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Mining Engineering Degree BS

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Rapid City

About this program

Mining Engineering BS

What is Mining Engineering?

Mining engineering is the development and preparation of a mine in order to safely and efficiently remove the resources while protecting the environment.
Resources extracted during mining are used in a variety of modern-day products, from toothpaste to cell phones to cars.

What does a mining engineer do?

As a mining engineer, you will identify the location of valuable and accessible material deposits and devise processes for extracting them safely from the earth for use in manufacturing and utilities.

Mining engineers strive to extract the minerals for the least cost and the lowest environmental impact, and often specialize in one type of mineral or metal.
The field of mining engineering has become highly automated, utilizing robots, unmanned aerial vehicles, advanced explosives, and simulation technology.

As a mining engineering major at South Dakota Mines, you will be learning at one of only 13 such programs nationwide. The Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. To ensure students can access our world-class program, the department awards $250,000 in scholarship money each year.

Admission requirements

International Undergraduate Course Requirements

The School of Mines will carefully review and consider for acceptance applicants who meet the general education requirements and the following criteria:

  • Achieve a high school GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • English Proficiency Requirement - can be viewed on our website
  • Proof of College Algebra-readiness by one of the following methods:
    • ACT or SAT math sub-score of at least 25/590
    • Completion of a college math course (Intermediate Algebra or higher)
    • Qualifying score on the Accuplacer exam

Applications from students with deficiencies are reviewed on an individual basis by the Admissions Committee. The committee considers high school curriculum (special consideration is given to math and science coursework), grades, and test scores.

*U.S. citizens and permanent residents are not required to provide an English proficiency. 

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Program content

Freshman Year

First Semester

  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry I Lab
  • Calculus I
  • Introduction to Geology, Geological Engineering, and Mining Engineering Lab
  • Composition I
  • Gen Ed Goal 4 Elective

Second Semester

  • Calculus II
  • University Physics I
  • Introduction to Mining, Sustainable Development, and Safety
  • Gen Ed Goal 3 and Goal 4 Elective(s)

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • Mining and Management Mathematics I
  • University Physics II
  • Statics and Dynamics
  • Surveying for Mining and Geological Engineers
  • Communication in the STEM Workplace
  • Microeconomics (OR) Macroeconomics

Second Semester

  • Differential Equations
  • Geology for Engineers/Lab
  • Explorations in STEM Communications
  • Mineral Processing and Resource Recovery
  • Surface Mining Methods and Unit Operations
  • Managerial Finance for Engineers and Scientists

Junior Year

First Semester

  • Computer Applications in Mining/Lab
  • Underground Mining Methods and Equipment
  • Introduction to Explosives Engineering
  • Mineralogy and Petrology for Mining Engineers/Lab
  • Mechanics of Materials

Second Semester

  • Mineral Economics and Finance
  • Theoretical and Applied Rock Mechanics/Lab
  • Basic Circuits/Lab
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Atmospheric Thermodynamics
  • Mineral Exploration and Geostatistics

Senior Year

First Semester

  • International Business for Engineers and Scientists
  • Theoretical and Applied Mine Ventilation/Lab
  • Mine Management for the Mineral Industry
  • Mining Senior Design Project
  • Mining Technical Elective

Second Semester

  • Mining Technical Elective
  • Structural Geology/Lab
  • Mine Permitting and Reclamation
  • Human Resource Management for Engineers and Scientists
  • Department Approved Elective

Scholarships & funding

International students may seek scholarship opportunities but should be aware that many scholarships are limited to US citizens or permanent residents. South Dakota Mines does not offer scholarships specifically for international students. You must be ADMITTED by January 15 of the year you are planning to enroll in the fall semester if you wish to be considered for scholarships. Scholarships are only awarded for a start date of the fall semester. Please see the Scholarships website for information on Mines scholarships.

International students are NOT eligible for South Dakota Mines or federal loan programs and should not apply for such financial assistance. 


Total Estimated for the undergraduate I-20 — 2022-2023

  • Academic year (9 months) - $17,100
  • Living Expenses (9 months) - $10,900
  • Books & Supplies (9 months) - $ 1,200
  • Estimated Total for one academic year - $29,200

The estimate for living expenses includes only room, board, and health insurance, which is mandatory for international students. This does not include personal and transportation expenses, which you will still have. The institution estimates that you will spend approximately $3450 per academic year on personal and transportation expenses, so please be prepared for these expenses.

Career paths

South Dakota Mines mining engineering grads work in a variety of fields, including:

  • mineral extraction
  • construction
  • operations, project, and environmental management
  • drilling, blasting
  • mine design
  • mine land reclamation
  • health and safety
  • geoscience modeling
  • rock engineering

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South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology was founded in 1885 to provide instruction in the region’s primary industry, which was mining. And now it includes so much more. Over the years, South Dakota Mines evolved into a leading science...

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Why study at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Life at South Dakota Mines is more than books, homework, and tests. It’s robot races on the Quad, blacksmithing on Friday afternoons, late-night hangouts with friends in the dorm, and cheering for your favorite Hardrocker sports team. It’s finding “your” people – friends who geek out at the same stuff you do, whether that’s esports, robotics, fossils, or chemistry experiments. You’ll work alongside “your” people in classrooms and on student teams and organizations. At South Dakota Mines, it’s more about collaboration than competition, and you’ll never be alone in your passions and interests.

Contact info

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

501 E Saint Joseph Street
57701 Rapid City South Dakota
United States of America

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