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Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Engineering

Geotechnical engineering is a field of Civil Engineering dealing with engineering behavior of earth materials (soil, rocks, and water). Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental engineering deals with three phases of soil and rock, i.e., soil or rock solid phase, water phase, and air phase. Geotechnical Engineering uses the principles of soil and rock mechanics to investigate subsurface environment in order to characterize its physical and mechanical properties, and analyze, design, and construct earthworks and substructures.

Geoenvironmental engineering overlaps geotechnical and environmental engineering fields, dealing interactions between earth materials (soil and rocks) and a fourth phase such as chemicals. Geoenvironmental engineering concerns with the fate and transport as well as remediation of this additional phase (e.g., contaminants). Geoenvironmental engineering uses similar principles to investigate subsurface environment in order to characterize its physical, mechanical, chemical, and biological properties, and analyze, design, and construct substructures such as landfill and contaminant-containment facilities as well as soil and groundwater remediation.

Suggested Curriculum for Geotechnical / Geoenvironmental Engineering Focus Area

Recommended Courses (These courses must be taken for this focus area)

  • CE 460G Geotechnical Engineering Design
  • CE 502 Computational Techniques
  • CE 504 Static and Dynamic Behavior of Soils
  • One of the list of Approved Courses (Ground Improvement, MATH 527, GEOPH 522, etc.), could be waived by advisor

Elective Courses (Any of the following courses* can be taken to satisfy the remaining coursework requirement of the degree with the approval of the student’s advisor)

  • CE 562 Foundation Design
  • CE 564 Seepage, Drainage, Flow Nets and Embankments
  • CE 597ITS In-situ Testing of Soil for Geotechnical Applications
  • CE 597GE Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • CE 597FEM Finite Element Methods
  • CE 540 Pavement Design and Evaluation
  • CE 597ATM Advanced Transportation Materials
  • CE 597PMR Pavement Maintenance and Rehabilitation
  • CE 452G Structural Steel Design
  • GEOPH 610 Geophysical Methods for Geotechnical Engineers (F Odd Years)
  • GEOPH 522 Data Analysis and Geo-statistics (F)
  • ME 510 Continuum Mechanics (F/S)

*Any other courses deemed necessary by the advisor based on the student’s research

Schedule of CE graduate courses for the next several semesters.