Geological Engineering BS

Geological Engineering (GEOE) as a relatively rare degree program that only 13 schools in the U.S. offer.  The degree bridges the gap between the science of geology and multiple engineering disciplines including mining, civil, petroleum and environmental engineering.  As such, the curriculum that students complete as part of the degree is very diverse, with courses covering topics in geology, the engineering disciplines stated above, and engineering topics unique to geological engineering

Photo - Seismic Survey GeoE, UG

The GEOE program at SD Mines prides itself in providing a hands-on field based education.  Students spend a large amount of instruction time in the field through lab and design courses, as well as a GEOE specific, six-credit field course taken between the junior and senior year.  It is this significant field experience and wide breadth of expertise that sets geological engineering graduates apart from other engineering fields, and is a large contributor to why our program has such a high placement rate (99 – 100% over the past 20 years).

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.