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Academic Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Section 1–Welcome. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Distributed Core . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Mission and Goals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Programs . . . 44
The Academic Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Chemical Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
History of CSM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Chemistry and Geochemistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Unique Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Economics and Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Accreditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Environmental Science and Engineering . . . . . . . . 80
Administration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Geology and Geological Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Student Honor Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Oceanography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Academic Integrity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Geophysics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Policy on Violation of Student Academic Misconduct 7
Liberal Arts and International Studies . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Procedures for Addressing Academic Misconduct . . 8
Mathematical and Computer Sciences . . . . . . . . . 113
Appeal Process for Student Academic Misconduct . 9
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. . . . . . . . 123
Mining Engineering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Section 2–Student Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Petroleum Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Physics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Bioengineering and Life Sciences . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Energy Minor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Student Honors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Humanitarian Engineering Minor . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
Section 3–Tuition, Fees, Financial
Materials Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Assistance, Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
McBride Honors Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Military Science. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Physical Education and Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Space and Planetary Science and Engineering . . 177
Payments and Refunds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Section 6–Research Centers and Institutes 179
Residency Qualifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Section 7–Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
College Opportunity Fund. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Arthur Lakes Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Financial Aid and Scholarships. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Computing, Communications, & Information
Financial Aid Policies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Technologies (CCIT) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Section 4–Living Facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Copy Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Residence Halls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
CSM Alumni Association. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Dining Facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Environmental Health and Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Mines Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Green Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Fraternities, Sororities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
LAIS Writing Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Private Rooms, Apartments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Off-Campus Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Office of International Programs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Section 5–Undergraduate Information . . . . . 25
Office of Technology Transfer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Undergraduate Bulletin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Public Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Admission Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Registrar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Admission Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Research Administration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Academic Regulations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Office of Strategic Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Undergraduate Grading System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Special Programs and Continuing Education
Academic Probation and Suspension. . . . . . . . . . . 33
(SPACE) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Access to Student Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Telecommunications Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Women in Science, Engineering and
Curriculum Changes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Mathematics (WISEM) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Undergraduate Degree Requirements . . . . . . . . . . 37
Undergraduate Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Directory of the School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Course Numbering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Policies and Procedures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
Student Life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Affirmative Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
The Core Curriculum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Unlawful Discrimination Policy and Complaint
Distributed Humanities & Social Science
Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
Requirement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Sexual Harassment Policy and Complaint
Distributed Science Requirement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
Distributed Engineering Requirement. . . . . . . . . . . 40
Personal Relationships Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Core Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
Colorado School of Mines   Undergraduate Bulletin   2010–2011

Academic Calendar
Fall Semester 2010
Confirmation deadline. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 23, Monday
Faculty Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 23, Monday
Classes start (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 24, Tuesday
Graduate Students—last day to register without late fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 27, Friday
Labor Day (Classes held) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sept. 6, Monday
Last day to register, add or drop courses without a “W” (Census Day). . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sept. 8, Wednesday
Fall Break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 18 & 19, Monday & Tuesday
Midterm grades due . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 18, Monday
Last day to withdraw from a course—Continuing students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov. 2, Tuesday
Priority Registration Spring Semester . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov. 15-19, Monday–Friday
Non-class day pior to Thanksgiving Break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov. 24, Wednesday
Thanksgiving Break. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov. 25 –Nov. 26, Thursday–Friday
Last day to withdraw from a course—New students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 3, Friday
Last day to completely withdraw from CSM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 9, Thursday
Classes end. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 9, Thursday
Dead Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 6-Dec. 10, Monday-Friday
Dead Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 10, Friday
Final exams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 11, 13-16 , Saturday, Monday–Thursday
Semester ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 17, Friday
Midyear Degree Convocation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 17, Friday
Final grades due . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 20, Monday
Winter Recess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 18 –Jan. 11, Saturday–Tuesday
Spring Semester 2011
Confirmation deadline. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan. 11, Tuesday
Classes start (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan. 12, Wednesday
Grad Students—last day to register without late fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan. 14, Friday
Last day to register, add or drop courses without a “W” (Census Day) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan. 27, Thursday
Non-class day - Presidents’ Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Feb. 21, Monday
Midterms grades due. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 7, Monday
Spring Break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 14-18, Monday-Friday
Last day to withdraw from a course—Continuing students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 29, Tuesday
E-Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 31-April 2, Thursday–Saturday
Priority Registration, Field, Summer and Fall Term. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 11-15, Monday–Friday
Last day to withdraw from a course—New students. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 29, Friday
Last day to completely withdraw from CSM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 5, Thursday
Classes end . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 5, Thursday
Dead Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 2-May 6, Monday-Friday
Dead Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 6, Friday
Final exams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 7, May 9-12 Saturday, Monday–Thursday
Semester ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 13, Friday
Commencement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 13, Friday
Final grades due . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 16, Monday
Summer Sessions 2011
Summer I - First Day of Class, Registration (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 16, Monday
Summer I (Census Day). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 20, Friday
Memorial Day (Holiday—No classes held). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 30, Monday
Last day to withdraw from Summer I Term (all students) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 10, Friday
Summer I ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 24, Friday
Summer I grades due . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 27, Monday
Summer II First Day of Class, Registration (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 27, Monday
Independence Day (Holiday—No classes held). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 4, Monday
Summer II Census Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 5, Tuesday
Last day to withdraw from Summer II Term (all students) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 5, Friday
Summer II ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 19, Friday
Summer II grades due . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 22, Monday
(1) Petition for changes in tuition classification due in the Registrar’s office for this term.
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Section 1 – Welcome
Mission and Goals
The Colorado School of Mines is consequently committed
Colorado School of Mines is a public research university
to serving the people of Colorado, the nation, and the global
devoted to engineering and applied science related to
community by promoting stewardship of the Earth upon
resources. It is one of the leading institutions in the nation
which all life and development depend. (Colorado School of
and the world in these areas. It has the highest admission
Mines Board of Trustees, 2000)
standards of any university in Colorado and among the high-
The Academic Environment
est of any public university in the U.S. CSM has dedicated
We strive to fulfill this educational mission through our
itself to responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources.
undergraduate curriculum and in an environment of commit-
It is one of a very few institutions in the world having broad
ment and partnership among students and faculty. The com-
expertise in resource exploration, extraction, production and
mitment is directed at learning, academic success and
utilization which can be brought to bear on the world’s press-
professional growth, it is achieved through persistent intel-
ing resource-related environmental problems. As such, it
lectual study and discourse, and it is enabled by professional
occu pies a unique position among the world’s institutions of
courtesy, responsibility and conduct. The partnership invokes
higher education.
expectations for both students and faculty. Students should
The school’s role and mission has remained constant and
expect access to high quality faculty and to appropriate aca-
is written in the Colorado statutes as: The Colorado School of
demic guidance and counseling; they should expect access to
Mines shall be a specialized baccalaureate and graduate re-
a high quality curriculum and instructional programs; they
search institution with high admission standards. The Colo -
should expect to graduate within four years if they follow the
rado School of Mines shall have a unique mission in energy,
prescribed programs successfully; and they should expect to
mineral, and materials science and engineering and associ-
be respected as individuals in all facets of campus activity
ated engineering and science fields. The school shall be the
and should expect responsive and tactful interaction in their
primary institution of higher education offering energy, min-
learning endeavors. Faculty should expect participation and
eral and materials science and mineral engineering degrees
dedication from students, including attendance, attentiveness,
at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. (Colorado re-
punctuality and demonstrable contribution of effort in the
vised Statutes, Section 23-41-105)
learning process; and they should expect respectful interac-
Throughout the school’s history, the translation of its mis-
tion in a spirit of free inquiry and orderly discipline. We be-
sion into educational programs has been influenced by the
lieve that these commitments and expectations establish the
needs of society. Those needs are now focused more clearly
academic culture upon which all learning is founded.
than ever before. We believe that the world faces a crisis in
CSM offers the bachelor of science degree in Chemical
balancing resource availability with environmental protection
Engineering, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering, Engi -
and that CSM and its programs are central to the solution to
neering Physics, Geological Engineering, Geophysical
that crisis. Therefore the school’s mission is elaborated upon
Engineer ing, Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Metal-
as follows:
lurgical and Material Engineering, Mining Engineering, and
Colorado School of Mines is dedicated to educating stu-
Petroleum Engineering. A pervasive institutional goal for all
dents and professionals in the applied sciences, engineering,
of these programs is articulated in the Profile of the Colorado
and associated fields related to
School of Mines Graduate:
uthe discovery and recovery of the Earth’s resources,
uAll CSM graduates must have depth in an area of special-
utheir conversion to materials and energy,
ization, enhanced by hands-on experiential learning, and
utheir utilization in advanced processes and products,
breadth in allied fields. They must have the knowledge and
skills to be able to recognize, define and solve problems
uthe economic and social systems necessary to ensure
by applying sound scientific and engineering principles.
their prudent and provident use in a sustainable global
These attributes uniquely distinguish our graduates to bet-
ter function in increasingly competitive and diverse techni-
cal professional environments.
This mission will be achieved by the creation, integration,
and exchange of knowledge in engineering, the natural sci-
uGraduates must have the skills to communicate informa-
ences, the social sciences, the humanities, business and their
tion, concepts and ideas effectively orally, in writing, and
union to create processes and products to enhance the qual-
graphically. They must be skilled in the retrieval, interpre-
ity of life of the world’s inhabitants.
tation and development of technical information by various
means, including the use of computer-aided techniques.
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uGraduates should have the flexibility to adjust to the ever
Unique Programs
changing professional environment and appreciate diverse
Colorado School of Mines is an institution of engineering
approaches to understanding and solving society’s prob-
and applied science with a special focus in Earth, Energy,
lems. They should have the creativity, resourcefulness, re-
Environment and Materials. As such, it has unique programs
ceptivity and breadth of interests to think critically about a
in many fields. This is the only institution in the world, for
wide range of cross-disciplinary issues. They should be pre-
example, that offers doctoral programs in all five of the
pared to assume leadership roles and possess the skills and
major earth science disciplines: Geology and Geological En-
attitudes which promote teamwork and cooperation and to
gineering, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Mining Engineering
continue their own growth through life-long learning.
and Petroleum Engineering. It has one of the few Metallurgi-
uGraduates should be capable of working effectively in an
cal and Materials Engineering programs in the country that
international environment, and be able to succeed in an in-
still focuses on the complete materials cycle from mineral
creasingly interdependent world where borders between
processing to finished advanced materials.
cultures and economies are becoming less distinct. They
In addition to these traditional programs which define the
should appreciate the traditions and languages of other cul-
institutional focus, the school is pioneering programs in inter -
tures, and value diversity in their own society.
disciplinary areas. One of the most successful of these is the
uGraduates should exhibit ethical behavior and integrity.
Engineering Division program, which currently claims more
They should also demonstrate perseverance and have pride
than one-third of the undergraduate majors. This program
in accomplishment. They should assume a responsibility to
combines civil, electrical, environmental and mechanical
enhance their professions through service and leadership
engi neering in a nontraditional curriculum that is accredited
and should be responsible citizens who serve society, par-
by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accred-
ticularly through stewardship of the environment.
itation Board for Engineering and Technology, 111 Market
Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – telephone
History of CSM
(410) 347-7700. Another, at the graduate level, is the Master
In 1865, only six years after gold and silver were discov-
of International Political Economy of Resources. Such pro-
ered in the Colorado Territory, the fledgling mining industry
grams serve as models at CSM.
was in trouble. The nuggets had been picked out of streams
and the rich veins had been worked, and new methods of ex-
While many of the programs at CSM are firmly grounded
ploration, mining, and recovery were needed.
in tradition, they are all experiencing continual evolution and
innovation. Recent successes in integrating aspects of the
Early pioneers like W.A.H. Loveland, E.L. Berthoud,
curriculum have spurred similar activity in other areas such
Arthur Lakes, George West and Episcopal Bishop George M.
as the geosciences. There, through the medium of computer
Randall proposed a school of mines. In 1874, the Territorial
visualization, geophysicists and geologists are in the process
Legislature appropriated $5,000 and commissioned Loveland
of creating a new emerging discipline. A similar development
and a Board of Trustees to found the Territorial School of
is occurring in geo-engineering through the integration of
Mines in or near Golden. Governor Routt signed the Bill on
aspects of civil engineering, geology and mining. CSM has
February 9, 1874, and when Colorado became a state in
played a leadership role in this kind of innovation over the
1876, the Colorado School of Mines was constitutionally es-
last decade. Many degree programs offer CSM undergradu-
tablished. The first diploma was awarded in 1883.
ate students the opportunity to begin work on a Graduate
As CSM grew, its mission expanded from the rather nar-
Certificate, Professional Master’s Degree, or Master’s De-
row initial focus on nonfuel minerals to programs in petro-
gree while completing the requirements for their Bachelor’s
leum production and refining as well. Recently it has added
Degree. These combined Bachelors-Masters programs have
programs in materials science and engineering, energy and
been created by CSM faculty in those situations where they
environmental engineering, and a broad range of other engi-
have deemed it academically advantageous to treat BS and
neering and applied science disciplines. CSM sees its mis-
MS degree programs as a continuous and integrated process.
sion as education and research in engineering and applied
These are accelerated programs that can be valuable in fields
science with a special focus on the earth science disciplines
of engineering and applied science where advanced educa-
in the context of responsible stewardship of the earth and its
tion in technology and/or management provides the opportu-
nity to be on a fast track for advancement to leadership
CSM long has had an international reputation. Students
positions. These programs also can be valuable for students
have come from nearly every nation, and alumni can be
who want to get a head start on graduate education.
found in every corner of the globe.
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Student Honor Code
Golden, Colorado has been the home for CSM since its in-
Colorado School of Mines students also feel strongly
ception. Located 20 minutes west of Denver, this community
about academic integrity. The students independently wrote
of 18,000 is located in the foothills of the Rockies. Skiing is
and approved an Honor Code promoting high academic stan-
an hour away to the west. Golden is a unique community that
dards and zero tolerance of academic misconduct.
serves as home to CSM, the Coors Brewing Company, the
Preamble: The students of Colorado School of Mines
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a major U.S. Geo-
(Mines) have adopted the following Student Honor Code
logical Survey facility that also contains the National Earth-
(Code) in order to establish a high standard of student behav-
quake Center, and the seat of Jefferson County. Golden once
ior at Mines. The Code may only be amended through a stu-
served as the territorial capital of Colorado.
dent referendum supported by a majority vote of the Mines
student body. Mines students shall be involved in the en-
Colorado School of Mines is accredited through the doc-
forcement of the Code through their participation in the Stu-
toral degree by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of
dent Judicial Panel.
the North Central Association, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite
Code: Mines students believe it is our responsibility to
2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504 – telephone (312) 263-
promote and maintain high ethical standards in order to en-
0456. The Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Ac-
sure our safety, welfare, and enjoyment of a successful learn-
creditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET),
ing environment. Each of us, under this Code, shall assume
111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 –
responsibility for our behavior in the area of academic in-
telephone (410) 347-7700, accredits undergraduate degree
tegrity. As a Mines student, I am expected to adhere to the
programs in Chemical Engineering, Engineering, Engineer-
highest standards of academic excellence and personal in-
ing Physics, Geological Engineering, Geophysical Engineer-
tegrity regarding my schoolwork, exams, academic projects,
ing, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Mining
and research endeavors. I will act honestly, responsibly, and
Engineering and Petroleum Engineering. The American
above all, with honor and integrity in all aspects of my aca-
Chemical Society has approved the degree program in the
demic endeavors at Mines. I will not misrepresent the work
Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry.
of others as my own, nor will I give or receive unauthorized
assistance in the performance of academic coursework. I will
conduct myself in an ethical manner in my use of the library,
General management of the School is vested by State
computing center, and all other school facilities and re-
statute in a Board of Trustees, consisting of seven members
appointed by the governor. A non-voting student member is
sources. By practicing these principles, I will strive to uphold
elected annually by the student body and a non-voting fac-
the principles of integrity and academic excellence at Mines.
ulty member is elected to serve a two-year term by the aca-
I will not participate in or tolerate any form of discrimination
demic faculty. Financial support comes from student tuition
or mistreatment of another individual.
and fees and from the State through annual appropriations.
Policy on Violation of Student Academic
These funds are augmented by government and privately
sponsored research, private gift support from alumni, corpo-
rations, foundations and other friends.
Academic misconduct is the intentional act of fraud, in
which an individual seeks to claim credit for the work and ef-
Academic Integrity
forts of another without authorization, or uses unauthorized
Academic Integrity
materials or fabricated information in any academic exercise.
The Colorado School of Mines affirms the principle that
Student Academic Misconduct arises when a student violates
all individuals associated with the Mines academic commu-
the principle of academic integrity. Such behavior erodes
nity have a responsibility for establishing, maintaining and
mutual trust, distorts the fair evaluation of academic achieve-
fostering an understanding and appreciation for academic in-
ments, violates the ethical code of behavior upon which edu-
tegrity. In broad terms, this implies protecting the environ-
cation and scholarship rest, and undermines the credibility of
ment of mutual trust within which scholarly exchange
the university. Because of the serious institutional and indi-
occurs, supporting the ability of the faculty to fairly and ef-
vidual ramifications, student misconduct arising from viola-
fectively evaluate every student's academic achievements,
tions of academic integrity is not tolerated at Mines. If a
and giving credence to the university's educational mission,
student is found to have engaged in such misconduct sanc-
its scholarly objectives and the substance of the degrees it
tions such as change of a grade, loss of institutional privi-
awards. The protection of academic integrity requires there
leges, or academic suspension or dismissal may be imposed.
to be clear and consistent standards, as well as confrontation
As a guide, some of the more common forms of academic
and sanctions when individuals violate those standards. The
misconduct are noted below. This list is not intended to be
Colorado School of Mines desires an environment free of
all inclusive, but rather to be illustrative of practices the
any and all forms of academic misconduct and expects stu-
Mines faculty have deemed inappropriate:
dents to act with integrity at all times.
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1. Dishonest Conduct – general conduct unbecoming a
removing materials that are placed on reserve in the Li-
scholar. Examples include issuing misleading statements;
brary for general use; failing to provide team members
withholding pertinent information; not fulfilling, in a
necessary materials or assistance; and, knowingly dissem-
timely fashion, previously agreed to projects or activities;
inating false information about the nature of a test or ex-
and verifying as true, things that are known to the student
not to be true or verifiable.
7. Sharing Work – giving or attempting to give unauthorized
2. Plagiarism – presenting the work of another as one's own.
materials or aid to another student Examples include al-
This is usually accomplished through the failure to ac-
lowing another student to copy your work; giving unau-
knowledge the borrowing of ideas, data, or the words of
thorized assistance on a homework assignment, quiz, test
others. Examples include submitting as one's own work
or examination; providing, without authorization, copies
the work of another student, a ghost writer, or a commer-
of examinations before the scheduled examination; post-
cial writing service; quoting, either directly or para-
ing work on a website for others to see; and sharing re-
phrased, a source without appropriate acknowledgment;
ports, laboratory work or computer files with other
and using figures, charts, graphs or facts without appro-
priate acknowledgment. Inadvertent or unintentional mis-
Procedures for Addressing Academic Misconduct
use or appropriation of another's work is nevertheless
Faculty members and thesis committees have discretion to
address and resolve misconduct matters in a manner that is
3. Falsification/Fabrication – inventing or altering informa-
commensurate with the infraction and consistent with the
tion. Examples include inventing or manipulating data or
values of the Institution. This includes imposition of appro-
research procedures to report, suggest, or imply that par-
priate academic sanctions for students involved in academic
ticular results were achieved from procedures when such
misconduct. However, there needs to be a certain amount of
procedures were not actually undertaken or when such re-
consistency when handling such issues, so if a member of the
sults were not actually supported by the pertinent data;
Mines community has grounds for suspecting that a student
false citation of source materials; reporting false informa-
or students have engaged in academic misconduct, they have
tion about practical, laboratory, or clinical experiences;
an obligation to act on this suspicion in an appropriate fash-
submitting false excuses for absence, tardiness, or missed
ion. The following procedure will be followed:
deadlines; and, altering previously submitted examina-
1. The faculty member or thesis committee informs the stu-
dent(s) of the allegations and charge of academic miscon-
4. Tampering – interfering with, forging, altering or attempt-
duct within 10 business days. This involves both verbal
ing to alter university records, grades, assignments, or
and written communication to the student(s). A conversa-
other documents without authorization. Examples include
tion regarding the incident should take place between the
using a computer or a false-written document to change a
faculty member/thesis committee and student. This con-
recorded grade; altering, deleting, or manufacturing any
versation allows faculty members to get the student's per-
academic record; and, gaining unauthorized access to a
spective prior to making an official decision. It also
university record by any means.
allows the faculty member to educate the student on inap-
5. Cheating – using or attempting to use unauthorized mate-
propriate behavior.
rials or aid with the intent of demonstrating academic per-
2. A) In the case of an allegation of academic misconduct
formance through fraudulent means. Examples include
associated with regular coursework, if after talking with
copying from another student's paper or receiving unau-
the student, the faculty member feels the student is re-
thorized assistance on a homework assignment, quiz, test
sponsible for academic misconduct the faculty member
or examination; using books, notes or other devices such
as calculators, PDAs and cell phones, unless explicitly au-
u Assign a grade of "F" in the course to the student(s)
thorized; acquiring without authorization a copy of the
that committed academic misconduct. A faculty mem-
examination before the scheduled examination; and copy-
ber may impose a lesser penalty if the circumstances
ing reports, laboratory work or computer files from other
warrant, however the typical sanction is a grade of "F".
students. Authorized materials are those generally re-
garded as being appropriate in an academic setting, unless
u Contact the Associate Dean of Students and his/her De-
specific exceptions have been articulated by the instruc-
partment Head/Division Director to officially report the
violation in writing within 5 business days of the
charge of academic misconduct. The Associate Dean
6. Impeding – negatively impacting the ability of other stu-
of Students will communicate the final resolution in
dents to successfully complete course or degree require-
writing to the student, the faculty member, the Office
ments. Examples include removing pages from books and
of Academic Affairs, the Office of Graduate Studies
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and the student's advisor. The Associate Dean of Stu-
Graduate Studies or the Associate Dean of Students. The in-
dents will also keep official records on all students with
formation is then provided to the faculty member concerned.
academic misconduct violations.
Appeal Process for Student Academic Misconduct
Prescribed disciplinary action for misconduct associated
Students charged with academic misconduct must be af-
with regular coursework:
forded a fair opportunity for an appeal. For those alleged to
1st Offense:
- A grade of "F" in the course
have engages in research misconduct, the appeal procedure is
defined in the Faculty Handbook section 10.11. For all other
2nd Offense:
- A grade of "F" in the course
charges of academic misconduct, upon notification of a find-
- One-year academic
ing of academic misconduct and the associated penalties, the
student may appeal the decision of the faculty member for
- Permanent notation of
one of the following grounds for appeal only:
Academic Misconduct on
the student's transcript
u The student believes his/her due process rights were vi-
olated as the student was not allowed to present rele-
B) In the case of an allegation of academic misconduct
vant information.
associated with activities not a part of regular coursework
(e.g., an allegation of cheating on a comprehensive exam-
u The student can provide evidence that academic mis-
ination), if after talking with the student, faculty mem-
conduct did not occur and the faculty member abused
ber(s) feel the student is responsible for misconduct the
his/her authority and/or made an arbitrary decision
faculty should:
without fully considering the information presented.
u Assign an outcome to the activity that constitutes fail-
u There is new information to consider that, if true,
ure. If appropriate, the student's advisor may also as-
would be sufficient to alter the faculty member's deci-
sign a grade of "PRU" for research credits in which the
sion. Such information must not have been known by
student is enrolled. Regular institutional procedures re-
the student appealing at the time of the original meet-
sulting from either of these outcomes are then fol-
ing with the faculty member.
lowed. Faculty members may impose a lesser penalty if
To appeal the decision, the student must submit a written
the circumstances warrant, however, the typical sanc-
request in the form of a letter to the Vice President for Stu-
tion is failure.
dent Life. The letter of appeal should provide a thorough ex-
u Contact the Associate Dean of Students, Graduate Dean
planation of the following:
and the student's Department Head/Division Director to
1. Under what grounds (see list above) is the appeal being
officially report the violation in writing within 5 busi-
ness days of the charge of misconduct. The Associate
2. How does the appeal request fit the selected grounds for
Dean of Students will communicate the final resolution
in writing to the student, the faculty member, the Office
of Graduate Studies and the student's advisor. The As-
3. What specific aspect of the decision is being appealed?
sociate Dean of Students will also keep official records
The letter of appeal must be received by the Vice President
on all students with academic misconduct violations.
for Student Life within 7 business days of the date of the
C) In the case of an allegation of academic misconduct
written notice of a violation from the Associate Dean of Stu-
associated with research activities, investigation and reso-
dents. Once an appeal request is received, the Vice President
lution of the misconduct is governed by the Institution's
for Student Life will forward it on to one of the Appeal Re-
Research Integrity Policy. The Research Integrity Policy
view Administrators. The Appeal Review Administrator will
is available as section 10.11 of the Faculty Handbook. If,
review the written request to determine if the acceptable
after talking with the student, the faculty member feels
grounds for an appeal are met and if the appeal is timely
the student is responsible for misconduct of this type, the
filed. After review of the request, the Appeal Review Ad-
faculty member should proceed as indicted in the Re-
ministrator will take one of the following actions:
search Integrity Policy. If appropriate, the student's advi-
a. Deny the appeal. If the appeal is denied, the decision is
sor may also assign a grade of "PRU" for research credits
final and considered binding upon all involved, from
in which the student is enrolled. Regular institutional pro-
which no additional appeals are permitted.
cedures resulting from this grade assignment are then fol-
b. Proceed with the appeal by notifying the student and sub-
mitting all the details and the evidence to the Student Ap-
Students who suspect other students of academic miscon-
peals Committee for resolution.
duct should report the matter to the appropriate faculty mem-
If the appeal request is granted, the Student Appeals Com-
ber, the appropriate Department Head/Division/Program
mittee will review the case within 15 days. Please see the
Director, the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, the Dean of
Student Handbook for more information on the Student Ap-
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peals Committee. The Student Appeals Committee may do
any or all of the following during the review: interview with
the faculty member; interview with the student(s); interview
any appropriate witnesses; and/or review the student file in-
cluding any homework, tests, quizzes or other assignments
that were involved in the alleged misconduct. At the conclu-
sion of the review, the Student Appeals Committee will make
one of the following decisions:
a. Reverse the decision of the faculty member and withdraw
the charge from the student's record.
b. Affirm the decision of the faculty member and uphold the
c. Forward the case to the Office of Academic Affairs for
further consideration: the Student Appeals Committee be-
lieves that additional considerations should be made
which could include increasing or decreasing the sanc-
tions imposed or addressing additional issues that arose
through the appeal process. Recommendations for appro-
priate sanctions should be made by the Student Appeals
Committee to the Office of Academic Affairs. The addi-
tional consideration will be conducted by the Dean of Un-
dergraduate Studies or Dean of Graduate Studies,
depending on the academic standing of the student re-
questing the appeal. The Office of Academic Affairs staff
member will make a final decision that will be communi-
cated to the student within 10 business days.
The decision issued by the Student Appeals Committee or
the Office of Academic Affairs (in matters that are forwarded
for further consideration) is final and shall be considered
binding upon all involved, from which no additional appeals
are permitted.
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Section 2- Student Life
CSM. The Admissions Office advises undecided transfer
Student Center
students, during their first year, who have successfully com-
The Ben H. Parker Student Center contains the offices for
pleted 17 or more semester hours.
the Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students,
Questions concerning work in a particular course should
Associate Dean of Students, Housing, Student Activities and
be discussed with the course instructor. The student's advisor
Greek Life, Student Government (ASCSM), Admissions and
can answer general academic advising questions. All stu-
Financial Aid, Cashier, Student Development and Academic
dents assigned a first-year academic advisor will be issued
Services, Services for Students with Disabilities, International
an alternative PIN for priority registration and must meet
Student and Scholar Services, Career Services, Registrar,
individually with their academic advisor for academic advis-
Blastercard, Conferences Services, and student organizations.
ing prior to receiving this PIN. Each first-year academic
The Student Center also contains the student dining hall
advisor serves as the academic advisor until the student offi-
(known as the Slate Café), food court, bookstore, student
cially declares an academic major with the Registrar's
lounges, meeting rooms, and banquet facilities.
Office. At that point, the departmental advisor assumes the
Student Recreation Center
role of registration advisement and alternative PIN assign-
Completed in May, 2007, the 108,000 square foot Student
Recreation Center, located at the corner of 16th and Maple
Office for Student Development and Academic
Streets in the heart of campus, provides a wide array of facili-
ties and programs designed to meet student's recreational and
The Student Development and Academic Services Office
leisure needs while providing for a healthy lifestyle. The
(SDAS), located in the Student Center, serves as the person-
Center contains a state-of-the-art climbing wall, an eight-
al, academic and career counseling center for all students
lane, 25 meter swimming and diving pool, a cardiovascular
enrolled in four credit hours or more or any student that has
and weight room, two multi-purpose rooms designed and
paid the Student Services Fee. Through its various services,
equipped for aerobics, dance, martial arts programs and other
the center acts as a comprehensive resource for the personal
similar activities, a competition gymnasium containing three
growth and life skills development of our students. SDAS
full-size basketball courts as well as seating for 2500 people,
houses a library of over 200 books and other materials for
a separate recreation gymnasium designed specifically for a
checkout, and is home to CSM's Engineers Choosing Health
wide variety of recreational programs, extensive locker room
Options (ECHO), promoting wise and healthy decision mak-
and shower facilities, and a large lounge and juice bar facility
ing regarding students' use of alcohol and other drugs.
intended for relaxing, playing games or watching television.
Please visit for more informa-
In addition to housing the Outdoor Recreation Program as
well as the Intramurals and Club Sports Programs, the Center
Counseling: Experienced, professional counselors offer
serves as the competition venue for the Intercollegiate Men
assistance in a variety of areas. Personal counseling for
and Women's Basketball Programs, the Intercollegiate
stress management, relationship issues, wellness education
Volleyball Program and the Men and Women's Intercollegiate
and/or improved self image are a few of the areas often
Swimming and Diving Program.
requested. Assertiveness, stress management, time manage-
ment, gender issues, the MBTI, and career assessments are
Academic Advising
also popular interactive presentations. SDAS works closely
First-year students are advised and mentored through the
with other student life departments to address other issues.
First-Year Advising and Mentoring Program, CSM101.
Academic Services: The staff often conducts workshops
CSM101 Mentors and Academic Advisors establish immedi-
in areas of interest to college students, such as time manage-
ate contact with first-year students in order to:
ment, learning skills, test taking, preparing for finals and
ufacilitate the transition from high school to college,
college adjustment. One-on-one academic counseling with
uprovide guidance with course selection & registration,
assessment of individual learning skills is also available.
uassess and monitor academic progress, and
Please visit for more
uprovide referrals to appropriate campus resources.
information about tutoring programs, academic counseling
and CSM101.
Each first-year academic advisor, a member of the aca-
demic faculty, is assigned one section of CSM101 and advis-
Tutoring and Academic Excellence Workshops: Free
es approximately twenty-five students. Transfer students
walk-in tutoring is available to all CSM students for most
who have successfully completed fewer than 17 semester
freshmen and sophomore courses. Tutoring in some upper
hours will automatically be enrolled in the First-Year
division courses is available. Weekly academic excellence
Advising and Mentoring Program in their first semester at
workshops in introductory calculus, chemistry, and physics
are provided as well.
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Disability Services: This office serves students with doc-
is staffed by Nurse Practitioners and RN's throughout the
umented disabilities who are seeking academic accommoda-
day. Physicians' coverage is provided by family practice
tions or adjustments. Disability Services coordinates CSM's
physicians who are on site for two hours daily and on-call at
efforts to comply with the broad mandates of Section 504 of
all times.
the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with
Dental services are also provided at the Student Health
Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA).
Center. These services are provided by a dentist who has
Further information, application and documentation guide-
scheduled hours three days per week, four hours per day.
lines can be found on the Disability Services website
Basic services such as x-rays, cleanings, fillings and extrac-
tions are available.
International Student Services
To be eligible for care, students must be enrolled in four
International student advising and international student
or more hours; have paid the Health Center fee if they are
services are the responsibility of International Student and
part time and have a completed Health History Form on file
Scholar Services, located in the Student Center. The Inter -
at the Health Center. Supervised by the Director of Student
national Student and Scholar Services Office coordinates the
Services. Phone: (303) 273-3381; FAX: (303) 273-3623.
Friendship Family Program. Orientation programs for new
inter national students are held at the beginning of each
Student Health Insurance
semester. Visas and work permits are processed through the
Colorado School of Mines requires that all degree-seeking
Inter national Student Advisor at the International Student
students who are U. S. Citizens or permanent residents, and
and Scholar Services Office.
all international students regardless of degree-seeking status,
to have health insurance that meets or exceeds CSM's cover-
Office of International Programs/Study Abroad
age requirements.
The Office of International Programs (OIP), a program in
Please see
Academic Affairs located in Thomas Hall, room 204, devel-
Information for further information. Enrollment in the
ops international opportunities for students and faculty at
Student Health Benefit Plan is automatic, and students'
CSM, including study abroad programs. For information
accounts will be charged for the Student Health Benefit Plan
about the international activities of OIP, see p. 190.
premium unless a waiver is completed. Domestic students
Identification Cards (BLASTER CARD)
must complete an online enrollment/waiver process prior to
Blaster cards are made in the Student Activities Office in
Census Date. Students participating in NCAA-sanctioned
the Parker Student Center, and all new students must have a
intercollegiate sports must complete a paper waiver and sub-
card made as soon as possible after they enroll. Each semes-
mit it to the Head Athletic Trainer before Census Day each
ter the Student Activities Office issues RTD Bus Pass stick-
academic year. International students must complete a paper
ers for student ID’s. Students can replace lost, stolen, or
waiver and submit it to the International Student and Scholar
damaged Blaster Cards for a small fee.
Services Office prior to Census Day each academic year.
The Blaster Card can be used as a debit card to make pur-
chases at all campus food service facilities, to check material
A health history form with immunization record confirm-
out of the CSM Library, to make purchases at the campus
ing proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella (MMR's)
residence halls, and may be required to attend various CSM
is required for all students enrolled in four credit hours or
campus activities.
more or any student that has paid the Student Health Center
Please visit the website at
fee. The health history form will be sent to students after
BlasterCard for more information.
they are accepted for admission and have completed their
Student Health Center
student enrollment confirmation paperwork. It must be
returned to the Student Health Center prior to enrollment in
The Student Health Center, located at 17th and Elm, pro-
vides primary health care to CSM students and their spouses.
Students pay a Student Health Center fee each semester
Proof of immunity consists of an official Certificate of
which entitles them to unlimited visits with a physician,
Immunization signed by a physician, nurse, or public health
nurse practitioner or nurse as well as certain prescription and
official which documents two doses of each (measles,
over the counter medications. The health center also pro-
mumps, and rubella). The Certificate must specify the type
vides wellness education, immunizations, allergy shots, flu
of vaccine and the dates (month, day, and year) of adminis-
shots, nutrition counseling and information regarding a wide
tration or written evidence of laboratory tests showing
range of health concerns. Staff members are also available to
immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. Failure to meet
provide health-promotion events for students groups and res-
the immunization requirement will result in a hold on stu-
idence hall program. The Students Health Center is open
dents' registration until this information is received by the
Monday through Friday 8 A.M. -12 P.M.and 1-4:45 P.M. It
Student Health Center.
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The completed health history form is confidential and will
In order to accomplish our mission, we provide a compre-
be a student's medical record while at CSM. This record
hensive array of career services:
will be kept in the Student Health Center. The record will
Career Advice and Counseling
not be released unless the student signs a written release.
uResources to help choose a major
Motor Vehicles Parking
uIndividual resume and cover letter critiques
All motor vehicles on campus must be registered with the
uIndividual job search advice
campus Parking Services Division of Facilities Management,
uPractice video-taped interviews
1318 Maple Street, and must display a CSM parking permit.
Career Planning Services
Vehicles must be registered at the beginning of each semes-
uCSM101 First-Year Advising and Mentoring Program -
ter or upon bringing your vehicle on campus, and updated
focusing on exploring and connecting with an aca-
whenever you change your address.
demic major at Mines
Public Saftey
uOnline resources for exploring careers and employers
The Colorado School of Mines Department of Public
Safety is a full service, community oriented law enforcement
u"Career Digger" online - short bios describe what re-
agency, providing 24/7 service to the campus. It is the mis-
cent grads are doing on their jobs
sion of the Colorado School of Mines Police Department to
u"Career Manual" online - resume writing, resume and
make the Mines campus the safest campus in Colorado.
cover letter examples, and job search tips
The department is responsible for providing services such
uJob Search Workshops - successful company research,
interviewing, business etiquette, networking skills
uSalary and overall outcomes information
uProactive patrol of the campus and its facilities;
uCompany contact information
uInvestigation and reporting of crimes and incidents;
uGrad school information
uMotor vehicle traffic and parking enforcement;
uCareer resource library
uCrime and security awareness programs;
Job Resources
uAlcohol / Drug abuse awareness / education;
uSelf defense classes;
uCareer Day (Fall and Spring)
uConsultation with campus departments for safety and
uOnline summer, part-time, and full-time entry-level job
security matters;
postings at
uAdditional services to the campus community such as:
uVirtual Career Fairs and special recruiting events
vehicle unlocks and jumpstarts, community safe walks
uCooperative Education Program - available to students
(escorts), authorized after-hours building and office ac-
who have completed three semesters at CSM (two for
cess, and assistance in any medical, fire, or other emer-
transfer students). It is an academic program which of-
gency situation.
fers 3 semester hours of credit in the major for engi-
The police officers employed by the Department of Public
neering work experience, awarded on the basis of a
Safety are fully trained police officers in accordance with
term paper written following the CO-OP term. The type
the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Board
of credit awarded depends on the decision of the de-
and the Colorado Revised Statute.
partment, but in most cases is additive credit. CO-OP
terms usually extend from May to December, or from
Career Center
January to August, and usually take a student off cam-
The CSM Career Center mission is to assist students in
pus full time. Students must apply for CO-OP before
developing, evaluating, and/or implementing career, educa-
beginning the job (a no credit, no fee class), and must
tion, and employment decisions and plans. Career develop-
write learning objectives and sign formal contracts with
ment is integral to the success of CSM graduates and to the
their company's representative to ensure the educa-
mission of CSM. All Colorado School of Mines graduates
tional component of the work experience.
will be able to acquire the necessary job search and profes-
uOn-campus interviewing - industry and government
sional development skills to enable them to successfully take
representatives visit the campus to interview students
personal responsibility for the management of their own
and explain employment opportunities
careers. Services are provided to all students and for all
uGeneral employment board
recent graduates, up to 24 months after graduation. Students
uResume referrals
must adhere to the ethical and professional business and job
uEmployer searching resource
searching practices as stated in the Career Center Student
uContinued services up to 24 months after graduation
Policy, which can be found in its entirety on the Student's
Homepage of DiggerNet.
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Standards, Codes of Conduct
Engineering and Mathematics, Colorado School of Mines,
Students can access campus rules and regulations, includ-
1133 17th Street, Golden, CO 80401-1869, or call (303) 273-
ing the student code of conduct, student honor code, alcohol
policy, sexual misconduct policy, the unlawful discrimina-
Minority Engineering Program
tion policy and complaint procedure, public safety and park-
The Minority Engineering Program is located at 1400
ing policies, and the distribution of literature and free speech
Maple Street. The MEP meets the needs of minority students
policy, by visiting the Planning and Policy Analysis website
by providing various student services, summer programs,
at We encourage
recruitment, academic/retention programs (academic advis-
all students to review the electronic document and expect
ing, academic excellence workshops, counseling, tutoring
that students know and understand the campus policies, rules
and peer study groups), professional/career development
and regulations as well as their rights as a student.
(leadership workshops, career development, time manage-
Questions and comments regarding the above mentioned
ment, study skills and national conferences), community out-
policies can be directed to the Associate Dean of Students
reach, and cultural and social activities.
located in the Student Center, Suite 172.
Working through student professional societies-American
Student Publications
Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES),
Two student publications are published at CSM by the
Professional Asian Society of Engineers and Scientists
Associated Students of CSM. Opportunities abound for
(PASES), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and
students wishing to participate on the staffs.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)- the
The Oredigger is the student newspaper, published weekly
Office of Minority Engineering Program is a center for minor-
during the school year. It contains news, features, sports,
ity student activities, and a place for students to become a
letters and editorials of interest to students, faculty, and the
community of scholars with common goals and objectives in
Golden community.
a comfortable learning environment.
The literary magazine, High Grade, is published each
American Indian Science and Engineering Society
semester. Contributions of poetry, short stories, drawings, and
(AISES) chapter was established at the Colorado School
photographs are encouraged from students, faculty and staff.
of Mines in 1992. It is a peer support group for Native
A Board of Student Publications acts in an advisory capacity
American students pursuing science and engineering
to the publications staffs and makes recommendations on
careers. Its main goal is to help the students get through
matters of policy. The Public Affairs Department staff mem-
college so they can then use those new skills to create a
bers serve as daily advisors to the staffs of the Oredigger and
better life for themselves and other Native Americans.
Prospector. The Division of Liberal Arts and International
Professional Asian Society of Engineers and Scientists
Studies provides similar service to the High Grade.
(PASES) This is a branch of the Minority Engineering
Veterans Services
Program which acknowledges the Asian heritage by
The Registrar’s Office provides veterans services for stu-
involvement in various school activities, social activities,
dents attending the School and using educational benefits
and activities with the other Minority Engineering chap-
from the Veterans Administration.
ters. PASES allows students with an Asian heritage or stu-
dents interested in Asian heritage to assemble and voice
shared interests and associate in organized group activities
Individual tutoring in most courses is available through
which include attending Nuggets games, bowling, ice skat-
the Office for Student Development and Academic Services.
ing and numerous other activities.
This office also sponsors group tutoring sessions and Aca -
demic Excellence Workshops which are open to all interested
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is a non-
CSM students. For more information about services and eli-
profit organization managed by students. It was founded
gibility requirements, contact the Student Development and
to promote the recruitment, retention and successful
Academic Services office.
graduation of Black and other under-represented groups
in the field of engineering. NSBE operates through a
Office of Women in Science, Engineering and
university-based structure coordinated through regional
Mathematics (WISEM)
zones, and administered by the National Executive
The WISEM office in Academic Affairs is located in 300
Board. The local chapters, which are the center of NSBE
Guggenheim Hall. The mission of WISEM is to enhance
activity, create and conduct projects in the areas of pre-
opportunities for women in science and engineering careers,
college student interaction, university academic support
to increase retention of women at CSM, and to promote equi-
mechanisms and career guidance programs. “We instill
ty and diversity in higher education. The office sponsors pro-
pride and add value to our members which causes them
grams for women students and faculty and produces the
to want to give back to NSBE in order to produce a con-
Chevron Lecture Series. For further information, contact:
tinuum of success.”
Debra K. Lasich, Executive Director of Women in Science,
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Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is a
out the academic year; Special Events which coordinates
non-profit organization that exists for the advancement of
events such as concerts, hypnotists, and one time specialty
Hispanic engineering (sciences) students to become profes-
entertainment; Off Campus Events which offers discount
sional engineers and scientists, to increase the number of
tickets to local events, Rockies, Nuggets, or Avalanche
Hispanics entering into the field of engineering, and to
games, theater performances, concerts and movie nights
develop and implement programs benefiting Hispanics
bring blockbuster movies to the Mines campus; and
seeking to become engineers and scientists. Anyone inter-
E-Days and Homecoming.
ested in joining may do so. SHPE is a national organiza-
Special Events
tion with student and professional chapters in nearly 100
Engineers' Days festivities are held each spring. The
cities across the country. The organization is divided into
three day affair is organized entirely by students. Contests
five regions representing 76 student chapters. The SHPE
are held in drilling, hand-spiking, mucking, and oil-field
organization is governed by a National Board of Directors
olympics to name a few. Additional events include a huge
which includes representatives from all regions including
fireworks display, the Ore-Cart Pull to the Colorado State
two student representatives.
Capitol, the awarding of scholarships to outstanding
Colorado high school seniors and an Engineers' Day concert.
The Office of Student Activities coordinates the various
Homecoming weekend is one of the high points of the
activities and student organizations on the Mines campus.
entire year’s activities. Events include a football rally and
Student government, professional societies, living groups,
game, campus decorations, election of Homecoming queen
honor societies, interest groups and special events add a
and beast, parade, burro race, and other contests.
balance to the academic side of the CSM community.
International Day is planned and conducted by the
Participants take part in management training, event plan-
International Council. It includes exhibits and programs
ning, and leadership development. To obtain an up to date
designed to further the cause of understanding among the
listing of the recognized campus organizations or more
countries of the world. The international dinner and enter-
information about any of these organizations, contact the
tainment have come to be one of the campus social events of
Student Activities office.
the year.
Student Government
Winter Carnival, sponsored by Blue Key, is an all-school
Associated Students of CSM (ASCSM) is sanctioned by
ski day held each year at one of the nearby ski areas. In
the Board of Trustees of the School. The purpose of
addition to skiing, there are also fun competitions (snowman
ASCSM is, in part, to advance the interest and promote
contest, sled races, etc.) throughout the day.
the welfare of CSM and all of the students and to foster
and maintain harmony among those connected with or
Living Groups
interested in the School, including students, alumni,
Residence Hall Association (RHA) is a student-run organ-
faculty, trustees and friends.
ization developed to coordinate and plan activities for stu-
dents living in the Residence Halls. Its membership is repre-
Through funds collected as student fees, ASCSM strives
sented by students from each hall floor. Officers are elected
to ensure a full social and academic life for all students
each fall for that academic year.
with its organizations, publications, and special events. As
the representative governing body of the students ASCSM
Social Fraternities, Sororities
provides leadership and a strong voice for the student
There are seven national fraternities and three national
body, enforces policies enacted by the student body,
sororities active on the CSM campus. Fraternities and
works to integrate the various campus organizations, and
Sororities offer the unique opportunity of leadership, service
promotes the ideals and traditions of the School.
to one’s community, and fellowship. Greeks are proud of the
number of campus leaders, athletes and scholars that come
The Graduate Student Association was formed in 1991
from their ranks. Additionally, the Greek social life provides
and is recognized by CSM through the student govern-
a complement to the scholastic programs at Mines. Colorado
ment as the representative voice of the graduate student
School of Mines chapters are
body. GSA’s primary goal is to improve the quality of
Alpha Phi
Alpha Tau Omega
graduate education and offer academic support for gradu-
Beta Theta Pi
Kappa Sigma
ate students.
Phi Gamma Delta
Pi Beta Phi
The Mines Activity Council serves ASCSM as the campus
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Sigma Kappa
special events board. The majority of all student campus
Sigma Nu
Sigma Phi Epsilon
events are planned by the MAC committees. These com-
mittees are: Friday Afternoon Club (FAC), which pro-
vides comedians to the campus on most Fridays through-
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Honor Societies
Charles N. Bell, 1906, Award. A Brunton transit is awarded
Honor societies recognize the outstanding achievements of
for completing the course in mining to the student demonstrat-
their members in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and
ing the most progress in school work during each year.
service. Each of the CSM honor societies recognizes different
The Blackwell Award for Excellence in Creative
achievements in our students.
Expression. A plaque and cash award are presented by the
Special Interest Organizations
Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies to a student
Special interest organizations meet the special and unique
who has excelled in the evocative representation of the
needs of the CSM student body by providing co-curricular
human condition through the genres of poetry, fiction, cre-
activities in specific areas.
ative non-fiction, music, or the artistic representation of aca-
International Student Organizations
demic inquiry. The award is funded through the generosity of
The International Student Organizations provide the
J. Michael Blackwell, Class of 1959.
opportunity to experience a little piece of a different culture
The Brunton Award in Geology. A Brunton transit is award-
while here at Mines, in addition to assisting the students
ed in recognition of highest scholastic achievement and inter-
from that culture adjust to the Mines campus.
est in and enthusiasm for the science of geology.
Professional Societies
Professional Societies are generally student chapters of the
Hon. D. W. Brunton Award. A Brunton transit, provided for
national professional societies. As a student chapter, the pro-
by Mr. Brunton, is awarded for meritorious work in mining.
fessional societies offer a chance for additional professional
The Leo Borasio Memorial Award. A plaque and cash
development outside the classroom through guest speakers,
award presented each year to the outstanding junior in the
trips, and interactive discussions about the current activities
McBride Honors Program. Mr. Borasio was a 1950 graduate
in the profession. Additionally, many of the organizations
of the School of Mines.
offer internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities.
Clark B. Carpenter Award. A cash award given to the gradu-
Recreational Organizations
ating senior in mining or metallurgy who, in the opinion of
The recreation organizations provide the opportunity, for
the seniors in mining and metallurgy and the professors in
students with similar interests to participate as a group in
charge of the respective departments, is the most deserving of
these recreational activities. Most of the recreational organi-
this award.
zations compete on both the local and regional levels at tour-
Clark B. Carpenter Research Award.
naments throughout the year.
A cash award present-
Outdoor Recreation Program
ed in honor of Professor Clark B. Carpenter to a student or
students, undergraduate or graduate, selected by the
The Outdoor Recreation Program is housed at the Mines
Department of Metallurgical Engineering on the basis of
Park Community Center. The Program teaches classes in
scholastic ability and accomplishment. This award derives
outdoor activities; rents mountain bikes, climbing gear,
from an endowment by Leslie E. Wilson, E.M., 1927.
backpacking and other equipment; and sponsors day and
weekend activities such as camping, snowshoeing, rock
Mary and Charles Cavanaugh Memorial Award. A cash
climbing, and mountaineering.
award given in metallurgy based on scholarship, professional
activity, and participation in school activities.
For a complete list of all currently registered student
organizations, please visit the Student Activities office or
Colorado Engineering Council Award. A silver medal pre-
website at
sented for excellence in scholarship, high integrity, and gen-
eral engineering ability.
Student Honors
Distinguished Military Graduate. Designated by the ROTC
Awards are presented each year to members of the gradu-
professor of military science for graduating seniors who pos-
ating class and others in recognition of students who have
sess outstanding qualities of leadership and high moral char-
maintained a superior scholastic record, who have distin-
acter, and who have exhibited a definite aptitude for and
guished themselves in school activities, and who have done
interest in military service.
exceptional work in a particular subject.
Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower Award. Provided for by Mr.
Robert F. Aldredge Memorial Award. A cash award, pre-
and Mrs. R. B. Ike Downing, $150 and a plaque is awarded
sented in geophysics for the highest scholastic average in
to the outstanding ROTC cadet commissioned each year,
geophysics courses.
based on demonstrated exemplary leadership within the
American Institute of Chemists Award. A one year
Corps of Cadets and academic excellence in military science.
member ship, presented in chemistry and chemical engineer-
Prof. Everett Award. A cash award presented to an outstand-
ing for demonstrated scholastic achievement, leadership, abil-
ing senior in mathematics through the generosity of Frank
ity, and character.
Ausanka, ’42.
Robert A. Baxter Award. A cash award, given for meritorious
work in chemistry.
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Cecil H. Green Award. A gold medal given to the graduating
Evan Elliot Morse Memorial Award. A cash award is pre-
senior in geophysical engineering, who in the opinion of the
sented annually to a student in physics who, in the opinion of
Department of Geophysics, has the highest attainment in the
the Physics Department faculty, has shown exceptional com-
combination of scholastic achievement, personality, and
petence in a research project.
Old Timers’ Club Award. A suitable gift is presented to a
The Neal J. Harr Memorial Outstanding Student Award.
graduating senior who, in the opinion of the Department of
Provided by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geol ogists,
Mining Engineering, has shown high academic standing in
the award and rock hammer suitably engraved, presented in
coal mining engineering and potential in the coal industry.
geology for scholastic excellence in the study of geology with
The Frank Oppenheimer Memorial Science and Society
the aim of encouraging future endeavors in the earth sciences.
Award. A plaque and cash award are presented jointly by
Harrison L. Hays, ’31, Award. A cash award presented in
the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies and the
chemical and petroleum-refining for demonstrating by schol-
Department of Physics to a freshman for excellence in writ-
arship, personality, and integrity of character, the general
ing in the core course "Nature and Human Values" for a writ-
potentialities of a successful industrial career.
ten work which examines social, ethical, economic, and/or
John C. Hollister Award. A cash award is presented to the
political issues.
most deserving student in Geophysics and is not based solely
Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards. A suitably
on academic performance.
engraved plaque is presented by each degree-granting depart-
Robert M. Hutchinson Award for Excellence in Geological
ment to its outstanding graduating senior.
Mapping. An engraved Brunton Compass given in recogni-
H. Fleet Parsons Award. A cash award presented for out-
tion of this phase of Geological Engineering.
standing service to the School through leadership in student
Henry W. Kaanta Award. A cash award and plaque is pre-
sented to a graduating senior majoring in extractive metallur-
Maxwell C. Pellish, 1924, Academic Achievement Award.
gy or mineral processing for the outstanding paper written on
A suitably engraved plaque presented to the graduating senior
a laboratory procedure or experimental process.
with the highest cumulative grade point average who has had
Maryanna Bell Kafadar Humanities Award. A plaque and
a minimum of 6 semesters at CSM.
cash award are presented by the Division of Liberal Arts and
The Thomas Philipose Outstanding Senior Award. A
International Studies to a graduating senior for excellence in
plaque and cash award, presented to a senior in the McBride
the study of the humanities and for contributions to the cul-
Honors Program in Public Affairs for Engineers whose schol-
tural life of the campus. The award is funded through the
arship, character, and personality best exemplify the ideals of
generosity of the late Ahmed D. Kafadar, Classes of 1942 and
the program as determined by the Committee of tutors.
1943, 1986 Distinguished Achievement Medal for significant
Physics Faculty Distinguished Graduate Award. Presented
achievements in the mineral industries, and 1987-88
from time to time by the faculty of the department to graduat-
Honorary Doctor of Engineering, in memory of his wife,
ing engineering physics seniors with exceptionally high aca-
Maryanna Bell Kafadar.
demic achievement in physics.
Alan Kissock, 1912, Award. A cash award is presented in
George R. Pickett Memorial Award. A cash award pre -
metallurgy for best demonstrating the capability for creativ ity
sented to a graduating senior on the basis of demonstrated
and the ability to express it in writing.
interests and accomplishments in the study of borehole geo-
George C. Marshall Award. A certificate, an official biogra-
phy of General Marshall and an expense paid trip to the
President’s Senior Scholar Athlete Award. A plaque pre-
National Security Conference sponsored by the Marshall
sented to the graduating senior who has the highest academic
Foundation, is presented to the most outstanding ROTC cadet
average and who lettered in a sport in the senior year.
who demonstrates those leadership and scholastic qualities
which epitomized the career of General Marshall.
The Arthur B. Sacks Award for Excellence in
Environmental Sustainability. A plaque and cash award
Metallurgical Engineering Faculty Award. An engraved
are presented by the Division of Liberal Arts and
desk set is presented from time to time by the faculty of the
International Studies to a graduating senior or graduating
department to a graduating senior who, by participation in
graduate student who has excelled in studying and raising
and contribution to campus life, and by academic achieve-
awareness of environmental sustainability as informed by the
ment, has demonstrated those characteristics of a well-round-
Brundtland Commission's definition of sustainable develop-
ed graduate to which CSM aspires.
ment. The award is funded through the generosity of Dr.
Arthur B. Sacks, Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts and
International Studies and his wife, Normandy Roden Sacks.
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Ryan Sayers Memorial Award. Presented to a graduating
H.G. Washburn Award. A copy of De Re Metallica by
senior in Engineering Physics and/or Mathematical and
Agricola is awarded in mining engineering for good scholas-
Computer Sciences in recognition of outstanding academic
tic record and active participation in athletics.
achievement and performance of significant research as an
Charles Parker Wedgeforth Memorial Award. Presented
to the most deserving and popular graduating senior.
William D. Waltman, 1899, Award. Provided for by Mr.
Waltman, a cash award and suitably engraved plaque is pre-
sented to the graduating senior whose conduct and scholar-
ship have been most nearly perfect and who has most nearly
approached the recognized characteristics of an American
gentleman or lady during the recipient’s entire collegiate
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Section 3 - Tuition, Fees,
Financial Assistance, Housing
Tuition and fees are established by the Board of Trustees
Sigma Nu Fraternity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,326
of the Colorado School of Mines following the annual budget
FIJI Fraternity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,791
process and action by the Colorado General Assembly and
Alpha Phi Sorority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,683
Undergraduate Tuition
Pi Phi Sorority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,683
The official tuition and approved charges for the 2010-
Sigma Kappa Sorority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,683
2011 academic year will be available prior to the start of the
All CSM owned Fraternity and Sorority
2010-2011 academic year located at
Houses—Summer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $68/week
Resident Meal Plans
Marble. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,926 (per year)
The official fees, approved charges, and fee descriptions
19 meals/week + $50 Munch Money/semester
for the 2010-2011 academic year will be available prior to
Quartz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,926 (per year)
the start of the 2010-2011 academic year and can be found at:
15 meals/week + $100 Munch Money/semester
Granite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,926 (per year)
150 meals/semester + $175 Munch Money/semester
Please note that in all instances, the costs to collect fees
Topaz (Mines Park & Jones Road Residents Only)
are not reimbursed to the Student Receivables Office. The
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,926 (per year)
Colorado School of Mines does not automatically assess any
125 meals/semester + $250 Munch Money/semester
optional fees or charges.
Summer Session Housing (Weekly Rate)
Double Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $70
NOTE: Room and board charges are established by the
Single Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $110
Board of Trustees (BOT) and are subject to change. Payment
Mines Park Apartment (per month)*
of room and board charges falls under the same guidelines as
Family Housing
payment of tuition and fees. Rates below are in effect for the
1 Bedroom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $717/month
2010-2011 Academic Year. Included is a "flexible" meal plan
2 Bedroom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $828/month
which guarantees students a designated number of meals per
week or per semester and gives them between $50.00 and
Apartment Housing
$350.00 to spend as they wish on additional meals or at any
1 Bedroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $717
of the other campus dining locations. For more information,
2 Bedroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $972
please contact the Student Life Office at (303) 273-3350.
3 Bedroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,299
*Tenant pays gas and electric utilities. CSM provides free
Rates for 2010-2011 (per year)
wireless and wired internet, basic expanded cable, water,
Residence Halls (Students must choose a meal plan)
sewer, public electric, and Mines Park parking permit.
Morgan/Thomas/Bradford/Randall Halls
Tenant may pay $18.50/month per phone line (optional).
Double Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,385
Single Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,192
Residence Hal Application
Information and application for residence hall space is
included in the packet offering admission to the student.
Double Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,670
Students desiring accommodations are requested to forward
Single Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,435
their inquiries at the earliest possible date.
“E” Room, Single . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,850
The submission of a room application does not in itself
Jones Road
constitute a residence hall reservation. A residence hall con-
Double Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,610
tract will be sent electronically and made available on the
Residence Halls at Mines Park*
Residence Life website, to be signed by the student and his
Double Occupancy Room . . . . . . . . . . $4,703
or her parents and returned to the Residence Life Office.
Single Occupancy Room. . . . . . . . . . . $5,515
Only upon receipt of the residence hall contract by the speci-
* Includes Mines Park Parking Permit
fied deadline by the Residence Life Office will the student be
assured of a room reservation.
Residence Hall Association Fee$50 included in room
Rooms and roommates are assigned in accordance with
student preference insofar as possible, with earlier applica-
tions receiving priority.
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Advance Deposits
An advance deposit made payable to Colorado School of
Refunds for tuition and fees are made according to the follow -
Mines must accompany each application received. This de-
ing policy:
posit will be refunded in full (or in part if there are charges
P The amount of tuition and fee assessments is based pri-
against the room) when the student leaves the residence hall.
marily on each student’s enrolled courses. In the event a
If a student wishes to cancel a residence hall reservation,
student withdraws from a course or courses, assessments
half of the deposit will be refunded if notice of the cancella-
will be adjusted as follows:
tion is received in writing by the Residence Life Office on or
P If the withdrawal is made prior to the end of the add/drop
before May 1 of the current year.
period for the term of enrollment, as determined by the
Contracts are issued for the full academic year and no can-
Registrar, tuition and fees will be adjusted to the new
cellation will be accepted after May 1, except for those who
course level without penalty.
decide not to attend CSM. Those contracts separately issued
P If the withdrawal from a course or courses is made after
only for entering students second semester may be cancelled
the add/drop period, and the student does not offi cially
no later than December 1. After that date no cancellation will
withdraw from school, no adjustment in charges will be
be accepted except for those who decide not to attend CSM.
P If the withdrawal from courses is made after the add/drop
Payments and Refunds
period, and the student withdraws from school, tuition
Payment Information
and fee assessments will be reduced accord ing to the fol-
A student is expected to complete the registration process,
lowing schedule:
including the payment of tuition and fees, room and board,
P Within the 7 calendar days following the end of the
before attending class. Students can mail their payment to:
add/drop period, 60 percent reduction in charges.
P Within the next following 7 calendar days, a 40 percent
1600 Maple Street
reduction in charges.
Colorado School of Mines
P Within the next following 7 calendar days, a 20 percent
Golden, CO 80401-1887
reduction in charges.
P After that period, no reduction of charges will be made.
Financial Responsibility
It is important for students to recognize their financial
The schedule above applies to the Fall and Spring semesters.
responsibilities when registering for classes at the school. If
The time periods for the Summer sessions - Summer I and Sum-
students do not fulfill their financial obligations by published
mer II - will be adjusted in proportion to the reduced number of
days in these semesters.
Room and board refunds are pro-rated to the date of checkout
P Late payment penalties will accrue on any outstanding
from the Residence Hall. Arrangements must be made with the
Housing Office. Student health insurance charges are not refund-
P Transcripts will not be issued.
able. The insurance remains in effect for the entire semester.
P Past due accounts will be turned over to Colorado
Central Collection Services in accordance with Colo -
PLEASE NOTE: Students receiving federal financial aid
rado law.
under the Title IV programs may have a different refund deter-
P Collection costs will be added to a student’s account.
mined as required by federal law or regulations.
P The student’s delinquency may be reported to national
State of Colorado Residency
credit bureaus.
Late Payment Penalties
A penalty will be assessed against a student if payment is
A student is classified as a resident or nonresident for tuition
not received in full by the official day of registration. The
purposes at the time admission is granted and upon completion
penalty is described in the schedule of courses for each
of the CSM Colorado Residency for Tuition Classification Form.
semester. If payment is not completed by the sixth week of
The classification is based upon information furnished by the
class, the student may be officially withdrawn from classes.
student. The student who, due to subsequent events, becomes eli-
Students will be responsible for all collection costs.
gible for resident tuition must make formal application to the
Registrar for a change of status.
A student will not be permitted to register for future
A student who willfully gives wrong information to evade
classes, graduate, or secure an official transcript of his/her
payment of nonresident tuition shall be subject to serious disci-
academic record while indebted in any way to CSM. Stu-
plinary action. The final decision regarding tuition status rests
dents will be responsible for payment of all reasonable costs
with the Tuition Appeals Committee of Colorado School of
of collection.
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Resident Students
if the petitioner resides in the home), any other factor peculiar
A person whose legal residence is permanently established
to the individual which tends to establish the necessary intent
in Colorado may continue to be classified as a resident stu-
to make Colorado one’s permanent place of habitation.
dent so long as such residence is maintained even though cir-
Nonresident students wishing to obtain further information
cumstances may require extended absences from the state.
on the establishment of residency or to apply for resident
Qualification for resident tuition requires both (1) proof of
status should contact the Registrar’s Office. The “Petition for
adoption of the state as a fixed and permanent home, demon-
In-State Tuition Classification” is due in the Registrar’s
strating physical presence within the state at the time of such
Office by the first day of classes of the term the student is
adoption, together with the intention of making Colorado the
request ing resident status.
true home; and (2) living within the state for 12 consecutive
College Opportunity Fund
months immediately prior to the first day of classes for any
The College Opportunity Fund provides State financial
given term.
support to eligible students for higher education. It was cre-
These requirements must be met by one of the following:
ated by an Act of the Colorado State Legislature and signed
(a) the father, mother, or guardian of the student if an
into law by Governor Owens in May 2004.
unemanci pated minor, or (b) the student if married or over
What does it mean? In the past, the State gave money di-
22, or (c) the emancipated minor.
rectly to the colleges. Now, if you authorize use of the
The home of the unemancipated minor is assumed to be
stipend for any given term, the college you are attending will
that of the parents, or if there is a legal guardian of the
receive the funding, and you will see it appear as a credit on
student, that of such guardian. If the parents are separated
your tuition bill.
or divorced and either separated or divorced parent meet the
Who is eligible? Undergraduate students who are eligible
Colorado residency requirements, the minor also will be
for in-state tuition, and who apply for COF, are admitted to
considered a resident. Statutes provide for continued resi-
and enrolled in an eligible institution of higher education,
dent status, in certain cases, following parents’ moving
and who authorize the institution to collect the funds on their
from Colo rado. Please check Colorado Revised Statutes
behalf. Once enrolled at the Colorado School of Mines, the
1973, 23-7-103(2)(m)(II) for exact provisions. In a case
student must authorize the School to collect these funds from
where a court has appointed a guardian or granted custody,
the state on the student's behalf. Once authorized, the School
it shall be required that the court certify that the primary
will continue to collect these funds on the student's behalf
purpose of such appointment was not to qualify the minor
unless and until the student chooses to revoke the authoriza-
for resident tuition status.
Nonresident Students
How much is the stipend? It will vary. The amount will be
To become a resident of Colorado for tuition classification
determined each year by the Colorado Legislature.
under state statutes, a student must be domiciled in Colorado
for one year or more immediately preceding the first day of
For additional information please refer to:
class for the semester for which such classification is sought.
Colorado School of Mines website:
A person must be emancipated before domicile can be estab-
lished separate from the domicile of the parents. Emancipa-
tion for tuition purposes takes place automatically when a
Colorado Commission on Higher Education's website:
person turns 23 years of age or marries.
The establishment of domicile for tuition purposes has two
The College Opportunity Fund website:
inseparable elements: (1) a permanent place of habitation in
Colorado and (2) intent to remain in Colorado with no intent
to be domiciled elsewhere. The twelve-month waiting period
does not begin until both elements exist. Documentation of
the following is part of the petitioning process to document
physical presence: copies of rental arrangements, rent re-
ceipts, copy of warranty deed if petitioner owns the personal
residence property and verification of dates of employment.
Documentation of the following is part of the petitioning
process to document intent: Colorado drivers license, motor
vehicle registration (as governed by Colorado Statute), voter
registration, payment of Colorado state income taxes, owner-
ship of residential real estate property in the state (particularly
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Financial Aid and Scholarships
departmental scholarships based on their academic perform-
Undergraduate Student Financial Assistance
ance at CSM, particularly in their major field of study, and
The role of the CSM Financial Assistance Program is to
on financial need.
enable students to enroll and complete their educations, re-
Alumni Association Grants are awarded to students who
gardless of their financial circumstances. In fulfilling this
are children of alumni who have been active in the CSM
role, the Office of Financial Aid administered over $29 mil-
Alumni Association for the two years prior to the student’s
lion in total assistance in 2008-2009, including over $13.0
enrollment. The one-year grants carry a value of $1,000. The
million in grants and scholarships. Additional information
students may also receive a senior award, based on their aca-
may be found at the CSM financial aid web site,
demic scholarship, and the availability of funds.
Engineers’ Day Scholarships are available to Colorado
Applying for Assistance
residents. Based on high school records, an essay, and other
The CSM Application for Admission serves as the application
information, a CSM Student Government committee selects
for CSM merit-based scholarships for new students (except for
students for these four-year awards.
the Engineers' Days Scholarship which is an essay contest run by
Athletic scholarships may be awarded to promising stu-
a student government committee, and the Athletic and Military
dent-athletes in seventeen men’s and women’s sports. The
Science Departments which have their own application proce-
scholarships are renewable for up to three years, based on the
dures for their scholarships). Continuing students may be recom-
recommendation of the Athletics Department.
mended by their major department for scholarships designated
Army ROTC scholarships are available from CSM and
for students from that department. To apply for need-based
the U.S. Army for outstanding young men and women who
CSM, federal and Colorado assistance, students should complete
are interested in a military career. The one, two, three, and
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
four-year scholarships can provide up to full tuition and fees,
After the student’s and family’s financial circumstances
a book allowance, and a monthly stipend for personal ex-
are reviewed, a financial aid award is sent to the student.
penses. The CSM Military Science Department assists stu-
New students are sent an award letter beginning in early
dents in applying for these scholarships.
March, and continuing students are notified in mid May.
U.S. Navy Scholarships through the Civil Engineering
Types of Financial Assistance
Program, Nuclear Power Officer Program, and Baccalaureate
Need-based assistance will typically include grants, part-
Degree Completion Program are also available to CSM stu-
time employment, and student loans. Grants are provided by
dents. The local Navy Recruiting District Office provides in-
CSM, by the State of Colorado (Colorado State Grants), and
formation about these scholarships.
by the federal government (Pell Grants, Academic Competi-
U.S. Air Force ROTC Scholarships are available from
tiveness Grants, SMART Grants and Supplemental Educa-
CSM and the U.S. Air Force. The three and four year schol-
tional Opportunity Grants).
arships can provide up to full tuition, fees, a book allowance,
Work Study funds also come from CSM, Colorado and
and a stipend. Further information is available through the
the federal government. Students work between 8 and 10
Department of Aerospace Studies at the University of Col-
hours a week, and typically earn between $500 to $1,500 to
orado Boulder (the official home base for the CSM detach-
help pay for books, travel, and other personal expenses.
Student Loans may be offered from two federal programs:
In addition to scholarships through CSM, many students
the Perkins Student Loan, or the Stafford Student Loan.
receive scholarships from their hometown civic, religious or
Supplemental student loans may also be offered through
other organizations. All students are urged to contact organi-
private bank loan programs.
zations with which they or their parents are affiliated to inves-
tigate such scholarships. The Financial Aid Office reserves
The Alumni Association of CSM administers a loan pro-
the right, unless otherwise instructed by the student, to release
gram designed to assist juniors and seniors who have ex-
the student’s information to scholarship providers for the pur-
hausted their other sources of funds. These are short term
pose of assisting students in obtaining scholarships.
loans which require repayment within three years after grad-
uation, and have been made available through the contribu-
tions of CSM alumni.
Merit-based assistance is offered to recognize students
for their achievements. Academic awards to new students are
made on the basis of their high school records and SAT or
ACT composite test scores. Continuing students can receive
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Financial Aid Policies
Study Abroad
Students who will be studying abroad through a program
CSM students requesting or receiving financial assistance
sponsored by CSM may apply for all forms of financial assis-
sponsored by the U.S. Government, the State of Colorado, or
tance as if they were registered for and attending classes at CSM.
the Colorado School of Mines are required to report to the
Financial assistance will be based on the student’s actual ex-
CSM Financial Aid Office all financial assistance offered or
penses for the program of study abroad.
received from all sources including CSM immediately upon
For additional information about Study Abroad oppor tunities,
receipt or notification of such assistance. For the purpose of
contact the Office of International Programs, Thomas 204; (303)
this paragraph, “financial assistance” shall include, but not be
limited to, grants, scholarships, fellowships, or loans funded
by public or private sources, as well as all income not consid-
We understand that unexpected events occur in life that will
ered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service. Upon
cause a student to withdraw from classes at Colorado School of
receipt of this information, CSM shall evaluate, and may ad-
Mines. Federal regulation requires financial aid to be awarded
just any financial assistance provided to the student from
under the assumption that a student will attend the institution for
CSM, Colorado, or federal funds. No student shall receive
the entire period in which federal assistance was disbursed. The
finan cial assistance from CSM if such student’s total assis-
following policies will help you to understand the impact a with-
tance from all sources exceeds the total cost of the student’s
drawal may have if you are receiving financial aid. The tuition
education at CSM. For the purpose of this paragraph, the
and fees refund policy set by CSM is separate from the return
“total cost of education” shall be defined to include the cost
calculation required by federal regulation.
of tuition, fees, books, room and board, necessary travel, and
reasonable personal expenses.
An official withdrawal will be recorded once the withdrawal
process has been completed by the student. Students who with-
Funds for the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental
draw from the University should come to the financial aid office
Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal College Work-Study
before completing the withdrawal process to determine what ef-
Program, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Stafford Loan, and
fect this will have on their financial aid. A withdrawal requires
Federal PLUS Loans are provided in whole or part by appro-
the financial aid office to determine how much of the federal,
priations of the United States Congress. The Colorado Gen-
state and institutional financial aid the student has earned. Fi-
eral Assembly provides funds for the Colorado Grant,
nancial aid is not considered earned until the 60% point of the
Colorado Leveraging Educational Assistance Program and
semester. The unearned portion will be returned to the program
Colorado Work-Study programs. These programs are all sub-
from which it came (i.e. student loans to the lender, Pell to the
ject to renewed funding each year.
federal department of education, etc). Students need to be aware
Satisfactory Academic Progress
that they may owe Colorado School of Mines for unearned fed-
CSM students receiving scholarships must make satisfactory
eral, state and/or institutional aid even if they are receiving a re-
academic progress as specified in the rules and regulations for
fund in tuition and fees.
each individual scholarship.
Federal regulations consider a student to be an unofficial with-
Students receiving assistance from federal, Colorado or need-
drawal if the student receives all failing grades for the term. If
based CSM funds must make satisfactory academic progress to-
the student has not completely withdrawn and has failed to earn
ward their degree. Satisfactory progress is defined as
a passing grade in at least one class for the term, CSM is re-
successfully passing a minimum of 12 credits each semester with
quired to determine whether the student established eligibility
a minimum 2.000 semester grade average. Students who register
for financial aid by attending at least one class or participating in
part-time must successfully complete all of the credits for which
any CSM academic-related activity. An unofficial withdrawal
they register with a minimum 2.000 grade average. If students
calculation will be preformed and funds returned to their respec-
are deficient in either the credit hour or grade average measure,
tive federal, state and/or institutional aid programs if there is not
they will receive a one semester probationary period during
documentation supporting the student's last day of attendance, or
which they must return to satisfactory standing by passing at
the documentation indicates the student stopped attending prior
least 12 credits with a minimum 2.000 semester grade average.
to the 60% point of the semester.
If this is not done, their eligibility will be terminated until such
time as they return to satisfactory standing. In addition, if stu-
dents totally withdraw from CSM, or receive grades of F in all
of their courses, their future financial aid eligibility will be ter-
minated. Financial aid eligibility termination may be appealed to
the Financial Aid Office on the basis of extenuating or special
circumstances having negatively affected the student's academic
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Section 4 - Living Facilities
Residence Halls
Mines Park Apartments*
Residence hall living is an integral part of the Colorado
The Mines Park apartment complex is located west of the
School of Mines experience, although no students are re-
6th Avenue and 19th Street intersection on 55 acres owned
quired to live on campus. The "Traditional" residence halls -
by CSM. The complex houses upper class, graduate students,
Morgan, Thomas, Bradford, and Randall halls - house about
families, and some freshmen. Residents must be full-time
380 students in mostly double rooms with a central rest-
room/shower facility on each floor. Weaver Towers has liv-
Units are complete with refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers,
ing space for 230 students in suites with single and double
cable television, wired and wireless internet connections, and
rooms, a common living area, and two single
an optional campus phone line for an additional fee. There
restroom/shower facilities. The Residence Halls at Mines
are two community centers which contain the laundry facili-
Park and Jones Road offer residence hall living in an apart-
ties, recreational and study space, and a convenience store.
ment setting for freshmen and upperclass students. In addi-
tion to having all the amenities of the other residence halls,
2010-2011 rates are as follows:
each apartment has a full kitchen. Each residence hall com-
Mines Park Family Housing
plex houses mailboxes, lounge areas, a TV room, and wash-
1 bedroom
ers and dryers. All residence hall spaces are equipped with a
2 bedroom
bed, desk, dresser, waste basket, recycling bin, and closet
Mines Park Apartment Housing
space for each student, as well as wired and wireless internet
1 bedroom
connections. Cable TV connection with expanded basic
2 bedroom
service is included. The student is responsible for damage to
3 bedroom
the room or furnishings. Colorado School of Mines assumes
no responsibility for loss or theft of personal belongings, and
*Tenant pays gas and electric utilities. A Mines Park park-
students living in the residence halls are encouraged to carry
ing permit is included.
personal property insurance. Living in the CSM Residence
CSM pays for wireless and wired internet, basic expanded
Halls is convenient, comfortable, and provides the best op-
cable, water, sewer, public electric, and provides a Mines
portunity for students to take advantage of the student activi-
Park parking permit. Tenant pays $18.50/month per phone
ties offered on campus.
line (optional).
Dining Facilities
For an application to any of the campus housing options,
Colorado School of Mines operates a dining hall, known
please contact the Housing Office at (303) 273-3350 or visit
as the Slate Café, in the Ben H. Parker Student Center. Stu-
the Student Life office in the Ben Parker Student Center,
dents who live in the residence halls are required to purchase
Room 218.
a residential meal plan. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are
Fraternities, Sororities
served Monday through Friday, and brunch and dinner are
Any non-freshman student who is a member of one of the
served on Saturday and Sunday. Additional dining facilities,
national Greek organizations on campus is eligible to live in
including a food court, convenience store, juice bar, and Ein-
Fraternity or Sorority housing after their freshman year. Sev-
stein Bros. Bagels serve students with meal plans and/or by
eral of the Greek Houses are owned and operated by the
cash/credit sales. Students not living in a residence hall may
School, while the remaining houses are owned and operated
purchase any one of several meal plans which best meets
by the organizations. All full time, undergraduate students
their individual needs. No meals are served during breaks
are eligible to join these organizations. For information, con-
(Thanksgiving, Fall, Winter and Spring Break).
tact the Student Activities office or the individual organiza-
Private Rooms, Apartments
Many single students live in private homes in Golden. Col-
orado School of Mines participates in no contractual obliga-
tions between students and Golden citizens who rent rooms
to them. Rents in rooming houses generally range from $350
to $450 per month. Housing is also available in the commu-
nity of Golden, where apartment rentals range from $575 to
$1,250 per month.
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Section 5 -
Undergraduate Information
Undergraduate Bulletin
2. An applicant should rank in the upper one-third of their
It is the responsibility of the student to become informed
graduating class. Consideration will be given to appli-
and to observe all regulations and procedures required by the
cants below this level on evidence of strong motivation,
program the student is pursuing. Ignorance of a rule does not
superior test scores, and recommendation from principal
constitute a basis for waiving that rule. The Undergraduate
or counselor.
Bulletin, current at the time of the student's most recent ad-
3. The following 17 units of secondary school work must be
mission, gives the academic requirements the student must
completed upon graduation from high school:
meet to graduate. However, a student can change to the re-
Algebra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
quirements in a later Bulletin published while the student is
Geometry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
enrolled as an undergraduate. Changes to administrative poli-
Advanced Mathematics (including Trigonometry) . . . . . . 1
cies and procedures become effective for all students as soon
English . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
as the campus community is notified of the changes. The Un-
History or Social Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
dergraduate Bulletin is available to students in electronic for-
Academic Elective. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
mat. Electronic versions of the Undergraduate Bulletin may
Laboratory Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
be updated more frequently to reflect changes approved by,
Foreign Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
and communicated to, the campus community. As such, stu-
dents are encouraged to refer to the most recently available
One unit of laboratory science must be either chemistry or
electronic version of the Undergraduate Bulletin. This ver-
physics. The second and third units may be chemistry,
sion is available at the CSM website. The electronic version
physics, biology, zoology, botany, geology, etc. with labo-
of the Undergraduate Bulletin is considered the official ver-
ratory. Both physics and chemistry are recommended for
sion of this document. In case of disagreement between the
two of the three required units. General Science is not ac-
electronic and print versions (if available), the electronic ver-
ceptable as a science unit, however it is acceptable as an
sion will take precedence.
academic elective unit.
Admission Requirements
4. The 2 units of academic electives (social studies, mathe-
matics, English, science, or foreign language) must be ac-
Colorado School of Mines admits students who have
ceptable to the applicant’s high school to meet graduation
demonstrated the ability to do classroom and laboratory work
requirements. For applicants submitting GED Equivalency
and benefit from our programs. The decision to admit a stu-
Diplomas, these units may be completed by the GED test.
dent is based on his or her ability to earn a degree at CSM.
Criteria considered in evaluating students include (1) pattern
5. Applicants from the United States and Canada are required
of course work in high school or college, (2) grades earned in
to submit the scores of either the Scholastic Aptitude Test
those courses, (3) ACT or SAT test scores, (4) rank in class,
(SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board or the
and (5) other available test scores. No single criterion for ad-
American College Test (ACT) battery. Applications for
mission is used; however, the most important factor is the ac-
either the SAT or ACT may be obtained from the high
ademic record in high school or college.
school counselors, or by writing to Educational Testing
Service, P.O. Box 592, Princeton, NJ 08541 for the SAT;
The admission requirements below are minimum require-
or to the American College Testing Program, P.O. Box
ments which may change after a catalog has been finalized.
168, Iowa City, IA 52243 for the ACT. You may also
The Board of Trustees, CSM's governing board, reserves the
register online at (SAT) and
right to deviate from published admission requirements. In (ACT).
such cases, changes in admission policy would be widely
Transfer Students
An applicant to CSM is considered to be a transfer student
if he or she has enrolled in coursework at another college
The minimum admission requirements for all high school
after graduating from high school. The minimum admissions
graduates who have not attended a college or university are
requirements for all transfer students are as follows:
as follows:
1. Students transferring from another college or university
1. An applicant must be a graduate of an accredited high
must have completed the same high school course require-
ments as entering freshmen. A transcript of the applicant’s
high school record is required. ACT or SAT test scores are
not required if the student has completed a minimum of 30
credit hours of college credit.
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2. Applicants must present official college transcripts from
evaluation report; notarized affidavit of financial sponsor-
all colleges attended. Applicants should have an overall
ship; and when applicable, translated college transcripts.
2.75 (C+) grade point average or better. Students present-
TOEFL/English Proficiency
ing a lower GPA will be given careful consideration and
You must prove proficiency in the English language by
acted on individually.
achieving one of the following:
3. An applicant who cannot re-enroll at the institution from
a. A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of
which he or she wishes to transfer because of scholastic
550 on the paper-based test, or a score of 79 on the internet
record or other reason will be evaluated on a case-by-case
Based TOEFL (iBT).
b An IELTS (International English Language Testing Sys-
4. Completed or "in progress" college courses - which meet
tem) Score of 6.5, with no band below a 6.0.
CSM graduation requirements - are eligible for transfer
credit if the course is not remedial or vocational, and the
c. A PTE A (Pearson test of English) score of 70 or higher.
grade earned is a "C" or better.
d. Transferable credit from an accredited US institution of
Former Students
higher education equivalent to 30 credits or more.
The minimum admission requirements for those students
For students currently studying in the United States and
who have previously attended CSM are as follows:
for students outside the country.
1. Any student who has attended another college or univer-
Advanced Credit for International Evaluation
sity since last enrolling at CSM must re-apply for admis-
The following methods are used by Colorado School of
sion through the Admissions Office.
Mines to validate the awarding of advanced standing credit
2. Any student who did not complete the semester immedi-
for international students who have completed work in their
ately preceding the beginning of the period for which he or
home countries at the postsecondary level:
she wishes to enroll must be re-admitted to CSM by the
1. Credit is granted based upon recommendation by recog-
Admissions Office.
nized academic publications, primarily the World Educa-
3. A former student, returning after a period of suspension,
tion Series of American Association of Collegiate
must apply for admission to the Admissions Office and
Registrars and Admissions Officers.
must furnish an approval for such re-enrollment from the
2. Validation by a comparable credit-granting department at
Readmissions Committee of Colorado School of Mines.
Colorado School of Mines. Validation by one of the fol-
Appropriate forms to apply for admission may be obtained
lowing two options will be at the discretion of the credit-
from the Admissions Office.
granting department.
Official transcripts for all coursework completed while
Option A: Course-by-course evaluation examination by
away from Mines must be submitted to the Registrar's Office
comparable Colorado School of Mines academic department.
for review of transferability of the credit.
Option B: The advisor and/or academic dean's office
International Students
makes a preliminary evaluation of the level a student has
For purposes of admission, international applicants are de-
completed and begins the student at that level. Upon success-
fined as all persons who are not citizens or permanent resi-
ful completion of that course, all related lower-level courses
dents of the United States.
in that area, as determined by the department granting credit,
Generally, international applicants seeking admission to
would be validated and credit awarded.
Colorado School of Mines must meet the same academic
Enrol ment Requirements
standards for admission as those required of American appli-
All new students whose primary language is not English
cants. There are wide variations, however, between educa-
must demonstrate English Language proficiency before com-
tional systems throughout the world that make exact
pleting enrollment for the first time at the university. This re-
comparisons of educational standards difficult. International
quirement applies to international and non-international,
applicants are selected on the basis of their prior academic
permanent residents, immigrants, transfer and non-transfer
work, probability of success in the chosen curriculum (as evi-
student alike.
denced by prior work in the academic area involved) and
Fraudulent Applications
proof of English proficiency. After admission but prior to en-
Individuals who withhold or provide fraudulent informa-
rollment, certification of adequate financial resources is re-
tion on applications for undergraduate admissions or read-
missions are subject to immediate dismissal from the
International applicants must submit a completed interna-
university. The decision for immediate dismissal will be
tional application form; a $45 nonrefundable application fee;
made by the Director of International Admissions or Director
translated secondary schooling records, and/or a credentials
of Enrollment Management. This decision will be made after
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a complete and thorough review of the situation and an indi-
Transfer Students
vidual conference with the student involved. The individual
Guaranteed Transfer
dismissed has the right to appeal the decision to the commit-
Colorado School of Mines is a signatory to the Colorado
tee on academic policy and procedure, whose decision will
Statewide Engineering Articulation Agreement, which can be
be final.
viewed at Beginning with admissions
Nondegree Students
in 2003–2004, this agreement determines transferability of
A nondegree student is one who has not applied to pursue
coursework for engineering students in the State of Colorado.
a degree program at CSM but wishes to take courses regu-
All students transferring into CSM under the terms of the
larly offered on campus. Such students may take any course
statewide agreement are strongly encouraged to be advised
for which they have the prerequisites as listed in the CSM
by the CSM Admissions Office on their planned course of
Bulletin or have the permission of the instructor. Transcripts
study. Credits earned more than 10 years previously will not
or evidence of the prerequisites are required. An applicant for
admission to the undergraduate school who does not meet
Additionally, Colorado School of Mines has formal trans-
admission requirements may not fulfill deficiencies through
fer agreements with Red Rocks Community College
this means. Exception to this rule can be made only by the
(RRCC),, and Front Range
Director of Enrollment Management. A maximum of 12
Community College (FRCC), Stu-
hours of nondegree credit from Colorado School of Mines
dents are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office at ei-
may be used toward an undergraduate degree program.
ther institution for additional information.
Admission Procedures
Transfer by Review
Al Applicants
Undergraduate students at another college or university
Documents received by CSM in connection with appli -
who wish to transfer to CSM should apply online at
cations for admission or transfer of credit will not be dupli-
cated, returned to the applicant, or forwarded to any agency
A transfer student should apply for admission at the begin-
or any other institution.
ning of the final quarter or semester of attendance at his or
A $45.00 non-refundable application fee is required from
her present college. The application will be evaluated upon
all applicants.
receipt of the completed application form, high school tran-
script, transcripts from each university or college attended,
Applications for undergraduate study cannot be accepted
and a list of courses in progress. The Admissions Office will
later than 21 days prior to the date of registration confirma-
then notify the student of his or her admission status. Admis-
tion for any academic semester or summer session. Admis-
sion is subject to satisfactory completion of current courses
sion for any semester or term may close whenever CSM’s
in progress and submission of a final transcript.
budgeted number of students has been met.
Advanced Placement and International
High School Students
Applicants are encouraged to apply online at
Course work completed for select subjects under the Ad- Questions can be directed to the Admis-
vanced Placement Program in a high school may be accepted
sions Office via email:; or via postal mail:
for college credit provided that the Advanced Placement Pro-
Admissions Office, Colorado School of Mines, 1600 Maple
gram Test grade is either 5 (highest honors) or 4 (honors).
Street, Golden, CO 80401.A student may apply for admission
any time after completing the 11th grade. The application
In special cases, advanced placement may be granted for
will be evaluated upon receipt of the completed application
course work not completed under the College Entrance
form, a high school transcript showing courses completed,
Exami nation Board Program. Students wishing such credit
courses remaining to be completed, ranking in class, other
may demonstrate competence by writing the Advanced Place-
pertinent data, and SAT or ACT test scores. High school sen-
ment Examination on the subject. Information can be secured
iors are encouraged to apply in the fall term of senior year.
from the College Entrance Examination Board, P.O. Box 592,
Additionally, it is recommended that the ACT and/or SAT be
Princeton, NJ 08541. More information on which subjects are
taken during this term. In some cases, the grades or marks re-
accepted can be found on the web at
ceived in courses taken during the first half of the senior year
Course work completed for select subjects under the Inter-
may be required. Applicants who meet freshman admission
national Baccalaureate Program in high school may be ac-
requirements are admitted subject to completion of all en-
cepted for college credit provided that the International
trance requirements and high school graduation.
Baccalaureate Program Exam grade is a 5, 6, or 7 on selected
standard and higher level exams. In some cases, departmental
approval is required before credit is granted. More informa-
tion on which subjects are accepted can be found on the web
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Declaration of Option (Major)
The curriculum during the first semester at CSM is gener-
It is the responsibility of each student to make certain that
ally the same across majors. Students are not required to
the proper prerequisites for all courses have been met. Regis-
choose a major before the end of the freshman year. All stu-
tration in a course without the necessary prerequisite may re-
dents must have declared a major by the beginning of the
sult in dismissal from the class or a grade of F (Failed) in the
junior year.
Medical Record
A health history prepared by the student, a medical exami-
The Colorado Department of Higher Education specifies a
nation performed by the student’s physician and an updated
remedial programs policy in which any first-time freshmen
immunization record completed by the student and the physi-
admitted to public institutions of higher education in Colo -
cian, nurse or health authority comprise the medical record.
rado with ACT (or equivalent) scores of less than 18 in read-
A medical record is required for full time students entering
ing or English, or less than 19 in mathematics, are required
CSM for the first time, or following an absence of more than
to participate in remedial studies. At the Colorado School of
12 calendar months.
Mines, these remedial studies will be conducted through re-
The medical record will be sent to the student after ac -
quired tutoring in Nature and Human Values for reading and
ceptance for admission. The medical record must be updated
writing, and Calculus for Scientists and Engineers I for
and completed and then returned to the Student Health Cen-
mathematics, and the consequent achievement of a grade of
ter before permission to enroll is granted. Proof of immunity
C or better.
consists of an official Certificate of Immunization signed by
Transfer Credit
a physician, nurse, or public health official which documents
New Transfer Students
measles, mumps and rubella immunity. The Certificate must
Upon matriculation, a transfer student will receive the
specify the type of vaccine and the dates (month, day, year)
prescribed academic credit for courses taken at another
of administration or written evidence of laboratory tests
institution if these courses are listed in a current articulation
showing immunity to measles, mumps and rubella.
agreement and transfer guide between CSM and that institu-
The completed medical record is confidential and will be
tion. Credits earned more than 10 years in advance of admis-
kept in the Student Health Center. The record will not be re-
sion will not transfer. When an articulation agreement does
leased unless the student signs a written release.
not exist with another institution, the transfer student may re-
ceive credit for a course taken at another institution, subject
to review by the appropriate CSM department head or desig-
Colorado School of Mines is approved by the Colorado
nate to ensure course equivalency.
State Approving Agency for Veteran Benefits under chapters
30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606, and 1607. Undergraduates must reg-
Continuing Students
ister for and maintain 12 credit hours, and graduate students
Students who are currently enrolled at CSM may transfer
must register for and maintain 9 credit hours of graduate
credit in required courses only in extenuating circumstances,
work in any semester to be certified as a full-time student for
upon the advance approval of the Registrar, the department
full-time benefits. Any hours taken under the full-time cate-
head of the appropriate course, and the department head of
gory will decrease the benefits to 3/4 time, 1/2 time, or tu-
the student’s option. Upon return, credit will be received sub-
ition payment only.
ject to review by the Registrar. Physics courses are subject to
post-approval from the department. Forms for this purpose
All changes in hours, addresses, marital status, or depend-
are available in the Registrar’s Office, and the process is re-
ents are to be reported to the Veterans Certifying Officer as
viewed periodically by the Office of the Executive Vice Pres-
soon as possible so that overpayment or under payment may
ident for Academic Affairs (EVPAA).
be avoided. Veterans must see the Veteran’s Certifying Offi-
cer each semester to be certified for any benefits for which
Returning Students
they may be eligible. In order for veterans to continue to re-
Students who have matriculated at CSM, withdrawn, ap-
ceive benefits, they must make satisfactory progress as de-
plied for readmission and wish to transfer in credit taken at
fined by Colorado School of Mines.
an institution while they were absent from CSM, must obtain
Academic Regulations
approval, upon return, of the department head of the appro-
priate course, the department head of the student’s option,
and the Registrar.
The curricula at Colorado School of Mines have been es-
pecially designed so that the course work flows naturally
In all cases, requests for transfer credit are processed by
from course to course and year to year. Thus, it is important
the Registrar. Credits must be submitted on an official tran-
that deficiencies in lower numbered courses be scheduled in
script from a regionally accredited institution and be aca-
preference to more advanced work.
demic in nature. Vocational credit is not accepted. Only courses
completed with grades of "C" or better will be accepted.
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Course Withdrawals, Additions and Drops
FERPA release, and provide adequate proof of current health
Courses may be added or dropped without fee or penalty
insurance prior to departure. For additional information con-
during the first 11 school days of a regular academic term
cerning study abroad requirements, contact the Office of In-
(first 4 school days of a 6-week field course or the first 6
ternational Programs at (303) 384-2121; for other
school days of the 8-week summer term).
information, contact the Registrar’s Office.
Continuing students may withdraw from any course after
the eleventh day of classes through the tenth week for any
Class attendance is required of all undergraduates unless
reason with a grade of W. After the tenth week, no with-
the student has an official excused absence. Excused ab-
drawals are permitted except in cases of withdrawal from
sences are granted (1) if a student is representing the School
school or for extenuating circumstances under the auspices of
in an authorized activity, examples of which include athletic
the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of the Regis-
events, student professional society meetings, and program-
trar. A grade of F will be given in courses which are with-
sponsored competitions; and (2) if a student has a docu-
drawn from after the deadline without approval.
mented personal reason, examples of which include illness,
Freshmen in their first and second semesters and transfer
injury, or a death in the immediate family.
students in their first semester are permitted to withdraw
Students who miss academic work (including but not lim-
from courses with no grade penalty through the Friday prior
ited to exams, homework, labs) while participating in school
to the last week of classes.
sponsored activities (case 1, above) must be given the oppor-
All adds/drops are initiated in the Registrar’s Office. To
tunity to make up this work in a reasonable period of time
withdraw from a course (with a “W”) a student must obtain
without penalty. It is the responsibility of the student to initi-
the appropriate form from the Registrar’s office, have it ini-
ate arrangements for such work. Students are expected to
tialed by the instructor and signed by the student’s advisor to
notify their professors in advance of excused absences con-
indicate acknowledgment of the student’s action, and return
nected with authorized activities because the schedule for
it to the Registrar’s Office by close of business on the last
such activities is generally well known. Failure of the stu-
day that a withdrawal is authorized. Acknowledgment (by
dent to provide reasonable notice to the professor is grounds
initials) by the division/department is required in only 2
for disallowing make-up work.
cases: 1. when a course is added after the 11th day of the se-
In all cases of excused personal absences (case 2, above)
mester and 2. when the Registrar has approved, for extenuat-
the student will be allowed to make up any work missed
ing circumstances, a withdrawal after the last date specified
without penalty. Excessive personal absence, regardless of
(a “late withdrawal”). Approval of a late withdrawal can be
reason, may result in a reduced or failing grade in the course.
given by the Registrar acting on behalf of the Office of Aca-
Determination of excessive personal absence is a faculty pre-
demic Affairs in accordance with CSM’s refund policy, and
rogative based on consideration of course content and deliv-
in compliance with federal regulations.
A $5.00 fee will be charged for any change in class sched-
The Associate Dean of Students authorizes excused ab-
ule after the first 11 days of class, except in cases beyond the
sences upon receipt of proper documentation. The Office of
student’s control or withdrawal from school. All adds/drops
the Associate Dean of Students will send a notice of excused
are initiated in the Registrar’s Office.
absence to faculty members for (1) an absence for a school-
Independent Study
sponsored activity involving teams of students, such as club
For each semester credit hour awarded for independent
sports, musical groups, and academic competitions; (2) an
study a student is expected to invest approximately 25 hours
absence because of personal illness or injury; (3) an absence
of effort in the educational activity involved. To register for
because of a life-threatening illness or death in the immediate
independent study, a student should get from the Registrar’s
family, i.e., a spouse, child, parent, grandparent, or sibling.
Office the form provided for that purpose, have it completed
Notices of authorized excused absences for student athletes
by the instructor involved and the appropriate department/
in both regular season and post-season competitions are is-
division head, and return it to the Registrar’s Office.
sued by the Athletics Department.
Off-Campus Study
In all cases of unexcused absences, the faculty member has
the discretion to grant that student permission to make up any
A student must enroll in an official CSM course for any
missed academic work and may include consideration of the
period of off-campus, course-related study, whether U.S. or
student's class performance, as well as their attendance, in
foreign, including faculty-led short courses, study abroad, or
the decision. The professor may deny the student the oppor-
any off-campus trip sponsored by CSM or led by a CSM fac-
tunity to make up all or part of the missed work.
ulty member. The registration must occur in the same term
that the off-campus study takes place. In addition, the stu-
Withdrawal from School
dent must complete the necessary release, waiver, and emer-
A student may officially withdraw from CSM by process-
gency contact forms, transfer credit pre-approvals, and
ing a Withdrawal from School form available from the Regis-
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trar’s Office. Completion of the form prior to the last day of
scheduled classes for that term will result in W’s being as-
signed to courses in progress. Failure to officially withdraw
will result in the grades of courses in progress being recorded
as F’s. Leaving the School without having paid tuition and
fees will result in a hold being placed against the transcript.
Either of these actions would make future enrollment at CSM
or another college more difficult.
Undergraduate Grading System
Poor (lowest passing)
When a student registers in an undergraduate course (400-
level and lower), one of the following grades will appear on
Satisfactory, C or better, used at mid-term
his/her academic record, except if a student registered as NC
Unsatisfactory, below C, used at mid-term
fails to satisfy all conditions, no record of this registration in
Satisfactory Progress
the course will be made. The assign ment of the grade symbol
Unsatisfactory Progress
is based on the level of performance, and represents the ex-
tent of the student’s demonstrated mastery of the material
In addition to these performance symbols, the following is
listed in the course outline and achievement of the stated
a list of registration symbols that may appear on a CSM tran-
course objectives.
Involuntarily Withdrawn
Withdrew, No Penalty
Transfer Credit
Poor (lowest passing)
Not for Credit (Audit)
Satisfactory, C or better, used at mid-term
Grade not yet submitted
Unsatisfactory, below C, used at mid-term
This is the end of the notice of the upcoming change to
Involuntarily Withdrawn
the grading system.
Withdrew, No Penalty
Transfer Credit
In Progress
Incomplete Grade
In Progress Unsatisfactory
If a student, because of illness or other reasonable excuse,
fails to complete a course, a grade of INC (Incomplete) is
Not for Credit
given. The grade INC indicates deficiency in quantity of
Grade not yet submitted
work and is temporary.
Undergraduate students enrolled in graduate-level courses
(500-level) are graded using the graduate grading system.
See the CSM Graduate Bulletin for a description of the grad-
ing system used in graduate-level courses.
remove an INC within the time specified, it shall be changed
to an F (failed) by the Registrar. In the event that an INC
grade remains upon completion of degree, the INC will be
The following is a notice of an upcoming change only:
converted to an F and included in the final GPA.
Undergraduate Grading System beginning Fall 2012
NC Grade (Not for Credit or Audit)
A student may for special reasons, with the instructor’s
permission, register in a course on the basis of NC (Not for
When a student registers in an undergraduate (400-level
Credit). To have the grade NC appear on his/her transcript,
and lower) course, one of the following grades will appear on
the student must enroll at registration time as a NC student in
the academic record. Grades are based on the level of per-
the course and comply with all conditions stipulated by the
formance and represent the extent of the student’s demon-
course instructor, except that if a student registered as NC
strated mastery of the material listed in the course outline and
fails to satisfy all conditions, no record of this registration in
achievement of the stated course objectives.  These are
the course will be made. The Registration Action Form is
CSM’s grade symbols and their qualitative interpretations:
used to request that a course be recorded as an audit. This
form is available in the Registrar's Office.
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Grade Appeal Process
of the Faculty Senate no later than 25 business days after
CSM faculty have the responsibility, and sole authority
the start of the semester immediately following the semes-
for, assigning grades. As instructors, this responsibility in-
ter in which the contested grade was received. The Presi-
cludes clearly stating the instructional objectives of a course,
dent of the Faculty Senate will forward the student’s
defining how grades will be assigned in a way that is consis-
appeal and supporting documents to the Faculty Affairs
tent with these objectives, and then assigning grades. It is the
Committee, and the course instructor’s Department
student’s responsibility to understand the grading criteria and
Head/Division Director.
then maintain the standards of academic performance estab-
4. The Faculty Affairs Committee will request a response to
lished for each course in which he or she is enrolled.
the appeal from the instructor. On the basis of its review of
If a student believes he or she has been unfairly graded,
the student’s appeal, the instructor’s response, and any other
the student may appeal this decision first to the instructor of
information deemed pertinent to the grade appeal, the Fac-
the course, and if the appeal is denied, to the Faculty Affairs
ulty Affairs Committee will determine whether the grade
Committee of the Faculty Senate. The Faculty Affairs Com-
should be revised. The decision rendered will be either:
mittee is the faculty body authorized to review and modify
1) the original grading decision is upheld, or 2) suffi cient
course grades, in appropriate circumstances. Any decision
evidence exists to indicate a grade has been assigned un-
made by the Faculty Affairs Committee is final. In evaluating
fairly. In this latter case, the Faculty Affairs Committee will
a grade appeal, the Faculty Affairs Committee will place the
assign the student a new grade for the course. The Commit-
burden of proof on the student. For a grade to be revised by
tee’s decision is final. The Committee’s written decision and
the Faculty Affairs Committee, the student must demonstrate
supporting documentation will be delivered to the President
that the grading decision was unfair by documenting that one
of the Faculty Senate, the office of the EVPAA, the student,
or more of the following conditions applied:
the instructor, and the instructor’s Department Head/Division
1. The grading decision was based on something other than
Director no later than 15 business days following the Senate’s
course performance, unless the grade was a result of
receipt of the grade appeal.
penalty for academic dishonesty.
The schedule, but not the process, outlined above may be
2. The grading decision was based on standards that were un-
modified upon mutual agreement of the student, the course
reasonably different from those applied to other students in
instructor, and the Faculty Affairs Committee.
the same section of that course.
Quality Hours and Quality Points
3. The grading decision was based on standards that differed
For graduation a student must successfully complete a cer-
substantially and unreasonably from those previously
tain number of required semester hours and must maintain
articu lated by the instructor.
grades at a satisfactory level. The system for expressing the
quality of a student’s work is based on quality points and
To appeal a grade, the student should proceed as follows:
quality hours. The grade A represents four quality points,
1. The student should prepare a written appeal of the grade
B three, C two, D one, F none. The number of quality points
received in the course. This appeal must clearly define the
earned in any course is the number of semester hours as-
basis for the appeal and must present all relevant evidence
signed to that course multiplied by the numerical value of the
supporting the student’s case.
grade received. The quality hours earned are the number of
2. After preparing the written appeal, the student should
semester hours in which grades of A, B, C, D, or F are
deliver this appeal to the course instructor and attempt to
awarded. To compute a grade-point average, the number of
resolve the issue directly with the instructor. Written grade
cumulative quality hours is divided into the cumulative qual-
appeals must be delivered to the instructor no later than 10
ity points earned. Grades of W, WI, INC, PRG, PRU, or NC
business days after the start of the regular (fall or spring)
are not counted in quality hours.
semester immediately following the semester in which the
Transfer Credit
contested grade was received. In the event that the course
Transfer credit earned at another institution will have a T
instructor is unavailable because of leave, illness, sabbati-
grade assigned but no grade points will be recorded on the
cal, retirement, or resignation from the university, the
student’s permanent record. Calculation of the grade-point
course coordinator (first) or the Department Head/Division
average will be made from the courses completed at Colo -
Director (second) shall represent the instructor.
rado School of Mines by the transfer student.
3. If after discussion with the instructor, the student is still
Semester Hours
dissatisfied, he or she can proceed with the appeal by sub-
The number of times a class meets during a week (for lec-
mitting three copies of the written appeal plus three copies
ture, recitation, or laboratory) determines the number of se-
of a summary of the instructor/student meetings held in
mester hours assigned to that course. Class sessions are
connection with the previous step to the President of the
normally 50 minutes long and represent one hour of credit
Faculty Senate. These must be submitted to the President
for each hour meeting. Two to four hours of laboratory work
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per week are equivalent to 1-semester hour of credit. For the
cerning your major gpa, reference your online degree audit or
average student, each hour of lecture and recitation requires
contact your major department.
at least two hours of preparation. No full-time undergraduate
student may enroll for more than 19 credit hours in one se-
mester. Physical education, advanced ROTC and Honors
Beginning Fall 2011
Program in Public Affairs courses are excepted. However,
All attempts at every CSM course will count in the overall
upon written recommendation of the faculty advisor, the bet-
and major grade point average. No repeat exclusions will
ter students may be given permission by the Registrar on be-
half of Academic Affairs to take additional hours.
Grade-Point Averages
Honor Rol and Dean’s List
Grade-Point Averages shall be specified, recorded, re-
To be placed on the academic honor roll, a student must
ported, and used to three figures following the decimal point
complete at least 14 semester hours with a 3.0-3.499 grade
for any and all purposes to which said averages may apply.
point for the semester, have no grade below C, and no incom-
Overal Grade-Point Average
plete grade. Those students satisfying the above criteria with
The overall grade-point average includes all attempts at
a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or above are placed on
courses taken at Colorado School of Mines with the excep-
the Dean’s List.
tion of courses which fall under the repeat policy imple-
Students are notified by the Dean of Students of the receipt
mented during the 2007-2008 academic year.
of these honors. The Dean’s List notation appears on the stu-
If a course completed during the Fall 2007 term or after is
dent’s transcript.
a repeat of a course completed in any previous term and the
Graduation Awards
course is not repeatable for credit, the grade and credit hours
Colorado School of Mines awards the designations of Cum
earned for the most recent occurrence of the course will
Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude upon
count toward the student's grade-point average and the stu-
graduation. These designations are based on the following
dent's degree requirements. The most recent course occur-
overall grade-point averages:
rence must be an exact match to the previous course
3.500 - 3.699
Cum Laude
completed (subject and number). The most recent grade will
be applied to the overall grade-point average even if the pre-
3.700 - 3.899
Magna Cum Laude
vious grade is higher.
3.900 - 4.000
Summa Cum Laude
Courses from other institutions transferred to Colorado
Commencement ceremony awards are determined by the
School of Mines are not counted in any grade-point average,
student's cumulative academic record at the end of the pre-
and cannot be used under this repeat policy. Only courses
ceding semester. For example, the overall grade-point aver-
originally completed and subsequently repeated at Colorado
age earned at the end of the fall term determines the honor
School of Mines during Fall 2007 or after with the same sub-
listed in the May commencement program.
ject code and number apply to this repeat policy.
Final honors designations are determined once final grades
For courses that may be repeated for credit such as special
have been awarded for the term of graduation. The final
topics courses, credit is awarded and grades are counted in
honors designation appears on the official transcript and is
the grade-point average up to the maximum hours allowed
inscribed on the metal diploma. Official transcripts are avail-
for the course.
able approximately one to two weeks after the term grades
All occurrences of every course taken at Colorado School
have been finalized. Metal diplomas are sent to the student
of Mines will appear on the official transcript along with the
approximately two months after final grades are posted.
associated grade.
Arrangements mailing are made during Graduation Salute.
Option (Major) Grade-Point Average
Undergraduate students are provided one metal diploma as
The grade-point average calculated for the option (major)
part of the graduation fees. Additional metal diplomas and
is calculated in the same manner as the overall grade-point
parchment diplomas can be ordered at the Registrar's Office
average, including only the most recent attempt of a repeated
for an additional charge. Graduating students should order
course if the most recent attempt of that course occurs Fall
these items before the end of the graduation term in order to
2007 or after. It includes every course completed in the
ensure delivery approximately two months after final grades
major department or division at Colorado School of Mines.
are awarded.
In some cases, additional courses outside of the major depart-
Good Standing
ment are also included in the major gpa calculation. The
A student is in good standing at CSM when he or she is
minimum major grade-point average required to earn a
enrolled in class(es) and is not on either academic or discipli-
Mines undergraduate degree is a 2.000. For specifics con-
nary probation, suspension, or dismissal.
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Academic Probation and Suspension
A student who intends to appear in person before the
Readmissions Committee must register in the Associate Dean
A student whose cumulative grade-point average falls
of Students Office in person or by letter. Between regular
below the minimum requirements specified (see table below)
meetings of the Committee, in cases where extensive travel
will be placed on probation for the following semester. A stu-
would be required to appear in person, a student may petition
dent on probation is subject to the following restrictions:
in writing to the Committee, through the Associate Dean of
1. may not register for more than 15 credit hours
Appearing before the Readmissions Committee by letter
2. may be required to withdraw from intercollegiate athletics
rather than in person will be permitted only in cases of ex-
3. may not run for, or accept appointment to, any campus of-
treme hardship. Such cases will include travel from a great
fice or committee chairmanship. A student who is placed on
distance, e.g. overseas, or travel from a distance which re-
probation while holding a position involving significant re-
quires leaving a permanent job. Appearing by letter will not
sponsibility and commitment may be required to resign
be permitted for continuing students in January.
after consultation with the Dean of Students or the Presi-
The Readmissions Committee meets immediately before
dent of Associated Students. A student will be removed
classes start and the first day of classes. Students applying
from probation when the cumulative grade-point average is
for readmission must appear at those times except under con-
brought up to the minimum, as specified in the table below.
ditions beyond the control of the student. Such conditions in-
clude a committee appointment load extending beyond the
A student on probation who fails to meet both the last se-
first day of classes, delay in producing notice of suspension
mester grade period requirements and the cumulative grade-
or weather conditions closing highways and airports.
point average given in the table below will be placed on
All applications for readmission after a minimum period
suspension. A student who meets the last semester grade
away from school, and all appeals of suspension or dismissal,
period requirement but fails to achieve the required cumula-
must include a written statement of the case to be made for
tive grade-point average will remain on probation.
A student who, after being suspended and readmitted
Last Semester
twice, again fails to meet the required academic standards
G.P. Average
G.P. Average

shall be automatically dismissed. The Readmissions Com-
mittee will hear a single appeal of automatic dismissal. The
appeal will only be heard after demonstration of substantial
and significant changes. A period of time sufficient to
demonstrate such a change usually elapses prior to the stu-
dent attempting to schedule this hearing. The decision of the
Committee on that single appeal will be final and no further
131-end of program 2.0
appeal will be permitted.
A freshman or transfer student who fails to make a grade-
Readmission by the Committee does not guarantee that
point average of 1.5 during the first grade period will be
there is space available to enroll. A student must process the
placed on suspension.
necessary papers with the Admissions Office prior to seeing
Suspension becomes effective immediately when it is
the Committee.
imposed. Readmission after suspension requires written
approval from the Readmissions Committee. While a one
Notice of probation, suspension, or dismissal will be mailed
semester suspension period is normally the case, exceptions
to each student who fails to meet catalog requirements.
may be granted, particularly in the case of first-semester
freshmen and new transfer students.
Repeated Failure
A student who twice fails a required course at Colorado
No student who is on suspension may enroll in any regular
School of Mines and is not subject to academic suspension
academic semester without the written approval of the Re -
will automatically be placed on "Special Hold" status with
admissions Committee. However, a student on suspension
the Registrar, regardless of the student's cumulative or se-
may enroll in a summer session (field camp, academic ses-
mester GPA. The student must meet with the subject advisor
sion, or both) with the permission of the Associate Dean of
or the faculty Readmissions Committee and receive written
Students. Students on suspension who have been given per-
permission before being allowed to register. Transfer credit
mission to enroll in a summer session by the Associate Dean
from another school will not be accepted for a twice-failed
may not enroll in any subsequent term at CSM without the
written permission of the Readmissions Committee. Read-
missions Committee meetings are held prior to the beginning
of each regular semester and at the end of the spring term.
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Access to Student Records
Registrar. The graduate student will make a similar request
Students at the Colorado School of Mines are protected by
to the Dean of the Graduate School. This request will include
the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
the student’s name, date of request and type of record to be
(FERPA), as amended. This Act was designed to protect the
reviewed. It will be the responsibility of the Registrar or
privacy of edu cation records, to establish the right of students
Graduate School Dean to arrange a mutually satisfactory
to inspect and review their education records, and to provide
time for review. This time will be as soon as practical but is
guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data
not to be later than 45 days from receipt of the request. The
through informal and formal hearings. Students also have the
record will be reviewed in the presence of the designated rep-
right to file complaints with the FERPA office concerning
resentative. If the record involves a list including other stu-
alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act.
dents, steps will be taken to preclude the viewing of the other
Copies of local policy, including the list of offices with ac-
student name and information.
cess to student records based on legitimate educational inter-
Challenge of the Record. If the student wishes to chal-
est, can be found in the Registrar's Office. Contact
lenge any part of the record, the Registrar or Dean of the
information for FERPA complaints is:
Graduate School will be so notified in writing. The Registrar
Family Policy Compliance Office
or Dean may then (l) remove and destroy the disputed docu-
U.S. Department of Education
ment, or (2) inform the student that the document represents
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a necessary part of the record; and, if the student wishes to
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appeal, (3) convene a meeting of the student and the docu-
ment originator (if reasonably available) in the presence of
Directory Information. The School maintains lists of in-
the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs as media-
formation which may be considered directory information as
tor, whose decision will be final.
defined by the regulations. This information includes name,
current and permanent addresses and phone numbers, date of
Destruction of Records. Records may be destroyed at any
birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, part or full-
time by the responsible official if not otherwise precluded by
time status, degrees awarded, last school attended, participa-
law except that no record may be destroyed between the
tion in officially recognized activities and sports, class, and
dates of access request and the viewing of the record. If dur-
academic honors. Students who desire that this information
ing the viewing of the record any item is in dispute, it may
not be printed or released must so inform the Registrar before
not be destroyed.
the end of the first two weeks of the fall semester for which
Access to Records by Other Parties. Colorado School of
the student is registered. Information will be withheld for the
Mines will not permit access to student records by persons
entire academic year unless the student changes this request.
outside the School except as follows:
The student’s signature is required to make any changes for
1. In the case of open record information as specified in the
the current academic year. The request must be renewed each
section under Directory Information.
fall term for the upcoming year. The following student
records are maintained by Colorado School of Mines at the
2. To those people specifically designated by the student.
various offices listed below:
Examples would include request for transcript to be sent
to graduate school or prospective employer.
1. General Records: Undergraduate-Registrar; Graduate-
Graduate Dean
3. Information required by a state or federal agency for the
purpose of establishing eligibility for financial aid.
2. Transcript of Grades: Registrar
4. Accreditation agencies during their on-campus review.
3. Computer Grade Lists: Registrar
5. In compliance with a judicial order or lawfully issued sub-
4. Encumbrance List: Controller and Registrar
poena after the student has been notified of the intended
5. Academic Probation/Suspension List: Undergraduate-
Dean of Students; Graduate-Graduate Dean
6. Any institutional information for statistical purposes which
6. Advisor File: Academic Advisor
is not identifiable with a particular student.
7. Option/Advisor/Enrolled/ Minority/Foreign List: Regis-
7. In compliance with any applicable statue now in effect or
trar, Dean of Students, and Graduate Dean
later enacted. Each individual record (general, transcript,
8. Externally Generated SAT/GRE Score Lists: Undergrad-
advisor, and medical) will include a log of those persons
uate-Registrar; Graduate-Graduate Dean
not employed by Colorado School of Mines who have
requested or obtained access to the student record and the
9. Financial Aid File: Financial Aid (closed records)
legitimate interest that the person has in making the request.
10. Medical History File: School Physician (closed records)
The School discloses education records without a student's
Student Access to Records. The undergraduate student
prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclo-
wishing access to a record will make written request to the
sure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.
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A school official is a person employed by the School in an
administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support
1. All students will be given an EKey, which is an activa-
staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and
tion code that offers access to electronic resources at
health staff); a person or company with whom the School has
Mines. With their EKey, students must activate their as-
contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using
signed Mines e-mail address.
School employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor,
2. Once their e-mail address is activated, students are ex-
or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of
pected to check their Mines e-mail inbox on a frequent
Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such
and consistent basis and have the responsibility to rec-
as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another
ognize that certain communications from the university
school official in performing his or her tasks.
may be time-critical. As such, students also are respon-
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the
sible for responding in a timely manner to official com-
official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill
munications from the university when a response is
his or her professional responsibilities for the School.
General Information
3. The policy does not prevent students from using a per-
Academic Calendar
sonal e-mail address for university-related communica-
The academic year is based on the early semester system.
tions and purposes. If a student chooses to use a
The first semester begins in late August and closes in mid-
personal e-mail address as his or her address of choice
December; the second semester begins in mid January and
for receiving university-related communications, he or
closes in mid May.
she must forward e-mail from the Mines assigned e-mail
address to the personal e-mail address. However, if a
Electronic Communications (E-mail) Policy
student chooses to forward communications to a per-
sonal e-mail address, she or he must be aware that
Communication to students at the Colorado School of
Mines personnel may not be able to assist in resolving
Mines (Mines) is an important element of the official busi-
technical difficulties with personal e-mail accounts.
ness of the university. It is vital that Mines have an efficient
Furthermore, forwarding communications to a personal
and workable means of getting important and timely infor-
e-mail address does not absolve a student from the re-
mation to students. Examples of communications that re-
sponsibilities associated with communication sent to his
quire timely distribution include information from Fiscal
or her official Mines e-mail address. Please note: If a
Services, the Registrar's Office, or other offices on campus
student changes his or her official Mines e-mail address
that need to deliver official and time-sensitive information to
to a personal address, it will be changed back to the
students. (Please note that emergency communications may
Mines assigned e-mail address. Students have the op-
occur in various forms based on the specific circumstances).
tion to forward their Mines e-mail to a personal address
Electronic communication through e-mail and Trailhead
to avoid this problem. Should a student choose the for-
Portal announcements provides a rapid, efficient, and effec-
warding option, he or she must ensure that SPAM filters
tive form of communication. Reliance on electronic commu-
will not block e-mail coming from the ad-
nication has become the accepted norm within the Mines
community. Additionally, utilizing electronic communica-
4. Nothing in these procedures should be construed as pro-
tions is consistent with encouraging a more environmentally-
hibiting university-related communications being sent
conscious means of doing business and encouraging
via traditional means. Use of paper-based communica-
continued stewardship of scarce resources. Because of the
tion may be necessary under certain circumstances or
wide-spread use and acceptance of electronic communica-
may be more appropriate to certain circumstances. Ex-
tion, Mines is adopting the following policy regarding elec-
amples of such communications could include, but not
tronic communications with students.
be limited to disciplinary notices, fiscal services com-
munications, graduation information and so forth.
It is the policy of the Colorado School of Mines that offi-
cial university-related communications with students will be
Questions about this policy may be directed as follows:
sent via Mines' internal e-mail system or via campus or tar-
Registrar's Office
geted Trailhead announcements. All students will be as-
Phone: 303-273-3200 or
signed a Mines e-mail address and are expected to
periodically check their Mines assigned e-mail as well as
Computing, Communications & Information
their Trailhead portal page. It is also expected that e-mail
Technologies (CCIT)
sent to students will be read in a timely manner. Communi-
Phone: 303-273-3431 or
cations sent via e-mail to students will be considered to have
Complete a request form at the
been received and read by the intended recipients.
Mines Help Center (
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Classification of Students
of departments of the two courses, the head of the student’s
Degree seeking undergraduates are classified as follows
option department. There will be a periodic review by the
according to semester credit hours earned:
Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.
0 to 29.9 semester credit hours
Forms for this purpose are available in the Registrar’s Office.
30 to 59.9 semester credit hours
Change of Bul etin
60 to 89.9 semester credit hours
It is assumed that each student will graduate under the
90 or more semester credit hours
require ments of the bulletin in effect at the time of most re-
Part-Time Degree Students
cent admission. However, it is possible to change to any sub-
A part-time degree student may enroll in any course for
sequent bulletin in effect while the student is enrolled in a
which he or she has the prerequisites or the permission of the
regular semester.
department. Part-time degree students will be subject to all rules
To change bulletins, a form obtained from the Registrar’s
and regulations of Colorado School of Mines, but they may not:
Office is presented for approval to the head of the student’s
1. Live in student housing;
option department. Upon receipt of approval, the form must
be returned to the Registrar’s Office.
2. Receive financial help in the form of School-sponsored
scholarships or grants;
Students’ Use of English
All Mines students are expected to show professional
3. Participate in any School-recognized activity unless fees
facility in the use of the English language.
are paid;
English skills are emphasized, but not taught exclusively,
4. Take advantage of activities provided by student fees
in most of the humanities and social sciences courses and
unless such fees are paid.
EPICS as well as in option courses in junior and senior years.
Course work completed by a part-time degree student who
Students are required to write reports, make oral presenta-
subsequently changes to full-time status will be accepted as
tions, and generally demonstrate their facility in the English
meeting degree requirements.
language while enrolled in their courses.
Seniors in Graduate Courses
The LAIS Writing Center is available to assist students
With the consent of the student’s department/division and
with their writing. For additional information, contact the
the Dean of Graduate Studies, a qualified senior may enroll
LAIS Division, Stratton 301; 303-273-3750.
in 500-level courses without being a registered graduate stu-
Summer Sessions
dent. At least a 2.5 GPA is required. The necessary forms
The summer term is divided into two independent units.
for attending these courses are available in the Registrar’s
Summer Session I is a 6-week period beginning on Monday
Office. Seniors may not enroll in 600-level courses. Credits
following Spring Commencement . Summer Session II is an
in 500-level courses earned by seniors may be applied
8-week session which immediately follows Summer Session
toward an advanced degree at CSM only if:
1. The student gains admission to the Graduate School.
Dead Week
2. The student’s graduate committee agrees that these credits
All final examinations will take place during the exami -
are a reasonable part of his graduate program.
nations week specified in the Academic Calendar. With the
3. The student provides proof that the courses in question
possible exception of laboratory examinations, no other
were not counted toward those required for the Bachelor’s
exami nations will be given during the week preceding
examina tions week (“Dead Week”).
4. Graduate courses applied to a graduate degree may not
Dead Day
count toward eligibility for undergraduate financial aid.
No academic meetings, examinations or activities may
This may only be done if a student has been admitted to a
take place on the Friday immediately preceding final exams
Combined BS/MS degree program and has received the
for the fall and spring terms (“Dead Day”).
appropriate prior approvals.
Final Examination Policy
Undergraduate students enrolled in graduate-level courses
Final examinations are scheduled by the Registrar. With
(500-level) are graded using the graduate grading system.
the exception of courses requiring a common time, all finals
See the CSM Graduate Bulletin for a description of the grad-
will be scheduled on the basis of the day and the hour the
ing system used in graduate-level courses.
course is offered.
Course Substitution
In general, all final examinations will be given only during
To substitute credit for one course in place of another course
the stated final examination period and are to appear on the
required as part of the approved curricula in the catalog, a
Registrar's schedule. Faculty policy adopted in January 1976
student must receive the approval of the Registrar, the heads
provides that no exams may be given during the week pre-
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ceding examinations week (dead week), with the possible ex-
5. The recommendation of their degree-granting department/
ception of laboratory exams. The scheduling by an individ-
division to the faculty.
ual faculty member of a final exam during dead week is to be
6. The certification by the Registrar that all required aca-
avoided because it tends to hinder the students' timely com-
demic work is satisfactorily completed.
pletion of other course work and interfere with the schedules
of other instructors. Faculty members should not override
7. The recommendation of the faculty and approval of the
this policy, even it the students in the class vote to do so.
Board of Trustees.
Ful -time Enrol ment
Seniors must submit an Application to Graduate two se-
mesters prior to the anticipated date of graduation or upon
Full-time enrollment for certification for Veterans Bene-
completion of 90 hours, whichever comes first. Applications
fits, athletics, loans, most financial aid, etc. is 12 credit hours
are available in the Registrar’s Office.
per semester for the fall and spring semesters. Full-time en-
rollment for Summer Session I is 6 credit hours, and full-
The Registrar’s Office provides the service of doing pre-
time enrollment for Summer Session II is 6 credit hours.
liminary degree audits. Ultimately, however, it is the respon-
sibility of students to monitor the progress of their degrees.
Curriculum Changes
It is also the student’s responsibility to contact the Registrar’s
The Board of Trustees of the Colorado School of Mines
Office when there appears to be a discrepancy between the
reserves the right to change any course of study or any part
degree audit and the student’s records.
of the curriculum in keeping with educational and scientific
developments. Nothing in this catalog or the registration of
All graduating students must officially check out of
any student shall be considered as a contract between Colo -
School. Checkout cards, available in the Dean of Student’s
rado School of Mines and the student.
Office, must be completed and returned one week prior to the
expected date of completion of degree requirements.
Undergraduate Degree Requirements
No students, graduate or undergraduate, will receive diplo-
Bachelor of Science Degree
mas until they have complied with all the rules and regula-
Upon completion of the requirements and upon being rec-
tions of Colorado School of Mines and settled all accounts
ommended for graduation by the faculty, and approved by
with the School. Transcript of grades and other records will
the Board of Trustees, the undergraduate receives one of the
not be provided for any student or graduate who has an un-
following degrees:
settled obligation of any kind to the School.
Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering)
Multiple Degrees. A student wishing to complete Bache-
Bachelor of Science (Chemical & Biochemical Engineering)
lor of Science degrees in more than one degree program must
Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)
receive permission from the heads of the appropriate depart-
Bachelor of Science (Economics)
ments to become a multiple degree candidate. The following
Bachelor of Science (Engineering)
requirements must be met by the candidate in order to obtain
Bachelor of Science (Engineering Physics)
multiple degrees:
Bachelor of Science (Geological Engineering)
Bachelor of Science (Geophysical Engineering)
1. All requirements of each degree program must be met.
Bachelor of Science (Mathematical and Computer Sciences)
2. Any course which is required in more than one degree need be
Bachelor of Science (Metallurgical & Materials Engineering)
taken only once.
Bachelor of Science (Mining Engineering)
3. A course required in one degree program may be used as a
Bachelor of Science (Petroleum Engineering)
technical elective in another, if it satisfies the restrictions of
Graduation Requirements
the elective.
To qualify for a Bachelor of Science degree from Colo -
4. Different catalogs may be used, one for each degree program.
rado School of Mines, all candidates must satisfy the follow-
5. No course substitutions are permitted in order to circumvent
ing requirements:
courses required in one of the degree programs, or reduce the
1. A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.000 for
number of courses taken. However, in the case of overlap of
all academic work completed in residence.
course content between required courses in the degree pro-
2. A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.000 for
grams, a more advanced course may be substituted for one of
courses in the candidate’s major.
the required courses upon approval of the head of each depart-
ment concerned, and the Registrar on behalf of the office of
3. A minimum of 30 hours credit in 300 and 400 series tech-
Academic Affairs. The course substitution form can be ob-
nical courses in residence, at least 15 of which are to be
tained in the Registrar’s Office.
taken in the senior year.
4. A minimum of 19 hours in humanities and social sciences
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Undergraduate Programs 1. Core Curriculum - Students in all degree options (ma-
jors) are required to complete all course requirements
All programs are designed to fulfill the expectations of the
listed in this group.
Profile of the Colorado School of Mines Graduate in accor-
2. Distributed Humanitites and Social Sciences Require-
dance with the mission and goals of the School, as intro-
ment - Students in all degree options (majors) must com-
duced on page 5. To enable this, the curriculum is made up of
plete this requirement.
a common core, twelve undergraduate degree granting pro-
grams, and a variety of support and special programs. Each
3. Distributed Science Requirement - Students in all degree
degree granting program has an additional set of goals which
options (majors) are required to complete a minimum of
focus on the technical and professional expectations of that
three out of five courses from this list. For some majors
program. The common core and the degree granting pro-
the three courses are prescribed, while other majors leave
grams are coupled through course sequences in mathematics
the choices to the student. See the DSR chart to determine
and the basic sciences, in specialty topics in science and/or
the requirements for your particular major program.
engineering, in humanities and the social sciences, and in
4. Distributed Engineering Requirement - Students pursu-
design. Further linkage is achieved through a core course
ing an engineering-based degree are required to complete
sequence which addresses system interactions among phe-
the courses in this list. However, each engineering pro-
nomena in the natural world, the engineered world, and the
gram will place the courses in the sophomore year or later
human world.
based on the flow of the particular program. These are not
Through the alignment of the curriculum to these institu-
considered freshman year courses.
tional goals and to the additional degree-granting program
The Core Curriculum (48 Credits)
goals, all engineering programs are positioned for accredita-
Core requirements are applicable to all undergraduate stu-
tion by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technol-
ogy, and science programs are positioned for approval by
their relevant societies, in particular the American Chemical
In Mathematics and the Basic Sciences, 12 semester hours
Society for the Chemistry program.
in Calculus for Scientists and Engineers and 3 semester
hours in Differential Equations (2 semester hours in Dif-
Course Numbering
ferential Equations for Geological Engineering majors); 4
Numbering of Courses:
semester hours in the Principles of Chemistry; and 4.5 se-
Course numbering is based on the content of material pre-
mester hours in Calculus-based Physics.
sented in courses.
In Design, 6 semester hours in Design Engineering Practices
Course Numbering:
Introductory Course Sequence (EPICS) for majors in engi-
Freshman level
Lower division
neering disciplines. 3 semester hours for majors in Chem-
Sophomore level
Lower division
istry, Mathematical and Computer Sciences, and
Junior level
Upper division
Economics and Business.
Senior level
Upper division
In Systems, 3 semester hours in Human Systems
Graduate level
In Humanities and the Social Sciences, 7 semester hours:
Over 700
Graduate Research or Thesis level
Nature and Human Values (4), Principles of Economics (3)
Student Life
In Physical Education, Four separate semesters including
PAGN101 and PAGN102 and two 200 level courses, total-
PROGRAM is a "college transition" course, taught in small
ing a minimum of 2 credit hours. Neither PAGN 101 nor
groups. Emphasis is placed on fostering connectedness to
PAGN 102 may be repeated for credit. See the Physical
CSM, developing an appreciation of the value of a Mines ed-
Education and Athletics section for specifics.
ucation, and learning the techniques and University resources
In Freshman Orientation and Success, 0.5 semester hours
that will allow freshmen to develop to their fullest potential
in CSM101.
at CSM. Course Objectives: Become an integrated member
of the CSM community; explore, select and connect with an
Free electives, minimum 9 hours, are included within each
academic major; and develop as a person and a student. 9
degree granting program. With the exception of the restric-
meetings during semester; 0.5 semester hours.
tions mentioned below, the choice of free elective courses
to satisfy degree requirements is unlimited. The restric-
Core & Distributed Course
tions are:
1. The choice must not be in conflict with any Graduation
Core & distributed course requirements for Bachelor of
Requirements (p. 35).
Science degrees are comprised of the four following groups:
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2. Free electives to satisfy degree requirements may not ex-
Distributed Science Requirement (11-
ceed three semester hours in activity courses such as band,
12.5 credits)
chorus, studio art, physical education, and athletics courses
DS Requirements are applicable to all undergraduate stu-
Distributed Humanities and Social
Complete a minimum of three of the five courses listed ac-
Science Requirement (9 credits)
cording to your major requirements on the following chart:
DHSS Requirements are applicable to all undergraduate
(REQ = Required, CHOICE= Student's Choice, NA= Not al-
9 credit hours (3 courses) required from the approved list;
at least 3 of the 9 credits must be completed in a course at the
400-level. See the approved list in the Liberal Arts and Inter-
national Studies section of this Bulletin.
BELS101 (4)
SYGN101 (4)
CHGN122 (4)
CSCI101 (3)
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Distributed Engineering Requirement
GPGN Geophysical Engineering
(see major program listing)
HNRS Honors Program
Liberal Arts & International Studies
DE Requirements are applicable to undergraduate students
in engineering disciplines as specified by the major program.
Foreign Languages
See Department and Division program descriptions in this
Band; Choir
Bulletin for specific courses required.
MATH Mathematics
l Design II - EPIC251 - Required by all ABET accredited
MNGN Mining Engineering
engineering degree programs.
MSGN Military Science
l Thermodynamics - DCGN209, DCGN210, or
MTGN Metallurgical & Materials Engr’ng
NUGN Nuclear Engineering
l Statics - DCGN 241
PAGN Physical Education and Athletics
l Introduction to Electrical Circuits, Electronics, and
PEGN Petroleum Engineering
Power - DCGN381
PHGN Physics
SYGN Core sequence in Systems
The Freshman Year
The Sophomore Year
Freshmen in all programs normally take similar subjects,
Requirements for the sophomore year are listed within
as listed below:
each degree granting program. Continuing requirements for
Fall Semester
satisfying the core are met in the sophomore, junior and
subject code** and course number
lec. lab. sem.hrs.
senior years. It is advantageous, but not essential, that stu-
CHGN121 Principles of Chemistry I
dents select one of the twelve undergraduate degree pro-
MATH111 Calculus for Scientists & Engn’rs I
grams early in the sophomore year.
EBGN201* Principles of Economics
LAIS100* Nature and Human Values
Curriculum Changes
CSM101 Freshman Success Seminar
In accordance with the statement on Curriculum Changes
PAGN101 Physical Education I
on page 32, the Colorado School of Mines makes improve-
ments in its curriculum from time to time. To confirm that
Spring Semester
lec. lab. sem.hrs.
they are progressing according to the requirements of the
MATH112 Calculus for Scientists & Engn’rs II
curriculum, students should consult their academic advisors
EPIC151* Design I
on a regular basis and should carefully consult any Bulletin
PHGN100 Physics I
Addenda that may be published.
PAGN102 Physical Education II
Distributed Science Course*
Special Programs
Design --EPICS (Engineering Practices Introductory
* For scheduling purposes, registration in combinations of
Course Sequence)
SYGN101, BELS101, LAIS100, EBGN201, and EPIC151 will
Design EPICS is designed to prepare students for their
vary between the fall and spring semesters. Students admitted
upper-division courses and to develop some of the key skills
with acceptable advanced placement credits will be regis-
of the professional engineer: the ability to solve complex,
tered in accordance with their advanced placement status.
open-ended problems; the ability to work in teams; the abil-
** Key to Subject Codes
ity to select a solution from competing alternatives; and the
Chemical Engineering
ability to communicate effectively. The first semester
CHGC Geochemistry
course, EPIC 151, is required by all undergraduate options.
CHGN Chemistry
The second semester course, EPIC 251, is required by all un-
Computer Science
dergraduate engineering options according to ABET require-
DCGN Core Science and Engineering Fundamentals
ments. EPIC 251 is not required for majors in Chemistry,
EBGN Economics and Business
Mathematical and Computer Sciences, and Economics and
Engineering Systems (Engineering)
EGGN Engineering
An award-winning program, Design EPICS replaces the
ENGY Energy
traditional core courses in introductory computing skills,
graphics, and technical communication. Whenever possible,
ESGN Environmental Science and Engineering
instruction in these subjects is "hands-on" and experiential,
GEGN Geological Engineering
with the instructor serving primarily as mentor rather than
GEGX Geochemical Exploration (Geology)
GEOC Oceanography (Geology)
Problem-solving skills are developed through open-ended
GEOL Geology
design problems organized as semester-long "projects",
GOGN Geo-Engineering (Mining)
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which the students solve in teams. Projects grow in content
manities and the social sciences are integrated with science
and complexity as the program applies a guided methodology
and engineering perspectives to develop in students habits of
to projects submitted by an external client. The projects re-
thought necessary for a broad understanding of societal and
quire extensive library research and self-education in appro-
cultural issues that enhance critical thinking, social responsi-
priate technical areas; they also require students to consider
bility and enlightened leadership. This Program leads to a
non-technical constraints (economic, ethical, political, socie-
certificate and a Minor in the McBride Honors Program in
tal, etc.) and incorporate them into their solutions.
Public Affairs.
Written and oral communications skills are studied and
Bioengineering and Life Sciences (BELS)
practiced as an integral part of the project work. Specific
Nine CSM departments and divisions have combined re-
graphics and computing skills are integrated within projects
sources to offer a Minor Program and an Area of Special In-
wherever applicable.
terest (ASI) in Bioengineering and Life Sciences (BELS).
Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies (LAIS)
The BELS minor and the ASI are flexible, requiring only one
Writing Center
common core course (BELS 301, General Biology I). The
Located in room 309 Stratton Hall (phone: 303-273-3085),
rest of the courses can be chosen, in consultation with a
the LAIS Writing Center is a teaching facility providing all
BELS program advisor, from a broad list of electives, allow-
CSM students with an opportunity to enhance their writing
ing students to concentrate their learning in areas such as
proficiency. The LAIS Writing Center faculty are experienced
Biomedical Engineering, Biomaterials, Environmental
technical and professional writing instructors. The Center as-
Biotechnology, Biophysics or Pre-Medical studies. Interested
sists writers with all their writing needs, from course assign-
students should consult with the office of Dr. James F. Ely,
ments to scholarship applications, proposals, letters and
Director of BELSAlderson Hall 331, 303-273-3885,
resumes. This service is free to CSM students and includes
one-to-one tutoring and online resources (at
The Energy Minor and ASI (EM)
The discovery, production, and use of energy in modern
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)
societies has profound and far-reaching economic, political,
To support the institutional goal of developing professional
and environmental effects. As energy is one of CSM's core
communication skills, required writing and communication-
statutory missions, several CSM departments have come to-
intensive courses are designated in both the core and in the
gether to offer Minor and Area of Special Interest programs
degree-granting programs. According to guidelines approved
related to Energy. The 18-credit Energy Minor adds value to
by the Undergraduate Council, degree-granting programs are
any CSM undergraduate degree program by not only ad-
to identify four courses, often two junior and two senior-level
dressing the scientific and technical aspects of energy pro-
courses, as writing-intensive. The (generally four) writing-
duction and use but its broader economic and social impacts
intensive courses within the various degree-granting pro-
as well. Students pursuing the Energy Minor may choose
grams are designated with (WI) in Section 5 of this Bulletin,
from three curricular tracks: Fossil Energy, Renewable En-
under Description of Courses.
ergy, or General. See page 154 for more details.
In addition to disciplinary writing experience, students also
The Humanitarian Engineering Minor
obtain writing experience outside their disciplines as courses
Certificate Minor, Minor and Area of Special Interest
in LAIS are virtually all writing intensive. The Campus
The Humanitarian Engineering and Humanitarian Studies
Writing Program, housed in the Division of Liberal Arts and
Minors (HE & HS) are designed to prepare students to better
International Studies (LAIS), supports the WAC program.
understand the complexities of and develop a strong appreci-
ation for society, culture, and environment in sustainable hu-
The Guy T. McBride, Jr. Honors Program in Public
manitarian engineering design projects. Humanitarian
engineering projects are intended to provide fundamental
As of 2009-10, the McBride Honors Program offers a 24-
needs (food, water, shelter, and clothing), or higher-level
semester-hour program of seminars, courses, and off-campus
needs when these are specifically requested by the local peo-
activities that has the primary goal of providing a select num-
ple. The preparatory courses are offered through the Division
ber of students the opportunity to cross the boundaries of
of Liberal Arts and International Studies (LAIS) with addi-
their technical expertise into the ethical, cultural, socio-polit-
tional technical electives offered by engineering departments
ical, and environmental dimensions of science and technol-
across campus. Interested students are encouraged to investi-
ogy. Students will gain the knowledge, values, and skills to
gate the many options previously listed and described in
project, analyze and evaluate the moral, social and environ-
more detail below that range from a 12 credit hour area of
mental implications of their future professional judgments
special interest (ASI) to a 27-credit hour certificate minor in
and activities, not only for the particular organizations with
Humanitarian Engineering.
which they will be involved, but also for the nation and the
world. Themes, approaches and perspectives from the hu-
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Space and Planetary Science and Engineering (SPSE)
gram specified GPA takes precedence. For additional infor-
The Space and Planetary Science and Engineering Pro-
mation on program specific GPA requirements, refer to the
gram offers an Area of Special Interest for students interested
appropriate section of this Bulletin.
in the science and exploration of space. This program brings
Students may not request more than half of the required
together courses from five CSM departments and programs
courses for the minor or ASI be completed through transfer
covering a diverse array of topics, including planetary sci-
credit, including AP, IB and CLEP. Some minor/ASI pro-
ence, astronomy, space exploration, and the engineering and
grams, however, have been established in collaboration with
design of instrumentation for space exploration. The curricu-
other institutions through formal articulation agreements and
lum can be chosen from a list of approved courses, in consul-
these may allow transfer credit exceeding this limit. For ad-
tation with an SPSE program advisor. Interested students
ditional information on program specific transfer credit lim-
should contact Dr Jeff Andrews-Hanna, Director of SPSE
its, refer to the appropriate section of this Bulletin.
A Minor Program/Area of Special Interest declaration
Minor Program/Area of Special Interest
(which can be found in the Registrar's Office) should be sub-
Established Minor Programs/Areas of Special Interest
mitted for approval prior to the student's completion of half
(ASI) are offered by all of the undergraduate degree-granting
of the hours proposed to constitute the program, or at the
departments as well as the Division of Environmental Sci-
time of application for graduation - whichever comes first.
ence and Engineering, the Division of Liberal Arts and Inter-
Once the declaration form is submitted to the Registrar's Of-
national Studies, and the Military Science Department.
fice, the student deciding not to complete the minor must of-
A MINOR PROGRAM of study consists of a minimum of
ficially drop the minor by notifying the Registrar's Office in
18 credit hours of a logical sequence of courses. With the
writing. Should minor requirements not be complete at the
exception of four specific programs, only three of these hours
time of graduation, the minor program will not be awarded.
may be taken in the student's degree-granting department and
Minors are not added after the BS degree is posted. Comple-
no more than three of these hours may be at the 100- or 200-
tion of the minor will be recorded on the student's official
level. A Minor Program may not be completed in the same
department as the major. See the specific program details for
Please see the Department for specific course require-
more information.
ments. For questions concerning changes in the sequence of
An AREA OF SPECIAL INTEREST consists of a mini-
minor courses after the declaration form is submitted, contact
mum of 12 credit hours of a logical sequence of courses.
the Registrar's Office for assistance.
Only three of these hours may be at the 100- or 200-level and
Study Abroad
no more than three of these hours may be specifically re-
Students wishing to pursue study abroad opportunities
quired for the degree program in which the student is gradu-
should contact the Office of International Programs (OIP),
ating. With the approval of the department, an ASI may be
listed under the Services section of this Bulletin, p.174.
completed within the same major department.
Colo rado School of Mines encourages students to include an
As a minimum, CSM requires that any course used to ful-
international study/work experience in their under graduate
fill a minor/ASI requirement be completed with a passing
education. CSM maintains student exchange programs with
grade. Some programs offering minors/ASIs may, however,
engineering universities in South America, Europe, Australia,
impose higher minimum grades for inclusion of the course in
Africa, and Asia. Courses successfully passed abroad can be
the minor/ASI. In these cases, the program specified mini-
sub stituted for their equivalent course at CSM. Overall GPA
mum course grades take precedence. For additional informa-
is not affected by courses taken abroad. In addition, study
tion on program-specific minimum course grade
abroad can be arranged on an individual basis at universities
requirements, refer to the appropriate program section of this
throughout the world.
Financial aid and selected scholarships and grants can be
As a minimum, to be awarded a minor/ASI, CSM requires
used to finance approved study abroad programs. The OIP
students obtain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in all
has developed a resource center for study abroad information
minor/ASI courses. All attempts at required minor/ASI
in its office, 204 Thomas Hall, phone 303-384-2121. Students
courses are used in computing this minor/ASI GPA. Some
are invited to use the resource materials and meet with staff
programs offering minors/ASIs may, however, require a
to discuss overseas study opportunities.
higher minimum cumulative GPA. In these cases, the pro-
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Core Areas
EPICS 251. In addition, students examine the global nature
of modern engineering design by combining a project of
global interest with an emphasis on leadership and communi-
Engineering Practices Introductory Course
cations skills across a variety of cultures. To support these
Sequence (EPICS)
objectives, students conduct research in the effect of interna-
NATALIE C.T. VAN TYNE, Program Director and Lecturer
tional influences and cultural diversity on the acceptance and
JOEL G. DUNCAN, Senior Lecturer(also in Geology & Geological
implementation of their design solutions. Prerequisite:
EPIC151. 4 semester hours.
ROBERT D. KNECHT, Senior Lecturer & CE Research Professor
MARTIN J. SPANN, Instructor
Freshman Year
(I, II, S) Fundamental concepts concerning the nature, com-
EPIC151 Design EPICS I (I,II,S). Design EPICS I introduces
position and evolution of the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmos-
students to a design process that includes open-ended prob-
phere and biosphere of the earth integrating the basic sciences
lem solving and teamwork integrated with the use of com-
of chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics. Under stand -
puter software as tools to solve engineering problems.
ing of anthropological interactions with the natural systems,
Computer applications emphasize graphical visualization
and related discussions on cycling of energy and mass, global
and production of clear and coherent graphical images,
warming, natural hazards, land use, mitigation of environ -
charts, and drawings. Teams assess engineering ethics, group
mental problems such as toxic waste disposal, exploitation and
dynamics and time management with respect to decision-
conservation of energy, mineral and agricultural resources,
making. The course emphasizes written technical communi-
proper use of water resources, biodiversity and construction.
cations and introduces oral presentations. 3 semester hours.
3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
EPIC155. EPICS I Graphics (I,II). Instruction and practice in
SYGN200. HUMAN SYSTEMS (I, II) This course in the
mechanical sketching and computer-aided drafting methods.
CSM core curriculum articulates with LAIS100: Nature and
Specific lessons include perspective sketching, geometric
Human Values and with the other systems courses. Human
construction, isometric and orthographic views, dimensions,
Systems is an interdisciplinary historical examination of key
and sections. Homework is assigned weekly. Each unit cul-
systems created by humans - namely, political, economic,
minates in one in-class proficiency examination or extended
social, and cultural institutions - as they have evolved world-
written assignment, plus one capstone design portfolio. Pre-
wide from the inception of the modern era (ca. 1500) to the
requisites: permission of the EPICS Program Director. 1hour
present. This course embodies an elaboration of these human
lecture, 1 hour laboratory, 1 semester hour.
systems as introduced in their environmental context in
Note: Completion of this course in lieu of EPIC 151 is by
Nature and Human Values and will reference themes and
permission only and does not alter total hours required for
issues explored therein. It also demonstrates the cross-disci-
completion of the degree.
plinary applicability of the “systems” concept. Assignments
Sophomore Year
will give students continued practice in writing. Prerequisite:
EPIC251 Design EPICS II (I,II,S). Design EPICS II builds
LAIS100. 3 semester hours.
on the design process introduced in Design EPICS I, which
focuses on open-ended problem solving in which students in-
introduction to Engineered Earth Systems. Aspects of appro-
tegrate teamwork and communications with the use of com-
priate earth systems and engineering practices in geological,
puter software as tools to solve engineering problems.
geophysical, mining and petroleum engineering. Emphasis
Computer applications emphasize information acquisition
on complex interactions and feedback loops within and
and processing based on knowing what new information is
among natural and engineered systems. A case histories
necessary to solve a problem and where to find the informa-
format provides an introduction to earth engineering fields.
tion efficiently. Teams analyze team dynamics through
2 hours lecture/seminar, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
weekly team meetings and progress reports. The course em-
phasizes oral presentations and builds on written communi-
Introduction to the structure, properties, and processing of
cations techniques introduced in Design EPICS I
materials. The historical role that engineered and natural
Prerequisite: EPIC151. 3 semester hours.
materials have made on the advance of civilization. Engi -
EPIC252 Leadership in Global Design EPICS II (I,II).
neered materials and their life cycles through processing,
EPIC252 can be taken in place of EPIC251. Students inte-
use, disposal and recycle. The impact that engineered mate-
grate teamwork, communications, computer software appli-
rials have on selected systems to show the breadth of prop -
cations and project management skills to solve engineering
erties that are important and how they can be controlled by
problems, and the deliverables are equivalent to those for
proper material processing. Recent trends in materials devel-
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opment mimicking natural materials in the context of the
structure and functionality of materials in living systems.
ELECTRONICS AND POWER (I, II, S) This course pro-
Prerequisites or concurrent: CHGN124, MATH112,
vides an engineering science analysis of electrical circuits.
PHGN100. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
DC and single-phase AC networks are presented. Transient
analysis of RC, RL, and RLC circuits is studied as is the
ENVIRON MENTAL SYSTEMS Introduction to natural and
analysis of circuits in sinusoidal steady-state using phasor
engineered environmental systems analysis. environmental
concepts. The following topics are included: DC and single-
decision making, sustainable development, industrial ecolo-
phase AC circuit analysis, current and charge relationships.
gy, pollution prevention, and environmental life cycle
Ohm’s Law, resistors, inductors, capacitors, equivalent
assessment. The basic concepts of material balances, energy
resistance and impedance, Kirchhoff’s Laws, Thévenin and
balances, chemical equilibrium and kinetics and structure
Norton equivalent circuits, superposition and source trans-
and function of biological systems will be used to analyze
formation, power and energy, maximum power transfer, first
environmental systems. Case studies in sustainable develop-
order transient response, algebra of complex numbers, pha-
ment, industrial ecology, pollution prevention and life cycle
sor representation, time domain and frequency domain con-
assessment will be covered. The goal of this course is to
cepts, and ideal transformers. The course features PSPICE, a
develop problem-solving skills associated with the analysis
commercial circuit analysis software package. Prerequisite:
of environmental systems. Prerequisites: CHGN124 or con-
PHGN200. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
current; MATH112 or concurrent; PHGN100; SYGN101. 3
Combined Undergraduate/
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Distributed Core
Graduate Degree Programs
A. Overview
THERMODYNAMICS (I, II, S) Introduction to the funda-
Many degree programs offer CSM undergraduate students
mental princi ples of classical thermodynamics, with particular
the opportunity to begin work on a Graduate Certificate, Pro-
emphasis on chemical and phase equilibria. Volume-
fessional Master’s Degree, or Master’s Degree while com-
temperature-pressure relationships for solids, liquids, and
pleting the requirements for their Bachelor’s Degree. These
gases; ideal and non-ideal gases. Introduction to kinetic-
combined Bachelor’s-Master’s programs have been created
molecular theory of ideal gases and the Maxwell-Boltzmann
by CSM faculty in those situations where they have deemed
distributions. Work, heat, and application of the First Law to
it academically advantageous to treat BS and MS degree pro-
closed systems, including chemical reactions. Entropy and
grams as a continuous and integrated process. These acceler-
the Second and Third Laws; Gibbs Free Energy. Chemical
ated programs can be valuable in fields of engineering and
equilibrium and the equilibrium constant; introduction to
applied science where advanced education in technology
activities & fugacities. One- and two-component phase dia-
and/or management provides the opportunity to be on a fast
grams; Gibbs Phase Rule. Prerequisites: CHGN121,
track for advancement to leadership positions. These pro-
CHGN124, MATH111, MATH112, PHGN100. 3 hours lec-
grams also can be valuable for students who want to get a
ture; 3 semester hours. Students with credit in DCGN210
head start on graduate education.
may not also receive credit in DCGN209.
The combined programs at CSM offer several advantages
to students who choose to enroll in them:
THERMODYNAMICS (I, II) Introduction to the fundamen-
tal principles of classical engineering thermodynamics.
1. Students can earn a graduate degree in their undergraduate
Appli cation of mass and energy balances to closed and open
major or in a field that complements their undergraduate
systems including systems undergoing transient processes.
Entropy generation and the second law of thermodynamics
2. Students who plan to go directly into industry leave CSM
for closed and open systems. Introduction to phase equilibri-
with additional specialized knowledge and skills which
um and chemical reaction equilibria. Ideal solution behavior.
may allow them to enter their career path at a higher level
Prerequisites: CHGN121, CHGN124, MATH111, MATH112,
and advance more rapidly. Alternatively, students planning
PHGN100. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Students with
on attending graduate school can get a head start on their
credit in DCGN209 may not also receive credit in DCGN210.
graduate education.
DCGN241. STATICS (I, II, S) Forces, moments, couples,
3. Students can plan their undergraduate electives to satisfy
equilibrium, centroids and second moments of areas, vol-
prerequisites, thus ensuring adequate preparation for their
umes and masses, hydrostatics, friction, virtual work.
graduate program.
Applications of vector algebra to structures. Prerequisite:
PHGN100 and credit or concurrent enrollment in MATH112.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
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4. Early assignment of graduate advisors permits students to
gram students who are still considered undergraduates by this
plan optimum course selection and scheduling in order to
definition have all of the privileges and are subject to all
complete their graduate program quickly.
expec tations of both their undergraduate and graduate pro-
5. Early acceptance into a Combined Degree Program lead-
grams. These students may enroll in both undergraduate and
ing to a Graduate Certificate, Professional Master’s Degree,
graduate courses (see section D below), may have access to
or Non-Thesis Master’s Degree assures students of auto-
departmental assistance available through both programs,
matic acceptance into full graduate status if they maintain
and may be eligible for undergraduate financial aid as deter-
good standing while in early-acceptance status.
mined by the Office of Financial Aid. Upon completion of
their undergraduate degree requirements, a Combined Degree
6. In many cases, students will be able to complete both
Program student is considered enrolled full-time in his/her
Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in five years of total
graduate program. Once having done so, the student is no
enrollment at CSM.
longer eligible for undergraduate financial aid, but may now
Certain graduate programs may allow Combined Program
be eligible for graduate financial aid. To complete their grad-
students to fulfill part of the requirements of their graduate de-
uate degree, each Combined Degree Program student must
gree by including up to six hours of specified course credits
register as a graduate student for at least one semester.
which also were used in fulfilling the requirements of their un-
Once fully admitted into a graduate program, under -
dergraduate degree. These courses may only be applied toward
graduate Combined Degree Program students must maintain
fulfilling Master's degree requirements beyond the institutional
good standing in the Combined Degree Program by main-
minimum Master's degree requirement of 30 credit hours.
taining a minimum semester GPA of 3.0 in all courses taken.
Courses must meet all requirements for graduate credit, and
Students not meeting this requirement are deemed to be mak-
their grades are included in calculating the graduate GPA. Check
ing unsatisfactory academic progress in the Combined De-
the departmental section of the Bulletin to determine which pro-
gree Program. Students for whom this is the case are subject
grams provide this opportunity.
to probation and, if occurring over two semesters, subject to
B. Admission Process
discretionary dismissal from the graduate portion of their
A student interested in applying into a graduate degree
program as defined in the Unsatisfactory Academic Perform-
program as a Combined Degree Program student should first
ance section of the Graduate Bulletin.
contact the department or division hosting the graduate de-
Upon completion of the undergraduate degree requirements,
gree program into which he/she wishes to apply. Initial in-
Combined Degree Program students are subject to all require-
quiries may be made at any time, but initial contacts made
ments (e.g., course requirements, departmental approval of
soon after completion of the first semester, Sophomore year
transfer credits, research credits, minimum GPA, etc.) appro-
are recommended. Following this initial inquiry, departments/
priate to the graduate program in which they are enrolled.
divisions will provide initial counseling on degree applica-
tion procedures, admissions standards and degree completion
D. Enrol ing in Graduate Courses as a Senior in a
Combined Program
As described in the Undergraduate Bulletin, seniors may
Admission into a graduate degree program as a Combined
enroll in 500-level courses. In addition, undergraduate
Degree Program student can occur as early as the first semes-
seniors who have been granted admission through the Com-
ter, Junior year, and must be granted no later than the end of
bined Degree Program into thesis-based MS degree programs
registration, last semester Senior year. Once admitted into a
may, with graduate advisor approval, register for 700-level
graduate degree program, students may enroll in 500-level
research credits appropriate to Master’s-level degree programs.
courses and apply these directly to their graduate degree. To
With this single exception, while a Combined Degree Program
apply, students must submit the standard graduate application
student is still completing his/her undergraduate degree, all
package for the graduate portion of their Combined Degree
of the conditions described in this Bulletin for undergraduate
Program. Upon admission into a graduate degree program,
enrollment in graduate-level courses apply. 700-level research
students are assigned graduate advisors. Prior to registration
credits are always applied to a student’s graduate degree
for the next semester, students and their graduate advisors
program. If an undergraduate Combined Degree Program
should meet and plan a strategy for completing both the un-
student would like to enroll in a 500-level course and apply
dergraduate and graduate programs as efficiently as possible.
this course to his/her graduate degree, he/she must notify the
Until their undergraduate degree requirements are completed,
Registrar of the intent to do so prior to enrolling in the
students continue to have undergraduate advisors in the home
course. The Registrar will forward this information to the
department or division of their Bachelor’s Degrees.
Office of Financial Aid for appropriate action. If prior con-
C. Requirements
sent is not received, all 500-level graduate courses taken as
Combined Degree Program students are considered under-
an undergraduate Combined Degree Program student will be
graduate students until such time as they complete their
applied to the student’s undergraduate degree transcript.
under graduate degree requirements. Combined Degree Pro-
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Chemical Engineering
The practice of chemical engineering draws from the
funda mentals of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and
DAVID W. M. MARR, Professor and Head of Department
physics. Accordingly, undergraduate students must initially
ANTHONY M. DEAN, W.K.Coors Distinguished Professor
complete a program of study that stresses these basic fields
JOHN R. DORGAN, Professor
of science. Chemical engineering coursework blends these
JAMES F. ELY, Professor
four disciplines into a series of engineering fundamentals re-
lating to how materials are produced and processed both in
E. DENDY SLOAN, JR., Professor
J. DOUGLAS WAY, Professor
the laboratory and in large industrial-scale facilities. Courses
COLIN A. WOLDEN, Weaver Distinguished Professor
such as fluid mechanics, heat and mass transport, thermody-
ANDREW M. HERRING, Associate Professor
namics, reaction kinetics, and chemical process control are at
CAROLYN A. KOH, Associate Professor
the heart of the chemical engineering curriculum at CSM. In
DAVID T. WU, Associate Professor (also Chemistry)
addition, it is becoming increasingly important for chemical
SUMIT AGARWAL, Assistant Professor
engi neers to understand how biological and microscopic, mo-
MATTHEW W. LIBERATORE, Assistant Professor
lecular-level properties can influence the macroscopic behav-
C. MARK MAUPIN, Assistant Professor
ior of materials and chemical systems. This somewhat unique
KEITH B. NEEVES, Assistant Professor
focus is first introduced at CSM through the physical and or-
AMADEU K. SUM, Assistant Professor
ganic chemistry sequences, and the theme is continued and
NING WU, Assistant Professor
HUGH KING, Senior Lecturer
developed within the chemical engineering curriculum via
material and projects introduced in advanced courses. Our un-
dergraduate program at CSM is exemplified by intensive in-
PAUL D. OGG, Lecturer
tegration of computer-aided molecular simulation and
computer-aided process modeling in the curriculum, and by
ANGEL ABBUD-MADRID, Research Associate Professor
our unique approach to teaching of the unit operations labora-
HANS HEINRICH-CARSTENSEN, Research Associate Professor
tory sequence. The unit operations lab course is offered only
GLENN MURRAY, Research Assistant Professor
in the summer as a six-week intensive session. Here, the fun-
WAYNE ROMONCHUK, Research Assistant Professor
damentals of heat, mass, and momentum transport and ap-
ROBERT M. BALDWIN, Professor Emeritus
plied thermo dynamics are reviewed in a practical,
ANNETTE L. BUNGE, Professor Emerita
JAMES H. GARY, Professor Emeritus
applications-oriented setting. The important subjects of team-
JOHN O. GOLDEN, Professor Emeritus
work, critical thinking, and oral and written technical com-
ARTHUR J. KIDNAY, Professor Emeritus
munications skills are also stressed in this course.
J. THOMAS MCKINNON, Professor Emertius
Facilities for the study of chemical engineering or chemi-
VICTOR F. YESAVAGE, Professor Emeritus
cal and biochemical engineering at the Colorado School of
Program Description
Mines are among the best in the nation. Our modern in-house
The Chemical Engineering Department offers two differ-
computer network supports over 50 workstations, and is an-
ent degrees: Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
chored by a large mass storage device and a 1.1 teraflop Be-
and Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biochemical Engi-
owulf cluster. Specialized undergraduate laboratory facilities
neering. A student seeking the latter degree graduates as a
exist for the study of polymer properties, and for reaction en-
fully qualified Chemical Engineer but has additional training
gineering and unit operations. In 1992, the department
in bioprocessing technologies that are of interest in renew-
moved into a new $11 million facility which included new
able energy. Generally, the fields of chemical and biochemi-
classroom and office space, as well as high quality laborato-
cal engineering are extremely broad, and encompass all
ries for undergraduate and graduate research. Our honors un-
technologies and industries where chemical processing is uti-
dergraduate research program is open to highly qualified
lized in any form. Students with baccalaureate (B.S.) Chemi-
students, and provides our undergraduates with the opportu-
cal Engineering or Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
nity to carry out independent research, or to join a graduate
degrees from CSM can find employment in many diverse
research team. This program has been highly successful and
fields, including: advanced materials synthesis and process-
Mines undergraduate chemical engineering students have
ing, product and process research and development, food and
won several national competitions and awards based on re-
pharmaceutical processing and synthesis, biochemical and
search conducted while pursuing their baccalaureate degree.
biomedical materials and products, microelectronics manu-
The program leading to the degree Bachelor of Science in
facturing, petroleum and petrochemical processing, and
Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Ac-
process and product design.
creditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engi-
neering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050,
Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone (410) 347-7700.
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The program leading to the degree Bachelor of Science in
students are encouraged to get more information from their
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering is not currently ac-
advisor and/or the current faculty member in charge of Grad-
credited, but accreditation will be sought and retroactively
uate Affairs.
applied immediately after the first student graduates from
this new program.
The chemical engineering curriculum is structured accord-
Program Educational Objectives (Bachelor of
ing to the goals outlined above. Accordingly, the program of
Science in Chemical Engineering) and Bachelor
study is organized to include 3 semesters of science and gen-
of Science in Chemical and Biochemical
eral engineering fundamentals followed by 5 semesters of
chemical engineering fundamentals and applications. An op-
In addition to contributing toward achieving the educa-
tional ‘track’ system is introduced at the junior year which al-
tional objectives described in the CSM Graduate Profile and
lows students to structure free electives into one of several
the ABET Accreditation Criteria, the Chemical Engineering
specialty applications areas. Courses in the chemical engi-
Program at CSM has established the following program edu-
neering portion of the curriculum may be categorized accord-
cational objectives:
ing to the following general system.
u Our graduates will enter the workforce and demon-
A. Chemical Engineering Fundamentals
strate a high-quality basic education in chemical and
The following courses represent the basic knowledge com-
biochemical engineering fundamentals including chem-
ponent of the chemical engineering curriculum at CSM.
istry, physics, biology, mathematics, and related engi-
1. Mass and Energy Balances (ChEN201)
neering sciences;
2. Fluid Mechanics (ChEN307)
u Our graduates will demonstrate the knowledge and
3. Heat Transfer (ChEN308)
skills required to apply engineering fundamentals to the
4. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (ChEN357)
analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of conventional
5. Mass Transfer (ChEN375)
areas of chemical engineering such as energy and
6. Transport Phenomena (ChEN430)
chemical production and emerging areas such as bio-
B. Chemical Engineering Applications
chemical engineering; and
The following courses are applications-oriented courses
Our graduates will develop personally to ensure a life-
that build on the student’s basic knowledge of science and
time of professional success and an appreciation for the
engineering fundamentals:
ethical and social responsibilities of chemical engineer-
ing and world citizen.
1. Unit Operations Laboratory (ChEN312 and 313)
Combined Baccalaureate/Masters Degree Program
2. Reaction Engineering (ChEN418)
3. Process Dynamics and Control (ChEN403)
The Chemical Engineering Department offers the opportu-
4. Chemical Engineering Design (ChEN402)
nity to begin work on a Master of Science (with or without
5. Bioprocess Engineering (ChEN460)
thesis) while completing the requirements of the Bachelor's
6. Chemical Engineering Technical Electives
degree. These combined BS/MS degrees are designed to
allow undergraduates engaged in research to apply their ex-
C. Chemical Engineering Elective Tracks
perience to an advanced degree. Students may take graduate
Students in chemical engineering may elect to structure
courses during their undergraduate careers and have them
free electives into a formal Minor program of study (18 hours
count towards their graduate degree. The requirements for
of coursework), an Area of Special Interest (12 hours) or a
the MS degree consist of the four core graduate courses
Specialty Track in Chemical Engineering (9 hours). Minors
(ChEN507, ChEN509, ChEN516, and ChEN518) and 18
and ASIs can be developed by the student in a variety of
other credits. It is expected that a student would be able to
differ ent areas and programs as approved by the student’s
complete both degrees in 5-5 1/2 years. To take advantage of
advisor and the Heads of the relevant sponsoring academic
the combined program, students should be engaged in re-
programs. Specialty tracks in Chemical Engineering are
search and taking some graduate coursework during their
available in the following areas:
senior year. The application process and requirements are
identical to our normal masters degree programs. Applica-
Bioengineering and Life Sciences
tions may be completed on-line and require 3 letters of rec-
Polymers and Materials
ommendation, a statement of purpose, and completion of the
Molecular Modeling
graduate record exam (GRE). For students who intend to
begin the BS/MS program in Fall, applications are due by
April 1st. The deadline is Nov. 1st for students intending to
Business and Economics
enroll in the Winter semester. Students must have a GPA
Details on recommended courses for each of these tracks
greater than 3.0 to be considered for the program. Interested
can be obtained from the student’s academic advisor.
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Requirements (Chemical Engineering)
Requirements (Chemical and Biochemical Engineering)
Freshman Year
Freshman Year
Chemical Engineering students take the common core except they
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Students take the common
take Biological and Environmental Systems (BELS101) rather
core except they take Biological and Environmental Systems
than Earth and Environmental Systems (SYGN101)
(BELS101) rather than Earth and Environmental Systems
Sophomore Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
Sophomore Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
MATH213 Calculus for Scientists &
MATH213 Calculus for Scientists
Engn’rs III
& Engn'rs III
PHGN200 Physics II
PHGN200 Physics II
DCGN210 Introduction to Thermodynamics
DCGN210 Introduction to Thermodynamics
CHGN221 Organic Chemistry I
CHGN221 Organic Chemistry I
CHGN223 Organic Chemistry Lab I
CHGN223 Organic Chemistry Lab I
PAGN201 Physical Education III
PAGN201 Physical Education III
Sophomore Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
Sophomore Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
MATH225 Differential Equations
MATH225 Differential Equations
EBGN201 Principles of Economics
EBGN201 Principles of Economics
ChEN201 Mass and Energy Balances
ChEN201 Mass and Energy Balances
ChEN202 Chemical Process Principles Lab
ChEN202 Chemical Process Principles Lab
CHGN222 Organic Chemistry II
CHGN222 Organic Chemistry II
EPIC251 Design II
EPIC251 Introduction to BCE Design
PAGN202 Physical Education IV
PAGN202 Physical Education IV
Junior Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
Junior Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
CHGN351 Physical Chemistry I
CHGN351 Physical Chemistry I
ChEN307 Fluid Mechanics
ChEN307 Fluid Mechanics
ChEN357 Chemical. Eng. Thermodynamics
ChEN357 Chemical. Eng. Thermodynamics
SYGN200 Human Systems
SYGN200 Human Systems
Junior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
Junior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
ChEN358 Chemical. Eng. Thermodynamics Lab
ChEN358 Chemical. Eng. Thermodynamics Lab
CHGN353 Physical Chemistry II
ChEN375 Chemical Eng. Mass Transfer
ChEN375 Chemical Eng. Mass Transfer
ChEN308 Chemical Eng. Heat Transfer
ChEN308 Chemical Eng. Heat Transfer
CHGN428 Intro. Biochemistry
CHGN462 Microbiology
Summer Session
lab. sem.hrs.
Summer Session
lab. sem.hrs.
ChEN312/313 Unit Operations Laboratory
ChEN312/313 Unit Operations Laboratory
Senior Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
Senior Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
ChEN418 Reaction Engineering
ChEN418 Reaction Engineering
ChEN430 Transport Phenomena
ChEN430 Transport Phenomena
ChEN460 Bioprocess Engineering
ChEN461 Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory
Senior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
ChEN402 Chemical Engineering Design
ChEN403 Process Dynamics and Control
Senior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
ChEN402 Chemical Engineering Design
ChEN421 Engineering Economics
ChEN403 Process Dynamics and Control
ChEN421 Engineering Economics
Degree total
*Two of the electives must be Chemical Engineering courses, one at
the 400 level.
Degree total
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Description of Courses
Sophomore Year
Principles of crystallography and crystal chemistry. Charac-
terization of crystalline materials using X-ray diffraction
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING Fundamentals of computer
techniques. Applications to include compound identification,
programming as applied to the solution of chemical engineer-
lattice parameter measurement, orientation of single crystals
ing problems. Introduction to Visual Basic, computational
and crystal structure determination. Laboratory experiments
methods and algorithm development. Prerequisite:
to supplement the lectures. Prerequisites: PHGN200
MATH112 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
ter hours.
Summer Session (WI) Principles of mass, energy, and momen-
tum transport as applied to laboratory-scale processing equip-
Introduction to the principles of conservation of mass and en-
ment. Written and oral communications skills. Aspects of
ergy. Applications to chemical processing systems. Relevant
group dynamics, teamwork, and critical thinking. Prerequi-
aspects of computer-aided process simulation. Corequisites:
site: ChEN201, ChEN307, ChEN308, ChEN357, ChEN375,
DCGN209 or DCGN210; ChEN202, MATH225 or consent
EPIC251. 6 hours lab; 6 semester hours.
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MATERIALS Development and application of fundamental
TORY (II) Laboratory measurements dealing with the first
principles related to the processing of metals and materials
and second laws of thermodynamics, calculation and analysis
by thermochemical and aqueous and fused salt electrochemi-
of experimental results, professional report writing. Introduc-
cal/chemical routes. The course material is presented within
tion to computer-aided process simulation. Prerequisites:
the framework of a formalism that examines the physical
DCGN210 or DCGN209; corequisites: ChEN201, MATH225
chemistry, thermodynamics, reaction mechanisms and kinet-
or consent of instructor. 3 hours laboratory; 1 credit hour.
ics inherent to a wide selection of chemical-processing sys-
tems. This general formalism provides for a transferable
knowledge-base to other systems not specifically covered in
ING ANALYSIS AND DESIGN Introduction to chemical
the course. Prerequisite: ChEN357. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
process industries and how analysis and design concepts
ter hours.
guide the development of new processes and products. Use
of simple mathematical models to describe the performance
of common process building blocks including pumps, heat
work/education experience involving employment of a chem-
exchangers, chemical reactors, and separators. Prerequisites:
ical engineering nature in an internship spanning at least one
Concurrent enrollment in DCGN 210 or consent of instruc-
academic semester. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 1 to 3
tor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
semester hours. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 hours.
CESSING Summer session. Characterization and produc-
Scholarly research of an independent nature. Prerequisite:
tion of particles. Physical and interfacial phenomena
junior standing, consent of instructor. 1 to 3 semester hours.
associated with particulate processes. Applications to metal
and ceramic power processing. Laboratory projects and
Scholarly research of an independent nature. Prerequisite:
plant visits. Prerequisites: DCGN210 or DCGN209 and
junior standing, consent of instructor. 1 to 3 semester hours.
PHGN200. 3 weeks; 3 semester hours.
Junior Year
THERMODYNAMICS (I) Fundamentals of thermodynam-
ChEN307. FLUID MECHANICS (I) Theory and application
ics for application to chemical engineering processes and
of momentum transport and fluid flow in chemical engineer-
systems. Phase and reaction equilibria. Relevant aspects of
ing. Fundamentals of microscopic phenomena and applica-
computer-aided process simulation. Integrated laboratory ex-
tion to macroscopic systems. Relevant aspects of
periments. Prerequisite: DCGN210 or DCGN209,
computer-aided process simulation. Prerequisite: MATH225,
MATH225, grade of C or higher in ChEN201 or consent of
grade of C or higher in ChEN201. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ChEN308. HEAT TRANSFER (II) Theory and applications
MENT (WI) Introduction to the relationships between mi-
of energy transport: conduction, convection and radiation.
crostructure and properties of materials, with emphasis on
Funda mentals of microscopic phenomena and application to
metals. Fundamentals of imperfections in crystalline materi-
macroscopic systems. Relevant aspects of computer-aided
als, phase equlibria, recrystallization and grain growth,
process simulation. Prerequisite: MATH225, grade of C or
strengthening mechanisms, and phase transformations. Labo-
higher in ChEN307 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture;
ratory sessions devoted to experiments illustrating the funda-
3 semester hours.
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mentals presented in the lectures. Prerequisites: MTGN311
CHGN221, ChEN201, ChEN357, ChEN375, or consent of
and ChEN357. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
AND TECHNOLOGY Chemistry and thermodynamics of
urement, calculation and analysis of physical properties,
polymers and polymer solu tions. Reaction engineering of
phase equilibria and reaction equilibria and their application
polymerization. Characterization techniques based on solu-
to chemical engineering. Relevant aspects of computer-aided
tion properties. Materials science of polymers in varying
simulation. Prerequisites: DCGN210 or DCGN209,
physical states. Processing operations for polymeric materi-
ChEN201, MATH225, or consent of instructor. 3 hours labo-
als and use in separations. Prerequisite: CHGN221,
ratory; 1 semester hour.
MATH225, ChEN357, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
ChEN375. MASS TRANSFER (II) Fundamentals of stage-
ture; 3 semester hours.
wise and diffusional mass transport with applications to
chemical engineering systems and processes. Relevant as-
NOLOGY Polymer fluid mechanics, polymer rheological
pects of computer-aided process simulation. Prerequisite:
response, and polymer shape forming. Definition and
Grade of C or higher in ChEN357, or consent of instructor. 3
measure ment of material properties. Interrelationships
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
between response functions and correlation of data and
material response. Theoretical approaches for prediction of
ING Topical courses in chemical engineering of special inter-
polymer properties. Processing operations for polymeric
est. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 1 to 6 semester hours.
materials; melt and flow instabilities. Prerequisite: ChEN307,
Repeatable for credit under different titles.
MATH225, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semes-
ter hours.
ChEN399. INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual research or
special problem projects. Topics, content, and credit hours to
be agreed upon by student and supervising faculty member.
of the fundamentals of thermodynamics, physical chemistry,
Prerequisite: consent of instructor and department head, sub-
and organic chemistry to the engineering of reactive processes.
mission of “Independent Study” form to CSM Registrar. 1 to
Reactor design; acquisition and analysis of rate data; hetero-
6 semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
geneous catalysis. Relevant aspects of computer-aided
process simulation. Prerequisite: ChEN201, ChEN307,
Senior Year
ChEN308, ChEN357, MATH225, CHGN221, CHGN351,
or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Advanced computer-aided process simulation and process
optimization. Prerequisite: ChEN307, ChEN308, ChEN357,
ChEN375, or consent of instructor. Co-requisite: ChEN418,
ENGINEERING Formulation and solution of chemical engi-
ChEN421. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
neering problems using numerical solution methods within
the Excel and MathCAD environments. Setup and numerical
solution of ordinary and partial differential equations for typ-
Mathematical modeling and analysis of transient systems.
ical chemical engineering systems and transport processes. .
Applications of control theory to response of dynamic
Prerequisite: MATH225, DCGN209 or DCGN210,
chemical engineering systems and processes. Prerequisite:
ChEN307, ChEN357, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lec-
ChEN201, ChEN307, ChEN308, ChEN375, MATH225, or
ture; 3 semester hours.
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
nomic analysis of engineering processes and systems. Inter-
of chemical engineering principles to the processing of natu-
est, annuity, present value, depreciation, cost accounting,
ral gas. Emphasis on using thermodynamics and mass trans-
investment accounting and financing of engineering enter-
fer operations to analyze existing plants. Relevant aspects of
prises along with taxation, market evaluation and break-even
computer-aided process simulation. Prerequisites:
analysis. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture;
CHGN221, ChEN201, ChEN307, ChEN308, ChEN357,
3 semester hours.
ChEN375, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semes-
ter hours.
ChEN430. TRANSPORT PHENOMENA Theory and chem-
ical engineering applications of momentum, heat, and mass
ChEN409. PETROLEUM PROCESSES (I) Application of
transport. Set up and solution of problems involving equa-
chemical engineering principles to petroleum refining.
tions of motion and energy. Prerequisite: ChEN307,
Thermo dynamics and reaction engineering of complex
ChEN308, ChEN357, ChEN375, MATH225, or consent of
hydro carbon systems. Relevant aspects of computer-aided
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
process simulation for complex mixtures. Prerequisite:
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Application of science and engineering principles to the
of instructor. Co-requisite, CHEN460. 1 credit hour; 3 hours
design, fabrication, and testing of microelectronic devices.
Emphasis on specific unit operations and the interrelation
among processing steps. Prerequisites: Senior standing in
IDICS (I) This course introduces the basic principles and ap-
PHGN, ChEN, MTGN, or EGGN. Consent of instructor. Due
plications of microfluidic systems. Concepts related to
to lab space the enrollment is limited to 20 students. 1.5
microscale fluid mechanics, transport, physics, and biology
hours lecture, 4 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
are presented. To gain familiarity with small-scale systems,
students are provided with the opportunity to design, fabri-
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING Applications of statistical and
cate, and test a simple microfluidic device. Prerequisites:
quantum mechanics to understanding and prediction of
ChEN307 (or equivalent) and DCGN210 (or equivalent) or
equilib rium and transport properties and processes. Relations
permission of instructor. 3 semester hours.
between microscopic properties of materials and systems to
ChEN480. NATURAL GAS HYDRATES (I) The purpose of
macroscopic behavior. Prerequisite: ChEN307, ChEN308,
this class is to learn about clathrate hydrates, using two of the
ChEN357, ChEN375, CHGN351 and 353, CHGN221 and
instructor's books, (1) Clathrate Hydrates of Natural Gases,
222, MATH225, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture;
Third Edition (2008) co-authored by C.A.Koh, and (2) Hy-
3 semester hours
drate Engineering, (2000). Using a basis of these books, and
accompanying programs, we have abundant resources to act
Scholarly research of an independent nature. Prerequisite:
as professionals who are always learning. 3 hours lecture; 3
senior standing, consent of instructor. 1 to 3 semester hours.
semester hours.
Scholarly research of an independent nature. Prerequisite:
senior standing, consent of instructor. 1 to 3 semester hours.
ING Topical courses in chemical engineering of special inter-
est. Prerequisite: consent of instructor; 1 to 6 semester hours.
and design of biochemical unit operations and processes used
Repeatable for credit under different titles.
in conjunction with bioreactors are investigated in this
ChEN499. INDEPENDENT STUDY Individual research or
course. Industrial enzyme technologies are developed and ex-
special problem projects. Topics, content, and credit hours to
plored. A strong focus is on the basic processes for producing
be agreed upon by student and supervising faculty member.
bioethanol and biodiesel. Biochemical systems for organic
Prerequisite: consent of instructor and department head, sub-
oxidation and fermentation and inorganic oxidation and re-
mission of “Independent Study” form to CSM Registrar. 1 to
duction will be presented. Prerequisites: ChEN375,
6 semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
CHGN428, and CHGN462 or consent of the instructor. 3
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
TORY. LABORATORY(I) The measurement, calculation
and analysis of processes including separations and reaction
equilibria and their application to biochemical engineering.
Relevant aspects of computer-aided process simulation. Pre-
requisites: CHEN375, CHGN428 and CHGN462 or consent
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Chemistry and
materials and renewable energy. They work in academic en-
vironments, high-tech start-ups, and research and develop-
ment laboratories associated with practically every advanced
technological field including medicine, computing, energy,
DANIEL M. KNAUSS, Professor and Department Head
agriculture, and biotechnology.
The B.S. degree program in chemistry is approved by the
American Chemical Society (ACS) and is designed to edu-
SCOTT W. COWLEY, Associate Professor
cate professionals for the varied career opportunities this cen-
KEVIN W. MANDERNACK, Associate Professor (also Geology &
tral scientific discipline affords. The curricula are therefore
Geological Engineering)
founded in rigorous fundamental science complemented by
JAMES F. RANVILLE, Associate Professor
application of these principles to the minerals, energy, mate-
RYAN RICHARDS, Associate Professor
rials, or environmental fields. For example, specific curricu-
E. CRAIG SIMMONS, Associate Professor
lar tracks emphasizing environmental chemistry or
BETTINA M. VOELKER, Associate Professor
KIM R. WILLIAMS, Associate Professor
biochemistry are offered along with a more flexible chem-
DAVID T. WU, Associate Professor (also Chemical Engineering)
istry track that can be tailored to optimize preparation consis-
STEPHEN G. BOYES, Assistant Professor
tent with students' individual career goals. Those aspiring to
MATTHEW C. POSEWITZ, Assistant Professor
enter Ph.D. programs in chemistry are encouraged to include
ARNOLD B. TAMAYO, Assistant Professor
undergraduate research beyond the minimum required among
YONGAN YANG, Assistant Professor
their elective hours. Others interested in industrial chemistry
MARK SEGER, Lecturer
choose area of special interest courses in chemical engineer-
ED A. DEMPSEY, Instructor
ing or metallurgy, for example. A significant number of stu-
YUAN YANG, Research Assistant Professor
dents complete degrees in both chemistry and chemical
RAMON E. BISQUE, Professor Emeritus
engineering as an excellent preparation for industrial careers.
STEPHEN R. DANIEL, Professor Emeritus
DEAN W. DICKERHOOF, Professor Emeritus
The instructional and research laboratories located in
KENNETH W. EDWARDS, Professor Emeritus
Coolbaugh Hall are state-of-the-art facilities with modern in-
GEORGE H. KENNEDY, Professor Emeritus
strumentation for synthesis and characterization of molecules
RONALD W. KLUSMAN, Professor Emeritus
and materials. Instrumentation includes: gas chromatographs
DONALD LANGMUIR, Professor Emeritus
(GC), high-performance liquid chromatographs (HPLC), in-
GEORGE B. LUCAS, Professor Emeritus
ductively-coupled-plasma-atomic emission spectrometers
DONALD L. MACALADY, Professor Emeritus
(ICP-AES), field-flow fractionation (FFF) equipment, mass
MICHAEL J. PAVELICH, Professor Emeritus
MAYNARD SLAUGHTER, Professor Emeritus
spectrometry equipment (MS, GC/MS, GC/MS/MS, PY/MS,
THOMAS R. WILDEMAN, Professor Emeritus
PY/GC/MS, SFC/MS, MALDI-TOF), 400 MHz and 500
JOHN T. WILLIAMS, Professor Emeritus
MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers (NMR), in-
ROBERT D. WITTERS, Professor Emeritus
frared spectrometers (FTIR), ultraviolet-visible (UV) spec-
CHARLES W. STARKS, Associate Professor Emeritus
trometers, thermogravimetric analyzers (TGA), differential
Program Description
scanning calorimeters (DSC), and others including equip-
ment for microscopy, light scattering, and elemental analysis.
Chemistry is the field of science associated with atoms and
molecules. It focuses on the behavior and properties of mat-
Program Educational Objectives (Bachelor of
ter, the relationship of energy with the bond-forming and
Science in Chemistry)
bond-breaking reactions that dictate chemical processes, and
In addition to contributing toward achieving the educa-
the creation of new substances. Chemistry is the primary
tional objectives described in the CSM Graduate Profile and
field that deals with nanoscience and nanotechnology. It is
the ABET Accreditation Criteria, the B.S. curricula in chem-
often considered the central science, linking the physical sci-
istry are designed to:
ences with engineering, medicine, and life sciences. The sub-
u Impart mastery of chemistry fundamentals;
ject of chemistry is typically broken into more focused
u Develop ability to apply chemistry fundamentals in
disciplines, including organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry,
solving open-ended problems;
theoretical chemistry, computational chemistry, biochemistry,
u Impart knowledge of and ability to use modern tools of
physical chemistry, materials chemistry, and analytical chem-
chemical analysis and synthesis;
istry. A degree in chemistry examines these topics to pro-
u Develop ability to locate and use pertinent information
mote a fundamental understanding of the world and an
from the chemical literature;
application toward technological problems. Professional
u Develop ability to interpret and use experimental data
chemists apply their knowledge in many different areas rang-
for chemical systems;
ing from environmental processes to the development of new
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u Develop ability to effectively communicate in both
tional spectra, term symbols, atomic and molecular
written and oral formats;
electronic spectra, magnetic spectroscopy, Raman spec-
u Prepare students for entry to and success in profes-
troscopy, multiphoton selection rules, lasers), statistical
sional careers;
thermodynamics (ensembles, partition functions, Ein-
u Prepare students for entry to and success in graduate
stein crystals, Debye crystals), group theory, surface
programs; and
chemistry, X-ray crystallography, electron diffraction,
u Prepare students for responsible contribution to society.
dielectric constants, dipole moments, and elements of
computational chemistry.
The B.S. chemistry curricula, in addition to the strong
Laboratory and communication skil s
basis provided by the common core, contain three compo-
u Analytical methods - gravimetry, titrimetry, sample dis-
nents: chemistry fundamentals, laboratory and communica-
solution, quantitative spectroscopy, GC, HPLC,
tion skills, and applications courses.
GC/MS, potentiometry, NMR, AA, ICP-AES
Chemistry fundamentals
u Synthesis techniques - batch reactor assembly, inert-at-
u Analytical chemistry - sampling, method selection, sta-
mosphere manipulations, vacuum line methods,
tistical data analysis, error sources, theory of operation
high-temperature methods, high-pressure methods,
of analytical instruments (atomic and molecular spec-
distil lation, recrystallization, extraction, sublimation,
troscopy, mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic reso-
chromatographic purification, product identification
nance spectroscopy, chromatography and other
u Physical measurements - refractometry, viscometry,
separation methods, electroanalytical methods, and
colligative properties, FTIR, NMR
thermal methods), calibration, standardization, stoi-
u Information retrieval - Chemical Abstracts on-line
chiometry of analysis, equilibrium and kinetic princi-
searching, CA registry numbers, Beilstein, Gmelin,
ples in analysis.
handbooks, organic syntheses, organic reactions, inor-
u Inorganic chemistry - atomic structure and periodicity,
ganic syntheses, primary sources, ACS Style Guide
crystal lattice structure, molecular geometry and bond-
u Reporting - lab notebook, experiment and research re-
ing (VSEPR, Lewis structures, VB and MO theory,
ports, technical oral reports
bond energies and lengths), metals structure and prop-
erties, acid-base theories, main-group element chem-
u Communication - scientific reviews, seminar presenta-
istry, coordination chemistry, term symbols, ligand
tions, publication of research results
field theory, spectra and magnetism of complexes,
organometallic chemistry, and nanomaterials chemistry
u Elective courses - application of chemistry fundamen-
and design.
tals in chemistry elective courses or courses in another
u Organic chemistry - bonding and structure, structure-
discipline; e.g. chemical engineering, environmental
physical property relationships, reactivity-structure re-
science, materials science
lationships, reaction mechanisms (nucleophilic and
u Internship - summer or semester experience in an in-
electrophilic substitution, addition, elimination, radical
dustrial or governmental organization working on real-
reactions, rearrangements, redox reactions, photochem-
world problems
ical reactions, and metal-mediated reactions), chemical
u Undergraduate research-open-ended problem solving in
kinetics, catalysis, major classes of compounds and
the context of a research project
their reactions, and design of synthetic pathways.
u Physical chemistry - thermodynamics (energy, enthalpy,
Degree Requirements (Chemistry Track)
entropy, equilibrium constants, free energy, chemical
The B.S. curricula in chemistry are outlined below.
potential, non-ideal systems, standard states, activity,
Sophomore Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
phase rule, phase equilibria, phase diagrams), electro-
MATH213 Calculus for Scientists & Engn’rs III 4
chemistry, kinetic theory (Maxwell-Boltzmann distri-
PHGN200 Physics II
bution, collision frequency, effusion, heat capacity,
DCGN209 Introduction to Thermodynamics
CHGN221 Organic Chemistry I
equipartition of energy), kinetics (microscopic re-
CHGN223 Organic Chemistry I Lab
versibility, relaxation processes, mechanisms and rate
PAGN201 Physical Education III
laws, collision and absolute rate theories), quantum
mechanics (Schroedinger equations, operators and ma-
Sophomore Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
trix elements, particle-in-a-box, simple harmonic oscil -
SYGN200 Human Systems
lator, rigid rotor, angular momentum, hydrogen atom,
EBGN201 Principles of Economics
hydrogen wave functions, spin, Pauli principle, LCAO
CHGN222 Organic Chemistry II
method), spectroscopy (dipole selection rules, rota-
CHGN224 Organic Chemistry II Lab
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MATH225 Differential Equations
Organic Chemistry II
3 CHGN224
CHGN335 Instrumental Analysis
Organic Chemistry II Lab
PAGN202 Physical Education IV
MATH225 Differential Equations
3 CHGN335
Instrumental Analysis
3 PAGN202
Junior Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
Physical Education IV
CHGN336 Analytical Chemistry
CHGN337 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
Junior Year Fall Semester
CHGN341 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
CHGN336 Analytical Chemistry
CHGN351 Physical Chemistry I
CHGN337 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHGN395 Introduction to Undergraduate Research
CHGN341 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
3 CHGN351
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective I 3
Physical Chemistry I
Free elective
CHGN395 Introduction to Undergraduate Research
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective I 3
Junior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
Environmental Elective
CHGN353 Physical Chemistry II
CHGN323 Qualitative Organic Analysis
Junior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
CHGN428 Biochemistry
CHGN353 Physical Chemistry II
Technical Elective
CHGN323 Qualitative Organic Analysis
Technical Elective
CHGN428 Biochemistry
Environmental Elective
Junior-Senior Year Summer Session
lab. sem.hrs.
Technical Elective
CHGN490 Synthesis & Characterization
Junior-Senior Year Summer Session
lab. sem.hrs.
Senior Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
CHGN490 Synthesis & Characterization
CHGN495 Research
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective II
Senior Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
CHGN401 Theoretical Inorganic Chem.
CHGN495 Research
Technical elective
Environmental Elective
Technical elective
Environmental Elective
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective II
Senior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
Free elective
CHGN495 Undergraduate Research
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective III
Senior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
Technical elective
CHGN495 Undergraduate Research
Free elective
CHGN410 Surface Chemistry
Free elective
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective III
CHGN403 Environmental Chemistry
Degree Total
Free elective
Technical Electives are courses in any technical field. Examples of
possible electives that will be recommended to students are:
Degree Total
SYGN202; SYGN203; ChEN201; PHGN300; EBGN305,
Biochemistry Track
EBGN306, EBGN310, EBGN311, EBGN312;,BELS301/ESGN301,
Sophomore Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
BELS302/ESGN302; ESGN353; GEGN206; GEOL 311;
MATH213 Calculus for Scientists & Engn'rs III 4
MATH323; MATH332 MNGN210; MTGN311; PEGN102;
PHGN200 Physics II
PHGN419; CHGN430; CHGN462
DCGN209 Introduction to Thermodynamics
Environmental Chemistry Track
CHGN221 Organic Chemistry I
Sophomore Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
CHGN223 Organic Chemistry I Lab
MATH213 Calculus for Scientists & Engn'rs III 4
PAGN201 Physical Education III
PHGN200 Physics II
DCGN209 Introduction to Thermodynamics
Sophomore Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
CHGN221 Organic Chemistry I
SYGN200 Human Systems
CHGN223 Organic Chemistry I Lab
EBGN201 Principles of Economics
PAGN201 Physical Education III
CHGN222 Organic Chemistry II
CHGN224 Organic Chemistry II Lab
Sophomore Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
MATH225 Differential Equations
SYGN200 Human Systems
3 EBGN201
CHGN335 Instrumental Analysis
Principles of Economics
3 CHGN222
PAGN202 Physical Education IV
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Junior Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
Description of Courses
BELS301 General Biology I
BELS311 General Biology I Lab
CHGN336 Analytical Chemistry
tory college chemistry. Elementary atomic structure and the
CHGN337 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
periodic chart, chemical bonding, chemical bonding, chemi-
CHGN341 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
cal reactions and stoichiometry of chemi cal reactions, chem-
CHGN351 Physical Chemistry I
ical equilibrium, thermochemistry, and properties of gases.
CHGN395 Introduction to Undergraduate Research
Must not be used for elective credit. Does not apply toward
undergraduate degree or g.p.a. 3 hours lecture and 3 hours
Junior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
lab; 3 semester hours.
CHGN353 Physical Chemistry II
CHGN323 Qualitative Organic Analysis
of matter and energy based on atomic structure, correlation
CHGN428 Biochemistry I
BELS303 General Biology II
of properties of elements with position in periodic chart,
BELS313 General Biology II Lab
chemical bonding, geometry of molecules, phase changes,
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective I 3
stoichiometry, solution chemistry, gas laws, and thermo-
chemistry. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours. Ap-
Junior-Senior Year Summer Session
lab. sem.hrs.
proved for Colorado Guaranteed General Education transfer.
CHGN490 Synthesis & Characterization
Equivalency for GT-SC1.
Senior Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
Continuation of CHGN121 concentrating on chemical kinetics,
CHGN401 Theoretical Inorganic Chem.
thermodynamics, electrochemistry, organic nomenclature,
CHGN429 Biochemistry II
and chemical equilibrium (acid- base, solubility, complexa-
CHGN495 Undergraduate Research
tion, and redox). Laboratory experiments emphasizing quan-
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective II
titative chemical measurements. Prerequisite: Grade of C or
Technical Elective
better in CHGN121. 3 hours lecture; 3 hours lab, 4 semester
Senior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
CHGN495 Undergraduate Research
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective III
course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
Free elective
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is
Free elective
offered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable
Free elective
credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under differ-
ent titles.
Degree Total
CHGN199. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
Possible technical electives that will be recommended to students
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
are: CHGN403, CHGN462, BELS 321, BELS402, BELS404
member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a sub-
Chemistry Minor and ASI Programs
ject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Indepen-
No specific course sequences are suggested for students
dent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the
wishing to include chemistry minors or areas of special inter-
Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
est in their programs. Rather, those students should consult
with the CHGC department head (or designated faculty
member) to design appropriate sequences. For the purpose
properties, and reactions of the important classes of organic
of completing a minor in Chemistry, the Organic Chemistry
compounds, introduction to reaction mechanisms. Prerequi-
sequence is exempt from the 100-200 level limit.
sites: Grade of C or better in CHGN122. 3 hours lecture; 3
ASI programs include Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, En-
semester hours.
vironmental Chemistry, and Biochemistry. Refer to the main
ASI section of the Bulletin for applicable rules for Areas of
of CHGN221. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in
Special Interest.
CHGN221. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
(I,II, S) Laboratory exercises including purification tech-
niques, synthesis, and characterization. Experiments are de-
signed to support concepts presented in the CHGN221.
Students are introduced to Green Chemistry principles and
methods of synthesis and the use of computational software.
Colorado School of Mines   Undergraduate Bul etin   2010–2011

Prerequisites: CHGN221 or concurrent enrollment. 3 hours
laboratory, 1 semester hour.
The chemistry of the elements and periodic trends in reactiv-
ity discussed in relation to the preparation and use of inor-
(II, S) Laboratory exercises using more advanced synthesis
ganic chemicals in industry and the environment.
techniques. Experiments are designed to support concepts
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in both CHGN222 and
presented in CHGN222. Prerequisites: CHGN221,
DCGN209. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CHGN223, and CHGN222 or concurrent enrollment. 3 hours
laboratory, 1 semester hour.
PERSPECTIVE I (I) A study of chemical systems from a
molecular physical chemistry perspective. Includes an intro-
course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
duction to quantum mechanics, atoms and molecules, spec-
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is
troscopy, bonding and symmetry, and an introduction to
offered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable
modern computational chemistry. Prerequisite: MATH225;
credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under differ-
PHGN200; Grade of C or better in both CHGN 122 and
ent titles.
DCGN 209 or DCGN 210. 3 hours lecture; 3 hours labora-
tory; 4 semester hours.
CHGN299. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a sub-
PERSPECTIVE II (II) A continuation of CHGN351. Includes
ject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Indepen-
statistical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, chemical reac-
dent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the
tion mechanisms, electrochemistry, and selected additional
Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
topics. Prerequisite: CHGN351. 3 hours lecture; 3 hours lab-
oratory; 4 semester hours.
APPLIED SPECTROSCOPY (II) Identification, separation
RESEARCH (I) (WI) Introduction to Undergraduate Re-
and purification of organic compounds including use of mod-
search is designed to prepare students to pursue their senior
ern physical and instrumental methods. Prerequisite:
research projects prior to enrollment in CHGN495 (Under-
CHGN222, CHGN224. 1 hour lecture; 3 hours lab; 2 semes-
graduate Research). Students will attend lectures and re-
ter hours.
search presentations, the student, in consultation with their
research advisor, will select a research area, perform litera-
ture research, design a research project and prepare a re-
of AAS, AES, Visible-UV, IR, NMR, XRF, XRD, XPS, elec-
search proposal. Prerequisites: Completion of the chemistry
tron, and mass spectroscopy; gas and liquid chromatography;
curriculum through the Spring semester of the sophomore
data interpretation. Prerequisite: DCGN209, MATH112.
year or permission of the department head. Credit: 1 semester
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
techniques of gravimetry, titrimetry (acid-base, complexo-
course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
metric, redox, precipitation), electrochemical analysis, chem-
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is
ical separations; statistical evaluation of data. Prerequisite:
offered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable
DCGN209. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under differ-
ent titles.
LABORATORY (I) (WI) Laboratory exercises emphasizing
CHGN399. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
sample preparation and instrumental methods of analysis.
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
Prerequisite: CHGN336 or concurrent enrollment. 3 hours
member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a sub-
lab; 1 semester hour.
ject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Indepen-
dent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the
vised, full-time, chemistry-related employment for a continu-
Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
ous six-month period (or its equivalent) in which specific
educational objectives are achieved. Prerequisite: Second se-
mester sophomore status and a cumulative grade-point aver-
Periodic properties of the elements. Bonding in ionic and
age of at least 2.00. 0 to 3 semester hours. Cooperative
metallic crystals. Acid-base theories. Inorganic stereochem-
Education credit does not count toward graduation except
istry. Nonaqueous solvents. Coordination chemistry and lig-
under special conditions.
and field theory. Prerequisite: CHGN341 or consent of
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Colorado School of Mines   Undergraduate Bul etin   2010–2011

Introduction to valence bond and molecular orbital theories,
THE ENVIRONMENT (II) This course will cover the basic
symmetry; introduction to group theory; applications of
fundamentals of micro biology, such as structure and function
group theory and symmetry concepts to molecular orbital and
of procaryotic versus eucaryotic cells; viruses; classification
ligand field theories. Prerequisite: CHGN341 or consent of
of micro-organisms; microbial metabolism, energetics, genet-
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ics, growth and diversity, microbial interactions with plants,
animals, and other microbes. Additional topics covered will
include various aspects of environmental microbiology such
natural and anthro pogenic chemicals interact, react and are
as global biogeochemical cycles, bioleaching, bioremedia-
transformed and redistributed in various environmental com-
tion, and wastewater treatment. Prerequisite: Consent of in-
partments. Air, soil and aqueous (fresh and saline surface and
structor 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
groundwaters) environments are covered, along with special-
ized envi ronments such as waste treatment facilities and the
class provides a survey of techniques of computational chem-
upper atmosphere. Prerequisites: SYGN101, DCGN209,
istry, including quantum mechanics (both Hartree-Fock and
CHGN222. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
density functional approaches) and molecular dynamics. Em-
phasis is given to the integration of these techniques with ex-
duction to colloid systems, capillarity, surface tension and
perimental programs of molecular design and development.
contact angle, adsorption from solution, micelles and micro -
Prerequisites: CHGN351, CHGN401. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
emulsions, the solid/gas interface, surface analytical tech-
mester hours.
niques, van der Waal forces, electrical properties and colloid
stability, some specific colloid systems (clays, foams and
(WI) Advanced methods of organic and inorganic synthesis;
emulsions). Students enrolled for graduate credit in MLGN510
high-temperature, high-pressure, inert-atmosphere, vacuum-
must complete a special project. Prerequisite: DCGN209 or
line, and electrolytic methods. Prerequisites: CHGN323,
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CHGN341. 6-week summer session; 6 semester hours.
Prerequisites: CHGN221, CHGN223. 3 hours lab; 1 semester
Individual research project under direction of a member of
the Departmental faculty. Prerequisites: selection of a re-
CHGN428. BIOCHEMISTRY I (II) Introductory study of
search topic and advisor, preparation and approval of a re-
the major molecules of biochemistry-amino acids, proteins,
search proposal, completion of chemistry curriculum through
enzymes, nucleic acids, lipids, and saccharides- their struc-
the junior year or permission of the department head. Vari-
ture, chemistry, biological function, and biosynthesis.
able credit; 1 to 5 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
Stresses bioenergetics and the cell as a bio logical unit of or-
ganization. Discussion of classical genetics, molecular genet-
CHGN497. INTERNSHIP (I, II, S) Individual internship ex-
ics, and protein synthesis. Prerequisite: CHGN222 or
perience with an industrial, academic, or governmental host
permission of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
supervised by a Departmental faculty member. Prerequisites:
CHGN429. BIOCHEMISTRY II (I) A continuation of
Completion of chemistry curriculum through the junior year
CHGN428. Topics include: nucleotide synthesis; DNA re-
or permission of the department head. Variable credit; 1 to 6
pair, replication and recombination; transcription, translation
credit hours.
and regulation; proteomics; lipid and amino acid synthesis;
protein target and degradation; membranes; receptors and
course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
signal transduction. Prerequisites: CHGN428 or permission
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
offered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable
credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under differ-
POLYMER SCIENCE (I) An introduction to the chemistry
ent titles.
and physics of macromolecules. Topics include the properties
CHGN499. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
and statistics of polymer solutions, measurements of molecu-
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
lar weights, molecular weight distributions, properties of
member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a sub-
bulk polymers, mechanisms of polymer formation, and prop-
ject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Indepen-
erties of thermosets and thermoplastics including elastomers.
dent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the
Pre requisite: CHGN222 or permission of instructor. 3 hour
Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for
lecture, 3 semester hours.
Colorado School of Mines   Undergraduate Bul etin   2010–2011

Economics and Business the ABET Accreditation Criteria, the educational objectives
of the undergraduate program in economics and business are:
RODERICK G. EGGERT, Professor and Division Director
To provide students with a strong foundation in economic
JOHN T. CUDDINGTON, William J. Coulter Professor
CAROL A. DAHL, Professor
theory and analytical techniques, taking advantage of the
GRAHAM A. DAVIS, Professor
mathematical and quantitative abilities of CSM under -
graduate students; and
EDWARD J. BALISTRERI, Associate Professor
To prepare students for the work force, especially in
MICHAEL B. HEELEY, Associate Professor
organi zations in CSM’s areas of traditional strength
ALEXANDRA M. NEWMAN, Associate Professor
(engineer ing, applied science, mathematics and computer
JOY M. GODESIABOIS, Assistant Professor
science), and for graduate school, especially in economics,
DANIEL KAFFINE, Assistant Professor
STEFFEN REBENNACK, Assistant Professor
business, and law.
All economics majors take forty-five percent of their courses
ANN DOZORETZ, Instructor
in math, science, and engineering, including the same core re-
FRANKLIN J. STERMOLE, Professor Emeritus
quired of all CSM undergraduates. Students take another forty
JOHN E. TILTON, University Emeritus Professor
ROBERT E. D. WOOLSEY, Professor Emeritus
percent of their courses in economics and business. The remain-
ing fifteen percent of the course work can come from any field.
Program Description
Many students complete minor programs in a technical field,
The economy is becoming increasingly global and de-
such as computer science, engineering, geology or environmen-
pendent on advanced technology. In such a world, private
tal science. A number of students pursue double majors.
companies and public organizations need leaders and man-
To complete the economics major, students must take 45
agers who understand economics and business, as well as
hours of 300 and 400 level economics and business courses. Of
science and technology.
these, 18 hours must be at the 400 level. At least 30 of the re-
Programs in the Division of Economics and Business are
quired 45 hours must be taken in residence in the home depart-
designed to bridge the gap that often exists between econo-
ment. For students participating in an approved foreign study
mists and managers, on the one hand, and engineers and sci-
program, up to 19 hours of the 30 hours in residence require-
entists, on the other. All CSM undergraduate students are
ment may be taken abroad.
introduced to economic principles in a required course, and
Degree Requirements in Economics
many pursue additional course work in minor programs or
Sophomore Year Fall Semester lec.
elective courses. The courses introduce undergraduate stu-
EBGN201 Principles of Economics
dents to economic and business principles so that they will
PHGN200 Physics II
understand the economic and business environments, both
MATH213 Calc. for Scientists & Engineers III
national and global, in which they will work and live.
PAGN201 Physical Education III
In keeping with the mission of the Colorado School of
Free Elective
Mines, the Division of Economics and Business offers a
Bachelor of Science in Economics. Most economics degrees
Sophomore Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
at other universities are awarded as a Bachelor of Arts, with a
EBGN301 Intermediate Microeconomics
strong liberal arts component. Our degree is grounded in
MATH323 Probability and Statistics
mathematics, engineering and the sciences. We graduate
MATH225 Differential Equations
technologically literate economists with quantitative eco-
SYGN200 Human Systems
PAGN202 Physical Education IV
nomics and business skills that give them a competitive ad-
Free Electives
vantage in today’s economy.
Economics majors have a range of career options follow-
Junior Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
ing their undergraduate studies. Some pursue graduate de-
EBGN302 Intermediate Macroeconomics
grees in economics, business, or law. Others begin careers as
EBGN325 Operations Research Methods
managers, economic advisors, and financial officers in busi-
EBGN Elective I*
ness or government, often in organizations that deal with en-
EBGN Elective II*
gineering, applied science, and advanced technology.
MATH332 Linear Algebra or MATH348 Advanced Engineering
Program Educational Objectives (Bachelor of
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective I 3
Science in Economics)
In addition to contributing toward achieving the educa-
tional objectives described in the CSM Graduate Profile and
Colorado School of Mines   Undergraduate Bul etin   2010–2011

Junior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
EBGN320 Economics and Technology
EBGN303 Econometrics
EBGN330 Energy Economics
EBGN321 Engineering Economics
EBGN342 Economic Development
EBGN409 Math Econ.** or
EBGN398 Special Topics
EBGN Elective III*
EBGN404 Advanced Micro Topics
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective II3
EBGN405 Advanced Macro Topics
Free Elective
EBGN409 Mathematical Economics
EBGN437 Regional Economics
Summer Session
lab. sem.hrs.
EBGN441 International Economics
EBGN403 Field Session
EBGN443 Public Economics
EBGN470 Environmental Economics
EBGN495 Economic Forecasting
Senior Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
EBGN498 Special Topics
EBGN404 Adv. Micro Topics
EBGN405 Adv. Macro Topics
Business Focus
EBGN455 Linear. Prog'** or EBGN Elective III 3
EBGN304 Personal Finance
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective III 3
EBGN305 Financial Accounting
Free Elective
EBGN306 Managerial Accounting
EBGN314 Principles of Management
Senior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
EBGN321 Engineering Economics
EBGN Elective IV*
EBGN325 Operations Research
EBGN Elective V*
EBGN345 Corporate Finance
EBGN Elective VI*
EBGN398 Special Topics
Free Electives
EBGN452 Nonlinear Programming
EBGN455 Linear Programming
Degree Total
EBGN456 Network Models
EBGN457 Integer Programming
*At least 2 EBGN elective courses must be at the 400-level or above
EBGN459 Supply Chain Management
**Students must take either EBGN409 or EBGN455.
EBGN461 Stochastic Models in Management Science
Minor Program in Economics and Business
EBGN747 Inventing, Patenting and Licensing
The minor in Economics requires that students complete 6
EBGN498 Special Topics
economics courses, for a total of 18 credit hours. Minors are
required to take Principles of Economics (EBGN201) and ei-
Minor Program in Operations Research (OR)
ther Intermediate Microeconomics (EBGN301) or Intermedi-
The Operations Research minor consists of a minimum of
ate Macroeconomics (EBGN302). Students must complete 4
18 credit hours of a logical sequence of courses. Only three
additional courses from the lists below. Students may choose
of these hours may be taken in the student's degree-granting
courses from either the economics focus or the business
department. Three of these hours must consist of a determin-
focus list (or both). Regardless of their course selection, the
istic modeling course, three must consist of a stochastic mod-
minor remains "Economics and Business." Economics
eling course, and no more than three must draw from a
courses taken as part of the Humanities and Social Sciences
survey course (combining both stochastic and deterministic
electives can be counted toward the minor.
Area of Special Interest in Economics and
The objectives of the minor are to supplement an engineer-
ing or applied science background with a formal approach to
mathematical modeling that includes assessing and/or im-
The area of special interest in Economics and Business re-
proving the performance of a system. Such a system could be
quires that students complete Principles of Economics
naturally occurring or man-made. Examples of such systems
(EBGN201) and 3 other courses in economics and business
are manufacturing lines, mines, wind farms, mechanical sys-
chosen from the lists below, for a total of 12 credit hours.
tems such as turbines and generators (or a collection of such
Economics courses taken as part of the Humanities and So-
objects), waste water treatment facilities, and chemical
cial Sciences electives can be counted toward the area of spe-
processes. The formal approach includes optimization, (e.g.,
cial interest.
linear programming, nonlinear programming, integer pro-
Economics Focus
gramming), decision analysis, stochastic modeling, and sim-
EBGN301 Intermediate Microeconomics
EBGN302 Intermediate Macroeconomics
EBGN303 Econometrics
EBGN310 Environmental and Resource Economics
EBGN315 Business Strategy
Colorado School of Mines   Undergraduate Bul etin   2010–2011

Description of Courses
potentially stabilizing roles of monetary, fiscal and exchange
Freshman Year
rates policies, the role of expectations and intertemporal con-
siderations, and the determinants of long-run growth. The ef-
BUSINESS (I, II) Pilot course or special topics course.
fects of external and internal shocks (such as oil price
Topics chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and
shocks, resource booms and busts) are analyzed. Prerequi-
student(s). Usually the course is offered only once. Prerequi-
sites: EBGN201 and MATH213. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
site: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours.
Repeatable for credit under different titles.
EBGN303. ECONOMETRICS (II) (WI) Introduction to
EBGN199. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
econometrics, including ordinary least-squares and single-
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
equation models; two-stage least-squares and multiple-equa-
member. A student and instructor agree on a subject matter,
tion models; specification error, serial correlation,
content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study”
heteroskedasticity, and other problems; distributive-lag mod-
form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Vari-
els and other extensions, hypothesis testing and forecasting
able credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
applications. Prerequisites: EBGN201 and MATH323. 3
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Sophomore Year
EBGN304. PERSONAL FINANCE (S) The management of
duction to microeconomics and macroeconomics. This
household and personal finances. Overview of financial con-
course focuses on applying the economic way of thinking
cepts with special emphasis on their application to issues
and basic tools of economic analysis. Economic effects of
faced by individuals and households: budget management,
public policies. Analysis of markets for goods, services and
taxes, savings, housing and other major acquisitions, borrow-
resources. Tools of cost-benefit analysis. Measures of over-
ing, insurance, investments, meeting retirement goals, and
all economic activity. Determinants of economic growth.
estate planning. Survey of principles and techniques for the
Monetary and fiscal policy. Prerequisites: None. 3 hours lec-
management of a household’s assets and liabilities. Study of
ture; 3 semester hours.
financial institutions and their relationship to households,
along with a discussion of financial instruments commonly
held by individuals and families. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
BUSINESS (I, II) Pilot course or special topics course.
Topics chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and
student(s). Usually the course is offered only once. Prerequi-
site: Instructor permission. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit
evaluation of balance sheets and income and expense state-
hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
ments, origin and purpose. Evaluation of depreciation, deple-
tion, and reserve methods for tax and internal management
EBGN299. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) Individual re-
purposes. Cash flow analysis in relation to planning and
search or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
decision making. Inventory methods and cost controls related
member. A student and instructor agree on a subject matter,
to dynamics of production and processing. 3 hours lecture;
content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study”
3 semester hours.
form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Vari-
able credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
duction to cost concepts and principles of management ac-
Junior Year
counting including cost accounting. The course focuses on
activities that create value for customers and owners of a
This course introduces the theoretical and analytical founda-
company and demonstrates how to generate cost-accounting
tions of microeconomics and applies these models to the de-
information to be used in management decision making. Pre-
cisions and interactions of consumers, producers and
requisite: EBGN305. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
governments. Develops and applies models of consumer
choice and production with a focus on general equilibrium
results for competitive markets. Examines the effects of
ECONOMICS (I) (WI) Application of microeconomic the-
market power and market failures on prices, allocation of re-
sources and social welfare. Prerequisites: EBGN201 and
to topics in environmental and resource economics. Topics
MATH213. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
include analysis of pollution control, benefit/cost analysis in
decision-making and the associated problems of measuring
benefits and costs, non-renewable resource extraction,
Intermediate macroeconomics provides a foundation for ana-
measures of resource scarcity, renewable resource manage-
lyzing both short-run and long-run economic performance
ment, environmental justice, sustainability, and the analysis
across countries and over time. The course discusses macro-
of environmental regulations and resource policies. Prerequi-
economic data analysis (including national income and bal-
site: EBGN201. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ance of payments accounting), economic fluctuations and the
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argument. The effect of value-added processing and export
Introduction of underlying principles, fundamentals, and
diversification on development. Prerequisite: EBGN201.
knowledge required of the manager in a complex, modern
3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
organization. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
EBGN315. BUSINESS STRATEGY (II) An introduction to
Introduction to corporate finance, financial management, and
game theory and industrial organization (IO) principles at a
financial markets. Time value of money and discounted cash
practical and applied level. Topics include economies of
flow valuation, risk and returns, interest rates, bond and stock
scale and scope, the economics of the make-versus-buy deci-
valuation, capital budgeting and financing decisions. Intro-
sion, market structure and entry, dynamic pricing rivalry,
duction to financial engineering and financial risk manage-
strategic positioning, and the economics of organizational de-
ment, derivatives, and hedging with derivatives. Prerequisite:
sign. Prerequisite: EBGN201. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
EBGN305. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
BUSINESS (I, II) Pilot course or special topics course.
theoretical, empirical and policy aspects of the economics of
Topics chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and
technology and technological change. Topics include the eco-
student(s). Usually the course is offered only once. Prerequi-
nomics of research and development, inventions and patent-
site: Instructor permission. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit
ing, the Internet, e-commerce, and incentives for efficient
hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
implementation of technology. Prerequisite: EBGN201.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
research or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
member. A student and instructor agree on a subject matter,
Time value of money concepts of present worth, future
content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study”
worth, annual worth, rate of return and break-even analysis
form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Vari-
applied to after-tax economic analysis of mineral, petroleum
able credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
and general investments. Related topics on proper handling
Senior Year
of (1) inflation and escalation, (2) leverage (borrowed money),
EBGN403. FIELD SESSION (S) (WI) An applied course for
(3) risk adjustment of analysis using expected value con-
students majoring in economics. The field session may con-
cepts, (4) mutually exclusive alternative analysis and service
sist of either participation in a computer simulation or an in-
producing alternatives. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
dependent research project under the supervision of a faculty
member. In the computer simulation, students work as part of
course introduces fundamental operations research techniques
the senior executive team of a company and are responsible
in the optimization areas of linear programming, network
for developing and executing a strategy for their company
models (i.e., maximum flow, shortest part, and minimum cost
with on-going decisions on everything from new product de-
flow), integer programming, and nonlinear programming.
velopment, to marketing, to finance and accounting. Prereq-
Stochastic (probabilistic) topics include queuing theory and
uisites: EBGN301, EBGN302, EBGN303; or permission of
simulation. Inventory models are discussed as time permits.
the instructor. 3 semester hours.
The emphasis in this applications course is on problem
formu lation and obtaining solutions using Excel Software.
ICS-(I) Application of economic theory to microeconomic
Prerequisite: Junior Standing, MATH112. 3 hours lecture;
problems. This course will involve both theoretical and em-
3 semester hours.
pirical modeling of consumers, producers and markets. Top-
EBGN330. ENERGY ECONOMICS (I) Study of economic
ics may include game theory, risk and uncertainty, the
theories of optimal resource extraction, market power, mar-
economics of information, intertemporal allocations and gen-
ket failure, regulation, deregulation, technological change
eral equilibrium modeling. Prerequisites: EBGN301,
and resource scarcity. Economic tools used to analyze OPEC,
EBGN302 and EBGN303. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
energy mergers, natural gas price controls and deregulation,
electric utility restructuring, energy taxes, environmental im-
ICS-(I) This course is a sequel to Intermediate Macroeco-
pacts of energy use, government R&D programs, and other
nomics. The course will cover (i) modern economic growth
energy topics. Prerequisite: EBGN201. 3 hours lecture;
theory and empirics; (ii) microfoundations and econometric
3 semester hours.
estimation of macroeconomic relationships, such as con-
sumption, gross fixed investment, inventory behavior and the
Theories of development and underdevelopment. Sectoral
sustainability of fiscal deficits; and (iii) multi-sectoral mod-
development policies and industrialization. The special prob-
els of international trade and finance. Other topics may in-
lems and opportunities created by an extensive mineral endow -
clude real business cycle models, macroeconomic policy
ment, including the Dutch disease and the resource-curse
simulation, macroeconomic policy efficacy in globally inte-
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grated economies, foreign repercussions effects, empirical re-
areas such as mining, energy, transportation and the military.
lationships between interest rates and exchange rates, and in-
Prerequisite: EBGN455 or permission of instructor. 3 hours
teractions between resource industries and the rest of the
lecture; 3 semester hours.
economy. Prerequisites: EBGN301, EBGN302 and
EBGN303. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
addresses the formulation of linear programming models,
examines linear programs in two dimensions, covers standard
tion of mathematical tools to economic problems. Coverage
form and other basics essential to understanding the Simplex
of mathematics needed to read published economic literature
method, the Simplex method itself, duality theory, comple-
and to do graduate study in economics. Topics from differen-
mentary slackness conditions, and sensitivity analysis. As
tial and integral calculus, matrix algebra, differential equa-
time permits, multi-objective programming, an introduction
tions, and dynamic programming. Applications are taken
to linear integer programming, and the interior point method
from mineral, energy, and environmental issues, requiring
are introduced. Applications of linear programming models
both analytical and computer solutions using programs such
discussed in this course include, but are not limited to, the
as GAMS and MATHEMATICA. Prerequisites: MATH213,
areas of manufacturing, finance, energy, mining, transporta-
EBGN301, EBGN302; MATH332 or MATH348; or permis-
tion and logistics, and the military. Prerequisites: MATH332
sion of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
or MATH348 or EBGN409 or permission of instructor.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
the spatial dimension of economies and economic decisions.
EBGN456 NETWORK MODELS (II) Network models are
Interregional capital and labor mobility. Location decisions
linear programming problems that possess special mathemat-
of firms and households. Agglomeration economies. Models
ical structures. This course examines a variety of network
of regional economic growth. Measuring and forecasting
models, specifically, spanning tree problems, shortest path
economic impact and regional growth. Local and regional
problems, maximum flow problems, minimum cost flow
economic development policy. Urban and regional spatial
problems, and transportation and assignment problems. For
structure. Emphasis on application of tools and techniques of
each class of problem, we present applications in areas such
regional analysis. Prerequisite: EBGN301. 3 hours lecture;
as manufacturing, finance, energy, mining, transportation and
3 semester hours.
logistics, and the military. We also discuss an algorithm or
two applicable to each problem class. As time permits, we
Theories and determinants of international trade, including
explore combinatorial problems that can be depicted on
static and dynamic comparative advantage and the gains
graphs, e.g., the traveling salesman problem and the Chinese
from trade. The history of arguments for and against free
postman problem, and discuss the tractability issues associ-
trade. The political economy of trade policy in both develop-
ated with these problems in contrast to "pure" network mod-
ing and developed countries. Prerequisite: EBGN301.
els. Prerequisites: MATH111; EBGN325 or EBGN455; or
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
permission of the instructor.
EBGN443. PUBLIC ECONOMICS (I) (WI) This course
covers public-sector economics, including the fundamental
vanced course in optimization, this course will address com-
institutions and relationships between the government and
putational performance of linear and linear-integer
private decision makers. It covers the fundamental general-
optimization problems, and, using state-of-the-art hardware
equilibrium welfare theorems and their interaction with gov-
and software, will introduce solution techniques for "diffi-
ernment policy instruments that affect efficiency and
cult" optimization problems. We will discuss such method-
distribution. Normative topics include an intensive study of
ologies applied to the monolith, e.g., branch-and-bound and
the causes and consequences of, and policy prescriptions for,
its variations, cutting planes, strong formulations, as well as
market failure due to public goods, or other problems associ-
decomposition and reformulation techniques, e.g., La-
ated with externalities and income distribution. Positive
grangian relaxation, Benders decomposition, column genera-
analysis focuses on policy formation in the context of politi-
tion. Additional special topics may be introduced as time
cal-economy and public choice theories. Prerequisite:
permits. Prerequisite: EBGN455 or permission of instructor.
EBGN301. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
vanced course in optimization, this course will address both
quantitative managerial course, the course will explore how
unconstrained and constrained nonlinear model formulation
firms can better organize their operations so that they more
and corresponding algorithms, e.g., gradient search and New-
effectively align their supply with the demand for their prod-
ton's method, Lagrange multiplier methods and reduced gra-
ucts and services. Supply Chain Management (SCM) is con-
dient algorithms. Applications of state-of-the-art hardware
cerned with the efficient integration of suppliers, factories,
and software will emphasize solving real-world problems in
warehouses and retail-stores (or other forms of distribution
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channels) so that products are provided to customers in the
right quantity and at the right time. Topics include managing
tion to the methods employed in business and econometric
economies of scale for functional products, managing mar-
forecasting. Topics include time series modeling, Box-
ket-mediation costs for innovative products, make-to order
Jenkins models, vector autoregression, cointegration, expo-
versus make-to-stock systems, quick response strategies, risk
nential smoothing and seasonal adjustments. Covers data
pooling strategies, supply-chain contracts and revenue man-
collection methods, graphing, model building, model inter-
agement. Additional "special topics" will also be introduced,
pretation, and presentation of results. Topics include demand
such as reverse logistics issues in the supply-chain or con-
and sales forecasting, the use of anticipations data, leading
temporary operational and financial hedging strategies. Pre-
indicators and scenario analysis, business cycle forecasting,
requisite: permission of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
GNP, stock market prices and commodity market prices. In-
semester hours.
cludes discussion of links between economic forecasting and
government policy. Prerequisites: EBGN301, EBGN302,
SCIENCE (II) As a quantitative managerial course, the
EBGN303. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
course is an introduction to the use of probability models for
analyzing risks and economic decisions and doing perform-
ance analysis for dynamic systems. The difficulties of mak-
BUSINESS (I, II) Pilot course or special topics course.
ing decisions under uncertainty are familiar to everyone. We
Topics chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and
will learn models that help us quantitatively analyze uncer-
student(s). Usually the course is offered only once. Prerequi-
tainty and how to use related software packages for manage-
site: Instructor permission. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit
rial decision-making and to do optimization under
hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
uncertainty. Illustrative examples will be drawn from many
fields including marketing, finance, production, logistics and
distribution, energy and mining. The main focus of the
research or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
course is to see methodologies that help to quantify the dy-
member. A student and instructor agree on a subject matter,
namic relationships of sequences of "random" events that
content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study”
evolve over time. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Vari-
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
able credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
This course considers the role of markets as they relate to the
environment. Topics discussed include environmental policy
and economic incentives, market and non-market approaches
to pollution regulation, property rights and the environment,
the use of benefit/cost analysis in environmental policy deci-
sions, and methods for measuring environmental and non-
market values. Prerequisite: EBGN301. 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours.
(WI) This course provides an introduction to the legal frame-
work of inventing and patenting and addresses practical is-
sues facing inventors. The course examines patent law,
inventing and patenting in the corporate environment, patent
infringement and litigation, licensing, and the economic im-
pact of patents. Methods and resources for market evalua-
tion, searching prior art, documentation and disclosure of
invention, and preparing patent applications are presented.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 se-
mester hours.
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Program Description
The Division of Engineering offers a design-oriented,
TERENCE E. PARKER, Professor and Division Director
interdisciplinary, accredited non-traditional undergraduate
WILLIAM A. HOFF, Associate Professor and Assistant Division
program in engineering with specialization in civil, electrical,
MARTE S. GUTIERREZ, James R. Paden Chair Distinguished
environmental or mechanical engineering. The program
empha sizes fundamental engineering principles and requires
KEVIN L. MOORE, Gerard August Dobelman Distinguished
in-depth understanding within one of the four specialty areas
that are offered. Graduates are in a position to take advantage
ROBERT J. KEE, George R. Brown Distinguished Professor
of a broad variety of professional opportunities, and are well-
prepared for an engineering career in a world of rapid tech-
ROBERT H. KING, Professor
nological change.
NING LU, Professor
NIGEL T. MIDDLETON, Senior Vice President for Strategic
The program leading to the degree Bachelor of Science in
Enterprises, Professor
Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for En-
gineering and Technology (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite
GRAHAM G. W. MUSTOE, Professor
1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone (410) 347-
PANKAJ K. (PK) SEN, Professor
JOEL M. BACH, Associate Professor
Program Educational Objectives (Bachelor of
JOHN R. BERGER, Associate Professor
CRISTIAN V. CIOBANU, Associate Professor
Science in Engineering)
PANOS D. KIOUSIS, Associate Professor
The Engineering program contributes to the educational
DAVID MUNOZ, Associate Professor
objectives described in the CSM Graduate Profile and the
PAUL PAPAS, Associate Professor
ABET Accreditation Criteria. In addition, the Engineering
MARCELO GODOY SIMOES, Associate Professor
Program at CSM has established the following program edu-
CATHERINE K. SKOKAN, Associate Professor
cational objectives:
JOHN P. H. STEELE, Associate Professor
TYRONE VINCENT, Associate Professor
u Graduates will understand the design and analysis of
RAY RUICHONG ZHANG, Associate Professor
engineering systems and the interdisciplinary nature of
GREGORY BOGIN, Assistant Professor
ROBERT J. BRAUN, Assistant Professor
u Graduates will incorporate an appreciation for issues
KATHRYN JOHNSON, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor
involving earth, energy, materials and the environment
SALMAN MOHAGHEGHI, Assistant Professor
in their professional practice.
ANTHONY J. PETRELLA, Assistant Professor
u Graduates will incorporate non-technical considera-
JASON PORTER, Assistant Professor
tions (e.g., aesthetic, social, ethical, economic, etc.) in
NEAL SULLIVAN, Assistant Professor
their professional practice.
ANNE SILVERMAN, Assistant Professor
CAMERON TURNER, Assistant Professor
u Graduates will contribute to the needs of society
MICHAEL WAKIN, Assistant Professor
through engineering and professional practice, re-
JUDITH WANG, Assistant Professor
search, or service.
RAVEL F. AMMERMAN, Senior Lecturer
JOSEPH P. CROCKER, Senior Lecturer
During the first two years at CSM, students complete a set
CARA COAD, Lecturer
of core courses that include mathematics, basic sciences, and
engineering sciences. Course work in mathematics is an es-
sential part of the curriculum which gives engineering stu-
dents essential tools for modeling, analyzing, and predicting
HAROLD W. OLSEN, Research Professor
physical phenomena. The basic sciences are represented by
JINSONG HUANG, Research Associate Professor
physics and chemistry which provide an appropriate founda-
HUAYANG ZHU, Research Associate Professor
tion in the physical sciences. Engineering sciences build
CHRISTOPHER B. DRYER, Research Assistant Professor
upon the basic sciences and are focused on applications.
JOAN P. GOSINK, Emerita Professor
MICHAEL B. McGRATH, Emeritus Professor
The first two years also includes Engineering design
KARL R. NELSON, Emeritus Associate Professor
course work within the Engineering Practice Introductory
GABRIEL M. NEUNZERT, Emeritus Associate Professor
Course Sequence (EPICS I and II). This experience teaches
Note: Faculty for the environmental engineering specialty are listed
design methodology and stresses the creative and synthesis
in the Environmental Science and Engineering section of this Bulletin.
aspects of the engineering profession. Finally, the first two
years includes systems-oriented courses with humanities and
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social sciences content; these courses explore the linkages
The Environmental Engineering Specialty introduces
within the environment, human society, and engineered de-
students to the fundamentals of environmental engineering
including the scientific and regulatory basis of public health
In the final two years, students complete an advanced core
and environmental protection. Topics covered include envi-
that includes electric circuits, engineering mechanics, ad-
ronmental science and regulatory processes, water and waste-
vanced mathematics, thermodynamics, economics, engineer-
water engineering, solid and hazardous waste management,
ing design, and additional studies in liberal arts and
and contaminated site remediation.
international topics. Students must choose a specialty in civil,
The Mechanical Engineering Specialty complements the
electrical, environmental or mechanical engineering and each
core curriculum with courses that provide depth in material
specialty includes a set of unique upper-division course re-
mechanics and the thermal sciences with emphases in com-
quirements. Free electives (9 credits), at the student's discre-
putational methods and engineering design. Topics such as
tion, can be used to either satisfy a student's personal interest
computational engineering, machine design, control theory,
in a topic or they can be used as coursework as part of an
fluid mechanics, and heat transfer are an important part of
"area of special interest" of at least 12 semester hours or a
the mechanical engineering program. The Mechanical Engi-
minor of at least 18 semester hours in another department or
neering program has close ties to the metallurgical and mate-
rials engineering, physics, chemical engineering and
All students must complete a capstone design course
biological life sciences communities on campus, and under-
which is focused on an in-depth multi-disciplinary engineer-
graduates are encouraged to get involved in one of the large
ing project. The projects are generated by customer demand,
number of research programs conducted by the Mechanical
and include experiential verification to ensure a realistic de-
Engineering faculty. Many students go on to graduate school.
sign experience.
Students in each of the four specialties will spend consid-
Prospective students should note that this is an integrated,
erable time in laboratories. The division is well equipped
broad-based and interdisciplinary engineering program. En-
with basic laboratory equipment, as well as PC-based instru-
gineering analysis and design is emphasized with interdisci-
mentation systems, and the program makes extensive use of
plinary application for industrial projects, structures and
computer-based analysis techniques.
processes. For example, our unique Multidisciplinary Engi-
The Division of Engineering is housed in George R.
neering Laboratory sequence promotes life-long learning
Brown Hall. Emphasis on hands-on education is reflected in
skills using state-of-the-art instrumentation funded through a
the division’s teaching and research laboratories.
combination of grants from the Department of Education,
All students are encouraged to take the Fundamental of
private industry contributions, and investment by CSM.
Engineering examination before graduation.
The Civil Engineering Specialty builds on the multi-dis-
Degree Requirements in Engineering
ciplinary engineering principles of the core curriculum to
Civil Specialty
focus in Geotechnical and Structural Engineering. Civil Spe-
Sophomore Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
cialty students are also asked to choose three civil elective
DCGN241 Statics
courses from a list that includes offerings from other civil-
EBGN201 Principles of Economics
oriented departments at CSM such as Geological Engineer-
MATH213 Calc. for Scientists & Engineers III 4
ing and Mining Engineering. These electives give students
PHGN200 Physics II
the opportunity for further specialization in other areas of
CSCI260** Fortran Programming
Civil Engineering. Civil Specialty students interested in a
PAGN2XX Physical Education
more research-oriented component to their undergraduate
curriculum are encouraged to take on an Independent Study
Sophomore Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
project with one of the Civil Engineering Faculty. These
DCGN381 Circuits, Electronics & Power
projects can offer a useful experience that is relevant to fu-
SYGN200 Human Systems
ture graduate work.
EGGN250 Multidisciplinary EG Lab I
EGGN320 Mechanics of Materials
The Electrical Engineering Specialty builds on the engi-
EGGN351 Fluid Mechanics
neering principles of the core curriculum to provide exposure
EPIC251 Design II
to the fundamentals of electrical engineering. The program
PAGN2XX Physical Education
includes core electrical engineering coursework in circuit
analysis, signal processing, electronics, electromagnetic
Sophomore/Junior Summer Session
lab. sem.hrs.
fields and waves, digital systems, machines and power sys-
EGGN234 Field Session - Civil
tems, and control systems. Students also take specialized
electives in the areas of microprocessor-based systems de-
Junior Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
sign, communications, control systems, and power systems.
MATH225 Differential Equations
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EGGN342 Structural Theory
Junior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
EGGN361 Soil Mechanics
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective I
EGGN363 Soil Mechanics Laboratory
EGGN351 Fluid Mechanics
EGGN413 Computer Aided Engineering
EGGN385 Electronic Devices & Circuits
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective I
EGGN386 Fund. of Eng. Electromagnetics
EGGN389 Fund. of Electric Machinery
Junior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
MATH348 Adv. Engineering Mathematics
Junior/Senior Summer Session
lab. sem.hrs.
EGGN464 Foundation Engineering
EGGN334 Field session - Electrical
DCGN210 Introduction to Thermodynamics
EGGN444/445 Design of Steel or
Senior Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
Concrete Structures
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective II
Civil Specialty Elective
EGGN450 Multidisciplinary EG Lab III
Free Elective
EGGN491 Senior Design I
EGGN307 Feedback Control Systems
Senior Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
Electrical Specialty Elective
MATH323 Probability and Statistics
Electrical Specialty Elective
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective II
EGGN315 Dynamics
Senior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
EGGN350 Multidisciplinary EG Lab II
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective III
EGGN491 Senior Design I
EGGN492 Senior Design II
Civil Specialty Elective
Electrical Specialty Elective
Free Electives
Senior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
Free Electives
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective III
Free Electives
EGGN492 Senior Design II
Civil Specialty Elective
Degree Total
Free Elective
Environmental Specialty
Free Elective
Sophomore Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
Free Elective
DCGN241 Statics
SYGN200 Human Systems
Degree Total
MATH213 Calc. for Scientists & Engineers III 4
Electrical Specialty
PHGN200 Physics II
Sophomore Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
CSCI260** Fortran Programming
DCGN241 Statics
PAGN2XX Physical Education
SYGN200 Human Systems
MATH213 Calc. for Scientists & Engineers III 4
Sophomore Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
PHGN200 Physics II
MATH225 Differential Equations
CSCI261 Programming Concepts
PAGN2XX Physical Education
PAGN2XX Physical Education
EGGN320 Mechanics of Materials
DCGN381 Circuits, Electronics & Power
Sophomore Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
EGGN250 Multidisciplinary EG Lab I
MATH225 Differential Equations
EPIC251 Design II
PAGN2XX Physical Education
EBGN201 Principles of Economics
EBGN201 Principles of Economics
EGGN320 Mechanics of Materials
Junior Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
DCGN381 Circuits, Electronics & Power
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective I
EGGN250 Multidisciplinary EG Lab I
MATH348 Adv. Engineering Mathematics
EPIC251 Design II
EGGN315 Dynamics
EGGN351 Fluid Mechanics
Junior Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
EGGN353 Environmental Sci. & Eng. I
MATH323 Probability & Statistics
Free Elective
MATH348 Adv. Engineering Mathematics
EGGN371 Engineering Thermodynamics
Junior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
EGGN382 Engineering Circuit Analysis
MATH323 Probability & Statistics
EGGN388 Information Systems Science
EGGN350 Multidisciplinary EG Lab II
EGGN384 Digital Logic
EGGN354 Environmental Sci. & Eng. II
EGGN371 Engineering Thermodynamics
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Environmental Specialty Elective
Mechanical Specialty Elective
Free Elective
Senior Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
Junior/Senior Summer Session
lab. sem.hrs.
EGGN450 Multidisciplinary EG Lab III
EGGN335 Field Session - Environmental
EGGN491 Senior Design I
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective II
Senior Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
EGGN471 Heat Transfer
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective II
EGGN411 Machine Design
EGGN491 Senior Design I
Free Elective
EGGN413 Computer Aided Engineering
Environmental Specialty Elective
Senior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
Environmental Specialty Elective
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective III
EGGN492 Senior Design II
Senior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
Mechanical Specialty Elective
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective III
Mechanical Specialty Elective
EGGN492 Senior Design II
Free Elective
Environmental Specialty Elective
Free Elective
Environmental Specialty Elective
Free Elective
Degree Total
Free Elective
**Civil and Environmental Engineering students may take either the
2-credit CSCI260 Fortran Programming or the 3-credit CSCI261
Degree Total
Programming Concepts.
Mechanical Specialty
Engineering Specialty Electives
Sophomore Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
Civil Specialty
DCGN241 Statics
Civil Specialty students are required to take three Civil
SYGN200 Human Systems
Elective courses from the following list. The electives have
MATH213 Calc. for Scientists & Engineers III 4
been grouped by themes for convenience only. When choos-
PHGN200 Physics II
ing their three courses, students can elect for breadth across
CSCI261 Programming Concepts
themes or depth within a theme.
PAGN2XX Physical Education
Students must take at least two courses marked (A).
Sophomore Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
MATH225 Differential Equations
EGGN353 (A)Fundamentals of Environmental Science and
PAGN2XX Physical Education
Engineering I
SYGN202 Engineered Material Systems
EGGN354 (A)Fundamentals of Environmental Science and
EGGN320 Mechanics of Materials
Engineering II
DCGN381 Circuits, Electronics & Power
EGGN451 (A)Hydraulic Problems
EGGN250 Multidisciplinary EG Lab I
EGGN453 (A)Wastewater Engineering
EPIC251 Design II
EGGN454 (A)Water Supply Engineering
EGGN455 (A)Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering
Sophomore/Junior Summer Session
lab. sem.hrs.
EGGN456 (A)Scientific Basis of Environmental Regulations
EGGN235 Field Session - Mechanical
EGGN457 (A)Site Remediation Engineering
Junior Year Fall Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
EGGN307 (A)Feedback control systems
MATH323 Probability & Statistics
EBGN321 (A)Engineering Economics
MATH348 Adv. Engineering Mathematics
EGGN460 (A)Numerical Methods for Engineers
EGGN433 (A)Surveying II
LAIS/EBGN H&SS GenEd Restricted Elective I
EGGN315 Dynamics
EBGN553 (B)Project Management
EGGN371 Engineering Thermodynamics
EGGN399/499  (B)Independent Study (Civil)
EGGN388 Information Systems Science
EGGN465 (A)Unsaturated Soil Mechanics
Junior Year Spring Semester
lab. sem.hrs.
EGGN448 (A)Advanced Soil Mechanics
EBGN201 Principles of Economics
EGGN534 (A)Soil Behavior
EGGN351 Fluid Mechanics
EGGN531 (A)Soil dynamics and foundation vibrations
EGGN350 Multidisciplinary EG Lab II
MNGN321 (A)Introduction to Rock Mechanics
EGGN307 Feedback Control Systems
MNGN404 (B)Tunneling
EGGN413 Computer Aided Engineering
MNGN405 (B)Rock Mechanics in Mining
MNGN406 (B)Design and Support of Underground Excavations
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GEGN466 (B)Groundwater Engineering
Environmental Pollution: Sources, Characteristics,
GEGN468 (B)Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
Transport and Fate
GEGN473 (B)Site investigation
EGGN451 Hydraulic Problems
EGGN/ESGN453  Wastewater Engineering
EGGN422 (A)Advanced Mechanics of Materials
EGGN/ESGN454  Water Supply Engineering
EGGN442 (A)Finite Element Methods For Engineers
EGGN/ESGN456  Scientific Basis of Environmental Regulations
EGGN473 (A)Fluid Mechanics II
EGGN/ESGN457  Site Remediation Engineering
EGGN478 (A)Engineering Vibrations
Pollution Prevention Fundamentals and Practice
GEGN466 Groundwater Engineering
EGGN441 (A)Advanced Structural Analysis
Students completing the Engineering degree with an envi-
EGGN444/445  (A)Steel Design or Concrete Design*
ronmental specialty may not also complete a minor or ASI in
*To count as elective credit, the companion course must be taken as
Environmental Science.
part of the Civil Specialty degree requirements (see page 66).
Students should consult their faculty advisor for guidance
Graduate courses in EG and elsewhere may occasionally be ap-
on course substitutions.
proved as civil electives on an ad hoc basis. In order for a course that
Mechanical Specialty
is not listed here to be considered, the student should submit a writ-
The list of approved Mechanical Engineering electives
ten request in advance to their faculty advisor enclosing a copy of
appears below. Students are required to take three of these
the course syllabus.
courses and at least one must be from List A. In addition to
Electrical Specialty
these courses, any graduate course taught by a member of the
Electrical specialty students are required to take three
Mechanical Engineering faculty will also be counted as a
courses from the following list of electrical technical
Mechanical Elective. Students are welcome to petition to
have a course approved, and the petition form is provided on
EGGN325 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
the Mechanical Engineering web site. Courses are occasion-
EGGN400 Introduction to Robotics
ally added to this list with the most updated version main-
EGGN417 Modern Control Design
tained on the Mechanical Engineering web site.
EGGN430 Biomedical Instrumentation
List A
EGGN460 Numerical Methods for Engineers
EGGN403 Thermodynamics II
EGGN482 Microcomputer Architecture and Interfacing
EGGN422 Advanced Mechanics of Materials
EGGN483 Analog and Digital Communications Systems
EGGN473 Fluid Mechanics II
EGGN484 Power Systems Analysis
EGGN478 Engineering Vibrations
EGGN485 Introduction to High Power Electronics
EGGN486 Practical Design of Small Renewable Energy Systems
List B
EGGN487 Analysis and Design of Advanced Energy Systems
EGGN325 Intro. to Biomedical Engineering
Computer Organization
EGGN389 Fundamentals of Electric Machinery
CSCI/MATH440 Parallel Computing for Scientists and Engineers
EGGN400 Introduction to Robotics
MATH334 Introduction to Probability
EGGN417 Modern Control Design
MATH335 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
EGGN425 Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
MATH455 Partial Differential Equations
EGGN430 Biomedical Instrumentation
PHGN300 Modern Physics
EGGN442 Finite Element Methods for Engineering
PHGN320 Modern Physics II
EGGN444 Design of Steel Structures
PHGN412 Mathematical Physics
EGGN460 Numerical Methods for Engineers
PHGN435 Interdisciplinary Microelectronics Processing
EBGN321 Engineering Economics
Watersheds System Analysis
PHGN440 Solid State Physics
MTGN/EGGN390  Materials and Manufacturing Processes
PHGN441 Solid State Physics Applications and Phenomena
MTGN445 Mechanical Properties of Materials
PHGN462 Electromagnetic Waves and Optical Physics
MTGN450 Statistical Control of Materials Processes
*Additional courses are advisor and Division Director approved
MTGN464 Forging and Forming
special topics with a number EGGN398/498 and all graduate courses
MTGN475/477 Metallurgy of Welding/Lab
taught in the Electrical Engineering specialty area. Students should
MLGN/MTGN570 Introduction to Biocompatibility of Materials
consult their faculty advisor for guidance.
MNGN444 Explosives Engineering II
Environmental Specialty
Drilling Engineering Principles
All students pursuing the Environmental Specialty are
Completion Engineering (II)
required to take EGGN/ESGN353 and EGGN/ESGN354.
Well log analysis and formation evaluation
These courses are prerequisites for many 400 level Environ-
Reservoir Engineering Principles
PHGN300 Modern Physics
mental Specialty courses. In addition students are required to
PHGN350 Intermediate Mechanics
take five courses from the following list:
PHGN435 Microelectronics Processing Laboratory
Fundamentals of Ecology
PHGN440 Solid State Physics
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Division of Engineering Areas of Special Interest
quence. Students in the sciences or mathematics will there-
and Minor Programs
fore be better positioned to satisfy prerequisite requirements
General Requirements
in the General Engineering program, while students in engi-
A Minor Program of study consists of a minimum of 18
neering disciplines will be better positioned to meet the pre-
credit hours of a logical sequence of courses. With the ex-
requisite requirements for courses in the Engineering
ception of the McBride Honors minor, only three of these
hours may be taken in the student’s degree-granting depart-
Students majoring in Engineering with an Environmental
ment and no more than three of these hours may be at the
Specialty may not also complete a minor or ASI in Environ-
100- or 200- level. A Minor Program may not be completed
mental Science and Engineering.
in the same department as the major.
The courses listed below, constituting each program and
An Area of Special Interest (ASI) consists of a minimum
the specialty variations, are offered as guidelines for select-
of 12 credit hours of a logical sequence of courses. Only
ing a logical sequence. In cases where students have unique
three of these hours may be taken at the 100- or 200-level
backgrounds or interests, these sequences may be adapted ac-
and no more than three of these hours may be specifically re-
cordingly through consultation with faculty in the Engineer-
quired for the degree program in which the student is gradu-
ing Division.
ating. An ASI may be completed within the same major
General Engineering Program
A twelve (ASI) or eighteen hour (minor) sequence must
A Minor Program / Area of Special Interest declaration
be selected from:
(available in the Registrar’s Office) should be submitted for
DCGN241 Statics
3 sem hrs.
approval prior to the student’s completion of half of the hours
EGGN320 Mechanics of Materials
3 sem hrs.
proposed to constitute the program. Approvals are required
EGGN351 Fluid Mechanics
3 sem hrs.
from the Director of the Engineering Division, the student’s
EGGN371 Thermodynamics
3 sem hrs.
advisor, and the Department Head or Division Director in the
DCGN381 Electrical Circuits, Electronics and Power
3 sem hrs.
department or division in which the student is enrolled.
EGGN315 Dynamics
3 sem hrs.
EBGN421 Engineering Economics
3 sem hrs.
Programs in the Engineering Division
The Engineering Division offers minor and ASI programs
Note: Multidisciplinary Engineering Laboratories I, II and III
to meet two sets of audiences: (1) students that are not pursu-
(EGGN 250, 350 and 450, respectively) may be taken as laboratory
ing an engineering degree and (2) students that are pursuing
supplements to DCGN 381, EGGN351 and EGGN320.
an engineering degree in another department. For the first
Engineering Specialties Program
audience, a minor or ASI is available in General Engineering.
This program offers the foundational coursework in engi-
A twelve (ASI) or eighteen hour (minor) sequence must be
neering which is compatible with many of the topics in the
selected from:
Fundamentals of Engineering examination. For the second
EGGN342 Structural Theory
3 sem hrs.
audience, there is a program in engineering specialties. This
EGGN353 Fundamentals of Environmental Science
program recognizes that many non-engineering-division ma-
and Engineering I
3 sem hrs.
jors will have completed the fundamental engineering
EGGN354 Fundamentals of Environmental Science
courses that are prerequisites to upper division engineering
and Engineering II
3 sem hrs.
courses. Since these students complete the fundamental
EGGN361 Soil Mechanics
3 sem hrs.
coursework as a part of their degree, they can pursue a minor
EGGN363 Soil Mechanics Laboratory
1 sem hrs.
EGGN422 Advanced Mechanics of Materials
3 sem hrs.
or ASI in the four engineering specialties (civil, electrical,
EGGN441 Advanced Structural Theory
3 sem hrs.
environmental, mechanical).
EGGN442 Finite Element Methods for Engineers
3 sem hrs.
The requirements for a minor do not allow engineering
EGGN433 Surveying II
3 sem hrs.
division students to acquire a minor as a part of the Engineer-
EGGN444 Design of Steel Structures
3 sem hrs.
ing Specialties program (for instance, a student that is an En-
EGGN445 Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures
3 sem hrs.
gineering-civil-specialty student cannot get a minor in
EGGN448 Advanced Soil Mechanics
3 sem hrs.
EGGN451 Hydraulic Problems
3 sem hrs.
Engineering-mechanical). However, the ASI program in En-
EGGN453 Wastewater Engineering
3 sem hrs.
gineering Specialties is available to all Engineering Division
EGGN454 Water Supply Engineering
3 sem hrs.
students with the note that an ASI in the students declared
EGGN460 Numerical Methods for Engineers
3 sem hrs.
major area is not allowed (for instance, Engineering-mechan-
EGGN464 Foundations
3 sem hrs.
ical-specialty students cannot acquire an ASI in Engineering-
EGGN465 Unsaturated Soil Mechanics
3 sem hrs.
EGGN478 Engineering Vibrations
3 sem hrs.
Students wishing to enroll in either program must satisfy
EGGN498 Advanced Soil Mechanics
3 sem hrs.
EGGN499 Dynamics of Structures and Soils
3 sem hrs.
all prerequisite requirements for each course in a chosen se-
GEGN467 Groundwater Engineering
4 sem hrs.
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GEGN468 Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
3 sem hrs.
Students must apply to enter this program by the begin-
MNGN321 Introduction to Rock Mechanics
3 sem hrs.
ning of their Senior year and must have a minimum GPA of
3.0. To complete the undergraduate portion of the program,
students must successfully finish the classes indicated in any
A twelve (ASI) or eighteen hour (minor) sequence must
of the four specialty programs (civil, electrical, environmen-
be selected from a basic electrical program comprising:*
tal or mechanical engineering). At the beginning of the Sen-
DCGN381 Circuits, Electronics and Power
3 sem hrs.
ior year, a pro forma graduate school application is submitted
EGGN382 Engineering Circuit Analysis
3 sem hrs.
and as long as the undergraduate portion of the program is
Additional courses are to be selected from:
successfully completed, the student is admitted to the Engi-
neering graduate program.
EGGN307 Introduction to Feedback Control Systems
3 sem hrs.
EGGN334 Engineering Field Session, Electrical
Students are required to take an additional thirty credit
3 sem hrs.
hours for the M.S. degree. Up to nine of the 30 credit hours
EGGN384 Digital Logic
4 sem hrs.
beyond the undergraduate degree requirements can be 4XX
EGGN385 Electronic Devices and Circuits
4 sem hrs.
level courses. The remainder of the courses will be at the
EGGN386 Fund. of Engineering Electromagnetics
3 sem hrs.
graduate level (5XX and above). Students will need to
EGGN388 Information Systems Science
3 sem hrs.
choose a program specialty (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical,
EGGN389 Fundamentals of Electric Machinery
4 sem hrs.
EGGN417 Modern Control Design
3 sem hrs.
and Systems). The Engineering Division Graduate Bulletin
EGGN430 Biomedical Instrumentation
3 sem hrs.
provides details for each of these programs and includes spe-
EGGN482 Microcomputer Architecture and Interfacing 4 sem hrs.
cific instructions regarding required and elective courses for
EGGN483 Analog & Digital Communication Systems
4 sem hrs.
each. Students may switch from the combined program
EGGN484 Power Systems Analysis
3 sem hrs.
which includes a non-thesis Master of Science degree to a
EGGN485 Introduction to High Power Electronics
3 sem hrs.
M.S. degree with a thesis option; however, if students change
*Additional courses are approved special topics with a number
degree programs they must satisfy all degree requirements
EGGN398/498 and all graduate courses taught in the Electrical Engi-
for the M.S. with thesis degree.
neering specialty area. Students should consult their faculty advisor
Interested students can obtain additional information from
for guidance
the Division of Engineering.
Environmental Science and Engineering Minor and ASI
Combined Engineering Physics or Chemistry
See the Catalog section that describes Environmental Sci-
Baccalaureate and Engineering Systems Masters
ence and Engineering
The Division of Engineering in collaboration with the
A twelve (ASI) or eighteen hour (minor) sequence must be
Depart ments of Physics and Chemistry offers five-year
selected from:
programs in which students have the opportunity to obtain
EGGN307 Introduction to Feedback Control Systems
3 sem hrs.
specific engineering skills to complement their physics or
EGGN351 Fluid Mechanics
3 sem hrs.
chemistry background. Physics or chemistry students in this
EGGN403 Thermodynamics II
3 sem hrs.
program fill in their technical and free electives over their
EGGN400 Introduction to Robotics
3 sem hrs.
standard four year Engineering Physics or Chemistry B.S.
EGGN411 Machine Design
3 sem hrs.
program with a reduced set of engineering classes. These
EGGN413 Computer Aided Engineering
3 sem hrs.
classes come in one of two specialties within the division:
EGGN422 Advanced Mechanics of Materials
3 sem hrs.
Electrical engineering and Mechanical engineering. At the
EGGN471 Heat Transfer
3 sem hrs.
EGGN473 Fluid Mechanics II
3 sem hrs.
end of the fourth year, the student is awarded an Engineering
Physics B.S. or Chemistry B.S., as appropriate. Students in
Combined Engineering Baccalaureate and
this program are automatically entered into the Engineering
Engineering Systems Masters Degrees
Masters degree program. Course schedules for these five-
The Division of Engineering offers a five year combined
year programs can be obtained in the Engineering, Physics
program in which students have the opportunity to obtain
and Chemistry Departmental Offices.
specific engineering skills supplemented with graduate
coursework in Engineering. Upon completion of the pro-
gram, students receive two degrees, the Bachelor of Science
in Engineering and the Master of Science in Engineering.
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Students must apply to enter this program by the begin-
sure and flow are investigated using fundamentals of equilib-
ning of their Senior year and must have a minimum GPA of
rium, continuity, and conservation. Prerequisite: DCGN381
3.0. To complete the undergraduate portion of the program,
or concurrent enrollment. 4.5 hours lab; 1.5 semester hour.
students must successfully finish the classes indicated by the
“typical” class sequence for the appro priate track. At the be-
Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from
ginning of the Senior year, a pro forma graduate school ap-
special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the
plication is submitted and as long as the undergraduate
course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent.
portion of the program is successfully completed, the student
Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit
is admitted to the Engineering graduate program.
under different titles.
Interested students can obtain additional information and
Junior Year
detailed curricula from the Division of Engineering or the
Physics Department.
SYSTEMS (I, II) System modeling through an energy flow
Description of Courses
approach is presented, with examples from linear electrical,
Freshman Year
mechanical, fluid and/or thermal systems. Analysis of sys-
tem response in both the time domain and frequency domain
Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from
is discussed in detail. Feedback control design techniques,
special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the
including PID, are analyzed using both analytical and com-
course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent.
putational methods. Prerequisites: (DCGN381 or PHGN215)
Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. R