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Program in Geological Engineering


James A. Smith

Executive Committee

Michael A. Celia, Civil and Environmental Engineering  

Satish C. B. Myneni, Geosciences  

Jean-Hervé Prévost, Civil and Environmental Engineering  

Ignacio Rodríguez-Iturbe, Civil and Environmental Engineering  

James A. Smith, Civil and Environmental Engineering  

The Program in Geological Engineering combines studies in engineering and the earth sciences and is designed for the student interested in the varied engineering applications of geology, geochemistry, and geophysics. The well-trained Earth scientist-engineer is increasingly important as humankind steps up its use of the land surface and oceans. In this respect the geological engineer is involved with exploration and exploitation of Earth's water, energy, and mineral resources, as well as in the acquisition and utilization of the database necessary to shape environmental policy and practice.

Depending upon the selection of electives, the program provides professional training for graduate study or practice in geology, geochemistry, geophysics, oceanography, water resources, engineering and environmental geology, and civil and environmental engineering. The program is a cooperative effort of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Geosciences, and the program committee is drawn from those departments. The student may be a candidate for either the B.S.E. or the A.B. degree.

Students with interests in this interdepartmental approach are encouraged to consult the program director. Further information may be found under the listings of the two departments.

Program of Study

Participants in the program will satisfy the degree requirements for their department as well as the course and independent work requirements for the program. A coherent course of study will be developed in conjunction with the program adviser and the departmental representative and will include geosciences and engineering courses outside the student's department. Specific program requirements are listed below.

Program Requirements

All program students must take:

1. B.S.E. mathematics, physics, and chemistry requirements.

2. Four program-approved courses at or above the 300 level that constitute a coherent sequence (for additional details, see the geosciences and civil and environmental engineering department descriptions). At least two of these courses must be from a department different from that in which the student is concentrating.

3. A two-semester senior thesis on a geological engineering topic approved by the program committee.

To remain a member of the program in good standing, students must maintain at least a B- average in their technical subjects. To be awarded the program certificate upon graduation, students must achieve a minimum grade average of B- in program courses. Program courses may not be taken on a pass/D/fail basis.

Certificate of Proficiency

Students who have met the program requirements will receive a certificate of proficiency upon graduation.