An Education in Mining

An Education in Mining

Posted by OakRocks on 20th Mar 2024

I’ve compiled some information here for those interested in pursuing an education and a career in the mining industry.

This may not be an exhaustive list and the information presented is taken directly off their websites, but may change at any time. I do not guarantee the timeliness or the accuracy of the information-please check with the websites provided to verify all information!

University of Alaska Fairbanks

"The College of Engineering and Mines (CEM) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been educating engineering students since 1922. Originally, it was founded as the Alaska Agriculture College and School of Mines in 1917. Over the years, students from around the world have pursued their engineering degree with us, taking advantage of the opportunity to learn one-on-one from outstanding faculty in the unique environment of Interior Alaska."

University of Arizona School of Mining and Mineral Resources

"The University of Arizona is home to a working underground mine and the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources, as well as geotechnical labs and centers for sustainability and mining safety. The school is instilling knowledge of the many facets of mining and mineral resource management not just in geoscientists and engineers, but also lawyers, entrepreneurs, medical professionals, business executives and social scientists. The curriculum taps into programs in a number of fields of study, such as the Global Mining Law program and Lowell Program in Economic Geology."

Colorado School of Mines

The Colorado School of Mines has over seventy degree programs to choose from.

"Colorado School of Mines educates students and advances knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to address the ever-growing challenges, demands and aspirations of today’s world. With cutting-edge classroom and lab experiences, trailblazing research and future-focused ideas, Mines empowers its students, faculty and staff to achieve excellence and push the boundaries of what is possible."

University of Kentucky Department of Mining Engineering

"The Department of Mining Engineering offers a traditional Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering, a non-thesis Master of Mining Engineering degree, a research-oriented Master of Science degree in Mining Engineering, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mining Engineering. At the graduate level, students are able to specialize in one of the extractive sub-disciplines of mining engineering or in mineral processing. Through funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Alpha Foundation and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, researchers are making advances in rare earth element recovery, autonomous underground mining systems that improve safety and mitigate damage from underground coal mine explosions."

Michigan Tech Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

"As stewards of the Earth, you will be leading the way to a better future. Your work in the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences will show you how to balance the safety of our planet and its natural resources with the needs of society. From the field to the lab, measurement and analysis will help drive advancements in areas including water-supply maintenance, natural-resource management, disaster mitigation, and infrastructure design."

Missouri University of Science & Technology

Missouri University Mining and Explosives Engineering department offers a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering and master’s and doctoral degrees in mining and explosives engineering.

"S&T faculty and students are engaged in all aspects of minerals and explosives research to ensure the mines of the future are safe, have a low ecological footprint, and the use of energetic materials is safe and effective. As the world transitions to green energy systems, the projected demand for critical minerals such as rare earth elements, lithium, cobalt and copper is orders of magnitude higher than current demand. Explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics are increasingly relevant to industry and national defense."

Montana Tech

Montana Tech has the nation's only on-campus underground mine.

"Mining Engineers design, construct, and manage surface mines, underground mines, and quarries. The Montana State School of Mines was established in 1895 and opened in 1900. In 1900, Butte was the premier mining camp in the US and Tech's mining program focused on hardrock underground mining. Today, however, we train mining engineers in all aspects of mining."

Mackay School of Earth Science & Engineering

Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering

"The Mackay School of Earth Sciences enjoys a long and proud history at the University of Nevada, Reno. While offering programs in geology, geography, geophysics, geological engineering, hydrogeology, mining engineering (with options in underground and quarry mining) and now metallurgical engineering, Mackay has expanded its scope to include research and degree programs in other critical earth science disciplines including seismology, environmental engineering and hydrology. "

New Mexico Tech

“The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, commonly known as New Mexico Tech, is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurialism and mathematics) school and is devoted to excellence in education and research. New Mexico Tech aspires to be a preeminent community of scholars dedicated to research, education, and innovation – advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – to meet the challenges of tomorrow. We will drive innovation and education through transdisciplinary collaborations."

Pennsylvania State University Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering

"The John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) is a unique department with world-class faculty experts in science, engineering, economics, and statistics as applied to the energy and mineral resources sector. In contrast to traditional disciplinary departments, EME faculty encompass the range of disciplines required for the energy and environmental challenges of today and for the next century."

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Department of Mining, Engineering and Management

"At South Dakota Mines, students receive hands-on experience with industry-grade equipment, management training, and the opportunity to survey a mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. Majors also train with professional mine rescue teams, intern at Barrick Gold, Cargill, Caterpillar, Kiewit, and Freeport-McMoRan – and compete on the international stage. In 2016, South Dakota Mines took second in the international Mining & Mucking Games."

University of Utah Department of Mining Engineering, College of Mines and Earth Sciences

"The Mining Engineering program at the University of Utah prepares you to meet the unique 21st century needs of the mining industry and the world. Our graduates design, operate, manage, and reclaim mines and mining facilities in a profitable, safe, and environmentally responsible manner. As a Mining Engineer your career can be part of the solution, addressing the future resource demands of our world. "

Virginia Tech College of Engineering/Mining and Minerals Engineering

"The sustainable development, extraction, and production of critical minerals and energy resources fuels the technologies of the future, from electric vehicles to green energy. Virginia Tech’s Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering trains its graduates to help lead the world."

West Virginia University Mining Engineering

"As one out of only 12 ABET-accredited mining engineering programs in the United States, the program at WVU is designed to provide graduates with a broad background in mining engineering practice, provide experiential opportunities to gain real-world experience and prepare them to become professional engineers."


We wish you the best on your education path and look forward to a whole new generation of students who love the earth and its treasures as much as we do!

Happy hunting!