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.