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Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives of the undergraduate program in mining engineering take into consideration the university mission and the constituents’ needs by producing graduates who, in their first few years after graduation, will be able to:

  1. Advance in their careers, adapting to new situations and emerging problems, through the application of general purpose engineering skills and the core technical disciplines, analytical procedures and design practices of the mining engineering profession
  2. Function ethically in a variety of professional roles such as mine planner, designer, production manager, mineral processing engineer, consultant, technical support representative and regulatory specialist
  3. Pursue advanced degrees in mineral-related fields and also those fields that support the mineral industries such as business and law
  4. Utilize professional skills such as effective communication, teamwork, and leadership
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the critical role mining engineers play in society with respect to health, safety and the environment in tangible ways such as achieving professional licensure

Student Outcomes

The Department of Mining Engineering has eleven student learning outcomes listed below:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

The University of Kentucky Mining Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. For more information on ABET visit