Colorado School of Mines

Mining and Earth Systems Engineering

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Students enrolled in this program study the principles of mineral exploration, reserve estimation, underground and surface-mining operations, scheduling, and optimization. Studies include rock mechanics, drilling and rock fragmentation, plant and mine design, mine ventilation, mechanical mining, mine evaluation, mine safety, mineral processing, computing and operation research, and computer modeling. The program has strong components for industrial minerals and geotechnical engineering, especially as they relate to underground construction and tunneling. The curriculum maintains a balance between theoretical principles and their engineering applications. Graduates are highly sought after by both the mining and underground construction industries, and qualified to work in engineering, supervision, education, and research positions.

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Melanie Barnhart, Program Assistant
Mining Engineering Department
Colorado School of Mines

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