The goal of the bachelor's degree program in mining engineering at WVU is to graduate mining professionals who can solve the problems of the mining industry and/or pursue graduate study.
Mining engineering at WVU began in 1868 when the first mine surveying course was offered. The program was accredited by ABET's predecessor in 1936 when the first accreditation process came into existence in the U.S. The accreditation of the mining engineering program has been continuously renewed without interruption since the very beginning.
The Department of Mining Engineering is housed in the Mineral Resources Building on the Evansdale Campus of WVU in Morgantown. State-of-the-art laboratories include rock mechanics and ground control, mine ventilation, mine equipment, mine design, health and safety, longwall, coal preparation, and mineral processing.