Mining Engineering

Nevada top-ten in mining engineering

Mining engineering is an engineering discipline that involves the practice, theory, science, technology, and application of extracting and processing minerals from a naturally occurring environment. Mining engineering also includes processing minerals for additional value.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a major educational player in the international mining industry ranking consistently in the top ten of US mining programs.

Mining engineering program at the Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering offers various degrees in the discipline.

Undergraduate degrees

There are four areas of emphasis as well as a general option available to students pursuing a B.S. in Mining Engineering:

  • 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 Option, 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.

Graduate degrees

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