Geological Engineering Program
Tuncer B. Edil (Chair)

Geological engineering integrates two disciplines: geology and engineering. Geologists study the earth — its origins, composition and evolution. Engineers apply scientific principles to practical ends. Geological engineers help solve earth-related technical problems while protecting the environment. Although housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Geological Engineering Program (GLE) relies on faculty in the College of Engineering, geology and geophysics (College of Letters and Science) and soil science (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences). Specific areas of study include designing structures in soil and rock for foundations, dams, tunnels and other caverns; mitigating hazards such as earthquakes, landslides and coastal erosion; and protecting the environment through proper waste disposal, remediation, erosion control and groundwater quality maintenance. GLE is an accredited BS, MS and PhD program.

Graduates are prepared for employment with consulting firms, the petroleum industry, federal and state labs and agencies, and others. Most will spend part of their working time outdoors enjoying nature. GLE students can opt for a second major in geology, since the program's required geology credits often satisfy the BS degree in geology.

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