College of Mines and Earth Sciences


Geology and Geophysics

B.S. in Geological Engineering

Program Purpose

The undergraduate program in Geological Engineering is reviewed and accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, Inc. This degree program trains students in engineering fundamentals and their practical application to the physical earth. The mission of the geological engineering program is to educate and train through teaching, research, and service the critical thinking and communication skills necessary for students and faculty to contribute to the solutions to difficult engineering problems within the context of the natural earth. The program objectives are as follows: (1) The students will be capable of utilizing their backgrounds in engineering and earth science to contribute to solutions to difficult engineering problems within the context of the natural world. Students will be able to analyze problems, design experiments, evaluate information, and communicate results both individually and as part of a team. (2) The students will know and understand fundamentals related to the two following aspects of geological engineering: 1) fluid flow and contaminant transport in the subsurface; and 2) geomechanics related to stability of subsurface materials. (3) The students will be educated in fundamental and current issues in the above aspects of the geological engineering profession, will know the steps required to attain a career in geological engineering, and will be shown the value of a desire for life-long learning within and outside the geological engineering profession. (4) The students will be educated within an environment that fosters honesty, integrity, and a strong engineering and work ethic. Design experiences aimed at incorporating real-world constraints into solutions to engineering problems are integrated into the curriculum at various stages, culminating in two capstone engineering design experiences taught within the context of groundwater remediation and geological hazards.

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  • Ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  • Recognition of the need for and ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • Ability to engage in lifelong learning and understanding of the need to do so.
  • Ability to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering examination, thereby allowing them to immediately begin training for Professional Engineering licensure upon graduation.