WELCOME to Mining Engineering

From TVs and toothpaste to cell phones and cars, the modern world depends on mining. Prepare to meet its 21st-century demands at one of only fourteen programs nationwide.

Mining engineering has become highly automated, utilizing robots, unmanned aerial vehicles, advanced explosives, and simulation technology to provide the raw materials for industries ranging from automotive to aerospace.

At South Dakota Mines, students receive hands-on experience with industry-grade equipment, management training, and the opportunity to survey a mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility.  Majors also train with professional mine rescue teams, intern at Barrick Gold, Cargill, Caterpillar, Kiewit, and Freeport-McMoRan – and compete on the international stage. In 2016, South Dakota Mines took second in the international Mining & Mucking Games.

The Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. With 100% placement and average starting salaries of $70,688, graduates launch their careers at Kiewit, BHP Billiton, Newmont Mining, Freeport McMoRan, Cargill, Joy Global, Lafarge, Cloud Peak, and more. 

Scholarships at South Dakota Mines

Visit our South Dakota Mines Scholarships page for more information about financial aid and scholarships at South Dakota Mines.

There are also many non-South Dakota Mines scholarship opportunities: for athletes, for South Dakota residents, opportunities based on academic achievement;  financial assistance for women, minorities, those with military background, and more.