Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering involves soil and its properties relevant to groundwater flow, bearing capacity for foundations, settlement and compaction, slope stability, tunneling and mining, and a variety of other issues associated with activities on or below the ground surface.

Suggested Course Selection for Civil Engineering Subdiscipline Concentration in Geotechnical Engineering:

  • CE302 Dynamics (ESE I)
  • CE310 Soil Mechanics (required)
  • CE403 Foundations (DE)
  • CE406 Contaminant Hydrogeology (ESE II)
  • CE428 Topics in Structural Design (DE)
  • GE306 Engineering Geology (NSE)
  • 4 open Technical Electives or Independent Research

DE = Design Elective

TE = Technical Elective

ESE = Engineering Science Elective (I, II)

NSE = Natural Science Elective

The technical electives selected from within the Civil and Environmental Department must meet the following distribution requirements:

  • 6 credits of Design Elective from CE403, CE408, CE415, CE423, CE428, CE436
  • 4 credits of Natural Science Elective from GE306 or BI101
  • 3 credits of Engineering Science Elective I from CE302, CE412, ME311, EE351
  • 3 credits of Engineering Science Elective II from CE401, CE402, CE404, CE406, CE429, other EE and ME 300 or 400 level courses
  • 12 credits of other technical electives from above or CE437, CE443, CE455-460, CE461

Regardless of the specific concentration or course mix selected, graduates of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.