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Graduate

The Department of Geological Engineering offers M.S. degrees in the options are Geological Engineering, Hydrogeological Engineering, Geology, and Hydrogeology. The general requirements for the degrees are as follows:

Admission Requirements:  B.S. in Geology or Geological, Mining, Geophysical, or Civil Engineering
Options:
  • A: Thesis (default) or Publishable Paper with approval of Department
  • B: Non-Thesis
Seminar Requirements:
  • TC 5160 Graduate Writing Seminar (1)
  • ENGR 5940 Engineering Seminar (1)

Course requirements: Thesis: 30 credits, minimum of 15 at 500 level, remainder at 400 level; Non-thesis: 36 credits, minimum of 18 at 500 level, remainder at 400 level. Course schedule is determined in cooperation with Faculty advisor.

Geological Engineering - Dr. Mary MacLaughlin

A Masters of Science with an "Option in Geological Engineering" requires that the student have an engineering background and allows specialization in several areas of Geological Engineering. Students in related non-engineering fields who have a strong background in mathematics and physics may be admitted to the option on a provisional basis. At a minimum, such students must successfully complete undergraduate-level engineering coursework in statics, mechanics of materials, geomechanics, and engineering economy.

Geology - Dr. Larry N. Smith

A Master of Science in Geoscience with an “Option in Geology” allows specialization in many fields of Applied Geology.  For example, recent graduate students in this option have investigated the subsurface stratigraphy of Lower Cretaceous rocks in north-central Montana, the origin of hydrothermal talc mineralization in SW Montana, water-rock interaction and acid mine drainage in Butte, and the bio-geochemistry of natural wetlands near abandoned mines.

Hydrogeological Engineering - Dr. Glenn Shaw

Graduate students in Hydrogeological Engineering will study the occurrence, movement, and chemistry of groundwater with additional engineering emphasis. Typical thesis investigations are related to environmental problems, resource supply problems, or issues associated with mining or agricultural activities, and may frequently involve research participation with the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology.

Core requirements:

GEOE 422 - Groundwater Flow Modeling (3)

GEOE 429 - Field Hydrogeology (3)

GEOE 520 - Advanced Hydrogeology (3)

GEOE 528 - Contaminant Transport (3)

Hydrogeology - Dr. Glenn Shaw

Graduate students in Hydrogeology will study the occurrence, movement, and chemistry of groundwater.  Typical thesis investigations are related to environmental problems, resource supply problems, or issues associated with mining or agricultural activities, and may frequently involve research participation with the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology.

Core requirements:

GEOE 422 - Groundwater Flow Modeling (3)

GEOE 429 - Field Hydrogeology (3)

GEOE 520 - Advanced Hydrogeology (3)

GEOE 528 - Contaminant Transport (3)