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Field of Study: Mining and Mineral Engineering


Mining and mineral engineering programs prepare people to manage mining operations.



Mining and mineral engineering programs include topics such as:

  • Mineral extraction
  • Refining systems
  • Environmental and safety systems
  • Mine equipment
  • Prospecting and site analysis

Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree, students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees mining and mineral engineering. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four or five years of full-time study.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in mining and mineral engineering. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.