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Mining Engineering (MNG E) - Archive

ARCHIVED FILE (major and minor separated November 2001)
Begin Date: Summer Session 2000
End Date: program current

Mining Engineering (MNG E) - Archive

PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER J. BISE, Undergraduate Program Officer

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

For the B.S. degree in Mining Engineering, a minimum of 132 credits is required.

MINING OPTION: 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 judgement. 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 and appreciation for societal concerns with regard to the total environment, health and safety, sustainable development, lifelong learning and the conservation of our natural resources.

MINERAL PROCESSING OPTION: Mineral Processing deals with the characterization of particulate materials and the design and evaluation of mineral/particle processing systems. Students in this program proceed through a logical progression of courses, which allows them to develop an understanding of basic concepts through engineering applications. Laboratory courses enforce the basic principles acquired during these courses. They apply this information to the design of specific operations and complete processing systems. Students enrolled in the program acquire:

  • a strong foundation in mathematics and the physical and engineering sciences.
  • a fundamental background in mineral and particle process engineering with emphasis on particle processing, applied surface and solution chemistry, and systems engineering that is of sufficient scientific and engineering rigor to ensure a strong basis for lifelong learning and graduate study, if so desired.
  • the ability to conduct experiments, interpret data, and apply the results to the design and operation of engineering systems.
  • an understanding of the human, societal, economic and ethical issues involved in industrial activity and environmental protection.
  • the skills to communicate effectively to technical and non-technical audiences.

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), MNG 404(2), MNG 410(2), MNG 412(3), MNG 422(3), MNG 431(3) and MNG 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: 45 credits
(24 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 111 credits
(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.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 82 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (65 credits)
CHEM 012 GN(3), CHEM 014 GN(1), EM SC 100S GWS(3)[71] (Sem: 1-2)
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)
GEOSC 004(3), MNG 030(2)[1], MNG 402(3), MNG 422(3), MNG 431(3) (Sem: 3-8)
C E 261(3), MN PR 301(3)[1], MN PR 413(1)[1], MNG 404(2), MNG 412(3) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (11 credits)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or CMPSC 201F GQ(3); E MCH 012(3) or E MCH 112H(3) (Sem: 3-4)
MATH 220 GQ(2) or MATH 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: 29 credits

MINING OPTION: 29 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (29 credits)
ECON 002 GS(3), ED&G 100(3) (Sem: 1-4)
GEOSC 451(3), 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)

MINERAL PROCESSING OPTION: 29 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (21 credits)
CHEM 013 GN(3), CHEM 015 GN(1) (Sem: 1-2)
MATSE 401(3), MN PR 424(3) (Sem: 5-6)
MN PR 401(3)[1], MN PR 425(3), MN PR 426(3), MN PR 451(2)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 004 GS(3), or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 1-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (5 credits)
Select 5 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.

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[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 courses is not offered: SPCOM 100 GWS or ENGL 202C GWS can be substituted for EM SC 100S GWS.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2000

Blue Sheet Item #: 28-07-053

Review Date: 4/11/00

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