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Earth and Mineral Sciences

Mining Engineering (MNG E) - Archive

Begin Date: Summer Session 2002
End Date: Fall Semester 2003

Mining Engineering (MNG E) - Archive

University Park, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER J. BISE, Undergraduate Program Officer

The Mining Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

The undergraduate curriculum in mining engineering has been designed to enable students to apply the fundamentals necessary to achieve lifelong professional growth. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to pursue employment opportunities in both the private and public sectors as mining engineers, or will be able to pursue advanced education.

The courses are sequenced so that an appropriate blend of theory, applications, and project design is achieved. This enables the mining engineering student to appreciate and comprehend that a successful engineering design project requires a sound theoretical foundation, supported by experimentation and good engineering judgment. The program is designed such that the fundamentals of mathematics, earth, and engineering sciences are integrated into traditional mining engineering topics. Design projects, culminating in the capstone design project, are required throughout the curriculum. The proper execution of these projects requires an awareness of acceptable problem-formulation strategies, the testing of alternative design methodologies, feasibility studies, environmental impacts, and overall economic considerations.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to perform in the various steps of mineral extraction, including exploration, evaluation, development, recovery, and processing. The mining engineering faculty is committed to an interactive teaching and learning environment to ensure that the student plays an active role in the learning process. The general education opportunities are sufficiently broad and diverse in nature and scope to enable the student to tailor the educational experience to particular interests, backgrounds, and expected roles in society.

The integration of knowledge and skills acquired during the course of study enables the student and, ultimately, the graduates of this program to do the following:

  • To deliver curriculum material that is of sufficient science and engineering rigor to ensure that students have the basis for entering the private or public sectors as mining engineers, or higher education, if they so choose.

  • To enable students to comprehend the interrelationships among geology, exploration, valuation, development, exploitation, and processing of mineral deposits in a coordinated manner, from the introductory mining course to the capstone mine-design course.

  • To encourage student use of computer and information technology, in a comprehensive manner, as it relates to engineering applications for mineral resources.

  • To stimulate student awareness, appreciation, and communication capabilities to address societal concerns with regard to the total environment, health and safety, sustainable development, and the conservation of our natural resources.

  • To promote the concepts of teamwork, lifelong learning, and effective and ethical leadership.

STUDENT-TRAINEE PROGRAM: A five-year work-study plan is available to incoming students in Mining Engineering. Alternating periods of employment in industry and schooling at Penn State, the student-trainee obtains the BS degree in five years instead of four, following a rearranged major. Numerous mining and manufacturing companies as well as governmental agencies are cooperating with the University in providing employment during work periods. In addition to earning sufficient funds to finance their education, student-trainees acquire two years of valuable, practical, and professional experience. Additional information can be obtained from the department.

For the B.S. degree in Mining Engineering, a minimum of 130 credits is required.

TO VIEW THE Mining Engineering Minor

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

(24 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)


(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)


(This includes 24 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 6 credits of GWS courses.)

CHEM 012 GN(3), CHEM 014 GN(1), EM SC 100S GWS(3)[71] (Sem: 1-2)
ECON 002 GS(3), ED&G 100(3) (Sem: 1-4)
MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), MATH 250(3), STAT 301 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-6)
E MCH 210(5), GEOSC 071(3)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2) (Sem: 3-4)
MNG 030(2)[1], MNG 402(3), MNG 422(3), MNG 431(3) (Sem: 3-8)
C E 360(3), MN PR 301(3)[1], MN PR 413(1)[1], MNG 404(2), MNG 412(3) (Sem: 5-6)
GEOSC 201(4), MNG 023(2), MNG 410(2), MNG 411(2), MNG 441(3)[1], MNG 451W(5)[1] (Sem: 5-8)
A E 401(3), M E 030(3) (Sem: 7-8)

Select 11 credits, one course from each category a, b, c, and d:
a. ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
b. PHIL 103 GH(3) or PHIL 106 GH(3) or PHIL 107 GH(3) or PHIL 233 GH(3)/S T S 233 GH(3) (Sem: 1-4)
c. CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or CMPSC 201F GQ(3) or E MCH 012(3) or E MCH 112H(3) (Sem: 3-4)
d. MATH 220 GQ(2) or MATH 231(2) (Sem: 3-4)

Select 6 credits in consultation with adviser (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 5-8)

Note: Engineering students are expected to take at least one sequence of humanities, social science, or arts courses of either 6 or 9 credits, which culminates in a higher-level course. Humanities, arts, and social science courses (both breadth and depth) should compose an integral part of the engineering program and not be limited to a selection of related introductory courses. Close consultation with advisers on these issues is warranted.


[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[71] The following substitutions are allowed for students attending campuses where the indicated course is not offered: CAS 100 GWS or ENGL 202C GWS can be substituted for EM SC 100S GWS.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2002

Blue Sheet Item #: 30-07-083

Review Date: 10/8/02




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