Minors

Minor in Atmospheric Sciences

Offered by:  Department of Atmospheric Sciences
A minor in atmospheric sciences is offered to any student enrolled in any undergraduate degree program that allows minors at the School of Mines. For some majors this would require an additional semester or more of study beyond the normal four years. A minimum of 18 credits in atmospheric science coursework must be earned.
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Minor in Applied Biological Sciences

Offered by:  Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences
The core curriculum for a Minor in Applied Biological Sciences (19 credits) requires students to complete 12 credits of core biology classes that are required in the ABS major program. The additional 7 credits of electives are chosen from a variety of biology classes that will supplement the student’s major field to broaden the student’s overall academic preparation for a science or engineering career.  A grade of ‘C,’ or better, will be required for all courses needed for the Biology Minor. At least 50% of Biology courses applied toward a minor must be completed at SDSM&T.
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Minor in Chemistry

Offered by:  Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences
The goal of the Minor in Chemistry is to provide students with a solid, albeit limited, background in Chemistry. The major requires 20 credits of CHEM course (8 credits of required courses; 12 credits of elective courses).  A grade of ‘C,’ or better, is required for all courses needed for the Chemistry Minor. At least 50% of chemistry courses applied toward a minor must be completed at SDSM&T.
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Minor in Computer Science

Offered by:  Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
A minor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science must be approved by the student's major department. The Office of the Registrar and Academic Services has forms that should be completed and signed by the department heads involved in this minor. The minor in computer science requires the completion of 21 credit hours.
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Minor in Environmental Engineering

Offered by:  Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Environmental engineers design systems and solve pressing problems in all areas related to the environment and public health; sustainable design of drinking water treatment and wastewater treatment, and solid 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. Students may pursue an environmental engineering education as an emphasis area in the BS civil engineering degree program, and/or pursue an environmental engineering minor. Students from any discipline at the School of Mines may pursue a minor in environmental engineering by completing 18 credit hours of coursework as designated in the catalog.
Information Sheet on Environmental & Sustainable Engineering Minors
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Minor in Geology

Offered by:  Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
Other science and engineering majors may pursue a minor in geology by completing 18 credit hours of geology courses including those listed in the catalog.
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Minor in Geospatial Technology

Offered by:  Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
Geospatial technology is a rapidly-expanding field that covers the management and analysis of spatial data from many sources, such as satellites, airborne remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), surveying, and more. It has many applications in the sciences, engineering, business, planning, and transportation. Other science and engineering majors may pursue a minor in geospatial technology by completing 18 credit hours of courses, including GEOL 416/416L/516/516L, GEOL 417/517, GEOL 419/519, and GEOL 420/52. Six additional credits taken from any of the groups listed in the catalog complete the minor. Up to 3 credits of a senior capstone, research, or design project with a significant proportion of geospatial content may be substituted for one elective, with permission of the program director, Dr. Maribeth Price.
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Minor in Materials Science - Metals

Offered by:  Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering

This minor is designed for students in engineering and science disciplines that desire focused training in the field of materials science with special emphasis on metals. Students completing the minor in materials science-metals will demonstrate the following outcomes:

  1. A proficiency in materials science concepts covering metals and alloys
  2. The ability to develop and improve new metals/allows
  3. The ability to predict and evaluate the performance of metals and alloys

Given the redundancy in the BS metallurgical engineering core curriculum, the minor in materials science-metals is not available to those students who receive a BS degree in metallurgical engineering. A minor in materials science-metals must be approved by the student's major department. The Office of the Registrar and Academic Services has forms that should be completed and signed by the department heads from both departments involved in this minor.
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Minor in Mathematics

Offered by:  Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
The core requirements for a minor in mathematics are MATH 123, MATH 125, MATH 225, and the completion of CSC 251 or MATH 221. In addition, students must also successfully complete MATH 423 or MATH 413 plus the completion of at least 6 credit hours from: MATH 315, MATH 381, MATH 382, or any math course 400-level and above, excluding special topics and independent studies courses. Thus, a total of at least 23 semester credit hours is needed for a math minor. MATH 423 and MATH 413 are offered in alternate years so plans for a minor should be made early.
A minor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science must be approved by the student's major department.
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Minor in Occupational Safety

Offered by:  Department of Industrial Engineering
The minor in occupation safety is offered to student pursuing any BS Degree program.
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Minor in Physics

Offered by:  Department of Physics
A minor in physics requires a minimum of 18 hours of courses in physics, which must include PHYS 213, and at least 15 hours of physics courses numbered higher than PHYS 213. All minors in physics must be approved by the department and must conform to the institutional policies and guidelines for minors.
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Minor in Robotics

Offered by:  Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
The School of Mines offers a minor in robotics, which is a great way to enhance any program of study to prepare graduates for a workplace that has become highly automated. A minor in robotics must be approved by the student's major department along with the approval of the department head for mathematics and computer science.
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Minor in Sustainable Engineering

Offered by:  Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Sustainable engineering describes a new approach for solving complex classes of social problems that result from the rising competition for increasingly limited supplies of resources, water, and land. Sustainable engineering seeks to transform engineering practice to meet environmental impacts from products, services, businesses, communities, and nations, as well as create engineering solutions that are fair and just in a global societal context. Students may pursue a minor in sustainable engineering by completing 18 credit hours of coursework that includes two required courses.
Information Sheet on Environmental & Sustainable Engineering Minors
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