Bircham International University

Faculty of Engineering & Technology

Faculty of Engineering & Technology


MODULE: Mining Engineering via distance learning

Program delivered by distance learning higher education up to a maximum of 48 credits. This module may be combined or completed with other online university courses from this faculty.


DESCRIPTION: Mining Engineering Online

This program illustrates the latest in the mining technology. It also depicts the various tasks a mining engineer accomplishes throughout the life of a mine, including deposits' search, site's value determination, mineral extraction, and post-mining reclamation. It focuses on the sustainable land management that meets economic and environmental needs. It covers both aboveground and underground methods of mining for a wide range of substances, including metals, nonmetals, and fuels.


Courses list (each subject accounts for 3 Academic Credits):

1 BIU Earned Credit = 1 USA Semester Credit (15 hours of learning) = 2 ECTS Credit (30 hours of study).


Petrology & Petrography
Mineral Deposits & Sedimentology
Rock & Fluid Properties
Environmental Impact
Ground Mechanics
Ground Retaining Structures
Geotechnical Analysis
Geotechnical Engineering
Structural Engineering
Drilling Optimization
Mining Engineering


More information about this supervisor and instructors at Bircham University Human Network.




This module is applicable to Specialist, Expert, Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. (Doctor) Programs. This distance learning degree program is designed at the postgraduate level – Master’s or Doctoral. This module may be easily adapted to complete the Specialist, Expert or Bachelor’s adult degree program requirements. A further option is the enrollment into the online university courses listed in this module.


Specialist - Expert Diploma via distance learning in Mining Engineering
TOTAL: 21 Academic Credits required for this distance learning degree program: Specialist - Expert Diploma Online. Composition: Select 5 courses for the online diploma of Specialist or 7 courses for the Expert Diploma from the total of 16 courses from this specialization module in Mining Engineering.


Bachelor's Degree via distance learning in Mining Engineering
TOTAL: 130 Academic Credits required for this distance learning degree program: Bachelor's Degree Online. Composition: 48 credits for 16 Specialization Courses in Mining Engineering distance learning higher education + 60 credits in General Education (may be transferred from previous education and experience for the completion of this distance learning degree) + 22 credits or 7 additional online university courses that may be selected from other modules in the Faculty of Engineering & Technology from Bircham International University. This selection must to be approved by the Distance Learning University Education Board.


Master's Degree via distance learning in Mining Engineering
TOTAL: 35~50 Academic Credits required for this distance learning degree program: Master's Degree Online. Composition: 48 credits for 16 Specialization Courses in Mining Engineering distance learning higher education + 13 credits that correspond to research methodology and the Final Project.


Doctor Ph.D. Degree via distance learning in Mining Engineering
TOTAL: 45~70 Academic Credits required for this distance learning degree program: Doctor Ph.D. Degree Online. Composition: 48 credits for 16 Specialization Courses in Mining Engineering distance learning higher education + 18 credits that correspond to research methodology and the Thesis.




METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: Distance Learning Higher Education

This program is delivered by traditional correspondence instruction. Bircham International University will send to your address the physical program suggested textbooks. You will be requested to write 20 to 35 pages reports about these books. You submit these reports by email or mail. The reports are the course exams. Bircham International University will evaluate your required written work. If passed, you will earn the degree from Bircham International University. Read BIU Distance Learning Higher Education Study Guide for more instructions about BIU pedagogy, tutoring and evaluation.



Book and report writing in other language than English must be requested (and approved by BIU) prior to enrollment into this distance learning degree program.



ADMISSION PROCESS: Distance Education University

Bircham International University issues an admission certificate after receiving your complete application for admission. This document will show the amount of credits transferred and validated from previous education and experience, and the amount of credits required to complete the distance learning degree program's major. Bircham University can not perform this evaluation without the complete application for admission.


Students enrolling into this distance learning degree program should be aware that:

1. Location: Bircham International University needs a functional geographical location to ship the book and materials for successful completion of this online diploma.
2. Communication: Email, courier, phone are key communication instruments with Bircham University that play an important role in the progress and support of this program of study.
3. Capacity: Any impediment, physical or psychological, to read a book and write a report must be communicated to Bircham International University prior to enrollment into this distance learning degree program.
4. Technology: No specific technology is required to complete this online university degree.
5. Language: Book reading and report writing in other language than English must be requested (and approved by BIU) prior to enrollment in any online university course.
6. Discrimination: There is no discrimination with respect to race, color, gender, beliefs or religion.
7. Age: Check the admission requirements for each distance education adult degree program.



SUBJECT COURSES: Mining Engineering via distance learning

Each subject accounts for 3 credits.


Each of the following subjetcs may be studied as a continuing education course.



This course explores the origin, structure, and composition of minerals and igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Plate tectonics, volcanism, rock deformation, earthquake activity, and mountain building are integrated to give an overview of Earth’s dynamic internal processes.

Instructor: Mina Benjouali



This course introduces the main components of the hydrologic cycle including precipitation processes, evapotranspiration, soil water and groundwater flow, and surface water features. Emphasis is placed on the atmospheric and geologic processes controlling water movement in the cycle at the global and local scales, considering the environmental impacts of urbanization and land-use management.

Instructor: Mina Benjouali


Petrology & Petrography

This course explores the principles and theories of rock genesis. It considers the microscopic examination of important rock forming minerals and their classification as igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks; silicate phase equilibria; and the use of mineral stability diagrams to understand igneous and metamorphic petrogenesis. It also examines the theory of light behavior through minerals and their optical properties.

Instructor: Mina Benjouali


Mineral Deposits & Sedimentology

This course explores the origin, transport, and deposition of sediments and mineral deposits. It considers size analysis and sedimentary structures, sedimentary petrology, metal concentration and deposition in magmatic and hydrothermal environments, and other related issues.

Instructor: Mina Benjouali


Rock & Fluid Properties

This course examines reservoir rock and fluid properties, flow behavior in reservoir rocks, behavior of gas in underground storage caverns, and their interrelation.

Instructor: Mina Benjouali



This course studies the physical properties of the major rock-forming minerals as well as their identification, classification, and occurrence.

Instructor: Mina Benjouali



This course introduces crystallography, elements of symmetry, and the interrelationship of crystal structure to the physical and chemical properties of minerals. It considers the petrology of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks and their effects on crystal structure of the minerals.

Instructor: Mina Benjouali



This course centers on the dynamic processes that sculpt the Earth’s surface. These processes include weathering, erosion, sediment deposition by water, wind, ice, and mass-wasting. It considers the physical processes, environmental impact and remediation, and engineering capabilities of soils, fluvial processes, glacial deposits, landslides, and coastal processes.

Instructor: Mina Benjouali


Environmental Impact

This course presents both the theoretical and practical aspects of assessing environmental impact in order to support a policy that leads to the restoration and conservation of animal and plant diversity. It covers the structure and function of disturbed ecosystems and provides adequate the means to evaluate environmental degradation levels and the impact of human activity on environmental health and contamination.

Instructor: Luis Fontanet Sallan


Ground Mechanics

This course examines the physical and engineering properties of soils considering soil mechanics, soil composition, soil structure, soil consolidation, shear strength, effective stress principle, water flow through soil, stability analysis of slope, earth pressure, bearing capacity, soil dynamics, ground motion, vibration, and earthquake engineering.

Instructor: Miguel Ángel Fernández Sánchez


Ground Retaining Structures

This course explores special problems in ground retaining structures and construction-related soil engineering. It reviews diaphragm walls, continuous bored piles, cofferdams, shoring and underpinning methods, and other ground retaining structures.

Instructor: Miguel Ángel Fernández Sánchez


Geotechnical Analysis

This course reviews the geotechnical testing, modelling, and analysis to evaluate prediction versus performance in geotechnical engineering. It also explores the role of rocks and soils as engineering materials, as well as the distribution of rocks at or below the surface; hydrologic influences, geologic exploration of engineering sites, mapping, underground excavations, slopes, reservoirs, and dam sites.

Instructor: Miguel Ángel Fernández Sánchez


Geotechnical Engineering

This course explains the characteristics of geological materials; soil and rock classifications; physical, mechanical, and hydraulic properties; stress principles; soil and rock improvement; seepage, consolidation; stress distribution; and settlement analysis. It discusses shear strength, bearing capacity, lateral earth pressures, slope stability, and underground construction. It examines the design of shallow and deep foundations, retaining walls, tunnels, and other earth and rock structures.

Instructor: Miguel Ángel Fernández Sánchez


Structural Engineering

This course deals with the structural engineering principles and design techniques. It is a must for every engineer and architect who works with the design of buildings, bridges, and other structures. It provides concise and up-to-date information on the planning, design, and construction of a variety of engineered structures.

Instructor: Graeme Dean Hamilton


Drilling Optimization

This course explores the procedures for optimizing fluid properties, hydraulics, bit weight, and selection. It covers additional topics of balanced drilling conditions are stressed; design of continuous and intermittent gas lift systems, multiphase flow, and inflow well performance; design and analysis of oil-field drilling operations and equipment; well-control procedures; and measurement of drilling fluid properties.

Instructor: Luis Fontanet Sallan


Mining Engineering

This course presents the latest in mining technology, and the role of the mining engineer throughout the life of a mine, including prospecting for the deposit, determining the site's value, developing the mine, extracting the mineral values, and reclaiming the land afterward. It focuses on a sustainable management of the land to meet the economic and environmental needs. It covers aboveground and underground methods of mining for a wide range of substances, including metals, nonmetals, and fuels.

Instructor: Luis Fontanet Sallan



Recommended Professional References

Mining Engineering via distance learning


Bircham International University graduates may join many professional associations. Membership requirements for each association may vary depending on the degree program, specialization and graduate resume on each occasion. BIU can not guarantee membership in all instances. BIU does not intermediate in these procedures. Bircham International University provides this list of recommended memberships and professional references because we consider that joining the proper association(s) is the best way to become an updated professional. Contact directly the ones you select.


AAEE - Australasian Association for Engineering Education

ABGEA - Associação Brasileira de Geologia, de Engenharia e Ambiental

ABM - Associação Brasileira de Metalurgia, Materiais e Mineração

ABMS - Associação Brasileira de Mecânica dos Solos e Engenharia Geotécnica

AEG - Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists

AGSSEA - Association of Geotechnical Societies in SouthEast Asia

AGU - American Geophysical Union

AIMMPE - American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers

AMA - Association of Mining Analysts

ASEE - American Society for Engineering Education

BGA - British Geophysical Association

BGA - British Geotechnical Association

BTA - British Tunnelling Society

CFGI - Comité Français de Géologie, de l’Ingénieur et de l’Environnement

CFMR - Comité Français de Mécanique des Roches

CFMR - Comité Français de Mécanique des Sols et de la Géotechnique

EAGE - European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers

EEGS - Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society

EFFC - European Federation of Foundation Contractors

ENGC - Engineering Council (UK)

EUROMINES - European Association of Mining Industries

FEBRAE - Federação Brasileira de Associações de Engenheiros

FEIGS - Federation of International Geo-Engineering Societies

FEMP - Federation of European Mineral Programs

FPS - Federation of Piling Specialists

IACEE - International Association for Continuing Engineering Education

IAENG - International Association of Engineers

ICMM - International Council on Mining and Metals

IESF - Ingénieurs et Scientifiques de France

IET - Institution of Engineering and Technology

IFEES - International Federation of Engineering Education Societies

IGS - International Geosynthetics Society

IMAE - Industrial Minerals Association Europe

IMANA - Industrial Minerals Association - North America

IOM3 - Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

ISMSP - International Society of Mine Safety Professionals

ISSMGE - International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

ITA - International Tunneling Association

LACCEI - Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions

MMSA - Mining and Metallurgical Society of America

MSA - Mineralogical Society of America

NAAAEA - National Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects

NSBE - National Society of Black Engineers

SEFI - Societé Européene pour la Formation des Enginieurs

SEMSIG - Sociedad Española de Mécanica del Suelo e Ingeniería Geotécnica.

SHPE - Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers 

SME - Sociedade Mineira de Engenheiros

SME - Society for Mining Metallurgy & Exploration

SWE - Society of Women Engineers

TGS - The Geological Society

TMS - Minerals, Metals and Materials Society

WFEO - World Federation of Engineering Organizations


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