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Geological Engineering

Graduate School, Geoscience, Option in Engineering Geology

Dr. Mary MacLaughlin

Dr. Mary MacLaughlin

Phone: 406-496-4655
Location: MG 213 B

Degree Program

A Master of Science in Geoscience with an “Option in Engineering Geology” requires that the student have a degree in geology or a related field, math through calculus II, and two semesters of college physics, A course in statics is also required, with mechanics of materials recommended. The department has excellent facilities and equipment for laboratory and field investigations. Opportunities for applied research projects are plentiful.

The final examination for thesis and publishable paper-option students will consist of an oral presentation and defense of thesis or paper. Questions may be asked on any topic related to the thesis/paper or course work taken as part of the graduate program. The presentation will be open to all interested parties, but the defense will be open only to the student’s graduate committee.

The final examination for non-thesis option students will consist of a written and/or oral examination formulated by the student’s graduate committee. The oral examination will draw questions from the written examination plus any course work undertaken as part of the graduate program.

Students who are not already certified as an Engineer-In-Training are required to take the national Fundamentals of Engineering examination.

Requirements and Options
Admission Requirements:    BS in Geology or related field
Options:
  • A: Thesis (default) or Publishable Paper with approval of Department (30 credits)
  • B: Non-Thesis (36 credits)
Seminar Requirements:
  • TC 5160 Graduate Writing Seminar (1)
  • ENGR 5940 Engineering Seminar (1)
Course Requirements:

Thesis: 30 credits, minimum of 15 at 500 level, remainder at 400 level; Non-thesis: 36 credits, minimum of 18 at 500 level, remainder at 400 level. Course schedule is determined in cooperation with Faculty advisor.

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