College of Engineering and Mines
Department of Mining and Geological Engineering
Minimum Requirements for Degree: 133 credits
The mission of the geological engineering program is to advance and disseminate knowledge related to mineral and energy exploration, evaluation, development and production; engineering site selection, construction and construction material production; and groundwater and geo-environmental engineering including geologic hazards assessment, through creative teaching, research and public service with an emphasis on Alaska, the North and its diverse peoples.
Geological engineering deals with the application of geology in the environment. Properties of earth materials exploration activities, geophysical and geochemical prospecting, site investigations and engineering geology are all phases of geological engineering.
The program prepares students for employment with industry, consulting companies and government agencies.
The educational objectives of the geological engineering program are to produce:
- Graduates who are employed in one of the following professional areas: mineral and energy exploration and development; geotechnical engineering; groundwater engineering; or geo-environmental engineering.
- Graduates will possess technical knowledge required to meet the unique challenges of geological engineering problems germane to cold regions, especially Alaska.
- Graduates will pursue life-long learning through continuing education opportunities, professional registration/certification, and/or graduate studies.
For more information about the geological engineering program mission, goals and educational objectives, visit http://cem.uaf.edu/mingeo/abet/.
- Complete the general university requirements. As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete: MATH F200X*, CHEM F105X* and CHEM F106X*.
- Complete the BS degree requirements. As part of the BS degree requirements, complete: MATH F201X*, PHYS F211X* and PHYS F212X*.
- Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
ES F201--Computer Techniques--3 credits
ES F208--Mechanics--4 credits
ES F331--Mechanics of Materials--3 credits
ES F341--Fluid Mechanics--4 credits
GE F101--Introduction to Geological Engineering--1 credit
GE F261--General Geology for Engineers--3 credits
GE F365--Geological Materials Engineering--3 credits
GE F371--Remote Sensing for Engineering--3 credits
GE F375--Principles of Engineering Geology and Terrain Analysis--3 credits
GE F381W--Field Methods and Applied Design I--2 credits
GE F382W--Field Methods and Applied Design II--4 credits
GE F405--Exploration Geophysics--3 credits
GE F420--Subsurface Hydrology--3 credits
GE F480W--Senior Design--3 credits
GEOS F213--Mineralogy--4 credits
GEOS F214--Petrology and Petrography--4 credits
GEOS F322--Stratigraphy and Sedimentation--4 credits
GEOS F332--Ore Deposits and Structure--3 credits
MATH F202X--Calculus III--4 credits
MATH F302--Differential Equations--3 credits
MIN F202--Mine Surveying--3 credits
MIN F225--Quantitative Methods in Mining Engineering--2 credits
MIN F370--Rock Mechanics--3 credits
MIN F408O--Mineral Valuation and Economics--3 credits
Technical electives**--6 credits
Highly recommended technical electives:
CE F341--Environmental Engineering--4 credits
CE F344--Water Resources Engineering--3 credits
CE F422--Foundation Engineering--3 credits
CE F424--Introduction to Permafrost Engineering--3 credits
CE F442--Environmental Engineering Design--3 credits
CE F603--Arctic Engineering--3 credits
ESM F422--Engineering Design--3 credits
GE F322--Erosion Mechanics and Conservation--3 credits
GE F376--GIS Applications in Geological and Environmental Engineering --3 credits
GE F384--Engineering Geology of Alaska--4 credits
GE F400--Geological Engineering Internship--1–3 credits
GE F422--Soil Physics--3 credits
GE F430--Geomechancial Instrumentation--3 credits
GE F435--Exploration Design--3 credits
GE F440--Slope Stability--3 credits
GE F441--Geohazard Analysis--3 credits
GE F445--Design of Earth Dams and Embankments--3 credits
MIN F443--Principles and Applications of Industrial Explosives--3 credits
MIN F482--Computer-Aided Mine Design -- VULCAN--3 credits
NRM F435--GIS Analysis--4 credits
PETE F302--Well Logging--3 credits
PETE F407--Petroleum Production Engineering--3 credits
PETE F426--Drilling Engineering--3 credits
- Minimum credits required--133 credits
* Students must earn a C- grade or better in each of these courses.
** Technical elective credits must contain engineering design and be selected by the student from the 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 BS degree in geological engineering are required to take the State of Alaska Fundamentals of Engineering examination, which is a first step toward registration as professional engineers.