Geological Engineering - Montana Tech

Geological Engineering

hydro-field campWork all over the world searching for mineral resources and evaluating rocks, soils, and environmental impacts for construction, resource development, and industrial projects with a degree in Geological Engineering! Study in a program that stresses field-based course work and solution of real world problems. Use your specialized knowledge to conserve water, protect the environment and mitigate the risks of natural catastrophes.

Students gain hands on experience through resources such as a state-of-the-art triaxial testing lab, an underground mine facility, and a 6-week summer field camp. Many students also master suites of geo-technical engineering software, including a complete suite of current software for modeling groundwater systems available for students in hydrogeology. The use of this software is a very attractive trait for many perspective employers.

The department is home to a state-of-the-art triaxial testing lab, an underground mine facility, a computer lab equipped with geotechnical engineering and groundwater modeling software, and offers a 6-week summer field camp.

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.

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.

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 have significant industrial experience they bring to the classroom, laboratory, and field site.

students working at hydro-field campCurrent Research

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


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,

  1. Enable graduates to embark upon and successfully pursue professional careers in the field of Geological Engineering.
  2. Provide a firm foundation for graduate studies in geological engineering and related fields.
  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
  8. Demonstrated proficiency in the engineering sciences, including statics, properties/strengths of materials, and geomechanics.
  9. Demonstrated proficiency in geological science topics that emphasize geological processes and identification of minerals and rocks.
  10. Demonstrated ability to visualize and solve geological engineering problems in three and four-dimensions (space and time).
  11. Demonstrated ability to apply the principles of geology, elements of geophysics, geological and engineering field methods, and engineering knowledge to design solutions to geological engineering problems.

The Geological Engineering program consistently boasts a 100% placement rate with high starting salaries.

Bachelor of Science — Geological Engineering

Master of Science — Geoscience with a Geological Engineering Option

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