Mineral Preparation Engineering

College of Engineering and Mines
Department of Mining and Geological Engineering
(907) 474-7388

M.S. Degree

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 30-36 credits

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The mineral preparation engineering program offers specialization in the processes used to concentrate target minerals and remove undesirable material from mined ore. Interdisciplinary study of chemistry, physics, the geological sciences and engineering are integrated to allow the characterization, separation, agglomeration, extraction and handling of mineral particles.

Since large quantities of solid waste and process water are often produced as a result of mineral extraction, pollution control technology, also, is an important aspect of mineral preparation.

Students are prepared for career opportunities in the mineral industry, consulting and research firms, environmental industry, and investment and commodity firms in the private sector.

Graduate Program--M.S. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the master's degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following:
    MIN 415--Coal Preparation 3 credits
    MPR 601--Froth Flotation 3 credits
    MPR 606--Plant Design 3 credits
    MPR 688--Graduate Seminar I 1 credit
  4. Complete the thesis or non-thesis requirements:


  1. Complete the following:
    MPR 699--Thesis 6 credits
    Technical electives 14
  2. Minimum credits required 30


  1. Complete the following:
    MPR 698--Research/Project 6 credits
    Technical electives 20
  2. Minimum credits required 36