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Master of Engineering in Geotechnics
Missouri University of Science and Technology is one of the top geotechnology schools in the country. Its online master of engineering in geotechnics is an interdisciplinary program with a practice-oriented project requirement.
Geotechnics combines both the fields of soil mechanics and rock mechanics with engineering to form a comprehensive program of study. It requires 30 credit hours of coursework to complete, with a minimum of 15 credit hours of geological engineering courses. Students take courses in geology and geotechnics, soil mechanics, rock mechanics and subsurface hydrology. In addition, courses in civil engineering, environmental engineering, geological engineering, geology and geophysics and mining engineering may be applied toward the geotechnics degree.
Geotechnics (ME) - Course Requirements
This program is an interdisciplinary master's degree program without a required research component. It requires 30 semester hours of graduate credit in courses.
The program is offered using distance-learning methods, so there is no formal residency requirement. Of the total 30 credit hours required to obtain the degree, a maximum of nine (9) credit hours of graduate-level work with a minimum grade of "B" can be transferred from other universities. The balance of the credits must be taken through Missouri S&T. A minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours must be geological engineering courses.
The following courses (or equivalents) will be required for admittance to the program:
GeE 1150 :Geology for Engineers
MinE 4823 :Rock Mechanics I or CE 3715 :Elementary Soil Mechanics
GE 2605 :Statics and Mechanics of Geological Materials
The following courses (or equivalents) are required courses:
GeE 5381 :Int. Subsurface Hydrology and Cont. Trans. Mechs
GeE 5471 :Rock Engineering
GeE 5441 :Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
CE 5715 :Intermediate Soil Mechanics or MinE 6842 :Rock Mechanics II
In addition a practice-oriented project report is required for new students and is optional for students enrolled before January 2006. This requires enrolling in three hours of GeE 6400, and producing a practice-oriented report in a geotechnical-oriented project that promises results equivalent to, or superior to, that which might be expected at Missouri S&T.
Geotechnics (ME) Courses
The following courses may be taught and used towards the degree, depending on instructor availability and student demand. For a current listing of classes please click on the appropriate semester on the right hand side of this page.
GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING COURSES:
- GEO ENG 5315 Statistical Methods in Environmental Geology and Eng.
- GEO ENG 5331 Subsurface Hydrogeology
- GEO ENG 5233 Risk Assessment in Environmental Studies
- GEO ENG 5335 Environmental Geological Engineering
- GEO ENG 5237 Geological Aspects of Hazardous Waste Management
- GEO ENG 5441 Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
- GEO ENG 5443 Subsurface Exploration
- GEO ENG 5471 Rock Engineering
- GEO ENG 5575 Aggregates and Quarrying
- GEO ENG 5381 Intermediate Subs.Hydrogeology and Cont. Trans. Mechs.
- GEO ENG 6331 Advanced Subsurface Hydrogeology
- GEO ENG 6237 Adv. Geological & Geotechnical Design for Haz. Waste Sites
- GEO ENG 6441 Engineering Geology and Geotechnics II
- GEO ENG 6477 Discontinuous Rock
MINING ENGINEERING COURSES:
- EXP ENG 5612 Principles of Explosives Engineering
- MIN ENG 4823 Rock Mechanics
- EXP ENG 5622 Blasting Design and Technology
- MIN ENG 4742 Environmental Aspects of Mining
- EXP ENG 6412 Environmental Controls for Blasting
- EXP ENG 6001 Advanced Blast Vibration Analysis
- MIN ENG 6842 Advanced Rock Mechanics
CIVIL ENGINEERING COURSES:
- CIV ENG 5744 Geosynthetics in Engineering
- CIV ENG 5715 Intermediate Soil Mechanics
- CIV ENG 5716 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
- CIV ENG 5729 Foundation Engineering II
- CIV ENG 6713 Dynamics of Earth Materials
- CIV ENG 6715 Advanced Soil Mechanics
- CIV ENG 6716 Soil Stabilization
- CIV ENG 6717 Earth Dams and Related Problems
1. Department prerequisites will apply to individual courses.
2. Students should check the Missouri S&T course catalog for course descriptions, and check with instructors to determine the method of delivery, and the the amount if any of deviation from the in-class syllabus.
Please check the semester wise Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students.
- Bachelor’s degree in related discipline;
- GRE: V+Q ≥ 298 (1050 on previous scale), A ≥ 3.5; GPA ≥ 2.75; or enroll in Geotechnics Certificate program, complete the four core courses with a grade of “B” or better in each to advance to the graduate degree.
- International requirement: TOEFL ≥ 560 or 80 iBT.
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Graduate certificate programs are a great way to start earning college credit toward a graduate degree. The GRE is not required to enter a certificate program. If you complete a certificate program with a grade of B or better in all core courses, you may be accepted into the corresponding master's degree program without taking the GRE*. Classes taken for the certificate will count towrds the masters degree.
Geotechnics Graduate Certificate
*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.
Courses are delivered over the Internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.
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