Engineering, Design, and Society

Degrees

  •  Master of Science in Humanitarian Engineering and Science (Thesis and Non-Thesis options)
  • Graduate Certificate in Humanitarian Engineering and Science

Program Description

The mission of the Division of Engineering, Design, and Society (EDS) is to engage in research, education, and outreach that inspires and empowers engineers and applied scientists to become innovative and impactful leaders in sociotechnical problem definition, solution, and design who can address the challenges of attaining a sustainable global society.

The MS degrees in Humanitarian Engineering and Science (HES) are a Professional MS (non-thesis) and a thesis-based MS. These degrees are targeted to recent graduates or mid-career professionals with a BS in science and engineering who are interested in careers, research opportunities and/or acquiring skills that will help them work effectively in both HES and non-HES contexts. The degrees will include a core HES curriculum plus an approved stream of related courses in a traditional science or engineering discipline.

Master of Science (Non-thesis)

To obtain the minimum 30 credits for the non-thesis option, students must satisfy the following program requirements: (1) 12 credits of required HES courses; (2) 3 credits of approved elective classes; and (3) minimum 15 credits of classes approved by the affiliated department.

HES courses (15 credits):
EDNS577ADVANCED ENGINEERING AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT3.0
EDNS479ENGINEERS ENGAGING COMMUNITIES3.0
EDNS590RISKS IN HUMANITARIAN ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE3.0
EDNS580HUMANITARIAN ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE CAPSTONE PRACTICUM3.0
ELECTIVES 3 credit hours of approved electives from list3.0
Approved electives list:  (partial list):
EDNS430CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY3.0
EDNS475ENGINEERING CULTURES IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD3.0
EDNS478ENGINEERING AND SOCIAL JUSTICE3.0
EDNS480ANTHROPOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENT3.0
HASS425INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION3.0
HASS525ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION3.0
HASS565SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY3.0
MNGN482MINE MANAGEMENT3.0
MNGN503MINING TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT3.0
MNGN510FUNDAMENTALS OF MINING AND MINERAL RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT3.0
MNGN565MINE RISK MANAGEMENT3.0
MNGN567SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND EARTH RESOURCES3.0
MNGN571ENERGY, NATURAL RESOURCES, AND SOCIETY3.0
PEGN530ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND SUSTAINABILITY3.0
CEEN401LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT3.0
CEEN472ONSITE WATER RECLAMATION AND REUSE3.0
CEEN477SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING DESIGN3.0
CEEN479AIR POLLUTION3.0
CEEN475/575SITE REMEDIATION ENGINEERING3.0
CEEN556MINING AND THE ENVIRONMENT3.0
CEEN570WATER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT3.0
CEEN573RECLAMATION OF DISTURBED LANDS3.0
CEEN576POLLUTION PREVENTION: FUNDAMENTALS AND PRACTICE3.0
CEEN580CHEMICAL FATE AND TRANSPORT IN THE ENVIRONMENT3.0
CEEN581WATERSHED SYSTEMS MODELING3.0
CEEN592ENVIRONMENTAL LAW3.0

Affiliated Department Courses.

Stream 1: Geophysics (GPGN) courses (15 credits):

GPGN577HUMANITARIAN GEOPHYSICS3.0
GPGN533GEOPHYSICAL DATA INTEGRATION & GEOSTATISTICS3.0
GPGN570APPLICATIONS OF SATELLITE REMOTE SENSING3.0
GPGN574ADVANCED HYDROGEOPHYSICS3.0
Approved electives list:
GPGN509PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES AND PROCESSES IN ROCK, SOILS, AND FLUIDS3.0
GPGN511ADVANCED GRAVITY AND MAGNETIC METHODS4.0
GPGN520ELECTRICAL AND ELECTROMAGNETIC EXPLORATION3.0
GPGN530APPLIED GEOPHYSICS3.0
GPGN555EARTHQUAKE SEISMOLOGY3.0
GPGN561SEISMIC DATA PROCESSING3.0
GPGN605INVERSION THEORY3.0
Other GPGN 500- or 600-level courses as approved by the GNGN program coordinator

Master of Science (Thesis)

To obtain the minimum 30 credits for the thesis option, students must satisfy the following program requirements: (1) 12 credits of required HES courses; (2) a minimum of 12 credits of approved affiliated department classes, and (3) 6 credits of MS thesis research on a thesis topic approved by the HES Director and affiliated department to make a total of 18 credits as illustrated below. 

HES courses (12 credits in addition to the 6 credit hour thesis):

EDNS577ADVANCED ENGINEERING AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT3.0
EDNS479ENGINEERS ENGAGING COMMUNITIES3.0
EDNS590RISKS IN HUMANITARIAN ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE3.0
ELECTIVES 3 credits of approved electives from list3.0

Affiliated Department Courses

Stream 1: Geophysics (GPGN) courses and thesis:  18 credit hours from:

GPGN577HUMANITARIAN GEOPHYSICS3.0
GPGN533GEOPHYSICAL DATA INTEGRATION & GEOSTATISTICS3.0
GPGN570APPLICATIONS OF SATELLITE REMOTE SENSING3.0
GPGN574ADVANCED HYDROGEOPHYSICS3.0
GPGN707GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT6.0

Mines' Combined Undergraduate / Graduate Degree Program

Students enrolled in Mines' combined undergraduate/graduate program (meaning uninterrupted registration from the time the student earns a Mines undergraduate degree to the time the student begins a Mines graduate degree) may double count up to six hours of credits which were used in fulfilling the requirements of their undergraduate degree at Mines, towards their graduate program. Any courses that count towards the graduate degree requirements as either "Required Coursework" or "Elective Coursework", as defined below, may be used for the purposes of double counting at the discretion of the advisor (MS Non-Thesis) or thesis committee (MS Thesis or Ph.D.). These courses must have been passed with a "B-" or better and meet all other University, Department, Division, and Program requirements for graduate credit.

Graduate Certificate

This option is for graduate students who are interested in HES-related topics yet do not have the inclination to complete a full MS degree program. To obtain a graduate certificate, students must complete the following twelve (12) credits:

HES courses (12 credits):

EDNS577ADVANCED ENGINEERING AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT3.0
EDNS479ENGINEERS ENGAGING COMMUNITIES3.0
EDNS590RISKS IN HUMANITARIAN ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE3.0
ELECTIVES 3 credits of approved electives from list above3.0

Courses

EDNS577. ADVANCED ENGINEERING AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. 3.0 Semester Hrs.

Equivalent with LAIS577,
Analyzes the relationship between engineering and sustainable community development (SCD) from historical, political, ethical, cultural, and practical perspectives. Students will study and analyze different dimensions of sustainability, development, and "helping", and the role that engineering might play in each. Will include critical explorations of strengths and limitations of dominant methods in engineering problem solving, design and research for working in SCD. Through case-studies, students will analyze and evaluate projects in SCD and develop criteria for their evaluation. 3 hours lecture and discussion; 3 semester hours.

EDNS580. HUMANITARIAN ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE CAPSTONE PRACTICUM. 3.0 Semester Hrs.

(I, II, S) This course allows students to practice the concepts, theories and methods learned in HES courses with the goal of making relevant their academic training to real world problems. This practicum can be achieved through a number of possibilities approved by HES director, including supervision and/or shadowing in HES-related activities, engaging in a social enterprise where they do problem definition, impact gap analysis and layout a business canvas, and designing and carrying out a project or fieldwork of their own, etc. Prerequisite: EDNS570, EDNS479. 3 hours research; 3 semester hours.

EDNS590. RISKS IN HUMANITARIAN ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE. 3.0 Semester Hrs.

(I) This course provides students with opportunities learn about risk and ways of analyzing engineering and scientific projects in relation to risks, and to develop multiple mitigation steps. The students will learn tools to develop their own designs while also evaluating associated risks along multiple dimensions and searching out synergies. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

EDNS598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGINEERING DESIGN & SOCIETY. 6.0 Semester Hrs.

(I, II, S) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only once, but no more than twice for the same course content. Prerequisite: none. Variable credit: 0 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.

EDNS599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.

(I, II, S) 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: 0.5 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different topics/experience and maximums vary by department. Contact the Department for credit limits toward the degree.