The mining engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
College of Mines and Earth Sciences
Department Office: 313 William C. Browning Building
Mailing Address: 135 S. 1460 E., Rm. 313, Salt Lake City, UT 84112- 0113
Department Chair: Michael G. Nelson.
SME Student Chapter Advisor: 316 WBB, 801-585-3064
Undergraduate Advisor: 313 WBB, 801-585-5176
Graduate Advisor: 318 WBB, 801-581-5422
Mining is the discovery, evaluation, development, extraction, and reclamation of mineral deposits that are underground, near the surface, or in bodies of water and associated sediments. Mining engineers design, develop, reclaim, and manage mines and plants that are profitable, safe, and environmentally responsible.
A strong domestic economy requires innovative, well-trained engineers to meet the ever-increasing demand for energy and mineral resources. On average, every person in the United States requires approximately 45,000 pounds of mineral products each year.
A successful career in mining engineering requires a strong background in mathematics, computer applications, economics, communication skills, and the physical sciences, particularly geology, physics, and chemistry. In addition, mining engineers must be versed in rock mechanics, mining methods, mineral beneficiation, mine ventilation, surveying, mineral evaluation, health and safety issues, permitting, environmental protection, reclamation, and management.
Instruction in mining and metallurgy was first given at the University of Utah in 1891. A school of mines was formally established at the University of Utah in 1901 by an Act of the Utah State Legislature. In 1948, it was designated the State College of Mines and Mineral Industries, and in 1988, the name was changed to the College of Mines and Earth Sciences. The campus is located near significant coal, tar sands, base metal, precious metal, and nonmetallic deposits offering opportunities for on-site visits and practical instruction.
Please see the Mining Engineering B.S. and H.B.S. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.
Please see the Mining Engineering M.E., M.S., and Ph.D. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.
Areas of Specialization
Rock mechanics, mine ventilation and mine aerosols, mine systems, computer applications, innovative mining systems, open-pit planning and design, application of explosives, environmental protection, and mine reclamation.
The GRE (verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions) is required of all Ph.D. applicants. Evidence of research capability is required for admission to the Ph.D. program (e.g., M.S. thesis in English or extended abstract in English). All international student applicants must meet English proficiency requirments scoring 80 iBT (550 pBT) or better on the TOEFL, or a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 or better. All applicants must submit three letters of reference from former professors. All students must meet the minimum requirement of a 3.0 undergradaute GPA on a 4.0 scale for admission.
Program and Course Offerings