Undergraduate students in the UA Department of Mining and Geological Engineering choose from among four tracks to prepare for careers not just in the mining industry but also in areas such as oil and gas, construction, public health, environmental policy, and manufacturing.
Courses focus on mine design and planning, equipment operations, big data analysis, mine valuation and mine finance. Students become engineers who:
- Optimize short- and long-term plans for mining.
- Develop and test autonomous mine equipment.
- Supervise surface and underground mining operations.
- Design production technology.
A minor in mathematics or geology is encouraged.
Course subjects include excavation, rock mechanics, fracture mechanics, blasting and structural geology. Graduates go on to:
- Do blasting and explosives engineering.
- Design highwalls and excavations.
- Design tailings and waste containment facilities.
- Test and monitor rock strength.
- Mitigate landslides and collapses.
A minor in geosciences is encouraged.
Sustainable Resource Development
Classes focus on environmental science, resource economics, community development, public health and environmental remediation. Students become engineers who:
- Design plans to mitigate environmental effects of mining.
- Monitor mine sites for pollution and health hazards.
- Develop health and safety protocols for miners.
- Help indigenous communities develop natural resources.
A minor in environmental science or public health is encouraged.
Today’s students are tomorrow’s process engineers and metallurgists, turning rocks and minerals into the metals and compounds that make everything from AAA batteries to jet turbines. Graduates go on to:
- Extract valuable metals from ore minerals – chemically and thermally.
- Design and operate comminution and extraction technologies.
- Test new methods of extracting metals.
- Develop processing and metallurgical techniques for complex ores.
A minor in chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science is encouraged.