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Mineral Engineering is the science of mining. Minerals have many important industrial uses, and the methods used to remove them from the earth must be safe and environmentally sound. Mineral Engineers survey and plan mines, including systems of ventilation, and participate in their management. They also design the blasts used to open mines. Dy-no-mite.

The Mineral Engineering major sometimes falls under geological engineering. If your prospective college does not offer the Mineral Engineering major, ask them which of their programs covers the science of mining and minerals. Often, the Mineral Engineering major is a very close match.


  • Calculus I-II

  • General Chemistry

  • Geology

  • Metallurgy

  • Mineral Extraction

  • Mineral Processing

  • Mining

  • Physics I-II

  • Site Investigation

  • Soil and Rock Mechanics

  • Surveying


As with all prospective engineering majors, you’ll want to take all the mathematics and science classes you can squeeze into your schedule. Calculus, physics, and chemistry will all be required subjects.