Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Accreditation and Educational Objectives

ABET Accreditation

ABET is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET is a federation of 35 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 80 years.

ABET accredits over 3,709 programs at 752 colleges and universities in 30 countries. Over 2,200 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 service to the community organizations (K12, etc.) related to the profession.

Student Outcomes for the B.S. in Geological Engineering

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
  8. an ability to think critically and demonstrate field competence.