Accreditation and Educational Objectives

ABET Accreditation

ABET Inc. is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET is a federation of more than 25 professional and technical societies representing these fields. Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the United States, ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 75 years.

ABET accredits over 3,100 programs at more than 660 colleges and universities worldwide. Over 2,000 dedicated volunteers participate annually in ABET evaluation activities.

ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The Geological Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Geological Engineering Program Educational Objectives

It is expected that within a few years of graduation Geological Engineering graduates of Michigan Tech will have:

  1. Secured an entry level position or enrolled in an advanced degree program in energy resources engineering, mineral resources engineering, groundwater engineering, or geomechanics, with special emphasis on applications of geophysics in these areas.
  2. Continued their professional development by activities such as:
    • Taking the FE exam
    • Attending short courses and professional seminars
  3. Demonstrated abilities to perform as effective members of multidisciplinary design teams in the design of effective solutions to modern geological engineering problems and function and communicate in effective ways to meet the needs of a multicultural society in a professional and ethical manner, consistent with the well-being of the public in areas of health, safety and the quality of their environment. Evidence for demonstrating these abilities include, but are not limited to:
    • Successful completion of graduate degree
    • Presentations at professional conferences
    • Awards for professional accomplishments
    • Continued progress (employment and/or promotion) in their chosen career
    • Involvement in professional societies and service organizations
    • Presentations or other substantial involvement in community organizations (K12, etc.) related to the profession.

Student Outcomes for the B.S. in Geological Engineering

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.