Geological Engineering

Geological Engineering

Groundwater resources. Exploration and development of fossil fuel and mineral deposits. Hazard preparations and response. There are some pretty crazy problems in need of smart solutions. Michigan Tech’s geological engineering program can help you become the engineer who tackles these challenges at home, across the country, and abroad.

Our program is unique in terms of the skills you’ll learn in three areas: engineering, geology, and geophysics. You’ll learn from faculty in our nationally recognized department who emphasize the understanding, utilization, and protection of our Earth.

What You Need to Know About This Program

  • You'll take ten credits of field geology courses to prepare you for real work activities—just one reason why employers feel Michigan Tech graduates are so well prepared.
  • Our students have worked on local projects dealing with the availability of high-quality water for residential and agricultural use as well as groundwater resources in places like Nicaragua and Ecuador.
  • Earn a minor in applied geophysics, earth sciences, mining, or remote sensing. Or you can earn a certificate in international sustainable development engineering.
  • You’ll have access to high-quality computing facilities while also learning through extensive outdoor field experiences.
  • You’ll use laboratory facilities for independent research in groundwater engineering, seismic prospecting for oil, remote sensing, X-ray diffraction study of minerals…you name it!
  • As a new student, you are encouraged to take part in an Orientation course that includes a number of introductory seminars by faculty and students and a series of Saturday field trips to sites of geological—and scenic—interest in the local area.
  • Michigan Tech's geological engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Research is available in a wide variety of areas—natural hazards, oil exploration, mineral exploration, field geology, remote sensing, and more. After graduation, you'll be prepared to pursue careers in government, graduate school, or work for companies like Shell Oil, Cliffs Natural Resources, or ARCADIS.

Learn more about geological engineering at Michigan Tech!