Department of Mining & Minerals Engineering

Undergraduate Program

Rock Mechanics LabThe undergraduate program seeks to produce high quality, rigorously trained mining and minerals engineers who are prepared to meet the challneges of a professional career or continued acadimic research. The program offers a broad range of mining and minerals engineering related studies that emphasize current technology and thought, coupled with a sound basis in laboratory and research procedures. Some of the program highlights include:

  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Individual mentorship and advising
  • Active student organizations and professional chapters
  • Ample scholarship funding
  • Excellent job placement rateEuropean Mining Course

Educational Objectives

Specifically, the Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering seeks, as its educational objectives, to prepare graduates:

  • to solve engineering problems using the fundamental principles of science, mathematics, and engineering, in conjunction with state-of-the-art tools;
  • to function in a professional and ethical manner, and understand the social, environmental, regulatory, and safety considerations of the mining profession;
  • to be effective communicators, leaders and team members
  • to understand the practical aspects of the mining industry and possess and appreciation for mining as a business; and
  • to engage in life-long learning and professional development

Undergraduate Requirements

Requirements for graduating from the Mining & Mineral Engineering department's undergraduate program can be found on the Class Checksheets.

Applying to the Program

More information on applying to the Mining & Minerals Engineering Undergraduate Program can be found at Virginia Tech's Office of Admissions.


Our department receives generous financial support from both alumni and industry. On average, over 60% of our students qualify to receive funding or scholarships of up to $3,000 per academic year. Our scholarship program provides assistance to all of our students.