Topics in the Engineering Geology concentration focus on solving challenges presented by the meeting of earth and man-made structures. Your studies will focus on the engineering and mechanical properties and behavior of earth materials (soils, water and rocks). Attention is given to special geotechnical issues, such as erosion, slope stability and selected geological hazards to engineered structures.
Graduates with this concentration usually work for environmental engineering or geotechnical consulting firms, though many choose to pursue additional studies and research at the doctoral level.
Your project design is a culmination of your classroom, research and field experiences in the MSAG program. Take a look at abstracts by MSAG alumni with a concentration in Engineering Geology to understand the breadth of design project topics and formats.
At the end of your studies in the Master of Science in Applied Geosciences (MSAG) program, you create a research poster to showcase your project design. The selection of posters listed below is representative of the range of research projects undertaken by recent students in the Engineering Geology concentration.
- Landslide Susceptibility and Risk Analysis of Pierce County, Washington Using GIS-based Artificial Neural Networks and K-Means Clustering (PDF) By Forrest Corcoran ’19
- A Review of Conventional Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing Technology and An Analysis of its Capabilities to Avoid Harmful Chemical Cross-Contamination of Aquifers Under Professional Execution (PDF) by Boyan Makarenko ’11
- Characterization of a Previously Unmapped Subsurface Fault Zone in Central New Jersey (PDF) by Kevin Kelly ’11
Engineering Geology concentration course options
- Earth Systems & Earth Hazards
- Soil Science
- Field Study of Soils
- Engineering Geology: Rock Mechanics
- Engineering Geology: Surficial Materials and Processes
- Geomechanics: Fluids
- Geomechanics: Solids
- Interpretation of Near-Surface Geologic Structure for Engineering and Environmental Geology
Please note that these courses are currently approved for this concentration. However, you may request to add different courses, and new courses may also become available.