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The Mining Engineering Department at the University of Utah will prepare students for productive, life-long careers in mining and related industries or disciplines. It will provide knowledge useful for producing the region's mineral resources, educate graduates to work in any area of the mining industry, disseminate newly acquired knowledge via publication of original research, provide professional service to the mining industry and public to assist in the environmentally responsible and safe extraction of mineral resources, and inform the public at large about the importance of mining to society.


  • Graduates will be successful in mining engineering or other professions.
  • Graduates will demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning, for example by participation in conferences and symposia and by pursuing advanced degrees and professional licensure.
  • Graduates will evidence a willingness to give professional and public service.
  • Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of safety and sustainability in all activities, in the workplace and elsewhere, and will evidence that understanding by their personal behavior and their influence on the actions of their employers, their professional societies, and the communities in which they reside.


Early in their professional careers, graduates of the mining engineering program will demonstrate the following:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problem by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply the engineering design process to produce solutions that meet specific needs with consideration for public health and safety, and global, cultural, social, environmental, economic, and other factors as appropriate to the discipline.
  3. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  4. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  5. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  6. An ability to recognize the ongoing need to acquire new knowledge, to choose appropriate learning strategies, and to apply this knowledge.
  7. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader of a team that establishes goals, plans tasks, meets deadlines, and creates a collaborative and inclusive environment.
Last Updated: 6/8/20