Mineral Engineering

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Everything that humans use is either caught, grown or mined. Mineral engineering is the applied science of our interaction with the planet.

What sets the Lassonde Mineral Engineering program apart is our broad approach to the discipline: here, you learn mineral exploration, mine design and management, mineral processing and mining finance.

Your courses will cover topics in chemical, civil, materials, mechanical and computer engineering, as well as math, physics and geology. You’ll be taught by researchers and engineering professionals working in the Lassonde Institute of Mining, a new $20-million international centre of excellence at U of T. Your degree will provide you with the expertise to lead the way in making mining more sustainable, safe and productive.

After first year, the class sizes are small, allowing for a strong sense of community. In fourth year, you’ll be part of a team of students and industry engineers tasked with finding a solution to a real-world engineering problem.

Toronto is the mining finance capital of the world. It’s also home to the largest group of mining company headquarters — 1,600 within five kilometres of campus. Our students are in demand and are usually in a position to choose from several attractive job offers upon graduation. Through the program, you’ll be able to focus on areas like: Mining & Geomechanics; Geological Engineering; Geotechnical; and Applied Geology.

You’ll find alumni of this program all over the globe, deep underground and in the skyscraper boardrooms of the world’s most powerful companies. They locate diamond deposits, find oil, build massive tunnels, crunch the numbers for multi-billion-dollar hydroelectric projects and design underground cities.

First Year Courses

  • Calculus I and II
  • Earth Systems Science
  • Engineering Strategies & Practice I and II
  • Fundamentals of Computer Programming
  • Introduction to Materials Science
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mechanics
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Seminar: Orientation to Engineering

To get to know some of our students in the Mineral Engineering program, please visit the Meet Our Students section.

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