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Mining Engineering: Sustainable Resource Development

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Degree
Green Concentration: 
UA College: 
Degree Type: 
BS in Mining Engineering
Degree/Minor Description: 

Mining engineers plan, develop, and operate mines, as well as other engineering excavations with an emphasis put on engineering excavations to have minimal environmental effects. They engineer the individual systems within a mining operation or large-earth-engineering projects. They learn how to determine the economic worth of a mineral deposit and how rock behaves when excavated. They learn how to excavate, transport, and process minerals. In addition, students use mining software to design, plan, and supervise mines. The sustainable resource development track gives students the option to take more classes in health and safety, environmental science, or a range of classes related to sustainability, including resource economics and anthropology. Students are encouraged to minor in environmental science or public health with this track.

Research Opportunities: 

Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources: IMR is a research institute for pioneering projects to advance sustainable development of mineral resources. This institute partners with industry experts around the globe and has educated professionals in 27 countries to improve management across the entire mining cycle.

Environmental Research Laboratory: The ERL is a research facility that is part of the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science. It is used to improve the health, welfare and living standards of communities in desert areas through the application of appropriate and sustainable technologies. 

Biosphere 2: Biosphere 2 is owned by the University of Arizona and is an Earth systems science research facility that focuses on the Earth, its living systems, and sustainability. The facility is located in northern Tucson and serves as a center for research, outreach, and teaching.

Water Resources Research Center: The WRRC promotes understanding of critical state and regional water management and policy issues through research, community outreach and engagement, and public education.

Research Themes: 
Business and Economics
Governance, Law, and Policy
Informatics, Modeling, and Remote Sensing
Natural Environment and Biodiversity