In addition to meeting Missouri S&T's own admission requirements, explosives engineers also must be able to pass a background check and ethically adhere to professional standards. Students receiving and handling explosives should ensure they qualify under the Safe Explosives Act, which outlines the prohibitive categories of those banned from using explosives. Actively enrolled students are also subject to federal policy and will be dismissed from the curriculum if they violate regulations.
Like other engineering disciplines, explosives engineers are expected to exhibit integrity and honesty. In conjunction with the Missouri S&T student handbook, students enrolled in explosives engineering will be held to the highest moral standard. Students are expected to maintain both the department's and university's reputation and represent the profession in a distinguished manner. Violating academic and safety policies can lead to the expulsion from all explosives courses.
The use of illegal narcotics will not be tolerated (see prohibited persons, 2003 safe explosives act).
Graduate Programs Eligibility
In order to conserve the high graduate standards of the Explosives Engineering Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science and graduate certificate, only students with a strong background in math and science will be considered. Students applying for the MS should hold an applied science, technical or engineering degree that entails at least two semesters of calculus, and a semester each of physics, chemistry and statics/dynamics. This requirement is to ensure the student is successful at not only completing the degree, but understanding the basic engineering principles involved in explosives applications. Those not meeting this requirement must test out or complete the courses prior to acceptance into the program. A new Explosives Technology graduate certificate is available for non engineers.
Undergraduate Program Eligibility
Likewise students enrolling in the undergraduate Explosives Engineering minor or certificate must be enrolled in an undergraduate engineering program that meets the above requirements (because of the word "engineering" in the title, see pre-requisite clashes above). For example, a major in Psychology would unfortunately not be eligible for a minor in explosives engineering. For those in non engineering and non physical science degree programs an undergraduate certificate in Explosives Technology is available.