Mining Engineering

College of Engineering and Mines
Department of Mining and Geological Engineering

BS, MS Degrees; Minor

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Minimum Requirements for Degree: 132 credits

As the nation's northernmost accredited mining engineering program, our mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge for exploration, evaluation, development and efficient production of mineral and energy resources with assurance of the health and safety of persons involved and protection of the environment, through creative teaching, research and public service with an emphasis on Alaska, the North and its diverse peoples.

The mining engineering program emphasizes engineering as it applies to the exploration and development of mineral resources and the economics of the business of mining. The program offers specializations 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.

The mining engineering program educational objectives are to graduate competent engineers who:

  • are employed in the mineral and energy industries,
  • can solve problems germane to Alaska, and
  • are professionals and who understand the need to stay technically current.

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 BS degree in mining engineering must take the State of Alaska Fundamentals of Engineering examination. The Fundamentals of Engineering examination is a first step toward registration as a professional engineer.

The minor in mining engineering provides nonmining engineering students with an opportunity to acquire employable skills in the mining profession. Students in the mining engineering minor will be trained in a broad variety of topics such as mine ventilation, ground control, mine operation, economics, environmental law and labor management. Students will have the choice of other mining topics to make up the minor requirements.

For more information about the mining engineering program mission, goals and educational objectives, visit

Major -- BS Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete: CHEM F105X, CHEM F106X, LS F101X and MATH F200X.)
  2. Complete the BS degree requirements. (As part of the BS degree requirements, complete: MATH F201X, PHYS F211X and PHYS F212X.)
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    ES F208--Mechanics--4 credits
    ES F307--Elements of Electrical Engineering--3 credits
    ES F331--Mechanics of Materials--3 credits
    ES F341--Fluid Mechanics--4 credits
    ES F346--Basic Thermodynamics--3 credits
    GE F261--General Geology for Engineers--3 credits
    GEOS F262--Rocks and Minerals--3 credits
    GEOS F332--Ore Deposits and Structure--3 credits
    MIN F103--Introduction to Mining Engineering--1 credit
    MIN F104--Mining Safety and Operations Lab--1 credit
    MIN F202--Mine Surveying--3 credits
    MIN F225--Quantitative Methods in Mining Engineering--2 credits
    MIN F226--Introduction to Mine Development--2 credits
    MIN F301--Mine Plant Design--3 credits
    MIN F302--Underground Mine Environmental Engineering--3 credits
    MIN F313--Introduction to Mineral Preparation--3 credits
    MIN F370--Rock Mechanics--3 credits
    MIN F407W--Mine Reclamation and Environmental Management--3 credits
    MIN F408O--Mineral Valuation and Economics--3 credits
    MIN F409--Operations Research and Computer Applications in Mineral Industry--3 credits
    MIN F443--Principles and Applications of Industrial Explosives--3 credits
    MIN F454--Underground Mining Methods--3 credits
    MIN F482--Computer-Aided Mine Design -- VULCAN--3 credits
    MIN F484--Surface Mining Methods II--2 credits
    MIN F489W--Mining Design Project I--1 credit
    MIN F490W--Mining Design Project II--2 credits
    MIN F485--Mining Engineering Exit Exam--0 credit
  4. Complete the following program (major) requirements:
    MATH F202X--Calculus--4 credits
    MATH F302--Differential Equations--3 credits
  5. Complete 3 credits* from the following recommended technical electives:**
    GE F440--Slope Stability--3 credits
    MIN F401--Mine Site Field Trip--2 credits
    MIN F415--Coal Preparation--3 credits
    CE F603--Arctic Engineering--3 credits
    Approved technical electives--3–6 credits
  6. Take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination administered by the State of Alaska.
  7. Minimum credits required--132 credits

* Students 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.


  1. Complete the following:*
    MIN F103--Introduction to Mining Engineering--1 credit
    MIN F104--Mining Safety and Operations Lab--1 credit
    MIN F226--Introduction to Mine Development--2 credits
  2. Complete 11–12 MIN credits from advisor-approved electives at 300 or 400 level*--11–12 credits
  3. Minimum credits required--15 credits

* Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course.