Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering ABET accreditation

The Bachelor of Science program in Mining Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.  The program regularly assesses student attainment of learning outcomes that prepare graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.  This page documents ABET student learning outcomes; program criteria developed by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration; program educational objectives; and student numbers in each of the programs.

Student outcomes

Students enrolled in the program will demonstrate:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Program criteria

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration defines program criteria specific to each degree.

Students in the Geological Engineering program will demonstrate:

  1. the ability to apply mathematics including differential equations, calculus-based physics, and chemistry, to geological engineering problems
  2. proficiency in geological science topics that emphasize geologic processes and the identification of minerals and rocks
  3. the ability to visualize and solve geological problems in three and four dimensions
  4. proficiency in the engineering sciences including statics, properties/strength of materials, and geomechanics
  5. the ability to apply principles of geology, elements of geophysics, geological and engineering field methods
  6. engineering knowledge to design solutions to geological engineering problems, which will include one or more of the following considerations: the distribution of physical and chemical properties of earth materials, including surface water, ground water (hydrogeology), and fluid hydrocarbons; the effects of surface and near-surface natural processes; the impacts of construction projects; the impacts of exploration, development, and extraction of natural resources, and consequent remediation; disposal of wastes; and other activities of society on these materials and processes, as appropriate to the program objectives

Program educational objectives

Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the Geological Engineering program will have:

  • the ability to apply engineering fundamentals in a variety of design problems and scientific investigations and clearly communicate those principles in writing and verbally
  • 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
  • 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

Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering enrollment and graduation data

The following table shows the number of students enrolled in and graduating from the Geological Engineering program by academic year.

Geological Engineering enrollment and graduation by academic year

Academic Year

Geological Engineering Enrollment

Geological Engineering Graduates

2021 - 2022

39

9

2020 - 2021

56

20

2019 - 2020

58

14

2018 - 2019

73

19

2017 - 2018

88

18

2016 - 2017

84

20

2015 - 2016

99

20

2014 - 2015

69

13

2013 - 2014

81

13

2012 - 2013

77

14