Geological Engineering

The Geological Engineering program 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 program 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 program 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, groundwater and construction companies.


The Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering is ABET accredited. To view program educational objectives and student outcomes click the link below.

ABET Accreditation

For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering, contact:

Liz Ball
Coordinator of Student Recruitment
(775) 327-2056

Recommended schedule

First Semester

  • ENG 101 - Composition I (3 units)
  • GE 106R - Introduction to Geological Engineering (2 units)
  • GEOL 101 - General Geology (4 units)
  • MATH 181 - Calculus I (4 units)
  • Social Sciences/Diversity (3 units)
    OR CHEM 201 - General Chemistry for Scientists and Engineers I (4 units)

For detailed course description visit the General Course Catalog.