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 and Social Sciences Requirement - Students in all degree programs are required to complete all course requirements listed in this group.
  3. 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.

1) 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
EPIC151INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN3.0
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
*

A minimum of 2.0 credit hours. See the Physical Education and Athletics section for specifics.

**

A minimum of 9.0 hours of Free Elective are included with each degree-granting program. 

  1. The choice must not be in conflict with any Graduation Requirements.
  2. Free electives to satisfy degree requirements may not exceed three semester hours (3.0) in activity courses such as band, choir, studio art, physical activity, and varsity athletics courses combined.
  3. Transfer credits used for free electives must comply with the transfer credit guidelines.

2) Humanities and Social Science Requirement

H&SS Requirements are applicable to all undergraduate students:

LAIS100NATURE AND HUMAN VALUES4.0
LAIS200HUMAN SYSTEMS3.0
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
*

See the approved list in the Liberal Arts and International Studies section of this Bulletin.

3) 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
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
FOUR COURSES REQUIRED
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS FOR ENGINEERS
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (SC1)
MOLECULAR ENGINEERING & MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
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
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
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (SC1)
MOLECULAR ENGINEERING & MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS FOR ENGINEERS
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
PHYSICS II-ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II (SC1)
MOLECULAR ENGINEERING & MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS
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

4) 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
LAIS100NATURE 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
EPIC151INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN**  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
*

For scheduling purposes, registration in combinations of GEGN101, CBEN110, LAIS100, EBGN201, MATH201, CSCI101, and EPIC151 will vary between the fall and spring semesters. Students admitted with acceptable advanced placement credits will be registered in accordance with their advanced placement status.

**

Completion of EPIC155 in lieu of EPIC151 is by permission only and does not alter the total hours required for completion of the degree.