Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering


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.

Program Accreditation
The B.S. in Geological Engineering 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.


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

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

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


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.


The B.S. in Geological Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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Location Paul Laxalt Mineral Engineering
Address University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557