Accreditation and Assessment

A full description of our undergraduate programs are available here: Geology BS, Geological Engineering BS.

Find additional information, including Objectives and Outcomes for each program below.

Learn more about Accreditation at SD Mines.

Geology BS

Outcomes and Associated Evaluation Criteria

Outcome 1: Apply scientific and mathematical knowledge to problems in the geosciences.

  1. Uses relevant math concepts and equations in a geologic context
  2. Can classify and identify geologic materials and features
  3. Recalls or uses relevant concepts and facts from geoscience disciplines to solve a problem
  4. Recalls or uses relevant concepts and facts from other scientific disciplines (such as biology, chemistry, or physics) to solve a problem

Outcome 2: Analyze and interpret geological and other scientific data.

  1. Completeness of analysis
  2. Evaluates data quality
  3. Interpretation of results
  4. Evaluation of results
  5. Critically read and evaluate the results of others, including from the scientific literature

Outcome 3: Work professionally with a team.

  1. Communicates with team members
  2. Attends meetings regularly
  3. Contributes constructive ideas to project development
  4. Fosters positive team interactions
  5. Completes tasks in a timely matter
  6. Completes an equitable amount of quality work

Outcome 4: Collect geological data (from the literature, field, or laboratory) to answer a scientific question.

  1. Can pose scientific questions in a hypothesis framework
  2. Data collection
  3. Relevance of data to the question
  4. Quality of the data
  5. Formulation of methodology
  6. Data management
  7. Safety in data collection

Outcome 5: Follow the ethical standards of the geoscience profession.

  1. Uses data appropriately
  2. Properly attributes the ideas and contributions of others
  3. Recognizes ethical violations
  4. Makes ethical decisions

Outcome 6: Communicate effectively in oral and written form.

  1. Verbal skill
  2. Writing skill
  3. Rhetoric
  4. Graphics

Outcome 7: Apply geological knowledge to global systems and human societies.

  1. Relates project results to broader context
  2. Recognizes the contribution of geology to society at large
  3. Recognizes the connections between geology and other disciplines
  4. Can recognize and assess geological hazards
  5. Recognizes the relationship between earth resources and the economy

Outcome 8: Investigate geological problems using appropriate technology.

  1. Correctly uses computer software to create documents
  2. Correctly uses computer software to organize, manipulate, and interpret data
  3. Correctly uses field and laboratory equipment
  4. Uses spatial analyses and communicates via a computer generated map

Geological Engineering BS

The bachelor of science program in geological engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, 415 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, Phone +1.410.347.7700     

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. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
  8. An ability to apply geological engineering principals to field problems.