B.S. in Geological Engineering

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The Geological Engineering course requirements are also available in PDF and Excel spreadsheet formats.

Number of current students: 12
Graduates (2014-2015): 5

Geological Engineering Program Objectives

"The goal of the Geological Engineering program at the University of Utah is to educate and train through teaching, research, and service the critical thinking and communication skills necessary to help solve engineering problems and design engineering systems within the context of the natural earth. Consistent with the departmental program mission, the program educational objectives of the Geological Engineering program are the following:

1) Graduates will be capable of utilizing their backgrounds in engineering and earth science to provide solutions to engineering problems within the context of the natural world. Areas of geological engineering practice might include fluid flow and contaminant transport in the subsurface; geo-mechanics (i.e., the behavior of earth materials), geo-engineering (i.e., design with earth materials); and discovery, development, and utilization of energy resources.

2) If employed as an engineer, the graduate will be prepared to obtain professional engineer registration, and will participate in professional societies and continuing education activities that work to improve their professional stature.

3) Graduates will strive to develop and maintain a professional environment that fosters honesty, integrity, and a strong engineering and work ethic. 

Geological Engineering Student Outcomes

The program outcomes that were established based on the program educational objectives, and utilized for assessment since the 2009 academic year, are the following:

a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs

d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

g) an ability to communicate effectively

h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context

i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice


"The curriculum in geological engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org)".