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Underground Construction & Tunneling


General CSM Minor/ASI requirements can be found here.

Programs Offered

Minor in Underground Construction and Tunneling (18.0 credit hours) and an Area of Special Interest (ASI) (12.0 credit hours).

Program Educational Objectives

Underground Construction and Tunneling is a growing discipline involving knowledge in the disciplines of mining engineering, geological engineering and civil engineering, among others.  The Departments of Mining Engineering, Geology & Geological Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering offer an interdisciplinary Minor or Area of Special Interest (ASI) course of study that allows students from these departments to take a suite of courses providing them with a basis for work and further study in this field.

The objectives of the minor and ASI are to supplement an engineering background with a formal approach to subsurface engineering that includes site characterization, design and construction of underground infrastructure, including water, storm water, highway or subway tunnels and subsurface facilities.

 

General CSM Minor/ASI requirements can be found here.

 

Curriculum

 

The Underground Construction & Tunneling minor consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours of coursework from the list below.    An Area of Special Interest (ASI) in Underground Construction & Tunneling requires 12 credit hours of coursework from the list below.   A student’s advisor may authorize a student’s Minor or Area of Special Interest (ASI) application.  For questions about the minor and to request consideration of additional courses including independent study, students should meet with a UC&T faculty member.  The petition process requires one month to complete.

Program Requirements:

Required Courses (Minor)

CEEN312SOIL MECHANICS3.0
MNGN321INTRODUCTION TO ROCK MECHANICS3.0
MNGN404TUNNELING3.0
GEGN466GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING3.0
or GEGN467 GROUNDWATER ENGINEERING
GEGN468ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND GEOTECHNICS4.0

 

 Electives (Minor)

CEEN314STRUCTURAL THEORY3.0
CEEN405NUMERICAL METHODS FOR ENGINEERS3.0
CEEN415FOUNDATIONS3.0
CEEN499INDEPENDENT STUDY1-6
CEEN520EARTH RETAINING STRUCTURES / SUPPORT OF EXCAVATIONS3.0
CEEN523ANALYSIS AND DESIGN OF TUNNELS IN SOFT GROUND3.0
GEOL308INTRODUCTORY APPLIED STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY3.0
or GEOL309 STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY AND TECTONICS
or GEOL311 STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY FOR MINING ENGINEERS
GEGN473GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SITE INVESTIGATION3.0
GEGN499INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ENGINEERING GEOLOGY OR ENGINEERING HYDROGEOLOGY1-6
MNGN406DESIGN AND SUPPORT OF UNDERGROUND EXCAVATIONS3.0
MNGN407ROCK FRAGMENTATION3.0
MNGN408UNDERGROUND DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION2.0
MNGN410EXCAVATION PROJECT MANAGEMENT2.0
MNGN418ADVANCED ROCK MECHANICS3.0
MNGN424MINE VENTILATION3.0
MNGN499INDEPENDENT STUDY1-6

 

Required Courses (Area of Special Interest - ASI)

CEEN312SOIL MECHANICS3.0
MNGN321INTRODUCTION TO ROCK MECHANICS3.0
MNGN404TUNNELING3.0

 

Electives (Area of Special Interest - ASI)

Students may choose one course from the required Minor courses or elective courses listed above.

Department of Civil & Environmental Eningineering

Marte Gutierrez, Professor

Michael Mooney, Professor

Department of Geology & Geological Engineering

Jerry Higgins, Associate Professor

Wendy Zhou, Associate Professor

Department of Mining Engineering

Hugh Miller, Associate Professor, Interim Department Head

Ray Henn, Adjunct Professor