Geological Engineering M.S. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The Master of Science degree program in geological engineering is designed to produce a self-motivated engineer possessing state-of-art knowledge in one or more of the following areas: geologic hazards, geomechanics, planetary geology, remote sensing and digital image processing, environmental remediation, instrumental methods, and data analysis. Graduates will possess outstanding written and oral communication skills, be capable of independently conducting research projects from inception through conclusion, and are qualified for professional registration.

Program Outcomes

1. MSGE students will learn diligence through timely degree completion.

Student Performance Indicators

  • Successful degree completion

Assessment Method

  • Median length of time to complete degrees

Student Learning Outcomes

1. For MSGE students entering the program with non-engineering undergraduate degrees, students will be able to master the fundamental core engineering curriculum to enable the taking and passing of the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Success on FE exam
Assessment Method
  • Success versus failure rate for MSGE students taking FE exam

2. Students will be able to demonstrate improving written and oral communication skills through teaching, professional presentations, publication in scientific journals, writing a thesis or professional paper, and/or presenting a conference paper orally or in poster session.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Performance in a TA position;Mentoring undergraduate students; Oral presentations in the Graduate Seminar
Assessment Method
  • Faculty evaluation of TA performance; Faculty documentation of mentoring or tutoring; faculty evaluation of oral presentations

3. Students will be able to prove themselves self starters in their studies and research.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Student success in 700-level graduate courses; successful completion of a thesis or Professional Paper
Assessment Method
  • Faculty rating of students' self motivation skills