Undergraduate Admissions
Geological engineering student taking measurements in the field.

Geological Engineering

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.

Customize your degree with:

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

Get hands-on experience like:

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

Get a job like:

  • Engineering geologist
  • Project engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Project manager

Work for companies like:

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

Learn more about geological engineering at Michigan Tech!