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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

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 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: 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.

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 Energy 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