So you want to get a minor or certificate taking classes onsite at S&T?

The explosives program offers a minor and 2 separate certificates.  Minors are only given with a degree, you cannot get them separately, before or after a degree is granted.  Also you have to get your degree from S&T. The UM system will not allow you to get it with a degree from another campus (although we have tried in vain).  Certificates on the other hand are stand alone and have nothing to do with a degree.  You can use explosives classes for both a minor and a certificate if you so wish.

To get a minor or certificate you must fill in the required paperwork (plan) and get it signed off by the director of the explosives program. It must then be turned into the registrar’s office and  added to your DARS report. A signed off plan does not guarantee a place in an explosives class, due to pre-requisites, available space and priorities.  Students requiring a course that is mandatory for their BS and graduate students enrolled in the explosives graduate program get first priority.  The mandatory 307/5612 “explosives engineering” (basic rock blasting) class and the advanced blasting class 350/5622 are in high demand due to high mining department and university enrollment.  In the 2014/15 academic year we have been running enrollment triage with these classes and both have exceeded capacity.

If you have a good GPA (3.0 or higher) and are very interested in explosives I would like to encourage you to wait and apply for a Masters in Explosives Engineering which is only 15 hrs more than the minor and can be taken either by course work only or with thesis.  If you have a 3.0 GPA you can dual enroll in your last semester as a graduate student.  If you have a 3.5 GPA you can dual enroll during your last full year.  Students wishing to gain a graduate degree or graduate certificate must enroll for explosives classes at the graduate level because undergraduate credit cannot be used for graduate school.  The explosives engineering program is focused on graduate students for the graduate certificate, Masters and PhD.  There will NOT be an undergraduate BS in the foreseeable future.

Minor

You must be in an engineering or physical science major.  Psychology is not accepted.  There are two required classes: Exp Eng 307/5612 and 350/5622. Prerequisites are important.  To take 307/5612 you need the mine safety class Min Eng 151/2126. This class is required because labs are at the experimental mine and held in a potentially hazardous environment.  This class covers the basic 40hrs training required by the US Mine Safety and Health Administration for mine workers.  If you have not successfully completed this training you will not be allowed in Exp Eng 307/5612.  307/5612 is a pre-requisite for the advanced blasting class 350/5622 entitled "Blasting design and technology".  In addition all mining engineering students are expected to have completed all other out of department pre-requisites for 307/5612.

The minor comprises Exp Eng 307/5612, 350/5622 and 3 other explosives engineering classes, totaling 15 hrs. of explosives engineering credit.

Explosives Engineering Certificate

You must be in an engineering or physical science major.  Psychology is not accepted.  There are two required classes: Exp Eng 307/5612 and 350/5622. Prerequisites are important.  To take 307/5612 you need the mine safety class Min Eng 151/2126. This class is required because labs are at the experimental mine and held in a potentially hazardous environment.  This class covers the basic 40hrs training required by the US Mine Safety and Health Administration for mine workers.  If you have not successfully completed this training you will not be allowed in Exp Eng 307/5612.  307/5612 is a pre-requisite for the advanced blasting class 350/5622 entitled "Blasting design and technology".  In addition all mining engineering students are expected to have completed all other out of department pre-requisites for 307/5612.

The certificate comprises Exp Eng 307/5612, 350/5622 and 2 other explosives engineering classes, totaling 12 hrs. of explosives engineering credit.

Explosives Technology Certificate

The explosives technology certificate is designed for non-engineering students and those who do not have a proper scientific background.  There is one required class: Exp Eng 307/5612. Prerequisites are important.  To take 307/5612 you need the mine safety class Min Eng 151/2126. This class is required because labs are at the experimental mine and held in a potentially hazardous environment.  This class covers the basic 40hrs training required by the US Mine Safety and Health Administration for mine workers.  If you have not successfully completed this training you will not be allowed in Exp Eng 307/5612.  307/5612 is a pre-requisite for the advanced blasting class 350/5622 entitled "Blasting design and technology".  In addition all mining engineering students are expected to have completed all other out of department pre-requisites for 307/5612.

The certificate comprises Exp Eng 307/5612 and 3 other explosives engineering classes, totaling 12 hrs. of explosives engineering credit.  Note: technology students will not be able to take some of the engineering based classes that require advanced math skills if they do not have the necessary calculus background.

Note: requirements are subject to change and this page is for informational purposes only.