Jun 16, 2019  
2018-2019 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
    
2018-2019 SDSM&T Academic Catalog

Civil and Environmental Engineering, MS


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Contact Information

Dr. James Stone, MS (Thesis) Graduate Coordinator
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
CM 314
Phone: (605) 394-2443
E-mail: James.Stone@sdsmt.edu

Dr. Marc Robinson, MS (Non-Thesis) and Graduate Coordinator
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
CM 243
Phone: (605) 394-2563
E-mail: Marc.Robinson@sdsmt.edu

MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers both a thesis and non-thesis MS degree in the following emphasis areas: environmental, water resources, geotechnical/materials, and structural engineering.

SD Mines undergraduates admitted to the Accelerated MS option may apply up to 9 credits of 500/600-level courses taken as an undergraduate to both the BS and MS degree.

Degree requirements for thesis option


Distribution of credits


Core requirements: 1 credit
Research or project requirements: 6 credits
Elective requirements: 24 credits
Total credits: 31

A minimum of 16 credits of the 31 required credits must be taken at the 600-level or higher.

Core requirements


Research or project requirements


Candidacy for the MS CENE degree with the thesis option is contingent upon the student’s aptitude to do research.

  • CEE 798 Thesis Credits: Credit to be arranged. *
  • *Students must complete 6 credits of CEE 798. No more than 6 credits may be counted toward the degree. Non-thesis Research (CEE 788 ) is not applicable toward the thesis option.

Elective requirements


  • At least 14 credit hours of graduate level courses with the CEE prefix.
  • No more than 3 credits may be from a combination of CEE 691 , CEE 790 , CEE 791 , or CP 697 .

All electives must be approved by the student’s advisor or advisory committee.

Examinations


The thesis must constitute an original contribution to knowledge in civil and environmental engineering and must be successfully defended at a final public oral presentation and examination.  Students are expected to complete a written thesis proposal and present it to their committee at least one semester before defending the thesis.

Additional requirements


In addition to these degree-specific requirements, the student must also meet the requirements and policies applied to all graduate degrees  by the Council of Graduate Education.

Degree requirements for non-thesis option


Distribution of credits


Core requirements: 0 credits
Research or project requirements: 0 credits
Elective requirements: 33 credits
Total credits: 33

A minimum of 18 credits of the 33 required credits must be taken at the 600-level or higher.

Core requirements


No specific courses are required for this degree.

Research or project requirements


A thesis, project paper, or final examination is not required; this is a course-work only degree.

Elective requirements


This program requires a total of 33 credits of coursework to be selected by the student in consultation with the student’s advisor or advisory committee. The program of study must meet these criteria:

  • At least 20 credit hours of graduate level courses with the CEE prefix.
  • At least 18 credit hours must be taken at the 600-level or higher. 
  • No more than 3 credits may be from a combination of CEE 691 , CEE 788 , CEE 790 , CEE 791 , CEE 798 , or CP 697 .

Examinations


No final degree examination is required for the non-thesis option. Individual courses may hold final examinations as part of the course.

Additional requirements


In addition to these degree-specific requirements, the student must also meet the requirements and policies applied to all graduate degrees  by the Council of Graduate Education.

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