Mining Engineering

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Department of Mining Engineering


Congratulations to the CSM Mining Team for winning the 38th Intercollegiate Mining Competition! They also took:

  • Third place in the Swede Saw Men's Division
  • Third place in the Hand Steel Drilling Alumni/ Open Division
  • Third place in the Hand Steel Drilliing Men's Division


Minerals have been essential to man since our beginning. An adequate supply of mineral products at acceptable prices is the indispensable basis of any modern industrial nation. The demand for minerals of all kinds is higher today than ever before, and it continues to increase as the nations of the world strive to improve their standards of living. It is the task of the mineral industry and the people in it to supply these needs. The function of the mining engineer is to apply knowledge of pertinent scientific theory, engineering fundamentals, and improved technology to recover natural resources.

Since the school was founded more than a century ago to train gold rush miners, mining engineering has changed greatly, becoming increasingly multidisciplinary, incorporating advance technologies and capitalizing on new scientific discoveries. This led the department to include the Earth Systems Engineering specialty, which focuses on geomechanics underground construction, tunneling and excavation engineering, in addition to the core mining engineering program.

Academic Programs:

B.S., Mining Engineering
Minor, Mining Engineering
Minor, Underground Construction & Tunneling
Minor, Explosive Engineering

Master of Engineering, Engineer of Mines
M.S., Mining and Earth Systems Engineering
Ph.D.,  Mining and Earth Systems ­Engineering

M.S., Underground Construction & Tunneling
Ph.D., Underground Construction & Tunneling


Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

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