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Mining Engineering, Bachelor of Science Degree


Overview


The B.S. Mining Engineering degree program is fully accredited and offers a variety of rigorous and interesting courses. The goal of the program is to train students qualified to perform the various functions typically exercised by mining engineers: plan, design, operate, and close mines. Engineering topics are selected to meet this goal. Introduction to mine planning, design, operations and closure occurs in the mining methods courses; introduction to detailed mine design is in underground and surface mine design courses; engineering sciences underlying the mine planning, design, operation and closure requirements are studied in several basic areas, including thermodynamics, electrical circuits, hydraulics, strength of materials, etc.; and the design experience is capped in the senior capstone design course: a mine feasibility study.

The program begins with basic courses such as calculus, English, chemistry, geology, introductory mining and physics. The student progresses to fundamental engineering and UNR core curriculum courses. The final two years involve primarily mining classes with ample opportunity to use computer aided design packages to help students complete open-ended design problems. Practical laboratory experiences are part of many mining courses. Starting in the freshman year, field trips are organized so that students can visit mines and see theory turned into practice.

The degree program ends with a capstone course: the complete design of a mine from start to finish, including financial, social, and environmental concerns. Students present their design to a panel of engineers and managers from the mining industry.

The Fundamentals of Engineering examination, administered by the State Board of Engineering Registration, must be taken by all mining engineering students during their senior year of study.

Areas of Emphasis

There are three Areas of Emphasis available to students in the Mining Engineering Degree Program:

  • General Option, which is patterned on the traditional broad based mining engineering program that prepares students for a wide variety of areas in the mining industry;
  • Quarry Option, which focuses on the issues specific to the Construction Aggregates and Quarry sectors of the mining industry;
  • Mineral Processing / Extractive Metallurgy Option, which focuses on the processing of minerals into salable commodities such as metals or chemical compounds.

Objectives

The Educational Objectives of the Mining Engineering Program are:

  1. Graduates will demonstrate the basic knowledge to be able to plan and design mines technically sound, moreover in an ethically, environmentally and socially responsible manner.
  2. Graduates will be able to apply mathematics, science, and engineering to identify, formulate, and solve practical mining engineering problems.
  3. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions in operations and management of mines.
  4. Graduates will be able to communicate plans, designs, and operational practices to colleagues, mine managers, regulators, interveners, and the public at large.
  5. Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in engineering topics such as rock fragmentation, materials handling, mineral processing, mine surveying, ventilation, and resource/reserve estimation.

Advisement

Students will have the opportunity to meet with one of the faculty advisors upon entering the program. Advisement is required of all students prior to their registration day and time for the following semester. Freshmen will have an advising hold on their account until they’ve met with their advisor. All students are encouraged to check their DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) report regularly using ePaws to ensure that it is accurate. The DARS report contains information about requirements for graduation and documents all of the completed coursework to date.

Advisors

Schedule


First Semester

  • CHEM 121A - General Chemistry I (3 units) AND
  • CHEM 121L - General Chemistry Laboratory I (1 unit)
    OR CHEM 201 - General Chemistry for Scientists and Engineers I (4 units)
  • ENG 101 - Composition I (3 units)
  • GEOL 101 - General Geology (4 units)
  • MATH 181 - Calculus I (4 units)
  • MINE 101R - Mining Engineering I (2 units)

For detailed course description visit the General Course Catalog.

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Program Educational Objectives

  1. Graduates will demonstrate the basic knowledge to be able to plan and design mines that are technically sound, moreover in an ethically, environmentally and socially responsible manner.
  2. Graduates will be able to apply mathematics, science, and engineering to identify, formulate, and solve practical mining engineering problems.
  3. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions in operations and management of mines.
  4. Graduates will be able to communicate plans, designs, and operational practices to colleagues, mine managers, regulators, interveners, and the public at large.
  5. Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in engineering topics such as rock fragmentation, materials handling, mineral processing, mine surveying, ventilation, and resource/reserve estimation.

Student Outcomes

  • (a)- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • (b)- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • (c)- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • (d)- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • (e)- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • (f)- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • (g)- An ability to communicate effectively
  • (h)- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • (i)-  A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • (j)-  A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • (k)- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Student Enrollment and Graduation Data
ACADEMIC YEARSEMESTERENROLLMENTGRADUATED
2009-2010 FALL 2009 11 1
SPRING 2010 10 3
SUMMER 2010 4 0
2010-2011 FALL 2010 30 1
SPRING 2011 32 5
SUMMER 2011 12 1
2011-2012 FALL 2011 45 3
SPRING 2012 49 7
SUMMER 2012 51 0
2012-2013 FALL 2012 67 1
SPRING 2013 70 8
SUMMER 2013 99 3
2013-2014 FALL 2013 108 2
SPRING 2014 108* 10*
SUMMER 2014
*Estimate dated 3/18/14


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