Core Requirements

Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum at Mines forms the foundation for advanced study in the major fields. It is designed to give students the fundamental knowledge and skills they will need and put to use in their majors and in careers after graduation. Core courses provide students with fundamental technical, mathematical, and writing skills. In Core courses, students learn basic scientific procedures, principles, concepts, laws, and theories relevant to all applied sciences. In addition, Core courses in the humanities and social sciences help students develop interdisciplinary perspectives on the ethical, social, and cultural contexts within which engineering takes place.

The variety of courses in the Core Curriculum also provide students with opportunities to develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, design, and communication. Students who complete the Core are well prepared to be lifelong learners and leaders who can work effectively in an increasingly globalized world.

The Core Curriculum has three parts, the details of which can be found below. All CSM students complete the courses in the Common Core. Courses required in the Science Requirement and Engineering Requirement vary according to the major field of study. Finally, all students have a number of Free Elective courses.  Free Electives are usually taken in the last two years.

Refer to the Degree Requirements section for each major program under Undergraduate Programs and Departments for a listing of Core courses students should take each semester.

Overview: Core Course Requirements

Core & distributed course requirements for Bachelor of Science degrees are comprised of the following four groups:

  1. Core Curriculum - Students in all degree programs are required to complete all course requirements listed in this group.
  2. Humanities & Social Sciences (H&SS) Requirement - Students in all degree programs are required to complete all course requirements listed in this group.
  3. Distributed Science Requirement - Students in all degree programs are required to complete a minimum of three courses as prescribed by the specific degree program. 
  4. Engineering Requirement - Engineering Requirements are applicable to undergraduate students in engineering disciplines as specified by the degree program. See Department and Division program descriptions in this Catalog for specific courses required.

The Core Curriculum

Core requirements are applicable to all undergraduate students:

In Mathematics and the Basic Sciences
MATH111CALCULUS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS I4.0
MATH112CALCULUS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS II4.0
MATH213CALCULUS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS III4.0
MATH225DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS3.0
CHGN121PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I4.0
PHGN100PHYSICS I - MECHANICS4.5
In Design
EDNS151DESIGN I3.0
In Physical Activity (four separate semesters including the following) *
PAGN ElectivePHYSICAL ACTIVITY COURSE0.5
PAGN ElectivePHYSICAL ACTIVITY COURSE0.5
PAGN ElectivePHYSICAL ACTIVITY COURSE0.5
PAGN ElectivePHYSICAL ACTIVITY COURSE0.5
In Freshman Orientation & Success
CSM101FRESHMAN SUCCESS SEMINAR0.5
Free Electives **
Minimum of 9.0 Semester Hours9.0
Total Semester Hrs38.0

Humanities & Social Sciences (H&SS) Requirement

All Mines undergraduate students are required to satisfy a Humanities & Social Sciences (H&SS) Core requirement as one component of Mines' Core Curriculum. The H&SS Core requirement includes 19 credit hours of courses ranging from first-year to senior-level and offered by a variety of academic units across campus. The H&SS Core includes both specified and restricted-elective course requirements as described below.

Core Required Courses*

HASS100NATURE AND HUMAN VALUES4.0
HASS200GLOBAL STUDIES3.0
EBGN201PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS3.0
MID-LEVEL ELECTIVETwo courses from the approved list of requirements **6.0
400-LEVEL ELECTIVEOne course at the 400-level from the approved list of requirements **3.0
Total Semester Hrs19.0

Courses that satisfy the Humanities & Social Sciences (H&SS) Core Restricted Electives requirement are offered by several academic units. The various course codes and their respective academic division or department can be found in the table below:

Course Code Course Title
EBGN Economics & Business
EDNS Engineering, Design, and Society
HASS Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
HNRS Honors
LIFL Foreign Language
PEGN Petroleum Engineering

With the exception of HASS, LIFL and HNRS, not all courses with these codes count toward the Humanities & Social Sciences (H&SS) Core Restricted Electives requirement. 

The table below includes the complete list of courses satisfying the Humanities & Social Sciences (H&SS) requirement:

HASSXXX All HASS courses are eligible for Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) credit (see your advisor)
LIFLXXX All LIFL courses are eligible for Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) credit (see your advisor)
HNRSXXX All HNRS courses are eligible for Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) credit (see your advisor)
EBGN301INTERMEDIATE MICROECONOMICS3.0
EBGN302INTERMEDIATE MACROECONOMICS3.0
EBGN310ENVIRONMENTAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS3.0
EBGN320ECONOMICS AND TECHNOLOGY3.0
EBGN330ENERGY ECONOMICS3.0
EBGN340ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY3.0
EBGN401ADVANCED TOPICS IN ECONOMICS3.0
EBGN430ADVANCED ENERGY ECONOMICS3.0
EBGN434PROPERTY RIGHTS AND NATURAL RESOURCES3.0
EBGN437REGIONAL ECONOMICS3.0
EBGN441INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS3.0
EBGN443PUBLIC ECONOMICS3.0
EBGN470ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS3.0
EDNS315ENGINEERING FOR SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY3.0
EDNS375ENGINEERING CULTURES3.0
EDNS430CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY3.0
EDNS475ENGINEERING CULTURES IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD3.0
EDNS477ENGINEERING AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT3.0
EDNS478ENGINEERING AND SOCIAL JUSTICE3.0
EDNS479COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH3.0
EDNS480ANTHROPOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENT3.0
MNGN335COMMUNITIES AND NATURAL RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT3.0
PEGN430ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND SUSTAINABILITY3.0

Distributed Science Requirement

The Science Requirement is a minimum of three courses and is applicable to all undergraduate students as follows:

APPLIED MATH & STATISTICS
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS FOR ENGINEERS
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (SC1)
MOLECULAR ENGINEERING & MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
BIOCHEMISTRY
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (SC1)
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I
CHEMISTRY - See degree specialty listings to determine if CBEN110 or GEGN101 are required
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (SC1)
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (SC1)
CHEMICAL & BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (SC1)
CIVIL ENGINEERING
FOUR COURSES REQUIRED
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (SC1)
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS FOR ENGINEERS
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I
COMPUTER SCIENCE
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS FOR ENGINEERS
ECONOMICS
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS FOR ENGINEERS
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (SC1)
MOLECULAR ENGINEERING & MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
CHOOSE TWO FROM BELOW
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (SC1)
MOLECULAR ENGINEERING & MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
ENGINEERING
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS FOR ENGINEERS
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS FOR ENGINEERS
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (SC1)
MOLECULAR ENGINEERING & MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
FOUR COURSES REQUIRED
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (SC1)
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS FOR ENGINEERS
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (SC1)
MOLECULAR ENGINEERING & MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
GEOPHYSICAL ENGINEERING
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (SC1)
MOLECULAR ENGINEERING & MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
and INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE - LAB
METALLURGICAL & MATERIALS ENGINEERING
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (SC1)
MOLECULAR ENGINEERING & MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS
MINING ENGINEERING
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (SC1)
PETROLEUM ENGINEERING
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (SC1)
MOLECULAR ENGINEERING & MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
ENGINEERING PHYSICS
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (SC1)
MOLECULAR ENGINEERING & MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE

Engineering Requirement (see degree program listing)

Engineering Requirements are applicable to undergraduate students in engineering disciplines as specified by the degree program. See Department and Division program descriptions in this Catalog for specific courses required.

THE FRESHMAN YEAR

Freshmen in all programs normally take similar subjects. A sample first year schedule is listed below:

Freshman
Fallleclabsem.hrs
CHGN121PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I  4.0
MATH111CALCULUS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS I  4.0
EBGN201PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS*  3.0
HASS100NATURE AND HUMAN VALUES  4.0
CSM101FRESHMAN SUCCESS SEMINAR  0.5
PAGN ElectivePHYSICAL ACTIVITY ELECTIVE  0.5
16.0
Springleclabsem.hrs
MATH112CALCULUS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS II  4.0
EDNS151DESIGN I**  3.0
PHGN100PHYSICS I - MECHANICS  4.5
DIST SCI Distributed Science Requirement*  4.0
PAGN ElectivePHYSICAL ACTIVITY ELECTIVE  0.5
16.0
Total Semester Hrs: 32.0