The University of Alaska Fairbanks

1997-98 UAF Catalog

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Mining Engineering

School of Mineral Engineering
Department of Mining and Geological Engineering

Degrees: B.S., M.S., E.M.

Minimum Requirements for Degrees: B.S.: 128 credits; M.S.: 30-36 addi-onal credits; E.M.: thesis and 5 years of experience

In the mining engineering curriculum, particular emphasis is placed upon engineering as it applies to the exploration and development of mineral resources and upon the economics of the business of mining. The program allows the student the choice of technical electives to develop in areas of exploration, mining or mineral beneficiation.

Candidates for the bachelor of science degree in mining engineering will be required to 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 professional engineers.

Students may initiate their mining engineering program in Anchorage and transfer to Fairbanks upon completion of their freshman or sophomore year. Such students should be in communication with faculty of the Mining Engineering Department, UAF.

The graduate program leads to the Master of Science degree in mining engineering. The curriculum consists of required and elective coursework as outlined below. University policies pertaining to graduate study leading to a master's degree apply as approved by the student's advisor and the Mining Engineering faculty.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Mining Engineering -- B.S. Degree

1. Complete the general university requirements.
2. Complete the following degree and program (major) requirements:
First Year
Fall Semester 16 Credits
ENGL 111X -- Methods of Written Communications (3 credits)
MATH 200X -- Calculus (4 credits)
CHEM 105X -- General Chemistry (4 credits)
MIN 103 -- Introduction to Mining Engineering (1 credit)
MIN 104 -- Mining Safety and Operations Lab (1 credit)
Perspectives on the Human Condition (3 credits)
Spring Semester 17 Credits
COMM 131X or 141X (3 credits)
GE 261 -- General Geology for Engineers (3 credits)
LS 101X -- Library Information and Research (1 credit)
MATH 201X -- Calculus (4 credits)
Perspectives on the Human Conditions (6 credits)
Second Year
Fall Semester 17 Credits
MATH 202X -- Calculus (4 credits)
GEOS 262 -- Rocks and Minerals* (3 credits)
PHYS 211X -- General Physics (4 credits)
MIN 202 -- Mine Surveying (3 credits)
Perspectives on the Human Conditions (3 credits)
Spring Semester 17 Credits
ENGL 211X or 213X -- Intermediate Exposition (3 credits)
ES 208 -- Mechanics (4 credits)
ES 201 -- Computer Techniques (3 credits)
MATH 302 -- Differential Equations (3 credits)
PHYS 212X -- General Physics (4 credits)
Third Year
Fall Semester 16 Credits
ES 307 -- Elements of Electrical Engineering (3 credits)
ES 331 -- Mechanics of Materials (3 credits)
ES 341 -- Fluid Mechanics (4 credits)
MIN 313 -- Introduction to Mineral Preparation (3 credits)
Perspectives on the Human Condition** (3 credits)
Spring Semester 15 Credits
ES 346 -- Basic Thermodynamics (3 credits)
GEOS 332 -- Ore Deposits and Structure (3 credits)
MIN 301 -- Mine Plant Design (3 credits)
MIN 302 -- Underground Mine Environmental
Engineering (3 credits)
MIN 370 -- Rock Mechanics (3 credits)
Fourth Year
Fall Semester 16 Credits
MIN 407 -- Mine Reclamation and Environmental
Management (3 credits)
MIN 443 -- Principles and Applications of Industrial
Explosives (3 credits)
MIN 454 -- Mining Methods I (2 credits)
MIN 464 -- Mining Methods II (2 credits)
Technical Electives1 (3 credits)
Perspectives on the Human Condition (3 credits)
Spring Semester 14 Credits
MIN 408 -- Mineral Valuation and Economics (3 credits)
MIN 409 -- Oper. Research & Computer Appl.
in Min. Ind. (3 credits)
MIN 484 -- Mining Methods III (2 credits)
MIN 490 -- Mine Design Project (3 credits)
Technical Electives1 (3 credits)
Notes:
1 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.
* On alternate years, Perspectives on the Human Condition requirement should be taken.
** On alternate years, GEOS 262 should be substituted.
Recommended Technical Electives for B.S. in Mining
Engineering
1. MIN 472 -- Ground Control

2. MIN 447 -- Placer Mining

3. GE 440 -- Slope Stability

Technical elective credits must be taken from the above list of the approved technical electives.

Graduate Degree Requirements

Mining Engineering -- M.S. Degree

Degree Requirements
1. Complete UAF degree requirements.
2. Complete the following program requirements, as approved by the graduate advisory committee; at least 24 credits must be at the 600 level.
Thesis Option (30 credits)
Mining Engineering 600-level courses (12 credits)
Technical electives (11 credits)
MIN 688-689 -- Graduate Seminar (1 credit)
MIN 699 -- Thesis (6 credits)
Non-thesis Option (36 credits)
Mining Engineering courses (12 credits)
Technical electives (17 credits)
MIN 688-689 -- Graduate Seminar (1 credit)
MIN 698 -- Research/Project (6 credits)
3. Total credits required 30-36

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