Geological Engineering

Bachelor's Degree Program

Earn your degree in geological engineering in a hands-on, ABET-accredited program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. One of only a handful of geological engineering programs in the United States, we are the only program in the nation that focuses on issues specific to the Arctic.

This is an ideal engineering degree if you want to be outside conducting field work. With numerous laboratory and field experiences built in to the curriculum, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to apply what you learn. We also offer an excellent summer field program for geological engineers.

At UAF, you’ll have exciting cross disciplinary learning opportunities between the geological engineering and mining departments. Our graduates are highly sought after by employers across the state for their unique training in the geological hazards of Alaska.

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Why Study Geological Engineering at UAF?

Geological engineering is a unique degree program that offers small class lectures by award-winning faculty, and hands-on field and laboratory experiences. These are some of the opportunities you can look forward to as a geological engineering major at UAF.

Get hands-on training in the field

  • Most of our classes include field trips that will take you on journeys throughout Alaska, connecting classroom lessons with the real world.
  • Our department has access to a silver mine, where many classes conduct hands-on activities, such as surveying and rock bolt installation. Learn more about the Silver Fox Mine.

Take part in laboratory and research experiences

  • Our students participate in faculty research projects that involve field work, laboratory testing and specialized computer modeling. Many students also design their own research programs and fund them through URSA grants.
  • Most classes include laboratory experiences and we have several labs containing specialized equipment and computer software programs.

 

Participate in professional organizations

  • Our geological engineering majors lead the student chapter of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG), which offers students opportunities to present research attend presentations, meet and network with professionals and find internships. This organization is also a source of scholarships for our students.Our expertise in design and construction in arctic conditions is the strongest in the nation.

 

Work closely with award-winning faculty

  • Our faculty are experts in Arctic, frozen ground and Alaska-related phenomena. Their research programs focus on these areas, and we often involve undergraduate and graduate students in this research.
  • Our faculty have won nationally competitive research grants, conference paper awards and teaching awards.

 

What Can You Do With a Degree in Geological Engineering?

Earn your bachelor’s in geological engineering at UAF and get an edge in the job market. Alaska has the second highest concentration of mining and geological engineering jobs of any state in the nation, and we provide the training to set you apart in this market.

Our students enjoy an extremely high employment rate after graduation. In fact, all of our graduates in recent years are either employed or in graduate school.

We also provide our graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to work in a variety of other fields related to geological engineering.

Geology engineering jobs

Our geological engineering graduates work for a variety of Alaska state departments, such as the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF), the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Other graduates work for consulting geotechnical companies, like Shannon and Wilson, Golder, and PND Engineering. Some do reconnaissance for mineral resource development, working for companies such as Avalon and RECON. Our graduates also find employment across the United States and internationally.

Geology engineering salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Alaska is one of the top paying states in the nation for mining and geological engineers, with an annual mean wage of $112,110. The average salary nationally is $98,420.

 

 

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