Begin Date: Fall Semester 1998
End Date: Spring Semester 1999
PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER J. BISE, Section Chair
The major in Mining Engineering consists of two options: Mining and Mineral Processing. Each is pointed at a specific aspect of the mineral industries. The Mining Engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Engineering Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
For the B.S. degree in Mining Engineering, a minimum of 132 credits is required.
MINING OPTION: This option is concerned with the valuation, development, and exploitation of mineral deposits. Mining engineers examine and value mineral deposits, plan and design mines, and operate and manage mines. They may be employed as supervisors or engineers in operations, as engineers for equipment sales and investment firms of governmental agencies, as research scientists, or as teachers. They follow their profession in the extraction of metallic and nonmetallic minerals as well as solid fuels, in the field or in the office, surface or underground, here or abroad. Graduates are concerned with the total environment, including the health and safety of persons employed in and about the mines, as well as the protection and preservation of property directly and indirectly related to the mining process. The problem of recovering more minerals from low-grade, marginal deposits can be solved by applying the principles of mechanization, technology, scientific management, and mass-production techniques. Traditionally, mining engineers develop, organize, and direct this effort.
MINERAL PROCESSING OPTION: This option offers the student an opportunity to specialize in the chemical and physical processes used in concentrating the valuable minerals and removing the undesirable material from the ore coming from the mine. As rich ore deposits become exhausted, engineering scientists must be specially trained to solve the problems of converting the lower grade ores into usable raw materials. Process engineering involves large plants, which must treat millions of tons of material per year, and is vital to the production of coal, metals, cement, and industrial minerals. The plants must be designed and operated so as to allow for the disposal of huge quantities of waste materials without damage to the environment.
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 B.S. 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.
MINING ENGINEERING MINOR: Students must take MNG 030(2), 404(2), 410(2), 412(3), 422(3), 431(3) and 441(3), for a total of 18 credits. A grade-point average of 2.0 for all courses is required.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(21 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin. Note: The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) does not permit the use of skills courses to satisfy the Arts category of General Education.)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 107 credits
(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)
COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 80 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (66 credits)
CHEM 012 GN(3), 014 GN(1) (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 140 GQ(4), 141 GQ(4), 250(3), STAT 301 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-6)
E MCH 210(5), GEOSC 071(3), PHYS 201 GN(4), 202 GN(4), 203 GN(3) (Sem: 3-4)
GEOSC 004(3), MNG 030(2), 402(3), 422(3), 431(3) (Sem: 3-8)
C E 261(3), ENGL 202C GWS(3), MN PR 301(3), 413(1), MNG 404(2), 412(3) (Sem: 5-6)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (8 credits)
CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or 201F GQ(3); E MCH 012(3) or 112H(3) (Sem: 3-4)
MATH 220 GQ(2) or 231(2) (Sem: 3-4)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits in consultation with adviser (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 5-8)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 27 credits
MINING OPTION: 27 credits
MINERAL PROCESSING OPTION: 27 credits
ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
ECON 002 GS(3), 004 GS(3), or 014 GS(3) (Sem: 1-6)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (3 credits)
Select 3 credits in consultation with adviser (Sem: 7-8)
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.
 A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
The Pennsylvania State University ©1998
The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.
Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 1998
Blue Sheet Item #: 27-01-072
Review Date: 6/3/99 (General Education Update)