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The bachelor's degree in mining engineering offered by the University of Arizona department of mining and geological engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The degree is composed of 128 units. Students must first be accepted into the UA College of Engineering and then choose the mining engineering major in their junior year. Students can pursue tracks in:
The mine operations track prepares students to design, build and operate surface and underground mines; work in mine finance; and work with mine information and production technology. While minors are not required for engineering majors, many students in this track minor in mathematics or geology.
The geomechanics track prepares students to work on geotechnical and geomechanical designs and projects in rock and soil. The track combines classes in mining with more geology, geographic information systems, geophysics, hydrology or civil engineering. Students can work in mining, oil and gas, or the construction sector. We encourage a minor in geosciences with this track.
Sustainable Resource Development
The sustainable resource development track gives students the option to take more classes in health and safety, environmental science, or a range of classes related to sustainability including resource economics and anthropology. We encourage a minor in environmental science or public health with this track.
The mineral processing track provides a path for students to gain an in-depth knowledge of ore comminution and liberation, removal of the valuable minerals in the form of concentrate, extraction of valuable metals from concentrates, and purification of metals using aqueous or thermal chemistry. We encourage a minor in chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science and engineering.
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