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Mining Engineering: Geomechanics

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.

WUE This major is eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program at the following location: Main Campus. Students from Western states who select this major and campus may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition at a rate of 150 percent of Arizona resident tuition plus all applicable fees.

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

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 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 122A/B or MATH 125 Calculus I with Applications 3
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I or CHEM 105A/106A 4
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
ENGR 102A/B Introduction to Engineering or ENGR 102 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 129 Calculus II 3
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II or CHEM 105B/106B or MSE 110 Solid State Chemistry 4
ENGL 102 or 108 or 109H First-Year Composition 3
PHYS 141 Introductory Mechanics or PHYS 161H 4
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
CE 214 Statics 3
GEOS 251 Physical Geology 4
MATH 223 Vector Calculus 4
MNE 205 Introduction to Mining Engineering 3
MNE 296A Mineral Resource Engineering Topics 1
MNE 297A Underground Mine Safety (offered the week prior to start of the fall semester) 1
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
CE 215 Mechanics of Solids 3
MATH 254 Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
MNE 210 Mineralogy and Petrology for Engineers (Spring Only) 3
MNE 204 Introduction to Electric Circuits & Mine Power Systems 3
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
CE 218 Mechanics of Fluids 3
MNE 422 Sustainable Resource Development 3
MNE 426 Health & Safety 1
MNE 427 Geomechanics 4
MNE 430 Mine Examination and Valuation 3
MNE 444 Geopositioning for Mining Applications 3
6th Semester
MNE 396A Technical Trends in Mineral Resource Engineering 1
MNE 419 Mine Planning Software (offered the week prior to start of the SPRING semester) 1
MNE 436 Surface Mine Design 3
MNE 438 Underground Mine Design 2
MNE 476 Mine Ventilation 4
Technical Elective- See major advisor for approval 4
7th Semester
MNE 407 Equipment Operations Technology 3
MNE 415 Rock Excavation 3
MNE 498 Senior Design 1
GEOS 304 Structural Geology 4
SIE 305 Introduction to Engineering Probability and Statistics OR CE 310 Probability and Statistics 3
8th Semester
MNE 447 Underground Construction 3
MNE 498 Senior Design 2
MNE 417 Tailings Storage Facility Design (Planning, Design & Analysis) or CE 343 Soil Mechanics 3
MNE 417 L Tailings Storage Facility Design Lab or CE 349 Soils Laboratory (Offered Spring ’19 and Fa 1
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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