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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Mining Engineering

University Park, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (MNG E)

PROFESSOR JEFFERY L. KOHLER, Undergraduate Program Chair

Mining contributes to nearly 15 % of the U.S. and 25% of the global economy.  Mined products are significant and critical inputs to food production, manufacturing, construction, and electricity supply, and each year every person in the U.S. requires an average of 38,500 pounds of new minerals to equip and power their day-to-day activities.  Over 14,000 mines distributed throughout the U.S. supply the majority of these mined products.

 The Penn State Mining Engineering Program prepares students for a career in the industrial minerals, metals, and energy industries that sustain the domestic and global economies.  Importantly, the Program provides an emphasis on sustainable mining through integration of environmental, safety and health, and societal responsibility principles in the design and operation of mineral enterprises.

 Graduates of the program will be prepared to work domestically or internationally to develop and operate mines; or to work in supporting activities including engineering consulting, banking, equipment development and supply, regulatory enforcement, and research.  This is accomplished primarily through the curriculum, but is enhanced by an internship program, which allows qualified students to obtain practical experience through structured employment opportunities in the private and public sectors. 

 The curriculum is built on the foundation of mathematics, science, and general education common to engineering majors at Penn State.  The courses specific to this major are designed and sequenced to provide an appropriate blend of theory, application, and design.  The required courses help to provide the enabling skills for graduates to work in any facet of the vast minerals industry, and technical electives allow for in-depth study of more specialized topics.  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 in the Mining Engineering program provides graduates with the following student outcomes:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


  1. Within three-to-five years after graduation, students are expected to be advancing in their career in the minerals industry and adapting to new situations and emerging problems, through the application of general engineering-science skills and the core technical problem-solving and design practices of the mining engineering profession, with an understanding of the need for lifelong learning.
  2. Within three-to-five years after graduation, students are expected to be communicating effectively.
  3. Within three-to-five years after graduation, students are expected to be functioning effectively as individuals or as members of teams.
  4. Within the first year after graduation, students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of mining to society, and for working in a contemporary society in which safety and health, responsibility to the environment, and ethical behavior are required, without exception.
  5. Within the first five years after graduation, students are expected to be preparing to attain licensure as a Professional Engineer.

STUDENT-TRAINEE PROGRAM: An internship program and a five-year work-study plan are available to incoming students in Mining Engineering.  Numerous mining and manufacturing companies, as well as government agencies, cooperate with the University to offer structured employment opportunities during the student’s academic career.   In addition to earning significant funds to help finance their education, these opportunities provide valuable practical and professional experience prior to graduation.  The internships normally take place in the summer, and the B.S. degree can be earned in four years. The work-study plan consists of alternating six-month periods of employment and schooling, and requires five years to earn the B.S. degree. Additional information can be obtained from the department.

Integrated B.S. in Mining Engineering (MNG E) and M.S. in Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME)

The integrated undergraduate-graduate (IUG) program between the Mining Engineering undergraduate program and the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program enables academically superior and research-focused MNG E undergraduate students to also obtain an M.S. degree in Energy and Mineral Engineering in five years of study. Students should refer to the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program in the Graduate Program Bulletin for the IUG admission and degree requirements. (

For the B.S. in Mining Engineering, a minimum of 131 credits is required. This baccalaureate program in Mining Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.,

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

(27 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)


(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)


(This includes 27 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; 3 credits of GH courses.)

CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), EM SC 100S GWS(3)[88] (Sem: 1-2)
ECON 102 GS(3), EDSGN 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 001(3)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2) (Sem: 3-4)
E E 211(3), MNG 230(3)[1], MNG 331(3), MNG 422(3),  (Sem: 3-8)
EME 460(3), MN PR 301(3)[1], MN PR 413(1)[1], MNG 404(2), (Sem: 5-6)
GEOSC 201(4), MNG 223(2), MNG 410(3), MNG 411(2), MNG 441(3)[1], MNG 451W(4)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

Select 23 credits, one course from each category a, b, c, d, e, f, g, or h:

     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 201 GQ(3) or CMPSC 202 GQ(3)
     d. MATH 220 GQ(2) or MATH 231(2) (Sem: 3-4)
     e. E MCH 212(3) or E MCH 212H(3) (Sem: 3-4)
     f. EME 301(3) or M E 300(3) (Sem: 4-6)
     g. EME 303(3) or C E 360(3) (Sem: 5-6)
     h. MNG 470(3) or GEOSC 470W(3) (Sem: 7-8)

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

Course Substitutions for the Integrated B.S. in Mining Engineering (MNG E) and M.S. in Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME)

As many as twelve of the credits required for the master's degree may be applied to both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. A minimum of six credits counted for both the B.S. and M.S. degrees must be at the 500-level. Thesis and culminating/capstone experience credits may not be double counted. The undergraduate degree program officer will determine the specific undergraduate required courses for which the 500-level courses may be used to substitute to meet institutional and accreditation requirements.

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

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2012

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-06-100

Review Date: 04/10/2012

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07