Geological Engineering - Montana Tech

Geological Engineering

What is Geological Engineering?

What is the geotechnical field?
Work all over the world with a degree in Geological Engineering!

Acquire the knowledge and skills you need to earn an geological engineering salary through the ABET-accredited geological engineering bachelor’s degree at Montana Tech. Bring your love of geology and drive to succeed to an geological engineering degree that includes courses in field geology, sedimentology, mapping, surface modeling & volumetrics, mineralogy and more. You’ll learn from industry-experienced — and connected — Montana Tech faculty who are passionate about helping you succeed in geological engineering. You’ll be prepared for geological engineering careers or to pursue your master’s in geological engineering at Montana Tech.

Geological engineers focus on designing solutions to problems related to the materials of the Earth’s crust, including minerals, sediments, rocks, water, and solid and fluid hydrocarbons (coal, oil, and natural gas). Their specialized engineering knowledge is required in the design and construction of civil works such as roads, dams, and foundations for buildings and bridges; the evaluation and utilization of groundwater resources and their interaction with surface waters; the search for, development, and extraction of rock, mineral and energy resources; and the protection and remediation of the environment. Geological Engineers are also routinely involved in the characterization and mitigation of geologic hazards, such as earthquakes, landslides, ground subsidence, and volcanic activity.

  • Search for mineral resources
  • Evaluate rocks, soils, groundwater, and environmental impacts for
    • construction
    • resource development
    • industrial projects
  • Use specialized knowledge to
    • design slopes, dams and tunnels
    • solve surface and groundwater problems
    • mitigate the landslide and earthquake risks

Geological Engineering department at Montana Tech offers four academic tracks geotechnical, hydrogeology, mining, and petroleum. All options include a six-week immersive summer field camp. There is no better location than Montana Tech to learn geological engineering.

  • Our program highlights field-based coursework to find solutions for real-world problems.
  • Our department is home to a state-of-the-art facilities, including
    • triaxial testing lab
    • an underground mine facility
    • a computer lab with geotechnical engineering and groundwater modeling software
    • a fleet of research-quality drones
    • The use of this software is a very attractive trait for many perspective employers.

We offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering, minor in Hydrogeology, as well as a Master of Science degree in Geoscience with several areas of emphasis.

World-class Geological Engineering Labs

You have plenty of hands-on learning opportunities at Montana Tech. You’ll have access to state-of-the-art and fully equipped laboratories.

Geological Engineering Internships

Obtain even more hands-on experience through geological engineering internships. Each year, through Career Services events, you’ll have access to more than 100 companies that come to campus to recruit Montana Tech students for geological engineering summer internships for continuing students and full time employment for our graduates.

Exceptional Location

By choosing Montana Tech for your geological engineering degree, you’ll benefit from our location in Butte, Montana. You can and tour local engineering operations and pursue internships in Butte as well as in nearby cities such as Bozeman and Missoula. You’ll also have innumerable opportunities to enjoy Montana’s great outdoors.

100% Career Outcome Rate
100% Career Outcome Rate
7% Projected Job Growth by 2026
7% Projected Job Growth by 2026
All Students Encouraged to Complete Internships
All Students Encouraged to Complete Internships
$83K Average Starting Salary
$83K Average Starting Salary

What Types of Skills Do You Need?

  • Inquisitive - you want to know how things work
  • Hard working and not afraid of a challenge
  • Interested in the outdoors
  • Successful in trigonometry and chemistry
  • Desire to make the world a better place
  • You’re into rocks and water!

What Can You Do With Your Degree?

Our graduates do field and laboratory work with rocks, soils, groundwater, and mineral resources all over the world. Graduates pursue careers in engineering, consulting, mining, and slope stability. A degree in geological engineering allows students broad engineering skills in a wide array of fields.

Unparalleled Location for Field Work
Unparalleled Location for Field Work
Hands-On Learning Environment
Hands-On Learning Environment
Study geological engineering and have fun too

Study geological engineering and have fun too

Get involved in various clubs and organizations on campus. Ski at nearby resorts or in the backcountry. Enjoy southwest Montana’s hot springs. Hike the Great Divide and other trails. Fish in pristine mountain streams.

get ready for your geological engineering career

Be career ready

Through this rigorous geological engineering degree you’ll not only gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed. You’ll also develop communication, interpersonal, and project management skills. From Montana Tech’s engaged geological engineering faculty to Career Services, you’ll have the resources, support, and connections you need to land coveted internships and jobs and receive a top geological engineering salary.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Geological Engineering program at Montana Tech is to provide a quality education that blends theory with practice and enables graduates to embark upon and successfully pursue careers in the field of Geological Engineering.


Faculty members of the Geological Engineering department all hold Ph.D. degrees in subdisciplines including Civil Engineering with Geotechnical emphases, geochemistry, hydrogeology, and stratigraphy. Each faculty member has significant industrial experience they bring to the classroom, laboratory, and field site.

hydro-field camp

Current Research

Research topics for each faculty member are listed on their individual faculty pages.

Catalog Information

speak with an advisor about studying geological engineering

Speak with an Advisor

Contact the geological engineering department department head Larry Smith.

transfer to Montana Tech to study geological engineering


To transfer to Montana Tech, you must be a high school graduate and have earned more than 12 college credits.

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