University General Course Catalog 2024-2025 (DRAFT) 
    May 30, 2024  
University General Course Catalog 2024-2025 (DRAFT)

Mining Engineering, M.S.

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The department of mining and metallurgical engineering offers a graduate program leading to the degree of Master of Science in mining engineering. The students can elect to pursue in one of the following specialization fields, such as, mine automation and robotics, artifical intelligence (AI) application in mines, mine design, rock mechanics, mine ventilation, computer applications, material handling, mine management, operations research, and mineral economics and mine sustainability.

Contact Information

Raj R. Kallu, Graduate Program Director
(775) 682-6448

Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes

The program aims to provide students with a strong foundation in mine design, mine ventilation, rock mechanics, and mineral reserve estimation, in addition to a specialized area of research.  Students completing the program will have worked on a basic or applied research project that has an impact on mining engineering practice, and will have successfully communicated their results through written and oral presentations.

Admissions Requirement

Please consult the Graduate School section of the catalog for general admission requirements.  The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required, as well as three letters of recommendation. The deadline for completed applications (online) for fall semester is March 15; for spring semester, the deadline is September 15.

I. Program Requirements

Unless equivalent courses were completed at the upper-division undergraduate level, the program of study should include:

A. Plan A Thesis Option

For the thesis option (Plan A), additional courses will include:

  • (1 to 6 units) (6 units required)
  • Approved 700-level Technical Electives (16 units)

B. Plan B Non-thesis Option

For the non-thesis option (Plan B), additional courses will include:

II. Program Total Hours (30 units)

Plan A - Thesis Option: 30 units

Plan B - Non-thesis Option: 30 units

Undergraduate Prerequisites

A B.S. in an engineering discipline is recommended.  Applicants without an undergraduate engineering degree are required to either pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, or complete a minimum of 12 credits of basic engineering courses (e.g., statics, dynamics, strength of materials, thermodynamics, circuits, fluid mechanics) with a grade of B or better.  All students must have a minimum of two undergraduate geology courses and a mining methods course.  While these restrictions do not preclude acceptance into the graduate program, they may necessitate taking undergraduate courses that do not carry graduate credit.

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