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Geological Engineering

Geological Engineering

Bob Watters
(775) 784-6069
Professor, Geological Engineering

Jim Carr
(775) 784-4424
Professor, Geological Engineering

Ron Breitmeyer
(775) 682-6049
Assistant Professor, Geological Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering

Professor Watters and students

Understanding Our Planet

The Geological Engineering degree is designed to enhance students' professional abilities in engineering and the geological sciences. Although often equated with geotechnical engineering, a discipline closely aligned with civil engineering, geological engineering is more correctly characterized as a program focused on geologic hazards mitigation and natural resources characterization. In one sense, geological engineering is a form of environmental engineering.

The Geological Engineering degree applies physics, chemistry, meteorology, hydrology, biology, geology and engineering science to understanding the Earth, recognizing and coping with environmental hazards, exploiting natural resources while preserving the environment, and exploring Earth's context in the solar system.

The primary goal of the degree is to produce a professional who is uniquely skilled in solving problems in multiple technical disciplines. Graduates in geological engineering work in governmental agencies on transportation projects, monitoring of natural resources, and environmental protection. They are also employed with aerospace, mining, geotechnical, environmental, ground water and construction companies.

The Geological Engineering program for the baccalaureate degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, .

The geological engineering Program Educational Objectives (PEO's) are what our graduates should achieve within 3 - 5 years after graduation.

  • PEO 1. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to apply design and analytical principles in a variety of design and scientific investigation situations;
  • PEO 2. Graduates will demonstrate a solid and broad foundation in fundamental principles, both theoretical and practical, of mathematics, science, and engineering enabling them to excel in professional employment as well as in post-graduate education; and
  • PEO 3. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the larger contexts of the application of their engineering, including global, environmental, societal, and legal concerns and will be able to communicate these concepts.

Student Learning Outcomes: Geological engineering graduates will have, upon graduation:

A.   An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

B.    An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

C.    The 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.

D.   The ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.

E.    An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

F.    An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

G.   An ability to communicate effectively.

H.   The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

I.     The need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

J.     The knowledge of contemporary issues.

K.    An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Degrees and Enrollment: Undergraduate Enrollment and Degrees Conferred

Year Enrollment Degrees Conferred
2012-2013 78 14
2013-2014 84 (Fall 2013) -


Seniors are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (formerly Engineers-in-Training) examination. Students are required to meet with their advisors for program approval in order to have a registration hold removed enabling registering for the next semester and for review of academic progress at least once each semester.

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