Mining Engineering

Bachelor’s Degree

Mining Engineering

Bachelor’s Degree



The Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering program at Colorado School of Mines prepares engineers who can apply scientific theory, engineering principles and the latest technology to recover natural resources from the earth. Graduates will be able to tackle the problems of both hard and soft rock mining, whether the mineral deposit requires surface or underground methods of extraction.

In addition, undergraduate students who complete the program will be equipped with the skills, foundational knowledge and passion to fill roles in a variety of fields where the earth’s crust is utilized, such as underground construction.

Core topics in our mining engineering undergraduate program include:

  • Rock mechanics
  • Rock fragmentation
  • Plant and mine design
  • Mine ventilation
  • Surveying
  • Valuation
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Mineral law
  • Mine safety
  • Computing
  • Mineral processing
  • Solution mining
  • Operational research

Learn more about our #1 ranked undergraduate program here: Mining Engineering website


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#1 minerals and Mining engineering program in the world (QS World Ranking) Operates the Edgar Experimental Mine
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Mines mining engineering students study the principles and techniques of mineral exploration, and underground and surface mining operations, as well as, mineral processing technologies. Studies include rock mechanics, rock fragmentation, plant and mine design, mine ventilation, surveying, valuation, industrial hygiene, mineral law, mine safety, computing, mineral processing, solution mining and operations research. Throughout the mining engineering curriculum, a constant effort is made to maintain a balance between theoretical principles and their engineering applications. The mining engineering graduate is qualified for positions in engineering, supervision and research.

Mining Engineering Curriculum


Available Minors

  • Mining Engineering
  • Explosive Engineering
  • Space Mining
  • Underground Construction & Tunneling

Suggested careers for mining engineering majors:

  • Mining engineer
  • Geological engineer
  • Mining safety engineer
  • Exploration geologist
  • Planning engineer
  • Mining researcher
  • Production supervisor
  • Quality assurance manager


Simply enough, it’s in our name. The study and practice of mining has been a pillar of Colorado School of Mines since its founding in 1874. Since then, we’ve worked hard to develop a world-class mining engineering program to prepare our students to face the challenges of tomorrow. And this hard work has paid off. According to QS World Ranking, Mines is the #1 minerals and mining engineering program in the world.

Why else have so many students chosen Mines for their mining engineering degree? Just take a look:

  • Hands-on research opportunities in our Edgar Mine
  • Work with high-profile faculty with both industry and research experience
  • Study in beautiful Golden, Colorado adjacent to the Colorado Mineral Belt
  • Summer internship opportunities
  • Attend the annual SME Conference


Mining is an essential profession across the world and focuses on the extraction of metal ores, non-metallics, and solid fuel and energy sources, such as coal and even nuclear materials. Many of the top careers for mining engineering students include:

  • Mining Engineer
  • Geologic Technician
  • Explosive Engineer
  • Field Engineer
  • Open Pit Engineer
  • Tunneling Engineer

Additionally, skills you’ll learn in our mining engineering program are also applicable for a variety of other fields, such as the underground construction industry. Many of our graduates have also gone on to positions in supervision, research and consulting. At Mines, we’re proud to have close industry partnerships that help our students secure rewarding careers at companies such as:

  • Northern Star
  • Freeport-McMoRan
  • Rio Tinto
  • Vulcan
  • Byrnecut

With an undergraduate degree from Mines, you’ll have the skills and specialized knowledge to thrive as a professional in the world of mining.


Dr. Elizabeth Holley


Having earned her PhD in Geology from Mines in 2012, Dr. Holley returns to campus as an associate professor in Mining Engineering. Her research interests include public policy and public participation, mineral exploration vectors and genetic models, pedagogical innovation in STEM education and more. 

Dr. Holley is a member of SEG, SMA and GSA and has received numerous awards and honors, including serving as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to New Zealand. She teaches a variety of courses in Geology and Mining Engineering and has published dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters.

Making Mines
More Affordable.

Mines’ financial assistance program awards more than $60 million per year, and over 82 percent of the student body receives some form of financial aid.










Mines by the Numbers

median pay for mining engineers, 2019, Bureau of Labor Statistics

No. 1
Mining Engineering College, QS World University Rankings, 2020

A Student Experience Like no Other

At Mines, we inspire students who are driven to be innovators and advance the knowledge of those who want to address today’s greatest challenges.