The responsible mining certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career related to responsible resource development. Courses will take a look at U.S. environmental and sustainability law; origin, exploitation and evaluation of metallic and nonmetallic mineral deposits; and fundamentals of professional and technical communication.
Offered by the geology department, this certificate is designed primarily for comprehensive geology majors. Curriculum throughout the program will explore topics like proper selection and permitting of economic deposits, managing environmental compliance, conducting environmental remediation and what it's like working for environmental and hydrogeologic consulting firms.
Upon graduation, you'll be prepared to protect the environment by enforcing regulations, restoring brownfield sites, managing water resources and so much more. The certificate is an excellent choice for those who wish to join state regulatory agencies, such as the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Real-world preparation. While pursuing your certificate, you'll participate in a valuable responsible mining seminar, where industry speakers from mining, environmental consulting and regulatory agencies will discuss the environmental and political aspects of responsible mining. Preparation for internships and jobs is stressed throughout the seminar, as well as best practices in networking and communication. Students will also learn how to improve their technical writing skills and prepare expert testimony for public hearings — knowledge that will set you apart when applying for jobs.
Access to internships. An internship in mining, environmental consulting or a regulatory agency is strongly recommended, and UWEC faculty and advisors will do their best to help you secure one. The department has a strong history of placing graduates at renowned companies — and many students' internships are paid.
Countless learning opportunities. Geology students are known for having incredible outside-the-classroom learning opportunities. Whether you participate in unique field experiences, learn from experts in the Earth Science Seminar Series, participate in a student-faculty research project or study abroad, you'll have direct access to experiences that take your learning to the next level.
Through coursework, the responsible mining seminar and a strongly recommended internship of your choice, you will complete this certificate able to use analytical and quantitative methods to evaluate critical environmental problems. From analyzing geological data using mathematic and computational methods to writing and evaluating geological papers, you will gain a well-rounded understanding of responsible resource development that will set you apart in your career.
What classes do responsible mining students take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- U.S. environmental and sustainability policies
- Economic mineral deposits
- Vegetation ecology
- Fundamentals of human communication
- Probability and mathematical statistics
Learn more about the responsible mining certificate in the UWEC course catalog.
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