Mission of Geological Engineering BS

Geological engineering is the development and conservation of natural resources in ways useful to humankind.  The mission of the geological engineering (GeoE) bachelor of science degree program fulfills this definition by training future geological engineers and providing them with a strong technical background and superior field expertise that prepares them to live and work successfully in a global environment.  This mission is accomplished through a curriculum that focuses on fundamentals of engineering, geology, and geological engineering with strong field and technical design components.   

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Course requirements emphasize professional competency in the areas of groundwater, environmental site planning and natural hazards, geomechanics and geotechnics, and fuels or minerals. Curriculum highlights include a six credit-hour intensive field course that allows students to attain valuable experience in field data collection and analytical methods, and engineering design.

The engineering design experience includes a two-semester capstone sequence that builds upon and integrates previous coursework to prepare GeoE graduates for the professional practice of geological engineering.

The geological engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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Geological Engineering: Program Educational Objectives

These program educational objectives describe what graduates of the geological engineering program are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. These objectives are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies.

1. Graduates of the geological engineering program will perform competently in professional practice in the areas of

  • groundwater
  • environmental site planning and natural hazards
  • geomechanics and geotechnics
  • fuels or minerals

2. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to design and implement appropriate solutions to geological engineering problems, while exercising ethical responsibilities and continued professional development.

In support of these objectives, the program in geological engineering provides students with:

  1. an understanding of the fundamental principles of geological engineering, basic engineering, and geology,
  2. academic training and design experiences to prepare them for engineering practice and career advancement in the geological engineering profession during their first several years of work, and
  3. an education that prepares them to pursue advanced studies if they so desire.

Student Outcomes for Geological Engineering are:

These student outcomes describe what students are expected to know or be able to do by the time of graduation from the geological engineering program. These relate to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program.

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. Ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. Ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. Recognition of the need for, and ability to engage, in life-long learning.
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  12. Field competence.