School of Mineral Engineering
Department of Mining and Geological Engineering
Minimum Requirements for Degree: 132 credits
The mining engineering program emphasizes engineering as it applies to the exploration and development of mineral resources and upon the economics of the business of mining. The program offers specialization in exploration, mining or mineral beneficiation.
Students are prepared for job opportunities with mining and construction companies, consulting and research firms, equipment manufacturers, investment and commodity firms in the private sector, as well as with state and federal agencies.
Mining engineers may aspire to, and achieve, the highest positions in the industry: operating or engineering management, government agency director or entrepreneur. Starting salaries are among the highest in the engineering profession.
Students may initiate their mining engineering program in Anchorage and transfer to Fairbanks upon completion of their freshman or sophomore year. Anchorage students intending to transfer to Fairbanks should contact faculty of the UAF mining engineering department.
Candidates for the B.S. degree in mining engineering must take a comprehensive examination in their general field (completion of the state of Alaska Fundamentals of Engineering examination will satisfy this requirement). The state of Alaska Fundamentals of Engineering is a first step toward registration as a professional engineer.
- Complete the general university requirements (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete: CHEM 105X, CHEM 106X, LS 101X and MATH 200X.)
- Complete the B.S. degree requirements (As part of the B.S. degree requirements, complete: MATH 201X, PHYS 211X and PHYS 212X.)
- Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
ES 201Computer Techniques 3 credits
ES 208Mechanics 4 credits
ES 307Elements of Electrical Engineering 3 credits
ES 331Mechanics of Materials 3 credits
ES 341Fluid Mechanics 4 credits
ES 346Basic Thermodynamics 3 credits
GE 261General Geology for Engineers 3 credits
GEOS 262Rocks and Minerals 3 credits
GEOS 332Ore Deposits and Structure 3 credits
MIN 103Introduction to Mining Engineering 1 credit
MIN 104Mining Safety and Operations Lab 1 credit
MIN 106Mining Operations I 1 credit
MIN 202Mine Surveying 3 credits
MIN 206Mining Operations II 1 credit
MIN 301Mine Plant Design 3 credits
MIN 302Underground Mine Environmental Engineering 3 credits
MIN 313Introduction to Mineral Preparation 3 credits
MIN 370Rock Mechanics 3 credits
MIN 407WMine Reclamation and Environmental Management 2 credits
MIN 408OMineral Valuation and Economics 3 credits
MIN 409Operations Research and Computer Applications in Mineral Industry 3 credits
MIN 443Principles and Applications of Industrial Explosives 3 credits
MIN 454Underground Mining Methods 3 credits
MIN 484Surface Mining Methods II 2 credits
MIN 490WMining Design Project 3 credits
MIN 485Mining Engineering Exit Exam 0 credits
- Complete the following program (major) requirements:
MATH 202XCalculus 4 credits
MATH 302Differential Equations 3 credits
- Complete 6 credits* from the following recommended technical electives:**
GE 440Slope Stability 3 credits
MIN 401Mine Site Field Trip 2 credits
MIN 447Placer Mining 3 credits
MIN 472Ground Control 3 credits
MIN 481Computer Aided Mine Design I 3 credits
MIN 482Computer Aided Mine Design II 3 credits
Approved technical electives 3-6 credits
- Minimum credits required 132
* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** Students must plan their elective courses in consultation with their
mining engineering faculty advisor. Technical electives are selected from
the list of the approved technical electives for mining engineering program
and other programs course listing. All elective courses must be approved
by the department head.