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M.S. Geological Engineering

Geological engineering is the professional discipline that relies on the use of geologic conditions and implications for:

  1. the design and construction of civil and mining projects,
  2. the evaluation and mitigation of natural and human-caused geologic hazards, and
  3. the exploration and development of mineral and energy resources.

Graduate students enrolled in this program take a combination of courses in such areas as geological engineering, civil engineering (soil mechanics), hydrogeology, and site characterization. The degree requires a minimum of 30 semester credits beyond the baccalaureate degree. Of those 30 credits, at least 18 must be from 500-level graduate courses. The degree program is available with a thesis option and a non-thesis option. The thesis option requires 6 credits of thesis work approved by faculty who serve on the student's graduate committee. The non-thesis option is available to students who have at least two years of professional experience; this program requires a 3-credit directed study research paper and a final oral examination.

Prerequisite Courses:

The following courses are considered to be the minimum preparation necessary for admission to the Geological Engineering Master of Science degree program. Students who do not have an adequate background in these subject areas will be required to satisfactorily complete those in which they are deficient. Credit for such courses cannot be counted toward the total credits required for the M.S. degree. These courses are usually taken on a pass/fail basis. The deficiency courses are generally worked out with the student's major professor during planning of the student's master's degree program. The actual course content of the program will depend on the student's background and career objectives. Each program is tailored to the individual student. Courses marked with an * may be available through Engineering Outreach.

Required Deficiency Courses:

  • Engr 210* Engineering Statics
  • Engr 220* Engineering Dynamics
  • Engr 335* Engineering Fluid Mechanics
  • Engr 350* Engineering Mechanics of Materials
  • Geol 101 Physical Geology
  • Geol 345 Structural Geology
  • Mathematics (Mathematics through Differential Equations varies)

Recommended Preparatory Courses

  • Civil Engineering Basic Soil Mechanics varies
  • Engr 360* Engineering Economy

Suggested Geological Engineering courses:

  • GeoE 407* Rock Mechanics
  • GeoE 420 Erosion and Sediment Control
  • GeoE 428* Geostatisitics
  • GeoE 436 Geological Engineering Analysis and Design
  • GeoE 465 Excavation and Material Handling
  • GeoE 517 Tunnel Design and Construction
  • GeoE 528 Advanced Topics in Geological Engineering
  • GeoE 535 Seepage and Slope Stability
  • GeoE 540 Stochastic Geotechnology

For additional information regarding studies in geological engineering, contact S.J. Jung, GeoE Program Director.

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