Program overview

The geological engineering (GE) program at S&T is ABET accredited and offers degrees at the BS, MS and PhD levels. The program is an integral part of the Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering Department. This combination of disciplines offers synergies for collaborative research and provides a broad spectrum of opportunities for nurturing tomorrow's leaders in the earth sciences and engineering.

The environment is clearly an important issue on which geological engineers often focus their work. As an entry level geological engineer you might work for a state agency such as the Department of Natural Resources or you might work for the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Alternatively, a geological engineer may undertake a career with one of the consulting firms focusing on environmental protection, hazardous waste cleanup, groundwater protection and geologic hazards. Geological engineers are uniquely trained to be sensitive to geological uncertainty and natural variation in the soil, rock and subsurface fluids, while at the same time having a problem-solving and applications skill set that allows them to develop innovative solutions to environmental problems. Geological engineers are often involved in designing waste storage facilities or groundwater cleanup plans. Geological engineers might also become environmental experts with respect to petroleum and gas facilities or operations. Finally, many geological engineers work on mitigating the hazards posed by environmental and geological processes such as landslides, earthquakes and flooding.