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Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy

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Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy (Certificate NDP)  

Program Description:
The mining industry is continuously tested by new challenges – both naturally occurring and technological – that require innovative solutions. Currently, one of the greatest concerns in mineral extraction and processing is the impact of these methods on the surrounding ecosystem. Balancing the economic prosperity supported by the mining industry and the responsible use of renewable and non-renewable resources is of the utmost importance, which makes engineers with the knowledge to use (and even create) new, low-waste methods of mineral processing more valuable than ever.

Mineral extraction is a nuanced branch of mining and geological engineering that demands a specialized, practical skill-set. These new, emerging techniques will only become more relevant as the world strives to address ecological and economic concerns in mineral extraction.

The Graduate Certificate in Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy can help you employ the industry’s most current methods of ore and mineral processing to efficiently harvest the metals and materials on which civilization depends. The program’s curriculum, built and led by influential figures in the mining industry alongside UA’s accomplished faculty, presents both a scientific and financial examination of mineral extraction and refinement to offer students a complete perspective on the challenges of geological processing.

As a student of the program, you can also explore hydrometallurgy, leaching, and water chemistry, building on your expertise to master aqueous extraction. While the program also explores several other methods of mineral processing, acquiring this particular skill can help you use one of the most newly developed methods in the field.

The program requires 15 units to complete, consisting of 12 required credits and 3 elective credits. All of the units of credit completed through the certificate can be counted towards the Master of Engineering in Mining and Geological Engineering should you decide to pursue it after graduation.

Program Format Options: On-Campus, Online

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Mining & Geologicl Engineering -


Research Themes: 
Informatics, Modeling, and Remote Sensing
Natural Environment and Biodiversity