Geological Engineering

Bachelor’s Degree

Geological Engineering

Bachelor’s Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering program prepares graduates for careers that focus on the interaction between humans and earth. Students learn to evaluate and stabilize foundations for buildings, roads and other structures; locate, develop and protect water supplies; find and extract mineral and energy resources, such as oil, gas and coal, safely and with care for the environment; and characterize contaminated sites and groundwater for cleanup.

The curriculum emphasizes laboratory and field experience, including six weeks of geologic mapping and direct observation in the mountains and canyons of southwestern Colorado and Utah.

Department of Geology and Geological Engineering website.

The Geological Engineering curriculum provides a strong foundation in the basic sciences, mathematics, geological science and basic engineering along with specialized upper-level instruction in integrated applications to real problems. Engineering design is integrated throughout the four-year program, beginning in Design I (freshman year) and ending with the capstone design courses in the senior year.

Geological Engineering Curriculum

Areas of Special Interest

  • Geological Engineering

Available Minor

  • Geological Engineering

Career options for geological engineering majors:

  • Groundwater engineer
  • Petroleum exploration and development
  • Mineral exploration and development
  • Geological scientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Geological engineer
  • Mineral engineer
  • Seismic engineer

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Mines’ financial assistance program awards more than $60 million per year, and over 82 percent of the student body receives some form of financial aid.










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median pay for geologists, 2019, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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