Geotechnics Graduate Certificate Program

The Geotechnics Graduate Certificate program is designed to provide formalized engineering education to practitioners in geology, geological engineering, mining engineering and geotechnical engineering.

The following courses (or equivalents) will be required for admittance to the program:

  • GEO ENG 1150 Geology for Engineers
  • GEO ENG 2605 Statics and Mechanics of Geological Materials
  • MIN ENG 4823 Rock Mechanics I


  • GEO ENG 5415 Soil Mechanics For Geoprofessionals


The following courses (or equivalents) are required courses:

  • GEO ENG 5381  Int. Subsurface Hydrology and Cont. Trans. Mechs
  • GEO ENG 5471  Rock Engineering
  • GEO ENG 5441  Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
  • CIV ENG 5715   Intermediate Soil Mechanics or MIN ENG 6842   Rock Mechanics II

By consent of the program coordinator, deficiency and other courses can be substituted, provided that they are 3000- or 4000-level courses.  In addition students will be able to take 1000-level deficiency courses (prerequisites) online where available, but these will not count toward the certificate.

Students must have an average cumulative grade of 3.0 (B-grade) or better in the four certificate courses, and complete the requirements in 3 years or less to obtain their certificate.

Students successfully completing their certification program with a grade of B or better in all Certificate classes will be eligible to be admitted to the Masters of Engineering (M.E.) Program in Geotechnics, and the certificate courses will be counted towards the M.E. degree.  In this case no GRE score will be required for admission to the M.E. program.

By consent of the program coordinator, for the certificate program, the following substitutions can be made:

  • GEO ENG 5332 Subsurface Hydrology for GEO ENG 5381
  • MIN ENG 4823 Rock Mechanics I  for MIN ENG 6842
  • GEO ENG 5415 Soil Mechanics for Geoprofessionals for CIV ENG 5715

Other substitutions may also be approved.

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