Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This 120 credit program is designed to be completed in four years.

Who can apply? 

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED.

What will I learn in a geological engineering degree program?

The Geological Engineering Program produces professionals uniquely skilled in geology and engineering to solve environmental challenges generated by rock, water, soil and snow.

Learning outcomes

Geological engineering combines aspects of environmental, civil and geotechnical engineering with the geological sciences to find solutions to societies most pressing and challenging questions: How will structures built into the Earth or of Earth materials behave and respond? How to safely and sustainably extract natural resources and contain environmental contaminants? How to predict and mitigate natural hazards like floods and landslides in our changing world?

Graduates of the bachelor's degree in geological engineering will be trained to:

  • Apply physics, chemistry, hydrology, geology and engineering science to understanding the Earth
  • Recognize and cope with environmental hazards such as earthquakes, floods and landslides
  • Acquire natural resources while preserving the environment

Our program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Accreditation ensures that the program has clearly articulated Program Educational Objectives for graduates, directly assessable Student Outcomes for program majors, and publicly available enrollment and graduation data.

Did you know...?

Geological engineering is a relatively rare degree with only 13 undergraduate programs nation-wide. This makes its graduates and their unique training extremely sought after. With your bachelor's degree in geological engineering, you graduate ready to enter the job market with a median annual salary of $91,160 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019).

As part of the Mackay School, geological engineering students receive regular internship and job search support from Mackay Student Services throughout the program and after graduation.

Learn more about the geological sciences and engineering department

Faculty in our department work closely with undergraduate students to provide hands-on experience in a wide range of work environments, helping you to graduate with a set of skills that are in high demand in Nevada and around the world.

What it means to earn a Mackay degree

This degree is awarded by the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering. Find out what Mackay's rich history, strong connection to industry and dedication to student internship and career support can do for you.

Learn more about the Mackay School
Close up of Mackay Statue bust.

Careers with a degree in geological engineering

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

46% of undergraduate students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive financial aid. If you think your family’s income is too high to qualify for financial aid, you might be surprised.

50%+ of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

Life's a journey. Honors makes it meaningful.

At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.

Visit the Honors College
Four honors students standing near Manzanita Lake; one is holding a soccer ball.