Geological Engineers are specialists in designing and building structures that involve soil, rocks and bedrock. Examples of these structures include dams, bridges, tunnels and mitigation of landslides. Geological Engineers also solve problems related to water, such as ground water pollution, flooding, effects of freezing on earthen structures and snow accumulation.
As one of only 16 ABET accredited programs in the United States, we equip students with the engineering, social and environmental knowledge needed to make their career as an engineer successful. With the state Core and Sample Library on campus, and research conducted in everything from enhanced oil recovery to land-sliding, your skills and interests will find a place in this prestigious program.
With the smallest class sizes of any engineering discipline on campus, geological engineering professors are able to cater to each student in class.
Earning a Geological Engineering Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree will give you a strong background in engineering, design and geology. You’ll gain expertise in:
- Exploration and extraction of mineral and energy resources
- Geomechanics / geotechnics
- Hydrogeology and water resources
- Reclamation and contaminant remediation
- Environmental site assessment
- Natural hazard investigation
These areas of expertise incorporate geology with elements of civil, environmental, mining and petroleum engineering. To meet these demands, the curriculum contains a broad background in physical and social sciences, humanities, communications, mathematics, geology and engineering.
Our Geological Engineering program has a petroleum option, which prepares you for employment in the petroleum industry, while continuing to provide a broad geological engineering background for career flexibility. If you pursue this emphasis, you'll still have a B.S. in Geological Engineering but can also report that you’ve completed the petroleum option requirements.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Due to generous gifts by alumni, Harold Hamm, Continental Resources, North Dakota Industrial Commission and the state of North Dakota, our School is well equipped with a wide range of cutting edge instrumentations. In addition, the Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library are located across the street from Leonard Hall. The sample library contains one of the largest collections of the deep core samples. It houses cores from virtually all oil wells drilled in North Dakota and is an unparalleled resource for research.
Currently the generous gifts by donors and alumni provide tuition-free education with living allowance for four undergraduate students in Geology and Geological Engineering, and partial support to many more. The gifts also support student research projects, conference travel and other educational activities.
Worldwide travel and highly advanced laboratory equipment are just a few reasons to get involved beyond the classroom in geological engineering. With numerous student opportunities, you're bound to find an area of interest to pursue outside of the required curriculum.
As an experiential learning opportunity, you’ll have the option to travel abroad or within the United States to study geological phenomena and research. Join faculty members as they conduct research on land-sliding, enhanced oil recovery or study the temperature below the ground. Our students have traveled with faculty to sites in Peru, India, England, Canada, Antarctica and many locations in the United States.
Clubs and Organizations
You can join many different organizations, both in and outside of the major. Some organizations Geological Engineering students are involved in include:
Geological engineers are vital to many industries around the world. A few sectors that regularly employ geological engineers are:
- Environmental: Hydrogeologist, Hydrologist, Environmental Engineer, Remediation Engineer, Water Resources Engineer
- Oil and Gas: Petroleum Geologist, Petroleum Geomechanic Engineer, Hydrogeologist
- Federal government or state / local government: Geologist, Remote Sensing/GIS Analyst
- Research Institute: Research Geologist
- Construction: Geological Engineer
- Mining: Mining Engineer, Geologist
- Consulting: Geologic Engineer
- Mapping and Survey: Remote Sensing/GIS Analyst and Apecialist
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