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Mining Engineering

This major addresses society's needs for mineral resources and the management, health, safety and environmental impacts associated with producing and processing these resources in a sustainable and responsible way.

By the numbers100,000

The Mining Engineering Department awards $100,000 in scholarships annually.

Overview

What is Mining Engineering at WVU like?

Description

Mining engineering includes exploration, extraction, processing, transportation, marketing, sales and utilization of mineral resources. Professionals are well-versed in mining and geology and also in the principles of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering as they apply to the mining industry.

The Mining Engineering program is designed to produce a professional capable of designing and managing a modern surface and/or underground coal, metal and/or non-metal mining operations.

Our Department features state-of-the-art laboratories, including rock mechanics, mine ventilation, mineral processing and surface mining labs.

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At a Glance

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Fast Facts

What makes Mining Engineering at WVU unique?


Dual Major

This major offers the option to simultaneously complete a second bachelor's degree in:

Research and Academic Opportunities

Students are introduced to various mine design programs. From SurvCADD to the Rocscience program, students are provided with rigorous training to operate and effectively use programs in mine design.

For their own development, students often take courses offered by other departments, including Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Early College Program

Get a head start (and save money) in our High School ACCESS program for high school students. Choose from online, on-campus or dual credit courses that fulfill requirements for general education or Mining Engineering. Online courses to consider for this major include:

  • ENGR 101: Engineering Problem-Solving 1
  • ENGR 102: Engineering Problem-Solving 2
  • ENGR 140: Engineering in History

Transfer Articulation Agreements

In addition to guaranteed admission agreements WVU has transfer articulation agreements with:

Student Organizations

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Professional Organizations

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WVUteach

You can earn a secondary teaching certificate through WVUteach while completing a four-year degree in WVU's Mining Engineering major.

Careers

What can you do with this degree?

Most graduates obtain employment in either management or technical track positions at mining operations, including surface and underground, coal, metal and non-metal. Some work for equipment manufacturers, government agencies and consulting companies.

Most find employment at mines across the U.S.; however, a number of students have taken positions abroad in locations including Australia, Canada and Brazil.

Graduates also have pursued graduate degrees in mining engineering at WVU and other institutions, while others have obtained law degrees or MBAs.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Mining Engineering major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Employers

Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

Courses

What are the courses like in Mining Engineering at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Mining Engineering major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

MINE 206:
Surface Mining Systems

Surface mining methods, surface mining equipment, explosives and blasting design fundamentals, and slope stability.

MINE 382:
Mine Power Systems

Comprehensive study of mine electrical power systems from theory to practice, covering the vital aspects that go into planning and designing a mine power system.

MINE 411:
Rock Mechanics/Ground Control

Rock properties and behavior, in-situ stress field, mine layout and geological effects; design of entry, pillar, and bolt systems, convergence and stress measurements, surface subsidence, roof control plan, slope stability, and laboratory sessions.

MINE 471:
Mine and Safety Management

The nature of federal and state laws pertaining to coal mine and safety; emphasis on achieving compliance through effective mine planning, design, statistical quality control, and mine health and safety management.

Cost and Aid

How much does Mining Engineering at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $429
Per Semester $5,148
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,296
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,128
Per Semester $13,536
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,072
International
Per Credit $1,128
Per Semester $13,836
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,672
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Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending WVU in addition to university scholarships.

Early College Program

Get a head start (and save money) in our High School ACCESS program for high school students. Choose from online, on-campus or dual credit courses that fulfill requirements for general education or Mining Engineering. Online courses to consider for this major include:

  • ENGR 101: Engineering Problem-Solving 1
  • ENGR 102: Engineering Problem-Solving 2
  • ENGR 140: Engineering in History

Learn About Our HS ACCESS Early College Program

Extra Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPA and SAT/ACT test score. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Mining Engineering can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Mining Engineering has transfer articulation agreements with:

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Mining Engineering at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Mining Engineering major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. They also must meet one of the following admission requirements. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Engineering Track 1:

This track is for students who are ready for college level calculus. Students who start on this track can typically graduate in 4 years.

  • GPA: 3.00
  • ACT Math: 28
  • SAT Math: 660
Engineering Track 2:

This track is for students who place into a pre-calculus course. Students who start out on this track can typically graduate in 4 or 4.5 years without taking summer classes.

  • GPA: 2.75
  • ACT Math: 26
  • SAT Math: 610
Engineering Track 3:

This track is designed for students who place into algebra or pre-algebra and can typically graduate in 5 years.

  • GPA: 2.50
  • ACT Math: 22
  • SAT Math: 540

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