Master of Engineering in Geological Engineering

The Master of Engineering (Non-Thesis) Program in Geological Engineering outlined below may be completed by individuals already holding undergraduate or advanced degrees or as a combined degree program (see Graduate Degrees and Requirements section of this bulletin) by individuals already matriculated as undergraduate students at The Colorado School of Mines. The program is comprised of 36 credit hours with 30 course credit hours and 6 credit hours of independent study (GEGN 599). Up to nine credit hours can be at the 400 level and the remainder will be 500 or 600 level. For the combined degree program, courses recommended as appropriate for double counting may be chosen from GEGN 403, 439, 469, and 470. 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 of specialization (engineering geology/geotechnics, ground-water engineering, and mining geological engineering).

All Master of Engineering (Non-Thesis) program will include the following core requirements:

  • GEGN532 Geological Data Analysis (3)
  • GEGN599 Independent Study in Geological Engineering (6)

GEGN599 requires a project and report that demonstrate competence in the application of geological engineering principles that merits a grade of B or better. The project topic and content of the report is determined by the student’s advisor, in consultation with the student, and is approved by the Geological Engineering Graduate Program Committee. The format of the report will follow the guidelines for a professional journal paper.

The student, in consultation with the advisor, must prepare a formal program of courses and independent study topic for approval by the Geological Engineering Graduate Program Committee. The program must be submitted to the committee on or before the end of the first week of classes of the first semester.

The most common difficulty in scheduling completion of the degree involves satisfaction of prerequisites. Common deficiency courses are Statics, Mechanics of Materials, and Fluid Mechanics. These are essential to the engineering under pinnings of the degree. An intense program at CSM involv ing 18 credit hours each semester including Statics in the fall and Fluid Mechanics in the spring and 9 credits in the summer including Mechanics of Materials, allows these classes to be taken along with the standard program. Some students may choose to take these prerequisites elsewhere before arriving on the CSM campus.

Engineering Geology/Geotechnics Specialty (Non-Thesis)

Students working toward a Master of Engineering (non-thesis) with specialization in Engineering Geology/Geotechnics must meet the prerequisite course requirements listed later in this section. Required courses for the degree are:

  • GEGN468 Engineering Geology & Geotechnics (4)
  • GEGN467 Groundwater Engineering (4)
  • GEGN532 Geological Data Analysis (3)
  • GEGN570 Case Histories in Engineering Geology (3), or
  • GEGN571 Advanced Engineering Geology (3)
  • GEGN573 Geological Engineering Site Investigation (3)
  • GEGN599 Independent Study in Geological Engineering (6)
  • GEGN671 Landslides: Investigation, Analysis & Mitigation (3), or
  • GEGN672 Advanced Geotechnics (3)
  • Electives* (10)

*Electives and course substitutions are approved by the Geo logical Engineering Graduate Program Committee and must be consistent with the program specialization. As part of their elective courses, students are required to have an advanced course in both soil and rock engineering. Possibilities for other electives include graduate-level rock mechanics and rock engineering, soil mechanics and foundations, ground water, site characterization, geographical information systems (GIS), project management and geophysics, for example.

Ground Water Engineering/Hydrogeology Specialty (Non-Thesis)

Students working towards a Masters of Engineering (nonthesis) with specialization in Ground Water Engineering and Hydrogeology must meet the prerequisite course requirements listed later in this section. Required courses for the degree (36 hours) are:

  • GEGN467 Ground Water Engineering (3) Fall
  • GEGN532 Geological Data Analysis (3) Fall
  • GEGN681 Vadose Zone Hydrology (3) Fall, or
  • GEGN581 Advanced Hydrogeology (3) Fall
  • GEGN509 Aqueous Geochemistry (3) Fall, or
  • ESGN500 Environmental Water Chemistry (3) Fall or Spring
  • GEGN583 Mathematical Modeling of Ground Water Systems (3) Spring
  • GEGN470 Ground Water Engineering Design (3) Spring, or
  • ESGN575 Hazardous Waste Site Remediation (3) Spring
  • GEGN575 Applications of Geographic Information Systems (3) Fall or Spring
  • GEGN599 Independent Study in Geological Engineering (6) Summer
  • Electives* (9)

*Electives and course substitutions are approved by the Geological Engineering Graduate Program Committee and must be consistent with the program specialization. As part of their elective courses, students are required to have at least one additional advanced course in hydrogeochemistry. Possibilities for other electives include courses in site characterization, environmental science and engineering, geographical information systems (GIS), geochemistry, and geophysics, for example.

Mining Geological Engineering Specialty (Non-Thesis)

Students working towards a Masters of Engineering (nonthesis) with specialization in Mining Geology must meet the prerequisite course requirements listed later in this section. Required courses for the degree are:

  • GEGN468 Engineering Geology & Geotechnics (4), or
  • GEGN467 Groundwater Engineering (4)
  • GEGN532 Geological Data Analysis (3)
  • GEOL515 Advanced Mineral Deposits(3)
  • MNGN523. Special Topics-Surface Mine Design (2), or
  • MNGN523 Special Topics-Underground Mine Design (2)
  • Electives* (3)
  • GEOL516 New Developments in the Geology and Exploration of Ore Deposits (2)
  • GEGN518 Mineral Exploration (3) or
  • GEGN/MNGN528
  • Mining Geology (3)
  • GEGN505. Applied Structural Geology (3)
  • Electives* (6)
  • GEGN599 Independent Study in Geological Engineering (6)

*Electives and course substitutions are approved by the Geological Engineering Graduate Program Committee and must be consistent with the program specialization. Typically, the elective courses are selected from the following topical areas: mineral deposits geology, ore microscopy, applied geophysics, applied geochemistry, remote sensing, engineering geology, environmental geology, engineering economics / management, mineral processing, geostatistics, geographic information systems, environmental or exploration and mining law, and computers sciences.

Prerequisites

The candidate for the degree of Master of Engineering (Geological Engineer) must have completed the following or equivalent subjects. Graduate credit may be granted for courses at or above the 400 level, if approved by the student’s advisory committee.

Mathematics

  • Calculus (2 semesters)
  • One semester of any two of:
    • calculus III
    • differential equations
    • probability and statistics
    • numerical analysis
    • linear algebra
    • operations research
    • optimization

Basic Science

  • Chemistry (2 semesters)
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Physics (2 semesters)
  • Stratigraphy or Sedimentation
  • Physical Geology
  • Computer Programming or GIS

Engineering Science

  • Structural Geology
  • One semester in four of the following subjects:
    • Physical Chemistry or Thermodynamics
    • Statics
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Fluid Mechanics
    • Dynamics
    • Soil Mechanics
    • Rock Mechanics

Engineering Design

  • Field Geology
  • As part of the graduate program each student must take one semester in two of the following subjects if such courses were not taken for a previous degree:
    • Mineral Deposits/Economic Geology<
    • Hydrogeology
    • Engineering Geology
  • As part of the graduate program one semester in three of the following subjects if such courses were not taken for a previous degree:
    • Foundation Engineering
    • Engineering Hydrology
    • Geomorphology
    • Airphoto Interpretation, Photogeology, or Remote Sensing
    • Petroleum Geology
    • Introduction to Mining
    • Introductory Geophysics
    • Engineering Geology Design
    • Mineral Exploration Design
    • Groundwater Engineering Design

Other engineering design courses as approved by the program committee.

Documents and Forms

A number of important forms can be accessed in interactive form at the Office of Graduate Studies website. Several forms (e.g., Admission to Candidacy form) must be filled out at that website and printed for signatures and submittal. The Graduation Application form should be completed and submitted online.