Geological Engineering

Geological engineering student taking measurements in the lab.

Work outdoors. Travel the world.

Investigate sites for dams, tunnels, and roads. Join Michigan Tech faculty around the world contributing to the study of volcanoes, landslides, and earthquakes.

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. You’ll learn to apply engineering to solve complex geologic, atmospheric, and environmental problems facing humankind such as site investigations for tunnels, dams, or roads; exploring and harvesting mineral and energy resources; or studying geologic hazards such as volcanoes, landslides, and earthquakes.

Learn industry practices for safely adapting geological features to projects. Experiment with advanced technology like labs dedicated to remote sensing and volcanology, seismic petrophysics and subsurface remediation. Learn to investigate natural phenomena, collect data, and interpret it.

Be Ready for What Tomorrow Needs:

  • Evaluate the Sycamore Formation in the Anadarko (Oklahoma) Basin for oil and natural gas development.
  • Take ten credits of field geology courses to prepare you for real work activities.
  • Use laboratory facilities for independent research in areas such as groundwater engineering, seismic prospecting for oil, remote sensing, and X-ray diffraction study of minerals.
  • Learn from world-class faculty in small classes, allowing you to know your professor on a first-name basis.
  • Compete in (and win) an international mining competition.

Create the Future with Careers In:

  • Engineering geology
  • Project engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Project management

Huskies Get Hired By:

  • Apache Corporation
  • Cliffs Natural Resources
  • Government agencies
  • Shell Oil
  • Soils and Materials Engineers

Customize your Degree:

Focus areas available in:

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

Minors available in:

  • Applied Geophysics
  • Earth Sciences
  • Mining

You can also earn a master’s in one additional year through the Accelerated Master’s program.

Take Courses Like:

  • Mineral Science
  • Petrology
  • Applied and Environmental Geophysics
  • Reflection Seismology
  • Field Geophysics

Learn more about geological engineering at Michigan Tech!