Table of Contents
Geochemistry .................................................................. 134
Hydrologic Science and Engineering .............................. 137
Home ...................................................................................................... 2
Interdisciplinary ............................................................... 139
Graduate ................................................................................................. 3
Materials Science ........................................................... 142
Academic Calendar .......................................................................... 4
Nuclear Engineering ....................................................... 145
General Information ......................................................................... 5
Underground Construction & Tunneling .......................... 148
The Graduate School ....................................................................... 7
Policies and Procedures .............................................................. 150
Admission to the Graduate School .................................................. 8
Directory of the School ....................................................................... 156
Student Life at CSM ...................................................................... 10
Board of Trustees ........................................................................ 156
Registration and Tuition Classification ........................................... 15
Emeritus Members of BOT .......................................................... 157
Graduation Requirements ....................................................... 17
Administration Executive Staff ..................................................... 158
Leave of Absence & Parental Leave ....................................... 18
Emeriti .......................................................................................... 161
In-State Tuition Classification Status ....................................... 20
Professors .................................................................................... 165
Academic Regulations ................................................................... 21
Associate Professors ................................................................... 168
Graduate Grading System ....................................................... 22
Assistant Professors .................................................................... 171
Graduation ............................................................................... 25
Teaching Professors .................................................................... 173
Independent Studies ............................................................... 26
Teaching Associate Professor ..................................................... 174
Non-Degree Students .............................................................. 27
Teaching Assistant Professors ..................................................... 176
Public Access to Graduate Thesis .......................................... 28
Library Faculty ............................................................................. 177
Unsatisfactory Academic Performance .................................... 29
Coaches/Athletics Faculty ............................................................ 178
Tuition, Fees, Financial Assistance ................................................ 31
Index ................................................................................................... 179
Graduate Departments and Programs ........................................... 33
College of Engineering & Computational Sciences ................. 41
Applied Mathematics & Statistics ...................................... 41
Civil & Environmental Engineering ................................... 45
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science ..................... 54
Engineering Systems ........................................................ 64
Mechanical Engineering ................................................... 66
College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering ............ 71
Economics and Business ................................................. 71
Geology and Geological Engineering ............................... 80
Geophysics ....................................................................... 92
Liberal Arts and International Studies ............................... 99
Mining Engineering ......................................................... 104
Petroleum Engineering ................................................... 110
College of Applied Science and Engineering ........................ 117
Chemical and Biological Engineering ............................. 117
Chemistry and Geochemistry ......................................... 121
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering ......................... 126
Physics ........................................................................... 130
Interdisciplinary Programs ..................................................... 134

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2013-2014

Mission and Goals
Colorado School of Mines is a public research university devoted to
engineering and applied science related to resources. It is one of the
leading institutions in the nation and the world in these areas. It has the
highest admission standards of any university in Colorado and among
the highest of any public university in the U.S. CSM has dedicated itself
to responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources. It is one of
a very few institutions in the world having broad expertise in resource
exploration, extraction, production and utilization which can be brought to
bear on the world’s pressing resource-related environmental problems.
As such, it occupies a unique position among the world’s institutions of
higher education.
The school’s role and mission has remained constant and is written
in the Colorado statutes as: The Colorado School of Mines shall be a
specialized baccalaureate and graduate research institution with high
admission standards. The Colorado School of Mines shall have a unique
mission in energy, mineral, and materials science and engineering
and associated engineering and science fields. The school shall be
the primary institution of higher education offering energy, mineral
and materials science and mineral engineering degrees at both the
graduate and undergraduate levels. (Colorado revised Statutes, Section
23-41-105)
Throughout the school’s history, the translation of its mission into
educational programs has been influenced by the needs of society.
Those needs are now focused more clearly than ever before. We believe
that the world faces a crisis in balancing resource availability with
environmental protection and that CSM and its programs are central to
the solution to that crisis. Therefore the school’s mission is elaborated
upon as follows:
Colorado School of Mines is dedicated to educating students and
professionals in the applied sciences, engineering, and associated fields
related to
the discovery and recovery of the Earth’s resources
their conversion to materials and energy
their utilization in advanced processes and products
the economic and social systems necessary to ensure their prudent
and provident use in a sustainable global society
This mission will be achieved by the creation, integration, and exchange
of knowledge in engineering, the natural sciences, the social sciences,
the humanities, business and their union to create processes and
products to enhance the quality of life of the world’s inhabitants.
The Colorado School of Mines is consequently committed to serving the
people of Colorado, the nation, and the global community by promoting
stewardship of the Earth upon which all life and development depend.
(Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees, 2000)

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Graduate
2013-2014

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

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Academic Calendar
Classes End
May 1
Thursday
Dead Week - No Exams
April 28 - May 2
Monday - Friday
Fall Semester 2013
Dead Day - No Academic
May 2
Friday
Activities
Description
Date(s)
Day(s) of Week
Final Exams
May 3, 5-8
Saturday, Monday -
Confirmation Deadline
Aug. 19
Monday
Thursday
Faculty Conference
Aug. 19
Monday
Semester Ends
May 9
Friday
Classes Start (1)
Aug. 20
Tuesday
Commencement
May 9
Friday
Graduate Student Late Fee
Aug. 23
Friday
Final Grades Due
May 12
Monday
Labor Day - Classes in
Sep. 2
Monday
Session
Summer Sessions 2014
Census Day
Sep. 4
Wednesday
Description
Date(s)
Day(s) of Week
Fall Break (not always
Oct. 14 & 15
Monday & Tuesday
Summer I Starts (6-week
May 12
Monday
Columbus Day)
session) (1)
Midterm Grades Due
Oct. 14
Monday
Summer I Census
May 16
Friday
Last Withdrawal - Continuing Nov. 8
Friday
Memorial Day - No Classes, May 26
Monday
Students (12 wks)
Campus Closed
Priority Registration for
Nov. 11-15
Monday - Friday
Summer I Last Withdrawal - June 6
Friday
Spring Term
All Students
Non-Class Day prior to
Nov. 27
Wednesday
Summer I Ends
June 20
Friday
Thanksgiving Break
Summer I Grades Due
June 23
Monday
Thanksgiving Break -
Nov. 28-29
Thursday & Friday
Campus Closed
Summer II Starts (6-week
June 23
Monday
session) (1)
Last Withdrawal - New
Dec. 2
Monday
Freshmen & Transfers
Summer II Census
June 27
Friday
Classes End
Dec. 5
Thursday
Independence Day - No
July 4
Friday
Classes, Campus Closed
Dead Week - no exams
Dec. 2-6
Monday - Friday
Summer II Last Withdrawal - July 18
Friday
Dead Day - no academic
Dec. 6
Friday
All Students
activities
Summer II Ends (2)
Aug. 1
Friday
Final Exams
Dec. 7, 9-12
Saturday, Monday -
Thursday
Summer II Grades Due
Aug. 4
Monday
Semester Ends
Dec. 13
Friday

Commencement
Dec. 13
Friday
Final Grades Due
Dec. 16
Monday
1
Petitions for changes in tuition classification due in the Registrar’s
Office for this term.
Winter Break
Dec. 16 - Jan 7
2
PHGN courses end two weeks later on Friday, August 15th.
Spring Semester 2014

Description
Date(s)
Day(s) of Week
Confirmation Deadline
Jan. 7
Tuesday
Classes Start (1)
Jan. 8
Wednesday
Graduate Student Late Fee
Jan. 10
Friday
Census Day
Jan. 23
Thursday
Non-Class Day - President’s Feb. 17
Monday
Day
Midterm Grades Due
Mar. 3
Monday
Spring Break - 9th full week Mar. 8-16
Saturday - Sunday
of Spring Term
Last Withdrawal - Continuing April 3
Thursday
& Grad (13 weeks)
E-Days
April 3-5
Thursday - Saturday
Priority Registration
April 7-11
Monday - Friday
Summer/Fall
Engineering Exam
April 12
Saturday
Last Withdrawal - New
April 25
Friday
Freshmen & Transfers

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General Information
Institutional Educational Objectives:
1. Masters graduates will contribute to the advancement of their
Institutional Values and Principles
chosen fields through adopting, applying and evaluating state-of-
the-art practices.
Graduate Education
2. Masters graduates will be viewed within their organizations as
The Colorado School of Mines is dedicated to serving the people
technologically advanced and abreast of the latest scholarship.
of Colorado, the nation and the global community by providing high
3. Masters graduates will exhibit the highest standards of integrity in
quality educational and research experiences to students in science,
applying scholarship.
engineering and related areas that support the institutional mission.
4. Masters graduates will advance in their professions.
Recognizing the importance of responsible earth stewardship, Mines
places particular emphasis on those fields related to the discovery,
Institutional Student Outcomes:
production and utilization of resources needed to improve the quality
of life of the world’s inhabitants and to sustain the earth system upon
1. Graduates will demonstrate exemplary disciplinary expertise.
which all life and development depend. To this end, Mines is devoted to
2. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to conduct direct research;
creating a learning community that provides students with perspectives
the ability to assimilate and assess scholarship; and the ability to
informed by the humanities and social sciences, perspectives that
apply scholarship in new, creative and productive ways.
also enhance students’ understanding of themselves and their role in
3. Graduates will demonstrate professional skills (e.g., oral and written
contemporary society. Mines therefore seeks to instill in all graduate
communication, time-management, project planning, teamwork and
students a broad class of developmental and educational attributes that
team leadership, cross-cultural and diversity awareness, ethics,
are guided by a set of institutionally vetted educational objectives and
etc.) necessary to succeed in a student’s chosen career path.
student learning outcomes. For doctoral and masters degree programs,
these are summarized below.
Research
Doctoral Programs
The creation and dissemination of new knowledge are primary
responsibilities of all members of the university community and
Institutional Educational Objectives:
fundamental to the educational and societal missions of the institution.
Public institutions have an additional responsibility to use that knowledge
1. PhD graduates will advance the state of the art of their discipline
to contribute to the economic growth and public welfare of the society
(integrating existing knowledge and creating new knowledge)
from which they receive their charter and support. As a public institution
by conducting independent research that addresses relevant
of higher education, a fundamental responsibility of Mines is to provide an
disciplinary issues and by disseminating their research results to
environment that enables contribution to the public good by encouraging
appropriate target audiences.
creative research and ensuring the free exchange of ideas, information,
2. PhD graduates will be scholars and international leaders who
and results. To this end, the institution acknowledges the following
exhibit the highest standards of integrity.
responsibilities:
3. PhD graduates will advance in their professions and assume
leadership positions in industry, government and academia.
• To insure that these activities are conducted in an environment of
minimum influence and bias, it is essential that Mines protect the
Institutional Student Outcomes:
academic freedom of all members of its community.
• To provide the mechanisms for creation and dissemination of
1. Demonstration of exemplary disciplinary expertise.
knowledge, the institution recognizes that access to information and
2. Demonstration of a set of skills and attitudes usually associated
information technology (e.g. library, computing and internet resources)
with our understanding of what it is to be an academic scholar (e.g.,
are part of the basic infrastructure support to which every member of
intellectual curiosity, intellectual integrity, ability to think critically
the community is entitled.
and argue persuasively, the exercise of intellectual independence, a
• To promote the utilization and application of knowledge, it is incumbent
passion for life-long learning, etc.).
upon Mines to define and protect the intellectual-property rights and
3. Demonstration of a set of professional skills (e.g., oral and written
responsibilities of faculty members, students, as well as the institution.
communication, time-management, project planning, teaching,
• To insure integration of research activities into its basic educational
teamwork and team leadership, cross-cultural and diversity
mission, its research policies and practices conform to the state non-
awareness, etc.) necessary to succeed in a student’s chosen career
competition law requiring all research projects have an educational
path.
component through the involvement of students and/or post-doctoral
Masters Programs
fellows.
The Colorado School of Mines offers a wide variety of Masters-
Intellectual Property
level degree programs that include thesis and non-thesis Master
The creation and dissemination of knowledge are primary responsibilities
of Science programs, Master of Engineering programs, Profession
of all members of the university community. As an institution of higher
Masters programs and a Master of International Political Economy of
education, a fundamental mission of Mines is to provide an environment
Resources. While the objectives and outcomes provided below document
that motivates the faculty and promotes the creation, dissemination, and
expectations of all Masters-level programs, it is expected that given
application of knowledge through the timely and free exchange of ideas,
the diversity of program types, different programs will emphasize some
information, and research results for the public good. To insure that
objectives and outcomes more than others.
these activities are conducted in an environment of minimum influence
and bias, so as to benefit society and the people of Colorado, it is

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essential that Mines protect the academic freedom of all members of its
of 2008, Executive Order 11246, the Uniformed Services Employment
community. It is incumbent upon Mines to help promote the utilization
and Reemployment Rights Act, as amended, the Genetic Information
and application of knowledge by defining and protecting the rights and
Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Board of Trustees Policy 10.6, the
responsibilities of faculty members, students and the institution, with
Colorado School of Mines does not discriminate against individuals
respect to intellectual property which may be created while an individual
on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender
is employed as a faculty member or enrolled as a student.
expression, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, military
service, or genetic information in its administration of educational
History of Colorado School of Mines
policies, programs, or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and
loan programs; athletic or other school-administered programs; or
In 1865, only six years after gold and silver were discovered in the
employment.
Colorado Territory, the fledgling mining industry was in trouble. The
nuggets had been picked out of streams and the rich veins had been
Inquiries, concerns, or complaints should be directed by subject content
worked, and new methods of exploration, mining, and recovery were
as follows:
needed.
The Employment-related EEO and discrimination contact is:
Early pioneers like W.A.H. Loveland, E.L. Berthoud, Arthur Lakes,
Mike Dougherty, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
George West and Episcopal Bishop George M. Randall proposed a
Guggenheim Hall, Room 110
school of mines. In 1874 the Territorial Legislature appropriated $5,000
Golden, Colorado 80401
and commissioned Loveland and a Board of Trustees to found the
(Telephone: 303.273.3250)
Territorial School of Mines in or near Golden. Governor Routt signed the
Bill on February 9, 1874, and when Colorado became a state in 1876,
The ADA Coordinator and the Section 504 Coordinator for employment
the Colorado School of Mines was constitutionally established. The first
is:
diploma was awarded in 1883.
Ann Hix, Benefits Manager, Human Resources
Guggenheim Hall, Room 110
As Mines grew, its mission expanded from the rather narrow initial
Golden, Colorado 80401
focus on nonfuel minerals to programs in petroleum production and
(Telephone: 303.273.3250)
refining as well. Recently it has added programs in materials science
and engineering, energy and environmental engineering, and a broad
The ADA Coordinator and the Section 504 Coordinator for students and
range of other engineering and applied science disciplines. Mines sees
academic educational programs is:
its mission as education and research in engineering and applied science
Ron Brummett, Director of Career Planning & Placement / Student
with a special focus on the earth science disciplines in the context of
Development Services
responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources.
1600 Maple Street, Suite 8
Golden, Colorado 80401
Mines long has had an international reputation. Students have come
(Telephone: 303.273.3297)
from nearly every nation, and alumni can be found in every corner of the
globe.
The Title IX Coordinator is:
Rebecca Flintoft, Director of Auxiliary Services
Location
Student Center Room 218
Golden, Colorado, has always been the home of Mines. Located
1600 Maple Street
in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains 20 minutes west of Denver,
Golden, CO 80401
this community of 15,000 also serves as home to the Coors Brewing
(Telephone: 303.273.3050)
Company, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and a major U.S.
(E-Mail: rflintof@mines.edu)
Geological Survey facility that also contains the National Earthquake
The ADA Facilities Access Coordinator is:
Center. The seat of government for Jefferson County, Golden once
Gary Bowersock, Director of Facilities Management
served as the territorial capital of Colorado. Skiing is an hour away to the
1318 Maple Street
west.
Golden, Colorado 80401
Administration
(Telephone: 303.273.3330)
By State statute, the school is managed by a seven-member board
of trustees appointed by the governor, and the student and faculty
bodies elect one nonvoting board member each The school is supported
financially by student tuition and fees and by the State through annual
appropriations. These funds are augmented by government and privately
sponsored research, and private gift support from alumni, corporations,
foundations and other friends.
Colorado School of Mines Non-
Discrimination Statement
In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Titles VI and
VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment
of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the ADA Amendments Act

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

Mines is accredited through the doctoral degree by:
the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413
telephone (312) 263-0456
The Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for
Engineering and Technology
111 Market Place, Suite 1050
Baltimore, MD 21202-4012
telephone (410) 347-7700
accredits undergraduate degree programs in chemical engineering,
engineering, engineering physics, geological engineering, geophysical

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Admission to the Graduate
Foreign Exchange Students
School
Graduate level students living outside of the U.S. may wish to take
courses at Colorado School of Mines as exchange students. They may
enroll for regular courses as foreign exchange students. Inquiries and
Admission Requirements
applications should be made to:
The Graduate School of Colorado School of Mines is open to graduates
The Office of International Programs, CSM
from four-year programs at recognized colleges or universities. Admission
Golden, CO 80401-0028
to all graduate programs is competitive, based on an evaluation of prior
Phone: 303-384-2121
academic performance, test scores and references. The academic
background of each applicant is evaluated according to the requirements
A person admitted as a foreign exchange student who subsequently
of each department outlined later in this section of the Bulletin.
decides to pursue a regular degree program must apply and gain
admission to the Graduate School. All credits earned as a foreign
To be a candidate for a graduate degree, students must have completed
exchange student may be transferred into the regular degree program if
an appropriate undergraduate degree program. Colorado School of
the student’s graduate committee and department head approve.
Mines undergraduate students in the Combined Degree Program may,
however, work toward completion of graduate degree requirements prior
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate
to completing undergraduate degree requirements. See the Combined
Undergraduate/Graduate Degree section of the Graduate Bulletin for
Programs
details of this program.
Several degree programs offer Mines undergraduate students the
opportunity to begin work on a Graduate Degree while completing
Categories of Admission
the requirements of their Bachelor Degree. These programs can give
students a head start on graduate education. An overview of these
There are four categories of admission to graduate studies at Colorado
combined programs and description of the admission process and
School of Mines: regular, conditional, graduate nondegree and foreign
requirements are found in the Graduate Degrees and Requirements
exchange.
(http://bulletin.mines.edu/graduate/programs) section of this Bulletin.
Regular Degree Students
Admission into a Combined Undergraduate/Graduate degree program is
Applicants who meet all the necessary qualifications as determined by
available only to current Mines undergraduate students. Mines alumni are
the program to which they have applied are admitted as regular graduate
not eligible for Combined degree program enrollment.
students.
Admission Procedure
Provisional Degree Students
Applying for Admission
Applicants who are not qualified to enter the regular degree program
directly may be admitted as provisional degree students for a trial period
Both US resident and international students may apply electronically for
not longer than 12 months. During this period students must demonstrate
admission. Our Web address is: http://www.mines.edu/Application_GS
their ability to work for an advanced degree as specified by the admitting
To apply follow the procedure outlined below.
degree program. After the first semester, the student may request
that the department review his or her progress and make a decision
1. Application: Go to the online application form at http://
concerning full degree status. With department approval, the credits
www.mines.edu/Application_GS. You may download a paper
earned under the provisional status can be applied towards the advanced
copy of the application from our website or contact 303-273-3247
degree.
or grad-school@Mines.edu to have one sent my mail. Students
wishing to apply for graduate school should submit completed
Nondegree Students
applications by the following dates:
Practicing professionals may wish to update their professional knowledge
for Fall admission*
or broaden their areas of competence without committing themselves to
January 15 - Priority consideration for financial support
a degree program. They may enroll for regular courses as nondegree
June 1 - International student deadline
students. Inquiries and applications should be made to:
July 1 - Domestic student deadline
for Spring Admission*
The Graduate Office, CSM
October 1
Golden, CO 80401-0028
*
Some programs have different application deadlines. Please
Phone: 303-273-3247
refer to http://www.mines.edu/Deadlines_GS for current
FAX 303-273-3244
deadline information for specific programs.
A person admitted as a nondegree student who subsequently decides
Students wishing to submit applications beyond the final deadline
to pursue a regular degree program must apply and gain admission to
should make a request to the individual academic department.
the Graduate School. All credits earned as a nondegree student may
2. Transcripts: Send to the Graduate School one official transcript from
be transferred into the regular degree program if the student’s graduate
each school previously attended. The transcripts should be sent
committee and department head approve.
directly by the institution attended. International students’ transcripts
must be in English or have an official English translation attached.

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3. Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters of recommendation
Questions can be addressed to:
are required. Individuals who know your personal qualities and
The Coulter Student Health Center
scholastic or professional abilities can use the online application
1225 17th Street
system to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. Letters
Golden, CO 80401-1869
can also be mailed directly to the Graduate Office.
The Health Center telephone numbers are 303-273-3381 and
4. Graduate Record Examination: Most departments require the
303-279-3155.
General test of the Graduate Record Examination for applicants
seeking admission to their programs. Refer to the section Graduate
Veterans
Degree Programs and Courses by Department or the Graduate
School application packet to find out if you must take the GRE
Colorado School of Mines is approved by the Colorado State Approving
examination. For information about the test, write to:
Agency for Veteran Benefits under chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606,
Graduate Record Examinations
and 1607. Undergraduate students must register for and maintain 12.0
Educational Testing Service
credit hours, and graduate students must register for and maintain 9.0
PO Box 6000
credit hours of graduate work in any semester to be certified as a full-time
Princeton, NJ 08541- 6000
student for full-time benefits. Any hours taken under the full-time category
(Telephone 609-771-7670)
will decrease the benefits to 3/4 time, 1/2 time, or tuition payment only.
or visit online at www.gre.org (http://www.gre.org)
All changes in hours, program, addresses, marital status, or dependents
5. English Language Requirements: Applicants whose native
are to be reported to the Veterans Certifying Officer as soon as possible
language is not English must prove proficiency. Language
so that overpayment or underpayment may be avoided. Veterans must
examination results must be sent to the Graduate School as part
see the Veteran’s Certifying Officer each semester to be certified for any
of the admission process. The institution has minimum English
benefits for which they may be eligible. In order for veterans to continue
proficiency requirements - learn more at: http://www.mines.edu/
to receive benefits, they must make satisfactory progress as defined by
Intl_GS.
Colorado School of Mines.
English proficiency may be proven by achieving one of the
following:
An honorably or generally discharged military veteran providing a copy of
a. A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum
his/her DD214 is awarded two credit hours to meet the physical education
score of 550 on the paper-based test, or a computer- based
undergraduate degree requirement at CSM. Additionally, veterans may
score of 213, or a score of 79 on the internet Based TOEFL
request substitution of a technical elective for the institution’s core EPICS
(iBT).
course requirement in all undergraduate degree programs.
b. At IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Score of 6.5, with no band below a 6.0.
For more information, please visit the Veterans Services (http://
c. A PTE A (Pearson test of English) score of 70 or higher.
inside.mines.edu/Veterans-Services) webpage.
d. Independent evaluation and approval by the admission-
granting department.
6. Additional instructions for admission to graduate school specific
to individual departments are contained in the application for
admission.
Financial Assistance
To apply for Mines financial assistance, check the box in the Financial
Information section of the online graduate application or complete the
Financial Assistance section on the paper application.
Application Review Process
When application materials are received by the Graduate School, they
are processed and sent to the desired degree program for review. The
review is conducted according to the process developed and approved
by the faculty of that degree program. The degree program transmits
its decision to the Dean of the Graduate School, who then notifies the
applicant. The decision of the degree program is final and may not be
appealed.
Health Record and Additional Steps
When students first enroll at Mines, they must complete the student
health record form which is sent to them when they are accepted for
enrollment. Students must submit the student health record, including
health history, medical examination, and record of immunization, in order
to complete registration.

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Student Life at CSM
the Intercollegiate Volleyball Program and the Men and Women’s
Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Program.
Housing
Graduate students may choose to reside in campus-owned apartment
W. Lloyd Wright Student Wellness Center
housing areas on a space-available basis. The Mines Park apartment
complex is located west of the 6th Avenue and 19th Street intersection
The W. Lloyd Wright Student Wellness Center, 1770 Elm Street, houses
on 55 acres owned by Mines. The complex houses upperclass
four health and wellness programs for Mines students: the Coulter
undergraduate students, graduate students, and families. Jones Road
Student Health Center, the Student Health Benefits Plan, the Counseling
apartments are located on Jones Road, south of 19th St. and consists of
Center and Student Disability Services. The wellness center is open from
one-bedroom apartments for single students. Residents must be full-time
8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, during the fall and spring
students.
semesters.
Units are complete with refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, cable
Coulter Student Health Center: Services are provided to all students
television, wired and wireless internet connections, and an optional
who have paid the student health center fee. The Coulter Student Health
campus phone line for an additional fee. There are two community
Center (303) 273-3381, FAX (303) 273-3623 is located on the first floor
centers which contain the laundry facilities, recreational and study space,
of the W. Lloyd Wright Student Wellness Center at the corner of 18th
and meeting rooms. For more information or to apply for apartment
and Elm Streets (1770 Elm Street). Nurse practitioners and registered
housing, go to the Apartment Housing website.
nurses provide services Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
and 1:00 pm to 4:45 pm and family medicine physicians provide services
For all Housing & Dining rates, go to Tuition, Fees, Financial
by appointment several days a week. After hours students can call New
Assistance, Housing (https://nextbulletin.mines.edu/undergraduate/
West Physicians at (303) 278-4600 to speak to the physician on call
tuitionfeesfinancialassistancehousing)
(identify yourself as a CSM student). The Health Center offers primary
health and dental care. For X-rays, specialists or hospital care, students

are referred to appropriate providers in the community. More information
is available at http://healthcenter.mines.edu.
Facilities
Dental Clinic: The Dental Clinic is located on the second floor of the W.
Lloyd Wright Wellness Center. Services include cleanings, restoratives,
Student Center
and x-rays. Students who have paid the student health fee are eligible
for this service. The dental clinic is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and
The Ben H. Parker Student Center contains the offices for the Vice
Fridays during the academic year with fewer hours in the summer.
President of Student Life and Dean of Students, Associate Dean
Services are by appointment only and can be made by calling the Dental
of Students, Apartment Housing, Student Activities and Greek Life,
Clinic. Dental care is on a fee-for-service basis, and students enrolled in
Student Government (ASCSM), Admissions and Financial Aid, Cashier,
the CSM Student Health Benefits Plan pay lower rates for dental care.
International Student and Scholar Services, Career Services, Registrar,
The Dental Clinic takes cash or checks, no credit/debit cards
BlasterCard, Conference Services, and student organizations. The
Student Center also contains the student dining hall (known as the Slate
Fees: Students are charged a mandatory Health Services fee each
Cafe), Diggers Den food court, bookstore, student lounges, meeting
semester, which allows them access to services at the Health Center.
rooms, and banquet facilities.
Spouses of enrolled CSM students can choose to pay the health center
fee and are eligible for services. Dental services are not available to
spouses.
Student Recreation Center
Immunization Requirement: The State of Colorado requires that
all students enrolled have proof of two MMR’s (measles, mumps
Completed in May 2007, the 108,000 square foot Student Recreation
and rubella). A blood test showing immunity to all three diseases is
Center, located at the corner of 16th and Maple Streets in the heart
acceptable. History of disease is not acceptable.
of campus, provides a wide array of facilities and programs designed
to meet student’s recreational and leisure needs while providing for a
Student Health Benefits Plan: The SHBP office is located on the
healthy lifestyle. The Center contains a state-of-the-art climbing wall,
second floor of the W. Lloyd Wright Student Wellness Center.
an eight-lane, 25 meter swimming and diving pool, a cardiovascular
and weight room, two multi-purpose rooms designed and equipped
Adequate Health Insurance Requirement: All degree seeking U.S.
for aerobics, dance, martial arts programs and other similar activities,
citizen and permanent resident students, and all international students
a competition gymnasium containing three full-size basketball courts
regardless of degree status, are required to have health insurance.
as well as seating for 2500 people, a separate recreation gymnasium
Students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Benefits Plan
designed specifically for a wide variety of recreational programs,
and may waive coverage if they have comparable coverage under a
extensive locker room and shower facilities, and a large lounge intended
personal or employer plan. International students must purchase the
for relaxing, playing games or watching television. In addition to
SHBP, unless they meet specific requirements. Information about the
housing the Outdoor Recreation Program as well as the Intramurals
CSM Student Health Benefits Plan, as well as the criteria for waiving,
and Club Sports Programs, the Center serves as the competition
is available online at http://shbp.mines.edu or by calling 303.273.3388.
venue for the Intercollegiate Men and Women’s Basketball Programs,
Coverage for spouses and dependents is also available. Enrollment
confirmation or waiver of the CSM Student Health Benefits Plan is done
online for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents. International students

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

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The police officers employed by the Department of Public Safety are fully
full time. Students must apply for CO-OP before beginning the job (a
trained police officers in accordance with the Peace Officer Standards
no credit, no fee class), and must write learning objectives and sign
and Training (P.O.S.T.) Board and the Colorado Revised Statute.
formal contracts with their company’s representative to ensure the
educational component of the work experience.
Career Center
Identification Cards (BLASTER CARD)
The Mines Career Center mission is to assist students in developing,
evaluating, and/or implementing career, education, and employment
Blaster Cards are made in the Student Activities Office in the Parker
decisions and plans. Career development is integral to the success
Student Center, and all new students must have a card made as soon
of Mines graduates and to the mission of Mines. All Colorado School
as possible after they enroll. Each semester the Student Activities Office
of Mines graduates will be able to acquire the necessary job search
issues RTD Bus Pass stickers for student ID’s. Students can replace lost,
and professional development skills to enable them to successfully
stolen, or damaged Blaster Cards for a small fee.
take personal responsibility for the management of their own careers.
Services are provided to all students and for all recent graduates, up
The Blaster Card can be used as a debit card to make purchases at all
to 24 months after graduation. Students must adhere to the ethical and
campus food service facilities, to check material out of the CSM Library,
professional business and job searching practices as stated in the Career
to make purchases at the campus residence halls, and may be required
Center Student Policy, which can be found in its entirety on the Student’s
to attend various CSM campus activities.
Homepage of DiggerNet.
Please visit the website at http://www.is.mines.edu/BlasterCard for more
In order to accomplish our mission, we provide a comprehensive array of
information.
career services:
Standards, Codes of Conduct
Career, Planning, Advice, and Counseling
Students can access campus rules and regulations, including the student
• “The Mines Strategy" a practical, user-friendly career manual with
code of conduct, student honor code, alcohol policy, sexual misconduct
interview strategies, resume and cover letter examples, career
policy, the unlawful discrimination policy and complaint procedure, public
exploration ideas, and job search tips;
safety and parking policies, and the distribution of literature and free
• Online resources for exploring careers and employers at http://
speech policy, by visiting the Planning and Policy Analysis website at
careers.mines.edu;
http://inside.mines.edu/Student_policies. We encourage all students
to review the electronic document and expect that students know and
• Individual resume and cover letter critiques;
understand the campus policies, rules and regulations as well as their
• Individual job search advice;
rights as a student. Questions and comments regarding the above
• Practice video-taped interviews;
mentioned policies can be directed to the Associate Dean of Students
• Job Search Workshops - successful company research, interviewing,
located in the Student Center, Suite 218.
resumes, business etiquette, networking skills;
• Salary and overall outcomes data;
• Information on applying to grad school;
Student Publications
• Career resource library.
Two student publications are published at CSM by the Associated
Students of CSM. Opportunities abound for students wishing to
participate on the staffs.
Job Resources and Events
The Oredigger is the student newspaper, published weekly during the
• Career Day (Fall and Spring);
school year. It contains news, features, sports, letters and editorials of
• Online and in-person job search assistance for internships, CO-OPs,
interest to students, faculty, and the Golden community.
and full-time entry-level job postings;
• Virtual Career Fairs and special recruiting events;
The literary magazine, High Grade, is published each semester.
Contributions of poetry, short stories, drawings, and photographs
• On-campus interviewing - industry and government representatives
are encouraged from students, faculty and staff. A Board of Student
visit the campus to interview students and explain employment
Publications acts in an advisory capacity to the publications staffs
opportunities;
and makes recommendations on matters of policy. The Public Affairs
• General employment board;
Department staff members serve as daily advisors to the staffs of the
• Employer searching resource;
Oredigger and Prospector. The Division of Liberal Arts and International
• Cooperative Education Program - available to students who have
Studies provides similar service to the High Grade.
completed three semesters at Mines (two for transfer students). It is
an academic program which offers 3 semester hours of credit in the
major for engineering work experience, awarded on the basis of a term
paper written following the CO-OP term. The type of credit awarded
depends on the decision of the department, but in most cases is
additive credit. CO-OP terms usually extend from May to December,
or from January to August, and usually take a student off cam- pus

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Veterans Services
bringing blockbuster movies to the Mines campus; and E-Days and
Homecoming.
The Registrar’s Office provides veterans services for students
attending the School and using educational benefits from the Veterans
Administration.
Special Events
Engineers’ Days festivities are held each spring. The three day affair is
Tutoring
organized entirely by students. Contests are held in drilling, hand-spiking,
mucking, and oil-field olympics to name a few. Additional events include
Individual tutoring in most courses is available through the Office for
a huge fireworks display, the Ore-Cart Pull to the Colorado State Capitol,
Student Development and Academic Services. This office also sponsors
the awarding of scholarships to outstanding Colorado high school seniors
group tutoring sessions and Academic Excellence Workshops which
and an Engineers’ Day concert.
are open to all interested CSM students. For more information about
services and eligibility requirements, contact the Student Development
Homecoming weekend is one of the high points of the entire year’s
and Academic Services office.
activities. Events include a football rally and game, campus decorations,
election of Homecoming queen and beast, parade, burro race, and other
contests.
Activities
International Day is planned and conducted by the International Council.
It includes exhibits and programs designed to further the cause of
understanding among the countries of the world. The international dinner
Student Activities Office
and entertainment have come to be one of the campus social events of
the year.
The Office of Student Activities coordinates the various activities and
student organizations on the Mines campus. Student government,
Winter Carnival, sponsored by Blue Key, is an all-school ski day held
professional societies, living groups, honor societies, interest groups
each year at one of the nearby ski areas. In addition to skiing, there are
and special events add a balance to the academic side of the CSM
also fun competitions (snowman contest, sled races, etc.) throughout the
community. Participants take part in management training, event
day.
planning, and leadership development. To obtain an up-to-date listing of
the recognized campus organizations or more information about any of
these organizations, contact the Student Activities office.
Residence Hall Association (RHA)
Residence Hall Association (RHA) is a student-run organization
developed to coordinate and plan activities for students living in the
Student Government
Residence Halls. Its membership is represented by students from each
Associated Students of CSM (ASCSM) is sanctioned by the Board of
hall floor. Officers are elected each fall for that academic year. For more
Trustees of the School. The purpose of ASCSM is, in part, to advance the
information, go to RHA (http://residence-life.mines.edu/RSL-Residence-
interest and promote the welfare of CSM and all of the students and to
Hall-Association).
foster and maintain harmony among those connected with or interested in
the School, including students, alumni, faculty, trustees and friends.
Through funds collected as student fees, ASCSM strives to ensure
Social Fraternities and Sororities
a full social and academic life for all students with its organizations,
There are seven national fraternities and three national sororities
publications, and special events. As the representative governing body
active on the CSM campus. Fraternities and Sororities offer the unique
of the students ASCSM provides leadership and a strong voice for the
opportunity of leadership, service to one’s community, and fellowship.
student body, enforces policies enacted by the student body, works to
Greeks are proud of the number of campus leaders, athletes and
integrate the various campus organizations, and promotes the ideals and
scholars that come from their ranks. Additionally, the Greek social life
traditions of the School.
provides a complement to the scholastic programs at Mines. Colorado
School of Mines chapters are:
The Graduate Student Association was formed in 1991 and
is recognized by CSM through the student government as the
• Alpha Phi
representative voice of the graduate student body. GSA’s primary goal is
• Alpha Tau Omega
to improve the quality of graduate education and offer academic support
• Beta Theta Pi
for graduate students.
• Kappa Sigma
The Mines Activity Council (MAC) serves as the campus special
• Phi Gamma Delta
events board. The majority of all-student campus events are planned by
• Pi Beta Phi
MAC. Events planned by MAC include comedy shows to the campus on
• Sigma Alpha Epsilon
most Fridays throughout the academic year, events such as concerts,
hypnotists, and one time specialty entertainment; discount tickets to
• Sigma Kappa
local sporting events, theater performances, and concerts, movie nights
• Sigma Nu
• Sigma Phi Epsilon

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Honor Societies
Honor societies recognize the outstanding achievements of their
members in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service. Each of the
CSM honor societies recognizes different achievements in our students.
Special Interest Organizations
Special interest organizations meet the special and unique needs of the
CSM student body by providing co-curricular activities in specific areas.
International Student Organizations
The International Student Organizations provide the opportunity to
experience a little piece of a different culture while here at Mines, in
addition to assisting the students from that culture adjust to the Mines
campus.
Professional Societies
Professional Societies are generally student chapters of the national
professional societies. As a student chapter, the professional societies
offer a chance for additional professional development outside the
classroom through guest speakers, trips, and interactive discussions
about the current activities in the profession. Additionally, many of the
organizations offer internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities.
Recreational Organizations
The recreation organizations provide the opportunity for students with
similar interests to participate as a group in these recreational activities.
Most of the recreational organizations compete on both the local and
regional levels at tournaments throughout the year.
Outdoor Recreation Program
The Outdoor Recreation Program is housed at the Mines Park
Community Center. The Program teaches classes in outdoor
activities; rents mountain bikes, climbing gear, backpacking and other
equipment; and sponsors day and weekend activities such as camping,
snowshoeing, rock climbing, and mountaineering.
For a complete list of all currently registered student organizations,
please visit the Student Activities office or website at http://
studentactivities.mines.edu/.


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Registration and Tuition
Eligibility for Reduced Registration
Classification
Students enrolled in thesis-based degree programs who have completed
a minimum number of course and research credit hours in their degree
General Registration Requirements
programs are eligible to continue to pursue their graduate program as full-
time students at a reduced registration level. In order to be considered
The normal full load for graduate students is 9 credit hours per term.
for this reduced, full-time registration category, students must satisfy the
Special cases outlined below include first-year international students
following requirements:
who must receive special instruction to improve their language skills, and
students who have completed their credit-hour requirements and are
1. For M.S. students, completion of 36 hours of eligible course,
working full time on their thesis.
research and transfer credits combined
2. For Ph.D. students, completion of 72 hours of eligible course,
Full-time graduate students may register for an overload of up to 6 credit
research, and transfer credits combined
hours (up to 15 credit hours total) per term at no increase in tuition.
3. For all students, an approved Admission to Candidacy form must
Subject to written approval by their advisor and department head or
be on file in the Graduate Office the semester prior to one for which
division director, students may register for more than 15 credit hours per
you are applying for reduced thesis registration.
term by paying additional tuition at the regular part-time rate for all hours
4. Candidates may not count more than 12 credit hours per semester
over 15. The maximum number of credits for which a student can register
in determining eligibility for reduced, full-time registration.
during the summer is 12.
Students who are eligible for reduced, full-time registration are
Except for students meeting any of the following conditions, students may
considered full time if they register for 4 credit hours of research under
register at less than the required full-time registration.
course numbers 705 (M.S.) or 706 (Ph.D.) as appropriate.
• International students subject to immigration requirements. This
applies to international students holding J-1 and F-1 visas.
Full-time Status - Required Course Load
• Students receiving financial assistance in the form of graduate
To be deemed full-time during the fall and spring semesters, students
teaching assistantships, research assistantships, fellowships or hourly
must register for at least 9 credit hours. However, international students
contracts.
need only register for 6 credit hours during their first year, if they
• Students enrolled in academic programs that require full-time
are required to take special language instruction or are accepted in
registration. Refer to the degree program sections of this bulletin to
Provisional Status. In the event a thesis-based student has completed
see if this applies to a particular program.
his or her required course work and research credits and is eligible for
reduced, full-time registration, the student will be deemed full-time if he or
Students for whom any one of these conditions apply must register at the
she is registered for at least 4 credit hours of research credit.
appropriate full-time credit hour requirement.
To be deemed full-time during the summer semester, students must
To remain active in their degree program, students must register
register for a minimum of 3 credit hours.
continuously each fall and spring semester. If not required to register full-
time, part-time students may register for any number of credit hours less
Internships and Academic-Year
than the full-time credit hour load.
Registration Requirements
Summer registration is not required to maintain an active program.
Thesis-based graduate students may participate in corporate-sponsored
Students who continue to work on their degree program and utilize Mines
internship opportunities during the academic year. The intent of graduate
facilities during the summer, however, must register. Students registered
internships is to allow students to continue to advance toward degree
during the summer are assessed regular tuition and fees.
while pursuing research activities off campus, that are of interest to both
New graduate students entering during the fall semester will be expected
the student and a corporate sponsor. To qualify for an internship during
to pay full student fees for any courses taken in the summer sessions
the academic year, the work done while in residency at the corporate
prior to the fall term of entry.
sponsor must be directly related to a student’s thesis/dissertation,
the internship shall last for no longer than one regular academic-year
Research Registration
semester, and the scope of the activities completed during the internship
must be agreed upon by the student, the student’s advisor and the
In addition to completing prescribed course work and defending a
corporate sponsor prior to the start of the internship. Students not
thesis, students in thesis-based degree programs must complete a
meeting these requirements are not eligible for the internship registration
research experience under the direct supervision of their faculty advisor.
defined below.
Master students must complete a minimum of 6 hours of research
credit, and doctoral students must complete a minimum of 24 hours of
Graduate students completing a one semester of corporate-sponsored
research credit at Mines. While completing this experience, students
internship, either domestic or international, during the academic year
register for research credit under course numbers 705 (M.S.) or 706
should register for zero credit hours of off-campus work experience
(Ph.D.) as appropriate. Faculty assign grades indicating satisfactory
under the course number 597. This registration will maintain a student’s
or unsatisfactory progress based on their evaluation of the student’s
full-time academic standing for the internship semester. Student’s
work. Students registered for research during the summer semester and
registered for an internship experience under course number 597 are
working on campus must pay regular tuition and thesis research fees for
not assessed tuition nor regular academic fees and as such do not have
summer semester.
access to Mines facilities, services or staff. The Mines Health Insurance
requirement applies to all students participating in an academic program

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(such as, but not limited to, undergraduate cooperative education,
leave of absence. In order to resume their graduate program, they
study abroad, and graduate internships) regardless of the domestic
must submit a written application that includes documentation that the
or international location of the academic program. As such, students
problems which caused the withdrawal have been corrected. The student
enrolled in the Mines Health Insurance program are charged health
will be reinstated to active status upon approval of their application by
insurance fees during their internship semester. Students participating
their advisor and their department head or division director.
in an international internship are required to complete the Office of
International Programs paperwork in fulfillment of security and safety
The financial impact of a withdrawal is covered in the section on
requirements.
“Payments and Refunds.”
Late Registration Fee
Auditing Courses
Students must complete their registration by the date specified in the
As part of the maximum of 15 semester hours of graduate work, students
Academic Calendar. Students who fail to complete their registration
may enroll for no credit (NC) in a course with the permission of the
during this time will be assessed a $100 late registration fee and will not
instructor. Tuition charges are the same for no credit as for credit
receive any tuition fellowships for which they might otherwise be eligible.
enrollment.
Reciprocal Registration
Students must enroll for no credit before cencus day, the last day of
registration. The form to enroll for a course for no credit is available in
Under the Exchange Agreement Between the State Supported
the Registrar’s Office. NC designation is awarded only if all conditions
Institutions in Northern Colorado, Mines graduate students who are
stipulated by course instructors are met.
paying full-time tuition may take courses at Colorado State University,
Mines requires that all U.S. students who are being supported by the
University of Northern Colorado, and University of Colorado (Boulder,
institution register full time, and federal financial aid regulations prohibit
Denver, Colorado Springs, and the Health Sciences Center) at no charge
us from counting NC registration in determining financial aid eligibility.
by completing the request form and meeting the required conditions on
In addition, the INS requires that international students register full
registration and tuition, course load, and course and space availability.
time, and recent anti-terrorism proposals discourage us from counting
Request forms are available from the Registrar’s office.
NC registration toward that requirement. Furthermore, there are no
Courses completed under the reciprocal agreement may be applied to
consistent standards for expectations of students who register for NC
a student’s degree program. These are, however, applied as transfer
in a course. Therefore, in order to treat all Mines students consistently,
credit into the degree program. In doing so, they are subject to all the
NC registration will not count toward the minimum number of hours
limitations, approvals and requirements of any regularly transferred
for which students are required to register. This includes the minimum
course.
continuous registration requirement of part-time students and the 3-, or 9-
hour requirement for students who must register full time.
Dropping and Adding Courses
The reduced registration policy is based on the principle that the
Students may drop or add courses through web registration without
minimum degree requirement (36 or 72 hours) would include only the
paying a fee during the first 11 school days of a regular semester, the first
credits applied toward that degree. Deficiency and extra courses are
four school days of a six-week field course, or the first six school days of
above and beyond that minimum. NC courses fall into the latter category
an eight-week summer term.
and may not be applied toward the degree. Therefore, NC registration will
not count toward the number of hours required to be eligible for reduced
After the 11th day of classes through the 12th week, continuing students
thesis registration.
may drop any course for any reason with a grade of “W”. Graduate
students in their first or second semesters at Mines have through the 14th
NC registration may involve additional effort on the part of faculty to
week of that semester to drop a course. A student must process a drop-
give and/or grade assignments or exams, so it is the institution’s policy
add form and pay a $5.00 fee for any change in class schedule after the
to charge tuition for NC courses. Therefore, NC registration will count
first 11 days of class, except in cases of withdrawal from school. Forms
toward the maximum number of credits for which a graduate student may
are available in the Registrar’s Office.
be allowed to register. This includes a tuition surcharge for credits taken
over 15.
After the 12th (or 14th) week, no drops are permitted except in case of
withdrawal from school or for extenuating circumstances. To request
Off-Campus Study
consideration of extenuating circumstances, a student must submit a
written request to the Graduate Dean, which includes the following:
A student must enroll in an official Mines course for any period of off-
campus, course-related study, whether U.S. or foreign, including faculty-
1. A list of the courses from which they wish to withdraw. This must
led short courses, study abroad, or any off-campus trip sponsored by
include all courses for which they are registered.
Mines or led by a Mines faculty member. The registration must occur in
2. Documentation of the problem which is the basis for the request.
the same term that the off-campus study takes place. In addition, the
3. If the problem involves a medical condition, the documentation must
student must complete the necessary release, waiver, and emergency
be signed by a licensed medical doctor or a representative of the
contact forms, transfer credit pre-approvals, and FERPA release, and
Mines Counseling Office.
provide adequate proof of current health insurance prior to departure. For
additional information concerning study abroad requirements, contact the
4. Signatures indicating approval by the student’s advisor and
Office of International Programs at (303) 384-2121; for other information,
department head or division director.
contact the Registrar’s Office.
A student who is allowed to withdraw from courses under this policy will
receive a grade of “W” for each course and will be placed on automatic

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Graduation Requirements
Graduation Requirements
To graduate, students must be registered during the term in which
they complete their program. In enforcing this registration requirement,
the Graduate School allows students to complete their checkout
requirements past the end of the semester. Late checkout is accepted
by the Graduate School through the last day of registration in the term
immediately following the semester in which a student has completed
his or her academic degree requirements; the Spring for Fall completion,
the Summer I for Spring completion, and Fall for Summer II completion.
Students not meeting this checkout deadline are required to register
for an additional semester before the Graduate School will process
their checkout request. For additional information, refer to http://
gradschool.mines.edu/GS-Graduation-Information-and-Deadlines.

18 Graduate
Leave of Absence & Parental
Eligibility
Leave
In order to be eligible for Parental Leave, a graduate student must:
• be the primary child care provider;
Leave of Absence
• have been a full-time graduate student in his/her degree program
Leaves of absence are granted when it is temporarily impossible for
during at least the two (2), prior consecutive semesters;
students to continue to work toward a degree. Leave of absence requests
• be enrolled in a thesis-based degree program (i.e., Doctoral or thesis-
for the current semester must be received by the Dean of Graduate
based Masters);
Studies prior to the last day of classes. Leave of absence requests for
• be in good academic standing as defined in the Unsatisfactory
prior semesters will not be considered.
Academic Performance section of this Bulletin;
• provide a letter from a physician or other health care professional
Any request for a leave of absence must have the prior approval of the
stating the anticipated due date of the child, or provide appropriate
student’s faculty advisor, the department head or division or program
documentation specifying an expected date of adoption of the child;
director and the Dean of Graduate Studies. The request for a leave of
absence must be in writing and must include:
• notify advisor of intent to apply for Parental Leave at least four (4)
months prior to the anticipated due date or adoption date; and
1. the reasons why the student must interrupt his or her studies and,
• at least two (2) months prior to the expected leave date complete, and
2. a plan (including a timeline and deadlines) for resuming and
have approved, the Request for Parental Leave Form that includes an
completing the work toward the degree in a timely fashion.
academic Program Plan for program continuance.
Students on leave remain in good standing even though they are not
Exceptions and Limitations
registered for any course or research credits. While on leave, however,
This Policy has been explicitly constructed with the following limitations:
students will not have access to Mines resources. This includes, but is
not limited to, office space, computational facilities, library and faculty.
• part-time and non-thesis students are not eligible for Parental Leave.
These students may, however, apply for a Leave of Absence through
Students are limited to two, not necessarily consecutive, regular
the regular procedure defined above;
semesters of leave while in a graduate degree program at Mines.
Beyond these two semesters, students needing to suspend their degree
• if both parents are Mines graduate students who would otherwise
programs further are required to formally withdraw from the degree
qualify for leave under this Policy, each is entitled to a Parental Leave
program. To continue in the degree program at a later date, candidates
period immediately following the birth or adoption of a child during
would need to apply, and be readmitted, into the degree program. As
which he or she is the primary care provider, but the leaves may not
with all degree program applications, applications from candidates
be taken simultaneously; and
returning from a leave are reviewed by the program and considered for
• leaves extending beyond eight (8) weeks are not covered by this
readmission at the sole discretion of the program.
Policy. The regular Leave of Absence policy defined in the Graduate
Bulletin applies to these cases.
Students who fail to register and who are not on approved leaves of
absence have their degree programs terminated. Students who wish to
Benefits
return to graduate school after an unauthorized leave of absence must
Under this Policy students will receive the following benefits and
apply for readmission and pay a $200 readmission fee.
protections:
The financial impact of requesting a leave of absence for the current
• a one-semester extension of all academic requirements (e.g.,
semester is covered in the section on “Payments and Refunds (p. 5)”
qualifying examinations, time to degree limitations, etc.);
Parental Leave
• maintenance of full-time status in degree program while on Parental
Leave;
Graduate students in thesis-based degree programs, who have full-
• documentation of an academic plan that specifies both how a student
time student status, may be eligible to request up to eight (8) weeks of
will continue work toward his or her degree prior to the leave period
parental leave. The Parental Leave Policy is designed to assist students
and how a student will reintegrate into a degree program after
who are primary child-care providers immediately following the birth
returning from leave; and
or adoption of a child. The Policy is designed to make it possible for
• continuance of assistantship support during the semester in which the
students to maintain full-time status in research-based degree programs
leave is taken.
while taking a leave from that program to care for their new child, and
facilitate planning for continuance of their degree program.
Planning and Approval
Nothing in the Parental Leave policy can, or is intended to replace
It is the student’s responsibility to initiate discussions with his/her
communication and cooperation between the student and his or her
advisor(s) at least four (4) months prior to the anticipated birth or
advisor, and the good-faith efforts of both to accommodate the birth or
adoption. This notice provides the lead time necessary to rearrange
adoption of a child within the confines and expectations of participating
teaching duties (for those students supported by teaching assistantships),
in a research-active graduate degree program. It is the intent of this
to adjust laboratory and research responsibilities and schedules, to
Policy to reinforce the importance of this cooperation, and to provide a
identify and develop plans for addressing any new health and safety
framework of support and guidance.
issues, and to develop an academic Program Plan that promotes
seamless reintegration back into a degree program.

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

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

Colorado School of Mines 21
Academic Regulations
work not taken to remove deficiencies upon the recommendation of the
graduate committee and the approval of the Graduate Dean.
Graduate School Bulletin
Students may apply toward graduate degree requirements 300-level
courses only in those programs which have been recommended by the
It is the responsibility of the graduate student to become informed and
department and have been approved by the Graduate Council before the
to observe all regulations and procedures required by the program the
student enrolls in the course. In that case a maximum of nine (9.0) total
student is pursuing. Ignorance of a rule does not constitute a basis for
hours of 300- and 400-level courses will be accepted for graduate credit.
waiving that rule. The current Graduate Bulletin when a graduate student
first enrolls, gives the academic requirements the student must meet
Withdrawing from School
to graduate. However, with department consent, a student can change
to the requirements in a later catalog published while the student is
To officially withdraw from Mines, a graduate student must communicate
enrolled in the graduate school. Changes to administrative policies and
directly with the Graduate Dean or process a withdrawal form through
procedures become effective for all students as soon as the campus
the Graduate Office. When the form is completed, the student will
community is notified of the changes.
receive grades of W in courses in progress. If the student does not
officially withdraw the course grades are recorded as F’s. Leaving school
The Graduate Bulletin is available to students in both print and electronic
without having paid tuition and fees will result in the encumbrance of the
forms. Print bulletins are updated annually. Electronic versions of the
transcript. Federal aid recipients should check with the financial aid office
Graduate Bulletin may be updated more frequently to reflect changes
to determine what impact a withdrawal may have on current or future aid.
approved by the campus community. As such, students are encouraged
to refer to the most recently available electronic version of the Graduate
Bulletin. This version is available at the CSM website. The electronic
version of the Graduate Bulletin is considered the official version of this
document. In case of disagreement between the electronic and print
versions, the electronic version takes precedence.
Resolution of Conflicting Bulletin
Provisions
If a conflict or inconsistency is found to exist between these policies and
any other provision of the Mines Graduate Bulletin, the provisions of
these policies shall govern the resolution of such conflict or inconsistency.
Curriculum Changes
The Mines Board of Trustees reserves the right to change any course
of study or any part of the curriculum to respond to educational and
scientific developments. No statement in this Bulletin or in the registration
of any student shall be considered as a contract between Colorado
School of Mines and the student.
Making up Undergraduate Deficiencies
If the department or division decides that new students do not have
the necessary background to complete an advanced degree, they will
be required to enroll in courses for which they will receive no credit
toward their graduate degree, or complete supervised readings, or
both. Students are notified of their apparent deficiency areas in their
acceptance letter from the Graduate School or in their first interview with
their department advisor.
Graduate students must attain a B average in deficiency courses,
and any student receiving a grade of D in a deficiency course will be
required to repeat the course. Grades for these deficiency courses
are recorded on the student’s transcript, become part of the student’s
permanent record, and are calculated into the overall GPA. Students
whose undergraduate records are deficient should remove all deficiencies
as soon as possible after they enroll for graduate studies.
Graduate Students in Undergraduate
Courses
Students may apply toward graduate degree requirements a maximum
of nine (9.0) semester hours of department-approved 400-level course

22 Graduate
Graduate Grading System
Satisfactory Progress Grades
A graduate student may receive a grade of Satisfactory Progress, PRG,
Grades
in either one of three possible situations:
When a student registers in a graduate (500- and 600-level ) course,
1. As a passing grade given in a course that is graded pass-fail,
one of the following grades will appear on the academic record. Grades
2. As a grade for a course extending more than one semester or
are based on the level of performance and represent the extent of the
student’s demonstrated mastery of the material listed in the course
3. As a grade indicating completion of research credit hours.
outline and achievement of the stated course objectives. These are
When applied to pass-fail courses, the Satisfactory Progress grade, PRG,
CSM’s grade symbols and their qualitative interpretations:
indicates successful completion of the requirements of the course. A
grade of Unsatisfactory Progress, PRU, as applied to pass-fail courses,
Symbol
Interpretation
indicates the student failed to meet the requirements for successful
A
Acceptable for Graduate Credit
completion the course. The PRG and PRU grades have no point value
A-
Acceptable for Graduate Credit
toward a student’s GPA. As described in the Unsatisfactory Academic
B+
Acceptable for Graduate Credit
Performance (p. 8) portion of this Bulletin programs may determine that
B
Acceptable for Graduate Credit
a PRU received in a course indicates unsatisfactory progress toward
B-
May be Acceptable for Graduate Credit
degree completion and trigger academic disciplinary proceedings.
C+
May be Acceptable for Graduate Credit
For students completing independent study or seminar courses extending
C
May be Acceptable for Graduate Credit
over multiple semesters, the progress grade has no point value. In
C-
May be Acceptable for Graduate Credit
such cases, the student receives a grade of PRG, which indicates that
D+
Not Acceptable for Graduate Credit
the work is not yet completed. For multi-semester independent study
courses, upon completion of course requirements, final grades are
D
Not Acceptable for Graduate Credit
assigned to all semesters in which the student enrolled in the course,
D-
Not Acceptable for Graduate Credit
replacing previous PRG grades as appropriate. In seminar courses which
F
Failed
may not be repeated for credit, even if continuous enrollment is required
S
Satisfactory (C- or better, used as a mid-term
by the degree program, the PRG grade remains with a final grade being
grade)
assigned to last semester of attendance only.
U
Unsatisfactory (below C-, used as a mid-term
For all multi-semester courses, independent study and seminar, students
grade)
must register for the same course in each regular (Fall or Spring)
INC
Incomplete
semester of attendance until such time as a final grade is assigned."
PRG
Satisfactory Progress
PRU
Unsatisfactory Progress
When applied to research credits, the Satisfactory Progress grade,
PRG, also has no point value toward a student’s GPA, but indicates
Graduate students enrolled in undergraduate-level courses (400-level
satisfactory progress toward completion of the research component of
and below) are graded using the undergraduate grading system. See the
a student’s thesis-based degree program. In this situation, a grade of
Mines Undergraduate Bulletin (bulletin.mines.edu/undergraduate) for a
PRU, Unsatisfactory Progress, may be given, and if given, indicates
description of this system.
that a student has not made satisfactory progress toward the research
component of a thesis-based degree program. In this case, receipt
In addition to these performance symbols, the following is a list of
of a grade of PRU may trigger academic disciplinary proceedings as
additional registration symbols that may appear on a CSM transcript:
described in the Unsatisfactory Academic Performance (p. 8) portion of
this Bulletin.
Symbol
Interpretation
WI
Involuntarily Withdrawn
Unless faculty submit change of grade forms to the Registrar, grades of
W
Withdrew, No Penalty
PRU delivered for unsatisfactory research performance, are not changed
to PRG upon the successful completion of a student’s degree program.
T
Transfer Credit
NC
Not for Credit
NC Grade
Z
Grade not yet Submitted
For special reasons and with the instructor’s permission, a student may
Incomplete Grade
register in a course for no credit (NC). To have the grade NC appear on
the transcript, the student must enroll at registration time as a NC student
If a graduate student fails to complete a course because of illness or
in the course and comply with all conditions stipulated by the course
other reasonable excuse, the student receives a grade of Incomplete,
instructor. If a student registered as NC fails to satisfy all conditions, no
a temporary grade which indicates a deficiency in the quantity of work
record of this registration in the course will be made.
done. A graduate student must remove all Incomplete grades within
the first four weeks of the first semester of attendance following that in
Quality Hours and Quality Points
which the grade was received. If not removed within the four weeks, the
For graduation a student must successfully complete a certain number
Incomplete will become an F.
of required semester hours and must maintain grades at a satisfactory

Colorado School of Mines 23
level. Numerical values assigned to each letter grade are given in the
completed (subject and number). The most recent grade is applied to the
table below:
overall grade-point average even if the previous grade is higher.
Grade
Numerical Value
Courses from other institutions transferred to Colorado School of Mines
A
4.000
are not counted in any grade-point average, and cannot be used under
this repeat policy. Only courses originally completed and subsequently
A-
3.700
repeated at Colorado School of Mines during Fall 2007 through Summer
B+
3.300
2011 with the same subject code and number apply to this repeat policy.
B
3.000
B-
2.700
All occurrences of every course taken at Colorado School of Mines will
appear on the official transcript along with the associated grade. Courses
C+
2.300
from other institutions transferred to Colorado School of Mines are not
C
2.000
counted in any grade-point average.
C-
1.700
D+
1.300
Course and Research Grades
D
1.000
All candidates for graduate degrees must maintain a cumulative grade
D-
0.700
point average of at least 3.0 in all courses taken after acceptance into
F
0.000
a degree program. This includes both graduate and undergraduate
courses. Any grade lower than “C-” is not acceptable for credit toward
The number of quality points earned in any course is the number of
graduate degree requirements or graduate deficiencies.
semester hours assigned to that course multiplied by the numerical
value of the grade received. The quality hours earned are the number
For research credits, students receive either an “In Progress-Satisfactory”
of semester hours in which grades are awarded. To compute a grade-
or an “In Progress-Unsatisfactory” grade based on their faculty advisor’s
point average, the number of cumulative quality hours is divided into the
evaluation of their work. Research grades do not enter into the
cumulative quality points earned. Grades of W, WI, INC, PRG, PRU, or
calculation of the student’s grade point average.
NC are not counted in quality hours.
Students who fail to maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0, or
Semester Hours
who receive an In Progress-Unsatisfactory research grade are placed
on academic probation by the Graduate Dean and may be subject to
The number of times a class meets during a week (for lecture, recitation,
discretionary dismissal as defined by the Unsatisfactory Academic
or laboratory) determines the number of semester hours assigned to that
Performance (p. 8) section of this Bulletin.
course. Class sessions are normally 50 minutes long and represent one
hour of credit for each hour meeting. Two to four hours of laboratory work
Grade Appeal Process
per week are equivalent to 1-semester hour of credit. For the average
Mines faculty have the responsibility, and sole authority for, assigning
student, each hour of lecture and recitation requires at least two hours of
grades. As instructors, this responsibility includes clearly stating the
preparation.
instructional objectives of a course, defining how grades will be assigned
Grade-Point Averages
in a way that is consistent with these objectives, and then assigning
grades. It is the student’s responsibility to understand the grading criteria
Grade-Point Averages shall be specified, recorded, reported, and used to
and then maintain the standards of academic performance established
three figures following the decimal point for any and all purposes to which
for each course in which he or she is enrolled.
said averages may apply.
If a student believes he or she has been unfairly graded, the student may
All graduate degree programs require students have a minimum overall
appeal the grade to the Faculty Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate.
grade point average of 3.000 in order to be eligible to receive the degree.
The Faculty Affairs Committee is the faculty body authorized to review
All courses (including deficiency courses) taken at the Colorado School
and modify course grades, in appropriate circumstances. Any decision
of Mines after first enrolling in a graduate degree program are included
made by the Faculty Affairs Committee is final. In evaluating a grade
in the calculation of the overall grade point average for that program.
appeal, the Faculty Affairs Committee will place the burden of proof on
Grades for courses applied to a degree program as transfer credit are not
the student. For a grade to be revised by the Faculty Affairs Committee,
included in any grade point average calculation. Specifics in calculating
the student must demonstrate that the grading decision was unfair by
the overall, and other grade point averages are defined below.
documenting that one or more of the following conditions applied:
Overall Grade-Point Average
1. The grading decision was based on something other than course
performance; unless the grade was a result of penalty for academic
The overall grade-point average includes all attempts at courses taken at
dishonesty or the grade was WI (withdrawn involuntarily).
Colorado School of Mines with the exception of courses completed when
2. The grading decision was based on standards that were
the repeat policy was in effect: Fall 2007 through Summer 2011.
unreasonably different from those applied to other students in the
If a course completed during the Fall 2007 term through Summer 2011
same section of that course.
was a repeat of a course completed in any previous term and the course
3. The grading decision was based on standards that differed
was not repeatable for credit, the grade and credit hours earned for the
substantially and unreasonably from those previously articulated by
most recent occurrence of the course will count toward the student’s
the instructor.
grade-point average and the student’s degree requirements. The most
recent course occurrence must be an exact match to the previous course

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

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

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

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Non-Degree Students
A non-degree student is one who has not applied to pursue a degree
program at Mines but wishes to take courses regularly offered on
campus. Nondegree students register for courses through the Registrar’s
office after degree students have registered. Such students may take
any course for which they have the prerequisites as listed in the Mines
Bulletin or have the permission of the instructor. Transcripts or evidence
of the prerequisites are required. Nondegree students pay all applicable
tuition and student fees.

28 Graduate
Public Access to Graduate Thesis
The award of a thesis-based graduate degree is conditioned on the
student’s deposit of his or her completed thesis in the Mines library to
ensure its availability to the public. Although the student retains the
copyright in the thesis, by depositing the thesis with the library, the
student assigns a perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to Mines
to permit Mines to copy the thesis and allow the public reasonable access
to it.
Under special circumstances, Mines may agree to include proprietary
research in a graduate student’s thesis. The nature and extent of the
proprietary research reported in the thesis must be agreed upon in writing
by the principal investigator, student and Dean of Graduate Studies.
In some cases, the proprietary nature of the underlying research may
require the school to delay public access to the completed thesis for
a limited period of time. In no case will public access to the thesis be
denied for more than12 months from the date the Statement of Work
Completion form is submitted to the Graduate School.

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

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

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Tuition, Fees, Financial
Encumbrances
Assistance
A student will not be permitted to register for future classes, to graduate,
or to get an official transcript of his academic record while indebted in any
way to CSM.
Tuition and fees are established by the Board of Trustees of the Colorado
School of Mines following the annual budget process and action by the
Refunds
Colorado General Assembly and Governor.
Refunds for tuition and fees are made according to the following policy:
Graduate Tuition
The amount of tuition and fee assessment is based primarily on each
The official tuition and approved charges for the 2013-2014 academic
student’s enrolled courses. In the event a student withdraws from a
year will be available prior to the start of the 2013-2014 academic year
course or courses, assessments will be adjusted as follows:
located at: https://inside.mines.edu/UserFiles/File/finance/budget/FY14/
FY14%20Tuition%20Schedule.pdf
• If the withdrawal is made prior to the end of the add/drop period for the
term of enrollment, as determined by the Registrar, tuition and fees will
Fees
be adjusted to the new course level without penalty.
• If the withdrawal from a course or courses is made after the add/drop
The official fees, approved charges, and fee descriptions for the
period, and the student does not officially withdraw from school, no
2013-2014 academic year will be available prior to the start of the
adjustment in charges will be made.
2013-2014 academic year and can be found at: https://inside.mines.edu/
UserFiles/File/finance/budget/FY14/FY14%20Fees%20and%20Charges-
• If the withdrawal from courses is made after the add/drop period, and
FINAL.pdf
the student withdraws from school, tuition and fee assessments will be
reduced according to the following schedule:
Please note that graduate students who register for undergraduate
• Within the 7 calendar days following the end of the add/drop period,
courses to satisfy deficiencies may be assessed the same fee that an
60 percent reduction in charges.
undergraduate student would pay.
• Within the next following 7 calendar days, a 40 percent reduction in
charges.
Payments and Refunds
• Within the next following 7 calendar days, a 20 percent reduction in
Payment Information
charges.
• After that period, no reduction of charges will be made.
A student is expected to complete the registration process, including the
payment of tuition and fees, before attending class. Students should mail
The schedule above applies to the Fall and Spring semesters. The time
their payments to:
periods for the Summer sessions - Field and Summer - will be adjusted in
proportion to the reduced number of days in these semesters.
Cashier Colorado School of Mines
1500 Illinois St.
Room and board refunds are prorated to the date of checkout from the
Golden, CO 80401-1869 or
Residence Hall. Arrangements must be made with the Housing Office.
Student health insurance charges are not refundable. The insurance
pay at the Cashier’s Office in The Ben Parker Student Center. Please
remains in effect for the entire semester.
write your student ID on payment.
PLEASE NOTE: Students receiving federal financial aid under the Title IV
Late Payment Penalties
programs may have a different refund determined as required by federal
A penalty will be assessed against a student if payment is not received
law or regulations.
in full by the official day of registration. The penalty is described in the
schedule of courses for each semester. If payment is not completed
Financial Assistance for Graduate Studies
by the sixth week of class, the student may be officially withdrawn from
Graduate study is a considerable investment of time, energy, and
classes.
money by serious students who expect a substantial return not only
in satisfaction but also in future earnings. Applicants are expected to
Financial Responsibility
weigh carefully the investment they are willing to make against expected
Registration for classes at CSM implies an obligation by the student to
benefits before applying for admission.
meet all related financial responsibilities in a timely manner. Students
Students are also expected to make full use of any resources available,
who do not fulfill their financial obligations according to published
including personal and loan funds, to cover expenses, and the School
deadlines are subject to the following: late payment penalties accrued
can offer some students financial aid through graduate research
on any outstanding balance, and the withholding of transcripts. Past due
and teaching assistantships and through industry, state, and federal
accounts will be turned over to Colorado Central Collection Services
fellowships.
in accordance with Colorado law. Collection costs will be added to the
student’s account, and delinquencies may be reported to national credit
Purpose of Financial Aid
bureaus.
The Graduate School’s limited financial aid is used
1. To give equal access to graduate study by assisting students with
limited personal resources;

32 Graduate
2. To compensate graduate students who teach and do research;
3. To give an incentive to exceptional students who can provide
academic leadership for continually improving graduate programs.
Employment Restrictions and Agreements
Students who are employed full time or who are enrolled part time are not
eligible for financial aid through the Graduate School.
Students who are awarded assistantships must sign an appointment
agreement, which gives the terms of appointment and specifies the
amount and type of work required. Graduate assistants who hold
regular appointments are expected to devote all of their efforts to their
educational program and may not be otherwise employed without the
written permission of their supervisor and the Graduate Dean. Students
with assistantships during the academic year must be registered as
full time. During the summer session they must be registered for a
minimum of three credit hours, unless they qualify for the summer
research registration exception. Please see http://www.mines.edu/
graduate_admissions for details on summer registration exception
eligibility.
Aid Application Forms
New students interested in applying for financial aid are encouraged
to apply early. Financial aid forms are included in Graduate School
application packets and may be filled out and returned with the other
application papers.
Graduate Fellowships
The departments and divisions may award fellowships based on the
student’s academic performance.
Graduate Student Loans
Need-based federal student loans are available for graduate students
who need additional funding beyond their own resources and any
assistantships or fellowships they may receive. The Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed to apply for these loan
funds. Students must be degree seeking and attending at least part-time
(4.5 hrs) per semester to be eligible. Degree seeking students who are
approved for reduced registration (4 hrs/semester) are also eligible.
Specific information and procedures for filing the FAFSA can be found on
the Financial Aid Office web site at http://finaid.mines.edu. The Financial
Aid Office telephone number is 303-273-3220, and the email address is
finaid@mines.edu.
Satisfactory Academic Progress for Federal
Student Loans and Colorado Grad Grant
To maintain eligibility for federal student loans, students are expected
to achieve a minimum 3.000 cumulative grade average at the end of
each semester. In addition, if students enroll full time (9 credits or more)
they must pass at least 9 credits. If enrolled for fewer than 9 credits,
students must pass all of the credits for which they are registered. If this
is not done, the student will be given a financial aid warning semester,
after which the student must return to satisfactory academic standing to
maintain eligibility. Satisfactory academic progress is determined after
each semester, including summer.

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

34 Graduate
1. Academic Requirements
Master’s degrees, no more than 9 credits may transfer. The transfer
credit limit includes Mines distance learning courses. Transfer credits
Each Professional Master’s degree consists of a minimum of 30 total
must not have been used as credit toward a Bachelor degree. Requests
credit hours. Students must complete at least 21 credit hours at CSM in
for transfer credit must be approved by the faculty according to the
the degree program. The remaining hours may be transferred into the
process defined by a student’s home department or division. All credits
program. Requests for transfer credit must be approved by the faculty
applied toward degree, except transfer credits, must be earned on
according to a process defined by the student’s home department or
campus. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0
division. Transfer credits must not have been used as credit toward
or better in Mines course work.
a Bachelor degree. The transfer limit includes CSM distance learning
courses. Up to six credit hours of Special Topic or Independent Study
2. Minor Programs
may be in the form of project credits done on the job as an employee or
as a graduate intern. If project credits are to be used, the project proposal
Students may choose to have a minor program or programs at the
and final report must be approved by a CSM faculty advisor, although
Master’s level. A minor program may not be taken in the student’s major
direct supervision may be provided by the employer. Students must
area of study. A designated minor requires a minimum of 9 semester
maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in CSM course
hours of course work and must be approved by the student’s advisor,
work.
home department head, and a faculty representative of the minor area of
study.
2. Admission to Candidacy
3. Admission to Candidacy
Full-time students must complete the following requirements within the
first calendar year after enrolling into a Professional Master’s degree
Full-time students must complete the following requirements within one
program.
calendar year of enrolling into the Master’s degree program.
• complete all prerequisite and core curriculum course requirements of
• have a thesis committee appointment form on file in the Graduate
their program, and
Office;
• be admitted into full candidacy for the degree.
• complete all prerequisite and core curriculum course requirements of
their department, division or program; and
Each program publishes a list of prerequisites and core curriculum
• be admitted into full candidacy for the degree.
requirements for Professional Master’s degrees. When a student is
admitted with deficiencies, the appropriate department head, division
Each degree program publishes a list of prerequisite and core curriculum
director or program director will provide the student with a written list of
requirements for that degree. If students are admitted with deficiencies,
courses required to remove these deficiencies. This list will be given to
the appropriate department heads, division directors or program directors
the student no later than one week after the start of classes of his/her first
will provide the students written lists of courses required to remove the
semester in order to allow for adding/dropping courses as necessary.
deficiencies. These lists will be given to the students no later than one
week after the start of classes of their first semester in order to allow
Upon completion of the above-defined requirements, a student must
them to add/drop courses as necessary.
submit an Admission to Candidacy form documenting satisfactory
completion of the prerequisites and core curriculum requirements.
Upon completion of the above defined requirements, students must
The form must have the written approval of the program offering the
submit an Admission to Candidacy form documenting satisfactory
Professional Masters degree.
completion of the prerequisite and core curriculum requirements and
granting permission to begin Master’s level research. The form must have
III. Master of Science and Engineering
the written approval of all members of the advisor and thesis committee, if
Programs
appropriate.
A. General Requirements
B. Non-thesis Option
Graduate study at CSM can lead to one of a number of thesis and non-
Non-thesis Master’s degrees (both non-thesis Master of Science and
thesis based Master’s degrees, depending on the interests of the student.
Master of Engineering) are offered by a number of departments, divisions
All Master’s degree programs share the same academic requirements for
and programs. In lieu of preparing a thesis, non-thesis master’s program
grades, definition of minor programs, and the need to apply for admission
students are required to complete a research or design experience
to candidacy.
taken as a special problem or as an independent study course. See
the department/division section of the “Graduate Degree Programs and
1. Academic Requirements
Description of Courses” portion of this Bulletin for more information.
Although non-thesis master’s students are not assigned a Thesis
A Master’s degree at Mines requires a minimum of 30 total credit hours.
Committee, students in this program do select a faculty advisor, subject
As part of this 30 hours, departments and divisions are required to
to the approval of the student’s home department.
include a research or design experience supervised by Mines faculty. For
more information about the specific research/design requirements, please
C. Thesis Option
refer to the appropriate department/division section of the “Graduate
Thesis-based Master of Science degrees require completion of a
Degree Programs and Description of Courses” portion of this Bulletin.
satisfactory thesis and successful oral defense of this thesis. Academic
For non-thesis Master’s degrees, students must complete at least 21
credit toward completion of the thesis must include successful completion
credit hours at Mines in the degree program. All other credits may
of no fewer than 6 credit hours of masters-level research credit. The
be completed as transfer credits into the degree program. For thesis
thesis is expected to report on original research that results in new
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applies state-of-the-art knowledge and techniques to solve an important
Master’s degree is contingent upon the student’s researching and
problem. In either case, the thesis should be an exemplary product that
writing a thesis acceptable to the student’s faculty advisor and Thesis
meets the rigorous scholarship standards of the Colorado School of
Committee.
Mines. The student’s faculty advisor and the Master’s Thesis Committee
must approve the program of study and the topic for the thesis. The
3. Thesis Defense
format of the thesis must comply with the appropriate guidelines
The student submits an initial draft of his or her thesis to the faculty
promulgated by the Graduate School.
advisor, who will work with the student on necessary revisions. Upon
1. Faculty Advisor Appointment
approval of the student’s advisor, the revised thesis is circulated to the
Thesis Committee members at least one week prior to the oral defense
Each thesis-based Master’s student must select a faculty advisor to
of the thesis. The oral defense of the thesis is scheduled during the
provide advice regarding the student’s thesis direction, research and
student’s final semester of study. Students must be registered to defend.
selection of courses. Master’s students must select faculty advisors
This defense session, which may include an examination of material
by the end of the second semester at CSM. Advisors must be full-
covered in the student’s course work, will be open to the public.
time permanent members of the CSM faculty. In this context, full-time
permanent members of the CSM faculty are those that hold the rank of
Following the defense, the Thesis Committee will meet privately to vote
professor, associate professor, assistant professor, research professor,
on whether the student has successfully defended the thesis. Three
associate research professor or assistant research professor. Upon
outcomes are possible: the student may pass the oral defense; the
approval by the Graduate Dean, adjunct faculty, teaching faculty, visiting
student may fail the defense; or the Committee may vote to adjourn
professors, emeritus professors and off-campus representatives may be
the defense to allow the student more time to address and remove
designated additional co-advisors.
weaknesses or inadequacies in the thesis or underlying research.
Two negative votes will constitute a failure regardless of the number
The Director of the degree program, often times the head of the student’s
of Committee members present at the thesis defense. In the event of
home department or division, and the Graduate Dean must approve all
either failure or adjournment, the Chair of the Thesis Committee will
faculty advisor appointments.
prepare a written statement indicating the reasons for this action and
will distribute copies to the student, the Thesis Committee members, the
2. Thesis Committee
student’s department head and the Graduate Dean. In the case of failure
or adjournment, the student may request a re-examination, which must
The Graduate Dean appoints a Thesis Committee whose members have
be scheduled no less than one week after the original defense. A second
been recommended by the student, the student’s faculty advisor, and the
failure to defend the thesis satisfactorily will result in the termination of the
student’s department head. Students should have a thesis committee
student’s graduate program.
appointed by the end of their second semester. This Committee will have
a minimum of three voting members, including the student’s advisor,
Upon passing the oral defense of thesis or report, the student must make
who are familiar with the student’s area of study. Of these Committee
any corrections in the thesis required by the Thesis Committee. The final,
members, two must be from the home department or, in the case of
corrected copy and an executed signature page indicating approval by
interdisciplinary degree programs, an allied department. Off-campus
the student’s advisor and department head must be submitted to the
members can be assigned to the Committee to serve either with full
Office of Graduate Studies for format approval. (Format instructions are
voting status or in a non-voting capacity. Off-campus members with
available in the Office of Graduate Studies and should be obtained before
voting status assume all of the responsibilities of on-campus Committee
beginning work on the thesis.)
members with respect to attendance of Committee meetings, review of
thesis drafts and participation in oral examinations and thesis defense
4. Time Limitations
sessions. If a thesis co-advisor is assigned, an additional faculty member
from the home or allied department must be added to the committee.
A candidate for a thesis-based Masters degree must complete all
Students who choose to have a minor program at the Master’s level must
requirements for the degree within five years of the date of admission
select a representative from their minor area of study to serve on the
into the degree program. Time spent on approved leaves of absence
Thesis Committee. Minor representatives must be full-time members of
is included in the five-year time limit. Candidates not meeting the time
the CSM faculty.
limitation will be notified and withdrawn from their degree programs.
A Thesis Committee Chairperson is designated by the student at
Candidates may apply for a one-time extension of this time limitation.
the time he/she requests the formation of his/her thesis committee.
This application must be made in writing and approved by the candidate’s
The chairperson is responsible for leading all meetings of the thesis
advisor, thesis committee, department and Dean of Graduate Studies.
committee and for directing the student’s thesis defense. In selecting a
The application must include specific timelines and milestones for degree
Thesis Committee chairperson, the following guidelines must be met:
completion. If an extension is approved, failure to meet any timeline or
milestone will trigger immediate withdrawal from the degree program.
1. The chairperson cannot be the student’s advisor or co-advisor and
If the Dean of Graduate Studies denies an extension request, the
2. The chairperson must be a full-time CSM faculty member.
candidate may appeal this decision to the Provost. The appeal must
Shortly after its appointment, the Committee will meet with the student
be made in writing, must specifically state how the candidate believes
to hear a presentation of the proposed course of study and thesis topic.
the request submitted to the Dean met the requirements of the policy,
The Committee and the student must agree on a satisfactory program
and must be received no later than 10 business days from the date of
and the student must obtain the Committee approval of the written thesis
notification of the Dean’s denial of the original request.
proposal at least one semester prior to the thesis defense. The student’s
If a candidate is withdrawn from a degree program through this process
faculty advisor assumes the primary responsibility for monitoring the
(i.e., either by denial of an extension request or failure to meet a timeline
program and directing the thesis work. The award of the thesis-based

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or milestone) and wishes to reenter the degree program, that candidate
C. Transfer of Credits
must formally reapply for readmission. The program has full authority
Up to 24 semester hours of graduate-level course work may be
to determine if readmission is to be granted and, if granted to fully re-
transferred from other institutions toward the PhD degree subject to the
evaluate the Candidate’s work to date and determine its applicability to
restriction that those courses must not have been used as credit toward
the new degree program.
a Bachelor degree. Requests for transfer credit must be approved by the
IV. Doctor of Philosophy
faculty according to a process defined by the student’s home department
or division. Transfer credits are not included in calculating the student’s
A. Credits, Hour and Academic Requirements
grade point average at CSM.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires completion of a minimum of 72
In lieu of transfer credit for individual courses defined above, students
semester hours beyond the Bachelor degree. At least 24 semester hours
who enter the PhD program with a thesis-based Master’s degree from
must be research credits earned under the supervision of a Mines faculty
another institution may transfer up to 36 semester hours in recognition
advisor and at least 18 credit hours of course work must be applied to the
of the course work and research completed for that degree. The request
degree program. Course requirements for each department or division
must be approved by the faculty according to a process defined by the
are contained in the "Graduate Degree Programs and Description of
student’s home department or division.
Courses" section of this Bulletin.
D. Faculty Advisor Appointments
The degree also requires completion of a satisfactory doctoral thesis and
successful oral defense of this thesis. The Doctoral Thesis is expected
Each doctoral student must select a faculty advisor to advise with respect
to report on original research that results in a significant contribution of
to the student’s thesis direction and research and selection of courses.
new knowledge and/or techniques. The student’s faculty advisor and the
Doctoral students must select faculty advisors by the end of the second
Doctoral Thesis Committee must approve the program of study and the
semester at CSM. Advisors must be full-time permanent members of the
topic for the thesis.
CSM faculty. In this context, full-time permanent members of the CSM
faculty are those that hold the rank of professor, associate professor,
B. Residency Requirements
assistant professor, research professor, associate research professor
or assistant research professor. Upon approval by the Graduate Dean,
Doctoral students must complete a residency requirement during the
adjunct faculty, teaching faculty, visiting professors, emeritus professors
course of their graduate studies. The purpose of this requirement is to:
and off-campus representatives may be designated additional co-
• require students to become engaged in extended and focused
advisors.
research activities under the direct supervision of Mines faculty;
The Director of the doctoral degree program, often times the head of the
• allow students to become immersed in the culture of an academic
student’s home department or division, and the Graduate Dean must
environment;
approve all faculty advisor appointments.
• allow students to engage in the professional activities associated with
their research discipline;
E. Minor Programs
• ensure students have access to the research tools and expertise
Students may choose a minor program or programs at the PhD level
needed for their chosen research activity;
consisting of 12 course credits in the minor program. The student’s
• ensure the conduct of cutting-edge research with the expectation that
faculty advisor and Doctoral Thesis Committee, including an appropriate
this research will be completed in a timely fashion so that it is still
minor committee member as described below, approve the course
relevant to the larger research community;
selection and sequence in the selected minor program. Students may
• provide Mines faculty with the ability to directly evaluate the research
choose to complete multiple minor programs. Each program must consist
and academic credentials of a student and as such protect the integrity
of at least 12 credit hours approved by the faculty advisor and Doctoral
of the degree, department and the institution;
Thesis Committee, including the appropriate minor committee members.
• ensure the research produced by students claiming a Mines degree is
F. Doctoral Thesis Committees
actually the product of Mines’ intellectual environment; and
• make it clear that the intellectual property developed while in the
The Graduate Dean appoints a Doctoral Thesis Committee whose
degree program is the property of Mines as defined in the Faculty
members have been recommended by the student’s doctoral degree
Handbook.
program. Students should have a thesis committee appointed by the end
of their second semester. This Committee must have a minimum of four
The residency requirement may be met by completing two semesters of
voting members that fulfill the following criteria:
full-time registration at Mines. The semesters need not be consecutive.
Students may request an exception to the full-time registration
1. The Committee must include an advisor who meets the
requirement from the Dean of Graduate Studies. Requests for exception
qualifications defined above. If two advisors are appointed, both
must be in writing, must clearly address how the student’s learning
shall be voting members of the Committee.
experience has met the goals of the residency requirement, as articulated
2. The Committee must have at least two voting members
above, and must be submitted by both the student and the student’s
knowledgeable in the technical areas of the thesis in addition to the
thesis advisor and be approved by the student’s Department Head/
advisor(s) and who are full-time permanent CSM faculty members.
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3. The fourth, required member of the Committee must be a full-
H. Thesis Defense
time permanent CSM faculty member, may not be an advisor, and
The doctoral thesis must be based on original research of excellent
must be from outside of the student’s doctoral degree program,
quality in a suitable technical field, and it must exhibit satisfactory literary
home department and minor program area(s) – if appropriate. This
merit. In addition, the format of the thesis must comply with guidelines
committee member acts as Thesis Committee Chairperson.
promulgated by the Office of Graduate Studies. (Students should obtain
4. If a minor field is designated, an additional committee member must
a copy of these guidelines from the Office of Graduate Studies before
be included who is an expert in that field. Minor representatives
beginning work on the thesis.)
must be full-time permanent members of the CSM faculty who are
participating members of the minor program area. If multiple minor
The thesis topic must be submitted in the form of a written proposal to
programs are pursued, each must have a committee representative
the student’s faculty advisor and the Committee. The Committee must
as defined above.
approve the proposal at least one year before the thesis defense.
5. Off-campus representatives may serve as additional committee
members. If off-campus members are nominated for voting status,
The student’s faculty advisor is responsible for supervising the student’s
the committee request form must include a brief resume of their
research work and consulting with other Doctoral Thesis Committee
education and/or experience that demonstrates their competence to
members on the progress of the work. The advisor must consult with
judge the quality and validity of the thesis. Such members also must
the Committee on any significant change in the nature of the work. The
agree to assume the same responsibilities expected of on-campus -
student submits an initial draft of his or her thesis to the advisor, who
Committee members including, but not limited to, attendance at
will work with the student on necessary revisions. Upon approval of the
Committee meetings, review of thesis proposals and drafts, and
student’s advisor, the revised thesis is distributed to the other members of
participation in oral examinations and defense.
the Committee at least one week prior to the oral defense of the thesis.
Shortly after its appointment, the Doctoral Thesis Committee meets with
The student must pass an oral defense of his or her thesis during the final
the student to hear a presentation of the proposed course of study and
semester of studies. Students must be registered to defend. This oral
thesis topic. The Committee and student must agree on a satisfactory
defense may include an examination of material covered in the student’s
program. The student’s faculty advisor then assumes the primary
course work. The defense will be open to the public.
responsibility for monitoring the program, directing the thesis work,
Following the defense, the Doctoral Thesis Committee will meet privately
arranging qualifying examinations, and scheduling the thesis defense.
to vote on whether the student has successfully defended the thesis.
G. Admission to Candidacy
Three outcomes are possible: the student may pass the oral defense;
the student may fail the defense; or the Committee may vote to adjourn
Full-time students must complete the following requirements within the
the defense to allow the student more time to address and remove
first two calendar years after enrolling into the PhD program.
weaknesses or inadequacies in the thesis or underlying research. Two
negative votes will constitute a failure regardless of the number of
• have a thesis committee appointment form on file in the Graduate
Committee members present at the thesis defense. In the event of either
Office;
failure or adjournment, the Chair of the Doctoral Thesis Committee will
• complete all prerequisite and core curriculum course requirements of
prepare a written statement indicating the reasons for this action and
their department, division or program;
will distribute copies to the student, the Thesis Committee members, the
• demonstrate adequate preparation for, and satisfactory ability to
student’s department head and the Graduate Dean. In the case of failure,
conduct, doctoral research; and
the student may request a re-examination, which must be scheduled no
• be admitted into full candidacy for the degree.
less than one week after the original defense. A second failure to defend
the thesis satisfactorily will result in the termination of the student’s
Each degree program publishes a list of prerequisite and core curriculum
graduate program.
requirements for that degree. If students are admitted with deficiencies,
the appropriate department heads, division directors or program directors
Upon passing the oral defense of thesis, the student must make any
will provide the students written lists of courses required to remove the
corrections in the thesis required by the Doctoral Thesis Committee. The
deficiencies. These lists will be given to the students no later than one
final, corrected copy and an executed signature page indicating approval
week after the start of classes of their first semester in order to allow
by the student’s advisor and department head must be submitted to the
them to add/drop courses as necessary. Each program also defines
Office of Graduate Studies for format approval.
the process for determining whether its students have demonstrated
adequate preparation for, and have satisfactory ability to do, high-quality,
I. Time Limitations
independent doctoral research in their specialties. These requirements
A candidate for a thesis-based Doctoral degree must complete all
and processes are described under the appropriate program headings in
requirements for the degree within nine years of the date of admission
the section of this Bulletin on Graduate Degree Programs and Description
into the degree program. Time spent on approved leaves of absence
of Courses.
is included in the nine-year time limit. Candidates not meeting the time
limitation will be notified and withdrawn from their degree programs.
Upon completion of these requirements, students must submit an
Admission to Candidacy form documenting satisfactory completion of the
Candidates may apply for a one-time extension of this time limitation.
prerequisite and core curriculum requirements and granting permission
This application must be made in writing and approved by the candidate’s
to begin doctoral research. The form must have the written approval of all
advisor, thesis committee, department and Dean of Graduate Studies.
members of the Ph.D. Committee.
The application must include specific timelines and milestones for degree
completion. If an extension is approved, failure to meet any timeline or
milestone will trigger immediate withdrawal from the degree program.

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If the Dean of Graduate Studies denies an extension request, the
• approve the student’s degree plan (e.g., courses of study, compliance
candidate may appeal this decision to the Provost. The appeal must
with program’s qualifying process, thesis proposal, etc.), assuring that
be made in writing, must specifically state how the candidate believes
the plan not only meets the intellectual needs of the student, but also
the request submitted to the Dean met the requirements of the policy,
all institutional and program requirements;
and must be received no later than 10 business days from the date of
• review dissertation drafts as provided by the student and the advisor
notification of the Dean’s denial of the original request. The Provost’s
and provide feedback in a timely fashion; and
decision is final.
• participate in, and independently evaluate student performance in the
final thesis defense.
If a candidate is withdrawn from a degree program through this process
(i.e., either by denial of an extension request or failure to meet a timeline
Minor Field Committee Representative
or milestone) and wishes to reenter the degree program, that candidate
must formally reapply for readmission. The program has full authority
In addition to the responsibilities of a Regular Committee Member,
to determine if readmission is to be granted and, if granted to fully re-
the Minor Field Committee Representative has the following added
evaluate the Candidate’s work to date and determine its applicability to
responsibilities:
the new degree program.
• provide advice for, and approval of coursework required as part of a
V. Roles and Responsibilities of
student’s minor degree program in a manner that is consistent with
Committee Members and Students
institutional and minor program requirements;
• participate in, as appropriate, the student’s qualifying and
Below, are the roles and expectations Mines has of faculty as members
comprehensive examination process to certify completion of minor
of Thesis Committees and of students engaged in research-based
degree requirements; and
degree programs.
• work individually with the student on the thesis aspects for which the
Minor Committee member has expertise.
Thesis Advisor(s)
The Thesis Advisor has the overall responsibility for guiding the student
Thesis Committee Chairperson
through the process of the successful completion of a thesis that fulfills
In addition to the responsibilities of a Regular Committee Member, the
the expectations of scholarly work at the appropriate level as well as
Chairperson of Committee has the following added responsibilities:
meets the requirements of the Department/Division and the School. The
Advisor shall:
• chair all meetings of the Thesis Committee including the thesis
defense;
• be able and willing to assume principal responsibility for advising the
• represent the broad interests of the Institution with respect to high
student;
standards of scholarly performance;
• have adequate time for this work and be accessible to the student;
• represent the Office of Graduate Studies by ensuring that all
• provide adequate and timely feedback to both the student and the
procedures are carried out fairly and in accordance with institutional
Committee regarding student progress toward degree completion;
guidelines and policies; and
• guide and provide continuing feedback on the student’s development
• ensure there any potential conflicts of interest between student,
of a research project by providing input on the intellectual
advisor or any other committee member are effectively identified and
appropriateness of the proposed activities, the reasonableness of
managed.
project scope, acquisition of necessary resources and expertise,
necessary laboratory or computer facilities, etc.;
Student Responsibilities
• establish key academic milestones and communicate these to the
While it is expected that students receive guidance and support from
student and appropriately evaluate the student on meeting these
their advisor and all members of the Thesis Committee, the student is
milestones.
responsible for actually defining and carrying out the program approved
Regular Committee Member
by the Thesis Committee and completing the thesis/dissertation. As such,
it is expected that the student assumes a leadership role in defining and
With the exception of the student’s advisor, all voting members of the
carrying out all aspects of his/her degree program and thesis/dissertation
Thesis Committee are considered Regular Committee Members. The
project. Within this context, students have the following responsibilities:
Regular Committee Member shall:
• to formally establish a Thesis Advisor and Committee by the end of
• have adequate time to assume the responsibilities associated with
their first year of residence in their degree program;
serving on a student’s Thesis Committee;
• to call meetings of the Thesis Committee as needed;
• be accessible to the student (at a minimum this implies availability
• to actively inform and solicit feedback from the student’s Advisor and
for Committee meetings and availability to participate in a student’s
Committee on progress made toward degree;
qualifying/comprehensive examinations – as dictated by the practices
• to respond to, and act on feedback from the student’s Advisor and
employed by the degree program – and the thesis defense);
Committee in a timely and constructive manner;
• ensure that the student’s work conforms to the highest standards
• to understand and and then apply the institutional and programmatic
of scholarly performance within the discipline, within the expertise
standards related to the ethical conduct of research in the completion
provided by the Committee member;
of the student’s thesis/dissertation; and
• provide advice to both the student and the student’s advisor(s) on the
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• to know, understand and follow deadlines defined by the institution
made soon after completion of the first semester, Sophomore year are
and the degree program related to all aspects of the student’s degree
recommended. Following this initial inquiry, departments/ divisions will
program.
provide initial counseling on degree application procedures, admissions
standards and degree completion requirements.
VI. Combined Undergraduate/Graduate
Degree Programs
Admission into a graduate degree program as a Combined Degree
Program student can occur as early as the first semester, Junior
A. Overview
year, and must be granted no later than the end of registration, last
semester Senior year. Once admitted into a graduate degree program,
Many degree programs offer CSM undergraduate students the
students may enroll in 500-level courses and apply these directly to
opportunity to begin work on a Graduate Certificate, Professional
their graduate degree. To apply, students must submit the standard
Master’s Degree, Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree while completing
graduate application package for the graduate portion of their Combined
the requirements for their Bachelor’s Degree. These combined
Degree Program. Upon admission into a graduate degree program,
Bachelors-Masters/Doctoral programs have been created by Mines
students are assigned graduate advisors. Prior to registration for the next
faculty in those situations where they have deemed it academically
semester, students and their graduate advisors should meet and plan a
advantageous to treat undergraduate and graduate degree programs as
strategy for completing both the undergraduate and graduate programs
a continuous and integrated process. These are accelerated programs
as efficiently as possible. Until their undergraduate degree requirements
that can be valuable in fields of engineering and applied science where
are completed, students continue to have undergraduate advisors in the
advanced education in technology and/or management provides the
home department or division of their Bachelor’s Degrees.
opportunity to be on a fast track for advancement to leadership positions.
These programs also can be valuable for students who want to get a
C. Requirements
head start on graduate education.
Combined Degree Program students are considered undergraduate
The combined programs at Mines offer several advantages to students
students until such time as they complete their undergraduate degree
who choose to enroll in them:
requirements. Combined Degree Program students who are still
considered undergraduates by this definition have all of the privileges
1. Students can earn a graduate degree in their undergraduate major
and are subject to all expectations of both their undergraduate and
or in a field that complements their undergraduate major.
graduate programs. These students may enroll in both undergraduate
2. Students who plan to go directly into industry leave Mines with
and graduate courses (see section D below), may have access to
additional specialized knowledge and skills which may allow them to
departmental assistance available through both programs, and may
enter their career path at a higher level and advance more rapidly.
be eligible for undergraduate financial aid as determined by the Office
Alternatively, students planning on attending graduate school can
of Financial Aid. Upon completion of their undergraduate degree
get a head start on their graduate education.
requirements, a Combined Degree Program student is considered
3. Students can plan their undergraduate electives to satisfy
enrolled full-time in his/her graduate program. Once having done so, the
prerequisites, thus ensuring adequate preparation for their graduate
student is no longer eligible for undergraduate financial aid, but may now
program.
be eligible for graduate financial aid. To complete their graduate degree,
each Combined Degree Program student must register as a graduate
4. Early assignment of graduate advisors permits students to plan
student for at least one semester.
optimum course selection and scheduling in order to complete their
graduate program quickly.
Once admitted into a graduate program, undergraduate Combined
5. Early acceptance into a Combined Degree Program leading to a
Program students must maintain good standing in the Combined
Graduate Degree assures students of automatic acceptance into
Program by maintaining a minimum semester GPA of 3.0 in all courses
full graduate status if they maintain good standing while in early-
taken. Students not meeting this requirement are deemed to be making
acceptance status.
unsatisfactory academic progress in the Combined Degree Program.
6. In many cases, students will be able to complete both a Bachelor’s
Students for whom this is the case are subject to probation and, if
and a Master’s Degrees in five years of total enrollment at Mines.
occurring over two semesters, subject to discretionary dismissal from
the graduate portion of their program as defined in the Unsatisfactory
Certain graduate programs may allow Combined Degree Program
Academic Performance section of this Bulletin.
students to fulfill part of the requirements of their graduate degree by
including up to six hours of specified course credits which also were
Upon completion of the undergraduate degree requirements, Combined
used in fulfilling the requirements of their undergraduate degree. These
Degree Program students are subject to all requirements (e.g., course
courses may only be applied toward fulfilling Doctoral degree or, Master’s
requirements, departmental approval of transfer credits, research credits,
degree requirements beyond the institutional minimum Master’s degree
minimum GPA, etc.) appropriate to the graduate program in which they
requirement of 30 credit hours. Courses must meet all requirements
are enrolled.
for graduate credit, but their grades are not included in calculating
the graduate GPA. Check the departmental section of the Bulletin to
D. Enrolling in Graduate Courses as a Senior
determine which programs provide this opportunity.
in a Combined Program
B. Admission Process
As described in the Undergraduate Bulletin, seniors may enroll in 500-
level courses. In addition, undergraduate seniors who have been granted
A student interested in applying into a graduate degree program as a
admission through the Combined Degree Program into thesis-based
Combined Degree Program student should first contact the department or
degree programs (Masters or Doctoral) may, with graduate advisor
division hosting the graduate degree program into which he/she wishes
approval, register for 700-level research credits appropriate to Masters-
to apply. Initial inquiries may be made at any time, but initial contacts
level degree programs. With this single exception, while a Combined

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Degree Program student is still completing his/her undergraduate
degree, all of the conditions described in the Undergraduate Bulletin
for undergraduate enrollment in graduate-level courses apply. 700-
level research credits are always applied to a student’s graduate degree
program.
If an undergraduate Combined Degree Program student would like to
enroll in a 500-level course and apply this course directly to his/her
graduate degree, he/she must notify the Registrar of the intent to do
so at the time of enrollment in the course. The Registrar will forward
this information to Financial Aid for appropriate action. Be aware that
courses taken as an undergraduate student but applied directly toward
a graduate degree are not eligible for undergraduate financial aid or the
Colorado Opportunity Fund. If prior consent is not received, all 500-level
graduate courses taken as an undergraduate Combined Degree Program
student will be applied to the student’s undergraduate degree transcript.
If these are not used toward an undergraduate degree requirement, they
may, with program consent, be applied to a graduate degree program as
transfer credit. All regular regulations and limitations regarding the use of
transfer credit to a graduate degree program apply to these credits.

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Applied Mathematics & Statistics
Specialty in Computational & Applied
Mathematics
http://ams.mines.edu
Required Courses
Degrees Offered
MATH500
LINEAR VECTOR SPACES
3.0
• Master of Science (Applied Mathematics and Statistics)
MATH502
REAL AND ABSTRACT ANALYSIS
3.0
• Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Mathematics and Statistics)
MATH514
APPLIED MATHEMATICS I
3.0
MATH551
COMPUTATIONAL LINEAR ALGEBRA
3.0
Program Description
MATH510
ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS AND
3.0
DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS
There are two areas of specialization within the Department of
Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS): Computational & Applied
or MATH557
INTEGRAL EQUATIONS
Mathematics, and Statistics. Since the requirements for these areas vary
MATH540
PARALLEL SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING
3.0
somewhat, they are often considered separately in this bulletin. However,
or MATH550
NUMERICAL SOLUTION OF PARTIAL
labeling these as distinct areas is not meant to discourage any student
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
from pursuing research involving both. Work in either of these areas can
SYGN502
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH ETHICS *
1.0
lead to the degree of Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy.
The AMS Department also supports the legacy Bachelor of Mathematical
*Only required for students receiving support from the National Science
and Computer Sciences degree with options in Computational and
Foundation (NSF).
Applied Mathematics (CAM), Statistics (STAT), and Computer Science
Specialty in Statistics
(CS). For more information about the Bachelor of Mathematical and
Computer Sciences degree please refer to previous years’ bulletins.
Required Courses
Prerequisites
MATH436
ADVANCED STATISTICAL MODELING
3.0
MATH438
STOCHASTIC MODELS
3.0
Applicants to the graduate program need four items:
MATH500
LINEAR VECTOR SPACES
3.0
1. A statement of purpose (short essay) from the applicant briefly
MATH530
STATISTICAL METHODS I
3.0
describing background, interests, goals at CSM, career intentions,
MATH531
STATISTICAL METHODS II
3.0
etc.;
MATH534
MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS I
3.0
2. The general Graduate Record Examination;
MATH535
MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS II
3.0
3. B or better average in courses in the major field;
SYGN502
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH ETHICS *
1.0
4. B or better overall undergraduate grade point average. In addition,
applicants should have knowledge of the following topics at the
*Only required for students receiving support from the National Science
undergraduate level.
Foundation (NSF).
Computational and Applied Mathematics
Elective courses may be selected from any other graduate courses
offered by the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, except
• Linear Algebra
for specially designated service courses. In addition, up to 6 credits of
• Vector Calculus
elective courses may be taken in other departments on campus.
• Ordinary Differential Equations
The Master of Science degree (non-thesis option) requires 36 credit
• Advanced Calculus (Introduction to Real Analysis)
hours of coursework. The coursework includes the required core
Statistics
curriculum.
• Linear Algebra
Combined BS/MS Program
• Introduction to Probability and Statistics
The Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics offers a combined
• Advanced Calculus (Introduction to Real Analysis)
Bachelor of Science/Master of Science program that enables students to
work on a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science simultaneously.
Students take an additional 30 credit hours of coursework at the graduate
Master of Science Program Requirements
level in addition to the undergraduate requirements, and work on both
The Master of Science degree (thesis option) requires 36 credit hours
degrees at the same time. Students may apply for the program once
of acceptable coursework and research, completion of a satisfactory
they have completed five classes with a MATH prefix numbered 225 or
thesis, and successful oral defense of this thesis. At least twelve of the 36
higher.
credit hours must be designated for supervised research. The coursework
includes the following core curriculum.
Doctor of Philosophy Program
Requirements:
The Doctor of Philosophy requires 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s
degree. At least 24 of these hours must be thesis hours. Doctoral

42 Graduate
students must pass the comprehensive examination (a qualifying
examination and thesis proposal), complete a satisfactory thesis, and
successfully defend their thesis. The coursework includes the following
Courses
core curriculum.
MATH500. LINEAR VECTOR SPACES. 3.0 Hours.
Specialty in Computational & Applied
(I) Finite dimensional vector spaces and subspaces: dimension, dual
bases, annihilators. Linear transformations, matrices, projections, change
Mathematics
of basis, similarity. Determinants, eigenvalues, multiplicity. Jordan
Required Course: All students are required to take the course SYGN502
form. Inner products and inner product spaces with orthogonality and
– Introduction to Research Ethics.
completeness. Prerequisite: MATH301. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
hours.
Specialty in Statistics
MATH502. REAL AND ABSTRACT ANALYSIS. 3.0 Hours.
(I) Introduction to metric and topological spaces. Lebesgue measure
Required Courses
and measurable functions and sets. Types of convergence, Lebesgue
MATH436
ADVANCED STATISTICAL MODELING
3.0
integration and its relation to other integrals. Integral convergence
MATH438
STOCHASTIC MODELS
3.0
theorems. Absolute continuity and related concepts. Prerequisite:
MATH500
LINEAR VECTOR SPACES
3.0
MATH301. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MATH530
STATISTICAL METHODS I
3.0
MATH503. FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS. 3.0 Hours.
MATH531
STATISTICAL METHODS II
3.0
(I) Normed linear spaces, linear operators on normed linear spaces,
Banach spaces, inner product and Hilbert spaces, orthonormal bases,
MATH534
MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS I
3.0
duality, orthogonality, adjoint of a linear operator, spectral analysis of
MATH535
MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS II
3.0
linear operators. Prerequisite: MATH502. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
SYGN502
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH ETHICS *
1.0
hours.
MATH506. COMPLEX ANALYSIS II. 3.0 Hours.
*Only required for students receiving support from the National Science
(II) Analytic functions. Conformal mapping and applications. Analytic
Foundation (NSF).
continuation. Schlicht functions. Approximation theorems in the complex
Further information can be found on the Web at ams.mines.edu.
domain. Prerequisite: MATH454. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
This website provides an overview of the programs, requirements
MATH510. ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS AND
and policies of the department.
DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS. 3.0 Hours.
(I) Topics to be covered: basic existence and uniqueness theory, systems
Fields of Research
of equations, stability, differential inequalities, Poincare-Bendixon theory,
Computational and Applied Mathematics:
linearization. Other topics from: Hamiltonian systems, periodic and almost
periodic systems, integral manifolds, Lyapunov functions, bifurcations,
Study of Wave Phenomena and Inverse Problems
homoclinic points and chaos theory. Prerequisite: MATH225 or MATH235
and MATH332 or MATH 342 or equivalent courses. 3 hours lecture; 3
Numerical Methods for PDEs
semester hours.
Study of Differential and Integral Equations
MATH514. APPLIED MATHEMATICS I. 3.0 Hours.
(I) The major theme in this course is various non-numerical techniques
Computational Radiation Transport
for dealing with partial differential equations which arise in science and
engineering problems. Topics include transform techniques, Green’s
Computational Acoustics and Electromagnetics
functions and partial differential equations. Stress is on applications to
Multi-scale Analysis and Simulation
boundary value problems and wave theory. Prerequisite: MATH455 or
equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
High Performance Scientific Computing
MATH515. APPLIED MATHEMATICS II. 3.0 Hours.
(II) Topics include integral equations, applied complex variables, an
Dynamical Systems
introduction to asymptotics, linear spaces and the calculus of variations.
Mathematical Biology
Stress is on applications to boundary value problems and wave theory,
with additional applications to engineering and physical problems.
Statistics:
Prerequisite: MATH514. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Inverse Problems in Statistics
MATH530. STATISTICAL METHODS I. 3.0 Hours.
(I) Introduction to probability, random variables, and discrete
Multivariate Statistics
and continuous probability models. Elementary simulation. Data
summarization and analysis. Confidence intervals and hypothesis testing
Spatial Statistics
for means and variances. Chi square tests. Distribution-free techniques
Stochastic Models for Environmental Science
and regression analysis. Prerequisite: MATH213 or equivalent. 3 hours
lecture; 3 semester hours.
Survival Analysis
Uncertainty Quantification

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MATH531. STATISTICAL METHODS II. 3.0 Hours.
MATH547. SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION. 3.0 Hours.
(II) Continuation of MATH530. Multiple regression and trend surface
Scientific visualization uses computer graphics to create visual images
analysis. Analysis of variance. Experimental design (Latin squares,
which aid in understanding of complex, often massive numerical
factorial designs, confounding, fractional replication, etc.) Nonparametric
representation of scientific concepts or results. The main focus of this
analysis of variance. Topics selected from multivariate analysis,
course is on techniques applicable to spatial data such as scalar, vector
sequential analysis or time series analysis. Prerequisite: MATH323 or
and tensor fields. Topics include volume rendering, texture based
MATH530 or MATH535. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
methods for vector and tensor field visualization, and scalar and vector
field topology. Students will learn about modern visualization techniques
MATH532. SPATIAL STATISTICS. 3.0 Hours.
by reading and discussing research papers and implementing one of the
(I) Modeling and analysis of data observed on a 2 or 3-dimensional
algorithms described in the literature.
surface. Random fields, variograms, covariances, stationarity,
nonstationarity, kriging, simulation, Bayesian hierarchical models, spatial
MATH550. NUMERICAL SOLUTION OF PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL
regression, SAR, CAR, QAR, and MA models, Geary/Moran indices,
EQUATIONS. 3.0 Hours.
point processes, K-function, complete spatial randomness, homogeneous
(II) Numerical methods for solving partial differential equations. Explicit
and inhomogeneous processes, marked point processes, spatio-temporal
and implicit finite difference methods; stability, convergence, and
modeling. MATH424 or MATH531 or consent of instructor.
consistency. Alternating direction implicit (ADI) methods. Weighted
residual and finite element methods. Prerequisite: MATH225 or
MATH534. MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS I. 3.0 Hours.
MATH235, and MATH332 or MATH342, or consent of instructor. 3 hours
(I) The basics of probability, discrete and continuous probability
lecture; 3 semester hours.
distributions, sampling distributions, order statistics, convergence in
probability and in distribution, and basic limit theorems, including the
MATH551. COMPUTATIONAL LINEAR ALGEBRA. 3.0 Hours.
central limit theorem, are covered. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3
(II) Numerical analysis of algorithms for solving linear systems of
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
equations, least squares methods, the symmetric eigenproblem,
singular value decomposition, conjugate gradient iteration. Modification
MATH535. MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS II. 3.0 Hours.
of algorithms to fit the architecture. Error analysis, existing software
(II) The basics of hypothesis testing using likelihood ratios, point and
packages. Prerequisites: MATH332, CSCI407/MATH407, or consent of
interval estimation, consistency, efficiency, sufficient statistics, and
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
some nonparametric methods are presented. Prerequisite: MATH534 or
equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MATH556. MODELING WITH SYMBOLIC SOFTWARE. 3.0 Hours.
(I) Case studies of various models from mathematics, the sciences
MATH539. SURVIVAL ANALYSIS. 3.0 Hours.
and engineering through the use of the symbolic software package
(I) Basic theory and practice of survival analysis. Topics include survival
MATHEMATICA. Based on hands-on projects dealing with contemporary
and hazard functions, censoring and truncation, parametric and non-
topics such as number theory, discrete mathematics, complex analysis,
parametric inference, the proportional hazards model, model diagnostics.
special functions, classical and quantum mechanics, relativity, dynamical
Prerequisite: MATH335 or MATH535 or consent of instructor.
systems, chaos and fractals, solitons, wavelets, chemical reactions,
MATH540. PARALLEL SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING. 3.0 Hours.
population dynamics, pollution models, electrical circuits, signal
(I) This course is designed to facilitate students’ learning of parallel
processing, optimization, control theory, and industrial mathematics. The
programming techniques to efficiently simulate various complex
course is designed for graduate students and scientists interested in
processes modeled by mathematical equations using multiple and multi-
modeling and using symbolic software as a programming language and a
core processors. Emphasis will be placed on the implementation of
research tool. It is taught in a computer laboratory. Prerequisites: Senior
various scientific computing algorithms in FORTRAN/C/C++ using MPI
undergraduates need consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
and OpenMP. Prerequisite: MATH407, CSCI407, or consent of instructor.
hours.
3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
MATH557. INTEGRAL EQUATIONS. 3.0 Hours.
MATH542. SIMULATION. 3.0 Hours.
(I) This is an introductory course on the theory and applications of integral
(I) Advanced study of simulation techniques, random number, and variate
equations. Abel, Fredholm and Volterra equations. Fredholm theory:
generation. Monte Carlo techniques, simulation languages, simulation
small kernels, separable kernels, iteration, connections with linear
experimental design, variance reduction, and other methods of increasing
algebra and Sturm-Liouville problems. Applications to boundary-value
efficiency, practice on actual problems. Prerequisite: CSCI262 (or
problems for Laplace’s equation and other partial differential equations.
equivalent), MATH323 (or MATH530 or equivalent), or permission of
Prerequisite: MATH332 or MATH342, and MATH455.
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MATH544. ADVANCED COMPUTER GRAPHICS. 3.0 Hours.
This is an advanced computer graphics course in which students will
learn a variety of mathematical and algorithmic techniques that can
be used to solve fundamental problems in computer graphics. Topics
include global illumination, GPU programming, geometry acquisition
and processing, point based graphics and non-photorealistic rendering.
Students will learn about modern rendering and geometric modeling
techniques by reading and discussing research papers and implementing
one or more of the algorithms described in the literature.

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MATH574. THEORY OF CRYPTOGRAPHY. 3.0 Hours.
MATH691. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Hour.
Students will draw upon current research results to design, implement
(I) Presentation of latest research results by guest lecturers, staff, and
and analyze their own computer security or other related cryptography
advanced students. Prerequisite: Consent of department. 1 hour seminar;
projects. The requisite mathematical background, including relevant
1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 12 hours.
aspects of number theory and mathematical statistics, will be covered
MATH692. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Hour.
in lecture. Students will be expected to review current literature from
(II) Presentation of latest research results by guest lecturers, staff, and
prominent researchers in cryptography and to present their findings
advanced students. Prerequisite: Consent of department. 1 hour seminar;
to the class. Particular focus will be given to the application of various
1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 12 hours.
techniques to real-life situations. The course will also cover the following
aspects of cryptography: symmetric and asymmetric encryption,
MATH693. WAVE PHENOMENA SEMINAR. 1.0 Hour.
computational number theory, quantum encryption, RSA and discrete
(I, II) Students will probe a range of current methodologies and issues
log systems, SHA, steganography, chaotic and pseudo-random
in seismic data processing, with emphasis on under lying assumptions,
sequences, message authentication, digital signatures, key distribution
implications of these assumptions, and implications that would follow from
and key management, and block ciphers. Prerequisites: CSCI262 plus
use of alternative assumptions. Such analysis should provide seed topics
undergraduate-level knowledge of statistics and discrete mathematics. 3
for ongoing and subsequent research. Topic areas include: Statistics
hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
estimation and compensation, deconvolution, multiple suppression,
suppression of other noises, wavelet estimation, imaging and inversion,
MATH598. SPECIAL TOPICS. 1-6 Hour.
extraction of stratigraphic and lithologic information, and correlation
(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
of surface and borehole seismic data with well log data. Prerequisite:
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
Consent of instructor. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours.
Repeatable for credit under different titles.
MATH699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
MATH599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject
(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6
matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form
credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6
credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
MATH707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT. 1-15 Hour.
MATH610. ADVANCED TOPICS IN DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS. 3.0
(I, II, S) GRADUATE THESIS/DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT
Hours.
Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level thesis
(II) Topics from current research in ordinary and/or partial differential
or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the direct
equations; for example, dynamical systems, advanced asymptotic
supervision of the student’s faculty advisor. Variable class and semester
analysis, nonlinear wave propagation, solitons. Prerequisite: Consent of
hours. Repeatable for credit.
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MATH614. ADVANCED TOPICS IN APPLIED MATHEMATICS. 3.0
Hours.
(I) Topics from current literature in applied mathematics; for example,
wavelets and their applications, calculus of variations, advanced applied
functional analysis, control theory. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MATH616. INTRODUCTION TO MULTI-DIMENSIONAL SEISMIC
INVERSION. 3.0 Hours.
(II) Introduction to high frequency inversion techniques. Emphasis on the
application of this theory to produce a reflector map of the earth’s interior
and estimates of changes in earth parameters across those reflectors
from data gathered in response to sources at the surface or in the interior
of the earth. Extensions to elastic media are discussed, as well. Includes
high frequency modeling of the propagation of acoustic and elastic
waves. Prerequisites: partial differential equations, wave equation in the
time or frequency domain, complex function theory, contour integration.
Some knowledge of wave propagation: reflection, refraction, diffraction. 3
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MATH650. ADVANCED TOPICS IN NUMERICAL ANALYSIS. 3.0
Hours.
(II) Topics from the current literature in numerical analysis and/or
computational mathematics; for example, advanced finite element
method, sparse matrix algorithms, applications of approximation theory,
software for initial value ODE’s, numerical methods for integral equations.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

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Civil and Environmental
public oral presentation before the advisor and dissertation committee.
The Ph.D. program may build upon one of the CEE or EES M.S.
Engineering
programs or a comparable M.S. program at another university. Full-time
PhD enrollment is expected and leads to the greatest success, although
Department Website - cee.mines.edu
part-time enrollment may be allowed under special circumstances.
Degrees Offered

• Master of Science (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Faculty Expertise and General Emphasis Areas:
• Doctor of Philosophy (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty have expertise in engineering
• Master of Science (Environmental Engineering Science)
mechanics, environmental science and engineering, geotechnical
• Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Engineering Science)
engineering, hydrology, water-resources engineering, and structural
engineering, underground construction and tunneling. These areas
Program Description
also serve as topic areas for coursework and for M.S. thesis or PhD
dissertation research, and are the basis for degree requirements.
The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department offers two M.S. and
Ph.D. graduate degrees - Civil & Environmental Engineering(CEE) and
Engineering Mechanics: Engineering Mechanics is an interdisciplinary
Environmental Engineering Science (EES). The Civil and Environmental
emphasis area offered with the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Engineering (CEE) degree is designed for students who wish to
Engineering mechanics is concerned with the development and
earn a degree to continue the path towards professional engineering
implementation of numerical and analytical procedures to simulate
registration. Students entering this degree program should have a
materials’ expected behaviors. This emphasis area draws upon
B.S. degree in engineering, or will generally need to take engineering
synergistic teaching and research strengths in the Departments of
prerequisite courses. Within the CEE degree, students complete
Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and
specified requirements in four different emphasis areas: Engineering
offers options to take courses in Materials Science, Mathematics, and
Mechanics (EM), Environmental and Water Engineering, Geotechnical
Computer Science. The skills developed in this emphasis area may
Engineering (GT), and Structural Engineering (SE).
be used for a wide range of applications in multiple engineering and
science disciplines, including (but not limited to) structural mechanics,
The Environmental Engineering Science (EES) degree does not require
geomechanics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, hydrology, and physics.
engineering credentials and has a flexible curriculum that enables
Students who pursue this discipline typically complete the requirements
students with a baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, math,
of the Engineering Mechanics (EM) emphasis area in the CEE degree,
physics, geology, engineering, and other technical fields, to tailor a
given below, or the Engineering Systems degree, described in a separate
course-work program that best fits their career goals.
section of this bulletin.
The specific requirements for the EES & CEE degrees, as well as for the
Environmental Engineering and Science: Is the application of
four emphasis areas within the CEE degree, are described in detail under
environmental processes in natural and engineered systems. CEE
the Major tab.
faculty have expertise in water resource engineering, biosystems
The Department also supports graduate degrees in Environmental
engineering, environmental chemistry, microbiology, wastewater
Science & Engineering and Engineering (civil specialty), but these
treatment, water treatment, bioremediation, mining treatment processes
degrees are being retired. For details on these programs, please see the
and systems, remediation processes, biochemical reactions in soils,
2011-2012 CSM Graduate Bulletin.
membrane processes, and energy recovery from fluids.
The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering Science
Geotechnical Engineering: Geotechnical Engineering is concerned
(EES) has been admitted to the Western Regional Graduate Program
with the engineering properties and behavior of natural and engineered
(WRGP/WICHE), a recognition that designates this curriculum as unique
geomaterials (soils and rocks), as well as the design and construction
within the Western United States. An important benefit of this designation
of foundations, earth dams and levees, retaining walls, embankments,
is that students who are residents from Alaska, Arizona, California,
underground structures and tunnels. Almost all constructed projects
Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon,
require input from geotechnical engineers as most structures are
South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are given the tuition
built on, in or of geomaterials. Additionally, mitigation of the impact of
status of Colorado residents.
natural hazards such as earthquakes and landslides, sustainable use
of energy and resources, and reduction of the environmental impacts
To achieve the Master of Science (M.S.) degree, students may elect
of human activities require geotechnical engineers who have in-depth
the Non-Thesis option, based exclusively upon coursework and project
understanding of how geomaterials respond to loads, and environmental
activities, or the Thesis option, which requires coursework and rigorous
changes.
research conducted under the guidance of a faculty advisor and M.S.
thesis committee, that is described in a final written thesis that is
Structural Engineering: Is a multidisciplinary subject spanning the
defended in an oral presentation.
disciplines of civil engineering, aerospace engineering, mechanical
engineering, and marine engineering. In all these disciplines, structural
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree requires students to complete a
engineers use engineered materials and conduct analyses using general
combination of coursework and original research, under the guidance of
principles of structural mechanics, to design structures for civil systems.
a faculty advisor and doctoral committee, that culminates in a significant
Designed systems may include bridges, dams, buildings, tunnels,
scholarly contribution (e.g., in the form of published journal articles) to a
sustainable infrastructure, highways, biomechanical apparatus, and
specialized field in Civil and Environmental Engineering or Environmental
numerous other structures and devices. Students who pursue this
Engineering Science. The written dissertation must be defended in an

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discipline complete the requirements of the Structural Engineering (SE)
M.S. Non-Thesis Option: 30 total credit hours, consisting of coursework
emphasis area.
(27 h) and either a three credit hour research based Independent Study
(CEEN 599) or a designated design course (3 h) and seminar.
Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering: Students interested
in this area have two options. Students interested in natural-systems
M.S. Thesis Option: 30 total credit hours, consisting of coursework (24 h),
hydrology, ground-water resources, contaminant transport, and
seminar, and research (6 h). Students must also write and orally defend a
hydrochemical processes often choose to earn a degree in “Hydrology”
research thesis.
in the interdisciplinary Hydrologic Science and Engineering (HSE)
program (see HSE section of this graduate bulletin). Students interested
Ph.D.: 72 total credit hours, consisting coursework (at least 24 h),
in engineered water systems or water-resources engineering, such
seminar, and research (at least 24 h). Students must also successfully
as water infrastructure, water reclamation and reuse, ground-water
complete written and oral qualifying examinations, prepare and present a
remediation, contaminated water bodies, urban hydrology, water-
dissertation proposal, and write and defend a doctoral dissertation. Ph.D.
resources management, and fluid mechanics typically choose the
students are also expected to submit the dissertation work for publication
CEE degree - Environmental and Water Engineering Emphasis area.
in scholarly journals.
Students who are interested in the science that serves as the foundation
Prerequisites for CEE and EES degrees:
for water resources engineering may also elect the EES degree.
• Baccalaureate degree: required, preferably in a science or engineering
Underground Construction & Tunneling (UC&T): UC&T involves the
discipline
planning, design, construction and rehabilitation of underground space
• College calculus I & II: two semesters required
(caverns, shafts, tunnels) in soil and rock. The main domains for UC&T
include civil infrastructure, e.g., water and wastewater conveyance and
• College physics: one semester required, two semesters highly
storage, transportation, and utilities, as well as underground facilities
recommended
for civil, commercial and military use. UC&T is an interdisciplinary field
• College chemistry I & II: two semesters required
involving civil, geological and mining engineering programs. Students
• College probability & statistics: one semester required
interested in interdisciplinary studies including soil & rock mechanics,
• All CEE degree emphasis areas require completion of the general
engineering geology and excavation methods can pursue the M.S. and/
science pre-requisites listed above, and also requires statics,
or Ph.D. in UC&T (see UC&T section of this graduate bulletin, and the
dynamics, and differential equations. In addition, the CEE degree
website uct.mines.edu. CEE students may also take elective courses and
emphasis areas may require specific additional pre-requisites as listed
pursue research in UC&T yet emphasize geotechnical and/or structural
below.
engineering within the CEE graduate degrees.
Required Curriculum for Environmental Engineering Science

(EES) Degree:
Combined Degree Program Option
The EES curriculum consists of common core and elective courses that
may be focused toward specialized areas of emphasis. The common core
CSM undergraduate students have the opportunity to begin work on
includes:
a M.S. degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering or Environmental
Engineering Science while completing their Bachelor’s degree. The
• CEEN550: Principles of Environmental Chemistry
CSM Combined Degree Program provides the vehicle for students
• CEEN592: Environmental Law or approved policy / law course
to use undergraduate coursework as part of their Graduate Degree
curriculum. For more information please contact the CEE Office or
• : Environmental Fate and Transport
visit cee.mines.edu
• CEEN560 Molecular Microbial Ecology or CEEN562 Applied
Geomicrobiology or CEEN564 Environmental Toxicology

• 3-credit Independent Study (CEEN 599) or a 3 credit hour design
course

Students earning an EES degree work with their academic advisor

to establish plans of study that best fit their individual interests and

goals. Each student will develop and submit a plan of study during
the first semester of enrollment; this plan must be submitted with the

admission to candidacy form. Electives may be chosen freely from
courses offered at CSM and other local universities. Please visit the CEE

website for a complete outline of curriculum requirements and options
(www.cee.mines.edu).

Required Curriculum for Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Degree:
The CEE curriculum contains four emphasis areas: Environmental and
Program Requirements
Water Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Geotechnical
General Degree Requirements for CEE and EES degrees:
Engineering, and Structural Engineering. CEE students must complete
the requirements for at least one emphasis area.

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Core Courses: Each emphasis area has required core courses that apply
Additional Prerequisites Courses: soil mechanics, structural theory /
to MS and PhD degrees. These core courses are listed below.
structural analysis.
Electives: CEE degree emphasis areas require additional engineering-
Structural Engineering Core Courses: Three courses from the following,
course electives: 12 credits for M.S. thesis option, 15 credits for M.S.
9 credits total including at least 3 credits of design course, plus CEEN
non-thesis option and 18 credits for Ph.D. A variety of engineering
590 Civil Engineering seminar.
courses may be taken for electives in the CEE emphasis areas, including
additional CEEN courses, as well as courses from other departments
CEEN506
FINITE ELEMENT METHODS FOR ENGINEERS 3.0
on campus. The student’s advisor and committee must approve elective
CEEN530
ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS
3.0
courses.
CEEN531
STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS
3.0
CEEN540
ADVANCED DESIGN OF STEEL STRUCTURES
3.0
Non thesis students must take take at least 21elective credits with the
(*)
CEEN prefix.
CEEN541
DESIGN OF REINFORCED CONCRETE
3.0
STRUCTURES II (*)
CEEN542
TIMBER AND MASONRY DESIGN (*)
3.0
CEE Degree Emphasis Areas
CEEN543
CONCRETE BRIDGE DESIGN BASED ON THE
3.0

AASHTO LRFD SPECIFICATIONS (*)
GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING
* Design Course
Additional Prerequisites Courses: soil mechanics, structural theory/

structural analysis
ENGINEERING MECHANICS
Geotechnical Core Courses: Students are required to successfully
complete four courses (12 credit hours) from the following core course list
Additional Prerequisites Courses: Mechanics of materials, fluid
plus CEEN 590 Civil Engineering seminar.
mechanics
CEEN510
ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS
3.0
EM Core Courses: Four core courses (12 credits), each one selected
from each one of the following four topical areas, plus CEEN 590 Civil
CEEN511
UNSATURATED SOIL MECHANICS
3.0
Engineering seminar:
CEEN512
SOIL BEHAVIOR
3.0
CEEN514
SOIL DYNAMICS
3.0
1. Mechanics of Solid Materials
CEEN515
HILLSLOPE HYDROLOGY AND STABILITY
3.0
2. Mechanics of Fluid or Multiphase Materials
CEEN520
EARTH RETAINING STRUCTURES / SUPPORT
3.0
3. Numerical and Computational Methods
OF EXCAVATIONS (*)
4. Analytical Applied Mathematical Methods
CEEN523
ANALYSIS AND DESIGN OF TUNNELS IN SOFT 3.0
GROUND (*)
Topical Area: Mechanics of Solid Materials
* Design Course
MLGN501
STRUCTURE OF MATERIALS
3.0
MLGN505
MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS
3.0

MEGN510
SOLID MECHANICS OF MATERIALS (*)
3.0
ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER ENGINEERING
MEGN511
FATIGUE AND FRACTURE
3.0
MEGN512
ADVANCED ENGINEERING VIBRATION
3.0
Additional Prerequisites Courses: differential equations, fluid mechanics.
CEEN512
SOIL BEHAVIOR
3.0
Environmental & Water Engineering Core Courses: Students are required
CEEN530
ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS (*)
3.0
to successfully complete one course as specified in each of the following
CEEN541
DESIGN OF REINFORCED CONCRETE
3.0
areas plus CEEN 596 Environmental Seminar:
STRUCTURES II (*)
CEEN542
TIMBER AND MASONRY DESIGN (*)
3.0
Chemistry: CEEN550 Principles of Env Chemistry
CEEN543
CONCRETE BRIDGE DESIGN BASED ON THE
3.0
Physical Transport: CEEN580 Env Pollution
AASHTO LRFD SPECIFICATIONS (*)
Bio Processes: CEEN560 Molecular Microbial Ecology
*Design Course
or CEEN562 Geomicrobial Systems or CEEN564 Env Toxicology
Topical Area: Mechanics of Fluids and Multiphase Materials
Systems Design: CEEN570 Treatment of Waters & Waste *
or CEEN471 Water & Wastewater Treatment Systems*
MEGN520
BOUNDARY ELEMENT METHODS
3.0
MEGN521
INTRODUCTION TO DISCRETE ELEMENT
3.0
*Design Course
METHODS (DEMS)
MEGN593
ENGINEERING DESIGN OPTIMIZATION (*)
3.0
CEEN505
NUMERICAL METHODS FOR ENGINEERS
3.0
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
CEEN506
FINITE ELEMENT METHODS FOR ENGINEERS 3.0

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CEEN582
MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF
3.0
CEEN511. UNSATURATED SOIL MECHANICS. 3.0 Hours.
ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS
The focus of this course is on soil mechanics for unsaturated soils. It
provides an introduction to thermodynamic potentials in partially saturated

soils, chemical potentials of adsorbed water in partially saturated soils,
phase properties and relations, stress state variables, measurements of
Topical Area: Numerical and Computational Methods
soil water suction, unsaturated flow laws, measurement of unsaturated
permeability, volume change theory, effective stress principle, and
MEGN552
VISCOUS FLOWAND BOUNDARY LAYERS
3.0
measurement of volume changes in partially saturated soils. The course
MEGN553
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATIONAL
3.0
is designed for seniors and graduate students in various branches of
TECHNIQUES FOR FLUID DYNAMICS AND
engineering and geology that are concerned with unsaturated soil’s
TRANSPORT PHENOMENA
hydrologic and mechanics behavior. Prerequisites: CEEN312 or consent
CEEN481
HYDROLOGIC AND WATER RESOURCES
3.0
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring even years.
ENGINEERING
CEEN512. SOIL BEHAVIOR. 3.0 Hours.
CEEN510
ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS (*)
3.0
(I) The focus of this course is on interrelationships among the
CEEN511
UNSATURATED SOIL MECHANICS
3.0
composition, fabric, and geotechnical and hydrologic properties of soils
CEEN514
SOIL DYNAMICS (*)
3.0
that consist partly or wholly of clay. The course will be divided into two
CEEN515
HILLSLOPE HYDROLOGY AND STABILITY (*)
3.0
parts. The first part provides an introduction to the composition and
fabric of natural soils, their surface and pore-fluid chemistry, and the
CEEN584
SUBSURFACE CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT
3.0
physico-chemical factors that govern soil behavior. The second part
CEEN611
MULTIPHASE CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT
3.0
examines what is known about how these fundamental characteristics
and factors affect geotechnical properties, including the hydrologic
*Design Course
properties that govern the conduction of pore fluid and pore fluid
Topical Area: Analytical Applied Mathematical Methods
constituents, and the geomechanical properties that govern volume
change, shear deformation, and shear strength. The course is designed
MATH514
APPLIED MATHEMATICS I
3.0
for graduate students in various branches of engineering and geology
MATH515
APPLIED MATHEMATICS II
3.0
that are concerned with the engineering and hydrologic behavior of earth
MEGN502
ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS
3.0
systems, including geotechnical engineering, geological engineering,
environmental engineering, mining engineering, and petroleum

engineering. Prerequisites: CEEN361 Soil Mechanics or consent of
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CEEN514. SOIL DYNAMICS. 3.0 Hours.
(II) Dynamic phenomena in geotechnical engineering, e.g., earthquakes,
Courses
pile and foundation vibrations, traffic, construction vibrations; behavior
CEEN505. NUMERICAL METHODS FOR ENGINEERS. 3.0 Hours.
of soils under dynamic loading, e.g., small, medium and large strain
behavior, soil liquefaction; wave propagation through soil and rock;
CEEN506. FINITE ELEMENT METHODS FOR ENGINEERS. 3.0 Hours.
laboratory and field techniques to assess dynamic soil properties;
(II) A course combining finite element theory with practical programming
analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations subjected to
experience in which the multidisciplinary nature of the finite element
dynamic loading; analysis of construction vibrations. Prerequisites:
method as a numerical technique for solving differential equations
CEEN312, MEGN315, CEEN415 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture;
is emphasized. Topics covered include simple “structural” elements,
3 semester hours.
beams on elastic foundations, solid elasticity, steady state analysis and
transient analysis. Some of the applications will lie in the general area
CEEN515. HILLSLOPE HYDROLOGY AND STABILITY. 3.0 Hours.
of geomechanics, reflecting the research interests of the instructor.
(I) Introduction of shallow landslide occurrence and socio-economic
Students get a copy of all the source code published in the course
dynamics. Roles of unsaturated flow and stress in shallow landslides.
textbook. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
Slope stability analysis based on unsaturated effective stress
semester hours.
conceptualization. Computer modeling of unsaturated flow and stress
distributions in hillslope. Prediction of precipitation induced shallow
CEEN510. ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS. 3.0 Hours.
landslides. Prerequisite: CEEN312. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Advanced soil mechanics theories and concepts as applied to analysis
and design in geotechnical engineering. Topics covered will include
CEEN520. EARTH RETAINING STRUCTURES / SUPPORT OF
seepage, consolidation, shear strength, failure criteria and constitutive
EXCAVATIONS. 3.0 Hours.
models for soil. The course will have an emphasis on numerical solution
(II) Analysis, design, construction and monitoring of earth retaining
techniques to geotechnical problems by finite elements and finite
structures and support of excavations used for permanent and temporary
differences. Prerequisites: A first course in soil mechanics or consent of
support of transportation facilities, bridges, underground structures and
instructor. 3 Lecture Hours, 3 semester hours. Fall even years.
tunnels, shafts, waterfront structures, earth slopes and embankments.
Includes gravity, semi-gravity, cantilevered, anchored, geosynthetic
and ground improvement walls. Addresses fundamental geomechanics
required for analysis and design, ASD (allowable stress design) and
LRFD (load resistance factor design) design techniques, and construction
techniques. Prerequisites: Undergraduate Introduction to Geotechnical
Engineering course (i.e., similar to CEEN312) or instructor consent. 3
hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.

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CEEN523. ANALYSIS AND DESIGN OF TUNNELS IN SOFT GROUND.
CEEN543. CONCRETE BRIDGE DESIGN BASED ON THE AASHTO
3.0 Hours.
LRFD SPECIFICATIONS. 3.0 Hours.
(I) Analysis and design of new and existing water, wastewater,
This course presents the fundamentals of concrete bridge analysis and
transportation and utility tunnels in soft ground conditions (soil).
design including conceptual design, superstructure analysis, AASHTO-
Addresses geotechnical site characterization, selection of design
LRFD bridge specifications, flat slab bridge design, and pre-stressed
parameters, and stability and deformation analysis of ground, utilities
concrete bridge design. The course is presented through the complete
and overlying structures. Includes design of lining and ground support
design of the superstructure of an example bridges. At the conclusion
systems according to ASD (allowable stress design) and LRFD (load
of the course, students will be able to analyze and design simple, but
resistance factor design) approaches, and design of ground improvement
complete concrete bridge superstructures. Prerequisites: CEEN445,
schemes and instrumentation/monitoring approaches to mitigate risk.
Design of Reinforced Concrete Structure. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
Prerequisites: Undergraduate Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
hours.
course (i.e., similar to CEEN312) or instructor consent. 3 hours lecture
CEEN550. PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY. 3.0
and discussion; 3 semester hours.
Hours.
CEEN530. ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS. 3.0 Hours.
This course provides an introduction to chemical equilibria in natural
(I) Introduction to advanced structural analysis concepts. Nonprismatic
waters and engineered systems. Topics covered include chemical
structures. Arches, Suspension and cable-stayed bridges. Structural
thermodynamics and kinetics, acid/base chemistry, open and closed
optimization. Computer Methods. Structures with nonlinear materials.
carbonate systems, precipitation reactions, coordination chemistry,
Internal force redistribution for statically indeterminate structures.
adsorption and redox reactions. Prerequisites: none. 3 hours lecture; 3
Graduate credit requires additional homework and projects. Prerequisite:
semester hours.
CEEN314. 3 hour lectures, 3 semester hours.
CEEN551. ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. 3.0 Hours.
CEEN531. STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS. 3.0 Hours.
A study of the chemical and physical interactions which determine
An introduction to the dynamics and earthquake engineering of structures
the fate, transport and interactions of organic chemicals in aquatic
is provided. Subjects include the analysis of linear and nonlinear single-
systems, with emphasis on chemical transformations of anthropogenic
degree and multi-degree of freedom structural dynamics. The link
organic contaminants. Prerequisites: A course in organic chemistry and
between structural dynamics and code-based analysis and designs of
CHGN503, Advanced Physical Chemistry or its equivalent, or consent of
structures under earthquake loads is presented. he focus applicaitons of
instructor. Offered in alternate years. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
the course include single story and multi-story buildings, and other types
CEEN552. CHEMISTRY OF THE SOIL / WATER INTERFACE. 3.0
of sructures that under major earthquake may respond in the inelastic
Hours.
range. Prerequisites: CEEN314 Structural Theory or consent of the
The fate of many elements in the soil/water environment is regulated by
instructor. 3 semester hours.
sorption reactions. The content of this course focuses on the physical
CEEN540. ADVANCED DESIGN OF STEEL STRUCTURES. 3.0 Hours.
chemistry of reactions occurring at the soil-particle/water interface. The
The course extends the coverage of steel design to include the topics:
emphasis is on the use of surface complexation models to interpret
slender columns, beam-columns, frame behavior, bracing systems and
solute sorption at the particle/water interface. Prerequisites: CEEN550 or
connections, stability, moment resisting connections, composite design,
consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
bolted and welded connections under eccentric loads and tension, and
CEEN553. ENVIRONMENTAL RADIOCHEMISTRY. 3.0 Hours.
semi-rigid connections. Prerequisite: CEEN443 or equivalent. 3 hours
This course covers the phenomena of radioactivity (e.g., modes of
lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring even years.
decay, methods of detection and biological effects) and the use of
CEEN541. DESIGN OF REINFORCED CONCRETE STRUCTURES II.
naturally occurring and artificial radionuclides as tracers for environmental
3.0 Hours.
processes. Discussions of tracer applications will range from oceanic
Advanced problems in the analysis and design of concrete structures,
trace element scavenging to contaminant transport through groundwater
design of slender columns; biaxial bending; two-way slabs; strut and
aquifers. Prerequisites: CEEN 550 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours
tie models; lateral and vertical load analysis of multistory buildings;
lecture; 3 semester hours.
introduction to design for seismic forces; use of structural computer
CEEN555. LIMNOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
programs. Prerequisite: CEEN445. 3 hour lectures, 3 semester hours.
This course covers the natural chemistry, physics, and biology of lakes
Delivered in the spring of even numbered years.
as well as some basic principles concerning contamination of such water
CEEN542. TIMBER AND MASONRY DESIGN. 3.0 Hours.
bodies. Topics include heat budgets, water circulation and dispersal,
The course develops the theory and design methods required for the
sedimentation processes, organic compounds and their transformations,
use of timber and masonry as structural materials. The design of walls,
radionuclide limnochronology, redox reactions, metals and other major
beams, columns, beam-columns, shear walls, and structural systems
ions, the carbon dioxide system, oxygen, nutrients; planktonic, benthic
are covered for each material. Gravity, wind, snow, and seismic loads
and other communities, light in water and lake modeling. Prerequisite:
are calculated and utilized for design. Connection design and advanced
none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
seismic analysis principles are introduced. Prerequisite: CEEN314 or
equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring odd years.

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CEEN556. MINING AND THE ENVIRONMENT. 3.0 Hours.
CEEN564. ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
The course will cover many of the environmental problems and solutions
This course provides an introduction to general concepts of ecology,
associated with each aspect of mining and ore dressing processes.
biochemistry, and toxicology. The introductory material will provide
Mining is a complicated process that differs according to the type of
a foundation for understanding why, and to what extent, a variety of
mineral sought. The mining process can be divided into four categories:
products and by-products of advanced industrialized societies are toxic.
Site Development; Extraction; Processing; Site Closure. Procedures for
Classes of substances to be examined include metals, coal, petroleum
hard rock metals mining; coal mining; underground and surface mining;
products, organic compounds, pesticides, radioactive materials, and
and in situ mining will be covered in relation to environmental impacts.
others. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Beneficiation, or purification of metals will be discussed, with cyanide
CEEN565. AQUATIC TOXICOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
and gold topics emphasized. Site closure will be focused on; stabilization
This course provides an introduction to assessment of the effects of
of slopes; process area cleanup; and protection of surface and ground
toxic substances on aquatic organisms, communities, and ecosystems.
water. After discussions of the mining and beneficiation processes
Topics include general toxicological principles, water quality standards,
themselves, we will look at conventional and innovative measures to
sediment quality guidelines, quantitative structure-activity relationships,
mitigate or reduce environmental impact.
single species and community-level toxicity measures, regulatory issues,
CEEN558. ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP OF NUCLEAR
and career opportunities. The course includes hands-on experience with
RESOURCES. 3.0 Hours.
toxicity testing and subsequent data reduction. Prerequisite: none. 2.5
The stewardship of nuclear resources spans the entire nuclear fuel
hours lecture; 1 hour laboratory; 3 semester hours.
cycle, which includes mining and milling through chemical processing on
CEEN566. MICROBIAL PROCESSES, ANALYSIS AND MODELING.
the front end of the materials life cycle. On the back end, stewardship
3.0 Hours.
continues from materials removal from the power plant during re-
Microorganisms facilitate the transformation of many organic and
fueling or facility decommissioning, through storage, recycling and
inorganic constituents. Tools for the quantitative analysis of microbial
disposal, as well as the management of activated or contaminated
processes in natural and engineered systems will be presented.
materials generated during facility decommissioning. Each stage in
Stoichiometries, energetics, mass balances and kinetic descriptions of
the fuel cycle has a different risk of public exposure through different
relevant microbial processes allow the development of models for specific
pathways and the presence of different isotopes. These risks are an
microbial systems. Simple analytical models and complex models that
integral part in considering the long-term efficacy of nuclear as an energy
require computational solutions will be presented. Systems analyzed
alternative. Furthermore, nuclear energy has long been vilified in public
include suspended growth and attached growth reactors for municipal
opinion forums via emotional responses. Stewardship extends beyond
and industrial wastewater treatment as well as in-stu bioremediation and
quantification of risks to the incorporation and communication of these
bioenergy systems. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
risks and the associated facts regarding nuclear power to the public at
large. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. 3 hours
CEEN570. WATER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT. 3.0 Hours.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
Unit operations and processes in environmental engineering are
discussed in this course, including physical, chemical, and biological
CEEN560. MOLECULAR MICROBIAL ECOLOGY AND THE
treatment processes for water and wastewater. Treatment objectives,
ENVIRONMENT. 3.0 Hours.
process theory, and practice are considered in detail. Prerequisites:
This course explores the diversity of microbiota in a few of the countless
Consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
environments of our planet. Topics include microbial ecology (from
a molecular perspective), microbial metabolism, pathogens, extreme
CEEN571. ADVANCED WATER TREATMENT ENGINEERING AND
environments, engineered systems, oxidation / reduction of metals,
WATER REUSE. 3.0 Hours.
bioremediation of both organics and inorganics, microbial diversity,
This course presents issues relating to theory, design, and operation
phylogenetics, analytical tools and bioinformatics. The course has
of advanced water and wastewater treatment unit processes and
an integrated laboratory component for applied molecular microbial
water reuse systems. Topics include granular activated carbon (GAC),
ecology to learn microscopy, DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis,
advanced oxidation processes (O3/H2O2), UV disinfection, pressure-
cloning, sequencing, data analysis and bioinformatic applications.
driven, current-driven, and osmotic-driven membranes (MF, UF, NF,
Prerequisite: College Biology and/or CHGC562, CHGC563 or equivalent
RO, electrodialysis, and forward osmosis), and natural systems such as
and enrollment in the ESE graduate program. 3 hours lecture, some field
riverbank filtration (RBF) and soil-aquifer treatment (SAT). The course
trips; 3 semester hours.
is augmented by CEEN571L offering hands-on experience using bench-
and pilot-scale unit operations. Prerequisite: CEEN470 or CEEN471
CEEN562. APPLIED GEOMICROBIOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
or CEEN570 or CEEN572 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
(II) This course explores the functional activities and biological
semester hours.
significance of microorganisms in geological and engineered systems
with a focus on implications to water resources. Topics include:
CEEN571L. ADVANCED WATER TREATMENT ENGINEERING AND
microorganisms as geochemical agents of change, mechanisms and
WATER REUSE - LABORATORY. 1.0 Hour.
thermodynamics of microbial respiration, applications of analytical and
This course provides hands-on experience using bench- and pilotscale
molecular biology tools to the field, and the impact of microbes on the
unit operations and computer exercises using state-ofthe- art software
fate and transport of problematic water pollutants. Emphasis will be
packages to design advanced water treatment unit processes.
placed on critical analysis and communication of peer-reviewed literature
Topics include adsorption processes onto powdered and granular
on these topics. Prerequisites: Undergraduate microbiology course (i.e.
activated carbon, low-pressure membrane processes (microfiltration,
CHGN 462) or instructor consent. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3
ultrafiltration), and highpressure and current-driven membrane processes
semester hours.
(nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, and electrodialysis). The course is a
highly recommended component of CEEN571 and meets 5 - 6 times
during the semester to support the work in CEEN571. Co- or Pre-
requisite: CEEN571 or consent of instructor. 1 semester hour.

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CEEN576. POLLUTION PREVENTION: FUNDAMENTALS AND
LABORATORY. 4.0 Hours.
PRACTICE. 3.0 Hours.
This course provides an introduction to bench and pilot-scale
The objective of this course is to introduce the principles of pollution
experimental methods used in environmental engineering. Unit
prevention, environmentally benign products and processes, and
operations associated with water and wastewater treatment for real-
manufacturing systems. The course provides a thorough foundation in
world treatment problems are emphasized, including multi-media
pollution prevention concepts and methods. Engineers and scientists are
filtration, oxidation processes, membrane treatment, and disinfection
given the tools to incorporate environmental consequences into decision-
processes. Investigations typically include: process assessment, design
making. Sources of pollution and its consequences are detailed. Focus
and completion of bench- and pilot-scale experiments, establishment of
includes sources and minimization of industrial pollution; methodology for
analytical methods for process control, data assessment, upscaling and
life-cycle assessments and developing successful pollution prevention
cost estimation, and project report writing. Projects are conducted both at
plans; technological means for minimizing the use of water, energy, and
CSM and at the City of Golden Water Treatment Pilot Plant Laboratory.
reagents in manufacturing; and tools for achieving a sustainable society.
Prerequisites: CEEN550 and CEEN570 or consent of the instructor. 6
Materials selection, process and product design, and packaging are also
hours laboratory; 4 semester hours.
addressed. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CEEN573. RECLAMATION OF DISTURBED LANDS. 3.0 Hours.
CEEN580. ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION: SOURCES,
Basic principles and practices in reclaiming disturbed lands are
CHARACTERISTICS, TRANSPORT AND FATE. 3.0 Hours.
considered in this course, which includes an overview of present legal
This course describes the environmental behavior of inorganic and
requirements for reclamation and basic elements of the reclamation
organic chemicals in multimedia environments, including water, air,
planning process. Reclamation methods, including recontouring, erosion
sediment and biota. Sources and characteristics of contaminants in
control, soil preparation, plant establishment, seed mixtures, nursery
the environment are discussed as broad categories, with some specific
stock, and wildlife habitat rehabilitation, will be examined. Practitioners
examples from various industries. Attention is focused on the persistence,
in the field will discuss their experiences. Prerequisite: consent of the
reactivity, and partitioning behavior of contaminants in environmental
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
media. Both steady and unsteady state multimedia environmental models
are developed and applied to contaminated sites. The principles of
CEEN574. SOLID WASTE MINIMIZATION AND RECYCLING. 3.0
contaminant transport in surface water, groundwater, and air are also
Hours.
introduced. The course provides students with the conceptual basis and
This course will examine, using case studies, ways in which industry
mathematical tools for predicting the behavior of contaminants in the
applies engineering principles to minimize waste formation and to meet
environment. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
solid waste recycling challenges. Both proven and emerging solutions
to solid waste environmental problems, especially those associated with
CEEN581. WATERSHED SYSTEMS MODELING. 3.0 Hours.
metals, will be discussed. Prerequisite: CEEN550. 3 hours lecture; 3
Basic principles of watershed systems analysis required for water
semester hours.
resources evaluation, watershed-scale water quality issues, and
watershed-scale pollutant transport problems. The dynamics of
CEEN575. HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE REMEDIATION. 3.0 Hours.
watershed-scale processes and the human impact on natural systems,
This course covers remediation technologies for hazardous waste
and for developing remediation strategies are studied, including terrain
contaminated sites, including site characteristics and conceptual model
analysis and surface and subsurface characterization procedures and
development, remedial action screening processes, and technology
analysis. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture per week; 3 semester hours.
principles and conceptual design. Institutional control, source isolation
and containment, subsurface manipulation, and in situ and ex situ
CEEN582. MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF ENVIRONMENTAL
treatment processes will be covered, including unit operations, coupled
SYSTEMS. 3.0 Hours.
processes, and complete systems. Case studies will be used and
This is an advanced graduate-level course designed to provide students
computerized tools for process selection and design will be employed.
with hands-on experience in developing, implementing, testing, and using
Prerequisite: CEEN550 and CEEN580, or consent of the instructor. 3
mathematical models of environmental systems. The course will examine
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
why models are needed and how they are developed, tested, and used
as decision-making or policy-making tools. Typical problems associated
CEEN575L. HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE REMEDIATION:
with environmental systems, such as spatial and temporal scale effects,
TREATABILITY TESTING. 1.0 Hour.
dimensionality, variability, uncertainty, and data insufficiency, will be
This laboratory module is designed to provide hands-on experience with
addressed. The development and application of mathematical models will
treatability testing to aid selection and design of remediation technologies
be illustrated using a theme topic such as Global Climate Change, In Situ
for a contaminated site. The course will be comprised of laboratory
Bioremediation, or Hydrologic Systems Analysis. Prerequisites: CEEN580
exercises in Coolbaugh Hall and possibly some field site work near CSM.
and knowledge of basic statistics and computer programming. 3 hours
Pre-requisite: CEEN575 or consent of instructor. 2 hours laboratory; 1
lecture; 3 semester hours.
semester hour.
CEEN583. SURFACE WATER QUALITY MODELING. 3.0 Hours.
This course will cover modeling of water flow and quality in rivers, lakes,
and reservoirs. Topics will include introduction to common analytical and
numerical methods used in modeling surface water flow, water quality,
modeling of kinetics, discharge of waste water into surface systems,
sedimentation, growth kinetics, dispersion, and biological changes in
lakes and rivers. Prerequisites: CEEN480 or CEEN580 recommended, or
consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

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CEEN584. SUBSURFACE CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT. 3.0 Hours.
CEEN595. ANALYSIS OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. 3.0 Hours.
This course will investigate physical, chemical, and biological processes
Techniques for assessing the impact of mining and other activities
governing the transport and fate of contaminants in the saturated and
on various components of the ecosystem. Training in the procedures
unsaturated zones of the subsurface. Basic concepts in fluid flow,
of preparing Environmental Impact Statements. Course will include
groundwater hydraulics, and transport will be introduced and studied. The
a review of pertinent laws and acts (i.e. Endangered Species Act,
theory and development of models to describe these phenomena, based
Coordination Act, Clean Air Act, etc.) that deal with environmental
on analytical and simple numerical methods, will also be discussed.
impacts. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture, some
Applications will include prediction of extents of contaminant migration
field trips; 3 semester hours.
and assessment and design of remediation schemes. Prerequisites:
CEEN596. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
CEEN580 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
SEMINAR. 0.0 Hours.
CEEN590. CIVIL ENGINEERING SEMINAR. 1.0 Hour.
Research presentations covering current research in a variety of
(I) Introduction to contemporary and advanced methods used in
environmental topics.
engineering design. Includes, need and problem identification, methods
CEEN597. SPECIAL SUMMER COURSE. 15.0 Hours.
to understand the customer, the market and the competition. Techniques
to decompose design problems to identify functions. Ideation methods to
CEEN597. SPECIAL SUMMER COURSE. 6.0 Hours.
produce form from function. Design for X topics. Methods for prototyping,
CEEN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL
modeling, testing and evaluation of designs. Embodiment and detailed
ENGINEERING. 1-6 Hour.
design processes. Prerequisites: EGGN491 and EGGN492, equivalent
(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
senior design project experience or industrial design experience,
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
graduate standing or consent of the Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours.
semester hours. Taught on demand.
Repeatable for credit under different titles.
CEEN591. ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT. 3.0 Hours.
CEEN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
This course investigates environmental project management and
(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
decision making from government, industry, and contractor perspectives.
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject
Emphasis is on (1) economics of project evaluation; (2) cost estimation
matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form
methods; (3) project planning and performance monitoring; (4) and
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6
creation of project teams and organizational/communications structures.
hours. Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 6 hours.
Extensive use of case studies. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. 3
CEEN599AA. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CEEN599AB. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
CEEN592. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW. 3.0 Hours.
This is a comprehensive introduction to U.S. Environmental Law, Policy,
CEEN599AC. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
and Practice, especially designed for the professional engineer, scientist,
CEEN599AD. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
planner, manager, consultant, government regulator, and citizen. It will
CEEN599AE. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
prepare the student to deal with the complex system of laws, regulations,
court rulings, policies, and programs governing the environment in the
CEEN599AF. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
USA. Course coverage includes how our legal system works, sources
CEEN599AG. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
of environmental law, the major USEPA enforcement programs, state/
CEEN599AH. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
local matching programs, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA),
air and water pollution (CAA, CWA), EPA risk assessment training,
CEEN599AI. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
toxic/hazardous substances laws (RCRA, CERCLA, EPCRA, TSCA,
CEEN599AJ. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
LUST, etc.), and a brief introduction to international environmental law.
Prerequisites: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CEEN599AK. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
CEEN593. ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING AND REGULATORY
CEEN599AL. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
COMPLIANCE. 3.0 Hours.
CEEN599AM. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the permit writing
CEEN599AN. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
process, developing information requirements for permit applications,
working with ambiguous regulations, negotiating with permit writers,
CEEN599AO. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
and dealing with public comment. In addition, students will develop an
CEEN599AP. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
understanding of the process of developing an economic and legally
defensible regulatory compliance program. Prerequisite: CEEN592 or
consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CEEN594. RISK ASSESSMENT. 3.0 Hours.
This course evaluates the basic principles, methods, uses, and limitations
of risk assessment in public and private sector decision making.
Emphasis is on how risk assessments are made and how they are used
in policy formation, including discussion of how risk assessments can
be objectively and effectively communicated to decision makers and the
public. Prerequisite: CEEN592 and one semester of statistics or consent
of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

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CEEN610. INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW. 3.0 Hours.
The course covers an introductory survey of International Environmental
Law, including multi-nation treaties, regulations, policies, practices, and
politics governing the global environment. It surveys the key issues of
sustainable development, natural resources projects, transboundary
pollution, international trade, hazardous waste, climate change, and
protection of ecosystems, wildlife, and human life. New international
laws are changing the rules for engineers, project managers, scientists,
teachers, businesspersons, and others both in the US and abroad, and
this course is especially designed to keep professionals fully, globally
informed and add to their credentials for international work. Prerequisites:
CEEN592 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CEEN611. MULTIPHASE CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT. 3.0 Hours.
Principles of multiphase and multicomponent flow and transport are
applied to contaminant transport in the unsaturated and saturated
zones. Focus is on immiscible phase, dissolved phase, and vapor phase
transport of low solubility organic contaminants in soils and aquifer
materials. Topics discussed include: capillarity, interphase mass transfer,
modeling, and remediation technologies. Prerequisites: CEEN550 or
equivalent, CEEN580 or CEEN584 or equivalent, or consent of the
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CEEN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL
ENGINEERING. 1-6 Hour.
(I, II) Pilot course of special topics course. Topics chosen from special
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually course is offered only
once. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor. Variable credit; 1 to 6
hours. Repeatable for credit.
CEEN699. ADVANCED INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject
matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6
credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
CEEN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT. 1-15 Hour.
(I, II, S) GRADUATE THESIS/DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT
Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level thesis
or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the direct
supervision of the student’s faculty advisor. Variable class and semester
hours. Repeatable for credit.

54 Graduate
Electrical Engineering &
software, and computational science and engineering. The goal of this
research area is to develop techniques, design algorithms, and build
Computer Science
software tools for computational science applications to achieve both
high performance and high reliability on a wide range of computational
http://eecs.mines.edu
platforms.
Degrees Offered
Information and Systems Sciences is an interdisciplinary research
area that encompasses the fields of control systems, communications,
• Master of Science (Computer Science)
signal and image processing, compressive sensing, robotics, and
• Master of Science (Electrical Engineering)
mechatronics. Focus areas include intelligent and learning control
• Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science)
systems, fault detection and system identification, computer vision and
pattern recognition, sensor development, mobile manipulation and
• Doctor of Philosophy (Electrical Engineering)
autonomous systems. Applications can be found in renewable energy
Program Overview
and power systems, materials processing, sensor and control networks,
bio-engineering, intelligent structures, and geosystems.
The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department (EECS)
offers the degrees Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in
Wireless Networks includes research in mobile ad hoc networking,
Computer Science and the degrees Master of Science and Doctor of
mobile and pervasive computing, and sensor networks. Focus
Philosophy in Electrical Engineering. These degree programs demand
areas include credible network simulation, cyber-physical systems,
academic rigor and depth yet also address real-world problems.
middleware, mobile social applications, and dynamic data management.
Interdisciplinary research also exists, mainly in the use of wireless sensor
The Department also supports graduate degrees in Mathematical and
networks for environmental monitoring and development of energy
Computer Sciences (computer science option) and Engineering (electrical
efficient buildings.
specialty), but these degrees are being retired. For details on these
programs, please see the 2011-2012 CSM Graduate Bulletin. Students
Education research includes areas such as educational technologies
admitted to the Mathematical and Computer Sciences (computer science
(e.g., instructional software-simulations and games), educational
option) or Engineering (electrical specialty) graduate programs for the
software, on-line education (e-learning), students’ cognition and
2012-2013 academic year may opt to change their program of study to
learning styles, human computer interaction, STEM education, and K-12
EE or CS as appropriate with their background and complete the degree
education.
requirements for the selected degree.
Embedded Systems and Robotics is an emerging area at CSM that
The EECS department has seven areas of research activity that stem
merges research in mechanical design, control systems, sensing, and
from the core fields of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science:
mechatronics to develop automated and autonomous systems that can
(1) Applied Algorithms and Data Structures, (2) Computer Graphics
be used to carry out tasks that are dirty, dangerous, dull, or difficult.
and Image Processing, (3) Energy Systems and Power Electronics, (4)

High Performance and Parallel Computing, (5) Information and Systems
Sciences, (6) Wireless Networks, and (7) Education. Additionally,

students may study areas such as Embedded Systems and/or Robotics,
which includes elements from both Computer Science and Electrical

Engineering disciplines. Note that in many cases, individual research
projects encompass more than one research area.
Program Details
Applied Algorithms and Data Structures is an interdisciplinary
research area that is applied to areas such as VLSI design automation,
The EECS Department offers the degrees Master of Science and Doctor
cheminformatics, computational materials, computer-aided design, and
of Philosophy in Computer Science and the degrees Master of Science
cyber-physical systems.
and Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering. The master’s program
is designed to prepare candidates for careers in industry or government
Computer Graphics and Image Processing interests span scientific
or for further study at the Ph.D. level; both thesis and non-thesis options
visualization, computer graphics, computational geometry and topology,
are available. The Ph.D. degree program is sufficiently flexible to prepare
and medical image analysis.
candidates for careers in industry, government, or academia. See the
information that follows for full details on these four degrees.
Energy Systems and Power Electronics is focused on both
fundamental and applied research in the interrelated fields of
Combined Program: The EECS Department also offers combined BS/MS
conventional electric power systems and electric machinery, renewable
degree programs. These programs offer an expedited graduate school
energy and distributed generation, energy economics and policy
application process and allow students to begin graduate coursework
issues, power quality, power electronics and drives. The overall scope
while still finishing their undergraduate degree requirements. This
of research encompasses a broad spectrum of electrical energy
program is described in the undergraduate catalog and is in place for
applications including investor-owned utilities, rural electric associations,
both Computer Science and Electrical Engineering students. The Physics
manufacturing facilities, regulatory agencies, and consulting engineering
combined program also offers tracks in Electrical Engineering and
firms.
Mechanical Engineering. Details on these programs can be found in the
CSM Undergraduate Bulletin. Course schedules for these programs can
High Performance Computing is an area that spans parallel processing,
be obtained in the Physics, Chemistry and Geochemistry Departmental
fault tolerance and checkpointing, real number error/erasure correcting
Offices.
codes, random matrices, numerical linear algebra algorithms and

Colorado School of Mines 55

Andrzej Szymczak
Marcelo Godoy Simoes
Hua Wang
Pankaj K. (PK) Sen
Prerequisites
Dejun Yang
Tyrone Vincent
Requirements for Admission to CS: Applicants must have a Bachelor’s
Gongguo Tang
degree, or equivalent, from an accredited institution. Students are
Michael Wakin
expected to have completed two semesters of calculus, along with
Atef Elsherbeni
courses in object-oriented programming and data structures, and
upper level courses in at least three of the following areas: software
Program Requirements
engineering, numerical analysis, computer architecture, principles of
programming languages, analysis of algorithms, and operating systems.
Master of Science - Computer Science
For the Ph.D. program, prior research experience is desired but not
The M.S. degree in Computer Science (Thesis or Non-Thesis option)
required.
requires 36 credit hours. Requirements for the thesis M.S. are 24 hours
of coursework plus 12 hours of thesis credit leading to an acceptable
Requirements for Admission to EE: The minimum requirements for
Master’s thesis; thesis students are encouraged to find a thesis advisor
admission to the M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering are
and form a thesis committee by the end of the first year. The non-thesis
a baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer science, a physical
option consists of two tracks: a Project Track and a Coursework Track.
science, or math with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0
Requirements for the Project Track are 30 hours of coursework plus
scale; Graduate Record Examination score of 650 (quantitative) or
6 hours of project credit; requirements for the Coursework Track are
151 (quantitative) on the new scale and a TOEFL score of 550 or
36 hours of coursework. The following four core courses are required
higher (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 79 (internet based) for
of all students. Students may choose elective courses from any CSCI
applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants from an
graduate course offered by the Department, as long as at least two
engineering program at CSM are not required to submit GRE scores. For
chosen courses are project-oriented courses (see the following list).
the Ph.D. program, prior research experience is desired but not required.
In addition, up to 6 credits of elective courses may be taken outside of
CSCI. Lastly, a maximum of 6 Independent Study course units can be
Admitted Students: The EECS Department Graduate Committee may
used to fulfill degree requirements.
require that an admitted student take undergraduate remedial coursework
to overcome technical deficiencies, which does not count toward the
CSCI406
ALGORITHMS
3.0
graduate program. The committee will decide whether to recommend
CSCI442
OPERATING SYSTEMS
3.0
to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research regular or provisional
admission, and may ask the applicant to visit CSM for an interview.
CSCI561
THEORY OF COMPUTATION
3.0
CSCI564
ADVANCED COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE
3.0
Transfer Courses: Graduate level courses taken at other universities
for which a grade equivalent to a "B" or better was received will be
And two project-oriented courses:
considered for transfer credit with approval of the academic advisor,
EECS department head, and thesis committee, as appropriate. We note
CSCI544
ADVANCED COMPUTER GRAPHICS
3.0
that these courses must not have been used to satisfy the requirements
CSCI547
SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION
3.0
for an undergraduate degree. We also note, for the M.S. degree, a
CSCI562
APPLIED ALGORITHMS AND DATA
3.0
maximum of 9 credits can be transferred in from another institution.
STRUCTURES
CSCI563
PARALLEL COMPUTING FOR SCIENTISTS AND 3.0
400-level Courses: As stipulated by the CSM Graduate School, no
ENGINEERS
more than 9 400-level credits of course work may be counted towards
any graduate degree. This requirement must be taken into account as
CSCI565
DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING SYSTEMS
3.0
students choose courses for each of the following degree programs
CSCI568
DATA MINING
3.0
detailed.
CSCI572
COMPUTER NETWORKS II
3.0
CSCI576
WIRELESS SENSOR SYSTEMS
3.0
Advisor and Thesis Committee: Students must have an advisor from
the EECS Graduate Faculty to direct and monitor their academic plan,
CSCI580
ADVANCED HIGH PERFORMACE COMPUTING 3.0
research, and independent studies. Master of Science (thesis option)
CSCI586
FAULT TOLERANT COMPUTING
3.0
students must have at least three members on their graduate committee,
two of whom must be permanent faculty in the EECS Department.

CS Ph.D. graduate committees must have at least four members, two
M.S. Project Track: Students are required to take 6 credits of CSCI 704
members besides the advisor/co-advisor must be permanent faculty in
to fulfill the MS project requirement. (It is recommended that the 6 credits
the EECS Department, and one member must be outside the department
consist of two consecutive semesters of 3 credits each.) At most 6 hours
and chair of the committee. EE Ph.D. graduate committees must have at
of CSCI 704 will be counted toward the Masters non-thesis degree.
least five members; at least three members must be permanent faculty
Deliverables include a report and a presentation to a committee of two
in the EECS Department, and one member must be outside of the
EECS faculty including the advisor (at least one committee member must
departmental and chair of the committee.
be a CS faculty member). Deliverables must be successfully completed in
Faculty Advisor for CS Students
Faculty Advisor for EE Students
the last semester in which the student registers for CSCI 704. A student
must receive two "pass" votes (i.e., a unanimous vote) to satisfy the
Tracy Camp
William A. Hoff
project option.
Qi Han
Salman Mohagheghi
Dinesh Mehta
Kathryn Johnson

56 Graduate
M.S. Thesis Defense: At the conclusion of the M.S. (Thesis Option), the
do not support.To pass the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam, the student must
student will be required to make a formal presentation and defense of
have at least TWO "strongly supports" and at most ONE "do not support".
her/his thesis research. A student must “pass” this defense to earn an
The student is informed of the decision no later than the Monday after
M.S. degree
finals week. A student can only fail the exam one time. If a second failure
occurs, the student has unsatisfactory academic performance that results
Doctor of Philosophy - Computer Science
in an immediate, mandatory dismissal of the graduate student from the
The Ph.D. degree in Computer Science requires 72 credit hours of course
Ph.D. program.
work and research credits. Required course work provides a strong
background in computer science. A course of study leading to the Ph.D.
*
Note: The student does not need to be outstanding in all
degree can be designed either for the student who has completed the
components of the exam to pass.
master’s degree or for the student who has completed the bachelor’s
degree. The following five courses are required of all students. Students
Ph.D. Thesis Proposal: After passing the Qualifying Examination, the
who have taken equivalent courses at another institution may satisfy
Ph.D. student is allowed up to 18 months to prepare a written Thesis
these requirements by transfer.
Proposal and present it formally to the student’s graduate committee and
other interested faculty.
CSCI406
ALGORITHMS
3.0
Admission to Candidacy: Full-time students must complete the following
CSCI442
OPERATING SYSTEMS
3.0
requirements within two calendar years of enrolling in the Ph.D. program.
CSCI561
THEORY OF COMPUTATION
3.0
CSCI564
ADVANCED COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE
3.0
• Have a Thesis Committee appointment form on file in the Graduate
SYGN502
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH ETHICS
1.0
Office:
• Have passed the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam demonstrating adequate
Ph.D. Qualifying Examination: Students desiring to take the Ph.D.
preparation for, and satisfactory ability to conduct doctoral research.
Qualifying Exam must have:
Upon completion of these requirements, students must complete an
• (if required by your advisor) taken SYGN 501 The Art of Science
Admission to Candidacy form. This form must be signed by the student’s
(previously or concurrently),
Thesis Committee and the EECS Department Head and filed with the
• taken at least four CSCI 500-level courses at CSM (only one CSCI599
Graduate Office.
is allowed), and
Ph.D. Thesis Defense: At the conclusion of the student’s Ph.D. program,
• maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher in all CSCI 500-level courses taken.
the student will be required to make a formal presentation and defense
The Ph.D. Qualifying Exam is offered once a semester. Each Ph.D.
of her/his thesis research. A student must “pass” this defense to earn a
Qualifying Exam comprises TWO research areas, chosen by the student.
Ph.D. degree.
The exam consists of the following steps:
Master of Science – Electrical Engineering
Step 1. A student indicates intention to take the CS Ph.D. Qualifying
The M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering (Thesis or Non-Thesis Option)
Exam by choosing two research interest areas from the following list:
requires 30 credit hours. Requirements for the thesis M.S. are 24 hours
algorithms, education, graphics, high-performance computing, and
of coursework and 6 hours of thesis research. The non-thesis option
networks. This list is subject to change, depending on the current faculty
requires 30 hours of coursework. A maximum of 6 Independent Study
research profile. Students must inform the EECS Graduate Director of
course units can be used to fulfill degree requirements. There are two
their intention to take the exam no later than the first class day of the
emphasis areas in Electrical Engineering: (1) Information and Systems
semester.
Sciences, and (2) Energy Systems and Power Electronics. Students
are encouraged to decide between emphasis areas before pursuing an
Step 2. The Graduate Director creates an exam committee of (at least)
advanced degree. Students are also encouraged to speak to members
four appropriate faculty. The exam committee assigns the student
of the EE graduate faculty before registering for classes and to select an
deliverables for both research areas chosen. The deliverables will be
academic advisor as soon as possible. The following set of courses is
some combination from the following list:
required of all students.
• read a set of technical papers, make a presentation, and answer
M.S. Thesis - Electrical Engineering
questions;
• complete a hands-on activity (e.g., develop research software) and
EENG504
ENGINEERING SYSTEMS SEMINAR -
1.0
write a report;
ELECTICAL Select department-specific course offering
• complete a set of take-home problems;
EENG707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION
1-12
• write a literature survey (i.e., track down references, separate relevant
RESEARCH CREDIT Select department specific course
from irrelevant papers); and
offering (section E).
• read a set of papers on research skills (e.g., ethics, reviewing) and
EE TECH
EE Tech Electives Must be approved by Thesis Committee 11.0
answer questions.
EE CORE
EE Core Courses Courses within one track - see below.
12.0
Step 3. The student must complete all deliverables no later than the
Total Hours
25-36
Monday of Dead Week.
Step 4. Each member of the exam committee makes a recommendation
on the deliverables from the following list: strongly support, support, and

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M.S. Thesis Defense: At the conclusion of the M.S. (Thesis Option), the
Specialty faculty members (typically from the student’s thesis committee
student will be required to make a formal presentation and defense of
representing their track) administer the oral exam.
her/his thesis research.
Ph.D. Qualifying exams will typically be held in each regular semester
M.S. Non-Thesis - Electrical Engineering
to accommodate graduate students admitted in either the Fall or Spring.
In the event of a student failing the Qualifying exam, she/he will be
EE CORE
Electrical Engineering Core Courses Courses from one12.0
given one further opportunity to pass the exam in the following semester.
track - see below.
If a second failure occurs, the student has unsatisfactory academic
performance that results in an immediate, mandatory dismissal of the
EE TECH
EE Technical Electives Must be approved by advisor.
11.0
graduate student from the Ph.D. program.
EENG504
ENGINEERING SYSTEMS SEMINAR -
1.0
ELECTICAL
Ph.D. Thesis Proposal: After passing the Qualifying Examination, the
Ph.D. student is allowed up to 18 months to prepare a written Thesis
EE ELECT
Electrical Engineering Electives Must be taught by an
6.0
Proposal and present it formally to the student’s graduate committee and
approved professor in one of the EE specialty tracks.
other interested faculty.
Total Hours
30.0
Admission to Candidacy: Full-time students must complete the following
Doctor of Philosophy – Electrical Engineering
requirements within two calendar years of enrolling in the Ph.D. program.
The Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering requires 72 credit hours of
• Have a Thesis Committee appointment form on file in the Graduate
course work and research credits. There are two emphasis areas in
Office:
Electrical Engineering: (1) Information and Systems Sciences, and (2)
• Have passed the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam demonstrating adequate
Energy Systems and Power Electronics. Students are encouraged to
preparation for, and satisfactory ability to conduct doctoral research.
decide between emphasis areas before pursuing an advanced degree.
Students are also encouraged to speak to members of the EE graduate
Upon completion of these requirements, students must complete an
faculty before registering for classes and to select an academic advisor
Admission to Candidacy form. This form must be signed by the student’s
as soon as possible. The following set of courses is required of all
Thesis Committee and the EECS Department Head and filed with the
students.
Graduate Office.
EE CORE
Electrical Engineering Core Courses Courses within
12.0
Ph.D. Thesis Defense: At the conclusion of the student’s Ph.D. program,
one track - see below.
the student will be required to make a formal presentation and defense of
her/his thesis research.
EENG504
ENGINEERING SYSTEMS SEMINAR -
1.0
ELECTICAL
Electrical Engineering Courses
EE TECH
EE Technical Electives Must be approved by thesis
35.0
Required Core: Energy Systems and Power Electronics Track
committee.
Choose at least 4 of the following:
EGGN707
GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT Select department- 24.0
specific course offering (section E).
EENG570
ADVANCED HIGH POWER ELECTRONICS
3.0
EENG571
MODERN ADJUSTABLE SPEED ELECTRIC
3.0
Total Hours
72.0
DRIVES
Ph.D. Qualifying Examination: Students wishing to enroll in the Electrical
EENG572
RENEWABLE ENERGY AND DISTRIBUTED
3.0
Engineering Ph.D. program will be required to pass a Qualifying Exam.
GENERATION
Normally, full-time Ph.D. candidates will take the Qualifying Exam in
EENG573
ELECTRIC POWER QUALITY
3.0
their first year, but it must be taken within three semesters of entering
EENG580
POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS
3.0
the program. Part-time candidates will normally be expected to take
ENGINEERING
the Qualifying Exam within no more than six semesters of entering the
EENG581
POWER SYSTEM OPERATION AND
3.0
program.
MANAGEMENT
The purpose of the Qualifying Exam is to assess some of the attributes
EENG582
HIGH VOLTAGE AC AND DC POWER
3.0
expected of a successful Ph.D. student, including:
TRANSMISSION
EENG583
ADVANCED ELECTRICAL MACHINE DYNAMICS 3.0
• To determine the student’s ability to review, synthesize and apply
fundamental concepts.
Required Core: Information and Systems Sciences
• To determine the creative and technical potential of the student to
All students must take:
solve open-ended and challenging problems.
• To determine the student’s technical communication skills.
EENG515
MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR SIGNALS AND 3.0
SYSTEMS
The Qualifying Examination includes both written and oral sections.
The written section is based on material from the EECS Department’s
and choose at least 3 of the following:
undergraduate Electrical Engineering degree. The oral part of the exam
covers either two of the graduate-level track courses (of the student’s
choice), or a paper from the literature chosen by the student and the
student’s advisor. The student’s advisor and two additional Electrical

58 Graduate
EENG509
SPARSE SIGNAL PROCESSING
3.0
CSCI512. COMPUTER VISION. 3.0 Hours.
EENG510
IMAGE AND MULTIDIMENSIONAL SIGNAL
3.0
(II) Computer vision is the process of using computers to acquire images,
PROCESSING
transform images, and extract symbolic descriptions from images. This
course concentrates on how to recover the structure and properties of
EENG517
THEORY AND DESIGN OF ADVANCED
3.0
a possibly dynamic three-dimensional world from its two-dimensional
CONTROL SYSTEMS
images. We start with an overview of image formation and low level
EENG519
ESTIMATION THEORY AND KALMAN
3.0
image processing, including feature extraction techniques. We then go
FILTERING
into detail on the theory and techniques for estimating shape, location,
MATH534
MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS I
3.0
motion, and recognizing objects. Applications and case studies will
MEGN544
ROBOT MECHANICS: KINEMATICS,
3.0
be discussed from scientific image analysis, robotics, machine vision
DYNAMICS, AND CONTROL
inspection systems, photogrammetry, multimedia, and human interfaces
(such as face and gesture recognition). Design ability and hands-on
Other EE Courses:
projects will be emphasized, using image processing software and
hardware systems. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level knowledge of linear
EENG512
COMPUTER VISION
3.0
algebra, probability and statistics, and a programming language. 3 hours
EENG513
WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
3.0
lecture; 3 semester hours.
EENG535
RF AND MICROWAVE ENGINEERING
3.0
CSCI522. INTRODUCTION TO USABILITY RESEARCH. 3.0 Hours.
MEGN540
MECHATRONICS
3.0
(I) An introduction to the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).
MEGN545
ADVANCED ROBOT CONTROL
3.0
Students will review current literature from prominent researchers in
EGGN589
DESIGN AND CONTROL OF WIND ENERGY
3.0
HCI and will discuss how the researchers’ results may be applied to the
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students’ own software design efforts. Topics include usability testing,
ubiquitous computing user experience design, cognitive walkthrough and
EENG617
INTELLIGENT CONTROL SYSTEMS
3.0
talk-aloud testing methodologies. Students will work in small teams to
EENG618
NONLINEAR AND ADAPTIVE CONTROL
3.0
develop and evaluate an innovative product or to conduct an extensive
EENG683
COMPUTER METHODS IN ELECTRIC POWER
3.0
usability analysis of an existing product. Project results will be reported
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in a paper formatted for submission to an appropriate conference
(UbiComp, SIGCSE, CHI, etc.). Prerequisite: CSCI 261 or equivalent. 3

hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
CSCI542. SIMULATION. 3.0 Hours.
(I) Advanced study of computational and mathematical techniques
Courses
for modeling, simulating, and analyzing the performance of various
systems. Simulation permits the evaluation of performance prior to
CSCI510. IMAGE AND MULTIDIMENSIONAL SIGNAL PROCESSING.
the implementation of a system; it permits the comparison of various
3.0 Hours.
operational alternatives without perturbing the real system. Topics to
(I) This course provides the student with the theoretical background
be covered include simulation techniques, random number generation,
to allow them to apply state of the art image and multi-dimensional
Monte Carlo simulations, discrete and continuous stochastic models,
signal processing techniques. The course teaches students to solve
and point/interval estimation. Offered every other year. Prerequisite:
practical problems involving the processing of multidimensional data
CSCI 262 (or equivalent), MATH 323 (or MATH 530 or equivalent), or
such as imagery, video sequences, and volumetric data. The types of
permission of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
problems students are expected to solve are automated mensuration
from multidimensional data, and the restoration, reconstruction, or
CSCI544. ADVANCED COMPUTER GRAPHICS. 3.0 Hours.
compression of multidimensional data. The tools used in solving these
This is an advanced computer graphics course in which students will
problems include a variety of feature extraction methods, filtering
learn a variety of mathematical and algorithmic techniques that can
techniques, segmentation techniques, and transform methods. Students
be used to solve fundamental problems in computer graphics. Topics
will use the techniques covered in this course to solve practical problems
include global illumination, GPU programming, geometry acquisition
in projects. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level knowledge of linear
and processing, point based graphics and non-photorealistic rendering.
algebra, probability and statistics, Fourier transforms, and a programming
Students will learn about modern rendering and geometric modeling
language. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
techniques by reading and discussing research papers and implementing
one or more of the algorithms described in the literature.
CSCI546. WEB PROGRAMMING II. 3.0 Hours.
(I) This course covers methods for creating effective and dynamic web
pages, and using those sites as part of a research agenda related to
Humanitarian Engineering. Students will review current literature from the
International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), American
Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and other sources to develop
a research agenda for the semester. Following a brief survey of web
programming languages, including HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Flash,
students will design and implement a website to meet their research
agenda. The final product will be a research paper which documents the
students’ efforts and research results. Prerequisite: CSCI 262. 3 hours
lecture, 3 semester hours.

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CSCI547. SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION. 3.0 Hours.
CSCI568. DATA MINING. 3.0 Hours.
Scientific visualization uses computer graphics to create visual images
(II) This course is an introductory course in data mining. It covers
which aid in understanding of complex, often massive numerical
fundamentals of data mining theories and techniques. We will discuss
representation of scientific concepts or results. The main focus of this
association rule mining and its applications, overview of classification
course is on techniques applicable to spatial data such as scalar, vector
and clustering, data preprocessing, and several applicationspecific data
and tensor fields. Topics include volume rendering, texture based
mining tasks. We will also discuss practical data mining using a data
methods for vector and tensor field visualization, and scalar and vector
mining software. Project assignments include implementation of existing
field topology. Students will learn about modern visualization techniques
data mining algorithms, data mining with or without data mining software,
by reading and discussing research papers and implementing one of the
and study of data mining related research issues. Prerequisite: CSCI262
algorithms described in the literature.
or permission of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CSCI561. THEORY OF COMPUTATION. 3.0 Hours.
CSCI571. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. 3.0 Hours.
(I) An introduction to abstract models of computation and computability
(I) Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the subfield of computer science that
theory; including finite automata (finite state machines), pushdown
studies how to automate tasks for which people currently exhibit superior
automata, and Turing machines. Language models, including formal
performance over computers. Historically, AI has studied problems such
languages, regular expressions, and grammars. Decidability and
as machine learning, language understanding, game playing, planning,
undecidability of computational problems. Prerequisite: CSCI/MATH358.
robotics, and machine vision. AI techniques include those for uncertainty
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
management, automated theorem proving, heuristic search, neural
networks, and simulation of expert performance in specialized domains
CSCI562. APPLIED ALGORITHMS AND DATA STRUCTURES. 3.0
like medical diagnosis. This course provides an overview of the field of
Hours.
Artificial Intelligence. Particular attention will be paid to learning the LISP
(II) Industry competitiveness in certain areas is often based on the use
language for AI programming. Prerequisite: CSCI262. 3 hours lecture; 3
of better algorithms and data structures. The objective of this class is
semester hours.
to survey some interesting application areas and to understand the
core algorithms and data structures that support these applications.
CSCI572. COMPUTER NETWORKS II. 3.0 Hours.
Application areas could change with each offering of the class, but would
(II) This course covers the network layer, data link layer, and physical
include some of the following: VLSI design automation, computational
layer of communication protocols in depth. Detailed topics include
biology, mobile computing, computer security, data compression, web
routing (unicast, multicast, and broadcast), one hop error detection and
search engines, geographical information systems. Prerequisite: MATH/
correction, and physical topologies. Other topics include state-of-the-art
CSCI406, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
communications protocols for emerging networks (e.g., ad hoc networks
and sensor networks). Prerequisite: CSCI 471 or equivalent or permission
CSCI563. PARALLEL COMPUTING FOR SCIENTISTS AND
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
ENGINEERS. 3.0 Hours.
(I) Students are taught how to use parallel computing to solve complex
CSCI574. THEORY OF CRYPTOGRAPHY. 3.0 Hours.
scientific problems. They learn how to develop parallel programs, how to
Students will draw upon current research results to design, implement
analyze their performance, and how to optimize program performance.
and analyze their own computer security or other related cryptography
The course covers the classification of parallel computers, shared
projects. The requisite mathematical background, including relevant
memory versus distributed memory machines, software issues, and
aspects of number theory and mathematical statistics, will be covered
hardware issues in parallel computing. Students write programs for state
in lecture. Students will be expected to review current literature from
of the art high performance supercomputers, which are accessed over
prominent researchers in cryptography and to present their findings
the network. Prerequisite: Programming experience in C, consent of
to the class. Particular focus will be given to the application of various
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
techniques to real-life situations. The course will also cover the following
aspects of cryptography: symmetric and asymmetric encryption,
CSCI564. ADVANCED COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE. 3.0 Hours.
computational number theory, quantum encryption, RSA and discrete
The objective of this class is to gain a detailed understanding about the
log systems, SHA, steganography, chaotic and pseudo-random
options available to a computer architect when designing a computer
sequences, message authentication, digital signatures, key distribution
system along with quantitative justifications for the options. All aspects
and key management, and block ciphers. Prerequisites: CSCI 262 plus
of modern computer architectures including instruction sets, processor
undergraduate-level knowledge of statistics and discrete mathematics. 3
design, memory system design, storage system design, multiprocessors,
hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
and software approaches will be discussed. Prerequisite: CSCI341, or
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CSCI575. MACHINE LEARNING. 3.0 Hours.
(II) The goal of machine learning research is to build computer systems
CSCI565. DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING SYSTEMS. 3.0 Hours.
that learn from experience and that adapt to their environments.
(II) This course discusses concepts, techniques, and issues in developing
Machine learning systems do not have to be programmed by humans
distributed systems in large scale networked environment. Topics include
to solve a problem; instead, they essentially program themselves
theory and systems level issues in the design and implementation of
based on examples of how they should behave, or based on trial and
distributed systems. Prerequisites: CSCI 442 or equivalent or permission
error experience trying to solve the problem. This course will focus
of instructor. 3 hours of lecture; 3 semester hours.
on the methods that have proven valuable and successful in practical
applications. The course will also contrast the various methods, with
the aim of explaining the situations in which each is most appropriate.
Prerequisites: CSCI262 and MATH323, or consent of instructor. 3 hours
lecture; 3 semester hours.

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CSCI576. WIRELESS SENSOR SYSTEMS. 3.0 Hours.
CSCI693. WAVE PHENOMENA SEMINAR. 1.0 Hour.
With the advances in computational, communication, and sensing
Students will probe a range of current methodologies and issues in
capabilities, large scale sensor-based distributed environments are
seismic data processing, with emphasis on underlying assumptions,
becoming a reality. Sensor enriched communication and information
implications of these assumptions, and implications that would follow from
infrastructures have the potential to revolutionize almost every aspect
use of alternative assumptions. Such analysis should provide seed topics
of human life benefitting application domains such as transportation,
for ongoing and subsequent research. Topic areas include: Statistics
medicine, surveillance, security, defense, science and engineering.
estimation and compensation, deconvolution, multiple suppression,
Such a distributed infrastructure must integrate networking, embedded
suppression of other noises, wavelet estimation, imaging and inversion,
systems, distributed computing and data management technologies to
extraction of stratigraphic and lithologic information, and correlation
ensure seamless access to data dispersed across a hierarchy of storage,
of surface and borehole seismic data with well log data. Prerequisite:
communication, and processing units, from sensor devices where data
Consent of department. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
originates to large databases where the data generated is stored and/
CSCI700. MASTERS PROJECT CREDITS. 1-6 Hour.
or analyzed. Prerequisite: CSCI406, CSCI446, CSCI471, or consent of
(I, II, S) Project credit hours required for completion of the non-thesis
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Master of Science degree in Computer Science (Project Option). Project
CSCI580. ADVANCED HIGH PERFORMACE COMPUTING. 3.0 Hours.
under the direct supervision of a faculty advisor. Credit is not transferable
This course provides students with knowledge of the fundamental
to any 400, 500, or 600 level courses. Repeatable for credit.
concepts of high performance computing as well as hands-on experience
CSCI707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT.
with the core technology in the field. The objective of this class is
1-15 Hour.
to understand how to achieve high performance on a wide range of
(I, II, S) GRADUATE THESIS/DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT
computational platforms. Topics will include sequential computers
Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level thesis
including memory hierarchies, shared memory computers and multicore,
or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the direct
distributed memory computers, graphical processing units (GPUs), cloud
supervision of the student’s faculty advisor. Variable class and semester
and grid computing, threads, OpenMP, message passing (MPI), CUDA
hours. Repeatable for credit.
(for GPUs), parallel file systems, and scientific applications. 3 hours
lecture; 3 semester hours.
EENG504. ENGINEERING SYSTEMS SEMINAR - ELECTICAL. 1.0
Hour.
CSCI586. FAULT TOLERANT COMPUTING. 3.0 Hours.
(I, II) This is a seminar forum for graduate students to present their
This course provides a comprehensive overview of fault tolerant
research projects, critique others’ presentations, understand the breadth
computing including uniprocessor fault tolerance, distributed fault
of engineering projects both within their specialty area and across the
tolerance, failure model, fault detection, checkpoint, message log,
Division, hear from leaders of industry about contemporary engineering
algorithm-based fault tolerance, error correction codes, and fault
as well as socio-economical and marketing issues facing today’s
tolerance in large storage systems. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
competitive global envi ronment. In order to improve communication
CSCI597. SUMMER PROGRAMS. 6.0 Hours.
skills, each student is required to present a seminar in this course before
his/her graduation from the Engineering graduate program. Prerequisite:
CSCI598. SPECIAL TOPICS. 1-6 Hour.
Graduate standing. 1 hour seminar, 1 semester hour. Repeatable;
(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
maximum 1 hour granted toward degree requirements.
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours.
EENG509. SPARSE SIGNAL PROCESSING. 3.0 Hours.
Repeatable for credit under different titles.
(II) This course presents a mathematical tour of sparse signal
representations and their applications in modern signal processing.
CSCI599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
The classical Fourier transform and traditional digital signal processing
(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
techniques are extended to enable various types of computational
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject
harmonic analysis. Topics covered include time-frequency and wavelet
matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form
analysis, filter banks, nonlinear approximation of functions, compression,
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6
signal restoration, and compressive sensing. Prerequisites: EENG411
credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
and EENG515, or consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
CSCI691. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Hour.
hours.
Presentation of latest research results by guest lecturers, staff, and
advanced students. Prerequisite: Consent of department. 1 hour seminar;
1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 12 hours.
CSCI692. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Hour.
Presentation of latest research results by guest lecturers, staff, and
advanced students. Prerequisite: Consent of department. 1 hour seminar;
1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 12 hours.

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EENG510. IMAGE AND MULTIDIMENSIONAL SIGNAL PROCESSING.
EENG519. ESTIMATION THEORY AND KALMAN FILTERING. 3.0
3.0 Hours.
Hours.
(I) This course provides the student with the theoretical background
Estimation theory considers the extraction of useful information from
to allow them to apply state of the art image and multi-dimensional
raw sensor measurements in the presence of signal uncertainty.
signal processing techniques. The course teaches students to solve
Common applications include navigation, localization and mapping, but
practical problems involving the processing of multidimensional data
applications can be found in all fields where measurements are used.
such as imagery, video sequences, and volumetric data. The types of
Mathematic descriptions of random signals and the response of linear
problems students are expected to solve are automated mensuration
systems are presented. The discrete-time Kalman Filter is introduced,
from multidimensional data, and the restoration, reconstruction, or
and conditions for optimality are described. Implementation issues,
compression of multidimensional data. The tools used in solving these
performance prediction, and filter divergence are discussed. Adaptive
problems include a variety of feature extraction methods, filtering
estimation and nonlinear estimation are also covered. Contemporary
techniques, segmentation techniques, and transform methods. Students
applications will be utilized throughout the course. Pre-requisite:
will use the techniques covered in this course to solve practical problems
EENG515 and MATH534 or equivalent. Spring semester of odd years. 3
in projects. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level knowledge of linear
Lecture Hours; 3 Semester Hours.
algebra, probability and statistics, Fourier transforms, and a programming
EENG535. RF AND MICROWAVE ENGINEERING. 3.0 Hours.
language. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
This course teaches the basics of RF/microwave design including circuit
EENG512. COMPUTER VISION. 3.0 Hours.
concepts, modeling techniques, and test and measurement techniques,
(II) Computer vision is the process of using computers to acquire images,
as applied to wireless communication systems. RF/microwave concepts
transform images, and extract symbolic descriptions from images. This
that will be discussed are: scattering parameters, impedance matching,
course concentrates on how to recover the structure and properties of
microstrip and coplanar transmission lines, power dividers and couplers,
a possibly dynamic three-dimensional world from its two-dimensional
filters, amplifiers, oscillators, and diode mixers and detectors. Students
images. We start with an overview of image formation and low level
will learn how to design and model RF/microwave components such
image processing, including feature extraction techniques. We then go
as impedance matching networks, amplifiers and oscillators on Ansoft
into detail on the theory and techniques for estimating shape, location,
Designer software, and will build and measure these circuits in the
motion, and recognizing objects. Applications and case studies will
laboratory. Prerequisites: EENG385, EENG386, EENG413, and consent
be discussed from scientific image analysis, robotics, machine vision
of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours. Taught on demand.
inspection systems, photogrammetry, multimedia, and human interfaces
EENG570. ADVANCED HIGH POWER ELECTRONICS. 3.0 Hours.
(such as face and gesture recognition). Design ability and hands-on
(I) Basic principles of analysis and design of circuits utilizing high power
projects will be emphasized, using image processing software and
electronics. AC/DC, DC/AC, AC/AC, and DC/DC conversion techniques.
hardware systems. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level knowledge of linear
Laboratory project comprising simulation and construction of a power
algebra, probability and statistics, and a programming language. 3 hours
electronics circuit. Prerequisites: EENG385; EENG389 or equivalent. 3
lecture; 3 semester hours.
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Fall semester even years.
EENG513. WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS. 3.0 Hours.
EENG571. MODERN ADJUSTABLE SPEED ELECTRIC DRIVES. 3.0
This course explores aspects of electromagnetics, stochastic modeling,
Hours.
signal processing, and RF/microwave components as applied to the
An introduction to electric drive systems for advanced applications.
design of wireless systems. In particular, topics on (a) physical and
The course introduces the treatment of vector control of induction and
statistical models to represent the wireless channel, (b) advanced digital
synchronous motor drives using the concepts of general flux orientation
modulation techniques, (c) temporal, spectral, code-division and spatial
and the feedforward (indirect) and feedback (direct) voltage and current
multiple access techniques, (d) space diversity techniques and (d)
vector control. AC models in space vector complex algebra are also
the effects of RF/microwave components on wireless systems will be
developed. Other types of drives are also covered, such as reluctance,
discussed. Pre-requisite: EENG386, EENG413, and consent of instructor.
stepper-motor and switched-reluctance drives. Digital computer
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Taught on demand.
simulations are used to evaluate such implementations. Pre-requisite:
EENG515. MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR SIGNALS AND
Familiarity with power electronics and power systems, such as covered
SYSTEMS. 3.0 Hours.
in EENG480 and EENG470. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours. Spring
(I) An introduction to mathematical methods for modern signal processing
semester of even years.
using vector space methods. Topics include signal representation in
EENG572. RENEWABLE ENERGY AND DISTRIBUTED
Hilbert and Banach spaces; linear operators and the geometry of linear
GENERATION. 3.0 Hours.
equations; LU, Cholesky, QR, eigen- and singular value decompositions.
A comprehensive electrical engineering approach on the integration
Applications to signal processing and linear systems are included
of alternative sources of energy. One of the main objectives of this
throughout, such as Fourier analysis, wavelets, adaptive filtering, signal
course is to focus on the inter-disciplinary aspects of integration of the
detection, and feedback control.
alternative sources of energy which will include most common and also
EENG517. THEORY AND DESIGN OF ADVANCED CONTROL
promising types of alternative primary energy: hydropower, wind power,
SYSTEMS. 3.0 Hours.
photovoltaic, fuel cells and energy storage with the integration to the
(II) This course will introduce and study the theory and design of
electric grid. Pre-requisite: It is assumed that students will have some
multivariable and nonlinear control systems. Students will learn to design
basic and broad knowledge of the principles of electrical machines,
multivariable controllers that are both optimal and robust, using tools such
thermodynamics, power electronics, direct energy conversion, and
as state space and transfer matrix models, nonlinear analysis, optimal
fundamentals of electric power systems such as covered in basic
estimator and controller design, and multi-loop controller synthesis
engineering courses plus EENG480 and EENG470. 3 lecture hours; 3
Prerequisite: EENG417 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours. Fall semester of odd years.
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EENG573. ELECTRIC POWER QUALITY. 3.0 Hours.
EENG583. ADVANCED ELECTRICAL MACHINE DYNAMICS. 3.0
(II) Electric power quality (PQ) deals with problems exhibited by voltage,
Hours.
current and frequency that typically impact end-users (customers) of an
This course deals primarily with the two rotating AC machines currently
electric power system. This course is designed to familiarize the concepts
utilized in the electric power industry, namely induction and synchronous
of voltage sags, harmonics, momentary disruptions, and waveform
machines. The course is divided in two halves: the first half is dedicated
distortions arising from various sources in the system. A theoretical and
to induction and synchronous machines are taught in the second half.
mathematical basis for various indices, standards, models, analyses
The details include the development of the theory of operation, equivalent
techniques, and good design procedures will be presented. Additionally,
circuit models for both steady-state and transient operations, all aspects
sources of power quality problems and some remedies for improvement
of performance evaluation, IEEE methods of testing, and guidelines for
will be discussed. The course bridges topics between power systems and
industry applications including design and procurement. Prerequisites:
power electronics. Prerequisite: EENG480 and EENG470 or instructor
EENG480 or equivalent, and/or consent of instructor. 3 lecture hours; 3
approval. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours.
semester hours. Spring semester of even years.
EENG580. POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS ENGINEERING. 3.0
EENG584. POWER SYSTEM STABILITY. 3.0 Hours.
Hours.
Advanced topics on stability of power and energy systems, including
This course deals with the theory and applications of problems and
dynamic modeling of generators and motors, small signal stability
solutions as related to electric power distribution systems engineering
of power system, transient stability during and in the aftermath of
from both ends: end-users like large industrial plants and electric utility
disturbances, voltage suability and voltage collapse, blackouts and
companies. The primary focus of this course in on the medium voltage
brownouts in the bulk power grid, subsynchronous resonance, and
(4.16 kV – 69 kV) power systems. Some references will be made to the
impacts of distributed and renewable energy resources on grid stability.
LV power system. The course includes per-unit methods of calculations;
Prerequisites: EENG480, EENG481. 3 hours of lecture; 3 credit hours.
voltage drop and voltage regulation; power factor improvement and shunt
Spring, even years.
compensation; short circuit calculations; theory and fundamentals of
EENG586. COMMUNICATION NETWORKS FOR POWER SYSTEMS.
symmetrical components; unsymmetrical faults; overhead distribution
3.0 Hours.
lines and power cables; basics and fundamentals of distribution
Advanced topics on communication networks for power systems including
protection. Prerequisites: EENG480 or equivalent, and/or consent of
the fundamentals of communication engineering and signal modulation/
instructor. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours. Fall semester of odd years.
transfer, physical layer for data transfer (e.g., wireline, wireless, fiber
EENG581. POWER SYSTEM OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT. 3.0
optics), different communication topologies for power networks (e.g.,
Hours.
client-server, peer-to-peer), fundamentals of SCADA system, data
(I) This course presents a comprehensive exposition of the theory,
modeling and communication services for power system applications,
methods, and algorithms for Energy Management Systems (EMS)
common protocols for utility and substation automation, and cyber-
in the power grid. It will focus on (1) modeling of power systems and
security in power networks. Prerequisites: EENG480. 3 hours of lecture; 3
generation units, (2) methods for dispatching generating resources, (3)
credit hours. Fall, odd years.
methods for accurately estimating the state of the system, (4) methods
EENG587. POWER SYSTEMS PROTECTION AND RELAYING. 3.0
for assessing the security of the power system, and (5) an overview of the
Hours.
market operations in the grid. Prerequisite: EENG480. 3 lecture hours; 3
Theory and practice of power system protection and relaying; Study
semester hours.
of power system faults and symmetrical components; Fundamental
EENG582. HIGH VOLTAGE AC AND DC POWER TRANSMISSION. 3.0
principles and tools for system modeling and analysis pertaining to
Hours.
relaying, and industry practices in the protection of lines, transformers,
This course deals with the theory, modeling and applications of HV and
generators, motors, and industrial power systems; Introduction to
EHV power transmission systems engineering. The primary focus is on
microprocessor based relaying, control, and SCADA. Prerequisites:
overhead AC transmission line and voltage ranges between 115 kV –
EENG389. 3 hours of lecture; 3 credit hours. Spring, odd years.
500 kV. HVDC and underground transmission will also be discussed.
EENG588. ENERGY POLICY, RESTRUCTURING AND
The details include the calculations of line parameters (RLC); steady-
DEREGULATION OF ELECTRICITY MARKET. 3.0 Hours.
state performance evaluation (voltage drop and regulation, losses and
The big picture of electric power, electricity and energy industry;
efficiency) of short, medium and long lines; reactive power compensation;
Restructuring and Deregulation of electricity market; Energy Policy Acts
FACTS devices; insulation coordination; corona; insulators; sag-tension
and its impact on electricity market and pricing; Energy economics and
calculations; EMTP, traveling wave and transients; fundamentals of
pricing strategy; Public policy issues, reliability and security; Regulation.
transmission line design; HV and EHV power cables: solid dielectric, oil-
Prerequisites: EENG389. 3 hours of lecture; 3 credit hours. Fall, odd
filled and gas-filled; Fundamentals of DC transmission systems including
years.
converter and filter. Prerequisites: EENG480 or equivalent, and/or
consent of instructor. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours. Fall semester of
EENG597. SUMMER PROGRAMS. 6.0 Hours.
even years.
EENG598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING. 1-6
Hour.
(I, II) Pilot course of special topics course. Topics chosen from special
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually course is offered only
once. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Variable credit; 1 to 6 hours.
Repeatable for credit under different titles.

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EENG599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
SYGN555. SMARTGEO SEMINAR. 1.0 Hour.
(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
Geosystems are natural or engineered earth structures, e.g. earth dams
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject
or levees, groundwater systems, underground construction sites, and
matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form
contaminated aquifers. An intelligent geosystem is one that can sense its
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6
environment, diagnose its condition/state, and provide decision support to
hours. Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 6 hours.
improve the management, operation, or objective of the geosystem. The
goal of this course is to introduce students to topics that are needed for
EENG617. INTELLIGENT CONTROL SYSTEMS. 3.0 Hours.
them to be successful working in a multi-disciplinary field. The course will
Fundamental issues related to the design on intelligent control systems
include training in leadership, multidisciplinary teams, policy and ethical
are described. Neural networks analysis for engi neering systems are
issues, and a monthly technical seminar. Prerequisite/Corequisite: SYGN
presented. Neural-based learning, estimation, and identification of
550. 1 hour lecture; 1 semester hour credit.
dynamical systems are described. Qualitative control system analysis
using fuzzy logic is presented. Fuzzy mathematics design of rule-based
control, and integrated human-machine intelligent control systems are
covered. Real-life problems from different engineering systems are
analyzed. Prerequisite: EENG517 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
lecture; 3 semester hours. Taught on demand.
EENG618. NONLINEAR AND ADAPTIVE CONTROL. 3.0 Hours.
This course presents a comprehensive exposition of the theory of
nonlinear dynamical systems and the applications of this theory to
adaptive control. It will focus on (1) methods of characterizing and
understanding the behavior of systems that can be described by
nonlinear ordinary differential equations, (2) methods for designing
controllers for such systems, (3) an introduction to the topic of system
identification, and (4) study of the primary techniques in adaptive control,
including model-reference adaptive control and model predictive control.
Prerequisite: EENG517 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours. Spring, even numbered years.
EENG683. COMPUTER METHODS IN ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEMS.
3.0 Hours.
This course deals with the computer methods and numerical solution
techniques applied to large scale power systems. Primary focus includes
load flow, short circuit, voltage stability and transient stability studies and
contingency analysis. The details include the modeling of various devices
like transformer, transmission lines, FACTS devices, and synchronous
machines. Numerical techniques include solving a large set of linear
or non-linear algebraic equations, and solving a large set of differential
equations. A number of simple case studies (as per IEEE standard
models) will be performed. Prerequisites: EENG583, EENG580 and
EENG582 or equivalent, and/or consent of instructor; a strong knowledge
of digital simulation techniques. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours.
Taught on demand.
EENG698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING. 1-6
Hour.
(I, II) Pilot course of special topics course. Topics chosen from special
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually course is offered only
once. Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor. Variable credit; 1 to 6
hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
EENG699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject
matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6
hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/experience.
EENG707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT. 1-15 Hour.
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
direct supervision of the student’s faculty advisor. Variable class and
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.

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Engineering Systems
three members on their graduate committee, two of whom must be
permanent faculty in the College. Ph.D. graduate committees must
have at least four members; all members must be permanent faculty in
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the College. The faculty indicated above are officially affiliated with the
Degrees Offered
degrees in Engineering Systems. However, all graduate faculty in the
College may advise students in these degree programs.
• Master of Science in Engineering Systems
Ph.D. Qualifying Exam.
• Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Systems
Students wishing to enroll in the Engineering PhD program will be
Program Overview
required to pass a Qualifying Exam. Normally, full-time PhD candidates
The College of Engineering and Computational Sciences (CECS) offers
will take the Qualifying Exam in their first year, but it must be taken within
the degrees: Master of Science in Engineering Systems and Doctor
three semesters of entering the program. Part-time candidates will
of Philosophy in Engineering Systems. Because in many problems
normally be expected to take the Qualifying Exam within no more than six
individual research projects encompass more than one research area
semesters of entering the program.
or sit in a niche resulting from the intersection of multiple disciplines,
The purpose of the Qualifying Exam is to assess some of the attributes
the degrees in Engineering Systems allow a student to develop a
expected of a successful PhD student. The objectives are to assess the
personalized plan of study that explores systems-based concepts in
students in the following three categories.
problems that span disciplines or to study specialized topics not typically
found in a single disciplinary field of study.
• To determine the student’s ability to review, synthesize and apply
fundamental concepts.
Prerequisites
• To determine the creative and technical potential of the student to
solve challenging open-ended problems.
The minimum requirements for admission for the M.S., and Ph.D.
• To evaluate the student’s technical written and oral communication
degrees in Engineering Systems are a baccalaureate degree in
skills.
engineering, computer science, a physical science, or math with a
grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale; Graduate Record
Ph.D. Qualifying exams will typically be held in each regular semester to
Examination score of 650 (math) and a TOEFL score of 550 or higher
accommodate graduate students admitted in either the Fall or Spring.
(paper based), 213 (computer based), or 79 (internet based) for
In the event of a student failing the Qualifying exam, she/he will be given
applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants from an
one further opportunity to pass the exam in the following semester. A
engineering program at CSM are not required to submit GRE scores.
second failure of the Qualifying Exam in a given specialty would lead
to removal of the student from the Ph.D. program. After passing the
The Engineering Systems graduate committee evaluating an applicant
Qualifying Examination, the Ph.D. student is allowed up to 18 months to
may require that the student take undergraduate remedial coursework
prepare a written Thesis Proposal and present it formally to the graduate
to overcome technical deficiencies, which does not count toward the
committee and other interested faculty.
graduate program. The committee will decide whether to recommend
to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research a regular or provisional
Admission to Candidacy.
admission, and may ask the applicant to come for an interview.
Full-time students must complete the following requirements within two
Program Details
calendar years of enrolling in the Ph.D. program.
The M.S. in Engineering Systems degree (Thesis or Non-Thesis Option)
• Have a Thesis Committee appointment form on file in the Graduate
requires 30 credit hours of coursework. Requirements for the thesis
Office:
based M.S. are 24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis research.
• Have passed the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam demonstrating adequate
The non-thesis option requires 30 hours of coursework.
preparation for, and satisfactory ability to conduct doctoral research.
• Upon completion of these requirements, students must complete an
For the M.S. degree, a maximum of 9 credits may be transferred from
Admission to Candidacy form. This form must be signed by the Thesis
another institution (note that these courses must not have been used to
Committee and the Dean and filed with the Graduate Office.
satisfy the requirements for an undergraduate degree). Graduate level
courses taken at other universities for which a grade equivalent to a "B"
Degree Requirements
or better was received will be considered for transfer credit via a petition
to the Dean.
Graduate students who choose an interdisciplinary education in
Engineering may do so using the curriculum below.
The Ph.D. in Engineering Systems degree requires 72 credit hours of
course work and research credit. Graduate level courses taken at other
M.S. Degree (Systems) - Thesis Option:
universities for which a grade equivalent to a "B" or better was received
will be considered for transfer credit via a petition to the Dean (note that
MEGN501
ADVANCED ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS
3.0
these courses must not have been used to satisfy the requirements for an
MEGN502
ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS
3.0
undergraduate degree).
or EENG515
MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR SIGNALS AND
SYSTEMS
Students must have an advisor from the College Graduate Faculty
MEGN591
ADVANCED ENGINEERING DESIGN METHODS 3.0
to direct and monitor their academic plan, research and independent
studies. Master of Science (thesis option) students must have at least
MEGN503
GRADUATE SEMINAR
1.0

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or EENG504
ENGINEERING SYSTEMS SEMINAR - ELECTICAL
or CEEN590
CIVIL ENGINEERING SEMINAR
TECH ELECT
Technical Elective Courses must be approved by the
14.0
graduate thesis committee.
MEGN707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION
6.0
RESEARCH CREDIT
or EENG707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT
or CEEN707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT
Total Hours
30.0
M.S. Degree (Systems) - Non-Thesis Option
MEGN501
ADVANCED ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS
3.0
MEGN502
ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS
3.0
or EENG515
MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR SIGNALS AND
SYSTEMS
MEGN591
ADVANCED ENGINEERING DESIGN METHODS 3.0
MEGN503
GRADUATE SEMINAR
1.0
or EENG504
ENGINEERING SYSTEMS SEMINAR - ELECTICAL
or CEEN590
CIVIL ENGINEERING SEMINAR
TECH ELECT
TECHNICAL ELECTIVE Courses must be approved by the20.0
faculty advisor.
Total Hours
30.0
Ph.D. Degree (Systems)
MEGN501
ADVANCED ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS
3.0
MEGN591
ADVANCED ENGINEERING DESIGN METHODS 3.0
MEGN502
ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS
3.0
or EENG515
MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR SIGNALS AND
SYSTEMS
MEGN503
GRADUATE SEMINAR
1.0
or EENG504
ENGINEERING SYSTEMS SEMINAR - ELECTICAL
TECH ELECT
Technical Electives Courses must be approved by thesis
38.0
committee.
MEGN707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION
24.0
RESEARCH CREDIT
or EENG707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT
or CEEN707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT
Total Hours
72.0


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Mechanical Engineering
careers in industry, government, or academia. See the information that
follows for full details on these degrees
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Combined Program:
Degrees Offered
The Mechanical Engineering department also offers five-year combined
BS/MS degree programs. These programs offer an expedited
• Master of Science (Mechanical Engineering)
graduate school application process and allow students to begin
• Doctor of Philosophy (Mechanical Engineering)
graduate coursework while still finishing their undergraduate degree
requirements. This program is described in the undergraduate catalog.
Program Overview
In addition, the five year program is offered in collaboration with the
The Mechanical Engineering Department offers the Master of Science
Departments of Physics and Chemistry and allows students to obtain
and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Mechanical Engineering. The
specific engineering skills that complement their physics or chemistry
program demands academic rigor and depth yet also addresses real-
background. The Physics five-year program offers tracks in Mechanical
world engineering problems. The department has four areas of research
Engineering. Details on these five-year programs can be found in the
activity that stem from the core fields of Mechanical Engineering:
CSM Undergraduate Bulletin. Course schedules for these five-year
(1) Biomechanics, (2) Thermal Science and Engineering, (3) Solid
programs can be obtained in the Mechanical Engineering, Physics and
Mechanics and Materials, and (4) Robotics, Automation, and Design
Chemistry Departmental Offices.
(which includes elements from Computer Science, Electrical, and
The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering requires 30 credit
Mechanical Engineering disciplines). Note that in many cases, individual
hours of coursework for the non-thesis based masters or 24 hours of
research projects encompass more than one research area.
coursework and 6 hours of research credit. Graduate level courses
Biomechanics focuses on the application of engineering principles to
taken at other universities for which a grade equivalent to a "B" or better
the musculoskeletal system and other connective tissues. Research
was received will be considered for transfer credit via a petition to the
activities include experimental, computational, and theoretical
Mechanical Engineering Department Head (note that these courses must
approaches with applications in the areas of rehabilitation engineering,
not have been used to satisfy the requirements for an undergraduate
computer assisted surgery and medical robotics, patient specific
degree).
biomechanical modeling, intelligent prosthetics and implants, and
The Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering degree requires 72 credit hours
bioinstrumentation. The Biomechanics group has strong research ties
of course work and research credits. A minimum of 42 credit hours of
with other campus departments, the local medical community, and
course work and 30 credit hours of research credit (after bachelors
industry partners.
degree) must be completed. Graduate level courses taken at other
Robotics, Automation, and Design is an area at CSM that merges
universities for which a grade equivalent to a "B" or better was received
research in mechanical design, control systems, sensing, and
will be considered for transfer credit via a petition to the Mechanical
mechatronics to develop automated and autonomous systems that can
Engineering Department Head (note that these courses must not have
be used to carry out tasks that are dirty, dangerous, dull, or difficult.
been used to satisfy the requirements for an undergraduate degree).
Solid Mechanics and Materials investigations consider solid-
Students must have an advisor from the Mechanical Engineering
state material behavior as it relates to microstructural evolution and
Department Graduate Faculty to direct and monitor their academic
control, nano-mechanics, functionally graded materials, biomaterial
plan, research, and independent studies. Master of Science (thesis
analysis and characterization, artificial biomaterial design, and fracture
option) students must have at least three members on their graduate
mechanics. Research in this area tends to have a strong computational
committee, two of whom must be permanent faculty in the Mechanical
component covering a broad range of length and time scales that
Engineering Department. Ph.D. graduate committees must have at least
include molecular dynamics, Finite element methods, discrete element
five members; at least two members must be permanent faculty in the
methods, and boundary element methods. These tools are used to study
Mechanical Engineering Department, and at least one member must be
a variety of material systems. Strong ties exist between this group and
from the department in which the student is pursuing a minor program, if
activities within the campus communities of physics, materials science,
applicable.
mathematics and chemical engineering.
Ph.D. Qualifying Exam. Students wishing to enroll in the Mechanical
Thermal Science and Engineering is a research area with a wide array
Engineering PhD program will be required to pass a Qualifying Exam.
of multidisciplinary applications including clean energy systems, materials
Normally, full-time PhD candidates will take the Qualifying Exam in
processing, combustion, biofuels and renewable energy. Graduate
their first year, but it must be taken within three semesters of entering
students in this area typically specialize in Mechanical Engineering but
the program. Part-time candidates will normally be expected to take
also have the opportunity to specialize in interdisciplinary programs such
the Qualifying Exam within no more than six semesters of entering the
as Materials Science.
program.
The purpose of the Qualifying Exam is to assess some of the attributes
Program Details
expected of a successful PhD student, including
The ME Department offers the degrees Master of Science and Doctor of
• To determine the student’s ability to review, synthesize and apply
Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering. The master’s program is designed
fundamental concepts.
to prepare candidates for careers in industry or government or for further
study at the Ph.D. level; both thesis and non-thesis options are available.
The Ph.D. degree program is sufficiently flexible to prepare candidates for

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• To determine the creative and technical potential of the student to
Degree Requirements
solve open-ended and challenging problems.
M.S. Thesis Degree (MECH)
• To determine the student’s technical communication skills.
The qualifying examination is based on one of four concentration areas
MEGN501
ADVANCED ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS
3.0
(Biomechanics, Robotics, Automation, and Design, Solid Mechanics
MEGN502
ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS
3.0
and Materials, and Thermal Science and Engineering) and includes
MEGN503
GRADUATE SEMINAR
1.0
both a written and oral examination. This examination is comprehensive
CORE
Course Core from the ME Course List Courses must
9.0
in nature and is designed to address material from both the student’s
be approved by the thesis committee.
undergraduate and initial graduate course work. The student is expected
to demonstrate adequate breadth and depth of knowledge as well as an
ME TECH
Technical Electives Courses approved by thesis committee. 8.0
ability to analyze and address new problems related to the concentration
MEGN707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION
6.0
area.
RESEARCH CREDIT
Ph.D. Qualifying exams will typically be held in each regular semester to
Total Hours
30.0
accommodate graduate students admitted in either the Fall or Spring.
In the event of a student failing the Qualifying exam, she/he will be given

one further opportunity to pass the exam in the following semester.
M.S. Non-Thesis Degree (MECH)
A second failure of the Qualifying Exam in a given specialty would lead to
MEGN501
ADVANCED ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS
3.0
removal of the student from the Ph.D. program.
MEGN502
ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS
3.0
After passing the Qualifying Examination, the Ph.D. student is allowed up
MEGN503
GRADUATE SEMINAR
1.0
to 18 months to prepare a written Thesis Proposal and present it formally
ME TECH
8.0
to the graduate committee and other interested faculty.
Technical Electives Courses must be approved by faculty
advisor.
Students should consult the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Handbook
CORE
Course Core from the ME Course List Courses must 15.0
for additional details.
be approved by the faculty advisor.
Admission to Candidacy. Full-time students must complete the
Total Hours
30.0
following requirements within two calendar years of enrolling in the Ph.D.
program.

• Have a Thesis Committee appointment form on file in the Graduate
Ph.D. Degree (EGGN-ME)
Office:
• Have passed the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam demonstrating adequate
MEGN501
ADVANCED ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS
4.0
preparation for, and satisfactory ability to conduct doctoral research.
MEGN502
ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS
4.0
MEGN503
GRADUATE SEMINAR
1.0
Upon completion of these requirements, students must complete an
Admission to Candidacy form. This form must be signed by the Thesis
CORE
Course Core from the ME Course List See below for 15.0
Committee and the Mechanical Engineering Department Head and filed
specific course list.
with the Graduate Office.
ME TECH
Technical Electives Must be approved by the thesis
18.0
Prerequisites
committee.
MEGN707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION
30.0
The minimum requirements for admission for the M.S., and Ph.D.
RESEARCH CREDIT
degrees in Mechanical Engineering are a baccalaureate degree in
engineering, computer science, a physical science, or math with a
Total Hours
72.0
grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale; Graduate Record
Examination score of 160 (Quantitative Reasoning) and a TOEFL score
Course List
of 550 or higher (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 79 (internet
CEEN505
NUMERICAL METHODS FOR ENGINEERS
3.0
based) for applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants
from an engineering program at CSM are not required to submit GRE
CEEN506
FINITE ELEMENT METHODS FOR ENGINEERS 3.0
scores.
MEGN511/
FATIGUE AND FRACTURE
3.0
MTGN545
The Mechanical Engineering Graduate committee evaluating an applicant
MEGN512
ADVANCED ENGINEERING VIBRATION
3.0
may require that the student take undergraduate remedial coursework
EENG515
MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR SIGNALS AND 3.0
to overcome technical deficiencies. Such coursework does not count
SYSTEMS
toward the graduate program. The committee will decide whether to
recommend to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research regular or
EENG517
THEORY AND DESIGN OF ADVANCED
3.0
provisional admission, and may ask the applicant to come to campus for
CONTROL SYSTEMS
an interview.
MEGN520
BOUNDARY ELEMENT METHODS
3.0
MEGN521
INTRODUCTION TO DISCRETE ELEMENT
3.0
METHODS (DEMS)

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MEGN530
BIOMEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION
3.0
MEGN503. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Hour.
MEGN531
PROSTHETIC AND IMPLANT ENGINEERING
3.0
(I, II) This is a seminar forum for graduate students to present their
research projects, critique others’ presentations, understand the breadth
MEGN536
COMPUTATIONAL BIOMECHANICS
3.0
of engineering projects both within their specialty area and across the
MEGN540
MECHATRONICS
3.0
Division, hear from leaders of industry about contemporary engineering
MEGN544
ROBOT MECHANICS: KINEMATICS,
3.0
as well as socio-economical and marketing issues facing today’s
DYNAMICS, AND CONTROL
competitive global environment. In order to improve communication skills,
MEGN545
ADVANCED ROBOT CONTROL
3.0
each student is required to present a seminar in this course before his/
CEEN552
CHEMISTRY OF THE SOIL / WATER
3.0
her graduation from the Engineering graduate program. Prerequisite:
INTERFACE
Graduate standing. 1 hour seminar, 1 semester hour. Repeatable;
maximum 1 hour granted toward degree requirements.
MEGN552
VISCOUS FLOWAND BOUNDARY LAYERS
3.0
MEGN553
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATIONAL
3.0
MEGN510. SOLID MECHANICS OF MATERIALS. 3.0 Hours.
TECHNIQUES FOR FLUID DYNAMICS AND
(II) Introduction to the algebra of vectors and tensors; coordinate
TRANSPORT PHENOMENA
transformations; general theories of stress and strain; principal stresses
and strains; octahedral stresses; Hooke’s Law introduction to the
MEGN591
ADVANCED ENGINEERING DESIGN METHODS 3.0
mathematical theory of elasticity and to energy methods; failure theories
MEGN566
COMBUSTION
3.0
for yield and fracture. Prerequisite: CEEN311 or equivalent, MATH225 or
MEGN569
FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
3.0
equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MEGN593
ENGINEERING DESIGN OPTIMIZATION
3.0
MEGN511. FATIGUE AND FRACTURE. 3.0 Hours.
EENG617
INTELLIGENT CONTROL SYSTEMS
3.0
(I) Basic fracture mechanics as applied to engineering materials, S-N
curves, the Goodman diagram, stress concentrations, residual stress

effects, effect of material properties on mechanisms of crack propagation.

Prerequisite: Consent of department. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Fall semesters, odd numbered years.
*
Any graduate level course taught by a member of CSM Mechanical
MEGN512. ADVANCED ENGINEERING VIBRATION. 3.0 Hours.
Engineering faculty is considered a part of the list of acceptable
Vibration theory as applied to single- and multi-degree-of freedom
Mechanical Engineering courses.
systems. Free and forced vibrations to different types of loading-
harmonic, impulse, periodic and general. Natural frequencies. Role

of Damping. Importance of resonance. Modal superposition method.
Prerequisite: MEGN315, 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MEGN513. KINETIC PHENOMENA IN MATERIALS. 3.0 Hours.
Courses
(I) Linear irreversible thermodynamics, dorce-flux couplings, diffusion,
crystalline materials, amorphous materials, defect kinetics in crystalline
MEGN501. ADVANCED ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS. 3.0 Hours.
materials, interface kinetics, morphological evolution of interfaces,
(I) Introduction to the fundamentals of measurements within the context
nucleation theory, crystal growth, coarsening phenomena and grain
of engineering systems. Topics that are covered include: errors and error
growth, solidification, spinodal decomposition. Prerequisites: MATH225:
analysis, modeling of measurement systems, basic electronics, noise and
Differential equations (or equivalent), MLGN504/MTGN555/CBEN509:
noise reduction, and data acquisition systems. Prerequisite: EGGN250,
Thermodynamics (or its equivalent).
EENG281 or equivalent, and MATH323 or equivalent; graduate student
status or consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture, 1 hour lab; 4 semester
MEGN520. BOUNDARY ELEMENT METHODS. 3.0 Hours.
hours.
(II) Development of the fundamental theory of the boundary element
method with applications in elasticity, heat transfer, diffusion, and wave
MEGN502. ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS. 3.0 Hours.
propagation. Derivation of indirect and direct boundary integral equations.
(I) Introduce advanced mathematical and numerical methods used to
Introduction to other Green’s function based methods of analysis.
solve engineering problems. Analytic methods include series solutions,
Computational experiments in primarily two dimensions. Prerequisite:
special functions, Sturm-Liouville theory, separation of variables,
MEGN502 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours
and integral transforms. Numerical methods for initial and boundary
Spring Semester, odd numbered years.
value problems include boundary, domain, and mixed methods, finite
difference approaches for elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic equations,
MEGN521. INTRODUCTION TO DISCRETE ELEMENT METHODS
Crank-Nicolson methods, and strategies for nonlinear problems.
(DEMS). 3.0 Hours.
The approaches are applied to solve typical engineering problems.
(I) Review of particle/rigid body dynamics, numerical DEM solution of
Prerequisite: This is an introductory graduate class. The student
equations of motion for a system of particles/rigid bodies, linear and
must have a solid understanding of linear algebra, calculus, ordinary
nonlinear contact and impact laws dynamics, applications of DEM in
differential equations, and Fourier theory. 3 hours lecture.
mechanical engineering, materials processing and geo-mechanics.
Prerequisites: CEEN311, MEGN315 and some scientific programming
experience in C/C++ or Fortran or the consent of the instructor. 3 hours
lecture; 3 semester hours Spring semester of even numbered years.

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MEGN530. BIOMEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION. 3.0 Hours.
MEGN540. MECHATRONICS. 3.0 Hours.
The acquisition, processing, and interpretation of biological signals
Fundamental design of electromechanical systems with embedded
presents many unique challenges to the Biomedical Engineer.
microcomputers and intelligence. Design of microprocessor based
This course is intended to provide students with the knowledge to
systems and their interfaces. Fundamental design of machines with
understand, appreciate, and address these challenges. At the end of
active sensing and adaptive response. Microcontrollers and integration
the semester, students should have a working knowledge of the special
of micro-sensors and micro-actuators in the design of electromechanical
considerations necessary to gathering and analyzing biological signal
systems. Introduction to algorithms for information processing appropriate
data. Prerequisites: EGGN250 MEL I, EENG281 Introduction to Electrical
for embedded systems. Smart materials and their use as actuators.
Circuits, Electronics, and Power, MEGN330 Introduction to Biomedical
Students will do projects involving the design and implementation of
Engineering (or permission of instructor). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
smart-systems. Prerequisite: EENG281 and EENG383 recommended. 3
hours. Fall odd years.
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring semester of even years.
MEGN531. PROSTHETIC AND IMPLANT ENGINEERING. 3.0 Hours.
MEGN544. ROBOT MECHANICS: KINEMATICS, DYNAMICS, AND
Prosthetics and implants for the musculoskeletal and other systems
CONTROL. 3.0 Hours.
of the human body are becoming increasingly sophisticated. From
(I) Mathematical representation of robot structures. Mechanical analysis
simple joint replacements to myoelectric limb replacements and
including kinematics, dynamics, and design of robot manipulators.
functional electrical stimulation, the engineering opportunities continue
Representations for trajectories and path planning for robots.
to expand. This course builds on musculoskeletal biomechanics and
Fundamentals of robot control including, linear, nonlinear and force
other BELS courses to provide engineering students with an introduction
control methods. Introduction to off-line programming techniques and
to prosthetics and implants for the musculoskeletal system. At the end
simulation. Prerequisite: EENG307, MEGN400 or consent of instructor. 3
of the semester, students should have a working knowledge of the
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
challenges and special considerations necessary to apply engineering
MEGN545. ADVANCED ROBOT CONTROL. 3.0 Hours.
principles to augmentation or replacement in the musculoskeletal system.
The focus is on mobile robotic vehicles. Topics covered are: navigation,
Prerequisites: Musculoskeletal Biomechanics [MEGN430], 3 hours
mining applications, sensors, including vision, problems of sensing
lecture; 3 semester hours. Fall even years.
variations in rock properties, problems of representing human knowledge
MEGN535. MODELING AND SIMULATION OF HUMAN MOVEMENT.
in control systems, machine condition diagnostics, kinematics, and
3.0 Hours.
path planning real time obstacle avoidance. Prerequisite: EENG307 or
(II) Introduction to modeling and simulation in biomechanics. The course
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Spring semester
includes a synthesis of musculoskeletal properties and interactions with
of odd years.
the environment to construct detailed computer models and simulations.
MEGN552. VISCOUS FLOWAND BOUNDARY LAYERS. 3.0 Hours.
The course will culminate in individual class projects related to each
(I) This course establishes the theoretical underpinnings of fluid
student’s individual interests. Prerequisites: MEGN315 and MEGN330, or
mechanics, including fluid kinematics, stress-strain relationships, and
consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
derivation of the fluid-mechanical conservation equations. These include
MEGN536. COMPUTATIONAL BIOMECHANICS. 3.0 Hours.
the mass-continuity and Navier-Stokes equations as well as the multi-
Computational Biomechanics provides and introduction to the application
component energy and species-conservation equations. Fluid-mechanical
of computer simulation to solve some fundamental problems in
boundary-layer theory is developed and applied to situations arising in
biomechanics and bioengineering. Musculoskeletal mechanics, medical
chemically reacting flow applications including combustion, chemical
image reconstruction, hard and soft tissue modeling, joint mechanics,
processing, and thin-film materials processing. Prerequisite: MEGN451,
and inter-subject variability will be considered. An emphasis will be
or CBEN430 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
placed on understanding the limitations of the computer model as a
MEGN553. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATIONAL TECHNIQUES
predictive tool and the need for rigorous verification and validation of
FOR FLUID DYNAMICS AND TRANSPORT PHENOMENA. 3.0 Hours.
computational techniques. Clinical application of biomechanical modeling
(II) Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for graduate
tools is highlighted and impact on patient quality of life is demonstrated.
students with no prior knowledge of this topic. Basic techniques
Prerequisite: MEGN424, MEGN330 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
for the numerical analysis of fluid flows. Acquisition of hands-on
lecture; 3 semester hours. Fall odd years.
experience in the development of numerical algorithms and codes for the
MEGN537. PROBABILISTIC BIOMECHANICS. 3.0 Hours.
numerical modeling and simulation of flows and transport phenomena
(II) MEGN537. PROBABILISTIC BIOMECHANICS The course introduces
of practical and fundamental interest. Capabilities and limitations of
the application of probabilistic analysis methods in biomechanical
CFD. Prerequisite: MEGN451 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
systems. All real engineering systems, and especially human systems,
semester hours.
contain inherent uncertainty due to normal variations in dimensional
parameters, material properties, motion profiles, and loading conditions.
The purpose of this course is to examine methods for including these
sources of variation in biomechanical computations. Concepts of basic
probability will be reviewed and applied in the context of engineering
reliability analysis. Probabilistic analysis methods will be introduced and
examples specifically pertaining to musculoskeletal biomechanics will be
studied. Prerequisites: MEGN436/BELS428 or MEGN536/BELS528. 3
hours lecture, 3 semester hours. Spring even years.

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MEGN560. DESIGN AND SIMULATION OF THERMAL. 3.0 Hours.
MEGN591. ADVANCED ENGINEERING DESIGN METHODS. 3.0
In this course the principles of design, modeling, analysis, and
Hours.
optimization of processes, devices, and systems are introduced and
(I) Introduction to contemporary and advanced methods used in
applied to conventional and advanced energy conversion systems.
engineering design. Includes, need and problem identification, methods
It is intended to integrate conservation principles of thermodynamics
to understand the customer, the market and the competition. Techniques
(MEGN361) with the mechanism relations of fluid mechanics (MEGN351)
to decompose design problems to identify functions. Ideation methods to
and heat transfer (MEGN471). The course begins with general system
produce form from function. Design for X topics. Methods for prototyping,
design approaches and requirements and proceeds with mathematical
modeling, testing and evaluation of designs. Embodiment and detailed
modeling, simulation, analysis, and optimization methods. The design
design processes. Prerequisites: EGGN491 and EGGN492, equivalent
and simulation of energy systems is inherently computational and
senior design project experience or industrial design experience,
involves modeling of thermal equipment, system simulation using
graduate standing or consent of the Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
performance characteristics, thermodynamic properties, mechanistic
semester hours. Taught on demand.
relations, and optimization (typically with economic-based objective
MEGN593. ENGINEERING DESIGN OPTIMIZATION. 3.0 Hours.
functions). Fundamental principles for steady-state and dynamic
The application of gradient, stochastic and heuristic optmization
modeling are covered. Methods for system simulation which involves
algorithms to linear and nonlinear optimization problems in constrained
predicting performance with a given design (fixed geometry) are studied.
and unconstrained design spaces. Students will consider problems in
Analysis methods that include Pinch Technology, Exergy Analysis, and
constrained and unconstrained design spaces. Students will consider
Thermo-economics are examined and are considered complementary to
problems with continuous, integer and mixed-integer variables, problems
achieving optimal designs. Optimization encompasses objective function
with single or multiple objectives and the task modeling design spaces
formulation, systems analytical methods, and programming techniques.
and constraints. Design optimization methods are becoming of increasing
System optimization of the design and operating parameters of a
importance in engineering design and offer the potential to reduce design
configuration using various objective functions are explored through case
cycle times while improving design quality by leveraging simulation
studies and problem sets. Economics and optimization for analyses and
and historical design data. Prerequisites: Experience wiht computer
design of advanced energy systems, such as Rankine and Brayton cycle
programming languages, graduate or senior standing or consent of the
power plants, combined heat and power, refrigeration and geothermal
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
systems, fuel cells, turbomachinery, and heat transfer equipment are a
focus. 3 lecture hours; 3 credit hours.
MEGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING. 1-6
Hour.
MEGN566. COMBUSTION. 3.0 Hours.
(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
(I) An introduction to combustion. Course subjects include: the
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
development of the Chapman-Jouget solutions for deflagration
once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours.
and detonation, a brief review of the fundamentals of kinetics and
Repeatable for credit under different titles.
thermochemistry, development of solutions for diffusion flames and
premixed flames, discussion of flame structure, pollutant formation, and
MEGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
combustion in practical systems. Prerequisite: MEGN451 or CBEN430 or
(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject
matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form
MEGN569. FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit: 1 to 6
(I) Investigate fundamentals of fuel-cell operation and electrochemistry
credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
from a chemical-thermodynamics and materials- science perspective.
Review types of fuel cells, fuel-processing requirements and approaches,
MEGN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
and fuel-cell system integration. Examine current topics in fuel-cell
CREDIT. 1-15 Hour.
science and technology. Fabricate and test operational fuel cells in the
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
Colorado Fuel Cell Center. 3 credit hours.
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
direct supervision of the student’s faculty advisor. Variable class and
MEGN571. ADVANCED HEAT TRANSFER. 3.0 Hours.
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
(II) An advanced course in heat transfer that supplements topics
covered in MEGN471. Derivation and solution of governing heat
transfer equations from conservation laws. Development of analytical
and numerical models for conduction, convection, and radiation heat
transfer, including transient, multidimensional, and multimode problems.
Introduction to turbulence, boiling and condensation, and radiative
transfer in participating media. 3 lecture hours; 3 credit hours.

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Economics and Business
Combined Degree Program Option
Mines undergraduate students have the opportunity to begin work on
Degrees Offered
a M.S. degree in Mineral and Energy Economics or Engineering &
Technology Management while completing their Bachelor’s degree at
• Master of Science (Mineral and Energy Economics)
Mines. The Mineral and Energy Economics Combined Degree Program
• Doctor of Philosophy (Mineral and Energy Economics)
provides the vehicle for students to use undergraduate coursework as
• Master of Science (Engineering and Technology Management)
part of their Graduate Degree curriculum. For more information please
contact the EB Office or visit econbus.mines.edu.
Mineral and Energy Economics Program

Description

In an increasingly global and technical world, government and industry
leaders in the mineral and energy areas require a strong foundation in
economic and business skills. The Division offers such skills in unique
Mineral and Energy Economics Program
programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mineral and Energy
Requirements
Economics. Course work and research emphasizes the use of models to
aid in decision making.
M.S. Degree Students choose from either the thesis or non-thesis
option in the Master of Science (M.S.) Program and are required to
Students in the Mineral and Energy Economics Program may select
complete a minimum total of 36 credits (a typical course has 3 credits).
from one of three areas of specialization: Applied Economics (ECON),
Initial admission is only to the non-thesis program. Admission to the
Finance (FIN), and Operations Research/Operations Management (OR/
thesis option requires subsequent application after at least one full-time
OM). ECON courses combine theory and empirical methods to
equivalent semester in the program.
analyze social and industry decision making. FIN courses emphasize
investment decision making and sources and uses of funds to invest
Non-thesis option
in mineral and energy markets. The OR/OM courses emphasize the
Core courses
18.0
application of models of various types and their uses in decision making
Credits from one or more specializations
12.0
(optimization, simulation, decision analysis, for example).
Approved electives or a minor from another department
6.0
Engineering and Technology
Total Hours
36.0
Management Program Description

The Division also offers an M.S. degree in Engineering and Technology
Management (ETM). The ETM degree program is designed to integrate
Thesis option
the technical elements of engineering practice with the managerial
Core courses
18.0
perspective of modern engineering and technology management. A
Research credits
12.0
major focus is on the business and management principles related
Credits from one or more specializations
6.0
to this integration. The ETM Program provides the analytical tools
Total Hours
36.0
and managerial perspective needed to effectively function in a highly
competitive and technologically complex business economy.
Ph.D. Degree Doctoral students develop a customized curriculum to fit
their needs. The degree requires a minimum of 72 graduate credit hours
Students in the ETM Program may select elective courses from three
that includes course work and a thesis.
areas of focus: Optimization, Engineering Management or Strategy and
Innovation. The Optimization courses focus on developing knowledge
Course work (requires advisor and committee approval)
of advanced operations research, optimization, and decision making
Core courses
24.0
techniques applicable to a wide array of business and engineering
problems. The Engineering Management courses emphasize valuable
Credits from one or both specializations
12.0
techniques for managing large engineering and technical projects
Credits in a minor or elective credits
12.0
effectively and efficiently. The Strategy and Innovation courses teach
Total Hours
48.0
the correct match between organizational strategies and structures to
maximize the competitive power of technology with a particular emphasis
Research credits
on management issues associated with the modern business enterprise.
Research credits
24.0
Fields of Research
The student’s faculty advisor and the doctoral thesis committee must
Faculty members carry out applied research in a variety of areas
approve the student’s program of study and the topic for the thesis.
including international trade, resource economics, environmental
economics, industrial organization, metal market analysis, energy
Qualifying Examination Process
economics, applied microeconomics, applied econometrics, management
theory and practice, finance and investment analysis, exploration
Upon completion of the core course work, students must pass qualifying
economics, decision analysis, utility theory, and corporate risk policy.
written examinations to become a candidate for the Ph.D. degree. The
qualifying exam is given in two parts in summers of the first and second
years. In addition, at the discretion of a student’s doctoral committee, a

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student may be required to complete assignments or examinations (or
business skills, the historical and institutional background, and the
both) that are more directly related to the thesis topic.
interpersonal and intercultural abilities to in the fast paced, global world of
oil and gas.
Following a successful thesis-proposal defense and prior to the final
thesis defense, a student is required to present a completed research
Degrees: After studying in English for only 16 months (8 months at CSM
paper (or dissertation chapter) in a research seminar at CSM. The
and 8 months at IFP) the successful student of Petroleum Economics and
research presentation must be considered satisfactory by at least three
Management (PEM) receives not 1 but 2 degrees:
CSM faculty members in attendance.
• Masters of Science in Mineral and Energy Economics from CSM and
Minor from Another Department
• Diplôme D’Ingénieur or Mastère Spécialisé from IFP
Non-thesis M.S. students may apply six elective credits towards a nine
Important: Applications for admission to the joint degree program should
hour minor in another department. A minor is ideal for those students
be submitted for consideration by March 1st to begin the program the
who want to enhance or gain knowledge in another field while gaining
following fall semester in August. A limited number of students are
the economic and business skills to help them move up the career
selected for the program each year.
ladder. For example, a petroleum, chemical, or mining engineer might
want to learn more about environmental engineering, a geophysicist or
Prerequisites for the Mineral and Energy
geologist might want to learn the latest techniques in their profession,
Economics Programs
or an economic policy analyst might want to learn about political risk.
Students should check with the minor department for the opportunities
Students must have completed the following undergraduate prerequisite
and requirements.
courses prior to beginning the program with a grade of B or better:
Transfer Credits
1. Principles of Microeconomics;
2. One semester of college-level Calculus;
Non-thesis M.S. students may transfer up to 6 credits (9 credits for a
thesis M.S.). The student must have achieved a grade of B or better in
3. Probability and Statistics
all graduate transfer courses and the transfer credit must be approved by
Students will only be allowed to enter in the spring semester if they
the student’s advisor and the Division Director. Students who enter the
have completed all three prerequisites courses previously, as well as
Ph.D. program may transfer up to 24 hours of graduate-level course work
undergraduate courses in mathematical economics and natural resource
from other institutions toward the Ph.D. degree subject to the restriction
economics.
that those courses must not have been used as credit toward a Bachelor
degree. The student must have achieved a grade of B or better in all
Required Course Curriculum in Mineral
graduate transfer courses and the transfer must be approved by the
student’s Doctoral Thesis Committee and the Division Director.
and Energy Economics
All M.S. and Ph.D. students in Mineral and Energy Economics are
Unsatisfactory Progress
required to take a set of core courses that provide basic tools for the
In addition to the institutional guidelines for unsatisfactory progress as
more advanced and specialized courses in the program.
described elsewhere in this bulletin: Unsatisfactory progress will be
assigned to any full-time student who does not pass the core courses
1. M.S. Curriculum
EBGN509 and EBGN510 in first fall semester of study and EBGN511 and
a. Core Courses
EBGN590 in the first spring semester of study. Unsatisfactory progress
will also be assigned to any students who do not complete requirements
EBGN509
MATHEMATICAL ECONOMICS
3.0
as specified in their admission letter. Part-time students develop an
EBGN510
NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS
3.0
approved course plan with their advisor.
EBGN511
MICROECONOMICS
3.0
Combined BS/MS Program
EBGN512
MACROECONOMICS
3.0
EBGN525
OPERATIONS RESEARCH METHODS
3.0
Students enrolled in CSM’s Combined Undergraduate/ Graduate
EBGN590
ECONOMETRICS AND FORECASTING
3.0
Program may double count 6 hours from their undergraduate course-work
towards the non-thesis graduate program provided the courses satisfy
Total Hours
18.0
the M.S. requirements.
b. Area of Specialization Courses (12 credits for M.S. non-thesis
Dual Degree
option or 6 credits for M.S. thesis option)
The M.S. degree may be combined with a second degree from the
Economics - Applied Theory, Empirics, & Policy Analysis
IFP School (Paris, France) in Petroleum Economics and Management
EBGN495
ECONOMIC FORECASTING
3.0
(see http://www.ifp.fr). This dual-degree program is geared to meet the
EBGN523
MINERAL AND ENERGY POLICY
3.0
needs of industry and government. Our unique program trains the next
EBGN530
ECONOMICS OF INTERNATIONAL ENERGY
3.0
generation of technical, analytical and managerial professionals vital to
MARKETS
the future of the petroleum and energy industries
EBGN535
ECONOMICS OF METAL INDUSTRIES AND
3.0
These two world-class institutions offer a rigorous and challenging
MARKETS
program in an international setting. The program gives a small elite group
EBGN536
MINERAL POLICIES AND INTERNATIONAL
3.0
of students a solid economics foundation combined with quantitative
INVESTMENT

Colorado School of Mines 73
EBGN541
INTERNATIONAL TRADE
3.0
Applied Economics
EBGN542
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
3.0
EBGN495
ECONOMIC FORECASTING
3.0
EBGN570
ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS
3.0
EBGN530
ECONOMICS OF INTERNATIONAL ENERGY
3.0
EBGN580
EXPLORATION ECONOMICS
3.0
MARKETS
EBGN610
ADVANCED NATURAL RESOURCE
3.0
EBGN535
ECONOMICS OF METAL INDUSTRIES AND
3.0
ECONOMICS
MARKETS
EBGN611
ADVANCED MICROECONOMICS
3.0
EBGN536
MINERAL POLICIES AND INTERNATIONAL
3.0
INVESTMENT
EBGN690
ADVANCED ECONOMETRICS
3.0
EBGN541
INTERNATIONAL TRADE
3.0
Finance
EBGN542
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
3.0
EBGN504
ECONOMIC EVALUATION AND INVESTMENT
3.0
EBGN570
ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS
3.0
DECISION METHODS 1
EBGN580
EXPLORATION ECONOMICS
3.0
EBGN546
INVESTMENT AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT 3.0
EBGN610
ADVANCED NATURAL RESOURCE
3.0
EBGN547
FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT
3.0
ECONOMICS
EBGN575
ADVANCED MINING AND ENERGY VALUATION 3.0
Finance
Quantitative Business Methods/Operations Research
EBGN504
ECONOMIC EVALUATION AND INVESTMENT
3.0
EBGN528
INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS SIMULATION
3.0
DECISION METHODS
EBGN552
NONLINEAR PROGRAMMING
3.0
EBGN546
INVESTMENT AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT 3.0
EBGN555
LINEAR PROGRAMMING
3.0
EBGN547
FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT
3.0
EBGN556
NETWORK MODELS
3.0
EBGN575
ADVANCED MINING AND ENERGY VALUATION 3.0
EBGN557
INTEGER PROGRAMMING
3.0
Operations Research/Operations Management
EBGN559
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
3.0
EBGN525
OPERATIONS RESEARCH METHODS
3.0
EBGN560
DECISION ANALYSIS
3.0
EBGN528
INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS SIMULATION
3.0
EBGN561
STOCHASTIC MODELS IN MANAGEMENT
3.0
EBGN552
NONLINEAR PROGRAMMING
3.0
SCIENCE
EBGN555
LINEAR PROGRAMMING
3.0
EBGN655
ADVANCED LINEAR PROGRAMMING
3.0
EBGN556
NETWORK MODELS
3.0
EBGN657
ADVANCED INTEGER PROGRAMMING
3.0
EBGN557
INTEGER PROGRAMMING
3.0
EBGN690
ADVANCED ECONOMETRICS
3.0
EBGN559
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
3.0
1
EBGN321 may be substituted for EBGN504.
EBGN560
DECISION ANALYSIS
3.0
EBGN561
STOCHASTIC MODELS IN MANAGEMENT
3.0
2. Ph.D. Curriculum
SCIENCE
a. Common Core Courses
EBGN655
ADVANCED LINEAR PROGRAMMING
3.0
EBGN657
ADVANCED INTEGER PROGRAMMING
3.0
EBGN509
MATHEMATICAL ECONOMICS
3.0
EBGN510
NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS
3.0
Engineering and Technology
EBGN511
MICROECONOMICS
3.0
Management Program
EBGN590
ECONOMETRICS AND FORECASTING
3.0
(ETM) Requirements
EBGN695
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
3.0
Students choose either the thesis or non-thesis option and complete a
Total Hours
15.0
minimum of 30 credit hours. Initial admission is only to the non-thesis
b. Extended Core Courses - Economics
program. Admission to the thesis option requires subsequent application
after at least one full-time equivalent semester in the program.
EBGN611
ADVANCED MICROECONOMICS
3.0
Non-thesis option
EBGN600-level course *
3.0
Core courses
12.0
EBGN600-level course *
3.0
Credits from one or both specializations
18.0
Total Hours
9.0
Total Hours
30.0
*
EBGN695 not eligible.

Students who have not taken and passed a course in macro-economics
Thesis option
at any level are also required to take EBGN512 Macroeconomics or
Core courses
12.0
equivalent.
Research credits
6.0
d. Area of Specialization Courses
Credits from one or both specializations
12.0
Total Hours
30.0

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Students must receive approval from their advisor in order to apply
EBGN585
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
3.0
non-EB Division courses towards their ETM degree. Thesis students
MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE (to be taken during
are required to complete 6 credit hours of thesis credit and complete a
the final semester of coursework)
Master’s level thesis under the direct supervision of the student’s faculty
Total Hours
12.0
advisor.
b. Areas of Specialization (18 credits required for non-thesis option
Further Degree Requirements
or 9 credits required for thesis option)
All thesis and non-thesis ETM Program students have three additional
Optimization Methods
degree requirements:
EBGN552
NONLINEAR PROGRAMMING
3.0
1. the “Executive-in-Residence” seminar series;
EBGN555
LINEAR PROGRAMMING
3.0
2. the ETM Communications Seminar;
EBGN556
NETWORK MODELS
3.0
3. the Leadership and Team Building Exercise.
EBGN557
INTEGER PROGRAMMING
3.0
All students are required to attend the ETM Program “Executive-
Engineering Management
in-Residence” seminar series during at least one semester of their
EBGN528
INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS SIMULATION
3.0
attendance at CSM. The “Executive-in-Residence” series features
EBGN553
PROJECT MANAGEMENT
3.0
executives from industry who pass on insight and knowledge to graduate
EBGN559
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
3.0
students preparing for positions in industry. This series facilitates
EBGN560
DECISION ANALYSIS
3.0
active involvement in the ETM program by industry executives through
EBGN561
STOCHASTIC MODELS IN MANAGEMENT
3.0
teaching, student advising activities and more. Every spring semester
SCIENCE
the “Executive-in-Residence will present 5-7 one hour seminars on a
variety of topics related to leadership and strategy in the engineering
EBGN568
ADVANCED PROJECT ANALYSIS
3.0
and technology sectors. In addition, all students are required to attend a
EBGN655
ADVANCED LINEAR PROGRAMMING
3.0
two-day Communications Seminar in their first fall semester of study in
EBGN657
ADVANCED INTEGER PROGRAMMING
3.0
the ETM Program. The seminar will provide students a comprehensive
Strategy and Innovation
approach to good quality communication skills, including presentation
EBGN515
ECONOMICS AND DECISION MAKING
3.0
proficiency, organizational skills, professional writing skills, meeting
management, as well as other professional communication abilities. The
EBGN564
MANAGING NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
3.0
Communications Seminar is designed to better prepare students for the
EBGN565
MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY-BASED
3.0
ETM learning experience, as well as their careers in industry. Finally, all
COMPANIES
students are required to attend a one-day Leadership and Team Building
EBGN566
TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP
3.0
Exercise in their first fall semester of study in the ETM Program. This
EBGN567
BUSINESS LAW AND TECHNOLOGY
3.0
course will consist of non-competitive games, trust exercises and problem
EBGN569
BUSINESS ETHICS
3.0
solving challenges. This exercise will introduce students to one another
EBGN571
MARKETING RESEARCH
3.0
and provide some opportunity to learn and practice leadership and team
skills.
EBGN572
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS STRATEGY
3.0
EBGN573
ENTREPRENEURIAL FINANCE
3.0
Transfer Credits
EBGN574
INVENTING, PATENTING, AND LISCENSING
3.0
Students who enter the M.S. in Engineering and Technology

Management program may transfer up to 6 graduate course credits into
the degree program. The student must have achieved a grade of B or
better in all graduate transfer courses and the transfer credit must be
approved by the student’s advisor and the Chair of the ETM Program.
Courses

EBGN504. ECONOMIC EVALUATION AND INVESTMENT DECISION
METHODS. 3.0 Hours.
Required Curriculum M.S. Degree
Time value of money concepts of present worth, future worth, annual
Engineering and Technology
worth, rate of return and break-even analysis are applied to after-tax
economic analysis of mineral, petroleum and general investments.
Management
Related topics emphasize proper handling of (1) inflation and escalation,
Thesis and non-thesis students are required to complete the following 12
(2) leverage (borrowed money), (3) risk adjustment of analysis using
hours of core courses:
expected value concepts, and (4) mutually exclusive alternative analysis
and service producing alternatives. Case study analysis of a mineral
a. Core Courses
or petroleum investment situation is required. Students may not take
EBGN504 for credit if they have completed EBGN321.
EBGN525
OPERATIONS RESEARCH METHODS
3.0
EBGN540
ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE
3.0
EBGN563
MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY
3.0

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EBGN509. MATHEMATICAL ECONOMICS. 3.0 Hours.
EBGN525. OPERATIONS RESEARCH METHODS. 3.0 Hours.
This course reviews and re-enforces the mathematical and computer
The core of this course is a scientific approach to planning and decision-
tools that are necessary to earn a graduate degree in Mineral Economics.
making problems that arise in business. The course covers deterministic
It includes topics from differential and integral calculus; probability and
optimization models (linear programming, integer programming and
statistics; algebra and matrix algebra; difference equations; and linear,
network modeling) and a brief introduction to stochastic (probabilistic)
mathematical and dynamic programming. It shows how these tools are
models with Monte-Carlo simulation. Applications of the models are
applied in an economic and business context with applications taken
covered using spreadsheets. The intent of the course is to enhance
from the mineral and energy industries. It requires both analytical as
logical modeling ability and to develop quantitative managerial and
well as computer solutions. At the end of the course you will be able to
spreadsheet skills. The models cover applications in the areas of energy
appreciate and apply mathematics for better personal, economic and
and mining, marketing, finance, production, transportation, logistics
business decision making. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics,
and work-force scheduling. Prerequisite: MATH111 or permission of
MATH111; or permission of instructor.
instructor.
EBGN510. NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS. 3.0 Hours.
EBGN528. INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS SIMULATION. 3.0 Hours.
The threat and theory of resource exhaustion; commodity analysis
The course focuses on creating computerized models of real or proposed
and the problem of mineral market instability; cartels and the nature
complex systems for performance evaluation. Simulation provides a cost
of mineral pricing; the environment; government involvement; mineral
effective way of pre-testing proposed systems and answering “what-if”
policy issues; and international mineral trade. This course is designed
questions before incurring the expense of actual implementations. The
for entering students in mineral economics. Prerequisite: Principles of
course is instructed in the state-of-the-art computer lab (CTLM), where
Microeconomics or permission of instructor.
each student is equipped with a personal computer and interacts with
the instructor during the lecture. Professional version of a widely used
EBGN511. MICROECONOMICS. 3.0 Hours.
commercial software package, “Arena”, is used to build models, analyze
The first of two courses dealing with applied economic theory. This part
and interpret the results. Other business analysis and productivity
concentrates on the behavior of individual segments of the economy, the
tools that enhance the analysis capabilities of the simulation software
theory of consumer behavior and demand, the theory of production and
are introduced to show how to search for optimal solutions within the
costs, duality, welfare measures, price and output level determination
simulation models. Both discrete-event and continuous simulation
by business firms, and the structure of product and input markets.
models are covered through extensive use of applications including call
Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics, MATH111, EBGN509,
centers, various manufacturing operations, production/inventory systems,
EBGN510; or permission of instructor.
bulk-material handling and mining, port operations, high-way traffic
EBGN512. MACROECONOMICS. 3.0 Hours.
systems and computer networks. Prerequisites: MATH111, MATH530; or
This course will provide an introduction to contemporary macroeconomic
permission of instructor.
concepts and analysis. Macroeconomics is the study of the behavior of
EBGN530. ECONOMICS OF INTERNATIONAL ENERGY MARKETS.
the economy as an aggregate. Topics include the equilibrium level of
3.0 Hours.
inflation, interest rates, unemployment and the growth in national income.
Application of models to understand markets for oil, gas, coal, electricity,
The impact of government fiscal and monetary policy on these variables
and renewable energy resources. Models, modeling techniques, and
and the business cycle, with particular attention to the effects on the
issues included are supply and demand, market structure, transportation
mineral industry. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics, MATH111;
models, game theory, futures markets, environmental issues, energy
or permission of instructor.
policy, energy regulation, input/output models, energy conservation, and
EBGN515. ECONOMICS AND DECISION MAKING. 3.0 Hours.
dynamic optimization. The emphasis in the course is on the development
The application of microeconomic theory to business strategy.
of appropriate models and their application to current issues in energy
Understanding the horizontal, vertical, and product boundaries of
markets. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics, MATH111,
the modern firm. A framework for analyzing the nature and extent of
EBGN509, EBGN510, EBGN511; or permission of instructor.
competition in a firm’s dynamic business environment. Developing
EBGN535. ECONOMICS OF METAL INDUSTRIES AND MARKETS. 3.0
strategies for creating and sustaining competitive advantage.
Hours.
EBGN523. MINERAL AND ENERGY POLICY. 3.0 Hours.
Metal supply from main product, byproduct, and secondary production.
(II) An analysis of current topics in the news in mineral and energy
Metal demand and intensity of use analysis. Market organization and
issues through the lens of economics. Since many of the topics involve
price formation. Public policy, comparative advantage, and international
government policy, the course provides instruction related to the
metal trade. Metals and economic development in the developing
economic foundations of mineral and energy policy analysis. 3 credit
countries and former centrally planned economies. Environmental policy
hours.
and mining and mineral processing. Students prepare and present a
major research paper. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics,
MATH111, EBGN509, EBGN510, EBGN511; or permission of instructor.

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EBGN536. MINERAL POLICIES AND INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT.
EBGN547. FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT. 3.0 Hours.
3.0 Hours.
Analysis of the sources, causes and effects of risks associated with
Identification and evaluation of international mineral investment policies
holding, operating and managing assets by individuals and organizations;
and company responses using economic, business and legal concepts.
evaluation of the need and importance of managing these risks; and
Assessment of policy issues in light of stakeholder interests and needs.
discussion of the methods employed and the instruments utilized to
Theoretical issues are introduced and then applied to case studies,
achieve risk shifting objectives. The course concentrates on the use of
policy drafting, and negotiation exercises to assure both conceptual and
derivative assets in the risk management process. These derivatives
practical understanding of the issues. Special attention is given to the
include futures, options, swaps, swaptions, caps, collars and floors.
formation of national policies and corporate decision making concerning
Exposure to market and credit risks will be explored and ways of handling
fiscal regimes, project financing, environmental protection, land use and
them will be reviewed and critiqued through analysis of case studies
local community concerns and the content of exploration and extraction
from the mineral and energy industries. Prerequisites: Principles of
agreements. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics, MATH111,
Microeconomics, MATH111, MATH530, EBGN505; EBGN545 or
EBGN509, EBGN510, EBGN511; permission of instructor.
EBGN546; or permission of instructor. Recommended: EBGN509,
EBGN511.
EBGN540. ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE. 3.0 Hours.
(I) Included are the relevant theories associated with capital budgeting,
EBGN552. NONLINEAR PROGRAMMING. 3.0 Hours.
financing decisions, and dividend policy. This course provides an
As an advanced course in optimization, this course will address both
in-depth study of the theory and practice of corporate accounting
unconstrained and constrained nonlinear model formulation and
and financial management including a study of the firm’s objectives,
corresponding algorithms (e.g., Gradient Search and Newton’s Method,
investment decisions, long-term financing decisions, and working capital
and Lagrange Multiplier Methods and Reduced Gradient Algorithms,
management. Preparation and interpretation of financial statements
respectively). Applications of state-of-the-art hardware and software will
and the use of this financial information in evaluation and control of the
emphasize solving real-world problems in areas such as mining, energy,
organization. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
transportation, and the military. Prerequisite: MATH111; EBGN525 or
EBGN555; or permission of instructor.
EBGN541. INTERNATIONAL TRADE. 3.0 Hours.
Theories and evidence on international trade and development.
EBGN553. PROJECT MANAGEMENT. 3.0 Hours.
Determinants of static and dynamic comparative advantage. The
An introductory course focusing on analytical techniques for managing
arguments for and against free trade. Economic development in
projects and on developing skills for effective project leadership and
nonindustrialized countries. Sectoral development policies and
management through analysis of case studies. Topics include project
industrialization. The special problems and opportunities created by
portfolio management, decomposition of project work, estimating
extensive mineral resource endowments. The impact of value-added
resource requirements, planning and budgeting, scheduling, analysis of
processing and export diversification on development. Prerequisites:
uncertainty, resource loading and leveling, project monitoring and control,
Principles of Microeconomics, MATH111, EBGN509, EBGN511; or
earned value analysis and strategic project leadership. Guest speakers
permission of instructor.
from industry discuss and amplify the relevance of course topics to
their specific areas of application (construction, product development,
EBGN542. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Hours.
engineering design, R&D, process development, etc.). Students learn
Role of energy and minerals in the development process. Sectoral
Microsoft Project and complete a course project using this software,
policies and their links with macroeconomic policies. Special
demonstrating proficiency analyzing project progress and communicating
attention to issues of revenue stabilization, resource largesse effects,
project information to stakeholders. Prerequisite: EBGN504 or permission
downstream processing, and diversification. Prerequisites: Principles
of instructor.
of Microeconomics, MATH111, EBGN509, EBGN511, EBGN512; or
permission of instructor.
EBGN555. LINEAR PROGRAMMING. 3.0 Hours.
This course addresses the formulation of linear programming models,
EBGN546. INVESTMENT AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT. 3.0
examines linear programs in two dimensions, covers standard form and
Hours.
other basics essential to understanding the Simplex method, the Simplex
This course covers institutional information, valuation theory and
method itself, duality theory, complementary slackness conditions,
empirical analysis of alternative financial investments, including stocks,
and sensitivity analysis. As time permits, multi-objective programming
bonds, mutual funds, ETS, and (to a limited extent) derivative securities.
and stochastic programming are introduced. Applications of linear
Special attention is paid to the role of commodities (esp. metals and
programming models discussed in this course include, but are not limited
energy products) as an alternative investment class. After an overview
to, the areas of manufacturing, finance, energy, mining, transportation
of time value of money and arbitrage and their application to the
and logistics, and the military. Prerequisite: MATH111; MATH332 or
valuation of stocks and bonds, there is extensive treatment of optimal
EBGN509; or permission of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
portfolio selection for risk averse investors, mean-variance efficient
portfolio theory, index models, and equilibrium theories of asset pricing
including the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) and arbitrage pricing
theory (APT). Market efficiency is discussed, as are its implications for
passive and active approaches to investment management. Investment
management functions and policies, and portfolio performance evaluation
are also considered. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics,
MATH111, MATH530; or permission of instructor.

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EBGN556. NETWORK MODELS. 3.0 Hours.
EBGN561. STOCHASTIC MODELS IN MANAGEMENT SCIENCE. 3.0
Network models are linear programming problems that possess special
Hours.
mathematical structures. This course examines a variety of network
The course introduces tools of “probabilistic analysis” that are frequently
models, specifically, spanning tree problems, shortest path problems,
used in the formal studies of management. We see methodologies that
maximum flow problems, minimum cost flow problems, and transportation
help to quantify the dynamic relationships of sequences of “random”
and assignment problems. For each class of problem, we present
events that evolve over time. Topics include static and dynamic
applications in areas such as manufacturing, finance, energy, mining,
Monte-Carlo simulation, discrete and continuous time Markov Chains,
transportation and logistics, and the military. We also discuss an
probabilistic dynamic programming, Markov decision processes, queuing
algorithm or two applicable to each problem class. As time permits, we
processes and networks, Brownian motion and stochastic control.
explore combinatorial problems that can be depicted on graphs, e.g.,
Applications from a wide range of fields will be introduced including
the traveling salesman problem and the Chinese postman problem,
marketing, finance, production, logistics and distribution, energy and
and discuss the tractability issues associated with these problems in
service systems. In addition to an intuitive understanding of analytical
contrast to “pure” network models. Prerequisites: MATH111; EBGN525 or
techniques to model stochastic processes, the course emphasizes
EBGN555; or permission of the instructor.
how to use related software packages for managerial decision-making.
Prerequisites: MATH111, MATH5301; or permission of instructor.
EBGN557. INTEGER PROGRAMMING. 3.0 Hours.
This course addresses the formulation of linear integer programming
EBGN563. MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
models, examines the standard brand-and-bound algorithm for solving
Case studies and reading assignments explore strategies for profiting
such models, and covers advanced topics related to increasing the
from technology assets and technological innovation. The roles of
tractability of such models. These advanced topics include the application
strategy, core competencies, product and process development,
of cutting planes and strong formulations, as well as decomposition
manufacturing, R&D, marketing, strategic partnerships, alliances,
and reformulation techniques, e.g., Lagrangian relaxation, Benders
intellectual property, organizational architectures, leadership and politics
decomposition, column generation. Prerequisites: MATH111; EBGN525
are explored in the context of technological innovation. The critical role
or EBGN555; or permission of instructor.
of organizational knowledge and learning in a firm’s ability to leverage
technological innovation to gain competitive advantage is explored.
EBGN559. SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT. 3.0 Hours.
The relationships between an innovation, the competencies of the
The focus of the course is to show how a firm can achieve better
innovating firm, the ease of duplication of the innovation by outsiders, the
“supply-demand matching” through the implementation of rigorous
nature of complementary assets needed to successfully commercialize
mathematical models and various operational/tactical strategies. We
an innovation and the appropriate strategy for commercializing the
look at organizations as entities that must match the supply of what they
innovation are developed. Students explore the role of network effects in
produce with the demand for their products. A considerable portion of the
commercialization strategies, particularly with respect to standards wars
course is devoted to mathematical models that treat uncertainty in the
aimed at establishing new dominant designs. Prerequisite: EBGN5043
supply-chain. Topics include managing economies of scale for functional
recommended.
products, managing market-mediation costs for innovative products,
make-to order versus make-to-stock systems, quick response strategies,
EBGN564. MANAGING NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Hours.
risk pooling strategies, supply-chain contracts and revenue management.
Develops interdisciplinary skills required for successful product
Additional “special topics” may be introduced, such as reverse logistics
development in today’s competitive marketplace. Small product
issues in the supply-chain or contemporary operational and financial
development teams step through the new product development process
hedging strategies, as time permits Prerequisites: MATH111, MATH530;
in detail, learning about available tools and techniques to execute each
or permission of instructor.
process step along the way. Each student brings his or her individual
disciplinary perspective to the team effort, and must learn to synthesize
EBGN560. DECISION ANALYSIS. 3.0 Hours.
that perspective with those of the other students in the group to develop a
Introduction to the science of decision making and risk theory. Application
sound, marketable product. Prerequisite: EBGN563 recommended.
of decision analysis and utility theory to the analysis of strategic decision
problems. Focuses on the application of quantitative methods to business
EBGN565. MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY-BASED COMPANIES.
problems characterized by risk and uncertainty. Choice problems such as
3.0 Hours.
decisions concerning major capital investments, corporate acquisitions,
This class explores concepts and practices related to marketing in this
new product introductions, and choices among alternative technologies
unique, fast-paced environment, including the defining characteristics of
are conceptualized and structured using the concepts introduced in this
high-technology industries; different types and patterns of innovations
course. Prerequisite: EBGN504 or permission of instructor.
and their marketing implications; the need for (and difficulties in)
adopting a customer-orientation; tools used to gather marketing
research/intelligence in technology-driven industries; use of strategic
alliances and partnerships in marketing technology; adaptations to the
“4 P’s”; regulatory and ethical considerations in technological arenas.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
EBGN566. TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP. 3.0 Hours.
Introduces concepts related to starting and expanding a technological-
based corporation. Presents ideas such as developing a business and
financing plan, role of intellectual property, and the importance of a good
R&D program. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

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EBGN567. BUSINESS LAW AND TECHNOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
EBGN572. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS STRATEGY. 3.0 Hours.
Computer software and hardware are the most complex and rapidly
The purpose of this course is to gain understanding of the complexities
developing intellectual creations of modern man. Computers provide
presented by managing businesses in an international environment.
unprecedented power in accessing and manipulating data. Computers
International business has grown rapidly in recent decades due to
work in complex systems that require standardization and compatibility
technological expansion, liberalization of government policies on trade
to function. Each of these special features has engendered one or more
and resource movements, development of institutions needed to support
bodies of law. Complex intellectual creation demands comprehensive
and facilitate international transactions, and increased global competition.
intellectually property protection. Computer technology, however, differs
Due to these factors, foreign countries increasingly are a source of both
fundamentally from previous objects of intellectual property protection,
production and sales for domestic companies. Prerequisite: Permission of
and thus does not fit easily into traditional copyright and patent law. This
instructor.
course covers topics that relate to these complex special features of
EBGN573. ENTREPRENEURIAL FINANCE. 3.0 Hours.
computer and technology. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Entrepreneurial activity has been a potent source of innovation and
EBGN568. ADVANCED PROJECT ANALYSIS. 3.0 Hours.
job generation in the global economy. In the U.S., the majority of new
An advanced course in economic analysis that will look at more
jobs are generated by new entrepreneurial firms. The financial issues
complex issues associated with valuing investments and projects.
confronting entrepreneurial firms are drastically different from those of
Discussion will focus on development and application of concepts in
established companies. The focus in this course will be on analyzing the
after-tax environments and look at other criteria and their impact in the
unique financial issues which face entrepreneurial firms and to develop
decision-making and valuation process. Applications to engineering and
a set of skills that has wide applications for such situations. Prerequisite:
technology aspects will be discussed. Effective presentation of results
EBGN505 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: EBGN545 or
will be an important component of the course. Prerequisite: EBGN504 or
permission of instructor.
permission of instructor.
EBGN574. INVENTING, PATENTING, AND LISCENSING. 3.0 Hours.
EBGN569. BUSINESS ETHICS. 3.0 Hours.
The various forms of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks,
This business and leadership ethics course is designed to immerse you in
copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition are discussed; the
organizational ethical decision-making processes, issues, organizational
terminology of inventing, patenting and licensing is reviewed, and an
control mechanisms, and benefits of developing comprehensive and due
overview of the complete process is given; the statutes most frequently
diligence ethics programs. As a business practitioner, most activities both
encountered in dealing with patents (35 USC §101, §102, §103 and
inside and outside the organization have ethical dimensions. Particularly,
§112) are introduced and explained; the basics of searching the prior
many business functions represent boundary spanning roles between the
art are presented; participants ’walk through’ case histories illustrating
organization and outside constituents and as such present challenges
inventing, patenting, licensing, as well as patent infringement and
in the areas of: honesty and fairness, deceptive advertising, price fixing
litigation; the importance of proper documentation at all stages of the
and anti-trust, product misrepresentation and liability, billing issues.
process is explained; the "do’s" and "don’t" of disclosing inventions are
This course explores organizational successes and failures to better
presented; various types of agreements are discussed including license
understand how to manage this area. 3 lecture hours; 3 semester hours.
agreements; methods for evaluating the market potential of new products
are presented; the resources available for inventors are reviewed;
EBGN570. ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS. 3.0 Hours.
inventing and patenting in the corporate environment are discussed; the
The role of markets and other economic considerations in controlling
economic impacts of patents are addressed. Prerequisite: Permission of
pollution; the effect of environmental policy on resource allocation
instructor. Offered in Field session and Summer session only.
incentives; the use of benefit/cost analysis in environmental policy
decisions and the associated problems with measuring benefits and
EBGN575. ADVANCED MINING AND ENERGY VALUATION. 3.0
costs. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics, MATH111, EBGN509,
Hours.
EBGN510; or permission of instructor.
The use of stochastic and option pricing techniques in mineral
and energy asset valuation. The Hotelling Valuation Principle. The
EBGN571. MARKETING RESEARCH. 3.0 Hours.
measurement of political risk and its impact on project value. Extensive
The purpose of this course is to gain a deep understanding of the
use of real cases. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics,
marketing research decisions facing product managers in technology
MATH111, EBGN504, EBGN505, EBGN509, EBGN510, EBGN511; or
based companies. While the specific responsibilities of a product
permission of instructor.
manager vary across industries and firms, three main activities common
to the position are: (1) analysis of market information, (2) marketing
EBGN580. EXPLORATION ECONOMICS. 3.0 Hours.
strategy development, and (3) implementing strategy through marketing
Exploration planning and decision making for oil and gas, and metallic
mix decisions. In this course students will develop an understanding
minerals. Risk analysis. Historical trends in exploration activity and
of available marketing research methods and the ability to use
productivity. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics, EBGN510; or
marketing research information to make strategic and tactical decisions.
permission of instructor. Offered when student demand is sufficient.
Prerequisite: MATH530.

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EBGN585. ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT
EBGN655. ADVANCED LINEAR PROGRAMMING. 3.0 Hours.
CAPSTONE. 3.0 Hours.
As an advanced course in optimization, this course will expand
This course represents the culmination of the ETM Program. This
upon topics in linear programming. Specific topics to be covered
course is about the strategic management process – how strategies
include advanced formulation, column generation, interior point
are developed and imple mented in organizations. It examines senior
method, stochastic optimization, and numerical stability in linear
management’s role in formulating strategy and the role that all an
programming. Applications of state-of-the-art hardware and software will
organization’s managers play in implementing a well thought out
emphasize solving real-world problems in areas such as mining, energy,
strategy. Among the topics discussed in this course are (1) how
transportation and the military. Prerequisites: EBGN555 or consent of
different industry conditions support different types of strategies; (2)
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
how industry conditions change and the implication of those changes
EBGN657. ADVANCED INTEGER PROGRAMMING. 3.0 Hours.
for strategic management; and (3) how organizations develop and
As an advanced course in optimization, this course will expand upon
maintain capabilities that lead to sustained competitive advantage.
topics in integer programming. Specific topics to be covered include
This course consists of learning fundamental concepts associated
advanced formulation, strong integer programming formulations,
with strategic management process and competing in a web-based
Benders Decomposition, mixed integer programming cuts, constraint
strategic management simulation to support the knowledge that you
programming, rounding heuristics, and persistence. Applications of
have developed. Prerequisites: MATH530, EBGN504; or permission of
state-of-the-art hardware and software will emphasize solving real-world
instructor.
problems in areas such as mining, energy, transportation and the military.
EBGN590. ECONOMETRICS AND FORECASTING. 3.0 Hours.
Prerequisites: EBGN557 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
Using statistical techniques to fit economic models to data. Topics include
semester hours.
ordinary least squares and single equation regression models; two stage
EBGN690. ADVANCED ECONOMETRICS. 3.0 Hours.
least squares and multiple equation econometric models; specification
A second course in econometrics. Compared to EBGN590, this
error, serial correlation, heteroskedasticity; distributive lag; applications
course provides a more theoretical and mathematical understanding
to mineral commodity markets; hypothesis testing; forecasting with
of econometrics. Matrix algebra is used and model construction and
econometric models, time series analysis, and simulation. Prerequisites:
hypothesis testing are emphasized rather than forecasting. Prerequisites:
MATH111, MATH530, EBGN509; or permission of instructor.
Principles of Microeconomics, MATH111, MATH530, EBGN509,
EBGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS. 1-6
EBGN590; or permission of instructor. Recommended: EBGN511.
Hour.
EBGN695. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
Lectures provide an overview of methods used in economic research
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
relating to EPP and QBA/OR dissertations in Mineral Economics and
once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours.
information on how to carry out research and present research results.
Repeatable for credit under different titles.
Students will be required to write and present a research paper that
EBGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
will be submitted for publication. It is expected that this paper will lead
(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
to a Ph.D. dissertation proposal. It is a good idea for students to start
faculty member when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter,
thinking about potential dissertation topic areas as they study for their
content, and credit hours. Contact the Economics and Business Division
qualifier. This course is also recommended for students writing Master’s
office for credit limits toward the degree.
thesis or who want guidance in doing independent research relating to
the economics and business aspects of energy, minerals and related
EBGN610. ADVANCED NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS. 3.0
environmental and technological topics. Prerequisites: MATH530,
Hours.
EBGN509, EBGN510, EBGN511, EBGN590 or permission of instructor.
Optimal resource use in a dynamic context using mathematical
programming, optimal control theory and game theory. Constrained
EBGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS. 1-6
optimization techniques are used to evaluate the impact of capital
Hour.
constraints, exploration activity and environmental regulations.
Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
Offered when student demand is sufficient. Prerequisites: Principles
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
of Microeconomics, MATH111, MATH5301, EBGN509, EBGN510,
once. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
EBGN511; or permission of instructor.
EBGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
EBGN611. ADVANCED MICROECONOMICS. 3.0 Hours.
Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a faculty
A second graduate course in microeconomics, emphasizing state-of-
member when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter,
the-art theoretical and mathematical developments. Topics include
content, and credit hours. Contact the Economics and Business Division
consumer theory, production theory and the use of game theoretic and
office for credit limits toward the degree.
dynamic optimization tools. Prerequisites: Principles of Microeconomics,
EBGN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
MATH111, MATH5301, EBGN509, EBGN511; or permission of instructor.
CREDIT. 1-15 Hour.
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
direct supervision of the student’s faculty advisor. Variable class and
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.

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Geology and Geological
the student’s Thesis Advisory Committee before the candidate begins
substantial work on the thesis research.
Engineering
The requirement for Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) program will
Degrees Offered
be established individually by a student’s Doctoral Thesis Advisory
Committee, but must meet the minimum requirements presented below.
• Professional Master Degree (Petroleum Reservoir Systems) (Non-
The Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) academic program will require a
Thesis)
minimum of 72 hours of course and research credit hours (a maximum
• Professional Master Degree (Mineral Exploration) (Non-Thesis)
of 9 credit hours may be 400-level course work). All students must
complete:
• Professional Master Degree (Geochemistry) (Non-Thesis)
• Master of Engineering (Geological Engineer) (Non-Thesis)
Course work
48.0
• Master of Science (Geology)
Research
24.0
• Master of Science (Geological Engineering)
Total Hours
72.0
• Master of Science (Geochemistry)
• Master of Science (Hydrology), Thesis option
Up to 24 relevant course credit hours may be awarded by the student’s
Doctoral Thesis Advisory Committee for completion of a Master
• Master of Science (Hydrology), Non-thesis option
of Science degree (at CSM or elsewhere). To ensure breadth of
• Doctor of Philosophy (Geology)
background, the course of study to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy
• Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry)
(Geology) must include at least one graduate course in each of the
• Doctor of Philosophy (Geological Engineering)
fields of stratigraphy/sedimentology, structural geology/tectonics, and
• Doctor of Philosophy (Hydrology)
petrology (this breadth requirement may be satisfied by courses already
taken as part of a Master of Science degree). At the discretion of the
Program Description
student’s Doctoral Thesis Advisory Committee, an appropriate course
may be substituted for one (and only one) of the fields above. In addition,
The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering offers
students must complete GEOL608 (History of Geological Concepts) or
Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Geology, and
an appropriate equivalent approved by the Doctoral Thesis Advisory
Geochemistry; and Master of Engineering, Master of Science and
Committee. All Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) students must pass a
Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Geological Engineering. Professional
qualifying examination and must complete an appropriate thesis based
Master Degrees are offered in Petroleum Reservoir Systems, Mineral
upon original research they have conducted. A thesis proposal and
Exploration, and Geochemistry. Geological Engineering degrees require
course of study must be approved by the student’s Doctoral Thesis
possession or acquisition of an undergraduate engineering degree or its
Advisory Committee before the student begins substantial work on the
equivalent.
thesis research.
Graduate students desiring to study ground water, engineering geology/
Prospective students should submit the results of the Graduate Record
geotechnics, mining engineering geology and some environmental
Examination with their application for admission to graduate study. In the
applications are generally expected to pursue the Geological Engineering
event that it is not possible, because of geographic and other restrictions,
degree. Students desiring to study petroleum or minerals exploration or
to take the Graduate Record Examination prior to enrolling at Colorado
development sciences, geochemistry and/or geology generally pursue
School of Mines, enrollment may be granted on a provisional basis
Geology or Geochemistry degrees. Students are initially admitted to
subject to satisfactory completion of the examination within the first year
either geoscience or geological engineering degree programs and must
of residence.
receive approval of the GE department Graduate Advisory Committee to
switch degree category.
Prerequisites
Geology Program
Program Requirements
The candidate for the degree of Master of Science (Geology) or Doctor
Geology Degrees
of Philosophy (Geology) must have completed the following or equivalent
subjects, for which credit toward an advanced degree will not be granted.
The Master of Science (Geology) program will require 36 semester
hours of course and research credit hours (a maximum of 9 credit hours
• General Geology
may be 400-level course work). Twelve of the 36 credit hours must be
• Structural Geology
research credits. To ensure breadth of background, the course of study
• Field Geology (6 weeks)
for the Master of Science (Geology) degree must include at least one
• Mineralogy
graduate course in each of the fields of stratigraphy/ sedimentology,
structural geology/tectonics, and petrology. At the discretion of the
• Petrology
student’s Thesis Advisory Committee, an appropriate course may be
• Stratigraphy
substituted for one (and only one) of the fields above. Students must
• Chemistry (3 semesters, including at least 1 semester of physical or
also complete GEOL507 (Graduate Seminar), as part of their course
organic)
programs. All Master of Science (Geology) candidates must also
• Mathematics (2 semesters of calculus)
complete an appropriate thesis, based upon original research they have
conducted. A thesis proposal and course of study must be approved by

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

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General Administration
of specialization (engineering geology/geotechnics, ground-water
engineering, and mining geological engineering).
The three participating departments share oversight for this program
through a committee consisting of one faculty member from each of
All Master of Engineering (Non-Thesis) program will include the following
the three departments. Students gain admission to the program by
core requirements:
application to any of the three sponsoring departments. Students are
administered by that department into which they first matriculate.
GEGN532
GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS
3.0
GEGN599
INDEPENDENT STUDY
6.0
Requirements
GEGN599 requires a project and report that demonstrate competence in
The program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours. Up to 9 credit hours
the application of geological engineering principles that merits a grade of
may be at the 400 level. All other credits toward the degree must be 500
B or better. The project topic and content of the report is determined by
level or above.
the student’s advisor, in consultation with the student, and is approved by
9 hours must consist of:
the Geological Engineering Graduate Program Committee. The format of
the report will follow the guidelines for a professional journal paper.
GPGN/PEGN419 WELL LOG ANALYSIS AND FORMATION
3.0
EVALUATION
The student, in consultation with the advisor, must prepare a formal
program of courses and independent study topic for approval by the
or GPGN/
ADVANCED FORMATION EVALUATION
Geological Engineering Graduate Program Committee. The program
PEGN519
must be submitted to the committee on or before the end of the first week
Select two of the following:
6.0
of classes of the first semester.
GEGN/GPGN/ MULTIDISCIPLINARY PETROLEUM DESIGN
PEGN439
The most common difficulty in scheduling completion of the degree
GEGN/GPGN/ INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND
involves satisfaction of prerequisites. Common deficiency courses
PEGN503
DEVELOPMENT
are Statics, Mechanics of Materials, and Fluid Mechanics. These are
essential to the engineering underpinnings of the degree. An intense
GEGN/GPGN/ INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND
program at CSM involving 18 credit hours each semester including
PEGN504
DEVELOPMENT
Statics in the fall and Fluid Mechanics in the spring and 9 credits in the
Total Hours
9.0
summer including Mechanics of Materials, allows these classes to be
taken along with the standard program. Some students may choose to
9 additional hours must consist of one course each from the 3
take these prerequisites elsewhere before arriving on the CSM campus.
participating departments.
Engineering Geology/Geotechnics Specialty
The remaining 18 hours may consist of graduate courses from any of the
3 participating departments, or other courses approved by the committee.
(Non-Thesis)
Up to 6 hours may consist of independent study, including an industry
Students working towards a Masters of Engineering (non-thesis) with
project.
specialization in Engineering Geology/ Geotechnics must meet the
prerequisite course requirements listed later in this section. Required
Geological Engineering Degrees
courses for the degree are:
The Master of Engineering (Non-Thesis) Program in Geological
Engineering outlined below may be completed by individuals already
GEGN467
GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
4.0
holding undergraduate or advanced degrees or as a combined degree
GEGN468
ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND GEOTECHNICS 4.0
program (see Graduate Degrees and Requirements (p. 7) section of this
GEGN532
GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS
3.0
bulletin) by individuals already matriculated as undergraduate students at
GEGN570
CASE HISTORIES IN GEOLOGICAL
3.0
The Colorado School of Mines. The program is comprised of:
ENGINEERING AND HYDROGEOLOGY
CORE
Course Work
30.0
or GEGN571
ADVANCED ENGINEERING GEOLOGY
GEGN599
INDEPENDENT STUDY
6.0
GEGN573
GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SITE
3.0
INVESTIGATION
Total Hours
36.0
GEGN599
INDEPENDENT STUDY
6.0
Up to nine credit hours can be at the 400 level and the remainder
GEGN671
LANDSLIDES: INVESTIGATION, ANALYSIS &
3.0
will be 500 or 600 level. For the combined degree program, courses
MITIGATION
recommended as appropriate for double counting may be chosen from:
or GEGN672
ADVANCED GEOTECHNICS
GE ELECT
GEGN403
MINERAL EXPLORATION DESIGN
3.0
Electives *
10.0
GEGN439
MULTIDISCIPLINARY PETROLEUM DESIGN
3.0
Total Hours
36.0
GEGN469
ENGINEERING GEOLOGY DESIGN
3.0
GEGN470
GROUND-WATER ENGINEERING DESIGN
3.0
The typical program plan includes 15 course credit hours in both the
fall and the spring terms followed by 6 independent study credit hours
during the summer term. The non-thesis degree includes three areas

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

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

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Qualifying Examination
GEGN527. ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY OF FOSSIL FUELS AND ORE
DEPOSITS. 3.0 Hours.
Ph.D. students in Geology, Geological Engineering, Geochemistry, and
(II) A study of organic carbonaceous materials in relation to the genesis
Hydrologic Science and Engineering must pass a qualifying examination
and modification of fossil fuel and ore deposits. The biological origin of
by the end of the second year of their programs. This timing may be
the organic matter will be discussed with emphasis on contributions of
adjusted for part-time students. This examination will be administered by
microorganisms to the nature of these deposits. Biochemical and thermal
the student’s Doctoral committee and will consist of an oral and a written
changes which convert the organic compounds into petroleum, oil shale,
examination, administered in a format to be determined by the Doctoral
tar sand, coal, and other carbonaceous matter will be studied. Principal
Committee. Two negative votes in the Doctoral Committee constitute
analytical techniques used for the characterization of organic matter in
failure of the examination. In case of failure of the qualifying examination,
the geosphere and for evaluation of oil and gas source potential will be
a re-examination may be given upon the recommendation of the Doctoral
discussed. Laboratory exercises will emphasize source rock evaluation,
Committee and approval of the Graduate Dean. Only one re-examination
and oil-source rock and oil-oil correlation methods. Prerequisite:
may be given.
CHGN221, GEGN438, or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture; 3 hours
lab; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
GEGN530. CLAY CHARACTERIZATION. 1.0 Hour.
Courses
(I) Clay mineral structure, chemistry and classification, physical properties
(flocculation and swelling, cation exchange capacity, surface area and
GEGN503. INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT. 3.0
charge), geological occurrence, controls on their stabilities. Principles of
Hours.
X-ray diffraction, including sample preparation techniques, data collection
(I) Students work alone and in teams to study reservoirs from fluvial-
and interpretation, and clay separation and treatment methods. The
deltaic and valley fill depositional environments. This is a multidisciplinary
use of scanning electron microscopy to investigate clay distribution
course that shows students how to characterize and model subsurface
and morphology. Methods of measuring cation exchange capacity
reservoir performance by integrating data, methods and concepts from
and surface area. Prerequisite: GEGN206 or equivalent, or consent of
geology, geophysics and petroleum engineering. Activities include field
instructor. 1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab; 1 semester hour.
trips, computer modeling, written exercises and oral team presentations.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3
GEGN532. GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS. 3.0 Hours.
semester hours. Offered fall semester, odd years.
(I or II) Techniques and strategy of data analysis in geology and
geological engineering: basic statistics review, analysis of data
GEGN504. INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT. 3.0
sequences, mapping, sampling and sample representativity, univariate
Hours.
and multivariate statistics, geostatistics, and geographic information
(I) Students work in multidisciplinary teams to study practical problems
systems (GIS). Practical experience with geological applications via
and case studies in integrated subsurface exploration and development.
supplied software and data sets from case histories. Prerequisites:
The course addresses emerging technologies and timely topics with
Introductory statistics course (MATH323 or MATH530 equivalent) or
a general focus on carbonate reservoirs. Activities include field trips,
permission of instructor. 2 hours lecture/discussion; 3 hours lab; 3
3D computer modeling, written exercises and oral team presentation.
semester hours.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture and seminar; 3
semester hours. Offered fall semester, even years.
GEGN570. CASE HISTORIES IN GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING AND
HYDROGEOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
GEGN509. INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS GEOCHEMISTRY. 3.0
(I) Case histories in geological and geotechnical engineering, ground
Hours.
water, and waste management problems. Students are assigned
(I) Analytical, graphical and interpretive methods applied to aqueous
problems and must recommend solutions and/or prepare defendable
systems. Thermodynamic properties of water and aqueous solutions.
work plans. Discussions center on the role of the geological engineer
Calculations and graphical expression of acid-base, redox and solution-
in working with government regulators, private-sector clients, other
mineral equilibria. Effect of temperature and kinetics on natural aqueous
consultants, and other special interest groups. Prerequisite: GEGN467,
systems. Adsorption and ion exchange equilibria between clays and
GEGN468, GEGN469, GEGN470 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
oxide phases. Behavior of trace elements and complexation in aqueous
lecture; 3 semester hours.
systems. Application of organic geochemistry to natural aqueous
systems. Light stable and unstable isotopic studies applied to aqueous
GEGN571. ADVANCED ENGINEERING GEOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
systems. Prerequisite: DCGN209 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. 3
(I) Emphasis will be on engineering geology mapping methods,
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
and geologic hazards assessment applied to site selection and site
assessment for a variety of human activities. Prerequisite: GEGN468
GEGN520. INDUSTRIAL MINERALS AND ROCKS. 3.0 Hours.
or equivalent. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Offered
Introduction to the Industrial Minerals industry via appreciation of geologic
alternate years.
occurrence, physical and chemical material properties, mining and
processing considerations, and marketing of various commodities.
GEGN573. GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SITE INVESTIGATION. 3.0
Development of skills in preparation of commodity surveys, reserves and
Hours.
resources classifications, and project appraisals. Required field trips to
(II) Methods of field investigation, testing, and monitoring for geotechnical
operational sites and trip reports. Mid-term and final exams. Individual
and hazardous waste sites, including: drilling and sampling methods,
student commodity term project and presentation. Prerequisite: Senior or
sample logging, field testing methods, instrumentation, trench logging,
graduate status in earth resources field or consent of instructor. 3 hours
foundation inspection, engineering stratigraphic column and engineering
lecture/seminar; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years when student
soils map construction. Projects will include technical writing for
demand is sufficient.
investigations (reports, memos, proposals, workplans). Class will
culminate in practice conducting simulated investigations (using a
computer simulator). 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

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GEGN575. APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
GEGN584. FIELD METHODS IN HYDROLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
SYSTEMS. 3.0 Hours.
(I) Design and implementation of tests that characterize surface and
(II) An introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their
subsurface hydrologic systems, including data logger programming,
applications to all areas of geology and geological engineering. Lecture
sensor calibration, pumping tests, slug tests, infiltration tests, stream
topics include: principles of GIS, data structures, digital elevation models,
gauging and dilution measurements, and geophysical (EM, resistivity,
data input and verification, data analysis and spatial modeling, data
and/or SP) surveys. Prerequisites: Groundwater Engineering (GEGN466/
quality and error propagation, methods of GIS evaluation and selection.
GEGN467, Surface Water Hydrology (ESGN582) or equivalent classes
Laboratories will use Macintosh and DOS-based personal computer
as determined by the instructor. 2 hours lecture; 5 hours lab and field
systems for GIS projects, as well as video-presentations. Visits to local
exercises one day of the week. Days TBD by instructor; 3 semester
GIS laboratories, and field studies will be required. 2 hours lecture, 3
hours.
hours lab; 3 semester hours.
GEGN598. SEMINAR IN GEOLOGY OR GEOLOGICAL
GEGN578. GIS PROJECT DESIGN. 1-3 Hour.
ENGINEERING. 1-3 Hour.
(I, II) Project implementation of GIS analysis. Projects may be undertaken
(I, II) Special topics classes, taught on a one-time basis. May include
by individual students, or small student teams. Documentation of all
lecture, laboratory and field trip activities. Prerequisite: Approval of
project design stages, including user needs assessment, implementation
instructor and department head. Variable credit; 1 to 3 semester hours.
procedures, hardware and software selection, data sources and
Repeatable for credit under different topics.
acquisition, and project success assessment. Various GIS software
GEGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ENGINEERING GEOLOGY OR
may be used; projects may involve 2-dimensional GIS, 3-dimensional
ENGINEERING HYDROGEOLOGY. 1-6 Hour.
subsurface models, or multi-dimensional time-series analysis.
(I, II) Individual special studies, laboratory and/or field problems in
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Variable credit, 1-3 semester hours,
geological engineering or engineering hydrogeology. Prerequisite:
depending on project. Offered on demand.
Approval of instructor and department head. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit
GEGN581. ANALYTICAL HYDROLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
hours. Repeatable for credit.
(I) Lectures, assigned readings, and discussions concerning the theory,
GEGN669. ADVANCED TOPICS IN ENGINEERING HYDROGEOLOGY.
measurement, and estimation of ground water param eters, fractured-
1-2 Hour.
rock flow, new or specialized methods of well hydraulics and pump tests,
(I, II) Review of current literature and research regarding selected
tracer methods. Prerequisite: GEGN467 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
topics in hydrogeology. Group discussion and individual participation.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
Guest speakers and field trips may be incorporated into the course.
GEGN582. INTEGRATED SURFACE WATER HYDROLOGY. 3.0
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 to 2 semester hours; may be
Hours.
repeated for credit with consent of instructor.
(I) This course provides a quantitative, integrated view of the hydrologic
GEGN670. ADVANCED TOPICS IN GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING. 3.0
cycle. The movement and behavior of water in the atmosphere
Hours.
(including boundary layer dynamics and precipitation mechanisms),
(I, II) Review of current literature and research regarding selected topics
fluxes of water between the atmosphere and land surface (including
in engineering geology. Group discussion and individual participation.
evaporation, transpiration, precipitation, interception and through fall)
Guest speakers and field trips may be incorporated into the course.
and connections between the water and energy balances (including
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
radiation and temperature) are discussed at a range of spatial and
Repeatable for credit under different topics.
temporal scales. Additionally, movement of water along the land surface
(overland flow and snow dynamics) and in the subsurface (saturated
GEGN671. LANDSLIDES: INVESTIGATION, ANALYSIS &
and unsaturated flow) as well as surface-subsurface exchanges and
MITIGATION. 3.0 Hours.
runoff generation are also covered. Finally, integration and connections
(I) Geological investigation, analysis, and design of natural rock
within the hydrologic cycle and scaling of river systems are discussed.
and soil slopes and mitigation of unstable slopes. Topics include
Prerequisites: Groundwater Engineering (GEGN466/GEGN467), Fluid
landslide types and processes, triggering mechanisms, mechanics of
Mechanics (GEGN351/ EGGN351), math up to differential equations,
movements, landslide investigation and characterization, monitoring
or equivalent classes as determined by the instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
and instrumentation, soil slope stability analysis, rock slope stability
semester hours.
analysis, rock fall analysis, stabilization and risk reduction measures.
Prerequisites: GEGN468, EGGN361, MNGN321, (or equivalents) or
GEGN583. MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF GROUNDWATER
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
SYSTEMS. 3.0 Hours.
(II) Lectures, assigned readings, and direct computer experience
GEGN672. ADVANCED GEOTECHNICS. 3.0 Hours.
concerning the fundamentals and applications of finite-difference and
Practical analysis and application of techniques in weak rock engineering,
finite-element numerical methods and analytical solutions to ground
ground-water control in construction, fluvial stabilization and control,
water flow and mass transport problems. Prerequisite: A knowledge of
earthquake hazard assessment, engineering geology in construction,
FORTRAN programming, mathematics through differential and integral
engineering geology in dam investigation, and other current topics in
calculus, and GEGN467 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
geotechnics practice. Prerequisite: GEGN468, CEEN312, CEEN312L
semester hours.
and MNGN321. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate
years.

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GEGN673. ADVANCED GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN. 3.0
GEOL501. APPLIED STRATIGRAPHY. 4.0 Hours.
Hours.
(I) Review of basic concepts in siliciclastic and carbonate sedimentology
(II) Application of geological principles and analytical techniques to solve
and stratigraphy. Introduction to advanced concepts and their application
complex engineering problems related to geology, such as mitigation
to exploration and development of fossil fuels and stratiform mineral
of natural hazards, stabilization of earth materials, and optimization of
deposits. Modern facies models and sequence-stratigraphic concepts
construction options. Design tools to be covered will include problem
applied to solving stratigraphic problems in field and subsurface settings.
solving techniques, optimization, reliability, maintainability, and economic
Prerequisites: GEOL314 or equivalent or consent of instructor. 3 hours
analysis. Students will complete independent and group design projects,
lecture, 4 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
as well as a case analysis of a design failure. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
GEOL502. STRUCTURAL METHODS FOR SEISMIC
hours. Offered alternate years.
INTERPRETATION. 3.0 Hours.
GEGN681. VADOSE ZONE HYDROLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
(I) A practical course that covers the wide variety of structural methods
(II) Study of the physics of unsaturated groundwater flow and
and techniques that are essential to produce a valid and coherent
contaminant transport. Fundamental processes and data collection
interpretation of 2D and 3D seismic reflection data in structurally complex
methods will be presented. The emphasis will be on analytic solutions
areas. Topics covered include: Extensional tectonics, fold and thrust
to the unsaturated flow equations and analysis of field data. Application
belts, salt tectonics, inversion tectonics and strike-slip fault systems.
to non-miscible fluids, such as gasoline, will be made. The fate of leaks
Laboratory exercises are based on seismic datasets from a wide variety
from underground tanks will be analyzed. Prerequisites: GEGN467 or
of structural regimes from across the globe. The course includes a 4 day
equivalent; Math through Differential Equations; or consent of instructor.
field trip to SE Utah. Prerequisite: GEOL309 and GEOL314 or GEOL315,
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
or equivalents, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture/lab; 3 semester
hours.
GEGN682. FLOW AND TRANSPORT IN FRACTURED ROCK. 3.0
Hours.
GEOL505. ADVANCED STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
(I) Explores the application of hydrologic and engineering principles to
(I) Advanced Structural Geology builds on basic undergraduate Structural
flow and transport in fractured rock. Emphasis is on analysis of field
Geology. Structures such as folds, faults, foliations, lineations and
data and the differences between flow and transport in porous media
shear zones will be considered in detail. The course focuses on
and fractured rock. Teams work together throughout the semester
microstructures, complex geometries and multiple generations of
to solve problems using field data, collect and analyze field data,
deformation. The laboratory consists of microscopy, in-class problems,
and do independent research in flow and transport in fractured rock.
and some field-based problems. Prerequisites: GEGN307, GEOL309,
Prerequisites: GEGN581 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 credit
GEGN316, GEOL321, or equivalents. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab, and
hours. Offered alternate years.
field exercise; 3 semester hours.
GEGN683. ADVANCED GROUND WATER MODELING. 3.0 Hours.
GEOL507. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Hour.
(II) Flow and solute transport modeling including: 1) advanced analytical
(II) Recent geologic ideas and literature reviewed. Preparation and oral
modeling methods; 2) finite elements, random-walk, and method of
presentation of short papers. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour. Required
characteristics numerical methods; 3) discussion of alternative computer
of all geology candidates for advanced degrees during their enrollment on
codes for modeling and presentation of the essential features of a
campus.
number of codes; 4) study of selection of appropriate computer codes
GEOL512. MINERALOGY AND CRYSTAL CHEMISTRY. 3.0 Hours.
for specific modeling problems; 5) application of models to ground water
(I) Relationships among mineral chemistry, structure, crystallography, and
problems; and 6) study of completed modeling projects through literature
physical properties. Systematic treatments of structural representation,
review, reading and discussion. Prerequisite: GEGN509/CHGC509
defects, mineral stability and phase transitions, solid solutions,
or GEGN583, or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3
substitution mechanisms, and advanced methods of mineral identification
semester hours.
and characterization. Applications of principles using petrological
GEGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ENGINEERING GEOLOGY OR
and environmental examples. Prerequisites: GEOL321, DCGN209
ENGINEERING HYDROGEOLOGY. 1-6 Hour.
or equivalent or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3
(I, II) Individual special studies, laboratory and/or field problems in
semester hours. Offered alternate years.
geological engineering or engineering hydrogeology. Pre-requisite:
GEOL513. HYDROTHERMAL GEOCHEMISTRY. 3.0 Hours.
Approval of instructor and department head. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit
(II) Geochemistry of high-temperature aqueous systems. Examines
hours. Repeatable for credit.
fundamental phase relationships in model systems at elevated
GEGN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
temperatures and pressures. Major and trace element behavior during
CREDIT. 1-15 Hour.
fluid-rock interaction. Theory and application of stable isotopes as applied
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
to hydrothermal mineral deposits. Review of the origin of hydrothermal
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
fluids and mechanisms of transport and deposition of ore minerals.
direct supervision of the student’s faculty advisor. Variable class and
Includes the study of the geochemistry of magmatic aqueous systems,
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
geothermal systems, and submarine hydrothermal vents. Prerequisites:
GEGN401 or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3
GEGX571. GEOCHEMICAL EXPLORATION. 3.0 Hours.
semester hours.
(I) Dispersion of trace metals from mineral deposits and their discovery.
Laboratory consists of analysis and statistical interpretation of data of
soils, stream sediments, vegetation, and rock in connection with field
problems. Term report required. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 2
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GEOL514. BUSINESS OF ECONOMIC GEOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
GEOL520. NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE GEOLOGY AND
Examines the business side of mineral exploration including company
EXPLORATION OF ORE DEPOSITS. 3.0 Hours.
structure, fundraising, stock market rules and regulations, and legal
(I, II) Each topic unique and focused on a specific mineral deposit type
environment. Reviews the types of minerals exploration companies,
or timely aspects of economic geology. Review of the geological and
differences between mineral sectors, rules and practices of listing a
geographic setting of a specific magmatic, hydrothermal, or sedimentary
minerals company on a stock exchange, and legal requirements of
mineral deposit type. Detailed study of the physical and chemical
listing and presenting data to stockholders. The course is centered on
characteristics of selected deposits and mining districts. Theory and
lectures by industry representatives from the Denver area. Includes
application of geological field methods and geochemical investigations.
participation in a technical conference in Vancouver or Toronto and
Includes a discussion of genetic models, exploration strategies, and
meetings with lawyers, stockbrokers, and geoscientists working in the
mining methods. Prerequistes: GEGN401 or consent of instructor. 2
mineral industry. Prerequisites: GEGN401 or consent of instructor. 3
hours lecture; 2 semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
hours lecture and seminar; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years
GEOL521. FIELD AND ORE DEPOSIT GEOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
when student demand is sufficient.
(I, S) Field study of major mineral deposit districts inside and outside of
GEOL515. ADVANCED MINERAL DEPOSITS. 3.0 Hours.
the USA. Examines regional and deposit-scale geology. Underground
(I) Geology of mineral systems at a deposit, district, and regional
and open pit mine visits and regional traverses. Topics addressed
scale formed by magmatic-hydrothermal, sedimentary/basinal, and
include deposit definition, structural geology, alteration mapping, mining
metamorphic processes. Emphasis will be placed on a systems approach
methods, and ore processing. Course involves a seminar in the spring
to evaluating metal and sulfur sources, transportation paths, and
semester that focuses on the geology and deposit types in the area to
traps. Systems examined will vary by year and interest of the class.
be visited. An intense 10-14 day field trip is run in the summer semester.
Involves a team-oriented research project that includes review of current
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. 6 hours lab and seminar; 2 semester
literature and laboratory research. Prerequisites: GEGN401 or consent of
hours in spring, 1 semester hour in summer. Offered alternate years
instructor. 1 hour lecture, 5 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Repeatable for
when student demand is sufficient. Repeatable for credit.
credit.
GEOL522. TECTONICS AND SEDIMENTATION. 3.0 Hours.
GEOL517. FIELD METHODS FOR ECONOMIC GEOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
(II) Application and integration of advanced sedimentologic and
(II) Methods of field practices related to mineral exploration and mining.
stratigraphic concepts to understand crustal deformation at a wide range
Lithology, structural geology, alteration, and mineralization vein-type
of spatial- and time-scales. Key concepts include: growth-strata analysis,
precious metal deposits. Mapping is conducted both underground at the
interpretation of detrital composition (conglomerate unroofing sequences
Edgar Test Mine and above ground in the Idaho Springs area. Drill core
and sandstone provenance trends), paleocurrent deflection and thinning
and rock chips from different deposit types are utilized. Technical reports
trends, tectonic control on facies distribution and basic detrital zircon
are prepared for each of four projects. Class is run on Saturday (9 am-4
and fission track analysis. Students will read a wide range of literature
pm) throughout the semester. Prerequisites: GEGN401 or consent of
to explore the utility and limitation of traditional "tectonic signatures" in
instructor. 6 hours lab and seminar; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate
stratigraphy, and will work on outcrop and subsurface datasets to master
years when student demand is sufficient.
these concepts. Special attention is paid to fold-thrust belt, extensional
and salt-related deformation. The course has important applications in
GEOL518. MINERAL EXPLORATION. 3.0 Hours.
Petroleum Geology, Geologic Hazards, and Hydrogeology. Required:
(II) Mineral industry overview, deposit economics, target selection,
2-3 fieldtrips, class presentations, and a final paper that is written in a
deposit modeling, exploration technology, international exploration,
peer-reviewed journal format. Prerequisites: GEOL314 or equivalent, and
environmental issues, program planning, proposal development. Team
GEOL309 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture and seminar; 3 semester hours.
development and presentation of an exploration proposal. Prerequisite:
Offered even years.
GEOL515, GEOL520, or equivalent. 2 hours lecture/seminar, 3 hours lab;
3 semester hours. Offered when student demand is sufficient.
GEOL523. REFLECTED LIGHT AND ELECTRON MICROSCOPY. 3.0
Hours.
GEOL519. ABITIBI GEOLOGY AND EXPLORATION FIELD SCHOOL.
(I) Theoretical and practical aspects of reflected light and electron
3.0 Hours.
microscopy. Emphasis will be placed on applications to ore deposit
(II, S) Methods of field practices related to mineral exploration and
exploration and research. Lecture and discussion topics will highlight both
mining. Regional and deposit-scale geology of Archean mineral deposits,
standard and new techniques and instrumentation including SEM and
including lode gold deposits and volcanic-hosted massive sulfide
QEMSCAN, as well as key questions in mineral deposit genesis which
deposits. Includes mineral prospect evaluation, structural geology,
can be addressed using reflected light and electron microscopy. Includes
physical volcanology, deposit definition, alteration mapping, mining
detailed study of a selected suite of samples, with emphasis on mineral
methods, ore processing, and metallurgy. Core logging, underground
identification, textural relationships, paragenetic sequences, and mineral
stope mapping, open pit mapping, lithogeochemical sampling, and field-
chemistry. Course culminates in a project. Prerequisites: GEGN401 or
analytical techniques. Course involves a seminar in the spring semester
consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
that focuses on the geology and deposit types in the area to be visited.
An intense 14-day field trip is run in the summer semester. Each day
includes up to 4 hours of instruction in the field and 4 hours of team-
oriented field exercises. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. 6 hours lab
and seminar; 2 semester hours in spring, 1 semester hour in summer.
Offered alternate years when student demand is sufficient.

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GEOL525. TECTONOTHERMAL EVOLUTION OF THE CONTINENTS.
GEOL553. GEOLOGY AND SEISMIC SIGNATURES OF RESERVOIR
3.0 Hours.
SYSTEMS. 3.0 Hours.
(I) Evolution of the continental crust with a specific focus on processes
(II) This course is a comprehensive look at the depositional models,
occurring at collisional margins. Emphasis will be on the application of
log signatures, characteristics, and seismic signatures for all the main
metamorphic processes and concepts., including integration of major,
reservoirs we explore for and produce from in the subsurface. The first
trace, and isotopic geochemistry of rocks and minerals to interpreting
half is devoted to the clastic reservoirs (12 in all); the second part to
and understanding the tectonic and thermal evolution of the crust
the carbonate reservoirs (7 total). The course will utilize many hands-
through space and time. Laboratory emphasizes the interpretation
on exercises using actual seismic lines for the various reservoir types.
of metamorphic textures and assemblages within the context of
Prerequisites: GEOL501 or GEOL314. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
geochemistry and deformation, and the application of thermodynamic
Offered alternate years.
principles to the understanding of the thermal history of rocks and
GEOL570. APPLICATIONS OF SATELLITE REMOTE SENSING. 3.0
terrains. Prerequiste: Appropriate undergraduate optical mineralogy
Hours.
and petrology coursework (GEOL321 and GEGN307, or equivalent)
(II) An introduction to geoscience applications of satellite remote sensing
or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture and seminar, 3 hours lab: 3
of the Earth and planets. The lectures provide background on satellites,
semester hours. Offered alternate years.
sensors, methodology, and diverse applications. Topics include visible,
GEOL530. CLAY CHARACTERIZATION. 1.0 Hour.
near infrared, and thermal infrared passive sensing, active microwave
(I) Clay mineral structure, chemistry and classification, physical properties
and radio sensing, and geodetic remote sensing. Lectures and labs
(flocculation and swelling, cation exchange capacity, surface area and
involve use of data from a variety of instruments, as several applications
charge), geological occurrence, controls on their stabilities. Principles of
to problems in the Earth and planetary sciences are presented. Students
X-ray diffraction, including sample preparation techniques, data collection
will complete independent term projects that are presented both written
and interpretation, and clay separation and treatment methods. The
and orally at the end of the term. Prerequisites: PHGN200 and MATH225
use of scanning electron microscopy to investigate clay distribution
or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
and morphology. Methods of measuring cation exchange capacity
GEOL580. INDUCED SEISMICITY. 3.0 Hours.
and surface area. Prerequisite: GEGN206 or equivalent, or consent of
(II) Earthquakes are sometimes caused by the activities of man. These
instructor. 1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab; 1 semester hour.
activities include mining and quarrying, petroleum and geothermal energy
GEOL550. INTEGRATED BASIN MODELING. 3.0 Hours.
production, building water reservoirs and dams, and underground nuclear
(I) This course introduces students to principal methods in computer-
testing. This course will help students understand the characteristics and
based basin modeling: structural modeling and tectonic restoration;
physical causes of man-made earthquakes and seismicity induced in
thermal modeling and hydrocarbon generation; and stratigraphic
various situations. Students will read published reports and objectively
modeling. Students apply techniques to real data set that includes
analyze the seismological and ancillary data therein to decide if
seismic and well data and learn to integrate results from multiple
the causative agent was man or natural processes. Prerequisites:
approaches in interpreting a basin’s history. The course is primarily a
Undergraduate geology and physics. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
lab course. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A course background in
Offered spring semester, odd years.
structural geology, sedimentology/stratigraphy or organic geochemistry
GEOL597. SPECIAL SUMMER COURSE. 15.0 Hours.
will be helpful. 1 hour lecture, 5 hours labs; 3 semester hours.
GEOL598. SEMINAR IN GEOLOGY OR GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING.
GEOL551. APPLIED PETROLEUM GEOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
1-3 Hour.
(II) Subjects to be covered include computer subsurface mapping
(I, II) Special topics classes, taught on a one-time basis. May include
and cross sections, petrophysical analysis of well data, digitizing well
lecture, laboratory and field trip activities. Prerequisite: Approval of
logs, analyzing production decline curves, creating hydrocarbon-
instructor and department head. Variable credit; 1 to 3 semester hours.
porosity-thickness maps, volumetric calculations, seismic structural and
Repeatable for credit under different topics.
stratigraphic mapping techniques, and basin modeling of hydrocarbon
generation. Students are exposed to three software packages used
GEOL599. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOLOGY. 1-3 Hour.
extensively by the oil and gas industry. Prerequisite: GEGN438 or
(I, II) Individual special studies, laboratory and/or field problems in
GEOL609 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
geology. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor and department. Variable
credit; 1 to 3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
GEOL552. UNCONVENTIONAL PETROLEUM SYSTEMS. 3.0 Hours.
(II) Unconventional petroleum systems have emerged as a critical and
GEOL601. FIELD STRATIGRAPHY. 1.0 Hour.
indispensable part of current US production and potential future reserves.
(II) Keynote lectures and a seminar series on select topics in stratigraphy,
Each of the 5 unconventional oil and 4 unconventional gas systems will
linked to a field trip. Specific topics vary yearly depending on course
be discussed: what are they, world wide examples, required technology
participant’s interests. Seminar discussions based on reading journal
to evaluate and produce, environmental issues, and production/resource
papers. Field trip consists of series of projects/exercises focused on
numbers. The oil part of the course will be followed by looking at cores
making field observations and deducing interpretations, based on
from these systems. The gas part of the course will include a field
multiple hypotheses. Field trip includes specific observations and
trip to the Denver, Eagle, and Piceance Basins in Colorado to see
recognition criteria for depositional processes and environments, as
outstanding outcrops of actual producing units. Prerequisites: GEGN438
well as for regional climatic and tectonic controls. Presentation required.
or GEOL609, GEGN527 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
Prerequisite: GEOL501. 3-4 seminars, 3 hours each, over the course of
semester hours. Offered alternate years.
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GEOL608. HISTORY OF GEOLOGICAL CONCEPTS. 3.0 Hours.
GEOL621. PETROLOGY OF DETRITAL ROCKS. 3.0 Hours.
(II) Lectures and seminars concerning the history and philosophy of the
(II) Compositions and textures of sandstones, siltstones, and mudrocks.
science of geology; emphasis on the historical development of basic
Relationship of compositions and textures of provenance, environment of
geologic concepts. 3 hours lecture and seminar; 3 semester hours.
deposition, and burial history. Development of porosity and permeability.
Required of all doctoral candidates in department. Offered alternate
Laboratory exercises emphasize use of petrographic thin sections, x-
years.
ray diffraction analysis, and scanning electron microscopy to examine
detrital rocks. A term project is required, involving petrographic analysis
GEOL609. ADVANCED PETROLEUM GEOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
of samples selected by student. Pre-requisites: GEGN206 , GEOL321 or
(II) Subjects to be covered involve consideration of basic chemical,
equivalent or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture and seminar, 3 hours
physical, biological and geological processes and their relation to modern
lab; 3 semester hours. Offered on demand.
concepts of oil/gas generation (including source rock deposition and
maturation), and migration/accumulation (including that occurring under
GEOL624. CARBONATE SEDIMENTOLOGY AND PETROLOGY. 3.0
hydrodynamic conditions). Concepts will be applied to the historic and
Hours.
predictive occurrence of oil/gas to specific Rocky Mountain areas. In
(II) Processes involved in the deposition of carbonate sediments
addition to lecture attendance, course work involves review of topical
with an emphasis on Recent environments as analogs for ancient
papers and solution of typical problems. Prerequisite: GEGN438 or
carbonate sequences. Carbonate facies recognition through bio-
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
and lithofacies analysis, three-dimensional geometries, sedimentary
dynamics, sedimentary structures, and facies associations. Laboratory
GEOL610. ADVANCED SEDIMENTOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
stresses identification of Recent carbonate sediments and thin section
(I) Keynote lectures, mixed with discussions, in-class exercises,
analysis of carbonate classification, textures, non-skeletal and biogenic
core and field observations in a seminar series on sedimentology.
constituents, diagenesis, and porosity evolution. Prerequisite: GEOL321
Introduction to current hot topics in sedimentology, and discussions
and GEOL314 or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture/seminar, 2 hours
on fundamental principles. Specific topics vary yearly depending
lab; 3 semester hours.
on most recent advancements and course participant’s interests.
Quantitative sedimentology. Applications of sedimentology. All seminars
GEOL628. ADVANCED IGNEOUS PETROLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
are based on reading and discussing journal papers. Field trip to a
(I) Igneous processes and concepts, emphasizing the genesis, evolution,
modern environment. Essays and presentations required. Prerequisite:
and emplacement of tectonically and geochemically diverse volcanic
GEOL501. Acceptable to take GEOL610 at the same time, as GEOL501.
and plutonic occurrences. Tectonic controls on igneous activity and
3 hours lecture and seminar; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
petrochemistry. Petrographic study of igneous suites, mineralized and
non-mineralized, from diverse tectonic settings. Prerequisites: GEOL321,
GEOL611. SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHY IN SEISMIC, WELL LOGS,
GEGN206. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Offered
AND OUTCROP. 3.0 Hours.
alternate years.
(I) Keynote lectures and a seminar series on the sequence stratigraphy
of depositional systems, including both siliciclastics and carbonates
GEOL642. FIELD GEOLOGY. 1-3 Hour.
and how they behave in changing sea-level, tectonic subsidence,
(S) Field program operated concurrently with GEGN316 field camp to
and sediment supply conditions. Application of sequence stratigraphy
familiarize the student with basic field technique, geologic principles,
concepts to reflection seismic, well-log, and outcrop datasets. Field
and regional geology of Rocky Mountains. Prerequisite: Undergraduate
trip and report required. Prerequisite: GEOL501. 3 hours lecture and
degree in geology and GEGN316 or equivalent. During summer field
seminar; 3 semester hours.
session; 1 to 3 semester hours.
GEOL613. GEOLOGIC RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION. 3.0 Hours.
GEOL643. GRADUATE FIELD SEMINARS. 1-3 Hour.
(I, II) Principles and practice of characterizing petro leum reservoirs using
(I, II, S) Special advanced field programs emphasizing detailed study of
geologic and engineering data, including well logs, sample descriptions,
some aspects of geology. Normally conducted away from the Golden
routine and special core analysis and well tests. Emphasis is placed on
campus. Prerequisite: Restricted to Ph.D. or advanced M.S. candidates.
practical analysis of such data sets from a variety of clastic petroleum
Usually taken after at least one year of graduate residence. Background
reservoirs worldwide. These data sets are integrated into detailed
requirements vary according to nature of field study. Consent of instructor
characterizations, which then are used to solve practical oil and gas field
and department head is required. Fees are assessed for field and living
problems. Prerequisites: GEGN438, GEOL501, GEOL505 or equivalents.
expenses and transportation. 1 to 3 semester hours; may be repeated for
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
credit with consent of instructor.
GEOL617. THERMODYNAMICS AND MINERAL PHASE EQUILIBRIA.
GEOL645. VOLCANOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
3.0 Hours.
(II) Assigned readings and seminar discussions on volcanic processes
(I) Basic thermodynamics applied to natural geologic systems. Evaluation
and products. Principal topics include pyroclastic rocks, craters and
of mineral-vapor mineral solution, mineral-melt, and solid solution
calderas, caldron subsidence, diatremes, volcanic domes, origin and
equilibria with special emphasis on oxide, sulfide, and silicate systems.
evolution of volcanic magmas, and relation of volcanism to alteration
Experimental and theoretical derivation, use, and application of phase
and mineralization. Petrographic study of selected suites of lava and
diagrams relevant to natural rock systems. An emphasis will be placed
pyroclastic rocks in the laboratory. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1
on problem solving rather than basic theory. Prerequisite: DCGN209 or
hour seminar, 6 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
equivalent or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Offered alternate years.

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GEOL653. CARBONATE DIAGENESIS AND GEOCHEMISTRY. 3.0
Hours.
(II) Petrologic, geochemical, and isotopic approaches to the study of
diagenetic changes in carbonate sediments and rocks. Topics covered
include major near-surface diagenetic environments, subaerial exposure,
dolomitization, burial diagenesis, carbonate aqueous equilibria, and
the carbonate geochemistry of trace elements and stable isotopes.
Laboratory stresses thin section recognition of diagenetic textures
and fabrics, x-ray diffraction, and geochemical/isotopic approaches to
diagenetic problems. Prerequisite: GEOL624 or equivalent or consent of
instructor. 4 to 6 hours lecture/ seminar/lab; 3 semester hours.
GEOL699. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOLOGY. 1-3 Hour.
(I, II). Individual special studies, laboratory and/or field problems in
geology. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor and department. Variable
credit; 1 to 3 semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
GEOL707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT. 1-15 Hour.
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
direct supervision of the student’s faculty advisor. Variable class and
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.

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Geophysics
students to become thoroughly familiar with geological, mathematical,
and physical theory, in addition to exploring the theoretical and practical
aspects of the various geophysical methodologies.
Degrees Offered
• Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
Research Emphasis
• Master of Science (Geophysics)
The Department conducts research in a wide variety of areas mostly
• Master of Science (Geophysical Engineering)
related, but not restricted, to applied geophysics. Candidates interested
• Doctor of Philosophy (Geophysics)
in the research activities of a specific faculty member are encouraged to
visit the Department’s website and to contact that faculty member directly.
• Doctor of Philosophy (Geophysical Engineering)
To give prospective candidates an idea of the types of research activities
Program Description
available in geophysics at CSM, a list of the recognized research groups
operating within the Department of Geophysics is given below.
Founded in 1926, the Department of Geophysics at Colorado School of
Mines is recognized and respected around the world for its programs in
The Center for Wave Phenomena (CWP) is a research group with
applied geophysical research and education.
a total of five faculty members from the Department of Geophysics.
With research sponsored by some 31 companies worldwide in the
Geophysics is an interdisciplinary field - a rich blend of disciplines such
petroleum-exploration industry, plus U.S. government agencies, CWP
as geology, physics, mathematics, computer science, and electrical
emphasizes the development of theoretical and computational methods
engineering. Professionals working in the field of geophysics come from
for imaging of the Earth’s subsurface, primarily through use of the
programs in these allied disciplines as well as from formal programs in
reflection seismic method. Researchers have been involved in forward
geophysics.
and inverse problems of wave propagation as well as data processing for
data obtained where the subsurface is complex, specifically where it is
Geophysicists study and explore the Earth’s interior through physical
both heterogeneous and anisotropic. Further information about CWP can
measurements collected at the earth’s surface, in boreholes, from
be obtained at http://www.cwp.mines.edu.
aircraft, and from satellites. Using a combination of mathematics, physics,
geology, chemistry, hydrology, and computer science, a geophysicist
The Reservoir Characterization Project (RCP) integrates the
analyzes these measurements to infer properties and processes within
acquisition and interpretation of multicomponent, three-dimensional
the Earth’s complex interior. Non-invasive imaging beneath the surface
seismic reflection and downhole data, with the geology and petroleum
of Earth and other planets by geophysicists is analogous to non-invasive
engineering of existing oil fields, in an attempt to understand the
imaging of the interior of the human body by medical specialists.
complex properties of petroleum reservoirs. RCP is a multidisciplinary
group with faculty members from Geophysics, Petroleum Engineering,
The Earth supplies all materials needed by our society, serves as the
and Geology. More information about RCP can be obtained at http://
repository of used products, and provides a home to all its inhabitants.
geophysics.mines.edu/rcp/.
Therefore, geophysics and geophysical engineering have important roles
to play in the solution of challenging problems facing the inhabitants of
The Center for Gravity, Electrical & Magnetic Studies (CGEM) in
this planet, such as providing fresh water, food, and energy for Earth’s
the Department of Geophysics is an academic research center that
growing population, evaluating sites for underground construction and
focuses on the quantitative interpretation of gravity, magnetic, electrical
containment of hazardous waste, monitoring non-invasively the aging
and electromagnetic, and surface nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)
infrastructures (natural gas pipelines, water supplies, telecommunication
data in applied geophysics. The center brings together the diverse
conduits, transportation networks) of developed nations, mitigating the
expertise of faculty and students in these different geophysical methods
threat of geohazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, avalanches)
and works towards advancing the state of art in geophysical data
to populated areas, contributing to homeland security (including detection
interpretation for real-world problems. The emphases of CGEM research
and removal of unexploded ordnance and land mines), evaluating
are processing and inversion of applied geophysical data. The primary
changes in climate and managing humankind’s response to them, and
areas of application include petroleum exploration and production,
exploring other planets.
mineral exploration, geothermal, and geotechnical and engineering
problems. In addition, environmental problems, infrastructure mapping,
Energy companies and mining firms employ geophysicists to explore for
archaeology, hydrogeophysics, and crustal studies are also research
hidden resources around the world. Engineering firms hire geophysical
areas within the Center. There are currently five major focus areas of
engineers to assess the Earth’s near-surface properties when sites
research within CGEM: Gravity and Magnetics Research Consortium
are chosen for large construction projects and waste-management
(GMRC), mineral exploration, geothermal exploration, surface NMR, and
operations. Environmental organizations use geophysics to conduct
hydrogeophysics. Research funding is provided by petroleum and mining
groundwater surveys and to track the flow of contaminants. On the global
industries, ERDC, SERDP, and other agencies. More information about
scale, geophysicists employed by universities and government agencies
CGEM is available on the web at: http://geophysics.mines.edu/cgem/.
(such as the United States Geological Survey, NASA, and the National
Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) try to understand such
The Center for Rock Abuse is a rock-physics laboratory focusing
Earth processes as heat flow, gravitational, magnetic, electric, thermal,
on research in rock and fluid properties for exploration and reservoir
and stress fields within the Earth’s interior. For the past decade, 100%
monitoring. The primary goal of exploration and production geophysics
of CSM’s geophysics graduates have found employment in their chosen
is to identify fluids, specifically hydrocarbons, in rocks. Current projects
field.
center on fluid distributions in rocks and how these distributions affect
characteristics such as wave attenuation, velocity dispersion and seismic
With 20 active faculty members and small class sizes, students
signature. http://crusher.mines.edu
receive individualized attention in a close-knit environment. Given the
interdisciplinary nature of geophysics, the graduate curriculum requires

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The Group for Hydrogeophysics and Porous Media focuses on
admission to the program by application to any of the three sponsoring
combining geoelectrical (DC resistivity, complex conductivity, self-
departments. Students are administered by that department into which
potential, and EM) and gravity methods with rock physics models
they first matriculate. A minimum of 36 hours of course credit is required
at various scales and for various applications including the study of
to complete the Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
contaminant plumes, geothermal systems, leakage in earth dams
program. Up to 9 credits may be earned in 400 level courses. All other
and embankments, and active volcanoes. Website: http://www.andre-
credits toward the degree must be 500 level or above. At least 9 hours
revil.com/research.html
must consist of:
The Planetary Geophysics Group investigates the geophysical
One course selected from the following:
evolution of the terrestrial planets and moons of our solar system
GPGN/PEGN419 WELL LOG ANALYSIS AND FORMATION
3.0
using a combination of numerical modeling and geophysical data
EVALUATION
analysis. Research areas include planetary geodynamics, tectonics,
Two courses selected from the following:
and hydrology. More information is available at http://inside.mines.edu/
GEGN/GPGN/
MULTIDISCIPLINARY PETROLEUM DESIGN
3.0
~jcahanna/.
PEGN439

GEGN/GPGN/
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND
3.0
PEGN503
DEVELOPMENT
GEGN/GPGN/
INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND
3.0
Program Requirements
PEGN504
DEVELOPMENT
The Department offers both traditional, research-oriented graduate
Also, 9 additional hours must consist of one course each from the 3
programs and a non-thesis professional education program designed
participating departments. The remaining 18 hours may consist of
to meet specific career objectives. The program of study is selected by
graduate courses from any of the 3 participating departments, or other
the student, in consultation with an advisor, and with thesis committee
courses approved by the committee. Up to 6 hours may consist of
approval, according to the student’s career needs and interests. Specific
independent study, including an industry project.
degrees have specific requirements as detailed below.
Master of Science Degrees: Geophysics and
Geophysical Engineering Program Objectives
Geophysical Engineering
The principal objective for students pursuing the PhD in Geophysics or
the PhD in Geophysical Engineering is: Geophysics PhD graduates will
Students may obtain a Master of Science Degree in either Geophysics
be regarded by their employers as effective teachers and/or innovative
or Geophysical Engineering. Both degrees have the same course credit
researchers in their early-career peer group. In support of this objective,
and thesis requirements, as described below. Students are admitted into
the PhD programs in the Department of Geophysics are aimed at
the Master of Science in Geophysics program. If, however, a student
achieving these student outcomes:
would like to obtain the Master of Science in Geophysical Engineering,
the student must submit a request to the Department to change to the
• Graduates will command superior knowledge of Geophysics and
Master of Science in Geophysical Engineering. The coursework and
fundamental related disciplines.
thesis topic must meet the following specific requirements. Note that
• Graduates will independently be able to conduct research leading to
these requirements are in addition to those associated with the Master of
significant new knowledge and Geophysical techniques.
Science in Geophysics.
• Graduates will be able to report their findings orally and in writing.
• Students must complete, either prior to their arrival at CSM or while
at CSM, no fewer than 16 credits of engineering coursework. What
The chief objective for students pursuing the MS degree in Geophysics or
constitutes coursework considered as engineering is determined by
Geophysical Engineering is: Geophysics MS graduates will be regarded
the Geophysics faculty.
by their employers as effective practitioners addressing earth, energy
and environmental problems with geophysical techniques. In support of
• In the opinion of the Geophysics faculty, the student’s dissertation
this objective, the MS programs in the Department of Geophysics aim to
topic must be appropriate for inclusion as part of an Engineering
achieve these student outcomes:
degree.
• Graduates will command superior knowledge of Geophysics and
For either Master of Science degree, the minimum credits required
fundamental related disciplines.
include:
• Graduates will be able to conduct original research that results in new
Course credits
26.0
knowledge and Geophysical techniques.
Graduate research
12.0
• Graduates will be able to report their findings orally and in writing.
Total Hours
38.0
Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir
While individual courses constituting the degree are determined by the
Systems
student, and approved by the advisor and thesis committee, courses
This is a multi-disciplinary, non-thesis master’s degree for students
applied to all MS degrees must satisfy the following specific criteria:
interested in working as geoscience professionals in the petroleum
industry. The Departments of Geophysics, Petroleum Engineering, and
• All course, research, transfer, residence, and thesis requirements are
Geology and Geological Engineering share oversight for the Professional
as described in Registration and Tuition Classification and Graduate
Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems program through a committee
Degrees and Requirements sections of the Bulletin.
consisting of one faculty member from each department. Students gain

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• Up to 9 credits may be satisfied through 400 (senior) level coursework.
• All course, research, minor degree programs, transfer, residence,
All remaining course credits applied to the degree must be at the 500
and thesis requirements are as described in Registration and Tuition
level or above.
Classification and Graduate Degrees and Requirements sections of
• Students must include the following courses in their Master degree
the Bulletin.
program:
• Up to 9 credits may be satisfied through 400 (senior) level coursework.
All remaining course credits applied to the degree must be at the 500
LICM501
PROFESSIONAL ORAL COMMUNICATION
1.0
level or above.
GPGN581
GRADUATE SEMINAR
1.0
• Students must include the following courses in their PhD program:
GPGN707
GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT beyond the required12.0
LICM501
PROFESSIONAL ORAL COMMUNICATION
1.0
26.0 course credits
SYGN502
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH ETHICS
1.0
• Additional courses may also be required by the student’s advisor and
GPGN681
GRADUATE SEMINAR ? PHD
1.0
committee to fulfill background requirements as described below.
GPGN707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION
24.0
RESEARCH CREDIT
As described in the Master of Science, Thesis and Thesis Defense
Choose two of the following:
section of this bulletin, all MS candidates must successfully defend their
MS thesis in an open oral Thesis Defense. The guidelines for the Thesis
SYGN501
THE ART OF SCIENCE
1.0
Defense enforced by the Department of Geophysics generally follow
SYGN600
COLLEGE TEACHING
2.0
those outlined in in the Graduate Departments and Programs section of
LAIS601
ACADEMIC PUBLISHING
2.0
the Bulletin, with one exception. The Department of Geophysics requires
-
students submit the final draft of their written thesis to their Thesis
3.0
Committee no less than three weeks prior to the thesis defense date.
• Additional courses may also be required by the student’s advisor and
Doctor of Philosophy Degrees: Geophysics
committee to fulfill background requirements described below.
and Geophysical Engineering
Students in the Doctoral program are also required to participate in
We invite applications to our PhD program not only from those individuals
a practical teaching experience. This must take place within a single
with a background in geophysics, but also from those whose background
semester and include:
is in allied disciplines such as geology, physics, mathematics, computer
science, and electrical engineering.
• Planning and delivery of a minimum of 6 lecture hours, or 4 lecture
hours and 2 labs;
Students may obtain a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in either Geophysics
• Creating and evaluating students’ homework and laboratory reports, if
or Geophysical Engineering. Both degrees have the same coursework
appropriate; and
and thesis requirements, as described below. Students are admitted
• Holding office hours if necessary.
into the PhD in Geophysics program. If, however, a student would like
to obtain the PhD in Geophysical Engineering, the student must submit
In the Doctoral program, students must demonstrate the potential
a request to the Department to change to the Doctor of Philosophy in
for successful completion of independent research and enhance the
Geophysical Engineering. The coursework and thesis topic must meet
breadth of their expertise by completing a Doctoral Research Qualifying
the following requirements. Note that these requirements are in addition
Examination no later than two years from the date of enrollment in
to those associated with the PhD in Geophysics.
the program. An extension of one additional year may be petitioned
by students through their Thesis Committees. In the Department of
• Students must complete, either prior to their arrival at CSM or while
Geophysics, the Doctoral Research Qualifying Examination consists of
at CSM, no fewer than 16 credits of engineering coursework. What
the preparation, presentation, and defense of one research project and
constitutes coursework considered as engineering is determined by
a thesis proposal. The research project and thesis proposal used in this
the Geophysics faculty.
process must conform to the standards posted on the Department of
• In the opinion of the Geophysics faculty, the student’s dissertation
Geophysics website. As described in the Doctor of Philosophy Thesis
topic must be appropriate for inclusion as part of an Engineering
Defense section of this bulletin, all PhD candidates must successfully
degree.
defend their PhD thesis in an open oral Thesis Defense. The guidelines
for the Thesis Defense enforced by the Department of Geophysics follow
For the Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD), at least 72 credits beyond
those outlined in the Graduate Departments and Programs section of
the Bachelors degree are required. Of that total, at least 24 research
the Bulletin, with one exception. The Department of Geophysics requires
credits are required. At least 12 course credits must be completed
students submit the final draft of their written thesis to their Thesis
in a minor program of study approved by the candidate’s PhD Thesis
Committee no less than three weeks prior to the thesis defense date.
Committee. Up to 36 course credits may be awarded by the candidate’s
committee for completion of a thesis-based Master’s Degree.
Acceptable Thesis Formats
While individual courses constituting the degree are determined by the
In addition to traditional dissertations, the Department of Geophysics
student and approved by the student’s advisor and committee, courses
also accepts dissertations that are compendia of papers published or
applied to all PhD degrees must satisfy the following criteria:
submitted to peer-reviewed journals. The following guidelines are applied
by the Department in determining the suitability of a thesis submitted as a
series of written papers.

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• All papers included in the dissertation must have a common theme, as
GPGN507. NEAR-SURFACE FIELD METHODS. 3.0 Hours.
approved by a student’s thesis committee.
(I) Students design and implement data acquisition programs for all
• Papers should be submitted for inclusion in a dissertation in a uniform
forms of near-surface geophysical surveys. The result of each survey
format and typeset.
is then modeled and discussed in the context of field design methods.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3
• In addition to the individual papers, students must prepare abstract,
semester hours. Offered fall semester, even years.
introduction, discussion, and conclusions sections of the thesis that tie
together the individual papers into a unified dissertation.
GPGN509. PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES AND
• A student’s thesis committee might also require the preparation and
PROCESSES IN ROCK, SOILS, AND FLUIDS. 3.0 Hours.
inclusion of various appendices with the dissertation in support of the
(I) Physical and chemical properties and processes that are measurable
papers prepared explicitly for publication.
with geophysical instruments are studied, including methods of
measurement, interrelationships between properties, coupled processes,
Graduate Program Background
and processes which modify properties in pure phase minerals and fluids,
Requirements
and in mineral mixtures (rocks and soils). Investigation of implications for
petroleum development, minerals extraction, groundwater exploration,
All graduate programs in Geophysics require that applicants have a
and environmental remediation. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3
background that includes the equivalent of adequate undergraduate
hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
preparation in the following areas:
GPGN511. ADVANCED GRAVITY AND MAGNETIC EXPLORATION.
• Mathematics – Linear Algebra or Linear Systems, Differential
4.0 Hours.
Equations, and Computer Programming
(I) Field or laboratory projects of interest to class members; topics
for lecture and laboratory selected from the following: new methods
• Physics – Classical Physics
for acquiring, processing, and interpreting gravity and magnetic data,
• Geology – Structural Geology and Stratigraphy
methods for the solution of two- and three-dimensional potential field
• Geophysics – Geophysical Field Methods and courses that include
problems, Fourier transforms as applied to gravity and magnetics, the
theory and application in three of the following areas: gravity/
geologic implications of filtering gravity and magnetic data, equivalent
magnetics, seismic, electrical/ electromagnetics, borehole geophysics,
distributions, harmonic functions, inversions. Prerequisite: GPGN411 or
remote sensing, and physics of the earth
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab and field; 4 semester
• Field experience in the hands-on application of several geophysical
hours.
methods
GPGN519. ADVANCED FORMATION EVALUATION. 3.0 Hours.
• In addition, candidates in the Doctoral program are required to have
(II) A detailed review of well logging and other formation evaluation
no less than one year of college-level or two years of high-school-
methods will be presented, with the emphasis on the imaging and
level courses in a single foreign language, or be able to demonstrate
characterization of hydrocarbon reservoirs. Advanced logging tools such
proficiency in at least one language other than English.
as array induction, dipole sonic, and imaging tools will be discussed. The
second half of the course will offer in parallel sessions: for geologists

and petroleum engineers on subjects such as pulsed neutron logging,
nuclear magnetic resonance, production logging, and formation testing;
for geophysicists on vertical seismic profiling, cross well acoustics and
Courses
electro-magnetic surveys. Prerequisite: GPGN419/PEGN419 or consent
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
GPGN503. INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT. 3.0
GPGN520. ELECTRICAL AND ELECTROMAGNETIC EXPLORATION.
Hours.
4.0 Hours.
(I) Students work alone and in teams to study reservoirs from fluvial-
(I) Electromagnetic theory. Instrumentation. Survey planning.
deltaic and valley fill depositional environments. This is a multidisciplinary
Processing of data. Geologic interpretations. Methods and limitations
course that shows students how to characterize and model subsurface
of interpretation. Prerequisite: GPGN302 and GPGN303, or consent of
reservoir performance by integrating data, methods and concepts from
instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours. Offered fall
geology, geophysics and petroleum engineering. Activities include field
semester, odd years.
trips, computer modeling, written exercises and oral team presentations.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3
GPGN521. ADVANCED ELECTRICAL AND ELECTROMAGNETIC
semester hours. Offered fall semester, odd years.
EXPLORATION. 4.0 Hours.
(II) Field or laboratory projects of interest to class members; topics for
GPGN504. INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT. 3.0
lecture and laboratory selected from the following: new methods for
Hours.
acquiring, processing and interpreting electrical and electromagnetic
(I) Students work in multidisciplinary teams to study practical problems
data, methods for the solution of two- and three-dimensional EM
and case studies in integrated subsurface exploration and development.
problems, physical modeling, integrated inversions. Prerequisite:
The course addresses emerging technologies and timely topics with
GPGN420 or GPGN520, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours
a general focus on carbonate reservoirs. Activities include field trips,
lab; 4 semester hours. Offered spring semester, even years.
3D computer modeling, written exercises and oral team presentation.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture and seminar; 3
semester hours. Offered fall semester, even years.

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GPGN530. APPLIED GEOPHYSICS. 3.0 Hours.
GPGN553. INTRODUCTION TO SEISMOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
(II) Introduction to geophysical techniques used in a variety of industries
(II) This course is focused on the physics of wave phenomena and
(mining, petroleum, environmental and engineering) in exploring for new
the importance of wave-theory results in exploration and earthquake
deposits, site design, etc. The methods studied include gravity, magnetic,
seismology. Includes reflection and transmission problems for spherical
electrical, seismic, radiometric and borehole techniques. Emphasis
waves, methods of steepest descent and stationary phase, point-
on techniques and their applications are tailored to student interests.
source radiation in layered isotropic media, surface and non-geometrical
The course, intended for non-geophysics students, will emphasize
waves. Discussion of seismic modeling methods, fundamentals of
the theoretical basis for each technique, the instrumentation used and
wave propagation in anisotropic and attenuative media. Prerequisite:
data collection, processing and interpretation procedures specific to
GPGN552 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
each technique so that non-specialists can more effectively evaluate
Offered spring semester, even years.
the results of geophysical investigations. Prerequisites: PHGN100,
GPGN555. INTRODUCTION TO EARTHQUAKE SEISMOLOGY. 3.0
PHGN200, MATH111, GEGN401 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours
Hours.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
(II) Introductory course in observational, engineering, and theoretical
GPGN535. GEOPHYSICAL COMPUTING. 3.0 Hours.
earthquake seismology. Topics include: seismogram interpretation,
(I) A survey of computer programming skills most relevant to geophysical
elastic plane waves and surface waves, source kinematics and
data processing, visualization and analysis. Skills enhanced include
constraints from seismograms, seismicity and earthquake location,
effective use of multiple programming languages, data structures,
magnitude and intensity estimates, seismic hazard analysis, and
multicore systems, and computer memory hierarchies. Problems
earthquake induced ground motions. Students interpret digital data from
addressed include multidimensional geophysical image processing,
globally distributed seismic stations. Prerequisite: GPGN461. 3 hours
geophysical data acquired at scattered locations, finite-difference
lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered spring semester, odd years.
approximations to partial differential equations, and other computational
GPGN558. SEISMIC DATA INTERPRETATION. 3.0 Hours.
problems encountered in research by students. Prerequisites: Experience
(II) Practical interpretation of seismic data used in exploration for hydro
programming in Java, C, C++ or Fortran. 3 hours lecture, 3 credit hours.
carbons. Integration with other sources of geological and geophysical
GPGN540. MINING GEOPHYSICS. 3.0 Hours.
information. Prerequisite: GPGN461, GEOL501 or equivalent or consent
(I) Introduction to gravity, magnetic, electric, radiometric and borehole
of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
techniques used primarily by the mining industry in exploring for new
GPGN561. SEISMIC DATA PROCESSING I. 3.0 Hours.
deposits but also applied extensively to petroleum, environmental and
(I) Introduction to basic principles underlying the processing of seismic
engineering problems. The course, intended for graduate geophysics
data for suppression of various types of noise. Includes the rationale
students, will emphasize the theoretical basis for each technique, the
for and methods for implementing different forms of gain to data, and
instrumentation used and data collection, processing and interpretation
the use of various forms of stacking for noise suppression, such as
procedures specific to each technique. Prerequisites: GPGN221,
diversity stacking of Vibroseis data, normal-moveout correction and
GPGN322, MATH111, MATH112, MATH213. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
common-midpoint stacking, optimum-weight stacking, beam steering
hours.
and the stack array. Also discussed are continuous and discrete oneand
GPGN551. WAVE PHENOMENA SEMINAR. 1.0 Hour.
two-dimensional data filtering, including Vibroseis correlation, spectral
(I, II) Students will probe a range of current methodologies and issues in
whitening, moveout filtering, data interpolation, slant stacking, and
seismic data processing, and discuss their ongoing and planned research
the continuous and discrete Radon transform for enhancing data
projects. Topic areas include: Statics estimation and compensation,
resolution and suppression of multiples and other forms of coherent
deconvolution, multiple suppression, wavelet estimation, imaging
noise. Prerequisite: GPGN461 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
and inversion, anisotropic velocity and amplitude analysis, seismic
semester hours.
interferometry, attenuation and dispersion, extraction of stratigraphic
GPGN562. SEISMIC DATA PROCESSING II. 3.0 Hours.
and lithologic information, and correlation of surface and borehole
(II) The student will gain understanding of applications of deterministic
seismic data with well log data. Every student registers for GPGN551 in
and statistical deconvolution for wavelet shaping, wavelet compression,
only the first semester in residence and receives a grade of PRG. The
and multiple suppression. Both reflection-based and refraction-based
grade is changed to a letter grade after the student’s presentation of
statistics estimation and correction for 2-D and 3-D seismic data will be
thesis research. Prerequisite: Consent of department. 1 hour seminar; 1
covered, with some attention to problems where subsurface structure is
semester hour.
complex. Also for areas of complex subsurface structure, students will
GPGN552. INTRODUCTION TO SEISMOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
be introduced to analytic and interactive methods of velocity estimation.
(I) Introduction to basic principles of elasticity including Hooke’s
Where the near-surface is complex, poststack and prestack imaging
law, equation of motion, representation theorems, and reciprocity.
methods, such as layer replacement are introduced to derive dynamic
Representation of seismic sources, seismic moment tensor, radiation
corrections to reflection data. Also discussed are special problems related
from point sources in homogeneous isotropic media. Boundary
to the processing of multi-component seismic data for enhancement
conditions, reflection/transmission coefficients of plane waves, plane-
of shearwave information, and those related to processing of vertical
wave propagation in stratified media. Basics of wave propagation in
seismic profile data for separation of upgoing and downgoing P- and
attenuative media, brief description of seismic modeling methods.
S- wave arrivals. Prerequisite: GPGN461 and GPGN561 or consent of
Prerequisite: GPGN461 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered spring semester,
semester hours.
odd years.

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GPGN570. APPLICATIONS OF SATELLITE REMOTE SENSING. 3.0
GPGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN GEOPHYSICS. 1-6 Hour.
Hours.
(I, II) New topics in geophysics. Each member of the academic faculty
(II) An introduction to geoscience applications of satellite remote sensing
is invited to submit a prospectus of the course to the department head
of the Earth and planets. The lectures provide background on satellites,
for evaluation as a special topics course. If selected, the course can be
sensors, methodology, and diverse applications. Topics include visible,
taught only once under the 598 title before becoming a part of the regular
near infrared, and thermal infrared passive sensing, active microwave
curriculum under a new course number and title. Prerequisite: Consent
and radio sensing, and geodetic remote sensing. Lectures and labs
of department. Credit-variable, 1 to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit under
involve use of data from a variety of instruments, as several applications
different titles.
to problems in the Earth and planetary sciences are presented. Students
GPGN599. GEOPHYSICAL INVESTIGATIONS MS. 1-6 Hour.
will complete independent term projects that are presented both written
(I, II) Individual project; instrument design, data interpretation, problem
and orally at the end of the term. Prerequisites: PHGN200 and MATH225
analysis, or field survey. Prerequisite: Consent of department and
or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
“Independent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the
GPGN574. GROUNDWATER GEOPHYSICS. 4.0 Hours.
Registrar. Credit dependent upon nature and extent of project. Variable 1
(II) Description of world groundwater aquifers. Effects of water saturation
to 6 hours. Repeatable for credit.
on the physical properties of rocks. Use of geophysical methods in
GPGN605. INVERSION THEORY. 3.0 Hours.
the exploration, development and production of groundwater. Field
(II) Introductory course in inverting geophysical observations for inferring
demonstrations of the application of the geophysical methods in the
earth structure and processes. Techniques discussed include: Monte-
solution of some groundwater problems. Prerequisite: Consent of
Carlo procedures, Marquardt-Levenburg optimization, and generalized
instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 4 semester hours.
linear inversion. In addition, aspects of probability theory, data and model
GPGN575. PLANETARY GEOPHYSICS. 3.0 Hours.
resolution, uniqueness considerations, and the use of a priori constraints
(I) Of the solid planets and moons in our Solar System, no two bodies
are presented. Students are required to apply the inversion methods
are exactly alike. This class will provide an overview of the observed
described to a problem of their choice and present the results as an oral
properties of the planets and moons, cover the basic physical processes
and written report. Prerequisite: MATH225 and knowledge of a scientific
that govern their evolution, and then investigate how the planets
programming language. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
differ and why. The overarching goals are to develop a quantitative
GPGN606. SIMULATION OF GEOPHYSICAL DATA. 3.0 Hours.
understanding of the processes that drive the evolution of planetary
(II) Efficiency of writing and running computer programs. Review of
surfaces and interiors, and to develop a deeper understanding of
basic matrix manipulation. Utilization of existing CSM and department
the Earth by placing it in the broader context of the Solar System.
computer program libraries. Some basic and specialized numerical
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
integration techniques used in geophysics. Geophysical applications
GPGN576. SPECIAL TOPICS IN THE PLANETARY SCIENCES. 1.0
of finite elements, finite differences, integral equation modeling, and
Hour.
summary representation. Project resulting in a term paper on the use of
(I, II) Students will read and discuss papers on a particular topic in the
numerical methods in geophysical interpretation. Prerequisite: Consent
planetary sciences. The choice of topic will change each semester. The
of Instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered spring semester,
emphasis is on key topics related to the current state and evolution of the
odd years.
solid planets and moons in our solar system. Readings will include both
GPGN651. ADVANCED SEISMOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
seminal papers and current research on the topic. Students will take turns
(I) In-depth discussion of wave propagation and seismic processing for
presenting summaries of the papers and leading the ensuing discussion.
anisotropic, heterogeneous media. Topics include influence of anisotropy
Prerequisites: Graduate standing, or senior standing and permission of
on plane-wave velocities and polarizations, traveltime analysis for
the instructor. 1 hour lecture; 1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit.
transversely isotropic models, anisotropic velocity-analysis and imaging
GPGN580. INDUCED SEISMICITY. 3.0 Hours.
methods, point-source radiation and Green’s function in anisotropic
(II) Earthquakes are sometimes caused by the activities of man. These
media, inversion and processing of multicomponent seismic data,
activities include mining and quarrying, petroleum and geothermal energy
shear-wave splitting, and basics of seismic fracture characterization.
production, building water reservoirs and dams, and underground nuclear
Prerequisites: GPGN552 and GPGN553 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
testing. This course will help students understand the characteristics and
lecture; 3 semester hours.
physical causes of man-made earthquakes and seismicity induced in
GPGN658. SEISMIC WAVEFIELD IMAGING. 3.0 Hours.
various situations. Students will read published reports and objectively
(I) Seismic imaging is the process that converts seismograms, each
analyze the seismological and ancillary data therein to decide if the
recorded as a function of time, to an image of the earth’s subsurface,
causative agent was man or natural processes. Prerequisite: basic
which is a function of depth below the surface. The course emphasizes
undergraduate geology and physics. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
imaging applications developed from first principles (elastodynamics
GPGN581. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Hour.
relations) to practical methods applicable to seismic wavefield data.
(I, II) Presentation describing results of MS thesis research. All students
Techniques discussed include reverse-time migration and migration
must present their research at an approved public venue before the
by wavefield extrapolation, angle-domain imaging, migration velocity
degree is granted. Every MS student registers for GPGN581 only in his/
analysis and analysis of angle-dependent reflectivity. Students do
her first semester in residence and receives a grade of PRG. Thereafter,
independent term projects presented at the end of the term, under the
students must attend the weekly Heiland Distinguished Lecture every
supervision of a faculty member or guest lecturer. Prerequisite: Consent
semester in residence. The grade of PRG is changed to a letter grade
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
after the student’s public research presentation and thesis defense are
both complete. 1 hour seminar, 1 semester hour.
GPGN597. SUMMER PROGRAMS. 12.0 Hours.

98 Graduate
GPGN660. MATHEMATICS OF SEISMIC IMAGING AND MIGRATION.
3.0 Hours.
(II) During the past 40 years geophysicists have developed many
techniques (known collectively as “migration”) for imaging geologic
structures deep within the Earth’s subsurface. Beyond merely
imaging strata, migration can provide information about important
physical properties of rocks, necessary for the subsequent drilling and
development of oil- and gas-bearing formations within the Earth. In
this course the student will be introduced to the mathematical theory
underlying seismic migration, in the context of “inverse scattering imaging
theory.” The course is heavily oriented toward problem solving. 3 hours
lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered spring semester, odd years.
GPGN681. GRADUATE SEMINAR ? PHD. 1.0 Hour.
(I, II) Presentation describing results of PhD thesis research. All students
must present their research at an approved public venue before the
degree is granted. Every PhD student registers for GPGN681 only in his/
her first semester in residence and receives a grade of PRG. Thereafter,
students must attend the weekly Heiland Distinguished Lecture every
semester in residence. The grade of PRG is changed to a letter grade
after the student’s public research presentation and thesis defense are
both complete. 1 hour seminar, 1 semester hour.
GPGN699. GEOPHYSICAL INVESTIGATION-PHD. 1-6 Hour.
(I, II) Individual project; instrument design, data interpretation, problem
analysis, or field survey. Prerequisite: Consent of department and
“Independent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the
Registrar. Credit dependent upon nature and extent of project, not to
exceed 6 semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
GPGN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT. 1-15 Hour.
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
direct supervision of the student’s faculty advisor. Variable class and
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
SYGN501. THE ART OF SCIENCE. 1.0 Hour.
This course consists of class sessions and practical exercises. The
content of the course is aimed at helping students acquire the skills
needed for a career in research. The class sessions cover topics such
as the choice of a research topic, making a work plan and executing
that plan effectively, what to do when you are stuck, how to write a
publication and choose a journal for publication, how to write proposals,
the ethics of research, the academic career versus a career in industry,
time-management, and a variety of other topics. The course is open to
students with very different backgrounds; this ensures a rich and diverse
intellectual environment. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 hour
lecture; 1 semester hour.

Colorado School of Mines 99
Liberal Arts and International
See "Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Programs (http://
bulletin.mines.edu/graduate/programs)" elsewhere in this bulletin for
Studies
further details.
http://lais.mines.edu/
Admission Requirements
The requirements for admission into LAIS Graduate Programs are as
Degree Offered
follows:
• Master of International Political Economy of Resources
1. An undergraduate degree with a cumulative grade point average
(GPA) at or above 3.0 (4.0 scale) or be a CSM undergraduate with
Certificates Offered
a minimum GPA of 3.0 in LAIS course work.
• Graduate Certificate in International Political Economy
2. The GRE is required. Under certain circumstances, the GRE
• Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Policy
requirements can be waived. GMAT scores may be used in lieu of
the GRE.
Minors Offered
3. A TOEFL score of 580 (paper test), 237 (computer test), or 92-93
(Internet test) or higher is required for students who are non-native
• International Political Economy of Resources
English speakers.
• Science, Technology, Engineering, and Policy

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

their sophomore year for counseling on degree application procedures,
admissions standards, and degree completion requirements.

100 Graduate
Minors Offered
Courses
• International Political Economy of Resources
LAIS521. ENVIRONMENTAL PHILOSOPHY AND POLICY. 3.0 Hours.
• Science, Technology, Engineering and Policy
Analyzes environmental ethics and philosophy including the relation
of philosophical perspectives to policy decision making. Critically
International Political Economy of Resources
examines often unstated ethical and/or philosophical assumptions
(IPER) Graduate Minor
about the environment and how these may complicate and occasionally
undermine productive policies. Policies that may be considered include
The IPER minor requires a minimum of nine (9) semester hours for
environmental protection, economic development, and energy production
Master students and twelve (12) semester hour for PhD students.
and use. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
Students work with a full-time LAIS faculty member to create a minor
LAIS523. ADVANCED SCIENCE COMMUNICATION. 3.0 Hours.
that focuses on an area of interest to the student. Courses must be at
This course will examine historical and contemporary case studies in
the 500- or 600-level and may include independent studies and speacial
which science communication (or miscommunication) played key roles in
topics. The minor must be approved by the student’s graduate committee
shaping policy outcomes and/or public perceptions. Examples of cases
and by the LAIS Division.
might include the recent controversies over hacked climate science
Science, Technology, Engineering, and
emails, nuclear power plant siting controversies, or discussions of
ethics in classic environmental cases, such as the Dioxin pollution case.
Policy (STEP) Graduate Minor
Students will study, analyze, and write about science communication and
The STEP graduate minor for the MS degree requires a minimum 9
policy theories related to scientific uncertainty; the role of the scientist
semester hours of course work. The STEP graduate minor for the
as communicator; and media ethics. Students will also be exposed to
PhD degree requires a minimum 12 semester hours of course work.
a number of strategies for managing their encounters with the media,
In all cases, the required course work must include LAIS586 Science
as well as tools for assessing their communication responsibilities and
and Technology Policy. Other courses may be selected from a list
capacities. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
of recommended courses posted and regularly updated on the LAIS
LAIS524. RHETORIC, ENERGY & PUBLIC PLCY. 3.0 Hours.
Science and Technology Policy Studies web site, a list which includes
An introduction to the ways in which rhetoric shapes public policy debates
some courses from other academic units. Among non-LAIS courses, the
that have broad social impact, particularly debates surrounding resource/
MS minor is limited to one such course and the PhD minor and graduate
energy issues. Students study and evaluate some classical but mostly
certificate are limited to two such courses. With the approval of the LAIS
contemporary rhetorical theories, as well as apply them to resource/
STEP adviser, it is also possible to utilize a limited number of other
energy-related case studies, such as sources within fossil or renewable
courses from the CSM Bulletin as well as transfer courses from other
energy. Students write a research paper and make a policy-shaping
institutions. For more information. please contact Dr. Jason Delborne.
contribution to an ongoing public policy debate in fossil or renewable
energy.
Certificates Offered
LAIS525. MEDIA AND THE ENVIRONMENT. 3.0 Hours.
This course explores the ways that messages about the environment
• Graduate Certificate in International Political Economy
and environmentalism are communicated in the mass media, fine arts,
• Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Policy
and popular culture. The course will introduce students to key readings
in communications, media studies, and cultural studies in order to
Graduate Certificates
understand the many ways in which the images, messages, and politics
The IPE Graduate Certificate program is 15 credit hour certificate
of “nature” are constructed. Students will analyze their role as science
and may focus on either IPE theories, methods, and models; or on
or technology communicators and will participate in the creation of
specialization, such as regional development (Asia-Pacific, Latin
communications projects related to environmental research on campus. 3
America, Africa, Russia, Eurasia, and the Middle East), international or
hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
comparative political economy issues, and specific themes like trade,
LAIS531. RELIGION AND SECURITY. 3.0 Hours.
finance, the environment, gender and ethnicity. It must be approved by
An introduction to the central topics in religion and society. Develops
the MIPER Director.
an analysis of civil society in 21st century contexts and connects this
analysis with leading debates about the relationship of religion and
The STEP graduate certificate requires a minimum 15 semester hours of
security. Creates an understanding of diverse religious traditions from the
course work and must include LAIS586 Science and Technology Policy.
perspective of how they view security. 3 hours lecture and descission; 3
It must be approved by the STEP advisor.
semester hours.
Admissions requirements are the same as for the degree program.
Please see the MIPER Director for more information.

Colorado School of Mines 101
LAIS535. LATIN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Hours.
LAIS545. INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY. 3.0 Hours.
Explores the political economy of current and recent past development
Introduces students to the field of International Political Economy
strategies, models, efforts, and issues in Latin America, one of the most
(IPE) . IPE scholars examine the intersection between economics and
dynamic regions of the world today. Development is understood to be a
politics, with a focus on interactions between states, organizations,
nonlinear, complex set of processes involving political, economic, social,
and individuals around the world. Students will become familiar with
cultural, and environmental factors whose ultimate goal is to improve the
the three main schools of thought on IPE: Realism (mercantilism),
quality of life for individuals. The role of both the state and the market
Liberalism, and Historical Structuralism (including Marxism and feminism)
in development processes will be examined. Topics to be covered will
and will evaluate substantive issues such as the role of international
vary as changing realities dictate but will be drawn from such subjects
organizations (the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, and
as inequality of income distribution; the role of education and health
the International Monetary Fund), the monetary and trading systems,
care; region-markets; the impact of globalization; institution-building;
regional development, international development, foreign aid, debt
corporatecommunity-state interfaces; neoliberalism; privatization;
crises, multinational corporations, and globalization. 3 hours seminar; 3
democracy; and public policy formulation as it relates to development
semester hours.
goals. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
LAIS546. GLOBALIZATION. 3.0 Hours.
LAIS537. ASIAN DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Hours.
Assesses the historical development of international political economy
Explores the historical development of Asia Pacific from agrarian to post-
as a discipline. Originally studied as the harbinger of today’s political
industrial eras; its economic, political, and cultural transformation since
science, economics, sociology, anthropology, and history, International
World War II, contemporary security issues that both divide and unite the
Political Economy is the multidisciplinary study of the relationship
region; and globalization processes that encourage Asia Pacific to forge a
between states and markets. A fuller understanding will be achieved
single trading bloc. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
through research and data analysis as well as interpretation of case
studies. Prerequisites: LAIS345 and any 400-level IPE course, or two
LAIS539. MIDDLE EAST DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Hours.
equivalent courses. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
This course invokes economic, political, social and historical dynamics
to help understand the development trajectories that the Middle East has
LAIS548. GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY. 3.0
been on in recent decades. This research-intensive graduate seminar
Hours.
discusses the development of Middle Eastern societies from their tribal
Examines the increasing importance of environmental policy and politics
and agrarian roots to post-industrial ones, and reflects on the pursuant
in international political economy and global international relations.
contemporary security issues that both divide and unite the region, and
Using historical analysis and interdisciplinary environmental studies
analyzes the effects of globalization on economies.
perspectives, this course explores global environmental problems that
have prompted an array of international and global regimes and other
LAIS541. AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Hours.
approaches to deal with them. It looks at the impact of environmental
Provides a broad overview of the political economy of Africa. Its goal is to
policy and politics on development, and the role that state and nonstate
give students an understanding of the possibilities of African development
actors play, especially in North-South relations and in the pursuit of
and the impediments that currently block its economic growth. Despite
sustainability. Prerequisites: any two IPE courses at the 300-level; or one
substantial natural resources, mineral reserves, and human capital,
IPE course at the 400 level; or one IPE course at the 300 level and one
most African countries remain mired in poverty. The struggles that
environmental policy/issues course at the 400 level. 3 hours lecture and
have arisen on the continent have fostered thinking about the curse of
discussion; 3 semester hours.
natural resources where countries with oil or diamonds are beset with
political instability and warfare. Readings give first an introduction to the
LAIS550. POLITICAL RISK ASSESSMENT. 3.0 Hours.
continent followed by a focus on the specific issues that confront African
Uses social science analytical tools and readings as well as indices
development today. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
prepared by organizations, such as the World Bank and the International
Monetary Fund, to create assessments of the political, social, economic,
LAIS542. NATURAL RESOURCES AND WAR IN AFRICA. 3.0 Hours.
environmental and security risks that multinational corporations may
Examines the relationship between natural resources and wars in Africa.
face as they expand operations around the world. Students will develop
It begins by discussing the complexity of Africa with its several many
detailed political risk reports for specific countries that teams collectively
languages, peoples, and geographic distinctions. Among the most vexing
select. Prerequisite: LAIS 545, IPE Minor, or instructor’s permission. 3
challenges for Africa is the fact that the continent possesses such wealth
hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
and yet still struggles with endemic warfare, which is hypothetically
caused by greed and competition over resource rents. Readings are
LAIS551. POL RISK ASSESS RESEARCH SEM. 1.0 Hour.
multidisciplinary and draw from policy studies, economics, and political
When offered, this international political economy seminar must be
science. Students will acquire an understanding of different theoretical
taken concurrently with LAIS450/LAIS550, Political Risk Assessment.
approaches from the social sciences to explain the relationship between
Its purpose is to acquaint the student with empirical research methods
abundant natural resources and war in Africa. The course helps students
and sources appropriate to conducting a political risk assessment study,
apply the different theories to specific cases and productive sectors. 3
and to hone the students analytical abilities. Prerequisite: LAIS100.
hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
Prerequisite or corequisite: LAIS200. Concurrent enrollment in LAIS450/
LAIS550. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.

102 Graduate
LAIS552. CORRUPTION AND DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Hours.
LAIS559. INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
Addresses the problem of corruption and its impact on development.
This course has, as its primary aim, the equipping of a future consultant
Readings are multidisciplinary and include policy studies, economics,
to deal with the cultural, socioeconomic, behavioral, psychological,
and political science. Students will acquire an understanding of what
ethical, and political problems in the international workplace. Specific
constitutes corruption, how it negatively affects development, and what
materials covered are: Early experimentation with small group dynamics
they, as engineers in a variety of professional circumstances, might do
relative to economic incentive; Hawthorne experiments; experiments
in circumstances in which bribe paying or taking might occur. 3 hours
of Asch on perception, Analysis of case studies of work productivity in
lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
service and technological industries. Review of work of F.W. Taylor,
Douglas McGregor, Blake & Mouton, and others in terms of optimum
LAIS553. ETHNIC CONFLICT IN THE GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE. 3.0
working conditions relative to wage and fringe benefits. Review ofNiccolò
Hours.
Machiavelli’s The Prince and the Discourses, and The Art of War by
Studies core economic, cultural, political, and psychological variables
Sun Tzu with application to present times and international cultural
that pertain to ethnic identity and ethnic contention, and analyzes their
norms. The intent of this course is to teach the survival, report writing,
operation in a wide spectrum of conflict situations around the globe.
and presentation skills, and cultural awareness needed for success
Considers ethnic contention in institutionalized contexts, such as the
in the real international business world. The students are organized
politics of affirmative action, as well as in non-institutionalized situations,
into small groups and do a case each week requiring a presentation
such as ethnic riots and genocide. Concludes by asking what can be
of their case study results, and a written report of the results as well.
done to mitigate ethnic conflict and what might be the future of ethnic
(Textbooks: Human Side of Enterprise by Douglas McGregor, Principles
group identification. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
of Scientific Management by F.W. Taylor, The Art of War by Sun Tzu, Up
LAIS555. INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS. 3.0 Hours.
The Organization by Robert Townsend, The Prince and the Discourses
Familiarizes students with the study of international organizations:
of Niccolò Machiavelli, and The Managerial Grid by Blake & Mouton.) 3
how they are created, how they are organized and what they try to
hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
accomplish. By the end of the semester, students will be familiar with
LAIS560. GLOBAL GEOPOLITICS. 3.0 Hours.
the role of international organization in the world system as well as the
Examines geopolitical theories and how they help us explain and
analytical tools used to analyze them. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3
understand contemporary developments in the world. Empirical evidence
semester hours.
from case studies help students develop a deeper understanding of the
LAIS556. POWER AND POLITICS IN EURASIA. 3.0 Hours.
interconnections between the political, economic, social, cultural and
This seminar covers the major international economic and security
geographic dimensions of governmental policies and corporate decisions.
issues affecting the fifteen states that once comprised the Soviet Union.
Prerequisites: any two IPE courses at the 300-level, or one IPE course at
The class begins with an overview of the Soviet Union and its collapse
the 400 level. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
in 1991, and then focuses on the major international economic and
LAIS564. QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES.
security dilemmas facing the former Soviet states and how the US,
3.0 Hours.
China, European Union and other countries, as well as international
Teaches basic methods of quantitative empirical research in the social
organizations affect politics in the former Soviet states. Special attention
sciences. Places social science in the broader context of scientific inquiry
will be paid to oil, natural gas, and other energy sectors in the region. 3
by addressing the role of observation and hypothesis testing in the social
hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
sciences. The focus is on linear regression and group comparisions, with
LAIS557. INTRODUCTION TO CONFLICT MANAGEMENT. 3.0 Hours.
attention to questions of research design, internal validity, and reliability.
Introduces graduate students to the issue of international conflict
3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
management with an emphasis on conflict in resource abundant
LAIS565. SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY. 3.0 Hours.
countries. Its goal is to develop analytic tools to acquire a systematic
Provides an introduction to foundational concepts, themes, and questions
means to think about conflict management in the international political
developed within the interdisciplinary field of science and technology
economy and to assess and react to such events. The course addresses
studies (STS). Readings address anthropological understandings of
the causes of contemporary conflicts with an initial focus on weak states,
laboratory practice, sociological perspectives on the settling of techno-
armed insurgencies, and ethnic conflict. It then turns to intra-state war
scientific controversies, historical insights on the development of scientific
as a failure of conflict management before discussing state failure,
institutions, philosophical stances on the interactions between technology
intractable conflicts, and efforts to build peace and reconstruct failed,
and humans, and relationships between science and democracy.
post-conflict states. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
Students complete several writing assignments, present material from
LAIS558. NATURAL RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Hours.
readings and research, and help to facilitate discussion. 3 hours lecture
Examines the relationship between natural resources and development.
and discussion; 3 semester hours.
It begins by discussing theories of development and how those theories
LAIS570. HISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT. 3.0 Hours.
account for specific choices among resource abundant countries. From
This course offers a critical examination of the history of scientific
the theoretical readings, students examine sector specific topics in
thought, investigation, discovery, and controversy in a range of historical
particular cases. These subjects include oil and natural gas in African
contexts. This course, which examines the transition from descriptive
and Central Asian countries; hard rock mining in West Africa and East
and speculative science to quantitative and predictive science, will help
Asia; gemstone mining in Southern and West Africa; contracting in the
students understand the broad context of science, technology, and social
extractive industries; and corporate social responsibility. Readings are
relations, a key component of the MEPS program framework. 3 hours
multidisciplinary and draw from policy studies, economics, and political
lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
science to provide students an understanding of different theoretical
approaches from the social sciences to explain the relationship between
abundant natural resources and development. 3 hours lecture and
discussion; 3 semester hours.

Colorado School of Mines 103
LAIS577. ENGINEERING AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY
LAIS599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 6.0 Hours.
DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Hours.
(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
Analyzes the relationship between engineering and sustainable
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject
community development (SCD) from historical, political, ethical, cultural,
matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form
and practical perspectives. Students will study and analyze different
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6
dimensions of sustainability, development, and "helping", and the role
credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
that engineering might play in each. Will include critical explorations of
LAIS601. ACADEMIC PUBLISHING. NaN Hours.
strengths and limitations of dominant methods in engineering problem
Students will finish this course with increased knowledge of general and
solving, design and research for working in SCD. Through case-studies,
discipline-specific writing conversations as well as the ability to use that
students will analyze and evaluate projects in SCD and develop criteria
knowledge in publishing portions of theses or dissertations. Beyond the
for their evaluation. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
research article, students will also have the opportunity to learn more
LAIS578. ENGINEERING AND SOCIAL JUSTICE. 3.0 Hours.
about genres such as conference abstracts, conference presentations,
(II) Explores the meaning of social justice in different areas of social life
literature reviews, and research funding proposals. Prerequisite: Must
and the role that engineers and engineering can play in promoting or
have completed one full year (or equivalent) of graduate school course
defending social justice. Begins with students’ exploration of their own
work. Variable credit: 2 or 3 semester hours.
social locations, alliances, and resistances to social justice through critical
LAIS699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
engagement of interdisciplinary readings that challenge engineering
(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
mindsets. Offers understandings of why and how engineering has on
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject
occasion been aligned with or divergent from specific social justice issues
matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form
and causes. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6
LAIS586. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY. 3.0 Hours.
credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
Examines current issues relating to science and technology policy in the
LAIS707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT.
United States and, as appropriate, in other countries. 3 hours lecture and
1-15 Hour.
discussion; 3 semester hours.
(I, II, S) GRADUATE THESIS/DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT
LAIS587. ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY. 3.0 Hours.
Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level thesis
Explores environmental policies and the political and governmental
or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the direct
processes that produce them. Group discussion and independent
supervision of the student’s faculty advisor. Variable class and semester
research on specific environmental issues. Primary but not exclusive
hours. Repeatable for credit.
focus on the U.S. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
LICM501. PROFESSIONAL ORAL COMMUNICATION. 1.0 Hour.
LAIS588. WATER POLITICS AND POLICY. 3.0 Hours.
A five-week course which teaches the fundamentals of effectively
Examines water policies and the political and governmental processes
preparing and presenting messages. "Hands-on" course emphasizing
that produce them, as an example of natural resource politics and policy
short (5- and 10-minute) weekly presentations made in small groups
in general. Group discussion and independent research on specific
to simulate professional and corporate communications. Students
politics and policy issues. Primary but not exclusive focus on the U.S. 3
are encouraged to make formal presentations which relate to their
hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.
academic or professional fields. Extensive instruction in the use of
visuals. Presentations are rehearsed in class two days prior to the formal
LAIS589. NUCLEAR POWER AND PUBLIC POLICY. 3.0 Hours.
presentations, all of which are video-taped and carefully evaluated. 1
A general introduction to research and practice concerning policies
hour lecture/lab; 1 semester hour.
and practices relevant to the development and management of nuclear
power. Corequisite: PHGN590 Nuclear Reactor Physics or instructor
SYGN502. INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH ETHICS. 1.0 Hour.
consent. 3 hours lecture and seminar; 3 semester hours.
A five-week course that introduces students to the various components
of responsible and research practices. Topics covered move from issues
LAIS590. ENERGY AND SOCIETY. 3.0 Hours.
related to the planning of research through the conducting of research
(II) The course begins with a brief introduction to global energy
to the dissemination of research results. The course culminates with
production and conservation, focusing on particular case studies that
students writing and defending their ethics statements. 1 hour lecture/lab;
highlight the relationship among energy, society, and community in
1 semester hour.
different contexts. The course examines energy successes and failures
wherein communities, governments, and/or energy companies come
together to promote socially just and economically viable forms of energy
production/conservation. The course also explores conflicts driven by
energy development. These case studies are supplemented by the
expertise of guest speakers from industry, government, NGOs, and
elsewhere. Areas of focus include questioning the forward momentum of
energy production, its social and environmental impact, including how it
distributes power, resources and risks across different social groups and
communities. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.
LAIS598. SPECIAL TOPICS. 1-6 Hour.
(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. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours.
Repeatable for credit under different titles.

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

Colorado School of Mines 105
• Site Characterization and Geotechnical Investigations, Modeling and
GOGN506. EXCAVATION PROJECT MANAGEMENT. 2.0 Hours.
Design in Geoengineering.
Normal project initiation, design procedures, project financing, permitting
• Rock Fragmentation
and environmental impacts, preparation of plans and specifications,
contract award, notice to proceed and legal requirements. Construction
• Mineral Processing, Communition, Separation Technology
alternatives, contract types, standard contract language, bidding and
• Bulk Material Handling
estimating and contract awarding procedures. Construction inspection
and control methods and completion procedures. Conflict resolution,
administrative redress, arbitration and litigation. Time and tonnage based
Courses
incentive programs. The role of experts. Prerequisite: College-level in
Microeconomics or Engineering Economy. Degree in Engineering. 2
GOGN501. SITE INVESTIGATION AND CHARACTERIZATION. 3.0
hours lecture; 2 semester hours.
Hours.
GOGN625. GEO-ENGINEERING SEMINAR. 1.0 Hour.
An applications oriented course covering: geological data collection,
Discussions presented by graduate students, staff, and visiting lectures
geophysical methods for site investigation; hydrological data collection;
on research and development topics of general interest. Required of all
materials properties determination; and various engineering classification
graduate students in Geo-Engineering every semester, during residence.
systems. Presentation of data in a format suitable for subsequent
Prerequisite: Enrollment in Geo-Engineering Program. 1 semester hour
engineering design will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Introductory
upon completion of thesis or residence.
courses in geology, rock mechanics, and soil mechanics. 3 hours lecture;
3 semester hours.
MNGN501. REGULATORY MINING LAWS AND CONTRACTS. 3.0
Hours.
GOGN502. SOLID MECHANICS APPLIED TO ROCKS. 3.0 Hours.
(I) Basic fundamentals of engineering law, regulations of federal and
An introduction to the deformation and failure of rocks and rock masses
state laws pertaining to the mineral industry and environment control.
and to the flow of groundwater. Principles of displacement, strain and
Basic concepts of mining contracts. Offered in even numbered years.
stress, together with the equations of equilibrium are discussed. Elastic
Prerequisite: Senior or graduate status. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
and plastic constitutive laws, with and without time dependence, are
hours. Offered in even years.
introduced. Concepts of strain hardening and softening are summarized.
Energy principles, energy changes caused by underground excavations,
MNGN503. MINING TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE
stable and unstable equilibria are defined. Failure criteria for intact rock
DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Hours.
and rock masses are explained. Principles of numerical techniques are
(I, II) The primary focus of this course is to provide students an
discussed and illustrated. Basic laws and modeling of groundwater flows
understanding of the fundamental principles of sustainability and how
are introduced. Prerequisite: Introductory Rock Mechanics. 3 hours
they influence the technical components of a mine’s life cycle, beginning
lecture; 3 semester hours.
during project feasibility and extending through operations to closure
and site reclamation. Course discussions will address a wide range of
GOGN503. CHARACTERIZATION AND MODELING LABORATORY.
traditional engineering topics that have specific relevance and impact to
3.0 Hours.
local and regional communities, such as mining methods and systems,
An applications oriented course covering: Advanced rock testing
mine plant design and layout, mine operations and supervision, resource
procedures; dynamic rock properties determination; on-site
utilization and cutoff grades, and labor. The course will emphasize the
measurements; and various rock mass modeling approaches.
importance of integrating social, political, and economic considerations
Presentation of data in a format suitable for subsequent engineering
into technical decision-making and problem solving. 3 hours lecture; 3
design will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Introductory courses in geology,
semester hours.
rock mechanics, and soil mechanics. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MNGN505. ROCK MECHANICS IN MINING. 3.0 Hours.
GOGN504. SURFACE STRUCTURES IN EARTH MATERIALS. 3.0
(I) The course deals with the rock mechanics aspect of design of mine
Hours.
layouts developed in both underground and surface. Underground mining
Principles involved in the design and construction of surface structures
sections include design of coal and hard rock pillars, mine layout design
involving earth materials. Slopes and cuts. Retaining walls. Tailing dams.
for tabular and massive ore bodies, assessment of caving characteristics
Leach dumps. Foundations. Piles and piers. Extensive use of case
or ore bodies, performance and application of backfill, and phenomenon
examples. Prerequisites: GOGN501, GOGN502, GOGN503. 3 hours
of rock burst and its alleviation. Surface mining portion covers rock mass
lecture; 3 semester hours.
characterization, failure modes of slopes excavated in rock masses,
GOGN505. UNDERGROUND EXCAVATION IN ROCK. 3.0 Hours.
probabilistic and deterministic approaches to design of slopes, and
Components of stress, stress distributions, underground excavation
remedial measures for slope stability problems. Prerequisite: MN321 or
failure mechanisms, optimum orientation and shape of excavations,
equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
excavation stability, excavation support design, ground treatment
MNGN506. DESIGN AND SUPPORT OF UNDERGROUND
and rock pre-reinforcement, drill and blast excavations, mechanical
EXCAVATIONS. 3.0 Hours.
excavation, material haulage, ventilation and power supply, labor
Design of underground excavations and support. Analysis of stress
requirements and training, scheduling and costing of underground
and rock mass deformations around excavations using analytical and
excavations, and case histories. Prerequisites: GOGN501, GOGN502,
numerical methods. Collections, preparation, and evaluation of insitu and
GOGN503. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
laboratory data for excavation design. Use of rock mass rating systems
for site characterization and excavation design. Study of support types
and selection of support for underground excavations. Use of numerical
models for design of shafts, tunnels and large chambers. Prerequisite:
Instructor’s consent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in odd
years.

106 Graduate
MNGN507. ADVANCED DRILLING AND BLASTING. 3.0 Hours.
MNGN515. MINE MECHANIZATION AND AUTOMATION. 3.0 Hours.
(I) An advanced study of the theories of rock penetration including
This course will provide an in-depth study of the current state of the art
percussion, rotary, and rotary percussion drilling. Rock fragmentation
and future trends in mine mechanization and mine automation systems
including explosives and the theories of blasting rock. Application of
for both surface and underground mining, review the infrastructure
theory to drilling and blasting practice at mines, pits, and quarries.
required to support mine automation, and analyze the potential economic
Prerequisite: MNGN407. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in
and health and safety benefits. Prerequisite: MNGN312, MNGN314,
odd years.
MNGN316, or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3
semester hours. Fall of odd years.
MNGN508. ADVANCED ROCK MECHANICS. 3.0 Hours.
Analytical and numerical modeling analysis of stresses and
MNGN516. UNDERGROUND MINE DESIGN. 3.0 Hours.
displacements induced around engineering excavations in rock. Insitu
Selection, design, and development of most suitable underground
stress. Rock failure criteria. Complete load deformation behavior of rocks.
mining methods based upon the physical and the geological properties
Measurement and monitoring techniques in rock mechanics. Principles
of mineral deposits (metallics and nonmetallics), conservation
of design of excavation in rocks. Analytical, numerical modeling and
considerations, and associated environmental impacts. Reserve
empirical design methods. Probabilistic and deterministic approaches
estimates, development and production planning, engineering drawings
to rock engineering designs. Excavation design examples for shafts,
for development and extraction, underground haulage systems, and
tunnels, large chambers and mine pillars. Seismic loading of structures
cost estimates. Prerequisite: MNGN210. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3
in rock. Phenomenon of rock burst and its alleviation. Prerequisite:
semester hours.
MNGN321 or professor’s consent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
MNGN517. ADVANCED UNDERGROUND MINING. 3.0 Hours.
MNGN510. FUNDAMENTALS OF MINING AND MINERAL RESOURCE
(II) Review and evaluation of new developments in advanced
DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Hours.
underground mining systems to achieve improved productivity and
Specifically designed for non-majors, the primary focus of this course is
reduced costs. The major topics covered include: mechanical excavation
to provide students with a fundamental understanding of how mineral
techniques for mine development and production, new haulage and
resources are found, developed, mined, and ultimately reclaimed.
vertical conveyance systems, advanced ground support and roof
The course will present a wide range of traditional engineering and
control methods, mine automation and monitoring, new mining systems
economic topics related to: exploration and resource characterization,
and future trends in automated, high productivity mining schemes.
project feasibility, mining methods and systems, mine plant design
Prerequisite: Underground Mine Design (e.g., MNGN314). 3 hours
and layout, mine operations and scheduling, labor, and environmental
lecture; 3 semester hours.
and safety considerations. The course will emphasize the importance
MNGN518. ADVANCED BULK UNDERGROUND MINING
of integrating social (human), political, and environmental issues into
TECHNIQUES. 3.0 Hours.
technical decision-making and design. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
This course will provide advanced knowledge and understanding of
MNGN511. MINING INVESTIGATIONS. 2-4 Hour.
the current state-of-the-art in design, development, and production in
(I, II) Investigational problems associated with any important aspect of
underground hard rock mining using bulk-mining methods. Design and
mining. Choice of problem is arranged between student and instructor.
layout of sublevel caving, block caving, open stoping and blasthole
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Lecture, consultation, lab, and
stoping systems. Equipment selection, production scheduling, ventilation
assigned reading; 2 to 4 semester hours.
design, and mining costs. Prerequisites: MNGN314, MNGN516, or
consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
MNGN512. SURFACE MINE DESIGN. 3.0 Hours.
Spring of odd years.
Analysis of elements of surface mine operation and design of surface
mining system components with emphasis on minimization of adverse
MNGN519. ADVANCED SURFACE COAL MINE DESIGN. 3.0 Hours.
environmental impact and maximization of efficient use of mineral
(II) Review of current manual and computer methods of reserve
resources. Ore estimates, unit operations, equipment selection, final
estimation, mine design, equipment selection, and mine planning and
pit determinations, short- and long-range planning, road layouts, dump
scheduling. Course includes design of a surface coal mine for a given
planning, and cost estimation. Prerequisite: MNGN210. 3 hours lecture; 3
case study and comparison of manual and computer results. Prerequisite:
semester hours.
MNGN312, 316, 427. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
Offered in odd years.
MNGN514. MINING ROBOTICS. 3.0 Hours.
(I) Fundamentals of robotics as applied to the mining industry. The focus
MNGN520. ROCK MECHANICS IN UNDERGROUND COAL MINING.
is on mobile robotic vehicles. Topics covered are mining applications,
3.0 Hours.
introduction and history of mobile robotics, sensors, including vision,
(I) Rock mechanics consideration in the design of room-and-pillar,
problems of sensing variations in rock properties, problems of
longwall, and shortwall coal mining systems. Evaluation of bump and
representing human knowledge in control systems, machine condition
outburst conditions and remedial measures. Methane drainage systems.
diagnostics, kinematics, and path finding. Prerequisite: CSCI404 or
Surface subsidence evaluation. Prerequisite: MNGN321. 3 hours lecture;
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in odd
3 semester hours. Offered in odd years.
years.
MNGN522. FLOTATION. 3.0 Hours.
Science and engineering governing the practice of mineral concentration
by flotation. Interfacial phenomena, flotation reagents, mineral-reagent
interactions, and zeta-potential are covered. Flotation circuit design and
evaluation as well as tailings handling are also covered. The course also
includes laboratory demonstrations of some fundamental concepts. 3
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

Colorado School of Mines 107
MNGN523. SELECTED TOPICS. 2-4 Hour.
MNGN529. URANIUM MINING. 2.0 Hours.
(I, II) Special topics in mining engineering, incorporating lectures,
(I) Overview and introduction to the principles of uranium resource
laboratory work or independent study, depending on needs. This course
extraction and production. All aspects of the uranium fuel cycle are
may be repeated for additional credit only if subject material is different.
covered, including the geology of uranium, exploration for uranium
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 2 to 4 semester hours. Repeatable for
deposits, mining, processing, environmental issues, and health and
credit under different titles.
safety aspects. A lesser emphasis will be placed on nuclear fuel
fabrication, nuclear power and waste disposal.
MNGN524. ADVANCED MINE VENTILATION. 3.0 Hours.
(I) Advanced topics of mine ventilation including specific ventilation
MNGN530. INTRODUCTION TO MICRO COMPUTERS IN MINING. 3.0
designs for various mining methods, ventilation numerical modeling, mine
Hours.
atmosphere management, mine air cooling, prevention and ventilation
(I) General overview of the use of PC based micro computers and
response to mine fires and explosions, mine dust control. Prerequisites:
software applications in the mining industry. Topics include the use of:
MNGN424 Mine Ventilation or consent of instructor. Lecture and Lab
database, CAD, spreadsheets, computer graphics, data acquisition, and
Contact Hours: 3 hours lecture; 3 semester credit hours.
remote communications as applied in the mining industry. Prerequisite:
Any course in computer programming. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3
MNGN525. INTRODUCTION TO NUMERICAL TECHNIQUES IN ROCK
semester hours.
MECHANICS. 3.0 Hours.
(I) Principles of stress and infinitesimal strain analysis are summarized,
MNGN536. OPERATIONS RESEARCH TECHNIQUES IN THE
linear constitutive laws and energy methods are reviewed. Continuous
MINERAL INDUSTRY. 3.0 Hours.
and laminated models of stratified rock masses are introduced.
Analysis of exploration, mining, and metallurgy systems using statistical
The general concepts of the boundary element and finite element
analysis. Monte Carlo methods, simulation, linear programming, and
methods are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the boundary element
computer methods. Prerequisite: MNGN433 or consent of instructor. 2
approach with displacement discontinui ties, because of its relevance
hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours. Offered in even years.
to the modeling of the extraction of tabular mineral bodies and to the
MNGN538. GEOSTATISTICAL ORE RESERVE ESTIMATION. 3.0
mobilization of faults, joints, etc. Several practical problems, selected
Hours.
from rock mechanics and subsidence engineering practices, are treated
(I) Introduction to the application and theory of geostatistics in the mining
to demonstrate applications of the techniques. Prerequi site: MNGN321,
industry. Review of elementary statistics and traditional ore reserve
EGGN320, or equivalent courses, MATH455 or consent of instructor. 3
calculation techniques. Presentation of fundamental geostatistical
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in even years.
concepts, including: variogram, estimation variance, block variance,
MNGN526. MODELING AND MEASURING IN GEOMECHANICS. 3.0
kriging, geostatistical simulation. Emphasis on the practical aspects of
Hours.
geostatistical modeling in mining. Prerequisite: MATH323 or equivalent
(II) Introduction to instruments and instrumen tation systems used
course in statistics; graduate or senior status. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
for making field measurements (stress, convergence, deformation,
hours.
load, etc.) in geomechanics. Techniques for determining rock mass
MNGN539. ADVANCED MINING GEOSTATISTICS. 3.0 Hours.
strength and deformability. Design of field measurement programs.
(II) Advanced study of the theory and application of geostatistics in
Interpretation of field data. Development of predictive models using field
mining engineering. Presentation of state-of-the-art geostatistical
data. Intro duction to various numerical techniques (boundary element,
concepts, including: robust estimation, nonlinear geostatistics, disjunctive
finite element, FLAC, etc.) for modeling the behavior of rock structures.
kriging, geostatistical simulation, computational aspects. This course
Demonstration of concepts using various case studies. Prerequisite:
includes presentations by many guest lecturers from the mining industry.
Graduate standing or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3
Emphasis on the development and application of advanced geostatistical
semester hours. Offered in odd years.
techniques to difficult problems in the mining industry today. 3 hours
MNGN527. THEORY OF PLATES AND SHELLS. 3.0 Hours.
lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in odd years.
Classical methods for the analysis of stresses in plate type structure
MNGN540. CLEAN COAL TECHNOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
are presented first. The stiffness matrices for plate element will be
(I, II) Clean Energy - Gasification of Carbonaceous Materials - including
developed and used in the finite element method of analysis. Membrane
coal, oil, gas, plastics, rubber, municipal waste and other substances.
and bending stresses in shells are derived. Application of the theory to
tunnels, pipes, pressures vessels, and domes, etc., will be included.
MNGN545. ROCK SLOPE ENGINEERING. 3.0 Hours.
Prerequisites: EGGN320 or instructor’s consent. 3 hours lecture; 3 credit
Introduction to the analysis and design of slopes excavated in rock.
hours.
Rock mass classification and strength determinations, geological
structural parameters, properties of fracture sets, data collection
MNGN528. MINING GEOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
techniques, hydrological factors, methods of analysis of slope stability,
(I) Role of geology and the geologist in the development and production
wedge intersections, monitoring and maintenance of final pit slopes,
stages of a mining operation. Topics addressed: mining operation
classification of slides. Deterministic and probabilistic approaches in
sequence, mine mapping, drilling, sampling, reserve estimation,
slope design. Remedial measures. Laboratory and field exercise in
economic evaluation, permitting, support functions. Field trips, mine
slope design. Collection of data and specimens in the field for deterring
mapping, data evaluation, exercises and term project. Prerequisite:
physical properties required for slope design. Application of numerical
GEGN401 or GEGN405 or permission of instructors. 2 hours lecture/
modeling and analytical techniques to slope stability determinations for
seminar, 3 hours laboratory: 3 semester hours. Offered in even years.
hard rock and soft rock environments. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent.
3 hours lecture. 3 semester hours.

108 Graduate
MNGN549. MARINE MINING SYSTEMS. 3.0 Hours.
MNGN590. MECHANICAL EXCAVATION IN MINING. 3.0 Hours.
(I) Define interdisciplinary marine mining systems and operational
(II) This course provides a comprehensive review of the existing and
requirements for the exploration survey, sea floor mining, hoisting, and
emerging mechanical excavation technologies for mine development and
transport. Describe and design components of deep-ocean, manganese-
production in surface and underground mining. The major topics covered
nodule mining systems and other marine mineral extraction methods.
in the course include: history and development of mechanical excavators,
Analyze dynamics and remote control of the marine mining systems
theory and principles of mechanical rock fragmentation, design and
interactions and system components. Describe the current state-of-the-art
performance of rock cutting tools, design and operational characteristics
technology, operational practice, trade-offs of the system design and risk.
of mechanical excavators (e.g. continuous miners, roadheaders, tunnel
Prerequisite: EGGN351, EGGN320, GEOC408 or consent of instructor. 3
boring machines, raise drills, shaft borers, impact miners, slotters),
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate even years.
applications to mine development and production, performance prediction
and geotechnical investigations, costs versus conventional methods,
MNGN550. NEW TECHNIQUES IN MINING. 3.0 Hours.
new mine designs for applying mechanical excavators, case histories,
(II) Review of various experimental mining procedures, including a critical
future trends and anticipated developments and novel rock fragmentation
evaluation of their potential applications. Mining methods covered include
methods including water jets, lasers, microwaves, electron beams,
deep sea nodule mining, in situ gassification of coal, in situ retorting of
penetrators, electrical discharge and sonic rock breakers. Prerequisite:
oil shale, solution mining of soluble minerals, in situ leaching of metals,
Senior or graduate status. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in
geothermal power generation, oil mining, nuclear fragmentation, slope
odd years.
caving, electro-thermal rock penetration and fragmentation. Prerequisite:
Graduate standing or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
MNGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MINING ENGINEERING. 1-6 Hour.
hours. Offered in even years.
(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
interests of instructor(s) and student( s). Usually the course is offered
MNGN552. SOLUTION MINING AND PROCESSING OF ORES. 3.0
only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit
Hours.
hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
(II) Theory and application of advanced methods of extracting and
processing of minerals, underground or in situ, to recover solutions and
MNGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
concentrates of value-materials, by minimization of the traditional surface
(I, II) (WI) ) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
processing and disposal of tailings to minimize environmental impacts.
by a faculty member. When a student and instructor agree on a subject
Prerequisite: Senior or graduate status; Instructor’s consent. 3 hours
matter, content, method of assessment, and credit hours, it must be
lecture, 3 semester hours. Offered in spring.
approved by the Department Head. Prerequisite: "Independent Study"
form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1
MNGN559. MECHANICS OF PARTICULATE MEDIA. 3.0 Hours.
to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
(1) This course allows students to establish fundamental knowledge
of quasi-static and dynamic particle behavior that is beneficial to
MNGN625. GRADUATE MINING SEMINAR. 1.0 Hour.
interdisciplinary material handling processes in the chemical, civil,
(I, II) Discussions presented by graduate students, staff, and visiting
materials, metallurgy, geophysics, physics, and mining engineering.
lecturers on research and development topics of general interest.
Issues of interst are the definition of particl size and size distribution,
Required of all graduate students in mining engineering every semester
particle shape, nature of packing, quasi-static behavior under different
during residence. 1 semester hour upon completion of thesis or
external loading, particle collisions, kinetic theoretical modeling of
residence.
particulate flows, molecular dynamic simulations, and a brief introduction
MNGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MINING ENGINEERING. 1-6 Hour.
of solid-fluid two-phase flows. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours
(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
lecture; 3 semester hours. Fall semesters, every other year.
interests of instructor(s) and student( s). Usually the course is offered
MNGN560. INDUSTRIAL MINERALS PRODUCTION. 3.0 Hours.
only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit
(II) This course describes the engineering principles and practices
hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
associated with quarry mining operations related to the cement and
MNGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
aggregate industries. The course will cover resource definition, quarry
(I, II) (WI) ) Individual research or special problem projects supervised
planning and design, extraction, and processing of minerals for cement
by a faculty member. When a student and instructor agree on a subject
and aggregate production. Permitting issues and reclamation, particle
matter, content, method of assessment, and credit hours, it must be
sizing and environmental practices, will be studied in depth.
approved by the Department Head. Prerequisite: "Independent Study"
MNGN585. MINING ECONOMICS. 3.0 Hours.
form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1
(I) Advanced study in mine valuation with emphasis on revenue and cost
to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
aspects. Topics include price and contract consideration in coal, metal
MNGN700. GRADUATE ENGINEERING REPORTMASTER OF
and other commodities; mine capital and operating cost estimation and
ENGINEERING. 1-6 Hour.
indexing; and other topics of current interest. Prerequisite: MNGN427 or
(I, II) Laboratory, field, and library work for the Master of Engineering
EBGN504 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered in
report under supervision of the student’s advisory committee. Required of
even years.
candidates for the degree of Master of Engineering. Variable 1 to 6 hours.
Repeatable for credit to a maximum of 6 hours.

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MNGN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT. 1-15 Hour.
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
direct supervision of the student’s faculty advisor. Variable class and
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.

110 Graduate
Petroleum Engineering
engineering and geology courses will be required. These deficiency
courses are not counted towards the graduate degree; nonetheless, the
student is expected to pass the required courses and the grades received
Degrees Offered
in these courses are included in the GPA. Not passing these courses
• Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems
can jeopardize the student’s continuance in the graduate program. It is
desirable for students with deficiencies to complete the deficiencies or
• Master of Engineering (Petroleum Engineering)
course work within the first two semesters of arrival to the program or as
• Master of Science (Petroleum Engineering)
soon as possible with the approval of their advisor.
• Doctor of Philosophy (Petroleum Engineering)
All PE graduate students are required to complete 3 credit hours of
Program Description
course work in writing, research, or presentation intensive classes, such
as PEGN681, LICM501, SYGN501, and SYGN600, as agreed to by their
The Petroleum Engineering Department offers students a choice of a
graduate advisor.
Master of Science (MS) degree or a Master of Engineering (ME) degree.
For the MS degree, a thesis is required in addition to course work. For
Fields of Research
the ME degree, no thesis is required, but the course work requirement
is greater than that for the MS degree. The Petroleum Engineering
Current research topics include:
Department also offers CSM undergraduate students the option of a
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program. This is an accelerated
• Rock and fluid properties, phase behavior, and rock mechanics
program that provides the opportunity to CSM students to have a head
• Analytical and numerical modeling of fluid flow in porous media
start on their graduate education.
• Formation evaluation, well test analysis, and reservoir characterization
• Geomechanics
Applications from students having a MS in Petroleum Engineering, or
in another complimentary discipline, will be considered for admission to
• Oil recovery processes
the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program. To obtain the Ph.D. degree,
• Unconventional oil and gas
a student must demonstrate unusual competence, creativity, and
• Shale gas and shale oil
dedication in the degree field. In addition to extensive course work, a
• Natural gas engineering, coalbed methane, and geothermal energy
dissertation is required for the Ph.D. degree.
• Completion and stimulation of wells
Applying for Admission
• Horizontal and multilateral wells
• Drilling management and rig automation
All graduate applicants must have taken core engineering, math and
• Fluid flow in wellbores and artificial lift
science courses before applying to graduate school. For the Colorado
• External fluid flow on offshore structures
School of Mines this would be 3 units of Calculus, 2 units of Chemistry
with Quantitative Lab, 2 units of Physics, Differential Equations, Statics,
• Drilling mechanics, directional drilling, extraterrestrial drilling, ice coring
Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Mechanics of Materials. To
and drilling
apply for admission, follow the procedure outlined in the general section
• Bit vibration analysis, tubular buckling and stability, wave propagation
of this bulletin. Three letters of recommendation must accompany the
in drilling tubulars
application. The Petroleum Engineering Department requires the general
• Laser technology in penetrating rocks
test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for applicants to all
degree levels.
Research projects may involve professors and graduate students
from other disciplines. Projects often include off-campus laboratories,
Applicants for the Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and
institutes, and other resources.
Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems programs
should have a minimum score of 155 or better and applicants for the
The Petroleum Engineering Department houses a research institute, two
Ph.D. program are expected to have 159 or better on the quantitative
research centers, and one consortia.
section of the GRE exam, in addition to acceptable scores in the
verbal and analytical sections. The GPA of the applicant must be 3.0
Research Institute
or higher. The graduate application review committee determines
• Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Institute (UNGI)
minimum requirements accordingly, and these requirements may change
depending on the application pool for the particular semester. The
Research Centers
applicants whose native language is not English are also expected to
• Marathon Center of Excellence for Reservoir Studies (MCERS)
provide satisfactory scores on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign
Language) exam as specified in the general section of this bulletin.
• Center for Earth Mechanics, Materials, and Characterization (CEMMC)
Required Curriculum
Research Consortia
• Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology (FAST) Consortium.
A student in the graduate program selects course work by consultation
with the Faculty Advisor and with the approval of the graduate committee.
Special Features
Course work is tailored to the needs and interests of the student.
Students who do not have a BS degree in petroleum engineering must
In the exchange programs with the Petroleum Engineering Departments
take deficiency courses as required by the department as soon as
of the Mining University of Leoben, Austria, Technical University in Delft,
possible in their graduate programs. Depending on the applicant’s
Holland, and the University of Adelaide, Australia, a student may spend
undergraduate degree, various basic undergraduate petroleum
one semester abroad during graduate studies and receive full transfer

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of credit back to CSM with prior approval of the Petroleum Engineering
beyond the Master’s degree of which no less than 30 credit hours earned
Department at CSM.
by research.
In the fall of 2012, the new Petroleum Engineering building, Marquez
The Petroleum Engineering, Geology and Geological Engineering, and
Hall, was opened. The new home for the Petroleum Engineering
the Geophysics Departments share oversight for the Professional
Department is a prominent campus landmark, showcasing Mines’
Masters in Petroleum Reservoir Systems program through a
longstanding strengths in its core focus areas and our commitment to
committee consisting of one faculty member from each department.
staying at the forefront of innovation. The new building is designed using
Students gain admission to the program by application to any of the three
aggressive energy saving strategies and will be LEED certified. Marquez
sponsoring departments. Students are administered by that department
Hall is the first building on the Colorado School of Mines Campus that is
into which they first matriculate. A minimum of 36 credit hours of course
funded entirely by donations.
credit is required to complete the Professional Masters in Petroleum
Reservoir Systems program. Up to 9 credits may be earned by 400 level
The Petroleum Engineering Department enjoys strong collaboration with
courses. All other credits toward the degree must be 500 level or above.
the Geology and Geological Engineering Department and Geophysics
At least 9 hours must consist of:
Department at CSM. Courses that integrate the faculty and interests of
the three departments are taught at the undergraduate and graduate
GEGN/GPGN/
MULTIDISCIPLINARY PETROLEUM DESIGN
3.0
levels.
PEGN439
Select one of the following:
3.0
The department is close to oil and gas field operations, oil companies and
laboratories, and geologic outcrops of producing formations. There are
GPGN/
WELL LOG ANALYSIS AND FORMATION
many opportunities for summer and part-time employment in the oil and
PEGN419
EVALUATION
gas industry.
GPGN/
ADVANCED FORMATION EVALUATION
PEGN519
Each summer, several graduate students assist with the field sessions
Select one of the following:
3.0
designed for undergraduate students. The field sessions in the past
GEGN/GPGN/ INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND
several years have included visits to oil and gas operations in Europe,
PEGN503
DEVELOPMENT
Alaska, Canada, Southern California, the Gulf Coast, the Northeast US,
the Rocky Mountain regions, and western Colorado.
GEGN/GPGN/ INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND
PEGN504
DEVELOPMENT
The Petroleum Engineering Department encourages student involvement
Total Hours
9.0
with the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association of
Drilling Engineers and the American Rock Mechanics Association. The
Also 9 additional hours must consist of one course each from the 3
department provides some financial support for students attending the
participating departments. The remaining 18 hours may consist of
annual technical conferences for these professional societies.
graduate courses from any of the 3 participating departments, or other
courses approved by the committee. Up to 6 hours may consist of
independent study, including an industry project.
Program Requirements
Candidates for the non-thesis Master of Engineering degree must
Professional Masters in Petroleum Reservoir
complete a minimum of 36 hours of graduate course credit. At least 18 of
Systems
the credit hours must be from the Petroleum Engineering Department. Up
to 12 graduate credit hours can be transferred from another institution,
Minimum 36 hours of course credit
and up to 9 credit hours of senior-level courses may be applied to the
Master of Engineering
degree. All courses must be approved by the student’s advisor and the
department head. No graduate committee is required. No more than six
Minimum 36 hours of course credit
credit hours can be earned through independent study.
Master of Science
Candidates for the Master of Science degree must complete at least
24 graduate credit hours of course work, approved by the candidate’s
Minimum 36 hours, of which no less than 12 credit hours earned by
graduate committee, and a minimum of 12 hours of research credit.
research and 24 credit hours by course work
At least 12 of the course credit hours must be from the Petroleum
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program
Engineering Department. Up to 9 credit hours may be transferred from
another institution. Up to 9 credit hours of senior-level courses may be
The same requirements as Master of Engineering or Master of Science
applied to the degree. For the MS degree, the student must demonstrate
after the student is granted full graduate status. Students in the
ability to observe, analyze, and report original scientific research. For
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program may fulfill part of the
other requirements, refer to the general instructions of the Graduate
requirements of their graduate degree by including up to 6 credit hours of
School (p. 7) in this bulletin.
undergraduate course credits upon approval of the department.
The requirements for the Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program
Doctor of Philosophy
are defined in the section of this Bulletin titled “Graduate Degrees and
Requirements—V. Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Programs.” After
Minimum 90 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree of which no less
the student is granted full graduate status, the requirements are the
than 30 credit hours earned by research, or minimum 54 credit hours
same as those for the non-thesis Master of Engineering or thesis-based
Master of Science degree, depending to which program the student
was accepted. The Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program allows

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students to fulfill part of the requirements of their graduate degree by
PEGN503. INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT. 3.0
including up to 6 credit hours of their undergraduate course credits upon
Hours.
approval of the department. The student must apply for the program by
(I) Students work alone and in teams to study reservoirs from fluvial-
submitting an application through the Graduate School before the first
deltaic and valley fill depositional environments. This is a multidisciplinary
semester of their Senior year. For other requirements, refer to the general
course that shows students how to characterize and model subsurface
directions of the Graduate School (p. 7) in this bulletin.
reservoir performance by integrating data, methods and concepts from
geology, geophysics and petroleum engineering. Activities include field
A candidate for the Ph.D. must complete at least 60 hours of course
trips, computer modeling, written exercises and oral team presentations.
credit and a minimum of 30 credit hours of research beyond the
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3
Bachelor’s degree or at least 24 hours of course credit and a minimum
semester hours. Offered fall semester, odd years.
of 30 credit hours of research beyond the Master’s degree. The credit
PEGN504. INTEGRATED EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT. 3.0
hours to be counted toward a Ph.D. are dependent upon approval of the
Hours.
student’s thesis committee. Students who enter the Ph.D. program with
(I) Students work in multidisciplinary teams to study practical problems
a Bachelor’s degree may transfer up to 33 graduate credit hours from
and case studies in integrated subsurface exploration and development.
another institution with the approval of the graduate advisor. Students
The course addresses emerging technologies and timely topics with
who enter the Ph.D. program with a master’s degree may transfer up
a general focus on carbonate reservoirs. Activities include field trips,
to 45 credit hours of course and research work from another institution
3D computer modeling, written exercises and oral team presentation.
upon approval by the graduate advisor. Ph.D. students must complete
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture and seminar; 3
a minimum of 12 credit hours of their required course credit in a minor
semester hours. Offered fall semester, even years.
program of study. The student’s faculty advisor, thesis committee, and
the department head must approve the course selection. Full-time
PEGN505. HORIZONTAL WELLS: RESERVOIR AND PRODUCTION
Ph.D. students must satisfy the following requirements for admission
ASPECTS. 3.0 Hours.
to candidacy within the first two calendar years after enrolling in the
This course covers the fundamental concepts of horizontal well
program:
reservoir and production engineering with special emphasis on the new
developments. Each topic covered highlights the concepts that are
1. have a thesis committee appointment form on file,
generic to horizontal wells and draws attention to the pitfalls of applying
2. complete all prerequisite courses successfully,
conventional concepts to horizontal wells without critical evaluation.
3. demonstrate adequate preparation for and satisfactory ability to
There is no set prerequisite for the course but basic knowledge on
conduct doctoral research by successfully completing a series of
general reservoir engineering concepts is useful. 3 hours lecture; 3
written and/or oral examinations and fulfilling the other requirements
semester hours.
of their graduate committees as outlined in the department’s
PEGN506. ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY METHODS. 3.0 Hours.
graduate handbook.
Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods are reviewed from both the
qualitative and quantitative standpoint. Recovery mechanisms and design
Failure to fulfill these requirements within the time limits specified
procedures for the various EOR processes are discussed. In addition
above may result in immediate mandatory dismissal from the Ph.D.
to lectures, problems on actual field design procedures will be covered.
program according to the procedure outlined in the section of this Bulletin
Field case histories will be reviewed. Prerequisite: PEGN424 or consent
titled “General Regulations—Unsatisfactory Academic Performance—
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Unsatisfactory Academic Progress Resulting in Probation or Discretionary
Dismissal.” For other requirements, refer to the general directions of the
PEGN507. INTEGRATED FIELD PROCESSING. 3.0 Hours.
Graduate School (p. 7) in this bulletin and/or the Department’s Graduate
Integrated design of production facilities covering multistage separation
Student Handbook.
of oil, gas, and water, multiphase flow, oil skimmers, natural gas
dehydration, compression, crude stabilization, petroleum fluid storage,
and vapor recovery. Prerequisite: PEGN411 or consent of instructor. 3
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Courses
PEGN508. ADVANCED ROCK PROPERTIES. 3.0 Hours.
PEGN501. APPLICATIONS OF NUMERICAL METHODS TO
Application of rock mechanics and rock properties to reservoir
PETROLEUM ENGINEERING. 3.0 Hours.
engineering, well logging, well completion and well stimulation. Topics
The course will solve problems of interest in Petroleum Engineering
covered include: capillary pressure, relative permeability, velocity effects
through the use of spreadsheets on personal computers and structured
on Darcy’s Law, elastic/mechanical rock properties, subsidence, reservoir
FORTRAN programming on PCs or mainframes. Numerical techniques
compaction, and sand control. Prerequisites: PEGN423 and PEGN426 or
will include methods for numerical quadrature, differentiation,
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
interpolation, solution of linear and nonlinear ordinary differential
PEGN511. ADVANCED THERMODYNAMICS AND PETROLEUM
equations, curve fitting and direct or iterative methods for solving
FLUIDS PHASE BEHAVIOR. 3.0 Hours.
simultaneous equations. Prerequisites: PEGN414 and PEGN424 or
Essentials of thermodynamics for understanding the phase behavior
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
of petroleum fluids such as natural gas and oil. Modeling of phase
PEGN502. ADVANCED DRILLING FLUIDS. 3.0 Hours.
behavior of single and multi-component systems with equations of states
The physical properties and purpose of drilling fluids are investigated.
with a brief introduction to PVT laboratory studies, commercial PVT
Emphasis is placed on drilling fluid design, clay chemistry, testing, and
software, asphaltenes, gas hydrates, mineral deposition, and statistical
solids control. Prerequisite: PEGN311 or consent of instructor. 2 hours
thermodynamics. Prerequisites: PEGN310 and PEGN305 or equivalent,
lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

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PEGN512. ADVANCED GAS ENGINEERING. 3.0 Hours.
PEGN519. ADVANCED FORMATION EVALUATION. 3.0 Hours.
The physical properties and phase behavior of gas and gas condensates
A detailed review of wireline well logging and evaluation methods
will be discussed. Flow through tubing and pipelines as well as through
stressing the capability of the measurements to determine normal and
porous media is covered. Reserve calculations for normally pressured,
special reservoir rock parameters related to reservoir and production
abnormally pressured and water drive reservoirs are presented. Both
problems. Computers for log processing of single and multiple wells.
stabilized and isochronal deliverability testing of gas wells will be
Utilization of well logs and geology in evaluating well performance before,
illustrated. Prerequisite: PEGN423 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
during, and after production of hydrocarbons. The sensitivity of formation
lecture; 3 semester hours.
evaluation parameters in the volumetric determination of petroleum in
reservoirs. Prerequisite: PEGN419 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
PEGN513. RESERVOIR SIMULATION I. 3.0 Hours.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
The course provides the rudiments of reservoir simulation, which include
flow equations, solution methods, and data requirement. Specifically,
PEGN522. ADVANCED WELL STIMULATION. 3.0 Hours.
the course covers: equations of conservation of mass, conservation of
Basic applications of rock mechanics to petroleum engineering problems.
momentum, and energy balance; numerical solution of flow in petroleum
Hydraulic fracturing; acid fracturing, fracturing simulators; fracturing
reservoirs by finite difference (FD) and control volume FD; permeability
diagnostics; sandstone acidizing; sand control, and well bore stability.
tensor and directional permeability; non-Darcy flow; convective flow
Different theories of formation failure, measurement of mechanical
and numerical dispersion; grid orientation problems; introduction to
properties. Review of recent advances and research areas. Prerequisite:
finite element and mixed finite-element methods; introduction to hybrid
PEGN426 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
analytical/numerical solutions; introduction to multi-phase flow models;
PEGN523. ADVANCED ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF OIL AND GAS
relative permeability, capillary pressure and wettability issues; linear
PROJECTS. 3.0 Hours.
equation solvers; streamline simulation; and multi-scale simulation
Determination of present value of oil properties. Determination of
concept. Prerequisite: PEGN424 or equivalent, strong reservoir
severance, ad valorem, windfall profit, and federal income taxes.
engineering background, and basic computer programming knowledge. 3
Analysis of profitability indicators. Application of decision tree theory and
credit hours. 3 hours of lecture per week.
Monte Carlo methods to oil and gas properties. Economic criteria for
PEGN514. PETROLEUM TESTING TECHNIQUES. 3.0 Hours.
equipment selection. Prerequisite: PEGN422 or EBGN504 or ChEN504
Investigation of basic physical properties of petroleum reservoir rocks and
or MNGN427 or ChEN421 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
fluids. Review of recommended practices for testing drilling fluids and
semester hours.
oil well cements. Emphasis is placed on the accuracy and calibration of
PEGN524. PETROLEUM ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT. 3.0
test equipment. Quality report writing is stressed. Prerequisite: Graduate
Hours.
status. 2 hours lecture, 1 hour lab; 3 semester hours. Required for
Business applications in the petroleum industry are the central focus.
students who do not have a BS in PE.
Topics covered are: fundamentals of accounting, oil and gas accounting,
PEGN515. RESERVOIR ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES. 3.0 Hours.
strategic planning, oil and gas taxation, oil field deals, negotiations, and
Reservoir Engineering overview. Predicting hydrocarbon in place;
the formation of secondary units. The concepts are covered by forming
volumetric method, deterministic and probabilistic approaches, material
companies that prepare proforma financial statements, make deals, drill
balance, water influx, graphical techniques. Fluid flow in porous media;
for oil and gas, keep accounting records, and negotiate the participation
continuity and diffusivity equations. Well performance; productivity index
formula for a secondary unit. Prerequisite: PEGN422 or consent of
for vertical, perforated, fractured, restricted, slanted, and horizontal
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
wells, inflow performance relationship under multiphase flow conditions.
PEGN530. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW. 3.0 Hours.
Combining material balance and well performance equations. Future
Designed for engineers, geoscientists, managers, consultants and
reservoir performance prediction; Muskat, Tarner, Carter and Tracy
citizens, this course covers the basics of environmental, energy
methods. Fetkovich decline curves. Reservoir simulation; fundamentals
and natural resources law. Topics include: an introduction to U.S.
and formulation, streamline simulation, integrated reservoir studies. 3
Environmental Law, Policy and Practice; the administrative process;
hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
enforcement and liability; a survey of U.S. laws and compliance
PEGN516. PRODUCTION ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES. 3.0 Hours.
programs addressing pollution, toxic substances, endangered species,
Production Engineering Overview. Course provides a broad introduction
pesticides, minerals, oil & gas, land uses and others including the
to the practice of production engineering. Covers petroleum system
National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), Resource Conservation
analysis, well stimulation (fracturing and acidizing), artificial lift (gas lift,
and Recovery Act (RCRA), Underground Storage Tanks (UST), Clean
sucker rod, ESP, and others), and surface facilities. 3 hours lecture, 3
Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Oil Pollution Act (OPA); Safe
semester hours.
Drinking Water Act (SDWA); Comprehensive Environmental Response,
Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); Toxic Substances Control
PEGN517. DRILLING ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES. 3.0 Hours.
Act (TSCA) and others; an introduction to international environmental law;
Drilling Engineering overview. Subjects to be covered include overall
ethics; and case studies. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
drilling organization, contracting, and reporting; basic drilling engineering
principles and equipment; drilling fluids, hydraulics, and cuttings
PEGN541. APPLIED RESERVOIR SIMULATION. 3.0 Hours.
transport; drillstring design; drill bits; drilling optimization; fishing
Concepts of reservoir simulation within the context of reservoir
operations; well control; pore pressure and fracture gradients, casing
management will be discussed. Course participants will learn how to use
points and design; cementing; directional drilling and horizontal drilling. 3
available flow simulators to achieve reservoir management objectives.
hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
They will apply the concepts to an open-ended engineering design
problem. Prerequisites: PEGN424 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
lecture; 3 semester hours.

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PEGN542. INTEGRATED RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION. 3.0
PEGN591. SHALE RESERVOIR ENGINEERING. 3.0 Hours.
Hours.
Fundamentals of shale-reservoir engineering and special topics of
The course introduces integrated reservoir characterization from a
production from shale reservoirs are covered. The question of what
petroleum engineering perspective. Reservoir characterization helps
makes shale a producing reservoir is explored. An unconventional
quantify properties that influence flow characteristics. Students will learn
understanding of shale-reservoir characterization is emphasized and the
to assess and integrate data sources into a comprehensive reservoir
pitfalls of conventional measurements and interpretations are discussed.
model. Prerequisites: PEGN424 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture;
Geological, geomechanical, and engineering aspects of shale reservoirs
3 semester hours.
are explained. Well completions with emphasis on hydraulic fracturing
and fractured horizontal wells are discussed from the viewpoint of
PEGN550. MODERN RESERVOIR SIMULATORS. 3.0 Hours.
reservoir engineering. Darcy flow, diffusive flow, and desorption in shale
Students will learn to run reservoir simulation software using a variety of
matrix are covered. Contributions of hydraulic and natural fractures are
reservoir engineering examples. The course will focus on the capabilities
discussed and the stimulated reservoir volume concept is introduced.
and operational features of simulators. Students will learn to use pre-
Interactions of flow between fractures and matrix are explained within
and post-processors, fluid property analysis software, black oil and gas
the context of dual-porosity modeling. Applications of pressure-transient,
reservoir models, and compositional models. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
rate-transient, decline-curve and transient-productivity analyses are
hours.
covered. Field examples are studied. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PEGN577. WORKOVER DESIGN AND PRACTICE. 3.0 Hours.
PEGN592. GEOMECHANICS FOR UNCONVENTIONAL RESOURCES.
Workover Engineering overview. Subjects to be covered include
3.0 Hours.
Workover Economics, Completion Types, Workover Design
A wide spectrum of topics related to the challenges and solutions for the
Considerations, Wellbore Cleanout (Fishing), Workover Well Control,
exploration, drilling, completion, production and hydraulic fracturing of
Tubing and Workstring Design, SlicklineOperations, Coiled Tubing
unconventional resources including gas and oil shale, heavy oil sand
Operations, Packer Selection, Remedial Cementing Design and
and carbonate reservoirs, their seal formations is explored. The students
Execution, Completion Fluids, Gravel Packing, and Acidizing. 3 hours
acquire skills in integrating and visualizing multidiscipline data in Petrel
lecture, 3 semester hours.
(a short tutorial is offered) as well as assignments regarding case studies
PEGN590. RESERVOIR GEOMECHANICS. 3.0 Hours.
using field and core datasets. The role of integrating geomechanics data
The course provides an introduction to fundamental rock mechanics
in execution of the exploration, drilling, completion, production, hydraulic
concepts and aims to emphasize their role in exploration, drilling,
fracturing and monitoring of pilots as well as commercial applications in
completion and production engineering operations. Basic stress and
unlocking the unconventional resources are pointed out using examples.
strain concepts, pore pressure, fracture gradient and in situ stress
Prerequisite: PEGN590. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
magnitude and orientation determination and how these properties are
PEGN593. ADVANCED WELL INTEGRITY. 3.0 Hours.
obtained from the field measurements, mechanisms of deformation in
Fundamentals of wellbore stability, sand production, how to keep
rock, integrated wellbore stability analysis, depletion induced compaction
wellbore intact is covered in this course. The stress alterations in near
and associated changes in rock properties and formation strength,
wellbore region and associated consequences in the form of well
hydraulic fracturing and fracture stability are among the topics to be
failures will be covered in detailed theoretically and with examples
covered in this rock course. Naturally fractured formation properties
from deepwater conventional wells and onshore unconventionalwell
and how they impact the characteristics measured in the laboratory and
operations. Assignments will be given to expose the students to the
in field are also included in the curriculum. Several industry speakers
real field data to interpret and evaluate cases to determinepractical
are invited as part of the lecture series to bring practical aspects of the
solutions to drilling and production related challenges. Fluid pressure
fundamentals of geomechanics covered in the classroom. In addition,
and composition sensitivity of various formations will be studied. 3 hours
Petrel, FLAC3D and FRACMAN software practices with associated
lecture; 3 semester hours.
assignments are offered to integrate field data on problems including
in situ stress magnitude and orientations, pore pressure and fracture
PEGN594. ADVANCED DIRECTIONAL DRILLING. 3.0 Hours.
gradient prediction and rock property determination using laboratory
Application of directional control and planning to drilling. Major topics
core measurements, logs, seismic, geological data. Problems are assign
covered include: Review of procedures for the drilling of directional wells.
for students to use the field and laboratory data to obtain static and
Section and horizontal view preparation. Two and three dimensional
dynamic moduli, rock failure criteria, wellbore stress concentration and
directional planning. Collision diagrams. Surveying and trajectory
failure, production induced compaction/subsidence and hydraulic fracture
calculations. Surface and down hole equipment. Common rig operating
mechanics.
procedures, and horizontal drilling techniques. Prerequisite: PEGN311 or
equivalent, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PEGN595. DRILLING OPERATIONS. 3.0 Hours.
Lectures, seminars, and technical problems with emphasis on well
planning, rotary rig supervision, and field practices for execution of
the plan. This course makes extensive use of the drilling rig simulator.
Prerequisite: PEGN311, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
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PEGN596. ADVANCED WELL CONTROL. 3.0 Hours.
PEGN605. WELL TESTING AND EVALUATION. 3.0 Hours.
Principles and procedures of pressure control are taught with the aid of a
Various well testing procedures and interpretation techniques for
full-scale drilling simulator. Specifications and design of blowout control
individual wells or groups of wells. Application of these techniques to
equipment for onshore and offshore drilling operations, gaining control
field development, analysis of well problems, secondary recovery, and
of kicks, abnormal pressure detection, well planning for wells containing
reservoir studies. Productivity, gas well testing, pressure buildup and
abnormal pressures, and kick circulation removal methods are taught.
drawdown, well interference, fractured wells, type curve matching, and
Students receive hands-on training with the simulator and its peripheral
shortterm testing. Prerequisite: PEGN426 or consent of instructor. 3
equipment. Prerequisite: PEGN311 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
lecture; 3 semester hours.
PEGN606. ADVANCED RESERVOIR ENGINEERING. 3.0 Hours.
PEGN597. TUBULAR DESIGN. 3.0 Hours.
A review of depletion type, gas-cap, and volatile oil reservoirs. Lectures
Fundamentals of tubulars (casing, tubing, and drill pipe) design applied to
and supervised studies on gravity segregation, moving gas-oil front,
drilling. Major topics covered include: Dogleg running loads. Directional
individual well performance analysis, history matching, performance
hole considerations. Design criteria development. Effects of formation
prediction, and development planning. Prerequisite: PEGN423 or consent
pressures. Stability loads after cementing. Effects of temperature,
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
pressure, mud weights, and cement. Helical bending of tubing. Fishing
PEGN607. PARTIAL WATER DRIVE RESERVOIRS. 3.0 Hours.
loads. Micro-annulus problem. Strengths of API tubulars. Abrasive wear
The hydrodynamic factors which influence underground water movement,
while rotating drill pipe. How to design for hydrogen sulfide and fatigue
particularly with respect to petroleum reservoirs. Evaluation of oil and gas
corrosion. Connection selection. Common rig operating procedures.
reservoirs in major water containing formations. Prerequisite: PEGN424
Prerequisites: PEGN311 and PEGN361 or equivalent, or consent of
or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PEGN608. MULTIPHASE FLUID FLOW IN POROUS MEDIA. 3.0
PEGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN PETROLEUM ENGINEERING. 1-6
Hours.
Hour.
The factors involved in multiphase fluid flow in porous and fractured
(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
media. Physical processes and mathematical models for micro- and
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
macroscopic movement of multiphase fluids in reservoirs. Performance
once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours.
evaluation of various displacement processes in the laboratory as well
Repeatable for credit under different titles.
as in the petroleum field during the secondary and EOR/IOR operations.
PEGN598LA. SPECIAL TOPICS LAB. 6.0 Hours.
Prerequisite: PEGN 424, or consent of instructor, 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours.
PEGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
PEGN614. RESERVOIR SIMULATION II. 3.0 Hours.
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject
The course reviews the rudiments of reservoir simulation and flow
matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form
equations, solution methods, and data requirement. The course
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6
emphasizes multi-phase flow and solution techniques; teaches the
credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
difference between conventional reservoir simulation, compositional
modeling and multi-porosity modeling; teaches how to construct
PEGN601. APPLIED MATHEMATICS OF FLUID FLOW IN POROUS
three-phase relative permeability from water-oil and gas-oil relative
MEDIA. 3.0 Hours.
permeability data set; the importance of capillary pressure measurements
This course is intended to expose petroleum-engineering students
and wetability issues; discusses the significance of gas diffusion
to the special mathematical techniques used to solve transient flow
and interphase mass transfer. Finally, the course develops solution
problems in porous media. Bessel’s equation and functions, Laplace
techniques to include time tested implicit-pressure-explicitsaturation,
and Fourier transformations, the method of sources and sinks, Green’s
sequential and fully implicit methods. Prerequisite: PEGN513 or
functions, and boundary integral techniques are covered. Numerical
equivalent, strong reservoir engineering background, and basic computer
evaluation of various reservoir engineering solutions, numerical Laplace
programming knowledge. 3 credit hours. 3 hours of lecture per week.
transformation and inverse transformation are also discussed. 3 hours
lecture; 3 semester hours.
PEGN619. GEOMECHANICALLY AND PHYSICOCHEMICALLY
COUPLED FLUID FLOW IN POROUS MEDIA. 3.0 Hours.
PEGN603. DRILLING MODELS. 3.0 Hours.
The role of physic-chemisty and geomechanics on fluid flow in
Analytical models of physical phenomena encountered in drilling. Casing
porous media will be included in addition to conventional fluid flow
and drilling failure from bending, fatigue, doglegs, temperature, stretch;
modeling and measurmeents in porous media. The conventional as
mud filtration; corrosion; wellhead loads; and buoyancy of tubular goods.
well as unconventional reservoirs will be studied with the coupling of
Bit weight and rotary speed optimization. Prerequisites: PEGN311 and
physicochemical effects and geomechanics stresses. Assignments will
PEGN361, or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
be given to expose the students to the real field data in interpretation
PEGN604. INTEGRATED FLOW MODELING. 3.0 Hours.
and evaluation of filed cases to determine practical solutions to drilling
Students will study the formulation, development and application of a
and production related modeling challenges. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
reservoir flow simulator that includes traditional fluid flow equations and a
hours.
petrophysical model. The course will discuss properties of porous media
within the context of reservoir modeling, and present the mathematics
needed to understand and apply the simulator. Simulator applications
will be interspersed throughout the course. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester
hours.

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PEGN620. NATURALLY FRACTURED RESERVOIRS --
ENGINEERING AND RESERVOIR SIMULATION. 3.0 Hours.
The course covers reservoir engineering, well testing, and simulation
aspects of naturally fractured reservoirs. Specifics include: fracture
description, connectivity and network; fracture properties; physical
principles underlying reservoir engineering and modeling naturally
fractured reservoirs; local and global effects of viscous, capillary, gravity
and molecular diffusion flow; dual-porosity/dual-permeability models;
multi-scale fracture model; dual-mesh model; streamlin model; transient
testing with non-Darcy flow effects; tracer injection and breakthrough
analysis; geomechanics and fractures; compositional model; coal-bed
gas model; oil and gas from fractured shale; improved and enhanced
oil recovery in naturally fracture reservoirs. Prerequisite: PEGN513 or
equivalent, strong reservoir engineering background, and basic computer
programming knowledge. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PEGN624. COMPOSITIONAL MODELING - APPLICATION TO
ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY. 3.0 Hours.
Efficient production of rich and volatile oils as well as enhanced oil
recovery by gas injection (lean and rich natural gas, CO2, N2, air, and
steam) is of great interest in the light of greater demand for hydrocarbons
and the need for CO2 sequestration. This course is intended to provide
technical support for engineers dealing with such issues. The course
begins with a review of the primary and secondary recovery methods,
and will analyze the latest worldwide enhanced oil recovery production
statistics. This will be followed by presenting a simple and practical
solvent flooding model to introduce the student to data preparation and
code writing. Next, fundamentals of phase behavior, ternary phase
diagram, and the Peng-Robinson equation of state will be presented.
Finally, a detailed set of flow and thermodynamic equations for a full-
fledged compositional model, using molar balance, equation of motion
and the afore-mentioned equation of state, will be developed and solution
strategy will be presented. Prerequisite: PEGN513 or equivalent, strong
reservoir engineering background, and basic computer programming
knowledge. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PEGN681. PETROLEUM ENGINEERING SEMINAR. 3.0 Hours.
Comprehensive reviews of current petroleum engineering literature,
ethics, and selected topics as related to research and professionalism. 3
hours seminar; 3 semester hour.
PEGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN PETROLEUM ENGINEERING. 1-6
Hour.
(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. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours.
Repeatable for credit under different titles.
PEGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject
matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6
credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
PEGN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT. 1-15 Hour.
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
direct supervision of the student’s faculty advisor. Variable class and
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.

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Chemical and Biological
CBEN707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION
6.0
RESEARCH CREDIT
Engineering
ELECT
Approved Coursework Electives
6.0
RESEARCH
Research Credits or Coursework
6.0
Degrees Offered
Total Hours
30.0
• Master of Science (Chemical Engineering)
Students must take a minimum of 6 research credits, complete, and
• Doctor of Philosophy (Chemical Engineering)
defend an acceptable Masters dissertation. Upon approval of the
Program Description
thesis committee, graduate credit may be earned for 400-level courses.
Between coursework and research credits a student must earn a
The Chemical and Biological Engineering Department of the Colorado
minimum of 30 total semester hours. Full-time Masters students must
School of Mines is a dynamic, exciting environment for research and
enroll in graduate colloquium (CBEN605) each semester.
higher education. Mines provides a rigorous educational experience
where faculty and top-notch students work together on meaningful

research with far-reaching societal applications. Departmental
Master of Science (non-thesis)
research areas include hydrates, renewable energy, soft materials,
biomedical devices, thin-film materials, simulation and modeling. Visit our
Students entering the Master of Science (non-thesis) program with an
website for additional information about our graduate program. http://
acceptable undergraduate degree in chemical engineering are required
chemeng.mines.edu/
to take a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework. All students must
complete:
Program Requirements
Chemical Engineering core graduate courses
CBEN509
ADVANCED CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
3.0
See required curriculum below.
THERMODYNAMICS
Prerequisites
CBEN516
TRANSPORT PHENOMENA
3.0
CBEN518
REACTION KINETICS AND CATALYSIS
3.0
The program outlined here assumes that the candidate for an advanced
ELECT
Approved Electives
21.0
degree has a background in chemistry, mathematics, and physics
equivalent to that required for the BS degree in Chemical Engineering at
Total Hours
30.0
the Colorado School of Mines. Undergraduate course deficiencies must
Students may complete an acceptable engineering report for up to
be removed prior to enrollment in graduate coursework.
6 hours of academic credit. Upon approval of the thesis committee,
The essential undergraduate courses include:
graduate credit may be earned for selected 400-level courses. Full-time
Masters students must enroll in graduate colloquium (CBEN605) each
CBEN201
MATERIAL AND ENERGY BALANCES
3.0
semester.
CBEN307
FLUID MECHANICS
3.0
CSM undergraduates enrolled in the combined BS/MS degree program
CBEN308
HEAT TRANSFER
3.0
must meet the requirements described above for the MS portion of
CBEN357
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS 3.0
their degree (both thesis and non-thesis). Students accepted into the
CBEN375
MASS TRANSFER
3.0
combined program may take graduate coursework and/or research
CBEN418
KINETICS AND REACTION ENGINEERING
3.0
credits as an undergraduate and have them applied to their MS degree.
Total Hours
18.0
Doctor of Philosophy Program
Required Curriculum
The course of study for the PhD degree consists of a minimum of 30
semester hours of coursework. All PhD students must complete:
Master of Science Program
Core courses
Master of Science (with Thesis)
CBEN509
ADVANCED CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
3.0
Students entering the Master of Science (with thesis) program with an
THERMODYNAMICS
acceptable undergraduate degree in chemical engineering are required
CBEN516
TRANSPORT PHENOMENA
3.0
to take a minimum of 18 semester hours of coursework. All students must
CBEN518
REACTION KINETICS AND CATALYSIS
3.0
complete:
CBEN568
INTRODUCTION TO CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 3.0
Chemical Engineering core graduate courses
RESEARCH
CBEN509
ADVANCED CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
3.0
CHEN6XX
600-Level Coursework Electives
6.0
THERMODYNAMICS
CHEN707
Graduate Research Credit (up to 12 hours per semester) 42.0
CBEN516
TRANSPORT PHENOMENA
3.0
ELECT
Approved Coursework Electives
12.0
CBEN518
REACTION KINETICS AND CATALYSIS
3.0
Total Hours
72.0
CBEN568
INTRODUCTION TO CHEMICAL ENGINEERING 3.0
RESEARCH
In addition, students must complete and defend an acceptable Doctoral
dissertation. Upon approval of the thesis committee, graduate credit may

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be earned for 400-level courses. Full-time PhD students must enroll in
Courses
graduate colloquium (CBEN605) each semester.
CBEN504. ADVANCED PROCESS ENGINEERING ECONOMICS. 3.0
Students in the PhD program are required to pass both a Qualifying
Hours.
Exam and the PhD Proposal Defense. After successful completion of
Advanced engineering economic principles applied to original and
30 semester hours of coursework and completion of the PhD proposal
alternate investments. Analysis of chemical and petroleum processes
defense, PhD candidates will be awarded a non-thesis Master of Science
relative to marketing and return on investments. Prerequisite: Consent of
Degree. The additional requirements for the PhD program are described
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
below.
CBEN505. NUMERICAL METHODS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. 3.0
Hours.
PhD Qualifying Examination
Engineering applications of numerical methods. Numerical integration,
The PhD qualifying examination will be offered twice each year, at the
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start and end of the Spring semester. All students who have entered the
Graduate Bulletin 2011 2012 algebra, ordinary differential equations,
PhD program must take the qualifying examination at the first possible
and special emphasis on partial differential equations. Emphasis on
opportunity. However, a student must be in good academic standing
application of numerical methods to chemical engineering problems
(above 3.0 GPA) to take the qualifying exam. A student may retake the
which cannot be solved by analytical methods. Prerequisite: Consent of
examination once if he/she fails the first time; however, the examination
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
must be retaken at the next regularly scheduled examination time. Failure
CBEN507. APPLIED MATHEMATICS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING.
of the PhD qualifying examination does not disqualify a student for the
3.0 Hours.
MS degree, although failure may affect the student’s financial aid status.
This course stresses the application of mathematics to problems drawn
from chemical engineering fundamentals such as material and energy
The qualifying examination will cover the traditional areas of Chemical
balances, transport phenomena and kinetics. Formulation and solution of
Engineering, and will consist of two parts: GPA from core graduate
ordinary and partial differential equations arising in chemical engineering
classes (CBEN509, CBEN516, CBEN518 and CBEN568) and an oral
or related processes or operations are discussed. Mathematical
examination. The oral examination will consist of a presentation by
approaches are restricted to analytical solutions or techniques for
the student on a technical paper from chemical engineering literature.
producing problems amenable to analytical solutions. Prerequisite:
Students will choose a paper from a list determined by the faculty. Papers
Undergraduate differential equations course; undergraduate chemical
for the oral examination will be distributed well in advance of the oral
engineering courses covering reaction kinetics, and heat, mass and
portion of the exam so students have sufficient time to prepare their
momentum transfer. 3 hours lecture discussion; 3 semester hours.
presentations. The student is required to relate the paper to the core
chemical engineering classes and present a research plan, followed by
CBEN509. ADVANCED CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
questions from the faculty. A 1-2 page paper on the research plan is due
THERMODYNAMICS. 3.0 Hours.
the Friday prior to the oral examination.
Extension and amplification of under graduate chemical engineering
thermodynamics. Topics will include the laws of thermodynamics,
PhD Proposal Defense
thermodynamic properties of pure fluids and fluid mixtures, phase
equilibria, and chemical reaction equilibria. Prerequisite: CBEN357 or
After passing the Qualifying Exam, all PhD candidates are required
equivalent or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
to prepare a detailed written proposal on the subject of their PhD
research topic. An oral examination consisting of a defense of the thesis
CBEN513. SELECTED TOPICS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. 1-3
proposal must be completed within approximately one year of passing
Hour.
the Qualifying Examination. Written proposals must be submitted to the
Selected topics chosen from special interests of instructor and students.
student’s thesis committee no later than one week prior to the scheduled
Course may be repeated for credit on different topics. Prerequisite:
oral examination.
Consent of instructor. 1 to 3 semester hours lecture/discussion; 1 to 3
semester hours.
Two negative votes from the doctoral committee members are required
CBEN516. TRANSPORT PHENOMENA. 3.0 Hours.
for failure of the PhD Proposal Defense. In the case of failure, one
Principles of momentum, heat, and mass transport with applications
re-examination will be allowed upon petition to the Department
to chemical and biological processes. Analytical methods for solving
Head. Failure to complete the PhD Proposal Defense within the
ordinary and partial differential equations in chemical engineering
allotted time without an approved postponement will result in failure.
with an emphasis on scaling and approximation techniques including
Under extenuating circumstances a student may postpone the exam
singular and regular perturbation methods. Convective transport in the
with approval of the Graduate Affairs committee, based on the
context of boundary layer theory and development of heat and mass
recommendation of the student’s thesis committee. In such cases, a
transfer coefficients. Introduction to computational methods for solving
student must submit a written request for postponement that describes
coupled transport problems in irregular geometries. 3 hours lecture and
the circumstances and proposes a new date. Requests for postponement
discussion; 3 semester hours.
must be presented to the thesis committee no later than 2 weeks before
the end of the semester in which the exam would normally have been
CBEN518. REACTION KINETICS AND CATALYSIS. 3.0 Hours.
taken.
Homogeneous and heterogeneous rate expressions. Fundamental
theories of reaction rates. Analysis of rate data and complex reaction
networks. Properties of solid catalysts. Mass and heat transfer with
chemical reaction. Hetero geneous non-catalytic reactions. Prerequisite:
CBEN418 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

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CBEN524. COMPUTER-AIDED PROCESS SIMULATION. 3.0 Hours.
CBEN555. POLYMER AND COMPLEX FLUIDS COLLOQUIUM. 1.0
Advanced concepts in computer-aided process simulation are covered.
Hour.
Topics include optimization, heat exchanger networks, data regression
The Polymer and Complex Fluids Group at the Colorado School
analysis, and separations systems. Use of industry-standard process
of Mines combines expertise in the areas of flow and field based
simulation software (Aspen Plus) is stressed. Prerequisite: consent of
transport, intelligent design and synthesis as well as nanomaterials
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
and nanotechnology. A wide range of research tools employed by the
group includes characterization using rheology, scattering, microscopy,
CBEN531. IMMUNOLOGY FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS. 3.0
microfluidics and separations, synthesis of novel macromolecules
Hours.
as well as theory and simulation involving molecular dynamics and
(II) This course introduces the basic concepts of immunology and
Monte Carlo approaches. The course will provide a mechanism for
their applications in engineering and science. We will discuss the
collaboration between faculty and students in this research area by
molecular, biochemical and cellular aspects of the immune system
providing presentations on topics including the expertise of the group
including structure and function of the innate and acquired immune
and unpublished, ongoing campus research. Prerequisites: consent of
systems. Building on this, we will discuss the immune response to
instructor. 1 hour lecture; 1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit to a
infectious agents and the material science of introduced implants and
maximum of 3 hours.
materials such as heart valves, artificial joints, organ transplants and
lenses. We will also discuss the role of the immune system in cancer,
CBEN568. INTRODUCTION TO CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
allergies, immune deficiencies, vaccination and other applications such
RESEARCH. 3.0 Hours.
as immunoassay and flow cytometry. Prerequisites: Biology BIOL110 or
Students will be expected to apply chemical engineering principles
equivalent or graduate standing.
to critically analyze theoretical and experimental research results in
the chemical engineering literature, placing it in the context of the
CBEN535. INTERDISCIPLINARY MICROELECTRONICS
related literature. Skills to be developed and discussed include oral
PROCESSING LABORATORY. 3.0 Hours.
presentations, technical writing, critical reviews, ethics, research
Application of science and engineering principles to the design,
documentation (the laboratory notebook), research funding, types of
fabrication, and testing of microelectronic devices. Emphasis on specific
research, developing research, and problem solving. Students will
unit operations and the interrelation among processing steps. Consent of
use state-of the-art tools to explore the literature and develop well-
instructor 1 hour lecture, 4 hours lab; 3 semester hours.
documented research proposals and presentations. Prerequisites:
CBEN550. MEMBRANE SEPARATION TECHNOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
graduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering in good
This course is an introduction to the fabrication, characterization, and
standing or consent of instructor. 3 semester hours.
application of synthetic membranes for gas and liquid separations.
CBEN569. FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
Industrial membrane processes such as reverse osmosis, filtration,
(I) Investigate fundamentals of fuel-cell operation and electrochemistry
pervaporation, and gas separations will be covered as well as new
from a chemical-thermodynamics and materials- science perspective.
applications from the research literature. The course will include lecture,
Review types of fuel cells, fuel-processing requirements and approaches,
experimental, and computational (molecular simulation) laboratory
and fuel-cell system integration. Examine current topics in fuel-cell
components. Prerequisites: CBEN375, CBEN430 or consent of instructor.
science and technology. Fabricate and test operational fuel cells in the
3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Colorado Fuel Cell Center. 3 credit hours.
CBEN554. APPLIED BIOINFORMATICS. 3.0 Hours.
CBEN570. INTRODUCTION TO MICROFLUIDICS. 3.0 Hours.
(II) In this course we will discuss the concepts and tools of bioinformatics.
This course introduces the basic principles and applications of
The molecular biology of genomics and proteomics will be presented
microfluidics systems. Concepts related to microscale fluid mechanics,
and the techniques for collecting, storing, retrieving and processing
transport, physics, and biology are presented. To gain familiarity with
such data will be discussed. Topics include analyzing DNA, RNA and
small-scale systems, students are provided with the opportunity to
protein sequences, gene recognition, gene expression, protein structure
design, fabricate, and test a simple microfluidic device. Students will
prediction, modeling evolution, utilizing BLAST and other online tools for
critically analyze the literature in this emerging field. Prerequisites:
the exploration of genome, proteome and other available databases. In
CBEN307 or equivalent or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3
parallel, there will be an introduction to the PERL programming language.
semester hours.
Practical applications to biological research and disease will be presented
and students given opportunities to use the tools discussed. General
CBEN580. NATURAL GAS HYDRATES. 3.0 Hours.
Biology BIOL110 or Graduate standing.
The purpose of this class is to learn about clathrate hydrates, using two
of the instructor’s books, (1) Clathrate Hydrates of Natural Gases, Third
Edition (2008) co authored by C.A.Koh, and (2) Hydrate Engineering,
(2000). Using a basis of these books, and accompanying programs,
we have abundant resources to act as professionals who are always
learning. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CBEN584. FUNDAMENTALS OF CATALYSIS. 3.0 Hours.
The basic principles involved in the preparation, charac terization, testing
and theory of heterogeneous and homo geneous catalysts are discussed.
Topics include chemisorption, adsorption isotherms, diffusion, surface
kinetics, promoters, poisons, catalyst theory and design, acid base
catalysis and soluble transition metal complexes. Examples of important
industrial applications are given. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 3
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

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CBEN598. SPECIAL TOPICS. 1-6 Hour.
CBEN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. 1-6 Hour.
Topical courses in chemical engineering of special interest. Prerequisite:
Topical courses in chemical engineering of special interest. Prerequisite:
consent of instructor; 1 to 6 semester hours. Repeatable for credit under
consent of instructor; 1 to 6 semester hours. Repeatable for credit under
different titles.
different titles.
CBEN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
CBEN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
Individual research or special problem projects. Topics, content, and
Individual research or special problem projects. Topics, content, and
credit hours to be agreed upon by student and supervising faculty
credit hours to be agreed upon by student and supervising faculty
member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and department head,
member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and department head,
submission of “Independent Study” form to CSM Registrar. 1 to 6
submission of “Independent Study” form to CSM Registrar. 1 to 6
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
CBEN604. TOPICAL RESEARCH SEMINARS. 1.0 Hour.
CBEN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
Lectures, reports, and discussions on current research in chemical
CREDIT. 1-15 Hour.
engineering, usually related to the student’s thesis topic. Sections are
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
operated independently and are directed toward different research topics.
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
direct supervision of the student’s faculty advisor. Variable class and
1 hour lecture-discussion; 1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit to a
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
maximum of 3 hours.
SYGN600. COLLEGE TEACHING. 2.0 Hours.
CBEN605. COLLOQUIUM. 1.0 Hour.
This course is designed for graduate students planning careers in
Students will attend a series of lectures by speakers from industry,
academia and focuses on principles of learning and teaching in a college
academia, and government. Primary emphasis will be on current
setting; methods to foster and assess higher order thinking; and effective
research in chemical engineering and related disciplines, with secondary
design, delivery and assessment of college courses. Prerequisite:
emphasis on ethical, philosophical, and career-related issues of
Permission of the instructor. 2 hours lecture; 2 semester hours.
importance to the chemical engineering profession. Prerequisite:
Graduate status. 1 hour lecture; 1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit to
a maximum of 10 hours.
CBEN608. ADVANCED TOPICS IN FLUID MECHANICS. 1-3 Hour.
Indepth analysis of selected topics in fluid mechanics with special
emphasis on chemical engineering applications. Prerequisite: CBEN508
or consent of instructor. 1 to 3 hours lecture discussion; 1 to 3 semester
hours.
CBEN609. ADVANCED TOPICS IN THERMODYNAMICS. 1-3 Hour.
Advanced study of thermodynamic theory and application of
thermodynamic principles. Possible topics include stability, critical
phenomena, chemical thermodynamics, thermodynamics of polymer
solutions and thermodynamics of aqueous and ionic solutions.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 1 to 3 semester hours.
CBEN610. APPLIED STATISTICAL THERMODYNAMICS. 3.0 Hours.
Principles of relating behavior to microscopic properties. Topics include
element of probability, ensemble theory, application to gases and solids,
distribution theories of fluids, and transport properties. Prerequisite:
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CBEN625. MOLECULAR SIMULATION. 3.0 Hours.
Principles and practice of modern computer simulation techniques
used to understand solids, liquids, and gases. Review of the statistical
foundation of thermodynamics followed by in-depth discussion of Monte
Carlo and Molecular Dynamics techniques. Discussion of intermolecular
potentials, extended ensembles, and mathematical algorithms used in
molecular simulations. Prerequisites: CBEN509 or equivalent, CBEN610
or equivalent recommended. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CBEN690. SUPERVISED TEACHING OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING.
2.0 Hours.
Individual participation in teaching activities. Discussion, problem
review and development, guidance of laboratory experiments, course
development, supervised practice teaching. Course may be repeated
for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, appointment as a graduate
student instructor, or consent of instructor. 6 to 10 hours supervised
teaching; 2 semester hours.

Colorado School of Mines 121
Chemistry and Geochemistry
M.S. Degree (chemistry, thesis option): The program of study includes
the following four core courses, research, and the preparation and oral
defense of an MS thesis based on the student’s research:
http://chemistry.mines.edu
Degrees Offered
CHGN502
ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
CHGN503
ADV PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
4.0
• Master of Science (Chemistry; thesis and non-thesis options)
CHGN505
ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
• Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Chemistry)
CHGN507
ADVANCED ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
3.0
• Master of Science (Geochemistry; thesis)
CHGN560
GRADUATE SEMINAR, M.S. (M.S.-level seminar ) 1.0
• Professional Masters in Environmental Geochemistry (non-thesis)
• Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry)
Students must be enrolled in CHGN560 for each Fall and Spring
semester that they are in residence at CSM. A minimum of 36 semester
All graduate degree programs in the Department of Chemistry &
hours, including at least 24 semester hours of course work, are required.
Geochemistry have been admitted to the Western Regional Graduate
At least 15 of the required 24 semester hours of course work must be
Program (WICHE). This program allows residents of Alaska, Arizona,
taken in the Department of Chemistry & Geochemistry at CSM. The
California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota,
student’s thesis committee makes decisions on transfer credit. Up to
Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming to register at
9 semester hours of graduate courses may be transferred from other
Colorado resident tuition rates.
institutions, provided that those courses have not been used as credit
toward a Bachelor degree.
Program Description
Research-Intensive MS Degree: CSM undergraduates who enter the
The Department of Chemistry & Geochemistry offers graduate degrees in
graduate program through the combined BS/MS program may use this
chemistry and in geochemistry. This section of the Bulletin only describes
option (thesis-based MS) to acquire a research-intensive MS degree
the chemistry degrees. For geochemistry degrees, please consult the
by minimizing the time spent on coursework. This option requires a
Geochemistry section of the bulletin.
minimum of 12 hours of coursework up to six hours of which may be
double counted from the student’s undergraduate studies at CSM (see
Prerequisites
below).
A candidate for an advanced degree in the chemistry program should
M.S. Degree (chemistry, non-thesis option): The non-thesis M.S.
have completed an undergraduate program in chemistry which is
degree requires 36 semester hours of course credit:
essentially equivalent to that offered by the Department of Chemistry
& Geochemistry at the Colorado School of Mines. Undergraduate
Course work
30.0
deficiencies will be determined by faculty in the Department of Chemistry
Independent study
6.0
& Geochemistry through interviews and/or placement examinations at the
beginning of the student’s first semester of graduate work.
Total Hours
36.0

The program of study includes the following four core courses,
independent study on a topic determined by the student and the student’s

faculty advisor, and the preparation of a report based on the student’s
study topic:

CHGN502
ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
CHGN503
ADV PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
4.0
Required Curriculum
CHGN505
ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
Chemistry
CHGN507
ADVANCED ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
3.0
CHGN560
GRADUATE SEMINAR, M.S. (M.S.-level seminar) 1.0
A student in the chemistry program, in consultation with the advisor and
thesis committee, selects the program of study. Initially, before a thesis
Total Hours
14.0
advisor and thesis committee have been chosen, the student is advised
by a temporary advisor and by the Graduate Affairs Committee in the
Students must be enrolled in CHGN560 for each Fall and Spring
Department of Chemistry & Geochemistry. The following four graduate
semester that they are in residence at CSM. At least 21 of the required
courses are designated as core courses in the Department of Chemistry
36 semester hours of course work must be taken as a registered master’s
and Geochemistry:
degree student at CSM. The student’s committee makes decisions on
courses to be taken, transfer credit, and examines the student’s written
CHGN502
ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
report. Up to 15 semester hours of graduate courses may be transferred
CHGN503
ADV PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
4.0
into the degree program, provided that those courses have not been used
as credit toward a Bachelor degree.
CHGN505
ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
CHGN507
ADVANCED ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
3.0
CSM undergraduates entering a combined B.S./M.S. program in
Total Hours
13.0
chemistry may double-count six hours from their undergraduate studies
toward the M.S. degree. The undergraduate courses that are eligible
for dual counting toward the M.S. degree are (with approval of faculty
advisor and committee):

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CHGN401
THEORETICAL INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
Geochemistry
CHGN410
SURFACE CHEMISTRY
3.0
Please see the Geochemistry (http://bulletin.mines.edu/graduate/
CHGN403
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL
3.0
programs/interdisciplinaryprograms/geochemistry) section of this bulletin
CHEMISTRY
for more information.
CHGN422
POLYMER CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
1.0
CHGN428
BIOCHEMISTRY
3.0
Fields of Research
CHGN430
INTRODUCTION TO POLYMER SCIENCE
3.0
Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry. Separation and
CHGN475
COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY
3.0
characterization techniques for polymers, biopolymers, nano-particles
CHGN498
SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY (with approval 1-6
and natural colloids. Biodetection of pathogens. Advanced separations
of faculty advisor and committee)
for nuclear fuel cycle.
Any 500 level lecture course taken as an undergraduate may also be
Energy sciences. Alternative fuels. New materials for solar energy
counted as part of the six hours from the undergraduate program (with
conversion. Radiochemistry.
approval of faculty advisor and committee).
Environmental chemistry. Detection and fate of anthropogenic
Ph.D. Degree (Applied Chemistry): The program of study for the Ph.D.
contaminants in water, soil, and air. Acid mine drainage. Ecotoxicology.
degree in Applied Chemistry includes the departmental core courses,
Environmental photochemistry.
a comprehensive examination, research, and the preparation and oral
Geochemistry and biogeochemistry. Microbial and chemical processes
defense of a Ph.D. thesis based on the student’s research:
in global climate change, biomineralization, metal cycling, medical and
CHGN502
ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
archeological geochemistry, humic substances.
CHGN503
ADV PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
4.0
Inorganic Chemistry. Synthesis, characterization, and applications of
CHGN505
ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
metal and metal oxide nanoparticles.
CHGN507
ADVANCED ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
3.0
Nanoscale materials. Design, synthesis and characterization of new
CHGN560
GRADUATE SEMINAR, M.S. (M.S.-level seminar) 1.0
materials for catalysis, energy sciences, spectroscopic applications and
CHGN660
GRADUATE SEMINAR, Ph.D. (Ph.D.-level
1.0
drug delivery. Environmental fate of nanoparticles.
seminar)
Total Hours
15.0
Organic Chemistry. Polymer design, synthesis and characterization.
Catalysis. Alternative fuels.
The total hours of course work required for the Ph.D. degree is
determined on an individual basis by the student’s thesis committee. Up
Physical and Computational Chemistry. Computational chemistry
to 24 semester hours of graduate-level course work may be transferred
for polymer design, clathrate hydrates, energy sciences, and materials
from other institutions toward the Ph.D. degree provided that those
research. Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.
courses have not been used by the student toward a Bachelor’s
Polymers. New techniques for controlling polymer architecture and
degree. The student’s thesis committee may set additional course
composition. Theory and simulation. Separation and characterization.
requirements and will make decisions on requests for transfer credit.
Ph.D. students may base their CHGN560 seminar on any chemistry-
related topic including the proposed thesis research. The CHGN560
seminar requirement must be completed no later than the end of the
Courses
student’s second year of graduate studies at CSM. After completion of
the CHGN560 seminar, students must enroll in CHGN660. Students must
CHGC503. INTRODUCTION TO GEOCHEMISTRY. 4.0 Hours.
be enrolled in either CHGN560 or CHGN660 for each Fall and Spring
A comprehensive introduction to the basic concepts and principles of
semester that they are in residence at CSM. The CHGN660 seminar
geochemistry, coupled with a thorough overview of the related principles
must be based on the student’s Ph.D. research and must include detailed
of thermodynamics. Topics covered include: nucleosynthesis, origin of
research findings and interpretation thereof. This CHGN660 seminar
earth and solar system, chemical bonding, mineral chemistry, elemental
must be presented close to, but before, the student’s oral defense of
distributions and geochemical cycles, chemical equilibrium and kinetics,
the thesis. The comprehensive examination comprises a written non-
isotope systematics, and organic and biogeochemistry. Prerequisite:
thesis proposal wherein the student prepares an original proposal on
Introductory chemistry, mineralogy and petrology, or consent of instructor.
a chemistry topic distinctly different from the student’s principal area
4 hours lecture, 4 semester hours.
of research. The student must orally defend the non-thesis proposal
CHGC504. METHODS IN GEOCHEMISTRY. 2.0 Hours.
before the thesis committee. The non-thesis proposal requirement must
Sampling of natural earth materials including rocks, soils, sediments, and
be completed prior to the end of the student’s second year of graduate
waters. Preparation of naturally heterogeneous materials, digestions,
studies. A student’s thesis committee may, at its discretion, require
and partial chemical extractions. Principles of instrumental analysis
additional components to the comprehensive examination process such
including atomic spectroscopy, mass separations, and chromatography.
as inclusion of cumulative or other examinations.
Quality assurance and quality control. Interpretation and assessment
of geochemical data using statistical methods. Prerequisite: Graduate
standing in geochemistry or environmental science and engineering. 2
hours lecture; 2 semester hours.

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CHGC505. INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY. 3.0
CHGC527. ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY OF FOSSIL FUELS AND ORE
Hours.
DEPOSITS. 3.0 Hours.
(II) Processes by which natural and anthropogenic chemicals interact,
A study of organic carbonaceous materials in relation to the genesis
react, and are transformed and redistributed in various environmental
and modification of fossil fuel and ore deposits. The biological origin of
compartments. Air, soil, and aqueous (fresh and saline surface and
the organic matter will be discussed with emphasis on contributions of
groundwaters) environments are covered, along with specialized
microorganisms to the nature of these deposits. Biochemical and thermal
environments such as waste treatment facilities and the upper
changes which convert the organic compounds into petroleum, oil shale,
atmosphere. Meets with CHGN403. CHGN403 and CHGC505 may
tar sand, coal and other carbonaceous matter will be studied. Principal
not both be taken for credit. Prerequisites: GEGN101, CHGN122 and
analytical techniques used for the characterization of organic matter in
CHGN209 or CBEN210 or permission of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
the geosphere and for evaluation of oil and gas source potential will be
semester hours.
discussed. Laboratory exercises will emphasize source rock evaluation,
and oil-source rock and oil-oil correlation methods. Prerequisite:
CHGC506. WATER ANALYSIS LABORATORY. 2.0 Hours.
CHGN221, GEGN438, or consent of instructor. 2 hours lecture; 3 hours
Instrumental analysis of water samples using spectroscopy and
lab; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
chromatography. Methods for field collection of water samples and
field measurements. The development of laboratory skills for the use of
CHGC555. ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. 3.0 Hours.
ICP-AES, HPLC, ion chromatography, and GC. Laboratory techniques
A study of the chemical and physical interactions which determine
focus on standard methods for the measurement of inorganic and
the fate, transport and interactions of organic chemicals in aquatic
organic constituents in water samples. Methods of data analysis are also
systems, with emphasis on chemical transformations of anthropogenic
presented. Prerequisite: Introductory chemistry, graduate standing or
organic contaminants. Prerequisites: A course in organic chemistry and
consent of instructor. 3 hour laboratory, 1 hour lecture, 2 semester hours.
CHGN503, Advanced Physical Chemistry or its equivalent, or consent of
instructor. Offered in alternate years. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CHGC509. INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS GEOCHEMISTRY. 3.0
Hours.
CHGC562. MICROBIOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT. 3.0 Hours.
Analytical, graphical and interpretive methods applied to aqueous
This course will cover the basic fundamentals of microbiology, such as
systems. Thermodynamic properties of water and aqueous solutions.
structure and function of procaryotic versus eucaryotic cells; viruses;
Calculations and graphical expression of acid-base, redox and solution-
classification of micro-organisms; microbial metabolism, energetics,
mineral equilibria. Effect of temperature and kinetics on natural aqueous
genetics, growth and diversity; microbial interactions with plants, animals,
systems. Adsorption and ion exchange equilibria between clays and
and other microbes. Additional topics covered will include various aspects
oxide phases. Behavior of trace elements and complexation in aqueous
of environmental microbiology such as global biogeochemical cycles,
systems. Application of organic geochemistry to natural aqueous
bioleaching, bioremediation, and wastewater treatment. Prerequisite:
systems. Light stable and unstable isotopic studies applied to aqueous
ESGN301 or consent of Instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
systems. Prerequisite: DCGN209 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. 3
Offered alternate years.
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CHGC563. ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY. 2.0 Hours.
CHGC511. GEOCHEMISTRY OF IGNEOUS ROCKS. 3.0 Hours.
An introduction to the microorganisms of major geochemical importance,
A survey of the geochemical characteristics of the various types of
as well as those of primary importance in water pollution and waste
igneous rock suites. Application of major element, trace element, and
treatment. Microbes and sedimentation, microbial leaching of metals from
isotope geochemistry to problems of their origin and modification.
ores, acid mine water pollution, and the microbial ecology of marine and
Prerequisite: Undergraduate mineralogy and petrology or consent of
freshwater habitats are covered. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
hour lecture, 3 hours lab; 2 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
CHGC514. GEOCHEMISTRY THERMODYNAMICS AND KINETICS. 3.0
CHGC564. BIOGEOCHEMISTRY AND GEOMICROBIOLOGY. 3.0
Hours.
Hours.
(II) Fundamental principles of classical thermodynamics and kinetics
Designed to give the student an understanding of the role of living
with specific application to the earth sciences. Volume-temperature –
things, particularly microorganisms, in the shaping of the earth.
pressure relationships for solids, liquids, gases and solutions. Energy
Among the subjects will be the aspects of living processes, chemical
and the First Law, Entropy and the Second and Third Laws. Gibbs Free
composition and characteristics of biological material, origin of life, role
Energy, chemical equilibria and the equilibrium constant. Solutions and
of microorganisms in weathering of rocks and the early diagenesis of
activity-composition relationships for solids, fluids and gases. Phase
sediments, and the origin of petroleum, oil shale, and coal. Prerequisite:
equilibria and the graphical representation of equilibira. Application of
Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
the fundamentals of kinetics to geochemical examples. Prerequisite:
CHGC598. SPECIAL TOPICS. 1-6 Hour.
Introductory chemistry, introductory thermodynamics, mineralogy and
(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
petrology, or consent of the instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
Offered in alternate years.
once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours.
Repeatable for credit under different titles.
CHGC610. NUCLEAR AND ISOTOPIC GEOCHEMISTRY. 3.0 Hours.
A study of the principles of geochronology and stable isotope distributions
with an emphasis on the application of these principles to important case
studies in igneous petrology and the formation of ore deposits. U, Th, and
Pb isotopes, K-Ar, Rb-Sr, oxygen isotopes, sulfur isotopes, and carbon
isotopes included. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
semester hours Offered alternate years.

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CHGC698. SPECIAL TOPICS. 1-6 Hour.
CHGN515. CHEMICAL BONDING IN MATERIALS. 3.0 Hours.
(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special
(I) Introduction to chemical bonding theories and calculations and their
interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only
applications to solids of interest to materials science. The relationship
once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours.
between a material’s properties and the bonding of its atoms will be
Repeatable for credit under different titles.
examined for a variety of materials. Includes an introduction to organic
polymers. Computer programs will be used for calculating bonding
CHGC699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-3 Hour.
parameters. Prerequisite: Consent of department. 3 hours lecture; 3
(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
semester hours.
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject
matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form
CHGN523. SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY. 3.0 Hours.
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6
(I) Dependence of properties of solids on chemical bonding and structure;
credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
principles of crystal growth, crystal imperfections, reactions and diffusion
in solids, and the theory of conductors and semiconductors. Prerequisite:
CHGN502. ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY. 3.0 Hours.
Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered
(II) Detailed examination of topics such as ligand field theory, reaction
alternate years.
mechanisms, chemical bonding, and structure of inorganic compounds.
Emphasis is placed on the correlations of the chemical reactions of the
CHGN536. ADVANCED POLYMER SYNTHESIS. 3.0 Hours.
elements with periodic trends and reactivities. Prerequisite: Consent of
(II) An advanced course in the synthesis of macromolecules. Various
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
methods of polymerization will be discussed with an emphasis on the
specifics concerning the syntheses of different classes of organic and
CHGN503. ADV PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I. 4.0 Hours.
inorganic polymers. Prerequisite: CHGN430, ChEN415, MLGN530 or
(II) Quantum chemistry of classical systems. Principles of chemical
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.
thermodynamics. Statistical mechanics with statistical calculation of
thermodynamic properties. Theories of chemical kinetics. Prerequisite:
CHGN555. POLYMER AND COMPLEX FLUIDS COLLOQUIUM. 1.0
Consent of instructor. 4 hours lecture; 4 semester hours.
Hour.
The Polymer and Complex Fluids Group at the Colorado School
CHGN505. ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. 3.0 Hours.
of Mines combines expertise in the areas of flow and field based
Detailed discussion of the more important mechanisms of organic
transport, intelligent design and synthesis as well as nanomaterials
reaction. Structural effects and reactivity. The application of reaction
and nanotechnology. A wide range of research tools employed by the
mechanisms to synthesis and structure proof. Prerequisite: Consent of
group includes characterization using rheology, scattering, microscopy,
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
microfluidics and separations, synthesis of novel macromolecules
CHGN507. ADVANCED ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY. 3.0 Hours.
as well as theory and simulation involving molecular dynamics and
(I) Review of fundamentals of analytical chemistry. Literature of
Monte Carlo approaches. The course will provide a mechanism for
analytical chemistry and statistical treatment of data. Manipulation
collaboration between faculty and students in this research area by
of real substances; sampling, storage, decomposition or dissolution,
providing presentations on topics including the expertise of the group
and analysis. Detailed treatment of chemical equilibrium as related to
and unpublished, ongoing campus research. Prerequisites: consent of
precipitation, acid-base, complexation and redox titrations. Potentiometry
instructor. 1 hour lecture; 1 semester hour. Repeatable for credit to a
and UV-visible absorption spectrophotometry. Prerequisite: Consent of
maximum of 3 hours.
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CHGN560. GRADUATE SEMINAR, M.S.. 1.0 Hour.
CHGN508. ANALYTICAL SPECTROSCOPY. 3.0 Hours.
(I, II) Required for all candidates for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in
(II) Detailed study of classical and modern spectroscopic methods;
chemistry and geochemistry. M.S. students must register for the course
emphasis on instrumentation and application to analytical chemistry
during each semester of residency. Ph.D. students must register each
problems. Topics include: UV-visible spectroscopy, infrared
semester until a grade is received satisfying the prerequisites for
spectroscopy, fluorescence and phosphorescence, Raman spectroscopy,
CHGN660. Presentation of a graded non-thesis seminar and attendance
arc and spark emission spectroscopy, flame methods, nephelometry
at all departmental seminars are required. Prerequisite: Graduate student
and turbidimetry, reflectance methods, Fourier transform methods in
status. 1 semester hour.
spectroscopy, photoacoustic spectroscopy, rapid-scanning spectroscopy.
CHGN580. STRUCTURE OF MATERIALS. 3.0 Hours.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
(II) Application of X-ray diffraction techniques for crystal and molecular
Offered alternate years.
structure determination of minerals, inorganic and organometallic
CHGN510. CHEMICAL SEPARATIONS. 3.0 Hours.
compounds. Topics include the heavy atom method, data collection
(II) Survey of separation methods, thermodynamics of phase
by moving film techniques and by diffractometers, Fourier methods,
equilibria, thermodynamics of liquid-liquid partitioning, various types of
interpretation of Patterson maps, refinement methods, direct methods.
chromatography, ion exchange, electrophoresis, zone refining, use of
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
inclusion compounds for separation, application of separation technology
Offered alternate years.
for determining physical constants, e.g., stability constants of complexes.
CHGN581. ELECTROCHEMISTRY. 3.0 Hours.
Prerequisite: CHGN507 or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
(I) Introduction to theory and practice of electrochemistry. Electrode
semester hours. Offered alternate years.
potentials, reversible and irreversible cells, activity concept. Interionic
attraction theory, proton transfer theory of acids and bases, mechanisms
and fates of electrode reactions. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.

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CHGN583. PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS OF SURFACE
CHGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES. 3.0 Hours.
(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
(II) Instru mental techniques for the characterization of surfaces of
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject
solid materials; Applications of such techniques to polymers, corrosion,
matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form
metallurgy, adhesion science, microelectronics. Methods of analysis
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6
discussed: x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), auger electron
credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
spectroscopy (AES), ion scattering spectroscopy (ISS), secondary
CHGN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), Rutherford backscattering (RBS),
CREDIT. 1-15 Hour.
scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM), energy
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
and wavelength dispersive x-ray analysis; principles of these methods,
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
quantification, instrumentation, sample preparation. Prerequisite: B.S.
direct supervision of the student’s faculty advisor. Variable class and
in Metallurgy, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, or consent of
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CHGN584. FUNDAMENTALS OF CATALYSIS. 3.0 Hours.
(II) The basic principles involved in the preparation, characterization,
testing and theory of heterogeneous and homo geneous catalysts are
discussed. Topics include chemisorption, adsorption isotherms, diffusion,
surface kinetics, promoters, poisons, catalyst theory and design, acid
base catalysis and soluble transition metal complexes. Examples of
important industrial applications are given. Prerequisite: CHGN222 or
consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CHGN585. CHEMICAL KINETICS. 3.0 Hours.
(II) Study of kinetic phenomena in chemical systems. Attention devoted
to various theoretical approaches. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3
hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered alternate years.
CHGN597. SPECIAL RESEARCH. 15.0 Hours.
CHGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY. 1-6 Hour.
(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. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours.
Repeatable for credit under different titles.
CHGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject
matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6
credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
CHGN625. MOLECULAR SIMULATION. 3.0 Hours.
Principles and practice of modern computer simulation techniques
used to understand solids, liquids, and gases. Review of the statistical
foundation of thermodynamics followed by indepth discussion of Monte
Carlo and Molecular Dynamics techniques. Discussion of intermolecular
potentials, extended ensembles, and mathematical algorithms used in
molecular simulations. Prerequisites: ChEN509 or equivalent, ChEN610
or equivalent recommended. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
CHGN660. GRADUATE SEMINAR, Ph.D.. 1.0 Hour.
(I, II) Required of all candidates for the doctoral degree in chemistry or
geochemistry. Students must register for this course each semester
after completing CHGN560. Presentation of a graded nonthesis seminar
and attendance at all department seminars are required. Prerequisite:
CHGN560 or equivalent. 1 semester hour.
CHGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY. 1-6 Hour.
(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. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours.
Repeatable for credit under different titles.

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

1. A minimum of 36.0 credit hours of approved course work and a
minimum of 24.0 hours of research-credits (MTGN707). Credit
Degree Program Requirements
hours previously earned for a Master’s degree may be applied,
subject to approval, toward the Doctoral degree provided that the
The program requirements for the three graduate degrees offered by the
Master’s degree was in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering or
Department are listed below:
a similar field. At least 21.0 credit hours of approved course work
must be taken at the Colorado School of Mines.
Master of Engineering Degree
2. All courses and any applicable Master’s degree credit-hours must
Requirements: A minimum total of 30.0 credit hours consisting of:
be approved by the Thesis Committee and the Department Head
(Thesis Committee consisting of: 5 or more members, including the

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

128 Graduate
• Underwater and under oil welding
MTGN532
PARTICULATE MATERIAL PROCESSING I -
3.0
• Welding and joining science
COMMINUTION AND PHYSICAL SEPARATIONS
• Welding rod development
MTGN533
PARTICULATE MATERIAL PROCESSING II -
3.0
• Welding stress management
APPLIED SEPARATIONS
• Weld metallurgy
MTGN534
CASE STUDIES IN PROCESS DEVELOPMENT
3.0
• Weld wire development
MTGN535
PYROMETALLURGICAL PROCESSES
3.0
MTGN536
OPTIMIZATION AND CONTROL OF
3.0
Nuclear Materials Research
METALLURGICAL SYSTEMS
• Nuclear materials characterization
MTGN537
ELECTROMETALLURGY
3.0
• Nuclear materials processing
MTGN538
HYDROMETALLURGY
3.0
• Nuclear materials properties
MTGN539
PRINCIPLES OF MATERIALS PROCESSING
3.0
REACTOR DESIGN
Experimental Methods
MTGN541
INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS OF METALS
3.0
• 3D atom probe tomography
MTGN542
ALLOYING THEORY, STRUCTURE, AND PHASE 3.0
STABILITY
• Atomic force microscopy
MTGN543
THEORY OF DISLOCATIONS
3.0
• Computer modeling and simulation
MTGN544
FORGING AND DEFORMATION MODELING
3.0
• Electron microscopy
MTGN545
FATIGUE AND FRACTURE
3.0
• Mathematical modeling of material processes
MTGN546
CREEP AND HIGH TEMPERATURE MATERIALS 3.0
• Nanoindentation
MTGN547
PHASE EQUILIBRIA IN MATERIALS SYSTEMS
3.0
• Non-destructive evaluation
MTGN548
TRANSFORMATIONS IN METALS
3.0
• X-ray diffraction
MTGN549
CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN FERROUS
3.0
Other Research Areas
ALLOYS
MTGN551
ADVANCED CORROSION ENGINEERING
3.0
• Combustion synthesis
MTGN552
INORGANIC MATRIX COMPOSITES
3.0
• Corrosion science and engineering
MTGN553
STRENGTHENING MECHANISMS
3.0
• Failure analysis
MTGN554
OXIDATION OF METALS
3.0
• Mechanical metallurgy
MTGN555
SOLID STATE THERMODYNAMICS
3.0
• Phase transformation and mechanism of microstructural change
MTGN556
TRANSPORT IN SOLIDS
3.0
• Physical metallurgy
MTGN557
SOLIDIFICATION
3.0
• Reactive metals properties
MTGN560
ANALYSIS OF METALLURGICAL FAILURES
3.0
• Strengthening mechanisms
MTGN561
PHYSICAL METALLURGY OF ALLOYS FOR
3.0
• Structure-property relationships
AEROSPACE
MTGN564
ADVANCED FORGING AND FORMING
3.0
MTGN505
CRYSTALLOGRAPHY AND DIFFRACTION
3.0
MTGN565
MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF CERAMICS
3.0
MTGN511
SPECIAL METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS
1-3
AND COMPOSITES
ENGINEERING PROBLEMS
MTGN569
FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
3.0
MTGN512
SPECIAL METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS
1-3
MTGN570
BIOCOMPATIBILITY OF MATERIALS
3.0
ENGINEERING PROBLEMS
MTGN571
METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS
1-3
MTGN514
DEFECT CHEMISTRY AND TRANSPORT
3.0
ENGINEERING LABORATORY
PROCESSES IN CERAMIC SYSTEMS
MTGN572
BIOMATERIALS
3.0
MTGN516
MICROSTRUCTURE OF CERAMIC SYSTEMS
3.0
MTGN580
ADVANCED WELDING METALLURGY
3.0
MTGN517
REFRACTORIES
3.0
MTGN581
WELDING HEAT SOURCES AND INTERACTIVE 3.0
MTGN518
PHASE EQUILIBRIA IN CERAMIC SYSTEMS
3.0
CONTROLS
MTGN523
APPLIED SURFACE AND SOLUTION
3.0
MTGN582
MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF WELDED
3.0
CHEMISTRY
JOINTS
MTGN526
GEL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
3.0
MTGN583
PRINCIPLES OF NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING 3.0
MTGN527
SOLID WASTE MINIMIZATION AND RECYCLING 3.0
AND EVALUATION
MTGN528
EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY OF COPPER,
3.0
MTGN584
NON-FUSION JOINING PROCESSES
3.0
GOLD AND SILVER
MTGN586
DESIGN OF WELDED STRUCTURES AND
3.0
MTGN529
METALLURGICAL ENVIRONMENT
3.0
ASSEMBLIES
MTGN530
ADVANCED IRON AND STEELMAKING
3.0
MTGN587
PHYSICAL PHENOMENA OF WELDING AND
3.0
MTGN531
THERMODYNAMICS OF METALLURGICAL AND 3.0
JOINING PROCESSES
MATERIALS PROCESSING

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MTGN591
PHYSICAL PHENOMENA OF COATING
3.0
PROCESSES
MTGN593
NUCLEAR MATERIALS SCIENCE AND
3.0
ENGINEERING
MTGN598
SPECIAL TOPICS IN METALLURGICAL AND
1-6
MATERIALS ENGINEERING
MTGN599
INDEPENDENT STUDY
1-3
MTGN605
ADVANCED TRANSMISSION ELECTRON
2.0
MICROSCOPY
MTGN605L
ADVANCED TRANSMISSION ELECTRON
1.0
MICROSCOPY LABORATORY
MTGN631
TRANSPORT PHENOMENA IN
3.0
METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS SYSTEMS
MTGN671
ADVANCED MATERIALS LABORATORY
1-3
MTGN672
ADVANCED MATERIALS LABORATORY
1-3
MTGN696
VAPOR DEPOSITION PROCESSES
3.0
MTGN697
MICROSTRUCTURAL EVOLUTION OF
3.0
COATINGS AND THIN FILMS
MTGN698
SPECIAL TOPICS IN METALLURGICAL AND
1-3
MATERIALS ENGINEERING
MTGN699
INDEPENDENT STUDY
1-3
MTGN700
GRADUATE RESEARCH CREDIT: MASTER OF
1-6
ENGINEERING
MTGN707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION
1-15
RESEARCH CREDIT


130 Graduate
Physics
and procedural details can be found in the Physics Department Graduate
Student Advising Brochure.
http://physics.mines.edu/
Physics Colloquium
Degrees Offered
All full-time physics graduate students must attend the Physics
Colloquium, which is represented in the curriculum by the Graduate
• Master of Science (Applied Physics)
Seminar courses. Students must take one of these courses every
• Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Physics)
semester that they are enrolled at CSM. Those students who are in
the M.S. Program, sign up for PHGN501 (fall) and PHGN502 (spring).
Program Description
Students in the Ph.D. program sign up for PHGN601 (fall) and PHGN602
(spring). At the end of each semester students are assigned either a
The Physics Department at CSM offers a full program of instruction
satisfactory or unsatisfactory progress grade, based on attendance,
and research leading to the M.S. or Ph.D. in Applied Physics and is
until the final semester of the student’s degree program, when a letter
part of interdisciplinary programs in Materials Science and in Nuclear
grade is assigned based on all prior semesters’ attendance grades. As
Engineering, through which students can obtain both the M.S. and the
a result, while these courses are taken each year, only 1 hour total of
Ph.D degrees. The research in these graduate programs is supported
course credit is conferred for each of 501, 502, 601, or 602. Students
by external grants and contracts totaling $7.6M/year. Research in the
who have official part-time status and who have already taken at least
Department is organized under three primary themes: subatomic physics,
one semester of 501 and 502 for the M.S. degree, or 601 and 602 for the
condensed matter physics, and applied optics. With 26 faculty, 80
Ph.D. degree are not required to sign up for Graduate Seminar during
graduate students, and 260 undergraduate physics majors, the Physics
subsequent semesters.
Department at CSM is a vibrant intellectual community providing high-
quality education in state-of-the-art facilities.
Prerequisites
Graduate students are given a solid background in the fundamentals of
The Graduate School of the Colorado School of Mines is open to
classical and modern physics at an advanced level and are encouraged
graduates from four-year programs at accredited colleges or universities.
early in their studies to learn about the research interests of the faculty so
Admission to the Physics Department M.S. and Ph.D. programs
that a thesis topic can be identified.
is competitive and is based on an evaluation of undergraduate
performance, standardized test scores, and references. The
undergraduate course of study of each applicant is evaluated according
Program Requirements
to the requirements of the Physics Department.
Students entering graduate programs in Applied Physics will select an
Required Curriculum
initial program in consultation with the departmental graduate student
advising committee until such time as a research field has been chosen
Master of Science, Applied Physics
and a thesis committee appointed.
Core Courses
Master of Science
PHGN511
MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS
3.0
Requirements: 20 semester hours of course work in an approved
PHGN520
QUANTUM MECHANICS I
3.0
program, plus 16 semester hours of research credit, with a satisfactory
Select one of the following:
3.0
thesis.
PHGN505
CLASSICAL MECHANICS I
PHGN507
ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY I
Doctorate of Philosophy
PHGN521
QUANTUM MECHANICS II
Requirements: 32 semester hours of course work in an approved
PHGN530
STATISTICAL MECHANICS
program, plus 40 semester hours of research credit, with a satisfactory
PH ELECT
Electives
9.0
thesis. 12 semester hours of course work will be in a specialty topic
PHGN501
GRADUATE SEMINAR
2.0
area defined in consultation with the thesis advisor. Possible specialty
& PHGN502
topic areas within the physics department exist in Optical Science and
and GRADUATE SEMINAR *
Engineering, Condensed Matter Physics, Theoretical Physics, Renewable
PHGN707
Master’s Thesis
16.0
Energy Physics, and Nuclear/Particle Physics and Astrophysics.
Total Hours
36.0
To demonstrate adequate preparation for the Ph.D. degree in Applied
*
Graduate Seminar: Each full-time M.S. graduate student will register
Physics, each student must pass the physics graduate core courses
for Graduate Seminar each semester for a total of 2 semester hours
with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Students not achieving this
of credit cumulative over the degree.
standard must pass oral examinations covering the areas of weakness
identified in the core courses or retake the respective course with a grade
Doctor of Philosophy, Applied Physics
of 3.0 or better within one year. This process is part of the requirement
for admission to candidacy, which full time Ph.D. students must complete
Core Courses
within two calendar years of admission, as described in the campus-
PHGN505
CLASSICAL MECHANICS I
3.0
wide graduate degree requirements (http://bulletin.mines.edu/graduate/
PHGN507
ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY I
3.0
programs) section of this bulletin. Other degree requirements, time limits,
PHGN511
MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS
3.0
PHGN520
QUANTUM MECHANICS I
3.0

Colorado School of Mines 131
PHGN521
QUANTUM MECHANICS II
3.0
PHGN505. CLASSICAL MECHANICS I. 3.0 Hours.
PHGN530
STATISTICAL MECHANICS
3.0
(I) Review of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations in the dynamics
of particles and rigid bodies; kinetic theory; coupled oscillations and
PHGN601
ADVANCED GRADUATE SEMINAR
2.0
continuum mechanics; fluid mechanics. Prerequisite: PHGN350 or
& PHGN602
and ADVANCED GRADUATE SEMINAR *
equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PH ELECT
Special topic area electives
12.0
PHGN507. ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY I. 3.0 Hours.
PHGN707
Doctoral Thesis
40.0
(II) To provide a strong background in electromagnetic theory.
Total Hours
72.0
Electrostatics, magnetostatics, dynamical Maxwell equations, wave
phenomena. Prerequisite: PHGN462 or equivalent and PHGN511. 3
*
Graduate Seminar: Each full-time Ph.D. graduate student will register
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
for Graduate Seminar each semester for a total of 2 semester hours
PHGN511. MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS. 3.0 Hours.
of cumulative credit over the degree.
(I) Review of complex variable and finite and infinite-dimensional linear
vector spaces. Sturm-Liouville problem, integral equations, computer
Fields of Research
algebra. Prerequisite: PHGN311 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3
Applied Optics: lasers, ultrafast optics and x-ray generation,
semester hours.
spectroscopy, near-field and multiphoton microscopy, non-linear optics,
PHGN520. QUANTUM MECHANICS I. 3.0 Hours.
quasi-optics and millimeter waves.
(II) Schroedinger equation, uncertainty, change of representation, one-
dimensonal problems, axioms for state vectors and operators, matrix
Ultrasonics: laser ultrasonics, resonant ultrasound spectroscopy, wave
mechanics, uncertainty relations, time-independent perturbation theory,
propagation in random media.
time-dependent perturbations, harmonic oscillator, angular momentum;
Subatomic: low energy nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, cosmic
semiclassical methods, variational methods, two-level system, sudden
ray physics, nuclear theory, fusion plasma diagnostics.
and adiabatic changes, applications. Prerequisite: PHGN511 and
PHGN320 or equivalent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
Materials Physics: photovoltaics, nanostructures and quantum dots,
PHGN521. QUANTUM MECHANICS II. 3.0 Hours.
thin film semiconductors, transparent conductors, amorphous materials,
(I) Review of angular momentum, central potentials and applications.
thermoelectric materials, plasmonics, first principles materials theory.
Spin; rotations in quantum mechanics. Formal scattering theory, Born
series, partial wave analysis. Addition of angular momenta, Wigner-
Condensed Matter: x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, self
Eckart theorem, selection rules, identical particles. Prerequisite:
assembled systems, soft condensed matter, condensed matter theory,
PHGN520. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
quantum chaos, quantum information and quantum many body theory.
PHGN530. STATISTICAL MECHANICS. 3.0 Hours.
Surface and Interfaces: x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Auger
(I) Review of thermodynamics; equilibrium and stability; statistical
spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopies, second harmonic
operator and ensemblesl ideal systems; phase transitions; non-
generation.
equilibrium systems. Prerequisite: PHGN341 or equivalent and
PHGN520. Co-requisite: PHGN521. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PHGN535. INTERDISCIPLINARY SILICON PROCESSING
Courses
LABORATORY. 3.0 Hours.
(II) Explores the application of science and engineering principles to
PHGN501. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Hour.
the fabrication and testing of microelectronic devices with emphasis
(I) M.S. students and Ph.D. students who have not been admitted to
on specific unit operations and interrelation among processing steps.
candidacy will attend the weekly Physics Colloquium. Students will be
Teams work together to fabricate, test, and optimize simple devices.
responsible for presentations during this weekly seminar. See additional
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 1 hour lecture, 4 hours lab; 3
course registration instructions under Program Requirements above. 1
semester hours.
hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
PHGN542. SOLID STATE DEVICES AND PHOTOVOLTAIC
PHGN502. GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Hour.
APPLICATIONS. 3.0 Hours.
(II) M.S. students and Ph.D. students who have not been admitted to
(II) An overview of the physical principles involved in the characterization,
candidacy will attend the weekly Physics Colloquium. Students will be
and operation of solid state devices. Topics will include: semiconductor
responsible for presentations during this weekly seminar. See additional
physics, electronic transport, recombination and generation, intrinsic
course registration instructions under Program Requirements above. 1
and extrinsic semiconductors, electrical contacts, p-n junction devices
hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
(e.g., LEDs, solar cells, lasers, particle detectors); other semiconductor
PHGN504. RADIATION DETECTION AND MEASUREMENT. 3.0
devices (e.g., bipolar junction transistors and field effect transistors and
Hours.
capacitors). There will be emphasis on optical interactions and application
Physical principles and methodology of the instrumentation used in the
to photovoltaic devices. Prerequisite: PHGN440 or equivalent or consent
detection and measurement of ionizing radiation. Prerequisite: Consent of
of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

132 Graduate
PHGN550. NANOSCALE PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY. 3.0 Hours.
PHGN601. ADVANCED GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Hour.
An introduction to the basic physics concepts involved in nanoscale
(I) Ph.D. students who have been admitted to candidacy will attend
phenomena, processing methods resulting in engineered nanostructures,
the weekly Physics Colloquium. Students will be responsible for
and the design and operation of novel structures and devices which
presentations during this weekly seminar. Prerequisite: credit in
take advantage of nanoscale effects. Students will become familiar
PHGN501 and PHGN502. See additional course registration instructions
with interdisciplinary aspects of nanotechnology, as well as with current
under Program Requirements above. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour.
nanoscience developments described in the literature. Prerequisites:
PHGN602. ADVANCED GRADUATE SEMINAR. 1.0 Hour.
PHGN320, PHGN341, co-requisite: PHGN462, or permission of
(II) Ph.D. students who have been admitted to candidacy will attend
instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
the weekly Physics Colloquium. Students will be responsible for
PHGN566. MODERN OPTICAL ENGINEERING. 3.0 Hours.
presentations during this weekly seminar. See additional course
Provides students with a comprehensive working knowledge of optical
registration instructions under Program Requirements above.
system design that is sufficient to address optical problems found in their
Prerequisite: credit in PHGN501 and PHGN502. 1 hour seminar; 1
respective disciplines. Topics include paraxial optics, imaging, aberration
semester hour.
analysis, use of commercial ray tracing and optimazation, diffraction,
PHGN608. ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY II. 3.0 Hours.
linear systems and optical transfer functions, detectors, and optical
Spherical, cylindrical, and guided waves; relativistic 4-dimensional
system examples. Prerequisite: PHGN462 or consent of instructor. 3
formulation of electromagnetic theory. Prerequisite: PHGN507. 3 hours
hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered on demand.
PHGN570. FOURIER AND PHYSICAL OPTICS. 3.0 Hours.
PHGN612. MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS II. 3.0 Hours.
This course addresses the propagation of light through optical systems.
Continuation of PHGN511. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 3 hours
Diffraction theory is developed to show how 2D Fourier transforms and
lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered on demand.
linear systems theory can be applied to imaging systems. Analytic and
numerical Fourier and microscopes, spectrometers and holographic
PHGN623. NUCLEAR STRUCTURE AND REACTIONS. 3.0 Hours.
imaging. They are also applied to temporal propagation in ultrafast optics.
The fundamental physics principles and quantum mechanical models
Prerequisite: PHGN462 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. 3 hours
and methods underlying nuclear structure, transitions, and scattering
lecture; 3 semester hours.
reactions. Prerequisite: PHGN521 or consent of instructor. 3 hours
lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered on demand.
PHGN585. NONLINEAR OPTICS. 3.0 Hours.
An exploration of the nonlinear response of a medium (semiclassical
PHGN624. NUCLEAR ASTROPHYSICS. 3.0 Hours.
and quantum descriptions) and nonlinear wave mixing and propagation.
The physical principles and research methods used to understand
Analytic and numeric techniques to treat nonlinear dynamics are
nucleosynthesis and energy generation in the universe. Prerequisite:
developed. Applications to devices and modern research areas are
Consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Offered on
discussed, including harmonic and parametric wave modulation,
demand.
phase conjugation, electro-optic modulation. Prerequiste: PHGN462
PHGN641. ADVANCED CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS. 3.0 Hours.
or equivalent, PHGN520, or permission of instructor. 3 hours lecture; 3
Provides working graduate-level knowledge of applications of solid state
semester hours.
physics and important models to crystalline and non-crystalline systems
PHGN590. NUCLEAR REACTOR PHYSICS. 3.0 Hours.
in two and three dimensions. Review of transport by Bloch electrons;
Bridges the gap between courses in fundamental nuclear physics and the
computation, interpretation of band structures. Interacting electron gas
practice of electrical power production using nuclear reactors. Review of
and overview of density functional theory. Quantum theory of optical
nuclear constituents, forces, structure, energetics, decay and reactions;
properties of condensed systems; Kramers-Kronig analysis, sum rules,
interaction of radiation with matter, detection of radiation; nuclear cross
spectroscopies. Response and correlation functions. Theoretical models
sections, neutron induced reactions including scattering, absorption,
for metal-insulator and localization transitions in 1, 2, 3 dimensions
and fission; neutron diffusion, multiplication, criticality; simple reactor
(e.g., Mott, Hubbard, Anderson, Peierls distortion). Boltzmann equation.
geometries and compositions; nuclear reactor kinetics and control;
Introduction to magnetism; spin waves. Phenomenology of soft
modeling and simulation of reactors. Prerequisite: PHGN422 or consent
condensed matter: order parameters, free energies. Conventional
of instructor.
superconductivity. Prerequisites: PHGN440 or equivalent, PHGN520,
PHGN530. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.
PHGN597. SUMMER PROGRAMS. 6.0 Hours.
PHGN698. SPECIAL TOPICS. 1-6 Hour.
PHGN598. SPECIAL TOPICS. 1-6 Hour.
(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Prerequisite: Consent of
(I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Prerequisite: Consent of
Department. Credit to be determined by instructor, maximum of 6 credit
Department. Credit to be determined by instructor, maximum of 6 credit
hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.
PHGN699. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
PHGN599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-6 Hour.
(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
(I, II) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject
faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject
matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form
matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Independent Study” form
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6
must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6
credit hours. Repeatable for credit.
credit hours. Repeatable for credit.

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PHGN707. GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH
CREDIT. 1-15 Hour.
(I, II, S) Research credit hours required for completion of a Masters-level
thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Research must be carried out under the
direct supervision of the student’s faculty advisor. Variable class and
semester hours. Repeatable for credit.

134 Graduate
Geochemistry
CHGC514
GEOCHEMISTRY THERMODYNAMICS AND
KINETICS
Degrees Offered
CHGC610
NUCLEAR AND ISOTOPIC GEOCHEMISTRY
• Professional Masters in Environmental Geochemistry
In addition, all students must complete a 1-2 hour laboratory course
• Master of Science (Geochemistry)
selected from several available. Master of Science (Geochemistry degree
track) students must also complete an appropriate thesis, based upon
• Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry)
original research they have conducted. A thesis proposal and course of
Program Description
study must be approved by the student’s thesis committee before the
student begins substantial work on the thesis research.
The Graduate Program in Geochemistry is an interdisciplinary program
with the mission to educate students whose interests lie at the
The requirement for the Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry degree
intersection of the geological and chemical sciences. The Geochemistry
track) program will be established individually by a student’s thesis
Program consists of two subprograms, administering two M.S. and
committee, but must meet the minimum requirements presented below.
Ph.D. degree tracks and one Professional Master’s (non-thesis) degree
The Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry degree track) program will
program. The Geochemistry (GC) degree track pertains to the history
require a minimum of 72 credit hours. At least 24 hours must be research
and evolution of the Earth and its features, including but not limited
credit and at least 18 hours must be course work. Up to 24 hours of
to the chemical evolution of the crust and mantle, geochemistry of
course credit may be transferred from previous graduate-level work
energy and mineral resources, aqueous geochemistry and fluid-rock/
upon approval of the thesis committee. Research credits may not be
fluid-mineral interactions and chemical mineralogy. The Environmental
transferred. Students who enter the Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry
Biogeochemistry (EBGC) degree track pertains to the coupled chemical
degree track) program with a thesis-based Master of Science degree
and biological processes of Earth’s biosphere, and the changes in these
from another institution may transfer up to 36 semester hours, upon
processes caused by human activities.
approval of the thesis committee, in recognition of the course work and
research completed for that degree.
Master of Science and Doctor of
Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry degree track) students must take:
Philosophy
CHGC503
INTRODUCTION TO GEOCHEMISTRY
4.0
CHGC504
METHODS IN GEOCHEMISTRY
2.0
1. Geochemistry degree track
CHGC514
GEOCHEMISTRY THERMODYNAMICS AND
3.0
KINETICS
Prerequisites
Laboratory course
1.0
Each entering student will have an entrance interview with members of
Select two of the following:
3-4
the Geochemistry subprogram faculty. Since entering students may not
CHGN503
ADV PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
be proficient in both areas, a placement examination in geology and/or
CHGC509
INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS
chemistry may be required upon the discretion of the interviewing faculty.
GEOCHEMISTRY
If a placement examination is given, the results may be used to establish
GEOL512
MINERALOGY AND CRYSTAL CHEMISTRY
deficiency requirements. Credit toward a graduate degree will not be
CHGC610
NUCLEAR AND ISOTOPIC GEOCHEMISTRY
granted for courses taken to fulfill deficiencies.
Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry degree track) students must also
Requirements
complete an appropriate thesis, based upon original research they have
The Master of Science (Geochemistry degree track) requires a minimum
conducted. A thesis proposal and course of study must be approved by
of 36 semester hours including:
the student’s thesis committee before the student begins substantial work
on the thesis research.
Course work
24.0
Research credits
12.0
Master of Science (Geochemistry degree track) and Doctor of Philosophy
(Geochemistry degree track) students resident in the Department
Total Hours
36.0
of Chemistry and Geochemistry or the Department of Geology
and Geological Engineering shall adhere to the seminar rules and
To ensure breadth of background, the course of study for the Master of
requirements of the department of residence.
Science (Geochemistry degree track) must include:
2. Environmental Biogeochemistry
CHGC503
INTRODUCTION TO GEOCHEMISTRY
4.0
CHGC504
METHODS IN GEOCHEMISTRY
2.0
(EBGC) degree track
Master of Science (Geochemistry) students select two of the
3-4
Prerequisites
following:
CHGN503
ADV PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
A candidate for an M.S. or Ph.D. in the EBGC degree track should
have an undergraduate science or engineering degree with coursework
CHGC509
INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS
including multivariable calculus, two semesters each of physics and
GEOCHEMISTRY
chemistry, and one semester each of biology and earth science.
GEOL512
MINERALOGY AND CRYSTAL CHEMISTRY
Applicants who do not fulfill these requirements may still be admitted,
but will need to undergo an entrance interview to establish deficiency

Colorado School of Mines 135
requirements. Credit toward a graduate degree will not be given for
by the thesis committee. Two negative votes in the thesis committee
undergraduate courses taken to fulfill deficiencies.
constitute failure of the examination.
Requirements
In case of failure of the comprehensive examination, a re-examination
may be given upon the recommendation of the thesis committee and
Required Curriculum: A thesis proposal and thesis are required for all
approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies. Only one re-examination may
M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the EBGC degree track. M.S. thesis advisors
be given.
(or at least one co-advisor) must be members of the EBGC subprogram.
Ph.D. thesis committees must have a total of at least four members.
Tuition
Ph.D. advisors (or at least one of two co-advisors) and one additional
committee member must be members of the EBGC subprogram. M.S.
The Master of Science (Geochemistry) and Doctor of Philosophy
students will be expected to give one public seminar on their research;
(Geochemistry) programs have been admitted to the Western Regional
Ph.D. students are required to give at least one in addition to their thesis
Graduate Program. This entity recognizes the Geochemistry Program
defense presentation.
as unique in the region. Designation of the Geochemistry Program by
Western Regional Graduate program allows residents of western states
In addition, both M.S. and Ph.D. students in the EBGC degree track must
to enroll in the program at Colorado resident tuition rates. Eligible states
complete the following coursework:
include Alaska, Arizona, California ,Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada,
New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and
Wyoming.
1. Two required classes:
CHGC503
INTRODUCTION TO GEOCHEMISTRY
4.0
Professional Masters in
CHGC504
METHODS IN GEOCHEMISTRY
2.0
2. One chemistry-focused class, chosen from the following list:
Environmental Geochemistry
CEEN550
PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL
3.0
CHEMISTRY
Introduction
CHGC509
INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS
3.0
The Professional Masters in Environmental Geochemistry program is
GEOCHEMISTRY
intended to provide:
CEEN551
ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
1. an opportunity for CSM undergraduates to obtain, as part of a fifth
3. One biology-focused class chosen from the following list:
year of study, a Master in addition to the Bachelor degree; and
CEEN560
MOLECULAR MICROBIAL ECOLOGY AND THE
3.0
2. additional education for working professionals in the area of
ENVIRONMENT
geochemistry as it applies to problems relating to the environment.
CEEN562
APPLIED GEOMICROBIOLOGY
3.0
CHGC562
MICROBIOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
3.0
This is a non-thesis Master degree program administered by the
4. One earth science-focused class chosen from the following list
Environmental Biogeochemistry subprogram of the Geochemistry
program, and may be completed as part of a combined degree program
CHGC514
GEOCHEMISTRY THERMODYNAMICS AND
3.0
by individuals already matriculated as undergraduate students at CSM,
KINETICS
or by individuals already holding undergraduate or advanced degrees
(New class) Geochemical Modeling
and who are interested in a graduate program that does not have the
(New class) Earth Surface Geochemistry
traditional research requirement. The program consists primarily of
5. One class focusing on analytical methods in environmental/
coursework in geochemistry and allied fields with an emphasis on
biogeochemistry chosen from several available, including:
environmental applications. No research is required though the program
CHGC506
WATER ANALYSIS LABORATORY
2.0
does allow for independent study, professional development, internship,
GEGN530
CLAY CHARACTERIZATION
1.0
and cooperative experience.

Application
Total credits required for M.S.: 36
Undergraduate students at CSM must declare an interest during their
third year to allow for planning of coursework that will apply towards
Total credits required for Ph.D.: 72 (at least 18 of coursework)
the program. These students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
Students majoring in other departments besides the Department of
The student’s thesis committee may specify additional course
Geology and Geological Engineering and the Department of Chemistry
requirements and makes final decisions regarding transfer credits.
and Geochemistry may want to decide on the combined degree program
option earlier to be sure prerequisites are satisfied. Applicants other than
Comprehensive Examination
CSM undergraduates who are applying for this non-thesis Master degree
program must follow the same procedures that all prospective graduate
Doctor of Philosophy (Geochemistry) students in both degree tracks
students follow. However, the requirement of the general GRE may be
must take a comprehensive examination. It is expected that this exam
waived.
will be completed within three years of matriculation or after the bulk of
course work is finished, whichever occurs earlier. This examination will
Prerequisites
be administered by the student’s thesis committee and will consist of an
Each entering student will have an entrance interview with members of
oral and a written examination, administered in a format to be determined
the Geochemistry faculty. Each department recognizes that entering

136 Graduate
students may not be proficient in both areas. A placement examination
Engineering, the Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry, or the
in geology and/or chemistry may be required upon the discretion of the
Environmental Science and Engineering Division, and may also be
interviewing faculty. If a placement examination is given, the results may
independent study credits taken to fulfill a research cooperative, or other
be used to establish deficiency requirements. Credit toward a graduate
professional development experience. A course program will be designed
degree will not be granted for courses taken to fulfill deficiencies.
in advanced through consultation between the student and an advisor
from the Geochemistry Committee of the Whole.
Requirements
A minimum of 30 credit hours are required, with an overall GPA of at least
CHGC503
INTRODUCTION TO GEOCHEMISTRY
4.0
3.0. The overall course requirements will depend on the background of
CHGC504
METHODS IN GEOCHEMISTRY
2.0
the individual, but may be tailored to professional objectives.
CHGC505
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL
3.0
A 10 credit-hour core program consists of:
CHEMISTRY
CHGC506
WATER ANALYSIS LABORATORY
2.0
GEGN466
GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING *
3.0
CHGC509
INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS
3.0
CHGC503
INTRODUCTION TO GEOCHEMISTRY
4.0
GEOCHEMISTRY
CHGC509
INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS
3.0
CHGC511
GEOCHEMISTRY OF IGNEOUS ROCKS
3.0
GEOCHEMISTRY
CHGC514
GEOCHEMISTRY THERMODYNAMICS AND
3.0
Total Hours
10.0
KINETICS
CHGC527
ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY OF FOSSIL FUELS 3.0
In addition, 14 credit hours must be selected from the list below,
AND ORE DEPOSITS
representing the following core areas: geochemical methods, geographic
CHGC555
ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
information system, geological data analysis, groundwater engineering
CHGC562
MICROBIOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
3.0
or modeling, hydrothermal geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, physical
chemistry, microbiology, mineralogy, organic geochemistry, and
CHGC563
ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY
2.0
thermodynamics. This selection of courses must include at least one
CHGC564
BIOGEOCHEMISTRY AND GEOMICROBIOLOGY 3.0
laboratory course.
CHGC598
SPECIAL TOPICS
1-6
CHGC610
NUCLEAR AND ISOTOPIC GEOCHEMISTRY
3.0
CEEN560
MOLECULAR MICROBIAL ECOLOGY AND THE
3.0
ENVIRONMENT
CHGC698
SPECIAL TOPICS
1-6
CHGC504
METHODS IN GEOCHEMISTRY
2.0

CHGC506
WATER ANALYSIS LABORATORY
2.0
CHGC527
ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY OF FOSSIL FUELS 3.0
AND ORE DEPOSITS
CHGC555
ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
3.0
CHGC562
MICROBIOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
3.0
CHGC563
ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY
2.0
CHGC564
BIOGEOCHEMISTRY AND GEOMICROBIOLOGY 3.0
CHGC610
NUCLEAR AND ISOTOPIC GEOCHEMISTRY
3.0
CHGN503
ADV PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
4.0
GEGN532
GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS
3.0
GEGN575
APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC
3.0
INFORMATION SYSTEMS
GEGN581
ANALYTICAL HYDROLOGY
3.0
GEGN583
MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF
3.0
GROUNDWATER SYSTEMS
GEGN683
ADVANCED GROUND WATER MODELING
3.0
GEOL512
MINERALOGY AND CRYSTAL CHEMISTRY
3.0
GEOL530
CLAY CHARACTERIZATION
1.0
GEOL550
INTEGRATED BASIN MODELING
3.0
Laboratory courses:
CHGC506
WATER ANALYSIS LABORATORY
1-2
or GEOL530
CLAY CHARACTERIZATION
An additional 6 credit-hours of free electives may be selected to complete
the 30 credit-hour requirement. Free electives may be selected from
the course offerings of the Department of Geology and Geological

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Hydrologic Science and
several western states are given the tuition status of Colorado residents.
These states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana,
Engineering
Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah,
Washington, and Wyoming.
Degrees Offered
For more information on HSE curriculum please refer to the HSE website
• Master of Science (Hydrology), Thesis option
at hydrology.mines.edu or see the HSE Graduate Handbook at http://
• Master of Science (Hydrology), Non-thesis option
hydrology.mines.edu/hydroclasses.html
• Doctor of Philosophy (Hydrology)
Combined Degree Program Option
Program Description
CSM undergraduate students have the opportunity to begin work on a
M.S. degree in Hydrology while completing their Bachelor’s degree. The
The Hydrologic Science and Engineering (HSE) Program is an
CSM Combined Degree Program provides the vehicle for students to
interdisciplinary graduate program comprised of faculty from several
complete graduate coursework while still an undergraduate student. For
different CSM departments.
more information please contact the HSE program faculty.
The program offers programs of study in fundamental hydrologic science
and applied hydrology with engineering applications. Our program

encompasses groundwater hydrology, surface-water hydrology, vadose-
zone hydrology, watershed hydrology, contaminant transport and fate,

contaminant remediation, hydrogeophysics, and water policy/law.
Students may elect to follow the Science or the Engineering Track.
Program Requirements
HSE requires a core study of 4 formal graduate courses. Programs of
study are interdisciplinary in nature, and coursework is obtained from
M.S. Non-Thesis Option
multiple departments at CSM and is approved for each student by the
Course work
30.0
student’s advisor and thesis committee.
Independent Study, working on a research project with HSE faculty,
6.0
including a written report
To achieve the Master of Science (M.S.) degree, students may elect the
Non-Thesis option, based exclusively upon coursework and a project
Total Hours
36.0
report, or the Thesis option. The thesis option is comprised of coursework
in combination with individual laboratory, modeling and/or field research
M.S. Thesis Option
performed under the guidance of a faculty advisor and presented in a
Course work
24.0
written thesis approved by the student’s committee.
Research
6.0
Total Hours
30.0
HSE also offers a combined baccalaureate/masters degree program
in which CSM students obtain an undergraduate degree as well as
MS Thesis students must also write and orally defend a research thesis.
a Thesis or Non-thesis M.S. in Hydrology. In the Combined Degree
Program as many as six credit hours may be counted towards the
Ph.D.: 72 total credit hours, consisting of coursework (at least 36 h post-
B.S. and M.S. non-thesis degree requirements. Please see the
baccalaureate), and research (at least 24 h).
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Programs sections in the Graduate
(http://bulletin.mines.edu/graduate/programs) and Undergraduate
Students must also successfully complete qualifying examinations,
(http://bulletin.mines.edu/undergraduate/undergraduateinformation/
write and defend a dissertation proposal, write and defend a doctoral
combinedundergraduategraduate) Bulletins for additional information.
dissertation, and are expected to submit the dissertation work for
publication in scholarly journals.
To achieve the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, students are
expected to complete a combination of coursework and novel, original
Thesis & Dissertation Committee
research, under the guidance of a faculty advisor and Doctoral
Requirements
committee, which culminates in a significant scholarly contribution
to a specialized field in hydrologic sciences or engineering. Full-time
Students must meet the general requirements listed in the graduate
enrollment is expected and leads to the greatest success, although part-
bulletin section Graduate Degrees and Requirements. In addition, the
time enrollment may be allowed under special circumstances. All doctoral
student’s advisor or co-advisor must be an HSE faculty member. For M.S.
students must complete the full-time, on-campus residency requirements
thesis students, at least two committee members must be members of
(p. 15).
the HSE faculty. For doctoral students, at least 2 faculty on the committee
must be a member of the HSE faculty. For all committees one at-
Currently, students will apply to the hydrology program through the
large member must be from a department outside the student’s home
Graduate School and be assigned to the HSE participating department
department and HSE.
or division of the student’s HSE advisor. Participating units include:
Chemistry and Geochemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE),
Prerequisites Science Track
Geology and Geological Engineering (GE), Geophysical Engineering,
• baccalaureate degree in a science or engineering discipline
Mining Engineering (ME), and Petroleum Engineering (PE). HSE is part
• college calculus: two semesters required
of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WICHE), a recognition
• differential equations: one semester required
that designates these programs as unique within the Western United
States. An important benefit of this designation is that students from
• college physics: one semester required

138 Graduate
• college chemistry: two semesters required
taught nearly every semester, with different topics depending on the
• fluid mechanics, one semester required
instructor.
• college statistics: one semester required
Students who plan to incorporate hydrochemistry into their research may
Prerequisites Engineering Track
elect to replace CEEN550 with a two-course combination that includes an
aqueous inorganic chemistry course (CHGC509) and an environmental
• baccalaureate degree in a science or engineering discipline
organic chemistry course (CEEN511).
• college calculus: two semesters required
A grade of B- or better is required in all core classes for graduation.
• differential equations: one semester required
• college physics: two semesters required
Elective courses may be chosen from a list approved by the HSE
• college chemistry: two semesters required
program faculty with one free elective that may be chosen from any of
• college statistics: one semester required
the graduate courses offered at CSM and other local universities. A list of
these courses can be found in the HSE Handbook.
• statics, one semester required
• mechanics of materials, one semester required
Engineering Track
• dynamics, one semester required
Curriculum areas of emphasis consist of core courses, and electives.
• thermodynamics, one semester required
Core courses include all core courses in the Science Track and a
• fluid mechanics: one semester required
relevant Capstone Design Course (e.g. Ground Water Engineering
• engineering design (equivalent of a 400-level capstone design course
Design GEGN470)
or GEGN 470 Groundwater Engineering Design)
Elective courses may be chosen from a list approved by the HSE
Note that some prerequisites may be completed in the first few
program faculty with one free elective that may be chosen from any of
semesters of the graduate program if approved by the hydrology program
the graduate courses offered at CSM and other local universities. At least
faculty. Graduate courses may be used to fulfill one or more of these
half of the elective credits must come from the following list:
requirements after approval by the HSE Graduate Admissions Committee
and the student’s Thesis Committee.
CEEN471
WATER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT
3.0
SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN
Required Curriculum
CEEN571
ADVANCED WATER TREATMENT
3.0
ENGINEERING AND WATER REUSE
Students will work with their academic advisors and graduate thesis
CEEN575
HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE REMEDIATION
3.0
committees to establish plans of study that best fit their individual
interests and goals. Each student will develop and submit a plan of study
CEEN594
RISK ASSESSMENT
3.0
to their advisor during the first semester of enrollment. Doctoral students
CEEN611
MULTIPHASE CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT
3.0
may transfer in credits from an earned M.S. graduate program according
EGES533
UNSATURATED SOIL MECHANICS
3.0
to requirements listed in the Graduate Degrees and Requirements
EGES534
SOIL BEHAVIOR
3.0
(bulletin.mines.edu/graduate/graduatedepartmentsandprograms) section
EGES553
ENGINEERING HYDROLOGY
3.0
of the graduate bulletin, and after approval by the student’s thesis
committee. Recommended prerequisite courses may be taken for
EGES554
OPEN CHANNEL FLOW
3.0
credit during the first year a student is enrolled in HSE. In some cases,
GEGN532
GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS
3.0
graduate courses may satisfy one or more prerequisites if approved by
GEGN573
GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SITE
3.0
the hydrology program faculty. For more information also see the HSE
INVESTIGATION
Graduate Handbook - http://hydrology.mines.edu/hydroclasses.html
GEGN575
APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC
3.0
INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Science Track
GEGN581
ANALYTICAL HYDROLOGY
3.0
Curriculum areas of emphasis consist of core courses, and electives.
GEGN584
FIELD METHODS IN HYDROLOGY
3.0
Core courses include the following:
GEGN681
VADOSE ZONE HYDROLOGY
3.0
GEGN466
GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
3.0
GEGN683
ADVANCED GROUND WATER MODELING
3.0
GEGN582
INTEGRATED SURFACE WATER HYDROLOGY 3.0
GEGN682
FLOW AND TRANSPORT IN FRACTURED
3.0
ROCK
CEEN550
PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL
3.0
CHEMISTRY
GEGN683
ADVANCED GROUND WATER MODELING
3.0
CEEN584
SUBSURFACE CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT
3.0
or CEEN583
SURFACE WATER QUALITY MODELING
Total Hours
12.0
HSE seminar is also required and will typically have a 598 course
number. These are one-credit reading and discussion seminars. PhD
students are required to complete at least two during their studies, and
M.S. students must complete one seminar. The seminar courses are

Colorado School of Mines 139
Interdisciplinary
Specialty Requirements and Approval
Processes
Degrees Offered
Specialties must meet the following minimum requirements:
• Master of Science (Interdisciplinary)
• Specialty area must be, within the context of Mines, interdisciplinary
• Doctor of Philosophy (Interdisciplinary)
in nature. That is, expertise that would be reasonably expected to be
Program Description
required to deliver the specialty must span multiple degree programs
at Mines.
In addition to its traditional degree programs, Mines offers innovative,
• Faculty participating in the Specialty must be derived from no fewer
interdisciplinary, research-based degree programs that fit the institutional
than two separate home units.
role and mission, but cannot easily be addressed within a single discipline
• There must be a minimum of six tenure/tenure-track core faculty
or degree program. Specialties offered under this option are provided for
participating in the Specialty.
a limited time during which faculty from across campus come together
to address relevant, timely, interdisciplinary issues. The Interdisciplinary
The package of materials to be reviewed for Specialty approval must, at a
Graduate Program is intended to:
minimum, include the following items:
1. Encourage faculty and students to participate in broadly
• Descriptive overview of Specialty degree area,
interdisciplinary research,
• List of participating Faculty and the Departments/Divisions in which
2. Provide a mechanism by which a rigorous academic degree
they are resident,
program may be tightly coupled to this interdisciplinary research,
• Name of Specialty to be included on the transcript,
and
• Listing and summary description of all Specialty degree requirements,
3. Provide a mechanism for faculty to develop and market test, timely
• A description of how program quality is overseen by participating
and innovative interdisciplinary degree programs in the hope that, if
Specialty faculty including the Admission to Candidacy process to be
successful, may become full-fledged, stand-alone degree programs
used within the Specialty,
in the future.
• A copy of Bylaws (i.e., operating parameters that define how the
Specialty is managed, how faculty participate, how admissions is
Program Requirements
handled, etc.) under which the Specialty and its faculty operate,
• A listing and justification for any additional resources needed to offer
Graduates of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program must meet all
the Specialty, and
institutional requirements for graduation and the requirements of the
• A draft of the Graduate Bulletin text that will be used to describe the
Specialty under which they are admitted.
Specialty in the Interdisciplinary Degree section of Bulletin.
Program Management
Materials for Specialty approval must be approved by all of the following
groups. Faculty advancing a Specialty should seek approval from each
Overall management and oversight of the Interdisciplinary Degree
group in the order in which they are presented below:
Program is undertaken by a Program Oversight Committee consisting of
the:
• Faculty and Department Heads/Division Directors of each of the
departments/divisions contributing staffing to the Specialty,
• Dean of Graduate Studies (Chair and Program Director),
• Interdisciplinary Program Oversight Committee,
• One Representative from the Faculty Senate,
• Graduate Council,
• One Representative from Department Heads/Division Directors, and
• Faculty Senate, and
• One Faculty Representative from each active Specialty Areas.
• Provost.
The role of the Oversight Committee is fourfold:
Failure to receive approval at any level constitutes an institutional
• Specialty Oversight: includes advising and assisting faculty in the
decision to not offer the Specialty as described.
creation of new Specialty areas, periodic Specialty review and
termination of Specialties having exceed the allowed time limits,
Full-Fledged Degree Creation and
• Specialty Mentoring: includes providing assistance to, and support
Specialty Time Limits
of existing Specialties as they move toward applying for full degree
status,
Documentation related to specific program Specialties, as published
in the Graduate Bulletin, includes the inception semester of the
Program Advocacy: includes promotion of program at the institutional
Specialty. For Specialties garnering significant enrollment and support
level, and promotion, development and support of new Specialty areas
by participating academic faculty, the Program Oversight Committee
with individual groups of faculty, and
encourages the participating faculty to seek approval – both on campus,
Council Representation: upon the advise of the directors of the
and through the Board of Trustees and DHE – for a stand alone degree
individual Specialties offered, the Oversight Committee appoints an
program. Upon approval, all students still in the Specialty will be moved to
Interdisciplinary Degree program representative to Graduate Council.
the full-fledged degree program.
Admissions to all doctoral-level Specialties will be allowed for a maximum
of 7 years after the Specialty inception date. Specialties may apply to the

140 Graduate
Oversight Committee for a one-time extension to this time limit that shall
better in all graduate transfer courses and the transfer must be approved
not exceed 3 additional years. If successful, the Oversight Committee
by the student’s Doctoral Thesis Committee and the Director of the
shall inform Graduate Council and the Faculty Senate of the extension.
ORwE program.
Specialties
Unsatisfactory Progress
Operations Research with Engineering (ORwE) (initiated Fall, 2011)
In addition to the institutional guidelines for unsatisfactory progress
as described elsewhere in this bulletin: Unsatisfactory progress will
Degrees Offered
be assigned to any full-time student who does not pass the following
prerequisite and core courses in the first fall semester of study:
• Doctor of Philosophy (Interdisciplinary); Specialty (Operations
Research with Engineering)
CSCI262
DATA STRUCTURES
3.0
Program Description
EBGN555
LINEAR PROGRAMMING
3.0
MATH530
STATISTICAL METHODS I
3.0
Operations Research (OR) involves mathematically modeling physical
systems (both naturally occurring and man-made) with a view to
and the following in the first spring semester of study:
determining a course of action for the system to either improve or
optimize its functionality. Examples of such systems include, but are
CSCI406
ALGORITHMS
3.0
not limited to, manufacturing systems, chemical processes, socio-
EBGN552
NONLINEAR PROGRAMMING
3.0
economic systems, mechanical systems (e.g., those that produce
or MEGN593
ENGINEERING DESIGN OPTIMIZATION
energy), and mining systems. The ORwE PhD Specialty allows students
to complete an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in Operations Research
Unsatisfactory progress will also be assigned to any students who
with Engineering by taking courses and conducting research in eight
do not complete requirements as specified in their admission letter.
departments/divisions: Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Electrical
Any exceptions to the stipulations for unsatisfactory progress must
Engineering and Computer Sciences, Engineering and Computational
be approved by the ORwE committee. Part-time students develop an
Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Economics & Business,
approved course plan with their advisor.
Mining Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Metallurgical &
Materials Engineering.
Prerequisites
Specialty Requirements
Students must have completed the following undergraduate prerequisite
courses with a grade of B or better:
Doctoral students develop a customized curriculum to fit their needs. The
degree requires a minimum of 72 graduate credit hours that includes
CSCI261
PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS
3.0
course work and a thesis. Coursework is valid for nine years towards a
CSCI262
DATA STRUCTURES
3.0
Ph.D. degree; any exceptions must be approved by the Director of the
ORwE program and student advisor.
Students entering in the fall semester must have completed the
Programming (CSCI261) prerequisite or equivalent. Students will only be
Course Work
allowed to enter in the spring semester if they have developed a course
program such that they are able to take the qualifying exam within 3
Core Courses
25.0
semesters.
Area of Specialization Courses
12.0
Required Course Curriculum
Total Hours
37.0
All Ph.D. students are required to take a set of core courses that provides
Research Credits
basic tools for the more advanced and specialized courses in the
program.
At least 24.0 research credits. The student’s faculty advisor and the
doctoral thesis committee must approve the student’s program of study
Core Courses
and the topic for the thesis.
CSCI/MATH406
ALGORITHMS
3.0
Qualifying Examination Process and
MEGN502
ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS
4.0
Thesis Proposal
MATH530
STATISTICAL METHODS I
3.0
EBGN552
NONLINEAR PROGRAMMING
3.0
Upon completion of the core coursework, students must pass qualifying
or MEGN593
ENGINEERING DESIGN OPTIMIZATION
written examinations to become a candidate for the Ph.D. ORwE
EBGN555
LINEAR PROGRAMMING
3.0
specialty. The proposal defense should be done within ten months of
passing the qualifying exam.
EBGN557
INTEGER PROGRAMMING
3.0
EBGN556
NETWORK MODELS
3.0
Transfer Credits
EBGN561
STOCHASTIC MODELS IN MANAGEMENT
3.0
SCIENCE
Students may transfer up to 24.0 hours of graduate-level coursework
or MATH438
STOCHASTIC MODELS
from other institutions toward the Ph.D. degree subject to the restriction
that those courses must not have been used as credit toward a
Total Hours
25.0
Bachelor’s degree. The student must have achieved a grade of B or

Colorado School of Mines 141
Area of Specialization Courses
Select Four of the Following:
12.0
EBGN528
INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS SIMULATION
or MATH542
SIMULATION
or CSCI542
SIMULATION
MTGN450/
STATISTICAL PROCESS CONTROL AND
MLGN550
DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS
EBGN560
DECISION ANALYSIS
EENG517
THEORY AND DESIGN OF ADVANCED
CONTROL SYSTEMS
EBGN655
ADVANCED LINEAR PROGRAMMING
EBGN657
ADVANCED INTEGER PROGRAMMING
CSCI562
APPLIED ALGORITHMS AND DATA
STRUCTURES
MNGN536
OPERATIONS RESEARCH TECHNIQUES IN
THE MINERAL INDUSTRY
MNGN538
GEOSTATISTICAL ORE RESERVE ESTIMATION
EBGN509
MATHEMATICAL ECONOMICS
EBGN575
ADVANCED MINING AND ENERGY VALUATION
MATH531
STATISTICAL METHODS II
xxxx598/698
Special Topics (Requires approval of the advisor
and ORwE program director)


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

Colorado School of Mines 143
MLGN591
MATERIALS THERMODYNAMICS
3.0
receives a grade of less than B- in a class, the student may request
MLGN592
ADVANCED MATERIALS KINETICS AND
3.0
an additional final examination be given during the mid-term break of
TRANSPORT
the following spring semester. If the result of this examination is a B- or
better, the student will be allowed to take the qualifying examination. The
MLGN593
BONDING, STRUCTURE, AND
3.0
grade originally obtained in the course will not be changed as a result.
CRYSTALLOGRAPHY
If not allowed to complete the qualifying examination at the end of the
Total Hours
9.0
spring semester, students will be discouraged from the PhD program and
encouraged, rather, to finish with a Masters degree
Master of Science (Thesis Option)
Qualifying Examination – A qualifying examination is given annually
The Master of Science degree requires a minimum of 30.0 semester
at the end of the spring semester under the direction of the Materials
hours of acceptable coursework and thesis research credits (see table
Science Graduate Affairs Committee. All first-year Materials Science
below). The student must also submit a thesis and pass the Defense of
students are expected to successfully complete the qualifying
Thesis examination before the Thesis Committee.
examination within three semesters to remain in good standing in the
COURSEWORK
program. The examination covers material from the core curriculum plus
Materials Science Courses *
18.0
a standard introductory text on Materials Science, such as "Materials
MLGN707
Thesis Research Credits
12.0
Science and Engineering: An Introduction", by William Callister. If a
Total Hours
30.0
student performs below the expectations of the Materials Science faculty
on the written exam, they will be asked to complete a follow-up oral
*
Must include 9.0 credit hours of core courses.
examination in the subsequent fall semester. The oral examination will
be based on topics deemed to be deficient in the written examination.
Master of Science (Non-Thesis Option with a
Satisfactorily completing the oral exam will allow the student to proceed
case study)
with the PhD program. Students who perform below the expectations
of the Materials Science faculty on the oral exam will not be allowed to
The Master of Science degree requires a minimum of 30.0 semester
continue with the PhD program.
hours of acceptable course work and case study credit including:
Thesis Proposal – A student’s thesis committee administers a Thesis
COURSEWORK Materials Science Courses *
24.0
Proposal defense. The proposal defense should occur no later than the
MLGN
Case Study
6.0
student’s fourth semester. While the proposal itself should focus on the
central topic of a student’s research efforts, during the proposal defense,
Total Hours
30.0
candidates may expect to receive a wide range of questions from the
Committee. This would include all manner of questions directly related to
*
Must include 9.0 credit hours of core courses.
the proposal. Candidates, however, should also expect questions related
Doctor of Philosophy
to the major concept areas of Materials Science within the context of a
candidate’s research focus. The Committee formally reports results of the
The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires a minimum of 72.0 hours of
proposal defense to the Materials Science Program Director using the
course and research credit including:
Committee Reporting form developed by the Office of Graduate Studies.
COURSEWORK Materials Science Courses (minimum) *
24.0
Upon completion of these steps and upon completion of all required
coursework, candidates are admitted to candidacy.
MLGN707
Thesis Research Credits (minimum)
24.0
Following successful completion of coursework and the PhD qualifying
*
Must include 9.0 credit hours of core courses.
process, candidates must also submit a thesis and successfully complete
the Defense of Thesis examination before the Thesis Committee.
Deficiency Courses
All doctoral candidates must complete at least 6 credit hours of
background courses. This course requirement is individualized for
MLGN500
PROCESSING, MICROSTRUCTURE, AND
3.0
each candidate, depending on previous experience and research
PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS
activities to be pursued. Competitive candidates may already possess
MLGN501
STRUCTURE OF MATERIALS
3.0
this background information. In these cases, the candidate’s Thesis
MLGN502
SOLID STATE PHYSICS
3.0
Committee may award credit for previous experience. In cases where
MLGN503
CHEMICAL BONDING IN MATERIALS
3.0
additional coursework is required as part of a student’s program, these
MLGN504
SOLID STATE THERMODYNAMICS
3.0
courses are treated as fulfilling a deficiency requirement that is beyond
MLGN505
MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS
3.0
the total institutional requirement of 72 credit hours.
MLGN506
TRANSPORT IN SOLIDS
3.0
PhD Qualifying Process
MLGN509
SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY
3.0
The following constitutes the qualifying processes by which doctoral
MLGN510
SURFACE CHEMISTRY
3.0
students are admitted to candidacy in the Materials Science program.
MLGN511
KINETIC CONCERNS IN MATERIALS
3.0
PROCESSING I
Core Curriculum – The three required core classes must be completed in
MLGN512
CERAMIC ENGINEERING
3.0
the first Fall semester for all doctoral candidates. Students must obtain
MLGN513
PROBLEM SOLVING IN MATERIALS SCIENCE
3.0
a grade of B- or better in each class to be eligible to take the qualifying
examination at the end of the succeeding spring semester. If a student

144 Graduate
MLGN515
ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES AND
3.0
APPLICATIONS OF MATERIALS
MLGN516
PROPERTIES OF CERAMICS
3.0
MLGN517
SOLID MECHANICS OF MATERIALS
3.0
MLGN518
PHASE EQUILIBRIA IN CERAMICS SYSTEMS
3.0
MLGN519
NON-CRYSTALLINE MATERIALS
3.0
MLGN521
KINETIC CONCERNS IN MATERIAL
3.0
PROCESSING II
MLGN523
APPLIED SURFACE AND SOLUTION
3.0
CHEMISTRY
MLGN526
GEL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
3.0
MLGN530
INTRODUCTION TO POLYMER SCIENCE
3.0
MLGN531
POLYMER ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
3.0
MLGN535
INTERDISCIPLINARY MICROELECTRONICS
3.0
PROCESSING LABORATORY
MLGN536
ADVANCED POLYMER SYNTHESIS
3.0
MLGN544
PROCESSING OF CERAMICS
3.0
MLGN550
STATISTICAL PROCESS CONTROL AND
3.0
DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS
MLGN552
INORGANIC MATRIX COMPOSITES
3.0
MLGN555
POLYMER AND COMPLEX FLUIDS
1.0
COLLOQUIUM
MLGN561
TRANSPORT PHENOMENA IN MATERIALS
3.0
PROCESSING
MLGN563
POLYMER ENGINEERING: STRUCTURE,
3.0
PROPERTIES AND PROCESSING
MLGN565
MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF CERAMICS
3.0
AND COMPOSITES
MLGN569
FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
3.0
MLGN570
BIOCOMPATIBILITY OF MATERIALS
3.0
MLGN572
BIOMATERIALS
3.0
MLGN583
PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS OF
3.0
SURFACE ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES
MLGN589
MATERIALS THERMODYNAMICS
3.0
MLGN591
MATERIALS THERMODYNAMICS
3.0
MLGN592
ADVANCED MATERIALS KINETICS AND
3.0
TRANSPORT
MLGN593
BONDING, STRUCTURE, AND
3.0
CRYSTALLOGRAPHY
MLGN607
CONDENSED MATTER
3.0
MLGN625
MOLECULAR SIMULATION METHODS
3.0
MLGN634
ADVANCED TOPICS IN THERMODYNAMICS
3.0
MLGN635
POLYMER REACTION ENGINEERING
3.0
MLGN648
CONDENSED MATTER II
3.0
MLGN673
STRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES OF
3.0
POLYMERS
MLGN696
VAPOR DEPOSITION PROCESSES
3.0
MLGN707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION
1-15
RESEARCH CREDIT


Colorado School of Mines 145
Nuclear Engineering
Additional elective courses
9.0
Nuclear Science and Engineering Seminar
2.0
http://nuclear.mines.edu
Total Hours
36.0
Degrees Offered
Master of Science
• Master of Engineering (Nuclear Engineering)
Core courses
13.0
• Master of Science (Nuclear Engineering)
Elective core courses
6.0
• Doctor of Philosophy (Nuclear Engineering)
Nuclear Science and Engineering Seminar
2.0
Program Description
Graduate research (minimum)
12.0
Graduate research or elective courses
3.0
The Nuclear Science and Engineering program at the Colorado School
Total Hours
36.0
of Mines is interdisciplinary in nature and draws substantial contributions
from the the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, the
M.S. students must complete and defend a research thesis in accordance
Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry, the Department of Civil
with this Graduate Bulletin and the Nuclear Science and Engineering
and Environmental Engineering, the Department of Liberal Arts and
Thesis Procedures. The student must complete the preparation and
International Studies, the Department of Mechanical Engineering,
defense of a Thesis Proposal as described by the Nuclear Science and
the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, and the
Engineering Proposal Procedures at least one semester before the
Department of Physics. While delivering a traditional Nuclear Engineering
student defends his or her M.S. thesis.
course core, the School of Mines program in Nuclear Science and
Engineering emphasizes the nuclear fuel life cycle. Faculty bring to
Doctor of Philosophy
the program expertise in all aspects of the nuclear fuel life cycle; fuel
Core courses
13.0
exploration and processing, nuclear power systems production, design
and operation, fuel recycling, storage and waste remediation, radiation
Elective core courses
9.0
detection and radiation damage as well as the policy issues surrounding
Additional elective courses
12.0
each of these activities. Related research is conducted in CSM’s Nuclear
Nuclear Science and Engineering Seminar
4.0
Science and Engineering Center.
Graduate research (minimum)
24.0
Students in all three Nuclear Engineering degrees are exposed to a
Graduate research or elective courses
10.0
broad systems overview of the complete nuclear fuel cycle as well as
Total Hours
72.0
having detailed expertise in a particular component of the cycle. Breadth
is assured by requiring all students to complete a rigorous set of core
Ph.D. students must successfully complete the program’s quality control
courses. The core consists of a 21 credit-hour course sequence. The
process.
remainder of the course and research work is obtained from the multiple
participating departments, as approved for each student by the student’s
The Ph.D. quality control process includes the following:
advisor and the student’s thesis committee (as appropriate).
• Prior to admission to candidacy, the student must complete all seven
The Master of Engineering degree is a non-thesis graduate degree
of the Nuclear Engineering required and elective core classes;
intended to supplement the student’s undergraduate degree by providing
• Prior to admission to candidacy, the student must pass a qualifying
the core knowledge needed to prepare the student to pursue a career in
examination in accordance with the Nuclear Science and Engineering
the nuclear energy field. The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
Qualifying Exam Procedures for any of his or her seven core classes
degrees are thesis-based degrees that emphasize research.
in which he or she did not receive a grade of B or better;
• Prior to admission to candidacy, a Ph.D. thesis proposal must be
In addition, students majoring in allied fields may complete a minor
presented to, and accepted by, the student’s thesis committee in
degree through the Nuclear Science and Engineering Program,
accordance with the Nuclear Science and Engineering Proposal
consisting of 12 credit hours of coursework. The Nuclear Science and
Procedures; and
Engineering Minor programs are designed to allow students in allied
• The student must complete and defend a Ph.D. thesis in accordance
fields to acquire and then indicate, in a formal way, specialization in a
with this Graduate Bulletin and the Nuclear Science and Engineering
nuclear-related area of expertise.
Thesis Procedures.

Students seeking a Ph.D in Nuclear Engineering are also generally
expected to complete a thesis-based Master’s degree in Nuclear
Program Requirements
Engineering or a related field prior to their admission to Ph.D. candidacy.
The Nuclear Science and Engineering Program offers programs of study
Thesis Committee Requirements
leading to three graduate degrees:
The student’s thesis committee must meet the general requirements
listed in the Graduate Bulletin section on Graduate Degrees and
Master of Engineering
Requirements (http://bulletin.mines.edu/graduate/programs). In addition,
Core courses
13.0
the student’s advisor or co-advisor must be an active faculty member of
Elective core courses
12.0
CSM’s Nuclear Science and Engineering Program. For M.S. students,
at least two, and for Ph.D. students, at least three, committee members

146 Graduate
must be faculty members of the Nuclear Science and Engineering
Through these additional courses, students gain breadth and depth in
Program and must come from at least two different departments. At least
their knowledge the Nuclear Engineering industry.
one member of the Ph.D. committee must be a faculty member from
outside the Nuclear Science and Engineering Program.
Students seeking M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are required to complete the
minimum research credit hour requirements ultimately leading to the
Required Curriculum
completion and defense of a thesis. Research is conducted under the
direction of a member of CSM’s Nuclear Science and Engineering faculty
In order to be admitted to the Nuclear Science and Engineering
and could be tied to a research opportunity provided by industry partners.
Graduate Degree Program, students must meet the following minimum
requirements:
Graduate Seminar
• baccalaureate degree in a science or engineering discipline from an
Full-time graduate students in the Nuclear Science and Engineering
accredited program
Program are expected to maintain continuous enrollment in Nuclear
Science and Engineering Seminar. Students who are concurrently
• mathematics coursework up to and including differential equations
enrolled in a different degree program that also requires seminar
• physics coursework up to and including courses in modern physics
attendance may have this requirement waived at the discretion of the
and introductory nuclear physics
Program Director.
• coursework in engineering thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid
flow (or equivalent)
Nuclear Engineering Combined Degree
Students who do not meet these minimum requirements may be admitted
Program Option
with specified coursework to be completed in the first semesters of the
CSM undergraduate students have the opportunity to begin work on an
graduate program. Entering students without an appropriate nuclear
M.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering while completing their Bachelor’s
engineering background will be advised to take introductory nuclear
degree. The Nuclear Engineering Combined Degree Program provides
engineering coursework prior to starting the nuclear engineering core
the vehicle for students to use up to 6 credit hours of undergraduate
course sequence. These introductory courses will be selected in
coursework as part of their Nuclear Engineering Graduate Degree
consultation with the student’s graduate advisor.
curriculum, as well as the opportunity to take additional graduate courses
All degree offerings within the Nuclear Science and Engineering program
while completing their undergraduate degree. Students in the Nuclear
are based on a set of required and elective core courses. The required
Engineering Combined Degree Program are expected to apply for
core classes are:
admission to the graduate program by the beginning of their Senior
Year. For more information please contact the Nuclear Science and
NUGN510
INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR REACTOR
3.0
Engineering Program Director.
PHYSICS
NUGN520
INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR REACTOR
3.0
Minor Degree Programs
THERMAL-HYDRAULICS
NUGN580
NUCLEAR REACTOR LABORATORY (taught in
3.0
Students majoring in allied fields may choose to complete minor degree
collaboration with the USGS)
programs through the Nuclear Science and Engineering Program
NUGN585
NUCLEAR REACTOR DESIGN I
4.0
indicating specialization in a nuclear-related area of expertise. Minor
& NUGN586
and NUCLEAR REACTOR DESIGN II
programs require completion of 12 credit hours of approved coursework.
Existing minors and their requirements are as follows:
Total Hours
13.0
Nuclear Engineering
Additionally, students pursuing a Nuclear Engineering graduate degree
must take a certain number of courses from the elective core (four for an
NUGN510
INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR REACTOR
3.0
M.E., two for an M.S. and three for a Ph.D.). The core electives consist of
PHYSICS
the following:
NUGN520
INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR REACTOR
3.0
THERMAL-HYDRAULICS
CEEN558
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP OF
3.0
NUCLEAR RESOURCES
NUGN580
NUCLEAR REACTOR LABORATORY
3.0
LAIS589
NUCLEAR POWER AND PUBLIC POLICY
3.0
LAIS589
NUCLEAR POWER AND PUBLIC POLICY
3.0
MTGN593
NUCLEAR MATERIALS SCIENCE AND
3.0
or CEEN558
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP OF NUCLEAR
ENGINEERING
RESOURCES
PHGN504
RADIATION DETECTION AND MEASUREMENT 3.0
Total Hours
12.0
CHGN598
RADIOCHEMISTRY
3.0

Students will select additional coursework in consultation with their
Nuclear Materials Processing
graduate advisor and their thesis committee (where applicable). This
additional coursework may include offerings from all of the academic
NUGN510
INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR REACTOR
3.0
units participating in the degree program: Applied Math and Statistics,
PHYSICS
Chemistry and Geochemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering,
MTGN593
NUCLEAR MATERIALS SCIENCE AND
3.0
Liberal Arts and International Studies, Mechanical Engineering,
ENGINEERING
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Mining Engineering and Physics.

Colorado School of Mines 147
MTGN591
PHYSICAL PHENOMENA OF COATING
3.0
PROCESSES
CEEN558
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP OF
3.0
NUCLEAR RESOURCES
Total Hours
12.0

Nuclear Detection
PHGN422
NUCLEAR PHYSICS
3.0
NUGN510
INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR REACTOR
3.0
PHYSICS
PHGN504
RADIATION DETECTION AND MEASUREMENT 3.0
NUGN580
NUCLEAR REACTOR LABORATORY
3.0
Total Hours
12.0

Nuclear Geoscience and Geoengineering
PHGN422
NUCLEAR PHYSICS
3.0
Select three of the following:
9.0
Nuclear and Isotope Geochemistry
In-situ Mining
Uranium Mining
Total Hours
12.0
NUGN505
NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
1.0
SEMINAR
NUGN510
INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR REACTOR
3.0
PHYSICS
NUGN520
INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR REACTOR
3.0
THERMAL-HYDRAULICS
NUGN535
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH PHYSICS
3.0
NUGN580
NUCLEAR REACTOR LABORATORY
3.0
NUGN585
NUCLEAR REACTOR DESIGN I
2.0
NUGN586
NUCLEAR REACTOR DESIGN II
2.0
NUGN598
SPECIAL TOPICS
1-6
NUGN698
SPECIAL TOPICS
6.0
NUGN707
GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION
1-12
RESEARCH CREDIT


148 Graduate
Underground Construction &
Independent Study* - 3.0 credit hours

UC&T Seminar - 0.0 credit hours

Tunneling
Total Hours - 30.0

Degrees Offered
*M.S. non-thesis students are expected to complete an internship of
approximately 3 months in duration (with a design firm, contractor, owner,
• Master of Science (Underground Construction & Tunneling), Thesis
equipment manufacturer, etc., and preferably on a UC&T job site). During
• Master of Science (Underground Construction & Tunneling), Non-
the internship, each student completes a project-focused independent
Thesis
study related to an aspect of the internship. This is determined in
• Doctor of Philosophy (Underground Construction & Tunneling)
consultation with the faculty advisor and internship sponsor. The
independent study culminates with a project report and presentation.
Program Description
If an internship is not available or if the student has sufficient industry
experience (determined by advisor and committee), the student may
Underground Construction and Tunneling (UC&T) is an interdisciplinary
complete an industry-focused research project with a UC&T faculty
field primarily involving civil engineering, geological engineering and
member and industry partner. The research project culminates with a
mining engineering, and secondarily involving mechanical engineering,
written report and final presentation.
electrical engineering, geophysics, geology and others. UC&T deals
with the design, construction, rehabilitation and management of

underground space including caverns, shafts and tunnels for commercial,
transportation, water and wastewater use. UC&T is a challenging field
M.S. Thesis Option:

involving complex soil and rock behavior, groundwater conditions,
Coursework - 24.0 credit hours

excavation methods, construction materials, structural design flow,
Research (minimum) - 6.0 credit hours

heterogeneity, and very low tolerance for deformation due to existing
UC&T Seminar - 0.0 credit hours

infrastructure in urban environments. Students pursuing a graduate
degree in UC&T will gain a strong and interdisciplinary foundation in
Total Hours - 30.0

these topics.
M.S. Thesis students must write and successfully defend a thesis report
The graduate degree program in UC&T is offered jointly by the
of their research. Ideally, M.S. thesis research should be industry focused
Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE), Geology
and should provide value to industry UC&T practice.
& Geological Engineering (GEGN), and Mining Engineering (MN).

UC&T faculty from each department are collectively responsible for the
operations of the program. Participating students reside in one of these
Ph.D. Option

departments, typically the home department of their advisor.
Coursework (beyond B.S. degree) - 42.0 credit hours

Program coursework is selected from multiple departments at CSM
Independent Study* - 3.0 credit hours

(primarily CEE, GEGN, MN) and is approved for each student by the
Research (minimum) - 24.0 credit hours

student’s advisor and graduate committee. To achieve the M.S. degree,
UC&T Seminar - 0.0 credit hours

students may elect the non-thesis option based upon coursework and
Total Hours - 72.0

an independent study report tied to a required internship. Students
may alternatively select the thesis option comprised of coursework and
Students must also successfully complete qualifying examinations, write
a research project performed under the guidance of a UC&T faculty
and defend a dissertation proposal, and write and defend a doctoral
advisor and presented in a written thesis approved by the student’s thesis
dissertation. Ph.D. research is aimed at fundamentally advancing the
committee.
state of the art in UC&T. Ph.D. students are expected to submit the
Ph.D. students are expected to complete a combination of coursework
dissertation work for publication in scholarly journals and disseminate
and novel, original research under the guidance of a UC&T faculty
findings throughout industry periodicals.
advisor and doctoral committee, which culminates in a significant
*Ph.D. students are expected to complete an internship of approximately
scholarly contribution to a specialized field in UC&T. Full-time enrollment
3 months in duration (with a design firm, contractor, owner, equipment
is encouraged and leads to the greatest success, although part-time
manufacturer, etc., and preferably on a UC&T job site). If an internship
enrollment is permissible for working professionals. All graduate
is not available or if the student has sufficient industry experience
students must complete the full-time, on-campus residency requirements
(determined by advisor and committee), the student may complete an
described in the general section of the Graduate Bulletin.
industry-focused research project via independent study with a UC&T

faculty member and industry partner culminating with a written report and
presentation.

Required Coursework
The following 21 credit hours are required for the M.S. (thesis and non-
Program Requirements
thesis) and Ph.D. degrees.

GEGN598
ENGINEERING GEOLOGY & GEOTECHNICS
4.0
M.S. Non-Thesis Option:

CEEN512
SOIL BEHAVIOR
3.0
Coursework - 27.0 credit hours

MNGN508
ADVANCED ROCK MECHANICS
3.0

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CEEN523
ANALYSIS AND DESIGN OF TUNNELS IN SOFT 3.0
Prerequisites
GROUND
Students will enter the UC&T programs with a variety of backgrounds.
MNGN598
TUNNEL CONSTRUCTION
3.0
Because the UC&T degrees are engineering degrees, the required
CEEN520
EARTH RETAINING STRUCTURES / SUPPORT
3.0
prerequisite courses for the UC&T programs include basic engineering
OF EXCAVATIONS
coursework, and specifically: (1) Strength of Materials or Mechanics
GOGN506
EXCAVATION PROJECT MANAGEMENT
2.0
of Materials, and (2) Fluid Mechanics. These prerequisite courses
may be completed during the first semester of the graduate program
All M.S. and Ph.D. students are required to attend the UC&T seminar
if approved by the UC&T program faculty. The required coursework
series (0 h); no registration is required.
includes graduate level soil and rock mechanics as well as aspects of
structural analysis and groundwater engineering. It is permissible for
M.S. non-thesis and Ph.D. students must complete an internship-related
students to take these courses without having completed undergraduate
project, registering as an independent study in the home department
courses in soil mechanics, rock mechanics, structural analysis and
of the faculty advisor (CEEN 599, GEGN 599, or MNGN 599). This
groundwater engineering. However, students may choose to complete
requirement may be waived for students with sufficient UC&T industry
undergraduate courses in these topics prior to or concurrently during
experience.
enrollment in the required graduate program courses. The prerequisite
Elective Coursework
courses do not count towards the requirements of the M.S. or Ph.D.
degrees. Students should consult with UC&T faculty for guidance in this
The following courses may be taken as electives to complete the M.S.
matter.
and Ph.D. course requirements. Students may petition for other courses
not listed below to count towards the elective requirement. In addition,

M.S. or Ph.D. students may petition one of the following courses to
substitute for a required course if one of the required courses is not
offered during the student’s course of study or if a student has sufficient
background in one of the required course topics. All petitions must be
made to the student’s advisor and thesis committee.
Course List
CEEN415
FOUNDATIONS
3.0
CEEN506
FINITE ELEMENT METHODS FOR ENGINEERS 3.0
CEEN510
ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS
3.0
CEEN541
DESIGN OF REINFORCED CONCRETE
3.0
STRUCTURES
CEEN599
INDEPENDENT STUDY
1-6
GEGN466
GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
3.0
GEGN573
GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SITE
3.0
INVESTIGATION
GEGN581
ANALYTICAL HYDROLOGY
3.0
GEGN672
ADVANCED GEOTECHNICS
3.0
GEGN673
ADVANCED GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING
3.0
DESIGN
GEGN599
INDEPENDENT STUDY
1-6
MNGN424
MINE VENTILATION
3.0
MNGN506
DESIGN AND SUPPORT OF UNDERGROUND
3.0
EXCAVATIONS
MNGN507
ADVANCED DRILLING AND BLASTING
3.0
MNGN524
ADVANCED MINE VENTILATION
3.0
MNGN590
MECHANICAL EXCAVATION IN MINING
3.0
MNGN599
INDEPENDENT STUDY
1-6
Thesis Committee Requirements
Students must meet the general committee requirements listed in the
graduate bulletin. In addition, the student’s advisor or co-advisor must
be a UC&T faculty member. For Ph.D. students, at least two committee
members must be members of the UC&T faculty.

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Policies and Procedures
The Colorado School of Mines affirms the principle that all individuals
associated with the Mines academic community have a responsibility
for establishing, maintaining and fostering an understanding and
Standards, Codes of Conduct
appreciation for academic integrity. In broad terms, this implies protecting
Students can access campus rules and regulations, including the student
the environment of mutual trust within which scholarly exchange occurs,
code of conduct, alcohol policy, public safety and parking policies, the
supporting the ability of the faculty to fairly and effectively evaluate every
distribution of literature and free speech policy, and a variety of others
student’s academic achievements, and giving credence to the university’s
by visiting the School’s policy website (https://inside.mines.edu/POGO-
educational mission, its scholarly objectives and the substance of the
Policies-Governance). We encourage all students to review the website
degrees it awards. The protection of academic integrity requires there to
and expect that students know and understand the campus policies,
be clear and consistent standards, as well as confrontation and sanctions
rules and regulations as well as their rights as a student. Questions and
when individuals violate those standards. The Colorado School of Mines
comments regarding the above mentioned policies can be directed to the
desires an environment free of any and all forms of academic misconduct
Associate Dean of Students located in the Student Center, Suite 172.
and expects students to act with integrity at all times.
For emphasis, the following policies are included in this section:
2.0 POLICY ON ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
• Student Honor Code
Academic misconduct is the intentional act of fraud, in which an
individual seeks to claim credit for the work and efforts of another
• Policy on Academic Integrity/Misconduct
without authorization, or uses unauthorized materials or fabricated
• Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment (includes sexual assault and
information in any academic exercise. Student Academic Misconduct
sexual violence)
arises when a student violates the principle of academic integrity. Such
• Unlawful Discrimination Policy and Complaint Procedure (currently
behavior erodes mutual trust, distorts the fair evaluation of academic
under revision)
achievements, violates the ethical code of behavior upon which education
• Electronic Communications (E-mail) Policy
and scholarship rest, and undermines the credibility of the university.
• Student Complaint Process
Because of the serious institutional and individual ramifications, student
• Access to Student Records
misconduct arising from violations of academic integrity is not tolerated
at Mines. If a student is found to have engaged in such misconduct
• Posthumous Degree Awards
sanctions such as change of a grade, loss of institutional privileges, or
• Equal Opportunity, Equal Access, and Affirmative Action
academic suspension or dismissal may be imposed. As a guide, some
of the more common forms of academic misconduct are noted below.
Student Honor Code
This list is not intended to be all inclusive, but rather to be illustrative of
1.0 PREAMBLE
practices the Mines faculty have deemed inappropriate:
The students of Colorado School of Mines have adopted the following
1. Dishonest Conduct - general conduct unbecoming a scholar.
Student Honor Code in order to establish a high standard of student
Examples include issuing misleading statements; withholding
behavior at Mines. The Code may only be amended through a student
pertinent information; not fulfilling, in a timely fashion, previously
referendum supported by a majority vote of the Mines student body.
agreed to projects or activities; and verifying as true, things that are
Mines students shall be involved in the enforcement of the Code through
known to the student not to be true or verifiable.
their participation in the Student Conduct Appeals Board.
2. Plagiarism - presenting the work of another as one’s own. This
is usually accomplished through the failure to acknowledge
2.0 CODE
the borrowing of ideas, data, or the words of others. Examples
Mines students believe it is our responsibility to promote and maintain
include submitting as one’s own work the work of another
high ethical standards in order to ensure our safety, welfare, and
student, a ghost writer, or a commercial writing service; quoting,
enjoyment of a successful learning environment. Each of us, under
either directly or paraphrased, a source without appropriate
this Code, shall assume responsibility for our behavior in the area of
acknowledgment; and using figures, charts, graphs or facts without
academic integrity. As a Mines student, I am expected to adhere to
appropriate acknowledgment. Inadvertent or unintentional misuse or
the highest standards of academic excellence and personal integrity
appropriation of another’s work is nevertheless plagiarism.
regarding my schoolwork, exams, academic projects, and research
3. Falsification/Fabrication - inventing or altering information.
endeavors. I will act honestly, responsibly, and above all, with honor
Examples include inventing or manipulating data or research
and integrity in all aspects of my academic endeavors at Mines. I will
procedures to report, suggest, or imply that particular results
not misrepresent the work of others as my own, nor will I give or receive
were achieved from procedures when such procedures were
unauthorized assistance in the performance of academic coursework.
not actually undertaken or when such results were not actually
I will conduct myself in an ethical manner in my use of the library,
supported by the pertinent data; false citation of source materials;
computing center, and all other school facilities and resources. By
reporting false information about practical, laboratory, or clinical
practicing these principles, I will strive to uphold the principles of integrity
experiences; submitting false excuses for absence, tardiness, or
and academic excellence at Mines. I will not participate in or tolerate any
missed deadlines; and, altering previously submitted examinations.
form of discrimination or mistreatment of another individual.
4. Tampering - interfering with, forging, altering or attempting to
alter university records, grades, assignments, or other documents
Policy on Academic Integrity/Misconduct
without authorization. Examples include using a computer or a
1.0 ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
false-written document to change a recorded grade; altering,
deleting, or manufacturing any academic record; and, gaining
unauthorized access to a university record by any means.

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5. Cheating - using or attempting to use unauthorized materials or
The Associate Dean of Students will communicate the final
aid with the intent of demonstrating academic performance through
resolution in writing to the student, the faculty member, the
fraudulent means. Examples include copying from another student’s
Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Graduate Studies and
paper or receiving unauthorized assistance on a homework
the student’s advisor. The Associate Dean of Students will also
assignment, quiz, test or examination; using books, notes or
keep official records on all students with academic misconduct
other devices such as calculators, PDAs and cell phones, unless
violations.
explicitly authorized; acquiring without authorization a copy of
• Prescribed disciplinary action for misconduct associated with
the examination before the scheduled examination; and copying
regular coursework:
reports, laboratory work or computer files from other students.
• 1st Offense: A grade of "F" in the course.
Authorized materials are those generally regarded as being
• 2nd Offense: A grade of "F" in the course, one-year academic
appropriate in an academic setting, unless specific exceptions have
suspension, and permanent notation of Academic Misconduct
been articulated by the instructor.
on the student’s transcript.
6. Impeding - negatively impacting the ability of other students to
successfully complete course or degree requirements. Examples
• In the case of an allegation of academic misconduct associated with
include removing pages from books and removing materials that
activities not a part of regular coursework (e.g, an allegation
are placed on reserve in the Library for general use; failing to
of cheating on a comprehensive examination), if after talking with
provide team members necessary materials or assistance; and,
the student, faculty member(s) feel the student is responsible for
knowingly disseminating false information about the nature of a test
misconduct, the faculty should:
or examination.
• Assign an outcome to the activity that constitutes failure. If
appropriate, the student’s advisor may also assign a grade of
7. Sharing Work - giving or attempting to give unauthorized materials
"PRU" (unsatisfactory progress) for research credits in which
or aid to another student. Examples include allowing another
the student is enrolled. Regular institutional procedures resulting
student to copy your work; giving unauthorized assistance on
from either of these outcomes are then followed. Faculty
a homework assignment, quiz, test or examination; providing,
members may impose a lesser penalty if the circumstances
without authorization, copies of examinations before the scheduled
warrant, however, the typical sanction is failure.
examination; posting work on a website for others to see; and
sharing reports, laboratory work or computer files with other
• Contact the Associate Dean of Students, Graduate Dean and the
students.
student’s Department Head/Division Director to officially report
the violation in writing within 5 business days of the charge of
3.0 PROCEDURES FOR ADDRESSING ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
misconduct. The Associate Dean of Students will communicate
the final resolution in writing to the student, the faculty member,
Faculty members and thesis committees have discretion to address and
the OFfice of Graduate Studies, and the student’s advisor. The
resolve misconduct matters in a manner that is commensurate with the
Associate Dean of Students will also keep official records on all
infraction and consistent with the values of the Institution. This includes
students with academic misconduct violations.
imposition of appropriate academic sanctions for students involved in
• In the case of an allegation of academic misconduct associated with
academic misconduct. However, there needs to be a certain amount of
research activities, investigation and resolution of the misconduct
consistency when handling such issues, so if a member of the Mines
is governed by the Institution’s Research Integrity Policy. The
community has grounds for suspecting that a student or students have
Research Integrity Policy is available as section 10.3 of the Faculty
engaged in academic misconduct, they have an obligation to act on
Handbook. If, after talking with the student, the faculty member
this suspicion in an appropriate fashion. The following procedure will be
feels the student is responsible for misconduct of this type, the
followed:
faculty member should proceed as indicated in the Research
• The faculty member or thesis committee informs the student(s) of the
Integrity Policy. If appropriate, the student’s advisor may also
allegations and charge of academic misconduct within 10 business
assign a grade of "PRU" for research credits in which the student is
days. This involves verbal communication with the student(s). The
enrolled. Regular institutional procedures resulting from this grade
faculty member/thesis committee must have a meeting with the
assignment are then followed.
students(s) regarding the incident. This meeting allows the student
• Students who suspect other students of academic misconduct
the opportunity to give his/her perspective prior to an official decision
should report the matter to the appropriate faculty member, the
being made. It also allows the faculty member to have a conversation
appropriate Department Head/Division/Program Director, the Dean
with the student(s) to educate him/her on appropriate behavior.
of Undergraduate Students, the Dean of Graduate Students, or the
• The circumstances of the academic misconduct dictate the process to
Associate Dean of Students. The information is then provided to the
be followed:
faculty member concerned.
• In the case of an allegation of academic misconduct associated with
regular coursework, if after talking with the student(s), the faculty
4.0 APPEAL PROCESS FOR STUDENT ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
member feels the student is responsible for academic misconduct
The academic misconduct appeal process is under revision. For the most
the faculty member should:
up-to-date version of this procedure, please see the student section of
• Assign a grade of "F" in the course to the student(s) that
the policy website (https://inside.mines.edu/POGO-Policies-Governance).
committed academic misconduct. A faculty member may impose
a lesser penalty if the circumstances warrant, however the typical
Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment*
sanction is a grade of "F".
• Contact the Associate Dean of Students and his/her Department
*Note: This policy is inclusive of all forms of sexual harassment, including
Head/Division Director to officially report the violation in writing
sexual assault and sexual violence.
within 5 business days of the charge of academic misconduct.

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1.0 STATEMENT OF AUTHORITY AND PURPOSE
Student Center Room 218
1600 Maple Street
This policy is promulgated pursuant to the authority conferred by
Golden, CO 80401
§23-41-104(1), C.R.S., and Title IX of the Education Amendments
(Telephone: 303.273.3050)
of 1972 (Title IX), 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq., and its implementing
(E-Mail: rflintof@mines.edu)
regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106; Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42
U.S.C. § 2000c). Its purpose is to set forth a policy statement from the
Contact for Complaints about Employee or Third-Party Behavior:
Board of Trustees concerning sexual harassment at the Colorado School
of Mines (“Mines” or “the School”). This policy shall supersede any Mines’
Mike Dougherty, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
policy that is in conflict herewith.
Guggenheim Hall, Room 110
Golden, CO 80401
2.0 SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY
(Telephone: 303.273.3250)
2.1 Policy Statement
Contact for Complaints about Student Behavior:
The Mines Board of Trustees wishes to foster an environment for
Derek Morgan, Associate Dean of Students
the Mines’ campus community that is free from all forms of sexual
Student Center, Room 175
harassment. Accordingly, the School will not tolerate any forms of
1200 6th Street
sexual harassment and will take all necessary measures to deter such
Golden, CO 80401
misconduct, including but not limited to preventive educational programs,
(Telephone: 303.273.3288)
thorough investigation of sexual harassment complaints, and discipline of
policy violators with appropriate sanctions. Retaliation in any form against
Related Administrative Policies, Procedures, Resources:
an individual for reporting sexual harassment or cooperating in a sexual
For Complaints about Employee or Third-Party Behavior:
harassment investigation is strictly prohibited. Such retaliation shall be
dealt with as a separate instance of sexual harassment. Complaints of
• Sexual Harassment Complaint, Investigation and Resolution
sexual harassment will be handled in accordance with the administrative
Procedure for Complaints Involving Employees or Third
procedures that accompany this policy.
Parties (http://inside.mines.edu/UserFiles/File/policies/HUR/
HRS_Sexual_Harrassment_Complaint_Procedure_Employee.pdf)
2.2 Definition of Sexual Harassment
• Sexual Harassment Complaint Investigation Authorization Form
Sexual harassment shall, without regard to the gender of the
For Complaints about Student Behavior:
Complainant or Respondent, consist of unwelcome sexual advances,
requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a
• Sexual Harassment Complaint, Investigation, Resolution
sexual nature when: (1) either explicitly or implicitly, submission to such
and Adjudication Procedure for Complaints about Student
conduct is made a term or condition of an individual’s employment or
Behavior (http://inside.mines.edu/UserFiles/File/policies/STU/
educational endeavors; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct
STU_Sexual_Harassment_Complaint_Procedure_Students.pdf)
by an individual is used as the basis for employment or educational
• Procedures/Resources for Survivors of Sexual Assault or Other
decisions affecting the individual; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or
Sexual Violence (http://inside.mines.edu/UserFiles/File/policies/STU/
effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic
STU_Procedures_Resources_Sexual_Assault.pdf)
performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or
educational environment.
• Anonymous Sexual Violence Reporting Form (http://
inside.mines.edu/UserFiles/File/policies/STU/
Sexual violence and sexual assault are forms of sexual harassment.
STU_Anonymous_Reporting_Form_Sexual_Violence.pdf)
Sexual harassment shall also be defined to include retaliation against
an individual for reporting sexual harassment or cooperating in a sexual
This policy was promulgated by the Colorado School of Mines Board of
harassment investigation.
Trustees on March 13, 1992. Amended by the Colorado School of Mines
Board of Trustees on March 26, 1998. Amended by the Colorado School
2.3 Sanctions for Sexual Harassment
of Mines Board of Trustees on June 10, 1999. Amended by the Colorado
School of Mines Board of Trustees on June 22, 2000. Amended by the
Appropriate sanctions may be imposed upon an employee or student
Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees on June 7, 2003. Amended
who has sexually harassed another. The sanctions may include, but
by the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees on December 15,
are not limited to one or more of the following: oral reprimand and
2011.
warning; written reprimand and warning; student probation; suspension or
expulsion; monetary fine; attendance at a sexual harassment prevention
Unlawful Discrimination Policy and
seminar; suspension without pay; or termination of employment or
Complaint Procedure
appointment.
I. STATEMENT OF AUTHORITY AND PURPOSE
3.0 IMPLEMENTATION
This policy is promulgated by the Board of Trustees pursuant to the
The Mines Board of Trustees authorizes and directs the President
authority conferred upon it by §23-41-104(1), C.R.S. (1999) in order to
or President’s delegates to develop, administer, and maintain the
set forth a policy concerning unlawful discrimination at CSM. This policy
appropriate administrative policies, procedures, and guidelines to
shall supersede any previously promulgated CSM policy that is in conflict
implement this policy.
herewith.
Title IX Coordinator:
Rebecca Flintoft, Director of Auxiliary Services

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II. UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION POLICY
communications from the university may be timecritical. As such,
students also are responsible for responding in a timely manner
Attendance and employment at CSM are based solely on merit and
to official communications from the university when a response is
fairness. Discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity,
requested.
religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, and military
3. The policy does not prevent students from using a personal email
veteran status is prohibited. No discrimination in admission, application
address for university-related communications and purposes. If
of academic standards, financial aid, scholastic awards, promotion,
a student chooses to use a personal email address as his or her
compensation, transfers, reductions in force, terminations, re-
address of choice for receiving university-related communications,
employment, professional development, or conditions of employment
he or she must forward email from the Mines assigned email
shall be permitted. The remainder of this policy shall contain a complaint
address to the personal email address. However, if a student
procedure outlining a method for reporting alleged violations of this policy
chooses to forward communications to a personal email address,
and a review mechanism for the impartial determination of the merits of
she or he must be aware that Mines personnel may not be able
complaints alleging unlawful discrimination.
to assist in resolving technical difficulties with personal email
As of June 2011, this policy is under revision. For a complete policy
accounts. Furthermore, forwarding communications to a personal
statement please see the policy website (https://inside.mines.edu/
email address does not absolve a student from the responsibilities
POGO-Policies-Governance). Promulgated by the CSM Board of
associated with communication sent to his or her official Mines
Trustees on March 13, 1992. Amended by the CSM Board of Trustees
email address. Please note: If a student changes his or her official
on June 10, 1999. Amended by the CSM Board of Trustees on June 22,
Mines email address to a personal address, it will be changed back
2000.
to the Mines assigned email address. Students have the option
to forward their Mines email to a personal address to avoid this
Electronic Communications (E-mail) Policy
problem. Should a student choose the forwarding option, he or she
must ensure that SPAM filters will not block email coming from the
1.0 BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
mines.edu address.
Communication to students at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) is
4. Nothing in these procedures should be construed as prohibiting
an important element of the official business of the university. It is vital
university-related communications being sent via traditional
that Mines have an efficient and workable means of getting important
means. Use of paper-based communication may be necessary
and timely information to students. Examples of communications that
under certain circumstances or may be more appropriate to
require timely distribution include information from Fiscal Services, the
certain circumstances. Examples of such communications could
Registrar’s Office, or other offices on campus that need to deliver official
include, but not be limited to disciplinary notices, fiscal services
and time-sensitive information to students. (Please note that emergency
communications, graduation information and so forth.
communications may occur in various forms based on the specific
circumstances).
Responsible Parties
Questions about this policy may be directed as follows:
Electronic communication through email and Trailhead Portal
announcements provides a rapid, efficient, and effective form of
Registrar’s Office Phone: 303-273-3200 or
communication. Reliance on electronic communication has become
E-mail: registrar@mines.edu
the accepted norm within the Mines community. Additionally, utilizing
electronic communications is consistent with encouraging a more
Computing, Communications & Information Technologies (CCIT)
environmentally-conscious means of doing business and encouraging
Phone: 303-273-3431 or
continued stewardship of scarce resources. Because of the wide-spread
Complete a request form at the Mines Help Center (http://
use and acceptance of electronic communication, Mines is adopting the
helpdesk.mines.edu/)
following policy regarding electronic communications with students.
Student Complaint Process
2.0 POLICY
Students are consumers of services offered as part of their academic
It is the policy of the Colorado School of Mines that official university-
and co-curricular experience at the Colorado School of Mines. If a
related communications with students will be sent via Mines’ internal
student needs to make a complaint, specific or general, about their
email system or via campus or targeted Trailhead announcements. All
experience at Mines, he or she should contact the Office of the Dean
students will be assigned a Mines email address and are expected to
of Students at 303-273-3231. If the issue is related to discrimination or
periodically check their Mines assigned email as well as their Trailhead
sexual harassment, there are specific procedures that will be followed
portal page. It is also expected that email sent to students will be read
(these are noted and linked in this section). Regardless, the student
in a timely manner. Communications sent via email to students will be
should begin with the Dean’s Office if interested in making any complaint.
considered to have been received and read by the intended recipients.
All complaints, as well as the interests of all involved parties, will be
considered with fairness, impartiality, and promptness while a complaint
3.0 PROCEDURES
is being researched and/or investigated by the School.
1. All students will be given an EKey, which is an activation code that
Access to Student Records
offers access to electronic resources at Mines. With their EKey,
students must activate their assigned Mines email address.
Students at the Colorado School of Mines are protected by the Family
2. Once their email address is activated, students are expected
Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. This Act was
to check their Mines email inbox on a frequent and consistent
designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the
basis and have the responsibility to recognize that certain
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provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data
3. convene a meeting of the student and the document originator
through informal and formal hearings. Students also have the right to file
(if reasonably available) in the presence of the Executive Vice
complaints with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office
President for Academic Affairs as mediator, whose decision will be
(FERPA) concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the
final.
Act. Copies of local policy can be found in the Registrar’s Office. Contact
information for FERPA complaints is
Destruction of Records. Records may be destroyed at any time by
the responsible official if not otherwise precluded by law except that no
Family Policy Compliance Office
record may be destroyed between the dates of access request and the
U.S. Department of Education
viewing of the record. If during the viewing of the record any item is in
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dispute, it may not be destroyed.
Washington, D. C. 20202-4605
Access to Records by Other Parties. Colorado School of Mines will not
Directory Information. The School maintains lists of information
permit access to student records by persons outside the School except
which may be considered directory information as defined by the
as follows:
regulations. This information includes name, current and permanent
addresses and phone numbers, date of birth, major field of study, dates
1. In the case of open record information as specified in the section
of attendance, part or full-time status, degrees awarded, last school
under Directory Information.
attended, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, class,
2. To those people specifically designated by the student. Examples
and academic honors. Students who desire that this information not be
would include request for transcript to be sent to graduate school or
printed or released must so inform the Registrar before the end of the
prospective employer.
first two weeks of the fall semester for which the student is registered.
3. Information required by a state or federal agency for the purpose of
Information will be withheld for the entire academic year unless the
establishing eligibility for financial aid.
student changes this request. The student’s signature is required to
4. Accreditation agencies during their on-campus review.
make any changes for the current academic year. The request must be
5. In compliance with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena after
renewed each fall term for the upcoming year. The following student
the student has been notified of the intended compliance.
records are maintained by Colorado School of Mines at the various
6. Any institutional information for statistical purposes which is not
offices listed below:
identifiable with a particular student.
1. General Records: Registrar and Graduate Dean
7. In compliance with any applicable statue now in effect or later
2. Transcript of Grades: Registrar
enacted. Each individual record (general, transcript, advisor,
3. Computer Grade Lists: Registrar
and medical) will include a log of those persons not employed by
Colorado School of Mines who have requested or obtained access
4. Encumbrance List: Controller and Registrar
to the student record and the legitimate interest that the person has
5. Academic Probation/Suspension List: Graduate Dean
in making the request.
6. Advisor File: Academic Advisor
7. Option/Advisor/Enrolled/ Minority/Foreign List: Registrar, Dean of
The School discloses education records without a student’s prior written
Students, and Graduate Dean
consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with
legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed
8. Externally Generated SAT/GRE Score Lists: Graduate Dean
by the School in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research,
9. Financial Aid File: Financial Aid (closed records)
or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and
10. Medical History File: School Physician (closed records)
health staff); a person or company with whom the School has contracted
as its agent to provide a service instead of using School employees
Student Access to Records. The graduate student wishing access to
or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person
his or her educational records will make a written request to the Graduate
serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official
Dean. This request will include the student’s name, date of request and
committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting
type of record to be reviewed. It will be the responsibility of the Dean to
another school official in performing his or her tasks.
arrange a mutually satisfactory time for review. This time will be as soon
as practical but is not to be later than 30 business days from receipt of
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs
the request. The record will be reviewed in the presence of the Dean or
to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional
designated representative. If the record involves a list including other
responsibilities for the School.
students, steps will be taken to preclude the viewing of the other student
name and information.
Posthumous Degree Awards
Challenge of the Record. If the student wishes to challenge any part of
The faculty may recognize the accomplishments of students who have
the record, the Dean will be so notified in writing. The Dean may then
died while pursuing their educational goals. If it is reasonable to expect
that the student would have completed his or her degree requirements,
1. remove and destroy the disputed document, or
the faculty may award a Baccalaureate or Graduate Degree that is in all
2. inform the student that it is his decision that the document
ways identical to the degree the student was pursuing. Alternatively, the
represents a necessary part of the record; and, if the student
faculty may award a Posthumous BS, MS, or Ph.D. to commemorate
wishes to appeal,
students who distinguished themselves while at Mines by bringing honor
to the School and its traditions.
Consideration for either of these degrees begins with a petition to
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unit. The petition should identify the degree sought. In the event that
the degree-granting unit is seeking a conventional degree award, the
petition should include evidence of the reasonable expectations that the
student would have completed his or her degree requirements. For a
Baccalaureate, such evidence could consist of, but is not limited to:
• The student was a senior in the final semester of coursework,
• The student was enrolled in courses that would have completed the
degree requirements at the time of death
• The student would have passed the courses with an acceptable grade,
and would likely have fulfilled the requirements of the degree.
For a Graduate Degree:
• For graduate degrees not requiring a research product, the student
was enrolled in courses that would have completed the degree
requirements at the time of death, would have passed the courses with
an acceptable grade, and would likely have fulfilled the requirements
of the degree.
• For graduate degrees requiring a research product, the student had
completed all course and mastery requirements pursuant to the
degree and was near completion of the dissertation or thesis, and the
student’s committee found the work to be substantial and worthy of the
degree.
The requirement that there be a reasonable expectation of degree
completion should be interpreted liberally and weight should be given
to the judgment of the departmental representative(s) supporting the
petition.
In the event that the degree being sought is a Posthumous BS, MS, or
Ph.D., the petition should include evidence that the student conducted
himself or herself in the best tradition of a Mines’ graduate and is
therefore deserving of that honor.
Equal Opportunity, Equal Access, and
Affirmative Action
The institution’s Statement of Equal Opportunity and Equal Access to
Educational Programs, and associated staff contacts, can be found in
the Welcome Section of this Bulletin as well as the on the policy website
(https://inside.mines.edu/POGO-Policies-Governance). Colorado School
of Mines has instituted an affirmative action plan, which is available
for perusal in numerous CSM offices including the Library, the Dean of
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Board of Trustees
STEWART BLISS
VICKI COWART
MOHAN MISRA
JAMES SPAANSTRA
FRANCES VALLEJO
TIMOTHY J. HADDON
RICHARD TRULY
TISSA ILLANGASEKARE, Faculty Trustee
SYDNEY ROGERS, Student Trustee

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

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Administration Executive Staff
SERENA BRUZGO, Interim Director of Alumni Relations/Executive
Director CSM Alumni Association
M. W. SCOGGINS, 2006-B.S., Ph.D., University of Tulsa; M.S.,
DIXIE CIRILLO, 1991-B.S., University of Northern Colorado; Associate
University of Oklahoma; President
Director of Athletics
TERENCE E. PARKER, 1994-B.S., M.S., Stanford University; Ph.D.,
JEAN MANNING CLARK, 2008-B.A., University of Phoenix; M.A.,
University of California Berkeley; Provost and Executive Vice President;
University of Phoenix; Director of Career Center and Coordinator of
Professor of Engineering
Employer Relations
NIGEL T. MIDDLETON, 1990-B.Sc., Ph.D., University of the
JULIE COAKLEY, 2001-B.S., University of Toledo; M.S., University of
Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Professor of Engineering, P.E., S. Africa
Toledo; Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Strategic
Senior Vice-President for Strategic Enterprises
Enterprises
JOHN POATE, 2006-B.S., M.S., Melbourne University; M.A., Ph.D.,
ERIC CRONKRIGHT, 2010-B.B.A., Western Michigan University,
Australian National University; Vice President for Research and
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Technology Transfer
TERRANCE DINKEL, 1999-B.S., University of Colorado; M.S., American
DAN FOX, 2005-B.S., Montana State University, M.S., Eastern New
Technological University; Program Coordinator, Mine Safety and Health
Mexico University, Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado; Vice President
Program
for Student Life
STEPHEN DMYTRIW, 1999-B.S., University of Nevada; Program
PETER HAN, 1993-A.B., University of Chicago; M.B.A., University of
Coordinator, Mine Safety and Health Program
Colorado; Chief of Staff, Interim Senior Vice President for Finance and
Administration
JEFF DUGGAN, 2007-B.S., M.B.A., Regis University; Sports Information
Director
DEBRA K. LASICH, 1999-B.S., Kearney State College; M.A., University
of Nebraska; Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
LOUISA DULEY, 2000-B.A., Western State College; Assistant Director of
Admissions
ANNE STARK WALKER, 1999-B.S., Northwestern University; J.D.,
University of Denver; General Counsel
RHONDA L. DVORNAK, 1994-B.S., Colorado School of Mines;
Continuing Education Program Coordinator
MICHAEL DOUGHERTY, 2003-B.A., Cumberland College: M.B.A.,
University of Alaska Anchorage; Associate Vice President for Human
JOSEPH O. ELLIS III, 2012-A.S., Santa Fe Community College; System
Resources
Administrator-Linux
DIANA M. ANGLIN, 2008-B.S., Western Michigan University; Enrollment
KATHLEEN FEIGHNY, 2001-B.A., M.A., University of Oklahoma;
Data Analyst
Program Manager, Division of Economics and Business
STEVEN M. ARDERN, 2011-B.S. and M.S., University of Nottingham;
ROBERT FERRITER, 1999-A.S., Pueblo Junior College; B.S., M.S.,
Information Security Engineer, Computing, Communications and
Colorado School of Mines; Director, Mine Safety and Health Program
Information Technology
RICHARD FISCHER, 1999-B.A., St. John’s University; Program
DAVID G. BEAUSANG, 1993-B.S., Colorado State University; Computing
Coordinator, Mine Safety and Health Program
Support Specialist
REBECCA FLINTOFT, 2007-B.A., Kalamazoo College, M.A., Bowling
DEBORAH BEHNFIELD, 2007, B.A., Evergreen State College; B.A.
Green State University; Director of Auxiliary Services and Housing
Metropolitan State College of Denver; Recruitment Coordinator
MELODY A. FRANCISCO, 1988-89, 1991-B.S., Montana State
GINA BOICE, 2007-Director of Customer Service and Support
University; Continuing Education Program Coordinator
GARY L. BOWERSOCK, JR, 1996-B.S., Colorado Technical University;
BRUCE GELLER, 2007-B.S., Dickinson College, M.A., State University of
Director of Facilities Management
New York at Binghamton, A.M., Harvard University, Ph.D., University of
Colorado; Director, Geology Museum
HEATHER A. BOYD, 1990-B.S., Montana State University; M.Ed.,
Colorado State University; Director of Enrollment Management
KRISTI GRAHAM GITKIND, 2011-B.A,. University of Colorado at
Boulder; M.P.A., University of Colorado at Denver; Special Assistant to
THOMAS M. BOYD, 1993-B.S., M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
the President
State University; Ph.D., Columbia University; Associate Provost and
Dean of Graduate Studies; Associate Professor of Geophysics
LISA GOBERIS, 1998-B.S., University of Northern Colorado; Associate
Director of Auxiliary Services
RONALD L. BRUMMETT, 1993-B.A., Metropolitan State College; M.A.,
University of Northern Colorado; M.B.A., University of Colorado Denver;
KATHLEEN GODEL-GENGENBACH, 1998-B.A., M.A., University of
Director of Student Services
Denver; Ph.D., University of Colorado; Director, Office of International
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BRUCE P. GOETZ, 1980-84, 1987- B.A., Norwich University; M.S.,
MICHAEL McGUIRE, 1999-Engineer of Mines, Colorado School of
M.B.A., Florida Institute of Technology; Director of Admissions
Mines; Program Coordinator, Mine Safety and Health Program
DAHL GRAYCKOWSKI, 2004-B.S, MPA, DeVry University, Associate
MICHAEL McMILLAN, 2010-B.B.A, Belmont College; Green Center
Registrar
Facilities and Events Manager
JEN HAIGHT, 2011 – B.S., Metropolitan State College of Denver;
LARA MEDLEY, 2003-B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder; M.P.A.,
Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Student Life
University of Colorado at Denver; Registrar
JENNIFER HANNON, 2008-B.S., University of Kansas; M.S.W., Loyola
KEVIN L. MOORE, 2005-B.S.E.E, Louisiana State University; M.S.E.E.,
University; University Counselor
University of Southern California; Ph.D.E.E., Texas A&M University; Dean
of the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences and Professor
CRAIG S. HARMON, 2001 - Database Administrator, Computing,
of Electrical Engineering
Communications and Information Technology
ANDREA SALAZAR MORGAN, 1999-B.A., Colorado State University;
LINN HAVELICK, 1988-B.A., M.S., University of Colorado at Denver;
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
CIH; Director, Environmental Health & Safety
DEREK MORGAN, 2003- B.S., University of Evansville; M.S., Colorado
AMY HENKELMAN, 2011-B.S., University of Wisconsin-Stout
State University; Associate Dean of Students
Menomonie, M.A., Michigan University, Mount Pleasant; Assistant
Athletic Director-Recreational Sports
DAG NUMMEDAL, 2004-B.A., M.A., University of Oslo; Ph.D., University
of Illinois; Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Research Institute
ESTHER HENRY, 2006-B.A, B.S., Purdue University, J.D., Indiana
University; Associate Counsel
CHARLES O’DELL, 2000- B.A., Metropolitan State College of Denver,
M.S., Capella University; Assistant Athletic Director
MARIE HORNICKEL, 2007-B.A., University of Wisconsin at Stevens
Point, M.S., Minnesota State University at Mankato; Director of Student
TRICIA DOUTHIT PAULSON, 1998-B.S., M.S., Colorado School of
Activities
Mines; Director of Institutional Research
CHRISTINA JENSEN, 1999-B.A., M.P.A., San Diego State University;
ROGER PIERCE, 2000-B.S.,Wisconsin Institute of Technology; Program
Associate Director of Financial Aid
Coordinator, Mine Safety and Health Program
TIMOTHY H. KAISER, 2008-B.S., University of Missouri Rolla; M.S.
MICHAEL J. PUSEY, 2004-B.S., Homboldt State University; BI Reporting
University of California; Ph.D. University of New Mexico; Director of
Administrator
Research and High Performance Computing
JAMES L. PROUD, 1994-B.S., University of Wisconsin, Whitewater;
JENNIE J. KENNEY, 2005-Executive Assistant to the Provost and
M.A., California State Polytechnic University; Continuing Education
Executive Vice President
Program Coordinator
LISA KINZEL, 2006-B.A., State University of New York at Geneseo;
ANGIE REYES, 1997-B.A., Chadron State College; Student System
Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Research and Technology
Manager.
Transfer
DEBRA S. ROBERGE, R.N., N.P., 2007-B.S., University of New
MELVIN L. KIRK, 1995-B.S., M.A., University of Northern Colorado;
Hampshire; M.S., Boston College; Director, Student Health Center
Student Development Center Counselor
FRANK L. ROBERTSON, 2003-A.A., Mesa College; B.S., University
JOANNE LAMBERT, 2008-B.S., Kent State University; M.A., Colorado
of Phoenix; B.S., University of New Mexico; Manager, Computing,
Christian University, Assistant Director of Enrollment Management
Communications and Information Technology Customer Service Center
DAVID LARUE, 1998-B.A., St. Thomas Seminary College; M.A.,
JILL ROBERTSON, 2009-B.S., M.Ed, Northern Arizona University;
University of Colorado at Denver; Ph.D., University of Colorado at
Director of Financial Aid
Boulder; Computer Support Specialist
PHILLIP ROMIG III, 1999-B.A., Nebraska Wesleyan University; M.S. and
DAVID M. LEE, 2001-B.S., United States Military Academy, West Point;
Ph.D., University of Nebraska; Network Engineer and Security Specialist
M.S., Florida Institute of Technology; Director of Enterprise Systems
ARTHUR B. SACKS, 1993-B.A., Brooklyn College; M.A., Ph.D.,
VIRGINIA A. LEE, 2006-B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California at
University of Wisconsin-Madison; Director, Guy T. McBride Jr. Honors
Irvine; Portal, Identity Management and Help Desk Administrator
Program in Public Affairs for Engineering and Professor of Liberal Arts
and International Studies
BRANDON LEIMBACH, 2002-B.A., M.A., St. Mary’s College; Associate
Director of Athletics
BRANDON SAMTER, 2008-B.S., Adams State College, Director of
International Student and Scholar Services
ROBERT MASK, 2007-B.B.A., Sam Houston State University; Director of
Campus I.D. Card Services
ERIC SCARBRO, 1991-B.S., University of South Carolina; M.S.,
Colorado School of Mines; Financial Systems Manager

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LORI B. SCHEIDER, 2011-B.A., University of Wyoming, Admissions
Counselor
KAY M. SCHNEIDER, 2011-B.S., M.S., Minnesota State, Moorhead;
Assessment Director
SARA E. SCHWARZ, 2006-B.S., Colorado State University; M.S., Denver
University; Manager, Classroom Technology
LINDA SHERMAN, 2006-B.S., University of Colorado; M.A., University of
Phoenix; Assistant Director of the Career Center
JAHI SIMBAI, 2000-B.S., M.B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder;
Director of Graduate Recruiting and Admissions
KATIE SIMONS, 2008-B.A., Regis University; Assistant Sports
Information Director
SANDRA SIMS, 2004-B.S., Pennsylvania State University, M.S., Florida
Institute of Technology, PsyD, Florida Institute of Technology; Counselor
TRAVIS A. SMITH, 2009-B.S., University of Miami, M.S., Eastern Illinois
University; Associate Director of Student Activities
MARV KAY; Interim Director of Athletics
JEFFREY E. STORM, Database Administrator
DIXIE TERMIN, 1979-B.S., Regis University; International Program
Coordinator for Special Programs and Continuing Education
COLIN TERRY, 2010, B.A., Gonzaga University; M.A., New Your
University; Coordinator of Student Academic Services
JACLYNN L. TWEHUES, 2011-B.S., University of Detroit; M.S., Wayne
State University; Business Intelligence Manager
SHAM TZEGAI, 2007-B.A., Metropolitan State College; Assistant Director
of Financial Aid
WILLIAM VAUGHAN, 2008-B.S., Mariette College, M.S., Ohio University,
Ph.D., Ohio State University; Director, Technology Transfer
NATALIE VAN TYNE, 2008-B.S., Rutgers University, M.S., M.B.A.,
Lehigh University; M.S., Colorado School of Mines; Program Director and
Lecturer of EPICS
BRENT WALLER, 2009-B.S., M.B.A., Regis University; Associate
Director of Housing for Residence Life
MARSHA WILLIAMS, 1998-B.S., Kansas State University; M.S.,
University of Colorado; Director of Integrated Marketing Communications
DEREK J. WILSON, 1982-B.S., University of Montana; Chief Information
Officer and Director of the Computing, Communications and Information
Technology
JEAN YEAGER, 2006-B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago; Executive
Assistant to the Sr.Vice President for Finance and Administration
ED ZUCKER, 2001-B.A., M.S., University of Arizona; Computing Services
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Emeriti
RICHARD L. CHRISTIANSEN, B.S.Ch.E., University of Utah; Ph.D.Ch.E.,
University of Wisconsin-Madison; Emeritus Associate Professor of
Petroleum Engineering
GEORGE S. ANSELL, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute; Emeritus President and Professor of Metallurgical Engineering,
W. JOHN CIESLEWICZ, B.A., St. Francis College; M.A., M.S., University
P.E.
of Colorado; Emeritus Associate Professor of Slavic Studies and Foreign
Languages
THEODORE A. BICKART, B.E.S., M.S.E., D.Engr., The Johns Hopkins
University; Emeritus President and Professor of Engineering
L. GRAHAM CLOSS, 1978-A.B., Colgate University; M.S., University
of Vermont; Ph.D., Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario; Emeritus
GUY T. McBRIDE, JR. B.S., University of Texas; D.Sc., Massachusetts
Associate Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering, P.E.
Institute of Technology; Emeritus President, P.E.
JOHN A. CORDES, B.A., J.D., M.A., University of Iowa; Ph.D., Colorado
JOHN U. TREFNY, B.S., Fordham College; Ph.D., Rutgers University;
State University; Emeritus Associate Professor of Economics and
Emeritus President, Emeritus Professor of Physics
Business
JOHN F. ABEL, JR. E.M., M.Sc., E.Sc., Colorado School of Mines;
TIMOTHY A. CROSS, B.A., Oberlin College; M.S., University of
Emeritus Professor of Mining Engineering
Michigan; Ph.D., University of Southern California; Emeritus Associate
R. BRUCE ALLISON, B.S., State University of New York at Cortland;
Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering
M.S., State University of New York at Albany; Emeritus Professor of
STEPHEN R. DANIEL, Min. Eng.- Chem., M.S., Ph.D., Colorado School
Physical Education and Athletics
of Mines; Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry
WILLIAM R. ASTLE, B.A., State University of New York at New Paltz;
GERALD L. DEPOORTER, B.S., University of Washington; M.S., Ph.D.,
M.A., Columbia University; M.A., University of Illinois; Emeritus Professor
University of California at Berkeley; Emeritus Associate Professor of
of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
ROBERT M. BALDWIN, B.S., M.S., Iowa State University; Ph.D.,
JOHN A. DeSANTO, B.S., M.A., Villanova University; M.S., Ph.D.,
Colorado School of Mines; Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering
University of Michigan; Emeritus Professor of Mathematical and
BARBARA B. BATH, B.A., M.A., University of Kansas; Ph.D., American
Computer Sciences and Physics
University; Emerita Associate Professor of Mathematical and Computer
DEAN W. DICKERHOOF, B.S., University of Akron; M.S., Ph.D.,
Sciences
University of Illinois; Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Geochemistry
RAMON E. BISQUE, B.S., St. Norbert’s College; M.S. Chemistry, M.S.
DONALD I. DICKINSON, B.A., Colorado State University; M.A.,
Geology, Ph.D., Iowa State College; Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and
University of New Mexico; Emeritus Professor of Liberal Arts and
Geochemistry
International Studies
NORMAN BLEISTEIN, B.S., Brooklyn College; M.S., Ph.D., New York
J. PATRICK DYER, B.P.E., Purdue University; Emeritus Associate
University; University Emeritus Professor of Mathematical and Computer
Professor of Physical Education and Athletics
Sciences
WILTON E. ECKLEY, A.B., Mount Union College; M.A., The
ARDEL J. BOES, B.A., St. Ambrose College; M.S., Ph.D., Purdue
Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University;
University; Emeritus Professor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Emeritus Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies
AUSTIN R. BROWN, B.A., Grinnell College; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University;
GLEN R. EDWARDS, Met. Engr., Colorado School of Mines; M.S.,
Emeritus Professor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
University of New Mexico; Ph.D., Stanford University; University Emeritus
JAMES T. BROWN, B.A., Ph.D., University of Colorado; Emeritus
Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Professor of Physics
KENNETH W. EDWARDS, B.S., University of Michigan; M.A., Dartmouth
W. REX BULL, B.Sc., App. Diploma in Mineral Dressing, Leeds
College; Ph.D., University of Colorado; Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
University; Ph.D., University of Queensland; Emeritus Professor of
and Geochemistry
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
JOHN C. EMERICK, B.S., University of Washington; M.A., Ph.D.,
ANNETTE L. BUNGE, B.S., State University of New York at Buffalo;
University of Colorado; Emeritus Associate Professor of Environmental
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley; Emeritus Professor of
Science and Engineering
Chemical Engineering
GRAEME FAIRWEATHER, B.S., Ph.D., University of St. Andrews
BETTY J. CANNON, B.A., M.A., University of Alabama; Ph.D.,
Scotland; Emeritus Professor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
University of Colorado; Emeritus Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and
EDWARD G. FISHER, B.S., M.A., University of Illinois; Emeritus
International Studies
Professor of English
F. EDWARD CECIL, B.S., University of Maryland; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton
DAVID E. FLETCHER, B.S., M.A., Colorado College; M.S.B.A., Ph.D.,
University; University Emeritus Professor of Physics
University of Denver; Emeritus Professor of Economics and Business

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ROBERT H. FROST, B.S., Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines; S.M.,M.E.,
MATTHEW J. HREBAR, III, B.S., The Pennsylvania State University;
Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Emeritus Associate Professor of
M.S., University of Arizona; Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines; Emeritus
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Associate Professor of Mining Engineering
S. DALE FOREMAN, B.S., Texas Technological College; M.S., Ph.D.,
NEIL F. HURLEY, B.S., University of Southern California; M.S., University
University of Colorado; Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering, P.E.
of Wisconsin at Madison; Ph.D., University of Michigan; Emeritus Charles
Boettcher Distinguished Chair in Petroleum Geology and Geology and
JAMES H. GARY B.S., M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D.,
Geological Engineering
University of Florida; Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering
WILLIAM A. HUSTRULID, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Minnesota;
DONALD W. GENTRY, B.S., University of Illinois; M.S., University of
Emeritus Professor of Mining Engineering
Nevada; Ph.D., University of Arizona; Emeritus Professor of Mining
Engineering, P.E.
RICHARD W. HUTCHINSON, B.Sc., University of Western Ontario;
M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin; Charles Franklin Fogarty Professor
JOHN O. GOLDEN, B.E., M.S., Vanderbilt University; Ph.D., Iowa State
in Economic Geology; Emeritus Professor of Geology and Geological
University; Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering
Engineering
JOAN P. GOSINK, B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.S.,
ABDELWAHID IBRAHIM, B.S., University of Cairo; M.S., University of
Old Dominion University; Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley;
Kansas; Ph.D., Michigan State University; Emeritus Associate Professor
Emerita Professor of Engineering
of Geophysics
THOMAS L. T. GROSE, B.S., M.S., University of Washington; Ph.D.,
JAMES G. JOHNSTONE, Geol.E., Colorado School of Mines; M.S.,
Stanford University; Emeritus Professor of Geology and Geological
Purdue University; (Professional Engineer); Emeritus Professor of Civil
Engineering
Engineering
RAYMOND R. GUTZMAN, A.B., Fort Hays State College; M.S., State
ALEXANDER A. KAUFMAN, Ph.D., Institute of Physics of the Earth,
University of Iowa; Emeritus Professor of Mathematical and Computer
Moscow; D.T.Sc., Siberian Branch Academy; Emeritus Professor of
Sciences
Geophysics
FRANK A. HADSELL, B.S., M.S., University of Wyoming; D.Sc., Colorado
MARVIN L. KAY, E.M., Colorado School of Mines; Emeritus Director of
School of Mines; Emeritus Professor of Geophysics
Athletics
JOHN P. HAGER, B.S., Montana School of Mines; M.S., Missouri
GEORGE KELLER, B.S., M.S., Ph. D., Pennsylvania State University,
School of Mines; Sc.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Emeritus Professor of Geophysics
University Emeritus Hazen Research Professor of Extractive Metallurgy;
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
THOMAS A. KELLY, B.S., C.E., University of Colorado; Emeritus
Professor of Basic Engineering, P.E.
FRANK G. HAGIN, B.A., Bethany Nazarene College; M.A., Southern
Methodist University; Ph.D., University of Colorado; Emeritus Professor of
GEORGE H. KENNEDY, B.S., University of Oregon; M.S., Ph.D., Oregon
Mathematical and Computer Sciences
State University; Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry
JOHN W. HANCOCK, A.B., Colorado State College; Emeritus Professor
ARTHUR J. KIDNAY, P.R.E., D.Sc., Colorado School of Mines; M.S.,
of Physical Education and Athletics
University of Colorado; Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering
ROBERT C. HANSEN, E.M., Colorado School of Mines; M.S.M.E.,
RONALD W. KLUSMAN, B.S., M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University; Emeritus
Bradley University; Ph.D., University of Illinois; Emeritus Professor of
Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry
Engineering, P.E.
R. EDWARD KNIGHT. B.S., University of Tulsa; M.A., University of
JOHN D. HAUN, A.B., Berea College; M.A., Ph.D., University of
Denver; Emeritus Professor of Engineering
Wyoming; Emeritus Professor of Geology, P.E.
KENNETH E. KOLM, B.S., Lehigh University; M.S., Ph.D., University of
T. GRAHAM HEREFORD, B.A., Ph.D. University of Virginia; Emeritus
Wyoming; Emeritus Associate Professor of Environmental Science and
Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies
Engineering
JOHN A. HOGAN, B.S., University of Cincinnati; M.A., Lehigh University;
GEORGE KRAUSS, B.S., Lehigh University; M.S., Sc.D., Massachusetts
Emeritus Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies
Institute of Technology; University Emeritus Professor of Metallurgical
and Materials Engineering, P.E.
GREGORY S. HOLDEN, B.S., University of Redlands; M.S.,Washington
State University; Ph.D., University of Wyoming; Emeritus Associate
DONALD LANGMUIR, A.B., M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University; Emeritus
Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering
Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry and Emeritus Professor of
Environmental Science & Engineering
BRUCE D. HONEYMAN, B.S., M.S., Ph.D, Stanford University; Emeritus
Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering
KENNETH L. LARNER, B.S., Colorado School of Mines; Ph.D.,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University Emeritus Professor of
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WILLIAM B. LAW, B.Sc., University of Nevada; Ph.D., Ohio State
BARBARA M. OLDS, B.A., Stanford University; M.A., Ph.D., University of
University; Emeritus Associate Professor of Physics
Denver; Associate Provost for Educational Innovation; Emerita Professor
of Liberal Arts and International Studies
KEENAN LEE, B.S., M.S., Louisiana State University; Ph.D., Stanford
University; Emeritus Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering
EUL-SOO PANG, B.A. Marshall University; M.A., Ohio University; Ph.D.,
University of California at Berkeley; Emeritus Professor of Liberal Arts
V. ALLEN LONG, A.B., McPherson College; A.M., University of
and International Studies
Nebraska; Ph.D., University of Colorado; Emeritus Professor of Physics
LAURA J. PANG, B.A. University of Colorado; M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt
GEORGE B. LUCAS, B.S., Tulane University; Ph.D., Iowa State
University; Emerita Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and International
University; Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry
Studies
DONALD L. MACALADY, B.S., The Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D.,
MICHAEL J. PAVELICH, B.S., University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., State
University of Wisconsin-Madison; Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and
University of New York at Buffalo; Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and
Geochemistry
Geochemistry
DONALD C.B. MARSH, B.S., M.S., University of Arizona; Ph.D.,
ROBERT W. PEARSON, P.E., Colorado School of Mines; Emeritus
University of Colorado; Emeritus Professor of Mathematical and
Associate Professor of Physical Education and Athletics and Head
Computer Sciences
Soccer Coach
JEAN P. MATHER, B.S.C., M.B.A., University of Denver; M.A., Princeton
ANTON G. PEGIS, B.A.,Western State College; M.A., Ph.D., University of
University; Emeritus Professor of Mineral Economics
Denver; Emeritus Professor of English
FRANK S. MATHEWS, B.A., M.A., University of British Columbia; Ph.D.,
HARRY C. PETERSON, B.S.M.E., Colorado State University; M.S.,
Oregon State University; Emeritus Professor of Physics
Ph.D., Cornell University; Emeritus Professor of Engineering
RUTH A. MAURER, B.S., M.S., Colorado State University; Ph.D.,
ALFRED PETRICK, JR., A.B., B.S., M.S., Columbia University; M.B.A.,
Colorado School of Mines; Emerita Associate Professor of Mathematical
University of Denver; Ph.D., University of Colorado; Emeritus Professor of
and Computer Sciences
Mineral Economics, P.E.
ROBERT S. McCANDLESS, B.A., Colorado State College; Emeritus
THOMAS PHILIPOSE, B.A., M.A., Presidency College- University of
Professor of Physical Education and Athletics
Madras; Ph.D., University of Denver; University Emeritus Professor of
Liberal Arts and International Studies
MICHAEL B. McGRATH, B.S.M.E., M.S., University of Notre Dame;
Ph.D., University of Colorado; Emeritus Professor of Engineering
EILEEN P. POETER, B.S., Lehigh University; M.S., Ph.D., Washington
State University; Emerita Professor of Geology and Geological
J. THOMAS McKINNON, B.S., Cornell University; Ph.D., Massachusetts
Engineering, P.E.
Institute of Technology; Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering
STEVEN A. PRUESS, B.S., Iowa State University; M.S., Ph.D., Purdue
JAMES A. McNEIL, B.S., Lafayette College; M.S., Ph.D., University of
University; Emeritus Professor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Maryland; University Emeritus Professor of Physics
DENNIS W. READEY, B.S., University of Notre Dame; Sc.D.,
JOHN J. MOORE, 1989-B.S., University of Surrey, England; Ph.D.,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University Emeritus Herman F.
D. Eng., University of Birmingham, England; Emeritus Professor of
Coors Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Engineering; Professor of
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
DAVID R. MUÑOZ, 1986-B.S.M.E., University of New Mexico; M.S.M.E.,
SAMUEL B. ROMBERGER, B.S., Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State
Ph.D., Purdue University; Emeritus Associate Professor of Engineering
University; Emeritus Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering
ERIC P. NELSON, B.S., California State University at Northridge; M.A.,
PHILLIP R. ROMIG, JR., B.S., University of Notre Dame; M.S., Ph.D.,
Rice University; M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University; Emeritus Associate
Colorado School of Mines; Emeritus Professor of Geophysics
Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering
ODED RUDAWSKY, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State
KARL R. NELSON, Geol.E., M.S., Colorado School of Mines; Ph.D.,
University; Emeritus Professor of Mineral Economics
University of Colorado; Emeritus Associate Professor of Engineering,
P.E.
ARTHUR B SACKS, B.A., Brooklyn College, M.A., Ph.D., University of
Wisconsin-Madison, Emeritus Professor of Liberal Arts and International
GABRIEL M. NEUNZERT, B.S., M.Sc., Colorado School of Mines;
Studies
(Professional Land Surveyor); Emeritus Associate Professor of
Engineering
ARTHUR Y. SAKAKURA, B.S., M.S., Massachusetts Institute of
Technology; Ph.D., University of Colorado; Emeritus Associate Professor
KATHLEEN H. OCHS, B.A., University of Oregon; M.A.T.,Wesleyan
of Physics
University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Toronto; Emerita Associate
Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies
MIKLOS D. G. SALAMON, Dipl.Eng., Polytechnical University, Hungary;
Ph.D., University of Durham, England; Emeritus Professor of Mining
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FRANKLIN D. SCHOWENGERDT, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of
DON L. WILLIAMSON, B.S., Lamar University; M.S., Ph.D., University of
Missouri at Rolla; Emeritus Professor of Physics
Washington; Emeritus Professor of Physics
ROBERT L. SIEGRIST, 1997-B.S., M.S., Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-
ROBERT D. WITTERS, B.A., University of Colorado; Ph.D., Montana
Madison; University Emeritus Professor of Environmental Science and
State College; Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry
Engineering, P.E.
ROBERT E. D. WOOLSEY, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Texas
CATHERINE A. SKOKAN, 1982-B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Colorado School of
at Austin; Emeritus Professor of Economics and Business and of
Mines; Emerita Associate Professor of Engineering
Mathematical and Computer Sciences
MAYNARD SLAUGHTER, B.S., Ohio University; M.A., University of
BAKI YARAR, B.Sc., M.Sc., Middle East Technical University, Ankara;
Missouri; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., University of London; Emeritus Professor of Mining Engineering
and Geochemistry
F. RICHARD YEATTS, B.S., The Pennsylvania State University; M.S.,
JOSEPH D. SNEED, B.A., Rice University; M.S., University of Illinois;
Ph.D., University of Arizona; Emeritus Professor of Physics
Ph.D., Stanford University; Emeritus Professor of Liberal Arts and
International Studies
VICTOR F. YESAVAGE, B.Ch.E., The Cooper Union; M.S.E., Ph.D.,
University of Michigan; Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering
CHARLES W. STARKS, Met.E., M.Met.E, Colorado School of Mines;
Emeritus Associate Professor of Chemistry, P.E.
FRANKLIN J. STERMOLE, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Iowa State University;
Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering/Mineral Economics; P.E.
ROBERT J. TAYLOR, BAE School of the Art Institute; M.A., University of
Denver; Emeritus Associate Professor of Engineering
JOHN E. TILTON, B.A., Princeton University; M.A., Ph.D.,Yale University;
University Emeritus Professor of Economics and Business
A. KEITH TURNER, B.Sc., Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario; M.A.,
Columbia University; Ph.D., Purdue University; Emeritus Professor of
Geology and Geological Engineering, P.E.
ROBERT G. UNDERWOOD, B.S., University of North Carolina; Ph.D.,
University of Virginia; Emeritus Associate Professor of Mathematical and
Computer Sciences
CRAIG W. VAN KIRK, 1978-B.S., M.S., University of Southern California;
Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines; Professor of Petroleum Engineering
FUN-DEN WANG, B.S., Taiwan Provincial Cheng-Kung University; M.S.,
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana; Emeritus Professor of Mining
Engineering
JOHN E. WARME, B.A., Augustana College; Ph.D., University of
California at Los Angeles; Emeritus Professor of Geology and Geological
Engineering
ROBERT J. WEIMER, B.A., M.A., University of Wyoming; Ph.D., Stanford
University; Emeritus Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering,
P.E.
WALTER W. WHITMAN, B.E., Ph.D., Cornell University; Emeritus
Professor of Geophysics
THOMAS R. WILDEMAN, B.S., College of St. Thomas; Ph.D., University
of Wisconsin; Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry
KAREN B. WILEY, B.A., Mills College; M.A., Ph.D., University of
Colorado; Emerita Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and International
Studies
JOHN T. WILLIAMS, B.S., Hamline University; M.S., University of
Minnesota; Ph.D., Iowa State College; Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
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Professors
RODERICK G. EGGERT, 1986-A.B., Dartmouth College; M.S., Ph.D.,
The Pennsylvania State University; Professor of Economics and Business
and Division Director
CORBY ANDERSON, 2009-B.S., Montana State University; M.S.,
Montana Tech.; Ph.D., University of Idaho; Harrison Western Professor of
ATEF Z. ELSHERBENI, 2013-B.S.,M.S., Cairo University; Ph.D.,
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
University of Manitoba; Gerald August Dobelman Distinguished Chair &
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MICHAEL L. BATZLE, 2007-B.S., University of California, Riverside;
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Baker Hughes Professor of
JAMES F. ELY, 1981-B.S., Butler University; Ph.D., Indiana University;
Petrophysics and Borehole Geophysics
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
JOHN R. BERGER, 1994-B.S., M. S., Ph.D., University of Maryland;
THOMAS E. FURTAK, 1986-B.S., University of Nebraska; Ph.D., Iowa
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
State University; Professor of Physics and Head of Department
BERNARD BIALECKI, 1995-M.S., University of Warsaw, Poland; Ph.D.,
MAHADEVAN GANESH, 2003- Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology;
University of Utah; Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics
TRACY CAMP, 1998-B.A. Kalamazoo College; M.S. Michigan State
RAMONA M. GRAVES, 1981-B.S., Kearney State College; Ph.D.,
University; Ph.D. College of William and Mary; Professor of Electrical
Colorado School of Mines; Professor of Petroleum Engineering and Head
Engineering and Computer Science
of Department
LINCOLN D. CARR, 2005-B.A., University of California at Berkeley; M.S.,
UWE GREIFE, 1999-M.S., University of Munster; Ph.D., University of
Ph.D., University of Washington; Professor of Physics
Bochum; Professor of Physics
REUBEN T. COLLINS, 1994-B.A., University of Northern Iowa; M.S.,
D. VAUGHAN GRIFFITHS, 1994-B.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc., University of
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology; Professor of Physics
Manchester; M.S., University of California Berkeley; Professor of Civil and
Environmental Engineering
JOHN T. CUDDINGTON, 2005-B.A., University of Regina; M.A., Simon
Fraser University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin; William J.
MARTE GUTIERREZ, 2008-B.S., Saint Mary’s University; M.S.,
Coulter Professor of Mineral Economics and Professor of Economics and
University of the Philippines; Ph.D., University of Tokyo; James R.
Business
Paden Distinguished Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental
Engineering
JOHN B. CURTIS, 1990-B.A., M.S., Miami University; Ph.D., The Ohio
State University; Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering
DAVE HALE, 2004-B.S., Texas A&M University; M.S., Ph.D., Stanford
University; Charles Henry Green Professor of Exploration Geophysics
KADRI DAGDELEN, 1992-B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines;
Professor of Mining Engineering and Head of Department
WENDY J. HARRISON, 1988-B.S., Ph.D., University of Manchester;
Associate Provost; Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering
CAROL DAHL, 1991-B.A., University of Wisconsin; Ph.D., University of
Minnesota; Professor of Economics and Business
RANDY L. HAUPT, 2012-B.S., USAF Academy, M.S.E.E., Northeastern
University; Ph.D., University of Michigan; Professor of Electrical
ELIZABETH VAN WIE DAVIS, 2009-B.A., Shimer College; M.A., Ph.D.,
Engineering and Computer Science
University of Virginia; Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies
and Division Director
WILLY A. M. HEREMAN, 1989-B.S., M.S., Ph.D., State University of
Ghent, Belgium; Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics and
GRAHAM A. DAVIS, 1993-B.S., Queen’s University at Kingston; M.B.A.,
Head of Department
University of Cape Town; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University;
Professor of Economics and Business
MURRAY W. HITZMAN, 1996-A.B., Dartmouth College; M.S., University
of Washington; Ph.D., Stanford University; Charles Franklin Fogarty
THOMAS L. DAVIS, 1980-B.E., University of Saskatchewan; M.Sc.,
Distinguished Chair in Economic Geology; Professor of Geology and
University of Calgary; Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines; Professor of
Geological Engineering
Geophysics
TISSA ILLANGASEKARE, 1998-B.Sc., University of Ceylon, Peradeniya;
ANTHONY DEAN, 2000-B.S., Springhill College; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard
M. Eng., Asian Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Colorado State University;
University; William K. Coors Distinguished Chair in Chemical Engineering
Professor and AMAX Distinguished Chair in Civil and Environmental
and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Engineering, P.E.
JOHN R. DORGAN, 1992-B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst;
MICHAEL J. KAUFMAN, 2007-B.S., Ph.D., University of Illinois,
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Computer Modeling Group Chair
Urbana, Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Head of
and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Department
JÖRG DREWES, 2001-Ingenieur cand., Dipl. Ing., Ph.D., Technical
HOSSEIN KAZEMI, 2004-B.S., University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D.,
University of Berlin; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Texas at Austin; Chesebro’ Distinguished Chair in Petroleum
Engineering; Co-Director of Marathon Center of Excellence for Reservoir
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ROBERT J. KEE, 1996-B.S., University of Idaho; M.S., Stanford
BRAJENDRA MISHRA, 1997-B. Tech. Indian Institute of Technology;
University; Ph.D., University of California at Davis; George R. Brown
M.S., Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Professor of Metallurgical and
Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Materials Engineering
ROBERT H. KING, 1981-B.S., University of Utah; M.S., Ph.D., The
CARL MITCHAM, 1999-B.A., M.A., University of Colorado; Ph.D.,
Pennsylvania State University; Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Fordham University; Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies
DANIEL M. KNAUSS, 1996-B.S., The Pennsylvania State University;
MICHAEL MOONEY, 2003-B.S., Washington University in St. Louis;
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Professor of
M.S., University of California, Irvine; Ph.D., Northwestern University;
Chemistry and Geochemistry and Head of Department
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
CAROLYN KOH, 2006-B.S., Ph.D., University of West London, Brunel;
BARBARA MOSKAL, 1999-B.S., Duquesne University; M.S., Ph.D.,
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
University of Pittsburgh; Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics
and Director of the Trefny Institute
FRANK V. KOWALSKI, 1980-B.S., University of Puget Sound; Ph.D.,
Stanford University; Professor of Physics
GRAHAM G. W. MUSTOE, 1987-B.S., M.Sc., University of Aston; Ph.D.,
University College Swansea; Professor of Mechanical Engineering
STEPHEN LIU, 1987-B.S., M.S., Universitdade Federal de MG, Brazil;
Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines; Professor of Metallurgical and Materials
WILLIAM C. NAVIDI, 1996-B.A., New College; M.A., Michigan State
Engineering, CEng, U.K.
University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley; Professor of
Applied Mathematics and Statistics
NING LU, 1997-B.S., Wuhan University of Technology; M.S., Ph.D.,
Johns Hopkins University; Professor of Civil and Environmental
GARY R. OLHOEFT, 1994-B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E, Massachusetts Institute of
Engineering
Technology; Ph.D., University of Toronto; Professor of Geophysics
JUAN C. LUCENA, 2002-B.S., M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute;
DAVID L. OLSON, 1972-B.S.,Washington State University; Ph.D., Cornell
Ph.D., Virginia Tech; Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies
University; John H. Moore Distinguished Professor of Physical Metallurgy;
Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, P.E.
MARK T. LUSK, 1994-B.S., United States Naval Academy; M.S.,
Colorado State University; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology;
UGUR OZBAY, 1998-B.S., Middle East Technical University of Ankara;
Professor of Physics
M.S., Ph.D., University of the Witwatersrand; Professor of Mining
Engineering
PATRICK MacCARTHY, 1976-B.Sc., M.Sc., University College, Galway,
Ireland; M.S., Northwestern University; Ph.D., University of Cincinnati;
ERDAL OZKAN, 1998-B.S., M.Sc., Istanbul Technical University; Ph.D.,
Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry
University of Tulsa; Co-Director of Marathon Center of Excellence for
Reservoir Studies and Professor of Petroleum Engineering
DAVID W.M. MARR, 1995-B.S., University of California, Berkeley;
M.S., Ph.D., Stanford University; Professor of Chemical and Biological
TERENCE E. PARKER, 1994-B.S., M.S., Stanford University; Ph.D.,
Engineering and Head of Department
University of California Berkeley; Provost and Executive Vice President;
Professor of Engineering
PAUL A. MARTIN, 1999-B.S., University of Bristol; M.S., Ph.D.,
University of Manchester; Professor of Applied Mathematics and
JAMES F. RANVILLE, 2004-B.S. Lake Superior State University;
Statistics, and Associate Department Head
M.S., PhD., Colorado School of Mines; Professor of Chemistry and
Geochemistry
GERARD P. MARTINS, 1969-B.Sc., University of London; Ph.D.,
State University of New York at Buffalo; Professor of Metallurgical and
IVAR E. REIMANIS, 1994-B.S., Cornell University; M.S., University
Materials Engineering
of California Berkeley; Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara;
Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
DAVID K. MATLOCK, 1972-B.S., University of Texas at Austin; M.S.,
Ph.D., Stanford University; Charles F. Fogarty Professor of Metallurgical
RYAN M. RICHARDS, 2007-B.S. Michigan State University; M.S.
Engineering sponsored by the ARMCO Foundation; Professor of
Central Michigan University; Ph.D. Kansas State University; Professor of
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, P.E.
Chemistry and Geochemistry
JOHN E. McCRAY, 1998-B.S.,West Virginia University; M.S. Clemson
MAJ DAVID ROZELLE, 1995-B.A., Davidson College, Davidson, North
University; Ph.D., University of Arizona; Professor of Civil and
Carolina, 2009 - M.M.S. Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia, and
Environmental Engineering and Division Director
Professor of Military Science (Army R.O.T.C.)
DINESH MEHTA, 2000-B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology; M.S.,
PAUL M. SANTI, 2001-B.S., Duke University; M.S., Texas A&M
University of Minnesota; Ph.D., University of Florida; Professor of
University; Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines; Professor of Geology and
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Geological Engineering
RONALD L. MILLER, 1986-B.S., M.S., University of Wyoming; Ph.D.,
JOHN A. SCALES, 1992-B.S., University of Delaware; Ph.D., University
Colorado School of Mines; Professor of Chemical and Biological
of Colorado; Professor of Physics
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PANKAJ K. (PK) SEN, 2000-B.S., Jadavpur University; M.E., Ph.D.,
TYRONE VINCENT, 1998-B.S. University of Arizona; M.S., Ph.D.
Technical University of Nova Scotia. P.E., Professor of Electrical
University of Michigan; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer
Engineering and Computer Science
Science and Interim Department Head
E. DENDY SLOAN, JR., 1976-B.S.Ch.E., M.S., Ph.D., Clemson
KIM R. WILLIAMS, 1997-B.Sc., McGill University; Ph.D., Michigan State
University; Weaver Distinguished Professor in Chemical and Biological
University; Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry
Engineering and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
TERENCE K. YOUNG, 1979-1982, 2000-B.A., Stanford University; M.S.,
ROEL K. SNIEDER, 2000-Drs., Utrecht University; M.A., Princeton
Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines; Professor of Geophysics and Head of
University; Ph.D., Utrecht University; W.M. Keck Foundation
Department
Distinguished Chair in Exploration Science and Professor of Geophysics
STEPHEN A. SONNENBERG, 2007-B.S., M.S., Texas A&M University;
Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines; Professor of Geology and Geological
Engineering and Charles Boettcher Distinguished Chair in Petroleum
Geology
JOHN G. SPEER, 1997-B.S., Lehigh University; Ph.D., Oxford University;
Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
JEFF SQUIER, 2002-B.S., M.S., Colorado School of Mines; Ph.D.,
University of Rochester; Professor of Physics
P. CRAIG TAYLOR, 2005-A.B., Carleton College; Ph.D., Brown
University; Professor of Physics
PATRICK TAYLOR, 2003-B.S., Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines; George
S. Ansell Distinguished Chair in Metallurgy and Professor of Metallurgical
and Materials Engineering
ILYA D. TSVANKIN, 1992-B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Moscow State University;
Professor of Geophysics
AZRA TUTUNCU, 2010-B.S., Istanbul Technical University; M.S.,
Stanford University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin; Harry D.
Campbell Chair in Petroleum Engineering, Director of Unconventional
Natural Gas Institute (UNGI) and Professor of Petroleum Engineering
CHESTER J. VAN TYNE, 1988-B.A., B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Lehigh
University; FIERF Professor and Professor of Metallurgical and Materials
Engineering, P.E.
KENT J. VOORHEES, 1978-B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Utah State University;
Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry
MICHAEL R. WALLS, 1992-B.S.,Western Kentucky University; M.B.A.,
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin; Professor of Economics and
Business
J. DOUGLAS WAY, 1994-B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Colorado;
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
RICHARD F. WENDLANDT, 1987-B.A., Dartmouth College; Ph.D., The
Pennsylvania State University; Professor of Geology and Geological
Engineering
DAVID TAI-WEI WU, 1996-A.B., Harvard University; Ph.D., University of
California, Berkeley; Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry/Chemical
and Biological Engineering
YU-SHU WU, 2008-B.S., Daqing Petroleum Institute, China; M.S.,
Southwest Petroleum Institute, China; M.S., Ph.D., University of
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Associate Professors
CHRISTIAN FRENZEL, 2010-M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology,
Ph.D., Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany; Associate Professor
of Mining Engineering
SUMIT AGARWAL, 2005-B.S., Banaras Hindu University, India; M.S.,
University of New Mexico; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara;
TINA L. GIANQUITTO, 2003-B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., Columbia University;
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies
HUSSEIN A. AMERY, 1997-B.A., University of Calgary; M.A.,Wilfrid
BRIAN GORMAN, 2008-B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Missouri-Rolla;
Laurier University; Ph.D., McMaster University; Associate Professor of
Associate Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Liberal Arts and International Studies
QI HAN, 2005-B.S., Yanshan University of China; M.S., Huazhong
JOEL M. BACH, 2001-B.S., SUNY Buffalo; Ph.D., University of California
University of Science and Technology China; Ph.D., University of
at Davis; Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
California, Irvine; Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science
EDWARD J. BALISTRERI, 2004-B.A., Arizona State University; M.A.,
Ph.D., University of Colorado; Associate Professor of Economics and
KATHLEEN J. HANCOCK, 2009-B.A., University of California, Santa
Business
Barbara; M.S. George Washington University; Ph.D., University
of California, San Diego; Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and
DAVID A. BENSON, 2005-B.S., New Mexico State University; M.S., San
International Studies
Diego State University; Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno; Associate
Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering
MICHAEL B. HEELEY, 2004-B.S., The Camborne School of Mines; M.S.,
University of Nevada; M.S., Ph.D., University of Washington; Associate
THOMAS M. BOYD, 1993-B.S., M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
Professor of Economics and Business
State University; Ph.D., Columbia University; Dean of Graduate Studies;
Associate Professor of Geophysics
JOHN R. HEILBRUNN, 2001-B.A., University of California, Berkeley;
M.A., Boston University, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D.,
STEPHEN G. BOYES, 2005-B.S., Ph.D., University of New South Wales;
University of California, Los Angeles; Associate Professor of Liberal Arts
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry
and International Studies
ROBERT J. BRAUN, 2007-B.S., M.S., Marquette University; Ph.D.,
ANDREW M. HERRING, 2006-Bs.C., Ph.D., University of Leeds;
University of Wisconsin-Madison; Associate Professor of Mechanical
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Engineering
JERRY D. HIGGINS, 1986-B.S., Southwest Missouri State University;
MOISES A. CARREON, 2014-B.S, M.S., Universidad Michoacana
M.S., Ph.D., University of Missouri at Rolla; Associate Professor of
de San Nicolas de Hidalgo; Ph.D., University of Cincinnati; Associate
Geology and Geological Engineering
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
WILLIAM A. HOFF, 1994-B.S., Illinois Institute of Technology; M.S.,
TZAHI CATH, 2006-B.S., Tel Aviv University; M.S., Ph.D., University of
Ph.D., University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana; Associate Professor of
Nevada; Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Assistant Division
CRISTIAN CIOBANU, 2004-B.S., University of Bucharest; M.S., Ph.D.,
Director of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Ohio State University; Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
TERRI S. HOGUE, 2012-B.S., University of Wisconsin; M.S. & Ph.D.,
RONALD R. H. COHEN, 1985-B.A., Temple University; Ph.D., University
University of Arizona; Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental
of Virginia; Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Engineering
SCOTT W. COWLEY, 1979-B.S., M.S., Utah State University; Ph.D.,
JOHN D. HUMPHREY, 1991-B.S., University of Vermont; M.S., Ph.D.,
Southern Illinois University; Associate Professor of Chemistry and
Brown University; Associate Professor of Geology and Geological
Geochemistry
Engineering and Head of Department
CHARLES G. DURFEE, III, 1999-B.S., Yale University; Ph.D., University
KATHRYN JOHNSON, 2005-B.S., Clarkson University; M.S., Ph.D.,
of Maryland; Associate Professor of Physics
University of Colorado; Clare Boothe Luce Associate Professor of
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MARK EBERHART, 1998 - B.S., M.S. University of Colorado; Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Associate Professor of Chemistry
DANIEL KAFFINE, 2007-B.A., B.S., University of St. Thomas; M.A.,
and Geochemistry
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara; Associate Professor of
Economics and Business
ALFRED W. EUSTES III, 1996-B.S., Louisiana Tech University; M.S.,
University of Colorado at Boulder; Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines;
PANOS KIOUSIS, 1999-Ph.D., Louisiana State University; Associate
Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering, P.E.
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
LINDA A. FIGUEROA, 1990-B.S., University of Southern California;
MARK E. KUCHTA, 1999- B.S. M.S., Colorado School of Mines; Ph.D.,
M.S., Ph.D., University of Colorado; Associate Professor of Civil and
Lulea University of Technology, Sweden; Associate Professor of Mining
Environmental Engineering, P.E.
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JON LEYDENS, 2004-B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Colorado State University;
PAUL SAVA, 2006-B.S., University of Bucharest; M.S., Ph.D., Stanford
Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies
University; Associate Professor of Geophysics
YAOGUO LI, 1999-B.S.,Wuhan College of Geology, China; Ph.D.,
JENNIFER SCHNEIDER, 2004-B.A., Albertson College of Idaho; M.A.,
University of British Columbia; Associate Professor of Geophysics
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University; Associate Professor of Liberal
Arts and International Studies
MATTHEW LIBERATORE, 2005-B.S., University of Chicago; M.S.,
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; Associate Professor of
MAJ JANET SCHOENBERG, 2012-B.A. General Studies Columbia
Chemical and Biological Engineering
College; Masters of Education, Education and Human Resources,
Colorado State University; Associate Professor of Military Science
KEVIN W. MANDERNACK, 1996-B.S., University of Wisconsin at
Madison; Ph.D., University of California San Diego; Associate Professor
ALAN, SELLINGER, 2012-B.S. Eastern Michigan University; M.S.,
of Chemistry and Geochemistry
Ph.D., University of Michigan; Associate Professor of Chemistry and
Geochemistry
REED M. MAXWELL, 2009-B.S., University of Miami; M.S., University
of California at Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley;
E. CRAIG SIMMONS, 1977-B.S., University of Kansas; M.S., Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering
State University of New York at Stony Brook; Associate Professor of
Chemistry and Geochemistry
HUGH B. MILLER, 2005-B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines;
Associate Professor of Mining Engineering
MARCELO G. SIMOES, 2000-B.E., M.S., Ph.D., University of Sao Paulo;
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
JENNIFER L. MISKIMINS, 2002-B.S., Montana College of Mineral
Science and Technology; M.S., Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines;
KAMINI SINGHA-2012-B.S., University of Connecticut; Ph.D., Stanford
Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering
University; Associate Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering
JUNKO MUNAKATA MARR, 1996-B.S., California Institute of
JOHN R. SPEAR, 2005-B.A., University of California, San Diego; M.S.
Technology; M.S., Ph.D., Stanford University; Associate Professor of Civil
and Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines; Associate Professor of Civil and
and Environmental Engineering
Environmental Engineering
MASAMI NAKAGAWA, 1996-B.E., M.S., University of Minnesota; Ph.D.,
JOHN P. H. STEELE, 1988-B.S., New Mexico State University; M.S.,
Cornell University; Associate Professor of Mining Engineering
Ph.D., University of New Mexico; Associate Professor of Mechanical
Engineering, P.E.
ALEXANDRA NEWMAN, 2000-B.S., University of Chicago; M.S., Ph.D.,
University of California, Berkeley; Associate Professor of Economics and
JAMES D. STRAKER, 2005-B.A., University of Notre Dame; M.A., Ohio
Business
State University; Ph.D., Emory University; Associate Professor of Liberal
Arts and International Studies
RYAN O’HAYRE, 2006-B.S., Colorado School of Mines; M.S., Ph.D.,
Stanford University; Associate Professor of Metallurgical and Materials
NEAL SULLIVAN, 2004-B.S., University of Massachusetts; M.S., Ph.D.,
Engineering
University of Colorado; Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
and Director of the Colorado Fuel Cell Center
TIMOTHY R. OHNO, 1992-B.S., University of Alberta; Ph.D., University
of Maryland; Associate Professor of Physics
AMADEU K. SUM, 2008-B.S., M.S., Colorado School of Mines; Ph.D.,
University of Delaware; Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
KENNETH OSGOOD, 2011-B.A., University of Notre Dame, M.A., Ph.D.,
University of Santa Barbara; Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and
LUIS TENORIO, 1997-B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; Ph.D.,
International Studies, Director of Guy T. McBride Jr. Honors Program in
University of California, Berkeley; Associate Professor of Applied
Public Affairs
Mathematics and Statistics
ANTHONY J. PETRELLA, 2006-B.S., M.S., Purdue University; Ph.D.,
STEVEN W. THOMPSON, 1989-B.S., Ph.D., The Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh; Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
State University; Associate Professor of Metallurgical and Materials
Engineering
MATTHEW POSEWITZ, 2008-B.A., Willamette University; Ph.D.,
Dartmouth College; Associate Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry
BRUCE TRUDGILL, 2003 -B.S., University of Wales; Ph.D., Imperial
College; Associate Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering
MANIKA PRASAD, 2007-B.S., Bombay University; M.S., Ph.D., Kiel
University; Co-Director of Center for Rock Abuse and Associate
BETTINA M. VOELKER, 2004-B.S., M.S., Massachusetts Institute of
Professor of Petroleum Engineering
Technology; Ph.D., Swiss Federal Institute of Technology; Associate
Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry
ANDRÉ REVIL, 2007-Diploma, University of Savoie; Ingeneer Diploma,
PhD, Ecole de Physique du Globe de Strasbourg, Associate Professor of
MICHAEL B. WAKIN, 2008-B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Rice University; Associate
Geophysics
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
FRÉDÉRIC SARAZIN, 2003-Ph.D., GANIL-Caen, France; Associate
COLIN WOLDEN, 1997-B.S., University of Minnesota; M.S., Ph.D.,
Professor of Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Associate Professor of Chemical
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DAVID M. WOOD, 1989-B.A., Princeton University; M.S., Ph.D., Cornell
University; Associate Professor of Physics
RAY RUICHONG ZHANG, 1997-B.S., M.S., Tongji University; Ph.D.,
Florida Atlantic University; Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental
Engineering
WEI ZHOU, 2008-B.S., China Geology University; M.S., University of
Alaska and University of Missouri-Rolla; Ph.D., University of Missouri-
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Assistant Professors
SYLVIA GAYLORD, 2007-B.A.and M.A., The Johns Hopkins University;
Ph.D., Northwestern University; Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts and
International Studies
CORY AHRENS, 2011-B.S., Kansas State University; M.S., University of
Michigan; Ph.D.,University of Colorado at Boulder; Assistant Professor of
ULRIKE HAGER, 2012-Ph.D., University of Jyväskylä; Assistant
Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Professor of Physics
JEFFREY ANDREWS-HANNA, 2008-B.A., Cornell University; Ph.D.,
AMANDA HERING, 2009-B.S., Baylor University; M.S, Montana State
Washington University; Assistant Professor of Geophysics
University; Ph.D., Texas A & M University; Assistant Professor of Applied
Mathematics and Statistics
JENNIFER L. ASCHOFF, 2008-B.S., Montana State University; M.S.,
New Mexico State University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin;
CHRISTOPHER P. HIGGINS, 2008-A.B. Harvard University; M.S.
Assistant Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering
Stanford University; Ph.D. Stanford University; Assistant Professor of
Civil and Environmental Engineering
REED A. AYERS, 2006-B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Colorado;
Assistant Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
B. TODD HOFFMAN, 2011-B.S. Montana Tech of the University of
Montana; M.S., Ph.D., Stanford University; Assistant Professor of
GREGORY BOGIN, 2010-B.S., Xavier University of Louisiana, M.S.,
Petroleum Engineering
Ph.D., University of California; Assistant Professor of Mechanical
Engineering
DERRICK HUDSON, 2010-B.S., United States Air Force Academy; M.A.,
University of Central Oklahoma; Ph.D., University of Denver; Assistant
NANETTE R. BOYLE, 2013-B.S.E., Arizona State University; Ph.D.,
Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies
Purdue University; Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological
Engineering
NIGEL KELLY, 2007-B.S., Ph.D., University of Sydney (Australia);
Assistant Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering
JENNIFER C. BRALEY, 2012-B.S., Colorado State University; Ph.D.,
Washington State University; Assistant Professor of Chemistry and
JEFFREY KING, 2009-B.S., New Mexico Institute of Technology; M.S.,
Geochemistry
Ph.D., University of New Mexico; Assistant Professor of Metallurgical and
Materials Engineering
OZKAN CELIK, 2013-B.S., M.S., Istanbul Technical University; Ph.D.,
Rice University; Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
MELISSA D. KREBS, 2012-B.S., University of Rochester; M.S.,
University of Rochester; Ph.d., Case Western Reserve University;
ZIZHONG (JEFFREY) CHEN, 2008-B.S., Beijing Normal University;
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
M.S., Ph.D., University of Tennessee; Assistant Professor of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science
YVETTE KUIPER, 2011-M.S., Utrecht University, The Netherlands;
Ph.D., University of New Brunswick, Canada; Assistant Professor of
JON M. COLLIS, 2008-B.S., New Mexico Institute of Mining and
Geology and Geological Engineering
Technology; M.S., Colorado School of Mines; Ph.D., Rensselear
Polytechnic Institute; Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics and
IAN A. LANGE, 2014-B.A., M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago;
Statistics
Ph.D., University of Washington; Assistant Professor of Economics and
Business
PAUL G. CONSTANTINE, 2013-B.A., University of North Texas; M.S.,
Ph.D., Stanford University; Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics
HONGJUN LIANG, 2008-B.S., University of Science and Technology of
and Statistics
Beijing; M.S., Chinese Academy of Science; Ph.D., University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign; Assistant Professor of Metallurgical and Materials
STEVEN DECALUWE, 2012-B.S., Vanderbilt University; Ph.D.,
Engineering
University of Maryland; Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
MATTHEW LIBERATORE, 2005-B.S., University of Chicago; M.S.,
JASON DELBORNE, 2008-A.B., Stanford University; Ph.D., University of
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; Associate Professor of
California, Berkeley; Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts and International
Chemical Engineering
Studies
PETER MANILOFF, 2013-B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Duke University, Assistant
CECILIA DINIZ BEHN, 2013-A.B., Bryn Mawr College; M.A., University of
Professor of Economics and Business
Texas - Austin; Ph.D., Boston University; Assistant Professor of Applied
Mathematics and Statistics
C. MARK MAUPIN, 2010- B.S., M.S., Boise State University, Ph.D.
University of Utah; Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
HARRISON G. FELL, 2011-B.S., Colorado School of Mines; M.S.,
Ph.D., University of Washington; Assistant Professor of Economics and
SALMAN MOHAGHEGHI, 2011-B.Sc., M.S., University of Tehran, M.S.,
Business
PH.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science
KIP FINDLEY, 2008-B.S., Colorado School of Mines; Ph.D., Georgia
Institute of Technology; Assistant Professor of Metallurgical and Materials
THOMAS MONECKE, 2008-B.S, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
Engineering
and University of Edinburgh, UK; M.S., TU Bergakademie Freiberg;
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at the University of Tasmania, Australia; Assistant Professor of Geology
GONGGUO TANG, 2014-B.S., Shandong University; M.S., Chinese
and Geological Engineering
Academy of Sciences; Ph.D., Washington University at St. Louis;
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
KEITH B. NEEVES, 2008-B.S., University of Colorado; Ph.D., Cornell
University; Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
ARNOLD B. TAMAYO, 2009-B.S., University of the Philippines, M.S.,
Georgia Institute of Technology, Ph.D., University of Southern California;
EDWIN NISSEN, 2012-B.A., M.A., University of Cambridge; Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry
University of Oxford; Assistant Professor of Geophysics
ERIC TOBERER, 2011-B.S., Harvey Mudd College; Ph.D., University of
CORINNE PACKARD, 2010-B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute
California; Assistant Professor of Physics
of Technology; Assistant Professor of Metallurgical and Materials
Engineering
BRIAN G. TREWYN, 2012-B.S., University of Wisconsin at La Crosse;
Ph.D. Iowa State University; Assistant Professor of Chemistry and
STEPHEN D. PANKAVICH, 2012-B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon
Geochemistry
University; Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics
CAMERON J. TURNER, 2008-B.S., University of Wyoming; M.S.,
SHILING PEI, 2013-B.S., Southwest Jiaotong University; Ph.D., Colorado
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin; Assistant Professor of Mechanical
State University; Assistant Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering
Engineering
RONNY PINI, 2013-M.S., Ph.D, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology;
DOUGLAS L. VAN BOSSUYT, 2013-B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Oregon State
Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering
University; Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
IRENE POLYCARPOU, 2008-B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Florida International
HUA WANG, 2012-B.E., Tshinghua University; M.S., Namyoung
University; Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer
Technological University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington;
Science
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
JASON PORTER, 2010-B.S., Brigham Young University; M.S., University
JUDITH WANG, 2007-B.A., B.S.E., M.S.E., Ph.D., Case Western
of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., Stanford University, Assistant Professor of
Reserve University; Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental
Mechanical Engineering
Engineering
STEFFEN REBENNACK, 2010-Diploma Ruprecht-Karls Universitaet;
NING WU, 2010-B.Sc., M.Sc. National University of Sinagpore, Ph.D.
M.S., Ph.D., University of Florida; Assistant Professor of Economics and
Princeton University, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Business
ZHIGANG WU, 2009-B.S., Peking University, Ph.D., College of William
JESSICA S. ROLSTON, 2012-B.A., Macalester College; Ph.D., University
and Mary; Assistant Professor of Physics
of Michigan; Hennebach Assistant Professor in Energy Policy of Liberal
Arts and International Studies
DEJUN YANG, 2013-B.S.. Peking University; Ph.D., Arizona State
University; Ben L. Fryear Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
SUSANTA K. SARKAR, 2014-B.S., University of Northern Bengal;
and Computer Science
M.S., Indian Institute of Science; Ph.D., University of Oregon; Assistant
Professor of Physics
YONGAN YANG, 2010-B.S., Nakai University; Ph.D., Institute of
Photographic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Assistant
JONATHAN O. SHARP, 2008-B.A. Princeton University; M.S. University
Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry
of California at Berkeley; Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley;
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
XIAOLONG YIN, 2009-B.S., Beijing University, China; M.S., Lehigh
University, Ph.D., Cornell; Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering
ANNE SILVERMAN, 2011-B.S., University of Arizona, M.S., Ph.D.,
University of Texas at Austin, Assistant Professor of Mechanical
LUIS E. ZERPA, 2013-B.S., M.S., University of Zulia; Ph.D., Colorado
Engineering
School of Mines; Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering
M. KATHLEEN SMITS, 2012-B.S., U.S. Air Force Academy; M.S.,
XIAOLI ZHANG, 2013-B.S, M.S., Xi’an Jiaotong University; Ph.D.,
University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines; Assistant
University of Nebraska at Lincoln; Assistant Professor of Mechanical
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Engineering
AARON STEBNER, 2013-B.S., M.S., University of Akron; Ph.D.,
JERAMY D. ZIMMERMAN, 2013-B.S., Colorado School of Mines; Ph.D.,
Northwestern University; Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of California-Santa Barbara; Assistant Professor of Physics
ANDREI SWIDINSKY, 2013-B.S., University of Guelph; M.S., Ph.D.,

University of Toronto; Assistant Professor of Geophysics
ANDRZEJ SZYMCZAK, 2007-M.S., University of Gdansk; M.S., Ph.D.,
University of Washington; Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science

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Teaching Professors
CHARLES A. STONE, IV, 2007-B.S., North Carolina State University,
M.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Ph.D., University of California,
Los Angeles; Teaching Professor of Physics
RAVEL F. AMMERMAN, 2004-B.S., Colorado School of Mines; M.S.,
University of Colorado; Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines; Teaching
SCOTT STRONG, 2003-B.S., M.S., Colorado School of Mines; Teaching
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics
MANOHAR ARORA, 2006-B.S., University of Roorkee; M.S., University
CANDACE S. SULZBACH, 1983-B.S., Colorado School of Mines;
of Burdwan; Ph.D., University of Mississippi; Teaching Professor of
Teaching Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mining Engineering
SANDY WOODSON, 1999-B.A., North Carolina State University; M.A.,
JOSEPH P. CROCKER, 2004-B.S., M.S., Oklahoma State University;
Colorado State University; M.F.A., University of Montana; Teaching
Ph.D., University of Utah; Teaching Professor of Civil and Environmental
Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies
Engineering
MATTHEW YOUNG, 2004-B.S., Ph.D., University of Rochester; Teaching
JOEL DUNCAN, 2006-B.S. University of Alabama; Ph.D., Florida State
Professor of Physics
University; Teaching Professor of EPICS and Geology and Geological
Engineering
ALEX T. FLOURNOY, 2006-B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, M.S.,
Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder; Teaching Professor of Physics
G. GUSTAVE GREIVEL, 1994-B.S., M.S., Colorado School of Mines;
Teaching Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics
HUGH KING, 1993-B.S., Iowa State University; M.S. New York
University; M.D., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., University of
Colorado; Teaching Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering/
BELS
JAMES V. JESUDASON, 2002-B.A. Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D.,
Harvard University; Teaching Professor of Liberal Arts and International
Studies
ROBERT KLIMEK, 1996-B.A., St. Mary’s of the Barrens College;
M.Div., DeAndreis Theological Institute; M.A. University of Denver; D.A.,
University of Northern Colorado; Teaching Professor of Liberal Arts and
International Studies
ROBERT KNECHT, 1978-B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines;
Teaching Professor of EPICS
PATRICK B. KOHL, 2007-B.S., Western Washington University; Ph. D.
University of Colorado; Teaching Professor of Physics
H. VINCENT KUO, 2006-B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Minnesota;
Teaching Professor of Physics
TONI LEFTON, 1998-B.A., Florida State University; M.A., Northern
Arizona University; Teaching Professor of Liberal Arts and International
Studies
RICHARD PASSAMANECK, 2004-B.S., M.S., University of California,
Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of Southern California; Teaching
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
CYNDI RADER, 1991-B.S., M.S., Wright State University; Ph.D.,
University of Colorado; Teaching Professor of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science
TODD RUSKELL, 1999-B.A., Lawrence University; M.S., Ph.D.,
University of Arizona; Teaching Professor of Physics
CHRISTIAN SHOREY, 2005-B.S., University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D.,
University of Iowa; Teaching Professor of Geology and Geological
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Teaching Associate Professor
KEITH HELLMAN,2009-B.S., The University of Chicago; M.S. Colorado
School of Mines; Teaching Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science
LINDA A. BATTALORA, 2006-B.S., M.S., Colorado School of Mines;
J.D., Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; Teaching Associate
CORTNEY E. HOLLES, 2010-B.A., Wayne State University; M.A.,
Professor of Petroleum Engineering
University of Northern Colorado; Teaching Associate Professor of Liberal
Arts and International Studies
GERALD R. BOURNE, 2011-B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Florida;
Teaching Associate Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
SCOTT HOUSER, 2007-B.S., Colorado State University; B.S., University
of Southern Colorado; M.S., Ph.D, University of Wisconsin-Madison:
RANDY BOWER, 2013-B.A., University of Northern Iowa; M.S., Ph.D,
Teaching Associate Professor of Economics and Business
Iowa State University; Teaching Associate Professor of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science
PATRICK B. KOHL, 2007-B.S., Western Washington University; Ph. D.
University of Colorado; Teaching Associate Professor of Physics
TERRY BRIDGMAN, 2003-B.S., Furman University; M.S., University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Teaching Associate Professor of Applied
H. VINCENT KUO, 2006-B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Minnesota;
Mathematics and Statistics
Teaching Associate Professor of Physics
KRISTINE E. CALLAN, 2013-M.S., Ph.D., Duke University; Teaching
BECKY A. LAFRANCOIS, 2013-B.S., Bryant University; M.A., Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Physics
Syracuse University; Teaching Associate Professor of Economics and
Business
DEBRA CARNEY, 2012-B.S., University of Vermont; Ph.D., University
of Maryland; Teaching Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics and
CARRIE J. MCCLELLAND, 2012-B.S., Colorado School of Mines;
Statistics
M.S., Ph.D., University of Colorado; Teaching Associate Professor of
Petroleum Engineering
JOHN P. CHANDLER, 2006-B.A., Transylvania University; M.A., East
Carolina University; Ph.D., Penn State University; Teaching Associate
DAN MILLER, 2009-B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder; Ph.D.,
Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
University of Iowa; Teaching Associate Professor and Assistant Division
Director of Liberal Arts and International Studies
STEPHANIE A. CLAUSSEN, 2012-B.E., Massachusetts Institute of
Technology; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University; Teaching Associate
MARK MILLER, 1996-B.S., Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines; Teaching
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering
JONATHAN H. CULLISON, 2010-B.A., University of South Florida; M.A.,
RACHEL MORRISH, 2010-B.S.c., Colorado School of Mines, Ph.D.
University of Denver; Teaching Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and
University of Arizona; Teaching Associate Professor of Chemical and
International Studies
Biological Engineering
HOLLY EKLUND, 2009-BA, Marquette University; M.S., Colorado School
MIKE NICHOLAS, 2012-B.A., B.S., University of Utah; M.S., Ph.D., Duke
of Mines; Teaching Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics and
University; Teaching Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics and
Statistics
Statistics
RENEE L. FALCONER, 2012-B.S., Grove City College; Ph.D., University
CYNTHIA NORRGRAN, 2008-B.S., University of Minnesota; M.D.,
of South Carolina; Teaching Associate Professor of Chemistry and
University of Nevada, Reno; Teaching Associate Professor of Chemical
Geochemistry
and Biological Engineering/BELS
PAULA A. FARCA, 2010-B.A., M.A., West University of Timisoara,
PAUL OGG, 2007-B.A., Albion College; Ph.D., University of Iowa;
Romania; M.A., Oklahoma State University; Ph.D., Oklahoma State
Teaching Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering/
University; Teaching Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and International
BELS
Studies
CHRISTOPHER R. PAINTER-WAKEFIELD, 2013-B.S., Wake Forest
ALEX T. FLOURNOY, 2006-B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, M.S.,
University; Ph.D., Duke University; Teaching Associate Professor of
Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder; Teaching Associate Professor of
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Physics
ROSE A. PASS, 2006-A.B, M.A. Boston College; Teaching Associate
JASON C. GANLEY, 2012-B.S., University of Missouri Rolla; M.S., Ph.D.,
Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies
University of Illinois; Teaching Associate Professor of Chemical and
Biological Engineering
JOHN PERSICHETTI, 1997-B.S., University of Colorado; M.S., Colorado
School of Mines; Teaching Associate Professor of Chemical and
TRACY Q. GARDNER, 1996-B.Sc., 1998-M.Sc., Colorado School of
Biological Engineering
Mines; Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, Teaching Associate
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
JEFFREY SCHOWALTER, 2009-B.S., M.S., Air Force Institute of
Technology; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Teaching Associate
JOY M. GODESIABOIS, 2008-B.S, Colorado State University, M.B.A.,
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Southern Methodist University, Ph.D., University of Colorado; Teaching
Associate Professor of Economics and Business

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CHRISTIAN SHOREY, 2005-B.S., University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D.,
University of Iowa; Teaching Associate Professor of Geology and
Geological Engineering
JOHN STERMOLE, 1988-B.S., University of Denver; M.S., Colorado
School of Mines; Teaching Associate Professor of Economics and
Business
JENNIFER STRONG, 2009-B.S., M.S., Colorado School of Mines;
Teaching Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics
CANDACE S. SULZBACH, 1983-B.S., Colorado School of Mines;
Teaching Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
REBECCA SWANSON, 2012-B.A., Dakota Wecleyan University; M.A.,
Ph.D., Indiana University; Teaching Associate Professor of Applied
Mathematics and Statistics
ROMAN TANKELEVICH, 2003-B.S., M.S., Moscow Physics Engineering
Institute; Ph.D., Moscow Energy Institute; Teaching Associate Professor
of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
NATALIE VAN TYNE, 2008-B.S., Rutgers University, M.S., M.B.A.,
Lehigh University; M.S., Colorado School of Mines; Program Director and
Teaching Associate Professor of EPICS
ALEXANDRA WAYLLACE, 2008-B.S., M.S., Colorado School of Mines;
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia; Teaching Associate Professor of
Civil and Environmental Engineering

176 Directory of the School
Teaching Assistant Professors
YONG J. BAKOS, 2012-B.A., Northwestern University; M.S., Regis
University; Teaching Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science
ALLISON G. CASTER, 2013-B.S, University of South Dakota; Ph.D.,
University of California - Berkeley; Teaching Assistant Professor of
Chemistry and Geochemistry
ED A. DEMPSEY, 2007-Electronics Technician Diploma, DeVry
Technical Institute; Teaching Assistant Professor of Chemistry and
Geochemistry
ANN DOZORETZ, 2004-B.S., University of Denver; M.S., Colorado
School of Mines; Teaching Assistant Professor of Economics and
Business
SARAH J. HITT, 2012-Ph.D., University of Denver; M.A., DePaul
University; B.A., MacMurray College; Teaching Assistant Professor of
Liberal Arts and International Studies
ELIZABETH A. HOLLEY, 2012-B.A., Pomona College; M.S. University of
Otago; Ph.D. Colorado School of Mines; Teaching Assistant Professor of
Geology and Geological Engineering
MARTIN SPANN, 2006-B.S., National University; Teaching Assistant
Professor of EPICS


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Library Faculty
PATRICIA E. ANDERSEN, 2002-Associate Diploma of the Library
Association of Australia, Sydney, Australia; Assistant Librarian
CHRISTINE BAKER, 2006-B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst;
M.L.S., Emporia State University; Assistant Librarian
PAMELA M. BLOME, 2002-B.A., University of Nebraska; M.A.L.S.,
University of Arizona, Tucson; Assistant Librarian
JULIE CARMEN, 2009-B.A., St. Mary of the Plains College; M.L.S.,
Emporia State University; Research Librarian
LISA DUNN, 1991-B.S., University of Wisconsin-Superior; M.A.,
Washington University; M.L.S., Indiana University; Librarian
LAURA A. GUY, 2000-B.A., University of Minnesota; M.L.S., University of
Wisconsin; Librarian
JOANNE V. LERUD-HECK, 1989-B.S.G.E., M.S., University of North
Dakota; M.A., University of Denver; Librarian and Director of Library
LISA S. NICKUM, 1994-B.A., University of New Mexico; M.S.L.S.,
University of North Carolina; Associate Librarian
CHRISTOPHER J. J. THIRY, 1995-B.A., M.I.L.S., University of Michigan;
Associate Librarian
LIA VELLA, 2011-B.A,, University of Rochester; Ph.D., University of
Buffalo; M.L.I.S., University of Washington; Assistant Librarian
HEATHER WHITEHEAD, 2001-B.S., University of Alberta; M.L.I.S.,
University of Western Ontario; Associate Librarian


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Coaches/Athletics Faculty
ARTHUR SIEMERS, 2004-B.S., Illinois State University-Normal, M.S.,
University of Colorado-Boulder, Instructor and Head Track and Field and
Cross Country Coach
SATYEN BHAKTA, 2011-B.A., Temple University; Instructor and
Assistant Football Coach
BRITTNEY SIMPSON, 2008-B.S., Mesa State College, M.B.A., University
of Colorado at Colorado Springs; Instructor and Assistant Women’s
STEPHANIE BEGLAY, 2007-B.S., Loras College, M.A., Minnesota State
Basketball Coach
University at Mankato; Assistant Athletics Trainer
JAMIE L. SKADELAND, 2007-B.S., University of North Dakota, M.A.,
BOB BENSON, 2008-B.A., University of Vermont, M.Ed, University of
Minnesota State University at Mankato; Head Volleyball Coach
Albany; Instructor and Associate Head Football Coach
ROBERT A. STITT, 2000- B.A., Doane College; M.A., University of
ARDEL J. BOES, B.A., St. Ambrose College; M.S., Ph.D., Purdue
Northern Colorado; Head Football Coach
University; Emeritus Professor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
and Co-Head Cross Country Coach
NOLAN SWETT, 2010-B.A., Colorado College, Instructor and Assistant
Football Coach
W. SCOTT CAREY, 2011-B.S., Tarleton State University; M.S.,
Northeastern State University; Instructor and Assistant Football Coach
ROB THOMPSON, 2004-B.A., Bowling Green State University, M.A.,
Bowling Green State University; Instructor and Director of the Outdoor
CLEMENT GRINSTEAD, 2001-B.A., B.S. Coe College; Instructor and
Recreation Center
Assistant Football Coach

KRISTIE HAWKINS, 2010-B.S., University of Maine; Instructor and Head
Softball Coach
JOHN HOWARD,2005-B.S., M.S., Western Illinois University; Director of
Intramural and Club Sports
JOSHUA HUTCHENS, 2007-B.S. Purdue, M.S. James Madison;
Instructor and Co-Head Wrestling Coach
GREGORY JENSEN, 2000-B.S., M.S., Colorado State University;
Instructor and Assistant Trainer
TYLER KIMBLE, 2007-B.S., Colorado State University; Instructor and
Head Golf Coach
FRANK KOHLENSTEIN, 1998-B.S., Florida State University; M.S.,
Montana State University; Instructor and Head Soccer Coach
PAULA KRUEGER, 2003-B.S, M.S., Northern State University Head
Women’s Basketball Coach
ADAM LONG, 2010-B.S., M.S., Northwest Missori State University;
Instructor and Assistant Football Coach
JENNIFER MCINTOSH, 1996-B.S., Russell Sage College, M.S.,
Chapman University; Head Athletic Trainer
GREG MULHOLLAND, 2007-B.S., Millersville University, M.S., University
of Colorado at Denver; Instructor and Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach
JERRID OATES, 2004-B.S., Nebraska Wesleyan University, M.S., Fort
Hayes State University; Instructor and Head Baseball Coach
PRYOR ORSER, 2002- B.S., M.A., Montana State University; Instructor
and Head Men’s Basketball Coach
HEATHER ROBERTS, 2008- B.S., William Woods University, M.S.,
Bemidji State University; Instructor and Assistant Volleyball Coach
NATHAN ROTHMAN, 2008-B.A., University of Colorado; Instructor and
Head Swimming and Diving Coach
BRAD J. SCHICK, 2007-B.A., University of Northern Colorado; M.S.
University of Nebraska at Omaha; Instructor and Assistant Men’s
Basketball Coach

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Index
I
In-State Tuition Classification Status ..................................................... 20
Independent Studies .............................................................................. 26
A
Interdisciplinary .....................................................................................139
Academic Calendar ..................................................................................4
Interdisciplinary Programs ....................................................................134
Academic Regulations ........................................................................... 21
Administration Executive Staff ............................................................. 158
L
Leave of Absence & Parental Leave ..................................................... 18
Admission to the Graduate School .......................................................... 8
Liberal Arts and International Studies ....................................................99
Applied Mathematics & Statistics ...........................................................41
Library Faculty ......................................................................................177
Assistant Professors ............................................................................ 171
Associate Professors ........................................................................... 168
M
Materials Science .................................................................................142
B
Mechanical Engineering ......................................................................... 66
Board of Trustees ................................................................................ 156
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering .............................................. 126
C
Mining Engineering .............................................................................. 104
Chemical and Biological Engineering .................................................. 117
Chemistry and Geochemistry ...............................................................121
N
Non-Degree Students ............................................................................ 27
Civil & Environmental Engineering .........................................................45
Nuclear Engineering .............................................................................145
Coaches/Athletics Faculty .................................................................... 178
College of Applied Science and Engineering .......................................117
P
Petroleum Engineering .........................................................................110
College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering .......................... 71
Physics ................................................................................................. 130
College of Engineering & Computational Sciences ................................41
Policies and Procedures ...................................................................... 150
D
Professors ............................................................................................ 165
Directory of the School ........................................................................ 156
Public Access to Graduate Thesis .........................................................28
E
Economics and Business .......................................................................71
R
Registration and Tuition Classification ................................................... 15
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science .......................................... 54
Emeriti .................................................................................................. 161
S
Student Life at CSM .............................................................................. 10
Emeritus Members of BOT .................................................................. 157
Engineering Systems ............................................................................. 64
T
Teaching Assistant Professors .............................................................176
G
Teaching Associate Professor ............................................................. 174
General Information ................................................................................. 5
Teaching Professors ............................................................................ 173
Geochemistry ....................................................................................... 134
The Graduate School ...............................................................................7
Geology and Geological Engineering .................................................... 80
Tuition, Fees, Financial Assistance ....................................................... 31
Geophysics .............................................................................................92
Graduate .................................................................................................. 3
U
Underground Construction & Tunneling ...............................................148
Graduate Departments and Programs ................................................... 33
Unsatisfactory Academic Performance .................................................. 29
Graduate Grading System ..................................................................... 22
Graduation ..............................................................................................25
Graduation Requirements ...................................................................... 17
H
Home ........................................................................................................2
Hydrologic Science and Engineering ................................................... 137

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