Apr 01, 2023
A truly interdisciplinary degree program, geological engineering applies physics, chemistry, meteorology, hydrology, biology, geology and engineering science to understanding Environment Earth, recognizing and coping with environmental hazards, exploiting natural resources while preserving the environment, and exploring Earth’s context in the solar system. The primary goal of the geological engineering program is to produce a professional who is uniquely skilled in solving problems in multiple technical disciplines.
Students are required to meet with their advisors for program approval and for review of academic progress at least once each semester.
Because of the significant amount of common interdisciplinary coursework, students having their major within the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering may not also have a minor from within the Department.
The Geological engineering program for the baccalaureate degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
- articulate the design process and apply this knowledge to a variety of project situations to ensure safe and effective human interface with the earth.
- learn how to solve real engineering problems that involve engineering ethics and environmental health & safety.
- understand the historical context of society, and they will be able to interact effectively with non-engineers.
- gain the mathematical and scientific knowledge and comprehension, moreover will be able to apply this knowledge when solving engineering problems.
- communicate effectively.
Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno
Use the transfer agreement and the degree planner (available by clicking Icon Capture42Active-Hidden2021-10-21 20:24:062021-10-21 20:24:06 at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.
If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.
- Total Units | 125
- Cumulative GPA | 2.0
- University GPA | 2.0
- Major GPA | 2.0
- Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
- Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
- Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
- Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 62 Units
I. Core General Education Requirements (27-30 units)
NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy .”
Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.
A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3
B. Quantitative Reasoning (4 units) - CO2
C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (8 units) - CO4, CO4L
D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6
E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses.
F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog.
II. Additional Core Requirements (6 units maximum)
Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog.
A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9
B. Diversity & Equity - CO10
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO10 courses.
C. Global Contexts - CO11
D. Ethics - CO12
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO12 courses.
E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13
III. Additional Requirements (0 units)
IV. Major Requirements (88-90 units)
All geology, geophysics, geological engineering and hydrogeology major courses and electives having GEOL, GPH, or GE prefixes must be passed with a grade of “C” or greater; “C-” or lower is not acceptable.
A. Chemistry and Mathematics Courses (15 units)
B. Geology and Geophysics Courses (20 units)
C. Geological Engineering Courses (29-31 units)
D. Other Engineering Courses (24 units)
V. Minor Requirements (0 units)
VI. Electives (0-4 units)
VII. Recommended Schedule
Spring Semester (17 units)
Spring Semester (15 units)
Spring Semester (15 units)
First Semester (13-14 units)
Second Semester (15 units)