Apr 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Geological Engineering, BS

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Contact Information

Dr. Liangping Li, Interim Associate Department Head 
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
Mineral Industries 314
(605) 394-2461
E-mail: Liangping.Li@sdsmt.edu

Department Website

Students are responsible for checking with their advisors for any program modifications that may occur after the publication of this catalog.

The Geological Engineering (BS) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Geological and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

GEOE Flowchart     

Curriculum Checklist

Freshman Year

First Semester

Total: 17

Second Semester

Total: 17

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

First Semester

Total: 15

Total: 15

Senior Year

First Semester

Total: 16

Second Semester

Total: 14


Total: 6

Total credits: 130


Fulfills General Education requirement. Students should consult the “General Education Requirements ” section of this catalog for a complete listing of all general education requirements.

2 A grade of “C” or better is required in these courses for graduation with a Geological Engineering BS Degree.

Work with your advisor to select three credits from any discipline.

Select six credits from the list of Professional Electives below.

Professional Electives

Select six credits from the list below:

Objectives and Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives:

  1. Graduates of the geological engineering program will perform competently in professional practice in the areas of:
  2. Groundwater
  3. Environmental site planning and natural hazards
  4. Geomechanics and geotechnics
  5. Fuels or minerals
  6. Graduates will successfully achieve continued professional development and/or licensure.

Student Outcomes:

  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. An ability to apply geological engineering principles to field problems.

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