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 science and engineering take 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 several parts:

  1. The Common Core
  2. Distributed Humanities and Social Science Requirement
  3. Distributed Science Requirement and
  4. Distributed Engineering Requirement. Requirements vary according to the major field of study.
  5. Finally, all students have a number of Free Elective courses. Students normally complete Common Core courses, Distributed Science requirements, and Distributed Engineering requirements in the first two years. Students typically complete Free Electives in the last two years.

Refer to the Degree Requirements section for each major program in the Colorado School of Mines Undergraduate Bulletin for a listing of Common and Distributed Core courses students should take each semester.

 


Core Curriculum Learning Outcomes

  • Student learning outcomes for the entire core:
    • Students will apply basic scientific procedures, principles, concepts, laws, and theories relevant to all applied sciences.
    • Students will develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, design, and communication.
    • Students will develop fundamental technical, mathematical, and writing skills.
    • Students will develop interdisciplinary perspectives on the ethical, social, and cultural contexts within which engineering takes place.
  • Assessment methods to assess the entire core curriculum and individual core courses
Profile of the Colorado School of Mines Graduate

All Mines graduates must have depth in an area of specialization, enhanced by hands-on experiential learning, and breadth in allied fields. They must have the knowledge and skills to be able to recognize, define and solve problems by applying sound scientific and engineering principles. These attributes uniquely distinguish our graduates to better function in increasingly competitive and diverse technical professional environments.

Graduates must have the skills to communicate information, concepts and ideas effectively orally, in writing, and graphically. They must be skilled in the retrieval, interpretation and development of technical information by various means, including the use of computer-aided techniques.

Graduates should have the flexibility to adjust to the ever changing professional environment and appreciate diverse approaches to understanding and solving society’s problems. They should have the creativity, resourcefulness, receptivity and breadth of interests to think critically about a wide range of cross-disciplinary issues. They should be prepared to assume leadership roles and possess the skills and attitudes which promote teamwork and cooperation and to continue their own growth through life-long learning.

Graduates should be capable of working effectively in an international environment and be able to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world where borders between cultures and economies are becoming less distinct. They should appreciate the traditions and languages of other cultures, and value diversity in their own society.

Graduates should exhibit ethical behavior and integrity. They should also demonstrate perseverance and have pride in accomplishment. They should assume a responsibility to enhance their professions through service and leadership and should be responsible citizens who serve society, particularly through stewardship of the environment.

ABET Criterion 3 (a) through (k) outcomes
a b c d e f g h I j k
Depth and breadth required to define and solve problems x x x x x
Skills to communicate, retrieve, interpret and develop information x x
Flexibility to adjust, be team leaders and life-long learners x x x x x x
Ability to work effectively in a global economy x x
Ethical and responsible citizens, professionals and leaders x
Common Core Curriculum in Relation to ABET Criterion 3 (a) through (k)

P=Primary Emphasis | S=Secondary Emphasis

  Courses
  CSM 101 CHGN 121 EPIC 151 EPIC 251 LAIS 100 EBGN 201 SYGN 200 MACS 111 MACS 112 MACS 213 MACS 225 PHGN 100
(a) apply knowledge of math, science and engineering   P           P P P P P
(b i) design and conduct experiments   P                    
(b ii) analyze and interpret data   P       S S S S S S P
(c) design a system component or process     P P               S
(d) function on multidisciplinary teams     P P               P
(e) identify, formulate and solve eng. problems               S S S S S
(f) understand ethical and professional responsibility P   S S P              
(g) communicate effectively   S P P P   S S S S S S
(h) understand engineering solutions in context         P P P         S
(i) life-long learning S       S P P          
(j) knowledge of contemporary issues S S     P P P          
(k) use modern tools for engineering practice     P P       S S S S S