. ELEMENTS OF COMPUTING SYSTEMS (II)
text and motivation of analysis in terms of the transition from
This comprehensive course will help students consolidate
power series to those less predictable series. The course is
their understanding of all fundamental computer science con-
taught from a historical perspective. It covers an introduction
cepts. Topics include symbolic communication, Boolean
to the real numbers, sequences and series and their conver-
logic, binary systems, logic gates, computer architecture, as-
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sembly language, assembler construction, virtual machines,
and other methods based on the multivariate Gaussian distri-
object-oriented programming languages, software engineer-
bution, discriminant analysis, classification with nearest
ing, compilers, language design, and operating systems.
neighbors.Prerequisites: MATH335 or MATH323. 3 hours
Using a hardware simulator and a programming language of
lecture; 3 semester hours.
their choice, students construct an entire modern computer
MATH438. STOCHASTIC MODELS (II) An introduction to
from the ground up, resulting in an intimate understanding of
stochastic models applicable to problems in engineering,
how each component works. Prerequisites: CSCI261,
physical science, economics, and operations research.
CSCI341. 3 lecture hours, 3 semester hours.
Markov chains in discrete and continuous time, Poisson
MATH/CSCI411. INTRODUCTION TO EXPERT SYS-
processes, and topics in queuing, reliability, and renewal the-
TEMS (II) General investigation of the field of expert sys-
ory. Prerequisite: MATH334. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester
tems. The first part of the course is devoted to designing
hours.
expert systems. The last half of the course is implementation
CSCI440. PARALLEL COMPUTING FOR SCIENTISTS
of the design and construction of demonstration prototypes of
AND ENGINEERS (I) This course is designed to introduce
expert systems. Prerequisite: CSCI262, MATH/CSCI358. 3
the field of parallel computing to all scientists and engineers.
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
The students will be taught how to solve scientific problems.
CSCI422. USER INTERFACES (I) User Interface Design is
They will be introduced to various software and hardware is-
a course for programmers who want to learn how to create
sues related to high performance computing. Prerequisite:
more effective software. This objective will be achieved by
Programming experience in C++, consent of instructor.
studying principles and patterns of interaction design, cri-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
tiquing existing software using criteria presented in the text-
MATH440. PARALLEL SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING (I).
book, and researching and analyzing the capabilities of
This course is designed to facilitate students' learning of par-
various software development tools. Students will also learn
allel programming techniques to efficiently simulate various
a variety of techniques to guide the software design process,
complex processes modeled by mathematical equations using
including Goal-Directed Design, Cognitive Walkthrough,
multiple and multi-core processors. Emphasis will be placed
Talk-aloud and others. Prerequisite: CSCI262. 3 hours lec-
on implementation of various scientific computing algo-
ture; 3 semester hours.
rithms in FORTRAN 90 and its variants using MPI and
MATH424. INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED STATISTICS
OpenMP. Prerequisite: CSCI/MATH 407. 3 hours lecture;
(I) Linear regression, analysis of variance, and design of ex-
3 semester hours.
periments, focusing on the construction of models and evalu-
MATH/CSCI441. COMPUTER GRAPHICS (I) Data struc-
ation of their fit. Techniques covered will include stepwise
tures suitable for the representation of structures, maps,
and best subsets regression, variable transformations, and
three-dimensional plots. Algorithms required for windowing,
residual analysis. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of
color plots, hidden surface and line, perspective drawings.
data with statistical software. Prerequisites: MATH323 or
Survey of graphics software and hardware systems. Prerequi-
MATH335. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
site: CSCI262. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
MATH433/BELS433 MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY (I) This
CSCI442. OPERATING SYSTEMS (I, II) Covers the basic
course will discuss methods for building and solving both
concepts and functionality of batch, timesharing and single-
continuous and discrete mathematical models. These meth-
user operating system components, file systems, processes,
ods will be applied to population dynamics, epidemic spread,
protection and scheduling. Representative operating systems
pharmcokinetics and modeling of physiologic systems. Mod-
are studied in detail. Actual operating system components are
ern Control Theory will be introduced and used to model liv-
programmed on a representative processor. This course pro-
ing systems. Some concepts related to self-organizing
vides insight into the internal structure of operating systems;
systems will be introduced. Prerequisite: MATH315 or
emphasis is on concepts and techniques which are valid for
MATH325. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
all computers. Prerequisite: CSCI262, CSCI341. 3 hours lec-
MATH436. ADVANCED STATISTICAL MODELING (II)
ture; 3 semester hours.
Modern methods for constructing and evaluating statistical
CSCI443. ADVANCED PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS
models. Topics include generalized linear models, general-
USING JAVA. (I, II) This course will quickly review pro-
ized additive models, hierarchical Bayes methods, and re-
gramming constructs using the syntax and semantics of the
sampling methods. Prerequisites: MATH335 and MATH424.
Java programming language. It will compare the constructs
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
of Java with other languages and discuss program design and
MATH437. MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS (II) Introduction
implementation. Object oriented programming concepts will
to applied multivariate techniques for data analysis. Topics
be reviewed and applications, applets, servlets, graphical user
include principal components, cluster analysis, MANOVA
interfaces, threading, exception handling, JDBC, and net-
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working as implemented in Java will be discussed. The ba-
residues. Conformal mapping. Prerequisite: MATH315 or
sics of the Java Virtual Machine will be presented. Prerequi-
MATH325. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
sites: CSCI261, CSCI262. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
MATH455. PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS (I)
MATH/CSCI444. ADVANCED COMPUTER GRAPHICS
Linear partial differential equations, with emphasis on the
(I) This is an advanced computer graphics course, focusing
classical second-order equations: wave equation, heat equa-
on modern rendering and geometric modeling techniques.
tion, Laplace's equation. Separation of variables, Fourier
Students will learn a variety of mathematical and algorithmic
methods, Sturm-Liouville problems. Prerequisite: MATH315
techniques that can be used to develop high-quality computer
or MATH325. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
graphics software. In particular, the course will cover global
MATH458. ABSTRACT ALGEBRA (II) This course is an
illumination, GPU programming, geometry acquisition and
introduction to the concepts of contemporary abstract algebra
processing, point based graphics and non-photorealistic ren-
and applications of those concepts in areas such as physics
dering. Basic understanding of computer graphics and prior
and chemistry. Topics include groups, subgroups, isomor-
exposure to graphics-related programming required. Prereq-
phisms and homomorphisms, rings integral domains and
uisite: MATH441. 3 lecture hours, 3 semester hours.
fields. Prerequisites: MATH213 and MATH223 or
CSCI445. WEB PROGRAMMING (II) Web Programming is
MATH224, and MATH300 or consent of the instructor. 3
a course for programmers who want to develop Web-based
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
applications. It covers basic web site design extended by
CSCI471. COMPUTER NETWORKS I (I) This introduction
client-side and server-side programming. Students should
to computer networks covers the fundamentals of computer
know the elements of HTML and Web architecture and be
communications, using TCP/IP standardized protocols as the
able to program in a high level language such as C++ or
main case study. The application layer and transport layer of
Java. The course builds on this knowledge by presenting top-
communication protocols will be covered in depth. Detailed
ics such as Cascading Style Sheets, JavaScript, PERL and
topics include application layer protocols (HTTP, FTP,
database connectivity that will allow the students to develop
SMTP, and DNS), reliable data transfer, connection manage-
dynamic Web applications. Prerequisites: Fluency in a high
ment, and congestion control. In addition, students will build
level computer language/consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
a computer network from scratch and program client/server
ture, 3 semester hours.
network applications. Prerequisite: CSCI442 or consent of
CSCI446. WEB APPLICATIONS (I) Web Applications is a
instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
course for programmers who want to learn how to create ef-
MATH/CSCI474. INTRODUCTION TO CRYPTOGRA-
fective, dynamic web pages. At the completion of this
PHY This course is primarily oriented towards the mathe-
course, students should know Hypertext Markup Language
matical aspects of cryptography, but is also closely related to
(HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), JavaScript and
practical and theoretical issues of computer security. The
JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), Ajax, Ruby and Flash.
course provides mathematical background required for cryp-
Additionally students should have considered a variety of is-
tography including relevant aspects of number theory and
sues related to web site design, including but not limited to
mathematical statistics. The following aspects of cryptogra-
web security, web server performance and content manage-
phy will be covered: symmetric and asymmetric encryption,
ment. Prerequisites: CSCI262. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester
computational number theory, quantum encryption, RSA and
hours.
discrete log systems, SHA, steganography, chaotic and
MATH/CSCI447. SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION (I) Sci-
pseudo-random sequences, message authentication, digital
entific visualization uses computer graphics to create visual
signatures, key distribution and key management, and block
images which aid in understanding of complex, often mas-
ciphers. Many practical approaches and most commonly used
sive numerical representation of scientific concepts or re-
techniques will be considered and illustrated with real-life
sults. The main focus of this course is on modern
examples. Prerequisites: CSCI262, MATH334/335,
visualization techniques applicable to spatial data such as
MATH358. 3 credit hours.
scalar, vector and tensor fields. In particular, the course will
CSCI475. INFORMATION SECURITY AND PRIVACY (I)
cover volume rendering, texture based methods for vector
Information Security and Privacy provides a hands-on intro-
and tensor field visualization, and scalar and vector field
duction to the principles and best practices in information
topology. Basic understanding of computer graphics and
and computer security. Lecture topics will include basic
analysis of algorithms required. Prerequisites: CSCI262 and
components of information security including threat assess-
MATH441. 3 lecture hours, 3 semester hours.
ment and mitigation, policy development, and the legal and
MATH454. COMPLEX ANALYSIS (II) The complex plane.
political dimensions of information security. Prerequisite:
Analytic functions, harmonic functions. Mapping by elemen-
CSCI 442 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
tary functions. Complex integration, power series, calculus of
ter hours.
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MATH 482 STATISTICS PRACTICUM (II) This is the cap-
MATH502. REAL AND ABSTRACT ANALYSIS (I) Intro-
stone course in the Statistics Option. Students will apply sta-
duction to metric and topological spaces. Lebesgue measure
tistical principles to data analysis through advanced work,
and measurable functions and sets. Types of convergence,
leading to a written report and an oral presentation. Choice
Lebesgue integration and its relation to other integrals. Inte-
of project is arranged between the student and the individual
gral convergence theorems. Absolute continuity and related
faculty member who will serve as advisor. Prerequisites:
concepts. Prerequisite: MATH401. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
MATH335 and MATH424. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
ter hours.
hours.
MATH503. FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS (I) Normed linear
MATH484. MATHEMATICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL
spaces, linear operators on normed linear spaces, Banach
MODELING (CAPSTONE) (II) This is the capstone course
spaces, inner product and Hilbert spaces, orthonormal bases,
in the Computational and Applied Mathematics option. Stu-
duality, orthogonality, adjoint of a linear operator, spectral
dents will apply computational and applied mathematics
analysis of linear operators. Prerequisite: MATH502. 3 hours
modeling techniques to solve complex problems in biologi-
lecture; 3 semester hours.
cal, engineering and physical systems. Mathematical meth-
MATH506. COMPLEX ANALYSIS II (II) Analytic func-
ods and algorithms will be studied within both theoretical
tions. Conformal mapping and applications. Analytic contin-
and computational contexts. The emphasis is on how to for-
uation. Schlicht functions. Approximation theorems in the
mulate, analyze and use nonlinear modeling to solve typical
complex domain. Prerequisite: MATH454. 3 hours lecture;
modern problems. Prerequisites: MACS407, MACS433 and
3 semester hours.
MACS455. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MATH510. ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
MATH/CSCI491. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (I)
AND DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS (I) Topics to be covered:
(WI) Individual investigation under the direction of a depart-
basic existence and uniqueness theory, systems of equations,
ment faculty member. Written report required for credit. Pre-
stability, differential inequalities, Poincare-Bendixon theory,
requisite: Consent of Department Head. 1 to 3 semester
linearization. Other topics from: Hamiltonian systems,
hours, no more than 6 in a degree program.
periodic and almost periodic systems, integral manifolds,
MATH/CSCI492. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (II)
Lyapunov functions, bifurcations, homoclinic points and
(WI) Individual investigation under the direction of a depart-
chaos theory. Prerequisite: MATH315 and MATH332 or
ment faculty member. Written report required for credit. Pre-
equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
requisite: Consent of Department Head. 1 to 3 semester
MATH514. APPLIED MATHEMATICS I (I) The major
hours, no more than 6 in a degree program.
theme in this course is various non-numerical techniques for
MATH/CSCI498. SPECIAL TOPICS (I, II, S) Selected top-
dealing with partial differential equations which arise in
ics chosen from special interests of instructor and students.
science and engineering problems. Topics include transform
Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head. Variable: 1 to 3
techniques, Green’s functions and partial differential equa-
semester hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
tions. Stress is on applications to boundary value problems
MATH/CSCI499. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II, S) Indi-
and wave theory. Prerequisite: MATH455 or equivalent.
vidual research or special problem projects supervised by a
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
faculty member; also, given agreement on a subject matter,
MATH515. APPLIED MATHEMATICS II (II) Topics in-
content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: Independent Study
clude integral equations, applied complex variables, an intro-
form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Vari-
duction to asymptotics, linear spaces and the calculus of
able Credit: 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
variations. Stress is on applications to boundary value prob-
Graduate Courses
lems and wave theory, with additional applications to engi-
500-level and 700-level courses are open to qualified
neering and physical problems. Prerequisite: MATH514.
seniors with the permission of the department and Dean of
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Graduate School.
CSCI522. USER INTERFACE DESIGN (I) An introduction
MATH500. LINEAR VECTOR SPACES (I) Finite dimen-
to the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Students
sional vector spaces and subspaces: dimension, dual bases,
will review current literature from prominent researchers in
annihilators. Linear transformations, matrices, projections,
HCI and will discuss how the researchers' results may be ap-
change of basis, similarity. Determinants, eigenvalues, multi-
plied to the students' own software design efforts. The
plicity. Jordan form. Inner products and inner product spaces
course textbook and supplementary materials will provide a
with orthogonality and completeness. Prerequisite: MATH401.
number of practical techniques and guidelines for develop-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ing software to better meet users' needs, such as Goal-Di-
rected Design, Cognitive Walk Through and Talk-aloud
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testing methodologies, and interaction design patterns. Pre-
computer graphics. Topics include global illumination, GPU
requisite: CSCI261 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester
programming, geometry acquisition and processing, point
hours.
based graphics and non-photorealistic rendering. Students
MATH530. STATISTICAL METHODS I (I) Introduction to
will learn about modern rendering and geometric modeling
probability, random variables, and discrete and continuous
techniques by reading and discussing research papers and
probability models. Elementary simulation. Data summariza-
implementing one or more of the algorithms described in the
tion and analysis. Confidence intervals and hypothesis testing
literature.
for means and variances. Chi square tests. Distribution-free
CSCI546. WEB PROGRAMMING II (I) This course covers
techniques and regression analysis. Prerequisite: MATH213
methods for creating effective and dynamic web pages, and
or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
using those sites as part of a research agenda related to Hu-
MATH531. STATISTICAL METHODS II (II) Continuation
manitarian Engineering. Students will review current litera-
of MATH530. Multiple regression and trend surface analysis.
ture from the International Symposium on Technology and
Analysis of variance. Experimental design (Latin squares,
Society (ISTAS), American Society for Engineering Educa-
factorial designs, confounding, fractional replication, etc.)
tion (ASEE), and other sources to develop a research agenda
Nonparametric analysis of variance. Topics selected from
for the semester. Following a brief survey of web program-
multivariate analysis, sequential analysis or time series analy-
ming languages, including HTML, CSS, JavaScript and
sis. Prerequisite: MATH323 or MATH530 or MATH535.
Flash, students will design and implement a website to meet
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
their research agenda. The final product will be a research
paper which documents the students' efforts and research re-
MATH534. MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS I (I) The
sults. Prerequisite: CSCI 262. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester
basics of probability, discrete and continuous probability dis-
hours.
tributions, sampling distributions, order statistics, conver-
gence in probability and in distribution, and basic limit
MATH/CSCI547. SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION (I) Scien-
theorems, including the central limit theorem, are covered.
tific visualization uses computer graphics to create visual im-
Prerequisite: Consent of department. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
ages which aid in understanding of complex, often massive
mester hours.
numerical representation of scientific concepts or results. The
main focus of this course is on techniques applicable to spa-
MATH535. MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS II (II) The
tial data such as scalar, vector and tensor fields. Topics in-
basics of hypothesis testing using likelihood ratios, point and
clude volume rendering, texture based methods for vector
interval estimation, consistency, efficiency, sufficient statis-
and tensor field visualization, and scalar and vector field
tics, and some nonparametric methods are presented. Prereq-
topology. Students will learn about modern visualization
uisite: MATH534 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
techniques by reading and discussing research papers and im-
hours.
plementing one of the algorithms described in the literature.
MATH/CSCI542. SIMULATION (I) Advanced study of
MATH550. NUMERICAL SOLUTION OF PARTIAL
simulation techniques, random number, and variate genera-
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS (II) Numerical methods for
tion. Monte Carlo techniques, simulation languages, simula-
solving partial differential equations. Explicit and implicit
tion experimental design, variance reduction, and other
finite difference methods; stability, convergence, and con -
methods of increasing efficiency, practice on actual prob-
sistency. Alternating direction implicit (ADI) methods.
lems. Offered every other year. Prerequisite: CSCI262 (or
Weighted residual and finite element methods. Prerequisite:
equivalent), CSCI323 (or CSCI530 or equivalent), or permis-
MATH315, MATH332, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
sion of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ture; 3 semester hours.
MATH540. PARALLEL SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING (I)
MATH551. COMPUTATIONAL LINEAR ALGEBRA (II)
This course is designed to facilitate students’ learning of par-
Numerical analysis of algorithms for solving linear systems
allel programming techniques to efficiently simulate various
of equations, least squares methods, the symmetric eigen-
complex processes modeled by mathematical equations using
problem, singular value decomposition, conjugate gradient
multiple and multi-core processors. Emphasis will be placed
itera tion. Modification of algorithms to fit the architecture.
on the implementation of various scientific computing algo-
Error analysis, existing software packages. Prerequisites:
rithms in FORTRAN/C/C++ using MPI and OpenMP. Pre-
MATH332, MATH/CSCI407, or consent of instructor. 3
requisite: MATH407, CSCI407, or consent of instructor.
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
MATH556. MODELING WITH SYMBOLIC SOFTWARE
MATH/CSCI544. ADVANCED COMPUTER GRAPHICS
(I) Case studies of various models from mathematics, the
(II) This is an advanced computer graphics course in which
sciences and engineering through the use of the symbolic soft-
students will learn a variety of mathematical and algorithmic
ware package MATHEMATICA. Based on hands-on projects
techniques that can be used to solve fundamental problems in
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dealing with contemporary topics such as number theory, dis-
CSCI565. DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING SYSTEMS (II)
crete mathematics, complex analysis, special functions, classi-
Introduction to the design and use of distributed computer
cal and quantum mechanics, relativity, dynamical systems,
systems based on networks of workstations and server com-
chaos and fractals, solitons, wavelets, chemical reactions, pop-
puters. Topics include theory, applications, systems and case
ulation dynamics, pollution models, electrical circuits, signal
studies describing current approaches. Prerequisites: Under-
processing, optimization, control theory, and industrial mathe-
graduate machine architecture or consent of instructor.
matics. The course is designed for graduate students and scien-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
tists interested in modeling and using symbolic software as a
CSCI566. ADVANCED DATABASE MANAGEMENT (II)
programming language and a research tool. It is taught in a
Advanced issues in database management, with emphasis on
computer laboratory. Prerequisites: Senior undergraduates
their application to scientific data. Topics to be covered in-
need consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
clude: object-oriented database management, database rules,
CSCI561. THEORY OF COMPUTATION (I) An introduc-
distributed databases, database design, transaction manage-
tion to abstract models of computation and computability
ment, query optimization, concurrency control, and manage-
theory; including finite automata (finite state machines),
ment of scientific data. Each student develops a course
pushdown automata, and Turing machines. Language mod-
project, as a vehicle for exploring and applying a database re-
els, including formal languages, regular expressions, and
search issue. Prerequisite: CSCI403 or equivalent. 3 hours
grammars. Decidability and undecidability of computational
lecture; 3 semester hours.
problems. Prerequisite: CSCI/MATH358. 3 hours lecture;
CSCI567. ADVANCED OBJECT ORIENTED SOFTWARE
3 semester hours.
ENGINEERING (II) Advanced software engineering con-
CSCI562 APPLIED ALGORITHMS AND DATA
cepts, with emphasis on how to develop object-oriented ap-
STRUCTURES (II) Industry competitiveness in certain
plication programs. The entire software lifecycle is
areas is often based on the use of better algorithms and data
discussed: requirements analysis, program design, implemen-
structures. The objective of this class is to survey some inter-
tation, debugging and testing. Seamless program develop-
esting application areas and to understand the core algo-
ment is emphasized, in which the development process is an
rithms and data structures that support these applications.
incremental refinement of a computer model of real-world
Application areas could change with each offering of the
objects. Examples in the course are from scientific applica-
class, but would include some of the following: VLSI design
tion programs. The object-oriented use of the C++ language
automation, computational biology, mobile computing, com-
is taught and used in assignments. Prerequisite: Knowledge
puter security, data compression, web search engines, geo-
of C or C++. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
graphical information systems. Prerequisite:
CSCI568. DATA MINING (II) This course is an introduc-
MATH/CSCI406, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
tory course in data mining. It covers fundamentals of data
semester hours.
mining theories and techniques. We will discuss association
CSCI563. PARALLEL COMPUTING FOR SCIENTISTS
rule mining and its applications, overview of classification
AND ENGINEERS (I) Students are taught how to use paral-
and clustering, data preprocessing, and several application-
lel computing to solve complex scientific problems. They
specific data mining tasks. We will also discuss practical data
learn how to develop parallel programs, how to analyze their
mining using a data mining software. Project assignments in-
performance, and how to optimize program performance.
clude implementation of existing data mining algorithms,
The course covers the classification of parallel computers,
data mining with or without data mining software, and study
shared memory versus distributed memory machines, soft-
of data mining-related research issues. Prerequisite: CSCI262
ware issues, and hardware issues in parallel computing. Stu-
or permission of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
dents write programs for state of the art high performance
CSCI569. NETWORKED MULTIMEDIA SYSTEMS
supercomputers, which are accessed over the network. Pre-
Advances in computation, storage and communication tech-
requisite: Programming experience in C, consent of instruc-
nologies are initiating the large scale deployment of multime-
tor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours
dia services and applications such as distance learning,
CSCI564 ADVANCED COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE (I)
video-on-demand, multimedia conferencing, video phones
The objective of this class is to gain a detailed understanding
and multiparty games. This course covers the design and im-
about the options available to a computer architect when de-
plementation of the technologies for interactive distributed
signing a computer system along with quantitative justifica-
multimedia applications. Fundamentals of human perception,
tions for the options. All aspects of modern computer
digital media representations, compression and synchroniza-
architectures including instruction sets, processor design,
tion are covered. Implementation technologies including op-
memory system design, storage system design, multiproces-
erating systems support, multimedia systems services, and
sors, and software approaches will be discussed. Prerequisite:
network architectures and protocols are also discussed. In ad-
CSCI341, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
dition, the latest development and open research issues in
ter hours.
multimedia networking and operating systems are intro-
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duced. Prerequisite: CSCI446, CSCI471, or consent of in-
cover the following aspects of cryptography: symmetric and
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
asymmetric encryption, computational number theory, quan-
CSCI570. NEURAL NETWORKS (I) This course explores
tum encryption, RSA and discrete log systems, SHA,
the theory behind neural networks, and focuses on the appli-
steganography, chaotic and pseudo-random sequences, mes-
cation of this technology to real problems in areas as diverse
sage authentication, digital signatures, key distribution and
as DNA pattern recognition, robot control, hazardous waste
key management, and block ciphers. Prerequisites: CSCI 262
remediation, and forensics. For the prepared student, this
plus undergraduate-level knowledge of statistics and discrete
course also facilitates a transition from doing coursework to
mathematics. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
producing publishable research. Skills required to understand,
CSCI575. MACHINE LEARNING (II) The goal of machine
critique, and extend existing research are emphasized. An
learning research is to build computer systems that learn
intro ductory series of lectures is followed by more in-depth
from experience and that adapt to their environments. Ma-
study of current research topics. Depending on a student’s
chine learning systems do not have to be programmed by hu-
background, the course project is either a literature survey or
mans to solve a problem; instead, they essentially program
application or exploration of a neural network method of the
themselves based on examples of how they should behave, or
student’s choice. Prerequisite: CSCI404. 3 hours lecture;
based on trial and error experience trying to solve the prob-
3 semester hours.
lem. This course will focus on the methods that have proven
CSCI571. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (I) Artificial
valuable and successful in practical applications. The course
Intel ligence (AI) is the subfield of computer science that
will also contrast the various methods, with the aim of ex-
studies how to automate tasks for which people currently
plaining the situations in which each is most appropriate.
exhibit superior performance over computers. Historically,
Prerequisites: CSCI262 and MATH323, or consent of in-
AI has studied problems such as machine learning, language
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
understanding, game playing, planning, robotics, and machine
CSCI576. WIRELESS SENSOR SYSTEMS With the ad-
vision. AI techniques include those for uncertainty manage-
vances in computational, communication, and sensing capa-
ment, automated theorem proving, heuristic search, neural
bilities, large scale sensor-based distributed environments are
networks, and simulation of expert performance in special-
becoming a reality. Sensor enriched communication and in-
ized domains like medical diagnosis. This course provides
formation infrastructures have the potential to revolutionize
an overview of the field of Artificial Intelligence. Particular
almost every aspect of human life benefitting application do-
atten tion will be paid to learning the LISP language for AI
mains such as transportation, medicine, surveillance, secu-
programming. Prerequisite: CSCI262. 3 hours lecture;
rity, defense, science and engineering. Such a distributed
3 semester hours.
infrastructure must integrate networking, embedded systems,
CSCI572. COMPUTER NETWORKS II (II) This introduc-
distributed computing and data management technologies to
tion to computer networks covers the fundamentals of com-
ensure seamless access to data dispersed across a hierarchy
puter communications, using TCP/IP standardized protocols
of storage, communication, and processing units, from sensor
as the main case study. This second course on computer net-
devices where data originates to large databases where the
works covers the network layer, data link layer, and physical
data generated is stored and/or analyzed. Prerequisite:
layer of communication protocols in depth. Detailed topics
CSCI406, CSCI446, CSCI471, or consent of instructor.
include routing (unicast, multicast, and broadcast), one hop
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
error detection and correction, and physical topologies. Other
CSCI580. ADVANCED HIGH PERFORMACE COMPUT-
topics include the history of computer communications and
ING This course provides students with knowledge of the
protocols for emerging networks (e.g., ad hoc networks and
fundamental concepts of high performance computing as
sensor networks). In addition, students will program
well as hands-on experience with the core technology in the
client/server network applications and simulate a network
field. The objective of this class is to understand how to
protocol in a network simulator. Prerequisite: CSCI471.
achieve high performance on a wide range of computational
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
platforms. Topics will include sequential computers includ-
MATH/CSCI574. THEORY OF CRYPTOGRAPHY Stu-
ing memory hierarchies, shared memory computers an d
dents will draw upon current research results to design, im-
multicore, distributed memory computers, graphical process-
plement and analyze their own computer security or other
ing units (GPUs), cloud and grid computing, threads,
related cryptography projects. The requisite mathematical
OpenMP, message passing (MPI), CUDA (for GPUs), paral-
background, including relevant aspects of number theory and
lel file systems, and scientific applications. 3 hours lecture;
mathematical statistics, will be covered in lecture. Students
3 semester hours.
will be expected to review current literature from prominent
CSCI586. FAULT TOLERANT COMPUTING. This course
researchers in cryptography and to present their findings to
provides a comprehensive overview of fault tolerant comput-
the class. Particular focus will be given to the application of
ing including uniprocessor fault tolerance, distributed fault
various techniques to real-life situations. The course will also
tolerance, failure model, fault detection, checkpoint, message
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log, algorithm-based fault tolerance, error correction codes,
management, computer architectures, supercomputing, paral-
and fault tolerance in large storage systems. 3 hours lecture;
lel processing, distributed processing, and algorithms. Pre-
3 semester hours.
requisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
MATH/CSCI597. SUMMER PROGRAMS
hours.
MATH/CSCI598. SPECIAL TOPICS (I, II, S) Pilot course
MATH/CSCI691. GRADUATE SEMINAR (I) Presentation
or special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests
of latest research results by guest lecturers, staff, and ad-
of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered
vanced students. Prerequisite: Consent of department. 1 hour
only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1
seminar; 1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit to a maxi-
to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
mum of 12 hours.
MATH/CSCI599. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II, S) Indi-
MATH/CSCI692. GRADUATE SEMINAR (II) Presentation
vidual research or special problem projects supervised by a
of latest research results by guest lecturers, staff, and ad-
faculty member, when a student and instructor agree on a
vanced students. Prerequisite: Consent of department. 1 hour
subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: Inde-
seminar; 1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit to a maxi-
pendent Study form must be completed and submitted to the
mum of 12 hours.
Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
MATH693/GPGN551. WAVE PHENOMENA SEMINAR
credit.
(I, II) Students will probe a range of current methodologies
MATH610. ADVANCED TOPICS IN DIFFERENTIAL
and issues in seismic data processing, with emphasis on
EQUATIONS (II) Topics from current research in ordinary
under lying assumptions, implications of these assumptions,
and/or partial differential equations; for example, dynamical
and implications that would follow from use of alternative
systems, advanced asymptotic analysis, nonlinear wave prop-
assumptions. Such analysis should provide seed topics for
agation, solitons. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours
ongoing and subsequent research. Topic areas include: Sta -
lecture; 3 semester hours.
tistics estimation and compensation, deconvolution, multiple
suppression, suppression of other noises, wavelet estimation,
MATH614. ADVANCED TOPICS IN APPLIED
imaging and inversion, extraction of stratigraphic and litho-
MATHEMATICS (I) Topics from current literature in ap-
logic information, and correlation of surface and borehole
plied mathematics; for example, wavelets and their applica-
seismic data with well log data. Prerequisite: Consent of de-
tions, calculus of variations, advanced applied functional
partment. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
analysis, control theory. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MATH/CSCI698. SPECIAL TOPICS (I, II, S) Pilot course
or special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests
MATH616. INTRODUCTION TO MULTI-DIMENSIONAL
of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered
SEISMIC INVERSION (II) Introduction to high frequency
only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1
inversion techniques. Emphasis on the application of this
to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
theory to produce a reflector map of the earth’s interior and
estimates of changes in earth parameters across those reflec-
MATH/CSCI699. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II, S) Indi-
tors from data gathered in response to sources at the surface
vidual research or special problem projects supervised by a
or in the interior of the earth. Extensions to elastic media are
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on
discussed, as well. Includes high frequency modeling of the
a subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “In-
propagation of acoustic and elastic waves. Prerequisites:
dependent Study” form must be completed and submitted to
partial differential equations, wave equation in the time or
the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable
frequency domain, complex function theory, contour integra-
for credit.
tion. Some knowledge of wave propagation: reflection, re-
MATH/CSCI705. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT:
fraction, diffraction. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MASTER OF SCIENCE (I, II, S) Research credit hours re-
MATH650. ADVANCED TOPICS IN NUMERICAL
quired for completion of the degree Master of Science - the-
ANALYSIS (II) Topics from the current literature in numeri-
sis. Research must be carried out under the direct supervision
cal analysis and/or computational mathematics; for example,
of the graduate student’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for
advanced finite element method, sparse matrix algorithms,
credit.
applications of approximation theory, software for initial value
MATH/CSCI706. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT:
ODE’s, numerical methods for integral equations. Prerequi-
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (I, II, S) Research credit
site: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
hours required for completion of the degree Doctor of Philos-
CSCI660. ADVANCED TOPICS IN COMPUTER
ophy. Research must be carried out under direct supervision
SYSTEMS (II) Topics from the current literature in hard-
of the graduate student’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for
ware and software computer systems; for example, user in-
credit.
terfaces, object oriented software engineering, database
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Metallurgical and Materials
Program Description:
Engineering
The program of study for the Master or Doctor of Philoso-
MICHAEL J. KAUFMAN, Professor and Department Head
phy degrees in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering is
CORBY G. ANDERSON, Professor
selected by the student in consultation with her or his advi-
STEPHEN LIU, Professor
sor, and with the approval of the Thesis Committee. The pro-
GERARD P. MARTINS, Professor
gram can be tailored within the framework of the regulations
DAVID K. MATLOCK, Charles S. Fogarty Professor
of the Graduate School to match the student’s interests while
BRAJENDRA MISHRA, Professor
maintaining the main theme of materials engineering and
DAVID L. OLSON, John H. Moore Distinguished Professor
processing. There are three Areas of Specialization within the
IVAR E. REIMANIS, Professor
Department: Physical and Mechanical Metallurgy; Physico-
JOHN G. SPEER, Professor
chemical Processing of Materials; and, Ceramic Engineering.
PATRICK R. TAYLOR, George S. Ansell Distinguished Professor of
Chemical Metallurgy
The Department is home to five research centers: the Ad-
CHESTER J. VANTYNE, FIERF Professor and Associate
vanced Coatings and Surface Engineering Laboratory
Department Head
(ACSEL); the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Re-
BRIAN GORMAN, Associate Professor
search Center (ASPPRC); the Colorado Center for Advanced
RYAN P. O'HAYRE, Associate Professor
Ceramics (CCAC); the Center for Welding Joining, and
STEVEN W. THOMPSON, Associate Professor
Coatings Research (CWJCR); and, the Kroll Institute for Ex-
REED AYERS, Assistant Professor
tractive Metallurgy (KIEM). The Nuclear Science and Engi-
KIP O. FINDLEY, Assistant Professor
JEFFREY C. KING, Assistant Professor
neering Center (NuSEC) also operates closely with the
HONGJUN LIANG, Assistant Professor
Department.
CORINNE E. PACKARD, Assistant Professor
A Graduate Certificate is offered by each Department Cen-
GERALD BOURNE, Teaching Associate Professor
ter – the requirements for the Graduate Certificate are: 1) Be
JOHN P. CHANDLER, Teaching Associate Professor
admitted to MME Graduate Certificate Program upon the
RICHARD K. AHRENKIEL Research Professor
recommendation of the MME Department. 2) Complete a
WILLIAM (GROVER) COORS, Research Professor
total of 12 hours of course credits of which only 3 credit
ZEEV SHAYER, Research Professor
D. (ERIK) SPILLER, Research Professor
hours can be at the 400 level. The specific courses to be
JAMES C. WILLIAMS, Research Professor
taken are determined by the Graduate Advisor in the Depart-
CAROLE GRAAS, Research Associate Professor
ment Center selected by the candidate. A cumulative grade
JIANHUA TONG, Research Associate Professor
point average of B or better must be maintained while com-
EDGAR VIDAL, Research Associate Professor
pleting these requirements.
EMMANUEL De MOOR, Research Assistant Professor
Degree Program Requirements:
DAVID DIERCKS, Research Assistant Professor
JUDITH C. GOMEZ, Research Assistant Professor
The program requirements for the three graduate degrees
JIANLIANG LIN, Research Assistant Professor
offered by the Department are listed below:
YONG-WOOK SIN, Research Assistant Professor
Master of Engineering degree: Two tracks are available
GEORGE S. ANSELL, President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus
as follows:
GLEN R. EDWARDS, University Professor Emeritus
JOHN P. HAGER, University Professor Emeritus
II. Undergraduate/graduate program*: i) a minimum of 30
GEORGE KRAUSS, University Professor Emeritus
total semester hours of acceptable course work; ii) case
DENNIS W. READEY, University Professor Emeritus
independent study course work component cannot exceed
W. REX BULL, Professor Emeritus
6 semester hours; and iii) submittal and presentation, and
JOHN J. MOORE, Professor Emeritus
subsequent acceptance by the Graduate Advisor, of a re-
GERALD L. DePOORTER, Associate Professor Emeritus
port which presents the results of a case study or an engi-
ROBERT H. FROST, Associate Professor Emeritus
neering development. (*See Combined
Degrees Offered:
Undergraduate/Graduate Programs in the Graduate De-
Master of Engineering (Metallurgical and Materials
grees and Requirements Section of the Bulletin.)
Engineering)
II. Graduate Program: i) a minimum of 30 total semester
Master of Science (Metallurgical and Materials
hours of acceptable course work; ii) case-/indepen-
Engineering)
dentstudy course work cannot exceed 6 semester hours;
Doctor of Philosophy (Metallurgical and Materials
and iii) submittal and presentation, and subsequent ac-
Engineering)
ceptance by the Graduate Advisor, of a report which pres-
ents the results of a case study or an engineering
development.
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Master of Science degree: i) a minimum of 24 semester
undergraduate program equivalent to that required for the
hours of acceptable course work and 6 semester hours of re-
B.S. degree in: Metallurgical and Materials Engineering,
search credit; and, ii) submittal and successful oral-defense
Materials Science or a related field. This undergraduate pro-
of a thesis, before their Thesis Committee, which presents
gram should have included a background in science funda-
the results of original scientific research or development.
mentals and engineering principles. A student, who possesses
Doctor of Philosophy degree: i) a minimum of 42 semes-
this background but has not taken specific undergraduate
ter hours of acceptable course work, which may include
courses in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, will be
course credits (to be approved by the Thesis Committee) pre-
allowed to rectify these course deficiencies at the beginning
sented for the Master's degree, provided that the degree was
of their program of study.
in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering or a similar field.
Fields of Research:
However, at least 21 hours of acceptable course work must
Synthesis, processing, and characterization of photovoltaic
be taken at the Colorado School of Mines; ii) 30 semester
materials
hours of research credit; iii) 9 to12 semester hours of course
Optical phenomena of interfaces and composites
work to compliment the research program of the student as
High-T superconductors
c
determined by the Advisor/Thesis-Committee; iv) presenta-
Dielectrics and piezoelectrics
tion of a Proposal on their Thesis-Research Project to their
Glasses and crystallizable glasses for electronics
Thesis Committee; v) a passing grade on written and oral
Ferroelectrics and ferroelectric thin films
Qualifying-Process (Q.P.) Examinations, for the purpose of
Porous ceramics and ceramic fibers
determining that adequate preparation and the ability to con-
Combustion synthesis of advanced materials
duct high-quality, independent research have been achieved;
Nuclear engineering
vi) presentation (usually 6 months after successfully com-
Welding and joining of metals and dissimilar materials
pleting their Q.P. Examinations) of a Progress Report on their
including ceramics and composites
Research Project to their Thesis Committee and, vii) submit-
Laser processing of materials
tal and successful defense of a thesis, which presents the re-
Physical metallurgy
sults of original scientific research or development (See
Mechanical metallurgy
Graduate Degrees and Requirements Section of the Bulletin),
Processing microstructure, and properties of advanced steels
before their Thesis Committee.
Oxidation and corrosion of metals and ceramics
Notes: The examinations under v) are specific to the stu-
Interfacial phenomena
dent's declared Area of Specialization (currently a total of
Surface characterization of materials
three), and consist of a written and oral component. The writ-
Biomaterials
ten examinations consist of a general topics examination and
Composite materials
an area or specialization examination. The oral examination
Preparation of ceramic powders
consists of responses by the student to questions on the fun-
Pyro-, hydro-, and electro-metallurgy
damentals related to the student's proposed research. A Q.P.
Processing of industrial wastes
Oral-Examination Document consisting of: a) an Extended
Plasma synthesis and processing
Abstract of the student's Thesis-Research Proposal, and b)
Computer simulation techniques for design of new high
associated Fundamental Topics on which the student expects
performance materials
to be examined, is presented to the Examining Committee
Thin film/coating, processing, and characterization
(different from the Thesis Committee) prior to this event. The
Environmentally benign materials processes
student delivers a 10 minutes oral-presentation, reviewing the
Semiconductor materials
document at the start of the (oral) examination. There is a
Powder metallurgy
standing schedule to offer the examinations during the last
Aerospace structural materials
four to five weeks of the Spring and Fall semesters. How-
Failure analysis and fracture mechanics of materials
ever, intent to take the examinations must be declared within
Forming of metals and other materials
the first month of the intended semester.
Fatigue of materials
Although there is no formal seminar-course requirement,
Description of Courses
graduate students, both Master and Doctoral candidates, as
Undergraduate Courses
part of their professional development, are required to attend
the Department seminars scheduled on Thursdays during the.
A maximum of nine hours of 400-level credits, with the
Fall and Spring semesters.
approval of the Thesis Committee, may be applied towards
the course-work requirement for a Master’s degree.
Prerequisites:
The entering graduate-student in the Department of Metal-
MTGN412/MLGN512.CERAMIC ENGINEERING (I) Ap-
lurgical and Materials Engineering must have completed an
plication of engineering principles to nonmetallic and
ceramic materials. Processing of raw materials and produc-
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tion of ceramic bodies, glazes, glasses, enamels, and cermets.
MTGN424. PROCESS ANALYSIS AND DEVELOPMENT
Firing processes and reactions in glass bonded as well as me-
LABORATORY (II) Projects designed to supplement the
chanically bonded systems. Prerequisite: MTGN348. 3 hours
lectures in MTGN422. Co-requisite: MTGN422 or consent
lecture; 3 semester hours.
of Instructor. 3 hours lab; 1 semester hour.
MTGN414/MLGN544. PROCESSING OF CERAMICS (II)
MTGN429. METALLURGICAL ENVIRONMENT (I)
Principles of ceramic processing and the relationship between
Exami nation of the interface between metallurgical process
processing and microstructure. Raw materials and raw mate-
engineering and environmental engineering. Wastes, efflu-
rials preparation, forming and fabrication, thermal process-
ents and their point sources in metallurgical processes such
ing, and finishing of ceramic materials will be covered.
as mineral concentration, value extraction and process metal-
Principles will be illustrated by case studies on specific
lurgy are studied in context. Fundamentals of metallurgical
ceramic materials. A project to design a ceramic fabrication
unit operations and unit processes with those applicable to
process is required. Field trips to local ceramic manufac -
waste and effluent control, disposal and materials recycling
turing operations are included. Prerequisites: MTGN272,
are covered. Engineering design and engineering cost com-
MTGN311 or consent of the Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
ponents are also included for selected examples. Fundamen-
mester hours.
tals and applications receive equal coverage. Prerequisites:
MTGN415/MLGN515. ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES AND
MTGN334 or consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture;
APPLICATIONS OF MATERIALS (II) Survey of the elec-
3 semester hours.
trical properties of materials, and the applications of materi-
MTGN430. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY OF IRON AND
als as electrical circuit components. The effects of chemistry,
STEELMAKING (I) Physical chemistry principles of blast
processing, and microstructure on the electrical properties.
furnace and direct reduction production of iron and refining
Functions, performance requirements, and testing methods of
of iron to steel. Discussion of raw materials, productivity,
materials for each type of circuit component. The general
impurity removal, deoxidation, alloy additions, and ladle
topics covered are conductors, resistors, insulators, capaci-
metallurgy. Prerequisite: MTGN334. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
tors, energy convertors, magnetic materials, and integrated
mester hours.
circuits. Prerequisite: PHGN200, MTGN311 or MLGN501
MTGN431 . HYDRO- AND ELECTROMETALLURGY (I)
or consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Physicochemical principles associated with the extraction
MTGN416/MLGN516. PROPERTIES OF CERAMICS (II)
and refining of metals by hydro- and electrometallurgical
Survey of the properties of ceramic materials and how these
techniques. Discussion of unit processes in hyrdometallurgy,
properties are determined by the chemical structure (compo-
electrowinning, and electrorefining. Analysis of integrated
sition), crystal structure, and the microstructure of crystalline
flowsheets for the recovery of nonferrous metals. Prerequi-
ceramics and glasses. Thermal, optical, and mechanical prop-
site: MTGN334, MTGN351, and MTGN352. Co-requisite:
erties of single-phase and multiphase ceramics, including
MTGN461 or consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
com posites, are covered. Prerequisites: PHGN200, MTGN311
ter hours.
or MLGN501 or consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 se-
MTGN432. PYROMETALLURGY (II) Extraction and re-
mester hours.
fining of metals including emergent practices. Modifications
MTGN417. REFRACTORY MATERIALS (I) Refractory
driven by environmental regulations and by energy minimi -
materials in metallurgical construction. Oxide phase dia-
za tion. Analysis and design of processes and the impact of
grams for analyzing the behavior of metallurgical slags in
economic considerations. Prerequisite: MTGN334. 3 hours
contact with materials of construction. Prerequisite: consent
lecture; 3 semester hours.
of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MTGN434. DESIGN AND ECONOMICS OF
MTGN419/MLGN519. NON-CRYSTALLINE MATERIALS
METALLURGICAL PLANTS (II) Design of metallurgical
(II) Introduction to the principles of glass science-and-
processing systems. Methods for estimating process costs
engineering and non-crystalline materials in general. Glass
and profitability. Performance, selection, and design of
formation, structure, crystallization, and properties will be
process equipment. Integration of process units into a work-
covered, along with a survey of commercial glass composi-
ing plant and its economics, construction, and operation.
tions, manufacturing processes, and applications. Prerequi-
Market research and surveys. Prerequisites: DCGN209,
sites: MTGN311 or MLGN501, MTGN412/MLGN512, or
MTGN351 or consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ter hours.
MTGN422. PROCESS ANALYSIS AND DEVELOPMENT
MTGN436. CONTROL AND INSTRUMENTATION OF
(II) Aspects of process development, plant design, and man-
METALLURGICAL PROCESSES (II) Analysis of
agement. Prerequisite: MTGN334. Co-requisite: MTGN424
processes for metal extraction and refining using classical
or consent of Instructor. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester hours.
and direct-search optimization methods and classical process
control with the aid of chemical functions and thermody-
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namic transfer operations. Examples from physicochemical
MTGN452. CERAMIC AND METAL MATRIX
and physical metallurgy processes. Co-requisite: MTGN438
COMPOSITES (I) Introduction to the synthesis, processing,
or consent of Instructor. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester hours.
structure, properties and performance of ceramic and metal
MTGN438. CONTROL AND INSTRUMENTATION OF
matrix composites. Survey of various types of composites,
METALLURGICAL PROCESSES LABORATORY (II)
and correlation between processing, structural architecture
Experi ments designed to supplement the lectures in
and properties. Prerequisites: MTGN272, MTGN311,
MTGN436. Co-requisite: MTGN436 or consent of Instructor.
MTGN348, MTGN351. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours
3 hours lab; 1 semester hour.
MTGN453. PRINCIPLES OF INTEGRATED CIRCUIT
MTGN442. ENGINEERING ALLOYS (II)  This course is
PROCESSING (I) Introduction to the electrical conductivity
intended to be an important component of the physical metal-
of semiconductor materials; qualitative discussion of active
lurgy sequence, to reinforce and integrate principles from
semiconductor devices; discussion of the steps in integrated
earlier courses, and enhance the breadth and depth of under-
circuit fabrication; detailed investigation of the materials sci-
standing of concepts in a wide variety of alloy systems.
ence and engineering principles involved in the various steps
Metallic systems considered include iron and steels, copper,
of VLSI device fabrication; a presentation of device packaging
aluminum, titanium, superalloys, etc. Phase stability, mi-
techniques and the processes and principles involved. Prereq-
crostructural evolution and structure/property relationships
uisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
are emphasized. Prerequisite: MTGN348 or consent of in-
MTGN456. ELECTRON MICROSCOPY (II) Introduction
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
to electron optics and the design and application of transmis-
MTGN445/MLGN505*. MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF
sion and scanning electron microscopes. Interpretation of
MATERIALS (I) Mechanical properties and relationships.
images produced by various contrast mechanisms. Electron
Plastic deformation of crystalline materials. Relationships of
diffraction analysis and the indexing of electron diffraction
microstructures to mechanical strength. Fracture, creep, and
patterns. Prerequisite: MTGN311 or consent of instructor.
fatigue. Laboratory sessions devoted to advanced mechanical
Co-requisite: MTGN458. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester hours.
testing techniques to illustrate the application of the funda-
MTGN458. ELECTRON MICROSCOPY LABORATORY
mentals presented in the lectures. Prerequisite: MTGN348.
(II) Laboratory exercises to illustrate specimen preparation
3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 4/3* semester hours. *A 3
techniques, microscope operation, and the interpretation of
semester-hour graduate-course in the Materials Science
images produced from a variety of specimens, and to supple-
Program (ML) and a 4 semester-hour undergraduate-course
ment the lectures in MTGN456. Co-requisite: MTGN456.
in the MTGN program.
3 hours lab; 1 semester hour.
MTGN450/MLGN550. STATISTICAL PROCESS CON-
MTGN461.TRANSPORT PHENOMENA AND REACTOR
TROL AND DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS (I) Introduction
DESIGN FOR METALLURGICAL-AND-MATERIALS
to statistical process control, process capability analysis and
ENGINEERS (I) Introduction to the conserved-quantities:
experimental design techniques. Statistical process control
momentum, heat, and mass transfer, and application of chem-
theory and techniques developed and applied to control
ical kinetics to elementary reactor-design. Examples from
charts for variables and attributes involved in process control
materials processing and process metallurgy. Molecular
and evaluation. Process capability concepts developed and
transport properties: viscosity, thermal conductivity, and
applied to the evaluation of manufacturing processes. Theory
mass diffusivity of materials encountered during processing
of designed experiments developed and applied to full fac -
operations. Uni-directional transport: problem formulation
torial experiments, fractional factorial experiments, screening
based on the required balance of the conserved-quantity ap-
experiments, multilevel experiments and mixture experiments.
plied to a control-volume. Prediction of velocity, temperature
Analysis of designed experiments by graphical and statistical
and concentration profiles. Equations of change: continuity,
techniques. Introduction to computer software for statistical
motion, and energy. Transport with two independent variables
process control and for the design and analysis of experiments.
(unsteady-state behavior). Interphase transport: dimension-
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semes-
less correlations - friction factor, heat, and mass transfer coeffi -
ter hours
cients. Elementary concepts of radiation heat-transfer. Flow
MTGN451. CORROSION ENGINEERING (II) Principles
behavior in packed beds. Design equations for: Continuous-
of electrochemistry. Corrosion mechanisms. Methods of cor-
Flow/Batch Reactors with Uniform Dispersion and Plug
rosion protection including cathodic and anodic protection
Flow Reactors. Digital computer methods for the design of
and coatings. Examples, from various industries, of corrosion
metallurgical systems. Laboratory sessions devoted to:
problems and solutions. Prerequisite: MTGN351. 3 hours
Tutorials/ Demonstrations to facilitate the understanding of
lecture; 3 semester hours
concepts related to selected topics; and, Projects with the
primary focus on the operating principles and use of modern
electronic instrumentation for measurements on lab-scale
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systems in conjunction with correlation and prediction
transformations; selection of filler metals; stresses; stress
strategies for analysis of results. Prerequisites: MATH225,
relief and annealing; preheating and post heating; distortion
MTGN351 and MTGN352. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab;
and defects; welding ferrous and nonferrous alloys; and,
3 semester hours.
welding tests. Prerequisite: MTGN348. Co-requisite:
MTGN462/ESGN462. SOLID WASTE MINIMIZATION
MTGN477. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester hours.
AND RECYCLING (I) This course will examine, using case
MTGN477. METALLURGY OF WELDING LABORATORY
studies, how industry applies engineering principles to mini-
(I) Experiments designed to supplement the lectures in
mize waste formation and to meet solid waste recycling chal-
MTGN475. Co-requisite: MTGN475. 3 hours lab; 1 semester
lenges. Both proven and emerging solutions to solid waste
hour.
environmental problems, especially those associated with
MTGN498. SPECIAL TOPICS IN METALLURGICAL
metals, will be discussed. Prerequisites: EGGN/ESGN353,
AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING (I, II, S) Pilot course
EGGN/ESGN354, and ESGN302/CHGN403 or consent of
or special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
of instructor(s) and student(s). The course topic is generally
MTGN463. POLYMER ENGINEERING (I) Introduction to
offered only once. . Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 1 to
the structure and properties of polymeric materials, their
3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
deforma tion and failure mechanisms, and the design and
MTGN499. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II, S) Independent
fabri ca tion of polymeric end items. Molecular and crystallo-
advanced-work leading to a comprehensive report. This work
graphic structures of polymers will be developed and related
may take the form of conferences, library, and laboratory
to the elastic, viscoelastic, yield and fracture properties of
work. Choice of problem is arranged between student and a
polymeric solids and reinforced polymer composites.
specific Department faculty member. Prerequisite: Selection
Empha sis on forming and joining techniques for end item
of topic with consent of faculty supervisor; “Independent
fabrication including: extrusion, injection molding, reaction
Study Form” must be completed and submitted to Registrar.
injection molding, thermoforming, and blow molding. The
1 to 3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit to a maximum
design of end items will be considered in relation to: materi-
of 6 hours.
als selection, manufacturing engineering, properties, and
appli cations. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours
Graduate Courses
lecture; 3 semester hours.
Most courses are offered once every two years. However,
those courses offered for which fewer than five students have
MTGN464/MTGN564. FORGING AND FORMING (II) In-
registered may be cancelled that semester. Courses at the
troduction to plasticity. Survey and analysis of working oper-
500-level are open to qualified seniors with approval of the
ations of forging, extrusion, rolling, wire drawing and sheet
Department and the Dean of the Graduate School. Courses at
metal forming. Metallurgical structure evolution during
the 600-level are open only to graduate students in good
working. Prerequisites: EGGN320 and MTGN348 or
standing. A two-year course-schedule is available in the De-
EGGN390. 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab, 3 semester hours.
partment office.
MTGN465. MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF CERAMICS
MTGN505 CRYSTALLOGRAPHY AND DIFFRACTION
(II) Mechanical properties of ceramics and ceramic-based
(I) Introduction to point symmetry operations, crystal sys-
composites; brittle fracture of solids; toughening mechanisms
tems, Bravais lattices, point groups, space groups, Laue
in composites; fatigue, high temperature mechanical behav-
classes, stereographic projections, reciprocal lattice and
ior, including fracture, creep deformation. Prerequisites:
Ewald sphere constructions, the new International Tables for
MTGN445, MTGN412 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
Crystallography, and, finally, how certain properties correlate
ture; 3 semester hours.
with symmetry. Subsequent to the crystallography portion,
MTGN466. MATERIALS DESIGN: SYNTHESIS, CHAR-
the course will move into the area of diffraction and will con-
ACTERIZATION AND SELECTION (II) Selection of alloys
sider the primary diffraction techniques (x-rays, electrons
for specific applications, designing for corrosion resistant
and neutrons) used to determine the crystal structure of mate-
service, concept of passivity, designing for wear resistant
rials. Other applications of diffraction such as texture and
service, designing for high temperature service and designing
residual stress will also be considered. Prerequisites: Gradu-
for high strength/weight applications. Introduction to the alu-
ate or Senior in good standing or consent of instructor. 3
minum, copper, nickel, cobalt, stainless steel, cast irons, tita-
hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
nium and refractory metal alloy-systems. Coating science and
MTGN511. SPECIAL METALLURGICAL AND
selection. Prerequisite: MTGN348. 1 hour lecture, 6 hours
MATERIALS ENGINEERING PROBLEMS (I) Independ-
lab; 3 semester hours.
ent advanced work, not leading to a thesis. This may take the
MTGN475. METALLURGY OF WELDING (I) Introduc-
form of conferences, library, and laboratory work. Selection
tion to welding processes; thermal aspects; metallurgical
of assignment is arranged between student and a specific De-
evalua tion of resulting microstructures; attendant phase
partment faculty-member. Prerequisite: Selection of topic
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with consent of faculty supervisor. 1 to 3 semester hours.
Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Spring of odd
Repeatable for credit under different titles.
years only.)
MTGN512. SPECIAL METALLURGICAL AND
MTGN527/ESGN562. SOLID WASTE MINIMIZATION
MATERIALS ENGINEERING PROBLEMS (II) Continua-
AND RECYCLING (II) Industrial case-studies, on the ap-
tion of MTGN511. Prerequisite: Selection of topic with con-
plication of engineering principles to minimize waste forma-
sent of faculty supervisor. 1 to 3 semester hours. Repeatable
tion and to meet solid waste recycling challenges. Proven and
for credit under different titles.
emerging solutions to solid waste environmental problems, es-
MTGN514. DEFECT CHEMISTRY AND TRANSPORT
pecially those associated with metals. Prerequisites: ESGN500
PROCESSES IN CERAMIC SYSTEMS (I) Ceramic materi-
and ESGN504 or Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
als science in the area of structural imperfections, their chem-
mester hours.
istry, and their relation to mass and charge transport; defects
MTGN528. EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY OF COPPER,
and diffusion, sintering, and grain growth with particular em-
GOLD AND SILVER. Practical applications of fundamentals
phasis on the relation of fundamental transport phenomena to
of chemical-processing-of-materials to the extraction of gold,
sintering and microstructure development and control. Pre-
silver and copper. Topics covered include: History; Ore de-
requisites: DCGN209 or MTGN351; MT311 or Consent of
posits and mineralogy; Process Selection; Hydrometallurgy
Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of odd
and leaching; Oxidation pretreatment; Purification and recov-
years only.)
ery; Refinement; Waste treatment; and Industrial examples.
MTGN516. MICROSTRUCTURE OF CERAMIC
Prerequisites: Graduate or Senior in good-standing or con-
SYSTEMS (II) Analysis of the chemical and physical
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
processes controlling microstructure development in ce-
MTGN529. METALLURGICAL ENVIRONMENT (I)
ramic systems. Development of the glassy phase in ceramic
Effluents, wastes, and their point sources associated with
systems and the resulting properties. Relationship of mi-
metallurgical processes, such as mineral concentration and
crostructure to chemical, electrical, and mechanical proper-
values extraction—providing for an interface between metal-
ties of ceramics. Appli cation to strengthening and
lurgical process engineering and the environmental engineer-
toughening in ceramic composite system. Prerequisite:
ing areas. Fundamentals of metallurgical unit operations and
Graduate status or Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
unit processes, applied to waste and effluents control, re -
semester hours. (Spring of even years only.)
cycling, and waste disposal. Examples which incorporate
MTGN517. REFRACTORIES (I) The manufacture, testing,
engi neering design and cost components are included. Pre-
and use of basic, neutral, acid, and specialty refractories are
requisites: MTGN334 or Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lec-
presented. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship be-
ture; 3 semester hours.
tween physical properties of the various refractories and their
MTGN530. ADVANCED IRON AND STEELMAKING (I)
uses in the metallurgical industry. Prerequisite: Consent of
Physicochemical principles of gas-slag-metal reactions
Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
applied to the reduction of iron ore concentrates and to the
MTGN518/MLGN518. PHASE EQUILIBRIA IN CERAMIC
refining of liquid iron to steel. The role of these reactions in
SYSTEMS (II) Application of one to four component oxide
reactor design—blast furnace and direct iron smelting fur-
diagrams to ceramic engineering problems. Emphasis on
nace, pneumatic steelmaking furnace, refining slags, deoxi-
refrac tories and glasses and their interaction with metallic
dation and degassing, ladle metallurgy, alloying, and
systems. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture;
continuous casting of steel. Prerequisite: DCGN209 or
3 semester hours. (Spring of odd years only.)
MTGN351 or Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
mester hours. (Fall of even years only.)
MTGN523/MLGN523. APPLIED SURFACE AND
SOLUTION CHEMISTRY (II) Solution and surface chem-
MTGN531. THERMODYNAMICS OF METALLURGI-
istry of importance in mineral and metallurgical operations.
CAL AND MATERIALS PROCESSING (I) Application of
Pre requi site: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
thermodynamics to the processing of metals and materials,
ter hours. (Spring of odd years only.)
with emphasis on the use of thermodynamics in the develop-
ment and optimization of processing systems. Focus areas
MTGN526/MLGN526. GEL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
will include entropy and enthalpy, reaction equilibrium, solu-
An introduction to the science and technology of particulate
tion thermodynamics, methods for analysis and correlation of
and polymeric gels, emphasizing inorganic systems. Inter -
thermodynamics data, thermodynamic analysis of phase dia-
particle forces. Aggregation, network formation, percolation,
grams, thermodynamics of surfaces, thermodynamics of de-
and the gel transition. Gel structure, rheology, and mechanical
fect structures, and irreversible thermodynamics. Attention
properties. Application to solid-liquid separation operations
will be given to experimental methods for the measurement
(filtration, centrifugation, sedimentation) and to ceramics
of thermodynamic quantities. Prerequisite: MTGN351 or
processing. Prerequisite: Graduate Status or Consent of
Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
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MTGN 532 PARTICULATE MATERIAL PROCESSING I -
of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Spring of
COMMINUTION AND PHYSICAL SEPARATIONS. An in-
even years only.)
troduction to the fundamental principles and design criteria
MTGN538. HYDROMETALLURGY (II) Kinetics of liq-
for the selection and use of standard mineral processing unit
uid-solid reactions. Theory of uniformly accessible surfaces.
operations in comminution and physical separation. Topics
Hydrometallurgy of sulfide and oxides. Cementation and
covered include: crushing (jaw, cone, gyratory), grinding
hydro gen reduction. Ion exchange and solvent extraction.
(ball, pebble, rod, SAG, HPGR), screening, thickening, sedi-
Physicochemical phenomena at high pressures. Microbiolog-
mentation, filtration and hydrocyclones. Two standard min-
ical metallurgy. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours
eral processing plant-design simulation software (MinOCad
lecture; 3 semester hours. (Spring of odd years only.)
and JK SimMet) are used in the course. Prerequisites: Gradu-
ate or Senior in good- standing or consent of instructor.3
MTGN539. PRINCIPLES OF MATERIALS PROCESSING
hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
REACTOR DESIGN (II) Review of reactor types and ideal-
ized design equations for isothermal conditions. Residence
MTGN 533 PARTICULATE MATERIAL PROCESSING II
time functions for nonreacting and reacting species and its
- APPLIED SEPARATIONS. An introduction to the funda-
relevance to process control. Selection of reactor type for a
mental principles and design criteria for the selection and use
given application. Reversible and irreversible reactions in
of standard mineral processing unit operations in applied sep-
CSTR’s under nonisothermal conditions. Heat and mass
arations. Topics covered include: photometric ore sorting,
transfer considerations and kinetics of gas-solid reactions
magnetic separation, dense media separation, gravity separa-
applied to fluo-solids type reactors. Reactions in packed
tion, electrostatic separation and flotation (surface chemistry,
beds. Scale up and design of experiments. Brief introduction
reagents selection, laboratory testing procedures, design and
into drying, crystallization, and bacterial processes. Exam-
simulation). Two standard mineral processing plant-design
ples will be taken from current metallurgical practice. Pre -
simulation software (MinOCad and JK SimMet) are used in
requi site: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
the course. Graduate or Senior in good- standing or consent
hours. (Spring of odd years only.)
of instructor.3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
MTGN541. INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS OF METALS (I)
MTGN534. CASE STUDIES IN PROCESS DEVELOP-
Electron theory of metals. Classical and quantum-mechanical
MENT A study of the steps required for development of a
free electron theory. Electrical and thermal conductivity,
mineral recovery process. Technical, economic, and human
thermo electric effects, theory of magnetism, specific heat,
factors involved in bringing a process concept into commer-
diffusion, and reaction rates. Prerequisite: MTGN445.
cial production. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
MTGN542. ALLOYING THEORY, STRUCTURE, AND
MTGN535. PYROMETALLURGICAL PROCESSES (II)
PHASE STABILITY (II) Empirical rules and theories relat-
Detailed study of a selected few processes, illustrating the
ing to alloy formation. Various alloy phases and constituents
application of the principles of physical chemistry (both
which result when metals are alloyed and examined in detail.
thermo dynamics and kinetics) and chemical engineering
Current information on solid solutions, intermetallic com-
(heat and mass transfer, fluid flow, plant design, fuel technol-
pounds, eutectics, liquid immiscibility. Prerequisite: MTGN445
ogy, etc.) to process development. Prerequisite: Consent of
or Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MTGN543. THEORY OF DISLOCATIONS (I) Stress field
MTGN536. OPTIMIZATION AND CONTROL OF METAL -
around dislocation, forces on dislocations, dislocation reac-
LURGICAL SYSTEMS Application of modern optimiza-
tions, dislocation multiplication, image forces, interaction with
tion and control theory to the analysis of specific systems in
point defects, interpretation of macroscopic behavior in light
extractive metallurgy and mineral processing. Mathematical
of dislocation mechanisms. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.
modeling, linear control analysis, dynamic response, and
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of odd years only.)
indirect optimum seeking techniques applied to the process
analysis of grinding, screening, filtration, leaching, precipita-
MTGN544. FORGING AND DEFORMATION
tion of metals from solution, and blast furnace reduction of
MODELING (I) Examination of the forging process for the
metals. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture;
fabri cation of metal components. Techniques used to model
3 semester hours.
deformation processes including slab equilibrium, slip line,
upper bound and finite element methods. Application of
MTGN537. ELECTROMETALLURGY (II) Electrochemi-
these techniques to specific aspects of forging and metal
cal nature of metallurgical processes. Kinetics of electrode
forming processes. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.
reactions. Electrochemical oxidation and reduction. Complex
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of odd years only.)
electrode reactions. Mixed potential systems. Cell design and
optimization of electrometallurgical processes. Batteries and
fuel cells. Some aspects of corrosion. Prerequisite: Consent
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MTGN545/EGGN532. FATIGUE AND FRACTURE (I)
amined. Prerequisite/Co-requisite*: MTGN352, MTGN445/
Basic fracture mechanics as applied to engineering materials,
MLGN505*; or, Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
S-N curves, the Goodman diagram, stress concentrations,
mester hours. (Summer of even years only.)
residual stress effects, effect of material properties on mecha-
MTGN553. STRENGTHENING MECHANISMS (II) 
nisms of crack propagation. Prerequisite: Consent of Instruc-
Strain hardening in polycrystalline materials, dislocation
tor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of odd years
inter actions, effect of grain boundaries on strength, solid
only.)
solu tion hardening, martensitic transformations, precipitation
MTGN546. CREEP AND HIGH TEMPERATURE
hardening, point defects. Prerequisite: MTGN543 or concur-
MATERIALS (II) Mathematical description of creep
rent enrollment. 3 hours lecture;3 semester hours. (Spring of
process. Mathematical methods of extrapolation of creep
even years only.)
data. Micromechanisms of creep deformation, including dis-
MTGN554. OXIDATION OF METALS (II) Kinetics of oxi-
location glide and grain boundary sliding. Study of various
dation. The nature of the oxide film. Transport in oxides.
high temperature materials, including iron, nickel, and cobalt
Mechanisms of oxidation. The Oxidation protection of high-
base alloys and refractory metals, and ceramics. Emphasis on
temperature metal systems. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.
phase transformations and microstructure-property relation-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Spring of even years
ships. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture;
only.)
3 semester hours. (Spring of odd years only.)
MTGN555/MLGN504. SOLID STATE
MTGN547. PHASE EQUILIBRIA IN MATERIALS SYS-
THERMODYNAMICS (I) Thermodynamics applied to
TEMS (I) Phase equilibria of uniary, binary, ternary, and
solid state reactions, binary and ternary phase diagrams,
multicomponent systems, microstructure interpretation, pres-
point, line and planar defects, interfaces, and electrochemical
sure-temperature diagrams, determination of phase diagrams.
concepts. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture;
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
3 semester hours.
ter hours.
MTGN556/MLGN506. TRANSPORT IN SOLIDS (I)
MTGN548. TRANSFORMATIONS IN METALS (I) Sur-
Thermal and electrical conductivity. Solid state diffusion in
face and interfacial phenomena, order of transformation,
metals and metal systems. Kinetics of metallurgical reactions
grain growth, recovery, recrystallization, solidification, phase
in the solid state. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours
transformation in solids, precipitation hardening, spinoidal
lecture; 3 semester hours. (Spring of even years only.)
decomposition, martensitic transformation, gas metal reac-
tions. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture;
MTGN557. SOLIDIFICATION (I) Heat flow and fluid flow
3 semester hours. (Fall of odd years only.)
in solidification, thermodynamics of solidification, nuclea -
tion and interface kinetics, grain refining, crystal and grain
MTGN549. CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN FERROUS
growth, constitutional supercooling, eutectic growth, solidifi-
ALLOYS (I) Development and review of solid state trans-
cation of castings and ingots, segregation, and porosity. Pre-
formations and strengthening mechanisms in ferrous alloys.
requisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
Application of these principles to the development of new
hours. (Fall of odd years only.)
alloys and processes such as high strength low alloy steels,
high temperature alloys, maraging steels, and case hardening
MTGN560. ANALYSIS OF METALLURGICAL FAILURES
processes. Prerequisite: MTGN348. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
(II) Applications of the principles of physical and mechani-
ter hours.
cal metallurgy to the analysis of metallurgical failures.
Nondestructive testing. Fractography. Case study analysis.
MTGN551. ADVANCED CORROSION ENGINEERING
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
(I) Advanced topics in corrosion engineering. Case studies
ter hours. (Spring of odd years only.)
and industrial application. Special forms of corrosion. Ad-
vanced measurement techniques. Prerequisite: MTGN451.
MTGN561. PHYSICAL METALLURGY OF ALLOYS
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of even years only.)
FOR AEROSPACE (I) Review of current developments in
aerospace materials with particular attention paid to titanium
MTGN552/MLGN552. INORGANIC MATRIX COMPOS-
alloys, aluminum alloys, and metal-matrix composites. Em-
ITES Introduction to the processing, structure, properties
phasis is on phase equilibria, phase transformations, and
and applications of metal matrix and ceramic matrix compos-
microstructure-property relationships. Concepts of innova-
ites. Importance of structure and properties of both the matrix
tive processing and microstructural alloy design are included
and the reinforcement and the types of reinforcement utilized—
where appropriate. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3
particulate, short fiber, continuous fiber, and laminates. Em-
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of even years only.)
phasis on the development of mechanical properties through
control of synthesis and processing parameters. Other physi-
MTGN564. ADVANCED FORGING AND FORMING (II)
cal properties such as electrical and thermal will also be ex-
Overview of plasticity. Examination and Analysis of work-
ing operations of forging, extrusion, rolling, wire drawing
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and sheet metal forming. Metallurgical structure evolution
welding process. Prerequisite: Graduate Status or Consent of
during working. Laboratory experiments involving metal
Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of odd
forming processes. Prerequisites: MTGN445/MLGN505 or
years only.)
Consent of Instructor, 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab, 3 semester
MTGN582. MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF WELDED
hours.
JOINTS (II) Mechanical metallurgy of heterogeneous sys-
MTGN565/MLGN565. MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF
tems, shrinkage, distortion, cracking, residual stresses, me-
CERAMICS AND COMPOSITES (I) Mechanical properties
chanical testing of joints, size effects, joint design, transition
of ceramics and ceramic-based composites; brittle fracture of
temperature, fracture. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. 3
solids; toughening mechanisms in composites; fatigue, high
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Spring of odd years only.)
temperature mechanical behavior, including fracture, creep
MTGN583. PRINCIPLES OF NON-DESTRUCTIVE
deforma tion. Prerequisites: MTGN445 or MLGN505, or
TESTING AND EVALUATION (I) Introduction to testing
Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall
methods; basic physical principles of acoustics, radiography,
of even years only.)
and electromagnetism; statistical and risk analysis; fracture
MTGN569/MLGN569/EGGN569/ChEN569. FUEL CELL
mechanics concepts; design decision making, limitations and
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (II) Fundamentals of fuel-
applications of processes; fitness-for- service evaluations.
cell operation and electrochemistry from a chemical thermo-
Prerequisite: Graduate Status or Consent of Instructor. 3
dynamics and materials-science perspective. Review of types
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of odd years only.)
of fuel cells, fuel-processing requirements and approaches,
MTGN584. NON-FUSION JOINING PROCESSES (II)
and fuel-cell system integration. Current topics in fuel-cell
Joining processes for which the base materials are not
science and technology. Fabrication and testing of opera-
melted. Brazing, soldering, diffusion bonding, explosive
tional fuel cells in the Colorado Fuel Cell Center. 3 credit
bonding, and adhesive bonding processes. Theoretical as-
hours. Prerequisites: EGGN371 or ChEN357 or MTGN351;
pects of these processes, as well as the influence of process
and MATH225 or consent of instructor.
parameters. Special emphasis to the joining of dissimilar ma-
MTGN570/MLGN570. BIOCOMPATIBILITY OF MATERI-
terials using these processes. Prerequisite: Consent of In-
ALS Introduction to the diversity of biomaterials and appli-
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Spring of even
cations through examination of the physiologic environment
years only.)
in conjunction with compositional and structural require-
MTGN586. DESIGN OF WELDED STRUCTURES AND
ments of tissues and organs. Appropriate domains and appli-
ASSEMBLIES Introduction to the concepts and analytical
cations of metals, ceramics and polymers, including
practice of designing weldments. Designing for impact,
implants, sensors, drug delivery, laboratory automation, and
fatigue, and torsional loading. Designing of weldments using
tissue engineering are presented. Prerequisites: ESGN301 or
overmatching and undermatching criteria. Analysis of com-
equivalent, or Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
bined stresses. Designing of compression members, column
mester hours.
bases and splices. Designing of built-up columns, welded
MTGN571. METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS
plate cylinders, beam-to-column connections, and trusses.
ENGINEERING LABORATORY Basic instruction in ad-
Designing for tubular construction. Weld distortion and
vanced equipment and techniques in the field of extraction,
residual stresses. Joint design. Process consideration in weld
mechanical or physical metallurgy. Prerequisite: Selection
design. Welding codes and specifications. Estimation of
and Consent of Instructor. 3 to 9 hours lab ; 1 to 3 semester
welding costs. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: MATH225 or
hours.
equivalent, EGGN320 or equivalent, MTGN475 or Consent
MTGN580. ADVANCED WELDING METALLURGY (II)
of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Summer of
Weldability of high strength steels, high alloys, and light
odd years only.)
metals; Welding defects; Phase transformations in weld-
MTGN587. PHYSICAL PHENOMENA OF WELDING
ments; Thermal experience in weldments; Pre- and Post-weld
AND JOINING PROCESSES (I) Introduction to arc
heat treatment; Heat affected zone formation, microstructure,
physics, fluid flow in the plasma, behavior of high pressure
and properties; Consumables development.. Prerequisite:
plasma, cathodic and anodic phenomena, energy generation
Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
and temperature distribution in the plasma, arc stability, metal
(Spring of odd years only.)
transfer across arc, electron beam welding processes, keyhole
MTGN581. WELDING HEAT SOURCES AND
phenomena. Ohmic welding processes, high frequency weld-
INTERACTIVE CONTROLS (I) The science of welding
ing, weld pool phenomena. Development of relationships be-
heat sources including gas tungsten arc, gas metal arc, elec-
tween physics concepts and the behavior of specific welding
tron beam and laser. The interaction of the heat source with
and joining processes. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: PHGN300,
the workpiece will be explored and special emphasis will be
MATH225, MTGN475, or Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lec-
given to using this knowledge for automatic control of the
ture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of even years only.)
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MTGN591. PHYSICAL PHENOMENA OF COATING
MTGN 505 or consent of instructor. Co-requisite; MTGN
PROCESSES (I) Introduction to plasma physics, behavior of
605L. 2 hours lecture, 2 semester hours.
low pressure plasma, cathodic and anodic phenomena, glow
MTGN 605L ADVANCED TRANSMISSION ELECTRON
discharge phenomena, glow discharge sputtering, magnetron
MICROSCOPY LABORATORY Specimen preparation
plasma deposition, ion beam deposition, cathodic arc evapora-
techniques and their application to materials characterization.
tion, electron beam and laser coating processes. Development
Topics include electron optics, electron-specimen interac-
of relationships between physics concepts and the behavior
tions, imaging, diffraction, contrast mechanisms, defect
of specific coating processes. Prerequisite/ Co-requisite:
analyses, compositional measurements using energy disper-
PHGN300, MATH225, or Consent of Instructor. 3 hours
sive x-ray spectroscopy and energy loss spectroscopy, scan-
lecture; 3 semester hours. (Fall of odd years only.)
ning transmission electron microscopy, high angle annular
MTGN593. NUCLEAR MATERIALS SCIENCE AND EN-
dark field imaging, energy filtered TEM and high resolution
GINEERING (I) Introduction to the physical metallurgy of
phase contrast imaging. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment
nuclear materials, including the nuclear, physical, thermal,
in MTGN 605 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lab, 1 semes-
and mechanical properties for nuclear materials, the physical
ter hour.
and mechanical processing of nuclear alloys, the effect of nu-
MTGN631. TRANSPORT PHENOMENA IN
clear and thermal environments on structural reactor materi-
METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS SYSTEMS Physi-
als and the selection of nuclear and reactor structural
cal principles of mass, momentum, and energy transport. Ap-
materials are described. Selected topics include ceramic sci-
plication to the analysis of extraction metallurgy and other
ence of ceramic nuclear material, ceramic processing of ce-
physicochemical processes. Prerequisite: MATH225 and
ramic fuel, nuclear reaction with structural materials,
MTGN461or equiv alent, or Consent of Instructor. 3 hours
radiation interactions with materials, the aging of nuclear
lecture; 3 semester hours.
materials, cladding, corrosion and the manufacturing of fuels
elements. Relevant issues in the modern fuel cycle will also
MTGN671 ADVANCED MATERIALS LABORATORY (I)
be introduced including nuclear safety, reactor decommis-
Experimental and analytical research in the fields of produc-
sioning, and environmental impacts. Prerequisites: Graduate
tion, mechanical, chemical, and/or physical metallurgy.
or Senior in good-standing or consent of instructor. 3 hours
Prerequi site: Consent of Instructor. 1 to 3 semester hours;
lecture, 3 semester hours. (Fall of even years only.)
3 semester hours.
MTGN597. SUMMER PROGRAMS
MTGN672. ADVANCED MATERIALS LABORATORY
(II) Continuation of MTGN671. 1 to 3 semester hours.
MTGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN METALLURGICAL
AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING (I, II) Pilot course or
MTGN696/MLGN696. VAPOR DEPOSITION PROCESSES
special topics course. Topics chosen according to special
(II) Introduction to the fundamental physics and chemistry
inter ests of instructor(s) and student(s). The course topic is
underlying the control of deposition processes for thin films
generally offered only once.. Prerequisite: Consent of In-
for a variety of applications—wear resistance, corrosion/
structor. Variable hours lecture/lab; 1 to 6 semester hours.
oxidation resistance, decorative coatings, electronic and
Repeatable for credit under different titles.
magnetic. Emphasis on the vapor deposition process varia -
bles rather than the structure and properties of the deposited
MTGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
film. Prerequisites: MTGN351, MTGN461, or equivalent
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
courses or Consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
member. Student and instructor to agree on subject matter,
hours. (Summer of odd years only.)
content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study”
Form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. 1 to
MTGN697. MICROSTRUCTURAL EVOLUTION OF
3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 6
COATINGS AND THIN FILMS (I) Introduction to aqueous
hours.
and non-aqueous chemistry for the preparation of an effec-
tive electrolyte; for interpretation of electrochemical princi-
MTGN 605 ADVANCED TRANSMISSION ELECTRON
ples associated with electrodeposition; surface science to
MICROSCOPY Introduction to transmission electron mi-
describe surface structure and transport; interphasial structure
croscopy techniques and their application to materials char-
including space charge and double layer concepts; nucleation
acterization. Topics include electron optics,
concepts applied to electrodeposition; electrocrystallization
electron-specimen interactions, imaging, diffraction, contrast
including growth concepts; factors affecting morphology and
mechanisms, defect analyses, compositional measurements
kinetics; co-deposition of non-Brownian particles; pulse
using energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and energy loss
electro deposition; electrodeposition parameters and control;
spectroscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy,
physical metallurgy of electrodeposits; and, principles asso-
high angle annular dark field imaging, energy filtered TEM
ciated with vacuum evaporation and sputter deposition.
and high resolution phase contrast imaging. Prerequisite:
Factors affecting microstructural evolution of vacuum and
sputtered deposits; nucleation of vapor and sputtered deposits;
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modeling of matter-energy interactions during co-deposition;
Mining Engineering
and, Thornton’s model for coating growth. Prerequisite/
KADRI DAGDELEN, Professor and Department Head
co-requisite: MATH225, MTGN351, MTGN352, or Consent
UGUR OZBAY, Professor
of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. (Summer of
MARK KUCHTA, Associate Professor
even years only.)
HUGH B. MILLER, Associate Professor
MASAMI NAKAGAWA, Associate Professor
MTGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN METALLURGICAL
CHRISTIAN FRENZEL, Associate Professor
AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING (I, II) Pilot course or
MANOHAR ARORA, Teaching Professor
special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests of
VILEM PETR, Research Associate Professor
instructor(s) and student(s). The course topic is generally
offered only once. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 to 3
Degrees Offered:
semester hours per semester. Repeatable for credit under dif-
Master of Engineering (Engineer of Mines)
ferent titles.
Master of Science (Mining and Earth Systems Engineering)
MTGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
Doctor of Philosophy (Mining and Earth Systems
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
Engineering)
member. Student and instructor to agree on subject matter,
Program Description:
content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study”
The program has two distinctive, but inherently inter-
Form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. 1 to
woven specialties.
3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit up to a maximum of
6 hours.
The Mining Engineering area or specialty is predomi-
nantly for mining engineers and it is directed towards the
MTGN705. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER
tradi tional mining engineering fields. Graduate work is nor-
OF SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion
mally centered around subject areas such as mine planning
of the degree Master of Science. Research under the direct
and development, computer aided mine design, rock mechan-
supervision of the faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
ics, operations research applied to the mineral industry, envi-
MTGN706. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: DOCTOR
ronment and sustainability considerations, mine
OF PHILOSOPHY Research credit hours required for com-
mechanization, mine evaluation, finance and management
pletion of the degree Doctor of Philosophy. Research under
and similar mining engineering topics.
the direct supervision of the faculty advisor. Repeatable for
The Earth Systems Engineering area or specialty is
credit.
designed to be distinctly interdisciplinary by merging the
mining engineering fundamentals with civil, geotechnical,
environmental or other engineering into advanced study tracks
in earth systems, rock mechanics and earth structural systems,
underground excavation, and construction systems. This
specialty is open for engineers with different sub-disciplinary
backgrounds, but interested in working and/or considering
performing research in mining, tunneling, excavation and
under ground construction areas.
Graduate work is normally centered around subject areas
such as site characterization, environmental aspects, under-
ground construction and tunneling (including microtunneling),
excavation methods and equipment, mechanization of mines
and underground construction, environmental and manage-
ment aspects, modeling and design in geoengineering.
Program Requirements:
The Master of Science degree in Mining and Earth Systems
Engineering has two options available. Master of Science -
Thesis and Master of Science - Non-Thesis. Thesis Option re-
quires a minimum of 21 semester credit hours of course work
and 9 semester credits of research, approved by student’s
graduate committee, plus a master’s thesis. The Master of Sci-
ence - Non-Thesis option must complete a minimum of 30
credit hours of course work of which 6 credit hours may be
applied towards the analytical report writing, if required.
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The Master of Engineering degree (Engineer of Mines)
Computerized Mine Design and Related Applications (in-
in Mining Engineering includes all the requirements for the
cluding Geostatistical Modeling)
M.S. degree, with the sole exception that an “engineering
Advanced Integrated Mining Systems Incorporating Mine
report” is required rather than a Master’s Thesis.
Mechanization and Mechanical Mining Systems
The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mining and Earth
Underground Excavation (Tunneling) and Construction
Systems Engineering requires a total of 72 credit hours, be-
Site Characterization and Geotechnical Investigations,
yond the bachelor's degree. A maximum of 48 credit hours of
Modeling and Design in Geoengineering.
course work, and a minimum of 24 hours of research credit is
Rock Fragmentation
required. Those with an MSc in an appropriate field may
Mineral Processing, Communition, Separation Technology
transfer a maximum of 30 credit hours of course work to-
Bulk Material Handling
wards the 48 credit hour requirement upon the approval of
Description of Courses
the advisor and thesis committee. The thesis must be suc-
MNGN404. TUNNELING (I) Modern tunneling techniques.
cessfully defended before a doctoral committee.
Emphasis on evaluation of ground conditions, estimation of
Prerequisites:
support requirements, methods of tunnel driving and boring,
Students entering a graduate program for the master’s or
design systems and equipment, and safety. Prerequisite:
doctor’s degree are expected to have had much the same
none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
under graduate training as that required at Colorado School of
MNGN405. ROCK MECHANICS IN MINING (I) The
Mines in mining, if they are interested in the traditional mining
course deals with the rock mechanics aspect of design of
specialty. Students interested in the Earth Systems engi neering
mine layouts developed in both underground and surface.
specialty with different engineering sub-disciplinary background
Underground mining sections include design of coal and hard
may also require special mining engineering subjects depend-
rock pillars, mine layout design for tabular and massive ore
ing upon their graduate program. Deficiencies if any, will be
bodies, assessment of caving characteristics or ore bodies,
determined by the Department of Mining Engineering on the
performance and application of backfill, and phenomenon of
basis of students’ education, experience, and graduate study.
rock burst and its alleviation. Surface mining portion covers
For specific information on prerequisites, students are
rock mass characterization, failure modes of slopes exca-
encour aged to refer to a copy of the Mining Engineering
vated in rock masses, probabilistic and deterministic ap-
Depart ment’s Departmental Guidelines and Regulations for
proaches to design of slopes, and remedial measures for
Graduate Students, available from the Mining Engineering
slope stability problems. Prerequisite: MN321 or equivalent.
Department.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours
Required Curriculum:
MNGN406. DESIGN AND SUPPORT OF UNDERGROUND
Graduate students, depending upon their specialty and
EXCAVATIONS Design of underground excavations and
background may be required to complete two of the three core
support. Analysis of stress and rock mass deformations
courses listed below during their program of study at CSM.
around excavations using analytical and numerical methods.
Collections, preparation, and evaluation of in situ and labora-
These courses are:
tory data for excavation design. Use of rock mass rating sys-
MNGN508. Advanced Rock Mechanics
tems for site characterization and excavation design. Study of
MNGN512 - Surface Mine Design
support types and selection of support for underground exca-
MNGN516 - Underground Mine Design
vations. Use of numerical models for design of shafts, tun-
In addition, all full-time graduate students are required to
nels and large chambers. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent.
register for and attend MNGN625 - Graduate Mining Semi-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in odd years.
nar each semester while in residence, except in the case of
MNGN407. ROCK FRAGMENTATION (II) Theory and
extreme circumstances. For these circumstances, considera-
application of rock drilling, rock boring, explosives, blasting,
tion will be given on a case-by-case basis by the coordinator
and mechanical rock breakage. Design of blasting rounds,
or the Department Head. It is expected that part time stu-
applications to surface and underground excavation. Pre requi -
dents participate in MNGN625 as determined by the course
site: DCGN241, concurrent enrollment or Instructor’s con-
coordinator or the Department Head. Although it is manda-
sent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
tory to enroll in MNGN625 each semester, this course will
MNGN408. UNDERGROUND DESIGN AND CONSTRUC-
only count as one credit hour for the total program.
TION Soil and rock engineering applied to underground
Fields of Research:
civil works. Tunneling and the construction of underground
The Mining Engineering Department focuses on the fol-
openings for power facilities, water conveyance, transporta-
lowing fundamental areas:
tion, and waste disposal; design, excavation and support of
Geomechanics, Rock Mechanics and Stability of Under-
ground and Surface Excavations
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underground openings. Emphasis on consulting practice, case
MNGN427. MINE VALUATION (II) Course emphasis is on
studies, geotechnical design, and construction methods. Pre-
the business aspects of mining. Topics include time valuation
requisite: EGGN361 OR MNGN321, or Instructor’s consent.
of money and interest formulas, cash flow, investment crite-
2 hours of lecture; 2 semester hours.
ria, tax considerations, risk and sensitivity analysis, escala-
MNGN410. EXCAVATION PROJECT MANAGEMENT.
tion and inflation and cost of capital. Calculation procedures
Successful implementation and management of surface and
are illustrated by case studies. Computer programs are used.
underground construction projects, preparation of contract
Prerequisite: Senior in Mining, graduate status or Instructor's
documents, project bidding and estimating, contract awarding
consent. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester hours.
and notice to proceed, value engineering, risk management,
MNGN431. MINING AND METALLURGICAL ENVI-
construction management and dispute resolution, evaluation
RONMENT This course covers studies of the interface
of differing site conditions claims. Prerequisite: MNGN 210
between mining and metallurgical process engineering and
or Instructor’s consent, 2-hour lecture, 2 semester hours.
environmental engineering areas. Wastes, effluents and their
MNGN414. MINE PLANT DESIGN Analysis of mine plant
point sources in mining and metallurgical processes such as
elements with emphasis on design. Materials handling, de -
mineral concentration, value extraction and process metal-
watering, hoisting, belt conveyor and other material handling
lurgy are studied in context. Fundamentals of unit operations
systems for underground mines. Prerequisite: MNGN312,
and unit processes with those applicable to waste and efflu-
MNGN314 or Instructor's consent. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours
ent control, disposal and materials recycling are covered.
lab; 3 semester hours.
Engi neering design and engineering cost components are
also included for some examples chosen. The ratio of funda-
MNGN418. ADVANCED ROCK MECHANICS Analytical
mentals to applications coverage is about 1:1. Prerequisite:
and numerical modeling analysis of stresses and displace-
Instructor's consent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ments induced around engineering excavations in rock. In-
situ stress. Rock failure criteria. Complete load deformation
MNGN433. MINE SYSTEMS ANALYSIS I (II) Applica-
behavior of rocks. Measurement and monitoring techniques
tion of statistics, systems analysis, and operations research
in rock mechanics. Principles of design of excavation in
techniques to mineral industry problems. Laboratory work
rocks. Analytical, numerical modeling and empirical design
using computer techniques to improve efficiency of mining
methods. Probabilistic and deterministic approaches to rock
operations. Prerequisite: senior or graduate status. 2 hours
engineering designs. Excavation design examples for shafts,
lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
tunnels, large chambers and mine pillars. Seismic loading of
MNGN434. PROCESS ANALYSIS Projects to accompany
structures in rock. Phenomenon of rock burst and its allevia-
the lectures in MNGN422. Prerequisite: MNGN422 or In-
tion. Prerequisite: MNGN321 or Instructor's consent. 3 hours
structor's consent. 3 hours lab; 1 semester hour.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
MNGN436. UNDERGROUND COAL MINE DESIGN (II)
MNGN421. DESIGN OF UNDERGROUND EXCAVATIONS
Design of an underground coal mine based on an actual coal
(II) Design of underground openings in competent and broken
reserve. This course shall utilize all previous course material
ground using rock mechanics principles. Rock bolting design
in the actual design of an underground coal mine. Ventilation,
and other ground support methods. Coal, evaporite, metallic
materials handling, electrical transmission and distribution,
and nonmetallic deposits included. Prerequisite: MNGN321,
fluid mechanics, equipment selection and application, mine
concurrent enrollment or Instructor’s consent. 3 hours lecture;
plant design. Information from all basic mining survey
3 semester hours.
courses will be used. Prerequisite: MNGN316, 321, 414,
MNGN422/522. FLOTATION Science and engineering
EGGN329 and DCGN381 or EGGN384. Concurrent enroll-
govern ing the practice of mineral concentration by flotation.
ment with the Instructor's consent permitted. 3 hours lecture,
Interfacial phenomena, flotation reagents, mineral-reagent
3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
inter actions, and zeta-potential are covered. Flotation circuit
MNGN438. GEOSTATISTICS (I) Introduction to elementary
design and evaluation as well as tailings handling are also cov-
probability theory and its applications in engineering and sci-
ered. The course also includes laboratory demonstrations of
ences; discrete and continuous probability distributions; param-
some fundamental concepts. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
eter estimation; hypothesis testing; linear regression; spatial
MNGN423. FLOTATION LABORATORY (I) Experiments to
correlations and geostatistics with emphasis on applications
accompany the lectures in MNGN422. Corequisite: MNGN421
in earth sciences and engineering. Prerequisites: MATH112.
or Instructor's consent. 3 hours lab; 1 semester hour
2 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab. 3 semester hours.
MNGN424. MINE VENTILATION (II) Fundamentals of
MNGN440. EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT ANALYSIS (I)
mine ventilation, including control of gas, dust, temperature,
Introduction to the fundamentals of classical equipment re-
and humidity; ventilation network analysis and design of sys-
placement theory. Emphasis on new, practical approaches to
tems. Prerequisite: EGGN351, 371 and MNGN314 or Instruc-
equipment replacement decision making. Topics include:
tor’s consent. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
oper ating and maintenance costs, obsolescence factors, tech-
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nological changes, salvage, capital investments, minimal
the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor con-
aver age annual costs, optimum economic life, infinite and
sent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
finite planning horizons, replacement cycles, replacement vs.
credit under different titles.
expansion, maximization of returns from equipment replace-
MNGN499. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) (WI) Indi -
ment expenditures. Prerequisite: MNGN427, senior or gradu-
vidual research or special problem projects supervised by
ate status. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester hours.
a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree
MNGN444. EXPLOSIVES ENGINEERING II This course
on a subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite:
gives students in engineering and applied sciences the oppor-
“Inde pendent Study” form must be completed and submitted
tunity to acquire the fundamental concepts of explosives
to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeat-
engi neering and science applications as they apply to indus-
able for credit.
try and real life examples. Students will expand upon their
Graduate Courses
MNGN 333 knowledge and develop a more advanced knowl-
500-level courses are open to qualified seniors with per-
edge base including an understanding of the subject as it ap-
mission of the department and Dean of the Graduate School.
plies to their specific project interests. Assignments, quizzes,
600-level courses are open only to students enrolled in the
concept modeling and their project development and presen-
Graduate School.
tation will demonstrate student’s progress. Prerequisite:
none. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
MNGN501. REGULATORY MINING LAWS AND
CONTRACTS (I) Basic fundamentals of engineering law,
MNGN445/545. ROCK SLOPE ENGINEERING Introduc-
regulations of federal and state laws pertaining to the mineral
tion to the analysis and design of slopes excavated in rock.
industry and environment control. Basic concepts of mining
Rock mass classification and strength determinatiosn, geo-
contracts. Offered in even numbered years. Prerequisite:
logical structural parameters, properties of fracture sets, data
Senior or graduate status. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
collection techniques, hydrological factors, methods of
Offered in even years.
analysis of slope stability, wedge intersections, monitoring
and maintenance of final pit slopes, classification of slides.
MNGN503. MINING TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAIN-
Deterministic and probabilistic approaches in slope design.
ABLE DEVELOPMENT (I, II) The primary focus of this
Remedial measures. Laboratory and field exercise in slope
course is to provide students an understanding of the funda-
design. Collection of data and specimens in the field for de-
mental principles of sustainability and how they influence the
terming physical properties required for slope design. Appli-
technical components of a mine's life cycle, beginning during
cation of numerical modeling and analytical techniques to
project feasibility and extending through operations to clo-
slope stability determinations for hard rock and soft rock
sure and site reclamation. Course discussions will address a
envi ronments. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. 3 hours
wide range of traditional engineering topics that have spe-
lecture. 3 hours semester hours.
cific relevance and impact to local and regional communities,
such as mining methods and systems, mine plant design and
MNGN460 INDUSTRIAL MINERALS PRODUCTION (II)
layout, mine operations and supervision, resource utilization
This course describes the engineering principles and practices
and cutoff grades, and labor. The course will emphasize the
associated with quarry mining operations related to the cement
importance of integrating social, political, and economic con-
and aggregate industries. The course will cover resource defi-
siderations into technical decision-making and problem solv-
nition, quarry planning and design, extraction, and processing
ing. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours
of minerals for cement and aggregate production. Permitting
issues and reclamation, particle sizing and environmental
MNGN505. ROCK MECHANICS IN MINING (I) The
practices, will be studied in depth. Prerequisite: MNGN312,
course deals with the rock mechanics aspect of design of
MNGN318, MNGN322, MNGN323, or Instructor's consent.
mine layouts developed in both underground and surface.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Underground mining sections include design of coal and hard
rock pillars, mine layout design for tabular and massive ore
MNGN482. MINE MANAGEMENT (II) Basic principles
bodies, assessment of caving characteristics or ore bodies,
of successful mine management including supervision skills,
performance and application of backfill, and phenomenon of
administrative policies, industrial and human relations, im-
rock burst and its alleviation. Surface mining portion covers
provement engineering, risk management, conflict resolution
rock mass characterization, failure modes of slopes excavated
and external affairs. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate status or
in rock masses, probabilistic and deterministic approaches to
Instructor's consent. 2 hours lecture and 1 hour case study
design of slopes, and remedial measures for slope stability
presentation/discussion per week; 3 semester hours.
problems. Prerequisite: MN321 or equivalent. 3 hours lec-
MNGN498. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MINING ENGINEERING
ture; 3 semester hours
(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen
from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually
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MNGN512. SURFACE MINE DESIGN Analysis of ele-
UNDERGROUND EXCAVATIONS Design of underground
ments of surface mine operation and design of surface min-
exca vations and support. Analysis of stress and rock mass de-
ing system components with emphasis on minimization of
formations around excavations using analytical and numeri -
adverse environmental impact and maximization of efficient
cal methods. Collections, preparation, and evaluation of in
use of mineral resources. Ore estimates, unit operations,
situ and laboratory data for excavation design. Use of rock
equipment selection, final pit determinations, short- and
mass rating systems for site characterization and excavation
long-range planning, road layouts, dump planning, and cost
design. Study of support types and selection of support for
estimation. Prerequisite: MNGN210. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
underground excavations. Use of numerical models for de-
mester hours.
sign of shafts, tunnels and large chambers. Prerequisite: In-
MNGN513 ADVANCED SURFACE MINE DESIGN (II)
structor’s consent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered
This course introduces students to alternative open pit plan-
in odd years.
ning and design concepts. Course emphasis is on optimiza-
MNGN507. ADVANCED DRILLING AND BLASTING (I)
tion aspects of open pit mine design. Topics include 3-D
An advanced study of the theories of rock penetration includ-
ultimate pit limit algorithms and their applications; computer
ing percussion, rotary, and rotary percussion drilling. Rock
aided haul road and dump designs; heuristic long- and short-
fragmentation including explosives and the theories of blast-
term pit scheduling techniques; parametrization concepts;
ing rock. Application of theory to drilling and blasting prac-
mathematical optimization for sequencing and scheduling;
tice at mines, pits, and quarries. Prerequisite: MNGN407.
ore control and truck dispatching. Design procedures are il-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in odd years.
lustrated by case studies using various computer programs.
MNGN508. ADVANCED ROCK MECHANICS Analytical
Prerequisite: MNGN308, MNGN312, or consent of instruc-
and numerical modeling analysis of stresses and displace-
tor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ments induced around engineering excavations in rock. In-
MNGN514/EGGN514. MINING ROBOTICS (I) Funda-
situ stress. Rock failure criteria. Complete load deformation
mentals of robotics as applied to the mining industry. The
behavior of rocks. Measurement and monitoring techniques
focus is on mobile robotic vehicles. Topics covered are min-
in rock mechanics. Principles of design of excavation in
ing applications, introduction and history of mobile robotics,
rocks. Analytical, numerical modeling and empirical design
sensors, including vision, problems of sensing variations in
methods. Probabilistic and deterministic approaches to rock
rock properties, problems of representing human knowledge
engineering designs. Excavation design examples for shafts,
in control systems, machine condition diagnostics, kinemat-
tunnels, large chambers and mine pillars. Seismic loading of
ics, and path finding. Prerequisite: CSCI404 or consent of in-
structures in rock. Phenomenon of rock burst and its allevia-
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in odd
tion. Prerequisite: MNGN321 or professor’s consent. 3 hours
years.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
MNGN515. MINE MECHANIZATION AND AUTOMATION
MNGN510. FUNDAMENTALS OF MINING AND MIN-
This course will provide an in-depth study of the current state
ERAL RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT Specifically designed
of the art and future trends in mine mechanization and mine
for non-majors, the primary focus of this course is to provide
automation systems for both surface and underground min-
students with a fundamental understanding of how mineral
ing, review the infrastructure required to support mine auto -
resources are found, developed, mined, and ultimately re-
mation, and analyze the potential economic and health and
claimed. The course will present a wide range of traditional
safety benefits. Prerequisite: MNGN312, MNGN314,
engineering and economic topics related to: exploration and
MNGN316, or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours
resource characterization, project feasibility, mining methods
lab; 3 semester hours. Fall of odd years.
and systems, mine plant design and layout, mine operations
MNGN516. UNDERGROUND MINE DESIGN Selection,
and scheduling, labor, and environmental and safety consid-
design, and development of most suitable underground
erations. The course will emphasize the importance of inte-
mining methods based upon the physical and the geological
grating social (human), political, and environmental issues
properties of mineral deposits (metallics and nonmetallics),
into technical decision-making and design. 3 hours lecture;
conservation considerations, and associated environmental
3 semester hours.
impacts. Reserve estimates, development and production
MNGN511. MINING INVESTIGATIONS (I, II) Investi -
planning, engineering drawings for development and extrac-
gational problems associated with any important aspect of
tion, underground haulage systems, and cost estimates. Pre-
mining. Choice of problem is arranged between student and
requisite: MNGN210. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3
instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Lecture, con-
semester hours.
sultation, lab, and assigned reading; 2 to 4 semester hours.
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MNGN517. ADVANCED UNDERGROUND MINING (II)
ous and laminated models of stratified rock masses are intro-
Review and evaluation of new developments in advanced
duced. The general concepts of the boundary element and fi-
under ground mining systems to achieve improved productiv-
nite element methods are discussed. Emphasis is placed on
ity and reduced costs. The major topics covered include:
the boundary element approach with displacement
mechanical excavation techniques for mine development and
discontinui ties, because of its relevance to the modeling of
production, new haulage and vertical conveyance systems,
the extraction of tabular mineral bodies and to the mobiliza-
advanced ground support and roof control methods, mine
tion of faults, joints, etc. Several practical problems, selected
auto mation and monitoring, new mining systems and future
from rock mechanics and subsidence engineering practices,
trends in automated, high productivity mining schemes. Pre-
are treated to demonstrate applications of the techniques. Pre -
requisite: Underground Mine Design (e.g., MNGN314).
requi site: MNGN321, EGGN320, or equivalent courses,
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MATH455 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
MNGN518. ADVANCED BULK UNDERGROUND
ter hours. Offered in even years.
MINING TECHNIQUES This course will provide advanced
MNGN526. MODELING AND MEASURING IN
knowledge and understanding of the current state-of-the-art
GEOMECHANICS (II) Introduction to instruments and
in design, development, and production in underground hard
instrumen tation systems used for making field measurements
rock mining using bulk-mining methods. Design and layout
(stress, convergence, deformation, load, etc.) in geomechan-
of sublevel caving, block caving, open stoping and blasthole
ics. Techniques for determining rock mass strength and de-
stoping systems. Equipment selection, production scheduling,
formability. Design of field measurement programs.
ventilation design, and mining costs. Prerequisites: MNGN314,
Interpretation of field data. Development of predictive mod-
MNGN516, or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours
els using field data. Intro duction to various numerical tech-
lab; 3 semester hours. Spring of odd years.
niques (boundary element, finite element, FLAC, etc.) for
MNGN519. ADVANCED SURFACE COAL MINE DESIGN
modeling the behavior of rock structures. Demonstration of
(II) Review of current manual and computer methods of re-
concepts using various case studies. Prerequisite: Graduate
serve estimation, mine design, equipment selection, and mine
standing or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab;
planning and scheduling. Course includes design of a surface
3 semester hours. Offered in odd years.
coal mine for a given case study and comparison of manual and
MNGN527. THEORY OF PLATES AND SHELLS Classical
computer results. Prerequisite: MNGN312, 316, 427. 2 hours
methods for the analysis of stresses in plate type structure are
lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Offered in odd years.
presented first. The stiffness matrices for plate element will be
MNGN520. ROCK MECHANICS IN UNDERGROUND
developed and used in the finite element method of analysis.
COAL MINING (I) Rock mechanics consideration in the de-
Membrane and bending stresses in shells are derived. Appli -
sign of room-and-pillar, longwall, and shortwall coal mining
cation of the theory to tunnels, pipes, pressures vessels, and
systems. Evaluation of bump and outburst conditions and re-
domes, etc., will be included. Prerequisites: EGGN320 or in-
medial measures. Methane drainage systems. Surface subsi-
structor’s consent. 3 hours lecture; 3 credit hours.
dence evaluation. Prerequisite: MNGN321. 3 hours lecture;
MNGN528/GEGN528. MINING GEOLOGY (I) Role of ge-
3 semester hours. Offered in odd years.
ology and the geologist in the development and production
MNGN522/422. FLOTATION Science and engineering gov-
stages of a mining operation. Topics addressed: mining oper-
erning the practice of mineral concentration by flotation.
ation sequence, mine mapping, drilling, sampling, reserve
Inter facial phenomena, flotation reagents, mineral-reagent
est imation, economic evaluation, permitting, support func-
inter actions, and zeta-potential are covered. Flotation circuit
tions. Field trips, mine mapping, data evaluation, exercises
design and evaluation as well as tailings handling are also cov-
and term project. Prerequisite: GEGN401 or GEGN405 or
ered. The course also includes laboratory demonstrations of
permission of instructors. 2 hours lecture/seminar, 3 hours
some fundamental concepts. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
labora tory: 3 semester hours. Offered in even years.
MNGN523. SELECTED TOPICS (I, II) Special topics in
MNGN530. INTRODUCTION TO MICRO COMPUTERS
mining engineering, incorporating lectures, laboratory work or
IN MINING (I) General overview of the use of PC based
independent study, depending on needs. This course may be
micro computers and software applications in the mining
repeated for additional credit only if subject material is differ-
industry. Topics include the use of: database, CAD, spread-
ent. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 2 to 4 semester hours.
sheets, computer graphics, data acquisition, and remote com-
Repeatable for credit under different titles.
munications as applied in the mining industry. Prerequisite:
Any course in computer programming. 2 hours lecture,
MNGN525. INTRODUCTION TO NUMERICAL
3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
TECHNIQUES IN ROCK MECHANICS (I) Principles of
stress and infinitesimal strain analysis are summarized, linear
constitutive laws and energy methods are reviewed. Continu-
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MNGN550. NEW TECHNIQUES IN MINING (II) Review
THE MINERAL INDUSTRY Analysis of exploration, min-
of various experimental mining procedures, including a criti-
ing, and metallurgy systems using statistical analysis. Monte
cal evaluation of their potential applications. Mining methods
Carlo methods, simulation, linear programming, and computer
covered include deep sea nodule mining, in situ gassification
methods. Prerequisite: MNGN433 or consent of instructor.
of coal, in situ retorting of oil shale, solution mining of solu-
2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Offered in
ble minerals, in situ leaching of metals, geothermal power
even years.
generation, oil mining, nuclear fragmentation, slope caving,
MNGN538. GEOSTATISTICAL ORE RESERVE
electro-thermal rock penetration and fragmentation. Prerequi-
ESTIMATION (I) Introduction to the application and theory
site: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
of geostatistics in the mining industry. Review of elementary
ture; 3 semester hours. Offered in even years.
statistics and traditional ore reserve calculation techniques.
MNGN552/MNGN452. SOLUTION MINING AND
Presentation of fundamental geostatistical concepts, includ-
PROCESSING OF ORES Theory and application of ad-
ing: variogram, estimation variance, block variance, kriging,
vanced methods of extracting and processing of minerals, un-
geostatistical simulation. Emphasis on the practical aspects
derground or in situ, to recover solutions and concentrates of
of geostatistical modeling in mining. Prerequisite: MATH323
value-materials, by minimization of the traditional surface
or equivalent course in statistics; graduate or senior status.
processing and disposal of tailings to minimize environmental
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
impacts. Prerequisites: Senior or graduate status; instructor’s
MNGN539. ADVANCED MINING GEOSTATISTICS (II)
consent 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in spring.
Advanced study of the theory and application of geostatistics
MNGN559/EGGN559. MECHANICS OF PARTICULATE
in mining engineering. Presentation of state-of-the-art geo -
MEDIA (1) This course allows students to establish funda-
statistical concepts, including: robust estimation, nonlinear
mental knowledge of quasi-static and dynamic particle be-
geostatistics, disjunctive kriging, geostatistical simulation,
havior that is beneficial to interdisciplinary material handling
computational aspects. This course includes presentations by
processes in the chemical, civil, materials, metallurgy, geo-
many guest lecturers from the mining industry. Emphasis on
physics, physics, and mining engineering. Issues of interst
the development and application of advanced geostatistical
are the definition of particl size and size distribution, particle
techniques to difficult problems in the mining industry today.
shape, nature of packing, quasi-static behavior under differ-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in odd years.
ent external loading, particle collisions, kinetic theoretical
MNGN545/445 ROCK SLOPE ENGINEERING Introduc-
modeling of particulate flows, molecular dynamic simula-
tion to the analysis and design of slopes excavated in rock.
tions, and a brief introduction of solid-fluid two-phase flows.
Rock mass classification and strength determinations, geo-
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
logical structural parameters, properties of fracture sets, data
ter hours. Fall semesters, every other year.
collection techniques, hydrological factors, methods of
MNGN585. MINING ECONOMICS (I) Advanced study in
analysis of slope stability, wedge intersections, monitoring
mine valuation with emphasis on revenue and cost aspects.
and maintenance of final pit slopes, classification of slides.
Topics include price and contract consideration in coal, metal
Deterministic and probabilistic approaches in slope design.
and other commodities; mine capital and operating cost esti-
Remedial measures. Laboratory and field exercise in slope
mation and indexing; and other topics of current interest. Pre-
design. Collection of data and specimens in the field for
requisite: MNGN427 or EBGN504 or equivalent. 3 hours
deter mining physical properties required for slope design.
lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in even years.
Application of numerical modeling and analytical techniques
MNGN590. MECHANICAL EXCAVATION IN MINING
to slope stability determinations for hard rock and soft rock
(II) This course provides a comprehensive review of the
environments. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. 3 hours lec-
exist ing and emerging mechanical excavation technologies
ture. 3 hours semester hours.
for mine development and production in surface and under-
MNGN549/EGGN549. MARINE MINING SYSTEMS (I)
ground mining. The major topics covered in the course in-
Define interdisciplinary marine mining systems and opera-
clude: history and development of mechanical excavators,
tional requirements for the exploration survey, sea floor min-
theory and principles of mechanical rock fragmentation,
ing, hoisting, and transport. Describe and design components
design and performance of rock cutting tools, design and
of deep-ocean, manganese-nodule mining systems and other
oper ational characteristics of mechanical excavators (e.g.
marine mineral extraction methods. Analyze dynamics and
continuous miners, roadheaders, tunnel boring machines,
remote control of the marine mining systems interactions and
raise drills, shaft borers, impact miners, slotters), applications
system components. Describe the current state-of-the-art tech-
to mine development and production, performance prediction
nology, operational practice, trade-offs of the system design
and geo technical investigations, costs versus conventional
and risk. Prerequisite: EGGN351, EGGN320, GEOC408 or
methods, new mine designs for applying mechanical exca -
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
vators, case histories, future trends and anticipated develop-
Offered alternate even years.
ments and novel rock fragmentation methods including water
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jets, lasers, microwaves, electron beams, penetrators, electri-
MNGN706 GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: DOCTOR
cal discharge and sonic rock breakers. Prerequisite: Senior or
OF PHILOSOPHY Research credit hours required for com-
graduate status. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in
pletion of the degree Doctor of Philosophy. Research must be
odd years.
carried out under direct supervision of the graduate student’s
MNGN597. SUMMER PROGRAMS
faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
MNGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MINING ENGINEERING
GOGN501. SITE INVESTIGATION AND CHARACTERI-
(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen
ZATION An applications oriented course covering: geological
from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually
data collection, geophysical methods for site investigation;
the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor con-
hydrological data collection; materials properties determina-
sent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
tion; and various engineering classification systems. Presen-
credit under different titles.
tation of data in a format suitable for subsequent engineering
design will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Introductory courses
MNGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
in geology, rock mechanics, and soil mechanics. 3 hours lec-
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
ture; 3 semester hours.
member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a sub-
ject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Indepen-
GOGN502. SOLID MECHANICS APPLIED TO ROCKS
dent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the
An introduction to the deformation and failure of rocks and
Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
rock masses and to the flow of groundwater. Principles of
credit.
displacement, strain and stress, together with the equations
of equilibrium are discussed. Elastic and plastic constitutive
MNGN625. GRADUATE MINING SEMINAR (I, II) Dis-
laws, with and without time dependence, are introduced.
cussions presented by graduate students, staff, and visiting
Concepts of strain hardening and softening are summarized.
lecturers on research and development topics of general in-
Energy principles, energy changes caused by underground
terest. Required of all graduate students in mining engineer-
excavations, stable and unstable equilibria are defined. Fail-
ing every semester during residence. 1 semester hour upon
ure criteria for intact rock and rock masses are explained.
completion of thesis or residence.
Principles of numerical techniques are discussed and illus-
MNGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MINING ENGINEERING
trated. Basic laws and modeling of groundwater flows are
(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen
intro duced. Prerequisite: Introductory Rock Mechanics. 3
from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor con-
GOGN503. CHARACTERIZATION AND MODELING
sent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
LABORATORY An applications oriented course covering:
credit under different titles.
Advanced rock testing procedures; dynamic rock properties
MNGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
determination; on-site measurements; and various rock mass
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
modeling approaches. Presentation of data in a format suit-
member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a sub-
able for subsequent engineering design will be emphasized.
ject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Indepen-
Prerequisite: Introductory courses in geology, rock mechan-
dent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the
ics, and soil mechanics. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
GOGN504. SURFACE STRUCTURES IN EARTH MATE-
credit.
RIALS Principles involved in the design and construction of
MNGN700. GRADUATE ENGINEERING REPORT-
surface structures involving earth materials. Slopes and cuts.
MASTER OF ENGINEERING (I, II) Laboratory, field, and
Retaining walls. Tailing dams. Leach dumps. Foundations.
library work for the Master of Engineering report under
Piles and piers. Extensive use of case examples. Prerequi-
super vision of the student’s advisory committee. Required of
sites: GOGN501, GOGN502, GOGN503. 3 hours lecture;
candidates for the degree of Master of Engineering. Variable
3 semester hours.
1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 6 hours.
GOGN505. UNDERGROUND EXCAVATION IN ROCK
MNGN705 GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER
Components of stress, stress distributions, underground
OF SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion
excava tion failure mechanisms, optimum orientation and
of the degree Master of Science - thesis. Research must be
shape of excavations, excavation stability, excavation support
carried out under the direct supervision of the graduate stu-
design, ground treatment and rock pre-reinforcement, drill
dent’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
and blast excavations, mechanical excavation, material
haulage, ventilation and power supply, labor requirements
and training, scheduling and costing of underground exca -
vations, and case histories. Prerequisites: GOGN501,
GOGN502, GOGN503. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
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GOGN506. EXCAVATION PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Nuclear Engineering
Normal project initiation, design procedures, project financ-
ing, permitting and environmental impacts, preparation of
Department of Chemistry
plans and specifications, contract award, notice to proceed
JAMES F. RANVILLE, Associate Professor
and legal requirements. Construction alternatives, contract
Department of Engineering
types, standard contract language, bidding and estimating
KEVIN L. MOORE, Gerard August Dobelman Chair and Professor
and contract awarding procedures. Construction inspection
RAY R. ZHANG, Associate Professor
and control methods and completion procedures. Conflict
Department of Environmental Science and Engineering
resolution, administrative redress, arbitration and litigation.
LINDA A. FIGUEROA, Associate Professor
Time and tonnage based incentive programs. The role of
JOHN R. SPEAR, Associate Professor
experts. Prerequisite: College-level in Microeconomics or
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
Engineering Economy. Degree in Engineering. 2 hours lec-
JOHN D. HUMPHREY, Associate Professor and Interim Department
ture; 2 semester hours.
Head
GOGN625. GEO-ENGINEERING SEMINAR Discussions
SAMUEL B. ROMBERGER, Professor
presented by graduate students, staff, and visiting lectures
Department of Liberal Arts and International Studies
on research and development topics of general interest. Re-
CARL MITCHAM, Professor
quired of all graduate students in Geo-Engineering every
JENNIFER SCHNEIDER, Assistant Professor
semester, during residence. Prerequisite: Enrollment in Geo-
Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Engineering Program. 1 semester hour upon completion of
CORY AHRENS, Assistant Professor
thesis or residence.
Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
JOHN J. MOORE, Trustees Professor
STEPHEN LIU, Professor
DAVID K. MATLOCK, Charles S. Fogarty Professor
BRAJENDRA MISHRA, Professor
DAVID L. OLSON, John H. Moore Distinguished Professor
IVAR E. REIMANIS, Professor
JOHN G. SPEER, Professor
JEFFREY C. KING, Assistant Professor and Interim Nuclear Science
and Engineering Program Director
FRANK E. GIBBS, Research Associate Professor
BRIAN P. GORMAN, Assistant Professor
Department of Mining Engineering
MARK KUCHTA, Associate Professor
Department of Physics
UWE GREIFE, Professor
JAMES A. McNEIL, Professor
MARK T. LUSK, Professor
F. EDWARD CECIL, University Professor Emeritus
FREDERIC SARAZIN, Associate Professor
ZEEV SHAYER, Research Professor
Degrees Offered:
Master of Science (Nuclear Engineering), Thesis option
Master of Science (Nuclear Engineering), Non-thesis option
Doctor of Philosophy (Nuclear Engineering)
In addition, students majoring in allied fields may com-
plete a minor degree program, consisting of 12 credit hours
of coursework, through the Nuclear Science and Engineering
Program. Minor programs are designed to allow students in
allied fields to acquire and then indicate, in a formal way,
specialization in a nuclear-related area of expertise.
Program Description:
The Nuclear Science and Engineering program at the Col-
orado School of Mines is interdisciplinary in nature and
draws substantial contributions from the Department of
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Chemistry, Division of Engineering, the Division of Environ-
Master of Science: 36 total credit hours, including re-
mental Science and Engineering, the Department of Geology
quired core coursework (13 h), elective core coursework (6
and Geological Engineering, the Division of Liberal Arts and
h), Nuclear Science and Engineering Seminar (2 h) and grad-
International Studies, the Department of Mathematical and
uate research (at least 12 h). M.S. students must complete
Computer Sciences, the Department of Metallurgical and
and defend a research thesis. An M.S. thesis proposal must
Materials Engineering, the Department of Mining Engineer-
be presented to and accepted by the thesis committee in ac-
ing, and the Department of Physics. While delivering a tradi-
cordance with the Nuclear Science and Engineering Program
tional Nuclear Engineering course core, the School of Mines
Guidelines at least one semester before the student defends
program in Nuclear Science and Engineering emphasizes the
his or her M.S. thesis.
nuclear fuel life cycle. Faculty bring to the program expertise
Doctor of Philosophy: 72 total credit hours, including re-
in all aspects of the nuclear fuel life cycle; fuel exploration
quired core coursework (13 h), elective core coursework (9
and processing, nuclear power systems production, design
h), additional elective courses (12 h), Nuclear Science and
and operation, fuel recycling, storage and waste remediation,
Engineering Seminar (4 h) and graduate research (at least 24
radiation detection and radiation damage as well as the pol-
h). Ph.D. students must successfully complete the program's
icy issues surrounding each of these activities. Related re-
quality control process. The Ph.D. quality control process in-
search is conducted in CSM's Nuclear Science and
cludes the following:
Engineering Center.
•Prior to admission to candidacy, the student must com-
Students in all three Nuclear Engineering degrees are ex-
plete all seven of his or her Nuclear Engineering required and
posed to a broad systems overview of the complete nuclear
elective core classes;
fuel cycle as well as having detailed expertise in a particular
component of the cycle. Breadth is assured by requiring all
•Prior to admission to candidacy, the student must pass a
students to complete a rigorous set of core courses. The core
separate oral examination for any of his or her seven core
consists of a 21 credit-hour course sequence. The remainder
classes in which he or she did not receive a grade of B or bet-
of the course and research work is obtained from the multiple
ter;
participating departments, as approved for each student by
•A Ph.D. thesis proposal, including an oral qualifying ex-
the student's advisor and the student's thesis committee (as
amination on the topical areas directly relevant to the stu-
appropriate).
dent's proposed research, must be presented to, and accepted
The Master of Science (Non-Thesis) is a non-thesis gradu-
by, the student's thesis committee in accordance with the Nu-
ate degree intended to supplement the student's undergradu-
clear Science and Engineering Program Guidelines at least
ate degree by providing the core knowledge needed to
one year before the student defends his or her Ph.D. thesis;
prepare the student to pursue a career in the nuclear engineer-
and the student must complete and defend a Ph.D. thesis in
ing field. The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
accordance with this Graduate Bulletin and the Nuclear Sci-
degrees are thesis-based degrees that emphasize research.
ence and Engineering Program Guidelines.
Nuclear Engineering Combined Degree Program
Thesis Committee Requirements: The student's thesis
Option:
committee must meet the general requirements listed in the
Graduate Bulletin section on Graduate Degrees and Require-
CSM undergraduate students have the opportunity to begin
ments. In addition, the student's advisor or co-advisor must
work on an M.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering while com-
be an active faculty member of CSM's Nuclear Science and
pleting their Bachelor's degree. The Nuclear Engineering
Engineering Program. For M.S. students, at least two, and
Combined Degree Program provides the vehicle for students
for Ph.D. students, at least three committee members must be
to use up to 6 credit hours of undergraduate coursework as
faculty members of the Nuclear Science and Engineering
part of their Nuclear Engineering Graduate Degree curricu-
Program. At least one member of the Ph.D. committee must
lum, as well as the opportunity to take additional graduate
be a faculty member from outside the Nuclear Science and
courses while completing their undergraduate degree. Stu-
Engineering Program.
dents in the Nuclear Engineering Combined Degree Program
are generally expected to apply for admission to the graduate
Graduate Seminar: Full-time graduate students in the
program by the beginning of their Senior Year. For more in-
Nuclear Science and Engineering Program are expected to
formation please contact the Nuclear Science and Engineer-
maintain continuous enrollment in Nuclear Science and En-
ing program director.
gineering Seminar (NUGN505). Students who are concur-
rently enrolled in a different degree program that also
Program Requirements:
requires seminar attendance may have this requirement
Master of Science (Non-Thesis): 36 total credit hours,
waived at the discretion of the Program Director.
consisting of required core coursework (13 h), elective core
coursework (12 h), additional elective courses (9 h), and Nu-
clear Science and Engineering Seminar (2 h).
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General: In order to be admitted to the Nuclear Science
ditional courses, students gain breadth and depth in their
and Engineering Graduate Degree Program, students must
knowledge the Nuclear Engineering industry.
meet the following minimum requirements:
Students seeking M.S. (Thesis) and Ph.D. degrees are re-
•baccalaureate degree in a science or engineering disci-
quired to complete the minimum research credit hour re-
pline from an accredited program
quirements ultimately leading to the completion and defense
•mathematics coursework up to and including differential
of a thesis. Research is conducted under the direction of a
equations
member of CSM's Nuclear Science and Engineering faculty
and could be tied to a research opportunity provided by in-
•physics coursework up to and including courses in mod-
dustry partners.
ern physics and introductory nuclear physics
Minor Degree Programs
•coursework in engineering thermodynamics, heat transfer,
Students majoring in allied fields may choose to complete
and fluid flow (or equivalent)
minor degree programs through the Nuclear Science and En-
Students who do not meet all of these pre-requisites may
gineering Program indicating specialization in a nuclear-re-
be admitted provisionally, with specified coursework to be
lated area of expertise. Minor programs require completion
completed in the first semesters of the graduate program after
of 12 credit hours of approved coursework. Existing minors
consultation with the student's advisor. Students planning to
and their requirements are as follows:
pursue a Nuclear Engineering graduate degree are also
strongly advised to take an undergraduate Introduction to
Nuclear Engineering course such as ENGY 340.
Nuclear Engineering
"Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Physics (NUGN510)
Doctor of Philosophy: Students seeking a Ph.D in Nu-
clear Engineering are also generally expected to complete a
"Nuclear Reactor Laboratory (NUGN580 )
thesis-based Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering or a re-
"Reactor Design (NUGN585)
lated field prior to their admission to candidacy.
"Either Nuclear Power and Public Policy (LAIS589) or
Required Curriculum:
Environmental Stewardship of Nuclear Resources
All degree offerings within the Nuclear Science and Engi-
(ESGN511)
neering program are based on a set of required and elective
core courses. The required core classes are:
Nuclear Materials Processing
•Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Physics (NUGN510)
"Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Physics (NUGN510)
•Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics
"Nuclear Materials Science and Engineering (MTGN593)
•Nuclear Reactor Laboratory (NUGN580 - taught in col-
"Chemical Processing of Nuclear Materials (MTGN591)
laboration with the USGS)
"Environmental Stewardship of Nuclear Resources
•Nuclear Reactor Design (NUGN585 and NUGN586)
(ESGN511)
Additionally, students pursuing a Nuclear Engineering
graduate degree must take a certain number of courses from
Nuclear Detection
the elective core (all four for an M.S. (Non-Thesis), two for
"Nuclear Physics (PHGN422)
an M.S. and three for a Ph.D.). The core electives consist of
"Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Physics (NUGN510)
the following:
"Radiation Detection and Measurement (PHGN504)
•Radiation Detection and Measurement (PHGN504)
"Nuclear Reactor Laboratory (NUGN580)
•Nuclear Materials Science and Engineering (MTGN593)
•Environmental Stewardship of Nuclear Resources
(ESGN511)
Nuclear Geoscience and Geoengineering
"Nuclear Physics (PHGN422), plus three of the following
•Nuclear Power and Public Policy (LAIS589)
five courses
Students will select additional coursework in consultation
"Nuclear and Isotope Geochemistry
with their graduate advisor and their thesis committee (where
applicable). This additional coursework may include offer-
"In-situ Mining
ings from all of the academic units participating in the degree
"Uranium Mining
program: Engineering, Environmental Sciences and Engi-
"Uranium Geology and Geochemistry (GEGN520)
neering, Geology and Geological Engineering, Liberal Arts
and International Studies, Metallurgical and Materials Engi-
"Design of Geologic Radioactive Waste Repositories
neering, Mining Engineering and Physics. Through these ad-
(MNGN543)
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Description of Courses
NUGN586. NUCLEAR REACTOR DESIGN II (II) Builds
NUGN505. NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
on the design experience obtained in NUGN586 to provide
SEMINAR (I, II) The nuclear Science and Engineering Sem-
an in-depth understanding of the nuclear reactor design
inar provides a forum for Nuclear Engineering graduate stu-
process. Prerequisites: NUGN585 (taken in the same aca-
dents to present their research projects, participate in
demic year). 2 hours lecture. 2 semester hours.
seminars given by Nuclear Science and Engineering profes-
NUGN599/699. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NUCLEAR
sionals, and develop an enhanced understanding of the
ENGINEERING (I, II) Individual special studies, laboratory
breadth of the nuclear engineering discipline. Prerequisite:
or case study in nuclear engineering. Prerequisite: Approval
graduate standing. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour. Repeat-
of instructor and program director. Variable credit: 1-6 se-
able; maximum 2 hours granted towards M.S. Degree re-
mester hours. Repeatable for credit.
quirements and 4 hours maximum granted towards Ph.D.
Requirements.
NUGN705. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER
OF SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion
NUGN510. INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR REACTOR
of the degree Master of Science - thesis. Research must be
PHYSICS (II) Bridges the gap between courses in fundamen-
carried out under the direct supervision of the graduate stu-
tal nuclear physics and the neutronic design and analysis of
dent's faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
nuclear reactors. Review of neutron energetics and reactions;
nuclear cross sections; neutron induced fission; neutron life
NUGN706. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: DOCTOR
cycle, multiplication, and criticality; nuclear reactor kinetics
OF PHILOSOPHY Research credit hours required for com-
and control; the diffusion approximation for neutron trans-
pletion of the degree Doctor of Philosophy. Research must be
port; simple reactor geometries and compositions; modeling
carried out under the direct supervision of the graduate stu-
and simulation of reactors. Prerequisite: PHGN422 or con-
dent's faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
In addition to the core courses listed above and in the re-
NUGN580. NUCLEAR REACTOR LABORATORY (I) Pro-
spective departments, elective courses need to be approved
vides hands-on experience with a number of nuclear reactor
by the student's Nuclear Science and Engineering faculty ad-
operations topics. Reactor power calibration; gamma spec-
visor.
troscopy; neutron activation analysis; reactor flux and power
profiles; reactor criticality; control rod worth; xenon tran-
sients and burnout; reactor pulsing. Taught at the USGS
TRIGA reactor. Prerequisite: NUGN510. 3 hours laboratory;
3 semester hours.
NUGN585. NUCLEAR REACTOR DESIGN I (I) Provides
a basic understanding of the nuclear reactor design process,
including: key features of nuclear reactors; nuclear reactor
design principals; identification of design drivers; neutronic
and thermal-hydraulic design of nuclear reactors; reactor
safety considerations; relevant nuclear engineering computer
codes. Prerequisite: NUGN510. 2 hours lecture. 2 semes-
ter hours.
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Petroleum Engineering
may fulfill part of the requirements of their graduate degree
RAMONA M. GRAVES, Professor and Department Head
by including up to 6 credit hours of undergraduate course
HOSSEIN KAZEMI, Chesebro’ Distinguished Professor
credits upon approval of the department.
ERDAL OZKAN, Professor
Doctor of Philosophy
AZRA TUTUNCU, Harry D. Campbell Chair and Professor
Minimum 90 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree
YU-SHU WU, CMG Chair and Professor
ALFRED W. EUSTES III, Associate Professor
of which no less than 30 credit hours earned by research, or
JENNIFER L. MISKIMINS, Associate Professor
minimum 54 credit hours beyond the Master’s degree of
MANIKA PRASAD, Associate Professor
which no less than 30 credit hours earned by research.
TODD HOFFMAN, Assistant Professor
The Petroleum Engineering, Geology and Geological En-
XIAOLONG YIN, Assistant Professor
gineering, and the Geophysics Departments share oversight
LINDA BATTALORA, Teaching Associate Professor
for the Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Sys-
MARK G. MILLER, Teaching Associate Professor
tems program through a committee consisting of one faculty
M.W. SCOGGINS, Research Professor and CSM President
BILLY J. MITCHELL, Professor Emeritus
member from each department. Students gain admission to
CRAIG W. VAN KIRK, Professor Emeritus
the program by application to any of the three sponsoring de-
RICHARD CHRISTIANSEN, Associate Professor Emeritus
partments. Students are administered by that department into
which they first matriculate. A minimum of 36 credit hours
Degrees Offered:
of course credit is required to complete the Professional
Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems program. Up to 9
Master of Engineering (Petroleum Engineering)
credits may be earned by 400 level courses. All other credits
toward the degree must be 500 level or above. At least 9
Master of Science (Petroleum Engineering)
hours must consist of:
Doctor of Philosophy (Petroleum Engineering)
1 course selected from the following:
Program Description:
GEGN439/GPGN439/PEGN439 Multidisciplinary
The Petroleum Engineering Department offers students a
Petroleum Design
choice of a Master of Science (MS) degree or a Master of
1 course selected from the following:
Engineering (ME) degree. For the MS degree, a thesis is
GPGN419/ PEGN419 Well Log Analysis and Formation
required in addition to course work. For the ME degree, no
Evaluation or
thesis is required, but the course work requirement is greater
GPGN519/PEGN519 Advanced Formation Evaluation
than that for the MS degree. The Petroleum Engineering De-
partment also offers CSM undergraduate students the option
1 courses selected from the following:
of a Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program. This is an
GEGN503/GPGN503/PEGN503 Integrated Exploration
accelerated program that provides the opportunity to CSM
and Development or
students to have a head start on their graduate education.
GEGN504/GPGN504/PEGN504 Integrated Exploration
and Development
Applications from students having a MS in Petroleum En-
gineering, or in another complimentary discipline, will be
Also 9 additional hours must consist of one course each
considered for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
from the 3 participating departments. The remaining 18
program. To obtain the Ph.D. degree, a student must demon-
hours may consist of graduate courses from any of the 3
strate unusual competence, creativity, and dedication in the
partici pating departments, or other courses approved by the
degree field. In addition to extensive course work, a disserta-
committee. Up to 6 hours may consist of independent study,
tion is required for the Ph.D. degree.
including an industry project.
Program Requirements:
Candidates for the non-thesis Master of Engineering
Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
degree must complete a minimum of 36 hours of graduate
Minimum 36 hours of course credit
course credit. At least 18 of the credit hours must be from the
Petroleum Engineering Department. Up to 12 graduate credit
Master of Engineering
hours can be transferred from another institution, and up to 9
Minimum 36 hours of course credit
credit hours of senior-level courses may be applied to the de-
Master of Science
gree. All courses must be approved by the student's advisor
Minimum 36 hours, of which no less than 12 credit hours
and the department head. No graduate committee is required.
earned by research and 24 credit hours by course work
No more than six credit hours can be earned through inde-
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program
pendent study.
The same requirements as Master of Engineering or Mas-
Candidates for the Master of Science degree must complete
ter of Science after the student is granted full graduate status.
at least 24 graduate credit hours of course work, approved by
Students in the Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program
the candidate’s graduate committee, and a minimum of 12
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hours of research credit. At least 12 of the course credit hours
missal from the Ph.D. program according to the procedure
must be from the Petroleum Engineering Department. Up to
outlined in the section of this Bulletin titled “General Regula -
9 credit hours may be transferred from another institution.
tions—Unsatisfactory Academic Performance—Unsatisfactory
Up to 9 credit hours of senior-level courses may be applied
Academic Progress Resulting in Probation or Discretionary
to the degree. For the MS degree, the student must demon-
Dismissal.” For other requirements, refer to the general di-
strate ability to observe, analyze, and report original scien-
rections of the Graduate School in this bulletin and/or the
tific research. For other requirements, refer to the general
Department's Graduate Student Handbook.
instructions of the Graduate School in this bulletin.
Applying for Admission:
The requirements for the Combined Undergraduate/
All graduate applicants must have taken core engineering,
Graduate Program are defined in the section of this Bul-
math and science courses before applying to graduate school.
letin titled “Graduate Degrees and Requirements—V. Com-
For the Colorado School of Mines this would be 3 units of
bined Undergraduate/Graduate Programs.” After the student
Calculus, 2 units of Chemistry with Quantitative Lab, 2 units
is granted full graduate status, the requirements are the same
of Physics, Differential Equations, Statics, Fluid Mechanics,
as those for the non-thesis Master of Engineering or thesis-
Thermodynamics and Mechanics of Materials. To apply for
based Master of Science degree, depending to which pro-
admission, follow the procedure outlined in the general sec-
gram the student was accepted. The Combined
tion of this bulletin. Three letters of recommendation must
Undergraduate/Graduate Program allows students to fulfill
accompany the application. The Petroleum Engineering De-
part of the requirements of their graduate degree by including
partment requires the general test of the Graduate Record Ex-
up to 6 credit hours of their undergraduate course credits
amination (GRE) for applicants to all degree levels.
upon approval of the department. The student must apply for
Applicants for the Master of Science, Master of Engineer-
the program by submitting an application through the Gradu-
ing, and Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Sys-
ate School before the first semester of their Senior year. For
tems programs should have a minimum score of 700 or better
other requirements, refer to the general directions of the
and applicants for the Ph.D. program are expected to have
Graduate School in this bulletin.
750 or better on the quantitative section of the GRE exam, in
A candidate for the Ph.D. must complete at least 60 hours
addition to acceptable scores in the verbal and analytical sec-
of course credit and a minimum of 30 credit hours of re-
tions. The GPA of the applicant must be 3.0 or higher. The
search beyond the Bachelor’s degree or at least 24 hours of
graduate application review committee determines minimum
course credit and a minimum of 30 credit hours of research
requirements accordingly, and these requirements may
beyond the Master’s degree. The credit hours to be counted
change depending on the application pool for the particular
toward a Ph.D. are dependent upon approval of the student’s
semester. The applicants whose native language is not Eng-
thesis committee. Students who enter the Ph.D. program
lish are also expected to provide satisfactory scores on the
with a Bachelor’s degree may transfer up to 33 graduate
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam as
credit hours from another institution with the approval of the
specified in the general section of this bulletin.
graduate advisor. Students who enter the Ph.D. program with
Required Curriculum:
a master’s degree may transfer up to 45 credit hours of
A student in the graduate program selects course work by
course and research work from another institution upon ap-
consultation with the Faculty Advisor and with the approval
proval by the graduate advisor. Ph.D. students must complete
of the graduate committee. Course work is tailored to the
a minimum of 12 credit hours of their required course credit
needs and interests of the student. Students who do not have
in a minor program of study. The student’s faculty advisor,
a BS degree in petroleum engineering must take deficiency
thesis committee, and the department head must approve the
courses as required by the department as soon as possible in
course selection. Full-time Ph.D. students must satisfy the
their graduate programs. Depending on the applicant’s un-
following requirements for admission to candidacy within
dergraduate degree, various basic undergraduate petroleum
the first two calendar years after enrolling in the program:
engineering and geology courses will be required. These de-
iii) have a thesis committee appointment form on file,
ficiency courses are not counted towards the graduate degree;
iii) complete all prerequisite courses successfully,
none-the-less, the student is expected to pass the required
courses and the grades received in these courses are included
iii) demonstrate adequate preparation for and satisfactory
in the GPA. Not passing these courses can jeopardize the
ability to conduct doctoral research by successfully
student’s continuance in the graduate program. It is desirable
completing a series of written and/or oral examina-
for students with deficiencies to complete the deficiencies or
tions and fulfilling the other requirements of their
course work within the first two semesters of arrival to the
graduate committees as outlined in the department's
program or as soon as possible with the approval of their ad-
graduate handbook.
visor.
Failure to fulfill these requirements within the time limits
specified above may result in immediate mandatory dis-
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All PE graduate students are required to complete 3 credit
back to CSM with prior approval of the Petroleum Engi -
hours of course work in writing, research, or presentation
neering Department at CSM.
inten sive classes, such as PEGN681, LICM501, SYGN501,
The Petroleum Engineering Department is located in the
and SYGN600, as agreed to by their graduate advisor.
foothills west of Denver. The laboratory wing has 20,000
Fields of Research:
square feet of space, with about $2 million of equipment ac-
Current research topics include
quired in recent years.
Rock and fluid properties, phase behavior, and rock
The Petroleum Engineering Department enjoys strong
mechanics
collaboration with the Geology and Geological Engineering
Analytical and numerical modeling of fluid flow in
Department and Geophysics Department at CSM. Courses
porous media
that integrate the faculty and interests of the three depart-
Formation evaluation, well test analysis, and reservoir
ments are taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
characterization
The department is close to oil and gas field operations, oil
Geomechanics
companies and laboratories, and geologic outcrops of pro-
Oil recovery processes
ducing formations. There are many opportunities for summer
Unconventional oil and gas
and part-time employment in the oil and gas industry in the
Shale gas and shale oil
Denver metropolitan region.
Natural gas engineering, coalbed methane, and
Each summer, several graduate students assist with the
geothermal energy
field sessions designed for undergraduate students. The field
Completion and stimulation of wells
sessions in the past several years have included visits to oil
Horizontal and multilateral wells
and gas operations in Europe, Alaska, Canada, Southern Cal-
Drilling management and rig automation
ifornia, the Gulf Coast, the Northeast US, the Rocky Moun-
Fluid flow in wellbores and artificial lift
tain regions, and western Colorado.
External fluid flow on offshore structures
Drilling mechanics, directional drilling, extraterrestrial
The Petroleum Engineering Department encourages stu-
drilling, ice coring and drilling
dent involvement with the Society of Petroleum Engineers,
Bit vibration analysis, tubular buckling and stability,
the American Association of Drilling Engineers and the
wave propagation in drilling tubulars
American Rock Mechanics Association. The department pro-
Laser technology in penetrating rocks
vides some financial support for students attending the an-
nual technical conferences for these professional societies.
Research projects may involve professors and graduate
students from other disciplines. Projects often include off-
Description of Courses
campus laboratories, institutes, and other resources.
Undergraduate Courses
The Petroleum Engineering Department houses a research
Students in Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir
institute, two research centers, and one consortia.
Systems, Master of Engineering, Master of Science, and
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Degree programs may
Research Institute
take up to 9 credit hours of 400-level courses provided that
Unconventional Natural Gas Institute (UNGI)
these courses are not required for the BS PE program at
Research Centers
CSM. The department should approve all such courses. The
following 400-level courses in the Petroleum Engineering
Marathon Center of Excellence for Reservoir Studies
Department are not required for BS PE degree and may be
(MCERS)
considered for graduate degree credit. Other 400-level
Center for Earth Mechanics, Materials, and Characteri-
courses may be available in the other departments.
zation (CEMMC)
PEGN450. ENERGY ENGINEERING (I or II) Energy
Research Consortia
Engi neer ing is an overview of energy sources that will be
Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology (FAST)
available for use in the 21st century. After discussing the
Consortium.
history of energy and its contribution to society, we survey
the science and technology of energy, including geothermal
Special Features:
energy, fossil energy, solar energy, nuclear energy, wind
In the exchange programs with the Petroleum Engineering
energy, hydro energy, bio energy, energy and the environ-
Departments of the Mining University of Leoben, Austria,
ment, energy and economics, the hydrogen economy, and
Technical University in Delft, Holland, and the University of
energy forecasts. This broad background will give you addi-
Adelaide, Australia, a student may spend one semester abroad
tional flexibility during your career and help you thrive in an
during graduate studies and receive full transfer of credit
energy industry that is evolving from an industry dominated
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by fossil fuels to an industry working with many energy
PEGN505. HORIZONTAL WELLS: RESERVOIR AND
sources. Prerequisites: MATH213 and PHGN200. 3 hours
PRODUCTION ASPECTS This course covers the funda-
lecture; 3 semester hours.
mental concepts of horizontal well reservoir and production
PEGN498. SPECIAL TOPICS IN PETROLEUM ENGI-
engineering with special emphasis on the new developments.
NEERING (I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics
Each topic covered highlights the concepts that are generic to
chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and students(s).
horizontal wells and draws attention to the pitfalls of apply-
Usually the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instruc-
ing conventional concepts to horizontal wells without critical
tor consent. Variable credit, 1 to 6 semester hours. Repeat-
evaluation. There is no set prerequisite for the course but
able for credit under different tittles.
basic knowledge on general reservoir engineering concepts is
useful. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Graduate Courses
The 500-level courses are open to qualified seniors with
PEGN506. ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY METHODS
permission of the department and the Dean of the Graduate
Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods are reviewed from
School. The 600-level courses are open only to students en-
both the qualitative and quantitative standpoint. Recovery
rolled in Graduate School. Certain courses may vary from
mechanisms and design procedures for the various EOR
year to year, depending upon the number of students and
processes are discussed. In addition to lectures, problems on
their particular needs.
actual field design procedures will be covered. Field case his-
tories will be reviewed. Prerequisite: PEGN424 or consent of
PEGN501. APPLICATIONS OF NUMERICAL METHODS
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
TO PETROLEUM ENGINEERING The course will solve
problems of interest in Petroleum Engineering through the
PEGN507. INTEGRATED FIELD PROCESSING Inte-
use of spreadsheets on personal computers and structured
grated design of production facilities covering multistage sep-
FORTRAN programming on PCs or mainframes. Numerical
aration of oil, gas, and water, multiphase flow, oil skimmers,
techniques will include methods for numerical quadrature,
natural gas dehydration, compression, crude stabilization,
differentiation, interpolation, solution of linear and non-
petro leum fluid storage, and vapor recovery. Prerequisite:
linear ordinary differential equations, curve fitting and direct
PEGN411 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
or iterative methods for solving simultaneous equations. Pre-
ter hours.
requisites: PEGN414 and PEGN424 or consent of instructor.
PEGN508. ADVANCED ROCK PROPERTIES Application
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
of rock mechanics and rock properties to reservoir engineer-
PEGN502. ADVANCED DRILLING FLUIDS The physical
ing, well logging, well completion and well stimulation.
properties and purpose of drilling fluids are investigated.
Topics covered include: capillary pressure, relative perme-
Emphasis is placed on drilling fluid design, clay chemistry,
ability, velocity effects on Darcy’s Law, elastic/mechanical
testing, and solids control. Prerequisite: PEGN311 or consent
rock properties, subsidence, reservoir compaction, and sand
of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
control. Prerequisites: PEGN423 and PEGN426 or consent of
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PEGN503/GEGN503/GPGN503. INTEGRATED
EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT Students work
PEGN511. ADVANCED THERMODYNAMICS AND
alone and in teams to study reservoirs from fluvial-deltaic
PETROLEUM FLUIDS PHASE BEHAVIOR Essentials of
and valley fill depositional environments. This is a multidis-
thermodynamics for understanding the phase behavior of pe-
ciplinary course that shows students how to characterize and
troleum fluids such as natural gas and oil. Modeling of phase
model subsurface reservoir performance by integrating data,
behavior of single and multi-component systems with equa-
methods and concepts from geology, geophysics and petro-
tions of states with a brief introduction to PVT laboratory
leum engineering. Activities and topics include field trips to
studies, commercial PVT software, asphaltenes, gas hydrates,
surface outcrops, well logs, borehole cores, seismograms,
mineral deposition, and statistical thermodynamics. Prerequi-
reservoir modeling of field performance, written exercises
sites: PEGN310 and PEGN305 or equivalent, or consent of
and oral team presentations. Prerequisite: Consent of instruc-
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
tor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
PEGN512. ADVANCED GAS ENGINEERING The physi-
PEGN504/GEGN504/GPGN504. INTEGRATED EXPLORA -
cal properties and phase behavior of gas and gas condensates
TION AND DEVELOPMENT Students work in multidisci-
will be discussed. Flow through tubing and pipelines as well
plinary teams to study practical problems and case studies in
as through porous media is covered. Reserve calculations for
integrated subsurface exploration and development. The
normally pressured, abnormally pressured and water drive
course addresses emerging technologies and timely topics.
reservoirs are presented. Both stabilized and isochronal
Activities include field trips, 3D computer modeling, written
deliv erability testing of gas wells will be illustrated. Pre -
exercises and oral team presentations. Prerequisite: Consent
requisite: PEGN423 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture;
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
3 semester hours.
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PEGN513 - RESERVOIR SIMULATION I The course pro-
points and design; cementing; directional drilling and hori-
vides the rudiments of reservoir simulation, which include
zontal drilling. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
flow equations, solution methods, and data requirement.
PEGN519. ADVANCED FORMATION EVALUATION 
Specifically, the course covers: equations of conservation of
A detailed review of wireline well logging and evaluation
mass, conservation of momentum, and energy balance; nu-
methods stressing the capability of the measurements to de-
merical solution of flow in petroleum reservoirs by finite dif-
termine normal and special reservoir rock parameters related
ference (FD) and control volume FD; permeability tensor and
to reservoir and production problems. Computers for log
directional permeability; non-Darcy flow; convective flow
process ing of single and multiple wells. Utilization of well
and numerical dispersion; grid orientation problems; intro-
logs and geology in evaluating well performance before, dur-
duction to finite element and mixed finite-element methods;
ing, and after production of hydrocarbons. The sensitivity of
introduction to hybrid analytical/numerical solutions; intro-
formation evaluation parameters in the volumetric determina-
duction to multi-phase flow models; relative permeability,
tion of petroleum in reservoirs. Prerequisite: PEGN419 or
capillary pressure and wettability issues; linear equation
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
solvers; streamline simulation; and multi-scale simulation
concept. Prerequisite: PEGN424 or equivalent, strong reser-
PEGN522. ADVANCED WELL STIMULATION Basic
voir engineering background, and basic computer program-
appli cations of rock mechanics to petroleum engineering
ming knowledge. 3 credit hours. 3 hours of lecture per week.
problems. Hydraulic fracturing; acid fracturing, fracturing
simulators; fracturing diagnostics; sandstone acidizing; sand
PEGN514. PETROLEUM TESTING TECHNIQUES Inves-
control, and well bore stability. Different theories of forma-
tigation of basic physical properties of petroleum reservoir
tion failure, measurement of mechanical properties. Review
rocks and fluids. Review of recommended practices for test-
of recent advances and research areas. Prerequisite: PEGN426
ing drilling fluids and oil well cements. Emphasis is placed
or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
on the accuracy and calibration of test equipment. Quality re-
port writing is stressed. Prerequisite: Graduate status. 2 hours
PEGN523. ADVANCED ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF OIL
lecture, 1 hour lab; 3 semester hours. Required for students
AND GAS PROJECTS Determination of present value of
who do not have a BS in PE.
oil properties. Determination of severance, ad valorem,
windfall profit, and federal income taxes. Analysis of prof-
PEGN515. RESERVOIR ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES
itability indicators. Application of decision tree theory and
Reservoir Engineering overview. Predicting hydrocarbon in
Monte Carlo methods to oil and gas properties. Economic
place; volumetric method, deterministic and probabilistic
criteria for equipment selection. Prerequisite: PEGN422 or
approaches, material balance, water influx, graphical tech-
EBGN504 or ChEN504 or MNGN427 or ChEN421 or con-
niques. Fluid flow in porous media; continuity and diffusivity
sent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
equations. Well performance; productivity index for vertical,
perforated, fractured, restricted, slanted, and horizontal wells,
PEGN524. PETROLEUM ECONOMICS AND MANAGE-
inflow performance relationship under multiphase flow con-
MENT Business applications in the petroleum industry are
ditions. Combining material balance and well performance
the central focus. Topics covered are: fundamentals of ac-
equations. Future reservoir performance prediction; Muskat,
counting, oil and gas accounting, strategic planning, oil and
Tarner, Carter and Tracy methods. Fetkovich decline curves.
gas taxation, oil field deals, negotiations, and the formation
Reservoir simulation; fundamentals and formulation, stream-
of secondary units. The concepts are covered by forming
line simulation, integrated reservoir studies. 3 hours lecture,
companies that prepare proforma financial statements, make
3 semester hours.
deals, drill for oil and gas, keep accounting records, and ne-
gotiate the participation formula for a secondary unit. Pre-
PEGN516. PRODUCTION ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES
requisite: PEGN422 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture;
Production Engineering Overview. Course provides a broad
3 semester hours.
introduction to the practice of production engineering. Covers
petroleum system analysis, well stimulation (fracturing and
PEGN530/ESGN502. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW -- De-
acidizing), artificial lift (gas lift, sucker rod, ESP, and others),
signed for engineers, geoscientists, managers, consultants
and surface facilities. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
and citizens, this course covers the basics of environmental,
energy and natural resources law. Topics include: an intro-
PEGN 517. DRILLING ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES
duction to U.S. Environmental Law, Policy and Practice; the
Drilling Engineering overview. Subjects to be covered in-
administrative process; enforcement and liability; a survey of
clude overall drilling organization, contracting, and report-
U.S. laws and compliance programs addressing pollution,
ing; basic drilling engineering principles and equipment;
toxic substances, endangered species, pesticides, minerals,
drilling fluids, hydraulics, and cuttings transport; drillstring
oil & gas, land uses and others including the National Envi-
design; drill bits; drilling optimization; fishing operations;
ronmental Protection Act (NEPA), Resource Conservation
well control; pore pressure and fracture gradients, casing
and Recovery Act (RCRA), Underground Storage Tanks
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(UST), Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Oil
PEGN592. GEOMECHANICS FOR UNCONVENTIONAL
Pollution Act (OPA); Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA);
RESOURCES A wide spectrum of topics related to the chal-
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation,
lenges and solutions for the exploration, drilling, completion,
and Liability Act (CERCLA); Toxic Substances Control Act
production and hydraulic fracturing of unconventional re-
(TSCA) and others; an introduction to international environ-
sources including gas and oil shale, heavy oil sand and car-
mental law; ethics; and case studies. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
bonate reservoirs, their seal formations is explored. The
mester hours.
students acquire skills in integrating and visualizing multidis-
PEGN541. APPLIED RESERVOIR SIMULATION Con-
cipline data in Petrel (a short tutorial is offered) as well as as-
cepts of reservoir simulation within the context of reservoir
signments regarding case studies using field and core
management will be discussed. Course participants will learn
datasets. The role of integrating geomechanics data in execu-
how to use available flow simulators to achieve reservoir
tion of the exploration, drilling, completion, production, hy-
management objectives. They will apply the concepts to
draulic fracturing and monitoring of pilots as well as
an open-ended engineering design problem. Prerequisites:
commercial applications in unlocking the unconventional re-
PEGN424 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
sources are pointed out using examples. Prerequisite:
ter hours.
PEGN590. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PEGN542. INTEGRATED RESERVOIR CHARACTERI-
PEGN593. ADVANCED WELL INTEGRITY -- Fundamen-
ZATION The course introduces integrated reservoir char -
tals of wellbore stability, sand production, how to keep well-
acterization from a petroleum engineering perspective.
bore intact are covered in this course. The stress alterations
Reservoir characterization helps quantify properties that
in near wellbore region and associated consequences in the
influ ence flow characteristics. Students will learn to assess
form of well failures are covered in detail theoretically and
and integrate data sources into a comprehensive reservoir
with examples from deepwater conventional wells and on-
model. Prerequisites: PEGN424 or consent of instructor.
shore unconventional well operations. Assignments are
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
given to expose the students to the real field data to interpret
and evaluate cases to determine practical solutions to drilling
PEGN550. MODERN RESERVOIR SIMULATORS Stu-
and production related challenges. Fluid pressure and com-
dents will learn to run reservoir simulation software using a
position sensitivity of various formations are studied. 3
variety of reservoir engineering examples. The course will
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
focus on the capabilities and operational features of simulators.
Students will learn to use pre- and post-processors, fluid prop-
PEGN594. ADVANCED DIRECTIONAL DRILLING Appli-
erty analysis software, black oil and gas reservoir models,
cation of directional control and planning to drilling. Major
and compositional models. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
topics covered include: Review of procedures for the drilling
of directional wells. Section and horizontal view preparation.
PEGN577. WORKOVER DESIGN AND PRACTICE
Two and three dimensional directional planning. Collision di-
Workover Engineering overview. Subjects to be covered
agrams. Surveying and trajectory calculations. Surface and
include Workover Economics, Completion Types, Workover
down hole equipment. Common rig operating procedures,
Design Considerations, Wellbore Cleanout (Fishing), Work -
and horizontal drilling techniques. Prerequisite: PEGN311 or
over Well Control, Tubing and Workstring Design, Slickline
equivalent, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
Operations, Coiled Tubing Operations, Packer Selection,
ter hours.
Remedial Cementing Design and Execution, Completion
Fluids, Gravel Packing, and Acidizing. 3 hours lecture,
PEGN595. DRILLING OPERATIONS Lectures, seminars,
3 semester hours.
and technical problems with emphasis on well planning,
rotary rig supervision, and field practices for execution of
PEGN590. RESERVOIR GEOMECHANICS The course
the plan. This course makes extensive use of the drilling rig
provides an introduction to fundamental rock mechanics and
simulator. Prerequisite: PEGN311, or consent of instructor.
aims to emphasize their role in exploration, drilling, comple-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
tion and production engineering operations. Deformation as
a function of stress, elastic moduli, in situ stress, stress mag-
PEGN596. ADVANCED WELL CONTROL Principles and
nitude and orientation, pore pressure, strength and fracture
procedures of pressure control are taught with the aid of a
gradient, rock characteristic from field data (seismic, log-
full-scale drilling simulator. Specifications and design of
ging, drilling, production), integrated wellbore stability
blowout control equipment for onshore and offshore drilling
analysis, depletion and drilling induced fractures, compaction
operations, gaining control of kicks, abnormal pressure detec -
and associated changes in rock properties, hydraulic fractur-
tion, well planning for wells containing abnormal pressures,
ing and fracture stability are among the topics are covered. 3
and kick circulation removal methods are taught. Students
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
receive hands-on training with the simulator and its peripheral
equipment. Prerequisite: PEGN311 or consent of instructor.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
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PEGN597. TUBULAR DESIGN Fundamentals of tubulars
PEGN605. WELL TESTING AND EVALUATION Various
(casing, tubing, and drill pipe) design applied to drilling.
well testing procedures and interpretation techniques for
Major topics covered include: Dogleg running loads. Direc-
indi vidual wells or groups of wells. Application of these
tional hole considerations. Design criteria development. Ef-
techniques to field development, analysis of well problems,
fects of formation pressures. Stability loads after cementing.
secondary recovery, and reservoir studies. Productivity, gas
Effects of temperature, pressure, mud weights, and cement.
well testing, pressure buildup and drawdown, well inter -
Helical bending of tubing. Fishing loads. Micro-annulus
ference, fractured wells, type curve matching, and short-
problem. Strengths of API tubulars. Abrasive wear while
term testing. Prerequisite: PEGN426 or consent of instructor.
rotat ing drill pipe. How to design for hydrogen sulfide and
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
fatigue corrosion. Connection selection. Common rig operat-
PEGN606. ADVANCED RESERVOIR ENGINEERING 
ing procedures. Prerequisites: PEGN311 and PEGN361 or
A review of depletion type, gas-cap, and volatile oil reservoirs.
equivalent, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
Lectures and supervised studies on gravity segregation,
hours.
moving gas-oil front, individual well performance analysis,
PEGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN PETROLEUM ENGI-
history matching, performance prediction, and development
NEERING Pilot course or special topics course. Topics
planning. Prerequisite: PEGN423 or consent of instructor.
chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s).
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Usually the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instruc-
PEGN607. PARTIAL WATER DRIVE RESERVOIRS The
tor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable
hydrodynamic factors which influence underground water
for credit under different titles.
movement, particularly with respect to petroleum reservoirs.
PEGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual research or
Evaluation of oil and gas reservoirs in major water contain-
special problem projects supervised by a faculty member,
ing formations. Prerequisite: PEGN424 or consent of instruc-
also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter,
tor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study”
PEGN608. MULTIPHASE FLUID FLOW IN POROUS
form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Vari-
MEDIA: The factors involved in multiphase fluid flow in
able credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under
porous and fractured media. Physical processes and mathe-
different titles.
matical models for micro- and macroscopic movement of
PEGN601. APPLIED MATHEMATICS OF FLUID FLOW
multiphase fluids in reservoirs. Performance evaluation of
IN POROUS MEDIA This course is intended to expose
various displacement processes in the laboratory as well as in
petroleum-engineering students to the special mathematical
the petroleum field during the secondary and EOR/IOR oper-
techniques used to solve transient flow problems in porous
ations. Prerequisite: PEGN 424, or consent of instructor, 3
media. Bessel’s equation and functions, Laplace and Fourier
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
transformations, the method of sources and sinks, Green’s
PEGN614. RESERVOIR SIMULATION II: The course re-
functions, and boundary integral techniques are covered.
views the rudiments of reservoir simulation and flow equa-
Numerical evaluation of various reservoir engineering solu-
tions, solution methods, and data requirement. The course
tions, numerical Laplace transformation and inverse transfor-
emphasizes multi-phase flow and solution techniques;
mation are also discussed. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
teaches the difference between conventional reservoir simu-
PEGN603. DRILLING MODELS Analytical models of
lation, compositional modeling and multi-porosity modeling;
physical phenomena encountered in drilling. Casing and
teaches how to construct three-phase relative permeability
drilling failure from bending, fatigue, doglegs, temperature,
from water-oil and gas-oil relative permeability data set; the
stretch; mud filtration; corrosion; wellhead loads; and buoy-
importance of capillary pressure measurements and wetabil-
ancy of tubular goods. Bit weight and rotary speed optimiza-
ity issues; discusses the significance of gas diffusion and in-
tion. Prerequisites: PEGN311 and PEGN361, or consent of
terphase mass transfer. Finally, the course develops solution
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
techniques to include time tested implicit-pressure-explicit-
PEGN604. INTEGRATED FLOW MODELING Students
saturation, sequential and fully implicit methods. Prerequi-
will study the formulation, development and application of a
site: PEGN513 or equivalent, strong reservoir engineering
reservoir flow simulator that includes traditional fluid flow
background, and basic computer programming knowledge.
equations and a petrophysical model. The course will discuss
3 credit hours. 3 hours of lecture per week.
properties of porous media within the context of reservoir
PEGN615. SHALE RESERVOIR ENGINEERING Funda-
modeling, and present the mathematics needed to understand
mentals of shale-reservoir engineering and special topics of
and apply the simulator. Simulator applications will be inter-
production from shale reservoirs are covered. The question
spersed throughout the course. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
of what makes shale a producing reservoir is explored. The
hours.
pitfalls of conventional measurements and interpretations for
unconventional reservoirs are discussed. Geological, geome-
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chanical, and engineering aspects of shale reservoirs are ex-
data preparation and code writing. Next, fundamentals of
plained. Well completions with emphasis on hydraulic frac-
phase behavior, ternary phase diagram, and the Peng-Robin-
turing and fractured horizontal wells are discussed from the
son equation of state will be presented. Finally, a detailed set
view-point of reservoir engineering. Darcy flow, diffusive
of flow and thermodynamic equations for a full-fledged com-
flow, and desorption in shale matrix are covered. Contribu-
positional model, using molar balance, equation of motion
tions of hydraulic and natural fractures and their interactions
and the afore-mentioned equation of state, will be developed
are discussed and the stimulated reservoir volume concept is
and solution strategy will be presented. Prerequisite:
introduced. Applications of pressure-transient, rate-transient,
PEGN513 or equivalent, strong reservoir engineering back-
decline-curve and transient-productivity analyses are cov-
ground, and basic computer programming knowledge. 3
ered. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PEGN619. GEOMECHANICALLY AND PHYSICO-
PEGN681. PETROLEUM ENGINEERING SEMINAR
CHEMICALLY COUPLED FLUID FLOW IN POROUS
Comprehensive reviews of current petroleum engineering lit-
MEDIA The role of physic-chemistry and geomechanics on
erature, ethics, and selected topics as related to research and
fluid flow in porous media will be included in addition to
professionalism. 2 hours seminar; 3 semester hour.
conventional fluid flow modeling and measurements in
PEGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN PETROLEUM ENGI-
porous media. The conventional as well as unconventional
NEERING Pilot course or special topics course. Topics
reservoirs are studied with the coupling of physicochemical
chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s).
effects and geomechanics stresses. Assignments are given to
Usually the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instruc-
expose the students to the real field data in interpretation and
tor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable
evaluation of filed cases to determine practical solutions to
for credit under different titles.
drilling and production related modeling challenges. Prereq-
uisite: PEGN590. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PEGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual research
or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member,
PEGN620. NATURALLY FRACTURED RESERVOIRS--
also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter,
ENGINEERING AND RESERVOIR SIMULATION The
content, and credit hours. An “Independent Study” form must
course covers reservoir engineering, well testing, and simula-
be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit;
tion aspects of naturally fractured reservoirs. Specifics in-
1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different ti-
clude: fracture description, connectivity and network;
tles.
fracture properties; physical principles underlying reservoir
engineering and modeling naturally fractured reservoirs;
PEGN705. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER
local and global effects of viscous, capillary, gravity and mo-
OF SCIENCE Research credit hours required for completion
lecular diffusion flow; dual-porosity/dual-permeability mod-
of the degree Master of Science - thesis. Research must be
els; multi-scale fracture model; dual-mesh model; streamline
carried out under the direct supervision of the graduate stu-
model; transient testing with non-Darcy flow effects; tracer
dent’s faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
injection and breakthrough analysis; geomechanics and frac-
PEGN706. GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: DOCTOR
tures; compositional model; coal-bed gas model; oil and gas
OF PHILOS0PHY Research credit hours required for com-
from fractured shale; improved and enhanced oil recovery in
pletion of the degree Doctor of Philosophy. Research must
naturally fracture reservoirs. Prerequisite: PEGN513 or
be carried out under direct supervision of the graduate stu-
equivalent, strong reservoir engineering background, and
dent's faculty advisor. Repeatable for credit.
basic computer programming knowledge. 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours.
PEGN624. COMPOSITIONAL MODELING - APPLICA-
TION TO ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY Efficient produc-
tion of rich and volatile oils as well as enhanced oil recovery
by gas injection (lean and rich natural gas, CO2, N2, air, and
steam) is of great interest in the light of greater demand for
hydrocarbons and the need for CO2 sequestration. This
course is intended to provide technical support for engineers
dealing with such issues. The course begins with a review of
the primary and secondary recovery methods, and will ana-
lyze the latest worldwide enhanced oil recovery production
statistics. This will be followed by presenting a simple and
practical solvent flooding model to introduce the student to
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Physics
Program Description:
THOMAS E. FURTAK, Professor and Department Head
The Physics Department at CSM offers a full program of
REUBEN T. COLLINS, Professor
instruction and research leading to the M.S. or Ph.D. in ap-
UWE GREIFE, Professor
plied physics.
FRANK V. KOWALSKI, Professor
MARK T. LUSK, Professor
Graduate students are given a solid background in the fun-
JOHN A. SCALES, Professor
damentals of classical and modern physics at an advanced
JEFF A. SQUIER, Professor
level and are encouraged early in their studies to learn about
P. CRAIG TAYLOR, Professor
the research interests of the faculty so that a thesis topic can
LINCOLN D. CARR, Associate Professor
be identified.
CHARLES G. DURFEE III, Associate Professor
Program Requirements:
TIMOTHY R. OHNO, Associate Professor
FREDERIC SARAZIN, Associate Professor
Students entering graduate programs in Applied Physics
ERIC S. TOBERER, Assistant Professor
will select an initial program in consultation with the depart-
LAWRENCE R. WIENCKE, Associate Professor
mental graduate student advising committee until such time
DAVID M. WOOD, Associate Professor
as a research field has been chosen and a thesis committee
ZHIGANG WU, Assistant Professor
appointed. The following are requirements for the M.S. and
TODD G. RUSKELL, Teaching Professor
Ph.D. degrees:
CHARLES A. STONE, Teaching Professor
MATTHEW M. YOUNG, Teaching Professor
Master's: 20 semester hours of course work in an approved
ALEX T. FLOURNOY, Teaching Associate Professor
program plus 16 semester hours of research credit, with a sat-
PATRICK B. KOHL, Teaching Associate Professor
isfactory thesis. Doctorate: 34 semester hours of course work
H. VINCENT KUO, Teaching Associate Professor
in an approved program plus 38 semester hours of research
JOHN U. TREFNY, Professor Emeritus and President Emeritus
credit, with a satisfactory thesis. 12 semester hours of course
F. EDWARD CECIL, University Professor Emeritus
work will be in a specialty topic area defined in consultation
JAMES T. BROWN, Professor Emeritus
with the thesis advisor. Possible specialty topic areas within
JOHN A. DESANTO, Professor Emeritus
the physics department exist in Optical Science and Engi-
JAMES A. McNEIL, University Professor Emeritus
neering, Condensed Matter Physics, Theoretical Physics, Re-
FRANKLIN D. SCHOWENGERDT, Professor Emeritus
newable Energy Physics, and Nuclear/Particle Physics and
DON L. WILLIAMSON, Professor Emeritus
F. RICHARD YEATTS, Professor Emeritus
Astrophysics.
WILLIAM B. LAW, Associate Professor Emeritus
To demonstrate adequate preparation for the Ph.D. degree
ARTHUR Y. SAKAKURA, Associate Professor Emeritus
in Applied Physics, each student must pass the physics grad-
JOSEPH D. BEACH, Research Associate Professor
uate core courses with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
JAMES E. BERNARD, Research Associate Professor
Students not achieving this standard must pass oral examina-
M. SCOTT BRADLEY, Research Assistant Professor
tions covering the areas of weakness identified in the core
MARK W. COFFEY, Research Professor
courses or retake the respective course with a grade of 3.0 or
P. DAVID FLAMMER, Research Assistant Professor
ALBERTO FRANCESCHETTI, Research Professor
better within one year. This process is part of the requirement
DAVID S. GINLEY, Research Professor
for admission to candidacy, which full time Ph.D. students
FREDRICK E. GRAY, Research Assistant Professor
must complete within two calendar years of admission, as de-
RUSSELL E. HOLLINGSWORTH, Research Professor
scribed in the campus-wide graduate degree requirements
G. MARTIN HUDSON, Research Professor
section of this bulletin. Other degree requirements, time lim-
JONATHAN L. MACE, Research Professor
its, and procedural details can be found in the Physics De-
DANA C. OLSON, Research Assistant Professor
partment Graduate Student Advising Brochure.
VOICU A. POPESCU, Research Assistant Professor
ZEEV SHAYER, Research Professor
All full-time physics graduate students must attend the
STEVE J. SMITH, Research Assistant Professor
Physics Colloquium, which is represented in the curriculum
PAULS STRADINS, Research Professor
by the Graduate Seminar courses. Students must take one of
ADELE C. TAMBOLI, Research Assistant Professor
these courses every semester that they are enrolled at CSM.
QI WANG, Research Professor
Those students who are in the M.S. Program, or those in the
JOHN M. YARBROUGH, Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D. program who have not yet been admitted to candidacy
XIUWEN ZHANG, Research Assistant Professor
should sign up for PHGN501 (fall) and PHGN502 (spring),
Degrees Offered:
while Ph.D. students who have been admitted to candidacy
Master of Science (Applied Physics)
should sign up for PHGN601 (fall) and PHGN602 (spring).
Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Physics)
All semester attendance grades will be combined to yield
final grades for these courses at the end of the student's final
semester. Students who have official part-time status, and
who have already taken at least one semester of 501 and 502
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for the M.S. degree, or 501, 502, 601, and 602 for the Ph.D.
Subatomic: low energy nuclear physics, nuclear astro-
degree, are not required to sign up for additional graduate
physics, cosmic ray physics, nuclear theory, fusion
seminar credits.
plasma diagnostics.
Prerequisites:
Materials Physics: photovoltaics, nanostructures and quan-
The Graduate School of the Colorado School of Mines is
tum dots, thin film semiconductors, transparent conduc-
open to graduates from four-year programs at accredited col-
tors, amorphous materials, thermoelectric materials,
leges or universities. Admission to the Physics Department
plasmonics, first principles materials theory.
M.S. and Ph.D. programs is competitive and is based on an
Condensed Matter: x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy,
evaluation of undergraduate performance, standardized test
self assembled systems, soft condensed matter, con-
scores, and references. The undergraduate course of study of
densed matter theory, quantum chaos, quantum informa-
each applicant is evaluated according to the requirements of
tion and quantum many body theory.
the Physics Department.
Surface and Interfaces: x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy,
Required Curriculum:
Auger spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopies, sec-
Master of Science, Applied Physics
ond harmonic generation.
Core Courses
Description of Courses
PHGN511 Mathematical Physics I
Senior Level
PHGN520 Quantum Mechanics I
PHGN401. THEORETICAL PHYSICS SEMINAR (I,II).
One additional course selected from:
Students will attend the weekly theoretical physics seminar.
PHGN505 Classical Mechanics I
Students will be responsible for presentation and discussion.
PHGN507 Electromagnetic Theory I
Corequisite: PHGN300/310. 1 hour lecture; 1 semester hour.
PHGN521 Quantum Mechanics II
PHGN412. MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS Mathematical
PHGN530 Statistical Mechanics
techniques applied to the equations of physics; complex vari-
Electives - 9 hours.
ables, partial differential equations, special functions, finite
Graduate Seminar* - 2 hours: PHGN501 and PHGN502
and infinite-dimensional vector spaces. Green's functions.
Master’s Thesis
Transforms; computer algebra. Prerequisite: PHGN311.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Doctor of Philosophy, Applied Physics
Core Courses
PHGN419. PRINCIPLES OF SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS
PHGN505 Classical Mechanics I
Review of the solar resource and components of solar irradi-
PHGN507 Electromagnetic Theory I
ance; principles of photovoltaic devices and photovoltaic
PHGN511 Mathematical Physics I
system design; photovoltaic electrical energy production and
PHGN520 Quantum Mechanics I
cost analysis of photovoltaic systems relative to fossil fuel al-
PHGN521 Quantum Mechanics II
ternatives; introduction to concentrated photovoltaic systems
PHGN530 Statistical Mechanics
and manufacturing methods for wafer-based and thin film
photovoltaic panels. Prerequisite: PHGN200 and MATH225.
Graduate Seminar* - 4 hours: PHGN 501, PHGN502,
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PHGN601 and PHGN602
PHGN422. NUCLEAR PHYSICS Introduction to subatomic
12 hours special topic area electives.
(particle and nuclear) phenomena. Characterization and sys-
Doctoral Thesis.
tematics of particle and nuclear states; symmetries; introduc-
*Graduate Seminar: Each full-time graduate student
tion and systematics of the electromagnetic, weak, and strong
(M.S. and Ph.D.) will register for Graduate Seminar each
interactions; systematics of radioactivity; liquid drop and
semester for a total of 2 semester hours credit for the M.S.
shell models; nuclear technology. Prerequisite:
and 4 semester hours credit for the Ph.D.
PHGN300/310. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Fields of Research:
PHGN424. ASTROPHYSICS A survey of fundamental as-
pects of astrophysical phenomena, concentrating on measure-
Applied Optics: lasers, ultrafast optics and x-ray generation,
ments of basic stellar properties such as distance, luminosity,
spectroscopy, near-field and multi-photon microscopy,
spectral classification, mass, and radii. Simple models of
non-linear optics, quasi-optics and millimeter waves.
stellar structure evolution and the associated nuclear
Ultrasonics: laser ultrasonics, resonant ultrasound spec-
processes as sources of energy and nucleosynthesis. Intro-
troscopy, wave propagation in random media.
duction to cosmology and physics of standard big-bang mod-
els. Prerequisite: PHGN320. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
hours.
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PHGN435/ChEN435/ChEN535/PHGN535/MLGN535. IN-
tion, project planning, time management, literature research
TERDISCIPLINARY MICROELECTRONICS PROCESS-
methods, record keeping, fundamentals of technical writing,
ING LABORATORY Application of science and engineering
professional ethics, project funding and intellectual property.
principles to the design, fabrication, and testing of microelec-
Prerequisite: PHGN384 and PHGN326. Corequisite:
tronic devices. Emphasis on specific unit operations and the
PHGN481. 1 hour lecture in 7 class sessions; 0.5 semester
interrelation among processing steps. Prerequisites: Senior
hours.
standing in PHGN, ChEN, MTGN, or EGGN; consent of in-
PHGN472. SENIOR DESIGN PRINCIPLES (II) (WI) Con-
structor. 1.5 hours lecture, 4 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
tinuation of PHGN471. Prerequisite: PHGN384 and
PHGN440/MLGN502. SOLID STATE PHYSICS An ele-
PHGN326. Corequisite: PHGN482. 1 hour lecture in 7 class
mentary study of the properties of solids including crystalline
sessions; 0.5 semester hours.
structure and its determination, lattice vibrations, electrons in
PHGN480. LASER PHYSICS (I) Theory and application of
metals, and semiconductors. (Graduate students in physics
the following: Gaussian beams, optical cavities and wave
may register only for PHGN440.) Prerequisite: PHGN320.
guides, atomic radiation, detection of radiation, laser oscilla-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
tion, nonlinear optics and ultrafast pulses. Prerequisite:
PHGN441/MLGN522. SOLID STATE PHYSICS APPLICA-
PHGN320. Corequisite: PHGN462. 3 hours lecture;
TION AND PHENOMENA Continuation of PHGN440/
3 semester hours.
MLGN502 with an emphasis on applications of the princi-
PHGN481. SENIOR DESIGN PRACTICE (I) (WI) The first
ples of solid state physics to practical properties of materials
of a two semester program covering the full spectrum of
including: optical properties, superconductivity, dielectric
project design, drawing on all of the student's previous
properties, magnetism, noncrystalline structure, and inter-
course work. At the beginning of the first semester, the stu-
faces. (Graduate students in physics may register only for
dent selects a research project in consultation with the Senior
PHGN441.) Prerequisite: PHGN440/MLGN501 or equiva-
Design Oversight Committee (SDOC) and the Project Men-
lent by instructor's permission. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
tor. The objectives of the project are given to the student in
hours.
broad outline form. The student then designs the entire proj-
PHGN450. COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS Introduction to
ect, including any or all of the following elements as appro-
numerical methods for analyzing advanced physics prob-
priate: literature search, specialized apparatus or algorithms,
lems. Topics covered include finite element methods, analy-
block-diagram electronics, computer data acquisition and/or
sis of scaling, efficiency, errors, and stability, as well as a
analysis, sample materials, and measurement and/or analysis
survey of numerical algorithms and packages for analyzing
sequences. The course culminates in a formal interim written
algebraic, differential, and matrix systems. The numerical
report. Prerequisite: PHGN384 and PHGN326. Corequisite:
methods are introduced and developed in the analysis of ad-
PHGN471. 7.5 hour lab; 2.5 semester hours.
vanced physics problems taken from classical physics, astro-
PHGN482. SENIOR DESIGN PRACTICE (II) (WI) Contin-
physics, electromagnetism, solid state, and nuclear physics.
uation of PHGN481. The course culminates in a formal writ-
Prerequisites: Introductory-level knowledge of C, Fortran or
ten report and poster. Prerequisite: PHGN384 and
Basic; PHGN311. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PHGN326. Corequisite: PHGN472. 7.5 hour lab; 2.5 semes-
PHGN462. ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES AND OPTI-
ter hours.
CAL PHYSICS (I) Solutions to the electromagnetic wave
PHGN491. HONORS SENIOR DESIGN PRACTICE (I)
equation and polarization; applications in optics: imaging,
(WI) Individual work on an advanced research topic that in-
lasers, resonators and wavelengths. Prerequisite: PHGN361.
volves more challenging demands than a regular senior de-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
sign project. Honors students will devote more time to their
PHGN466. MODERN OPTICAL ENGINEERING Provides
project, and will produce an intermediate report in a more ad-
students with a comprehensive working knowledge of optical
vanced format. Prerequisite: PHGN384 and PHGN326.
system design that is sufficient to address optical problems
Corequisite: PHGN471. 7.5 hour lab; 2.5 semester hours.
found in their respective disciplines. Topics include paraxial
PHGN492. HONORS SENIOR DESIGN PRACTICE (II)
optics, imaging, aberration analysis, use of commercial ray-
(WI) Continuation of PHGN481 or PHGN491. The course
tracing and optimization, diffraction, linear systems and opti-
culminates in a formal written report and poster. The report
cal transfer functions, detectors and optical systems
may be in the form of a manuscript suitable for submission to
examples. Prerequisite: PHGN462 or consent of the instruc-
a professional journal. Prerequisite: PHGN481 or
tor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PHGN491. Corequisite: PHGN472. 7.5 hour lab; 2.5 semes-
PHGN471. SENIOR DESIGN PRINCIPLES (I) (WI) The
ter hours.
first of a two semester sequence covering the principles of
project design. Class sessions cover effective team organiza-
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PHGN498. SPECIAL TOPICS (I, II) Pilot course or special
changes, applications. Prerequisite: PHGN511 and
topics course. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Credit to
PHGN320 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
be determined by instructor, maximum of 6 credit hours.
PHGN521. QUANTUM MECHANICS II (I) Review of an-
PHGN499. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
gular momentum, central potentials and applications. Spin;
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
rotations in quantum mechanics. Formal scattering theory,
member; student and instructor agree on a subject matter,
Born series, partial wave analysis. Addition of angular mo-
content, deliverables, and credit hours. Prerequisite: "Inde-
menta, Wigner-Eckart theorem, selection rules, identical par-
pendent Study" form must be completed and submitted to the
ticles. Prerequisite: PHGN520. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours.
hours.
Graduate Courses
PHGN530. STATISTICAL MECHANICS (I) Review of
500-level courses are open to qualified seniors with the
thermodynamics; equilibrium and stability; statistical opera-
permission of the department and the Dean of the Graduate
tor and ensembles; ideal systems; phase transitions; non-
School.
equilibrium systems. Prerequisite: PHGN341or equivalent
PHGN501. GRADUATE SEMINAR (I) M.S. students and
and PHGN520. Co-requisite: PHGN521. 3 hours lecture;
Ph.D. students who have not been admitted to candidacy will
3 semester hours.
attend the weekly Physics Colloquium. Students will be re-
PHGN535/ChEN535/MLGN535/ChEN435/PHEN435. IN-
sponsible for presentations during this weekly seminar. See
TERDISCIPLINARY SILICON PROCESSING LABORA-
additional course registration instructions under Program Re-
TORY (II) Explores the application of science and
quirements above. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
engineering principles to the fabrication and testing of micro-
PHGN502. GRADUATE SEMINAR (II) M.S. students and
electronic devices with emphasis on specific unit operations
Ph.D. students who have not been admitted to candidacy will
and interrelation among processing steps. Teams work to-
attend the weekly Physics Colloquium. Students will be re-
gether to fabricate, test, and optimize simple devices. Prereq-
sponsible for presentations during this weekly seminar. See
uisite: Consent of instructor. 1 hour lecture, 4 hours lab; 3
additional course registration instructions under Program
semester hours.
Requirements above. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
PHGN542. SOLID STATE DEVICES AND PHOTO-
PHGN504. RADIATION DETECTION AND MEASURE-
VOLTAIC APPLICATIONS (II) An overview of the physi-
MENT Physical principles and methodology of the instru-
cal principles involved in the characterization, and operation
mentation used in the detection and measurement of ionizing
of solid state devices. Topics will include: semiconductor
radiation. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture;
physics, electronic transport, recombination and generation,
3 semester hours.
intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors, electrical contacts, p-
n junction devices (e.g., LEDs, solar cells, lasers, particle de-
PHGN505. CLASSICAL MECHANICS I (I) Review of La-
tectors); other semiconductor devices (e.g., bipolar junction
grangian and Hamiltonian formulations in the dynamics of
transistors and field effect transistors and capacitors). There
particles and rigid bodies; kinetic theory; coupled oscillations
will be emphasis on optical interactions and application to
and continuum mechanics; fluid mechanics. Prerequisite:
photovoltaic devices. Prerequisite: PHGN440 or equivalent
PHGN350 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PHGN507. ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY I (II) To pro-
PHGN550 NANOSCALE PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY
vide a strong background in electromagnetic theory. Electro-
An introduction to the basic physics concepts involved in
statics, magnetostatics, dynamical Maxwell equations, wave
nanoscale phenomena, processing methods resulting in engi-
phenomena. Prerequisite: PHGN462 or equivalent and
neered nanostructures, and the design and operation of novel
PHGN511. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
structures and devices which take advantage of nanoscale ef-
PHGN511. MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS (I) Review of
fects. Students will become familiar with interdisciplinary
complex variable and finite and infinite-dimensional linear
aspects of nanotechnology, as well as with current
vector spaces. Sturm-Liouville problem, integral equations,
nanoscience developments described in the literature. Prereq-
computer algebra. Prerequisite: PHGN311 or equivalent.
uisites: PHGN 320, PHGN 341, co-requisite: PHGN462, or
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
permission of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PHGN520. QUANTUM MECHANICS I (II) Schroedinger
PHGN566. MODERN OPTICAL ENGINEERING Provides
equation, uncertainty, change of representation, one-dimen-
students with a comprehensive working knowledge of optical
sional problems, axioms for state vectors and operators, ma-
system design that is sufficient to address optical problems
trix mechanics, uncertainty relations, time-independent
found in their respective disciplines. Topics include paraxial
perturbation theory, time-dependent perturbations, harmonic
optics, imaging, aberration analysis, use of commercial ray
oscillator, angular momentum; semiclassical methods, varia-
tracing and optimization, diffraction, linear systems and opti-
tional methods, two-level system, sudden and adiabatic
cal transfer functions, detectors, and optical system exam-
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ples. Prerequisite: PHGN462 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
PHGN602. ADVANCED GRADUATE SEMINAR (II) Ph.D.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
students who have been admitted to candidacy will attend the
PHGN 570. FOURIER AND PHYSICAL OPTICS This
weekly Physics Colloquium. Students will be responsible for
course addresses the propagation of light through optical sys-
presentations during this weekly seminar. See additional
tems. Diffraction theory is developed to show how 2D
course registration instructions under Program Requirements
Fourier transforms and linear systems theory can be applied
above. Prerequisite: credit in PHGN501 and PHGN502. 1
to imaging systems. Analytic and numerical Fourier and
hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
Fresnel transform techniques are applied to systems such as
PHGN608. ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY II Spherical,
microscopes, spectrometers and holographic imaging. They
cylindrical, and guided waves; relativistic 4-dimensional for-
are also applied to temporal propagation in ultrafast optics.
mulation of electromagnetic theory. Prerequisite: PHGN507.
Prerequisite: PHGN 462 or equivalent, or permission of in-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered on demand.
structor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PHGN612. MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS II Continuation of
PHGN 585. NONLINEAR OPTICS An exploration of the
PHGN511. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
nonlinear response of a medium (semiclassical and quantum
ture; 3 semester hours. Offered on demand.
descriptions) and nonlinear wave mixing and propagation.
PHGN623. NUCLEAR STRUCTURE AND REACTIONS
Analytic and numeric techniques to treat nonlinear dynamics
The fundamental physics principles and quantum mechanical
are developed. Applications to devices and modern research
models and methods underlying nuclear structure, transitions,
areas are discussed, including harmonic and parametric wave
and scattering reactions. Prerequisite: PHGN521 or consent
generation and phase matching, self-focusing, self-phase
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered on
modulation, phase conjugation, electro-optic modulation.
demand.
Prerequisite: PHGN 462 or equivalent, PHGN 520, or by
permission of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PHGN624. NUCLEAR ASTROPHYSICS The physical prin-
ciples and research methods used to understand nucleosyn-
PHGN590. NUCLEAR REACTOR PHYSICS. Bridges the
thesis and energy generation in the universe. Prerequisite:
gap between courses in fundamental nuclear physics and the
Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Of-
practice of electrical power production using nuclear reac-
fered on demand.
tors. Review of nuclear constituents, forces, structure, ener-
getics, decay and reactions; interaction of radiation with
PHGN641. ADVANCED CONDENSED MATTER
matter, detection of radiation; nuclear cross sections, neutron
PHYSICS (II) Provides working graduate-level knowledge
induced reactions including scattering, absorption, and fis-
of applications of solid state physics and important models to
sion; neutron diffusion, multiplication, criticality; simple re-
crystalline and non-crystalline systems in two and three di-
actor geometries and compositions; nuclear reactor kinetics
mensions. Prerequisite: PHGN440 or equivalent, PHGN520,
and control; modeling and simulation of reactors. Prerequi-
PHGN530. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
sites: PHGN422 or consent of instructor.
PHGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS (I, II) Pilot course or special
PHGN597. SUMMER PROGRAMS
topics course. Prerequisites: Consent of department. Credit to
be determined by instructor, maximum of 6 credit hours.
PHGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS (I, II) Pilot course or special
topics course. Prerequisites: Consent of department. Credit to
PHGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
be determined by instructor, maximum of 6 credit hours.
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
member; student and instructor agree on a subject matter,
PHGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
content, deliverables, and credit hours. Prerequisite: "I