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:

CORE Course Work 30.0
GEGN599 INDEPENDENT STUDY 6.0
Total Semester Hrs 36.0

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:

GEGN403 MINERAL EXPLORATION DESIGN 3.0
GEGN439 MULTIDISCIPLINARY PETROLEUM DESIGN 3.0
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 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 3.0
GEGN599 INDEPENDENT STUDY 6.0

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 underpinnings of the degree. An intense program at CSM involving 18 credit hours each semester including Statics in the fall and Fluid Mechanics in the spring and 9 credits in the 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 towards a Masters 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:

GEGN467 GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING 4.0
GEGN468 ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND GEOTECHNICS 4.0
GEGN532 GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS 3.0
GEGN570 CASE HISTORIES IN GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING AND HYDROGEOLOGY 3.0
or GEGN571 ADVANCED ENGINEERING GEOLOGY
GEGN573 GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SITE INVESTIGATION 3.0
GEGN599 INDEPENDENT STUDY 6.0
GEGN671 LANDSLIDES: INVESTIGATION, ANALYSIS & MITIGATION 3.0
or GEGN672 ADVANCED GEOTECHNICS
GE ELECT Electives * 10.0
Total Semester Hrs 36.0
*

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 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 (non-thesis) 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:

GEGN466 GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING 3.0
GEGN532 GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS (Fall) 3.0
GEGN681 VADOSE ZONE HYDROLOGY (Fall ) 3.0
or GEGN581 ANALYTICAL HYDROLOGY
GEGN509 INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS GEOCHEMISTRY (Fall or Spring) 3.0
or CEEN550 PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY
GEGN583 MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF GROUNDWATER SYSTEMS (Spring) 3.0
GEGN470 GROUND-WATER ENGINEERING DESIGN (Spring) 3.0
or CEEN575 HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE REMEDIATION
GEGN575 APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (Fall/Spring) 3.0
GEGN599 INDEPENDENT STUDY Summer 6.0
GE ELECT Electives * 9.0
Total Semester Hrs 36.0
*

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 (non-thesis) 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 AND GEOTECHNICS 4.0
or GEGN467 GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
GEGN532 GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS 3.0
GEOL515 ADVANCED MINERAL DEPOSITS 3.0
Selected Topics 2-4
SELECTED TOPICS (Surface Mine Design OR)  
SELECTED TOPICS (Underground Mine Design)  
GE ELECT Elective * 3.0
GEOL505 ADVANCED STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY 3.0
GEOL520 NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE GEOLOGY AND EXPLORATION OF ORE DEPOSITS 3.0
GE ELECT Elective * 6.0
GEGN599 INDEPENDENT STUDY 6.0
Total Semester Hrs 33-35
*

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.

The Master of Science Degree Program in Geological Engineering requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of course and project/research credit hours (a maximum of 9 credit hours may be 400-level course work), plus a Graduate Thesis. The degree includes three areas of specialization (engineering geology/geotechnics, groundwater engineering, and mining geological engineering) with common requirements as follows:

GEGN532 GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS 3.0
GEGN707 GRADUATE THESIS/DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT (minimum) 12.0
GEGN Course work, approved by the thesis committee 24.0
Total Semester Hrs 39.0

The content of the thesis is to be determined by the student’s advisory committee in consultation with the student. The Masters thesis must demonstrate creative and comprehensive ability in the development or application of geological engineering principles. The format of the thesis will follow the guidelines described under the Thesis Writer’s Guide.

In addition to the common course requirements, the Master of Science degree with specialization in Engineering Geology/Geotechnics requires:

GEGN467 GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING 4.0
GEGN468 ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND GEOTECHNICS 4.0
GEGN570 CASE HISTORIES IN GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING AND HYDROGEOLOGY 3.0
Select at least two of the following: 6.0
ADVANCED ENGINEERING GEOLOGY  
GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SITE INVESTIGATION  
LANDSLIDES: INVESTIGATION, ANALYSIS & MITIGATION  
ADVANCED GEOTECHNICS  
Total Semester Hrs 17.0

Typically, the additional courses are selected from the following topical areas: engineering geology, groundwater engineering, groundwater modeling, soil mechanics and foundations, rock mechanics, underground construction, seismic hazards, geomorphology, geographic information systems, construction management, finite element modeling, waste management, environmental engineering, environmental law, engineering management, and computer programming.

In addition to the common course requirements, the Master of Science degree with specialization in Ground Water also requires the following courses:

GEGN467 GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING 4.0
GEGN468 ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND GEOTECHNICS 4.0
GEGN583 MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF GROUNDWATER SYSTEMS 3.0
2 Courses Selected as Follows: 6.0
PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY  
CHEMICAL FATE AND TRANSPORT IN THE ENVIRONMENT  
INTRODUCTION TO AQUEOUS GEOCHEMISTRY  
ANALYTICAL HYDROLOGY  
Total Semester Hrs 17.0

As nearly all ground water software is written in Fortran, if the student does not know Fortran, a Fortran course must be taken before graduation, knowledge of other computer languages is encouraged.

In addition to the common course requirements, the Master of Science degree with specialization in Mining Geologyalso requires:

Specialty Areas (minimum) 17.0
Total Semester Hrs 17.0

This will include about 5–6 courses (predominantly at 500 and 600 level) selected by the student in conjunction with the Masters program advisory committee. Specialty areas might include: mineral deposits geology, mineral exploration, mining geology, mineral processing, applied geophysics, applied geochemistry, engineering geology, environmental geology, geostatistics, geographic information systems, environmental or exploration and mining law, engineering economics/ management, and computer sciences.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Geological Engineering) degree requires a minimum of 72 hours course work and research combined. Requirements include the same courses as for the Master of Science (Geological Engineering) with the additions noted below. After completing all coursework and an admission to candidacy application, the Dissertation is completed under GEGN707 Graduate Research. The content of the dissertation is to be determined by the student’s advisory committee in consultation with the student. The dissertation must make a new contribution to the geological engineering profession. The format of the dissertation will follow the guidelines described under the Thesis Writer’s Guide. A minimum of 24 research credits must be taken. Up to 24 course credit hours may be awarded by the candidate’s Doctoral Thesis Advisory Committee for completion of a Master of Science degree (at CSM or elsewhere).

In addition to the common course requirements, a PhD specializing in Engineering Geology/Geotechnics requires additional course work tailored to the student’s specific interests and approved by the doctoral program committee. (Typically, the additional courses are selected from the following topical areas: engineering geology, groundwater engineering, groundwater modeling, soil mechanics and foundations, rock mechanics, underground construction, seismic hazards, geomorphology, geographic information systems, construction management, finite element modeling, waste management, environmental engineering, environmental law, engineering management, and computer programming.)

In addition to the common course requirements listed previously, a PhD specializing in Ground Water also requires:

GEGN581 ANALYTICAL HYDROLOGY 3.0
GEGN669 ADVANCED TOPICS IN ENGINEERING HYDROGEOLOGY 1-2
GEGN681 VADOSE ZONE HYDROLOGY 3.0
GEGN683 ADVANCED GROUND WATER MODELING 3.0

and additional course work tailored to the student’s specific interests, which are likely to include chemistry, engineering, environmental science, geophysics, math (particularly Partial Differential Equations), microbiology, organic chemistry, contaminant transport, soil physics, optimization, shallow resistivity or seismic methods. The student’s advisory committee has the authority to approve elective courses and any substitutions for required courses.

In addition to the common course requirements, a PhD specializing in Mining Geology also requires:

GEGN468 ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND GEOTECHNICS 4.0
or GEGN467 GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
GEOL505 ADVANCED STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY 3.0
GEOL515 ADVANCED MINERAL DEPOSITS 3.0
GEOL520 NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE GEOLOGY AND EXPLORATION OF ORE DEPOSITS 3.0
MNGN523 SELECTED TOPICS (Surface Mine Design or Underground Mine Design) 2.0
Total Semester Hrs 15.0

Additional course work suited to the student’s specific interests and approved by the doctoral program committee. (Typically, the additional courses are selected from the following topical areas: mineral deposits geology, mineral exploration, mining geology, mineral processing, applied geophysics, applied geochemistry, engineering geology, environmental geology, geostatistics, geographic information systems, environmental or exploration and mining law, engineering economics/management, and computer sciences).

Geochemistry

The Geochemistry Program is an interdisciplinary graduate program administered by the departments of Geology and Geological Engineering and Chemistry and Geochemistry. The geochemistry faculty from each department are responsible for the operations of the program. Student reside in either Department. Please see the Geochemistry section of the Bulletin for detailed information on this degree program.

Hydrologic Science and Engineering

The Hydrologic Science and Engineering (HSE) Program is an interdisciplinary graduate program comprised of faculty from several different CSM departments. Please see the Hydrologic Science and Engineering section of the Bulletin for detailed information on this degree program.

Qualifying Examination

Ph.D. students in Geology, Geological Engineering, Geochemistry, and Hydrologic Science and Engineering must pass a qualifying examination by the end of the second year of their programs. This timing may be adjusted for part-time students. This examination will be administered by the student’s Doctoral committee and will consist of an oral and a written examination, administered in a format to be determined by the Doctoral Committee. Two negative votes in the Doctoral Committee constitute failure of the examination. In case of failure of the qualifying examination, a re-examination may be given upon the recommendation of the Doctoral Committee and approval of the Graduate Dean. Only one re-examination may be given.