Explosive Engineering Minor Program

Explosive Engineering Minor

Advisor: Dr. Mark Kuchta

There are very few academic explosive engineering programs worldwide. The Colorado School of Mines is one of a few educational institutions that offers an explosive engineering minor program in the U.S.A. Developed in the CSM tradition of combining academic education with hands-on experience, this minor program will prepare students for new and developing applications involving the use of explosives in the mining and materials engineering, underground construction, oil and gas operations, demolition, homeland security, military, forensic investigations, manufacturing and material synthesis.

With the proper program development of courses and basic knowledge in explosive engineering, students enrolled in this program will discover and gain insight into the exciting industrial applications of explosives, selection of explosives, and the correct and safe use of the energetic materials. With the help of the program advisor, Dr. Mark Kuchta, the students will design and select the proper course sequence and complete hands-on research project under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

A total of 18 credit hours are needed to complete the Explosive Engineering Minor Program. This is the preferred route for students that would like to specialize in explosive engineering. The first three (required) courses will provide the students with basic knowledge in explosive engineering. The subsequent courses will give students a view into the mining and geotechnical applications of explosive engineering, such as with surface mining, underground mining, or underground construction.

Required for all students:

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
MNGN 333 Explosive Engineering I 3
MNGN 407 Rock Fragmentation 3
MNGN 444 Explosive Engineering II 3

At least three courses from the following:

MNGN 210 Introductory Mining 3                         
MNGN 308 Mine Safety I 1
MNGN 309 Mining Engineering Laboratory 2
MNGN 312 Surface Mine Design 3
MNGN 314 Underground Mine Design 3
MNGN 316 Coal Mining Methods and Design 3
MNGN 321 Introduction to Rock Mechanics 3
MNGN 404 Tunneling 3
MNGN 405 Rock mechanics in Mining 3
MNGN 406 Design and Support of Underground Excavation 3
MNGN 408 Underground Construction 3
MNGN 499 Independent Study 3

Total Required Credits: 18

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