About Geological Engineering

Geology and Engineering – Interdisciplinary Engineering and   Science

Geological Engineering is interdisciplinary with faculty from the College of Engineering and the College of Letters and Science. Geological Engineering integrates two disciplines – geology and engineering. Geologist study the earth – its origins, its composition, and its evolution. Engineers apply scientific principles to practical ends, such as the design and construction of facilities for practical use by society. Geological engineers find the best ways to use the earth’s resources to solve technical problems while protecting the environment. Geological engineers solve a variety of practical problems associated with rock and soils using principles of sustainable engineering. They design and construct structures, transportation facilities, dams, tunnels, and power plants. They mitigate naturally occurring phenomena such as floods, landslides, and earthquakes, and develop safe and environmentally sound sources of energy and minerals. They also manage groundwater and surface water resources to ensure the public safety and health. Geological engineers also design and construct subsurface repositories for waste disposal and remediate contaminated sites.

Geological engineering offers BS, MS and PhD degrees. The BS degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org), which is required to obtain a professional engineering license.

Students pursuing the BS degree are encouraged to obtain a dual major in Geoscience. The BS degree program is set up so that students can obtain a major in Geological Engineering and a BS in Geoscience in a single 125-credit degree program. No extra credits are required to obtain both majors.

Careers in Geological Engineering

With strong skills in geoenvironmental engineering, groundwater technology, hydrogeology, rock mechanics, geotechnical engineering, geophysics and geology. Graduates can expect employment with consulting firms, the petroleum and gas industry, mining companies, federal and state laboratories and agencies, and others. Geological engineers spend part of their working time outdoors enjoying nature. GLE students can opt for a second major in geology, since the credits in geoscience required for the GLE degree satisfy the BS degree in geology.