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Mining Engineering

The mining engineering program at West Virginia University began in 1868 when the first mine surveying course was offered. Our state-of-the-art laboratories include rock mechanics and ground control, mine ventilation, mine equipment, mine design, health and safety, longwall, coal preparation and mineral processing.

Career Profile

The goal of the bachelor's degree program in mining engineering at WVU is to graduate mining professionals who can solve the problems of the mining industry and/or pursue graduate study.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

ENGR 101 Engineering Problem Solving 1 HIST 102 Western Civilization: 1600 to Present CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry MATH 155 Calculus 1 ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric

Senior Year

MINE 411 Rock Mechanics/Ground Control MINE 393 Special Topics MINE 471 Mine and Safety Management MINE 411 Rock Mechanics/Ground Control GEOL 342 Structural Geology for Engineers

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The mining engineering baccalaureate degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Alumni Profile

Benjamin Statler

A third-generation coal miner, Benjamin Statler received his bachelor’s degree in mining engineering in 1973. While attending the University, he began his career at CONSOL Energy, rising through the ranks to become senior vice president. He later started his own mining company, PinnOak Resources LLC, where he served as president and CEO. He currently serves as co-founder and chief executive officer of Gulf Coast Capital Partners, a private investment firm founded in 2008, which is focused on acquiring and providing capital to middle market companies in special situations. In 2012, after a generous donation, the college was named the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

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