Mining and Geological Engineering

Mining and Geological Engineering

At the graduate level, the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering at the University of Arizona includes research and education in a variety of geo-disciplines that are vitally important to society and the environment worldwide.

Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering

For the past 120 years, the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering at the University of Arizona has been the state’s sole provider of academic and research programs focused on mineral engineering and the science of non-renewable resources. Throughout this time, the MGE Department has been responsible for some of the world’s most dynamic innovations in mineral resource development, contributing to the state of Arizona’s present position as the nation’s most valuable non-fuel mineral production center.

Mining and material production has an immeasurable impact on the economy, providing the building blocks for products and technologies that form the core of American (and global) life. What resources we use may change, but the need for skilled engineers to safely gather raw material will be present for years to come. The field remains one of the highest earning in the engineering industry, with many graduates of our programs securing employment with major organizations.

Today, with the advent of green technology, mineral resource managers are tasked with the challenge of adapting to sustainable, renewable techniques, methods that promote harmony between industry and the natural world.

Geological Engineering

Geological Engineering is a unique combination of earth sciences and engineering that has broad applications in the fields of mining engineering, civil engineering, petroleum engineering, and earth and environmental sciences. The field stands at the forefront of some of the most important challenges facing society today. At the graduate level, we have a strong emphasis in geological engineering, with faculty that have expertise in geomechanics, geophysics, rock excavation, and reclamation.

Rock and soil make up the “Geo-Infrastructure” in the United States, which includes highway and rail slopes, dam, bridge and building foundations, tunnels, and other surface and underground excavations. This geo-infrastructure is growing older, posing a number of problems that demand the attention of experts in geological engineering. Safety hazards and high maintenance costs associated with the aging geo-infrastructure are major problems that require innovative solutions.

Geological engineering is also central to our scientific understanding of the techniques we use to extract natural gas and mineral resources, as well as assess risk and create safe solutions. The field is critical to the safe harvesting of these resources, as leaders work to effectively prevent issues like groundwater contamination and earthquakes caused by unsafe practices.


The mineral and geological engineering industries are in need of capable professionals that can take the lead and set the framework for an adaptable future. Our mission is to prepare aspiring engineers like you to pursue boundless innovation in the field through close faculty attention, hands-on courses, and practical internship opportunities. We strive to encourage lifelong learning and leadership, prompting the discovery of new findings regarding the resources we harvest and how they’re put to use.

To learn more about our online Graduate Programs in Mining and Geological Engineering, follow the links below:

Master of Engineering in Mining, Geological and Geophysical Engineering
Graduate Certificates in Mining and Geological Engineering



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