integrate two disciplines: geology and engineering. Geologists study the
Earth, its composition and structure, its history, and its past plant
and animal life. Engineers apply scientific knowledge and experience to
design and analyze systems for the benefit of mankind.
Geological engineers solve engineering problems and design engineering
systems with, on, and in geological materials, while, at the same time,
protecting the environment.
They might design structures in soil and
rock for dams or tunnel construction. They may be involved in
water resource management, or in evaluating and planning for geologic
hazards such as earthquakes, landslides and volcanoes. Geological
engineers work to protect the environment through remediation of
polluted sites, proper waste disposal, and erosion control.
bachelor's degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level
engineering jobs. Admissions requirements
for undergraduate engineering schools include a solid background in
mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus) and science
(biology, chemistry, and physics), and courses in English, social
studies, humanities, and computer and information technology. Bachelor's
degree programs in engineering typically are designed to last 4 years,
but many students find that it takes between 4 and 5 years to
complete their studies. In a typical 4-year college curriculum, the
first 2 years are spent studying mathematics, basic sciences,
introductory engineering, humanities, and social sciences. In the last 2
years, most courses are in engineering, usually with a concentration in
one branch. Geological engineers might take courses in
Geomechanics, Engineering Geostatistics, Soil Mechanics, and Groundwater
Mechanics and Modeling.
Those interested in a career in geological engineering should consider reviewing engineering programs that are
ABET, Inc. If you choose to attend a program that is not ABET accredited, you should be sure that the university
is regionally accredited.
The following is a list of universities offering
accredited degree programs in geological engineering.
Be sure to check with ABET for updates and changes.
geological engineering jobs enhance their employment opportunities
by participating in internship or co-op programs offered through
their schools. These experiences provide the students with broad
knowledge and experience, making them more attractive candidates to
employers. Most universities offer co-op and internship programs for
students studying geological engineering.
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engineers work for consulting firms where they offer their experience
and knowledge on environmental or geo-technical programs or project. They also work for government agencies such as the Environmental
Protection Agency, and also may work at state or local government groups
focusing on the environment.
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