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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 22, 2024
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Minimum Credits: 3
Maximum Credits: 3
The course introduces students to: 1) the history and importance of mining, 2) the exploration and development of surface and underground mines, 3) modern mining methods and operations, 4) common mining equipment, 5) fundamentals of mine ground control and ventilation, 6) elements of coal preparation and mineral processing plants, and 7) mine health and safety management. It is designed to provide students with basic understanding of the primary elements of a mining operation and the engineering issues associated with operating a mine in a safe, effective, and sustainable manner. The mining industry is replete with technical jargon and specialized processes and machinery that require mastery by students prior to exploration of more technically complex engineering coursework. Introductory lectures and field trips help to prepare students for the rigors of studying the other mining engineering courses offered within the Swanson School of Engineering.
Academic Career: Undergraduate
Course Component: Lecture
Grade Component: Letter Grade
Course Requirements: (PROG: Swanson School of Engineering) or (PLAN: Geology (BS or BPH))

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