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Montana Tech's Department of Geological Engineering offers a bachelor's degree, three master's degrees (each with at least several options), graduate and undergraduate drone certificates, and Ph.D. in Earth Science and Engineering. Our campus is home to the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. Programs allow students to specialize the areas of geotechnical, geophysics, hydrogeology, mining, or petroleum. 

$91K Average Starting Salary

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Geological Engineering, B.S.

Specialize in geotechnical, geophysics, hydrogeology, mining, or petroleum.

Hydrogeology Minor

Students in other majors can specialize in groundwater in a minor program that will give you knowledge and experience modeling one of the earth's limited resources.

UAS (Drone) Certificates

Become a licensed drone pilot and learn how to model and interpret data collected in flight.

Graduate Programs
Geological Engineering, M.S.

Go further in the field of Geological Engineering. Options include geotechnical and hydrogeological engineering.

Geoscience, M.S.

The Geoscience, M.S. allows you to focus on geochemistry, geology, geophysics, and/or hydrogeology. One of our unique specializations is economic geology

Earth Science and Engineering Ph.D.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Earth Science and Engineering (ESE), integrates engineering and science and focuses on applications.

Master of Engineering

The Master of Engineering is a course-work based degree. Our department houses the geological, geophysical, geotechnical, and hydrogeological engineering options.


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The bachelor of science in Geological Engineering is one of the “founding” engineering programs of Montana Tech and one of only 13 in the United States accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.

Alumni Profiles

Geological Engineering alumni enjoy fulfilling and high-paying careers around the globe.

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Glenn Shaw
Professor and Department Head