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  Dec 17, 2017
 
2017-2018 General Catalog

Geological Engineering, B.S.


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Geological Engineering Program Educational Objectives

 The program educational objectives of the Geological Engineering program are the following:

1) Graduates will utilize 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 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) As an engineer, the graduate will obtain professional engineer licensure and participate in professional societies and continuing education activities to improve their professional stature.

3) As an academic researcher and teacher, the graduate will expand the knowledge and application of applied earth science and engineering to the betterment of society and will convey this knowledge to his or her students at all levels of their study.

4) Graduates will 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).”

Major Requirements for Geological Engineering


Geology & Geophysics
earth.utah.edu
Frederick Sutton Building 383
801-581-6553
gg-advising@lists.utah.edu

Minimum Degree Hours: 126
Minimum Major Hours: 105

Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 
  • A GPA of 2.25 in departmental required and elective courses.
  • Grades of Credit or those of less than C- are not accepted in departmental or required courses.

Honors in Geological Engineering

Students seeking an HBS in Geological Engineering must complete:

Fundamentals of Engineering Exam


Complete and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.

Sample 4-yr Degree Plan


Note: This is just a sample. Log into My Degree Dashboard (in CIS) and meet with your academic advisor to fit a program of study with your academic record.

First Year


Second Year


Third Year


Total Hours: 15

Spring Semester


Total Hours: 15

Fourth Year


Total Hours: 15

Spring Semester


Total Hours: 14

Total Hours: 4

Fifth Year


Total Hours: 12

Spring Semester


Total Hours: 13

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