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2019-2020 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 SDSM&T Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

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Contact Information

Dr. Scott J. Kenner, P.E.
Professor and Head
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil/Mechanical 122
(605) 394-1697
E-mail: Scott.Kenner@sdsmt.edu

Lois Arneson-Meyer
Freshmen/ Sophomore Advisor, Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil/Mechanical 121
(605) 394-2446
E-mail: Lois.Arneson-Meyer@sdsmt.edu


Professors Kenner and Stone; Associate Professors Capehart, Gadhamshetty, and Robinson; Assistant Professors Arneson-Meyer, Bheemasetti, Geza, Lingwall, Shearer, and Waterman; Lecturer Wagner; Instructor Bienert; Research Scientist Clabo.


Program Assistant Ellen Haffner, Fabrication Technician Forest Cooper and Secretary Deborah (Rusty) Hutter

Civil and Environmental Engineering at the School of Mines

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) offers a BS degree in Civil Engineering which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, 415 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201; Phone +1.410.347.7700.  The CEE department also offers MS and PhD degrees and  three minors are available for students to pursue; environmental engineering , sustainable engineering , and global engineering 

Our quality of life depends on the built environment. Civil Engineering, in its origin is possibly one of the oldest engineering professions dealing with the built environment and today represents many sub disciplines.  Civil and Environmental Engineers are problem solvers, meeting the needs for environmental stewardship, renewable energy, sustainable design solutions, and community planning for a better tomorrow. Civil and Environmental Engineers serve the public by designing a wide variety of infrastructure systems such as dams and waterways, harbors, bridges, buildings, water supply and wastewater systems, highways and airports, tunnels and pipelines, and renewable energy facilities.  Civil and Environmental Engineers often work on interdisciplinary teams to solve complex system design problems, so a broad background in engineering fundamentals and the natural sciences is essential. 

Within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department students can emphasize Environmental Engineering. Environmental Engineering is an important emphasis area in the broad field of civil engineering.  Environmental Engineers design systems and solve pressing global problems in all areas related to the environment and public health:  sustainable design of drinking water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment, and solid and hazardous waste disposal systems; development of air quality monitoring and pollution prevention programs; design of site remediation and mining reclamation programs; and development of ecosystem protection and restoration efforts, among others.

The civil engineering undergraduate curriculum includes 12 credit hours of Department Approved Electives (15 credit hours for the ENVE Emphasis) that students may use to gain knowledge and skills in a specialized area to meet their individual career goals. Students may participate in undergraduate research or scholarship, which may include international design projects or cooperative education. Students must apply for the cooperative education program prior to starting work. For more information about the cooperative education program, contact Dr. Scott Kenner (Scott.Kenner@sdsmt.edu).

The Mission of the CEE Department is to provide our students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to address the needs of society through design, research and construction, and to instill in them the desire for professionalism, leadership, and lifelong learning.

The Goal of the BSCE program with regard to undergraduate education is to produce graduates, who, within a few years of graduation, demonstrate the following Civil Engineering Program Objectives:

  • Engage in the professional practice of civil and environmental engineering,
  • Actively participate in professional and/or civic organizations,
  • Pursue opportunities to assume leadership roles in their professional and/or service activities, and seek to continue their educations through advanced studies in civil or environmental engineering or a related professional discipline, continuing education and/or professional development activities.

The undergraduate curriculum provides a comprehensive education for students who wish to pursue a professional career directly after graduation. The B.S. program in civil engineering also serves as a preparation for graduate studies in any of the specialized branches of civil and environmental engineering, construction management or other professional degrees such as business, medicine, or law.

At the time of graduation, students completing the BSCE program will be able to demonstrate the following Civil Engineering Program Outcomes:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions;
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Accelerated MS Degree

Graduate programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering or Construction and Engineering Management afford opportunities for motivated students to pursue advanced studies. An accelerated Master of Science  (BS/MS) degree program is available for qualified seniors enrolled in engineering BS programs at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The accelerated master’s degree program allows BS engineering students to take up to nine (9) graduate-level credits to simultaneously meet undergraduate and graduate degree program requirements. For more information about the accelerated master’s degree program, see the Civil and Environmental Engineering MS section of the catalog or contact CENE Graduate Coordinator Dr. Marc Robinson (Marc.Robinson@sdsmt.edu).


Students are encouraged to participate in the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Engineers and Scientists Abroad (ESA), the Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (CAMP) that involves designing, building, testing, and competing in a variety of engineering challenges, or any other of the many student organizations on campus. During the senior year, students are strongly encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (F.E.) examination.  Passing the F.E. examination is the first step toward registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.).  The second and final step in the registration process is the successful completion of the Professional Engineering examination, which is normally taken after working under the supervision of a P.E. for at least four years.

Mines Advantage Program

Mines Advantage is an optional professional development program designed for all SD Mines students.  Participating students will go through 30 total experiences in 6 core competency areas.  Experiences include everything from attending a cultural event to participating in a mock interview with the career center.  Additional information can be found at: http://www.sdsmt.edu/MinesAdvantage/

SD Mines Honors Program

Students can apply to be accepted into the Honors program when they enter as a freshman through the end of their sophomore year.  Challenging academics is a given at Mines, where most of our entering students would qualify for the academically-oriented honors programs at most universities. That’s why our Honors program is different. It’s designed to challenge and develop exceptional students beyond academics: developing leadership by solving problems that benefit others.  Additional information can be found at: http://www.sdsmt.edu/honors/


EPICS is an academic program where undergraduate students earn course credits for participation in teams that tackle real-world projects and benefit real communities. Students can participate in EPICS at any time during their degree program.  Additional information can be found at: http://www.sdsmt.edu/EPICS/

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