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Geological Engineering Program

Geological Engineering Program
Tuncer B. Edil

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, dams, tunnels and other caverns; mitigating hazards such as earthquakes, landslides and coastal erosion; and protecting the environment through proper waste disposal, remediation of contaminated groundwater and sites, erosion control and groundwater quality maintenance. GLE offers an accredited BS degree. It also offers MS and PhD programs.

Graduates are prepared for employment with consulting firms, the petroleum industry, federal and state laboratories and agencies, and others. Most will spend part of their time working 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. Graduates are eligible for professional engineer (P.E.) and professional geologist (P.G.) licensing.

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