Undergraduate Students

Endless Opportunities

When you are searching for the program which best fits your future there are many things to consider. One of these is the distinction of the program. How have previous graduates faired within the industry. Our graduates have distinguished themselves within the mining industry quite well. Our Development Board members are an example of the quality of education you will receive at Missouri S&T. They are leaders within the industry and continue to help us discover how we can best prepare students for the future. Some of our alums have developed new mining methods which have changed the industry. One example of this is Daniel Jackling who co-founded the Utah Copper Company in Utah. Today this is the deepest open-pit mine in the world and known as the Bingham Canyon Mine. 

We offer a diversified program which gives you knowledge of the different types of mining as well as the option to receive a minor or area of emphasis in Explosives Engineering, Coal Mining, Mineral Processing, Quarry, Mine Design, Sustainable Development, or Mine Health and Safety. We are ABET accredited (www.abet.org).

Our faculty are recognized as leaders in their areas of expertise. They continue to work as consultants within the industry and all are actively involved in research projects. 

We have world class facilities which allow students to receive a hands-on education which is not offered at any other university. Our experimental mine allows students to work in the mine and adjacent quarries on a daily basis. There, students can work in the mine ventilation lab, perform live blasting sessions, study placement of drill holes for optimal rock blasting, understand surface and underground mining principles, and learn mine safety and rescue. A new building and additional laboratories is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

Our students are actively involved in industry related societies and contests. We have annual fundraisers including our haunted mine which is designed and operated by students. The proceeds along with industry contributions allow students to attend conferences and contests at little or no additional out of pocket expenses. At the events, students network with their peers and with their future employers.

Financial aid is available to students interested in a career in mining engineering. Students are encouraged to work at internships during the summer. These internships offer the students additional hands on experience which is vital to the overall education of our students. It is an excellent avenue to explore the different areas of mining, earn money for your education, meet peers and future employers, and get a glimpse into what you will be doing in your future professional career.

Companies schedule information sessions and interviews throughout the fall and spring sessions for students interested in internships, co-ops, part-time, or full-time employment after graduation. Signup sheets for interviews are available on a first come-first serve basis.

Industry seeks not just to employ the specialist mining engineer, but desires to employ a professional who can function as engineer and manager, who can understand labor problems and global finances, who has the ability to communicate with fellow professionals as well as with the public and media, and who is sensitive to environmental and safety issues. At Missouri University of Science and Technology, we work closely with our industry partners to develop coursework designed to prepare our students for their new role in industry.

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering degree look forward to the great income potential. 

If mining engineering sounds like an interesting career for you, apply today at futurestudents.mst.edu.


Freshman Year
First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
CHEM 1310 4 MATH 1215 4
CHEM 1319 1 PHYSICS 1135 4
FR ENG 1100 1 MECH ENG 1720 3
MATH 1214 4 MIN ENG 1912 1
General Education Elective(1,1) 3 MIN ENG 2126 1
GEO ENG 1150 3 GEOLOGY 2611 3
CHEM 1100 1 General Education Elective(1,2) 3
  17   19
Sophomore Year
First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
MIN ENG 3912 3 PHYSICS 2135 4
General Education Elective(1,3) 3 MECH ENG 2340 3
MATH 2222 4 MATH 3304 3
GEOLOGY 3310 3 CHEM 3410 3
GEOLOGY 3319 1 General Education Elective(1,4) 3
MIN ENG 2925 2  
  16   16
Junior Year
First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
MIN ENG 3913 3 MIN ENG 4522 3
CIV ENG 2210 3 MIN ENG 4113 3
CIV ENG 3330 3 MIN ENG 4932 3
MIN ENG 3412 3 MIN ENG 4933 3
STAT 3113 3 MIN ENG 4823 3
General Education Elective(1,5) 3  
  18   15
Senior Year
First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
MIN ENG 5612 3 MIN ENG 4742 3
MIN ENG 4912 3 MIN ENG 4097(8) 4
MIN ENG 4824 2 Technical Elective(2,3,4,5,6,7) 3
General Education Elective(1,6) 3 General Education Elective(1,7) 3
MIN ENG 4096(8) 3  
  14   13
Total Credits: 128


General Education Electives (GECs):  The curriculum contains 21 GEC hours.  1,1Must be either HISTORY 1200 ,HISTORY 1300 , HISTORY 1310 or POL SCI 1200;  1,2Must be ENGLISH 1120;  1,3Must be either ECON 1100 or ECON 1200;  1,4Must be ENGLISH 1600;  1,5Must focus on economics of large enterprise, such as ECON 3512 or MIN ENG 3512;  1,6Must focus on challenges of managing and/or leading industrial organizations, such as ECON 4643PSYCH 4610 or MIN ENG 4512;  1,7Humanities or Social Science elective.


Explosives Engineering Emphasis: MIN ENG 5622 (Blasting Tech) and either MIN ENG 4001 (Special Topics Explosives), MIN ENG 4099 (Undergraduate Research in Explosives), MIN ENG 4823 (Rock Mechanics) or MIN ENG 4922 (Tunneling/Construction) have to be taken as Technical Electives.


Quarrying Emphasis: Two of CIV ENG 3116 (Construction Materials); MIN ENG 4212 (Advanced Aggregate and Quarrying); and MIN ENG 4412 (Aggregate Materials) have to be taken as Technical Electives.


Coal Emphasis: Two of MIN ENG 4322 (Coal Mine Development and Production), MIN ENG 4414 (Mine Plant Management) or an approved substitute course must be taken as Technical Electives.


Mining and the Environment Emphasis: GEO ENG 5235 (Environmental Geological Engineering) and GEO ENG 5233 (Risk Assessment in Environmental Studies), or approved substitute courses have to be taken as Technical Electives.


Mining Health and Safety Emphasis: MIN ENG 3002 (Mine Rescue), ENG MGT 4330 (Human Factors), or other approved substitute courses must be taken as Technical Electives.


Sustainable Development Emphasis:  POL SCI 3310 (Public Policy Analysis), ECON 4440 (Environmental and Natural Resource Economics), or other approved substitute courses must be taken as Technical Electives.


Mining courses in italics are offered every semester.

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