College of Mines and Earth Sciences


Metallurgical Engineering

B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering

Program Purpose

The undergraduate program in Metallurgical Engineering in the College of Mines and Earth Sciences at the University of Utah educates students in all aspects of minerals and metallic materials from their initial recovery and production through their development, manufacture, and use. The program prepares graduates with the necessary breadth of technical skills in separation and recovery technologies, process development, plant design, characterization, materials development, and manufacture of all metallic materials and components, that will make them strong competitors in the job market created by the mining, metallurgical, mate¬rials, manufacturing, aerospace, nuclear, electronics and other industries. More specifically, the purpose of the B.S. degree program in Metallurgical Engineering are 1. To provide students with a sound knowledge of fundamental science and engineering principles, current practices, and key current issues, and the ability to apply their knowledge in all aspects of metallurgical engineering that are broadly grouped into three thrust areas: mineral processing and particle technology, (ii) chemical metallurgy, and (iii) physical metallurgy. 2. To provide an integrated understanding of the scientific and engineering principles under¬lying the four elements: structure, properties, processing, and performance related to metallic and mineral systems, and the ability to apply knowledge from each of the above four elements to solve design and operating problems associated with minerals, metals and materials technologies. 3. To provide students with the opportunity to develop all the essential technical (experimental, statistical and computational), interpersonal skills and an appreciation of the need for lifelong learning that will allow them to become successful as socially responsible engineers and professional leaders. 4. To provide students with a broad-based education in aspects outside of engineering and science that will help them appreciate the opportunities and responsibilities they have in molding the future of our society.

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments, and interpret data
  • Ability to design technically and financially sound processes, equipment, or materials to reflect environmental and social responsibility
  • Understand structure-property-processing relationships in metallic materials
  • Function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • Ability for effective oral and written communication
  • Appreciate the global impact of metallurgical engineering profession/practice
  • Ability to recognize the need for and to engage in life-long learning
  • Understand contemporary issues in metallurgical engineering
  • Ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice