Department of Mining Engineering

http://www.mine.statler.wvu.edu

E-mail: Stater-MINE@mail.wvu.edu

Degree Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering (B.S.Min.E.)

Nature of Program

Mining engineering deals with discovering, extracting, processing, marketing, and utilizing mineral deposits from the earth’s crust.  The role of the mining engineer may be quite diversified, and the field offers opportunities for specialization in a large number of technical areas.  The trained professional in this field is well versed in mining and geology and also in the principles of civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering as applied to the mining industry.  With the present trend toward the use of engineers in industrial management and administrative positions, the mining engineer’s training also includes economics, business, personnel management, and the humanities. 

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering (B.S.Min.E.) program at West Virginia University has been established to produce graduates who are thoroughly prepared to meet the operational and engineering challenges of the mining industry and to continue their studies in graduate programs. The mining engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Program Educational Objectives

The four program educational objectives of the WVU BSMinE have been established:

  1. Our graduates will be successful in their professional careers and will continue to develop professionally and serve in leadership roles in industry, research, public service, and/or post-graduate education.
  2. Our graduates will achieve their professional objectives by coordinating and leveraging key aspects of Mining Engineering: geology, exploration, valuation, development, exploitation, reclamation, and beneficiation.
  3. Our graduates will successfully utilize engineering principles and technology to solve engineering problems in their career.
  4. Throughout their careers, our graduates will successfully demonstrate their awareness and appreciation for professional registration, ethics, and lifelong learning while recognizing their obligations to society, the environment, the profession, and miner health and safety.

Student Outcomes

Upon graduation, all Bachelors of Science students in Mining Engineering will:

  • Be well prepared in application of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Be well prepared to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • Be well prepared to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • Have an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • Have an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • Have an ability to communicate effectively
  • Have the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  • Have recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning
  • Have knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Have an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • Have an understanding of the importance of economics, environmental, health, and safety issues in the operations of modern mines
  • Have an ability to learn independently

Professional technical courses include surface and underground mining systems, engineering principles of blasting, materials handling, ventilation, roof control, rock mechanics, mining equipment, coal and mineral preparation, plant and mine design, geology, and water control.  In addition, students receive a foundation in the managerial, financial, environmental, and social aspects of the operation of a mining enterprise.  Local coal fields, mines, and preparation plants provide extensive opportunity for research, instruction, and field work in a real-world situation.

In the fourth year, the student may specialize in such career areas as coal mining, ore mining, or other phases of mining engineering through the proper selection of design problems and electives.  The student will be assigned an advisor who will assist in this phase of the program.

Curriculum in Mining Engineering

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Curriculum Requirements

To receive a degree of bachelor of science in mining engineering, a student must meet the University’s undergraduate degree requirements, take all the courses indicated below, and attain a grade point average of 2.25 or better in all mining engineering courses. If a mining engineering course is repeated, only the last grade received is used to compute the major grade point average, and the course credit hours are counted only once. This requirement assures that the student has demonstrated overall competence in the major.

Freshman Engineering Requirements
ENGR 101Engineering Problem Solving 12
Engineering Problem Solving:3
Introduction to Chemical Engineering
Engineering Problem-Solving 2
Introduction to Nanotechnology Design
Introduction to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Design
ENGR 199Orientation to Engineering1
Non-Mining Engineering Core
AGRN 455Reclamation of Disturbed Soils3
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 2B)4
GEOL 101Planet Earth3
GEOL 102Planet Earth Laboratory1
GEOL 342Structural Geology for Engineers3
MAE 241Statics3
MAE 242Dynamics3
MAE 243Mechanics of Materials3
MAE 320Thermodynamics3
MAE 331Fluid Mechanics3
Calculus I (GEF 3):4
Calculus 1 (Minimum grade of C- is required)
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
and Calculus 1b with Precalculus (Minimum grade of C- is required)
MATH 156Calculus 2 (GEF 8 - Minimum grade of C- is required)4
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus (Minimum grade of C- is required)4
MATH 261Elementary Differential Equations4
PHYS 111General Physics (GEF 8)4
PHYS 112General Physics (GEF 8)4
STAT 215Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
Mining Engineering Core Requirements (Minimum GPA of 2.25 required)
MINE 201Mine Surveying3
MINE 205Underground Mining Systems3
MINE 206Surface Mining Systems4
MINE 261Engineering Computer Aided Design2
MINE 306Mineral Property Evaluation3
MINE 331Mine Ventilation3
MINE 382Mine Power Systems3
MINE 411Rock Mechanics/Ground Control4
MINE 427Coal Preparation4
MINE 461Applied Mineral Computer Methods3
MINE 471Mine and Safety Management3
MINE 480Multidisciplinary Team Project1
MINE 483Mine Design-Exploration Mapping2
MINE 484Mine Design-Report Capstone (Fulfills Writing and Communications Skills Requirement)4
Mining Technical Electives (300 or 400 level MINE course)6
Engineering/Science Electives: 300 or 400 level science or engineering course in BIOM, BMEG, CE, CHE, CPE, CS, EE, IENG, MAE, MINE, PNGE, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, GEOL, and MATH. 6
GEF Electives 1, 4, 5, 6, 718
Total Hours134

Suggested Plan of Study

It is important for students to take courses in the order specified as much as possible; all prerequisites and concurrent requirements must be observed. A typical B.S.Min.E. degree program that completes degree requirements in four years is as follows:

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
ENGR 1012ENGR 1023
ENGR 1991PHYS 111 (GEF 8)4
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)4GEF 43
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3GEF 53
GEOL 1013 
GEOL 1021 
 18 17
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MINE 2053MINE 2064
MINE 2013MAE 2433
MINE 2612MATH 2614
MAE 2413PHYS 112 (GEF 8)4
GEOL 3423MAE 3313
MATH 2514 
 18 18
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MINE 3063MINE 3313
MINE 3823MINE 4274
MINE 4613ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
MAE 3203MAE 2423
STAT 2153GEF 63
 15 16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MINE 4114MINE 4844
MINE 4832AGRN 4553
MINE 4713MINE 4801
Mining Technical Elective3Two Engineering/Science Electives6
GEF 73Mining Technical Elective3
 15 17
Total credit hours: 134

Major Learning Goals

mining engineering

Upon graduation, all Bachelor of Science students in Mining Engineering will:

  • Be well prepared in application of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Be well prepared to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • Be well prepared to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  • Have an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • Have an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • Have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Have an ability to communicate effectively.
  • Have the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  • Have recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.
  • Have knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • Have an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • Have an understanding of the importance of economics, environmental, health, and safety issues in the operations of modern mines.
  • Have an ability to learn independently.

In this Section:

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Curriculum for a Dual Degree in Mining Engineering and Civil Engineering

This curriculum allows students to simultaneously pursue B.S. degrees in mining engineering and civil engineering by completing additional courses. A suggested schedule for the dual curriculum in mining engineering and civil engineering is shown below.

To receive the degrees of bachelor of science in mining engineering and bachelor of science in civil engineering, a student must take all of the courses indicated below and achieve a grade point average of 2.0 or better for all civil engineering courses attempted and a grade point average of 2.25 in all mining engineering courses attempted, except for those courses in which a grade of W was received. If a course is repeated, only the last grade received is counted in computing the grade point average, and the course credit hours are counted only once. This requirement assures that the student has demonstrated overall competence in the chosen major.

Undergraduate Student Minimum Performance Policy

All civil engineering students at WVU, including transfer students, second-degree students, and dual degree students must complete each tracking course with a grade of C or better, with the exception that one D among them is permitted (a transfer course(s) with a grade of D does not satisfy the minimum performance requirement). When a course is repeated, the last grade earned in that course will be used for determining compliance with this minimum performance policy. Only the following Civil Engineering courses may be taken prior to completion of the minimum performance policy: CE 201, CE 210, CE 305, CE 332, and CE 347.

Any tracking course transferred from outside of WVU must be a C or better.

All tracking courses must be completed collectively before taking any 300-level or higher civil engineering course. However, as an exception to the collective prerequisite requirement, geomatics (CE 305), environmental engineering (CE 347), and transportation engineering (CE 332) may be taken before completing all tracking courses.

Second-degree students may petition for a waiver to the collective prerequisite requirement for 300-level or higher civil engineering courses but must meet individual course prerequisites. The petition must include a plan for completing the tracking courses and be approved by the student’s academic advisor and the department chairman.

It is important for the students take courses in the order specified as much as possible; all prerequisites and concurrent requirements must be observed. A typical dual B.S.Min.E and B.S.C.E. degree program that completes degree requirements in five years is as follows. 

Mining/Civil Engineering Curriculum Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 152 credit hours to graduate - the total at the bottom reflects all possible course combinations.
Tracking Courses
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 2)4
MAE 241Statics3
MAE 242Dynamics3
MAE 243Mechanics of Materials3
Select one of the following (GEF 3):4
Calculus 1
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
MATH 156Calculus 2 (GEF 8)4
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 261Elementary Differential Equations4
PHYS 111General Physics (GEF 8)4
Required Courses
CE 201Introduction to Civil Engineering1
CE 301Engineering Professional Development1
CE 321Fluid Mechanics for Civil Engineers3
CE 322Hydrotechnical Engineering3
CE 479Integrated Civil Engineering Design-Capstone3
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (GEF 4)3
ENGR 101Engineering Problem Solving 12
ENGR 102Engineering Problem-Solving 23
ENGR 199Orientation to Engineering1
GEOL 101Planet Earth3
GEOL 102Planet Earth Laboratory1
GEOL 342Structural Geology for Engineers3
IENG 377Engineering Economy3
MAE 320Thermodynamics3
MINE 201Mine Surveying3
MINE 205Underground Mining Systems3
MINE 206Surface Mining Systems4
MINE 261Engineering Computer Aided Design2
MINE 306Mineral Property Evaluation3
MINE 331Mine Ventilation3
MINE 382Mine Power Systems3
MINE 411Rock Mechanics/Ground Control4
MINE 427Coal Preparation4
MINE 471Mine and Safety Management3
MINE 480Multidisciplinary Team Project1
MINE 483Mine Design-Exploration Mapping2
MINE 484Mine Design-Report Capstone4
PHYS 112General Physics (GEF 8)4
STAT 215Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
Civil Engineering Core Courses
CE 332Introduction to Transportation Engineering4
CE 347Introduction to Environmental Engineering4
CE 351Introductory Soil Mechanics4
CE 361Structural Analysis 14
Civil Engineering Design Electives
Select from the following:6
Pavement Design
Flexible Pavements
Environmental Engineering Design
Foundation Engineering
Earthwork Design
Reinforced Concrete Design
Steel Design
Timber Design
Conceptual Design of Structures
Civil Engineering Electives
Select from the following:3
Introduction to Geomatics
Civil Engineering Materials
Concrete and Aggregates
Construction Methods
Construction Engineering
Advanced Concrete Materials
Computational Fluid Mechanics
Engineering Hydology
Water Resources Engineering
Urban Transportation Planning and Design
Railway Engineering
Pedestrian/Bike Transportation
Environmental Science and Technology
Properties of Air Pollutants
Structural Analysis 2
CE 493 course (approved by Advisor)
Independent Study
Managing Construction Safety
GEF Electives 1, 5, 6, 715
Total Hours152

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MINE and CE Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)4ENGR 1023
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3GEOL 1013
ENGR 1012GEOL 1021
ENGR 1991MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4PHYS 111 (GEF 8)4
 14 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 2011ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
MAE 2413MAE 2423
MATH 2514MATH 2614
MINE 2013MINE 2064
MINE 2053PHYS 112 (GEF 8)4
MINE 2612 
 16 18
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 3213Two CE Core Courses*8
GEOL 3423MINE 3313
MAE 2433MINE 4274
MAE 3203MINE 4801
STAT 2153 
 15 16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Two CE Core Courses*8CE 3011
MINE 3063Two CE Design Electives**6
MINE 3823CE 3223
 GEF Elective 63
 IENG 3773
 14 16
Fifth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
GEF Elective 53CE Open Elective***3
ECON 201 (GEF 4)3CE 4793
MINE 4114GEF Elective 73
MINE 4713MINE 4844
MINE 4832 
 15 13
Total credit hours: 152
*

CE Core Classes: CE 332, CE 347, CE 351, CE 361

**

CE Design Electives—any approved CE 400-level design course. See advisor for approved list

***

CE Open Electives—any approved CE 300 or CE 400-level course. See advisor for approved list.

Notes: Discipline substitutions:

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 Mining Engineering/Geology Curriculum Requirements

Dual Degree Curriculum for Mining Engineering and Geology

This curriculum allows students to simultaneously pursue a BS.Min.E. degree in mining engineering and a B.S. in geology.  The dual degree program requires satisfactory completion of 154 credits and fulfilling all the requirements for both degrees.

It is important for students to take courses in the order specified as much as possible; all prerequisites and concurrent requirements must be observed.  A typical dual B.S.Min.E. and B.S.Geology program that completes both degree requirements in five years is as follows. 

Students must complete a minimum of 154 credit hours to graduate - the total at the bottom reflects all possible course combinations.
Required Courses
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 2)4
CHEM 116Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (GEF 4)3
ENGR 101Engineering Problem Solving 12
ENGR 102Engineering Problem-Solving 23
ENGR 199Orientation to Engineering1
GEOL 101Planet Earth3
GEOL 102Planet Earth Laboratory1
GEOL 103Earth Through Time3
GEOL 104Earth Through Time Laboratory1
GEOL 284Mineralogy3
GEOL 285Introductory Petrology3
GEOL 311Stratigraphy and Sedimentation4
GEOL 321Geomorphology3
GEOL 331Paleontology3
or GEOL 454 Environmental and Exploration of Geophysics 1
GEOL 341Structural Geology4
GEOL 404Geology Field Camp6
GEOL 495Independent Study1
or MINE 495 Independent Study
Geology Elective (upper level GEOL course, excluding GEOL 351)3
MAE 241Statics3
MAE 242Dynamics3
MAE 243Mechanics of Materials3
MAE 320Thermodynamics3
MAE 331Fluid Mechanics3
Select one of the following (GEF 3):4
Calculus 1
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
MATH 156Calculus 2 (GEF 8)4
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 261Elementary Differential Equations4
MINE 201Mine Surveying3
MINE 205Underground Mining Systems3
MINE 206Surface Mining Systems4
MINE 261Engineering Computer Aided Design2
MINE 306Mineral Property Evaluation3
MINE 331Mine Ventilation3
MINE 382Mine Power Systems3
MINE 411Rock Mechanics/Ground Control4
MINE 427Coal Preparation4
MINE 461Applied Mineral Computer Methods3
MINE 471Mine and Safety Management3
MINE 480Multidisciplinary Team Project1
MINE 483Mine Design-Exploration Mapping2
MINE 484Mine Design-Report Capstone (Fulfills Writing and Communications Skills Requirement)4
PHYS 111General Physics (GEF 8)4
PHYS 112General Physics4
STAT 215Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
GEF Electives 1, 5, 6, 715
Total Hours154

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Dual MINE and GEOL Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4MATH 156 (GEF 8)4 
ENGR 1012ENGR 1023 
ENGR 1991PHYS 111 (GEF 8)4 
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)4ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3 
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3GEOL 103
GEOL 104
4 
GEOL 101
GEOL 102
4  
 18 18
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
GEOL 2843CHEM 116 (GEF 8)4 
MAE 2413GEOL 2853 
MATH 2514MAE 3313 
MINE 2013MINE 2064 
MINE 2053PHYS 1124 
MINE 2612  
 18 18
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
GEOL 3414GEOL 3114GEOL 404***6
MAE 3203MAE 2433 
MATH 2614MINE 3313 
MINE 4613MINE 4274 
STAT 2153MINE 4801 
 17 15 6
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
GEF 53GEF 63 
ECON 201 (GEF 4)3GEF 73 
GEOL 331 or 4543GEOL 3213 
MINE 3823GEOL Elective*3 
MINE 3063MAE 2423 
 MINE 4832 
 15 17
Fifth Year
FallHours  
GEOL 495 or MINE 495**1  
MINE 4114  
MINE 4713  
MINE 4844  
 12
Total credit hours: 154
*

GEOL technical elective may be any GEOL upper-division elective courses, including GEOL 493, but not GEOL 351.

**

One credit hour from GEOL 495, MINE 495, or eng/sci technical electives or others approved by GEOL or MINE department can be used to satisfy 159 total credit hours requirement.

***

GEOL 404 Geology Field Camp is GEOL capstone course.

Notes: Discipline substitutions:

  • GEOL 311 and other GEOL upper-division elective courses fulfill the requirements for MinE technical elective and eng/sci technical elective.
  • GEOL requirement for GEOL 341 is substituted for MINE requirement for GEOL 342.
  • MINE requirement of AGRN 455 is fulfilled through GEOL 321.
  • MINE 205 and MINE 206 fulfill the requirement of GEOL upper-division technical electives.
  • MINE 484 and GEOL 311 fulfill the requirement of writing course.
  • ECON 201 and GEOL 101 fulfill two of the GEF requirements in the mining curriculum.

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Courses

MINE 201. Mine Surveying. 3 Hours.

PR: MATH 154 or MATH 155 with a grade of C or better. Principles of surveying, field experience in underground and surface surveying with map work and calculations.

MINE 205. Underground Mining Systems. 3 Hours.

PR or CONC: GEOL 101. Underground mining methods and equipment for bedded deposits and ore bodies; description and selection of mining methods, equipment requirements and selection, equipment design, and operational analysis.

MINE 206. Surface Mining Systems. 4 Hours.

PR: GEOL 101. Surface mining methods, surface mining equipment, explosives and blasting design fundamentals, and slope stability.

MINE 261. Engineering Computer Aided Design. 2 Hours.

PR: ENGR 102. Engineering CAD concepts and techniques; implementing applications of engineering computer aided design for engineering graphics and plant design; introduction of geometry and calculation of engineering works.

MINE 293A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

MINE 304. Aggregates Production. 3 Hours.

PR: MINE 206 or Consent. Use of aggregates (stone, sand and gravel) in modern society; mine design for aggregates deposits; extraction and processing principles; transportation and distribution systems; environmental and safety concerns in aggregates production.

MINE 305. Coal Mining. 3 Hours.

PR: Junior standing or consent. (Not open to mining engineering students.) Introduction to elements of coal mining.

MINE 306. Mineral Property Evaluation. 3 Hours.

PR or CONC: STAT 211 or STAT 215. Mineral exploration and reserve estimation, risk management, and engineering economy concepts applied to mineral deposits, including, depreciation and depletion.

MINE 324. Special Subjects for Mining Engineering. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Senior or graduate standing or consent. Special problems in mining engineering, including choices among operations research, mine systems analysis, coal and mineral preparation, and coal science and technology.

MINE 331. Mine Ventilation. 3 Hours.

PR: MINE 205 and (MAE 331 or CE 321). Engineering principles, purposes, methods, and equipment applied to the underground environmental control including ventilation, illumination, and dust and noise control.

MINE 382. Mine Power Systems. 3 Hours.

PR:PHYS 112 and MINE 205 and MINE 206 or consent. Comprehensive study of mine electrical power systems from theory to practice, covering the vital aspects that go into planning and designing a mine power system.

MINE 393A-A. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

MINE 407. Longwall Mining. 3 Hours.

PR: MINE 205. Elements of longwall mining including panel layout and design considerations, strata mechanics, powered supports, coal cutting by shearer or plow, conveyor transportation, and face move.

MINE 411. Rock Mechanics/Ground Control. 4 Hours.

PR: MINE 205 and MINE 206 and MAE 243 and PR or CONC: GEOL 342. Rock properties and behavior, in-situ stress field, mine layout and geological effects; design of entry, pillar, and bolt systems, convergence and stress measurements, surface subsidence, roof control plan, slope stability, and laboratory sessions.

MINE 425. Mineral Processing. 3 Hours.

PR: CHEM 115 and MATH 261 and PR or CONC: MINE 427 and CoReq: MINE 426. Principles of physical and introductory chemical separation methods for concentration of non-mental and metal from minerals and ores. Unit operations include, communication, classification, gravity, electrostatic and magnetic separation, flotation, filtration, and thickening.

MINE 426. . 1 Hour.

MINE 427. Coal Preparation. 4 Hours.

PR: CHEM 115 and MATH 251 and MINE 261. Coal formation and characteristics; principles of coal beneficiation, washability analysis; colloid characteristics and flotation, unit operations for concentration, flotation, dewatering, material handlings, and mass balances.

MINE 461. Applied Mineral Computer Methods. 3 Hours.

PR: MATH 251 with a grade of C or better. Problem solving in mineral processing, mineral resources, mining, and petroleum engineering. Emphasis on applications using various computing technologies.

MINE 471. Mine and Safety Management. 3 Hours.

PR: MINE 205 and MINE 206. The nature of federal and state laws pertaining to coal mine and safety; emphasis on achieving compliance through effective mine planning, design, statistical quality control, and mine health and safety management.

MINE 480. Multidisciplinary Team Project. 1 Hour.

Mining engineering designs often need to consider constraints from other engineering/non-engineering fields. This course provides a multidisciplinary team working environment for mining students to work with a selected non-mining major on a design project.

MINE 483. Mine Design-Exploration Mapping. 2 Hours.

PR: MATH 261 and MAE 242 and MINE 261 and MINE 306 and MINE 331 and MINE 427 and PR or CONC: MINE 411. Student and instructor select a mineral or coal deposit for the capstone mine design project. Geologic, demographic, quality, and market data are integrated with computer mapping software into a map set and exploration report.

MINE 484. Mine Design-Report Capstone. 4 Hours.

PR: MINE 483. Capstone mine design project report and presentation based on the mineral or coal reserve characterized in MINE 483. Includes an integrated mine plan, schedule, equipment selection, processing plant, mine services, product description and engineering economics.

MINE 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.

MINE 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

MINE 492. Directed Study. 1-3 Hours.

Directed study, reading and/or research.

MINE 493A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

MINE 494A-Z. Seminar. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.

MINE 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

MINE 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent.

MINE 498. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study or research.


Faculty

Chair

  • John A. Herbst - Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley)
    Mineral Processing, Numerical modeling, Comminution

Professors

  • Keith Heasley - Ph.D. (Colorado School of Mines)
    Numerical modeling, Rock mechanics
  • Vladislav Kecojevic - Ph.D. (University of Belgrade)
    Surface mining

Associate Professors

  • Yi Luo - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)
    Surface subsidence, Mine Ventilation
  • Brijes Mishra - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)
    Rock mechanics, Numerical modeling
  • Felicia F. Peng - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)
    Coal preparation, Coal utilization, Process control, Plant design

Assistant Professor

  • Aaron Noble - Ph.D. (Virginia Tech)
    Mineral processing, Flowsheet design, Froth flotation

Research Assistant Professor

  • Mark Sindelar - Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
    Mine power systems

Professors Emeritus

  • Syd S. Peng - Ph.D. (Stanford University)
  • Y. J. Wang - Ph.D. (The Pennsylvania State University)