Graduate Certificate in Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy

Graduate Certificate in Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy

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 online 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. Available prerequisite courses make this program a perfect fit not only for aspiring and practicing engineers, but for those looking to make a career change to mining and a related field, or those who would like to learn more about mineral processing and extractive metallurgy.

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.

Additionally, for those who might be interested in pursuing the Master of Engineering in Mining and Geological Engineering after graduation, or are completing both programs concurrently, all 15 units taken in this certificate program can be transferred.


Prerequisite Courses (1 unit each):

Students who have not previously completed coursework in Calculus, Statistics, and Strengths and Materials may be required to complete prerequisite work. These courses will be part of the student’s study plan and are available online through the Mining Department. They will be counted toward the 15 total required units.

Required Courses (12 units):

Physical and chemical unit operations used to separate and recover the economic minerals and metals from their ores. The modern scientific and engineering background for the operations are presented as well as economic aspects. Includes field trips to major mining operations in Tucson area. Graduate-level requirements include an advanced research project. Course Requisites: Knowledge of chemistry or consent of instructor.
The course is to deliver the fundamentals of surface chemistry of flotation in mineral processing. It covers the concepts and principles of the thermodynamics (wetting and adsorption) at the interface, the definition and measurement of surface force in flotation, the DLVO theory and colloid stability, the methods and techniques for surface analysis, and finally the chemistry and mechanism of the chemicals (collector, frother and modifier) applied in flotation. Graduate-level requirements include deriving and defining some fundamentals and principles; review applications of chemicals and surface chemistry in flotation; propose possible methods and solve practical problems.
This course will provide a basic understanding of fundamental and practical aspects of solution mining. Graduate-level requirements include more rigorous and analytical homework.
This course will provide the student with a basic understanding of fundamental and practical aspects of hydrometallurgy processes used to extract and recover mineral and metal values. Unit processes where aqueous solutions play a major role will be examined in detail. The course will focus on the basic processes of leaching, solution concentration and purification, and metal recovery. Graduate-level requirements include a separate exam that will require more rigor & analysis. In addition, all students will be assigned a semester project & oral presentation covering a thematic area of hydrometallurgy of current interest.

Students also choose 3 elective credits in consultation with their assigned advisor.

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