Geotechnics Program

"Lone Bluff," located in the Rancho Bernardo area of North San Diego County is the site of a "block glide" which had been moving at 2" per year along a 2 degree slide plane, threatening several very expensive houses. Engineer and MST (distance ed) student Kevin Jordan (left) is supervising anchorage and drainage systems installations which have halted the advance of the slide.

 Missouri S&T is one of the top geotechnology schools in the country.  Our mission is to educate tomorrow's leaders in engineering and science. Geotechnical Engineering is one of Missouri S&T's missions. It has been recognized by receiving Mission Enhancement Funding from the State of Missouri for this purpose, enabling us to pioneer a distance learning degree in Geotechnics.  

The upward mobility of professionals in the geotechnical field requires advanced degrees, but not all are willing or able to take an extended leave of absence to attend a university.  Web-based education allows students to continue their work, while taking virtual classes at their convenience. 



Geotechnics ME

Geotechnics combines both the fields of rock mechanics and soil mechanics with engineering to form a comprehensive program of study. This is an interdisciplinary graduate program with a practice-oriented project. Courses include geology, geotechnics, soil mechanics, rock mechanics and subsurface hydrology.

This graduate degree requires 30 credit hours of coursework to complete, with a minimum of 15 credit hours of geological engineering courses.

Geotechnics Certificate

The Geotechnics Graduate Certificate Program is designed to provide formalized engineering education to practitioners in geology, geological engineering, mining engineering and geotechnical engineering. This online Geotechnics Graduate Certificate does not require a GRE score. Successful completion of the certificate program guarantees automatic admittance into the Geotechnics ME program, and waives the GRE requirement. 

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Dr. Norbert H. Maerz
Rock Mechanics
Missouri University of
Science and Technology
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Rolla, MO 65409-0660
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