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Overview for Mining and Mineral Engineering

A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of mineral extraction, processing and refining systems, including open pit and shaft mines, prospecting and site analysis equipment and instruments, environmental and safety systems, mine equipment and facilities, mineral processing and refining methods and systems, and logistics and communications systems.

Careers for Mining and Mineral Engineering Majors

A major in Mining and Mineral Engineering is highly relevant for the following careers. National averages for wages in each career is provided.

Colleges Offering a Major in Mining and Mineral Engineering

Top 13 U.S. Colleges with the highest percentage of Mining and Mineral Engineering among the 2008-2009 graduating class.

AddInfoCollege Name Degrees Awarded/
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO
Moderately Selective$26,404 
Montana Tech of the University of Montana
Butte, MT
Less Selective$16,820 
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Rolla, MO
Less Selective$19,579 
Online Degree Programs
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New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Socorro, NM
Less Selective$13,568 
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Rapid City, SD
Less Selective$8,210 
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA
Moderately Selective$21,878 
University of Nevada-Reno
Reno, NV
Less Selective$16,540 
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University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
Less Selective$15,769 
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Less Selective- 
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
Less Selective- 
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Degrees awarded represents the number of bachelor's degrees awarded among the 2008-2009 graduating class.