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Emphasis in Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Engineering

An emphasis in geotechnical/geoenvironmental engineering provides students with specialized technical training and prepares them for practice as a geotechnical or geoenvironmental engineer or to go on to graduate school in either of these fields. Geotechnical engineering is the branch of civil engineering that deals with soil and rock, and their relation to the planning, analysis, design, construction, and operation of engineering projects. Geoenvironmental engineering is a new area of geotechnical engineering, which deals with underground environmental problems. To be a competent geo-engineer, one must possess a thorough understanding of the in-situ, mechanical and physical properties of geo-materials and the related environmental issues.

For an emphasis in Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Engineering, you must take at least 4 courses (total) from lists 1 and 2 with following conditions.

  • Take at least 1 course from list 1.
  • Take reminder of the courses from list 1 and/or list 2.

List 1

  • CE 4210 - Geotechnical Engineering Design
  • CE 4240 - Earth Slopes and Retaining Structures
  • CE 4910 - Selected Topic in Geotechnical Engineering

List 2

  • CE 4020 - Reinforced Concrete Design
  • CE 4560 - Pavement Design and Construction
  • CE 4570 - Materials Testing & Inspection
  • CE 4820 - Groundwater and Contaminant Transport
  • CE 4900 - Special Topics (Geotechnical topic, with Chair’s approval)
  • EE&S 4800 - Environmental Risk Assessment
  • EE&S 4840 - Municipal Solid Waste Management
  • GEOL 3000 - Environmental Geology
  • GEOL 4210 - GIS Applications in Geology