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Mining Engineering: Sustainable Resource Dev

BS in Mining Engineering

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Mining engineers plan, develop and operate mines, as well as other engineering excavations. They engineer the individual systems within a mining operation or large earth engineering project. Students gain extensive knowledge of the engineering systems necessary for planning and operating mines. They learn how to determine the economic worth of a mineral deposit and how rock behaves when excavated. They learn how to excavate, transport, and process minerals and coal. In addition, students use mining software to design, plan, and supervise mines. Emphasis is put on engineering mines to have minimal environmental effects.

Major Details

College: College of Engineering
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the College of Engineering website for more information.

Math Required:


    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Second Language Required:


  • This major doesn't have Language Requirements.
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 124 or 125 5
CHEM 151 - General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 - First Year Composition 3
ENGR 102 - Introduction to Engineering 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 129 - Calculus II 3
CHEM 152 - General Chemistry II 4
PHYS 141 - Introductory Mechanics 4
ENGL 102 - First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
MNE 200 or 205 Introduction to Earth Engineering 3
CE 214 - Statics 3
MATH 223 - Vector Calculus 4
MNE 296A - Mineral Resource Engineering Topics 1
GEOS 251 - Physical Geology 4
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
MNE 210 - Mineralogy and Petrology for Engineers 2
CE 215 - Mechanics of Solids 3
MATH 254 - Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
PHYS 241 - Introductory Mechanics 4
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
CE 218 - Fluid Mechanics 3
MNE 396A - Seminar 1
MNE 430 - Mine Examination and Valuation 3
MNE 412 - Mine Surveying 2
MNE 494A 1
MNE 426 - Health and Safety 1
MNE 427 - Geomechanics 4
MNE 204 1
6th Semester
MNE 476 4
MNE 434 or 436 Surface Mine Design 4
MNE 438 - Underground Mine Design 2
MNE 402, CE 310, or SIE 305 3
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
MNE 422 - Sustainable Resource Development 3
MNE 411 - Mineral Processing 3
MNE 407 - Equipment Operations Technology 3
MNE 498 - Senior Design 1
MNE 484 - Industrial & Environmental Health 3
Tech Elective 3
8th Semester
GEOS 304 - Structural Geology 4
MNE 498 - Senior Design 2
Tech Elective 3
Tech Elective 4
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

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  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
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Career Planning

The knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, and physical and earth sciences gained from a major in Mining Engineering, combined with coursework specific to engineering principles and mining development and operations, prepares students for a variety of careers in the mining industry. Graduates in this major may work in planning, development, or operations for small or large scale excavation projects, and they may focus on geological factors, economic considerations, application of mining software, or minimizing environmental impacts.

Potential Career Areas

  • Planning and development
  • Consulting
  • Communications
  • Computer modeling
  • Public relations
  • Environmental surveying
  • Management
  • Health and safety inspection

Sample Employers

  • Mining/excavation companies
  • Consulting firms
  • Public relations firms
  • Energy companies
  • Construction companies
  • Government agencies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Mining Engineer $39,700 - $60,370
Environmental Engineer $42,000 - $99,000
Mine Surveyor $24,640 - $71,640
Section Supervisor $30,000 - $90,000
Mine Safety Engineer $35,000 - $95,000
Coal Gasification Engineer $40,000 - $95,000
Petroleum Engineer $49,000 - $141,850
Geological Technician $28,010 - $53,410
Mining Sales Engineer $27,030 - $74,520
Construction Manager $50,000 - $75,000
Mine Inspector $30,000 - $90,000
Mine Supervisor $30,000 - $90,000
Media Relations Specialist $30,790 - $54,940