ME-Engineer of Mines;MS-Mining and Earth Systems Engineering;
The Department has two distinctive, but inherently interwoven specialties. The Mining Engineering specialty is predominantly for mining engineers and it is directed towards the traditional mining engineering fields. Graduate work is normally centered around subject areas such as mine planning and development and computer-aided mine design, rock mechanics, operations research applied to the mineral industry, mine mechanization, mine evaluation, finance and management and similar mining engineering topics. The Earth Systems Engineering specialty is designed to be distinctly interdisciplinary by merging the mining engineering fundamentals with civil, geotechnical, environmental or other engineering into advanced study tracks in earth (rock) systems, rock mechanics and earth (rock) structural systems, underground excavation, and construction systems. Graduate work is normally centered around subject areas such as site characterization, environmental aspects, underground construction and tunneling (including microtunneling), excavation methods and equipment, mechanization of mines and underground construction, environmental and management aspects, modeling and design in geoengineering.
Colorado School of Mines is accredited through the doctoral degree by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association.
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