Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering

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;
  • Process Metallurgy, which focuses on the processing of minerals into salable commodities such as metals or chemical compounds.
  • Intelligent mining systems, which focuses on the application of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and automation in the mining industry.
  • Geomechanics, which focuses on the study of rock stability and ground control in open-pit mines as well as underground mines and tunnels.


Advisement is required of all students prior to the start of each semester. Students will be advised by the academic adviser of the Mackay School during their freshman and sophomore years and by the academic adviser of the department (MME) during their junior and senior years. It is the student's responsibility to discuss and adhere to the course of study agreed upon with the advisor

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Program Accreditation

The B.S. in Mining Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Accreditation ensures that the program has clearly articulated Program Educational Objectives for graduates, directly assessable Student Outcomes for program majors, and publicly available enrollment and graduation data.

MME'S ABET Coordinator:

George Danko
(775) 784-4284

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