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Metallurgical Engineering, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


The curriculum reflects these three areas to produce an engineer ready to work in industry, research, management and/or graduate school. The Nevada mining industry need quality engineers today and will pay excellent salaries and benefits.

  • Mineral Processing: The engineer takes advantage of differences in physical and/or chemical properties to develop, manage, and control processes for liberating, separating, concentrating valuable minerals or metals from ores.
  • Extractive Metallurgy: The engineer produces and purifies metals from concentrates and ores, plus metal recycling using hydrometallurgy (aqueous processing), electrometallurgy (electrochemical processing), and pyrometallurgy (high-temperature processing).
  • Physical Metallurgy: The engineer processes metals into products by various means, such as casting, forging, extrusion, and powder techniques. He/she controls engineering properties of metals, such as strength, hardness, and fatigue, by alloying, annealing and heat treatment.

Metallurgical engineers involved in extractive metallurgy work in laboratories, ore treatment plants, refineries, and steel mills. Though steel, iron and precious metals are common; the metallurgical engineers can also attain specializations in aluminum, copper, metal fabrication, exotic alloys and applications, etc

The B.S. Metallurgical Engineering degree trains students to apply technology in converting natural mineral resources into useful products for society. In order to learn to process and extract ores to concentrate, then refine their valuable components, students take courses in advanced chemistry; metallurgical process, modeling and control; pyrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy.

Students receive broad training to maximize production and energy efficiency and enhance the properties of metals in an environmentally acceptable manner. The department maintains a close liaison with the minerals industry. Field trips for students are arranged during the academic year, and they are required to work in the minerals industry during at least one summer vacation. The Fundamentals of Engineering examination, administered by a State Board of Engineering Registration, must be taken by all mining and metallurgical engineering students during the senior year of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    128 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Earth Materials and Geochemistry I
  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers Laboratory I
  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers Laboratory II
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus III
  • Differential Equations

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • Total Units: 128
  • Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • University GPA: 2.0
  • Major GPA: 2.0
  • Residency Requirement: 30 Upper-Dvision Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement: 15 Units of Major Requirements at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement: 40 Units
  • Half Program/4 Year Institution: 64 Units

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Reno

  • 860 - 1230 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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