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The John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) offers five residential instruction bachelor's degrees. Students enrolled in all of these programs experience problem-based learning and interactive classes with individual attention. Instruction in theory, applications, and project design is augmented by hands-on training in our diverse research facilities. In addition, students have access to a fully equipped 24-hour computer lab complete with the latest software packages.

Each of the program areas offers both a major and minor program of study, allowing students to expand their education and expertise beyond the topics covered in their major. To learn about our five residential instruction majors, please view each program below. If you have questions, please contact your adviser or the program chair.

The Energy Business and Finance (EBF) major combines training in business, economics, finance, and the physical sciences with a core of classes focusing on the energy and related industries. The major helps students prepare for careers in the energy and resource industries, as well as financial institutions, non-profit groups, and international organizations dealing with energy and environmental issues.

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The Energy Engineering (ENENG) major prepares students to be successful leaders in advancing the technology and management of energy; innovators and entrepreneurs in the energy sector; and educators, practicing engineers, and national leaders in the energy and associated environmental health and safety, policy and economic fields. The major focuses on the fundamental engineering principles of material and energy balances, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer operations, and physical and chemical processing as applied to energy industries. In addition to these engineering principles, students enroll in required courses in renewable/sustainable energy principles.

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The Environmental Systems Engineering (ENSVE) major offers two tracts of study. The ENVSE option focuses primarily on the impact of industrial activities on the environment and the choice of cost-effective remediation strategies. The ENVHS option is concerned with the safe and healthful design of industrial systems so that workers are protected from the potentially high risk exposures associated with today's industries.

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The Mining Engineering (MNGE) major prepares students to perform in the various steps of mineral extraction, including exploration, evaluation, development, recovery, and processing. The major integrates the fundamentals of mathematics, earth, and engineering sciences into traditional mining engineering topics. Design projects, culminating in the capstone design project, are required throughout the curriculum.

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The Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNGE)major provides an up-to-date understanding of all phases of the petroleum and natural gas industry built on a strong foundation of basic science and engineering theory and practice. The major is arranged in two parallel sequences: the first emphasizing reservoir engineering, and the second focusing on drilling and production. The program culminates in a course on the economic realities of engineering design and the implication of decision making.

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