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Geological Engineering—BS

The world needs professionals who can apply engineering to solve complex geologic, atmospheric, and environmental problems facing humankind. At Michigan Tech, you will explore industrial practices for safely and efficiently adapting geologic features to society’s needs, while protecting the Earth and its inhabitants.

Geological engineers play an important role in identifying and mitigating man-made and natural hazards that pose a threat to civil structures, infrastructure, or people. Their work includes performing site investigations for planned tunnels, dams, or roads; locating sites and designing facilities for nuclear waste disposal; developing and restoring groundwater resources; stabilizing rock and soil slopes for dams, highways, and property development; exploring and harvesting mineral and energy resources; and studying geologic hazards such as volcanoes, landslides, and earthquakes.

Specialty areas in geological engineering include the following:

  • Soil mechanics
  • Rock mechanics
  • Geotechnics
  • Groundwater engineering
  • Hydrogeology
  • Civil design
  • Hazard investigation and planning
  • Natural resources

The daily duties of geoscientists, such as geological engineers, could include investigating natural phenomena and collecting data on location, interpreting the results in a lab, and writing reports.

Field studies bring geoscientists to diverse landscapes around the globe—from volcanoes to oceans to oil fields. Geoscientists must have the ability to develop a picture of a field site based on limited data; therefore, sound critical-thinking skills are advantageous in this discipline. Due to the nature of their work, these professionals must adapt to a variety of situations and working conditions.

Educational Objectives and Programs Outcomes for the B.S. in Geological Engineering