Geological Engineering

College of Engineering and Mines
Department of Mining and Geological Engineering

B.S., M.S. Degree

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 134 credits

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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. 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 program prepares students for employment with industry, consulting companies and government agencies.

The educational objectives of the geological engineering program are:

  1. To graduate students who are competent engineers and who are prepared for employment in one of the following professional areas: mineral and energy exploration, evaluation, development, and production; geotechnical engineering; ground water engineering; or geo-environmental engineering.
  2. To graduate students who are prepared to solve problems germane to Alaska, the North, and its diverse peoples.
  3. To graduate students who are prepared for graduate studies at the masters or doctoral level.
  4. To advance and disseminate knowledge through competent faculty: who teach and mentor students, conduct creative research relevant to the needs of Alaska and are engaged in public service to enhance the lives of the diverse peoples of the North.

For more information about the Geological Engineering Program mission, goals and educational objectives, visit

Major -- B.S. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the B.S. degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    CHEM F105X--General Chemistry**--4 credits
    CHEM F106X--General Chemistry**--4 credits
    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 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 F471--Remote Sensing for Engineering--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 F200X--Calculus I**--4 credits
    MATH F201X--Calculus II**--4 credits
    MATH F202X--Calculus III**--4 credits
    MATH F302--Differential Equations--3 credits
    MIN F202--Mine Surveying--3 credits
    MIN F370--Rock Mechanics--3 credits
    MIN F408O--Mineral Valuation and Economics--3 credits
    PHYS F211X--General Physics**--4 credits
    PHYS F212X--General Physics**--4 credits
    STAT F200X--Elementary Probability and Statistics--3 credits
    Technical electives***--6 credits
  4. Minimum credits required--134 credits

* 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 department.