Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering ABET accreditation

The Bachelor of Science program in Mining Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.  The program regularly assesses student attainment of learning outcomes that prepare graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.  This page documents ABET student learning outcomes; program criteria developed by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration; program educational objectives; and student numbers in each of the programs.

Student outcomes

Students enrolled in the program will demonstrate:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Program criteria

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration defines program criteria specific to each degree.

Students in the Mining Engineering program will demonstrate:

  1. the ability to apply mathematics through differential equations, calculus-based physics, general chemistry, and probability and statistics as applied to mining engineering problem applications
  2. fundamental knowledge in the geological sciences including characterization of mineral deposits, physical geology, structural or engineering geology, and mineral and rock identification and properties
  3. proficiency in statics, dynamics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and electrical circuits
  4. proficiency in engineering topics related to both surface and underground mining, including: mining methods, planning and design, ground control and rock mechanics, health and safety, environmental issues, and ventilation
  5. proficiency in additional engineering topics such as rock fragmentation, materials handling, mineral or coal processing, mine surveying, and valuation and resource/reserve estimation as appropriate to the program objectives
  6. laboratory proficiency in geologic concepts, rock mechanics, mine ventilation, and other topics appropriate to the program objectives.

Program educational objectives

Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the Mining Engineering program will be capable of:

  1. working in a safe, ethical, and professional manner,
  2. planning, designing and operating technically sound and safe mines in an economically, environmentally and socially responsible manner,
  3. excelling in a multi-disciplinary and diverse work environment at the regional, national and global level.

Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering enrollment and graduation data

The following table shows the number of students enrolled in and graduating from the Mining Engineering program by academic year.

Mining Engineering enrollment and graduation by academic year

Academic Year

Mining Engineering Enrollment

Mining Engineering Graduates

2021 - 2022

27

4

2020 - 2021

35

8

2019 - 2020

43

11

2018 - 2019

51

18

2017 - 2018

62

8

2016 - 2017

83

12

2015 - 2016

88

17

2014 - 2015

113

19

2013 - 2014

108

12

2012 - 2013

105

9