The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mining and Earth Systems Engineering
requires a total of 72 credit hours, beyond the bachelor's degree. A maximum of 48 credit hours of course work, and a minimum of 24 hours of research credit is required. Those with an MSc in an appropriate field may transfer a maximum of 30 credit hours of course work towards the 48 credit hour requirement upon the approval of the advisor and thesis committee. The thesis must be successfully defended before a doctoral committee.
Fields of Research:
The Mining Engineering Department focuses on the following fundamental areas:
- Rock Mechanics and Stability of Underground
- Surface Excavations
- Computerized Mine Design and Related Applications (including Geostatistical Modeling)
- Advanced Integrated Mining Systems Incorporating Mine Mechanization and Mechanical Mining Systems
- Underground Excavation (Tunneling) and Construction
- Site Characterization and Geotechnical Investigations
- Modeling and Design in Geoengineering.
- Rock Fragmentation
- Mineral Processing
- Separation Technology
- Bulk Material Handling