Administrative Offices Delay: - VMI administrative offices will operate on a two-hour delay tomorrow, Thursday, March, 5. Normal class schedule in effect.

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.