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.

Program Objectives

  • Deliver curriculum material that is of sufficient science and engineering rigor to ensure that graduates have the basis for entering the private or public sector as mining engineers or higher education, if they so choose.
  • Enable graduates to comprehend the interrelationships among geology, exploration, valuation, development, exploitation, reclamation, and processing of mineral deposits in a coordinated manner, from the introductory mining courses to the capstone mine-design course.
  • Encourage graduates in the use of computer and information technology, in a comprehensive manner, as it relates to engineering applications for mineral resources.
  • Encourage graduates in the development of their awareness, appreciation, and communication capabilities to address societal concerns with regard to the total environment, health and safety, lifelong learning, and the conservation of our natural resources.

Program Outcomes

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

To receive a degree of bachelor of science in mining engineering, a student must take all the courses indicated below and must achieve a grade point average of 2.25 or better in all mining (MINE) courses. If a course is repeated, only the most recent grade received is considered in computing this grade point average. This requirement helps assure that the student has demonstrated overall competence in the chosen major.

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:   

General Education Curriculum

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

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

General Education Curriculum
ENGL 101
  & ENGL 102
Composition And Rhetoric
   and Composition And Rhetoric
3-6
or ENGL 103 Accelerated Academic Writing
GEC 2A - Mathematics3-4
GEC 2B - Natural and Physical Science7-8
GEC 2C - Additional GEC 2A, B or C3
GEC 3 - The Past and Its Traditions3
GEC 4 - Issues of Contemporary Society3
GEC 5 - Artistic Expression3
GEC 6 - The Individual in Society3
GEC 6F - First Year Seminar1-3
GEC 7 - American Culture3
GEC 8 - Western Culture3
GEC 9 - Non-Western Culture3
Total Hours38-45

Curriculum Requirements

Non-Mining Engineering Core
AGRN 455Reclamation of Disturbed Soils3
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry4
ENGR 101Engineering Problem Solving 12
ENGR 102Engineering Problem-Solving 23
ENGR 199Orientation to Engineering1
GEOL 101Planet Earth (GEC 4)3
GEOL 102Planet Earth Laboratory1
GEOL 342Structural Geol for Engineers3
MAE 241Statics3
MAE 242Dynamics3
MAE 243Mechanics of Materials3
MAE 320Thermodynamics3
MAE 331Fluid Mechanics3
Choose from one of the following:4
Calculus 1
or MATH 153
  & MATH 154
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
   and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
MATH 156Calculus 24
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 261Elementry Differential Equatns4
PHYS 111General Physics4
PHYS 112General Physics4
STAT 211Elemntry Statistical Inference3
or STAT 215 Intro Probability & Statistics
Mining Engineering Core Requirements
A minimum GPA of 2.25 is required in all MINE courses.
MINE 201Mine Surveying3
MINE 205Underground Mining Systems3
MINE 206Surface Mining Systems4
MINE 261Engineering CAD2
MINE 306Mineral Property Evaluation3
MINE 331Mine Ventilation3
MINE 382Mine Power Systems3
MINE 411Rock Mechanics/Ground Control4
MINE 427Coal Preparation4
MINE 461Applied Mineral Computer Meth3
MINE 471Mine and Safety Management3
MINE 480Multidisciplinary Team Project1
MINE 483Mine Design-Exploration Mappng2
MINE 484Mine Design Report - Capstone4
Mining Technical Elective (300 or 400 level MINE course)3
GEC Electives 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (Students who take ENGL 103 must take another technical Elective Course or department approved course) *27
Total Hours134

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
See Engineering or General Engineering curriculum17See Engineering or General Engineering curriculum18
 17 18
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MINE 2053MINE 2064
MINE 2013MAE 2433
MINE 2612MATH 2614
MAE 2413PHYS 1124
GEOL 3423MAE 3313
MATH 2514 
 18 18
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MINE 3063MINE 3313
MINE 3823MINE 4274
MINE 4613ENGL 1023
MAE 3203MAE 2423
GEC Elective3GEC Elective3
 15 16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MINE 4114MINE 4844
MINE 4832AGRN 4553
MINE 4713MINE 4801
Mining Technical elective*3Engineering/Science elective**3
GEC Elective3GEC Electives6
 15 17
Total credit hours: 134

*

Mining technical elective options are 300-level and above mining engineering courses approved by the department.

**

Engineering/science technical elective may be mining engineering courses or non-mining engineering/science courses approved by the department.

In this Section:

General Education Curriculum

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

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

General Education Curriculum
ENGL 101
  & ENGL 102
Composition And Rhetoric
   and Composition And Rhetoric
3-6
or ENGL 103 Accelerated Academic Writing
GEC 2A - Mathematics3-4
GEC 2B - Natural and Physical Science7-8
GEC 2C - Additional GEC 2A, B or C3
GEC 3 - The Past and Its Traditions3
GEC 4 - Issues of Contemporary Society3
GEC 5 - Artistic Expression3
GEC 6 - The Individual in Society3
GEC 6F - First Year Seminar1-3
GEC 7 - American Culture3
GEC 8 - Western Culture3
GEC 9 - Non-Western Culture3
Total Hours38-45

Curriculum for a Dual Degrees 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. The dual degree program requires satisfactory completion of 158 credit hours. 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 158 credit hours to graduate - the total at the bottom reflects all possible course combinations.
Tracking Courses
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry4
MAE 241Statics3
MAE 242Dynamics3
MAE 243Mechanics of Materials3
Select one of the following:4
Calculus 1
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
   and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
MATH 156Calculus 24
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 261Elementry Differential Equatns4
PHYS 111General Physics4
Required Courses
CE 201Intro to Civil Engineering1
CE 301Engr Professional Development1
CE 321Fluid Mechanics-Civil Engr3
CE 322Hydrotechnical Engineering3
CE 479Integrated Civil Engr Dsgn-CAP3
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (GEC 8)3
ENGR 101Engineering Problem Solving 12
ENGR 102Engineering Problem-Solving 23
ENGR 199Orientation to Engineering1
GEOL 101Planet Earth (GEC 4)3
GEOL 102Planet Earth Laboratory1
GEOL 342Structural Geol for Engineers3
IENG 377Engineering Economy3
MAE 320Thermodynamics3
MINE 201Mine Surveying3
MINE 205Underground Mining Systems3
MINE 206Surface Mining Systems4
MINE 261Engineering CAD2
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 Mappng2
MINE 484Mine Design Report - Capstone4
PHYS 112General Physics4
STAT 211Elemntry Statistical Inference3
or STAT 215 Intro Probability & Statistics
Civil Engineering Core Courses
CE 332Intro Transportation Engr4
CE 347Intro-Environmentl Engineering4
CE 351Introductory Soil Mechanics4
CE 361Structural Analysis 14
Civil Engineering Design Electives
Select from the following:6
Pavement Design
Flexible Pavements
Environmental Engr Design
Foundations Engineering
Earthwork Design
Reinforced Concrete Design
Steel Design
Timber Design
Conceptual Design Structures
Civil Engineering Electives
Select from the following:3
Introduction to Geomatics
Civil Engineering Materials
Hydrotechnical Engineering
Concrete & Aggregates
Construction Methods
Construction Engineering
Advanced Concrete Materials
Computational Fluid Mechanics
Engineering Hydrology
Water Resources Engineering
Urban Transportation Plan Dsgn
Railway Engineering
Pedestrian/Bike Transportation
Environmental Science/Technlgy
Properties of Air Pollutants
Structural Analysis 2
CE 493 course (approved by Advisor)
Independent Study
Managing Construction Safety
GEC Electives 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9 (Students who take ENGL 103 must take another technical Elective Course or department approved course)21
Total Hours158

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MINE and CE Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 1154ENGR 1023
ENGL 1013GEOL 1013
ENGR 1012GEOL 1021
ENGR 1991MATH 1564
GEC Elective3PHYS 1114
MATH 1554 
 17 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CE 2011ENGL 1023
MAE 2413MAE 2423
MATH 2514MATH 2614
MINE 2013MINE 2064
MINE 2053PHYS 1124
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
 GEC Elective3
 IENG 3773
 14 16
Fifth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
GEC Elective3CE Open Elective***3
ECON 2013CE 4793
MINE 4114Two GEC Electives6
MINE 4713MINE 4844
MINE 4832 
 15 16
Total credit hours: 158

*

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 159 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 159 credit hours to graduate - the total at the bottom reflects all possible course combinations.
Required Courses
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry4
CHEM 116Fundamentals of Chemistry4
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (GEC 8)3
ENGR 101Engineering Problem Solving 12
ENGR 102Engineering Problem-Solving 23
ENGR 199Orientation to Engineering1
GEOL 101Planet Earth (GEC 4)3
GEOL 102Planet Earth Laboratory1
GEOL 103Earth Through Time3
GEOL 104Earth Through Time Laboratory1
GEOL 284Mineralogy3
GEOL 285Introductory Petrology3
GEOL 311Stratigraphy and Sedimentation3
GEOL 321Geomorphology3
GEOL 331Paleontology3
or GEOL 454 Environmtl/Explratn-Geophys 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:4
Calculus 1
or MATH 153
  & MATH 154
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
   and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
MATH 156Calculus 24
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 261Elementry Differential Equatns4
MINE 201Mine Surveying3
MINE 205Underground Mining Systems3
MINE 206Surface Mining Systems4
MINE 261Engineering CAD2
MINE 306Mineral Property Evaluation3
MINE 331Mine Ventilation3
MINE 382Mine Power Systems3
MINE 411Rock Mechanics/Ground Control4
MINE 427Coal Preparation4
MINE 461Applied Mineral Computer Meth3
MINE 471Mine and Safety Management3
MINE 480Multidisciplinary Team Project1
MINE 483Mine Design-Exploration Mappng2
MINE 484Mine Design Report - Capstone4
PHYS 111General Physics4
PHYS 112General Physics4
STAT 211Elemntry Statistical Inference3
GEC Electives 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9 (Students who take ENGL 103 must take another technical Elective Course or department approved course)21
Total Hours159

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Dual MINE and GEOL Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
See Engineering or General Engineering curricula18See Engineering or General Engineering curricula18 
 18 18
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
GEOL 2843CHEM 1164 
MAE 2413GEOL 2853 
MATH 2514MAE 3313 
MINE 2013MINE 2064 
MINE 2053PHYS 1124 
MINE 2612  
 18 18
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
GEOL 3414GEC Elective3GEOL 404***6
MAE 3203GEOL 311 (W)3 
MATH 2614MAE 2433 
MINE 4613MINE 3313 
STAT 2113MINE 4274 
 MINE 4801 
 17 17 6
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
GEC Elective3Two GEC Electives6 
ECON 2013GEOL 3213 
GEOL 331 or 4543GEOL Elective*3 
MINE 3823MAE 2423 
MINE 3063MINE 4832 
 15 17
Fifth Year
FallHours  
GEC Elective3  
GEOL 495 or MINE 495**1  
MINE 4114  
MINE 4713  
MINE 484 (W)4  
 15
Total credit hours: 159

*

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 GEC 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 CAD. 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 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-Mining Engr. 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 327. Coal Preparation. 3 Hours.

PR: MATH 156 and CHEM 116. Coal formation, petrography and characteristics; principles of coal beneficiation, washability analysis and cooking; colloid characteristics and flotation; unit operations of concentration, flotation, agglomeration, dewatering and tailings disposals.

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 381. Applied Mineral Computer Meth. 3 Hours.

PR: ENGR 102 and MATH 156. Problem solving in mineral processing, mineral resources, mining, and petroleum engineering. Emphasis on applications using various computing technologies.

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-Z. 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. Mineral Processing Laboratory. 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 Meth. 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 482. Mine Design. 4 Hours.

PR: Senior standing in final semester. Comprehensive design problem involving underground mining developments, surface plant, or both, as selected by the student in consultation with instructor. Preparation of a complete report on the problem required, including drawings, specifications, and cost analysis.

MINE 483. Mine Design-Exploration Mappng. 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 492A-Z. 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 498A-Z. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

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


Faculty

Chair

  • Christopher J. Bise - Ph.D. (The Pennsylvania State University)
    Robert E. Murray Chair, Mine design, Mine health and safety

Professor

  • Keith Heasley - Ph.D. (Colorado School of Mines)
    Charles T. Holland Professor, Numerical modeling, Rock mechanics

Associate Professors

  • Vladislav Kecojevic - Ph.D. (University of Belgrade)
    Massey Family Professor, Surface mining
  • Yi Luo - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)
    Surface subsidence
  • Felicia F. Peng - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)
    Coal preparation, Coal utilization, Process control, Plant design

Assistant Professor

  • Brijes Mishra - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)
    Rock mechanics, Numerical modeling
  • Aaron Noble - Ph.D. (Virginia Tech)
    Mineral processing, Froth flotation, Physical separations

Research Assistant Professor

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

Professors Emeritus

  • Jay H. Kelley - Ph.D. (The Pennsylvania State University)
  • A. Wahab Khair - Ph.D. (The Pennsylvania State University)
  • Syd S. Peng - Ph.D. (Stanford University)
  • Y. J. Wang - Ph.D. (The Pennsylvania State University)