School of Mineral Engineering
Department of Mining and Geological Engineering
Minimum Requirements for Degree: 134 credits
Geological engineering deals with the application of geology. Geological engineers work with the environment in the true sense of the word. Properties of earth materials exploration activities, geophysical and geochemical prospecting, site investigations and engineering geology are all phases of geological engineering.
The undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students for employment with industry, consulting companies and government agencies.
- Complete the general university requirements.
- Complete the B.S. degree requirements.
- Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
CHEM 105XGeneral Chemistry** 4 credits
CHEM 106XGeneral Chemistry** 4 credits
ES 201Computer Techniques 3 credits
ES 208Mechanics 4 credits
ES 331Mechanics of Materials 3 credits
ES 341Fluid Mechanics 4 credits
GE 101Introduction to Geological Engineering 1 credit
GE 261General Geology for Engineers 3 credits
GE 365Geological Materials Engineering 3 credits
GE 375Principles of Engineering Geology and Terrain Analysis 3 credits
GE 381WField Methods and Applied Design I 2 credits
GE 382WField Methods and Applied Design II 4 credits
GE 405Exploration Geophysics 4 credits
GE 420Subsurface Hydrology 3 credits
GE 471Remote Sensing for Engineering 3 credits
GE 480WSenior Design 3 credits
GEOS 213Mineralogy 4 credits
GEOS 214Petrology and Petrography 4 credits
GEOS 332Ore Deposits and Structure 3 credits
GEOS 421Sedimentology 3 credits
MATH 200XCalculus** 4 credits
MATH 201XCalculus** 4 credits
MATH 202XCalculus** 4 credits
MATH 302Differential Equations 3 credits
MIN 202Mine Surveying 3 credits
MIN 370Rock Mechanics 3 credits
MIN 408OMineral Valuation and Economics 3 credits
PHYS 211XGeneral Physics** 4 credits
PHYS 212XGeneral Physics** 4 credits
STAT 200Elementary Probability and Statistics 3 credits
Technical electives*** 6 credits
- Minimum credits required 134
* Student must earn a C grade or better in each ES, GE, GEOS, MIN and technical elective courses.
** Satisfies core or B.S. degree requirements but not both.
*** Technical elective credits must contain engineering design and
be selected by the student from a list of approved technical electives from
the geological engineering program in conference with his or her advisor
and approved by the department.
Note: Candidates for the B.S. degree in geological engineering are
required to take a proficiency exam at the end of their sophomore year. They
must also take a comprehensive exit exam in their general field before graduation
(as well as the state of Alaska Fundamentals of Engineering examination).
Fundamentals of Engineering examination is a first step toward registration
as professional engineers.
Note: Students may initiate their geological engineering
program in Anchorage and transfer to Fairbanks upon completion of the
freshman and sophomore years. Students intending to transfer to UAF should
communicate with a faculty member of the UAF mining and geological engineering