Mining and Mineral Resources Engineering Requirements

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Mining engineers engage in planning, design, development and management of surface and underground mining operations for extraction of the earth’s mineral deposits. The Mining Engineering Program prepares graduates to meet the challenges of the mining industry with emphasis on the coal and aggregate industries.

The missions of the Department are: to provide quality engineers to meet current trained manpower needs for exploration and extraction of regional minerals resources in an environmentally acceptable manner; advance the mining engineering discipline by engaging in basic and applied research, with emphasis on solving regional problems; and to transfer and apply new technical knowledge to enhance the competitive position of the state and national minerals industry.

Program Educational Objectives

Our undergraduate degree in mining engineering prepares our students for careers in or related to the mining industry.  Within three to five years of graduation, our students will:

  1. Have the ability to practice mining engineering in global, sustainable and societal contexts.
  2. Have skills needed for effective communication, teamwork and creative thinking.
  3. Have the ability to pursue advanced education and/or lifelong learning to support career development in a broad range of mining related fields.
  4. Have the education and background to always act in a safe, professional and ethical manner.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.  These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program.  In order to meet our program educational objectives, we will prepare our students to know the following:

  1. The ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. The ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. The ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. The ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. The ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. The ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. The ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Coursework in the program includes such areas as surface and underground mining systems, mine ventilation, ground control and rock mechanics, mineral and coal processing, material handling systems, engineering economics, mine environment, health and safety engineering, probability and statistics applications, and computer-aided mine design. Facilities include modern, well-equipped rock mechanics, mine ventilation, mineral processing, material handling, mine environment, and computer laboratories.

After completing the program, the graduate may work in an engineering or management position for mining industries, environmental companies, construction industries, oil companies, equipment manufacturers, research organizations, or government agencies. The coursework also provides strong preparation for further study at the graduate level. The undergraduate program in mining engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering Requirements

Mining Engineering Major

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 1 39
Requirements for Major in Mining Engineering (9)+87
Basic Science (6)+9
PHYS 205A, PHYS 255A 2 (3)+1
CHEM 200, CHEM 201 3 (3)+1
GEOL 220 or GEOL 222, GEOL 302 7
Mathematics (3)+14
MATH 150, MATH 250, MATH 251, MATH 305 (3)+11
MNGE 417 3
Science/Math Elective 4 3
Required Engineering Courses 17
ENGR 250, ENGR 261, ENGR 335, ENGR 350A, ENGR 370A 15
ME 102 2
Required MNGE Courses - MNGE 270, MNGE 310, MNGE 315, MNGE 317, MNGE 320, MNGE 420, MNGE 425, MNGE 430, MNGE 431, MNGE 440, MNGE 455, MNGE 460, MNGE 475 38
Approved Electives 6
Total 126

1 Students transferring are required to: (a) have an associate degree in a baccalaureate-oriented program or (b) meet the Core Curriculum requirements for engineering students. See departmental advisor for an approved course.

2 Courses required for the major will apply towards University Core Curriculum.

3 Courses required for the major will apply towards University Core Curriculum.

4 Three hours of a science/math elective and six hours of major electives are required. See departmental advisor for approved courses.