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Undergraduate Program

What classes will I take?

Undergraduate students take courses in math, physics, chemistry, statics and strength of materials, hydraulics, electrical engineering, and thermodynamics. Students also take structural geology and petrology. Specialized mining engineering courses include underground and surface mining methods, surveying, ventilation, rock mechanics, mine finance, mineral evaluation, and sustainable resource development. Students also take two technical elective courses, which can include topics like data science, computational intelligence, and surveying with drones. Throughout the curriculum, students participate in laboratory and field work, and they culminate their experience with a mine design project. The project requires students to apply skills in math, science, and engineering to solve real world mining engineering problems.

What can i do outside of class?

Mining engineering students are encouraged to become an integral part of the campus community at the University of Utah. Students can participate in a variety of student activities including the Associated Students of the University of Utah, the organization charged with student government; Inclusive Earth, a group that encourages unity and inclusivity in earth sciences and engineering; the Utah Freeskier Society, an outdoor recreational club for students who love to ski, or think they might love to ski; and the MUSS for students interested in attending athletic events and tailgates. Students are also encouraged to participate in the student chapters of professional organizations including Women in Mining and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Inc.

Find more ways to get involved on campus!


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What will i do after I graduate?

Career Opportunities


A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Mining Engineering provides students with a versatile education, and throughout industry, mining engineers fill broad roles from corporate managers to technical specialists to commodity traders. The majority of graduating students find employment working as engineers for mining and construction companies. Students also pursue employment in government and industry organizations that support mining and extractive industries. Graduates are in high demand. Some students receive more than three job offers before graduating, and starting salaries are usually more than $60,000 per year.


To learn more about degree programs in Mining Engineering, about how to get involved on campus, or about potential career opportunities email or call (801) 581-7198.

Contact Information

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Mining Engineering Department
William Browning Building
135 S 1460 East Rm 00313
Salt Lake City, Ut 84112

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(801) 581-7198


Last Updated: 12/18/19